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    Re: Three by Krigler

    I ordered some samples from them a couple months ago, and to be honest, I was pretty disappointed overall. Almost all of them are overrun by a modern musk note that billows and overtakes everything,...
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    Re: Balenciaga Portos and Moschino Pour Homme

    Wow! Everything old is new again. I can't believe it's been 5 years since I started this thread. Of course, like any junkie worth his salt, I sold both of these off long ago. From memory, I think...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Yohji Homme
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 21 May 2011

    Another one wearing Fahrenheit...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, May 20, 2011

    Jules
  6. Re: Dior & Creed splits - Aventus, Angelique Encens, Bois de Santal, Himalaya, Selection Verte, Wind

    Ouch! Why would they make flacons that big spray only!? Oh well, thanks again for the split...and taking one case of carpal tunnel for the team. :cheesy: :beer:
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, May 19th, 2011

    Fahrenheit
  8. Re: Name a Personal Gem that never gets mentioned here.

    Wow, odd to read this thread after being away for a while. Specifically, Piper Nigrum was all the rage when I posted here a lot. So was Jean Pascal.

    I'll add a +1 to Monsieur Carven, which...
  9. Re: New Mona di Orio fragrances: Vétyver, Tubéreuse, Vanille, Oud

    I have found something to like in almost all of her fragrances, at least the ones I've tried. She seems to have a particular style, sort of a throw-back to older perfumes. They seem dramatic to me...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 18th May 2011

    BdP.
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    Re: The Wrong Recommendation

    Hey DustB, thanks for the great post! I basically stopped trying to give recommendations to newbs, other than to say "sample." It's usually pretty easy to tell when someone is a newb in mindset. I...
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    Re: Question with aquatic notes.

    Of the two, I've only smelled Erolfa, and I'd agree that there's a sweetness to it, both in the citrus and in the base, which to me seems to be similar to other Creed house bases. The bases always...
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    Re: R.I.P. Royal Delight

    It always seemed a bit too feminine for me. I think it was the sweetness combined with the volume that Creeds have when I wear them. That said, I thought it was a nice fragrance overall and am...
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    Re: Egoiste Cologne Concentree

    I've always wondered about this. Thanks for the info, folks!
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

    I'm going with Floris Vetiver today.

    What an interesting vetiver fragrance this is. Earthy, a bit herbal, but smoothed out. Something in the base is quite animalic, like old school animalic...
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    Re: Which Creed to choose

    You have been given some good advice by these posters. Sample. If you have such a strong reaction to Cool Water, which is pretty much a basic, fresh, green fougere men's fragrance (in other words,...
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    Re: What is the best masculine Rose?

    It's fun to follow these "masculine rose" threads over the years. Opinions always change. For me, "masculine" florals typically mean not too sweet, not too loud, and not too powdery. Lately, I've...
  18. Re: Opinions on the most refined, must-have fragrances from these houses

    Hmm...tough question b/c my sampling of some of these brands is minimal, and refined is such a subjective term. Anyway:
    Bois 1920: can't comment
    Byredo: can't comment
    Cartier Les Heures de...
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    Re: My experience with Amouage Tribute

    Tribute really does latch onto you and not let go, in more ways than one. The depth is just amazing. It's almost like I can sit all day smelling it and finding new nuances. Can't say that about...
  20. Poll: Re: If you could receive only one free full bottle Amouage men's fragrance, which one would you take

    I'd agree with most of this. I'm not as fond of Silver, though, as it's a little to dry for my tastes. My list would probably be:
    - Dia
    - Ciel
    - Jubilation XXV
    - Tribute
    - Gold

    Ciel is,...
  21. Re: Looking for more rich, warm, balsamic, oriental fragrances

    You can try many Lutens. Arabie for sure, maybe Fumerie Turque, maybe Cuir Mauresque, maybe Chergui. Ambre Precieux is a very good masculine oriental style, though not necessarily fruity. Opium PH...
  22. Re: Dior & Creed splits - Aventus, Angelique Encens, Bois de Santal, Himalaya, Selection Verte, Wind

    I pm'd you about Granville, but haven't heard back. I'm in, if it happens. Thanks...
  23. Thread: Washington DC?

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    Re: Washington DC?

    I just moved the DC area, so of course have been checking out the local fragrance haunts. Count me as another big +1 to Art with Flowers. The owners are incredibly nice, unpretentious, and helpful....
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    Re: A modern fragrance

    You're not alone! You put into words my thoughts exactly. I don't think it has anything to do with individual ingredients or notes, per se; though, that said, I think the synthetic "musks" make it...
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    Re: Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino

    Agreed with the others that it's not an "aquatic." It's more a masculine or unisex floral with a mossy and leathery base. The aquatic note is buried in the mix, and is done well. It's pretty old...
  26. Re: How Have Strangers (esp. women) Reacted to Oudh Fragrances?

    I've only encountered oudh on someone once. I was doing some market research interviews for work and one lady that was being interviewed was wearing an attar of some sort. It was very strong, and...
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    Re: Recognizing Other's Fragrances

    I don't normally smell fragrances on folks, unless they are wearing a lot. Most of the time I just get a faint whiff of some basenotes here and there. Fortunately, there are a few older people in...
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    Re: Best fragrance with a mint note

    I like MPG Centaure and L'Artisan Caporal. Live Jazz as well. Selection Verte has a great opening mint note. There's a nice mint note in Derby as well, but it's not what I think of as a "mint"...
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    Re: Bright, Fresh, Semi-Sweet, Citrusy Vetiver?

    First one that popped into my head was Mazzolari. But, I'd also have seconded Racine. Creed OV is probably worth checking out as well. Vettiveru might be worth a testing too.
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    Re: L'Artisan Al Oudh

    This is pretty much how I see it, though the medicinal aspects are still there, to my nose anyway. It has similarities to Dzongkha (and it won't surprise me if it's very similar to Havana Vanille,...
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    Re: Ralph Lauren Big Pony?

    These are at Macy's now. I tried to sample them today, but was in a hurry, and on top of that was interrupted by a sales rep who kept sticking D&G sprayed strips under my nose and quite literally...
  32. Re: The Fourth of July. What Fragrance Will Set Off Your Fireworks?

    Well, I sort of stumbled into some un-American choices today. I just received a sample of C&S Cuba the other day and felt its boozy tobacco seemed pretty celebratory, so I decided to wear it today...
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    Re: Bond no 9 vs the perfumed court.

    This cracks me up, or makes me ill, I'm not sure which. I mean, the hypocrisy...and the stones! And from a house that basically has done little more than rip off other perfumes: Wall Street = MI;...
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    Re: S o t D - Sunday 27th June, 2010

    MPG Parfum d'Habit
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    Re: Which is your favourite L'Artisan?

    Timbuktu
    Mechant Loup
    L'Eau du Navigateur
    L’Eau du Caporal
  36. Re: What Would It Take to Fix the Fragrance Industry?

    I agree with #1, the exemption. That's a good idea. But, it still would be problematic to use the original ingredients of the older perfume formulas b/c of the use of real musks, real civet, etc. ...
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    Re: Sot d Saturday Jun - 26 - 2010.

    Congrats!

    Azzaro PH for me.
  38. Re: Top 3. Maitre parfumeur et Gantier scents for men.

    Santal Noble (the original stuff; haven't smelled the new stuff) takes my top spot. From there, honestly, I can't say. I've been thinking about this for about an hour and I just like too many of...
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    Poll: Re: Obsession or Opium?

    Indeed.
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    Re: What Givenchy cologne you think is the best?

    Vintage Gentleman.
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    Re: Timbuktu - Is it really smoky and woody??

    One of my favorites. I do find it to be smoky and woody, with a dried red fruit note. It and Dzongkha are similar, but I like Timbuktu better due to its dry woody nature vs. Dzongkha's doughiness. ...
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    Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    Some, like Timbuktu, Derby, and Jules, wow me every time I wear them.

    Recently bought a bunch of attar samples and Amouage Tribute blew me away.

    Bought a bottle of Monsieur Carven blind and...
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    Re: S o t D - Friday, June 18, 2010

    Monsieur Carven
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    Re: L'Artisan for a lady

    Verte Violette is worth seeking out. It matches what you've asked for very well. Drole de Rose is very floral in a more old school way. Passage is also a great choice. The Pour Un Ete would be...
  45. Re: Stephanie de Saint-Aignan line at Luckyscent now

    It never stops. But I've decided to just wait these things out these days, let others try them and read their thoughts. LuckyScent could type up a description of excrement that would make me want to...
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    Re: Fragrances that evokes a sense of melancholy

    Black March. Smells like an open grave on a cold, cloudy day. Nothing much sadder than that.

    Usually anything with both strong rose and strong frankincense will be a bit melancholy to me.
    ...
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    Re: Iquitos cologne?

    If it's sealed, and the seller has a good reputation, then it's probably fine. If it's open, and it's a splash bottle, then I would worry more. See if they have a return policy listed. Many do. I...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV at LuckyScent ....

    Or maybe it's the exchange rate (again).
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    Re: The Best of Andy Tauer

    Maroc is the one most often overlooked. Forget about the gender label and just spray it on. You'll note the resemblance to LDDM, but to my nose Maroc is a little more interesting. I don't see...
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    Re: BdP and Obsession

    I don't find them to be "identical" at any stage, but since they are both "woody oriental" fragrances, and both have amber and woods in the base, they do have some similarities. PdN's New York is...
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    Re: Safari Help !!!

    Mossy, woody, aromatic, with a fruity note that freshens things up a bit. The older stuff seems to smell mossier and less plastic-y (for lack of a better term). I can't think of anything that...
  52. Re: Wearing too much perfume a sign of depression?

    I think it's an interesting finding. Maybe losing your interest in the things that usually bring you joy is an effect of losing your ability to fully perceive those things, at least to the level you...
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    Re: Which Creed fragrance do you like best?

    To take a non-newbie stab at answering this...

    1) I think Creed is not sold with the major designer fragrances, and so is niche, but is also easy enough to find that it is accessible. It's also...
  54. Re: Which samples from L'Artisan should I ask for?

    I know it sounds crass, but they have so many worth sampling that you should really just read the descriptions and the reviews here and on the various blogs, and then pick the ones that sound best to...
  55. Re: If Santos, trully a bold fougére - or - basenoters rules

    From my brief time with it, I would tend to think of it as a rich, dry woods fragrance, in the same vein as Eau des Isles. But then I tend to like the Edwards' categorization scheme (for the most...
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    Re: amouage...which is the best

    I'll be interested to hear how they compare to you. If you don't reply here or start a thread, feel free to PM me.

    (BTW, Vibert, if you haven't checked it out yet, West Side is a Bond worth...
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    Re: New MPG fragrance, Bois de Turquie

    A fun exercise is to head over to MUA and read what the (predominantly) ladies there have to say about fragrances. It's sometimes telling to read their opinions vis-a-vis the opinions here. Often...
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    Re: amouage...which is the best

    Many good comments in this whole thread. No need to repeat them all. IMO, Reflection would be the "safest" bet, followed closely by Dia (though I've still not smelled XXV). That is, if you want...
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    Re: Like Gucci PH but less sweet?

    You could try Black Tourmaline.
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    Re: Coriolan and the confused opinions

    Thanks for the links Rockford.

    $205 for a bottle of the new version! :eek:

    Here's what I found most interesting (from Scented Salamander):

    "It is a re-take on a former fragrance by...
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    Re: Scents with Ambergis!

    As a related aside, when I was visiting Les Senteurs in London, I asked the folks working there which fragrance had the most realistic ambergris note. The men turned to a woman working there, as she...
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    Re: Parfumerie Generale Querelle

    Thanks to all for the comments.

    Foetidus - funny you mention "annoying." That's the one thing about it that I consider "difficult"...the mood it puts me in. Somehow it makes me feel unsettled,...
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    Parfumerie Generale Querelle

    I've noticed a fair amount of talk about this fragrance on the forum, but have seen only one very short thread devoted to it. Thought I'd start a thread to discuss. Personally, I think this is the...
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    Re: Whatever happened to Lorenzo Villoresi???

    I was just at the Villoresi website and it seems that the only US retailer listed is Lafco. I wonder if Lafco received some sort of exclusive rights to the Villoresi line and the other retailers are...
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    Re: The ULTIMATE Basenotes PATCHOULI thread

    Wow, this one's been buried for a while.

    My favorites tend to be the fragrances where the patch is a strong component but not the only component:
    - SL Borneo 1834: nice, dry patchouli with a...
  66. Re: Anyone have experience with Villoresi room essence oils?

    Thanks for the input Stu - any recommendations for room oils?
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    Re: Yatagan or similar?

    +1 to all that. The only things that come to mind as being in the ballpark of Yatagan (though they are not at all substitutes for it) are Romeo Gigli's Sud Est and Ricci's Phileas. Maybe also...
  68. Anyone have experience with Villoresi room essence oils?

    Any comments? Which scents do you like best? Are they worth the price? How long does a bottle last?

    Thanks in advance for any input!
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    Re: Centaure by MPG

    The citrus, mint, and blackcurrant are noticeable to me as well. I'm also surprised that no one has mentioned the very prominent vetiver. To me it leans more traditionally masculine, but I could...
  70. Re: Big League - Bond or L'artisan or CDG or Creed

    Get samples. Perfumed Court, Aedes, Lucky Scent, and Luscious Cargo all have samples for sale. So does Scented Monkey. Nancy at Fishbone has samples available too:...
  71. Re: Hot Damn I finally did it and DustB helped me :).

    Congrats Vijay!
  72. Received strange email that my sunscription is about to run out

    But I am a month-to-month subscriber. I've never received an email like this before. Not sure what that's about. Anyone know?
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    Re: Cuir Mauresque Serge Lutens

    I love leathers. CM is at the top of the heap in my mind. I really like the spices and orange with the leather. In some ways, it reminds me just a little bit of Cuiron, and in other ways it...
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    Re: Mazzaroli 'Lui'

    Lui, to my nose, is very much in the same vein as Tonatto's Re. They both have a big cat - as in tiger or jaguar - vibe. They are very strong and animalic, with lots of patchouli. Go lightly with...
  75. Re: Where can one get SL Musk Kublai Khan in the US?

    Yeah, they only get the ones that are designated limited edition exports by SL. FT and Chergui each had their round, as did Un Lys and Vetyver Oriental, and maybe Chene. The website Serge Lutens...
  76. Re: Where can one get SL Musk Kublai Khan in the US?

    For full bell bottles, I believe this member sells them: http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=199065
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme/Patou Prive

    They're both fantastic. PPH is hard to classify. It crosses the bounds of a few fragrance categories. It's an un-sweet (bitter in a way) woody, spicy oriental with chypre and fougere elements. ...
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    Re: Does anyone actually wear L'Autre?

    Hey Stuffman! I remember that day as well. Kind of surreal to meet someone you've only ever known of online. It was nice to meet you. L'Autre was the standout out of the day for me too. Not...
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    Re: Philadelphia, PA

    Any updates on Philly shopping? Just moved to the area. Particularly interested in smaller places that may have some left over discontinued stuff. Thanks!
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    Re: SOTD - Tuesday 08 January 2008

    So warm here today, springlike even. Signoricci 1.
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    Re: Calling all vetiver experts..

    I was thinking the same. I'd have to pull out my samples, but from memory, I recall L'Artisan's being heavy on the vetiver, and as you mention, similar to Villoresi's in the drydrown.

    PdN's...
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    Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    +1 to that last point. Funny how so many who benefit from capitalism are so quick to bash it. Anyway, to add to your point - as Maisonstinky pointed out - he's underestimating their costs. They do...
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    Re: SotD - Monday 07 Jan 08

    Loewe PH
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    Re: SotD - Sunday 6 Jan 08

    I just (finally) picked up a bottle of this. The vintage stuff. Wore it today - very good juice.
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    Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    Hi Vijay! Glad to hear from you. I hope all is well with you too.

    Not only are there costs associated with running a business (just like any business), but they are also buying frags at market...
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    Re: Perfumed Court - Very Expensive !

    The ladies of the Perfumed Court (along with a prominent BNer) are the reason I have sampled as many scents as I have. I bought from them all individually before BN and ebay outlawed decanting, and...
  87. Re: ...in which Vibert reviews yet another mediocre scent

    Thanks for the review. Some other posts had me a bit interested, but I believe you've cleared this one from my "to-do" list.
  88. Re: What scent will you be wearing when the clock strikes 2008?

    It took me forever to decide. At the last minute I chose Ungaro II due to the fact that it's sort of an odd frag for which I can't find many suitable occasions. For some reason, New Year's Eve was...
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    Re: Darkest, heaviest fragrance

    Dark
    Delon Iquitos
    Montale Black Aoud
    MPG Eau des Iles / L'Artisan L'Eau du Navigateur
    Noir Epices
    DK Black Cashmere
    Idole de Lubin

    Dark and Heavy
    MPG Soir d'Orient
  90. Re: Cheap alternative to REFLECTION MAN by Amouage?

    Bond's Saks for Him is in the same boat, but with a different top note. The dry downs are pretty similar on me, but the Bond is a little weaker. Sorry...that doesn't help much with the price issue...
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    Re: Luca Turin and JR Perfume Outlet

    I must have missed something, somewhere. What or where is JR, and how does this relate to Luca? Any links?
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    Re: Cerruti pour homme 2007

    There is a newer one (Cerruti PH) and an older one (Nino Cerruti PH). I think you guys are confounding a couple different fragrances.

    From what I can gather, the newer one looks like this:...
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    Poll: Re: Most Overrated Men's "Classic"

    +1.
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    Re: Hi guys, your opinions please...

    Une Rose
    Parfum de Therese
    Tauer's Le Maroc
    Shalimar
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    Re: bijan men.....scary

    Just a super strong powerhouse. Smells like every "masculine" note x 2 blended together. It's not "bad" as in poorly made or anything. Just a very strong woody-spicy scent from another era.
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    Re: Amouage Gold Men

    It took me quite a while to come to terms with Gold. I'm not sure we're on good terms even now. I have noticed one thing - when a scent is very complex, or filled with notes with which I am not...
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme and MPG George Sand

    I've got to agree with the folks who say they are not all that similar.
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    Re: The best men's rose scent?

    First, I can't believe this thread has come back to life. It's been over a year since I started it. Anyway, much can be learned in a year. I would second, or third (or whatever) Caraceni as...
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    Re: Kouros Fraicheur

    That pretty well sums up my experience with it as well. It's heavier and more substantial than the other "fresh" Kourosi, still weird like the original, and lasts pretty well. The pineapple is a...
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    Re: Finally stopped trying to be sexy...

    +1. Good work Carlos.
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