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  1. Re: Do you prefer having one signature fragrance or having a small collection to choose from?

    Neither. I pick Option C: having a LARGE collection to choose from.

    (Channeling Leonidas from 300): “This is BASENOTES!!!” :wink:
  2. Re: Why is there so much hate for Grey Flannel?

    LOL. One could potentially hazard a guess at the ages of posters by the content of their post. What real men ought to smell like is clearly subjective and era-dependent. Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s,...
  3. Re: Who's tried Les Indémodables? Thoughts?

    Thank you for the insight. Will add them to my sampling list...
  4. Re: Who's tried Les Indémodables? Thoughts?

    *RESURRECTED*

    Any further thoughts on this house? Has anyone tried their Musc des Sables? Perfumer: Antoine Lie.

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  5. Thread: Death

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    Re: Death

    Omg. How could I forget this?? I had quite a macabre experience with it in the Aftelier sampling round.
  6. Re: Luckuyscent's new SUMMER CITRUS SAMPLE PACK

    Thanks for sharing your impressions of these fragrances. Gotta admit I was curious about the Les Indemodables but not anymore lol. I heard pretty much the same thing about Amber Cologne but did you...
  7. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    The problem lies NOT with the fragrances but with the personal association you have with the ‘ash tray’ vibe these 3 fragrances seem to share. I’m curious though; why did your dad take you to that...
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    EBay. But it’s not worth the price the scalpers are asking for.
  9. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    I’m afraid I have to leave out Derby as I haven’t tried the current iteration. Sycomore EDP won’t make the top 10 either.
    From those listed:
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    Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur
    Hermes Terre d’Hermes

    Random alphabetical pick ...just to name 2 accessible fragrances with mass appeal and none of the traits you highlighted.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

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    I have a love-hate relationship with immortelle notes. But in Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade it is perfectly counterbalanced.
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    Re: Testing Methods

    I’m seldom hung up on ‘longevity’ issues so a spray to the hand / arm method has served me well all these years. I’d apply an hour before bed and wake up in time to check on the drydown (or lack of...
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

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  14. Re: Does light ACTUALLY cause fragrances to expire prematurely or is that a myth?

    More of an urban legend FWIW. How many chemical compounds do you know chemically react under exposure to light? Not many, and most of these are used in photo-developing processes, certainly not in...
  15. Re: Recommendation for someone who LOVES Tuscan Leather

    Try Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque.
  16. Re: Be wearing cologne all my life, I just started on collecting..

    You’re definitely one of us. Welcome to the best-smelling tribe!
  17. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    A ratio of 2.43 or 204 fragrances across 85 houses.

    Ok now I’m officially depressed...
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    Re: JV Artisan Pure vs Prada L'homme

    Both will work. I don’t mind having either one (or both) in my wardrobe.
  19. Re: Which fragrance to wear with this outfit?

    Agree with Alex, it’s hard NOT to stand out wearing THAT outfit in a church. But you already knew that, you sly dawg... :wink:

    I’d pick Dia - it’s an an elegant yet elusive fragrance that’s least...
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    Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    Agree with this. There’s a lot of ground to cover ostensibly in the next(?) thread on ‘Intermediate/ Advanced Level Fougere Hybrids’. :smiley:
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    Re: Pairing with Chanel Cuir de Russie

    Thanks for the insightful article, @pluran. Indeed Octavian’s blog/writing is sorely missed.
  22. Re: Help me find the scent I once had - bottle ID challenge!

    An under-12 minute challenge, eh? :smiley:
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    There is no singular best oriental IMO. But Sultan Pasha Aurum d’Angkhor comes very close.

    But if you’re into Neanderthal man’s orientals, I suppose you could do a lot worse than MFK Absolue Pour...
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    Nothing to worry about. Even with the greenhouse effect within the confines of a delivery truck, the cardbox packaging is a poor heat conductor and will go some length in insulating the bottle from...
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    Re: Death

    +1 Oliver Durbano Black Tourmaline

    Adding: Anatole Lebreton Grimoire

    Also +1 to Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
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    Re: Pairing with Chanel Cuir de Russie

    Following thread++. :thumbup:

    I'm inclined to favor the Dior Homme + Cuir de Russie pairing. I reckon the former's powdery sweetness would segue well to the latter's plushier leather base.
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    Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    Timely thread, ZealotCrusader. :thumbsup: The variations are mind-boggling, to say the least. So this could be very interesting...

    Here's my pick of 8:

    Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro
    - aromatic...
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    Re: Best Franck Boclet

    I like Leather. I own & enjoy Violet. Curious about Just: the notes seem right up my alley.
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

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    Bois Tabac Virginia by Le Jardin Retrouvé
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    Aldehydes, florals, sandalwood. I’m somewhat curious to see how this compares to a Chanel.
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    ‘Vanilla and creamy sandalwood’ finish sounds like a popular ‘base’. It’s really a marketing term for some ACs, isn’t it? Not bowled by the bottle presentation either; it looks like some cheap...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 16th July, 2019

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    Re: eBay: A nightmare for sellers too

    Scammers gonna scam. You can’t beat them all. Just be sure to include very clear photos and more ‘boilerplate’ indemnity clauses to deter would-be scammers from buying your stuff. If it looks like...
  34. Re: How do you break a mental "Tie" between scents to pick a SOTD???

    Layer them. Wear one on each arm. Go with the flow. :smiley:
  35. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    This. But I would like some vintage bottle of Angel and Alien
  36. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    Oh, I don’t know. But I’m willing to bet a sniff of some well-aged Mysore sandalwood distillates would do a lot to change your mind. :smiley:
  37. Re: Came across this excellent interview of Andy Tauer

    Thanks for the link. Good interview. I remember the Mandy Aftel book Andy referenced...
  38. Re: Which fragrance gladly come back to and rediscovering many years after the first testing?

    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
    Armani Eau pour Homme

    ...vintage, of course. These were scents from my early 20s. Nostalgia aside, IMO they’re still terrific fragrances by today’s...
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    Overdrawn credit cards...? :wink:


    Jokes aside, the white hot oud trend continues unabated, motivating distillers to start their own artisanal lines of fragrance. One of the stellar stuff you...
  40. Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    I’m drawn to balsamic resins and deep mossy woods. I find them soothing and ‘centering’.
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    Re: New products from Ormonde Jayne

    Not a fan of merengues. But as a fan of the house, I look forward to try the Elixirs.
  42. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I’ll recommend a few drops of aged Mysore sandalwood oil to show what a single high quality ingredient is capable of.
  43. Re: Angry at performance of new fragrance what can you do?

    What can you do? Well you can bend over and...

    ...give it another year. :wink:

    Sometimes it takes time for fresh batch of fragrances to ‘mature’. I recall posting about my bottle of ‘weak and...
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    Re: The Loewe House.

    Esencia Loewe, without a doubt.
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    Re: Your favorite cinnamon fragrances?

    Another big +1 for Serge Lutens Rousse.
  46. Re: Making labels for decants without a label maker?

    Nice tips, AceyMan and Ifti. I find plain labels from labelmakers too rudimentary; they just won’t do.
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    Re: Oliver & Co. Niche Perfumery Thread

    I took a chance last year and grabbed a few on the cheap. It was a mistake I will not repeat. There’s good reason why the leftovers are from the Nebulae series; the synthetics on display are harsh &...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    An elegant scent, easily wearable even to the office.
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    Re: One choice for:

    Whatever strikes my fancy on that day. With amazing options at my disposal for every situation, this is the best way to go about it. As for sex, it doesn’t matter one bit; when the heat is on...it is...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    LOL. I know the exact feeling. Happened to me last week.
    Seriously though. Is it too much trouble to update their stock availability info?
  51. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    That’s probably good news, assuming it retails for a lot less. Meanwhile the discontinued original PB version will likely acquire the coveted ‘unicorn’ status and trade for big moolah on eBay.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Helluva coverage, Earlyn. Thank you!
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    Ok, I’ll man up.

    Tommy Girl :smiley:
  54. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    Polo
    Grey Flannel
    Eau Sauvage Parfum
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Fahrenheit
  55. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    I’ll vouch for this. Somewhat abstract but it really smells great. Underrated house btw.
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    Re: Tuscan Leather worth it in 2019?

    Since Tuscan Leather’s debut in 2007 there had been a slew of copycats /contenders, with little tweaks here and there to differentiate themselves from the original. You might want to check out this...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Good point @Finnster. If we leave out the so-called ‘clones’, perhaps it might be easier to be a little more objective with the reviews. But Guerlain being the storied house that it is, every perfume...
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    Re: Fragrance du Bois

    Anyone tried their latest Borneo Oud yet?
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    Re: Fragrance du Bois

    Having tried many of them ( all except Nature’s Treasures line) I consider myself a fan of this house. I believe they use their cultivated oud sparringly in their fragrances just to lend a little...
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Aftelier Cacao - lovely chocolate truffles & blood orange. Bloody expensive though.
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    Re: Fragrances With a Free Gift

    As a matter of fact, I have. I’m such a sucker for smart, preppy looking leather/canvas holdalls and have in the past got them with fragrance purchases from Ralph Lauren, Bvlgari and Zegna. Only 1...
  62. Re: “Chewy” or “fatty” fragrances = what?

    Dense or viscous, multi-faceted, evolving slowly = ‘chewy’. Typically applies on heavy orientals.

    Example: Ottoman Empire
  63. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Hmmm $270 for an EDP...? It has to be really good. But let me get my nose on a sample first.
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    Re: List of reference perfumes?

    ‘Reference’ is a loaded yet somewhat ambiguous word. Are we talking about fragrances in which the referenced note/accord is highlighted (front-and-center) or fragrances which made an exemplary use of...
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    LOL. With friends like these, who needs enemies, eh? :wink:
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    Won’t be holding my breath here. Amouage’s more recent stuff don’t seem to generate the buzz they once did. Perhaps the market is just so saturated right now. Btw did anyone else notice the ‘cognac’...
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    Re: Strange Article - Thoughts?

    Yup. Definitely a ‘dick move’. His reference list is equally laughable.
  68. Re: Kids and perfume (I may not get my rental deposit back)

    Shrewd boys; probably figured the ‘one spritz rule’ only applies to on-skin application. No rules had been set for ‘in-room’ or ‘on-wall’ applications so... :smiley:
  69. Re: Old School Vs. Modern What Do You Gravitate To Most?

    This. In a nutshell.
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    Re: Anything similar to Sahraa Oud?

    Funny how I had that exact same reaction the first time I sampled Sahraa Oud. It was the only thing that stopped me from buying a full bottle years ago. But till today I haven’t found its...
  71. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    ‘Expensive’ is relative, ‘worth’ is subjective. Unfortunately ‘ignorance’ is absolute: BNers aren’t ‘most people’.
  72. Re: Is terre de Hermès eau fraiche an unsung hero

    While it’s indeed a fresher albeit more fleeting take on the original, it is not nearly as interesting which makes it somewhat redundant IMO, especially if you already own the EDT.
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    Both my grandmas were non-smokers; their bags smelled mostly of floral powder, lipstick and makeup. I reckon something with a fair bit of suede, iris and violets. Serge Lutens Daim Blond or Dior Cuir...
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    Re: Awesome Flea Market deals!

    Lol. Who actually buys this sh!t?

    But it makes for a good exercise in bottle identification though...
  75. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Azzaro Chrome. Worn by Optimus Prime no less.
  76. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Thank you. It wears nicely indeed. Very refined. Kinda reminds me of Royal Oud.
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    Re: Celebrity Assignment

    Client: Helen Mirren ( yeah, weird crush, I know lol)

    For her: A refined blend of iris suede, floral tobacco, birch leather and a hint of musk, fit for a sophisticated woman of style and...
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    Re: American Oud — Ensar Oud

    I can literally see the money evaporating into thin air with each spray. Why don’t they make this an attar?
  79. Re: IMO, The Theory of "Absent Fondness" is at the Heart of Our Fragrance Hobby.

    I echo these sentiments. Big wardrobes allow me to keep things ‘fresh’.
  80. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

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    Re: Zegna Javanese Patchouli

    Cool story, InPursuit.

    I’m a big fan of the line, having in my wardrobe Haitian Vetiver, Italian Bergamot, Mediterranean Neroli, Peruvian Ambrette & Florentine Iris. What irks me, however, is the...
  82. Re: New York Times: "Could this be the end of frankincense?"

    I’d rather see the end of ‘franken-scents’...
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    Re: Zegna Javanese Patchouli

    Yup. They’re pulling a Chanel-style ‘upgrade’. Has anyone done any EDT vs EDP comparison?
  84. Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    *M a i n s t r e a m*
    Chanel
    Cartier
    Ermenegildo Zegna

    *N i c h e*
    Areej Le Doré
    Sultan Pasha
    Rogue Perfumery
    La via del Profumo
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    Re: Zegna Javanese Patchouli

    Congrats on the acquisition! I like Javanese Patchouli too but figured 125 ml is way too much juice for something I might wear once or twice a month.
  86. Re: Cold/Detached Fragrances (In Need Of Recommendations)

    I still find L’Eau Bleue d’Issey pour Homme somewhat disconcerting. It’s fresh, spicy but unsmiling.

    Other notably sombre characters include Narciso Rodriguez for Men and Lalique Encre Noire.
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    Re: Zegna Javanese Patchouli

    It’s true about the discontinuation. A shame really. Never seen it listed in private sales either so you’re probably out of luck. You might want to look up eBay /Amazon but be prepared to get...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Awesome tips. Thanks, guys! :thumbup:
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Think I’ll go with Penhaligon’s Sartorial this Friday. It’s been a while since I last wore it...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    So what’s new? Perhaps had they priced their fragrances more reasonably these private decanting arrangements wouldn’t have taken place.
  91. Re: Anyone have any experience with Oliver&Co?

    I grabbed a few on the cheap in the last sale - Resina, Ambergreen, Orion. IMO this house has a prominently synthetic DNA. It worked OK in Resina and Veil but veers towards ‘screechy’ in many of the...
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    Re: Who here runs a fragrance business?

    I don’t expect any numbers to show up; OP has a better chance at winning the lottery IMO. If I have a fragrance business, I’d have to be really stupid to reveal the details OP requested on a public...
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    Re: Fun new haul

    If I had those bottles waiting outside my house, I’d be a happy camper too! Not too sure about the more recent Heritage (heard the sandalwood’s been dialled down or substituted) but the other two are...
  94. Re: Latest Armani Prive (Non-Limited) - Orangerie Venise!

    Was wondering myself how different this could be from Oranger Alhambra which didn’t leave much of a lasting impression. I read ‘long-lasting’ and then ‘Ambroxan’ and knew this is probably for the...
  95. Re: Different speeds that mind grasps scent

    One of the factors influencing my appreciation of a fragrance is the perfumer’s execution of the fragrance concept. I find it more enjoyable when I’m able to experience the fragrance as it is...
  96. Re: The fragrances you smell on others when out that always puts a smile on your face.

    Chanel No.22. As some might have guessed, I haven’t smiled for a looooong time now....
  97. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Contemplating...

    tobacco & oakmoss

    juniper & frankincense

    tobacco & frankincense
  98. Re: The "Absolute" fragrance a few years on - real category or marketing buzzword?

    There’s a little article in GQ 2015 that raises similar points.

    Personally I feel the original term’s been ‘hijacked’ as a marketing concept.
  99. Re: Armani Eau Pour Homme , 89% Volume Vintage ......

    Iirc my 1st bottle from the late 1990s had a fairly dark juice too, though not quite as dark as the OP’s bottle. Anyway as long as it smells great, who cares about the colour, right? :smiley:
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Thank you @theladymay for such a thoughtful response. Appreciate your generous offer for which I’m more than happy to compensate. I have received many fragrant parcels from US without any trouble. I...
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