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    Re: Jean Patou: 2 new rereleases in 2014!

    Fragrantica has a story on this today. It looks like a third re-release will be 1925's Adieu Sagesse, a floral with a gardenia accent.
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    Jean Patou: 2 new rereleases in 2014!

    Hi all,

    Last year Patou rereleased three classics: Patou pour Homme, Eau de Patou, and Chaldée. I'm delighted to announce that it looks like they will continue to do so in 2014. I have a...
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    Re: I'm a Masculine Man Wearing Shalimar

    Guerlain's scents are mostly unisex. There are exceptions (Champs-Elysées) but for the most part a guy can pull off almost all of the classics.

    One of the ones that I find works really well on me...
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    Re: Favorite Animalic Scents

    Cacio mentioned the two vintages that I found really, really dirty. Shocking is a sweet leather: it has a pronounced honey note but it smells, (ahem), I'm told, like a woman's dirty knickers. People...
  5. Re: "Unisex" - SA's having serious gender issues

    I'd like to follow up on the issue of the Male/Female fragrance boards on Basenotes, which I find increasingly passé and annoying. Other sites don't do this. Most new niche offerings are marketed as...
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    Re: Best Green fragrances?

    Estee Lauder Aliage-
    Robert Piguet Futur

    both suitable for unisex wear
  7. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Hi David, yes, as part of the 2013 repackaging, the following have been discontinued as EdTs and are only available in EdCs. I like colognes, but they simply have no lasting power at all:

  8. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Oh yes, and Annick Goutal has been discontinuing mercilessly since they repackaged everything in 2013:

    Eau de Camille
    Myrrhe Ardente
    Le Mimosa
    Mon parfum Chérie
  9. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Jean Patou has also discontinued a bunch of fragrances ever since PG&E sold it. They're bringing back some classics but the following have been axed:

    Sira des Indes
  10. Sticky: Re: Recently Discontinued/ Due To Be Discontinued Fragrances......???

    Re: Balmain, according to Michael Edwards' database (to which I have a subscription), Miss Balmain and Jolie Madame have both been discontinued. Ivoire is still around, but it went through a major...
  11. Re: Midnight Poison/ Dior Addict Has Been Discontinued

    Dior has the reformulation bug BAD. Since François Demachy became the in-house nose, he has reformuated virtually the entire catalogue. Dior Addict was reformulated in 2012, so I doubt that they'll...
  12. Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Here's my list of dislikes:

    Gourmands in the Angel style: with caramel and chocolate notes (usually on a patchouli-base)

    Fruit like berries, nectarines, strawberry in the fruity floral style
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    Re: Three New Chanel Exclusifs Extraits

    I agree with Sasuke. What a snore-fest. I haven't smelled 1932, but Beige was totally pedestrian. Jersey has some fans on here, but I thought it was awful: lavender cough-syrup.
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    Re: Most Flankers spawned by one fragrance

    For me, the flanker award goes to parfums Grès Cabotine and to Dior's J'Adore and MIss Dior. They both have well over 15 flankers. J'adore is even more confusing becuase the original fragrance has...
  15. Re: Fragrance families: which method of categorizing do you prefer and why?

    In the past, I've been mistrustful of perfume categories. I'm glad that that the French Society of Perfumers' system works for Natural Juice, but I just gave up: it's too complicated and certain...
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    Re: Hermessence Longevity?

    I agree with Janjanjan. I appreciate the quality, but these are so expensive that they aren't worth it for me. Actually I feel the same way about most of the Chanel exclusifs as well: two of my...
  17. Re: What is Parfum de Toilette in terms of concentration?

    Hi Hedonic, there was a period in the 1980s when a bunch of perfume houses used this term. Guerlain most famously: it's only in the late 1990s that Guerlain bowed to the general trend and relabeled...
  18. Serge Lutens: Confusion about lines/labels

    I'm completely confused by Serge Lutens.

    I know the big distinction is the export line in the rectangular bottles v. the exclusive lines in the bell jars. But it's been blurred by the fact that...
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    Re: Three New Chanel Exclusifs Extraits

    Hi Horns, no, it hasn't been discontinued, but it's been severely restricted. The parfum is no longer available for sale in the US (at least, nowhere I've been able to find it, including the Saks in...
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    Re: Three New Chanel Exclusifs Extraits

    As often happens, Cacio stole the words right out of my mouth. I suspect this is going to be informed mainly by what sells, which is why I suspect that the subpar Beige will be among the three.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Chanel Les Exclusifs 1932

    HI Cacio and graphite, sorry I came across hating on Jersey. I'm sure it is lovely on the two of you. It just was one of those things that REALLY wasn't my style!
  22. Re: Jean Patou Ma Collection - Vacances has arrived

    LiliB, where did you get the Vacances extrait? Do you have 11 out of the 12 "ma collection" bottles? I only have an ounce of "Cocktail" and a half-empty bottle of "Colony." My Colony's topnotes are...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Chanel Les Exclusifs 1932

    Jersey was terrible! It's hard to imagine how you can go so wrong with lavender and vanilla when you have Jicky and Pour un Homme de Caron as two totally different models, but it was dreadful....
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    Re: "Female" fragrances that arnt too feminine for men.

    Rochas "Femme" is totally suitable to men. I gave a bottle to my hairdresser, and her (macho Latino) husband swiped it! Guess I won't tell him "Femme" means "woman" in French.

    Gres, Cabaret...
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    Re: Guerlain - Les Deserts d'Orient

    I saw these at Galleries Lafayette in Paris this weekend. I tried Songe d'un Bois d'été (I wasn't interested in the other two.) I hate to say this, but I was really, really disappointed. I don't know...
  26. Re: Fragrances wich belong to the Edwards created Soft Oriental family?

    Cacharel's Loulou
    Procter and Gamble, Old Spice
    Chanel, Coco (the original)
    Caron, Royal Bain de Caron
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    Re: Cuir de Russie EDT vs Parfum

    There are a couple of other leathers I'd recommend:

    Cabochard by Grès, a classic leather chypre. The vintage parfum is excellent, rich and complex. The current EdP is not as bad as many people...
  28. Re: New Fragrances: Robert Piguet The Nouvelle Collection

    Any idea of how Piguet intends to market these? Obviously something called "Mademoiselle" is targeted to women, but the others aren't clearly masculine or feminine. I wear whatever I want, so I'm not...
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    Re: A question about YSL Paris

    I'm not sure it's worth buying "vintage" Paris. The EdP still smells very good and the quality has been pretty steady over the years. My academic mentor wore this for years before her death and I...
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    Re: Vol de Nuit - delightful

    I'd have to agree with Larimar and the others: Vol de Nuit, no matter what the formulation, has never had great longevity. I have a vintage bottle that dates to 1936 and it still doesn't outperform...
  31. Re: Turin & Sanchez -- A Little Book of Perfumes

    Larimar is right--my 2008 bottle of LHB extrait is still amber-colored and still excellent. The new horrible reformation is probably ca 2010 to coincide with the new IFRA regulations.

    You know...
  32. Re: Turin & Sanchez -- A Little Book of Perfumes

    I saw Tania's post today. I knew that Opium has been poorly reformulated, but didn't know about Joy.

    Larimar, have you noticed that L'Heure Bleue has recently gone down in quality? Up until now,...
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    Re: New Chanel: No 19 Poudre and Jersey

    Everyone keeps mentioning the combination of lavender and vanilla in Jersey, but no one has compared it to Jicky, whose dominant notes are also lavender and vanilla. Does anyone have a comparison?
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    Re: Skanky perfumes

    Don't forget Dior's Jules, a really skanky fougère, less common than Kouros.
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    Re: Guerlain classics worn by men

    What a fun thread. I have all five (Jicky, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, L'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko) in extrait and I wear them frequently. I also have Shalimar in vintage PdT.

    Of these, I think I'd agree...
  36. Re: What a magical discovery : Bvlgari pour homme

    I love this one. It's one of the only modern fougères that feels elegant and sophisticated rather than overpowering and raunchy. It has a watercolorlike elegance that I appreciate very much.
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    Re: Estee Lauder Sensuous EDP

    Totally a unisex option. I got a sample and wore it for a few days. It wasn't for me, but it's not because it's too "feminine," it just isn't my style.
  38. Re: Parfums - which scents are the must have and which are the 'not worth it.

    HI Gumoosh,

    I would strongly recommend getting Dolce Vita only in the parfum, not the EdT. The EdT was reformulated in the 2000's so the original idea lives on only in the parfum version, which...
  39. Re: The ones Luca Turin got wrong, your opinion

    I actually find myself disagreeing with Luca Turin more than I do with Tania Sanchez, though I respect both of their opinions.

    One thing I don't like is their inconsistency regarding the...
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    Re: What was the first fruity floral?

    Actually, if I had to label the first fruity floral, I'd probably pick a surprise choice: Guerlain's Nahéma (1978). Yes it's primarily a rose fragrance, but it has a significant passionfruit note...
  41. Re: Seriously, why do Turn & Sanchez hate Creed so much?

    Thanks Redneck for a very interesting and thought-provoking comment.

    What bothers me most about Creed is the dishonesty. False history and royal connections, okay fine, they aren't unique in...
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    Re: Vol de Nuit - delightful

    I recently won a sealed bottle of vintage VDN from the 1930's on Ebay, and it's just fabulous. The modern is very good also, but suffers longevity problems--that must be the removal of the natural...
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    Re: Givenchy III as a masculine

    I've smelled both vintage and current Givenchy III. The vintage has more depth and richness (I have the EdP). The current one is probably greener and lighter (oakmoss restrictions, EdT). Both are...
  44. Re: Question about how to combat Ebay fraud

    If you PM me, I will send you his Ebay ID.
  45. Question about how to combat Ebay fraud

    Hello all,

    Over the past couple of months I've been getting angrier and angrier about a certain e-bay member who is clearly selling fraudulent "vintage" fragrances. I realize that rare bottles of...
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    Re: Chanel Nº 19

    I wear this all the time. I do find the EdP more immediately floral than the EdP and the parfum. The modern parfum and EdT are very good. But as have others have pointed out, the vintage stuff is...
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    Re: Next Vintages to Become "UBER" RARE?

    I agree about Paris parfum: I've never seen a photo of the bottle. I thought perhaps it was only ever made as EdP! I'd classify that one as simply impossible to find, along with Apres l'ondee parfum....
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    Re: Guerlain Experts to the rescue please !

    I have also heard that Nahéma parfum has been "temporarily" discontinued, due to the listing of one of its ingredients (some kind of orchid) on an endangered list. I don't know if that is true, but I...
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    Re: Basenoter's guidance

    If you are looking for leather, you really can't go wrong with Piguet's Bandit, which is a reference leather chypre and in my opinion better suited for masculine wear these days.
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    Re: Best unscented body wash?

    Dove's Sensitive unscented body wash. It has a very light scent that isn't detectable once you towel off.
  51. Re: question about Shalimar Eau Légère / Shalimar Light / Eau de Shalimar

    THanks so much Mr. Guerlain. Now, my only (humble) suggestion: add this info to your already SPLENDID website, which I check obsessively.
  52. question about Shalimar Eau Légère / Shalimar Light / Eau de Shalimar

    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to uncross my wires about the very complicated history of the "modernized" Shalimar versions. Basenotes' directory and Ebay haven't been much help.

    My understanding (I...
  53. Re: Article: Douglas Hannant launches fragrance in collaboration with Robert Piguet

    The Piguet reissues have been of such high quality that I'm sure this will be wonderful.
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    Re: Shalimar Parfum Initial

    When Judith Brocker's article with the "Mitsouko pink" illustration came out, I laughed and thought, "well, thank heaveans Guerlain will never sink that far."

    Oops. Apparently they will if it...
  55. Re: Can I pls get some help re: Les Parisiennes

    I'm really suprised to hear that Chamade pour Homme is still being sold with L'Ame d'un Héros--they smell very similar to me, and Luca Turin said the same thing in his book.
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    Re: Favorite leather scent?

    For those who like a soft, suede-like, almost buttery leather note, the original Donna Karan (now Donna Karan signature) is wonderful.

    The leathers provide an opportunity to comment on...
  57. Re: Can I pls get some help re: Les Parisiennes

    Hi Sorcery,

    I'm glad you started this post because I've found the history of the Parisiennes line to be truly confusing even though it hasn't been around that long.

    This if the information I...
  58. Re: La Collection Christian Dior - They Arrived!

    Following up on Reminiscent's post (bonjour de la Californie, Rem!) I think that Amber Nuit was also briefly released as an EdT when it first appeared in 2009. At least, I've seen photos of the...
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    Re: What Would Napoleon Bonaparte Wear?

    Good for Joséphine. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
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    Re: Triumphs and Disasters of 2010


    Chanel no 19
    Estée Lauder Jasmine White Moss
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    Re: What Would Napoleon Bonaparte Wear?

    Napoleon might have worn buckets of EdC, but in other respects he had a very, well, 19th century approach to smell. He famously wrote to his wife, Empress Joséphine, a letter from the battlefield...
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    Re: Hypnotic Poison EDP?

    Hi there! I think the "Diable Rouge" was the only EdP version of HP ever released, as a special edition. It's extremely rare, so your friend made a good buy! I saw it once on Ebay for $199.
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    Re: Heartless Fragrances

    This is a great thread. I always wear Chanel no 19 whenever I need to go out, be cold and detached, and conquer the world (have worn it to job interviews). Seems like many green chypres and green...
  64. Re: Diorama - Les Créations de Monsieur Dior?

    My understanding was that this and Diorling were both only being sold at the Dior boutique in Paris, and at Roja Dove's parfumerie at Harrod's. Don't know if it was in EdP or EdT. When I was at...
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    Re: Your top 5 "non niche" perfumes

    Dior Dolce Vita (vintage; the new stuff is terrible)
    Guerlain Jicky
    Chanel no 19
    Estee Lauder Private Collection
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    Re: HELP: Chamade or L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain

    L'heure bleue is more traditionally unisex. I can't speak to the different strengths.

    Chamade is quite different in EdT, EdP and Parfum strengths. The parfum is the spiciest and most unisex, the...
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    Re: Dior Dune - Formulations & Reformulations

    Hey there,

    I have a bottle of Dune parfum, which smells exactly like the EdT. The reformulation is still pretty close. However, the Esprit de Parfum spells very, very different--and not in a good...
  68. Re: Which reformulated fragrances are essentially DIFFERENT from the original?

    And on the subject of TERRIBLE reformations that are nothing like the wonderful originals:

    Goutal, Eau de Hadrien
    Dior, Dolce Vita
  69. Re: Which reformulated fragrances are essentially DIFFERENT from the original?

    And on the subject of TERRIBLE reformations that are nothing like the wonderful originals:

    Goutal, Eau de Hadrien
    Dior, Dolce Vita
  70. Re: Which reformulated fragrances are essentially DIFFERENT from the original?

    I have to say that I disagree on Mitsouko. The reformulation really is as successful and faithful to the original as possible, given that one of the most important ingredients (oakmoss) has been...
  71. Re: Is Guerlain's Liù really a dead-ringer for Chanel No. 5?

    I definitely like Liù more than Chanel no. 5. They're similar in style, but the Chanel has become so ubiquitous it's nice to smell something distinct. I think it's slightly sweeter and has more...
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    Re: Your 3 favorite perfumers and WHY!

    I think Sophia Grojsman has to be on the list. She's composed a lot of really influential scents, many of which are true masterpieces. There are a few duds as well, but her track record is pretty...
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    Re: Les Parisiennes receive Nuit d'Amour

    What's even left in the Parisiennes? Vetiver pour elle, I'm told, has been offed as well.
  74. Re: YSL Paris, YSL Y, and Beverly Hills Gayle Hayman ( Help required please !)

    Yves Saint Laurent's Paris is available in EdP (with a gold cap) and EdT (with a pink cap). I don't think the extrait has been made in over 15 years.
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    Re: Does Chanel no 19. work also on men?

    Oh, and Mimi mentioned she'd even recommend the parfum for a guy. Well, it's the only formulation I wear, actually.... I agree with Mr. Tott, it is more like the EdT than the EdP (which was composed...
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    Re: Does Chanel no 19. work also on men?

    I knew you'd be able to sum up my thoughts on no 19 perfectly, Mr. Tott!
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    Re: Does Chanel no 19. work also on men?

    I find Chanel no 19 entirely suitable for unisex wear. As primrose pointed out, the EdP is more floral than the P or EdT, but it's still eminently wearable. This is a very abstract scent, and...
  78. Re: Anyone knows what Chanel No. 22 smells like?

    would you mind sharing the seller's name, so i can be sure not to purchase from him?
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    Re: What are your top 5 fragrances for fall?

    1. Guerlain, Mitsouko
    2. Donna Karan, Donna Karan signature
    3. Dior, Dolce Vita
    4. Piguet, Bandit
    5. Chanel Bois des Iles
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    Re: Piguet's new Calypso!

    Has anyone managed to sample this one yet?
  81. Chanel no 19: differences among P, EdP, EdT

    Hello all,

    I'm becoming increasingly obsessed with Chanel no 19. I just love love love it. The problem is that it's getting increasingly hard to get the parfum in the US, as only the EdT is sold...
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    Re: Donna Karan Signature: New vs Old

    Hi guys, well, I've only ever tried the vintage parfum, so I can't compare it to the new edition.

    But that said, I have to say that I think it's my absolute favorite in the "Dry Woods" fragrance...
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    Re: Best Sillage

    With sillage, I think the key is to have a fragrance that isn't too STRONG/INTENSE, but does leave a nice trail behind in your wake.

    Cabaret, by parfums Grès (not the crap for men), accomplishes...
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    Re: The Guerlain with Multiple Personalities.

    This is a very interesting discussion. I think schizophrenia is a good word for it. I've said this before, but I may as well be the voice in the wilderness again: what I'm increasingly dismayed by is...
  85. Thread: Cabaret.

    by granola357

    Re: Cabaret.

    Let's face it: the bottle, red or no, is really tacky. But in a fun, intentionally over-the-top way. I wear all kinds of female perfumes and this is the only one I was really embarrassed about when...
  86. Thread: Cabaret.

    by granola357

    Re: Cabaret.

    Hi N. Tesla,

    My brother posted something about this not long ago. He noticed the same difference in the bottle (no red on it) and wondered whether there was a defective batch of bottles produced...
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    Re: Piguet's new Calypso!

    As with the other Piguets, I'm sure it's being rolled out slowly in high-end stores. It's available on the Piguet Website for ordering, however.
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    Piguet's new Calypso!

    Hi all,

    Robert Piguet has just reissued Calypso, which is supposed to be a soft oriental. Has anyone had a chance to sniff yet?

    Given the exemplary quality of recent re-releases (Bandit, Futur,...
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    Re: What are your Favorite Soapy frags?

    I'd have to agree with Pomander about Calèche. It's so aldehydic that it starts off with an unbelievably abstract, soapy quality that is far more unisex, in my opinion, than White Linen.
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    Re: What's your favourite CHYPRE?

    Is Acqua di Parma Profumo unisex? It sounds lovely, but I've always heard it's more feminine than, say, Mitsouko.
  91. Re: New atomizer design for Shalimar this autumn

    I didn't know Shalimar had been reformulated ca. 2000. What a shame. I'll bet they took out much of the civet-induced Guerlain skank. What's your take, Mr. G.?
  92. Replies


    Beware of the Mitchum unscented gels: they have an "unscented" Mitchum gel for women AND one for men. The one for men has an extremely strong "masking" odor: I don't know how they can call it...
  93. Re: If Marine/Blue Scents were the trend for the 90's..Then ______ scents=The 2000's

    I think Dannyboy's right about sport-flankers, but actually the 2000's were notable for the multiplication of ALL kinds of flankers, particularly "summer" editions with meaningless names like...
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    Re: Does any Men wear Womens frags?

    Thanks for this great list of scents, off-scenter, as well as your very informative reviews!
  95. Frustrations - correcting mistakes on Basenotes

    Hi guys,

    Sorry to post this here but I can't seem to find the correct category, and every time I use the "contact us" feature on Basenotes it gives me an error.

    I've got some updates to the...
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    Re: What is the greatest fragrance ever?

    I'd have to agree on MITSOUKO with N-Tesla. It's distinctive and synonymous with quality. It's equally wearable by men and women. It (along with Chypre) changed the world of perfumery. It still sells...
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    Re: Email sent to: IFRA

    Thanks for sharing this Zizanoides!

    With the new 43rd amendment regulations taking place this year, does anyone know if any additional reformulations have hit major fragrances since the beginning...
  98. Re: Did Turin really "blow it" ? The Greatness of the 80s !

    Being a professional critic is of course an exercise in subjectivity to some extent, and I think any critic has to struggle to completely put aside his personal tastes. I don't always agree with LT's...
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    Re: How to recognize vintage Dolce Vita?

    Hi Rickbr. I thought Turin was a little harsh on this one. The EdT is still very good.

    I don't know what the original EdT smelled like, but I do have a bottle of the parfum, which I assume is...
  100. Re: Did Turin really "blow it" ? The Greatness of the 80s !

    Turin made a good point: a lot of 1980's fragrances are very, very strong. That doesn't necessarily mean that they were "bad," as others pointed out, and it doesn't mean that there weren't "quieter"...
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