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  1. Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche: are you fed up with it yet?

    I was fed up with it 30 minutes after applying the sample vial and finding it to rank up with FragranceNet's house cologne (you know the one if you've ever purchased a bottle of anything from them)...
  2. Re: Hey guys I'm back after a long hiatus. What is/are the new hip fragrance(s)?

    For designer fragrances, just walk into any Sephora two months from now when all the new releases have hit store shelves, and ask an SA.

    Easy as that.
  3. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    Even though the band broke up, you can still very easily get merchandise for My Chemical Romance, the most famous emo band of the mid-naughties.

    Since you can still buy "The Black Parade" tees at...
  4. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    There's been one that smells a lot like Le Male for years. Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne was using it as far back as 2006 when I started on an associate's degree, and still did in 2014...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Actually, both the magnetic caps and chrome atomizers on the Sauvage and La Collection Privée 125 ml bottles are not just magnetic - they are identical.



    Correct. Although I gave my bottle to...
  6. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    Back to Black smells like a newsstand and tobacconist from my childhood.

    That's not a bad thing, given my fond memories of reading computer magazines in it when I got my first computer - a used...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Ditto for me. I expected something boring, and Sauvage is actually very good, if not excellent. Safe, yes, but with the right amount of differentiation and edge. I consider that in relation to both...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I tried Sauvage at Macy's today. Carson's had it as well, so I assume that distribution is rapidly ramping up as retailers receive new shipments. And I assume that by September 2nd, it will be...
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    Re: Affordable Stand-ins

    Tuscan Leather - haven't sniffed that one
    Tobacco Vanille - Eau de Baux, Hanae Mori HiM (the latter is dirt-cheap - you can buy a 1.7 oz for less than $20 from Amazon)
    Italian Cyprus - Halston Z-14...
  10. Re: Basenotes.net´s impact in the Perfume Industry...

    I know of several local SAs who look at Basenotes, Fragrantica, or both to keep up on market trends and new releases.
  11. Thread: More sprays =

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    Poll: Re: More sprays =

    I voted "greater sillage and projection", because that's been the case for me.

    Unfortunately, with a large number of fragrances that are easy to overdose on, people can get olfactory fatigue from...
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    Re: The Reason Behind The Sauvage Launch

    I have not sniffed Sauvage yet. But I worked at an ad agency here in Fort Wayne for four years - only leaving due to a lack of office space.

    My line of duty was research. And I did plenty of it -...
  13. Thread: Luckyscent

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    Re: Luckyscent

    They use UPS for all their full-bottle shipping, so if UPS Ground is good and fast in your area, you shouldn't have a problem. In general, shipping services tend to be good in Fort Wayne anyway -...
  14. Re: What fragrance would you buy for around $160?

    Something from a new-to-me niche house.

    Well, unless I run out of my all-time favorite Straight to Heaven when making decants for friends and family (who are getting as addicted to it as I am)....
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    Re: suggestions on a real pineapple [ + + + ]

    There's also L'Artisan's Ananas Fizz - huge amounts of pineapple in this one.

    Unfortunately, it's discontinued, though you could always try eBay.
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    Re: Blind buyers unite!

    My stint at Anderson University was between 2004 and 2005, as Delphi was moving all of their Anderson work to Mexico and right before the Hoosier Park casino opened up. This was an era before Amazon...
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    Re: Warm weather vanilla

    By Kilian's Flower of Immortality is fabulous in the summer.

    Peach, vanilla, woods, and florals in a light composition with excellent longevity.
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    Re: Blind buyers unite!

    As a general rule, I don't buy blind unless the bottle is less than $35. I got burned by blind buys when I lived in Anderson, Indiana - a city that is atrocious in every way, including fragrance...
  19. Re: What's the ultimate compliment monster for daily use?

    +1 on this one.

    Back in my Mad Man days and when I returned to college to get my bachelor's degree, this was my unsolicited compliment king (in the case of the ad agency - by far).

    I'll also...
  20. Re: New Dior Sauvage Fragrances w/ Johnny Depp Magazine Photo - Is it available anywhere?

    Apparently, the media and distribution embargo isn't supposed to be lifted until tomorrow, when it will be available on the Dior website, with in-store sales (Macy's, Sephora, Dillard's, Ulta, etc.)...
  21. Re: What are some or your "Nastypiece" fragrances ?

    Even Hypnotic Poison - one of the few flankers better than the original?

    I see that no one has mentioned Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille yet. There's a reason - a big reason - why I strongly prefer...
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    Re: NEW: John Varvatos Dark Rebel

    Tested this today, and for a designer release, I'm quite impressed - another winner from the house.

    Dark Rebel is a really good boozy leather oriental, and probably the best mainstream designer...
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    Re: Oud for summer time

    You could get away with YSL M7 (vintage or current), as long as you're very easy on the trigger.

    But I wouldn't go for a medicinal oud in high heat - I would look for fragrances where the oud is...
  24. Poll: Re: which is the best of the 3 considering all its qualities

    If you're only talking about current formulations, I'd pick the Guerlain - the most versatile scent of the three. Not too light like Eau Sauvage, not too strong like Polo Green, and smells fantastic....
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    I saw a fall 2015 selling sheet for Macy's a few days ago. Apparently, the launch date for Sauvage at Macy's on a national basis isn't until September 9th. Of course, your local Macy's could still...
  26. Re: Rich and manly, yet Harmless and office safe ??

    38 replies and no one has mentioned By Kilian's Straight to Heaven? Let me be the first. Before you say "you will smell like Johnny Depp before he became the face of Dior's Sauvage!", I need to speak...
  27. Re: Fragrances that blew your mind when you first smelled them?

    Acqua di Gio was the first, back in 2001. For seven years, I didn't have any others, as all of the fragrances that I sniffed needed some decision time.

    Number two was Straight to Heaven in 2008 -...
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    Re: Recent beastmode purchases

    Only one: Leather Oud.

    So potent, I don't wear it unless the thermostat is below 68 degrees F. Otherwise, it's too potent, even with one spray. But in colder weather, that same dose is perfect.
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    Re: Bulgari availability...something up?

    Von Maur also dropped Bvlgari from their stores. And this is a department store chain on par with Nordstrom. This was a bit of a shocker to me, as the brand had its own vendor rep and a lot of shelf...
  30. Re: The Angel Cult: "Us Angel-wearers would rather fight than switch!"

    Nice to see such a classic thread revived.

    Fast-forward eight years, and I live in the same place. Of course, newer gourmands have become available locally, the most popular being La Vie est Belle...
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    Re: Aramis = Russian corpse washing fluid

    Yup. My friend told me that this Aramis-esque Russian embalming fluid was the de facto standard for funerals in Turkmenistan.
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    Re: Aramis = Russian corpse washing fluid

    Well, if you contribute $10,000 or more to my Xscentrik crowdfunding campaign (link in my signature), you will be able to see both of us opening night and chat as much as you want with us. We can't...
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    Aramis = Russian corpse washing fluid

    One of my friends, and the friend that I plan to start Xscentrik with, originally hails from the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan. And like me, he loves fragrances.

    But the smell of Aramis...
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    Re: your favorite designer fragrance

    M7. And it doesn't matter which formulation.
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    Re: Another Creed price hike???

    I remember when SMW - at Neiman Marcus prices - was $180 for 4 oz in 2004. If Creed went by just the general US rate of inflation when determining price increases, that same bottle of SMW would cost...
  36. Re: Men's designers with Eau de Parfum concentration

    Acqua di Gio Essenza is also EdP, and can be found just about everywhere.

    A couple more designer EdPs:
    -Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    -Boucheron Pour Homme EdP (the grandaddy of men's...
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    Re: Missed marketing opportunities

    Although it's about to change very soon (Von Maur has gotten in selling sheets for both this brand and another one known for a smoky pineapple masculine), I'll still have to add this one. Right now,...
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    Re: What is your current fragrance obsession?

    By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony. I can't get enough of it this summer - it seems so perfect for the season.
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    Re: Fragrances at Costco

    I also saw fragrances at my local Costco, stocked in the beauty section. No Chanels, and all feminines - but brands like Cartier, Balenciaga, Viktor & Rolf, and Tom Ford were well represented.
    ...
  40. Re: Scents that basenotes forgot (or lost momentum)

    There is one place that sells LIDGE in the US: the Guerlain boutique at Epcot (Walt Disney World). So if you planned on both a trip to Disney and a bottle of LIDGE, you can combine the two. No such...
  41. Re: S.M.S. (The Subjective Masterpiece-dislike Syndrome) The King that you can't worship

    Tobacco Vanille
    A*Men (used to be a fan)
    Kouros
    L'eau d'Issey Pour Homme
    Gucci Envy
    Cool Water
    Bond No. 9 Wall Street
    Habit Rouge
    Live Jazz
    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
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    Re: Missed marketing opportunities

    By Kilian also sells their city exclusives through their US and EU online stores.
  43. Poll: Re: Which of these 3 classic women fragrance you like most to smell on a woman?

    Like all three, but Shalimar wins for me, simply because of good memories of my mother (it was, and still is, one of her favorites).
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Maybe for presales, but Sauvage is supposed to launch worldwide on or around September 1st, backed up with the Johnny Depp ad campaign (expect magazine ads with smelling strips soon). The ship date...
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    Re: Missed marketing opportunities

    This. Having a megaton of stores sell your product in the Middle East but none in the far larger US market that has a proven track record for niche brands is wrong from my perspective.

    But after...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    From the Macy's description, it sounds like something that I would be interested in. But we all know how often that turns out to be true with mainstream designer releases (case in point: Versace...
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    Re: A peach of a fragrance.

    Also look into By Kilian's Flower of Immortality. The directory lists this as a feminine, but the company and the brand's reps classify it as unisex.

    A true to form peach top note, a floral...
  48. Re: What Type of Citrus is Dior Homme Cologne 2013 and Mugler Cologne

    Both are great fragrances, but I find the opening of the Dior to be fresher and more well-rounded (more citrus), while the Mugler has a vibe that's better for humid environments. Both have a similar...
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    Missed marketing opportunities

    Recently, I stayed at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for a trip to Holiday World. (Yes, The Voyage is all that, and Thunderbird is amazing.) In the rooms were little bars of Dial....
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    Re: Donald Trump's Empire

    I should note that Perfumania's Parlux division terminated the Donald's fragrance license, and Perfumania pulled all Trump fragrances from their stores as of this week. Macy's also returned all Trump...
  51. Re: Fuggetabot L'Humaniste.... check out Dior Homme Cologne

    I've tried both, and own the Frapin. They both great fragrances, and are different enough to justify one owning both.

    I see more far more similarities to Mugler Cologne in DHC than L'Humaniste,...
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    Re: NEW: John Varvatos Dark Rebel

    Apparently, the local Arden rep has gotten access to prerelease samples of this. She told me today that it's her new favorite in the line - by a long shot.

    And she's saving me a sample. Fingers...
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    Re: New - Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male

    Tried this at Macy's today. Not bad for a recent designer release. In fact, I'd say that this one of the best designer releases of 2015. But as many here have stated, it is very sweet. If one is not...
  54. Re: Any By Killian fragrances with a tar note?

    Many people say that Intoxicated, which is a light amber juice, is similar to A*Men.

    I don't get much of a tar note from it like I do with A*Men - I get cinnamon galore. But of course, skin...
  55. Re: Which fragrances (do YOU think) should be discontinued?

    I can't believe that I once loved it to bits, but one spritz of A*Men or any of the Pure flankers is too much. There's a reason why I stopped wearing it and found other, superior gourmands that are...
  56. Re: Sephora Depression (Nothing New Under the Sun)

    Even though I will be competing with Sephora someday, I wish we had a full-size Sephora in Fort Wayne. The one we have is one of the JCPenney ministores. (Cue the joke from Airplane! about a sale...)...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    A little update on the situation: I stopped going out with her last week. This was not related to her dislike of Leather Oud. It was simply because she got a different position with the same...
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    Re: What have we become?

    At one time, before I got big into niche, I was a huge fan of the house of Thierry Mugler. Today, I have no bottles of their products.

    But not all fragrances have to be expensive in order to earn...
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    Re: Dealing w bottle theft

    When I was in a college dorm, I initially left my door open when not in my room, but not in class and just chatting with other students. I got a bottle of Joop! Homme for free from a person that...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 31st July 2015

    Testing By Kilian's Cruel Intentions from a sample.

    My thought: A more floral take on the M7 concept - and a very good one at that.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 29th July 2015

    Same here. To twist around Fall Out Boy's words, "this is a fragrance to be worn loud on hot summer nights".

    (Though it works in cooler temperatures, too, along with times when you don't want an...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 29th July 2015

    A new kind of layering - two kinds of sunscreen mixed with pool chemicals.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Wanted to spritz on some Bamboo Harmony, but I was headed to Holiday World, and hit the water...
  63. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Here's a few:

    -Bvlgari Black
    -Gucci Envy for Men
    -Live Jazz
    -Cool Water
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 26th July 2015

    Straight to Heaven

    I've found only two heavy orientals that work in humid heat. This is one of them - Aventus is the other.
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    Re: By Kilian Recommendations

    I'd pick these four for sure:
    -Straight to Heaven (boozy woods and patchouli - and a real compliment getter)
    -Bamboo Harmony (tea and citrus, perfected)
    -Musk Oud (very unique - oud, florals,...
  66. Poll: Re: Diptyque Philosykos vs. By Kilian Bamboo Harmony

    I've never smelled Philosykos.

    But I can say that if you're looking for a fig fragrance, Bamboo Harmony is not what you're looking for - it's a citrus/tea/green scent along the lines of Bulgari...
  67. Re: Just How Good Is Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche?

    Horribly overrated. A citrus that is flat, boring, and gone within two hours. Chanel can - and has - pumped out much better men's fragrances: Antaeus, Egoiste, Platinum Egoiste, Allure Homme Sport,...
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    Re: Creed Trademark?

    Having researched trademark filings, the answer is yes and no. In the US, trademarks are category-specific, not general. If Ford Motor Company also applied the Mustang trademark to the boat category...
  69. Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    Of course, Aventus, followed closely by the ever-controversial Leather Oud and the inoffensive but chic Bamboo Harmony.
  70. Re: If you are given a chance to become a fragrance "brand ambassador", what will be your brand?

    Same for me, which is why I would go for By Kilian. (That, and I love their fragrances.)
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    Re: Creed Trademark?

    A small soapmaker here in Fort Wayne sells a GIT soap as well. Yes, they do sell it as "Green Irish Tweed", and unlike this Chicago soapmaker's product, it does smell (sort of) like GIT.
  72. Re: Xscentrik update: Refocusing my resources for now

    As Indiegogo does not allow for early conclusions of campaigns, upon conclusion, I will put all money raised for Xscentrik into a temporary dedicated place until startup.
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    Impulse triggers

    Of course, we often mention a stupendously low price for a fragrance on FragranceNet and the ilk as an impulse buy. Ditto for TJ Maxx/Marshalls. And there's always scoring a deal on eBay, then...
  74. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Does anyone else on Basenotes own the Sophie Matisse limited edition bottle of Bamboo Harmony? Only 1,500 were made, though the juice is the same as the normal bottle.

    Sent from my LG-V410 using...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    By Kilian is the same way - tightly controlled distribution and the same price no matter where you buy it.
  76. Re: Xscentrik update: Refocusing my resources for now

    Glad you asked. It will be put into a general bank account for use by both by my consulting firm now and by Xscentrik when the time comes.

    Regarding perks: They will be fulfilled. T-shirts, fine...
  77. Xscentrik update: Refocusing my resources for now

    Today, after careful consideration, I decided that yes, I will work on Xscentrik... just not for the rest of 2015. The reason: I have a start-up research business as well, and I need to nurture it...
  78. Re: Sweet oriental : Jaipur Saphir or Hypnotic Poison ?

    The reason why it's so hard to come by is because Boucheron discontinued Jaipur Saphir (along with the original Jaipur for women, Trouble, Initial, and Miss Boucheron) when YSL Beaute lost the...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    I've heard it a million times (pun intended), and there's even a term for it: "showrooming". Here in the US, there's a very successful retailer of consumer electronics and appliances called Best Buy....
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    Re: What is THE 90s fragrance?

    Back when I was in middle school (between 1996 and 1999), these scents were as popular as super-baggy JNCO jeans, The Chemical Brothers albums, and TI-30Xa calculators.

    Cool Water
    Polo Sport
    CK...
  81. Re: You own it, You love/like it but it is quite a while you wear it. Whats that fragrance?

    Aside from samples of the limited-edition Splash of Lemon flanker, I hadn't worn Straight to Heaven in eons, even though it is my all-time favorite fragrance... but I spritzed some on yesterday.
    ...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    With the former, I remember that Viktor & Rolf fragrances were exclusive in Fort Wayne to Von Maur for a half-decade. Then L'Oreal gave the brand to Macy's, but with a condition: they had to sell X...
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    Re: The exclusivity conundrum

    On a related note, Creed is actually Von Maur's second go-around with niche in Fort Wayne. For years, they sold Truefitt & Hill, but quietly stopped around 2010. However, Truefitt was - and still is...
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    The exclusivity conundrum

    Today, I visited the Fort Wayne Von Maur. At one time, this was a huge sales spot for Bulgari fragrances. The brand even had its own rep.

    But Von Maur kicked Bulgari to the curb on a companywide...
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    Re: Dior La Collection Privée | Leather Oud

    I personally love it - big time. On my skin, Leather Oud is an amazing woody leather oriental. And the longevity is excellent - 14+ hours out of one spritz. Best in cold weather - not for...
  86. Re: Article on Xscentrik & niche in the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

    Fort Wayne's other newspaper, The News-Sentinel, interviewed me today as well. This interview is more about Xscentrik itself and less about my love of fragrances.
    ...
  87. Re: Article on Xscentrik & niche in the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

    Well, in addition to perfume and cologne, there's a lot of other nicknames: smell juice, smell-good, stink water, and as the article's writer calls them, smellum.

    I think this market is ready. Not...
  88. Article on Xscentrik & niche in the (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

    Last week, Frank Gray, a legendary writer at the Journal Gazette (one of two newspapers in Fort Wayne) offered a chance to interview me. I grabbed it.

    And here it is:...
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    We absolutely plan to give back to multiple...

    We absolutely plan to give back to multiple communities - not just fragrance. 20% of our post-tax profits will go toward these causes.

    Sent from my VS985 4G using Tapatalk
  90. Re: Why don't fragrance houses exploit the public by making everything limited edition?

    By Kilian did a series of three summer fragrances recently in Sophie Matisse-designed bottles. Two were summer versions of existing fragrances (Straight to Heaven Splash of Lemon and Good Girl Gone...
  91. Re: I'm going to cop a bit of flak for this but...

    Yes, you can buy a full bottle - and the sample includes a coupon code to use on one.

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    Re: R.I.P Christian Audigier

    I remember the days when his Ed Hardy t-shirts lined the walls of Buckle (an American clothing retailer specializing in jeans and tops). People were willing to pay a very premium price for one - they...
  93. You forgot Art of Shaving, which has a line of...

    You forgot Art of Shaving, which has a line of fragrances. That brand may or may not remain with P&G, though the close ties to P&G megabrand Gillette mean that it could very well stay.
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    It's cooperation used to fund capitalism. The...

    It's cooperation used to fund capitalism. The Pebble smartwatch, Cards Against Humanity, and the Ouya video game console are all successful examples.

    Sent from my VS985 4G using Tapatalk
  95. Re: I'm going to cop a bit of flak for this but...

    Don't expect it at the duty-free. It's a FragranceNet.com exclusive.
  96. Re: I'm going to cop a bit of flak for this but...

    I had a sample of this. It's an awful copy of MI - very flat, extremely synthetic, and uninspiring. The only reason why I tried this is, well, because FragranceNet sent me a sample.

    If you can't...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    It's been a weird summer in Fort Wayne this year. Some days are hot, some are cool. Today, it was the latter - 68 degrees (F) and cloudy.

    Tomorrow, it will be 79 with fewer clouds - an...
  98. Re: What is your most favorite smelling fragrance you currently own?

    This summer has been absolutely weird - a mix of hot and cool days, with rain thrown in.

    On the hot days: Bamboo Harmony. (Honorable mentions: L'Humaniste and Geranium Pour Monsieur.)
    On the...
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    1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    Surprisingly, until this point, Leather Oud has been one of my most-complimented fragrances. At the same time, it's also one of the most controversial fragrances on Basenotes, ranking up there with...
  100. Re: Coty buys P&G prestige fragrance brands (and other businesses)

    Oddly enough, Naomi Campbell, Ghost, and DDF were also P&G cast-offs.
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