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    Poll: Re: DHC vs CDG Energy

    I haven't tried the CDG, but it's hard to imagine doing much better than Dior Homme Cologne 2013 for what you want. I personally think DHC is much better than some of the other suggestions, like...
  2. Re: Which fragrance garners the most COMPLAINTS when you wear it?

    Aventus: By far the most negative reactions from women, and Aventus stands out as the only perfume that's ONLY garnered negative feedback, not a single compliment, and a number of those negative...
  3. Re: Summer: Creed Millisime Imperial vs Amouage Reflection Man

    I get a nauseating rotten melon accord from MI, so it's a "never appropriate" scent for me. But, if that accord wasn't there, I could see it being a fine summer scent.

    Reflection Man is great --...
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    Re: Summer/Winter, Outdoor/inter, Day/Night

    I think just about everyone has considered it -- it's just that some of us don't agree with you. Which is what fragrances are all about, so incredibly subjective, so if you find that having rules and...
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    Re: Summer/Winter, Outdoor/inter, Day/Night

    To echo some of what you've heard above, there are no rules. Some members enjoy coming up with lots of rules and guidelines, others don't. You know what happens when I wear classic "winter perfume"...
  6. Re: List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    I must be reading the wrong threads, I do see a few guys who are passionate and maybe a bit ornery, but rarely see trolling.

    Beyond that, I kinda snicker at rulopbo's idea. It may not solve any...
  7. Re: List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    I think the question is, what problem are you solving? There's no problem with new fragrance announcements today, is there? In fact, i look forward to those threads... I can't see how segregating new...
  8. Re: List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    Hmmm... maybe I should have said, "from my perspective -- and I'd be willing to bet, the perspective of a lot on the forum, it resolved all the conflict." I didn't realize it was still going on on...
  9. Re: List 5 houses or fragrances that should have their own separate threads.

    In general, I agree. On the other hand, the Aventus subforum is a big success IMO -- there were so many Aventus threads, which then led to some pushback reactions, which led to reactions to that,...
  10. Re: Defining "Sexy" for Male Fragrances - an Observation and a Question

    Of course. And how often do people use "sexy" to describe a fragrance they just sniffed? It comes naturally because it the concept obviously applies to scents. I think those denying this have some...
  11. Re: Upcoming Fragrance Shop: What Are the Most Popular Men's Fragrances?

    I'm a confirmed decant guy, for me there's far more value than with full bottles. Yes, I'm paying a bit more per ml, but far more importantly, on my limited hobby budget I get to enjoy far more...
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    Re: What Is Your Signature Scent And Why ?

    100% agree. A signature is something other people recognize you by. No one in the world is going to recognize you by your "signature rotation" or "signature wardrobe". "Huh, that guy Aventus on...
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    Re: What Is Your Signature Scent And Why ?

    I see what you're saying... but I also wonder if something like "the glasses I like best on her" or "my favorite hairstyle on her" is not the right metaphor -- these are things we tend to pick a fave...
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    Re: What Is Your Signature Scent And Why ?

    Always thought signature scents were a bad idea.... and impossible for a fragrance aficionado
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    Re: First date..Advice needed..

    Of the two, I'd go Rochas Man easily. I wouldn't consider wearing very feminine-leaning scents -- even if I personally didn't judge them as overly feminine for myself, many people around me perceive...
  16. Re: how recognizable is a common scent to common folks?

    I think it's incredibly, insanely uncommon.The two exceptions, besides fragrance aficionados:
    1. Some people recognize exactly one scent, and that's because their current or ex-...
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    Re: Niche similar to Spicebomb

    I think this is an easy one. No one wants a niche perfume that smells exactly like the designer perfume, but wants to "pay two or three times more for the sake of owning a niche bottle". Rather,...
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    Re: Club and Night fragrance

    Out of curiosity, what have you been wearing?

    I'm far from 18 (I do date inappropriately below my age, but not 18-year-olds :lolk: ), but these are some of the scents I wear on dates or...
  19. Re: $120 on 1 niche, 2 designer frags or 42 samples?

    Given $120, unless there were a full bottle of something or other I just had to have, I'd spend it on a mix of decants (10ml-15ml) and 1ml samples. You are seriously overlooking a fantastic option...
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    Re: Date fragrances?

    My personal date fragrance philosophy, at least for the first few dates, is:
    1. Spray sparingly ... she shouldn't smell it unless she leans in. I think "the reveal" is always nice... and if she...
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    Re: The Best Part of being a Frag-Head

    Yeah, now she's all hyper-educated on scents, too. "Jen, I just dumped Brad. I caught him wearing Reflection Man in the spring. Yas, in the spring, Jen!"
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    Re: D&G The One EDP vs La Nuit de l'homme

    The two you picked are two of my staples:
    - The One for Men, for any date, any time. Incredibly good smell, coupled by low projection, makes it the perfect date scent
    - La Nuit, for someone I"ve...
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    Re: D&G The One EDP vs La Nuit de l'homme

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    Both are fantastic fragrances for dates. I like The One for Men EDP a bit better, I think. I'd say that "better projection" is about the last thing you need on dates, and The One's modest...
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    Re: Container/Storage methods?

    I keep mine in cardboard shoeboxes under my bed. Reasonably cool, and pitch dark
  25. Re: Bois 1920: Oltremare vs Agrumi vs Verde di Mare

    Of those listed, I've only tried Oltremare. I really like it a lot, recommend it without hesitation, and it wouldn't even have occurred to me to classify this as an aquatic ... although, as noted...
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    Re: Clubbing = sweet... why???

    My guess would be: everything -- especially sexuality -- at the club is not subtle. People dress sexy (sometimes over-the-top sexy), people move sexy (sometimes over-the-top sexy),...
  27. Poll: Re: Im new here. Help me choose please The One Dolce and Gabbana EDT vs L'Homme YSL

    To me, L'Homme smells like the very definition of generic and boring. I realize it's fairly beloved here as a light, versatile fragrance, but to me, synthetic and boring.

    The One is one of the...
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    Re: Weird Fear of Certain Samples

    But what if he does?

    Sent from my SM-T807V using Tapatalk
  29. Re: Does anyone still fall for the shirtless guy/hot damsel marketing for fragrances?

    Well, you may be having a Get Off My Lawn moment, but at least you have some self-awareness, so there's that :) :)

    Seriously, this isn't an '80s thing, it's an all humanity for all time thing. ...
  30. Thread: Which houses?

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    Poll: Re: Which houses?

    Of that list, only Dior would be among my top faves.
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    Re: CH Men Prive vs Bentley for Men Intense

    I can ... aficionados tend to have different tastes than normal people, and Prive suffers from the same thing that Bleu and L'Homme Ideal and even Gucci Guilty do -- these are all fragrances that...
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    Re: Fragrance Direction Adivce

    This question seems trivially easy to answer -- buy samples of both designer and niche fragrances you're interested in, and then purchase whichever ones you like better. There's no right or wrong...
  33. Thread: The One Series

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    Re: The One Series

    I think the "should" part is downright silly... you should own whatever you like. Why not get samples and see for yourself?

    I think The One for Men EDT is one of the best smells in...
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    Re: CH Men Prive vs Bentley for Men Intense

    I'll likely be a bit contrarian...Bentley for Men Intense is a BN favorite, it generated a lot of excitement the year it came out. For myself, I consider it challenging (that's the nicest word I...
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    Exactly. I probably went 10+ years and got a grand total of 0 compliments, back when I was married. I'd say if you want compliments, you have to start with the never-fail two-step program:
    - Get...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes Replacements

    Alas, there are certain citrus scents that smell super astringent and solvent-ish to me, and TdH is worst-of-the-worst for me, but I also pick it up from some other citrus scents also. I haven't...
  37. Re: She said my cologne gave her a splitting headache.

    Many people would question your priorities, but your right hand definitely approves
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    Poll: Re: Bvlgari Aqua Line up - Favorite -Poll

    I've heard people talk of a fishy or otherwise gross smell coming from both Aqva and Aqva Marine. I personally don't get that from Aqva, which is one of my all-time fave aquatics ... although the...
  39. Re: Fragrances that are NOT compliment getters FOR YOU....

    I know I've arrived when I "get" perfume humor :)
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    Re: Shaking bottle before spraying

    By coincidence, I've been wondering about this for a few weeks now. I, too, notice that most of the liquids around my house that are NOT super viscous, tend to separate and require "shake well". ...
  41. Re: Fragrances that are NOT compliment getters FOR YOU....

    I got the same reaction as you guys from LIDGE, which kills me to say, because I love it. I love LIDG also, but haven't worn it enough to say either way whether it's a compliment force-field or not.
  42. Re: Fragrances that are NOT compliment getters FOR YOU....

    I've posted this before: Aventus not only has never gotten me a compliment, but is the one and only perfume in my entire collection that has only gathered 100% negative female comments -- and bunches...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    The weird thing is, I date and socialize with women in their 30s and 40s (mostly professional women), and only rarely women in their 20s, but my top compliment-getters are nearly identical to...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I know if it were me, I wouldn't really have to separate them. Like you, I don't consider what goes on the videos as compliments -- it's part entertainment, part smell-off, and sometimes part...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    How in the world do you know this? Do you mean on his videos, where he asks women's opinions? Many times I see him do smell-offs of various scents, or just asks a woman what she thinks,but these...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    This seems like a simple (and correct) argument, which a number of us have been saying ... but it seems as if some members still repeat "Jeremy probably gets complimented a lot" as a way to dismiss...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    Sure, we can all agree to that ... and I"m assuming you agree that it follows directly that due to large sample size Jeremy probably has (i.e., he probably gets lots of compliments, and most likely...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    Unfortunately, that compliment thread went off the rails a long time ago. It used to be about MOST compliments (just like the title says), and I thought that was pretty damn interesting -- over the...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I have a sample of it, but won't be able to do a proper wearing until tomorrow. Tiny spritz on my wrist smells very nice.
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    If that were the whole story, the perfume itself doesn't matter and it's only about you being attractive, everyone would get exactly the same amount of compliments on every perfume, right? It's the...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I guess Le Male is the odd man out, but as you discussed above, more light, fresh, or clean scents, which seems to make sense. Although in that context, I'm SHOCKED about Nautica Voyage, I find...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I am super interested in the experiences of the folks who voted the second option: A weak list with some bad pics.
    Are you saying:

    - That you don't like the perfumes on the list (I get that, I...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I really don't know... it's probably time to retry Amouage, but I have sampled about 5, and found that I really disliked every single one. I thought I picked some of the more popular ones. But, a...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    Yes, personality plays a big role in whether people feel free or motivated to compliment you. But Jeremy has the same personality regardless of what perfume he wears, so that's a constant, and he's...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I'm not sure I follow you ... "I'm going to wear dozens of perfumes, and report back which get the most compliments" is an objective reporting of the results of which perfumes people complimented. ...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I dunno, I think "which perfume gets you the most compliments" is one of the very few topics that isn't subjective. If you have some sense of how many compliments each perfume gets -- not hard to...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    You were right! And based on the quote:



    My 3 least favorite niche companies, right there in a row. Should be a fun ride!
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    Re: Keeping A record?

    I use a simple word file; probably should switch to Excel so I can order and search better. It's very simple:

    Top section: Perfumes I want to sample next, along with little quotes (from reviews,...
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    It's his most complimented list, not his favorites list, and he's had a string of vids where the girls didn't like Aventus so much... which also rings true to me!
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    Poll: Re: Jeremy's Top 10 Most Complimented Fragrances List

    I'm assuming the poll is about "do you agree with Jeremy that these are top-10 compliment getters", not "do you likes the scents in the list?"

    I'll answer both: If what you are after is...
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    Poll: Re: Your Fav. John Varvatos

    I've only tried 4, but for me John Varvatos John Varvatos is by far the best, I like it much more than Vintage, which at the moment appears to be the runaway winner

    For me, John Varvatos is in...
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    Re: why all the hate for gucci guilty intense...?

    It's just the nature of the beast that aficionados with a more sophisticated view of things, will have a different view than most people, and I think basenotes is about as educated a community on...
  63. Re: NEW: Three New Zegna Essenze Fragrances for 2016!!

    None of those bowl me over on the notes, but on the other hand, notes aren't everything, and if I just went by notes, I'd dislike The One for Men, which is actually one of my faves. I think the...
  64. Poll: Re: Do you only use samples and small decants, and have few or no bottles ?

    There are so many amazing perfumes to try, and part of the way I enjoy this hobby is by getting my nose on as many as possible to compare and contrast and enjoy. So, given the choice between...
  65. Re: San Francisco/Monterey/Carmel shopping & sampling?

    I did a little crawl by myself a year or so ago. Barney's was by far the most impressive. There are also boutique shops, alas of lines that I don't like very much -- Hermes, Dyptique, etc., but if...
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    Re: ch men prive vs bulgari man in black

    For me, I found Man in Black pretty okay. I do need to re-try it, but wasn't particularly in love

    By contrast, I love CH Men Prive, in fact thinking of wearing it on a date today.
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    Poll: Re: Casual Summer fragrance

    Dior Homme Sport 2012 is the only one I like from the list, though I find it too heavy for a casual summer fragrance, and I've always felt it's "sport" only in name.
  68. Re: Really...how generic are "generic-smelling scents"?

    I actually agree ... heavy scents can be tough in the heat, lighter scents do great year round. I didn't actually mean to imply "even if it's just a personal choice for yourself not to wear XXX in...
  69. Re: Defining "Sexy" for Male Fragrances - an Observation and a Question

    I think your trouble here is that it's the gestault that makes it sexy, and any narrowing it down to a particular note for this or that decade is creative sampling, IMO. That said, I can give...
  70. Re: Really...how generic are "generic-smelling scents"?

    Aficionados and experts always have different and more-educated judgements than the hoi polloi. Where I think aficionados go wrong is when they conflate "this is what experts think" with "this is...
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    Re: Fresh scents...in the winter?!

    Full disclosure, I can't stand the stuff anymore. Promised myself I wouldn't turn into a perfume snob, and now I are one.
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    Re: Fresh scents...in the winter?!

    I find fresh scents, aquatic scents, clean-smelling scents, etc. are a huge hit year round, day or night, for nearly any occasion. For many years, Nautica Voyage was my most complimented scent; yes,...
  73. Re: Comments from others that make you realize something about a scent and ruin it......

    heh, I'm guessing you're looking for comments on the general notion of someone else's perception affecting your perception too, rather than a million comments on Oud Wood and ajax specifically, which...
  74. Re: Is having a "Signature Scent" an exercise in futility?

    Agree, and that's why I think the term "signature rotation" is a bit silly -- if you have a rotation, you are explicitly rejecting the notion of a signature, no one is going to identify you by your...
  75. Re: Is having a "Signature Scent" an exercise in futility?

    For me, at least, I think having a signature scent is a just plain bad idea. Anytime you do the same thing over and over and over -- always wear the same shoes, the same color, whatever -- even if...
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    Re: Fragrances with a banana note

    #1 for me, it is awesome
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    Re: Which of the Dior Homme line do you like best?

    As far as safest, Dior Homme Cologne 2013 is, in my mind, easily the safest and easiest to like. I've found DH, DHP, and DHI challenging to others and myself -- a lot of us find them very feminine,...
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    Re: I love the hype!

    I have to admit, I dislike the way the term "hype" is used by perfume enthusiasts. It is unique out of all hobbies I've ever been involved in -- people love something, and talk about it, and instead...
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    Poll: Re: Battle of the affordable masterpieces

    I haven't tried a couple of them, but of the rest, I dislike every single one but GPH II, LIDGE, Rochas Man. I love all 3 of those, but voted for GPH II based mostly on versatility. Love LIDGE, and...
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    Re: Suggestion for Clean,Fresh fragrance?

    I think Mugler Cologne is going to be suggested a lot, it's a benchmark for clean/fresh .. I personally find it relentlessly overwhelmingly soapy, and some people around me find it headache-inducing,...
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    Re: something sensual/sexy but classy/timeless

    hamdib: I was expecting, with that wardrobe, sort of dark-dry-classy choices, but you surprised me: sweet, playful,and almost frivolous Rochas Man, the feminine and powdery DHI, classic...
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    Re: Splits and decants

    I get just about all my decants on Crystal Flacon, been pleased with every single transaction so far
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    Poll: Re: Sauvage VS Bleu de Chanel

    I need to re-try Sauvage, I guess. Hated my sample of it ... maybe I"ll get a different sample. No sane person would judge the sample of Sauvage I have to be even in the same league as Bleu, but I...
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    Re: Which of these is best for compliments ?

    For compliments, these two are pretty surefire IME:
    Acqua di Gio (original and EDP)
    Montblanc Legend

    I'm not a fan of Essenze -- I'm one of those minority of people who get a really off accord...
  85. Re: Chanel Allure Sport Eau Extreme - worth to make a date scent??

    I have smelled AHS but not AHSEE. You guys who are advising against it, are you doing so because it's challenging in some way (one person mentioned sour) or because it's fresh rather than romantic. ...
  86. Re: Terres d'Hermes Eau Eres Fraiche or Dior Homme Sport 2012?

    To me, TdH smells like solvent, and TdH ETF smells like nice fresh solvent. So, for me, it's never in the running.

    The thing is, if what you're looking for is a fresh scent, DHS 2012 is only...
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    Re: Top 5 Niche (Night Out)

    As a general rule, this is the one usage where, for me, designers routinely beat niche... but, I do have some niches I think are outstanding:

    Penhaligon's Endymion : It's The One of niche scents...
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    Re: Opinions on La Nuit De L'Homme?

    It is an unbelievably nice scent, IMO. It is, however, a bit sweet and there's plenty of guys here who don't like it.

    For women, it's a different story. It's in my top-5 compliment getters,...
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    Poll: Re: The one edp vs. la nuit edt vs. CH men

    All three are outstanding... If I were to put them in order:
    The One Not just the best, but the most versatile
    La Nuit I wear this strictly as a date scent, and it is awesome
    CH Men Is a step...
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    Re: Favorite Atelier Cologne fragrance

    I definitely wouldn't wait, but I"m not one to associated fragrances with seasons in any case. Trefle Pur has become my favorite of the entire line. Cedrat Enivrant is maybe my favorite opening in...
  91. Re: Is there discrimination against men and offensive fragrances?

    Perfumes are not for the weak and cowardly
  92. Re: Is there discrimination against men and offensive fragrances?

    With very few exceptions (e.g., you're gassing me out at the gym, in which case you'll get told), I won't say anything to a man or a woman, even if I don't like their perfume, even if they're wearing...
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    Re: Juliette Has a Gun - recommendations?

    I got a free sample of Anyway ... it's been a while since I tried it, but I remember liking it. Will try to remember to give it another sniff tonight
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    Re: Fragrances you really like, but canīt wear

    Dior Homme Intense - I love the smell of this, at least in the drydown (kumquat would HATE how I typically describe the opening :) ). It's gorgeous. But I find that even the drydown is too...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I don't see any reason it wouldn't continue to get lots of compliments. That said, I so dislike the scent now, that psychologically I can't imagine anyone complimenting me on it anymore! But it was...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Keeping with my drooling psychotic-break rant above, I can say that up until I started becoming interested in perfumes and reading BN etc., Nautica Voyage was far and away my most complimented...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Which brings up another topic that has material impact -- although I seem to be the only person it bothers at all. This thread was originally about "the most female compliments", and went on for a...
  98. Re: which fragrance do you have that usually gets more compliments than these ones?

    Aventus is the only perfume in my collection that's garnered 100% negative comments, not a single compliment. So, basically, every cologne I"ve ever tried beats it :)

    As far as the rest, I don't...
  99. Re: "Old lady/man perfume, teenager perfume" connotation

    Yes, just like every other term we use -- people describe perfumes as feminine, masculine, synthetic, natural, abrasive, flowery, fresh, etc. But most of us have at least a basic idea of what's mean...
  100. Re: "Old lady/man perfume, teenager perfume" connotation

    Agree with this 100% .., particularly "I think that people should be free to express concepts in the best way they can, and any censorship to language is depressing nonsense" and "Requiring people to...
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