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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Another gay guy here with two cents worth: I would've assumed that most straight guys would without question value a woman's compliment more than another man's. That would just seem completely...
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    Re: Aventus or Mancera Cedrat Bois

    I own both as well, and I find a similarity in the fruit notes, without question. But, they differ a great deal as well. CB stays with the fruit notes, which are pushed just to the edge of...
  3. Re: 5 must have fragrances for any mens fragrance enthusiast

    Winter: Tobacco Vanille. I'd be quite content if this were my only fragrance from November-February. Honorable mention: Egoiste.

    Spring: Aventus. It says, "Yeah, the heavy days of winter are...
  4. Re: Colonia Assoluta: how does it compare to other Colonia flankers?

    Thanks for great responses. I think I'll cross the street and hit Nieman's too and see if the new Mandarino di Amalfi, or the other one, has arrived. I've had my eyes on both of those since they...
  5. Colonia Assoluta: how does it compare to other Colonia flankers?

    Heading the the Saks fragrance counter tomorrow, and top of my list is Acqua di Parma's Colonia Assoluta. Now I've tried Colonia Essenze (sp.?), Intense and the original. A little too soapy for me,...
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    Re: Wow Mancera Black Line is masterful

    I know everyone talks about Cedrat Boise as Aventus-lite, but it's a beautiful fragrance that stands on its own. I wore it yesterday and was again impressed by their ability to take the fruit notes...
  7. Re: What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance you have ever smelt?

    Le Labo's Bergamote 22 (is it 22? I can't remember). Also, Allure Homme Sport Cologne. Both total winners.
  8. Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford - Mandarino di Amalfi & Costa Azzurra

    Any idea on the release date? I've been loving me some Neroli Portofino and can't wait to try these.
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    Re: pencil shavings?

    I can't believe no one has mentioned Le Labo's Santal 33. This creamy wood fragrance has a cedar/pencil shaving note very prominent throughout. A very interesting scent.
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    Re: Looking for a Allure Homme Sport replacement

    Have you considered Allure Homme Sport cologne? I think this is fantastic stuff. It's a nice complement to Allure Homme Sport but has a character all its own.
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    Re: Mandorlo di Sicilia? Acqua di Parma

    I own Mandorlo, and I can see where you might find the licorice note. I think it's more of a root beer myself, followed by lots of almond and vanilla. It's a very interesting fragrance and personally...
  12. Re: Do you apply lotion before putting on fragrance?

    I do indeed. Without a decent fragrance-free lotion (currently I'm using Whole Foods' 365 brand), my desert-dry skin will consume any scent I apply. When applied over a lotion base, I get much better...
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    Re: Best niche fragrance for a high schooler?

    I vote for Mancera's Cedrat Boise, which I purchased recently and think is fantastic, and Le Labo's Bergamote 22, which is a fresh, sparkling scent perfect for warmer weather, and it generates...
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    How do you acquire most of your samples?

    I've been meaning to ask this question for a while now. Requesting a sample at the fragrance counter is the most obvious way, of course, but I'm often greeted with, "We're all out of samples." ...
  15. Thread: Sel Marin

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    Re: Sel Marin

    Hmm. Maybe it is seaweed I'm smelling. In any case, it is a scent that is extremely unappealing. But it's interesting to read how many of you don't detect that note at all.
  16. Thread: Sel Marin

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    Re: Sel Marin

    I also purchased a decant of Virgin Island Water, and it's like Sel Marin's boozy Cancun cousin, who's had too many pina coladas and just wants to lay around in the sun for a bit. But there's...
  17. Thread: Sel Marin

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    Sel Marin

    Just received my decant today and had the highest hopes. But man oh man...what the heck is that fish note doing in there? I understand the concept of a beach scent, but this I do not care for at...
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    Re: A few hours with Mancera's Cedrat Boise

    This is some exceptional juice. Already gotten a compliment. And I love the fact that it's a 4 oz bottle. This one will last for some time.
  19. Re: Some impressions from my visit to Nordstrom and NM yesterday (ADP, Creed, Jack Black)

    I've been trying out the AdP line for a month or so now, and I can't find any that I think are full bottle worthy except Mandorlo di Sicilia. That one is unique and gourmand, whereas all the others...
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    Re: A few hours with Mancera's Cedrat Boise

    I'll let you know tomorrow, after I apply it properly in the morning (after a shower, skin still slightly damp then moisturized).
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    A few hours with Mancera's Cedrat Boise

    My bottle finally arrived, and it's wonderful (a very safe blind buy, as most reviews I've read have been extremely accurate on the notes).

    I love that fresh fruit smell. What a nice change-up...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Even as a gay guy, I love getting compliments from women. I've also found that my female friends will be very honest with me regarding a scent, because they know neither of us is getting anything...
  23. Re: Commercially successful scents not popular here?

    I couldn't agree with this more. I have purchased some rather expensive decants online and barely worn them, thankful that I didn't blind buy a $200 bottle (I'm looking at you, Musc Ravageur). But...
  24. Re: Have you read "The Perfect Scent" by Chandler Burr?

    I'm going to check out the documentary, also.

    Also, didn't Burr mention in the book that Yves St. Laurent admitted once that a full 85% of his company's revenue came from fragrance? I believe...
  25. Re: Commercially successful scents not popular here?

    I just got started with colognes myself over the past year, and it has been a time of great trial and error for me. I've found some mainstream scents that I love, and others that I would never wear....
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    Re: Favourite Blu Mediterraneo?

    Mandorlo. It's the standout of the line for me. Arancia di Capri is lovely too, but it disappears far too quickly.
  27. Re: Have you read "The Perfect Scent" by Chandler Burr?

    The part about Paris Hilton's involvement in her fragrance line were worth the price of admission alone. I don't think I'm giving anything away when I saw that her input was limited simply to cashing...
  28. Have you read "The Perfect Scent" by Chandler Burr?

    I finished it a couple of weeks ago. It's two stories in one book, the first concerning Ellena's creation of Un Jardin Sur Le Nil for Hermes, the other Sarah Jessica Parker's first scent, Lovely. ...
  29. Re: Could you BNers ever limit your collection to your 5 fave colognes?

    Maybe? My collection is actually growing smaller as I get rid of some scents I know I will never wear. I see no reason to keep a bottle of, let's say, YSL L'Homme Libre, when right next to it is...
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    Finally...Mancera Cedrat Boise

    Man, I've been looking everywhere for a bottle of this. Finally MiN NY had it back in stock. I wonder how long that will last? I've only seen it in stock twice on their site before.
  31. Thread: Le Labo

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    Re: Le Labo

    I don't think they're that overpriced. Yes, $160 for a bottle half the size (and twice the price) of a department store scent isn't cheap, but it's not unattainable. An indulgence, I would say. And...
  32. Thread: Le Labo

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    Re: Le Labo

    I just received a bunch of their stuff this week. Look for my post yesterday.

    I'm wearing Bergamote 22 today and loving it. A rich, full citrus that has much more body than most light citrus...
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    Box full of Le Labo

    I just received my shipment from Le Labo in NY (ordered late last week, received it today -that's a pretty good turnaround). I purchased bottles of Bermamote 22 and Santal 33 and received 1.5ml...
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    Re: Terre díHermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    I wore this to work today, and I can't believe how mixed my feelings are. It stuck around for a few hours, during which, for the most part, it smelled almost identical to the original. Perhaps I...
  35. Thread: Hermes

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    Re: Hermes

    Terre D'Hermes parfum lasts a very long time on my skin. The three from the Jardins line that I own (Nil, Toit, Mediterannee) smell heavenly but don't live too long.
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    Re: Terre díHermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    It's not on Bloomingdales website, but it was at the fragrance counter yesterday and I picked up a bottle. I haven't had a chance to form much of an opinion yet, but I can definitely find the TdH...
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    Re: Fleur d'Oranger/Orange-y smells

    Perhaps Arancia di Capri by Acqua di Parma? Sales associate at Bloomingdales hooked me up with two nice samples, and it very fresh and inviting. I feel a full bottle purchase soon...
  38. Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza - your thoughts?

    Thanks for all the input. I wore it to work today, but I didn't have the same longevity experience others here have written of. It was pretty faint not long after spraying. But then I had a light...
  39. Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza - your thoughts?

    I picked up a bottle yesterday and am not sure where I stand. First off, let me say that I love the Acqua di Parma line, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    Essenza has a very...
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    Re: Marzipan / cherry recommendation

    Be sure to check out Mandorlo if you have the chance. I got a bottle a couple weeks ago, and it smells like nothing else in my collection. It starts out with a root beer-like note that dries down to...
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    Re: Noir Tom Ford - For Men?

    I've worn my decant of Noir de Nor a few times now, and I just can't get past the overwhelming rose. A dark, rich rose, but simply too much for my tastes. But, it that's what you're looking for, I...
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    Re: Dior "Homme" - Marketing over Manliness

    I appreciate your thoughtful post, but I couldn't disagree more. I've just added Homme and Homme Eau into my regular rotation, and I don't get any femininity from them at all. I smell a deep, dark...
  43. Re: Want to "Blind buy" Dior Homme Intense. Need opinions....

    Dior Homme Intense was my first foray into Dior colognes for men, and I was put off by the tremendous lipstick (iris) vide. I didn't get it at all. But I went ahead and bought DH Homme Cologne, DH...
  44. Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress and Mazzolari Lui

    I don't think there is a more honestly named fragrance that Italian Cypress. That's the only thing it smells like. It's as straightforward and linear a fragrance as I've ever smelled, especially from...
  45. Re: Just got Mandorlo di Sicilia...what AdP do you recommend next?

    So it doesn't sound like there's anything wrong with aiming to get the entire line!
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    Poll: Re: Scent for a Tropical Garden Wedding

    You've got Un Jardin Sur Le Nil. Excellent option. As is Un Jardin Sur Le Toit, which I just picked up a couple weeks ago and find amazing. Tropical garden? It's perfect.
  47. Just got Mandorlo di Sicilia...what AdP do you recommend next?

    Sales Associate sprayed it on me at Bloomingdales last weekend and it was love at first scent. That sweet vanilla with the almond sliding into the background...it's delicious. And had great longevity...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste :'(

    That's interesting about your girlfriend. From my experience, women love the stuff. I've said before that I think it smells like confidence in a bottle, so maybe that's what they respond to. In any...
  49. Re: any suggestions for office/daily business fragrance

    Yes, Grey Vetiver is an excellent option. As is Guerlain's Vetiver. And I get quite a few compliments on Chanel's Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme. But then today I wore Dior Homme Eau and felt like a...
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    Re: Ermenegildo Zegna Perfumes

    I visited the Zegna store in Atlanta last weekend specifically for a sniff. I thought they were all outstanding. I can barely tolerate patchouli in any way shape or form, but EZ did it right. I...
  51. Re: any suggestions for office/daily business fragrance

    I think the quintessential office/professional scent is Chanel's Platinum Egoiste. To me, it smells like confidence in a bottle. Great stuff, probably my favorite in the present Chanel line-up, and,...
  52. Re: the ugliest, tackiest, naffiest (i know, i know) design of perfume bottles and boxes

    Oh my God...I'd be afraid it would start talking to me in the middle of the night! Well, considering the source, it would likely curse at me.

    Anyway. I may invite some hate with my choices, but I...
  53. Do you buy the smaller or larger sized bottles?

    I've only recently begun truly building my collection, and it's quickly become apparent that I will likely never empty a bottle of even my favorite scents, since no single bottle gets used more than...
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    Re: Expensive cheapos: get your list out!

    I couldn't disagree more with your choice of Valentino Uomo! I can certainly see where it isn't a good fit for everyone, but the dry down is very lush to me. I think it's going to be around for a...
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    Re: Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit

    Thanks for the recommendations! I definitely have the rest of the Jardin series from Hermes on my radar now (I actually forgot that I had a small decant of Sur le Nil).
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    Re: Zegna Haitian Vetiver...

    I stopped by the Zegna store at Lenox in Atlanta today and sniffed the entire line. Every single one smelled fantastic. But I just can't distinguish between all the vetivers I've smelled enough to...
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    Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit

    Picked a bottle of this up today at Bloomingdales on impulse, and...wow! I am really at a loss for words. It is an absolute beautiful scent, but I honestly cannot decide if I have the...
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    Poll: Re: Deciding on Citrus(y) Summer Scent

    I bought a bottle this week, and it's likely my least favorite of the AHS line, caveat being that I am a HUGE fan of this line, so I still like it quite a bit. In any case, I'd got with AH Edition...
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    Re: Mancera Cedrat Boise: kinda like Aventus?

    I've been watching the MINNYC website for a while now and they've just recently gotten Cedrat Boise back in stock. That's the only place online I could find it. I couldn't even locate any decants. ...
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    Re: Mancera Cedrat Boise: kinda like Aventus?

    If it wasn't real, then Nieman Marcus is selling fakes LOL Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was real, and from what I've read, a lot of folks have longevity issues with Creed. I have some decants of a...
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    Mancera Cedrat Boise: kinda like Aventus?

    I tried Aventus a few months ago and loved the scent - for the hour that it lasted on my skin. Some research has suggested that Mancera's Cedrat Boise has similar qualities. Can anyone confirm...
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    Re: Valentino Uomo. A new look on Dior Homme

    I bought a small bottle at Nordstrom this past weekend, after enjoying the few paper samples they gave me recently. I was excited to buy, but then I wore it home and some of the excitement wore off....
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    Re: Chanel Allure Homme Sportor Boss Bottled

    I find myself putting AHS and AHSEE in my daily gym bag more than any other scents. They both garner unsolicited compliments, so you'd probably be good with either one. AHS probably fits your age...
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    Re: L'humaniste by Frapin

    With the weather warming a bit. I've put the Tobacco Vanille aside for the spring and summer and am now trying out some new warmer-weather scents I picked up recently. The one garnering the most...
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    Re: Do suggest me a new chanel summer scent

    I get more compliments on AHSEE than regular AHS, but the one that tops them all is Platinum Egoiste. Women especially love that one, but as a gay man that doesn't really concern me one way or the...
  66. Other grooming products from a fragrance line

    How many of you purchase and use, when available, other grooming products from a specific fragrance line? If I really like a scent, I'll try to get the deodorant and after-shave balm or lotion,...
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    A trip down memory lane...

    What was your first go-to fragrance? You know, the one you decided, "Hey, I'm gonna wear this on a regular basis." I had a bottle of the green Polo when I was in high school, but I thought it...
  68. What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Not individual scents, but the entire offering of a designer or niche brand.

    Granted, my experience with niches is limited to decants and samplers from The Perfumed Court, so I'm going to focus...
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    Re: Scent for a hospital environment

    I work in an operating room environment, but I'm non-clinical and deal mainly with paperwork and office issues. I wear cologne daily, but I do so conscientiously and very very lightly. I keep it safe...
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    Re: Help with buying Dior Homme vintage

    I did not know that. I've just recently gotten into Dior scents and really like what I have so far (Dior Homme Intense, Dior Homme Sport and the one I mentioned above). Based on your comment, I...
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    Re: Help with buying Dior Homme vintage

    I actually just received a bottle of Dior Homme today that I purchased off overstock.com. It's the white bottle and white stem. Is this the one you're referring to?
    ...
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    Re: Pure havane is such a beast

    I so wish this one had worked for me. I love tobacco scents and had high hopes. Unfortunately, on me it smelled like a different kind of tobacco, the kind you've smoked in a cigarette and remains...
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    Re: $300 to splurge: help me make a decision!

    I just read up on that one, and it sounds very nice. Aventus was a big letdown for me - no longevity and no sillage - so something similar sounds promising. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    Re: $300 to splurge: help me make a decision!

    I have so many more to consider now! This forum is fantastic for a newbie like me. I would've never heard of many of the scents mentioned here otherwise. Thanks to everyone.
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    Re: $300 to splurge: help me make a decision!

    Thankfully I have some decants on the way, so I won't be blindly dropping lots of cash on Tom Ford or by Killian. I really appreciate all the feedback. I think I'll be able to make a decision...
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    Re: $300 to splurge: help me make a decision!

    I actually have a small decant on its way from the perfumed court. I can't wait to try it. Also ordered some by Kilian, as well, but I've tried Back to Black before and don't feel I can justify the...
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    $300 to splurge: help me make a decision!

    Three-hundred dollars that I've earmarked for fragrance is burning a hole in my pocket, and I want to pull the trigger on a purchase soon. I don't often get the chance to purchase the big ticket...
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    Sticky: Longevity and sillage issues with Creed

    My apologies upfront if this topic has been covered at length before.

    I recently purchased a small bottle of Aventus and loved it. No complaints whatsoever with the scent. But the longevity and...
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    Re: S O T D: Monday, March 3, 2014

    HM by Hanae Mori. I always forget how much I enjoy this scent until I wear it again. I'm sporting the deodorant today, too.
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille - The Final Verdict

    Tobacco Vanille was the first bottle I purchased when I decided that fragrance was something worth investing in, and I think it's magnificent. I've tried some other scents that get raves, notably...
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    Re: Why is Creed Aventus so hyped up?

    I picked up the small 30ml size a month or so ago, the most I've ever paid for a fragrance outside Tobacco Vanille. I think it's amazing, a solid fruit scent that, to my nose, combines the freshness...
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