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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    I haven't gotten a new bottle from AoS in over a year. Have they changed the formula? That would be a shame. Try Geo. F. Trumper. I picked up their sandalwood shaving cream at the Ede &...
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    Poll: Re: Armani Code VS. La Nuit De L'Homme

    Eek, that's tough. I like them both. I actually wore La Nuit today. I don't wear Code because my brother does and we hang out a lot, so try to remain distinctive in our frags.
  3. Thread: Aramis

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    Re: Aramis

    Nichigner.
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    Re: Pipe tobacco frag? (Not Tobacco Vanille!)

    I've been on quite a tobacco streak lately. Here are a few that I enjoy wearing:

    Aramis Havana
    Creed Tabarome
    Trussardi Inside Man
    Cuba Red
  5. Re: Which fragrance makes you feel like you may offend someone with it?

    Yeah, no kidding about Opium. I got Opium EDP when I was just starting out. I like the smell, but couldn't wear it. Overpowering.
  6. Re: Which fragrance makes you feel like you may offend someone with it?

    Yeah, no kidding about Opium. I got Opium EDP when I was just starting out. I like the smell, but couldn't wear it. Overpowering.
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    Re: A couple newb Creed questions.

    If you know you love the juice, get the flacon when possible. Price goes down drastically. And if you need spray bottles or mini atomizers, I recommend this place. Great friendly people, and...
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    Re: What was your worst blind buy ever?

    Polo Black. Blech.
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    Re: Armani Mania PH Love

    I like Mania. Though I haven't worn it recently, since I usually use it as a spring/summer frag.
  10. Re: Creed Green Irish Tweed 75ml bottle: Why is it not black?

    My 8.4oz flacon is clear too. No biggie.
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    Re: So until an hour ago, I thought...

    Hey, if it smells good to you, don't let our snobbery spoil your joy! Some of us can appreciate designer frags as well as the super obscure niche. Personally, I am not a fan of anything by Burberry,...
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    Re: Millesime Imperial - SMW Lite?

    To my nose, SMW and MI couldn't be more different apart from the distinctive Creed drydown note. SMW is airy, sweet, and just a bit fruity with a dash of spice. MI is lemony fresh over amber.
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    Re: Favourite winter fragrances

    Aramis Havana
    Trussardi Inside Man
    Fahrenheit Absolute
    Gucci Envy
    Cartier Declaration Essence
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    Re: Are all atomizers the same?

    I agree. I only have one Bond No.9 frag, so I thought I might have gotten unlucky, but the atomizer is pretty pathetic. But I decant most of my frags into minis for quick grab-and-run, so it's not...
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    Re: New Year's Eve

    Creed Tabarome . . . I think. Either that or Aramis Havana.
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    Re: Advice for a new frag!!

    Try Trussardi Inside Man for coffee with a hint of tobacco. I just love the stuff. Also, you might try YSL La Nuit de L'Homme to see if that is more to your liking than the original. I rather like...
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    Re: something not sweet

    I'd consider "dry" the opposite of sweet. So here are some recommendations in my "dry" category:

    Azzaro Visit. Really spicy, with a lot of pepper going on. And a bit of cedar underneath....
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    Re: Winter scent or high school scent?

    Both of these are pretty good choices in general. Personally, I like JV, but don't much care for anything by Burberry. Which notes in particular caught your attention?

    Other recommended winter...
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    Re: Millesime Imperial

    Make sure you know about the 15% discount (link below). And remember anything over $75 comes with free shipping.

    http://www.retailmenot.com/view/fragrancenet.com

    Fragrancenet ALWAYS some 15%...
  20. Re: Recommend me a cologne based on what I have

    If you like fruity, you might try David Beckham Signature. It's got a sort of watermelon note to it that really pulls me in. I smelled it once at the department store and had to get it. Great...
  21. Re: Patch heavy Oriental, like Baiser du Dragon, but more masculine?

    Not sure about the amber, but for a very rich patch fragrance try Scents of Ireland's St. Patrick. It's got some green fern notes going on up top, but the patchouli is definitely the star here.
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    Re: similar scents to Green Irish Tweed

    Just get GIT. I got a 8.4oz flacon at Fragrancenet a while back for barely over $200 using a 15% off coupon, which always seem to be available for that vendor. That's $25 an ounce. Not bad at all....
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    Re: Creed Tabarome and Trussardi Inside

    Yeah, after sampling both of them a few more times I've decided that they are definitely close and comfortable cousins in mood, but different enough to warrant having both! So I ordered me some...
  24. Re: Help me find a couple frags based on my favorites

    Dunhill X-Centric is a lot like Riverside Drive. I have sampled them both side by side and actually like X-Centric better. A little bit dryer, spicer, woodier. Also cheaper, haha! You might check...
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    Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    If New York is the best city in the world, then why are you living in Aruba?

    P.S. I no longer consider Bond No.9 to be niche. It's just overpriced mainstream.

    Central Park is nice, and I...
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    Re: Cheap and Chic! DRUGSTORE FRAGS

    The whole CUBA line. Cheap, cheap, CHEAP! But very good. Especially Red, Black, and Gold.
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    Re: Out of curiousity - a personal question

    If you really wanted to know, you should have posted this as a poll.

    Straight as an arrow.
  28. Re: gucci envy for men-to be a powerhouse or not?

    I don't wear my Envy often. Only in the winter. But when I do, I really enjoy it. At that price for 100mL, go grab it!
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    Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    I have Central Park and have sampled Riverside Drive, Fire Island, and Wall Street. Although I quite like Central Park, and that's the only limey scent I have, I have been pretty underwhelmed with...
  30. Thread: Best Spices

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    Re: Best Spices

    Don't do the spicy thing much . . . but I am enjoying Fahrenheit Absolute. Oh yeah. Azzaro Visit too. I guess Havana, if you consider that spicy, but I don't really.
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    Creed Tabarome and Trussardi Inside

    I just received a sample of Creed Tabarome today, and I must say I love it . . . but that's because I already loved Trussardi Inside Man. They are very VERY similar. I would say that Tabarome is a...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    Well, I dunno. I always took "synthetic" to mean anything that is synthesized in a lab and not drawn from natural sources. So aromachemicals that are synthesized at the molecular level to smell...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    Gupts, thanks for the link. I read through the discussion, including scentemental's panning of the marketing copy again. I think it's pretty clear that AOS DOES claim that their EDT contains...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    If I understand you correctly, I agree. The first way is a LIE, outright. The second way is marketing smoke and mirrors. Lie the first way, and you can be taken to court for false advertisement. ...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    Okay, first, I didn't get the irony because it's in text, and things like irony usually need a bit of a hint in this medium or risk being missed. Got it now though.

    Art of Shaving isn't primarily...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    Dude. I think I said I'm NOT doubting you. I'm just trying to figure out what AOS company is all about. Marketing spin I can take. I'm in marketing services and I work with marketers, so I know...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    Yeah, I'd have dismissed it as all marketing too, except that it DOES display the claim: "Sandalwood Essential Oil, 100% Pure Essential Oils" at the end.

    Also, on their "Philosophy" page:...
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    Re: Post your top 5 Summer Fragances

    Well, I'm a northern hemisphere guy shivvvvvering in the cold right now, but here's what I'd wear south of the equator:

    Bond No.9 Central Park
    Creed Silver Mountain Water
    Canali Summer Night...
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    Re: Sandalwood by Art of Shaving

    Wow. I'm surprised at all the opinions that AOS is "synthetic." Their site seems to indicate that they use only essential oils.

    From their site:...
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    Re: I need good woody folral musk!

    Try Dunhill X-Centric. Woods, check. Florals, check. Musk, check. Longevity, yep, at least on me. Seems to fit the bill.
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme, I'm not impressed

    I got a sample of Azzaro pour homme from a friend. I find it to be a potent bomb. Not necessarily bad-smelling, but overbearing in a way I don't really like. I don't hate it, and I'll finish the...
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    Got Amouage samples

    Just received some 2mL Amouage samples this week. So exciting. I know this stuff is liquid gold, so before I start spraying it away, anyone wanna give me some suggestions for appropriate occasions...
  43. Re: Want a woody/spicy fragrance for everyday office wear...

    I recommend Cuba Red. Seriously. You can't get any cheaper, and the stuff is more than decent.

    If you don't want to go that cheap, try Armani Mania, Cartier Declaration Essence, Dunhill...
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    Re: Le Male: Niche versions?

    This is kinda funny. I have never smelled La Male, so I can't comment on the similaries, but my brother says he hates it . . . but rather likes Cuba Gold. I rather wonder if it has to do with the...
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    Re: Lime scented frags?

    Try Bond No.9 Central Park. That's my "fancy" summer frag. Very pleasant limey topnote.
  46. Re: Acqua di Gio...sign of the times...saving our pennies...

    I have yet to find a company that makes smell-alikes that are any good, or even close to what they are supposed to smell like. So how's Belcam? Are they any good?
  47. Re: A special reward to yourself: what to buy for xmas?

    I'm getting a sample of Amouage Jubilation XXV pretty soon. I'll get back to you on if I'd go for it, given that budget (I sure can't sink that much for it myself, though. Hence, sample only).
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    Re: Best coffe scents for men?

    Trussardi Inside. Lovin' that one right now.
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    Re: No love for lavender?

    I like lavender. When I want some, I spritz on some Perry Ellis Reserve.
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    Re: Armani Mania

    I like Mania. But it's pretty subtle, so it's one of the frags that stays in the background in my wardrobe. I wear it every once in a while . . . and then there are stretches where I wear it every...
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    Re: Similar to Creed Bois du Portugal?

    I haven't smelled anything quite like Bois du Portugal. I find it an extremely powerful woody fragrance with a nice dry musk to it. It has just a bit of that signature Creed basenote. Very nice to...
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    Re: Lavender-centric

    Perry Ellis Reserve.
  53. Thread: Spicy!

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    Re: Spicy!

    Jaipur Homme. Way too potent for me, but sounds like what you might be looking for.
  54. Re: Fake Creed? Got three different Creed's and they all smeel like lemon.

    True about the 1oz-ers. Fakers generally want to maximize their illicit profits by bottling larger amounts. 1oz bottle isn't worth their trouble.
  55. Re: Fake Creed? Got three different Creed's and they all smeel like lemon.

    Do you have the Creed authenticity cards too?
  56. Re: expensive colognes that smell cheap and vice versa

    Pretty much anything by Cuba Paris smells like more money than it is. Which is not hard to do, I guess, since most of the line can be had for about $6 for a 1.17oz . . . cigar/bottle. But some of...
  57. Re: Fake Creed? Got three different Creed's and they all smeel like lemon.

    Fragrancenet is a reputable dealer. I've bought Creed from them before, including GIT, Himalaya, and SMW without a problem. Can't say what's going on with yours. You might want to talk to them...
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    Re: My Havana Arrived!

    Sounds good! My advice is . . . just give it a few minutes. Havana is very bitter to my nose for a minute or two before developing into something really special.
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    Re: My Havana Arrived!

    I ordered from BG on October 5th. It shipped on the 19th and arrived yesterday. I ordered when it simply said "back ordered" and had no ship date estimate. It switched to a "no later than 22nd"...
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    My Havana Arrived!

    Soooooo happy. I ordered Havana from Bergdorf Goodman and it's finally here. A very unique, very complex frag, that I'll have to take some time to get to know.

    The opening I find overwhelming,...
  61. Re: suggestions for something new to try (male)

    Welcome to BN! I have a few suggestions from my personal collection (I'm 29, so not that far off from you) that might fit into your wardrobe style without just blending in. I'm leaving off the ones...
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    Re: Your top 3 everyday, workhorse fragrances.

    Most recently for fall:

    Dunhill X-Centric
    Cuba Red
    Azzaro Pure Vetiver

    All cheap enough to wear daily without having to morosely watch the liquid line go down in the bottle.

    For summer I...
  63. Re: I want to smell like I just smoked a cigarette

    Try Cuba Red:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006ZYPX2

    It's a cheapo, but pretty good stuff. Nice tobacco note in there. And even if it isn't exactly what you're looking for, you can't go...
  64. Re: What life was like before Basenotes for you?

    "What life was like before Basenotes for you?"

    Scentless and boring.

    Haha! Actually, the best frag I had ever used before Basenotes was Armani Code. But usually I just sprayed on some AXE.
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    Re: Creed flacons

    Thanks for the responses, everyone! I find it amazing that frosted glass can seal so well. But if no one has had a problem, then I don't see why I should. I have purchases of both GIT and Himalaya...
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    Re: Tobacco / Coffee / Chocolate ?

    Hehe. I actually have a bottle of this one the way already. Hope it's good.
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    Re: Tobacco / Coffee / Chocolate ?

    Good point. I did have the sense that they are sort of parallel with each other at the note level. Not sure how to describe it, but I think your "horizontal" label works nicely. I suppose I should...
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    Re: Tobacco / Coffee / Chocolate ?

    Thanks for the suggestions, all! I might check some of those out. And layering might be the way to go.
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    Creed flacons

    I just have a quick questions about the 8.4oz flacons available for Creed fragrances. First, I already obviously know to buy from a reputable seller since they're easy to refill with junk. But for...
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    Tobacco / Coffee / Chocolate ?

    This seems like it would be an interesting combination, perhaps over some woods or vetiver. Like smoking a pipe and drinking hot mocha in an old time coffee house. Does anyone know of any frag that...
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    Re: Aramis Havana at Bergdorf Goodman

    Yeah, Havana's going to be a blind buy for me. But that's okay. Most of my frags have been blind buys, because I don't trust my nose in the department store. There's too much distraction, and no...
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    Re: Aramis Havana at Bergdorf Goodman

    Sorry to bump this way up, but just checked BG's site. It's Havana is now listed as "In Stock." Also, I'm pretty sure it's for real. My order status has changed to "in process" when it said "back...
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    Aramis Havana at Bergdorf Goodman

    For anyone looking for Havana by Aramis, I ordered it from BergdorfGoodman.com, which I suspect is the same thing as Neiman Marcus. The sites are pretty much identical.

    In any case, when I...
  74. Thread: Cuba Maya

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    Cuba Maya

    This is apparently new. Isn't in the database yet. Has anyone tried it? This is the only description I could find of it. Of all places at NeweggMall:

    "Maya was created by Cuba for men....
  75. Thread: Creed

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    Re: Creed

    It's all about the juice.

    I don't care about the marketing, the celebrities, or the "exclusivity" . . . although it's nice that I don't need to worry about every other guy on the street wearing...
  76. Anybody order from designerperfumeandcologne.com?

    I was looking around online and found this seller: http://www.designerperfumeandcologne.com

    Some of their prices are unbeatable, so I was wondering if they were legit. I checked out their...
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    Re: Where is the best place to by Creed Cologne?

    I got an 8oz flacon of GIT at http://fragrancenet.com. Prices are already pretty reasonable for Creed. On top of that, if you use the coupon code DIRECT you get an automatic 15% off. Doesn't sound...
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    Re: Creed's peers

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'll have to check into these and see if I can get a hold of some samples. They sound wonderful . . . but are much too expensive to buy blind. At least for...
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    Re: Creed's peers

    Hah! Thanks, will look into those. Yeah, I don't like to own anything if it seems to generally popular, so I guess I am a bit of a snob that way. But I don't totally trash all designer frags, as...
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    Creed's peers

    Thanks to Basenotes, I've been introduced to the world of Creed an other frags you can't buy at the local Jewel Osco. So now that I know I love GIT, what other fragrance houses are considered to be...
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    Re: Looking for Neroli . . .

    Hey, thanks again for recent suggestions, everyone! I did find a pretty satisfactory FO at The Good Scents Company. I might try Eden Botanicals next time, and later when I know what I'm doing I...
  82. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    Okay, so I have 1g of ambroxan in 10ml of Everclear. If Alcohol is 79% the weight of water, then I have a volume to weight ratio of 1.27ml per 1g of alcohol. I'll pretend that Everclear is pure...
  83. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    Okay, that makes sense. Thanks!

    I guess that leads me to another question. How would you typically mix an ambroxan solution into a fragrance in the formulations stage? Would you do drop by drop...
  84. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    I just diluted 1g of ambroxan in 10mL of Everclear. WOW!!! This stuff is potent and it smells amazing. I'm having fun just thinking about what I'm going to do with it.

    I have one question. ...
  85. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    Very cool. Just out of curiosity, and totally off-topic, which pheromone molecule are you mixing?

    As for the scales, I have no idea how accurate they really are, as I don't have a reliable...
  86. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    Awesome! Thanks for the info. I'll give that a try.



    Oops. I did mean .01g. 1/100 precision ought to be enough for dabbling, I figured. Of course, like you said, I don't know how accurate...
  87. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    I got some solid ambroxan a while ago and I'm clueless what to do with it. I want to use it in an alcohol-based fragrance. What should I dilute it in? Alcohol? What's a recommended ratio of solid...
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    Cartier Declaration "Limited Editions"?

    Hey all!

    Just got myself a tester bottle of Cartier Declaration Essence. Man, I love this stuff. Looking around, I see some "Limited Editions" of Declaration (on ebay), and on Fragrantica there...
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    Re: First Fragrance - for an 18 year old

    I LOVE Jacomo Paradox Green. That's a nice fresh-woody-musky scent. Also try Armani Code, or for something a little less common (since it's new), Armani Attitude. Another good frag for teens...
  90. Pryramid discrepancies between BN and Fragrantica

    Why are there differences? For instance something as common as Armani Code has really different pyramid descriptions.
  91. Thread: Lavender

    by Galleddrim
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    Re: Lavender

    Have you tried Perry Ellis Reserve? That's a great lavender-based frag, with some underlying musk and woods. But the lavender is very prominent and manages to remain masculine. I love the stuff. ...
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    Re: Axe Proximity: Amber, Bergamot, & Vetiver

    Dude. Save yourself the trouble (and money). The stuff is pretty darn good for an aerosol can spray. More than worth the $5 you pay at a local Wal-Mart. I bought a can of Amber myself. But it...
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    Ambergris fragrance oil?

    Hello, all!

    Just wondering if anyone can give me any direction about where I can find a fairly decent quality but low-cost ambergris fragrance oil. I have some really high quality stuff, but I...
  94. Re: Best place for spray bottles, online and B&M?

    Don't know about local, but I get stuff from here, and they are great. They sell in lower quantities, and their shipping costs are low:

    http://www.accessoriesforfragrances.com/
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    Re: How much DPG?

    Thanks! Great info there. Can't wait to try it out.
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    How much DPG?

    Okay, got all my oils, my Dipropylene Glycol (DPG), my Everclear, my distilled water, and my bottles together. I am having trouble finding any real hard info about what ratio would be good to mix...
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    Re: Armani Black Code vs. Code

    I actually like the citrus blast of Code because it's nicely rounded out in the heartnotes. I am still searching for a Code-like frag with a heavier more musky base. Code's top and heart notes seem...
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    Re: Searching for New Frag

    Hehe. Actually Jacamo Paradox Green has that drydown I like. Though now that I think of it, it might not have amber. But it's a nice woody-musky. Just not quite strong enough.

    These are some...
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    Re: Searching for New Frag

    Cool! Er . . . which one? The original? The "Intense" variant? "Assoluta"? What's the difference anyway?
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    Searching for New Frag

    Okay, now that I've sniffed my share of fragrances I think I know my own tastes and what works for me.

    So I'm looking for a fragrance like the following, and not sure what will fit the bill:
    ...
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