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    Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    I'm wearing this for the first time today. I agree with most. A+ stuff. :)
    Still think it smells a bit like Marmite :P (after my initial sampling from a card).
    But it's starting to turn rather...
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    Moving (collections)

    I'm currently living in the USA and have been offered a job in Sweden. So now I'm face with the prospect of moving a 200+ bottles collection across the pond. Has anyone ever done this before? Any...
  3. Re: 'Fumes in Philly? *Fragrances in Philadelphia

    I live in Philadelphia. Fragrance shopping? Hmmm. Except for little grey market shops (in whihc you might find some interesting rare scents at a decent price), you really want to go to the King of...
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    Re: The Power of Terre

    I've only tried this on a card also (so take my comments with a grain of salt), but I found the drydown very dry, yet rich and "savory".
    Almost like Vegemite. :P
    Yum! For a Kiwi lad, this is a...
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    Re: Under-eye moisturizers?

    Maybe try the one from the L'Oreal Men line. Under $10.00 a tube.
    I think products sold specifically for the "under eye area" are justified. Somtimes when I use a normal facial moisturiser under my...
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    Re: Rose & Leather

    I've smelt Acteur. I'm afraid that, to me, it was pretty unique - and the most prominent accores were: gritty patchouli with a boozey rum/brandy note and slightly decaying fruits.
    I'm going to...
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    Re: Scents with lily middle notes?

    Sounds like Oscar for Men would fit the bill.
    Lily and pencil shavings.

    If you want serious lily: Insense (Givenchy) or Un Lys (Serge Lutens)

    G
  8. Re: Tainted fragrance or reaction to skin chemistr

    Hey sqboy1. Welcome!
    I think it might be a skin chemistry question. On me, Hererra smells great for about 10 min then starts to turn really acrid. It's about the only scent I can't wear on my skin,...
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    Re: defective Herrera for Men...?

    I love this scent, but it turns positively rancid on my skin after about 30 min.
    One of the few scents I HAVE to wear on fabric, or not at all. :'(

    G
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    Re: Monsieur Rochas Dilemma !

    I find the EdT concentree to be quite close to the "standard" version sold in the square pink bottle. Similar longevity, strength, etc.
    But the standard version "warms" to become a bit more floral,...
  11. Thread: POLO BLACK

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    Re: POLO BLACK

    "Hmmm. I would have thought this combination gave Polo Turquoise.

    Sorry couldn't resist that one.


    Ralph Lauren already came out with a scent called Pure Turquoise for the ladies. "
    ...
  12. Thread: POLO BLACK

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    Re: POLO BLACK

    "Nothing special here, if you like Polo Green or Blue, combine them, you get BLACK. "

    Hmmm. I would have thought this combination gave Polo Turquoise. [smiley=cheesy.gif]

    Sorry couldn't...
  13. Thread: Soul By Curve

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    Re: Soul By Curve

    The top notes of Curve (original) are green.
    Those of Soul are more fruity/citrusy, with a touch of pepper (a bit like Realities, if you've tried it).
    But both are "fresh" scents that share the...
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    Re: Zihr: New scent Cordoury

    I tried this over the weekend.
    It's Mauboussin Homme without the initial blast of lavender.
    Simple as that.

    G
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    Re: What happened to my Coriolan???

    Yup! Coriolan's really fickle- at least on me!
    I first tried this one winter and was suprised at how quickly the lemon tree leaf and juniper notes faded, leaving heavy sweet red flowers on a sort of...
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    Re: Perfume Burnout..

    I think fragrance creativity moves in sync with the world economy (which is less buoyant than 5 or 6 years ago, US esp.)
    I was once told that businessmen's ties are a very good indication of how...
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    Re: A good word about Hummer.

    The dry-down of the original Hummer could be described as a sort of "Jazz (YSL) Intense".

    G
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    Re: Santos Concentrée ?

    Less floral, more "gritty", smokey and masculine in the base notes (sort of clove, patchouli, geranium notes). Darker, but not really stronger. On me, both versions have very anaemic longevity (but...
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    Re: Ordering on-line woes, part VXCMXIII

    Ooooooh yes. The horror stories I could tell about dealing with UPS [smiley=angry.gif]
    Quite simply, if an E-tailer only offers UPS delivery, I simply say: I'm very sorry, but I'm going to have to...
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    Re: Anything Liquid, perishable or hazardous ?

    I always say "cosmetics samples" and have never had any problems. [smiley=smiley.gif]
    Also, remember, some Ooops (I mean UPS) people you'll have to deal with will be far more hazardous to your...
  21. Thread: Boss No. 1

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    Re: Boss No. 1

    This is the scent that Boss should have used their "separates the men from the boys" slogan on.
    To me, this one almost falls into the "stink" fragrance category. Classy, yes, but a tad rough, raw...
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    Re: True Star for men

    I got sparkling lime and grapefruit (kinda like San Pellegrino limon soda) over something like saffron.
    Cute. Very youthful and informal.

    Petit Hilfiger.

    Gavin
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    Re: Relax by Davidoff relaunched ?

    Same story with our beloved Zino?
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    Re: Any news on Silver Shadow?

    Are you in North America?
    I think this one wasn't going to be launched here until 2006. Then again, scents sometimes "show up" a bit earlier than expected. Might be out by Christmas? You might be...
  25. Re: Changes In A Scent's Notes:A Common Occurrence

    That's interesting. I've "revisited" Boss No.1 recently and thought it much heavier than I remembered.
    In the 80's it smelled more like Jazz. Now - it's almost up there with Givenchy Gentleman in...
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    Re: cologne not lasting

    This may sound dumb, but if you wear your scent on your chest (and thus have your shirt absorb some of the scent), the laundry detergent you use may be having an effect too. I swear that if I wash my...
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    Re: Older Chanels/YSLs

    Ah! So Antaeus and Egoiste are still available, but destined to become very exclusive, like Cuir de Russie, etc. Maybe I'll stock up on a few bottles anyway.

    Cheers,
    Gavin
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    Re: Opium EdT vs. EdP

    Well, well, well. Maybe I'll wind up getting both [smiley=grin.gif]
    Might start out with the EdP [smiley=wink.gif]

    Gavin
  29. Thread: Zino

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    Re: Zino

    I concur. If you check the Davidoff website, there's an option for on-line shopping (incl. fragrances) though their NY (Madison Ave) store. There's almost NOTHING left from the Davidoff, Zino and...
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    Re: Fridge Storage Shelf-Life?

    "Obviously there is only one solution to keep fragrances intact: place them in an underground lair, and encase the fragrance in an obsidian sarcophagus imprinted with a Templar seal.

    ...
  31. Thread: Hanvana

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    Re: Hanvana

    Hmmm. I think BOTH have been discontinued. I called Bloomingdale's in NY (they stock some of the rarer Aramis scents) once to ask about Havana and they said it was no longer available.
    Also, check...
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    Re: Fridge Storage Shelf-Life?

    Does this fridge thing work? I must confess, I'm reluctant to put an expensive bottle of scent in my fridge. We all know what happens to food that's left uncovered in a fridge - it'll be bone-dry in...
  33. Thread: Hanvana

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    Re: Hanvana

    It's pretty strong in the tobacco and bay rum depts. As long as it smells really spicy, heavy and maybe even a smidge sharp it should be OK. From your description, it sounds fine to me. It does have...
  34. Thread: Hanvana

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    Re: Hanvana

    Hey aj,
    Excellent choice! Enjoy it while you can get it!
    I find the strength of Havana to be average-to-slightly-strong. Usually I do 3 (- 4) squirts on the chest, or a squirt on each side...
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    Older Chanels/YSLs

    After reading about the demise of the older Davidoff scents, I guess I'm getting a bit antsy about some of my other classic favs: Anteaus, Egoiste and Jazz.
    Can anyone confirm that these are still...
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    Opium EdT vs. EdP

    Is there much of a difference between these? I think I read somewhere that the EdP doesn't have as much anise and pepper? If anyone has tried both, opinions would be welcome [smiley=grin.gif]

    Gavin
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    Re: Lacoste Original

    Excellent scent! A true classic! In my opinion, one of the best fougeres (if not THE best) on the market. It starts out with soft dewy greens, but these recede and the scent becomes something akin to...
  38. Re: Scents that NEED skin to evolve their true nat

    Probably just about every scent from the "chest hair" period (aka. mid 70's through until the early 80's): [smiley=cool.gif]
    Givenchy Gentleman, Kouros, vC and A, Azzaro, Yatagan, Boss No....
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    Re: Lanvin - Vetyver

    I had a look on the Lanvin website. It has vetiverol listed instead of true vetiver - an extract of the most delicate essences of vetiver, or something. So maybe this was never intended to smell like...
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    Re: Davidoff (1984)???

    A very disparate fragrance. It tries to cover too much territory and there isn't enough in the middle to tie it all together. On me, the top notes were quite medicinal and eucalyptic. The base notes...
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    Re: Sergio Tacchini (1987) *in put please

    I haven't smelt this one since the 80's, but yes I remember it being quite herbal. Not really a "green" fougere (like Eternity) and not really an earthy/animalic "aromatic" fougere (like Azzaro). But...
  42. Re: News: P&G president wants to dominate the worl

    Wants to dominate the world? [smiley=huh.gif] Good God.
    Does electricity shoot from his fingers? Does he have a masked henchman who dresses in black leather body suits?
    Hoooo-Haaaa-Hoooo-Haaaaa....
  43. Thread: Dunhill Fresh

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    Re: Dunhill Fresh

    I'm going to add: If you can "visualise" a scent in terms of colour. The "teal" colour of the juice decribes the scent perfectly. Yes - airy, aquatic, dewy green, powdery, floral - pale teal. I like...
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    Re: Just how important are caps / lids

    I have a sneaking suspicion that fragrances without caps evaporate from their bottles a tad faster than those that do. There were two scents in particular I hadn't used for a while: Ultraviolet (no...
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    Re: Cartier Santos - Problem

    I'd be careful with the Concentree version. If it's in the new bottle/formula, it's almost the same as the normal, except the "stale cookie" note is stronger. I wore SC out once and a rather rude...
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    Re: Is it plausible that ....

    With respect to inhaling dangerous compounds from perfumes etc. (and having them persist in our systems), I think simply eating certain foods posses much more risk to our long-term health. Correct me...
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    Re: Is it plausible that ....

    If you apply 0.5 mL of a scent that is 90 % (v/v) alcohol, that equates to 0.45 mL pure alcohol. Which will evaporate within minutes of application.
    If you drink one glass of wine (about 100 mL?)...
  48. Thread: New: Canali.

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    Re: New: Canali.

    Yup. If this was created by Pierre Bourdon, it might be something to watch out for. This guy has created some very successful and well-respected scents: YSL Kouros and Live Jazz, Davidoff Cool Water...
  49. Thread: Lilies

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    Re: Lilies

    You want Insense (Givenchy)! Lily of the Valley is one of the prominent notes. People say it's too feminine for a guy to wear, but I find it to be more "masculine" than some other masculine florals...
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    Re: Salvador Dali pour homme

    I love it! Very sexy (on me, at least)! [smiley=cool.gif]
    It dries down quite powdery, but still stays heavy and "dark". It's got that gothic green walk-in-the-forst-at-mignight note in it too.
    I...
  51. Re: 100ml of eau de toilette should last..........

    I think some of us tried to calculate this a few years back. From memory, we figured that the average application for a EdT of average strength was somewhere between 0.25 and 0.5 mL. So that means...
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    Re: Malfunctioning sprayer

    Yeah. Looks like I'm gong to have to decant. Hopefully I'll be able to work the metal seal off the glass with the curved end of a small hammer - kind of prize off the entire spray mechanism, then...
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    Malfunctioning sprayer

    I recently purchased a bottle, only sprayer isn't working too well. At best, it delivers a stream. At worst, the juice just dribbles down the white tube that you push the atomiser button onto. I...
  54. Rochas Moustache: normal vs. concentree

    Hey guys and gals,
    Does anyone know how different these are from eachother?

    Cheers,
    Gavin
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    Re: Santos. Old v New. Any way to tell?

    With respect to the new packaging, be careful with both the normal and the concentree. Try before you buy.
    On me, the new versions of both smell great for about 30 - 45 min, then poop out, leaving a...
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    Summer Editions

    Stopped by a dept. store on the way home last night and all the summer editions were in:

    Curve Wave: Fruity and light (but with some musk in the base to reign it in)

    Tommy Summer 2005: Fruity...
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    Re: Peach scents for guys????

    Allure Homme and Escada Homme have very subdued peach notes.
    A close cousin: Estee Lauder Pleasures for men as some sort of hydroponic/cryogenic/transgenic/ethylene-ripened nectarine note.

    G
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    Re: Need a classic scent...which one?

    If you're thinking along the lines of Lanvin L'Homme, how about the original Lacoste? (in the green and white bottle). It has the classic understated "white shirt" lavender accord of the Lanvin, but...
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    Re: Misbehaving facial hair

    I have a goatee and I've found that, unless it's stubbly short, it's quite hard to control. As someone said above, facial hair is so much coarser than head hair - you have to approach the grooming...
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