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    Re: There's a hair in my...

    A couple of years back, weren't there complaints about "particles" or "skin flakes" floating around in Shanaan by Micallef?
  2. Re: Just Days After AOUD LAVENDER Three More New Montales!!! HONEY AOUD, AOUD SENSE, ORANGE FLOWERS

    Wow, hednic!
    I must admit feeling a bit blase as I opened the post, but now I am feeling pricklings of longing for all three. Must find a way to test soon.

    In reading the description of the...
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    Re: Montale Aoud Samarkand

    Thanks hednic, good to know.
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    Re: Montale Aoud Samarkand

    That bottle is quite an enticing color!

    There's another Montale aoud that features geranium - believe it's Aoud Flowers. Anyone able to make a comparison to the Samarkand?
  5. Re: Montale Musk to musk-still the same juice?

    Great news, Pasxos - hope the replacement bottle works out well.

    For me, Musk to Musk is all about the "Windex" note as well as the nutmeg/musk impression. I would have been very upset to get a...
  6. Re: Parfum Rare/ Coeur de Parfum - Jacomo !!!

    Oh......david!
    You keep saying all the right words!
    The words that take me back, way back to the glory days of perfumes loved and lost to time.
    Votre was my all-time favorite Charles Jourdan...
  7. Re: Parfum Rare/ Coeur de Parfum - Jacomo !!!

    Hi David,

    I remember Parfum Rare when it came out - early '80s was it? It was not too much to my taste at the time so I sampled but did not buy a full bottle. The review in your post pretty much...
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    Re: L'Occitane Eau De Cedrat EDT

    Hope they do a shower gel in this one too.
  9. Re: Synthetic, fresh mall scents (not a hate thread)

    If you can find it, the Adrienne Vittadini scent called A/V is what I would call the epitome of the "mall" vibe you are seeking. Originally marketed to women, but actually very unisex, not girly at...
  10. Re: Any problems going through an airport with a bottle of Spicebomb?

    Reminds me of the quandaries I used to experience when I was wearing the long-extinct Etienne Aigner frag named Explosive.
  11. Re: L'Artisan recent re-issues -L' Eau du Caporal in particular

    Nope, chickened out on the L'Artisan after I saw a couple of posts regarding the dumbing-down of the current iterations. But then, there's a 20% offer right now.

    And on the Caravelle, I finished...
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    Re: Best 'Eau de Cologne'?

    So many to choose from - my favorite fragrance genre!

    Patricia de Nicolai is an expert at interpreting the classic eau de cologne, as the many votes for her Cologne Sologne attest.
    I also love...
  13. Re: Tea for Two was on the US L'Artisan website...

    I'm not familiar with every circumstance it takes to make a charge of mail fraud, but it seems to me that L'Artisan is skating on thin, thin ice.
    It's one thing to knowingly put yourself on a wait...
  14. Re: L'Artisan recent re-issues -L' Eau du Caporal in particular

    Saw all three on Parfum1 website. Fingers itching, wallet trembling in fear......
  15. Re: Stuff you overhear or are told while testing Fragrances

    All of the above is why I just don't even bother to go into the fragrance selling floor of a department store most times. Even Barney's. Especially Barney's lately.
    I grit my teeth once in a while...
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    Re: Seasonal Rotation Crossover Fragrances

    I find that the traditional eau de cologne frags are my workhorses year round. They star in hot weather, of course. But in winter one also craves that zing of bright citrus, that olfactory...
  17. L'Artisan recent re-issues -L' Eau du Caporal in particular

    Has anyone had a chance to sniff the three recent re-issues by L'Artisan (L'Eau Caporal, Tea for Two, Oeillet Sauvage)?
    Beg pardon if this has been discussed in another thread - I've been away...
  18. Re: Have you ever picked up notes in a fragrance you only noticed after a long period of usage?

    Did you know that patchouli is (or was, when I was drinking it) an ingredient in the flavor blend for Dr. Pepper?
  19. Re: Have you ever picked up notes in a fragrance you only noticed after a long period of usage?

    Happens a lot to me, both with frags that I wear frequently and also with ones I pull out of storage only on the rarest whims.

    I wore Givenchy III in hot dry weather (usually wait for rain with...
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    Re: Crowd pleasing woody fragrance.

    Royal Aoud by Montale - nice mix of citrus, wood and spice. On me the woody notes came out more specifically than the rest.
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    Re: Women's greens for men

    Big yes for this.
    Vintage is way better. The current iteration is missing so much....
    My "best" vintage bottle of TbyT is an edp pour. Not made anymore and I am eking it out.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    Yay, Yatagan! I've always picked up a note in it that resembles charred rosemary - almost like when you throw rosemary onto the grill with lamb (minus the meat smell, of course). Maybe that's the...
  23. Re: Bel Ami Vetiver - Quite possibly my new signature ??

    Like others posting before, this was an immediate love for me. As in can't wait, pay full price, must own. Although I would have thought it was more a scent for autumn, I bought it in summer...
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    Re: Toilet Vinegars-Information required

    Doesn't Diptyque also have a vinagre de toilette in their skin and body care line?
  25. Re: Issey Miyake Bleue: I now no longer care what people will think

    I love the Bleue! If you can get the shower gel, grab it. There's nothing like creating your own little steam filled world scented with Bleue d'Issey.
    Btw, the more I wore it, the less weird it...
  26. Re: Does anybody know any coupon codes for Parfum1

    Thanks hednic - I guess I just wasn't ordering at my usual speed. No matter what, it's still a bargain and they're still my favorite discounters.
  27. Re: Does anybody know any coupon codes for Parfum1

    I notice that recently Parfum1 eliminated the automatic free shipping over $75usd. Either you get the 10 or 20 percent or you get the free shipping via another code. But not both. Hmmm.
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    Re: Tubereuse Animale - Histoires de Parfums

    Good capture, cacio, of the many faces of tuberose. And yes, Fracas is the anchor holding down the extreme-femme end of the spectrum. It's pink all right - "burlesque" is another word that comes to...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    "The Limey"! How I loved that movie. Terence Stamp stalking Peter Fonda, seeking revenge for his daughter's death. Thanks for the reminder!
  30. Compare these please: Penhaligons Elixir and YSL Body Kouros

    I own and love Elixir by Penhaligons. It's at the right level of spicy/slightly sweet for me, also a little dry, which is my preference. The eucalyptus steam note does well with me - just the...
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    Re: NICOLAI Cuir Cuba Intense.

    My thoughts exactly! Love those 30ml bottle PdN puts out - it makes a blind buy both tempting and safe. They make lovely little gifts in the rare case that it doesn't work for me.
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    Re: Which of these 80s powerhouses should I get?

    Quorum has good memories for me. An instantly groomed and suited-up vibe, even if you're in your pajamas.
    Loved One Man Show when it first came out, very attractive and manly.
  33. Re: For the young man with musk glands - "Vintage" Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme Maitre Parfumeur et Ganti

    " There will always be a shelf above the top shelf"
    Love it!
  34. Re: How do you determine if a fragrance is Full Bottle worthy?

    If you can't stop thinking about it, get it.
    If you can't stop sniffing yourself, get it.

    Although I've had some perfectly good impulse buys (meaning I tested it once or at most twice), my...
  35. Re: For the young man with musk glands - "Vintage" Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme Maitre Parfumeur et Ganti

    It still is a good one, hednic. Agree with you about the other-worldly quality of the older bottles. They were like a portal into an age of perfumery that doesn't exist on this plane anymore.
  36. For the young man with musk glands - "Vintage" Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

    So, Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier was my gateway into the brand. Bought my first bottle in the late 1990's and then re-purchased as the formulations and bottles changed. I...
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    Mmmm - nice description!
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    It does, and while wearing a custom-tailored suit.
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    Re: Luckyscent code for September 2014?

    Thanks guys! A-shopping I will go.
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    Re: Luckyscent code for September 2014?

    Thanks, PalmBeach! I always forget about that one.
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    Luckyscent code for September 2014?

    Does anyone have this month's free shipping code for Luckyscent? Itching to shop but I have a mental block about paying for the shipping. Thanks.
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    Re: Le Labo exclusives at Luckyscent

    The thought of someone dropping $440 on the 3 ounces of bottled mediocrity that is Limette (San Francisco "exclusive") is enough to make anyone cry.
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    Re: Le Labo exclusives at Luckyscent

    I was SO infatuated with the NY exclusive, the tuberose. The price tag, though, was just too ridiculous.
  44. Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    Old thread for sure but then some things change very little.

    Someone told me about an incident at NM where the airhead behind the counter got the terms "tester" and "sample" mixed up, It was a...
  45. Re: Your favorite cologne/or want to buy, from the house of Hermes?

    Eau d'Hermes is a lifetime frag for me. It's one of the very few that I could wear every day for a week. Its versatility in all kinds of weather and seasons also endears it to me.

    Second for me...
  46. Re: Lalique White - first in line for best blind buy of 2014

    Thanks for the feedback, guys! Appreciated.
    J.
  47. Lalique White - first in line for best blind buy of 2014

    Thanks to all who commented re my previous inquiries about Lalique White.

    I'm so glad I jumped and got this! Somehow I knew I would love it. I think one of the dept. stores locally had it and I...
  48. Re: Just scored a 1st edition Ungaro III....wow

    Ooh. Terrific acquisition. A formal, gentlemanly rose. You're lucky to get an original version of this - subsequent iterations have smelled a bit duller and dumbed-down, imo. I think the...
  49. Re: Classic gentlemen scents on a young guy, what do you think?

    My opinion would be that said young guy was well on his way to becoming a classic gentleman!
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    Re: What notes create powder

    All of the above responses, plus that particular violet-rose accord that was present in so many cosmetics. Also, a very light and dry sandalwood can create an impression of "powderiness" without any...
  51. Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Hi Paul,

    That's a many-pronged question, to which one of the shorter answers is "yes".

    I do think the older version of Monsieur Balmain is a summery and sun-filled scent. The difference in...
  52. Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Yes - that older version of MB is a stunner, and your comparison of it to vintage Dior Eau Fraiche is right on target. It's oakmoss that makes the difference, and the fact that everything seems to...
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    Re: Penhaligon perfumery

    Me too! Of course, a high-quality scented soap or gel enhances the thought process, imo.
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    Re: Penhaligon perfumery

    I just can't forgive what happened to Esprit du Roi in the new format. What was one of the most distinctive, lively scents in their male-oriented collection is now a dumbed-down pool of vagueness. ...
  55. Re: Older Discontinued Lancetti Fragrances - Your Views Please....(mens and womens) !

    No! No! Not another one fallen into the abyss!
  56. Thread: Courrèges

    by Jardanel
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    Re: Courrèges

    I wore Empreinte until it was discontinued. Ditto Eau de Courreges. Had a bottle of Courreges in Blue but did not really like it so much.

    Empreinte was monumental. Dry like a September hillside...
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    Re: Perris Monte Carlo

    The Neimans in San Francisco, CA has several of the Perris fragrances. I tried the Oud Imperial, the Taif Rose, and the Musc Extreme. Liked them all, liked the Oud best. Didn't find the Musc very...
  58. Re: With perfume, without deoderant: a potentially gross-you-out quandry

    I agree with the posters who don't wear deo on a regular basis. In my day to day world, daily showering/bathing seems to take care of not offending. If it's hot and I think I should "feel" cleaner,...
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    Re: Aoud Musk is way out there.

    Squarely unisex, or more on the boy's playground for this?
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    Re: Le Galion Perfumes

    Le Galion was a great house. I'm glad to see someone taking a stab at honorably resurrecting its products.

    Sortilege was pretty popular in the U.S. It was a classy floral/aldehydic with a very...
  61. Re: An uninvited guest/fragrance has entered your collection, and wreaks of Les Exclusifs Chanel.

    If something penetrated my collection in such a spooky manner, I'd definitely make offerings to it. Great beginning for a horror story!
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    Re: Lubin- Korrigan EDP

    Not just where's the beef, but where's the meat in general! I tried all three in the series (Korrigan, Akkad and Galaad). They were all sweet but not only that they were murky and indistinct - like...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Re: Lust, Caution by Ang Lee
    Great movie, rather overshadowed by the stunning success of "Brokeback Mountain" the year previous to its release. It's about political espionage in Japanese-occupied...
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Thanks, jujy54! Exquisite photo - I'm encouraged to pull out my bottle and show it some love.
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Another lover of Infini here. I have it in the parfum (in the angular sculpture bottle) and have used a couple of bottles of the parfum de toilette (edp strength). What really makes Infini...
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    Thanks granola357!
    I think I noticed that bare patch around 2007 - that was just about the time when I ran into those extrait testers that smelled neither like extrait or their labels. The Chamade...
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    Re: Eau de Gloire - now an edp?!

    Thanks hednic!
    I was also curious about the new Corsica Furiosa - any similarities to the Eau de Gloire?
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    Eau de Gloire - now an edp?!

    With the re-imaging of the Eau d'Empire fragrance line, I notice that Eau de Gloire appears to have been re-issued in eau de parfum rather than the eau de toilette it formerly came in. I was always...
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    Re: Soaps, fragrances you like?

    I wish I could find Bleu d'Issey in the shower gel again. Really uplifting and powerful stuff. And it looked so cool in the bathroom that cobalt blue bottle with sculptured silver cap!
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    Thanks to all who responded. Very informative.
    I got a chance to sample the extrait and the edt that are currently being sold at the local Neiman Marcus. Liked them both, hoping to sample the edp...
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    You read my mind, socalwoman! When I saw this thread come back up, the Tom Daxon products are exactly what I was curious about. Salvia Sclarea was one of the scents I was really intrigued by, the...
  72. Re: Have you ever suddenly fallen in love with a scent (you've already owned/tried)?

    Same has happened to me frequently and I endorse it heartily as a life-affirming experience! Thanks Kaern for the very positive reminder.
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    Re: Summer Patchouli

    Ara-mah, Darjeeling-san, didn't realize you were in Japan. Yup, summers in Japan are hot and humid all right. But there are few countries, imo, that make it so pleasant to be there during the heat,...
  74. Re: Have you ever suddenly fallen in love with a scent (you've already owned/tried)?

    You may or may not be crazy, just like me!
    Seriously, though, I have had very similar experiences to the one you describe. There are fragrances that I liked enough to buy, but after one or two...
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    I did read the Grain de Musc article and find it encouraging. Love the reference to Pop Rocks - that's some mighty potent galbanum!
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    Re: Cowshed (UK), do you know this line?

    I know what you mean. The whole "Cow" thing is off-putting. It would have been enough to name the line "Cowshed" but the whole "Horny Cow", "Moody Cow", et al, doesn't make me especially want to...
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    Chamade - current formulations

    I love Chamade but am out of touch regarding what is the best bet of the current, reformulated versions.
    My working bottle right now is an edt refill for one of the "golden cage" atomizer covers. ...
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    Re: Summer Patchouli

    Patchoulissime by Keiko Mecheri. Has just a light touch of musk, no heavy amber or vanilla. I'm not a fan of patchoulis blended too freely with cacao/vanilla/amber, etc. I like patchouli very dry...
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    Re: Cowshed (UK), do you know this line?

    Hi furrypine,
    My local Barneys has the Cowshed line, though I have not seen the perfumed oils so far. I've tried a couple of their body lotions. They were kind of murky, mixed-up, not very...
  80. Re: I went alittle nuts and got 5 colonges today, need help

    Great scents, congratulations.
    There's no problem unless you spent the rent money!
    The Aventus would be nice, but you have plenty to play with already. To my mind, all your choices are pretty...
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    Re: Vivre - Molyneux

    Hi David,
    Don't you just love that bottle? Imagine the $$$ it would get if produced nowadays in an exclusive niche line.
    Sandalwood and roses don't spring to mind immediately when recalling Vivre....
  82. Re: Love this new Parfumerie Generale: Grand Siècle Intense 7.1

    Of my small collection of Parfumerie Generale scents, I have to admit that I've steered clear of this house's best-known tendencies toward the spicy and gourmand. When Pierre does green and chypre...
  83. Re: BN members....What's your take on Parfums de Nicolai ? Good stuff or not so good ?

    I have quite a few of the PdN fragrances and use them quite frequently. The two that I bought first are still my favorites: Cologne Sologne and Cologne Cedrat. Also Cologne Nature, which doesn't...
  84. Love this new Parfumerie Generale: Grand Siècle Intense 7.1

    I've had this for a couple of weeks now. With each of the all-day wears I've given it so far, I'm convinced that this will be one of the standout purchases of my year. I bought it kind of blind. ...
  85. Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Ooooh a splash of M. Balmain! I've always imagined it would be even better applied generously in the pour-and-slap method. Enjoy, enjoy.
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    Re: Montale Nepal Aoud

    Favorable first impression from sampling.
    This oud is a lover and not a fighter. Zing of saffron and then the cushion-y spice blend. Didn't get the rose from this first meeting, but a generous...
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    Re: Montale Nepal Aoud

    Ordered a sample of it. Any other thoughts since you've had it in your possession? I must admit that I want that white and gold Montale bottle - not that I'm so superficial, ha ha. I really do...
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    Re: Vivre - Molyneux

    David, you really do need this. Not kidding.

    The description of the base in nogg's edit is spot-on. The dry leathery quality that comes on very gradually is what reminds me of Cialenga and other...
  89. Re: Older Discontinued Lancetti Fragrances - Your Views Please....(mens and womens) !

    I'd love to smell that original one, noggs.
    Agree that the majority of the later Lancetti frags for women became less interesting. Tried Elle, Etre and Suspense and was not moved to wear or buy.
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    Re: Vivre - Molyneux

    I wore Vivre in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Not like Cristalle at all, imo.
    More similar to Cialenga by Balenciaga but warmer and mossier. Also some similarities to the original Pierre Cardin for women....
  91. Re: Older Discontinued Lancetti Fragrances - Your Views Please....(mens and womens) !

    Lancetti is a very under-estimated house, imo.

    I have the first Lancetti women's frag, the one Noggs identifies as Lancetti Madame. It's a green rosy fragrance, sharp as a pair of stilettos. ...
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    Re: Charles Jourdan Votre

    I have a small bottle of Votre which I've been eking out for the last few years. A very pretty floral with some subtle green notes. I see the resemblance to Jontue but that fragrance has much...
  93. Re: Vepres Siciliennes by Parfums MDCI - Any thoughts?

    Love the bead and tassel! Glad there is an alternative to the resin bust versions, as it wouldn't be my taste. I too have been almost there as far as punishing my wallet on something from this...
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    Re: Eau du Coq by Guerlain

    The rosemary note is present but not prominent, imo. I never think of Du Coq as an "Eau du Hongrie" type of fragrance. It's there at just the right level, beneath the citrus.
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    Re: When Things Go Bad, or Do They?

    I wouldn't say they became unwearable, just unrecognizable as what they were meant to be. I'd say it took a good 15 years for most to start their decline, but all my frags are stored in a dark, cool...
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    Re: When Things Go Bad, or Do They?

    I have come to realize, after more than 40 years of collecting and enjoying fragrance, that it is as mortal as we are. It has its perfection for an allotted time and then starts slipping from the...
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    Re: Eau du Coq by Guerlain

    I'm with you on the splash bottles for this type of scent. Du Coq is one of those that is meant to be poured into your palms and then slapped briskly onto the body. In liberal portion, need I add. ...
  98. Re: Kiehl's Musk...a safe blind buy for me? EDT or oil?

    This would be an ok blind buy for you, imo. It is not overly skanky, in fact, on a lot of people, it's just really soft and warm (not sweet). On me it's got a bit of cat-fur scent to it, which is...
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    Re: Ténéré by Paco Rabanne

    i don't believe there have been reformulations of this scent, as its relatively mild popularity didn't seem to warrant anything except its initial campaign. I do agree that if Tenere's exact same...
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    Re: Ténéré by Paco Rabanne

    I'd buy it. This is a gentleman's rose, dry and smooth. Not as ashy as Czech and Speake No. 88, but still has a trace of something like charcoal.

    I love it for the scent and also for the name...
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