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  1. Re: Guerlain counters (or lack thereof) in dept stores in Australia

    In London most of the big stores have a counter and one or two a half-way decent walk around "mini boutique". Never as grand or prominent as the big designers though. Outside London there's not so...
  2. Re: Which fragrances in the last 15 years "changed the game"?

    As noted, the style of JCE (TdH in particular), the westernisation of oud and the effects of AdG (more than 15 years ago but still influential).
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    Re: Significant Other Overrules

    I was once asked "what's that smell like s**t and shaving soap?" (Teck by Molinard) otherwise I get away with it (no comment is good in general!!)
  4. Re: I don't understand the repugnancy for Grey Flannel. Best smell of a soap bar out there!

    There are many, many GF lovers and haters threads - but that in itself is a tribute to the juice. I can understand why people find the top/opening a challenge but the violet drydown is quite...
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    Re: 2014 XMAS Day Scent

    My tradition says something from VC&A. Just checked back - last year it was Zanzibar.
  6. Re: Old and new maybe with parents from girl I like. What scent is my best option

    + 1 - the others are a little too "direct" shall we say for people you don't know!
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    Re: How was your hobby in the pre-Internet era?

    As others have noted in the "old" days more leg-work was required but there really wasn't so much to see - Chanel? PM Dior? ES YSL? PH. Guerlain really pushed the boat out with a choice!!
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    Re: Do you use perfume every day?

    Yes, every day - two some days - unless, like others, I'm ill.
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    Re: How was your hobby in the pre-Internet era?

    So back in the mid-70s when I first became interested (yup, I'm old!) most of what I learned came from magazines - Vogue Homme, the occasional supplements in British Vogue and Arena. Then I'd go...
  10. Re: What was your First Fragrance that triggered collecting?

    In my youth Eau Sauvage and I haven't looked back since.
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    Re: My Top 5 Worst of the Worst Fragrances

    It may be a grim fragrance but it brings a fine turn of phrase out in you sir! Very funny thread for the most part - though for my own part life is too short to violently hate a fragrance - I just...
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    Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    In the day I was more a Chanel PH / VC&A PH type but I return regularly to Azzaro nowadays.
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    Re: Grey Flannel - Why the dislike?

    My wife wondered why anyone would name a fragrance after a grey (face) flannel - lol. Am I the only one these days who knows what grey flannel is? No one ever see a Geoffrey Beene advert? ...
  14. Re: The first Creed fragrance you smelled, and your reaction.

    Scent:Aventus
    First thought: Hmmm...it's OK
    Second thought (a couple of hours later): This is very good but not so good that I want to put down a barrow load of notes.
  15. Re: All of Geoffrey Beenes fragrances smell so good. What's your favorite?

    I could see how it might be if you overdo it but surely a light application is OK?
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    Re: Smooth, laid-back, classy scent?

    DH is a good choice but LIDG fits this bill too.
  17. Re: one spray to front of neck or one on each side?

    I wear a collared shirt and tie to work every day and find it works well - some scent is on the skin / hairline which projects nicely and, if you spray just before you put the shirt on, some goes on...
  18. Re: All of Geoffrey Beenes fragrances smell so good. What's your favorite?

    Unfortunately Bowling Green had gone before I got my nose on it. GF I love - not necessarily an easy or casual wear but a favourite. And remember that the company is not for profit since GB's death...
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    Re: How are Jo Malone perfumes?

    I don't find all of them weak - though many are. Oud & Bergamot is barely there on first application and poor considering the (even more) premium price for apparent "intense" concentration. My wife...
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    Re: how do you apply your cologne

    I'm impressed! Having by many fewer fragrances I can usually keep it in my head but I can see why this would be useful (I'm sure my MBTI must be wrong - I shouldn't be impressed with this type of...
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    Re: Recommend a wedding fragrance

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
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    Re: Grey Flannel - Why the dislike?

    Count me a GF lover though I would say that it is an acquired taste. While it is not dated (it's notes don't conform to what was fashionable in the mid-70s so it cannot be associated with a date in...
  23. Re: Which fragrance do you use the most/least of when applying

    Anything grey gets the least! (Grey Flannel, Grey Vetiver 1-2). Light citruses in summer up to 6 (eg Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle, Jo Malone LBM). Majority 3-4.
  24. Re: Two Guerlains Arrived: One an A+ and the other my first Guerlain disappointment

    I suppose I can understand why some might find LIDG boring - I find it smooth and elegant and have been wearing it to work this month. A favourite autumn/winter office number for me. My other...
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    Re: Your Collection.

    Just 18 bottles - and the wife says that's too many... :-(
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    Re: Back up Bottles.

    None - though I wish I had one of VC&A Zanzibar so I needn't be so sparing with what I have left!
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    Re: my god hahaha grey flannel wt....f....

    As others have said, weird selection, but of those three I'd choose GF as well.
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    Re: possible allergy help please?

    I sometimes get throat soreness/constriction but I've never been able to pin it down to one ingredient, nor (with few exceptions) can I find fragrances that never or always cause the problem. It...
  29. Re: what are you top 3 cheapies that make a statement and smell expensive.

    +1 for MiP and Grey Flannel. All of Galimard's are very modestly priced for what they are.
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    Re: What do the 'famous' perfumers wear?

    Read somewhere that Wasser cites Caron PuH as his inspiration to get into perfumery and TdH as the one scent he wished he'd created. Don't know what (if anything) her wears though.
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    Re: What is the average age here?

    This - and as usual L'HBI has many of the best comments...
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    Re: Best Work Scent?

    Anything as long as you go easy on the trigger with stonger ones. In particular I like Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boiseé and Terre d'Hermès in the office. Dior Homme and Bleu de...
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    Re: Which Galimard

    I've ordered directly from them to the UK and it worked fine - took a couple of weeks. No doubt quicker (and I think free) shipping if you're in France.
  34. Re: Ways to boost a frags sillage or projection?

    Apply to clothes (inside jacket / shirt for example) or hair.
  35. Re: What's currently your personal favorite male perfume and why ?

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver right now - the scent is wonderful and the performance and reliability are superb.
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    Re: Galimard parfums

    OK right - I understand the set you're talking about. I didn't fancy that as it comes as a pre-selected mix from the men's and women's lines with no choice - be good if your insider can sort out...
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    Re: Galimard parfums

    My reading of the site is that this set is parfum (not EDP as the OP suggests) - hope so as I intend to order. Not sure which 6 to get though. 1747, Aigue Vives and Offrez Lui would have to be...
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    Re: Taking a Cologne Bath

    Hmmm...it may seem like a bit of a trolling topic but to be honest I've been doing this anyway - a couple of sprays of Grey Flannel into the running water as the bath fills creates a wonderful aroma...
  39. Re: The reasons why the majority of BN members don't layer

    People knock JML hard but it's not a joke. The problem is with the pricing which certainly does not encourage multiple purchases. Many of the fragrances themselves are fine and make fine...
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    Re: Parfum Versions for Men 2014

    A rare pleasure to be able to furnish you with information you don't already have :-)
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    Re: Parfum Versions for Men 2014

    I think they have changed since you were last there or looked online Hednic . For example:
    http://www.galimard.com/index.php/en/online-boutique/for-men/flibustier.html
    shows that Flibustier is...
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    Re: Parfum Versions for Men 2014

    You could try Galimard - all their scents are available in extrait concentration but full bottles of some only in Grasse. You can order the parfum sample set and specify which six you want online...
  43. Re: When you go out of town, what fragrance(s) go with you?

    Business: something "conventionally corporate" (sorry!) - Tom Ford GV / TdH. Holiday: whatever depending on season.
  44. Re: The reasons why the majority of BN members don't layer

    Well, y'know, I don't get strung out about it one way or the other. I have a few set scent combos that I sometimes use and others that I only ever use alone. Whatever floats your boat...
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    Re: My Final Frag List.

    Only seven months....?!
  46. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    Hang on - Dior is controlled by LVMH - how come they have avoided the "death grip"?
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    Re: allbeauty.com/perfume click.co.uk

    Allbeauty seems reliable to me - well packaged and reasonably fast delivery.
  48. Poll: Re: If you could only have fragranes from 1 house, which would it be?

    Out on a limb, Van Cleef & Arpels, but seriously Tom Ford.
  49. Re: Top 1 Spray Fragrances (Current Formulations Only)

    Depends on the effect you're after but I get a noticeable but subtle sillage from the following:

    Grey Vetiver
    Grey Flannel
    Terre d'Hermes
    Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise (yes, really!)

    In general...
  50. Re: Have you ever gone through a complete 180 about a fragrance?

    Grey Flannel: what the... > OK > love it
    Egoiste: really? > ah! I see
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    Re: Whats The Big deal With Guerlain...

    +1 it can also take some time to appreciate and then want to wear some scents. If a fragrance has been around for years and gets rave reviews 90% of the time I work on the basis that there must be...
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    Re: Today I bought: September 2014

    The glorious MiP
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    - VC&A MiP (in the post already!)
    - Czech & Speake Spanish Cedar
    - Tauer LDDM
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    All time? Chanel PM probably (though I haven't a bottle at the moment).
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    Re: Special Occasion scent??

    Strangely I tend to go for Van Cleef & Arpels Zanzibar - discontinued, rare and rather lovely IMO.
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    Re: MiP discontinued

    The Van Cleef website still lists MiP along with Tsar and Pour Homme...
  57. Re: What is your most worn fragrance according to your "Scent of the day"?

    Geurlain Homme L'Eau Boisée because I wore it every day to the office in April/May/June (only started SOTD about a year ago).
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    Re: Chanel No. 5 + Shalimar = Men's What??

    All the important ones have been noted (Chanel PM, the two Guerlains and Eau Sauvage). Bar the distribution which leads to cheapie deals these days, in terms of quality, history and importance (and...
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    Re: similar to terre d' Hermes?

    Many people note this similarity but I have both this and TdH and really don't see it - the dry sharpness of TdH isn't there in GHLEB for me - the Guerlain is a light citrus/wood spring/summer...
  60. Re: Need some violet/violet leaf recommendations

    + 1 for Grey Flannel which has violet and leaf. Although the opening can come over very harsh, the drydown after about an hour produces a clear, long-lasting violet which is quite beautiful IMO.
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    Re: Today I Bought: July 2014

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    Not all of these (!) - but two great ones - Bambou Trèfle and Bois des Indes
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    Re: Galimard Cologne Absolue range

    OK so I've finally received another parcel from Galimard! In the end I went for Bois des Indes and Bambou Trefle. First impressions are very good - BdI is an intriguing, quiet, slightly rubbery...
  63. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    Among others, Azzaro PH which I'd never really looked at at all before.
  64. Re: Reformulation that is equal or better than the original????

    Interparfums have done a pretty good job with the current formulations of VC&A PH and Tsar IMO.
  65. Re: Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    And if you go back to the beginning of modern perfumery the men and women all wore the same anyway. I don't think Farina whipped up male and female editions of his "fragrant waters".
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    Re: Thoughts on the Guerlain Homme line

    A solid spring/summer line IMO. That being said the only one I have a full bottle of is Boisee so I guess that's my number one!
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    Re: Mixing two perfumes

    Indeed - and do your experiments while round the house so you can decide - don't try a combo just before you go out, in half an hour it may have dried down to febreeze and garlic sausage...
  68. Re: What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance you have ever smelt?

    Dior Homme Cologne (2013)
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    Re: What best compliments your fragrance

    I sometimes use matching aftershave balm if it's available - some of them (Chanel, Hermes, Guerlain) are very nice to use - otherwise unscented (or low-scented) products.
  70. Re: Has anyone tried the Jo Malone London Rain collection yet?

    Unfortunately they're sold out (in the UK) now and stores no longer have testers so I couldn't say. Vague suggestion that the cedar and juniper one may make it back into regular stock (it was the...
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    Re: Galimard Cologne Absolue range

    Thanks for the info Hednic - it's appreciated.
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    Re: Galimard Cologne Absolue range

    Many thanks both for the useful replies.

    Hednic a couple more questions if that's OK - I'm guessing Bois des Indes is not so much of a light summer number then? How would you describe your other...
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    Galimard Cologne Absolue range

    I've been trying Feuilles & Fleurs d'Oranger from this range which, while a good if traditional soapy cologne, has a slight old world ladies hairdresser feel about it. I was wondering about trying...
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    Re: I want "clean" but something distinguished

    I would second both Terre d'Hermes and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
  75. Re: Thoughts On Jo Malone Fragrances? Too expensive for what they are?

    I'm just starting to get into JM and I have to say I find quite a lot to like. While there are scents which are five minutes and gone on me most JMs don't fall into that category. Of those I've...
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    Re: Today I Bought: June 2014

    http://www.galimard.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/Feuilles___Fleur_4e8c35a85535d.png
    A blind try based on suggestions. Classical soapy cologne. Quiet old-fashioned hairdresser in...
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    Re: Dior Homme Cologne '13 Appreciation Thread

    Only thing to be aware of is that it really is not like any of the other DHs. It's a bracing citrus cologne which has no DH DNA in it as far as I can tell...
  78. Re: Your successes with layering male fragrances

    Just starting to experiment - have no strong opinion on the pros and cons - sometimes it's good sometimes it's not. Most difficult thing (for me) it getting the proportions right. Some combos which...
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    Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    Absolutely - concentrations are all different, sprayers are all different. Vive la difference!
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    Re: Dior Homme Cologne '13 Appreciation Thread

    Big fan - wore it all last summer. Today experimentally wearing combined with Jo Malone LBM (JM try to flog Grapefruit to go with LBM but I think DHC is a better match).
  81. Thread: DHC vs DHS?

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    Poll: Re: DHC vs DHS?

    Very true but you do need to overspray to get it to last - which makes it poor value (EDC at EDT/P prices). Whatever, it's still a summer favourite of mine.
  82. Re: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee - Bottle Worthy?

    No, the dry down is where it gets "Boisee" which gives it the greater longevity as well of course. EDIT - should have said the lime/mint bit is similar but less rum (they don't refer to this one...
  83. Re: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee - Bottle Worthy?

    One of my favourites - I've been wearing it to the office all spring. Interestingly, to my nose, it shares very little in common with TdH - they both involve citrus and wood but then again what...
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    Re: Layering fragrance

    Although you might not think so, a light application of VC&A Tsar with R&G Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle really is a great summer combo - the Tsar adding green depth and length.
  85. Re: Fragrance that smells most like household cleaner?

    LOL!
    Opening of current formulation Grey Flannel - Harpic meets urinal cake?
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Old (but never tried before) Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - really very good
    New (and very impressive) Czech & Speake Spanish Cedar - Fathers' Day coming up - I'll have to start hinting...!
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    Although it's easy to have a silly opinion before the sniff this seems to me to be heading in the "Bleu de Guerlain L'Eau d'Amandes" direction - which isn't necessarily good.
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    Re: Post office refused perfume postage

    OK - thank you - I was thinking of companies rather than individuals.
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    Re: Post office refused perfume postage

    I think I understand this mishmash of rules and mis-application thereof but what about inbound post? If I order something from, say, France what happens then? Is stuff getting through OK?
  90. Re: Encre Noire Sport or Guerlain Homme l'eau Boisee?

    Another one for L'Eau Boisee - it's been my office scent all spring.
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    Re: I Can't Smell My Cologne!!!

    I agree with the not straight out of the shower routine - also I find my skin/nose take a while to get used to (some, not all) new fragrances and that I have to wear them, say, every day for a couple...
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    So the http://www.lhommeideal.com website seems to have gone live with a video - which still tells us nothing!

    EDIT Monsieur Guerlain (as ever) has the news -...
  93. Re: Off to London and Paris; where should I sniff?

    In Jermyn Street: Czech & Speake, Trumper, Floris, Taylor. In Clerkenwell: Murdock. In Bond Street: Hermes, Chanel, Dior (all the exclusive lines). In Tottenham Court Road: Heals bathroom section...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme Eau Boisée cap

    I was very disappointed to get a plastic cap on the bottle - especially as the tester in the shop where I bought it had the wooden one (and they are all differently grained real wood). Call me...
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    Re: Arran Aromatics vetiver : so popular ?

    My thanks too to Grant and RP for continued work on this - it is appreciated as the feature is very useful.
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    Re: Spanish Cedar by Czech & Speake

    Enter confidently, speak clearly in your best sub-Etonian and address everyone as "my good man/woman" - works for me! (OK just kidding on the last bit). And yes they are in general fine once you are...
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    Re: Spanish Cedar by Czech & Speake

    Just been down to the C&S shop where they gave me a spray and a sample vial (free!) so if you're in or near that part of London it's clearly the thing to do. Of course, unless your name is...
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    Re: Vintage Hermes Equipage?

    I had one of these back in the day - wonderful juice it was too...
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    Re: Scent of the Day Feature

    I'd vote for that if Grant has the time!
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    Re: Scent of the Day Feature

    I see that this has been changed to indicate that it's the number of people and not the number of wears - which explains a lot!!
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