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    Re: Odin - let's talk about it

    Yes -- blocky, heavy black bottles -- nice
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    Re: Mainstream houses

    good point - what on earth were they thinking of. Gutting the original line up and introducing 8 very ordinary fragrances imo
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    Re: Odin - let's talk about it

    American House I think -- I have purchased about 4 and really liked them but that was some time ago now.

    I think this was the House Chanel stopped from naming their fifth fragrance No.5
  4. Re: Blind-buy advice for my female partner based on her character

    Has your partner tried Old Spice? It was originally created for women
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    Re: Mainstream houses

    I am not sure I can ever forgive Dior for Sauvage

    I agree with others that Mainstream just aren't trying very hard now -- hence my interest in the new Gucci, which at least sounds as though some...
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    Re: Vintage Dunhill Edition

    The version I had definitely 'moved through the phases' as old masculines invariably did, when they were made with lots of skill and care, so it may have actually been the 'eighties' version.

    I...
  7. Thread: About EDP vs EDT

    by Kaern
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    Re: About EDP vs EDT

    This is from an indie perfumer, Alex Davidson --it may help a bit

    ''Perfume ingredients are pure and need to be diluted in order to be safe for use on the human skin and to have a more pleasant...
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    Re: Vintage Dunhill Edition

    I found a bottle of Edition at the back of a Dunhill accessories concession display in Harvey Nichols about 10 years ago -- and they sold it to me

    It was glorious -- little did I know that that...
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    Re: Server is c..r..a..w..l..i..n..g today

    i'm back to normal speed now
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    Re: Server is c..r..a..w..l..i..n..g today

    just got timed out
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    Re: penhaligon's castile.

    I've always thought that Castile's opening is so piercingly beautiful that it makes the rest of the fragrance a bit of a hard act to follow and ,for me, this is what happens

    Blenheim and Hammam...
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    If you want to look like Jocelyn Wildenstein, I would give it a swerve.

    If you have a huge or lopsided nose and fixing it will make you much happier, I don't see a problem with it
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    Poll: Re: Which one for fall/winter? 21 y.o.

    Dior Homme Intense leaves the others choking on dust
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Light My Fire - Kilian

    a dryer version of Chergui imo
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    Re: How to start buying niche colognes??

    this is good advice -- the leap from the mall fragrances you have been using to hardcore 'niche' can be jolting
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    Re: Bay rum with a strong note of cinnamon

    for a strong note of cinnamon, i would suggest Santal by Floris
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    Re: Kickstarter: YVRA 1965

    So, a 'crowdfunded' fragrance in memory of a 'Playboy'?

    Hmmm -- the notes do look interesting though

    I have no idea what the previous fragrances were like so am wary but I suppose 10 euros...
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    Re: What to try next after Aventus

    Le Labo have produced a little mini set of 5 of their top selling fragrances, which sells for about £58 -- it's a good idea I think
  19. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    Aaah -- thank you Mr Prince - it had been a long day
  20. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Yes -- I can quite clearly remember that I was wearing Kouros the first time
  21. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    First it was a means to an end -- you know, 'sex' and I used to have 2 or 3 popular ones and 1 or 2 that weren't so well known. This would cover the whole year.

    I seriously got into it about 1997...
  22. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    sorry -- can you just run that by me one more time please :undecided:
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    Re: Whatever happened to Paul smith fragrances??

    sounds like me :laugh:
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    Re: Whatever happened to Paul smith fragrances??

    I think Optimistic For Him was the final nail in the coffin -- truly dire
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    Oh -- I see -- it's very regional then. The whole 'designer' classification issue will never be resolved satisfactorily imo.
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    It's an old chestnut. I'm with Foamywax here re MMM

    'Designer' is too wide a spectrum when I think we all know what is really meant, i.e. obtainable in a bog standard Mall
  27. Thread: Salvador Dali PH

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    Re: Salvador Dali PH

    Amazing review yet again by CM for what was/is an otherworldly fantastic fragrance imo

    I haven't seen it appear again in bricks and mortar outlets though -- I wouldn't hesitate in buying it again
  28. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    Sauvage -- 'I wear fragrances but don't really like them'
    Sartorial -- ostensibly Brut (dry cleaner's version)
    GIT (open shirt and huge pendant atop a lot of chest hair) -- basically, I have money...
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    Re: Whatever happened to Paul smith fragrances??

    they gradually got worse and worse
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    Re: Crystal Ball----- Future value of a fragrance

    I purchased Aventus in the week it was launched in London

    I suppose with a crystal ball, it would have been a good idea to buy a backup and kept it unopened
  31. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    +2 Sales staff are happy to get rid of the boxes if you ask and wrap the bottles in paper or bubble-wrap -- as long as they have the sale

    and I can't stand box clutter
  32. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    That's ok -- I bet they look good like that :thumbsup:
  33. Re: What are some women's perfumes that are closest to smelling like "Quadrille" by Balenciaga?

    Yeah -- don't think I'll bother

    Good luck with what you want though
  34. Re: What are some women's perfumes that are closest to smelling like "Quadrille" by Balenciaga?

    Are you sure this is what you want?

    Quadrille was the fragrance another woman poster was asked to wash off at work I think
  35. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    Recycling Bin

    Kilian boxes I give to women for their trinkets
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    Nostalgia - SMN

    And an added bonus for Fahrenheit lovers, you also get the opportunity to experience a strong petrol note again
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    Re: Your Favorite Animalic Classy Fragrances?

    H.O.T. Always by Bond

    A brave non-compromising fragrance imo
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    Ha Ha -- yes -- it lies in two states of existence
  39. Re: Fragrances for a hoodie and jeans type of guy

    for a friend of yours ?
  40. Re: Penhaligon are discontinuing English Fern & Douro

    Yes -- Penhaligons seems to exist solely for the lucrative tourist trade now who want something 'British' -- preferably including a bottle with giant antlers attached.

    Douro, of course was...
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    Re: Any thoughts on Lubin Itasca edp

    For me it pales into insignificance besides Le Vetiver (or Vetyver) from Lubin. arguably one of the best ever 'vetivers'.
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    Sergio Tacchini - Sergio Tacchini (1987)

    Romeo Gigli - Romeo Gigli (1991)

    Brut - Faberge
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    That's fair enough. I make you right about the extreme hype -- it puts lots of posters off here referencing it imo.

    It's almost gone beyond discussion ---- a 'meta' fragrance
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    Re: Dior Sauvage reformulation

    as long as Dior don't bring out a Parfum version we'll all be alright


    oh shit!!!!
  45. Re: Fahrenheit - Quite possibly the greatest fragrance ever made

    For me, the heart note of lilac leaf in the parfum lasts right through to the end

    I blind bought and like very much --- but I think the Absolute version outguns it
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Yes it is, but I find it quite 'manly' -- the mixture of jasmine with leather. It's still projecting strongly after 9 hours now
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Turbulences by Vuitton ----- again!

    can't get enough of it --- a jasmine for men -- Bravo!
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    Re: Manly fragrance help

    Hard Thrust For Men
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    Re: What do you wear purely for yourself?

    Shalimar and Chinatown

    I wear them at home but won't wear them in public
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    Re: Boadicea the victorious Green saphire

    I tested about 8 or 9 recently but apart from Mayfair, found them a bit 'meh'

    The pricing structure is not realistic for what's on offer imo -- £165, £270, £545 ---
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    Re: cheap tobacco frags

    Tobacco Absolute - Molton Brown --- about £40 for 50ml. It's very good imo.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    ok -- yes,the original has an exceptional performance for a sort of semi-aquatic/citrus
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    Re: Rien incense battle

    yes, that's all really -- he was a believer in smashing everything to smithereens and starting again from nothing -- (Rien)
    sorry for the sidetrack
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    Re: Rien incense battle

    just the name
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    I'd say a better selection would be hard to find -- nice one
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    Re: Rien incense battle

    I think Nietzsche would have liked both
  57. Re: Article on frankincense from BBC - demand is destroying the trees

    I would have put money on Amouage getting some static
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    That's circa £260.00 though -- in the all black bottle. The 50ml version was around £80
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Costa Azzurra - Tom Ford

    A notch up from Bond's Montauk, which is some going for this genre
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    Re: Essential Parfums - Nice Bergamote

    I haven't come across these before, but I like the idea of 10ml bottles -- it gives much more flexibility

    Sounds like a range that Liberty in London may stock at some stage
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    The only Tom Ford Private Blend I actively dislike

    I'd rather wear Bel Ami or Knize Ten to name just 2
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    Re: Rien incense battle

    Kyoto or Avignon
  63. Re: Similar to Hemes concentrate d'orange vert with better performance

    I don't think anything else quite captures it -- the concentree lasts well on me 6-8 sprays
  64. Re: Michael Jackson's Fragrance Collection (Complete List)

    Bowie and Eno wore Orange Spice ---- which is on Jackson's list
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    Ha Ha -- it's not for us mere mortals to understand !
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    Re: Gucci Memoire d'une Odeur

    Hmm -- I was definitely going to blind buy but that seems a less attractive idea now -- too much 'faint praise' for my liking -- will have to test first
  67. Re: Recc Me A Fall/Date Scent Based On Weird Preferences

    Alien Man Fusion

    Prada Black
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    Re: Great Jones by Bond No. 9

    Great Jones is one of Bond's best imo ---I still have some left -----somewhere!
  69. Re: Men fresh fragrances with high performance ??

    don't worry -- both the Mugler and Dior are manly enough
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    what are your favourite masculines? that's basically it
  71. Re: Men fresh fragrances with high performance ??

    It's a bit obvious but have you tried Mugler Cologne or Dior Homme Cologne?
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    Re: Donna Karan Black Cashmere

    I think that could be an absolute bargain for the original
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    I was going to say Italian Cypress by Tom Ford but then The Fragrance Journals:1962 by Floris came along
  74. Re: Do you enjoy fragrances with bitter or gothic notes

    I always associate bitter with a burnt aspect which is always repellent -- for me anyway.

    I think we are mixing up bitter with 'dark'
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    Re: Donna Karan Black Cashmere

    Personally, I think Chaos is a much better fragrance and totally underrated and I mean the re-issued version

    BC seemed a bit weak to me but I rate it as unisex, which is the actual question
  76. Re: Counterfeit Byredo - is it true? - counterfeit or authentic? different manufacturer or scent mat

    Holy Moly!

    Online buyers have no chance --

    Thanks.
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    +1 -- it's very confusing at the moment. There seems to be 2 versions of MKK at the moment --- one much more expensive than the other and more 'user friendly'? I may be wrong though
  78. Thread: No-Buy August

    by Kaern
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    Re: No-Buy August

    fuggedaboutit
  79. Re: Scam, Shill or Just Two Low Watt Bulbs in a Bidding War?

    i've seen it all now :vrolijk_1:
  80. Poll: Re: Le Labo Bergamote 22 or Tom Fords Grey Vetiver EDT?

    Yes --- 87 positive against 11. I think I gave it a neutral

    It's not unpleasant but just, well............Grey
  81. Re: Counterfeit Byredo - is it true? - counterfeit or authentic? different manufacturer or scent mat

    I wouldn't think Byredo would be a top target for fakers -- the bottles in the photo look good to me
  82. Poll: Re: Le Labo Bergamote 22 or Tom Fords Grey Vetiver EDT?

    for me Grey Vetiver is boring and corporate and LL22 is a nicer wear but overpriced -- miles apart, smell wise of course
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    Re: Serge Lutens testing

    A wonderful House that I never tire of.

    Like Bapteme de Feu, I do find many of Lutens' fragrances quite hard to describe or pin down.

    They all seem to have a certain DNA though.
  84. Re: Do you enjoy fragrances with bitter or gothic notes

    No

    Memoir Man is my least favourite Amouage for that reason -- also Chanel # 19 strikes me as quite bitter as do may souk like ambers
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    +1

    I understand all the brickbats from most others, but I think the consistently high levels of the fragrances take some beating and a lot are seriously underrated imo like London.

    The last 8...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    I re-evaluated all of the Private Blends recently. I was left on my own with the stores' new testing devices and there wasn't one of the fragrances (except Tuscan Leather) that I didn't think smelt...
  87. Re: Strongest projecting niche fragrances in 2019 ? (excluding Amouage / Montale )

    I rate Kilian and Tom Ford fragrances as uniformly potent
  88. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    wear Sauvage for a day -- they'll beg you to go back to Quadrille
  89. Re: Do old people smell different? Asks NYT. Spoiler alert: aldehydes!

    a load of bollocks

    according to the article old people give off a 'grassy' and 'fatty' odour --- like two ends of the spectrum right there
  90. Re: List And Rate The Menís Issey Miyake Fragrance Line!

    Not a fan of the House but their Summer Special 2013 was lovely and a bargain at under £40
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    Re: Do You Prefer A Certain Bottle Size ozís?

    30ml or 50ml for me -- I prefer lots of variety rather than huge juice volumes of a particular fragrance
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    Re: Autumn Selections 2019

    I'll be happy once I Am Trash is in my collection

    what am i gonna do with all these summer fragrances -- keep em for 12 months???
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Fahrenheit Parfum ---- a superior fragrance
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Sounds good -- the title suggests a sort of weather event

    I wonder how the perfumer captures the coldness -- I notice it in White by Mark Buxton for CdG
  95. Thread: 21 sauvage

    by Kaern
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    Re: 21 sauvage

    Another source --From the 'Independent' newspaper in 2008

    ''Percy Savage, an enigmatic, Zelig-like character, personified the world of fashion and spent a lifetime promoting it. Arriving in Paris...
  96. Thread: 21 sauvage

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    Re: 21 sauvage

    Hey, I just googled it -- might even be a 'wiki'
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    Re: Gucci Memoire d'une Odeur

    I've heard good reports but the fellows of Fragrantica have pretty much slammed it

    I'm very interested in it though -- I'm getting a 'minimalist' feeling from it

    It certainly signifies some...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Intoxicated - Kilian
  99. Thread: 21 sauvage

    by Kaern
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    Re: 21 sauvage

    The name of the fragrance is reputedly the result of a late arrival by Christian Dior's friend Percy Savage to Dior's home. Dior had asked Savage to help find a name for a perfume for men. When...
  100. Re: Have you ever stopped someone to ask what they're wearing? What was it?

    no - too embarrassing
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