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  1. Re: Found: Excellent samples/decants organizer

    Thanks very much for the Aldi tip! I've never really found a good solution for organizing all the small decants / samples that I've squirreled away in drawers and closet shelves...so, these look...
  2. Re: Myrrh centric or scents that accentuate myrrh

    I generally don't like fragrances where Myrrh completely steals the show, but I definitely enjoy Dior Bois d'Argent or the very similar Van Cleef & Arpel Bois d'Iris ...also Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka. ...
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    Re: Thoughts on TF Extreme?

    I personally love it and consider it a winter time staple. I get mostly the patchouli, fig, and truffle/tuber notes from it. The latter note is also present in Black Orchid, so, it always felt like...
  4. Re: Returning fragrances to a retailor--thoughts?

    Serial returners of anything are a huge pet-peeve of mine. The fact that you are even asking the question tells me that you definitely don't fall into this category. So, I would gladly give you a...
  5. Re: Large Price Increase for Shipping from FIF & Essenza Nobile

    Yeah, good point about the VAT not dropping off for EU orders. But, even with the tax remaining, in my experience, there are many instances when EU fragrance prices are quite a bit lower than here...
  6. Re: Large Price Increase for Shipping from FIF & Essenza Nobile

    Now, that is nuts!! I also noticed that Canada wasn't included in the list of countries that the OP pulled from the Essenza Nobile site. I wonder if they no longer ship to Canada either??
  7. Re: Large Price Increase for Shipping from FIF & Essenza Nobile

    Very disappointed to hear this. Essenza Nobile had become my go-to shopping site for most fragrance purchases. But, this hike in shipping fees will effectively negate the significant savings that...
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    Re: Hermes Vetiver Tonka vs TDH

    Big fan of both Vetiver Tonka and Viaggio d'Africa here, preferring both to Terre d'Hermes. But unless I'm out of the loop, Viaggio d'Africa is still very much discontinued, right?? I can't bring...
  9. Re: Online discounter that ships to Spain?

    Most of the EU-based sellers that I've used don't carry this line. But you might try this one below - I see that they handle the Bentley line. Not sure if the Absolute version you're looking for is...
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    Re: LVMH purchases Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    Interesting...I wonder if this means that MFK fragrances will ultimately be available thru Sephora?
  11. Re: In search of boozy vanilla perfumes for women.

    Thanks for vouching , Hednic!! I think it's amazing stuff and personally consider it fairly unisex. Oddly, I've seen it compared to the now discontinued Aqualina Blue Sugar for Men - I have some old...
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    Re: What Smells the same at Oud & Bergamot

    +1 TF Oud Wood is the closest that I've personally found in overall vibe to Oud & Bergamot, which makes some sense since both lines are under the EL umbrella. And I really like to layer these two...
  13. Re: In search of boozy vanilla perfumes for women.

    IMHO, when it comes to boozy vanilla goodness, you can not do any better than M. Micallef Une Note Vanillee. Very worthy of a sample!!

    ETA - both rum and cognac are listed notes, but the cognac is...
  14. Re: Best Smoky Vanilla replacement for PdN Vanille Intense?

    Some great suggestions here to which I would add Diptyque Eau Duelle for sampling. But, given your "wish list" notes, I doubt you can do much better than Mona di Orio Vanille.
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    Re: Is It True That Shiseido Bought Lutens?

    This! As far as I knew, there had already been some kind of affiliation for years.
  16. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2017 thread

    Recently discovered Maison Martin Marginela Untitled EDP...and would appreciate getting in on a split.
  17. Re: A True Lily Fragrance (not Lily-of-the-Valley/Muguet)

    +1 The first one that came to my mind and very unisex if that's a bonus. I think it's great stuff and for me, practically identical to the very spendy, IUNX l'Ether, which was created by the...
  18. looking to swap my Tom Ford Noir POUR FEMME for TF Noir Extreme for men

    Greetings! Probably a bit of a long shot but I have a partially used 3.4 oz bottle of Tom Ford Noir pour Femme that I would like to swap for the men's version i.e., Tom Ford Noir Extreme.

    I...
  19. Re: The absolute essential fragrances by Kilian?

    Admittedly, I have not tried them all but so far, the ones that I find bottle and/or decant worthy are:

    - Straight to Heaven
    - Apple Brandy
    - Single Malt

    Moonlight in Heaven is also...
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    Re: Any tobaccos for the summer

    +1 Gucci PH ll
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    Re: CK One Shock - Have I Been Missing Out?

    Nope, I haven't tried that one either...and likewise, I've never tried Michael Kors for Men "vintage" or otherwise, which if I'm not mistaken, gets quite high marks from some bargain-hunting tobacco...
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    Re: CK One Shock - Have I Been Missing Out?

    Done!! Just bought a tester on eBay. :evil: And I see now on "that other site" that this one gets compared to CK Shock in some respects. Honey notes can be a bit hit or miss with me so we shall...
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    Re: CK One Shock - Have I Been Missing Out?

    Nope, sorry but I've never tried Avant Garde...but I'll make a point to try it now!! And no, I've never gotten any Robitussin association from it . :)
    Haven't done a side by side or anything but...
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    Re: CK One Shock - Have I Been Missing Out?

    Just lost my much longer response, so here is the abridged version...personally, I'd say it's more of mild sweet fragrance e.g., less sweet for me than Herod, TF Tobacco Vanille / Phaedon Tobacco...
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    Re: CK One Shock - Have I Been Missing Out?

    I was quite late to discover this one...and yes, the bottle is, admittedly, beyond hideous and IMO, there is an absolute disconnect between the fragrance name and the actual scent BUT, for any...
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    Re: Tom Ford Candle Pricing.....WTF?!

    Yes, I noticed these jaw dropping prices online somewhere a while back. I've been known to splash out on Diptyque, Cire Trudon, etc.etc. but these new TF candle prices are absolute insanity. I...
  27. Re: New fragrance - L'Erbolario Ginepro Nero (Black Juniper)

    Thanks for the info! This house does a couple of my favorite dupes: Dolcelisir (Ambre Narguile) and Meharees (Musc Ravageur). I just wish they were more readily available on this side of the pond...
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    Re: NEW: Jo Malone Whisky & Cedarwood

    Yep, this one sounds great! In reference to the bottle design, it looks like this one + the others in the collection will be initially offered in an alternate design that looks pretty cool to me -...
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    Re: Peony accord?

    IMHO, there is no more beautiful floral scent in this world than that of a peony...I grew up with them on our farm in Michigan and the scent is simply breathtaking. Wish I knew what variety we have....
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    Re: The best unisex perfume (Christmas gift)?

    And if you go the Jo Malone route, in addition to Oud & Bergamot, Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, I would also check out Orris & Sandalwood. I'm a big fan of all three.
  31. Re: Which "male fragrance" has the best longevity and sillage?

    A few standouts in those "departments" for me are:

    - Dior Homme Parfum
    - Guerlain L´Instant pour Homme EDP
    - Roja Dove Creation "E"
    - TF Tuscan Leather
    - Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code
  32. Re: LVMH to purchase Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    Very disappointed to hear this - glad I have a wee stockpile of MFK Oud and Lumiere Noire.
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    Re: Paco Rabanne: 1 Million Privé

    I was able to sample this one today. Unless I missed it, I'm astounded that nobody has yet made any comparison to: Ambre Narguile, PdM Oajan, Dolcelisir, Haram (Farah) etc. etc. For me, it...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Dress Code re-release 2016

    Thank you, sir!! Greatly appreciate getting specifics. And that's definitely a better deal than I had remembered. Consider me duly enabled. :).
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    Re: Smoky tea suggestions

    Some great suggestions here - one that's on my test list may also be worth considering: Atelier Cologne Philtre Ceylan.
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    Re: Habit Rouge Dress Code re-release 2016

    Thank you! Yes, I saw that it was on various French retail sites. But I'm not seeing it sold by any EU-based online stores that offer economical shipping to the US so, even at a fantastic sale...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Dress Code re-release 2016

    Can any of our fellow fragrant travelers provide an ETA on when this will be back on store shelves?? I'd like to buy a bottle but am only seeing exploitative sellers on ebay. If possible, I'd...
  38. Re: Has anyone tried "Peau d'Ailleurs" by Phillipe Starck perfumes?

    Yep, super prolific designer and known for some pretty famous hotel interiors around the world. I had one of his toothbrushes in the early 90's. :). And yes, those bottles are gorgeous! Need to...
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    Re: Western Ouds: Suggestions Welcome!

    These are both a bit pricier than many of those that have been suggested, but in the "western oud" category, I'm a big fan of Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot and Atelier Oud Saphir, often compared to...
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    Re: Byredo Pulp Discontinued

    Wow - if true , this is very surprising. I always presumed that it was one of their best sellers. I know on sites like Essenza Nobile, it's labeled as "popular" - but I never know how much stock to...
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    Re: How to deal with pushy sales reps?

    Pushy sales reps are a huge pet peeve for me!! And one of the big reasons that I rarely go to brick and mortar - except for when I'm overseas, where a language barrier can be a beautiful thing. :)
  42. Re: Tom Ford Noir de Noir 100 ml worth $110.00?

    That was a tremendous deal!! I think it's an absolutely amazing fragrance - but I just don't reach for it too often. BUT I will always have it in my collection so, I can get my fix when the urge...
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    Re: Looking for a Gourmand for my girlfriend

    + 1 TF Noire pour Femme - I own / love this one myself!

    And you may want to check out the quite new Mugler Angel flanker, Angel Muse - apparently a bit less sweet than the original w/ a...
  44. Re: FDA Is Preventing European Orders To The US?

    Well said!! I've never understood what kind of unholy alchemy is supposedly taking place when fragrances dare to fly without their human chaperone(s).

    And I now feel even more lucky that I...
  45. Re: Complimentary Fragrances in Luxury Hotel Suites?

    I can't say that I've ever received a full-size bottle of fragrance at any hotel. But the most upscale complimentary toiletries that I recall at any hotel were Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien at the...
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    Re: Best Iris scent

    +1 one of my favorite iris scents...probably unlikely but sure wish it would be re-issued as a limited edition. The ebay prices are beyond nuts.
  47. Re: What was the last scent you fell REALLY hard for? Is it still a favorite?

    I fully agree - this one was a complete grower for me too! And FWIW, I ended up buying one of the huge Frederic Malle room sprays in Europe (much cheaper than US) called Russian Nights and find the...
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    Re: Why the love for Oud Ispahan?

    Ha! And from Goose's bill to God's ear. :) I hope to have better luck w/ this suggested Zegna. Oud Ispahan was a bit too Shetland pony ride circa 1975 for me too.

    +1 Bois d'Argent
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    Re: Phlur - New line featured in WSJ

    Yep, I fully agree...it kind of reminds me how Philosophy originally didn't divulge their fragrance notes when pitching fragrances on QVC - as if their scents were this whole new olfactory experience...
  50. Decants: Byredo Bullion + HdP 1889 "Moulin Rouge"

    Just a couple small decants up for swap...but more to come!!

    - 5ml Histoires de Parfums1889 - Moulin Rouge - a bit less than 5ml...only sprayed a couple times.

    - 5ml Byredo Bullion - a bit...
  51. Re: Looking for Good "Luxury" Travel Atomisers

    Wow - those prices make the by Kilian ones seem like a real steal. They run around $80 and are extremely well constructed - but on the heavy side. And they hold 7.5ml if that is a deal breaker.
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    Re: NEW: Byredo Belle de Tanger

    Yes, please!! I never refuse a sniff of anything w/ violet / orris.
  53. Re: Any Recommendations for my Refined Tastes...?

    It seems we have very similar taste in fragrances, which makes me think that I need to sample some of your favorites that I've not yet tried. :)

    +1 Parfum de Marly Herod - first one that came to...
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    Re: First By Kilian Purchase- Suggestions

    +1 Straight to Heaven
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    Re: Favourite Sweet Fragrances

    +1 LIDGE
    +1 SDV
    +1 Hermes Ambre Narguile / PDM Oajan

    and
    PDM Herod
    TF Noir pour Femme
    TF Noir de Noir
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    Re: NEW: MFK Grand Soir

    Oh, great...sure wish I had the gift that some here have for breaking down the notes!! For me, this is just unadulterated deliciousness - but made with adults in mind i.e., not in an overly sweet...
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    Re: NEW: MFK Grand Soir

    I also had a chance to sample Grand Soir and agree w/ the others, there is nothing animalic about it. IMO, it sits pretty firmly in the oriental gourmand camp and is perfectly unisex. For me, it...
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    Re: Shaving Oils - Does anyone like them?

    I've used a few different pre-shave oils over the years e.g., Anthony Logistics was one of my favorites. But I've never really considered them a staple - more like a nice little extravagance. The...
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    Re: Frederic Malle's OUTRAGEOUS!

    Welcome, Susan!! You will likely have better luck posting your interest/search for this fragrance over on the "Fragrances Wanted" section of the marketplace. Best of luck!
    ...
  60. Re: Is it me, or does Armaf have the most random and ugliest bottles?

    Just seeing this thread - fully agree that the Armaf bottles are some of the most randomly festooned and bejeweled that I've ever seen. Some of them have been known to even make the M. Micallef...
  61. Re: International discounters who still ship to USA?

    And bear in mind that the list prices on the First in Fragrance and Essenza Nobile sites include 19% tax, which drops off at checkout for US orders. :)
  62. Re: Who loves Lush but is a bit snobby about perfume?

    Welcome!! You could try Hermes Eau des Merveilles - certainly not a dupe for Karma, which I've also owned - but it would give you a different take on the orange and pine notes that Karma features. ...
  63. Re: International discounters who still ship to USA?

    True - I didn't know if the OP was using that term in a literal sense or just using it to mean any EU-based online retailer that offers fragrance lines significantly cheaper than can be found at U.S....
  64. Re: International discounters who still ship to USA?

    Someone please correct me if no longer the case, but I believe "First in Fragrance" and "Essenza Nobile" still ship to the US. I ordered from the latter a couple months ago.
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    Re: NEW: Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16

    Please do!! Taking all my willpower to have some modicum of restraint and at least wait for your thoughts and/or the official notes before joining your split! :).
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    Re: Buying on Basenotes

    Very sorry that this happened to you!! I would hope that there is some type of public shaming or banning of sellers w/ such egregious delays or unscrupulous behavior. I suppose the feedback system...
  67. Re: Best Raspberry or Blackberry Cologne for Men

    I don't think that I've personally tried it but another Jo Malone may also fit the bill: Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay - but I can't vouch for how dark it leans.
  68. Re: Is Valentino Uomo Intense worthy of a blind buy?

    If you already love the original Valentino Uomo, I'd say there is very little risk at all. I was surprised by just how much of the original's dna is present in this new release. I think it's...
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    Re: Habit Rouge Dress Code re-release 2016

    I thought the same thing! I'm not really a bottle snob but I think I slightly preferred the old bottle - or maybe the red cap just seems a bit too much. But more importantly, this is great news...
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    [CONUS] Re: Montage Aoud & Pine - a Mideast Exclusive - Priced to Move!!

    bump
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    Re: Was Le Labo reformulated?

    I've personally not noticed any difference between recent purchases and ones from several years ago. In fact, I also don't detect any difference with Rose 31. For me, the cumin note is what really...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2016

    Sorry if I'm misunderstanding but are you not thinking about the newish (2015?) parfum flanker?? It does have a more pronounced vanilla note. It reminds me of YSL Noble Leather.
  73. Re: Experience at Parfum de Marly Boutique Manhattan

    Thanks for sharing your impressions. I only have Herod but have sampled a few others. I feel the same about Godolphin. It's a fantastic TL inspired scent but La Yuqawam is the way to go. And I...
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    Re: Fille en Aiguilles similar fragrances

    I would suggest Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir, marketed as a feminine fragrance but completely unisex...or Tom Ford Plum Japonais, both last for 7+ hours on me and are in the same ballpark as Fille en...
  75. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2016 thread

    Parfums de Marly Layton, please!!
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    Re: Tom Ford Black Orchid "Deodorant Spray"

    Sadly, you'd be wholly disappointed. :) I never once questioned it's authenticity - very impressed w/ the strength and development, especially considering the
    deodorant format.
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    Tom Ford Black Orchid "Deodorant Spray"

    I couldn't find any post on this topic so, hoping someone can enlighten me.

    Several months back, I purchased a Tom Ford Black Orchid "Deodorant Spray" off of ebay. I very rarely wear Black...
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    Re: Masculine Iris?

    So many great suggestions here...taking notes on ones that I still need to test!

    +1 Dior Homme Parfum
    +1 VC&A Bois d'Iris - but to my nose, it is so similar to Bois d'Argent

    And I personally...
  79. Re: Which fragrance garners the most COMPLAINTS when you wear it?

    My thought exactly....easily, one of my most complimented!!
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    Re: What Are Your Favourite Iris Fragrances?

    So many great ones already mentioned!! Adding Dior Bois d'Argent, which to my heathen nose :) is practically a deadringer for VCA Bois d'Iris. I also enjoy the now discontinued Guerlain Shalimar...
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    Re: NEW: Byredo Cuir Obscur

    Interest is definitely piqued. But a bit surprising re: the rather late stage name switch - must have hit some legal challenge concerning the trademark, I suppose.
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    Re: Montale Lovers, we need your help.

    As an aside, that is quite the prolific pace!! After 175+ years, I see that Guerlain has approximately 300 in most online databases.
  83. Re: name a fragrance that you love the intial blast but hate the dry down

    It certainly never morphs to hate, but I think that Acqua di Parma Fico di Amalfi has such a spectacular opening that I can't help but feel a bit jilted when it seems to very quickly evolve into a...
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    Re: NEW: Tom Ford Orchid Soleil

    Hmmm...will definitely sample but looks like it could veer too far into feminine floral territory for my taste.
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    Re: Tobacco Recommendations please ?

    As already suggested several times here, Phaedon Tabac Rouge is fantastic stuff...and to my nose, very, very similar to Tobacco Vanille. I'm just not certain, you would enjoy any real savings since...
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    Re: Creed Aberdeen Lavander Spelling

    Interesting...it would be quite an easy French to English translation oversight - since it's correctly spelled lavande in French.
  87. Re: Help needed to recreate the fragrance of Halo shampoo

    Yep, welcome to the good ol' US of A!! Get a hyphen and get an edge!! :)
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    Re: need ROSE recommendation!

    + 1 Egoiste
    + 1 Paestum Rose
    + 1 Declaration d'un Soir

    And if you had more budget:

    +1 Noir de Noir
    +1 Lumiere Noire
    +1 Le Labo Rose 31
  89. Re: favorite scent with an emphasis on Sandalwood

    Egoiste and Santal Blush are a couple of my personal favorites. ..and if I'm honest, Estee Lauder Sensuous is pretty darn delectable - but not one that i'm comfortable wearing.
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    Re: Educate me on Montale?

    I've only tested 3 or 4, but I found Aoud Melody to be a very worthy stand-in for MFK Oud, which I also love - very, very similar to my nose.
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    Re: Best Violet and Leather

    In this category, my heart belongs to Fahrenheit or Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste...BUT if you're fine with "slumming it", :) or at least saving a few bucks, Rihanna Rogue (for Women) is...
  92. Re: Which Men's Fragrances are most popular in France at the moment?

    Yeah, only joking...and yes, I fully agree that there would likely be little daylight between the top sellers in these 3 countries.
  93. Re: Which Men's Fragrances are most popular in France at the moment?

    In terms of mainstream fragrances, I sometimes have a look at the best selling men's fragrances on the Sephora-France website. But fair warning, be prepared to be depressed. :)
    ...
  94. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2016 thread

    +1 for Byredo Oliver Peoples
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    Re: NEW : VCA Midnight in New York

    Ha!! Now THAT bottle would indeed have me questioning its authenticity. :)
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    Re: NEW : VCA Midnight in New York

    My sense is that the front-line customer service reps for VC&A are simply out of the loop on this new release. IMO, the other online "evidence" overwhelmingly points to this being the real thing,...
  97. Re: (CONUS) Hanging Splits! Xerjoff, Olfactive Studio, MDCI, Profumum Roma, Le Labo, biehl + More

    Nice prices on your Le Labos!! I will send PM shortly. Thank you!
  98. Poll: Re: Layering fahrenheit le parfum with fahrenheit absolute

    I've never met a version of Fahrenheit that I didn't like or love...but I may actually give this blend a shot too. Incidentally, per another BNer's suggestion, I really like the combination of...
  99. Re: not using shampoo makes my hair appear better, but...

    I have never suffered from dandruff or any of the scalp conditions mentioned in this thread. BUT i do know that although counterintuitive, dandruff is almost never due to an overly dry scalp i.e.,...
  100. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? 2016 thread

    Anyone planning to split anything from the Jo Malone Rare Teas Collection?? The jumbo (6 oz.) bottles and prices to match would make them very split-friendly. Based on the notes, Oolong should be...
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