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  1. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum d’Empire

    Hey you're right, the option to order samples is no longer there. Interestingly, when I emailed them in January, they said the website was being updated and would include an option for samples. In...
  2. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum d’Empire

    That's odd. I ordered mine just a month ago! Hmm
  3. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum d’Empire

    I have samples the entire line and have about half.

    1. Azemour Les Orangers: Citrus, moss, hay. Superb.
    2. Equistrius: Iris-violet-rose, sweet and comfortable
    3. Musc Tonkin: Dewy-fresh musk,...
  4. [US + CANADA] Re: Bhatti's Swap Thread (New: Baume du Doge, Rocabar 2014 , Parfum d'Empire)

    bump!
  5. [USA] Re: Gris Clair, Chanel, Nicolai, Different Company, +New samples!

    Bump!
  6. Re: Customs Duties/Taxes and Fees into the US?

    Have perfume ordered from Germany, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Canada, Singapore, heck even the UK, never had any customs charges or trouble at all so far
  7. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? January / February / March 2015

    Anyone in the mood for some of the classic Guerlain parfums? I'd happily take Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, Jicky and Nahema. Small quantities. Say, 5-10 ml, preferably in a dab or rollerball?
  8. [US + CANADA] Re: Bhatti's Swap Thread (New: Incense Rose, Parfum d'Empire)

    Bump!
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    Re: Displaying Fragrances

    This. Best of both worlds imo. Bonus points if the cabinet itself is black.
  10. Re: Single notes, soliflores and the search for simplicity...

    Interesting. That precise train of thought is what makes me regard the early- and middle-period Serge Lutens releases so highly: A major central note with details added all around it. The best...
  11. Thread: Raw Fruit?

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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    That is precisely correct! When you said lime and teak (ie, wood), I was reminded of a properly dry and sour perfume: L'Artisan's Navegar!
  12. [US + CANADA] Bhatti's Swap Thread (New: Baume du Doge, Rocabar 2014 , Parfum d'Empire)

    Hello!

    In keeping with marketplace rules, kindly DO NOT post in this thread, but PM me anytime! I welcome offers for multiple purchases, but I'm looking to tone down the number of bottles I own....
  13. Thread: Raw Fruit?

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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    Sour as in citric/acidic? Look for green-lemon or strong grapefruit notes with pepper/vetiver in the base. Sourness by itself is almost exclusively a taste sensation and not a smell (hydrogen ions)...
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    Poll: Re: Official retailers vs Online discounters

    Online as much as possible. Have only been screwed over once in 300+ purchases, which is an acceptable error rate for the huge savings over buying retail.
  15. Thread: Raw Fruit?

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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    I'm talking about the Aedes de Venustas EDP, not the L'Artisan one. (both are by Duchaufour btw). Awesome, hope you have a great time sampling these!
  16. Re: Has there been, or will there be, a male fragrance with the same impact as Chanel No 5?

    The men's market is kind of less stratified than the women's: far more men own a fougere of some kind than women own an aldehydic floral of any kind, wouldn't you say? That's on the basis of...
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    Re: Oud invasion of US high end malls

    Actually there's a whollllle lot of Arab and Arab-related residents and visitors in Houston, especially at the Galleria where most of these are sold. I was genuinely surprised.

    Oud is........well,...
  18. Thread: Raw Fruit?

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    Re: Raw Fruit?

    L'Artisan's Premier Figuier was the first thing I thought of: raw, green, fig, sap. Strongly recommend you try it.
    Aedes de Venustas' signature EDP is has a central "green rhubarb" note that feels...
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    Re: Spicy-smoky-sweet

    L'Artisan Timbuktu (leans towards smoky)
    Diptyque L'Eau (leans towards spicy)
    Divine L'Etre Aime Femme (leans towards sweet)

    However, all three incorporate the soft, sweet, spicy, smoky...
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    Re: Shipping Fragrances overseas

    My method of choice has been to declare the package a "fragile glass bottle" on customs. Has worked well so far, not a single loss or returned package, including to APO addresses. This applies to...
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    Re: Looking for a new Fragrance- Mint/Citrus

    Guerlain Homme is an excellent choice, in my opinion. I too am a fan of minty scents, across all price ranges (from Guerlain homme at $38/bottle to Frederic Malle's Geranium pour Monsieur).

    There...
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    Re: Men's designer rose under $40.00?

    A few come to mind, most prominently Lutens La Fille de Berlin. However, as a few have pointed out, le labo rose 31 isn't a rose at all.


    If you are willing to wait for maximum discount, get...
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    Re: Good Price for Frederic Malle

    OP, if you are located outside the EU, try essenza-nobile.de

    One of the few sites that stock Malle, deduct VAT and ship around the world for free.
  24. Re: (UPDATED) Fragrance companies ditching samples to keep dept. store vendor reps?

    Some background info: In Pakistan, the vast majority of perfume stores are independent shopowners who buy from large importers. No samples. No testers. To let you try something even as mundane as...
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    Re: True Lust by Etat Libre d’Orange

    I tried True Lust a few days ago, got a sample in the mail. It's pink alright. Gucci's Rush with less lactone and more booze. It does however have a simple animalic base. Boozy-sweet dirty/spicy rose...
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    Re: Your favorite Sandalwood frag?

    Bois des Iles is the only perfume so far that makes me think"yes, sandal". Extrait more than EDT.
  27. Re: How much of your collection is made up of sweet perfumes?

    17%, half of which are lutens. Only half are sweet-dominant. I've included powdery fougeres like invasion barbare, habit rouge etc in this too. I guess this puts me in the not-very-sweet end of the...
  28. Re: EU stimulus, do non-residents plan on going hog wild as the exchange rate becomes more favorable

    Ah yes I've already bought enough from ALZD, Essenza Nobile, and Profumo.it because of the most favorable rate. Tauer will be increasing his prices because of this though, since he technically...
  29. Re: A Scoop on Three New Atelier Colognes to come in 2015 plus more info on the Azure Collection!

    Good news, this. Thank you hednic, for sharing!
  30. Re: What fragrance would the Prophet Muhammad wear?

    Hilariously ill-conceived thread.

    It is famously known of the Prophet that he preferred musk above all others. Undiluted. For centuries, and to this day, in continuing precisely that tradition, do...
  31. Re: New Atelier Cologne - Pomelo Paradis!! And ... to come 4 new fragrances in the "Azure Collectio

    I just tried the Cedre Atlas: A good, gently dusky orange with a touch of woody sweetness. Thankfully, the exact opposite of the effect that ISO E Super causes. It is quite light though.

    Will try...
  32. Re: New Atelier Cologne - Pomelo Paradis!! And ... to come 4 new fragrances in the "Azure Collectio

    Just got a sample of this, outstanding fizzy grapefruit indeed hednic!

    Also got samples of the Azure collection, but haven't gotten around to trying them yet.

    They are:

    Figuier Ardent
    Sud...
  33. Re: Looking for: strong, dark, masculine SAFFRON fragrance

    Lubin's Korrigan has a wonderful saffron note, quite realistic with the dry-resinous aspects, though not heavy handed.
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    Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    A pre-order page for Noir Extreme is now on tomford.com

    Black bottle, gold cap.

    Anyone heard/seen anything?
  35. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? January / February / March 2015

    I'm considering a hosting a split of Profumo.it's Animalic Kit (EUR 180 + EUR 18 for US shipping) of 6 animal extracts in 13.5 ml dilutions. Would this be subject to the split rules above? (total...
  36. Re: Perfume that smells of Indian spices, chai tea etc.

    Tea for two, or if unable to grt your hands on a sample:

    Gucci pour Homme 2 (thick black tea with some spice and milk)
    Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan (light, sweet milky tea)

    I cant seem to figure out...
  37. Re: The Perfect Storm: 20% off at Fragrancenet and 12% cash back through eBates

    Use the 21% off coupons from a previous thread here (they are still valid)!
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    Re: L'air de Panache by Mark Buxton

    I'm guessing from the notes, and from the era and culture in which the movie is set, that you are looking for an animalic rose chypre.

    Andy Tauer's Une Rose Chyprée
    Serge Lutens' Rose de Nuit
    ...
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    Re: Serge Lutens- El Attarine

    El Attarine is outstanding. Right up there with La Myrrhe and Sarrasins as the finest of the bell jars
  40. Re: What smells like Axe’s Black Chill? Yes, I am serious.

    Start with YSL'S Live Jazz! And Jo Malone's Lime Basil & Mandarin (I know, but its a softer version of it!)

    For a superior take, Nicolaï's L'Eau du Sport
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    Re: New from Divine - Spirituelle

    I too received a sample in the mail! I like it. To me, it is La Fille de Berlin made healthier and happier! Quite good.
  42. Re: Style Arabia - Beauty Guide - Luca Turin reviews Dior Cuir Cannage and Amouage Sunshine

    I use Knize, Chanel's Cuir de Russie, Derby and have a small decant of Cuir Cannage.

    I'd say Cuir Cannage is right up there with them! (except perhaps Derby).

    The closest olfactory comparison...
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    Re: Smell after a Monsoon rain fragrance

    Petrichor is the earthy smell you get after rain. Monsoon rains tend to leave you with a very, very "dewy" & cool atmosphere (I live in a city that gets some serious July monsoon rains).

    Perfumes...
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    Re: How do you store your cologne?

    When I owned five-ten bottles, I'd keep them on my desk, which is right between the window and the bathroom door. It was convenient, they were all cheapies, and were used up pretty quickly, usually...
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    Re: Rose Amazone - new from Hermes

    I'm actually interested to try this, despite the hilariously contradictory ad copy. I haven't heard anything about the perfumer behind this either.
  46. [USA] Gris Clair, Chanel, Nicolai, Different Company, +New samples!

    Hello!

    In keeping with marketplace rules, kindly DO NOT post in this thread, but PM me anytime! CONUS Shipping (USPS with tracking) is included in all prices, and I welcome offers for multiple...
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    Re: Wanting to explore saffron.

    Hey there Antagonist!

    L'Artisan's Safran Troublant, and ELDO's Tom of Finland: I own full bottles of, and I can heartily recommend them as excellent representations of saffron. Especially ST.
    ...
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    Re: BeautyHabit 20% off

    Just bought Corsica Furiosa and the L'Artisan Amber Ball! Thanks!
  49. Re: Debenhams ,John Lewis, House of Fraser sales

    I'd like to quickly add that even Chanel's regular line is included in this promotion (at least at Fraser's). I just picked up Egoiste, Pour Monsieur (they also stock Antaeus) and Yohji Homme (£48...
  50. Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I remember seeing a bottle of Kouros in the movie too (suitable choice? not sure)

    In 2007's American Gangster, Denzel Washington's character has a dressing table made for his mother from memory,...
  51. Poll: Re: Christian Dior La Collection Privée Thread

    The love for Leather Oud isn't surprising, but for Granville is good to see! These are the only two I own (250ml each), and the next shall be Eau Noire. Best get that one soon, the SA at Saks NYC...
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    Re: New Armani privee Encens Satin

    Indeed. Bergdorf Goodman has this in when I was passing through NYC last month, and it is excellent.

    It has a pinkish blush to it that puts it closer to Guerlain's Encens Mythique than to it's own...
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    Re: Layering a Rose with other masculines

    Fascinating. I have LDDM and a sample of LN. Will try this. Thanks!



    Next step: La Fille de Berlin + Leather Oud. I'll report back on this in a few days.


    I looked into my sample jars and...
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    Re: Layering a Rose with other masculines

    A rose leather sounds good! I have a sample of knize ten here somewhere. Will try this today!
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    Re: Etat Libre D'Orange - Rien Intense Incense

    I tried this on skin at Twisted Lily (they had a tester in store and are due to receive stock in a week or so) a few weeks back and I think it's fantastic. Drier and smokier than the original thanks...
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    Layering a Rose with other masculines

    Geranium pour Monsieur and C&S No 88 really got me thinking into what a lot of mainstream/niche masculines would smell like with the addition of a good rose.

    The rose of choice of me is Lutens'...
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    Poll: Re: Hermes Vetivers

    I'll take the Bel Ami Vetiver, it feels like a more rounded-out fragrance as opposed to the interesting smell that is Vetiver Tonka. Also, isn't Terre basically a vetiver?
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    On my next trip! I wasn't sure about duty free prices and I had already spotted bottles cropping up here and there on eBay for ~$80.
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    This wasn't easy to find. Smelled it at two consecutive airports on the way home. It lasted the entire 10 hours of the first flight. Did a comparison of a fresh spray with the base at the second...
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    Re: Aus Liebe Zum Duft/First in Fragrance.

    Yup I ordered these to Pakistan. I was charged a customs duty of Rs. 20 (about 19 cents) on an order of $350.

    Quite good, actually.
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    Re: Aus Liebe Zum Duft/First in Fragrance.

    I did!

    I bought L'Air du Desert Marocain, Cedrat Enivrant and Like This. It arrived within two weeks all safe and sound.

    Recently I also ordered from Essenza Nobile (because they have Frederic...
  62. Re: Serge Lutens - Any news about the 2014 exclusive range perfume?

    They have had this at Barney's for the past two weeks. I only got to smell it on a strip, and yes it is by far the smokiest lutens ever. Blows serge noire out of the water, but in a smoother, fuller...
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    Re: Serge Lutens - L'Incendiaire

    They have had this at Barney's for the past two weeks. I only got to smell it on a strip, and yes it is by far the smokiest lutens ever. Blows serge noire out of the water, but in a smoother, fuller...
  64. Re: Encens et Lavande, Frankincense and Myrrh

    Serge Lutens' own Gris Clair is a simple, soapy lavender with light incense.
    Penhaligon's Endymion is also a good clean lavender.
  65. Re: Need some violet/violet leaf recommendations

    easier on the wallet: Grey Flannel
    less easy on the wallet: Eau de Cartier / Fahrenheit (but I loved the gasoline versions so I cannot look upon this one favourably anymore)
    what you should...
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    Re: Niche House Sampling Suggestions

    Welcome to basenotes!

    These are the first seven samples I ordered, ever. They began my niche journey two years ago:

    L'Artisan - Timbuktu
    L'Artisan - Dzongkha
    Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower...
  67. Re: Fragrance that smells most like household cleaner?

    Dior's Granville. And I love it nevertheless.
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    Re: Spearmint/Citrus EDT for summer?

    I second Hermes Concentree d'Orange Verte, Geranium pour monsieur, Live Jazz, Guerlain Homme and Herba Fresca. Interesting how no less than three Guerlains make the list. I'm not such a fan of...
  69. Re: Do you buy testers from sites like fragrancenet etc.?

    I've bought most of my lutens as testers with caps from fragrancenet. Absolutely no complaints so far.
  70. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Safran Troublant Discontinued

    Ah sad. Glad I bought this one, even if I don't use it. There just aren't enough good saffron perfumes out there, even in the midst of this niche explosion. If anyone know of releases with saffron as...
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    Re: Aus Liebe Zum Duft/First in Fragrance.

    Superb. Thanks hednic!
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    Re: Aus Liebe Zum Duft/First in Fragrance.

    Hello!

    For the people ordering from ALZD and EN to the US, how much, if at all, do you pay for customs??

    I'm looking to get a few 100ml Malle bottles and this would help
  73. L'Artisan, Different Company CAPS Wanted

    I'm looking for the following bottle caps:

    1x L'Artisan Old Style (the ones that look like little crowns)

    1x L'Artisan Current packaging cap (seven sides, flat top, doesn't have to be carved)
    ...
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    Re: Oud in the summer.

    The Essence de Bois flanker to Eau de Cartier is my summer oud. Its the closest thing to an oud cologne I've smelled, plus it carries over a yuzu note from M7 Fresh.

    At ~$54 for 200ml it isn't...
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    Re: Is Tuscan Leather an 'attractive' fragrance?

    Personally, it's a poor harsh leather but makes for a good fragrance. But no, it is not beautiful.
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    Re: best designer oud

    I own and love vintage M7 (indeed I smelt it when it first came out in 2002 and loved it since then) but I cannot recommend it as an oud fragrance alone.

    Leather Oud is fantastic, but the one that...
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    Re: Obscure vs marketing Gurus

    Le Labo is quite well known, esp in my country. As are tom ford private blends, amouages, and definitely creeds. Its only the price that's keeping these niche as of yet.

    L'Artisan is probably the...
  78. Re: Are My YSL M7s From INDIA FAKE? (Please Help!)

    Haha! Good read, this. I own a true vintage M7, and a fake one (legit bottle, but had a different batch code than the box, which is a dead giveaway, and smelled off, which is another dead giveaway,...
  79. Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Taste-wise not so much, but a whole lot of background information and even some great deals in the marketplace. Also BN got me over the vanity of buying retail while on a student budget, for which I...
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    Re: Your Best Steals on Fragrances

    TDC's Oud for Love, brand new, for about $100 at auction.

    A best offer of $90 for a brand new Amour Nocturne.

    Serge Noire, new, for $40 on eBay (don't you love misspelled listings?)
    ...
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit Pure Parfum

    This. The man from Dhahran has spoken.

    I honestly believe if he (Demachy) was given at least a longer leash, and preferably ballsier creative direction from 'up above', they could turn out some...
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    Re: Modern Guerlains - your thoughts?

    L'Instant EdT - to work, to play, all day, all year. It's a fantastically well-balanced one (citrus, floral, semi-gormand, woody, all fine tuned and in one bottle!), I think. Not my favorite but...
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    Re: Buying Used Bottles...

    For personal use, box or no box doesn't matter, as long as the bottle is clean, has a cap, and if it's one of those that come with both spray and screw on tops then it's better if both are included....
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    Update to the previous photo:

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    Re: Your favorite fragrances by JCE?

    1. TdH
    2. Bois Farine
    3. Gentiane Blanche
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    Re: Citrus & Incense

    Thanks for the replies!

    Jubilation XXV does actually have a citric note but it moves one quickly to it's dried fruit and incense.

    L'Eau Froide sounds like something i should try! Bleu de Chanel...
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    Re: Favorite Men's Line

    Hermes, by far: Bel Ami, Rocabar, Equipage (!), Eau d'Hermes, Terre (!), Voyage

    YSL a close second: Kouros & Body Kouros, Jazz & Live Jazz, Rive Gauche, M7 & Fresh, La Nuit de L'Homme

    Can't...
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    Re: Looking for a brutal parfume for a man

    Brutal (but not foul, i presume?) yet attractive to some?

    Leather Oud as mentioned above
    Secretions Magnifiques, also as mentioned above

    Serge Noire

    Also, 15 sprays of A*Men can be...
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    Citrus & Incense

    As a gigantic fan of both the above, I've been looking to sample perfumes that have combined both the above and retain the character of each.

    My reference citrus is Eau d'Orange Verte
    My...
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    Re: Amour Nocturne - l'Artisan Parfumeur

    Precisely.
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    Re: Fragrance houses you generally dislike

    Houses I dislike with no exceptions:

    Hugo Boss - utter crap, year after year, time after time. No redeeming aesthetic value, let alone fragrance.
    Kenneth Cole - I wore reaction a long time ago....
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    Re: Are your top fragrances niche or designer?

    Discontinued Designer. Which deserves a category all to itself.

    M7
    Fahrenheit
    Gucci pour Homme I

    Amongst what is out there it's a mix:

    Terre
    Dior Homme
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    Re: Safe niche citrus based blind buy

    If longevity is your main issue, you should consider the Atelier Cologne in niche for sure, they do a decent few hours of citrus on me (I own Orange Sanguine).

    Also, have you tried Caron's 3rd...
  94. Re: Im loving Rive Gauche and Azzaro PH... What next for me?

    Around the range of Rive Gauche:

    Caron pour un Homme is definitely worth it. Close to a barbershop vibe, will stand apart though. Around $30 for 125ml

    Habit Rouge is more dandified (more floral...
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    Re: Amour Nocturne - l'Artisan Parfumeur

    I tried Amour Nocturne today, wore it for a full six-ish hours.

    I kept thinking that I had smelled the doughy+powdery+sweet combo somehwere and in the middle of a book it hit me: Dzing! AN is, to...
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    Re: Amber Revisited

    Of the ones I've tried, the cleaner ambers are:

    MPG's Ambre Preceiux - Soft, comfortable, doesn't wear to heavy but has good longevity. I've only tested this twice. $130/100ml officially but can...
  97. Re: Define Your Personal Financial Limit Regarding Single Purchases

    Interesting thoughts on this so far. My limit would be around $150 for a purchase, regardless of volume.

    For me, > $60 / 100ml for an 'everyday' sort of fragrance is expensive, and I probably will...
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    Re: Primer on Lalique Men's Fragrances?

    ^ I second Hommage a l'Homme, quite a good wood.

    Encre Noire is a must. Longlasting, 'free-floating' vetiver. By free floating I mean to describe an airy rather than oily feeling (raw vetiver has...
  99. Re: What fragrance would "Donald Draper" of MadMen wear to work?

    60's New York, a clean-shaven exec who grew up on a farm and keeps a stack of pressed white shirts in his desk?

    Old Spice.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    I nearly ROARED after seeing this. Fantastic!
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