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  1. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    I haven't run into very many discontinued fragrance. The one I have tried, D&G By Man is pretty damn good, I'd like to see that one again
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    Re: Switching to decants ?

    I will admit not having thought of the implications of exposure to oxygen with decants, assuming it's true perfume bottles don't have oxygen in them (bottled w/ a noble gas under pressure? ...
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    Re: Switching to decants ?

    I have a few full bottles from before I became an aficionado and discovered basenotes. Since basenotes, I've been on a decant-only regimen. It may be more $/ml, but not that much more, and it...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Maybe it would be a shorter list if you tell us which perfumes you didn't pick up in Paris :)

    So, if someone asks you which you like better, the Bleu EDT or EDP, which do you say? What if the...
  5. Re: Burberry London vs D&G The One vs Boss Bottled

    Are you in southern CA? Or out in the Mojave? I would say that unless you're in Death Valley, the rest of southern CA can be warm, but not warm the way most of the guys above are thinking -- like...
  6. Re: Frags you enjoy/respect, but would NOT want to wear in public?

    Obviously it's really subjective and different people pick up different notes, or maybe over- or under-emphasize some notes versus the majority. But I'm with the folks who would never wear Dior...
  7. Re: Fragrances that smell wonderful...but you don't want to smell like it. (Mens/Unisex only)

    For me, it's Dior Homme Intense. I find the drydown irresistable ... can't stop smelling it on myself over and over. But to me, it comes off as far too feminine (I realize many people disagree), no...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage vs Versace Eau Fraiche

    Back when I wore Nautica, it was a female-compliment-generating-machine. Even despite that, over the years I've come to dislike Nautica more and more, but no denying it is a crowd pleaser for a very...
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    Re: Xerjoff Nio vs. Le Labo Bergamote 22

    I'd go with Nio
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    Re: Top designer linear and safe fragrances

    Agree. E.g., DHI strikes me as miles away from linear. I think linear is harder though ... I was assuming the OP was emphasizing "safe". Although I don't think DHI and some of the others mentioned...
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    Re: 5 fragrances, pick which one

    212 Men has become my biggest female compliment getter, can be worn in a huge number of occasions, and just smells great. It's perhaps not complex enough or unique enough for a BN crowd, and if...
  12. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    I'm on some coffee forums, and there's little talk about some kinds of coffee that the general populace drinks, and so similarly, a regular person wandering in wouldn't find much discussion of the...
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    Re: Hot summer boat party fragrance...

    You mis-spelled Guerlain Homme, but other than that, spot on :) :)

    Bleu de Chanel of the ones OP already has
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    Re: Kobe - Is Xerjoff Fooling Us?

    I'm always up for a little schadenfreude when someone blind buys something and then hates it, but no joy here, as the first line of his post was "Today I decided to use the last bit of my sample of...
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    Re: A Great Day with H.M. by Hanae Mori (EDT)

    HiM is awesome. I bought it after people compared it to GPH II. I havne't done side-by-side yet, but just off a sniff, HiM does remind me of GPH II. Awesome!
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    I have to admit, if I got negative comments from my buddies about smelling too perfumey, it would make me re-think my entire perfume strategy. I'd both look at how much I'm spraying, and whether...
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    Re: Chanel No. 5 + Shalimar = Men's What??

    To me, the other thing that stands out about Chanel #5 and Shalimar is that I've heard of them both. In fact, they are the only two female perfumes I've heard of and whose name I retain. In that...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Update! I picked her up Demeter Vanilla Ice Cream and Vanilla Cake Batter... just two to see her reaction, she kinda liked ice cream but liked Cake Batter enough to keep it. Yes, a minor win! So,...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I've been getting nice compliments for La Nuit de l'Homme also

    But, since I first posted on this thread when I first joined, I think Carolina Herrera 212 Men has emerged as my overall top female...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Thank you lpp!
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Ugh! I move to close the thread and ban everyone :) :)
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Yes, separate thread, I think. I mean, I go back to thinking there was no reason to change the original thread. In fact, creating such a separate thread could probably reinvigorate discussion ......
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Per idol's statement of tolerance for further respectful discussion, and I"m thankful that BN admins have the confidence to allow discussion on a moderation decision, and with the caveat that of...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    True, and I personally don't mind ... but out of respect for the original poster (whose original intention was clearly female compliments) and the many folks who clearly replied in the spirit of the...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Hmmm. The whole purpose of the thread was female compliments, and that distinction matters to many people. Why not start up a different thread instead of changing one whose wording was probably...
  26. Re: What's the most annoying, screechy, metallic(?), synthetic smelling frag you know of?

    Voyage's opening is incredibly synthetic to my nose. It does settle down, it doesn't completely lose the synthetic aspect but it's not so in-your-face after an hour or two.
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    Re: Perfume You Wear To Night Clubs

    At bars -- I tend to go to more upscale ones, but I love me a dive bar or something in-between also -- I tend to wear something like La Nuit de l'Homme, The One for Men, LIDG, 212 Men, things along...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    Mocha, yes, it's definitely their right, and their business model, and I don't think anyone is saying otherwise. But keep in mind, Bond #9 didn't just not offer samples, as what apparently happened...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    You market it the right way, pretty soon you'll own a mansion and a yacht :)
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    LOL I said so also, "females are my target audience", although I will graciously accept compliments from whoever is offering
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    Re: Fragrence Advice

    For me, your list contains two must haves, D&G The One for Men and YSL La Nuit de l'Homme. I don't like anything else on your list, at least of the ones I've tried
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    Well, anyone who is familiar with Hoppes #9 probably at least cracked a smile :)

    I really don't know how much I'd stand up for the notion that different scents might -- in general (obviously,...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    I certainly welcome compliments from anyone... but in general, my target audience (beyond myself) is female. My buddies and I sometimes joke that we'd love a cologne that smells like Hoppes #9, but...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    I think not pro-actively squashing the sample and decant shops makes all the difference. For me personally, I don't care whether a particular company offers officially branded samples, or whether...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    Yes, it could be a simple business decision, although going after sample shops who take on the cost of decanting and distribution themselves smells like there's more to the story. It certainly...
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    I, too, totally understand your attitude and frustration. I'd noticed the same thing when I tried to sample Bond #9. It's easier for me to get to Saks than it is for you, but really, why in the...
  37. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Bigs, I'll give you my interpretation, some of which was posted in my "The Rehabilitation of Bleu de Chanel" thread a few months back. Back when I first started reading BN as a lurker, I read a lot...
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    Re: Niche date scent

    Thanks guys! I'm taking notes and started looking to see which of these suggestions I can sample, locally or online. Did you guys realize some of these are expensive? :coolold: Keep the...
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    Re: Niche date scent

    L'Humaniste is one of the few niches that I do have. Agree, it is awesome ... a tad fleeting, but a fantastic smelling alternative in that "fresh crowd pleaser" class with 212 Men, etc.
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    Re: Niche date scent

    Sdot: thanks for your reply! I should say upfront: I personally don't like Creed Aventus. And you're not "That guy" for suggesting it, it definitely meets all the qualifications I put out, plus is...
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    Niche date scent

    After a couple of years of perfume collecting, with mostly designer scents (although I do have a niche here and there), I'd like to explore niche scents more. Thought I'd start with one of my...
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    Re: Scent for a date. PE vs Bleu

    That's true ... just going around saying Bleu is "safe" is really damning with faint praise. Yes, it's safe, in the sense that very few will dislike it. But the other part of a date scent is that...
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    Re: The very best clones

    Agree ... "has some similar accords" != clone
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    Re: D&G the one alternatives?

    I, too, agree there's no really close alternative I've found. I agree with the suggestions above, Carry an atomizer and/or spray on clothes to increase longevity. Beyond that, the only alternative...
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    Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    Hmmm, I thought we were of the opinion that Amazon is not a safe place to buy perfume from. Did I get the wrong impression?

    I've added Encre Noir to my sample list! I will say, reading the...
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    Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    I can't tell if the smiley means you're joking! 212 VIP Men is the nighttime, pimp-daddy flanker. You could wear it during the daytime, but it might not send the message you're hoping :) You're...
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    Re: Daytime date choice?

    Of the replies above, for me it's Bleu de Chanel

    But, to throw another in the mix, CH 212 Men is a sleeper on Basenotes, but it is an awesome fresh scent, IMO as "safe" as Bleu (in that most...
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    Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    Carolina Herrera 212 Men is a complete sleeper on BN, but is an awesome fresh daytime cologne, and such a big female compliment-getter (complete with a couple neck-nuzzling moments in the past few...
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    Re: Is there a better Mont Blanc Individual?

    I can't figure out if this is the best recommendation I've ever seen for a fragrance, or the worst :) :) :)
  50. Re: Givenchy Play Intense : share your love people!

    Sampled it, really liked it, so picked some up. Haven't worn it out yet, but definitely nice!
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    Re: Scent for a date. PE vs Bleu

    I don't agree that Platinum Egoiste is even remotely safe. Bleu is -- it will delight most, offend almost none, and is easy to spray appropriately for a date. It's the easy choice for this scenario...
  52. Poll: Re: Do you make distinctions between frags you wear during the day and night?

    I don't make such distinctions formally .... i just wear what I think is appropriate, whenever. That said, some fragrances just end up falling into day or night use. I tend to only wear Le Male if...
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    lol ... that was a pretty good troll though :)
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    Re: DHI Actually Smells Surprisingly Masculine

    Okay, break out your torches and pitchforks ...

    To me, DHI's opening is not just feminine, but downright old lady feminine. The drydown is so delicious I can't stop smelling my arm, but for me,...
  55. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    Nearly every fragrance I own. I joined BN shortly after I became interested in fragrance. So of dozens of fragrances I own, there about 3 I bought before BN, and a handful I discovered from...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    But don't you think clean scents like Millesime Imperial, Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water, l'Humaniste and many others are well-described as clean scents, and thought of very highly?
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    sdot: I think this may be one of the critical topics where Bleu fans and those who don't like Bleu differ. I do believe Bleu is "safe", but only in the sense that nearly everyone will like it --...
  58. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Drakkar Noir -- because that's what guys were wearing back when Cheap Trick was popular! LOL Have a great time, that band brings back memories
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    Some people genuinely don't like it, or feel it's a disappointing sell-out "safe" fragrance from a storied house. There's more to the eye though ... just a couple of years ago, there seemed to be...
  60. Re: Bvlgari "Aqva" vs "Aqva Tuniq" vs "Aqva Marine" vs "Aqva Marine Tuniq"

    Ha, I use that "maybe it's your upper lip" crack every time someone asks what smells. No one else seems to enjoy it, but that remark keeps getting funnier every time I say it, and it is, after all,...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme - wow!

    I absolutely love it, and I'm blown away by the fact that it appears not to be the obviously-universally-awesome-crowdpleaser that I thought it must be! This thread may have saved me, I'll bias...
  62. Re: Bvlgari "Aqva" vs "Aqva Tuniq" vs "Aqva Marine" vs "Aqva Marine Tuniq"

    Aqva is my fave aquatic, balanced and refined, very easy to like

    I've also tried Aqva Marine, and like Allen-on-holiday, I get a rotting fish/seaweed accord. Not everyone smells it, but enough of...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Yes, absolutely I'm saving everything! In fact, whether she likes it or not, just the mere face that's she's smelling better compositions now could speed up her appreciation of them. But I'm saving...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Thanks! I think I'm enjoying this whole process more than she is. Maybe someday she'll look back and laugh about how crazy dad went on a vanilla perfume mission for her LOL

    I'm ordering more...
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    Re: Thoughts on the Guerlain Homme line

    I've come around to putting the entire line on my sample list, based on this thread.
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    Re: Do girls like Armani Code? Or YSL l'homme?

    Excuse my cynicism, it's hard to believe you've never been inside a department store and not have seen the perfume counters. But if you're genuine, then yes, you can probably try everything named on...
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    Re: Do girls like Armani Code? Or YSL l'homme?

    You're a picky person, but that is the forum name you came up with?!?! LOL Are you able to sample any of these? I think the internet is best used to create a short list of top contenders that...
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    Re: Do girls like Armani Code? Or YSL l'homme?

    I think people have mentioned both Code and l'Homme here as female-compliment-getters, which is no guarantee of anything. I like Armani Code, but just discovered it and have no feedback. I wore...
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    Re: Thoughts on the Guerlain Homme line

    Weylin,

    INterestingly, the only scent I like out of your summer rotation is Guerlain Homme! But based on this first wearing, it might end up in my rotation also



    Have you tried the Set Sail...
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    Thoughts on the Guerlain Homme line

    Hello,

    I just tried Guerlain Homme, and like it a lot. I'm interested in your thoughts on the line. I realize many of you feel it's sort of the "Bleu" of the Guerlain line -- a crowd-pleasing...
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    Re: Recommend me a good cologne for college?

    Okay, I would have suggested Bleu de Chanel and D&G The One for Men and L'Humaniste for sure

    I also would have suggested Carolina Herrera 212 Men, which for some reason is a sleeper on BN, but...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    I'm certain you're right that in the wider world, the marketing campaign had to loom large in Bleu's success. I'm not sure if that explains things here on an aficionado forum, where, if anything,...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Hi all, thanks for all the help. I am always a little annoyed when someone asks for help, the group puts in a lot of effort, and the person never tells what happened, so I'm back to give you an...
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    Re: What best compliments your fragrance

    I'm with the herd, unscented or very lightly scented soap & deodorant. I use natural soaps and deodorants in any case, and the scent components are very very fleeting, not having any synthetics at...
  75. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    Heh, I was going to say the same thing, except phrase it more snarkily, like, "you pack of eggheads is not to be trusted, given your horrific history with Bleu de Chanel". (obviously just teasing......
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Everyone's right in this conversation. It's Chanel's right to build the kinds of fragrances they want to, follow their own business model, etc. And it's pretty well expected that fragrance...
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    Re: Understanding Gucci's Envy for Men and GPH1

    I have trouble breaking things down into individual notes also, at least beyond just the few most obvious ones. I keep working at it, but it doesn't really bother me, I can enjoy the gestalt. I'm...
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    Re: Bentley for Men Absolute - new fragrance

    I've been agreeing with you a lot lately. I haven't tried Bentley for Men, but I have tried Intense, and definitely definitely not for me. I may try this one also, but small sample for sure
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel or Ysl L'homme

    I agree, for me it's nice-but-uninspired (L'Homme) vs top contender for nearly all situations (Bleu)
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    Re: First date: Which fragrance to go for?

    La Nuit by far, for me. Not only do I like it better personally, but it is a serious compliment getter from women. D&G The One is on the same level, but not TdH or VpH... not that they're bad, but...
  81. Re: Best individual compliment you ever got on a cologne?

    Come to think of it, that post almost certainly breaks Basenote rules. OP, please edit your initial post to indicate that it was Aventus that had that reaction :) :) j/k

    I'd have to think about...
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    Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    Hmmm, I have a feeling there's 0% chance we're underspraying :) Sometimes it's interesting to find "cologne" threads on non-perfume-based forums, it's puts some perspective into enthusiast vs...
  83. Thread: Gym scent

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    Re: Gym scent

    J, if you think about it, you probably never get a negative at all -- I mean, how many times do you smell someone wearing way too much perfume, and say something to them? Probably never. So you...
  84. Thread: Gym scent

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    Re: Gym scent

    At the gym? Do everyone a favor and don't wear any!
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    Re: Don't you hate it when you miss?

    Hmmm, I used to do the "spray hands, apply to neck" technique before I started reading BN. Now I'm in the spray-directly-on-me camp, although I do miss occasionally. I even sometimes check for the...
  86. Thread: DHC vs DHS?

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    Poll: Re: DHC vs DHS?

    Interesting! That's caught my interest, DHC is now on my sample list. I love DHS 2008 and DHS 2012, but I find myself wearing DHS 2008 much more, I think it's simply the best sport-style scent...
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    Re: Endless search for a signature scent

    Well, if nothing else, now L'Humaniste is on my sample list.
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    Re: Sexy Sensual Night scent ??

    Of your list, I've fallen in love with Gucci Pour Homme I (2003). I haven't worn it out often enough to tell you that women love it as much as I do, having just (re-)discovered it recently, but it...
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    Re: Endless search for a signature scent

    You might try:
    Gucci Pour Homme II : I think you'll like the opening of this as much as you like the opening of The One and Bleu, and the drydown blows away the Chanels. If there's any issues with...
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    Re: Ermenegildo Zegna Essenza di Zegna

    Oh, so it was discontinued! I just bought a sample at decantshop, but maybe I should try to find a decant. Really nice stuff, too bad it's gone!
  91. Re: So few of the truly great designers mens are for hot weather. Discuss...

    Agree. To me, this is more this is more a reflection of enthusiasts overthinking, overanalyzing, and getting stuck in a rut of narrow-mindedness. Honestly, if I hadn't just read above that, for...
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    Ermenegildo Zegna Essenza di Zegna

    I just got a sample of this, and it's really nice. Pretty much a clean, straightforward scent. At least for me, no accords that might be headache-inducing to some (ala the soapiness in Mugler...
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    Poll: Re: YSL L'Homme VS Allure Homme Sport

    I picked AHS. I like it, I don't love it, but it's nice. I don't love l'Homme, its smell is what pops into my mind when I think generically of cologne (ironically, that's the same kind of statement...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Armani Code Sport Athlete?

    It's high up on my sample list, based on lots of very positive comments here. I like Armani Code Sport, and consensus seems to be the Athlete flanker-to-the-flanker is even better. Just imagine how...
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    Re: About Dior Homme Sport reformulations

    Both are in my top 15 faves. I agree with the folks who say they are different scents entirely -- at least, that's how I perceive them and think of them. 2008 is my fave sport-style scent. The...
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    Re: Spraying on clothes?

    More than half the time I wear perfume, I spray only on clothes, just to minimize how much chemicals I'm putting on my skin and how often (just personal choice). When I do spray on my skin,...
  97. Re: If you could choose only 2 fragrances for each season

    I'm pretty much the same way, I don't respect seasonality, just the particular overall event, and even then, most perfumes are far more versatile than we here give them credit for. Normal people...
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    Re: What would be your pick for a day trip

    Of your list, Bleu would be my choice and it's not even close ... smells awesome, fresh and clean but also a just a little bit sexy (without trying too hard), and I think that's what you want to...
  99. Re: If I own BDC and Dior Homme Sport 2012, is it worth buying Allure Edition Blanche?

    I, too, say they're all way different. Sometimes I find it useful to think in terms of "what types of events would I wear these perfumes to?". If you were talking about DHS 2008, I might say that,...
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    Poll: Re: D&G The One VS Armani Code

    Well, sometimes these polls surprise me. I think The One is one of the best-smelling lightly-romantic scents ever, judged purely on smell rather than performance; I thought it would crush most other...
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