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  1. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Chypre Palatin, Invasion Barbare

    I agree with you completely.
  2. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Chypre Palatin, Invasion Barbare

    Complete silence it seems for almost three weeks now.
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    Re: L'instant de guerlain for college?

    I don't see what's wrong with seeming a bit mature in college.
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    Re: CREED Discontinued due to WEAK SALES!

    There are definitely Creed HATERS out there, people who not only say they dislike Creed but imply that loving Creed is the equivalent of a major moral failing and that the company's sins and...
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    Re: CREED Discontinued due to WEAK SALES!

    I continue to be stunned by the ability of the House of Creed to generate international buzz. How do they do it? The world's marketing firms would give their right arms to bottle it (the buzz not the...
  6. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Chypre Palatin, Invasion Barbare

    Any word from Brian? I noticed he hasn't posted in a couple of weeks.
  7. Re: The reason for the sticky: men don't wear fragrance for themselves but to catch gurls

    I have to say that, when it comes to attracting the attention of females, my dog beats any fragrance ever made by a huge margin.
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    Re: pure vetiver

    My guess is there is no such thing as "pure vetiver" because it is a natural plant, with natural variations, grown in very different parts of the world. Thus the scent is going to be very dependent...
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    Re: Do you have a signature scent?

    Guerlain Vetiver, which I wear once a week or so, any time of the year.
  10. Re: When may I begin wearing Burberry London?

    I have to say that, in the U.S. these days, most people do go around looking as if they don't have a clue or give a hoot. Maybe they're all too busy thinking about video games, Facebook, and Reality...
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    Poll: Re: Best Designer House

    What other house has consistently produced so many great and classic fragrances over so long a time? I don't think Guerlain has any real competition, no matter how you classify it.
  12. Re: When may I begin wearing Burberry London?

    A normal person might think "why the hell am I smelling pine needles, bayberry, and hot toddy in August?"

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    I went to college with people who wore sandals (or bare feet)...
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    Poll: Re: Best Designer House

    Chanel IS a designer house. Guerlain has never made clothes. "Designer" is a fairly useless classification anyway.
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    Re: Dumbness for men

    Spray on stupidity?
  15. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Chypre Palatin, Invasion Barbare

    I would definitely want Geranium PM, so you can put me down for that one if it happens. Probably also Portrait of a Lady.
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    Re: Blekh synthetic frags are so awful

    Luca Turin (who should know) writes that the entire history of modern fragrances is founded on the use of synthetics and that synthetics make up 90% or more of virtually all perfumes. Too many...
  17. Re: URGENT!! Need a suggestion on 2nd date night scent!

    Don't over think this. There is at least one tragic thread on here about someone in the exact same situation who did...
  18. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Chypre Palatin, Invasion Barbare

    And put me down for a 10 ml. split of the Chypre Palatin (in case you didn't get my PM...).

    Thanks!
  19. Re: When may I begin wearing Burberry London?

    Of course, you can wear anything you like whenever you want. I personally like the fact that there are fragrances that work best certain times of the day, certain times of the year, and for certain...
  20. Re: When may I begin wearing Burberry London?

    London is one of those very rare fragrances that almost anyone can easily "place," and that place is definitely around Christmas. You can wear Christmas stuff any time of the year. It just looks odd,...
  21. Re: When may I begin wearing Burberry London?

    Be that as it may, London would seem odd before November or after February.
  22. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Bed of Roses, Jarling

    Hello Brian. Your mailbox is full.

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    Bummer!
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    Re: Question regarding perfumers

    You guys need better agents.
  24. Re: Power, intelligence, strength, moral character, sexy

    I suppose modesty has become very Old School...
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    Re: Question regarding perfumers

    Along those lines, would a perfumer automatically be shot if his perfume were discontinued?
  26. Re: RAVE (No Rants!): Come on and gush about your latest perfume crush.

    This was a joke, of course, not a proposal for toxic waste disposal!

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    Formulae vary, but typically methanol is an ingredient of antifreeze along with ethylene glycol and...
  27. Re: RAVE (No Rants!): Come on and gush about your latest perfume crush.

    This is probably correct.

    Denatured alcohol is just standard grain alcohol (also known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol) which has had something added to it to make it unpleasant to drink. Sometimes...
  28. Re: RAVE (No Rants!): Come on and gush about your latest perfume crush.

    I'm sure this is an urban legend. Wood alcohol (methanol) is highly toxic. As little as 10 ml. can blind you by destroying the optic nerve and 30 ml. can kill you. Products containing methanol (car...
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    Re: RIP Montale?

    Not that I know of. This order was through Luckyscent who buys through a distributor. But it suggests the supply chain is moving again, maybe.
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    Re: RIP Montale?

    Sign of Life: my Montale order, backordered since April, has finally shipped.
  31. Re: JAR Bolt of Lightning, Invasion Barbare, Lys Mediterranée

    I'd consider it.
  32. Re: Angelique Encens, Lalfeogrigio, Invasion Barbare, Lys Mediterranée

    If any Invasion Barbare left, I will definitely take it. 10 ml by preference. Also interested in any Malle you are working on.
  33. Thread: Montale

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    Re: Montale

    Has anyone actually had contact with Montale lately? Made a phone call or email that a person actually answered? Seen some definite signs that they are still in business?

    I have been asking but no...
  34. Re: Authenticity of Pour Monsieur Concentree

    I have only seen 75 ml. of PMC but I haven't looked all that carefully. A lot of Chanels seem only available in one or two sizes. But again, promotional sizes can be anything.
  35. Re: Authenticity of Pour Monsieur Concentree

    Hard to say. Sprayer and top on my 75 ml. (purchased a couple of months ago at Sephora) are both silver. The top is gray plastic, reasonable quality but not as heavy gauge as on other Chanels I own....
  36. Re: Determining whether a fragrance is masculine or feminine.

    I tend to favor strong, "masculine" scents but I wear what I like, including several that are marketed as "women's" fragrances. The conventions are pretty fluid, especially these days. Pretty much...
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    Re: I wear what I like?

    This has been my experience. The only two fragrances I have been complemented on were Knize Ten and Black Orchid but in neither case were these identified as "perfume," much less male or female.

    I...
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    Re: Blind buying a Creed. Help!

    Green Irish Tweed does not smell like Cool Water (GIT is actually closer to Aspen). But some people think it does, hence the objections. GIT is widely regarded as the best fragrance Creed has ever...
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    Re: Blind buying a Creed. Help!

    Green Irish Tweed is the most universally admired Creed. The main objection is that it smells too much like Cool Water. Probably the safest buy in the house.

    Aventus gets the most hype but check...
  40. Re: I'm surprised that the "Male Fragrance" board is so much busier that the "Female Fragrance" one.

    I wouldn't describe the male fragrance board as displaying anyone's "softer" side, actually. I've heard softer discussions of hockey and ultimate wrestling.
  41. Re: Gucci Envy. Has this been discontinued ???

    There are men's and women's versions of Envy. It was the men's version I heard was discontinued. It is still available on line but the prices are creeping up.
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    Re: A 'recurring' issue on ebay....

    Only bought fragrance once on eBay and it was a terrific experience, one of my best buys ever. I only ever buy from people with terrific feedback ratings, though.
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    Re: Why get a "vintage" EDP, EDC?????

    You can live without vintage but some long discontinued or reformulated fragrances are among the greats. They are collected for the same reason great vintage wines are collected.
  44. Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    I don't remember ANY insults for Jicky.
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    Re: Lush Dirty question.

    I have the EdT and like it. Very fresh and natural, very natural mint/spearmint/herb accord.
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    Re: List your collection (male

    Ooh, that is too mean! "Repetitive and Redundant" should be the name of the Basenotes Male Fragrance Forum (cf., discussions of Creed forgeries, Aventus, what do you think about Fahrenheit, how to...
  47. Re: Your Motive/reason for having MANY Colognes

    There are some questions that should never be asked.
  48. Re: Vetiver for people who don't like vetiver

    I repeat my earlier advice. It is so much easier than this.
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    Re: List your collection (male

    Ha! Talk about wishful thinking.

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    This more or less my attitude. There is a certain point where asking for advice gets fairly annoying.

    I have to admit I find all...
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    Re: List your collection (male

    I think he keeps it in an underground vault.
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    Re: List your collection (male

    This is a lot of typing you want.
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    Re: RIP Montale?

    Well, there is such a thing as bankruptcy, which happens when you owe more money than you can pay back. If General Motors could go bankrupt, I don't see why a small niche perfume house couldn't go...
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    Re: Dinner Guest and fragrance

    An old friend of the family, who lives in Baltimore and is a long-time good friend of John Waters, has actually HAD dinner with Divine. He's quite elderly now but if I see him again I will ask him...
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    Re: The actual popularity of fragrances

    I rarely notice a fragrance on someone and when I do it is usually someone at work (wearing a classic Guerlain) or my eighteen-year-old nephew (wearing Bleu de Chanel). People also very rarely...
  55. Re: My attempt at a non-biased take on "the Creed issue."

    Your posts are a bit lengthy (and no paragraph breaks!) to read carefully but I'm sure you are right about the French names. Not an area of French law I am expert in, however.
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    Re: A handful of questions from a newbie

    You might want to pick up a copy of Mandy Aftel's "Essence and Alchemy," which addresses a lot of your questions. A bit new-agey but easy to read and gives lots of advice on making all-natural...
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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    As usual, the Basenotes unanimity of opinion is breathtaking. If Basenotes was truly influential, there would be no fragrances left on the market.

    I don't care for most of the Burberry line but I...
  58. Re: My attempt at a non-biased take on "the Creed issue."

    I just looked up the list of royal warrants for the British Royal Family and Creed is most definitely not listed nor do their boxes have royal warrants on them (they would be sued and prosecuted if...
  59. Re: My attempt at a non-biased take on "the Creed issue."

    I have never seen royal warrants on any Creed products. These take a specific form with specific language and are true statements that the person named in the warrant actually buys the product....
  60. Re: My attempt at a non-biased take on "the Creed issue."

    If Basenotes is any indication, Creed, by a considerable margin, leads all other perfume houses in generating buzz. The other houses would kill for this kind of attention.
  61. Re: Vetiver for people who don't like vetiver

    People who don't like vetiver should just be shot to save space.
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    Re: Going to Paris!

    No, there is no perfume in Paris I'm afraid.
  63. Thread: Givenchy

    by BurgundyMarsh
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    Re: Givenchy

    Keep in mind that Givenchy is no longer Givenchy but a brand line of LVMH. They deserve credit, however, for reviving many of the classic Givenchy fragrances in reasonably good restorations. Some of...
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    Re: Chanel AHS user only

    Yuk. After this I'm not sure I will ever go to the gym again...
  65. Re: Does any man on here actually like Amouage Gold?

    I think this is why I've been staying away from Amouage. I have a lot of conceptual problems with this line.
  66. Thread: Montale

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    Re: Montale

    Does Montale still exist? Hard to find any signs of life...
  67. Re: Gender male - please list 5 ( five ) guerlains you ever/ always buy -signatures scents

    You can never have too many Guerlains.
  68. Re: Is Tom Ford's Black Orchid a good scent for men?

    This seems to be marketed more as a men's fragrance now than a woman's fragrance. I see it in the men's fragrance counter at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and pretty much everywhere that carries a...
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    Re: RIP Montale?

    I was following this thread earlier but there is no real new information in it since the Place Vendome shop closed (apparently it is now a lingerie shop). The old telephone number has reportedly been...
  70. Re: Unbelieveable. They are trying to outlaw fragrace

    I wouldn't get too hysterical about this. A few hospitals and government offices aren't the real world yet by any means. And, really, fragrance is EVERYWHERE nowadays. Just take a walk through your...
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    Re: Think I'm Done with Creed

    You're right. ALL these guys are saying inconsistency is better.
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    Re: Think I'm Done with Creed

    You entirely miss the point, I'm afraid.

    Oscar Wilde walks into a bar and orders a margarita. The bartender whips one up and Wilde knocks it down in one gulp.

    "Well, my dear sir, that wasn't...
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    Re: Think I'm Done with Creed

    "Consistency is the bugbear of small minds." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead." -- Aldous Huxley
    ...
  74. Re: Green Irish Tweed vs. Cool Water (Similar?, Is GIT worth the price?, Cool Water inferior?)

    Aspen, released just after Cool Water, is actually closer to GIT, especially at first. Coty makes both Aspen and Cool Water and Cool Water and GIT were both designed by Pierre Bourdon. So a close...
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    Re: Think I'm Done with Creed

    I haven't had these problems with Creed. Creeds are founded on that old Victorian, British masculine principle: strong but discrete. Pushing them too hard to get noticed can have disastrous...
  76. Re: What is the shipping weight of a 100ml(3.4oz) bottle of cologne ?

    Most of the weight of a 100 ml fragrance is in the bottle so it mostly depends on the bottle (and the other packaging). Rive Gauche, which comes in an aluminum can, is only a few ounces. 100 ml of...
  77. Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    Nope, I've never felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance. I am careful about what I wear to work or an indoor social event, though and I don't like to appear in public right after I've put something...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    My guess is that Chanel makes more money off No. 5 every year than Dior makes off its entire line of fragrances, which must rankle. Dior's corporate relationship to LVMH is also fairly strange, not...
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    Re: RIP Montale?

    It is to be hoped.
  80. Poll: Re: If you have new frags arriving in the mail, do you wait to apply your SOTD?

    It actually can take me several months to get around to wearing a new fragrance. I always sniff right away, though.
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    RIP Montale?

    Omens suggest the continued existence of Montale is more and more doubtful. The old Paris store is gone. Staff is gone. No responses to phone calls or emails. Telephone number no longer belongs to...
  82. Re: Breath of God is on it's way...What am I in for?

    The SA in the Lush store told me the 1 oz. was "definitely the most concentrated," the solid the least concentrated, and the 9 ml. in between the two. Didn't notice a huge difference in the store,...
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    Re: USA Today . . . Ban On Scents

    This ban seems a bit silly as most public places reek with industrial strength fragrances of one kind or another. This is especially true of hospitals.
  84. Re: " zero " (0 ) negative reviews in the base notes evaluation...mention 5 fragances..

    As a professional critic (not of perfumes), I have to say that it takes some serious, conscious effort not to write an insincere review. Various agendas, fond memories, petty jealousies, warm...
  85. Re: Breath of God is on it's way...What am I in for?

    It goes on really, really weird, incoherent, and loud. Like an explosion in a cymbal factory. It takes at least an hour to calm down. Then it is a very interesting, complex, and mysterious fragrance....
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    Re: Montale Paris shop!

    This is what the Montale website now says. Has anyone seen any activity at the supposed new address?
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    When Guerlain was owned by the Guerlain family, the in-house perfumer was always a M. Guerlain. The last of these was the great Jean-Paul Guerlain. After LVMH took over the company, Jean-Paul became...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    This is interesting as it reverses a long-running trend. Chanel is well-known for having an in-house perfumer and for closely controlling all aspects of their production, from materials through...
  89. Poll: Re: How many Fragrances do you change in a day

    This time of year, I tend to wear light citrus and vetiver fragrances and I am in and out of water all day. So I typically wear three fragrances a day and sometimes four if I wear a different one to...
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    Re: DIOR!!!!! What have you done?????

    I read somewhere that the original version of Fahrenheit had two and a half times the percentage of ISO E Super than is now legal. So of course it had to be reformulated. There are many kinds of...
  91. Re: " zero " (0 ) negative reviews in the base notes evaluation...mention 5 fragances..

    Yeah, and that negative review was a total pan. Just goes to show you. The fragrances that get the absolute raves and also the "After smelling this I threw up down the toilet and poured this sh*t in...
  92. Re: " zero " (0 ) negative reviews in the base notes evaluation...mention 5 fragances..

    Molinard Vetyver has zero negative reviews and zero neutral reviews. But I seem to be the only one who ever wears this one. I am in total agreement with the posted reviews.

    Vetiver Itasca has zero...
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    Re: what bottles have you FINISHED?

    There are soooo many threads on this topic. And I still haven't finished a single bottle.
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    Re: "Full wearing"

    A full wearing to me is putting the scent on early in the day and wearing it exclusively until it is no longer possible to smell it. That gives you the whole narrative. But nowadays I don't think I...
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    Re: Please rank these designer scents

    London is my favorite of these and the only one I actually own. The three Chanels are all well made though not my taste. I'd rank Bleu above the two.
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    Re: Rings (for men)

    Pretty much any jewelry store or department store, discount to luxury, with a jewelry department will sell men's rings. I bought one recently from a local family-owned store that was designed by...
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    Re: 1.7oz or 3.4oz?

    Sometimes on line the larger bottle is actually cheaper (always pays to check). Generally speaking, though, I try to get the smallest bottle available unless I am sure I am going to use it a lot. The...
  98. Re: Which fragrance house is the biggest a-hole? (measured by copying, overcharging, lack of supply,

    This is like asking who has the biggest ego in Hollywood. There are pretentious perfume companies that steal other people's ideas and charge a lot of money for their products? I am SHOCKED, SHOCKED.
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    Re: Habit Rouge

    I find it takes several full wears in a normal (non-store) environment to really begin to understand a fragrance. And the better the fragrance, the longer it takes to appreciate all its nuances. The...
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    Re: Niche vs Designer

    No, in many cases the house does NOT produce the scent. Many are produced under contract by the large fragrance and flavoring companies and others are produced under contract in large fragrance...
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