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    Re: Any fans of Aramis Tuscany?

    Yep. Just picked it up again a few months ago and wondered why it took me so long.
  2. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    from jasonx's 'drobe

    Chergui
    Poive Samarcande
    John Varvatos
    Eternity
    Mugler Cologne
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    Re: Vote for your favorite Chanel Men Fragrance

    They each serve a different mood better than anything else in the herd, and on a given day one usually stands out from the other two, but I cannot imagine being without:

    Pour Monsieur
    Antaeus...
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    Re: TODAY I SAID " FAREWELL " TO : January 2011

    swapped away my bottle of Kouros and a couple of inexpensive backups to get a backup of Knize Ten.
  5. Re: Estimated Fragrance Quantity Usage Question

    A few years back in January, I filled a 10ml atomizer with some vintage Antaeus, and wore it once a week religiously (Toastmaster meetings). At the end of the year, it was empty (or pretty close). ...
  6. Re: What do you think of Chanel Antaeus? Still in style?

    This, a thousand times this. Wearing it today, actually.
  7. Re: Giorgio For Men By Beverly Hills - How Would You Rate It

    Easier to wear if you look like Fabio, or just don't care what other people think. I like it very much, though: 4/5
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    Re: Wake up and smell the Oakmoss.

    Are you including Caron in your estimate of 20% of reformulations being for the better?

    just curious :)
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    Re: Amazon.com Fragrances!

    I've bought from Amazon for the past three years and have yet to have any qualms about their service or products, perfumes or otherwise.
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    Re: Antibacterial soaps and perfume longevity.

    I stopped using Dial soap for this very reason. When I used Dial (and I blew through a dozen bars of the gold-colored stuff), my scents fell off around lunchtime, on average. When I switched to...
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    Re: The road less travelled? A backup dilemma.

    I've struggled with this as well, particularly given the recent climate of regluation and reformulation. Long story short: I've bought backups, but only where I know that a scent isn't what it once...
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    Re: How Many Litres Do You Have?

    Jeez. As an experiment, when I got my first bottle of Antaeus - I decanted some into a 10 ml sprayer and used it once per week. The decant lasted one year - this was powerful vintage stuff, mind...
  13. Re: Building a Wardrobe from only two houses - Chanel and YSL

    Chanel:
    Pour Monsieur
    Antaeus
    Platinum Egoiste
    Sycomore
    Cuir de Russie

    YSL:
    Kouros Sport
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    Re: Reformulated Fragrance List

    ehm, I'm late to this thread and all, but wouldn't it be shorter to list all the scents that haven't been reformulated or watered-down?

    ...assuming such things exist...
  15. Thread: Gendarme?

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    Re: Gendarme?

    IMHO, they're all just variations on a yawn.
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    Re: Straight Razor -- High Maintenance?

    Hobby, disorder, addiction...it's all a matter of degrees. :D

    The green chrome paste is an abrasive you apply to the strop - on its own the leather doesn't do much at all, but with the paste it...
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    Re: Straight Razor -- High Maintenance?

    I've used straights exclusively for that last three years or so, and the answer is: it depends. You can do fine with a couple of leather strops, some green chorme paste, and a decent waterstone for...
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    Re: Frag similar to John Varvatos original?

    Tom Ford Japon Noir? It was either that or Tobacco Vanille that brought JV to mind right away. That said, it's not a good substitute from an economic sense.
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    Re: Geo F Trumper Range Of Colognes

    The last Trumper's that I bought was Curzon, and sadly for me it bloomed uncontrollably one afternoon, gassing me out of my office. I promptly sold off the bottle and never looked back at the line. ...
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    Re: Trumpers Skin Food - what's it for?

    I use it as an aftershave, in the winter, after using witch hazel. In the summertime, I don't notice any difference after using, although it's humid here during the summer which runs from May to...
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    Re: Antaeus or Korous or Yatagan or M7 ??

    I have Antaeus, Yatagan, and Kouros, and have sampled M7.
    I put Antaeus tops, followed by Yatagan and Kouros, and have no intention of being without any of these three. M7 I can do without.
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    Re: What was the last bottle you emptied?

    I emptied two bottles of Platinum Egoiste and Herrera for Men, many many years ago. No long have either of them, though.

    Next runner-up: a 50 ml bottle of Antaeus - I've been at it for...three...
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    Re: Need Shaving Help!

    Probably a bit late to this thread, but I've been using the straight exclusively for nearly two years now and have no urge to try anything else. I used a Merkur HD for a short while which is (IMHO)...
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    Re: How do you Shave?

    Shower beforehand, apply some cream or soap to a brush and build a lather on my face.
    Strop the razor while the lather soaks in.
    Re-apply lather and make first pass.
    re-lather, second pass,...
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    Re: "All The Best People Shave Twice a Day"

    Normally I take two passes with a straight razor in the morning, but I'll shave in the evening if I have to look sharp that night. I'll do one pass in the morning to look presentable, one (closer)...
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    Re: antaeus vs third man vs yatagan

    Own, wear, and love all three. Each has its place and time, but Antaeus is the one with the most backup bottles.
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    Re: chanel antaeus-is it still a powerhouse?

    I took a whiff of the reformulated juice and then promptly stocked up on vintage. The newer juice has the same feel but not IMHO the same warmth or depth
  28. Re: REMEMBER: June 18th, One Star Trash Festival Scent Synch Day!!!

    I went with Pasha and left well enough alone. Do I think this is a masterpiece? Nope. But it's hardly cheap and abominable. It's a bit synthetic, sure, but I've smelled much, much worse.
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    Re: Penhaligon Samples?

    I tried twice to get samples from Penhaligon's and both times was met with deafening silence. I've not tried since and I don't see my attitude towards them changing in the foreseeable future.
    ...
  30. Re: REMEMBER: June 18th, One Star Trash Festival Scent Synch Day!!!

    I'm considering between Cartier Pasha and Maubossin Homme. Maybe I'll layer the two.
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    Re: Which colognes do you wish had more "oomph"?

    I kind of wish Giorgio for Men had a bit more "oomph". Just a little more "oomph", and people in the next building could appreciate my cologne.
  32. Re: First impression - buy, ditch, or see if it grows on you?

    Hmmm. If I'm sampling it I start from the mindset of "win me over" and look for reasons to not drop the cash.

    If I've bought blind, I tend to be more forgiving and take my time. Since I've...
  33. Re: What House's That Work and Don't Work for You in General

    No house is completely hit-or-miss for me.

    Guerlain has been a string of misses for me, excepting their vetiver which IMHO absolves the rest of their line-up.

    Every other house has their...
  34. Re: My Antaeus is out of the closet, but not the front door

    I wouldn't think twice if I smelled it on a woman.

    Antaeus is a beautiful scent - my holy grail, in fact. Azuree is a close runner-up, though, and it took a moment for me to work up the courage...
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 13 June 2008

    Aramis New West for Men. I read all the notes and understand them, but I really only get three 'notes' from this one:

    Calone (watery)
    rosemary
    blueberries

    Why I wear anything else, I have no...
  36. Re: When you choose a fragance, is for your pleasure or for others?

    I choose based on my tastes. I'm the one wearing it and have to smell myself all day long.
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    Re: S.O.T.D - Thursday 12th June - 2008

    PdN Baladin. Kind of thin, herbal, and sour at the get-go, but it's warmed up and developed some depth. I don't catch much leather in this one, though.
  38. Re: News about Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men relaunch

    Yes, well, I have it and am wearing it already. :)

    I am, however, insanely curious how well this scent will be promoted and/or adopted by the fragrance-buying public. Will we smell Giorgio for...
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Red for Men relaunched??

    When I received Giorgio for Men as a gift in 1989, it was pale green in color, not dissimilar to the color of today's Guerlain Vetiver.

    The bottle I received earlier this week (and am wearing...
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    Re: Blind buy Horror Stories

    Heh.

    I bought Chanel Egoiste Concentree blind off ebay, convinced that I would love it. I didn't. I smelled of Apple Pie and decided that life is too short to smell of Apple Pie. So I swapped...
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    Re: what 's your favorite Luca Turin review?

    Agree whole-heartedly!

    No. 5 was a review I enjoyed immensely (from both authors), as well as Troisieme Homme, and Yatagan especially for calling to mind Kaa the Snake which was IMHO a stroke of...
  42. Re: Kouros vs Santos vs Antaeus.......Which one for a lifetime partner?

    Antaeus. It just smells right and lasts forever.
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    Re: What would you wear on your b-day?

    I wore Pasha de Cartier on my b-day. Of course, throughout the day I had endless recriminations, but it was all good.
  44. Re: The Estee Lauder counter - surprised from the late 60's/70's

    Currently hooked on Azuree, wear it perhaps once or twice a week at the moment. Considering Lauder for Men (must sniff soon), and am afraid to sniff around the EL counter for fear I'll need a...
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    Re: Today I Bought... (JUNE Edition)

    Have a bottle of Giorgio BH for men en route, and yesterday pulled the trigger on a bottle of PdN Baladin. I think there's an older bottle of Yatagan en route to me as well. At least I hope it's...
  46. Re: What Defines Quality (Getting Past the Branding)...

    Quality is good to have, but IMHO fit is priority one. Most stylish folks I know shun well-made but poorly-fitting garments in favor of things that just fit well.

    Proper fit makes a garment wear...
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    Re: Men's Wardrobes (off-topic?)

    styleforum.com has a number of intelligent and helpful style mavens. Probably less conservative than AAAC. Separate fora for dress (suit) wear and streetwear, which is convenient. Search before...
  48. Re: ATTENTION!! CUIRON 1.7 oz $45 at beautyencounter.com

    Certainly easier than coming up with something original and different.
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    Re: Your latest blind buy including thoughts!

    Heh, I've bought more blind than sampled. But for the most part they've been relatively inexpensive and sane choices. More good than bad

    Chanel Antaeus (big win)
    Chanel Egoiste (boo!)
    Caron...
  50. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    I may be stating what others already know, but - iirc- that was the sentiment behind Turin's first guide - he fouhnd a publisher who didn't really care what it was, but just knew that people would...
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    Poll: Re: Ormonde Jayne: Man vs. Isfarkand

    I preferred Isfarkand first, but as time went on I started liking OM much more.
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    Re: The emasculation of Yatagan

    I'm likewise curious as to your thoughts on this one. My two-year-old bottle reminds me strongly of a recently-used fireplace, so I recommended it to an acquantenace. He ordered a sample and...
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    Re: Upgrade my shave please.

    heh, I said that once. Now I have a dozen straight razors and have more en route. The good news is that my ack binge has slowed down a bit.
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    Re: Upgrade my shave please.

    Highly recommend badger & blade, I post there (Thomas) and have gotten lots of excellent advise there on razors, soaps and creams. However, if you think these people are enablers, you should see the...
  55. Thread: French Cuffs

    by tfaust
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    Re: French Cuffs

    I wear french cuffs and use silk knots instead of cuff links. Love them.
  56. Re: Arpege PH or John Varvatos JV Men (original)

    arpege reminded me of a watermelon jolly rancher. I don't like watermelon Jolly Rancher.
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    Re: Battle of Giants: Antaeus versus Egoiste

    That's similar to my pronunciation. On-TAY-us.
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    Re: Battle of Giants: Antaeus versus Egoiste

    Egoiste is a well-crafted scent, but I admire it from a distance. The times I've worn it, it's been aloof and has never engaged me - a beautiful porcelain-skinned woman who does not smile or make...
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    Re: Last time you checked...

    Today a co-worker had big green sillage, reminded me of Polo Green (he's old-school). Went into his office, whole office smelled green, but sweeter than I recalled. It was Polo Green.
  60. Thread: Hermes, Bel-Ami

    by tfaust
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    Re: Hermes, Bel-Ami

    I find Bel Ami and Yatagan to be reasonably close matches (within my limited wardrobe), with Yatagan heavier on the burning oak scent and Bel Ami heavier on the spice/pepper.

    However, IMHO -...
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    Re: Do you actually smell what you're wearing

    Today I'm wearing PdN New York and 6 hours later it is still loud and clear. Two sprays only - one on chest, one on wrist, which touches other wrist. Most of my scents stick around like that,...
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste--Another Re-assesment

    I wouldn't consider PE thick or boozy. Unless boozy was more along the vein of, say, Beefeater Gin. If you're thinking more towards bourbon, I would think you'd had Egoiste, which certainly has its...
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    Re: Ormande Man - restored my faith in fragrance!

    O-M is the only fragrance left on my to-buy list, at least at full retail. I'm still nursing my sample, and it is exceptional. Sometime this year I'll break down and splurge on a full bottle...
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste--Another Re-assesment

    During and after college, I wore primarily PE, but wore Herrera for Men when I knew I would be around the ladies. Went through two bottles of PE before I stopped wearing scents for a while. Now I...
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    Re: What houses do you like/dislike?

    Chanel and Hermes seem to work wonders on me. Strangely, Antaeus is tops on my list, then the rest follow at a respectful distance.

    Hated Guerlains with a passion, never could find one that...
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    Re: Tragic Scents- Your true love is discontinued

    Not sure if New West counts in this list, but it was quite the gem.

    Also, Cuiron.
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    Re: ROCABAR - What can I expect ?

    Pleasant, unobtrusive, somewhat sweet but not cloying. Stays on its best behavior as one would when visiting distant relatives. I wear it during the holidays and at no other time.
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    Re: Your thoughts on Egoiste Platinum

    Love it, used up two bottles through the years, and working (slowly) on a third. The wonderful drydown is worth the harsh opening.
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    Re: Most satisifying purchase of 2007

    Aramis New West.
  70. Thread: Best Copycats?

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    Re: Best Copycats?

    XS = Platinum Egoiste
    Egoiste = Trumper's Sandalwood
  71. Re: Whats the Deal with Knize Ten I just done get it!

    I cannot tolerate a single spray anywhere. This one may be a classic but it does not work on me at all. Six sprays would clear the house.
  72. Thread: Top 100 Rejects

    by tfaust
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    Re: Top 100 Rejects

    The raw data:

    1-25: 9
    26-50: 8
    50-100: 11

    However, the truth is that some I don't have simply because they've had their day. I mean, who still buys Drakkar Noir? I had a bottle, used it,...
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    Re: John Varvatos OR Terre d'Hermes

    If you like TdH, then I would suggest TdH. John Varvatos is a good scent, but I wouldn't consider buying it blind, considering that you already know you like TdH
  74. Re: How does your wardrobe compare to the top 100 reviewed fragrances?

    What fun!

    [2]
    [3]
    [5]

    But, that's nearly half my rotation.
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    Re: Shaving...be honest

    I switched to a straight razor and artisan-made shaving soaps earlier this year, and I have not looked back. I've cut myself more times than I can count, but my face looks and feels far better than...
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    Re: Opium pH EDP = root beer!

    Ha! I bought Egoiste cologne concentree and was disturbed to realize that the incredibly familiar smell then on my wrist was apple pie!
  77. Re: which fragrances are loved most/hated most by your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend

    Actually, the Mrs. liked Herrera for Men - very much actually. Maybe I should spring for a bottle again.

    She has bought for me:
    Touch (Fred Hayman)
    Paris Hilton for Men
    You'll note that they...
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    Re: What is your Number 1 ?

    Antaeus is my #1 go-to scent. I'm in trouble if I ever grow tired of it, I have enough for the next few decades.

    A very close second is New West, and not just for the nostalgia of it all.
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    Re: Favourite Chanel?

    Antaeus
    Antaeus
    Antaeus
    Platinum Egoiste
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    Re: What's the Cologne you Hate the most?

    Oh, everything.

    To expand, Knize Ten reminds me of a ton of talc-covered flowers dropped on my head. It's a battering ram of carnations and daisies. It's back in college, waking up hungover in...
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    Re: What's the Cologne you Hate the most?

    Every day I thank my lucky stars that I opted for the decant and did NOT spring for a bottle of Knize Ten. All the subtlety of a Mack Truck, and every bit as masculine as Laura Ashley.
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    Re: My take on vintage and new aged fragrances

    I hate to say this, but wearing lipstick at any price point will NOT make my life easier by any measure. ;)
  83. Thread: Your Top 15!

    by tfaust
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    Re: Your Top 15!

    That would require that I have 15 scents that I like.

    Chanel Antaeus
    Ungaro III
    Aramis New West
    Helmut Lang Cuiron
    L'Artisan Patchouli Patch.

    That's it. The rest - I can leave them.
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    Re: My take on vintage and new aged fragrances

    Agreed 100% Whether you create a masterpiece or a watered-down copy, it still comes down to people buying it. And, most people seldom buy for quality - they buy to be in fashion.
  85. Re: which fragrances are loved most/hated most by your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend

    My wife hates them all. I keep thinking "she'll like this one" just to be disappointed yet again.
  86. Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    This thing is, at least a few on your list will not be easily found, no matter where you go. Cuiron (iirc) is discontinued, so as much as I like it, you won't likely find it at retail. A number of...
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    Re: Your 'Big Five' Scents

    1.) Summer or 'Casual: New West
    2.) Winter or 'Formal': Antaeus
    3.) All-Purpose: Patchouli Patch
    4.) Romantic: Herrera for Men
    5.) Just Because, I LIKE It. Shut up: Platinum Egoiste
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    Re: Polo with the Strongest Sillage

    Polo green. Hands down. It's a big green monster, but it had to be to not get drowned out by the bold madras and orange-striped tie/belts that came from the same house.
  89. Re: The only 2 fragrances that I have routinely & regularly got compliments from wome

    Of all the fragrances I have and enjoy - not many, mind you - there is only one that has ever inspired positive comment - Herrera for Men. Lots and lots of positive comments. Aggressively positive...
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    Re: GIRLFRIEND Vs MY COLLECTION

    And, therein lies the issue. Your GF marking you as hers and wants you to become invisible to other women. Happens all the time. Next, she'll have you trade in your sports car for a minivan, and...
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    Re: Egoiste vs Egoiste Platinum

    I don't know about the original, but Egoiste Concentree is a dead ringer for Trumper Sandalwood. Too bad I'm not a fan of either.
  92. Thread: Herrera for Men

    by tfaust
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    Re: Herrera for Men

    I thought it was the ginger.
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste question

    It's one of my faves and it lasts a good while for me. I love the drydown, but if I've been smelling it for a while, I quickly become habituated to it and don't notice that it's still around.
    ...
  94. Re: BaseNotes members only, Pre-release test sample and review.

    Count me in!
  95. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for men - it was unique..

    I received a large bottle of it from a then-girlfriend. It was her former BF's signature scent, and I recoiled - I was wearing New West at the time. I wore it for a time but never appreciated it. ...
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    Re: My final decisions...please aid me

    Recommend Antaeus and Platinum Egoiste. Than again, those are my preferences only, your results may vary, you should test them on you to be sure you're happy with the end result.
  97. Re: Does Ungaro III REALLY smell like Drakkar Noir?

    Another vote for not the same. UIII is a more satisfying, fuller scent that DN, without the leathery notes. I get more blueberries (which I love) and roses, and it lasts well enough for me, but...
  98. Re: For women, nothing's like the smell of men's sweat

    Hmmm, the mrs. isn't exactly in a hurry to tear my clothes off after my morning run. Actually, she runs the other direction. Maybe it's not for her.
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    Re: Do You Love One That Everyone Else Hates?

    Two, actually,

    Platinum Egoiste
    New West

    Loved - LOVED, I tell you - both fragrances, and still wear PE in the rotation. Next purchase will be New West.
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    Re: Similar scents to Antaeus by Chanel ??

    Curzon, by Geo F. Trumper (UK) strikes me as similar, but with a citrus tang at the start.
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