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    Re: Amouage which one?

    First of all both are so called medicinal oud fragrances. Aside from the most immediate top and the deepest down bottom notes Epic has almost identical smell to M7 to my nose. If you have smelled the...
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    Bentley, Sartorial, Mahon leather etc.

    Persuade me between the three. Tested the Mahon from floris. Closest things being Bvlgari Black and Daim Blond. Though I like gourmands and leather the black and blond has not been my cup of tea. I...
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    Re: Amouage which one?

    The one thing I will mention with Amouage is purchase a pre-reformulation bottle pre-metallic cap. My back-up bottle of Jub XXV with the metallic cap is a disaster,

    So how about the new ones with...
  4. Thread: Encre Noir

    by mugler
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    Re: Encre Noir

    Well frankly I prefer EN so immensely to commonly hailed stuff like code or adg though. And I seriously do not share your even more ridiculous frenzy about how EN is 'nothing like before ' so on so...
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    Amouage which one?

    Ok so I have read through the lot of past amouage threads on this forum but the opinions are still very weavering as to what I might need to decide on my one and only bottle adventure. I have...
  6. Thread: Encre Noir

    by mugler
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    Re: Encre Noir

    Hi
    I have mistaken Encre Noire for Armani code in terms of sillage, that is for many years until I test this recently. So if you like code it should be no more ink-alike than code. :)
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    Re: amouage and floris

    Thanks for prompt replies. Now I might need a pros and cons type of thing concerning sillage, longevity and such usual issues between no89, Eau de Santal and Mahon leather.
    And just which ones...
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    amouage and floris

    Hi members
    Help me choose between epic and memoir of amouage with your opinions.
    Another question which out of the floris line is bottle worthy?
    Thank you.
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    Re: Suggest something similar to Antaeus

    Antaeus imho in many ways is similar to the Aramis classis, especially the top to mid smells almost the same. Difference is that while Aramis tends to get herbal dry incensy Antaeus gets into the...
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    Louis Cardin Sama Al Emarat?

    A perfume supposedly from Dubai based fashion designer for watches and perfumes. Comes in edp edition and boasts oud. I
    'd like to hear opinions if anyone on basenotes has heard of this, and tested...
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    Singapore members only, Himalaya & avignon

    Hi
    I have Creed Himalaya & CdG Avignon also Brut. You may suggest price or swap. What I'm looking for is a good leather chypre classic . Pls do suggest. Only MRT meetups.
    Here is my interest...
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    Re: Yet another Leather thread

    Could we have more descriptive comparisons? For example I've been through Dzing! and found it more feminine and couldn't wear it (too sweet). I had varvatos which is rather young and simple but...
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    Yet another Leather thread

    Yes my fellow bners. I used to be active around here discussing orientals and stuff. But then as time goes by I got over some things and got around to leathers. So the question is a comprehensive...
  14. Thread: Singapore

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    Re: Singapore

    Hi! I'm wondering where to get knize 10 and houbigant fougere royale in SG.
    thanks.
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    Re: Aldehydes for Men?

    Egoiste by Chanel. Not sure if it really uses aldehyde but the top notes smells like that.
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    Re: "Oily" Fragrances?...

    Most old school macho scents, esp Azzaro and Pacco has this and also Santos Concentree. I believe this must be the woodsy notes, maybe cedar. I like that quite a lot.
  17. Thread: Zino vs Egoiste

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    Re: Zino vs Egoiste

    Actually I find that these two can be said to be very similar from the notes, both are vanillic orientals with rose note. In reality Egoiste is more powdery and medicinal and also much sweeter. Zino...
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    Re: Oh! it STINKS!!!

    I just got a bottle of mine not long ago. I think it is dark, but not in the way like Avignon or Messe de Minuit is said to be dark. Its dark with a twist of strong florals ( Jasmine I think), some...
  19. Re: On the use of Serge Lutens during summer months or in hot climate

    I find most Lutens project complexity and depth without being huge, heavy and sticky on the skin, probably because they have clear progression of individual notes. Arabie and Ambre sultan can be...
  20. Re: I need a new type of fragrance in my wardrobe..help

    Your drobe, IMO is almost exclusively in modern/aquatic/fresh category. Not sure if these are your thing but I would suggest trying:
    1) Strong woodsy vanillic orientals like Egoiste, Heritage, Opium...
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    Re: Frags that do not smell like it?

    A lot of the niche frags would fit the bill, especially the Diptyques. Try tam dao.
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    Re: What Would Leonidas wear?

    Speaking of 300, I'm more interested to know what Xerxes would wear. But I agree that Leonidas will be a Kouros type.
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    Re: What is missing?

    You need these:
    YSL Kouros
    Azzaro PH
    Pacco Rabbanne PH
    Bogart One Man Show or Krizia Uomo or both
    YSL M7
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    Re: What scents smell like talcum powder?

    I've heard that lagerfeld classic was supposed to smell exactly like talc, I own it and I will say it does smell like that, more than any other frags I know of.
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    Re: Egoiste in warm weather

    I'm a crazy guy who wears Kouros in summer daytime and think it appropriate, so I see no problem with Ego either. I tried wearing A*men for daytime/summer and that kinda sucked. Egoiste does it...
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    Re: Creed Millesime Imperial

    Apart from blatant rip-offs, the one that remind me most of MI is SMW, while MI is fruity aquatic, SMW is fruity sweet and crisp/fresh. Erolfa is not really similar to any of these though, as it has...
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    Re: Is the reformulated Santos still worth?

    I don't get much lavender out of Santos, but its probably just my nose or it's hidden?( I dont see it in the notes pyramid on the bottle either). Anyway back to Yatagan and Santos, I wouldn't say...
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    Re: What is it about aquatics?

    Same as above, mostly the reason is the synthetic-ness, especially in the drydown. In contrast to the drydowns of most classic non-aquatic scents that change and turns and reveals on and on for...
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    Re: Is the reformulated Santos still worth?

    Mine is a tester bottle of cocentree which is a black/grey bottle with golden, sort of, neck so i guess it's the old one. The scent is very strong/ woodsy and smokey, a bit like Yatagan but much...
  30. Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    I will say the following can compete any niche in my book,
    Antaeus
    Kouros
    Zino
    Santos
    Gucci PH
    Aramis 900
    Dior Homme
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    Re: First Niche/Creed: Reccomends?

    Darker woods? Santos concentree ;). Give GIT a chance too. IT may not be the most 'different' smelling but in the long run its one of the most impressive of the Creed line IMHO, a good bottle of GIT...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne pour homme

    I love it too, simple soapy scent but there is something macho about it. Not too sharp or too sweet but gets a bit powdery on me.
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    Re: Top 3 most masculine scents

    1) Yatagan
    2) Santos
    3) Azzaro PH

    I just got my Santos concentree, I will say in terms of being 'musculine' this beats Antaeus and Kouros which are more sensual and floral.
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    Re: Male Fragrance that exudes sex

    I understand the original question as what colognes smells like men's natural musk that is considered sexy? So my answer will be Yatagan, Kouros, Antaeus and Santos. These four, when worn makes me...
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    Re: Kouros or Body Kouros

    I too, at first prefered the modern sweet and oriental Body Kouros, but for some reason, I swapped my bottle and didn't buy a new one yet. The original Kouros, however, I used up my first 50 ml...
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    Re: Upgrade to niche!!

    If you like fresh scents Creed is good at making green, floral or marine fresh scents. For me the Lutens are the most satisfying niche experience as far as 'my' experience goes.
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    Re: Don't mess with me, bad boy scent

    I will add One Man Show by Bogart to Yatagan and Kouros already mentioned. There is something that hints badass-ness about these scents.
  38. Thread: Your Top 15!

    by mugler
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    Re: Your Top 15!

    Arabie
    Fumerie Turque
    Kouros
    Antaeus
    GIT
    Egoiste
    Himalaya
    penhaligons opus
    M7
    The Dreamer
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    80s/ vintage recommendations

    I've recently found a local perfume shop in Singapore ( not Jasina) that sort of specialise in 80s and even older stuff. I'm planning on up to 4 or 5 bottles of purchase for next month as the prices...
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    Re: Will I like 'The Dreamer'?

    If you have smelled D&G Ph and Le Male, you will have an idea of how the Dreamer would smell like, at least initially. Its one of those sweet yet transparent tobacco scents but also much more. The...
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    Re: 10 Disasterpieces - Your list

    Creed Green Valley, what a cloying woody scent. Absolutely rotten top notes that quickly turns into suffocating woods and vanilla. Nothing green in it.
    Another one, SL Rousse. The dry down is...
  42. Thread: Tuscany Aramis

    by mugler
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    Re: Tuscany Aramis

    Tuscany is very citrusy throughout, it should work very well in warm weather IMHO.
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    Re: Fragrances with notes that smell like cigars?

    Fumerie Turque? Not sure if cigars or cigarrettes but a lot of tobacco in there.
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    Re: Original Santal, I got it now!

    At first few tests I too worried that it might get loud and obnoxious, but the bottle I got, it isn't loud at all no matter how much I spray it. It stays rather discreet and crisp throughout. I would...
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    Re: RIVE GAUCHE.. Your views please..

    The first time I wore this, I did think it fresh in a different way, and I did get the retro appeal. On consecutive wears I come to notice that the actual scent, that you smell up close, of RG is...
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    Re: Young people/old frags

    I'm 25, apart from the Kenzo PH, Farenheit Summer and Kouros Sport, there is hardly any new/fresh/aquatic etc that I would consider wearing. My drobe mainly consists of half niche ( Lutens,...
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    Re: Egoiste vs Egoiste Platinum

    PE is more of a versitile scent, sort of gingery, citrusy and there are a ton of same scents out there, XS, Herrera, Himalaya etc, I find it very boring 90s scent. Egoiste on the other hand is one of...
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    Re: Ultrasweet scents!

    How about Original Santal, MontBlanc Individuel Body Kouros?
  49. Thread: CK Be - alike

    by mugler
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    Re: CK Be - alike

    Mugler cologne and Creed OV comes to mind.
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    Re: Question: Bogart One Man Show

    It is absolutely impossible for this scent to be fleeting. IMO this is the most potent stuff I've ever experienced. Way stronger and longer lasting than even Kouros.
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    Re: Fake millesime imperial sample??

    ok, there are tea and water melon notes there also, to be accurate.
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    Re: Best Fragrances for Gay Men?

    The problem with this thread is, if certain frags are best suited for gays, then stright men will sooner or later feel the need to avoid them. For me my favs are almost all frags mentioned as...
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    Re: Fake millesime imperial sample??

    my bottle seems to be real, ( feel that it was a little bit tempered) but yes, it smells like metallic water with a bit citrus on top and sweet muskiness in the base.
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    Poll: Re: Your most beloved Lutens

    Voted Fumerie Turque, but Arabie comes a very close second. Daim Blond and Douce Amere follows as favourites too.
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    Re: would i like 'original santal' ?

    I like OS too, but there are a few things to take note before you purchase, first it does smell a lot like many female scents. Second it is way too sweet, probably one of the sweetest out there....
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    Re: Philosykos vs Marc Jacobs

    I have yet to test Philosykos but Marc Jacobs is awesome in the sun. It almost beats all citrus/fresh scents when it comes to refreshing a sunny day.
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    I don't like L'instant ph, become sick of opium edp, i actually do 'like' original santal, completely unimpressed with Terre d' hermes and i think that all CK scents are in fact rather nice to wear.
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    Re: Anyone suggest a nice citrusy/minty fragrance?

    Kouros Sport ( very minty and i think there is a bit of citrus on top notes)
    Creed Green Valley ( slightly minty with notes of blackcurrent and the drydown is a bit sweet. After testing about...
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    Re: Teen-early 20's cologne

    In my early 20s I wore A*men sort of like all purposes, together with a bit of Eternity and Leau dissey. All of them were pretty long lasting( whole day). Right now ( mid 20s) I've grown completely...
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    Re: Real Men Don't Wear Serge Lutens

    SL is a fragrance line almost entirely fallen into the hands of female fans due to the ignorance of the male counterparts. And as time goes by, there appears this misconception that SL scents are...
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    Re: 10 Masterpieces - Your List

    Fumerie Turque - Lutens
    GIT - Creed
    MI - Creed
    Egoiste - Chanel
    Kouros - YSL
    Ungaro I - Emanuel Ungaro
    Gucci PH
    Pour Monsieur - Chanel
    Tea for Two - L'Artisan Perfumeur
    VdR - L'Artisan...
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    Re: 10 Disasterpieces - Your list

    1) Cool Water - makes me think of being smeared in mud and grass due to playing football in the rain. Also another minus point for trying to rip off GIT.
    2) Rive Gauche - used to like it for a while...
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    Re: Recommend some scents to try

    I have Endymion, it is actually a very sweet scent with a fresh plum/tamarind like accord. A very refined scent which I think is lacking something in the composition for some reason. But mind you,...
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    Re: YSL Kouros vs Chanel Antaeus

    Hey Deeablow, when I first sampled Antaeus the impression was nothing short of mind blowing, the top notes seemed so smokey it almost had that gun powder effect, at least to my nose, then in the dry...
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    Re: YSL Kouros vs Chanel Antaeus

    Yes, these two are my great two also. One in a white bottle, the other in black, both named after greek gods. For me Kouros is a more versaile and handy cologe. The bottle I got for Antaeus...
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    Re: Tabrome Millisime vs Original Santal

    Thanks for the suggestions so far, so to verdict up to now is that even though Tabrome may be a more triditional and better composed creed, OS is more wearable choice, am I right? Last time I sampled...
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    Tabrome Millisime vs Original Santal

    Which one to get? Roughly I know how they smell like, but I need that influence/inspiration/advice to make my desicion. Please don't tell me to get BdP instead because I have yet to get a whiff of it...
  68. Re: LUTENS or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Chergui

    I've yet to smell the Chergui, when one of you say 'pretty' is it as pretty as Daim Blond which I currently have? The one that I absolutely admire from SL is Fumerie Turque, which I will say is...
  69. Thread: NEW frag

    by mugler
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    Re: NEW frag

    Tea for Two. Bulgari black has an image of a sort associated with it like 'goth' or something and it could be an 'in' thing among some but I quickly got bored with it. T42 is much more exquisite.
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    Re: L'Occitane Eau Des Baux ( A quick review)

    I have yet to put it on a full day test run so I can't comment on the longevity but I agree that it is quite potent as it has quite a presence on the skin but it doesn't project much but stays close...
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    L'Occitane Eau Des Baux ( A quick review)

    Les Baux is a village from Province out of which these historical French Knights came, so says the packaging of Eau Des Baux, the latest men's scent from L'Occitane. It also mentions Cypress and...
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    Re: Dark fruity scents

    My description looks exactly like Black XS but I know it is not because I used to have Black XS. This one has a lot of development and thickness to my nose, comparable to the heavier scents.
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    Dark fruity scents

    I recently had a whiff of one of these scents on the train and was totally baffled at what it might be. At first sniff I mistakened it for being one of the powerhouses because of the apparent potency...
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    Re: Aqua di Perma Blu Mediterraneo Fico

    Well it's weird as in it doesn't really smell like cologne or perfume at first, more like some sort of medicinal syrup or sun tan or something. So which is actually better for fig scents, diptyque or...
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    Aqua di Perma Blu Mediterraneo Fico

    What do you think of this latest release form AdP? I tried it once and it's really weird but I'm kinda interested because of that.
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    Re: Problems with Platinum Egoiste!

    For a Chanel I would recommend Pour Monsieur Concentree and Antaeus more than the others. But for PE I dont really think it has sillage or longevity problems in fact it could be superior to the D&G...
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste-which is similiar?

    To my nose Herrera for men is more similar to PE than XS is to Himalaya, enough said. That said I guess PE would be a bit on the heavier side than the Herrera.
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    Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    I second Armand Bassi Homme. Too light for my taste though.
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    Re: Which is the most unique fresh fragrance...

    I second Navegar. Nothing like it to the best of my knowledge. Fresh yet sensual and niche.
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    Re: House Referendum -- L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Stuff I own from L'Artisan:
    Navegar - Sharp, citric, green top notes, like some freshly cut pungent vegetation, then dries down to sweet wood which is the softest I've come across among any woods....
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    Armand Bassi homme?

    What do you think of it? I think has a Gucci Envy like gingery/spicey top notes but quickly dries down to a rubbery smell similar to Bvlgari black. How would to rank it among the orientals?
  82. Thread: XS vs Black XS

    by mugler
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    Re: XS vs Black XS

    XS all the way! Black is like strawberry milk with cheap car air freshener. Not comparable in any way to the original.
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    Re: What would you like...

    I've always wanted something strongly and vividly mystical, like a strong Sandalwood, Agarwood base with lots of incense on top. Really smokey but also has a solid body of wood. I have no idea what...
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    Re: Daim Blond - Deja Vu?

    I've never smelled the Dior Bois D'argent but I've tried Dior homme and it smells nothing like Daim Blond. Dior Homme is a very powdery soft gourmand with floral notes but Daim Blond is a fruity and...
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    Re: "Tired of ozonic/watery?" * *

    Ozonic or watery is not the main reason I dislike those scents like L'eau D'Issey, Allure Sport or AdG. I like Erolfa and it smells like nothing but water! The reason why I dislike most designer...
  86. Thread: avant garde

    by mugler
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    Re: avant garde

    I second Navegar. Green, incensy and also sweet :P. This one is quite unpredictable.
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    Re: Fragrances for motorheads

    Not sure if applicable here or not but Bogart One Man Show is like either for thugs or for motor workshop technicians. Not because it smells anything like vehicles but it certainly is greasy.
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    Re: a L'Artisan that lasts?!

    Navegar last through a whole working day for me. What I find puzzling is how Dzing! suddenly disappears ( or changes) after like half an hour.
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    Re: When should I wear Chic by Carolina Herrera???

    I think this one can be classified as hot weather evening casual scent. Not formal enough for work but not for clubs either. Just for relaxed casual evenings where you might have dates or hang out...
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    Re: Which Penhaligon's

    I just tested them again, Opus and Endymion that is. Opus IMO is too much alike those Hugo Boss type designer scents plus a little bit of Mechant Loup, I didn't like it much. Endymion on the other...
  91. Thread: All Black...

    by mugler
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    Re: All Black...

    Egoiste, or Antaeus if you want to appear more musculine. For some reason I also tend to associate Armani Night He with someone wearing black even though its not really a very dark scent.
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    Which Penhaligon's

    Which ones are good from this house? I'm not into anything too outdated so what I'm looking into is Endymion, Opus and Castile. Only sniffed Endymion once and havn't tried the last two at all. So...
  93. Re: Is my nose broken? *First time Creed experien

    I think you need to have the habit of experiencing fragrances from opening through dry down and analyze them in order to be able to appreciate Creeds, IMHO. I also had similar experience when I first...
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    Re: L'Instant - edt, edp or d'un Eté?

    I have the edp and its really good. The dark, bitter sweet aspects of L'instant edt are fully explored in the edp. But for some reason I prefer my l'instant fresher, so I prefer the edt. I've tried...
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    Re:  Top 5 of *"I wanna smell this badly, soo

    Serge Lutens Chergui, Fumerie Turque
    The Miller Harris Line
    The Diptyque line especially Tam Dao
    Creed BdP
    CdG Jaisalmar, Kyoto, 2man
    Animale Animale
    Hanae Mori
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    Re: Do you recommend Chic?

    Chic is a fresh watermelon and tea scent that somehow reminds me of MI. But chic has a woody musculine base that is suitable for hotter weather evenings. Not too light and not too heavy and also very...
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    Re: Jasmine heavy mens/unisex scents?

    YSL Kouros has strong jasmine note, especially the lighter sport or eau d'ete versions.
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    Re: Top 3 most masculine scents

    Antaeus
    Kouros
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Another one is Bogart One Man Show but this one just plain stinks of gasoline and grease. I guess it must be for the raunchiest of men. The three above to me are...
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    Fragrance for a charmer?

    What would a mesmerizingly charismatic person, who is not necessarily a hardcore seductionist or a sex bomb, not necessarily good looking and whose personality is a bit dark and melancholic wear to...
  100. Re: How important to you is a scent's "masculinity

    The ones that men can wear and can't seems obvious to me. Empty words like 'too sweet', 'too floral', 'pour femme' etc doesn't say anything at all. For example Lau d'issey pour femme is a very nice...
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