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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I needed something "professional" today, so Dunhill Icon. It's terrific in the freezing, wet weather I'm experiencing today.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Héritage is my favourite Guerlain by some measure.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Nobody's infallible.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    This is essentially the scent I wanted Rochas Man to be. This is a spicy gourmand with prominent (but not...
  5. Re: Anything out there similar to Pure Havane or Malt that is a bit less sweet...

    And the price tag turned wayyyyyy up!

    It is good, though.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wearing Michael for Men (2001), because it fits me like a glove.
  7. Re: on the subject(s) of humidity and mild exercise

    I'm so glad you're now able to enjoy this masterpiece.
  8. Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    I do enjoy wearing Dunhill Icon at this time of treat because the citrus elements take a backseat in the cold and the juniper comes to the forefront, giving it a pine/evergreen quality on top of an...
  9. Re: Anything out there similar to Pure Havane or Malt that is a bit less sweet...

    This is a list of good fragrances, some of which I like a lot, but I don't think stuff like vintage Polo has much in common with gourmands like Pure Malt and Pure Havane!
  10. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Then you knew me better than I knew myself!



    http://youtu.be/qNzNeGw8Fmo


    It ain't cheap, though I did get it at a significant discount.
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    Re: LUSH Fragrances

    My wife loves Smuggler's Soul.

    I really like Cardamom Coffee.
  12. Re: Blind buy: Hommage Voyageur - what am I in for!

    This is the worst Lalique release I've tried. A halfhearted vetiver and patchouli scent that feels like an unfinished Encre Noire flanker.
  13. Re: How are the following fragrances? Smell and Longevity wise?

    Longevity is solid (6-8 hrs, with 2 hrs of good projection). The drydown isn't soapy. It's woody and cacao-y.
  14. Re: Anything out there similar to Pure Havane or Malt that is a bit less sweet...

    The bottle I picked up this year gave me very solid performance (8 hrs longevity with a few hours of good projection).
  15. Re: Anything out there similar to Pure Havane or Malt that is a bit less sweet...

    Yes.

    Affordable:

    Azzaro pour Homme Intense (2015) - A quasi-Pure Malt boozy-amber opening that keeps the warmth but adds in a woodier base.

    Samba Skin Man (2014) - A simplified, woodier,...
  16. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    ROUND THREE

    And then there were four!

    1) Cartier L'Envol (2016) vs Tom Ford for Men Extreme (2007)


    Elegant, sweet, stylish masculines with fruity or floral elements. These kinds of scents...
  17. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    I am, too, but the heart wants what it wants. It's good stuff.

    At any rate, TF Extreme is an atypical release for the house and doesn't really embody any of the Tom Ford cliches. It's dense, rich,...
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    Re: Citrus on a cold Winter’s day

    Eau Sauvage EDT.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    No clue. Maybe it'll make its way to discounters. I can't imagine that it's a hot seller.

    All I knew is that I didn't wanna risk missing out on it, so I did what I usually don't do and paid retail.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    It's stocked online.
  21. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    You can always order online from these retailers.

    I haven't seen any in-store testers.
  22. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    It's a limited edition release but the big department stores seem to carry it. I got it from Lord & Taylor for $70.
  23. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    I didn't see Havana getting dethroned either. But when the matchup happened, it was clear which way it had to go.

    Floris Leather Oud is kinda in the Oud Ispahan line of things, but with geranium...
  24. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    ROUND THREE

    And then there were eight!


    1) Aramis Havana (1994) vs Tom Ford for Men Extreme (2007)


    Boozy, spicy, dense, and unique fragrances. One an indomitable classic in the barbershop...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I got mine via Lord & Taylor. Macy's also carries it, but at higher retail.

    I don't think there are any testers being issued, though.
  26. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    I'm talking about the current Havana, but I don't think current and vintage are very different. They're very, very close.


    Tuscany is often compared to Azzaro PH, though I think the prominent...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    There's no tobacco in Aramis Special Blend (2019). It's a blend of cinnamon, wood, whiskey, with an opening dominated by sour bergamot (and aniseed, I think, though it's not listed).

    Aramis...
  28. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    It's all in fun.
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread (L'Artisan, vintage Polo, Lalique, and more)

    Bump
  30. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Alas.

    The heart wants what it wants.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    This has very little in common with Spicebomb!
  32. Re: If you have to pick ONLY one from these three Histoires de Parfums

    Definitely the best from this house, though it can be intimidating.
  33. Re: If you have to pick ONLY one from these three Histoires de Parfums

    I find 1899 tedious. It's an upscale Spicebomb that initially presents well but fades into fuzzy vanillic ambience with no real definition.

    1725 is a good bit better. It, too, is vanillic, but it...
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    Re: The writing instruments thread

    There aren't any chain stores I'd recommend. You're best bet is to find a boutique that specializes in pen and paper.
  35. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    It's very hard. I just have to go with my gut. And my gut's decisions are honestly surprising me.
  36. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    ROUND TWO

    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir (2006) will sit this one out, since I've been left with an odd number of fragrances.


    1) Aramis Havana (1994) vs Odori Tabacco (2008)


    Two all-timer...
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    Re: The writing instruments thread

    Pens are too easy to lose for me to invest in a really nice one, so I've never gotten into this hobby. That said, I know a few die-hard pen enthusiasts and they're adamant that there's a growing crop...
  38. Re: Your top 5 favorite "winter" or "fall" fragrances under $40

    Bentley for Men Intense

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient

    L'Erborlario Meharees

    M.A.C. Velvet Teddy

    Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah
  39. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    I've had very good experiences with eBay, though I did have an odd case of receiving a decant of a fragrance that turned out to not be the actual fragrance (I found this out when I got an actual...
  40. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Current Eau Sauvage doesn't wear super light (the herbal elements are still very prominent, even though the oakmoss/muskiness is dialed down from the vintage) and I get eight hours of longevity,...
  41. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme is the better fragrance! More complex, fascinating composition with a more dynamic shift from opening to drydown.

    But Michael is still great. They're both top-tier dirty,...
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    Re: Your 2019 favorites!

    Aramis Special Blend, a really great follow-up to Aramis Tobacco Reserve (2018).
  43. Re: Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One

    There are too many relatively obscure fragrances to probably put it to a vote, alas.


    I have no idea what will survive.


    Great minds...


    It killed me to say farewell to Michael for Men,...
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    Undecided!
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    If folks have thoughts (disagreements, affirmations, questions, or recommendations) they should feel free to share!

    I'm mainly just going with the "What would I save from the fire?" methodology of...
  46. Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One (Now Complete)

    I've hit an expected "lull" in my fragrance journey.

    I joined Basenotes earlier this year as part of a way to intensify my fragrance hunting and find some obscure gems (targeting certain...
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    Re: Similar to L'Air du Desert Marocain

    What's unique about LADDM/ACDD is that it's dry, smoky, ambery with a balance of cool and warm elements. Most amber scents read more "warm."

    I guess in this regard, Interlude Man is an interesting...
  48. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    CK needs to radically overhaul their marketing. All their stuff from the past decade looks cheap and dated. Shock should've been released in something like the new Molton Brown bottles with a name to...
  49. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    Marketing alone can't make a scent into a blockbuster. People have to actually enjoy it for it to become a true hit with the kind of longevity Sauvage has had.

    Though the flipside is that a...
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    Re: Similar to L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Au Coeur du Désert is practically a flanker (and a good one; I think it slightly improves on LADDM by adding a few extra shades to its aromatic palette).

    I haven't found much like either LADDM or...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's cold and snowy and after wearing something a little more dark and aloof yesterday, I wanted something warm, so I went with the effusively warm wild honey and tobacco scent that is M.A.C. Velvet...
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    Perfumes of the Desert Piñon is a top-tier pine perfume, but as the house name suggests, the aromatic profile is more suggestive of the American southwest rather than the northwest. It's still very...
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Bump.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I went with the slate-gray violet bomb that is Michael Kors Extreme Speed, which I thought might pair nicely with this cloudy, chilly day, but actually turned out to be a bit too aloof to properly...
  55. Re: The Final Push - cutting down to the bare bones of a small 'signature' collection

    No, but I'm not a niche expert! It was enough of a trend in the 00s that there must be something.


    I don't get much iris, but, yeah, violet is noticeable. (I really like violet.)


    If the...
  56. Re: The Final Push - cutting down to the bare bones of a small 'signature' collection

    It's been a bit since there was a new "Signature" masculine from TF, so Beau de Jour is all but guaranteed. I'm curious as to how they'll tweak the composition for re-release.

    As far as the...
  57. Re: The Final Push - cutting down to the bare bones of a small 'signature' collection

    There's some overlap in our tastes, but we also come from different places. My instinct is to say Beau de Jour and then to pick one of the "boozy, fruity fragrances with gourmand elements" that we...
  58. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    I don't disagree with this, but I think that Basenotes has a pretty diverse group of folks, and also think that most folks on Basenotes tend to have pretty varied and idiosyncratic tastes....
  59. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    I think young people are listening to more diverse music than you might expect. Streaming libraries like Spotify allow people to explore artists that would never show up on TV or radio and it seems...
  60. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    Yeah. Marketing/brand power can only go so far. Sauvage's mega-success indicates that it did deliver something people actually enjoy.
  61. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    The only justification?

    Isn't there something to be said for fragrances as artworks that are worth enjoying and getting to know on their own terms? If art is worth discarding as soon as it becomes...
  62. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    Yes, there was a moment in 2016/2017 where brands tried to launch old-school back into the mainstream. There was GGA, and also MAC My Heroine and Tom Ford Noir Anthracite.

    But it's worth...
  63. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    You do get contemporary riffs in the vein of those fragrances (i.e. Floris 1962, Tom Ford Italian Cypress, Tom Ford Oud Wood Intense, etc.), but they tend to be safely in the niche or artisanal...
  64. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    Floris has been doing well. It's a better house than it often gets credit for being (it's much better in its current state than Acqua di Parma is).
  65. Re: Suggestions needed for my son in college

    Yup. It's good stuff, but it doesn't feel "current," really.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Something of a throwback to the 1980s (especially once it hits the woody drydown), but also, in its own way, utterly contemporary in...
  67. Re: Suggestions needed for my son in college

    Missioni pour Homme for daytime wear.

    Cartier L'Envol for date nights.
  68. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    The trajectory of the masculine mega-sellers (you can form a kind of chain that goes Drakkar Noir -> Cool Water -> Acqua di Gio -> Bleu de Chanel -> Sauvage) is, in retrospect, pretty straightforward...
  69. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Yeah. I agree that the baseline standard *is* higher with vintage, again, assuming that you like vintage aesthetics. And, even if you do, everything isn't for everybody.

    Something being well-made...
  70. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Indeed! You don't know if you really like something until you've experienced it.

    Anyway, there are great frags to be had in every arena of fragrance. Anything I've said that leans negative about...
  71. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Blind-buys aren't all equal. For someone on a budget, the sting of disappointment is more acutely felt on a failed expensive purchase than it is on a failed affordable purchase.

    Vintage can be...
  72. Re: Thanksgiving - choosing a scent for a day of family, friends, football and feasting

    I went with Boclet Tobacco. (It was between that and Amouage Journey Man, but I went with the one that felt more celebratory.)
  73. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    No, I haven't really observed anything like this. I'm a millennial and I'll sometimes wear classic masculines, but I'm a weirdo.

    I think you've seen an uptick in the "shaving" subset toward...
  74. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Eh, if you have deep pockets, perhaps.

    Otherwise, dropping a lot of money on a "maybe" is cause for concern, not celebration.
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    Re: New Chergui

    The Chergui I sampled had a very prominent and compelling hay note, but I otherwise found it too sweet and simple.
  76. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    Current Havana is a very strong performer for me.
  77. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    There are a lot of unremarkable or underwhelming vintage and niche bottles out there.

    I'm not saying that Sephora-grade "designer" is better. Sephora is mostly a desert, to be honest, and it still...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I wanted something fresh and pleasant and light, so I grabbed trusty Dior Eau Sauvage EDT (current version). Still humming along 8 hours later.
  79. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Regarding fragrance rollouts, I honestly suspect it's just incompetence and disorganization. Fragrances are badly promoted across the board, even in avenues where promotion should be "free" (like the...
  80. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    All I'm saying is that it's easy to imagine IFRA as being more powerful and draconian than it actually is just because we're outsiders and don't actually know what its day-to-day actually is. I'm...
  81. Re: Aramis Tuscany vintage, worth extra money?

    I like the current version a lot and think it still smells much more natural than scents from expensive houses. I also appreciate its lighter touch as it adds some versatility to the fragrance (and I...
  82. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    I work closely in fields where the market and government regulations intersect, and I find it hard to believe that the situation is at all that simple.

    Sure, the big firms definitely are all too...
  83. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    The large players certainly have a great influence in IFRA, but this is not really accurate.

    IFRA isn't setting the regulations themselves. IFRA is more in the job of consolidating all the...
  84. Re: Newly interested in the world of fragrance

    Great "intro to fragrance" houses are Guerlain and Lalique because the quality/price ratio is generally in your favor.
  85. Re: Anyone smelled Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Rhum & Tabac?

    This ain't bad on its own terms, but it is a lot like a simplified Aramis Havana with the sweetness cranked way up to play to contemporary tastes. I like the opening more than what follows.
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    Re: Burberry London reformulated?

    I've only tried it in its current form. I like the opening, but the current drydown smells thin to me.

    I'd be interested in sniffing an original release version, but I'm not so eager to do so that...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Oak, teak, cedar, patchouli, mandarin peel,...
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    Re: Robert Graham Fragrances

    I'm rather thankful for this detour because framing Fortitude as a kind of halfway mark between the boozy tobacco gourmands of the 2000s and the more vanillic tobacco gourmands of the 2010s helps...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
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    This one always gets positive remarks from my wife, who enjoys its...
  90. Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    I enjoy vintage fragrances, I enjoy artisanal fragrances, and I enjoy plenty of IFRA-compliant releases.

    When it comes to IFRA-compliant compositions, it does help if the fragrance in question is...
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    Re: Robert Graham Fragrances

    I think of that category as the "boozy, fruity masculine with gourmand elements" that was all the rage in the 00s. I love the category, too. My faves from that run are vintage Michael for Men...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I'm off to the opera today, so it's my "for play" special occasion fragrance: Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16, a dark, sensual floral with a dose of masculinity thanks to the trademark TF leather note.
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    Re: Setting out as a "Maturate person"

    There are two versions, one for men and one for women.
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme latest formula

    The 2015 Azzaro Intense is a boozy amber take on Azzaro PH DNA, but despite opening up a bit like a Pure Malt riff, it's infused with old-school masculine vibes that emerge the longer it sits on...
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    Re: Robert Graham Fragrances

    Fortitude sits in a spot on the Venn diagram of sweet tobacco fragrances that makes it comparable to much of the field. What aspects of Fortitude do you enjoy most?
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme (2007)

    A "dirty gourmand" par excellence.
  97. Re: summarize your fragrance journey from birth to now

    As do I.

    I joined up here to kinda fill in some gaps in my sampling and build out my collection a bit. I've done that and had a good (and excessive) year of blind-buys and sampling and swapping.
    ...
  98. Re: Becoming a niche snob... anyone else?

    Yeah, this can be the case.
  99. Re: summarize your fragrance journey from birth to now

    My dad wore Drakkar Noir, my mom wore Poison.

    My grandfather wore Brut, and he bought me a bottle when I was very young because I enjoyed splashing it on when he visited.

    The first fragrance I...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Robert Graham Fortitude (2016)

    I ditched forum fave Eau des Baux but kept this one, which speaks to my affection for it, even though I think it's probably too simple to appeal to many experienced...
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