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    Re: What have we become?

    At one time, before I got big into niche, I was a huge fan of the house of Thierry Mugler. Today, I have no bottles of their products.

    But not all fragrances have to be expensive in order to earn...
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    Re: Dealing w bottle theft

    When I was in a college dorm, I initially left my door open when not in my room, but not in class and just chatting with other students. I got a bottle of Joop! Homme for free from a person that...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 31st July 2015

    Testing By Kilian's Cruel Intentions from a sample.

    My thought: A more floral take on the M7 concept - and a very good one at that.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 29th July 2015

    Same here. To twist around Fall Out Boy's words, "this is a fragrance to be worn loud on hot summer nights".

    (Though it works in cooler temperatures, too, along with times when you don't want an...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 29th July 2015

    A new kind of layering - two kinds of sunscreen mixed with pool chemicals.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Wanted to spritz on some Bamboo Harmony, but I was headed to Holiday World, and hit the water...
  6. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Here's a few:

    -Bvlgari Black
    -Gucci Envy for Men
    -Live Jazz
    -Cool Water
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 26th July 2015

    Straight to Heaven

    I've found only two heavy orientals that work in humid heat. This is one of them - Aventus is the other.
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    Re: By Kilian Recommendations

    I'd pick these four for sure:
    -Straight to Heaven (boozy woods and patchouli - and a real compliment getter)
    -Bamboo Harmony (tea and citrus, perfected)
    -Musk Oud (very unique - oud, florals,...
  9. Poll: Re: Diptyque Philosykos vs. By Kilian Bamboo Harmony

    I've never smelled Philosykos.

    But I can say that if you're looking for a fig fragrance, Bamboo Harmony is not what you're looking for - it's a citrus/tea/green scent along the lines of Bulgari...
  10. Re: Just How Good Is Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche?

    Horribly overrated. A citrus that is flat, boring, and gone within two hours. Chanel can - and has - pumped out much better men's fragrances: Antaeus, Egoiste, Platinum Egoiste, Allure Homme Sport,...
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    Re: Creed Trademark?

    Having researched trademark filings, the answer is yes and no. In the US, trademarks are category-specific, not general. If Ford Motor Company also applied the Mustang trademark to the boat category...
  12. Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    Of course, Aventus, followed closely by the ever-controversial Leather Oud and the inoffensive but chic Bamboo Harmony.
  13. Re: If you are given a chance to become a fragrance "brand ambassador", what will be your brand?

    Same for me, which is why I would go for By Kilian. (That, and I love their fragrances.)
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    Re: Creed Trademark?

    A small soapmaker here in Fort Wayne sells a GIT soap as well. Yes, they do sell it as "Green Irish Tweed", and unlike this Chicago soapmaker's product, it does smell (sort of) like GIT.
  15. Re: Xscentrik update: Refocusing my resources for now

    As Indiegogo does not allow for early conclusions of campaigns, upon conclusion, I will put all money raised for Xscentrik into a temporary dedicated place until startup.
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    Impulse triggers

    Of course, we often mention a stupendously low price for a fragrance on FragranceNet and the ilk as an impulse buy. Ditto for TJ Maxx/Marshalls. And there's always scoring a deal on eBay, then...
  17. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Does anyone else on Basenotes own the Sophie Matisse limited edition bottle of Bamboo Harmony? Only 1,500 were made, though the juice is the same as the normal bottle.

    Sent from my LG-V410 using...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    By Kilian is the same way - tightly controlled distribution and the same price no matter where you buy it.
  19. Re: Xscentrik update: Refocusing my resources for now

    Glad you asked. It will be put into a general bank account for use by both by my consulting firm now and by Xscentrik when the time comes.

    Regarding perks: They will be fulfilled. T-shirts, fine...
  20. Xscentrik update: Refocusing my resources for now

    Today, after careful consideration, I decided that yes, I will work on Xscentrik... just not for the rest of 2015. The reason: I have a start-up research business as well, and I need to nurture it...
  21. Re: Sweet oriental : Jaipur Saphir or Hypnotic Poison ?

    The reason why it's so hard to come by is because Boucheron discontinued Jaipur Saphir (along with the original Jaipur for women, Trouble, Initial, and Miss Boucheron) when YSL Beaute lost the...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    I've heard it a million times (pun intended), and there's even a term for it: "showrooming". Here in the US, there's a very successful retailer of consumer electronics and appliances called Best Buy....
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    Re: What is THE 90s fragrance?

    Back when I was in middle school (between 1996 and 1999), these scents were as popular as super-baggy JNCO jeans, The Chemical Brothers albums, and TI-30Xa calculators.

    Cool Water
    Polo Sport
    CK...
  24. Re: You own it, You love/like it but it is quite a while you wear it. Whats that fragrance?

    Aside from samples of the limited-edition Splash of Lemon flanker, I hadn't worn Straight to Heaven in eons, even though it is my all-time favorite fragrance... but I spritzed some on yesterday.
    ...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    With the former, I remember that Viktor & Rolf fragrances were exclusive in Fort Wayne to Von Maur for a half-decade. Then L'Oreal gave the brand to Macy's, but with a condition: they had to sell X...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    On a related note, Creed is actually Von Maur's second go-around with niche in Fort Wayne. For years, they sold Truefitt & Hill, but quietly stopped around 2010. However, Truefitt was - and still is...
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    The exclusivity conundrum

    Today, I visited the Fort Wayne Von Maur. At one time, this was a huge sales spot for Bulgari fragrances. The brand even had its own rep.

    But Von Maur kicked Bulgari to the curb on a companywide...
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    Re: Dior La Collection Privée | Leather Oud

    I personally love it - big time. On my skin, Leather Oud is an amazing woody leather oriental. And the longevity is excellent - 14+ hours out of one spritz. Best in cold weather - not for...
  29. Re: Article on Xscentrik & niche in the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

    Fort Wayne's other newspaper, The News-Sentinel, interviewed me today as well. This interview is more about Xscentrik itself and less about my love of fragrances.
    ...
  30. Re: Article on Xscentrik & niche in the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

    Well, in addition to perfume and cologne, there's a lot of other nicknames: smell juice, smell-good, stink water, and as the article's writer calls them, smellum.

    I think this market is ready. Not...
  31. Article on Xscentrik & niche in the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

    Last week, Frank Gray, a legendary writer at the Journal Gazette (one of two newspapers in Fort Wayne) offered a chance to interview me. I grabbed it.

    And here it is:...
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    Re: My Chemical Romance

    We absolutely plan to give back to multiple communities - not just fragrance. 20% of our post-tax profits will go toward these causes.

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  33. Re: Why don't fragrance houses exploit the public by making everything limited edition?

    By Kilian did a series of three summer fragrances recently in Sophie Matisse-designed bottles. Two were summer versions of existing fragrances (Straight to Heaven Splash of Lemon and Good Girl Gone...
  34. Re: I'm going to cop a bit of flak for this but...

    Yes, you can buy a full bottle - and the sample includes a coupon code to use on one.

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    Re: R.I.P Christian Audigier

    I remember the days when his Ed Hardy t-shirts lined the walls of Buckle (an American clothing retailer specializing in jeans and tops). People were willing to pay a very premium price for one - they...
  36. Re: All of Procter & Gamble's fragrance acquisitions and divestures 1990 - 2015

    You forgot Art of Shaving, which has a line of fragrances. That brand may or may not remain with P&G, though the close ties to P&G megabrand Gillette mean that it could very well stay.
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    Re: My Chemical Romance

    It's cooperation used to fund capitalism. The Pebble smartwatch, Cards Against Humanity, and the Ouya video game console are all successful examples.

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  38. Re: I'm going to cop a bit of flak for this but...

    Don't expect it at the duty-free. It's a FragranceNet.com exclusive.
  39. Re: I'm going to cop a bit of flak for this but...

    I had a sample of this. It's an awful copy of MI - very flat, extremely synthetic, and uninspiring. The only reason why I tried this is, well, because FragranceNet sent me a sample.

    If you can't...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    It's been a weird summer in Fort Wayne this year. Some days are hot, some are cool. Today, it was the latter - 68 degrees (F) and cloudy.

    Tomorrow, it will be 79 with fewer clouds - an...
  41. Re: What is your most favorite smelling fragrance you currently own?

    This summer has been absolutely weird - a mix of hot and cool days, with rain thrown in.

    On the hot days: Bamboo Harmony. (Honorable mentions: L'Humaniste and Geranium Pour Monsieur.)
    On the...
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    1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    Surprisingly, until this point, Leather Oud has been one of my most-complimented fragrances. At the same time, it's also one of the most controversial fragrances on Basenotes, ranking up there with...
  43. Re: Coty buys P&G prestige fragrance brands (and other businesses)

    Oddly enough, Naomi Campbell, Ghost, and DDF were also P&G cast-offs.
  44. Coty buys P&G prestige fragrance brands (and other businesses)

    Get ready for a bigger Coty: P&G is selling many of their beauty businesses to the company - already a powerhouse in perfumery, and getting even bigger.

    In this $12.5 billion USD deal, 43 brands...
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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    The bad news: The Kohl's closest to me didn't have this, Body Kouros, or the original beast.

    The good news: There are two other Kohl's locations in Fort Wayne, so all hope is not lost.
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    Re: Polarizing fragrances and why you love them

    You just summed up everything that I love about Leather Oud.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    People do it all the time. You can go to Ruth's Chris for dinner and love the food and experience - while then complaining about the price tag and saying that you would have gotten better value for...
  48. Re: Is there a less expensive "clone" of Back to Black by By Kilian?

    I've smelled both. They are two different worlds, and I'd go as far as to say that Rochas Man has a lot more in common with Intoxicated than Back to Black among Kilian frags. And I have to say that...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Someone needs to send some Toyota engineers to Creed and teach them the Toyota Production System. And you know where the plant that makes most US-market Toyota Yarises is located? Not Japan, but...
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    Re: L'Artisan Web Orders - Awful!

    A system not designed to support shipping notifications? Is L'Artisan still using Windows 2000 Professional?

    These days, I expect shipping notifications whenever a product ships. Period. And it...
  51. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    Tomorrow morning, I have an interview with one of our local newspapers. I don't want to give too many hints, except that it won't be your average new-business interview.

    Hopefully, it will be...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    In my final semester of college, I got about the same number of compliments on Aventus and Leather Oud (yes, the same Leather Oud that people compare to a barnyard or fecal matter), even though I had...
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    Re: L'Artisan Web Orders - Awful!

    Well, in some cases, ordering direct is the only way to get a certain product. IIRC, L'Artisan has products (namely, reissued classics) that are exclusively sold this way, hence the reason for...
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    Re: L'Artisan Web Orders - Awful!

    If they treat the stores that sell their products this bad by the time my store opens, I will not carry their products. I've also heard horror stories about Bond No. 9's US distribution practices,...
  55. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    A little update: You may not know that Fort Wayne has the largest Burmese population in the entire US. Wells Fargo has Burmese-speaking tellers and ATMs, and Fort Wayne Community Schools offers...
  56. Re: What fragrance do you have the most quantity of?

    On a per-fragrance basis, one 4.2 oz/125 ml each of Midnight in Paris EdT and Leather Oud.

    On a house basis, it would have to be By Kilian - about 7.5 oz or 225 ml spread over 6 bottles.
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    Re: My Chemical Romance

    Hopefully, I will be able to this summer.

    As for your thoughts on crowdfunding, here's a history of the subject from David Freedman, a Chicago-based expert on the subject (PDF link):...
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    The fact that they won't find an official US distributor and force Americans to buy with massive shipping fees, even though their line would do very well here and they have an official distributor in...
  59. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    Yes, Indiegogo just is like Kickstarter: contribute to a cause. Kickstarter does not allow for cosmetics/beauty/fragrance crowdfunding; hence my choice of Indiegogo for the crowdfunding platform.
    ...
  60. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    Indiegogo seems to be back to normal now, so if you had trouble making a contribution this morning, you probably can now. (Although perks are only available to those in the US, EU, and Canada, you...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud UK?

    Yes, and no.

    If you're terminating at a city or connecting in a city that allows for international arrivals to not reclear security, you'll be fine.

    Some airports, though, particularly in the...
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    Re: Guilty Pleasures

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: By Kilian's Flower of Immortality.

    It's not a citrus, it's not an aquatic, and it has vanilla and woods. Sounds like a recipe for disaster for a summer...
  63. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    Thanks!

    But think of it this way: driving to Fort Wayne to get your niche fix will be much easier than battling Chicago traffic or being constrained by the South Shore's limited South Bend...
  64. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    The major announcement: my first of many articles on Basenotes. http://www.basenotes.net/features/3163-my-chemical-romance

    A little reminder: Indiegogo is acting a little slow right now because of...
  65. Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    Well, after two years of thinking, it's official: Xscentrik, the world's first crowdfunded fragrance store (and one from a Basenoter, no less), is live on Indiegogo.

    You can read more about it...
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    Re: I hate summer.

    Same here.

    But no mention of my SOTD, Frapin's L'Humaniste? This one with its citrus/juniper vibe worked wonders for me last summer, and can be worn year-round as well.
  67. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I'm just one day away from the announcement, and I'd like to reveal the name of my company. Yes, my Mad Man background came in very handy for this, but this name was actually a suggestion from my...
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    Re: Reformulations that don't suck

    Second the M7 Oud Absolu.

    I owned several bottles of the vintage, and the reformulation is very true to the original - I'd say 95% identical.
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    Re: Last fragrance that blew you away

    By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony.

    Sampled it out of curiosity and loved it. Bought a full bottle two months later... loved it even more. It's along the lines of the Bvlgari tea fragrances - but...
  70. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    This list will help: http://www.greaterfortwayneinc.com/economic-development/major-employers

    Among employers with more than 500+ employees, most are in fairly stable sectors and/or sell inelastic...
  71. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    It will be a brick-and-mortar store at first, and it will be downtown - the next big place for retail in Fort Wayne. And I encourage you to bring in your friends.

    We will get into e-commerce...
  72. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    After a lot of thinking, a lot of inspiration, and a lot of wondering what I was going to do in the future, I decided - after much debate - to restart this project.

    Much of the business plan was...
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    Re: Fragrances I don't care for at all!

    Same here - with the last one being important as I was an adman for quite some time.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 27th June 2015

    Leather Oud for a much colder and rainier than normal day.
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    Re: Nicolaï New York Bottles.....

    That's the one I'm referring to! Looks just line mine.
  76. Re: "Look Before You Leap" or "There's No Place Like Dior Homme"

    Personally, I have to say that this is one of the best mainstream designer summer fragrances on the market.

    I'd say that it would be a good office fragrance all year round, too. Light, clean,...
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    Re: Nicolaï New York Bottles.....

    There was also another version (not shown) with the block bottle and the label design of the blue round cap bottle.

    It listed oakmoss as an ingredient on the box, and I purchased it in Paris in...
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    Re: Do you smell Aventus often?

    Never in Fort Wayne - remember, no niche here. (Yet.)

    But I've smelled it in Chicago and Detroit.
  79. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    My favorite fragrance.

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  80. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I've tried Egoiste a few times. First time, I wasn't wowed. But last time, I really loved it, and I can see a bottle in my future.
  81. Re: Perfumed Venues! Which Places Smell Delicious?

    True story: Our local A&F closed in March of 2014, and you can still smell hints of Fierce in front of where it used to be.
  82. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=39209&stc=1
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    Re: By kilian intoxicated or TM amen

    Intoxicated by a huge stretch. Smoother, easier to wear, sillage that isn't as strong (making it much better to wear in public), a delightful cinnamon top note, and no hot tar note.

    A*Men is so...
  84. Re: Perfumed Venues! Which Places Smell Delicious?

    Westin hotels scent their lobbies with a custom fragrance that smells like a mix of Acqua di Gio and Mugler Cologne.

    Sounds weird, but it sure calms you down as you enter the lobby after a long...
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    Re: Fragrance Foundation Award Winners 2015

    The Addictive State of Mind series, including Intoxicated, all have a different keepsake box (chrome-plated metal and wood) and a slightly different bottle (silver cap and different sides).
  86. Re: Guess the age of the above poster according to his wardrobe!

    @DieHard, I'd say you're somewhere between the ages of 18 and 24.
  87. Re: Pick your top 3 'worst stinkers' from the person's wardrobe above you...!

    Your wardrobe isn't too bad, actually. But I will have to say that these three are... well... not the greatest:

    -Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    -Guerlain Homme
    -Polo Modern Reserve
  88. Re: Packed up all my fragrances and moved them almost 1000 miles

    A fellow Hoosier here from Fort Wayne (this year marks my tenth year in the Fort), and I've been to Terre Haute as well - mostly during road trips to St. Louis. The two cities have one thing in...
  89. Re: Guess the age of the above poster according to his wardrobe!

    I'd say in the 40s or 50s.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2015

    I was shopping at Meijer today for potato chips and hot dog buns to go with bratwurst on the grill, as it's grilling season again. For those of you not in the Midwest, Meijer is a supercenter chain...
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    Re: Fragrances in Song Lyrics

    Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman" has the line "The stench of summer sex / And CK Eternity, oh hell yes".

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  92. Poll: Re: Fragrances evaluation series I (Back to Black)

    Yes, Tobacco Vanille smells like Spicebomb on my skin.

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  93. Poll: Re: Fragrances evaluation series I (Back to Black)

    Great fragrance - and one that helped me out immensely in the polar vortex. Reminds me of the smell of a newsstand and tobacconist from my very young childhood, in a beautiful way. Very long lasting,...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 19th June 2015

    Had to celebrate By Kilian's Intoxicated getting two FiFi's (one for juice, one for packaging) by... well... making it my SOTD.

    It's the only logical thing for a Basenoter to do.

    Sent from my...
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    Re: By Kilian Oud's

    Huge fan of Musk Oud, my SOTD. One of the few all-climate ouds out there... I get musk, oud, rose, and a hint of booze. Lasts all day, a huge complement getter, and works great anytime.

    I've also...
  96. Walmart testing fragrance and cosmetics sample kiosks

    I noticed that some Walmart stores are testing automated fragrance and cosmetics sample kiosks. The one that I saw had 4 fragrances, all feminine and priced at $1: Giorgio Beverly Hills, One...
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    Re: Fragrances that unlock past memories

    Let me count the ways:

    Angel reminds me of a good friend of ours that was a home decorator.
    Guerlain Vetiver reminds me of a foreign exchange student.
    Cool Water and B*Men bring back dreadful...
  98. Re: Best way to pay for fragrances from intl online stores?

    Chase Sapphire Preferred and several Chase travel cards (United MileagePlus Explorer/Club, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier, British Airways, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards Premier, Hyatt) are...
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    Re: "Fragrances" I hate.

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Leather Oud yet - even though I'm a fan and it's a heavily complimented fragrance for me, this fragrance gets a lot of detractors here.

    That said, here are...
  100. Re: Know of any fragrances/brands that aren't commonly mentioned here? Come tell us what it is!

    Especially because they are number one in their homeland of Brazil. They have stores everywhere, they make a quality product, and their products are priced less than imported fragrances because of...
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