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    Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    What is your favorite leather fragrance available for around or under $50? I love birch tar/leather notes, but they don't seem to show up as often in cheaper frags, or if they do they are buried...
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    Re: Fragrance as Pre-workout?

    I don't work out in a gym (I jog/take long walks/do yoga at home), but usually if I'm planning on getting my heart rate up and sweating I'll wait until after to put on fragrance. The main reason is...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 18th July, 2019

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  4. Re: Do you sometimes smell alcohol from your initial sprays?

    The only one I've ever really gotten this with was Guerlain Vetiver Extreme
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 17th July, 2019

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  6. Thread: Death

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    Re: Death

    Necromancy from Sixteen92. Description from their site:

    NECROMANCY : Datura metel, ceremonial incense, funeral flowers, benzoin resin, ancient spirit boards, oud
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Haha I think that was me. I love Sichuan food and the pepper/ginger combo is amazing. I also like the dry down, which reminds me of an ocean boardwalk - pungent, kelp-y ocean with creosote-laden...
  8. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Proraso Cypress and Vetiver

    Feels like a pretty good approximation of Sycomore EdP. Vetiver, sharp woods and soft amber in the base to round it out. This would be a better alternative to Sycomore...
  9. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Zara for sure - only about 1 out of 20 fragrances are worth buying, but they're super cheap. I like walking in/past A&F to smell Fierce because it's nostalgic for me. Had no idea H&M had fragrance...
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    Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    GG Absolute. All the other ones smell like Eau de Febreze to me ;)
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    Similar to Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori?

    Now that I've been in the fragrance game for about a year, I've started to get bored with the male offerings at the mall and decided to start poking around the women's offerings at Sephora (I'm a...
  12. Thread: Cedar! Cedar!

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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    +1 Creed Royal Cedar... er, I mean Royal Oud.

    Will also add Straight to Heaven, which has one of my favorite cedar notes. @Brooks Otterlake I really need to try that Olivina Bourbon and Cedar -...
  13. Re: How do you break a mental "Tie" between scents to pick a SOTD???

    Either that, or take several showers throughout the day so you can do fragrance/wardrobe changes. I am so ADHD, I struggle with this as my collection grows.
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    If you can find a Sephora with the full PB line, you can test in relative peace and calm. Not sure how common of an occurrence that is, but the downtown San Francisco Sephora has almost the full...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 15th July, 2019

    Elie Saab Vetiver for a rainy day

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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    Interesting - thanks for all the great info about Or Black! Zealot Crusader - the benzoin/cistus combo makes sense, hadn't thought of that. Or Black is good practice for trying to pick out notes. And...
  17. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Definitely one of the best vetivers I’ve tried. I’m going to be on the lookout for a decant for sure.
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    I feel like people knock the dry down of this one as uninspired and Sauvage-y - which is true I guess, but I still like it.
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    Yep, I have the newer version. Haven't had a chance to smell the vintage formula sadly.
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    It's a Jean-Louis Sieuzac creation, and somewhat in the same vein as Fahrenheit or Grey Flannel. But definitely its own thing. And pretty cheap on discounters.
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    Pascal Morabito Or Black. It's so weird. Almost every review I've read of it seems to be describing a different note pyramid. Personally I get Hawaiian Punch, absinthe and leather. Even the dark...
  22. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Definitely. Before I bought a bottle of TdH I had owned Fierce, The One, La Nuit de l'Homme and Issey Miyake Pour Homme. All mall purchases or gifts. I got a big tax return about 3-4 years ago and...
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    Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    I guess it depends - if I had to choose a "genre" of fragrance that isn't specifically built around one type of note, I would go with chypre. I'm still slowly getting a feel for what chypres are,...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 13th July, 2019

    SOTD: sample of Vetiver Extraordinaire

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    Tried two from Frederic Malle: Bigarade Concentree and Vetiver Extraordinaire.

    Wearing my sample of VE right now and I really like it - peppery, minty vetiver and bergamot, nice balance between...
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    Re: One choice for:

    Paris would be the easy choice, but in my case (I live in Central/Northern California) it often ends up being SF Bay Area or Seattle (my hometown which I visit often). There's nothing I enjoy more...
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    Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    Nice choice! I love that picture too, it looks exactly the way TdH smells!
  28. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I'll choose the one that sucked me into this world: Terre d'Hermes. It's mainstream and friendly, but it also has hints of more adventurous notes - if you like this, try Encre Noire for a bolder take...
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    Re: One choice for:

    I do consider myself a bit of a flaneur, so this one is particularly relevant. Seems like something classic and French would be appropriate - maybe Guerlain Vetiver or Habit Rouge. Something a bit...
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    Re: Your favorite cinnamon fragrances?

    I get a lot of cinnamon from Tom Ford Italian Cypress, which in turn is supposed to smell a bit like the aforementioned Halston Z-14, although I haven't tried that one. Italian Cypress reminds me of...
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    I was inspired by this thread to stop in A&F today and spray a card with Fierce. Smelling it now and it's taking me right back to awkward 19 year old me!
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 12th July, 2019

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    Re: Tuscan Leather worth it in 2019?

    I would agree with that, but with the caveat that I'd still rather wear TL. There's just something incredible about that neon-bright fruity leather that makes me want to bathe in the stuff. It's a...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 11th July, 2019

    Getting it in before the wire:

    SOTD was Fahrenheit

    SOTE was Italian Cypress

    Made for a nice transition from the base of Fahrenheit to IC!
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    Tried CdG x Monocle Laurel today. Very peppery, bracing herbal leafy scent. I enjoy the laurel note in Mousse Illuminee, and it's definitely something I'll seek out now as I love herbal/green/peppery...
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    Most of it is crap, but there are a few Zara fragrances I've enjoyed over the years. Gardens in the Desert Sand is my current fav. I will also always have a special place in my heart for A&F Fierce,...
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    Re: Gunpowder fragrances?

    I only sprayed it on my forearm in Nordstrom so maybe a full wearing would bring it out more. Did you find the gunpowder to be more apparent in the top notes or base? I had sampled a bunch of other...
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    Re: Gunpowder fragrances?

    I was a bit underwhelmed by the gunpowder note in Amazingreen. It's a nice green scent but it's very friendly and bright, and if the gunpowder is in there, it doesn't put much of a dent in the green...
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    Oh, you're right! Midsummer Night''s Dream in French is "Le Songe d'une nuit d'été." Now I like the name even better. And after reading reviews here and looking at the notes, I'm definitely going to...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Thanks! I had previously tried samples of Mousse Illuminee, Chypre Siam, Tabac Vert and Le Canotier. I believe I added my reviews of all those to this thread except Tabac Vert, which wasn’t...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Here are my notes on 40 Rogue from my full wearing today:

    Top: Fruity animalic, slightly camphorous/mentholated. Mostly sweet musk undercut with the coolness of the herbal notes and oakmoss. Took...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

    Testing out my sample of this today

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    Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    Have you tried Terre d'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver? It's definitely got that dry, scratchy (norlimbanol) woody effect. Not super woody per se, but the vetiver has a similar effect so that might fit...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Really look forward to hearing your thoughts on MI - I just got my bottle yesterday and was reminded of how amazing this fragrance is. Love the crisp, cool, dewy green mossiness. And the amazing...
  45. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    Although I've only smelled synthetic oud in fragrances, I've smelled real oud in incense before (Baiedo), so I've got a good benchmark too. If you compare the oud note in Versace Oud Noir or even TF...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather worth it in 2019?

    I smelled Tuscan Leather and Ombré Leather side by side recently at Nordstrom - if the price doesn’t matter to you, go for the TL, but honestly OL is nearly as good and far less expensive.
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    Got a sample of Rogue 40 along with my order of Mousse Illuminee. So far just smelling it on the dabber stick, but I like it - different from anything else I've smelled, and definitely seems...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

    I've been using this combo a lot lately. ENS is a bit too cloying floral to me (the lavender/aquatic notes); I like the way that a few sprays of the original EN "roughs it up" a bit and puts some of...
  49. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    I will certainly say as a connoisseur of Iso E Super, I have definitely noticed variations between versions - i.e. the stuff I can get from Etsy or eBay vs. Molecule 01, which actually has a...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 9th July, 2019

    SOTE - Mousse Illuminee, which just arrived in the mail today along with a sample of 40 Rogue, which I am looking forward to testing out (already smells great just from the dabber - really nice...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 9th July, 2019

    Wearing a combo of Encre Noire and Encre Noire Sport today.
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    Re: List of reference perfumes?

    Encre Noire is a great reference for Iso E Super. The first time I smelled straight Iso E, my immediate thought was - "Encre Noire!" but minus the vetiver. Of course Molecule 01 is also a good...
  53. Re: Kids and perfume (I may not get my rental deposit back)

    All fun and games until someone loses an eye!



    No comment... :p
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    I've never actually smelled it, but I love the name "Songe d'Un Bois d'Ete" = "dream of a summer woods." Everyone said getting a French degree was impractical, but it sure does help for translating...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I'll have to check that out next time I'm near a Lush store.

    And thanks for the info on the donation proceeds - all issues I have strong opinions about, but since I have no end of opportunities...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    I'll have to look into that, I do like the oud/cinnamon combo.
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    This one sounds very interesting - anyone tried it before, thoughts? Sounds somewhat similar to Odeur 71 from CdG.
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    I sprayed my sheets with Grey Flannel the other day - admittedly I went a bit overboard - and the smell slowly crept through the house before filling the entire thing. Ooops. I will admit, the...
  59. Re: Is terre de Hermès eau fraiche an unsung hero

    Agreed. I've sampled TdH Eau Tres Fraiche and it's fine but it just doesn't stand out enough, and I already have TdH and Eau Intense Vetiver. If I were going to buy another fresh orange Hermes, it...
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    Re: Strange Article - Thoughts?

    Wait, where are these narcotic fragrances???? I always thought the name of "Opium" was meant to simply be suggestive. I have always found it funny that the description of CdG's Glue from the...
  61. Thread: best mancera?

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    Re: best mancera?

    I recently got a sample of Black Intensitive Aoud, which I liked, but it was different from what I was expecting; while I definitely got some woody, musty oud, it also had a lot of soft rose/vanilla,...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 7th July, 2019

    Sote

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  63. Re: Vaseline & Moisturizer for Longer Lasting Frag

    I learned this the hard way after putting on a sweater I hadn't worn in about a month and being greeted with a blast of Tuscan Leather ;)
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    Re: - - - -

    Well now I feel like this thread is the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and the gang needs to spruce it up! Haha.

    I would say for me the main consideration in what scent to wear is the...
  65. Re: Vaseline & Moisturizer for Longer Lasting Frag

    I've tried this before and only noticed a negligible difference. I tend to "run hot" so sadly the heat pushes scents off me pretty quickly regardless of prophylactic measures. I would agree with...
  66. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    ENE might be my favorite of the three - it's definitely the most complex and versatile IMO.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 6th July, 2019

    SOTE: A sample of this I picked up today:

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  68. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Tried a bunch of new stuff today at Essenza in Seattle.

    Nasomatto Black Afgano and Duro were the standouts. Really liked the clean leather of Duro - like really nice brand new leather loafers.
    ...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    :lolk:

    Perhaps an overly-synthetic "new money" accord...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    I would love to see someone crunch the numbers and figure out which would drive up profit more: 1), allowing decants, which expose more people to your (very pricey) fragrances, but also perhaps...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I actually liked this one second-most behind Mousse Illuminee. Too bad if it's going to disappear.
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Congrats! One of my favorites.

    I also took advantage of the 20% off Rogue sale and picked up a bottle of Mousse Illuminée. I loved my sample of this, and it's powerful enough that even a 30 ml...
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    Thanks for the tip - gave me the excuse I've been looking for to finally pick up a bottle of Mousse Illuminée! I've been meaning to get a bottle of this ever since I ran out of my sample.
  74. Re: Purchase Question: Bleu de Chanel EDP or Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense

    I'd go with BdC between those two. Maybe consider Terre d'Hermes as an option? It's got citrus, but it's also got some earthy/woody heft that makes it a better option year round than Light Blue.
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    If you happen to be in the Portland, OR area, I heard recently that they have several Slumberhouse fragrances (and tester bottles more importantly) at Fumerie Parfumerie. I'm planning on taking a...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 5th July, 2019

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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    That looks like a great selection, might have to order this one!
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    So far I've really enjoyed Wonderwood, Wonderoud and Man 2. Wonderwood reminded me a lot of Encre Noire or Sycomore, both two of my favorites. Very, very curious about the Synthetics series also, but...
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    I got to sample a bunch of Comme des Garcons fragrances recently and I'm currently pretty enamored of that house. I really like green/woody stuff, and they seem to do that really well, along with...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Wearing Lalique Hommage a L'Homme as my SOTA. Haven't worn this in a while. I usually don't like tobacco fragrances but this really smells like a fresh pack of cigarettes laying on a bed of violets....
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Interesting - I love vetiver but have never thought of taking it in a fruity direction. Sounds like a nice combo!
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I'm particularly interested in this one. Just tried CdG Amazingreen yesterday which is supposed to also be a green/gunpowder fragrance, but I didn't get much gunpowder. Sixteen92's offerings seem...
  83. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Definitely, it would be nice to add another Creed to my collection alongside Royal Oud :thumbsup:
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 4th July, 2019

    Just got this in the mail yesterday. Nice take on earthy, dark green, woody vetiver. Reminds me of the vetiver in Encre Noire but without the harsh inky note. My second purchase in the Elie Saab...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    I saw it on "My Fragrance Samples:"

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=162653787917876&story_fbid=430340547815864
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    Re: TF Vert de Fleur = updated Grey Flannel??

    I agree on the superiority of the GF dry down. I'll have to go test it again on skin and do a side by side comparison.
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    :lolk:
  88. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I made my brother smell the sample too; he told me that when he was in third grade there was a scratch-and-sniff book about the middle ages in his classroom, and Le Labo Oud smelled exactly like the...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    I saw this on a Facebook decant group, so it would seem to go beyond just eBay.
  90. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I’ve yet to meet a vetiver I don’t like.
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    TF Vert de Fleur = updated Grey Flannel??

    Does anyone else get this? I sampled VdF today for the first time (just on tester strip) and the resemblance to Grey Flannel was uncanny, at least in the top notes. Seems like it has a very similar...
  92. Re: 'Merica! Your Most Patriotic Scent for Independence Day

    Not sure actually - I bought them in Washington and stashed them at my parents' house (I usually come up here for Fourth of July). Even here though you have to go to the Indian Reservation.

    In...
  93. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Visiting Seattle and went downtown to sample a bunch of stuff at Nordstrom today:

    Tried out pretty much the whole Le Labo line, and got a sample of the Oud. Very knowledgable/helpful SA there,...
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    Re: Female G. smell?

    Well said. There are venues for that (I.e. fetlife) but these topics are much more anomalous on BN.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019

    Gucci Guilty Absolute today

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  96. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Is the TdH clone "all natural" too? Hard for me to imagine what that would be like without the Iso E Super. You could use cedar essential oil, but I wonder how that would change the overall vibe.
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    Re: No more FragranceNet on Google Express?

    That would make sense. FN's prices are already so discounted, it seemed a little too good to be true.
  98. Re: 'Merica! Your Most Patriotic Scent for Independence Day

    I don't own a bottle, but Amazingreen from CdG seems like it might be appropriate with the gunpowder accord, which could also stand in for fireworks. Well, in any case, I plan on spending the day...
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    Re: Female G. smell?

    :lolk: That is quite the image!
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    Re: Female G. smell?

    +1. I feel like I'm the unwitting test subject of some Kinsey-style experiment.
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