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    Re: Recommendations To Make A Frag Last Longer

    I'm in the process of writing a complete guide to sillage and longevity. It's taking a while as there's a lot to say (I'm on around 2000 words and counting) but I will post it in full in a new thread...
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    Re: What is your HOLY GRAIL???

    I don't think I'll ever find anything that tops Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, though recently By Kilian A Taste of Heaven and Amouage Memoir Man have come close, so I guess those would be my 3!
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    Re: Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    Brilliant - yes, it's the artemisia note I love, not anise! Thanks for clearing that up
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    Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    Hi all,

    I'm a big fan of By Kilian's A Taste of Heaven and Amouage's Memoir Man but would rather not spend in excess of $200 a bottle on either (though frankly, with Memoir, it might come to...
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    Re: Ladies, please wear men's fragrances more often.

    I also love Pour Monsieur and Eau Sauvage and would recommend Eau de Guerlain, though not strictly "masculine". Ormonde Man is spectacular
  6. Re: If you were going to seduce somebody, what scent would you be wearing? ++

    I will readily own up to having been seduced by Midnight Poison in the past. In fact, lots of perfumes that I tend not to like on most people have floored me on seductresses. Black Orchid,...
  7. Re: Which scent has the highest positive:negative review ratio?

    Azzaro PH wins for frags with over 100 ratings: 116 positive to 8 negative
  8. Re: Spraying the wrists. Is there actually any point to it?

    It's something I've been meaning to do for a while but never got round to - maybe this weekend!
  9. Re: Spraying the wrists. Is there actually any point to it?

    I use my wrists for testing but tend to wear fragrance only on the back of my neck and my forearms. One day I'm gonna write a comprehensive guide to sillage, longevity, olfactory fatigue and scent...
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    Re: Blind buys you actually DIDN'T regret?

    Grey Flannel. $13 for 120 ml, a classic and a reference, worth having in any library, and one of the best room sprays. If I spray my room with it before I sleep, I wake up blissfully refreshed
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    Re: Introduce yourself !!!

    Born and raised in London and Cambridge, UK, spent 4 years in Bristol for university before coming over to the US for grad school last July. I'd say I've got a scientific mind, an artistic soul and...
  12. Thread: Recommendations?

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    Re: Recommendations?

    A few years ago, I'd have recommended Paul Smith London, but that was discontinued over a year ago, to my great disappointment.

    La Nuit de L'Homme will serve you well. Whatever people may think...
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    Re: Xerjoff Damarose and Richwood Revews!

    I'm just trying this out for the first time today. I swear there's a bunch of cedar in here, too - when I first spritzed this all I got was a massive blast of cedar. But the sandalwood here is...
  14. Re: I've been asked to stop wearing fragrance, what would you do?

    I'd just recommend wearing v light fragrances with v few sprays when you go to class. If you're on here, chances are you've got enough to choose from. Yeah she was rude about it but at least she had...
  15. Re: Two-Part 1st Date Fragrance Question: Advice Needed

    Really just wear what you feel most comfortable in, and apply a little. If she's not big on the fragrance, no big deal, and if she is then it'll give her an excuse to get up close. As far as I'm...
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    Re: Does any man on here actually like Amouage Gold?

    I love it. I also wear huge aldehylic florals like Joy and No. 5. I have absolutely no reservations about smelling like flowers - why should women get all the fun?
  17. Re: Sort of Interesting Top-10 List: Most Expensive Fragrance

    Total rubbish. It's not right in any light - it's not right in terms of the cost of the perfume per ml, nor the cost of the bottle (where are the Baccarat editions of all the other fragrances? And...
  18. Re: 1930's, whiskey, coffee, apothecary, jazz: what fragrance? (pic included)

    I'll add another voice to the Tom Ford Tuscan Leather recommendations. And Memoir Man was an excellent suggestion, too.

    Otherwise, not much to add, really!
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    Re: Artificial sweeteners and sports fragrances

    Haha, good point...
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    Re: Artificial sweeteners and sports fragrances

    I really dislike diet drinks, and yeah I dislike most "sport"-like fragrances.

    But I love sherbet, which I think lots of "sport" fragrances smell like.
  21. Thread: Amazing ambers

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    Re: Amazing ambers

    :shocked: I've been looking for that one...I know where I'm headed this weekend (with a long list)!
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    Re: Worst cologne you've ever smelled???????????

    I'm clearly prematurely ancient here at the grandfatherly age of 22 ;-)

    I know it's extremely popular, I just don't get it. This is, however, coming from someone who wears Joy parfum more than...
  23. Re: Amouage Memoir or Jubilation XXV? Help me decide.

    Personally, I prefer Memoir, though I like both. I think Memoir is absolutely exquisite though
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    Re: Projection on wrist different to neck?

    Should be. Your neck is hotter than your wrist, so the perfume should evaporate more quickly = stronger projection, theoretically shorter lifetime.

    However, your wrist is more likely to rub on...
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    Re: Worst cologne you've ever smelled???????????

    Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    I will never understand this one, never.
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    Re: Your favorite fragrance house

    Serge Lutens, despite Borneo 1834. Close contenders would be Hermes (despite Voyage, which I can't persuade myself to like), Chanel (despite Bleu and Allure Homme Sport, which I can't persuade other...
  27. Thread: Amazing ambers

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    Re: Amazing ambers

    I tried Chergui recently and liked it, though I feel the tobacco-honey feel isn't quite up my street. Hanae Mori is another fragrance I like very much; Rochas Man I'll definitely seek out.

    Thanks...
  28. Thread: Amazing ambers

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    Re: Amazing ambers

    I found L'Artisan's original totally dull, and while the "extreme" version was ramped up, they ramped up the wrong parts for my liking (vanilla, floral) while I was looking for something spicer,...
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    Amazing ambers

    Here's the premise: the first time I smelled Ambre Sultan I knew it was love; it's remained pretty much my favourite frag in the world. I was still a complete newbie to the world of perfume them, and...
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    Re: Name some of your most addicting fragrances

    I wear Joy parfum to bed but only when I'm sleeping alone. Amber Sultan and By Kilian A Taste of Heaven are two I find myself continuously sniffing
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    Re: Why do I ever wear anything else?

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
  32. Thread: Compliments?

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    Re: Compliments?

    I get very few compliments on fragrances I wear, but have noticed several things.
    1) I don't tend to wear the kinds of fragrances that garner lots of compliments from women, whereas the guys who...
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    Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Amouage Epic Man.
    Chanel Antaeus

    Both dry and spicy, though perhaps not orientally fragrant enough for your needs.
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    Re: Do fine wine aficionados wear frags ?

    My interest in scent actually started in the world of wine and only recently progressed into the world of fragrance and scent creation (the combination of these interests is actually leading me to...
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    Re: Why is Ormonde Jayne so underrated?

    I love the line, and the Discovery Set is one of my most prized possessions. I'm currently saving up for a FB of OJ Man, one of my favourite scents ever.

    One place where OJ does get a lot of love...
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    Re: Should I buy the Luca Turin book?

    Buy it, read it and enjoy it. But never EVER buy a perfume simply on the basis of a glowing review. Two people's opinions, that's all.
  37. Re: Complex, pleasant and not boring scent for the office from niche houses

    Memoir Man would be great.

    Trying another tack, Isfarkand by Ormonde Jayne is excellent and massively underworn in my opinion.
  38. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Estee Lauder Dubious Pleasures
    Hermes Eau d'Orange Merde
    Jo Malone Wild Pig & Chassis
    Histoire de Parfums 9/11 (ouch)

    Ok I'm stopping there because all I can think of now are really dark ones...
  39. Thread: I just snagged...

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    Re: I just snagged...

    So jealous. Like you, I use it on super-hot Summer days. One of the only things I find cools me down!
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    Oops I guess I didn't emphasise my point correctly, which was that Luca is the only critic who is *high profile among the general populace*, the book being the reason for that. Of course, I agree...
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    Re: London

    Yep, Harrods hands down
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    He's a critic, he gives his opinions. In the world of anything else, you'd hunt around to find a critic whose tastes match your own (e.g. Robert Parker vs Steven Tanzer vs Hugh Johnson vs James Laube...
  43. Thread: Lurker no more!

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    Re: Lurker no more!

    Hi PradaG! As a former lurker myself I know how liberating it can be to step out of the shadows and into such warm and friendly community, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. And we're all here...
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    Re: what is the WORST smelling fragrance

    Though sometimes, in moments of weakness, I think I like Tom Ford Black Orchid, it is actually a truly, truly vile scent.
  45. Re: Do you consider Bond no. 9 New Haarlem one of the best men's fragrance?

    Definitely not. It's one of my favourites of the Bond line, but I tend to find their fragrances underwhelming, so to me New Haarlem is just good, not spectacular. I own a sample and wear it from time...
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    Re: Calling all VETS..

    Wear only what you love, even if it might seem weird to those around you.

    There is *always* a way to get a sample of something. You never need to buy a full bottle to spend a decent amount of time...
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    Re: Ambre Sultan or Amber Absolute?

    Ambre Sultan is far and away my favourite fragrance. It is hot and dry almost to the point of being scorched. It is beautiful and sexual and just about the best $100 I ever spent. As for Amber...
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    Re: Would be a remarkable purchase?

    I found this pleasant but bland. No way worth the $$ I'm not a Creed fan in general but there are lots of other Creed fragrances I'd recommend above this
  49. Thread: Vetiver scent

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    Re: Vetiver scent

    Guerlain's vetiver gives you a pretty good idea of what vetiver smells like straight up. If you smell a couple vetiver essential oils (aromatherapy stores often have testers) you'll see what I mean....
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    Re: Fraghead v Sales rep

    I had a very similar experience at the By Kilian counter at Saks recently. I've also found that entering into discussion with people and showing you know about fragrance, even if you don't suggest...
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    Re: 10 Masterpieces - Your List

    Just 10? Ok...10 fragrances I believe are masterpieces:

    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady
    Jean Patou Joy
    Dior Diorissimo...
  52. Re: What are some good similiarfragrances? Or knockoff/imitation of a better rated version?

    I'm probably going to get attacked for this, but:

    CK Euphoria --- By Kilian Straight to Heaven

    I know they're not the same but I get a damn strong similarity in the heart between the two that I...
  53. Thread: Creed vs Amouage

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    Re: Creed vs Amouage

    You can't compare the two really, they're totally different. If you like sheer, clean, very well-produced, generally lighter styles (don't kill me guys, this is a generalisation!), Creed is probably...
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    Re: Buying a Fragrance today ...which one?

    I think Dior Homme is great but I'd strongly advise against buying it full price from Neimans. You can get it online for considerably less. Likewise with L'Instant and L'Homme, so I'd add a +1 to the...
  55. Thread: Frankincense?

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    Re: Frankincense?

    Great, thanks!
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    Re: what's TOO popular right now?

    Light Blue (snore). I can't escape 1 Million. I thought leaving England would help, but it's everywhere here, too. L'Eau d'Issey, Le Male, AdG...you know, they're the usual suspects.

    As for...
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    Re: Your favourite fresh scent?

    Eau de Guerlain. Bright as a clear spring morning.

    Other contenders would include Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert and Dior Eau Sauvage. Yeah...I like brilliant citrus
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    Re: What is the best inexpensive fragrance?

    Arpège Pour Homme

    I mean, seriously. $10 at TJ Maxx...probably the best value for money fragrance I've come across. I own a bottle and wear it more than I thought I would.
  59. Thread: Frankincense?

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    Re: Frankincense?

    Whoa ok I'm on the Liberty Natural page and for Frankincense EO there are 5 options: Ethiopian, Somalian, Kenyan, UK and Indian, plus 2 absolutes (Indian, and 50% Somalian in DPG) - any...
  60. Thread: Frankincense?

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    Re: Frankincense?

    Thanks all! Looks like Liberty Natural is a good place to start!
  61. Re: Synthetic Ingredients and potential health concerns (Yes, even you Creed).

    Nukapai just covered pretty much everything I was going to say, so... +1.

    The only thing I'd add at this point is another voice against these "synthetics are bad for you, naturals are good!"
    ...
  62. Re: Is there any way to STRENGTHEN the concentration of a frag?

    This is a good point that I hadn't thought about. Two sprays at once will cause the fragrance to spread out over your skin more, but what you're really looking for to optimise longevity is getting...
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    Re: Wearing colognes you don't like.

    I tend only to wear scents that I like, regardless of how appealing they are to the opposite sex. This means that, as a guy, I wear Joy parfum and Ambre Sultan more than anything else. There are a...
  64. Re: What are your favorite hot and naughty fragrances?

    I found SL Ambre Sultan such an enormous turn-on and never met anyone who wore it that I just bought a bottle for myself. Gotta be careful when I put the stuff on now! Hah.
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    Re: How to identify the different Notes?

    If it's any consolation, even the most experienced noses can only specifically distinguish a handful of separate notes in a perfume. The rest is educated guesswork based on a knowledge of accords...
  66. Re: Is there any way to STRENGTHEN the concentration of a frag?

    One more thing - you could also try using DPG/sweet almond oil/coconut oil or some other carrier oil. Drop a tiny quantity onto your wrist (if that's where you apply) once the perfume has dried and...
  67. Re: Is there any way to STRENGTHEN the concentration of a frag?

    First of all, I would never recommend heating a fragrance in an attempt to boil off the alcohol. There are several reasons this is a bad idea. First, heating the alcohol in air will increase the rate...
  68. Thread: Frankincense?

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    Frankincense?

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a really good frankincense EO and frankincense-like synthetics that are available in smaller quantities from good suppliers online. Anyone had any really good experiences...
  69. Thread: kenzo perfumes

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    Re: kenzo perfumes

    There can't possibly be any 100% natural Kenzos. Anyone going 100% natural these days markets the hell out of it to justify and make up for the necessarily higher price.
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    Re: how to evoke a stronger wood accord

    I've also had trouble getting cedar to last, or rather, stopping it from getting masked. Vetiver helps, in my limited experience.
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday, 18th January, 2011

    By Kilian A Taste Of Heaven

    Every ToH day is a good day...
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    Re: Crushing molecules and other myths

    It is literally impossible to crush molecules (well...almost). Technically, you could apply enough heat and/or pressure to the mixture to make some of the molecules react to form new compounds...
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    Re: Lutens gateway drugs?

    Ambre Sultan. Oh God, Ambre Sultan.

    ...it does things to me.
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    Re: Best citrusy fragrance

    My holy trinity of masculines with a citrus bent is and probably always will be:

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Eau de Guerlain

    Hermes' Eau d'Orange Verte (the Concentré is stronger...
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    Re: complete rookie to this. . .

    Hehe, to each his own indeed! To be fair, I'm being a little harsh on the Concentrée version. I have nothing against it, I'm just really annoyed that nowhere seems to be selling the original anymore....
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    Re: complete rookie to this. . .

    If you like La Nuit de L'Homme I would strongly recommend trying Paul Smith London. It has unfortunately been recently discontinued, but I wore it for 4 years and when La Nuit came out last year I...
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