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    Re: Best Perfumes of 2014 - Fragrantica

    that's why I think basenotes.net is NO 1 in the world :)
    More objective too.
    I am proud to be a basenoter anno 2005.
    it's a community with high intelligence, tolerance, and impeccable sense of...
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    Re: Best Perfumes of 2014 - Fragrantica

    women fragrances - total epigonism and decadence
    men's - L'homme Ideal and Aqua Amara are good perfumes.
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    Re: Portrait of a Lady

    you could buy Guerlain Rose Barbare or SL Rose de Nuit
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    Re: Flankers you wish existed, but don't.

    Pestum Rose edp intense
    Chanel No 18 Parfum 75 ml
  5. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I think it's mission impossible. I lived in The Netherlands for 4 months. Official institutions do not reply in English.
    The official language is Dutch. Why should they?

    A good reason to think...
  6. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I phoned to Lithuanian customs.
    They said that the parcel came to Lithuania with the label, that VAT was not paid for the goods. The label on the parcel was put by Dutch customs (shipping country). ...
  7. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    today got the reply:

    Dear

    Thank you for your email,

    We are a UK based company inside the EU and as such there should be no customs charges on parcels shipped inside the EU. Unfortunately as...
  8. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I wrote them, attached the documents and waiting for the reply. I will let you know what will be the end of this story. To order from escentual again or not.
  9. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I agree, they were exceptionally good. I used to trust them as a very reputable seller. I am gonna write them again and attach the document from the customs.
  10. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I was surprised with their reply too. It shows the way they respect the customer.
  11. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    Yes, as usually, they charged with the VAT.
    To Lithuanian customs I had to pay additional 30% of the value of perfumes.
  12. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    There is no a threshold in EU space. EU is a duty free zone between member states.
    However if you carry a big sum of money (2500 Euros) from one EU country to another you should declare that to the...
  13. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    yes, that's right.

    Escentuals used to ship from UK (they are based in UK). This time they shipped the parcel from the Netherlands.
    I think, they buy perfumes not from France, but from USA or...
  14. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I wrote that when I contacted them.
    Their service used to be exceptionally good. Five years ago I did not receive the parcel and they resend it.
    I used to order many times from Escentuals and did...
  15. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I wrote them:
    "I will share my experience of buying at Escentuals in the biggest and well known community of perfume lovers - basenotes.net"
  16. Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I ordered 3 perfumes from escentuals to Lithuania. Lithuania and UK are the members of EU.
    received the letter from Lithuanian customs, that I should pay import taxes under EU directive 77/388/EEC ...
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    Re: Miel de Bois Lovers

    When you get it, write if the juice in the bell jar is the same quality as it used to be, please.
    I remember Miel de Bois as a very interesting perfume, which smelled nice on my skin.
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    Re: Scents you'd love to see re-released/made

    Joop! Berlin
  19. Re: Christmas in a bottle! Which fragrance and why?

    Declaration Cartier
    French Lover
    Tonka Imperialle
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    Re: Estee Lauder acquires Frederic Malle

    FM fragrances cost much more (with some exceptions) to make than most mainstream brands.

    It's the beginning of the end. Totally natural process and Malle understands it perfectly: birth,...
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    Re: MiP discontinued

    a sad scent in a sad bottle. Probably too subtle and too cheap smelling
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    Re: Ugliest Bottle for a Great Cologne?

    roja dove

    good but not for that price for sure
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    Re: Fragance for young girl

    Dior Forever and Ever
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    Re: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    it smells more of tonka than vanilla. I sprayed two new scents on the blotters - CK Reveal for women and Souffle de Parfum. Mixed them and it took me a while to say which one is Guerlain, which CK.
    ...
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    Re: Bvlgari Man in Black - New Release 2014

    awful. another DHI interpretation. aka masculine Valentino Uomo. smells cheap.
  26. Re: Which "feminine" scents would you never want to be without ?

    portrait of a lady
  27. Re: Does Le Labo Rose 31 smell like cinnamon chewing gum to you?

    no.
    By the way, first impression - an interesting perfume.
    More you wear it, more linear and dull it becomes.
  28. Re: How is La Collection Couturier Parfumeur by Christian Dior ?

    The line is very bad. Nothing special. No compositions. Just variations on some notes - oud, patchouli, etc.

    The best one is Eau Noire - the most interesting of the three ones.

    Vetiver was...
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    One of my favourites. The scent of a lover's breath.
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    Re: Which Houses are Worth the Cost?

    Buy No 18 de Chanel. it's worth the cost and nobody buys it.
  31. Re: almost identical fakes in London in a well-known mall

    Maybe I am wrong, I do not want to say something bad, if it's not. The basenoters who live in London could go and look themselves. For me it was obvious.

    Here, in Lithuania, there was an enormous...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2014

    I think Chanel will launch contemporary variations on Egoiste and Antaeus soon.
    They will do with the mascuines the same as they did with feminines. Feminines were first, because they sell most.
    ...
  33. almost identical fakes in London in a well-known mall

    In London, Stratford tube station (think of an olympic town and a shopping centre Westfiled).
    In this shopping centre there is a very big perfumery shop, which sells, to my mind, almost identical...
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    nowadays the strict line between men's and women's perfumery is quite blurred
    L'Homme ideal could smell great on a woman.
    Of course, there are some perfumes, which are associated with women,...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    Yes, I noticed that. I remember how they smelled jus launched and now they are ,,watered down".

    money money money...so greedy for them. Every penny spend on formula is so important to them,
    what...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    It's so discussing I haven't tried on my skin. On the card it is more dense than edt. You could be right, that it has low projection. More concentrated, but low in sillage.

    Some notes from Edition...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    I think you are wrong. Dior Homme parfum does not have unique structure. It does not have total roundness as Cuir Belluga succeeds.
    L'homme Ideal is a headache inducing scent, 1 spray is enough (or...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Yes, I feel same.
    Second trial. Again - NO to Dior Homme Parfum. Synthetic oily stuff in a gorgeous and luxurious packaging. Same as Coco Noir - black bottle looks amazing, the scent is a headache...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Not so different. Mike mentioned Dries van Notten too.

    I miss naturalness in perfumes - let it be Hermes, Dior, Rabane or YSL Parfum. I miss some real natural notes as in Rive Gauche pour Homme. ...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Edt is the best one and complete. Nothing to add, nothing to take off.

    Dior Homme Parfum is not bad. Better than Fahrenheit and Eau Sauvage Parfums.
    Strong on aroma chemicals. Opaque. Pale. Like...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    eau de parfum has vibes from Allure Blanche - clean and bit soapy, and more potent too.
    so dull....
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    Re: New Fragrance: Clive Christian L

    very "amouage" - kind of Epic Man - variation on the same idea
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    I love Dior Homme edt.
    Dior Homme Intense has it's own charm, but personally I don't like white chocolate on me and this seen too sweet and irritating to me.

    Dior Homme edt. is almost perfect. I...
  44. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    A nice surprise. A good and interesting scent. I haven't experienced it for a long time.
    It has it's own character and accords with all Guerlain feminine launches in the exclusive line.
    Woody...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Chanel often goes wrong with edp (Cristalle, Allurre femme, Allure Home Sport Extreme, No 19).
    One exception is Allure Sensuelle edp. Couple years later they made irrelevant and watery edt.

    J....
  46. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    after smelling Magnolia perfume on woman I've changed my mind a bit. It has some nice aspects, if you do not overspray it. It is very potential and may become very cloying.
    The other thing which I...
  47. Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford - Mandarino di Amalfi & Costa Azzurra

    Costa azzura is no more no less a cliche men's perfume - think TF for men, Allure Homme Sport, only done with better ingredients. Very disappointing for that price. It's place would be in an ordinary...
  48. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    My second wearing of Eau de Magnolia and exploring the scent all the day on the card.
    To my mind, it's the worst scent in FM line. Malle mentioned that he says "no" very often.
    This time he...
  49. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    To say the truth - I was disappointed.some women could wear it, not men.there should be some secret, however from the first wearing and smelling on the card I smell some sweet honeyed flowers with a...
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    Dior Addict edp (2014 reformulation)

    The same Addicted edp, but diluted 10 times....

    the better way would be to discontinue than to make a caricature of the original scent.

    The essence of Addict is power and presence which is...
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    Re: Reformulated: Allure Homme Sport EDT

    Agree that original Allure was changed and lost is power and presence
  52. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Une fleur de cassie, by the way, is probably the worst selling perfume in FM line.
  53. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    About Une Rose

    I have an old sample of Une Rose which smells very deep, dirty and even bit oily.
    My mother bought Une Rose 100 ml at Liberty a year ago and it was more fresh, less "dirty" in the...
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    Re: Tonka Imperial

    I find Cuir Beluga beautiful (it's a favorite scent of Patricia de Nicolai), however it's too milky to me and does not smell good on my skin.

    Never understood Bois d'Armenie. I hardly can smell...
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    Tonka Imperial

    I have found one of the best gourmands. I smelled it firstly some 3 years ago and did not find it very interesting. With time I started to like it more and more. On me Tonka Imperial smells luxurious...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black

    I remember the rave of Bvlgari Black some five years ago in basenoters and decided to buy it blind.
    It did not touch me at all. I found it very synthetic-muted-cloying-vanilla scent and gave it to...
  57. Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/23/eu-perfume-idUSL6N0O65HW20140523

    interesting which ones?

    The base of Une Rose?
    Bigarade Concentree?
    L'eau d'hiver?

    what do you think or have you...
  58. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Have not smelled it yet. In fragrantica there is a review which compares Eau de Magnolia to Chanel Cristalle edt.
    Chanel Cristalle edt (not edp), Diorella are one of the best colognes I know.
  59. Re: The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I agree, that uniqueness of the brands is gone. I don't wait new release from Givenchy, YSL anymore, because they started launching totally mainstream scents.You smell and forget.

    The newest...
  60. Re: The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I guess this IFRA myth is very beneficial for the brands. When they do not know what to say, they say: IFRA regulations.
    I remember an interview with Francois Demachy in "Industrie" magazine 3 years...
  61. The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I was thinking a lot and found a very simple reason. Perfume brands are cheapening very good original perfumes intentionally when the perfume becomes famous and sells well in order to save some money...
  62. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    YSL NU edp 50 ml (prior it's discontinuation) - 10Ł in The Perfume Shop (London)
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    Re: Fleur du Male, discontinued?

    I knew they will discontinue Fleur du Male since they launched it.
    It's too beautiful to be a mainstream scent.

    I think, the same would happen with Kokorico - exceptionall good scent.

    I am...
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    Re: Any of you guys wear Ambre Nuit by Dior?

    In the base notes I find it similar to Tobacco Vanille.

    Shimmering luxury. One of the best sweet ambers.
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man: mish-mash

    Of course, I smelled Journey yesterday in Vilnius (not from samples, but bottles)! In a very beautiful niche perfume boutique "Creme de la Creme" which has lots of niche brands, including Frederic...
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    Amouage Journey Man: mish-mash

    I find Amouage Journey (men's and women's) as a joke - put good materials no matter how and no matter why. Here is the result - new amouage. Red, blue, shining, transparent, white, black, etc.
    ...
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    Re: Eau de Lavande Diptyque

    Geranium - no more no less than diluted essential oil of rose geranium.
    Lavande - maybe it's more reminiscent to wild lavender. Not sure. Nothing special.
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    Re: Neroli Portofino v Virgin Island Water

    I have Neroli Portofino. Well, it's good. Maybe becomes too soapy and chemical.

    I would buy a small bottle of VIW. Could be very trivial (coconut + lime) but it's not.
  69. Thread: Armani prive

    by DreamerII
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    Re: Armani prive

    The clear bottles - I can not smell anything. So diluted, so weak and not interesting at all.

    The golden label line is kinda OK - better than Montale, but nothing special. The Rose scent is the...
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    Re: The making of Sahara Noir

    Very good perfume, though I like L'air du desert Marocain, Serge Noir and Jozef Statkus more.
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    Re: Karl Lagerfeld New Men's fragrance

    Bottles are ugly, I doubt Lagerfeld could design such horrible things himself.
    Perfumes - men's and women's are the reiteration of mainstream scents some 3-5 years ago.
    I noticed that capsules and...
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    Re: Original Formulation Givenchy Gentleman.

    Original Givenchy Gentleman was a men's parfum! I had a bottle of it.
    It's not the same now and I do not like it any more. Pale shadow of original Gentleman. If you water down such perfume as...
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    Re: Dior Fehrenheit le parfume... Thoughts?

    I do agree that Aqua is the best of the three.
    Fahrenheit edt is of course recognizable, but after reformulation, lacks some notes which created the mystery of this scent.
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    Re: Dior Fehrenheit le parfume... Thoughts?

    There is something wrong with these "le parfum's" (Dior, YSL L'Homme, Hermes Voyage etc.) - too sweet, opaque, thick and cloying.They make men's perfumes like women's. Coco Noir and Fahrenheit Le...
  75. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    There are so many launches these days, I simply do not smell them any more.
    Total majority of niche and brand scents are horrible - no originality and cheap materials. I am lost. No new interesting...
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    Re: Coming in 2014: Bvlgari Aqva Amara

    Amara is a very well made scent from Jacques Cavallier. You can smell the work of a master - well balanced, recognizable perfume.
    It is closer to Cavallier's Issey Miyake Sport than to all Bvlgari...
  77. Re: NEW from Frédéric Malle, "Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle"

    I would call this perfume Dior's Dolce Vita for men. Top notes of citrus with the base of sandalwood.
    It's more intellectual than beautiful. Word ,,beautiful" does not suit to this masculine...
  78. Poll: Re: Les Exclusifs by Chanel - Pick your favorite!

    Bel Respiro.
    Frederic Malle likes this perfume either.
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    Re: Madonna Truth or Dare

    She is not the celebrity. She is the Queen :)
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    Madonna Truth or Dare

    The perfume I am falling in love with. It blooms on me:) Is it the perfume or is it Madonna? Like Madonna herself: deep, but not too deep. Pop but not mainstream. By the way, she is romantic and this...
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    Re: Fredric Malle's own signiture scent

    Dominique Ropion is a favorite Malle's perfumer.

    Once in an interview Malle said that Vetiver extaordinaire defines his personality.
    When Ropion created Geranium pour monsieur, Malle, his son and...
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    Re: Fredric Malle's own signiture scent

    Dominique Ropion is a favorite Malle's perfumer.

    Once in an interview Malle said that Vetiver extaordinaire defines his personality.
    When Ropion created Geranium pour monsieur, Malle, his son and...
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    Jour d'Hermes

    The packaging is beautiful - white box with the gracious imprint.

    Voyage d'Hermes aesthetically was nice to smell, however it is unwearable unless you want to smell like hard chemical laundry...
  84. Re: How old were you when you started to get interest in fragrances?

    15 years old (now I am 32)

    It was in 1995 when my parents bought me Hugo by Hugo Boss.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    It is a very nice scent, which makes good impression and gets lot of compliments.
    Nevertheless it left me cold because of "mishmash" composition and the lack of prominent and distinguishable accord
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    Re: Silver Iris Mist vs. Dior Homme

    Iris Silver Mist is fatal. I can not wear it. I appreciate it from apart. Raw and metallic.

    Dior Homme edt is beautiful. Especially the older version. Powdery and subtle
  87. Thread: Chinatown

    by DreamerII
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    Re: Chinatown

    distinctive perfume, one of the best in Bond line. smells of bubble gum and chrysanthemum. weird
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    Re: Frederic Malle (A new Direction)

    I am missing the perfumer's name on the bottle, though 3 names should be too much
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    Re: Bois D'argent by Dior

    it was the biggest mistake to buy this scent.
    it's good, well made, but not for me..
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    Re: ginger fragrances

    the best abstract ginger I smelled - the old YSL Opium for men edt
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    Re: New Fragrance: Versace - Eros for Men

    this scent stinks. new trend: candies for guys. Oversweetened YSL L'Homme or diluted 1 Million or cheaper FK Amyris
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    Re: Spring is in the air

    Geranium pour monsieur
    Neroli Portofino
    Iris Ukiyoe
    No 19
    Hermes Pamplemousse Rose
    Bel Respiro
  93. Re: Which is your favourite Frederic Malle & why?

    Geranium pour monsieur

    it could be my signature perfume
  94. Re: Which is your favourite Frederic Malle & why?

    Geranium pour monsieur

    it could be my signature perfume
  95. Re: NEW from Frédéric Malle, "Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle"

    some day Malle should release a magnolia perfume (with C. Benaime), the perfume created with Grojsman and of cource the next one with Ropion
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    Re: What is your favorite Chypre?

    Sisley Eau du Soir. Austere and green.
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    Re: Kokorico: very underrated/overlooked?

    Night version is not good.
    Kokorico + the note from YSL L'Homme or FK Amyris
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    If You Could Only Own 10

    1. Noir de Noir
    2. Tuscan Leather
    3. Portrait of a Lady
    4. L'eau d'Hiver
    5. Vetiver Tonka
    6. Bel Respiro
    7. Eau de Pamplemousse Rose
    8. French Lover
    9. Bigarade Concentree
    10. Secretion...
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    Re: Kokorico: very underrated/overlooked?

    an underrated scent, composed flawlessly, original. I like it very much

    p.s. it has a lot in common with Guerlain L'instant pour homme, however aesthetically it smells very different
  100. Re: New Fragrance: Narciso Rodriguez For Him Eau de Parfum Intense

    a copy of YSL Rive Gauche pour homme
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