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    Re: Top 10 Fragrances for Summer 2009

    I like that many lists don't come close to only containing summery scents! Lots of variety of styles are represented.

    Thus far these have received the most attention from me this summer:

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    Re: NYC Fragrance District shopping

    I'm not a fan but I ave friends that swear the old version of Yatagan is superior to the current formula. As a general matter you can pick up good finds on vintage designers if you know what you're...
  3. Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Since this seems to be the primary Micallef thread I'll comment here:

    If one is inclined towards feminine scents, the fairly new 'Mon Parfum' is simply gorgeous. Inspired by petruccij I re-tested...
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    Re: Disassociating Yourself?

    Our sense of smell is the strongest sense with respect to creating associations. These associations can last forever. However, if the scents you bring are ones you wear often you will make other...
  5. Re: New L'Artisan Parfumeur scent: Havana Vanille

    With regard to Vanilia, HV sounds completely different and more in line with the current fashion of thick, smoky/boozy vanilla. It's not really fair to compare modern vanillas to Vanilia, which is...
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    Re: S o t D - Thursday, 16 July 09

    SOTE. Montale Aoud Rose Petals
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    Re: Today I bought >>>>> JULY 2009

    Well >cracking knuckles< I've done it. I bought the gem - and hardest to find - of all concentrations and sizes:

    Givenchy III parfum 30ml (vintage - mint, new in box)

    Some may claim the 118ml...
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    Re: Guerlain 8ml Parfum Sprays

    Guerlain still has the occasional spray extrait: Habit Rouge, Quand Vient la Pluie.... both limited editions, I know. Of course the 30ml testers are stll sprays. Perhaps the demise of the pocket...
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    Re: Guerlain 8ml Parfum Sprays

    Not as much parfum is sprayed as that from a full size atomizer, but it's more then you'd think. I always liked that back in the day houses had spray parfums (and a few still do).
  10. Re: New L'Artisan Parfumeur scent: Havana Vanille

    Sounds great!

    But where is L'Artisan distributing from in the US these days? Lol
  11. Thread: Creed

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    Re: Creed

    Great comments, good life. To that list of lesser known scents let me add Chevrefuille, Angelique Encens, and Vanisia. Although a limited edition and htf, Les Floralies is excellent. As I said...
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    Re: Axe - moving up!

    Why do you suppose they have different names in the US and UK? Does 'axe' mean something different in the UK? Why give alternate, masculine sounding names (Tsunami, Pheonix, etc.)? Also, the Pierre...
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    Re: Polo Double Black

    Ithese odd threads become learning tools: prompted by this thread I arm-tested DB last night. I had remembered it having only average sillage/longevity. However it the DB sillage that rose above...
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    Re: New Fahrenheit Absolute sounds gorgeous

    Love Fahrenheit, very excited.

    The trend in general of making concentrate/intense/parfum versions or masculines is one I very much support.
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    Re: La Rose Jacqueminot is ready to travel!

    It is a splash bottle with a white screw on cap. The juice is a golden yellow. I believe it came from a set of Coty minis because I saw such a set for sale on ebay a couple weeks ago (the other...
  16. Thread: Creed

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    Re: Creed

    It's not traditional print advertising people refer to when they speak of Creed marketing (though there may be some print ads in European publications). Rather, it's the combination of their...
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    Re: Today I bought >>>>> JULY 2009

    Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum Parfum de Soir & Loukhoum Poudre

    10ml factory minis. Never knew KM made minis but you learn something every day. I'm not too fond of Poudre but I love the parfum (and they...
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    Re: S o t D - Thursday, 16 July 09

    Coty La Rose Jacquiminot EdP (original)

    Deep rich honeyed rose on a bed of oakmoss. It's at if Nahema, Une Rose and Parure got together and assembled their best features together. Really...
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    Re: Animalic cologne?

    Another thought: Mona di Orio Nuit Noire
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    Re: S-ex by S-perfume

    Right now it is sold out but the S-Perfumes website says it will be back in stock this fall. TPC still has decants. I'm waiting for it to come back as well.
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    Re: Givenchy Play and Intense

    I've seen them in European websites, like escentual, for sale.
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    Re: Patchouli Heavy Women's Fragrance

    While Aromatics Elixir contains patchouli I don't find it smells of patchouli distinctly - it's more overtly leather/chypre. Not sure how long ago you had this teacher but Prada (pour femme) and the...
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    Re: Shalimar-Rosebud Bottle

    Agthomas - welcome to BN and thanks for the info. I have Shalimar in a rosebud bottle (many extraits were released in this bottle in the 50s, as described above. It is definitely all glass (with...
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    Re: Animalic cologne?

    Eau d'Hermes, Eau d'Hermes and Eau d'Hermes. Any of those would work.
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    Re: Polo Double Black

    I've got more then my share of niche and I hang onto my bottle of DB. I like the creaminess of the topnotes and the coffee/pepper opening. The mango isn't 1/5 as distinct as it is in the original...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Dry by Guerlain

    I'm sorry I don't remember what the bottle looked like. Perhaps the TPC ladies will send you a oic or describe it?
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    Re: Habit Rouge Dry by Guerlain

    Haven't smelled it yet but I did once see a bottle for sale on ebay from one of the 'usual suspect' vintage Guerlain sellers. It's on my TPC wishlist.
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, 15 July 09

    Nasomatto Silver Musk

    I'm not too keen on most musks but I love Silver!
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    Re: La Rose Jacqueminot is ready to travel!

    Can someone with more knowledge confirm whether the bottle I received is the vintage formula (as I suspect it is)? The label is of the same style as the Chypre de Coty bottles, only pinkish (same...
  30. Re: Can you guys help me sample and spend some money?

    Petruccij has a good suggestion: check out the various sampler packs available from theperfumedcourt.
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Questions

    That link is to the Concentree. I've discussed with Chanel boutique SAs about how unfortunate that the original is no longer officially imported.
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    Re: Pick one? SDV vs Lebo 44

    Pulling out my V44 sample to test I concur it's an entirely different beast. It's as much about incense and pepper as it is vanilla. SDV is about vanilla, vanilla pods, etc.

    I can confirm the...
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    Re: Tom Ford Black Orchid extrait/parfum

    I've never tried it but I'd bet it's like other LE extraits in terms of concentration, like Angel extrait of which you literally need a drop for all-day application. I assume the full set is very...
  34. Re: Patchouli Leaves Versus L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Both great but utterly unrelated....it's like comparing Knize Ten to Carnal Flower.
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    Re: Changed my mind about Habit Rouge

    Bigsly: ok, so I understand why you don't like Habit Rouge, but you said it "prevents [you] from appreciating other frags." I'm curious what that means. I can grasp not liking a scent with...
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    Re: Pick one? SDV vs Lebo 44

    That's cool - I certainly wasn't insulting your preference at all; I was merely stating my own. I'm glad to see the Micallef line get more attention because they are wonderful and underrated...
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    Re: S o t D - Tuesday, 14 July 09

    SOTE: Floris Vetiver

    Vetiver and an earthy sandalwood accord. I missed the boat having just realized this was discontinued (or else I'd have bought a backup a while ago).
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    Re: Eau Illuminée by Parfums DelRae

    Odd timing.... after reading it was one of JWS' last few bottles I dug out my sample a couple days ago. It has a very transparant, radiant quality to it. I got outrageous longevity as well. I...
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    Re: Today I bought >>>>> JULY 2009

    Ebay seller unexpectedly took my absurdly lowball offer on a bottle of:

    Thierry Mugler Angel extrait

    I was basically joking the offer was so low...oh well, sweet!

    I also got a vintage YSL...
  40. Re: Where is the best place to by Creed Cologne?

    While I obviously can't disagree that the pricing at stores like Neimans, Saks, Bergdorfs, etc. is very high with large profits, there's no need to insult the people that shop there. Are high end...
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    Re: Pick one? SDV vs Lebo 44

    I'm shocked at these responses. I would seriously sample the Le Labo first - it's ok but it's really not that great and nowhere near as good as SDV, not even close, especially not at $500/bottle....
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    Re: S o t D - Tuesday, 14 July 09

    DKNY Fuel (original, from the 'space phaser' bottle).
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    Re: Your experiences with Profumum Victrix?

    Interesting.... thank you. I've never tried the Andree Putman but I will dig out a Navegar sample to compare.
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    Re: Your experiences with Profumum Victrix?

    Not sure about the bay leaf.... this morning when I woke the Victrix was still going strong on my hand. The base was vanilla with a touch of pepperiness. It's really great.
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    Re: Fumerie Turque Haute Concentration

    In case this wasn't mentioned: the black box/label Vetiver Oriental is not 'haute concentration'

    My attempt to synthesize all this info: both former non-exports (i.e. Borneo, VO) and scents...
  46. Re: Recommendations for a heady Gardenia?

    I used to dislike gardenia until I sampled Profumum Volo AZ 686. I agree with the Estee Lauder recommendation - it's great. Oh yes, JAR Jardenia is great but it's @ $500/30ml!
  47. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo Blue... Basenotes Thoughts ?

    I'll echo everyone else's thoughts. : if you like it by all means go for it.

    Personally I never liked the melon topnotes or drydown. If you're looking for a modern RL both Black and Double Black...
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Questions

    It's probably because you're in a small town that bottles of the original remain. In cities at big department stores only the concentree remains. As for Chanel prices, it's one of the few Chanels I...
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    Re: Your experiences with Profumum Victrix?

    I sampled this tonight after sampling it months ago and dismissing it. I think I love it. Mint, pepper, vetiver in balance with a smidge of sweetness. It reminds of something that escapes me, but...
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    Re: Changed my mind about Habit Rouge

    How does the 'nose twisting' nature of Habit Rouge prevent you from appreciating other scents? Also, do you find this occurs when you arm-test HR, when you give HR a full wear, or both? Which...
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    Re: Changed my mind about Habit Rouge

    I also went from being indifferent to HR to loving it over time and I know exactly why. When one is new to perfume you smell Habit Rouge and process it as a cologne variation (as I did). As I...
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    Re: is EAU DE HERMES worth 75 dollars

    I've seen it for $70/200ml. I also think it's on xmen's sale thread. Unfortunately it's htf and no longer distributed outside Hermes chanels. I bought it blind and loved it but I can see hating...
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    Re: L' artisan Iris Pallida

    GourmandHomme:

    Try L'Artisan Bois Farine and TDC Bois d'Iris
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    Re: Walgreens has creed on website

    Walgreens would not risk being sued by selling grey market products. You can bet Creed inked a deal with them.

    Which really means that if Creed made clothes their scents would officially be...
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    Re: Fumerie Turque Haute Concentration

    I can't speak to the concentrations, but those in the black boxes cost more then the rest of the line (i.e. Borneo, VO, Fumerie, etc.)
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    Re: Scents that smell "Opulent" to you.

    ADP Iris Nobile EdP
    Nasomatto Duro
    Chanel Coromandel
    Guerlain Attrape Coeur
    EL Private Col. Amber Ylang Ylang
    Micallef Gaiac & Aoud Gourmet
    PG Brulure de Rose & Cadjmere & Cuir d'Iris
    Malle...
  57. Re: Which is the ultimate vanilla scent for men?

    It is very good. Although more of a 'pure vanilla' then SDV it's very rich and not entirely unlike Vanitas.

    Btw SDV is very much available at the Guerlain counters authorized to carry the high...
  58. Re: In praise of miniatures: Cute money-savers. WHICH DO YOU RECOMMEND?

    Nice pics.... of course like a puzzle I enjoy picking out individual rarities (like the RL Monogram mini). Let me guess, you're aware of the ebay seller from Germany that only sells minis? :-)
  59. Re: Houbigant's Fougère Royale being re-released

    I agree 100% I know it's dorky/obsessive but it bother me when people grossly mislabel genres, especially chypres. People misuse the title 'chypre' all the time. It refers to a specific accord...
  60. Re: Customs & Canada Post "Destroyed" My Bois d'Orage!

    I've bought from that seller many times - very professional.
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    Re: S o t D - Monday, 13 July 09

    Finally! Guerlain Parure extrait + EdT

    THE rose chypre.... obtaining the extrait has been a long project.
  62. Re: Customs & Canada Post "Destroyed" My Bois d'Orage!

    That is a very cool ebay seller to refund the price, but unfortunately that's why some sellers don't ship outside the US. I've heard of stories like this before with Canada. The key is to declare...
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    Re: What happened to Etro's pricing???

    Even if they actually increased the concentration of their scents, as opposed to just calling them EdTs, the cost to produce did not go up 80%. A few pennies per bottle. Maybe.
  64. Re: When the shower gel is bettah than the juice itself...

    Not better then the EdT, but Prada Amber is my go-to shower gel. Soap that smells like soap? It's SO damn rich. I also use L'Occitane Vetyver gel regularly.

    Also excellent is the Helmut Lang...
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    Re: Today I bought >>>>> JULY 2009

    (Pardon the double post but the 'edit post' won't load)

    So I'm perusing ebay and I find someone selling off Guerlain decants from those dramming bottles. I bought 2x30ml decants of Nahema PdT. ...
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    Re: Today I bought >>>>> JULY 2009

    Coty La Rose Jacqueminot EdP (vintage)
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    Re: La Rose Jacqueminot is ready to travel!

    How odd.... I just bought a 10ml bottle of this knowing nothing about it. I have no idea which formula mine is but I'll compare to these reviews.
  68. Re: Houbigant's Fougère Royale being re-released

    I was wondering the same thing. FG was a masculine (but really its ok because they guys that know enough to care seem to keep an eye on this board)

    I recently ordered a vintage sample so I'll be...
  69. Thread: Ysl m7

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    Re: Ysl m7

    Great stuff! A bit of an acquired taste and must be applied with caution. My wife likes it and she's not old.
  70. Re: Which is the ultimate vanilla scent for men?

    You're the first person I've seen mention Chypre Vanille, which is a favorite of mine. It's odd in that it's neither really a chypre nor a vanilla but something in between. Regardless it's...
  71. Re: Is this a Vintage Guerlain Heritage 4.2 oz EDT?

    You are correct in that the 125ml hasn't been made for some time, although exactly which formula was bottled in what bottle is beyond me. Chances are you've got vintage formula. When a fragrance...
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    Re: Ultimate woody floral musk scent?

    Sienna Musk by Sonoma Scent Studio.
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    Re: S O T D - Sunday 12th July, 2009

    Another blissful day of Guerlain Philtre d'Amour.
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    Re: What happened to Etro's pricing???

    I am interested in what sort of market analysis went on with their decision to up prices...I have a feeling they felt it would add prestige to have high prices and people would put their scents in a...
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    Re: What happened to Etro's pricing???

    It is Etro - I had a long chat with the guys at Aedes about it last month. Aedes pretty much only charges MSRP for everything. For some lines other sites definitely offer discounts. Want to hear...
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Questions

    Beautyencounter has bottles of the original at very reasonable prices...
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    Re: What happened to Etro's pricing???

    Yes I did... and its absurd that in a down economy they think that increasing prices by 80% is smart. Honestly they were barely worth the old prices and the new packaging isn't that great. At least...
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    Re: Guerlain Legacy

    Congratulations on these items! Never inherited anything like this but my parents wore Guerlain. Post pics when you can!
  79. Re: Which is the ultimate vanilla scent for men?

    All the vanillas you mention are squarely unisex and wearable by all humans. Don't let reviews stop you from sampling scents!!

    SDV is a truly great vanilla, with Vanitas, Farmacia Vaniglia, PG...
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    Re: Is Ice*Men = Summer Flash ?

    Same.... there may have been some minute reforrmulation but I've smelled both and they're the same fragrance.
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Questions

    The original is not discontinued, just not widely distributed (and not in the US anymore, I think). I believe the mini would be labeled 'concentree'. Also, if it's got citrus topnotes over a chypre...
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    Re: Uncomfortable wearing Hinoki

    Absolutely... after an initially strong blast I find it dies out pretty quickly.
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    Poll: Re: Which is your Eau Sauvage?

    Sweeeet...... Diorella is a go-to on a weekly basis (and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of a vintage bottle I bought last week).

    Since it came up, a comment on Fraicheur Cuir: intrigued by the...
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    Poll: Re: Which is your Eau Sauvage?

    The original, Fraicheur Cuir, and the best version of all - Diorella.
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    Re: Fragrances like Mouchoir de Monsieur

    What is a 'vintage Creed'? LOL
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    Re: Uncomfortable wearing Hinoki

    To me Hinoki smells exactly like being I my friend's woodshop with all the different woods and turpentine. It's remarkably realistic. That's one of the nice things about perfumery..... everyone...
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    Re: Fragrances like Mouchoir de Monsieur

    Shalimar is the closest to MdM/Jicky without civet. Although there's no vanilla, Tiffany for Men exudes class. Turin wrote that Egoiste is like MdM (I don't agree).
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    Re: Formal, arrogant, distant

    Since TwoRoads mentioned it let me strongly second Tiffany for Men. While it's formal it's very wearable and one of the greatest masculines ever created.
  89. Re: Best place to purchase/get free samples?

    In-store Nordstroms is the best.. they will make samples of everything.

    Online? Obviously theperfumedcourt.com, luckyscent, and aedes all have great selections. For factory samples check out...
  90. Re: I've Been Bitten by the Serge Lutens Bug

    I predict that over the course of this thread you will receive a recommendation for every scent in the line!
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    Re: S O T D - Saturday 11th July, 2009

    Hot...hot....hot today. This calls for the citrus of citruses:

    Guerlain Philtre d'Amour (EdP version)

    A melange of citruses with musk, patchouli, and I assume a smidge of florals. Remarkable.
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    Re: Formal, arrogant, distant

    Oh yeah... Floris Elite and Nassomato Duro.
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    Re: Formal, arrogant, distant

    You've got quite a selection of power fragrances! Just a couple gaps I noticed:

    Guerlain Derby
    Chanel Egoiste
    Dior Jules
  94. Re: I've Been Bitten by the Serge Lutens Bug

    I find that many are decant-worthy but not bottle worthy. That said many are damn good. My faves (that you didn't mention):

    Cuir Mauresque - leather
    Iris Silver Mist - iris!
    Encens et Lavande...
  95. Re: Recs needed of scents with citrus AND vanilla

    First of all, Plus Que Jamais is gorgeous but doesn't have any distinct vanilla (though it's lightly sweeter then most florals). It's also discontinued but there are remaining bottles at boutiques. ...
  96. Re: Ordering Montale's Musk to Musk -- Regular or Extra Parfum Concentration?

    Your instinct that extra oil may throw off the balance off a musk may be right. I've never tried it with extra oil but as far as musks go M2M is fairly potent... lord knows I wouldn't want Roses...
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    Re: 1 niche vs. 3 standard

    I like how this thread started out by people rejecting the notion of fighting 'niche vs designer' but devolved into it anyway. I buy what I like, whatever that may be. Of course the third category...
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    Re: My First New York Fragrance Junket

    Sounds like fun! I did the same thing last month except I went to Bendels after Bergdorfs, which is two blocks away. I wasn't accosted by a Creed rep, either. You were a lot nicer to the SA...
  99. Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    I see lots of discussion of Black Sashka, which is good but quite unlike anything in their current line. Mikeperez is right, they are complex but I think once they've been analyzed they wear easily....
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    Re: New Guerlain Bois(e) Torride

    I must admit I like everything in the L'art et la Matiere line - particularly Bois d'Armenie. I thought each scent in the line is supposed to be centered on one note/material....which one is this?
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