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  1. Re: How do you compare Dior's Leather Oud to Black Tourmaline ?

    I agree with this and would add that BT is a cold scent in my opinion and Leather Oud is a much warmer scent.
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    Re: Name your top 5 fragrances you reach for.

    According to my stats:

    Or Black
    LDDM
    Vetiver Extraordinaire

    But I don't always record my wears, so I think GPH 1, GPH 2, and vintage Antaeus are up there as well.
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    Re: Tell me about Puredistance M

    I really like it, probably in my top 5, as is vintage Bel Ami. It's much denser than BA. I tend to wear it on special occasions in the fall and winter, so it will probably take me about 50 years to...
  4. [USA] Re: French Lover, Sycomore, Bois D'Ascese, Turtle Vetiver Back, Amouage Tribute

    bump
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    First of all, I wish well in your recovery.

    Gucci Pour Homme II is fairly light and pleasant while still being interesting. Easy to sample and cheap too. I also think Geranium Pour Monsieur fits...
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    Re: Suggest your 10 MUST HAVE NICHE fragrances

    Invasion Barbare
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Geranium Pour Monsieur
    French Lover
    Puredistance M
    L'Air du desert Marocain
    Bois D'Ascese
    Tuscan Leather
    Blackbird
    Avignon
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    Re: Which is your favorite niche house?

    Malle and CDG. I realize CDG is more of a designer but their fragrances, and the choices they make in their line, definitely seem more in line with a niche house.
  8. Thread: Summer Fragrances

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    Re: Summer Fragrances

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Geranium Pour Monsieur
    GPH II
    Vettiveru
    French Lover
    Invasion Barbare
    Sycomore
    Or Black
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    Re: Exploring Frederic Malle....

    I own and love Geranium Pour Monsieur, Bois D'Orage, and Vetiver Extraordinaire. I find the longevity to be pretty good on VE.

    I also love Portrait of a Lady, which I bought for my girlfriend but...
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    Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    agree completely
  11. Re: Which house do you have the most fragrances from & how many?

    3 each from Malle and CDG in my modest collection
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    Re: What's your pick(s) from Comme des Garcons line?

    One of my favorites lines. Avignon is my first choice, 2 Man is right behind and more versatile.

    Also, Wonderwood, Vettiveru, CDG 2, the EDP from '94, Kyoto, the 2013 Black, Hinoki, and Sugi.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II Thoughts

    I really enjoy it. I think it performs fairly well despite it's reputation. It is a bit close to the skin, so I find it perfect for business meetings and the like.
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    Re: Creed vs Frederic Malle

    Best may have been a bit hyperbolic; I should have said among the best. At least in my opinion.
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    Re: Creed vs Frederic Malle

    I agree that Malle's customer service is excellent. I also think that their fragrances are often the best use of a particular ingredient you will find. For example Vetiver Extraordinaire, Carnal...
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    Re: Creed vs Frederic Malle

    Definitely Malle
  17. Re: Looking for a masculine scent, but not too heavy for hot Phoenix weather

    Seconding these and LDDM
  18. Thread: rating system

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    rating system

    So, I think I'd like to pare my collection down a bit. (I'd keep small decants of the bottles I sell.) Anyway, I was having trouble deciding which bottles to get rid of so I started to rate...
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    Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Is this just to see how we'd spend the 1K or are you actually asking for advice on how to spend your 1K to start your collection? If the latter, I'd second the recommendations for sampling as much as...
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    Re: Vetiver advice: help me out!

    I think Sel de Vetiver and Roja Dove are good choices. I love the Turtle Vetiver Back, Sycomore, and Private Label suggestions, but I don't think they're bright and refreshing at all.
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    Re: Best frankincense out there?

    This is a good list. I might substitute Avignon for Zagorsk. Jubilation XXV is nice if you want something brighter.
  22. Thread: winter fragrances

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    Re: winter fragrances

    Puredistance M
    Antaeus
    Bel Ami
    LDDM
    Bois D'Ascese
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    Re: Which fragrance you wear to sleep?

    avignon
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    Excellent reviews above. You guys are making it tough not to want a bottle of Fetish.
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    My girlfriend, who is 31, really likes it on me. I'm 36 to give you context. If anything, I'm an undersprayer though -- 2 or 3 sprays max.
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    Re: Best scent under $35

    Encre Noire or Gucci Pour Homme II
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    Re: If you could start over?

    Puredistance M
    Antaeus
    Bel Ami
    Invasion Barbare
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Sycomore
    LDDM
    Santal Noble
    Avignon
    Geranium Pour Monsieur
  28. Re: Fragrances that you believe in, but just don't seem to wear as often as your other scents.

    Fahrenheit
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    Re: Help me find a scent for a gift!

    I think IB is the best of it's kind that's still in production. Sartorial and 1725 are nice too.
  30. Thread: 'Goth' fragrance

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    Re: 'Goth' fragrance

    Black Tourmaline
    Bois D'Ascese
    Bois D'Encens
    Avignon
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    Re: Clean vetiver fragrance

    Seconding Lubin Itasca
    TDH
    Timbuktu
    Grey Vetiver

    Also CDG 2 Man
  32. Re: A fragrance that could ease, comfort in sorrow and pain

    I find incense very relaxing, so I wear Avignon a lot at home. Maybe your Zagorsk will help you?
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    Re: Citrus frags with good longevity

    While primarily a vetiver, Grey Vetiver EDP has a nice citrus note and lasts a while on most people.
  34. Re: Looking for a good creamy true Mysore sandlewood fragrance

    I just got a bottle of this. Really fantastic stuff.
  35. Thread: Current Top 5?

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    Re: Current Top 5?

    Vintage Antaeus
    Puredistance M
    Invasion Barbare
    Vintage Bel Ami
    Vetiver Extraordinaire or Sycomore
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    Re: Blind buy mistake? Hermes Bel Ami

    I love all formulations of Bel Ami and think Bel Ami Vetiver is very good too. I don't find it that challenging, which seems to be a citrusy leather to me in the modern formulation. And even if you...
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    Re: Rate these Frederic Malle fragrances

    Carnal Flower -- I really dislike Tuberose, but it seems well made and long lasting
    Geranium Pour Monsieur -- I think this is brilliant. Always brings a smile to my face. Much more than a mint scent...
  38. Re: What are your best NON SWEET/NON POWDERY sexy night/date scents?

    I also find many scents to be too sweet. You mentioned mostly designers, so somewhat reasonably priced options include Or Black, Fahrenheit, Lampblack, TDH, Grey Vetiver, Givenchy Vetyver, GPH II (or...
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    Re: Massiel @ the Dior Boutique Vegas is awesome

    They really are great. Massiel is also amazing, very professional and affable.
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    Re: Help me find a scent for a gift!

    Another good one. Tom Ford Extreme too, particularly because you can probably just pop into Sephora for a sample.
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    Probably Ropion or Jean-Louis Sieuzac. Duchafour (sp?) and Polge not far behind.
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    Re: Help me find a scent for a gift!

    Invasion Barbare and Rive Gauche are both good. Maybe Azzaro PH. As for leathers, how about current Bel Ami? Any version of Eau Sauvage might be good too.
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    Re: Best Value Fragrance You've Ever Purchased?

    I've only really found two good deals. A 50ml of vintage Bel Ami, with shaving cream and deodorant for around $100.

    I also found a great deal on vintage Or Black. A 5ml mini was going for...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur or Tuscan Leather?

    I think they're both good but prefer Tuscan Leather. I find the latest formulation of MR to be more gourmand than animalic, so I think it will appeal to different types of people than TL. Just my...
  45. Re: Has your blind buy success rate improved over time?

    Yes, it's mostly from figuring out reviewers who enjoy similar types of fragrances such as alfarom, colin maillard, remik, rynegne, and others who I'm forgetting. Thanks guys!
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    Re: The Fragrance you have the most bottles of...

    I have 3 bottles of Gucci Pour Homme (probably only adds up to about 130ml though)
    And 2 bottles of:
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Vintage Bel Ami
    and Or black (one vintage and another from a few years...
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    Re: Top 5 Designer Fragrances

    Antaeus vintage
    Bel Ami vintage
    Sycomore
    Or Black
    Gucci Pour Homme I
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    Re: Which Vetiver Scents?

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
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    Re: Cilice by Euphorium Brooklyn

    I'm interested too. Thanks for posting this.
  50. Thread: M7 a must have?

    by bc78
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    Re: M7 a must have?

    I wouldn't say it's a must have, but I like it very much (as does my girlfriend). Plus, as mentioned above, you'll definitely be able to sell it back for very close to what you paid for it.
  51. Re: Do you buy fragrances that are very similar, over & over again?

    I don't have a large wardrobe but I definitely ended up unintentionally focusing on incense, vetiver, and leather.

    Some would say Bel Ami is too similar to Puredistance M, or CDG 2 Man is close...
  52. Re: Talk to me about Hermes Bel Ami and its neighbours

    These are all excellent recommendations. Bel Ami and Or Black are about as good as it gets in mu opinion. I rate Puredistance M a bit more than pluran, but I agree with the other suggestions. Patou...
  53. Thread: Nio or Vetiver

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    Re: Nio or Vetiver

    Oh, I'd go with the 3 vetivers. Vetiver Extraordinaire is my favorite summer scent and Sel de Vetiver is great too. Haven't tried the Heeley.
  54. Re: Need Advice- I'm Invited To A $1million Party . . .

    How about Jubilation XXV?
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    Re: Must try new releases- 2015 edition

    I'm looking forward to the new Ropion/Malle fragrance coming out this spring (the name escapes me)
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    Puredistance M and vintage Bel Ami are two of my absolute favorites, and I love castoreum sometimes (like in vintage Antaeus), so my wallet is telling me to pretend I never read this thread.
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    Re: Best Montale EDP for Men

    Dark Aoud is my favorite. Aoud Musk, Full Incense, and Red Vetyver are all very good too.
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    Re: Best rose and best leather

    Portrait of a Lady and Puredistance M
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    Re: Top 10 Spring/Summer NICHE scents (non-Creeds) -

    It's such a good one. Really well made but also easy to wear and perfect for any occasion/season
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    Re: Top 10 Spring/Summer NICHE scents (non-Creeds) -

    Realizing now that many of my favorite warm weather fragrances are designer. Sticking with niche

    Invasion Barbare
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Turtle Vetiver Back
    Lubin Itasca
    Geranium Pour Monsieur...
  61. Knize Ten that is a pre-reformulation (pre CH22)

    Looking for a pre-reformulation version of Knize Ten, any size

    Sale or Swap. If swap, my sale page is here:...
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    Re: Classic Fragrances

    I think these are good choices. Antaeus and Bel Ami would be good too. Derby would also fit the bill but may be a bit too expensive.
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    Re: Why did Frapin get more expensive

    I've placed a bunch of orders with both Essenza and FIF. Yes, it takes a while, but their prices and samples more than make up for it. They give quite a few samples, usually in a 2ml spray
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    Re: Looking for a nice Niche summer fragrance.

    Agreed. Also Cacio's suggestions are good too. Vetiver Extraordinaire being my favorite. I also love Invasion Barbare in the summer, but go light on the trigger.
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    Re: 5 specific scent fragrances every man should own

    Leather: Puredistance M or Bel Ami.
    Oud - M7
    Incense - Jubilation XXV if you like a warmer incense, or, if you want something more austere, Avignon is well priced
    Tobacco - Not my favorite note....
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    Re: Masque Milano - Russian Tea - NEW FRAGRANCE

    I finally sampled this last night. Excellent. I agree with Colin Maillard's description of Geranium PM mixed with Bois D'Ascese. Not quite sure if it is full bottle worthy yet, as it does remind me...
  67. Re: Between these two: which one is most versatile and much nicer to own?

    Itasca is my choice.
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    The first of my orders was on Jan 19. Oddly, that one is still in transit. I received the one I ordered on Jan 23 first.
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    Got the first of my packages and the others are scanned in by USPS. I'm on the east coast, so hopefully all of you will start getting yours soon.
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    Re: A Vetiver for summer

    This is good advice -- Vetiver Extraordinaire is excellent. If you want something a bit more affordable, perhaps Givenchy Vetyver
  71. Re: Your top 5 niche scents, released the past 6 years ( Not including Creed)

    Puredistance M
    Geranium Pour Monsieur
    Jovoy Private Label
    Tribute Attar
    Portrait of a Lady

    Not far behind at all:
    Bois d'Ascese
    Lubin Itasca
    Blackbird
  72. [USA] French Lover, Sycomore, Bois D'Ascese, Turtle Vetiver Back, Amouage Tribute

    All prices include shipping. Accepting personal payment through paypal, US only please. All items stored away from light and heat, in original boxes, unless otherwise indicated. I am happy to provide...
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    Re: Thinking of Incense....

    Agree with Norma Kamali and GPH. Also Blackbird, Bois d'Ascese and Bois D'Encens
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    Re: natural smelling woody designers

    CDG Wonderwood, perhaps
  75. Thread: French Lover 2014

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    Re: French Lover 2014

    I didn't try it until 2014. For what it's worth, I find the current version to not be very oakmossy. I really enjoy the current version though.
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    Ordered my first of three shipments on 1/19. Nothing yet but I'm optimistic it will get sorted eventually.
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    Re: A good pine scent?

    Lubin Itasca is my favorite use of pine
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    Re: Recommend a *Quality* fragrance (~$250)

    If you're looking for quality and compliments from females (which is completely understandable), I'd stick to something like Dior Vetiver, Bel Ami Vetiver, Jubilation XXV, Tuscan Leather, or Xerjoff...
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    Very, very helpful, thanks, Remik!
  80. Re: What are some must have fragrances for a collector?

    These are all good suggestions, but I'd sample all of them instead of collecting. I think it's important to sample Derby and DHI for example, but maybe you don't like mossy notes or iris, so why have...
  81. Thread: Your Top 3 Notes

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    Re: Your Top 3 Notes

    Vetiver, Leather, and Incense
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    It looks like Essenza insures their stuff too: http://essenza-nobile.de/shipping-costs.html?cSEOid=4a4fae4990ceffcc39e9aae8f9f2f038

    In relevant part: "In case of shipping outside the states of the...
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    Re: Oldest fragrance you own?

    I think that it would be 1981 Antaeus. I also have a Patou Pour Homme mini that I think is from the early 80s.
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    Re: Leather crowd pleaser

    I think your best bets for a crowd pleaser are any of the Bel Amis (Vetiver, vintage, modern) and Tuscan Leather. Puredistance M is excellent but has a cumin note that some people don't like.

    As...
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    Anyone heard of parfimo.com?

    Anyone heard of this site?

    They have some CDG, Montale, Different Company, and some other pretty good fragrances. Was thinking of picking up Sel de Vetiver but I'm on a self-imposed spending...
  86. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - Setinmental recommendations?

    The suggestions for Givenchy, Sycomore, and Vetiver Extraordinaire are very good. Lubin Itasca, Dior Vetiver, and Sel de Vetiver are good options too. Most of these are a bit pricey, but the Givenchy...
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    Poll: Re: Which one would you choose?

    All valid points. It is expensive, but try Essenza or someone to take advantage of the Euro
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    Poll: Re: Which one would you choose?

    All good choices, but Vetiver Extraordinaire is my favorite by some distance
  89. Re: Talk to me about Hermes Bel Ami and its neighbours

    Vintage Bel Ami is one of my favorites. Bel Ami Vetiver was a good suggestion. You might also try something like Cuiron, while not similar to Bel Ami, it's a softer leather that your wife might like.
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    Re: Want to treat myself...want suggestions.

    Excellent advice.
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    Re: Frags with an ultimate GOTHIC vibe?

    Another for Black Tourmaline. Also Bois D'Ascese
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    Poll: Re: Only Frederic Malle you would buy

    A very good line, in my opinion. Vetiver Extraordinaire, French Lover, Musc Ravageur, Geranium PM, and Portrait of a Lady are all excellent. Have to try Une Fleur de Cassie
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    I'm in NY so it's typically been about 10-12 days. Not ideal but worth the wait, especially given how large their samples are. First in Fragrance is very good in that regard too.
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    Of course not! I got a 100ml Portrait of a Lady for my girlfriend because it's my favorite on her. I got myself a bunch of 50ml bottles: French Lover, a backup bottle of Vetiver Extraordinaire,...
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    Re: Essenza Nobile reliable?

    The Malle fragrances are a great deal right now. I couldn't help myself.
  96. Re: Your 3 Favourite Notes and 3 Favourite Fragrances Using Those Notes.

    Good idea for a thread.

    Vetiver: Sycomore, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Turtle Vetiver Back

    Leather: Bel Ami, Or Black, Puredistance M

    Incense (I have a hard time differentiating notes here):...
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    Re: Amouage Tribute Attar

    While by no means a replacement, Papillon Anubis uses smoke, incense, rose, and leather to create a fragrance that gives a similar feel.
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    Re: Best Tobacco-Honeyish fragrance

    Agree with Chergui and TV
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    Re: Which scent would you break the bank for?

    Wow, that would last me a lifetime. Hell, I only have 5ml and I can't see myself finishing it in a decade. That stuff is seriously potent.
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    Re: Which scent would you break the bank for?

    These plus Puredistance M and Blackbird come to mind
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