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  1. Re: Gendarme and flankers. Any fans?

    If the Gendarme EDP had a base that was a bit warmer, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I enjoy Gendarme, but I wish it evolved a bit rather than being so linear.
  2. Re: Gendarme and flankers. Any fans?

    Lanky - do you notice any differences between the EDC and the EDP?
  3. Re: I have discovered the "come hither" holy grail ... Lancome Hypn˘se Homme!

    Where can one get a sample of this? It's been on my radar for ages, but I don't like to blind buy. This one sure does have some enthusiastic fans.
  4. Re: Has there been, or will there be, a male fragrance with the same impact as Chanel No 5?

    +1 for Polo green. That one really defined an era, but it didn't endure through decades that followed, perhaps because by the 80s and 90s, mall culture had launched the fast fashion era... or...
  5. Re: What are your best NON SWEET/NON POWDERY sexy night/date scents?

    I prefer Hanae Mori HM in EDT.
    I prefer Hanae Mori HiM in EDP.

    A lot of people misunderstand ETD/EDP. EDPs usually have greater longevity but less projection (because they're more concentrated...
  6. Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    LOVE! ...but... it's not quite me.

    I think Declaration is fantastic, but it took me some time to appreciate. Where Terre d'Hermes smells strikingly modern, Declaration has a touch of an old...
  7. Re: Gendarme and flankers. Any fans?

    OK - how about some mini reviews? Here goes! After the first one, the rest are mostly just first impressions after a few hours on skin.

    Gendarme is one I own a bottle of. I think my bottle is...
  8. Gendarme and flankers. Any fans?

    I recently picked up the 8 sample set from Gendarme and it's kind of fascinating. I went a bit overboard while sampling them tonight, since many of them seem similar though perhaps not in a bad way....
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    Re: The Amouage Experiment

    Man oh man are you in for some fun.

    My only advice would be to resist urges to go overboard and really focus on one scent at a time because many of those are beastly and extremely complex.
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  10. Re: What are your best NON SWEET/NON POWDERY sexy night/date scents?

    It's funny how different people get different things out of a scent. To me, YSL L'homme isn't very sweet at all - but I'm not saying you're wrong. There must be something specific about it some...
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    Re: Bleu De Chanel

    I did that last spring. The more I wore it, the more I hated it... and yet, when I smell it on someone in public, it smells good. It's kind of like when I'm walking home and I pass by a certain...
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    Re: Bleu De Chanel

    I don't see Bleu as being sporty at all - but that's part of the trick this scent seems to play. It's right down the middle of the road in so many ways, and that probably has a lot to do with its...
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    Re: Bleu De Chanel

    THIS.

    I understand the idea of not wanting to wear something that has become very popular because you prefer to be unique. But I don't understand badmouthing quality simply because it's popular. ...
  14. Re: Oliver & Erwin Creed vs Jean Claude Ellena Hermes Budget

    I wonder what a typical major release fragrance budget is. I have no idea.

    Who would create the better fragrance? I guess it depends on how you define what better means. Jean Claude Ellena...
  15. Re: What are your best NON SWEET/NON POWDERY sexy night/date scents?

    Great topic!

    It's funny how if a guy makes an effort to be sexy, it can come off as if sex is all he wants, but if a guy makes an effort to be charming and fun to be with, it can be more sexy than...
  16. Re: waiting is the hardest part...

    My building is always dead last on my mail carrier's route and it drives me nuts! Even services like FedEx, UPS, etc seem to hit my building last. If you have a Mac and/or an iPhone, the app called...
  17. Re: Help me find a scent for a gift!

    +1. I was just about to recommend it! Another thought: HdP, 1725.



    Definitely give it a sniff, just in case. I can't say enough good things about Tom Ford Extreme. The only downside might...
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    Poll: Re: Aventus Batch Variation Poll

    Jive - I totally agree that bottles of Aventus from 2010 were different. I have a theory about that, though it's only a theory. My guess is that Aventus turned out to be a bigger success than Creed...
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    And I'd say that again. Because there's no way to know if the measurement device is accurate, to me, the video isn't proof. I'm not saying he's wrong. That bottle may indeed be 20ml short. I'm...
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    That's precisely it. I don't know that it is accurate or inaccurate.
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    Oh, I'm not saying it doesn't happen - and when it does happen, it's either shoddy design at best or intentionally cheating customers at worst. Splitters would be the first ones to spot it since...
  22. Re: A*Men Pure Malt or Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club

    Where can samples be found?
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    Re: Choosing your daily scent

    I think about the weather, what I'll be doing that day and who I'll be around. A winter day at work calls for a different scent than a weekend day with friends or a Friday evening with a date.


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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    Not really. Look at the cup he's measuring with. Expecting precision with a cup like that is silly. I'd feel differently if he'd used something else to get a precise measurement rather than a...
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    I'm not saying it never happens, but that Ormonde Jayne bottle video is more comedy than fact. Measuring a $225 bottle of perfume with a fifty cent cup is kind of funny. We don't know for a fact...
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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    Finished? No. Of course not. Just because they may make fragrances that you or I don't enjoy as much as previous releases, doesn't mean those fragrances are bad. And it doesn't mean those...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Parfum (?)

    No worries. Eros and Fahrenheit Le Parfum are two very different scents. I was only making the comparison for the sake of one note... as if to say, if you enjoy it in this, you'll probably enjoy...
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    Re: Bleu De Chanel

    If it's not for you, no worries. That doesn't mean it's bad - it just means it's not for you. Bleu isn't for me either, but it is a major mainstream hit. It's everywhere because everybody is...
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    Poll: Re: Aventus Batch Variation Poll

    THIS.

    It always bugs people who need to believe in drastic batch variations when I mention this, but during the Huddler era here on basenotes, I did an experiment. I sent samples of Aventus to 2...
  30. Re: Give love a second chance (Fragrance/House/Note/Accord)

    I love revisiting scents to see how my tastes have changed.

    When I first picked up Tom Ford Extreme in a swap here, I was bummed. I didn't like it at all - it just seemed too dark and foreboding....
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    Re: Fahrenheit Parfum (?)

    +1 to everything Gerbick said. Fahrenheit Le Parfum is very much its own scent. I'm surprised by how much I didn't like it. I love Fahrenheit and thought this could be a home run for me... but,...
  32. Re: Has your blind buy success rate improved over time?

    Nope. In fact, I've mostly stopped blind buying... but I can tell based on recent sampling that blind buying would be disastrous for me. There's a huge difference in a breakdown of notes and how...
  33. Re: (IMO) Aventus is not as versatile as many people claim

    I agree, 100%. I wore it on a summer day that wasn't even particularly hot and it screamed as it projected off my skin. If somebody wants to be That Guy, wearing Aventus in the summer will do the...
  34. Re: Daylight Savings Time Starts a week from today

    Terre d'Hermes Parfum



    THIS!!!

    Green Irish Tweed probably won't be my most worn scent for spring, but I sure am looking forward to wearing it. GIT really shines when temps rise above 60 F....
  35. Re: (IMO) Aventus is not as versatile as many people claim

    I enjoy Aventus very much, but to me, it isn't the most versatile scent. For me, it wears poorly in winter and can be too heavy in summer, but it's great in fall and marvelous in spring. It...
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    Re: Always on recommendation

    This is a perfect example of why nothing is universal. I have no doubt that Sycomore is fantastic, but I disliked it so much that I gave away a sample of it here on the freebies board. I wish I...
  37. Re: the eternal debate of spraying vs dabbing - I'll always prefer the latter

    Yes and more yes! I prefer sprays, but that's just me.
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    Re: Guess My Compliment

    It doesn't work. Molecule 01 is perfume, not a magic potion. Iso E Super, when diluted to perfume strength, has a smell that's mostly woody but also a little citric. As a perfume ingredient, it's...
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    Re: Top 5 Designer Fragrances

    Yeah. I think it looks like this now. Clear bottle, green juice. Maybe they're trying to modernize the look of it? Eh, who knows.
    ...
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    Re: Guess My Compliment

    I hope you didn't misinterpret what I was saying. Iso E Super isn't bad at all. In fact, it's a fantastic ingredient, and it's been used in many amazing fragrances, including Encre Noir, Fierce,...
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    Re: Top 5 Designer Fragrances

    Y'know, I've had that exact same thought. My best guess is that the people at Claiborne didn't realize the potential of what they had, so they took the discount retail approach. I'm sure that...
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    Re: Guess My Compliment

    I find Iso E Super to be a great supporting character but not much of a lead. Netflix recently added the first five seasons of M*A*S*H. What a great show! Did you know there was a pilot for a show...
  43. Re: just wondering (needing input) +++

    It sure does seem suspicious if he's active on BN but not responding to your messages.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Guess My Compliment

    I had a feeling Molecule 01 would be the stinker because I've gotten some negative feedback on it - not a lot, but some. I was on a major Molecule 01 kick back in fall of 2012. I had a large sample...
  45. Re: just wondering (needing input) +++

    Did you buy from a post in the basenotes Items For Sale board? If so: Did the seller remove the item from his For Sale list?

    I'd be suspicious after 3 weeks of no communication.
  46. Re: How many bottles did you buy in 2014?

    12 - but several of them were swaps. I try to limit myself to one a month. If I buy two in a month, I skip the next month. I'm actually more into swapping than buying these days since I'd rather...
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    Re: Top 5 Designer Fragrances

    - Terre d'Hermes Parfum
    - Tom Ford Extreme
    - Gucci Pour Homme II
    - Gendarme
    - Curve (yes, Curve)

    Honorable mentions to:
    - Fahrenheit
    - Grey Vetiver
  48. Re: February 2015 - Most Worn Fragrances

    Terre d'Hermes Parfum
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Rose 31
    Gucci Our Homme II
    L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I've been wearing TdH Parfum quite a bit lately. It seems like, the more I wear it, the more I enjoy...
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    Re: Guess My Compliment

    Compliment: Eternity or Fierce
    Stink: Molecule 01?
  50. Poll: Re: Do You Have a Collection or a Wardrobe?

    Wardrobe.

    I only buy 'em to wear 'em, so there isn't anything I bought for the sake of collecting. My fragrance wardrobe is a lot like my clothing wardrobe. I have things I wear year round and...
  51. Re: Bought Mont Blanc Individuel blind.

    Let's put it this way. I have samples of both because I've been debating buying one. Since either can be had for under $100 at discounters, I don't care about the price difference. I mean, yeah,...
  52. Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    THIS! I was just about to say that I got a nice compliment from a woman (in her late 20s?) yesterday while wearing Varvatos Vintage. On a rainy day, this stuff is excellent. I think there's...
  53. Re: Bought Mont Blanc Individuel blind.

    - Individuel was released in 2003.
    - Original Santal was released in 2005.

    Individuel isn't the clone.
  54. Re: Bought Mont Blanc Individuel blind.

    If you enjoyed Original Santal, you'll enjoy Individuel. I think it's excellent.

    In my experience, this is true:



    ...but not this:
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    Re: Ormond Jayne

    REALLY?!? ...mind blown... It's very good, but I'd never put it in that league. Wow!



    I have to assume my sample is very recent, and it is definitely long lasting.
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    Re: All male office

    I don't - but if I did, I'd wear Terre d'Hermes Parfum and Grey Vetiver. I'd wear them lightly, of course, but those two seem very appropriate for work and exude a sense of manly confidence, each in...
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    Poll: Re: poll: Bvlgari fragrances

    I need to revisit a few of these. I didn't vote because I don't have an answer. I do enjoy Man Extreme, but I don't enjoy it enough to buy it.... but I bet it has some fans, and for the right guy,...
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    Re: Disguised

    Nobody is "disguising" scents - as in, hiding them, camouflaging them or giving them a different appearance in order to conceal their identity. Sure, there are some niche scents that have mass...
  59. Re: Pick one of your favorite colognes and describe it to a "newbie" in one sentence

    Versace Eros is the comic sans of men's fragrances. To err is human. To Eros is bletch.
  60. Re: Pick one of your favorite colognes and describe it to a "newbie" in one sentence

    That's awesome, and it's so true. Grey Vetiver is such great stuff.
  61. Re: Pick one of your favorite colognes and describe it to a "newbie" in one sentence

    Terre d'Hermes Parfum: A manly orange scent that smells smart and serious yet is oddly alluring. (Note that I'm talking about the TdH Parfum, not the original Terre d'Hermes)

    Interlude Man:...
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    Re: Disguised

    I still don't understand specifically what you're trying to ask.

    Are you trying to ask this:
    Which designer scents smell like they could have been released as niche?
    Or are you trying to ask...
  63. Re: Sometimes fragrances smell different...

    I experience this too. For me, it's all about the weather. Specifically, I'm referring to two things: Heat and Humidity. Varvatos scents seem like they wear very differently on a humid day. On a...
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    Re: Amouage

    A major question here is going to be about the climate where you live. If it's humid, I think you'll struggle to wear most Amouage scents in the summer. Summers have low humidity where I live, so...
  65. Poll: Re: When Projection is Beyond Arms Length (3 feet or more)

    Acronym soup is best served cold.
  66. Re: The Scent of Peace for Him by Bond No 9?

    I did a 180 on this one too. I really liked it at first, but then I noticed something weird. SOPFH seems to wear in two layers where part of the smell extends much further than another part... ...
  67. Re: Color me impressed! Frapin's Passion Boisee - An all-star blend

    Holy moly, your description has me dying to try this one!!! That sounds FANTASTIC!
  68. Re: Scents that weaken as they are used

    I suspect that you've more or less taught your nose the scent, so something that initially smelled so strong has become something you know, which means it doesn't demand your attention as much when...
  69. Poll: Re: When Projection is Beyond Arms Length (3 feet or more)

    OF = Olfactory Fatigue.
  70. Poll: Re: When Projection is Beyond Arms Length (3 feet or more)

    THIS!



    THIS TOO!

    I love longevity, but I'm not a fan of big projection. I think it's funny how people will rank projection on a scale of 1 to 10, as if more is better. No thanks. I'm not...
  71. Re: First time smelling and comparing Fahrenheit vintage and reformulated.

    THIS! Three sprays last 10+ hours easily on my skin. Easily. Actually, it's probably more like 12 to 14 hours. My bottle is from 2012 and it's a performance champ.
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    Re: Disguised

    I don't understand what you're saying or asking. Many what disguised themselves as what last week? And what does "niche fragrances that are "disguised" designers" mean? Are you asking which niche...
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    Re: Best Al Rehab's?

    How dominant is the cumin in Khaliji? Is it more dominant than the spices are in Declaration, for example?
  74. Re: Is it too much to have ADG and Polo blue at the same time?

    If you enjoy them both, own them both. Only you can decide what is or isn't worth your money.

    I personally find these two to be quite different.
  75. Re: Any hope Gucci will bring back Nobile, Envy or Rush with Giannini's departure?

    No. Gucci will not bring back their discontinued scents from years ago.

    I could be wrong, but, it seems to me that Chanel and Dior view fragrance as a business unto itself, whereas Gucci views...
  76. Re: Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss - The #1 Casual/Work Scent

    Add me to the list of those who think Boss Bottled is a fantastic bargain. It's the sort of scent that just smells great. All I get from it is apple (or perhaps it's apple pie?) and a ton of Iso E...
  77. Re: Your favorite from The Different Company -

    De Bachmakov!

    It smells like the first really warm sun shining spring morning after a long hard winter, when the trees are in bloom and the birds are singing. It's downright joyous.
  78. Re: Knock off scents that are actually better than original

    THIS! ...though I'm torn between which I prefer between MBI and OS.

    It's funny how many people think MBI is a copy of Original Santal even though it was released before Original Santal.
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    Re: Going out scentless.

    I occasionally go scentless and I think it's a wise thing to do.

    First of all, it helps to make sure you're wearing fragrances for the right reason. In other words, are you wearing them because...
  80. Re: Knock off scents that are actually better than original

    I prefer Al Rehab Silver (the spray version) over Silver Mountain Water. Am I saying it's better? Nope. I'm saying I enjoy it more. The ink note is toned down and the base leans just a bit more...
  81. Re: Why wear X when you can wear Y?

    Absolutely.



    This is my mindset too. Pizza Hut is a good example. Where I went to college, we had a pizzeria that was cheaper than pizza hut but also much better. We didn't eat there to save...
  82. Re: Grey Vetiver new Eau de Toilette by Tom Ford

    I never got a gunpowder smell from Grey Vetiver EDP until I watched a youtube review by a woman who mentioned it. Actually, I think she referred to it as a bottle rocket smell. Ever since she...
  83. Re: Frags in your collection that aren't even worthy of air-freshener status

    I don't think most perfumes make for good air fresheners. It's sort of like how some things taste good as food, but they'd be awful if you put them in a blender to make drinks out of them. Imagine...
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    Re: My Top 10 under $30.

    My under $30 picks (price based on availability online, not in store. I'm not including any crazy deals I scored that are impossible to find such as my first bottle of Gph II bought new for $27, and...
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    Re: Gucci PHII praise

    To me, what you just said makes perfect sense. People say Gph II and Hanae Mori HiM smell the same, but that's silly. Gph II is a tea/tobacco scent. HiM has no tea and no tobacco. But the two do...
  86. Re: My top 10 spring/summer fragrances for 2015

    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but since the thread is basically a link to a youtube video, I thought I'd take a moment to answer this question:



    Let's look at these fragrances by putting...
  87. Re: Molecule 01 v homemade versions

    Wait, what WHUT? It isn't Iso E Super? Or are you saying Molecule 01 is Iso E Super plus Iso Gamma Super? That's certainly news to me, though I'm not saying it's wrong. Honestly, I have no idea. ...
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    Re: Gucci PHII praise

    Add me to the list of those who enjoy it very much and purchased a backup. People comparing Gph II to Hanae Mori HiM usually don't realize they're comparing top notes. These two scents smell...
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    Re: Top 10 Least Worn?

    This is a list of scents I enjoy and think highly of, but for whatever reason, I rarely reach for:

    Gucci Pour Homme 2003
    Givenchy Play Intense
    Tom Ford For Men
    Cannabis Santal
    M7 & M7 Oud...
  90. Re: Synthetic, fresh mall scents (not a hate thread)

    Mont Blanc Legend Intense. I can't help thinking this one might be quite a mainstream compliment catcher.
  91. Re: 5 specific scent fragrances every man should own

    A man should own scents that please him. One? Five? Fifty? There's no magic number, and there are no specific scents or even scent categories. I do think there are some scents that every man who...
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    Re: Mont Blanc Individuel

    LOL! I forgot about YSL L'homme. I'm actually not a fan of YSL L'homme. I think it's great - it's incredibly versatile and it sure is a people pleaser - but it's not a scent I personally enjoy at...
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    Re: Mont Blanc Individuel

    This is my experience too, though it might not quite last 18 hours for me, but definitely at least 12 hours. I couldn't wear it in the summer, but I certainly could during fall, winter or even...
  94. Re: Similar alternatives to MillÚsime imperial?

    I know what you mean, but I don't get wet dog. I get a weird fishy smell, and I'm baffled by it. I'd love Wall Street minus the fish... but Wall Street minus the fish wouldn't be Wall Street. For...
  95. Re: What laundry detergent do you use to wash your clothes?

    I used to use Gain, and I actually got a few compliments on it, believe it or not. In each case, it was because I was hanging up the laundry or had just hung it up. I switched to unscented...
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    Re: Mont Blanc Individuel

    Do you mean the 2008 Dior Homme Sport? 2012 is the current version.




    The spray occasionally shows up on Amazon, but it looks like it's sold out. The roll on is there though. I prefer the...
  97. Re: Anything similar La Nuit De L'Homme or Dior Homme Intense?

    I was just about to recommend Avant Garde. It's definitely not the same as La Nuit, but I prefer it.
  98. Re: An innovative idea for using up excess juice

    25 sprays of perfume to cover up cigarette smoke? Holy cow.

    I'll occasionally use ONE spray of a fresh scent to clean the glass on some framed art. I'll spray the glass on one art piece and...
  99. Poll: Re: Creed Royal Oud or Amouage Jubilation XXV (scent, versatility)

    Royal Oud can be amazingly versatile depending on the climate where you live. If summers have low humidity, you can wear Royal Oud year round. I've even worn it on summer days above 90 F. I've...
  100. Re: Now I understand Molecule01's hype

    Molecule 01 by itself bores me. I loved it the first time I wore it, but I quickly bored of it to the point where I stopped wearing it... not because I disliked it, but because I always reached for...
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