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    Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    Literally itís barely traceable and doesnít come anywhere near as floral as the name. Itís more of a cumin spice note a la Le Labo Rose 31 or Penhaligonís The Duke.
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    Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    For this current autumn/winter season, I have been reaching for MFK's Lumiere Noir (men's) quite a bit. I'm really impressed by it, it's longevity and how well it fits the UK cool weather. It is...
  3. Thread: Terminologies

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    Re: Terminologies

    Welcome newbie!

    We did once have a FAQ thread that the mods started. Can't for the life of me understand where we put it...
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    [UK] Re: Rumís Huge Clear-out

    Bump - last few remaining bottles now
  5. Thread: Rumís UK swaps

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    [UK] Re: Rumís UK swaps

    Bump
  6. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyrris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    Have to say I take back my words from before.

    Tried both the Amyris EdT again and the new Extrait (which seems to have had very little attention other than this thread), both from official...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Amyris Homme Extrait de Parfum by MFK
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    Re: Best beginner oud fragrance

    If you can still find it, there was a dirt-cheap oud made by Korres of Greece. It was called something like Agarwood, saffron and amber. More like a long list of ingredients than an actual name, but...
  9. Thread: Sahara noir

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    Re: Sahara noir

    You are quite right but this is not strictly the full picture.
    Epic came out in 2009 not long after which I bought a bottle. It was a nuclear/beast-mode strength scent. So much that two sprays could...
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    Agree with the vintage/current comparison here too. The current has a darker sort of opening compared to the vintage so I suppose that is the citrus that you mention but by no means is it dull to...
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    Sorry for my late reply Hugh. Yes, in response to your first sentence - I would say same scent more or less (give or take something perhaps that I can’t quite pin-point, but dare I say 98-99% the...
  12. Thread: Sahara noir

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    Re: Sahara noir

    Depends on the criteria.
    Best for authentic incense? Sahara.
    Most versatile/easiest to wear? Epic.
    For originality/uniqueness? Interlude
  13. Re: Kingdom Scotland Perfumes: any UK BNers sampled from this line?

    Haven’t heard of them as such. Are they available in all UK Harvey Nichs stores?
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    Re: Non-Powdery Leather Recommendations

    I suppose Knize Ten Golden Edition is worth trying if the original doesnít click with you. I think thereís less of the powder in the Golden Edition.

    Also second Bel Ami and Etro Gomma.
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    Re: Non-Powdery Leather Recommendations

    Hmm not sure why you’d consider Knize Ten in the first place - it has a powdery dry-down which you’ve said you don’t like.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Will you be paying for my new keyboard by card or gift voucher? I gave it a bit of a soak in hot coffee...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Two wonderful compliments this week from none other than my 5 yr old on Fougere Royale and Caron 3rd Man.

    Ok so it wasnít from a female but kids say things with honesty and donít know what sarcasm...
  18. Re: Would you wear Dior Homme or Dior Homme Intense on a first date?

    I would wear either if itís your style. DH for a day date or DHI for an evening outing. And as you say, one spray on the neck is the optimum amount with either - you donít want to come off smelling...
  19. Re: Similar to Paco Rabanne PH with better performance?

    Two cheapies come to mind: Worth Pour Homme and Azzaro PH. Both very close to it in my opinion especially Worth.

    For the same geranium/soapy woods vibe, is also suggest C&S No. 88 and Equipage...
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    Re: Help me put together a Christmas list!

    +1 Rose 31



    Have to say that since trying NYI during last winter, I have since associated it with Christmas even more. Donít know why but it fits the bill.
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    Recommendations based on favourites wanted

    Terre díHermes has been compared to Windsor quite a bit - fresh woods and peppers in both.

    Also do check out Eucris by Trumper as well.
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    Looking for leathers like Knize Ten

    This may sound ridiculous but if K10 interests you, then do take a look at the Golden Edition as well. For some owning both is just madness; for others it does make sense.

    Gomma by Etro is another...
  23. What are you Gifting / Receiving this Holiday Season?

    Really? Iíve had a few emails advertising Christmas shopping from some of the craziest stores since late August, but I honestly donít know anyone that has started their shopping even now in early...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    No idea what it is exactly but it is described as lemon in the notes break down. Definitely doesnít resemble lemon to me.
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    I actually like the basil note in IC and also the same sort of note in Polo, although itís clear the two notes different in the materials used here. Itís a smoother note in IC but has some rougher...
  26. Re: London Oatcake Overgrowth shaving soap - a fougere lovers dream

    Hmmm I think I might just have to revisit Bogart Signature!!
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Sounds like a perfectly authentic, post-2013 batch to me.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    LOL - I like this :grin:
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    I do smell this on quite a few people these days - obviously they must be wearing the current stuff so there must be something good about it. I need to look more closely at it. Could well be that...
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    Re: What happened to Quorum?

    I tried the vintage and current side by side recently. Have to say I prefer the current. My current bottle has matured a bit and actually comes across as being stronger. Also did a test on a current...
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    The previous suggestions of Paco Rabanne PH and Givenchy Gentleman should not be ignored - both are superb scents that fit the bill quite nicely.

    Another one that comes to mind and might not be as...
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    Re: What kind of man can pull off Dior Homme Intense?

    The only prerequisite in my opinion is to be able to cope with its sweet and powdery notes. If you like that then you should wear it.
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    Re: Help me identify an old cologne

    Yup, some guidance like this will help. Otherwise you will end up with 140,000 suggestions which could mean too much to sample!
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    Re: The definitive aromatic fougŤre thread

    Also one very close to this without the mint is RL Safari. Superb fougere that I will not be seen dead without. But I already said that in post #1 ;)
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    Re: Best clone of old school Drakkar Noir.

    In my opinion one of the best creations lately that mirror DN and give it a nice modern twist, is Diptyque's Eau de Minthe EdP. Very stylish, nice patchouli note and a little goes a long way.
  36. Thread: Autumn/Winter

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    Re: Autumn/Winter

    Can only praise this one myself, especially the EdP.
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    No; a rip-off of the original IC.
  38. Re: Aerospray Aramis cologne..just arrived , wondering when exactly did it get released

    I used to own this one and it was nuclear in strength. Went through a 30ml bottle in no time... Shame I don't have it any more.
  39. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    Depends where you are located I guess. In Europe it's at every Chanel counter.
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    There is of course the re-issue which in the UK is available from Harrods or Tom Ford direct. It's a rip-off though along with the rest of his line...
  41. Thread: Autumn/Winter

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    Re: Autumn/Winter

    Plenty come to mind!
    The cool weather in London is perfect for leathers, sandalwoods and darker scents in general.

    Aramis
    Caron 3rd Man
    Chanel Antaues vtg
    Chanel Egoiste
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Knize...
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    Re: Hot wine with rum, cinnamon and spices

    Came here to mention this one. Also Musc Ravageur as Sheik suggested but to a lesser extent as there's no orange in it.

    If you can find it - Creed Orange Spice is another one that falls in this...
  43. Re: Antaeus: Vintage, middle-aged, or current batches?

    The current stuff is like an Antaeus Summer Edition that works all year round. Any more than two sprays and it becomes overpowering. The current atomiser gives you a shower in the stuff as it is.
    ...
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    Re: Favorite Ďwarm-spicyí fragrance

    Plenty of options to choose from in this genre.

    +1 Chanel Egoiste
    MFK Lumiere Noir - recently discovered this one and loving it in the cold air
    YSL Opium PH
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Rather awful trail of an over-sprayed amount of Polo Blue from some visitor to our office. Still, better than the boat loads of Sauvage that people tend to wear these days.
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    Re: New - Czech & Speake No 88 EdP

    Has anyone bought a bottle yet? They seem to be selling it direct but Iím not aware which if any of the larger stores have it in London.

    Would like to try it at least.
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    Re: Thread not working in Female forum

    Great! Thanks for reporting back.

    Always happy to help.
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    Re: Thread not working in Female forum

    Ok, think I’ve fixed it now... I removed the rose symbol from the thread name/address. It’s here:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/470932-Looking-for-a-soft-rosewater-like-rose

    Please try and...
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    Re: Thread not working in Female forum

    Ah.... I think that’s because there’s a strange character in the thread name (which also forms part of the thread URL/address). Can you access this from Tapatalk?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Recently sampled Worth PH and Iíd have to agree. It sits very close to Paco to my nose - green soapy accents all the way.
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    Re: Best Italian Coast Inspired fragrance line?

    Their centenary anniversary scent isnít half bad, aptly called 100. Itís an Aventus clone with more of a woody heart. Not sure it remind me of Italy though.
  52. Thread: soapy lavender

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    soapy lavender

    Canít believe I didnít suggest Azzaro a while ago. Plenty of lavender in this.

    I guess to a lesser extent Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is another but it comes across fresher and the lavender is not so...
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    Re: Best Italian Coast Inspired fragrance line?

    I would say Milano Cento isnít a bad option and itís relatively affordable too.
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    Re: Most worn in October 2019

    1 Escape for Men by Calvin Klein 7 wears
    2 Quorum by Antonio Puig 6 wears
    3 Jubilation XXV by Amouage 6 wears
    4 APOM pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 5 wears
    5 Colonia Sandalo by Acqua di...
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    Re: Moderator Message

    Unfortunately I can vouch for a bottle that went off. I bought 3-4 bottles of Cosmair over the years and one had gone off. I would describe it as a ‘flat’ smell, very soft powdery and actually quite...
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    Re: [Help] Reckon this Creed Aventus is real?

    This is the biggest giveaway to me.

    But the OP reports that it smells great which doesn’t add up...
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    Re: Best Italian Coast Inspired fragrance line?

    Based on what criteria? By ‘inspired’ do you mean in the scent name?
    Are you just interested in feminine-marketed scents?
  58. Thread: soapy lavender

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    Re: soapy lavender

    Nothing better than this in the genre in my opinion.
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    Moderator Message

    OP, you already posted the same thread once and have answers. So this thread is being closed
  60. Re: Best Hot weather fragrance for a person that likes these scents.

    Polo Blue isnít a bad suggestion at all. Thereís also CK Escape which just works fine in the current version. I put some on last night and I can smell it more than my current SOTD, which is vintage...
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    Moderator Message

    I've let the pic stay as it at least refers to the thread topic, but all subsequent posts have been removed.

    Polo RL is the thread subject guys. Back on track please
  62. Re: fragrance similar to armani eau pour homme vintage

    I agree with this too. Try and find a vintage bottle.

    Mind you there are plenty of modern woody/Chypre scents these days - New York Intense comes to mind.
  63. Poll: Re: Opinions - Prada Amber vs ADP Colonia Essenza vs Invictus Aqua 2018? Quantity or Quality?

    I went for the AdP too as it’s the one I know more about and have owned before. It’s the best of a bad bunch here.
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    The shorter the batch code is (in character length), the older the bottle is.
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    Re: Creed Aventus for her - fake or authentic?

    Looks OK to me too
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    Re: NEW: Malin + Goetz - Leather!

    Anyone that has it care to post a review?
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    Poll: Re: A fall scent out of these?

    Not a bad idea actually for this time of year.
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    Re: Aramis aerospray cologne

    I had this version a couple of years ago and it was nuclear strength. Went through the 30ml bottle in the space of a year or two. Projection was very good, thick and heavy when compared to the...
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    Re: jaipur homme boucheron edt and edp notes?

    Have never understood this scent in either variety. Both are just had to tolerate. If I absolutely had to choose I would go for the EdT however.
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    Re: Got my Knize ten and knize ten golden

    I tried both side by side over a whole month of testing and I too prefer the original Knize Ten.

    Golden does come across a tad stronger without the other supporting notes. I actually like how...
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    Poll: Re: A fall scent out of these?

    TdH Parfum for me - and it seems like the best choice here.

    Good longevity and projection, not too sweet or cloying.
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    Re: ysl collection still the same or not

    The new M7, in the clear square bottle, is in my opinion much better than the previous M7 ‘Oud Absolue‘ in the black label square bottle.
  73. Re: Any idea where to get YSL Opium pour Homme EDP?

    Plenty to choose from online - Escentual, Parfumdreams, All Beauty, Notino

    Did you want a bricks and mortar store or somewhere online?
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    Re: Boucheron pour homme. EDP vs EDT?

    Iím not quite sure what it is about the EdP that I donít like. I get some nice musks from the EdT which I donít think I can get from the EdP.

    I agree that the EdT is more summery - in fact thatís...
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    Re: Boucheron pour homme. EDP vs EDT?

    Iíve long wondered the same thing. After recently sampling both I have settled my curiosity - I like the EdT a lot more than the EdP.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    ďAre you wearing something with incense todayĒ

    Compliment from my mother on New York Intense. She loved it
  77. Thread: FragranceX

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    Re: FragranceX

    Sorry only just seen this post. Yes it somehow tries to detect where you are browsing from and it does tend to make some huge assumptions in there. Browsing from a mobile it tends to assume Iím in...
  78. Re: Rate Jacques Bogart Fragrances Which Is Your Favorite?

    I would say my favourite is Signature but I have only ever owned that (which was about 15 years ago); the rest Iíve only just tried in stores.

    I did revisit Signature recently and didnít think...
  79. Poll: Re: Which is currently the best Hermes leather perfume?

    I agree - I get very little leather from Equipage in both vintage and current. I just see it as powdery/soapy with some woods in the mix and an overall clean-freshness.
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    Re: MFK Aqua Universalis is such a delight

    I see what you mean by this comment - there’s something in this that makes me think it is ‘spiked’ somehow. I’m not quite sure what it is (perhaps cumin or clove as is the case with many such scents...
  81. Thread: FragranceX

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    Re: FragranceX

    Hello

    Yes I can vouch for what they’ve told you - tax is calculated at the basket stage. I would suggest making an account on their site, putting in your Scottish address, then add something to...
  82. Poll: Re: Which is currently the best Hermes leather perfume?

    Bel Ami - if I could vote with both hands and feet, I would!
  83. Re: Jovoy, The Best Niche Fragrance Store In Paris Now Ships To USA With DHL Express In 2 Days!

    If their online service is as good as their in store service in London then thatís definitely a good sign. For what itís worth their in store service has been superb.
  84. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Must say Iíd struggle to call out any sandalwood in Pasha. If it is, itís totally buried under that fougere-mint accord.
  85. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    I thought of two more to suggest after reading your above post:

    Thereís YSLís M7 in the most recent clear square (cube) bottle. Forget the Oud aspect for a second. You have quite a nice sweetened...
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    Re: Best Floral Fragrance?

    Orange blossom - APOM Pour Homme
    Immortelle/curry plant - Amouage Fate Man (technically not sure this is a flower)
    Rose - Chanel Egoiste (and plenty more!)
    Chrysanthemum - Dior Jules
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    Best price I saw them for the UK was low £70s or high £60s from Parfumdreams - that place tends not to be that cheap but it can be if you take a look at their site often.
  88. Re: Purchasing Baccarat 540 Extrait on eBay or retail?

    My opinion is to avoid eBay at all costs for such a high end/valuable purchase.

    You will have a better chance of a good purchase by looking at the for sale (BST) forums here on BN. Something is...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Ombre Leather - I find this one is surprisingly popular among the ladies these days.
  90. Re: Fragrancenet coupon code that's still valid for BN'ers?

    Quite right - so the best thing you can do is report it to the mod/admin teams using the usual way :)
  91. Re: Where is the best place to buy Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    Yep, exactly. Without speaking to your bank, there's little advice you'll get here...
  92. Re: Online Shopping Directly from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Website

    We heard you the first time.
  93. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    slpfrsly, thank you so much for this informative post.
    As a first thought it's posts like these that make me think we're not just bottle-collecting freaks that like to press the atomiser all too...
  94. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    That's what I thought... it shouldn't be this hard for the truth to be obvious. Especially in this day and age of technology and information available at your fingertips.

    Still, lucky to have just...
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    Re: Calvin Klein Escape for Men

    I am really encouraged by how many of you have responded saying you own this one.

    I find the current stuff (I guess it is a current bottle as there is a long list of ingredients) is superb. If you...
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    Re: Anybody buy Mancera Cedrat Boise in 2019?

    I have certainly tried the 2019 bottles and they are monstrous in projection. Just a couple of short sprays lasted for a week on a card and easily around 24 hours on skin.

    My money is you are...
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    Calvin Klein Escape for Men

    Having worn this one when it was first released, I was quite shocked to see that it is still in production, at least for the UK market.

    I recently picked up a bottle (because at that price you...
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    Best leather fragrance?

    For me, hands and feet above the rest is Knize Ten.

    Then you have Bel Ami - arguably vintage preferred over the current stuff.

    Few months ago I may have put the Hermes above the Knize. But now...
  99. Thread: House of Caron

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    Re: House of Caron

    Wore Third Man today.

    Seems it has lasted through the working day and is still going strong, so much better longevity than Chanel Pour Monsieur EdT, although a different kind of vibe to the Chanel...
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    Have to agree - this is one of the best modern oakmoss-laden fragrances I have ever experienced.
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