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    Re: best SMELLLING fragrances in your opinion.

    Houbigant Fougère Royale (the original, not the reissue)
    Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
    Guerlain Après l'Ondée
    Knize Ten
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Pinaud Clubman
    Proraso Dopobarba
    Any good Eau de...
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    Re: Moustache by Rochas - cleaned up?

    If you got the square bottle, then it's the last, de-fanged version. I have compared it to the column-like bottle, "concentrée" and there's indeed some skank gone.
  3. Re: "Hi Haters" - Your guilty pleasure scent that you have no shame in sharing!!

    Oh, and there's another one that I have a fondness for that would fit this category: Alyssa Ashley Musk.

    Not for wearing, but for smelling. It was my first girlfriend's smell (high school!), and...
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale (vintage) Score

    16778167791678016781

    I cracked open the bath soap last night, and just received the aftershave talcum.

    The soap is amazing: I've never seen a soap do a lather so rich, creamy, and slick....
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale (vintage) Score

    Everyone owes it to themselves to find a way to smell an old-fashioned fougère.

    As I said, there's plenty to like about the modern FR, but the real FR it is not, not even close.
  6. Re: "Hi Haters" - Your guilty pleasure scent that you have no shame in sharing!!

    Tabac Original. In Europe I would probably be considered a bumpkin.
  7. Re: How and when did your obsession with fragrance begin ?

    It began when I stopped smoking for good. Up until recently, I was still sucking hither and thither at ciggies, but around the time I got 30, I decided it was enough. Plus, I had started running, and...
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    Re: What is the most OVERRATED fragrance?

    F****ing A*Men Pure Malt.

    Makes me gag, and is an offense to whisky. Worn by whiners who can't wait for the next reissue, because it's SO RARE that it reeks all over the cheap frag stores.

    A...
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale (vintage) Score

    The small thingy is a shaving stick, a small shaving soap that you rub on the face, then lather with a brush.

    - - - Updated - - -



    Yep, it's a joke when compared to the original. Per se, I...
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    Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale (vintage) Score

    As a fragrance, it's generic. Compared to the uniqueness of the real Fougère Royale, yes it's that bad.
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    Houbigant Fougère Royale (vintage) Score

    166881668916690

    This arrived in the mail today, and will be tried tonight when I get back from work.

    But a cursory sniff confirms this: the only true modern equivalent to the original Fougère...
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    Re: The manliest of them all?

    Proraso!
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    Re: Traditional Fougere

    Proraso!

    No kidding! It's actually very close to Patou pour homme privé, which is a very nice green fougère.
  14. Re: to Moustache Rochas experts: old vs. new bottle??

    I have the columnar "Concentrée" and smelled the square bottle once. My impression was that the square bottle was much less interesting, had none of the fruit/wood tones, and was nothing but a plain...
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    Re: What We Wore as teenagers?

    Aqua Velva and Brut 33.

    And I'm not even THAT old!
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    Re: Is Serge Lutens sold at Holt Renfew

    Ogilvy.
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    Houbigant Fougère Royale (the real one)
    Guerlain's Mouchoir de Monsieur and Après l'Ondée.

    That's plenty for beauty.
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    Re: The Biggest U-turn Of My Life

    Yes, but... where are the photos??

    I want to see the bottle of classic Brut!!
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    Oh so damn true! I have spent an entire afternoon at Holt Renfrew once, going over their offerings. I found many nice-smellin' things, and that actually helped me to put a name on many notes (except...
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    Re: Strangest fragrance house?

    Diptyque is "strange" because its lexicon of smells seems borrowed more from room scents than from traditional skin perfumery. Great smells, not always wearable.
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    Re: Roger & Gallet Extra Vieille

    Well I've been coming back to R&G Extra Vieille lately as a quick shot after shower, and I think I even like it better than the more refined, though less compelling Cologne Impériale by Guerlain.
    ...
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    Re: Daily Rose Scents for men?

    There is a great rose at the heart of Mouchoir de Monsieur, but the fragrance is obviously not a clear rose. Ditto for colognes: good colognes will have a nice rose note that's quite obvious, even...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Justin Bieber Someday

    OK so nobody has noticed the delayed-sexual-experience-before-marriage overtones?

    Creepy. A fragrance for chastity clubs.
  24. Thread: The best Brut?

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    Re: The best Brut?

    I have compared the Classic with the drugstore version, and the Classic definitely outshines the plastic bottle. It doesn't have the cloying sweetness that makes the drugstore version akin to current...
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    Re: Turin & Sanchez -- A Little Book of Perfumes

    Well I perused the book at a bookstore, and it's in fact a truly depressing read.

    Almost all the perfumes they have looked at in their recent, post-IFRA reformulations are now considered utterly...
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme Privé & Proraso

    Sorry about the more or less correct assumptions about PPHP, but I think I meant more "rumours" than "news" !

    I have smelled Duc de Vervins once, and it's really not my cup of tea. Very pungent,...
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme Privé & Proraso

    You have to be careful about the smell of Proraso shaving cream, since it contains a lot of eucalyptol (if it's the green one) and does not smell like the aftershave splash. There are some...
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    Patou Pour Homme Privé & Proraso

    This is the weirdest thing. I have always loved Proraso after shave. My girlfriend loves it too. But it's an aftershave, and has loads of menthol and other stuff for the skin that interferes a bit...
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    Re: The French Pronunciation Thread

    We have fun with yours too...
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    Re: The Smell of Moustache

    Gosh, I even forgot about Moustache, by Rochas.

    I actually have it!
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    Re: The French Pronunciation Thread

    Being a francophone from Québec, I would be glad to record a few items as well.

    The original set is not bad at all, but it suffers from some second-language minor details, especially the lack of...
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    The Smell of Moustache

    Alright, so you've been having no sex, odd looks, and high-fives from random policemen?

    That's probably because you're sporting a 'stache for the month of get-a-finger-up-yours-now-or-die-later...
  33. Thread: Tabac Original EDC

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    Re: Tabac Original EDC

    The EDT is one to avoid: it's a screechy bitter hiss that never stops. The EDC, on the other hand, becomes quickly smooth and suave.

    It's a cheapie, but in the right hands can do some serious...
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    Re: Best Classic Fougere

    Houbigant Fougère Royale (the original)
    Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
    Geo Trumper Wild Fern
    Penhaligon's English Fern

    and....
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    Re: ❀ MADONNA Le Parfum ❀

    I say: Essence de Battlestar Galactica.
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    Re: ❀ MADONNA Le Parfum ❀

    Clearly, they have cut corners.
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    Re: What is the best male fragrance ever made?

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/o.2686.jpg

    Sniff. At least there is this to console me:

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/st/26121138.jpg
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    Re: New Fragrance: Ben Sherman by Ben Sherman

    Citrus woody with a touch of incense and coffee? Yawn?

    Plus, the 90s have called and they want their Cool Britannia back.
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    Re: The Highest Rated Men's Scents

    Based on this forum, it seems to be Green Irish Tweed and A*Men Pure Malt.

    I agree about neither.
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    Re: Define "transparent"

    I thought of a musical metaphor as well, but in a slightly different direction: opacity on the one hand would be a full Wall of Sound, as you said, and transparency would be something closer to Arvo...
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    Re: Define "transparent"

    Hm, interesting thread, I think I would go for PaulSC's definition therein: "Maybe a transparent scent is one that interferes relatively little with our ability to simultaneously perceive other,...
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    Define "transparent"

    This is a term that keeps showing up in discussions of recent fragrances, viz. those of Jean-Claude Elléna for Hermès.

    I can't for the life of me translate this visual metaphor into its olfactory...
  43. Thread: Timeless Cologne

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    Re: Timeless Cologne

    I've never found any HR sales assistant who knew anything about frags other than the PR drivel. On the other hand, the Hermès boutique guys (inside HR) are much less stupid and more keen on...
  44. Thread: Timeless Cologne

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    Re: Timeless Cologne

    Whoa, uncanny: she's a SA at the Montreal Holt Renfrew. I saw her on Friday, as a matter of fact, having asked her for a sample of Philosykos.

    If you really feel like telling her what you think,...
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    Re: Cumin and BO - I just don't get it

    Cumin doesn't smell like BO.

    Cumin smells like vagina.
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    Re: Most expensive frag purchase with ZERO regret?

    Mouchoir de Monsieur. It was the first time I was spending $100+ on a bottle of perfume, and I have never regretted since, even though I wear it but strategically.

    Next in line would be $25 for a...
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    "Cocorico" is the French onomatopeia of the rooster.

    In other words, it's the sound of a cock.
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    Re: If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    The smell of a wet rock by a lake or by the sea. Mixture of moss, mineral, water, metal.
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    Re: If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    Mine would be some kind of old school fougère with a nordic bent. That is, keep the main accord, but instead of going south towards spice and leaf, go north towards rock, water, and pine needles,...
  50. Thread: Montreal, Canada

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    Re: Montreal, Canada

    There are no Creed sample to be had, but you can spray from anything you want at the Holt counter. If you're extra-nice, the clerk may make you a vial, but look serious!
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    Well do you really believe what's in the Bible just because it's called "THE Bible" and has the pretense of authority?

    (BTW, the original name in Greek was "ta bibla", which means "the bookS"....
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    Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    I think the biggest mistake people make with the guide is to assume either

    1) That this is a definitive guide.
    2) That these critiques have some kind of law-like power.

    Without confining the...
  53. Thread: Montreal, Canada

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    Re: Montreal, Canada

    I've seen Black at many small shops, but few wanted to lend me a sniff. I seem to remember that the small perfume shop in the Eaton centre (mezzanine level, I think) had it and let me sniff.
  54. Thread: Roger & Gallet

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    Re: Roger & Gallet

    Their Fougère soap is the closest thing you'll ever get from real Fougère Royale smell. Get it.
  55. Re: **** Recommendations for High Class Office Scent ****

    Chanel Pour Monsieur (not the concentrée) has a dignified feel to it that befits people working at the ranks of fine suits.
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    Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    "Normal" guys around here don't even wear fragrances.

    They smell of aftershave after shaving and put deodorant under their armpits. Wearing a fragrance is a conscious choice and a fashion...
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    Caron Le 3e Homme and Azzaro Pour Homme?

    Are the similarities between these two fragrances already too obvious that everyone else has seen them and I'm just late to the game, or am I the first to point them out?

    I took a sniff of Azzaro...
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    Poll: Re: Caron Pour un Homme or Le 3me Homme ?

    Both are excellent fragrances, and that's why I own the two of them (and Yatagan too), but I find le 3e has more of a youth vibe than Pour un Homme.
  59. Re: Seeking a Lavender Dominated Eau de Cologne, Any Suggestions?

    Caron's "Les plus belles lavandes de Caron" fits the bill for a straight lavender. It's beautiful lavender, very simple but refined. Like Yardley, but leagues beyond in terms of quality.
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    Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    I can relate to Gilgamesh2003's

    Caron Pour un Homme
    Moustache
    Le 3e Homme
    Yatagan
    Pino Silvestre

    And one extra for sheer power of manliness: Pinaud Lilac Vegetal (hell yeah!)
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    Re: Most Outstanding Cologne (eau de cologne)?

    Guerlain's Impériale is dear to my heart, but only because I found a bottle for half the price. At its real price point, it's beyond my means with respect to its purpose as an all-around freshener.
    ...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    Moustache by Rochas
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    Re: If you could turn back time..

    Houbigant's 1889 Fougère Royale.
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    Re: Colognes that make you nauseos

    Come2me by Garou:
    http://www.caracterielles.com/2010/05/garou-egerie-du-parfum-come2me-ca-vous-fait-rever/

    On the flipside, I once actually cured nausea with Cologne. Guerlain's Cologne...
  65. Re: Lady Gaga's upcoming perfume - info leaked

    And what if she was instead realizing that kids might not, as you say, want to learn to think critically about edgy works of art due to her bowdlerization of avant-garde forms, but rather simply gain...
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    Re: Create names for colognes

    To fulfill once and for all the ever-present need of "something that smells clean"

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8959/EauNette.jpg

    (PS: In French, Mr. Clean is Monsieur Net)
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    Re: A Creed ----- that smells like Pinaud?

    IMHO, definitely a fougère. Smells a lot like Brut.
  68. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur EDT - Non-Concentree (Canada)

    It's available everywhere they sell Chanel, which means any drugstore, any Bay/Ogilvy/Holt Renfrew frag counter, and other places where they sell perfume.

    Just make sure your bottle doesn't say...
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    Re: Why do we wear perfume?

    Apple will soon introduce the iScent, a portable fragrance player that will allow you to make your own playlist of scents...

    I was going to compare frags with using an iPod: portable mood control,...
  70. Re: So where does aftershave fall when compared to EDT, EDP, EDC and who knows what else is out

    Some aftershaves, especially the drugstore variety, can be overpowering: rougher smells, making the juice less expensive. But they do not tend last long (except for that horrible Old Spice! urgh!),...
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    Re: Frgrance you would put on before sex

    Proraso green Dopobarba. Essence of (italian) man in rut.
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    Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Yatagan. It's more sand than spices, but it's so dry your nose will bleed.
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    Re: New Guerlain Fragrances for Spring 2011

    By the way, anybody noticed that the Cologne du Parfumeur is not on Guerlain's website anymore? It used to be in the "Eaux" section, and you can't find it now.

    Maybe it was given the boot because...
  74. Re: what fragrance to wear while shovelling my driveway or plowing with my tractor

    Yatagan: it will mingle great with sweaty armpits.
  75. Re: Deodorant, Lotion products that are good with cologne?

    I personally like to buy the cologne-scented deodorants, so that if I'm wearing Eau Sauvage, then I have Eau Sauvage under my armpits, etc. Ditto for Pour un Homme, Tabac, Chanel pour Monsieur,...
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    Oh the irony! We, the internet people, spew our opinions hither and thither at every occasion we have, yet we frown upon someone who dares commit his to print!

    I love the guide because it's so...
  77. Re: How do you respond to a compliment from a total stranger?

    Thanks, it's Pour un Homme de Caron and you have real taste!
  78. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    So far it seems that nobody is distributing Houbigant in Canada anymore (at least not in dept. stores), so I was wondering if you can get samples vials of FR? I could arrange with someone in the US...
  79. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    OK, so the holidays are over: Who got it for Christmas? Reviews? Rants?

    I'm thinking more and more of pulling the trigger on this one. Has anybody seen FR appear on the decant sites somewhere?
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    Re: Caron Le 3me Homme or Pour un Homme?

    Don't forget also "Les Plus Belles Lavandes de Caron." It's touted as a ladies' cologne, but in fact it's Pour un Homme without the vanilla. Many people dislike PuH strictly because of the sweetness,...
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    Re: Caron Le 3me Homme or Pour un Homme?

    *dupe*
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    Re: Les Exclusifs de Chanel and my frustration

    In Montreal, we have a Chanel shop inside Holt Renfrew, which is pretty much as snooty as it can get in here. I try to go when I'm dressed in a minimal business-like manner (trousers, not jeans). I...
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    Re: How Would You Rate Caron Pour Un Homme

    If you ever happen not to like the very sweet vanilla therein, I strongly recommend you get "Les Plus Belles Lavandes de Caron". It's the exact same superlative lavender, but naked, unsweetened. It's...
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    Re: Christian Dior La Collection - 7 New Fragrances

    Will I be the only one to feel that this is nothing but a collection of standards/classic forms?

    Cologne: well, hardly original anymore
    Oud: latest single-material craze
    Fresh aromatic with...
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    Re: What scent got you "hooked"?

    Before being into fragrances, I was into aftershaves (shave geek here), and so Trumper's Wild Fern is the door to the current pandemonium. I bought it because 1) it smelled good and 2) there is no...
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    Re: What Should I Buy In Paris?

    Don't forget also the Caron store (rue Montaigne, you can get Pour un Homme soap and grooming products), the Chanel store on Place Vendome (former Ed. Pinaud building), and Dior on Champs-Élysées...
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    Re: Frags For Deep Thinkers ?

    Well, I'm that kind of guy, and if you look at my wardrobe, you could see that there's no particular correlation between my tastes and my intellect. Many people I know from grad school are actually...
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    Re: Imagery from fragrances

    Habit Rouge

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/81/Coca-Cola_Glas_mit_Eis.jpg/800px-Coca-Cola_Glas_mit_Eis.jpg
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    Re: Fragrances like Mouchoir de Monsieur

    Re: the harshness of Pour un Homme, I noticed something odd the other day with respect to way of applying it. I bought a splash bottle and decanted some of it in a small atomizer. When I pour from...
  90. Re: How many current versions of Mouchoir de Monsieur are there?

    Mouchoir de Monsieur is not available in normal retail stores, at least here in Canada. But Montreal is blessed with a Guerlain spa (in the city of Westmount, actually), where they have not only MdM,...
  91. Thread: Str8 Razor Users?

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    Re: Str8 Razor Users?

    You're most welcome; my day job is ESL teacher, so I have a natural curiosity towards languages and explaining things. I'd be glad to help you out, and there are also plenty of other good people on...
  92. Thread: Str8 Razor Users?

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    Re: Str8 Razor Users?

    BU KEQI, you're most welcome. Sadly, yes, you will obsess this over. But eventually you will find balance. Remember, the trick is to start simple and not to add too many variables at once.

    First...
  93. Thread: Str8 Razor Users?

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    Re: Str8 Razor Users?

    http://straightrazorplace.com is the place you want to visit. B&B is nice for other shaving gear, but SRP has a more practical, craft-based approach towards str8 shaving.

    My own beginner's...
  94. Thread: Habit Rouge

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    Re: Habit Rouge

    I smelled Habit Rouge, and can't pull it off. Citrus and Vanilla smells of... Coca-Cola!

    The colour doesn't help shaking off the association either. It's probably very nice on some, but I'm...
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    Re: Article: Pink Really Does Stink

    Down with Pink! Who wants to date a girl perpetually stuck in childhood, except perverts??

    Pink (i.e. Rose) should be a manly thing.
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    Re: What would James Joyce wear? Opoponax.

    What? Nobody mentioned Peau d'Espagne What perfume does your wife...? Also, bottoms, hair oil, lemon.

    OK, those are things Leopold Bloom sniffs, but still...
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    The smell of Proraso afteshave

    If bacon is the smell that makes all men crazy, then Proraso is the equivalent for my GF. It's funny that despite all the fragrances I have, none make her swoon more than Proraso aftershave splash.
    ...
  98. Thread: Montreal, Canada

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    Re: Montreal, Canada

    At Place Versailles, the emporium of mononcles and matantes, a most suprising sight is the stand of Le Parfumier, which has a huge collection of discontinued and hard to find stuff.

    I found,...
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    Penhaligon's (maybe) at Ogilvy's

    I dropped by the L'Artisan Parfumeur counter at Ogilvy's today, and after sampling a few scents, the efficient but polite clerk asked for my contact information to send me ads and stuff about new...
  100. Re: Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    This is a GREAT news for those of us in Canada. NM ships fragrance ground to Canada. Costs an extra 10$, but what the heck!
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