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  1. Re: What Are The Best Crowd-Pleasing Niche Scents For A University Student?

    Well, the thing is nobody else (perhaps 1 in a million) would be able to distinguish between an excellent safe, "crowd pleasing" designer and a similar niche scent, other than to have personal...
  2. Re: What Are The Best Crowd-Pleasing Niche Scents For A University Student?

    It just sounds impossible from the perspective of logic to me.
  3. Re: What Are The Best Crowd-Pleasing Niche Scents For A University Student?

    We're getting to Monty Python levels of absurdity here, with several similar threads within about a week's time. Thus, I ask the obvious question, what is the best crowd-pleasing niche scent if you...
  4. Re: Best place (s) to purchase good vintage colognes

    Got to be careful with online sales in terms of using old pictures but then when you get it, you find that it's the new version. There is the BN sales forum. Crystal Flacon, ebay of course, old,...
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    Re: Strong performing niche compliment getter

    It doesn't sound like it's an issue of what he appreciates but rather what the "masses" (or at least a particular demographic) would find pleasant. While L'AdDM may garner a few compliments from the...
  6. Youtube videos showing differences between fake and real.

    I thought it would be good to have a sticky thread on this forum, listing links to Youtube videos where the person shows the differences between real and fake bottles. I found this one on Sauvage...
  7. Re: Which are the best offerings from the house of DUA ?

    I think more than a few people have a "thrill seeking" mindset, so that even if they were 99% that the scents were just dupes you could get on ebay for a few dollars they would still feel they had to...
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    Re: Boucheron Pour Homme

    First thing is to look at the label on the bottom of the bottle to see who made it. I don't remember for sure, but I think vintage will say Boucheron and the newer one will say some other company,...
  9. Size of Giorgio of Beverly Hills for Men (1984) plastic bottles ?

    I recently purchased a lot that included three bottles of this type, I'd guess they are 50 ml. They look the same as the larger size glass ones, but have no words or labels on them. One has a white...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    We clearly have a difference of opinion here, as mine is that you took the thread "off topic" whereas my answer was none and then I supplied an explanation, which I think is the most responsible...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    I think that's the heart of your issue here - you equate "nice"' with niche. I don't. I enjoy "cheapos" and my guess is I'd rather wear most of those than ones I view as SAK niche scents. An...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    This is more along the lines of my notions, that is, if the scent is "commonplace," then why should I spend $60 or more on it, as another member suggested is the "bargain hunters" low price point for...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    And my answer to the OP's question is "none," and I supplied an explanation. I look to niche for uniqueness and personal enjoyment. I own more than a few full bottles of niche that I have no...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    It's not an argument I would make; rather, I say that a scent smells "niche-like" to me. For all I know it smells like sewage to everyone else in the world! I was just trying to come up with an...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    Other than GIT, I wish I could, but I am careful about making recommendations about a genre of scents that I don't know well. As I said, these scents don't make sense to my way of thinking. ...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    Saying an obviously non-niche scent is "high quality" is something that would have to be demonstrated scientifically in order for it to be more than a perception/opinion. The OP was explicit, even...
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    Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    The OP has inadvertently uncovered an apparent division among aficionados! That is, people like myself cannot justify niche prices for a "Swiss Army knife" scent, and it's not even clear that niche...
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    Re: Spicy, aromatic scent

    If you like Opium Pour Homme, I think you've already got what you are seeking, unless you can explain why that isn't quite sufficient.
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    Re: Just bought Himalaya

    I prefer the 6 pack to the 12 batch.
  20. Re: Dior Sauvage (2015) is getting another shot.

    The thing about this kind of statement is that there are around 2000 releases each year, and let's say 200 are clearly "bad" smelling to nearly everyone. That still leaves 1800. Let's now say that...
  21. Re: does anybody know a fragrance that smells exactly like burberry london?

    I think most BN members laugh at the 3 year expiration claim, especially for a scent like London (and it's not sold in splash bottles!). We store the bottles properly and assume we will have them...
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    Re: Am I crazy? I can't smell base notes...

    I have never smelled "the aqua" so you are not alone. What I have smelled are things like calone, which doesn't smell very good to me.
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    Re: A Couple of Questions From A Newbie

    You seem to be in a similar situation to the one I was in nearly a decade ago. My guess here is that you are experiencing a lot of olfactory fatigue, as I did as a newbie. Try spraying once to the...
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    Thoughts about Bella Notte 1881 ?

    Just saw this on ebay for less than $17 total (125 ml), and then read the reviews. This sounds like a good blind buy candidate, as it has been compared to Dark Rebel Rider. There seem to be quite a...
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    Re: Carlo Corinto Classic

    I don't think it's a safe bling buy. It's sort of a "dirty" leathery scent with obvious lavender, from what remember. I'd rather wear my Yatagan from a few years ago, and I'm not a fan of that one.
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    Re: Carlo Corinto Classic

    The one I saw at BE has "Classic" underneath Carlo Corinto on the box. The one I had did not, and you can do some image searching and you'll see others that don't. I would avoid that one, and also,...
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    Re: Carlo Corinto Classic

    Anything that says "classic" on the box or bottle would be suspect to me, unless that was the original name (and I can't think of a scent name like that off hand).
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    Re: Carlo Corinto Classic

    I tried what I think was "vintage" back in 2008 and didn't like it. I've read recent reviews that suggest it is very different now. I can't imagine that they could/would be bottling a scent that is...
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    Re: I'm coming around on Chanel Egoiste

    So you are not a reader of my blog? LOL. You spray to the chest after taking a deep breath, then blow on that area (or I guess you could use a hair dryer), but you leave the room before you breathe...
  30. Re: Dior Sauvage (2015) is getting another shot.

    Keep in mind, though, that the marine element may never dominate for you, or it may for a while and then other elements will seem to be stronger (some seem to think that scents magically get three...
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    Re: I'm coming around on Chanel Egoiste

    I sometimes wonder what BN would be like if everyone used my technique to get to the drydown quickly!
  32. Re: Dior Sauvage (2015) is getting another shot.

    I agree, but I prefer Horizon to Sauvage (the marine element is very strong in both of them for me), which cost me next to nothing. And if I wanted a boring/generic scent of any type, I've already...
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    Re: Missoni olympios 2000

    Two new 50 ml bottles on ebay, about $55 each, item number 222413623536.
  34. Re: does anybody know a fragrance that smells exactly like burberry london?

    That's possible, though I think it would have happened already, but even if it was reformulated, there may not be anything more similar to the original than the reformulation. And I remembered the...
  35. Thread: Back again

    by Bigsly
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    Re: Back again

    "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave..."
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    Re: Club de nuit intense man vs creeds aventus

    I like to eat pineapple, so I'm not a "pineapple note hater," but why has it become the "be all" for so many who are willing to spend "big bucks" on one bottle of fragrance? This really puzzles me!
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    Re: A*Men's reformulations

    This raises an interesting issue, because some say that new formulations are "better" because they tend to be more "wearable," but in some cases, as in this one (IMO), one would be better off simply...
  38. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    That may be true but does that make it "crude," "synthetic," or "bad" in some way? Even "back in the day," there were many scents that were similar to each other. Just think of all the complex...
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    Re: Club de nuit intense man vs creeds aventus

    Some will say yes and some no, just as is the case with nearly any question of this type. Those who wear Aventus often and tend to study scents are likely to say they are rather different and...
  40. Re: Midnight in Paris EDT- Selling out and going up in price

    You might be right! I actually searched ebay a couple weeks ago and the EdT prices were much lower. Perhaps the years old (and continual) claim that it has been discontinued is correct (finally). ...
  41. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Wow, I'm a "trouble-maker?" Better tell grandma! LOL. If you want to go off topic and attack personally, don't you think the least you can is to supply one example that others can research on their...
  42. Re: does anybody know a fragrance that smells exactly like burberry london?

    I don't think London's drydown is all that unique, unless one is talking about an exact match. 1994's Ignis and 1995 L'Uomo by Trussardi are quite close in the drydown, for example. There was a...
  43. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    It's not of any consequence to my buying/owning but I am curious about how these concoctions are assessed by others (and I also like to think I am at least reasonably good at assessing scents in...
  44. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Clearly, there are some BNers who enjoy that formulation of Brut but also think it's crude, poorly composed, "synthetic," etc. I'm not sure what you are trying to achieve here. I think I was as...
  45. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Communication (and miscommunication) is an interesting topic. Just think of the recent Presidential election! LOL. I think the Brut I tried a few years back was awful, but it was strong and I'm...
  46. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    The idea is to be able to think of fragrances on two levels. One involves the "art of perfumery" and the other is enjoyment of the smell. So, the thing to do here is to consider if any scents you...
  47. Re: does anybody know a fragrance that smells exactly like burberry london?

    There may be one put out by a company like Dorall Collection that is quite close. From what I can remember, Cadillac Extreme was fairly close. Many apparently think that Architect by Oriflame is...
  48. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Yes that's another way of thinking about it.
  49. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Confusion corrected - rock on, Garth!
  50. Re: Worth Spending $10 to take a flyer on Tommy Hilfiger's "LOUD"?

    Right, $10 is only "nothing" if you have an unlimited budget and unlimited storage space (see henic LOL).
  51. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    One can argue about what a technically competent fragrance refers to, which is why I specified longevity and projection, since if those are very weak then it is not consistent with "modern...
  52. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Because not all of us care how a perfumer would assess it!
  53. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Technically competent in terms of longevity and projection. A great example is some Brut in a plastic bottle I sampled several years ago - very strong stuff (but awful, IMO - "synthetic" and...
  54. Re: Worth Spending $10 to take a flyer on Tommy Hilfiger's "LOUD"?

    Too "nondescript" for me. I'd advise something like Magman at $5+ for 100 ml, instead (at scentedmonkey last time I looked).
  55. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    I'm not sure myself! Perhaps London by Playboy, but I haven't worn it for a while so I'm not sure I'd call it really "cheap," in this way (it probably still is quite cheap, literally).
  56. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Sure! It can be $500 niche too.
  57. What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    This is about personal enjoyment only, and the scent is one you think is crude, poorly composed, etc., but it could be expensive niche. In other words, from a perfumery perspective you think it's...
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    Re: Old/vintage products "going off"

    1 in 100, at most, though it's just been for top notes. Also, I buy "spoiled" scents in sealed spray bottles, and so far none were "bad." Which YSL is it? Things to consider:

    1. If it's a...
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    Re: Throwing in the hat

    Did you try some really simple scents? For example, I noticed that in the review/comment section of some EOs sold at Bulk Apothecary, some people talk about scents they made with cedar EO, some...
  60. Re: Why is there so much love for Helmut Lang's Cuiron?

    I don't understand the appeal either, as it comes across to me as too "chemical." Also, Amsler's Prive is rather similar, and is quite cheap now (or was recently).
  61. Re: Newbie in the world of fragrance - need some help

    Try the DIY forum.
  62. Re: Gucci Pour Homme - Is It Decent For What It Is?

    For me there are two issues I tend to have with such scents:

    1. I already have something similar enough, or can get that other scent for a lot less money.

    2. The aroma chemicals used tend to...
  63. Re: What Is Your Take On Paloma Picasso Minotaure?

    If you can keep exchanging until you find something you like, then that might be a way to go. I can't get to B&M stores these days easily, so that's not really an option for me; I mostly have to buy...
  64. Re: What Is Your Take On Paloma Picasso Minotaure?

    Not in my experience. It's just never that strong to begin with. At that price, why not go to Crystal Flacon and buy some samples? I got my 75 ml NM EdT for less than $4, by contrast.
  65. Re: What Is Your Take On Paloma Picasso Minotaure?

    Well, I have only tried original Minotaure, so the reformulation might be good (though reviews suggest otherwise to me). The newest NM still smells like the original, but it's not as strong nor...
  66. Re: What Is Your Take On Paloma Picasso Minotaure?

    Well the two aren't especially similar but I'd go for vintage in either case. If you have patience that might be possible at reasonable prices on ebay. If not, I'd buy the NM because prices are...
  67. Re: Why Do Tobacco Colognes Have To Be So Complicated?

    I could have added that "just right" meant the right combination of notes for my preferences, but the OP said that other notes were fine so long as they were ones on a short list. For me, 18:21 has...
  68. Re: Why Do Tobacco Colognes Have To Be So Complicated?

    I bought some tobacco absolute and it didn't smell like any tobacco note I'd want to smell. I think most of the tobacco notes are "reconstructions." So, if you want a woody/tobacco of that type you...
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    Re: Thanks, Hednic !!

    All hail hednic, Prince of Basenotes!
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    Re: Tell me about Rochas Lui

    I'm not getting "freshness" at all in RL, other than that textured petigrain or whatever the note is best called (which I associate with "old school" scents, not "modern" fresh ones). Of course, my...
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    Re: Tell me about Rochas Lui

    I wore this one today since there's been some attention paid to it lately and it always seems to rear its head now and then. It reminds me a lot of the most recent Habit Rouge EdT formulation, but I...
  72. Re: Don't read if you don't like immitation fragrances....

    I have a little experience with Dorall Collection scents and think they do a very good job.
  73. Re: Is it normal for frag enthusiasts to not like Polo?

    I find it's got too much jasmine for me. Everyone is different. Just because someone is an aficionado or whatever doesn't mean he's going to like every scent, regardless of its type!
  74. Thread: Atomiser

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    Re: Atomiser

    Some do some don't, but you can always tap the button and I almost always can get a "half spritz" if I want. This should be in the Just Starting Out Forum.
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    Re: My Nephew bought.... Made To Measure

    There are a lot of "okay" scents that get bashed, especially if they come from a "big house," and there are scents that get "hyped" that aren't anything special (IMO, of course), such as Rochas Lui...
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    Re: Ideas for a Niche Date Scent?

    Because a lot of people come to this site thinking that they need to get a niche scent for this or that occasion. At least some of them (or those reading the thread) might want to know that it...
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    Re: Ideas for a Niche Date Scent?

    I've got niche I like but have yet to encounter one I would consider a "date scent." My comment actually places niche above the "sold designer scent" that is a "good date scent." It's funny how...
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    Re: Ideas for a Niche Date Scent?

    Okay, now I think I've got the right analogy: it's like giving "people food" to a dog that will eat anything. Here is my reasoning: unless the person you are dating understands what a niche...
  79. Re: HUGE LIST: Men's/Women's: 50 ml Fire Island, 118 ml Monogram, 95 ml Theorema, 59 ml Gotham, etc

    BUMP: Added/removed a few items.
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    Re: Dior Sauvage reformulation

    It could be less of whatever is in there rather than different components, especially if IFRA guidelines change.
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    Re: Mouth watering frags

    Interesting comment. I have never experienced that. In fact, my sense of taste and my sense of smell seem to be entirely separate in my mind.
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    Re: Ideas for a Niche Date Scent?

    Is that like asking for dog food a person can eat? Not sure, just asking.
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    Re: Looking for something rich and full bodied

    Try to figure out what you really want. You can go for something like Cadillac Coupe or Magman, sort of the "mini-me" versions of heavy scents, and study them. Don't plunk down a couple hundred for...
  84. Re: Ingredient that dominates GIT, Bulgari Man, etc. for me

    The reason I asked is that if a very common scent with a lot of dihydromyrcenol (like Cool Water for Men) doesn't bother you, then we can eliminate that as the "perpetrator." I can only help so much...
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    Re: I want to sample some incense fragrances

    Reckless Pour Homme, but of course!
  86. Re: Fragrance changed for the better in storage?

    Right, but sometimes what's in the tube has "gone off" so a few sprays might be needed to clear it out.
  87. Re: Fragrance changed for the better in storage?

    How did what I said conflict with what he said?
  88. Re: Fragrance changed for the better in storage?

    Most likely perceptual, since you are talking about almost entirely synthetic components (meaning that the molecules are what they are, and aren't going to "get better," though top notes can be...
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    Re: Fragrance speculation

    Looking back, the limited edition flankers often got discontinued and sold for $20 or less at some point, so they would have been good "speculator" scents, judging by the prices for many of them on...
  90. Re: So what's your take on K. Urban's Phoenix now?

    Yeah, to me it's a good example of why I prefer "cheapos" to niche these day (I bought my bottle when nobody wanted it and it sold for next to nothing).
  91. Thread: F Black

    by Bigsly
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    Re: F Black

    Yeah, f black! I'm getting tired of all these "black" scents that are about as black as vanilla ice cream.
  92. Re: Real niche/designer perfumery vs the gimmicks...

    I think most "niche" can be divided into the "big houses" and the "amateurs" (like Tauer, at least in the "early days") and in both cases it's really "hit or miss." The difference is in the...
  93. Re: So what's your take on K. Urban's Phoenix now?

    The reviews are fairly good, IMO, in terms of providing a sense of what it's like. There's a weird varnish-like quality that dissipates over time, sort of like the tar note in A*Men. Otherwise,...
  94. Re: halloween man one shot? rock on? or new noble musk nights?

    Rock on,hednic!
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    Re: The chemistry of the notes

    Could be, but what do you care, so long as it smells exactly like what you want? "Modern perfumery" is built on this! Or would you like to go back to the days when people splashed themselves with...
  96. Re: Ingredient that dominates GIT, Bulgari Man, etc. for me

    Possible, but it sounds like it goes beyond that. If the OP would tell us what other scents smell like to him, that do not have this quality, that might help narrow things down.
  97. Re: Creed should take a note from Bond no.9 and use stronger concentrations

    It's going to be related to the types and amounts of ingredients used (usually synthetic). My sense has been that Creed tends to err on the side of "naturalness" whereas Bond goes in the other...
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    Re: Where can I get some vintage Joop! Wow! ?

    Well, I was told by a reliable source that the batch codes are part of a plot concocted by the Knights Templar, and if we could only get those guys to dig a little deeper on Oak Island, we would know...
  99. Re: So what's your take on K. Urban's Phoenix now?

    Easy enough to do!
  100. Re: So what's your take on K. Urban's Phoenix now?

    Unique, and gourmand fans might want to try it. It does what I thought niche should do when I was first sampling niche. So much niche has that "chemical" quality, whether it's iso e super,...
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