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  1. Re: Is Byredo Bal D’Afrique a masterpiece?

    No.

    I'm surprised more people don't mind the harsh base. To me, Bal D’Afrique smells like they used most of the budget on top notes & heart notes. The base is cheap synthetics. And it's harsh.
  2. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    That. Is. FANTASTIC.

    :thumbsup:

    Every single morning marks the beginning of a new day, and each new day is a new opportunity to decide if you are who you want to be. Do you want to be...
  3. A Milestone - I finished a bottle!

    This is the first time I finished a bottle that I bought after joining basenotes. I slowed down my spending a lot when I realized the majority of my bottles were still more than 3/4 full - many even...
  4. Re: From this list your absolute 'Must-Haves' (if present)!

    Somebody bumped up an oldie.

    There are only two scents on the list I'd buy if I was starting over from scratch:
    1. Curve
    2. Hanae Mori HM EDT, not the EDP (in this case, the heavier...
  5. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    I'm an urbanite. I live in the heart of the city. I have multiple modes of mass transit at my doorstep, but so many of the best things are within easy walking distance. Shops, pubs, theaters,...
  6. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    What do the later phases of Bracken Man smell like? You've really piqued my curiosity with that comparison. I haven't tried Bracken yet. Amouage is hit or miss with me, but when they're good, they...
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    Re: 50th Bday Surprise

    Congrats and happy birthday!
  8. Re: Cheap, generic or unlikely compliment getters

    Yes. It has the current trendy scratchy fake woods drydown. I'm not a fan, but lots of people either are or they don't mind.



    No. Think about the opening of scents like Curve, Fierce, or...
  9. Re: Cheap, generic or unlikely compliment getters

    Hanae Mori H.M. EDT is my pick for a cheap scent that's fantastic for fun dates - specifically the EDT version, not the EDP. The EDP is too thick for its own good. The EDT has a wonderful...
  10. Re: Cheap, generic or unlikely compliment getters

    Absolutely.

    It's funny how, in the late 90s, Curve was a scent young people wore, but it doesn't smell like a young fragrance today. In fact, in many ways, Curve can be defined by what it is not....
  11. Re: Bought my first bottle of amber pour homme...

    Keep in mind that Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense isn't an intense version of Prada Amber. It's a different scent. It smells like a heavier Tom Ford Noir EDP (the black bottle). It smells nothing...
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    Wow! Your review sure has me intrigued. Any idea where samples can be found?
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Good call.

    I was on a CK One kick last year. I picked up a 0.5 oz bottle on ebay for... uh... $2? I was so surprised by how good it is!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaand then I realized how good it isn't. ...
  14. Re: Montblanc Individuel, Montblanc Legend Spirit

    I agree that Spirit is harsh. I couldn't wear it.

    Individuel is a like for me, not a love, though I've gotten wonderful feedback while wearing it. I'll always recommend it to anyone thinking...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Me too!
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    Re: Coffee based frgrance

    How did I not mention Atelier Cologne, Cafe Tuberosa? It's great! You might be able to find it at Sephora.

    Cafe Tuberosa reminds me a lot of Tom Ford Noir De Noir, but it's not as dense as NdN,...
  17. Re: How is Bois D’Argent by Dior?

    Celinman - Yup, that's why I don't have a signature scent anymore. I enjoy variety too much, and I don't like when a scent gives me olfactory fatigue. I used to have one, up until I joined this...
  18. Re: How is Bois D’Argent by Dior?

    Nice!

    This is the sort of scent that would make an amazing signature scent for the right person - and I mean signature scent in the true sense, where it's a scent one wears daily.
  19. Poll: Re: Xerjoff 1861 Renaissance vs Nio

    Nio seems like it's on another level, compared to 1861 Renaissance.

    1861 Renaissance is a great freshie, though there's something about it that I don't enjoy. It's a bit too sharp at first, a bit...
  20. Re: How is Bois D’Argent by Dior?

    Ethereal is such a good word for it.

    Bois d'Argent is such a unique scent. It's airy and even billowy, but it wears close to the skin rather than projecting far out, and its longevity is...
  21. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I agree, Nuit d'Issey is definitely not a safe blind buy. It's not incense though. That's norlimbanol. It's harsh.
  22. Re: Sorting through the Diptyque house, list your favorites and best iyo!

    Eau des Sens is a great one by Diptyque. Check it out if you're looking for a freshie. Orange, orange blossom, angelica... it's great.
  23. Re: How is Bois D’Argent by Dior?

    Exactly. 100%



    I bet it is, but it doesn't push out past your personal space. As ultravisitor said, "Bois d'Argent's projection is perfect for the kind of fragrance that it is."

    Bois...
  24. Re: Any well done watermelon'esque fragrances that only have a hint of sweetness, ie, not candy'ish?

    Carolina Herrera, Chic
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    Re: Game Day!

    That was awesome! Mahomes seems like such a good guy. I was rooting for the Chiefs, but when they were down 10 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, I thought for sure the 49ers were going to win.
    ...
  26. Re: The price value of a fragrance shouldn't be contingent on it's performance/sillage

    Absolutely. I also don't wear loud clothing that demands to be spotted from a frigging block away. It's crass and juvenile.
    ...
  27. Re: Designers that get hate but you're actually enjoying?

    Curve and Hanae Mori H.M. EDT, though I don't know if they get hated on, nor do I care. I like 'em.



    Following N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer's lead... my pick for under-appreciated or overlooked...
  28. Re: Pacific Rock Moss is such a fresh delight

    I wasn't too impressed with this one either. It smells like something I should be able to get at Ross for the same price as Nautica Voyage.



    That too.

    The opening is nice enough in a...
  29. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    You nailed it. Being experienced with something tends to make a person lose perspective on what it was like before they had experience.



    Yup. And there's nothing wrong with that. In fact,...
  30. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    Strong has a positive connotation in the fragrance community. Outside of the frag-comm, Too Strong is meant as a negative. It's often an insult. It's an extreme negative.
  31. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Good grief.

    Today marks day 7 of this trash being on the sleeve of my coat.

    Last Saturday, I dropped by Nordstrom to smell the new Dior Homme. I thought it smelled nice - VERY SOFT, but nice. ...
  32. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    I think that's a good thing, not a bad thing.

    I used to think I didn't like beer. Then I moved to a city with tons of microbrews and I realized I just hadn't found what made me happy yet. I...
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    Re: Your Most Worn January 2020

    I must be lucky. I get great performance from Chanel Eau De Cologne - but it wears in two stages. First, of course, there's the big burst of citrus & florals. That lasts a few hours, which...
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    Re: Your Most Worn January 2020

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    NICE! :thumbsup:

    That one doesn't seem to get mentioned much here in the forum, but I'm a big fan.
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    Re: Your Most Worn January 2020

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    Castile by Penhaligon's
    9 wears





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  36. Re: Eating crow: The house of John Varvatos

    I'm a fan of this one as well.
  37. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    I definitely believe Old Spice would get you compliments.

    If you're under age 40, Old Spice probably doesn't smell like your grandfather's scent. 40 years ago, Old Spice may have been the smell...
  38. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    Generally speaking, no.

    I think I'm a better judge of this than the average person because I used to be rich. In my early 30s, I gave up a career that paid me very well but had a downside I...
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    Re: Coffee based frgrance

    How about a dapper sort of gentlemanly coffee scent?

    Endymion by Penhaligon's:
    Coffee, lavender, nutmeg, sandalwood, etc, with a little bit of citrus at the top.
    ...
  40. Re: What are your top 3 favorites from Atelier Cologne house?

    Are you sure you're not thinking of Bergamote Soleil? I don't get a connection between Bois Blonds and Bergamot 22, but the first hour of Bergamote Soleil and Bergamot 22 are similar.
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    One thing is for sure: this junk may be soft but it is definitely LONG LASTING. The fresh opening fades fast, but the generic baloney calogney smell of the base lasts for ages.

    I dropped by...
  42. Re: Making TF OUD WOOD last longer with addition of ow byproducts.

    I agree. Oud Wood is quite long lasting. It's also linear, which causes people to get olfactory fatigue when wearing it.

    Olfactory fatigue is something everyone experiences in many situations,...
  43. Re: Hanae Mori H.M. for Men EAU FRAICHE?

    We're all counting on you, Buysblind! You're our guinea pig!

    I'm going to take a wild guess. I suspect they dialed back the amber & tonka, and maybe upped the jasmine a bit - but I also bet it's...
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    Re: Parfums de marly Pegasus

    Keep in mind that notes are not ingredients. When fragrances list almond (or any other ingredient), they often mean an aroma chemical that smells like that. Reflection Man doesn't list almond, but...
  45. Re: What are your top 3 favorites from Atelier Cologne house?

    I agree with your thinking 100%. Go with the 30ml. Save the extra $57 for something else.

    Keep an eye out for those 30ml bottles on ebay. I picked up Bergamote Soleil for $40 a while back. At...
  46. Re: What are your top 3 favorites from Atelier Cologne house?

    Pomelo Paradis
    Cafe Tuberosa
    Oolang Infini

    I want to put Bergamote Soleil on my list, because the bergamot note is so rich and it's beautiful... but the base gets harsh and that kills it for me.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Café Tuberosa by Atelier Cologne. This one might be an underrated gem. It reminds me a lot of Noir De Noir, but it's much less demanding to wear, and it's a bit more masculine (NdN is straight down...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    I posted my thoughts here, on BN.



    This stuff is just bad. Actually, I take that back. It's too irrelevant to qualify as being bad.

    This is such a confusing release. It has no character...
  49. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Wow.

    I don't remember the last time I was this underwhelmed.

    I guess I should give Dior credit for not releasing another typical citrus over nolimbanol nonsense scent. The new Dior Homme...
  50. Re: Hanae Mori H.M. for Men EAU FRAICHE?

    My curiosity sure is piqued! The only notes I'm seeing are mostly the same as the notes for H.M.
  51. Re: Most clunky, ridiculous packaging award goes to

    I'd say it's Paco Rabanne. Their bottles look like they belong at the bottom of a Happy Meal, not in a grown man's wardrobe.
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    Re: almond scent for men?

    I love the almond note in 1725 Casanova. It's not the most dominant note, but it's what makes the scent so wonderful, in my opinion.
  53. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's cold, gloomy & pouring down rain outside. We're still at the time of year when the sun sets before a typical work day is anywhere near being done. I felt like I could use a ray of sunshine.
    ...
  54. Re: Dior Spice Blend or Balade Sauvage?

    I have a relatively recent decant (late 2018). It's soft - this scent has always been soft - but its quite long lasting. Bois d'Argent is more of a gentlemanly scent than a clubber. It doesn't...
  55. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    OH!!! Thank you! I didn't realize Dior Homme was now at Nordstrom. I'm dying to get my nose on this one & the Sephora near me doesn't have it, but it looks like the Nordstrom does. Thanks for...
  56. Re: Are Scent Free Environments Becoming A Problem For Fragrance Enthusiasts?

    Shortly after I graduated from college, I had a career that involved a lot of moving around the country. I was engaged at the time. Alas, the constant moving was more than our relationship could...
  57. Re: Dior Spice Blend or Balade Sauvage?

    Balade Sauvage is nice. I didn't love it, but I definitely like it... but Bois d'Argent and Ambre Nuit are both outstanding, each in different ways. Bois d'Argent is a particularly interesting...
  58. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    Based on your review, whoa, I need to get my nose on Bracken Man!
  59. Re: Are Scent Free Environments Becoming A Problem For Fragrance Enthusiasts?

    WHAT?! Are you denouncing pluralism?
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    Re: Game Day!

    Wearing Endymion and cheering on the Packers. A great scent for a game that's going baaaaaadly.
  61. Re: How Similar Are Michael Kors 2001 And Frank Los Angeles Number 2?

    When you say "Michael Kors 2001" do you mean Michael Kors, [Michael](https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Michael-Kors/Michael-for-Men-2417.html)?

    It's been a while since I've sampled these two,...
  62. Re: Neroli Portofino Brown Bottle?

    It might have originally been a limited edition scent, but it's a mainstay in the lineup now.

    Interestingly, Tom Ford Extreme was originally a Limited Edition. 13 years later, it's still around. ...
  63. Re: Neroli Portofino Brown Bottle?

    I think so too. The blue bottles don't look bad, but they don't look as classy as the brown bottles. The blue ones look more sporty, which does suit the scent better, but still, I liked the look of...
  64. Re: Does It Bother You When People You Like Mock Cologne In General?

    It doesn't bother me. In fact, in my experience, they're usually right.

    Oversprayers make us all look bad.

    I can't even remember how many times I've received compliments followed by statements...
  65. Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    Tom Ford Extreme (A.K.A, Tom Ford For Men Extreme) is easily my all time favorite from Tom Ford. It's superb. I'm so surprised it isn't more popular here in the forum. People online talk about...
  66. Re: Any fans of Nishane Hacivat?

    Not me. I'm not a fan at all. The pineapple-ish part of the scent is nice, but whoa, that base is brutal. It's harsh. Harsh, scratchy, chemical. It's funny how they list it as being oakmoss. ...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    HA! Nice!

    I'm a big fan of Castile and Endymion along with a few others, but especially those two, and especially especially Castile. I need to sample more from Penhaligon's.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.5674.jpg

    I'm fortunate that Endymion is has excellent performance for me. It's not loud, but I get great longevity from it. I don't know if it just wears...
  69. Re: Your Most Worn of the Year 2019

    Castile was my most worn by FAR! I wore it at least once every 3 days, all year long, and I never got bored of it.



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  70. Re: Dior Homme the nouveau parfum

    It's not a parfum.
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    Re: Most worn in December 2019

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    Re: Game Day!

    Ooooof. We were inside the 1 yard line for a game winning touchdown and lost track of the clock? Brutal.



    And then that happened. Double Ooooooooof with some extra oo.

    Ah well... we're...
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    Re: Game Day!

    Tom Ford Extreme - because it's so awesome it needs no reason.

    Some of these playoff scenarios are nutty. Scroll down for those Oakland scenarios... If they win, and if the Colts win, and if the...
  74. Re: If you could only wear (3 fragrances of) 1 house for the next year...

    Penhaligon's:

    - Castile
    - Endymion
    - Levantium
  75. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    They still have the iris version of Dior Homme on the shelves at Sephora here. Bummer. I was really hoping to try the new Dior Homme.

    Ah well... I'll try again in a few weeks.
  76. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I agree. Strongly.

    Think about this: Let's say the date is still December 20th. A guy's mom calls his wife and says "What's that cologne he likes? I thought I'd get him that for Christmas." ...
  77. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Do we know for sure that Beau de Jour is being released as part of Tom Ford's designer line (whatever it's called)? Is it the same scent, or has it been tweaked?



    My guess is they're using...
  78. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    To be honest, not that many scents are more distinct than the original Dior Homme, especially on the designer side. Dior Homme wasn't one of my favorites, though it sure is excellent... but it's a...
  79. Re: What do you think of L’eau D’Issey these days?

    For me, it's:

    Millesime Imperial
    Mugler Cologne
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  80. Re: Most complex / complicated fragrance

    Interlude Man
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    Re: Fahrenheit Perfum???

    My guess is that Dior changed the name at some point.

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/secundar/o.25184.jpg

    Interestingly, it isn't listed at all on Dior.com, even if you do a search. They don't show...
  82. Re: What do you think of L’eau D’Issey these days?

    +1

    I'm a big fan of floral freshies, so L'eau D'Issey should be right up my alley, but there's something harshly synthetic about it that I just can't get past.

    For me, it's a scrubber.
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    Re: Most complimented Oud?

    Royal Oud is one of my most complimented scents, but it doesn't smell very much like oud.
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    Re: Fahrenheit Perfum???

    The name is Farhenheit Le Parfum, and it's important to understand that it's not a parfum strength Fahrenheit. It's a completely different scent, kind of like how Dior Homme Cologne isn't Dior Homme...
  85. Re: Meeting an ex for coffee what should I wear

    I was coming here to say exactly this, though I would have added confidence and charm.

    1725 by Histoires De Parfums would be the answer for me, without a doubt.



    This would be my 2nd choice....
  86. Re: Looking for a masculine cologne that isn't overpowering...

    Original Vetiver

    I'm surprised it's listed as unisex. It smells so masculine to me. Original Vetiver is a well groomed man. It is not the smell of a man desperate to be noticed. Instead, it's...
  87. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Interlude Man!

    I've been on a huge Interlude kick lately. It's one of my cold weather favorites. In fact, this is the 4th time I've worn it so far this month. The opening is great, but wow, the...
  88. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    It seems foolish that the name of the scent isn't printed on the bottle. Sure, it's printed on the cap, but most of the time, bottles at fragrance counters for customers to try don't have caps on...
  89. Re: Latest Initio Parfum - Atomic Rose!

    Holy moly. I need to try this one. It sounds FANTASTIC.
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    Re: Fragrances you bought - 2019

    2019 was a really slow year for me, in terms of purchases. I got to a point a few years ago where I'm so happy with what I own that I'm wearing my favorites more and more, and it makes me happy.
    ...
  91. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    You have to understand that most designer houses aren't really houses. They're designer brands using perfume as accessories (and as a form of advertisement) for the brand. In other words,...
  92. Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    Yeah, i was surprised by how few people joined in. Ah well.
  93. Re: 'Fahrenheit Day' on Monday, 14th Dec 2015......

    :tekst-toppie:
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    Holy moly, this stuff is glorious.

    I'm not crazy about the opening of Interlude. It's fine, but wow, once this scent settles in, it just gets better and better. I only wore one spray today, but...
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    Re: Game Day!

    Interlude Man was my SOTD for a day of watching football. Every time I wear it, I think there's no way 1 spray will be enough, but I'm at the 12 hour mark now and it's just going and going and...
  96. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Also, the phrase "giving Sauvage a break" is a dead giveaway that the person has no idea what they're talking about.
  97. Re: Anyone else dislike amber as a note in men's fragrances?

    I love it so long as it's not too sweet and not cloying... but I could say the same about many notes.

    I need to pick up a decant of Ambre 114.
  98. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I dropped by Sephora but the version they have on the shelf is still the iris formulation. I'm really looking forward to giving the new one a try. I guess I'm going to have to wait a while.
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    Re: Amouage Interlude Man - 2012

    ...?

    Aren't you the same guy who said:
  100. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Give it a sniff, Chuck!

    :laugh:

    C'mon now... you teased us with a picture. Don't hold out on your friends.
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