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    Re: Polo green alternative

    I recall wearing Sung Homme and a few times having someone pay me a compliment and remarked how it reminded them of original Polo. Sung Homme is similar in the patchouli woodsy part but has lavender...
  2. Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    For me, it's simple: When I want to try something or want to wear it and I don't have enough to buy a full bottle, I will gladly take on samples, decants, or splits. The juice is the same, but I...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration over the years.

    Now that I think about it, I can't recall the original. But I do own Declaration D'Un Soir and that one's excellent, IMHO! ;)
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    Re: SOTD Friday 22nd May 2015

    Today's selection is a fairly-vintage version of Calvin Klein's 80's powerhouse Obsession For Men.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 21st May 2015

    My first full wearing of the legendary Vermeil in the "lighter" bottle. Interesting stuff!!

    :)
  6. Re: Opinions on newest formulation of fahrenheit?

    I tried some at a Sephora store a couple months back and honestly, I couldn't notice anything amiss. Just my $0.02
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 20th May 2015

    JHL by Aramis for this mild day in Chi Town.

    :)
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    Man! I don't own a bottle of Kouros! Who's got 'em cheap? :/
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 19th May 2015

    Lanvin's Avant Garde for me today! :)
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    Re: Gucci Nobile - similar?

    There is an older thread going on this exact topic. I remember when Nobile was launched in 1988. I flat-out thought it was a Drakkar Noir wannabee. It's kinda similar, but Nobile is decidedly...
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    Re: Dubious Bottle from Fragrancenet............

    I have a similar bottle of the latest stuff. Mine seems perfectly fine. Freewheelingvagabond, I bet it must have been stored and perhaps been through some temp extremes (very hot then very cold or...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 18th May 2015

    L'eau Bleue D'Issey Miyake for me today.
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    Re: Masculine but not old men frags suggestions?

    OK, something modern, without dated construction that a 31 year old male with youthful zest would like to wear. I offer the following suggestions, some of which have already been mentioned.

    Bleu...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 17th May 2015

    SOTE: Versace's Blue Jeans.
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    Re: Is This Fahrenheit Fake???

    And it looks like it sold for $41.00. Yikes......

    O.o
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    There are a couple of frag sellers at the flea market near my place. I chanced by today and was perusing their goods when I noticed one lady had a still-in-the-wrapper bottle of Smalto (1988...
  17. Re: No love for the current formulation of CK Obsession Men?

    Took delivery of what I believe is the second formulation: Removable cap, gold trim on the bottom of the cap. Smells great! I'd say it's pretty much what I recall from the late 80's, but yes, I...
  18. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    OK, got mine. Interesting and very bold start-off. Dries down to a tobacco-like finish. It's been a while since I tried the 1984 Davidoff, and it's hard to recall all its vibe, but I do see a bit...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Took delivery of a couple scents today:

    Second-formulation Obsession by CK. Great!

    Relatively vintage Vermeil.

    A Men Summer Flash. Somewhat similar to A Men Pure Shot, but I like it...
  20. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Willyb, when you mention Davidoff do you mean the Davidoff scent or Zino?

    Just curious, thank you.


    :)
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    Re: SOTD Friday 15th May 2015

    Davidoff's impeccable Zino for me today! (in latest formulation)

    :)
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 14th May 2015

    RL's Polo original for me today.
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    Re: Blind bought Rasasi Tasmeem today.

    I'll add my list to the curiosity bunch. I can't help but think that with cumin, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla it MIGHT have some, perhaps slight resemblance to Kingdom by McQueen, but you know what...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 13th May 2015

    Caron Pour Un Homme on this springy spring Wednesday. :)
  25. Re: How often do you wear the 'cheap' fragrances in your wardrobe?

    This ^^^^^^^

    Also, "cheap" is (as we have so easily seen here) a VERY subjective term. When I think of a 'cheaper' scent I am usually looking at the ones I have acquired for $20 or less. So in...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 12th May 2015

    80's powerhouse Jacomo de Jacomo is with me today. :)
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    Re: Looking for a casual fall/winter scent

    To echo the sentiments (SCENTiments?) of others here......

    Burberry London
    L'Occitane Eau De Baux

    And I'll add in.......

    Obsession for Men by CK
    Polo Double Black by RL
    Halston Z-14...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, May 11, 2015

    Eau de Baux on this overcast day in Chicago

    :)
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    Re: Summer oldschool fragrance

    Excellent suggestions!
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    Re: How to start a fragrance collection?

    Haha! +1 on this!
  31. Thread: Hi I'm Alex

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Hi I'm Alex

    HI Alex! Welcome welcome and trust that you will have tons of stuff to read and learn about. I know I did!

    Best thing I can tell you is this: Get some time and sniff and sample before you...
  32. Thread: Havana

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    Re: Havana

    So, here's what I have seen:

    When I started coming around BN about 10 years ago, Havana was just about to be discontinued (or production halted, or what not), and the enthusiasm about it started...
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    Poll: Re: What to wear to my graduation ceremony

    THAT is some news that made my day!

    People, lemme tell ya' all about Basenotes from back about 2005. My understanding was that Grant started Basenotes a few years prior to that and by the time I...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 9th May 2015

    Jo Malone 154 for an evening out enjoying local music. :)
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    Re: I Think I Have A Fake Azzaro Pour Homme Here

    Freewheelingvagabond, the bottle is exactly the same as the one I purchased at US discount retailer Marshall's.

    I'm sure after a couple years after the original post you would appreciate my...
  36. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Thank You, Hednic! :)
  37. Re: SANTOS - The latest release , A return to its former glory ?

    I own the middle bottle with the integrated sprayer, no packaging when I bought it as it is a tester. And true, this scent does not resemble the original Calvin. Santos is a rich heavy oriental...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 8th May 2015

    Montana Black in it's first full wearing. I'm totally reminded of Havana by this scent. Excellent! :)
  39. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    I snagged one too! Been curious about it. Does it rock?
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    Re: Summer Leather?

    Came to mind: As weird as it seems, I get a bit of leather out of Gendarme, even though it is a VERY summery fragrance with a lot of citrus and verbena. Maybe try it out......
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    Re: Must-have discontinued Fragrances

    Calvin by Calvin Klein (Navy blue bottle)
    Kingdom by McQueen
    Vintage Tabarome by Creed
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 7th May 2015

    L'eau Bleue D'Issey Pour Homme. First full wearing and I'll tell ya'.....it IS interesting! :)
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    Re: Summer Leather?

    The reformulation is VERY light on leather! :/
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    Davidoff's Cool Water for me today.
  45. Re: There is only so much of this I can hoard ....

    I just got mine the other day. I DO smell a resemblance between this and the red-box Parfum d'Homme, but this is a bit richer and yes, it does remind me more of Havana than Parfum d'Homme does. I'd...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Krizia Uomo on this damp day in Chi Town.
  47. Thread: Best Coffee

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    Re: Best Coffee

    All this talk about coffee scents. A good number of years back, there was a thread started on coffee scents, and BaseNoter Griff suggested a frag named Homme de Cafe by Cofinluxe. 80's release,...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 4th May 2015

    Arij and I are sharing the same house: I'm wearing Santos by Cartier.
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    Re: Perfumania is now selling ouds

    I bought a bottle of Oud Noir and Oud Majestique. Both for under $60. I wore the Majestique Friday and it smelled great and I got some compliments, too!
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 3rd May 2015

    Hanae Mori's HM in the EdP form. Excellent. :)
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    Re: Help me choose my cologne for prom

    Dior Homme Eau, is that what you originally considered.......it's nice, but I'm going to say Himalaya. Bleu de Chanel is in second.

    Have a great time!
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    Re: SOTD Friday 1st May 2015

    Changing up a bit. Going with Contradiction by Calvin Klein for tonight.

    ;)
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    Re: SOTD Friday 1st May 2015

    Today I am trying out Jean Paul DuPont's Oud Majestique (sp?). This is the offering available through Perfumania. I kinda dig it! :)
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 30th April 2015

    Adidas Victory League. Because it FEELS like fall in Chicago! :/
  55. Re: Which scent have you worn the longest on a CONSISTENT basis?

    Since my oldest brother introduced me to it in 1988, I have ALWAYS owned a bottle of (and worn with some regularity) the 80's beast known as Jacomo de Jacomo.

    :)
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    Re: Unusual and Elegant

    I think of unusual and elegant and in my mind, it's Mechant Loup by L'Artisan.
  57. Re: There is only so much of this I can hoard ....

    I own Parfum d'Homme and it's fantastic. So I bought a bottle just so I could check it out! :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Halston Z-14, the newer formulation that has the leather dialed back a bit. Still love it, though it is different. I swear it reminds me of Bogart's Witness, what with its more prominent cinnamon.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 8

    too slow
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    In fact, it is. Great summer scent. Sweet, but not overbearing. Haven't worn it in ages, though. Should dig it out......
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 28th April 2015

    Trying out one brand new to me here, guys. Kenneth Cole Reaction Thermal.

    My goodness.....this is like a spitting image of Zihr's Corduroy!!
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    Re: SOTD Monday 27th April 2015

    Sung Homme
  63. Re: Thinking about adding a new fragrance for the coming summer

    Agreed.

    I have more experience with Bvlgari Pour Homme than with Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme, but I did sample Extremem and found it to be similar but with more of a woods element. So I can get...
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    Re: Aventus for a young college student

    I'll chime in and say that if it smells nice to you, you can wear it well and it has pleasing development, and you can afford the admission price without any difficulties, then by all means, go for...
  65. Re: No love for the current formulation of CK Obsession Men?

    I tried the current Obsession edition about a year or so ago. I wore it in the 80's, so I can say that yes, the formulation does seem toned down. The pull back seemed to be in the wood element more...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 25th April 2015

    Acqua di Gio Essenza.
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    Re: Is this vintage guerlain heritage?

    Yes, the short, wide bottle is definitely older. The taller,narrow bottles are from early 2000's and later, IIRC.
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    Poll: Re: Vetiver overload--help me drop a few!

    I LOVE Guerlain's Vetiver, but I know it's not for everyone. I owned Carven Vetiver from an early 2000's package and it just did not work for me. So light, I would burn it off in about an hour. ...
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    Re: First Jazz Vintage bottle?

    If not THE first,then very early. This is what the bottles/packages looked like when I first saw the scent around Christmas of 1988. Great stuff, and yes I see the similarity with Tsar by VC&A.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 24th April 2015

    All this talk yesterday about 80's scents.....so today it's Jacomo de Jacomo

    :)
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    Re: Best of the 80's?

    Oh! And I forgot......Iquitos by Alain Delon and Boss #1 in the square bottle.
  72. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Calvin (Blue bottle, 1981)

    Spazio Krizia Uomo

    Kingdom by Alexander McQueen


    Honorable mention for Alain Delon's Iquitos and Escada Pour Homme
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    Re: Best of the 80's?

    DEMON, In my book, the original Calvin in the navy blue bottle is 80's legend. LOVE IT!!! Ken Russell mentioned Armani Eau Pour Homme.....yes! PaveLL mentioned Tenere....oh yeah!

    Zino

    Paul...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 22nd April 2015

    Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur. The keyhole-shaped bottle.
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    Re: Please describe what Kouros really smells like

    OP,

    Glad you got some and are giving it a shot! I have always been a fan of the 80's era aromatic fougere's, and I recall the very first time I tried Kouros in 1989. In a time when Obsession,...
  76. Re: Name your favorite "The Different Company" fragrance

    Rose Poivree.

    Because it's sexxxy! :D
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    Re: Need to expand my repertoire

    Hi there, abl5111! Being new to Basenotes (I see you have only a handful of posts, but may have been lurking), I will say that as you spend more time, reading posts and threads, interacting with all...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 21st April 2015

    Baldessarini Strictly Private
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 18th April 2015

    Cool Water by Davidoff
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    Re: SOTD Friday 17th April 2015

    Sung Homme
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 16th April 2015

    Today's selection was Echo by Davidoff. :)
  82. Thread: Am I doomed?

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Am I doomed?

    I like cacio's view. Very insightful. My take is, and not to be over-simplified here.......you like what you like. And similarly, what smells good on your skin cannot be denied. I know, it seems...
  83. Thread: Zino Davidoff

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Zino Davidoff

    It's structure reminds me of the typical 80's men's frag template. Powerful, deep, complex, full of richness. Good stuff. :)
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    Re: Wow I am 0 for 4 on Gucci fragrances.

    I agree with hednic, it may be best to move towards trying offering from other folks. I know Gucci PH (the first one, amber juice), I tried and owned.....wasn't cutting it. Envy didn't work out...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 15th April 2015

    Going with Lanvin L'Homme on this brisk spring day in Chi Town.

    Have a great day, all! :)
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 11th April 2015

    Halston Z-14 for me tonight. The later reformulation, toned down in the leather, very spicy, almost reminds me of Bogart's Witness.
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    Re: Sung Homme at Marshall's for $6.99

    For 7 dollars, GREAT buy. Sung Homme is a great scent. Got me lots of compliments. Great longevity. Natural presentation, evolves well. One of the best values on the market, even at double what...
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    Re: Jacques Bogart Pour Homme (2004)

    Good scent. But too "dress-y" for the gym. Maybe good to wear out with friends, enjoying some drinks at a piano bar.
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    Re: Halston Z-14 vintage - recent purchase

    Hey guys! Long time Z-14 fan here. Owned and wore it through the late 80's and my older brother owned and wore it from about '80 on up. I have an older bottle, 2.5 oz that smells pretty close to...
  90. Re: Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Fake? - Please Verify (Pics)

    Looks OK. I can't imagine fragrancenet.com risking their reputation on potential fakes. Only thing I'd say MAY be different is that the packaging may be meant for a market other than USA or EU. I...
  91. Re: Which female fragrances have you worn / tried ?

    Tried with success:
    Angel
    Habanita
    Bandit
    Hypnotic Poison
    Aromatics Elixir
    Cinnabar

    Owned:
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere
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    Re: Mcqueen Kingdom or Gucci pour Homme I

    I like both, but Kingdom is lot like a Sonny Sharrock recording: Angular, unique, brilliantly creative, but not for everyone. If you can, get both, but if you are going to buy something to wear...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

    Sung Homme
  94. Thread: Vanilla?

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Vanilla?

    All good points thus far. I'll add in that vanilla is a mainstay in perfumery and often used to sweeten or soften a scent and works as an effective base note, much like sandalwood or musk. Vanilla...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, March 8th, 2013

    Back to the '80's with Guy Laroche's iconic Drakkar Noir :)
  96. Re: Looking for a Lime based fragrance any suggestions?

    All great suggestions so far. I'll add in: Contradiction by Calvin Klein. Solid lime note in the middle of that one.
  97. Re: Running out of ideas for summer citrus Help !

    Just a couple of my favorite summer-time citrus-based scents. In no particular order:

    Monsieur Balmain: It comes off as all-lemons, but the drydown is a bit woodsy and I get a little bit of...
  98. Re: Can anyone speak to Jacomo de Jacomo new vs. original versions?

    One of my first favorite frags from the '80's. I got into it because my oldest brother wore it. I have a bottle that is NOT the LATEST, but is from about 2004 or so. (I have tried later versions;...
  99. Re: If it's being discontinued, will I see it soon at discount places

    I am in agreement with the others here. Just because the product is being discontinued, there is no guarantee that it will show up at a discount retailer, be it brick and mortar or online. Some...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Guerlain Vetiver
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