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    Re: Explorer.... is better.

    https://media.tenor.com/images/7eaa5a15f35116a808f47742814fb84a/tenor.gif
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Nah, throughout the day!
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I've been wearing a lot of heavier, gourmand-y fragrances lately and I wanted something fresh, so I did a freshie triple-header of Dunhill Icon, Ferrari Bright Neroli, and Marc Jacobs for Men.
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Gourmands have been mainstream blockbusters for a while now! 1 Million, Spicebomb, etc.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    They're cool! Though I could easily highlight some of the more interesting dress offerings from Blancpain or Breguet that similarly blend the traditional/formal with playful design choices. Those...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    And you're entitled to do so. But be aware when starting a discussion thread here, you're going to get opinions from folks who enjoy and celebrate the classics. This forum isn't exclusively made of...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Everything's comparative.

    Plenty of overtly, aggressively synthetic scents get high ratings at Fragrantica. Not everybody minds that. But it's easy to see why folks who adore more classic...
  8. Re: Gravitas Pour Homme (MrSmelly) This Sounds Good, Your Thoughts?

    The pedigree seems good, and it's Extrait concentration, which is commendable. The note list reads as "classic, spicy fougere," which, y'know, is a thoroughly explored category but I appreciate...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Agreed on all counts.

    If I had to pick something like the Nautilus/RO, I'd probably go with one of the more interesting Bvlgari Octo Finissimo variants.
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I'm interested to see what this Lange watch turns out to be. I don't have high expectations. Lange makes very conservative, albeit lovely, watches, which is why they've struggled to gain more market...
  11. Re: Gravitas Pour Homme (MrSmelly) This Sounds Good, Your Thoughts?

    Is there a website for this? If not, would you mind sharing the notes and perfumer? I don't know anything about it.
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    I have not tried Kalan, so I can neither confirm nor deny your remarks, but I find that the sort of "slapdash" perfumery you describe there is one of the hallmarks of masstige perfumery. Masstige...
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    Re: Looking for fragrances to sample

    Lalique PH EDP is one of the best for-value fragrances in the "classic" style. It's a beautiful grapefruit+cedar+lavender composition that sits in a parallel lane to the much celebrated Bois du...
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers

    Dunhill Icon Parfum (2020)

    Perfumer Carlos BenaÔm returns to the fragrance he created, offering a richer, deeper take on Icon with a fuller-bodied oud base and more potent juniper heart,...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    Many here are vintage-loving collectors.

    If you compare some vintage fragrances with today's stuff, that'll put the "chemical" accusations in context for you.

    I don't mind synthetic-feeling...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    I wouldn't have thought that Herod would've been your cuppa tea, Bavard!

    I'm always pleased to see that people's tastes can never be reduced to a generalization.

    When it comes to Bond No. 9...
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    Re: Why the hate for PDM?

    I think that the money that could be spent on a PdM release would almost always be more wisely spent elsewhere.
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    Re: Looking for fragrances to sample

    Aramis Tuscany +1 (though it's so cheap sampling it is almost pointless)

    Amouage Journey Man

    Azzaro pour Homme Intense (2015 ed.)

    Houbigant FougŤre Royale

    Lalique pour Homme (Lion) EDP
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    Re: Dry Leaves in the fall

    L'Artisan Tea for Two and Amouage Journey Man both kinda get there.
  20. Re: Help me pick two casual everyday scents with good longevity and around $40 each!

    For cool weather, I recommend Bvlgari Man Black Orient (it works surprisingly well in warm weather, too, perhaps because it's dry and smooth rather than dense/syrupy).
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    Fantasy Flankers

    We live in the era of the flanker.

    I thought it might be fun to have a thread where we can dream up and pitch flankers that don't exist. (I daydream about this kind of thing a lot.)

    To start us...
  22. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    B A T H
    &
    B O D Y
    W O R K S
    C H A I
    A N I S E

    A really nice, not-too-sweet gourmand that takes a lot of disparate elements and blends it into something like a dark chocolate (it's like a...
  23. Re: What are the differences between Guerlain L'Instant Parfum and EDT ?

    I'm encouraged to see so much love for the EDT, which offers impressively delicate construction. Usually it seems like folks only care about the EDP, which is more youthful and pungent but isn't as...
  24. Re: Does your partner understand your addiction?

    My wife likes fragrances and got me into this "hobby." That said, I think she's ready for me to slow down acquisition, but so am I.
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    Re: My Favourite Fragrance Layerings.

    The current JDJ is challenging, I think, in its bracingly ashy, dry texture (the vintage is greener and rounder), but I think it's distinctive enough to be worth a buy.
  26. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Agreed.
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    Re: My Favourite Fragrance Layerings.

    The current, bone-dry version of Jacomo de Jacomo layers spectacularly well with Tobacco Vanille, producing the greatest tobacco scent never made.
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    Re: I suck at blind buys

    I've had good success with blind buys (of the autumn faves listed in my signature, 80% were blind buys or swaps).
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
    T U S C A N Y
    P E R
    U O M O

    A perfect fragrance, as far as I'm concerned.

    Sign o' the times: even in its current formulation, it still smells so startlingly fresh and natural...
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    Re: International Necktie Day!

    I usually wear Tom Ford Ombrť Leather 16 in formal situations, at least those that are "for pleasure."

    But if I were to go "classic," I'd go with Houbigant FougŤre Royale.
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Great minds...

    There are a number of significant regulations taking effect this year that require the discontinuation of unreformulated stock, so it's not a crazy thought, I think.
  32. Re: Do you separate office fragrances into spring/summer and fall/winter?

    I've worn Eau Sauvage in winter. Works well, I think, all year 'round.

    I haven't had to think about office-friendly frags in a while, but I'm going to be working in an office again and will have...
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    I'm surprised at the extent of the discontinuation. Many of these are reputation-makers for the house.

    Could they be doing this to cope with the same regulation issues that led to Caron clearing...
  34. Re: unclear labelling - Is this Aramis cologne or EDT ? Aren't cologne and EDT different things?

    That's the EDT. It's just called a cologne because that's what men's scents are typically referred to in the USA, regardless of concentration.
  35. Re: Houses you want to like but donít - whatís on your list?

    The "sheer, transparent" thing is an Ellena thing, isn't it? The great HermŤs stuff like 24 Faubourg sure isn't sheer or transparent.
  36. Re: Houses you want to like but donít - whatís on your list?

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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme is top notch.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    Sure. I had to pay that extra bit for shipping.

    It was worth it.
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    Eau des Baux is a good one, though it has a very different kind of vanilla.

    For those reading, the MAC you got isn't anything like TV. My Heroine is a Noir Anthracite predecessor that's even...
  40. Re: Houses you want to like but donít - whatís on your list?

    Their best releases are their pre-Ellena feminines.
  41. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    The patchouli is quite noticeable. But there's also sandalwood and vanilla. It's a creamy, sweet drydown, almost gourmand.
  42. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Also, the two masculine-leaning scents in the Shadescents collection, Velvet Teddy (dirty wild honey and tobacco) and My Heroine (pepper, graphite, tobacco, leather).
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    HERM»S Eau des Merveilles and a number of its flankers. This has been my primary orange citrus scent for the past few years.
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    Re: my Tom Ford sampling

    For some reason, Fougere d'Argent got a reputation as a throwback when it's actually kinda futuristic and abstract. I like it, but it's less of a fougere than it is a weird kind of woody oriental.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    Glad to have you backing me up on this one. Seriously good stuff.
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    That's a depressing notice.
  47. Re: My bottle of Terre d'HermŤs has gone bad

    Put it away in a drawer or closet for a month and come back to it and see what you think.
  48. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    See here:

    http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/2009/09/history-of-guerlinade-accord-original.html?m=1

    I don't find it a very accurate or useful term, personally.
  49. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Heritage doesn't feel very 80s to me, at least in its current form. It feels like a very 1990s bridge between "gentlemanly" men's perfumery, 80s powerhouses, and the gourmand styles that would take...
  50. Re: What are the differences between Guerlain L'Instant Parfum and EDT ?

    I'm with ya 100%.
  51. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Yeah, it's similar. The EDT just isn't stodgy or animalic.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    M I C H A E L
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    Yet another Estee Lauder creation made in the Tom Ford mode, indicating that Estee Lauder is the true house and that all its houses are...
  53. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    I don't really enjoy the thicker, heavier EDP all that much. I like the note separation in the EDT.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Spicebomb is such a fuzzy scent (vanilla/tonka wh spices and tobacco) that it functions kinda like a Rorschach blot. Everybody connects it to everything else, even if it really isn't all that close,...
  55. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    I don't like Habit Rouge. I adore Heritage.
  56. Re: Your TOP 10 from this decade, subjectively and/or objectively.

    I would (and did).
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    We've had a few of these threads already and I can't remember what I said before. But heck, here goes:

    ARAMIS Special Blend (2019)

    ARQUISTE Sydney Rock Pool (2018)

    CARTIER L'Envol (2016)
    ...
  58. Re: What are the differences between Guerlain L'Instant Parfum and EDT ?

    I find the performance of the current EDT to be exceptional. It projects well, has nice sillage, and lasts a long time. It just doesn't create a heavy scent bubble; it's more an experience of...
  59. Re: What are the differences between Guerlain L'Instant Parfum and EDT ?

    EDT has more note separation and feels a bit more intricately composed as a result. You're still getting that citrus-boosted cacao and patchouli, but in the EDT that cacao gets to "float," almost...
  60. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Yes, and I loved it.

    I do think it might be a tough wear for you on humid and hot days. It's a bit rich for humid heat.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    If that's what you want, try Hanae Mori HiM EDP, which is a cross between Spicebomb and GPHII. Strong performance.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    It's still a sweet gourmand, though.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Tobacco and cinnamon? Well, that describes Acqua di Cuba, but I don't think someone looking for a less sweet Spicebomb would see that as a good option.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    Sir, this is a Wendy's
  65. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    It has *something* to do with that. That's the 2014 revamp, which stripped out the tobacco and plum notes. It's not bad; it's a bit thinner than the original 2001 take and more "designer"-y in the...
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    Re: Help me find better

    I don't find Jazz Club much like The One, either. I think Jazz Club is more in the Spicebomb vein.

    Consider Boss Bottled Intense and Baldessarini Ambre.
  67. Re: The Top 3: Of Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other

    My wife's favorites on me are

    1) Tom Ford Ombrť Leather 16
    2) Cartier L'Envol
    3) Aramis Tuscany
  68. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A B B O T T
    M O J A V E
    (2016)

    There's tobacco in here, but it's mostly ginger and pepper. It's really nice, actually, kinda working in a parallel lane to Amouage Journey Man. But for the price...
  69. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    I'll answer, but I think "availability" is a futile thing to consider, since what is widely available today may not be available ten years from now. So choosing three based on what I might...
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    Re: The Opening of Vintage Polo

    Just be sure to check the batch code on the tester. Lotta old Polo testers out there.
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    Re: I miss Grey Flannel!!

    I've never tried the vintage juice, but the current stuff is repugnant.
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    Re: Curve for men

    Folks here who have marvelous noses really enjoy it, so I'm not inclined to see this as an Emperor's New Clothes situation.
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    Re: Best, beast mode cheapies?

    Amber Oud is pretty potent, but it's more of an oud-and-potpurri spices thing with a TV-ish opening than an actual TV mimic.
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    Re: Best, beast mode cheapies?

    Bentley Intense
    MAC Velvet Teddy
  75. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Morillas creates so many perfumes--aided by his A.I. tools--that I hardly doubt Office for Men was some passion project for him.

    But I think JF's demand for PERFORMANCE above all probably pushed...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    I object to the idea that one can use "common sense" to determine what has biological origins and what doesn't.

    Biology is weird, and evolution is a chaotic and often mysterious process that...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    I've tried about half of those--the more accessible ones, mostly--and while I respect a few of them, I don't really love any of them. (Admittedly, your tastes and mine only overlap some of the time.)...
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Yeah, I struggled with 2012 (I slotted Oud Ispahan onto my 2012 slot kinda by default).
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Alright, having deliberated, here's what I came up with:

    2010: Houbigant FougŤre Royale

    2011: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah

    2012: Dior Oud Ispahan

    2013: Phaedon Tabac Rouge
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    Re: Fragrance That Captures This Mood

    L'Artisan Tea for Two
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    It's a hard challenge. This was a decade of transition more than it was a decade with a clear trajectory. The major players stagnated as the mainstream flatlined, with flickers of excitement popping...
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    Re: Would you.....

    Agreed.

    I didn't get along with it. I found it cloying, even when gently applied.
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    Re: Yo yo yo let me speak on this

    Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011) is great, but you gotta love woodsmoke to get along with it.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Michael for Men (2001), because it makes me feel like myself.
  86. Thread: Oud!

    by Brooks Otterlake
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    Re: Oud!

    There's a whole thread on this subject here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/469865-Very-good-(cheap)-OUD-perfumes
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    Re: Boss bottled intense EDP

    Try L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDP or Cartier L'Envol EDP.
  88. Re: I just picked up a vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage (gold cap) and am wondering...

    This fits with broader reformulation trends. Aromatic notes have generally been "fuzzified" as synthetics have become more dominant.

    Still, I love the Heritage EDT in its common form, and at...
  89. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    Encre Noire Sport might be the "safest" of the Encre Noires, but I can easily imagine someone struggling with the EN vetiver note and ISO-E.
  90. Re: I just picked up a vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage (gold cap) and am wondering...

    For a very intricate, dense composition, the current EDT has pretty nice note separation with a lot of dynamic interplay between notes.

    I haven't tried Heritage in vintage form, but my sense that...
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    I have a backup big bottle and a few additional 1oz minis of Michael for Men (2001).

    I don't generally believe in backups; life is transient and there's a freedom in embracing the transient nature...
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    Re: Should I get these fragrances?

    Wouldn't be my first recommendation for someone in their mid-20s. The current version is pretty synthetic, but pleasant. Wears a bit old-school.


    Not my idea of "safe."

    Very loud, very...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Robert Graham Fortitude

    Because a hazelnutty tonka scent is a good companion with morning coffee and fresh bread.
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    Re: Masculine Hazelnut fragrance?

    Uomo EDT is okay for the office. But it's kinda boring. I'd sample it before buying.
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    Re: Refined Citrus Leathers

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather is probably what you're looking for.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    Perfect.
  97. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Thanks for the additional commentary.

    I'm always happy to learn about new artisan houses. Even when I don't like what I receive, I at least know I'm getting an unfiltered expression of an artist's...
  98. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Looks like a promising house.

    Off-topic, but their Cavendish EDP is tempting.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yes, you got my attention when you called the Malaysia entry in the Boruzz line a niche-y take on Michael for Men, though I've been unable to find a sample or decant (it's a bit above my blind-buy...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yeah, that's exactly the sensation I love.

    Thanks for affirming my general sense of this scent. While a lot of reviews echo that same characterization, some folks describe it pretty oddly on...
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