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    Re: perfumeuae.com

    So has anyone in the US ever had a successful order with them yet?
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    Re: Stephane Humbert Lucas 777

    Been sampling this house just recently and love them. 2022 Man is phenomenal (see my lengthy review here:...
  3. Re: Your experiences with cannabis notes ?

    Has anyone tried Blood Concept O black? It sounds interesting with hemp, yuzu, carrot seed...
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    Re: Coming in 2014: Bvlgari Aqva Amara

    I don't think most of the negative reviews gave this a full and proper wearing. Smelled up close on a card you do get a synthetic marine note (not calone, to my nose) but the sillage is where it is...
  5. Re: How long do you sample before buying a bottle?

    For example, the next FB i am likely to purchase, H&G Askew, I first smelled in 2011. It went from love to hate... but years later I had the urge to revisit it and see if I could rediscover the love....
  6. Re: How long do you sample before buying a bottle?

    It is often a year or more from when I first sample to when I ...well, at that point I usually have to re-order a sample because the old one is gone/evaporated/lost, whatever. If a scent is still on...
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    Re: Something similar to Epic Man?

    I too get some similarity with Epic Man and Incense Oud, although I don't think one would be a proper substitute for the other. Parfum d'Habit is closer - really epic is less about oud and more about...
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    Re: Nikos Sculpture = Xerjoff Uden?

    Another scent that is VERY close to both of these is Montale Spice and Wood (or is it Wood and Spice? Whatever... it doesn't have much wood or spice, lol). These are like identical triplets that you...
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    Re: Nikos Sculpture = Xerjoff Uden?

    80-90% similar. Once could easily pass for the other.

    Shame as I at least thought Uden was one of the few original Xerjoffs. Oesel is 95% the same as Fleur du Male. Mefisto is 80-90% similar to...
  10. Re: Nikos Sculpture - talk me into it or out of it!

    Yup, have them both here and tested side by side. Very similar for a good while. I do like Uden a bit more, it's a bit "fuller" once it hits the mid and base. I'm at the point where I don't settle...
  11. Re: Nikos Sculpture - talk me into it or out of it!

    It's pretty close to Uden by Xerjoff, if you've smelled that one. Less amber and woodiness in the base, but the first couple hours are very similar. It's good stuff imo. Sweet but not overtly...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Montale - Nepal Aoud

    Absolutely gorgeous in the opening and heart. The dry down is a bit lackluster - a relatively naked harsh dry woody amber, much like the dry down of Harrods Agarwood, the late stages of Opus VII, or...
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    Re: I like Citrus and Musk.

    Versace Ph is a great recommendation.

    For a greenier and more masculine citrus/musk/woods, and if you are willing to go the niche route, check out Askew by H&G (samples can be had at Parfums Raffy)
  14. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    Blackbird is indeed quite nice. Definitely worth a sniff.

    The inkiest black scent I've ever smelled is also one of my top 5 of all time, SoOud's Burqa. Dark ink, dark florals, dark woods, myrrh...
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    If you can find a bottle for a good price, V&R Antidote is worth checking out, too. While not smelling like Allure, it has a similar weight and vibe, and goes from citrus to floral + spice to...
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    Oh, one more - a relatively inexpensive niche. 01 Sunda by Odin. Juniper and sandalwood and tonka. Rich, warm, sweet, soft, inviting.
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    Honestly though, I'd at least get a sample of Uden from Luckyscent - I honestly believe it is the one scent that best captures (and exceeds) the overall vibe of Allure Homme.
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    If you did want to go niche, Xerjoff Uden would be the one you want. It's got the *vibe* of Allure while not smelling like Allure. A beautiful citrus opening, some sweet rum, coffee, a bit of woods...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I think that those who are picking up the similarities between Fierce, L'Humaniste, and Legend (and I'd add another into that mix - H&G Askew) are doing so because they are smelling the scents at...
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    Re: Mont Blanc Legend or Legend Intense

    Neither - Kenneth Cole Mankind. Similar but smoother and less synthetic. And, fwiw, all the women I know preferred it over Legend in a blind sampling.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Got an official sample of Epic, and have a bit left in my old official sample (received just after it was released).

    The color of the juice is a bit lighter in the new one. I haven't done a close...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I've been at this so long I don't know if I really think in terms of quality anymore. Or rather, I do, but it's such a subjective thing that it's kind of meaningless imo. You could have a quartet of...
  23. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    There was nothing that truly blew me away since Musk Oud, until I smelled Journey Man. I don't get how this scent is not universally loved - to my nose it is damn near perfect. I even like its...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    There's a particular aroma chem that comprises a large portion of L'Humaniste that it shares with Fierce/Legend/Mankind - that's the A&F connection.
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    A vampire needs incense, darkness, and romance. Thus I personally don't think Memoir, Salvador Dali etc fit the bill (although please do test them out, they are great dark fragrances).

    My two...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    Well hi there CapriDog!

    It's nice to be remembered :D.
  27. Re: Whats your opinion on Montblanc Legend?

    Legend is good, but believe it or not Kenneth Cole's Mankind is similar but more refined and just a more interesting and unique scent. I couldn't believe it at first - I was *wowed* by a KC...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    Btw, if you sample L'Humaniste please also sample Olfactive Studio's Still Life at the same time. It has the same effervescent effect, but it's paired with a subtle rum note and the whole thing...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    It's more like 7-up or Sprite than a G&T.

    A nice fragrance..well blended. But could very well be a designer scent. That doesn't bother me - I'm no niche snob - but if you want something that...
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    Re: Lubin- Korrigan EDP

    Lots of dry sandalwood, some oud, and tons of vanilla and caramel. Interesting, but kind of sickening.

    It makes me think of Bailey's cream.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    The original Memoir Man did not contain real oakmoss in the ingredients. I always thought it odd because Memoir Woman DID list oakmoss in the ingredients (although it wasn't listed in the pyramid)...
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    Re: More man candles!

    "Resolute" by scentsational candles is a *dead ringer* for Burberry London, but it has great throw. A really good smelling candle!
  33. Re: anything similar to killian- back to black?

    Another one worth sniffing is SoOud's Asmar. It's a different honey vibe, and more woody overall, with a much stronger tobacco note. It also has more amber present, but it is still in the same...
  34. Re: anything similar to killian- back to black?

    There's a similar honey/tobacco in Pure Havane, but B2B is darker and more fruity overall.

    My question is: is there something like B2B but more overtly masculine? Ideally, I'd like something just...
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    Re: Advice about Bond no. 9 fragrances

    If you can, get a sample of Harrods Oud Patchouli. It's a dark patchouli/floral with a nice dose of oud. Smells a bit like Ungaro II re-imagined in a completely middle eastern - rather than french -...
  36. Re: Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Has anyone tried these?

    Thanks a ton for the review Foustie. :) I found the SoOuds I've tried to be rich and full and more natural smelling (with the only average longevity/projection that goes along with naturals) than...
  37. Re: Cant decide, Divine L'homme Sage or 34 Boulevard St Germain ?

    L'Homme Sage? Don't commit; just hit it and quit it.
  38. Re: Trimming your nose hair makes your sense of smell better

    Late for a reply, but I LOLed. :grin:
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    Re: First Bond No. 9 blind buy?

    An awesome summer neroli oriented frag. This one seems to have a lot of naturals (and the color of the juice testifies to that theory). A quality and thoroughly enjoyable juice!
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    Re: Amouage Opus VI

    I don't think the L'Artisan is a great scent by any stretch, but I do think it is the most bare bones "amber accord" and I do think it captures the labdanum/benzoin/vanilla accord expertly. In that...
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    Re: Amouage Opus VI

    Hey 425,

    Well, you've started with some big names. First off though, as someone who has been at this frag game for many many years, I urge you to get rid of the idea of "better." There is no...
  42. Poll: Re: Returns -- Which way does your moral compass point?

    This.

    "Oh I'm entitled to try anything and everything and if I don't like it well that's not MY fault. Why should I have to suffer? First you make me suffer because it's not immediately available...
  43. Re: NEW fragrance Samba Skin cologne...watch out Pure Havane!!!

    This sounds good. You've definitely piqued my interest. I always thought Pure Havane was almost FBW but not quite. Maybe this fixes the issues I had with it? I can hope.
  44. Re: MFK Oud Cashmere & Oud Velvet (Just Wow...)

    Thanks Buzzlepuff.

    I guess the issue I had with his original Oud is that it felt very very flat to me. MFK creations are often streamlined and while I wouldn't call them one dimensional, his...
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    Re: Harrods Oud?

    Better off buying what you enjoy more, regardless of what it is.
  46. Re: MFK Oud Cashmere & Oud Velvet (Just Wow...)

    Are these significantly higher quality than his original Oud fragrance or no?
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    Nothing icy about Guerlain's L'eau. Also, it has a cumin note in it that is just gross. I don't get the love for this scent AT ALL.

    It's not quite 7-up but Play Sport is a chilly citrus. Another...
  48. Re: I have 15 samples in front of me. How do I try them out quickly?

    Easiest method: Send them to me. I'll thoroughly test each of the 15 and tell you which one is best and you can just go and buy that.
  49. Re: Which scents has the medieval-age vibe like Game of Thrones?

    Epic Man
    Yatagan
    Monk by Michael Storer
    Skarb
    Black Tourmaline
    Harrods Oud
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    Damn, it pains me to hear that! I know that this was one of your all time faves along with ASLP, and it always sucks to see a fellow fragrance fanatic's true love fade.
  51. Re: Chart of Most Frequently Used Perfume Notes by Deborah Dolen

    Thanks Paul.

    I find it hard to believe that civet is more often used (or listed) as a base note than say, cedar, though. It's really rare to see civet listed these days. :( Although I suppose her...
  52. Re: Ordered 5 colognes, dislike all of them, need advice please!

    Haha, wtf does that mean? Longevity is stellar and it's a pretty seamless composition. Some people seem to have a problem with the juniper in the opening (I'll never understand why), but after that...
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    Smells like Brut, re-formulated for a Prince.

    I am sensitive to some dry woody thing in it though and it gets quite scratchy and irritating in the dry down.
  54. Re: Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Has anyone tried these?

    Would love to hear more about these. Anything and everything!
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    Re: Givenchy Pi Leather Edition

    Pharmgator, I know it's a bit off topic, but I'd love to hear more about Play Leather Edition.

    Is the leather note strong? Is the composition significantly different from the original? Any...
  56. Re: What in Invasion barbare is it that I can't stand?

    It's some synthetic dry woody note. It used to grate on me too, and I found it EXTREMELY strong.
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    Re: Harrods Oud?

    I've only tried the original MFK Oud. I can assuredly say that the Bond is significantly higher quality than that.

    If you're an oud lover, or a lover of green resinous scents, it's totally worth...
  58. Re: 2013 Amoauge Opus VII (7) due in April.

    Thanks for the info Noggs.

    Some have mentioned a similarity to Opus VI. Are you getting that at all?
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    Re: From niche to mainstream

    Maybe we can all start discussing the actual merits of a frag now, ignoring the niche/mainstream divide.

    Yeah, wishful thinking, I know.
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes...

    This is such a ridiculous sentiment. What's wrong with just liking what you like?
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    Re: One Million without the leather note

    Joop Homme Wild perhaps?
  62. Re: 2013 Amoauge Opus VII (7) due in April.

    Please tell me it's not as thin, synthetic, and generally one dimensional as French Lover?!
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    Poll: Re: Acqua di Gio vs Acqua di Gio Essenza

    They are both excellent scents, but I much prefer Essenza. It's AdG, but all grown up. It's really more of a floral aromatic than an aquatic, and it's one of the best modern floral aromatics out...
  64. Re: 2013 Amoauge Opus VII (7) due in April.

    It's a weird list of notes. Not what I'd expect to see from the perfumers involved - Morillas & Negrin.

    Anyone else smell this yet? Trebor - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

    I have no idea what...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude's EPIC longevity!!!

    Just once, for the hell of it, do like 10 or 15 sprays.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Better yet, make that the losing terms for some bet with a friend. They lose and they have to wear 15 sprays of...
  66. Re: Today I wore Acqua di Gio Essenza to work. I know this is not a heavy hitter on BN, but...

    Ok, I'm going to retract my masterpiece statement before; not because the scent isn't - it may be - but to be honest I've not worn it enough to declare it so (even to myself). Was just being hasty...
  67. Re: Today I wore Acqua di Gio Essenza to work. I know this is not a heavy hitter on BN, but...

    :grin:


    Both of them are Firmenich exclusive molecules. Paradisone is supposed to be a even more chemically pure version of hedione, and cascalone is supposedly the scent of ice cold water.
    ...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude's EPIC longevity!!!

    Three sprays is 2 two many Larwiz!

    If anyone ever actually finishes a 100ml bottle of Interlude by themselves (without decanting or otherwise ridding themselves of any of it), they deserve to...
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    Re: Givenchy Play Sport

    I've got a review over at fragrantica too. Simply said, to my nose, this is the best sport scent I've found, where by sport I mean "actually suitable to wear to the gym or while playing any sport,...
  70. Re: Today I wore Acqua di Gio Essenza to work. I know this is not a heavy hitter on BN, but...

    ^ I disagree. This thing is a masterpiece. It would be the classiest aquatic of all time - if it were an aquatic. Instead it's more of a floral aromatic and it is absolutely beautiful. That...
  71. Re: Just ordered Kenzo Power..what does it smell like?

    Space flowers covered in ice crystals.

    It's got a hint of Dior Homme to it. It's got a similar iris note.
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    Poll: Re: New BVLGARI MAN EXTREME

    The only positive thing about its existence is that it highlights how good the original was in comparison.
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    Re: New Bond No.9 - Take on Aventus?

    I actually really like the bottle too; at least it's different (look at how many new niche houses are popping up day by day doing more of the same).

    I LIKE the notes list, but then I like the...
  74. Re: Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir Versace for men (2013)

    Anyone try this yet?
  75. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore - to blind buy?

    Yes, very sweet and sugary. A lot of iris and vanilla and honey - not nearly enough apple/leather/smoke, imo.

    That said, I do hope you like it! I know some *really* love it - hopefully you will...
  76. Re: When does Complexity become Cacophony?

    Honestly, if you think something like Antidote is a 'bunch notes thrown together haphazardly' you've obviously never tried your hand at perfumery.

    You may not like the progression, but...
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    Re: pipettes or dropper cap?

    I use micropipettes and have individual pipette tips for each ingredient. I also use glass capillary tubes to get extremely tiny fractions of ingredients, which allows me to blend with precision with...
  78. Poll: Re: UNGARO pour Homme, I, II, III, what do you prefer personally?

    UII > UI > UIII, imo
  79. Re: NEW fragrance Dark Obsession for men by Calvin Klein

    Not like CK Shock at all.

    It's got a weird suede/fir balsam thing going on, along with what smells VERY much like calamus root (the DIYers may know what this smells like - a very unique smell)....
  80. Re: When does Complexity become Cacophony?

    Them's fightin' words! ;)

    I definitely think it's all in the eye of the beholder. For instance, a simple song such as Joe Cocker's "You are so beautiful"...
  81. Re: I am on an Amouage shopping spree...just purchased another bottle of Amoauge... Epic Man

    She's got a good nose.

    My problem with Epic Man is that I love it for the first oh, 8, 9...12 hours, but after that it outstays its welcome. It's got nothing new to say but just keeps talking and...
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    Re: Joop! Homme Wild worth a buy?

    I like it in small doses. It sits nicely between "clubbing scent" and "casual scent" and that's pretty rare for something with a pronounced fruitiness. Berries, graprefruit, some coconut balanced...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    Persolaise actually gets it right - his mention of Ellena was related to Beloved Woman, which Ellena did compose, and he mentions Alexandra Carlin later in the review (last paragraph.)

    Not sure...
  84. Re: New Launch - M. Micallef Royal Vintage

    Micallef has really fallen apart, imo. They discontinued all the interesting/unique releases, and kept shit like Jewel For Him (a sad TdH wannabe), and now this - an Aventus clone.

    RIP Micallef.
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    Re: Prada Luna Rossa

    I only smelled a test strip in a magazine; oddly it smelled VERY much like my lavender + vanilla candle from BBW.
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    Not close to Interlude at all. Of Amouage's previous scents, it is closest to Opus II.

    Dullah, I'm guessing you won't like it, no. I'm guessing most here and in the online fragrance community...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    I think that notes list is accurate - it's just that it lists more notes than I've seen anywhere else. It helps to make sense of what I was smelling. I was thinking "Hmm, elemi doesn't usually last...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    In another perfume group I'm in I've been doing a kind of 'sniff-a-long' - posting my impressions with each wearing, and I've gotten cumin time and time again. Sometimes it's a bit much, other times...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    Where were those notes lists Sultanpasha? I've seen three different notes lists for this scent now - crazy!

    I believe your list is right though. I definitely have noticed cumin and incense in the...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved Man

    I've spent a lot of time with this and realized that I had some major anosmia/hyperosmia issues early on.

    Having worn it 20+ times now, with the last few finally cohering (the chemical...
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    Re: Top 5 Oud based fragrances

    Bond Harrods Oud
    Bond Harrods Oud Patchouli
    Micallef Aoud
    M7
    Kilian Pure Oud
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    Re: Damn you Galbanum!

    If you are working at full strength with the rest of your oils, you should dilute your galbanum to 10% at most. I prefer to dilute most things to 20%, while very strong aromatics (galbanum, black...
  93. Re: Givenchy Play Sport: Like a Shimmering Castle on a Hill

    I too like this one a lot Buysblind. Most importantly to me, it functions exceptionally well at its named function - that of a sports fragrance. It is quiet but lasts a long time, and blooms just the...
  94. Re: What has honey, civet, musk? Is there anything?

    Dirty honey? Check out M/Mink. It makes Kouros smell polite.
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    Re: A sad day at Pell Wall

    So sorry for the loss of Jet, Chris. It's obvious that you loved her dearly, and she felt the same towards you. May the flowering of the Aphrodite each year remind you of all the joy and beauty that...
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    Re: cK One Shock for Him smells like...

    While not smelling all that much alike as a whole, it shares a similar fruity/jasmine/grape/waxy aroma chemical with Bond's Silver Factory. I think those who like one would likely enjoy the other;...
  97. Re: Givenchy Play Sport: Like a Shimmering Castle on a Hill

    There is a lot of white musk here, along with a smooth mint that is interesting because unlike most mints it doesn't strike the nose as mint unless you are really thinking about it and actively...
  98. Re: Bond no. 9 repackages and relaunces 5 fragrances; bye-bye Andy Warhol

    Absolutely LOVE that new Silver Factory bottle. Purple and silver, two of my fave colors. And a bond that isn't garish. What are the chances of both of those happening together?!
  99. Re: Amouage Dia Man or MDCI Invasion Barbare?

    Out of those two I would definitely say Invasion Barbare. Beloved Man might be worth a sniff though as I find it has some qualities of both Dia (the floral softness) and IB (the woodiness and...
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    Re: Bond no 9 New York Amber

    You need to check out Opus VI by Amouage. Both it and NYA share a prominent aromachemical/accord of dry amber, but in Opus VI it is drier, more citrusy, more woody, and a bit more masculine. It is...
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