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  1. Re: And the worse bottles of all time award goes to......

    They took the 'juice' idea too literally...
  2. Re: What are the all-time great marine fragrances?

    Fleurs de Sel is nice, but not what I'd consider a marine. Likewise, Jo Malone's Sea Salt & Sage doesn't really meet the criteria either.
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    That's both weirdly judgemental and pointlessly insulting. I did literally that by trying to pick perfumes that reflect societal change, while also chiming with the idea of 'epitomising', which...
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    I think that could easily describe Santal 33 to be honest. Certainly androgynous, a bit lifeless/souless as well. And common, for sure.

    I chose those as, yes, their ubiquity defines an 'era'. I...
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    Brooks makes a good case.

    The obvious ones, for me, would be Sauvage, Dior Homme, Santal 33, and Aventus. That about covers most of the western world, anyway. Perhaps it's missing the oriental...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    Interesting, thanks. I really like the ambery drydown of M7 but I still don't think I'll check it out.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    I wouldn't have thought so, but maybe? It hasn't been out for so long so it's possible. The original Noir, in the transluscent bottle, is discontinued, no? Or is it....hahaha...the mystery...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    Interesting, would you be willing to give a bit more info on why it fails?
  9. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Yep, agreed. Just trying it now. It's nice, very similar to CdG Wonderwood, but not really what I'm after, nor is it a sandalwood scent specifically.
  10. Re: What are the all-time great marine fragrances?

    In terms of true marine scents, I'd have to say my personal favourite is Tom Ford's Oud Minerale. The opening is a bit on the harsh side, and although it's still very linear and doesn't really change...
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    The obvious answer would be to check batch codes. It's quite possible absolutely loads was made in the space of a few years, and simply is being sold off at a trickle. I think it's more likely it was...
  12. Re: What are the all-time great marine fragrances?

    Just bought a sample of Fleurs de Sel on the basis of this thread. Hope it lives up to the promise.
  13. Re: Found so many rare fragrances on Greek island

    There is no way he will share the name of the island if his plan is to return and buy them out haha.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Can't believe this gets discontinued yet the original Noir, and to a lesser extent Noir Extreme, remain in production. Both are so incredibly feminine - change the branding/bottle and I have no doubt...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    I have little doubt if you didn't force the issue, the refund would end up 'sitting in their account' indefinitely. Don't worry about it - you did the right thing. I cannot believe they don't see...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    The man/whoever he employs has the emotional maturity of a 10 year old girl. Prissy, bossy, and entitled, yet utterly incompetent at runninng a business.
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    Re: Best replacement for Gucci ph

    Agree with what is said. Bentley Absolute is your best bet. Solid all-rounder. CdG 2 Man is a really great opening that evokes the same spirit of GPH but has a disappointing vetiver drydown. Bentley...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    I think the issue isn't he hasn't found his 'niche', if you'll ignore the pun.

    There is room for a less frequently uploading, quality reviewer on youtube. But that's not really him. His camera and...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Eesh, bit harsh. I did think they were married to each other for a while as they do come across a bit effete, which is a bit tiring, but by and large it feels like watching people with similar tastes...
  20. Re: Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    Doubt it. I only eat whole foods and make as much as I can from 'raw' food as possible. Including breads. If people choose to eat shit food, it's their call. Similar issue with perfume I suppose. I'd...
  21. Re: Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    I think the 'rational' response isn't simply to fling perfume on top of an already heaped pile of toxins humans have created and expose ourselves to on a daily basis. The fact perfumes appear to be...
  22. Re: Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    I simply searched neurotoxins and perfume - on the basis of the poster above mentioning it - and there are academic papers detailing the study of them going back to the 90s, and awareness since the...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    You say that, and yet somehow, people ARE buying them. Particularly new in box. Presumably on the basis/hope it will double its worth in 3 years.
  24. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Anyone have recommendations for where to buy sandalwood oils from?
  25. Re: Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    Interesting responses so far.

    I think I'm probably going to stop using them, which is a shame, as some of the oils I've found are really brilliant in terms of providing a base for the real scent....
  26. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Managed to order a sample of Gucci Rush. Hope it's decent.
  27. Perfume Oils & Imitations - are they regulated? Should we be concerned about health and safety?

    I've tried looking up info on the safety of imitation perfume oils like perfume parlour - all I could really find was this article here.

    It seems to me there's a real possibility of health and...
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    Re: Latest Caron for Men - Nuit Fraiche!

    Ok, thanks. That's a shame I didn't see your comment when you wrote it!
  29. Re: Are there any fragrances in which ginger plays an important role?

    Bergamotto di Calabria by Acqua di Parma. It's basically bergamot, ginger, and vetiver. Really nice.

    If the Cashbah is ginger beer-esque then I definitely want to try it.
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    Re: Latest Caron for Men - Nuit Fraiche!

    It's currently €50, and that's in a sale. Is this a regular thing for Marionnaud? Is it worth waiting for it to come back down? I'm intrigued by this and would really like to try it.
  31. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thans, good to know about the Serge Lutens. I forgot I had a sample of Tom Ford's Santal Blush - really not a fan. It's not as off putting as Egoiste, but it's somehow more infuriating. Just such an...
  32. Re: Are there any fragrances in which ginger plays an important role?

    Gucci Envy has a nice ginger note in the opening.

    It's also in the mix of Tom Ford for Men, and I definitely think there is a conceptual (and note) link between the two.
  33. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thanks, I have Taylor of Old Bond street shaving soap as well and have used it for years. Never got round to trying the cologne though.
  34. Re: Why in the bloody hell is YSL- Y getting praise ?

    Eddie Vedder definitely smells like Comme des Garcons 2 Man. He has to. He's like the epitome of what I envisage when I smell it.

    Anyway, YSL Y EdP was pretty good, I thought. Just accept it...
  35. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    I see the Egoiste comparison a lot, and just don't get it. The absence of a pungent rose and cinnamon mix seems a pretty fundamental difference to me. I like one, dislike the other.

    As for Bleu de...
  36. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thanks.

    A few things to note.

    I have had sandalwood oil in the past. I'm not reaaaaally after something which is 'pure' or 'the source' of sandalwood. Just a really good sandalwood (or...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Interesting. I'm a little disappointed with that. Thanks.
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Would either of you be willing to give a brief 'review' of sorts for it?
  39. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I think that's a telling sign haha
  40. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thanks everyone, great suggestions so far.

    Good to see the Trumper and AdP receiving praise - I like them both in their own ways, and it's possible I'll stick with them (Trumper as aftershave,...
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Good to know, havent tried it yet, but really want to. How is performance?
  42. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thanks, I actually read parts of that thread months ago but completely forgot about it. I'll definitely give it a better look this time. It felt a bit impenetrable at the time but I'll give it a...
  43. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Thanks hednic, I'll give it a try.
  44. Re: Guilty: I enjoy fragrances with powerful projections..... Suggestions?

    Based purely on performance and not on scent, or how much you might like it, the strongest I have samples or bottles of are:

    - Tom Ford Amber Absolute, Oud Minerale (this is massive, lasts forever...
  45. Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    I currently own, and really like, Acqua di Parma's Sandalo, however I'm really trying to trim down a collection and only own the smallest number of bottles possible.

    With that in mind, I don't...
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    This is getting really fucking silly now. If you disagree, that's fine, just leave it. But the reason Bleu de Chanel wasn't Slate de Chanel or Brown de Chanel has quite clearly been hammered home...
  47. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    If you can afford it, buy Aventus. It isn't going to be discontinued any time soon, and the batch hype is largely overdone. CDNIM is 'inspired by', but in my opinion, I deeply disliked wearing it and...
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    Thank you, appreciate it. I'm tired of qualifying it myself so don't blame you!
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    I don't consider the branding for Bleu de Chanel 'safe'. Safe would be, what, something we've already seen and known? This is derivative - but it's also very much a marker in the sand as the start of...
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    I'm not doubting for one moment people don't smell with their eyes, so to speak. But blue isn't 'just' the sky, or water. Green isn't 'just' coniferous needles and mosses and ferns.

    Light, very...
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    I'm not being rude, but I think you've missed the point. Or, at least, have scanned over the more in depth comments. Unless you have synesthesia, as the poster above, no scent equates to any colour -...
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    Re: Latest Caron for Men - Nuit Fraiche!

    Has anyone tried this yet? Intrigued by their thoughts, comparisons etc.?
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    Yeah, I think that's it.

    And thanks to @onethinline as well, nicely put. That's precisely what I think it is - but it's also latched on to in a wider way, challenging this idea of 'citrus...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    But are there youtube watchers who don't venture over here or to fragrantica? Or who genuinely stay a bit 'clueless'? Really? Is that a large enugh number of people?
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    I disagree it's 'all' just the packaging. Or, that packaging can somehow be a trick. It's very deliberate, and very much linked to an 'idea' of perfume, even if it's not as ridig as an olfactive...
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    Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    I think you're spot on there ziffy321.

    Frankly, there are too many complaints - about the perfume itself now, as it's beginning to age and reveal its quality (reviews on fragrantica mentioining...
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    Re: I dislike Oud Wood now

    Yep. I like the signature line in that they're never 'stunning', and actually outlast the Private Blend stuff for the most part. Hopefully Beau de Jour makes its way over to the cheaper, better side...
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    Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    Interesting responses so far, mainly picking up on the fact that BdC doesn't 'smell' dark blue.

    And in essence, I think the dark blue trend comes from a few things - 'creating' a standardbearer in...
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    The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    As we draw towards the end of the 2010s, it's hard to argue this decade hasn't been dominated one colour and one colour alone - no, not millennial pink. I'm talking perfume. And the colour is 'dark...
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    Re: Alternative to Black Orchid?

    It's definitely possible I've inaccurately merged them in my head as I got rid of my Black Orchid sample very quickly, and only tried Velvet Orchid briefly, and once. Defer to you on this one and...
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    Re: Alternative to Black Orchid?

    My honest opinion on an alternative to Black Orchid is - nothing. I dislike it. But that's not much good for you. If I recall, I though Velvet Orchid had a very similar, if more feminine, smell? But...
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    Re: Haeckels Pegwell Bay experiences?

    Thank you, I'll give that a watch at some time. Interesting.
  63. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    Thanks.

    To update, I did buy - and it was definitely one of the better fakes I've tried. It was basically a slightly watered down version of the perfume oils I own of Ambre Prive. Not bad - and...
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    Re: Haeckels Pegwell Bay experiences?

    Saw this house mentioned before and all their perfumes are co-ordinates of beaches, is that correct?

    Forgive me if I'm miles away here, but do they make anything that's going for the realistic...
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    Re: TomsCreedDecants? Anyone tried him?

    Likewise just put an order in after being burnt literally 3 times in a row on ebay - all of them fake. I'm never quick enough for decants on facebook, so very glad to have found this and seen he...
  66. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I agree there are differences, but earlier in the thread there was the typical 'vintage great, reissue dreadful' chat. I just think anyone who hasn't tried either is going to take that to heart when,...
  67. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    That's a pretty good price for the vintage, about 17 for 30ml in UK terms. I purchased 5ml from ebay in the UK from a seller with good feedback for 6 and, as I remembered, the vintage is pretty...
  68. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Agree with that.

    The only one I haven't tried is Japon Noir. Bois Rogue is probably one of the better Tom Fords, but frankly, it's just a bit plain and, for the price, you can absolutely do...
  69. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Having tried this a few times now - and having left a longer review on fragrantica I won't repeat here - Osaito is not what I'm after unfortunately.

    I do like it after about 2 hours, but it's so...
  70. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Well, no votes for Ambre Orient, which was my first choice.

    I've been trying Encens Satin and M7 in the evenings so far this week. Of the two, I just think the Armani has too much in it I...
  71. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Haha, I know what you mean. HOWEVER, I don't think Oud Minerale is as weird or as challenging on skin as it can be when testing/smelling. Honestly, I get some 'too strong' comments from people I've...
  72. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Wore YSL M7 tonight from my modest decant. Wow. Forgot just how good this is - I really adore the drydown. Argh...tempting, tempting...I have felt it too femine on a few wears, but not tonight. I'm...
  73. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Thanks to everyone else for voting and commenting so far, everything's noted.
  74. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Yes! For some reason I keep forgetting every time I think of a fragrance to top it all off. But yes, definitely. It's maybe a bit dirty and oudy/stinky and I've generally moved away from oud after...
  75. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Definitely, I've done this consciously as well and all fragrances had to fit a mood/facet of myself. I feel I've done that so far. HdP is something I haven't tried yet, so I'll gladly take that...
  76. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Thanks for this.

    I have sampled plenty. Well over 300 in the space of 8 months or so. I've generally found there is no perfect fragrance, nothing that meets all the criteria I set. What I...
  77. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    I do, I have to admit. Despite my better judgement in many ways. I just like the style and some have survived the 3 month test where 'better' brands/houses and scents simply have not.

    But despite...
  78. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    I think that's what I'm leaning to, certainly. I think you've summed it up nicely - I'll be honest, mainstream and appealing is something I enjoy. Not bogstandard, algorithim mainstream stuff - but I...
  79. Poll: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    I feel like I've basically wrapped up my fragrance wardrobe, and only have 3 or 4 out of 9 (I tried to keep it small and feel I've done that) to mull over whether I cut them down to 5 or 6 overall...
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    Re: Blind Bought Tom Ford London - Opinions?

    I have to say, I'm surprised to see so many people call it challenging.

    Is this not basenotes? A lover of outdated vintage fougeres, and animalic stank that may or may not be from a still-living...
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    Re: Blind Bought Tom Ford London - Opinions?

    I wore this lasts night and concur with everything said - underrated, overlooked, and (in my opinion) one of the best Tom Ford makes.

    It's not the easiest wear, but considering he's produced Oud...
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    But it's also priced in a way that means there are ten trillion copies of it, in varying degrees, than nearly every man who reads/posts about fragrance online has either tried, owns, or wears...
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    Re: Whatever happened to Paul smith fragrances??

    Haha, apologies, it definitely was a rant.
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    Re: Whatever happened to Paul smith fragrances??

    I was bought this as a present: https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Paul-Smith/Paul-Smith-Extreme-Man-1959.html

    Never wore it.

    To me, their fragrances - and Paul Smith itself - sums up how...
  85. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    Black Orchid - genuine mess of a perfume. Smells, at best, like a slghtly wild woman in her late 30s to 40s. Could equally said to smell like a mess of a human. Trashy, I suppose would be the...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    What were they?
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I feel the same. Rose and cinnamon just...wow. Cannot wear it, one of the few that I absolutely had to scrub off. Sickening.
  88. Re: Crystal Ball----- Future value of a fragrance

    I didn't get the sense this was fishing for investment tips, but can understand that such a topic will get a rise, understandably. There are surely readers of this who will use suggestions to do this...
  89. Re: Dunhill Launches Four Mens Scents in Signature Collection!

    Good to know. I'm genuinely quietly optimistic about this line on the back of the original Icon and the gold 'oud' Icon. Thought both were great, and this definitely TF-inspired line up looked really...
  90. Re: Looking for a aquatic niche scent... suggestions?

    Just wondering if the OP ever landed on a favourite or favourites based on the suggestion they received?

    I'm trying to find something like Oud Minerale, either in designer or niche, and nothing...
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    Re: Male Fragrances You Would Rate 10/10?

    I've really enjoyed reading this thread. So many I haven't tried, and I've subscribed to revisit this as I want to change that over the years.

    But in all honesty, I don't think I can think of a...
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    Re: Color change with Gucci pour Homme I

    Thanks for the reply hednic.

    I also found this: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/312426-Green-Gucci-Pour-Homme

    Now, the fear is that khaki colour is one stage along the way to becoming toxic...
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    Re: Color change with Gucci pour Homme I

    Sorry to dredge this one up from the deep, dark past - but is this a known issue?

    I've found this on ebay, and it's clearly turned that khaki brown the OP mentions:
    107194

    Has anyone...
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    Re: Parfums Vintage Europe import tax?

    I assume they're based in the UK as it's a UK set up. However, it might be based in the Republic of Ireland for monetary reasons - I genuinely don't know. Either way, there would be a greater cost...
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    Re: Random observation

    I had bought a bottle of GHP1 today. The postman has an arrangement to leave parcels in a safe, but enclosed, place if I'm out (don't ask...). Needless to say, it was boiling to the touch when I...
  96. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Thanks for the suggestion, will do.
  97. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Thanks for that, there's a fairly expensive sample in the UK, but as you're not the only person to say that, I think I'll look elsewhere. I'm fairly sensitive to fragrances, so no doubt I'd suffer if...
  98. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    I'm wondering what the thoughts are on this?

    I love Oud Minerale, have a sample of Sel Marin arrived this week, and want to scope out as many 'true' salty marine scents as I can, and this has come...
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    Oud Minerale Tom Ford - fake sticker?

    I don't have the bottle so can't add more photos, but this sticker looks suspicious. Can anyone confirm? Taken from ebay, account with lots of TF decanters for sale/sold - with 100% positive...
  100. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    Thanks, discontinued? I'll try and get a sample.
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