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  1. Re: With the recent LíOrťal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    Ultra Zest $200 ? :grin:
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    Re: eBay: A nightmare for sellers too

    Too much fakery for my liking

    Didn't EBay have to cough up $61,000,000 to LVMH as Louis Vuitton proved successfully that over 90% of their products sold on the site were fake?

    It's f...ing...
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    Re: Favorite Banana Republic Frag?

    Good 'fallback' House if you can't make up your mind about stupidly priced 'niche'

    BW is a 'standout'
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    yeah - same here.

    At Harvey Nichols now, they have these metal slides with the name of the fragrance that have sprayed pads at the end and you can just lift and test to your hearts content.

    I...
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    Re: New Haarlem question

    I don't think Rochas Man is much like NH -- it's much softer and not really 'waffle' like imo
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    +1

    Also, what a slick outfit and House Tom Ford is - lots of 50ml bottles that can all be tested now in-store (metal slides) without having to listen to SA bullshit.

    Compared to other hit and...
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    Re: Leather for Summer

    +1 - the corset around the bottle is very sexy

    Also Cuir by Piver and Mahon Leather by Floris
  8. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Ok, then ---- check out Alien Man or Prada Black or maybe Bogart PH
  9. Re: What are the best/most reputable Clone Houses/Fragrances?

    Laboratory Perfumes do at least 2 that smell very similar (and one that is substantially better) to 2 of Creed's best sellers

    I can't be certain that this has been done on purpose though. They...
  10. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    DS&Durga

    What's the difference between innovative and futuristic?

    Some of the range, I find a little difficult to like but others are amazing. They are all uniformly interesting and innovative...
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    Re: New products from Ormonde Jayne

    Nice looking meringues --- mmmmm

    Lovely staff, nice shop -- but have never been bowled over by the fragrances, oh well
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    I believe it was originally the name of a poem -- then reinterpreted as a ballet with Nijinsky
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    there is one by Comptoir Sud Pacifique called, I think Amour Cacao, which is seriously good
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    Re: Identify this please :)

    I think it is Chamade by Guerlain

    hope not too late :undecided:
  15. Re: Indie Fragrance Makers - Let's Collaborate!!

    You will have better luck placing this in the DIY Forum
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    La Religieuse - Serge Lutens

    I can't believe the trashing it has got here
  17. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    I can identify very chemical fragrances like Sauvage but I'm not sure I could pick out one using 'naturals'

    So I tend to agree that there are grades of synthetics and Houses like Creed will use...
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    Re: Roja Dove Madison Pour Homme

    I think it does. You have created a new genre :thumbup:
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    You really should try if you get a chance -- it's fantastic
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    that's Frapin's main trade though -- producing cognac
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    More recently....

    Afternoon of a Faun

    I Am Trash

    Both by ELdO and with the added bonus of smelling fabulous
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    Re: Bentley Intense vs One Million Prive ?

    I've often thought some perfumers do their best work within a tight budget. Mark Buxton's fragrances for Comme des Garcons were groundbreaking and exceptional. When he was given 'carte blanche' with...
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    nothing like Bandit then -- oh well
  24. Re: Kids and perfume (I may not get my rental deposit back)

    is this a euphemism ?
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    I think it was over 6 months before Harrods let Guerlain's Santal Royal loose on the common folk

    shouldn't be allowed imo but money talks
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    Re: Bentley Intense vs One Million Prive ?

    BI is lovely imo and works well for the evening

    Prive is a bit naughty -a flanker or 'faker' ?-- it's ok as a standalone though. At least 'Lucky' smells like the original

    I'm rambling
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    I wouldn't hold your breath
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    Givenchy Gentleman (vintage) -- full of civet

    a shout out for HOT Always by Bond -- very underrated animalic imo
  29. Re: Old School Vs. Modern What Do You Gravitate To Most?

    I quite like modern takes on old school
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    Re: Ralph Lauren Safari Opinions Worth Considering?

    Much preferred its predecessor -- Polo Crest (a straight up man's fragrance)

    They discontinued the wrong one imo
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    Re: Amouage Alert: Overture for man!

    About time we had another Bandit

    Looking forward to testing this one for sure
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    Re: Strange Article - Thoughts?

    What a prick!
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    Re: Zegna Javanese Patchouli

    Patchouli fragrance with understated elegance?

    Sounds like Patchouli Patch by L'Artisan -- check it out
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    DS & Durga
    Louis Vuitton
    Histoire D'Parfums (reprise)
    Maya Nije
    Comme des Garcons (back catalogue)
  35. Re: Cold/Detached Fragrances (In Need Of Recommendations)

    Designer?

    I would go with Prada Amber Intense -- dark and brooding imo
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    Re: Roja Dove Madison Pour Homme

    Totally unbiased of course ^^^^^^^^^
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    Re: Maya Njie - Perfumer?

    I blind bought -- well on the recommendation of a trusted woman friend

    I thought I had posted a review -- D'oh

    It's basically a joyful accord of pineapple, fig and coconut which finishes being...
  38. Re: 'Merica! Your Most Patriotic Scent for Independence Day

    something British
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    +1 my thoughts exactly
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    Re: Looking For Something New For the Summer...

    Are you talking about Abba :undecided:
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    Re: Creed Purchase in Paris

    50ml - £165 in London
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    Re: Who here runs a fragrance business?

    I run Creed and our profitability margin is absolutely enormous
  43. Re: The fragrances you smell on others when out that always puts a smile on your face.

    I can't remember ever smelling Aventus on another man in London

    What a small exclusive world us male fragrance wearers inhabit
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    Re: Looking For Something New For the Summer...

    Yes, the other two are Cactus Garden (I'm wearing now) and Sun Song (a little too fem for me)
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    Re: Looking For Something New For the Summer...

    Louis Vuitton have released 3 terrific 'summer' fragrances to run alongside their main range. I'm certain you would love one of them

    I would then add 'This Is Not a Blue Bottle' by Histoire...
  46. Re: Dabbed or sprayed? Perfumes that perform better one way or the other

    I much prefer spraying.

    Nuit De Cellophane is just too much though as you say -- there are not many fragrances like that one for potency
  47. Re: Anal Completionist Newbie Needs Forum Reading Strategy

    Just try and hone the keywords in the Search engine

    So try and avoid words like 'Designer' or 'Creed' -- you will literally be confronted with thousands of threads
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    Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    For me -- I don't get it

    Wearing fragrances is part of my life
  49. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    you need to have 365 different fragrances each year -- anosmia no more!
  50. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    when I'm just staring blankly at three deep lines of bottles?

    I reach for Declaration Essence -- because, 1. It smells lovely in any weather and 2. it's in a very tall bottle
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Sycomore by Chanel
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    Re: Chanel eau de cologne

    It looks sus to me

    The juice should be clear unless that is just a trick of the light in the photo
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    Re: Worst perfume ads of all time?

    Has anyone seen the ad for Mont Blanc's Explorer? It's actually worse than the fragrance.

    Man with floppy hair in his thirties driving an SUV in the hills, which are all filtered darkly -- gets...
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    Re: Green Lover by Lolita Lempicka

    At the top, the fusing of an overdose of green Mandarin with the zesty and peppery facets of Timut's bay awakens our senses.
    In heart, the intensity of the Green Fizz cocktail bursts forth, an...
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    For me, they remind me very much of Roja Dove, i.e. good quality, fine fragrances but somehow, not very original and derivative.

    There are also just too many of them.
  56. Thread: Commodity

    by Kaern
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    Re: Commodity

    I've heard more about this House since they went out of business than I ever did when they were a going concern
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    Consider yourself addicted if you spray yourself before undergoing a major operation :laugh:
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    Re: Need suggestions for a purchase

    I would get some samples from the following Houses to start with:

    Diptyque
    Serge Lutens
    ELdO

    They will give you an idea of what's out there and will highlight the differences from the...
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    Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    do u think Sephora would do this if it had been a no-mark from the 'projects' who had complained?
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    Re: Need suggestions for a purchase

    move into 'niche'
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    Ooops -- well I gave my brain a workout anyway
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    Re: Help me to find a dark perfume from past

    It sounds very much like 34 by Diptyque or Elixir by Penhaligons but both are out with the year

    Carnal Flower?
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    I like that to.

    haven't seen the black puck bottle for years in UK stores
  64. Re: Menís Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    :angry:
  65. Re: Menís Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    Egoiste
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    accepted -- :beer:
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    It's the looking cool aspect that both grates and amuses me

    Here is the anti-view to wearing sunglasses for medical reasons

    https://themodelhealthshow.com/side-effects-of-sunglasses/
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    when the sun isn't shining, i.e. for effect
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    Re: Fragrances in the Eau Sauvage family?

    I think there is just a lot of citrus based fragrances being thrown in here, which is fair enough as it's in the family

    For me, there is nothing that smells similar -- it's unique.

    Not a...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    beachwear and Greek Islands only for me

    other times? always pretentious and sometimes laughable
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    Re: Perfumed business cards

    American Psycho
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    Re: Creed 30ml bottles?

    In the UK it pretty much coincided with them rolling out the new 50 and 100ml bottles.

    Some Creed 30ml are still available over here but mainly 'feminines'

    Ebay and Amazon is the place to find...
  73. Re: Latest Roja Dove - Roja Love - Limited to 100 Pieces!

    Maybe Zamira Hajiyeva -- the lady fighting an Unexplained Wealth Order in London currently

    She has spent £260,000 at Harrods perfumery amongst other purchases totalling 16 million at the store
  74. Thread: Date advice

    by Kaern
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    Re: Date advice

    I think you will need to be very handsome
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    Re: Aventus Cologne more expensive?

    don't pay 300+ for 50ml -- that can't be right

    original is uniformly £170 for 50ml in the UK
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    Re: Minimalist Masterpieces

    It's a fine line between minimalist and boring in fragrances imo

    I rate these highly though

    Scent Intense -- Costume National
    Sublime Vanille - Creed
    Kyoto - CDG
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    Re: What do you guys think of PULP from BYREDO?

    rotting fruit

    I like it very much
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Vetiver Velours - Keiko Mercheri
  79. Re: Are fragrances experiences, or things? An ontological inquiry...

    panty droppers :evil:

    thread is getting too highbrow
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    I know -- I took a punt as he was only 'pretty sure' and Villoresi products are quite widespread
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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    You're right but I don't think the choice applies to M7, i.e. personally I don't find it 'oudy' as most of us perceive 'oud' to be -- it's more of a resinous woody with both sweet and sharp facets imo
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    Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    Piper Nigrum - Villoresi --- 1999 so a possibility

    Don't think it was ever in red bottle though
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    Re: Underwhelmed by M7

    I think you have to have the original version to truly appreciate this fragrance. YSL had no fear then -- there was a noticeable medicinal aspect to it.
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    Re: Seeking opinion about Tom Ford.

    He's pretty bold and like most Houses, some work and some don't.

    Noir De Noir, Plum J, TV and London, Oud Wood, Santal Blush stand out for me and I could quite happily live on these 6 for a year....
  85. Thread: I am Back

    by Kaern
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    Re: I am Back

    Eh?

    I bet you were enjoying a joint when you wrote this?
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    Re: Worst Bottle Design?

    The Tragedy of Lord George - Penhaligons ---- is matched by the tragedy of the bottle
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    Re: Why so much hate for dior homme spor 2017?

    I just don't dig any of the versions

    I actually prefer Gucci Sport (even though Colin Mallard saved up his most scathing review for this one)
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    Re: Best Fragrance for Summer?

    Just to clarify -- I thought you had 2 separate questions, i.e. WIL isn't similar to Old Spice at all
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    Re: Carine Roitfeld Parfums new fragrance line

    Thanks, Mikeperez -- I have a good feeling about this range -- the backstory is pretty sexy to
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    Re: Is Amouage Interlude a safe blind buy?

    sorry -- I've just spat my mouthful of tea across the room
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    Re: Best Fragrance for Summer?

    Old Spice is pretty hard to categorise and sort of goes against the commonly used accords of 'mens' fragrances.

    It was the mixture of Carnation and Herbs and the omission of woods and lavender...
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Cool Water Intense!

    Why is it called Cool Water?

    AM did the same with Hypnotic Poison, i.e. a completely different fragrance than the original

    If she has done as good a job with this one, I'll be happy
  93. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    I haven't tried them so can't comment. No, it's amazing how bad the subsequent offerings have been after the original
  94. Re: What to wear to as a wedding guest in the summer?

    +1

    same here and it's still going strong after 9 hours
  95. Re: Bottega Veneta Illusione - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...

    It's amazing -- after the original BV for Men, which I love, nothing (especially the flankers) has come close imo

    Talk about 'peaking too soon'
  96. Re: Looking for something 90% or more similar to Polo DOUBLE Black with better Performance

    That was pretty good imo -- compared to Red anyway.

    After the abomination that was Black -- I never bothered even testing Double B, might not get the chance now
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    Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    Just five -- oh dear. There are many more fives

    The Third Man - Caron
    A La Nuit - Lutens
    L'Homme (Vintage) - Versace
    Santal Noble (Vintage) - MPG
    Dia Man (Vintage) - Amouage
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Afternoon Swim - Louis Vuitton

    a gorgeous orange - ready for summer
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    Re: Best rose fragrances for men?

    I love Rose of No Mans Land by Byredo

    Opus X by Amouage is mind altering
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    Re: Famous Anosmics (?)

    If an anosmic farts alone in the woods, and there’s no one else around, does it still smell bad?
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