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    Re: longer lasting davidoff cool water

    Try Voyageur by Jean Patou. It is discontinued, but still very reasonably priced on eBay (under $40 a full bottle last I checked). Reviews here and elsewhere are mixed to generally poor (most...
  2. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    I received my samples a couple days ago, so I haven't given any a full wearing (or at least not without having the rest on at the same time). There were a couple positive standouts early-on, and at...
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    Re: M. Micallef White Sea, what's similar?

    I am a *huge* White Sea fan, finding it one of Micallef's best. There really isn't anything particularly similar to my nose, past or present... I suppose some offerings that one might enjoy if they...
  4. Re: Aventus price on fragrancenet through the roof

    Simple supply and demand. Of course, for those of us who dislike the stuff it is irrelevant. :-)
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    Re: Aventus for a young college student

    I don't find Aventus particularly "manly" and I also don't find it good smelling either. As for whether you can "pull it off," just like anything else of course you can... The question (and only you...
  6. Re: Tried the new Dior Eau Sauvage COLOGNE (2015)

    I think the Parfum version while well made smells pretty awful, actually... This one sounds even worse. Sticking to the original Eau Sauvage seems the safest bet.
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    I have posted my complete thoughts in the review section here, but my short verdict is the composition is excellent. I still think the price is quite high in relative terms, but as you correctly...
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    Re: Royal oud or original santal

    Royal N'Oud of the two easily. While its name is unfortunate, the composition smells quite good regardless. Original Santal is just unfortunate, period.
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    Re: Fahrenheit Aqua vs Terre D Hermes

    Terre d'Hermes without question, IMO.
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    It has a touch of sweetness from the Jasmine-like fruit, but far from troublesome. There is a bit of a fine natural smelling cedarwood undertone that joins the incense as the composition progresses...
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    Re: Heeley Phoenicia: Anyone try this yet?

    I wore it for a few hours yesterday, and am now giving it a complete wearing as my SotD... Pretty much I have a similar experience... The primary focal incense is very stark, with very nice...
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    Re: Best reasonably price Eau de Parfum (EdP)

    Any of these three would be excellent choices.

    I'll add a couple of the relatively new Aramis Perfume Calligraphy flankers... Perfume Calligraphy Rose and Perfume Calligraphy Saffron.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Moschino pour Homme
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    No real change in a while...

    Portrait of a Lady (original formula)
    Giorgio for Men (vintage)
    Dia Man
    Lalfeorosa
    Anat Fritz (original)
  15. Re: Clive Christian X reminds me of Dolce & Gabbana By Man

    Yes, this is the one similar to X for Men, IMO.
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    Re: Best of the 90's?

    Patou pour Homme Privé
    Balenciaga pour Homme
    Havana
    Ungaro I
    Tendre Poison
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    Re: Best of the best! (for fun)

    These are really just my favorites in each category, as opposed to "best"...



    Best Floral: Portrait of a Lady (original formula) by Editions de Parfums
    Best Rose: Portrait of a Lady...
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    Re: Best of the 80's?

    Giorgio for Men (original formula), of course...
  19. Re: how much is a 2011 z01 creed aventus 40ml worth?

    It depends on the purchaser. For example, I wouldn't even pay $1.00 for it or any other batch of Aventus. Talk to someone else and they may find the stuff "liquid gold".
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    I would say longevity is about average. As to price, it is certainly *worth* more than $50, though I confess I paid about $30. If I had smelled it first I would not have hesitated at that $50 price...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    I received it today and it is brilliant. It is an oakmoss and tarragon laden chypre not unlike vintage Sous Le Vent, with maybe a bit of vintage Pour Monsieur by Chanel mixed in for good measure. ...
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    Re: Which oud do you prefer?

    One I forgot to add to my list. I like some others more, but this is yet another great option that definitely has some real Oud in it, most likely a similar amount to Oud by BPC.
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    Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    I voted "Other". For me, the answer is Ashoka by Neela Vermeire.
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    Re: Which oud do you prefer?

    If by "Genuine" you mean it contains a significant quantity of the real stuff your choices are limited, and relatively pricey. My "real Oud" reference (in perfume form) is The Night by Editions de...
  25. Re: Ten Greatest Extraits Of All Time. Which Would You Choose ?

    Bal à Versailles (vintage)
    Onda
    Risqué
    Diaghilev
    Mitsouko
  26. Re: Name your favorite "The Different Company" fragrance

    Oud Shamash. One of the best spicy compositions I have ever smelled.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Last but not least today was Ferme tes Yeux. This one usually is described as a big leather focused composition, but while I do get a leather aspect in the key heart section, I found it much more...
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    Re: Your Favorite "L'Eau"

    Another for Eau de Patou (vintage) and I'll add EauMer by Pekji and the original formula Eau d'E by Bogue.
  29. Re: Are these people who post these ads out of their mind?

    A seller can offer their goods at any price they choose. Whether one buys at that price is another story. I don't see anything wrong with the listing or similar examples, I just wouldn't buy. No...
  30. Re: Need quick help in some cheap options listed (Please!!)

    On your first list the only one I care for is Azzaro pour Homme, and it is great.
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Up today was Bolt of Lightning.

    Wow, if ever a name was more apropos because I didn't know what hit me when the initial acrid, high pitched green accord hit immediately on application and hung...
  32. Thread: Bergamot

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    Re: Bergamot

    Coeur de Vetiver Sacré by L'Artisan
  33. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    As a daily user of Cella shaving soap myself with its unmistakablely sublime aroma, you have me super-eager for my sample pack to arrive.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    It was a blind buy, so I will have to wait for it to arrive in the mail and see. I should have it in a couple days and will post an update. If it is anywhere near the quality of Revillon pour Homme...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Eau de Revillon Eau Fraiche (and the included French Line mini)http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=37223&stc=1
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    Worn today was Jardenia. After being thoroughly disappointed in Jarling I was bracing for another disappointment, but this composition was outstanding. I suppose if one is looking for big lists of...
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    Re: Your favourite YSL except Kouros?

    This one. The original YSL pour Homme was the first composition that got me to take notice and will always hold a special place in my heart.
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    Re: Favorite Vetiver? Oud? Rose? Amber?

    Vetiver: Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver by Mona di Orio (runner-up Supercilium by O'driù)
    Oud (more as a blended component): Oud Shamash by The Different Company (runner-up Oud Luban by Aftelier)
    Oud (as...
  39. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    The presentation was really top-notch as well. I also liked that they let you use part of the cost as a rebate on a future purchase. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, hawk!
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    Re: mini pass the sample: JAR

    First up today was Jarling.

    I wish I could say I liked it, but this was a big miss for me.

    The primary driver of the composition to my nose was a moderately sweetened almond and vanilla-like...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Having been disappointed in the lack of significant oakmoss in the current version of regular Pour Monsieur by Chanel, I blind bought a vintage bottle with the hope and belief it will rectify the...
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    Re: What's your opinion on Le Labo Santal 33

    Santal 33 is absolutely superb smelling, IMO. The perfumer, Frank Voelkl is one of the best in the business and the nose behind most of the other Le Labo compositions I love (Ylang 49 and Iris 39),...
  43. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    The last of the samples, South, was worn today. This one veered off course from my initial "odd spice" impression. Instead the quickie descriptor is "clinical, fresh, mildly spiced rubbing...
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    It was a complete bust for me (except the gorgeous bottle). There is a primary highly synthetic smelling woody accord that permeates the composition's heart, overpowering most everything else. ...
  45. Re: Help me with this obscure italian fragrance: Renato balestra pour homme

    Well, it did have a touch of oakmoss in it, but quite frankly if I wanted an "old school" aquatic, I prefer the much maligned (unfairly I would argue) Voyageur by Jean Patou that has a much more...
  46. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    I wore Omega today and while the full review is in the review section my quicky version is I din't care much for it. It pretty much struck me as a synthetic smelling woody middle (norlimbanol) over...
  47. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    I had a pretty severe allergic reaction to Secretions Manifiques. Just another reason not to wear that horror.
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    I don't find the rose in PoaL soapy at all (and dislike soapy rose compositions as a general rule). I *do* find it lush and jammy, however (due to the key raspberry supporting note). If one is...
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    Re: Cheapest place online for Roja Dove

    I don't know of any discounters. The least expensive for me (living in the U.S.) was to buy from First in Fragrance. They charge full retail, but they subtract out the 19% VAT at checkout and...
  50. Re: Help me with this obscure italian fragrance: Renato balestra pour homme

    It certainly wasn't inexpensive at around $100, but ultimately proved a rather generic smelling fresh acquatic-like, dry ambery concoction. Quite forgettable, save the wasted money.
  51. Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    It is about 68 degrees Fahrenheit here. Now 16.5 hours in and while diminished, still easily detectable. I have "fragrance-friendly" skin that rarely doesn't get at least 7-8 hours with most...
  52. Re: Is Dior Homme Intense and YSL L'Homme a good place to start my journey?

    Maybe brands like l'Occitane and Diptyque may suit your needs and budget as they are relatively affordable and offer good quality for the money. I am not a fan of the two compositions you are...
  53. Re: Help me with this obscure italian fragrance: Renato balestra pour homme

    The one on the bottom is like a completely different fragrance, not even a reformulation. I know, because I made the costly mistake of buying it (and was not impressed).
  54. Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    One update on performance... I can now say that the longevity is outstanding. I have been wearing the composition for about 14 hours and it is still going relatively strong (though with less...
  55. Re: Name a fragrance someone on BN recommended that you absolutely love and wear because of the advi

    Nooooo! ;-)

    As to mine:

    Hedonist: Le Mat, As Sawira, Snuff (these are only the most recent; I could write a very long list, but needless to say I am very grateful)
    Alfarom: Laurhum...
  56. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    Indeed. I am spraying on some vintage Giorgio for Men to expunge the thought of these "modern benchmarks".
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    Despite the name, Portrait of a Lady, easily, IMO. The composition is sold at the Men's counter at Barney's Las Vegas because they found men liked to wear it as much as women... That is how I was...
  58. Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    I received my blind buy bottle today and have been wearing it for the past 4 hours or so... The exceptional brief open is very traditional Eau de Cologne-like with a nice bergamot, neroli and orange...
  59. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    I am afraid Alfa proved very average when I wore it today. Again the complete review is in the review section, but the primary drivers of the composition to my nose are black pepper and saffron over...
  60. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    I did read that on their web site, but on many of the actual bottles it says EdP... It is quite strange that they list one thing on the bottle and another on their site. Certainly the longevity and...
  61. Thread: Old school

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    Re: Old school

    It isn't "old school" at all to me, but it is a very solid composition, especially in its superior vintage formulation.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Bought, but will have to wait for overseas delivery... Le Mat by Menditterosahttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=37001&stc=1
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    Re: Creed - What Gives?

    It is debatable whether Creed is "upping your game," only upping your price tag. I guess it depends on what was the stuff you were sniffing previously and your own tastes. That said, while I am...
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    Re: Patchouli Base on Office-Friendly Scent

    Another +1 for this one (though admittedly it is patchouli all the way).
  65. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    Le Mat turned out a real winner. After being disappointed by North and Id to a degree after they initially impressed most on skin during my brief initial test, Le Mat was the last of the "initial...
  66. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    I wore Id yesterday and today to get a better handle on its development... The full review is up, but the shorter version is it starts off very nice with a pairing of cinnamon, jasmine and clove,...
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    Re: Dunhill Icon ... what's the word on this?

    The bottle just arrived within the hour and I am wearing it right now... The first thing of note is the bottle itself is super-high quality. When I took the package out of my mail box, I noticed...
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    Re: Fragrances for gay

    So this thread was some kind of intended joke? Not very funny, IMO.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Just a quick update... I just received an email from them today. Pretty much the email confirmed the upcoming U.S. distribution you mentioned in your prior post (not that I ever doubted it). Ten...
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    Re: Fragrances that smell rich/opulent/luxurious?

    Creed - none.

    Others - Dia Man by Amouage.
  71. Re: Dior Homme (vintage bottle)... fake, tester or authentic?

    Yes.
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    Re: Name your favorite Amouage

    Dia Man by far for me. Others I enjoy are several of their attars, Lyric Man and Jubilation XXV.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Cologne Indelebile by Editions de Parfumshttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36921&stc=1
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Unum being secretive as to contract terms and which distributors if any are selected is quite understandable. What is less so, is not responding to customer inquiries at all. A simple response...
  75. Re: Mention "only" top 3 (max) from all of your fav. houses

    Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle

    Portrait of a Lady
    Une Fleur de Cassie
    Lys Mediterranee

    O'driù

    Lalfeorosa
    Supercilium
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Ditto (but only one attempt about a week ago, here). So far no luck.
  77. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    Well, I wore what was my initial favorite from the grouping, North, today on skin for a more thorough full-cycle wearing. I still like what I smelled on the whole, but in short, North went South as...
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    Re: Dunhill Icon ... what's the word on this?

    Well, with a relatively large collection I suppose I don't need *any* new composition anymore, but one that exhibits qualities of all the earlier greats mentioned is certainly worth notice. I placed...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Dunhill Icon
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    Re: Dunhill Icon ... what's the word on this?

    Darn... I am hearing a lot of good compositions being compared to this... Terre d'Hermès, Acqua di Parma (Colonia), Eau Sauvage (EdT), and now Richard James (Savile Row)? My trigger finger is...
  81. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    I think just like with anything else some folks take reformulation worries to the extreme, and I certainly have had my share of eyes rolling moments when reading some. That said, the posts implying...
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    Re: Bentley Absolute for Men - Anyone?

    It looks like the same eBay seller relisted another 3 bottles at the same price for those that missed out on the first round...
  83. Re: What is the real story with "vintage" fragrances?

    There was a big discussion on this a year or so ago if I remember correctly. In short, I subscribe to option "A," generally.
  84. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    My sample set just arrived today. I quickly applied all of the samples on skin for an early read, and these were the early standouts in order of initial preference:

    North (which immediately...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Risqué (Creation-R) by Roja Parfums. I prefer smelling it on a woman, but love wearing it myself... Outstanding stuff!
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    Re: Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile.

    I have a blind buy bottle arriving in a week or so from France, so I should be able to give some feedback shortly. That said, as I love old style simplistic Eau de Colognes generally (and the nose...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    All good ones, especially Polo Crest. Congrats!
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Another one hopping on the Bentley for Men Absolute purchase bandwagon. I am actually hoping it smells less like GpH I than I keep reading as I disliked that one, but at this price I am willing to...
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    Re: eBayers Seem Content with Fake Creeds

    Yep, Mill Creek Rescue (without the 909) is a non-profit animal rescue group and sold completely legitimate goods. I forget what I paid, but it was well below market value at the time and all the...
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    Re: Difference of sex

    Marketing.
  91. Thread: Eight and Bob

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    Re: Eight and Bob

    ... Not much, I'm afraid.
  92. Re: VIW vs Xerjoff 1861 vs Your #1 choice for summer?

    Not a huge fan of either, really, but Virgin Island Water is decent for a trip to a hot tropical island, I suppose. As for comparing them to my choice? My choice is whatever I wear each day as I...
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    Re: Best niche line and why?

    Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. Top quality compositions by some of the best noses in the business with a great variety of offerings.

    Honorable mention:

    O'driù. Very innovative and unique...
  94. Poll: Re: Your Current Favorite(s): How Many Backup Bottles Do You Have?

    The vast majority, none. The primary exception is vintage Giorgio for Men which I have 3 120ml bottle backups.
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    Re: Ephemera by Unsound

    There is a pretty significant thread on these in the general discussion section with many differing points of view and reviews of the three compositions. I have my complete thoughts on each there,...
  96. Re: Angela Ciampagna: Not your usual *artisanal* line.

    Thanks for the report, Alfarom. These sound really great. I look forward to your continued thoughts as you get the chance for more in-depth trials.
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    Re: Dear Gawd Creed and these batch variations

    I like Millesime Imperial and own a bottle from when it first was released, but I haven't worn it in ages. Looking back, I wouldn't have bought any Creed offerings because I always find hundreds if...
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    Re: Snuff de Schiaparelli blind buy

    Only you can decide if your risk tolerance level rates a blind buy, but speaking for myself the composition is outstanding and definitely purchase-worthy.
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favorite Frederic Malle?

    Yes, I noticed that too... While for me Portrait of a Lady is the best thing Ropion composed for Malle or otherwise, Une Fleur de Cassie is the second and never seems to get much mention.
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    Re: Nautica Classic.

    Of course everyone has their own tastes, but I remember being given a bottle when it first came out and absolutely couldn't stand it. I would have discontinued it back then if I had any say...
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