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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia

    Very summery, but after running and swimming in a very cold sea I needed something to keep this refreshed feeling. I think this will rival Chanel Eau de Cologne for...
  2. Re: smelling your fragrance through to drydown

    Notorious wrist-sniffer here also. If I wouldn't do this, I wouldn't understand fragrances much at all. I wear such small quantities, there isn't any real cloud to smell.
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    Re: What's a good Sandalwood?

    The far drydown of vintage Samsara EdP is my personal sandalwood heaven.
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    Re: SOTD: Fridayy, September 19, 2014

    Orange Spice by Creed. Very good for autumnal day. It's quality scent and wears very well, but similarities with Kouros are a bit problematic for me. Kouros is great, but it have been my dad's...
  5. Re: I don't enjoy my colognes as much as usual when I'm really tired...

    If my nose works, I wear fragrances. If I'm tired, I usually wear eau de colognes to pick me up. Having 5 months old twin girls, being tired is not strictly hypothetical.

    But yeah, everything is...
  6. Re: What is your favorite fragrance from Chanel's Les Exclusifs line?

    Sycomore, 28 La Pausa and Eau de Cologne are all superb fragrances in their respective genres and humongously wearable.
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    Re: Une Fleur de Cassie by Frederic Malle

    I can totally see the comparison with Dans tes Bras. Both has this smooth warmth that is very hard to describe, it's possibly the salicylate that gives this accent to floral notes. Both are indeed...
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    Re: Pick 2 from your collection

    Here we have a gentleman with fine taste.
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    Yes, the most innovative masculine for quite some time. Reinventing the idea of masculine fresh is quite a feat, execution is also superb. The way the geranium and mint interacts with the base is...
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    Re: Pick 2 from your collection

    Great answers both tongue on and off the cheek.

    I would grab full bottle of vintage No. 88 and largest bottle of vintage Eau d'Hermes I have, that is, 200 ml.
  11. Re: What methods do you use to weaken a fragrance's strength?

    Sometimes I just spray once to the back of my hand and rub it to my neck. This way you get away with a single spray and still have the scent of the day available for constant sniffing.
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella

    I've been wearing their signature eau de cologne and Melograno regularly for years. They have more interesting offerings, but these two I find myself using the most.
  13. Re: Are there any great scents that smell like fresh linens?

    Muschio Bianco is a good suggestion indeed. And while not a fan on this genre, this is actually a good scent. Agree also about Infusion d'Iris.
  14. Re: Looking for a cheap refreshing and ice cold citrus scent

    Borsari's Acqua Classica fits the bill.
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    Re: Amouage fan thread!

    I'm with noggs. The old ones were absolutely sumptuous. Some of the richest and fullest fragrances I have ever smelled.

    Many of the newer releases are nice, but not something I would consider...
  16. Re: Do anyone else NOT want monster sillage?

    Some people seem to think that wearing huge amounts of heavy fragrance is cool and rebellious, a great way of demonstrating personal freedom and independence - or even more accurately, way of showing...
  17. Re: Which "feminine" scents would you never want to be without ?

    Sycomore, 28 La Pausa, vintage Shaal Nur and vintage Samsara EdP are all favourites.
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    Re: Scents that you wear for other people?

    I understand why some people would do this, but I wouldn't. Even sampling can be difficult for me: whole day with a dull fragrance can be surprisingly annoying. This might not be a problem if you...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Etro's Shaal Nur (vintage). Light and balanced oriental, perfect for transitonal seasons.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Great pic Jon! Fits the mood of Iris Silver Mist perfectly.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Good old Mouchoir de Monsieur.
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    Re: Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua di Colonia

    Considering that you like Borsari, I think this is one of the safer blind buys. It is approximately as dry as the Borsari but more full-bodied and herbal.

    I don't think that the comparison with...
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo. I'm expecting Chanel Eau de Cologne to surpass this in 4 years time.
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    Re: Scent you will always have love for.

    Vintage Eau d'Hermes is special for me. There might be more striking fragrances but as a personal fragrance that somehow fuses with the wearer this is unique.

    What I mean is that there are great...
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    Re: father

    I like it how you described his age.

    Anyway, I agree with the vetiver suggestions above. Classic eau de cologne would also fit very well. Chanel Eau de Cologne is expensive one but very good....
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    Re: Fragrance for a long flight.

    I always go for a classic eau de cologne.
  27. Re: Your favorite cologne/or want to buy, from the house of Hermes?

    This is what you get for being a smart ass with the natives. Thanks for clarifying.
  28. Re: Your favorite cologne/or want to buy, from the house of Hermes?

    So, 22 minutes is now old. L'Acceleration de l'histoire.
  29. Re: Your favorite cologne/or want to buy, from the house of Hermes?

    1. Vintage Eau d'Hermes (the one with the copper cap)
    2. Can't even decide the best season for this one. One of the few fragrances that I wear year around.
    3. Compliments schmompliments
  30. Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Never heard a negative comment about me wearing and owning fragrances, but people have actually thought that I am gay because... well... according to them Finnish straight men do not take care of...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Top5 to be worn:

    Eau d'Hermes (vintage)
    Egoiste (vintage)
    Yohji Homme (vintage)
    Mouchoir de Monsieur
    LV Uomo
    Sycomore
    French Lover
  32. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    Sahil, about buying many bottles of one fragrance; if you really really like something, buying multiples makes sense. So, while your reasoning might have not been sound, your action was :). If only I...
  33. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    I agree kumquat, to a certain degree. The fragrances I wear often and that can be replaced I keep on my bathroom shelf. Absolutely impossible for sunlight to get in and temperature is always very...
  34. Re: The mildest Mühle DE razor, ideal for a DE "intermediate-beginner" shaver

    R89 is indeed very good razor. Along with Merkur Futur my most used one. What's your brush & soap situation? What is your pre-shave routine, what about aftershave?

    Blades are also humongously...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, August 23, 2014

    I'm starting to feel the fall, it's been all Eau de Colognes for two months. Today something with more heft, yet not too much. Vintage Eau d'Hermes.
  36. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    I believe the OP might not be interested in spending days and days on searching vintage treasures, so I keep it to what are readily available. Also, I'm not just listing my favorite fragrances, that...
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    Re: underrated/overrated fragrance houses

    I agree. They used to be a great house when Jean Laporte was around. Santal, Vetiver and L'Eau du Navigateur are good examples of real quality perfumery. Then - of course - he left L'Artisan and...
  38. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Reissues are nowadays mere shadows of the original formulations so I wouldn't be excited about any comebacks. Sad.
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    Re: Tropical summer scent

    MPG's Bahiana is one worth checking out.
  40. Re: How many different frags have you actually smelled?

    I've smelled around 1,500 fragrances. Not a huge amount by any means, but I've always been picky about what fragrances to give a real chance. For me that's the most important use of reviews.
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    Re: Any love for Messe de Minuit?

    I admire first of the three versions. I've managed to find just one bottle, which I had to give to my dear friend. It's the only fragrance he really loves, so I had no choice. It's the most evocative...
  42. Re: If MONEY was no option....What niche Fragrance would you pick up and why?

    Vintage Santal Noble and very vintage Mouchoir de Monsieur.
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    Re: What's the best men's musk fragrance?

    Absolue pour le Soir, Musc Ravageur and Helmut Lang EdP & EdC
  44. Re: Should I be too concerned with wearing a scent in the wrong season?

    You should probably be a tad concerned about being concerned with this issue.
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    Re: Samsara EdP NIB from 1990 and others

    Bump
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    Re: Are any of you picky like me?

    I would consider myself to be picky. I've tried about 1,300 fragrances, which is not a humongous amount since I'm also picky about sampling. No need to give a full day to most scents. Currently I...
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    Re: Do suggest me a new chanel summer scent

    I don't usually do this, but since I have nothing to add...

    This.
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    Re: Great frags going cheap! Vintage treasures added!

    Items removed, prices lowered.
  49. Re: If you had to chose only 1 cologne to wear for the next 5 years what would it be?

    Ummh, possibly vintage Eau d'Hermes. But I would only wear it around 3 times a week.

    If I had to wear it every day, I'd go for Chanel Eau de Cologne. Or Geranium pour Monsieur.
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    Re: Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver

    Ten years (!) of dissapointments from Ellena. Let's see if he can win me over again. Alfarom liking it that much is certainly a good sign for me too.
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    Samsara EdP NIB from 1990 and others

    Hi guys and gals,

    these fragrances from my collection needs a new home. Comes with cap and box if not mentioned otherwise. Add 6 € for postage inside EU.

    Odori: Gli Odori 100 ml, 65%, no box...
  52. Re: Coming back after an extended absence from BN

    Welcome back Jaime! We've missed you!
  53. Poll: Re: Discontinued Sleepers With Cult Status - Your Votes and Comments !

    Of the ones not yet mentioned, I'd like to add Ungaro I & II.
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    Re: Youngest perfumista?

    Great story! My two year old daughter is also very much into scents of all sorts. Not only my fragrances, she also wants to also smell the coffee I'm drinking. I have loads of different beans; I'm...
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    Re: Are you a collector?

    It is an intersting approach, and a well motivated one: like I mentioned before, this joy of possessing a bottle of perfume is not rational. Folk psychology - our commonsense ability to explain our...
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    Re: Are you a collector?

    I would love to answer like deadidol, but unfortunately that would not be true. Experiencing fragrances is somehow not enough for me, I want to possess the fragrances I love. The knowledge that I own...
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    Re: S O T D :Thursday, February 6, 2014:)

    Geranium Pour Monsieur
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    Re: underrated/overrated fragrance houses

    How can Bond be overrated when most people think it's way overrated and not many rate it highly at all? How can people have such a great grasp of how highly rated houses are that they can so easily...
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    Re: Today I bought: February 2014

    Today I received Etro's Messe de Minuit, the very first version with the round label. I can't believe my luck. Possibly the most evocative fragrance I know of.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    I feel so lucky right now. My last fragrance purchase was vintage No. 88. Today I bought another that I've searched for a long time: the very first version of Messe de Minuit! I may have to gift this...
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    Re: your most special fragrance moment?

    Back in 2004 I ordered samples; I remember that particularly Piper Nigrum and Santal Noble made me realize that fragrances can be much more than what can be found in department store counters.
    ...
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    Re: Afraid to go heavy with fragrances?

    I apply lightly, but I also always spray my wrist and sniff it vigorously... and end up looking like some sort of pervert. Anyway, I can catch my fragrance at will and people around me only get...
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    Re: Looking for a sexy dark sweet niche

    Discontinued and a bit harder to find, but Helmut Lang's Eau de Parfum could be to your liking. Marcel Roucel created this before Musc Ravageur. The two are related when it comes to the base, but HL...
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    Re: Looking for a sexy dark sweet niche

    Welcome to Basenotes!

    You should try Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur. It's one of the very few sweet fragrances I would call sexy. It's not dark, really. But like deadidol, I think dark is by...
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    Re: "Too Safe"

    Good observation Tony. There are fragrances that I really like, the smell itself cannot be faulted, yet I never want to use a precious fragrant day using one of these. Allure Homme Edition Blanche is...
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    Re: Eau D´Hermés

    The copper cap version is probably my favourite fragrance of the some 2000 I've tried. Yes, it is animalic. It's somehow alive; organic and vibrant. Considering how deep and animalic this is, it...
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    Re: Stylish vetivers

    Sel de Vetiver is certainly everything you are asking for.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    I haven't bought much new frags lately and have also been inactive here. I've found this to be helpful. I now have some new-found clarity to what I really love.

    Eau d'Hermes (vintage) - This is,...
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    Re: If I like Heritage..I will like?

    Patricia de Nicolai's New York should be to your liking.
  70. Re: Fragrances with NO NEGATIVE REVIEWS on Basenotes

    Bois des Iles is 52-5-0. Hard to beat.

    Frankly, I don't think that much of the Les Exclusifs version; it's surprisingly thin, which also makes the sweet and medicinal sandalwood/floral accord in...
  71. Re: It seems to me I am Anti-Chanel... Anyone else on here?

    I'm very much pro-Chanel. Les Exclusifs collection is in my opinion along with Malle the best active fragrance house. Vintage versions aside, even the current version of Egoiste is absolutely...
  72. Re: Ever embarrassed to reaveal which fragrance you're wearing if its expensive?

    I'm only embarrassed to reveal my crappy French in these situations. Should wear Italian fragrances more.

    Ah, a hidden brag. To make things worse; my Italian isn't that great either.
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    Re: Today I bought: D E C E M B E R 2013

    So, last month I suspected that me scoring a vintage NIB No. 88 must be a dream. It took 3 weeks to arrive from France; needless to say I was a bit worried.

    Then it arrived and... it's the real...
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    Re: What " Niche Brand " is your favorite?

    Malle and Chanel les Exclusifs.
  75. Re: If you had a 130 bucks, what Niche would you buy?

    I guess Chanel les Exclusifs and Malle are too usual for this thread? Could recommend around half of both lines.

    Outside these two houses, Villoresi's Uomo and Piper Nigrum, L'Air du Desert...
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    Re: IRIS Note in a protagonist role.

    I love iris note but have had problems in finding one I want to wear. La Pausa is what I have been looking for. Gorgeously wearable iris. It's not feminine, masculine, sexy, dramatic, deep, complex...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    Sel de Vetiver

    Should wear this more often.
  78. Re: Anyone ever worry about possible adverse effects from fragrance on your skin over many years?

    No. I will grow old and die anyway. Fragrances are not likely to speeden this process in any meaningful way,
  79. Re: Do you REALLY like it...or are you forcing yourself to like it?

    Ah, liking or not liking a scent isn't that simple for me. Some fragrances I like to smell from my wrist but never wear it. Some smell great but get tiring in a long run. Some I like and wear often...
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    Re: Today I Bought: November, 2013

    I'm probably just dreaming since these things doesn't happen in real life, but anyway. I think I just bought vintage No. 88 NIB.
  81. Re: whats a good scent to buy that smells aromatic and fresh?

    This is what I came here to suggest.
  82. Re: Perceived Dominant Notes That Aren't Listed In Perfumes ?

    Patchouli isn't mentioned in the pyramid of Ungaro I. It's probably the most important part of its base.
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    Re: Top 5 Rose scents

    Amouage Ubar is my clear favourite at this moment. It's not usually classified as a rose scent, but to me it's just that. Opulent, dirty, sexy and classic among other things.
  84. Re: Perfume that gives you a sense of well being

    SMN Melograno aftershave is my pick. It's like the most luxurious soap imaginable.
  85. Re: Which scents gets you the most negative comments?

    I was visiting my parents about a year ago, they live in more than 100 year old house made of timber. The house is in perfect condition. Anyway, that day I wore Villoresi's Patchouli. The whole day...
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    Re: Habit Rouge EdC

    OK Mike, I will pull the trigger once again. You know what they say about the third times.
  87. Re: Would you buy a fragrance with this history ?

    Most opened vintage scents have been stored like this, you know. Usually we just don't know the history as well. I haven't bumped into too many turned fragrances. I'd risk it at a right price.
  88. Re: Looking for a new, tropical, signature fragrance!

    I'll second Creed's Virgin Island Water and would like to add MPG's Bahiana.
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    Re: Habit Rouge EdC

    I used to love HR EdC vintage, but the more I wore it the more I noticed this certain dusty note. One could perceive it as nice touch, but I think it is an offnote that ruins it for me. It's really...
  90. Re: If you had to be a one-cologne guy, which one? In other words;what is your most versatile fragra

    Chanel EdC for me. I have dozens of fragrances that are versatile, but it's not the point. I would pick something that is never tiring or too much. I really can't see getting sick of this.
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    Re: musc ravaguer

    Musc Ravageur is my only fragrance that is complemented constantly. One spray smells awesome, three is already suffocating. There is something vulgar about it, but it has an identity of its own and...
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    Re: All fragrances discontinued...??

    Ah! The only real substitute to my beloved vintage Eau d'Hermes.
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    Re: Sandalwood, what's "best?"

    Vintage Samsara EdP is the real deal. Creamy, warm and just a tad medicinal sandalwood: rumour has it that it has 30%-40% of mysore sandalwood. Clear bottles with black/golden band and...
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    Re: Having Superpowders

    Teint de Neige is really hard to beat in powderiness. While not the most powdery fragrance ever (still rather powdery), I have a feeling your aunt Heloise would absolutely love SMN Melograno.
  95. Re: What would upset you the most if it was discontinued?

    Most are gone already: either discontinued or reformulated. From my top 10 maybe two are produced today.

    I don't think they can break me.
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    Poll: Re: Which Acqua di Parma is your favorite?

    Colonia, by a huge margin.
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    Re: When does Complexity become Cacophony?

    Hey moderators, this thread is pretty good too, maybe you should lock it?
  98. Re: Incestuous mixes: Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur, immersed

    Bump for your enjoyment. Reading this is a good way to spend your Sunday.
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    Re: Need help with Xerjoff?

    Homme is exceptional, apart from vintage Derby my favourite leather. Irisss is also great, but probably not better than Iris Silver Mist. Both created by the very underrated Jacques Flori.
  100. Re: Wedding day scent for the groom ... please suggest from my wardrobe!

    Congrats and welcome! There are few ways of approaching this. First of all, you could wear whatever your soon to be wife loves most - this is what I did and would do again. Another approach is to...
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