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    Re: ginger fragrances

    Spiritus/Land by Miller et Bertaux
  2. Re: Tuberose Question about Serge Lutens Cedre

    This justifies my suspicions, reading the reviews. That's why I mentioned Chergui also. I just don't feel comfortable with this kind of dense 'masculine' sweetness referring to honey, cigar tobacco,...
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    Re: L'essence de cerutti

    I'd say the leather & spice combination (polished, civilized leather) is quite similar to Everlast 1910 Original (made by the same Antoine Lie) except that it lacks the 'toothpaste' opening.
  4. Tuberose Question about Serge Lutens Cedre

    I recently learned there's tuberose in this. Never occurred to me to look there because of the somehow deceptive name. But I have to buy blind. Will I like it?
    My favorite tuberose is Vierges &...
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    Re: Ferrari Silver Essence

    I ended up buying a full bottle some days ago - and surprisingly so, because of the two I was more curious about Oud Essence and I usually don't expect much form 'silver' in the title. Always sounds...
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    Re: Similar but less pricey Tuscan Leather

    Blood concept type 0. I find it even more in-your-face which in this case is the point anyway, imo
  7. Re: Lets guess the next brands doing its first OUD

    My guess is Kenzo won't do oud unless it's something really, really original. A Kenzo Oud seems to me against everything their perfumes stand for.

    Etro, Penhaligon's - not so sure...
    as for ELDO...
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    Re: Ferrari Oud Essence

    So, finally, is it related to Uomo?
    I'm especially asking about the leather.
    Or, to reformulate: is there a noticeable leather note or is it more in the classic oud vein?
  9. Re: Which Scent has a lot of Booze in it? Rum,Gin,Whiskey You name it Baby..

    Rum:
    Vanille Absolument
    Straight to Heaven
    Guerlain Homme for a Mojito
    various Demeters of course

    There was also one Joop conaining vodka, Jump maybe?
  10. Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial... Am I bonkers or I am right in that has notes reminiscent of...

    It's really hard to tell how many of the dislike comments are due to respect for the classics and how many due to real sensory estimation.
    It also seems to me that the insistent comparison to Dior...
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    Re: Body Kouros Enigma!

    I wear Body Kouros all year round. Last summer I smelled Muscs Koublai Khan for a first time. Then I was on a rip to Ibiza, wearing one perfume only - BK; it was extremely hot weather and the heat...
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    Re: Virgin Island Water vs Fire Island

    For me unfortunately the coconut note is completely ruined by too many air fresheners... at the same time, suntan lotion means strictly summer.
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    Re: Best Lavendar Scents

    1725 Casanova. From someone that can't tolerate Caron Pour Un Homme.
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    Re: Tabac EDC or EDT

    I'd go with the EDC. It's more nuanced. Maybe it's because there's some flat soapy facet in the EDT made so strong that it just wouldn't go away for hours and hours and wouldn't let the other notes...
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    Re: "Getting It" - What does that mean?

    I totally (although reluctantly) agree. Such comfort in placing a tag to a smell! The most obvious example are leathers.
    "What's that burnt rubbber/car tire/petroleum/tar/machine oil smell?" ...
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    Re: Pro and Cons: Body Kouros

    Could be a little too sweet, although not as much as its close cousin - Pi. The eucaliptus here just balances it with its steamy quality (think Penhaligon's Elixir steaminess). I actually prefer it...
  17. Re: Name the four coldest, inhuman, emotionless, robotic fragrances in your collection

    My first impulse was to go with the classic 'suspended emotion' note for me - the violet. Grey Flannel, NR For Him, etc. But it's a relative thing. Cold, emotionless often denotes just the opposite:...
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like rain

    I get the rainy feeling from the original Dsquared He Wood too. It's the violet. It is also the main rainmaker in NR and Grey Flannel: urban rain, abandoned cities. I'm quite careful with such...
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    Re: Azzaro Visit = CdG Kyoto ?

    Let me add to the mess: I find Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe strikingly similar to Kyoto, only lighter and in a brighter mood.
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    Re: Looking for an iris cologne/perfume

    Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'Iris: luxurious.
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    Re: I've just been wowed by...

    Looking at your wardrobe this should be Lolita Lempicka.
    Less chance but still possible: Bulgari Black
  22. Thread: Salty/Spicy

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    Re: Salty/Spicy

    Ambre Gris by Balmain. For me it is a mix between Pi (sweetness, edgy vanilla) and Eau des Merveilles (salty, watery).
    A"oriental-salty" and dark fragrance... :)
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    Re: Citrus and Cigarettes - Any Suggestions?

    Another approximation would be Knize Sec. Again, not cigarettes but (almost pure) incense with citrus makes the main accord. It's related to YSL pour homme but is clearer, crispier, and the overall...
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    Re: Dynamite Combinations !

    Cool story. But re you saying it was the combination of both combinations of both women or just one of them? However, experiencing this in a perfume store makes it even more tricky.
  25. Re: a "gothic" (and hopefully non-oud, non-incence, not too dear) rose?

    This one. I first thought it's just heavy, formal, luxurious mature stuff, suitable for ceremonies, and so on. But then I started to always wear it exactly when in melancholic mood. And, strange...
  26. Re: Etat Libre D'orange - which one is worthy of a full bottle?

    Vierges et Toreros is in my top 5. So is Tom of Finland which I can wear anywhere, anytime. These two are the most avant garde leathers I've ever tried, nothing like them. If you want leather that...
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    Re: Tom of Finland ELDO - Color of Juice

    Mine is the deep orange one. i bought it some months ago at a discount counter.
    As for the flat square bottle on the first picture, I've also seen these only as testers (I believe they are bigger)...
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    Re: 90's Nostalgia Fragrance

    I'd add Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme along with Ck One and Le Male.
    It really depends on one's age at this time of course.

    CK One was the fragrance that managed to gain a really huge mass appeal...
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    Re: Something similar to Mugler Cologne?

    I remember I found Tuscan Soul to be quite similar although certainly having an Italian cologney vibe and being more safe. For me Mugler Cologne has been always a contradictory scent; there's the...
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    Poll: Re: Yatagan vs Quorum

    I'd always prefer Yatagan for originality. Quorum kinda represents the extreme withiin a certain group of fragrances, all of them exploring more or less the same idea. Yatagan on the other side,...
  31. Fragrances of Jean Laporte under his own name?

    I just spotted three minis labeled simply "Jean Laporte Paris" on front. On the back of the two are the names of the fragrances: Metamorphose and Osman. Third one has no label on the back. I'm not...
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    Poll: Lonestar Memories or Peau D'Espagne?

    OK, at the moment leather is my thing. I'm attracted by both these scents but I won't buy both. Or at least that would be the reasonable thing to do. LM is the more wearable for sure: lush,...
  33. Re: Recommend me a muted, creamy, non-citric LEMON scent.

    +1 Shaal Nur.. althhough incense is a major player there
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    Re: I used to wear...now I reach for...

    I used to wear Calvin Klein
    Now I more often reach for Etat Libre d'Orange...
    :)
  35. Eau D'Hadrien in winter reminds me of Odeur 71

    I spotted a half-full bottle of Eau D'Hadrien Absolue, supposedly not very fresh, at the flea market today. Like for many, it was all lemon for me when I 've tested it in stores and I was not that...
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    Re: A cool vanilla... Impossible?

    The new Le Male flanker. Mintier.
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    Re: Patchouli Note In Givenchy Gentleman

    Maybe it's just me but Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur has quite similar patchouli base and the supposed roses don't really change this. Of cource GG is also about sticky honey, leather and I...
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    Re: "Churchy" smell fragrance

    For me it falls more likely in the 'carpenter' variety
  39. Re: Givenchy-Very Irresistible for men...is really irresisitible?

    I like it as I like all scents with hints of coffee (and mint) but it's too timid to be irresistible I suppose. More like a casual fragrance with a bit of evening feeling. I'd wear it for my own...
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    Re: "Churchy" smell fragrance

    While i agree that Jubilation XXV is not exactly a photo-realistic snapshot of a church itself, for me it somehow catches the whole idea of spiritual gathering in a place like this, also sketching...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Aqua Fahrenheit

    Name sounds exactly like Hot Water, which was also thought by many a joke when it was announced.
    I have higher expectations though.
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    Re: Monsieur Balmain - different bottles

    Fragrancenet for example seems to carry them both - http://www.fragrancenet.com/monsieur-balmain-cologne/pierre-balmain/mens-fragrances/mf/en_US/01689?cur_letter=M
    What I actually was wondering...
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    Monsieur Balmain - different bottles

    So I was looking for it online and noticed there are two types of bottles, one is transparent yellow and the other one thick yellow. The latter is the one I've actually tried and liked, but is there...
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    Re: Information on SOVIET please

    Strange, though... Didi you find the period of production? I suppose the brand is German (would be very surprised if it's not) but everything on the box is in Russian. Text sounds a bit ironic...
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    Re: This may sound wierd, but....

    Vierges et Torreros by Etat Libre d'Orange is a powerful leather-tuberose. Both notes merge ecstatically there.
    Then, I actually liked a lot the latest Tubereuse de Nuit by L'Artisan Parfumeur. I...
  46. Re: 1930's, whiskey, coffee, apothecary, jazz: what fragrance? (pic included)

    Well I had the impression it was about the habit of drinking coffee and not the smell itself to be reproduced. Otherwise I'd suggest Black Vetyver Café and maybe Escada Casual Friday hadn't it been...
  47. Re: 1930's, whiskey, coffee, apothecary, jazz: what fragrance? (pic included)

    I'd vote for Rive Gauche pour Homme. It's relatively new but it feels and looks vintage. It has an apothecary look and a barbershop vibe but there's more than this happening backstage. Me, I've...
  48. Thread: Chrome Legend

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    Re: Chrome Legend

    I like both without necessarily connecting them except for the famous 'metallic' note. Weakness of Chrome Original is of course that it's still everywhere, overused. So it's a good thing that Chrome...
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    Re: Sofia, Bulgaria

    Here is a simple niche map of Sofia:
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103238983502994602025.000496b8d4853df40feeb&z=15
  50. Re: Looking for a Massive Masculine Floral - Please help!

    Could you possibly compare this to ELdO Vierges & Toreros?
  51. Re: Looking for a Massive Masculine Floral - Please help!

    Ditto Van Cleef & Arpels, still the best masculine rose that I know. It's beautiful and self-contained, there's just everything in it and yet the rose is still a rose.

    And I'm recently starting to...
  52. Thread: CdG Kyoto

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    Re: CdG Kyoto

    i got a lot . For me in fact roasted coffee beans (beans, not the drink) and dry vetiver play the incense part, and I find this ingenious.
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    Re: Favorite aquatic fragrances

    Bvlgari Aqva is the archetypal clean aquatic IMHO
    My most favorite is Kenzo PH. I still find it unique, nothing like it. Although it could be easily labeled marine scent, it also has the right dose...
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    Re: Loewe 7 (Siete)

    My first thought was 'carrots'. Or the green stems of carrots to be exact. Something vegetal by all means. Then incense started and stayed almost solo. It's dry, it's brave, it's raw and it has...
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    Re: Fragrance Free Days ?

    I totally agree with this. Once you get hooked on olfactory experiences and grow a curiosity, you start noticing smells all places. Besides, one always smells of something, be it the shower gel or...
  56. Re: Etat Libre d'Orange - Sex Pistols EdP (God Save the Queen) first impressions

    £12 already! Worthy, worthy!!
  57. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    I have the strange feeling someone at ELdO is devotedly tracking this topic right now, taking notes.
  58. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Fart'n'Hide by Dior

    CK Mortality

    iScent by Apple

    McEau de Mcdonalds

    CK Niche
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    Re: Scents of Introspection

    It would be a good exercise to attach an extroversion / introversion index to fragrances.

    Like, Acqua di Gio would be highly extrovert. It's supposed to work just fine with people around you but...
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    Re: What scent would "The GEICO gecko" wear?

    AXE Twist
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    Re: Scents of Introspection

    There was a topic soon about rainy time fragrance and Grey Flannel, Narciso Rodriguez and He Wood were again often mentioned.

    Why, why and how is violet such an alien and at the same time touching...
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    Re: top 5 90's fragrances

    Fahrenheit
    The Dreamer
    CK One
    Kenzo Pour Homme
    Minotaure
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    Re: Scents of Introspection

    I'm also curious how universally such purpose could work for a scent.
    Well there are of course 'proven" notes that are known to put one in a contemplative state 'by default', such as incense (esp....
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    Poll: Re: M7 vs Silver Factory

    I prefer Silver Factory although on me there's almost no sweetness in it. It's all about incense an patchouli which I prefer. On the other side, besides the aromatic woody notes, M7 always makes me...
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    Re: Worst/Best name for a fragrance?

    How about
    Givenchy Insensé Ultramarine Aromatic Ocean - Morning Surf.
    So much easier to say "Don't Get Me Wrong Baby I don't Swallow"
    lol
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    Re: Worst/Best name for a fragrance?

    Yeah some names simply sound right while others completely don't.
    For example, the name Knize has a certain charm for me, as well as all Diptique's strange names, while Penhaglion's totally don't.
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    Re: Worst/Best name for a fragrance?

    (random picks)
    Best names: Opium; Catalyst; La Nuit.
    Worst names: Visit; Apparition
  68. Have you ever been happy with a reformulated fragrance?

    There are constant complains in this forum about reformulated fragrances and how they're worse than the original formulations. As far as I've seen, the only time when this is good news is when...
  69. Re: Fahrenheit "fresh" alternative: Dunhill Fresh or Paul Smith Men?

    Well I haven't smelled Fahrenheit Summer but...
    Doesn't Fahrenheit's Fahrenheit-ness lie exactly in it not being fresh, i.e. being "hot"?
    This said, any really 'fresh' scent would be equally...
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    Re: Small experiment

    I'm surprised how much do this few words and letters speak about people's personalities.
    In fact, I'm tempted to say it's more about analyzing the specific person than, say, common perception,...
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    Re: Secretions Magnifique: Grounds for Divorce?

    Just mix up the labels of the samples, see what happens.
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    Poll: Re: Le Male or Body Kouros?

    Body Kouros for the camphorous / anice notes which make it more transparent and pronounced than Le Male.
    There's also another thing: For some odd reason BK is often missing from YSL stands in...
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    Re: Etro Fragrances

    What strikes me in most Etro fragrances I've explored is exactly that specific 'museum' quality already mentioned in this thread -...
  74. Re: Any frags out there with only these 2 notes?

    L'Occitane Eau De Vetyver. While it doesn't especially have a dominating lavender, as most L'Occitane fragrances it has a certain herbal touch in it (geranium makes an impressive complement here)...
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    Re: CdG - Odeur 71

    Yeah this is wearable, it somehow plays a role that a simple clean musk would - something that those around you wouldn't recognize as perfume.
    For me, this is the smell of cold air in an urban area.
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    Re: Your favorite anti-perfume

    Ditto Muschio Bianco by Acca Kappa. Once it settles, it's there but it's not there.
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    Re: A scent for a cynic

    Comme des Garcons Synthetic series' heavy artillery: Tar and Garage.

    ...well, the more I think about this the more I realize every fragrance could make a cynical statement if worn in the 'wrong'...
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    Re: Is wood becoming the new aquatic/ozone?

    I also intuitively find this question reasonable. I was thinking the same recently because of Kenzo's new woody fragrance.
    But still, wasn't the boom of acquatics unleashed by a certain couple of...
  79. Re: What Does God Smell Like? What Does the Afterlife? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory?

    Since I learned about Passage d'Enfer I somehow find it very logical that Hell smells like flowers of some kind. Tuberose or other 'narcotic' flowers.

    Devil=Le Male or more likely a Le Male...
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    Re: Ugliest Bottle Award

    http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/5537/kl055cinderella.jpg

    It's a knock-off but I don't know of what exactly
  81. Re: New Fragrance: Kenzo Homme Eau de Toilette Boisée / Woody

    I think no. But I'm not the best to judge as with fragrances like Jungle nutmeg/peppery notes always dominate my nose for a long time, standing on my way to appreciate other aspects. I don't have it...
  82. Re: New Fragrance: Kenzo Homme Eau de Toilette Boisée / Woody

    I sampled it this week. It's has a subtle, kind of velvety texture, like cedar fragrances often are. So, although very well made and pleasant, it could be quite predictable and generic if there...
  83. Re: Fragrances with moderate to strong anise note

    Body Kouros
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    Re: No Pain No Gain - Salvador Dali Pour Homme

    One thing... never, never stick your nose to your wrist or wherever SDpH is applied. Always judge it from a considerable distance - it's this kind of fragrance.

    It also has the most disturbing...
  85. Re: Let's get freudian: associations established from wearing scents

    It's often that certain smells recall specific situations because they were actually there at that moment but you never consciously knew it. Yet the brain has stored them somewhere. (Maybe that's one...
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    Re: Your favorite scent for rainy days?

    +1 on Narciso Rodriguez for Him. In fact that would be the only weather when I'm comfortable with it.
    CK Be gives me almost the same feeling.
    Cities often look like their own black and...
  87. Etat Libre d'Orange - Sex Pistols EdP (God Save the Queen) first impressions

    I bought it today from Sephora in Barcelona. In their website it's listed as "God Save the Queen", yet on the bottle it just says "Sex Pistols"; the box, on the other side, features the popular...
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    Re: Old Spice Swagger deo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAJ3fdYIxXU
    Funniest frag ads ever! Maybe just Axe kinda gets close.
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    Re: any fragrances that smell like marijuana?

    Jammin' by Reminiscence recreates the exact smell of a Dutch coffeeshop with its opening - dense and bitter, almost unpleasant but right to the atmosphere. Then it settles into a more timid, earthy...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne or Marc Jacobs for Men?

    Let me say that I adore everything about Mugler Cologne, yet in a very hot weather I've had issues with it getting too 'present', too 'perfumey' - the soapy & clean aspect of it being totally...
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    Re: Fragrance Fads

    Ditto. As the way of spreading information has changed completely because of the Internet, especially social networking (by that i don't mean only facebook but specialized blogs, forums, as well as...
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    Re: What is the best inexpensive fragrance?

    Halston 1 -12 and, most of all, Catalyst which I recently bought for about EU 8 / 50ml. Haven't tried Z and Z-14 but they also come very cheap.
    Montana Parfum d'Homme, often compared to Aramis...
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    Re: What you think of Fleur du Male?

    Love the opening. For me it's always been the clearest display of decay/decadence. Can't exactly explain why. maybe because I smell flowers but it's somehow clear that something's happened to these...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons 2

    The only CdG fragrances I've ever seen in a big perfumery chain like Sephora are these two: CdG 2 and 2 Man. Not that they're the cheapest offerings of the house; not even sure if they're the...
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