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    Re: Chanel #5 *My thoughts

    I think I'm drifting a little away from the topic, but I don't think that chic = fashionable, either, necessarily. For me, chic connotes something less transient and more personal. One either has it...
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    Re: D&G PH all over NYC

    And ain't that the kiss of death? Yikes.
  3. Re: What scents do you like to wear with black tie

    I find I can't wear heavier scents in warmer weather. What about Équipage? Its spicy carnation, slightly old-fashioned quality might work, without being overpowering. For slightly less formal...
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    Re: Chanel #5 *My thoughts

    Some might disagree with your definition of chic - it has little to do with either opulence or bourgeois notions of correctness, I think. (I might argue that chic and opulence are opposing terms....
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    Re: Millisime Imperial Top Note

    I found this comparison interesting, and I did some digging. I have to say I've never noticed a particularly "aquatic" or "marine" quality in Millésime Impérial, nor any note of melon - especially...
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    Re: what would the x-men wear?

    I keep changing my mind.

    Wolverine doesn't need fragrance, bub. (Okay, maybe a little Égoïste from time to time. You got a problem with that?)

    Storm wears L'Eau d'Hiver (or Shocking).

    Jean...
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    Re: The Citrus-Anatomy

    I have a sample of Moschino Friends, and I like it. It's a rather simple, straightforward citrus. The presence of blood orange (to my nose, anyway) gives it a briskness that keeps it from being...
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    Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    Am I the only one who finds this overwhelmingly vetiver-heavy? I commented on this in the thread comparing TdH with Bigarade Concentrée, so I'll try not to repeat myself too much here. I don't get...
  9. Re: The scents that are so good that you save them

    I've been saving the last of my three 10 ml refill sprays of Malle's Bigarade Concentrée; I love it so that I can't bear the idea of running out. I'm down to my last spritz, I think...
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    Re: What is Gaiac Wood?

    I note that guaiac wood is listed among the basenotes of Bond No. 9 Chinatown. If you don't mind searching on the variant spellings (guaiac, gaiac, etc.) the Basenotes directory should give a fairly...
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes Vs Bigarade Concentree

    It's Bigarade Concentrée all the way for me. This is perhaps my favourite scent of all. I've never had a problem with the longevity or evolution of this one. On my skin, the rose, hay and cardamom...
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    Re: What is Gaiac Wood?

    It's also part of the basenotes of Happy for Men (though the entry in the B'notes directory misspells the word).

    To my nose, guaiacwood and agarwood are worlds apart; agar is far more pungent and...
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    Re: Fragrance in Movies?

    Don't forget the enormous bottle of Mitsouko that Catherine Deneuve breaks in an early scene of Buñuel's Belle de Jour.

    I keep thinking there's a reference to a perfume (perhaps never named) in...
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    Re: Lanvin l'homme (Is it the perfect frag?)

    I'm one of the many devotees of this fragrance. In my view, it just might be the perfect fragrance - but for its balance, not for its being all things to all fellows. I'm afraid I must disagree with...
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    Re: Pronunciation

    As a matter of fact, "Hermès" is also how the name of the Greek deity is rendered in French, so really you only have to learn that one pronunciation. *(Score!)

    And don't forget the very important...
  16. Re: Just bought Herrera for Men and it is L O V E

    I find the comparison of Herrera and XS interesting, as XS never did anything for me (I'm not a fan of Paco Rabanne generally, for whatever reason) and I loved Herrera like crazy for years. I don't...
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    Re: Favorite Layered Fragrance combos?

    I don't know if accidentally layering things counts here, but I put a smallish but good splash of the new Gianfranco Ferre Eau de Cologne (aka Bergamotto Marino) on my upper chest and then put on a...
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    Re: What´s the sense of the SOTD-thread ?!

    Well, to be fair, only some of us have multiple-personality disorder.
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    Re: NEW Eau de Cologne FERRE

    Am I the only one who thought for an instant that my local department store counter had picked up Frédéric Malle? I glanced at the bottle of the new Ferre Bergamotto Marino cologne, and thought,...
  20. Thread: Ginger

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    Re: Ginger

    Bergamot, although it's in the citrus family, has a spicy undertone that reminds me of ginger. The Body Shop's Bergamot bath bar has a gingery quality. I think there's nutmeg as well as ginger in it....
  21. Re: i just won a bottle of floris elite on e -bay

    Or I could. ;D
  22. Re: PEOPLE JUMPING THE GUN ON FRAGRANCE REVIEWS

    I agree that reviewing too soon is probably a bad idea - it seems only fair to give a new scent time to develop on your skin, and probably to have more than one wearing under one's belt to allow...
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    Re: Good Lavender Scent?

    At the risk of repeating myself, possibly ad nauseam, I'd suggest Lanvin L'Homme; it's not primarily a lavender scent (to me, anyway), but lavender is right bang in the middle there. I find it a...
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    Re: Chanel No. 5's male equivalent

    In smell alone, Parfums de Rosine's Rose d'Homme reminded me strongly of Chanel No. 5 when I sampled it. The rose note, obviously, but it's also followed up with some iris and ylang-ylang, if I'm not...
  25. Re: What is your favorite design for a cologne bot

    I like simple lines such as Malle and new Dior trio bottles (Bois D'Argent, Cologne Blanche, L'Eau Noire) which strike me as very similar. I like the bottle that Romance and Romance Silver so well...
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    Re: Notes That Should Not Be Combined

    Coffee + sesame seed + leather = Very Irresistible For Men = hurl *:'(
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue

    There was an article quoted here a while back about "dark-side" perfumes, which originated in Elle UK. I thought it was interesting, and I kept a copy of it. It talks about the dangerous, sultry...
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    Re: A*men vs. Hanae Mori

    I think that the oriental/edible notes of A*Men are just as sweet as the similar (or the same?) notes in Hanae Mori. The richness of both comes from the tonka bean, caramel and vanilla notes they...
  29. Re: I got a job selling fragrances at Lord & Taylo

    See, I couldn't do your new job: half a day in, and I'd be making headlines: "Fragrance-Counter Freakout As New Bay Employee Attempts to 'Slap The Stupid Out of Customers' Heads'"

    "They kept...
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    Re: MPG sample error?

    Ylang-ylang is kind of an über-floral smell: intensely sweet and heady, and apparently quite persistent. I believe it's derived from a flower (Cananga odorata) native to tropical or subtropical...
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    Re: carnation geranium?

    Heh. Clearly a future Basenoter, even then.

    I know what you mean; geranium (pelargonium) has always struck me as a weird, dry spicy smell - almost dusty. I find it very bitter. *
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    Re: If money were no object...

    I'd have Alberto Morillas, Jean-Claude Ellena, Edmond Roudnitska, and Olivia Giacobetti compete to create a signature scent for me.

    Also, I might have to buy an apartment in Paris to facilitate...
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    Re: Guerlain Impériale or Eau de Guerlain?

    Alrighty, then!
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    Heh. Because, at least at one time, the British upper classes swallowed syllables whole, as if they were nasty pills? I think it was considered vulgar to expend too much effort on enunciation. Class...
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    Re: SotD, Monday October 3

    Them's fightin' words, chum. *[smiley=wink.gif]

    Dior Homme for me today.
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    Re: How do you pronounce "Thierry Mugler"?

    Tee- airy Moo - glare (without too much emphasis on the "glare" part) is better than moo- glay. As is mentioned above, pronouncing a final "-er" in French as roughly "air" is uncommon, but possible,...
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    Re: Finally tried Dior Homme

    The burned-rubber / leather note that Griff mentions above, is this typical of coumarin? Because the sample that I have of Dior Homme notes coumarin among the ingredients, and it's supposed to be...
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    Re: what do freesia and mahogony smell like?

    While I agree that certain "notes" seem more conceptual than actual (iced green accords, marine notes, etc.) - and some of the conceptual ones drive me bonkers (how does "suede" differ from...
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    Guerlain Impériale or Eau de Guerlain?

    I noticed that Luca Turin discusses Eau de Guerlain in his blog today

    http://lucaturin.typepad.com/perfume_notes/2005/09/eau_de_guerlain.html

    and I'm intrigued enough that I want to go and...
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    Re: how do you pronounce issey miyake

    Aztec's got it. Japanese is not my native language, but I've been told by native speakers that my ear and accent are very good.

    English IS my native tongue, and I'm here to tell you that it's...
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    Re: What scents makes you feel sexist?

    Kouros. Or Coors, one or the other.
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    Re: USA Today Article on Celeb Scents

    The article seemed very ... ass-kissy, for lack of a more elegant turn of phrase. The scents reviewed were all viewed as being "nice", "safe", "pretty" or some variation thereon. None of the people...
  43. Thread: Hanae Mori

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    Re: Hanae Mori

    Somehow, I think Oscar would have understand this epiphany.

    More on topic, I agree that the EdP strength has more of a chocolate character. I don't get mint at all from the EdP; just...
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    Re: Finally tried Dior Homme

    I can't wait to sample this more thoroughly. I have to say, from the limited exposure (sniff) I've had so far, "sweet" wouldn't be the first thing that springs to mind.
  45. Thread: Spray creep

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    Re: Spray creep

    Somehow, I don't think Wolverine is worrying about not being featured in future comic books and movies:

    Charles Xavier: Welcome to the Xavier Institute. If I may ask, what is your mutant ability?...
  46. Thread: GQ Article

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    Re: GQ Article

    We're crazy, but, damn, we smell gooooooood.
  47. Lanvin L'Homme has a Canadian distributor again!

    Let the huzzahs begin!

    For a few years, I've only been able to purchase my tried-and-true Lanvin online, as L'Oréal (I think) dropped it from distribution in North America (or perhaps just...
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    Re: Dior Homme and Magnetism

    I sprayed Dior Homme on a card and carried it with me. I'm really intrigued by it. The leather, amber and, apparently, tobacco notes seem both gentle and highly integrated. (I should have sprayed on...
  49. Re: Vetiver Redux (very long!)

    I haven't tried everything on your comprehensive and closely analyzed list, but I will say that Azzaro's "Pure" series is rather badly misnamed. Neither the Pure Vetiver nor the Pure Lavender...
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    Re: what the famous wear/wore

    Heh. Kind of the pot calling the kettle dead, aren't ya, there, Keith?
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    Re: Worst Hair Grooming in a Movie?

    Hands down, the worst-groomed person in movies has to be Ethan Hawke. Most of the others mentioned I can tolerate, or excuse on the basis that it's an extreme adopted for a character (such as Depp's...
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    Re: Armani Black Code vs Burberry Brit for men

    Really? I hadn't considered that comparison. I must check out Black Code again. *I chose Brit in the poll, but now I wonder. At first, Black Code struck me as just another black/noir/night -themed...
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    Re: what the famous wear/wore

    I like this story; I always wondered why the perfume so closely associated with Hepburn, and so connected to her working partnership with M. de Givenchy, has that name. Audrey Hepburn does not...
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    Re: Green cologne

    Creed Green Valley (if price is no object). Lorenzo Villoresi Dilmun seems very green to me as well, but maybe others need more than basil in their green colognes.

    I'm one of the few here who...
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    Re: Hanae Mori edp homme

    Does it seem a little presumptuous of me to welcome you to a city where you actually live? If so, ooops. I guess I assumed from your post that you were just visiting "the Big Town."

    Don't really...
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    Re: Chanel No. 5 for men ?

    Rose d'Homme reminds me of Chanel No. 5 slightly, though I think a rose note is all they share. If you like scents on the sweet side, but don't want to be too recognizable, give Rose d'Homme a shot....
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    Re: Hanae Mori edp homme

    Welcome to Ottawa!

    I would say that the differences between HM EdC and the EdP are slight, but they're definitely there. The major one, of course, is longevity. The EdP strength lasts and lasts....
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    Re: Bigarade (cologne vs concentree)

    Just the opposite, it seems to me: the Concentrée has more citrus, the Cologne version more rose. The Concentrée version also has greater longevity.
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    Re: Looking for rose-based cologne

    There is a rose component in 06130's Yuzu Rouge, and I believe this is marketed as a unisex scent.
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    Re: $5K deep....what did I learn?

    Welcome to the group, Ron. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on your new habi - er, hobby. I especially like your remark about "Here I am, and here are my roses." Heheh. You certainly have a clear idea...
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    Re: Frederic Malle.. I want to expand

    The only Malles I've had a chance to sample are Cologne Bigarade, Bigarade Concentrée, Eau d'Hiver and En Passant. The others I don't know at all.

    Of all of the ones I've tried, Bigarade...
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    Re: clean crisp fragrances

    Some others you may not have tried yet:

    Cartier Déclaration

    Eau d'Hadrien

    possibly Azzaro Chrome

    and, of course, - wait for it -
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    Re: Floral for men

    I don't know that it's considered primarily a floral, but Hermès Equipage has a sturdy note of carnation.

    Thé Pour Une Été by L'Artisan Parfumeur, as mentioned by Marlen, includes jasmine...
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    Re: Help find a new scent in the same class?

    I'd second (or third, I guess, by now) the recommendation of Lanvin L'Homme. It's not at all like Acqua di Giò, and it's not niche, but it's a little out of the way, not being widely distributed in...
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    Re: masculine smelling cologne?

    say what??? [smiley=huh.gif][/quote]
    You know, Drakkar works for you where it doesn't for most...? Or something like that. * [smiley=cool.gif]
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    Re: masculine smelling cologne?

    Drakkar is my wife's favorite cologne on me.

    *BURP* (excuse me)
    [smiley=beer.gif][/quote]
    Er, I'm sure you must be the exception that proves the rule.
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    Re: Need Advice on Green Scents

    Frankly, I'm not sure how I'd classify Cologne Bigarade - It's not purely citrus, though it has a powerful note derived from the skin of the bitter (Seville) orange; it's not a floral, exactly, those...
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    Re: masculine smelling cologne?

    Creed Bois du Portugal is pretty masculine, and it lasts a good long time. I also agree with Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme. It's a definite "guy smell", as is Boss Baldessarini - the further...
  69. Re: What fragrance would you wear at your own fune

    Happy - I'm going to a better place, right?

    Either that or Je Reviens, just to mess people about.
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    Re: Burberry London

    Your son has excellent taste, and rather advanced for his years! I know I just commented to noscopers that the idea of maturity in colognes is relative, but I'm not sure I, for one, could have pulled...
  71. Thread: Zegna Z

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    Re: Zegna Z

    I agree; it starts out promisingly enough - I'm a sucker for bergamot, after all - but then it does something odd. I can't put my finger on what goes wrong, but it's off-putting.
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    Re: Your favorite lavender.

    "P. u."? Gary, that's the best (clearly unintentional) pun I've heard today!
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    Re: First time wearing cologne...

    I'd want to avoid the Acqua di Giò, not only because it's so, so, so commonly worn that you'll be "bumping into yourself" all the time, but also because I don't like it at all. A lot of others must,...
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    Re: Hamptons/SMW

    Would it be churlish of me to ask you to back up this assertion? My nose tells me different, for what it's worth.

    I've never sampled or smelled Hampton's so I can't choose between them.
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    Re: Just tried Very Irrésistible for Men.....

    It's highly resistible for me, as well. The SA at my local told me that the basis of the scent was "mocha and sesame seed". The combination sounded disastrous to my ear, and the spritz onto the scent...
  76. Re: Scents that NEED skin to evolve their true nat

    Although it contrasts somewhat with the idea expressed above that heavier, more leathery or 'animalic' need contact with skin or body warmth to come alive, my experience with Lanvin L'Homme suggests...
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    Re: GOBSMACKED by Chandler Burr´s Top Ten

    Burr also says that the scents are listed in no particular order;he doesn't rank Angel as number one anything. Also, don't forget that Angel he mentions is the women's version, not A*Men. I have no...
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    Re: Best "Italian" scent?

    I'm fairly sure that the designer (Romeo) and the tenor (Beniamino) are unconnected. Neither of them, mercifully, has anything to do with the execrable movie that shares the name.


    I second the...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday,30 June

    Divine Bergamot, The Different Company. Another winner from Jean-Claude Ellena. I'm a sucker for bergamot. This doesn't last all that long, but it's very refreshing on the hot, humid day I'm having,...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Lavandula

    Huh. Apparently I'm a groundbreaker. Who knew? *[smiley=cool.gif]

    I just picked it 'cause it sounded cool. Strikes me as fairly middle-of-the-road, actually.
  81. Re: What's your one "unsung hero"/"sleeper" fragra

    I think Floris's Cefiro is under-appreciated. A fairly lasting citrus-and-green scent. I think it's a true fougère.

    Less of an unsung hero, perhaps, and more of a guilty pleasure for me is HUGO by...
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    Penhaligon's Lavandula

    Another sample from Aedes for me.

    It seems unusually creamy and deep for a lavender fragrance - not particularyl dry on me at all. I get the basil and lavender off the top, and I think there's...
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    Re: Fragances not for summer.

    As I mentioned in the thread about Hanae Mori, I tend not to wear gourmand styles very often, and not at all in the summer. Much as I like HM For Men, I don't wear it in the summer.

    I wore Bois...
  84. Re: I'm in love with Hanae Mori Eau de Parfum

    I loved A*Men when I had a small spray of it, but I haven't bought it since. I have bought the EdP strength of HM For Men, and I think I prefer it to A*Men. I have to be in the right frame of mind...
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    Re: What is the fragance that you hate?

    Kouros smells of urine to me. I don't mean it just smells bad. I'm not using hyperbole, here: I mean it smells exactly like pee.

    M7 makes me think of roadkill. (Okay, here I'm exaggerating a...
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    Re: SOTD Monday,20 June 2005

    Quercus by Pehaligon's. Maybe it's just the "oak" symbolism of the name, but it strikes me as a very "English" scent.

    So far I'm liking all the recent Aedes samples I got. Rose d'homme is a bit...
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    Re: frederic malle in the hot summer?

    I would second the recommendation for Cologne Bigarade (Bigarade Concentrée) for hot, humid weather. I have worn both on 85-90 degree summer days with high humidity. Both strike as ideally refreshing...
  88. Re: new at Aedes ... Quercus by Penhaligons

    I like it; it happens to be my SoTD this today. Citrus in the opening - crisp, dry drydown, if that's not too much of a redundancy. It's funny; I don't get the comparisons above to either cK One...
  89. Re: Givenchy fragrances. *What can I expect?

    makisdrom's comment that there are similarities or related qualities between Insensé and Insensé Ultramarine makes me think I should smell it again ... I may not change my mind, but I don't have any...
  90. Re: Givenchy fragrances. *What can I expect?

    Till now? Don't leave us hanging, Eric. Spill, man, for the love of God...!

    Insensé was the first fragrance I bought an entire bottle of based solely on the scent strip in a magazine. The juice...
  91. Thread: Violets

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    Re: Violets

    I just tried Verte Violette from my Aedes sample yesterday, and I really liked it. It seems to have that sharp green quality that I'm beginning to think of as the "house note" for L'Artisan, but the...
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    Re: Aqua di Parma - Colonia Assoluta

    There's a good hit of lavender in there, too, isn't there? I find there's a good crisp balance to Colonia Assoluta. The original AdP doesn't do much for me, but I like this rendition a lot. A...
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    Re: Rose d'Homme by Rosine

    I just got a set of sample from Aedes in the mail, including Rosine's Rose d'Homme. I think I like it, but the rose note is pretty strong throughout.

    Am I crazy, or does this combination of rose,...
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    Re: Your favourite citrus fragance.

    Bigarade Concentrée (big surprise there!)
    Colonia Assoluta
    Happy For Men
    Oyedo

    The driest of this bunch is Malle's Bigarade Concentrée -it's also my favourite. The rest are listed in descending...
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    Re: L'Eau Bleue D'Issey by Issey Miyake...

    You might do a search on L'Eau D'Issey for pronunciation tips. It seems to me there's a pun there on "l'odyssée" (as in, the Odyssey by Homer). I know there was a discussion about pronunciation which...
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    Re: The One(s) You Wanted to Love...but...

    Recently, I really wanted to enjoy Malle's Eau d'hiver, because I think the few of his other fragrances that I've tried are brilliant - espcially Bigarade Concentrée. But Eau d'hiver is just too...
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    Re: Bigarade Concentree VS Cologne Bigarade

    I'm pretty sure I mention this in my Basenotes review (do a Fragrance Search for Bigarade and you'll find it) but for me at least, the Concentrée is not only longer-lasting, but it's a slightly...
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    Re: Everyone name one stinker!

    M7 makes me gag. (So do Polo and Kouros, but they've been mentioned a few times already.)

    Man, that stuff is foul.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent get's you the most female complime

    Lanvin L'Homme, followed by Herrera for Men. Really, really intense compliments from women.

    (sparing a thought for poor Badger, who handled the cropping-up of Iceberg Fluid better than I...
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