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    Re: New to Basenotes, Hello From California :).

    Welcome from one Californian to another. I, too, lived in London ( ten years ) but came back home to roost. Enjoy yourself!
  2. Re: Terre d' Hermes vs. Yardley Citrus and Wood vs. Cereus #6 (previously #5)

    Yardley is the sleeper here. Great stuff and I actually prefer it to Terre (although a great scent, the mineral note smells very synthetic to me) and I have never noticed the longevity issue. ...
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    You might try Zagorsk, Bois d'Ascese (both with a wonderful coffin wood note) or my new favorite incense, Oriza L. Legrand's Relique D'Amour. The name says it all, and I can do no better than to...
  4. Re: I need some advise on diverse ' Niche' scents

    I agree with Diamondflame--of all that you have mentioned, Sycomore would be the one I splurged for. I think that the sales assistants at a Chanel boutique would be only too happy to help you out. ...
  5. Thread: Score!

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    Re: Score!

    Great on both fronts!
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    Re: Are the Cheapies Really Worth It?

    Exactly
  7. Re: What designer fragrance would you wear to a rodeo?

    L'Occitane's Cade--driest wood out there--very manly.
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    This is a lovely men's scent. The cirtus opening leads right to a medley of pine and fir notes underscored by a favorite note of mine--clary sage. The base is highlighted by a wonderful leather and...
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    Re: What cologne would James Bond wear?

    Why nothing for GL? He strikes me as a Yardley Black Label sort of guy. In OHMSS, Bond's wife Tracy wears Guerlain's Ode. Maybe she would have exercised a fiancee's prerogative and picked his...
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    Re: What cologne would James Bond wear?

    It is
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    Re: I'm done with Bond No. 9

    You are not missing a thing. The Emperor's New Clothes, IMO.
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    Re: S O T D : Wednesday , July 16, 2014 ��

    Great call. I have been wearing this a lot this summer and really like it--but, then, I am a huge fan of its parent......
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July10, 2014

    Habit Rouge EdC. On a warm day this works surprisingly well.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir

    Nice, but it smells too sweet to me. I was hoping for more freshness and, frankly, more leather.
  15. Re: I went alittle nuts and got 5 colonges today, need help

    Great scents! Congrats! I think that they would all do well day and night, especially in these warmer months. The Hanae Mori will be especially good at night. I happen to love Aventus--against all...
  16. Arabian Wood always reminded me of something......

    I don't generally go in for "this reminds me of that" sort of posts because everything is that way to some extent. However, ever since I smelled it--I even noted it on my basenotes review--I felt...
  17. Re: A look again at Christian Dior - Fahrenheit (1988)

    Great link and great blog. All great fragrances with new insights and personal stories. I remember so well my first sniff of Farenheit-- it was at a duty free shop in St. Martin and I had never...
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    Re: I want "clean" but something distinguished

    I think that the original 1934 Dunhill for men is about as clean and distinguished as you could hope for. So old school that it is new school.
  19. Re: what are your favorite crisp, sharp, dry ..almost medicinal scents.....

    Good suggestions--as one would expect, coming from someone with Blend 30 as their avatar!
  20. Re: what are your favorite crisp, sharp, dry ..almost medicinal scents.....

    Gin Sling. I think that juniper gives a medicinal feel to a cologne.
  21. Re: Article: The Top Ten: Discontinued Men's Fragrances

    Great article!
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    Re: Smoky, tarry fragrance

    The first thing that came to my mind!
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    Re: Recommend me an INCENSE scent

    Eau des Baux and. Cardinal are both great. I really like Endymion for a strong incense note that is not pure Catholic mass/Buddhist temple visit. Zagorsk reminds me too much of actually being in...
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    Re: Recommend me a LEATHER scent

    If you can find Cuiron, try it--it is great! My favorite is Knize Ten but there are many great ones from which to choose.
  25. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    Hankyu Men in Ginza has a good selection.
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    Re: Helmut Lang - Cuiron Alternative

    I am in Japan for a couple of weeks and brought my bottle of Cuiron to wear while I am here--it just seems right, somehow. The plum note is very Japanese, and somehow the paired down leather seems...
  27. Re: I am convinced that I am just an ordinary guy, and basenotes probable is too deep for me.

    All of this blather may seem profound but it is really as deep as a puddle. However, is is a puddle we all love and come on in, the water is fine.
  28. Re: What cheap fragrance generated more compliments when you wore during all day

    Halston 1-12. Really.
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    Re: How do you acquire most of your samples?

    I am fortunate to live near Luckyscent where they are very generous (which pays off as I usually come back and buy something) and I find that the boutiques for Hermes, Tom Ford, etc., in Beverly...
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    Re: Which Bond no 9 for summer?

    Unless you are committed to Bond, there are so many better houses to buy from with great scents for summer.
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    Re: About Azzaro Pour Homme

    It is a great scent, in my opinion. Do you mean Azzaro Pour Homme L'Eau? If so, it is a very well done flanker with a fresher citrus top and all of the aromatics that make the original so good.
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    Re: Great Men's Fragrances that Feature Immortelle

    +1 for Coriolan
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    Re: Help me out on leathers!

    Knize Ten all the way!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT worth buying?

    Great fragrance!
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2014

    Today I bought Azzaro's Pour Homme L'Eau--a flanker done right. Fresh and citric but no mistaking its hairy-chested parentage. Great for summer and a steal, as it was a tester.
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    Re: Dirty Mediterranean Summer

    +1for Azzaro pour Homme and also think that Declaration would be a great fit. Another thought--Antaeus by Chanel--wrestling with giants is a sweaty business. Finally, of the Goutals, I would say...
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    Sticky: Re: Fake or real Green Irish Tweed?

    This is the best reason to buy directly from them, by the way!
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    Re: Summer fragrance

    There are some great oceanic scents like Sel Marin, Erolfa and (my favorite) Maestrale that do very well in summer. I sometimes thinkmthatbitq is a little too obvious to try and smell like summer at...
  39. Thread: Hermes

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    Re: Hermes

    +1 from me
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    Re: Anything similar to L'occitane Cade?

    Just saw on Badger and Blade a that they are bringing this back (?)-- how great if this is so..... The driest wood imaginable. Cowboy daydreams in a bottle. Great aftershave as well.
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    Re: What's the Weirdest Fragrance You Own?

    I find l'Anarchiste a bit weird. I generally do not buy full bottles of the weird ones although I have sampled plenty! The weirdest in our house is my wife's le Feu d'Issey, for sure. I like it,...
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    Re: The smell of Dial Gold Soap

    Atrac, if you are in Los Angeles, you can always go to the SMN on Melrose Place and try it first--they might even give you a sample...... I love the smell of Dial soap, too!
  43. Re: New Santa Maria Novella cologne - "Alba di Seoul"

    It sounds interesting, as SMN is a good house. The story of the stores opening being the driver for this scent makes sense since Seoul is not especially known for smelling good. It certainly goes...
  44. Re: Have you ever asked another man what was he wearing????

    Can be very awkward with someone you do not know well. I get asked occasonally by other men and always tell them what I was wearing. A salesman at J. Press once asked me and I must have mumbled a...
  45. Well, I may revisit these!

    Well, I may revisit these!
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    Re: Creed orange spice

    Wonderful stuff! Kouros without the yuck.
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    Re: No great men's fragrances anymore?

    Too true, sadly. I thought it was funny that he called Bleu de Chanel out as being different because to me that is precisely the type of bland, safe, boring scent he was describing, albeit slightly...
  48. Well, it was too much to hope for. I happened to...

    Well, it was too much to hope for. I happened to be near a Rite Aid so I stopped in and sure enough, there was a display in the "specialty" aisle, one shelf below Lady Gaga, who has now hit the...
  49. Re: Article: Dana introduce new British Sterling line

    How great it would be if these turn out to be good scents......
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    Poll: Re: Potential Purchases

    Well put.
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Rochas' Tocade is a great vanilla and rose fragrance.
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    Re: Pine notes Fragrances, please, suggestions!

    rip
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    Re: Pine notes Fragrances, please, suggestions!

    So many great pine scents out there.... great suggestions. I second Pino, Epicea and Knize Forest. Have heard great things about Corlo Corinto as well, from a Christmas tree point of view. If you...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, April 24, 2014

    A rare wearing for me of Tsar. Just right for a spring day. One of my meetings is going to take me perilously close to Lucky Bar today, so we'll see what comes of that.
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    Re: Dior "Homme" - Marketing over Manliness

    Must say I agree--to me it smells very feminine; too much like cosmetics. I wouldn't mind tapping into my feminine side occasionaly, but I do NOT want to smell like lipstick. Just me--clearly, based...
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    Re: Cologne for Executives

    Botega Veneta's men's scent would be perfect for an executive--fresh, manly, descreet with the smell of the outdoors and expensive leather. Perfect.
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    Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    Both!
  58. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    Just thought of another--Orvis used to have a wonderful men's frag--a chypre of real distinction, in a round bottle that came in a cylindrical box covered in faux croc. Great stuff! Now, they have...
  59. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    At the high end of "store scents" is Charvet's Cuvee Speciale--only available at Charvet stores and boutiques, great smelling, expensive (as you would expect) and great champagne bottle packaging...
  60. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    I think that Brooks Brothers has done a great job of producing great scents in line with their brand promise and at a great price!
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    Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    I agree!
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    Re: Bois d’Ascese Eau de Parfum by Naomi Goodsir

    I had the opportunity to correspond with Naomi via email and I thought that you might be interested in what she wrote:

    As for our perfume, we are so pleased you like it. They are both two...
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    Re: Bois d'Ascese for Easter Week?

    That would be one way to do it......
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    Re: Article: "Save Perfume's Soul" Petition

    Thanks for this--I signed and it worked!
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    Bois d'Ascese for Easter Week?

    Even though I am actually wearing Fougere Royale today (I forgot what my intentions were when I got dressed this morning), I have decided that Naomi Goodsir's Bois d'Ascese is perfect for Holy Week. ...
  66. Re: CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    I really like this one although I rarely wear it. I have two bottles, one of which came in that shaving bag gift box shown--the after shave balm is excellent. Beautiful packaging. I love the idea...
  67. Re: Let's Talk Russian Leather... No, not the usual

    have you ever run into Troika by 4711? From the 1920s, I think.
  68. Thread: Vintage Aigner

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    Vintage Aigner

    Has anyone tried Etienne Aigner's Cuir de Chasse? It isn't in the directory but was advertised in the sixties--I just saw several from the New Yorker in 1964. Sounds intriguing.........
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    Re: What was/would be your wedding fragrance?

    I, too, wore Edition 24 years ago and would happily wear it again--it is my SOTD, as it happens. My wife wore C&S's Neroli. I would wear something classic enough not ever to get discontinued. I...
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    Re: My first Czech & a Speake, which should it be?

    No 88 is what pts them on the map, but it is not for everyone. I love F&M and
    Neroli too.
  71. Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    sadly, i rarely come across people who smell good enough to compliment--when i do, i will often compliment women--it is hard for a guy to compliment other guyd without it seeming wierd. sad but true!
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, March 16, 2014

    Went to an anniversary screening of the newly restored Umbrellas of Cherbourg--wanted something 60s and French, so it was Habit Rouge for me. Wore it again today -- a good church scent, I think.
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    Re: scents with an Indian vibe

    Samsara and Nuits d'Hadrien
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    Re: Let's talk business

    I think that Bottega Veneta's new men's scent is perfect for the office--wears close to the skin, fresh and light (pine) and yet there is a great clean, musky leather underneath. Very professional. ...
  75. Poll: Re: Fragrances competition DESIGNER-----> (Round 1, pt.9)

    Elegance
  76. Re: Which perfume house's concept is boring & the biggest bust in your opinion?

    Bond No. 9. Making scents of New York? Please. A perfect flanker would be making scents of New Jersey.
  77. Re: What's everyone going to wear for their special someone?

    1-12 for me today
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    Re: S O T D: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Today I wore Ungaro II, which I rarely do, and am loving it!
  79. Poll: Re: Fragrances competition NICHE-----> (Round 1, pt.4)

    My real favorite is Baie de Genievre, but I voted for GIT, a close second.
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    Re: Coming back after an extended absence from BN

    Welcome back!
  81. Poll: Re: Discontinued Sleepers With Cult Status - Your Votes and Comments !

    Chiron and Blend 30 get my vote!
  82. Poll: Re: Which decade of fragrances are you most passionate about?

    I am with you. Lately, the wonderful green scents like 1-12 and Devin as well as warmer, richer Z-14 and Yatagan are making me realize what a great decade it was--fantastic offerings for women, too.
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    Re: One Fragrance Per Season

    Spring-Green Irish Tweed or Halston I-12
    Summer-Floris JF or Guerlain Homme
    Fall-Yatagan, Italian Cypress or Hertitage
    Winter-Zino or Knize Ten
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    Re: New Years Eve scent of the night?!

    Vintage Antaeus for me. Lovely party at friends, left early to ring in the new year fireside with my wife (Wearing Modern Muse) with a glass- or two- of bubbles......
  85. Re: Have $50 gift certificate for Lucky Scent - What would you apply it towards ?

    Endymion is a great choice. I would go for Naomi Goodsir's Boid d'Ascese or Maestrale, which is really amazing. They also have the whole minke range, if you haven't tried them......
  86. Re: Do you consider Guerlain Vetiver as one of the best classic men's fragrance of all-time?

    Without a doubt!
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    Re: Floris Cuir de Russie

    They do have a current Cuir de Mahon, I think?
  88. Re: Where can you find a good price on Bois du Portugal?

    I agree--just not worth the risk otherwise.
  89. Re: Christmas comes but once a year--what are you wearing this holiday season?

    I haven't tried it, but I hear that Carlo Corinto is like a Christmas tree in a bottle--Epicea and Rocobar are similarly Christmas tree like. LIDGE is very Christmassy--smells like candy in some...
  90. Christmas comes but once a year--what are you wearing this holiday season?

    Often reviews include references to Christmas smells-- fir trees, spices, incense, etc. Some even evoke the season intentionally. This year, for me, Halston's 1-12 with its pine and clove-like...
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    Re: Fragrance houses you generally dislike

    Bond No. 9 is the Emperor's New Clothes. Not a fan ox Xerjoff, either.
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    Re: Incense recommendation

    Another Cardinal fan, here! I also love Eau des Baux.
  93. Thread: Nutmeg scents

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    Re: Nutmeg scents

    Halston Catalyst is a great, dry nutmeg scent. Tiffany for men is also a truly great scent which happens to feature nutmeg
  94. Thread: Guerlain Help

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    Re: Guerlain Help

    Heritage is a superb Guerlain scent
  95. Re: A Manly one for Women by Chanel: N° 19, Crystal or N° 5 Eau Premiere?

    Stick to the Chanel masculines which are great.
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    Poll: Re: Best date fragrance (cool weather)

    Gucci Pour Homme I
  97. Re: How often do you smell fragrances on other men?

    I wish that I did smell more men wearing scent. I teach at a local university and do not smell much although I just found out that they sell Cartier frags at the student store.... This whole notion...
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    Re: Hiddeous comparisons...

    This makes no sense
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    Re: Oldest Creed you own.

    Bois du Portugal from probably 2006. Smells great but is a little more amber colored than the newer ones. It didn't turn, it always was more golden-hued. Bought at N-M. Smells fantastic.
  100. Thread: Guerlain Homme

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    Re: Guerlain Homme

    I like it but do not love it. It reminds me--in a good way--of the smell of original Speed Stick. Nice, but not up to Guerlain's usually high standards. I am wearing vintage Vetiver today and it...
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