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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    Because they're essentially just anecdotes about guys over applying their fragrance and it's not necessarily what I come to BN for, but, as previously acknowledged, there are some funny anecdotes...
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    Poll: Re: Terre D'Hermes EDT or Pure Parfum?

    I like both but the sharpness of the citrus and dry spice of the pepper and vetiver from the EDT is definitely my preference.
  3. Thread: Bijan for man

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    Re: Bijan for man

    IMO, maybe. :) Several years back an acquaintance of mine wore this and I have to admit the first time I smelled it on him I though it was incredible. It was definitely a powerhouse but it had a nice...
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    Poll: Re: Need help choosing cold weather scent

    Three that aren't on your list that I would recommend:

    Armani Code Ultimate
    Tom Ford Extreme (this one might be a bit too much for the office IMO)
    Versace Eros
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    There might be a lot on your list that I'm not a fan of but I truly appreciate your descriptions!
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    Re: Funny cologne guy stories?

    I usually find these kind of threads to be somewhat gratuitous but have to admit there are some pretty funny stories here! So, I'll submit one:

    Several years ago when my niece was born and finally...
  7. Re: For those having longevity and projection issues with GIT, MI, Aventus

    This does sound interesting, indeed. How many puddles of Aventus can I safely apply? This is one I don't have longevity issues with at all ;) GIT projects pretty strongly for me the first hour or so...
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    For me Chanel, Dior, YSL, and Mugler are of little consequence and these are the one's I've seen at Sephora or Macys:

    Armani Mania
    Armani Code Ultimate
    Kenneth Cole Mankind
    Terre D'Hermes EDT...
  9. Re: Not satisfied with anything I own or sampled. What happened?

    I agree with this. It's similar to having a full wardrobe of clothes with nothing to wear; you're bored with what you have. Take a break from sampling for awhile and it will become novel again to...
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    Re: Masculine Scent Recomendations for a Young Man

    Personally think that the majority of the recommendations are way too dated. Something like Versace Pour Homme is what I would recommend for masculine yet refined. For straight up masculinity...
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    Re: Another Aventus thread (ingredients)

    For me the birch is most prominent in Aventus, but the musk is a huge component of the drydown along with the patchouli. As Darjeeling described, it's really the blending of ingredients that makes...
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    Re: Interested in more oak moss colognes

    I haven't worn it in years (decades actually) but Drakkar Noir is an obvious choice. One I have been wearing lately that feels a bit more refined although still old school is Grigioperla by La Perla...
  13. Thread: From Armani ?

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    Re: From Armani ?

    ADG was my signature scent for years when it came out and although I still like it I don't really wear it anymore. I like Essenza but found the longevity to be horrible on me. Eau Pour Homme is...
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    For me it's ADG by a long shot. It was my signature scent when it first came out and I've gone through numerous bottles over the years, but I haven't owned a bottle in awhile. Right now the ones I'm...
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    Re: "And the fragrances) I dislike the most are..."

    Encre Noire
    Bvlgari Blv Notte
    Original Santal

    Saying I dislike these is an understatement; I can comfortably say that I despise all three.
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    Re: Top five vanilla scents

    Generally I don't like vanilla frags on myself but three I do like:

    Tom Ford TV
    Versace Eros
    Armani Code Ultimate
  17. Re: Nuit D'Issey, Luna Rossa Exteme, or Armani Code Ultimate?

    I haven't sampled Nuit D'Issey yet and only did a drive-by on Luna Rossa Extreme on a test strip, but I really think Armani Code Ultimate is awesome! Definitely prefer it over the original, and...
  18. Re: Affordable Vintage Niche/designer scents that smell fantastic! Compliment Getters that are vint

    Armani Mania. It's over a decade old and yet seems very contemporary to me. This has always been my favorite Armani fragrance, although the usual suspects like Code and ADG are going to be more...
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    Poll: Re: How many of you are "serious collectors?" POLL.

    lol, this is the understatement of the year and the delivery seems almost deadpan :) Anyone familiar with Basenotes knows that you are THE collector. However, as an aside, I will say you provide a...
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    Re: Best Frag of the last 12 months?

    Yeah, completely agree with this. I'm a huge fan of the original, too, but I'm a totally enamored with this one.
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    Re: Top 5 pepper scents

    Marc Jacobs Bang is the obvious pepper bomb (both black and pink pepper), but the benzoin and woody notes on the drydown almost give off an incense type of vibe. I really like it. The pepper in...
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Mankind

    I'm pretty happy to have scored a 100 ml tester (BNIB, no cap) from ebay for $30. This one has definitely gone way under the radar and that's okay. I imagine it will be at the usual discounters...
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    Re: "If I could only buy 30 designer fragrances..."

    I like a lot of your mentions on this list, especially Kenneth Cole Signature! What a great fragrance, I just picked up a bottle this weekend after sampling this again recently after many years and...
  24. Re: Which fragrance smells the CLOSEST to Curve by Liz Claiborne?

    I don't really get the Fierce or Legend comparisons either. Curve reminds me more of CK Eternity or Cool Water due to the prominent lavender note. I know Curve has its follower but I had a bottle...
  25. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    When looking at a company like Creed that charges very high prices for their fragrances it's easy to simply treat them as an entity. At the end of the day, however, as Uvlade points out, it's just a...
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    Re: Your top 3 strictly masculine scents

    Interesting, whatever they like is their prerogative, obviously, but I find the heavy birch and musk notes in Aventus extremely masculine, and if I showed up on a blind date and she was wearing...
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    Re: "If I could only buy 30 designer fragrances..."

    I'm not really a fan of Chanel, Dior, or Thierry Mugler and tend to like lighter fragrances, so my list differs a bit:

    Armani Acqua Di Gio
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Armani Code Sport
    Armani Code...
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    Re: Your top 3 strictly masculine scents

    Aventus
    Terre D'Hermes
    Armani Eau Pour Homme

    I realize that women are drawn to plenty of men's fragrances for their own use, but I don't imagine there are many that would like these three to...
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    Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Well, I think not being overt about it and being embarrassed about it are two completely different things. One doesn't necessarily need to be overt about the hobby but I would question the reasoning...
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    Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Excellent post, and I truly concur with both of your points. I've been guilty of overspraying and like you I pay attention to those situations.

    Suppressor, I can sympathize a bit with what you're...
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    Re: Fragrance ratings by a visitor

    I'm a huge fan of Bois Du Portugal, but in my experience women do not like this fragrance and will go out of their way to let you know it's too strong, smells like something an old man would wear,...
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    Re: Woody smelling cologne for high schooler?

    Polo Blue is a great choice, IMO. I thinks it's more on the unique side and not as common as ADG, Cool Water, Issey, etc. Definitely fresh, a prominent melon note but some woods in there as well. I...
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    Re: Looking for something unusual

    That's the one I was thinking of for a designer and also Issey Miyake Intense.
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    Re: The One Week Challenge

    Same. I actually just got back from visiting one of my best friend's and his wife. She likes fragrances but can be on the sensitive side to some and opinionated. In the past she said Bvlgari Pour...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    So, a few months later:

    Terre D'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche (almost my signature scent at this point for daytime)
    Aventus
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Tom Ford Noir EDT
    Tom Ford for Men
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    Re: Woody smelling cologne for high schooler?

    Abercrombie & Fitch Woods, Armani Mania, Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche (I think the original TDH is a bit much for a high schooler), YSL L'Homme Sport (the original is a ginger bomb that I'm not a...
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    Re: Best scent in a body wash

    Every Man Jack Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Citrus Scrub are some great affordable options, too.
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    Re: What fragrance for a man who turned 40?

    TDH ETF is pretty close to my signature scent right now, absolutely love it and agree though it's made for the heat I think it'll be fine this fall and winter.

    It's weird, because I get excellent...
  39. Re: Citrus causing Headaches? Other Cheap Options?

    Trying numerous sub $25 colognes in the past week and a half has given you headaches and you're surprised? Honestly, you have some good fragrances listed in your signature, I have no idea why you're...
  40. Re: Call me crazy... but.. I prefer Original Santal over Aventus..

    Pretty much how I feel except I would clarify for old women. OS is a sweet, cloying, cinnamon bomb IMO, my least favorite Creed (one of my least favorite fragrances that I've ever sampled) while...
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    Re: Best of these $20 "citrus" colognes?

    Another fan of KC Reaction and for me longevity is decent at 4-5 hours which is typical for these type of scents and for the first hour or so projection is excellent. Another one that is cheap and...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    My impression of BDC is just the opposite of yours; I get heavy citrus initially with some incense in the drydown.
  43. Thread: Need a Powerhouse

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    Re: Need a Powerhouse

    80's powerhouse: Bijan for Men (this one is hit or miss; smells great on some and like you've got one foot in the grave on others, meaning me lol)
    Modern powerhouse: Aventus (I wouldn't wear more...
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    Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    Yeah, I think you're spot on with this assessment because here in Southern California Drakkar Noir was definitely the scent for 'younger' men. Polo and CK were around as well but just not really worn...
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    Re: I'm not normally...but...

    Yeah, I'm right there with you on powdery scents, but in my case it's Tom Ford Noir that I've grown quite fond of lately.

    Also, I'm not a fan of tonka but I really like it in Versace Pour Homme...
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    Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    My thoughts exactly. Drakkar Noir was THE fragrance that defined that decade, at least among all the guys I knew. Some guys were rocking Calvin Klein Obsession, but Polo, Santos, Antaeus, etc. were...
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    Every Man Jack Cedarwood and Sandalwood are both great and extremely affordable. They also have a Signature Mint and Citrus Scrub that I haven't tried yet. I'm a huge fan of John Masters Organics and...
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    Poll: Re: Versace or Armani ?

    Man, that's really a tough one to be honest. ADG was one of my signature scents for many years when it came out. I still have a lot of love for it, not only for the nostalgia but it's just a great...
  49. Thread: Score!

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    Re: Score!

    That's quite the score, where was it that you purchased these?
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    Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    Some people's skin does eat up fragrance, and although Versace PH is not great on longevity, you should get a decent 4-6 hours, which I think is pretty typical of most modern day fresh scents. The...
  51. Re: What's the most annoying, screechy, metallic(?), synthetic smelling frag you know of?

    Agreed. I'm a bit surprised by all the comments for Platinum Egoiste. I definitely get the 'metallic' note on the drydown, but I don't find it over the top.
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    Re: Ellena on Grey Flannel

    I mean, JCE has forgotten more about fragrance than I'll ever know, but I don't like Grey Flannel and never will. Who cares what Elena, Turin, certain members of BN take is on a fragrance if you...
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    Re: EDP Frédéric Malle MR vs Creed Aventus

    I completely agree with this advice. Personally, I'm not a fan of MR, but if you love it that's all that matters. However it is a fragrance that often people will refer to as 'old man cologne.'...
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    I suppose it would depend on what the 3 $25 cheapies are, but I think the one $75 dollar bottle is the way to go. I enjoy sampling and trying new fragrances, but there is a point where I feel like...
  55. Re: Effective Spray Strategies for Weak Projection

    I definitely agree that a second spray to the exact same spot is much more effective. I don't usually spray on my clothes, but a spray to the front of your shirt can help longevity and projection....
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    Re: Don't compliments from males matter?

    ClaireV, truly an excellent post. And unfortunately I think you've summarized the tendencies of many men here on Basenotes to really be able to connect with another on an internet forum about their...
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    Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    I don't generally recommend blind buys, but I think for your intended use you'll really enjoy Versace PH. Please be sure to give us your feedback after you receive your new fragrance!
  58. Re: What's the most annoying, screechy, metallic(?), synthetic smelling frag you know of?

    Another vote for Chrome. I had a bottle awhile back that I ended up swapping. It was definitely the most annoying, metallic fragrance that I've owned. It did get compliments, though, and projection...
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    Re: Have you ever thrown bottles away?

    Ouch, I'm sure that one cause you to recoil a bit when you think about it!



    I've smelled this stuff and I think this is one disposal that is justified ;) I've tossed some older sample vials in...
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    Re: Kenneth Cole Mankind

    I've had a chance to sample this the past week and Buysblind has been pretty spot on with his review. I will say that if there was a fragrance that people could throw the 'generic' label on it would...
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    Re: Best Performing Budget Fragrances

    Bijan for Men. I'm not a fan of it on myself but a friend wears it and smells great on him, projects like a beast, and has serious longevity. This is a powerhouse, though, so be careful!
  62. Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    This was also the first fragrance that I thought of as well. People always talk about Encre Noire as being brooding, smoldering, dark, etc. I don't get that at all with EN, it's more of a very deep...
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    Re: Anyone apply fragrances to their ribs?

    Best thread I've read in awhile, had me legitimately lol I think a lot of fragrance SA's like to promote their prowess. I had an SA insisting I should only spray fragrance on my pelvis, abdomen, and...
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    Re: Day time cologne for summer / fall / spring

    IMO, definitely not. Regardless of the fact that I openly display my great disdain for this fragrance, I'll be objective enough to say it could have it's place in formal settings; black tie events,...
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    Re: why the hate on Calvin Klein Euphoria

    Amen

    No hate here and haven't smelled Euprhoria but quality wise I would currently put CK fragrances on par with Guess, Nautica, and Liz Clairborne. I know Obssession, Eternity, and CKOne had...
  66. Thread: Save On Scents

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    Re: Save On Scents

    They were on the novelty scents at saveonscents :) Which fragrances were you seeking? Designer Imposters by Parfums de Couer are decent for what they are. The Mascolino which is a copy of Acqua Di...
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    Re: similar to terre d' Hermes?

    I don't find Issey Bleue similar to TDH, but that's not to say you wouldn't like it. It just doesn't have that citrus, pepper and vetiver that is so prominent in TDH. It's much more herbaceous and...
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    Re: Need some violet/violet leaf recommendations

    I think Eau de Cartier Concentree and Tom Ford for Men both combine violet leaf with the other notes in a similar manner as GIT so as not to be prominent but to create an overall blend.
  69. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    Creed was definitely a brand that I was oblivious to before Basenotes. I used to work at Nordstrom back in my 20's, so I was at the mall a lot and sampling designer frags fairly often before...
  70. Thread: Save On Scents

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    Re: Save On Scents

    Please let me know how Baby Diaper and Flatulence are if you test them lol
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    Re: OLD SPICE - After Shave & Cologne

    Old Spice Fresh AS is a nice woodsy fragrance, smells great, and has pretty decent longevity, definite after shave vibe. Old Spice Pure Sport EDC is a bit on the sweeter side but still smells nice...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    That's been my experience with Bleu, too, although I do get incense with the grapefruit in the drydown. The grapefruit is just too much and not enjoyable. Every time I've sampled it I've waited to...
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    Re: Designer Fragrances With Fig ?

    Gucci by Gucci Sport. I'm not a fan of a lot of the recent releases but this is a good fragrance and certainly the fig is prominent in this one.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel: Why so many negative reviews?

    I think the reviews seem to be about 50/50 for Bleu, and it seems to get a fair amount of love here. I've gotten three samples from Sephora on different occasions and every time I've had the same...
  75. Re: I am smelling a huge ginger frag among the crowd. Which scent can be?

    Great descriptions of the ginger and accompanying notes in these respective fragrances!
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    Re: Surprising winner(s)?

    Which one's have you tried and it would be great to hear your descriptions. Thanks.
  77. Re: I am smelling a huge ginger frag among the crowd. Which scent can be?

    I find the original YSL L'Homme to be a ginger bomb as well as the original Dior Homme Sport. Both are more ginger than I can handle on myself.
  78. Re: What's your favorite Penhaligon Scent for Summer ?

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    Re: Giorgio Armani Eau d’Aromes

    Thanks, hednic. It's odd that this hasn't been released in the US yet. I wonder what Armani's strategy is behind that, strange.
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    Re: Giorgio Armani Eau d’Aromes

    Has anyone seen this anywhere here in the US?
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    Re: Tom Ford for Men VS D&G Pour Homme

    I don't think they're necessarily that similar. The tonka and lavender take over the drydown of D&G from what I remember. You're obviously a fan of the D&G and I think TF for Men is a fragrance you...
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    Re: Tom Ford for Men VS D&G Pour Homme

    For me it's Tom Ford for Men by a long shot. I used to wear D&G PH quite a bit in the early 2000's. Although I did like it at the time, it's a fragrance I grew tired of and did not repurchase. I...
  83. Re: What Are Your Favorite Designer Fragrances? Not LIDGE, Egoiste, DHI.......

    I'll throw five out there that I really like:

    Tom Ford for Men
    Tom Ford Noir
    Armani Mania
    Aramani Eau Pour Homme
    Versace Pour Homme
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    Re: What is the best TOM FORD fragrance?

    If I had to pick one designer house it would be Tom Ford. In the way that many others connect with Dior, Chanel, Guerlain, etc. is how I feel about Tom Ford. The drydown on the TF fragrances that...
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    I love your gusto and exceptional approach to this wonderful fragrance, but can't we at least acknowledge that one spray judgements are perhaps 5% valid?
  86. Re: Name a scent that smells like another scent and list the two scents that smell alike or similar

    YSL L'Homme ≈ YSL L'Homme Sport
    ADG ≈ ADG Essenza
    Tom Ford Noir EDP ≈ Tom Ford Noir EDT
    Bleu de Chanel ≈ Tide
    Dior Homme Intense ≈ women's perfume...oops,sorry I know I went too far ;)
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    tefg, my initial impression of TdH ETF was somewhat similar to yours in that my thoughts on the fragrance itself in the early stages was kinda meh, but I had been at the mall and Sephora that day...
  88. Re: Whats the quickest amount of time you returned/sold a fragrance after receiving it and what was

    Kanon for Men. Bought it because it was cheap at Ross and had read some favorable reviews. Sprayed it on my truck interior after getting out of the store and thought it was horrible. Tried it at home...
  89. Re: What's your least favorite fragrance in your collection?

    I'm gonna say Cool Water. I still like GIT, it's, well, more green and more fresh to me in the opening, the drydown is better, and it lasts longer for me. The last couple of times I've worn Cool...
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    Re: Creed Aventus or Millesime Imperial?

    This sums up the two perfectly for the OP's context
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    Re: The best summer scent in my opinion

    Agree 100%
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    Re: Is Creed Royal Water underrated?

    Personally, I have found the Creed fragrances that end with 'Water' to be forgettable. Of the limited Creed's that I've tried I would list them in order as follows and, to be quite honest, I could...
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    Re: Advice on starting a killer year round rotation

    I'm glad you found a couple frags that you like. I've enjoyed reading through this thread and seeing your experiences with different fragrances, especially seeing as longevity is such an important...
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    Re: Smoothest scents too your nose?

    Bois du Portugal
    Tom For Noir
    Tom Ford for Men
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    Re: Sexy Sensual Night scent ??

    From your list I would pick Gucci Pour Homme II, but I think there are better options.



    This would be my pick, too, although I'm more partial to the EDT, but they're both great and this is THE...
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    Re: Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche by Hermes

    I have been adequately sampling this over the past week. Initially, my reactions were similar to some of the others that found this to be nondescript. Upon first wearing I thought longevity was weak,...
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    Re: Colognes you love but they just DON'T LAST

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    This had me laughing so hard! This pug and I concur :)
  98. Re: The World Cup Has Begun; What's a Good Fragrance to Wear at a Crowded Sports Bar or Pub?

    Good choice of fragrance, clean and fresh! The girls drinking vodka insanely does sound like a sight to behold lol ;) Watching the game on the big screen with the street being shut down should be a...
  99. Re: The World Cup Has Begun; What's a Good Fragrance to Wear at a Crowded Sports Bar or Pub?

    I like this recommendation and the description of the setting sounds awesome! I haven't worn Grey Vetiver for a couple of weeks, have to bump it up in the rotation.



    It was an interesting...
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    Re: California Weather scent for summer

    I also like the recommendation for Versace Pour Homme, Versace Man Eau Fraiche, Grey Vetiver , and I'll add Terre D'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche. But I think you should go to mall and sample these and...
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