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  1. Re: What feminine scents could easily be classified as male scents?

    Aromatics Elixir by Clinique.
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    Re: Fragrance Struggles..

    Guerlain, simply because I always had an aversion to vanilla. I liked Jicky from the start, because the the civet nicely countered the vanilla, and Vetiver gave me no problems, obviously. The...
  3. Re: Close, concentrated sprays vs. spread out sprays

    I always use close, concentrated sprays. The "slow burn" effect means you can get away with using far less, for a longer and more satisfactory sillage. Using this method I get satisfactory...
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    Re: Cumin prominent scents

    It's the Intense version that features cumin - I can discern no cumin in the regular version.

    Kingdom is heavy on cumin, but I must admit I found it dissapointingly thin, watery even.

    I think...
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    Re: Glamorous scents

    You say you're not afraid of feminines and flowers? Try Fracas (go easy on the sprays) and Bandit - these two Germaine Cellier beauties are the epitome of classic, decadent glamour.
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    Re: The smell of Musk flavored Life Savers?

    For a long time, Musk Lifesavers, and other musk flavoured confectionary (lollies, as we call them in Australia) such as musk sticks were my reference for musk. When someone said a perfume contained...
  7. Re: Describe the fragrance you are looking for in 2009

    The perfect white floral, featuring in particular, orange blossom/jasmine/tuberose. Not a floral oriental, I don't want flowers drowning in vanilla. It may be something new that I've never tried...
  8. Poll: Re: Greatest Contemporary Classic among mainstream masculines

    I disagree, contemporary is a relative term, I don't think it necessarily just means "recent releases". I found it hard to reconcile some of the options with the term "classic"; for that reason I...
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    Re: The one you cannot stand

    Joop! Homme is my oldest nemesis.

    Followed closely by Le Male, Pi, the Dreamer.

    Not far behind are Dolce and Gabanna pour homme and the One.

    Vanilla, obviously, doesn't work for me.
    ...
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    Re: True Magic in a Perfume: Eau Sauvage

    I'll put in another good word for Fraîcheur Cuir. I do like the original, but the almost-impossible-to-find Fraîcheur Cuir is beautiful - somehow it reminds me of the smell of old paper money...
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    Re: Favorite Classic

    Eau d'Hermès
    Bandit
    Fracas
    Jicky parfum

    There are quite a few that don't qualify because of the pre-1970 criteria, but I would not hesitate to include as classics, e.g. Azzaro pour Homme, eau...
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    Re: Frag for Fiji : Any suggestions?

    I bought Eau des Merveilles in Hawaii and whenever I wear it I am instantly transported back to Waikiki, pineapple cocktails, a very Brady holiday, I mean "vacation"... heaven... Anyway, the salty,...
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    Re: citrus heavy, come get me!

    Eau de Cartier is refreshingly sour citrus/woods/violet leaf, and quite light.
  14. Re: Cartier's Declaration: Can I get some woodies here?

    I agree. It's particularly the presence of cumin that adds a leathery spiciness to the woods of Declaration. I would add to the list Eau Sauvage Fraîcheur Cuir and Timbuktu. And even, as a...
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    Re: Scents other than fragrances that you love

    I love the smell of a French patisserie, and like many others, the smell of fresh coffee, as well as the rich fragrance of dark chocolate and the comforting smell of pencil shavings. But one of my...
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    Re: Lily of the Valley

    Passage d'Enfer - I'm wearing it today - specifically because today is the first day of Spring here in the southern hemisphere, and the scent of lily of the valley seemed like the perfect thing.
  17. Poll: Re: POLL : "Dissecting Diptyque" your selection of the best of Dyptique scents

    Isn't there a Santal candle which is meant to complement Tam Dao? I love Diptyque fragrances. They often get accused of being too linear, but I kind of like that about them. I extol that kind of...
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    Re: fragrance note website

    www.osmoz.com
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    Re: Funniest Quote from a Review

    Naed_Nitram's review of the Dreamer makes me snicker:

    One of the briefest but most memorable lectures that the Baron de Charlus delivered to the Society of Perfumes in Paris concerned the much...
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    Re: Real Incense vs Burned Incense

    "Incense" as a note or theme or name for fragrances is about as descriptive as the word "wood" or "musk" or "fruity" or "leather".
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    Re: Hotel Fragrances

    I recently travelled to Kotor in Montenegro. I was there for only one night, playing it by ear accommodation-wise, and wanted to stay within Stari Grad (the old town), but because of time...
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    Re: What smells of leather and cardamon?

    Though most people associate cumin with Eau d'Hermès, I've always thought it's as much, if not more, about cardamom (and other spices) than cumin. It is one of those scents that is much loved, but...
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    Re: Which are your favorite Chypres?

    Bel Ami; Bandit; Comme des Garçons 2 Man; Etro Palais Jamais.

    I don't think it's technically a chypre, but it's definitely a "leather", and so falls into a related category: Eau d'Hermès; one of...
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 14 July 08

    Concentrée D'Orange Verte
  25. Re: Money paper smell? (I like the fragance of new bills)

    I've heard that that characteristic smell of paper money comes from the sweat that's soaked into from changing so many human hands. But then you're talking about "new" bills.

    Anyhow, I agree with...
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    Re: any good layering advice for kiehls musk

    I'm not really a believer in layering, in theory it sounds ok but in my experience it can be messy. That said, I can't help but think that Kiehls + Eau d'Hermès would be a great combo.
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    Re: Who is Your Favorite Nose?

    Which one?

    My votes are for (in no special order):

    Roudnitska Sr
    Giacobetti
    Duchaufour
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    Re: Since when did they bottle Play-Do?

    That's what I was thinking - both play-doh (as I remember it) and amber (at least many representations of it, ambers ain't ambers) have a saltiness about them.

    That said, I don't really get a...
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    Re: A poor man's Brut is a Rich man's...

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme
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    Re: In Nature what is your Favorite...

    The scent of the air, riding a scooter in Mykonos (wild flowers and herbs).
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    Re: impossible note combinations

    Sweet + animalic is actually quite a classic combo - see Jicky for example.

    Fruity + dry - Timbuktu, Un Jardin sur le Nil.

    I understand the sentiment, it's like drinking coffee after brushing...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II review:

    I think Gucci PH II is to some extent unjustly maligned. I think of it (and I realise that this is a rather simplistic description) as Tea for Two sans the vanilla. It pains me to say this (though...
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    Re: What Am I Missing in Gucci Envy???

    Exactly my sentiments. I too used to wonder if I was missing something, but having become more familiar with fragrance notes and more confident about what I do and don't like, I realise it's just...
  34. Re: Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estee Lauder (Tom Ford) - a guys perspective

    It was my fondness for Ambre Narguile and Ambre Sultan that recently led me to YDAN, and I added it to my list. I share many of your sentiments about it.

    Of course, as luck would have it, as soon...
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    Re: Price difference in Aus?

    The other thing you have to remember is that the exchange rate hasn't always been this good, and prices don't fluctuate in accordance with exchange rates.

    That said I paid just as much for Eau des...
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    Re: Let's talk about the best Aquatic...

    I don't wear aquatics, but I find that Hermès Eau des Merveilles is evocative of the ocean/beach, because of its rather salty ambergris.
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    Re: BK similarities?

    I too suspect it's Body Kouros we're talking about here, so I'm going to suggest Bois Farine as a superior alternative.
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    Re: UJEM vs. Miller et Bertaux #3

    I find MeB#3 to be, as the name portends, much, much greener than UJEM. To me, the citrus in MeB#3 is subordinate to the green stuff. The first time I tried it it felt like I'd just rubbed my nose...
  39. Poll: Re: Why aren't all natural perfumes talked about more?

    Download record of Luca Turin's now defunct blog from here: http://lucaturin.typepad.com/; and see a bemusing/amusing/entertaining/enlightening debate on the topic. Some of the natural perfumers...
  40. Re: Looking for light almost non-existent fresh scent...

    Try some of the Roger & Gallet eau de colognes: Jean Marie Farina, Bouquet Imperiale, Gingembre for something a little more spicy; they're quite charming, classical unisex mixes of citrus and...
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    Re: Geranium - the forgotten note?

    Geranium can really give a scent a great lift and make it sing. It's especially effective paired with woods like cedar and also vetiver. Its scent seems to unite, to some extent, floral, herbal and...
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    Re: Sotd - fri 22nd

    Timbuktu - perfect hot, humid, sunny Friday fragrance. Getting whiffs of it now and then makes me feel better during this otherwise sh!tty work day.
  43. Re: What do YOU think I would like based on this?

    You met Frederic Malle and he gave you Musc Ravageur??!! Wow, I'm inpressed - and jealous.

    I agree with NearFantastica's recommendations - particularly in respect of Serge Lutens, Diptyque and...
  44. Re: Cinnamon - The lists, the scents and the recommendations - 2008 edition

    I like Eau Lente a lot, but although it has cinnamon, to me it's much more about cloves. I don't really get much cinnamon (if any) from Tea for Two.
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    Re: Which is a great rose scent?

    Not sure if you were thinking of Passage d'Enfer as a rose sent, or just saying it, along with VdR was absent, but for the record, PdE is not a rose (just in case you were going to blow your money on...
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    Re: 10 Corso Como

    10CC is fantastic stuff. It's very very woody though, no powdery sweetness, woody enough to give your nostrils splinters in fact, which is what I love about it, though I expect that's what might not...
  47. Thread: Marc Jacobs

    by lunarpanic
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    Re: Marc Jacobs

    Yay to the extent that Jacobs showed he had the good taste to attempt an imitation of Philosykos (rather than another fresh-synth-woody-aquatic); nay because it's not a very good copy, and we don't...
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    Re: A 100% synthetic

    The florals (famously the jasmine from Grasse) in No. 5 are natural.

    My guess is cK be.
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    Re: SotD - Friday 25 Jan 08

    Passage d'Enfer
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    Re: Olivia Giacobetti's masculines.

    Most are I think genuinely unisex, though some are occasionally marketed as gender-specific (Dzing! and Passage d'Enfer are identified as feminines by Michael Edwards, for example).

    Philosykos is...
  51. Re: Tuberose, Jasmine, or Gardenia scents for men?

    I've been looking for something nicely jasmine, orange blossom or tuberose dominant for a long time but can never really make up my mind what it is I'm looking for. Lately I've decided, to hell with...
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    Re: Comprehensive list of Rose Scents

    I get dry, masculine rose in the the dry down of Spiritus/Land by Miller et Bertaux, though I know of other reviewers who say that they cannot detect the rose at all. It is, to me at least, in very...
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    Re: terre de hermes

    The sillage and longevity are very good, fullstop, but remarkably good for a dominantly vegetal fragrance. The gunflint note is noticeable and in my opinion loveable. For me it's not so much a...
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    Re: Help with broadening horizons

    I like Dzing!, it's on my wishlist, but somehow I don't think it would be his thing. Thanks for your reply.
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    Help with broadening horizons

    I want to buy a new fragrance as a birthday gift. The person I’m buying for has an assortment of designer fragrances, all in the fresh/citrus/fruity/aquatic area (e.g. Clinique Happy, Issey Miyake,...
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    Re: Visit = Tam Dao!

    OK, it's really dried down a bit now and so the similarities are fading, but I still maintain that, in the beginning, they smell very similar on me, and though they diverge after a while, there is...
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    Visit = Tam Dao!

    I finally just got to try Tam Dao, and upon first whiff I thought "I've smelt this before!"

    For some reason I kept wanting to think about B*Men, though I knew it was way off. Then it hit me -...
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    Re: Summer frags thats is NOT citrus or fruity

    gupts, the missoni store in Brisbane stocks Dyptiques. You used to be able to get them online from an Australian seller too, but apparently Dyptique have a policy that they won't supply to sellers...
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    Re: Equipage Hermes

    Smells like neither of these to me. It's one of those scents that makes profoundly different impressions on me each time I try it. It's certainly florally, last time I tried it I found the pine to...
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    Re: Best Vanilla?

    Vanilla: definitely my least favourite note, so it's not often I can tolerate it, however, I love Bvlgari Black and Opium PH EDP. Black is the only vanilla I would actually wear though.

    A few...
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    Re: Best scent from L'Artisan Parfumeur?

    If L'Artisan creations have a defining characteristic, it's their subtlety. Once you come to terms with that, you'll appreciate they're neither weak nor short lived, as they're often reported to be....
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    Re: Seeking big, dirty, musk beast...

    This thread's been ressurected after spending some time in limbo...

    Kouros to me has always come across relatively tame and elegant. Cloves and honey is all I get. Pleasant.

    But I am...
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    Re: Spraying frags in your hair?

    I'd never do it - as already pointed out, it can dry out your hair and scalp, which can cause itchiness/irritation.

    But just as important, hair is a dirt/oil/dust magnet, and so any fragrance...
  64. Thread: Opium EDP

    by lunarpanic
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    Re: Opium EDP

    I think maybe the mint comes from the collision of the ginger/galangal with the liquorice flavour of the star anise. If you check out the osmoz pyramid which was referred to above, you'll see that...
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    Re: Dior Homme is so suffocating!!

    I think your "lipstick" comparison is spot on. And yeah, I think it definitely fares worse in warmer weather. I've tried this a few times, wanting to like it, conceptually there's something very...
  66. Re: Gin and tonic - suggestions for sour, tangy, citrus

    I've heard about Bombay Sapphire's frag, and being a big gin lover, have tried to track it down, but to no avail.

    Thanks for all your suggestions, I will give them a go.
  67. Gin and tonic - suggestions for sour, tangy, citrus

    I love the sour, tangy, gin and tonic citrus of Eau de Cartier, I'm beginning to find it holds my interest longer than the sweet, fizzy lemonade type of citrus fragrance. I think of Eau de Cartier...
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    Re: Great juice with crappy bottle!

    Azzaro Visit - the bottle isn't bad, but just doesn't do justice to the juice. Gucci Rush - bottle looks dated and too cheap.
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    Re: Do you guys ever get pissed when...

    Yeah, when people ask me what "cologne" or "aftershave" I'm wearing, I have to restrain myself from spitting back: "F*#% off, I am not wearing brut!" (Or Old Spice, or Blue Stratos etc. etc.).
  70. Re: The bottle is so cool you wished the juice was better

    oh and Lanvin (L'Homme and Vetyver L'Homme) - neither juice, while not repellent, is worthy of the masterpiece that is the bottle.
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    Re: Gaultier² .......again!

    You said it so right! My sentiments exactly. Occasionally I get an interlude of Johnson's baby powder, too...
  72. Re: The bottle is so cool you wished the juice was better

    Happens all the time - Dior Homme, Jasper Conran, Armani Code and Mania...

    On the other hand, it often irks me that some of the fragrances I like come in packaging that I don't care for...
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    Re: M7...a bit girly? Gasp!

    I never took to M7, but just today decided since it had been a while, I'd give it another try. Smells a little different to how I remember - maybe a little more like I'd expect Kouros to smell from...
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    Re: Bulgari Pour Homme problem..

    francois has pretty much summed it up. See also my review at this site. Whereas the original sparkles, Soir is kind of flat. Sweetish and bland from go to whoa. (That's about as elaborate as I...
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    Re: Bulgari Pour Homme problem..

    Bvlgari PH is one of my all time favourites, and having worn it for quite some time, also frustrated by what I thought was a short life, just recently I had an unexpected revelation - it is indeed...
  76. Re: Name Ideas - Basenoters Mindpower and Expertise would be much appreciated!

    Games?

    or

    Regime.
  77. Re: Am I the only person who thinks Serge Lutens is cheesy?

    I like Serge Lutens, however I do know where you're coming from - perhaps pretentious is the word (especially the "juxtaposition" quote, how high-school english class). But then this is perfumery,...
  78. Re: Help! Choice between Terre d'Hermes and Scent Intense

    You've already given yourself two very good reasons for going with Scent Intense - 1) You've tried it, where as you haven't TdH; 2) you say it's hard to come by in South Africa, which means you won't...
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    Re: A newbie needs inspiration......

    You go the collar up if it makes you happy! (I wonder if the up-turned collar as we know it is a world wide thing or something peculiar to Australian university students/grads - I've never bothered...
  80. Re: What if I like Aqua Di Gio but don't want to smell like everyone else?

    Very well put.

    Eau de Cartiér, a citrus, has a pleasant sourness to it that might appeal to you if you like aquatics.
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    Re: need a kick ass summer scent!

    I'm really quite fond of Tdh too, (and find the longevity very good, incidentally, so maybe it is fatigue). My only disappointment (and yes I realise it sounds snobby/pretentious) is that they've...
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    Re: Azzaro Visit - Too Spicy or Just Right ?

    Gucci PH and Visit are quite different, but there are very noticeable similarities between Gucci Rush and Visit. They're almost the same when you first spray them on, but Visit has more complexity...
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    Re: New: Baldessarini Ambré.

    I think apple and booze are quite a fitting combo - I've encountered many a warm, whiskey or rum based drink with slices of apple or apple juice, and of course cinnamon and cloves. Likewise...
  84. Thread: Tumulte PH!

    by lunarpanic
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    Re: Tumulte PH!

    I find Tumulte a bit too aggressive. I think Rush (and Azzaro Visit for that matter) are far less harsh.

    I think Tumulte is a poorer version of Kyoto, and poorer still of 10 Corso Como.
  85. Re: Anybody Here Tried Michael Storer Scents?

    I've had samples of all three, I'm still becoming familiar with them, but my initial thoughts are:

    Monk - I guess I agree with oolong that it's possibly an Envy substitute for Envy lovers, in that...
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    Re: Any cinnamon scents out there?

    Must de Cartiér is always the first to spring to mind, it's cinnamon that's not drowned in vanilla, so not terribly gourmand, if gourmands are not your thing, nor sickeningly sweet.
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    Re: Why does Kouros smell like pee pee?

    This is the best title for a thread I've ever seen!

    But I'm afraid, I've never got pee out of Kouros, just cloves and honey...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black-Body Kouros-Lolita Lempicka

    Couldn't agree more. Though I find BK quite delicious, being gourmandy I just don't think I could wear it around for too long without it getting a bit much. That said, it is probably the most...
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    Re: Your favorite flaçons

    Agree! Like Givenchy do for most of their "classics" (Xeryus, Gentleman etc.), as do Hermès with the lantern shape, and most niche perfumers have a house-style flaçon. I think a basic flaçon for...
  90. Thread: gaultier 2

    by lunarpanic
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    Re: gaultier 2

    Agree. It's like someone mixed together Pi and Joop! with a touch of Le Mâle's gaudiness. A nightmare come true for me.
  91. Re: What fragrances did you wear as an adolescent?

    Coincidentally, I read a review just the other day in which someone said they were given a bottle of a notoriously pungent, potent fragrance on their tenth birthday. TEN?! You've gotta be kidding me!...
  92. Re: Fragrances that Killers from movies might wear....

    No way would a werewolf wear M7 or AdG! S/he'd wear nothing but his/her own raunchy, beasty, sweaty body odour, of course - and perfumers have been trying to synthesise it since the birth of...
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    Re: Underrated fragrances on Basenotes

    I've never understood how people can find Visit and Rush boring or offensive. And now Rush has been discontinued, or so I'm led to believe...
  94. Re: Favorite Smells you won't find in your fragrance collection.

    Not dog breath! Puppy breath! It's a very distinctive smell and suggests playful innocence and mischief - all things puppyish...
  95. Re: Favorite Smells you won't find in your fragrance collection.

    It's amazing how many people love those scents we typically describe as either "chemical" or "synthetic" (even though they are not necessarily so) such as petrol, paint thinner etc. etc., or rubbery...
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    Re: TV ad: "You hate me, don't you?"

    Oh dear! My memory is gone... well, as I said, it was a long time ago, and I was just a boy...

    Thanks for your reply!
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    TV ad: "You hate me, don't you?"

    Does anyone remember which perfume this TV ad from the early/mid-nineties was advertising?

    An elegantly dressed woman with a Slavonic accent (in my memory it's a Slavonic accent though it...
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    Re: 2 guys seriously dissing Visit @ TJ Maxx

    I think that's exactly the point... but more importantly, it's always surprised me the number of negative reactions Visit (and for that matter its close cousin Gucci Rush) gets. I've always thought...
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    Re: What scent makes you feel sexy?

    Bvlgari Black is hot, but for me nothing makes beats Costume National Scent Intense - hate to be vulgar, but people try to eat me when I wear this (either that, or they politely ask me what I'm...
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    Re: Seeking big, dirty, musk beast...

    Ha ha ha! It's whatever you want it to be...
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