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  1. Re: Do you think the 80's so called "Stink Bombs" were an aberation in perfume histor

    If fragrances were music the marine/aquatic would be "Easy Listening" and the "sweet gourmand fragrances" would be pre-teenage girl music. I prefer my fragrances to have a bit more masculine energy...
  2. Re: How old does fragrance have to be to be "vintage?"

    Hmmm. To the best of my knowledge there is no official definition of what is vintage in the fragrance industry. Sort of like that definition of pornography; you can't define it but you know it when...
  3. Thread: chest hair?

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    Re: chest hair?

    Body builders shave/wax their body to highlight every little detail. Unless you have the perfect body which can stand up to this scrutiny, you are just going to highlight your flaws. A good trim if...
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    Re: Armani Skin Care anyone?

    Are you refereeing to the LAB SERIES line by Aramis? I personally find it a solid but unspectacular line. I'm more then happy to pick some up and use it if I can get a good price on it but as with...
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    Re: Fragrance Directory Reviews - a rant

    First of all I want to point out that others smell the fragrances we wear much better then we do; which is one of the major causes of over application. I'm always getting compliments on the...
  6. Thread: sick of Creed

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    Re: sick of Creed

    As my posting signature says, "In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane" and there are few things in this world which are more a matter of opinion then fragrance preference. So if...
  7. Re: green fragrances: sharp, scary, mean, intimidating...oh, yeah...

    If you were a guy asking this question I would suggest Yatagan, not the reformulated, emasculated, version with the silver sprayer but the older version from about 2+ years ago with the black...
  8. Re: dabbling in the men's scent arena: cool water, polo, BP, Safari, Egoiste Platinu

    If you live in Seattle as your handle would suggest I would recommend the Fragrance shop in the Alexis Hotel on 1st Ave Downtown for the Creeds. If you are interested in the Sables I would suggest...
  9. Re: dabbling in the men's scent arena: cool water, polo, BP, Safari, Egoiste Platinu

    If you don't mind receiving some suggestions from a man, these are some fragrances that I feel would work very well on a woman:

    - Sables by Annick Goutal
    - Givenchy Gentleman by Givenchy
    - ...
  10. Thread: Sunglasses?

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    Re: Sunglasses?

    Last year on a whim I got a pair of vintage Ray-Bans, the round wire frame like John Lennon had on in that well know picture of him. (I was actually more inspired by Chow Yun-Fat in the movie "A...
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    Re: Axe - Taking Over the Fragrance World?

    Back in the late 70's and early 80's Jovan made some truly exceptional fragrances, exceptional by any measure, not just the fact that they were mass market fragrances. Check out the prices of...
  12. Re: Which designer fragrances are good enough to be niche?

    Ultimately there are three types of people in this world, conformist who conform to the status quo, rebels who are just as much slaves to the status quo as the conformist but in a contrary way and...
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    Re: What Creed do you recommend

    While I've by no means tried every one of the Creed fragrances, of the 9 that I did try none really rung my bell. I really tried to fall in love with several but ultimately I've always found other...
  14. Re: Which designer fragrances are good enough to be niche?

    The unspoken assumption of your question is that niche fragrances by their very nature are superior to designer fragrances. I'm sorry but I can't agree with that blanket assertion.

    Designer...
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    Re: Your most versatile fragrance

    For me, while not the favorite fragrance in my collection, Black Mark by Jack Black is hands down the most versatile fragrance I own.
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    Re: SotD - Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    Dunhill for men (1934)
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    Re: How can you know how you really smell

    Really the only way you can know how you smell to someone else is to ask them. Before too long your nose gets fragrance fatigue and you can't really tell how you smell. That is why some people have...
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    Re: Color change with Gucci pour Homme I

    Yes, I agree, the color of the Gucci PH has a different color since last time I looked. I was in Sephora yesterday and noticed it too. Didn't bother to sniff it, not a fragrance I'm likely to use,...
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    Re: Does light brown work with black?

    I completely agree. You can't generically say Black and Brown do or don't work together. Some combinations work extremely well together, others don't. I personally find that a predominantly brown...
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    Re: Testing scents - your method?

    I try and get feedback from someone who I know will give me the unvarnished truth. Really that is the only way to be sure. After a while fragrance fatigue sets in and you really can't tell for...
  21. Re: Kouros vs Santos vs Antaeus.......Which one for a lifetime partner?

    Chris,

    I'm a Santos man myself. Andron is the only fragrance which will be harder to get out of my wardrobe.


    Bill
  22. Thread: I'm Cumming

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    Re: I'm Cumming

    Cumming is actually the fragrance which got me into fragrances. I will say that when you first try it, give it about 15 to 30 minutes before you judge it. On me at least the top notes are really...
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    Re: Best Daily Shampoo?

    I've been really impressed with Back to Basics Ginger Scalp Therapy Shampoo. I've got some dry patches on my scalp and so something which takes care of both my scalp and my hair is desirable to me. ...
  24. Re: Concerned about overspraying.... and especially underspraying...

    The biggest risk in using a fragrance is over application. It is virtually impossible to judge application yourself. Best to get a good friend who will give you accurate feedback. With proper...
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    Re: Controversial scents on Basenotes

    I think a lot of the Creed bashing is the result of people on Basenotes over selling Creed fragrances. There is a very vocal portion of the Basenotes community who seem incapable of writing a...
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    Re: Worst. Smell. EVER.

    I could not agree with you more about HAI KARATE. It was actually a cheap/crude imitation of Jade East, itself a bad fragrance. But I enjoyed their commercials.... Similar idea to the Axe...
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    Re: SotD - Monday, 21 April 2008

    Santos
  28. Thread: a Problem...

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    Re: a Problem...

    You may want to try and get some non-fragrance items too. You can put a significant dent in that card by purchasing some grooming items. Also go the the Sephora web site as they have a much wider...
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    Re: Give me Wardrobe or give me Death!

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=208938

    It is read only at this point but better then the alternative
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    Re: Civit. A Burr article.

    Yes, Gentleman has a very prominent civet note, more so in the older version then the reformulated version. To me that is the biggest difference with the newer version the civet note, while still...
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    Re: "Cold" Fragrance

    An interesting and somewhat unique "Cold" fragrance which I'm particularly fond of is Infusion by Bombay Sapphire. It is based on Bombay Sapphire Gin. You are not going to find it in stores. The...
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    Re: Comments on Three Creeds I tried today.

    Yes, Creeds... To me they are finely crafted but uninspired. After sampling 10 different Creed fragrances, including all of the recommended ones in this thread I've yet to find one worth the...
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    Re: scents that have no equal

    Scents that don't have an equal... By this do you mean fragrances which don't have other fragrances which are a similar copy cat fragrances and/or are part of a well populated fragrance type? or do...
  34. Re: Nomination for worst inspiration for a cologne...

    The inspiration of this fragrance seems to be blow jobs. Not that I in any way object to getting a blow job; just never though as I was receiving one how it would make a great fragrance:

    Don't...
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    Re: Yatagan: the ultimate rainy weather scent?

    I live in Seattle, well known for rain (though in summer it is usually very dry), and Yatagan one of my favorites, getting used more then anything else in my collection.
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    Re: Should I buy this Bond No. 9?

    Given that the bottle is damaged and leaks I think the $112 price is way to high a price.
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    Re: Best Daily Shampoo?

    I find it best to rotate shampoo. Neutrogena, American Crew Daily and a few others. It also depends on the time of year. My personal experience is there is that there is no perfect shampoo you can...
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    Re: does anyone use crystal deodorants?

    I've used them in the past and like Bromo33333 found it best to wet the crystal 1st for better results. It is an effective deodorant but does not do anything as an antiperspirant. I would recommend...
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    Re: Yatagan: I've Smelled This Before

    The only real association I see between them is they are both extremely masculine fragrances which take a lot of personal presence to be able to carry off.
  40. Thread: Why is it...

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    Re: Why is it...

    I don't think the issue is so much that a fragrance is better suited to a more mature person or younger person so much as the tone which it is described. Referring to a fragrance as an "Old Man" or...
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    Re: Blind buy: great disappointments

    Personally I've purchased and/or swapped for many fragrances blind. I'm not sure I agree with the mantra "Never buy blind". I think my mantra tends to be "Never spend more on a blind buy then you...
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    Re: Shelf life: Creed vs everybody else

    I would guess that the freshness issue that Creed has is related to their use of a high percentage of natural ingredients vs. synthetic compared to other fragrances.
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    I could not agree more. It was a cheap, poorly formulated, knock-off of a fragrance (Jade Green) which was not that good to begin with. They did have a good ad campaign.
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    Re: Natural v. Synthetic

    Natural - Well they smell more natural and well rounded in many cases. Then there is the prestige (or snob) factor of using all or high percentage of natural ingredients.

    Synthetic - There are...
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    Re: most unique scents

    Cumming, never smelled anything quite like it. It is not for everyone but if it is right for you, it is a great fragrance.
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    Re: Blind buy, Santos Cartier?

    At least here in Seattle, all of the Nordstrom stores carry the Santos Concentrée. You may want to check your local Nordstrom and see if they have tester bottles there for you to sample. I...
  47. Thread: Grapefruit?

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    Re: Grapefruit?

    I second the Floris Pink Grapefruit. I've not found a better pure Grapefruit fragrance. The only problem I have with it is its limited longevity.
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    Re: Ysl Rive Gauche or M7

    Both are really nice fragrances and well worth considering.

    M7 is very long lasting and very sweet. It is primarily a romantic evening fragrance. There are a certain percentage of people who...
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    Re: Florals for men?: white, green, and red

    I'm not sure I would agree with your comment of most men being "threatened" by some fragrances with primarily white florals. To be sure most primarily white florals are just not my thing, but then...
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    Re: Your Purchasing Power?

    I would say that I'm mostly in the #2 category. I always feel the need to think twice and get a good value with my purchases. I've got two daughters, 20 and 17. They are expensive!
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    Re: Givenchy Gentleman

    I think it is an exceptional fragrance, a long time favorite of mine. Best not applied to heavily. As with a lot of stronger fragrances application is important. I usually like to hold the bottle...
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    Re: "Makeover:" scents, toiletries, etc..

    There are a lot of very good products out there; each have their strengths and weaknesses. What is best for you depends on your skin. Everyone's skin is a little different after all. You should be...
  53. Thread: Face wash?

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    Re: Face wash?

    The problem with Ivory soap is that it strips the skin of too much of its oils. When you are young it is less of an issue but as you get older, it is very bad as are things with alcohol in them. ...
  54. Thread: Green!!!!

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    Re: Green!!!!

    There always is the obvious choice of the original Polo (in the Green Bottle). A dominating best seller back in the late 70's into the 80's, for a reason. It was and still is very good. It can be...
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    Re: Best fig for my buck?

    I agree on the Marc Jacobs for Men. While the fig is very prominent, it also has a strong coconut note which I find to be an ideal balance for the fig.
  56. Thread: Face wash?

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    Re: Face wash?

    In my posting I did acknowledge that sun damage is an issue and that we need to protect ourselves from sun damage. Well there are other ways of protecting yourself from the sun then using sunscreen....
  57. Thread: Face wash?

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    Re: Face wash?

    While I recognize the damage that the Sun can do to your skin, both in terms of aging it and cancer, I really don't agree with the slather on tons of sunscreen all the time. I've got two basic...
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    Re: What does your gf/wife like on you

    GF has often commented how much she likes:

    Vera Wang for Men (she made me buy it)
    Art of Shaving Sandalwood
    Cartier Santos

    Over the years the fragrance I've gotten the most compliments on is...
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    Re: Pick -One-, No 'Top Three'

    It changes from day to day but most often it would likely be Santos Concentrée
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    Re: Oh Yatagan, My Yatagan

    Really can't agree with your observation that AdG gets all the ladies. My experience is that most women have a soft spot for the bad boy type or the rugged outdoor type and Yatagan is really the...
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    Re: SWAPPING decants still OK?

    As I recall when the policy statement came out it also applied to swaps. Decants had to be removed from the "For Swap" area as well as the "For Sale" area. Personally I feel that swapping should be...
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    Re: Bond is getting me run out of town

    While I'm not all that familiar with the bond line and as such can't directly comment on it, I must agree with Rentboy about over application. Even the most wonderful fragrance can get a unwelcome...
  63. Thread: Face wash?

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    Re: Face wash?

    If acne is your problem I would say that a face wash will only do so much. You will be much more successful with diet and stress management. All the research I've seen indicates that is the most...
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    Re: Exfoliant - best brand

    When you look at brands on the market today I would classify them into three groups:

    1. There is the mass market brands which emphasize low price.

    2. There is the mass market brands which...
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    Re: Exfoliant - best brand

    My personal bias is that an Exfoliant is not a product you need to spend a great deal of money on. Really it is cleanser with some grit which does not stay on your face for all that long before it...
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    Re: Is "The Dreamer" so bad?

    Yes it is that bad and no it isn't that bad. It really all depends on what you enjoy in a fragrance. It certainly is not one of the all to many generic/innocuous scents which seem to be so popular...
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    Re: Reformulations: sometimes a good thing??

    There are a lot of very good reasons to reformulate a product. It can be to improve a product, bring it more into line with current tastes, deal with new safety standards for fragrances, address...
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    Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    I really have to agree with Thrax. The Creed fragrances I've tested, it has been about 10 which I'll be the first to admit is far from exhaustive, have all been nice quality products but I've always...
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    Re: Which is your favorite suit style?

    Swimming suite (square cut) unless I'm going to a nude beach in which case it is the birthday suit.

    I work at an uber-casual company here in Seattle. If I see anyone in a suit, even the CEO in a...
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    Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    I personally find the combination of fresh and sweet vanilla notes annoying but there are a lot of people out there who like it. But in the end does the term "Over rated" or "Under Rated" really...
  71. Thread: Decants?

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    Re: Decants?

    While the advertising of decants is banned on Basenotes, if you look at the page for a particular fragrance, there is a tab near the top called "Market Place". If you click on that you will see a...
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    Re: Strong enough for a man

    One thing you should try is different application strategies. Particularly with the stronger fragrances, application strategy can be very important. For example I truly love Yatagan but you need to...
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    Re: Strong enough for a man

    I would very definitely second Cumming as a very masculine fragrance. Nothing sweet or feminine about it. Other to look into are Quorum by Antonio Puig, Bel Ami by Hermès and Givenchy Gentleman by...
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    Re: Advice-Cologne for the Outdoorsman

    A very interesting fragrance which is citrusy, old-fashoned, clean and subtle is:

    - Monsieur de Givenchy (1959) by Givenchy

    It can be had but you are not likely to find it in stores. Over the...
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    Re: Pattern Recognition

    I don't get the sense that he is objecting to fashion or that styles should stay static or that he feels that "he'd still have us running around in frills and top hats". Exactly the opposite in...
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    Pattern Recognition

    Was reading a book recently by one of my more favorite science fiction writers, William Gibson. He coined the term Cyberspace and really has been hugely influential in modern computer based science...
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    Re: What is the most long-lasting scent ?

    Weather has a huge impact on how long a fragrance lasts as does your skin chemistry so these are the ones I've tried which last a long time on me. I usually find that cooler weather fragrances and...
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    Re: You think I'm wearing...WHAT???

    I would not get upset about it. As has been pointed out, your average person on the street will not know that much about fragrances. The vast majority of people out there would not have the...
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    Re: first date suggestions

    I think the Vetiver Extraordinaire is a good option but what ever you do end up using, make sure and don't over apply. Far better to under apply then over apply.
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    Re: Question about glass atomizers..

    There is a lot of debate as to what is better for decant's, atomizers or roll-on. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I'm in the Atomizer camp myself. I vastly prefer the distribution of...
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    Re: Best Cedarwood frag?

    Certainly a lot of fragrances which use Cedar as one of their notes but of the ones with Cedar as the dominant notes I would choose in this order:

    - Jack Black Black Mark
    - Tam Dao by Diptyque
    -...
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    Re: I want an ancient scent

    I would look into Cumming by Alan Cumming. Perfumer: Christopher Brosius, has a line of fragrances called "CB I Hate Perfume". So Cumming is not like anything I've ever tried and uses notes that...
  83. Re: Dominance of Mens' EDT's: Is there a historical reason?

    My personal experience is that what a fragrance is labeled as, EDC, EDT or EDP has less to do with the longevity then the fragrance itself. For example, JHL is sold as an EDC but it has one of the...
  84. Re: What Defines Quality (Getting Past the Branding)...

    Rule #1 Quality costs money but something being expensive does not equate to high quality and the_good_life pointed out. So if you want something of high quality, don't look for it at low end...
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    Re: Is this a legit seller?

    While I would agree that the feedback is good, two point to remember. This seller just started out Feb-21-07 and quite frankly there are a LOT of people who would buy fragrances on Ebay who would...
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    Re: How to test fragrances

    If a fragrance is easily available, such as at one of my local shops I will get a sample or if I can't get a s I'll use one of their tester bottles and do an application. If a fragrance is not...
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    Re: Sables (Annick Goutal) in [the] "Heat"?

    I really don't like AG Sables in the heat. I find the sweetness can get really overpowering and annoying by the end of a warm day. Maybe with a very light and defused application it would be...
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    Re: Question about bottles without caps?

    The cap will not make a meaningful difference to longevity of the fragrance. Its utilitarian function is to protect the spray mechanism from accidental discharge and also from damage. Most...
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    Re: Tell me about a juice called Cumming

    Very definitely NOT a water based fragrance. It is 80% alcohol per the label on the bottom of my bottle.
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    Re: Looking for a new scent

    I know that these are classics but I personally find them timeless classics. I know a lot of younger guys who use these

    - Polo (Green) by Ralph Lauren This fragrance was to the late 70's and...
  91. Re: Men: Do you pluck your eyebrows... and if so, WHY?

    I would agree with your analysis of men with obvious plugged eyebrows. In fact I would generalize it to say that guys that look overly groomed look as bad as guys who are poorly groomed. I've found...
  92. Re: Men: Do you pluck your eyebrows... and if so, WHY?

    I get the occasional long eyebrow hair that I yank out or trim back but as a general rule I don't do much fussing with my eyebrows. As a general rule I practice good grooming habits but I'm not one...
  93. Re: Firms that do copies of discontinued fragrances ?

    I can't vouch for the quality as I've not tried them, but I ran across a company that does this on Ebay:

    http://stores.ebay.com/custom-blended-perfumes

    As I recall http://www.ava-luxe.com/ also...
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    I really like Yatagan. It is very definitely one of my favorite fragrances. I personally find it to be a less formal, more elementally male version of Polo Green.

    Another one to look into is...
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    Re: debating to get matching deodorants

    Matching deodorant is typically one of the worst values out there and frequently does not work nearly as well as regular deodorant. Just get something unscented to use with all of your fragrances.
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    Re: shaving private ryan

    Every woman has different taste so there is no universal answer to the shave the private parts question. As a general rule women don't like men who are too immaculately groomed. Yes, good grooming...
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    Oppinion of Skin Care Products

    OK, I'm looking at the range of skin care products on the market. I would classify them into three general categories:

    - General Mass Market items which compete mainly on price

    - Premium Mass...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 20 April

    Kiss Him by Kiss. That kind of a day I hope.
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    Re: Polo with the Strongest Sillage

    While I've not tested all of them, of the ones I've tested I would say that Polo Green easily has the most sillage.
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    Re: Better than swiss army?

    I would take a look at Infusion by Bombay Sapphire.

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26123128.html

    Don't look for it in stores or any place except on Ebay. I get relatively good longevity, it is...
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