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  1. Re: Kilian Intoxicated - A kinder, gentler A*Men

    Kinda funny you said that, because many on here think that Thierry Mugler is the most niche-like designer house in terms of creativity and ideas.
  2. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    For me, I'd say that MI (the best drydown of any aquatic period), Aventus, Back to Black (best vanilla drydown ever), and John Varvatos Vintage have the best drydowns in my collection.

    Outside of...
  3. Re: Were these ever confirmed as Creed scents?

    Another possibility is that they were bespoke fragrances for a celebrity or royalty, much like how both GIT and MI (among others) got their start.
  4. Kilian Intoxicated - A kinder, gentler A*Men

    Today was my second full wearing of Intoxicated from a sample. I have to say: This is A*Men done better - much better.

    There's no polarizing tar note. The top and middle notes, especially the...
  5. Thread: Diesel Battle

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    Re: Diesel Battle

    For some reason, Fuel for Life reminds me of raspberry candy while Only the Brave reminds me of Prada Amber for women.

    Both are fine, but I'd pick Fuel for Life because of its originality.
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    Re: Niche Brands to Bring into our Perfume Store

    I've been working with some friends of mine regarding a niche fragrance business in my hometown (population 256K, MSA of 416K, 700K within an hour of downtown) as well. We hope to have some news...
  7. Re: Which long-term fragrance are you still excited to wear?

    Mugler Cologne, since 2004.
    M7, since 2005 (and I don't care whether it's the vintage or new stuff).
    John Varvatos Vintage, since 2007.
    Straight to Heaven, since 2008.
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    [USA] Ananas Fizz, 1 Million, Tommy T

    It's been a while since I've cleared out some dead weight, but I need to make room.

    All prices include shipping. Payment is via PayPal or a checking account from a U.S.-based bank (electronic...
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    Re: AT&GIT: An unusual fragrance encounter

    No such laws have been passed in Indiana - you can buy a Tesla at that mall. There are also several Tesla Superchargers in Indiana with free socket juice, including ones in Indy, Lafayette, Angola...
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    Re: Most minty fragrance

    If you have an Express close by, try out Express Honor: a super-minty aquatic. Very reasonably priced, too.
  11. Re: Z Zegna and Z Zegna Extreme No Longer In Production?

    Not that long ago, Zegna changed fragrance licensees and manufacturers from L'Oreal/YSL Beaute to The Estee Lauder Companies. Uomo came out shortly after the switch, along with the exclusive line.
    ...
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    Re: AT&GIT: An unusual fragrance encounter

    This guy came up to Fort Wayne from Indianapolis, which doesn't have a Neiman Marcus. Indy does, however, have a Saks with the entire Creed line, along with Bond and other niche brands. Yes, I have...
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    Re: AT&GIT: An unusual fragrance encounter

    Well, his wife bought it for him, so that explains things a bit.
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    Re: How was your hobby in the pre-Internet era?

    Before the Internet, I didn't wear fragrances, though I did get two fragrances as gifts. One was Equipage, which was not appropriate for a fourth-grader. The other was the original Chaps, which was...
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    Re: Other addictions

    Today, it's advertising (part of the reason why I'm studying marketing), travel (including amusement parks and aviation), cellphones (once worked in this business), high-end office chairs (I had a...
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    Re: AT&GIT: An unusual fragrance encounter

    I knew that a Cool Water reference was coming sooner or later.

    But nope, the AT&T guy said it was GIT for sure - it smelled in that category, he said that it came in a black bottle, and the Creed...
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    Re: How much is your collection worth?

    Based on either the price that I paid or the price at the time I received it as a gift, I'd say that my collection is worth around $1,750, with almost 70% of that total coming from niche.

    And I...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, December 11, 2014

    GIT (from a sample)
  19. Re: Any modern designer fragrances dominated with rose?

    Burberry Brit for Men is heavy on the rose.
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    AT&GIT: An unusual fragrance encounter

    Yesterday on our campus, a man from AT&T - not just anyone from Ma Bell, but the president for AT&T's Indiana operations - showed up to give out school a grant to be used for pre-job training.

    As...
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    Re: Kilian Straight to Heaven??

    As you probably know, I've been one of the biggest defenders of this fragrance for years.

    I first got a bottle of Straight to Heaven back when Kilian was only starting to get a name made for...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, December 9,, 2014

    Tested Kenneth Cole Mankind from a sample today.

    It smells fine (a Fierce clone), but it probably has the worst longevity of any recent mainstream release that I have smelled. 4 hours and - poof -...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, December 8, 2014

    SOTD: Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace for Him
    SOTE: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche (from a sample. I was pleasantly surprised by this one - I thought that the original didn't need a "light" flanker,...
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    Re: Scents on a plane: What do you wear?

    Most of the flights out of our local airport are on small regional jets, so anything that can fill up the entire cabin of a small 50-seat jet is out of the question. And even on the big jets, the...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

    Same here.
  26. Re: What is your favorite designer Women's Fragrance (as a man)

    There's plenty.

    Dior Hypnotic Poison (my all-time favorite feminine)
    Shalimar (a razor-close second, and a true classic)
    Flowerbomb (more refined and far more wearable than Angel)
    Hanae Mori...
  27. Re: Tested out Amen today, never been so offended in my life

    A*Men is a very good fragrance, but the potency ruins it for me. One of my coworkers wears it to the office often, and my office is close to his... I can smell it all the way. Same goes for the Pure...
  28. Re: If you were to jokingly refer to a cologne so that people would know you meant it was awful

    For me, it would be Drakkar Noir.
  29. Re: 3 New By Kilian Men's Specifc Fragrances- October 2014!

    Apple Brandy is the NYC scent from the city exclusive line.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    N is for Narciso Rodriguez for Him
  31. Re: Most potent in-production designer fragrance?

    That's niche, not designer.
  32. Re: 3 New By Kilian Men's Specifc Fragrances- October 2014!

    I don't see Kilian selling, having read his quotes and met him in person. He wants to be the next big thing on his own watch. Kilian himself is no fan of the big cosmetics brands, having worked for...
  33. Most potent in-production designer fragrance?

    From personal experience, I know that Polo Green, Joop!, A*Men, Aramis, and Le Male are all strong stuff.

    A friend of mine has some Kouros stories from the 1980s that say the same thing.

    Any...
  34. Re: Been gone since April....What did I miss???

    Plenty has come out. In addition to what's been mentioned:

    Designer:
    -Paco Rabanne's Invictus hit the US. This one seems to be either love or hate.
    -Issey Miyake launched Nuit d'Issey, an...
  35. Re: 3 New By Kilian Men's Specifc Fragrances- October 2014!

    I finally got ahold of some samples, and am giving them full-body wears over the next three days and posting my thoughts right here.

    Today, I put on Intoxicated. Yes, as some have mentioned, this...
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    Re: Go to work fragrance?

    When I'm in the office (which isn't as often this year because I'm getting my bachelor's degree, which will be done next May), the favorite scent among my coworkers, by far, is Straight to Heaven....
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    Poll: Re: What's the sex of your wardrobe?

    11 masculine
    7 unisex (Flower of Immortality is listed as a feminine in the directory, but is actually unisex, as are all the Asian Tales)
    0 feminine

    Yes, it leans masculine... but only slightly.
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    Re: Is Straight to Heaven worth a blind buy?

    If you like great orientals, absolutely.
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    Re: Scents your mother loves/hates

    Loves:
    -Straight to Heaven (just like me, her favorite)
    -Flower of Immortality (loves the peach note)
    -Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin (unfortunately, I hated it)

    Hates:
    -A*Men (way too strong for...
  40. Re: If you can only get one kilian which one would you get and why?

    I'm a huge fan of this line, I've tried many, and I haven't found a dud yet.

    But if forced to pick just one and only one, I would pick Straight to Heaven - the scent that got me hooked on the...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Because it was warmer today, I reached for Kilian's Flower of Immortality.

    This is the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 of fragrance: like the MD-90 gets lost between the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, Flower...
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    Re: M7 Fresh Alternatives

    While not identical, and while it has a hefty price tag, Kilian's Musk Oud does share similarities with M7 Fresh. The oud and musk is in both, but in Musk Oud, clean florals replace most of the...
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    Re: REC me a NICHE FRAG based on my likes!!

    +1 on both Straight to Heaven and Back to Black.

    Both would suit you to a T.
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    Perfumania is now selling ouds

    Jean Paul Dupont ouds from the UAE, to be exact. $33.99 for 3.4 oz, and when they have BOGO promotions, you can get another for $15. Both the Perfumania website and stores have them.

    I tried them,...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    We've had far colder than normal weather most of the past two weeks. Snow, ice, wind, you name it. So these five have been my faves during this period of time.

    1) Straight to Heaven
    2) Aventus...
  46. Sony's new digital camera is shaped like a perfume bottle

    http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/design/works/products/dsc-kw1/01.html?s_td=sd_fd012kw01_sctp

    I'm not sure if it will be sold outside of Asia (the Sony US website doesn't show it), but the Sony...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, November22, 2014

    That thread on Back to Black yesterday made me want to reach for it today.
  48. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    There's a long story behind this one. A while back, I brought a sample of Kilian's Musk Oud with me on a trip to Cedar Point, a trip that I promised myself in return for finishing a work project...
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    Re: killian back to black, discuss

    I own and love this one. It's a great sweet oriental that fondly reminds me of a now-defunct store that I went to as a very young child. That store sold pipe tobaccos, cigars, candy, newspapers, and...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, November 21, 2014

    Aventus for a much colder than normal day.

    Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be actual late-fall weather. Of course, I will scent myself accordingly. ;)
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    Re: Your first love...

    Gap Dream, way back in middle school.
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    Re: Put me onto Killian

    Ah, yes, my favorite niche house.

    Here's my favorites:
    Straight to Heaven (also my all-time most-complimented scent)
    Back to Black
    Musk Oud
    Prelude to Love
    Amber Oud
    A Taste of Heaven
    and...
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    Re: SotD: Sunday, November 16, 2014

    L'Humaniste
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    Re: Life-Stage Signatures

    Middle school: Gap Dream (the first fragrance that I actually wore)
    High school: Acqua di Gio and Emporio Armani He
    College (associate's degree): Mugler Cologne, but wore and experimented with many...
  55. Re: Name a scent you bought, sold and bought again cause you realized what you had lost....

    Mugler Cologne
    M7
    Terre d'Hermes
    MI
  56. Re: Sean John Unforgivable Vs. Creed Millesime Imperial

    Correct. The rights to Sean John fragrances were bought by Parlux Fragrances. Sister company Perfumania has Unforgivable, I Am King, and Unforgivable Woman in their stores, and Parlux is planning a...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    C is for Cuir Venenum 03 by Parfumerie Generale
  58. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Re: Aramis Gold?

    Don't know much about it other than it was created for the 40th anniversary of Aramis, and was a limited edition.
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    Re: Blind Buy Hits and Misses

    Hits:
    Encre Noire
    Midnight in Paris
    CdG 2 MAN

    Neutral:
    Giorgio Beverly Bills for Men
    Red for Men
    Azzaro Visit
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    Re: Your opinion on car brand fragrances

    True story: When at the Detroit Auto Show this year, I visited the Bentley display. They had a whole Bentley gift shop, with polo shirts, pens, golf balls, and the like, but the fragrances were MIA....
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    Re: Estee Lauder acquires Frederic Malle

    Serge Lutens is already part of Shiseido.
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    Re: Cakes inspired by fragrances

    Not quite a cake, but close: A while back, Fauchon developed an Angel-flavored pastry.
  63. Re: Where and when do your favorite fragrances take you?

    Straight to Heaven: Summer 2008, South Coast Plaza, Orange County, California. Here, I met Kilian, who personally introduced me to the scent, thinking that it would be so me. He was right. I bought a...
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    Re: Thee Holy Grail!

    My mind regarding fragrances is like how Walt Disney said that "Disneyland will never be completed as long as there's imagination left in this world": My collection will never be completed as long as...
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    Re: Who is who on Basenotes: post a pic...!

    A photo and profile of me from work, of all places:
    http://www.fai2.com/templates/faijoomla2013/_people/?t=65

    I've changed glasses since that photo was taken. But neither my love of Straight to...
  66. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    Wrong thread for my original post.

    But this is telling me to wear Hypnotic Poison for my SOTD tomorrow...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    A third vote for Aventus - and an unsolicited compliment from the opposite sex.
  68. Re: Potential Long Term Replacements for Midnight in Paris?

    Yes, Bulgari Black is still being made, but in limited distribution (manufacturer website and some department stores).

    I also tend to get a lot of Shalimar in the drydown of MiP.
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    Re: What is the average age here?

    28, though many people think that I look younger than that.

    And I have been part of Basenotes since I turned 18. However, I've been wearing fragrances since I was 13 (Gap Dream was my first scent...
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    Re: Montblanc Legend. Is it worth it?

    Works great for any age and occasion. Just go easy on the spraying.

    Personally, I find it to be a more refined, less brash version of Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce, but I do see the Platinum Egoiste...
  71. Re: Xerjoff 1861 cheaper alternatives, i.e Fresh MINT fragrances?

    Haven't smelled 1861, but a very good mint scent at an price that is well below $80 ($35 for 1 oz, $45 for 1.7, and $60 for 3.4, actually) is Express Honor. Yes, as in the clothing store.

    There...
  72. If the polar vortex returns, what will you wear?

    Forecasters are still divided as to whether the polar vortex will reach the US for winter 2014-15. But let's say it does and brings single-digit and negative winter temperatures back to your hometown...
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    Re: do you tell people what you are wearing?

    Always.

    If someone likes it, loves it, or just wants to know my SOTD - they have the right to know.
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    Re: What's Your Most Flamboyant Fragrance?

    For designers, 1 Million.
    For niche, Aventus.

    Would've said A*Men, but I sold my bottle because it was a little too flamboyant.
  75. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    The point on the pink shirts is interesting: I actually have two pink polo shirts in my collection. The first one I got, from Express, has gotten me more compliments than any other shirt in my...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, October 23, 2014

    SOTD: Encre Noire
    SOTE: Midnight in Paris
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Former My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way's new solo album "Hesitant Alien" has a track called "Drugstore Perfume".

    The bad news: There are no other fragrance references on this track....
  78. Re: No more "Express Mail" from U.S. Postal service?!$&@

    No need to worry. The parts that you depend on remain the same, but a few new features have been added in addition to the new name.

    The transit time for Priority Mail Express is still the same...
  79. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    Good points there.

    Indiana does not offer small business loans, but I have looked into SBA loans with their lower interest rate. I also know a banker very well that can help me with loans,...
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    Re: which fragrance will you always have?

    Zero mention of Straight to Heaven so far? Let me be the first to say that it will be a staple in my collection for as long as it's made - and then some.

    While we're at it, I'd add PdN New York...
  81. Re: Which kilian fragrance in your own experience gets the most compliments.

    Straight to Heaven wins this one, though Flower of Immortality is getting up there.
  82. Re: Fake Cologne - Contains "antifreeze....Urine [and]...DEHP, a probable carcinogen

    As far as bricks-and-mortar discounters, Perfumania is as legit as it gets. They get their fragrances from the manufacturers, also supply fragrances to major retailers, and are the parent company of...
  83. Re: Which of these colognes are suitable for my dog

    CK Obsession for women reminds me of a wet dog.

    That said, the biggest place where dogs need to smell better is their breath. Run out to PetSmart and buy some breath-improving dog treats - they'll...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    SOTD: Straight to Heaven - still loving this one after all these years.

    SOTE: Midnight in Paris - after sniffing Shalimar yesterday, I can see why people make comparisons.
  85. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I'll let you know in the months ahead, especially between January (when we plan to incorporate and start raising capital) and the store opening, which will likely be in the fall of 2015. In that...
  86. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    An update on the project: It's back on! :thumbsup:

    I found a new business partner who is really committed to my idea and will provide me with a lot of help. The staffing issues have been...
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    Re: Similar or alternative to l'humaniste

    Chanel's Allure Homme Edition Blanche has been mentioned as similar and longer-lasting as well.

    Ironically, I get all-day longevity out of L'Humaniste but 3 hrs tops out of the Chanel.
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    Re: Helmut Lang EDC Replacement

    Soon, you'll be able to get the real thing again:
    http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/09/helmet-lang-eau-de-parfum-eau-de-cologne-cuiron-reissues/
  89. Re: For a 17 year old male, Acqua Di Gio or A&F Fierce?

    True story: the A&F in our local mall closed six months ago. A few weeks ago, Champs Sports moved to a temporary spot there for 6 weeks while their usual store was being renovated. Sure enough, the...
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    Re: What was your first Niche fragrance?

    Creed SMW, back in 2004. Later swapped it as it was bringing back bad memories. Second niche was MI, which was swapped and then reswapped, but later rejoined my collection last year. I didn't really...
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    Re: Mcqueen Kingdom pure parfum

    Talk about a find! At that price, it is a steal.

    BTW, it should be noted that Kingdom was the first fragrance that was the brainchild of Kilian Hennessy, before he moved to Armani and then started...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Trying Midnight in Paris (EdT) for the first time.

    My thoughts: it's a lot like Bvlgari Black, minus the annoying rubber note that makes you think you're working at a Bridgestone factory. Love the...
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    Re: Bvlgari Man in Black - New Release 2014

    Tried this at Macy's today. Great spicy floral opening, then bam - a Spicebomb clone 5 minutes later. Heck, two different SAs at two different stores mistook it for Spicebomb.

    Pass.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, October 6, 2014

    Encre Noire
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, October 4, 2014

    Kilian - Musk Oud (from a sample)

    I'm wearing this at Cedar Point in 40-degree weather, and it works miracles just like it does in the heat. That does it. Now I want a full bottle.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, October 3, 2014

    MI for a day where the rain was like playing in a swimming pool.
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    Re: Diaster struck

    Or as they say in the airplane business, "the only replacement for a DC-3 is another DC-3".

    Still no full bottles broken myself, though I did break a giant sample vial of Bond No. 9 Brooklyn once...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Terre d'Hermes parfum

    Got a compliment on it as well!
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    Re: Today I bought: October 2014

    Went shopping for a few things today, both fragrance and non-fragrance. Got two fragrant things among them: Midnight in Paris EdT (4.2 oz - I'm going all-in) and a Claus Porto almond oil soap for the...
  100. Re: Best men's fragrances commonly found at Macys?

    To my nose, it doesn't matter where a fragrance comes from - if it smells good, I wear it. And there happen to be plenty of good scents at Macy's and similar department stores. You just have to...
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