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    Re: Versace L'Homme - Bad News

    ^^ I'm away from home right now so can't test mine but from memory they both have a similar sort of full-bodied fruitiness.
    The second vintage isn't overpriced yet so might be worth springing for....
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    Versace L'Homme - Bad News

    I'd take Checkcosmetic dates with a pinch of salt. The thin lettering suggests it is the original bottling.

    Your 'vintage' sample might have been from the later bottling with bolder letters...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Praise Thread

    I used to be superintended but the label changed when the superintending stopped. Anyway I've changed it to something which better reflects my fragrance passion.
  4. Re: The greatest fragrance for men ever released (so far)

    I don't think anything has ever surpassed Invictus by Paco Rabanne.

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    Re: Penhaligon's Praise Thread

    Racquets Formula is one of my favourites, a sharp yet powdery barbershop scent. I also like Endymion, English Fern and Hammam Bouquet. I have Opus 1870, Bayolea and a few others in the 'also ran'...
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    Re: Memo - brand favourites and thoughts?

    Quartier Latin is very nice. I liked it but not enough to buy. Irish Leather I found crude and borderline unwearable. I tried a few others but don't remember being struck by any of them.
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    Re: Vintages of Caron Pour un Homme

    According to a biography of Kenneth Williams which I am reading, his favourite fragrance was Les Plus Belles Lavandes de Caron.

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    Re: Guerlain Homme discontinuation

    Almost no-one had a good word to say about it when it was widely available! Antidote Mk II.
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    Re: Best of the 90's?

    Basara by Shiseido
  10. Re: How many sprays of Amouage Reflection Man do you use and where?

    2 or 3 sprays to the mid-chestal zone is ample sufficiency.
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    Ha ha!
  12. Re: Cartier Declaration L'eau - anyone tried it?

    I tried it but bought the similar TdH ETF instead. Although I might get it for a change if I see it discounted much. Very nice.
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    Re: Atkinsons Fragrance

    Unoriginal and overpriced, based on the three or four I tried.
  14. Re: Competition : Win a David Jourquin candle from Scent City

    Woo hoo! Go Exeter! :D

    Thanks Judith et al. :beer:
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    Re: Someone help me like Quorum !

    I feel your pain, I fell into the same 'value trap'.

    Put it in the Cupboard of Shame, then take it out every 6/12 or so to make sure you still don't like it. Think of it when contemplating...
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    Re: NEW 2015 Boucheron Quatre Pour Homme

    I'd be surprised if this is any good. Sounds unexciting.
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    Re: Aternatives to Eau de Guerlain?

    Whip by Le Galion. I found it very similar.
  18. Re: Does spraying cologne on your face or head make your hair GRAY faster?

    Perhaps you could try spraying one patch repeatedly and report back with your findings :)
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    Re: Do you also purchase designer fashion?

    Most of them are made in Chinese or Far Eastern factories/sweatshops, whatever the label. Reference: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Lustre by Dana Patel.
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    Re: Can a guy really pull off Black Orchid?

    http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/funny/1/throwing-up.gif
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    Re: Creed Windsor coming soon

    Have to agree. Scarcity works wonders for a scent's reputation.
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    Re: Is Neroli Sauvage a Blind Buy?

    There is not much risk of disliking the scent, but the longevity may disappoint. It's why I held off buying.
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    Re: Givenchy Vetyver bottle design

    I have the 'older' bottlings of Vetyver and Monsieur de Givenchy. Sounds like I got me some vintage scents already.

    Vetyver has enough zip for me. Gratuitous image of Zip follows:
    ...
  24. Re: Fake counterfeit Terre D'Hermes from Amazon (perfumeworlduk)

    Even if the bottle is legit there's nothing to stop someone buying empty bottles off eBay and filling them with Yardley Citrus and Wood.
  25. Re: Parfums de Marly Herod — worthy of a blind buy?

    Not at that price. Wait for Spicebomb Extreme.
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    Re: Opinions about Versace Pour Homme?

    Adequate. Better than most modern releases.
  27. Re: Wonder why my new Creed Royal Oud Does not last

    Give your over-indulged degenerate snozzle a rest. Try something different and less potent for a few days.
  28. Re: Competition : Win a David Jourquin candle from Scent City

    Exeter. Dating from 14th century, the medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument; no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain.
  29. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    According to Christopher Kemp, author of Floating Gold (and a BN member), ambergris is not vomited. It is either excreted or liberated from the intestines after the dead whale's body decays. See...
  30. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Sorry, I have Aventus Sport Blue as well.

    Also a bottle of Avon Wilderness, which I don't see much chat about.
  31. Recommendations for quality deodorant please ...

    If he likes sparkling citrus try the HR deo stick. I'm wearing it today in combo with the HR aftershave splash, which is still going strong after 7 hours (admittedly projection is low).

    The...
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    Re: My Retro purchases arrived!

    I like Tsar most out of those. It's one of those no-brainer type options when I can't be bothered planning it in advance. 'Get Off for a Good Start' as they used to say in Belgium.
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    Re: Why are Perfumes and Colognes so popular?

    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome, otherwise known as Modern Neurosis number 48.
  34. Thread: Why?

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    Re: Why?

    I agree with this, I like something that catches my nose's attention. However I suspect there are a minority who are attracted to the 'offbeat' (newbies often don't 'get it') and differentation from...
  35. Re: Sandlewood quest Villoresi Sandelo or GFT worth buying if you love your vintage MPG Santal Noble

    I rate them thus:

    Santal Noble
    Sandalo


    Trumpers (aka Egoiste brash edition).

    I second redraiders endorsements of the two disconitinued Creeds, but good luck finding them.
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    ^^ Don't want to quote all the pics again but I was literally salivating as I looked down badarun's list of recent buys. I'm in too deep folks.
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    Re: Oud perfume with prominent violet?

    Definitely this, yes.
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    Re: GIT smells like SMW!!??

    Is the SMW in a tall blue rectangular bottle perchance?
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    Re: Roja Dove... where to start?

    What's not to like?

    https://chemistinthebottle.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/rojadovedrama.jpg?w=540
  40. Thread: My First Creeds

    by Marais
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    Re: My First Creeds

    I hope you like them too!

    http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Huckle_Cat.png
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    Re: Niche? Designer?

    http://cdn.compliancesigns.com/media/NH/recycle-environmental-water/300/Recycle-Sign-NHE-14266_300.gif
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I came across two appearances of Brut in Seinfeld season 6. In The Face Painter, George splashes it on his face. In another episode, it was Cosmo (it might have been in The Fusilli Jerry but my...
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    Re: Do you tip the mule?

    Tipping the Mule...I thought this was a reference to return consignments of blind-bought DHI*

    http://www.blog.solarhaven.org/BurroCart2ADJ.jpg

    *(C) Tropics c.2012.
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    Re: Photograph- Harrods perfume counter, 1908

    Harrods 100 years on. A place of timeless elegance.

    http://www.sniffapalooza.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/London-July-2009-438.jpg
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    Re: One more niche episode with friends

    For the full cognoscenti experience, next time spray yourselves with urine over dinner and post the video on youtube.
  46. Re: I have discovered the "come hither" holy grail ... Lancome Hypnôse Homme!

    ^ I think you were right the first time.
  47. Re: Oriflame vs Mauboussin -- worth exploring, or just flashes in the pan?

    Mauboussin Homme is quite sweet, not very powdery though; lavender-centric and spicy. I think it is similar to Maharajah by Nicolai but that probably doesn't help you much. I prefer it to M, both are...
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    Re: How similar to TF Grey Vetiver is Guerlain's?

    Guilty as charged! My attribution was obvious from the context, but nonetheless, it is a potential confuser. Anyway I prefer BV to either of them. And VRB.
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    Re: Linking Fragrances to Films -

    Here's another literal one. Samourai by Alain Delon.

    http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/8700000/Alain-Le-Samourai-alain-delon-8762746-1164-1000.jpg
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    Re: Looking for a new Fragrance- Mint/Citrus

    I don't get much citrus from Roadster, it's more of a mint-vanilla. I'd go for Guerlain Homme which has a pleasant lime note.
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    Re: How similar to TF Grey Vetiver is Guerlain's?

    You can find Guerlain Vetiver at the Guerlain counter in any House of Fraser, John Lewis or Debenhams, amongst others.

    Anyway I like both but prefer GV, whilst admitting that it is dated compared...
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    Re: Linking Fragrances to Films -

    Versace Eros - Lolita
    La Nuit de L'Homme - Scum
    Gucci by Gucci pour Homme - The Invisible Man
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    Re: Winter/Cold Frags

    Basara by Shiseido and Opium EdP by YSL are very 'warm'. I like spicy scents in cold weather.
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    Re: Men's designer rose under $40.00?

    Check out Samourai Kitana by Alain Delon.
  55. Re: Suggestion request : Citrus-aromatic-woody for spring and autumn

    I love Eau de Guerlain and Vetiver Extreme.
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    Re: Linking Fragrances to Films -

    Invictus - Douchebag.
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    Re: Creed Bois de Cedrat

    It's nice but, as others have said, it's weak. I own Nicolai's Cedrat Intense and it is similar to that.
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    Re: Phone App to detect fragrance

    This would require some very sophisticated, expensive and bulky apparatus. The answer at the present time is 'no'. Check back in 10 years.
  59. Re: Need Advice- I'm Invited To A $1million Party . . .

    Merci beaucoup. Last time I considered ordering from the States the websites concerned either excluded the UK or stated in bold 'order at your own risk' which put me off a bit. I've had EU orders no...
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    Re: Feeling the sampling itch again

    Another vote for Oriza L LeGrand. Sample set available from their website inexpensively. A superb new(ish) line.
  61. Re: Need Advice- I'm Invited To A $1million Party . . .

    How did you obtain this, may I ask? Did it survive customs or is it a sample?

    My answer: HR Extrait or PdN New York.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum vs Chanel Sycomore

    I like both but I wouldn't describe them as similar. In ESP the vetiver is just a bit part player.
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    Re: Grey Vetiver new Eau de Toilette by Tom Ford

    Also Halston Man Amber.
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    Re: What happened to Katie?

    She says she's busy.
  65. Re: Tom Ford Noir Extreme (2 week-only online exclusive)

    'Relishes in moderation and dares to be extraordinary' :lolk:
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    Re: Classic Fragrances

    Hi Carlos. Good work on 5 & 7.

    I will add Tiffany for Men, Equipage and Monsieur de Givenchy.
  67. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme ~ new fragrance

    I sympathise. Leave them by the toothbrush like I do. No-one forgets to brush their teeth.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    'Relishes in immoderation'?

    Copywriter sought for Tom Ford Fragrances. A loud scent may be considered adequate compensation for substandard grammar.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I spotted a bottle of Bleu de Chanel in the bathroom of one of the low-life criminals in French police series Spiral season 5.
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    Re: natural smelling woody designers

    DS2, CdG and Guerlain HLB 'natural-smelling'? Come off it. I don't know any.
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    Re: best shave cream

    I prefer soaps to creams, apart from for travelling. Of all the creams I have tried the best are Body Shop Macca Root and Palmolive. All the Creightons stuff (Truefitt/TOBS etc) is good too but...
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    Re: Is Tom Ford's Black Orchid a good scent for men?

    I recently bought a bottle of TF Noir EdP and to me it's a bit like Black Orchid minus the horror. A much easier and more pleasant wear with no testing of the gag reflex.
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    Re: Anyone try the Atelier Flou line?

    I've tested a few - Black Purple, Katana, Monsieur Mon Amour - all decent but I really liked Eau d'Aviateur and bought a bottle from Fragrancex when they were in the less pricey former...
  74. Re: Thinking About Layering Noir de Noir With Tobacco Vanille For Valentine's Dance

    Sounds awful.
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    Re: Is it just me who thinks Fahrenheit is sweet?

    Yes.
  76. Re: Guerlain Heritage Edt or Santos de Cartier Edt.

    Both great. I like current Heritage EdP over EdT. If going for Santos, the Concentree is something special and beats Heritage in sillage and logevity (although Heritage is more than adequate).
  77. Re: Do you take it personally when someone doesn't like your fragrance choices?

    I have noticed that a lot of 3Bers* don't take criticism of their designer favourites easily, whilst being happy to criticise others' choices vociferously.

    *using the Buysblind scale.
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    Re: Having problems getting Habit Rouge

    You won't find it discounted much, if at all. You can get Ł5 off currently from Escentual, details here:

    http://www.escentual.com/guerlain/fragrances-for-men/habit-rouge/habitrouge10/
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    One of the problems with niche scents is that you have to kiss an awful lot of frogs to find a prince. And it normally costs for the privilege of sampling, unless you live in a major city. I've...
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    Re: Petition to ban acronyms

    Aww, I think they're cute.

    http://wanna-joke.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/funny-picture-WUMO-comics-guy-abbreviations-1235894.jpeg
  81. Thread: "Green" scents

    by Marais
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    Re: "Green" scents

    Lots of good ones above.

    Adding English Fern by Penhaligon's and Devin by Aramis.
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    A most entertaining read, with Buysblind being 'on the money' :)
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    Re: Leather crowd pleaser

    Bel Ami Vetiver is less austere than original Bel Ami IMO. Also DK Fuel for Men has a nice suede note.
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    Re: Looking for value for money for my stepfather.

    Any of the Guerlain Homme line might suit. Also Bvlgari Man.
  85. Thread: Lumičre Noire

    by Marais
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    Re: Lumičre Noire

    I suppose 'old lady' associations are always a risk with rose scents. LNPH is one of the least grannified IMO.
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    No, as 3/4 of my collection is designer. I have found that the Law of Diminishing Returns applies to fragrances, as to much else.
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    Re: Looking for a Fahrenheit alternative.

    I agree there are some similarities to Hommage a L'Homme, Narciso Rodriguez for Him and Ferrari Uomo (blech). Also the petrol note in DK Fuel for Men reminds me of Fahrenheit, whilst being not as...
  88. Re: Your top 3 most used fragrances in the past 2 years

    Versace L'Homme
    TdH ETF
    Cool Water
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    Re: Duke of Windsor with a vintage CREED bottle?

    I suspect his influence might have been greater 'abroad' than in his country of origin, where he is/was regarded with rather more disdain. I take your point about indecency being no bar to having...
  90. Thread: UK Users

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    Re: UK Users

    Ha ha! How true.
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    Re: Duke of Windsor with a vintage CREED bottle?

    Hardly a good advert for the brand. A Nazi sympathiser and a selfish rake. Whatever his title there wasn't much 'gentlemanly' about his conduct. Which is why the rest of the Windsors practically...
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    Toothbrushes.

    I used to collect CDs, 90% classical, but have since digitised the lot and sold those worth selling.

    I also now use an electric toothbrush so my toothbrush collection might go...
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    Re: I did a complete 180 on Midnight in Paris EDP

    Just try it again next week.
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    Re: Coffee Sillage monster

    ^ great. Don't keep us waiting now, you naughty naughty tease!
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    Re: The Scent of Power.

    Anyone can don a macho frag and pretend to be all butch. Real tough guys don't have to try so hard. So I say Vol de Nuit.

    There is a parallel in clothing. It is well-known that wearing women's...
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    Re: Which Olfactive you prefer and why?

    I think I've tried every one in this line and they varied between bad and adequate.
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    Re: Coffee Sillage monster

    Please disclose more details of your precious finds, the suspense is killing us!
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    I'd sample them first. Their names are the best things about them. (Ditto Tom of Finland).
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    Re: Fragrances or fragrance lines with bad names

    Lanvin have a line for women called 'Marry Me!', with flankers called 'Marry Me! Confettis' and 'Marry Me! Love Balloons'.
    ...
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    Re: Coffee Sillage monster

    Try Bell'Antonio by Hilde Soliani (coffee and tobacco).
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