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    Re: The currents of Guerlain

    Speaking as a more recent convert to the house of Guerlain (my nose had to mature, you see) I have absolutely fallen in love with Guerlain's fragrances.

    And for all the bashing that Guerlain...
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    Re: Woodruff fragrance

    Funny you should mention Woodruff, because I just recently found some potted specimens and couldn't wait to get them home and pot them - after snipping off a few sprouts so I can dry them.

    It's...
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    Re: The French Pronunciation Thread

    JamieB:


    "Heritage" de Guerlain se prononce comme en francais?
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    Re: Where to find Opium ph EdP

    Perfume Emporium usually has a supply of the Opium PH EDP.
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Questions

    Is Tiffany for Men really that similar to it?
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Questions

    Complete opposite in Australia, only the original version is available, and none of the major dept stores even know about the concentree version.

    And I'm dyyying to get my hands on concentree.
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    Re: Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l'Homme

    Allo Dr Rudi!

    Yes, I found it in a chemist in Collins St, Melbourne. Nice, but not really outstanding, sorry to say. The melon accord does not sit nicely with the oriental elements in it.
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    Re: Musk recommendations

    What exactly does "musk" smell like? most people i know seem to think that it's that sweet heavy musty smell that's in some men's fragrances.

    I can't help but think it's more "animal" than sweet....
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    Re: Best rose based fragrance for a man.

    Egoiste - very rosy on my skin, and the spice lies in the background.

    Yummy!
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    Re: Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l'Homme

    Wonder when it'll come out here in Oz..... <sigh> the YSL chicks at a major dept store hadn't even been briefed on its release.
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    Re: how do fragrance trends influence you?

    I am greatly influenced by current trends: whatever they are I want to make sure I do the absolute opposite!
  12. Re: which ingredients give you the best sillage?

    Vanilla is a real winner, especially in the woody/orientals. Sandalwood is another. Vetiver and patchouli seem to give it all a real boost and depth as well.

    Think Egoiste. Think Opium PH.
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    Re: Who does not like TdH and why?

    It smells so much like the sawdust of freshly sawn timber to me. And quite synthetic too. Don't care much for it, but I can see its appeal with the masses.
  14. Re: Frags hated by many BNers that you like, and why.

    Precisely, and the detractors are quite adamant about its lack of sophistication/structure/depth etc.
  15. Re: Frags hated by many BNers that you like, and why.

    Because it's also got as great a share of bloodthirsty haters who are ready to impale anyone who likes it with a pitchfork. :)
  16. Re: Frags hated by many BNers that you like, and why.

    YSL L'Homme..... and I'll just duck any chairs flying at me now!
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    Re: the first gay-marketed fragrance?

    Speaking as a gay man here, I completely agree with you about the trashiness.

    It's a stupid marketing ploy, and I'm sure it's bound raise a few eyebrows in its stereotyping.

    And no one needs...
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    Re: New YSL in March 2009.

    Mmmm, that'd be very nice indeed.

    I'd love for it to be non-aquatic, non-"fresh", non-citrus. Heheh, everything non-"mainstream" in fact! ;)

    I have a funny feeling that they'll go down the...
  19. Re: Has the Economy put a Hurt on your Purchases?

    The exchange rate has made a big dent into the budget for new juices. Not that long ago the AUD and USD were nearly on parity, but in the last 2-3 months the AUD has dropped to below US 65c. This...
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    Re: Vanilla/Amber, Musk, and Woods

    Opium pour homme edp, perhaps...?
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    Re: Gentlemen, it's time to get dirty

    Antaeus.... oh god it turns into sex pheremones on my partner.... grrrrr.......
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    Re: Sweet and spicy suggestions please

    Pour_monsieur,

    For sweet and spicy you can't go past Opium Pour Homme. It's the best of the best.

    The EDT has a greater emphasis on the woods, and a touch of lavender, with a bourbon (ie....
  23. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    Fortunately there are those who like it more than I do, folks and it's getting taken off my hands.

    Apologies to anyone else who wanted it, it was a 'first in best dressed' sort of deal.

    I'd...
  24. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    Thank you Graffham, that's sweet of you. :)

    I'm afraid "Intense" is exactly what I really dislike in fragrances.... and I gave it a good test run on my skin today.

    It's so sickly sweet and...
  25. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    I got it!

    And I really dislike it.... it's horribly sugary. None of the subtlety of the original....

    nearly threw it in the bin..... :cry:
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    Re: Blind buys you have most regretted...

    ah Foetidus, you no like Habit Rouge either?

    I feel like I'd bashed The Beatles' reputation when I say something bad about it.

    .... incidentally, I don't like The Beatles that much either!...
  27. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    :laugh: Nope! It's getting delivered to my work address, and I'm still waiting. Had the day off today, and what's the bet it arrived there!

    I'll let you all know on Monday.

    And many thanks...
  28. Re: Happy Ramadan to our Muslim basenotes members

    Aaaaaah the smell of rosewater in milk..... it reminds me of how grateful we should be for having life, love and health.

    The happiest wishes for the Ramadan season to all our muslim friends.
    ...
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    Re: Do you put fragance before to sleep?

    A resounding Yes! from me too!

    I loooove it!
  30. Re: Gentlemen, what is your favorite single fragrance note?

    Iris...... fallen madly in love with this one to the point where a restraining order might be taken out against me..... :laugh:
  31. Looking for Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum) essential oil/absolute/fragrance

    This may not be an overly familiar plant to many people, but it's the classic old-fashioned european white lily that's a staple in just about every garden in europe.

    I lived in Serbia as a kid...
  32. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    I'll heed these words of wisdom!

    <gulp>
  33. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    Ah, yes, I read that review, or an excerpt from it, and I was a bit puzzled by it. Either which way, I'm already figuring I could perhaps layer a bit of Prada Infusion for the iris on top of the...
  34. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    Aaaah drats! lol! Well, given that the Intense bottle is coming in a week or two and it'll never come in the shops here in oz, I will be trying it soon.
  35. Re: Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    Ah.... didn't know about the anise.... I think I may regret this blind-buy.

    Dying to see the other touted iris fragrance come out here in Aus, Infusion d'Homme.
  36. Dior Homme edt vs Intense: what are the key differences?

    Just did something a smidge out of character: I did a blind buy off the net of a bottle of Dior Homme Intense.

    Whilst I adore the edt's delicious iris/cocoa/leather I have to admit I am extremely...
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    Re: Prada Infusion d´Homme

    This one hasn't come out in Australia yet, but I have had a chance to try out the "women's" version Infusion d'Iris, and was distinctly underwhelmed by it. Very faint floral, and had a terrible baby...
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    Re: Rive Gauche. mmmm.

    wow... i'm amazed that this thread didn't get closed down...... we have some very vigilant moderators floating around in here.... and mike's disappeared without a trace! not even a puff of creed in...
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    Re: Women's frags you enjoy - on you !

    And on a finer note (pardon the pun!) just got my chanel no 19 today!

    Blissssssssssssssss!!!!!

    Loving every green and floral moment of it!
  40. Re: The Great Rive Gauche (Pour Homme) Blaspheme

    I like this one, but it's sometimes very cloying on my skin.

    It's kind of got a smoky powderiness that's a smidge overpowering at times.
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    Re: Women's frags you enjoy - on you !

    Night, perhaps you don't buy into the gender distinctions with fervent convictions, which frees you to enjoy the beauty of fine fragrances with a little more ease than you otherwise would.

    Kudos...
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    Re: Women's frags you enjoy - on you !

    And back to the original point of the thread, which version of Chanel No19 is the woodier/greener version? The edt or edp?
  43. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur: edt vs concentree - what are the main differences?

    Oh dear!

    Any samples I can buy/sell/swap off anyone, then? lol!
  44. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur: edt vs concentree - what are the main differences?

    Ged,

    Does DJ's still stock the concentree? I have never seen it in their tester sections or in the Chanel stand. This is the Melbourne Bourke St Mall stores, however.

    Whereabouts did you see...
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    Re: Cucumber notes in male fragrance

    Hasn't YSL L'Homme got the cucumber notes in it too? I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the violet leaves are the ones that give it that accord.
  46. Chanel Pour Monsieur: edt vs concentree - what are the main differences?

    I've got the normal edt of this one (the "classic"?) but I haven't been able to even find a tester of the concentree version. Absolutely loooove the edt, and the trick I've found with it is to spray...
  47. Re: Fragrances that evokes a sense of melancholy

    Here here!

    For me that's the most evocative of all scents I have come across so far. Subdued and introspective.
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    Re: What would Heath Ledger's Joker Wear?

    Somehow I can't help but think that because he "laughs" so much he'd wear something that had a potent accord of cannabis resin, you know, bong-grease. That pungent herbal slightly sweet accord.
    ...
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    Re: Monster Sillage with weak longevity

    Isn't the whole purpose of base-notes to extend the longevity of the perfume? As in, basenotes are essentially fixatives that slow down the evaporation of the top and mid notes to extend its life?
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    Re: Today I Bought - July '08 Edition

    Chanel No 19 edt (yes, I overcame my "fear" hurdle!) and Dior Homme.
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    Poll: Re: Best Chanel Male Fragrance, (Multiple Choice Poll)

    Would the inclusion of No19 be out of place here....? on the premise of "recent trends"?

    I'm about to get this one, and I am stoked!
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    Re: Worst. Smell. EVER.

    I have to declare now that Secretions Magnifique has taken over the No1 spot in terms of pure nausea-inducing stench for me. God that stuff made me dry-retch.
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    Re: Scents that smell "old"

    Hmmmm.... would "old" mean more mature/classic or just old and putrid?

    For me personally "mature/classic" would be:
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Eau Sauvage (my partner's favourite)
    Antaeus.

    I...
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    Re: sick of Creed

    :D :D :D

    Hilarious!!
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    Re: Which Fragrance do you use most often?

    And a second one here for Opium PH edp.

    Going through that bottle of magic like there's no tomorrow.
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    Re: Patou Pour Homme Question

    Gee, this one sounds like it'd be some very nice juice.

    What's the pyramid?
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    Re: Best Mainstream Sandalwood Scents?

    I second (or third or fourth) Egoiste. Very prominent sandalwood in the base. Thoroughly delicious too.
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    Re: Men's frags rich in aldehydes ?

    Not exactly sure what aldehydes smell like, but from what I'm hearing I think that Egoiste is quite aldehydic. It has some topnotes that are very similar to No 5.
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    Re: Wild Deer Musk .. Anybody?

    My goodness.... has anyone thought about the issue of ethics and animal welfare in all this? There's a reason why deer musk isn't easy to come by anymore.
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    Re: Niche pronunciation

    The point here is that we *don't* have an english word but a french one that has been borrowed and incorporated into the language.

    And we're not talking about regional variations but a clearly...
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    Re: Niche pronunciation

    Without wanting to appear the american-basher that I really am (yikes!) there are quite a few words that are butchered in N.American english.

    Firstly, basil sounds ridiculous pronounced...
  62. Re: Tried Secretions Magnifique yesterday..... why oh why ....

    Somehow.... I'm not so sure about that one. Being "radical" and "different" isn't necessarily a hallmark of greatness that the public is not ready to appreciate.

    SM smelt like an operating...
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    Poll: Re: What do you use for your armpits?

    I *used* to wear antiperspirants until I found that they leave horrible blotchy yellow stains on my workshirts. Since then I've been putting on the deodorants only.
  64. Tried Secretions Magnifique yesterday..... why oh why ....

    Allo peeps,

    There's a side to me that's the silly little kid, when something is has a notorious reputation I'm immediately tempted to find out for myself whether this reputation is deserved.
    ...
  65. Re: Example of really bad LT review from Perfumes: The Guide.

    Now why do I get the feeling you're being facetious there.... ;)
  66. Re: Example of really bad LT review from Perfumes: The Guide.

    What do you mean by "reads like copy"?

    It may not be a big thing for you, but let's say one of "those kids" hears about a review book for a luxury good that talks about them in that way. What do...
  67. Re: Example of really bad LT review from Perfumes: The Guide.

    Is it just me or does "local street kids in my trash neighbourhood" reek of elitist snobbery? The "I'm-so-much-better-than-you-because-I-look-down-my-nose-at-you" kind of pompous class-obsessed...
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    Re: In Nature what is your Favorite...

    The summery fresh and sweet perfume of Madonna lilies (lilium candidum) *possibly my favourite!*
    The joyous scent of wallflowers
    The intoxicating wafts of old world roses, e.g. Mme Isaac Perreire
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    Re: Most vile smelling thing ever!

    Wow!!! I've just got to try this Secretions Magnifique!!

    LOL!!! And I thought the stomach-churning stench of A*Men was positively toxic!

    Sorry to all of those who like it, but to me it smells...
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    Poll: Re: Would you wear a very feminine frag?

    Aaaah if only I had the courage to wear a few "female" fragrances.....

    Alas the modern tradition of what's considered feminine and masculine still upholds a distinction between the two, in spite...
  71. Re: Which fragrance you regretted for not getting it,when you had the chance?

    A) Rive Gauche PH Intense when I saw it for dirt cheap on Fragrance.Net. Haven't seen it anywhere under AUD$65 since it disappeared from Fragrance.Net

    B) Dior Homme Intense when it was on 10&#37;...
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    Re: top 3 most OVERRATED scents.

    Most certainly for real.

    You're going to have to accept the fact that there are people who do not share your opinions on certain things.

    And I can tell you now, I am far from the only person...
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    Re: top 3 most OVERRATED scents.

    Habit Rouge - old and putrid, has a soapy smell not unlike Imperial Leather which is nursing home stench

    A*Men - rotten chocolate lashed with cat crap mixed in with stench of a urine/sweat reeking...
  74. Re: 5 star scent in the book ;Perfumes: The Guide

    what, can't they make up their own minds....? they've got to be told what to think and what to like...?

    it's so bewildering how much momentum something like a review guide can acquire... i've...
  75. Re: 5 star scent in the book ;Perfumes: The Guide

    Whilst guides like these are useful and interesting, I can't help but feel that way too much credence and legitimacy is accorded to what is essentially a collection of opinions. Who really gives a...
  76. Re: Got Dior Homme Intense...should I get the EdT?

    Perfect!

    I'm blind buying it then! ;)
  77. Re: Got Dior Homme Intense...should I get the EdT?

    That's interesting because the write-up for the notes pyramid is a smidge different to the edt, but then that's most probably a marketing ploy.

    We haven't got it in the stores in Australia, and...
  78. Re: Got Dior Homme Intense...should I get the EdT?

    I'm dying to get my hand on the DH Intense. Just saw it pop up recently on StrawberryNet, and Essentialmall.com.au.

    The EDT is very powdery with the prominent cocoa and iris notes. Having said...
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense vs. Dior Homme

    So am I smeller, that's one (DH Intense) that I would even blind buy, but *but* it's just disappeared off the net. Very annoying.

    I looove the original, but it's just way too weak on the nuclear...
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    Re: Searching for a warm vanillic scent

    I second that one, this might be the one you're looking for.
  81. Re: Aldehydes - what are they and what do they really smell like?

    Wow! This is awesome, thank you so much, gents!
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    Re: Scent Removal ?

    Get yourself some hydrogen peroxide from the chemist, at 3&#37; solution, even diluted half-half with water it'll neutralise the old scent, as it is a powerful oxidising agent that will denature the...
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    Re: SOTD - Wednesday 23 April 2008

    .... opium ph edp... yes, i've been won over.... <ducks flying chairs>
  84. Re: Aldehydes - what are they and what do they really smell like?

    Aaaah, ok!

    So it's a group of chemicals that has some compounds that are quite different to each other, yes?

    Does the general group have a flowery/fruity sort of smell, or is it too disparate...
  85. Aldehydes - what are they and what do they really smell like?

    I'd never heard of aldehydes until joining this site, and first saw in the pyramid for Chanel No 5.

    I've got no idea what they're supposed to smell like or what they do.

    Any pointers, please?
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    Re: When you want something subtle?

    Chanel Pour Monsieur, very subtle and understated, and extremely classy.
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    Re: Controversial scents on Basenotes

    You're not in the minority at all, there's plenty of people out there who think it's disgusting and really synthetic. They just don't happen to know about basenotes, that's all....
  88. Re: suggest something with leather, wood, spice, and musk

    That sounds quite similar to Chanel No 19, doesn't it...?
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    Re: Worst. Smell. EVER.

    Tou-bloody-che!!

    oh it's stomach-churning, isn't it.... that's the one and only fragrance I can honestly say makes me dry-retch.
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    Re: SotD - Tuesday, 22 April 2008

    Egoiste for me. There's a woman in the office who was walking behind me with her eyes closed and inhaling its trail. Now *that's* a compliment!
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver vs. Habit Rouge

    I second that, and it's got a soapy sort of nuance that I find really offputting. It smells very much like an old grandpa in a nursing home soap smell to me.

    sorry.... that'll probably put me in...
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    Re: Worst. Smell. EVER.

    forgive me, but to me they're both Bleh*Men.
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    Re: Worst. Smell. EVER.

    I'm surprised no one's mentioned A*Men so far. My partner and I tried it once on both our skins, and truly it stank like sunbaked dogshit that had been laced with toxic refuse from a cadbury factory...
  94. Re: Most addictive, pull your wrist to your nose scents

    Wish scents would last on my wrist..... even stuff like Egoiste just disappear on it. It's like the Chernobyl zone for fragrances on me, and got no idea why.

    However, I usually do a couple of...
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    Re: classy,deep,not to sweet winter scent

    Give Antaeus a try, it's deep and rich without a massively sweet punch, but just a hint of beeswax in the base.
  96. Re: Which scent gets you the most male compliments?

    Hvala takodje, burazer!!

    Kako sve ide?
  97. Re: Which scent gets you the most male compliments?

    Peevish, I couldn't agree with you more about Srbija being conservative. I'm from there myself originally, and find it to be stuck in a lot of 1950's kind of attitudes about gender and sexuality.
    ...
  98. Opium Pour Homme EDT 100ml (Unused and in box) for sale

    Got way too many bottles of this stuff, and got my hands on a refill bottle of the EDP minus the blue plastic casing.

    Will sell bottle for AUD $30 (plus postage/handling), or swap for the full...
  99. Re: Anything similar to Rive Gauche that will last on me?

    I second that one too, to me it's much richer deeper and has a nice touch of seems like juniper. Very very nice one indeed.
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    Re: The Power of Chanel

    We have the opposite problem here in Australia, the Concentree version is not available anywhere. So much so that the sales assistants in the major dept stores have never even heard of it.

    I'm...
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