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    Re: Anything similar to Quorum

    Quorum is an old favorite of mine. I do not see any similarity between Quorum (chypre) and Smalto or Brut (both fougere). I do think that Quorum and Estee Lauder's Azuree are quire similar.
  2. Thread: Dr.Bronner's?

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    Re: Dr.Bronner's?

    I am a big fan of Dr. Bronner's. It is vegetable-oil based (organic and fair trade, if that interests you), with no artificial color or preservatives (and no scent if you go for the unscented one),...
  3. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    My personal preference is the EDT. I thought that the body sprays were too short-lived.
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    Re: Tuck the polo shirt in??

    Gido, you are right on the money! Thanks for the classic pictures.
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    Re: What smells like Paper Whites?

    Chanel No. 19? Estee Lauder Private Collection? Guerlain Vol de Nuit?
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    Re: Axe Anarchy = La Nuit de L'Homme

    That was very interesting; thank you for highlighting it.
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    Re: Axe Anarchy = La Nuit de L'Homme

    Copying a smell is not intellectual property theft, or at least not legally punishable.



    You are correct. It is that last ten per cent that is difficult.



    Luca Turin once wrote that...
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    Re: Tide Simple Pleasures Vanilla and Lavender

    Welcome aboard, polar bear!

    I am sure that there are lots of lavender-and-vanilla fragrances out there, but the one that comes to mind is Bath & Body Work's Lavender and Vanilla. It's in the...
  9. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    I have been wearing that one, and there is something vaguely Axe-y and Ambercrombie-y about it to me.
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    Re: Thoughts on Tim McGraw's Southern Blend?

    Now that you mention it, I think that it is very Dirty-English-esque.
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    Re: What is your definition of niche?

    "Niche" is a technical term, or term of art, in the fragrance industry. The Fragrance Foundation defines "niche" as a brand that is distributed in 250 or fewer stores. (See...
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    Re: Thoughts on Tim McGraw's Southern Blend?

    I have only smelled this one in the store. I think that it is very nice -- a sweet amber, very much of the moment. My thought is that is probably is inspired by some other designer fragrance, John...
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    Re: Where to start with chypres

    You are correct that chypres are out of favor right now, but they are my favorite style personally. I would seek out Mitsouko, Aramis, Aromatics Elixir, and Azuree. I do not think that all green...
  14. Re: Bath & Body Works- Coconut Lime Verbena and White Citrus- worth buying?

    I really like the eau de toilette bottle design. I am interested to see what the repackaging will be like.
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    Re: Avon tomarrow for men?

    Unfortunately, it appears that Tomorrow for Men is already discontinued. It is not appearing on Avon's web site.

    It won two FiFi awards from the Fragrance Foundation in 2006: Fragrance of the...
  16. Re: Bath & Body Works- Coconut Lime Verbena and White Citrus- worth buying?

    You're welcome!

    I love citrus fragrances, but they are short-lived generally. White Citrus is extremely fleeting, even judged by citrus standards.
  17. Re: Bath & Body Works- Coconut Lime Verbena and White Citrus- worth buying?

    You're welcome! It's not my cup of tea (so to speak), but it's pretty good. Not as sweet as you might think. All of the coconut line is half off now. I think that it was a limited release, so you...
  18. Re: Bath & Body Works- Coconut Lime Verbena and White Citrus- worth buying?

    You are correct. Some people associate cleaning products with any fragrance with citrus notes.



    If the new scent has less coconut, I would be happy. Have you smelled it yet?
  19. Re: Bath & Body Works- Coconut Lime Verbena and White Citrus- worth buying?

    Both have dropped to 75% off as of today. I'm off to stock up!

    P.S., I think that the White Citrus eau de toilette bottle is hot.
  20. Re: Bath & Body Works- Coconut Lime Verbena and White Citrus- worth buying?

    White Citrus is my favorite Bath and Body Works scent. It seems to me to be a well-constructed modern take on the eau de cologne structure.

    I am not so enthusiastic about Coconut Lime Verbena,...
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    Re: McGregor Cologne

    I do remember this one! Although I have not smelled this since middle school, I think you are probably correct about it being similar to Aramis.
  22. Re: Azurée (Estée Lauder) vs. Mitsouko (Guerlain)

    I love Mitsouko, Azuree, and Aromatics Elixir. I think that they are all similar, in the sense that they are all chypres. I think that Azuree and Aromatics Elixir are more similar than either one...
  23. Re: Does Estee Lauder make any really good, masculine and unique fragrances for men?

    Estee Lauder and her subsidiaries do make excellent and unique masculine fragrances. They tend to be well-constructed, with complexity, development, longevity, and sillage.

    Lauder for men is a...
  24. Re: What is "masculine elegance" and do you want it in your frag ?

    Those are interesting excerpts; thank you for finding them for us. I did read Dr. Turin's blog, but it was quite some time ago. As you note, it is impossible to say whether Dr. Turin seriously...
  25. Re: What is "masculine elegance" and do you want it in your frag ?

    I have never read Dr. Turin espouse this view, and I have read a great deal of Dr. Turin's writings. Would you please provide a link to this? Thank you.
  26. Re: I'm tempted to try Johnson & Johnson's baby colognes, am I crazy?

    This thread may help: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/231655-Johnson-s-Baby-Cologne
  27. Re: Is Kenneth Cole "Reaction" one of the most copied scents nowadays?

    I wish I had an iPad!
  28. Re: Is Kenneth Cole "Reaction" one of the most copied scents nowadays?

    Very well put, I agree completely.

    (Except for the misplaced apostrophe.)
  29. Re: Fragrance like Bath and Body Works "White Tea and Ginger"???

    White Tea and Ginger is one of my favorites. The fragrance is so light, cool, and refreshing, yet unlike a traditional citrus-based eau de cologne or an aquatic fragrance.

    Finding a substitute...
  30. Re: Do women wear Kouros, Quorum or scents that are typically masculine?

    I could see Quorum being popular with women. I find it to be similar to Estee Lauder's Azuree and Clinique's Aromatics Elixir. All three are chypres. (And I adore all three, but that is another...
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    Re: Woodland vs Oak by Bath & Bodyworks

    What he said.
  32. Thread: Kid's Cologne

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    Re: Kid's Cologne

    Good for you, your wife, and your son for helping your son learn to appreciate his senses!

    Perfumania usually has these kinds of kid's colognes pretty cheap. The Cuba idea is a pretty good one...
  33. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    I have been struggling with Citron since I bought it a couple of weeks ago. It is as if the cologne and the trial-size body wash were two different fragrances. The body wash reminded me of...
  34. Re: The aromatherapy qualities in perfumes and their effects on us

    I think that I can say without fear of contradiction that aromatherapy is every bit as effective as homeopathy.
  35. Re: Did Turin really "blow it" ? The Greatness of the 80s !

    I thought that it was about time for another "Hey guys, isn't Luca Turin an idiot?" thread from Bigsly.

    As previous posters have already noted, with specific examples, Turin did not "blow it"...
  36. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    After having lived with the fragrances for a week, I am somewhat surprised by my reaction. I bought the eau de toilette rather than the body spray because, sampling in the store, the eau de toilette...
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    Re: Do Antiperspirants/Deodorants Cause Cancer?

    For the non-fear-mongering viewpoint, see, for example:

    http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/deodorants/index.htm
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    Dang it! Now I'm hungry!
  39. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    I like those scents, but I like White Citrus even better. What do you think of White Citrus?
  40. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    So, what are your opinions about eau de toilette v. body spray? With the sale going on, I could get five body sprays for about half the price of three bottles of EDT. I know that the EDT would be...
  41. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    I think that your impressions are perceptive and probably quite accurate.
  42. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    You got me so excited! I think that the official roll-out date was supposed to be May 27, but they usually do quietly bring things out a few days early if they have enough shipment in. I called my...
  43. Thread: Best Samba's?

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    Re: Best Samba's?

    The original Samba for Men is a good '80s-style fragrance, from what I remember. If you like that era, that one might be a safe blind buy.

    Samba Heat Man reminds me of a cruder version of one of...
  44. Re: What's the difference between Vintage Floris No. 89 and Floris No. 89 (2010)?

    I am sad to say that I have not had the opportunity to sample No. 89. However, from what I have read, the original No. 89 was a powdery, barbershop fougere. Floris discontinued it and introduced a...
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    Re: New study contradicts Luca Turin's theory?

    Before we get to the heart of the matter, I apologize for not giving my first post the time that it deserved. I was taking a break from my day job, and I thought that a few minutes spent with Google...
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    Re: New study contradicts Luca Turin's theory?

    You mean, aside from:

    http://vosshall.rockefeller.edu/reprints/KellerVosshall2004.pdf

    http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/21/6/773
    ...
  47. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    The assistant manager of my local store says that the older line will be discontinued, and that there should be some bargains to be had at semi-annual sale time. However, that word is unofficial, so...
  48. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    I agree with you about the similarity between the Signature Collection for Men and the C. O. Bigelow Barber Elixir line. I think that there must be some corporate strategy white paper that says that...
  49. Re: Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    Feel free to shop at Bath & Body Works without any moral qualms whatsoever. Whoever told you about Bath & Body Works' animal testing did not know what he or she was talking about.

    From the Bath &...
  50. Bath & Body Works New Signature Collection for Men

    Bath & Body Works will be introducing a new men's line, Signature Collection for Men. Travel-size shower gels are available in all four fragrances for one dollar each. I tried each fragrance, and...
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    Re: book: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

    Thank you for reposting that essay. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading it the first time. I found it to be especially perceptive. Perhaps instead of an ipse dixit broadside, you could...
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    Re: Antonio Banderas: Opinions?

    That is an apt way of putting it. Nothing original, no masterpieces, but they all smell good and cost less than lunch. I owned and enjoyed Spirit, and I have Antonio. Antonio seems to me to be a...
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    Re: Similar to Polo?

    I cannot think of two fragrances that would be more different from each other. Old Spice is nice, though, and worth exploring.
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    Re: Similar to Polo?

    Oh my, yes! Polo has to be in the top ten of all-time copied fragrances. Quality varies, though.

    Pinaud makes a good one called "Crew." You can generally find a big bottle (10- or 12- ounces, I...
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    Re: Cuba Paris - Fragluxe (the same?)

    I believe that Fragluxe is the parent company, which holds a number of fragrance brands, "Cuba Paris" being one of them. I think you are safe.

    Cuba Gold, by the way, is a nice inexpensive clone...
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    Re: Masculine chypres?

    Yes, which is why I mention them in a thread about chypres.



    Oh, how could I have forgotten!
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    Re: Masculine chypres?

    Chypre may be my favorite fragrance category.

    Chanel Pour Monsieur may be the best of the masculine chypres. Quorum is also quite good.

    Many of the best feminines are also easily worn by men: ...
  58. Thread: Chrism Oil

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    Re: Chrism Oil

    I do not know if this is the exact scent that you remember, but apparently chrism as used by the Roman Catholic church is olive oil scented with balsam. See: ...
  59. Thread: The baron

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    Re: The baron

    Not exactly similar, but in the same general neighborhood, I would say. It's closer to Canoe than Brut.



    It's difficult for me to describe. It's similar . . . but different. Most similar...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage for Young Men

    I am wearing Eau Sauvage today, and I love the way that I smell. Is that narcissistic?

    Anyway, I agree with everyone who says, if you love it, go for it!

    But, if you want some alternatives ....
  61. Thread: The baron

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    Re: The baron

    Yes!



    Absolutely. If I remember it correctly, it seems to be a bit sweeter than most barbershop-talcum-powdery-fougeres. But I would say that it is not a safe blind buy, because you are...
  62. Re: Challenging the Sacred Cow: Is Mitsouko actually all that?

    Perfectly put!
  63. Re: Challenging the Sacred Cow: Is Mitsouko actually all that?

    I could happily sell my entire collection and wear Mitsouko exclusively until the day that I die.

    I do not agree with the proposition that, if I don't personally love a fragrance, it must be a bad...
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    Re: What designer houses are made by Coty?

    http://www.coty.com
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    Re: St. Johns Bay West Indian Lime

    You're welcome! I see on the St. Johns web site that they have a "West Indian Lime and Floral" especially for women, too: https://www.stjohnsbayrum.com/ForWomen.asp

    I think that you'd have to...
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    Re: St. Johns Bay West Indian Lime

    Cool! Do you mean that you like them on him, or that you borrow them sometimes? I would think that lime is pretty unisex.

    I have to retract my statement about being short-lived, though. After...
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    Re: St. Johns Bay West Indian Lime

    Your Crabtree & Evelyn is still open? Mine closed within a week of the news that they were filing for bankruptcy.
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    St. Johns Bay West Indian Lime

    Last night, I came across a tester of St. Johns Bay West Indian Lime that was only five dollars, so I had to snap it up. I was pleasantly surprised to smell, along with a nice lime top note, quite a...
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    Re: Tabu on a man?

    I do see the similarity to Lagerfeld.
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    Re: Curve Soul what a joke

    I think that you hit the nail on the head.
  71. Re: A brief note and an anecdote on Magie Noire (1978) by Lancôme

    You wife has excellent taste. (Obviously!) I agree with her that a man could easily wear it. I tried it a long time ago and thought of it as being along the same lines as Azuree and Aromatics...
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    Re: Tabu on a man?

    I do not have experience with the vintage, but I agree with everything that he says.



    I agree too.

    I like and wear Tabu, but I like Youth Dew even better.
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    Re: Vintage Avon recommendations?

    Timeless?
  74. Re: All natural body soap bar? Kirk's gives me a rash :(

    I had not noticed that before. I wonder if it was reformulated or if I was mistaken.
  75. Re: All natural body soap bar? Kirk's gives me a rash :(

    Your skin irritation may be due to the coconut oil. As you know, all true soap is made from some kind of oil mixed with a base. In Kirk's case, it is coconut oil. Coconut oil has many good...
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    Re: Do you like this new review format idea ?

    I do not think that it is the case that we do not understand you. I think that we understand you perfectly, and have articulated a number of reasons why we disagree.

    Be that as it may, if the...
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    Re: Do you like this new review format idea ?

    I agree.
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    Re: Do you like this new review format idea ?

    The problem is not subjectivity in and of itself. Unapologetically subjective works such as Perfumes: The Guide are perfectly appropriate and quite useful. What is inappropriate is putting...
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    Re: Do you like this new review format idea ?

    You are absolutely correct.
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    Re: Do you like this new review format idea ?

    While longevity, sillage, et cetera are terms of art that have an accepted meaning within the relevant community, "dynamism" has no such meaning.

    The opposite of "abstract" is not "common."


    ...
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    Re: The Valet Magazine: Men's fashion

    Fascinating site! Thanks for sharing.
  82. Re: Attn: MEN! What 5 women's fragrances would be a MUST to have.....

    If I were a woman, I might like different things than I do. However, the feminine fragrances that I love now are:

    Aromatics Elixir
    Azuree
    Miss Balmain
    Mitsouko
    Youth Dew
  83. Re: A "thicker" Aramis 900...maybe something Middle Eastern?

    The one that I would suggest is one that you mentioned in your post: Aromatics Elixir. I would definitely call it "thicker," and I love it.

    But perhaps also Miss Balmain? Miss Dior?
  84. Re: "Dupe oils" aka "imposter designer fragrances"... any sources to recommend?

    My only experience has been with saveonscents.com. The web site is easy to navigate, the prices are reasonable, and the order arrived quickly and in good shape. I would not have any hesitation to...
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    Re: JR's left me breathless!

    Some time when you are planning a JR's run, I would love to meet you there. Just let me know.
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    Re: JR's left me breathless!

    It is! I did not know that there was a JR's in NYC -- cool!
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    Re: Eau de confused

    Welcome!

    It is easy to be confused, because there are a plethora of terms, and different perfume houses may use the terms in different ways. In addition to the strengths that you mentioned, there...
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    JR's left me breathless!

    Ladies, I was driving through Burlington, North Carolina this evening, and I decided on a whim to stop at the legendary JR's Outlet. I was perusing the selection, trying to adhere to my new year's...
  89. Re: Black Shampoo Bottle: I don't want to buy him Drakkar Noir!

    I think that it looks better in person than on the internet. But what 1980s men's fragrance is in a really beautiful bottle?
  90. Re: R U brave enough to admit liking Aqua Velva Musk?

    I agree; it's a simple, pleasant, smell-good fragrance. That being said, I don't reach for musks that often.

    Monsieur Musk is also excellent and inexpensive.
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    Re: My mother wears Quorum

    This man beat me to it!

    If she likes Quorum, then I think that she would also like Estee Lauder's Azuree. I wore Azuree one day and my friend who works at Perfumania swore that I was wearing...
  92. Re: Black Shampoo Bottle: I don't want to buy him Drakkar Noir!

    Sounds like you did good!
  93. Re: Black Shampoo Bottle: I don't want to buy him Drakkar Noir!

    Thanks for letting us know. So many people ask us for advice and then leave us hanging. Hope he enjoys his birthday; smelling that good, he should go out somewhere!
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    Re: what do you think a masterpiece is?

    Thank you; I feel much better. I hold your posts in high esteem as well.
  95. Re: I don't want to buy him Drakkar Noir!

    It would be difficult to imagine a fragrance with greater sillage and longevity than Drakkar Noir. However, I find Francesco Smalto to be quite similar, only with a little more tobacco. Is it...
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    Re: what do you think a masterpiece is?

    I did not miss your point; I was trying to make a funny. I am hurt that you would accuse me of an ad hominem attack. At any rate, I apologize that my attempt at humor fell flat.
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    Re: what do you think a masterpiece is?

    If you are using your perfume bottles and your vibrators in the same manner, then something is terribly wrong.

    :)
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    Re: what do you think a masterpiece is?

    Hmm. I had never thought of that before. That seems quite reasonable.



    That perfume oil of Le Male that the guy is selling from a folding table at the subway? I agree, not a masterpiece. ...
  99. Re: Deodorant for every day use: which one do you use?

    I also vote for Avon, unscented being my favorite. It does not have the heavy, waxy, sticky consistency of many others, and I find that it rinses away in the shower easily. The scented ones are...
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    Re: what do you think a masterpiece is?

    Every one of those factors is absolutely true. I would also add:

    A masterpiece gets every single detail right; there is not so much as a minor mis-step. The concept, the name, the typeface, the...
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