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    Re: Most counterfeited fragrances on ebay?

    And now the crazy thing: these fakes are incredibly good quality. I was able to locally test the Clive Christian X version of exactly this fake tester line and it was absolutely indistinguishable...
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    Re: NEW: Loewe - 001 Man!

    I bought it in January. Nice, powdery dry woods. Not sure however if I would consider it new now that we have October.
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    Re: Calvin Klein Obsessed = JPG Ultra Male

    Do personally not see any similarity. Obsessed is fruity fresh, Ultra Male sweet gourmand.
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    Re: New Zara releases for Autumn/Winter 2017

    If you enjoy dry woody smells like Encre Noire, Wonderwood or Dirty English, then you will be quite pleased with the 3 scandinavian wood scents IMO.
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    Re: New Zara releases for Autumn/Winter 2017

    Scandinavian Wood Series is excellent as most recent releases of Zara IMO. Norrwood is Encre Noir like, Kilsbergen and Tiveden rather for the 30+ crowd. All well done, good EDP longevity and a...
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    Re: Please help is my Amouage fake or genuine ?

    Genuine. Put it away for a day or two then retry.
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    Re: New york bond amber

    I bought a bottle in January that was brutally strong and with heavy rose.
  8. Thread: Niche layering

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    Re: Niche layering

    Layering http and SoPfH was a suggestion from a Bond No 9 sales rep. The Zaras are more or less smell alikes with more pronounced pineapple - so not really rocket science :)
  9. Thread: Niche layering

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    Niche layering

    Any suggestions on layering niche fragrances? Favorites so far:

    - 1 spray SoPfH, 1 spray HTTP, 1 Spray Zara 3:00am and 1 spray Zara Vibrant leather
    = a very nice bright fruity smell, one of my...
  10. Re: The Scent of Peace for Him or Silver Mountain Water

    SoPfh smells better to me but as its performance has turned so low (less then 4 hours on my skin), I would rather go with SMW, unless you can find an old SoPfh bottle.
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    Re: Jaguar Innovation - Mhmmm

    Jaguar Innovation is available as Eau de Cologne and as Eau de Toilette. To make things confusing, they are actually quite different. The EDC is my clear favorite, very nice and refreshing.
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    Re: New Amouage Dia bottle

    I have a 2015 full bottle with magnetic cap and a 7.5ml miniature from 2012. Next to each other, there is absolutely no difference.
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    Re: NEW: Amouage Beach Hut

    That's going to be a sure blind buy for me. Just hoping it's within the Midnight Flower Collection pricewise with Bracken and not Sunshine!
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    Re: Zara w/end till 3:00 AM , Opinions ?

    20 bottles out my 260 bottles collection are from Zara. So many good ones.

    Deep Fougere is a better Brut
    Night III for Dior Homme meets Invictus
    Vibrant Leather if you like Aventus
    Ambre Noble...
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    Re: Zara w/end till 3:00 AM , Opinions ?

    Many seem to see similarities with Black XS. And yes, I see where they are coming from, Black XS is a better reference point then SoPfH in my opinion. Personally not sure about any similarity to...
  16. Re: Amouage Reflection Men (with gold logo) gen or fake?

    It's 100% fine. It's a recent bottle from 2016 or 2017 as you can also see from the new batch code format. Absolutely nothing to worry about.
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    Re: LE MALE 2017 Puig Reformulation available yet?

    Yes, it's available in Europe all over now. Same can as far as I can tell but says PUIG at the bottom. I sprayed and it lasted fine, to be fair my experiences with le male from the previous years...
  18. Re: Designer Frags that smell like Amouage's Do any come close ?

    Encre Noir a l'Extreme could IMO easily pass as an Amouage, same vibe as Honour, Memoir and Epic.
  19. Thread: Amouage question

    by miner
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    Re: Amouage question

    Bracken is IMO far closest to the fragrances named in your initial post.
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    Re: Bond no9 Bleecker st discontinued?!!

    I have never seen a company discontinuing their bestseller. Change or water down yes, accept a sales loss by discontinuing no.
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    Re: Amouage question: Made in Oman/U.K.

    I once read it's just the bottling plant in UK to save import taxes into the EU. The juice is, despite what some might claim, identical IMO.
  22. Re: Zara Exclusive Oud. Any other decent cheapies from this brand?

    Zara is IMO one if the most underrated houses around. They made a big step up from the previous years. Would recommend everyone to take a look for themselves.

    Recent highlights to sample would...
  23. Re: Molinard - Exceptional Quality At An Incredible Price !!!

    Glad you like them. I personally see all 3 (being Fragronard, Galimard and Molinard) rather as Grasse tourist traps then perfume houses but tastes of course differ. If you like Molinard, make sure to...
  24. Re: Expedition Series... Explorer 35 North and Others ???

    Legend 55 is the star of the series IMO. Very nice sweet, yet serious scent with a little 1 million DNA mixed into it. Given its low price points a safe blind buy for gourmand fans.
  25. Re: Versace Eros with poor performance - Probably reformulated

    Had monster sillage when it came out. Sprayed it in an airport duty-free once on the palm and was embarassed for the entire flight due to how strong it was.
  26. Re: Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct - your thoughts

    Underwhelming to me. While pleasent and with nice development, it smells like countless other releases to me.
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    Re: Mancera Recommendations?

    With Cedrat Boise you've got by far the best in the line IMO. Personally not a fan of any of their other offerings, surely would not blind buy.
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    Re: Pascal Morabito - Black Agent: Anyone tried it?

    Personally would not touch it as many of the recent Morabito cheapo offerings were less then impressive. Maybe wait for the first reviews to pop in.
  29. Re: Anyone find a Bond No. 9 Fragrance they actually "like"?

    I liked quite some of them when they were released. After the big reformulation wave around 2015 and the corresponding heavy declines in performance, I also feel that it gets increasingly difficult...
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    Poll: Re: Hayward Enterprises - Not Impressed!

    I love Hayward, have ordered multiple times from them. Yes it's very hit or miss, though some of their oils are to my nose better then the originals. I do not order there to get cheap imitates but...
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    Re: Zara Aromatic Future = Dior Sauvage?

    Zara is one if the most underrated fragrance brands IMO. Most of their recent releases felt quite good to me.
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    Re: Anything similar to Escada Magnetism for Men

    https://www.miro-cosmetics.de
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    Re: Can a Bond fan help me out!?

    I don't see a lot of similarity between the two after the topnotes have faded. Http stays fruity, Sopfh turns musky. They then smell quite different to my nose.
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    Re: Anything similar to Escada Magnetism for Men

    Miro Corrida Black is a dupe of Magnetism and IMO not a bad one
  35. Thread: Beloved Man!!!

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    Re: Beloved Man!!!

    If Beloved is not a safe blind buy, then I wonder what is?
    Yes, IMO you can't go wrong if you are looking for a very wearable yet sophisticated fragrance.
  36. Re: Zara Vibrant Leather....Has anybody smelled it yet ?

    I tested it yesterday. Was quite impressed, smelled high quality. Reminded me of a mix of Micallef's Royal Vintage and Aventus. If you consider buying Aventus, Club de Nuit Intense or the likes, you...
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    Re: So I bought a lot of Bond samples....

    Bond's used to last well before their reformulation wave in 2015. After that, things got ugly:
    - Scent of peace for him lasted 12+ hours, now it's barely 3-4 hours
    - Montauk, Bleeker Street,...
  38. Re: NEW : Joop! Homme Red King & Joop!Homme Black King

    Available now in Germany.

    Black and Red are very similar, do not blind buy both. Would describe them as less playful flankers of Joop Homme. Basically Joop Homme mixed with a dusty...
  39. Re: Alexandre J.? Never heard or read about this name.....

    I have Le Royal and Western Leather. Both have amazing (!) presentation and are high quality scents. They are quite serious, workplace scents in terms of feel. Both are recommended.
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    Re: What's your monthly budget?

    One online order every two months, upto €300, mostly at Beautyspin. So roughly 150€ per month.
  41. Re: Paco Rabanne 1 MILLION Privé Eau de Parfum @ Macy's

    In Europe now widely available as well. I just sampled it: starts out very fruity and sweet and from there it only gets sweeter and sweeter. Overall quite pleasent like the original but unlike the...
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    Re: Zara Men perfumes

    9.0 lasts 12+ hours, great bargain for fans of Valentino Uomo.
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    Re: New Fragrance Jacques Fath - Monsieur de Fath

    To me it smells very very similar to Dior Homme Sport, which is not a bad thing. Longevity is ok as well.
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    Re: Fragrance Regulations

    If you go to Maroc or Tunesia, you'll find in the markets a lot of perfume dupes. Some are IMO much preferable to current formulations of their originals as they are more dense, powerful and longer...
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    Re: Anyone Tried these?

    I love enigma sport, IMO even better then Guilt. Great airy rose/bergamot mix, long lasting with some vanilla in the drydown. Used it a lot the last months. Thumbs up from me!
  46. Re: I'm looking for a creamy coconut, something very close to Pina Colada

    +1. excellent advice IMO Trex.
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    Re: Current Tuscan Leather Performance?

    Misunderstanding. Tom Ford London is a different fragrance from the TF private blend line. It clearly lasted a lot longer then Tuscan Leather which was applied on the other arm at the same time. As...
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    Re: Current Tuscan Leather Performance?

    Was in the duty free at munich airport this morning. Sprayed 2 sprays TL to my left hand, was gone after I landed 3 hours later. TF London on other hand stayed s lot stronger.
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Man 6 Digit Batch Code

    No, to my knowledge, the 6digit codes have not been decyrpted yet.
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    Re: Wolfgang Joop blind buy?

    Don't buy if you mean the one in the orange box. IMO great fragrance but very different/significantly sweeter then the fragrances that you are using.
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    Re: Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Many great recommendations. Will take a look at some at my next visit to the perfume store. Thanks!
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    Re: Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Thanks that sounds just what I am looking for!
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    Re: Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Wish I could find that One Man Show Ruby Edition somewhere in Europe...
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    Ultra-fruity masculine scent

    Looking for something very fruity, yet masculine, like Sunset Heat by Escada, however with good longevity. Any recommendations?.
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    Re: Amouage longevity benchmark

    Forgot Jubilation also magnetic cap:
    - Jubilation XXV 012631310515, Oman (May 15): 10h
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    Amouage longevity benchmark

    Was asked by some members to provide experiences with amouage longevity of magnetic cap bottles, so making it a public post as maybe interesting for others as well.

    Methodology:
    - Exactly 2...
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    Re: Wardrobe Division/Set-Up

    All my 15 amouages (boxed) are for everyone to see behind glass in a drawer. The drawer in addition also holds my top30 bottles, currently both higher end's like Nicolai's or Mancera's but also low...
  58. Thread: Morabito Sport ?

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    Re: Morabito Sport ?

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/411470-Pascal-Morabito-quot-obscure-quot-fragrances

    This might be helpful.
  59. Thread: Amouage dia man

    by miner
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    Re: Amouage dia man

    Interestingly out of the 150+ bottles I own, Dia lasts among the longest. 10h+. Both from the 2012 miniature and a new 2015 magnetic cap bottle. Constant whiffs throughout the day. Judging from the...
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    Re: M.Micallef fakes?

    Pretty sure there are no Micallef fakes out there, the brand is way too unknown.
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    Re: Frau Tonis Parfum - Check It Out !

    To me personally, it just shows the power that marketing has on all of us. If even well-respected experts are in favor of perfumes when they are sold in fancy bottles and dislike the same fragrance...
  62. Re: Which site is my best bet for buying a non-magnetic cap Amouage Reflection Man?

    Good news: it hasn't been reformulated. Therefore it doesn't matter where you are ordering it from.
    If you for any reason still want non-magnetic cap, you should go for ebay as it is unlikely that...
  63. Re: Les Creations Couture Givency Pi Leather Edition??

    I bought the Play Leatherwhen it was released. Comes in 60ml but paid close to 100 EUR for it. Was it worth it? As usual it depends, fragrance itself is very nice, no doubt and quite different from...
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    Re: Scent of Peace For Him - Reformulated?

    A few months back I was at Galeries Lafayettes at the Bond No.9 counter, where the lady told me that there had been many complaints lately about SoPFH. So it's not an issue with an individual dud....
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    Re: Scent of Peace For Him - Reformulated?

    Agree. It's surprising how drastic this change has been: from a powerhouse to a fleeting scent with very little longevity. Can't think of many other reformulations with such a big effect.
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    Re: Scent of Peace For Him - Reformulated?

    Yes, reformulated. Smells a bit lighter than before and longevity has drastically decreased - it's now gone in a few hours whereas it used to last much longer. There was a thread here on basenotes on...
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    Re: Scent Of Peace For Him By Bond 9 Any Good?

    It was reformulated in 2015. Sillage is still strong for the first 2 hours however longevity has suffered a lot - does not last more than 4 hours with 5 sprays, whereas the old formulation lasted...
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    Re: Michelle Germain Deauville Bleu

    It's a TJ Maxx/Marshalls exclusive, directly produced for the discounts which is also why its not listed on Germain's site. Regarding the scent itself: I much prefer regular Deauville, blue is your...
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    Re: Amouage batch codes

    Last 4 numbers are month and year if you have a long numbers batch. For the codes with 6 characters on some bottles, the verdict is still out.
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    Re: Fake Reflection Amouage?

    Nothing to worry about, ordered there many times. They are same company as Beautyspin in the US.
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    Re: About weak perfumes and overspraying...

    You were also saying in your first post that spraying more would increase longetivity. Which is frequently not the case, as was pointed out. So I think we can all agree that overspraying weak...
  72. Re: Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    I was today in Galerie Lafayettes and inquired at the Bond counter whether there was a reformulation of SOPFH. The lady consulted with her colleague and then got back to me: they would not have any...
  73. Re: Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    Thanks, this is very close to my experience. Takes 10+ sprays to get through the day which sounds quite different than most reviews. I got my bottle as a gift in September, so I'd assume it was...
  74. Re: Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    Thanks for the feedback. I assume then that it indeed was reformulated. Will look for a tester then in a store to validate.
  75. Bond No.9's Scent of Peace for him watered down?

    I was graciously gifted bond's scent of peace for him. Nice, inoffensive scent IMO, however quite weak in performance. I do 5 sprays on a shirt, put shirt in the closet and revisit 6 hours later:...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    It is just so strong that noone around you can smell it after a few hours - you clearly should get a backup bottle :evil:
    Seriously, the test is simple: spray it on your shirt in the early evening,...
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    Re: Just bought Reflection man (magnetic cap), review

    I have the 6*7,5ml miniatures box from 2012. Additionally a 3.3oz 2012/13 Interlude.
    When Parfum Click had Amouage recently on Sale for 120 EUR for 3.3Oz, I stocked up 5 bottles (all magnetic,...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man

    +1!
  79. Thread: CK Eternity Now

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    Re: CK Eternity Now

    Best CK scent in decades IMO. Very tropical, fruity smell but not cheap at all.
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    Re: Amouage (Jubilation XXV) - Worth buying anymore?

    Amouage changed Epic Man about at the time of the magnetic caps. Then all paranoia broke loose as people supposed that magnetic caps would mean reformulation by default. Which is just not true for...
  81. Re: Luca Turin Complete writings 2003-2014 now on Kindle!

    The long-awaited update of the A to Z guide is still coming, right? Hope this is not meant as a substitute.
  82. Re: search for wearable Amouage --Citrus / Fresh / Fruity / summerish ?

    Ciel and Beloved.
    Beloved is not exactly summery but very wearable, aromatic and IMO maybe even your best bet if you want Amouage for daily wear.
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    Re: Frau Tonis Parfum - Check It Out !

    Every fragrance sold at Frau Tonis comes from either Harry Lehmann or Galimard. They are just resellers using their own flacons. Sometimes they change names, sometimes they don't.
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    Re: Frau Tonis Parfum - Check It Out !

    They sell repacked fragrances with a hefty premium. As of last year, exceptionally all of their fragrances were repackaged from Harry Lehmann and Galimard. So why not buy directly from the original...
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    Re: Castle Forbes line - opinions?

    +1 !
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    Re: oscar de la renta pour lui (recent forumlation)

    Agree!!
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    Re: Aventus doesn't last on me

    No worries OP, there are many reports of Aventus not lasting.
    If I was you: spray it on some fabric, put it away in a drawer and smell it after 12 hours. If you can't smell it then, then it's...
  88. Re: Al Haramain, Al Rehab, Rassasi, Ajmal - any suggestions?

    Interesting! Mystique is one of the few arabic frags that went straight to trash. On skin very synthetic and cheap smelling IMO. Interesting how tastes differ. My top picks would be Rasasi's La...
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    Re: Rasasi Tasmeem is awesome.

    Would be wonderful to hear your feedback on the al haramain. I have signature which is awesome value for money. On most of their line, there is very little info available in english. Did you order...
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    Re: Amouage post reformulations

    I was wrong. interlude men has IMO not been formulated. After comparing 3 different bottles (2012, 2013, 2015) repeatedly in a blind test, I can safely say, that I am unable to tell which is which....
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    Re: Amouage Reflection and Ciel being discontinued

    Word from the European distributor is, that Ciel needed a reformulation to comply with latest regulations. This reformulation never happened for whatever reasons, so that it finally was discontinued.
  92. Re: Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme - Old Stock Discovered in UK !

    Good news: Really no need to hunt for old stock... In Germany, it is as of this minute available on Ebay from several power sellers, via Amazon, from Iparfumerie, Parfum-City and thats just the ones...
  93. Re: ANYONE ELSE TRIED THIS BESIDES ME? Al Haramain Urbanist / Prive Silver

    That's a different fragrance - Gold, not silver.
    While I also only have Gold, I can attest that all Al Haramain fragrances I trief were quite good with strong performance. Even better that they go...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    You are welcome!

    As we apparently look for the same kind of fragrances, would you mind sharing some of your favorites besides TF? I've had my share of dissapointments with niche and low...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    To get back on topic: Eau Sauvage Parfum, Dior Homme Perfume, OMS Gold & Bentley Intense are the only Designer frags that I see in line in terms of intensity & density to the previously mentioned....
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    I agree though that OP does have a point: Men's EDTs have become weaker in strength over the last years and decades and feel diluted to some members who have been around for quite some time in the...
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    Re: I Give Up On Designers Again !

    This great advice slipped through! Get La Yuqawam. You can do 50ml a week, not feel guilty and still have full niche-experience.
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    Re: Amouage post reformulations

    Very true. For those who like it sweet, the older bottles are the better choice. For those who want more of the top-/midnotes, I'd recommend the new version.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Douglas doesn't sell fakes, that's for sure. As it was not lasting, it's safe to say that your opinion is not correct. If I understood right he was able to send it back though so no harm done. So for...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Neighbor ordered from Douglas online. Received Batch 15R11. Complains about longetivity and sillage - and both his wife as well as I can confirm that it is unnoticeable 3 hours after application.
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