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    Re: Encre Noire: Eau Hell No!

    Ha! Guerlain Vetiver is a tad sour and entirely musty to my nose. EN blows it out of the water, in my humble opinion of course.
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    Re: Atelier Sample Collection

    Hey JiveHippo, care to share your thoughts on Oolang Infini? I'd be interested to hear how you perceive it, since it obviously just didn't agree with me. Maybe I'm just missing something:)

    Kaern...
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    Atelier Sample Collection

    I received a sample of Atelier's Vetiver Fatal a few months back and enjoyed it's rich, plummy take on vetiver (which, for those who are apt to go apoplectic over such things, doesn't have a ton of...
  4. Re: Primer on Lalique Men's Fragrances?

    Generally pretty impressed by Lalique, especially from a value standpoint. I happen to really enjoy EN. It's definitely got some smoke, hands-in-the-soil feel to its vetiver interpretation, but it's...
  5. Re: Men, what's the worst FEMALE fragrance you have ever smelt?

    What's funny is that Poison is a no go for many folks (I can't recall its smell), yet I really enjoy Hypnotic Poison. Also have a soft spot for Shalimar. Oh, and Andy Warhol by Bond No 9 (which I...
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    Re: Sweetness for the "Mature Man"

    Perhaps Endymion by Penhaligon's? The coffee won't come in until the middle accords, and even then it's not your burnt roast Starbucks variety, more like the smooth whiff of coffee you get passing by...
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    Re: Inexpensive Vetiver to buy?

    Yeah, I definitely get that almost astringently clean vibe a bit too - again, this isn't too strange to think of for vetiver, with its occasionally grapefruity smell and sharp, raw bite. As...
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    Re: Inexpensive Vetiver to buy?

    Using Vettiveru today and the trick, as others have noted, is to use it liberally. I'm usually a 1-2 spray kind of guy; I like my scents subtle. But with this stuff, you've gotta go heavy on the...
  9. Sticky: Re: Men's GIVEAWAY thread- NO REQUESTS ALLOWED! Revised 1/29/13

    Just have to thank Lisa one more time for her generous sample offering. Enjoyed the dry, spiced pepper of Poivre Samarcande last night, and then after a shower got a kick out of the fizzy lemon-lime...
  10. Re: Samples/Small Bottles Wanted - the Summer Stuff!

    Hi Veroniche - tried to PM you but your inbox is full! PM me for an email address or delete a few in your inbox and let me know - would love to work something out for those samples.

    Thanks!!!
  11. Samples/Small Bottles Wanted - the Summer Stuff!

    Hey all -

    Looking to sample some stuff for this coming summer. Also open to smaller bottles/minis/etc. Just looking to not have to invest in a full-sized bottle until I know what I'm looking for:)...
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    Re: Ferre Bergamotto Marino

    That's the thing - with the weather in my neck of the woods about to skyrocket into the triple digits, a nice citrusy/slightly aquatic scent would do oh so well, and while I enjoy some of the higher...
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    Re: Ferre Bergamotto Marino

    Interesting thoughts, everyone. Appreciate your insight. As some have said, it's not the biggest risk of a blind buy, since the price is so reasonable. The idea of an EDC with a slight aquatic vibe...
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    Ferre Bergamotto Marino

    Hey all -

    So, as far as I can tell, your usual retail shops probably won't carry Bergamotto Marino by Ferre. I've been intrigued by the positive reviews, though, and it's so affordable that I'm...
  15. Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    I remember you mentioning previously, rynegne, that you were looking forward to receiving this one. Sounds like a challenging scent indeed! Glad you finally got a chance to give it a sniff. CdG is...
  16. Re: What happened to the "transparency" fans ?

    Great thoughts above from onethineline, a much more precise definition of transparency than perhaps my crude observations:) "Present but weightless.." Indeed! The examples he's given, as well as...
  17. Re: Do you have to "like" a house to appreciate a scent?

    I'd certainly hope not - I'd hope the only requirement for liking a scent is, well, whether you like it or not:) Doesn't mean you might not have some issues with the house notwithstanding (e.g.,...
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    Re: Lalique White

    Funny, I was so excited to get a sample of White, thinking it'd suit perfectly my taste for light, airy fragrances. Plus, I've got major respect for Encre Noire and Equus, two high quality scents...
  19. Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    Insomniac, I don't know about Assoluta, but I didn't find MC to have much in common at all with Essenza. The latter evinced far too much of that barbershop vibe for my tastes. MC does get noted as...
  20. Re: What happened to the "transparency" fans ?

    As Badarun noted, you can get transparency with staying power - Terre d'Hermes came to mind, and personally I get a full day out of BpH - but I think you have to temper your expectations for what...
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    Re: Favorite mint note in a fragrance !?

    Really enjoy the mint opening in Roadster, which surprised me, since my first real introduction to mint was in Live Jazz, which I just can't abide due to the coriander (read: cilantro) note.
  22. Re: What happened to the "transparency" fans ?

    I'm a big fan of "transparent" fragrances. The exemplar, obviously, is JC Ellena and many of his scents, beginning with much of his early work, notably Bvlgari Eau The Vert (I haven't tried his stuff...
  23. Re: "It bothers me that fragrance has an effect on other people"

    And that doesn't make you consider using a bit less fragrance? Not stop using it, just maybe a few less sprays?
  24. Sticky: Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    After finding and really enjoying Encre Noire, and having a hard time finding any retail outlet to check out their other scents, I randomly emailed Lalique to see if they'd send some samples. Sure...
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    Re: Gourmands in the summer...

    I live in a very hot climate, and gourmands can definitely get tricky in the summer. I mostly avoid them because they're not my favorite genre, but when I do reach for one, I go easy on the trigger....
  26. Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Timbuktu is an interesting idea from ontheline. In a somewhat similar vein, IMO, you might enjoy Montale Red Vetyver.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    1. Bvlgari Pour Homme
    2. Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose
    3. KenzoAir
    4. Chanel Sycomore
    5. Cartier Roadster
  28. Re: unscented (or lightly scented) DEODORANT

    Yup, Arm & Hammer has an "Essentials" line that is VERY lightly scented. One basically has a bit of citrus oil in it, the other a really quiet blend of herbs. Both are really nice and have become my...
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    I should add, longevity was just a couple hours on the day I tested it. Haven't given it another shot yet, so hopefully I can get even more out of it. Either way, what an easy-wearing frag, perfect...
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    Agree, my friend! Just sampled Universelle this weekend and REALLY enjoyed it. Perfect summer scent - sparkling, realistic citrus that brightens your day (but is gone within a couple hours). Pretty...
  31. Re: Major sample haul! But I bought vials. Advice? (and, a code if you're interested)

    LBI, don't have advice on the vial issue (which is better than a vile issue), but I did want to echo your experience with decantshop. They were great to me on a recent order, and even though their...
  32. Re: I've Never Listened To A Single Word From A Sales Associate

    Funny, relevant to this thread, I happened into a major department store and began perusing the fragrance section. SA was helping another customer, but saw me sampling the Eau de Cartier Concentree...
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    Well said, man. And you're gonna smell good doing it!
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    Re: Aquatics comparison

    Eau Fraiche is a calone bomb to me, while LB pour Femme is more citrus than aquatic. Aqva Marine is a bit astringest/sour, IMO. So, it's either a slightly more challenging aquatic in Aqva, which is...
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    Re: A superior cologne

    Just tried this today, and it's a great suggestion! Just lovely citrus, lemon/orange/grapefruit. You're only getting a couple hours out of this one MAX. But, at only $30 for the 1.7 oz, it's not too...
  36. Re: A Scent-Free America? A Very Interesting Article from the New Republic, 1995.

    :grin:
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    keep the faith, brother! loneliness sucks, but when the right lady comes along, it makes it worth the wait!
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    Haha, so true! I think my wife generally falls in the camp @DaveStPaul mentioned above - just doesn't much notice/care. She's great and will totally humor me if I ask for her opinion, but she just...
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    Re: scents that ARE NOT my wife's favorite, of Red Vetyver by Montale she said, "Not my favorite..." Translated: Yeah, I'm not into that at all:)
  40. Re: A Scent-Free America? A Very Interesting Article from the New Republic, 1995.

    Ah, sorry about that, it was TNR. Good catch.

    Definite puff piece, and occasionally interesting, as you say, but too frittered with poorly argued/substantiated thoughts to make me think much of it.
  41. Re: A Scent-Free America? A Very Interesting Article from the New Republic, 1995.

    Dude, if that's your biggest take-away from the article, I think you missed the point. Not everything has to boil down to how different people are - whether the French smell different than Americans,...
  42. Re: A Scent-Free America? A Very Interesting Article from the New Republic, 1995.

    Though spliced with the occasional interesting point, I think the piece is riddled with questionable assumptions, starting with the lead paragraph regarding the regulation of universal pleasure....
  43. Re: I've Never Listened To A Single Word by A Sales Associate

    If only we were so lucky...
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    Forgot about Endymion! Wife digs that one as well.
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    Re: Girlfriend's Favorite

    Wife seems to like the clean stuff - Mugler Cologne and Erolfa were recent compliment-getters, as was Aventus (which is a funny paradox of fruity/clean + smoky to my nose).

    Sadly, she's on the...
  46. Re: Good cheap cologne to apply after PE?

    This! A) It's practical and B) if you work up quite the sweat and then immediately apply a fragrance, there's always a chance it goes a bit sour. Stick with the deodorant.



    :)
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    Re: I think I oversprayed today

    Cue the BN Police to inform everyone that we can't judge how many sprays a person uses. (Yawn.)
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    Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    For me, I think part of the issue is that certain scents can come to be associated with certain ages based on each person's individual experiences. For example, my grandpa wore Eau Sauvage, and now...
  49. Re: Bad Experience in China: Eau Sauvage attracted The Police.

    It's just two different schools of thought, really. One says to ignore the problem and trust it will recede into the background, languishing from a lack of attention. Another says to confront the...
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    Re: The go to "safe scent"

    Another vote for the inimitable Bvlgari Pour Homme!
  51. Re: Bad Experience in China: Eau Sauvage attracted The Police.

    Sadly, this thread is another in an increasingly long line of stupid threads started by the OP. Please. Stop.

    Yes, yes, it's incumbent upon the rest of us to ignore it, but the threads are like...
  52. Re: Plum Crazy! (the search for plum notes)

    I remember thinking, "Man, this has a strange rich fruit note drifting in and out," when I tried Vetiver Fatal by Atelier. Sure enough, pyramid lists black plum. The whole composition is really,...
  53. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    20315
  54. Re: Highly reviewed fragrances that you dislike?

    *Acqua di Parma Colonia - totally succeeds at what it is, but the style (old-school EDC with an obvious floral touch) just doesn't appeal to me.
  55. Re: Article in Allure: "The best scents under $60"

    See the article here:) --> http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/03/style/tmagazine/03tscent.html?_r=0

    The exact quote goes, "Smoke fills many perfumes. Some are misfires; Yves Saint Laurent’s M7 might...
  56. Re: Looking for an everyday scent for work

    Working in a museum, I imagine you'll want something somewhat discreet, in addition to being fresh/crisp. For that reason, I'd avoid L'Instant de Guerlain (LIDGE) - way too much power behind that...
  57. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    Also, I find drawing conclusions about entire categories of sexuality - that is, across country and culture - based on a survey of Americans highly suspect, and, after reading said report, the only...
  58. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    I just hope this study wasn't publicly financed. I've got no problem paying my taxes like any good citizen, but I'd prefer they go to better uses than examining scent preference by sexuality.
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    Re: An EDC Sans Florals

    Ah, Trumper! Forgot to mention my love of West Indian Limes! Definitely interested now in GFT.
  60. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    Well, here's one vote trying to bring up the tally for Sycomore!
  61. Re: Reformulated Eau Sauvage is a Masterpiece!

    Gave ES a shot on the reputation of its citrus opening, which is indeed lovely. But the shadow of history is hard to escape, and as a member of the under-30 crowd, ES dries down in way that conjures...
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    Re: An EDC Sans Florals

    Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. I know asking for an EDC sans all these florals eliminates much of the genre.

    Uhbhatti, I've actually been thinking about giving Blanche a shot. Will have to...
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    Re: An EDC Sans Florals

    Cacio, I enjoy neroli actually. The florals in question are more of the rose/jasmine/verbena type. Even an abundance of lavender isn't my cup of team. Definitely enjoy the citrusy vetivers out there,...
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    An EDC Sans Florals

    Hey all -

    As we head to summer, I've been trying to nail down a good go-to EDC. It's not my favorite style, per se, but they can do so well in the heat, it's nice to have one around. My issue is...
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    Re: The Aquatics and Mainstreaming

    Sorry, brother, but some of the generalizations you proffer here go a bit far. Sure, some mainstream stuff is classic groupthink, but there's a lot of other things that go mainstream (and I'm talking...
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    Re: Worst Niche Line And Why ?

    Gotta be Bond No 9. Very, very little exemplary from that house, and far too many scents that are jumbled, rather chemical smelling messes. Never understood the following the have.
  67. Re: Which designer brand creates better fragrances than the rest?

    Likely Chanel (Sycomore scores them major points with me), though Hermes is a nice pick for those who prefer the leaner creations of Mssr. Ellena (which I do).
  68. Re: Which famous designer brand sucks in fragrances the most?

    You find Lacoste disgusting? Perhaps we just understand the word differently. Lacoste doesn't put out anything special...not in the least...but I'm not I find their stuff disgusting, any more than...
  69. Re: Fragrances with reported poor perfromance that perform well for you?

    I think a lot depends on what you're looking for out of a fragrance. I can get 8+ hours out of Bvlgari pour Homme, but I also expect/appreciate mellow skin scents. If you're looking for something...
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    Re: Encre Noire: Eau Hell No!

    Haha, brilliant story, foetidus! So many different noses out there, there's room enough for Encre Noire...and Dirty English/GPH/Bang as well;)

    Have to add that, personally, I find it interesting...
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    Re: Encre Noire: Eau Hell No!

    Sadly, I'll never get back the 60 seconds it took to read the OP. Lost me at the Kouros/SM comparison (I mean, really? You really find it the olfactory equivalent of those two fragrances? Find that...
  72. Re: On Vettiveru, Mugler Cologne, and Paul Smith Story: Opinions, Impressions, Etc.

    Thanks for the thoughts, Dave. Definitely waiting to see how Vettiveru does once the temps reach triple digits (not quit in Tucson, but close enough:) Also interested in trying out some of the...
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    Re: TF Grey Vetiver, a major let down

    Wearing Grey Vetiver this morning, and the jury is still out for me. It fills nicely the citrus/vetiver combo that I'd been looking for to combat the coming scorching summer in my part of the...
  74. Re: On Vettiveru, Mugler Cologne, and Paul Smith Story: Opinions, Impressions, Etc.

    Good thoughts here, Buzzlepuff. Agree with your thoughts on Story and MC. I really, really enjoy Story's grapefruity opening, and the grassy kick in the base is, in theory, a favorite accord of mine....
  75. Re: On Vettiveru, Mugler Cologne, and Paul Smith Story: Opinions, Impressions, Etc.

    Thx for the thoughts, Cacio. Agree it's definitely a fresh take on vetiver, and I suppose that was sort of the point with the whole CDG cologne series. (Speaking of, I've been wanting to try Citrico...
  76. On Vettiveru, Mugler Cologne, and Paul Smith Story: Opinions, Impressions, Etc.

    Yesterday evening I broke out Mugler Cologne - it was a nice, warm afternoon here and I wanted to see if my memory of it was accurate. Sure enough, it all came rushing back - the steam clean scent,...
  77. Sticky: Re: Men's GIVEAWAY thread- NO REQUESTS ALLOWED! Revised 1/29/13

    Alright, time to thin out the sample drawer! Own a bottle of the BpH, didn't take much to the Soir (though it's dry down is oddly reminiscent of Silver Mountain Water), Black just leans too feminine...
  78. Re: Would I get drunk if I drink a shot of Aventus?

    Glad to see at least a few people on this board have a sense of humor...
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    Re: Is this site legit?

    Just received an order last week from them. Totally legit. Really great customer service. Really good prices. Would definitely recommend them!
  80. Re: In the same vein as Bvlgari Pour Homme...

    Man, L'Eau d'Issey is one of those fragrances I KNOW I've tried but can't remember for the life of now. Gonna have to remember to give it a sniff the next time I'm out.



    Yup, Oolang is...
  81. Re: In the same vein as Bvlgari Pour Homme...

    When I first started paying attention to fragrances, I remember testing Bvlgari Man and being mildly intrigued. I soon found BpH, though, and forgot about it. Like you said, I don't think it's near...
  82. Re: In the same vein as Bvlgari Pour Homme...

    Hednic, would you mind describing Prince Giancarlo at all? What are the main similarities to BpH?



    You know, I actually much prefer the extreme version than Soir. The latter just felt a bit...
  83. In the same vein as Bvlgari Pour Homme...

    Would love the board's thoughts on fragrances in the same vein as Bvlgari Pour Homme. It's far and away my favorite frag. I like my scents understated - I wear them for myself, so silage isn't a big...
  84. Re: Her likes/dislikes, any recommendations? Thanks in advance!

    Let us know how it turns out, Enzo - would love to hear if your wife takes a liking to any of the stuff you pick out!
  85. Re: Her likes/dislikes, any recommendations? Thanks in advance!

    Maybe try something a bit more ethereal? Some of the stuff in L'Artisan's range? Lot of her dislikes are fairly pronounced fragrances - maybe she'd prefer something a bit more understated? (Although...
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    Re: I might be obsessed with sampling.

    Great experience recently with decantshop.com Definitely recommended. As Attila said, not a huge selection, but very competitive pricing for what they do have - just got some Montale, Sycomore, and...
  87. Re: Best sites to buy samples/decants for niche fragrances?

    Just want to add that I recently purchased from Decantshop.com and had a very good experience. Order took a bit long to ship, but when I emailed them about it, they apologized profusely, explaining...
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    Re: Live Jazz - on skin vs on paper

    Not sure this is a paper vs. skin issue, per se, but I gotta be honest and say I was pretty disappointed with Live Jazz. Lots of folks on here enjoy it and recommend it as a great summer frag, but...
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    Re: Vetiver Tonka / Bal d`Afrique

    PM sent:)
  90. Re: Bond No.9 Coney Island vs Bond No.9 Hamptons

    Coney Island for sure. Hamptons does nothing for me.
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    Re: cK One Shock for Him

    Maybe it's not selling because of the hideous packaging?:D The juice itself is, IMO, good stuff - unexpected, fun, even interesting. Was a definite pleasant surprise for me.
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    Re: blekh Bond No. 9 fire island is awful

    If you were after a summer scent, I think Coney Island is better. Kinda like a fruity lemon slush. Don't get me wrong, it's just as much a novelty as Fire Island, but I found that too chemical, and...
  93. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Same Ross store as always and more interesting offerings. Must've got a big Burberry shipment, because there were several bottles each of Touch, Weekend, and Brit (I think). All in the smaller...
  94. Re: COCONUT - what are your favorite coconut scents for men

    Wearing it now and quite enjoying it. Longevity isn't very good, but the first hour or so is tremendous - such smoothly blended coconut, lime, rum, banana, aquatic, skin scent. So smooth that,...
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    Re: Icy, Metallic Accords

    That stuff IS cheap - like $10 on eBay! Pretty good, though, eh? Very interesting indeed. Must consider thoughtfully, resist impulse buy:)




    Someone else mentioned a Blood Concept offering....
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    Re: Icy, Metallic Accords

    Yeah, definitely not a bad fragrance, just not what I'm looking for. Funny, too, because I otherwise enjoy a good salt note - was thinking of that earlier this week when smelling some faint salt...
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    Re: Icy, Metallic Accords

    Sounds right up my alley:) SMW has some berry undertones to go along with the citrus, but it's just a very clean, biting (in a good way) frag. Think I'll track down a decant of Himalaya too. I've...
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    Re: Icy, Metallic Accords

    Intersting ideas, Cacio - thank you! I'll have to see if I can track down anywhere to sample any of these.



    Thanks, dollars&scents! Along with Alfarom, it sounds like CDG may have some...
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    Icy, Metallic Accords

    Hi all -

    Looking for suggestions for scents with a good icy/metallic accord. Creed's Silver Mountain Water comes to mind, as does Mugler Cologne (though in a more steam-clean sort of way). I kind...
  100. Re: Your hardcore summer fragrances that you actually wear !?

    Thanks for this thread, Nersh - living in the PHX area too, and always interested to hear what people think can stand up to the withering summer heat here.

    Pretty new to the fragrance world, but...
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