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  1. Re: I bash Bond No 9 but Eau De New York is something special

    What do you know! Nordstrom does carry bond and their online locator says one nearby has it. I cant imagine they move a lot of this one.
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Modern Reserve has jumped to $150 for a 4 oz nowadays. I found an international seller willing to do $100 shipped. This may be my last backup bottle:
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    Re: Lavender and Moss?

    Bond no 9 Great Jones is probably the mossiest fragrance I have. Its a clone of vintage PRPH, but modern synthetics might end up taking it even farther:

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/o.3500.jpg...
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    Re: Smoky and Sweet

    Havent tried Fumerie Turque, but in my experience with the Lutens line Fille en Aiguilles fits your description.
  5. Re: After 20 years testing - these are the best

    Seeing these threads makes me realize that ultimately it is more the mental image and the associations you create with a scent that determine your reaction, and not the actual scent itself.

    In the...
  6. Re: Tom Fords Italian Cypress - So Impressed I Purchased It On The Spot

    Polo Modern Reserve destroys Italian Cypress
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Beautyspin is having a bunch of stuff on clearance. Calligraphy rose $38, The Montale and Mancera for ~$50 each. I was on the fence about including Wild Aoud, which is also on sale, but ultimately...
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    Re: Aramis Caligraphy saffron

    Which of the three are worth getting? The rose and saffron only?
  9. Re: Is there a lighter version of Fahrenheit?

    It depends on what part of Fahrenheit you are looking for. Many violet-heavy perfumes will give you the green/floral parts of Fahrenheit, but I havent come across anything that has the...
  10. Re: I bash Bond No 9 but Eau De New York is something special

    I just got HOT Always and wow...its a shame they keep this one locked in the closet. Most of the SAs havent even heard of it, and none of their retail partners stock it.

    Its one of three true...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    It is an aldehyde BOMB. But a well executed one, I must admit. You have to love that soapy vibe though.
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    Re: Signature Quest - Conifer Citrus Woody

    Polo Modern Reserve is the best bitter green fragrance ever made, but it may be too piney/herbal for you, there is no citrus to be had. It is truly signature worthy, however.
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    NIB 40ml vintage Cool Water for $15

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzIwWDMyMg==/z/Dm0AAOSwgQ9Vy0W4/$_12.JPG
  14. Re: the global economy is crashing, why not start buying some expensive oud oil with your savings?

    Gold can be an effective hedge but is by and large a fools errand; leave it to the doomsday preppers.
  15. Re: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather vs Montale Aoud Leather

    Aoud Leather is one of the most tenacious, if not THE most tenacious scent I own. Two sprays will easily cut through 12 hours of dancing, smoking, and sweating. I recently scored a "concentrated"...
  16. Dark Aoud - Montale's Unmentioned Leather?

    I just got in a sample decant of Montale's Dark Aoud and am enjoying it so far. I get a strong "leather" note. I understand that the funkier aspects of Oud can often come off as certain darker...
  17. Re: Why no BN threads compariing Lomani AB Spirit with Windsor/Royal Mayfair ?

    Do any of the Lomani clones perform well? One of the reasons I prefer Afnan Supremacy Silver as the best Aventus clone is it has solid EDP performance.
  18. Re: Finally Discovered a Good Designer Fragrance Marketed to Men (in over three months)...........

    How does the current mythiques version compare?
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    Re: Ted Lapidus Oud Noir

    I have a decant with your name on it! All I ask for in return is a humble decant of Mancera Black Prestigium
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    Re: Ted Lapidus Oud Noir

    Received the bottle today and tested it on paper.

    I am pleased with the initial impression. My last couple middle eastern releases have been a total bore (Davidoff Leather Blend, Bentley Absolute,...
  21. Re: Whats the maximum premium you'd pay for a capped bottle vs uncapped?

    Just wanted to bump and say that I bought an uncapped 100ml tester of HOT Always by bond 9 for $113, and then had an idea to search for empty bond no 9 bottles, and found an empty bottle of Chelsea...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    http://img.makeupalley.com/0/8/5/6/1262736.JPG

    and 250ml Cuir Cannage + 250 Eau Noire for $400 shipped

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.25228.jpg
    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.1378.jpg
  23. Re: Fragrantica's Sauvage page turning really ugly !

    If this had been a standard release from a less storied house at a lower price point, people would easily dismiss it for what it is and name-drop it in the "need cheap, easy suggestion for work-safe...
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    Re: The Reason Behind The Sauvage Launch

    Ah, yes, because Dior does everything out of a selfless labor of love, all for us! How ungrateful we are!

    When a product fails, its THEIR fault. The people who wanted ESP bought it. They should...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    There's so many great fragrances out there, don't strain to convince yourself to love something. If this wasn't from Dior, people wouldn't be trying to hard to love it.

    I'm more excited for The...
  26. Ebay and paypal hit with racketeering suit for knowingly aiding and abetting counterfeit sellers

    About time this happened. I absolutely believe ebay willingly turns a blind eye to counterfeits because of the money it brings in

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ebay-678840-wimo-paypal.html
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  27. Re: Montale Black Aoud vs Mancera Black Line

    I think I am starting to prefer this to Black Aoud. The patchouli-guaiac-rose is really smooth, sexy, and masculine. The fragrance achieves balance much quicker than Black Aoud, which seems to...
  28. Re: Mancera Black Line vs. Tom Ford Tuscan Leather.. Compare

    I think I am starting to prefer this to Black Aoud. The patchouli-guaiac-rose is really smooth, sexy, and masculine. The fragrance achieves balance much quicker than Black Aoud, which seems to...
  29. Re: Anyone heard of this? $15/mo. cologne subscription service

    Also, Olfactif does the same thing with higher end niche lines at a similar pricepoint.
  30. Re: Anyone heard of this? $15/mo. cologne subscription service

    Poor deal for designer fragrances only; you could sample most of these for free at a local store, and sample vials can be had for a couple dollars for the ones you are actually interested in.

    This...
  31. Re: Brand New Vintage 30 ML Givenchy Gentleman for $38

    Well, I am sold.

    This may be the best classic fragrance I have smelled so far, and potentially beats out vintage Tsar (not sure if it beats vintage Cosmair Polo). True to its name, it is...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Worth a try if you are looking for something to fit the bill for that type of fragrance, but dont expect to see stars.
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    Re: New *2015* mancera black prestigium

    Buy it! Buy it and send me a sample! Ill trade you Lapidus Oud Noir!
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    Re: D&G The One for Men EDP!!!

    I am encouraged that they went for the EDP route rather than the "Intense" flanker route, but it can still be butchered.

    Case in point: YSL L'homme Le Parfum. I had really high hopes as I love the...
  35. Re: Whats the maximum premium you'd pay for a capped bottle vs uncapped?

    Im sure it contributes to the seal somewhat, but its mostly the spring and the ball bearing in the spray mechanism (and it probably also depends on the cap)

    Right now Im debating Bond No 9 HOT...
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    Re: Tobacco Note

    Pretty sure Odori Tabacco will fit the bill. Its true to the mulchy, wet tobacco odor. Its pretty intense.
  37. Whats the maximum premium you'd pay for a capped bottle vs uncapped?

    Sometimes I catch myself considering a $20 or $30 price difference, just for retail packaging and/or a cap. I guess if its a truly bad ass bottle, it wouldnt feel right without the cap. I personally...
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    Re: How do you judge projection?

    I take the collar of my shirt and quickly puff it in and out a couple times to billow out some fragrance. If its still detectable, I consider it to be still projecting.
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    The opening of Sauvage 2015 is definitely more citrusy in the opening, I get a distinct blast of bergamot, but it quickly came down to the green/herbal vetiver base you get in the Eau Sauvage series....
  40. Re: Givenchy Gentleman and Bond No. 9 New York Hot Always EDP

    I just want to try HOT Always! Its not even on the saks website, while Great Jones and Riverside Drive are. Anyone out there willing to send a decant?
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Well, local Macy's has it but the Nordstrom next door says they wont have it until the end of the week. The SA at Macy's didnt have any samples available, and did not have any atomizers available to...
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    Re: Blind buyers unite!

    After a certain point, you get good enough to consistently blind buy "decent" or "good" fragrances.

    To get to the level where you are really loving what you buy, you have to buy samples. Thats why...
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    Poll: Re: Creed Himalaya vs. Creed Erolfa

    Himalaya starts off nicely but gets militantly powdery and loses my interest. Erolfa isnt bad but I think Sel Marin and Bulgari Aqua are better.
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    http://aromo.ru/upload/medialibrary/206/206bc603270a1ba9dc9799aebf02ea9a.jpg


    And a brand new 2 oz splash of Cosmair Polo:

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTE5NVgxNjAw/z/KvIAAOSwT6pVg5LF/$_57.JPG
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    Re: Ted Lapidus Oud Noir

    Took one for the team and bought this blind. Will be returning with impressions and offers for decants.
  46. Re: Brand New Vintage 30 ML Givenchy Gentleman for $38

    Just received this and I am pleasantly surprised! I really dont detect any animalic notes in this at all, I was expecting something more "sweaty". If I didnt know there was civet in this, I would...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Without reading 11 pages of this thread, how have people been getting a hold of bottles / samples / decants?
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    Re: saudi oil fragrances

    Here's a business idea:

    Macerate attars in alcohol and sell them as small sample-type sprays to a western audience. It will be more affordable and less of a pain in the ass than buying tiny...
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    Re: Ambre sultan

    I find all strong ambers borderline feminine, so it was too feminine for me.

    I am generally not a fan of the powdery aspect of ambers anyway.
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    Ted Lapidus Oud Noir

    Has anyone tried this? Comparisons to Mona's Cuir and D2 Potion Royal Black (minus the rose), which are both well regarded. Leather, Oud, Incense, Coffee, Nutmeg, and Birch make this one sound pretty...
  51. Re: Bvlgari Au The Noir -- anyone tried it?

    I will be calling the South Coast Plaza Bvlgari store to see if they have it. Its all Asian and Middle Eastern money shopping there so I think they would.
  52. Bvlgari Au The Noir -- anyone tried it?

    This one looks like a really interesting addition to the line. Probably standard Rose-oud fare, but Bvlgari has some competent fragrances and the rest of the The line is pretty good. Some mentions of...
  53. Re: Montale Black Aoud vs Mancera Black Line

    You dont get a blast of rose from Black Line?

    I would say Black Aoud and Black Line both share strong rose-patchouli notes, but Black Aoud throws in more bitter oud. I would say Black Line is the...
  54. Re: Dior Oud Ispahan... Why is it getting so much love?

    Thats really interesting. I feel Oud Ispahan has some kind of "sweaty rose" note that smells way more dated and "old lady" to me. I can see how people would argue Black Aoud as unisex, though.
    ...
  55. Montale Black Aoud vs Mancera Black Line

    I am debating if its worth having both of these in my wardrobe. Black Aoud is the more bitter and medicinal of the two, owing to the dose of Aoud, but for the most part I find them both fairly...
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    Re: New *2015* mancera black prestigium

    Seems like its nigh impossible to try their stuff. I think twisted lily does samples, but they dont seem to be a distributor and only have a handful from their catalogue
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud

    Its definitely an interesting one. Im debating whether I like this one or Leather more. I think I like this one more, because AdP Leather is also similar to Montale Leather Aoud, which I love
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    Re: New *2015* mancera black prestigium

    Does mancera sell samples?
  59. Re: mens floral fragrance with good longevity and projections? suggestions please.

    Frederic malles cologne indelible is very floral and said to have good performance. I only have a sample and haven't worn it yet
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/z/rjIAAOSweW5U~OcB/$_12.JPG
  61. Re: Brand New Vintage 30 ML Givenchy Gentleman for $38

    Lilydirect is a large fragrance discounter, Ive ordered from them numerous times and they ship promptly. Those purchases are probably office supplies for their SoCal warehouse.
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    Re: Royal Mayfair: Ridiculous performance

    I used to feel the same way about Spice and Wood, but I realized I was just expecting Montale out of it when it was something else. Upon further examination, I decided I was getting light projection...
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    Re: any thoughts on Montale Moon Aoud?

    Seems like the notes are a mix between Black Aoud and Cuir Arabie; can anyone compare it to these two?
  64. Re: Tom Ford NOIR POUR FEMME: a GEM fully suitable for men

    A mix of candy vanilla and ambery plums sounds pretty femme to me.
  65. Re: It all smells like dust/powder, any others like Polo Modern Reserve?

    I have since finally concluded that Polo Modern Reserve is the ultimate bitter green mens scent (bitter as in no sweetness, but still "wet" and "alive"), and while other scents do other things...
  66. Re: Montale Royal Aoud - I think we're meant for each other

    Can you describe it compared to Black Aoud or Aoud Leather? Masculine, feminine?
  67. Re: Parfumerie Du Soleil D'or Lille. Online Store

    Does anyone know any alternative stores that have prices as good (or near as good) as Soleil d Or?
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Please comment on this when you receive it, sounds interesting!
  69. Re: Anyone familiar with Ard Al Zaafaran Oud Ishpahan and is it similar to Dior Oud Ispahan?

    The cap is very similar to the womens David Yurman perfumes.

    I already have black aoud, is this one sufficiently different to warrant owning? It sounds like it might be more feminine than Black...
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    Re: Oud for summer time

    Montana Graphite Oud is a wonderful, smooth designer Oud:

    http://www.parfumo.net/perfum_imagery/7/5/52532_6bcb99613ce2e00f9bcd42ce1d84526b_graphite_oud_edition.jpg

    Floris Leather Oud could also...
  71. Brand New Vintage 30 ML Givenchy Gentleman for $38

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/361236714519

    Have at it. With all the hype, I had to try it. Im not big on animalics so Im wondering if I will prefer the current formula. Either way, people have sworn up...
  72. Poll: Re: which is the best of the 3 considering all its qualities

    Vintage Polo would kick the shit out of all those.
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    Re: Creed Green Valley

    When did you buy this? I am surprised they still have it. How much was the bottle?


    Agree with you on the Fahrenheit comparisons, they seem pretty different to me. But its like Aventus and...
  74. Re: Digging Bond Great Jones, should I get vintage Paco Rabanne, current PR, or buy GJ?

    Finally scored Great Jones on bargain and have been wearing it, and it may supplant Riverside Drive as my favorite mens Bond. It has just enough of classic mens DNA to be different (I attribute it...
  75. Re: Montale's Aoud Night - anyone tried it yet?

    Can you compare it to the standard Montale Rose/Oud that is Black Aoud? Specifically, how does the leather come in? Is it more or less masculine than Black Aoud?
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    Re: Selling decants on eBay, Problem!

    Havent had any issues using the word "Sample" and Im selling a decent number of units
  77. Re: Which Montale is the best for summer? like the beach?

    Would you consider either FBW? How masculine are they? I have Aqua Motu EDP which I think is a great marine-beach scent, but Im not sure if it leans feminine and I should just give it to my...
  78. Re: Which Montale is the best for summer? like the beach?

    I have a sample of Fougeres Marines and remember thinking it pretty standard fresh-designer fare. It would be worth the money only if you wanted a turbocharged version of that (I have to hand it to...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Found a first vintage Gianfranco Ferre:

    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/z/-R8AAOSwAL9UiKqo/$_12.JPG


    Exploring this masculine rose:
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    Re: Aramis = Russian corpse washing fluid

    My whole family is from the former Soviet Union so Im going to ask them about this. Was this literally some kind of over the counter embalming fluid?
  81. Re: A Discussion on Designer Fragrances (marketed to Men) released since 2010....

    -Bel Ami Vetiver is fantastic, and probably better than the original

    -D2 Potion Royal Black, one of the best dark designer roses

    -Cartier Declaration Soir / Intense (my personal preference is...
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    Re: Best Niche For College

    Is he only into sweet orientals? Everything you listed is so powdery. Even Chergui isnt all that masculine.

    I would go with a leather, like AdP Leather or even Bel Ami Vetiver
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    Re: Just got this in the mail!!

    You should make some money on it while you still can.
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    Re: Another Creed price hike???

    With how easy it is to get Creed at european prices, you'd either be clueless or have enough money not to care, and this forum is mostly comprised of people looking to get clued in and get the best...
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    Re: Another Creed price hike???

    This is a reflection of the sad reality of the market today: the only businesses that grow are at the extreme end of the market; either high end or bargain bin.

    The middle class is dying.
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    Re: Best bond no 9

    The best masculine Bonds are:

    Great Jones (their most masculine)

    Riverside Drive (their second most masculine)

    Wall Street

    and maybe an honorable mention to Bleecker (although I feel GJ...
  87. Re: Michael Kors for Men (2014) smelled great at first....

    There are so many good fragrances out there, I would not bother with one that had an off note you had to wait for
  88. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    Just realized this reminds me of Eau Sauvage a lot.

    Also, what vintage do you think my mini is from? I am assuming 2nd?
    ...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    100 ml of Bond Great Jones. Pretty hard to find and one of their best masculines (of which they only have a handful anyway, since most of their stuff is sugary femme swill)
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  90. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    Looks like an enterprising BNer jumped on the last vintage. Curse you! I hope it was a false stock photo!
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    Re: Lets Talk About Imaginary Authors

    Cobra and Canary was the only bottle worthy scent to me, as I enjoy strong leather notes, and it really does have an interesting accord of asphalt and leather. Nicely masculine.

    Bull's Blood was a...
  92. Re: Floris Leather Oud - good for lovers of AdP Leather and AdP Oud

    I have been wearing this often lately. I seem to have hit a point where I wear anything regardless of weather, but I dont wear gourmands or heavy orientals, so maybe I can get away with more in the...
  93. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    This is a totally disingenuous thread; you can't have spent any moderate amount of time on these forums and not have grasped the major points of why people bash Creed:

    -A rabid zeal to push their...
  94. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    I see, so not much of a powerhouse?
  95. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    Can anyone comment on the performance and longevity of the 2nd formula versus the current? It would seem there are no 1st editions to be had, so Im going for the 2nd
  96. Re: Chopard Oud Malaki & Potion Royal Black DSQUARED

    If norlimbanol is a "bone dry wood", then Bentley Absolute for men and Davidoff Leather Blend have it in spades. Those are both very dry, dusty, woody arabian market fragrances. Bentley Absolute for...
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    Poll: Re: Sung Homme or Tsar by VC&A?

    I think Sung is good for its performance and inoffensive nature, but ultimately its just a long lasting soapy fragrance, so its not good for much.

    Tsar, on the other hand, is a pinnacle of...
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    Re: Montale Kabul Aoud

    Can you elaborate on the scent, compared to say, Black Aoud or Aoud Pine?
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    Re: Montale Kabul Aoud

    That is very interesting

    Also, can someone go over how it smells? Rose-oud doesnt tell me much, and I was piqued by the mention of cedar and resinous woods. Montale's note pyramids are useless...
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    Re: Getting into Montale Fragrances

    Aoud Leather - way better than Tuscan Leather, and one of montale's best masculines. Get Paris version if you can
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