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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    I’m into wearing the same perfume two or three days in a row. Usually just two. A shower is almost always a fresh start.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    The base of Mystere is a nice, sweet soft skin scent. I think amber has three definitions, or grades, in the context of perfume. There’s fossilized amber, perfumes that mimic fossilized amber, and...
  3. Thread: Top 3 now.

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    Re: Top 3 now.

    Givenchy Gentleman (1976)
    Chanel Antaeus
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree

    Those came to mind. Looking at my recent stats, it looks like Christian Dior Jules and Hermes Bel Ami could be in there.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Sample 13 of 26 is Mystere by d'Orsay. It opens with classic-smelling aldehydes. Those burn off quickly, and then the heart emerges, and it is a bit mysterious.

    This is nice. It is developing,...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I have. I had a mini. I think I gave it away. At first I found it shocking, and clearly oud-y. Over time, I actually started to like it, and got the big effect that people enjoy.

    I used to think...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Hednic described it as "very nice." The ban on office wearing puts that to the question.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    You're in agreement with Hednic's notes on this one? You're wearing it, and not the other way around? You didn't go with heavy sprays, did you? I'd hate for you to have a situation at work.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I think so, or I like the laundry musks themselves in the opening. It can be like a magic that wears off - not the end of the world, and not even necessarily a problem, just that some other styles...
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    Re: Chanel No 5 EDP Splash

    I don't think you can buy a fake Chanel from a legitimate-seeming retail outlet in the US, France, or Canada, especially not on the Champs Elysees. The bottle I have has something off, but I don't...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Sample 12 of 26 is Estee Lauder Aliage. I like the opening. It has lots of notes and complexity. This is familiar.

    There's a minty type of ingredient, almost like a spearmint. With the woods,...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I agree they're not similar, and nothing seems off about my mini. I think there's something in it - a green effect - I wish I could say what, exactly - that isn't a good fit for my tastes, or my...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Boss Sport is one I can not get into. I have a mini in hand, prompted by similar outpourings in the past. I love the regular Boss - give me No. 1 on the back of the box, and leave it off the bottle,...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Your probationary period is over, PStoller.

    I used to get way more dryer sheet smells than I get now. I've mentioned them over the years. And I often get nice, clean, dry laundry from Frederic...
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    Re: Chanel No 5 EDP Splash

    The US market had a version of No. 5 with gold speckles a year or two ago.

    I think it's hard to find information about the limited releases of No. 5 because there are so many - red bottles, big...
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    Re: Chanel No 5 EDP Splash

    I don't recall seeing No. 5 edp splashes in the last few years. It sounds special to me, especially if you like splashes.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I like this kind of sweetness. As it develops, it turns a little laundry musky - at that point, with pretty much any laundry musk fragrance, the best is over. Those musks don't work well enough as...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    It sounds crazy to like having your heart broken, but yes. It's not the kind of thing that has broken into my rotation, but my domestic partner has some florals in this style, and I'm a fan.

    I'm...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Sample 11 of 26 is Scherrer by Scherrer, a nice floral fragrance. This smells traditionally feminine to me, beautiful and captivating. I get an image of an upscale flower shop, tastefully decorated....
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    Re: How have your tastes changed over time?

    Mine have a little. Some perfumes started to get old, and some others grew on me.

    The stuff I got tired of was current market, so I have limited interest in new releases, although I would like to...
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    Re: What are the 5 best fresh niche fragrances?

    Nice one!
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    The ratings are fun and good for summarizing impressions.

    From this round, my favorites were:

    1. Polo
    2. Ecusson
    3. Miracle
    4. Insense

    I liked the edc of Ecusson a little more based on...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    How about this guy? Any resemblance?

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    Re: How to date Antaeus bottles...

    That 2015 bottle would be sweet to sample. I'd spring for a bottle of the current for the event, and have a bunch of vintage (1980s, I believe) and Sport (also 1980s, I believe) to share. I would...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste vs Bois des Iles

    Someone who has a bottle of the parfum would be a better reference, but I think it has more sweet woods in the base. I need to try it again - but sweet, woods, edible smelling, like an idealized...
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    Re: Do any of these stand out?

    I never liked Eau Sauvage Parfum, and that kind of aspirational pricing (double Egoiste!) is disappointing.



    The original poster can take home Egosite and the Prada and have 50 left over for...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I know you love the edp of Heritage. It's nice to see a day out for the edt.
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    Re: Would I like Chanel Antaeus?

    I think it will be a good one for the original poster. It might smell dated at first, but that is just one aspect of a complex fragrance. The woods in Antaeus are great.



    Start with a beef...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste vs Bois des Iles

    I like Egoiste more than Bois des Iles, but I like both. I think Bois des Iles is one of the best from the Chanel exclusive line. I think the newer, current version (the edp) of Bois des Iles came...
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    Re: Reference Musk, Civet, and Castoreum

    I like revived threads, especially this one, and especially with a thoughtful post. Now we're suddenly talking vintage Patou, so clearly something is going right. "1000" is one of the bottles I might...
  30. Re: I really dislike Creed's new direction as a house

    Some of the love seems to have died down a bit. It used to be huge on Basenotes.
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    Re: Khiel's Original Musk

    I've tried the edt and thought it was great.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'm reminded of throwing Polo Red into a blind sample pass. That was a good one to try blind.

    The only Polo or Ralph Lauren fragrance I ever wear is Cosmair Polo. I've tried modern Safari for...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    It was huge.



    Honest is a big compliment. I like how you describe it. I agree with the lot.



    Bravo on this picture!
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Sample 10 of 26 is Polo, the Cosmair or 2nd version, more leather and less tobacco than the first version.

    This is extremely well done, right in line with the best fragrances of the time, and one...
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    Re: My Creed collection. What's yours?

    I have some Aventus. I've sampled a bunch of others, and don't really like them. The other two that I sort of like are Green Irish Tweed and Himalaya. I don't like Aventus enough to wear it often, up...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Interesting notes. I re-read my review. I'd forgotten a bunch of that.

    The memory that lingers is more of Insense as its own lotion-type smell, slightly awkward with a real-smelling frankincense...
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    Re: The Dior Homme Line...Should We Panic Yet?

    At the moment, iris Dior Homme and Dior Homme Intense are all over for good prices including those massive 150-ml sprays. For someone who loves the fragrance, I would not panic, I would simply stock...
  38. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    Trying to extrapolate, I would have guessed Leonard is one you would like.
  39. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    Vintage Leornard Pour Homme market in turmoil following comments from Monsieur Montana
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    Making news this morning. I'm pretty sure I haven't tried any versions of Quorum or Leonard.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Today's sample, 9 of 26, is Givenchy Insense. It's ok. My interest in Givenchy has come down from fever pitch. At some point while wearing Insense, I decide I don't like it very much - the balance...
  42. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    I like Kiehl's Original Musk edt, even the current version, as arguably an upgrade on vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.

    I like Rogue, especially Chypre-Siam, but I don't care for Mousse Illuminee.
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    Re: Warner Polo is much better

    I have tested the older, Warner version of Polo and I also like it. I can tell it's different from the bottles of Cosmair Polo I have. I find the Warner has stronger tobacco (like a cigarette...
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    Re: How to date Antaeus bottles...

    If there was enough interest, we could do some blind sampling - Antaeus, Antaeus Sport, modern Antaeus, maybe a couple in-between versions.
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    Re: Question about Boss Elements .

    I have not tried this one.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Lenteric Miracle is a citrus Eau de Cologne style fragrance for a few minutes, then it quickly changes to a woody-animalic lavender like Totem and Mouchoir de Monsieur from the first round. It's...
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    Re: What are the best fragrances from Dior?

    Jules
    Fahrenheit
    Homme
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    Re: Just starting.... over again?!

    Ebenas has a thread dedicated to organizing her wardrobe:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/437782-Organising-my-wardrobe?highlight=

    As for rating my fragrances, I tend to be generous, and judge...
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    Re: 2019 Year in Review - What did you wear?

    It gives your list more of a spotlight! Mon Guerlain is doing well on Basenotes.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Chanel Pour Monsieur crossed my mind while I was wearing Ecussson. I see LiveJazz mentioned Monsieur de Givenchy - I think I had mentioned it as well in a draft post that got lost.

    I have really...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I haven't tried the parfum. The edc is great. I do not get vanilla here. No. 5, which I had mentioned, does have some vanilla, though, usually. Ecusson edc is more of a dry (non-sweet) but soft and...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Sample 7 of 26 - Jean D'Albret’s Ecusson edc - I like this style. It's familiar. I'd call it a soapy chypre, or maybe an aldehydic floral. The wood note in this is good. I really like the soap.
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    Re: Do you wear fragrance even at home alone?

    I'm home alone a lot, and always wearing perfume.

    I love having the house to myself. I don't mind if other people come over if they're low maintenance.
  54. Re: Maybe a crazy question.What do you think of the term "Fragrance Community"?

    I don't think I use it, or plan to.

    "Fragrance enthusiasts" is fine. It sounds less committal.
  55. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    Nice post, Tim.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    He means he likes it - "rocks" as in rock and roll music. He could have said it swings to go with a jazz analogy. I'm not sure what the equivalent is for folk, but I am up for a few lines of folk...
  57. Re: What is your least favorite part about buying a perfume?

    The soul-crushing buyer's remorse.
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    Re: Describe your perfect perfume...

    I'm conflicted. One of the best overall, in my collection, including longevity, etc. is vintage Antaeus.

    Sometimes something like Guerlain Sous le Vent smells like the perfect fragrance, or Chanel...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    When we were setting up the sample exchange, I got confused between Givenchy L'Interdit and Givenchy Fleur d'Inderdit.

    I have some Fleur d'Inderdit from round 1, and claimed to have L'Interdit by...
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    Re: Your 2019 vintage standout discoveries

    Miss Balmain
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Ah, I can see it now.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Maybe the box is taped to the laptop screen - in which case it's not a rare, levitating Egosite.

    I watched that Le Grand Duc video a few years ago. He definitely seems to have fun talking about...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    Friday night is alright for Fahrenheit. No better time, really.

    '96 juice, as usual, making progress on the bottle.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    I'd like a bottle of L'Egoiste.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    I agree that can happen. In this case, it's even more nuts and bolts. You have a serious collector with a gem of a 100-ml vintage Egoiste spray in hand, talking about moving it on. Again, it kind of...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Earlyn - Those look great. I have some Miss Dior edc that hasn't had as much wearing time. The parfum, edt, and edc still smell fairly similar to me at this point.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Top posting!

    My dislike is more with the urinal cake note itself. The smell it's trying to cover never seemed so bad to me - the cover up is terrible, I don't really think there was ever a crime....
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 8th January, 2020

    Chanel Boy, from a sample. I think I'll eventually get a bottle of this as a gift.
  69. Re: Givaudan Evaluator Interview part 1 - “Always Find Something Positive” Naila Hamayed

    This is what she remembers her dad wearing! He sounds cool.
  70. Re: recommend the smell of quiet confidence for a nervous young man

    This would be a bold move. It's crazy enough it might work.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    This is how Egoiste feels to me when I wear it - extremely safe. I can't imagine someone disliking it (coming off me when I wear it).
  72. Re: recommend the smell of quiet confidence for a nervous young man

    From what has been suggested, I like YSL L'Homme, Dior Homme, and Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche.

    For classics that have good current formulations, I like Hermes Equipage and Guerlain Derby....
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Such fun posts, thanks. Sheik, your post was good, no need to delete.

    When I first tried Egoiste, I had been used to YSL Opium Pour Homme, and Egoiste was a very easy-to-like upgrade. Egoiste was...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Big powdery patchouli, an ambery Givenchy Gentleman / Giorgio for men type. A bit formal. It billows, I seem to remember.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Alan, are you burning through your Christmas bonus?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Ok by me. That would be Givenchy L'Interdit on Monday, then. The group of six samples could spill into that Saturday, or someone could squeeze in a double. And you'll have your hubby try Kouros and...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Yatagan is so much fun. I'm so happy Earlyn likes it. She's agreeable about liking just about every men's fragrance in this series - a little less with Habit Rouge edt and Kouros.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    I think Egoiste Concentree and Bois Noir are fun to have as collector's items, and they're similar to Egoiste, but I think Egoiste is the best. I think the base of concentree isn't as nice, but I...
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Consider the Powerhouse fragrance users group:

    http://www.basenotes.net/group.php?groupid=36

    Here's the introductory statement:



    Does someone who's steeped in powerhouse mode really want...
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    Thoughts on Egoiste

    Monsieur Montana recently posted that his rating for vintage Chanel Egoiste is a thumbs down, the fragrance creator Jacques Polges called his favorite. I think Polges also said he wasn't crazy about...
  81. Thread: Hello, I'm new!

    by Bavard
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    Re: Hello, I'm new!

    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is a beloved classic. I got a nice compliment the last time I wore it.

    I don't usually get into the other products in a line - I use generic bath products and unscented...
  82. Re: Drôle de Roses versus other make up-ey scents?

    Drole de Rose is good, as is Safran Troublant from the same house. Misia is fine - I like the development, although it's light and faint after the opening. Lipstick Rose seems harsh to me.

    I'd...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    By this logic, wouldn't you always wear Heritage for work?

    My scent of the evening is Jules. I went with it because it's in the monthly rotation, and I thought it would go ok with Yatagan and Bal...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'll have to dab a bit of Bal a Versailles to see what I can see: Initially, it's not powdery. This is my favorite from the first round. The opening is almost boozy. Then the incensey sandalwood,...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    This event is good fun. The posts are making me smile a lot, Jules says. She even got a little snarky last night, and asked if she should leave me alone with Basenotes.

    Grayspoole hasn't posted...
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    Poll: Re: Lying about fragrance when shipping

    My most recent set of samples form Canada was opened by US Customs, but re-sealed nicely. They were 4-ml sprays marked cosmetic samples.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Nice find, Alan. I tested this recently. It was ambery.
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    Re: Equivalent of Chanel Pour Monsieur?

    Thanks for the followup! I was curious where you might be able to test Diorella.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I've had samples, but thank you! Cytherian, who lives near New York City and makes the meetups there, loves Kouros and carries a 50-ml vintage splash bottle around with him, inviting sales...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Sample 4 of 26 is Kouros. Kouros is an oddly popular fragrance, and a rare case where the flankers (Sport and Fraicheur) easily surpass the original. The original combined musk and woods, but instead...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    That's a positive review! These have been good so far, vintage stuff often can be.

    I'll synchronize in the next round with Kouros Fraicheur.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Hardcore vintage talk. Taking it up a level.

    How about a bonfire for anything made after 2010?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Yum.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    This is going swimmingly. Sample 3 of 26 is Lentheric Men’s edc.

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    This is a bottle from Epapsiou. I imagine it was an eBay pickup. He gets so many bottles - sometimes it's enough to have...
  95. Re: starting out and so glad I sampled creed aventus first

    I agree Aventus smells synthetic. La Nuit de L’Homme started to smell synthetic to me, too, after a few wearings.

    Patience and sampling are key to building a small wardrobe of keepers.
  96. Re: how to describe the scent of Myrrh in words? Any typical myrrh perfumes you recommend?

    I get it confused with frankincense.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Gueralin Eau de Cologne Imperiale is the one I like.

    Armani Eau Pour Homme and Chanel Pour Monsieur might work, too.
  98. Re: Your Fragrances of the Year This Past Decade (Most Worn)

    2010 - Fahrenheit
    2011 - Fahrenheit
    2012 - Fahrenheit
    2013 - Fahrenheit
    2014 - Platinum Egoiste
    2015 - Egoiste (honorable mention to Chanel Pour Monsieur)
    2016 - Antaeus Sport
    2017 - Antaeus...
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    These will hopefully have made their way to Grayspoole. In the mean time, I invite everyone to join me in enjoying a musical interlude, maybe even getting up and moving a little, if you catch the...
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    Re: Equivalent of Chanel Pour Monsieur?

    Diorella is rare here. The Dior display in Montreal has most of the Dior stuff, but not the series with Diorella (the Creations of Monsieur Dior). Saks 5th Avenue in New York City has it and one of...
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