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  1. Thread: Good and cheap

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    Re: Good and cheap

    Yes it is - but it has a note in it that I can't warm to.
    Renato
  2. Thread: Good and cheap

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    Re: Good and cheap

    I haven't tried the DSquared or Chopard ones.

    The rest are all excellent heavily designer scents in my opinion.
    Sculpture and Voyage are more warm weather scents.
    Dunhill and Lacoste are good...
  3. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    Yes, I did definitely go very wrong with J-Lo.

    No, I haven't tried anything from that group you mentioned.
    Niche stuff often sounds more interesting that what one finally smells.
    While I have a...
  4. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    I remember putting on some Villoresi Sandolo on my wrist in a shop and going back to the office.
    The fragrance expert there said "What are you wearing - you smell like a girl!"

    That said, it's...
  5. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    Most niche scents are a mix of typical masculine notes and typical feminine notes, with the result called unisex. This is in contrast to the older unisex scents which had more gender neutral notes...
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    Re: Ellena on Grey Flannel

    I own it.
    I've tried to like it and perceive the something good in it that others see for a long time - but it keeps eluding me.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  7. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    Yes, it disappeared a few years ago.

    It's been quite a while since I smelled Yerbamate - I remember liking it, but thinking it a tad feminine.

    So, I put on my Canoe for Men today and - for...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Depends what you mean by cheapies. Made cheap to be sold cheap scents like Lomani and Addidas, i am uninterested in.

    But I have picked up other cheapies, of the initially sold expensive now...
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    Re: Aramis 900 and Z-14

    I mainly get herbal from Aramis 900 and citrus from Z-14.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  10. Thread: canoe by dana

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    Re: canoe by dana

    Just checking - you are talking about the 1935 women's Canoe, as opposed to the 1996 Canoe for Men, right?

    The men's Canoe was available all over the place in Australia till a few years ago, I...
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    The reason the Women's board doesn't have a "What scent gets you the most Male Compliments" thread is because all their dressing up and designer stuff and jewelry women wear, is for the purpose of...
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    Re: Designer deodorant sticks?

    Shame to hear about the D&G stick. The old D&G Homme stick was about half as strong as the EDT, and had the best projection of any stick I've ever tried.

    The object of designer deodorant sticks...
  13. Re: Joop! Splash - An Awesome and Original Masculine Fresh Fruit

    I must say, I've been wearing Joop Splash and the more herbal Joop Splash Summer Ticket an awful lot the last two summers.

    I wasn't that impressed with initial wrist testing - mainly because it...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Ed Hardy's Love Is...

    Looking forward to it thanks.
    So far the only Ed Hardy scent I haven't been fond of is Villain, because it had similar note/vibe to Polo Blue type scents.
    Regards,
    Renato
  15. Re: Spotting fakes, Rive Gauche pour Homme specifically

    If on his site, Vinnie links to my last thread here on Rive Gauche PH, he should be able to sell them for at least $60.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  16. Re: Is Muglers Pure Energy identical to Pure Shot?

    I can't answer your question. But I did spend three months in Italy last year checking Pure Shot numerous times and not liking it much, but this year I bought a cheap bottle for A$29, and strangely I...
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    Re: To Be The King - Police

    I can understand that.
    But these sort of bottles do have sort of a purpose. I bought my wife the white skull bottle of Hardy's Skull&Roses for Valentines Day, who liked the scent but didn't know...
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    Re: To Be The King - Police

    No, it doesn't smell anything like Secretions Magnifique.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: To Be The King - Police

    Thanks.
    Police is a budget brand, and I was more impressed with their early releases (I own Dark) than I have been with most of their later ones.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: To Be The King - Police

    The bottle looks worse in real life than it does in your picture.

    It is made doubly worse because I also own Ed Hardy's Skulls and Roses, and its skull bottle has a bit of class about it....
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    To Be The King - Police

    I was wandering around a local shopping centre this aftrenoon, waiting for my wife to get here hair done. Trying to kill time, I wandered into a chemist who was selling used testers for $5 each. So I...
  22. Re: Modern Lip Balms... A class of products to be avoided?

    Thanks, extremely informative.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Is M7 worth a blind buy

    Depends how cheap you can blind buy it for.

    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Is M7 worth a blind buy

    Depends how cheap you can blind buy it for.

    Regards,
    Renato
  25. Re: Reformulation that is equal or better than the original????

    There was a second reformulation? Interesting, thanks.

    I remember when I got a 30ml bottle of the hard edged original, I sprayed some on my hand at various times and got half a dozen or so women...
  26. Re: I went alittle nuts and got 5 colonges today, need help

    Very nice selection.

    Check Ebay out - there's one seller selling 12 vials of 2.5ml of Aventus for around $40.

    $40 for 30ml isn't too bad, especially when it's the extreme pineapple version.
    ...
  27. Re: Reformulation that is equal or better than the original????

    Quorum and Polo's versions from 15 years ago were more potent and rougher.
    Though I wish they were still around, I actually like the current toned down versions better, finding them more wearable....
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    Re: No More Love For the Classic Eau Sauvage?

    That long - you're doing well.

    Others have claimed it lasts 24 hours on them, but I've only ever gotten 2 hours where I thought it was useful.
    Regards,
    Renato
  29. Re: Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    I think the only harsh "classic" left is Grey Flannel.
    Polo and Quorum got neutered some time after 2000, and every shred of harshness was removed.
    Kouros, Paco Rabanne and Aramis were never that...
  30. Re: Modern Lip Balms... A class of products to be avoided?

    I use Chap-Sticks in summer and sometimes Burts Bee (without sun protection) in winter.

    I'd come across a few people who found using SP15 lip balm all year round, resulted in their having to use...
  31. Re: The Truth and nothing but the Truth, so help me Calvin: Calvin Klein's Truth for Men

    At the time it came out, we had plenty of guys post about how many positive comments they'd received from wearing it.

    My main problem with it at the time was that it reminded me too much of grass....
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    Re: Guess seductive homme a good cheapie?!

    I bought it cheap down here, and wondered why I bought it afterwards.

    And then something curious happened, I tried it a few times and then kept wearing it.

    Beats me why I've gone and grabbed...
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    Re: Sillage?Longevity?Scent?Projection?

    Yes, but which is a 6/10 scent and which is a 10/10 scent, and how does one evaluate it - from the perspective of the wearer or from the perspective those smelling it?

    I think Kenzo Homme and GIT...
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    Re: Sillage?Longevity?Scent?Projection?

    Well, I got all of those ones cheap too - but i am envying you as I got the neutered new formula Trussardi Uomo (still okay, but still a shadow of its former self). Jako is an excellent winter or...
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    Re: Sillage?Longevity?Scent?Projection?

    Which raises the interesting subjective question of exactly how many scents one feels are "bad".

    I know that many people on this forum would rate only about 1% to 5% of scents as having any...
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    Re: Sillage?Longevity?Scent?Projection?

    Sometimes you can get longevity out of some of them by first applying as you normally would, waiting ten to 15 seconds, and then reapplying exactly over where you previously sprayed.
    This uses up...
  37. Re: Nose/ear hair trimming- is there a better way?

    I have to disagree.
    Plenty of people don't need to trim nose and ear hair, that's true - especially women.
    So when some people for some reason have unsightly nose and ear hair sticking out of...
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    Re: Sillage?Longevity?Scent?Projection?

    Longevity and projection are what I look for - and sillage, the scent trail you leave behind after you've passed, is pretty much related to projection.

    The actual scent itself is secondary.

    It...
  39. Re: What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance you have ever smelt?

    Tommy T - whatever shirt I wear, this makes it seem ultra fresh and newly ironed.
    Regards,
    Renato
  40. Re: Salvador Dali Le Roy Soleil Extreme? Thoughts?

    It's a pleasant enough scent, which i wear several times a year in summer.
    But it was the least punchy of the Dali scents at the time, and it's always been overshadowed by Dali's Laguna as a summer...
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    Re: Aventus questions....

    If you don't mind using vials, Aventus is not that expensive from here. ...
  42. Thread: Creed Sprayers

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    Re: Creed Sprayers

    I did. Only once, but I had to return a brand new bottle of Erolfa because the sprayer just did not work.
    Regards,
    Renato
  43. Re: Nose/ear hair trimming- is there a better way?

    The circular head nose trimmers work, but not well enough - they always miss some hair

    The Philips NT9110/30 Waterproof Nose Ear Eyebrow Hair Trimmer is a bit slower, but so long as one is...
  44. Thread: Creed Sprayers

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    Re: Creed Sprayers

    Luxury brand - luxury sprayers.
    I like the whoosh sound.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Rive Gauche Pour Homme Opinions

    Down here in Australia, the reformulated 125ml tin version can still be had for around $60 in quite a few pharmacies.
    Interesting how its price is rising overseas.
    Regards,
    Renato
  46. Re: Up to 40 colognes, and I am promising I will not buy one until I actually finish 1 bottle!

    So, this is sort of like a New Year's resolution, but done in the middle of the year - right?
    Cheers,
    Renato
  47. Re: What's a designer scent that could easily pass as niche?

    A huge number of niche scents use a simple formula, namely, get a lot of components typically used in feminine scents and mix them with a lot of components typically used in masculine scents, and...
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    Re: Looking for that mechanic's garage smell...

    Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novelle is the garage smell scent.
    Bvlgari Black and Duel have the tea note that reminds people of rubber, which in turn reminds some of garages.
    Regards,
    Renato
  49. Re: I'm shocked at how close Mugler Cologne resembles Creed's Original Vetiver

    I bought Mugler's Cologne for my wife - it smells great on her, but was a nothing scent on me.

    Original Vetiver on the other hand, does smell more masculine. and I like it a lot.

    I can't see...
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Mankind

    I wonder if Mankind is a hit with wrestling fans?
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Is Creed Royal Water underrated?

    I smelled Royal Water in a shop and thought it was a pretty good unisex scent, and had decent lasting power in my wrist test.

    I bought a bottle from Strawberrynet, and what I got was something...
  52. Re: Luciano Soprani Active (Pour Homme) - Check It Out !!!

    Thanks, but not much chance of finding Soprani stuff down here anymore.

    I have three Soprani scents, and they all smell like fresh summer scents to me. Are there any that aren't fresh summer...
  53. Re: Advice on starting a killer year round rotation

    Don't forget about olfactory fatigue. After three days of wearing the same scent, you start smelling it less and less. What a lot of people then do is spray more and more on and others may think they...
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    Re: Suggestions from wet shavers

    Your face is tougher than mine. I think of any of those one and two blade disposables as being real nasty - some are face destroyers, requiring five days of recuperation.
    On the other hand, Schick...
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    Re: Suggestions from wet shavers

    I have around 20 soaps, 20 creams and 20 brushless creams/gels. In general, their scents don't last long enough to worry about.

    And I have lots of different aftershave balms and splashes which I...
  56. Re: So I went on a designer sniffing binge at the mall

    You are not alone in smelling green moss and thinking it's motor oil or some other car fluid.
    I don't understand it at all, but recognise that quite a few here have a similar perception.
    Regards,...
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    Re: Lemmy from Motorhead wears...

    If that's the same documentary I saw, it was fascinating - was it the one where he described being abandoned by his fellow Hawkwind members in Canada, and then fired to boot? And how his one night...
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    Re: 26 and falling in love with a Powerhouse.....

    If you want old powerhouses with the same presence/effect as Polo Green, check out Quorum, Sung Homme, Ferre for Men, Trussardi Uomo, the original Ralph Lauren Chaps, Oscar Pour Lui, Zino, Aramis,...
  59. Thread: Collection Size

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    Re: Collection Size

    I keep a collection of a couple of dozen bottles of scent over in Italy for when I go there on vacation, and I take eight or so travel ones over as well.

    I feel that number is somewhat inadequate...
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    Re: Dealing with the expired perfume

    If the scent is off, Trade Practices law says you had better get a refund or you can take action against the store by lodging a complaint with the ACCC.

    If there is nothing wrong with the scent,...
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    Re: One man show gold edition

    I really liked One Man Show Gold Edition when I first got it. But after a few wearings got a bit sick of it, and had to give it a big rest.
    Same thing happens to me with a few other secnts, like...
  62. Re: Advice on starting a killer year round rotation

    As longevity is a big factor for you, among more recent releases three designer scents are standout modern day powerhouses that hold their own with the powerhouses of the past - Ducati EDT, Joaquin...
  63. Re: Tried Acqua di Gio for the very first time today

    I first tried ADG about 15 years ago.
    The scent that was around then was as non descript as what you describe now.
    I've never understood ADG, but recognise that most women and other males seem to...
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    Re: Aventus projection...poor?

    Good projection on me.
    That said there have been quite a few Creed scents that people have raved about here as good performers, but which were utter whimps on me.

    So, if Aventus isn't working...
  65. Re: Advice on starting a killer year round rotation

    I've run across a lot of artsy, unisex scents in that price range, and some nice men's ones, but nothing I'd call "killer" - not even among Creeds or Tom Fords.

    But then again, I don't have...
  66. Poll: Re: How similar are Aramis Aramis and Salvador Dali pour Homme?

    I own both. Nothing alike.
    Regards,
    Renato
  67. Re: Do you think longevity will forever be poor from now on? (generally)

    You are right, scents don't last as long as they used to.

    There are countless threads here about scents being reformulated (usually due to ingredients being banned because one in a hundred people...
  68. Re: GIT - Full bottle worthy or just "ho-hum"....Im on the fence with having this one in my collecti

    I really really like GIT. I think it's fabulous.

    But I've never had a positive comment from wearing it - and that's after using up a whole 125ml bottle.
    Regards,
    Renato
  69. Re: Advice on starting a killer year round rotation

    You are doing the right thing by testing them. For example, most of the cheaper Tom Fords don't last long on me before becoming skin scents.
    You can only know how good they are on you by testing on...
  70. Thread: Broken sprayer

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    Re: Broken sprayer

    Go and buy a big glass atomiser bottle from an aromatherapy shop.(don't make do with cheap aluminium atomisers from $2 shops, unless your scent is cheap, or you are using it up quickly).

    Use a...
  71. Re: Why/how does Ralph Lauren not heavily discount his frags like other design houses?

    That's mainly because Perfume Connection chain closed down. I got Modern Reserve from them for $35.

    In Terry White Chemist I got Romance for $25 and Polo Sport for $39, and Beauty Encounter had...
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    Re: How much juice does an atomizer spray?

    Somewhere in some Creed thread (I think) some years ago I posted the results of spraying several mls of several bottles of scent into chemistry graduated pippettes (long things that only held about...
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    Re: A day at the beach

    Most wash off on me eventually, but the longest lasting I've had at the beach have been Joop PH and Gucci Rush.
    Regards,
    Renato
  74. Re: Claiborne Sport vs Swiss Army : For a good Summer !

    I think both are really good, Swiss Army being the louder, more projecting one and Claiborne Sport the more subtle one.
    But neither bear any relationship to Le Male, A*men, Unforgivable or Dreamer....
  75. Thread: Most Powdery?

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    Re: Most Powdery?

    In men's scents, the most powdery I've come across are
    Royal Copenhagen
    Lagerfeld Jako
    Lagerfeld Classic

    Curiously, many scents described as powdery above - Habit Rouge, Dior Homme etc - I...
  76. Re: Can someone refer me to a lightly scented antiperspirant?

    If you read the instructions on the various "Clinical Protection" antiperspirants, for best effect you are meant to apply them before going to bed, and they are meant to last 48 hours.

    I assure -...
  77. Thread: Bvlgari Black

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    Re: Bvlgari Black

    I never got much lasting power with strength out of Bvlgari Black.

    Curiously though, if one could pull the rubbery tea note out of Bvlgari Black and put it in a bottle, one would roughly have...
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    Re: $825 for a 50ml amber fragrance!

    I don't like the bottle. Too girly for me.
    Regards,
    Renato
  79. Re: Nothing I Do Gets Me a Close Shave Without Razor Burn or Ingrown Hairs

    Sorry for the tardy response. I just found your post at B&B.
    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/398251-BBS-in-1-5-passes-Anyone-else-ever-done-this


    Well, there seem to be some people...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Question

    I have the same problem as you with Eau Sauvage. I also have the extreme version, and you are right, it's not the same.

    I still haven't found what you are looking for.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What's This Security Alert all About?

    Thanks Grant.

    Anyhow, I've now gone through the process of importing that certificate - whatever it is - and so far so good, Basenotes hasn't seized up.

    I just hope I haven't imported something...
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    Re: Givenchy Play discontinued/Pure Malt... WHAT?

    Play is discounted in our Priceline stores - often not a good sign.
    Regards,
    Renato
  83. Thread: Decibel Azzaro

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    Re: Decibel Azzaro

    That's just it - I am not into Karaoke. Which is why I find the bottle so amusing.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  84. Re: So I blind bought Aventus a year ago, last week i ordered 8 samples of creeds other options..

    Well, we all have different subjective perceptions - but I'll focus on this one that you've made about Himalaya, because it is a readily testable comparison that you have made.

    I think your nose...
  85. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    212 men was often discussed in the beginning - mainly because one member Jeffrey, just kept posting every day how it was the best scent ever made/ beyond compare/closest to heaven/ etc etc (he really...
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    Re: What's This Security Alert all About?

    Hi Grant,
    And today I got on Basenotes, opened a few pages, responded to one, then clicked on Forum to come to this area, and up came the error again, which i've viewed and copied below. It...
  87. Thread: Decibel Azzaro

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    Re: Decibel Azzaro

    I like the scent too, but what really grabbed me was the neat bottle that looks like a microphone.
    I almost want to break out in song when every time I reach for it, and for some reason, I always...
  88. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    I really don't think it's anything to do with the bottles - it's the scent itself.

    Anyhow, from the responses, there is a 50% chance one will think Silver pretty near the same as SMW, and a 50%...
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    Re: Eau de Rochas - wearable for men?

    I've bought half a dozen or more bottles of this scent - great for presents, but I'd never wear it.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What's This Security Alert all About?

    Hi Grant,
    Sorry for my tardy reply. I just read this post after getting the error message again, and now I can't get it to come up. It occurs at the start of a session. I get Male Fragrance...
  91. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    Thanks.

    From my rough count, that's six people who unabiguously say they are very similar, and you've just made it six who think they are unambiguously different or nothing alike, with three...
  92. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    I've noticed that on most threads here you and I pretty much share the same view.
    But on this one we differ, I find the women's Light Blue - a favourite of my wife's - to be too feminine on me...
  93. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    So my wife and your girlfriend think exactly the same thing.
    And you and I don't think it masculine, but unisex
    Amazing is it not?
    Cheers,
    Renato
  94. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    Yes, this is very puzzling indeed. My SMW is straight out of a Creed bottle.

    To date, the only Creed batch variations I've noticed has mainly been in longevity rather than actual smell, until I...
  95. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    I'm wondering if there is a weird batch of SMW around, as to my nose, MI and SMW aren't much alike at all.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: About Azzaro Pour Homme

    Azzaro PH I'm not that fond of, though I own it.
    But it would be very suitable scent for work as a Navy Engineer.

    Regards,
    Renato
  97. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    Thanks, I'll be interested to hear of your girlfriend's assessment.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: best shave cream

    Trumpers, Art of Shaving and Crabtree &Evelyn creams are the slickest ones I've tried.

    After you've passed a DE blade or cartridge over their lather, and towards the end of the shave as you run...
  99. Re: Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    Hi Guys,
    Thanks very much for your responses. We seem to be nearly evenly split, a group that concurs with me, a group that says they're close but not quite there, and a group saying they...
  100. Does Al Rehab Silver Really Smell Like Silver Mountain Water????

    Not to my nose.
    Same style perhaps, might smell similar in the fresh openings, but SMW is substantially different to me after half an hour.

    Al Rehab Silver does remind me of a German unisex...
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