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    Re: Tobacco scent for female

    It's gotten expensive recently! Another idea, though, is Avant Garde by Lanvin. And for a "super cheapo," there's Cuba Royal.
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    Re: Vintage Halston Z-14 "eau de toilette"?

    I have tried all the formulations (I think), the best being the original. The newest EA is like a different scent altogether and I think it should have been called "Z-14 Moderne." I did try another...
  3. Re: question on an older version of habit rouge, in reference to the oud note.

    I have the EdP without the red cover and there's clearly an oud type note there, though it might have been stronger if there was an earlier formulation.
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    Re: Tobacco scent for female

    Bogart Pour Homme is quite floral - not sure why it can't be "unisex" for those who like "cherry pipe tobacco." Then there's this one, which sounds good, is marketed to women, has a tobacco note...
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    Re: Jubilation XXV vs L'air Desert de Marocain

    Many chess games are lost in the opening, so I guess for many the same is true for fragrances!
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    Re: What happened with Gucci PH?

    I'd guess it's the same reason why artwork by "up and comers" sometimes shoots ahead of well-established artists. That is, there's a kind of frenzy over something "really hot." That said, fragrance...
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    Re: Jubilation XXV vs L'air Desert de Marocain

    As I said in my latest blog post, I prefer the drydown of Dark Flower to L'AdDM. It's similar to Jub but I like the top of DF better. For something ambery (closer to L'AdDM's drydown), as opposed...
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    Re: Givenchy Play Intense - Worth the purchase??

    The claim I've seen is that it gets much stronger but smells the same (sillier than Medieval alchemy, IMO), but there's a new one, which is that you have to leave the cap off for a while and then it...
  9. Thread: Hugo Number One

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    Re: Hugo Number One

    Most likely they reformulated it during the last round of IFRA guideline changes. The tube may not tell the whole story, so to speak, and there should be older ones that come up used on ebay, just...
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    Re: What happened with Gucci PH?

    Just a guess here, but I'd say that rock was so comfortable you didn't even notice it! Seriously, we may be witnessing the beginning of a true "collector's market."
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    Re: How do you find a "hidden gem"??

    Usually I came across a scent selling for very little, then I looked up the notes/reviews. Some I'd buy and they were very good (most recent example: Police Gold Wings, about $10 for 50 ml), and...
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    Re: Givenchy Play Intense - Worth the purchase??

    I've only tried the scent from the one bottle that I own so I can't say anything beyond it, but you are correct - I probably meant to say to sample from the bottle you are going to buy first (trying...
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    Re: Givenchy Play Intense - Worth the purchase??

    I have the "vintage" bottle but the musk aroma chemical (s) has bothered me the last couple of wearings (same with Yohji Homme, when I had a bottle of it). If you have been bothered by musks then...
  14. Re: Has Anyone Happily Worn Burberry London In The Spring/Summer?

    Sweetness didn't bother me at all as a newbie - really couldn't tell! At one point, a few months later, lavender and sweetness bothered me, but now I've gotten used to sweetness, and would classify...
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    Re: Are Views On Cologne Ultimately Subjective?

    Lately, I've found that I like a lot of "cheapos" and don't wear my niche often. I've even cut back on wearing vintage. This could be because I sampled a lot of cheapos and got used to the styles,...
  16. Re: Chanel's No. 5 is in Danger Because of Train

    I saw this a couple days ago and told the person who showed it to me that it was nonsense. I told her it was the amount of jasmine that might be an issue due to IFRA, not the quality of the jasmine....
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    Re: Best Cheap Clone Of Bleu De Chanel EDP?

    The "clones" from Dorall Collection seem to be quite good (the BdC one seems to be Fluid Intense, for around $12 total on ebay now for 100 ml).
  18. Re: Has Anyone Happily Worn Burberry London In The Spring/Summer?

    I'm not sure I've ever worn it "happily." The lavender ruins it for me. There are better options with a similar idea and little or no lavender note, such as 18:21 Man Made Tobacco or whatever it's...
  19. Re: Trussardi Inside Man - Great, Good, Bad Or Ugly?

    It's a "modern" scent, so you are not going to get the kind of base you would find in many if not most of the masculines of the late 70s to early 90s period, but otherwise my issue with it, IIRC, is...
  20. Re: Trussardi Inside Man - Great, Good, Bad Or Ugly?

    Well if you can get it for under say $50 for a new 100 ml bottle I would think it's a buy because it's unlikely you will lose money if you want to resell it.
  21. Re: Trussardi Inside Man - Great, Good, Bad Or Ugly?

    It's unique - one has to wonder why there isn't a scent very similar to it. The general idea is similar to Vetiver Tonka but several of the key notes are different. I'm not sure why you think...
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    Re: Creed batch variation on Royal Mayfair?

    If you used dab samples that seems to affect the development, at least in my experience, so that certain notes may seem strong for minutes rather than an hour or so, for example. I've also found...
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    Re: sweet,smooth,creamy designer fragrance?

    If you like anise notes, Police Gold Wings.
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    Re: Double Creed fake

    The seller calls it a Creed in title and description, yet it's clearly Greet. He's just asking for problems, and I guess he deserves them. Now I'll go back to staring at my authentic Greed Frich...
  25. Re: Zara gold circular perfume, wtf? i thought it was creed aventus

    I think they changed the bottle and the scent but kept the name. It's a circular gold bottle with a circular gold cap, so you're not likely to buy the wrong bottle:
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  26. Re: Zara gold circular perfume, wtf? i thought it was creed aventus

    That was my impression too, though a bit different in the base.
  27. Re: What Are The Best Tobacco Colognes To Come Out Within The Last 5 To 10 Years MAX

    18.21 Sweet Tobacco Man Made.
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    Re: Sexual Sugar Daddy - by Michel Germain (NEW)

    I don't get anything vile here, unless you abhor dihydromyrcenol, in which case you would likely hate GIT, Cool Water, Carlo Corinto Rouge, Molto Smalto, and many others. Even so, it's not super...
  29. Re: Iceberg, does this brand have anything worth looking into?

    The Amber and Sandalwood scents are better than most recent designers, IMO. In fact, Amber is like a milder Ambre Sultan but with a rum note added (once you get to the drydown). Another way of...
  30. Re: Which fragrances do you consider "gimmick scents?"

    Let's take the example of Sex Appeal for Men, which has a "gimmicky" statement on the box. This is close to what I was referring to - claims about the scent itself. So, for example, if it said on...
  31. Re: Which fragrances do you consider "gimmick scents?"

    Similarly, there is Pi, with an astronaut. What does pi, which was discovered by the ancient Greeks, IIRC, have to do with astronauts? And even if it did, what does it have to do with a smell? ...
  32. Re: Which fragrances do you consider "gimmick scents?"

    I haven't tried that one, but I don't know that it was promoted or marketed in a way that is gimmicky (can you cite some material that suggests this might be the case?). That is why I started the...
  33. Re: Which fragrances do you consider "gimmick scents?"

    Oops! It's true that probably more than few people don't know the reference, that being the Jardin series by Hermes.
  34. Re: Which fragrances do you consider "gimmick scents?"

    I guess that's the best example, though that is apparently what they intended. I was thinking of ones meant to be taken seriously. The transparent landscape ones strike me as really pretentious and...
  35. Which fragrances do you consider "gimmick scents?"

    It's important to explain why you think this way. For example, I think of the "transparent" ones that are supposed to evoke a landscape to be "gimmicky," though opaque ones are even more ridiculous,...
  36. Re: [CREED] Royal English Leather vs Royal Delight?

    I had RD and I have some vintage Joop! Femme; they are definitely quite similar. I'm not a huge fan of this composition so I didn't see the "need" for both.
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    Re: Very sweet and masculine with good performance

    Phoenix by Keith Urban, especially if you can find a cheap bottle somewhere.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme I

    For me, Odin 10 Roam is the variation on GPH1 that I prefer, though I haven't gone out of my way to try as many that are similar to GPH1 as I could, since it's not a favorite composition of mine.
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    Re: Bois du Portugal question.

    Yes, it's a real shame when this happens. I'd much rather use 4 or 5 sprays rather than one. I really want to help the Creed company but I think they'd be embarrassed if I just sent them a check as...
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    Re: Question about reformulations.

    It's certainly possible that you watched older YT videos and there were major changes made in that time frame - from what I understand various ingredients that were common had to be used in...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme I

    I'm not saying that you are a total newbie, so this isn't directed at you (the OP) specifically, but what I think is likely the case is that if something like Azzaro's Visit was put in a GPH1 bottle,...
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    Re: Question about reformulations.

    I think you would be better off asking about specific fragrances because it's impossible to generalize, and to get specific would require perhaps a book's worth of information! Why don't you read...
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    Re: Darkest Fragrance

    Dali in vintage formulation.
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    Re: It takes time to mature

    One I tried Saturday, Police Wings Gold for men!
  45. Thread: Armaf

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    Re: Armaf

    I bought a barely used bottle of CdNIM for very little and I like it better than my memory of Aventus, though it's not my favorite type of composition.
  46. Re: Why Do Companies Reformulate A Successful Fragrance?

    Well, if you get me the complete company records of whichever companies to which you refer I'd be happy to take a look and provide an opinion.
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    Re: Is my burberry authentic or fake ?

    There's a big drop off in potency in this one after an hour or so.
  48. Re: Witness by Jacques Bogart back in production?

    There have been one ounce bottles around for a long time (especially ones that look like around 90% or less full but sold by companies, not individuals). And it's the kind of scent where the...
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    Re: A*Men Thierry Mugler for men

    I agree entirely, but the OP wants to know if it's a "beast," not if it's good.
  50. Re: A*Men Pure Absinthe? No, it's Police Wings Gold !

    Generally speaking, that's the trade off for the low prices, as well as the appeal of blind buying at the "super cheapo" level.
  51. A*Men Pure Absinthe? No, it's Police Wings Gold !

    That's my general impression of Police Wings Gold. I saw it at Beautyspin (now Notino) for about $10 for 50 ml and I grabbed one to get free shipping. The first few minutes are harsh but it quickly...
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    Re: A*Men Thierry Mugler for men

    No, I would say that if you want a "beast" you should look for the older bottles. Otherwise there are other options, such as Cuba Prestige, which is a lot less expensive. To me this is a major...
  53. Re: How common is it to buy used fragrances off of Ebay?

    If you want a few cheap scents you might be better off buying from a site like ScentedMonkey (when they have the free shipping coupon).
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    Re: Chaps Ralph Lauren

    Check out ebay and the sales forum. One problem is that you may not get retail packaging, but rather something like a bottle with no cap and 80% full. Would you give that as a gift? If so, you...
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    Re: Chaps Ralph Lauren

    BN Sales forum, yard/garage sales, ebay.
  56. Re: Is it possible that there is a fragrance industry "Bubble"?

    Well there are internals and externals. The internals will likely shift around a lot, as they have recently, such as one company acquiring another and new "captive" molecules being created to market...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I'm not sure what this means, exactly, but if it has something to do with getting more compliments than one would from other scents:

    1. We don't know if that is accurate or not. It is a claim...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    You can think GIT smells like weed if you like, but then you may be accused of trolling, especially when you post it in a thread about Sauvage. I'm sure you are aware of this, and if not, you have...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    So you are the "great decider" here? You are the one who made the statement in the first place! I am no GIT fan, nor even a fan of that type of scent (of which there are at least a dozen), but none...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Wow, that's what I have been seeking for years now - a scent that will quickly give me a headache! LOL.

    And as to the guy who thinks GIT smells like "weed," it seems like he's been smoking too...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV Reformulation?

    I've got a decant but don't know which formulation it is (don't really like it but it's reasonably strong). Recently I bought a 75 ml bottle of Nicole Miller for Men, which I'm guessing is the...
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    Re: Bogart Pour Homme ?? thoughts

    It may be that many buy it thinking it will be a "tobacco scent" but the florals are awfully strong in BPH, something I didn't even notice as a newbie!
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    Re: Boston Store vs Kohl's Department Store

    This only seems to be an issue for splash bottles, which is not the case here.
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    Re: Bogart Pour Homme ?? thoughts

    It's a "cheap aftershave" scent in a splash bottle - what do you think? LOL.
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    Re: Bogart Pour Homme ?? thoughts

    The OP is likely referring to Bogart from 1975.
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    Re: Bogart Pour Homme ?? thoughts

    Sure, just splash out half the bottle on yourself- that's the way! The Hazmat people hardly ever get any work so you'll keep them on their toes!
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    Poll: Re: Between some Titans

    Why isn't Sauvage on the list? Seriously, why isn't Eau Sauvage on the list? LOL. The other day I wore vintage Caractere by Daniel Hecter and was thinking it was the best scent I had worn in I...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Would you doubt that personal preference existed in the earliest days of "modern perfumery?" LOL.
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Yes it was clearly targeted to a certain demographic, and of course people from other demographics (and even some women!) will wear it too (perhaps mostly because it is so widely available and the ad...
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    Nicole Miller Men released yet again?

    I purchased a 75 ml bottle and the sticker just says Nicole Miller but there's no company name at all (it was a tester with no box). I have one that states Riviera Concepts on it, which seems to be...
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    Re: Vintage Chanel Pour Monsieur Questions

    I have some brown liquid/splash bottle as well, and yes, if you are a "top notes person" this may be unsatisfactory. I also agree that with this one you should look for a sealed spray bottle (and...
  72. Re: Tried the new Van Cleef & Arpels In New York. BAD...

    Come on, don't you want to smell "modern?"
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    Re: L'Occitane eus de baux....weak?

    No but the first time I wore it I thought it was weak - no idea why - that was years ago.
  74. To spray or not to spray... is that the question?

    Has anyone tried this scent, or even heard about it before:
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  75. Re: Any designer fragrances with blueberry or peach note?

    Most likely a combination of the fruit note (meaning whatever combination of aroma chemicals they used), the iris note, and a touch of the typical designer amber. As I said, it's a peachy element,...
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    Re: what to buy instead of........

    I have yet to try those two PE scents but I would disagree with your third notion because I don't find them to be all that similar. This is a essentially a "good enough" thread, and I often like to...
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    Re: Rogue Man by Rihanna anyone try it?

    There are likely several others similar to AH (even Adidas Victory League isn't that far off), so when I heard it was like AH I decided against a blind buy, as I don't even like AH (I'd wear it once...
  78. Re: Any designer fragrances with blueberry or peach note?

    Also the Mercedes-Benz Black Leather scent came across as a bit peachy to me.
  79. Re: Any designer fragrances with blueberry or peach note?

    Wildblue Noir and Jaguar Classic Red come to mind, though I haven't tried the latter.
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    Re: Recent Release with PowerHouse DNA

    Wardasina Sospiro.
  81. Re: Are there scents that you would never wear in public no matter what the occasion?

    So that means the no is a yes. LOL.
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    Re: Discontinued fragrances and batches

    Those codes aren't always correct and sometimes they are reused years later. That said, the original Sentiment was quite good but then Scannon did it and I didn't like that formulation at all.
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    Re: Anything similar to Tonka Imperiale?

    Dolcelisir by L`Erbolario is said to be similar to Ambre Narguile (I haven't worn the latter in so long I don't remember), but I also tried TI at some point and the only one that I really liked was...
  84. Re: Are there scents that you would never wear in public no matter what the occasion?

    The question did specify "no matter what the occasion!" LOL.
  85. Are there scents that you would never wear in public no matter what the occasion?

    I haven't worn Kouros on public and I doubt I ever will but Yatagan is a "maybe."

    It doesn't matter if you own a bottle or not. The answer is yes if you have tried a scent once, if not more (with...
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    Re: Leather Oud, much stronger

    Is it an official, sealed sample? If not it could have been diluted.
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    Re: So many choices!

    These days scents smell too similar so I have to get a great deal to buy or get rid of something I really don't like (or is redundant) to swap.
  88. Thread: Disappointment

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    Re: Disappointment

    It's important to stay positive. Just say to yourself, "it's probably an awful scent and it was lucky they were out of stock!"
  89. Thread: Jubilation 25

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    Re: Jubilation 25

    I had it and swapped it off. I'd say grab a bottle of vintage Mitsouko EdP instead. Have some patience and you can get it on ebay for a good price, based upon my past experiences.
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    Re: For yourself or others?

    Perfect choice for the weekly orgy!
  91. Re: I just smelled Dior's Fahrenheit last night....

    ...and you survived!
  92. Re: Carlos Santana for Men: Are Any of You Still Wearing This?

    It was considered a "good cheapo" way back when. I'd say that if you see the notes and don't expect "niche quality" you should be satisfied. It does have it's share of lavender but otherwise it's...
  93. Re: To BN reviewers: Do you ever look at your old reviews and see how far you've come?

    One of if not the main reason I decided to write reviews was for myself, especially my "future self."
  94. Re: What Fragrance would you drop $200-500 for even though it doesn't project well (skin scent) ?

    No, because I think in terms of notes, "naturalness," and texture mainly, so I just layer rather than spend that kind of money, even if it has great projection and longevity.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread

    My guess is that it's at least somewhat similar to a CK One summer flanker.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread

    The smell of burning villages and murdered monks? That would be the scent for royalty!
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    Re: the most exclusive fragrances

    I've got a super secret scent, only one bottle will ever be produced, and you will get paperwork with a notarized signature to that effect! It's a mere $100,000 but if you use ebates you'll get 1%...
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    Re: Evening w/a Mobster & DUA

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/424054-Dua-Fragrance-any-thought/page26
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    Re: Evening w/a Mobster & DUA

    The "controversy" involves the claim that they just buy cheap fragrance oils from major companies like Exotic Fragrances of Manhattan and then put those in niche packaging, then jack up the prices...
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    Re: Mandarina Duck Black....a little help please?

    Orange/woody/laundry musk. Sound good? Go for it!
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