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  1. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    My Nishane Ani arrived yesterday while I'm on a vacation (had it delivered to where I'm at.) First one from this house I've tried, though I've contemplated Fan Your Flames. Like many have said,...
  2. Re: New Zaharoff release: Zaharoff Signature Noir

    Thanks for the update. I wonder if they were there the other day, I just didn't look under the fragrances tab expecting it to be on the splash page. The Royale does sound interesting with the apple,...
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    Re: Tarry. Burnt. Leather.

    +1 x 10,000
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    Re: The "Alpha male" 2.0 ?

    This thread got me looking thru my collection, pondering what is the most alpha scent. Can't be Patchouli 24 because that dries down to vanilla. Perhaps Interlude, but not Interlude Black Iris. ...
  5. New Zaharoff release: Zaharoff Signature Noir

    I picked up Zaharoff Signature a few weeks back and enjoy it. It's kind of a classic structure-wise, but with a modern twist with barbershop lavender that segues darker into incense and oud. It's...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    https://img.fragrancex.com/images/products/parent/medium/78622w.jpg

    We shall see. Sounds interesting and I'm a sucker for black currant.
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  7. Re: Armani Code alternative with better performance- Code Colonia?

    Salvador Dali Black Sun. Well, might want to scratch that. I don't know if it's discontinued, but it's apparently become much harder to find and the prices are up there.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    Thanks! I remember trying it about a year and a half ago and liking it. Don't have anything like it in the collection so I figured $123 for a tester, why not? I've contemplated getting Xerjoff's...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/375x500.43632.jpg

    Though I'd love to have the box, I got a good price on a tester.
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    Re: Naxos vs Tobacco Vanille vs Back To Black

    Out of all of them, not having tried Naxos, I like.... Amouage Journey Man best. When I first tried TV upon its release from a sample, I thought it was too feminine, believe it or not. Really heavy...
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    Re: The Enduring Influence of Oud

    The earliest out creation in mass market perfumery that I am aware of was released in 1999: 10 Corso Como. I had a bottle in the early 2000s and it was noticeable. Not sure how recent formulations...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    Thanks! Looking forward to it!
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's 66 and overcast with rain here and sun there, so I thought it perfect to give Interlude Black Iris a full wearing. Perfect!
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    Re: Your experiences with Aramis Tuscany

    Preferred Forte. Wish I still had a bottle. Of course, that's usually the case with stuff that's discontinued/nearly impossible to find.
  16. Re: The Greatest Blind-Buy Disappointments of your Life

    Shihan by Piotr Czarnecki, good call. Yep. Disappointed. Thankfully it was just a sample, but I had high expectations. Smelled amateurish to me.
  17. Re: The Perfume Of Sex...ultimate taboo...the human body...?

    Yeah, the cumin note in Kingdom was what really drew a lot of comments. It was one of those scents that was initially marketed toward women but men were wearing it. A lot of discussion on it back...
  18. Re: The Perfume Of Sex...ultimate taboo...the human body...?

    Way back when it was released, When Basenotes was turning into a .com or thereabouts, Alexander McQueen's Kingdom was much discussed as having a peculiar body odor. I see 17 years later, it's still...
  19. Re: The Greatest Blind-Buy Disappointments of your Life

    Tom Ford Bois Marocain. I received it before it was released here in the states. Sold it within two days, I believe. Utterly boring scent that just laid there on my skin with its legs up in the...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2020

    Ooops, posted this under May. Been a while since I've had a bottle...


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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    Been a while since I've had a bottle...


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    Re: What's happened?

    Re: clones, there are some houses (e.g. Al Haramain), aside from doing their own original work, have found a huge market for cloning scents. As someone who has owned both the originals and the...
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    Re: Amouage Bracken reformulation?

    I checked mine that I received about a month ago. It was made in the UK, but the performance seems fine. My Beach Hut Man is also UK and it’s beastly. Overture might be my longest lasting, though.
  24. Re: The Perfume of Happiness: The most uplifting perfume ever made

    I need to get another bottle of this. Purchased mine way back when I, myself was living in Las Vegas and it was first released (2009.) In fact, it was at Barneys, the only place that had it and I...
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    Re: Oud in Hot Humidity Summer possible ?

    Yes, I was going to post this - I think it is. Also, Rasasi Asrar Indonesia (https://www.parfumo.net/Perfumes/Rasasi/Oudh_Al_Boruzz__Asrar_Indonesia) has ginger, bergamot and grapefruit and tea...
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    Re: Amouge Reflection Man

    Never bought Le Male, though I tried it numerous times and purchased similar scents. Reflection Man is far, far superior and I've had two bottles.
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    I picked up a bottle of this a couple of weeks ago. Really nice stuff. Enjoy!
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    Re: What I dusted off and tried again today?

    This was a nice, cheapie I used to like wearing the summer. I think everything but the kitchen sink is in it for notes.
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta. I think it lasted maybe 13-14 years.
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    I never really got a metallic floral thing with Herrera for Men, though I can see some similarities with PE. Herrera For Men and Ungaro Pour L'Homme III have a number of notes in common:

    Herrera...
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    Not the vintage; it's been reformulated quite a bit from what I've heard. It's more of a dark, gothic rose, patchouli and woods with some vetiver and other notes. Probably more similar to Zino as...
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    I hope they've found something by now (14 years later), lol. If not, I've always though vintage Ungaro III to be similar.
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    Re: Has anyone seem this YSL m7 sticker before?

    Yes, I believe it was from the first reformulation. When M7 Fresh was released, the sides had the amber coloring and front and back where clear. Here's a link to an article reviewing the...
  34. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Oh, it’s there blended nicely with the resinous notes. A bit soft, powdery and sweet. I’m in an office with a face mask on so it’s hard to catch the development, but a couple of hours in this...
  35. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Finally arrived and did a sample spray to test it out. Definitely has the Interlude DNA, but this is smoother and airier - though it still has some denseness to it. The smokiness is toned down and...
  36. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Hey, what do you know - my package is out for delivery today. Hopefully it arrives before I have to leave for the day...
  37. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    And yet, so strange to hear them struggling with a decline of mail due to what's going on in the world. I hardly get ANYTHING anymore and the mail has been arriving earlier. But parcels? Different...
  38. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Yeah, they've been weird lately. I ordered this particular one from FragranceX on Sunday. First thing Monday morning, and I'm talking probably before 9am, I got a response and tracking info. They...
  39. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    No problem on your part! It's in DHL's hands now. I've noticed some carriers are "meeting" their shipping time standards by simply not accepting the package for a couple of days - whether it's their...
  40. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    I listened to the the loft guys' review and the one gentleman purchased his outright and received it several days prior. What's perplexing to me is, how did those people who purchased in Europe...
  41. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Tracking the package, I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling it will be arriving by DHL's estimated date - not after sitting in Dubai for four days. Currently in Germany, with at least two more stops to...
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    Re: Other frags similar to Beach Hut?

    I get the Viking bit. I also get an accord or two that reminds me of Polo Crest.
  43. Re: Laudano Nero: the reviews are "all over the map." Why?

    It's all over the map because there are soooooo many notes. I don't really get too much of a Black Afgano comparison, other than perhaps mood or overall affect. It's boozy, incense, green, dark,...
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    That bottle doesn't look right. Did they change them up? I've never seen it with the horse's head painted on it, rather it's an impression/relief of one engraved in the bottle itself. Hopefully...
  45. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Looks like they're on their way! I received a notification from DHL a few minutes ago, estimated delivery here on 5/21.
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    Re: In the mood for roses...

    I'm a fan of Lumiere Noir - remember placing a pre-order for it back in 2009 when it was released.

    +1 on Aramis Calligraphy Rose and POAL.

    Al Haramain Portfolio Floral Sculpture may be one...
  47. Re: Is there anyone here who has NOT smelled original Calvin by Calvin Klein?

    Now that I think about it some more, I believe there's some lineage between Calvin and Creed Viking. Viking has that "throwback" vibe of an 80's powerhouse scent and they do share a number of notes...
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    Today I learned... if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Received a cancelation notice for my order. Not surprised, but was hoping I could duplicate my success with the recent purchase...
  49. Re: Is there anyone here who has NOT smelled original Calvin by Calvin Klein?

    Kind of typical of its time. Aromatic Fougere, fresh-spicy. It's along the lines of Lagerfeld Photo (vintage) as they share many of the same notes, but it was much better.
  50. Re: Is there anyone here who has NOT smelled original Calvin by Calvin Klein?

    Had this way back when and liked it very much, particularly the body spray that way ahead of Dior Sauvage Very Cool body spray.

    EDIT: I believe it was actually a talcum powder body spray.
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    Re: Blackpepper minus the pepper?

    Not quite sure what you mean by black pepper without the pepper, but Piper Nigrum is black pepper.... along with a host of other notes. I can't speak for the current formulation, but ~20 years ago,...
  52. Re: Why nobody talks about Annick Goutal anymore?

    I used to have several that I liked quite a bit (Hadrien Absolu, Les Nuits d'Hadrien, Myrrh Ardent, Duel and Sables come to mind). But, here's the thing: there's been a trend of some of these houses...
  53. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    Same, but I pretty much expected it. I don't anticipate it arriving here in the States until probably the week after next.
  54. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    There is a pre-sale going on right now on their site. This has been discussed in a thread with the scent’s name in the title and their new creative director (not the exact title) has been...
  55. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    So, did anyone else take the plunge on the pre-order? Or happen to know what the method of shipment is (DHL, FedEx, etc.)?
  56. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I'm not even sure how it's being shipped, I just know I nabbed one and their website suddenly got REALLY slow at noon when the presale went live.
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    Yeeeeehhhhaaaaww! Couldn't wait for the release.
  58. Poll: Re: Terre d'Hermes - try for a third time or is it time to move on?

    And here's the link... https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Rasasi/Fattan-53484.html

    And one from Parfumo.net where it's also rated highly......
  59. Re: What is the MOST authentic Oud-like Oud note outside niche?

    No, he had it right: https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Rasasi/Dhanal-Oudh-Nashwah-41261.html
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    Re: Name Your "Number 1" Budget, Bargain Fragrance

    I got it from FragranceNet here a few years ago for a little over $30 (I just checked and it's $33 with a 33% off coupon now.) I know its MSRP is $125, so that's a good deal for 100ml. A quick...
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    Re: Today I bought April 2020

    Ok, it finally arrived this morning. I'm going off of memory as it's been a few years since I've had the concentree version, but the EDP seems to be brighter with the citrus notes up front and less...
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    Re: Name Your "Number 1" Budget, Bargain Fragrance

    https://az280429.vo.msecnd.net/prodimgs/21942068405-1-700.jpg
  63. Re: Amouage Interlude Black Iris - Pierre Negrin meets Renaud Salmon

    I received Overture and noted how much I preferred the box design, particularly being one piece. The Midnight Flower collection are nice and hefty, but still two pieces. The "normal" box range, as...
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    Re: Citrus fresh niche vetiver

    I'd throw a +1 at Creed Original Vetiver, too.

    I'd also mention Gendarme V - not necessarily niche, though I think it qualifies - and quite fresh/clean as Gendarme fragrances are.
  65. Re: YSL to stop distributing several low selling frags in the US

    The prices online for M7 Oud Absolu have been creeping up for several months now. I think it could readily be found for around $50 or even under for a bit some time back.

    By the way, does...
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    Mine is scheduled for delivery Monday direct from Chanel. Not particularly pleased they shipped it out priority overnight... on a Friday. It's now sitting about 10 minutes from me, but won't be...
  67. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Tried it last night before going to bed. Will have to try again later today (or tomorrow). Interesting leather.

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.8590.jpg
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    Re: Today I bought April 2020

    Would love to know myself, unfortunately, this still hasn't shipped. I think I should just go into hibernation and forget purchasing for a while. My confirmation noted there may be a 1-2 day delay...
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    Re: New Job - $200 Budget

    Amouage Bracken Man would fit the bill, though the Houbigant Fougere Royale is similar enough (if you like the cloves in Third Man, the Bracken Man might be your pick.)
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    They should have offered to ADD an additional 10% to the original 25%.
  71. Thread: Purple Label

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    Re: Purple Label

    Believe it or not, this happens quite a bit with the likes of Dior, Chanel, etc., particularly the exclusives or harder to find fragrances. For whatever reason, as previously mentioned, some people...
  72. Re: Parfum díHabit Maitre Parfumeu et Gantier for men

    It used to get a lot of love here back in the early 2000's (pre 2005). The entire line was discussed much more back then, but has fallen by the wayside with the plethora of new houses/releases over...
  73. Re: Help me decide: white, clean, airy, fresh, unisex

    This for high-end. Best of the three, but well worth it.



    This for low-end. A no-brain reach with a citrus, spice and slight creamy-feel.



    This if you really want to smell clean,...
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    Re: Today I bought April 2020

    Never had the EDP version, just the concentree. And, I got free expedited overnight shipping, too by using the Honey browser extension. When I checked for codes, one was applicable but I couldn't...
  75. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    CH Prive Man. It's the leather coat with a hint of whiskey!
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 25th April, 2020

    2nd straight day of wearing this. It's about as close to a perfect spring scent I can think of at the moment.
    ...
  77. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Happy to see you're enjoying this. I'm not keen on the tuberose which leans feminine, but otherwise it's very good and opulent. Love the other notes, particularly the black currant and cassis. I...
  78. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    The opening just smells a bit discordant and a lot of myrrh. Bitter, dark, earth-scorned myrrh and something akin to a petrol note. After a bit, it settles down and opens up and is a bit airier. I...
  79. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Glad to see you like this! I got my tester bottle (complete with box, just not the outer, cardboard box, for maybe $75 here.) Wore it the other day and like the scent after about an hour or so...
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    Here's one of the many articles out there about them filing bankruptcy as early as this week: https://nypost.com/2020/04/19/neiman-marcus-to-file-for-bankruptcy-as-soon-as-this-week-sources/

    I...
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    Must be pre-bankruptcy sale. I read an article just Saturday stating they're hurting big time. A shame.
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    Re: Today I bought April 2020

    I just picked up Lalique White a few weeks ago. It's one that had been on my radar for several years, just never got around to it (actually, I had never tried it though I had a very good idea of...
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    Re: Today I bought April 2020

    I used to have any number of their scents. I especially liked Cefiro EDP during the summer. Very long lasting, but I think it's discontinued and I've never tried the EDT and don't know how they...
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    Re: Today I bought April 2020

    I had a sample of this when it first came out and really liked it, but the price - not so much ($190, yikes!). I found it at a much, much better price and finally placed an order. Should make for a...
  85. Re: Is there a RADICAL Oud, such as Black Aoud, for less than $50?

    Came here to say this. Has a vibe of Gucci Pour Homme (2003), but different.
  86. Re: Anyone else annoyed by Fragrancebuy shipping policy ?

    I checked my receipt and the code I used for free shipping isn't printed. One was MAXFREE, but I don't think it's valid any longer. If you don't have it, I'd suggest getting the Honey browser...
  87. Re: A word of caution if you're thinking about ordering from Harrods.com

    Thankfully (and happily) it arrived this morning. It was packed in the largest box I've ever seen for such a small item, that's for sure. I now have a huge surplus of styrofoam peanuts now, that's...
  88. Re: Chanel Allure Homme Sport Extreme or Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo

    I was in the same position a couple of months ago, went with Allure Sport Extreme.
  89. Re: Anyone else annoyed by Fragrancebuy shipping policy ?

    I use the free shipping code.
  90. Re: A word of caution if you're thinking about ordering from Harrods.com

    Yeah, unfortunately my package is stuck in Cincy at the moment after arriving and clearing customs at 4am on the 16th. Shame, as it's only an hour or so away. Hoping to get it tomorrow, well, later...
  91. Re: A word of caution if you're thinking about ordering from Harrods.com

    Most likely. About two hours after the response I received a text from DHL stating the order is on its way with an expected delivery by COB tomorrow.

    And for those who think I'm being a hard...
  92. Re: A word of caution if you're thinking about ordering from Harrods.com

    Well, it only took five days for them to respond to an e-mail.

    122949

    And, for the record, based on user reviews, this has been an ongoing issue with their online store well before the current...
  93. Re: Armani Mania for Men - Is There Anything Similar Out There ?

    I really liked this one. It's a shame it's discontinued. I recall getting a tester of the then named "Black" Code and being disappointed in comparison (though it eventually grew on me.) I've...
  94. Re: A word of caution if you're thinking about ordering from Harrods.com

    I've made five different purchases in the last two weeks, one international - haven't experienced any issues whatsoever. Maybe I just got lucky, or unlucky in this instance as I've read from one...
  95. A word of caution if you're thinking about ordering from Harrods.com

    Upon receipt, with expected delivery date 5 days from purchase with express shipping (which is the only option):

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    Less than 8 hours later:

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    Today, original "expected"...
  96. Re: ESCADA Light Silver versus Silver Light Edition: Can anyone shed 'light' on this?

    Oops, that was supposed to be Body Kouros is now Kouros Body (for whatever reason.)
  97. Re: ESCADA Light Silver versus Silver Light Edition: Can anyone shed 'light' on this?

    I think they were one and the same, just a name switcharoo like with Body Kouros is now Kouros. I could be wrong, but believe they're both the same minty/green apple/lavender/oakmoss/patchouli scent.
  98. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    That website has the notes wrong (I think those are the ones for the original Oudh 36, but I could be wrong.) The only place I found notes listed was sniffperfumes.com and they listed the same notes...
  99. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    I've found Al Haramain Oudh 36 Nuit Afghan to be fairly close for about $80 (I think it's 75ml). A lot pricier than $12/100ml, but the quality is there and justifies the price.
    ...
  100. Re: Anyone Have Experience with SELFRIDGES & CO.?

    Interesting. I understand the events around the world leading to delays, but so far my experience with Harrods has been kind of... meh... confusion. There was nothing about delays PRIOR to the...
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