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    Re: LVMH shuts down Monsieur Guerlain's website

    yeah, this was nothing but corporate gladhanding, shutting down free expression by one company under threat from another. as if there were any exposure at all. if there had been, then counsel would...
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    Re: The perfect alternative to TF's Oud Wood ...

    there are over 6 billion base pairs in human DNA. a mere difference of 150 million or so pairs between us and the apes.
    the relevance to perfumery is staggering
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    Re: Perfume as deodorant

    as a deodorant? yes. it is not, however, an antiperspirant. the stuff people apply to their pits only does two things, adds fragrance or reduces sweating by clogging sweat glands. everything else is...
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    Re: LVMH shuts down Monsieur Guerlain's website

    This is pretty much the exact opposite move any competent marketing exec would have made. The subject matter expert who freely supports and promotes your brand is a damn gold mine in the information...
  5. Re: Need a good year 'rounder from Luckyscent...$200 budget

    M will almost assuredly not be an all rounder for Chuck. The most wrong thing to do is apply ones own personal tastes to a third party. Good luck in church in the Georgia summer if you do get it. Or,...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Tonka for 2016

    Kinda like getting excited about a new brand of vanilla ice cream. With the amount of vanilla in the world used in scented anything, the analog tonka does nothing for me. Add in that this is a*men,...
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    Re: How much fragrance is sprayed per squirt?

    12 is my average. decanted 9 more perfumes a couple weeks ago, and it's still close to the mean, though the range is pretty wide.
  8. Re: Looking for a fragrance similar to Dior homme intense...

    Paul Smith Man, Armani Eau de Nuit, Lomani Essential
  9. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute ... now selling for $300

    I didn't say niche exclusively, I said expensive, as well as luxe. And expensive is relative. Tom Ford is a designer, and it is a designer house. Same for PE. But one vies for luxury pricing. CdG is...
  10. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute ... now selling for $300

    Same people who spend on discontinued o "vintage" versions. Or people who were part of the beanie baby craze, or pay $500 & up for a limited release import video game, or ten thousand other things....
  11. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute ... now selling for $300

    A human being with discretionary income. Why would "someone" pay the price for a Dior Prive after they see the discounted price for Fahrenheit? Why would anyone do the same for Armani Prive but leave...
  12. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute ... now selling for $300

    It's worth what someone will pay. The brand is pointless, the smell matters. At least, that's the argument for spending this kind of money on other brands. Anyone should be able to wear a perfume...
  13. Re: What fragrances ARE worth buying retail at USA/USD pricing?

    None. Retail prices include a markup for the retailer. The retailer provides me with no service I want, all I want is the bottle. There's no need that requires a higher price for quicker access,...
  14. Re: Is it just me or does Creed's Original Santal smell like it has cheap ingredients

    better call
    Man, sure did take an extreme price hike to get more reviews, a higher ratio of positive reviews, and a more "expensive" smell.

    The lack of challenge is the most disappointing aspect.
  15. Re: Is it just me or does Creed's Original Santal smell like it has cheap ingredients

    Yes, cheap. It smells just like cheap perfume. That, or Joop and Individuel smell expensive. Which they do not.

    But it probably smells expensive to cheap noses. Those would be the only noses that...
  16. Re: Ralph Lauren Purple Label = a lighter Aventus for daily wear

    Similar sharpness, something is certainly reminiscent in the top in the piquant feel. Likely the blackberry & blackcurrant comparing.
  17. Re: Is there discrimination against men and offensive fragrances?

    Today's culture is Jan packed with purple looking to get offenses, and those looking to apologize for being offensive. Professional victims and white knights all over the damn place. You seem to work...
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    Re: Do any designers work as perfumer?

    ok, just was wondering, it seemed like you grouped him with Tauer and as different from the professional position of Lutens. Wasn't sure if I had my understandinfg correct about them. As I take it,...
  19. Thread: Niche quality

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    Re: Niche quality

    Hmm, would "vintage quality" be a better term?
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    Re: Niche quality

    It's worse than that, because the term isn't used to describe niche perfume. It's used to describe some other kind, like designer or drugstore or cheapie or whatever. A niche bottle is niche quality,...
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    Re: Niche quality

    That one is niche quality, the others are a bit pedestrian.
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    Re: Do any designers work as perfumer?

    What do you mean about Ford.
  23. Thread: Niche quality

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    Niche quality

    This means the level of quality from a niche house, right?

    Do any designer brands meet the criteria of being as good as Agonist, Bodicea, Cereus, Bond #9 or Blood Concept? Is it a difficult thing...
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    Do any designers work as perfumer?

    In other words, does anyone with their name on the bottle/brand work as a fashion designer for clothing or accessories as well as perfume? There are plenty of designer labels, like Klein or Ford,...
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    Re: Is there a time to move on from designers?

    Naturals confer no objective advantage. The only argument would be for smell, and that is far, far, far too subjective. There are synthetic recreations that smell the same, perform better, are more...
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    Re: Is there a time to move on from designers?

    Not sure what the issue with testing is. The claim is that a trained noise can identify niche vs designer. Not that niche smells better. The expert nose is somehow supposed to be able to smell a...
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    Re: Is there a time to move on from designers?

    It has been shown through empirical testing that wine price and wine preference do not correlate. The more learned the taster, the less likely they are to identify the more expensive bottles. Since...
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    Re: Is there a time to move on from designers?

    I also have several pages saved from perfumer interviews and other industry articles that all, every single one, put the price of 100ml of perfume at less than five or six bucks. The consensus is...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage Vs. Dior Homme Eau For Men

    DHE

    Almost made this topic last week, but really would have thought someone already did.
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    Re: are we all doing it wrong?

    Well, people who think "skin chemistry" is a good thing should love civet, castoreum, dirty musks, etc. The amount of ammonia and other nitrates coming out of your pores isn't exactly iso e super.
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    Re: are we all doing it wrong?

    Leather. Tanning leather stinks, and back in the day they couldn't do much to the process to improve the smell.

    I wear on my skin, but the idea of skin chemistry is bunk. Dead skin cells, urea,...
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    Re: Alternative to Tom Ford Oud Wood?

    Looking forward to Jeremy's report, as there has rarely been many scents compared to OW... and of course the flood of tears that follow. Adds a unique marine accord to the classic blend of vitriolic...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    If I were a garbage man, I'd eventually get used to the smell of the truck. I spent a year in a third world nation, got used to the smells associated with a total lack of running water, indoor...
  34. Re: Does the price of a fragrance equate to its longevity/sillage?

    Quality affects price, and it's a one way street
  35. Re: Does the price of a fragrance equate to its longevity/sillage?

    No, price has nothing to do with performance or even how good the smell is. Performance can be measured objectively (time and distance are fixed units with no room to interpret if communicated...
  36. Re: F Black by Ferragamo is proof women have horrible taste

    unfortunate to see that Buysblind is an MRA (simply the mirror image of a feminazi). I have no problem ridiculing bros, or SJWs, or tumblrites or other groups formed by (not so) informed opinions...
  37. Re: F Black by Ferragamo is proof women have horrible taste

    Forgot that my opinion is driven by your taste. Have to be sure to commiserate with you before I decide if I like something, lest I be in violation of some rule somewhere.

    At least we finally know...
  38. Re: How many fragrances did you acquire in 2015, and which is your favorite?

    10 or 11 bottles, 1 decant. Fave is a 2010 Dior Homme, my gf's favorite is MFK APOM (DH is #2 for her). Gave a few to a friend of mine, nothing sold.
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau For Men Worth Keeping?

    While I prefer the original DH, I've been thinking of getting DHE. Sometimes I want something "generic" that still smells pleasant. DHE does that. Wish the iris lasted a little longer up front.
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau For Men Worth Keeping?

    Exactly. All people really want is an echo chamber and the chance to use the appeal to authority fallacy when arguing. There's no foundation to it, just self-aggrandizing behavior. This isn't fine...
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau For Men Worth Keeping?

    ... that means nothing. These are mass market products, obtainable by anyone, over the course of many years. Owning it for anything other than use is of little value. They aren't an investment. Own...
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    Re: Youtube reviewers in a nutshell

    meh
  43. Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche edp vs edt

    not all reformulations result in drastic changes in smell, so there's no guarantee that the formula is the same. all that matters is the smell, not the label or the ingredient list.
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    Re: Creed - A Bunch of Scumbags.

    Creed wouldn't sell at department stores, even high end, if they were worried about who buys their stuff and why. There are far too many bottles available to believe the ultra lux image they claim in...
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    Re: Creed Spice and Wood

    wondering why his ban was only temporary, all he does is complain in Creed threads.

    People used to say Al Rehab Sultan was similar as well. I have a roller, but barely sniffed S&W on paper at...
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    What are you tired of?

    Is it fake & toothless oud, or sugary gourmands, or throwback leathers, or not-so mascuine florals, or old man barbershop, or stiff as a board woody ambers, or smoky cinnamon bun orientals, nose...
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    Re: Most faked/ counterfeited men´s fragrances?

    Cannot imagine why anyone would waste their time faking any Creeds. The whole point of counterfeiting is to piggyback off of the marketing effort of the genuine brand, who put forth an effort to...
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    Re: Davidoff Agar Blend

    Wonder if it's like Polo Supreme (Supreme Oud, Supreme Leather, Leather Blend, Agar (Oud) Blend) They all seem like sweet masculines with their amber heavy sales pitches.
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    Re: Don't believe the hype

    especially when they worry about their batch variations
  50. Re: Why aren't there many "Black Friday" fragrance deals?

    Sears has the worst website in the history of mankind. they are notorious on discount shopping boards for canceling orders or listing product that they do not have.

    no deals on BF because there's...
  51. Re: TEST: "Bleu de Chanel", yesterday and today (2010-2015)

    Thanks for all the work. Much more useful than vacuous hate stemming from jealousy and delusion.
  52. Re: What's your best fruits/woods type of mainstream-designer?

    hmm, seems like a pretty good list relative to what I've been doing. Fuel for Life has piqued my interest before, I own and like Purple Label, I was pricing Kiton just 2 days ago, and admittedly a...
  53. Re: What's your best fruits/woods type of mainstream-designer?

    I knew I should have mentioned that I wasn't looking for a noticeable vetiver note. My bad, nothing really wrong with the TdH recs based on my oversight.
  54. What's your best fruits/woods type of mainstream-designer?

    I just got Mania, for some reason. I like it well enough, and it lasts quite a while as a skin scent. Occasionally I crave this sort of very mainstream modern thing for basic wear. I used to have...
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    Re: The danger of overspray

    I can only smell from my own nose, it is at a distance of zero from my body. It does not benefit my nose to overspray. It won't make my nose more sensitive, it does the exact opposite and reduces my...
  56. Re: If you could own only one of these three Amouage scents!

    Interlude, jubilation
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    Re: Similar to Creed Royal Oud?

    Black intense, the comparison has been made over& over, and it's true. I owned it and sniffed out RO. I was surprised at the similarity. Didn't help the creed that the performance didn't justify the...
  58. Re: Alcohol percentage and the lack of standards. Im very confused and need help.

    No one ingredient has to be greater than the total of all others after it. If it's 2% water, and 20 ingredients after it at 1% each, then there is twice as much water as any other single ingredient,...
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    Re: What are the real seducers?

    The secret is there is no secret. The best sellers and the most often talked about are the sexy ones. In that alone there is variety. Just like a sharp suit or a white t shirt can both be sexy...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    I believe most brands/bottles with advertised expiration use a 36 month timeframe. Considering the number of vintage bottles on the secondary market, the producers don't seem to do at least one of...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    ah, interesting stat. 0.16% of that would be 114 bottles. With the UK at ~12.75% of the total EU population, that would mean about 894 bottles a day if purchasing trends were equivalent across the...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    .125% of 313M is 391K, not 3.9M. I'd still call that an overly generous number. 1100 bottles/day average for just the EU seems high for a niche brand.

    I don't know what their margins are currently...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    Yes, the reason the perfume industry exists is to provide a relatively low cost entry into luxury brands. Handbags as well. The runway shows and red carpet lends are for appearances, while the...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    I'm speaking in general about businesses. Huge designer houses are huge for a reason, and designers for a reason. They have power relative to suppliers and buyers, brand equity, diversification,...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    A common assumption is that businesses know what they are doing with utilization and pricing. I don't know what their financials look like, and don't assume they have finance professionals looking...
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    Re: Discussing Creed´s prices

    profit maximization occurs at marginal cost equal to marginal revenue. Creed obviously isn't there. and they merely create an anchor with their suggested retail price, there's little chance they...
  67. Re: Am I nuts for buying a Tom Ford fragrance and a 6 dollar suit?

    Neither do you. You question the suit based on nothing but it being from a thrift shop. Purple label, samuelsohn, and full canvas brooks have all been found at thrift shops. It depends on the area...
  68. Re: Am I nuts for buying a Tom Ford fragrance and a 6 dollar suit?

    I don't have any doubts about the fit of an off the rack suit from a thrift shop, because it will fit just like an off the rack suit from any store. The cut is made when the suit is constructed, not...
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    Re: Ambre Narguile worth it?

    L'erbolario Dolcelisir is supposedly a low cost alternative. Don't have that one, but I did buy Meharees as a Musc Ravageur proxy
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    two reveal men gift sets at the local Marshall's for $40 each.
  71. Re: Am I nuts for buying a Tom Ford fragrance and a 6 dollar suit?

    I'd have no issue with a HSM golden trumpeter, half canvas and can be had for good prices.

    But I also don't think there's such a thing as high end perfume. This stuff is cheap, all of it. The...
  72. Re: How many bottles of cologne do you have and how often do you use each?

    54 bottles/decants, have separated out 12 (4 of them add back ups) that I plan on keeping.
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    not sure what the hell that means, but I don't think there's much cross-posting with other registered domain names going on with this site.
  74. Re: Am I nuts for buying a Tom Ford fragrance and a 6 dollar suit?

    Got two Brioni SCs for $5 each at a local Goodwill. Spent more getting them dry cleaned. And getting the sleeves taken up was about $30 each.Still, ~$80 for ~$6 grand in coats is not bad.

    buying...
  75. Re: Does the word 'Generic' annoy you a bit? Read on for some interesting questions :)

    Like the word quite a bit, it is useful. Perfumery is a huge business, it isn't about art for the thousands of releases that come every single year without pause. When bottles are produced to ape the...
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    Poll: Re: Lalique Encre Noire vs Encre Noire Sport

    does ENS take away anything from EN, or just add to?
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    Sure, the people here can prefer it, as looks go. That really has little to do with what the people not here would prefer. For my post, it's not about a change from the two options now to two other...
  78. Re: What was your BEST EVER compliment and on which frag?

    APOM PH, post-coital. she liked the way the smell went with what she was wearing.

    then I bought another bottle :)
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    Re: Where have all the women gone?

    the people you want, the quantity of discussion you seek, what sites achieve that?

    what do they look like (guess what, this is all visual, no taste, touch, smell, or sound in a discussion board...
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    Your cleanest & your dirtiest

    Infusion d'Homme, pure white soap smell to my nose

    Vintage Aramis or Leather Oud, not sure which is more of a beast.
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    Re: ONE note you HATE the most

    none so far. have avoided anything with dumb notes like blood or semen accords. civet is not fecal at all to me, and not sure I've smelled anything with tuberose, another commonly hated note. too...
  82. Poll: Re: My next cheapie: Ferragamo Black vs Hane Mori HiM

    The perfumes have nothing to do with the other product lines. Ferrari Scuderia Black is a cheapie, the cars are not. They are also not designed, manufactured, packaged, or sold through the same...
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    Re: Testers with no caps

    The caps do not have an air tight fit, so they would have no effect on oxidation or evaporation. The spray mechanism itself provides the seal with a spring loaded plunger that forces the liquid out...
  84. Re: Are fanboys like Youtube's Al hurting Creed's brand image?

    yes, he hurts the image

    he also promotes the brand

    the image they present is bullshit anyway, for one they didn't exist until the mid 70s. for another Creed is as much a perfumer as Tom Ford...
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    Re: CH Men: Don't Get the Hype

    Well, your limited experience can be dismissed out of hand, since you apparently don't have enough to form your own opinion on perfumes, and can only muster the hypocrisy to dismiss the opinions of...
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    Re: Pure Havane or Bentley Intense?

    Bentley, I love incense and hate tobacco
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    Re: CH Men: Don't Get the Hype

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-confidential-cafe/609319-which-cologne-gets-you-the-most-female-compliments.html...
  88. Re: Fall and winter is here...time to break out the _____ (fill in)

    Interlude man.

    People can wear what they want, when they want. Far be it from me to let sunshine know that they're an idiot for owning crocs or wearing sunglasses indoors. Everyone gets to do...
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    Re: How much does a niche perfume cost?

    PB are now at Sephora. I'd like to at least see TF as a house dropped from niche categorization, if we can't just drop the term completely. It's the name of a designer, not a perfumer, he makes...
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    Re: Something classic, something Italian.......

    Capucci
  91. Most popular male discussion topics, your thoughts?

    Sorting topics by replies and views gives the results in the images. Female compliments is by far the most popular, running over a decade with over 7,000 replies and 1.7 million views. The two...
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    Re: How much does a niche perfume cost?

    Eldo gets relatively few mentions compared to other niche brands, and I wonder if it is because it is genuinely too niche in style and not niche enough in price. It is a relatively much more...
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    Re: How much does a niche perfume cost?

    price is one thing used to communicate that. from price, consumers infer things. often incorrectly.
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    Re: How much does a niche perfume cost?

    I'll use smaller words next time. To help you out.
  95. Poll: Re: I don't like any Creed fragrance that i have tried!

    There's no stopping the thread by anyone but the mods, OP. Some assholes like to read their own posts, no matter how ludicrously vapid they are. Big fucking revelation people, individuals have...
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    How much does a niche perfume cost?

    Asking because there are plenty of brands that only sell perfumes/fragranced items that aren't commonly found in drug stores, yet aren't considered niche because they are cheap. On the other hand,...
  97. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    too true, and rather sad. much the same way it doesn't matter how much the paint cost, just the skill of the artist (such as over 2.5 million for Portrait d'Olga, done with nothing but a graphite...
  98. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    yeah, but I doubt that painting was bought to hang up in the sitting room. If people were buying Roja perfumes to resell, then there would be some parallels in discussing market price. This is more...
  99. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    The difference with the painting is the speculator market of collectibles. Since the bottles are mass produced and readily available, there is no secondary market appreciation. People are paying more...
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    Re: Declaration d'Un Soir vs Icon

    It's the only icon I'm aware of with 8 fragrantica reviews comparing it to declaration off the top.
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