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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Vintage No.88
    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Vintage Yatagan
    Vintage Bel Ami
    Sycomore
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Always an uplift to read an incomparable writer such as Luca Turin. Hope he writes forever. Thanks.
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    Re: I miss the 1000fragrances blog :(

    Other than Luca Turin, Octavian is one of the only reviewers I truly love to read. Complete genius, great writer, with more overall knowledge about perfume than probably anyone else in the world.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 25th April 2015

    Dior Fahrenheit
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    All hat, few cattle. But it's good to see the counter can reach 100,000. I appreciate hednic's interest in fragrances. But the only way I know he even has interest is because he tells us he owns...
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    Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    Smelling Declaration makes your world feel a little bigger. Terre d'Hermes just makes you glad it's a lot better than most. It also has a lot more to say with some heat and sweat. I'd take either one...
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    Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    Over time it's a lot more interesting than Terre d'Hermes.

    -- Russian tea: smoke with woods and cold, not hot. spices. Hot is cinnamon. Cold is cardamom.
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    Re: Favorite Vetiver? Oud? Rose? Amber?

    Vetiver: Sycomore
    Oud: Songe d’un Bois d’Ete
    Rose: No. 88
    Amber: Ambre Sultan
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    Re: Lets make a list: Your 1 spray fragrances

    Well, there's one thing for sure: I don't now and never have relied on community consensus lists for much of anything. But I like the fact that the lists promote the use of only one spray. :-)
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    Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    Hmm. You like it, it's a hit. You don't like it, it's a miss. Quality fragrance by Jean Claude Ellena, btw.



    That's for damn sure.
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    Re: Egoiste impressions....

    Like any other fragrance, if you like it you spray it on and wear it wherever you want. If you live in a house you can actually wear it there also.
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    Re: What do you think of Anteaus?

    Antaeus used to be a dark bitter leather chypre of great distinction related to vintage Or Black (Pascal Morabito). These days it's moved a lot closer to something as bad as the fruity sweetness of...
  13. Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Hermes Equipage (Can't Decide - Please Vote and Pick Only 1)

    Hermes told Guy Robert they wanted something that smelled like "cold pipe". Don't think they got it. The quality is excellent but the fragrance is dull.

    Bel Ami won that one before the race ever...
  14. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    No. 5
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    Poll: Re: Oud Wood vs Musc Ravageur

    Don't love either but Musc Ravageur is a quality frgrance, and a hell of a lot better fragrance than Oud Wood, which is thin, unfinished and unnecessary, even by the relatively paltry standards of...
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    Re: Can a man wear Tom Ford Plum Japonais ?

    Can a man eat tacos?
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    Zino Davidoff is a great fragrance but it's mainly a rich complex oriental fougere rather than any kind of prominent rose, and it's far more about geranium than rose.
    __________

    No. 88 (Czech &...
  18. Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    A random list abbreviated by my being tired of thinking about it. Are they underrated? I'd say so. Most of them have been reformulated and aren't as good as they once were. There are many more that...
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    Re: Opinions on Michael Kors for Men?

    One of those I always wanted to like but rarely wore. Once walked by a guy who smelled great. Pungent, energetic, positive, masculine smell. Asked him what it was, he told me it was Michael Kors for...
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    Re: What's your signature scent?

    I don't rotate. I just wear the one I want, and that's the signature scent.
  21. Re: Anyone else bet a sour smell as Shalimar is settling down?

    I'm talking about the vintage edp and parfum. The new stuff still smells great, but the attenuation of bergamot, Peru balsam and other things has changed the fragrance a lot.

    I don't smell it as...
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    Re: Ideal summer Chanel

    Sycomore
    Pour Monsieur
    Eau de Cologne

    Haven't tried the new Pour Monsieur EDP
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    Re: Best Vanilla scented Cologne? Help...

    Pour un Homme (Caron)
    Cuir Beluga (Guerlain)
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    Most women I know are crazy for Yatagan.

    Great review from Barabara Herman on Aramis:

    "....This glorious leather chypre.........Needless to say, we were hooked. We were still wandering around...
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    Re: eBayers Seem Content with Fake Creeds

    Plenty of idiots on here over the last five years. It isn't too difficult to figure out who the good ebay sellers are, and there are many. I've bought hundreds of bottles of all kinds on ebay. The...
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    Hmm. Unlike some of the above, my 38 yr old female companion of fifteen years loves No.88 and Leather Oud. She also likes Aramis worn in the right doses.

    She also likes a variety of things such...
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    Re: Dear Gawd Creed and these batch variations

    I've tried a lot of batches. At best it smells like something I'd probably use to shampoo my crotch.
  28. Re: Is it just me or not many people wear fragrances?

    Attn: The global perfume industry is generally valued at around $30 billion.

    Yeah, people wear a lot perfume. And most of it smells really bad.
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    Re: Why does Fahrenheit smell like gasoline?

    Acetylenic esters, which are regulated now, so you smell the "petroleum" note less intensely in the new stuff.
  30. Thread: Kouros 2015

    by pluran
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    Re: Kouros 2015

    "KOUROS: The Scent of Gods (1/2)"
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/kouros-scent-of-gods-12.html

    "KOUROS: The Scent of Gods (2/2)"...
  31. Poll: Re: Poll: a masculine modern classic father's Fragrance to remember you by?

    Dior Homme edt is an excellent fragrance, but associating my dad with a Godzilla vanilla bomb like Dior Homme Intense might be traumatic.

    I like things with a little mystery and character:
    ...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Thanks. It's always refreshing to read Luca's reviews.
  33. Re: Does one of your fragrances make you feel more *you*?

    I'd have a hell of a time wearing it if it didn't feel like me in one way or another.

    A few that stand out at the moment. Vintage formulations in most of them:

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    No. 88...
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    I've bought hundreds of bottles of the best fragrances ever made. I've rarely engaged with sales clerks.
  35. Re: Looking for a masculine scent, but not too heavy for hot Phoenix weather

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Bois d'Orage
  36. Re: Who here has engaged in blind testing of their entire collection to determine their favorites?

    "Who here has engaged in walking outside to to determine what kind of car they have?"
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    I don't give a shit because I don't like it and would never wear it. I also don't wear something with the soul intention of others liking it. As Jack Hunter said, other people will like and dislike...
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    Re: Guava fragrances?

    www.fragrantica.com/notes/Guava-177.html
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    Re: Why people bag on the Polo fragrances.

    Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
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    Poll: Re: Need A Compliment Getter.

    Title correction: "Need A Life"

    As far as the poll goes, all of the ones included are pretty bad. Also, great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion...
  41. Re: Aventus - the Acqua di Gio of niche masculine perfumery

    Noth sure about about Acqua di Gio. Neither are great, but I think Acqua di Gio pour Homme is a better fragrance than Aventus.
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    Re: Work and formal occasions

    I feel more comfortable wearing whatever I want.
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Jeke is a fairly well-made fragrance and I dig what he's trying to do, but Slumberhouse basically sucks. I know you love to hear it. :-)
  44. Re: How much do you think presentation/packaging impact your choice of a perfume

    Zero.

    It's all about the juice. Bottles can be aesthetically pleasing, but if I rely on a fragrance bottle to fulfill my aesthetic needs I'm probably not doing too good. No matter how good the...
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    Re: Is Aramis a good blind buy?

    Still one of the best chypre drydowns if not the best chypre drydown out there. Easy on the application and it's one of the best masculines there is.

    Barbara Herman loves it and wears it. See her...
  46. Re: I dont understand the 'is my xxxxxx fake?' threads

    Chances of most of them ever having much more to contribute is slim.
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    Luca Turin Reviews Chanel Misia

    http://arabia.style.com/beauty/beauty-guide/message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin-reviews-the-latest-chanel-and-estee-lauder-perfumes/
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    Re: Longevity Issues With Thierry Mugler A*Men

    Might want to get to the doctor. Actually you just need to smell hundreds of fragrances over the next few months and you'll find A*Men lasts a hell of lot longer than you might want. No stopping that...
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    Re: Roja Dove Bergamot Extrait

    If he actually feels like a man he'll wear any damn thing he wants and he'll feel good about it. The only thing that matters is how the fragrance feels to you. Does it feel like you or not? The only...
  50. Re: Would you wear a fragrance that you like but might offend others?

    I wear whatever the hell I want and love it.
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    Re: Eloge du Traitre or Yatagan??

    Been awhile since I wore it, but Eloge du Traitre is tiny, simple, monotonous and characterless compared to something as great as vintage Yatagan (I don't know the new stuff). Memories could be...
  52. Re: The monster which became a beauty, love on second sight!

    Far too much to try and remember, but it has happened at least twenty times over the last fifteen years
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    Re: Eau d'Hadrien vs. Green Irish Tweed

    I don't see any comparison. One is a classic citrus, the other a fresh green fougere.

    When I wear Green Irish Tweed I feel like I'm wearing the stuff that blows out of an Abercormbie & Fitch...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    As Jean Guichard, great perfumer and director of the Givaudan Perfumery School, said: “Civet is a fundamental French perfume material, a historic girder of the industry and the quintessential scent...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Octavian Coifan, renowned perfume historian, writer, genius, passionate critic of perfumes, understands that "authentic perfume is a misfit of contemporary consumer society. Releases numerous, low...
  56. Re: Is allure home sport by chanel compliment getterm

    Wearing fragrances in order to get compliments. Proof that manliness dead. Needing more projection and longevity? No wonder.

    The only reason you should wear a fragrance is because you like it.
  57. Re: What is the muskiest fragrance with great longevity?

    Musks Koublai Khan, which contains civet, castoreum, musky ambrette and three kinds of musk.
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    Re: Ethical Hypothetical

    Good choices above on the Patous, Guerlains, Chanels and Coty.

    I don't consider myself a collector. Such bondage. I just buy the things I like. I've bought a ton but sold just as many. In this...
  59. Re: Does anybody know the "S" note in Thierry Mugler Cologne?

    "......The perfume itself is also an oxymoron... it is brimming with clean, striking, soapy freshness - drawing upon the pristine vitality of mother earth - though much of its composition is...
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    Re: New Pierre Guillaume - Collection Croisiere!!

    He makes some interesting accords and a few decent if mostly half-baked fragrances. If one of these is good I'll be pleasantly surprised. I like this guy, though. He's intelligent and has a lot of...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 21st March 2015

    Johnny, good to see you around. I bought this bottle in 2006. Smells great. Must buy more. Hopefully it's still good. Such an extraordinary fragrance. Nothing like it.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 21st March 2015

    No.88 (Czech &Speake)

    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w275/pluran/551254_mrp_in_l_zpsbnxemplx.jpg
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - lovin beats hatin

    Excellent fragrance.

    Not quite as good as Songe d'un Bois d'Ete, but it's one of the few decent things made in the last fifteen years.
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    Re: Aventus Blind Buy

    What are the other two?
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    Re: SOTD Friday 20th March 2015

    Secret de Rochas Oud Mystère
  66. Re: Let's be frank: spring is time for frankincense.

    No thanks.

    Bois d'Encens
    Tuscan Scent Incense Suede
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    Re: 'Goth' fragrance

    Vintage Pascal Morabito Or Black is as dark and melancholy as it gets.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 15th March 2015

    Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994)

    I always forget how much I like this energetic and fun little fragrance.
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    Re: What is the general consensus of Jo Malone?

    Always interesting to hear what people have to say, but it doesn't matter what the consensus is. The only thing that matters is what you think of it. Try the things and find out. Guarantee you you'll...
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    Re: Shalimar - can a man get away with it?

    A confident person can wear anything he or she wants. I don't care for the EDT, but the last time I wore Shalimar EDP my female partner told me it reminded her of Bois du Portugal, but she thought...
  71. Re: Would you ask this guy what fragrance he's wearing?

    What he looks like is irrelevant. I wouldn't ask him from far away, but if we happened to get into a somewhat congenial conversation, I'd probably ask him. To the average person with relatively...
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    Poll: Re: The best Allure Sport in your opinion?

    All equally bad.

    If I had to have one it would be Edition Blanche. If I were going with Chanel, it would be Sycomore, Pour Monsieur, or Egoiste.
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    Re: Chanel Égoiste vs Opium Pour Homme EDP

    I've owned both. Other than the fact that they're both woody orientals, I don't even know that it's a valid comparison.

    The boozy heart notes and rich, high quality sandalwood base have been...
  74. Thread: I stink

    by pluran
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    Re: I stink

    Phenomenal fragrance. One of the few that interests me over the last thirty years.

    One of the most elegant solutions to the agarwood equation, an exceptional smoothness and perfect transition of...
  75. Thread: Current Top 5?

    by pluran
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    Re: Current Top 5?

    Pour un Homme (vintage)
    Leather Oud
    Songe d’un Bois d’Ete
    Yatagan (vintage)
    Sycomore
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    Re: Does our sense of smell (discernment) improve?

    The more you smell, the better you're able to smell. Like most things: use it or lose it. Some perfumers can smell up to three thousand individual scents. Fragrances that smell one way to you now...
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    Re: Abds salam mysore Vs. MPG santal noble

    I don't know the other fragrance, but Santal Noble would be more accurately named as Nondescript Woody Amber Noble. Banal, and not suggested.
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    Re: Dunhill for Men 1934

    It's a precursor of Eau d'Hermes (1951), but Eau d'Hermes is better.
  79. Thread: Pipe Smoker

    by pluran
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    Re: Pipe Smoker

    Guerlain Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Dior Leather Oud
    Masque Montecristo
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 6

    Great fragrance:

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID10213394.html


    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w275/pluran/rive%20gauche_zpshoyqmbhw.jpg
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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Now on Netflix:

    www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70052701?trkid=13462069
  82. Re: 'There is a furor within me'...Serge Lutens speaks: poetic statement meaning..?

    Definitely. He's a genius. Drugs probably have little to do with it, it's just Nietzschean, whatever you want to call it. It's the way he speaks about a lot of things. Lutens has said several things...
  83. Re: Is dior homme intense as high quality as a niche fragrance such as creed aventus?

    There are hundreds of designer and niche fragrances that are better than most Creeds. Creeds are like nice watercolors in progress.
  84. Re: Name your favorite unremarkable, generic, "eh, not bad," forgettable scent that you actually wea

    Green Irish Tweed
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    Re: Creed Angelique Encens

    I was impressed ten years ago when I didn't know any better. The stuff is thin and bloodless with the bone structure of a sea cucumber. As close to Shalimar as a hawk from the moon.
  86. Re: Is Abercombie & Fitch Fierce going to be considered a classic?

    I keep a thirty yard distance between me and any Abercrombie & Fitch store in order to escape the vile smell of Fierce blowing out of it.
  87. Thread: Bleu De Chanel

    by pluran
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    Re: Bleu De Chanel

    Loathsome, contemptible, as bad as any of the insect repellents sold at Sephora.
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    Re: Kill me now ... (Kouros rant)

    I'll be looking for it. :-)
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    Re: Kill me now ... (Kouros rant)

    Kouros will always be one of the few towering masterpieces. Hot-blooded, unapologetic, a force to be reckoned with.

    Man or woman, I always wonder who actually recognizes themselves in a vacuous...
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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    Always great to read the_good_life's intelligent, well thought out and well written posts. Thanks, man.
    ____________________

    Amouage in transition but they're far from finished. They have too...
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    Re: Oud invasion of US high end malls

    People are intrigued by the word "oud". It sells almost as well as top notes.
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    Poll: Re: Do You Have a Collection or a Wardrobe?

    Neither. I have things I like.
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    Re: Top 5 Designer Fragrances

    Great women's fragrances

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID10213394.html

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID10213395.html



    http://www.basenotes.net/ID10213394.html
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    Re: Dior Gris Montaigne: A beautiful chypre

    It may be important to the insecure blockheads that make up most this site, but whether it's masculine, feminine, Mexican or Chinese is irrelevant. It's either good or not. You either like it or not.
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    Re: What have I become?!

    Get over it. If you don't like it, don't do it. Sounds like you do like it. So keep doing it and feel good about it.
  96. Re: How narrow have you gotten your collection? Or do you keep adding?

    I don't collect. I just go for things I like. Collecting is for the obsessive compulsive and egotistically insecure

    I've bought so many I can't even remember 'em all. I've sold a lot of them. I...
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    Re: What is your strategy/structure/system...?

    Man, you're pushing it hard. Forget it all and wear the one that feels right. Stay out of the grey areas and make a decision.
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    Poll: Re: What's your opinion on Silver Mountain Water?

    Entirely feeble. Would probably make a good dishwashing liquid.

    If this pathetic thing a masterpiece then I'm Roger Federer and the last hundred and thirty years of perfumery are an illusion.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 24th February 2015

    Pour un Homme (Caron)
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    Re: What happened to Katie?

    She probably moved on to better things.

    Love Katie. She's cute, intelligent and has a lot of fun with it. Always liked to watch her reviews.
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