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    Marescialla sample

    Anyone have a sample? I will pay for postage...
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    Blenheim Bouquet

    I have a full bottle of Blenheim Bouquet that was given to me as a gift. Unfortunately, it isn't my style and I am looking to trade it for a bottle of Hammam Bouquet or Diptyque L'eau Trois.

    Thank...
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    Aftershave/Dated vibe

    So I'm looking for a new, everyday sort of versatile fragrance.

    I'm looking for something with an aftershave-y but dated vibe (yeah, I'm not much into fruity fragrances), but yet undeniably...
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    Re: Le Male? Love the scent. But the bottle!?

    No. Just lots of tweed. Expensive suits. Etc.
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    Re: Le Male? Love the scent. But the bottle!?

    Yeah. Agreed. Though I think I have been spoiled by my bee bottles of Mouchoir de Monsieur and Imperiale.
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    Re: Le Male? Love the scent. But the bottle!?

    I am not sure. Could be. I think he's a widower.

    But probably either a) A closet basenoter or b) He's classy enough to go to a department store, have all the bottles laid before him, and he sniffs...
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    Re: Le Male? Love the scent. But the bottle!?

    It isn't a bit deal. In fact, I've gone ahead and bought the fragrance online. I'm just surprised, I suppose. It is one of those little things about this hobby that keeps confirming to me that scent...
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    Re: Le Male? Love the scent. But the bottle!?

    It isn't the form of the male body that I'm offended by. I just find it a bit kitsch. It would be like finding out my ninety year old grandfather had a bottle of Candies for Men sitting on his...
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    Le Male? Love the scent. But the bottle!?

    So there is an elderly professor emeritus at our school who teaches Ancient and Modern Greek. Lovely man. Very continental. Old world. And he ALWAYS smells nice. I've always been afraid to approach...
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    Similar to Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    I suppose I should be asking rather, "If I love Mouchoir de Monsieur, what else should I sniff?" My signature is an expensive one (relatively) and I was hoping to find some alternatives to round out...
  11. Thread: GIT or SMW?

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    Re: GIT or SMW?

    While I prefer a lot of the more "old fashioned" Creeds like Royal English Leather, Scottish Lavender, Royal Delight, etc. I personally think SMW is the better one just because of the unique cassis...
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    Re: Almost giving up on Creed

    I don't know about that. Creed produces some good gems. MI isn't exactly my style. Royal Scottish Lavender is good. I LOVE Royal Delight. It has that floral - vanilla accord that just seems to salute...
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    Royal Bain de Caron?

    Since my wife and I are planning a trip to Paris, I am making a list of all the shops I would like to visit - Guerlain, Serge Lutens, Parfums de Nicolai, etc. I never gave much stock in Caron but...
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    Re: We are goin' to Paris!

    Thanks for all the advice and tips, guys and gals.

    And yeah. I am saving up a butt load. Though I don't plan on spending too much. I'm not that much of a perfume collector. I know my wife may want...
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    We are goin' to Paris!

    So my wife and I are biting the bullet and going to Paris in late spring.

    Any suggestions/ideas where to go fragrance-wise? (I already have the Guerlain store on my Bucket List but the question...
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    Re: A New SMN for the wardrobe?

    I suppose a lot of my fears rest on Mouchoir de Monsieur being discontinued, since it is such a staple in my wardrobe.

    I do wear some of my wife's Muschio Oro from time to time. Reminds me of Dial...
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    A New SMN for the wardrobe?

    So after another lull, I am rebuilding my small collection. I have decided to once again look towards Santa Maria Novella after trying, rather unsuccessfully, to find something "modern" (a friend of...
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    If I like Agua Lavanda?

    So I recently purchased a bottle of Agua Lavanda at a local hispanic market here in Boston. I often discarded this scent in favor of Guerlain, Santa Maria Novella, etc. But tonight, when I filled a...
  19. Thread: SMN Gold Musk

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    SMN Gold Musk

    I have recently rekindled a love affair with this scent. Though, I am not so sure I am willing to shell out the cash to buy such an expensive bottle. Are there any copycats of SMN's Gold Musk?...
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    Mitsouko v. Aramis...thoughts?

    I just picked up a sample of the reformulated Mitsouko EDP. Before going on, I will admit - I have never smelt vintage Mitsouko jus. So this is all new to me.

    Before trying it I read reviews....
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    Re: Bought Kouros yesterday: Opinions.

    It is strange. My wife actually likes Mouchoir de Monsieur. But one day as we were sitting on the couch she did mention, "You know, it does kind of have a turd note to it. Hm." I guess you can't...
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    Re: Bought Kouros yesterday: Opinions.

    I will admit it. I'm a secret lover of Kouros as well. The civet just turns creamy on me after thirty minutes.

    My wife though, absolutely hates it. A friend of mine keeps a bottle in his restroom....
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    Re: Fragrance stereotypes...

    That's funny about the Eastern Orthodox. I know a bishop who wears Cool Water. But eh. :)
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    Re: Your Favorite Santa Maria Novella

    I love their patchouli, Pluran. And I don't really care for Patchouli. It truly is a class act.
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    Your Favorite Santa Maria Novella

    I like Gold Musk. People say that it is soapy, but honestly, there's just something about it.

    I also like their Patchouli, but I'm not sure I'd wear it in polite company.
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    Re: Guerlain perfumes

    I LOVE Derby. Unfortunately I can't ever find it and when I do, it is way too expensive (my wife once considered getting it for me at Neiman's. And I told her no because the price was outrageous).
    ...
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    Guerlain perfumes

    I am interested in buying my first Guerlain perfume. Just out of curiosity, which perfumes do men here on Basenotes tend to use? And where do you get your extraits?

    So far I am tempted to get...
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    Re: Niche Fragrances--Advice PLEASE!

    I second lucky scent. They're a good store with a lot of selection.

    Also check out Aedes de Venustas (www.aedes.com). They have a lot houses to select from, like Creed, Serge Lutens, and Santa...
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    I am surprised no one here has mentioned Agua Lavanda by Puig.
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    Re: For the MdM lover...

    Yeah, I've tried Derby. I have small decant of it. Unfortunately it is hard to find and incredibly expensive as it is now an exclusive. Which, unfortunately, I think Mouchoir may become one someday.
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    Re: For the MdM lover...

    I get a good 8-12 hours with MdM if I spray it on my chest and wear an undershirt.
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    Re: Alas, Penhaligon's Fans...

    Douro Eau de Portugal is also a fantastic male fragrance. Very subtle. Very distinctive.
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    Guerlain Extraits for Men?

    Which Guerlain extraits (with the exception of Habit Rouge) do you find suitable for males (yes, I realize for some people fragrance is very personal and gender is just marketing)?

    Personally, I...
  34. L'Heure Bleue EdP and Creed's REL: Similarities?

    Today a small decant from the Perfumed Court came in. It is a sample of L'Heure Bleue that I purchased for my wife to try before I bought her a full bottle.

    I myself smelt it and I said, "It...
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    Re: For the MdM lover...

    I have tried du Coq. It is a great eaux and I have a healthy decant of it. Unfortunately, the longevity of the whole thing stays my purchasing hand from getting a full bottle. I find 4711 meets my...
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    Re: What was the first fragrance you wore?

    The first fragrance I bought was Candies for Men back in junior high and high school.

    I think the first I wore when I was looking around in my daddy's medicine cabinet was Aramis, which my mother...
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    Re: For the MdM lover...

    I love Jicky in its own right. I have thought about procuring a bottle, but cannot find a good source (I bought a bottle of the parfum extrait for my mother from Neiman's back when I bought into the...
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    Re: For the MdM lover...

    To be honest, out of all of Jean Paul Guerlain's fragrances, Habit Rouge is my least favorite (I have a decant of the current edc). It should be the object of my adoration since I love Shalimar on my...
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    Re: looking for a new fougere

    I absolutely adore Mouchoir de Monsieur and Jicky. Truly excellent fougeres. I do agree with J-P Guerlain. They are the best out there. And I will have little respect for Guerlain if they discontinue...
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    Agua Lavanda de Puig

    or

    Mouchoir de Monsieur. It's like a dirty cheerleader wearing a garland of lavender.
  41. Thread: V

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    Re: Vetiver - The Power of Mother Earth

    This is interesting. I myself am a Vetiver lover but I cannot bring myself to choose between my two favorite Vetivers - Santa Maria Novella's or Guerlain's. Honestly, I love SMN's better, but...
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    Re: For the MdM lover...

    I'd try anything from any house right now. My wife recently got me a sample of Fumerie Turque by SL. I'm not much of a smoker, but it reminded me of my trip to Syria a few weeks ago - charcoal,...
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    For the MdM lover...

    After taking a break from fragrances and culling the herd (particularly now that my new chaplain's assignment at a hospital requires me to be "fragrance free") a vendor who I normally do business...
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    Scotch whisky-ish?

    Had a stressful day today. Came in and the wife poured me a snifter of my favorite scotch - Laphroaig 15 years. Smoky, peaty, and boozy, with a hint of leather and lavender. Reminds me of something...
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    Re: I think I like aquatics...?

    Unfortunately, the wife doesn't care for pine (see my signature quote by JP Guerlain. It's true. If she don't like it, then it isn't going to be a pleasant night).

    One day when I get my own office...
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    Re: I think I like aquatics...?

    I love incense. Just not incense fragrances too much. It is probably because I am so spoiled being Eastern Orthodox, and being around Athonite incense all the time. Most incense fragrances I've...
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    I think I like aquatics...?

    There. I said it.

    After searching through niche perfumes like crazy, I think I finally found a fragrance that is comfortable, wearable, doesn't hurt my bank account, and enjoyed by my wife.
    ...
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    Re: Everyday lavender

    LOL. I love lavender. To me, next to citrus, it is very soothing.

    I LOVE Agua Lavanda Puig. But it is so hard to find here in the states. And the drydown is much too incensy for my taste.
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    Everyday lavender

    I'm looking for a good lavender fragrance that can be used for everyday use. Perhaps even a designer rather than niche fragrance (I love niche, but alas, Creeds and SMN are much too expensive for...
  50. Thread: Suggest to me?

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    Re: Suggest to me?

    Personally, I love Kouros in small amounts. My wife absolutely hates it and tells me it smells like...well...unwashed panties.
  51. Thread: Suggest to me?

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    Suggest to me?

    Hey all.

    After culling the herd that is my wardrobe, I have found that I am in the market for another addition to it. I know that it is trying sometimes to see what people might like based upon...
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    Re: Most sensual fragrance?

    If we are talking about a designer fragrance, I'm probably going to get a bit of flak for this. Britney Spears Fantasy. There's just something sexy about vanilla and cupcake icing.

    Now as far as...
  53. Thread: New Year's Eve

    by Texican
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    Re: New Year's Eve

    I'll be wearing either Bois du Portugal or Mouchoir de Monsieur.

    My wife will probably wear Shalimar or Vintage Tabarome.
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    Re: Yves Rocher dies

    Homme Nature is a fantastic fragrance.

    May his memory be eternal.
  55. Thread: Creed

    by Texican
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    Re: Creed

    Once again, I think Good Life has pinned the tail on the donkey. Creed shouldn't be singled out for their marketing techniques because I've seen Guerlain, Truefitt & Hill, Acqua di Parma, and heck,...
  56. Thread: incense

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    Re: incense

    As far as incense to scent my home, Shoyeido is great.

    However, being Eastern Orthodox, I often use incense for my devotionals here at home.

    A monastery called Holy Cross Hermitage in Wayne, WV...
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    Re: I am getting tired

    Most of my fragrances are eauxs so I could be wrong about this, but the way I see it wearing a fragrance is no different than wearing deodorant. And loving the nuances of the fragrance world is no...
  58. Re: Which is the fragrance house that suits to your taste/preference

    Guerlain and Penhaligon's.
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    Re: What's so fascinating about Serge Lutens?

    In the winter time when I taught high school, I wore a dab of Ambre Sultan at each corner of my neck. One of my students, a female, came up to me and said, "Mr. Texican, you smell pretty good today!"...
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    Re: Today I bought >>> AUGUST 2009

    I did it!

    Went to Neiman's today and got me my first Parfum.

    30 ml bottle of Jicky by Guerlain.

    I think the poor SA had to wipe my drool off the counter.
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    MACHO! ain't got a lot of secrets left, I'm afraid.
  62. Re: Everything I wear smells like sh*t in this heat

    Might be time to invest in an Eau de Cologne.

    Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina is an excellent one, and Guerlain has enough that you can shake a stick at. I personally like their oldest one - Eau...
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    Re: question about Hammam Bouquet

    I have a fondness for Hammam since it was the first Penhaligon's I picked.

    I have a small decant of the stuff and yes the liquid is orange, borderlining on tea colored. but it hasn't affected the...
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    Re: Your Favourite Leather/s?

    Santa Maria Novella Peau d'Espagne
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    Re: how many backups do you have of any cologne

    By the power of Greyskull! And I used to think I had too many fragrances!

    I guess there is no such thing
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    Re: Can perfumes 'go bad'?

    Oooh!
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    http://www.versacreations.net/images/Sex/Sex%20Candies%20ad2.jpg

    I think this one might have been the forerunner to the inflatable doll Tom Ford ad. I showed my wife the one with the bottle on the...
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    These have always brought me luck!
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    Re: Can perfumes 'go bad'?

    Sunlight and temperature changes have been known to affect topnotes. I know this from personal experience from many a Creed.

    However, a nice, dry, cool place that does not have access to a lot of...
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    A Book on Guerlain?

    Hey all.

    The historian in me is beginning to become interested in the origins of some of my favorite houses. Like many of you, I have fallen in love with most of Guerlains offerings. Considering...
  71. Re: Recommendation for my grandma and my auntie plz :D

    Shalimar EDP (I think you can find it on ebay for around that price) for your grandmother.

    Check out Roger & Gallet fragrances for your aunt. Roger & Gallet is a really overlooked house. But they...
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    Re: Starter Oud scent?

    Black Aoud by montale is nice. Aoud Rose Petals is also nice with a clear definite contrast between the florals and the oudh.

    Good luck.
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    Looking to buy my first Guerlain parfum

    I'm looking into buying my first Guerlain parfum for my collection. In fact I don't even know if I should venture down this road as I don't even know how to apply it on my skin.

    I've NEVER owned...
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    Re: Blenheim Bouquet: Calling experienced users

    I wear Blenheim Bouquet for church.

    The wife doesn't care for it but if I wore stuff for my wife all the time I'd be drenched in Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar body spray all the time.
  75. Re: looking to try female perfumes men can pull off

    I have to admit...

    My wife wears Shalimar. And I love it.

    I've worn it a few times to bed and I just love the dry down. I can still smell it when I get up.

    Strangely, it reminds me of...
  76. Re: Similarities between Shalimar and Creed's Jasmin Imperatrice

    My wife wears the Eau de Parfum Shalimar which I will occasionally wear after I dilute it with water (I spritz it after I exit dripping wet from the shower).

    I find Imperatrice regal and very...
  77. Similarities between Shalimar and Creed's Jasmin Imperatrice

    I went in to Neiman's today and went browsing through the fragrances. My long-suffering wife tagged along behind me, patiently enduring my fragrance OCD as I skipped from Guerlain counter to Creed. I...
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    Re: God has a perfume.

    I have no idea, surreality. I've looked at the footnotes as well as the net, and I can't find it. I suspect that he means the Four Virtues which guard the morals mentioned in Plato's Republic and by...
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    Re: God has a perfume.

    St. Evagrios the Solitary mentions about blending these into equal parts to make an incense used for everyday prayer in his treatise on Prayer in the Philokalia (a compilation of texts by ascetics...
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    As much as I love Vetiver in the summer, I have a real hard time trying to "get" the Guerlinade.
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    Re: worst spray mechanism EVER?

    Green Irish Tweed by Creed is a leaky one for me.

    Truefitt & Hill tend to have really horrible atomizers. I tend to break the bottle apart and pour it into a separate old fashioned atomizer. Shame...
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    I smell it as Heritage settles down, but not as prominently as Shalimar and L'Habit Rouge.

    I have taken two linen handkerchiefs and I've laced one with Shalimar, the other with Heritage. I...
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    I guess I could wear Shalimar. Though it is my wife's signature, now. And I would feel like I'm wearing her lingerie.

    Though she does occasionally dip into my Jean Marie Farina....

    Maybe it is...
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    I've never smelt L'Heure Bleue. I must get a sample of it the next time I step into Neiman's.

    My wife really does love Habit Rouge, though. Not too much on the Vetiver. She says the tobacco is too...
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    Re: Best Example of Guerlinade

    I was smelling a vial of the new EdT. I don't wear it because it is incredibly strong on me at the beginning. But the drydown is fantastic.

    I ask because while I was tempted to purchase another...
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    Best Example of Guerlinade

    Guerlain is one of my favorite houses with the exception of Santa Maria Novella. As I got up this morning, my wife was getting ready for work, and she rubbed some Shalimar on her pressure points....
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    Anniversary Gift

    My wife and I will be celebrating our second wedding anniversary on June 2. With that in mind, she has asked me what I want as a gift. I'm considering asking for another fragrance.

    I've been...
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    Re: Opinions on Jacques Fath Green Water

    Green Water sounds lovely. I don't believe it has been discontinued. But I wonder where I can acquire a sample? I've checked the Perfume Court and they don't seem to carry it.
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    Re: Non-Guerlain Recommendations Welcome

    I'm a Guerlain addict too. Especially with their eauxs.

    I find that I tend to like a lot of Santa Maria Novella and Serge Lutens fragrances.
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    Re: Melograno: What makes it feminine

    Well I am comfortable in my masculinity to wear feminine scents. I'm just wondering if it is appropriate for church.

    Someone described it as "barber shoppy" I like barber shop scents like Pinaud...
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    Melograno: What makes it feminine

    I've been hearing that Melograno by SMN is a very feminine scent. What makes it so feminine? Are there any men here that wear it regularly?
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    Re: A gentlemanly niche?

    Guerlain's Habit Rouge works.
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    Re: Scent for a seminarian

    I wonder how Angelique Encens holds up?

    To be honest, I probably should go for something light. After services I always smell of smoke and incense on my clothes, beard, and hair (my wife calls me...
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    Re: Cologne and types of music?

    Some more I've thought of:

    Melograno by SMN: "Snake Eater" from the Metal Gear Solid 3 game soundtrack (the scent was featured in the James Bond movie "Casino Royale", and this song just sounds...
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    Re: Scent for a seminarian

    Thanks to everyone who offered their well-wishes and congratulations!

    I don't think there are any scent prohibitions. Yesterday was Holy Friday, and traditionally Eastern Orthodox Christians fast...
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    Re: Do You-Should You-Apply to Your Armpits?

    From my experience I remember some kid in junior high school gym class spraying cool water in his pits after we showered. He eventually went to the nurse because it became red and inflamed.

    This...
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    Scent for a seminarian

    Okay, I'm just throwing a bone out here for the heck of it and poops and giggles.

    As some of you know I'm Eastern Orthodox and I just got accepted to seminary with the focus on being ordained a...
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    Re: OK - Now that my taxes are done

    I have no idea what to purchase with mine. I would get some Mouchoir de Monsieur, but Perfumelle is out of it.

    Hmm. Perhaps I should find some consolation that maybe I have enough fragrances.
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    SMN eauxs: Are they worth it

    Has anyone patroned Santa Maria Novella and their fragrances? I was considering purchasing either their Sicily or the SMN. However, they are eauxs, and I was wondering if longevity was an issue for...
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    Re: Your favorite Easter frag

    I wore Himalaya today. I'm Eastern Orthodox, so we celebrated our Palm Sunday today (a very rainy Palm Sunday in Houston, I might add).

    Next week I will probably wear my Mouchoir de Monsieur or a...
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