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  1. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    Mainstream - Bottega Veneta Pour Homme

    Designer - Prada Amber Intense

    Niche - Intoxicated by Kilian
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    New York Intense -- Nicolai
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    hopefully you will love it like I do and others working around me :smiley:
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Amber Teutonic -- DS & Durga

    Piney, buttery, ambery. coconutty

    a fantastic fragrance
  5. Re: Has Dolce & Gabbana - The One lost its relevance among fragrance enthusiasts?

    pleasant but boring -- I was surprised it got so much comment
  6. Re: Men that wear Chanel No 19 and Cristalle EDT or EDP?

    +1 Same for me

    There are enough 'masculine' and 'unisex' fragrances out there for me to choose from
  7. Re: If YOU were in-charge of a NEW & UNIQUE fragrance

    I think it would be difficult to create a perfume totally unique now -- the perfumers 'palette' is getting smaller if anything. Roja Dove, for example is a complete magpie.

    Also, do you want it to...
  8. Thread: Terminologies

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    Re: Terminologies

    PO may be Perfume Oil

    AC might be Acetyl, a chemical bond

    You would probably have more luck in the DIY forum
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    Re: A Tribute for deceased members.

    I would have liked Robert White very much
  10. Re: Arnault beats Bill Gates to second richest in world

    This is the feeling I picked up from the article -- he is obsessed by time as though there wasn't enough of it ---- a very driven person but cold and detached and a bit paranoid.
  11. Re: Arnault beats Bill Gates to second richest in world

    ........but is he happy :undecided:
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    Re: Looking for leathers like Knize Ten

    only Gomma comes close imo
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    Re: Why aventus is the best parfum for man?

    .........it has everything a man could want from a fragrance
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    Re: Why aventus is the best parfum for man?

    well, I am the designated spokesman for all men and I can honestly say .....
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    Re: Rien incense intense.

    i've come to realise that in 'fragrance world' incense rarely resembles the liturgical version
  16. Re: What kind of man can pull off Dior Homme Intense?

    You need to dress like Beau Brummel and speak and act like Oscar Wilde -- it won't work otherwise
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    Re: NEW: La Collection Celine Haute Parfumerie

    I'm gonna have to check out Celine concessions/accessories in the big stores in London

    I mean -- Dior Homme, Mr Slimane is obviously a genius
  18. Re: Should I return a recently purchased fragrance if it was produced over 3 years ago?

    It will be difficult to prove I would imagine and it would be a write off for Sephora

    What's their policy?
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    Re: Best Aldehydic Fragrance

    La Myhrre - Serge Lutens

    Fatty strings smell nicest -- citrusy and soapy. Rive Gauche is full of them

    Formaldehyde? -- not so nice
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    Re: Favorite ‘warm-spicy’ fragrance

    John Varvatos (vintage if you can get it) --- smells like a Christmas cake or pudding
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    Re: Top 30 Fragrances of All Time

    current top 30 or 'of all time' -- there is a big difference imo
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    Re: What do you think of Nicolai Amber Oud?

    I'm a late convert to this House and purchased Cuir Cuba Intense and New York Intense recently and both are getting plenty of 'air time'

    Both 'big' fragrances with very nice drydowns
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    Re: Leather, it's an accord.

    Below are the notes to Hot Leather by Mark Buxton -- which has a floral, creamy and leathery smell
    I've no idea how he achieves this

    Top Notes
    Citrus, Bergamot, Coriander, Mandarine

    Heart...
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    Re: Your 2019 Halloween Fragrance

    I shall be taking a couple of drinks after work so will be wearing what I've had on all day

    Venezia Essenza Pour Homme --- Merchant of Venice

    getting some nice leathery wafts from the base...
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    Re: I did it! I purged my collection.

    Sometimes I look at my fragrances and I just want to throw them all out or give them away and just start again
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    well -- I'm not sure

    I'm wearing Le Beau by JPG and I think it is gradually turning into Le Male in the drydown

    Do all the flankers end up smelling the same?
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    sounds about right for 100ml -- I paid £60 for 50ml (they were £39 about 6-12 months ago)
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    Re: Aventus cologne sucks

    I think it smells similar to the original but with it's balls cut off like no-alcohol beer
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    Re: Unique 'to die for' fragrances...

    I agree but it seems to fit OP's wishes
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Vetiver and Grapefruit - Molton Brown

    Another great and honest fragrance from this House --- prices have risen by 50% (from a pretty low base though)
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    Re: Unique 'to die for' fragrances...

    Richwood by Xerjoff

    $500 won't be enough but this shrieks luxury and has the dubious distinction (for me anyway) of being simultaneously unique and obvious.
  32. Re: Expensive smelling men’s fragrances not necessarily high priced?

    I purchased 30ml of L'Eau Intense by Carven a few days ago for less than £30 -- it smells like £200-£300 in the drydown
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    Re: jaipur homme boucheron edt and edp notes?

    I don't know whether the 'Fraiche' version is still being made --- that was just about bearable
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    a most unexpected compliment of 'you smell gorgeous' from a woman in a store in London who I was queuing behind and got chatting to

    Light My Fire -- Kilian
  35. Poll: Re: Opinions - Prada Amber vs ADP Colonia Essenza vs Invictus Aqua 2018? Quantity or Quality?

    I voted for the Prada --- I like the 'soapy' aspects of it and I think it is more versatile than the other two, i.e. suitable for all seasons
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    Re: Discontinued perfumes question

    Hmm -- it's a bit of a minefield, I admit
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    Re: Discontinued perfumes question

    I don't know the answer to that -- have you found some that are discontinued but is still saying 'In Production' on here?
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    Re: Discontinued perfumes question

    Elle is readily available in the UK --- it's in Boots!

    Basenotes would state if it has been officially discontinued
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    Re: Best long-lasting high-end luxury niche citrus?

    I'd add

    Yuzu Fou - Parfum D'Empire

    Little Italy - Bond

    Orange Star - Tauer
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    Re: Jaipur , blind buy ?

    I agree with both these opinions

    Not blind-buy territory imo
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    Re: Cuir Cannage appreciation thread

    It was in my top 5 leathers recently -- gorgeous
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    Re: Explorer.... is better.

    OP didn't give an opinion though -- it was more of a statement of fact
  43. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    These three Houses sell inexpensive fragrances that could be mistaken for 'niche' quite easily -- I have several from each

    Banana Republic
    Molton Brown
    Laboratory Perfumes
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    Re: Cheap and Effective EDT

    out of the 3 choices, I would definitely go for Azzaro --- it's pretty versatile and not that far removed from the 'vintage' imo
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    Re: Explorer.... is better.

    Wrong

    It's 1. Aventus 2010
    2. Aventus 2018

    The other two are nowhere
  46. Re: Collectors: what, why, & how; and do you ever think you might be 'addicted'?

    it just makes life a bit more bearable -- knowing that before I set off for work, I will be choosing a fab fragrance to wear for the day

    addiction is difficult to judge -- I don't foam at the...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Sweet Sticky Cake - Comme des Garcons

    sweet, sticky and at the same time, airy ---- a very clever fragrance
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    Re: favorite Prada l'homme?

    well, that's two of us who see the Prada it for what it is --- a copy of a superior fragrance (without the lipstick element)
  49. Thread: Rose and Pepper

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    Re: Rose and Pepper

    without a doubt

    a shout for Estee Lauder's Pleasures also
  50. Re: What is that "celery" note specially in Yatagan

    There is a beautiful celery note in MPG's Grain De Plaisir -- especially in the opening where it is joined by lemon and a sort of 'soapy' freshness.

    It's a 'marmite' fragrance but I love it
  51. Thread: Your Best Deal

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    Re: Your Best Deal

    Eh? 1 bottle is selling for £300 on Ebay at the moment

    u can't beat these local pharmacies for not knowing what they've got :beer:
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    Re: Would I like Yatagan ?

    I appreciate Yatagan but am unable to like it and I have tried so hard
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    I tested about ten on the spin and none of them were bottle worthy for me

    I don't hate them for that though
  54. Thread: Your Best Deal

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    Re: Your Best Deal

    that's insane --- what a result!
  55. Thread: Your Best Deal

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    Re: Your Best Deal

    F...ing Hell --- that's amazing !

    I've had a few freebies and tester bottles half full given to me but nothing like that
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    Re: favorite Prada l'homme?

    I don't like any of them --- Prada saw Dior Homme's sales figures and got jealous
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    Re: Copper by Comme des Garçons

    I'm thinking 888 --- CdG'S interpretation of Gold, which didn't really work imo
  58. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    2 very good ones, yes

    I really like Intoxicated also -- the resemblance to A*Men is there (which puts people off I suppose), but the Kilian is far superior
  59. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    I think Basenoters should re-evaluate Kilian (or By Kilian) -- they are deservedly slagged for their pretentiousness and pricepoints, but in my opinion, they have some lovely fragrances with great...
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    once they closed their lovely store in Marylebone, London and started using inferior bottles, I knew the writing was on the wall
  61. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Bandit practically has balls

    Turbulences by Louis Vuitton is an easy wear for a man
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    I would have thought a ramped up version of 88 was the last thing it needed

    There must be differences or there seems little point
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    Well, I can only really comment on these issues from how I perceive things as a person and my relationship to smells. I can't put myself into a 'trans' person's mind and how they might feel -- that...
  64. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    This is really tough

    Cristobal Pour Homme - Balenciaga (I am not sure even the ones on EBay are genuine though) --- a sexy, sweet, creamy oriental with a punch

    Santal Noble (vintage) - MPG --...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    was she a big game hunter?
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    I agree with the Sheik and Russell

    Fragrances do have genders -- I think it is pretty stupid to deny that, there are lots of crossovers though, Bandit for example. I couldn't count the number of...
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    Re: I miss Grey Flannel!!

    same here
  68. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    2012 was a barren year ---- especially for mainstream/designer imo --- Spicebomb never really did it for me but was a valiant effort

    So, for me, it's a tie between Arquiste's Anima Dulcis and the...
  69. Thread: Guerlain Derby

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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    I'm not keen on the half-timbered DSquared type bottles with the re-issues but the fragrances are fab
  70. Re: Chanel Allure Homme vs Eqoiste Platiumn??? I went with.......

    Hmmm -- I wonder now many potential buyers of this would be influenced by Luca Turin --- or even heard of him?
  71. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    I like this thread but I bet it gets 'precious'

    My best scent for 2011 is the magnificent Prada Amber Intense -- a real beast of a fragrance

    For me, 2015 goes to another 'designer' in Ultra...
  72. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Aventus has 2010 covered
  73. Thread: Would you.....

    by Kaern
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    Re: Would you.....

    Of course.

    It is iconic. That is to say, even if you don't like it a bottle should be in your possession
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    changes on a weekly basis

    D S & Durga

    Kilian

    Clive Christian
  75. Re: Jane Birkin on her mother's Schiaparelli Shocking

    Luca Turin likened JB to a bit of an airhead didn't he -- or the most 'unfrench'?

    I saw a few versions of the original Shocking bottles at the Perfume Exhibition at Somerset House a few years ago...
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    The vintage was called Cuir de Russie. Cuir came repackaged and more honey was added so it was a sweeter version. Both are great imo but I reckon the Russie version will be pretty hard to find now.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    hey -- I never mentioned a pee note -- unless you misread 'pass' for 'piss'
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    I forgot the severely underrated Cuir by L.T.Piver ---- that is lovely imo and doesn't cost much
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    I just have an aversion to this House, which extends through their clothes and accessories and especially the fragrances.
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    Bandit

    Nostalgia

    Cuir Cannage

    Hot Leather

    Cuir Fetiche
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    Re: NEW: Heretic - Smudge!

    I read an article about the guy behind Heretic

    He claims to use no synthetics ---

    Can anyone verify this?
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    a pass without testing for me ---- I just KNOW
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    Re: Tuberose and Vetiver???

    I think the vetiver would be lost if the two notes were paired -- tuberose is usually accompanied by various musks
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    Re: Aventus the next Cool Water?

    You know you are wearing the original though -- that's all that matters really
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    Re: Do people still care about Bond No.9?

    I don't really think about Houses in that way

    Bond are no better or worse than all of the niche houses imo -- some fragrances are great and some are duds
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    This happens all the time with MPG and other 'niche' houses -- they call it 'distribution problems'
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    What, about half past eight? I expect so :laugh:
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    Re: Alternative to vintage Dior homme intense

    there's nothing like the original out there -- well not that I have experienced

    I'd get Dior Homme Edt instead
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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    apart from maybe Egoiste I really can't think of any recent complex 'designer' fragrances -- it's practically an oxymoron

    You would have to go vintage imo -- L'Homme by Versace up until about 2000...
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    So because of where you live you are almost forced to view fragrances from a wholly artistic perspective.. That means missing a lot of enjoyment imo.

    If you can, move to a more liberated town or...
  91. Thread: Beta Male Scents

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    Re: Beta Male Scents

    GIT is beta dressed up as alpha
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    quite bold of Xerjoff I think as I wouldn't call it an 'easy' wear --- maybe Camilla got her hands on it
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    Yeah -- it's a shame more people can't at least test it

    I think it was specially created for a polo match that the 'Royals' were at and Xerjoff were sponsoring -- something like that anyway
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    nice one -- definitely a cool weather fragrance. It smells rich in both senses of the word
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    Re: Xerjoff JTC - Polo 1862 (Harrods exclusive)

    yeah -- I had a bottle and actually wrote a review --- spicy and leathery, nice and very potent

    I wonder if it ever saw the light of day outside Harrods?
  96. Re: so-called colognes that are EDT or better: the list

    I think it is too generic a word now to make any distinctions

    Bleu and Sauvage are classified as 'colognes' now in articles
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    Re: Which types of fragrance am I missing?

    you are thinking too hard

    just buy fragrances you like and give you pleasure to smell -- what's the worst that can happen?
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Snob or connoisseur -- that's the real question
  99. Re: Anyone remember Impulse Spice Girls deodorant? Please help with anything similar, many thanks

    4 years to get an answer and a possible match -- it must be a record :smiley:
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    Re: Under 50€ for school

    Eros
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