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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    Yes, I like it a lot. I felt like I needed something modern on the sweet side and this fills the bill nicely for me.
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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    Ahhh, this will date me.

    When I was in middle school, the televison airways were bombarded with a commercial showing a geeky guy being attacked by women for wearing a bold new cologne- Hai...
  3. Re: Your Top 5 Wet Shaving Creams or Soaps. Gentlemen...

    Aqua di Parma "Collezione Barbiere" Shave Cream
    XPEC Original Shaving Cream
    Domencio Caraceni Shaving Cream (is awesome but no longer produced)
    Kiss My Face (Best, kindest, most gentle lower...
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    Re: Fragrances people in your area wear a lot

    Few fragrance wearers in my office...

    One Bleu de Channel
    One Santal 33
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    Poll: Re: M U F (1) - Tuscan Leather

    While some women may indeed wear it, I find it leans very masculine.
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    Re: New from Lucky Scent

    Ok. Got my nose on Regent Leather tonight.

    Initial thoughts - very good. "Rolls Royce" indeed. A nice buttery smooth leather note. Vanilla subtle. Not as tangy and sharp as Tuscan Leather.
    ...
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    Re: New from Lucky Scent

    I am not really a good "nose" but I'll circle back here with thoughts. Trying to get over to Scent Bar tonight.
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    New from Lucky Scent

    Thameen just landed at the Scent Bar. I see very few have tried this line.

    Am very intrigued by their "Rolls Royce" leather scent- link below:
    ...
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    Re: Would Don Draper wear Jade East?

    No for me. I think Jade East was a bit of a low end frag drug store frag.

    Not really certain what from that era Don would be wearing, maybe something from Guerlain or Caron.
    It seems like there...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather best alternative

    +2 This is quite similar
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    Re: What Are the 5 Weirdest Scents You Own?

    Just one for me. Slumberhouse Ore.

    WHAT was I thinking....
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    Re: Can't get anything to last!!!

    lol
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    Re: Lyric Man, Describe the rose note to me?

    Soapy wet rose.

    Jack Hunter very dead on with "can smell like a rose shampoo."


    Sure wish you would sample first. Some people find it heavenly. Some people find it too feminine.
    I'm kind of...
  14. Thread: Santal 33

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Santal 33

    It's an interesting scent and very "in." It's unique and should be sampled first.

    It has a "dill" note that puts me off a bit.

    Don't know about warm weather wearing, but I will say it has...
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    Re: Are any of you fragrance lovers famous?

    Now, shot down in flames....but not in a horrible way.
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    Re: Are any of you fragrance lovers famous?

    I hit on Jaylo once before she got real famous... does that count?
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 21st April, 2016

    Valentino Uomo

    Very nice. Pleasant. Don't usually wear sweet stuff.
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    Re: Today I bought April 2016

    Just bought this myself...
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    Re: invasion barbare

    OK... but still

    I would love to have the Houbigant Fouler Royale EDP, but I feel a big part of the hefty price is the fancy box it comes in.
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    Re: invasion barbare

    Not full bottle worthy to me, but I don't tend to call things over priced.
    It's quality juice and you really like it and can afford it, go for it.

    I DO think the fancy cap version is silly and...
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    Re: Testing tonight: Houbigant - Fougere Royale

    You're preaching to the choir here... my most worn for about 3 months.
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    Re: PS Paul Sebastian - yay or nay?

    I do think it is a bit like an EdT version of Old Spice. But I give it a nay.... in my "frenzy" days, picked it up as a nice cheap frag.

    Sometimes there are reasons things are cheap.

    It's not...
  23. Re: NEW: Three New Zegna Essenze Fragrances for 2016!!

    That's a Basenoter for ya... Knowing more than the SAs.

    Incense looks interesting but I too fear the intro of "gold" means $$$$
  24. Re: Romeo Gigli for Man - any information on this one ?

    Back in the pre-internet and pre-Basenotes days, I remember being quite taken with Romeo Gigli. It was one the first frags I ever re-purchased.

    In the 90s, my usual routine was to buy a frag, use...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Suggestions

    Knocked me out with killing Sartorial too

    Endymion is quite nice, but wore too lightly on me
  26. Re: Something like Versace: The Dreamer but better?

    Another that agrees with this
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    Poll: Re: Which of these should I get?

    I second this.
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    Re: Wardrobe Division/Set-Up

    We all want to see Hednic's setup
  29. Thread: Budget Help!!

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Budget Help!!

    Jubilation XXV
    Clive Christian X
    Bois du Portugal
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    Re: Le Labo Santal 33 - Cult Classic?

    Living in Los Angeles, I can attest that it is big here. As many of you know, it is a distinctive scent, and if you catch a waft, you know it is Santal 33. An even worn lightly, it has amazing...
  31. Re: Method to the madness? Your buying patterns and tricks!

    Vodid's pitfalls are all very dead on. Relate to EVERY one of them.
  32. Re: Method to the madness? Your buying patterns and tricks!

    When I first discovered Basenotes, it opened a whole world to me that I was unaware of but so ready to be a part of. There was a lot of buying.

    Much of the stuff I bought early on has fallen into...
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    Re: Hai Karate returns. (Seriously.)

    I would be tempted to buy it just to light it on fire....

    It was awful, awfule stuff. Almost got sent home from middle school when I wore it.

    It DID NOT drive women crazy.

    It made them sick.
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    Re: Creed Feuilles Vertes Vs Creed Cypres Musc

    I have the FV 2011 version and don't reach for it much. Not sure why.

    It strikes me a bit like a fancy version of Old Spice (as does Baie de Genivre). It doesn't smell exactly like Old Spice, but...
  35. Re: L´Eau d Issey... What´s your current opinion on this?

    I think it was the "Aventus" of its time when first released. Lots of women really liked it on me. Lots.

    Haven't visited it in awhile. If memory serves, it had pretty decent longevity for that...
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    Re: Interested in Amouage.. Suggestions please?

    Jubilation XXV is nearly in the "every Basenoter must have" category. At the very least, every Basenoter must sample it.
    Magnificent.

    Lyric Man I kind of like, but it's a little too something for...
  37. Re: Is it safe to keep the juice in a 500ml flacon(Creed)?

    Agree here. The glass on glass is cool, but the one time I bought a partial flacon from someone all I could do was pray it would survive the shipment. It did. He was anal retentive about sealing it...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Showergel

    Never tried the shower gel, but I incense scored a bar of HR soap and it was awesome.
    Think it's discontinued.
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    Re: Looking for smooth barbershop scent

    Sartorial, Pluriel and Fougere Royale are all kind of similar. I like FR the best.

    I thought the discontinued Penhaligons Racquets was very barebershoppy. Almost an EdT version of Clubman.
    ...
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    Re: A Question Regarding Black Afgano...

    The opening notes in an in store test smell too much like bong water to me.

    I'm sure in a full wearing that would go away, but I can never get past the opening.
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    Re: Nasomatto Pardon vs by Kilian Back to Black

    Bilo- just curious. You regularly start threads asking us to compare something to Pardon.

    Is Pardon your favorite and you're looking for something you'll like better?
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    Re: Habit Rouge EDP vs Jaipur homme EDP

    i own both. While I have come to appreciate the HR EDP, I still find it a bit of a fussy scent to wear.
    I have come to appreciate how masterfully blended it is. I know it's theoretically a leather...
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    Re: Neiman Marcus Last Call

    Looking at the link it appears to likely be discontinued or old stock as someone else suggested. I notice it's mostly conventional designer stuff...not any of their high end frags.

    My experience...
  44. Re: How's the projection on Virgin Island Water?

    This one seems to vary a lot for people. I am shocked at the longevity on me since it seems to be a "lighter" kind of Creed.
    Projection is decent. I usually get comments on it.

    The opening blast...
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    Yay! Issue with Basenotes Seller resolved

    About a month ago I posted about an issue I was having with a purchase made through a Basenotes seller.
    I had dealt with him twice before with no issues.

    My faith in Basenoters has been...
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    Re: CLIVE CHRISTIAN Query!

    X very good for me in all three.
  47. Re: Your pick for "best doctor's appointment frag"

    I find Dr and dentist offices tend to magnify scents, so I go with a very light spray and something very inoffensive like Gendarme 20 or Original Vetiver.

    Though I once wore Jubilation XXV to an...
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    Re: CLIVE CHRISTIAN Query!

    No 1 is quite good. To me it is very much a "rich" mans scent. A powerful floral yet masculine. I find it demands a suit.

    X for Men is my favorite. A very sultry seductive night time kind of...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Ore vs Nasomatto Pardon

    Haven't tried Pardon, but I find Ore very tough to wear.

    If I could do it over I'd opt for Borneo over Ore in a NY second.

    Borneo is like a cleaned up "adult" version of A*Men. Earthy with a...
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    Re: Women and the way they smell

    Angel on a woman makes me nuts...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Sartorial

    I quite like it and agree with Colin that you probably experiencing OF. I've tried a lot of Penhaligons and Sartorial is the only one that lasts quite well on me.

    I usually get a full workday out...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Sartorial

    I quite like it and agree with Colin that you probably experiencing OF. I've tried a lot of Penhaligons and Sartorial is the only one that lasts quite well on me.

    I usually get a full workday out...
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    Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Alternatives?

    I understand that sometimes there are scents that are similar to a given scent (eg GIT and Cool Water).

    But Royal Mayfair/Windsor is quite unique.
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    Re: Best Authentic Lavender Scent

    Caron Pour un Homme Millesime 2014 looks very interesting but impossible to sample and difficult to purchase.
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    Re: Best Authentic Lavender Scent

    By Killian's A Taste of Heaven is kind of like a modernized version of PH. Very strong lavender and long lasting. Has an absinthe note which I wrestle with though. A Taste of Heaven quite likely...
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    Re: Best Authentic Lavender Scent

    Well you should always sample if you can. "Dated" is a somewhat subjective term. Your wardrobe leans youngish, and this will be one the first older classics for you.

    I find it to be a pleasant,...
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    Re: Amouage dia man

    I don't doubt you DR. I do think there is something in there that some of us are anosmic to.
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    Re: Amouage dia man

    Exactly. One of the only scents I've run into that behaves this way.
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    Re: Amouage dia man

    It's a very nice daily wear kind of scent. Elegant and high quality.

    But, it has this odd tendency to sort of come and go to my nose. Not talking OF per se. Just seems to disappear. And I've seen...
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    Re: Next amouage purchase

    Which scent are you referencing?
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    Re: Next amouage purchase

    I have both

    Jubilation XXV is more masterful and a wonderful scent. Wears a bit light on me.

    Epic Man is more straightforward, projects more and is bigger compliment getter (probably because...
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    Re: An Amouage Experience

    Having had Dia Man a few years, I have observed many posts about it. Of all the Amouage line, it is the one that garners the most "can't smell it" or "wears too lightly" kind of comments.

    I find...
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    Re: Signature scent

    Chanel Egoiste
    YSL Rive Guache
  64. Thread: Derby's over?

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Derby's over?

    Don't know where you are located, but here in Los Angeles you really have to dig for many of the Guerlains. Saks in Beverly Hills is best source.
    But, the men's frag counter is in a separate...
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    Re: Most attractive bottle?

    Lubin Idole and Houbigant Fourgere Royale two of my favorites.
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    Re: Manly fragrance help

    Aventus? Really?

    Pure Distance M
  67. Re: Seeking recommendations for boutique daily office frag

    Pluriel was quite good, but felt a lot like Houbigant Fougere Royale. I'm sure in a full wearing there are differences - can't say. I like it but feel I've got that territory covered with FR.

    I...
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    Re: Where to buy HR Dress Code?

    Don't know where you live, but her is US I believe it is now only available at the Guerlain boutiques. One in Las Vegas and maybe NY.
  69. Re: Seeking recommendations for boutique daily office frag

    Well just great, now I have to try MFK Pluriel!

    @Acey... Yes lots of good suggestions here.

    I really feel strongly about the Houbuigant. Wears on me like it was bespoke. Slight chance you might...
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    Re: Your Most Worn - February 2016

    Haven't really tracked it but got to be Houbuigant Fougere Royale
  71. Re: Seeking recommendations for boutique daily office frag

    We have similar tastes and live in same area, though I've got a few years on you.

    Racquets one of the best barbershop scents.

    Suggesting...

    Houbigant Cologne Intense or Fougere Royale...
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    Re: Creed flacon for 1 person

    Don't know your full profile as Basenoter but if you have a decent size collection and like variety, that flacon may sit around a long time.
    I don't really think it will go bad, but it takes up...
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    Re: Your "The Boss has Arrived" Scent.

    Bois du Portugal
    Vintage Tabarome
    Pure Distance M
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    Re: Help determining a fragrance please...

    I really like the Jub XXV and Epic Man recommendation. Those are elegant and distinctive. Modern and very "classy." Also pricey and they SMELL pricey. (Call me crass and shallow, but if something is...
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    Re: Puredistance M Alternative

    Roja Fetish is quite similar. Not sure about the cumin thing in Fetsih, but I don't sense it. Your nose probably better than mine. I don't get overwhelm by cumin with M.

    But Roja Fetish is no...
  76. Re: Best Amouage For Versatiliy daytime/date/club??

    I think the magnetic cap reformulation theory is overblown.

    Jubilation XXV is very masterful and distinctive. You will get comments. There is very little else like it. It is classic, elegant and...
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    Re: A deep, strong and bold Orange fragrance?

    I can't address the various scents mentioned. Many are probably quite orangey.

    But OPs criterion leads me to believe he was a strong citrus orange note to last and last. Experience here and other...
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    Re: About the classic Guerlain's

    Agree with some others that the classic Guerlains are likley not going to appeal to you.

    Derby is quite good. I would't call it old mannish, but it's a more serious scent than I've seen you...
  79. Re: smelled a (few) Creed fragrance 4 the first time in my life... is it me or ... ?

    I think this is total SA rubbish. Me and many other Basenoters have had large collections for years and not experienced any niche or otherwise "expiring." I really like a lot of Creeds, but some of...
  80. Re: smelled a (few) Creed fragrance 4 the first time in my life... is it me or ... ?

    Seriously doubt that the store had "rotton" fragrances.

    GIT and Himalaya probably both have ambergris which you might read as the blood smell.
  81. Re: A comment a friend made, about a friend she has.... WARNING (possible "bad taste" thread)

    I don't buy the story at all.
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    Re: New Houbigant - Cologne Intense

    Was actually hoping you would respond Jack as I know you are quite familiar with Fougere Royale.

    Willl be sampling soon.

    Ahhhh who am I kidding, it's practically already bought....
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    Re: New Houbigant - Cologne Intense

    Is this distinctly different from Fougere Royale?

    FR has become a go to for me, but wondering if this is too similar?
  84. Re: Info on fragrances getting better as they sit

    In agreement. Many of my Creeds have gotten more potent with some use and age.
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    Re: OCD with owning flankers? anyone?

    Advise you avoid Mugler and Habit Rouge
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    Re: Is magnetic cap Lyric Man worth it?

    Am not the expert on this, but I believe there is a theory that when Amouage switched to magnetic caps, it meant EVERYTHING was reformulated.

    I don't know that to be necessarily true.

    I have...
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    Re: Creed speak - "Vaulted"

    Yes, Feuilles Vertes was rereleased as a limited edition about three years ago. I snagged 50ml. It's very old school. Kind of a high end Old Spice vibe.

    The "collector" side of me is glad I got...
  88. Re: Habit Rouge Dress Code Longterm Availability?

    You're welcome. I have gone through some of the same concerns as you over limited editions and/or frags I thought would be discontinued. Over six years here has taught to be more measured and...
  89. Re: Habit Rouge Dress Code Longterm Availability?

    I don't know your wearing patterns, but speaking for myself, I alternate between so many things I've backed off the backup bottles.

    In addition, there's always new stuff coming along that may...
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    Re: Problem with a seller options?

    Working with mods right now. We'll see.
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    Re: Problem with a seller options?

    No, by check.
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    Re: How popular is Habit Rouge?

    It is certainly not main stream popular. But it has certainly hung around forever and spawned a LOT of flankers.

    I think it a darling of many Basenoters and other frag afficianados as a classic...
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    Problem with a seller options?

    Back in November I made a purchase from a seller here I had dealt with twice without any issues.

    It is now over two months since I paid him and he has not sent the fragrance.

    Any options?

    I...
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    Re: Any of you dandies ever use Scentmatchers?

    They may send you something if you order, but I remember discussing this in threads awhile ago.

    Most think it's borderline scam.

    I would avoid.
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    Re: Perfume as deodorant

    Not an expert but I think not.

    Deodorants and anti-perspirants typically contain some chemicals specific to killing/neutralizing the bacteria that causes odor.

    I don't think this can be...
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    Re: Is there an aftershave similar to leather?

    Pinaud Special Reserve is probably exactly what you're looking for.

    Doesn't really smell like Tuscan Leather. More like a new baseball glove.

    $7.54 Amazon
  97. Re: Need a good year 'rounder from Luckyscent...$200 budget

    Houbigant Fougere Royale blew me away. Def a year rounder.

    I suppose it's not unique in that it's a classic fougere (I gather it's "the" classic Fougere).

    Been a Basenoter awhile...tried a...
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    Re: Suggest a vetiver....

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
  99. Re: Didnt fall in love with Habit Rouge EDT --what are the chances that i will dig HR Dress Code ?

    Just make sure you sample it. Shortly after joining Basenotes, I rushed out to get the much lauded HR EdT.

    I did not like it at all.

    Fast forward a few months and they issued a flanker called...
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    Poll: Re: Best niche/high end house- line generally?

    I voted for Amouage and I really like them.

    But as others have and will note, "best" is a relative term.

    Many will have a favorite among those listed, but that doesn't mean they are actually...
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