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    Re: What is the famous Creed note made up of?!?

    While most people would not consider it part of a whale since it's washed up on shore and there's no violent means of collection (no whales have to be hurt or die to collect ambergris) - BUT, it is...
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    Re: THE BEST MAITRE PARFUMEUR ET GANTIER

    BAIME [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]
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    He's doing it again.

    Eugh.

    Many of you will remember that my father, who visits me during holiday breaks, has a problem with fragrance theft.

    It used to be just SMW and HM. But it's expanded. He now likes Yang,...
  4. Re: Are there any colognes that smell like campfir

    For more of a superficial campfire, smores, etc. "image" smell, John Varvatos has what you want.
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    Re: Is L'Artisan's Mechant Loup dark?

    No, I don't think it's dark. Michael Kors is dark, and Noir Epices is dark.

    Mechant Loup is dry and nutty, but I wouldn't say it's dark.

    It grows on you. I still don't love it but it...
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    Re: Scents that resemble rain or a storm

    Angeliques Sous La Pluie
    Voleur de Roses
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    Re: I shattered my bottle of Happy :(

    Nope. Different stuff. I didn't like the Modern either. But M is their signature men's frag. Very orangey.[/quote]

    Ah. Thanks! ;D
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    Un Jardin en Mediterrannee

    Good, bad, great, awful, indifferent?

    And how is the longevity?
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    Re: But-but, he *is* in jr. high!

    I agree with Scentophile. Just because he's young doesn't mean you have to condemn him at an early age and subject him (and yourself) to poor quality, boring, "young" fragrances. There are lots of...
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    Re: "Warm", but not "Sweet"

    Santa Maria Novella - Nostalgia
    L'Artisan - Mechant Loup
    L'Artisan - Passage d'Enfer
    Comptoir Sud Pacifique - L'eau de Gouveurneur
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    Re: I shattered my bottle of Happy :(

    I'm not familiar with the Banana Republic scents other than "Modern", which I disliked. Is that the same as "M"?

    I've come very, very close to buying MI before. It definately gets noticed. For...
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    NY Times magazine article about Aedes

    Anyone catch this? It was in the Sunday magazine yesterday (Dec. 4, 2005), a 2 page article about Aedes. I was unaware that they were the first to promote L'Artisan, and the first importers of Etro...
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    Re: What are some of your favorite notes?

    Tonka bean
    Coffee
    Lavender
    Effervescent citrus
    Fig/Coconut
    Tires (Nostalgia)
    Ink (CDG 2)
    Patchouli
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    Re: Looking for a tea scent

    If you liked T42 and Yang, this probably isn't what you're looking for. Keep in mind this is in the CDG family "Leaves", it's not going to smell like honey and spice ;)

    - may be relatively close...
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    Re: I shattered my bottle of Happy :(

    Yes, the effervescent citrus is exactly what I'm looking for. Fortunately, I don't really have problems with the longevity of Happy. People complain about it a lot, but I get a workday out of it....
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    I shattered my bottle of Happy :(

    :(

    I was changing in a bathroom stall beacuse I was getting ready to leave on a long weekend business trip and didn't want to be uncomfortable for the drive. I took in my bottle of Clinique Happy...
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    Re: Tell me if what I'm doing is evil.

    Aww :( now I feel bad about even thinking about it.

    You're right. I should just forget about it.
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    Re: Basic question about Vetiver

    It is indeed a grass, but it's more commonly known as the fermented ingredient in gin.
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    Re: Yang...love at first sniff!

    Well, dont' beat yourself up because that's actually not that great of a price.

    I got my bottle for $12 shipped off Ebay, others have had similar experiences.

    ;)

    Do buy yourself a bottle...
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    Tell me if what I'm doing is evil.

    I can't decide if it's reasonable or corrupt.

    My parents have been staying with me for the last couple of weeks. EVERY day, when I'm asleep, my father comes into my bedroom at about 4:30 in the...
  21. Thread: CDG-party

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    Re: CDG-party

    Yeah, many CDG's are perfect for socializing.

    CDG 2 is amazing. It can be so casual or so formal, depending on what you wear it with. It's one of the most versatile fragrances out there. I love...
  22. Thread: Which one??

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    Re: Which one??

    The Verte is nice. Not familiar with the other two.
  23. Thread: x-MAS gift for dad

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    Re: x-MAS gift for dad

    or EROLFA
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    Re: x-MAS gift for dad

    GEIR
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    Re: The BEST Fragrance House

    I'm going to say it's a tie between Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, and Comme des Garcons.

    With an unexpected third: Clinique. I think everything they've put out is great, female mostly but male as...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 25 November

    Yang, as I prepare to head out for shopping around 2:30 PM, after all the freaks have left.

    EDIT: that sounds mean. My point was, I don't want to get caught up in gang warfare over a $199 laptop....
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    Re: $60 at Marshall Fields

    oh no LOL, I mean promotion as in they give you something for buying. It's not really a good deal but I'll be at the mall at 5 AM anyway so I figured I would buy something. If you spend $60 in mens...
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    $60 at Marshall Fields

    They have a nice promotion at Marshall Fields tomorrow and it's a good excuse to buy something.

    Between Marc Jacobs, John Varvatos, Gendarme, or Bvlgari PH, which one would you choose??
  29. Thread: D&G ph vs Dreamer

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    Re: D&G ph vs Dreamer

    I like both, but I'll be different and say I prefer The Dreamer. I find both of them pleasant but not anything especially attractive, so I'd say that I prefer The Dreamer because it's a little...
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    Re: Vicks Vaporub as a fragrance or fragrance note

    Oh and 4711 Ice and Diesel Green.

    Thanks to a BN search: L'Homme Sage, Lacoste Original, and L'Artisan Vetiver.
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    Re: Vicks Vaporub as a fragrance or fragrance note

    CDG Original has a very present menthol note. MPG Baime has some too but it's much less obvious. But if you're just looking for a mint, there are hundreds of fragrances that would suit you. :)
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    Re: Really good deal for Claiborne fans

    Ah, I feel stupid now..I've never paid any attention to Claiborne so I didn't know they were common deals.
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    Re: Really good deal for Claiborne fans

    Haha I've never bought any Claiborne products. :D

    I was just posting this because it looked like a good deal to me. :)
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 19 November

    Tried out Angeliques sous la Pluie this morning before showering so I could wash it off if necessary. Not necessary at all! :) Problem is, it's been on for only 2.5 hours and is basically already...
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    Re: Really good deal for Claiborne fans

    Is that at JCPenney also?

    And - the clear bottle I spoke of is Spark Seduction, thanks to a Google image search. :)
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    Really good deal for Claiborne fans

    at JCPenney.

    Just flipping through the Sunday ads (even though its Satuday, the Detroit papers are odd like that) and I saw that there's a 4 apck of Bora Bora, Curve, Curve Crush, and one other...
  37. Thread: xmas company party

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    Re: xmas company party

    Just a suggestion, if you're going to be drinking, avoid MI. When you drink (although it does depend on what you drink as well), a sortof fruity, sweet odor comes out with your sweat. I can imagine...
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    Re: Best Christmas scents?

    I wholeheartedly agree :). [/quote]

    As do I. :)
  39. Thread: Fir?

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    Re: Fir?

    I find both of these fragrances so offensive that perhaps they would cancal each other out if mixed together.

    Just kidding ;) But I'm not a fan of either of these.
  40. Thread: My friend

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    Re: My friend

    1) Dolce & Gabbana - By Man

    2) Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Centaure

    3) Clinique Happy

    4) Creed - Silver Mountain Water
  41. Thread: Fir?

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    Re: Fir?

    Maybe I'll have to give PdE a second try. I thought it was OK but just too powdery and odd to be wearable. Certainly unique and interesting, though. I don't remember a distinct fir note but maybe I...
  42. Thread: Fir?

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    Fir?

    Does anybody know of anything with a prominent fir tree note? L'Occitane used to make this amazing fir scent they sold at Christmas but as far as I know it's been discontinued.

    I'm in the mood...
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    Re: Notes That Should Not Be Combined

    Lavender and leather.

    Vetiver and vanilla.

    And I agree with Dante on the chocolate and orange. A tad unpleasing.
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    An unexpected package from Paris !!!!!!

    But certainly welcome!

    I got a beautiful package straight from Paris, marked with euro stamps and everything, from Frederic Malle. I emailed them a VERY long time ago and they never really...
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    Re: Which Hanae Mori? PLEASE HELP

    Just to give a different perspective, I think the EDT is much more balanced and bright, while the chocolate in the EDP is so intense that it drags the rest of the fragrance down. It does indeed last...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 12 November

    I'm wearing Yang and i'm so mad I chose that.

    I can't stand this one anymore. Too sweet.

    I might wash it off (it lasts forever, unfortunately) and put on Baime. Polar opposite. Just what I'm...
  47. Re: I would wear HM more if it didn't last so long

    Yeah I'm considering trading it. Don't know yet, I've never done that before. Which reminds me I promised someone a LONG time ago that I would send out a sample of Arabie and I haven't done it, this...
  48. Re: I would wear HM more if it didn't last so long

    Well me too but if I put it on Friday morning at 6:00 AM and then sleep in Saturday morning, do some housework and jump in the shower around 2 or 3 that's pretty close to 36 hours. I was just...
  49. Thread: Patchouli

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    Re: Patchouli

    This is a great fragrance and a great patchouli note. Highly recommended!
  50. I would wear HM more if it didn't last so long...

    This is something I would have never ever expected, ever. It lasts SO long (36 hours on me, or more) but it's only really pleasant for the first 8. After then I have this strange mix of musk and some...
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    Re: Do you enjoy scent combos??

    I discovered Clinique Happy and Original Vetiver by accident this summer and posted about it. It's divine. :)

    I have a bunch of Aveda oils too that I mix with SOTD's.
  52. Thread: Obsession Night

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    Re: Obsession Night

    It's OK. I like it a lot better than the original Obsession, which I find rancid and unwearable.
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    Re: any opinions on Z Zegna?

    Zegna Z smells almost identical to AdG to me. It's really nasty. Cloying, way too smooth and gross. I don't get any fruit out if it at all, it's pure wood, musk and ozonic garbage.

    Essenza di...
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    Re: Scent Intense and L'eau de Gouverneur

    I'm not familiar with Scent Intense but I LOVE L'eau du Gouverneur. It's totally something I wouldn't like on the surface, but combined with skin it's just magical.

    I really love it. In my top 5!...
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    Re: CDG Samples arrived - first impressions

    www.luckyscent.com

    A tad expensive but fast shipping and a great selection. :)

    Others have purchased from "lisalaw" on eBay.
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    CDG Samples arrived - first impressions

    Overall, a great package of 10 samples. I really like all of them, and would consider buying all but 2 based on first impressions alone.

    Burnt Sugar - not what I was expecting. Really vanilla-y,...
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    Re: opinions of B Men by Thierry Mugler

    I have supermixed opinions about BMen.

    In one way, I feel like BMen is just Amen without all the good stuff. So negative.

    In another way, I feel like BMen has even more of that sickening...
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    Re: The Thumbs Up Scent

    Yang has all thumbs up, including mine, but I've lost all interest in this scent since I wrote the review and now barely wear it.
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    Re: A*men vs. Hanae Mori

    When I had the EDT of Hanae Mori I loved it and wore it all the time. Now I have the EDP and I barely wear it at all.

    I think I might have to swap it out for an EDT which sucks because I paid $65...
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    Re: Ordered my CDG samples !

    I've ordered some stuff from Lisalaw before. The shipping is $3 each, though, which is a tad pricy, and I've never been able to do the combined shipping thing, I always end up getting charged for...
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    Re: Ordered my CDG samples !

    they're from www.luckyscent.com. as far as i know, they're just standard 1/32 oz. glass vials.

    they're abit pricy, at 2-3 $ a pop, but at least they have a large selection.

    its the only site...
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    Ordered my CDG samples !

    Comme des Garçons Sample:Burnt Sugar No 1 $3.00
    Comme des Garçons Sample: Wood Coffee No 1 $3.00
    Comme des Garçons Sample: Calamus No 1 $2.00
    Comme des...
  63. Thread: Creed

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    Re: Creed

    MI Is too inconsistent, Ive tried it 4 or so times and each time it's been a completely different beast. Some truly fabulous, others a cloying mess.

    I would never wear Himalaya because it's too...
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    Re: I got a job selling fragrances at Lord & Taylo

    Awesome!! Are you working at Tysons? I <3 Tysons. :) Grew up in Richmond, went up to McLean all the time to shop. Now I live in Detroit and the fragrance shopping is poop compared to NoVA. :(

    What...
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    Re: John Varvatos, only for the older crowd?

    That lady's reaction doesn't even come close to making sense. John Varvatos basically became mainstream when it was was featured on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I wonder if she considers that for...
  66. Thread: The best CDG's

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    Re: The best CDG's

    It's backordered at Luckyscent. :( maybe when they get it back in I will order a sample. Perhaps with some bottles if I'm pleased with my samples!
  67. Thread: The best CDG's

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    Re: The best CDG's

    OK I'm getting ready to order samples of Wood Coffee, Zagorsk, Rhubarb, Burnt Sugar, Original, Calamus, CDG2, Odeur 53.

    Good, bad? Anyone want to change my mind?
  68. Thread: The best CDG's

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    Re: The best CDG's

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I was inititially turned on by Sticky Cake and Tea, but I've heard not so great things about Sticky Cake and that Tea was very smoky, which isn't bad but as I learned...
  69. Thread: DKNY be delicious

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    Re: DKNY be delicious

    I really like the opening, but afterwards it turns into a very cloying mess. Longevity is really poor as well.

    The one thing I don't understand is that they're touting it as a complex blend of all...
  70. Thread: The best CDG's

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    The best CDG's

    if one wanted to experience the best of the Comme des Garcons line, what would be the ones to sample?
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    Re: Christmas card Scent

    SMN Potpourri. :D
  72. Re: Last day for BeautyHabit sale what did you get

    crap!! >:(

    i was going to buy some stuff, i didnt know its already expired :(

    oh well. maybe i'll just pay full price...
  73. Thread: sung paradise

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    Re: sung paradise

    I like it a lot. I think it's a way underrated year-round fragrance. It's refreshing but not "fresh" in the negative sense of the word. Light and crisp and green, original but not shocking.

    I...
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    Re: Make your own dream fragrance....

    I've actually come very, very, very close to having a dream fragrance.

    I made a divine cocktail a while back that I truly adore.

    A heavy dose of cinnamon and clove, mixed in with a frankincense...
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    Re: Today while enjoying a cup of lapsang souchong

    I can't stand Tea for Two. It makes me sick. I think Bvlgari Black is a better choice for this one ;)

    Also check out CdG Tea.
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    Re: Piper Negrum: Really how good is it?

    I think it's OK. I can see why some love it, and I can see why some hate it.

    There's something about it that's too smooth and bassy for me, myrrh maybe? The pepper is very nice, but the poster who...
  77. Thread: Island Scent

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    Re: Island Scent

    Comptoir Sud Pacifique has a tropical note in about everything they make, but it's all very subtle and classy. I love it.

    Ananas Fizz also has a definite tropical feel, but unfortunately I have...
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    Re: When is enough, enough ?

    This is the way to do it. Make your collection one of spectacular fragrances only. I have a list of hundreds of fragrances I think are "nice". But I keep my collection limited to those that truly...
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    Re: A coworrker has an odd aroma....

    Yes, I would probably say he needs a bath. He looks a bit oily too. :(
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    A coworrker has an odd aroma....

    ...I'm thinking it might be Kouros. Those of you more familiar with it than I, please chime in and see if this makes sense ;)

    He smells like the following, all mixed together into a pungent,...
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    Re: i wanna go fruity :)

    My beloved Clinique Happy is naturally at the top of this list.

    Honorable mentions: Ananas Fizz for pineapple, coconut, banana. Longevity is terrible, though, it is gone faster than any other...
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    Re: Ordering my first MPG--Need help deciding!

    My two favorite MPG's, Baime and Centaure, are not on your list. ;)

    But Eau des Iles sounds like a good choice to me.
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    Re: tea scent in your collection?

    I own SMW and Yang and have vials of L'Occitane The Vert and L'Artisan T42.

    I can't stand T42, but that's just me. For some reason or another it makes me sick.

    I'm not as crazy about Yang as I...
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    Re: Creed OV + Gendarme = Great Smell

    Yeah, I discovered that one this summer and posted about it.

    DIVINE!!

    I've found that OV layers splendidly with just about anything except an oriental.
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    Re: If money were no object...

    I would really like to create a fragrance house of my own.

    That would require some finance to get off the ground :(
  86. Re: The scents that wear YOU...instead you wearing

    well its certainly not overwhelming, but in terms of fragrances that fit me like a second skin and blend perfectly with me in every possble aspect, the answer is L'eau du Gouveurneur.
  87. Thread: what about arabie

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    Re: what about arabie

    In my most recent set of samples, it's the only one I refused to wear.

    IT's super strong and potent, and super super super powdery. Really gross.

    If you like that kind of stuff then sample it....
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    Re: In search of a pepper note

    Piper Nigrum is really nice but not worth teh money (for me) because it wouldn't get worn very often.

    Another pepper based scent that I like a lot and is IMHO more wearable (on me at least) is...
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    Re: Yankee Candle's Midsummer's Night

    Yep, that's the one.

    I don't like that candle or that fragrance. ;D

    The only Yankee candle I'm fond of is coconut bay.
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    Re: Perfumed deodorants: where to apply?

    Technically you should only do it on your armpits but it doesn't really matter if you do it elsewhere. There are people who use antiperspirants on their hands if they have sweaty hands, or on their...
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    Re: Funny cologne compliment at Home Depot

    it could be worse.

    i'm waiting for YSL to come up with "eau de gary, indiana".

    :o
  92. semi-OT...but i LOVE the new ratings in the direc.

    what a great feature. if you haven't noticed, the individual fragrance pages in the directory now include star ratings for quality and longevity.

    is this based on member wardrobes or do you give...
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    The Official Pronounciation Thread

    For those of us who are still learning.

    I'll start.

    Thierry Mugler - Tea-eh-(r)ee Moog-la(h)ir OR Mooglur OR Moog-lay, see other thread.

    Hanae Mori - On-a (like dancing on-a treetop)...
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    Well the woman in the above pronouncer clearly says "moog-lay"

    If I remember correctly, they used to say the same on the Mugler site too.

    Hmmm[/quote]

    I highly doubt that it's pronounced...
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    Well the woman in the above pronouncer clearly says "moog-lay"

    If I remember correctly, they used to say the same on the Mugler site too.

    Hmmm[/quote]

    I highly doubt that it's pronounced...
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    I've heard this same pronunciation from more than one French-speaking person.[/quote]

    Me too. I believe the "er" is pronounced as a soft r, and not silent, because it is a proper name and not the...
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    Re: Best Creed unisex frag

    It is. But those aren't the inconsistencies I'm speaking of; I'm talking about how much a "good" bottle of MI can change on my skin. The first time I tried it was at a Neiman Marcus on the Stanford...
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    Re: Best Creed unisex frag

    Silver Mountain Water. I'm not too hot on Royal Delight, and Millesime Imperial is nice but is too inconsistent. Sometimes it's great, sometimes I can't stand it.
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    Re: Strong and powdery fragrances for men

    yeah, these two for sure, ESPECIALLY Gold.

    Also:

    Passage d'Enfer (not really strong but definately powdery)
    ARABIE (if you like powdery and strong this IS the one for you)
    Pasha (I hate it,...
  100. Thread: D&G BY Men?

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    Re: D&G BY Men?

    I really like it. It has a lot of pepper, reminds me a bit of Piper Nigrum but a lot sexier. I get lavender, pepper, soft woods and some kind of leaf. Basil, rosemary?? Something along those lines in...
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