I keep hearing 'dairy' is bad for you also :(
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I keep hearing 'dairy' is bad for you also :(
Jolly good :)
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I had a sample of Duel. I think it had worse longevity than GpH2.
According to her website, she is the perfumer. A cheap sample set (10€ for 6) is available for anyone who might be interested:
Great answer! I'd also try 2 Man by CdG.
What about a relative newcomer like Rania Jouaneh? I doubt she'd cost a fraction of those big names' fees. I have sampled every scent in her line and they are all solid and well-crafted, with more...
'As well as the UK, the company also ship to Europe.' US not mentioned.
If there is any sandalwood in Floris's latest offering they do a good job of hiding it in my opinion, although it is a nice scent.
Just 5 hours into my first wearing and I agree with these impressions, it is close to the EdP but a bit sweeter. It's very potent, I gingerly gave it 2 sprays and it seems to be opening doors ahead...
Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme (5 wears).
Maybe the line has flopped. It wouldn't surprise me with the ambitious pricing. You can order samples from Rouliier White anyway at £2.50 a pop.
I have tried three of these, all nice (well, the marmite one was a bit odd) but the prices being charged are a bit rich. I might consider the quince mint and moss one if it ever features in the...
I like DHI and TdH (both top 10 material). Boucheron isn't bad but not as modern to my nose. Sauvage is nothing special but has a handful of enthusiastic supporters. Try them all if you can.
It was released in the 1980s.
Heads up for UK/European members - Sephora.fr are now stocking this. Code FRMVPIG gives a 25% discount.
Yes, it's largely a US phenomenon. I don't see many European or UK members obsessing about compliments.
Prexactly. They are few in number and tend to make themselves obvious.
Just say 'It's pronounced 'parfoom' actually, checkout my bro's reviews on youtube' and walk away with head held high.
I own 58 (11.6%)
Mine would be (in no partic order):
Idole de Lubin EdT
Richard James EdT
Justly deserved IMO! Much copied and never bettered.
Proper pepperminty rather than generically minty - Vetiver Royal Bourbon by Oriza LeGrand.
Two reasons for lowish profile I think: 1) drop off in quality of scents under their last venture capitalist owners and 2) dated image (non-panty-droppers).
Yardley Gold Medal is also short-lived, but it gets a pass as it is a traditional eau de cologne. I haven't tried any others. The lavender pomade smells lavendery for ages, but is too greasy to smear...
I tried Lonach and found it hideous. I agree with Harwitz's review in the directory.
Mostly by post count, but I heard tell that a treasured few have extra stars added by the admin, whilst some others, boosting post count by posting endless shizzle, have stars deducted ;)
I found Yardley Citrus & Wood to have poor projection and longevity also.
And so much cheaper than Viagra! ;)
I've been testing this recently and agree it is top notch. Of the rest I think Noir is the best, with decent showings by Grey Vetiver and TF for Men.
Stick around a bit longer and enjoy the next skirmish in the pointless niche vs designer war.
There is good and bad in all countries. The US has ten times the gun homicide rate of India. I'd rather have the litter.
Well it speaks volumes for something certainly. As do the Herculean (yet unconvincing) efforts of some other members to like it despite this, that or the other failing; especially in the light of...
In series 3 episode 2 of Fresh Fields, a bottle of Kouros is visible on the dressing table. Also a feminine I do not...
I have half a dozen storage boxes, labelled A to F. Each letter represents a sample source, (except for F, which is miscellaneous). Each box is divided into numerous compartments, corresponding to...
'Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...'
Ha ha ha, good one! Might try and sample that :)
Scentsamples, Roullier White and Bloom perfumery are about as cheap as it gets. Ebay is useful for original manufacturer's designer samples. In the long run it is cheaper than blind-buying rubbish.
A bit off topic perhaps but this Ambre Sultan I am wearing does not seem as strong to me as the sample I bought about 5 years ago :(
Still enjoying it though.
Reminds me of this:
I've been wearing both a bit recently, I have a bottle of SN and a sample of AA. Both are great. There are definite similarities to my nose. Obv the frankincense is louder in SN and the amber more...
Thanks for the info. Sent you a PM.
I am aware that 'cologne' is US for 'aftershave'. I was responding to a comment about using the word 'perfume', which I have noted from YouTube reviews is commonly substituted with 'parfum' (often...
And that's what's really grinds your gears :D
Yes, it's more or less the equivalent of the US 'good job!', but possibly less condescending.
I can't do links on phone but there are oils at £10 for 3ml, and I have seen auctions close at similar prices or less. A little usually goes a long way with these and I would prefer to buy small to...
Not in the least to me, no.
Unfortunately the internet is full of pseudoscientific piffle. You are best to go by what your nose likes. I like many types of scent and choose based on factors like mood, weather, what I am doing...
Does anyone know what the difference is between Kalemat spray and oil? There seem to be a lot of oils available on eBay and they are much cheaper.
Do what the American guys do and say 'parfum' ;)
In the long run you will do better ordering samples of harder to find scents rather than just buying whatever is stocked by Boots etc. The only ones I can think of which are widely available are TF...
Not sure they have time for 10 minute box descriptions in the world of commerce.
Anyone tried Oud Orchid? Bottle looks oddly familiar (rubs chin).
Apparently this is a thing now
Try the new Dior Sausage. Early adopters and blind-buyers claim it has the ability to transform into many different fragrances. If you don't like it one day, you might the next, and you'll never have...
A great one, for sure! I paid £75 for it about 2.5 years ago so I don't think you did badly. Look at it like this - it cost about the same as two bottles of Sauvage...(cough)
A fan of this scent has already called it Saucage in a typo on this very forum. Strange how the subconscious mind works.
P.S. When I saw the thread title I thought of this:
Anyone with a basic grasp of Freudian theory can easily fathom what 'unboxing' videos are all about and why they are so abundant, despite an apparent total lack of content.
Thanks to the OP I just had a productive rummage through the Bristol Fragranceshop bargain bin and found one bottle of this at the bottom, under all the Britney Spears and Ed Hardy stuff etc. :)
Would you call these 'hobbyists'? I don't see any of the regulars making these threads, just newbies or occasional visitors seeking one scent. It's analogous to asking for the 'best valve radio set',...
Try Noir Extreme by Tom Ford, available at John Lewis. I love DHI but it is not an amber fragrance.
An interesting suggestion. I'm wearing this now and whilst I get mustiness, damp, green and flowers I don't get many other churchy associations. It does share a damp earth note with Relique d'Amour....
There are a very few Anglican churches of the 'High Church' tradition (closer to Catholicism) where incense is used, but the vast majority do not. The main smells are dust, damp, sometimes flowers,...
I haven't tried this for a few years. I must give it another go next weekend. My favourite TFs are all outwith the Private Blends. I am very tempted by Noir Extreme after trying it last weekend.
Not very often now. It allows my nose some recovery time before the next day's onslaught. I think (but cannot prove) that as a result I get less olfactory fatigue.
Wild Aoud by Montale was utterly revolting.
I get your point but you can't reasonably expect questors (particularly new members) after recommendations for inexpensive scents to have to pre-empt smart-ass blanket dismissals of designers.
Well said. There are lots of great fragrances you can buy without resorting to decants and sample sizes. From my collection, VC&A pour Homme, Tsar, Cool Water, CO Bigelow Bay Rum, Halston Man Amber,...
Tried this again today in Boots after all the hype. Nope, still a dead loss.
I do about 5 sprays to the chest and immediately don my shirt, so I guess the answer is 'both'.
I find longevity very good and projection good enough, but if you can't detect the likes of Ambre Sultan and Datura Noir after 3-4 hours I think you will be disappointed.
Not sugary enough to sell by the candy-floss bucketload is my guess.
Just tried this in store. Better than expected. Very different to Noir though. Reminds me of Ambre Precieux. Probably too sweet for me.
Just tried this in store. A surprisingly poor release from AdP. Smells like toilet cleaner. One of those things that hangs on a wire under the rim. Very disappointing.
I would say it's more leathery than Habit Rouge but less so than the popular leather-forward frags like K10 And Tuscan leather.
The stink factor strikes me as less urinous and more faecal. Like...
Well, much as I dislike it, it is very persistent. 5 days after spraying, I can still smell it strongly on my coat arm. Nice longevity, shame about the stench.
I second the recommendation for Personna blades over Feathers (the latter are too sharp and more likely to give a nick - I can shave reasonably well with them but even though experienced find they...
Great thread with lots of interesting choices.
Arsene Lupin (Dandy)
L'Essence de Must de Cartier
No 032 Bay Rum by C O Bigelow
'You cannot wear cologne on a Sunday'. It's 30 years since I attended church, but times sure have changed! Don't remember that verse in the Bible either. Could be memory failure.
Some or all may be considered unisex but they are marketed to women here.
Eau de Guerlain (first)
Vol de Nuit extrait
Passion for Men by Liz Taylor - 5 wears
Yes there was a translation. I think I should have ordered the French version, it probably sounds more poetic and less unintentionally 'amusant'. A jolly quick read in any langue.
I think your best bet is to try some other department stores.
I managed to sample this today. No tester at Debenhams but as I walked away the SA said in a too-loud voice to her colleague 'oooh that's that new one innit? So-and-so's boyfriend works for Armani...
I agree. It comes across as trying too hard to me. A bit sad really. Then again I can't identify with all that big-up power playa talk so I am obviously not the intended audience.
I would try two from Dior - Dior Homme Parfum and Eau Sauvage Parfum. The nice bottles are a bonus.
P.S. One spray of each is enough (maybe two of DHP). Don't make the mistake of spraying too much...
Great to see you back!
I bought the UK version a few years ago. It was so atrocious it became one of the two fragrances I ever returned in disgust for a refund (the other being Ferrari Uomo).
Left: Drakkar Noir
Right: 1 Million
It's OK, nothing to get excited about IMO. Smells 'nice' but performance is sub-par.
Sounds tremendous. HR with more leather and some (balanced) gourmand notes. Should be a big hit.
I think Fumerie Turque and Chergui by Lutens are wonderful exotic tobacco scents. Also Amouage's Tribute attar.
Nice one! I have the 1st reform which I bought blind 5 years ago. Still my favourite oud-ish fragrance. Great stuff :cool:
I like it but I don't think it is £100 or whatever better than Spicebomb.
From your (great) 'drobe, I would choose Helmut Lang EdC or Guerlain Cologne du 68.
Anton - Roullier White sell samples of 1828: