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  1. Re: Do smokers perceive scents differently?

    This an all-timer, but it is very much a "tobacco-lover's tobacco scent." I don't get ashtray from it, but it is very dry and powdery. It was designed to be suggestive of the aroma left on skin after...
  2. Re: Tom Ford Ombre Leather 18 vs AdP Colonia Leather

    The linearity of Tom Ford scents can make them monotonous unless you're in love with the particular accord. Most fail to captivate me.

    I've really only sampled OL 18. The bulk of my experience has...
  3. Re: Do smokers perceive scents differently?

    Given the very wide variance in the quality of tobacco notes and in how they're contextualized in perfumery, I don't think you're going to find a neat breakdown between "smokers" and "nonsmokers."
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    Re: What say you?

    Yes, though the truth is always more complicated since there are always countless aromachemicals and synthesized reproductions of various levels of quality and nuance, some of which are better than...
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    Re: favorite Christmas fragrances?

    AMOUAGE Journey Man (2014)

    AZZARO Pour Homme Intense (2015)

    ENGLISH LAUNDRY Windsor (2016)

    FRANCK BOCLET Tobacco (2014)

    TOM FORD for Men Extreme (2007)
  6. Re: Tom Ford Ombre Leather 18 vs AdP Colonia Leather

    I'd go with Ombré Leather. The AdP has never clicked for me.
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    Re: What say you?

    Yes, this is the truth. And, of course, we have more and more patented synthetics that are not reproductions of something made in nature but are altogether artificial inventions.

    A canny perfumer...
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    Re: House of Caron

    As a rule, EDTs offer greater note separation. I enjoy the dynamism that comes from that.
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    Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    If you're going with *influence*, you have to choose either Tobacco Vanille or Tuscan Leather.

    But in terms of all-around quality as well as an ability to stand-in for the "Tom Ford Style," Tom...
  10. Re: Reformulations....... are they always a "less than" vintage?

    There is at least one notable reformulation I prefer to the original. In a number of cases, I've found the differences between reformulations exaggerated. But some reformulations are exceedingly...
  11. Re: Tuscan Leather. Does it deserve the legendary status?

    Tuscan Leather was the first to use ithat particular aromachemical for leather, so it's notable in that regard, as well as being one of the brand-making releases for Tom Ford.

    Do I like it? Not...
  12. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Alright, BIG ranking update.

    As I've noted before, I've rated them according to overall perceived quality as aromatic art. They're not ranked according to which ones I would choose to wear or...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDT, because I was too tired to put much thought into what I'd wear and I wanted something warm enough to be comforting but light enough to not smother me as cool...
  14. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    Not that I pick up.

    Overall, the Goodfellow line doesn't really smell designer-y.
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    Yeah, ADG Profumo is also a good choice.
  16. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    I'll back Scarce up on this one. It's seriously good.
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    Dylan Blue and Luna Rossa are pretty different.
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    Prada Luna Rossa.
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    Re: What to do with old collection?

    I'd put stuff up here, see what sells, and then move the rest to eBay. Individual sales will bring more money, and some of these items are quite desirable.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
    S P E C I A L
    B L E N D
    (2019)

    Autumnal vibes.
  21. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    FWIW, my local Target doesn't have testers anymore (they got removed for some reason), and the other Target near me doesn't have the Goodfellow fragrances at all.
  22. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    FWIW, I actually have all the Goodfellow sample vials available in my swap list. I've only sprayed them twice apiece, and they're pretty substantial travel sprays so plenty of juice left. No...
  23. Re: At the same price, which one of these two do you recommend?

    Dior Homme.
  24. Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I already stated my intention to not abide by my September pledge. I purchased two bottles this month so far (MAC Velvet Teddy and West Third Brand Amerique, for those who are curious, both of which...
  25. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A M O U A G E
    J O U R N E Y
    M A N

    Lovely.
  26. Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus? (Female edition)

    HERMÈS: Faubourg 24
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Bumppppppp
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    WEST THIRD BRAND Amèrique, because the weather turned warm so something with a cool green edge is appropriate, but Amèrique still has enough autumnal feeling thanks to the wood and spices to keep me...
  29. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    Vintage is probably the best Varvatos scent and it's pretty wearable and versatile, but like D&G The One I find it pretty boring. I wish it had more gusto.
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    Re: Looking for L'Occitan replacement

    I haven't tried Extreme, but I just refreshed my memory of Luna Rossa and LR Carbon at Sephora (I'm out running errands) and I think the original Luna Rossa is closer to L'Occitan; it has more note...
  31. Re: How to radically change the style of clothing with the least financial loss?

    Invest in a few well-fitting, versatile pieces (trousers or blazers, etc.) that have a bolder look and can be paired with things you already own. Most "fashionable" outfits really only consist of one...
  32. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    Yes.

    The first time my wife and I visited a L'Occitane shop, she smelled Baux and waved me over. "This smells kind of like a Tom Ford scent," she said.

    I still think it's a better-conceived...
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    Re: Heritage pour homme or Habit Rogue?

    As far as my tastes go, the EDT is the way to go with Heritage. The creamier EDP ain't bad, but I wouldn't own it; it's a bit stodgier and loses some of the pizzazz and dynamism that I enjoy in this...
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    Re: Heritage pour homme or Habit Rogue?

    https://i.giphy.com/media/90F8aUepslB84/source.gif
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Yeah, it's impressive stuff. I don't think there's a better traditional fougere in production.
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    Re: Looking for L'Occitan replacement

    Yeah, this one got reformulated pretty significantly, alas. For a replacement, you'd mostly be looking at peppery lavender scents.

    For mainstream designer stuff, Prada Luna Rossa might be worth a...
  37. Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    I've heard good things about Ambré Baldessarini (2007), which is in the same lane. Ed Hardy Villain is what folks most often mention as a The One alternative.

    Of the scents that often get compared...
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    Re: Heritage pour homme or Habit Rogue?

    I'll take Heritage over Habit Rouge any day.
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    My favorite pine scent is, by far, Perfumes of the Desert Pinon. A warm, cinnamon-accented take on pine, Pinon is distinguished by its unique supporting notes that evoke the desert of the American...
  40. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    Cedarwood & Geranium is the best one, followed by Spiced Ginger & Rum.
  41. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    I rarely see it mentioned!


    It's definitely linear, but still impressively realistic!

    Demeter scents are made to be layered, so you can't really fault them for being direct.


    I don't get...
  42. Re: Al Haramain - Amber Oud (not gold)

    There's a lot of confusion because this same bottle and name was apparently used for two different kinds of juice, one being a Tobacco Vanille clone and the other being an Interlude Man clone.
    ...
  43. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    I get more of a "cigar box" feeling from Eau des Baux than an actual, tangible tobacco note, for what it's worth.
  44. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    I'm willing to entertain the idea it's overrated, but I'd like folks to explain what else exists in the gourmand tobacco lane that surpasses it, particularly at the designer pricepoint. I often...
  45. Re: Noob with particular tastes seeking recommendations

    I can vouch for this one.
  46. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    Office for Men.

    This is a serious answer. In it, we can glimpse not only the stylistic trends of our era, we can see so much of how the fragrance-collecting community has changed, and how the...
  47. Re: High heels or low, which one do you prefer?

    As long as they cause no long-term health issues and are comfortable, that's fine.

    Fashion is about improving quality of life. It shouldn't diminish it. It doesn't have to be practical, but it...
  48. Re: High heels or low, which one do you prefer?

    Speaking as a man who doesn't wear heels but nevertheless enjoys fashion as a creative enterprise for all genders, I've seen the damage a lifetime of wearing high heels can do to feet, and that has...
  49. Re: A newbie smells Maison Margiela for the first time

    I don't like By the Fireplace because its kind of smoky fireplace note isn't like a real fireplace but more like a barbeque grill. Mingled with the marshmallow sweetness it's revolting.
  50. Re: A newbie smells Maison Margiela for the first time

    Tabac Rouge is also an all-timer.

    Acqua di Cuba feels a bit like Jazz Club, which is why I mentioned it.
  51. Re: A newbie smells Maison Margiela for the first time

    If you like Jazz Club, you should get yourself a sample of Acqua di Cuba from Santa Maria Novella, just to compare before plunking down any dough. It's at the same pricepoint and similarly conjures...
  52. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    I always got pretty good longevity with Eau des Baux (especially if it happened to get on my clothes; it'd last forever).

    Eau des Baux is a very commendable fragrance that is justly held in high...
  53. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    My suggestions:


    AZZARO Pour Homme Intense
    The 2015 version. This has a really great boozy opening, and it nicely transforms into an amber-supported interpretation of old-school Azzaro. Anyone...
  54. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Yeah, I don't know why there seems to be a conscious effort to turn around the quality of Aramis releases (especially with so little associated promotion), but between this and Special Blend Aramis...
  55. Re: NEW Andy Tauer L'Air des Alpes Suisses

    L'Eau hardly lasts long at all, but what a gorgeous scent it is!
  56. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Give Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba a shot, if you haven't already. Not at all identical, but, IMO, a better take on the theme.
  57. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I wouldn't think it very good even if it were $50, though I would, perhaps, judge it a little less harshly.
  58. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    That's only true if you loved the mainstream styles of those eras! Not everybody is addicted to old-school powerhouses.

    I love classic perfumes and I love contemporary perfumes. I'm glad I can...
  59. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    K I L I A N
    B A C K
    T O
    B L A C K

    People pay $200-300 for this? Yeesh. I don't think this is very good at all.


    P E N H A L I G O N ' S
    R O A R I N G
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    That's what I thought the situation was, and that the fragrance just isn't popular enough for stock to have run out yet.

    I wonder if the same situation will happen with Noir Anthracite.
  61. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Not necessarily. 30 years ago, if you didn't live in a major city like Paris, you could very considerably have trouble locating many of the more obscure releases. You were limited to what stores...
  62. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    Ain't that the truth.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    This morning I needed something discreet, so I applied Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Colonia, which gave me a nice refreshing burst when I needed it, but disappeared by the dome I needed it to be gone...
  64. Poll: Re: Creed Royal Oud or Amouage Interlude Man?

    Neither?

    But, if pressed, Interlude Man. Of the two, it's the more interesting scent. Just go light on the application or nobody else will be able to breathe.
  65. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Ah, but vintage releases have never been easier to obtain.
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    Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    Are we talking about current releases?

    Because Chanel's great masculines are stuff like Pour Monsieur and Antaeus, and Dior's great contribution is Eau Sauvage, and you could keep going on down...
  67. Re: Your "chore" scents or dumb grabs at the moment

    Probably these two:

    CARTIER L'Envol Eau de Parfum (2016)

    DUNHILL Icon (2015)
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    It's very easy to order samples from the West Third Brand site.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I don't think anyone would connect this scent with the original Aramis if they were doing a blind test, but you can kinda see how the perfumer was trying to build something that nevertheless deserved...
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Interesting.

    There does indeed seem to be a plentiful supply of TF Extreme, so maybe it's just in limited production.
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    Re: Dior Privee Eau Sauvage?

    It'd be a weird plan. There are a lot of Eau Sauvage bottles in the world.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    My understanding is that both sell pretty well, with Noir Extreme being the bestselling masculine release in the Signature line since its release.

    I dunno if Ombré Leather 18 knocked it off of its...
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    I would hope so, given what you're paying for those ostentatious boxes.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    I would've done the same.

    Let us know how you like My Heroine when you get it!
  75. Re: Noob with particular tastes seeking recommendations

    Tabac Rouge is essentially a Tobacco Vanille remake that opens up the structure a bit and adds a bit of watery ginger to make it feel like damp shisha tobacco. It's really, really good, and is my...
  76. Re: Noob with particular tastes seeking recommendations

    Check out the following:

    ARAMIS Havana (1994) - Cheap as dirt, this is a gold-standard tobacco masculine with a very old-school vibe. It starts off mossy green and then gradually transitions into...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    W E S T
    T H I R D
    B R A N D
    A M É R I Q U E
    (201?)

    109013

    The notes list reads as follows: American oak and teak infused with patchouli with layers of cedar notes, mandarin peel, coumarin,...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I don't know that the exuberant ravings of one idiosyncratic Basenoter like yours truly can qualify as a "hype train," mini or otherwise!

    I hope you enjoy it, since I don't want anyone to spend...
  79. Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    That kind of dismal customer service is something I won't abide.

    Even if PV did have something I wanted (and I'm sure that in their vast library of clones and remixes they have something I'd find...
  80. Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Yep, that's why I recommended Samba Skin Man. Cheap as dirt, youthful, but with a pretty well-done take on the woody chocolatey gourmand thing, so it'll be a good sub for Axe Gold or Dark Temptation.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    http://youtu.be/h6E2fWWM2V0
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    https://165708-478519-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/5670f930-595a-4caa-a45f-02341ce0f4c2.gif
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    I'm being genuine. My Heroine is darn good.

    If you like Noir Anthracite, it's a very safe bet that you'll like My Heroine, and at current prices... well, it's a no-brainer.
  84. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    Yep. Tabac Rouge is the best of the Tobacco Vanille descendants.

    But I think the Boclet feels a bit more properly Christmasy than either TV or TR just because the dried fruit vibe is stronger.
  85. Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Perfumer's Workshop Samba Skin Man is exactly what you're looking for.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Ah, so the inevitable has happened.

    Plenty of bottles of Noir Anthracite are still available online, though.


    The MAC Shadescents line has been discontinued, so it seems like their forays into...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    R O B E R T
    G R A H A M
    F O R T I T U D E
    (2016)

    I've extensively sampled tobacco fragrances in designer and niche tiers, few match the satisfying balance of Fortitude. Fortitude is a...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    Join me, and together we can be the only two Basenoters to own this gem!

    https://i.imgur.com/e3fz0HT.gif
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    I would think they're useful to counterfeiters, though I'm sure some people just want to own them for a collection.
  90. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    English Laundry Windsor pour Homme (2016) - Mulled wine and tobacco.

    Franck Boclet Tobacco (2014) - A more expensive-smelling Tobacco Vanille with the "Christmas" factor amped up.

    Michael Kors...
  91. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It's no old-school powerhouse, but it does perform a bit better than a lot of the comparable masculines being released at that time (Vera Wang for Men, Tom Ford for Men, Baldessarini, etc.). As you...
  92. Re: Aramis Tuscony is it better then Azzaro pH ?

    Forte is nice. It takes that Tuscany DNA and beefs up the dark green notes so you get something much more shadowy and intense. Unicorn pricing abounds, alas.
  93. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    Get a decant of LDDM and a bottle of ACDD. Problem solved!
  94. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    I'm Team ACDD.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    When makeup brand MAC released its Shadescents line in 2016, folks talked about how it seemed like Estee Lauder was drawing on Tom Ford scents. The line wasn't popular (too weird for mass-market...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I have not, though I do think it sounds like something I'd really like.
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I have the second one pictured.

    Awful bottle, yes. I like the juice, though.
  98. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    M A C
    M Y
    H E R O I N E
    (2016)

    This is so close to Noir Anthracite that it's astonishing. The startling resemblance makes me wonder about just how the scent development process at Estee Lauder...
  99. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    I had an epiphany the other day when a decant hit my mailbox and I responded without much enthusiasm.

    I've just been trying stuff for the sake of trying new stuff, and, really, my collection as it...
  100. Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    Persolaise seems to have nice, strong opinions, but the format he's chosen is frustrating. Rambling livestreams without clear organization. If he took the time to provide timestamps afterwards it'd...
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