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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Whatever is oiliest and smells the strongest. I get them loose so I'm not wasting coffee I could otherwise be drinking.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Thank you! The Avon is 1/4 of my entire collection, which is why it needed its own space! There's an entire cabinet of boxed, unused decanters too.



    The coffee beans stay open because the doors...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I heard pixie dust is good for the complexion too.

    (Seriously, I understand why this is so prized. Very beautiful chypre/fougère inbetweener.)
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Top row is niche and smaller bottles, middle row center front is "the compliments gallery" and medium bottles in back. Bottom row is tall stuff and "the weird bottles".
  5. Re: Backup bottles - Do you really need that?

    I buy backups of things I enjoy that are slowly "going unicorn" before they're priced out of my reach, and of frequent-flier frags I use often. Otherwise, many of the things I enjoy will suffice me...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Balenciaga Ho Hang (1971)

    In the blood of unicorns I bathe!

    *eyes glow*
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

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    Here it be
  8. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme is back from the death?

    I hadn't known it was in danger from "the death", just that year one batches were totally different and better than virtually all the rest, which is the usual puritanism/hysteria claptrap IMO. If it...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    The Avon is in the closet behind me.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

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    Slight update
  11. Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Original was darker, smokier, oilier, and full of things they just can't slip past regulations anymore, but the current is still recognizable as Bel Ami. The major difference is Bel Ami as sold now...
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    Re: What say you?

    You could almost liken it to using Velveeta (designed by Kraft to be melted) for your grill cheese because it's easier to work with, or some kind of artisanal natural cheese that isn't processed and...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Literally 2 sprays, pray, and run away kind of frag. I love it.
  14. Re: A question regarding 1881 pour Homme

    Agreed to both. In my experience, the bigger hit comes from oak moss-dependent perfumes (like older chypres) that didn't have coumarin, musk, or amber to fill the gaps like a lot of old Fougères do...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Does your cat play drums too?
  16. Re: Most frivolous or unjustified purchase you ever made?

    I bought a partial once because I wanted the cap for my full tester backups of said scent, which was discontinued and impossible to find new with a cap in the size I wanted.
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    Re: What say you?

    It's literally the impurities left in natural ingredients that give them their perceived nuance and variation. That's it. Some things smell better in "pure" chemical form, but some things do not...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Montale Black Aoud (2006)

    Weapons-grade medicinal oud and dark, brooding rose.
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    Montale Black Aoud (2006)
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    Montale Black Aoud (2006)
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I like L'Homme, but it does sort of go in that "Chanel Allure Homme but more transparent" direction, which translates to the perfume version of whispering sweet nothings in your ear (which is good...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage

    It's the AdG or Curve of this decade.
  23. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    Literally the salesperson at my shop said "oh this came out first" when I mentioned it smelled like TV, so they're very aware of that too.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Aftershave tonight. Has the longevity/sillage of a good EdT, while the cologne has slightly more projection, but same longevity. "All purpose lotion" was basically some weird inbetween and basically...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Avon Leather (1966)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    The perfect perfume for a 70's anchorman. I agree.
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    The Bortnikoff Amber Cologne has my interest. I have some Bonheur that I covet and horde just for those once-a-year dinner date kinda dealies.

    How does the Caron PuH Sport compare to the regular?
  28. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    It's the spoonful of sugar that helps make my opinions go down.



    An oud fragrance with no oud basically describes 90% of what's out there anyway unless you're buying artisanal, so I'm not...
  29. Re: NEW : CALVIN KLEIN Eternity for Men Eau De Parfum

    It's not even in the directory yet and probably won't be unless somebody presses the issue. That's how "good" it is hahahaha

    Seriously though, Calvin Klein needs to chill on the Eternity flankers....
  30. Re: A question regarding 1881 pour Homme

    I have what I imagine to be a newer bottle and it seems fine to me. If it's some blasphemous adulteration compared to vintage, I wouldn't know without a side-by-side. Most such tests I've run...
  31. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    The flattery has me blushing but I fear a book's worth of my opinion would serve only to stir the mob into action. I already have trouble keeping the pitchforks from some BNers away as is hahaha.
  32. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    Gonna back Scarce up? How many bottles?

    -ba dum tish-
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    Re: Looking for L'Occitan replacement

    Prada Lunna Rossa Carbon for me
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    Re: Day Time, All Season Fragrance

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon or K by Dolce & Gabbana.
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    Re: Tsar = Jazz ?

    Tsar is greener and sportier.
    Jazz is smoother and spicier to me.
  36. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    Thank you for putting me in "touch" with this recommendation. ;)
  37. Re: Similar to Club Pinaud after shave with cologne?

    +1 on Canoe and Wild Country.

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  38. Re: At the same price, which one of these two do you recommend?

    Without a doubt Dior Homme
  39. Re: Reformulations....... are they always a "less than" vintage?

    There is a bit of puritanism in vintage circles that must be navigated to truly enjoy vintage without confusion and unnecessary fighting.

    1) For me, if it launched 20 years ago. New production of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Avon Blend 7 (1973)

    Anise, tarragon, dry orris, vetiver, sandalwood, oakmoss, and a very sharp aromatic finish. This is the perfect "smell like woods" kind of autumnal fragrance to kick...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 20th September, 2019

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    Avon Blend 7 (1973)
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 20th September, 2019

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    Avon Blend 7 (1973)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

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    Avon Blend 7 (1973)

    In the sink with...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    This is going to be an easy sync
  46. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    Hmmmm....

    Avon Mesmerize (1992) - A lovely semi-oriental fougère-type scent with apple and spices up top, sandalwood and oakmoss in the base, plus a nice creaminess throughout. Very below $30
    ...
  47. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    Thank you!

    I kinda see "cyber-fication" (not a word but bear with me) as the big mainstream thing across many art and media markets. People love VR, they love virtual realities provided by MMOs,...
  48. Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    The big ruckus about Eau des Baux is that it beat Tobacco Vanille by a year to the market, yet "fragrance army" types who follow hype and not facts will call it a TV clone, so folks who love the...
  49. Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    I bet you're someone who likes Philip K Dick and cyberpunk in general. You're right, about manufactured romance and digital souls. We're spiraling towards a dystopian corporate oligarchy on a dying...
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    I liked it but I wasn't emphatic about it beyond it's creativity.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I totally love this stuff and always have. The cologne is even better.
  52. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Aramis Tobacco Reserve (2018) from a sample. Powerful, linear, and surprisingly high quality for a legacy brand of Lauder. Punches above it's price point into TF private blends both in performance...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I finished up my Royal Copenhagen stint and moved into my first tobacco wear in a while, Windsor Pour Homme by English Laundry (2016). It's sorta Spicebomb meets Eau des Baux with a touch of Burberry...
  54. Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

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    Windsor Pour Homme by English Laundry (2016)
  56. Re: Anyone else seeing a whole bunch of Chinese (?) character threads in the "General Fragrance" for

    Another dozen or so spam threads just appeared. You have some hackers targeting this site and generating random accounts/threads. They're going to render the site unusable (perhaps their goal) if you...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I recently tried Tobacco Reserve. It's pretty good. Would love to try this one.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

    Intenso is more like a tonka-heavy retool of current. I found it gross.
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    Again with scam/phishing topics, this time here in the support forum.
  60. Re: Go figure: Dior Higher and Higher Energy are not discontinued

    US gets less and less of the legacy or extended catalog selections for male fragrances anymore because all the men buying perfume in malls are younger upper class or upper middle class guys and they...
  61. Re: Paper or cardboard smell in vintage Coriandre

    I never got a cardboard note or musty paper note in the sample I reviewed personally, and it was not from current production. Although some bottles can probably age differently than others.
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    Re: Real or fake Viking?

    Best answer
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    Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    I didn't consider Guerlain as a designer since they never made clothing or accessories, but I'd pick Habit Rouge (1965) as their house-defining magnum opus for men.

    I'll update:

    Burberry:...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I also really enjoyed a sample of Jean Couturier Coriandre (1973), which is right up your alley Mr. rose and civet oakmoss savon (think a smoother Aromatics Elixir with a small poof of animal musk...
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    Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    I teetered between Pour Homme and The One actually, so I almost went that way too.
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    Such a precious kitty gosh. I miss mine.
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

    Vintage is way smoother and more blended to my nose. All the ingredients from the citrus to the tobacco play in harmony. Current is a much sharper and more powdery rendition, and is still D&G Pour...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Everyone I show the bottle to or gets to hold it feels like it could be an impromptu blunt force weapon if need be.
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    Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    For me:

    Chanel: Antaeus (1981)
    Dior: Eau Sauvage (1966)
    Hermès: Bel-Ami (1986)
    Yves Saint Laurent: Kouros (1981)
    Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (1973)
    Azzaro: Pour Homme (1978)
    Calvin Klein:...
  70. Re: Your "chore" scents or dumb grabs at the moment

    For me it's always Azzaro Pour Homme, but used to be Avon Black Suede and Paradigm for years until the formulation I like started getting a bit more scarce on the former, and the latter is just DC'd...
  71. Re: Noob with particular tastes seeking recommendations

    I love leather but in comes in shades. Some of it is more tannery smell (BelAmi), some of it is photorealistic shoe/handbag (Ombre Leather), some is more powdery like an impression of leather (Knize...
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    Re: Vintage Chanel For Men Cologne

    I sorta think this style will more and more be dependent on artisanal perfumers who don't give 2 s**ts and a handshake about chem firm-lobbied industry "regulations" to ensure the profitability of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    One thing early Avon masculine fragrances had to contend with was being both forthright in their manliness and laid back, since they were courting the blue collar baby...
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    Re: YSL Libre EDP

    I actually wrote a review on this. The Basenotes entry is --> Here <--
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 17th September, 2019

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    Öland by Avon (1970)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Makes sense. I have a vintage mini to compare with my modern backups and only (very) slightly less performance is detected. This one has held up super well over the years of regulatory changes, as it...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    They've literally never changed the bottle so I wouldn't know. You'd need to use Raiders to go in-depth.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Thanks! If you really wanna make me smile (outside Avon), get your hands on some Lapidus Pour Homme (1987)! That stuff is killer!
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    Re: Problem with Versace "The Dreamer"

    Avoid the front of your neck and chest, confine sprays to back of neck. Spray on arms instead or dab on wrists. You'll catch it in the air more often if it's further away from you.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Another round of Luna Rossa Carbon to test at work.
  82. Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Depending on if you're looking to go down a broader range of release years or keeping him current makes a difference. Assuming current, I'd pick

    Calvin Klein Obsessed for Men (2018) for the...
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    Re: Fall/Winter Vanilla fragrance

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    One of my fall heroes. Snubbed by price snobs, but a dark horse favorite on these boards.

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Is this the source of my sample? Just curious.
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    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon (2018)

    This is a sharp lavender modern masculine that feels squeaky clean and buttoned down, resting on a base of ambrox and norlimbanol. It's not quite a fougère...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 16th September, 2019

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    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon (2018)
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    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon (2018)
  88. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    I guess the cat's out of the bag.
  89. Re: Latest Tiffany Masculine Fragrance - Tiffany & Love For Him!

    Only problem is will all the acolytes who worship the unicorn that is the original give it a chance? Probably not I'd say, because that one was clearly in the old Guerlain/Chanel/Patou school of...
  90. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme - prices

    This stuff is so strong too. I nabbed 2 backups right as it began going up and I'm going to be on my death bed with some remaining. 2 sprays for me and I'm good all day.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 16th September, 2019

    Thanks for the wishes! <3
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    The only chronic problem you have is smelling like rosy animal butt, which ain't a bad thing 'round these parts buddy. <3
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    It's funny that we wear what we like a lot, but what we love very little under this stratagem. Although my top 4 most worn are truly favorites.
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    Re: Where are all the Vintage Creed bottles?

    You mean real fudgergris and not fudgebroxan?

    That's a pretty fancy cookie.
  95. Re: NEW: Ramon Monegal - Ocean Oud, Oud On Fire, and Soul Of Oud!

    My local niche shop has Monegal, but not any of the ouds
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon because I got it for my birthday. It's a really lovely modern barbershop scent that isn't an insanely-priced niche release. I recommend it to anyone who loves lavender and...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I don't have a bottom shelf per se, just because I tend to cherish/savor things I love more (and thus wear them less), going with "easy" or "dumb" reach things for my daily grind (pretty much my most...
  98. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    But do you actually enthuse about this scent?
  99. Re: Anyone else seeing a whole bunch of Chinese (?) character threads in the "General Fragrance" for

    You got somebody else making spam threads with mathematical titles now
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 15th September, 2019

    Thanks for the birthday wishes from all who gave them.
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