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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

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    Prada Luna Rossa (My unsung summer hero)
  2. Thread: Gucci Museo

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    Re: Gucci Museo

    If I manage to find my way over to the boutique in the next couple weeks I'll be sure to post my impressions. Hopefully I can get my hands on a couple samples
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    Re: D&G Velvet Desert Oud is out!

    I'd imagine comparatively well since:
    1. It's the one out of the Cubes that is hardest to find in its vintage formulation

    2. M7 probably has the most rabid following out of those that were made...
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    Re: Why All the Reformulation?

    As others have stated, several reasons,

    Cheaper ingredients/weaker concentration of ingredients reduces cost and increases profit assumings prices are kept the same, or could keep profit margins...
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    Re: Year round night scent? or seasonal?

    Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme could work, projects well and it basically dries down into a tonka bean smell that's almost gourmandish. Plus the longevity is insane, I put it on this morning and I...
  6. Thread: Gucci Museo

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    Gucci Museo

    I was just reading around these forums and saw someone mention this offhandedly so I thought I'd check it out. Gucci has been pushing (almost exclusively) that sub-par guilt line for the last year or...
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed vs Cool Water

    You know, I sampled CW for the first time after already owning GIT and found them miles different. The Verbena note in GIT gives it a much better citrus opening, and the floral notes in it are...
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    Re: D&G Velvet Desert Oud is out!

    Between my Dior Leather Oud, and my Montale Black Aoud I think I have the two most important Oud bases covered (I.E. rose oud and some kind of dirty oud) plus I have the IMHO very wearable and very...
  9. Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    GABEN!!!!

    No but seriously, I didn't care for Bleu de Chanel when I first sampled it, but every subsequent sniff has brought me closer to the brink. Today I found myself considering ordering a...
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    Commodity Fragrance Kickstarter

    I posted all of this in a thread I started yesterday, but since that was covering two topics, I guess I should start a separate one. I figure this one's probably more interesting anyway. I just got...
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    Re: Autumn/Winter evening scent

    Pure Havane might be a good call, but out of your options I'd pick Givenchy Pi
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    Re: Dior leather Oud, and Commodity

    ^Agreed.

    Just Sampled the entire Commodity line they sent to me on paper, so I'll report my preliminary thoughts for those who are interested.

    The keepers of the bunch are:
    Oak 02- Smells...
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    Dior leather Oud, and Commodity

    I'md doing a twofer right now since I really don't feel like making two posts, plus I have two topics I want to start and I'd feel bad dropping both of them on the board simultaneously.

    Firstly,...
  14. Re: Which Department Store sells By Kilian Fragrances?

    No, I'm sure Neiman stores generally carry them. Maybe it's a regional thing. The only Bergdorf is in NYC so since he lives in SoCal that doesn't really help. Saks definitely does as well (that's...
  15. Re: Do my gripes about Dior Homme carry over to Intense?

    Tried it. Wasn't impressed to be totally honest. It's entirely possible that I wrote it off because of the word "Sport" in the name, so I'm willing to give it another look, but it seemed to me like...
  16. Re: List a few of your favorite Designer Fragrances

    AHS Eau Extreme, Midnight in Paris, Le Nuit, Pure Havane, Body Kouros
  17. Re: Do my gripes about Dior Homme carry over to Intense?

    I typically don't mind iris actually, must be some way that it works in with the top notes of DH that's turing me off to it. It's great to hear that DHI has the best parts of DH right off the bat,...
  18. Do my gripes about Dior Homme carry over to Intense?

    I've been wanting to try DHI for some time now but nobody seems to carry it in store. A minor annoyance in and of itself but I did try Dior Homme. I was.... unpleasantly surprised. The opening was...
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    The thing about theories is that they're...

    The thing about theories is that they're observations and generalizations based on a group or phenomenon as a whole. You and I both have opinions that don't strictly speaking comply with my theory,...
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    Re: My New Theory...

    Thanks, and I appreciate the feedback, both from you, and from everyone else. I had figured I'd just post my inner ramblings :p

    The Neutral category is actually a pretty great idea, and I should...
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    My New Theory...

    *I accidentally posted this same thread in "Just Starting Out" When i meant to post it here. Sorry for the double post*

    I've come to the conclusion that there are three kinds of fragrance...
  22. Re: 24 year old looking for a signature scent

    Hey! you're in my demographic! Finally!

    I'd recommend Terre D'Hermes personally. Don't own it but its a great everyman scent.

    Prada Luna Rossa might serve you well too, especially in the...
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    My New Theory...

    I've come to the conclusion that there are three kinds of fragrance popularity (assuming a fragrance can be called popular), and I figured I'd share my thoughts to see if others agree.

    Basenotes...
  24. Re: What fragrance would "Donald Draper" of MadMen wear to work?

    I'd imagine Old Spice as well.

    If he was to go for a designer frag, probably something from Chanel... maybe Cuir de Russie?
  25. Re: Fragrance suggestions for an early-30s male newbie?

    I personally prefer John Varvatos classic if you were to go with one of his, but the longevity is incredibly poor on all of his line so I'd avoid it. Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef and Arpels sounds...
  26. Re: Your Designer Collection Disappears: How would you rebuild it?

    For age, let's just say young.

    Work: Attimo Pour Homme- Salvatore Ferragamo (I know this one is relatively unheard of here on BN but hear me out, its fairly conservative and easily wearable in any...
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    Re: I think something's wrong with me

    All of the suggestions are actually making me question my hatred.... I like TdH well enough (not my favorite but it's ok) I loved Sycomore, and I found Eau Sauvage to be totally palatable in both...
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    Re: Best fragrance you have ever smelt?

    Even after buying a bottle and wearing it a few time i still don't understand the aventus hype. Sure it's great, but it's no masterpiece, and I think GIT nudges it out as the best Creed frag I've ver...
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    Re: Today i bought; May 2013

    WHERE AND HOW?? Care to post a review for those of us less fortunate?
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    Re: anything similar to killian- back to black?

    Based solely on the sniff I gave it today I found Annick Goutal's Sables to be kind fo similar. Both strike me as primarily Honey scents.
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    Re: Safe designer fragrance for mom?

    Anything by Chanel works. The brand name is classy enough that people not into fragrances will be impressed, and the scents are (almost) all very well blended and classy. No. 5 is always a classic...
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    Re: I think something's wrong with me

    Sniffed it today actually. Was pleasantly surprised. A litte research revealed just now that vetiver is the main note in this, is it just blended differently here in a darker heavier way> I tend to...
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    Re: I think something's wrong with me

    I actually LOVED CdG 2 MAN, but it reminded me of John Varvatos actually more than any kind of vetiver. I did also like Mugler cologne, but again I found it not to be a vetiver scent (to my nose it...
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    Re: Dior Homme If Getting DHI?

    I didn't care for DH myself, the drydown was pretty good but the opening was AWFUL to my nose. DHI sounds like I'd like it better. Anyway from what I've heard there's no reason to own one if you have...
  35. Re: Which Department Store sells By Kilian Fragrances?

    Saks, Neiman Marcus, and Barney's all carry them so if you have any of these by you you're golden. Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and the others do not carry Kilian. Barney's Co-Op also does not carry it....
  36. Re: Tuscan Leather or Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford

    Tobacco Vanille for me. Tuscan Leather is good and all but I can never seem to justify myself putting down the price for it when I've sampled it. Not that I own TV either but I know in thee future I...
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    I think something's wrong with me

    I just can't like vetiver.

    Like any scent that's vetiver based doesn't do it for me. Everyone else seems to have a favorite or two that's a vetiver, but to me it just smells like salty wood

    I...
  38. Re: It's not Aventus, DHI, or Chanel but I like this one a lot ....

    One of the acquisitions I made prior to getting into the fragrance game. I was impressed with it at the time, and I'd still argue that it's a very likable inoffensive scent. HOWEVER if I wanted to go...
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    Re: Today i bought; May 2013

    Doir Leather Oud from the Dior Boutique in NYC. I've also made future plans to get my hands on Oud Ispahan and Bois D'Argent (which for whatever reason the SA was trying pretty hard to push me...
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    Re: If only it lasted longer?

    Oh John Varavtos... Quite possibly one of the best three or four I have ever smelt... If only it lasted longer than 30 seconds on my skin. It's strange too since other scents seem to last way longer...
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    Re: Inexpensive Vetiver to buy?

    Guerlain Vetiver can be had for pretty cheap over on Amazon
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    Kings of Versatility

    I saw this idea in an old thread and was really intrigued by it, but instead of dredging it back up I thought I'd start a new one.

    Post 3-5 of the most versatile scents (in your opinion) for your...
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    Re: Where to go from here

    Just looked up Min online, I'll have to check it out this weekend when I get a chance to look around in the city. Might have to break my "no niche" policy before it evens starts, this would be my...
  44. Re: Recommendations for a summer niche under $150?

    And the good Lord came down from heaven, and he said unto thee:

    THOU SHALT WEAR GREEN IRISH TWEED!!

    And yea, the people gave thanks to the Lord, and wear glad, thanks be to his name.

    Amen
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    D.S. and Durga

    Anybody have any experience with this house? I noticed they did a scent for J. Crew, and they recently had something featured in GQ but I've never heard a peep about them on BN. Any thoughts?
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    Re: Where to go from here

    I appreciate the feedback guys. I think I'm going to try to avoid expensive niche frags for the time being, nab some cheap but well-liked fragrances off of amazon to satisfy my cravings. It's become...
  47. Re: Fragrances you love that doesn't last on your skin

    I second John Varvatos. Smells fantastic. Whish it'd continue to do that for more than 5 minutes
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    Re: Where to go from here

    I have a feeling I won't stay put to be completely honest. I sincerely doubt I'll make it through the week. What can I say, you guys here on BN have got me hooked. I'm in deep now.
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    Re: Where to go from here

    Know any way I could get a sample of Dior Leather Oud?
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    Re: Chanel - Bois des Iles - Opinions?

    Got a bunch of samples od BdI the other day with my bottle of CdR. They smell vaugely similar to my nose and I can't put my finger on why. Having said that I think CdR is the superior scent. I...
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    Re: Where to go from here

    I think I'm planning on taking it easy for a while, but I'd like to know what to be on the lookout for, you know?
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    Where to go from here

    A couple weeks ago I posted for the first time asking if I had any holes to fill in my collection. Since then I've gone out and rounded the whole thing out, nearly doubling my total collection. I...
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    Re: Can I please have some help with Montale?

    I absolutely LOVE Black Aoud despite not being a huge fan of it at first. You have to wear it for a day or two trust me it grows on you. Having said that if you don't want to buy a bottle of it I get...
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    Re: Shalimar and Tom Ford

    For me, the strong vanilla, patchouli and musk/civet (I guess animalic?) notes in both make them seem rather similar. Again, the tom ford is a bit toned down in the spiciness, and overall feels more...
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    Re: Lost for what to buy :\

    Buy the samples. Or give one of the more popular Montales a try from lilydirect, they're about 30% off there. Black Aoud is probably in my top 3 scents of all time and I got that blind. Then again it...
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    Shalimar and Tom Ford

    So I just got my hands on a bottle of Shalimar EDP, and I'm genuinely liking it somewhat to my surprise. I've always kind of liked vanilla as a scent and I think Shalimar actually does a more...
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    Re: Creed untouched territory for men/unisex

    Hahaha, well played, and if that were indeed the case you would certainly prove my point. I want to smell like new high class leather, not embalming fluid. Ergo, maybe Creed could consider a leather...
  58. Re: Which one in woody-spicy family would you consider masterpiece/groundbreaking

    I'm a big fan of CdG Wonderwood. I've heard spotty things about the longevity but on me I get 8-12 hours easy. It's seeming that way with a lot of longevity-weak frags (John Varvatos not...
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    Re: Showing Prada Some Love

    I appreciate all the feedback my little rant has gotten. It's making me consider doing similar reviews for some of the other frags I have that don't get as much (positive) attention as I think they...
  60. Thread: Oud Wood

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    Re: Oud Wood

    I have pretty limited experience with ouds, but form what I've gathered the intensity of the oud wood is HEAVILY dependent on the frag. Perhaps the TF just isn't the kind of oud you were looking for....
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    Re: Creed untouched territory for men/unisex

    I'd personally like to see a good leather from Creed. I know REL is out there but it's been discontinued, and though I've never gotten my hands on it I'd imagine that the fragrance from the 1700's,...
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    Creed SMW is just about perfect for you.

    If you're not looking to drop that much I can't recommend Luna Rossa highly enough. Bitter Orange, Lavender and Mint. It's beautiful, one of the best...
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    Re: Sensual perfume for a freshness fan?

    Le Nuit is always a good bet. MI is a good fresh scent that I think is pretty attractive, but that's just me. I've yet to field test it :laugh:
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    Poll: Re: Which scent should I wear tomorrow?

    Terre d'Hermes is the most conservative of your offerings, and based on your setting it's probably the best choice. The only one I'd say is a definite NO is the A*Men. Too thick, loud and aggressive...
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    Re: Good lord, I just tried a sample of A*men

    Walked into the store planning to buy A*Men, walked out with Pure Havane. IMHO it's much easier to wear. Works for pretty much all four seasons, and is even workable for days whereas the original...
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    Showing Prada Some Love

    Indulge me, if you will, but I feel like ranting a bit about one of my designer favorites.

    Prada's Luna Rossa has quickly become one of my go to spring/summer fragrances, competing alongside the...
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    Serge Lutens Cuir or Kublai

    Which do you guys prefer between Cuir Mauresque and Kublai Khan? I'm going to get one of these two and I understand that they're two totally different kinds of things but I figured getting some other...
  68. Re: what fragrance fills you with joy evey time you wear it?

    Green Irish Tweed, Millesime Imperial and Black Aoud. GIT is probably the most universally wearable Fragrance in my collection (MI is a very very very close second) and Black Aoud is just so out...
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    Re: Shalimar Vs. Habit Rouge

    Thanks guys, I was thinking I might get both and if I decide Shalimar is too feminine (even though to my nose the notes sound more appealing) I'll just give it to my girlfriend.
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    Shalimar Vs. Habit Rouge

    I'm planning on picking up one or both of these fragrances (HR in EdT and Shalimar in EdP), but which do you guys think is better for a guy? I know Habit Rouge is supposed ot be the masculine version...
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    well I just got a chance to go to my local...

    well I just got a chance to go to my local barneys to test out the CdG line, and walked out with a bottle of wonderwood, and an intent to buy CdG2 man in the future. excellent ingredients and I love...
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    possible updates to that top 5,

    1.Pure Havane-Thierry Muglier
    2.Black Aoud-Montale
    3.Armani Black Code
    4.Fierce-A&F
    5.Le Nuit Del'Homme

    Unfortunately the casualty from the top 5 was GIT,...
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    Re: Best Blind Buy

    giving an update on that Black Aoud blind buy... WOW. first impression was a little bit underwhelmed. I was surprised at just HOW rosy it smelled. It's been all uphill from there though.

    First...
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    Re: Affordable Niche

    I never noticed this. Thank you, sincerely. I have to say, between what I'm seeing in my posts, and what I'm seeing on the splits board, outside of the endless Aventus threads the Basenotes community...
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    While I can't say I'm on the Aventus bandwagon (yet, may have to buy a full 1 oz....) I can see why a woman wouldn't like Tuscan Leather. It just doesn't strike me as sensual, or even all that...
  76. Poll: Re: POLL: The War of the Roses (no, not the movie)

    I can't say from experience, but based on public opinion I'd suggest making Montale an option up there. They make so many (supposedly) amazing rose frags. I'll be able to comment more intimately...
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    Ahhh ^^^^^^ This guy :happy:
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    Re: Affordable Niche

    Where do I go to get such decants?
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    I gotta second Straight to Heaven. I refrained from giving my gf's since I wasn't quite sure but you reminded me of one of her (and my) favorites. Her top five would have to be:

    1. Straight to...
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    Girlfriend's Favorite

    Guys, what are your girlfriends' favorite scents on you? I'm not talking about the fabled "panty-dropper," Just what the lady in your life likes you to smell like?
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    Re: VIW vs. SMW vs. Aventus vs. MI

    Can't say I've tried VIW, but I've used the other three. Aventus is definitely NOT a summer frag, too dark imo. SMW is outstanding, and a great summer frag, but I gotta go with MI for versatility,...
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    Re: Best Blind Buy

    I can only hope for the day when I can afford to blind by this
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    Best Blind Buy

    What's the best blind buy you ever made?

    I don't get to go to stores and test out various frags with any kind of regularity and I'm too lazy to deal with sampling online. :laugh:mErgo most of my...
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    Re: Any holes to fill?

    I didn't say it was inexpensive, in fact if you'll look at my previous post I said I was willing to drop more cash if the longevity and sillage were great (more bang for buck if you will). Plus it's...
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    Re: Affordable Niche

    Oh I might not have made it clear, this isn't my very first niche. I wear GIT more days than not and I have (of all things) a bottle of Straight to Heaven by Kilian. I love them both but I figure I...
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    Re: Affordable Niche

    I appreciate the help guys, I pulled the trigger on some Montale Black Aoud. Lilydirect was selling them for just over $100 and I've heard great things about the brand and good things about the...
  87. Re: newbie - best evening fragrance with excellent silliage & longtivity

    I'm very new here so I'm hesitant to start any kind of argument, but John Varvatos is one of the fragrances that I have a solid amount of experience with. It smells fantastic, in fact it might be in...
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    Affordable Niche

    Being new to the world of frags, I don't have a whole lot of experience with niche houses. From what I gather though they're the ones making the most interesting and highest quality perfumes. Are...
  89. Re: newbie - best evening fragrance with excellent silliage & longtivity

    I happen to like Tom Ford Noir a lot. It's a bit of an oddball with so many things going on at once that it's hard to pick out individual notes (and some people seem to think it smells like baby...
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    Re: Any holes to fill?

    My biggest question is are there any good niche brands out there that aren't as expensive? I love my Creed, and my Kilian, but I can't go out and drop that kind of money regularly. Conversely, while...
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    Re: Any holes to fill?

    I'll look into the montales but those ain't cheap... Definitely going to have to pick up some m7 aoud. Any good leathers? Love John Varvatos, and I tried TF Tuscan Leather which impressed me but...
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    Re: Any holes to fill?

    Actually, somewhat counter to my previous statement, which Ouds have the best longevity? I find I'm more willing to justify an expensive purchase on a good scent with amazing longevity than on a...
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    Re: Any holes to fill?

    I was thinking about oud... any good options out there that won't break the bank? Seems oud fragrances tend to run pricey
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    Any holes to fill?

    Hey guys, I'm new to collecting fragrances. Well I shouldn't necessarily say that, I've been doing it for a few years albeit unintentionally through various gifts and impulse purchases. Anyway, i...
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