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    Fisichella Eau de Toilette pour Homme

    I think this scent must be reasonably new? Anyways, it bears the name of the Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella and is essentially a citrus scent, although the sample calls it a fresh fougere. The...
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    Jil Sander Sun Man vs. L'Instant pour Homme

    They smell similar on the drydown. What is that common accord made of? (L'Instant is much better though...)
  3. Thread: Masterpieces

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    Re: Masterpieces

    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Lancome Balafre
    Rochas Macassar
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Fabergé Brut
    Monsieur Balmain
    Monsieur Worth
    Paco Rabanne pour Homme
    Eau de Rochas pour Homme
    Calvin Klein Obsession
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    Re: Kouros vs. Farenheit

    I voted for Kouros.
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    Re: 80's frag for party

    Macassar.
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/ow

    Chanel pour Monsieur, Monsieur de Givenchy
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    Re: Rive Gauche - pronunciation?

    It's been a while, but I think it's pronounced kwerhon. 'h' is almost silent, it's part of the 'r'. Sort of a breathy 'r' sound.

    I may be way off, please correct me if I am.

    -ben[/quote]
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    Re: Males Wearing Female Fragrances.

    So, if I come across a big hairy brute of a man, wearing pink lace panties and a bra, and he says to me "I am wearing these clothes, so they are men's clothes" *- *I just nod and unconditionally...
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    Re: Am I NUTS ??? (Long post - True story)

    Now Vijay, suppose you went out in the garage and opened the garage door and found a 1949 Buick THAT would have been strange...
  10. Thread: Dzing! Went the...

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    Re: Dzing! Went the...

    Thanks for the feedback so far! On that day I also tried Passage D'Enfer. I must admit I didn't find any similarities between these three (Dzing!, Loup and D"Enfer). D'Enfer dried down very classily...
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    Re: Males Wearing Female Fragrances.

    It's its not it's.


    (Sorry Renato I couldn't resist. ;D)
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    Re: i overdosed on opium

    I accidentally sprayed some Opium eau de parfum (woman's) on my nylon jacket a couple of weeks ago and its still there. Regardless of gender target, it has staying power.
  13. Thread: Common Fakes?

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    Re: Common Fakes?

    I always thought Le Male was a bizarre choice to counterfeit, what with the weird bottle and all.[/quote]
    Hey, is that Le Male bottle supposed to be a *torso*?? * :o *That IS wierd!! * *

    [/quote]...
  14. Thread: Acqua di Portofino

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    Re: Acqua di Portofino

    I tried it, found it lemon square. Fresh, pleasant, very appropriate for a hot climate!
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    Re: I finally understand Chrome

    I like Chrome. I can understand it taking a bit to make an impression as it's very streamlined and not at all groundbreaking. I'm very attached to Chrome. Of the Azzaro stuff I tried is second best...
  16. Thread: Dzing! Went the...

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    Dzing! Went the...

    ...strings of my heart in Levanto, Liguria (Italy) last monday, as I finally got to smell Dzing! and found it a quite pleasant surprise. On the contrary, I found I could resist Mechant Loup. It...
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    Re: Opium parfum or other

    Never tried the Parfum but spritzed some Eau de Parfum the other day and it is still a lovely and distinctive 'time capsule' oriental. You can try NU, also by YSL and on the same butchy-oriental...
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    Re: Any Basenoteers in Italy?

    Rome here, which is farther away from Venice than Milan is... Good to hear the deal is made.
  19. Thread: Acqua di Parma

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    Re: Acqua di Parma

    I prefer Colonia over Colonia Assoluta. The latter possibly does not agree with my skin chemistry. As much as it is always surprising upon a first smell, it tends to bog down into priggishness. While...
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    Re: Need a new summer scent

    Therre d'Hermes (Mediterranean in a bottle)
    Acqua di Portofino (pure amalfi lemon)
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    Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    I was astonished at Terre D'Hermes. Their new fragrances are more than a notch above their usual stuff.

    The new trend they seem to be advocating is wood and exoticism. Good for a change,...
  22. Re: Who speaks Italian here? I need help with a fr

    Just when I could have been useful in a Macassar mission I made myself unavailable! ;D

    Bravo Griff! te la sei cavata benissimo! 8-)
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    Re: Going To The Toilet. What fragrance?

    I use Gardenia by Floris.
  24. Thread: Manly notes?

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    Re: Manly notes?

    Use very little nutmeg in your dishes btw as it is toxic in the long run.
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    Re: SOTD Monday 6 March

    I layered Kenzo's Parfum d'Ete with Jovan Musk for Men. Nice!
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    Re: Eucalyptus?????????????

    Hugo Dark Blue. It smells like lumbago ointment.
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme/Patou Prive?

    I suspect

    a) The bulk market for fragrances is not comprised of people enough in the know to want a frag because of its reputation. That would be, as it should be, a fringe market choice.

    b)...
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    Re: DIOR's special fragrances...

    Yes, probably the idea is those who won't be able to afford well publicized limited editions from a certain maison, will settle for something approacheable marketed under the same banner.
  29. Thread: Too sweet?

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    Re: Too sweet?

    I think the problem is also they smell too much alike and are not surprising. Gaultier 2 is an example. Not awful once you wear it but not distinctive either.
  30. Thread: EDT Splash - AVOID

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    Re: EDT Splash - AVOID

    I guess splash is something you apply by pouring first on your palm, thus not a spray. After Shaves are like that.
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    Re: Question about aftershave substitute

    It just depends on what type of skin yo have. Mine is rather greasy and I simply cannot use after shaving creams. I need alcohol and I do prefer using Edt. My fav is Givenchy pour Monsieur, with a...
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    Re: Jovan Musk (original) - Vile or OK?

    Happened like one year and a half ago.
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme/Patou Prive?

    Patou pour Homme is ok for all seasons except maybe summer. Prive' I wouldn't know.
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    Re: Jovan Musk (original) - Vile or OK?

    Not vile, I like it. It's soulful and it's got that Seventies vibe to it. And I actually got compliments for JM from a very discerning female colleague who's into Comptoir Sud Pacifique.
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    Re: Cedar/sandal drydown?

    Just Him by Roberto Cavalli has a beautiful cedar and citrus drydown. No sandalwood though.
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    Re: Drakkar - the original

    FroFro: you may be interested in knowing that there exists a quasi-clone of the Original Drakkar out there and it is Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli Him. This frag probably smells more like Drakkar...
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    Re: The Battle of Eau D'orange Vert

    Nobody wins. :)
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    Re: I Hate Creed Bottles Spray Mechanisms

    As far as I'm concerned - which is very little, regarding Creed... - every fragrance house should employ Lolita de Lempicka's Au Masculine spray mech. It is the best one, period.
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    Re: Fragrance in Movies?

    Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca de Mornay discussing Poison in "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle".
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    Re: Fragrance in Movies?

    In "Play It Again, Sam" there's a running joke based on Woody Allen wearing too much Canoe after shave lotion.
  41. Re: For those who've already been "Jicky" with it.

    Looks authentic, with the velveteen box to boot. Parfum doesn't last that long. Alas, mine started to smell really animalic after a couple of years.
  42. Thread: Nutmeg note

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    Re: Nutmeg note

    Visit or its discontinued template Eau de Patou.
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    Re: Fragrance in Movies?

    In "Saturday Night Fever" there's a splash-on Brut bottle in front of Tony Manero's bedroom mirror (and a Vitalis hair lotion bottle too).

    In "Eyes of Laura Mars", Laura has a collection of very...
  44. Re: wich is for you the most suitable flower smell

    Carnation. But do carnations actually smell?
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    Re: Gaultier2 US availability is...

    A shameful rip-off!
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    Re: Gaultier2 US availability is...

    I got a plastic blister tester of this one. It's Le Male plus muguet (lily of the valley), vanilla and some funny solvent note.
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    Re: Thoughts on Pal Zileri fragrance

    Pal Zileri is part marine part fruity, and the fruity part is little wild apples. Nothing to do with artificial green apple notes but actual apples instead, the way they smell when they are stacked...
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    Re: Angel & Kouros--I Don't Know WHAT I Think!

    I could never get the connection between Kouros and urinals myself either. I feel Kouros is in fact a very mediterranean smelling fragrance - no citruses here, though, but carrubs and some strange...
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    Re: Heritage - Guerlain

    ...From 1992, it seems more end of the 80s than the beginning of the 90s. It is a great frag and a power scent. I can see wearing it clubbing - big time.

    G[/quote]

    Yes. I have always thought of...
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    Re: Heritage - Guerlain

    Heritage is richer and tartier. I think they both are much better than, say, Habit Rouge or Vetyver. They are more wearable and contemporary.
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    Re: The most "sexual" fragrances

    Anything resembling the smell of something you find sexually arousing. And that's subjective.
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    Re: Arrogance Uomo by Schiapparelli Pinkenz

    I wish I could find the first one. Would be a real time capsule, as it was worn by a colleague in 1984 and I never smelled it since!!!
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    Re: Looking to freshen up my room

    I think right now my phase is I actually prefer spraying rooms than myself:D.

    When I feel like some incense I use a stick by Sarathi: either Sun or Spicy (I prefer Spicy)

    http://sarathi.com
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    Re: Calvin Klein Obsession for men

    My perception of Obsession for Men is it's not an evolving fragrance at all. I feel some kind of oriental layering but it looks more like a characteristic of a single, steady accord which you get...
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    Re: Givenchy PH Dilemna

    OK. The fragrance GPH reminds me of in its mid-base notes is Crabtree & Evelyn for Men. Alas, it has been discontinued for a long time...
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    Re: Givenchy PH Dilemna

    I'm thinking about it. What you say about GPH changing after a bit is true, and I'm sure I had found a similarity between the GPH drydown and some other fragrance. In the meantime, you can try...
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    Re: Allure Sport disaster story

    Go to the same SA and explain in full detail the actual mishap. She will give you another 5 for chutzpah 8-)
  58. Thread: Capucci Pour Homme

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    Re: Capucci Pour Homme

    Yes I do like it very much ;D Thanks verve for such a long memory! I too agree it is definitely linear. I always think of CPH as a subtle fragrance that simply cannot be overworn. I put it in the...
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    Re: RIPOFFS or just COINCIDENCE

    Scents are made of artificial molecules. These are manufactured by big chemical firms. Some of these molecules are clearly used by dozens of different perfumers.

    Four years ago we had Aroma Tonic...
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    Re: Opium for Women vs. Youth Dew vs. Cinnabar

    I never smelled the other two but Opium for Women is a masterpiece!
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    Re: SOTD, Friday 27 Jan

    Helmut Lang After Shave
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    Re: Bal des Fleurs by Atkinsons

    I didn't realize I was an ex-member. >:(
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    Re: What is the best Lemon scent?

    When it comes to lemon scents this one is always mentioned. But actually the lemonish top notes disappear completely within a very short time and then it's not lemony/citrusy at all.
    [/quote]
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    Re: looking for "dark" scents

    Dior Homme - you sure?
    Dior, *Eau Noir I am chasing after, as a dark one.
    Avignon as well.
    Yatagan
    Derby
    more down to earth: Quorum and Polo/the original (less appreciated in the US)
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    Re: looking for "dark" scents

    Dior Homme (2005).
    Gucci Pour Homme (the 2003 version)

    With these you cannot go wrong.
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    Re: What is the best Lemon scent?

    Monsieur Balmain

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta might very easily turn woody, according to your body chemistry, and the initial freshness become stale. You have to try it on your skin, it's that...
  67. Thread: What's Benzoin?

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    Re: What's Benzoin?

    Siam benzoin is major in Opium (woman's). It's also a major ingredient of the italian "orzata" drink.
  68. Thread: ENNIS AND JACK

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    Re: ENNIS AND JACK

    Gyllenhaal would wear Old Spice, like in "Donnie Darko".
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    Re: Eau De Rochas Pour Homme

    I posted a thread about this scent before the big blackout, as I found out it was a surprisingly good, natural smelling citrus with a green base. All said so far has been correct in my view. Eau De...
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    Re: Suggest a masculine musk

    Alyssa Ashley Musk for Men
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    Re: What were your biggest "WOW" factor scents?

    Chanel Pour Monsieur was the first one.
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    Re: Drakkar Original - Guy Laroche

    The picture refers to a late Seventies - early Eighties edition of Drakkar. The scent became hugely popular in Europe around 1977.

    Early Eighties movie-house ads were still showing a very...
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    Tee-eh-ree Mew-glare

    Roll the 'rs' and that's it. 8-)
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    Re: Balafre Brun smells like........?

    yes indeed!
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    Re: Phileas by Nina Ricci - a rare gem.

    I have a fetish for Phileas, which I never got around to smelling. No pyramid though! But the scent is described in my discontinued French book, which sometimes has pyramids and sometimes not. Will...
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    Re: New Penhaligon's Opus 1870 available online.

    It Was a Very Good Year

    When I was seventeen, it was a very good year.
    It was a very good year for small town girls and soft summer nights.
    We'd hide from the light on the village green when I...
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    Re: opinions on Visit by Azzaro

    Smells like Eau de Patou.
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    Re: muggler cologne wanna be?

    Yes! Omnia is it. It is basically the same sappy molecule and you would easily mistake it for the MG.
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    Re: i wanna go fruity :)

    You want Angel Innocent, which is granny smith apples and raspberries from the planet Mars, or Pal Zileri, all wild red apples after a citrus veneer. But I would get caraibic with Macassar and take...
  80. Thread: Jicky is not icky.

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    Re: Jicky is not icky.

    As already mentioned, I think the Edt might really be lighter on civet than the perfume. I wish you could smell the perfume: it is really animal.
  81. Thread: KenzoAir

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    Re: KenzoAir

    Last summer it was all the rage here. I like it as the top notes resemble Guerlain's Vetiver without the awful drydown.
  82. Re: Which one is THE most controversial on B'notes

    Kouros is a polarizing fragrance. I think some people associate it to latrines because of certain products used for the deodorizing of such. I do associate it to Ibiza, circa 1972. I think this scent...
  83. Thread: The Body Shop?

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    Re: The Body Shop?

    I love Beleaf.
  84. Thread: Jicky drydown

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    Re: Jicky drydown

    I would not go for Must de Cartier. It doesn't resemble Jicky in any way. They are both very recognizable scents in their own right, btw.
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    Mugler Cologne: unbelievable!

    I used my travel spritzer of Mugler Cologne for a convenient ammonia repository (I use ammonia to clean computer plastics). This chemical has been sitting in the spritzer for about 8 months now and...
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    A-ha! Ta-da! Told ya! LOL 8-)
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    Re: WHICH GUERLAIN SHOULD BE IN ONE'S WARDROBE??

    Haven't smelled it in 20 years... Spicy, ambery with cloves. Old fashioned, sharper than Heritage. I thought this to be a generic scent, albeit in a very classy manner, kinda like an AdG for the...
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    Re: Castle Forbes, anyone tried it?

    I have tried Keig. Harsh! But it dries down like Kouros.
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    Re: Q about Fahrenheit and Grey Flannel.

    Yes! Let me add a suggestion: Bois de Filao by Comptoir Sud Pacifique. I think you will love it.
  90. Thread: QUICK TOP FIVE...

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    Re: QUICK TOP FIVE...

    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Lancome Balafre
    Rochas Macassar
    Brut Classic
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    Re: Fragrance TV commercials you remember?

    Yes, you're right. Denim is still popular and the Italian slogan is more like "for the man who never has to ask", which is terribly chauvinist and used to elicit big laughter when run in movie houses...
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    Re: Fragrance TV commercials you remember?

    I remember the LULU by Cacharel commercial, with some young woman saying "Lulu? C'est moi!" over the notes of the Gabriel Faure' "Pavane" (late Eighties).

    A very popular catchphrase in Italy in...
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    I reckon you do pronounce the R in Mugler, as in 'savoir-faire': rolling it. I can see it's not followed by a vowel, ergo it should be elided like in 'aller' or 'tuer', but Mugler is a surname (and I...
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    Re: MPG l'eau du Tailleur ?

    I had a small sample of L'Eau du Tailleur, but I wouldn't put this fragrance under a feminine category for any reason. Musky woody stuff which, past a very good first impression, I found was rather...
  95. Thread: music preference

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    Re: music preference

    I have been and am listening to anything with a passion - except punk. Which is the opposite of what happens to me in fragrances. I think I can basically go on with just two or three: Monsieur de...
  96. Thread: Bijan: Men

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    Re: Bijan: Men

    Recently there was this thread

    http://www.basenotes.net/community/YaBB.pl?num=1124933486/8#8

    I find there is something piney in Bijan Men which I can smell also in With A Twist for Men. I'm...
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    Re: European Union fragrance labeling?

    Ingredients as:

    coumarin, limonene, citronellol

    would not appear on labels before mid-2004.
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    Re: *New Feraud Homme

    Perhaps a Russian specialty with a French name. There used to be a French couturier by that name. But that was in the 60s (????).[/quote]

    The couturier was indeed Louis Feraud, thus this russian...
  99. Thread: Poisons

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    Re: Poisons

    Great reviews! On a purely sub-sociocultural angle I may add that Poison was a big, instant hit in Italy, at the time of its inception in 1985. It was literally all over the place, the way Opium had...
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    Re: WHICH GUERLAIN SHOULD BE IN ONE'S WARDROBE??

    Jicky, Chamade, Eau du Coq, Shalimar.
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