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  1. Re: What was your first niche fragrance and what would you have bought first if you could go back?

    My first niche was Aventus. If I were to go back and start over, I would have bought Millesime Imperial instead. Aventus is nice, but it's not a favorite of mine, and it's definitely not one of my...
  2. Re: Terre D'Hermes smells like piss?

    There's an aroma chemical of some sort in TdH (and a few other scents) that my nose can't handle at all. No, it's not the Iso E Super. To me, TdH smells pretty bad - but I need to stress that it's...
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    Re: MI 2013 batches

    Yes. You're experiencing olfactory fatigue. I think it's funny how everybody instantly assumes batch variations and that they never experience olfactory fatigue.

    My bottle is from 2013. I...
  4. Re: SOTD: Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Millesime Imperial, for another day in the summer that seems to want to never end. I'm so ready for fall... but in the meantime, as summer drags on, MI is perfect.
  5. Sticky: Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests September, 2014

    It doesn't look like anyone claimed this yet... so... if that's the case, I'm claiming it!
  6. Re: Terre díHermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    I may have to get another sample of this one. I tried it in summer, but it only lasted maybe 4 hours on my skin. Maybe. 4 hours at best. I have a strong suspicion that TdHETF wears very well in...
  7. Re: Looking for something smokey for the cooler weather


    On first sniff, I was blown away by it, yet baffled. It took me a while to wrap my head around it. Since then, it's become an all time favorite.
  8. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain alternative?

    There is nothing alike. Echo? Yup. There's an echo in here, and with good reason. There is nothing else like L'Air du Desert Marocain, partly because LDDM changes a lot as it evolves on skin... ...
  9. Poll: Re: How much do you love your fragrances?

    I enjoy fragrances very much, but they're a luxury and I could easily do without if for some reason I had to. That being said, I don't want to do without. I enjoy them very much, but they don't...
  10. Re: Are there any great scents that smell like fresh linens?

    Call me crazy, but... I kind of got this vibe from Lalique White after the peppery opening faded.
  11. Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    I wish Guerlain scents were available locally. To the best of my knowledge, they're not in any stores where I live.

    BZZZZZZZZZZZT!!!!! That was discontinued in 2012. It's not in stores... ...
  12. Re: Wedding scent recommendations

    I want to comment on that last bit - about hoping he finds the perfect one. If it were my friend, I'd have him sniff a bunch of things from my collection, and my wedding gift to him would be a...
  13. Re: Wedding scent recommendations

    Dior Homme would be such a fantastic wedding day scent!

    1725 Casanova by Histoires de Parfums. Another faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaantastic choice!
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    Re: Scottish results scents?

    The NO votes won, so my pick would be... Chrome United?
  15. Re: I don't enjoy my colognes as much as usual when I'm really tired...

    Funny you should bring up this topic! I adore Interlude Man, but after a very long day, I had to take a shower to wash it off. I've never had that happen before. I've never gotten sick of wearing...
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    Re: IB vs 1725

  17. Re: Can really strong fragrances turn your nose off? Just like that?

    It's not an issue of synthetics. Take a laptop or tablet into a coffee shop and hang out for a while. When you first walk in the door, you're hit with the smell of coffee, but after a while, you...
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    Re: IB vs 1725

    Yup. For me, 1725 is a 9 out of 10, but if the licorice were toned down a bit (or a lot?!) it could be a perfect 10. Still, even as is, I think it's fantastic.
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    Re: IB vs 1725

    I agree.

    I understand how people can compare these two scents, but to me, 1725 and IB are very different, and I greatly prefer 1725. It's a matter of personal preference. I can tell that...
  20. Re: Can really strong fragrances turn your nose off? Just like that?

    It's not really your nose that's being turned off. It's your brain subconsciously ignoring something it determined to be more or less a constant and not harmful. Like it or not, keeping you safe is...
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    Re: Pick 2 from your collection

    Oh god I hope you're my neighbor - ah, never mind, you're in Australia. Crap.
  22. Re: shall I buy Rochas Man or MJ Legend and why?

    Only you can know which of the two will smell better to you. That being said... in general, it seems that Rochas Man has more fans, but that's not to suggest anyone who prefers MJ Legend is wrong. ...
  23. Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    I'm surprised by how many mentions I'm seeing for Grey Vetiver. That one doesn't get mentioned often on the forum, but it's showing up in a lot of top ten lists here. Interesting!
  24. Re: What methods do you use to weaken a fragrance's strength?

    I should add that when I first bought Interlude Man, I thought it was too strong, so I tried diluting a bit in alcohol, but the effect wasn't what I had in mind. By diluting it to EdT strength, I...
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    Re: Pick 2 from your collection

    Royal Oud and Interlude Man.

    Royal Oud because it's surprisingly, amazingly versatile.
    Interlude Man because it's bombastically indulgent.
  26. Re: What methods do you use to weaken a fragrance's strength?

    Spray less. Obviously.

    Spray from a further distance. This can help a lot. To test it out, try spraying 2 sheets of paper: one up close and one from a distance.

    Interlude Man is nuclear...
  27. Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    Yup. I realize Tom Ford private blends can be considered designer by some, but they can also be considered niche, and at that point, the conversation skews to things like Tobacco Vanille and Bois...
  28. Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    Vintage don't fit the thread though, because I'm asking for the best fragrances you could go to a brick & mortar store today to smell. There's no way to go to a local store to smell vintage Yatagan.
  29. Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    Interesting that you picked the EdT over the EdP. I picked the EdP, but honestly, I'm still trying to decide since I enjoy them both. I think these are underrated here on BN. :thumbsup:

  30. Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    What are your picks for the best designer scents available in stores? And, by stores, I mean brick & mortar stores you can go to locally.

    Sometimes designers don't get enough credit here, so I...
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    Re: Scent Trunk!

    Illum Dean is one of their featured brands. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!

    I'll be curious to see how this goes for those who sign up, but I'll pass. I'm skeptical. $15 seems pricey for 3...
  32. Re: what would the sons of anarchy wear?

    They're a motorcycle gang. Fashion isn't exactly what they're into. I'd assume they wear something old. Fahrenheit would be my guess, or Drakkar Noir. Or maybe Cool Water.

    Great show!
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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    Not a story about me, but it fits the thread.

    I came home in the middle of the night and found one of my neighbors in the lobby of my building, waiting for the elevator. It took all of about five...
  34. Re: Do anyone else NOT want monster sillage?

    That actually makes sense in terms of what I said.

    If sillage = spatial radiance in a floating frame of reference (caused by your movement), then Sillage = spatial radiance in a floating frame of...
  35. Re: I have a nuclear bottle of Creed Millesime Imperial

    I agree.

    This was easy for me to realize because before I found basenotes, I was a one-bottle guy. I'd buy a bottle of something and wear it until it was gone, and then I'd buy something else. ...
  36. Re: Do anyone else NOT want monster sillage?

    I agree 100%. This may be blasphemy on a perfume site, but when I see somebody looking for monster projection, I assume the person has self confidence issues and is desperate for attention... and I...
  37. Re: Do anyone else NOT want monster sillage?

    It's important to draw a distinction here between sillage and projection. Sillage and projection are not the same thing, and I think many people use the word Sillage when they really mean...
  38. Re: I have a nuclear bottle of Creed Millesime Imperial

    I love MI. It's a scent I can happily say I was dead wrong about. I sampled it in winter and thought it lasted maybe an hour or two. I wrote it off as being garbage. Boy was I wrong. I decided...
  39. Re: Scents that you own but wouldn't purchase again?

    I'd have more trouble answering the question if it was asking which scents I would buy again instead of which I wouldn't. There are probably only five that I'd buy again, and those are mostly...
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    Re: Best dry down frag

    Interlude Man. The drydown is probably my all time favorite. 24 hour longevity. I'm not kidding.

    L'Air du Desert Marocain. This one is pretty amazing as well. Very long lasting.

    Royal Oud....
  41. Re: Dior Homme Cologne '13 Appreciation Thread

    I suspect that part of the problem is availability. A lot of us have never had the chance to smell it. I live in Portland and, unless I'm mistaken, there isn't a single store here that carries it. ...
  42. Re: Another Aventus thread (ingredients)

    Here's something to keep in mind. People talk about notes, like pineapple, for example. But notes aren't ingredients. That's very important to keep in mind. A list of notes is NOT a list of...
  43. Re: For those who love Molecule 01.. What do you love about it?

    I've worn it quite a bit over the past two years, but I find myself wearing it less and less. I don't think I've ever been complimented on it. It's nice, but it's also kind of boring since it's...
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    Re: Suggestions Needed

    Terre d'Hermes? LOL! That's a hilarious description! It's funny how we all interpret smells differently.

    If you liked Terre d'Hermes, I strongly recommend you sample Terre d'Hermes Parfum. ...
  45. Re: Ever asked a person who was of the same sex what they were wearing? If so, how did you approach

    If I smell something on a guy and I want to know what it is, I say something like "Are you wearing cologne? Do you mind if I ask what it is, because it smells fantastic." So far, every time I've...
  46. Re: Scents that you wear for other people?

    I'd never wear a scent I don't enjoy just because someone else loves it, but I do choose to wear certain scents that I love for someone else if I know she loves them too. I dated a woman who loves...
  47. Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    You quoted me, but you missed the important part of what I said. I said:
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    Re: Bond No 9 NY Sandalwood

    I'm hit or miss on Bond... but I am definitely looking forward to getting my nose on this one. I guess I'm going to have to wait though. Gah.

    ...ah well. Hopefully it'll be worth the wait.
  49. Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    Of course a man can wear fragrances labelled as being "for women" and it's very common for women to wear fragrances labelled as being "for men" (or "por homme," etc). Men's & Women's... these are...
  50. Re: prada luna rossa extreme review

    I didn't care for the original at all... but this one was quite a surprise. It's very nice, and it's very very dry. I'm looking forward to giving it a full wear once cooler weather comes around. ...
  51. Re: Does Le Labo Rose 31 smell like cinnamon chewing gum to you?


    I don't get a Big Red vibe at all from Rose 31, though I wish I did. I really enjoy Rose 31, but I'm on the fence about a purchase. If it had more cinnamon, that might bump it up...
  52. Re: Paco Rabanne - Invictus (Underrated, loved by ladies)

    I think you may have misinterpreted what SmellyFinger was saying. I assume his point was about women being better judges than men in terms of what women like.
  53. Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    If you think people are, ahem, "crowing" about compliments, I think you're misunderstanding most of what this thread is all about. It doesn't seem like bragging to me. Quite the opposite. Bragging...
  54. Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    I've said this before and I'll say it again. Whenever you find yourself dealing with a bad sales assistant, you need to realize you're dealing with a bad store. Period.

    My worst experiences are...
  55. Re: D and g pour homme vs prada infusion pour homme

    Nope nope nopity ope ope. Nope.
  56. Replies

    Re: Fragrance for a long flight.

    I'd wear nothing. If I had to choose something, for the sake of this thread, I'd pick something very inoffensive and light. Infusion d'Homme, perhaps.

    I get the idea that perfume is better than...
  57. Re: Layering a Rose with other masculines

    I don't layer much either. I don't think most people realize how difficult it is to layer well. Most think top notes and forget that the two layered scents will each evolve on skin, so layering...
  58. Poll: Re: Amouage question... Epic, Jubilation or Interlude?!

    The "best" is always going to be the one you enjoy the most. You've picked three excellent choices.

    My pick is Interlude Man. Epic Man would be my second choice of the three. I find Interlude...
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    Re: HdP: Your Picks, and...

    True, but the shipping knocks it up to $46 if I'm not mistaken.
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    HdP: Your Picks, and...

    Histoires de Parfums doesn't seem to get many mentions here, so I was wondering... what are your favorites from this house, and do they fit certain occasions or uses for you?

    I'm really enjoying...
  61. Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    100000000000.7% this :thumbsup:
  62. Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    I don't care. Really, I don't. Niche? Designer? These terms are irrelevant to me. I really do not care at all.

    I sample a fragrance.
    Then I look at the price.
    If I enjoy the fragrance...
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    Re: Best sprayers?

    Amouage sprayers crack me up. My bottle of Interlude Man puts out the least juice of any sprayer I've ever used - and thank god for that! In terms of liquid sprayed, 1 Creed spray is probably equal...
  64. Re: Best blind buy from the amouage range


    Unless you're wealthy enough that a few hundred dollars is irrelevant, blind buying at Amouage prices is silly. Buy samples from Parfums Raffy. They sell 2.5ml official carded spray...
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    Re: Best sprayers?

    Creed sprayers are the WORST in my opinion, not the best. They're very wasteful, putting out a ton of juice, with a lot of it lost in the air.

    The finer the mist, the more juice never reaches...
  66. Re: Going to a wedding scent..

    Gucci Pour Homme II would be my pick, or Dior Homme if the affair is more formal. I'd specifically avoid scents like DHI which can be too loud, especially if the event includes any time spent...
  67. Re: How much do you think Creed actually makes?

    Isn't that true of any niche house though? Look at Amouage or Clive Christian.

    Prices aren't based on what a fragrance is "worth" - as if that could even be quantified. Prices are about what...
  68. Re: Millesime imperial great longevity

    I think people often underestimate how much of a factor the weather plays in how some fragrances wear. I sampled TdH Eau tres Fraiche on a day when humidity was around 15% and it seemed to quickly...
  69. Re: Voyage d`Hermes Hermes thoughts? Worth the Price?


    Only you can know if something is worth your money. For me, this was a pass.... but you're not me.
  70. Replies

    Re: Tom Ford Noir

    I think pretty highly of Tom Ford Noir, both EdP and the newer EdT. They smell surprisingly similar, though they're definitely not the same. The EdP is more animalic, whereas the EdT is a bit...
  71. Re: Millesime imperial great longevity

    This is 10000000000% it. I tested MI in the winter and thought it was garbage. I felt like I was getting maybe 2 or 3 hours from it. I tried it again on a hot spring day and I easily got 8 to 10...
  72. Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I got a compliment from a lovely woman (in her early 30s?) on Royal Oud.

    I don't know why I don't wear this one more often. It's really something special.
  73. Re: SOTD: Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Royal Oud
  74. Poll: Re: --------->Guys, do you follow gender classification with fragrances?

    Disagreed. "B" still implies that gender classification would matter to me generally, but it doesn't. The only thing that matters to me is how a fragrance smells to me.
  75. Replies

    Re: Special Occasion scent??


    Interlude Man is my favorite for especially dressy occasions. I wear it casually too... but for a night on the town, it can't be beat!
  76. Re: Very disappointed with PdM Herod

    Herod was a reminder for me that it's foolish to sample fragrances in the wrong seasons. I tried Herod on a summer evening and didn't care for it. A week or two later, we had a scorcher of a...
  77. Re: Grey Flannel and Fahrenheit

    I agree completely! I think that even the current Fahrenheit is pretty marvelous. I'd put it in my all time top ten - maybe even top 5. Grey Flannel, on the other hand... I can't do it.
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    Re: Molecule 01

    Molecule 01 is probably THE most misunderstood scent of all time. People say such ridiculous things about it.

    First, what it is: It's Iso E Super - an aroma chemical - diluted to perfume...
  79. Re: Bond Bleecker st. is sooo underrated!

    I like Bleecker, but it's just a like, not a love. I picked one up for a great price at a discounter. It's a really neat scent, but it has a chemical vibe lurking beneath its fun and fresh facade,...
  80. Poll: Re: --------->Guys, do you follow gender classification with fragrances?

    I would have preferred an option for "If it smells like it's something I'd want to wear, I wear it."
  81. Re: I really hate the note yuzu. might know it as Third Man.
  82. Replies

    Re: Today I bought: September 2014

    Prada Amber Intense. It's such an underrated gem.
  83. Re: SOTD: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Amouage, Interlude Man
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    Re: Dior Homme?

    This. Every single word of this. Absolutely.

    EDITED to add: Cacio's comment directly below marvelously sums it up too.
  85. Re: SOTD:: Sunday August 31, 2014

    Having completed my one week challenge, I'm giving Tom Ford Noir EdT a test-wear today.
  86. Replies

    Re: The One vs La Nuit?


    Scent-wise, I'd choose The One, but I hate how it wears, so I don't own it. The One starts so BIG - too big for my tastes. But it fades away surprisingly quickly. I like moderate...
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    Something else to keep in mind: whether or not it would work for you is about more than just the note. It's about the style of the fragrance it's used in as well as being about the other notes...
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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    Who gets to decide what smells "bad"?

    No, really. I'm serious. One person may think it smells awful, but another may find it mysterious and wonderful. Someone else might think it smells old or...
  89. Re: The rumors of Gucci Pour Homme II's discontinuation have been greatly exaggerated

    I have to admit, I'm shocked. I called Gucci customer service back in fall 2012 when Gph II started disappearing from shelves at Nordstrom and Sephora. I was told it had been discontinued and would...
  90. Re: Your top 3 strictly masculine scents

    Terre d'Hermes Parfum
    Interlude Man
  91. Replies

    Re: The One Week Challenge

    Today is my final day of Al Rehab Silver. It's Day 7, and not a day too soon. Whew. I don't think this challenge was particularly difficult, but I should have chosen a different scent - something...
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    Re: Aventus pantry dropper!

    AHAHAAHAAAAAAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!!! :tekst-toppie:

    All I got was a friggin' bag of flour and some ant traps.
  93. Replies

    Re: Aventus pantry dropper!

    I agree. Can we all stop using the term pantydropper? It's insulting to women, and it's also an embarrassment toward men because it makes us look like we're a bunch of mean spirited juveniles. ...
  94. Sticky: Re: New men's giveaway thread, no requests, no hogs allowed. August 2014

    Here's a giveaway from me, because L'HBI giveth when L'HBI taketh away :thumbsup:

    Continental U.S. only. Up for grabs, samples of...

    - Bergamotto Marino
    - Cedrat Boise
    - Narcisso Rodriguez...
  95. Sticky: Re: New men's giveaway thread, no requests, no hogs allowed. August 2014

    OH MUH GAWD! YES!!! Claimed!
  96. Re: Why is my MI stronger when I dab it on?

    Any fragrance should be stronger when you dab it on - because you're applying a thick coat (a blob, basically) instead of a fine mist. This is one reason why I hate testing scents with a dab instead...
  97. Re: Dilemma - Creed's Vetiver Geranium or Bond no. 9's Scent of Peace for men -

    Exactly. Synthetics can create smells that don't exist in nature, and they can be used to give longevity or projection that wouldn't otherwise be possible. The fruity top in Aventus smells...
  98. Re: Delimma - Creed's Vetiver Geranium or Bond no. 9's Scent of Peace for men -

    Yeah. I really wanted to like this one. The bottle is pretty marvelous, and the top notes are quite nice. I'm not sure if the issue is the drydown though perhaps it is. I think some of the notes...
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    Re: New: Bond No. 9 Queens

    Fragrantica lists it as unisex, which makes far more sense. Queens as a masculine is kind of silly.

    Me too! ...but it's going to have that Bond base, which I'm pretty undecided on. I'll...
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    Al Rehab Silver, Day 6.

    The versatility of this one is better than I initially realized. Temps here have been in the 90s, 80s and now the 70s this week. Nights have dropped into the 50s. ...
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