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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I've come around to it much, much more than I expected. I dare say it's now even a bit addictive to me, even if it's still not something I totally love. The bergamot in the opening is now very...
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    Re: Question about Chanel Allure Homme

    This is sort of funny, but I'm making a cup of Earl Grey tea and sniffing the bag I get a sour-tart smell from the bergamot which is very similar to the sour-tart note I notice in the opening of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    That is a reasonable assumption, yes. :laugh:
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Great minds think alike today, ZC. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Question about Chanel Allure Homme

    Okay, good to hear from others here. Yeah I think "tart" would be a good word as well; maybe more accurate than "sour." Whichever it is, it DOES remind me of no-longer-fresh citrus top notes in deep...
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    Question about Chanel Allure Homme

    I bought a bottle of Allure Homme new from Barney's (of all places) maybe four months ago. It's worked out well as an easy office scent. However putting it on yesterday I noticed a distinctly sour...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Guerlain Vetiver. It's been an awfully long time, it seems, and I'd almost forgotten how good this one is. Simultaneously fresh yet warm, and very classy.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wanted something easy and simple for the office today, so it was Allure Homme. I know this stuff doesn't make anyone really jump for joy, but I must say, every time I wear it I really enjoy it, even...
  9. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    Oh man, there are so many, especially given prices from reputable online sellers. Just off the top of my head:

    Guerlain Heritage, Vetiver, Habit Rouge
    The whole Caron men's line (esp. Yatagan and...
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    Re: Oud Wood Intense is NOTHING like Oud Wood

    I agree, there's really little similarity between these two, apart from maybe the cardamom note. But I really like Oud Wood Intense when I'm in the mood for it. It's a feral, phenolic leather, pretty...
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    Re: Brand New Dior Homme (Silver Stem)

    I'm a big Dior Homme aficionado, and I've long thought the hubbub about the formulation differences was overplayed. I have and have had several bottles of the original silver stem version, plus the...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Oh yeah. I only know the current version, but it's with the current version that I really fell for Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. It's rich, nuanced stuff -- both clean/soapy but also sexy, with the honey...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 21st October, 2019

    Finally got my bottle of this last week and I've been loving it.
  14. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    Yep, makes sense, and fair enough!
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 21st October, 2019

    Wanted the comfort of some powdery lavender-tonka this morning.

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  16. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    For what it's worth, I certainly get where the OP is coming from as far as the sharpness in the opening of Azzaro Pour Homme. To me it comes from a significant blast of dihydromyrcenol, along with a...
  17. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    This sort of observation (which I think is entirely valid!) is always a bit amusing to me, because what happens when fragrances age is they "blur" and take on a sort of warmer hue, while the top...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    LDDM has had me swooning all day. Another one I’m surprised I took so long to come around to and grab a bottle of. I’d been sampling it off and on for years now. It’s so good.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

    L’Air du Desert Marocain. Glorious.

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

    Yep indeed. I have a bottle from the mid-80s. Alas, as with so many vintages, the top notes have moved into that aged sour phase, but beyond that it’s good stuff. There’s clearly more oakmoss in that...
  21. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Yep, this is accurate. The patchouli remains strong into the dry-down, for sure, with the woods and vanilla softening its sharper edges a bit. It’s a warm-yet-bright effect.
  22. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Based on what I myself own and enjoy, or would wear based on testing:

    Chanel: No. 5, No. 5 Eau Premiere, No. 19, No 19. Poudree, Cristalle (EDT and EDP), Coco ... and pretty much the entire...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Chanel Antaeus. I'm working from home today, so I went all-out: aftershave splash, deodorant, and about five sprays of the EDT, all current versions. I'm currently in a warm resinous-floral-animal...
  24. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Unless you hate spices, patchouli, sandalwood, and vanilla (okay, fair, some people can't deal with these), it's hard to imagine not at least appreciating Heritage, if not falling for it. It's got...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

    Chanel Antaeus. Did the whole shebang this morning: aftershave splash, deodorant stick, and EDT -- all current formulations. I'm working from home today, so I wasn't shy about it, either. :thumbsup:...
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    Re: Copper by Comme des Garçons

    I’m curious about this one, and about the rest of the pile they’ve suddenly released. But I also agree that it seems like quite a few new bottles out all at once.
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Let's see what it would be for me right now, given this is ever-changing:

    1. Dior Homme EDT
    2. MPG Route du Vetiver
    3. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon
    4. Amouage Bracken Man
    5. Hermes Bel Ami
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Went with YSL L'Homme again today, as it's new to me (I've gone through a phase of revisiting mass-market frags that I'd been too snobbish to consider before), and I was in the mood for an easy...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    The whole time while reading/skimming through this thread, what was in the back of my mind was the clear example that’s right in front of us right now, which is that in the Middle East, men wear big...
  30. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    After years of sampling it here and there, I finally gave in and ordered a bottle of L’Air du Desert Marocain, since my most recent sampling of it it really clicked.

    Also requested samples of...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

    That was me yesterday. Great stuff!
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    The first thing that came to my mind was Heritage, where the patchouli is just screamin' for me (in a good way). In fact I put on a sweatshirt yesterday and was suddenly getting big whiffs of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I gave this a wear yesterday myself, and it was probably the first time I really came around to it, rather than just sort of intellectually appreciating it, if that makes sense. For whatever reason...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. Man, I really do love this stuff.

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

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. Quite far now from any sort of copy of Sauvage in my mind (I blame the chatter of fragrance communities for putting that idea in my head in the first place), Carbon is...
  36. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    MFK Absolue pour le Soir. Almost forgot how powerful this stuff is.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Good ol' Azzaro pour Homme is really hitting the spot for me today. There's a lot going on in this one.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th October, 2019

    Azzaro Pour Homme

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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Sprayed on some Heritage last night (I have a vintage bottle of the EDT) possibly based on seeing your posts. Alas the top notes of this old bottle have gone off, but the dry down is really, really...
  40. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    :grin:
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I'm not familiar with Red for Men personally, but I'm sure someone else can chime in there. As far as longevity, I've had no issues at all with my bottle, which I bought new earlier this year. It's...
  42. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    I assume by "eclectic" you mean "eccentric"? In any case, I'd agree with most of what people have mentioned, with Gucci particularly standing out as trying new things, which I admire, even if none of...
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    Re: Le Labo Baie 19

    I have a sample on the way. Even though I haven’t liked a new Le Labo since the Ylang/Lys duo, the description of this one was interesting enough. Always curious to sniff a take on petrichor. But...
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Saw that yesterday. I’d concur, however I was shocked they didn’t mention the huge vetiver note that becomes particularly obvious in the dry down. Vetiver dominated my experience of the scent.
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    Twilly Eau Poivree from a sample. It’s really nice, with a green, stemmy rose emerging pretty quickly after the opening. I don’t get overt pepper, interestingly. Despite this having a different set...
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    Re: Baccarat Rouge 540: The Sweetness Factor

    Candy Perfume Boy’s review of BR 540 talks through the primary aromachemicals used in the composition, as apparently Kurkdjian was open about it being an entirely synthetic, abstract creation, and...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It’s great stuff, isn’t it? Another one I’m surprised I slept on for so long. I love the sandalwood base under the fresh fougere accord.
  48. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    This video was so enlightening to me, particularly the section you reference. She points out that using oakmoss up to the restriction you’d “moss yourself ‘til Christmas,” which made a light in my...
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    MPG Route du Vetiver. I've loved it for years, but for some reason kept putting off buying a bottle. Now that I have it, I put some on the other night and it struck me how amazingly ME this fragrance...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Thanks to generous Hermes SAs, I have several samples of Agar Ebène, including one that's particularly generous. I'd never given this one a full-day wear, and I figured it's time to make good use of...
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    Re: My Creed collection. What's yours?

    Have bottles of

    Aventus
    Green Irish Tweed
    Original Vetiver

    Currently exploring some of the others in the line. Royal Mayfair was gorgeous but not quite something I'd spend that sort of cash...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

    Hermes Agar Ebene

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  53. Re: Comme des Garcons + Monocle Scent Four: Yoyogi

    Aww yeah. Almost certainly a blind buy for me.
  54. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    It was Hermes Bel Ami last night (current version just picked up). Beautiful stuff.
  55. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme YSL , I'm digging it very much!

    It’s a classic for good reason. Enjoy!
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    Classic leathers (along the lines of Chanel Cuir de Russie, or Knize Ten) can be challenging for me to actually wear, much as I appreciate them from afar as great compositions. So, given that,...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Sniffed Epice Marine at Hermes this afternoon and liked it more than I expected. I'd seen folks saying it was just Declaration, and while I get the cardamom, to me this goes in a pretty different...
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    When it comes to current versions of things, one of the first that comes to mind is Hermes Equipage, which for me becomes a veritable forest of oak moss as it develops. Really gorgeous stuff.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

    YSL L'Homme EDT. In the mood for something easy for the office.

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  60. Re: Latest Tiffany Masculine Fragrance - Tiffany & Love For Him!

    I tried this at Bloomingdale’s last week. It wasn’t bad, with a little bit of a bracing or green aspect in the opening if I remember right, but soon it became clear this is Tiffany updating to...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Just sprayed on some MPG Route du Vetiver as my SOTE and wow, why did it take me this many years to finally get a bottle? This is not only easily my favorite vetiver, but something about this one...
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    Re: Masculine Hazelnut fragrance?

    Yep this was the first thing I thought of.

    Also, if you’re willing to be a bit more daring, it’s worth checking out Angel Muse EDP, which has a really great hazelnut note. It’s pretty unisex for a...
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    Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Part of what I love about our community here on Basenotes is that folks chime in with such a good response to this question: both helpful, and with a great open-minded attitude.

    And I can only add...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Bleu de Chanel EDT. On the days I go to the gym, it's hard NOT to go with this since I have both the travel spray and deo stick in my gym back for refreshing after my workout and shower. Plus, it's...
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    Hm. Yeah I don’t meant to say it actually smells like designer “bleu” fragrances, but more that I can see a structural similarity, with the fresh element (mint here) over norlimbanol-driven woods....
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th October, 2019

    I have no trouble pulling it off, particularly the EDT which is just a bit more green and dry than the EDP (which adds a little more fruit and inkiness, though I love that one too). Given that...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th October, 2019

    A warm day today despite otherwise being in fall weather.

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    Re: A Primer on Chanel Cristalle

    I have new bottles of both EDT and EDP, and I love both of them. I find the EDP to be indeed a bit more lush, with more of an inky effect pulled from the oak moss. But both definitely feature oak...
  69. Re: What are the sexiest fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    Another vote for Absolue pour le soir. It’s ridiculously sexy and beautiful. Still available to order direct from the MFK web store.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    I JUST sprayed this on about ten minutes ago, for the first time, from a Creed sample set that arrived yesterday. It’s certainly likable right from the start, to me, and the opening accord does...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    That, and Viking, were the other two in the little sample set I ordered from them. I’m looking forward to finally trying it. Until recently I mostly dismissed Creed as far too pretentious and...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Creed Royal Mayfair. Just sprayed some on from an official sample. I never paid Creed a lot of mind in the past, though I have GIT and recently gave in and bought Aventus. In any case, Royal Mayfair...
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    Re: Do people still care about Bond No.9?

    For me, Bond No. 9 is a perfect example of overpriced niche that is almost entirely pretense and cynical cash-grabbing. I agree their bottles are very tacky (which could easily shift to campily fun...
  74. Re: Does anyone else favor dank-vegetal scents for Fall like I do? ie, Fougeres and Lavenders

    The snuggly vanilla-lavender of Luna Rossa Sport (yesterday) and Le Male (today) have really been working for me in the cooling weather, though I suppose neither strike me as dark or vegetal. :)
  75. Re: Super popular frags that you've never smelled on anyone?

    I'm trying to think of any. I don't know Invictus to know whether I've smelled it out and about. I'm sure I've smelled 1 Million, again without being so familiar with it. What surprises me is...
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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    Oooh yeah glad someone mentioned Caron Troisieme Homme because while it's hardly modern, it's certainly still in production. THOUGH, thinking about it again, Caron isn't a designer brand, is it?...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 4th October, 2019

    JPG Le Mâle, because believe it or not, it's new to me, and I've never done a full day wear before. Plus I was feeling particularly gay and cheeky today. ;)
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I knew it was a number that led me to sometimes gasp when looking at my collection, which is spread over several shelves in my walk-in closet. Then I did my best to update my wardrobe on here at it...
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    I agree: Persolaise is great. Very charismatic, eloquent, and knowledgeable.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    It's really good stuff.
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    Re: Just need a couple of recommendations.

    Hah! Heck yes I do! Said farmer would easily rock some Caron Yatagan. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 3rd October, 2019

    Prada Luna Rossa Sport. Great stuff.

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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    For sure! I didn't meant to come across too strong on your original question, by the way. :) More just offering a counter-perspective given that it's easy to get carried away looking for complexity...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Oh really? I immediately think of CdG 2 (silver bottle), the Incense series, Wonderwood, Hinoki, Laurel, Odeur 71, Dover Street Market, Vettiveru, Black, Blackpepper, CdG 3, CdG White ... A very...
  85. Re: Does anyone else favor dank-vegetal scents for Fall like I do? ie, Fougeres and Lavenders

    Oh yeah, this is one of my favorite “tonal” categories, now that I think about it. Some more to add to the list:

    Loewe Esencia (pine, tobacco, leather)
    Caron Yatagan (possibly THE autumn...
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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    Like others have said, the divide here isn’t between designer and niche, but between today’s styles and older trends. Plenty of niche releases these days are pretty straightforward and linear, too....
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    Re: Just need a couple of recommendations.

    Some of my favorite all-arounders:

    The sensitive intellectual: Dior Homme EDT
    The daring bad-boy: Dior Fahrenheit
    The quiet, handsome, reliable dude: Allure Homme or YSL L'Homme
    The smart guy...
  88. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Was it the final release, or just a beta version? :laugh:
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

    L'Envol de Cartier (original EDP)

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  90. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Did a bunch of sniffing with a friend at Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s yesterday. Can’t even remember everything, but some of what stood out:

    The new Tiffany for Men: very pleasant, slightly aromatic...
  91. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    At last, Le Male has joined my collection. So I went to bed last night with a spray of it still radiating from my arm. It’s cozy, comfortable stuff and it’s definitely still there this morning.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Interesting reading some of these negative reactions (including the “porn store” reaction), as I personally found nothing objectionable in the fragrance at all. I would have been FASCINATED if it...
  93. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    It's a good one! Nothing to hate here.
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    I was a little late coming around to Equipage, or maybe I just needed to develop a taste for these more-classic oakmoss-driven scents first, but now I think it's just fantastic. Very debonair...
  95. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    That's funny to hear, since I've always gotten a kitty litter effect from vintage Kouros, and just assumed the cat litter we used when I was young had an aroma-chemical similar to something in...
  96. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I have a gift box of YSL L'Homme arriving (gonna give the smaller bottle to a dear friend, keep the big one for myself). This is part of my recent appreciation for mass-appealing, easy-to-wear...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 1st October, 2019

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    Creed Aventus
  98. Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    To draw an arbitrary, and superficial, line at "niche" as opposed to "designer" is, bluntly, pretentious, something you do when you're still being a dilettante, a snob, a poseur.

    A sincere...
  99. Re: so-called colognes that are EDT or better: the list

    Everything fragrance newbies or normies call "cologne" when they mean "men's fragrance." :wink:
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    Re: A*Men Appreciation

    At the start of my adult fragrance hobby, back in say 2011, I gave A*Men a good try and just couldn't come around to it. Even smelled it here and there while out and about (which is funny, because I...
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