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    Re: Tom Ford Oud Wood

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient.
  2. Re: Clean, summer fragrance recommendations

    Given your stated criteria, Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir is a splendid option. It's a refreshing green fragrance built on a lovely tea note. It has a minimalist composition but offers more intrigue than...
  3. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Tom Ford Fougere d'Argent.

    It's a surprise for my wife. She adores it, but has only had a small decant up until now.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Yeah, I'm really impressed by it. A gem hiding in plain sight.

    On occasion, Marshalls will have a sampler set for English Laundry that includes four of the house's fragrances. Might be a worthy...
  5. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    E N G L I S H
    L A U N D R Y
    WINDSOR
    Pour Homme

    A really very nice fragrance mash-up that has overlap with so many different fragrances that somehow forms a distinct personality, making it both...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Your full review inspired me to grab this at Marshalls today ($19.99 for a box set with a 100 ml bottle, another 20 ml bottle, and a big bottle of 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash. That's...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    E N G L I S H
    L A U N D R Y
    W I N D S O R
    Pour Homme

    Bought the box set with an 100 ml bottle, a 20 ml travel spray, and a 236 ml shampoo/conditioner/body wash for $19.99 at Marshalls. That's a...
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    Re: Stand up to humidity

    I typically go for something cool and salty. In my wardrobe currently, I have two that fit the bill: S.T. DuPont Passenger Escapade and Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool. The green-woody quality of the...
  9. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I can attest that Sydney Rock Pool projects decently when you get proper sprays on your skin. My wife put some on and it was very perceptible.
  10. Re: Pls recommend lavender/herbal fragrance (no.9 of max-10 collection)

    There's a lot of stuff going on in Héritage. It's a masterpiece. I prefer the EDT to the EDP (seemingly most on here do).
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    Re: Boucheron Homme question

    Interesting. It's nice to know I'm not crazy!

    I went with the EDP because consensus was that it was the better of the two, but maybe I should've gone for the EDT.
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    Re: Boucheron Homme question

    I'm not prepared to render a firm verdict, but I'm not especially enjoying my time with the EDP today. Comparisons to Eau Sauvage--one of my favorites--caught my interest, but the lemony opening here...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 22nd June, 2019

    https://www.parfumdepub.com/img/grand/boucheron-pour-homme-1389.jpg

    Kinda mixed on this one. I find the citrus opening more sharp than pleasant, and the aldehydic midsection doesn't thrill me. The...
  14. Re: Pls recommend lavender/herbal fragrance (no.9 of max-10 collection)

    Sample Houbigant Fougère Royale. It might be exactly what you're looking for. Pricing hovers around your stated upper limit.
  15. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    B O U C H E R O N
    P O U R
    H O M M E
    Eau de Parfum

    Well, I haven't made up my mind, but this isn't the love-at-first-sniff experience I was hoping it would be.
  16. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    I've never paid that much for a CT shirt, FWIW. I think their "top range" represents less value than the stuff positioned just a bit below that, which is still a substantial improvement on department...
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    Me, stumbling into this thread:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/BfiL8ZJWqfw7C/giphy.gif
  18. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    If you can go bespoke, that's the best option, but you do pay for the privilege (still, it's often more affordable than a lot of off-the-rack "designer" stuff).

    The trick for most of us folks of...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 22nd June, 2019

    I've got something arriving in my mailbox today, so I'll probably switch over to that later today, but for now, I'm savoring the breezy, effortless goodness of:



    H E R M È S
    Eau des Merveilles...
  20. Re: New: La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Parfum (2019)

    Beware YouTube hype trains.
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    Re: Chasing Ghosts

    I think your entire analysis is astute, but I'm just singling this out.

    Even low-end fragrance distribution is shifting; Target just dumped all their "conventional" low-end designers to carry...
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    Store at room temp, in a dark space away from direct sunlight.
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    Re: Chasing Ghosts

    Well, I've said for a while now that Tom Ford Noir Anthracite is likely to get the axe soon, so if that scent appeals to you, best to grab a bottle now while demand is low and supply is high.
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    I can't think of any reason why that would be the case.


    It's easy to overthink this stuff. As long as your home isn't excessively warm, you'll probably be fine.
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    They might be fine. Let 'em sit at room temp for a few days, shake the bottles a bit, and test.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 21st June, 2019

    Unwinding with this:

    http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5664a807e4b041edc7607c45/59e3c04ef9a61e47c3542b70/59e3d2a16f4ca347ca703bb4/1508103155888/4N1A0180.jpg
  27. Re: West Third Brand.... anyone tried their fragrances?

    Voyage d'Tabac is splendid and I considered picking up a bottle of that in addition to Tobacco 1812 (and may end up grabbing it in the future).
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    Re: best guerlains for men?

    Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of L'Homme Ideal, either.
  29. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Welp. My order was canceled because they're out.
  30. Re: So what do you guys think I should try next?

    Good suggestion!
  31. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Spoken like a true Basenoter!

    It's not the cost that scares me off.

    I try to maintain a disciplined collection of 20-25 bottles that are all things I'll wear regularly, which means I force...
  32. Re: Your Best Choice For Leather Conditioner/Cleaner For Leather Dress Shoes?

    I use Bickmore with very good results:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CS2Q4M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    But Meltonian is also a good brand.
  33. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    I'm a big fan of this one and it's pretty affordable, but the prices I'm seeing around are a bit higher than the price limits set by the OP.
  34. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A R Q U I S T E
    S Y D N E Y
    R O C K
    P O O L


    https://i1.wp.com/whatmenshouldsmelllike.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Arquiste-Sydney-Rock-Pool.jpg

    Sydney Rock Pool answers the question,...
  35. [CONUS] Atelier Cologne, Boucheron, Jacomo, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Kors, Paco Rabanne

    These are bottles I'm eager to get off of my shelf. Feel free to mix-and-match. Any purchase with a total over $30 ships free, anything below that will have $5 added on for shipping costs.
    ...
  36. Re: So what do you guys think I should try next?

    Spicebomb is the uber tonkabacco and has been popular enough to spawn a host of imitators, but there's stuff in this basic style that's considerably more interesting.

    You could check out the much...
  37. Re: Most complimented fragrances for men under 30?

    My all-time most-complimented fragrance is a bottle that is now long gone, but was what I wore a lot in my 20s:


    Hanae Mori HiM Eau de Parfum
    ...
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    The OP asked for suggestions as to what would give off the air of "excess," so we're talking about ostentatious wealth.

    A lot of the stuff mentioned so far seems a bit too discreet to quite fit...
  39. Re: Expending collection with some quality fragrances

    There's so much good stuff in that thread I have yet to check out.
  40. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    To add to the conversation: diet can have a big effect on personal scent. Someone I know has a *very* spice-heavy diet and they walk around smelling like spices a lot of the time. That's an extreme...
  41. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Oh, I'm sorry. I misinterpreted your post.
  42. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I had the EDP and gave it away. I often miss it.

    I've thought about picking up the EDT version, which sounds superior to the EDP. But there's just so much out there, part of me says I should...
  43. Re: Is L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake a blind buy?

    I trust your nose, so that's good to know.
  44. Re: Is L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake a blind buy?

    I hear that the current L'Eau D'Issey is a shadow of its former self and isn't worth buying.
  45. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    My wife *adores* it and is just about out of her decant. If you're looking to sell, lemme know.
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    Whatever else you might say about the lineup, I think Tom Ford figured out how to make stuff that smells "expensive."
  47. Re: Expending collection with some quality fragrances

    Allow me to suggest some "as good or better" alternatives to some of the fragrances you're considering.

    Prada Luna Rossa Sport -> Fujiyama Gentleman

    Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme -> Robert...
  48. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    I have some recent Brooks Bros. items. They're solid, but unexceptional.


    Absolutely. If you get a pair of dark slacks from Kohls, after a few times through the wash they're gonna start to look...
  49. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    https://media.giphy.com/media/ac7MA7r5IMYda/giphy.gif
  50. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Well, I'm ruthless about ditching stuff I don't actually love, so I'd say, ya, get that bottle out of there. Life's too short.

    Still, that's my all-time favorite scent you're slagging, so I'll...
  51. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Of course you wouldn't. The idea of a scent wearing one way for an entire sex is absurd.

    There's just as much biological variation within the sexes as there is between them.

    All I'm saying is...
  52. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Given another recent exchange with a member on here, I'm curious, have you *only* tried vintage or have you also tried the current "wood cap" Heritage? Another member--who had only sampled the...
  53. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    I'd be hesitant to draw any gender binary.

    To answer your earlier question, I've seen differentiation in how scents wear between myself and a male friend, too. Tabac Rouge's ginger note was very...
  54. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    I can't speak to their other items, but as far as their shirts go, the fabric quality and construction is the best value I've found. You can very easily pay much more for much less.
  55. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    IIRC, Tyrwhitt has an exchange policy to help you find your proper fit.
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    I'm wearing Cartier L'Envol EDP today and honestly this should've been Lalique's follow-up to Hommage. It has more of the Hommage spirit than Voyageur does.
  57. Re: Grown man clothing (slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties)

    For dress shirts, don't do a garbage brand like Van Heusen.

    Try Charles Tyrwhitt. Well-made shirts that won't break the bank.

    Dry cleaning will ruin dress shirts faster than regular washing on...
  58. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    I'm not drawing any gender binary and don't think I even hinted at one?
  59. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I want to try this one, but it has become something of a unicorn over here in the US, alas.
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    Re: best guerlains for men?

    Guerlain Heritage EDT is the best of the "classic" Guerlain masculines as far as my tastes are concerned and is a contender for my favorite fragrance of all time. The current version wears...
  61. Re: How Has Your Fashion Changed Through the Years?

    Same.

    Unless very intentionally styled, athletic wear tends to make you look like you carelessly grabbed stuff out of your drawer.
  62. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Understandable! But, just speaking on my own behalf, if supply dwindled and prices began to rise on Lalique PH, I'd be willing to pay that amount to acquire more once my bottle ran out.

    Lalique's...
  63. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Yeah, I saw 50 ml bottles from international sellers for a little under $30, but international shipping costs bumped up the price up above $40.

    Still not properly *expensive*, though approaching...
  64. Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    Yeah, like ambergris, it's really up to the interpretation of the perfumer.
  65. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    In addition to Musc Ravageur, reviewers make a lot of comparisons between Meharees and L'Air du Désert Marocain, which intrigued me enough to grab 5 ml.

    It's not cheap enough on this side of the...
  66. Re: West Third Brand.... anyone tried their fragrances?

    I found everything that I tried hovered around the same quality as 1812.

    I liked Smoked Sandalwood quite a lot (as did my wife) and may pick up a bottle at some point. An unusual scent that became...
  67. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I tried all three recently as part of my ongoing exploration with the house of Aramis.

    I like the original Calligraphy (though I think there's a lot of stuff out there in that style that gives it...
  68. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I would! I'm a big fan of that one.
  69. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Oh, I got the EDP!
  70. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Boucheron Pour Homme EDP
  71. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Yours is clearly a vintage bottle. Is the current (https://www.avon.com/product/black-suede-eau-de-toilette-60156) any good?


    You're getting me very excited for when this arrives in my mailbox...
  72. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    My wife and I swap fragrances a lot. The "totally different" thing is exaggerated--the scent DNA is what it is--but I will say we often get different degrees of emphasis, and that can make or break...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    The Visodate models are some of the best in the Tissot lineup (in part because they use the vintage Tissot logo, which is much more attractive than the modern equivalent). You got that for a great...
  74. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Well, yes and no.

    If you're looking for a contemporary-style gourmand tobacco, yes, it's the best deal around. The price per 1 ml is astonishing on that fragrance. And it's not just "good for the...
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    Re: Your Favorite Decade

    1960s, no question.

    104377
  76. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    "Skin chemistry" is an inaccurate term, but I think folks who use it just mean a stand-in for "personal odor." After all, it's established that diet affects how you smell because of how stuff ends up...
  77. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I recently picked up a bottle of CK One Shock and didn't have any performance issues with it. And, yes, it's a fantastic gourmand tobacco with one of the best-done tobacco notes I've found in the...
  78. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    It's honestly *amazing* what these go for, which speaks to the mismanagement of both houses. (That Guerlain's lineup can mostly be had for budget prices, too, doesn't exactly reflect very well on its...
  79. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I have this one on the way and am expecting great things.
  80. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Yep!


    It's all about how beautifully Encre Noire uses its synthetic elements to create a uniquely biomechanical fragrance (instead of Encre Noire, they could have called it Xenomorph and it...
  81. Re: Benchmark scents or.. the classics

    Honestly? Stuff like Demeter fragrances where they tend to go all-in on an accord or single note via essential oils. Very helpful for getting a handle on what some stuff smells like in isolation...
  82. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Per the original post's directive, I only listed one fragrance. But, yes, Heritage EDT is impeccable.
  83. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Avant-garde perfumery for $23. It gets mentioned all the time in these sorts of threads but it really is the unbeatable bargain in its category.


    I got my bottle of Vera Wang for Men for about...
  84. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    A R A M I S
    T U S C A N Y
    P E R
    U O M O

    104350

    Aramis Tuscany goes for just a little over $20. Dollar-for-dollar there's no better value; this is an immaculately made masterpiece that is as...
  85. Re: Copycat Fragrances - Good, Bad or Ugly?

    "Remaking Expensive Fragrance X but on a shoestring budget" is a thankless job and it should come as no surprise to anyone that clone perfumers regularly fail at this task.

    I'm sure there are good...
  86. Re: Beene Bowling Green - Current Version

    The current version is quite good and is a bargain at current prices.
  87. Re: great fragrances with horrible topnote that you just have to wait through to get to the good par

    The '92 vintage--which would be now well over two decades old--might not have "spoiled," but it might have mellowed. (This is one reason I mistrust vintage bottles and stay away from them except for...
  88. Re: How Has Your Fashion Changed Through the Years?

    I didn't start taking fashion seriously until I was well into my twenties.

    In high school and college, I mostly dressed quasi-preppy: polo shirts and collared shirts with plaid shorts, etc.
    ...
  89. Re: great fragrances with horrible topnote that you just have to wait through to get to the good par

    This is so different from my experience of Heritage that I'm having trouble understanding.

    When I spray on the current "wood cap" version of Heritage EDT, I get an explosion of spices and citrus...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    I get a lot of sharp, herbal lavender in Houbigant Fougere Royale, which may share the name of a very old fragrance but, in its current form, it really only dates back to 2010, which was when the...
  91. [CONUS] Swap: Atelier Cologne, Boucheron, Jacomo, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Kors, Paco Rabanne

    Welcome to my swap thread!

    These are bottles I'm eager to get off of my shelf. I'm interested in any and all offers, even for items of less-than-equivalent value. I will gladly swap these for...
  92. Re: what smells similar to ombre leather (tom ford) and colonia leather (Acqua di Parma )?

    Leather scents are a very diverse category because leather can smell very different depending on how it's treated. It's my understanding that Tuscan Leather was the first to use its particular...
  93. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    Interesting! I'll have to try it again.
  94. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    I find the opening of Explorer to be a chemical horrorshow, but it's well-liked by some respectable noses on here.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    G U E R L A I N
    L ' I N S T A N T
    P O U R
    H O M M E
    E A U
    D E
    T O I L E T T E

    More artfully nuanced and more wearable than its thicker, heavier EDP (Extreme) variant. It's the bridge between...
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I went with... none of them!

    I ended up finding Pacifica Island Vanilla at Target, $21 for 1 oz. It's cheap and a bit too sweet but also doesn't smell gourmand-y.
  97. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    There are apparently significant batch issues with the Armaf clones, which is very amusing to me. In this respect, if nothing else, they follow after Creed.

    What's your budget?
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    Re: Boucheron Homme question

    I have a bottle of the EDP en route. As a youngish fella whose tastes can nevertheless be a bit "fusty" (to borrow the word of a poster above) I'm excited to try this classic.
  99. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    There was a reform at some point (folks are divided over what the impact of that was on scent) and the packaging has changed a few times.
  100. Re: What would you wear to a fragrance awards ceremony!?

    Something obscure.
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