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  1. Re: What about Royall fragrances? Royall Muske, R. Lyme, R.Vetiver, R. Spyce, R. Bay Rhum

    If I remember correctly their Vetiver is a pretty shameless, but solid copy of Guerlain (weakened though obviously) the all-purpose lotion aspect is kind of nifty though as you can supposedly put...
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    Re: What Do You Think of My Non-Niche Wardrobe

    You have no animalics.

    Go buy Kouros Fraicheur. Also I second Givenchy Gentleman. Boss #1 may be worth a look too.
  3. Thread: Why sample?

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    Re: Why sample?

    Some of your points make sense. Even if the numbers don't tally completely, but here's my take.

    For someone new to fragrance with no real frame of reference and a vast world to explore one of the...
  4. Re: Got my First Comment (complaint) today. Funny Story

    Funnily enough I was wearing the same fragrance the other day when picking up some prescriptions, and the woman behind the counter wanted to know what I was wearing. She thought it was very nice, and...
  5. Re: If it's being discontinued, will I see it soon at discount places

    I remember seeing Vetiver available at Overstockperfume if that means anything
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    Re: Need a fragrance for my girlfriend

    Molinard's Vanille, Vanille Patchouli, Vanille Marine, etc., maybe? There's a number of them.

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    Molinard's Vanille, Vanille Patchouli, Vanille Marine, etc., maybe? There's a...
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    Re: Overrated and Underrated Designer Scents on BN

    I wasn't being entirely serious here. As a matter of fact at this moment Le Male probably IS underrated in that it's rarely mentioned and generally not spoken of favourably. If you were to re-wind...
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    Re: Overrated and Underrated Designer Scents on BN

    Much of the really intense love for Farenheit probably comes from those who knew the older versions. This used to be very, very strong stuff. However you should also keep in mind that longevity can...
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    Re: Your favorite powdery scent?

    Yay, someone mentioned Love Chloe!

    The eau florale version is great too, so is the intense version. Love Chloe is just fantastic.
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    Re: Vetiver suggestions please

    Thanks, it's one of the few CSP fragrances I take seriously, which is not to say none of the others are enjoyable. A good friend of mine ordered me some bottles off Overstock perfumes for $20 a pop,...
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    Re: What cologne makes a man seem like a snob?

    Save in terms of examples which might change from moment to moment your question can't really be answered. How a fragrance actually smells and whether or not they like it is probably the least...
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    Re: Vetiver suggestions please

    No one has mentioned it, again, because nobody ever does: Chopard Noble Vetiver, probably not quite for summer but good in spring. Great juice, not too pricey and the bottle is outstanding. I...
  13. Thread: Bleu de Chanel

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    Re: Bleu de Chanel

    Bleu is great. People love Bleu. You don't have to love it - you don't even have to like it - but before you slag it off find me a fragrance that

    - is as versatile, can be worn year-round, on a...
  14. Poll: Re: Would You Be Interested In Participating In a Men's Sample Pass?

    I'd like to be involved but my location might prove to be a problem.
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    Re: why are niche fragrances more expensive?

    Niche fragrances arn't more expensive. Their prices vary, as do those of designer fragrances.

    On the other hand there's niche, and then there's 'niche,' some appear to identify anything expensive,...
  16. Re: Fragrances with the strongest Performance and tremendous Projection/Longevity

    +1, Sables litterally lasts for days on my skin.
  17. Re: Does it exists any great or even a masterpiece "sport" scent?

    I'm a big fan of Polo Sport. The one with the seaweed note. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to exist now (the note) and the scent has become far more generic as a result.
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    Re: Voyageur ~ Jean Patou....your thoughts ?

    I'm not aware of any connection or simmilarity.



    I like the bottle. I think the juice is nice for what it is.
  19. Re: With reformulations and tales of sadness, is this a bad time for me to have got back into frags?

    If you dig Le Male it might be worth looking into some of the other sweet powerhouses like Joop! Homme, New Harlem and A*Men. Also check out Annick Goutals Sables. Longevity is insane, but the scent...
  20. Re: With reformulations and tales of sadness, is this a bad time for me to have got back into frags?

    Get some Montale samples. They're reasonably priced as niche houses go; no more than some high-end designers, but generally offer superb value as they're often very strong. I have a fair cache of...
  21. Re: Why the like/nuetral/dislike ratio on Basenotes doesn't matter

    My main issue with the BN directory is the concentration of reviews. As for the ratios they're simply an overview. Reading the reviews themselves will give you more than just the numbers to go on. Of...
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    Re: Point of no return.....

    Not necessarily defending Chanel here. However the fact that they're pitting it against Mademoiselle, to my mind, is kind of moot. After all if you're going to pay to smell like everyone else why pay...
  23. Thread: Prom scent

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    Re: Prom scent

    Personally I'll throw in a +1 for Hednic's suggestion and say Bleu de Chanel. Particularly if you're arriving with a date but I would suggest you give these all a full wearing if you can prior to...
  24. Re: Your Opinions: Evody Bois Secret & Musc Intense

    So no one has tried either of these?
  25. Malaita by Montana? (Anyone familiar with it?)

    Well I recently found out about this fragrance for women by Montana. It's called Malaita (click the link to see notes and info) and based on the notes I think I would enjoy it. Unfortunately sampling...
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    Re: Top 3 unisex fragrances

    Not in the mood to think of three but I'm going to put in a word for Knize Sec since I doubt it will get mentioned otherwise. Leather is an incredibly unisex note.
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    Poll: Re: Boudoir or Fracas on a man?

    Not a lady, but as a gent I've worn Fracas. I'm quite fond of it and don't think anything so great should be ignored because of an arbitrary marketing decision.
  28. Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    One no one has mentioned so far: Angel Schlesser Oriental II, though marketed at women, puts me in mind of a unisex niche offering. If you see niche as being about quality then most high-end...
  29. Your Opinions: Evody Bois Secret & Musc Intense

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    Just looking for some feedback on these two...
  30. Re: niche houses are Prototype testing for larger designer houses

    There is an almost symbiotic relationship between the niche and designer world in that the larger companies could probably absorb the niche market if they wanted to, yet do not. They let the niche...
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    Re: the irony of winter fragrances

    I don't go in for seasonal perfume all that much. For me it's about tolerance. Some scents become cloying in the heat. Cooler weather gives me the oppertunity to wear them.
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    Poll: Re: What is your Preferable Bottle Size ?

    It's rare that I buy samples and decants so I tend to go with 30ml bottles for myself. However if I'm buying something to put away and collect I'll usually go with the 100ml.
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    Re: Creed is all you Need..

    Very silly thread
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    Re: What caron's do you think work for a man?

    I was actually asking if people thought it would be good ^^;;; considering getting the parfum, but you've answered my question all the same. Thanks
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    Re: What caron's do you think work for a man?

    How about Or et Noir extrait?
  36. Re: Any fragrances that are about to be discontinued? Or reformulated?

    I'm guessing Vetiver. I was hugely surprised to see it available via an online discounter recently.

    To the OP, a few - nothing remarkable really - which I can point you to are Kenzo Power (I...
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    Re: when someone challenges your hobby

    Usually some degree of understanding. As I find most who look oddly at my collection are looking at fragrance as though it's a type of cosmetic. From that perspective it does seem unusual that anyone...
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    Re: I'm in love with Lanvin Avant Garde!

    I quite like this one and Arpege pour Homme. Avant Garde seems more masculine to me though. I can see why people would find it unremarkable, but some of the bad reviews this attracted mystified me.
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    Re: how important is bottle design for you

    There are enough fragrances around that I never feel the need to buy an ugly bottle containing good juice as there are so many beautiful bottles containing good juice.
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    Re: do you like what most people wear?

    I'm inclined to agree with this
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    Re: when someone challenges your hobby

    I find it's fairly easy to explain why I love fragrances. Generally by drawing a comparison to the way people spend so much money and effort to stimulate their senses in more commonplace ways such as...
  42. Re: Gucci Pour Homme 1 & 2 bottle size difference?

    Just checked mine, PH 50ml and PH2 100ml, they're exactly the same height.
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    Re: basenoters hating on 1 million

    People search for fragrances they like, and it's often characterized as a positive process. For most it's a negative process. Having less to do with what they include in their collection, and more to...
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    Re: when fragrances come in casual conversation

    I'm inclined to agree with this. However as I already know how I feel about these things generally when the topic does come up I want to know other peoples opinions, what they wear or used to wear,...
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    Re: when fragrances come in casual conversation

    I'm inclined to agree with this. However as I already know how I feel about these things generally when the topic does come up I want to know other peoples opinions, what they wear or used to wear,...
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    Re: Someone needs to tell Pierre it isn't a race

    Redundancy and excessive amounts of product - unique to Montale? But even if it was who cares? If a house has fragrances you like buy them. If not don't.
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    Re: Reformulations: a race to mediocrity?

    To the OP. There is no doubt that reformulations change fragrances, and this can often be for the worse. However for me the quest for vintage is motivated mainly by scents that have slipped...
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    Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    I can go to almost any fragrance and find at least one really well-written and insightful review here. There are so many amazing reviewers and some of them are so prolific. That said, reading le...
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    Re: Creed Windsor disappointment

    You're probably not reading enough threads then. I've lost count of the number of threads where someone has asked for fragrance recommendations and given some specifics (which would tend to eliminate...
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    Re: Why notes matter and why they don't

    This is like anything. The blurb of most books are written with the express intention of convincing you to buy said book, and the trailers of most movies are made - often very deceptively and at...
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    Poll: Re: Your choice of fragranes that you reaaly like?

    From that list I'll go with M7 and Black Oud, though I've never owned the vintage M7 (I do have M7 Oud Absolu) and have only smelled from a strip.
  52. Thread: Sleeping Aid

    by Miket
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    Re: Sleeping Aid

    I do this, but I spray my wrist not my pillow. I'm less picky about bed-time fragrances, and usually wear something which is for my own enjoyment, or something I recently aquired and want to get to...
  53. Thread: Top 10 Cheapies!

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    Re: Top 10 Cheapies!

    1. Montana Graphite (at the moment) this is a very dark, smoky amber/patchouli type fragrance. It puts me in mind of Halston Man Amber and M7 Oud Absolu minus the medicinal/oud quality. Longevity is...
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    Re: Fragrance Vs Mother Nature

    Where are you spraying? How much are you applying? I find in very cold weather spraying on skin that will be exposed to the elements doesn't help. Keep the application well under your clothes, get...
  55. Re: What is "the best" comme des garÁons ever , mention just one (1 ),,,????

    I find this easy. Burnt Sugar. Best bottle, best fragrance. Sadly discontinued.
  56. Re: Gucci Pour Homme (2003) - Nose: Almairac or Ford?

    I don't think Tom Ford makes perfumes. That is to say he isn't a perfumer but as a designer he could oversee their creation. For example you could say he was responsible for M7 but he wasn't the...
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    Re: the montale house

    Apart from their bottles I'm rather fond of Montale. The diversity of their range is largely irrelevant. Sample packs are readily available for next to nothing so if you're interested in them buy one...
  58. Re: Azzaro Elixir Bois Precieux / Pour Homme Elixir (need opinions!)

    Interesting. How would you compare it to my observations of Elixir BP? Does it do the same trick, smelling much more refined and pleasant via sillage than close to the skin?
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    Re: Long Lasting Fragrance

    If you like immortelle (think like curry powder, warm sand and burnt sugar) you might like Sables. It's the longest lasting fragrance I've ever come across. I'm talking days here and multiple...
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    If you like X try Y

    Based on a recent observation pending the arrival of some new fragrances and testing of my bottle of M7 Oud Absolu I was going to post a thread suggesting that those who like it try Graphite by...
  61. Azzaro Elixir Bois Precieux / Pour Homme Elixir (need opinions!)

    Well my Azzaro pour Homme Elixir Bois Precieux just arrived in the mail. Bottle is absolutely freakin' gorgeous and I would have paid the extra over the regular Elixir just for that happily, but...
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    Re: Egoiste or Anteus?

    Egoiste or Anteus? They're very different. Apples and oranges. Both fantastic, both classics. I personally prefer Egoiste as I can't think of anything else which would satisfy were I in the mood to...
  63. Re: Huge Collection of Everything OR Small Collection of Gems?

    I suppose my viewpoint is going to seem unusual to some, but it's not something I think about. There are some hobbies you need to plan. Some you don't. I know people who are into historical war...
  64. Thread: Statement Maker

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    Re: Statement Maker

    Sables, because it's rather loud and damned odd. Not many people outside the world of fragrance fanatics have experience with immortelle.
  65. Thread: uh oh Duchaufour

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    Re: uh oh Duchaufour

    I for one will happily boycott Duchaufour if this turns out to be true. It's not hard to boycott one little niche house. There are thousands more.
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    Re: Let's talk about (gasp) Cool water

    This particular BNer thinks Cool Water Deep is fantastic. Honestly it puts me in mind of what could happen if someone made a 'blue' flanker of Yatagan. Not to say they're very simmilar, but Deep's...
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    Re: La Nuit de L'Homme- terrible?

    Given the penchant for SA's the push new stuff like crazy I've sampled l'Homme, l'Homme Libre and La Nuit plenty of times each.

    I do like l'Homme, but it's not amazing. A solid release and I'll...
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    Re: Halston Amber/Woman Amber

    It stumps me. I find it very interesting, and love the bottle but the opening is a turn-off. I do mean to get it, but now the debate is whether I grab the 75ml bottle from the DJ's website or go in...
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    Re: 15 Year Old Newbie Help!

    Take a look at Paul Smith Man, Mandarina Duck Pure Black, Baldessarini Strictly Private, and Burberry Touch. The first, second and last would make great casual fragrances year-round (as long as it...
  70. Re: To all male frag experts? is there something to worry about?

    Just to supply some testimonial. From one particular online company that I regularly receive fragrance orders from in summer the bottles and packaging usually arrive hot to the touch. The bottles...
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    Re: Halston Amber/Woman Amber

    Thanks for the advice. Amber Man isn't too pricey, about $60 for the smaller bottle, but Amber Woman (the one I like more) is more expensive, and the bottle seems less sturdy. I may pick up Amber Man...
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    Halston Amber/Woman Amber

    Well seeing as it's around Christmas I had some vouchers and the like, and so I popped off to my nearest department store. They've got two 150ml bottles of Antidote and I was thinking of grabbing...
  73. Re: Which House Has The Largest Number Of Quality Male Fragrances: Chanel, Dior or Yves Saint Lauren

    Probably YSL. I hear more love for YSL here on Basenotes than any other designer. I'm not a big fan of Dior in all honesty, but they get a lot of love too. As do Chanel. Perhaps it's simply because...
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    Re: Niche for a teenager

    +1 to both of these, or for something with more of a gourmand edge try Micallef's Avant Garde.
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    Re: Celebrity Perfume blind item reveal

    Seems silly to me. Unless I'm confused about the fragrance, but assuming the ingrediants to make it or something like it still exist then I can't see the point. Now when it's an older scent,...
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    Re: Givenchy Gentlemen Only

    I like the name, but the bottle is outrageously awful. GG is one of my all-time favourites and I can't even see this being of the same pedigree as the reformulation based on the notes and their...
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    Re: What is the best Bvlgari fragrance?

    Pour Homme Soir has been the only Bvlgari for me that's full-bottle worthy.
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    Re: Thoughts on Courtesan by Worth

    I'm very fond of this fragrance, but I'm also bias when it comes to Worth. I know they're not really the same Worth that existed once upon a time - drugstore Je Reviens would tend to confirm this -...
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    Re: Guess the Men's Fragrance by the Slogan

    I've never paid any real attention to fragrance marketing, but I guess The Ultimate Code of Seduction might be Armani Code, and Live the Dream might be Versace's The Dreamer, while Break Free could...
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    Re: What's your favorite/best citrus scent?

    +1 Eau de Guerlain

    +1 vintage Signoricci 2, my personal favourite but it's a bit on the pricey side.

    Also I'll take this oppertunity to put in a shout for Goutal's Eau de Hadrien and Eau de...
  81. Re: Ladies and Gentleman, Donít be Discouraged if You Donít get a Compliment (ego boost post)

    Superior, if you ask me. The greatest motivator for most people is self-interest. If we assume that for the majority of people approaching a stranger incurs a degree of discomfort then it makes sense...
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    Re: Bond - Andy Warhol Parting Ways

    Why? I don't want to make a controversy so if you think this will lead to arguments/drama, maybe PM, if you don't mind? I'm genuinely curious.
  83. Thread: Longest lasting?

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    Re: Longest lasting?

    As always, for me, Annick Goutal's Sables is the winner here. I've skimmed over most other peoples suggestions and of all those I've tried out of them nothing is even in the same ballpark. Think 72...
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    Poll: Re: Need Help Selecting Cologne For College

    Jeez and retailers in this country wonder why everyone is buying online. Our dollar is worth more than yours and has been for quite some time now but we're paying up to 100% more for the same...
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    Re: Looking for a classy yet young perfume

    Try Cristalle, or Cristalle Eau Verte, or better yet (if you can find it) Eau de Fleurs Capucine by Chloe (I prefer it to Eau verte, but Cristalle is a different sort of scent all together so both...
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    Re: thebeck is signing off

    Best of luck.
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    Re: Chanel Recommendation

    Imho, all the Chanel masculines are great for what they are. So Bleu and Allure being a little more generic may not please many lovers of the abstruse, but they're still very well made and they have...
  88. Re: Cult favourites which you personally don't care for

    A lot of them. Most of the time I can at least see why they're popular or well-liked. Rarely do I 'feel it' for myself, though.
  89. Thread: Encre Noire

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    Re: Encre Noire

    You'll get lots of compliments with fresh, spicy, clean fragrances. Stuff like Curve, Fierce, CW, etc. Encre Noire smells like dirty ink. What do you think? (hint, no. But it's still amazing)
  90. Re: What is the best Vanilla based fragrance have you smelled? own?

    For smell still Annick Goutal's Vanille Exquise, for overall experience either Molinard's Vanille (vintage) or Tonka Imperiale which has recently kicked SDV off my love-list.
  91. Thread: Hugo Boss

    by Miket
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    Re: Hugo Boss

    I still love the very first fragrances I ever started wearing regularly. As a matter of fact a large part of why I started to collect was to find things as good and it's still a tough chore. Not to...
  92. Re: Looking for a good cologne for both court and out on the town

    Are you a prosecuting attourney? If so Gucci Guilty :P
  93. Re: Help me find new scent for the wife -- please :)

    If it's still around check out Chloe's eau de Fleurs Capucine
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    Re: van cleef & arpels pour homme review

    VC&A pour homme is a good one.
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    Re: Textbook Chypre and Textbook Fougere

    For a classic-type, old-school Fougere you can't go wrong with the reformulated Worth Pour Homme. This is a dirtier, pre-Cool Water style fragrance. You can find it dirt cheap. Not universally...
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    Thalium / Molinard Homme II

    Hey guys, I just picked up Thalium the other day. Pretty cheap. It was either that or Guess Man as all I really had was pocket change. Both were a little ho-hum so I let the bottle and box be the...
  97. Re: What Are Your Favorite Designer Fragrances? Not LIDGE, Egoiste, DHI.......

    Not a big fan of it personally, I don't get much wear out of it, but Prada's Infusion d'Homme is one I own and respect. Very different from the norm.

    Angel Schlesser Oriental Edition II is...
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    Re: Linear fragrances - the discussion.

    I couldn't tell you why although my guess is that it might have to do with material restrictions, but most modern scents with discernable phases are problematic for me. It's a rare one which doesn't...
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme thoughts

    You should try layering vintage worth Pour Homme and Pour Homme HC. It's a very interesting experience.
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme thoughts

    It's one of very few fragrances I need to be so judicous with. In comparison I'm pretty comfortable using 4-6, or even 8 sprays of some pretty big fragrances. Joop! Homme, Worth Pour Homme HC, stuff...
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