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    Re: Fahrenheit 2014

    I'm very curious to hear more about this latest packaging (and possible formulation) or Fahrenheit. Since those violet molecules from the original haven't been de-restricted, it's hard to imagine it...
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    Re: Classics true to original formula?

    I’ll add some more to the list. While these have been reformulated, they’re still true to their older versions:

    Cartier Declaration
    Caron Third Man
    Caron Yatagan
    Guerlain Heritage
    Dior Homme...
  3. Re: Your thoughts on Le Labo's Ylang 49, Oud 27, Patchouli 24?

    I think Ylang 49 is just gorgeous in a big, classic way. But as a few others have said, it's too womanly for me. Note I don't really mean "feminine," as I don't believe fragrances are inherently...
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    Re: Thinking of Incense....

    Definitely Sahara Noir for a clear take on frankincense. It's all about that but beautifully done.

    My own favorite these days is Memoir Man; I love how the incense emerges in the heart and smells...
  5. Re: Which fragrance you smell more often nowadays? and what u doesnt smell anymore.(that is till sel

    Somewhat surprisingly, I smell Le Labo Santal 33 pretty frequently around my office, but mostly because one or two folks here have found it and fallen for it. It's quite a strong presence, though.
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  6. Re: Armouage Dia Man: I can't smell it, but it's there

    This is primarily olfactory fatigue; Dia Man is designed as a lighter scent (well, by Amouage standards), so it's never going to be a big blast, but if you lose it after 10 minutes it's because your...
  7. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    First thought when seeing the title of this thread was Absolue pour le Soir. It really does last for ages but never falls apart, nor becomes cheap.

    And I agree with Esencia Loewe; much of the...
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    Re: What is your favorite Amouge?! and WHY?

    Oh man. So tough to choose. I own Jubilation XXV, Interlude Man, Memoir Man, and Dia Man. They're all great. My favorite is either Memoir Man, which makes me swoon with its opening and then pleases...
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    Re: Fragrances resembling eggnog?

    The opening of Gucci Envy for Men definitely makes me think of eggnog. Perhaps there's nutmeg in there doing the heavy lifting for that effect, but it works.
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    Re: I got some Le Labo samples

    It took me a while to come around to Le Labo, but now I'm an admirer of the outfit. I own Rose 31 and Oud 27, and have sampled pretty much everything else. They do have a few duds for me (Neroli,...
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    Re: Your first love...

    Like several others, it was Fahrenheit, circa 1992. Wore it in high school, kept wearing it into college. Found it beguiling, but so did others, from the comments. One gal friend of mine in college...
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    Re: You're Greatest Citrus Fragrance

    The openings of Eau Sauvage and Chanel Eau de Cologne are my favorite citrus moments, but neither last (as far as the citrus part), so...

    Le Labo Bergamot 22 extends the fresh citrus effect with...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Bayolea. Someone tried it?

    I have an official sample of this and I've enjoyed it each time I've tried it, but I haven't yet decided I'd want a full bottle. The citrus effect here is tangy and dry, maybe even a bit bitter; it...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Of the moment:

    Caron Yatagan
    Dior Homme
    Amouage Memoir Man
    Loewe Esencia
    Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    Tested Rose d'Arabie again today. It really is beautiful. Lovely quiet woods after the rose fades a bit, too.
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    Re: Modern-Futuristic-AvantGarde?

    CdG Odeur 71 is definitely modern, but also very enjoyable. Also check out their Artek Standard, which has an odd "rust" note along with white wood.
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    I really like Histoires des Parfums 1969. It's not just rose, but rose is a main player.

    Idolo Thirty-Three is worth considering, also.
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    Re: Most safe Amouage

    Amouage just isn't a house that merits a blind buy. Most of their best stuff tends not to show its virtues until several wears; they take time to get to know and appreciate. One of my favorites,...
  19. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    Caron Yatagan. This beast actually has a very handsome growl.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    Official notes I've seen mention petitgrain, fennel, and artemisia. Maybe these conspire to create the "celery" effect? I've never seen celery listed as an official note for the fragrance.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    It really is. I put it on today with some of the first proper autumn rain here in San Francisco. Matches the mood very well.

    I do wonder about longevity; it's early afternoon and it already seems...
  22. Re: one spray to front of neck or one on each side?

    The neck is tricky, since fragrances that close to the nose are going to lead to olfactory fatigue, meaning you'll think the fragrance is gone even though everyone else can smell it. I figure the...
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    Well hello, Yatagan!

    I've recently (finally) gotten into traditional wet shaving with a double-edged safety razor (hey to folks also active at Badger & Blade!), and one of the many pleasures of such grooming are the...
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    Re: Smooth, laid-back, classy scent?

    Easily Dior Homme (the original, not shopping-mall-ified Eau for Men). I mean, since you specifically wanted classy, after all.
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    Re: Yeah yeah yeah... eau sauvage...

    Good to know. For what it's worth, my white box version does indeed contain oakmoss, thankfully, though no doubt not in the same amount as the earlier formulations.
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    Re: Yeah yeah yeah... eau sauvage...

    Wow. Well given how much I enjoy the current EdT, I would guess I'd really get into the vintage version. Any tips on identifying a vintage bottle (doesn't have to be too old, I presume)?

    I...
  27. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    I've been sampling Cuiron and EdP from the reissues, and between the two, it's the EdP that's resonating with me. Cuiron, interestingly, I don't find overtly synthetic, but rather it seems to have a...
  28. Re: What fragrances make you happy just from smelling it?

    The opening of Amouage Memoir Man makes me swoon every time. Dia Man also always makes me happy; it's just so classically gorgeous. A good cologne usually does it too; I don't have a full bottle yet,...
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    Re: Tubereuse Animale - Histoires de Parfums

    Interesting you recommend that, Diamondflame, as I have a full bottle of Tubereuse 1, and a travel bottle of Tubereuse 3. Both quite nice. I love the natural iris in the former, actually.
  30. Re: How are Frederic Malle colognes? What are the best ones?

    I have a lot of respect for this line. They're all very intelligent, high quality, and individual -- in the sense that none will speak to everyone, but when one clicks for you it feels very personal....
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    Re: Amouage fan thread!

    At this point Amouage is probably my favorite house, both in terms of how many of their creations I like, and how much I respect the art and quality of their compositions. These fragrances are almost...
  32. Re: Making room in my collection for ONE more designer scent - Which one ?

    First thoughts were mostly already mentioned, so let me put them here as +1s:

    Dior Homme: such a classic at this point, but still not commonplace (at least in the States)
    Egoiste and Tiffany for...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Have a look toward the beginning of this thread and you'll see multiple descriptions (and photos!) of the difference in ingredients lists between the two versions. It's not too tough to tell from the...
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    Re: Today I Bought August 2014

    Rich and satisfying. I was craving rose and oud, and here it is.

    http://www.roullierwhite.com/ekmps/shops/roullierwhite/images/ex-idolo-thirty-three-eau-de-parfum-30ml-6782-p.jpg
  35. Re: Which Amouage for women is most suitable for men?

    For me, Lyric Woman (I like it better than the Man version, though I've heard Woman was reformulated... boo), Epic Woman, and Interlude Woman. All are rich and multifaceted and unisex. I also admire...
  36. Re: An unscented deodorant that actually works?

    I also had trouble with the "standard" Tom's of Main products, but now I've been really happy with their crystal (salt) deodorant -- I believe it's called Natural Confidence. There's an unscented...
  37. Re: Your favorite new releases of 2014...so far

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather
    Amouage Journey Woman
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    Re: Best Amouage for Men

    This is exactly right. Don't dismiss the ones labeled "Woman" either, as much, if not most, of Amouage's lineup is unisex. Lyric Woman, Interlude Woman, and Epic Woman are all ones I enjoy quite...
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    Re: What fragrance is your guilty pleasure ?

    For me, Bleu de Chanel. I've come to really like how it smells, but I fully recognize its mainstream, "pop music," unchallenging vibe. Since I fancy myself a man of more rarified tastes, this is a...
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    Re: Oud Ispahan or Rose d'Arabie?

    I've tried Portrait a number of times, but I'm afraid it's not for me; it heads too much in a headshop-incense area (likely due to the patchouli paired with its resinous base), so I end up not...
  41. Re: Help me choose my next Amouage: Lyric or Epic.

    It really isn't radically different. Those who know the original will spot the difference in the dry down (less sandalwood, more of a buzzing synthetic wood note) and in the lowered volume. Still...
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    Re: Envy Gone bad

    You'll notice it pretty soon in the first five minutes, if it's there for you. Curious to hear what your experience is.
  43. Re: Help me choose my next Amouage: Lyric or Epic.

    I much prefer Lyric Woman to Lyric Man, the latter of which is too orange-blossomy to me and ends up being more soap than rose -- a bit too sharp. Epic Man, however, I've really grown to like, if not...
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    Oud Ispahan or Rose d'Arabie?

    I'm craving a rich, refined oud-and-rose combination -- something a bit less clobbering than Black Aoud (of which I have a decant, but it can be a bit too rose-and-patchouli at times, not as dark and...
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    Re: Envy Gone bad

    I do get a lasting ginger note in both my bottles, I should point out. Before I bought these I bought one of those little (1ml?) mini splash sample bottles being sold on eBay, which has been a nice...
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    Re: NEW: Comme Des Garcons Wonderoud

    Sampled this yesterday from a smaller perfume/home scent shop in town. It's quite nice, as others have said, and indeed quite similar to Wonderwood. The peppery opening is still there, and the scent...
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    Re: Envy Gone bad

    I've bought two bottles of Envy from eBay (one older formulation, one the brighter green color), and I have no doubt as to the authenticity of either, but with both there's a weird "off" note in the...
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    Re: Sillage?? Solved!! LOL

    If we're suggesting Fahrenheit 32, let's add Fleur du Male, which is also very strong.

    Closer to my heart: Dior Vetiver, if you can find it. Robust stuff.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Nope not at all. I meant whether your official sample would be of the newest, magnetic cap version, or of the original version. Still talking about the two versions we've been discussing.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    I wonder whether this official sample would be the new version? Though what you're saying would track with my experience. The later dry down lacks the same sandalwood richness of the original, and...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Histoires des Parfums 1725 Casanova

    http://akafkaesquelife.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/1725-casanova-hdp.jpg
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    Re: NEW: Comme Des Garcons Wonderoud

    I myself am wondering (pun intended?) whether it leans as heavily on a big synthetic sandalwood base as Wonderwood does. That element always put me off Wonderwood, though there are aspects of the...
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    Re: Help me spend a gift card at Sephora

    Maybe Cartier Declaration? Such a classic, and versatile.

    I'd also check out Bulgari Black, though I'm not sure how that one works in a warmer, more humid climate.
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    Poll: Re: Epic VS Oud Wood VS Colonia Oud

    Interesting poll, in that to me at least these are three pretty different fragrances. All share an oud note, sure, but beyond that they're very distinct from each other. Epic Man for me, though, for...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    To be clear, as I've described a few times on this thread, this isn't a dramatic reformulation. If you smell the latest version of Epic Man, it will smell recognizably of Epic Man. Perhaps it's not...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Likewise!
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Good to know. I'm curious: does oak moss which has had its allergenic element removed (such as what Wasser has used in his newest formulation of Mitsouko) have to be listed among the ingredients? I...
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    Re: Today I Bought: July 2014

    After a bit of waffling, finally picked this up:

    http://products.acquadiparma.com/upload/acqua-di-parma/images/Leather_404_pack_categorymgrpillar_12345.jpg

    And this arrived in the mail:
    ...
  59. Re: I think I've find it! A lifelong leather-partnership.

    Just wandered over to Barney's and picked up my bottle this afternoon. Smells great on my skin.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Interesting, Oslo-Fjord. The difference between the two Memoir stickers parallels what I noticed between the older and newer Epic Man stickers, including the change in Code number (initial digit...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Le Labo Rose 31

    http://www.luckyscent.com/images/products/46801.jpg
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Oak moss is listed among Memoir Man's notes (on the official Amouage site and on Fragrantica), but can't remember off-hand if it was in the ingredients list. Glad to hear from Oslo-Fjord, though,...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    To track down an original-formulation bottle of Epic Man, I wrote several stockists explaining that the fragrance had changed recently and hoping they could help me track down the older bottles. I...
  64. Re: Getting around to the best...it's a challenge for me

    It's indeed an issue once your collection reaches a certain size. I suppose it's only natural. Still, the experience of rediscovering a neglected favorite (or even non-favorite) can be very...
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    Re: allure homme edition blanch

    I don't think it's discontinued. It's on Chanel's site (where I bought it), but also sold at the Neiman Marcus here in San Francisco, for instance.
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    Re: I need a new scent .... Help!!!!!

    Dior Vetiver is a rich, rather pure vetiver experience, and it doesn't slouch on performance by any means. Great stuff.

    I'm surprised you find Guerlain Vetiver to be too weak. I've never had any...
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    I'm still seeing Colonia Leather featured prominently on the Acqua di Parma web site. Maybe this is a regional thing? I very much doubt it's suddenly discontinued; it only launched a few months ago.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Good to hear more reports on this, as I wouldn't expect mine to stand alone. But this does emphasize what I've said earlier on this thread: the difference between the newest bottles (magnetic cap,...
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    Re: Have you ever thrown bottles away?

    I'd bought a more-recent bottle of Davidoff Zino (with the non-script Davidoff logo) from a mall kiosk. Used to wear the original Zino when I was in high school. Anyway, there was a musty, almost...
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    Re: What is the first oud that I should try?

    As others have said, nothing beats actual oud oil if you want to know what oud actually smells like. Pretty much every commercial "oud" fragrance uses a synthetic which doesn't really smell like oud....
  71. Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I was tempted to suggest Memoir Man, but I don't find it melancholy, but rather brooding and introspective without the depressive connotation. Certainly not funereal. It's got too much of a fresh...
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    Re: 5 greatest male fragrances of all time

    What I might list at the moment, among what I have plenty of personal experience with:

    Fahrenheit (vintage)
    Dior Homme
    Jubilation XXV
    Esencia Loewe
    Envy for Men
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    Re: Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum

    I own the earlier ("leather" covered) version of the EdP, and have never noticed any trouble with longevity or projection. It's not a monster, no, but hardly weak, and not a skin scent on me.
  74. Re: Any high quality dirty masculine/unisex scent recently released?

    Some may find Amouage Fate Man a bit dirty or sweaty due to the cumin (though I don't).

    My favorites in this category are Absolue pour le Soir and Leather Oud (though the latter still scares me a...
  75. Re: Amouage Memoir Man.... Just like it. That's all!

    Possibly prompted by this thread, I'm wearing Memoir Man today. This time I'm going lighter with it than usual: just two sprays to the chest. This seems to be the way to go, as it's more ethereal and...
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    Re: S O T D : Saturday, July 12, 2014 😃

    Amouage Memoir Man. Decided to go light with it this time (two spays to the chest), and that's making it even more beautiful than usual (too much and the ashiness is too pronounced, I've found).
    ...
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    Re: Today I Bought: July 2014

    Wow. A lot of Fate Man purchases recently. Looks like more folks are coming around on that one (it really is quite good).
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    Re: Today I Bought: July 2014

    I assume you found an older, non-magnetic cap version of Epic, Akahina? :)
  79. Re: Need some violet/violet leaf recommendations

    Riverside Drive is a violet leaf attack. I kind of like it. Also Invasion Barbare, Gucci Pour Homme II, and Narciso Rodriguez for Men, as others have mentioned. Am I the only one that gets some...
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    Re: What's WRONG with me?

    As others have said, don't worry about it. Despite what can seem like big consensus around here, all of this stuff is still subjective. If you don't like it, that's fine. Nothing's wrong with you.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July10, 2014

    Gucci Envy for Men

    http://www.expresschemist.co.uk/pics/products/815/2/Gucci_Envy_for_Men_EDT_50ml_spray.jpg
  82. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    Like others, almost everything in my wardrobe (though I give myself credit for buying and wearing Fahrenheit, Zino, and Egoiste in the mid-90s as my three scents). Some I'm most grateful to Basenotes...
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    Re: Question about Gucci Envy for men

    A year-plus on, this thread is still useful. Won a 50ml bottle of (what I hoped was vintage) Gucci Envy for Men off eBay this weekend. It arrived today, and looks to be the older, yellow-green juice...
  84. Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    Bleu de Chanel: why so many "why so many negative reviews" threads?

    :)

    But seriously, I was thinking of what to add here but feel I've made the same point on two or three very similar threads...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/o.2288.jpg
  86. Re: Anyone else out there thinks GIT smells like MI?

    Dihydromyrcenol. Both have a big slug of it. A good handful of Creeds lean heavily on the stuff. (For more of it: Cool Water, D&G Pour Homme.)
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    Re: Is M7 worth a blind buy

    Interesting. I don't find the two similar at all. Oud Wood is smooth and sort of creamy. M7 is tangy, bitter, richer, and ambered. Overall a totally different accord.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 7, 2014

    Dior Homme (EdT). Always so good.

    http://uk.vesira.com/media/catalog/product/cache/5/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/d/i/dior-dior-homme-eau-de-toilette-vaporizador-50-ml.jpg
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    Re: Is M7 worth a blind buy

    It's not an easy crowd-pleaser; it's odd. Don't know anything less that smells like it, except one particular oud oil I sampled in London. If you like amber, a medicinal quality, and the idea of a...
  90. Re: I am smelling a huge ginger frag among the crowd. Which scent can be?

    Possibly Gucci Envy for Men, though the ginger in that fades a bit after the opening, at least in my wearings. Still, that's the first thing that came to mind. YSL L'Homme had a ginger flanker; could...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme - wow!

    Gucci Pour Homme is quite worthy, indeed, though its reputation may be getting a bit over-inflated now that it's discontinued and more scarce. There are other fragrances that offer a similar...
  92. Re: No More Love For the Classic Eau Sauvage?

    It lasts a decent amount of time on me, though admittedly it does get quieter after the early citrus/hedione phase passes.
  93. Poll: Re: What's your favorite Dior from La Collection Privée?

    Vetiver is my favorite, with Leather Oud close behind. Leather Oud still scares me a little, since it's so naughty, but I also can't deny that it smells great.
  94. Re: No More Love For the Classic Eau Sauvage?

    I love it. The opening is refreshing and beautiful, and the dry down is herbal and classy and subtle without being too quiet. It's certainly classic-smelling, but not at all out-of-date. It's sort of...
  95. Re: niche fragrances made for women but can easily by worn by men

    Oh my, there are so many fragrances (niche or not) marketed to women that actually work very well on men that we may as well admit, as we have many times in many other discussions, that the whole...
  96. Re: Reformulation that is equal or better than the original????

    The current version of Dior Homme (EdT) is perhaps not better than, but to me of equivalent quality, to the original version. Each has its strengths: the original had a stronger iris opening, but the...
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    Re: Today I Bought: July 2014

    Won a 50ml bottle of Gucci Envy for Men on eBay. Looks to be the older version (black foam with clear plastic package, rather than the silver insert). Let's hope it's all in good shape and legit!
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Not sure whether anyone has decoded the Amouage batch code (it's stamped on the bottom of the bottle, I believe). However, the ingredients label has a reference number (common across bottles of a...
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    cytherian, yours is a good point. I'm sure there are fragrances that change with further maceration, introduction of air, and simply the passing of time. It's possible this is the case with Epic Man,...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Amouage Dia Man

    http://www.luckyscent.com/images/products/41809.jpg
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