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  1. Re: Outlaw and Independant perfumers who ignore IFRA bans

    A list would really pose zero threat to anyone. The simple fact that it would likely be inaccurate actually makes it all the more harmless. The very thought of a post on BN being referenced in a...
  2. Re: Worst price & hype increases after discontinuation or reformulation?

    Sales on the secondary market is not really a legitimate business, unless one is duly reporting profits to the IRS. Market inefficiencies and swings in consumer tastes and preferences are simply...
  3. Re: Perfume with high powerful silage/projectivity ? ( longetivity not a concern)

    Sung Homme
  4. Worst price & hype increases after discontinuation or reformulation?

    While understanding, for the most part, the increase in collectability of objects when they become rare, or at least appear to become rarer, the increase in price for fragrances after discontinuation...
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    Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme is BACK!

    Think it went from made in Italy (two versions), made in Germany, to make in the UK. If there is another reformulation, perhaps it is improved, as the UK version seems to be considered the worst. Got...
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    Hot weather class

    What would work well in business formal, or a black tie evening (one such event this summer), on a day probably around 95F/35C, evening at 85F/29C, and humidity of at least 70%? Longevity greater...
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    Re: Insanely Underpriced Gems

    +1, I paid more than twice that per ml for a script lettered 75ml, and it was the best price around after a few weeks of watching listings on & off. Have also never seen RG for $25, though it was...
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    Re: Dark Coconut Scent: Bulletproof No. 45

    Have you tried Odin 10 Roam or Ferrari Silver Essence? No idea myself, looking into coconut frags as well.
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    Re: RIVE GAUCHE YST Vintage from 2004

    Thread starter and seller do not have the same name, but kielce and kielecki seem close enough.
  10. Re: It's Official -- The most popular men's fragrance ever

    Was thinking there would be repeat purchases as well over the 5 year period, which would also drop the number of unique buyers. Makes it hard to compare to other products that only get purchased...
  11. Re: It's Official -- The most popular men's fragrance ever

    Huh, seems men's fragrance isn't all that prevalent after all. With about 840 million people just in the US, EU, and Australia, 23 million over 5 years is a drop in the bucket. Still, that must be a...
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    Re: What is the exact definition of "Vintage"?

    Vintage was originally just the year a wine was produced. For most items, after the term expanded, vintage is at least 50 years old, 100 for antique. Vintage clothing is just previously owned and...
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    Re: Help me understand Balenciaga pour Homme

    Lots of comparisons to Kouros and Lapidus. The reviews and posts indicate that Balenciaga and Lapidus are similar in the drydown, and that Baleciaga can almost be replicated by layering Kouros and...
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    Re: Chess by Yves de Sistelle

    Any reviews or updates?
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    Lapidus PH, how does it compare to...

    vintage Acteur
    D&G made in Italy
    Interlude Man
    Sung Homme
    Aventus
    Code

    Own and like these, would like to know how the sweetness, smokiness, powder, tobacco, rose, opening pineapple, etc...
  16. Re: Does air enter a properly working spray bottle?

    There's no need for an air exchange. It would not be a true vacuum as the mechanism cannot accomplish that, but there are manual vacuum pumps that get closer without really any significant...
  17. Re: Does air enter a properly working spray bottle?

    double
  18. Does air enter a properly working spray bottle?

    At this moment, I can't see how, though it has been brought up in some discussions. There is a YT video about dangers to a fragrance collection, and the person in the video said that air was a major...
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    Re: Sel Marin - Overhyped

    The level of hype is a total impasse. To say that it isn't overhyped, and then follow with a statement about how many enthusiasts like it, is more or less in conflict. It is a fully subjective view,...
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    Re: Fragrance to wear in your own funeral

    But of course. :)
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    Re: Fragrance to wear in your own funeral

    You cannot delete posts, just alter the text within, such as removing it, but there is still a placeholder. So no, it is impossible for me to delete a post.
  22. Thread: E-Mail to YSL

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    Re: E-Mail to YSL

    All you are talking about is a reformulation and a new bottle. This is the furthest thing from new in the fragrance industry. Why would one want to have the original product instead of accepting a...
  23. Thread: E-Mail to YSL

    by maricle
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    Re: E-Mail to YSL

    A letter to let them know that a reduction in standards is not acceptable may not do much, but it is better than buying into the reduced standards. Voting with your wallet is a good course of action,...
  24. Re: Another for the lady - incense, spice, cedar?

    Hadn't looked into Silver Black/Onyx before, but reading about them is intriguing. She likes Chrome Legend and the apple accord, so perhaps this will be a fourth Azzaro on the shelf. And perhaps...
  25. Another for the lady - incense, spice, cedar?

    Her favorite on me is Azzaro Visit. Bleu de Chanel is also a winner. As is Tommy Bahama original. There are others she likes, but the incense, cedar, and spice - maybe the ginger or nutmeg, seem to...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    It isn't really common because the frequency of people encountered would be one. You wouldn't call a custom fragrance blended for your wife a common perfume just because you see her every day (if you...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    Interesting lanky, would you say with high confidence that it is the same fragrance on all of them? I only ask because there are comments, and it has happened to me, where a person would say "Is that...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    Well, I don't need a spreadsheet or a bell curve, but just an indication of what others consider to be common. Such as, do they ever actually smell it in their area, or is it based on the number of...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    I would like a pair of Onitsuka Tiger slip-ons, they have some really nice color combos, imo. Terribly off-topic, but hey, I started the topic :)

    I also didn't care much for XXV, and ended up...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    I am assuming that was where Darjeeling was going with comments about expressing greater knowledge through purchases. This could be wrong, but my assumption is that greater knowledge equals the...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    Yes, and that is really part of the equation that seems a little contradictory. To think, "I'm different from others by choosing the highest quality", when that measure of quality is the number of...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    Perhaps, it just seems a bit puzzling to me. There is an obvious shared appreciation of many scents, but at the same time no desire to have people around a member own the same thing, or at least wear...
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    Re: What does everyone else smell like?

    I checked Sephora, Ulta, Macy's, Fragrancenet, Fragrancex, and Amazon for their top sellers. Ignoring gift sets, which might actually skew the numbers a fair amount, AdG was the clear winner as the...
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    What does everyone else smell like?

    Over and over, it is posted by many that they "don't want to smell like everyone else", and I would like to know what these other people smell like. No, not just what is a best seller that is left...
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    by maricle
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    Re: M7 (reformulation). Is this authentic?

    Slipcover design is strange. No need for the image of the bottle, yet it appears twice, the exact same pic with a poor edge detail for the cropping, and it is also the wrong design for the vintage....
  36. Re: fragrances you like to smell, but dont like to smell like.

    Hoppes #9
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    Re: One spray? Where?

    Chest. Two sprays of certain frags and my gf acts like she runs into a force field when she gives me a hug. I've filled the cabin of my vehicle with two sprays to where picking up friends elicited...
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    Re: Before you buy a niche fragrance....

    The arguments against this would be nearly identical to any arguments against the idea of splits where the risk of payment, shipping, and authenticity exist, so shut that part of this forum, FB, CF,...
  39. Re: New fragrance from Bruce Willis, but not for America

    It would be a possible choice for a little Moonlighting in Sin City to make it a RED letter day. I wonder if this would be a good summer scent, with the Mercury Rising you may need to stay out of...
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    Re: Montale "Middle East" new releases and thoughts

    Does this mean the "counterfeit" Montales would actually be the ones sold in the US, with poor performance and sold under a different name elsewhere?
  41. Re: New fragrance from Bruce Willis, but not for America

    Likely the same reason Hollywood celebrities will shoot commercials for the Japan market but not the US. It is a problem of image, and they pay people to do nothing but manage that. Marketing a...
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    Re: Before you buy a niche fragrance....

    lpp thinks you are fishing for specific transactions without meeting the requirements to sell on BN. I don't have PMs enabled, so I'm not trying anything, who knows if anyone else is.
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    Re: Before you buy a niche fragrance....

    It appears to be a solid idea if there are interested parties. Sampling would definitely be inferior if such a concept were properly executed. Researching the scent to being with to select the ones...
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    Re: Longevity/projection/sillage and diet

    It could influence moisture levels, oil production, pH levels, and the odor of the perspiration.
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    Re: Pledge to stop buying

    Making a public declaration and speaking in absolutes generally don't bode well for the attempt.

    Just started 5 months ago. Snapped up 24 bottles so far, and looking to ebay a third already. Plus,...
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    Fragrance wheel based wardrobe/list?

    How about a list of 12 male/unisex frags based on the families on the fragrance wheel, from your personal favorites for each? The classifications can get sticky, and not everyone will agree on what...
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    Re: Lalique Encre Noire Sport

    Bump
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    Re: This fragrance reminds me of...

    Egoiste Platinum - Fierce

    Joop Homme Wild
    One Million
    Golden Secret
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    Re: Looking for a brutal parfume for a man

    Irresponsible application of these should do it.

    Portrait of a Lady
    Costume National Homme
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    Re: Davidoff Zino/Zino Davidoff discontinued.

    Obviously it is suggesting Obsession as a substitute. Nothing says the substitute has to smell the same, it just has to perform the same basic task. Riding a bike is a substitute for taking the bus.
  51. Thread: Well blended?

    by maricle
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    Re: Well blended?

    Well blended if the frag is linear, but you happen to like it.
    Well blended if the top, mid, and base are totally different, but you happen to like it.
    Well blended if the notes coalesce in a blob,...
  52. Thread: Skin and scent

    by maricle
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    Re: Skin and scent

    Possibly not the skin, but what is on the skin. A person not wearing a perfume will probably still smell of something, pleasant or not (soap, lotion, BO, smoke, old clothes, etc). Add a fragrance on...
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    Re: My Cheap Idea - Aventus

    Did it myself, 12+5 sample bundles and a previously acquired 5ml decant from crystal flacon. Used a paper clip to bridge from the vial to the 60 ml bottle so the surface tension didn't hold the juice...
  54. Re: Are drunk reviews the future of the fragrance community?

    Unfortunate that. I knew Redneck would get it, he's a sharp gent and one of the better BN members, though he rarely faces much in the way of competition.

    Yes, fragrance and the majority of...
  55. Re: Are drunk reviews the future of the fragrance community?

    The big problem is that an importance is placed on fragrance that just doesn't exist. It is the low dollar kitsch that brings in buyers that can't afford the actual luxury items, which in a...
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    Re: What puts you off about a house?

    Then try harder.
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    Re: What is the most OVERRATED fragrance?

    So n00b status is an adequate defense to necroposting for the sole purpose of a threadcrap (yes, internet lingo!)? It would seem more likely that it just exacerbates the frustration caused by such...
  58. Re: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche price going up..

    Remember that quality is not always the driver. If the "tin can" becomes rare then it could be a collectible. And even if the new version is good, some people will swear by the vintage and create...
  59. Re: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche price going up..

    Yes, free shipping on some of the listings.
  60. Re: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche price going up..

    Still around for $40-50
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    Re: Creamy sandalwood drydown

    Any order or time frame from the first testing? Perhaps the cacophony of notes knocked out your olfactory receptors to all but the sandalwood note/accord.
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    Re: Minimalist Compositions

    Seems silly to say, but I sometimes wonder what a bear would think of perfume, since their sense of smell is about 2,000 times better than a human. Very little in the world would smell of minimalism...
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    Re: Minimalist Compositions

    Seems difficult to reconcile, at least for me. Perhaps a basic misunderstanding of the terms used. To be minimalist, but to do it with a large-ish number of notes seems contradictory at best, and...
  64. Re: Aventus... the Energizer Bunny of niche longevity

    No, but the necking down of the glass allows the surface tension of the alcohol to keep it from pouring out. Insert something like a bent paperclip and then touch the mouth of the atomizer with it....
  65. Re: Aventus... the Energizer Bunny of niche longevity

    23 hours with a shower in the middle, yes that is excellent longevity on skin. Not sure how many other niche or designer offerings match or exceed that.
  66. Re: Blue Christmas for U.S. Fragrance Sales; Category Staying Flat as Sales to Men Continue Decline

    There may also be the factor of designer houses losing relevance. Brands can still be important for clothing, but in a different way, a way that classic and couture don't matter. Fierce is a legit...
  67. Re: Blue Christmas for U.S. Fragrance Sales; Category Staying Flat as Sales to Men Continue Decline

    The US culture doesn't place importance on scents, and is actually pretty clinical in its seeking of sanitized and unscented venues. People don't have much disposable income to waste on something...
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    Re: Tommy Bahama EDC Original discontinued..

    Probably means TB. There is a listing for testers at $100 each, plus several more 100ml for $50 to $75.
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    Re: Tommy Bahama EDC Original discontinued..

    Thought they discontinued much earlier, they already replaced it earlier in the year with another non-flankered TB.

    Smells like cedar, and some pepper. But mostly cedar/pencil shavings. Really dry.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Sorry about that no new frags until next year resolution not holding up.
  71. Re: Define Your Personal Financial Limit Regarding Single Purchases

    <$0.25/ml would be cheap

    Expensive is anything above that, because it's just fragrance.

    My highest so far was $2.88/ml, and it's somewhat a regret, because there's no justifying it. Lots of...
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    Your lions and lambs

    Lions - Sung Homme, Aventus, waiting on a bottle of Interlude Man

    Lambs - Thallium Sport, Love & Luck, Body Shop White Musk for men
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    Re: Iso E Super and Calone...what fragrances?

    OK, but I don't think the list helps with that too much either, with the fem frags and the "niche" Escentrics not being highly represented in numbers sold next to something like a calone bomb. Fierce...
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    Re: What makes a Chanel smell like a Chanel?

    Aren't they one of the last houses to have their own exclusively harvested flowers?
  75. Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    Start talking very loudly and wear ugly clothes, because why not go all the way in being an asshole.

    Oh, and then call everyone else rude, because my special snowflake status puts me above...
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    Re: Iso E Super and Calone...what fragrances?

    Tresor 1990
    Feminite du Bois 1992
    Fahrenheit 1988

    IFF applied for the Iso E Super trademark in 1984, it didn't take 20 years to make it into fragrances.
  77. Thread: 2 Word Reviews

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    Re: 2 Word Reviews

    Interlude Man - beast mode
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man ingredient question

    This. Some really off kilter replies to the original post.


    Talking about expensive, rare, or uncommon ingredients isn't going to get there.
  79. Re: is there any scent that smells like SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER?

    Quite the bump.

    Al Rehab Silver
    Sun Java White
  80. Re: Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    This is how it falls for me as well, but the idea that it doesn't seem to come across as having mass appeal might have led others to say it is niche. I don't know if that ever happens for a fragrance...
  81. Re: Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    I wonder how people view Narciso Rodriguez For Him based on their definitions of niche, mainstream, or designer.
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    It would be nice to know what the shelf life is actually expected to be with fragrances stored in box. Sorry to hear that yours has gone off, but if it still smells good to you, then it doesn't need...
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    Re: Perfume for Veterans'Day/Armistice Day 2013

    We still wear fragrance, just generally not in theater. Particularly combat arms folks who don't want to make their presence known in such a way.

    I wore some Azzaro Visit last evening while...
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    Re: Sun Java by Franck Olivier

    Is it because of the sweetness? With Black touch already on the shelf and minimal interest in another SMW cousin, Sun Java was about the only thing left to raise any interest for me (Sunrise being a...
  85. Re: Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    Excellent replies. The Fragrance Foundation categories are quite nice. musky_monkey's post rather highlighted what I think my issue is with the term niche, and that is the way it is used as an...
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    Re: Patou pour homme reissue

    $255.75 according to the BLS
  87. Opinion: niche hardly seems applicable to most fragrance houses

    Oops, lost the original text in an edit.

    The gist (it was a long one, be glad it's gone :)) is that the definition of niche doesn't seem to fit a lot of houses called such, imo. And to have a...
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    Re: How do you store or organize your fragrances?

    On a shelf, like they sit in warehouses or stores for years at a time.
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    Re: Most complimented Niche -

    Haven't tried it, not really interested in boozy notes. Also not questioning the quality, just thought it was interesting that an auto brand got such good traction. It seems to be because they...
  90. Re: Do you have to "like" a house to appreciate a scent?

    Doesn't seem necessary to 'appreciate' the scent, but if you have strong feelings, then there is no reason to go against them just to throw money at people you don't want to support. Especially...
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    Re: Most complimented Niche -

    Well, maybe it depends on what you consider to differentiate niche from designer. Personally, being named after a design house is what does it. Price and availability don't to me. Guerlain and Creed...
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    Re: Most complimented Niche -

    This is a rather confusing thread chock full of designer fragrances.
  93. Poll: Re: How much should a Niche fragrance cost in your opinion?

    Read in Deluxe something around 7 to 10 times (first mark-up 2.5 times, followed by 3 to 4 times that), but a bit fuzzy about that being to retailers or to consumers. That's pretty close to clothing,...
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    Re: Encre Noire: Eau Hell No!

    Could've saved yourself some time by reading the thread title, but more than half of those five words weren't English, so I can understand that there may have been some struggles involved.
  95. Poll: Re: How much should a Niche fragrance cost in your opinion?

    True to some extent, but the car analogy generally falls apart because there is a measurable performance difference and sometimes some proprietary technology involved. But the 911 Turbo is a pretty...
  96. Poll: Re: How much should a Niche fragrance cost in your opinion?

    I'm not saying wanting something different is at all a negative. But there have been a few comments that niche has to cost more to make sure it is exclusive. But that's just not accounting for taste....
  97. Poll: Re: How much should a Niche fragrance cost in your opinion?

    Perhaps, if they can afford to. If they can't, then there will be a justification for paying more in one product class while not doing so in another. In this case, something about the way they smell...
  98. Poll: Re: How much should a Niche fragrance cost in your opinion?

    That is a nice example, but some would just say you are working inefficiently and should be cranking out more bottles. $28 of of overhead per bottle is pretty high, but if you produced ten times as...
  99. Re: Franck Olivier Black Touch (very similar to Terre D'Hermes )

    Really only smell vetiver. Starts off dry and then gets a bit creamy. Not bad at all, just not a lot of development for me. I wear it a fair amount, but don't see the TdH comparison. Haven't smelled...
  100. Re: Just recevied Dior Homme Intense and I don't think I like it.

    Wearing something three times before making a decision seems counter-intuitive. If how you smell to others matters a whit, then the idea of somewhere around 24 hours of unappealing or middling...
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