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    Re: Most Unique Fresh Scent?

    I've never tried Sisley fragrances. Green and vegetal sounds great! I will definitely look it up! Thanks!
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    Re: Just blind bought Muscs Koublai Khan...

    You must be chewing on rose petals cos my breath ain't got no rose!
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    Re: My New Favorite Vetiver: Le Labo Vetiver 46

    Yeah, I was debating which one to get, and the smoother Le Labo won out. CdG2Man is more transparent and still a really good fragrance.... oooh, maybe I should get it as well :P
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    My New Favorite Vetiver: Le Labo Vetiver 46

    I went to Le Labo to try Rose 31, since it seems to be a Basenotes favorite, but I went away a little disappointed because I didn't get enough of the cumin notes; the top and mid notes remind me of...
  5. Re: "Rare" or uncommon notes you would like to find more of.

    Oh whao... sounds awesome. Got to try it out!
  6. Re: "Rare" or uncommon notes you would like to find more of.

    For me, it's Civet. I know it wasn't rare in the past, but I don't know many (or any?) modern fragrances that uses it. Bring me back the funk!!
  7. Re: For those who "get" and enjoy the burnt, ashy aspect of Gris Clair, what else is similar?

    Fumidus.

    'Nuff said.
  8. Re: Recommend me a masculine oriental incense bomb

    Is there really incense in Antidote? Maybe it's part of the many many many many listed notes, but I don't really get any strong 'incensey' vibe from it.
  9. Re: Where have all of the rich, warm, manly scents gone?

    Yeah, the modern scents fit into the idea of a new age guy, with less of the machismo, but more of the intelligence and sensitivity.

    I think for scent heads like us, we just like what we like....
  10. Re: Modern 'Manly' scent wanted for guy in his 30s

    I'd say that the rooty, herbally vetiver has a certain masculine sophistication to it, so I'd suggest Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford for a more modern take on vetiver. If you don't mind niche vetivers, I'd...
  11. Re: chanel - egoiste vs boucheron - jaipur pour homme

    I think it depends if want crazy fruit (Egoiste) or spicy vanilla (Jaipur)... You might also want to try the EDP version of Jaipur pH.
  12. Re: Recommend me a masculine oriental incense bomb

    You didn't ask for pure incense, but an oriental incense, which is what most people have recommended. If you are so knowledgeable about fragrances, you'd know that oriental fragrances often include...
  13. Poll: Re: Help me choose between these 2 winter scents.

    Welcome to the ruinous world of niche perfumery...
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    Re: which rose scent ...

    Is it a contemporary of Ungaro II and Zino? I wonder if they were part of a rose based trend in the past that has become out of fashion in the new millennium.
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    Re: What's your favorite designer scent?

    I guess I have older tastes:

    Shalimar
    Chanel 19
    Eau d'Hermes

    I just can't choose between these 3...
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    Re: which rose scent ...

    For me, the most masculine roses would be:

    Musc Kublai Khan by Serge Lutens (although the rose does fade pretty quickly)
    Ungaro II by Ungaro
    Zino by Davidoff

    I'd say that I like Stella by...
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    Re: Most underrated house

    Ormonde Jayne

    I can't remember the last time I'd seen a discussion about their scents, but they are gorgeous.
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    Re: Looking for this scent

    How about Aqva by Bvlgari?
  19. Re: Which House Has The Largest Number Of Quality Male Fragrances: Chanel, Dior or Yves Saint Lauren

    Ysl
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    Re: New Fragrance: Armani Prive Cuir Noir

    You mean there's a Privι line and then a Privι Privι line? Dang...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Armani Prive Cuir Noir

    Oooh! Just as I was going to get a sample of Cuir Amethyst, here comes another leather scent!

    I've been disappointed by the Armani Privι line because for the price one has to pay for it, the juice...
  22. Thread: Best Vetiver

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    Re: Best Vetiver

    I'd say that Fat Electrician is a cheaper version of Vetiver Tonka, and with the same sweet root vibe.
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    Re: What is the better smelling leather scent?

    Totally forgot about this. This is a real masterpiece of leather. There's a discussion here about authentic smelling leather, and IMHO, Eau d'Hermes isn't one (get Cuir Ottoman if you want to smell...
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    Re: What is the better smelling leather scent?

    OMG! This made me laugh so bad!

    I would also recommend Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir or Cuiron. Unfortunately both of them are discontinued now.
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    Re: NEW FRAGRANCE: C&S Vetiver Vert

    I wonder if this will be a vetiver scent ala Original Vetiver or a rooty vetiver scent ala Route du Vetiver.
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    Re: Under the radar (designer) winners

    I'm going to stick with Stella by Stella McCartney. It's a scent marketed at women, but it's a very light, effervescent rose scent that's very wearable for guys. I think I like it a lot because it's...
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    Re: Is Vetiver Oriental by Lutens too feminine?

    +1
    Exactement
  28. Re: Lubin Idole EDP...........any word if it's released yet?

    If only we've got your budget! What I would like to know if the the EdP version is special enough to buy it if I already have the EdT or should I wait till I run out of the EdT.
  29. Re: Can you name any EdT's that are better than the EdP's ?

    Yeah, I prefer Chanel 19 EdT over the EdP because I like it for the fresh green notes, which are amped up in the EdT version, but I can see why people might prefer the beautifully soft EdP over the...
  30. Re: Turn your Swag on. What is your most unisex Frag you can pull of with Confidence.

    Unisex: Feminite du Bois
    Full on fem: Shalimar EdP

    This is the most feminine I'd go. Something like Vetiver pour Elle is still a little too feminine for me.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Egoiste or Serge Lutens Chergui

    Actually, instead of Egoiste, I would get Black Orchid instead.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Egoiste or Serge Lutens Chergui

    I didn't realize that there's a concentree version cos Egoiste itself is pretty strong; would imagine that the concentree version might end up being too cloying.
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    Poll: Re: Serge Lutens. Fumerie Turque VS Chergui.

    I don't know... I'd actually say that Honey and Hay might be more unique in the market, but definitely FT is easier to like of the two.
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    Re: • M7 Oud Absolu •

    I'm not a big fan of Oud, but I'm keen to check it out. I wonder why don't they just continue M7 instead of re-packaging it in this manner.
  35. Re: Fun Challenge: You are constrained to 1 fragrance house.

    lol. Thought you'd give them all a spray on your neck to reassure them that you still love them all.
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    Re: Uplifting Fragrance

    For a while, it's Un bois vanille for me. I'd have some on my pillow to help me sleep. Just love the sweet candied vanilla.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Egoiste or Serge Lutens Chergui

    Crazy fruit vs smooth honey/hay? Chergui! I choose you!
  38. Re: Fun Challenge: You are constrained to 1 fragrance house.

    Well, if we are only restricted to 1 house, then it has to be sufficiently diverse enough.

    Personally, I'm going with Serge Lutens as well:

    Chene- Just love this one
    Gris Clair- Daily work
    Un...
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    Re: best DARK /DEEP/ MYSTERIOUS scent....

    Encre Noire is a given, but I'll also add Bvlgari pour Homme Soir. Transparent black tea. Lovely.
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    Re: • D&G channeling TOM FORD •

    I've only tried Jasmin Eclair from the Armani Prive line; thoroughly unimpressed by it. Which in the line would you consider niche worthy?
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    Re: • D&G channeling TOM FORD •

    So far, niche lines from designer houses haven't exactly blown me away. And I include Tom Ford and Hermes as well. Their niche lines are more interesting than their designer lines, but still...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Serge Lutens - Jeux de Peau

    I finally got to try this about a month ago. You know what this smells like? Jelly Belly buttered popcorn jelly bean.
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    Re: Tom Ford TV or Serge Lutens Chergui / Noire

    I love how opinions can be so polarizing with fragrances! This is exactly why there is never really a 'safe bet' to blind buy in fragrances. One person's Pure Malt is another's Musc Kublai Khan!
  44. Re: L'Artisan's Havana Vanilla v. Double Vanille

    Nope Vanilia was discontinued when HV came out, but they are different beasts. I'd say that Vanilia has more in common with Un Bois Vanille from Serge Lutens than HV.
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    Re: Tom Ford TV or Serge Lutens Chergui / Noire

    I love Chergui also, but I would not recommend anyone to blind buy it. It's expensive and hay and honey might not be to everyone's taste.

    I also wouldn't recommend blind buying any fragrances,...
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    Re: "Warm Cocoa" Scent?

    Well, if you don't want Dior Homme Intense, the obvious choice would be L'Instant Extreme.

    But another cocoa heavy scent you might want to try also is Borneo 1834.
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    Re: I'll give you three guesses

    Omg! I love these notes! Top notes aren't too exciting, but a mix of green florals and cloves with rooty sweet musk? I got to try it.
  48. Re: L'Artisan's Havana Vanilla v. Double Vanille

    Lol. This is an interesting thread.

    Yeah, if I'm into TV, HV would not sit very well with me too. Something about HV just doesn't go well together.

    But in the interest of the original...
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    Poll: Re: Best from Tom Ford

    I'm sort of lukewarm about Tom Ford in general. I think his fragrances are generally really well blended and safe, nothing too crazy or inspiring. So far, the craziest scents I've encountered with TF...
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    Re: Fahrenheit by Dior

    I don't know how much I would like to smell it on a lady I must admit...
  51. Re: Young Men (20's to Early 30's), What Are Your Top 3 Fragrances?

    Age: 33

    1. Chanel 19 EdT (Can't get enough of green fragrances)
    2. Encre Noire (Still my favorite vetiver)
    3. Zizan (Still surprises me about the uniqueness each time I use it)
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    Re: going to a career fair.. Frag or no frag?

    Scent is a part of grooming for men. Using it appropriately is similarly to styling your hair appropriately for work. First impressions count! So yeah, go for something classy; Grey Vetiver is great,...
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    Re: What are some good masculine florals?

    Besides Ungaro II and Zino which I love, I would also recommend these two fragrances that are labeled for women but totally wearable for guys: No. 19 and Stella.

    In the niche market, you can also...
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    Poll: Re: Blind Purchases - Which 3?

    Inexpensive warm scent? Thy name is Burberry London.
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    Poll: Re: Blind Purchases - Which 3?

    I'm sorry but nobody should recommend Live Jazz for blind buy. In fact, don't blind buy at all, but especially Live Jazz. I know, cos I'd done it, and the cilantro note was too overpowering for me.
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    Re: Best Gourmand Fragrances

    This is a definite try before you buy. I thought the notes sounded wonderful, but when I tried it, it just smells strange, somewhat discordant.

    My recommendations for gourmand, Un Bois Vanille...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur - Impressions: I don't get it

    You know, I never really thought about it, but you're right! MR has less vanilla, and a cleaner musk, but they share many similar characteristics.
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    Re: Musc Ravageur - Impressions: I don't get it

    I love MR, but I do agree that it might have gotten a little too much hype. But not like Pure Malt, if you know what I mean.
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    Re: Your current top 20

    My top 20 currently:

    Nightscape, Ulrich Lang
    Shalimar EdP, Guerlain
    L'Heure Bleue EdP, Guerlain
    Habit Rouge EdP, Guerlain
    Sel de Vetiver, The Different Company
    Zizan, Ormonde Jayne
    Bvlgari...
  60. Re: What would you wear out of these? My first post!!!

    Santal Noble or Rose 31.
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    Re: Blind Buy - talk me into it or out of it

    I LOVE Idole and if you like LDDM, you'd love Idole as well.
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    Re: Most masculine (yet wearable) fragrance?

    Italian Cypress
    Rive Gauche pour Homme
  63. Re: Recommend me a masculine oriental incense bomb

    Great suggestions! I'd throw in Santal Noble by MPG as well.
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    Re: Which Serge Lutens to go for?

    I've never tried Miel du Bois, but Vetiver Oriental is an awesome vetiver fragrance. However, if you want to save some change, you can get Fat electrician by Etat Libre d'Orange instead. VO is a...
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    Mistaken notes

    I just got my Nightscape by Ulrich Lang in the mail and I'm over the moon with it. When I first tried the sample, I felt that it was an amazing patchouli that has no hint of headshop-ness to it. In...
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    Re: Live Jazz or Versace Eau Fraiche?

    +1

    I like challenging scents, but cilantro is a problem for me. A shame really!
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    Re: Versatile Only Fragrances!!

    I agree that all the fragrances can be used year round. The only thing is that when the weather gets hot, thick and rich fragrances should be sprayed on lightly so that it doesn't get too...
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    Re: Whats your second favorite Serge Lutens ?

    In terms of artistry: Musc Kublai Khan
    In terms of wearability: Chene
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    Re: What is the height of generic mediocrity?

    What I'd say is that many designer fragrances might not smell exactly the same, but then they don't really stand out as well. They might have some interesting notes to make it stand out somewhat, but...
  70. Re: Niche enthusiasts- which designer / mainstream fragrances do you love?

    So many! I'll stick to some of my favs:

    Encre Noire
    Chanel No. 19
    Eau d'Hermes
    Fahrenheit
    Shalimar
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    Re: Need some suggestions!

    You seem to like sweet fragrances, so apart from the basenotes favorites that have already been mentioned, I would recommend: Jaipur EdP by Boucheron.

    But if you are willing to go into the...
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    Re: Why do people love Rive Gauche?

    I definitely won't say that it's better than 99% of expensive niche fragrances. Firstly, it is difficult to compare fragrances that are not from the same scent genre. However, in terms of other...
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    Re: Most sought after flankers

    Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir

    If I can find a back up bottle for not so much money, I'd jump on it.
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    Re: Why do people love Rive Gauche?

    Exactly. When everyone's releasing aquatics and citruses in the last decade, Rive Gauche totally stood out. But if it was released in the 80s, it would probably be considered 'boring' as well.
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    Re: fresh and screaming summerrrrr!

    I've never tried lemon essential oil, but it definitely smells more natural than Pledge. The extra zing makes you smell like you're a fresh peeled lemon. My only complain is that it doesn't last very...
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    Re: Why do people love Rive Gauche?

    That's because it's from another era; nobody releases barbershop fougeres anymore. Compared to other 80s fougeres, I don't think it's that unique. But it's still well done and I do like to use it if...
  77. Re: Application Secrets/ Handkerchiefs Soaked In Fragrance

    I do carry pocket squares, and I like to spray it with a fragrance, especially one that does not last long so that I can enjoy it for a longer time.
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    Re: fresh and screaming summerrrrr!

    New West... my first love.

    Another super bright and cheap scent you can try is Monsieur Balmain. Super zesty lemon!
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    Re: Habit Rouge EDP

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the modern EDP lacks oud wood. I've only got the reformulated version and I still like it more than the EdT version because it's much smoother and richer.
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    Re: Why do people love Rive Gauche?

    My problem is that it doesn't smell bad enough.
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    Re: Musc Ravageur - Impressions: I don't get it

    I can see why people get turned off by MR in the beginning. As is the case for many niche fragrances, I think I only started to appreciate and really love them after getting tired by the banality of...
  82. Poll: Re: Vote & Name your favorite Vanilla Fragrances!!!

    Me too. I've only got Shalimar EdP and it's possibly my favorite vanilla.

    I would also add Bvlgari Black to the list of great vanilla fragrances.
  83. Re: New Scent: Kiehl's 160th Anniversary Limited Edition Musk Eau de Toilette Spray

    I keep meaning to check out their musk, but looking at the notes here, it seems pretty much underwhelming.
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    Re: Zino Davidoff Opinions?

    I love it too, my only criticism about it is that it feels a tad synthetic to me.
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    Re: Caron L`Anarchiste - Disease in a bottle

    Now you've got me wondering if I had gotten a fake (although who would want to fake this relatively inexpensive fragrance?). I'd blind bought this but I just couldn't get over the copper and blood....
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan: Why oh Why??!!

    Yeah, I don't really get the creaminess, but it's the rose that caught me immediately when I first sniffed it. To me, it was the most amazing dirty rose scent, and it was not sharp like Ungaro II,...
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    Re: Favourite perfumer

    It's not about perfumer cults, but a recognition of the geniuses who made these fragrances. Also, by identifying the perfumer we like also mean that we can try out his/her other fragrances that might...
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    Re: SOTD: Thurday, August 18, 2011

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/st/26121827.jpg

    After discussions about MR, I felt that I just had to wear it today. Totally forgot how amazing the dry down is!
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    Re: Encre Noir alternative

    It sounds like you don't like the rooty/herbally scent of vetiver. In this case, you want the creamy sweet versions of vetiver like Fat Electrician, Vetiver Oriental or Vetiver Tonka.
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    Re: Best bang for my buck?

    I think barring end of the line bargain basement deals, the fragrance that's both cheapand amazing is Grey Flannel. You can get it from many places for less than $20, but it's still one of my...
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    Re: Favourite perfumer

    I'd throw my hat in with Christopher Sheldrake, but I'd add in Olivia Giacobetti and Edmond Roudnitska as well.
  92. Poll: Re: Which vanilla do you prefer: Guerlain - Spirtueuse Double Vanille or Serge Lutens - Un Bois Vani

    I'd say SDV is smoother and more restraint, while UBV is a sweet vanilla powerhouse. For this reason, I looooove UBV to sniff, but to wear, I prefer SDV.
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    Re: Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    Amber Absolute is smooth and well blended, which I find is the case for most Tom Ford scents, but there isn't enough of a development for me.
  94. Poll: Re: Help me choose between these 2 winter scents.

    I would go for TV because it's sort of more 'conventional' and comforting for daily use. MR has a slight bite to it that, so I prefer to keep it for when I want to standout.
  95. Re: Tell me great woody scents besides Gucci PH, Rochas Lui and Equus. Help me guys.

    Favorite woody scent bar none: Chene by Serge Lutens.
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    Re: Burberry London: What is the point?

    My thoughts exactly :)
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/st/10213145.jpg

    Stella by Stella McCartney. I'm wearing this for the first time today!
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit - How Would You Rate It?

    Whao...I didn't realize that there was a reformulation. I've got the current one and it's a little heavy on the gas, but still totally unique and wearable, so I'll give it a 7/10.
  99. Re: Just put on newly bought L'eau D'issey Pour Homme...SDFOEWKF(WER @##$

    I don't get all the hate for this fragrance. It's no masterpiece, but it's definitely inoffensive. But then, this is basenotes, so banality is probably the worst crime ever.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, August 15, 2011

    Me too! I'm wearing Bel Ami!!
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