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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    I am compelled to offer some of my experiences that may help out those who are just venturing into this hobby. I would like to advise everyone to stay true to yourselves and your desires. There are...
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    Re: Perfumed Court Issue

    Okay, attacking me is unnecessary when I am agreeing with your side. Customer service is important with me and I wanted it to be made clear that their customer service was excellent. I have...
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    Re: Perfumed Court Issue

    I hate to join in because the ladies are nice and they shipped my orders really fast but...all four of my samples are incredibly weak and before I saw this post, I too was wondering about the quality...
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    Re: In Search of Some Guidance

    You don't have to look at it that way. Don't alternate your specific taste to conform to the basenote's vets on here or anyone else for that matter. It just may be that light/fresh scents is your...
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    Re: YSL L'HOMME vs. Lancome Hypnose

    I agree. Not everyone wants to smell "outrageous" and if YSL played it safe then IMHO, they did a fine job making a quality safe cologne. I hate ginger notes, but, even L'Homme had me enjoying it for...
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    Re: Aqua Di Gio -vs- L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme

    No, your not alone. I think anyone who is not a basenote pro or who does not have a nose that can analyze every note would think the same along with Bulgar Aqua, Givenchy blue lable, Eau by Paco...
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    Re: Something similar to Prada Men...

    Yeah, prada man is something I enjoyed when I first wore it, but, it made me nauseous if I wore it too long. It might be fragrances that has a strong amber note in it that does it. You might want to...
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    Re: The.... "J" word...

    I like it too. I use to wear the mini that came with the giftset my dad bought from the beach. But, learn from my dad's mistake. I actually smelled this for the first time when he walked into the...
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    Re: Aquatic Hater's Aquatics?

    I am not a hater, but, Paco Rabonne's eau reminds me a lot of ADG even though it's not classified as such. I wear this on weekends. But, I honestly do get tired of the ADG clones not because I...
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    Re: Prada Ambre for Men

    When I first wore the sample of this, I really enjoyed it and would have given it an 8. But, I found out it makes me nauseous if I wear it too much so I would give it a 6.
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    Re: Usher fragrance is pure teen crap!

    Let me just say that I have not smelled the new Usher yet.

    No offense to Creed fans at all, but, copying in such arenas like the fragrance industry is not always a bad thing. There are people who...
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    Re: Tide Simple Pleasures Vanilla and Lavender

    The new Tide and Downy "essentials" are amazing too I just finished my sample which was a Lilac and Lavendar combination that had the whole hallway smelling great. Although, for those fragrance...
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    Re: Are we ever satisfied?

    I agree. There is nothing on my "want" list that I feel the need to go out and buy right now. And that makes me happy as I know that I may always carry this need to continue my search for the...
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    Re: Just bought Unforgivable.....

    Ehh, I was compelled to add to the support of unforgivable. I too prefer it over the Creeds that I have tried. I must admit, I haven't tried MI yet, but, I don't really have that desire to anymore....
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    Re: 3 no-no notes

    Heavy doeses of orange, fruity, and pepper notes are by far my least favorite. Also, I have learned I am not a fan of tea notes so I tend to avoid fragrances with these types of notes in them.
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    Re: Anyone purchase off of FragranceNet?

    It never hurts to try and call in person, but, I will let you know that Fragrancenet has a tendency to take a long time with some of their orders. In fact, it's been that way with all of my orders...
  17. Re: what fragrance have you applied and later noticed its awesomeness?

    I had the same reaction; in fact, it gets stronger as time passes. I would say Mugler's cologne but I like this one all the way through especially when that cool breeze picks up outside which makes...
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    Re: What are you favorite notes?

    Jasmine (even though I haven't found a suitable jasmine dominant cologne yet), White Musk, Vetiver, Citrus Notes, Water Lily, Chocolate (white too), and vanilla.
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday 19th Sept.

    212...shortest post ever...well, for me it is.
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    Re: Looking for scents like JPG's Le Male

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned Jaipur homme, although, it works better on other people than it does on me. I second PI as well.
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    Re: Ebay is suing Perfume Bay : (

    Excellent point. You also have to apply the reasonable person defense here. I am sure when the owner of Perfumebay was coming up with an appriopiate name for her business, she had no idea that a lack...
  22. Re: Looking for a trendy, modern, every-day fragrance

    I agree, there is nothing sweet about Armani Code. You might want to try some of the other Armani's too, they may be a better version of what your looking for. I am enjoying Emporio HE right now.
  23. Re: Similar Alternatives to Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio

    I have to say, I never paid that much for ADG and I bought it when it first came out. It should be much cheaper, you can buy it at drugstores here in the US for under $30 dollars. If the sending...
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    Re: Metallic Scents

    I agree with allure sport top notes and Chrome.

    Actually, about the inkjet SWM comment, I think most people describe that "odd" note as just regular ink from a pen which is what I agree with. I...
  25. Re: Fragrances for 10 bux or less!! Help needed!

    Pretty much any clinique happy mini comes with a spray and is of course under ten dollars.
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    Re: Scent needed for Winter Wedding

    You can try calling the Barney's in NY, the manager generally sends out musc ravegeur and frederick malle when they actually have samples on hand. But if they don't have any then you should be able...
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    Re: For the guy who hates fragrances

    Well, if you were going for a scent that is similar to ADG but different, the first two that will always pop into my mind is Bulgari Aqua and Issey Miayke. I also hear that D and G light blue homme...
  28. Re: Anyone else like modern scents a lot more than older ones?

    I am 26 and I definitely tend to lean more to the modern scents. I find that most of the "classic" scents are either generally dominated by an earthy/heavy note or I find that if I wear it, I just...
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    Re: Ebay is suing Perfume Bay : (

    I agree! As someone who has uses Perfumebay quite often (especially for samples), I have never even come close to thinking one "bay" correlates with the other...they are just being greedy.
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    Re: Lancome Hypnôse Homme reminds me of...

    Wow, people are comparing this to a variety of frags. It actually reminds me of their discontinued one, "O", which had a good floral base.
  31. Re: Your type of fragrance. Which scent fits to you the best?

    I would have to go with fresh scents which often gets overused, but, when it is actually done right, it works well with me. I would say woody scents would be my second.
  32. Re: Some basenoters ruin some fragrances with their comments!!!

    I find that this applies to me quite often too. It's a shame I can't quote two people as I find Eric's reply very accurate as well.
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    Re: Best Drugstore Fragrance?

    With the utmost respect here, that doesn't sound much like you think it's the best at all. I see this fragrance get knocked down by Creed fans so much that I had to try it and to be honest...it...
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    Re: How Long Does It Last ...

    Like the others have said, it should last a while even on your shelf. For example, I bought Chrome almost five years ago and the little bit in the bottle still smells the same. When you add more to...
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    Re: Help me decide my next purchase

    Here is a link to some Mugler Cologne option on perfume bay. http://www.perfumebay.com/brands-t-thierry-mugler-cologne-by-thierry-mugler.html

    Looking at your favorites, I am guessing you should...
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    Re: It's about that time again: Current Top 5!

    May change even more as I continue to sample more international fragrances, but, as for right now:


    1. Isfarkand
    2. Magnetism
    3. Pleasures
    4. L’homme de coeur
    5. Mugler Cologne
    6. GFT
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    Re: Best Drugstore Fragrance?

    MIne too, and yet, it gets so many bad reviews.
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    Re: Isfarkand and Geir

    An excellent comparison.

    I see what your saying Trebor and I completely agree that it does settles down after the first hour, but, it doesn't completely disappear to the point where you won't...
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    Re: Escada - Magnestism For Men

    Nope, not at all. Armani is definitely stronger, more masculine, and it's pepper note is more prevalent (at least to me it is).

    I know websites such as Perfumebay.com offers international...
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    Re: Isfarkand and Geir

    I have to stick up for Isfarkand longevity, after using the sample and now having the bottle, i have to say it's pretty decent. I am not saying it will last forever, but, reading the other topic post...
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    Re: Escada - Magnestism For Men

    It is one of my favorite scents, mainly because it is so light, meaning it won't choke you to death. And while being light, it still holds a nice sillage. I am not generally a good fan of leather...
  42. Re: Which fragrance received the most compliments?

    My most recent was definitely Mugler's cologne, but, the most is probably Isfarkand (it stands out), follow by unforgivable, Magnetism (my most worn and casual scent), and Clinique Happy (I never...
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    Re: stylish samples from Ormonde Jayne

    I agree, they are class all of the way and there are some American retailers who should really take notes in how Ormonde Jayne does business. Orris Noir was too "floral" for me to pull off (still...
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    Re: Did this ever happened to you?

    I wouldn't say I love this fragrance, but, I actually enjoyed the women's version of Chic which made me test out the male's version which is completely different. I also enjoyed Escada Paradise to...
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    Re: first green fragrance

    I see what you are saying now that I actually have sample it today, especially on the dry down. I guess it's a matter of what type of green he wants, because this would be more in the "darker" part...
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    Re: first green fragrance

    I agree that TdH is not really a "green" scent. I hear that Miracle L'aquatonic is a masculine version of Mugler Cologne although, I am still waiting to try it out myself.
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    Chic for men popped into mind when I think of an incense/sweet type of smell.
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    Re: Internet Sites - DISCOUNT ONLY

    It's never too late to add to a thread that spreads consumer awareness. Perfumebay has been decent to me with their fast shipping and over half of my full bottles has come from this company and are...
  49. Re: This summer which is your favorite "Cologne"

    I generally like to be the one who goes against the crowd...ehh...but my answer is predictable Mugler Cologne. Unforgivable would be a close second. It's not first because I've smelled it on too many...
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    Re: What deodorant / antiperspirant ?

    A lot of Degree's products works well, even the scented ones.
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    Re: New scent for young guy?

    I guess it would depend on what category of cologne you or your gf love the most. If you have one, you will be able to limit your choices and get better recommendations that way.
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    Re: Name your favorite online fragrance store.

    imaginationperfumery.com is probably, overall, the best site with quality, but, it is sometimes a little more expensive than the other online sites. Perfumebay is something I use quite often and they...
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    Re: Sensual/sexy scents in summer

    Isfarkand is a summer scent? I've been saving this thing till it gets cooler, not to mention that it is too expensive to use casually. Magnatism and Mugler Cologne are definitely good choices. Touch...
  54. Re: Creed, really that good or just marketing hype.

    To your "typical" fragrance enthusiast...it can be argued that hype does exist. But for your average person who only owns one bottle of cologne and base their next buy on a sample they rubbed on...
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    Re: What does "soapy" mean?

    I can't honestly say from the hundreds of samples that I smelled that I ever thought of one of them reminding me of a bar of soap. There is only one cologne that even fits the discription of...
  56. Thread: Bye guys!

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    Re: Bye guys!

    If you have to delete it then that means your going to have a problem staying off it. I am hardly even no here anymore, I even went a month without the urge to come here. It comes in moderation, if...
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    Re: If I like Acqua di Gio, what will I love?

    I will give you that on the dry down, Bulgari is different. But, if your the type who has a true "basenote-anaylzing" nose, than yes, go with Bulgari. If your nose is more average and you just go...
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    Re: If I like Acqua di Gio, what will I love?

    Well, if your going for something completely different from ADG, then I would stay clear of Issey Miyake and Bulgari Aqua because of the similarities. CK One and Chrome are a couple straight off of...
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    Re: Top 5 English Fragrances

    Excellent taste on Isfarkand, GFT, and Sandalwood. The other two I never smelled before so I can imagine they must be quality too!
  60. Thread: Isfarkand

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    Re: Isfarkand

    I agree with the majority of what people had to say about Isfarkand being a warm weather scent. It really is the best use of vetiver in a fragrance that I have smelled to this date which is the...
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    Re: Your worst frag gift ever?

    My mother gave me for Christmas your basic gift set which included drug store mini colognes. My most hated was Stetson...shocker...and believe it or not, Aspen. I liked the latter's scent but it was...
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    Re: Smells like Brut Deodorant?

    I don't know why but Aqua De Parma reminds me of Brut a lot. A more expensive version that is.
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    Re: "Men Smelling Badly" - Chandler Burr in NYT

    Yes, I too must show my support for Chrome, it's one of my favs of all time. I am surprised by the comment as I always found it to be a universally pleasing scent.
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    Re: Buying versace dreamer blind

    If you want a sample for The Dreamer, you might want to go to one of the online perfume outlets like Perfume Bay or FragranceNet. I am one of the ones who likes The Dreamer and the opening is what...
  65. Re: Eluard's "Whither Stereotyping Basenoters" idea

    I had no idea that this was a post about people making generalizations on herre. I was just reading it at first as a discussion in philosophy that I really had no input on to add a reply although I...
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    Re: Your Fragrance "Statistics"...

    I would say that I have tested around 60 and I have owned around 20 which would add up to.........I will get back to you on that.
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    Re: my introduction to Serge Lutens perfumes

    I just want to say that I am way over my head in this thread and it was very entertaining.

    Welcome to Basenotes SergeLutens4me, assuming that this wasn't some sort of advertisment.
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    Re: have you reached the end of your search?

    I agree with most of the points that has already been made. When you first find such a site like basenotes, you start off on this “mad” hunt for your number 1…but that’s just it…you find out that...
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    Re: Nauseating Frgrances

    I like Prada Man, but, I found out if I wear it too long it really hits my stomach. And, amazingly, GFT, which is in my regular rotation and it is one of my favorite colognes, but, again, it does...
  70. Re: Bizarre Fragrance swap story. Has anything like this happened to you?

    I concur!
  71. Re: Bizarre Fragrance swap story. Has anything like this happened to you?

    I agree with the majority of what Joy said. The issue with the story is perspective. Most of the basenoters sympathize with their fellow basenoters who were in a situation that could happen to anyone...
  72. Thread: Old man

    by silk4ever
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    Re: Old man

    I know I am late with the accolades here, but, I had the urge to stand up and clap after reading this!

    But, I guess I am somewhat a hypocrite. I know I have used the term "old man" smell before...
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    Re: I really need to diversify and sample

    There was one great thread about where you can get free samples from places in London and Paris. I definitely added to my "fav list" just by writing and emailing to some of these places and I didn't...
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    It would be "ungentleman" of me not to say thanks for the compliment!
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    Serge Lutens is another house with a notable reputation on here that I will be...
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    Yes! Thank you, Bulgari is another house I have been disappointed by. As an open fan of acquatics, I was let down by Aqva...the dry down just smells like a bad version of Armani's GIO to me. I must...
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    A man with good taste! I suppose it's time that I give the decant bottles a chance as I generally just ignore that type of "sampling".
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    I must admit to those who advise me to not give up on a fragrance so soon. I have a tedency to do that and I do not take the climate as a consideration in what to wear at all. I can also admit that I...
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    I give you credit for "coming clean", but, I think you are safe from getting jumped as it is clear this is one of the most controversial scents on here.
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    Vetiver extraordinaire is actually one that I did not like very much, compared to Bigarade, but it's growing on me with every use.
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    Re: A chance to come clean...

    "I just wanna smell good, BRO!!" is my creed for this hobby. Kinda ironic that I used that word.
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    A chance to come clean...

    Does any of the “newbies” or any of the ol’ basenotes vets ever get the feeling that their taste is widely different from the other basenoters? For example, Creed! Although I have only tried two...
  82. Re: NEW: Kenneth Cole RSVP (with no ozonic notes!)

    Yes! It was one of many samples that Dillard's sent me. It's not great at all people, beware of this "RSVP". You have been forewarned!
  83. Re: NEW: Kenneth Cole RSVP (with no ozonic notes!)

    Yes! It was one of many samples that Dillard's sent me. It's not great at all people, beware of this "RSVP". You have been warned!
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    Re: THIS frag should be better known.

    Kudos to Ormonde Jayne Isfarkand which is my number 1 right now but for how long...? And an honorable mention for Trumper's GFT which is definitely in my top ten right now! Another kudos to the...
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    Re: The Dreamer - what a masterpiece!

    Well, I guess this will be the thread that makes up for the lack of support and the previous. I think it is a classic, although, I never noticed the tobacco note. As far as age goes, I never got the...
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    Re: - Shown the door -

    I second that. Chrome is acutally in my "Top 10" list, but, I needed a break from it so I gave it to my twin who has the same chemistry for most fragrances as I do. Yes, I know, we're twins still...
  87. Re: Autobiographies: Early Defining Scent Memories

    I must admit, my first memory of "masculine" colognes was when my grandfather was still alive and he uses to have a bottle of "Old Spice" on top of his chest all of the time. I am admitting that as a...
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    Re: A*men? I don't get it!

    Not to sound like a broken record here...but I agree completely with the two who made similar "We all have different tastes" statement. There is no middle ground with A*Men (yes, I know, been said a...
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    Re: Worst Comment (or reaction)Ever Received?

    Exactly. When my car was broken, I had to take the bus. This boy and girl got on the bus and sat behind me and the boy commented, "See, I told you people on the bus stinks". I was wearing Ultraviolet...
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    Re: My continued love affair with ETERNITY

    Never said it wasn't classy. I just outgrew the scent as I wore it throughout high school.
  91. Re: Citrus...the same fragrance...different colognes

    Ouch! That's my brand!
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    Re: The different Company - opinions welcome

    This was my first buy as well. For whatever reason, the dry down reminds me a little like Independence. The fragrance does not last long though.
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    Re: My continued love affair with ETERNITY

    Okay, just put a little Nightflight on, I rescind, I see what your saying.
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    Re: My continued love affair with ETERNITY

    Nightflight? Didn't get that connection. Ahh, Eternity was my first designer fragrance, a gift from my grandmother. I have outgrown it because i wore it in high school but I still have a small bottle...
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    Re: Waste of money

    Had me going for a second there...loving that scent. I have to say Tommy Bahama. It really is not a bad scent...really it isn't! But it just isn't my type and so it sits there. Sometimes, I would...
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    Re: Need scent with great drydown....

    GFT has a nice dry down once the lemon note settles...gee...always wanted to mention a European fragrance.
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    Re: What's the best aquatic fragrance?

    Please make a little room for me in the corner. Let’s face it, Acqua Di Gio did not become so mainstream because it smells bad even though the scent has no effect on me anymore. I love aquatics...
  98. Re: "Soft" smelling fragrances - any recommendatio

    Agree with Magnetism. It's the main reason why I like it.
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    Re: So what is your fragrance story?

    Tsk, tsk, tsk, this habit is starting to reach kids at a younger age with each generation. Please be sure to stay away from suspicious strangers trying to sell you fragrances on a street corner.
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    Re: Least Favorite Creed?

    I tried two samples, SMW and Himalaya, and I did not really like either. SMW was unique though. Himalaya was the most surprising because it did not smell that original to me. I got both samples from...
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