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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or La Nuit de l'Homme

    For me, Bleu is one of the best all-arounders ever. La Nuit, for me, is one of the best seduce-your-girlfriend scent ever, period. Both would be hard to lose from my collection, but if I had to...
  2. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    If it were the case that $300 scents were always better than $30 scents, I'd go for one $300 scent -- or, more likely, 10 $30 decants of $300 scents. Luckily, at least to my nose, that's in some...
  3. Re: TDH has to be the best all time professional office fragrance

    This is one of those times where I hate that I"m picking up a different scent than the rest of you: TdH to me smells like solvent, unpleasant, synthetic, a little caustic. I haven't smelled it in a...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    LOL That never happened :vrolijk_26: If you'd said, "I value bottles and prefer my collection be full bottles", well, we wouldn't have much of a thread at all, everyone understands that. You took...
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    Re: I'm tired of summer scents already.

    LooseL, this thread reminds me how glad I am that I'm unencumbered by thoughts about certain scents being restricted to certain seasons! I actually can't even imagine how you distinguish between...
  6. Thread: Xerjoff uden

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    Re: Xerjoff uden

    Only with sampling...

    BTW, I find the opening kind of meh, but love it starting about an hour in
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    Re: Variety AND Consistency - your balance?

    As with most folks above, I'm strictly a variety person, and I personally don't value signature scents, but if you do, then more power to you, and you've picked a quality line (strictly between you...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    Totally understandable. No one has an issue with this. Even as someone who doesn't value bottles, I totally get why some people would value them and take pride in their collection, as you do. Read...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    Okay, but Tim's writing seems to clearly and consistently reference the most shallow and difficult-to-respect connotations, viz.


    It's pretty clear, it's all about bragging, showing off, feeling...
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    Re: FFS...fragrance frustration syndrome lol

    I don't even remotely have the same problem as you, because I've taken a completely different approach, that allows me to indulge even in super high-end perfumes like Roja, Clive Christian, etc.,...
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    Re: Invading Personal Space?

    We're all perfume fanatics, so it's easy to be a little less-than-fair when we think about this, with perfume as the example. Let's pick another: sound. You are subject to hearing all kinds of...
  12. Re: Entering the world of decants makes me nervous

    I buy decants often. I either buy from the reputable online shops (and BTW, Clive Christian X is less expensive at Parfums Raffy) or from guys who have been running this as a business for a long...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    I would guess the number of people who buy a decant or split so they can put up a "false pretense" has to be close to nothing. The reason people buy decants and splits is because it allows them to...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    Agree[/QUOTE]

    I think this Basenotes therapy session has cracked the case here. For Timothee, this is perfume as conspicuous consumption.

    Timothee, I think your way of thinking is fine ......
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    I own hundreds of samples and decants, and a total of around 5 bottles. If bottles are right for you, and you don't feel right with anything else,that's great -- you gotta be you. But it's 100% in...
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    Re: Bond No.9 suggestion

    I tried both Bleecker St and SOP4H; alas, I found both just okay. And, don't forget B#9's deleterious impact on the environment for customers...
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    Re: the most versatile

    Some fantastic old standbys:

    Bleu de Chanel
    CH 212 Men
    Acqua di Gio
    Gucci Pour Homme II


    I also just tried Kenneth Cole Reaction, I probably need a re-wearing just to be sure, but I might...
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    Re: your perfect fragrance

    I don't think I've run into my perfect fragrance yet, but if I take this as "they are coming for all your fragrances, but you can keep exactly one -- which do you keep?", then I think it's D&G The...
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    Poll: Re: Which of these frags smell the best?

    For me, 1 Million is kind of meh. But the other 3 are all incredibly good. I picked La Nuit as best, but honestly, you can catch me on a different day, and I'd be as likely to vote for GPI or CH...
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    Re: Creed Jardin d'Amalfi terrible.

    I'd say, in every hobby I've ever been part of, there are a significant number of people for whom brand loyalty becomes huge, and their loyalty affects their perceptions. So it's incredibly not...
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    Re: Creed Jardin d'Amalfi terrible.

    If I remember right, I found it a bit too feminine for me. But I can appreciate its beauty. I can't imagine anyone gagging on it, either.
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    Re: Gym Fragrance: Your Go-To?

    I actually think the best explanation for the strong feelings is a bit of a culture clash, it not only makes sense, it's the only thing that makes sense. You're going to the gym to exercise, and that...
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    Re: Unforsaken by Kerosene

    I'm wearing my sample right now. Just 30 minutes in but I love it. I'm trying to put some thoughts together on what it smells like...
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    Re: Gym Fragrance: Your Go-To?

    I personally don't care at all if someone wears perfume to the gym, as long as I can't smell it. But, as pointed out in this thread, it's very easy to underestimate how far you're projecting,...
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    Re: Clive Christian. not wanting to blind buy.

    Parfums Raffy also has samples of Clive Christian, but they're current out of stock on the ones OP is interested in, except X. Still, Parfums Raffy is about half the price for a sample of X as The...
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    Re: Anything Similar to Burt's Bees Cologne?

    Are you looking to continue with the all-natural, or just the general scent?
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    Re: Gym Fragrance: Your Go-To?

    Strong vote for none. If an evil minion holds a gun to your head and forces you -- which is the only excuse for doing so -- then molecule 01
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    Re: Masculine but not old men frags suggestions?

    Ha, quite a thread :) I agree with those who say all the navel-contemplating about "what smells old anyway?" is disingenuous at best. Really, if you don't know what that means, or think it's...
  29. Bois 1920 Oltremare: Under-discussed and Under-appreciated

    Well, talk about one that was under-the-radar for me! I ordered some decants on CF and the seller sent me a few ml of Bois 1920 Oltremare as a little gift. I'd never even heard of this house...
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    Re: A men Ultra Zest

    Doesn't exactly seem like a favorite around here but it is definitely pretty good, at least to me
  31. Re: What does a "Young Man's" or "Old Man's" scent actually smell like?

    As much as I like Vetivers, they can sometimes smell a bit old-man-ish to me. Not sure why, or what associations I'm making...
  32. Re: summer cologne for 18 yrs old boy. Chanel Allure homme sport vs YSL la nuit or any other reco

    You can't tell what you'll like by reading the internet; I suggest creating a short list and getting some samples from decantshop or wherever. Of the two you picked:

    Allure Homme Sport is a very...
  33. Re: Can't decide between Dior Homme Sport 2012 and Mugler Cologne.

    If I could talk you into sampling another ...if you want heat-compatible, like the clean freshness of Mugler, but are willing to dial the soapiness back down from 11 to 6 or so, you must try Gendarme...
  34. Re: What does a "Young Man's" or "Old Man's" scent actually smell like?

    You're exactly right ... the new scents are very, uh, Axe-y.
  35. Re: Can't decide between Dior Homme Sport 2012 and Mugler Cologne.

    Mugler smells nice to me at first, but its relentless soapiness gets to me after a while. It is like the Chinese Water Torture of soapiness. Death by 1000 Cuts of soapiness. I can't imagine having...
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    Re: Favorite date scent?

    My favorite first date scents are applied so that she can't even smell it unless she leans in very close -- for a kiss, for a whisper, to flirt, whatever. Otherwise, she shouldn't know I'm wearing...
  37. Re: What does a "Young Man's" or "Old Man's" scent actually smell like?

    Ironically, my middle school age son insists that Old Spice is what's in among boys his age -- not Axe or Bod or whatever, but Old Spice. He will accept nothing less :) Cracks me up ... the brand...
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    Re: Ermenegildo Zegna

    Even forgetting their super duper line for a moment, I'm a huge fan of their plain-ol' line. Essenza di Zegna is my favorite work scent, period, and I also love Zegna Intenso
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    Re: How do you rate/select/like any fragrance?

    The interesting thing here is that "generic" is a pretty damning adjective when used on basenotes. Whether or not that term is used, the flaw of not being distinctive enough is a thread that is...
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    Re: Is La Nuit EDP less sweet than the EDT?

    This topic definitely excites you :)
  41. Re: First date scent: I have two options, help me decide

    I just realized you said it would be hot and humid. With that, I would strengthen my original recommendation -- absolutely do not go with DHI for any first date, but especially not this one, and...
  42. Re: Most feminine smelling fragrance marketed to men and vice versa?

    Tom Ford Plum Japonais is probably the single most feminine smelling scent I've tried. It's marketed as unisex, not strictly for men, so not sure if that counts.

    Among masculine scents, Dior...
  43. Re: First date scent: I have two options, help me decide

    For me, DHI is far too feminine to wear in public, period, much less on a date. Several of the women around me feel the same way. As beautiful as it is, I would pick something FAR less polarizing...
  44. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Which brings us back to the main point, which "todd", the only man in the world who doesn't know what internet trolling is, is trying so hard to make us forget: the repulsive business practices of...
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    Re: Your favorite Givenchy

    I haven't smelled too many Givenchys. Right now Givenchy Play Intense is my fave Givenchy by default, but it's also one of my fave perfumes, period -- it has been a female-compliment-getting machine...
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    Do you keep smelling notes?

    Or, alternative thread title: how bad is your perfume OCD? :)

    I typically buy samples from the sample shops, and a few years as a hobbyist, I've tried hundreds of perfumes. For the first two...
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    Re: How do you rate/select/like any fragrance?

    In my smelling notes, nearly everything is all about the smell, from top to drydown. I will make a small note about longevity if it's particularly short (I always get one of my kids to verify...
  48. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Please all, don't let the focus come off the real problem -- not the fake forum persona, but the actual business practices of Bond #9 and the deleterious effect they have on us as perfume lovers. ...
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    Re: Cologne guy ? Sprays ?

    1-3 is the vast majority of cases. Dan, hate to say it, if you're spraying 9 sprays of everything, you are DEFINITELY cologne guy, for some reason no one is telling you. Perhaps the thick defensive...
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    Re: Is La Nuit EDP less sweet than the EDT?

    The EDP smells far less sweet to me, not even close. In fact, my first thought was that the EDP like the EDT with (much of) the sweet plucked away
  51. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Agree, the focus has shifted off the loathesome business practices of B#9 and the delitirous effect their practices would have on us if they were adopted by all manufacturers... which maybe is the...
  52. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Yes, it is terribly inconvenient that the best way to handle someone who is being disingenous -- and a poorly disguised rep in poorly-conceived defensive mode at that -- is to ignore the "arguments"....
  53. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Course he was an editor. Editor of bond#9's new internet PR department
  54. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Better if we could be saying "faceless wonder that is forgotten" about Bond #9 itself. I'm hoping that, instead of simply forgetting all this in a week, the fragrance community -- at least here on...
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    Re: Virgin Island Water !!!!

    I get a slightly nauseating vibe from it also. To me, I can sort of smell it in layers -- are really delightful top layer, which I'm sure is what most people are smelling and love so much. And a...
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    Re: Advice after sampling

    I think out of the first 30 scents I tried, I loved maybe 2 of them. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my nose, because all 30 were very popular scents here. I think that's par for the...
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    Re: How many sprays for work?

    For me, work is the place where it's absolutely most important not to go around smelling obnoxiously. And, because social mores are more restricted at work, you absolutely CANNOT depend on people...
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    Poll: Re: the best for cold days

    Of the 4, LIDG is the only one I like at all -- but I like that one quite a bit. Doug and I seem to agree about 85% of the time, which is freakishly high, so I might have to go back and smell...
  59. Re: What happened to the ManLovesCologne Youtube channel/website?

    Does this mean a certain perfume house has found this thread? lol
  60. Re: D&G The One for Men vs YSL L'Homme for College

    For me, The One is one of my favorite scents ever, and I find L'Homme to be boring, so it's an easy one for me. The One is also one of my very top female compliment getters, if that matters at all...
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    Re: Top/Ultimate lists with just niche?

    In any hobby, there is always some elitism and snobbery. And obviously enough, some of that is spoken here.

    On the other hand, in any hobby, as you become more educated and advanced, the things...
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    Re: Favorite Atelier Cologne fragrance

    I think I'm liking Pomelo Paradis, Bois Blonds, and Orange Sanguine best so far. I think Cedrat Enivrant's opening is one of my favorites in all of perfumedom, but the drydown is bad for me
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    Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    I don't think it's snobbery, although in every hobby there's always a bit of elitism. But I think most of it is: Basenoters get their noses and orders-of-magnitude more scents than most people, they...
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or Acqua Di Gio?

    Both are great, but I like Bleu better
  65. Re: What Is Your Favourite Evening/Night Out Fragrance For All Seasons

    Year round, for nights out I wear:
    D&G The One for Men
    Givenchy Play Intense
    CH 212 Men

    I love all 3, to me all three work any time of year, and all 3 have been serious female...
  66. Thread: Ultra Zest

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    Re: Ultra Zest

    I've sampled it once so far ... really enjoyed it.
  67. Re: Your worst hangover, and the scent you were wearing!

    I don't remember my younger year hangovers. These days, my hangovers are always a result of the confluence of 3 factors: 1. buddies, 2. alcohol, and 3. women. And I'm always wearing something in...
  68. Re: A thought on picking fragrances based on weather and seasons...

    Good point. What we haven't heard from in this thread is someone who says "I really need to categorize like crazy to enjoy my scents: day, night, spring, summer, fall, winter". We know there are...
  69. Re: A thought on picking fragrances based on weather and seasons...

    People love classifying things, and perfume aficionados are no different. I agree that in general, people way overthink this. There was a guy who corrected me on Bleu de Chanel -- he was quite...
  70. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    Blue Dress by Monica Lewinski
  71. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    ^^^^^^^^ Ya, I'd definitely buy Abide

    It'd go on a prized portion of my shelf, right next to my flacon of Back Off Warchild.

    37612

    Seriously.
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    Re: Casual coffee date fragrance?

    Brilliant. That was the right answer all along

    The last time I put on Rochas Man, my daughter walked into the room and said, "Mmmm...Cinnabon!! Who's got Cinnabon?!"
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    Yes! And thanks again for the recommendation, I have Herod on the way also.

    For me, I can kinda sorta see how the two might be similar, but in a "well, they don't look alike ... but their smile...
  74. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    Mine! by Vladimir Putin
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    Re: Negative Evocations

    A BMW 328i, which I subsequently bought, but from the fleet dealer instead of that sales rep (not because of the perfume, but because I figured out I could get a better deal from the fleet dealer)
  76. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    Creepy Grampa by Joe Biden
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    Negative Evocations

    We know scent can develop powerful memories and evoke just as powerful responses. These can be really positive, but also negative. We've discussed at length the dreaded "oh, my ex- used to wear...
  78. Re: Pure white cologne Vs L'humaniste Vs xerjoff nio/kobe

    I just ordered a Pure White sample, so can't weigh in on that for a few days yet.

    Of the other 3:
    Nio is my favorite, and I think possibly my single favorite citrus
    I don't love the opening of...
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    Re: Casual coffee date fragrance?

    I hate coffee dates and have sworn off them, at least for early in the dating relationship, as they are the least romantic and most contrived dates ever conceived, at least to me. But, I'd think GIT...
  80. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    Yep, I get pretty awesome recommendations here on BN ... but, on the contrarian side, whenever BNers start shouting "generic" about a perfume, it rockets to the top of my sample list. Educated noses...
  81. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    Actually, I'll amend that to say, while not truly a citrus, CH 212 Men does have citrus notes in it. It is perceived as sexy by the women around me, perhaps because of the floral and woody notes...
  82. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    I am certain that someone will come up with a sexy citrus, but as a general rule, I can't think of one -- maybe Kobe in its drydown is as close as I can get. That said, although most citruses don't...
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    Re: In Praise of Atelier

    Unfortunately, that describes Cedrat Enivrant for me. "Very nice opening" is an understatement, it's a top-10 (maybe even a top 5) best citrus opening ever for me. But I find the drydown to be...
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    Re: In Praise of Atelier

    Hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do...
  85. Re: The evolution of my opinion and behaviour regarding scent at the gym

    LOL! The squat rack? You may well have the entire gym to yourself!
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    Re: In Praise of Atelier

    http://www.ateliercologne.com/samples.html

    $15 for 8 2ml samples, or $30 for 22 2ml samples, or individuals available. Pretty awesome.
  87. Re: Do you drop poor performers from your rotation/lineup?

    double-tap
  88. Re: Do you drop poor performers from your rotation/lineup?

    Obviously, everyone has to decide on their own values. For me, as a general rule, I value overall quality of the scent (as judged by me) far more than longevity, projection, or sillage. Some of my...
  89. Re: The evolution of my opinion and behaviour regarding scent at the gym

    You have seen the light! Now that you're perfume-free, you are now invited to leave the leg curl and gravitron machines, and jogging on the treadmill so slowly you can actually read a book while you...
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    In Praise of Atelier

    I ordered a bunch of samples from Atelier (more on this soon, this is one of the main points of my post).

    First, the samples. There's not a single one I've tried yet that's fallen below the level...
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    I found samples of both online, and ordered them this morning :)
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    Re: Fruity Surprises: Recommend me more

    Thanks guys! Can't wait to get my nose on these. I love the fact that I've heard of almost none of these
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    Thanks, I put them on the list!
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    For me, I haven't found many niches that I'd consider great all-arounders, or alternatively, great date night or carousing scents. Where niches have excelled for me are especially citruses and...
  95. Re: Pure White cologne or Jardin D'Amalfi on a warm summer weekend?

    Nah, if anyone gives you any flak, you just hit them with your purse :)
  96. Re: New Atelier Cologne Musc Imperial! - Just Received It - First Photos!!

    Must... hear... review... !!!!!!
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    Re: Fruity Surprises: Recommend me more

    Thanks, added to my list!
  98. Re: anyone hate it when they "waste" their fragrance

    Yep, agree, it's only the choice of the word "wasted" that trips me up... as I said, just like I don't feel like I "waste" my favorite outfit if I don't go out. But I am a bit disappointed, even...
  99. Re: anyone hate it when they "waste" their fragrance

    Ah, I got carried away and used an insulting term... if that's the part youre objecting to, I apologize, I got carried away and should have censored myself there (I'll edit my post but of course it's...
  100. Re: anyone hate it when they "waste" their fragrance

    I strive to please :) Do you deny that there's a long-running theme that wearing perfumes in part for others, or caring what they think, is doing it wrong? For me, the term "wasted" is a bit much,...
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