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    Re: Has Serge Lutens Lost The Plot

    Exactly.

    Serge Lutens was the Jeremy Fragrance of his day.

    /sarcasm
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    Re: Best fragrance performance ever...

    [IF THREAD = "FAVOURITE" | "BEST" | "ULTIMATE" | "PERFECT" THEN PRINT "Gengis Khan"]
    [IF THREAD = "CHEAP"+"QUALITY" | "BEST" | "ULTIMATE" | "PERFECT" THEN PRINT "Burberry London"]
    [F5]
    [REPEAT]
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    Re: Please need help about VERSACE THE DREAMER !

    Exactly.

    Nasty headache-inducing stuff.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme I -fake or real

    My opinion is that the auction has ended, and after the listing flashes it goes straight to Polish eBay and tells me "tough luck", or words to that effect.
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    Re: My summer wardrobe needs your advice

    bingo.
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    Re: How to get (my nose) on Dior - Mitzwah

    eBay is cheaper than Paris, albeit not nearly as much fun.
    ...
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    Re: Acqua di Gio Essenza

    And even more mature-smelling than Essenza...:rolleyesold:
  8. Re: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather or Kilian Straight to Heaven

    Given each has a grossly exorbitant price tag, and feature a general lack of creativity, both could be equally offensive to many.

    Be that as it may, and you don't really care about price, and you...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Baque is very good too, and reminds me quite a bit of Sova, minus the roundedness with hay, licorice, and umpteen other notes. Sova is the quintessential fall fragrance, to my way of thinking.

    I...
  10. Re: Question for 1-3 Sprays Fellas That Can Smell Their Fragrance All Work Day (6-8 hours)

    Wafts all day long, but I also spray the back of my left hand to sniff as I work.

    There are some things that are both insanely strong and linear, like Tuscan Leather. If I wear something like...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella mini documentary

    One thing that surprised me by watching that longer video was that Santa Maria Novella has 24 stores in South Korea, and another 14 in Japan. Just 5 in the United States. Apparently, they appreciate...
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    Re: Revlon Intimate Musk

    Yeah, I don't get how some reviews call it "light". The sparkly aldehydes at the top give it some pop, but once it gets going it's quite animalic, with civet, castoreum, and musk in the base, when...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella mini documentary

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14tWVTxBVc

    If you really want to go into a deep dive with Sebastian. Over 30min long.
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    Re: Revlon Intimate Musk

    The original is the one to get.

    https://yesterdaysperfume.typepad.com/.a/6a010535dc5a78970b0120a80186ec970b-320wi

    "Intimate...the fabulous new American fragrance that even French women are...
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    Re: SOTD: Game of Thrones edition!!

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/secundar/o.52084.jpg

    Dragon Blood (Cuir Vermillion) Nimere Parfums
  16. Re: Looking for something 90% or more similar to Polo DOUBLE Black with better Performance

    Rocawear Evolution has some of the same notes but is cheaper and probably has even worse performance.
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    Re: Esxence 2019 - my experience

    The Italians on here used to do this a bit (Colin Maillard, Alfarom, Darvant), but I haven't seen anything lately. Luca Turin is there, I think, so he might write something, or just offer something...
  18. Re: The smokiest fragrance 覧 potential contenders of T-Rex by Zoologist and Hyde by Hiram Green?

    Maybe it once was but current is really tame, and could easily be worn by either sex.
  19. Re: The smokiest fragrance 覧 potential contenders of T-Rex by Zoologist and Hyde by Hiram Green?

    Naomi Goodsir's Bois d'Ascese
    Le Labo's Patchouli 24
    Cire Trudon R騅olution
    Sonoma Scent Studio Fireside Intense
    Fumidus
    Slumberhouse Jeke
    A City on Fire
    Burning Barbershop
  20. Re: The smokiest fragrance 覧 potential contenders of T-Rex by Zoologist and Hyde by Hiram Green?

    It's not really tamed, just different than it once was. You no longer get a hellacious smoky blast from Patchouli 24, but neither is the drydown as full on vanilla as it once was. Seems to me more...
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    Re: Hiram Green Hyde review by Claire

    The opening is quite aggressive, but after about 30minutes it tones way down. Like dramatically down. The drydown is very, very good and easy-wearing. Getting there though...
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    Re: Velvety suede with animalic undertone

    'Tasteful' is not a word I'd associate with any Tom Ford fragrance. 'Delightfully tacky', perhaps. And not realy a criticism of Tom Ford. He knows his target audience well.
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    Re: Velvety suede with animalic undertone

    Perhaps Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley, a kind of soft animalic Fahrenheit. But that description is a bit facile also. A laid back instead of in-your-face leather, which I appreciate.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4RBO7lJxvg

    Definitely worth watching the entire 30 min.

    Also intrigued that he's going to make and sell full spray perfumes to be sold later this year.
  25. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Mostly I just get a chemical soup from typical aquatics (ozone or calone bombs). There are some marine scents I think do a much better job of replicating the effect of being at the beach, near the...
  26. Re: Fragrances that don't suit your personality - what and why?

    Acqua di Gi Profumo

    Given my general disdain for all things aquatic I should dislike this one too, but bought it anyway. There's just enough incense and patchouli in it, enough smoky dustiness to...
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    Re: Geosmin heavy fragrances?

    A lot of Demeters have that soil tincture note, which isn't exactly geosmin but probably close enough to what you're looking for.

    Other stuff like

    Wild by DSquared
    Coven by Andrea Maack
    De...
  28. Re: Any Canadian Fragrance Companies I Should Know About?

    1000 Flowers by Jessica September Buchanan

    Jazmin Sarai by Dana El Masri

    Zoologist by Victor Wong
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    Re: Very Interested......

    So are mine, but she did enlist some perfumers with talent, if mostly underused in mainstream designer stuff. Aur駘ien Guichard, Yann Vasnier, and this guy, Pascal Guarin (?). She also took 8 years...
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    Re: Very Interested......

    https://www.hpcismart.com/images/website/ManChemNews/DIR_124/F_78346.jpg



    https://www.fragrantica.com/news/Carine-Roitfeld-launches-a-perfume-line-11960.html
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    Re: Very Interested......

    From a few months ago.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/22/style/carine-roitfeld-perfume.html
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    Re: Help me build my collection

    I concur.

    Screw collecting perfume. If you buy only full bottles of things that you really love you'll be smarter than 99% of Basenoters, including me.
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    Re: Angel and Alien - great dry downs!!!

    I actually like Angel, despite an aversion to fruitchulli and gourmand perfumes. It's sweet, somewhat tacky, and overapplying is a recipe for disaster. But, worn correctly for whatever conditions...
  34. Thread: Do i need...?

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    Re: Do i need...?

    https://media.giphy.com/media/V4uGHRgz0zi6Y/giphy.gif

    The range of emotions of the typical basenoter, deciding on his/her latest fragrance acquisition.
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    Re: New and looking for info on year of kouros

    The Parfums era was from 1986-1992 If that's the batch code, it'd be from 1989.
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    Re: NEW Hiram Green Lustre

    They also throw in the discovery set if you buy a full bottle.


    Sent from my SM-G950W using Tapatalk
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    Re: Suggestions based on collections

    This is a difficult one for me, as I usually don't care about presentation or bottles, and generally have an antipathy and prejudice against many higher-end brands (too often overpriced and...
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    Re: Tom Ford oud wood from Fragrancenet

    $58 for a 100ml online vs ~$200 for a 50ml of the Tom Ford.

    Not exactly the same, or even that close in the drydown, but in the same ballpark.
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    Re: New niche fragrance brand

    I'm definitely not your target market.

    Do you consider perfume a luxury?

    Yes.

    Or do you consider perfume a necessity?

    Yes.
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    Re: Perfume Critics (outside of Basenotes)

    Not so difficult to understand. Why would a site or a magazine pay someone with every chance that person will piss off their advertisers with scathing reviews of their products? One thing for a Luca...
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    Re: Perfume Critics (outside of Basenotes)

    ClaireV's blog is really great, but she hasn't been active there in about six months.

    http://takeonethingoff.com/
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    Re: Commodity Shuttered

    We had them here, and still do. I was shocked at the prices ($162) for what I considered really lame, innocuous, vapid....you get my drift. The bottles looked like niche though, sort of like Byredo....
  43. Re: Blind bought Morabito Or Black (2014). What am I in for?

    So you're the one...

    Reviews of Or Black

    There are 33 reviews of Or Black.


    [*=center]27 Positive
    (81.8%)
    [*=center]5 Neutral
  44. Thread: Dark by Akro

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    Re: Dark by Akro

    Cacao yes. Chocolate no.
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    Re: So Lush Dirty Isn't Dirty?

    A fragrance of complete contradictions, as I guess a combination of an intense smoky/woody/incense with a bizarre cocktail of melon/florals would be I suppose (the net effect is not unlike...
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    Re: Nobile 1942 fragrances

    A family business for nearly 80 years that prides itself on authenticity isn't likely to give in to the whims of current trends.
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    Re: Areej le Dor : The Official Discussion Thread

    I think of it as an easy-wearing, comfort scent. Reminds me a lot of some Slumberhouse offerings.
  48. Thread: Head Fried

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    Re: Head Fried

    You're still talking about extraneous details ("others think", "longevity", "performance") rather than the scent itself. That's the only thing that really matters. In many ways, the rest is just...
  49. Thread: Head Fried

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    Re: Head Fried

    Wear only what you love. Forget completely about any utilitarian function of perfume other than whether you enjoy the sensory experience or not. To consider anything else as a priority just sucks the...
  50. Thread: Teone Reinthal

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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    And here's the video of Nikhil (perfume guru) talking about the making of a natural perfume with Dr Teone Reinthal.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n9kT70RnEw
  51. Thread: Teone Reinthal

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    Re: Teone Reinthal

    A bold claim, but you have my attention.

    32 fragrances listed in the basenotes directory, but not a single review.

    http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedirectory/?house=105007
    ...
  52. Thread: Dark by Akro

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    Re: Dark by Akro

    20$ shipping from Luckyscent (plus an annoying Customs fee of 6,45$) or €20 from the Akro site for Canadians. :huh:
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    Re: Impressed by Fiele Fragrances

    Artisanal house out of Santa Monica, by Linda Rae Sivrican. Natural perfumes, I think. They've gotten a bit of buzz for years, but haven't broken through yet with mass distribution.
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    Re: NEW Hiram Green Lustre

    Birch tar.

    If you're a fan of things like Patchouli 24 by Le Labo, Lonestar Memories by Tauer, Black by CdG, you might like it a lot. It manages, somehow to be quite soft after a bit of a...
  55. Re: Latest Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier - Patchouli 1969!

    Sounds interesting. Some of the same notes as Murdock's Patchouli, though probably amped up a bit, but not too much.
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    Re: Aramis Havana - Worth The Hype?

    Havana is best worn on a hot and humid summer's night, preferably while dancing with a lover. It really takes off then.
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Suggestions

    My sour recommendation is to buy something far better at half the cost.
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    Re: Expensive disaster!

    Masstige brand with inferior packaging

    So what else is new?
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    Poll: Re: Bois du Portugal or Divorce?

    Seems like a cunning trap to get you to file for divorce. When the judge hears your reasons, he laughs out loud, and awards her everything, and further damages for mental cruelty. And recommends you...
  60. Re: Cost for a house to create 100ml of fragrance

    I suspect all your numbers are too high, save for cost of the juice itself.

    Amazing how much $120 perfume ends up at the discounters as $40 perfume only a couple of years after initial production...
  61. Re: I tried Chanel's Sycomore; should I try Encre Noire?

    For $26 it's not even worth hemming and hawing about if you like Vetiver, and Sycomore in particular. Just do it.

    Easily one of the best buys out there in men's perfume, period.
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    Re: New Bois 1920 Cannabis Collection

    I get a sort of dry herbal grassiness from it, vaguely reminscent of opening a bag of pot. More like an impression of marijuana smell rather than the actual smell itself.
  63. Re: New crowdfunding campaign for Arielle Shoshana fragrance

    Amazing what you can do with a paltry $10k.
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    Re: Fahrenheit - 2018 batches?

    2018 is much better than 2016 was, at least to my nose. I also think you have to go back to pre-2002 to get something better, but with the attendant risk and cost of buying vintage.
  65. Re: know anything about Anna Zworykina Perfumes?

    She has a shop on Etsy with samples. Supposedly very good artisnal natural perfumes.

    https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AZPerfumes
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    Re: Most worn in April 2019

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    Bentley for Men Intense by Bentley
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    Re: New Bois 1920 Cannabis Collection

    I wouldn't mind giving this a sniff, although the fruity one probably wouldn't please me.

    Bois 1920 has a fairly boring Patchouly so I doubt either of these would be my cup of tea.

    As others...
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    Re: New Bois 1920 Cannabis Collection

    Agreed. Really lame, especially for what it was trying to convey.
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    Re: Any thoughts on the Kerosene house?

    https://www.houseofkerosene.com/product-page/kerosene-sample-pack
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    Re: Any thoughts on the Kerosene house?

    I get a ton of licorice from this one, as well as the star anise. Also some fig in there as well. Eye-wateringly strong, I don't know that I've ever worn it out in public. Once when I sprayed it on...
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    Re: Today, I am not particularly enjoying...

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/3osxY8lmLf0SvhYbBe/giphy.gif

    Still sold because they still sell. And that's the bottom line for perfumery.
  72. Re: Is scenting perfumes a way to a Heallthy Life?

    There is some evidence that suggests loss of smell is triggered by environmental factors, such as toxins and viruses passing through the nasal passages. And this in turn can lead to neurological...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Performance is always the issue with Zara. No fan of Aventus, but the stuff lasts all day. Zara lasts a few hrs before petering out. Vibrant Leather (edt or edp) by Zara is even closer, if that's...
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    Re: Want to get more into Niche

    It's not bad, per se, just a bit bland and boring for my taste. Which I think was the original intention, safely familiar somehow but a noticeable upgrade. In that regard, I think of it as a deluxe...
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    Re: Want to get more into Niche

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2011/11/hurl_cam.gif




    Brainwashing too.
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    Re: Most Worn: April 2019

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    Re: Bloom perfumery sample subscribers?

    They do offer it worldwide.

    The cost per year is not bad (」140), but the samples are 5x1ml, with the dabbers. If they were 2ml with sprayers it'd be more interesting. Because of stupid shipping...
  78. Re: New Here, currently one basic question as follows:

    Terre d'Herm鑚

    Somewhat ubiquitous now, but good. Patchouli/citrus/Iso E Super and a bunch of other stuff.
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    Re: WaPo anti-perfume screed

    I have a similar story. As a younger man, being the 'cologne guy' was just something I didn't want any part of. And I didn't wear anything for several decades, and considered most mall scents to be...
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    Re: Want to get more into Niche

    Read this

    The Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    And then hit one of the online discount stores.
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    Re: WaPo anti-perfume screed

    It's pretty clear that she's against the wearing of any perfume not just overwearing it. The title of the piece is "Perfume", not "Cultural Oafs Who Douse Themselves in Perfume".
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    Re: WaPo anti-perfume screed

    According to Michael Edwards, it's now well over 2000 per year. His online database lists over 16,000 different fragrances.

    http://www.fragrancesoftheworld.com/

    She just doesn't know what's she...
  83. Re: Just curious. What % of Your Wardrobe did you Rate 5 Stars?

    12.1% 8/66 for the full bottle stuff

    I think I was being generous too. Gave Azzaro pour homme 5 stars even though I think current is really only worth about 3/5. The small decant I have of vintage...
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    Re: WaPo anti-perfume screed

    Annoying piece of claptrap.

    Much like cigarette smoke, this is an assault on everyone.
    Yes, wearing perfume is just the same as filling the air with cancer-causing agents.

    Perfume can lower...
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    Re: Latest Franck Boclet - Cafe!

    It's a decidedly dark, smoky coffee, even a bit bitter with little to no sweetness to mess things up. I'm glad he didn't go the gourmand route as so many do with their takes on coffee. Why people...
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    Re: Zegna indonesian oud

    You might have shopped around and gotten a better deal. It was selling for about $60 at the discounters a while ago after the discontinuation.
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    Re: Sweet with Patchouli Base

    Bond-T is excellent. Comparable to Born駮 1834 by Serge Lutens, but more animalic (castoreum). Neither fragrance I would call sweet, but the cacao can remind one of chocolate, however this is a lot...
  88. Re: Gucci Guilty absolute no longer being sold at certain stores?

    The odd thing about this one is that the feminine counterpart sells very well at our local Sephora, even with a sticker shock price of $140 (wtf?). The sales assistants say they dread when the...
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    Re: Today, I am not particularly enjoying...

    Grim and inescapable. Sort of like being trapped in a House filled with Yankee Candles for Christmas smells.
  90. Thread: Help !!!

    by Scarce
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    Re: Help !!!

    Perhaps something with lactonic overtones (smells like milk), such as

    Jeux de Peau by Serge Lutens

    Lait Concentre by Chabaud

    Milk by Ave Luxe

    (...all suggestions given with tongue firmly...
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    Re: How long would your collection last?

    And really, isn't that all that really matters in this day and age? Just get me 'til the show closes.
  92. Thread: Help !!!

    by Scarce
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    Re: Help !!!

    Trying to think of a perfume that best compliments "big boobs". :huh:
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    Re: Guerlain : Vetiver :: ______ : Patchouli

    Any of those suit-and-tie patchoulis, as I call them

    Zegna Javanese Patchouli

    Dior Patchouli Imperial

    Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu

    ... might work. But they're also more assertive than other...
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    Re: How long would your collection last?

    At my current rate of sprays per day (1-3), I'd probably have to outlive Methuselah before it's all gone.
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    Re: Guerlain : Vetiver :: ______ : Patchouli

    From the sound of it, you're looking for a safe, classic patchouli-based fragrance that is for more casual rather than formal wear. Perhaps office-friendly as well.

    The suggestions by Roky are...
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    Re: The Great OR BLACK by Pascal Morabito

    Hardly.

    Your argument might make some sense if modern and vintage used the exact same ingredients, but they often don't. As mentioned, cheaper modern alternatives are used, while other ingredients...
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    Re: The Great OR BLACK by Pascal Morabito

    Personally, I think that most people here can easily tell the differences between, say, vintage powerhouses of the 80s and 90s to their too-often emaciated carcasses that are still being sold bearing...
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    Re: The Great OR BLACK by Pascal Morabito

    I think so too.

    Nearly all reformulations are bad because they need some ingredient that is either prohibited or has ingredients that have gotten too expensive to make the perfume cost-effective....
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    Re: The Great OR BLACK by Pascal Morabito

    Correct.
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    Re: Earthiest patchouli

    I think so, but if I remember correctly, it was an additional $3.
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