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    Re: AQUA or CHROME

    These things usually come in 50 mL (which is listed in the US as 1.6 or 1.7 oz.) and 100 mL (3.3 or 3.4 oz in the US).


    And for my money, Truefitt & Hill's 1805 is one of the best marine/aquatic...
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    Re: A cologne with great sillage?

    For school? Maybe for a date / evening...
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    Re: Eau de Guerlain or Eau de Hermes?

    Eau d'Hermes is definitely not a traditional "Eau de cologne" scent. With that said...

    Hermes!
  4. Re: Saint Charles Shave - Certainly the Price is Intriguing

    I've got the Very "V" and her Sandalwood (the sandalwood I picked up quite a while back when she was discontinuing it - I don't know if she has (gasp) reformulated it or not.

    The sandalwood is a...
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    Re: Coldest Scent

    No. 88 cold? Wow, there's just no accounting for differences in noses. The rose / sandalwood / incense combo is about the last thing I'd consider "cold".


    If you want cold, my recommendation is...
  6. Re: Easy on The Trigger - what's your definition ?

    On me, even with just one spray, the mid- and base notes of a fragrance project very well for 6 to 8 hours. Any more than that is seriously overdoing it for me.
  7. Re: A formal, mature, conservative, elegant and classy refined soapy scent?

    No. 88 soapy? I guess i depends on where you buy your soap. I just smell rose, sandalwood, and incense there. Nothing like any soap I've ever used.

    For that matter, I've never met a fragrance...
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    Re: Travelling Light, grrr....

    I apologize. There's nothing here scent-wise.

    Sometimes I think that might be a decent business opportunity here. ;)
  9. Re: Easy on The Trigger - what's your definition ?

    Bingo.

    I never use more than two sprays of anything, even in the dead of winter. And two is rare, for low-sillage stuff like Tommy Bahama.

    One spray - straight to my sternum - is enough for...
  10. Re: Need help with L'Occitane. Please tell me your faves - and why!

    Technically yes, but it smells fantastic on a woman. ;)
  11. Re: Newbie just starting out and needs all the help he can get!

    Best place to start (IMO) is to hit a YSL counter at a department store and try everything they have. That will at least give you a good idea what types of scents you prefer.
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    Re: Cologne Rotation

    I grab a scent at random i the morning depending on how I feel. Sometimes it's Rive Gauche three days in a row, sometimes it's Rose 31, Tommy Bahama, Azzaro PH, M7, Bois du Portugal, 3rd Man.... ;)
  13. Re: Colognes with the best drydowns/basenotes.

    I love the base of Bois du Portugal
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    Re: Ambre sultan - horrible experience

    I love Ambre Sultan - the incense-y amber combo is amazing.

    That said, some people react to certain types of scents. My sister, for one, gets sick from the smell of caramel, and it comes from a...
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    Re: Czech & Speake 88 lasting power

    Did you get a spray sample? Because one full spray on me lasts a good 8 - 12 hours...
  16. Re: Do you sample/purchase/seek fragrances just because they're discontinued?

    I find them before I realize they're discontinued...

    Carlo Corinto Vetyver? Bought it blind. Love it. Then I found out it was discontinued. But as lightly as I use scents, if I buy myself one...
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    Re: fellow BNers, please help me!!!!!

    Maybe Eau de Hermes if you can find it.
  18. Re: I need help finding a new cologne. Suggestions?

    Mugler Cologne?

    Maybe Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa if it's in your budget...
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    Re: Looking for a "attention graber"

    Serge Luten's Ambre Sultan
    Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain


    Both command a lot of attention. L'Air smells like the desert, Ambre Sultan smells like inside the harem. ;)
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    Re: My Wife Dislikes Sweet Fragrances

    Try Tam Dao or Lorenzo Villoresi Sandalo.
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    Re: Best Bottle (non-Niche)

    I actually really like L'Homme's bottle design. I just dislike the juice within.

    Actually that's not fair. I don't dislike it - I just find it bland.
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    Re: Is this really possible?

    That's on my list as well, as soon as my funds recover. ;)

    I do like the oud oils I've tried, but I think I would like a well-done blend better than a single note.
  23. Re: If you could only choose one cologne, what would be your choice?

    Carlo Corinto Vetyver.


    Sadly, it's discontinued. Of stuff still in production I'd go with Rive Gauche.

    Honorable mention to Ambre Sultan - it's just not as versatile.
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    Re: Recommend me some fougeres.

    I think fougeres are characterized by the lavender / oakmoss / tonka bean scents.

    Which is odd - I don't get any lavender in Rive Gauche at all. I definitely do in 3rd Man and Azzaro PH.
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    Re: Is this really possible?

    I'm really happy with the ones I own right now. The few I really want to sample, I can't afford to right now, or can't find.

    (They stopped shipping Laura Tonatto's Re to this country...)
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    Re: Recommendations, please.

    Don't be scared away from Guerlain just because you didn't like Vetiver. The vetiver note is probably what you weren't crazy about - it's one that grows on you as you become more experienced with...
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    Re: "Quiet" men's fragrance suggestions?

    He's new at this so don't startle him yet!

    Try Tommy Bahama - the original. It's fairly low-power, sticks close to the skin, but persists for hours. It's a great leathery tobacco smell. Like...
  28. Re: Suggestions in the BdP-Heritage-Patou PH mold

    If you want a fairly respectable BdP clone try Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Antony.

    The only difference I can smell is that about a half-hour in, Bois du Portugal has very dark, musky undertones. ...
  29. Re: Any suggestion for a starting wardrobe ?

    Try Rose 31 instead of No. 88, then. Still rose-based, but a bit easier to wear, I think. Does the same thing though - really cranks up when it gets warm. Use sparingly.

    Any sort of date /...
  30. Re: How long does a bottle of cologne last you?

    I haven't even managed to use up a 10 mL decant of anything yet...
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    Scent Association Thread

    Like word association. Post the first scent that comes to mind after you read the last scent posted. I'll start:

    Le Male
  32. Re: Any suggestion for a starting wardrobe ?

    For everyday I'd suggest something like Mugler Cologne, Guerlain Vetiver, Penhaligon's English Fern, or Rive Gauche.

    For dating, you already like Gucci Envy, but you could try something like Rose...
  33. Re: Wardrobe needs love, would appreciate some advice

    Warm and sexy?

    YSL's M7

    Serge Luten's Chergui (sweet) or Ambre Sultan (not so sweet)

    Out of the bunch, I think Ambre Sultan > M7 > Chergui by small margins.
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    Re: muscs kublai khan

    Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur?
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    Re: I'll have 2 New Scents please!

    Check the YSL counter and see if they have anything OTHER than L'Homme hidden out of sight, and try anything they have. ;)

    Try Chanel's counter, too. Antaueus, Egoiste, etc.

    I like a lot of...
  36. Thread: Ysl m7

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    Re: Ysl m7

    M7 is a warm, woody, amber-y, "oriental" type of scent. It's slightly sweet but not overpoweringly sweet. The agarwood scent means it has a sharp, medicinal smell at the very beginning (think a...
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    Re: My Wife Dislikes Sweet Fragrances

    Caron - 3rd Man: lavender and spices. Great scent and not sweet or powdery to me.
    YSL - Rive Gauche: like 3rd Man but without the lavender.
    Hermes - Eau de Hermes: Not sweet at all. Heavy cumin...
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    Re: Female seeks male frags

    Try Rive Gauche.

    Heck, try pretty much any of YSL's male offerings.
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    Re: What is a "butch" fragrance?

    Butch just means manly. Notes that smell like woods, herbs, dirt, animals, or even BO help turn a fragrance "butch".
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    Re: I've Been Bitten by the Serge Lutens Bug

    I definitely need full bottles of Muscs Kublai Khan and Ambre Sultan. I haven't decided on Chergui yet. It's like to try a few of the others, like Santal de Mysore, and Fumerie Turque.
  41. Re: Please help me select samples from Nicolai,Lalique and Goutal

    He's already getting New York.

    I'd say Nuits de Hadrian, Encre Noir, and Sables.


    If you're a sushi fan, you might check and see if CDG has given in and created Encre Nori yet. ;)
  42. Re: When the shower gel is bettah than the juice itself...

    Thanks to another member here, I recently got two travel kits that include the shower gel AND a big bottle (canister?) of the EDT for a pretty good price. I think I'm set for life :)
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    Re: Returning to An Old Favorite

    The second bottle I ever got was Truefitt & Hill's 1805. I hadn't worn it in probably a year - put it on this morning and HEY! There was a whole layer of spiciness hiding under the sort of aquatic...
  44. Re: What do you recommend for a 14yr old boy/lad?

    The Lacoste sounds like it went over well! I guess for your next present you could try something suited for wearing out on dates, like CK Obsession for men.
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    Re: Scent for a regular joe=)

    Azzaro Pour Homme

    and +1 on the Rive Gauche suggestion
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    Re: Sandalwood notes

    Czech & Speake No. 88 - Rose, Sandalwood, AND Incense all in one.
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    Re: Best scent ever

    Of all-time, the late Carlo Corinto Vetyver. I could wear it any day of the year.

    WIN: Rive Gauche. I reach for it more than any other.

    PLACE: Amber Sultan

    SHOW: Bois du Portugal
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    Re: Fresh and prety...

    Check out some of the scents from L'Occitane.

    Fleurs d'Oranger would meet your light/fresh suggestion. Possibly Jasmin Mandarine as well.

    I don't know about light/fresh, but I think Eau des...
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    Re: MPG -- discontinues shipping to the US?

    I knew I should have picked some up when I was in Bigelow last month! Rotten time to be between jobs...
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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    Take Rive Gauche, tone down the anise, and add some lavender, and you get Caron's 3rd Man. I just noticed this a few days ago.
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    Re: need some help guys

    I'd go with Caron's 3rd Man instead of Pour un Homme - it's like Rive Gauche with lavender added - great scent.
  52. Re: Starting my wardrobe, need "sexy" going out fragrance

    For sexy / going out, try:

    Rive Gauche
    M7
    Egoiste
    Caron - 3rd Man (Le 3me Homme)
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain
  53. Re: Fragrances released the year you were born...

    1980 - I actually do own a bit of Floris Elite.
  54. Re: Well I sniffed the new Express Men Reserve -

    I like their jeans - the skinny cut actually fits me really well. And they're about half the price of Diesel or 7 For All Mankind. I'm not much of a fan of their other clothes, though.
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    Re: Suggestions for a sexy vetiver

    The girl I'm seeing doesn't like sweeter scents. She goes nuts over Carlo Corinto Vetyver - vetiver and incense.
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    Re: please recommend me some green things.

    Floris Vetiver, if you can find it.

    Penhaligon's English Fern
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    Re: Single White Male Looking for Commitment

    I know! It was a blind buy for me - couldn't resist, it was too damn cheap. And it's great!
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    Re: hey any suggestions?

    Check out the YSL selections at your local department store. L'Homme might work OK for you, though I don't dig it myself. Something more like Live Jazz or Rive Gauche would be good. M7 would be a...
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    Re: L'air du Desert Marocain sprays?

    One spray. People standing six feet away tell me how nice I smell hours later.
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    Re: Your top 3 everyday, workhorse fragrances.

    Rive Gauche
    Caron 3rd Man
    Carlo Corinto Vetyver / Dunhill 1934 (I list both because they're both discontinued - as such I use both less than I would if they were still in production.)
  61. Re: YSL Jazz family, Opium PH EDT, Rive Gauche PH

    Agarwood is a base note in M7, but it's not the dominant note. M7 is a sweet woody/ambery oriental with the agarwood (synthetic) running underneath. Some people are turned off by the medicinal tang...
  62. Re: Is Mama Bear shaving soap really that good?

    For a glycerin based soap, hers are very good - I love the eucalyptus. I prefer something like DR Harris or Truefitt & Hill, but you can't beat the prices on Mama Bear.
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    Re: Sunglasses?

    Actually, those look like Maui Jim shades - either the Ka'anapali or the next smaller style like that.

    The shirt is just a white button-down shirt - I'm not sure what you'd call that collar style,...
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    Re: Fragrance for a casual date tonight

    Sex Panther
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    Re: Single White Male Looking for Commitment

    Really? My local grocery stores and Walgreens carry Tommy Bahama...
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    Re: Fragrance for the Uninitiated

    I use an alternate method: you can judge how many people know about and like a thing by how easy it is to purchase in a certain area.

    Now, in my area, I'm hard pressed even to find something as...
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    Re: Why YSL, why?

    I don't think M7 was a big hit in the stores, and it certainly isn't "in style" right now.

    That said, it's one of my favorites.
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    Re: HEAT WAVE!!! Suggestions?

    Azzaro Chrome

    Rive Gauche

    Tommy Bahama
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    Re: One house for all occasions

    YSL is my first choice, but Caron needs some more love here.

    I don't know enough Chanel or Guerlain to offer an opinion there. I think Villoresi could be in this category, but I need to try a few...
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    Re: The Gourmand for the Gourmand Hater

    Really? I get honey and hazelnuts from Mechant Loup - no hint of licorice at all. For licorice (anise) I'd say Rive Gauche and L'Occitane's Eau de Badian have very prominent anise notes. I don't...
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    Re: ☞ 2 new Lutens ☜

    For "forreau noir" I think "black sheath" may be a literal translation but not one conveying quite the right meaning. Maybe a native French speaker would know better, but I'm thinking a more poetic...
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    Re: Just 3 smells

    If those are the categories you want...

    Aquatic - Bulgari Aqua OR Azzaro Chrome

    Musky - YSL M7

    Winter - Caron Le 3me Homme (3rd Man)
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    Re: Stupid questions...

    1.) Not exactly. As long as you keep them away from light and heat, they can last a good long time.

    2.) It's called decanting. You'll probably want a pipette / eyedropper or a funnel so you...
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    Re: Summer Fragrances Out of this Selection.

    Out of that list, I'd be wearing M7, but don't go by my nose.

    Although M7 actually works very well in the heat if you only use one spray. ;) I wouldn't be surprised if someone who typically...
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    Re: Rive Gauche or Terre d' Hermès

    Rive Gauche smells good in ANY weather. Summer or winter.

    I personally really dislike TdH.
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    Re: Anyone try out Zara Vetiver?

    No wonder! ShopLondons.com says it's been discontinued. Crap!
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    Poll: Re: Which one of these fresh citrus frags?

    Bingo.
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    Re: what do you smell like?

    As far as I can tell, I just smell like warm skin.
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    Re: Anyone try out Zara Vetiver?

    Have you tried Floris vetiver? It's my second-favorite behind (discontinued) Carlo Corinto.
  80. Thread: animalic

    by TromboneGuy
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    Re: animalic

    The scent from Eau d'Hermes is cumin. More tacos than poop. ;)

    That said, I LOVE Eau d'Hermes. I need to get a full bottle.
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    Re: I smell like my grandfather...

    Sadly, neither of my grandfathers are still alive. My maternal grandfather only ever wore Aqua Velva or Skin Bracer. My paternal grandfather didn't go for a lot of cologne - but there's still an...
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    Re: Laura Tonatto - Any fans of this line?

    I really want to try this line. Although all I can think of is Flight of the Conchords' song Albi the Racist Dragon. :)
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    Re: Let's talk gourmands.

    The first scent to come to my mind when someone says "gourmand" is L'Artisan's Mechant Loup - hazelnuts and honey.
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    Re: Suggest me a casual scent!

    Chrome is good. I also really like Blue Jeans - they're two fairly different styles, so pick your preference.
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    Re: Your Best And Worst Blind Buy?

    Best: Carlo Corinto Vetyver, based on Wicozani's vetiver redux.

    Hon. Mention: M7, Rive Gauche, Azzaro Pour Homme, Tommy Bahama

    Least Good: T&H 1805 - it's not bad, I'm just not that into...
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    Re: Tobacco Fragrances

    From what I've read, not only does Tabac not contain any tobacco ingredients, it also doesn't smell like tobacco at all. ;)

    As to the rest, I wish I could help, but I'm completely unfamiliar with...
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    Re: Looking for a sexy, fruity fragrance

    Valentino V? Figgy rose.

    Figgy pudding! It's made with figs! ... and bacon.
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    Re: Best men's frags under $25

    I picked up a 100 mL of Azzaro Pour Homme at TJ Maxx for less than $20. Great stuff - very good take on the lavender / oakmoss style.
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    Re: Best men's frags under $25

    Really? Holy cow, Rive Gauche is one of my favorites. I can wear that any day of the year.

    Want to go back and pick one up for me? ;)
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Yeah, I'm going to give it another try to see if maybe it was just today in particular. But yes, I thought the Assam was a very good oil.
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    Re: Non-offensive Classics

    $45 sounds like a decent deal. Just with a quick internet search, most places have the 3.4 oz. Heritage EDT marked from $55 to $67. A few have the 3.4 oz EDT marked down to $27.50, but they're all...
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    Re: Non-offensive Classics

    Blenheim Bouquet
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    Re: running out of prada amber pour homme.

    If Prada Amber is an amber-centric scent (which I'm guessing by the name...) then I would definitely give Serge Luten's Ambre Sultan a sniff - the more I smell it the less I get "sweet vanilla amber"...
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    Poll: Re: Daily Scent?

    I voted for Blue Jeans, too. Smelled it for the first time a week or two ago, and I quite liked it.
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    And finally: Assam Organic

    This one is very nice - the medicinal note is actually rather subdued compared to even the Chinese Exclusive, and the animal notes are very good, and smoothed into the...
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    Re: Sunday Sniffathon

    The stores near me have an endless supply of L'Homme and a couple of bottles of Opium, but no Rive Gauche or M7 anywhere in sight...
  97. Re: CREED HATERS - Need your help. Similar niche fragances. Creed sillage problem

    Try spraying on your clothes instead of directly on your skin. (Careful - it might stain some fabrics, so test it first.) But many times scents are more persistent sprayed on clothing (or a...
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    Re: Future Purchases

    Someone just had a bottle of Silver Factory for sale on the Sale forum... you might do a search.
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    Re: Scent Longevity on Men

    I don't think it's because of their niche nature - but L'Artisan and Penhaligon's seem to have a reputation for being somewhat lacking in the longevity department. I'm unfamiliar with Divine. I...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Sorry guys - was out of town for a few days.

    Chinese Exclusive:

    Whoo! This one is a kick in the nose at first. Although it's actually less medicinal than Sheik's Borneo - not as much of the...
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