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    Re: So I'm reading this review today....

    Fragrance --> cologne, perfume, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, scent, bracer, oil, etc. seem to be useful variants. As for attar and balm? Well, attar suggests a heavier Middle Eastern style...
  2. Re: Which fragrance is a "Hype-king" or "Overhyped"?

    Dior Eau Sauvage - Maybe it deserved the hype in the early days, but it has been ruined as far as I'm concerned. The parfum and extreme versions redeem it somewhat.
    Creed Aventus - It's a pleasant...
  3. MPG Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - understanding batch codes

    I haven't seen MPG represented on checkcosmetic.net or checkfresh.com. Does anyone know anything about the numbering system of MPG fragrances? I've had two bottles, one with a 6 digit code the...
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    Re: Your own avatar.

    My all time favorite sci-fi movie for realism is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Had I been Frank Poole, I would have parked the pod where I could see it, not behind me. Curse that HAL. Anyway, I put myself...
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    Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    I almost got unlucky and bought a fake... but thankfully I spotted an image that compares the fake to the real one:

    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q233/mesaboogie18/DSC_0003-1.jpg

    Notice...
  6. Re: Ok So What On Earth Has Happened To Knize 10? I can't find it ANYWHERE in stock?

    Sorry to bump an old thread back to life, but just wanted to add some info. Colonial Drug closed its doors in late 2013. They merged with Stoddard's Cutlery of Newton MA. I imagine some parts of...
  7. [US + CANADA] Re: ◆◆◆ Nice variety of fragrances like Basala, Tam Dao, Alain Delon, Burberrys, Timbuktu, etc.

    ◆◆◆ * Bump * with price reductions ◆◆◆
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    Nice score! This stuff is becoming increasingly expensive on the auction markets. Crazy prices and no let up in sight, despite there still being a decent amount of inventory floating about.

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  9. Re: Midnight in Paris EDT vs Midnight in Paris EDP

    I have MIP EdP and a decant of DHI... and they are very similar. MIP is more wearable to my nose. DHI is a bit heavy on the "makeup bag" vibe.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 6

    A is for: Accord Oud by Byredo
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 6

    * delete * here we go again :tongue:
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 6

    Wow, quite a run by you two... Wasn't sure if you'd keep going for hours. :laugh:

    Z is for: Zeta, by Tauer Perfumes.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    Welcome back, lionheart. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend Tama. I never bumped into her here, but from what I've read it sounds like she was an amazing person.


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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 6

    D is for: Dia pour Homme, by Amouage.
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    Re: A note on respect and civility

    I'm glad to see this topic Grant, for I too have found the use of the term vulgar and only serves to attract those who enjoy indulging in it.

    I think it's a good idea to institute a phrase swap to...
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    Re: Acqua di Parma

    I see some people attest that Acqua di Parma Colonia line fragrances have lousy longevity, while others claim it lasts long on them. It is not fair to declare that a fragrance line is unequivocally...
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    Re: Acqua di Parma

    Essenza is terrific. And if you keep your eye out on "that auction site" you can get it a good bit below retail. I nabbed a 180ml bottle for $109. The Assoluta is quite good as well. Intensa Oud...
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    Re: Worst fragrance I've ever encountered is...

    MFK Absolue Pour le Soir ... may just as well have been named "Pour le Soiled Trousers". Me no get it.

    Versace Eros ... vanilla citrus minty synthetic mess. If the formulation was based on a...
  19. Re: Stuff you overhear or are told while testing Fragrances

    "Oh, that smells so good on you!"

    Next one:
    "Oh, that smells so good on you!"

    Next one:
    "Oh, that smells so good on you!"

    Next one:
    "Oh, that smells so good on you!"
  20. Re: Currently, are you satisfied with your collection?

    I'm very happy with what I have so far. I got rather lucky to read up on vintage fragrances that might appeal to me in time to coincide with buying bottles at below current market value. I estimate...
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    Re: Manipulation of Fragrantica Ratings???

    Fragrantica can be a mixed experience. I used to be more involved there, but I gradually pulled away to just occasionally. I've seen cliques form and some really nasty interactions take place, with...
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/Chanel-Antaeus_vintage-aftershave.jpg

    Vintage Antaeus after shave. This version with the English language wording is rather uncommon...
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    Re: Your "biggest regret" purchase?

    Bentley For Men Intense.

    All of this praise floating around for it, I figured it was a safe blind buy. Just smells CHEAP to me. Like something at Pinaud prices. Seems so ironic given the...
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    Re: How shallow are you?

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/LIDGE-bottle.jpg

    One of the most handsome bottles ever made for men's fragrances. I enjoy looking at it every time I take out LIDGE for...
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/st/26132714.jpg

    The underrated and often overlooked Accord Oud by Byredo. I sampled it late last year and really enjoyed it at the onset, but the drydown...
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    Re: Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    Intriguing. I'll have to look this one up. :) I've never experienced a juniper berry forward fragrance and I'm completely ignorant of O'Driù. Sounds like Pathetique would be a great entry to this...
  27. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    Agreed. It's easy to be in a "club" of similar minded people and with enough cross chatter to believe most everyone else believes/thinks the same. Sad truth is that our culture in the USA (not sure...
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    Re: Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    OT... but it baffles me why someone would choose a name like "Pathetique" for their fragrance. Easy jab for a negative reviewer. "And it sure lived up to its name, a pathetic cacophony of...
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    Re: Ebay transaction gone bad

    I would never, ever use a stock photo unless it is accompanied by at least several actual photos, even if the item is new. It's partly about seller protection, showing exactly what is being sent. ...
  30. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Yes, for the person who is honorable. However, there are many dishonorable and unscrupulous people out there with litigious fever. If there's a "lottery opportunity" they go for it. And judges...
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    Re: Is Invictus a cheaper copy of Jubilation?

    Jubilation is a peculiar scent in that it can play "hide and seek" with your nose. I've worn it, forgotten I had it on, and other people in the room still noticed it.

    Bay leaf, patchouli, orange,...
  32. Re: Roja Dove/Creed/Dior Privee/Tom Ford Private Blend/Amouage/Armani Prive/Chanel Les Exclusifs

    Thanks very much for the update, Remik.

    I would expect that the US Customs department has some kind of reconciliation process, whereby a package missing would end up accountable to someone (thus,...
  33. Re: Roja Dove/Creed/Dior Privee/Tom Ford Private Blend/Amouage/Armani Prive/Chanel Les Exclusifs

    Hi Remik, any update on the Ambre Précieux? It has been marked as being in US customs for quite some time now. Hopefully with the holiday period being over, any US customs backlog will be cleared. ...
  34. Re: What's the funniest fragrance experience you've had ?

    "Wow, I didn't know you go to those old time barbershops, the ones with the 80 year old men still wielding sheers."
    "Whut?"
    "You smell like you just came from an old classic corner barbershop!"
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    Re: Fragrance that smells of urine?

    Well if you find Kouros has only a suggestion of it, I'd venture to say that you won't smell civet in most fragrances. :)

    One thing that I think should always be qualified is that adjectives of...
  36. Re: How much of your wardrobe do you currently use?

    I probably use about 50% of what I have, not counting backup bottles. Those are fragrances I spray on at least once per month. Others I have are more for "reference", and in some cases rather...
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    Re: USPS and mailing fragrances

    Point blank, the main concern for the USPS is the IDIOTS out there in the world. Those people who would send a fragrance with no proper protection inside the container, or, even go so far as to just...
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    Re: How shallow are you?

    My philosophy on presentation is that if little effort is made for a decent display (perfectly fine for simple/boring as long as it looks clean/solid), it generally won't reflect well on what is...
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    Actually bought this in December (@ nice discount) but it finally arrived:
    http://asinkremains.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/diptyque2.png

    Simplistic but terrific fragrance for the warmer months.
  40. Re: Classic powerhouses, will they ever make a comeback?

    I think you make some great points. Contrasts can be difficult to appreciate when they're so outside your realm of exposure. You get a population well acquainted with a certain group of notes and...
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2015

    Congrats :thumbup: -- that's usually rather hard to find given how long ago it was discontinued. Where'd you pick it up from?
  42. Re: Many scents don't last, is this due to my skin?

    Where are you located? In very cold dry weather, fragrances can seem to fade off in rather short order. You might want to try moisturizing a bit on the skin where you apply your fragrances. Also a...
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    Re: Best Sandalwood

    Yep, I see it there as well. Not surprising that it smells good given all the praise I've seen about Oud Malaki.

    I wonder... how accurate the reproduction is. If perhaps this website manages to...
  44. Re: Classic powerhouses, will they ever make a comeback?

    I'm in a similar situation, as most of my fragrances are strong and about 10~20% are lighter, easier going.

    Powerhouses are still being made, but the inquiry is about them making a...
  45. Re: Classic powerhouses, will they ever make a comeback?

    No. Average designer fragrances have been moving towards "inoffensive" and "momentary" qualities. A powerhouse would be a disaster, sales-wise. There will be exceptions here and there, but the...
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    Re: Gucci pour home ii . Thoughts?

    I like it but found the performance terrible. Very short lived. Seems more like a "freshener" rather than a fragrance...
  47. Re: What the heck do I do with my Kilian box?

    Kudos on the repurposing. :thumbup:
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    Re: Which Antaeus suits your taste better?

    The vintage one is better, but more challenging. The new one is kind of like "Antaeus lite". Actually, on its own it is not a bad fragrance. I have just one bottle of it and use it on occasion,...
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    Re: Midnight in Paris - Is the EDP worth it?

    The EDP has typically been selling quite a bit more than the EDT. At one point I found it costing double the cheapest price I could find of the EDT. But if you're watchful you can periodically find...
  50. Re: Just bought Reflection man (magnetic cap), review

    Well, it sure is possible given what happened to Epic Man.

    As for Jubilation XXV, I did a blind test of previous and current versions. Twice. Got the same result each time -- can't tell the...
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    Re: The One by Dolce and Gabbana: your thoughts

    I don't mind an old topic being bumped as long as it's a decent one and relevant to the follow-up post. What really annoys me is when a post had some banal/common question about a fragrance where...
  52. Re: The Oud hype, do you think it's temporarily?

    I also agree that the hype will be temporary. It'll wear out... and it certainly seems like the number of oud variations of existing designer fragrances have just about peaked.

    Oud will always be...
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    Re: The One by Dolce and Gabbana: your thoughts

    The latest seems to have the worst performance. Get a bottle from 2008. I did. I get about 5~6 hours, which is fine for a fragrance of this price-point. I find it a bit much on the sweet side at...
  54. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    Seems sensible. Funny enough, take the word "loud" and drop the "L"... which is phonetically "ow-d". But everywhere I've heard "Oud" pronounced, it's more like "Oo-d". So it's more like the sound...
  55. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    I would like to point out that the "audience" is key here, for both women AND men. I've exposed some men and women to Western oud based fragrances (meaning VERY approachable compared to natural oud)...
  56. Re: Oud scents - Why do a lot of women dislike them so much here in the USA ?

    It depends upon what variation of oud you're talking about. "Western" oud is very different from authentic oud.

    I know it seems incredulous... if you don't like something and a few other people...
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    I completely overlooked this feature of the site. Guess I should give it a go for 2015. :)
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    Re: What would you rather buy ?

    If you were fixed on the ones you've listed, Bleu de Chanel would be my choice. But I'll chime in with others to broaden your range of candidates. :)
  59. Re: Please Guerlain experts: a very odd Héritage bottle found on ebay

    Ah, I didn't realize that. A little searching around has turned this up to confirm. I suspect it's just a rarity for the bottle use in this case and that the fragrance has no distinctive cachet. ...
  60. Re: Please Guerlain experts: a very odd Héritage bottle found on ebay

    Wow... great find! I've definitely never seen this before. Sure has the hallmarks of the women's vintage Guerlain fragrances like Vol de Nuit, Mitsouko, etc. No sign of a women's version of...
  61. Re: Those who dislike/hate La Nuit De L'Homme ... care to explain why?

    I don't find it too sweet. It's nice. But, kind of bland as Diamondflame pointed out. For me, it also has a synthetic edge. True, a majority of the ingredients in recently made perfumes are...
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    I like it. I'm not "head over heels" about it though. It feels too "familiar"... doesn't stand out as anything really unique or compelling. When I made a purchase from a Guerlain boutique, they...
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    Solid, dependable men's fragrance staples. :thumbsup: Do you typically go through this much in a year?
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur, Eau de parfum ?

    Are you familiar with both current and earlier formulations of Sagamore? How do they compare and which do you prefer?
  65. Re: In this thread we review a fragrance with a picture (JPG/GIFs)

    Carrie Fisher, eat your heart out! ;)


    On the flip side, Secretions Magnifique:

    http://www.whyihatedogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/doog-poop_dog.jpg
  66. [US + CANADA] Re: ◆◆◆ Nice variety of fragrances like Basala, Tam Dao, Alain Delon, Burberrys, Timbuktu, etc.

    * Bump * with price reductions
  67. Re: Roja Dove/Creed/Dior Privee/Tom Ford Private Blend/Amouage/Armani Prive/Chanel Les Exclusifs

    Remik, happy holidays to you and kudos to your prolific split hosting! Very much looking forward to receiving my first (Ambre Precieux). It's just crazy how the package has been caught up in US...
  68. Re: Scent choice when you can't smell while having a cold....

    I used this just to help me breathe a bit while I slept. You're not supposed to use it for more than *3* consecutive days and only 1 application every 12 hours. If you overuse it, the membranes...
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    Re: Traveling with open stoppered bottle.

    I wouldn't put a ziplock baggie between the bottle and the stopper, because the stopper won't stay in place very well.

    I once read about someone putting some Vaseline around the stopper, which...
  70. Poll: Re: The Almighty Battle: Aventus vs. Jubilation XXV

    There's an "Aventus gang" out there, that rallies to any Aventus thread for support. If there's a poll, they'll flood it in favor of Aventus. Jubilation people aren't as emboldened to rally. They...
  71. Re: Midnight in Paris EDT vs Midnight in Paris EDP

    Odd, that product entry on Amazon has mostly negative reviews. I wonder if a knock-off is being sold.
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    Very nice score! I recently got turned onto Gucci Nobile. Doesn't seem to be talked about much these days, not since the Alexander de Costa Nobile Royalty thing last year. Scored myself a 60ml...
  73. Re: Worth owning LIDG when you already have LIDGE?

    Sometimes what we perceive as lacking in projection is being anosmic. Some fragrance ingredients can do that for some people. Not everyone. Our palates (tastebuds) and olfactory senses have a...
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    Cigarettes are not being promoted. They've been banned from television and print ads. Exception is "e-cigarettes" which aren't offensive. Alcohol is irrelevant.

    Fragrances can certainly cause...
  75. Re: Worth owning LIDG when you already have LIDGE?

    From my experience, I wouldn't call LIDGE gourmand or strong on chocolate. If you want that kind of impression, go with Molinard Patchouli Intense. :)
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    You would think differently if "the shoe was on the other foot"... meaning YOU had allergies to certain perfume ingredients. While you personally have never met a person with an allergy to perfume...
  77. Re: Why does the current version of Davidoff Zino smell like an emergency room?

    And what irony, as I find Zino so peaceful and serene. Can't sleep? Spray on some Zino and nod off in the soft blanket of rosewood, patchouli, lavender and sandalwood. ;)
  78. Re: Creed is probably my least favourite company due to my experiences.

    I hope this doesn't descend into another Creed bashing thread.

    I don't really care for the house. I would own some if they were priced much less. I might have bought Royal Oud this season with...
  79. Re: Why does the current version of Davidoff Zino smell like an emergency room?

    I have both. I don't consider Zino a "powerhouse". There is no oakmoss in it. Brazilian rosewood, patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, rose, and other ingredients.

    The current formulation is lighter...
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    Well you're right in that it can be "in their head"... if you're smelling something you don't enjoy, that it starts to grate on you and induce a reaction like a headache or stuffy nose.

    There is a...
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    Re: Today I bought: December 2014

    Wow! I've never seen such an impressive Captain Molyneux collection. Congrats! Did you buy all at once, or just made one addition and you're showing us your collection as-is? Where did you find...
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    Re: What´s Happen with my M7?

    I've got bottles of both M7 r1 and M7 r2. There is a difference, but subtle to my nose. Into the dry down, very hard to tell the difference.

    Funny, I just sampled M7 Oud Absolu the other day and...
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    Re: Semi-blind bought AdP Oud, what to expect?

    I got lucky on a partial bottle purchase and I'm very glad I did, now that I've lived with it for a while. I wasn't sure at first, and figured I could easily resell if it didn't "take". But now,...
  84. Re: I don't understand the repugnancy for Grey Flannel. Best smell of a soap bar out there!

    Same here. Smothering violet/iris accompanying an extremely soapy impression. Laundry drier freshener sheets. I suspect the vintage is much, MUCH better.
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    Re: Gucci PH1 - why so much hype?

    "Wooden closet lined with cedar... why would you want to smell like that?" -- a female friend

    "Nice, very woodsy. Definitely wear this with a flannel shirt, if you're into that kind of thing."...
  86. Re: Fragrance went from "I like it well enough to buy it" to "get this off of me!"

    Yes, it has happened with me a few times. Part of it I attribute to my gradually increasing exposure to more fragrances, evolving my nose.

    I liked vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme at first, but...
  87. Re: On the hunt for "Five Star" fragrances. All because I bought a book! HAIAHA!

    I agree, "The Guide" is a fun read and there's some educational content to it as well. But then it's also laced with Turin's brash and unforgiving opinions. I've sampled fragrances he fawned over...
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    This is pathetic. It's not the city's fault -- it was the other employee! If someone blasts music from their computer, with harsh tones at high decibels that completely violates other co-workers...
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    Lomaniac does bring up a good point. But if you want a good example of substances that can be toxic and silently introduced into a product, look at China. They've had numerous cases of careless...
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    Re: Why must anyone listen to the IFRA?

    Thanks for that post, DuNezDeBuzier. I'm humbled. I had no idea there was a North America counterpart to the IFRA. And it appears they're more involved in the safety checking of chemicals in our...
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    Re: Significant Other Overrules

    I'm not currently in a relationship, but a friend of mine is and he loves vintage Kouros while his fiancee can't stand it. He had to let go of all of his stash except one 50ml bottle, which he keeps...
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    Re: Are you keeping a secret?

    The only reason I could think of for anyone to keep a secret about would be a hard to find vintage/discontinued fragrance that doesn't get a lot of attention. The more people you tell, the more...
  93. Re: Obsession for men, multiple older versions? CK Cosmetics Co? Help!

    ^ There were several older bottles that appeared in November, and I missed a few before finally getting one. I get fairly decent longevity but projection fades off after a couple of hours. Still,...
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    Re: Boucheron Jaipur Homme

    You're right, my mistake. I didn't realize that there's a Versailles Pour Homme by Jean Desprez.


    Jaipur Homme can be cloying. And I honestly don't think anyone can really pull it off in the...
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    Re: Why do we do it?

    I can so relate to what you mean. This is especially true for vintages that are becoming harder to source. Or with a limited edition. If I find something I like, I'm driven to get a few backup...
  96. Re: Which long-term fragrance are you still excited to wear?

    I've not been at this long enough, but I have a feeling YSL M7 will be the one. I don't have a lot of it and so every spray feels a bit special.
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    Re: Do you use perfume every day?

    No. Sometimes I just forget. :) But in the evening, I often apply some before going to bed. Nice to take in an aroma while drifting off into slumber.
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    Re: "Unisex" a misnomer?

    What's in a word? Whatever meaning is intended for it. "Unisex" is simple, easy to say... and we all know what it means here. I don't see any merit to scrutinizing it. Word are often "shifted" in...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Yeah, probably too small of an audience to focus on earlier formulations of classic fragrances... more "career advantageous" to stick with newer releases.
  100. Re: Top 40 Most Reviewed Fragrances on Basenotes with Overall Ratings

    While I applaud bootylicious for his work, this kind of list is more interesting to me. True, some fragrances have a greater "strength" due to the total number of reviews, but just because some...
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