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    Re: Perfume an animal

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    Guerlain Shalimar
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I like the descriptions "tart" and "dry" for Cherry Blossom.

    Arome 3 is smelling familiar / typical to me, a dry lavender. There have been a few in this series, including Mouchoir de Monsieur.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I also noticed Perfaddict going with the Charles Jourdan. I have a nice sample of it on hand now. I've only had one round of bonding, so far. It was promising.



    Synched, in a pdt. I'm getting...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    As the day wears on, I agree about the comparison to Apres L'Ondee - it has that kind of mood. Another fragrance that came to mind, and made me come back to the thread to mention it, is Platinum...
  5. Re: Thinking of adding another Frederic Malle to my collection

    Lys Mediterranee is a good one. You can buy samples from them, or at least you could in the past.

    But I fear our Frederic Malle tastes aren't in lockstep like our Rogue tastes.

    The ones I...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    I like it. Here's my setup at the moment:

    Song: Unbelievable by EMF

    Drink: Drip-brewed coffee

    Perfume: Cherry Blossom by d'Orsay
  7. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Taking a stroll through Alice's wardrobe, these caught my eye:

    1. Habanita

    2. L'Heure Bleue

    3. Narciso Rodriguez for Her

    4. Lovely
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I'm drinking in the opening of Cherry Blossom. This is soapy. A very nice, colorful soap. I remember specialty soap shops. I loved those places. This is so soapy, it smells like it's meant to get a...
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    Re: Perfume an animal

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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Everyone has a batch. Round 1 had 36 samples.
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    Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Hello vintage perfume fans! This is the beginning of a third round of vintage sample swap and synchronizations. The first round was during November 2019 (and a little of October and December either...
  12. Re: Such a dilemma: to spray or not to spray rare vintage?

    Yes, I'm familiar with the issue.



    Perfectly healthy responses, as far as I know.



    I'm right there with you.
  13. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    These are the samples I have received:

    1. Paradise Beach from Bkkorn;

    2. Costa del Mar from chyprefresh;

    3. Kerala form bsouthers;

    4. Dunes & Roses from xii;
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I got some negative feedback here at the house during my Peau d'Espagne sampling. Some people thought it crossed the line. Faint hearts, maybe, I couldn't say - I'm too close to it, and have no...
  15. Re: Thinking of adding another Frederic Malle to my collection

    I don't remember it very well. I might still have a sample. I remember not being excited.

    Une Fleur de Cassie is my pick.
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    Sample 17 - I'm trying Sundark from Andreasmg13.

    This opens with a likable mass market vibe. It smells mass market, but edgy. Or at least modern.

    And then it turns to be slightly too much for...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    It sounds like chypre day could be a day of spiritual awakening and transcendence, where "gentleman" is "kind human" and citrus "top notes" hang on into the mossy base.
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    Sample 15 - I'm trying L'Eau des Sirenes from Pavomi.

    This is coming across fairly civet-y to me.

    Something extreme is going on with this fragrance because my significant other just said it...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Chanel for Men
  20. Re: Has Your Fragrance Wardrobe Grown Beyond Your Original Intention?

    Depending on context, I can see that. But it just takes one paid gig, right? Even if it's your sister's wedding, it totally counts.
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    Only? I hadn't heard about Danny branching out.
  22. Re: Has Your Fragrance Wardrobe Grown Beyond Your Original Intention?

    A volunteer gig is still a gig. Nothing beats open mic night.
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    I consider his story a distraction
    And I sincerely hope it's not getting traction
    What he calls an assault
    Was never my fault
    I'm not in the oversprayers' faction!
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    Another breakup story, adieu Iris
    Keep these coming, Vag, they'll never tire us
    Could it be time to admit
    You find it hard to commit?
    Fairly cruel, after making them desirous
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    That thread works for me. Those users were mostly active when I started following this site. That's a classic Basenotes thread, for my tastes. Through a combination of having sampled a bunch, and...
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    Re: What should I add to my collection?

    1. It's pretty cool. It shows a degree of house loyalty. It has masculines and feminines. I'm not sure you're going to get good longevity from Monsieur de Givenchy. I have several of these, at least...
  27. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    I now have the samples from pavomi, andreasmg13, and Geco.

    I'm trying Playa Azahar again.

    In addition to being swamped with work last week on the day I tried this, it's such a different style...
  28. Re: Has Your Fragrance Wardrobe Grown Beyond Your Original Intention?

    Hard to say for sure. Probably, yes, but my intentions are often vague. My intention when I started reading about perfume was to come up to speed, to satisfy curiosity. Having perfume is secondary,...
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    Re: SOTW First week of August - Back to work

    Looking through my wardrobe, any of these would work for a week straight, or more:

    1. Tuscany;

    2. Versace L'Homme;

    3. Quorum;

    4. Polo;
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    Re: For the love of powerhouse perfumes

    Vintage (houndstooth) Miss Dior edt is the one for me, if it counts as a powerhouse. Part of the intrigue of discussing powerhouse fragrances is that I typically don't understand what people mean by...
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    Re: Quorum vs One Man Show

    Top notes on Quorum. That's how it comes across to me, and that's what makes it my cup of tea. To me, that's what takes it from run-of-the-mill /overdone to interesting. There's a moment, about four...
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    Re: Most worn in July 2020

    Most worn in the last month



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    Santos by Cartier
    9 wears
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Bijan for Men

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    They have three edt's for men: water, wood, and ice.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 2nd August, 2020

    Interesting pick, I agree:

    Top Notes
    Burning white floral, Candles and wax

    Heart Notes
    Accord pyrogene of fireworks and burnt matches

    Base notes
    Black acetate accord, Red wood, Animalic...
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    Last I checked, Simon was due
    For a full makeover (or two!)
    Do up his hair
    And an old-school fougere
    I'm sure he'll feel good as new
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    You could bust out a big, lovely beast!
    That'll cover two meters at least!
    Assuming all being equal,
    With Sly, there's a sequel.
    Can't wait 'til the next one's released!
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    Sounds like a good one for summer,
    Maybe even a real up-and-comer.
    A lemonade, pink
    Should sell well, I think
    I appreciate the insider rec' from her!
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    At least it wasn't Madame
    And Marcel still has his Femme
    C'est un peu de Mystere
    His Moustache is where?
    Hopefully he still has a dram
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    My numbers for July were good. The eight bottles were each used two to seven times. Fahrenheit Summer and Gucci Pour Homme were two of the big ones, and Gucci Pour Homme has been kept on for August....
  41. Re: Collectors: what, why, & how; and do you ever think you might be 'addicted'?

    I don't. Addiction would be too strong of a word, I think, but if not, then I'm addicted to way more than perfume.



    Because I plan to wear them or I'm curious about them.



    I rotate...
  42. Re: What do you consider to be the best flagship "Pour Homme" fragrance?

    I have Patou, Paco Rabanne, Moschino, and Gucci (1976). I've considered getting YSL.

    My favorite is Moschino.
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    Maybe it's from when the internet was wicked scarce, say around when Netscape came out, like '95, and it was a feat to get online?

    With dial-up, I would be like, "Damn, 10,000 posts! Dude, you...
  44. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    The only sample I have in hand that I haven't posted on is sample 16 - Playa Azahar from Elizadys. I have done a wearing. I could do with another. It was yesterday, and I was under stress at work.
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    Re: Shopping for perfumes VS wearing your perfumes

    Perfect 10's for both, I'm thinking.

    There are exceptions: pushy sales associates, perfumes that aren't as good.
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    Sample 12 - I'm trying Country Lake from Jolieo.

    This has something that at least feigns a kind of animalic smell. Maybe indolic. I suppose it's floral, but it has a growl to it. It's also fruity...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    cc - You're helping me connect with my sentimental side. I've had Doris Day "It's Magic" on my playlist for a while now. This Bobby Darin song reminds me a little of "The Way We Were." Anything too...
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    Sample 11 - I'm trying Inchydoney from Marlaney.

    I think I have smelled things similar to this. This isn't unusual, but the opening has nice balance, making it a nice take on the theme.

    There's...
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    Sample 10 - I'm trying Mare Nectaris from Godmu.

    I was worried that everything would smell like Acqua di Gio, but the first fragrance that has come to mind for two of the entries is, quite...
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    Sample 9 - I'm trying Corniche from HabibiGotIt.

    I didn't love the opening, but I like how it has developed, and I like it now.

    In the opening, it had what smelled to me like a dark orange...
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    Re: Most serious men's fragrance.

    Jacomo de Jacomo is the most serious fragrance I can think of. Too serious for me. I need something a little more lighthearted.

    Some runners up could be Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui and Or Black,...
  52. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    IsoESuperman is good. He's sampling and taking notes offline.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Gucci Pour Homme Cologne

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    Interesting notes on these. I'm another person who hit a wall with Tsar and didn't like it anymore. Nobile strikes me as nice but understated. Gucci Pour...
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    Re: The ones that got away

    With a time machine, I might look into some originals from Maître Parfumeur et Gantier and Lorenzo Villoresi.
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    Sample 8 - I'm trying the submission from ourmess.

    This either isn't for me or isn't ready. To make it work for me, things would need to be dialed way back. I can not hang with this one, but I...
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    Sample 7 - I'm trying Manzanita from AdamE.

    This clearly reminds me of something I've had, Polo Red. I even sent Polo Red as part of a seven-sample blind pass a year or two ago - I was curious to...
  57. Re: What are the most fun-smelling fragrances in your opinion?

    Ho Hang Club and Boss No. 1. They have a fun disregard for restraint.
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    Re: Significant other appreciation post!

    Correct. She's a good sport for perfume events. She will sometimes separate from the group to grab a drink.
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    Re: Significant other appreciation post!

    Interesting about your beau's collection.

    My significant other is a perfume collector.

    I love to argue with her about perfume when we disagree. She gets mad sometimes when I can recognize what...
  60. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    I've safely received:

    1. Paradise Beach from Bkkorn;

    2. Costa del Mar from chyprefresh;

    3. Kerala form bsouthers;

    4. Dunes & Roses from xii;
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    Re: Barbershop Fougeres

    I mentioned previously that Quorum counts for me, too, although it doesn't fit the mold for everyone. Maybe "barbershop fragrance," but not fougere?

    Nice shout for Colonia, GADBack!
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    Re: Men who collect female fragrances

    Worthy pursuit. Vintage perfume marketed to women is amazing stuff. Some of the things I've sampled in the last couple years are rare and discontinued, and it's not especially useful to drop names -...
  63. Re: Does there exist ONE "all around" favorite Cologne ?

    There are a bunch, I think. It doesn't take long for a good one to really click, and then I'm ok wearing it for a while. If I stayed off Basenotes, I might wear any one of 20 fragrances for weeks at...
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    Re: Is my Spruce Hemlock rancid?

    My main concerns are porcupines and deer flies. I'd welcome vampires who could help with the deer flies.

    I'm glad someone mentioned that the poisonous hemlock is something else, although I had...
  65. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    Sample 5 - I'm trying Miami 1985 from Devil's Son in Law.

    This one has a fun presentation:

    130855

    It's 5 ml (but performs like 50 ml or 1.7 fluid ounces).

    I'm immersed in the early stages...
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    Re: Is my Spruce Hemlock rancid?

    I gather "hemlock spruce" is a nickname for hemlock trees. I'd never heard it, but I just looked it up. I have a hemlock grove here, a great spot.
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    Re: Men who collect female fragrances

    Good to follow your instinct. Mine would be to get it and call it a sample.
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    Sample 4 - I'm trying Dunes & Roses from xii.

    This is very rosy. It does not strike me as a beach fragrance. It's a woody, soapy rose. It might all come from the rose. There could be more than one...
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    Re: Men who collect female fragrances

    I buy them and try to get women around me to wear them. I'll sometimes wear them myself, but I'm in a phase, at least, where I like to wear perfume marketed to men more.
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    I've safely received:

    1. Paradise Beach from Bkkorn;

    2. Costa del Mar from chyprefresh;

    3. Kerala form bsouthers;

    4. Dunes & Roses from xii;
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    Sample 2 - I spent the whole day yesterday with Costa del Mar from chyprefresh.

    The style is somewhat foreign to me. This is a strong synthetic perfume that can hang around a long time. I think...
  72. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    Sample 1 - I'm starting with Paradise Beach from Bkkorn. It's going to be hard to remember so many samples.

    I'm really liking the early stages of this. I was just slightly worried, but also...
  73. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    I've safely received:

    1. Paradise Beach from Bkkorn;

    2. Costa del Mar from chyprefresh;

    3. Kerala form bsouthers;

    4. Dunes & Roses from xii;
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    My vintage scent of the day is Versace L'Homme. I'm a fan. Maybe 1984 was the peak year for men's perfume?

    Below is my chart from http://www.basenotes.net/sotd/stats.

    130416

    What happened to...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Boss

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    I'm feeling ok in this perfume, but not feeling like a Boss. More like a facilitator.
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    Poll: Re: Derby vs. New York Intense

    Derby it is.

    Equipage would also work.

    Aloof. Wow. Like hard to get? To build tension? Refined and reserved. Every hair in place, and not to be ruffled. Often looking up into the distance with...
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    Re: 'Broad shoulder' Hermes Bottles

    I think shaker bottles for Bel Ami went through 2002. This squarish bottle must have started for Bel Ami in 2002 or 2003, I'm deducing. I'm guessing the same for Equipage.
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    Re: I'm a sample addict

    Healthy curiosity, I'd call it.
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    Poll: Re: Derby vs. New York Intense

    Light grey or charcoal grey?

    For the light gray look, sure Derby is fine. The base is reliable, so you go in confidence.

    Completely inoffensive.

    Did you want to be assertive? If so, we...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    My vintage scents of the day are Jacomo de Jacomo (1980) and Gucci Pour Homme (1976).

    I started with Jacomo, and I was getting a shaving cream vibe, and remembered that Gucci Pour Homme was giving...
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    Re: Best Modern Clean Masculines

    The closest I have to that brief are:

    1. (Chanel Allure Homme) Edition Blanche; and
    2. Elie Saab (Essence No. 6) Vetiver.

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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Worth was getting a lot of mentions a few years ago, and I sampled the vintage edt and the concentree (from Epapsiou, I think they were). I used up the decants. I liked them pretty well. They could...
  83. Re: Does owning MB Legend make buying Chanel PE redundant?

    It might. They're similar. If Mont Blanc Legend is one of your very favorites, then I would also get Platinum Egoiste.

    I have Platinum Egoiste. I've sampled Mont Bland Legend several times. I like...
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    Re: Let's honour our perfumes!..

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    Cartier Santos
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    This was my experience. I do apply right on skin, and a fair amount. The way it develops when I wear it is nice.
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    Re: Let's honour our perfumes!..

    Antaeus Sport

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It looks old, Gav. I think it could be from the 70s. If it’s from the 80s, I think it’s the same thing.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I had not thought of that pass for a long time. My notes are more helpful than my memory in this case. It was nice to have Bonnette in a pass.
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    Re: What am I missing?

    I'm thinking that you should save decants of the ones you decide to get rid of.

    To choose which ones to get rid of, there's only really one proven method, that I know of: the spark of joy test,...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I haven't tried Frank No. 2. I have seen buzz about it on here a few years ago. Some poster, I forget who, swore by it, and expressed disbelief that more people weren't into it. He claimed he had...
  91. Re: Olfactory Adventures with 4160 Tuesdays' Sarah McCartney

    I'd love to stop by when I'm in London.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    Oh, Khanada! Nice to read your post. I have tried and remember fairly well Rose Splendide, Raw Silk and Red Roses, Sira des Indes, and 1969. Lovely perfumes.

    For me, it's not worth writing...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I've put on some Gucci Pour Homme (1976) for the early afternoon, comparing cologne and edt. They're just a little different. The edt is stronger to me, which contradicts the little I'd been able to...
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    Re: Top 10 Fragrance wish list/next purchases

    Fun list. My next pickup might be an unnamed indie chypre.

    Another option I've thought about off and on is the old YSL Pour Homme from the early 70s. I've sampled it, and I was impressed. I'm on...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'm also thinking over these comments on fried chicken and bacon. Good nose, that man.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Armani Eau Pour Homme is another great one that I passed over after much deliberation. It will have to wait for my next buying spree, if there is one. Like Gucci Pour Homme, it was amazing to sample,...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Gucci Pour Homme (1976)

    When I had sampled this, it was before this vintage forum had started. I knew I liked it. I knew it was good. But I had it in my head that I already had this ground...
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    Re: Antaeus or Bel Ami?

    It's an interesting comparison. These are the two my significant other will sometimes mention as my two best ones.

    Antaeus for me, but it's close enough I could change my mind. Over time, I've...
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    Re: Political ads for US 2020 election displayed

    This thread can be about complaining about ads as long as it's not about politics.

    I think ads aren't for me. I don't like 'em.

    A rare exception was the raisins commercial with the raisins...
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    Re: Barbershop Fougeres

    I have sampled Jaguar and liked it. The old car fragrances are nice.
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