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  1. Re: My Missed Opportunity - Pure Wood/Coffee/Ultra Zest

    Well her nose is better than mine at the moment, but her hearing has greatly reduced from the flight. She keeps being surprised by my presence, unless I wear heaps of scent to alert her.
    Cheers,...
  2. Re: My Missed Opportunity - Pure Wood/Coffee/Ultra Zest

    I have this one too. It is good indeed.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  3. Re: My Missed Opportunity - Pure Wood/Coffee/Ultra Zest

    The one on my right arm is starting to smell pretty good. But I don't remember which one it was.
    Cheers,
    Renato

    P.S. My wife says it smells like coffee.
  4. Re: My Missed Opportunity - Pure Wood/Coffee/Ultra Zest

    Thanks. It is indeed a wonderful city.

    My wife and I have a routine - she looks at souvenirs and other baubles, while I smell fragrances. It just hasn't worked out well this trip - I've pretty...
  5. My Missed Opportunity - Pure Wood/Coffee/Ultra Zest

    Today my head cold had finally cleared up and I wandered into a Douglas store in Budapest.

    And there they were - A*Men Pure Wood, Pure Coffee and Ultra Zest, together with Pure Malt and Pure...
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    Re: Your favorite Versace?

    My favourite is Green Jeans.

    For years I tried it in wrist tests and didn't like it. Finally I bought a bottle going cheap and thought it great in the wearing - a citrus pine scent perfect for...
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    Re: Emporio Armani He/Lui/Il alternatives

    The only scents I find really similar to the mossy green Emporio Armani He are 212 Men and Fahrenheit.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Why is Sung Homme so unpopular?

    We've had a few people here over the years who posted about doing what you have just done. I think one was pleased but most of the others weren't.

    My favourite comment was from one guy who...
  9. Re: Soap or Body wash that leaves a subtle but noticeable scent ?

    Thanks. I mention this technique here once or twice a year, and I'm glad to see it received positively this time.

    One time I got very negative comments along the lines of who would bother going...
  10. Re: Soap or Body wash that leaves a subtle but noticeable scent ?

    Thanks. My other even better tip is to use a loofa (those plastic mesh things) with shower gel for washing behind one's neck.

    No matter how hard I'd try washing my neck with regular soap, the...
  11. Re: Soap or Body wash that leaves a subtle but noticeable scent ?

    Every scented designer shower gel leaves a long lasting subtle scent providing you do the following.

    1. Don't actually wash yourself with the designer shower gel. Use a cheap one for the actual...
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    I must say, I am starting to like my Jagger 89 better than my various Merkurs and Gillettes.

    Regards,
    Renato
  13. Re: Game-changer years and their successful fragrances

    The most recent game changer year for me was 1989. Before then, men generally didn't sugar syrupy sweet woody stuff. Then along came Joop Homme, which wasn't just sweet, but ultra sweet - and a new...
  14. Re: What's Your Best Cartridge Razor? And Your Worst?

    Strange how we differ. I have Fusion and Proglide (but not the Flexball) and have always been fonder of the original Fusion. But I use it with very good creams and brush soap. When I use those creams...
  15. Re: What's Your Best Cartridge Razor? And Your Worst?

    It could also be that many barbers - having been banned from using their single edge razors like they used to because of the AIDS issue - just find it cheaper to buy the single edge disposables,...
  16. Re: Body Kouros vs Givenchi Pi vs Lolita Lempicka au Masculin

    Funny, to my nose they are quite dissimilar. Lempicka I really liked from day one, while it took me a while to warm to Body Kouros.

    Only problem for me with all three of these scents, is that I...
  17. Re: Viaggio d`Africa vs Vetiver Tonka: The Results

    Interesting the reactions you got in your experiment, and interesting that you get such long longevity out of Viaggio d'Africa. I haven't actually timed it in wrist tests yet to see how long it...
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    Re: Most Often Mispronounced Fragrances

    I see.

    So one would enjoy going to hundreds of perfume counters asking to sample from a bottle of "Yope", just to show the puzzled people behind the counter one's superior knowledge of how to...
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    Re: Most Often Mispronounced Fragrances

    I get darn annoyed with women giving me the correct French pronunciation of scents in department stores (e.g. Habit Rouge). So, they did French in high school and want to show it off? Big deal - I...
  20. Re: This Is The Greatest Sub Forum Ever Created - Can Any Forum Knock A Vent? Us? From Its Throne?

    There is only 437 threads on this subforum about Aventus.

    I suspect that GIT and Amen would have more threads over the life of Basenotes, though not during the recent period of Aventus mania....
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    Re: Why is Sung Homme so unpopular?

    It's got several citrus notes in it - I couldn't call it a non-citrus scent.
    I can't see the connection to Tsar new formulation, but possibly to the old formulation.

    Six sprays of this stuff, and...
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    Re: Shave Cream Slackness

    Many American brushless creams i've tried aren't as good as using brush creams used in brushless mode.

    Shaving in the shower - you are a braver man than me.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Shave Cream Slackness

    No, I don't think a long beard would be necessary. The difference between brushing and not brushing should best be evaluated from regular daily use.

    Interesting that you are a soap man. That's ...
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    Re: Shave Cream Slackness

    Thanks, but I still get plenty of lather from most of my creams used in brushless mode, which led me to suspect it's more a function of time.

    I can see that you are enthusiastic about LA Shaving...
  25. Re: Should we spend more on higher quality deodorants?

    Interesting - I didn't know there was a deo stick version of Mitchum (possibly because i just haven't looked for a while). Shame that you don't like sprays because Mitchum had some very good...
  26. Re: Opinions Wanted on Dior Eau Sauvage Extreme

    I like Eau Sauvage original the best scent-wise, but I only get two hours with strength from it before it disappears entirely on me. Which makes it a bit of a dud for me. Yet others have claimed it...
  27. Re: Should we spend more on higher quality deodorants?

    I haven't warmed to the clinical strength ones. Yes, they work very well. But I grew up at a time when underarm antisperspirants contained 3% Aluminium Chlorhydrate/Chlorhydroxide, and the sports...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Masculine EDT

    There isn't any D&G scent similar to D&G Masculine, which is a very lemony scent.
    Perhaps check out Art of Shaving Lemon Essential Oil EDT for another long lasting lemon scent.

    Alternatively,...
  29. Re: Should we spend more on higher quality deodorants?

    Firstly, are you talking about anti-perspirants as opposed to deodorants? I have lots of deodorant sticks that don't have any aluminium salts - and they don't keep your underarms dry, they just stop...
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    Re: R.I.P Christian Audigier

    I was initially a bit disappointed with Skulls& Roses because it wasn't as loud as the other Ed Hardy scents. But surprisingly, I've worn it quite a few times recently, and have grown very fond of...
  31. Poll: Re: Versace Pour Homme vs DG Pour Homme (vintage)

    I own both. Versace I'd wear mainly in summer. D&G PH vintage I'd wear in cooler weather. I have no reason to pick one over the other.

    As a date scent, if i wasn't married, I'd give both a miss -...
  32. Re: What do you wear when you want to make a statement

    Sung Homme.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    R.I.P Christian Audigier

    As a big fan of Christian Audigier's scent and of his Ed Hardy scents, I was saddened to hear of his passing away at only age 57.

    I like both lively scents and lively looking watches, and I feel...
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    Re: Pure Malt and Pure Havane performance

    Good to hear from you again.
    What is it about you and me?
    We have the same first name and for some reason, for a decade now, we always seem to get pretty much the same performance characteristics...
  35. Thread: Rant

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    Re: Rant

    I really don't get what you are talking about.
    What makes D&G Intenso and the entire D&G house scents poor quality?
    Why would you waste cash buying something you didn't like in the first place?
    ...
  36. Re: Why I will not purchase anything from Hermes. And you may not want to either.

    Thanks for the utterly stupid article.

    A bolt gun (not "blot gun") to the head kills animals humanely.
    The article actually says that the animal is killed.
    Then - remarkably - it says the...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

    I prefer the hard soaps to the soft soaps - I seem to get a slightly better shave from hard soaps and creams than from the soft ones (less nicks, less alum stings).

    I don't know the Shavemac -...
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    Re: Pure Malt and Pure Havane performance

    How curious. I looked at this thread expecting to see everyone saying Pure Malt is the better one by a mile - like it is on me - but have found the opposite.

    Strength wise, I find Pure Havane...
  39. Re: How many do you currently own from this list? Include samples as well!

    I have 28 bottles of each from your list.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Shave Cream Slackness

    I know that shave creams work best when used with a brush, as opposed to just using fingers to rub the cream in (as in brushless mode).

    I tested this quite a few times when I was first exploring...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

    Sounds like hard `water is the culprit. La Toja puts out an awful lot of lather with my water. Tabac not as much.
    Regards,
    Renato

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    I haven't come across that one yet....
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    Re: Nikos Sculpture... How best to wear it?

    Warm weather - six sprays under clothes. That works well for me.
    Regards,
    Renato
  43. Thread: I hate summer.

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    Re: I hate summer.

    I have about 50 fresh summery citrus and aquatic scents I wear during summer - both on and off the beach.

    But if you want one that lasts all day going in and out of beach water, there's only...
  44. Thread: Joop homme

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    Re: Joop homme

    I'd wear it if my wife would let me, but she detests it as being too sickly sweet..
    Regards,
    Renato
  45. Thread: Live Jazz

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    Re: Live Jazz

    I've owned it for over a dozen years, mainly because I bought it cheap back then.

    I try it once a year - and I can't warm to it. I much prefer regular Jazz.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Alternatives to Joop! Nightflight?

    I own both. The two are nothing alike.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Creed Royal Water

    I smelled it in a shop and thought it a pretty good unisex scent.

    I ordered it on line, and what I received was a very feminine scent (batch variation?).

    So it was unwearable for me and i gave...
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    Re: Why can't Adidas....

    I definitely concur.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Most knowledgeable peeps...

    I actually own Demeter Laundrette and Demeter Grass. Mix them together, and you'd get exactly what you are asking for.

    Might need some Demeter Dirt to round it out though.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  50. Re: Similar but longer lasting versions of CK Eternity?

    Strange it doesn't last on you - I have to air any jumper or jacket out for about five days before my Eternity finally goes away.

    If you can find it anywhere, check out Animale - a souped up...
  51. Re: Admit it, who here owns any of the Paris Hilton scents?

    I like Just Me better than Polo Blue, though I do think them close in style.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  52. Re: Admit it, who here owns any of the Paris Hilton scents?

    I don't know what they sent you. I strongly dislike Polo Blue, so much so that I passed on buying a big bottle for $20. Paris Hilton for Men smells entirely different.
    Regards,
    Renato
  53. Re: Admit it, who here owns any of the Paris Hilton scents?

    I've been admitting to owning Paris Hilton scents here for years.
    Paris Hilton For men is great - lots had to grudgingly admit it here when it first came out.

    I'm not as fond of the men's Just...
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    Re: What to buy from Abu Dhabi

    Last time I was in Dubai nearly two years ago, we walked from the middle southern Gold Souk entrance down to Baniyas square. A couple of blocks down from that Gold Souk on the left hand side, was a...
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    Re: Anything close to Chanel Egoiste?

    Trumpers Sandalwood Cologne is extremely similar in a side by side test.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What to buy from Abu Dhabi

    Intriguing answers, to questions I'd been wondering about myself.
    My wife might be annoyed with me when I start going into stores to try test some later this year, on our day trip to Abu Dhabi.
    She...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Sure is!
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Thanks very much Grant,
    Mystery solved. That was a cheap buy after all.

    Now the other mystery - that wasn't so long ago - how did I totally forget that!

    And think of all the threads I...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Thanks, but that's an urban fragrance myth.

    After 15 year of about 30 scents being stored in my bathroom, I should have noticed something wrong in at least one of them by now.

    While splash EDT...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I've got drawers full, filled in accordance with a similar classification. I've even got one drawer full of scents that were annoying short-lived on me.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Azzaro Chrome Intense

    Very interesting, thanks.
    I currently own 8 bottles of Chrome in assorted sizes.

    i will definitely be interested in checking it out - though I can't imagine how it could be more intense, given...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I may have done that myself once or twice.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Sounds like someone hired a very cheap and dodgy contractor to make their sprayers.

    Don't forget - more so with women's bottles but also with men's ones (e.g Rochas Man, Nautilus Aqua, Nautilus...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I'm always recalling scents I've lost touch which. That's one of the good thing about having Lots of Scents.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    If so........ he's not getting it back!
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Yes - the misplaced scent-in-haystack problem occasionally rears its ugly head - especially after moving house.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I think Beckham Signature is an excellent and very underrated scent.

    Can I assume the one in the car smelled just as good as the other two?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Maybe I'd better update my will about those scents.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    ADP Colonia under the kitchen sink!
    That's something that would have happened to very few (if any) on the entire planet.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    That would stop the problem occuring!
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I've just looked at the bottle - you are 100% correct about the spelling - thanks for pointing that out.

    Which Guerlain was it?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Tell me about it - darn nuisance isn't it?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Thanks for that. I am glad I am not totally alone with this.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    No, that's not possible. She'd only buy me one for a birthday, and then she'd want to know what I wanted. And Encre Noir isn't readily available down here.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    The vintage can with "Parfums" written under the name at the back? - That should be worth a lot more than just $50, just for the reaction some women have to it.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Fingers crossed that such a traumatic, esteem shattering incident as has befallen me, doesn't happen to you.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Do you feel that having lots of scents and trying to remember them keeps our minds nimble? Like Lumosity perhaps?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I sort of have something similar - I look at displays in shops, think "that one looks pretty interesting..........hang on, I think I own it already from 10 years ago"

    Strange that evaporation...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I've done it with books too - but that's usually because I may buy a big heap at sales, and not go through them for a while (actually I still have about 1000 unread Science Fiction books (including...
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I too was like you once (till yesterday). Now my confidence is shaken.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    That's pretty much nearly the same thing, thanks. I'm not alone!
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Yes, when I started out - because of enthusiasm - I'd remember the details sharply. And i still sort of do for the original purchases, though the later but not recent ones are becoming less clear....
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Concern - that I'm going senile.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    Funnily enough, I also found 8 sample vials yesterday that I'd forgotten I had.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    I can imagine that happening with songs. I'll occasionally hear a song on the radio I really like - then something nags me - then I check and find I have the album I'd forgotten about.
    Cheers,...
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    The Problem With Having Lots of Scents.

    For the last few years I've read lots of threads both here and over at Badger and Blade about Encre Noir.
    I occasionally checked the threads out, and tried to marry up what was being said against...
  87. Re: Just tried Pure Havane, what a piece of junk!! :/

    Is it fairly common where you live to be burning cow dung, so as to know what that smells like?

    I understand the practice is fairly common in underdeveloped parts of the world - are you perhaps...
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    Re: Dunhill Desire - Underrated

    I use six sprays under clothes and it lasts all day on me.
    I don't understand the notion that it's a weak scent.
    Regards,
    Renato
  89. Thanks Grant, I have quite a few discontinued...

    Thanks Grant,

    I have quite a few discontinued on your list, but I'm saddest to see the final demise of Boss Elements (though I couldn't care less about Elements Aqua) and Benetton Sport Man. The...
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    Re: Dunhill Desire - Underrated

    I wore it today. A female friend asked me what it was and was very impressed with it,

    I also think that Desire Blue is extremely good in warmer weather.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Lorenzo Villoersi fragrance

    Agreed - Vetiver is the most masculine by far. Many of the others on the list can at best be described as ambiguous in the masculinity/femininity department (which many here refuse to acknowledge...
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    Re: Dunhill Desire - Underrated

    In the early days of Basenotes Desire was talked about quite a bit, and many commented that it was very similar to Xeryus Rouge. I could never see a strong similarity, other than they were both...
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    Re: Are my fragrances ruined?

    If it is of any comfort to you, I have about 20 scents that I've stored in the bathroom for 15 years - and all are fine.

    This is probably because there is absolutely no way humidity can possibly...
  94. Thread: Police

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    Re: Police

    Some of their early ones in normal bottles were okay. I didn't mind To Be The King, but i gave it to my nephew who liked it more. Yhe others haven't grabbed me much.

    Police scents are made by...
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    Re: My review of Azzaro Decibel

    Nope - my nose still doesn't translate what you describe to scents.

    Taken as a whole, and ignoring the plainly silly reviews that you describe, I find Fragrantica reviews generally pretty good at...
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    Re: My review of Azzaro Decibel

    My experience can never be the same as yours because - as I've posted here quite a few times over the years - I just don't get the concept of soapiness. "Powdery" and "aldehydic" I get, but soapiness...
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    Re: My review of Azzaro Decibel

    Since reading this review I have revisited my 50ml bottle of Decibel, which i had thought was an okay scent - nothing super special.

    But something has happened - it just keeps growing on me.
    ...
  98. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    One asks a question.
    One gets a response from someone who went to the effort of providing assistance.......and one doesn't bother saying "Thanks for your help" or "Thanks everybody for their input"....
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    Re: Midnigh In Paris EDP.

    I easily get 12 hours out of it with strength, with six sprays under my clothes.

    And I really like the authentic constellations on the bottle.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: unexpected complement

    Well, you like underspraying.
    Why not two sprays more and see what happens?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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