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    Re: Does civet smell bad?

    I think that the best test of how you feel about high levels of civet would be to wear some Jicky.

    This review is quite old but I tried Jicky myself 4-5 years ago and I feel the same way that the...
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    Re: 1980 Guerlain Vetiver gone bad?

    Starting off that it's from 1980 is bad enough, but the fact that it's in a sample vial sort of seals the deal, in my view. Really unlikely it hasn't gone bad, in my experience.
  3. Re: What's your favourite oriental in the heat and humidity?

    Tough combination. Maybe Perris Ambre Gris but even with that one, I'd rather save it for Fall.
  4. Re: Serge Lutens - Any news about the 2014 exclusive range perfume?

    I wore L'Incendiaire a couple of days ago. There's real oud in there. It's nice, maybe even beautiful. Yes, $600 for 50ml. It's not as strong as one would like at that price point, imo. Nothing...
  5. Re: What is your most worn fragrance according to your "Scent of the day"?

    I really like the feature but I haven't been using it because it isn't managed very well. Nor is the directory, upon which a properly-functioning sotd feature depends.
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    Poll: Re: Are you a foodie?

    No. Steak and potatoes, burgers and fries, etc.
  7. Re: What is your most worn fragrance according to your "Scent of the day"?

    Assuming that my data is somewhat instructive even though it's missing several months of data that never returned from the lost huddlr era, Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert.
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    Re: Best Male Sandalwood fragrance.

    When the situation calls for sandlewood, I just haul out my Oriental Woody.
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    Re: You never know what gems...

    Awesome and on-topic.
  10. Re: Alright which one of you was this? (Kicked off plane...Dior)

    Do we know where David is? Has anyone heard from him?
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    Re: Creed Aventus - Why am I hating it??

    de gustibus non est disputandum
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    Re: A prediction

    Seven and a half years later. You should open a hedge fund, if you haven't already.
  13. Re: Mazzolari Nero (yet another Aventus copy)

    Well I personally feel a little sad to see Mazzolari going downmarket like this.
  14. Thread: Kouros

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    Re: Kouros

    You're welcome.
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    Re: Forbidden fragrances for high schoolers

    I do think that an overspray of anything is an intrusion on neighbors packed into close quarters. Better to learn that young, especially with all of the nonsense on the internet about "projection"...
  16. Re: What masculine fragrances have statistically heavy or loud sillage?

    I thought that there might be some kind of metering device, like those little things that look like walkie talkies that the guy from the gas company carries when he comes to your house looking for a...
  17. Re: What masculine fragrances have statistically heavy or loud sillage?

    Statistically?
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Still in the Summer Ro at this point.

    Bulgari green tea
    Bulgari white tea
    Hermes Concentre d'Orange verte
    Ferragamo Tuscan Soul
    Cartier Heure Brilliant
    Cartier Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil
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    Re: TomFord: Tuscan Leather or Oud Wood?

    Oud Wood.
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    Re: What Should Be My Next Niche

    Lutens L'Incendiaire.
  21. Re: I'm looking for a fragrance that smells like beer

    Why not just carry a warm bottle of Miller High Life for a quick, refreshing splash-and-go whenever you want one?
  22. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    Ok, that was good. Good! Now that you've said that, how does it make you feel to hear yourself saying that?
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    Re: Which Houses are Worth the Cost?

    I don't think that it's a question that really lends itself to an easy answer. If you don't like a fragrance, it's not a good purchase at any price. If you don't like a fragrance, does it make you...
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    Re: Looking for something unusual

    Another vote for Bulgari Black.
  25. Re: Call me crazy... but.. I prefer Original Santal over Aventus..

    Original Santal for me. It's not even a contest. For me, (adopts DirecTV Russian accent), Original Santal is epic win.
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    Re: A good niche dating scent

    Amouage Reflection Man.
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    Re: Creed from Target stores???

    Gotta admit, it's fascinating to watch.
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    Re: Niche frags that are a must?

    After you top a certain price point, there's no difference between niche and "designer". Wear what you like.
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    Re: Unknown Masterpieces.

    Amouage Badr al Badour.
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    Re: Your favorite fragrance for exams!

    I think I wore Bulgari white tea to my last exam. You know, something that wouldn't overpower the doctor.
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    I've done this several times with Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert and a couple of times with Eau Pafumee au The Blanc. Once with Etro Ambra, I guess. Close to a week with Ferragamo Tuscan Soul. ...
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    Re: underrated/overrated fragrance houses

    Overrated in the basenotes forum: Creed, the "niche" line that's available at Walgreens, Target, Kmart and Winners, the TJMaxx of Canada.

    Underrated in the basenotes forum: Cartier. Not that they...
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    Amouage Molook. It has a strong hay note, which verges on a post-digestion-hay note.
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    Re: Creed from Target stores???

    Target, Kmart, Winners (the TJMaxx of Canada), Walgreens - that's the kind of niche exclusivity people pay a premium for.
  35. Re: A good, every day, year around niche scent (no Bond or Creed)

    Tom Ford Oud Wood
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    Re: Your Top 5 Incense-Based Fragrances

    Cartier Heure Mysterieuse
    Comme des Garcons 2Man
    Perris Oud Imperial
  37. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    I happen to agree with you. I don't want to sit around wondering either. Buy in haste, repent at leisure.

    And I like shopping. For me it's entertainment.
  38. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    OP. You've noticed the price differential. It's probably easier to explain the discount prices than to explain why anyone pays full retail.

    There is a small subset of people who don't care about...
  39. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    Nah. I'll try to say it quickly. And try to be more responsive to the original question.
  40. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    I'm sorry. I edited out my entire post, while you were writing, because I thought that my post was longer than anything I'd actually read if it were posted by anyone else. And I thought that I...
  41. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    lol @ butlin. thank you.
  42. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    This reply of mine was substantially deleted by me while lomaniac was replying to it. I deleted it because I thought that I had written boring drivel. lomaniac's earnest reply to my post is below.
  43. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Amouage Oud al Khalood.
  44. Re: Creed's store price vs online price : Whats up!?

    It's actually my driver who does most of the errands. The butler keeps the bottles free from dust and fingerprints and brings them to me on a silver tray from a room I've never been in.
  45. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    This is a thoughtful answer. Don't spend the money like a 1950s Texas oilman.

    Edit: Actually, I should be more open-minded. If you have more or less unlimited funding and very limited time, and...
  46. Re: Anyone ever experience a fragrance going bad?

    Oh jeez, don't be terrified. The horror stories are mostly, now that you're a forum participant, mistakes that you now know are blatant ones. Buy a wine cooler if you're worried, buy small bottles...
  47. Re: Anyone ever experience a fragrance going bad?

    That's a good point on the synthetics. I'm willing to believe that the newer stuff has a better chance at real longevity, for that reason. But I don't know.
  48. Re: Anyone ever experience a fragrance going bad?

    Oh definitely. It takes a long time, though. My experience is that most fragrances go rancid in about 15 years, even if stored properly. It's not bordeaux we're talking about here. I don't own...
  49. Re: How often do you wear fresher scents in the colder months?

    Only very rarely. Like when I'm on an airplane. I like my winter names much better than what's in the Summer Ro.
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    Re: Best scent in a body wash

    Bulgari, L'Occitane, Etro and Cartier here. Most of the time. Sometimes Le Labo.
  51. Re: Need some experienced, knowledgable help filling in the cracks

    Bulgari Black
    Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert
    Cartier Eau de Cartier: Zeste de Soleil
    Cartier Pasha
    Cartier Santos
    Gaultier 2
    Givenchy Pi
    Halston Z-14
    Hermes Concentree d'Orange Verte...
  52. Re: Best compliment you have ever gotten on one of your colognes

    "Oh my god!" said two women, simultaneously, one I know pretty well and one I don't know at all. Mouths open, look of wide-eyed astonishment. "What IS that?" said one. I said, "It's me. I'm...
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    Re: Business Trip

    Don't take all of those bottles.
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    Re: Smell of money!

    Pretty much anything from Mazzolari.
  55. Re: Frags you enjoy/respect, but would NOT want to wear in public?

    Amouage Molook. It makes Leather Oud look like Prada Candy.
  56. Re: Rahgba by Lattafa = Guerlains Spiritueuse Double Vanille Initial spray / Bottle smell

    Noted. Thank you. I never developed a good source in Bahrain, and I've been thinking that I need one, so this gives me the courage to begin looking there.
  57. Re: I've been smelling a "paper money" note in a lot of fragrances recently

    Should work well in bars.
  58. Re: Need suggestions for a 'signature scent'

    Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte or Hermes Mandarine Ambree.
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    Re: Scent for my wife

    Cartier Heure Diaphane.

    Another vote for English Pear and Freesia. Highly recommended, though Blackberry and Bay might be more suitable for work.
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    Re: Hermes Voyage

    I have the original bottle and the refill. Not that it's ever going to get used up. Not even close. I find it too dry and kinda raspy. Not a comfort scent for me. The late drydown of Cartier...
  61. Re: What Cologne Do You Hate to Admit You Like?

    I'll only tell my therapist.
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    Re: How To Correctly Wear Cologne

    lmao
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    Re: Proper Storage

    I wonder about humidity. I've destroyed fragrances by storing them in the bathroom. I know it's hard to imagine the humidity working its way into a bottle but, maybe I'm wrong but I worry about...
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    Re: How To Correctly Wear Cologne

    That was very nice. Thank you. But I expected a guy in a Mets hat and sunglasses to rush into the picture and say, "Holup holup. Can I ax you a question. WHY DID YOU RUB?"
  65. Re: Allure Sport and/or Burberry Sport Type Colognes?

    Burberry Sport, if I can remember back that far, is mostly grapefruit and musk. Maybe Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose. I don't care that it's not uber masculine, but you might, so I'd add that...
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    Re: Vintage Discontinued Fragrances

    Gucci Pour Homme 2003
    Cartier Must de Cartier Pour Homme
    Giorgio VIP Special Reserve for Men (could be hard to find a bottle that's still good)
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    Re: Ridiculous sillage

    The inside jokes in this thread are quite funny.
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    Re: Roja dove amber extrait

    Absolue Precieux? Yes. Beautiful. But at that price point I was expecting something profoundly different from anything I had ever experienced. And I am the type who not only tolerates all of the...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    I completely understood your original post. It was about how cheapskates need government intervention to help them buy expensive perfume for half off.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Oh boy. I'll try to do this quickly. The manufacturers, at the high end, are not price takers and do in fact set their own prices. How is this possible? You may have forgotten that luxury goods...
  71. Re: Super Exclusive & Limited Releases From Popular Niche Houses??

    Amouage Al Shomoukh, Badr al Badour, Nesma and Oud al Masarat. All discontinued in the past couple of years.
  72. Re: What's the #1 selling fragrance of all time?

    Probably Coco Mad.
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    Re: Cartier Les Heures de Parfum

    My initial impression, which is often wrong, and I'd be happier to be wrong on this, is that they're a bit on the weak side, compared to an attar. I don't think they're bulked up with a lot of add-in...
  74. Re: What's the #1 selling fragrance of all time?

    The answer, for men, is not easily googlable. I've been trying.

    Adg has 1351 ratings on basenotes, vs. 1238 for Cool Water. They're both on the Wal Mart website but CW has a much lower price...
  75. Re: What's the #1 selling fragrance of all time?

    Oh. Ok, my w.a.g. would be Old Spice. Acqua di Gio has to be way up on the list.
  76. Re: What's the #1 selling fragrance of all time?

    Chanel No. 5.
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    Re: Need a Powerhouse

    Tom Ford Tobacco Oud or Christian Dior Leather Oud. They kick sand in the faces of skinny little colognes and get away with it.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    David, despite your reference to Hank and me as brainwashed corporate toadies, it doesn't change the feeling that I have enjoyed reading your genuine, friendly, low-key posts here for some time and I...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    But of course all of that got updated in 2008.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resale_price_maintenance

    If that's too much to read (not being sarcastic), then there's this sub part of the text:
    ...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    omg, clear thinking and beautifully written. Nicely done. Amazing.
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Well let's see now, I'm typing on a phone made by a monster corporation, I'm enjoying air conditioning made by a monster corporation, the chair I'm sitting in was made by a monster corporation, my...
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    Re: L'Oreal - Ruthless Dirty Tricks

    Well, you know, nobody likes hearing about bullies filing false charges, but I admire and patronize companies that protect their brands. They're just trying to maintain the prestige of their brand...
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    Re: Orient fragrance

    Counterfeit Le Male.
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    Re: Comparable to Chergui, but better?

    Bulgari Black.
  85. Re: Is mine fake?

    That's so cool. Thank you. Never knew you could do that. Now I can see how much is in there (a lot, not my favorite). No batch variations in the paint. The provenance of my bottle is Bloomingdales.
  86. Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche see thru.

    Too legit to quit. Now ima try the flashlight test myself.
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    Re: Guerlain deserts series

    Bergdorf Goodman, main store, lower level. It was there a month ago.
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    Re: Your experiences with cannabis notes ?

    edit. Black afgano didnt like it
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    Re: Fall/Winter Fragances

    Oh, the list just goes on forever. Just to disclose a bias, this list skews more towards winter.

    Amouage Reflection Man
    Bulgari Black
    Burberry Brit
    Cartier Oud & Musc
    Cartier Must Pour Homme...
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    Re: Creed original santal

    The real thing is very powerful.
  91. Re: I want to find some original Halston z-14

    The really old stuff came in a splash bottle with a plastic screw cap, but without the plastic neck you see on today's bottles. Really old boxes will not have a bar code. And really old bottles...
  92. Re: Similar to Cool Water but...less synthetic?

    spam, basically?
  93. Re: STILL cannot find a good Spring fragrance that isn't "grassy" in nature.

    Forgot to mention Cartier Heure Brilliante and Chanel Eau de Cologne.
  94. Re: STILL cannot find a good Spring fragrance that isn't "grassy" in nature.

    Bulgari green tea. Bulgari white tea also, though it does kick off with a little artemesia. Teas are an often-overlooked solution for the warmer weather. Carthusia Mediteranneo, though it might be...
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    Re: Best Serge Lutens on a man

    Chergui, but my knowledge of the line is limited. To me, MKK is all hat and no cattle, but I do intend to give it another chance.
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    Re: Depth vs. Breadth

    The only plan I had was sort of this multi-year plan to collect a bunch of attars, which I had to drastically accelerate when I heard that Amouage was closing that side of their business. Now I...
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    Re: I've Got "The Bug"

    What a relief. At first I thought that this could be an ebola thread.
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    Poll: Re: What's your least favorite from Creed?

    I don't wear anything from the house except for Original Santal, which I have a bottle of.

    (Paid full freight for it at the Madison Avenue store and it was just the most gracious, pleasant,...
  99. Re: How long do you sample before buying a bottle?

    It's hard to say. I don't really trust my judgement and I'm fearful of making an impulse purchase I'll regret. There are times when the opening is just so beautiful that my inclination is to buy it...
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    Re: Creed Les Royales Exclusives Issue

    Not acceptable, in my view, unless they inform you ahead of time that that's their routine procedure. One of the decant places was doing this with attar bottles. And it was right there on the page....
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