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  1. Poll: Re: UNGARO pour Homme, I, II, III, what do you prefer personally?

    Yo yo brutha!

    Hm I never got any tobacco out of U1. Honey, patchouli, vetiver yes but no tobacco...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Fresh

    More citrus / less leather sounds nice.
  3. Re: Jo Malone Amber & Lavender = Esencia Loewe Dry

    Highly recommend trying A&L. It's great for when you want that herbal woody blast of Esencia without the long, creamy, dense, semisweet musky drydown.
  4. Re: Jo Malone Amber & Lavender = Esencia Loewe Dry

    I get a solid 5 hours plus 3 hrs skin scent from Amber & Lavender.
  5. Jo Malone Amber & Lavender = Esencia Loewe Dry

    Wearing Amber & Lavender today, and it strikes me that it's basically Esencia Loewe with only a bit of amber & musk sweetness (despite the name...) and the addition of myrrh.

    Amber & Lavender...
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    Re: "Jack" perfume by Richard E. Grant

    Wow, you got an email from Richard E Grant? One of my favorite actors of all time! The pyramid sounds great, can't wait to try it.
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    Re: What's a good ambergris perfume?

    Heavy Sugar by Opus Oils is a superb aromatic dark amber & patchouli with a strong real ambergris presence. No bullshit ambroxan.
  8. Re: Received New GENGIS KHAN Today from MdM (New Formula)!!

    Thought so. Both of the pyramids could apply to my vintage bottle's juice:

    Top notes: bergamot, lemon, Juniper berries, Spearmint, Thyme, rosemary, lime
    Heart notes: nutmeg, galbanum, Pine...
  9. Re: Received New GENGIS KHAN Today from MdM (New Formula)!!

    Thanks hednic. Can you point us to a description of how the La Collection differs from the other two?
  10. Re: Received New GENGIS KHAN Today from MdM (New Formula)!!

    Wore my vintage bottle today! Love when that happens. I'm curious to try the new formula too.
  11. Thread: Axe Peace

    by MonkeyBars
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    Re: Axe Peace

    Jumping back in to say that Axe Peace really delivers. You know it's a good frag when you start craving it. Fahrenheit is usually just too much for me to wear: huge musk, longlasting "leather" (an...
  12. Re: Tom Ford Splits!!!! Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Tobacco Oud, Café Rose, Plum Japo

    Come on people, I know there are a lot of Tobacco Vanille fans here...
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    Re: M7 or M7 Oud Absolu

    I find OA's longevity quite good, solid 8 hours. No vanilla, so longevity is shorter than in the M7 original.
  14. Thread: Axe Peace

    by MonkeyBars
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    Re: Axe Peace

    I smelled several other Axe body sprays at the store and was actually impressed that they didn't smell terrible, but certainly nothing I'd ever buy. Until I smelled Peace, however. It kind of falls...
  15. Thread: Axe Peace

    by MonkeyBars
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    Re: Axe Peace

    I find this a superb knockoff of Fahrenheit, with a lighter, leatherless drydown and much less longevity, but a solid 6 hours nonetheless. Like an EdC version of Fahrenheit. I prefer it to newer...
  16. Re: Any good ones where GALBANUM plays a "supporting role?"

    Just wore my sample of vintage Vol de Nuit parfum recently, amazing stuff!
  17. Re: Any good ones where GALBANUM plays a "supporting role?"

    Ha another obscure hednic gem! I'll have to try it someday.
  18. Re: Why Would Someone Not Like Eau de Rochas Homme?

    Nope, I find LADDM much richer and sweeter in the drydown, vanillic, while EdR is crisp, woody, and aromatic. Nose broken ;)
  19. Re: MonkeyBars' Swap Thread - Bottles and Samples WORLDWIDE

    Updated.
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    Re: The OTHER Caldey Island Scents

    Picked up a bottle of this and was quite disappointed. My wife likes it but to me, it's a very cheap and flat variation on Creed's pleasant Selection Verte, significantly harmed by that supposed...
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    Re: Sport De Paco Rabanne

    Boss Sport is excellent, and much more unique than PR Sport. I find the original PRpH much more soapy than the Sport, I like the latter better for sure.

    Good to see you here btw!! Nice old thread.
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    Re: Dunhill London Cologne

    Pretty sure that's just the classic Dunhill for Men. ("London" is on the box because that's where the company is from.)
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    Re: Dunhill London Cologne

    Thanks. Copying here:

    "In terms of the original London..to start off I get just the faintest hint of citrus (not nearly as much as original for men), I am not sure if that was intentional or just...
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    Re: Sport De Paco Rabanne

    Nope I don't get any galbanum from it. The drydown of mine was patchouli and musk dominated, possible slight amber warmth there to cut the sharpness. Not particularly smoky. Definitely reminiscent of...
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    Re: Sport De Paco Rabanne

    I've got some Sport de PR (or PR Eau de Sport?) on right now, just finished my little sample vial I got from a BNer :). The top is a more citrusy variation on Eau de Rochas Homme, now it's getting a...
  26. Re: Have anyone ever tried sandalwood essential oil from Sun Pure Botanicals?

    Thanks for your research and input Daniel.
  27. Re: Halston Z-14 (old formulation) vs (new formulation)

    Apparently the atropine or something is an allergen for some tiny segment of the population.

    What a coincidence that you replied today, Chuck. I haven't worn Z-14 in many months and wore it today!
  28. Re: You are stuck on/obsessed with_____,and wish......

    Was going to mention Eau des Iles. Try to find the vintage, but the new is good too. However, might have some old attic in it too from the moss.

    NY All is definitely a sweet gourmande, very...
  29. Thread: Dirty scent

    by MonkeyBars
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    Re: Dirty scent

    My dirtiest are

    Heavy Sugar (by Opus Oils)
    Jicky
    XPEC Original
    Slumberhouse Vikt
    Baie de Genievre
    Bond Harrods Oud
    Tsar
    Ungaro I
  30. Re: Which Axe Body Spray = Boucheron Jaipur pH?

    I found it too sweet. The Axe was a bit drier.
  31. Re: Which Axe Body Spray = Boucheron Jaipur pH?

    Hey Bigs, BS is a leathery fougere, this Axe and Jaipur are way more oriental...
  32. Which Axe Body Spray = Boucheron Jaipur pH?

    Heyo.

    Today the moving guy was wearing what I thought was Jaipur Homme, though it did smell a bit more dry and woody (vanilla turned down), very benzoin but not too sweet. But he said it was an...
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    Re: Pick me something random to wear

    Yes! Only problem is some of my more obscure items need love too, but aren't in the database. I'll have to build one in javascript, Jebus help me
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    Re: Pick me something random to wear...?

    Grant has fixed this. Thanks dude :)
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    Re: Pick me something random to wear

    Was talking to Grant about this and he fixed it! Works great for me now.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Slumberhouse Norne

    I don't get much smoke from Norne. In fact I don't think there is any cade or birch tar in it. I'm quite sensitive to smoke and dislike it, but I like Norne.

    Definitely no fruit!
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    Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier suggestions

    Eau des Iles -- not as stunning as vintage now it's missing the oakmoss, but still delightful

    Grain de Plaisir -- beautiful green semisweet herbal anise scent. I turned Luca Turin onto this one...
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    Re: Jicky EDP - First Wearing

    Agreed. EdP is classic, dense, and smooth. Terrific juice. 10 sprays in Canada of all places? You must work in a giant warehouse . . .
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    Re: Fragrances with some stank

    Yeah Al Rehab doens't hold back on the animalic oud accords or musks.

    Here are some more of my animalic favs that haven't gotten enough love on this thread yet.

    Balenciaga pH
    Basala
    Eau des...
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    Re: Tzora by Anat Fritz Initial Impressions

    It's an aromatic woody scent dominated by a cedar-angelica theme.
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    Re: Tzora by Anat Fritz Initial Impressions

    Therefore, definitively not a chypre.
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    Re: Tzora by Anat Fritz Initial Impressions

    I wouldn't call it a chypre -- not much labdanum if any.
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    Longevity perception in this one all depends on how well you can detect the musk. Some may be anosmic.
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    Re: Essenze by Ermenegildo Zegna (2012)

    Thanks for your reviews rum
  45. Re: Cloon Keen Atelier Lune de Givre ~ new fragrance

    Press release mentions it's got a dollop of moonlight, wonder how they got it in the formula. #alchemy
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    You are so welcome! That's what this forum is all about. Wow, what a feeling huh? Sounds like some holy grail material!

    I would love a candle that smells like the opening. All those lovely herb...
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    Fantastic, glad you took the plunge!

    I find it's a naturalistic scent, very outdoorsy, but with a distinct musky drydown. I can imagine some might find that drydown difficult to perceive as it's...
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    Yep there's some amber to my nose here.

    Loewe should do a flanker "Esencia Dry" with a more aromatic woody drydown instead of the sweetish amber musk!
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    Agree with you guys that Esencia's musk accord is clean, sweet and crisp rather than animalic.
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    Two and a half years later and I'm still wearing it. It's the most "me" juice out there. Simple and easy to wear, but with exquisite balance.

    I like it much, much better than Polo. You have to...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Absolute , thoughts ?

    Black Afghano has a huge musk presence, which some register as BO.

    Nothing to do with FA's BO which is all nauseating cumin. Its violet leaf - cumin - vanilla accord has to be one of the most vile...
  52. Re: MonkeyBars' Swap Thread - Bottles and Samples WORLDWIDE

    No thanks WG.

    In future, PM me those interested!
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    Re: Esencia by Loewe. Is it THAT good?

    There's quite a big dose of 80s musk in this . . . the drydown is actually powerful imo. Some may be anosmic.
  54. Re: SECRACTION: A Secret Perfume by Angelo Orazio Pregoni (O'Driù)

    Congrats on the writeup guys
  55. Re: Similarities between Jean Patou Prive and Jewel for Him by Micallef

    I'd be interested to try both of these again. I only got a tiny drop of Prive and it was quite sublime.
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    Re: KINSKI - Love and hate baby

    Good comparison and accurate thoughts all around
  57. Re: Can you detect dihydromyrcenol in Monsieur Balmain?

    it's what's in cool water, GIT and zillions of other frags. it smells metallic, with floral and citric aspects, and is very easily detected once you know what to look for. i also can't stand the...
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    Re: Monkeybars' Bottles Thread WORLDWIDE

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  59. Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    The new Lubins are quite excellent vetivers with some good oomph but light enough for Summer
  60. Re: Hoarding was the solution, but now it is too late!

    Unfortunately I only own about 50 years' worth of frags! I plan to live well into my second century so it's a concern. That's why I'm always on the lookout for the new and the interesting to add to...
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    Re: Kouros=Aramis ?

    nope . . . Kouros is waaaay sweeter, and no cumin to my nose
  62. Re: My first experience with Perfumed Oils - through Al Rehab

    I like their traditional Middle Eastern formulae with oud, rose, amber etc. like Saat Safa, Shaikhah, Al Sheriga, and Dehn Al-Oud. Lord is full of dihydromyrcenol, not sure why you'd think it's...
  63. Re: Have anyone ever tried Horus? The imitation of YSL Kouros...

    I got some too, which makes no sense, since I actually don't like Kouros. But I like Horus better, since it skips Kouros' searingly sweet top notes entirely. It does smell cheap, but it does also...
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    Re: Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels - Still Good?

    Dig my vintage bottle, good stuff. Considerably different from Quorum, Azzaro (no leather), Rive Gauche (no sweet powder / barbershop thing), and Z-14 (no cinnamon, much less woody).
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    Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    That Oud Bergamot is pleasant, but it came off rather light to my nose. Good to hear it projects.

    I own Amber & Lavender which is quite dry, hardly any amber or lavender.
  66. Re: Eau Dynamisante & Eau Ressourcante by Clarins

    Nah don't worry about that . . . they take out certain constituents of some natural ingredients to make it safer etc.

    Dynamisante is very pleasant. But I did find it had very poor longevity. Short...
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    Re: I think I oversprayed today

    Cuba Red is nice stuff. The longevity is not that great though. And anyways, spray volume differs a lot, by at least 5x. 20 sprays of Cuba Red could be equal to 4 sprays of something else (Creed...
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    Re: Old Spice Hawkridge - Anyone Try This?

    Isn't there a body spray too
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    Re: tom ford italian cypress review

    I don't really get spending 6x more than vintage Halston Z-14 for this when it's a blatant copy, but ok
  70. Re: What's the cheaper alternative to Bond I

    I find Aquolina's Blue Sugar quite similar to ILNYFA, minus the coffee. Ultra cheap, too.
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    Re: Amouage Fragrancenet

    Thanks for the coupon code!
  72. Re: Ordered 5 colognes, dislike all of them, need advice please!

    I dislike almost everything I try. Unless I'm in research mode, I only buy after I've given a sample at least one full wearing.
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    Re: Full sprays vs Half sprays

    Um, Hedonist dude, I know your hands are a little crude, after all you're not able to do less than 15 sprays at a time, but if you press down just a little, you can get a half spray. It is certainly...
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    Re: Crown Perfumery Buckingham

    Thanks for the tip dude
  75. Re: Does fragrance smell different first sprays out of new bottle?

    This has happened to me with grey market bottles. I think the juice in the plastic tube degrades over time.
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    Re: Crown Perfumery Buckingham

    Just got my bottle of Sissinghurst. I just put a dab of Sandringham on one arm and the Anglia Sissinghurst on the other. They are very unlike each other, to the point that I think there is virtually...
  77. Re: What in Invasion barbare is it that I can't stand?

    I think this parchingly dry note might be it for the OP.

    Perhaps it's something chemically like adoxal. IMO, the use of the overdose of this interesting, though harsh and abrasive, synthetic in...
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    Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Yes, very ordinary
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    Re: Harrods Oud?

    I don't find Leather Oud is in the ballpark of Harrods Oud at all. Whereas Tom Ford Oud Wood is quite close to the Bond although much more boring.

    I haven't found any other fragrance that is a...
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    Re: CdG wonderwood

    Revisited this one a year later and while the opening is quite pleasing, the drydown is unacceptably synthetic, blaring sandalwood. If there's any real Mysore in this, it can't be much.
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    Re: I'm mad at you, Monsieur Givenchy!

    Yeah they have gutted Monsieur Givenchy.

    Still wearable though. 15-25 sprays will give you decent longevity. It's basically body spray concentration (lower than EdC).
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    Re: Monkeybars' Bottles Thread WORLDWIDE

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    Re: Relax and calming scent for bed ?

    I find lavender is fresh and wakes me up. Despite what all the aromatherapy people say.

    I like sweet mild scents for sleeping. I often reach for 1 spray of Bond No 9 I <3 NY for All.
  84. Re: Bond No 9 I

    Actually I think it's about average for an EdT, maybe slightly under. Its sprayer is very light however....
  85. The Role of Sprayer Volume in the Perception of Potency

    The variance in sprayers across brands and bottles adds a random factor when determining the subjective potency of a given fragrance.

    I just filled 3 x 1ml sample vials for a friend.

    Balenciaga...
  86. Thread: Valerian

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    Re: Valerian

    Okay I'll give it a shot . . . though it's daunting as that stuff suuuuure stinks
  87. Thread: Valerian

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    Re: Valerian

    Nice tip.



    Agree that it's important for natural perfumery . . . rare to find a plant ingredient with this much animalic character and intensity.

    But getting the anxiolytic effect from just...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    Victrix
    Agua Brava
    Fahrenheit
    Chevrefeuille Original
    Eau des 4 Voleurs
    Eau de Lierre
    Carven Vetiver Dry
    Trefle Pur
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    Re: Al Rehab - Choco Musk

    I own a couple Al Rehabs and really dig em. I just ordered 9 more on eBay. Should have em in like a month. Haven't tried anything Choco because I'm not into gourmands, and I've tried a few that...
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    Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    Opus Oils Heavy Sugar -- not particularly sweet despite the name. Excellent dry amber with a slug of patchouli and a hint of nicely animalic real ambergris. Resembles the drydown of Balenciaga pH...
  91. Re: Which famous designer brand sucks in fragrances the most?

    Other than the crap brands like Lacoste, Boss (their 80s stuff is fine tho), and Abercrombie etc, the Italian designers seem to be especially crappier in recent years -- Gucci & Versace being at the...
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    Re: Something weird in Voyage d'Hermès

    Voyage definitely rubbed me the wrong way. Perhaps it's one of those synthetic green molecules. I found Tauer Verdant had one or more of these in it too. Highly unpleasant and synthetic.
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    Re: Looking for Sandalwood...

    Amouage attars tend to have the highest quality sandalwood I've come across
  94. Re: Bond No 9 I

    Agree. Dirt cheap, and cool bottle too with the magnetic cap. I think the sprayer is on the light side, which makes the juice seem less potent though it's probably average for an EdT.



    Yes,...
  95. Bond No 9 I

    I was down at the Sephora and checked out the big I <3 NY display. I hadn't tried the Marriage Equality one so I spritzed some on a card and was immediately struck with a cinnamon-wood-musk accord I...
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    Re: Etro Vetiver, or CdG Vettiveru?

    I like the Etro. Vettiveru has a tonkaish quality that annoys me. I don't care for coumarin and vetiver in combination.
  97. Re: Chanel comparisons: Coromandel = Zino Davidoff? Sycomore = Encre Noir?

    Parallels can be drawn and family resemblance perceived, but these are far from clones or even cousins of each other.
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    Re: Bigarade Concentree not so concentree.

    Beranium Chotato left a sample at my house and I wore it yesterday. I found it quite similar to Declaration, another Ellena creation.

    I got about 5 hours too, but after 1 hour it's mostly skin...
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    Re: Crown Perfumery Buckingham

    Good point, things have gotten insane. How many actual dangers have arisen from perfume shipments, I wonder?
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    Re: Crown Perfumery Buckingham

    Thanks for the tip! Just ordered a bottle from Anglia. Hopefully it's close to as good. Came with free samples, which is cool too. Seems like it's only available through their website.
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