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  1. Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT vs EDP (current version)

    This.

    Heritage EDT is probably my all-time favorite fragrance. It's an impeccable blend of spicy and smooth elements.

    The current version is quite good, IMO.
  2. Re: Best fragrances for parfum named after actresses, actors, singers, etc?

    Pavarotti is beautifully made, a true artisan creation. I don't know that I'll be getting a full bottle--it's a bit more dandy-ish than the stuff I typically enjoy wearing--but it's justly acclaimed.
  3. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

    Straight orange juice in the opening, and then the florals come in. It's pleasant.


    Luciano Pavarotti

    Beautifully made, but a bit dandyish for my personal...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    After sampling the wares of Third West Brand yesterday, I picked up a bottle of Tobacco 1812.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    T H I R D
    W E S T
    B R A N D
    T O B A C C O
    1 8 1 2

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0212/0010/products/076579647e6ecbbf7502f2609b5e3658-60-ml-Tobacco-1812_grande.jpg

    An exceedingly pleasant...
  6. Re: West Third Brand.... anyone tried their fragrances?

    I got to sample the whole line at a boutique shop today. I agree with this assessment.
  7. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    West Third Brand Tobacco 1812

    If you're like me and you've always wanted a stripped-down version of Tobacco Vanille that prioritized the tobacco note, then this is the scent for you. I instantly...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    My font hypnosis will soon have all of Basenotes dancing to my tune.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/OBYH4xH77LG8g/giphy.gif
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    H O U B I G A N T
    F O U G È R E
    R O Y A L E

    Impeccable.
  10. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I get 2 solid hours from Vera Wang and then it starts to dissipate. But given that you can get it for $14, that's no big complaint.
  11. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    You're not wrong. Vera Wang puts significantly more emphasis on the citrus.

    But wearing MK2014 today immediately brought it to mind.
  12. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Well, I stopped by Marshalls (I was already out shopping while posting in this thread) and bought some post-2014 juice. The differences between the original and reformulation has *not* been...
  13. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I'll hold you to that!

    It's cheap enough, I just don't want another bottle of something I'm not absolutely crazy about on my shelf.
  14. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Reformulation distinctions are often overemphasized by our crowd. I wanna sample the 2014 version one of these days.

    The original has an animalic current that gives it a sensuality and intrigue,...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    R E M Y
    L A T O U R
    C I G A R
    (1996)

    I'm wearing this so often that it's quickly becoming my signature scent of summer 2019. Latour Cigar forms a bridge of sorts between Aramis Havana and...
  16. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If you're willing to go for smaller bottles, there are a lot of 1 oz bottles of the vintage floating on eBay for good prices.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    Thanks!
  18. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    My take is that a "clone" is different from a "descendant." The former is almost always a derisive term, suggesting a lesser-than status with the indication that any innovation it makes on a template...
  19. Re: Mugler Cologne: any similar fragrance with better longevity?

    At the moment, my favorite green, office-safe fragrance is Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir.
  20. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Bvlgari Man is mediocre and forgettable, so don't bother.

    MIB is more interesting and I understand why it caught on with folks, but I don't think it all quite comes together; on paper, it all...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    I've got small bottles of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine and Luciano Pavarotti en route, along with decants of Versace Man and Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 13th June, 2019

    T O M
    F O R D
    N O I R
    A N T H R A C I T E

    Jacomo de Jacomo by way of Asian cuisine. One of my favorite entries in the TF lineup.
  23. [CONUS] Re: Swap: Aramis, Jacomo, Paco Rabanne, Versace

    Bump
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    L A L I Q U E
    P O U R
    H O M M E

    Every time I put this on, I fall in love with it all over again.
  25. Re: Best fragrances for parfum named after actresses, actors, singers, etc?

    I'm intrigued and blind-bought a (very small) bottle of this off of eBay.

    I'm a huge opera buff so I felt I needed to give Pavarotti's scent a shot (the Teatro Alla Scala fragrance is also on my...
  26. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    A travel spray of Atelier Orange Sanguine and a tiny vintage bottle of Luciano Pavarotti.
  27. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    I like St. Barts, which is a very accurate rendering of a salt-rimmed lime margarita (so accurate, in fact, that it smells like you spilled one on yourself). I haven't tried any others.
  28. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    No, it's not.

    I suppose the argument is that Bvlgari Man Black Orient (2016) is a flanker of the Bvlgari Man (2010) flanker Man in Black (2014).
  29. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    I was gonna mention this (it's really surprisingly good), but I wasn't sure that it qualified.
  30. Re: Chalk & Cheese....Smells good on them but like pee on you?

    Out of curiosity, do you have a restricted or particular diet?
  31. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Tom Ford Noir Petrol
  32. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    In the mainstream designer space, probably.

    In the artisan/niche space, you'll still get weird stuff. It'll just cost ya more.
  33. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I think it's more likely that this isn't part of some sinister strategy and is really just bean-counters cutting corners on fragrances that aren't top-sellers. The fashion industry is driven by...
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    I just tried this one recently. I found it pleasant and nicely made, but a little on the boring side (which tends to be the case for a lot of "freshies," IMO).
  35. Re: Laudano Nero: the reviews are "all over the map." Why?

    Yeah, I was pretty confused about this one myself. Reading reviews of Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero I had a very hard time getting a sense for what it actually smelled like.
  36. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I don't want this to turn into an Aventus thread--we have enough of those, including a very long one about its origins--but I'd wager that Aventus *wasn't* really a product of the A.I. process we're...
  37. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Well, I have no idea of what Creed's overhead actually is, so I don't know what a *fair* profit margin would be when you break down all their expenditures and investments, etc.

    But all I'll say is...
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    Well, Bvlgari already discontinued Aqva Amara, so I wouldn't say that an Aqva discontinuation is necessarily an impossibility.

    Have you tried any of the L'Eau D'Issey releases?
  39. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Morillas talks about A.I. perfumery tools around the 7 min mark here:


    http://youtu.be/O_hF8PfkBxE
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    The Bvlgari Aqva line is pretty "marine" in feel, so it'll depend on how well you jive with that kind of fragrance.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

    A beautiful thing:


    O D O R I
    T A B A C C O


    https://i.notino.com/view/odori/odotabu_aedt10_02__17.jpg
  42. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    It's not even a secret! Morillas is proud of the tech.
  43. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Nope, because I wouldn't pay $435 for *any* fragrance. The idea of paying that much for scented juice, no matter how splendid, is absurd to me.

    And while I love Givenchy-made Michael for Men, I...
  44. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I honestly think this FrankenFrag trend mostly comes down to the big firms openly using A.I. to generate variations on formulas based on a set of inputs, the best of which are then "finessed" by a...
  45. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    I don't really care for Aventus and don't think it's work the hype or attention, particularly given the state of the scent as it exists now. When my wife smelled it at the Creed counter in Neiman...
  46. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Just to clear up some misconceptions floating around: goods cannot and should not merely be priced a small markup above labors+materials if a business is to be sustainable. A decent profit margin is...
  47. Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    In the areas of the US where I've lived, men rarely wear discernible scent. I generally only get compliments from people who know me well.
  48. Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    TDH, no question.
  49. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    There's definitely something a bit boorish about Bentley Intense, but that's what makes it such a good spiritual embodiment of the Bentley brand!

    Bentley is luxurious, yes, but also kind of crass....
  50. Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    This is a tough brief to fulfill. Since you like LADDM, I'll try to stick to smoky scents.

    I've found that Bvlgari Man Black Orient--a well-behaved rum+leather+rose+oud scent--wears surprisingly...
  51. Re: Cheap alternatives to John Varvatos Artisan Blu or Bvlgari Aqva?

    Yeah, Dylan Blue was what popped into my head.
  52. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    Yes and yes, but I haven't been collecting that long.

    If I recommend a vintage release, I make sure it's one that's easy to obtain.
  53. Re: Question about wearing “summer” fragrance

    Well, there's nothing "wrong" about wearing what you want (as long as you're being polite about it).

    I'm very "into" seasonal changes. I have a different wardrobe for warm months vs cool months,...
  54. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    Cheers!

    I've been a bit of a cheerleader on here for Tobacco Reserve--which can be found at Marshalls and TJMaxx for around $25--precisely because it's an unusual thing. It's not at all the kind...
  55. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    There was talk about the fragrance, with some nicely detailed reactions from Basenotes members.

    But the talk died down quickly when it was clear that the fragrance just wasn't that interesting to...
  56. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    I share your frustration.

    Mixers like this are always designed to complement bad/mediocre booze by submerging it in other flavors so that it's no longer recognizable. This stuff isn't aimed at...
  57. Re: Question about wearing “summer” fragrance

    It's not just about air temp (and, in my experience, air conditioning is unreliable) but about humidity. Humidity has a lot of impact on how a fragrance wears, and some (not all) of my heavier...
  58. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    I'm in a "pare down the collection" phase, but this one is on my to-try list because of its allegedly well-done tobacco note.
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    Re: Summer Purchase Advice

    If you want a refreshing green scent that isn't vetiver-driven, there's the Bvlgari Pour Homme line (I'm quite fond of Soir).
  60. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    The price for that one seems to fluctuate quite a bit. My brother went to buy a bottle a month ago and it was around $40, but recently I found some bottles under $30 and he picked one up.
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    Re: Help my next blind buy..!

    EQUUS

    (I haven't tried it but I need to know if it's good enough to blind buy so I want you to take the leap)
  62. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    To those skeptical of this price point, yes, there's a lot of stuff in the category that does feel like it merits its price (yes, a scent might be nice in one respect or another, but certain...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Alphabetical order:


    Dior Eau Sauvage EDT
    Guerlain Héritage EDT
    Lalique Pour Homme (Lion) EDP
    Michael Kors Michael for Men (Vtg)
    Tom Ford Ombré Leather
  64. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    All three of these are absolutely splendid and are worth multiples of what you'll pay for them:

    Aramis Tuscany per Uomo

    Lalique Pour Homme (Lion) EDP

    Remy Latour Cigar
  65. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I have the current version of Havana (FWIW, someone did a side by side with vintage and current and noted that they were practically the same). Havana really comes alive in heat and humidity.
  66. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    I hope you don't hate it!
  67. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    YMMV, but I don't think Colonia Pura is soapy or floral.

    It opens with a fairly realistic rendering of freshly peeled mandarin that lingers on the skin (almost like the residue you get on your...
  68. Re: Sour note in dry down of Music f.a. While + Au coeur du desert?

    Three of the four fragrances identified have labdanum in the mix in the base or mid (and there are always unlisted notes in fragrances, too, making this sort of deduction tricky).
  69. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    That's the one done by Lorson, right? I've been meaning to try that.
  70. Re: Fragrances with a dominant 'dried fruits' note

    The Givenchy-produced vintage Michael for Men is this to a tee. A sophisticated, sensual masculine built around boozy dried fruits and a slightly animalic-feeling tobacco.
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    Re: fruty exotic

    This sounds splendid.
  72. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    We can't agree on everything, though I'm curious if we agree on vintage Michael for Men, which is one of my favorite entries in both categories. (And, yes, it's much more nuanced, sophisticated, and...
  73. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    You could look out for Olivina Bourbon Cedar (though you do have to like cedar to get along with that one).
  74. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    https://66.media.tumblr.com/8df432cc4584079914ae9f4d733b8f60/tumblr_n9070xCqTM1soa791o3_250.gif
  75. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    Ehhhhh, I'm definitely on Team Bentley Intense on this one.
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    Re: fruty exotic

    If you're looking for an unusual take on the "fruity exotic" category of scent, Remy Latour Cigar is an interesting option. It's primarily a green-woody tobacco scent, but it's accented with plum and...
  77. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    Michael Kors Michael for Men (Givenchy-produced vintage) deserves a mention. One of my favorites.

    One I've been wearing and enjoying lately is Bvlgari Man Black Orient, a very well-done "designer"...
  78. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    I have fresh mandarins almost every day, so it's hard for me to accept such a blatantly unrealistic version.

    (This is one reason I love Colonia Pura as much as I do; it nails the "mandarin peel"...
  79. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    The synthetic mandarin smells tinny to me, which is what I mean by "thin."

    I really like Amara once the mandarin recedes a bit, but that takes about an hour or so to happen.
  80. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    Amara could have been so nice if that opening burst of mandarin wasn't so thinly drawn.
  81. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    Have you tried AdP Colonia Pura? That's my favorite orange-driven aquatic. It'd be in my rotation but I'm just about out of it.
  82. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    Aramis Havana - Havana comes alive in heat and humidity, transforming from a dark, mossy green fragrance into a riot of spices. A true masterpiece.

    Aramis Tuscany - An immaculate, airy...
  83. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée

    I expect big things from the name Guerlain. This isn't a "big thing," but it is nice.
  84. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    I'm speaking of oxidation caused by the introduction of air when a fragrance is unsealed and utilized. (I would imagine, too, that not all packaging is properly airtight and some evaporation can...
  85. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Probably not.

    But I'm confused by the question since, in the post you quoted, I didn't utilize the term maceration. I talked about aeration, which is a different notion altogether.
  86. Re: Another - Just starting out - my humble collection so far - what next thread!

    Cheers. (I'm actually wearing Eau Sauvage EDT right now.)
  87. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    Well, you have to understand that companies are just groups of people answering to shareholders. I doubt most of the people who work at YSL are particularly concerned with the brand's heritage;...
  88. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    Many classic fragrances could be players in the market if they got a little love. But nobody trying to make their name in an industry like this wants to safeguard somebody else's baby. They want to...
  89. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    I believe aeration can change a fragrance for better or ill.

    If it's properly stored and is fully sealed with inert gases in the container, I wouldn't expect change to occur.
  90. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Mine too!

    It's so artfully nuanced. One of those "Yes, it is that good" classics.
  91. Re: Does anyone have any experience with bespoke fragrances?

    I suppose if there was a certain combination of notes you haven't been able to find out in the existing market, it would make sense to commission something.

    I know I have some fragrance ideas in...
  92. Re: Open Discussion on Bleu de Chanel Parfum

    I'm on-record as being utterly indifferent to Bleu. Its appeal--even as an easy-reach generalist--is completely lost on me.
  93. Re: Open Discussion on Bleu de Chanel Parfum

    Yep.
  94. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Aramis Perfume Calligraphy
    Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose
    Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Saffron

    An interesting trio, to be sure, especially when considered as a curious detour in the history of...
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    Re: Summer Purchase Advice

    You can do better than Ferrari Bright Neroli, either by going more "classic" (4711 or Cologne Sologne) or by more modern (Dunhill Icon).
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella

    Acqua di Colonia - In terms of pure aromatic quality, this is the best neroli-driven "eau de cologne" you can get your hands on.

    Acqua di Cuba - An artful tobacco-forward fragrance. Anyone...
  97. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Fragrances I've been obsessed with lately?

    I'll stick to two:

    Aramis Tuscany per Uomo - This classic from the house of Aramis needs no introduction, but I'm going to applaud it anyway. Tuscany...
  98. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    Oof!
  99. Re: Another - Just starting out - my humble collection so far - what next thread!

    If you like that, you might wanna sample some other classic masculines, like Dior Eau Sauvage EDT.
  100. Re: Help a very ancient member re. Amouage :)

    I'm asking because I find Interlude a much calmer, better-behaved scent than Jubilation XXV. There's more going on in Interlude, but it strikes me as smoother. Jubilation XXV always hits me like a...
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