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  1. Re: Scents that everybody says should be worn for "special occasions", but you wear anyway daily

    I'm in the anything anytime camp and for the most part I only own frags that most would consider special occasion.
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    Re: Is pure malt ok for a 18 year old?

    Perfect, really. Just be careful, it's very strong!
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    Re: Pure Distance Black

    I have found Black varies quite a bit depending on how it's applied. While it is true all frags vary depending on application, Black seems to be effected to a much greater degree than most. Without a...
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    Re: Pure Distance M

    I have vintage Bel Ami as well as M.... they are definitely similar and I wouldn't surprised if Bel Ami was M's primary inspiration...but M smells richer and more modern. There are a lot of other...
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    Re: Pure Distance Black

    It's a great review alfarom, but of course I disagree... Black is on the same level as M for my tastes.
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    Re: Pure Distance Black

    I just got the 60 mL. It's the first "mainstream" frag I have bought in quite a while.

    I think it's amazing and in the same league as M... M and Black are my two favorites and for me, nothing...
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    Re: "nose maturity"

    For me, it's an increased sensitivity to many synthetic aromachemicals... when they are used in a clumsy manner (most frags) they annoy me. Most designer frags are annoyingly synthetic, and many...
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    Re: A cologne that will make her think of sex

    Love these threads, LOL!

    Like Macklemore and Ryan Louis say in Thrift Shop, "Trying to get girls from a brand? Then you hella won’t" Just replace brand with cologne and you've got it!

    Anyway,...
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    Re: Hands down best fragrance?

    Puredistance M, nothing even comes close IMO.
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    Re: bespoke fragrances

    Yup, Taha at Agaraura offered to make one for me because I didn't get an email about a new release and it sold out before I could try it. It is (real) ambergris, rose and tobacco, and is all natural....
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes - Le Takedown

    It's a huge iso-e super bomb, the drydown is 95% iso-e.... Jean-Claude Ellena needs to put down the iso-e and come up with something original and halfway decent.
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    Re: What will be your valentines day fragrance?

    .M.
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    Re: First Impression(s)-Invasion Barbare

    Meh... it's only ok IMO. I agree with most of the comments made by folks who don't love it.
  14. Re: How many in your collection do you rate 10 out of 10 and which?

    Just one, Puredistance M
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    Re: Bel Ami and Puredistance M

    That's a good summary. I have the old formulation of Bel Ami and M, both are really good but M is much more modern feeling and IMO, a much better frag all around. I think it's worth the money and is...
  16. Re: Invasion Barbare and Chypre Palatin question

    Don't like them. Just tried CP and was very disappointed. After a short time it becomes a powdery, sweet, cloying mess. Wish I was around a shower so I could wash it off. Gross. IB is better but...
  17. Re: I don't care for the majority of fragrances I've tried

    Yup, finding 1 or 2 out of a hundred seems normal to me. I bought a dozen or so bottles after trying hundreds of frags and I ended up selling all but a few.
  18. Re: my nose does not tolerate synthetic fragrance anymore.... like Le Male

    I haven't posted here for a while because I started to get sensitive to some synthetics, lost interest and sold most of my frags. I still use a few, there are a handful that don't bother me. The only...
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    Re: Wow - big allergic reaction!!

    I've had a couple bad reactions... eczema one time and a reaction that felt like strep throat another time.

    I still love frags but I'm wary of them, they are a minefield of synthetic chems that...
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    Re: Amouage Reflection Man

    That's exactly what I expect from Amouage. Most of their frags have horribly composed basenotes that ruin the frag.
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    Re: most long lasting Killian

    I agree 100%. But, judging from this thread it seems most people think this is a sign of quality.

    I definitely feel like it's a bait and switch, I used to own 3 BK bottles and numerous samples...
  22. Re: Fragrance that smell of class and power (work appropriate)

    Puredistance M. It's worth the money.
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    Re: most long lasting Killian

    Unfortunately the extreme longevity is also their downfall in many cases... I really like them, but the longer I owned them the more the synthetics would get on my nerves. I don't need to smell a...
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    Re: Blekh synthetic frags are so awful

    Good post, I agree. I still have and use a lot of frags that are partly or mostly synthetic.

    But the OP's point is still valid, there are a lot of frags that are offensively strong with a...
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    Re: Blekh synthetic frags are so awful

    No, it's not. I have sold off a great majority of my frags that have any synthetics in them. As far as the OP's Creeds, I agree they are mostly synthetic, but they manage to be a lot less offensive...
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    Re: Blekh synthetic frags are so awful

    I agree, many popular frags are incredibly poor IMO. They are a big part of the reason some places are banning them. I can tolerate some synthetics but I think most designer frags are noxious. I...
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    Re: By Kilian - Wow i think Im in love

    Unfortunately, that is also their downfall. I have owned several BKs and sold them all because the synthetics they use to increase longevity is overdone.

    But I am more sensitive than most people...
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    Re: Health concerns regarding fragrance.

    There are quite a few good all natural frags out there, which is what I usually use these days. Good ones are very expensive though. Check out DSH and Agaraura's mukhallats.

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    Re: Tauer: 100% OUDH FREE

    The entire industry is smoke and mirrors. Oud is just the latest insult.
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    Re: A Taste Of Heaven by Kilian

    Agreed. It's a great frag but whatever synth they used to extend longevity gets old after a while, no frag needs to last this long. StH is great if you like patchouli, iso-e super and a synthetic rum...
  31. Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Order a bunch of samples from luckyscent.

    I also can't find much of interest at local dept stores.
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    Re: USA Today . . . Ban On Scents

    I dated a girl who overapplied perfume. Not horribly, but it was louder than it should be and she liked it that way.


    Also, the comparisons of perfumes to other scented products does not hold...
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    Re: USA Today . . . Ban On Scents

    I can definitely understand and even agree with frag bans. Some people overapply and it can affect sensitive people... simple as that. Once a few people overapply and you get complaints from people...
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    Re: Puredistance M - Spray or Dab?

    Both... sometimes one spray to the body and a couple dabs.

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    Both... sometimes one spray to the body and a couple dabs.
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    Re: Back to Black = Baby Powder?

    There's definitely a powdery aspect to it, but for me that's relatively minor. It's too bad so many people can only smell it as baby powder.
  36. Re: Out of nowhere my frags are giving me rashes!

    It happened to me once, I lightly applied some frag in the morning, then had a yoga class in the evening. The frag was barely noticeable so I didn't shower first and ended up with a really bad rash...
  37. Re: Im content with my small collection. Are you?

    Yeah, I'm ok with a small collection, and it's getting even smaller as I sell of stuff I don't use much. I also have about 10 or so bottles.
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    Re: Aventus got me in trouble at work

    I've also warned everyone, many times... I am not anosmic to Aventus, at least at the relatively small quantities I use it at, and it is the strongest frag I own or have ever experienced. I dilute...
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    Re: Unburnt Japanese Incense type cologne

    Agaraura has 2 japanese incense oils for sale right now. They are agarwood based so not cheap, but 100% natural and high quality. Maybe worth sampling...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    OH! I'm so sorry I don't talk about what YOU want to talk about.

    IMO, you are incapable of having a real conversation, don't respond to any points I have made and now you're upset at my...
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    Re: Sillage......exactly what does this mean???

    I agree there is a distinction between sillage and projection. It is possible to have a lot of sillage but little projection. I hate frags that project too much, there is no escaping them.
  42. Re: 4 niche fragrances, 2 houses: Creed VS Tom Ford for summer?

    I dislike all the TF frags I have ever tried, while I think most Creeds are at least OK.
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    Interesting findings below, or rather lack of findings... Seriously, "No data were available." for many of these huge issues? We have no data on chronic toxicity? So those of us who use ies-heavy...
  44. Thread: DSH Rose Vert

    by Dorje123
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    Re: DSH Rose Vert

    No, but I have tried a few DSH scents and IMO they are very good. Not sure what the notes are in Rose Vert, but just be aware that when she uses patchouli it is usually somewhat prominent.
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    For me this isn't the case... SO FAR. The disturbing issue with gaining sensitivity to a chemical is that it can lead to sensitivities to many other chemicals. The particular mechanism is not as...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    Yup, that's pretty much how I feel about it. Any frag that has a decent amount of ies does this. It lasts forever, can't be washed off the skin, and gets stronger and stronger as the other notes in...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    This is also an incorrect assumption. I love TdH except for the iso-e and just recently brought myself to get rid of them.. I owned both the EDT and Parfum versions. I also really, really like...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    Puredistance M
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    Iso-e is used at high concentrations (20% +) in countless frags. Terre d'Hermes is like having a painting where 45% of the entire canvas is covered with ultramarine, not just having it blended in...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    I made my own Molecule 01 and I can smell it clearly, all the time. I do not get anosmic to it at all, this is part of the reason it bothers me. So your assumption that I love other frags that have...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    I totally disagree, the reason being that iso-e super is used very heavily in many, many frags. Since it is commonly used as a prominent facet of a frag, it gets more attention than most because it...
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    Re: Horrible Spicebomb reality check :-/

    Now I'm offended too!
  53. Thread: tdh parfum

    by Dorje123
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    Re: tdh parfum

    EDT is my preference, but I'm selling off my TdH, it got boring and somewhat offensive because of the iso-e super.
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    Re: Bamboo Harmony

    lol, me too! Bamboo is pretty good... it has excellent citrus topnotes. It is like a JCE frag but with better ingredients and some naturals. The drydown however is not quite as good as the...
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    Re: Pure Shot: Worthy of a Purchase?

    Pure Shot is very good IMO. I'm keeping mine, but not my backup.
  56. Re: Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree vs Cartier Declaration.

    Dislike both of them, but BC's drydown is horrendous IMO. They both share the same "BO" accord, that to me smells more like some sort of plastic.
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    Re: WOW! Back to Black By Kilian.

    One of the best By Kilians...
  58. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    Yeah, it's been too long, I have no idea where I read that. But I have heard a few other BN'ers assert they make the claim, true or not. Maybe they use some naturals, but what you quoted is certainly...
  59. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    Or it may be an outright lie, i.e. Creed's claims. Some may say mostly natural, but this may vary quite a bit from frag to frag, even in the same house, i.e. By Kilian.
  60. Re: Thierry Mugler A Taste of Fragrance Gave Me a Sore Throat!

    Sorry, no... but I just watched a new 50 mL tester go for around $160 on ebay.

    I like Kilian's Incense Oud, but the japanese incense oud blends made by Agaraura are far superior IMO... (and all...
  61. Re: Thierry Mugler A Taste of Fragrance Gave Me a Sore Throat!

    LOL, I actually sold someone a small amount of Kilian's A Taste of Heaven on ebay since I got a 100 mL refill... they thought it was an absinthe drink.... and drank it. I got a complaint that it...
  62. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    lol, good luck with that! In the fragrance world, you are not going to get honesty about this from most sources.
  63. Thierry Mugler A Taste of Fragrance Gave Me a Sore Throat!

    Maybe the chili / hot pepper note did it, IDK....

    I applied the frag, 3 sprays, 2 on the chest, one on the back of neck / upper back region. An hour or so later it felt like I had strep throat. I...
  64. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    Also check out Soivohle, they have an all natural line. I have sampled Underworld, it's good... but nowhere close to cheap. They do sell smaller quantities though.

    +1 for DSH, she's only a few...
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    Re: Do you love Italian Cypress?

    Gross
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    Re: Is my fragrance journey over??? :(

    Yes, my favorite is Agaraura, they specialize in oud oils but also make blends that I really enjoy. Unfortunately, their production is limited so all of their products are essentially limited...
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    Re: Is my fragrance journey over??? :(

    It is possible to suddenly become sensitive to, or develop allergies to materials in our environment. I believe there is always a cause but it may be very difficult to track down. My enjoyment of...
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    Re: ISO E Super and niche

    I totally disagree, the reason being that iso-e super is used very heavily in many, many frags. Since it is commonly used as a prominent facet of a frag, it gets more attention than most because it...
  69. Re: A fragrance that personifies love, trust + commitment

    Gotta watch those reformulated dogs, many breeds have indeed been ruined...
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    Re: Iso E's introduction in the fragrance world?

    I'd like to know too so I can sniff frags made before this hideous molecule was invented. :evil:
  71. Re: Thinking of getting rid of my TV :shocked:

    I haven't met a TF frag that wasn't worth getting rid of... :evil:
  72. Re: Newfound respect for a much maligned bestseller

    I agree, and as thebeck pointed out to me, MFK's APLS has this effect as well... you can only really smell the dirty musk up close.
  73. Re: Massive Patou Pour Homme 3 oz bottle dump on ebay !

    Check out justsnipe, it's a free bidding service that enters your bid at the last second. The only way to ebay, IMO...
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    Re: What is your favorite fragrance of all time

    +1...
  75. Re: Amouage Epic Man, Honour Man, Memoir Man or Lyric Man!!!

    Lyric, then Ciel for me.

    I dislike Amouage frags that change a lot, they couldn't make a decent base to save their lives. This includes Gold, Memoir, Jube, Honor... all have boring drydowns with...
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    Re: Toothpasty colognes?

    Smelling like toothpaste is a result of an individual's scent memory, which means nobody is going to agree that a certain frag smells like toothpaste. Mint /= toothpaste!
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes

    I have pure iso-e as well, and I still think the drydown is mostly iso-e. The frag is 55% iso-e as it is...
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    Re: 10 interesting points about Roja Dove

    I hope it is not too similar to M, and for my wallet's sake I also hope I don't like it. :smiley:

    I am very curious though, but I take it there is no way to obtain a sample? If not, it might be...
  79. Re: Fragrances you've received negative comments on..

    The same guy (a total d-bag, btw...) asked "who farted?" in response to Aventus and "who has been using Comet cleaner?" in response to Cruel Intentions. I can understand his reactions, but the way he...
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    Re: 10 interesting points about Roja Dove

    I wonder what Fetish will be like? He just made Puredistance M last year...
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    Re: Pure Shot a flop?

    If they do pull all the Pure Shot, it's price will probably double on ebay, lol. Good news for all those with backup bottles they don't want to keep!
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    Re: Pure Shot a flop?

    I like it, but judging from reactions here I'm not surprised if it gets pulled.
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    Re: Acqua di Gio essenza-not so 'essenza'

    SoS is right, people say all the time that so-and-so frag has no longevity when they contain certain musks or iso-e super that lasts 12+ hours. It is simply fatigue or anosmia.
  84. Re: Amouage Reflection Man vs. Viktor & Rolf Antidote

    Reflection is one of the better Amouages IMO... to me it seems like a high end Le Male/Fleur de Male combo. It's not at all "natural" but it comes off a lot less harsh and synthetic-smelling vs. Le...
  85. Re: Every basenoter should watch this video before wearing A*men, One Milion, Le Male...etc..

    4 gallons of cologne and a plan.... lol.
  86. Re: Creed is so far ahead of the game that it takes you months to "get" them

    lol, I've diluted my Aventus down to 50% because it was so strong. I don't want people to smell me across a large room!

    Postumo, remember when a BN member and utube reviewer got sent home from...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes

    ^^This. It's just ok... it is a nice concept and smells good but the base is too simple, mostly iso-e super.

    I have both the EDT and PP, it was one of my favorites when I 1st became interested in...
  88. Re: Definitive proof spicebomb is the one you want!

    cool story bro
  89. Re: HELP! I'm in the market for my first niche'. It needs to be a citrus scent for the warm months.

    I'd add Amouage Ciel Man, it reminded me of MI but I like Ciel a little better.
  90. Poll: Re: Would you put perfume on a baby? Take the poll

    20 sprays of Kouros should cover up that dirty diaper smell, lol.
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    Re: Nobody talks abour Pure Shot!

    I think it's pretty good.
  92. Re: For Men: What is your number 1 favorite floral note?

    Rose!!!
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    Re: My town reeks of Hollister

    Exactly!
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes without oranges

    I 2nd Poivre Samarcande (about 75% iso-e super) or just straight iso-e super. TdH's drydown is mostly iso-e super.
  95. Thread: I need help.

    by Dorje123
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    Re: I need help.

    Since you have the budget, try some Creed frags, I think they have a more natural feel than most designers and might be what you're looking for. I'd suggest Aventus, Millesime Imperial, Green Irish...
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    Re: Bad, bad news for me.

    Maybe try some all natural perfumes too, DSH and Liz Zorn have some good stuff.
  97. Re: Great Aromatic, Fresh Scents for the Spring & Summer that are not Aquatics

    For Summer I like:

    Prelude to Love By Kilian - Orange, orange blossom, iris and spices
    Bamboo Harmony By Kilian - Citrus (best ever, IMO) and tea
    Eau d'Orange Verte -Orange and oakmoss
    Terre...
  98. Re: IF you had a signature scent, what would it be ?

    .M.
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    Re: The power of scent memory

    I agree, scent is entirely subjective and our preferences are directly linked to scent memory.

    Scent memory is interesting, but also can be a hindrance. When scent memory is triggered sometimes...
  100. Re: List the fragrance that gives your nose an orgasm

    I'd say Full Choke, but it looks like that stuff orgasms on YOU!
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