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  1. Re: Has a fragrance ever literally made you nauseous?

    Fumidus by Profumum. Awful. Just... Smoldering wet grass, the inside of a dirty charcoal grill, spilled barbeque sauce. And as is so often the case, it has amazing sillage and longevity. After the...
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    Re: Vacation Memory Scent Trick

    I do this. I have also made it a point to buy something new when I travel.

    I wasn't the one wearing it, but Aimez-moi brings back more memories of Paris than all the pictures I took.

    I'd...
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    Need a frag for SC trip

    Hi-

    I'll be traveling to South Carolina in a few days for a week of business stuff. I'd like to get out and explore in the afternoons. I know this might sound silly, but I'm having trouble picking...
  4. Re: What Fragrance are You Wearing Most this Summer?

    At work:
    Tabarome Millesime
    Drakkar Noir
    Antaeus

    Weekends:
    CdG Kyoto
    Bulgari PH
    Montale Black Aoud
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    Re: Love At First Smell?

    CdG Avignon + Kyoto
    Diptyque Tam Dao
    Chanel Antaeus
    Montale Black Aoud
  6. Re: What is the worst comment you've received?

    Montale Black Aoud: "You smell like you hugged a hobo."
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    Re: S o t D: Friday, 22nd January 2010

    10 Corso Como
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    Re: SotD - Thursday, 21 January 2010

    Drakkar Noir... Complements my environment today.
  9. Thread: Hawaii

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    Re: Hawaii

    Are you looking for locally-made frags or frags that fit the vibe in Hawaii?

    I bought Creed's Virgin Island Water while I was there and I wore it all the time. It just works.


    -b
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    Re: Bond versus everyone else...

    Ah, you got me there. I'm not really familiar with other scents that fall into, for example, the Chinatown category- as a result, I might have assumed that they, too, had very similar counterparts....
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    Re: Bond versus everyone else...

    You can write a novel. You can write a horror novel. You can write a horror novel involving a crazy animal- a dog even.

    But when you write a horror novel about a st. bernard who has rabies who...
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    Re: Today I Bought - > > APRIL 2009

    This was the other day-

    Tom Ford Noir de Noir

    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather

    10 Corso Como

    Bond no. 9 18-pc sampler pack (the ones wrapped like candies)
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    Bond versus everyone else...

    Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been on the board much lately. Life calls.

    Anyways, I bought (among other things ;) the 18-piece Bond sample set when I was in Vegas the other day.

    Now I have...
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    Re: SEX in a BOTTLE???

    Sorry, I can't resist.

    -Kouros-

    You can readily buy it in the states. It's certainly polarizing, but the people who like it LOVE it.


    But yeah, MKK is pretty dirty, too. I think it's...
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    Re: SotD ,, Thursday 3 April 2008

    Geir on this potentially lovely spring day.


    -ben
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    Re: CB I Hate pefumes

    I own this one (blind buy).


    To me it smells like an almost-clean vanilla popsicle stick wrapped in damp waxed paper wrapping. It doesn't smell at all like any book or library I've every...
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    Re: The Economy and The Hobby

    I've slowed down quite a bit in the last 6 months or so, but that is due in large part to other factors (I'm saving up for a house, for example).


    There also comes a saturation point beyond which...
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    Re: Skin irritation from CB perfumes

    Thanks, fredricktoo- I'll try that.


    Oh I nearly forgot. Here's a little piece of hard-earned wisdom:

    If it's called a WATER PERFUME and consists primarily of WATER and you live in Minnesota...
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    Re: Skin irritation from CB perfumes

    Hey Thrax-

    I know! It's the weirdest thing. NOTHING has ever affected me, and I've always felt fortunate that I have an iron stomach and thick skin. I don't even get itchy bumps from mosquitoes-...
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    Re: Skin irritation from CB perfumes

    They were the water perfumes, btw.

    The patchouli was ok. I couldn't wear any of the other samples as a body fragrance, although the concept is clever. I can't imagine smelling like tomato leaves...
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    Skin irritation from CB perfumes

    I've tested hundreds of perfumes on my skin over the years, and I've never had a negative reaction to anything- until now.

    I received a handful of CB I Hate Perfume samples the other day, and...
  22. Re: A basenoter's dream? Moving to France! :)

    Short answer: Yes.


    Long answer: Yes, of course, in a heartbeat.



    Others have mentioned some places, and you'll have plenty of time to visit them. L'Artisan has several boutiques around...
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    Re: SotD - Saturday 16 Feb 08

    CdG Sequoia


    -b
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    Re: SotD - Thursday, 7 Feb 08

    Magnetism by Escada


    Funny thing just occurred to me- my shipment of rare-earth magnets should be arriving today. Weird how that happens.


    -b
  25. Re: Is it possible to ascertain what Heisenberg would wear?

    Honestly, I'd say that he'd wear something like Knize 10.


    On the other hand, he might like "Oh, my cat!" by Dog Generation.


    -b
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    Re: Super Bowl Party

    I didn't see this until the 'bowl was over (a few minutes ago... way to go Giants). I was wearing Kouros Fraîcheur until half time, then I took a shower and put on B*Men.

    It should be noted that...
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    Sticky: Re: Your most complimented frags this year from the opposite sex

    Kouros (no kidding)

    Close second is Black Aoud by Montale.


    -b
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    Help w/ Etat Libre samples, please

    I have a favor to ask-

    I visited the E.L.d'O. boutique in Paris last June, and the SA was kind enough to make some samples for us. However, they were set aside in the bustle of life. I just found...
  29. Re: My nose and body chemistry is changing...

    The same thing has been happening to me over the last few months. I quit smoking, and my sense of smell is slowly changing. Fortunately for me, it means that my fragrances smell better, and I get to...
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    Been away- what's up with Montale?

    Hey everyone-

    I've been away from the boards for the most part, but I have been hearing about this Montale sale (that I've probably missed out on).

    Are they going out of business or something?...
  31. Thread: Vulva

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    Re: Vulva

    How many threads are we going to start about this stuff? ;)

    I can't stand not having novel scents, especially if they make claims like this. I also want to be the first BNer to own a scent called...
  32. Re: I have Sécrétions Magnifiques on my Arm!

    When I tried this stuff at their Paris boutique, the nice sales lady just kind of shrugged and offered a "well, you asked for it" look.

    I bought vrai blonde that day. It really is strange that...
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday 28 Aug 2007

    Bulgari ph today.


    Sampling Profumum's Aqua Viva and Montale's Aoud Blossom tonight.



    -b
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    Re: Montale's 'Musk to Musk'

    Hi Vijay-

    That's interesting about the notes. I distinctly remember the SA telling me that it was just musk and lavender. Maybe she was new? In any case, it is a very light, transparent kind of...
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    Re: Montale's 'Musk to Musk'

    No, I'm pretty sure that I was wearing Musk to Musk- the SA doused me in it (6 or 7 sprays) and it was all I was wearing that day. I only went to one other perfume shop that day (Caron), and I could...
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    Montale's 'Musk to Musk'

    When I was at the Montale boutique in Paris the other day, I tried something called 'Musk to Musk'. At first I wasn't impressed, as it starts with just a hint of ozone/lavender and then seems to fade...
  37. Re: Who thinks that YSL Rive Gauche is sexy?

    I don't really think of Rive Gauche as 'sexy' per se, and thus I am continually amazed by the positive reactions I get from women.

    "Oh my god that smells sooooo good! What is it?"

    "What? you...
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    Poll: Re: Looney Frags , The Best of The Insane

    Call me strange, but I love almost all of those... I guess I have found a name for my tastes :)


    -ben
  39. Re: Fragrance itinerary for a week in Paris?

    I'll be in Paris next week, too. I'll have to check these places out :)


    -ben
  40. Re: A fitting farewell to fragrances: New Haarlem

    It's nice to finally meet you. I'd like to offer a heartfelt 'Good Luck' from someone who has been there. I'm sure you'll do a great job- just come back safe. Treat basic training like it's a game...
  41. Re: I smell "positively potent" wearing Mugler Cologne

    Wow, I hope you're at least, like, 25 or something ;)

    Wasn't going to say anything, but hey- it's christmas.


    -b
  42. Re: Found cheap "GIT" at Target: Caldo 'Moss'

    lol- I guess in spanish, caldo means 'broth', right? From what I can tell caldo is italian for 'warmth'. I suppose the two words are related. 'Broth' might not be the best name for a perfume...
  43. Found cheap "GIT" at Target: Caldo 'Moss'

    I was looking for crap to buy the other night when I came across a few bottles of cologne in the 'nice stuff' section of Target (near the makeup). They are from a company called Caldo, which I can't...
  44. Re: I smell "positively potent" wearing Mugler Cologne

    I love MC's longevity. I've been hot and sweaty at the end of a hard day, and I have still been able to smell the stuff. That's a godsend for me.


    I notice that the drydown of MC seems very...
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    Re: Scents that made you stop a woman

    To be honest, almost every time I smell a great perfume on a woman, I already know what it is. But... Telling a woman what she's wearing is usually less awkward than asking a woman what she's...
  46. Re: French Lover came in today (quick review)

    My bottle just arrived today (remarkably quickly, too. It took about 10 days).


    My initial impression is that it smells somewhat like Terre d'Hermes without all the citrus. It wears very close to...
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    Re: Frags that do not smell like it?

    I just thought of another one- Spirit of the Tiger by Heeley.

    I just received a bottle of it the other day. It smells, well- it smells like tiger balm. Longevity is about the same as the real...
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    Re: Frags that do not smell like it?

    CdG Odeur 53! It smells like a plastic laser printer or something.


    Profumum Fumidus- It smells like someone dumped a truckload of whiskey-soaked peat into a giant pit barbeque. Actually, stay...
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    Re: Nicotine in Tabarome?

    My guess would be that the ginger has more to do with it than nicotine. Nicotine is a very deadly poison (the LD/50 is something like 45 or 50 mg/kg). I know that real ginger ale (the spicy kind that...
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    Re: " Fire " Fragrances

    Another vote for Basala.


    -b
  51. Re: Which L'artisans lasts and which - not?

    Are you a chemist, Snafoo? :)


    -ben


    p.s.- pV=nRT!
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    Re: New Heeleys

    Oh, and "Spirit of the Tiger". I just bought a bottle, but it hasn't arrived yet. I must be one of the first.


    -ben
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    Re: Creed and ambergris

    Livejazz-

    This is an area where scentimental would be of great assistance- he knows more about these things than I do.

    There are a few synthetic chemicals (Ambrox, Ambreine, mixed with...
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    Re: Dirt Scent

    It is supposedly Clint Eastwood's favorite- make of that what you will.

    I personally would not wear it. I have a few scents that dry down to a very similar 'dirt' smell (possibly from vetiver...
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    Re: Creed and ambergris

    I have to agree with MikeD about the "ambergris tout seule". IMO, it smells very much like milky vomit/fresh sweat.

    That does not mean, of course, that ambergris is a poor ingredient for a...
  56. Re: French Lover on http://www.editionsdeparfums.com

    I just ordered a bottle from their website. Does anyone know how long it takes for an order to arrive in the states?


    -b
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 31 March

    Dior Fahrenheit today, yesterday, tomorrow, and all of next week, etc.


    I hope everyone is doing well. Iraq is about as much fun as you might guess, but at least the weather is decent.

    I'll...
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    Re: Wardrobe Strategies

    I collect the extreme, strange, or unique frags that I come across. There are a few that are pretty run of the mill, but they were usually a result of a blind buy. I find myself unimpressed by...
  59. Re: Eluard's "Whither Stereotyping Basenoters" idea

    I think that the only problem with this would be defining the 'reference population'.

    Anyone?
    Anyone with 2 or more perfumes?
    Anyone with merely a passing interest in perfumes?


    We might...
  60. Re: Do you have scent associations with places you visit?

    I bought Antaeus on the way to Iceland, so it brings back strong memories of that place. The same is true (to a lesser extent) of Gaultier2.


    Any kind of AquaVelva-type 'blue' aftershave reminds...
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    Re: Joop!

    Eluard has also rekindled my interest in becoming a statistician.

    What I take away from this thread is this: A 'gay' scent would become an instant stigma/totem of 'gayness', for better or for...
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    Re: Men who like to wear women's scents

    I do whatever I want.


    -ben
  63. Re: What Smells Like Fahrenheit By Christian Dior?

    I have to second Quimbaya and Riverside Drive. For the record, though, I don't know if Riverside Drive is worth the money if you're just looking for a Fahrenheit stand-in. Quimbaya is good stuff.

    ...
  64. Fleurs de Bulgarie: whisky tango foxtrot?

    Good morning-

    I was looking up Creed's Fleurs de Bulgarie in the BN directory and almost gasped as I saw the staggering two-star rating that it displayed. What made it even more strange was the...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 16 February

    I'm wearing McQueen's Kingdom on one arm and Creed's Tabarome Millesime on the other. I'll be staying in today, so I can do whatever I want :)



    -ben
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    Re: Your biggest U turn fragrance

    Bulgari ph is the closest thing to a U-turn that I've had. I still don't wear it too often, but I like it quite a bit.


    -ben
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    Re: My quick Green Irish Tweed review

    I love GIT with all my heart, but it can be finicky. When I wear GIT without being in just the right mood, it smells unbearably of grape kool-aid. I kid you not. The rest of the time, I love it. I...
  68. Re: SOTD wednesday 14 February Valentine's Day

    SOTD: CdG Avignon

    SOTE: Rive Gauche



    I received huge compliments on both of them, which surprised the hell out of me.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 15 February

    SOTD: Terre D'Hermes

    SOTE: Bulgari Black layered with CdG Tar

    Gotta have fun while I still can :)



    -ben
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    Re: Think Wine

    Has anyone tried anything from Ginestet? They are supposedly going for a wine or wine-inspired accord.

    I'd be interested to hear more about this house, and it's apropos the thread.

    ...
  71. Re: Wanted: Mint, citrus, fresh and not too sweet

    Live Jazz! :)




    -b
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 13 February

    I wore Burberry Brit today.


    SOTE: Creed OV on one arm and CdG Man 2 on the other.



    -ben
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    Re: SOTD Monday 12 February

    SOTD- B#9 Riverside Drive

    SOTE- Burberry Brit on one arm and MPG Santal Noble on the other. I'm still trying to understand both of these.



    -ben
  74. Re: Basenotes Members who like DGMWBIDS also like....

    I had actually noticed this a few days ago- I figured that someone out there was just adding perverse frags to their wardrobe as a joke (a la googlebombing).

    Still pretty funny, though.

    -ben
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    Re: Got strange comments on Bulgari Black

    I unfortunately will not be seeing that particular lady friend anymore- we had a rather spectacular falling-out last night and I decided that I don't need that stress right before a deployment. That,...
  76. quick question about Idole de Lubin

    I noticed that in the basenotes directory, a search for Idole nets two results: the Idole that I know of (and am sampling today) and another Idole- one that is discontinued and marked as a feminine...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 11 February

    I'm testing Idole de Lubin and Profumum's Fumidus.


    Idole= Yum

    Fumidus= retch-inducing



    SOTE will be Bulgari Black layered with CdG Tar.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

    I rather like it from the top notes to the drydown, but I agree that it smells better on skin. Some frags get sprayed on my clothing, but D&G goes right on the dermis. That also helps control D&G's...
  79. Re: Do You Ask/Require Your Partner to Wear Scent before Love Making?

    Oh, yes, good point. I had forgotten about this.


    My high-school girlfriend wore copious amounts of Coty's Ici, which I rather liked. However, she sprayed it all over her neck and chest, and I...
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    Got strange comments on Bulgari Black

    The other night I wore Bulgari Black to a lady's birthday party. I almost immediately received glowing compliments on it, but then again most of the people were tipsy by the time I got there.

    I...
  81. Re: Do You Ask/Require Your Partner to Wear Scent before Love Making?

    Ah, this reminds me of one particular evening last summer- an evening filled with drinks and a heavy application of Kouros on her. That was fantastic, but I don't know if I could really expect to...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 10 February

    SOTD: Gucci Envy

    SOTE: MPG Santal Noble



    -ben
  83. Re: For women, nothing's like the smell of men's sweat

    Some interesting facts about smells and smelling:
    http://www.jenniferboyer.com/AnosmiaFacts.html


    In a study in Switzerland, women preferred the smell of t-shirts
    belonging to men with immune...
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    Re: SOTD - Friday, 9 February 2007

    SOTD: AdP Colonia

    SOTE: MPG Santal Noble and testing CDG EdP.


    -ben
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 8 February

    SOTD: Dior Fahrenheit

    SOTE: Jaipur homme



    -ben
  86. Thread: Old man

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    Re: Old man

    To the candy industry's credit, triboluminescence has always existed in nature. It just happens that most of our food is not crystalline.


    :)




    -ben
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 7 February

    SOTD: Polo Black

    SOTE: Escada Magnetism



    -ben
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    Re: Old Spice Day: My Turn

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
    -MLK, jr.



    Our hearts (but not our...
  89. Thread: Old man

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    Re: Old man

    I should add something here that I just remembered.

    When I was first starting to take perfumes more seriously, my testing outpaced my skill/familiarity/nose/whatever. I admit that I did label some...
  90. Thread: Old man

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    Re: Old man

    When I'm an old man, I'm going to have huge eyebrows and half-rim glasses that leave marks on my cheeks.

    I might teach math or english- who knows. I will wear wool sweater-vests and stretchy...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, February 6, 2007

    Wore YSL M7 to work.


    SOTE: Bulgari Black



    -ben
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    Re: "earthy, pungent...

    My votes go to Yatagan and Z-14. I have worn both, and they both seem to meet your criteria to a 'Z'.



    -ben
  93. Re: Geir Virgin - Trying it for the first time...

    Sweet mother of cheeses, Geir lasts way too freakin' long!
    I have a jacket that I throw on when I need to run outside. Around, oh, thanksgiving, I put ONE spray on my left arm just to revisit the...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 5 February

    Wow, I had a busy weekend!

    Saturday:
    Work- Tam Dao
    SOTE- Rive Gauche

    Sunday:
    Work- Dior Fahrenheit
    SOTE- Kouros
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    Re: Has it ever occurred to you that...

    I've always thought that every penny that you have saved when you die represents part of your life that was essentially wasted- that is, you worked to earn that money, but instead of using it, it...
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    Re: SOTD Friday, February 2

    I wore Creed's Tabarome Millesime to work.


    SOTE: SL Santal Blanc.



    -ben
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    Re: Old Spice: do you dare me?

    Hey, hey- Notice that my wardrobe does proudly include the Drakkar Noir. I enjoy it.

    What I meant was that the frags would have sort of an old-school, high-school, ladies-man, jean-jacket kind of...
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    Re: Profumum's Fumidus: a question

    Thanks, guys-

    I'll think on it for a while before I plunge in. The patchouli sounds good, too... But yes, the price is rather high. When the price is that high, I absolutely demand excellent...
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    Profumum's Fumidus: a question

    This scent is put out by Profumum, a house that I have not sampled. The notes sound intriguing- birch tar, dark vetiver, smoke, whisky- but the reviews vary. Some people say that it smells cheap,...
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    Re: Old Spice: do you dare me?

    I was thinking about doing a 'trailer park boys perfume week' once I get all the right bottles- I was thinking of Brut, Old Spice, Drakkar Noir, Hai Karate, Jovan, etc.

    Maybe in a few months I'll...
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