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    Poll: Re: Getting tired of "oud scents" yet? POLL.

    Oh, just thought I should clarify that when I asked about getting tired, you can explain what you mean by being tired of a scent. That will likely vary from one person to another to some degree.
  2. Thread: Armaf?

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    Re: Armaf?

    Problem is there are other apparent "knock-off" companies, like Dorall and Diamond, which sell for a lot less than Armaf, especially if you have some patience, so I'd want to know how much better the...
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    Re: Classics true to original formula?

    Plenty are close, but that's not good enough for everyone and for all scents. I think Boss Cologne/#1 was quite close, but my "new" bottle is at least a few years old by now.
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    Poll: Getting tired of "oud scents" yet? POLL.

    I'm curious to hear what the responses will be.
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    Re: You can only have one

    Right now I'd probably choose vintage Vermeil !
  6. Re: Suggestions for a Creed fragrance similar to Knowing by Estee Lauder

    Don't you know that you might as well roll in manure if you buy a bottle that costs less than $300? LOL.
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    This is in the wrong forum! LOL.
  8. Re: What are the discontinued fragrances you'd want to sniff?

    Philieas, Macassar, vintage Marbert Man, MCM Success, come to mind.
  9. Re: Weak spray pressure in a bottle of early 1970s Chanel, should I decant?

    I've had that problem but it seems to be that the spray top is likely clogged, so you can try to unclog it, perhaps by soaking it in alcohol. Others might have a better idea. Also, you can tilt...
  10. Thread: Note suggestion

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    Re: Note suggestion

    Well if you've already got a bunch of scents you like, and those are niche, I think you'd be better off saying, "I like __________ about GIT and ____________ about Aventus," etc. and then see what...
  11. Thread: Note suggestion

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    Re: Note suggestion

    Much as I like to know about notes, and dislike the use of the word vibe in this context, I think you would be better off telling us which scents you like, because the use of aroma chemicals, the...
  12. Thread: Sample help

    by Bigsly
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    Re: Sample help

    I've changed my mind about sampling, especially for newbies. The main reason is because my preferences have changed over the years, and in very unexpected ways. Sure, if you can get them at low...
  13. Re: HUGE LIST: Men's/Women's: 50 ml Fire Island, 118 ml Monogram, 95 ml Theorema, 59 ml Gotham, etc

    Bump - added some new items.
  14. Re: Perfume of Life Website Has Permanently Closed

    Will we ever get the "real story?" Inquiring minds want to know! LOL.
  15. Re: Suggestion for new rules for the Swap forum.

    Right, the only major "problem," it seems, is that no one person may have all the samples/decants you are seeking, though that may be true of the well-known sites to some degree. Another thing that...
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    Re: Cereus #4, #5, #7, #14

    For me #7 is the Cuir version of GIT. #14 is okay. #4 was too "chemical" for me. Haven't tried #5 yet.
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    Re: Is my YSL L'homme fake ?

    Actually, I'd like to see such a forum filled with a huge number of appropriate posts! it's the kind of thing that would be great when you are looking for information or have something to...
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    Re: Diesel Plus Plus price hike

    A price hike suggests there is some central control, whereas what is often seen in the scent world is a price rise, and sometimes it's temporary because a lot of "new old stock" was found and gets on...
  19. Re: Old favourites: what happens when you get over them?

    Two major possibilities: first is that I have a problem with an aroma chemical, in which case I just wait for that sensitivity to recede (or I swap it off because I get a great offer). The second...
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    Re: Is my YSL L'homme fake ?

    Enough already! When is the "Is my bottle of X fake" forum going to finally be open? LOL.
  21. Re: Suggestion for new rules for the Swap forum.

    I suggest looking in the swap forum and also in members' signatures so that you can get a good idea about who is open to selling decants in private. Obviously, most of us who do this are at the...
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    Re: Ab Silver Lomani - the next Aventus clone?

    I wore Silver a few days ago and the drydown impressed me, nothing "un-natural" about it, with a kind of slightly burnt coriander (that some might confuse for "synthetic") nicely balanced with the...
  23. Can cheap wine taste great? Brain imaging and marketing placebo effects.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150429104809.htm

    Is it any different for fragrances (though I think there are some scents that most of us would recognize as "cheapos")?
  24. Re: Original (old formula) Italian version of the D&G Pour homme

    Remember that even if everything looks "vintage" they could have had some old bottles but the batch ran out, so they could have filled up the bottle with a newer formulation. We don't know those...
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    Re: There is only so much of this I can hoard ....

    And if you blind buy it and dislike it, you can PM me about a swap for it! LOL.
  26. Re: Suggestion for new rules for the Swap forum.

    Persistence is the key. You can even save a boilerplate message and just copy and paste. LOL.
  27. Re: How to decant from a broken bottle into a new bottle?

    If I got that bottle for free I'd duct tape it to try to stop the leaking a bit, and bash in the tube with an ice pick and hammer. You can use a disposable pipette to decant (they cost like 10 cents...
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    Re: Egoiste concentree $649 on eBay

    Or open a pawn shop! LOL.
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    Re: Egoiste concentree $649 on eBay

    Not only that but I get the sense that some of "the 1%ers" like being able to spend money frivolously, at least at times, because it makes them feel like they are better than other people. The time...
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    Re: Egoiste concentree $649 on eBay

    Not if you are a multi-millionaire! Would our own hednic not buy a bottle if he really wanted it and it costs $500 per 100 ml? That market is not for you apparently, and definitely not for me,...
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    Re: Egoiste concentree $649 on eBay

    Well how else do prices rise in a collectibles market? I've made this point before, and all you have to do is to watch a show like "Pawn Stars," and see the "expert" say that the scuffed head of an...
  32. Suggestion for new rules for the Swap forum.

    Just as one can't post in the Sales forum and say, "make me an offer," I've come across a similar issue with swaps. It goes something like this:

    "I have the following up for swap:

    Eau Sauvage...
  33. Re: We need a sticky: "Is my ______________ fake?"

    I wonder if the mods will move this thread to the proper forum! LOL.
  34. Re: We need a sticky: "Is my ______________ fake?"

    Then why not have one big forum and not the dozen plus that exist now? I have no problem with the one forum idea, but if you make a bunch of forums yet allow people to post where they want, you...
  35. Re: We need a sticky: "Is my ______________ fake?"

    Well that's what moderators are for! LOL.
  36. Re: Help!! Do I have a fake Vintage Dior Homme Intense??!

    Someone posted a video on YT a few years ago about how it's possible to take apart these bottles, so if that's true someone could have decanted 50% or so out and put some perfumer's alcohol in there,...
  37. Re: We need a sticky: "Is my ______________ fake?"

    I think a separate forum would work better.
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    Re: Which Jaguar for men is worth checking out?

    Well vintage One Man Show is something special, IMO, and what you sampled might be a third or forth major reformulation, as far as most or all of us know! Performance is less complex and more...
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    Re: Which Jaguar for men is worth checking out?

    Vintage/wood cap first scent has a bit of dihydromyrcenol but not as much as Cool Water, AFAICT. Otherwise it is different and there are a bunch of notes, that's for sure. You wont get monster...
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    Re: Decline of the Cheap Perfume Industry in US

    Going back 30+ years (or less) there were plenty of great-smelling "cheapos," they just weren't especially complex or original, and many weren't as balanced as some would like. Today, however, most...
  41. Re: Scent of the SEASON - The Fragrance Collectors

    If I had no choice but to wear the same scent it would have to be a mild one, and that would get boring very quickly.
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    Re: What's your take on Rive Gauche?

    I haven't tried it but I do have a bunch of vintage "feminines," the problem being that I'm usually not in the mood for the strength of the floral notes in most of them.
  43. Re: Do you drop poor performers from your rotation/lineup?

    So far just spraying more than usual seems to work around 99% of the time so I haven't faced this issue.
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    Re: Is this vintage guerlain heritage?

    Batch code suggests 2007, so no, that's clearly not what any BNer would likely mean by vintage for this scent. Go to this site and it might help you identify the batches:
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  45. Re: No love for the current formulation of CK Obsession Men?

    Here's my checklist for this type of situation:

    1. Am I likely to get vintage on ebay at a very good price?
    2. Is it the kind of scent that would lose top notes, or if so, would it matter?

    If...
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    Re: Best reasonably price Eau de Parfum (EdP)

    Vintage Kouros is an EdPP, IMO.
  47. Re: Michael Edwards on "How the West fell in love with Oud"

    The title is rather ambitious, as nobody I know likes the oud prominent scents I have, including vintage M7 (and the local dept. stores don't sell them, from what I've seen), and I don't like them...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    Well, to get the 800 pound gorilla out of the room, his posts are more valuable than irritating, except perhaps to those who are easily irritated, and BN is a better place because he posts here. ...
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    Poll: Re: Vetiver overload--help me drop a few!

    L'Occitane's, if it's the recent formulation.
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    Re: Crap! I sprayed the wrong one.

    Sounds like we need a "first world problems" forum. LOL.
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    BN's a better, and a bit quirkier place with hednic's 100,000 posts, and he seems to take criticism very well (I remember critics of his from my early days here). But that flow chart is hilarious !
  52. Thread: Headache

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    Re: Headache

    I've found that sometimes I become super-sensitive to an aroma chemical that didn't bother me in the past. I have to stay away from scents that contain the chemical for 2-3 months before I can deal...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    One great thing about sites like BN is that they bring "all walks of life" together, so you can get different perspectives. Now will you please pass the Grey Poupon !
    ...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    Perfect flow chart - now we need to start an appreciation thread for you !
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    Re: I need help verifying a fake?

    I remember reading about fakes of this one years ago! And as the other person said, the tubing is highly suspect - I would not buy a scent with tubing that looked like that unless I saw that kind of...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    I think hednic proves that 80% of success is just showing up. LOL.

    NOTE: I'm not sure what that means in this context but somehow it feels right !
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    Re: Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    Would you wear it to the office several days a week?
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    Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    By grungy I mean there are strong notes of leather, tobacco, etc. that don't seem to get along well and you get a dense, animalic or earthy quality that you either don't like or have to be in the...
  59. Re: Need quick help in some cheap options listed (Please!!)

    Of the ones on your list I either haven't tried them or wouldn't recommend them for a day to day office setting, but I guess Chrome would in keeping with what a lot of "the masses" would perceive as...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV tested

    For a strong amber-ish scent I reach for Ambre Sultan rather than MR, because I think that composition offers better balance and contrast. I don't understand the appeal of MR other than perhaps for...
  61. Re: Need quick help in some cheap options listed (Please!!)

    You can get Cereus 4 or 5 on ebay now for about $15 total.
  62. Re: We need a definitive answer regarding beautyspin...

    Wow, I really expected her to say something like, "no, we are ripping you off and you are just throwing your money away." LOL. And this thread is in the wrong forum too !
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    Re: Good For A Laugh!

    There's a company called something like Diamond Collection that's been doing that for a while, though the one that might be oldest is Dorall Collection.
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    Re: Hungry for top notes

    Spray some on a handkerchief and wear it in a breast pocket. Just make sure the handkerchief doesn't already have a scent. I've had some clothing washed and the detergent had very a very strong...
  65. Thread: Vintage Kouros

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    Re: Vintage Kouros

    Have you tried the most recent formulation of 1-12? I laughed when I did, as it reminded me of bubble bath for babies! I wonder if this is at least partially why vintage prices are rising so...
  66. Re: I like it better than expensive scent X or I can't justify the price difference.

    Now that's the kind of information I was hoping to bring out on this thread !
  67. I like it better than expensive scent X or I can't justify the price difference.

    Some have said this about Le Male and Cuba Gold or Individuel and Original Santal, so I thought it would be interesting for there to be a thread where everyone can share their favorite money saver...
  68. Re: Any perfumer ever use putrescine or cadaverine in a scent ?

    My guess is that a perfumer would go just above that non-detectable amount to see how it would smell with common accords, then if it wasn't really nasty he/she would continue to increase the amount. ...
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    Poll: Re: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    No I don't think dollar store ones should be called clones, because the word clone suggest there is at least some attempt at reasonable quality. To me the dollar store ones are more like "general...
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    Poll: Re: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    It's funny how almost nobody thinks twice about going over the speed limit at times, yet the legal knowckoffs are worse? If it weren't for that kind of thinking, I wonder how many fine art...
  71. Re: Any perfumer ever use putrescine or cadaverine in a scent ?

    I'm not a perfumer so that's one reason why I'm asking, my sense being that if it was obtainable it would either be easy to control or difficult, since if you use any such molecule in small enough...
  72. Any perfumer ever use putrescine or cadaverine in a scent ?

    I read this and was thinking about the title question:

    http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/CIIEcompounds/transcripts/putrescine.asp
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    Poll: Re: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    Opinions will differ about what a clone is, but it's basically for you to decide when you vote. Anything that's fairly close is what I would use as the criteria for this poll, so long as the price...
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    Poll: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    The idea here is not necessarily that you buy a bottle because it is close enough to the original for you, but because you think you will wear it on a regular basis because you like it, even if that...
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    Rose d'Homme is a favorite of mine.
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    Re: Homme de Gres: who has tried it?

    No, it's unique; strong sandalwood with fruity/florals offering contrast - you better like neroli !
  77. Dorall Collection heads up - Dark Flower in particular.

    I saw Dark Flower selling really cheap and did some research. Seems like it's an "homage" to Black Orchid. Notes are:

    "Bergamot, Citric notes, Mandarin, Black gardenia, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang,...
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    Re: Rate My Fake DHI

    My rating: Jude Law could use a few hair plugs!
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    Re: Original Santal: an opportunity wasted

    For me the sandalwood note is clear in vintage Joop! Homme so perhaps that would be one to sample!
  80. Thread: Zino Davidoff

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    Re: Zino Davidoff

    Either that or he only smelled the latest formulation. LOL.
  81. Thread: Zino Davidoff

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    Re: Zino Davidoff

    Complexity/dynamism/"naturalness," but I have to be in the mood for some of the strong notes it possesses.
  82. Thread: Ysl m7

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    Re: Ysl m7

    Axis Oud and Tattoo Men by Germain, though that's just a starting point for explorations of this type, IMO.
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    Re: Jacques Bogart City Tower

    No rubber type note, spicier, and sweeter. Also, a touch of a Play-Doh type of quality.
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    Re: Jacques Bogart City Tower

    Creamy/spicy and a bit syrupy/powdery, fairly blended and sweet, though not "chemical." Not bad if you don't already have something similar (and probably better), considering the price.
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    Re: I am Having problem to sell perfume on Amazon

    My guess is that he wants people to send him PMs about his "great deals" on Chanels and other best sellers. I was thinking of sending him a PM because I know a Nigerian Prince who is looking to get...
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    Re: I am Having problem to sell perfume on Amazon

    The OP sounds like he might be selling fakes, just my opinion, and he may not know it, but of course the ones he mentioned are among the most faked. I mention this because that may be why they aren't...
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    Re: Help me solve Armani mystery

    I have it - it's the original "feminine," though at least borderline unisex, if you like classic chypres.
  88. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    For me, perhaps due to extensive experience with vintage, there's nothing to figure. For example, i can understand that the latest Quroum seems more "modern" to a lot of people. I'm not a huge...
  89. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    Why not just decide for yourself? Buy some vintage samples from a Crystal Flacon seller who has a good reputation. I kept buying vintage, thinking that I'm going to have to "bite the bullet"' at...
  90. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    I don't think that person specified if the bottles were splash, and there are a lot of fakes of Chanels, so this is not a good example. In fact, I have a Chanel No. 5 splash bottle that has...
  91. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    Right now it looks like that market is "doomed" to make some people rich! LOL. But my main concern here is this notion of "ruined" vintage scents from the 80s/90s (when aroma chemicals began being...
  92. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    No, I don't believe it. I have seen just about no evidence for it, nor has anyone ever even contacted me about selling me their "rancid" fragrances, which I'm more than willing to do, at a discount,...
  93. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    As to 1, the prices continue to rise for such scents, so you may never appreciate vintage, but there certainly seem to be more and more people who do.

    And as to 2, we aren't going to live long...
  94. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    My days of spending more than $100 on a bottle of anything have yet to begin. LOL.
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    My sense is that most claims about skin chemistry are really simply different experiences due to what one person called "olfactory familiarity" in a Fragrantica review. The idea is that as you...
  96. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    Not only have I bought dozens of vintage over the last few years but I have some from older, mostly female, relatives, and I've only come across nasty top notes in a few cases. Otherwise, I'm going...
  97. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    It would help if you gave us some idea of what your experiences have been in this context.
  98. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    In my experience the notion that the scent would be a shadow of its former self is ludicrous. Top notes might be greatly diminished or even a bit "bad" smelling, but that doesn't last long, so...
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    Re: Ever hear of dumpster diving?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuD1oDth6es
  100. Re: The Telegraph dares to go where most BN members fear to tread

    Hedione is in quite a few scents; some have it in large amounts and were released much later than Eau Sauvage, such as Uomo? Moschino.
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