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  1. Re: Land mine detection - Identify the worst fragrances in otherwise great lineups

    Funny you should mention this one, took me more than 20 wears to realise that the base was nothing more than acrid incense. Went from being a favorite to being sold. The first hour is definitely...
  2. Re: Land mine detection - Identify the worst fragrances in otherwise great lineups

    Thats a shame, that new trio are all beautifully presented :undecided:
  3. Re: Any fans of Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt?

    Pacific Rock Moss has a synthetic spiky wood accord that is mercifully not present In Wood sage and Sea Salt
  4. Land mine detection - Identify the worst fragrances in otherwise great lineups

    Some houses are competent enough that they lure us into blind buys of their lesser hyped fragrances. And then boom! Some of these are atrocious and we have an unsellable dud on our hands.

    Name...
  5. Re: Best Fragrances Of All Time! (enjoy and never tire of).

    Roja Dove

    Aoud, Amber Aoud, Musk Aoud
    Fetish PH
    Danger PH
    Reckless PH
    Saudi Arabia
    Sultanate of Oman
    Parfum De La Nuit Series
  6. Re: Any fans of Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt?

    Smells good for the 30 minutes that it lasts.
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    Haha yep the baloney cologney smell definitely sticks around
  8. Re: Can someone recommend me a fragrance similar to Saint Julep?

    You can try Guelrain Homme. Boozy mint doesnt last but the Guerlain has other notes in it that will stick around longer
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    I did manage to test this a couple of days ago and thought it was a very competent release, I have no problem smelling this off someone else and enjoying it. For myself, I prefer Chanel Bleu EDP if...
  10. Re: Best Fragrances Of All Time! (enjoy and never tire of).

    I would have to list a hundred fragrances or more. But it’s a great question, far prefer to give an exhaustive list later today than stick to a top 10.
  11. Re: Does IF diet improve olfactory sensitivity?

    Zinc supplements work for me.
  12. Re: Plum Japonais by Tom Ford apparently discontinued.

    The line is definitely losing its shine for collectors.
  13. Re: Plum Japonais by Tom Ford apparently discontinued.

    I suspect Plum Japonais has been taking some of the shine away from Lost Cherry, which. Is not too dissimilar. They are both rich boozy fruity fragrances, so they have chosen to keep the one that...
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    Re: Nice but cheap office fragrance

    Lalique Pour Homme Lion for me.
  15. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    Cars are a serious money pit, especially premium cars. Not unusual to lose $20,000 just driving out of the dealership for the first time in a new car.
  16. Re: Anyone familiar with Ganymede by Marc-Antoine Barrois?

    Interesting, will make sure to sample both
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    You may have a point but he has been forthcoming about Guerlain’s use of synthetic ouds
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman current release

    I dont know if the current “Originale” smells like vintage, but it sure is a straightforward patchouli scent. Nice enough
  19. Re: What are your thoughts on L'artisan DZING!!???

    Love Dzintars. I don’t find it similar to Black and I much prefer it to Black too.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    This thread and the countless others along similar lines may as well be renamed “best sellers you don’t like”.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Not even Thierry Wasser liked Ambre Eternel. He has told people off the record at Guerlain events that he didn’t enjoy making it and felt obligated because a big chunk of ambergris turned up one...
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    Re: Cheap, generic or unlikely compliment getters

    One Man Show surprised me once when I was at the shops got a good compliment
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    Re: Any fans of Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme?

    I can’t control what something reminds you of, but I never heard of a resemblance between these two. And having a familiarity with both, I saw no resemblence myself. Others have any thoughts?
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    Re: NEW (2020) - Floris Vert Fougere

    I thought it was powdery garbage. 1962 is the way to go with Floris.
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    Re: Any fans of Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme?

    I have the Made in Italy version and think it is fantastic, very versatile, unique and classic. I can’t understand why it hasn’t been replicated by anyone.

    Current version seems too...
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    Re: Insightful youtuber? Your pick

    Haha I agree with your observations also. Worst thing is that it seems these sad cases have made it onto PR lists and now have turned into shills for half-baked releases.

    Sebastian is probably my...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    These might be your personal preferences but listing best-sellers (Amen, BR540) and coveted, expensive discontinued fragrances (Acier) as “worst fragrances of all time” lacks a fair bit of validity...
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Encre Noire

    Lalique have made some great fragrances, but somehow this acrid post apocalyptic dry concoction is lauded more than others.
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    Re: What is your basenote lifetime number?

    41 years for me.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Encre Noire surely, acrid rubbish posing as “niche quality”.
  31. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Japon Noir! Discontinued release from one of the greatest debut lines in history.

    Derby a close second because there is no distribution in Australia. Very hard to get.
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    Re: A classier version of D&G The One?

    Just discovered that Jovoy Les Jeux Sont Faits does a great job of elevating each element of The One to “niche quality”. Tobacco, ambergris, dry fruits, rum, cedar, its all there.
  33. Re: Celebrating Differences: What do YOU Enjoy About Perfume?

    Personally I love perfumes made by houses that have substance. The house has control of the creative direction of their perfumes as opposed to signing their naming rights over to a distributor and...
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    I use Basenotes wardrobe, great feature.
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    Re: I love Beach Hut Man

    The ivy note is the killer for me.
  36. Re: Sorting through the Diptyque house, list your favorites and best iyo!

    Tempo is my favourite. It’s like Guerlain LIDG with teeth. Followed by Eau Duelle. Keen to try Oud Palao.
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    Re: Any fans of Initio Oud for Greatness?

    I think the niche segment is headed toward the same problem designer houses were facing before they developed their prive lines. Trying to sell the same types of fragrances under different names...
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    Re: Any fans of Initio Oud for Greatness?

    It seems to be a heavily shilled fragrance. YouTube reviewers are bathed in free bottles, which is always a red flag for me.

    Anyone know if Initio and Parfums de Marly are related at all? Seems...
  39. Re: Designers that get hate but you're actually enjoying?

    Tom Ford :lolk:. Lots of lovers and haters in equal measure around here. Otherwise I do tend to follow the Basenotes hypetrains
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    Re: Pacific Rock Moss is such a fresh delight

    Lots of scratchy woods in this one.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Nishane Pachuli Kozha, growing on me. Stays very well balanced thought the wear, very sophisticated, dark patchouli with chocolatey, mahogany wood accents and a pinch of boozy honey
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    Re: Your Most Worn January 2020

    A*men, Creed VIW and Woody Mood all got 4 wears this month



    I received a bottle of this from a board member and the memories flooded back. Will likely be high on my list next month.
  43. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    I’m surprised by the answers here, I would have thought most collectors can pick out cheap fragrances vs expensive ones, regardless of whether they smell good or bad. Ofcourse some cheap fragrances...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Homme Love

    Gucci Absolute was clearly a bastard child. Someone check the milkman. The rest of the Gucci Guilty flankers all resemble the father who probably works in a very grey office building with lots of...
  45. Re: Fragrances that somehow disappoint you, leave you underwhelmed, wishing for more perhaps

    Yeah good example, I found the opening nice, but it falls flat.
  46. Re: Fragrancenet Already Out of Old Dior Homme Intense Bottles...Possibly

    The DH line got new boxes last year that alluded to the new bottle. You might find the old bottle inside?
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Homme Love

    More Gucci Guilty mediocrity
  48. Re: Making TF OUD WOOD last longer with addition of ow byproducts.

    Yes, agree this works for me with OW. You need a sufficient level of basenotes, once that’s reached then they will push for 6-8 hours. 6-8 sprays is good. 3 sprays you’re kidding yourself.
  49. Re: Most clunky, ridiculous packaging award goes to

    Packaging in general is getting ridiculous.
  50. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Soft application of Pure Malt
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    Re: Today I bought January 2020

    Thanks. On its way, I’ll be reporting back :thumbsup:
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    Re: Today I bought January 2020

    I managed to grab a bottle of Angel Men also, very excited https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200121/e8c8fb7a2c977f2918873c129cd6d100.jpg
  53. Re: Observtion on Bogart Pour Homme, which arrived today

    The question is, which part of Bogart Pour Homme’s development smells like Lynx Africa? Bogart Pour Homme is a highly evolving scent, starting as a barbershop, then resembling Mugler Pure Havane,...
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    Re: Niche fragrances similar to Joop homme?

    They do in the drydown grasshopper
  55. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    One Man Show. So much fun for the money.
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    Re: Niche fragrances similar to Joop homme?

    Nishane Karagoz
  57. Re: Howcome Hermes Voyage Parfum doesnt get much love?

    Its basically a cardamom heavy, traditional, boring eau de cologne with the usual poor performance eau de colognes have. A massive misfire by Hermes.
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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    I thought Dark Blue had some fans, the one in the cocktail shaker bottle.

    And the original Boss Bottled is a classic. Boss Bottled Oud is good too.

    The real problem is that their catalogue is...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    I think the furore is more over the discontinuation of the metrosexual original. Its good to hear people are liking the new version
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    Re: Amouage Bracken reformulation?

    Bracken Man’s drydown has always been weak. Once the clove dries off, it’s a skin scent.
  61. Re: Where did this smell originate? 70's-80's..?

    I agree it smells like a descendent of 80s powerhouses. But at every stage it copies those powerhouses using different notes. The great oak moss fragrances of the past had a similar nose curlingly...
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    Interesting and concerning, because Colonia Ambra is a thick grey ambergris for winter, GiT is meant to have a clean white ambergris.
  63. Re: Something comparable to Gucci by Gucci for men?

    With the mention of Aventus, I remembered Micallef has a variation on Aventus that has the same smoky cypress note from Gucci by Gucci, it’s called Royal Vintage. Highly recommend.
  64. Re: Something comparable to Gucci by Gucci for men?

    John Varvatos Vintage smells similar but it suffers from the same longevity issues. other than that, there is not much else. It’s a unique mix for a cypress frangrance.

    The vintage versions of...
  65. Re: Creed Pure White Colone vs MFK Aqua Universalis

    Both highly competent but I prefer PWC
  66. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    For me 2019 was about repurchasing great fragrances that had been previously sold to fund my ROJA acquisitions in 2017 and 2018.
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    Re: Red Giorgio Beverly Hills vs Devin Aramis

    In the first 10 minutes they have similarities, but after that they deviate.
  68. Re: 2020 - What is the ONE fragrance you most hope to add to your collection?

    Tuscan Leather Intense will be a must in 2020.
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    Re: Layton is such a compliment getter

    Have you ever tipped in America? Because your location is UK. Good service in the US = 20% tip, which is essentially $10 for a fairly standard $50 meal for two in NYC as an example
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    Re: Layton is such a compliment getter

    Was this in the US? Would explain a lot. We don’t pay tips here where I am.

    Personally I am not a big fan. That coffee against the woody aromachems is a bit stomach churning.

    Costume...
  71. Re: Has a new Emperor been crowned? Caesars Man Cologne is back, or is it?

    Caesar’s was rubbish, and sounds like it remains rubbish. Just buy Drakkar Noir or upgrade to Duc de Vervin, both are significantly better even in their current formulations.
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    Re: Fragrances with Ambrette as a key note

    Roja Musk Aoud does ambrette to perfection
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    New York Intense
    Floris 1962
    Eau Sauvage Parfum
    Clive Christian 1872
    Roja Dove Fetish
    Bottega Veneta Extreme
    Aventus
    Cedrat Boise
    Roger & Gallet Open Black
    Amouage Bracken Man
  74. Re: Guerlain Women’s Fragrances Men Easily Wear?

    None of them come across as masculine to me, nor are they something I would be comfortable to wear. Not Shalimar, not Jicky. Just because these fragrances are now rarely worn by women does not make...
  75. Re: Roja amber Aoud, UAE Aoud, Musk Aoud or Aoud

    UAE has a dry resinous aspect to it that surprised me. Just be prepared for it, its not your typical rose oud, its very middle-eastern in feel, or at least what I perceive as middle eastern because...
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    Re: Has anyone done a 'Quest for Incense' thread?

    The problem with incense in a perfume is that a liquid can never deliver the full smoky experience. Normally, the note is acrid and dry, giving a feel of charred leftovers. These “quests for...
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    Re: Equus - voilet note

    Agree on all points, there is a well blended violet leaf note.
  78. Re: Roja amber Aoud, UAE Aoud, Musk Aoud or Aoud

    They are all rose ouds, but Aoud has dried fruit notes and incense, Amber Aoud is brightened by white ambergris, Musk Aoud has incredibly sensual ambrette seed, and UAE is so big and bold that it...
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    Re: Fragrances and the Workplace

    Cheap designers are the biggest source of irritation for me at work. Smelling those scratchy woods, bubblegum tones, and fishy calone notes (yes you guys trying to get your YouTube swagger on with...
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    Re: Avon mens colognes,are they any good?

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191220/c6e7737c191526106a740a510e350dfc.jpg
  81. Re: please can you talk about your experiences of Bowling Greene?

    I found it nice to wear but the sillage was not as pleasant. If I walked into a room where I had sprayed, it wasnt great. Sure, it is as good as fragrances 4 times its price, but it is so cheap that...
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    Re: 2019 Year in Review - What did you wear?

    I wore New York Intense, Roja Amber Aoud and 1872 about a dozen times each.
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    Re: Montale Brown Aoud

    That’s a likely explanation, the Montale International exclusives got the snip on Fragrantica a long time ago presumably because of the ongoing dispute
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    Re: how many sprays of TF lost cherry?

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    LOL yes could be right. No amount of sprays can extend the life of a note. Lost Cherry is one of those fragrances where a respray is needed after an hour to bolster the base notes so that they...
  85. Re: Where is everyone buying their Mugler Cuir Impertinent?

    That would be fantastic if you happen to be popping by, Melbourne CBD is not very well stocked, we only recently received the PdMs.
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    Re: How good is Amouage Figment Man?

    I do enjoy it from time to time but I can certainly understand the comments about it smelling like piss and insecticide.
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    Re: how many sprays of TF lost cherry?

    I would go 6 if you go 3 on BR540
  88. Where is everyone buying their Mugler Cuir Impertinent?

    I’m very keen on a bottle of Cuir Impertinent but there are no distributors in Australia. Anyone know where I might have some luck?
  89. Re: Do youtube fragrance reviewers really have any influence?

    They have become shills.

    And shame on the brands who shower these under-employed half-wits with freebies rather than looking after their regular customers.

    I was so disappointed to see Roja...
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    Gee whiz, Fahrenheit Day was a bit of a fail. We did knock off Aventus in most worn, but Egoist sits on top. I guess can’t complain about Egoist sitting at 25 wears, but c’mon fellas, what...
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    Re: Fragrances you bought - 2019

    We’ll just assume all new releases except Tom Ford and Aramis :laugh:
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    Re: Fragrances you bought - 2019

    A pretty good year without going overboard:

    Floris 1962
    Milano Cento
    Rogue Mousse Illuminee, Tabac Vert
    Olfactive Studio Woody Mood
    Fort & Manle Maduro
    Gucci Pour Homme 1976
    Dior Eau Sauvage...
  93. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    Amouage Interlude might be done for good then.

    Most Chanels may have already been planned ahead, would certainly explain why the EDP exclusives are rubbish
  94. Re: Anyone else dislike amber as a note in men's fragrances?

    I enjoy amber as long as it is not the type that has a powdery drydown.
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    Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    Happy Fahrenheit Day, going to get it on this evening.
  96. Re: PDM - Are they bribing all the youtubers or something?

    Yeah good point about Katie Puckrik, she was a very authentic reviewer.
  97. Re: No wonder my Gucci Envy for Men doesn't last... (FAKE)

    Envy is going for $600 here in Australia ($420USD, confirmed sales), faking makes a lot of sense.
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    Re: Sandalwood struggle

    As I’ve sad before, there’s many graves along the path to finding a great sandalwood fragrance. Using sandalwood to guide you down a path of discovery is a risky choice, best to choose an easier...
  99. Re: Best all-around of the YSL upmarket scents (such as Tuxedo and Velours)

    Splendid Wood would be my choice also. All the newer releases are very boring and cliche. You can but Splendid Spod very cheap if you find one of the old style bottles.
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    Re: Interview Fragrance Advice

    No fragrance. Focus on your outfit, shoes, socks, hair and nails.
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