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    Re: La Nuit De L'Homme 2019 batch worth it?

    Only the original version and first refomulation is worth it. The first ref. is worth one kidney. The original is worth both.

    Na, in all honesty, I wouldn't worry about it. Reformulation talk...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    A fair point - but ultimately why Rive Gauche has died. The market for BdC is pretty much any man in any developed country with a bit of money behind them. RG is far less available (before discont.)...
  3. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. A few I haven't heard of, which is always good.
  4. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thanks. I enjoyed both, but LADDM - which I enjoyed much more - is much closer to what I want. Interlude was an odd beast - I didn't dislike it, but I'd never wear it. It genuinely reminded me of...
  5. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    My feelings exactly.

    Incidentally, prices on ebay UK have zoomed up for the original Michael for Men. No idea if it's just incidental or this had something to do with it, but it's a bit annoying...
  6. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    YSL Y EDP is a great scent. Very different to Rive Gauche of course, but if you're under 25, and maybe only one or two fragrances, this is solid replacement for something like Sauvage. It's the best...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    So many spelling mistakes. I'm too braindead to edit. Please forgive me.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    Bleu de Chanel smells unambiguously manly to me. It's just that Rive Gauche's manliness is firmly stuck in - or at least originates from - the mid 20th Century. I don't think there's a huge client...
  9. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thanks, there's a sample in the post, so I am working my way through the obvious ones, don't worry!
  10. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Thanks. I looked at Lubin Idole, and had the chance to sample the original for a pretty crazy price per ml. Turned it down. I'm not a fan of rum at all (whisky I can deal with and/or like if it dies...
  11. "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    I feel like I have a pretty full fragrance wardrobe now, I have my fill of sporty mainstream designers, dry woods, fresh summer citruses, and then a few personal favourites to round it all off.
    ...
  12. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I actually asked a similar idea a few weeks ago - you can find it here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/466085-If-you-could-make-a-Fragrance-Starter-Pack-what-would-you-choose.

    I like the idea of...
  13. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    If it does come out in 2 years' time, is it reasonable to expect a name change? By and large, including even their Noir range, their signature scents have eschewed the more...hmmmm...'artistic' names...
  14. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    Good points.

    I tried to select a mix of traditional masculine perfumery - which would include florals and other notes that, alone, could be deemed feminine, but when combined become masculine -...
  15. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    There must have been some big reformulation or change since I owned and sold my bottle. It smelt like freshly turned over damp soil covered in a layer of rotting greenery, obviously with vetiver as...
  16. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    It's relatively cheap and accessible here in the UK, but not sure for the USA.

    If you want to try them out, I believe they sell small 30ml packs of their fragrances, but they're quite dear. Maybe...
  17. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    The only thing I notice that's different between Private Blend and Signature is the lack of a certain kind of DNA in the latter which is in many of the PBs.

    Which, if the Ombre Leathers are so...
  18. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    This is/was actually a great example of what I'm thinking of: http://www.basenotes.net/ID26126581.html

    I doubt anyone's tried it though!
  19. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    I'll do ones I've owned full bottles of, rather than just smelled.

    Brut - forgot I owned this until thinking about it now but I did, briefly, when I was like 14 as an aftershave splash hahaha....
  20. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Thanks, interesting stuff.

    I've yet to try either Ombre Leather but is the general consensus they're 'the same'?

    If so, and if the signature line manages to capture the beautiful herbal-amber...
  21. Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Read this in another thread, so although these topics can be anathema to the website when lacking any robust evidence, I'm on the cusp of buying a bottle so would quite like to know if there's any...
  22. Thread: Oud Minérale

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    Re: Oud Minérale

    I don't disagree with any of that!

    I think those criticisms of OM are fair, but I still really like it. The oud smells like neoprene to me, the material used to make wetsuits, so just adds to the...
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    Re: Fragrance as Pre-workout?

    Alpecin caffeine shampoo?
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    Thanks, it had slipped through the cracks, and although I always tend to go back through threads I start a few weeks down the line, it's good to have it reaffirmed as something worth trying out.
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    Re: Fragrance as Pre-workout?

    1 Million layered with Amber Absolute...




    ...na, this seems an odd idea to me. And maybe a bit concerning.

    Have you thought that maybe you're stuck in a bit of an endorphin-cycle of...
  26. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Fair point.

    By fresh I mean the general 'safe male designer' approach to freshness - I suppose Sauvage is a good example of how that's been updated this decade. By nasty I mean Sauvage's use of...
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    Re: Talking Shop About Barbershop (Scents)!

    Colonia Club would probably be the perfect mix between the old school cologne vibe of Acqua di Parma, and the green herbal sharpness of a fougere.

    As for the rest of the topic, I'm not a huge fan...
  28. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Interesting suggestions but the thread has veered away from what I was hoping for.

    No problem in that, interesting to read anyway.

    But I'm really thinking 'fresh male designer weirdness'. Not...
  29. Thread: Oud Minérale

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    Re: Oud Minérale

    But the main note is coconut, so how is it a replacement? I understand comparing fragrances that have primarily or nearly completely similar profiles and accords, like Bvglari Aqva, say, but the...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    [QUOTE=LizardKing;4664034]U don't need a nuclear frag for the office. And to start your venture with such a boring idea as to make an office/work fragrance was a total misfire based on his...
  31. Thread: Oud Minérale

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    Re: Oud Minérale

    If this is still relevant in any way, I'd say nothing can replace it if you like it. You might find something you like more, but in my opinion Oud Minerale is just about the perfect niche-esque...
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    Re: Bentley Intense vs One Million Prive ?

    No one can decide for you.

    However, I believe 1 Million Prive is nicer - to my nose, it's a very realistic cinnamon-gourmand designer fragrance that has a hint of booziness that makes it wearable...
  33. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    I agree. It absolutely is relative, all of it.

    I do think there's something in coming in 'fresh' to something. The concept of beginner's mind, in a way. Collecting and hobbyism of perfumes...
  34. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Thank you, some more to check out!
  35. Re: Vaseline & Moisturizer for Longer Lasting Frag

    Yeah, I'd go the atomiser route.

    Also consider lotion and/or moisteuriser over the top of a fragrance once it starts to dry. Particularly if it's something like an oriental, it will dull it...
  36. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    Haha, yeah.

    Although, it does sound like they just went on fragrantica and used that for research. At least partly.

    It says they survery 10,000 people - my guess is that's going through...
  37. Re: why do "incenses" perfumes smell totally different?

    Good thread, enjoyed reading this, and its definitely a flaw of the description - at least in terms of trying to 'get in' to understanding incense accords.
  38. Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    A link to the Daily Mail, yes, but an interesting story nonetheless.

    Personally, I think most of us would understand why this concludes what it does. I think some of us, not all, would probably...
  39. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    I think we're probably talking about similar things, yeah. But I'm perhaps not looking for something too abstract - not in the sense of some of the weirder CdG scents that smell like petrol or...
  40. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Thanks, I don't think I've convey what I meant very well - because CK One isn't what I mean.

    Quite a hard thing to convey, really. Very much a personal sense of what is 'unnatural' and...
  41. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Thanks, really like the look of these.

    Do you have any recommendations for 'wet woods' in the way that these come across as quite 'dry woods' by the basis of reviews?
  42. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    Interesting, hadn't really thought about packs by performance. Definitely a different angle to take, thanks.
  43. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Just a follow up - it's not just the ambroxan in Sauvage I'm talking, although obviousy that's a major part. I like the way ambroxan is used in Explorer, but overall, it still smells quite 'real',...
  44. Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Right, odd title I know.

    However, one of the things I enjoy the most about designer fragrances is how unnatural they smell at times. Particularly when they 'smash' genres and change the shape of...
  45. Re: Cold/Detached Fragrances (In Need Of Recommendations)

    +1 to Noir Anthracite, particularly the drydowm.
  46. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Thanks. Also have Gucci Pour Homme and Santal 33 on the way which, although not really the earthy-woody scent I'm after, might have some wood notes I like, so it's good to narrow it down this way...
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    Re: Decanting from non standard sprayers

    Agree with the above. Just make the best of it. I find funnels sometimes get in the way/can make things worse. You end up spraying someting with a smaller, angled surface area, with the...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    Also, final point on Creed and the price rises.

    I get the sense their whole modus operandi is to 'look up' constantly. How to romanticise itself more, how to become more exclusive, how to peddle...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    You'd think this makes sense. That it would be suicide for ebay to sucumb to this.

    After several hours and a few different appeals to customer service, the rules and regs, and the ebay community,...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    I agree wholeheartedly with this.

    They dislike that their consumer market isn't as exclusive as they want it to be (as per the fictional branding, scents for Kings etc). Yet it's the philistines...
  51. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    I've tried this thread out on Fragrantica and got a different/worse response.

    But I'm tempted to actually try and make a more holistic go at creating a sort of starter pack database. Whether it's...
  52. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Actually clicked on the Ralph Lauren website and it's unavailabe there. Says 'add to waiting list'.
  53. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Thanks @Democritus, any tips on whether vintage or reissue is important? Not a huge lover of leather but I'm getting there. Moss is either love or hate, and do enjoy spice.

    @ Danny Mitchell, no...
  54. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Tried Bowmakers by D.S. & Durga.

    Quality scent, no doubt. Like the woody aspect - I don't dislike the varnish aspect, but I absolutely don't want it in this kind of fragrance.

    Have managed to...
  55. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Ok, thanks, I'll check it out.

    Prices look pretty steep for the Ralph Lauren, and ideally I don't want something discontinued, but I'll keep it in mind, thanks.
  56. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Thanks, I'll try if I can but I'm not really looking for something vetiver-centric. If it's got more about it than vetiver I'll try it out.

    Ordered a sample of Bowmakers so waiting for that to...
  57. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    Just thought I'd say where I am with this.

    CdG 2 Man - one of the closest to what I was hoping for, but a tad underwhelmed. Very vetiver-centric, although I do like the style, and I enjoy the...
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    I think there are some more questions you NEED to answer.

    1. Why 2003-2009?
    Did you wear it for 6 years? Did you first try it in 2003? Or did you try it in 2009? How have you decided on those...
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    Re: Tom Ford Oud Wood

    Armani Oud Royal is the pinnacle of designer, non-barnyard Oud in my opinion.
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    Re: Tom Ford Oud Wood

    Although, having just read that you're looking for a Tom Ford specifically, I'd start with the signature line - Noir Extreme is a good shout if you like quite sweet, feminine scents, but again I...
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    Re: Tom Ford Oud Wood

    It's not a favourite of mine but I wore it last night as I'm trying to persist and see what it's about before finally discarding it on the 'overrated' pile. Last night was the best experience I had...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Anti perspirant is meant to be applied something like 12 hours before you actually 'need' it to work. It's my understanding it's all about the aluminium penetrating the skin and from there...you...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    Any account willing to defend Parfums Vintage which hasn't signed up to the website with the intention of defending them with their first post?
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Perhaps the real question isn't whether they will mix, but if they will blend...


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    Re: NEW: Tom Ford | Lavender Extrême

    I do think it's fair to talk about price tbh. Just not to get too fixated on it. The cost doesn't make this a bad scent. If this is 'better' than Caron PUH, then it's not fair to hammer it because...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Probably my favourite joke. It's the pinnacle of what a joke can do, and I find it relevant to so many kinds of more 'cerebral' discussions or topics.

    ...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    I get the sense hispterdom - as it came to be known around 2010-12ish - is dead. As in, concocting a sense of self unshackled by sub culture, or culture itself. A collage approach to your life,...
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    More broadly on the point, I think globalisation has created new kinds of ostentatious wealth.

    If were ignore the 'old money' for a moment - the British/European aristocracy and titled classes,...
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    Yep, Amber Absolute is the pinnacle.
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    Re: NEW: Tom Ford | Lavender Extrême

    Wearing this now. Really like it - surprised, as I didn't anticipate liking it.

    Going to try Caron now definitely but, for me, the best part about Lavender Extreme is the vanillic drydown, rather...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Not an idiotic reply, I think that's part of perfumery tbh. I really like Tom Ford's decanters - it's just a shame you actually need something else to go with them.
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    I don't have that issue whatsoever. I'd happily buy an imitation or a copy or inspired by or whatever you want to call it if it's good. The issue is one of pricing - PV charges more than the original...
  74. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    Sorry, I probably didn't convey it well - or perhaps I've misunderstood its meaning - but I always thought to be 'the cologne guy' meant wearing something totally inappropriate with 5x more sprays...
  75. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    I do, yes. As I said, it is much, much better for me as an everyday work scent during warmer months.

    That said, as you can see, the EDP has its fans. It's a fairly similar split, probably 65:35 in...
  76. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Agree with all the above points made about skin chemistry, I'm not sure anyone's really disagreeing here. Smelling perfume is contextual and based on memory, that's a good point, and that changes how...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    I'm not a Game of Thrones fan, but didn't it get to the point where the author's writing was so laborious, the TV series ended up overtaking the novels in terms of release dates?

    Looking forward...
  78. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Right. I think because you were supporting the idea of "it smells TOTALLY different on my wife", with caveats, that gave the impression, so apologies.

    I usually/only ever see that written in the...
  79. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Out of interest - and there's no way of phrasing this without sounding like a sarcastic prick unfortunately, but thats not my intention - have you tried the same fragrance on a male (sibling,...
  80. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    Noticeably different scents sidewinder, no shenanigans.

    Happy to say it arrived and I'm loving it. Genuine bottle, so much better than the EDP in my opinion.

    Hoping a few pop up on ebay over...
  81. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Has the bottle changed to a transluscent one rather than opaque?
  82. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Agree with this wholeheartedly. So many scents are clearly poorly suited to most people, fitting certain 'types'. It's like women with leggings - yes, a high proportion of women wear them,...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    I think that, too - but that's why I also don't understand the reason for its discontinuation in some ways as it's just a 'better' version of Colonia, and why it's the best/my favourite.



    You...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Quick and detailed reply from Acqua di Parma. Impressed again by their responses. Sorry for hijacking this thread, should probably make a new one, but if anyone's interested...

    "We were delighted...
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    Caron Sport would be my suggestion but there are loads of good ones here.

    Something classy, versatile, long lasting (without cloying, I think that's more important than the actual performance, and...
  86. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    It appears that Bloom Perfumery do a very similar thing to what some people have suggested here.

    https://bloomperfume.co.uk/pages/editors-picks

    All niche, but some interesting category...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Yuzu :

    "Considered as the rarest fruit of Japan, the yuzu fruit is now the newest of Acqua di Parma's "frutti d'oro". The fragrance brings together yuzu's bittersweet aroma with our signature...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Seems this now has a virtual home - whether it's been on sale and sold out, or has simply beed 'added' to the database is unclear.

    I've emailed them about a release date and I'll update when I...
  89. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    Thank you. Should be arriving today or tomorrow.
  90. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Great topic. Really nicely put.

    I had two small 'bites' at getting in to fragrances. One in 2012ish, and then again in 2015. 6 months ago was the third bite and I made sure it's 'final' - that I'd...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Assoluta?

    There's still quite a lot of this kicking about on big warehouse sellers on ebay etc. The discounted prices suggest they're looking to get rid asap. Yet to buy but I think I'll go with one 500ml...
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    Re: Your Top 5 Tom Ford Fragrances ?

    One thing they do well is first impressions. The more you wear them, though...and they definitely lose something, in my opinion. Which is the opposite of what perfumery should be about, in my...
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    If you could 'swap' houses...

    Bit of a flippant idea I had but wonder if there's anything to it.

    The majority of perfumes I own are by Tom Ford and Acqua di Parma at the moment, for various reasons of appeal. In some ways the...
  94. Re: Is Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT REALLY discontinued?

    Bought a bottle of the EDT on ebay. If It's fake, no harm done, I'll just get the refund. If it's real, happy days. Paid a decent, if not spectacular, price for it.
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    Re: Best fragrance for a 22 hour train ride

    20 sprays of 1 Million.

    Declare yourself Controller of the Party Carriage.

    Drink a lot as well (not sure if you're allowed alcohol on American trains, but it's almost a point of national pride...
  96. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Two scents can be different but of equal merit. That's quite easy. Although I did say one was ultimately better than the other...

    Longevity on Vera Wang and Tom Ford are both atrocious. Be...
  97. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    Parfums Vintage does seem to be winning the race to the bottom in this regard all by itself.
  98. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I agree it's wrong to think of the two Michael Kors fragrances as one scent reformulated. They're different enough from each other to be considered two different scents. In my opinion, though, whilst...
  99. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I tried the 2014 Michael Kors. One of the first samples I bought actually. Had owned only 3 fragrances at the time, so quite important. Liked it, but only wear it for a short time.

    I do think the...
  100. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    Interesting. It must be profitale for them to do so.

    The % profit they make on a full, sealed bottle must be good to start with. But then I'm wondering how it is profitable to go through postage,...
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