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  1. Re: ISO niche “church” fragrance (benzoin, frankincense, or myrrh)

    Have to agree with this too - I take back my previous words. It’s very much a shisha parlour in the Middle East, complete with the burning smell too. No wonder my wife hates it!!

    Still though, if...
  2. Re: ISO niche “church” fragrance (benzoin, frankincense, or myrrh)

    Happy to report back on my thoughts now that I’ve tried Unum LAVS.

    There’s no doubt about it that this scent is an incense made of quality ingredients. The rose at the top does remind me of...
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    Re: Non loud, gentle fragrances

    Chanel Pour Monsieur (and to some extent Caron's 3rd Man, though this projects just a bit more)
  4. Thread: Niche Invictus?

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    Re: Niche Invictus?

    I rushed my previous post. Meant to say the Parfum, but I suppose the Cologne version is still good if you don't want to re-mortgage the house just to buy a fragrance.
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    [UK] Re: Rum’s Huge Clear-out

    Bump
  6. Thread: Niche Invictus?

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    Re: Niche Invictus?

    I don’t think Amyris is very much your Invictus-like scent. I find Amyris a lot more complex than that especially when applied lightly. It does have some interesting facets in the dry down. They...
  7. Re: If A Fragrance Is Discontinued, Can Another Company Come Out With The Same Thing More Or Less?

    OP I think you are asking if another company (or individual I suppose) can “buy the rights” to a particular aroma, scent or molecule?

    And I agree, ZC’a answer is very details, easy to follow and...
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    Re: Frederic Malle French Lover performance?

    Exactly that. I like to say it's a scent that enters a room with you, not five minutes before :)

    OP & Sheik, do report back here and let us know how it goes for you in the future.
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    Re: Frederic Malle French Lover performance?

    It definitely works well in the autumn/fall. You will love it!
    Easily one of very few scents that I keep buying every couple of years.



    Trust me, if it's a really new bottle, give it time to...
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    Re: The scent of sun-kissed skin?

    Actually I think this is a better answer than my own suggestion of VIW.
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    Re: Frederic Malle French Lover performance?

    Yup sounds like you should set it aside (store it correctly) for a few weeks. That’s what I need to do with every fragrance after going trigger happy, otherwise I’ll just associate it with negative...
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    Re: Frederic Malle French Lover performance?

    French Lover is easy to overspray... and it isn't very forgiving if you do. I went completely blind to it when I bought it. Two sprays max from the regular bottles and that should be more than...
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    Aventus 10 year anniversary bottle real ??

    Another case of Creed allowing the interns to design an actual product... :shocked:
  14. Re: Acqua di Parma launch "environmentally-friendly" Colonia Futura

    Would be good if more companies in the beauty sector could come up with ideas like this and put them into practice.

    That said, I too wonder what the smell will actually be like.
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    Re: enigma pour homme availability

    Probably warehouse issues due to covid restrictions, staff unavailability and so on.
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV

    Gold is supposed to be an incense bomb as well, so probably has parallels to Jubilation. Vintage Gold is an animalic beast with plenty of civet, so I've been meaning to ask which type of bottle you...
  17. Re: Current Kouros, Sport, Fraicheur, and The Man Silver clone

    My answer is go with Kouros Fraicheur as well. Tried it from a vintage mini bottle and thought it was very wearable and pleasant. Year-round freshness, yet not your typical run-of-the-mill citrus or...
  18. Re: Thinking of adding another Frederic Malle to my collection

    I would say given on what you currently have and that you are looking for soemthing different, it's between Rose & Cuir and Music for a While. Both polar opposites of each other.

    The former is...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV

    Hardly surprising you have this association with incense. Some groups of people used it to embalm the bodies of their departed.
  20. Re: Advice for a 'Colder' Weather Fragrance: all suggestions welcome! (Wood, Tobacco, Incense, Spice

    Epic definitely comes across as both cold weather and summer nights. I've worn it before in the summer and it has worked very well. The vintage juice was totally winter and cold weather though - and...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV

    Jubilation is a funny one for me, which I've owned before in friction cap and magnetic cap.

    It is very resinous but less is more with this one. Spraying too much of any formulation comes across as...
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    Re: The scent of sun-kissed skin?

    I would agree with this - Kouros was made to smell like the skin scent of a man, if I recall well.

    For me, whenever I think of sun and sea, I always think of sun tan lotion and that simply means...
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    Re: How much is Green Irish Tweed like Coolwater?

    Yup, that's what my nose picks up as well. It's vile stuff to me.
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    Poll: Re: If I wanted that GIT vibe....

    You may well be right, but there are genuine sellers around, not least on BN.
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    Re: Premiere Avenue online store....

    Thanks hednic. That’s the one I have as well.
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    Re: Premiere Avenue online store....

    Are they easy to get hold of by phone, hednic? Tried, but no answer...
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    Poll: Re: If I wanted that GIT vibe....

    Honestly, if those were my choices, I'd just try to get a decant of real GIT.

    The only alternative (not listed) that comes to mind would be Rogue Perfumery's Fougère L'Aube which I suppose isn't...
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    Re: What should I add to my collection?

    I have to say, these recommendations should be right up your alley. Love all of these and have similar scents to you, OP.
  29. Re: ISO niche “church” fragrance (benzoin, frankincense, or myrrh)

    Have to agree on the Jovoy La Liturgie as it’s quite nicely put together and more “wearable” than some of the other pure incense suggestions in this thread (well to my nose anyway).

    I think...
  30. Re: ISO niche “church” fragrance (benzoin, frankincense, or myrrh)

    I agree. Scents with a similar vibe to 2 Man are laden with ISO E Super which give me a headache. I can’t cope with so much of this molecule so it’s a pass for me.
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    Smelled on the Street

    Also got a whiff of Ralph Lauren Blue (confirmed by the wearer) this week. Not sure if EdT or EdP but very weather appropriate given the weather we’re having here.
  32. ISO niche “church” fragrance (benzoin, frankincense, or myrrh)

    I've forgotten how this one smells, so I would love to grab hold of a sample at some point.



    Is this easy to sample? Haven't ventured to a fragrance shop since the lockdowns and wouldn't dare...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Probably the latter given Creed's new owners. Very disappointed with their current offerings.
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    Re: Woody Woods along these lines...

    Another vote for this. Very dry, authentic woods with zero sweetness. Hard to find, depending on where you live.
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    Re: Woody Woods along these lines...

    How about French Lover by Malle?
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    Re: Most worn in July 2020

    1 Amyris Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian 9 wears
    2 Bel Ami by Hermès 6 wears
    3 Bottega Veneta pour Homme Extrême by Bottega Veneta 5 wears
    4 Green Irish Tweed by Creed 5 wears
    5 APOM pour Homme...
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    Re: Similar to Gendarme

    Haven't smelled Gendarme before, but if it's anything like Aqua Universalis, you may want to check out Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne and/or Dior Homme Cologne.
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    Re: Premiere Avenue Ongoing Negative Experience

    Yikes, sounds like a nightmare company. How on earth can these guys still be trading? Or are they about to go under?
    Seriously tempted to place an order as they are much cheaper than any other...
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    Re: Latest Giorgio Armani - Acqua Di Gio Profondo!

    I have to say after wearing my sample through to the last drop, I am warming up to it. And I have Profumo as well. They are quite different though.

    I still think Profondo is something along the...
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    Re: UK Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is back

    Looks like the Parfum is out of stock at JL and has been for a while (link in first post).

    Also no sign of the Extreme version anywhere.
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    Re: Is this Creed Aventus real or fake?

    I think this is odd. Creed are not sold in Heathrow last time I checked and yes that means World Duty Free. The fact that it has a returns label from Macy’s indicates it’s not from Heathrow.

    But...
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    I know it's not good to keep a whole bottle in the car. But would you believe it, I have a mini TdH bottle (I think it's a 7.5ml - does that count?) in the glove box for those moments where you just...
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    Re: Your favorite Perfumer?

    I would say my two favourites are Jean Claude Ellena and Francis Kurkdjian, based on how many of their creations I own.

    But plenty of others that I appreciate/own their work:
    Alberto Morillas,...
  45. Re: Wearing of the same frangrance after one day ?

    Should be do-able ( --> goes to check the BN mod manual).
    All the OP has to do is ask.
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    Re: Shopping for perfumes VS wearing your perfumes

    Very good point. It's only sampling using specialist online sample stores or buying samples direct from the manufacturer (MFK for me this week - trying out the Aqua range). You don't always find what...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Haven't actually ventured out in ages, but this week I came across a very distinctive breeze of Sauvage on an older gentleman that has been an avid wearer of classic RL Polo. Shocked by this actually.
  48. Thread: Kouros Clone

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    Re: Kouros Clone

    Both Pierre Bourdon creations.
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    Re: Is this Creed Aventus real or fake?

    That's interesting - I had no idea Creed made it to the airports here in the UK. Mind if I ask which store in Heathrow and which terminal?
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    Re: Barbershop Fougeres

    +1 on Tabac, especially in EdC formulation. Wonderful soapy/floral/musky barbershop scent with woody undertones. Very tamed compared to its pre-reformulated version, but nonetheless still an iconic...
  51. Re: CdG Blackpepper vs Montales Intense Pepper and Greyland? Any other pepper frags?

    Amouage Honour Man also has a good dose of pepper in it as does Atelier Cologne’s pepper scent.

    For me personally I have gone offer pure pepper scents due to the amount of ISO E Super used in...
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    Re: Premiere Avenue Ongoing Negative Experience

    This isn’t quite true. The U.K. is still subject to EU VAT as it is technically still in the EU whilst it is in the “transition phase”. Although the U.K. officially left the block in January this...
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    Re: Premiere Avenue Ongoing Negative Experience

    I keep checking their site and they do seem to have a few rare items from some well known niche brands and at good prices. Andy Tauer for example seems to be one such brand that is priced lower than...
  55. Thread: Cedrat Boise LOL

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    Re: Cedrat Boise LOL

    Amen to that!!
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    Re: Fresh and sophisticated men's fragrance...

    In a nutshell, yes.

    I don't see it as what I would call 'sophisticated' though. It's more playful in my opinion, given how sweet it is.
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    Re: Fresh and sophisticated men's fragrance...

    I understand what you mean by it being 'thick'. I can't wear it too often for this reason. The solution for me was to go with 1-2 sprays max and away from the nose. That seems to be optimum.

    As to...
  58. The annoying trend of releasing a 'regular' as EdT, then EdP the following year, then Parfum..

    Exactly. That’s what I was implying with my post above. To the average joe it’s very confusing. Consumers are unlikely to read every bit of literature on a scent (even if it is readily displayed in...
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    I find GIT a bit full-on during the warmer months, so for me it's definitely a 3 season fragrance. Works wonderfully on a wet/damp day. It just reminds me of strolls in the country side, walking in...
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    Re: Rive Gauche discontinued?

    It’s odd as I went to their UK site and all I could was the feminine RG. Maybe they are selling the men’s in the US only?
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    Re: Rive Gauche discontinued?

    Hi techt, I assume given that this thread is in the Female Fragrance Discussion (FFD) board, the OP may be referring to the 'Pour Femme' version.
  62. Re: The annoying trend of releasing a 'regular' as EdT, then EdP the following year, then Parfum..

    LOL, I'm honoured that someone bothered to read right to the end :rolleyesold:

    I also like the other line when she asks 'what, you bought this one as well?' to which I reply "oh, they were just...
  63. Re: The annoying trend of releasing a 'regular' as EdT, then EdP the following year, then Parfum..

    Yup, totally see what you mean. I'm looking at you Chanel and Dior!!!

    I suppose different people in the company see this in different ways:
    Marketing: "we need to cater for all needs, give people...
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    Re: The first time you smelled GIT.....

    It must have been in 2011 when I first tried it properly, although I had sniffed it in niche stores back in 2009 or before that even.
    I got a decant of it in a trade with another BNer who was a...
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    Re: Fresh and sophisticated men's fragrance...

    I would have to agree with this. NYI is both very powerful which makes a statement and the unique freshness comes from an expertly-woven combination of notes. It's incense, woods, a citrus mish-mash...
  66. Thread: Cedrat Boise LOL

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    Re: Cedrat Boise LOL

    Sorry to hear about your op; I wish I could get a test mind you...

    One the issue of going nose blind; what I’m saying is this is quite normal specifically for CB. I got it the first time I smelled...
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    Re: Bluetooth speaker for a beach vacation

    I know this thread is a bit old, but as I recently came across a really good, compact bluetooth speaker, I thought I'd chime in. The brand is ANKER and yes the name is rather unfortunate. The model...
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    Re: Fresh and sophisticated men's fragrance...

    1962 has a nice smooth dry down, but by the time you get to it you'll be throwing up. The opening is really quite harsh and I couldn't take it.

    Elite and JF are classics but I understand they have...
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    Re: What smells exactly like BDC but cheaper?

    I'm glad you got to try them, Sloth (and thanks for letting us know about the new arrangements when trying fragrances out in store these days - I haven't dared go to a store since early March!). This...
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    Re: What's the muskiest aquatic you can think of?

    AdG would be my answer as well, however I didn't see MI as particularly musky when I owned it.

    Boucheron Pour Homme is quite musky as well, as is its nearest cousin, Cerruti 1881.

    There are...
  71. Thread: Cedrat Boise LOL

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    Re: Cedrat Boise LOL

    Very easy to go nose-blind with this one, so my advice is to always spray away from the nose (try back of head/back/shoulders, maybe even your knees - yes, it's great that far down as the scent will...
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    Re: Oud in Portrait of a Lady?

    Definitely no oud in PoaL to my nose. Just a garden rose with patchouli in the base and some incense. The current formulation has a more notable ISO E Super note (synthetic woods basically; a bit...
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    Re: Masculine summer fragrance recommendations

    I second these:
    - Acqua di Gio Profumo (or even the new 'Profondo' edition might work for you)
    - Azzaro Pour Homme
    - Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    - Terre d' Hermes
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    Re: Boucheron Pour Homme

    Yes, I think it is.
    The vintage was made by Boucheron Parfums if I’m not mistaken.
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    Re: Talk to me about Roger and Gallet Open Black

    The mod had a laugh, then corrected the autocorrect.
    (And yes autocorrect drives me mad sometimes as well!)
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    Re: Beard And/Or Face Moisturizer

    Probably late to the party as usual, but for what it’s worth I recommend Lab Series. Plenty to choose from in the range and perhaps not exactly “drug store” but it’s easy to get hold of cheaply at...
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    Re: Buying Niche from https://www.allbeauty.com/

    Another vote for All Beauty. You’d go a long way to beat them on price (depending on season and current offers), customer service or delivery speed (not to mention they have more than one option for...
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    Re: UK Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is back

    Bumping this thread as I just got the chance to try the original, Extreme and Parfum.

    I have a bottle of the original on the way but I’m also keen on the Extreme. I have only been able to find the...
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    Re: Antaeus or Bel Ami?

    I must say I quite agree with this analysis. Bel Ami in current form has much better ingredients that touch on “leather”, whereas M seems to conjure up an effect of leather based on a lot of new age...
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    Antaeus or Bel Ami?

    Already wrote in this thread, but I would say as a keen enthusiastic on this genre of scent that you will end up with both sooner or later.

    Personally Bel Ami is quite a way ahead. For me Bel Ami...
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    Moderator Message

    Gents, you are reminded that the topic here is Green Irish Tweed. We do not need to go off topic and turn this thread into a thesis on Creed’s history. The thread is GIT and only GIT. Period.

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    Re: Latest Giorgio Armani - Acqua Di Gio Profondo!

    Bumping an old thread.

    I got to try this new flanker just recently. I can’t help but think it’s the love child of Egoiste Platinum/Montblanc Legend and the original Acqua Di Gio. Anyone else...
  83. Re: Akro's 'Awake' is the best gourmand & coffee scent on the market

    Good point about Dior Vetiver. I had forgotten about that one. But you do have to like vetiver to get on with it.
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    Re: On the hunt for a new fougere

    Some of the most notable fougeres of modern times are:
    - Amouage Bracken Man / Houbigant Fougere Royale (the two have some similarities)
    - Diptyque Eau de Minthe - probably my favourite of these as...
  85. Re: Akro's 'Awake' is the best gourmand & coffee scent on the market

    I was lucky enough to try this scent thanks to a generous BNer. It is indeed the best authentic (& pure) coffee scent out there today. No fancy odours in there with it and no syrupy sugars either...
  86. Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Samples Restock + Complimentary Samples

    Wouldn't be surprised if it's due to the lockdowns across the world. They need people to be working to transfer products from factories to depo's and shops; others to pack them and drop them off at...
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    Re: New Czech & Speake - Perfecto Fino EdP

    I would agree with this analysis in its entirety.

    I don’t think I could grab a bottle and agree that the price is a little steep.

    Interesting comparison with the Spanish Cedar. I might have to...
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    Re: New Czech & Speake - Perfecto Fino EdP

    The opening is basically a very authentic lapsang souchong note. Think the Patchouli scent by Le Labo and the likes. Very smoky indeed - but that quickly morphs into a smooth tobacco note. Not...
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    Re: Question about fragrancex purchase

    Did you use the standard discount code when buying? FragX displays the price “after discount” but you need to input the code to get the discounted price. Weird way of working but I suppose they are...
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    Re: What is Your Favorite Male Perfume Ad?

    I laughed A LOT at this, Jon. Nice one!
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    Re: What is Your Favorite Male Perfume Ad?

    This would be my choice as well. Lovely scent - and the ad stays with you forever. Great marketing at its best. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore!
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    Re: New Czech & Speake - Perfecto Fino EdP

    Received a sample of this recently and have to say I am impressed. It’s clearly a smoky tobacco scent with some really nice twists and turns to it. Strong projection with a familiar trail in there. I...
  93. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    https://youtu.be/E3-JsOe3WR0

    and

    https://youtu.be/7Qv_XImpu5k
  94. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    I have a bottle of the current version after a fellow members sent me a sample. At this sort of price, it’s hard not to...

    By the way, this is the fragrance Joey was selling whilst dressed as a...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    It is and it’s actually quite a sentimental fragrance for me. I’ve had a bottle since about a month after it came out in 2010. Think I bought my first bottle in late September or perhaps October that...
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    Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Well the one I ordered arrived and it’s 19Y. Sending it straight back without opening it and that’s the end of the road for me and Aventus.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    That reads like it’s a 2020 batch. No experience from me on that one.
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    Re: Watermelon fragrance recommendations?

    Take a sniff of the relatively inexpensive and less popular Ralph Lauren Blue EdT for men. Very fresh and fruity and in fact suitable for all year round use.
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    Re: Watermelon fragrance recommendations?

    I find it a wonderful scent. If you like the original, try the Profumo flanker as well - you may end up liking it more. Not sure I get that much melon in the Profumo but I do see it in a different...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Ah cheers for that. Very useful having them all listed in one post!
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