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    Re: Wanting to explore saffron.

    I'd suggest two fragrances that are both good and really inexpensive:

    * Davidoff Silver Shadow
    * Ted Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme

    They both have a very noticeable Saffron note that, to me,...
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    Re: cadillac extreme

    Hi badnaam,

    What did you not like about the initial blast? Does it smell unpleasant in some way, or just that the top notes are un-original?
  3. US Only: Lattafa Ameer Al Oudh EDP 95% full

    I have a 95% full 100 ml bottle of Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh EDP (sans box). I like it a lot, but my wife cannot stand it.

    I would like to swap it for some modern citrus/woody fragrance. I am...
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    Re: Tell me about Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh edp

    Hi remik,

    I finally got a bottle of Ameer Al-Oudh and smelled it for the first time when it arrived by mail yesterday. Thank you for encouraging me to get this scent: it is a real gem! :thumbsup:...
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    Re: Recent blind buys on their way in

    Except for Visit, which I have not sniffed, I think all these are very good scents, and very "gentlemanly" in the aura they give.

    The Bill Blass one may be a bit "difficult" to enjoy if you don't...
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    Re: Tell me about Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh edp

    Thanks for the detailed response, remik! (And, yes, I had read your original comments about this frag in an older thread that got me interested and curious to know more...)
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    Re: Tell me about Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh edp

    Thanks, bigbloke! This was useful information.
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    Tell me about Lattafa's Ameer Al-Oudh edp

    Hi!

    I've read positive comments about this Arabian fragrance here (and elsewhere on the net), but have a few questions for those who have tried it:

    1) Can it be categorized as a gourmand?
    2)...
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    Re: Top 10 Cheapies!

    Some that I really like:

    * Lalique Encre Noire
    * Brooks Brothers New York Gentleman
    * Ted Lapidus PH Black Extreme
    * Moschino Forever
    * Jacques Fath Green Water
    * Ungaro III
    * David Beckham...
  10. Re: I am convinced that I am just an ordinary guy, and basenotes probable is too deep for me.

    Since you brought up "fine art", let me ask you this: have you ever questioned why, in our day and age, what is considered "fine art" (for example in the field of painting) is something so abstruse...
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    Re: Best cologne for a cookout

    Grey Flannel, applied liberally.

    (Why? Because it will have you smelling fresh without being too perfume-y or cologne-y, and is cheap enough that you won't feel like "wasting" a good juice...)
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    AdP Cipresso di Toscana alternatives?

    Hi all,

    Are there any affordable fragrances out there that use the cypress note in a similar manner as AdP Cipresso di Toscana? I am not looking for a clone as such, but something in the same...
  13. Re: Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men

    Just purchased Ted Lapidus Black Extreme recently and have to agree with this recommendation. In my limited experience, this juice is unique in that it has elements of both the traditional 80's...
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    Technical error in Swap section?

    Hi!

    I have been a Basenotes member for over a year, but the swap section still appears locked for me, and I cannot post a new thread there.

    Can the site administrators look into this please?
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    Re: Fragrance for a Job Interview

    The above sounds like reasonable advice.

    My personal experience: I work in the IT sector in the US as an application programmer, and have had two job interviews in the last year or so. Got the...
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    Re: Aftershave/Dated vibe

    Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels

    (matches your criteria except for Civet, which it doesn't have, at least to my nose)
  17. Re: Where to sniff these designers in greater Chicago?

    Thanks, Richie_B! This is definitely good news!
  18. Re: Where to sniff these designers in greater Chicago?

    Thanks, man! This is great information to have.
  19. Re: Where to sniff these designers in greater Chicago?

    Thanks for the response. I understand that these stores carry higher-end niche lines, but do they also carry the designer brands I listed?
  20. Where to sniff these designers in greater Chicago?

    Hi all,

    My adventures in blind-buying have yielded some serious disappointments lately and, sufficiently chastised (at least I hope so!), I am now looking for brick-and-mortar stores in the...
  21. Re: Fresco by Ilum Dean (impression and Review by noirdrakkar) - Worth the hype?

    I had a very different experience from repeatedly smelling my Fresco sample. To my nose, almost all of the mainstream dsigner fragrances sold in Macy's are higher quality than this. This juice...
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    Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    I just got the 2ml sample in the mail last night. Since I have only sniffed Creed Aventus once at a store (and even that about a year ago), I can't really comment on how close of a copy this is. But...
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    Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Fortunately, the sample (2ml for $2) still ships free from the Ilum Dean site. I just ordered a sample this morning.

    Let's see if this thing lives up to the hype...
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    Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Just wondering: Is "Ilum Dean" a Latin phrase? Does it mean anything? I visited their website, and noted two things: (1) Much content is missing, with placeholder when you click on some links (2)...
  25. Thread: Eau de Baux

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    Re: Eau de Baux

    Having just sampled it today at the nearby L'Occitane store, I heartily concur with this statement.

    Nice fragrance overall. To me, its overall style suggests that it's a more youthful sibling of...
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    Re: New Purcahse Advice

    Hmmm...

    Big woods person...

    Shopping at Macy's, Sephora, Saks, Nordstroms...

    May I suggest a shortlist to try out instead of just one fragrance?

    Blu Mediterrano Cipresso di Toscana...
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    Re: Asian Men: Your Favorite Fragrance?

    Why, oh why, don't you just spray your fragrances on your shirt fabric (not your skin) and call it a day? The spraying regime you've described above is a huge waste of very nice juice!
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    Non-IFRA compliant houses

    Hi,

    I keep reading on BN again and again about perfume formulae changing (usually for the worse) in order to comply with IFRA regulations. Are there any niche perfume houses that have decided (and...
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    Re: Textbook Chypre and Textbook Fougere

    Thanks to everyone who has replied! This gives me some good options to explore...
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    Textbook Chypre and Textbook Fougere

    Hi all,

    If one were to exclude pricey niche frags, hard-to-source vintage frags, and other such "unobtania", what would be the most typical, representative, textbook example available today of a...
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    Re: Vetiver + Iris - a fragrant craving...

    Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford fits this description very well.
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    Re: Eros by Versace (2012)

    Given that Ambroxan is a lab synthesized aroma-chemical, isn't it the height of marketing nonsense to talk about "Venezuelan ambroxan"? Or do they mean that the labs (where they synthesize this) were...
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    Re: Best Cologne under $30?

    Jacques Fath Green Water
    Puig Quorum Silver
  34. Re: The Smell for Less: Inexpensive copies of niche

    Do they have an online store?

    Thanks!
  35. Re: So today it's freezing cold so I decided to wear.....

    I am happy to wear my "summer" frags during winter, but if I do the reverse (wear "winter" frags in the heat of summer), I end up enjoying them much less.
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    Poll: Re: cologne at a job interview

    Not sure if my experience represents an anomaly, but I did get a job offer some months back even after wearing fragrance to the interview. The job was for a computer programmer, and the cologne in...
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    Woodward's gripe water?

    Is there any masculine scent whose top-notes are similar to the smell of Woodward's gripe water? ("Gripe water" is a baby remedy; perhaps members living in the UK may be familiar with it...)
    ...
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    Re: Thoughts on F pour Homme Black?

    Funny that someone should ask about it today: I just tested it at a Macy's store yesterday. Very, very nice fragrance. But be warned that the far drydown is a bit unisex.

    My feeling on F Black is...
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    Re: Lapidus vs. Lapidus

    Thanks, hednic! Which one is the least sweet of the three, would you say?
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    Lapidus vs. Lapidus

    Hi!

    To those who have tried these recent Lapidus releases: Between Lapidus PH Black Extreme and Lapidus Black Soul/Black Soul Imperial:

    * Which one is the better scent overall? (Based on your...
  41. Re: Davidoff Silver Shadow...the most underrated gem!

    I wouldn't rate it as a classic, but I definitely consider it in the same league as Chanel's Allure Homme in sheer beauty. Both are very nice examples of what can be achieved in the realm of...
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    Re: My first day with Encre Noire

    I have it and like it a lot, including the opening. The "darkness" that it opens with appeals to me just as much as the dry-down, and I don't find anything in its evolution--from the beginning to the...
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    Re: Looking for a woody fresh scent

    Not exactly similar to Bulgari Man, but very nice, fresh and woody:

    (1) Voyage D'Hermes
    (2) Jack Black Blue Label EDP
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    Re: Ted Lapidus Black Extreme - EXCELLENT !!!

    Hi!

    To anyone who has tried this fragrance, a few questions:

    (1) Is the bottle made of real glass, or just plastic?
    (2) Is it powdery or cloying?
    (3) Is it overly fruity in the vein of...
  45. Quorum Silver and Grey Vetiver: A similar feel?

    I am not claiming that Puig's Quorum Silver and Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver smell alike, but I can't shake the feeling that when I smell the Puig, I am reminded of the Tom Ford, in some elusive way that...
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    Re: Most Sophisticated Fragrance?

    Two more that not have been mentioned but deserve to:

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
  47. Re: Need a Scent For Someone Who Does Not Typically Wear Cologne

    In addition to Mugler cologne, you could also consider some light Eau de Colognes, such as Eau Universelle by L'Occitane (link). Another very simple but cheerful cologne is Jacques Fath Green Water....
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    Re: Rank fragrances from the house of Kenzo

    Ha ha! I think the OP meant the verb, not the noun.
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    Re: Sung Homme - forgot how decent this was

    So are we saying that Sung is a great, unsung fragrance? (Sorry, couldn't resist :laugh:)
  50. Re: Winter modern fragrance that covers sillage, longevity, projection for men in their twenties.

    +1 on Midnight in Paris

    Also very winter-appropriate:

    Chanel Allure Homme

    YSL Body Kouros
  51. A different Cartier Santos bottle design

    Hi all,

    Please consider the bottle pictured below with the integrated sprayer:

    http://tienda.tusperfumesycolonias.com/images/3432240003621.jpg

    Two questions about this:

    1) What year was...
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    Re: Costume National Homme

    Thanks for the info., scentimus!
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    Re: Costume National Homme

    Two questions about this frag:

    (1) Does the bottle not come with any cap? All the pictures I see of CNH are without the cap. I can't imagine that all these pictures are of tester bottles...

    (2)...
  54. Re: Looking for a new frag thats very masculine but also modern!

    Apart from Grey Vetiver (which I rate very highly), you might want to try DSquared Rocky Mountain Wood, Byblos in Black and Quorum Silver. These are all frags that are masculine without being in the...
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    Olive leaf fragrance?

    Hi!

    I just recently bought this body wash from my local Target:

    http://amzn.com/B0073RSENI

    I really like its smell, which is green and citrusy in about equal measure, and was wondering if...
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    Re: a (young) mans fruity fragrance

    Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
    Polo Double Black
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    Re: Your Top 20 Designer Fragrances

    Hi hednic,

    Montana Graphite doesn't have a reveiw for it on BN yet. Care to describe it a little, and what you like about it? I am curious about this fragrance as the nose is listed as Nathalie...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Ducati Fight For Me

    Ducati Fight For Me seems to be selling really cheap ($25 + free shipping) on eBay already. Has anyone here actually smelled it? And if so, could they share their impressions?
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    Less sweet LeMale?

    Hello,

    Is there an easily-procured (in both price & availability) masculine scent that is very similar to JPG LeMale, but with the sweetness toned down a little?

    Thanks in advance.
  60. Re: Best FB Frag(s) under $50 (smell, longevity, versatility, etc...)

    Midnight in Paris EDP.
  61. Re: Article: Nicki Minaj's fragrance Pink Friday to feature pink 'wig'

    Finally, a bottle even tackier than that of JPG Le Male!
  62. Re: Best SMOOTH leather fragrance for my first one

    +1 Cuir Lancome

    Also:

    Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris
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    Re: Help pick Vetiver frag

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, which I do admire a lot, should really have been named Grey Orris. The emphasis is as much (if not more) on Orris as on Vetiver.

    A very easy-to-wear vetiver is Brooks...
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    Re: [MYSTERY] Arabian Bottle.. need help!

    No idea on the identity of the perfume, but the text on its bottle reads:

    Al-Misbaah
    Makkah Al-Mukarramah

    (the first line is a proper name that literally means 'the lamp', the second roughly...
  65. Questions on oil-based fragrance mixing techniques

    Hi all,

    I have read the DIY how-to primer sticky, but it does not address the following two issues pertaining to oil-based perfumes, and I would appreciate it if anyone can guide me.

    (1) If I...
  66. Re: Paper Passion: The Smell of a new Books/Paper fragrance!

    If this fragrance just captures the smell of paper alone, and does not include the smell of ink, does that mean we'll have to layer it with Encre Noire? [:smiley:]
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    Re: A better version of Liz Claiborne Curve?

    I can only hope you are joking. The two have no similarities to my nose, much less one being a better version of the other...
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    Re: A better version of Liz Claiborne Curve?

    @silentrich: in the review quoted above you gave it a C. How can a C-grade perfume be a better version of Curve? is Curve that bad?
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    A better version of Liz Claiborne Curve?

    I see that many of the members here have made known their distaste for Liz Claiborne Curve, for various reasons. My nose is too untrained to see what's so objectionable about this scent. But I trust...
  70. Re: What fragrance do you think compliments Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses?

    The name is a bit of a mouthful. Here goes:

    L'Eau de Just Kidding Pour Homme Concentree Edition Limited Platinum Privee Blanche Noir Gris Bleu Apres Hail Storm.

    (It's the Apres Hailstorm part...
  71. Re: What fragrance do you think compliments Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses?

    There is a fragrance very suited for this scenario. Alas, that fragrance has long been discontinued. Surely you don't want to go scavenging for the few remaining (over-priced) bottles on eBay?
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    Re: Races and fragrances

    Another thing about South Asia is that the foods of many countries in that region (India, Pakistan, Thailand, etc.) are heavy on spices and various types of peppers, so spicy fragrances can...
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    Re: New state, new scent

    You are lucky to have moved near the Rockies. Forget perfumes and colognes for a bit, and just enjoy the crisp mountain air and natural forest scents out there. I don't think any bottled fragrance...
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    Re: Acqua Di Parma

    Cipresso di Toscana from the Blu line is very nice. It may be weak, but what a beautiful, sunny, uplifting, transportive scent!
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    Re: Alternatives to Terre d'Hermes

    I'd disagree on the Byblos. Though a nice scent, it has a very different feel to it than TdH.
  76. Re: Less sweet take on the La Nuit de L'homme theme?

    Try out Santos de Cartier if you haven't yet.
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    Re: Blind buy: Encre Noire and Dirty English

    Both are nice fragrances, but risky blind buys. If, however, you have experienced vetiver as an essential oil, and liked it, you will in all likelihood love Encre Noire. It does get tiring to wear...
  78. Re: Buying a new cologne: Double Black, Bulgari, Armani Code, or Farenheit

    Hello 1Sail0r,

    Since these are all frags that you can sample at the mall or at Perfumania, there is no need to blind buy, and therefore no need to refer to anyone else's opinion on which one is...
  79. Re: My little boy has been bitten by the fragrance bug

    My son who is four also likes perfumes, simply out of a desire to copy me. Funny side-note: he mis-pronounces the word "perfume" as "Percy-fume" (maybe because he confuses it with Percy from Thomas...
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    Re: 2 Word Reviews

    Jaipur Homme - Mafia don
    Givenchy Pi - Sweetie Pie
    Givenchy Play - Fruit stall
    1 Million - Diabetes Mellitus
    YSL Pour Homme - Carbolic soap
    Joop! Homme - Gold chain
    Grey Vetiver - Old money...
  81. Re: Wedding Fragrance for this upcoming weekend!?!?!

    Voyage D'Hermes, applied liberally.
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    Re: Just step away from the counter...

    I have a simple way of controlling the hoarding impulse: At any given time, I allow myself to only have as many fragrances as can fit in my medicine cabinet. The medicine cabinet is a pretty standard...
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    Re: American Frags

    Sonoma Scent Studio?
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    Re: Arooq Al Oud by Al Rehab

    Don't know a thing about this frag, but the Arabesque design on the bottle reminds me of the Klingon logo.

    Which leads me to wonder: Would Lt. Worf find Oud to be a true "warrior's scent"?

    ...
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    Re: Bergamotto Marino by Ferre - a wow-er

    A review that I read on-line (not on this site, though) said that it resembles Diesel Fuel for Life (Men's version).

    Anyone agrees?
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    Re: perfume that would match me

    I would suggest Ungaro III, because it has a base that is very creamy without being too sweet and has a very nice sandalwood accord. If you are from the Indian subcontinent or thereabouts (as your...
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    Re: Bergamotto Marino by Ferre - a wow-er

    To those who have experienced BM and like it: My trigger finger is a-twitchin' on a blind buy of this... But I need to know: Is there any perceptible oakmoss note in the base that would take the...
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    Re: African Kush?

    No, this is different than Khus. Khus (vetiver) is something I am very familiar with, whereas this perfume oil was something new to my nose, and had a smoky, tobacco-ish smell--nothing in common with...
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    Re: African Kush?

    Not sure what you mean. Care to elaborate?

    Thanks!
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    African Kush?

    Hi,

    Many years ago, I bought a roll-on perfume oil called African Kush. It was sold by some African-American vendors in the north-eastern part of the US. It was brown in color and had a really...
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    Re: woody, fresh, simple, inexpensive clogne

    +1

    Very nice fresh woody aroma.
  92. Re: Looking to Move Up in the World of Fragrance!

    Hi and welcome!

    You said that you are not looking to spend more than $120. I would not advise spending it on any single cologne. Why? Because even the best cologne can get boring if you have to...
  93. Re: Cheap but Quality - Putting together a list of Fragrance Bargains

    Davidoff Silver Shadow.
  94. Re: Cheap but Quality - Putting together a list of Fragrance Bargains

    Jacques Fath Green Water for sure!
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    Re: Al-Rehab Khaliji - er... wow.

    The correct method of application is as follows (traditionally used for ittars in the East): You run the roll-on on the palm of one hand (maybe apply in a line two inches long). Then, you put the...
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    Re: Looking for Cheap Summer Scent.

    Is it EDT or EDC? Does it last reasonably well in the summer heat?
  97. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    This review calls it a two-minute wonder. Do you agree with this assessment?
  98. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    Are you sure it's non-weird? From what I have read about this house, they seem not to be big followers of conventional ideas...
  99. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    Thanks for pointing me to this one. Sounds promising!
  100. Re: All-natural: masculine, long-lasting, affordable, non-weird

    Hmmm. Based on what's been said thus far in this thread, might have to settle for "mostly natural" rather than 100% natural.
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