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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    April 21, a few pictures added .
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2015/03/kouros-scent-of-gods-22.html
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    Re: Vintage Cool Water?

    this is the VERY first bottle, since you can clearly read on the label "UTIF 54 Milan",
    it's the italian sticker, and "UTIF" regulations ceased in 1990.
    So most likely it dates back to end of...
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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    Thank you for compliments :dankk2:
    Actually I wrote this article only as "reference guide". Still missing a few pictures: if anyone can provide pictures from years 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2002,2003,...
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    FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    Hi all of you loyal BNoters,
    since soooo many of you asked for a "Fahrenheit comprehensive guide" , here 's to you a detailed year-by-year, bottle-by-bottle "Exposition"
    What about the "Red/Burning...
  5. A little help from my Fahrenheit friends

    Hi guys,
    I'd like to know a few batch-codes about this not-so-common box/bottle, apparently produced only during years 2005 and 2006.
    Note the line "Eau de Toilette" as large as "Fahrenheit" on...
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    Re: Vintage Gianfranco Ferre For Man

    Possibly one of the rarest bottles, since you can read "Diana de Silva - Cormano" instead of "Diana de Silva - RHO Milan".
    "Cormano" facility was dismantled in 1988, so your bottle was produced...
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    Re: Help Me Decide (M7 And M7 Fresh

    Absolutely both bottles.
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    Re: Kouros and ive just made a 'Blind Buy'

    Congratulations!
    It's so rare, and it could be a collector's item.
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    Re: Versace Dreamer. Fake or vintage?

    and this is the bottom of the box

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rfLySewVh8Y/Uft1bttwTiI/AAAAAAAAA2g/Whd--HOTJi4/s600/DSCF5403.jpg
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    Re: Versace Dreamer. Fake or vintage?

    It's legit. it's a modern bottle.

    anyway here is the vintage sticker produced by Gi.VER ( i.e GIanni VERsace) until year 2004. EUROITALIA since 2005.
    ...
  11. Re: Strange limited Guerlain Habit Rouge - Does anybody know more about this?

    Probably it's one of the very few bottles sporting the 5-digits batch code during year 2002 (instead of 4 digits) .
  12. CHANEL BatchCodes: solving the major issue......

    CHANEL BATCH CODES: solving the major issue
    As many know, there are two different Chanel batch codes in contrast each other....
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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    a few minor issues fixed, and a few pics added.
  14. Re: Jean LaPorte L'Artisan Parfumeur Cascarille

    Very interesting, since the address of "Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier" was .....Rue de Grenelle 84/bis Paris !!
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    The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    Hi guys,
    due to overwhelming amount of new material and pictures, I had to split the "KOUROS Encyclopaedia" in two parts
    Hope you can appreciate it.

    part ONE
    - Introduction.
    - YSL and Kouros:...
  16. Re: Chanel Antaeus - Primary source reference for gay cult rep?

    Personally can't imagine Antaeus as a sort of "gay" scent.
    BTW in those years there were a lot of similar, animalic scents. To name a few, Kouros by YSL, Portos by Balenciaga, Pour Homme by Van...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Vintage without barcode

    Yes, it dates back to 1988-1990.
    Congratulations, it was a superb find.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    you should try Capucci Punjab, too ;)
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    Re: KOUROS ...by Tom Ford.

    advertising for the "twin bottles"

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1210/1397/400/Sans%20titre-1%20copie3.jpg
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    KOUROS ...by Tom Ford.

    Ok, finally I found it.
    Possibly the rarest Kouros bottle? A collector's item indeed.
    Apparently produced only during Summer 2002. Is not a Kouros flanker such as Cologne Sport, Eau d'Ete, etc, ...
  21. How to recognize ROCHAS perfumes: a short guide.

    How to recognize ROCHAS perfumes: Femme, Madame Rochas, Monsieur Rochas, Macassar, Byzance....
    a short guide to ROCHAS batchcodes. Enjoy!

    ...
  22. Re: Dior Homme , Homme Intense, Homme Parfum: 20-bottles review (pictures)

    Thank you for you detailed comments, guys.
    Obviously, the main goal of these works is getting an impartial point of view.
    Surely it is more subjective than objective, but at least it's an attempt...
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    Re: Reformulated Givenchy Gentlemen

    I tested a "recent" bottle dating back to 2008.
    It's the bottle with rectangular silver label (not the classic "belt" label around the bottle).
    Juice is transparent, not colored.
    I must confess...
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    Re: Best civet?

    This.
    Absolutely repulsive if you hate animalic notes, heavenly I f you love it.

    http://darras.gerard.free.fr/AmourDeParfum/Ma_collection/Jalbum2/L/Lanvin/thumbs/Monsieur_Lanvin_1971.jpg
  25. Re: What were niche prices like in the 1970s/1980s?

    the incredible thing is until years 2000-2005 you paid pennies for old, "antiquate" perfumes.
    I perfectly remember old "Equipage" by Hermes sold at 15 euros in the "bargain bin".....
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    Re: Fake or real dior homme intense?

    Hi, here is a very simple, empirical way to verify DHI: simply spray it on clothes.
    If it's real, you will smell it at least for 2-3 days..... :2vrolijk_08:
  27. Dior Homme , Homme Intense, Homme Parfum: 20-bottles review (pictures)

    Okay, here it is : confrontation of "Year 2014" batches of Dior Homme, Homme intense, Homme Parfum
    A 20-different-bottles monster review.
    Enjoy!
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  28. Re: LIDG & LIDGE by Guerlain. Year 2014 Review: Something has changed (pictures)

    Only a minor changes and corrections (on Dec 30th 2014).
  29. LIDG & LIDGE by Guerlain. Year 2014 Review: Something has changed (pictures)

    Comparation between different bottles , including the famous/infamous new "transparent rim" LIDGE bottle
    Enjoy!

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/12/lidg-lidge-year-2014-review.html
    ...
  30. Re: TERRE d'HERMES: 9 batches comparison REVIEW

    Thank you all people, for your comments.
    Yes, I think each " nose " is different, and an important thing is trying to add evidence to ideas.
    Saying "this and that" is important, but it's not...
  31. TERRE d'HERMES: 9 batches comparison REVIEW

    Ok guys, after sooooo many many many requests.....

    TERRE d'HERMES: Reformulated or not?
    TERRE d'HERMES EdT: 9 batches comparison
    .
    Another monster review considering 9 different batches....and...
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    Chanel pour Monsieur Concentrče

    I tried it after a long time, and yes, it's very good (I'm referring to the 75ml. bottle in shops now).
    Sweet, powdery, not very harsh or "synthetical", and pretty similar (although not identical)...
  33. Re: What's your most "spiritual" or aromatherapyesque scent?

    Maybe the old "Eau de Vetyver" de Givenchy,
    the one produced only in small quantities for Hubert de Givenchy's "personal use".
    Never smelt something so "ipnotic".
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    Re: Unleash the Fury of Furyo

    Hi all,
    resurrecting this thread to show one of the first bottles produced, with the sticker on the back side.

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  35. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Okay,
    here's to you a comparation between vintage after-shave and vintage EdT. Of course it's only my personal, humble opinion.
    (same article)
    ...
  36. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Yesm that's a good idea. i'm working on this.
    Wait for results in a couple of days.
  37. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    ADDENDUM.
    Just added a few final words and pictures about "Olympios", the famous/infamous "Fahrenheit clone" launched in 1994 by Missoni.Perfumes.
    You can check on Basenotes a few reviews about...
  38. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Hi Bigsly,
    I have no experience with 3-digits Dior codes, but try this:
    if the label on the bottom of the bottle sports the address "30 avenue Hoche", then : years 1988-1991
    if: "33 avenue...
  39. FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    "FAHRENHEIT" by Christian Dior : A 10-batches review.

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/08/fahrenheit-10-batches-review.html

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    Re: amazing longevity

    Try to spray Dior Homme Intense on your shirt (not on skin): it will last at least 2 weeks! :D
  41. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Frozen-- how different is it from the original?

    Personally I like it. Try to Imagine the classic Guerlain vetiver with a lot of spearmint in the top notes.:"Frozen" sensation.
    Obviously, only for summer times.
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    The most "animalic" scent ever produced .....

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  43. Re: LIDGE new bottle design or manufacturing defect?

    Ok guys,
    the last botte I tried was a 4N01 batch (January 2014) and it's pretty similar to previous ones. Anyway here we are speaking about recent batches, huh? (February, March, April....)
    Keep in...
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    Re: YVES SAINT LAURENT Batch Codes

    anyway this is the complete page:
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/09/how-to-recognize-yves-saint-laurent.html
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    Re: DHI 2014 x DHI Original formula

    In my opinon all 2014 batches are really good....until now.
    I did -helped by a few friends- a blind test a few days ago, and it's ok.
  46. Re: Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui VS Vaan Cleef & Arpels pour homme.

    Different each other, and both really good, strong "male" fragrances.
    I recommend vintage scents because "modern" versions are quite different, watered down and less intense than previous ones.
  47. UPDATE: "DIOR HOMME INTENSE" YEAR 2014 batches (blind test).

    Hi all,
    sorry for being absent in these times: actually I have to work and study a lot in the same time, and I have literally no spare time for myself and even less for perfumed things........
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    Re: Monsieur Rochas eau de cologne

    it's good but maybe a bit too soft, especially when compared to Monsieur Rochas edt Concentrče ( a real powerhouse)
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    Re: Most powdery fragrances

    Tiffany for Men
  50. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree (1989) Vintage

    Great score!
    According Chanel code, "batch 6707" should be = "July 1988".
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/how-to-recognize-chanel-perfumes.html
  51. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    UPDATE

    pictures from Jason Newton (Fraicheur) and Cytherian (Paris-NewYork Kouros Trio) added.
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/kouros-scent-of-gods.html

    Keeping track of...
  52. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Hi Bulakenyo,
    your bottle is most likely dated 1994.
    Bottom of almost all Kouros bottles reported "Parfums Corp" label until 1998-1999 so it's perfectly normal.
    Enjoy this magnificent vintage!
  53. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Hi Jason, If you can take a couple of pictures of "Fraicheur" alone, I can add it to the post. Another score!
  54. Don't know if officially discontinued, but I can...

    Don't know if officially discontinued, but I can confirm JULES is still on sale, at Dior's boutiques in France. (please note it's -unfortunately- a reformulated version).
    Price: 75 euros ( about...
  55. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    UPDATED in the "Parfums Corp" (second period) section :
    the first flanker was EAU DE SPORT (1986). since I miss a decent box, photos were kindly provided by our great Ericrico.

    ...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - vintage

    Really magnificent and rare bottle: congratulations!
    an interesting fact is the "spray" it's not the natural spray but a "gas-propelled" one.
    Since the batch number it's most likely year 1989, an...
  57. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Oh, yeah!

    http://www.collector-online.ch/images/product_images/original_images/hpi8053-1.jpg
  58. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Updated with a couple of images from Michal and Mariusz from Poland:
    a box with both Paris and New York lettering (instead of Paris only) maybe intended for US market ;
    and a flat metal base,...
  59. How to recognize LANCOME perfumes (an easy guide)

    Trophče Lancome;
    Magie Noire;
    "O de Lancome",
    Trčsor....

    LANCOME is one of the greatest French perfume houses, created in 1935 by Armand Petitjean, and got fame and prestige worldwide thanks...
  60. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    First bottles 1994-1999, no english phrases

    http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y406/AndreMoreau/marzo2013fotoevarie006_zps24f76446.jpg

    since 1999 up to 2004: adding the english phrase...
  61. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    back of boxes:
    ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS from 1994 to 1999
    5 or 6 ingredients: 1999-2004
    long list of ingredients: since 2005
    ...
  62. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    Ebay seller show the long -list ingredients box so it's definitely "after 2004".
    batch 017xxxx means = year 2000.
    first bottles (roughly 1994-2000) had the sticker on the bottom written entirely...
  63. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    yes first number means "year" so 7= 1997 or 2007 and 5=1995 or 2005 . That's incredible! how many precious bottles arrived in USA and remain unsold. Maybe testers, being without any box..
  64. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    These bottles "could" be legit, Procter&Gamble started to produce D&G in July 2006, still maintaning the italian factory, then in 2008 switching production to Germany.
    the year is 2007 (batch...
  65. Re: Givenchy Vetyver - Not much chatter, no love?

    Modern Givenchy Vetiver is still good, and vaguely remind the vintage (I told "vaguely"). .
    "Natural vetiver" perfumes age during decades, becoming stronger,and more intense, due to maturation The...
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    Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier

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    yes, i shot this picture, here is an ultra-rare, still-wrapped, year-1973 Coriandre Parfum
    from a friend of mine
  67. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Thank you, that's enough for me,
    Hope to obtain soon an interview by him.
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    Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier

    I confirm the vintage "Coriandre" in "Parfum" concentration.
    An olfactive bomb deployed all over!
  69. Re: Givenchy Vetyver - Not much chatter, no love?

    As Luca Turin says, it could be the "reference vetiver".
    I sampled it, and (IMHO), it's not only one of the best vetiver, but one of the "TopTen" best perfumes ever produced on Earth (repeat IMHO)
  70. Re: what defines an "italian style" fragrance?

    In any case, perfumes until mid of Nineties.
    I think any "italian style", after year 2000, has been rarely shown.
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    Re: Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    (not sure where to post it, so i'll not open another thread. if off-topic, please remove)

    Ladies and Gentleman,
    here's to you :

    Gaschromatograpy- Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) Analysis and...
  72. 'MY SIN' by Lanvin: GC-MS analysis and discussion

    Ladies and Gentleman,
    here's to you :

    Gaschromatograpy- Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) Analysis and Discussion of a true masterpiece:
    MY SIN, by Lanvin

    One of the most famous fragrance from...
  73. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    You should note the batchnumber on the bottom of the bottle, or in the bottom front, near the words "Yves SaintçLaurent".
    Any way, you could take a picture of the bookňlet, I'll post it under your...
  74. Re: Dissecting an (extraordinary) rare gem: "ETTORE BUGATTI" first version (The Original, 1992)

    Since "Bugatti" vintage perfume was never produced in big quantities, and since its quality is so high, well, I strongly suggest to grab all bottles you find. Prices are still affordable.
  75. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Since I am interested in obtaining an interview from him, please let us know your reviews.
    I never tried these scents and I'd like to know an opinion.
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense Reformulation Date

    this topic had a lot of discussion,
    however you can find a sort of "scientific" examination of DHI bottles and reformulations:
    ...
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    Re: Versace L' Homme

    best thing is to determine the "anniversary" year,
    here for calculating it:: http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/02/how-to-recognize-versace-perfumes.html
  78. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Interesting thread.
    About six months ago I heard he is a well-known and reputable raw-materials dealer and expert (ambergris, civet, "deer musk" etc.), other than a perfumer.
    Since he lives in...
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    Re: Vintage Armani eau pour homme

    Completely agree.
    One of the best "verbena lemon" (verbena oil-based) scent ever produced.
    Beautiful on skin, stunning on clothes.
    Remember the word "pour homme", otherwise it's the...
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    Amazone : 100-pictures Tribute.

    Since a few days ago I posted a gas-chromatography analysis about vintage Amazone EdT, describing how many precious ingredients it contains, this time I'll just show some pictures.
    Here's to you,...
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    Re: Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    ok, here is my first attempt: Amazone, by Hermčs, year 1974, now discontinued and not "on shelves" anymore.
    It's a bit rough work, since I'm not a professional. An expert helped me.
    (and yes, I'll...
  82. GC-MS Vintage AMAZONE : analysis and discussion.

    GREAT NEWS:
    "Perfume Secrets revealed!" :laugh:
    vintage perfume Gas-Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy, with data analysis and discussion
    Ladies and Gentlemen! ....here's to you: AMAZONE (EdT,...
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    GC-MS for beginners

    Perfume GasChromatography for beginners: a journey inside chemical mysteries.

    Secret aspects of perfumes revealed soon!

    Gaschromatography and Mass Spectrometry analysis and discussion with the...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    Anyway. Guerlain is one of the cheapest vetiver on the shelves, so you can buy it without too many problems.
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    Re: Vintage Kouros

    hi all,
    number "81100" is not a batch.
    batch number is painted / engraved on the box
    anyway, look here for more infos about all Kouros bottles:

    ...
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    Re: Versace L' Homme

    both fabulous!
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    Re: Dior Homme first edition vs current

    I performed tests until tediousness, in my opinion the version now on shelves -since January 2013- is identical to the "vintage" one.
    there were only small differences in year 2011 and 2012-batched...
  88. Re: How to recognize GUY LAROCHE perfumes: a practical guide.

    if you can provide a picture of the box, I'll post it on the site, mentioning your name.
    Andre
  89. Re: How to recognize GUY LAROCHE perfumes: a practical guide.

    I think the second letter counts, in these cases. so , since it's "H", it could be year 1988. Enough to qualify it as really vintage!
    it seems Drakkar Noir had the following "reformulations" (please...
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    Re: Chanel ANTAEUS request

    1982, or 1990, or 1998 or 2007 :grin::grin::grin:
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    Re: Chanel ANTAEUS request

    year 1990 or 1998 , it depends where the words "Eau de Torilette" are, above or under the word "CHANEL" (on the box)
  92. How to recognize GUY LAROCHE perfumes: a practical guide.

    Fidji,
    Drakkar Noir
    Clandestine,
    Horizon,

    and others: how to recognize Guy Laroche perfumes, batch-by-batch.
    ...
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    Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    Hi,

    I had a GC-Mass Spectroscopy performed just days ago, sampling a perfume, and I'd like to illustrate the (very interesting) results.
    It's a 40-years-old perfume, now discontinued, "out of...
  94. Re: CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    Thank you for your appreciation, my friends! :)
  95. CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    CORIOLAN (Guerlain, 1998): "...it's a perfume like they don't make them anymore"

    History of a unlucky Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review. Enjoy!
    ...
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    Yohji Homme similar to....

    I'd like to know if someone found a similarity between Yohji Homme and (almost-unknown) "Concept nr.18" by PalZileri.

    Concept nr.18 : the crossing point between Body Kouros and Lolita de Lempicka...
  97. Re: Yohji Homme - How to detect the original formulation?

    Luca Turin says YSL Body Kouros is a ripoff of Yohjii l'Homme. go figure...
  98. Re: Armani Eau Pour Homme, when was it reformulated?

    As usual: "the older , the better".
    use this "calculator" to determine year of production:

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/11/how-to-recognize-giorgio-armani-perfumes.html
  99. Re: How can i find production date of a Hermes perfume over batch code on the bottle?

    apologizing because it's a personal work,
    answer is here:
    all Hermes codes since 1978
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/02/how-to-recognize-hermes-perfumes.html
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    Re: Best Guerlains mans fragances

    try Coriolan. one of the best drydown ever.
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