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  1. Thread: Hiding purchases

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    Re: Hiding purchases

    My wife and I have an explicitly agreed upon "don't ask don't tell" policy about our purchases as long as we remain reasonable (which we do in general). If she does ask though, I'll tell her....
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    The key to this one is not to overdo it. One spray and that's it (at least in my case)! Then it can be really nice. Otherwise, it is like a foghorn and can easily get overwhelming. Maybe that was...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

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    Re: Maison Francis - pour le matin discussion

    Part of the reason you might not be getting that much feedback is that many people (such as myself) tried both and then thought the cologne would be redundant (because it shares certain qualities...
  5. Thread: Worth every penny

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    Re: Worth every penny

    Guerlain Derby. It is the most expensive full bottle I have bought (for myself) and it was worth it.


    For my wife: Malle Portrait of a Lady and Carnal Flower. Both of them worth it too.
  6. Re: New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Le Beau Parfum!!

    Thanks for your review, it's great! I am looking forward to trying this one when in Paris this May. I love tuberose, and it is one of my favorite notes on my wife ;)
  7. Re: New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Le Beau Parfum!!

    Would love to hear what you think of it! Does it lean masculine, feminine, or unisex? I am really looking forward to this one--I am a big fan of this house.
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Not necessarily--I am not a big fan of Herod, but really like Kiste. They are really different--Kiste has a prominent peach note, with as sjg3839 said, iced-tea and a little booziness from bourbon....
  9. Thread: Habit Rouge L'eau

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    Re: Habit Rouge L'eau

    Underrated for sure. Don't let the "eau" in the title fool you! Jack's description is spot on.
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    Re: Absolute Must Try Forest/Dirt/Air Frags

    +1 sample this one for sure. I would say it has more than "adequate" performance though--get ready for a ride!
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    Re: TF: Patchouli Absolu

    I think what you are describing--a "clean and smooth" patchouli--is actually what makes this one a scent people would pay $$$ for (as opposed to $80)! I would almost never pay $250 for any fragrance...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    I just had dinner with my mom (who is not a perfumista) while wearing Kiste, and I made her smell it to see what its effect would be on a "regular" nose, and her first words were, "wow, that's...
  13. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    Interesting, if that's true, that makes more sense. But I thought "ambra" meant "amber" (e.g. this mish-mash of labdanum / vanilla / benzoin, not the fossilized sap)? Ambergris (which presumably...
  14. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    Interesting... thanks for the heads up. I really liked the oud and leather scents, but this one doesn't sound as compelling to me.

    Musky marine notes? Don't exactly know what to make of that--in...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    I just got home after a long day of work and discovered this sample in the mailbox. First of all let me say that this is just such a classy move, even though there is a quite a bit of marketing savvy...
  16. Re: PSA: Counterfeit Tom Ford Neroli Portofino sold on eBay - DETAILS

    Thanks for the heads up! I was actually on ebay thinking about this one... but then decided to use my reason and got a place on one of your splits ;)

    It's also the season, with summer around the...
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    Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    I don't know how good it is but the new MFK brought to our attention by hednic, Le beau parfum, sounds awesome (for women probably). I can't wait to get one for my wife, but it is risky since I don't...
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    Re: NEW fragrance: Spicebomb Extreme

    Interesting. Thanks for the information--cumin can be a problematic note, but I really like Spicebomb--will definitely test!
  19. Re: New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Le Beau Parfum!!

    I will definitely be picking this up for my wife when I go to Paris in May! Sounds wonderful.
  20. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    I agree with this. I like Royal Oud but don't like Spice and Wood, go figure.
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    For the record, my way of thinking about scents is: wear what pleases you but it is also important to be considerate of others.

    It is definitely not unreasonable to take "social expectations"...
  22. Re: DHS 2008 vs 2012 - not to beat the dead horse but...

    I have both versions, love both versions, get great longevity and sillage on both. I think it must be a skin chemistry thing...
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    Re: Purchases for the coming summer?

    Try Profumum Acqua Viva--it is like an Eau d'Hadrian with better sillage / longevity. It is expensive though... whether or not it is "worth it" depends on you!
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    Re: Favourite "jammy" scents?

    +2 ! Too bad the drydown is underwhelming, but the awesome first 5 hours make up for it. I find this to be more masculine (and more jammy) than Feminité du bois, for example, which it resembles.
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    Re: Heat spoiling my new fragrances?!

    Just keep them in the dark. My wife has stored many perfumes in Los Angeles without air conditioning, and it gets really hot in the summer there--she has never had a fragrance go off (and has owned...
  26. Thread: What's New ?

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    Re: What's New ?

    In addition to those on hednic's excellent list, I am interested in sampling:

    Malle Cologne indélébile
    Dunhill Icon
    Davidoff Leather Blend
    Bentley Infinite
    Bentley Infinite Intense...
  27. Poll: Re: What's your opinion on Frederic Malle Carnal Flower?

    + 4 or however many people have responded.

    This is probably my favorite scent of all time: but on my wife! When she wears it, I melt. Instantly. It is also part of a special olfactory memory, so...
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Ouch... that does not bode well... where did you smell it?
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Yet another review:

    http://www.beautyminded.be/frederic-malle-surprises-with-cologne-indelebile/

    I must say all of these reviews have really piqued my curiosity!
  30. Thread: MDCI Resin Bust

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    Re: MDCI Resin Bust

    You're right, I do like the M7 bottle... And yes I have minimalist tendencies, so anything baroque is generally a no-go for me! :smiley: But for anyone who likes resin busts, those bottles must look...
  31. Thread: MDCI Resin Bust

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    Re: MDCI Resin Bust

    I find the bust to be so gaudy (but that's just me), I would actually pay more to have a bottle without it.
  32. Thread: I stink

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    Re: I stink

    I also love this one, think it is a wonderful fragrance--pluran's description above is spot on--however I have had it for two years and have worn it maybe three times. And each time it was definitely...
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Interestingly enough there is a mini-review in French from someone ("Sarah") who seems to have gotten her nose on a sample.
    ...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    There are a bunch of awesome splitters on this site, every one of them who has great reviews: Remik, PalmBeach, Master-Classter, mikesc, and strifeknot are the ones I have used in the last couple...
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    Poll: Re: Project Finish Bottle version 2015

    This should be a basenotes mantra!

    And in my case it would be true normally. However, at work I am often in close quarters with others, so I have been using a subtle but nice scent that I can...
  36. Thread: Solei'l d Or

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    Re: Solei'l d Or

    I would wait on it--I had a package from FiF that was untrackable for a month--and then it showed up at my doorstep!
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    Re: Fahrenheit Parfum... Thoughts please.

    I like both the parfum and Fahrenheit Absolute. Whether or not you like the parfum depends on how you feel about vanilla. If you don't mind vanilla (although the parfum is much more than a simple...
  38. Re: TOM FORD SPLITS - International Shipping - most private blends & DISCONTINUED ONES!!! - $130 shi

    Wow, just received Tobacco Oud--really well done--split made it surprisingly fast to the U.S. from Canada. Thanks again!
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    Re: The NEW Dior Eau Sauvage COLOGNE for 2015

    I bet it will be a different scent and I predict longer longevity than the edt :thumbsup:
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    Re: Lampblack - What's in a name ?

    I also really like this scent, and it's weird, because this one has people on such different ends of the "taste spectrum" agreeing about how good it is. And you did a great review FSU92grad!

    For...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    That is a good review! I like the way he gets right to the point. And I have to admit I laughed out loud when he doused himself at the beginning of the video.

    Gourmand is not really my thing but I...
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    Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud...um...hmm

    I just received a sample of this one, and let me say, I was very positively impressed! I am surprised that there is not more hype surrounding this one--and indeed it may become my favorite tobacco...
  43. Re: Synthetic, fresh mall scents (not a hate thread)

    Might not be "different" enough for you, but I recommend Dior Homme Eau for Men -- it has similarities to Fierce but is way, way better. And a compliment magnet.

    Actually just saw this has already...
  44. Thread: Knize Ten HELP.

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    Re: Knize Ten HELP.

    Read this thread:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/398599-Is-Knize-Ten-still-great

    Apparently the scent was reformulated. It sounds like you might have the reformulation: CH208 and CH 22 are...
  45. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    Great reviews DuNezDeBuzier, thanks!
  46. Re: Ormonde Man Made to Measure Parfum 50% Concentration

    Interesting. Thanks for the info. I wonder what the difference is between "Made to Measure" and edp? Is 50% automatically the best, or are some of the lesser concentrations maybe better blended?

    ...
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    Re: Roja Dove Amber Aoud/Crystal

    What an awesome post. This is totally compelling to me. Great sleuthwork, and it makes sense.
  48. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    Always game to give something a try, above all in the hands of Francois Demachy (Dior homme parfum anyone?). I too am not a fan of the genre though. Not a pass for me, but not a blind buy either.
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    Re: First in Fragrance - US Shipping

    I have an order that apparently shipped January 29. As far as I know it is still in some warehouse in Germany. The euro / dollar rates are awesome at the time, but you have to be prepared to wait a...
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Thanks! The only one I haven't tried is Cuir d'Ange. I need to get a sample of that one.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Such as? Not that I disagree with you, but I'm genuinely curious what you find to be better.

    As for the reformulation, that is really sad news. I loved that opening blast of petrol. If that is...
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Thanks for the information PB! I think I have enough to last me two lifetimes (a bigger and a smaller bottle), but still, interesting to know.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Do you know how recent the reformulation was? I have Knize 10 from 2010/11 and it is wonderful. I wonder when the "latest" reformulation took place (and how bad it is)...
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    Re: Invasion Barbare Nose - Stéphanie Bakouche

    Agreed, this one sounds really nice. Invasion barbare is wonderful (a bit too loud for me to wear to work, but I love it). She seems like a good nose.

    I see why Bertrand Duchaufour chose her as...
  55. Thread: LIDGE notes

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    Re: LIDGE notes

    This is what I get too.
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - Magnetic cap ?

    A depressing, but, alas, not a surprising report.
  57. Re: Recommend me a dusky, sensual fragrance (Goth/ Rocker/ patchouli)

    +1

    Also Serge Lutens Borneo 1834. Histoires de Parfum Noir Patchouli is another good one, but may be slightly too refined. IMHO Givenchy Gentleman, although an excellent scent, is way too...
  58. Re: La Nuit De L'homme --> Dior Homme Intense (Worth buying DHI?)

    Me neither. People with half a brain would probably be dead, or, at the very least, anosmic.
  59. Re: New niche brand from Geza Schoen, Mark Buxton and Bertrand Duchaufour!

    It's like the holy trinity. Call me intrigued. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for the info!
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    Re: Frederic Malle with a sweet note

    /thread
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    Re: Will Lavendar Rob Your Manhood

    I love lavender, don't think the low-grade exposure of lavender oil would have any lasting effects (but what do I know for sure), at any rate I'm not concerned about it. More importantly, kudos to...
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    Re: New Bentley line: Infinite

    The intense sounds good. Really liked original Bentley and Bentley Intense, so I hope this one is good!
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    Re: Leather and lavender?

    I'm also really interested in Lavande Ombree. May order a sample.
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    I think that's the point! It's the funky animalic musk... as in the natural "body musk" odor ;) Admittedly that doesn't make it that appealing to me as a name.... but to each his/her own.
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    Now THAT is funny!! A candle named Entrecuisse.... :evil:
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favourite Caron and why?

    Caron Pour un homme, a masterpiece. Nowadays the lavender vanilla combo is so common, but here it is done right, simply spectacular, gives an enveloping warmth that is unparalleled (I have a vintage...
  67. Re: New brand Brooklyn Perfume Company with four fragrances

    All right, I'm intrigued. I just got in on a split of the oud. The musk sounds a little too funky for my tastes, the amber might be interesting (but I just got a whole bunch of amber perfumes), and...
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    Re: What to wear on a road trip with my crush

    Dior homme sport
    Dior homme cologne
    Or Dior homme eau for men (but only one spray to the chest, this one is a beast)


    These are all easy to enjoy compliment getters, and here I would want to...
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    R

    This is true, and kind of scary.

    For example when you already know that hednic despises Aramis and will never like anything that comes from that house (or most American houses actually but...
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    you know the difference between sillage and projection.... and it matters to you!
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    Re: Should I trust FragranceNET.com?

    Yes, you can. I have repeatedly bought from them (and two Creed testers specifically: Bois du Portugal and Royal Oud). The testers were wonderful, it's the real deal and great value.
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    Re: How much light is too much?

    Yep, reiterating what everyone has said here: that setup you have is not good. Sunlight is still hitting the bottles, and that degrades the fragrance.

    Best would be to put them in their boxes...
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studios Reviews

    Thanks Remik for the tip! If / when I order Incense Pure, I will check out samples of the other two.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studios Reviews

    I just ordered my first scent from this line (Tabac aurea, the cold weather got me in the mood for a new straight-up tobacco scent), and I came home to find a package with some samples (Incense Pure...
  75. Re: Layering Vintage With Current Version / Eau Sauvage

    I do this sometimes when my top notes have gone off (Richard James edt for me)--I prefer to spray vintage first and then current on top, but I don't think it would matter that much which order you do...
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    Re: Real or Counterfeit, Roja Creation-E on ebay

    They are both pretty boozy if my memory serves me correctly. If you are on a budget and already have the edp I would definitely invest in a sample or a decant before buying a full bottle. Or rather,...
  77. Re: what kind of Oud is used in Aqua Di Parma Oud Intensa?

    I don't know (more experienced noses chime in), but my bet is that it is an "oud" aromachemical--that is, a note rather than an ingredient. As much as I love AdP Oud Intensa, it has this synthetic...
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    Re: Real or Counterfeit, Roja Creation-E on ebay

    So I don't have both of them at home with me now, but this is my olfactory memory:

    The EdP has this fizzy ginger opening and is still a rich scent--sweet vanilla, but softened by spices and a...
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    Re: Real or Counterfeit, Roja Creation-E on ebay

    I own splits of both and actually prefer the EdP... but the parfum is very good as well.
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    Re: Peety liquid has particles floating around?

    Perhaps it has been... ahem... pre-modified for you?? :evil:
  81. Re: Your 3 Favourite Notes and 3 Favourite Fragrances Using Those Notes.

    Interesting thread!

    Tuberose:

    Carnal Flower
    Richard James Savile Row
    HdP Tubéreuse 3

    Leather:
  82. Re: New Acqua di Parma coming in next few months? (2015)

    Very interesting, thanks for the update. The last two were excellent, so I have high hopes for the next one. No idea what it could be though. Maybe patchouli? vetiver? amber (I hope not). I would...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    This sounds like weak sauce--which, alas, seems to be the trend nowadays. I will try it should I happen to see it, but I am not excited about it. (For the record, I actually liked Pure Wood, but my...
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    Re: My cloying day with LIDGE

    +1 -- this is a "one spray" scent, really, and to the chest is the ideal place. I made the mistake of putting on 3 sprays before going to the movies with some friends, and oh my, I was squirming in...
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    Re: When is too much, too much?

    Take a break. Let your nose enter into withdrawal. When you return, it will be like reuniting with old friends.

    Sorry, that's sort of cheesy, but it is sort of what has happened with me as well....
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    Re: *NEW* Serge Lutens La Religieuse 2015

    I just bought my first full bottles of Lutens: Ambre sultan and Gris clair. I love both of them, and would love to sample this one (I thought of Peety at first), but Persolaise's review was not...
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    Re: Light, Airy Masculine Floral

    + 1 This is the one--ticks all the boxes.
  88. Re: Costume National launches "Soul," a new ambery woods scent.

    I like the house, and so will look forward to smelling it when I get the chance! Thanks for the heads-up.
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    Re: Malle is underappreciated

    A wonderful house. Portrait of a Lady is remarkable, musc ravageur is sexy, and carnal flower may be my favorite perfume of all time (on a woman though, it's too fem for me).

    My hope is that the...
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    Re: Basenotes in 2015 – announcements

    I love the new look, it is wonderful! Much better from mobile devices too. Congratulations!
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum... REFORMULATED!

    Interesting, thanks for the update. Would be interested in trying the newer version, although I really liked the older one.

    There are some scents that come out and one knows in the back of one's...
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    Re: Creeds I need to have in my collection -

    If you like Nicolai New York, I would also recommend Bois du Portugal--similar vibe, but different enough to justify owning both. I got a great deal at Lily Direct for $85 for a tester, keep your eye...
  93. Re: Lauder for men - Vintage or reformulation? Or not at all?

    It says Lauder for Men, as far as I know (but I don't have it with me right now). It's really masculine. Deep mossy scent. It has a green and gold top but very minimal ingredient list.
  94. Re: Lauder for men - Vintage or reformulation? Or not at all?

    I have a question, maybe the experts here can answer it. I know "all gold" cap is vintage, but is it true that if it is a black cap (or whatever it is), then it is definitely not vintage?

    I have...
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    New Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    Tom Ford has had a party for his "latest men's fragrance:" Noir Extreme.

    http://groomingguru.co.uk/2015/01/13/tom-ford-launches-noir-extreme/

    I didn't particularly like TF Noir, although this...
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    Re: Current version: Santos vs Santos Concentree?

    I actually had the opposite impression! But my concentrée is from a while back. I wonder if it has been reformulated... at any rate, the concentrée that I have from 5 years ago is amazing, it seemed...
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    Re: "Smooth" fragrance houses?

    Guerlain, it's the original vibe that Roja is trying to recapture (and I think he does a very good job at it).
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    Re: Roja Dove appreciation thread

    My understanding is that Roja Dove was kind of like Kilian, Malle, and Tom Ford as well... but who is the nose behind Puredistance M? It seems strange to me that Puredistance commissioned Roja who...
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    Poll: Re: Men, which note do you like most on a woman?

    Tuberose is my favorite note on a woman.
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    I think the 75 ml can is the older formulation (at least mine is)! The difference is marked by the address change on the can and the box.
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