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  1. Re: vintages many on here hate but you love - and why you like them

    Voyageur by Jean Patou has received more than its share of pans over the years, but I am a sucker for a heavy oakmoss base, even when pared with an aquatic type composition... Oh yeah, and it was...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    These were my favorites from the house, I agree both excellent smelling. I am not as much a fan of most of their other stuff, but these alone made trying all its offerings worth it.
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    With respect to No. 59, the frankincense is gradually becoming more assertive as time passes. Now about an hour in, I would say the tobacco is still more prominent, but more like a 50% tobacco, 40%...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    My bottle of No. 40 arrived today, along with the two requested samples to try out. Of course, wasting no time I have all three on skin as I write this...

    No. 40 was the one I expected to love...
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    When Dominique Ropion, Frank Voelkl and Edouard Flechier all have retired (and I have purchased all the compositions they have created that interest me).

    Honestly though, I could really stop now...
  6. Thread: Luca Turin Cult

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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    This pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter. I sometimes disagree with Turin’s opinions, but it doesn’t deter me from respecting the concise, frequently amusing writing or the knowledge...
  7. Re: Your Fall suggestion to complete my collection

    Even though technically limited distribution small designer compositions, either of the two offerings by Anat Fritz (sold at Lucky Scent) would be good to wear year-round and smell incredible, while...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    Are you *sure* you have enough? ;-)

    Seriously though, that is a great photo.
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    Re: I need serious recommendations!

    Just look at the ones I have rated lowest and it should be close to your tastes. Needless to say, I think we have polar opposite preferences, so it seriously may work for you!
  10. Re: What fragrances do YOU find backup bottle worthy?

    I have vintage backups of Polo, Giorgio for Men and Captain Molyneux. Many others are worthy, there just really is no need as I can’t imagine they would be needed.
  11. Re: Habit Rouge EDC & Captain Molineux (vintage)

    As I recall, the 30ml vintage spray bottles of Captain Molyneux tended to sell at a bit of a discount to the large completely different splash bottles on a proportional basis. I own both and they...
  12. Re: “Best-Buys”, Bargain fragrances, Fragrances on a budget

    I don't think there has been any reformulation on this one. All bottles should smell fantastic.
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    Re: What scent am I missing?

    You definitely need a good rose, so might as well start with the best (IMO, obviously), Portrait of a Lady.
  14. Re: “Best-Buys”, Bargain fragrances, Fragrances on a budget

    You know, I will have to remove it (Costume National Homme) from my list. I just checked, and apart from full retail price ($125 per 100ml bottle) it is nowhere to be seen anymore. It used to be...
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    Re: One Fragrance for One Month

    Terre d’Hermes EdT
  16. Re: “Best-Buys”, Bargain fragrances, Fragrances on a budget

    In addition to your list and others mentioned, here are a few more to consider:

    Black Edition by Montana
    Havana by Aramis
    JHL by Aramis
    Bellagio Uomo by Parlux/Michelangelo
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I requested a sample of that one, now called No.8 Herbs and Spices on Etsy (and No. 59 - Tobacco, Roses and Frankincense), so should be able to report on my experience in a couple weeks as well.
    ...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    Darn, I broke down and blind-bought a bottle of No. 40 Natural Oak Moss and Forest Florals. I hope I don’t regret it, but the notes really do seem right up my alley... I guess in a week or two we...
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    Re: GHALIYAT TAREEQ AL HAREER by Elixir Attar

    I am happy that they are at least offering free shipping at the $250 per ml price-point. ;-).
  20. Re: Best Fragrances Of All Time! (enjoy and never tire of).

    Mine hasn’t changed much over the years (all in original formulas):

    Portrait of a Lady
    Giorgio for Men
    Giorgio VIP for Men
    Lalfeorosa
    Dia Man
    Anat Fritz (or its re-release called “Classical”)...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    Appreciate the information, U2u, as that shows even the standard presentation has taken a major step up from what he displays on Etsy... For example, the presentation I am referring to (and the one...
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    His perfumes are all listed on Parfumo.net, for what it’s worth... I think only No. 40 has a review there so far, though.
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    Re: Meleg Perfumes non-IFRA discussion thread

    I saw his stuff on Etsy a few months ago and was extremely close to blind buying a full bottle of Natural Oakmoss & Forest Florals No. 40 as individual samples were too pricey when shipping was added...
  24. Re: What are your thoughts on L'artisan DZING!!???

    It has been well over a decade since I sniffed it, but back then I remember disliking it. Oh, and not even remotely close smelling to Black to my nose.
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    Re: 50th Bday Surprise

    Congratulations, and a belated happy birthday!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Vintage Giorgio for Men
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    Re: Balenciaga Pour Homme is a masterpiece

    I personally don’t think there is any oud in it (or at least I don’t smell any), but no matter, the composition is exceptional and surely a favorite.
  28. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Thanks for the Musk Aoud, Andy
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    Re: Promise (Al Waad) by Frederick Malle

    I believe it is the least expensive of the Middle East series from Malle, though still plenty pricey in relative terms.

    As for Oud, maybe the reason why it is the least expensive of the line is...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Razor: OneBlade Genesis V2
    Blades: Feather FHS
    Pre-shave: Lemon & Chamomile by The Grooming Dept.
    Brush: Manchurian Badger Hair 26mm V2 brush by Saponificio Varesino
    Shave Soap: (various, but...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    It has a lot of the same DNA (and the same perfumer) of Secretions Manifiques... I called it SM-lite when I sniffed it a few years back. Horrific stuff indeed!
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    Re: Lord molyneux - sensational !

    At my local vintage perfume shop, the owner had a bottle on clearance and asked if I wanted to try it... I had heard bad things about the composition and foolishly passed (also hoping to avoid any...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Too bad this isn't a "steal a perfume from the poster before you" thread... I know which one I would be going after, Jon,,,, Been lusting after that Ungaro I for a long time.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Sud Est
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    Re: Let’s Talk: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Certainly excellent smelling, but I prefer vintage Cool Water.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Polo Crest
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    Re: Latest Zegna Essenze - Roman Wood!

    Love the line in general, and this one sounds particularly interesting. Time to pay the Zegna store a visit.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Eau de Métal by Paco Rabanne
  39. Re: Beating a Dead Horse, Late to the Party, 540

    Plenty sweet to me, and plenty powdery too. I find it disgusting!
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    Re: Real Oud & Rose Combo Fragrances

    I agree, Ex Idolo 33 is an excellent smelling rose/oud that is highly recommended and one of the best value rose/real oud compositions available, but it is extremely smooth, sans any funk to my nose.
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    Re: Real Oud & Rose Combo Fragrances

    No counter to the crazy price statement, as while I own it I definitely agree. As to the much better Oud compositions from niche/indie houses, of course this is subjective but I have sniffed many...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Secretions Manifiques by EldO has got to take the crown.

    Dishonorable mentions that smell nearly as bad if not tied are:

    Success by Trump
    Mercury by nu_be
    L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme by Issey...
  43. Re: Dior Homme Parfum or Creed Royal Mayfair for a formal event?

    I would wear neither, but DHP is certainly more appealing than the awful smelling Royal Mayfair, so that one.
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    Re: What note is this?

    That is what I was thinking too.
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    Re: Real Oud & Rose Combo Fragrances

    This one.
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    Re: Rank all the Dior scents

    As other have said, there are *way* too many to rank...

    Some personal favorites in their original formulas, however, are:

    Poison
    Diorella
    Eau Sauvage EdT
    Fahrenheit
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Original formula Polo by Ralph Lauren
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Lucifer by Renaissance Perfumes
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    VIP for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills
  50. Re: The price value of a fragrance shouldn't be contingent on it's performance/sillage

    While I tend to gravitate to powerhouse compositions, I certainly can also appreciate compositions like Amouage Dia Man that stay relatively close to the skin, and will buy them just as readily. ...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Luciano Pavarotti
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    Re: Today I bought January 2020

    Found a perfume shop in my local mall filled to the brim with vintage perfumes. After being tempted to buy many more, my sanity finally won out and I only purchased Luciano Pavarotti. I have a...
  53. Thread: Bijan Surprise!

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    Re: Bijan Surprise!

    I love the stuff. My vintage bottle is a dab on, and in this particular case that comes in handy as that projection and strength is absolutely nuclear.
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    Re: Favourite leather fragrance

    Cuiron by Helmut Lang
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Davidoff by Davidoff
  56. Re: NEW: L'Atelier Francais Des Matieres - Jasmin de Cherifa For Women!

    As there is no review page yet for this one, after a full wearing on skin today, here are my impressions:

    Simplistic Jasmine

    Jasmin de Cherifa opens with an extremely brief splash of ...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 25th January, 2020

    Testing Jasmin de Cherifa
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    Re: Bois d’orage over french lover?

    As others have said, they are the same.
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    Re: Le Labo Santal 33 or YSL Santal Accord?

    Easily Santal 33, because it was composed by one of my favorite perfumers, Frank Voelkl and I love it.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Vintage No.89 by Floris
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Captain Molyneux
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    Re: Opposite of powdery

    Maybe something like Acqua di Parma Colonia will fit the bill.
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    Re: Bentley for Men Intense

    IMO, Intense is *far* superior to the middling Absolute. Absolute is loaded with synthetic woods/fake Oud. I gave away my bottle after blind buying it when it was originally only available...
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    Re: What are the best fragrances from Dior?

    My favorites (though many others smell great too) in their original formulas are:

    Poison
    Diorella
    Eau Sauvage EdT
    Tendre Poison
    Fahrenheit EdT
  65. Re: Howcome Hermes Voyage Parfum doesnt get much love?

    A decent enough offering but relatively forgettable.
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    Re: Today I bought January 2020

    Thé Noir 29 by Le Labo arrived today.
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    Re: Bentley for Men Intense

    Absolutely. It is one of the best mainstream “designer” releases in recent memory.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Monsieur de Givenchy
  69. Re: Fragrance Influencer / YouTube Fragrances - Any real interest?

    Zero interest
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    Re: Fragrance Survey

    1. What is your favorite designer house?

    Giorgio Beverly Hills and Anat Fritz (limited distribution designer)

    2. What is your favorite niche house?

    Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    3....
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    Re: Recommendations based on these picks

    Cologne du Parfumeur by Guerlain
    Cologne Indelebile by Malle
    Entre Naranjos by Ramon Monegal
    Sicilian Mandarin by Zegna
    Classical by Anat Fritz
  72. Poll: Re: Date fragrance - La Nuit De L’homme vs The One EDP vs CH Men Prive

    I recommend seeking out Bentley for Men Intense for a sniff to see if it is to your liking...
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    Re: Floris London Opinions

    I own vintage bottles of many from the line, and No 89, for example, is exceptional smelling in its original formula. I haven’t sniffed current IFRA neutered versions of No 89 or Elite, but as the...
  74. Poll: Re: Date fragrance - La Nuit De L’homme vs The One EDP vs CH Men Prive

    All of them are horrific; go fragrance-free if those are your choices.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I definitely can understand where you are coming from. While I love a couple of the releases and find most I have sniffed at least relatively good, I am nowhere near the level of fandom many here...
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    Re: Today I bought January 2020

    A superb choice. Congrats!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Patou pour Homme Prive
  78. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Both great choices, Tzora in particular. Congrats!
  79. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Thé Noir by Le Labo
  80. Re: dries van noten par frederic malle - made with real mysore sandalwood ?

    I believe there is some of the real stuff in there (though not specifically Mysore), or at least there was when I tried it years ago. I personally wasn’t particularly impressed with the end result,...
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    Re: Aaron Terence Hughes

    Exactly what I was thinking every time I read it, time and time again on his copy. Oh, brother...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Ditto. Great minds think alike.
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    Re: Aaron Terence Hughes

    I haven’t smelled any of these, or even heard of the brand, but looking at the web site I am in no rush to. Vegan this, vegan that... Generic looking bottles, another “self taught” perfumer and...
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    Re: Red Giorgio Beverly Hills vs Devin Aramis

    Very different to my nose.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    One of the two best releases ever from the house and a perfume that flew under the radar for most when it was available, unfortunately. It is a darn shame they discontinued the Seas series.
  86. Thread: 2019 Questions

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    Re: 2019 Questions

    1)No doubt that it had to be my vintage blind buy of Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances for around $18 delivered. This stuff was incredible smelling and oh, so inexpensive.

    2)Gold by Puredistance....
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Giorgio VIP 115863
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    Re: A better version of ADP Essenza?

    I don’t really think there is a better AdP Essenza. For what it is, it pretty much sets the standard.

    I have Icon, and while I love the bottle (just about the only reason I kept it), the...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 1st January, 2020

    Happy New Year to all. Starting off the year with one of my favorites, Tzora by Anat Fritz.
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    Re: Question on Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    Agreed. The 80’s were the pinnacle of great male targeted perfume releases with so many amazing ones. Giorgio for Men in its original formula (and it’s counterpart Giorgio VIP for Men) to this day...
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    Re: Most worn in Decade 2010s

    Giorgio for Men was easily the most worn this decade (as it was the last two before it)

    The next three in order of most worn this decade are:

    Portrait of a Lady
    Polo
    Terre d'Hermes
  92. Re: Recommend obscure Italian vintage pour Homme please

    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli, released in the mid-nineties. I wouldn’t call it “obscure”, but certainly overlooked and superb smelling.
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    Re: Most worn in December 2019

    3 Wears
    Derviche

    2 Wears
    Cuiron
    Chypre-Siam
    Giorgio VIP
    Giorgio for Men
    Fidelis
    Polo
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    Re: I have Vetiver fever !

    Terre d’Hermès is a relatively safe blind buy, and I love it.

    Guerlain Vetiver is a very different take on vetiver which has a strong following, though I personally dislike it (and I generally...
  95. Re: Are Certain Fragrances In Your Collection Ever Too Expensive or Rare For You to Wear?

    No. If it is in my collection, then it is “fair game” to wear like any other no matter how pricey it is/was.
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    Poll: Re: Which one best describes you?

    I selected “The Collector” before even reading the descriptions below. Having now done so, probably that wasn’t the best choice, though none really fit. Probably the closest is “The Rotational...
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    Re: In 2020, I expect to finish...

    A bottle of vintage original Polo that is down to 10-15%.
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    Re: $400 for Niche or Indie at Luckyscent

    LS has the two offerings (both very different from the other) from small, limited distribution designer house Anat Fritz — Tzora and Classical. They are both incredible smelling, IMO.
  99. Re: If you could only wear (3 fragrances of) 1 house for the next year...

    Malle

    Portrait of a Lady
    Lys Mediterranee
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
  100. Thread: Clive Christian

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    Re: Clive Christian

    X for Men is exceptional. While it is similar smelling to the much less expensive (and excellent smelling in its own right) Costume National Homme, X adds jasmine to the warm spicy blend perfectly,...
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