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  1. Costume National Pour Homme EDP - my unbelievable buying experience

    So, I decided to check out this baby after seeing the ad in one of the Conde Nast rags and being a fan of their suits. So after work I wandered over to my local Barney's (Chicago), which I'd never...
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    Re: Pierre Cardin Pour Homme Winter Edition EDT

    very blah and cheap-smelling by-the-book late-90s fruity-ambery crapola. nothing like PH. you've smelled it dozens of times before, trust me. nothing to lose sleep over.
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    Re: Boucheron Pour Homme Fraicheur Limited Edition

    BPH fraicheur, in my book, smells almost nothing like BPH. i'd say its closest-smelling cousin is guerlain's coriolan, which is also a bit off-kilter and formal-smelling, albeit a tad smokier.
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    Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Civet

    i have tried jicky EDP and MdM. the civet in MdM - for all the claims - is discreet and well-blended; less strong than say in Ungaro II and a heck of a lot less obvious than in something like kouros....
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    Re: Replacing Monsieur de Givenchy

    TB,

    give jicky or mouchoir de monsieur a try. more fougere than chypre, but with a similar elegant, vintage, animalic vibe. jicky will likely be easier to track down than MdM.

    someone mentioned...
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    Re: Essenza di Zegna Summer

    Strong similarities to issey's eau bleue fraiche and to a lesser degree givenchy PH Blue. in other words, cold, fresh, herbal, but not an aquatic cliche and worth trying.
  7. Burberry London Special Edition & Issey On The Rock

    haven't seen much chatter on this so thought i would pass on.

    tried the new London at my local Macy's as i worship the original London and was curious about what this new take was like.

    it is a...
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    Re: Why is Azzaro PH a hit in Europe?

    I also think that one of the basic reasons is that the current trend in the US for the past decade has been for fresh scents. The young(er) generation (<40 yo) in the US buys stuff from the...
  9. Re: Can any of these fragrances be worn in summer?

    1) - borderline yes, although more of a temperate, cool-ish weather juice IMO
    2) - definitely yes
    3) - yes for non-intense version, intense version may be a bit of a stretch
    4) - top notes yes,...
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    Re: Your ultimate migraine frag is... ?

    Vam Cleef & Arpels PH. Gave myself a blast after not having touched a bottle for a while. God save us.
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    Re: Dior's Fahrenheit 32 review

    F32 is just weird. It smells like Dior lopped off the top notes of their own "Higher" (synthetic, bright, pear-y fresh) and grafted them on to a cheap vanilla base. The resulting mix is confused,...
  12. Re: Which do you prefer: Arpege PH or Polo Double Black

    Don't find much similarity between the two. Double Black is leaning towards gourmand, while Arpege is leaning towards a floral feminine.

    I find Arpege more original, but in the two years that I've...
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    Re: Question about Kouros Eau d'Ete

    seconded. eau d'ete is basically indistinguishable from Cologne Sport... and is much more powerful than Tattoo.
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    Re: Creamy Lavenders?

    Ungaro II if you can find it. Pure creamy lavender blended to perfection.
    Jicky
    Mouchoir de Monsieur
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    Re: The Nasty Woody Oriental

    Lucius, if you want an even more palatable version of an oriental you already like, try Jaipur Fraicheur -- it preserves the essence of Jaipur, but is cooler and lighter -- and almost completely...
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    Re: Disappointing Year For Frangrances?

    What about Kenzo's Power?

    I find it a quite extraordinary release -- very, very subtle and beautifully balanced... and thoroughly orignal, while to some extent having roots in Dior Homme...
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    Re: Givenchy Pi VS LInstant de Guerlain

    LOL. talk about setting a high bar :-)

    I agree. I think Pi is a suffocating, vulgar, and all-round dreadful diabetes-inducing juice that you could only wear on a very small number of occasions.
    ...
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    Re: What fragrance would Count Dracula wear?

    Without a doubt, Gucci PH1. Come on - pencil shavings and incense - it's a no-contest. It's probably the way the count smells right after stepping out of his camphorous wooden coffins anyway.
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    Re: A Tribute to Jacques Cavallier Male Scents.

    It would appear that Mr. Cavallier thinks otherwise. follow this link:

    http://www.newarabia.net/Calvin_Klein_interview.php
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    Re: A Tribute to Jacques Cavallier Male Scents.

    I think that creating something that is both strikingly original (like Miyake) and wildly successful makes him a double genius. Would you hold back on praise for Mozart because he's popular?
    ...
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    Re: Suggestions for a new frag

    I am not sure I agree with some of the other recommendations here. Burberry London for someone who likes Fendi and Aramis? It sounds to me like you prefer strong, retro fougere / chypre type...
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    Re: I need an absolute sillage MONSTER!

    Jil Sander - Sander Man.

    Its minty, woody assault will grab you by the hair, penetrate your lungs, suck out every molecule of moisture in your being, and then fly away screaming like a banshee in...
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    Re: Grey Flannel is cheap...Smells cheap?

    I consider GF a wonderfully dark, melancholic and soothing scent. Its dense, dry green-ness makes it perfect for cool, rainy-day weather.

    I don't think of it as "fresh" in the conventional sense...
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    Re: Hanae Mori masculine or unisex?

    Easily unisex. Arguably more feminine than masculine, in fact, if one were to apply the "rules" of what constitutes fem vs masc.
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    Re: Do you put fragance before to sleep?

    Comfortable, retro scents that just smell good. e.g., halston 1-11, a dash of Rive Gauche.

    sometimes Kenzo l'Eau in hot weather.

    I don't really like going to bed enveloped in a cloud of strong...
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    Re: A Tribute to Jacques Cavallier Male Scents.

    Didn't he also do Acqua di Gio?

    Anyway - I think Cavallier is a genius. L'Eau d'Issey is a work of genius and amazing subtlety and imagination. In the 15 years that have followed there still isn't...
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    Re: Kouros Eau D'Ete Summer Frag 2005

    almost indistinguishable from Kouros Cologne Sport. look up the reviews for the latter and you'll get a good feel for what it's like.

    cheers.
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    Re: I need some recommendations.

    not sure about the GUcci PH (to me this is a more "mature" rather than "young" scent) but definitely second London... as well as Brit.

    i will go ahead and recommend something i've really been...
  29. Re: What scent will you be wearing when the clock strikes 2008?

    Versace Man.
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    Re: Hypothetical question

    l'Eau d'Issey.

    - can be worn in any type of weather - and potent
    - versatile - from casual to dressed up
    - still modern - refuses to age - in part this is due to its fascinating complexity and...
  31. Thread: Sleazy scent?

    by rodent
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    Re: Sleazy scent?

    to state the obvious: i don't believe any scents are inherently sleazy. it is their wearer(s) that give them that quality.

    that said, really loud scents that lack subtlety and 80s powerhouse...
  32. Re: Best Aquatic Scent To Wear In A Tropical Count

    hi nitromusk. do you really think Oxygene is an aquatic? as i recall it is very musky (and, as my dad so perfectly put it, a bit "ripe" :-)

    however it certainly is long-lasting.

    things that i...
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    Re: Monochromatic wardrobe

    not true. black and dark colors are in fact the DOMINANT color in paris, regardless of time of day. the parisian fashion sense (and i'm talking the natives, not skanky tourists) is well-cut,...
  34. Re: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme INTENSE: Revisited, Minus The Jet Lag

    i'm having trouble appreciating "intense". i bought it because i found it intriguing in the store and wanted to challenge myself. but at home... a different story. it has a severe, dry, medicinal...
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    Re: Every Done a Total 180-Degrees on a Frag?

    HM by hanae mori.

    i generally hate gourmands (A*Men @ top of the list) and initially was shocked and put off by the sensory overload blast from HM.

    i now love it. of course, goes without saying...
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