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    Re: Post office storage help

    I've gotten really hot bottles that leaked, usually not more than perhaps 5 ml, though, but with really old bottles more can leak out, as I've learned over the years. And I think that if a bottle is...
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    Did you get the transition to more of a dry/woody scent after half an hour to an hour with vintage?
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    Re: The latest Curve flanker, Spark.

    Looks like they are still available. I bought one a week or so ago, and indeed it was 50 ml spray cologne.
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    Re: The latest Curve flanker, Spark.

    Fragrancenet had some 50 ml Spark bottles really cheap.
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    Re: The latest Curve flanker, Spark.

    Good to know, since I already have plenty of Aventus type scents. The fact that the name is the same as another LC scent, which is nothing like Aventus, is rather odd.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    And no conflict of interest there, right? LOL.
  7. Re: Another mystery bottle that needs i.d. Help

    I'd guess a "clone" type scent from decades ago. Does it smell like Chanel No. 5 ?
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    That's such a shame, because the bottles tend to be beautiful, right?
  9. Laudano Nero: the reviews are "all over the map." Why?

    It seems that there's a bit of a note cacophony at first, which takes at least a few hours to dissipate, and then some say the base is a somewhat generic wood and vanillic amber. It gets compared to...
  10. Re: Similar to Caron the Third man for hot seasons

    Marbert Homme in the horizontal rectangular bottle (clear glass) is like the greenish version of vintage Third Man, as I discovered only a few days ago.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    And as I've said in the past with various "Johnny come lately" hyped scents, the more you wear and study a scent, the more you can convince yourself that it has "hidden nuances," "intriguing...
  12. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Well you did say that you were "defending" your decision in the title! And your first post certainly sounded like someone who didn't like the ideas that some people say that vintage is far superior...
  13. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Okay, so my comment now would be if you like it, great. I think it's quite good. Nobody is going to force you to buy vintage, and if someone says vintage is "better," remember that it is better for...
  14. Documentary that argues for Luca Turin's hypothesis about the sense of smell.

    This scientist claims that first the "lock and key" mechanism must "grab" the aroma chemical molecule, and then quantum tunneling takes over so that one can smell the vibration, so to speak (you can...
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    How would I know? You'd have to ask the company, right? I can only tell you what my "nose" has told me, as I've owned different bottles of this scent and the differences are signficant, IMO. My...
  16. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Well then I'm quite confused about what this thread was supposed to be about!
  17. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Fragrancenet has 100 ml bottles for less than $41 but to get the free shipping you need to spend $18 or so more.
  18. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    I'd guess there's a site (like Fragrancenet) where you can get a 100 ml unboxed/tester for around $40 of the 1974 style scent, but I'm not sure what we are talking about here. Is it that you are...
  19. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    From what I understand, there's the vintage (1974), a second formulation of it (which is a bit different but still an excellent scent), possibly a third (silver vs. black caps on the bottle design),...
  20. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Right, now I understand. That is certainly an issue, especially in vintage splash bottles, though I have more than a few vintage splashes that seem perfect (and quite a bit is missing in perhaps...
  21. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    First, what would maturation mean in the context of the typical release of the last few years? Second, there's a huge difference between tiny changes, which may or may not occur (and would vary,...
  22. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Sorry, I thought you meant to type maceration but made a mistake, since aeration is not a term of art in modern perfumery. Perhaps you could explain your position (involving aeration) and then I...
  23. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    First, do you think maceration is going to occur in a fragrance that is 100% (or nearly so) synthetic aroma chemicals? If so, I don't think you understand how the term is being used by perfumers. ...
  24. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Though in my experience perceptual changes can be huge while actual change is minimal or nonexistant, I do think there can be minor changes, especially with smaller companies that appear to have...
  25. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    No, not even the base is the same with Red. LOL. I would disagree with fragrances that have a similar name (such as Homme versus Pour Homme or Man versus Men) but are clearly totally different,...
  26. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    In the case of Red, the reformulation is a totally different scent, which is why I'd be willing to put my money up if I'm wrong on that one, but someone would have to take the other side, and pay for...
  27. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Right but if you were to compare vintage Red for Men (sealed bottle, after spraying several times to get rid of the "tube rancidity" possibility) with the new EA formulation using GC/MS, I think you...
  28. Re: Who are YOUR favorite fragrance reviewers on youtube?

    Thinking about it, most people who watch the reviews might be looking for something other than a description of how the scent develops over time and what it is similar to, because those are the most...
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    Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    You never know what any particular employee is going to do, but if you make it clear they were trained properly, the burden of responsibility shifts to the employee if he/she does something...
  30. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    There's certainly a lot of talk, so your curiosity is justified, but how many of those who make claims have "insider knowledge," the requisite scientific background, or have cited scientific...
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    I think I've only tried Explorer. It was far too "chemical" and if that quality was removed I doubt it would be better than a scent like vintage Z-14 (it wouldn't be to me). Perhaps this is the...
  32. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Well you are the kind of person I would really like to take me up on my offer. I can supply a vintage and new bottle of the same fragrance to a GC/MS technician who works with fragrances and if I'm...
  33. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Try this:

    https://bigslyfragrance.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/is-a-newbie-spontaneous-fragrance-modification-myth-very-common-these-days/
  34. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    My point is that there is a huge difference between a scent that is a year or two old, in a sealed bottle, and also 100% synthetic aroma chemicas (or close to it) of the fragrance portion, and...
  35. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    I just saw a new review at Fragrantica of Kind of Seduction that would seem to be a great example of what I consider to be a ridiculous notion about a scent changing significantly within a relatively...
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    Yes, the reformulation is like a "replica," IMO, so welcome to the world of irritating reformulations! LOL.
  37. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    If the pictures were larger and I could read the label I might be able to help. Also, what does the sprayer look like? Does it have a "collar" around it?
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    There was a significant reformulation, at least as far as I could tell, and the bottle designs were changed too. That would by my guess as to what you have detected.
  39. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    Sure, and another thing worth considering is the liquid color. The OP said the color was from mini splash bottles, and I've noticed that it's common for splash bottles to have darker color liquid...
  40. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    I think you will need to give us a link to pictures or post some pictures in order to get responses.
  41. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    I believe this is the earliest spray bottle design (though this is a splash and I'd avoid those):
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  42. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Yes, "tube rancidity" is very common in the older spray bottles, in my experience. Even so, I can't remember one case where the scent didn't eventually transition to the normal base. Also, this...
  43. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    If the claim is that the scent has significantly changed for the better or is much stronger, of course the molecular profile would have to be a lot different. And a GC/MS study would demonstrate...
  44. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    "Reformulation paranoia" seems real, especially for fragrances that are less than five years old, meaning they were released less than five years ago. However, if there was a sandalwood note in a...
  45. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    I interviewed a fragrance chemist a few years ago for a post on my blog - here is one "Q&A:"

    B (me): How much thought is put into changes that might occur within the first year after someone...
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    Re: Creed Royal Mayfair is severely underrated

    It's not underrated if you really dislike it, as I do. LOL.
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    Re: I think we underestimate the power of....

    That's one reason why I try to wear a different fragrance each day. In other words, if I wear a gourmand on Monday I might wear an old school leather on Tuesday, then an oriental on Wednesday, a...
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    Re: JPG Le Male 6.7 OZ - Fake or Genuine ?

    I haven't had a real or fake Le Male bottle so I can't say much other than to read the sticky threads on this forum as well as to search youtube for fake le male and watch the relevant videos.
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Run Wild!

    Great to hear that! Sometimes you just have to "splurge," right?
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    There may be a new PS, but you are correct, in that I didn't study PS and only smelled it for the first ten minutes or so. Vintage Red keeps things going for a long time, but a dry wood emergesm as...
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Run Wild!

    There are some reviews of it at the Parfumo site. It sounds bad, but I would only buy blind if I read a whole bunch of good reviews and the price came way down, so I don't care one way or the other...
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    Re: Le beau male is now discontinued

    Too bad he didn't love it enough to give it a proper budget, because it smells really synthetic to me.
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Run Wild!

    I can imagine you running wild while wearing Run Wild! LOL.
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    If you want to get a sense of the original without buying a bottle, there should be some Preferred Stock you can try at a drug store. That one is much closer to original than the EA is to the...
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    Is that the EA version? The original starts out loud and strong, but after an hour or so a dry wood note becomes dominant as everything else lightens up.
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    I can't say I'm a fan of the EA version, but the vintage has several facets that seem to come and go, almost like trying to show off the state of the art for modern perfumery, circa early 90s.
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    Re: Kouros Reformulations

    I did a dab sample so I'll update when I wear it in the regular way. What I get is a highly diluted version of the original, with some complexity/depth missing, but it is more powdery, if that is of...
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    Re: Kouros Reformulations

    I just tried an April, 2017 bottle and this is what I would describe as a "total neutering." My April 2015 bottle is nearly vintage by comparison. Just wanted to give a heads up here: if you can...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Is anyone interested in Bigsly's Best Eau de Parfum Intense Extreme? LOL.
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Apparently, some are now being sold by Prism Parfums and made in England (Vanilla Fields, Lutece, Moon Drops, etc.). Anyone know more about this development?
  61. Re: Perry Ellis For Men: An Exercise in Beautiful Frustration

    Yes the original was great. I have had two more recent formulations, and they were distinct from each other and quite different from the original, Parfums Stern, version. Perhaps if you post this...
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    Re: Is my Aventus fake?

    Also, you don't know what's in that bottle! It could be radioactive if it's a fake, for all you know. Do you have a Geiger counter handy? LOL.
  63. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    If that's why I wanted I'd just go for an esssential olil, rosewood, cedar, or whatever,. which don't cost much and you just dilute them with vodka or perfumer's alcohol. You can then layer a little...
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    Re: FAKE Joop Homme??? (Pics include)

    Yes, too many things look or are wrong about it. You can also check the spray hole because on some fakes it's not centered. In this case, I think Coty was making these newer bottles, certainly not...
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    Re: Advice on possible fake Aqua di gio tester

    I took a look at the seller's listing and the bottle looks fake to me, but of course photographs can be deceiving.
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    Re: Advice on possible fake Aqua di gio tester

    There used to be at least a couple of fake vs. real videos on Youtube about AdG, but those were rather bad fakes. The photos you provided are not big enough. For example, the real one has very fine...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Too many to mention (with at least a tobacco note). I will mention that Eau de Royal Secret is an excellent unisex TF Tobacco Vanille type scent. It's drier, not as fruity, etc., but for the $4 I...
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    Re: Into French Oriental??

    JHL's prices went through the roof before Catalyst's even began to rise. Another idea is Witness by Bogart, which still isn't too high in price. However, that brings up an important issue for a...
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    Re: Into French Oriental??

    What I did at first was to obtain bottles of "cheapos" that represented the different genres. So, to do that with "masculine" orientals, I would have said Catalylst for Men, which used to sell for...
  70. Re: Is this the first online occurrence of fake Ombre Leather bottles?

    Could be, I didn't strain my eyes after I saw that fuzzy/incorrect lettering. LOL.

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    I've seen that fuzzy lettering on other fakes, and if you were to take a photo of a...
  71. Re: Is this the first online occurrence of fake Ombre Leather bottles?

    That might have been helpful, right? LOL. Here you go:
    ...
  72. Is this the first online occurrence of fake Ombre Leather bottles?

    The lettering is real bad and I didn't see a batch code, but my question is if anyone has seen this before in a TF OL bottle? Thanks.
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    Re: Is Antaeus really that offensive?

    Just another example of the "top notes follies" days we live in now.
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Cool Water Intense!

    For me, vintage Cool Water is so intense that I'd fear an intense version would emit gamma rays! LOL.
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    Re: Just tried Aventus for the first time and....

    If you are wearing it for yourself, then you have your answer. If you are wearing it for others, then you have to spray it on, walk by the kinds of people you are seeking to impress, and then ask...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    All that technology and they can't even create fragrances as good as most old Avon ones! LOL.
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    Re: Scents that are surprisingly difficult to find

    Yes, they did have plenty of MiP, until the day they didn't. LOL.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Here's the newest review I've seen:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Kr3f0Ktbs&t=653s
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    Re: Need help with VINTAGE Giorgio Red for Men

    You can ask the seller if the label on the bottom of the bottle says EA Fragrances - that's the reformulation that I think smells nothing like vintage. You can also see if a local store sells...
  80. Re: Do you get a lavender note in Prada Amber pour Homme?

    A lavender note is not necessarily equal to the scent having some lavender EO in it (though I doubt it does in this case). Lavender notes can be created in the lab with the molecules (man made) that...
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    Re: Playful casual floral for older men

    I don't really think in terms like "playful" but perhaps Third Man is what you are seeking (vintage is smoother and has more depth).
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    Re: Aventus Cologne?

    Or you could spray in the air with the first release and walk through it. LOL.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Sounds like what I said about reinventing the wheel. If you want a very strong office scent, it's no longer an office scent. LOL.
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    Re: Oregano, Thyme and Marjoram

    Dark Rebel Rider has obvious marjoram, and vintage Leonard Pour Homme has it in a more blended way. Iceberg's Amber for Men has thyme, and is a kind of light Ambre Sultan with a boozy note added.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    But what would "better" than Sauvage or BdC be like? More ambroxan? That's not going to work for me, but more importantly here, it's not going to be much of an office scent. If they created a BdC...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Now you are going to tell me how to spend my time productively? What makes you think this sort of exchange isn't a very interesting psychological exploration? LOL.
  87. Thread: BOY Chanel

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    Re: BOY Chanel

    I wouldn't mind sampling it, but due to the price, I won't give it a second thought.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Sure, but those are ones that I think of as "office scents," like Wings for Men. That may not be true of people in a specific location or for specific age group or a specific education level, etc. ...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Not irritated in the slightest, so please don't try to read my mind. I'm not sure why you would feel the need to comment here, despite not reading any of the other comments and not watching any...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Yes, and there seems to be an underlying and quite interesting "subtext" involved, that is, Jeremy wanted to create a strong "office scent." I'm not sure this was naivete on his part or just a...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    For the price, why would anyone buy that "office scent?" You can buy ones that work well for that purpose at the dollar store! I'm not sure what your experience/knowledge level is, but from what...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Isn't it possible to disable comments, or can only some users do that?
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    What else could it be? If there was anything special about it, he would have used that as a "selling point," right? What you are getting, apparently, is what the great Jeremy Fragrance thinks an...
  94. TF Lost Cherry vs. DK Liquid Cashmere Black: your thoughts?

    I get a lot of cherry in DK LCB, but I have yet to try TF LC. From the reviews I've read it sounds like TF LC is heavier and at least somewhat syrupy. I'm curious to know what the differences are. ...
  95. Re: Why do reviewers stick their nose against scents?

    It's always worked great for my purposes!
  96. Re: Why do reviewers stick their nose against scents?

    I don't mind swapping paper samples because it only costs a stamp and I get a good idea about what the fragrance is like. Even if it performs quite a bit differently on skin (and in a way I don't...
  97. Re: Why do reviewers stick their nose against scents?

    Why would that matter? However, this may explain why some people only wear expensive fragrances (not that cheapos all smell "off" in some way if smelled up close) and don't think highly of the great...
  98. Re: Why do reviewers stick their nose against scents?

    I find it useful to assess the "naturalness" of the scent, but not how I will appreciate it over several hours, as it wafts 1-2 feet to my nose. I think professional perfumers may be trying to...
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    Re: Courrèges Hyperbole - Tobacco Vanille !

    For those who already have some "vintage" TV there's no reason to want something very close, unless you want to then sell the TV bottle and pocket some cash. I haven't come across anything that...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    First, I think it discredits people who say "haters" seriously, unless it clearly is hate. I don't see much of that at the Fragrantica page, mostly skepticism (and anyone who is against skepticism...
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