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    Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    IMO, Fall/Winter. The woods and patchouli are pretty potent!
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    "Old" Chanel Extraits Available Again!!

    I'm a bit frustrated now that the classic Chanels have been lumped in with the Exclusifs. Aside from this little annoyance, I've noticed that the extraits of the classics have come back on the...
  3. I think I heard somewhere that in certain...

    I think I heard somewhere that in certain countries, white flowers are considered funereal flowers. Funny, I always considered them the most beautiful and always seems to pay compliment to any...
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    Re: Voyage d'Hermes in stores !

    Nothing dirty about this one. I smell a clean mineral and woody like white musk at the base. Citrus-wood-white musk.
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    Re: Habit Rouge L'Extrait reissued this autumn

    As far as I know, it's a Paris exclusive, and Neimans nor the local Guerlain boutiques won't import it in for you. You'll have to deal with the Paris boutique directly.

    Wish I could manage a...
  6. Thread: Bvlgari MAN

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    Re: Bvlgari MAN

    I don't find anything wrong with B*Men, I don't mind wearing it compared to Bvlgari MAN. Mugler scents are supposed to smell juxtaposed, incongruous. That's its quirky, edgy signature and I get...
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    Re: Midnight in Paris...UH-OH!

    I'm with you there...tried 4 sprays to the same spot on my wrist, good the first 1/2 hour, then all quiet as a church mouse, but it's there, lasting beyond my bedtime, a quiet presence until I decide...
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    Re: Midnight in Paris...UH-OH!

    After testing it twice, I bought myself the EdP because the scent seemed to be more transparent than Scotch tape. After the initial blast, which is very nice because the lily is very apparent, it...
  9. Thread: Bvlgari MAN

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    Re: Bvlgari MAN

    It didn't work on me at all. All I got was some fresh-spicy-woody mess on me. I couldn't wrap my head around where the focus was. I agree, nice top notes, but goes in all directions for me. Maybe...
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    Re: Creed Aventus: My judgement enclosed

    I was at Neimans the other day and sampled on cards a whole bunch of stuff. I ended up choosing Bulgari Man, The One Gentleman, and Aventus to test on my arms.

    I totally missed the pineapple...
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    Re: Habit Rouge L'extrait

    Thanks! I saw and read that thread several months ago and didn't think that there would be any new info. That's was when I emailed Guerlain (France), and of course was replied with some dud...
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    Habit Rouge L'extrait

    The search for a bottle of the L'extrait I suppose is next to impossible now. On my last email to Guerlain, they do not have any plans to reissue this concentration. Does anyone know where I can...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    I tested this just today, and so far I am liking it, but not just yet loving it. I does smell a bit like a pared down version of Allure Edition Blanche sans powdery notes, and yet what can't escape...
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    Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur, first time smelling

    I think it's the lavender that seems to bring out the civet in the beginning, but as the lavender relaxes and mellows with the rest of the fragrance the civet doesn't seem so evident. I have to say...
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    Re: Voyage d'Hermes in stores !

    Now I know why the fragrance is refillable! You pretty much have to douse yourself with this.
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    Gentiane Blanche 2 ???

    I walked in to an Hermes store the other day specifically to try it and they were nice enough to hand me a sample. I kinda thought it was ho-hum, waiting for a note to grab me in, but all I could...
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    Re: Habit Rouge L'Extrait reissued this autumn

    Damn, this is so frustrating! I WANT A BOTTLE! If it does indeed happen, I hope it's not another limited release! I'm too far away to claw the other guy out for a bottle LOL!

    How much did a...
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    Re: Gucci by Gucci Sport

    I tried this at the Gucci store yesterday and on first spritz I wasn't so enthused. There was a bit of the original with the vetiver and patchouli in your face, but smoothed over with cardamom and...
  19. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    ALAS!

    A little patience finally got me a bottle of Bois d'Iris for half price on CheapBay, still a rare find online. I still cringe at the price! I felt the same way about the priciness of La...
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    Re: Cartier Heures du Parfum...Where?

    Oh, and thanks y'all for replying! I think the closest would be the Beverly Hills store so I'll go with them.

    Is it out at all in Europe? Did a search before starting a thread, but there hasn't...
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    Re: Cartier Heures du Parfum...Where?

    UGH! Never let them intimidate you! I'm sure your base pay is much more than theirs and I'm sure you know more about the juice than they do. Remember, you're at the front of the counter, not them!...
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    Cartier Heures du Parfum...Where?

    I understand that they only have it at limited Saks stores. I only have an Off 5th store in my area. Has anyone been to a Saks that carry the line?
  23. Re: Guerlain Homme Intense--MODERN FLORAL CHYPRE FOR MEN? SO COOL!!!!!

    This is embarrassing...I was duped by my own nose.

    What I received was a sample of IDYLLE in a Guerlain Homme Intense card!!!

    I'M GONNA CRAWL UNDER A ROCK AND DIE NOW!
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  24. Guerlain Homme Intense--MODERN FLORAL CHYPRE FOR MEN? SO COOL!!!!!

    Ha-HA! This one is a bit of a flowerbomb and definitely a Guerlain for the Guerlainophile!!! This caught me totally by surprise and opened my eyes a little bit.

    I managed to get a sample of the...
  25. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    I gotta admit though, it has a beautiful smoky, resinous, and honeyed woody note that reminds me a lot of AG's Myrrhe Ardent, but as the drydown approaches, it falls flat--just this blah note of...
  26. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    I was expecting more--much MORE, from the line. If one says "extraordinaire", I'm definitely expecting it, and it fell short on creativity. Granted, fine raw materials were used, but you can hardly...
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    Re: New Creed on the Horizon

    You get to gloat at them as the new Creeds come out, one by one!
  28. Re: Aramis classics gentleman's collection now available online!

    Gosh, I can't even remember what Havana smelled like. The last time i tried it was in the 90s! I didn't think much of it because I was in my fresh scent phase. :D
  29. Aramis classics gentleman's collection now available online!

    I just checked out the Neiman Marcus site and sadly it says they're on "back order" (or rather hasn't launched officially yet), but should ship by Sept 7.

    WOOHOO! Havana, HERE I COME!

    Prices...
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    Re: Powdery Notes

    Iris is the most obvious, but I also think you can add rose, sandalwood, and violet. Incense can also come off as powdery.
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    Re: Can sprayers get stuck?

    I've had trouble with bottles of L'Occitane stuff. I can't seem to think why they would ever get stuck in the first place. Same goes for my sample sprays of Frederic Malle. Hope it's not the case...
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    Re: Fragrances Known to Go Bad Quickly

    I've always had trouble with Chanel scents, especially when (natural) vetiver and bergamot/citrus notes are in it. I had a new bottle of Chanel Allure Homme Sport go bad after two years. I...
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    Re: A "heavy" Japanese frag, does it exsist?

    Mitsouko does smell verrry French. There's no escaping that! :D And you're welcome lightgreen22.
  34. Re: I'm stucked, will you help me to find the fragrances of my style?

    Quorum Silver
    Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men
    Vera Wang for Men (bad longevity though)
    Tom Ford for Men (longevity issues too)
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Coriolan
    Chaleur d'Animale
    Bandit
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    Re: A "heavy" Japanese frag, does it exsist?

    Wait a sec, hasn't anybody remembered Guerlain's MITSOUKO? Inspired by the Japanese woman in the French novel "La Bataille". I would have never envisioned the scent as reminiscent as something...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes Parfum -My Review

    Try easing back a bit on the sprays, because I sprayed two full sprays on my wrist the evening I bought it at around 7 pm and the scent lingered right up to the next morning--and I showered too right...
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes Parfum -My Review

    I finally got myself a bottle after forcing the SA to get them out of their loading dock downstairs. LOL!

    I think the sillage is about the same, the only difference is that the EdT SEEMS more...
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes extrait in stores!

    DAMMIT! It's not yet at the Hermes in my area yet! Out of curiosity I actually called today asking about it. Ugh! Rather than cause more anxiety I'll have them call me when it does get in.

    **I...
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    Re: Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens

    The notes just sound great on the osMoz website, but I gotta laugh at what the name of the fragrance translates to....Girl in High Heels? I just got over the Femme part of fragrances! LOL! Ah well,...
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    Re: Underrated designers frags for men

    Hey CJ, yes, I remember your love for CK be. When I started posting, all I can remember what was being talked about was everybody going gaga for Voleur des Roses, Passage d'Enfer, and all the Creeds...
  41. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Agreed, the prices are pretty steep, considering for a little more you can get a jumbo bottle of Les Exclusif. I don't catch much of it in the news, but are niche scents the total buzz right now, or...
  42. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    I'm not familiar who these noses are except for Mark Buxton. I saw their names on the NowSmellThis website.
  43. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    I "like" (using that word loosely) The Lovers and Wheel of Fortune in the D&G Anthology collection. Good longevity, but damn, it smells really synthetic in a bad way.
  44. Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Looks like VCA has come out with their own "exclusives" that are going to be available at Neiman Marcus in September. Reading the notes, looks like there might be at least 3 of the 6 that can be...
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    Re: Underrated designers frags for men

    I second that...big time!
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    Re: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

    I am liking Nuit even more and more. To compare it with the original, I literally get sick smelling it after a while for some reason. But somehow that coumarin brings out the best parts of the...
  47. Re: looking to try female perfumes men can pull off

    I've been doing a lot of the trying and testing of womens fragrances because I've been so bored with mens scents in the last few years.

    First off, I think it is first finding out your comfort...
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    Re: Tonka Bean in Fragrance

    Honestly, I probably haven't smelled an authentic tonka note. I imagine it to be that note that smells like a spicy cinnamon vanilla if I isolate the note in a fragrance. Am I wrong?

    PdN...
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    Re: Tonka Bean in Fragrance

    The most tonka evident scent I can think of is Yves Rocher's Hoggar. It can be had for very cheap. There's also bergamot and cedar, but it only serves to highlight the scent, to bring it out of its...
  50. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I smelled that once...it was from one of those cart kiosks at my shopping mall. Of course I didn't think it smelled like Michael since I don't wear it often enough, but it did smell quite...
  51. Re: How is your summer weather? Is it affecting your fragrance choices?

    The weather is basically anywhere between 80 and 90 degrees where I live, and it's around the mid 70s in the cooler months. One can manage to wear a heavy oriental right up to the 86 degree mark...
  52. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Sadly it is sitting on the bottom of my refrigerator to keep it from going bad. I've probably worn it twice over the last 4 years. I can't seem to handle the very heavy patchouli notes on the...
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    Re: Ambre sultan - horrible experience

    I really can't understand it. I consider AS a very calm and rather quiet scent compared to many, many other amber scents. The opening notes may be strange for many, but I consider it the best part...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme Intense Eau de Parfum

    What's in a name? Men in the Americas are afraid of the word "Parfum". That's why the word Intense is used more frequently. It is only recently that men are again not afraid of stronger scents or...
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    Re: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

    FLANKER FIGHT...Flanker Fight! I think it's love it or hate it for both versions. Can't win everyone. I think no matter what, YSL has to concentrate on its audacious edge. I think that is what the...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme Intense Eau de Parfum

    Explains a lot...I guess it won't really be available in the US until winter or sometime next year, if at all! I had to find all my Guerlain EdPs for men online.
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    Re: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

    The original seems to last longer on me.

    La Nuit's longevity is about standard with today's mass market concentrations. 3-4 hours is about expected (and 2 hours is downright being a cheapskate)...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme Intense Eau de Parfum

    What store were you at?
  59. Re: Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte -- The Mass Market Exclusif?? Hermessence Wannabe?

    You're right, it doesn't smell anything like Cristalle at all, except for perhaps the impression of it in the original's opening notes. The proportioning and interpretation is all different, much...
  60. Re: Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte -- The Mass Market Exclusif?? Hermessence Wannabe?

    As for the lime, I would say yes, though it's been paired with a good amount of orange blossom. The result is this fresh-squeezed smell, smells more orangey to me, though I don't feel it is fizzy as...
  61. Re: Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte -- The Mass Market Exclusif?? Hermessence Wannabe?

    Frankfurt! I loved Frankfurt on my visit there! I'm definitely jealous. If they do have it at the Duty Free (they didn't have it at our DFS store), you won't get a discount off the retail price...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme Intense Eau de Parfum

    The original is M. Wasser's baby and got shot down by the Guerlainophiles. He's gotta win some hearts back!
  63. Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte -- The Mass Market Exclusif?? Hermessence Wannabe?

    Aside from La Nuit de L'Homme I also tested Cristalle Eau Verte since the Chanel boutique was nearby.

    I was surprised by this. It starts off very lighthearted and lemony and very pleasant, but...
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    YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

    All this waiting for this scent to appear in a major department store got me frustrated, so I made my way to the YSL boutique to test it today. YSL hasn't created a "warm" scent since Body Kouros so...
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    Re: AT LAST, I think I've gone CRAZY!!!

    You know, all those who follow this forum are of a special kind. Chances are, many of us are in very in tune with the right part of our brains, possibly even their "third eye".

    In my instance, I...
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    Re: AT LAST, I think I've gone CRAZY!!!

    Funny you mention MKK because today Antaeus smelled almost like Fumerie Turque without the tobacco and styrax. It never smelled like this on me.

    But it was beyond sexual to me, more like out of...
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    AT LAST, I think I've gone CRAZY!!!

    Today I wanted to wear something warm but not too vanillic, so I opted for something warm woody and leathery. It started off with a dab of Chanel Cuir de Russie to my index finger to cozy up to this...
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    Re: New Fahrenheit Absolute sounds gorgeous

    **whoops, double entry**
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    Re: New Fahrenheit Absolute sounds gorgeous

    My heart stopped a bit reading the notes on this flanker. I think as long as they keep the balance good between the violet and oudh and incense notes, and keep it warm yet dry with myrrh, I think...
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    Re: Givenchy Play and Intense

    The Now Smell This blogsite says that it will be available in September. However, I already see it available online at Sephora.com. There's been instances when it has not been distributed yet in...
  71. Re: I'm baaaack!!! Salutations my beloved brethren!

    Summers are no longer complete if I don't have Paul Smith Story in my arsenal. Citrus-Rose-Vetiver. Perfect for summer!
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    Re: Scent Association Thread

    Tom Ford for Men
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    Re: YouTube Cologne Reviewer

    Yup, just an observation, it wasn't to criticize. That's pretty much how my bedroom looks like. :p
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    Re: YouTube Cologne Reviewer

    Too personal, too personal. I feel like a stranger invading his room.
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    Re: YouTube Cologne Reviewer

    I just saw his response to this BN post. I think he comes from a sincere angle, and its nice to know that he knows we're here, recognized our passion for scents, and, hell, if he plugs Fragrancenet,...
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    Re: Tested A*Men Pure Malt Today...

    And I was complaining that it was too sickly sweet at 89 degrees!

    I did have to prove myself that the weather had to do something with it, and when the weather dropped a few degrees, I went back...
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    Re: When will I EVER learn?!!!

    All with thanks to you, Asha. I wouldn't have been able to really recognize the rare animal if it weren't for you. :bounce:
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    Re: Guerlain Homme Intense Eau de Parfum

    As much as Guerlain tries, at least so far, I think they have a hard time trying to land themselves into the mainstream. Guerlain has attracted a certain kind of follower in the past, and with this...
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    Re: When will I EVER learn?!!!

    Just wanted to let you know what came about with all of this. I met with the seller's daughter, very nice and gracious and indeed had good knowledge of perfumes. Turns out that her mother (the...
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    Re: Light patchouli scents?

    I second the Molinard! Slightly warm, a tad sweet to round out the patchouli without compromising all its sharper edges.
  81. Re: What do you recommend for a 14yr old boy/lad?

    I would start him off with nothing too complex and certainly nothing that would make him a social outcast.

    I would start him off with either Kenneth Cole Reaction or Sean Jean Unforgivable. If...
  82. Re: Some fragrances are worthless on my skin...

    I don't like to do it either because time and time again it doesn't all come out in the next wash.
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    Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    I'm not 40, but you gotta have some self confidence to fit IC. There's a dark side to it too, rather intimidating.

    I do like Bois du Portugal, and while we're at it, add Nicolai's New York to...
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    Re: New Creed on the Horizon

    YIKES! I do not like the sound of that....:mad:
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    Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress

    I bought a bottle blind after being lucky to find a bottle of it for bid on eBay at roughly 32.00. GLORIOUS INDEED! Cypress and incense meets 70s disco patchouli! Really longlasting! Sadly I was...
  86. Re: Going to Paris, what should I try/buy at Guerlain

    See if they have Djedi and Liu lying around somewhere.
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    Re: New Creed on the Horizon

    Geez, they're pumping out Creeds like Carolina Herrera creates a new 212!
  88. Thread: Too Black?

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    Re: Too Black?

    I don't think I've come across a perfect "Black" yet. I thought Black Aoud was too black. And Polo Black (and Double Black) wasn't black at all. Encre Noir wasn't a comforting black for me. Love...
  89. Some fragrances are worthless on my skin...

    So goes for most Guerlains on me. Big example would be Shalimar. No matter how much I use, EdT or EdP, it fizzles in a couple of hours, and I hardly think I'm anosmic to it.

    I decided to spray...
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    Re: Sell me A*Men

    See if they have available the Pure Malt version too. You'd might want to give it a try.
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    Re: When will I EVER learn?!!!

    I get a lot of rose at those stages. It is rather green in the beginning stages, but not as green and high pitched as the EdT. I can't sniff out those powdered iris notes--not like what I've...
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    Re: When will I EVER learn?!!!

    I thought the same thing too, Mo. No. 19 is so obscure and I never thought or noticed it as popular enough to counterfeit.

    I'm sure we're all feeling vintage ourselves when we can speak of the...
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    Re: When will I EVER learn?!!!

    It's black ink, but I noticed an iridescence to it when I hold it under fluorescent lighting, but perhaps it's more my paranoia than anything.

    And I suppose it's safe to say that Chanel did not...
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    Re: When will I EVER learn?!!!

    Hi Asha, thanks for replying. Do you catch any powdery notes at all from your vintage No. 19? Are there any opal colored flecks in the black lettering?

    I'm surprised there isn't any lot number on...
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    When will I EVER learn?!!!

    After being burned at one point of purchasing a counterfeit bottle of Coco EdP, I am now faced with a possible counterfeit purse spray bottle of No. 19 Parfum purchased from eBay.

    I've smelled...
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    Re: Sell me A*Men

    A*Men is gourmand, yet it isn't. To me it's more about Mugler's heavy use of patchouli and the use of vanilla to smooth it over. Of course you won't get there until you start off with the almost...
  97. Re: Encre Noire - it's great stuff, but revolutionary?

    I'm finicky with the use of vetiver in anything, and with EN, I think it smells too pared down and it smells like Azzaro Visit and vetiver. Just too bitter for my tastes. I tried so hard to 'get...
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed Purchase

    If it has a crass smell of patchouli like the one I smelled off this cart full of knockoffs chances are it ain't GIT!
  99. Re: a couple of beers = strange fragrance comparison?

    All three are warm scents, I think Fuel and Varvatos seem to have more common ground between each other because I seem to associate it with the smell of leather and wool. Spark on the other hand is...
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    Re: Burberry Touch and Gucci Pour Homme II.

    I think the market target for both is for 25-30 somethings. I prefer Burberry Touch to GPHII. GPHII opens beautifully, but it falls apart on the drydown for me.

    Although there might be some...
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