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  1. Re: Current Formulation Classics Ruined by Cheap Drydowns

    Red is a worse offender from this house. I actually enjoy the new For Men, but haven’t smelled the vintage.

    Also, Halston Z-14. Screechy.

    Per above, I also basically like modern Quorum, within...
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    Re: Guilty Absolute...

    This is a really good point. I’ve had similar thoughts, and have been examining my own fandom lately. In the end, I like it on its own merits, and find the (intentional, I think) hard edges to be a...
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    Re: Guilty Absolute...

    That's when the dance fight begins...

    https://media.giphy.com/media/xT9KVrgpASNhy66TqE/giphy.gif
  4. Re: Pretty dirty musk to replace Kiehl’s Musk oil?

    I could be mistaken, but I think the oil-based roll-on version of Kiehl's Musk is still the original, or at least much closer than the EDT. Only the EDT is described as "a modern version" on the...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    All are still available. I have the list ordered by personal favorites.

    But for a fan of Bleu, if you want to stay on the relatively fresh and modern end, Platimum Egoiste, Allure Homme and...
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    I get what they mean - but that sounds more like a comment than a compliment to me. :tongue: Being in my 30s, I have no desire for the impression of my scent to be "high schooler from the early/mid...
  7. Re: Reunited with my girlfriend for Christmas - Can't decide what fragrance to wear!

    Endymion immediately came to mind. I checked, and you happen to own it! So, that.

    Classy but informal, approachable, special but not in an obvious way. Sweet, but judiciously so. It’s just easy...
  8. Thread: First Snow

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    Re: First Snow

    Our first measurable snow was today, and I wore Menthe Fraiche. It does surprisingly well in cold weather. Brings out the brisk aspect of the mint, vs the herbal, which is how this one usually...
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    Re: End of year 2017 - Most worn fragrances

    Man, I must be a sucker for variety. My top wears have pretty low numbers, probably because I wear many samples and decants. Many of these are a bit of a surprise to me, and are the result of...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    So many. These range from being among the best of all time to being pretty darn good:

    Antaeus
    Pour Monsieur
    Egoiste
    Platinum Egoiste
    Allure
    Allure Homme Sport
    Allure Homme Edition Blanche
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    Re: Your most frustrating scent

    Quorum. I have to wear it on a dry/cool day, or else I get a strong cigar ashtray note from it. When I trip up, I suffer for it. Otherwise, good stuff.
  12. Re: Body heat/ambient temperature and its effects on performance

    Yeah, in addition to our receptors functioning better, I'm reading that scent molecules basically get a change to carry in the air when exposed to some level moisture, as the water molecules...
  13. Re: Body heat/ambient temperature and its effects on performance

    I asked Mr. Google. Apparently, our scent receptors function better when moist. So maybe even though that office was cool, the air was humid enough to make a difference in your perception.


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  14. Re: Body heat/ambient temperature and its effects on performance

    It's pretty simple on my end:

    Greater sillage and longevity comes with humidity and warmth, whether supplied externally or from the body.

    I'm not sure the temperature itself has any effect, but...
  15. Re: "Currently Wearing" signature item - possible bug

    Good question; I should have thought to test that in the first place!

    So, I updated my SOTD to something else, and it was back to normal. Then I updated it BACK to Grey Flannel, which was my...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Wait, so Marshall's is releasing fragrances under its own label?
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    Re: Divine Fragances

    I've always admired this house - even though I've been pronouncing the name incorrectly for years. :embarassed:

    I've been a longtime fan of L'Homme Sage, though I don't wear it particularly often....
  18. "Currently Wearing" signature item - possible bug

    Where my signature used to show "Currently Wearing" based on my SOTD post, it's currently showing HTML code. This appears to be unique to me at the moment, but thought I'd post in here just in case...
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    Re: obsession for men...any other oldies?

    Thanks. I have one version on each wrist right now. I do smell a difference and agree with your assessment of them, but the differences are minor enough that I’d be happy with either, overall. That...
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    Re: Need gift suggestions!!

    Ruh roh, I bought this for my mother in law. :grin:


    For OP, based on the criteria given, I'm thinking Angel [edit: easy on the trigger and it's versatile enough IMO].
  21. Re: Dior Homme Sport 2017 or Bleu de Chanel (Edt/EdP) for office / work

    Dior Homme Sport.

    I just like it better. Bleu goes a little sour on me. And to your original point, DHS somewhat lighter, but still has acceptable lasting power.
  22. Thread: Synesthesia

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    Re: Synesthesia

    We've had some discussion in the past about fragrance/color synesthesia, but I can't recall anything about sound coming into the mix. It's completely fascinating that this happens to you. Now that...
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    Re: Great fragrance but bad name

    Ahhh, that does help. So to clarify, is Divine (with that spelling) actually a French word, too? Some sources are showing divin, but some show it with a (possibly optional) e, so that's probably what...
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    Re: Great fragrance but bad name

    Well, it's going to come up eventually, so might as well throw it out there:

    Smalto Full Choke

    CK IN2U always drove me a bit crazy. It feels like a cynical play to the immaturity of the youth...
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    Re: obsession for men...any other oldies?

    Yes please :). That sounds interesting.
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    Re: Fave niche cuddle scents

    L'Ombre Fauve.

    A slightly naughty but still welcoming musk with amber and a dollop of smooth patch. Think Musc Ravageur minus the Cinnabon.
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    Re: Best fragrance for the least money?

    This is tough. There are so many excellent, inexpensive scents out there.

    Force me to pick one and it's Caron Yatagan.

    But...



    I also agree with this. With both Caron and Guerlain, I'm...
  28. Re: Which fragrance do you have the most backup bottles of?

    Not too late; it's still pretty darn cheap.



    I have 2 EDT backups + an aftershave of vintage Polo.
    1 backup each of Givenchy Gentleman, Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur, and Azzaro Pour Homme.
    ...
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    Re: Best fragrance that smells cold/chilly?

    Malle's Angelique Sous la Pluie

    In general, angelica is a chilly but very satisfying note for me.

    Also, Chanel no 19 and Cristalle EDT.
  30. Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme is really good!

    Shorter posts are fine, but do expect some pushback if it’s againt the grain of a thread. Just be prepared to give a few details on what it is about the scent that makes you feel the way you do about...
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    Re: obsession for men...any other oldies?

    Thanks for this; didn’t know there was a difference. Just bought a backup and discovered it’s the Five Star version, so I now have both Aladdin and Five Star. Will have to do a direct comparison.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Antaeus VS. Guerlain Heritage

    Antaeus, due to its uniqueness. For being a powerhouse that smells unlike anything else out there, it's versatile in lower doses.

    Heritage is a wonderful scent, but it comes from a crowded and...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I'm hopeful - haven't tested it yet! The only chocolate note I have in my wardrobe (I think) is LIDGE, and cocoa isn't really the star. It's a note I like the idea of, but finding a good rendition of...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 11th December, 2017

    Armani Eau Pour Homme
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Here’s a curve ball:

    Mat; Chocolat by Matsaki Matsushima at TJ’s in Denver. I believe it was 75ml for $12.99. A fairly respected house from yesteryear, and reviews say this one has a pretty...
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    Re: Carrying scents while traveling -- tips ?

    I typically take a handfull of decants spanning a decent variety of styles, packed it a ziplock baggie. It’s actually great for repeated testing.

    On reusing atomizers, I’ve done it a few times for...
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    Re: Finally bought Dunhill desire black

    Huh, I'm interested. I like Bang!, and though I have qualms with Terre d'Hermes, there are aspects I like. I'll keep my eye out for it at TJ's.

    Also, it has a listed note of "jungle essence," so...
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    Re: What scents are you gifting this year?

    I've thought about that many times. Not sure if she likes it/is familiar, but I wouldn't be surprised. Something - maybe the fact that it's such an icon - has held me back from buying it for her....
  39. Re: Ever find yourself so busy enjoying the scents you bought that you can't find time to test sampl

    Same. I've moved to buying mostly decants and minis for this reason.
  40. Thread: Creed Viking.

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: Creed Viking.

    Holy crap, zztopp! It's a reunion, I love it!! Welcome back to you as well! Or have you been here, cleverly hiding from me?



    That's a very interesting parallel that surprisingly hasn't been...
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    What scents are you gifting this year?

    Do you often gift fragrances? If so, what are you buying for others this year, and who are the lucky recipients?

    I'll go first:

    My wife and her mom both enjoy fragrances, and though neither are...
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    Re: MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 - Parfum or Extrait?

    Someone above mentioned a comment that it was similar to Sauvage. I can see the parallel; they both feature ambrox very prominently and feel very glossy and modern - though the supporting notes are...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 8th December, 2017

    Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata
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    Re: New Amouage Commercial !

    :confused:

    That goes to a video of an art installation of misty bubbles dripping from a white tree thing, which, as far as unknown internet links are concerned, isn't so bad I suppose.
  45. Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme is really good!

    That's a great way of describing it, and like IsoE said above, that brash, gritty, vaguely dangerous tone is what makes it so distinctive and addictive. Several all-time greats share this quality,...
  46. Re: Company holiday party on Friday... Which fragrance?

    Lots of great options there, but L'Air du Desert Marocain and Ambre 114 stand out to me for being ones you might not otherwise wear to the office. DHI is also a solid option.

    I think very highly...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Moschino Pour Homme.

    It's surprisingly quiet. I have a bit of a headcold, so I may not be experiencing it fully.
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    Re: Thoroughly Vague Question

    [Edit: Oops, you'd already found it!]

    Sounds a bit like Kenneth Cole Black.

    Notes of ginger and nutmeg combined with a mandarin could possibly give the scent impression you describe.

    75203...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 7th December, 2017

    Moschino Pour Homme
  50. Re: Women CAN'T OVER SPRAY when applying fragrances...

    I worked with a Perfume Lady once. She may have worn Opium (I was early in this hobby and couldn't ID it positively). Whatever it was, it was actually a pretty nice scent - spicy, incensey, somewhat...
  51. Thread: Creed Viking.

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: Creed Viking.

    Welcome back!! I love see the triumphant return of veteran BNers!

    Having taken a few extended breaks myself, I know it can be a pain to get caught up. We're in a Viking lull at the moment, but I...
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    Re: Very impressed with Etros "Manrose"

    Yeah, I can see how it might be ridiculed. But it feels more playful, winky and somewhat silly to me than anything else, which is in keeping with Etro's style, IMO, and a nice break from designer...
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    Re: Very impressed with Etros "Manrose"

    I'm impressed with the name. And the notes. But more the name.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I know here in Denver, Costco will sometimes acquire high-end skiwear. The brands actually send people out to buy all the inventory in order to maintain the brand's stature. It's their only viable...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Wow, same. Chanel is famous for tightly controlling access to its products, keeping them out of the grey market and discounters.

    As sad as it is to see the fragrance industry in a state of...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    YSL Pour Homme.

    Vintage unknown, but it's from a mini of the old bottle.
  57. Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme is really good!

    Heh, great post. My thoughts exactly.

    The hype train does seem a little slow to get going with this one, given its uncompromising weirdness (at least for a designer, in this day and age). It can...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Makes sense. I also perceive quite a bit of civet and (to a slightly lesser extent) castoreum in Oud Zen, so they feel directionally very similar, while Oud Zen clearly outshines Leather Oud when we...
  59. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017 - 2018

    Wow, that's generous!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I wore Oud Zen over the weekend, and it reminded me strongly of Dior's Leather Oud, which is one of my favorites. Now, I'm no oud expert, so it's possible that any funky oud would call to mind that...
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    Re: Chanel Question

    My wife and I both wear Bois des Iles. I love to smell it on her as much as on myself. So, that's my pick! It's just so inviting, warm and easy to wear, while also smelling distinctly classy/classic....
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 4th December, 2017

    Pascal Morabito
    Or Black
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    Re: What else is like Tuscan Leather?

    Mmm. I like it. I'd peg it as Kouros, personally. The Gucci nails it for the most part; Kouros amps up the kinky rock n roll part.
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    Re: What else is like Tuscan Leather?

    Yes, many clones of Tuscan Leather.

    Parfums de Marcy Godolphin is the closest I’ve smelled. It’s a touch lighter and has some floral elements. I’m a fan of TL’s smoky berry opening, but if you’re...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 3rd December, 2017

    Knize Ten
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    Re: wool or cashmere?

    Not sure on either count!

    Hednic mentioned owning some nice alpaca pieces, so maybe he can chime in. The only alpaca I’ve owned was from a shop in Peru, and it’s soft, but it was fairly ruggedly...
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    Re: Lets's Talk About Bois du Portugal

    I will also dissent about it being challeningly mature. The purity of the lavender and the dry feel of the woody base make it a relatively easy wear in this category to me. It certainly doesn’t smell...
  68. Re: Escada Magnetism For Men: The Definitive REAL vs. FAKE Thread

    Thank you so much for all the work you put into this, Red. I have say, the level of detail (other than name placement) that went into these fakes is stunning. Clearly there’s a large market for...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

    Areej le Dore
    Oud Zen
  70. Re: Office Christmas Party - What are you wearing this year?

    My small office adopted a few families and is having a gift-wrapping champagne brunch Christmas party. Low key, but nice. Not sure what I'll wear. Something soft, bright and light feels right for a...
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    Re: MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 - Parfum or Extrait?

    Though I don't like the execution, I can understand this. The smell is evocative and unique, and really succeeds at smelling bright, shiny, and glossy, which was precisely the goal. My nose...
  72. Re: Which fragrances say Casinos/Gambling etc to you?

    For some reason, Escada Pour Homme sprang to mind. The gentlemanly booze scent.
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    Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 - Parfum or Extrait?

    I actually find it quite unique, and can't think of anything that's clearly similar, besides other MFKs.

    If you're familiar with others in the line, though: In overall tone, it recalls Oud Satin...
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    Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 - Parfum or Extrait?

    This doesn’t answer your question, but I strongly advise you sample this one first. Total love or hate; it has some jarring, “shiny” synthetic notes. They’re intentional and I suppose artful on some...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Congrats! And damn, I was just in my Marshall's in Denver a week or so ago, and they had utter crap. I did buy some sweats, fancy tonic water, and come very close to walking out with a Le Creuset...
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    Re: are turtlenecks "ok" for men?

    I like them for skiing.
    74833

    Kidding. Kind of. I like them as a skiing base layer when it's too cold for a bare neck, and too warm for a gaiter.

    Otherwise, I don't like the feeling of fabric...
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    Re: wool or cashmere?

    I love cashmere.

    Merino has its place, too, more as a functional, utilitarian option, and depending on the knit, has a cleaner look.

    I've been partial to Kinross for cashmere. They're not...
  78. Re: Problematic Issues of Gender in Fragrance Industry/Community

    The term "heteronormative" to me refers to fragrance advertizing assuming mostly heterosexual narratives of attraction...which is often true (although - see the original marketing for YSL M7 and Marc...
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    Re: fragrance taste in mouth!

    I know exactly the taste you’re referring to, but only taste it with scents featuring obvious heavy chemical notes, and I usually smell a metallic note along with the taste. Nasty; I feel for you if...
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    Re: Most worn - November 2017

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    Bentley for Men Absolute by Bentley
    3 wears





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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 29th November, 2017

    Voyage d'Hermes EDP
  82. Re: Woody, austere but a bit more incense than the usual

    Check out Jaisalmer and Kyoto from the Comme des Garcons Incense series.

    Kyoto is pretty much pure, lightly charred cedar incense with a hint of vintage wood furniture. Jaisalmer takes that theme...
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    I certainly think it could be a year round choice for those who enjoy it. Distill it down to its core, and I still say it’s a green/spicy fougere with some modern nuances - a versatile genre. It...
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    Re: What situations do you wear EDT and EDP?

    The distinction doesn't cross my mind when deciding what to wear. I have EDTs that last 16 hours +, and EDPs that last 3-4 hours.

    So I just think about want to smell like, and pick the scent...
  85. Re: Terre d'Hermes EDT vs Mugler Cologne vs Guerlain Vetiver?

    For me, Guerlain Vetiver crushes Terre d'Hermes and Mugler Cologne.

    Terre always struck me as too sharp, with a detergent note that sticks out like a sore thumb. I appreciate the underlying...
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    Re: Buying minatures

    Very cool. Missed your previous thread somehow; thanks for reposting it. I see you found yours at estate sales. Do you frequently see Les Meilleurs Parfums de Paris packs elsewhere? I see a few on...
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    Re: Serial Lurker finally joined

    Nice story! I have nothing so evocative as your grandfather's treasure cabinet to look back on.

    My scent fascination probably started in middle school, around the time I started wearing...
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    Re: Buying minatures

    Frequent mini buyer here, for the same reasons you state. They're pretty common on Ebay, and that's where I buy most of mine. Not much risk of fakes with minis, and most of the scents I'm after...
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Four isn't valid, either.

    FIVES!
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 27th November, 2017

    MFK Aqua Celestia
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    Re: Luxurious Cigarette Pack Scent

    +1, and the dry/dusty/herbal tobacco note in Quorum has a similar tone and is maybe even stronger, IMO. Watch out, though: It's temperamental, and can come across as an ashtray in the wrong...
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    Re: When people look back on the 2010s..

    Love this post. +1s all around!
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    Re: What's your favourite birth year scent?

    Cool thread!

    I come from an impressive year: Derby, Third Man, La Nuit, Sagamore, GIT, Lauder for Men...I own or have owned a number of them.

    Favorite? Tough. Current version, probably Derby,...
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    Re: Found a good rip off of Magenetism

    Magnetism was as close as I’ve ever come to a signature, back when I started this hobby. Then I dropped and shattered my bottle, discovered that it was discontinued, and had a major quandary on...
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    Re: "Less is more" --your interpretation

    As usual, NickZee beat me to it.

    I generally strive for an understated fragrance presence, which means 2-5 sprays depending on how the scent behaves and the requirements of the situation. When in...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

    SOTE: Dior Homme Eau
  97. Re: SEEKING cheapie incense fragrance with longevity and sillage?Does it exist

    I'll throw in Azzaro Visit. Must love nutmeg and pepper; both prominently accompany the incense.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

    Maitre Parfumier et Gantier Route du Vetiver
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread—Part 3

    Interesting that rose is listed in the pyramid, but very few have reporting smelling it. Where in the progression do you detect it most prominently?
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    Re: Fragrance that attract women

    Psh, maybe back when it contained oakmoss.



    OP - Just be a good guy. Most women won't care one way or the other if you wear a fragrance, assuming you apply responsibly.

    I'll take that a...
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