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  1. Re: MBA first, work second, life third, fragrance buying last

    A bit of an update:

    I'm in week one of my MBA, and I haven't bought another bottle, nor do I have plans to. My new scent fix is currently coming from inexpensive bath soaps that I buy at TJ Maxx,...
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    Re: Emporio Armani Stronger With You

    It's now at Macy's in the US - at least our local store. Which is odd because here, the other Emporio scents are exclusive to Kohl's. L'Oreal does the same thing with YSL - the L'Homme line goes to...
  3. Re: Silentrich Tribute - Saturday 29th (7/29/2017)

    I will wear Silver Mountain Water on tribute day.
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    Re: What was your worst blind buy?

    Fougeres Marine by Montale. And a full 100 mL bottle of it.

    The only fragrance in history that gave me heartburn - not to mention that Tommy does the concept better at a fraction of the price.
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    Re: Suggestions for aromatic aquatic

    With a warning if you want to sample first: While I can't speak for Greece, AdG Essenza is getting harder and harder to find around here in the US. At least three of the five retailers that sell...
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    Re: Fragrances that burn your nose

    No nose burns yet, but I did experience coughing from ELDO Rien to the point where I had to scrub it off.

    A shame, because it's a great scent.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell unique

    Here's a big one that no one has mentioned: Joop! Homme.

    I can detect it as such on just about anyone.
  8. Re: Confusion over Hermes Terre d'hermes edt - same as H flacon for 2017?

    While Terre d'Hermes has come in collector bottles, the juice is the same as the matching regular bottle (example: a collector bottle containing EdT is the same as the normal bottle EdT).

    This is...
  9. Re: A fragrance that smells like Dove Men Clean Comfort

    Personally, I can smell similarities to Le Male with this one, though the Dove gel isn't as potent or sharp.
  10. Creed's Royal Mayfair - My new favorite Creed

    Bought my 4 oz from FragranceNet for under $170 shipped after one of their 35% off coupon codes.

    And I have to say that this is now my favorite Creed.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Re: If you could have just 1 fragrance...

    Add me to the Royal Mayfair camp.
  12. Re: Let's talk: The most fraudulent fragrance houses with extreme marketing

    Yes.

    Xyrena did a scent called "SCAM" that made fun of perfume marketing campaigns with "the world's first unscented perfume". It was basically a carrier oil diluted in perfumer's alcohol in a...
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    Re: Thoughts on Creed's Royal Mayfair ?

    This was my final fragrance purchase prior to the beginning of my MBA. And I'm glad I got it.

    It's one of the most unique fragrances in my collection. The "VapoRub" top notes didn't scare me for a...
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    Re: Your top 3 most worn this year?

    Leather Oud, Aventus, and Straight to Heaven in that order.

    I will add that I don't wear Leather Oud in warm to hot temperatures (cold weather brings out the best in it), but the others can be...
  15. Re: How would you rate your area for selection and variety?

    Among mainstream retailers, Fort Wayne is rather limited. Much like the OP, we're in the second largest city in Indiana, yet our selection right now is worse than the fourth-biggest. But changes are...
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    Re: Favorite Hot Weather Fragrances

    From my collection:

    -Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche (takes an already great hot-weather scent and optimizes it further)
    -Creed Millesime Imperial (probably the best aquatic out there for hot...
  17. Re: MBA first, work second, life third, fragrance buying last

    While I'm reserving judgement until I actually take the classes a little over two weeks from now, I decided to keep the MBA familiar by going to Indiana Tech, the same school that I got my bachelor's...
  18. Re: MBA first, work second, life third, fragrance buying last

    I don't drink coffee anyway.

    While your idea is good, I don't usually buy samples - I just wait until I go to a place that has a store selling the fragrance in question. For me, it's the...
  19. MBA first, work second, life third, fragrance buying last

    In just a few weeks, I will be starting an MBA program - mostly online, but with some classroom classes as well. It will take between 18 and 24 months to complete depending on class load.

    Like...
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    Re: High school fragrance overdosers

    A teacher I knew once told me that back in the 1980s at his high school, students used Kouros to cover up Phys Ed body odor. They chose Kouros because it was the strongest men's fragrance available...
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    High school fragrance overdosers

    I was talking with one of my fellow coworkers today. He recently graduated from high school and is moving onto an online graphic design degree from a nationally known university.

    Being on the...
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    Re: A family reunion Royal Mayfair story

    Bought my bottle for a hair under $170 at FragranceNet after one of their famous coupon codes.
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    Re: A family reunion Royal Mayfair story

    Got my bottle two days ago and gave it the first full proper wearing yesterday.

    Phenomenal stuff. The eucalyptus and cedar really shine on my skin after the floral heart (rose and tuberose) -...
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    Re: A family reunion Royal Mayfair story

    It didn't smell different after the jump from "unknown fragrance" to Royal Mayfair, but it did smell different from back when I first sampled it several years ago. Less floral, more eucalyptus and...
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    Re: A family reunion Royal Mayfair story

    I could have waited for Von Maur's impending Creed launch, but getting a 4 oz Royal Mayfair and paying off $175 more of my forthcoming MBA for $200 less than full retail was a better option with...
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    Re: Prada lhomme Milano

    It's pretty similar to most of the other Prada men's scents (save for Sauvage clone Luna Rossa Carbon).

    In other words, it's a light, clean, soapy fragrance. Yes, it would be ideal for summer.
  27. Re: Let's talk: The most fraudulent fragrance houses with extreme marketing

    They started out as a soapmaker in 1795. While Rancé has long made scented soaps, they only started producing EdP/EdT around 2003.
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    A family reunion Royal Mayfair story

    The reasons why I haven't been active on Basenotes as of late: preparing for my MBA and a family reunion in Texas. But it's the latter that I want to talk about.

    I was having dinner with family at...
  29. Re: Which fragrance houses have been in business for 100 years plus?

    Guerlain, Creed (though the date when they started producing fragrances is debatable), Houbigant, and Penhaligon's all come to mind. Chanel misses the introduction of No. 5 by just two years.
    ...
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    Re: Which year did Creed change the sprayer?

    I'd say late 2014 was about right. I bought a bottle of Aventus in August 2014 from Nordstrom and it had the old crimped sprayer.

    The next three Creeds that I bought in the late 2016-mid 2017...
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    Re: New: Aura by Thierry Mugler

    Remember, the Macy's exclusive is only for the US market, not global. I'm sure you'll be able to sniff it in France or another EU country in July. Who knows, you might see it in Germany at launch.
    ...
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    Re: New: Aura by Thierry Mugler

    From our local Clarins Fragrance Group rep, Aura will launch in the US in early July. The US launch will initially be exclusive to Macy's, much like how Angel Muse launched first at Macy's. After the...
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    Re: NEW: Coach for Men

    From the notes, I predict an Aventus-esque beginning with a Sauvage-style drydown. Nothing groundbreaking, but a good choice to appeal to the masses.

    On an aside, Coach tried opening up a bunch of...
  34. Thread: Tapout

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    Re: Tapout

    The Mad Man in me sees it this way: If their rival American Fighter has a fragrance, why not?
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    Re: In defense of mass-market perfumes

    So am I. I'm not saying that mass-market perfumery is bad. Even with EU and IFRA restrictions, perfumers are becoming more creative, taking advantage of new and different materials, and delivering...
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    In defense of mass-market perfumes

    Let's face it: I love my niche scents. But after working at a well-known discount retailer for a year selling electronics, I realized that mass-market electronics are a lot like mass-market perfume....
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    Re: Looking back on a Mad Man scent hound

    Toward the end, it was getting to the point where my boss couldn't handle it anymore. Your feeling must be right because he decided to close rather than go beyond what he could handle.

    I did make...
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    Looking back on a Mad Man scent hound

    Yesterday, I got the news that the ad agency where I worked since the fall of 2015 was closing. This wasn't unexpected to me, as we had brushes with death on several occasions and I had been...
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    Re: JPG Popeye and Superman The Same?

    Back when Shiseido was the licensee for Gaultier, the summer Le Male editions were tweaked every year.

    Puig took over the license early last year, which might explain why the last two Le Male...
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    Re: Worst sampling experience ever.

    I used to love A*Men, but now despise it. The tar note and the potency ruin it for me. Some of the flankers are fine though.

    My worst sampling experience ever was Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men....
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    I had to take Biaxin often when I was little because I kept getting childhood infections that somehow only Biaxin could solve. That stuff had a nasty metallic taste that was hard to get rid of and...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Neither, actually. I wore some fragrance in high school - yes, Acqua di Gio was my scent of choice then. I joined Basenotes the year before the surgery immediately after graduation from high school,...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    I had a major back surgery twelve years ago. Before surgery, I wore only one thing fragranced: Dial antibacterial bath soap. I like the smell of Dial a lot anyway, so it wasn't an issue. But my...
  44. Re: Just don't get no respect!! What fragrances don't get the respect they deserve?

    By Kilian - Flower of Immortality

    It's a fragrance that you think would be impossible: peach, florals, woods, and vanilla - in a summer-appropriate perfume. Make that a perfume best worn in...
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    Hanae Mori pulling out of US stores

    After 20 years, Hanae Mori is pulling out of US stores so the distributor (ICP) can focus on and grow Creed. In fact, some top Hanae Mori stores by sales will be transitioning their ICP brand of...
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    Re: Laura Biagiotti Dead!

    I know someone who has long loved Venezia and was so glad when it went back into production.

    RIP Laura. Your contributions to the fragrance world will be missed.
  47. Re: What's with the female fascination of Abercrombie Fierce?

    It's been three years since our A&F closed, but if you walk by the space (which will be gutted soon), you can still smell a hint of Fierce.

    But back when A&F was still open, you could smell Fierce...
  48. Re: What size bottle do you buy of your favorites?

    Depends on the fragrance and the sizes offered.

    By Kilian only comes in 50 ml or 30 ml travel across the board, so I go with 50 ml.

    For Creed, 120 ml (or 100 ml as they change their sizing). I...
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    Re: A tough decision regarding my collection

    I'm not even at the limit then - Musc Ravageur and Leather Oud are the only two animalics that I have.

    I don't think it's two too many after all.
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    Re: A tough decision regarding my collection

    I didn't expect this kind of response, and I'm flabbergasted. But I apologize for not being as clear as I could have been.

    The thing is that once July comes around until early 2019, I'll only...
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    Re: A tough decision regarding my collection

    It's not so much the risk of heaviness as it is the animalic side of some of these perfumes that have the possibility to offend. Fahrenheit, Aventus, and Straight to Heaven can all be worn in low...
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    A tough decision regarding my collection

    Today, I made one of the toughest decisions in years regarding my fragrance collection.

    As I have grown my roles at my advertising job that will include face-to-face meetings soon and prepare to...
  53. Re: So-called 'classic' fragrances that are still in circulation that should not be.

    To me, Fahrenheit has strong similarities to the smell of a high-quality leather jacket - something that will never be dated.

    You be the judge.
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    Re: Hilarious Creed Marketing

    Did time travel exist in 1912 with us not even knowing it? It would be the only way possible to acquire calone. :laugh:

    All jokes aside, I will say that this is from a German site, and Creed's...
  55. Re: Straight to Heaven extreme as a summer fragrance?

    I wear the original in the summer all the time, and would have no issues with wearing the Extreme, either.

    In fact, I think that either Straight to Heaven would fall under the very rare category...
  56. Re: Kilian - Cruelty Free (including no distribution in China)

    Funny you mention Estée Lauder - they're Kilian's parent company. While I think the two companies' shared stance on animal testing played a minor role in negotiations, I think the bigger role is that...
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    Re: 1 House, 3 Colognes, for Life?

    Kilian:
    -Straight to Heaven
    -Bamboo Harmony
    -Intoxicated
  58. Re: Need Help ! Received $150 to Luckyscent as a gift..What modern scent would you buy for this Sum

    Two years ago, I received the exact same thing from my uncle.

    With my gift, I bought the Sophie Matisse Art Edition of By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony, which quickly became a summer staple for me....
  59. Re: Back to black vs straight to heaven extreme vs noir de noir

    I don't know Noir de Noir, though after Von Maur gets the Private Blends locally, it will immediately go on my to-test list.

    I do know the other two, and either one of the Kilians is a smart...
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    Re: Is there such a fragrance as...

    What, zero mentions of By Kilian Straight to Heaven?

    The patchouli in this one is incredibly well-done - it blends into the vanilla and woods instead of overpowering them.
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    Re: A story about Tom Ford distribution

    An update from the Von Maur side of the fence: Yes, Tom Ford is coming very soon, but no date yet. However, the fragrance SA told me today during lunch that Von Maur will differentiate their offering...
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    Re: Why do women love Dior Sauvage so much ?

    Blame it on the high ISO E Super content in Sauvage.

    Other fragrances that have high percentages of ISO E Super are also loved by women around here - especially Mont Blanc Legend and other Fierce...
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    Re: Bath and Body Works Men's Line Warning

    I normally don't go into Bath & Body Works, but I did make an unplanned stop today to one to sniff these.

    I liked Suede the most, but all of them were quality fragrances - especially given the...
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    Re: A story about Tom Ford distribution

    Of course, I had to ask the SA at Von Maur about Tom Ford launching at the Macy's just a few exits up I-69 in June. Usually, Von Maur is the first to launch upscale brands (case in point: they got...
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    Re: Heat Exposure and Ordering During Summer

    I don't worry about buying fragrances online in the summer because transit times aren't long if you're buying from a reputable American-based source.

    It takes four business days for the average...
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    Re: A story about Tom Ford distribution

    Another day, another visit to Macy's.

    Apparently, Tom Ford will be launching in June at our local location and will have a large marketing push to launch the brand locally. How big? Think the...
  67. Re: Name a perfume you hated at first, but now you love it.

    Ditto. So many people in my middle school wore Fahrenheit that I couldn't stand it. One either wore that, wore Cool Water, or swiped their father's Polo. That's it. I had a pair of JNCO Crime Scenes,...
  68. Re: Banana Republic Icon Collection just released

    Would be interested, especially in the oud, but the closest Banana Republic to me closed a year ago. If I run into one (which keeps getting tougher), I'll take a sniff to see if the oud is a poor...
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    Re: Lagerfield Classic?

    One of my favorite high school classmates uses this and Fahrenheit as his signatures.

    The current formulation, made by Interparfums in 50 and 100 ml bottles, is supposed to be far closer to the...
  70. Re: What is the Next Fragrance You Want to Purchase?

    My next purchase may come as soon as this weekend, as I will be going to a beauty and fragrance event then, but it will depend entirely on new releases in this department store's selection.
  71. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    On a per-ounce basis counting refills and refill pricing of refillable fragrances and discounting of many brands, Musc Ravageur. $113 an ounce for my bottle size at current pricing, beating the...
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    Re: New from Chanel: Gabrielle (2017)

    I will be at an event this weekend where a Chanel rep will be there. I don't follow feminines too much, but I'll try to remember to ask.

    All I know right now from our local Chanel counter lady is...
  73. Re: Do people ever find you *weird* about your love of perfumes.

    I often talk about my fragrance collection with a lot of people, and 90% of people I run into don't find it a weird hobby. To be honest, most of the people that do find it weird are strict Axe users...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute- smells wonderful!

    I've seen it in my neck of the woods at Macy's, Ulta, Von Maur, and Sephora - basically wherever the original is sold.

    As I've said, it's selling well locally too, but to an older customer than...
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    Re: Fragrance choices for new-client meetings

    The classes are 1 at a time, 3 credit hour, 1 night a week/online, 6-week courses (though I may do two at a time during the winter depending on the course load). I'll be going to Indiana Tech, the...
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    Re: Fragrance choices for new-client meetings

    I work for a small agency and plan on getting my MBA starting this summer. As a result, I have to have budget priorities, and fragrances will be my designated year-round luxury during the MBA process...
  77. Re: Psychological disorders and fragrance: byproduct or true passion?

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder over a decade ago.

    Before I was diagnosed and got proper treatment, I went through phases where I would obsess over a certain scent. Early on in my Basenotes...
  78. Re: Are there any EDTs, colognes, aftershaves etc that smell like Nesti Dante Cypress soap

    I've used it too and can't think of any either. It does, however, remind me of the original Vitabath Spring Green bath gel.

    OTOH, has anyone else tried their Philosophia rosewood and pearl soap? I...
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    Fragrance choices for new-client meetings

    As you may know, I work as a Mad Man for one of my jobs. Recently, I got a promotion and have started soliciting clients. And with that new business comes choosing the right tools for the job.
    ...
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    Re: A story about Tom Ford distribution

    I was back at the local Macy's today and talked to an SA.

    They got the Tom Ford shipments in and were just waiting to rearrange the department to handle them. For masculines, the scents to be...
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    Re: Basenote Members who've come and and gone -

    It was "Terre d'Hermes: Death of a Great Fragrance House". Ironically, we now universally consider Terre d'Hermes to be a classic here. I think the reason why he was shocked was because he was used...
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    Re: May the 4th be with you

    Not long after Disney bought Lucasfilm, the mouse made it the official Star Wars day - including at their theme park division.
  83. Re: Sean John Unforgivable = CREED Imperial (Worth A buy ?)

    It's not a waste of seven greenbacks given that it's one of the best MI clones and once sold for $60 a bottle in its heyday.
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    Re: I ordered a Dua....My gosh what have I done

    The reason why I didn't explain it in the initial post is because I've explained US trademark law on here before. Names are trademarked based on the category they are in according to the US Patent &...
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    Re: I ordered a Dua....My gosh what have I done

    I'm an expert at that too.

    Under US trademark law, words and phrases can be trademarked as long as they are in a certain trademark category. One time, I was asked to check and see if a wine name...
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    Re: I ordered a Dua....My gosh what have I done

    I saw where they have Nirvana, a clone of my all-time favorite Straight to Heaven.

    This is not to be confused with the Sephora-exclusive Elizabeth & James Nirvana line of perfumes, one of which...
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    Re: Too good to be true?

    Just the fact that they're shipped from Ukraine is a red flag to me.

    As we all know, the Ukraine is literally next door to Russia, where many fakes are produced by the Russian mob. It also...
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    Re: Fragrance for a male exotic Dancer

    I'm not in the adult entertainment industry, nor do I plan to be. But I'd definitely say something that is easy to overdose on, easy to find at a reasonable price, loved by the opposite sex, and is...
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    Re: Too good to be true?

    Your idea reminds me of a local Chanel SA. She bought a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle from a mall kiosk selling perfumes knowing that it was fake - and even sent it to Chanel's US factory in New Jersey...
  90. Re: Is there anywhere in the US where you can tour fragrance houses?

    I was just about to mention Annie Oakley - and I don't live far from Ligonier, either. Think minutes away, not hours.

    However, I haven't been able to to take the tour yet. The past four years have...
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    Re: A story about Tom Ford distribution

    I work in advertising for a living. It's my duty to analyze ads regardless of where they come from... sometimes, I see ads for companies that compete with our clients.


    Sent from my iPhone using...
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    Re: A story about Tom Ford distribution

    Many more Macy's stores - not just the one here - are starting to carry Tom Ford. In fact, I saw a web ad for Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua saying that it was available at Macy's. As a Mad Man that knows...
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    A story about Tom Ford distribution

    For years, Fort Wayne was one of the few cities in America where you could buy Tom Ford eyewear, but not Tom Ford fragrances. Even weirder yet, Fort Wayne is Indiana's second-largest city yet smaller...
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    Re: I have no Aquatics in my collection

    Another vote for Bvlgari Aqva, my SOTD, along with Millesime Imperial.

    And I agree that there are some occasions where your fragrance needs to blend in with the crowd. I work at an ad agency...
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    Re: Your most worn scents ....

    For me, it's M7 Fresh and two Bond No. 9 scents that I got samples of (back when they still did them) - Brooklyn and SOPFH.
  96. Re: Pre-Basenotes Fragrance You're Still Proud Of

    While I don't own a bottle anymore, I still admire Acqua di Gio for both smell and innovation.
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit - your experiences?

    I have the 2016 formulation.

    I didn't wear fragrance back then, but the current formula smells just like the Fahrenheit that my classmates in middle school doused themselves in.
  98. Re: Are we at the end of the "house" fan boy phenomenon?

    For the first three years that I was on here, I was a die-hard Mugler fan. And I no longer own any of their fragrances.

    But you're right. Nowadays, I'm a fanboy of scents, not houses. My five...
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    Re: Straight to Heaven Extreme

    I got zero rubber from Straight to Heaven Extreme.

    Fortunately, since the original is one of my all-time favorites, the Extreme simply had more of the booze and vanilla that I adore. Even though I...
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    Re: Your wardrobe was stolen.

    I could survive for a year on Encre Noire and Guerlain Vetiver... and still have money left over for a pizza.
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