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  1. Re: Decline of the Cheap Perfume Industry in US

    No, it's saying Drugstore Fragrances now smell worse than household cleaner, but Designer brand fragrances still have the smell of "chachet". Whereas I think you got it right, where the article got...
  2. Re: Your current scent is discontinued tomorrow

    Habit Rouge EDP

    No - I think I'd just get one of the versions of TF Noir instead

    No
  3. Re: anyone hate it when they "waste" their fragrance

    I've got so much, that even if I do waste it, I'll never run out in my lifetime
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    Re: Best of the 90's?

    Green Valley, Boucheron Pour Homme, and Heritage.
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    Re: Best of the 80's?

    Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for...
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    Re: Scents like Lanvin Avant Garde..?

    Absolutely. Forget La Nuit. Avant Garde is all about Tobacco, Amber, and the caramel like Ethyl Maltol. Only Pure Havane also has those notes, but there is no patchouli in Avant Garde, which is a...
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    Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    This is what I was think of when I voted Other. So many other "fig" fragrances are really fig leaf, not fig fruit. This is one of the few that is fruity.
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    Re: Man's best friend scent

    Dogs enjoy the smell of licorice. Just saying...
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    Re: a Modernist scent....

    Actually a good way of summarising the modernist school of thought is "form follows function, there is nothing decorative in form". And perfumery is so often most definitely decorative.

    So my...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    I've tried this in John Lewis and actually quite like it. Yes, it doesn't smell like Noir EDP/T, but then if you liked that and were looking for something else, why not go to the Guerlain counter?...
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    Here is my take on it, and you'll have to excuse the words I'm going to use because I'm having trouble putting the idea into words. Certain fragrances for men have what I would call a "rich" smell....
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    Re: Guilty Pleasure

    I think I could easily handle YSL Black Opium. Actually, I think any guy could.
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    Re: Best Men's Gourmand Fragrance(s)?

    A lot of Gourmand fragrances are really Unisex.

    So I'd have to say the very best Gourmand I've ever smelt is Aomassai. With Ambre Narguile a close second. And Coromandel would be a way off the...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Ultra Zest layered with HM. Seems to be a winner so far.
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    Re: Best 'Eau de Cologne'?

    This is how I understood the question too. My recs are:
    Annick Goutal Eau du Sud
    Miller Harris Le Petit Grain (like a Jean Marie Farina that lasts all day).
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Well, I went ahead and bought it yesterday. Also gave it more of a head to head with Pure Malt.

    There is a coffee note that appears in the middle and disappears by the time the frag becomes just...
  17. Re: Cartier Declaration Colonge. What to expect.

    Debenhams in the UK is advertising it on their website.

    But don't be fooled. I ordered this as click and collect, went to the store... and they'd put in LEDI Summer 2015. They have got them mixed...
  18. Poll: Re: Poll-Best designer fragrance for a boiling hot summer

    My two absolute favourite designer frags for boiling hot weather are Guerlain Homme L'Eau, and Declaration Cologne.

    And they are both discontinued.

    Balls.
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    Re: What is this cologne called!?!?!

    To my nose, X-Bolt and Boss Bottled smell indistinguishable.

    But then I always thought Boss Bottled smelt cheap and nasty, having a discount supermarket clone it so perfectly just confirmed that...
  20. Re: Cartier Declaration Colonge. What to expect.

    Now that Declaration Cologne has been discontinued and replaced with Declaration L'Eau (not that there is anything wrong with L'Eau, I just like the ginger in Cologne), has anyone found a fresh...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    I got to try this on Sunday at House of Fraser, and I'd agree with this summary. A bit of ginger in there as well. Even so, I kinda liked it, I might just get a bottle.
  22. Re: Cartier Declaration Colonge. What to expect.

    This was my description of it in a previous thread:

    Take the drydown of Grey Vetiver, and make it more dry, parched. Add the ginger note from Origins Ginger Essence and then the way that Eau...
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    Re: Basenotes.net blank front page

    How do we give Grant a heads up?
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    Re: Which fragrances are brothers?

    Jaipur PH, BK and LLAM all have the same mother, Annick Menardo. I've never got the similarity between BK and LLAM, for starters I like one but not so much the other.

    On to another of hers, Fuel...
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    Basenotes.net blank front page

    According to Safari on my Mac, no HTML is being served at all, not even the <HTML></HTML> top and tail.

    Anyone else seeing this?
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    Re: The "last letter of a fragrance" game

    Yvresse
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    Re: The best from each of your favourite houses

    Acqua di Parma - Colonia Intensa
    Annick Goutal - Eau du Sud/Mandragore (tie)
    Cartier - Must de Cartier Pour Homme
    Diptyque - Volutes
    Givenchy - Vetiver
    Guerlain - SDV
    Hermes - Equipage
    Miller...
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    Re: Let's talk about DSquared2 Potion

    I never got the connection from GPH 1 to Potion. GPH 1 was always one of my bogey scents. Just the harshest cedar going, a fair bit of pencil graphite core and enough black pepper to make my eyes...
  29. Re: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche - your thoughts?

    Never could get along with TdH. It's the terre note, the flinty, matchheads smell. Just turns my nose.

    Whereas Eau Tres Fraiche is missing this part entirely (which makes me wonder is it really...
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    Re: Is AllBeauty.com legit?

    Most of my stuff is from them. Not sure what stopped them sending to the US.
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    Re: Men's designer rose under $40.00?

    Have you tried Brit for Men? What did you think?
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    Re: 3 Fragrances you love by the same perfumer?

    Annick Menardo was my first thought too. I say Body Kouros, Patchouli 24, Potion, Xeryus Rouge, Fuel for Life Homme, Armani Attitude, and Bois d'Armenie



    Damn right!

    Mathilde Laurent:...
  33. Thread: The Life Of π

    by andym72
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    The Life Of π

    I tried Pi Fraiche just as I was getting into this hobby, and really liked it. However, once I realised I wasn't just going to buy four or five bottles and that would be it, I started hunting down...
  34. Re: Why do companies "admit" reformulations by changing the packaging/bottle?

    I like the honesty of repackaging when they reformulate. It's like saying "this isn't the juice you're looking for, it's an homage, a new take that uses the original as inspiration"
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    Re: Going back to the 'dark' side!!

    Really? You too?



    Something else we agree on!

    Nothing wrong with Mall Scents. Plenty of gems if you know what to look for. Since most of us here wear scent for our own pleasure, if you don't...
  36. Re: ADP Bergamotto Di Calabria-Any ideas for blending?

    Can you return the bottle? If you can, before you do, check out the current Dior Homme Cologne. Really similar idea (bergamot into smooth musk), but quite a bit less than $150. Spend the difference...
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    Re: A*men in the summer

    Summer where? Summer in Tierro del Fuego, OK. Summer in Svalbard, no problem. Summer just about anywhere else on the planet? Forget it!
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    Re: Favorite Clean/Fresh Fragrance?

    Clean to me means you don't smell of anything at all. Soapy smells don't smell clean to me, they smell of covering up being dirty!

    The most fresh scents I've tried are Green Valley, Declaration...
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    Re: Alternative to Terre D'Hermes

    I have four "kind of like Terre d'Hermes" scents in my collection:

    TdH Eau Tres Fraiche. A bit more like Bigarade Concentree, and even though it's the "fresh" TdH, it lasts.
    Declaration Essence....
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    Re: Do you tip the mule?

    Yes, be careful, mule tipping may get you reported to the ASPCA. Those Donkey Sanctuary types can be really belligerent.
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    Poll: Re: Project Finish Bottle version 2015

    OK, I voted Bottling Plant. I don't intend to finish any, but there are two bottles I have that are getting very low... but they might still be in my bottle store in 2016:

    - A 50ml bottle of...
  42. Thread: Kouros Silver?

    by andym72
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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    "The olfactory development of Kouros Silver reflects the evolution of men's perfume. Once all about 'hygiene,' it is now multifaceted..."

    Kouros has never been about Hygiene!
  43. Has L'Ambre des Merveilles passed people by?

    It's just that there is little if any talk about L'Ambre des Merveilles on any of the forums. I got to test it on Sunday, and it smelt great on paper, unfortunately on me it was overwhelmed by...
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    Re: Unusual Designer Scents

    I was going to say I don't like unusual stuff.

    Then I remembered I own B*Men.
    And Pure Coffee, and that's quite odd.
    And I like Xeryes Rouge.
    And Eau d'Ikar is pretty good.
    So is Comme des...
  45. Re: I have discovered the "come hither" holy grail ... Lancome Hypnôse Homme!

    When I first joined Basenotes, I remember checking this out and mainly noticing its Patch and Amber base notes, which is a combo I really like.

    As I got more experienced and attuned my sense of...
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    Re: Top 10 Least Worn?

    Black Soul Imperial (I'm holding onto this just in case I come around to liking it's scent or I find a layering combo with it)
    David Beckham Homme (got this as a present for Christmas, not tried it...
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    Re: What is your 'simple' favourite?

    Blenheim Bouquet. Four notes. Lemon, Lavender, Pepper, Pine. Doesn't get much simpler than this
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    Re: Must have unique colognes of all time

    Hermes Equipage.

    It must be one of the few early 70's scents to come through its reformulations unscathed, it straddles the Fougere, Chypre and Oriental genres in a way little else does, and the...
  49. Re: what fragrance did you take on your honeymoon?

    Armani Eau Pour Homme and L'Eau D'Issey PH
  50. Re: 2015 release: Cerruti 1881 Edition Blanche Pour Homme.

    I really like the original 1881. If this is like that but with Mint instead of Juniper, I'm going to have to try it.
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    Re: Is there a "THE" fragrance?

    Since you said up front "smells really good to you", you're not looking for a universal scent. Good. It's impossible.

    For me it would be Vie de Chateau Intense
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    That $500 is before sales tax, right? With our (large) sales tax over here, that works out as Ł33.50 a month. Yeah, that's doable, if you are disciplined. Plenty of good stuff available on line for...
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    Re: natural smelling woody designers

    Oh wow, yes, this is insightful. A great citrusy top. followed by a very pine like wood note. And that smells pretty true to the real thing. We have a winner.

    Marais point about natural smelling...
  54. Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    The prime candidate for this, for me, is Givenchy Gentleman.

    First time I smelt it, I thought ye gods this stuff's awful. I was sure the screenwriter for Anchorman was sniffing this when he came...
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    Re: Today I bought: February 2015

    And I thought I was the first person here to buy it, just checked my bottle and it's 2P01 (wood cap).

    Postman just arrived, with a 100ml bottle of Blenheim Bouquet and 50ml of 212 Sexy Men. The...
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    212 Sexy Men vs Joop! Jump

    I picked up Joop! Jump a few weeks ago. The postman just delivered 212 Sexy Men. Both were amazing cheap deals that I couldn't pass over.

    I've always known that these 2, once they dry down, have a...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Is this available anywhere in the UK yet? I'm going to be around Oxford Street in London so could check out all the big department stores up there.

    EDIT: Tomorrow - going to be around Oxford...
  58. Re: Looking for something like Hanae Mori HM...but different...

    I was beaten to the punch on Habit Rouge L'Eau

    Try Seduction in Black too
  59. Re: Guys with 10+ bottles in their collection, do dates/girlfriends/wives/friends look at you funny?

    My wife never complained, because she was the person who started me off, and she bought a lot of what I have. I am expecting some shock from my next girlfriend.
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    Or Mitsubishi naming their 4x4, in some countries, Pajero. Which in Spanish means wanker :lolk:

    I had a spanish girlfriend for a short while, and she found the website of the Pajero Owners Club so...
  61. The Basenotes Guide to Pronunciation (updated)

    Marion could read out the First Great Western train timetable and make it sound alluring!

    Phew, I need some air...
  62. Re: Your 3 Favourite Notes and 3 Favourite Fragrances Using Those Notes.

    Three. Three? Righto, lets give this a go. Well, there would be Verbena, and then, er, Violet Leaf, oh, no, Tobacco, wait, forgot Carnation. No, stop the press, Vetiver needs to be in there. And I...
  63. Re: The Definitive Basenoter wardrobe - [male edition]

    I think this thread should be thought of more as "which scents get the most attention and endorsements on the MFD forum". What this thread called "Basenotes Sweethearts"
    ...
  64. Re: Grooming products that smell similar to popular fragrances

    Lynx/Axe Dark Temptation smells like the drydown of Givenchy Play Intense, and works well with most versions of A*Men.

    L'Occitane make quite a few almost smell alike shower gels. Revitalising...
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    Re: Your top lavender fragrances

    Mauboussin Homme, or Pour Un Homme. I'm not sure anyone would really need both.
  66. Re: How much of your collection is made up of sweet perfumes?

    About 40%, I think. I do have a sweet tooth.
  67. Re: Currently, are you satisfied with your collection?

    I don't think of myself as a collector. There are just quite a few scents out there that I would like to smell like, and would like to have to hand. And yes, I'm very satisfied with my wardrobe, my...
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    Re: Basenotes in 2015 – announcements

    Grant, the new front page is a triumph! It really surfaces "what's going on " across the whole of the site. I shall give it a test on the phones, since I have still working iPhones, Windows Phones...
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    Re: Boucheron Pour Homme EDP - an opinion.

    Depends on how hot your summers are. BPH isn't a really fresh one, it's a true chypre, smooth but rich. A light application is needed in the heat.
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    Re: Icy fresh frag without any sweetness?

    I've just got Roadster, liked it for ages, but the vanilla and the cashmeran do add some sweetness so it's not what the OP is looking for.
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    Re: Icy fresh frag without any sweetness?

    L'Eau Bleu D'Issey Eau Fraiche
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    Poll: Re: If you died tomorrow...

    I'm going to be cremated, so the fire brigade would have to be on standby!
  73. Re: Best Citrus (So far only Hermes and Roger & Gallet have worked)

    Terre D'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche is so close to Bigarade Concentrée, that I'm not sure I could recommend the Malle any more.
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    Re: Rose dominated frags?

    Malle's Portrait of a Woman. Despite the name, it's suitable for anyone.
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    Poll: Re: If you died tomorrow...

    Millilitre . ML is the standard, world wide understood abbreviation for millilitre.

    Except for three countries in the world of course. Two of them are Liberia and Burma...
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    Poll: Re: If you died tomorrow...

    I own 52 different scents, 3 of those have backup bottles. I've probably got a good 50 years supply!
  77. Re: Tested out Amen today, never been so offended in my life

    Repulsive? Sure, absolutely. But Offensive? It's an inanimate object dude! Be offended that others wear it, or some perfumer created it, by all means.
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    Re: Thoughts on Jaipur Homme By Boucheron?

    There is an indolic floral note in the middle of it which makes it a no go for me. My wife even thought I'd put the ladies version on by mistake!

    Ultra Masculine? Nope!
  79. Best Citrus (So far only Hermes and Roger & Gallet have worked)

    To answer the second question, Miller Harris Tangerine Vert, Le Pamplemousse or Citron Citron. She also has Le Petit Grain, which is like a much longer lasting Jean Marie Farina.
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    I see yet another rubber flask in my future!
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    Re: Your "biggest regret" purchase?

    My wife thought it was just heavenly. But then she always was an IES addict (and I don't use the term addict lightly here)

    My biggest regret is Bond No 9 Eau de New York. For some reason, my...
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    This is like saying "I'm a vegetarian, excluding the bacon and sausages" ;-)
  83. Re: King of Oakmoss: what is the best oakmoss dominated perfume in your opinion ?

    This. Even the current sold stuff has a hefty moss punch.
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    Need a new suggestion

    People describe AHS as an aquatic with a creamy, powdery orange note. You've currently got plenty of fresh stuff, how about something richer for the evening?

    Habit Rouge L'Eau (Oranges over a...
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    Re: How does Lolita Lempicka Au masculin smell?

    Get LLAM Minuit. So much better smelling!
  86. Re: Classic powerhouses, will they ever make a comeback?

    They will only come back, if they can be formulated to work every time, more than 60% of the time.
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    Re: Best boozy/spirit type frag?

    Another cheapie - Baldessarini Ambre.

    But Idole de Lubin would be overall winner for me.
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    Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    Too much of the mothball like indolic components turn me right off.
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    Re: How much fragrance do you use annually?

    It comes from here:

    http://www.nstperfume.com/2008/08/19/perfume-for-life-how-long-will-your-fragrance-collection-last/

    Although Kevin actually worked it out to be closer to 15 sprays per ml.
  90. Re: Women's fragrances you consider unisex or even masculine?

    Aromatics Elixir
    Midnight Poison
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite sweet fragrance

    I chose Aomassai (which is the best Gourmand I've ever smelled), Ambre Narguile and SDV.

    The list is missing a few other Lutens (Chergui is not the most sweet Lutens by any means), Coromandel and...
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    Re: The very worst of 2014

    I don't know if the shades mean sarcasm, but I'm deadly serious and seem to be going against the tide of opinion on these two (which is not unheard of, let's face it...)
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    Re: Best of 2014 Designer Edition.

    Eddie, I'm gonna be honest with you, that smells like pure gasoline...
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    Re: What will be your first purchase of 2015?

    I have a hankering for something minty, also could get Eau de Cartier, and I need to retest CK Euphoria Gold to see if it's as good as I remember it.
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer?

    I've got to say I can almost guarantee I'll like a frag without even smelling it, if Annick Menardo has worked on it. So she's got to be my favourite.

    I need to include a few honourable mentions...
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    Re: Most versatile Gourmands?

    Easy - H.M.
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    Re: Best of 2014 - Threads edition

    That wasn't the one I started by any chance?

    This thread probably brought the biggest smile to my face:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/391896-Do-you-think-wearing-men-s-colognes-is-degrading
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    Re: 2014 XMAS Day Scent

    Despite saying I'd go for Ambre Narguile, I got Volutes as a present and went with that.
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    Re: Best of 2014 Designer Edition.

    TdH Eau Tres Fraiche, and Declaration d'Un Soir Intense for me.
  100. Thread: Dated/Timeless

    by andym72
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    Re: Dated/Timeless

    I think fragrances can both dated (most definitely of an age) and timeless (popular across the ages) at the same time. Shalimar, for example. Can it be mistaken for something from this decade? No. Is...
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