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    Re: Clean, summer fragrance recommendations

    The Mugler is definitely worth trying. Clean and with a touch of soap, but not the regular one.

    If you have a Lush nearby, you can also check Dirty. In body spray, it's quite cheap and lasts a...
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    Re: Oriental Floral Recommendations?

    Shalimar and Opium are the two reference orientals, so you should definitely try them. Shalimar is more vanillic and Opium more spicy-clovey. They are not particularly floral though (though Opium...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    I had forgotten about Sex Appeal. Definitely falls in the sincere camp field.

    I tried it after LT's good review. And it does smell traditional, but it was so fleeting. I wonder if vintage was more...
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    Re: Stand up to humidity

    Usually vetivers do well on me in humidity-things like Sycomore, Vetiver extraordinaire, and so on. But then you said the Guerlain didn't work for you...

    cacio
  5. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    Basenotes can be dangerous, not just for perfumes.

    I had no Tyrwhitt shirt, but there's a store around the corner from my office. They are having sales, so I got a white summery shirt for $35. Not...
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    Re: So what do you guys think I should try next?

    It seems that for now you tend to like woody, dryer things.

    For something still in the woody fresh territory, but a bit stranger, you can try CDG2 man, a fresh incense.

    As for ouds, there are...
  7. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    Good to know about Brooks brothers. Back then, that was the idea. Solid and reliable, you knew they would last well and be appropriate for business environment.

    I agree that black can be very...
  8. Re: Expending collection with some quality fragrances

    In your list, I'd single out Pure Malt. It's quite warm and woody, and I don't think you have anything in that style in your collection. Another warm woody perfume would be Chanel Egoiste.

    You can...
  9. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    Synthetics are not good because, as you point out, they make you sweat. Cotton is light. And easy to wash.

    I used to get Brooks brothers shirts in the past but I haven't in a few years, so I...
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    Re: Warhol's Guerlain Appreciation

    Ken

    I don't now the specific for this movie, but usually it's the set designer team that puts stuff out, the director doesn't bother in the details. If the movie is big enough, the production...
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    Re: Warhol's Guerlain Appreciation

    Thanks for the pics! These are always fun...

    I also see a No 5 functional product that I can't quite decipher (after shower? I doubt there's an after shave no 5)

    cacio
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    Re: Wedding gift ideas

    My favorite quirky house is Etat Libre d'Orange, which has a sample set of all their collection. If you want to splurge, Amouage has (extremely expensive) sets.

    Once, for a wedding, I gave a...
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    Re: best guerlains for men?

    Many worth trying. singling out Mouchoir de Monsieur (classic citrusy fougere) and Derby (classic citrus woody. expensive, as said)
  14. Re: Help Me Find... (Looking For Recommendations)

    If you like tuberose, Fracas is a must. It's less syrupy and sweet than the 80s Poison, but still creamy, luscious, and suitably "red".
    More mainstream tuberoses include Hermes Twilly (but it's a...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite Amouage Woman?

    I chose Gold because it's the most classic. A big, symphonic floral. Close second Fate, a beautiful oriental reminiscent of Opium, but less strong and more elegant.
    Shootout also to Ubar, which you...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    According to Sontag...
    although later on she points out as well that

    Perhaps, though, it is not so much a question of the unintended effect versus the conscious intention, as of the delicate...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    Re: whether camp is knowing or not, from the exhibit I learnt that Susan Sontag distinguished the two types (citation from Notes on camp below):

    18. One must distinguish between naïve and...
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    Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    Some of these notes can take various forms. Oud especially, which ranges from woody to musky and fruity. Rose itself-it goes from clean citrusy to jammy and dark. Vetiver has a clearer personality,...
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    Re: dior cologne royal vs chanel eau de cologne

    Both excellent. If I need to choose, I prefer the Chanel, which has a touch of green (in fact, I'm at my second 400ml bottle).

    The chanel lasts pretty well for being a cologne, but, like all...
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    Re: Casinos room perfume

    I didn't see any smoking there-but that's maryland after all, so perhaps it was indeed a smoke free casino...

    cacio
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    Casinos room perfume

    I stopped by the National Harbor resort in DC's suburbs last weekend and noticed that the MGM casino smells distinctly like the leather material in Tuscan leather (and other modern leathers). So the...
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    Thanks for the suggestions - things to check I did not know about.

    As for Avon, the perfume "Gay nineties" (back then innocent, now it could count as camp if it were redistributed)

    cacio
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    Mugler perfumes seems to have gone for that a lot. I haven't followed Azzaro (after the pour homme).

    Moschino was indeed featured in several clothes at the exhibit. I am not very familiar with the...
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    Camp: notes on fashion

    Last week, I visited the Camp fashion exibit at the Metropolitan museum of art in NYC. It was quite interesting, and the clothes were fabulous.

    Which prompts a question: are there "camp" perfumes?...
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    Re: Montale Recommendation

    Sorry to hear you don't like it. That said, sometimes things come around, perhaps in a year you'll feel like trying something new. So you should just keep it aside. Or give it as a gift to somebody...
  26. Re: How Has Your Fashion Changed Through the Years?

    Through my 20s, I simply didn't care. So probably I was wearing jeans and shirt, or whatever my mom gave me.

    Then I started to follow fashion a bit more, so from more minimalistic style to a bit...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    Are you referring to Caron pour un homme? There were some discussions. For me, the current one is still great and worth having. Vintage had a deeper base, but this doesn't bother me much, to me pour...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    Concurring with the others, the modern lavenders I like are of the smooth fougere variety (1725, Jersey) rather than the sharp one.

    Have you tried Lush Dirty? Not lavender per se, but a mix of...
  29. Re: what smells similar to ombre leather (tom ford) and colonia leather (Acqua di Parma )?

    In the style, I also recommend Colonia Leather. It's drier and sharper. Sharper still, Montale Aoud Leather.

    Otherwise, there are many excellent leathers (which I prefer to the above) that go in...
  30. Re: Suggestions To Add to a Beginner's "Collection"?

    Prada l'homme has a touch of iris (which Luna Rossa doesn't) so perhaps you can try other perfumes that have a touch of iris, like the Dior Homme range. For the summer, you can check Dior Homme l'eau...
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    Re: Montale Recommendation

    If you like leather, Aoud leather certainly is leathery. It is however sharper than Dark aoud. Aoud Cuir d'Arabie is also leather and oud, but musky and less sharp. I like Aoud lime too, though it...
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Incidentally, re Bas de soie, there's a note I am hypersensitive to, it feels very swampy to me. But many other people don't find it that way.
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    Re: Vintage POAL Worth Seeking Out?

    I'd say no. It's probably not as strong as it was, but it's still nuclear power, so I'm happy with the current version.
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    Re: Kouros Soothing Shaving Foam

    I never find such things...

    These things contain so many preservatives that it's certainly still good to use. So if you do shave, just enjoy!


    cacio
  35. Thread: Naming notes

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    Re: Naming notes

    Yes, quite often one smells a (usually synthetic) molecule or accord, but, not being a perfumer, one doesn't associate it with a name.

    And reading the official notes is usually of little help...
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Learning something new (about French that is). In Italian, the corresponding word means not bed, but sleeping place for animals (and it doesn't mean nappy).

    Also, in French coucher avec means have...
  37. Thread: Soap battle

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    Re: Soap battle

    I like the top of Castile very much, then it gets a little too soapy for me. But then I don't like soap.
    My vote for Castile anyway.
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Beautiful bottles!

    I as looking on ebay and I saw a couple listed for a very high price. Though it's just a listing, doesn't mean anybody will buy them.

    cacio
  39. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    I assume there are no samples of Iris Nazarena because it is quite expensive and from a small brand.

    I tried it and it is indeed very good, not so much for the iris, but it's the combination of...
  40. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    ISM: it has been reformulated, but not to a shade of itself. The original was darker, almost menacing. The newer one is not as dark and has the bready note typical of modern iris. So still...
  41. Re: Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    I don't know about the bottles.

    I find the current version rather thin and unsatisfying. I remember something bigger 10+ years ago, but memory could be at fault. You should not assume that a...
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    Re: Take Me In Two Directions (What to Try)

    I agree that towards the base Oud Ispahan and Leather oud converge. Lyric woman probably used to be dark, but the latest I have smelled was not good. Thin rose, without much depth.

    cacio
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    Re: Take Me In Two Directions (What to Try)

    Welcome!

    Interesting that you put Oud Ispahan among the examples of stinky oud. For me, it would be a great example of western rose-oud (ie in your first category). Although it's true that it is...
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    Re: Rate of evaporation?

    As others were saying. Almost no bottle is 100% sealed, so things will tend to evaporate over time. But extremely slowly (decades or more) for things that are sealed relatively well (which is the...
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    Re: Azurea by L.T. Piver

    Lovely bottle!

    I know nothing about this perfume. I've seen other vintage Piver parfums and the presentations were always lovely (like Pompeia). The bottle looks old and back then perfumes were...
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Thanks for the writeup. Really interesting!

    I did not know he had produced for Arden what I assume must be far superior perfumes than what Arden sells now.
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    Re: Any "Must Try" Le Labo City Exclusives?

    I don't think the exclusives are worthy anywhere near $30 for a sample (I'm not sure any of them is FWB anyway). Just wait for when they are in store.

    That said, my favorite, and the only one I...
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Very informative guide. Adding stuff to my to-try list.

    Seconding Ken. I'd be happy to hear your opinions on some classics like Pino silvestre and Acqua di Selva. And coniferous aromatic Itaian...
  49. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    Most of my collection is new stuff I bought over the last 10 years, so mostly it's new stuff.
    when I recommend, I always try to specify whether I am talking about current or vintage. (often with...
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    Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    Have you tried CDG2 man? I'd call it fresh incense. Woody and dry, but still a bit fresh. Niche but not particularly expensive.

    cacio
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    Re: Niche Fragrance for an older mother

    If it is within budget, I agree on the suggestion of Amouage. Amouage Gold is a big floral, not dark. Amouage Fate is a rich oriental, but it would be a touch dark.

    cacio
  52. Thread: Caron pour Homme

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    Re: Caron pour Homme

    I cannot think about a Caron masculine that i really dislike. Although the classic trio is still the best for me.

    different story for the ones for women, many of which have been reformulated...
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    Re: Fragrances with a dominant 'dried fruits' note

    Lutens was the king of these notes. When I saw the title, I thought of arabie too. In the line, I'll mention also Feminite des bois and Boxeuses (respectively woods and leather with candied fruit).
    ...
  54. Re: Sampling suggestions from Amouage, CdG, other niche houses

    Amouage tends to be heavy, musky, floral-so not sure the house will click overall.

    CDG does have a lot of industrial and chemical, especially in the special series (tar, garage, etc). It also has...
  55. Re: Sour note in dry down of Music f.a. While + Au coeur du desert?

    I don't know about the specifics. But patchouli can come in different forms. Sometimes it's more dry and woody, other times more earthy, other times sourish. So it could be ok for you in some...
  56. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    Great idea, and great choice set. She's certainly going to find something that clicks.
    cacio
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    Re: Summer Purchase Advice

    Welcome!

    I think that vetivers do very well in warm and humid weather. So in your list the TF, but also other vetivers from various brands, like guerlain vetiver or CDG Vetiveru.
  58. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    I wish I could like Bois d'Orage. Love the top, then there's a note that I find grating and ruins it for me.

    As for something I'm currently enjoying a lot: Azemour les orangers. Sort of old style...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    With Guerlain, one has to make sure to smell the current version, because these have changed quite a bit.

    As for your question, i have not tried current Chamade or Nahema, so not sure how they...
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Welcome!

    Traditional Estee Lauders like Youth Dew and Azuree come to mind (both woody, spicy, ambery), Also, Aromatics Elixir. If you like some sweetness, Angel.
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    I bought Complex, which is a monster leather. Dry, chemical, strong. Unwearable but fun to smell. More recent reviews don't give that impression, which suggests that perhaps it has been reformulated....
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    Re: Need suggestions for a purchase

    I second some of the suggested brands. Especially Etat Libre d'Orange, perhaps my favorite brand. Not extremely expensive, and they have an inexpensive sample set.

    cacio
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    The strength and chemical aspect is what I like in Club design. In fact, I was a touch disappointed by Carre blanc because after the exciting opening, it toned down a bit. But I see you didn't like...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose on a Man?

    I have always thought that these violet-rose "makeup" perfumes were perfect for the younger crowd that is now sporting beards last seen in Edwardian times (when men still used floral perfumes with...
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    Re: Help a very ancient member re. Amouage :)

    Amouage and blind buying don't seem to go in the same sentence...

    Anyway, for me the standout was Interlude, for the sheer power. Woody-herbal punch.

    I enjoyed the others as well but not as...
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    Re: Dior Oud Ispahan - Age?

    I like Dior Ispahan and I think it would fit very well. It has a dark woody base (not miles away from the butcher Leather oud), but with rose.
    I do prefer it to the Armani because it is stronger...
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    Re: Need suggestions for a purchase

    All very good and hard to choose. If forced
    Caron pour un homme: classic lavender
    Dior Homme: woody-gourmand
    Fahrenheit: violet leather

    (but how to leave Guerlain vetiver out?)

    cacio
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Agree. Essenza is soapier, so I prefer assoluta.
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    Re: Chanel eau de cologne

    The color of the juice need not be a problem, it could be the pic. It's more that this seems fishy. In an undescript refill bottle (ie which can be filled with any type of liquid).
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    Re: Why not artisanal

    Because designers can be great too.

    But I agree with you that many artisanal houses deserve more attention and produce stuff that's better than most designer stuff.

    cacio
  71. Thread: Aftershave balms

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    Re: Aftershave balms

    As others said, they're not about the perfume. Plus, the idea of adding a potential irritant (perfume) to irritated (ie just shaved) skin is a bit counterintuitive.
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    Re: Rank My Fragrances

    For me: standout is Fahrenheit. Followed by Dior homme cologne, and third Grey vetiver.
  73. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    Not a particular fan of others in the line (Allure, Coco noir, Coco mademoiselle, gabrielle), they all feel too mainstream-y, in one way or the other.

    I wouldn't say no 19 is mean. I think any of...
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    Re: Perfumed business cards

    darinaldi

    very interesting article. Surprising that the kaiser had a visiting card!
    cacio
  75. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    I voted for No 19 because it seems to me no 5 would seem a bit too proper and classic (and she seems to be a touch unconventional), but Cristalle would be too cold. No 19 seems to strike a better...
  76. Re: Help Me Understand Chanel, With People (No. 5, Coco, No. 19, Cristalle)

    Welcome!

    Generalizing perhaps too much, Chanel has usually been associated with an idea of cold elegance, that is, refined, elegant, but perhaps a bit unapproachable. In this sense, not unlike the...
  77. Re: Men’s Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    I'd say things like Fahrenheit and Kouros (depsite the reformulations) are still quite unique.
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    Re: Perfumed business cards

    Nice commercial!

    Agree with others. It could be a good idea but it depends on circumstance. In business dealings, this would be unusual, so one has to consider carefully. It depends on the...
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    Re: Sex and the Sea Neroli by Francesca Bianchi

    Thanks! Very intriguing.
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    Re: Name names - More rhubarb please

    I got both discovery sets and I enjoyed the house. Most of them are avant garde, and a lot of fun. Standouts for me were rhubarb, fig, and scent tattoo/club design.
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    Re: Best way to travel with a few scents?

    If you have a Container Store nearby, they have some inexpensive plastic 5 or 10 ml ones that are perfect for travel. You do not want glass because inevitably, on a ship, it will fall and break.
    ...
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    Re: Sex and the Sea Neroli by Francesca Bianchi

    Describe etruscan water! you make me curious
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    Re: Name names - More rhubarb please

    Seconding mike. Rhubarb my love by the Zoo is as per name, and wonderful. On my to buy list.

    cacio
  84. Re: Diptyque 10-ml minis - where are they coming from?

    I forget, did diptyque ever have travel sizes?
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    As you probably know, sunglasses are a must in italy...

    I have a mix of cheap drugstore and designer ones. Sometimes I'd like to buy really wild ones, but have not yet.

    cacio
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    Re: Amouage Portrayal

    I finally tried this (a sample I got in the Amouage store in Rome). As others were saying, it's an interesting combination of rooty-powdery violet (flower and leaf) and a smokey leather (cade). The...
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    Re: Sex and the Sea Neroli by Francesca Bianchi

    You make me curious about this one because marine or aquatic notes are more about fish and seaweed than sex for me. But I did enjoy smelling some FB before, so who knows.
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    Re: Fragrances in the Eau Sauvage family?

    Originally, Eau Sauvage was firmly into the citrus chypre territory. So the earlier Chanel pour monsieur, O de Lancome, Piguet Cravache.

    With the oakmoss restrictions, the drydown is different,...
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    Re: Men's Wallets - What do you carry?

    alligator and lambskin sounds really luxurious!

    Re Faure Le Page, i did not know the brand, so i just checked now. they (used to?) make weapons. They still have gun cases in the same motif as the...
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    Re: Men's Wallets - What do you carry?

    The embossed motive is a little cheaper than the actual intrecciato, but still looks good. I also bought sneakers for my mom in the same embossed leather...
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    Re: Men's Wallets - What do you carry?

    Beautiful examples.

    I still have an old Italian wallet, but just bought a Bottega Veneta card holder on sale
    https://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/card-case_cod46615720cq.html

    (note, this is not...
  92. Re: Bigarade Concentree vs other Ellena Hermes Citruses?

    I agree with the others. It's a nice perfume, and arguably superior to the Hermes offers (which are quite nice). Still, as all citrus notes, it's not particularly long lasting, so I'm always hesitant...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Complex Amouage Fragrance For Men

    I've heard the association Gold man and baby powder before-not for me, but as usual, we all have different associations. (Once I also heard the association Gold man - Tres flores hair pommade, which...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Complex Amouage Fragrance For Men

    Yes, I do own a 100ml of Gold. I like florals a lot.
    As usual with Amouage, one needs to check the latest version. Mine is from 7-8 years ago.

    cacio
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Complex Amouage Fragrance For Men

    I voted Other, I'm thinking Gold. In the three you mention, not sure, perhaps Myths. Jub XXV seems more incense centric, so perhaps it's not as complex as others. Interlude is bigger, but not...
  96. Re: NEW: Maison Lancome Les Grands Crus (4 New Ones and 2 Relaunches)!!

    Wearing the fig one today. It's as hednic was saying. Tart and fruity, and on the sweet end of the spectrum, still quite realistic. Very pleasant. My favorite fig remains the zoo one, but this is...
  97. Re: NEW: Maison Lancome Les Grands Crus (4 New Ones and 2 Relaunches)!!

    Thanks! Looking forward to trying it then. I tend to prefer sharper figs (favorite is The Zoo Fig my love), but fruit is good too. And good to know that the patch is also worth smelling.
  98. Re: Recommendations for HOT weather frags? Non-typical citrus..

    For hot and humid weather, I go for vetivers, which I find very fresh.

    As for Amouage, nothing really comes to mind except Lyric and Silver.

    cacio
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    Re: Show Your Vintage Fragrance Sets

    Beautiful Lanvins! I don't think i've ever seen their vetiver.
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    Re: Fathers day present

    If you are tied to Creed, Aventus, Bois de portugal and Green Irish Tweed should all do.
    Otherwise, you can check in another expensive line, Amouage, luxurious though not really fresh (apart from...
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