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  1. Thread: Slumberhouse

    by ElVee
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I'm not adding much, but I do love me some slumberhouse!

    Jeke (autumn), Norne (pine wood), Sova (sweet yummy autumn), Baque (dry tobacco) are my faves from the line.

    Verg (mossy vegetation) is...
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    Re: Tried Aventus and not that impressed

    Shun the unbeliever. Shunnnnn...
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    Re: Creed - Quality or Con

    1. I wasn't trying to say Creed is handmade. I was more just looking for an analogy to demonstrate that Creed is not a commodity product on the low shelf at a basement price. It's more of a premium...
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    Re: Traditional British barbershop scent

    DS & Durga - Burning Barbershop :)
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    Re: Creed - Quality or Con

    Keep in mind Creed is a premium product, and gets treated as such. Do you want a mass-reprinted piece of art on your wall or a hand-painted item that is #5 in a lot of 50 done by the artist? The...
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    Re: ...and with that, I'm good, I think.

    It's best to make your own rules based on what your purpose for buying/using frags is. If you're looking to be a collector, you're going to always collect more (or at least go through repeated...
  7. Thread: Why sample?

    by ElVee
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    Re: Why sample?

    I'm in the camp that I don't want to mess with selling my failed blind buys. I actually give them away to friends rather than go through the hassle. I have friends that love Craigslist/ebay, but even...
  8. Re: education series: part 2. how to learn your scents.

    First of all, I'm still a neophyte to fragrances.

    I tend to do both approaches. Early on, I'd read about a frag first, and then try it, so I can figure out more efficiently what I'm smelling....
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    Re: how many shoes should a man have?

    I probably have about 15 pairs or so, but I don't really count. I also don't really advertise how many I have, as some people do think men shouldn't have that many. I prefer to let my shoes do their...
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    Re: how many shirts should have a man have?

    Typically speaking, I'm partial to the idea that you have as many shirts as you need, and that you wear over the course of a calendar year. If you've not worn a shirt in a year, you can probably...
  11. Re: Taking my girl out to a pretty upscale strip club for her first time...

    I was scrolling down, waiting to be the one to post what your first line is, and you beat me! Strip club means lots of women wearing their own "stripper" frags. I'd tone your own down, wear something...
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    Re: Creed Aventus Question

    I laughed, +1!
  13. Re: I want to get up to 20 bottles and no more, help me along the way... 4-5 frags per season..

    As usual, I'd always suggest samples rather than bottle buys before knowing what you like for sure. Also, they'll fit in your backpack easier! :)

    You've got many years ahead to settle on your best...
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    Re: Aventus in the Laundry?

    You don't have to convince me that there are Creed marketing interns and salespeople on these forums... :)
  15. Re: Got scammed on Aventus...Sent Fresco (Not by anyone here) - Need advice

    Even when clearly goaded by someone else stepping in?
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    Re: In need of a ROBUST Tobacco Fragrance.

    Slumberhouse - Baque
    Sonoma Scent Studio - Tabac Aurea
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    Re: of all the fragrances you tried

    5% Love (omg must wear more!)
    60% Like (nice scent, but probably won't ever buy it)
    30% Neutral (meh, it's a smell)
    5% Dislike (omg never want it again)

    I don't actually distinguish between...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Jeke (extrait version - 2013)

    Definitely have loved Jeke for a few years. I have about 4-5 sample vials of Jeke, all of which seem to be different colors. This has stymied me enough to set them aside, wondering what is up.
    ...
  19. Re: Boxer briefs or trunks - what keeps from riding up

    My only input is that fit probably helps the most; something that fits just right will wear just right.

    That said, I really like the Flint & Tinder boxer briefs (the ones with the white stripe...
  20. Thread: Honey

    by ElVee
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    Re: Honey

    From your examples above, I'd almost pin you for a sweet vanilla/tobacco type as well? Sort of a honey-like thing. If so...

    l'occitane - eau des baux - compares favorably to TF-TV; almost like a...
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    Re: new to this whole world

    Nooo...don't fall for the Aventus hype! Spend the money on samples instead!
  22. Thread: Micallef on ebay

    by ElVee
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    Re: Micallef on ebay

    Love Gaiac.

    I'd also suggest checking out Shanaan, if it sounds like something you'd like; essentially incense, light woods and a bit of smoke.

    Note Vanille is a vanilla/amber frag; but it can...
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    Poll: Re: What is your Preferable Bottle Size ?

    I actually love when I can get just a 30-50mL size from a house. That alone can last me a good 6 months of constant usage, but mix that with many others as well as days I wear nothing or am trying...
  24. Re: 3 ingredients/notes/essences you LOVE & 3 you HATE

    Love:
    Vanilla
    Incense
    Tobacco

    Hate:
    Absinth/Licorice

    Pretty much if I see that in the notes or many descriptions, there's no way I'll like the frag. With most other notes, my opinions may...
  25. Re: Which designer fragrance(s) would smell like this? (PIC)

    Frag? Whatever. I want those pictures in my face, now!
  26. Re: Trying to expand collection, lend me a few ideas!

    My suggestion: Buy up plenty of samples instead of your next full bottle cologne.

    I see you have a couple blind-buy/never-worn examples. It'll be hard to really take other suggestions at face...
  27. Re: How long do you give a frag before deciding if it's for you or not?

    Usually 2-3 wearings, or completely using up a sample. I like to give a few chances just in case my nose or skin are doing odd things that day, or perhaps I just forget I'm testing something.
    ...
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    Re: Slumberhouse bottles redesigned?

    I think he made mention of the switch on his blog recently. I kinda like the rounder cylindrical bottles over the square ones if only because of the smaller footprint on my shelves. I love a solid...
  29. Thread: Tester vs Bottle

    by ElVee
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    Re: Tester vs Bottle

    +1 !

    - - - Updated - - -

    There is also always the possibility that someone has suckled on the sprayer.
  30. Re: 19 years old...new to cologne world...going go invest into Creed Aventus

    Frags are not like cars or electronics where whichever has the biggest feature list and highest price (or snobbish fans) is pretty much the best buy, technically speakinga. A $10 frag can be just as...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Kere

    +1 on trying both Kere and Sova out, especially Sova. It's gorgeous.
  32. Re: Hey guys don't you think it you be nice to have" like button" as in facebook here ?

    A "like" button actually would promote less interaction. Instead of posting a response agreeing, I'll just hit a "like" button whose tally doesn't really get seen anywhere and won't affect the...
  33. Re: Basenotes featured in November issue of Men's Journal

    Not the most flattering or interesting of articles, I think the author may be slightly nuts, but still was a bit surprised over lunch to see this article in the mag and then see basenotes actually...
  34. Re: The best Autumn fragrance you didn't even know you needed.

    Ahh this explains the slight difference I have in a couple samples of Jeke. Nice! Adding Sova to my list. I've really liked most of the Slumberhouse frags I've sampled; very strong and confident.
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    Poll: Re: Brad Pitt on Chanel No. 5

    Considering the free marketing everyone is giving them, they've already made back whatever fee he got. :)
  36. Re: what perfume have you wore the most in the last 1 year time?

    DS & Durga - Mississippi Medicine
  37. Re: What factors do you consider in claiming that a certain fragrance is your signature scent?

    I think it's hard to define a 'signature scent' for me as what someone else thinks of it, or if it reminds them of me. BO could be a signature scent for some people. I get that definition, but it's...
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    Re: Fragrance Myths and realities

    RE: 4) I've known people who spray the mist and fairy hop through it. It's...disturbing to watch.

    RE: 6) I think there may be some truth to that, as I know I get olfactory fatigue if I'm sampling...
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    Re: Why do certain basenoter hate Creed so much?

    For me, it's less hate and more about eye-rolling in response to the over-abundance of hype people give it (most probably to feel better about their rather spendy purchase, kinda like talking up...
  40. Thread: Vanilla-y scents

    by ElVee
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    Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Just to get off the beaten path a bit...

    Dior - Hypnotic Poison Sensuelle - A light, powdery vanilla; unisex or too feminine for some
    Guerlain - Shalimar - A somewhat citrusy/vanilla combo that...
  41. Thread: C'mon Basenotes!

    by ElVee
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    Re: C'mon Basenotes!

    As someone who has formed and moderated online communities in the past, you can't please everyone. Nor can you have any sizable community where you get people who speak (type) differently, have...
  42. Re: Suspended: was 'diary of a perfumer in training'

    Opening a blog on this topic somewhere could still be an option, if you just don't use your normal name or reveal details about your employer or easy ways to track back to your employer.

    Also,...
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    Re: My change of mind on Acqua di Gio.

    Nothing wrong with AdG and nothing wrong with a frag being popular. But some people like myself don't want to necessarily smell like someone (or some-thousands) else. More specifically, if I'm on a...
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    Re: Where to find LEGIT sample bottles?

    Keep in mind that many times when you buy a sample online, it's not going to necessarily be coming from and labeled with the original manufacturer, but instead might get a vial branded for the site...
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    Re: which creed to buy

    Sounds like an agony of a decision. That being said, if they all have flaws, I would say don't force yourself into buying one just to have a Creed-branded frag. Likewise, don't force yourself into it...
  46. Thread: C'mon Basenotes!

    by ElVee
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    Re: C'mon Basenotes!

    I'm relatively new to the forums and enjoy it. As an IT professional (security, systems, web...), I tend to reserve my opinions until hearing about why an outage has occurred. Downtime due to...
  47. Re: Detecting notes etc - something that you learn over time?

    I'd echo what many above have said. I'm also new to this hobby, but in about 8 months, I've seen a noticable improvement in my ability to recognize notes and categorize scents.

    One thing I've not...
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    Re: What is the best TOM FORD fragrance?

    Japon Noir followed closely by Tobacco Vanille.
  49. Re: Casual Shoes - what do you wear, and also please give advice

    Unless you wear a) converse all-stars (face it, they're timeless, despite hipster use) or b) very clean tennis shoes like the alll-white ones above, there aren't really any tennis shoe/sneakers that,...
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    Re: Batch variations other houses...

    A lot probably comes down to Creed owners projecting onto their very high-end purchases. Kinda like trying out two frags, one you own and another you don't, and arguing yourself into preferring the...
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    Re: Talk to me about Shalimar

    A timely thread! :) I just tried out Shalimar EDP (decant) last night for the first time and came out of it really confused. (Just to note, I love Musc Ravageur...)

    The first hour was exquisite as...
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    Re: Choosing a more "grown up" fragrance

    Since you have a chance to give yourself a treat, you could funnel the money for a new perfume over to ordering samples of other stuff online, like highly reviewed stuff that fits your preferred...
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    Re: Hugely impressed by? By Killian

    I had the pleasure of getting some Kilian samples early in my new obsession (as in, 6 months ago), and as I sample more stuff have come back to them and realized their quality much more, especially...
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    Re: Which of these would get the most compliments?

    Try samples of them all; see which 2 you like to wear the most.
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    Re: What Frag would a Treasure Hunter Wear?...

    Something Indiana Jones would wear perhaps?

    In general, I think something incense-laden but dark (as opposed to spicy and annoying when in extreme heat) would be appropriate. Maybe complemented by...
  56. Thread: Is there an "IT?

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    Re: Is there an "IT?

    Sounds somewhat like friends who find porn...
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    Re: Fragrance for a baby

    Baby powder...
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    Re: Summer work party coming up...help!

    I'd go with TdH or A*Men. Bleu is good and it's hard to go wrong, but (and this is just me) I'd like to be a bit more unique at a shindig like a rare work party. You can wear Bleu at work any day....
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    Re: Masculine Gourmand/Vanilla, Suggestions?

    Disclaimer 1: I'll avoid anything mentioned above, though Musc Ravageur warrants highlighting! :)
    Disclaimer 2: Just including things I like.

    These are in rough order of how interesting they are...
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    Re: Spotted at.....Fry's Electronics??

    Agree with the others, that 2on2 Men is hilarious!
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    Re: How to Tackle a big order!

    This is just my process, and being new, I also have a huge box of samples to go through and have been doing so for about 6 months now. Some of this process depends on how much of a sample I have; if...
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    Re: Comment on my starting lineup

    By the way, at 19 I think I had a few stocking stuffers (Iron, Preferred Stock) and a few department store staples (Drakkar Noir, Obsession, Fahrenheit) and really no acquaintances to help delve...
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    Re: Comment on my starting lineup

    For daring, I kinda like some overly masculine incense-heavy types of frags like Van Cleef & Arples Pour Homme or DS & Durga's Mississippi Medicine (niche) or Comme des Garcons' Kyoto/Avignon/Zagorsk...
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    Re: Strawberrynet.com

    Indeed, as someone who works in information security, I can tell you that you shouldn't need to provide any of that information for a legitimate transaction through PayPal. Someone on their end...
  65. Re: Finally got to see what all the hype is about with Creed

    Didn't smell great. CLEARLY you have a bad batch.

    (/sarcasm)
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    Re: Is By Kilian's Sweet Redemption, EDP, really as good as they say it is?

    I think you should sample this for sure. I kinda like the scent itself, it's very yummy, but definitely not something that I would wear. Any of the orange descriptions above are right on. When I...
  67. Re: What to buy for Fall? Suggestions Wood/Spice Possibly a Hint of Smoke.

    Sonoma Scent Studio - Fireside Intense is a pretty nice late autumn/winter scent. Smells like smoke, campfire, woods.
  68. Re: Do you know any ocean/salty smelling fragrances?

    Creed Millesime Imperial has an oceanic/marine dominance to me.
    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Lightning is a sort of rainy/ocean scent, and their The Deep Ones is sort of a darker, mossy oceanic.
    ...
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    Re: How to tell if a Fragrance has gone bad?

    My experience has been that a frag will smell pretty generic compared to the deep scents a fresh one has, and it will dry off and disappear very quickly.

    Like it's soul has moved on. :)
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    Re: Powerful, seductive, sensual

    Unfortunately, all your descriptors are subjective. What's seductive to one person isn't to another.

    I strongly agree with the sentiment to not smell like something your playmate associates with...
  71. Thread: Spray my hand...

    by ElVee
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    Re: Spray my hand...

    How close to you spray?

    I can see when I spray my wrists from a distanct that there's a decent amount the misses my wrist on the top and bottom. A hand probably catches more.

    That might be one...
  72. Re: this has been bugging me since this afternoon!!! Is that too much?

    Insane might not be the best word. Some elderly people do suffer from mental degradation (Alzheimer's or senility) and sometimes they exhibit strange, rather blunt behavior towards physical stimuli....
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    Re: Histories de Parfums - The Scent of Departure

    Sorry, I wondered if that's what you meant. :)
  74. Re: Similar to La Nuit, Givenchy Play Intense, and Tobacco Vanille

    If you like the vanilla play on gourmand:
    Parfumeria Generale's Bois Blond is an excellent unisex vanilla that I love
    M. Micallef's Gaiac is a sweet, woody vanilla base.
    Odin New York's Century is...
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    Re: Histories de Parfums - The Scent of Departure

    By "light," I meant they're faint.
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    Re: Suggestions Please!

    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz - Winter White is a nice chocolately/gourmand for winter months.

    For something a slight bit less masculine, Tokyo Milk's Let Them Eat Cake and Bittersweet are cake-like...
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    Re: Histories de Parfums - The Scent of Departure

    I've been slowly going through a range of their samples I picked up en masse from indiescents.com. A few really stand out to me (Abu Dhabi, for one, which has a really nice vanilla/musk base that I...
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    Re: Creed Aventus - All Hype?

    I'm sure some of the Aventus fans are the ones who maybe shouldn't have ponied up the money for the bottle, and subconsciously hype it up on their own to justify and/or feel better about their...
  79. Re: Is the Perfumed Court the go to site for Canadins looking to buy samples?

    I've purchased from both, and I must say...it wouldn't surprise me if they're still all sitting side-by-side in the same office, since the experience was very similar and the stocklists nearly...
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    Re: What is THE 90s fragrance?

    +1 to Obsession
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    Re: Your first cologne

    Preferred Stock or Iron, as a blind Christmas gift from family.

    Or something called Hawk, which I found in my dad's old stuff when searching out old books to read that he had in storage, probably...
  82. Re: Same scent smells quite different on me/somebody other? (Bleu de Chanel)

    I would just add that maybe your skin smells different to your friend than to you. That may influence what you pick up or don't.

    I've had a few well-reviewed frags be so bad on my skin that I...
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    Re: Identifying types?

    Experience, I think, is key. And sort of defining your own groups for a while, basically things you can tell the difference between. For instance, do all florals smell kinda the same? Or maybe you...
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    Re: What makes a fragrance 'dirty'?

    I know I've used "dirty" in the ways above, but I also sometimes use it (and see it used) to describe something that is not quite so pure? For instance, a bright citrus note might be pretty pretty,...
  85. Re: The Basenotes Fragrance Championship: FINAL ROUND

    egoist
  86. Re: Having difficulty finding a predominant cured tobacco note.

    By the way, I like your thoughts on the ones you've tried, and as you try more, I'd love to see the results in this thread! :)
  87. Re: Having difficulty finding a predominant cured tobacco note.

    Not sure what cured tobacco might exactly smell like, but two very nice tobacco/pipe tobacco scents I've tried:

    Sonoma Scent Studio - Tabac Aurea (light, dry pipe tobacco, really good imo)...
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    Re: Help with wood fragrances!

    Not to hijack a thread at all, but is there a visual cue on the difference between GPH1 and GPH2? I think that GPH2 is the one most rave about, yes?


    Update: I guess GPH2 has a II on it. Clever,...
  89. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    Usually effective stickies (just a few!) and a stickied, comprehensive FAQ helps to answer some of the really general questions.
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    Re: I wear what I like?

    I'll echo others: wear what you want to wear, within reason. If someone else has a hang-up on it, that's their problem. If it becomes your problem, then maybe you'll have to make some concessions...
  91. Re: Determining whether a fragrance is masculine or feminine.

    First, it's pretty subjective, as others have said. Especially when something is classified as unisex, since it can really go both ways on how you (or people around you) take it.

    Second, most...
  92. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    I'm new, and I don't frequent the female forum at all to know the usage levels, but I guess that's part of the point from my perspective. I'm (so far) only interested in the male fragrances.

    But,...
  93. Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    I just want to say, not only is this list nice and appreciated, but I love that you've made a few mentions of the general notes. This helps newbies like me immediately know what I'm smelling or what...
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    ever spray cologne in your cube/office?

    Sitting here with a new arrival and testing its legitimacy made me think to ask if anyone ever scents their office or cubicle with something subtle or that they wear anyway for the work day?
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    Re: Buying fragrance for a female friend

    Well, that and your handsome avatar. :)
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    Re: Why does cologne last so little on me?

    Five hours isn't all that bad, from my point of view; that's about average for me.

    A*Men in particular I can spray 3 times and get spotty longevity or spray 4 times and it lasts 8 hours....
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    Re: Must have fragrances in every mans collection

    I'd prefer that all men *not* have my favorites, so as to make my favorites less unique. This is a huge reason I typically don't buy from major department stores in my area.

    I think all men should...
  98. Re: Fragrance with most positive reviews and zero neutrals or negatives?

    Ran across a few I was testing:

    Sonoma Scent Studio - Tabac Aurea is sitting at 14-2-0 (http://www.basenotes.net/ID26130507.html)
    Comme des Garcons - Ouarzazate is at 20-1-0...
  99. Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    ^^ here I thought you were a thread-starting bot! :)
  100. Re: My attempt at a non-biased take on "the Creed issue."

    I'm painfully new here, and yes already sick of the Creed fanatics. I don't mind people offering it for suggestion, but the hype/focus on it is a little strange if not outright creepy at times. :)
    ...
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