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  1. Re: What are the differences between Guerlain L'Instant Parfum and EDT ?

    EDT has more note separation and feels a bit more intricately composed as a result. You're still getting that citrus-boosted cacao and patchouli, but in the EDT that cacao gets to "float," almost...
  2. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Yes, and I loved it.

    I do think it might be a tough wear for you on humid and hot days. It's a bit rich for humid heat.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    If that's what you want, try Hanae Mori HiM EDP, which is a cross between Spicebomb and GPHII. Strong performance.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    It's still a sweet gourmand, though.
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    Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Tobacco and cinnamon? Well, that describes Acqua di Cuba, but I don't think someone looking for a less sweet Spicebomb would see that as a good option.
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    Sir, this is a Wendy's
  7. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    It has *something* to do with that. That's the 2014 revamp, which stripped out the tobacco and plum notes. It's not bad; it's a bit thinner than the original 2001 take and more "designer"-y in the...
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    Re: Help me find better

    I don't find Jazz Club much like The One, either. I think Jazz Club is more in the Spicebomb vein.

    Consider Boss Bottled Intense and Baldessarini Ambre.
  9. Re: The Top 3: Of Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other

    My wife's favorites on me are

    1) Tom Ford Ombrť Leather 16
    2) Cartier L'Envol
    3) Aramis Tuscany
  10. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A B B O T T
    M O J A V E
    (2016)

    There's tobacco in here, but it's mostly ginger and pepper. It's really nice, actually, kinda working in a parallel lane to Amouage Journey Man. But for the price...
  11. Re: If you could have 3 and only 3 fragrances from now until the end - which 3, and why? (no 'buts'.

    I'll answer, but I think "availability" is a futile thing to consider, since what is widely available today may not be available ten years from now. So choosing three based on what I might...
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    Re: The Opening of Vintage Polo

    Just be sure to check the batch code on the tester. Lotta old Polo testers out there.
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    Re: I miss Grey Flannel!!

    I've never tried the vintage juice, but the current stuff is repugnant.
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    Re: Curve for men

    Folks here who have marvelous noses really enjoy it, so I'm not inclined to see this as an Emperor's New Clothes situation.
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    Re: Best, beast mode cheapies?

    Amber Oud is pretty potent, but it's more of an oud-and-potpurri spices thing with a TV-ish opening than an actual TV mimic.
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    Re: Best, beast mode cheapies?

    Bentley Intense
    MAC Velvet Teddy
  17. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Morillas creates so many perfumes--aided by his A.I. tools--that I hardly doubt Office for Men was some passion project for him.

    But I think JF's demand for PERFORMANCE above all probably pushed...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    I object to the idea that one can use "common sense" to determine what has biological origins and what doesn't.

    Biology is weird, and evolution is a chaotic and often mysterious process that...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/dqmpS64HsNvb2/source.gif
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    I've tried about half of those--the more accessible ones, mostly--and while I respect a few of them, I don't really love any of them. (Admittedly, your tastes and mine only overlap some of the time.)...
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Yeah, I struggled with 2012 (I slotted Oud Ispahan onto my 2012 slot kinda by default).
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    Alright, having deliberated, here's what I came up with:

    2010: Houbigant FougŤre Royale

    2011: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah

    2012: Dior Oud Ispahan

    2013: Phaedon Tabac Rouge
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    Re: Fragrance That Captures This Mood

    L'Artisan Tea for Two
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    Re: 10's top ten?

    It's a hard challenge. This was a decade of transition more than it was a decade with a clear trajectory. The major players stagnated as the mainstream flatlined, with flickers of excitement popping...
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    Re: Would you.....

    Agreed.

    I didn't get along with it. I found it cloying, even when gently applied.
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    Re: Yo yo yo let me speak on this

    Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011) is great, but you gotta love woodsmoke to get along with it.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Michael for Men (2001), because it makes me feel like myself.
  28. Thread: Oud!

    by Brooks Otterlake
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    Re: Oud!

    There's a whole thread on this subject here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/469865-Very-good-(cheap)-OUD-perfumes
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    Re: Boss bottled intense EDP

    Try L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDP or Cartier L'Envol EDP.
  30. Re: I just picked up a vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage (gold cap) and am wondering...

    This fits with broader reformulation trends. Aromatic notes have generally been "fuzzified" as synthetics have become more dominant.

    Still, I love the Heritage EDT in its common form, and at...
  31. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    Encre Noire Sport might be the "safest" of the Encre Noires, but I can easily imagine someone struggling with the EN vetiver note and ISO-E.
  32. Re: I just picked up a vintage bottle of Guerlain Heritage (gold cap) and am wondering...

    For a very intricate, dense composition, the current EDT has pretty nice note separation with a lot of dynamic interplay between notes.

    I haven't tried Heritage in vintage form, but my sense that...
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    Re: back-ups , which and how many

    I have a backup big bottle and a few additional 1oz minis of Michael for Men (2001).

    I don't generally believe in backups; life is transient and there's a freedom in embracing the transient nature...
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    Re: Should I get these fragrances?

    Wouldn't be my first recommendation for someone in their mid-20s. The current version is pretty synthetic, but pleasant. Wears a bit old-school.


    Not my idea of "safe."

    Very loud, very...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Robert Graham Fortitude

    Because a hazelnutty tonka scent is a good companion with morning coffee and fresh bread.
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    Re: Masculine Hazelnut fragrance?

    Uomo EDT is okay for the office. But it's kinda boring. I'd sample it before buying.
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    Re: Refined Citrus Leathers

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather is probably what you're looking for.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    Perfect.
  39. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Thanks for the additional commentary.

    I'm always happy to learn about new artisan houses. Even when I don't like what I receive, I at least know I'm getting an unfiltered expression of an artist's...
  40. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Looks like a promising house.

    Off-topic, but their Cavendish EDP is tempting.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yes, you got my attention when you called the Malaysia entry in the Boruzz line a niche-y take on Michael for Men, though I've been unable to find a sample or decant (it's a bit above my blind-buy...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yeah, that's exactly the sensation I love.

    Thanks for affirming my general sense of this scent. While a lot of reviews echo that same characterization, some folks describe it pretty oddly on...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
    S P E C I A L
    B L E N D
    (2019)

    Eminently wearable and thoroughly autumnal.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    Nicholson falls under "classic" Joker.
  45. Re: Is there a high quality expensive ingredient version of Old Spice someone else makes?

    Old Spice is so iconic that I think most houses would be afraid to do a variation on it.
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    Re: What Fragrance Would..

    The "classic" Joker is a very meticulously groomed, formally attired character, very vain and dandyish, so he'd probably wear something in the more foppish vein. Probably something with a lot of...
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    Re: House of Caron

    Probably so, but the aesthetics of "classic French perfumery" aren't exactly driving demand these days, even in Basenotes-y circles, and Caron doesn't have the brand cachet of Guerlain to make it a...
  48. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    I love Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert (especially the Concentre), but it has nothing of "holiday" about it.

    I haven't tried vintage Egoiste, but the current doesn't suggest Christmas to me, either.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yes. I'm not going to list specific examples because I don't want to make this thread a case of Scent A vs. Scent B; the quality of the scent does a fine job of speaking for itself, and those of you...
  50. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Personally speaking, I would never put up with a scent I outright disliked for two hours to get to a dry-down, no matter how excellent it is.


    Yeah, it's an abstract, aromachemical smokiness that...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Be sure to share your thoughts (for good or ill).
  52. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Yep. I like the brief but not the execution.

    Oud Minerale wants to be the Encre Noire of marine aquatics, but it feels more interested in being Tom Ford-y than in being the best version of itself.
  53. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    The opening is the part of Polo I enjoy most.

    :::shrug:::
  54. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    I get a lot of the smoky-dark synthoud-woods in Oud Minerale. It's actually why I don't like it; I don't think the seaweed goes well with it. It's like the perfumer lazily slapped some prominent...
  55. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    Bath & Body Works Spiced Mandarin.

    It was part of their Christmas lineup last year. I don't know if it'll be back out this year.
  56. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    You're getting hung up on the "marine" aspects. They're not there in ADG Profumo, but ADG Profumo is nevertheless a standard-bearer for the "dark, smoky aquatic" that Oud Minerale kicks into funky...
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    Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/47/6a/61/476a61b4b8e3929a16d0784b9295f257.jpg

    Rasasi Dhanal Oud Nashwah was mentioned in the "cheap oud" thread and I blind-bought it after reading up on it. It's...
  58. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Someone on here said that Oud Minerale is the niche-y version of ADG Profumo, and that makes a lot of sense to me.

    Tom Ford Noir Anthracite and Jacomo de Jacomo exist on a continuum.
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Bump.
  60. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    I wouldn't have put them together if I hadn't seen people do it on here, so not very. Yeah, they're takes on the same basic style of green masculine with some shared notes, but I'd never smell 1962...
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    Yeah, it's an aromachemical stew. It doesn't smell anything like real woodsmoke.
  62. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    Then check out Mťharťes. An artisanal-feeling dry, spiced vanilla scent, not worlds apart from Eau des Baux. There's no cypress in it.
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    Re: Maison Margiela thoughts

    I haven't smelled a Maison Margiela scent I liked well enough to buy, to be honest. There's some stuff in there that's innocuous, but it all seems pretty overpriced. It's designer-grade quality sold...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    I'm still trying to offload that small splash bottle of Cosmair Polo!

    But, more seriously, buying vintage is a minefield. I haven't done much of it for that reason, but what ventures I have made...
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    Re: Best Floral Fragrance?

    My "fresh floral" favorites are

    Annick Goutal Un Matin d'Orage

    Kerzon Place des Vosges

    Tauer L'Eau
  66. Re: Which two non-niche affordable fragrances would you add to bring my collection to six?

    You absolutely have to get Aramis Havana. It's a classic that aligns perfectly with your tastes and is at its best in humid weather.

    110272
  67. Re: Houses you want to like but donít - whatís on your list?

    Yeah, I'm utterly unimpressed by Maison Margiela.
  68. Re: A 'Christmas' Scent - Christingle, or: a candlelit orange.

    Orange + cloves is a really great combination. I gave a hand soap that's just mandarin and spices and wish I could get a simple treatment of it like that in fragrance form.
  69. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    Be careful with testers! Once I started paying attention, I found that the Polo testers at most of my local vendors are quite a few years old and don't have the most updated formulation.
  70. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo: Old vs New or Alternatives?

    I have tried the Cosmair and the new-ish Polo formulation and I agree that the new-ish Polo ain't bad at all, though the Cosmair is genuinely, tangibly earthy in ways the new version isn't. The new...
  71. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    R A S A S I
    D H A N A L
    O U D H
    N A S H W A H
    (2011)


    This stuff is really quite incredible. A very dark, masculine oud scent built primarily around a beautifully rendered woodsmoke accord...
  72. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    I trust deltasun's shopper.

    I do wonder as to whether or not Caron has known about this deadline for some time and just didn't want to make the investment in reformulation to prepare for it...
  73. Re: Your favorite gentlemanís (smells like a gentleman should) fragrances?

    Yeah, this is up there.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    Honestly?

    Probably to take a break from this site and focus my attention elsewhere for a bit.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    I think it'll be your cup of tea.

    When it's been added to the directory--I submitted it today--I'll write a full review.
  76. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    You can just move the slider to skip to the timestamp (mentioned in my initial post and in the video description).
  77. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Reserve Collection - 8 re-released Private Blends

    Yeah, folks have suggested that Oud Wood (2007) is a variation on YSL M7 (2002), one of the scents Ford oversaw when he was managing YSL.
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    Re: Very good (cheap) OUD perfumes?

    Okay, this just arrived.

    First impressions: the quality is really, really impressive. If you have to pay more than $30 to obtain it, it's still money well-spent. The scent, the packaging, it all...
  79. Re: How many of you knew about the "rum controversy" that has similarities to fragrance industry iss

    I can only imagine what kinds of scams are being pulled with the demand for luxury whiskey being what it is.


    You see this kind of trend in every luxury sector.

    I know more about watches than...
  80. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    I'm a cinephile and there's a parallel that occurs with "restorations" of classic movies from decades ago. There's a problem across the industry with films being "restored" in a high-def world in...
  81. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    It's amazing that no matter how many "heavy" notes are used in a JV fragrance, it's guaranteed to evaporate into nothingness shortly after application.
  82. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    This one doesn't seem that eclectic to me. I've worn it a few times and found it to be merely an amped-up "clubbing frag" take on the coffee-vanilla of Rochas Man with a bit of modern designer...
  83. Re: Bentley Momentum Intense or Lalique Hommage Voyageur

    They have a great track record, which is what made the borderline unfinished Voyageur especially disappointing.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    The quality of the blend/construction is good, which is what impressed me most. Usually I find designer releases either undercooked or too obvious with their compromises.

    This is a dusty, dark...
  85. Re: How many of you knew about the "rum controversy" that has similarities to fragrance industry iss

    I had no idea, but this is very interesting.

    I don't really enjoy rum except as a mixer, so I never really read up on it.
  86. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    I think L'Envol is splendid.

    I don't enjoy Dunhill Century, but it also deserves a mention here because it's so different. Not out-there crazy, but like L'Envol it's just doing its own, peculiar...
  87. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Maybe.

    There's a different oakmoss deadline taking effect, as well as new rule about lyral and lilial, which are widely utilized in floral compositions.

    See Sarah McCartney talking about IFRA...
  88. Re: What are the all-time great marine fragrances?

    Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool is a pretty excellent entry in this category, and is probably my favorite of those I've tried (still need to get to Sel Marin).
  89. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    If there's truth to this... yikes.
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    [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread

    Hello!

    Welcome to my sale thread. Prices are in USD. Feel free to mix and match as you please.

    Please add $8 for shipping unless your order is over $30, in which case shipping is free.

    These...
  91. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Most of these folks have been saying the same thing about this fragrance, just from slightly different angles.
  92. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    I told ya!
  93. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    MAC Shadescents My Heroine - This predates the arrival of Tom Ford Noir Anthracite by one year, using the same spicy graphite accord but puts it over a base of semi-sweet tobacco and suede instead of...
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    Re: Ugliest bottle/Presentation

    You can't tell me that doesn't look like poo.
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    Re: Aventus the next Cool Water?

    Yep. Aventus DNA has been sprinkled throughout the mainstream, rather than deposited into a single, successful clone.
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    Re: Ugliest bottle/Presentation

    https://pimages.parfumo.de/480/48884_3bhobh_samba_skin_man_480.jpg
  97. Re: A Niche snob looking for winter fragrances for everyday use

    It's not just you.
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    Yeah, there was the bad batch that ruined the brand's relaunch. It was pulled from shelves and reissued.

    The original Michael for Men does have a slight animalic thing going on, but it's blended...
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    Re: NEW: Michael Kors - Extreme Speed!

    I'll say that, given the cross-pollination between "houses," I'm beginning to think of Estťe Lauder as the proper house here and the various brands they own as product lines.
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    Yeah, pricing is highly variable.

    I got mine from an eBay seller in Italy (the $40 USD figure includes shipping). Took roughly two weeks to arrive. It was worth the wait.

    Not that I want to...
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