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  1. Re: What's your favorite from the Creed Acqua Originale line ? Or none of them?

    I get 6 to 8 hours from VG which is surprising because my skin tends to eat fragrances. It by no means is a powerhouse, but I pick up the scent well into the day. I like it for what it is, a very...
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    Re: Balafre

    Don't know the seller personally. As most say, "stored in a cool, dark place". Heavier fragrances I am more willing to take a chance. My understanding is that Balafre has a wonderful opening so I...
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    Re: Balafre

    Very kind of you. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this.
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    Re: Balafre

    Here's the rub. Do I pay up for a vintage bottle and run the risk of the top notes (over the years) losing their punch, or do I buy the new version with the possible re-formulation issues? ...
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    Re: Balafre

    Hednic, thanks for the response. Balafre sounds like an intriguing fragrance.
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    Re: Balafre

    Hednic, I appreciate your assistance. Seems everyone is asking, but no one has done a direct comparison of the two. Did you ever get to smell the re-issue to compare it to your vintage bottle? ...
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    Re: Balafre

    Quick question on Balafre. How does the one currently offered differ from vintage Balafre pour Homme?
  8. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    OP, you're a lost soul and I hope you develop a conscience. If not, you certainly have a flair for rationalizing and politics should be in your future. Best of luck.
  9. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    OP, I find your argument interesting. Do you believe that everything is relative, or nuanced? That there are no absolutes? There is objective right and wrong. Killing another can be self defense...
  10. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    It saddens me when reasonably articulate individuals attempt to defend a morally bereft position. Years ago this would not have been the case. I'm getting old......
  11. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    It is not "good fortune" that created this situation, it is a mistake by the vendor. Knowingly taking advantage in this situation and then calling it "good fortune" is truly an unfortunate...
  12. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    When an individual knows that another has made a mistake, the right thing to do is to point out the mistake, not to try and capitalize on it. We are (at least in the context of this thread) talking...
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    Re: "And my top 5 rose scents is..."

    Armani's Rose d'Arabie, and Atelier's Rose Anonyme are two of my favorites that haven't been mentioned yet.
  14. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    Let me be clear in my use of "fire the customer". We, as a business, will no longer do business with a customer that I do not trust. Very simple concept. If a customer knowingly takes advantage of...
  15. Re: What's your favorite from the Creed Acqua Originale line ? Or none of them?

    VG as well. Very nice subtle scent, perfect for business meetings.
  16. Re: Ordered ONE 75 ml Creed, received TWO bottles. Any advice?

    As others have correctly pointed out, it's not about how your decision affects other people, rather it is how you conduct yourself. In my business I am very understanding of an employee making a...
  17. Re: Looking for smoky and leather frags, with HUGE longevity/sillage

    Trumper's Spanish Leather--a wonderful leather scent. Peau d'Espagne (SMN)--a strong gasoline leather scent--you will be noticed. I like this one on a cold blustery day.
  18. Re: What are the booziest fragrances you've had the pleasure of wearing?

    Light Alcohol: Frapin l"Humaniste, Penhaligon's Juniper Sling, by Killian Vodka on the Rocks

    Dark Alcohol: by Killian Apple Brandy, Frapin 1270
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    Re: Three new Fragrances by Kilian

    Smoke for the Soul reminded me of Black Afgano, and Light my Fire was a very pleasant scent reminiscent of cigars.
  20. Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    I don't believe that letting people know very clearly what your boundaries are has anything to do with a thin skin. In my experience it is far better to shut a fool down early than wait for it to...
  21. Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Do you think when people ridicule that they don't know it is inappropriate? They do, they don't care, so you have to make a decision. Some people (yes, even family members) bully when they can. ...
  22. Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    Not to get too deep, but you may want to reconsider who you associate with.
  23. Re: How does your significant other deal with your fragrance habits?

    Shoes and purses are her weakness. She thinks my hobby is a bit over the top, but laughs about my most recent obsession.
  24. Re: Alright which one of you was this? (Kicked off plane...Dior)

    The downside of monster silage. I guess my 12 sprays of Black Afgano before next week's flight is a bad idea.
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    Poll: Re: Are you a foodie?

    Food, wine, cigars, fragrances--la dolce vita.
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    Re: Your favorite cuddling scent

    Cuddling with yourself: Pecksniff's Oriental Woody

    Cuddling with another: Amouage Gold
  27. Re: Okay, so Kilian charges $100 JUST for the bottle/box/packaging ?!

    Bottom line for me is that since I like the complete package and don't mind paying for it, that is generally what I opt for. I initially said the most important single issue with a fragrance is how...
  28. Re: Okay, so Kilian charges $100 JUST for the bottle/box/packaging ?!

    Flatware goes directly to the overall dining experience.
  29. Re: Okay, so Kilian charges $100 JUST for the bottle/box/packaging ?!

    This is the same argument of food truck versus a nice restaurant. You can get great food from a food truck, but you'll be eating standing up, with plastic utensils, and a paper plate; attempting to...
  30. Re: which scents are good from these houses

    Force Majeure is a very nice scent and it's easy to obtain.
  31. Poll: Re: Orange Sanguine vs Cedrat Enivrant vs Acqua Viva

    I own Orange Sanguine and Acqua Viva. OS is a simple long lasting orange that I find perfect on a Sunday morning. AV has a bit more going on on the lemon front. I believe it's a bit of cedar, a...
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    Re: Which Houses are Worth the Cost?

    Thanks for all the replies.
  33. Re: Dilemma - Creed's Vetiver Geranium or Bond no. 9's Scent of Peace for men -

    I own and (obviously) like both. Bond has greater longevity and the synthetic note fades quickly leaving you with a very pleasant fruity sweet aromatic. Creed is fresher and more restrained,...
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    Re: Gentleman?

    A gentleman in the traditional sense would wear a restrained subtle fragrance, nothing that shouts I am here, look at me. So that excludes all the projection and silage monsters. For business a...
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    Which Houses are Worth the Cost?

    I am posing this question after reading countless threads where posters lament that a fragrance is not worth its' asking price. Let's focus on the positive, which houses are worth their high cost. ...
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    Re: Xerjoff Uden - WOW!

    I am reading this thread with interest because after purchasing 1861 and Nio I am impressed with this house so I'm looking at the rest of their line. Xerjoff seems to touch a financial chord unlike...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Nio
    Acqua Viva
    Monsieur Balmain
    1861
    l'Humaniste

    It was 104 F yesterday.
  38. Re: A good, every day, year around niche scent (no Bond or Creed)

    Encre Noir (under $100)
    Blenheim Bouquet ($100-$200)
    Rose d"Arabie ($200-$300)
    X ($300 +)
  39. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    I've had my head examined (many times) and still spend on fragrances. Go figure.
  40. Re: Worst Fragrance week ever (Really mad right now)

    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Is using FedEx or UPS an option? At least in the US, UPS can hold packages at a local facility for pick up. Also, I recently started a thread on "Proper...
  41. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    OP, I understand your desire, but my advice is to be a student first. Read the wide variety of threads on this site and pay attention to the wealth of knowledge being offered by the many experienced...
  42. Re: How often do you wear fresher scents in the colder months?

    I rarely wear my warm weather scents in the winter here, since winter is short and I find my heavier scents far more interesting. Understand, I love citrus and aquatic scents, but by late October...
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    Re: Proper Storage

    You're right it does look very secure. 100 F today outside and my collection is resting comfortably at 66 F.
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    Re: Smell of money!

    Do you want to smell like the actual smell of money, or the smell of someone that is powerful and has money? If it's the former, I can't help, if it's the later, then the smell of power for me is a...
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    Re: Proper Storage

    I have modified my display cabinet where the range is now 63-67 and over 99% of UV light is blocked. An added bonus to my mods is that I re-organized my cabinet which gives me more space for...
  46. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    For the record, they no longer put an Expiration Date on their bottles. At least not on mine.
  47. Re: Xerjoff Nio vs 1861 vs Acqua Viva

    I have 1861, Acqua Viva, L'humaniste. Interested in Nio as well. Of the three that I have I would rank them: 1861, L'humaniste, then Acqua Viva.
  48. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    Le Labo is actually improving in its' stated longevity. My first bottle from them has a "fresh until" date that is 1 year from purchase. A subsequent bottle has the date purchased on the bottle,...
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    Re: Proper Storage

    I appreciate your input. I've already decided against a fridge or wine cabinet since I want to enjoy seeing my ever growing collection.
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    Re: Proper Storage

    TLS, do you know if there is a constant temperature that should not be crossed when storing fragrances? Thanks for the help.
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    Re: Proper Storage

    Thanks hednic. I'm considering additional modifications to my fragrance display area to drop the temp further. Not sure if it's worth the effort since the temp is now a fairly constant 70.
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    Re: Proper Storage

    Is there a maximum constant temperature that you shouldn't broach? From my research, the range seems to be 50 to 70, but I know with wine, cooler is better.
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    Re: Proper Storage

    I believe you can safeguard your collection (protecting against heat and light) while also retaining the ability to visually enjoy them. At least I hope that is the case.
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    Re: Proper Storage

    Oxygen can be a problem, but I don't see how you would inject an inert gas like nitrogen into a spray bottle. I do have nitrogen gas that I can spray into an open wine bottle to slow down the...
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    Re: Proper Storage

    Concerning humidity. My guess is it is the temperature swings in the bathroom are more of a problem. Some use wine storage cabinets for their fragrance collections and have reported that it has...
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    Re: Proper Storage

    I agree that the lights would be off most of the time within a display cabinet and also LED lights emit far less heat than incandescent lights.
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    Proper Storage

    After starting a discussion in another thread I decided to try to ferret out answers to the most obvious storage questions. I am by no means an expert, but this is what I gleaned from reading...
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    Re: Vintage Discontinued Fragrances

    badarun thanks for taking the time and FSU92grad thanks for the link to your thread. Slightly different, but very helpful nonetheless.

    I appreciate everyone's help on my quest.
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    Re: Vintage Discontinued Fragrances

    Actually, many of my purchases are blind buys. I like doing the research, learning about the notes and the feedback from the many experienced frag connoisseurs on this forum. As I said, I like a...
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    Re: Vintage Discontinued Fragrances

    Thanks for the replies thus far. My interest in fragrances has broadened since I started following posts on Basenotes. Initially, I was strictly a citrus guy, but I now have a bit of everything. ...
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    Re: Daytime date choice?

    I can't offer a scent recommendation because I was baffled by a temperature of less than 90 in August........
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    Re: Oh no.... the itch

    And it started with 5..........I've found the best rule of thumb in any hobby is, if you can comfortably afford it, and it does not harm anyone (including yourself), then go for it. Btw, I have the...
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    Vintage Discontinued Fragrances

    What do you consider vintage and/or discontinued fragrances that a serious fragrance collector should have in their collection? As an example, the original Patou Pour Homme gets a lot of praise, but...
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    Re: Tom Ford atomisers

    If the flacons are supposed to come with atomizers, then why doesn't Tom Ford put it in the package with the flacon? Other brands, such as Pro Fumum (Aqua Viva) do exactly that.
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    Re: Patou pour homme ......

    Yes, I bought in on Ebay, from a vendor in California.
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    Re: Patou pour homme ......

    Funny you should pose this question since I purchased vintage Patou Pour Homme yesterday. I'll let you know how it performs once I receive it. I paid $600 for 90 ml spray.
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    Re: Mature cool weather scent

    From your list I have CDG 2Man and enjoy it in the cold weather. Outside the list, either LIDGE or Or Black are two very nice reasonably priced fragrances.
  68. Re: Anyone else worried about bothering people with Tobacco Vanille?

    I always seeing annoying people with my fragrance selection as a bonus...........
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    Re: First World Problem

    Tinting of glass cabinet is complete. Over 99% UV protection and 30% improvement in heat rejection (even though heat is not a problem in this application). Now I can put all my efforts on my next...
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    Re: Depth vs. Breadth

    Have enjoyed reading everyone's responses. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Best Serge Lutens on a man

    You can learn a lot on this forum. Good luck with your new job.
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    Re: Best Serge Lutens on a man

    Kuhl Linscomb?
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    Depth vs. Breadth

    I picked up a bottle of Creed's Vetiver Geranium yesterday and when putting it in my cabinet I realized I now had nine different Creeds. I was surprised because my original intent was to get my...
  74. Re: Guerlain Heritage and Creed Bois du Portugal.

    I believe I have Heritage EdP in a tall non-Bee bottle.
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    Re: Niche...

    Penhaligan's English Fern. My interest in frags started with the shaving forums and they are very old school so Penhaligans, Trumpers, D.R. Harris, Floris are the frags that are discussed.
  76. Re: Creed Green Valley vs. Original vetiver vs. Bond Bleecker st.

    I have Green Valley and Bleecker St., but do not have OV. I prefer Green Valley for its' fresh character. I consider Bleecker St. to be more of sophisticated gourmand. Like both, but for different...
  77. Re: How long do you sample before buying a bottle?

    I typically don't sample before I buy. I read the reviews and already know the notes that I like and the reviewer whose taste I trust. If it doesn't work out, then one of my friends gets the...
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    Re: First World Problem

    Completely agree. I hope you read my response as being light hearted. No intent on my part to be insensitive.
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    Re: First World Problem

    Yes, it seems so long ago that I originally posed the question.
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    Re: First World Problem

    Why would it be awkward to say to anyone that my problems are first world? How does that insult anyone, but possibly, me? Now if you said my problems are first world, then that's a fight....just...
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    Re: First World Problem

    [QUOTE=dougczar;3208375]In some parts of the world, that's a pretty well-known saying. For those who may not be familiar with it:
    ...
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    Re: First World Problem

    Agreed.
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    Re: First World Problem

    I'm pointing out that it is only a problem for a person that has it pretty damn good. Not a problem at all. While those in the third world are trying to stay alive, an individual in the first world...
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    Re: First World Problem

    I completely agree. I find I approach my "problems" with a sense of humor, because they are clearly not problems in any sense of the word. I decided against a bespoke fragrance because I didn't...
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    Re: Live Jazz Turnaround

    Perfect for hot and humid weather. Very fresh and a terrific bargain as well. MFK's Absolue Pour le Matin is a fragrance that has been challenging for me. I enthusastically purchased it, then...
  86. Re: Top 5 fav. current fragrances in rotation

    Creed MI
    Monsieur Balmain
    Aqua Viva
    Sel Marin
    Xerjoff 1861
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    Re: First World Problem

    I have re-evaluated my storage situation. While the heat element has already been addressed, I have re-thought my approach to light altering my frags. To that end, I am having a relatively clear...
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    Re: First World Problem

    Since this thread has morphed into "how to protect your fragrances from harm over time", has there been any definitive conclusions? When I've done searches, there is general consensus that heat...
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    Re: First World Problem

    I appreciate all the suggestions, even the ones questioning the sanity of where my collection is kept.
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    Re: First World Problem

    I agree that 140 bottles is considerably more than I need. This seems to be a fairly common problem on this forum. As to where I store them, I enjoy looking at them in the morning when getting...
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    Re: First World Problem

    None of the built in overhead lights shine in the cabinet. Lights are on less than an hour per day. I, also took temperature measurements when I had the shower on and temperature never went above...
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    Re: First World Problem

    Guys, I was wondering if anyone would comment on where I had my collection. To put everyone at ease, the cabinets were built with a/c vents and they are not exposed to direct sunlight. I keep the...
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    Re: Fall exclusive

    Norne by Slumberhouse. Heavy smoke and pine. Excellent cold weather scent.
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    Re: First World Problem

    Cacio, rotating what is on display would be dangerous because there would be no limit to the number of frags that I acquire.
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    Re: First World Problem

    I would define "ultra niche" as an uncommon niche, harder to find.
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    Re: First World Problem

    Snaggy1, that hurt.
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    First World Problem

    I'll start with a bit of background and then pose my question. I am reaching the limit for display of my fragrances in my recently redesigned bathroom. At approximately 140 bottles I will try to be...
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille... huh?

    It was between TV and SDV last winter when I decided that I needed a strong vanilla fragrance. I purchased TV because I thought SDV was a bit too feminine. As others have said, great on a blustery...
  99. Re: If MONEY was no option....What niche Fragrance would you pick up and why?

    I have an interesting dilemma, money is not my problem, space is. I have an area where I display my frags and it is getting full. I agreed with my wife that once it's full I would stop acquiring...
  100. Re: If MONEY was no option....What niche Fragrance would you pick up and why?

    Sorry for the less than timely response. No, I like the excitement of the blind buy. Absolutely, wonderful fragrance.
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