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  1. Thread: Lavender

    by bokaba
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    Re: Lavender

    My favorite lavender of all time is Patou pour Homme Prive (good luck finding it!), Arome 3, Caldey Island, Jicky/Monsieur de Monsieur, and Royal Scottish Lavender. Even some barbershop fragrances...
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    Re: Caldey Island Lavender - where to buy?

    You can get a 15ml decant from Surrender to Chance for about $20. If you need a full bottle, you could try asking Caldey if they can ship UPS/DHL/Fedex, but it would be much more expensive. I luckily...
  3. Re: What's your favorite Penhaligon Scent for Summer ?

    I like Castile, Eau de Cologne, and English Fern. Most of Penhaligon's new fragrances are far below its actual ability and it is quite sad. Pens was once the gem of English perfumery...
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    Re: Aramis Calligraphy Rose

    Can it compete with Aramis's old honeyed rose, Aramis 900?
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    Re: Vaulted scents shocker from Creed

    Creed has reintroduced so called "vaulted" fragrances before. I think it's just a marketing ploy to bring back once plentiful fragrances as some kind of exclusive that costs $800. Some are probably...
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    Re: Lavender+Lemon fragrances?

    Blenheim Bouquet or Crown Town and Country
  7. Re: Will any Creed reach Vintage Tabarome status?

    Only BdP is comparable to Vintage Tabarome. It might occupy the same status in decades to come when it no longer can be found (though must larger quantities were made than VT, so it will take longer).
  8. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree (1989) Vintage

    Very nice. I prefer the non-concentree version though. Even though it was not so here, some of the release dates are for the US release dates. From the packing, your bottle was made for the UK...
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    Re: Looking for fresh summer orange scent

    You could always try C & S Neroli (orange flower, ylang, jasmine) or Roger & Gallet Extra Vieille (neroli, bitter orange, spices, herbs). And for something with a bigger punch, Pour le Jeune Homme.
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    Re: Lavender-Based Colognes?

    My favorite lavenders of all time (forgive my apparent Victorian Era bias):

    Patou PH Prive
    Arome 3 (Vintage)
    Creed Royal Scottish Lavender
    Jicky/Monsieur de Monsieur
    Penhaligons Esprit de...
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    Re: Citric scents for night

    Xerjoff Kobe is quite nice and quite expensive
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    Re: Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi - Amazing!

    I remember Citrus Paradisi having a sweaty, herbal note that did not add much to the fragrance (Cuba on the hand is amazing). Nonetheless, C & S is one of the best quality houses these days even...
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    Re: Rive Gauche vs. Sartorial

    I didn't like either, but if I had to choose, I would go with Sartorial. Rive Gauche is certainly a barbershop style fragrance with anise and a sweet, rosemary edge, but it's quality is slightly...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Acqua di Parma Colonia
  15. Thread: Sweet Tobacco

    by bokaba
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    Re: Sweet Tobacco

    In my mind, the best sweet (and I don't mean sickly or urine-like) tobaccos are Sonoma Scent Tabac Aurea, Alt Innsbruck, and Vintage Tabarome if you ever get a chance to sample it.
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    Re: Serge Lutens - Polarizing?

    Perhaps. Some people really love it, some hate it, and some are indifferent. It's not quite as bad as Creed I don't think. I am indifferent and try to enjoy the scents for what they are. I thought...
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    Re: Looking for a summer fragrance?

    Less than $100--try Roger & Gallet Extra Vieille and St. John's Bay Rum.
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    Re: pencil shavings?

    Trumper's Marlborough has a strong dusky cedar note though it is quite old fashioned and stuffy.
  19. Re: Sandalwood comparison: Creed Bois de Santal & Crabtree & Evelyn's Extract of Mysore Sandalwood

    If you can't get your hands on either Bois de Santal or Mysore, I would suggest Lorenzo Villoresi Sandalo as a close third. It uses synthetic sandalwood, but it is very good still and spicy with...
  20. Re: Sandalwood comparison: Creed Bois de Santal & Crabtree & Evelyn's Extract of Mysore Sandalwood

    I haven't tried the Crabtree and Evelyn, but I do own Bois de Santal. BdS contains some Mysore sandalwood along with civet and little green citrus. I would surmise that the Creed is more...
  21. Re: Going to order some "dirty" samples online, looking for suggestions.

    You could even try C&S Cuba for a sweaty, animalic tobacco leaf.
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    Re: Hunting old pre-reformulated fragrances

    Department stores and drugstores usually don't carry items for very long before they liquidate them. Sometimes thrift store have vintage perfumes. There is a website I like called Quirky Finds that...
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    Re: The one that got away?

    I would have bid more on a bottle of Dukes of Pall Mall Belgravia on Ebay UK a few years back.
  24. Re: Going to order some "dirty" samples online, looking for suggestions.

    Try Eau d'Hermes and Creed Orange Spice.
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    Re: Creed Tabarome Millesime thoughts

    Infinitely the same as other "Milesime" offerings. Pales in comparison to the vintage version.
  26. Thread: Victorian Rose

    by bokaba
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    Re: Victorian Rose

    I tried the Rance line a few years back and was not impressed. Surely, it is better than many designers, but I think it really missed the mark of the Napoleonic Era from which it purports to hail....
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Question

    Eau de Guerlain is great though muskier and a bit minty compared to ES. More of an early 20th Century scent than 1950s-1960s like Eau Sauvage though it was released in the 70s.
  28. Thread: Victorian Rose

    by bokaba
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    Re: Victorian Rose

    Thanks for resurrecting my old thread. Red Rose appears to be unknown to most--it's not even in the Basenotes directory. There are some expensive 1970s-80s splashes available on our "favorite"...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - vintage

    I like the reference site, but I didn't see this exact bottle. I think your Vetiver is probably 1990s possibly early 2000s based on the availability and styling.
  30. Re: Floris London Private Collection: Honey Oud, Leather Oud (2014)

    Looks nice, but Floris has really gone downhill in the past ten years, so my expectations are not what you might call "high."
  31. Re: Found a note that I dislike: galbanum. What's your scent peeve?

    If you don't like incense gums and resins, you probably won't like galbanum. I always liked a little galbanum for a little effervescence in the top notes of citrus. I suppose it could get overbearing...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - vintage

    I have the same bottle. I won't say that it is too vintage, but certainly more vintage than the current EdT.
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    Re: Off to London and Paris; where should I sniff?

    If you go to the Osmotheque, make sure to smell Iris Gris, Fougere Royale (vintage parfum), Guerlain Djedi, Patou pour Homme Prive, and even the vintage Rosine Le Fruit Defendu.
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    Re: NEW Parfum d'Empire Corsica Furiosa

    I've only tried Fougere Bengal. I need to try more Empires.
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    Re: My first Czech & a Speake, which should it be?

    Most of C & S fragrances do not disappoint, but my favorites are Neroli and Cuba. Cuba is challenging because of its somewhat fecal and sweaty dried tobacco leaves.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Question

    Try Aeroplane by Detaille, it has much more oakmoss, and more like the vintage Eau Sauvage.
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    Re: Fleur du Male, discontinued?

    If it has been discontinued, I don't know how I will go on...
  38. Re: Help identifying Chanel Pour Monsieur bottle!

    Some fragrances with different concentration formats used to come in EdP, EdT, EdC, and even after shave (even in atomizers, too), but this is pretty rare now. Looks like the EdT I have minus the...
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    Re: Best designer lemon for summer days

    Aeroplane by Detaille or Gomez Agua de Colonia.
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    Re: Tropical summer scent

    St. John's Bay Rum
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    Re: Is there anything similar to Habit Rouge?

    Rose d'Homme, though its rosier and less powdery.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, May 19, 2014

    Mkk
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    Re: The old book smell

    Maybe Hammam Bouquet--dusty, musty pages.
  44. Thread: Barbershop

    by bokaba
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    Re: Barbershop

    I never liked RG in any of its many forms. It was too sweet and synthetic for me. For barbershop, I prefer the likes of St. John Bay Rum, DR Harris Arlington, Trumper Spanish Leather, Blue Stratos,...
  45. Thread: Vintage cologne

    by bokaba
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    Re: Vintage cologne

    Some have stayed strong decade in and decade out, but that is rare. It all depends on taste and a certain level of risk with vintage fragrances since many are degraded and spoiled by improper storage...
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    Re: Fragrance Replicators

    The only true replicas I've ever seen of lost fragrances are those at the Osmotheque in Paris made by the likes of Jean Kerleo and other beyond-reproach perfumers using authentic ingredients that are...
  47. Re: "Dirty" Aromatic Spicy Masculines

    The spiciest fragrances I can think of are Jacomo de Jacomo and Cacharel pour Homme.
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    Re: Cowboy/Western scent recommendaton needed

    RL Chaps, Dana English Leather...the ones I could think of that have western themed labels. Though I would suspect that real cowboys from the 19th Century probably would have worn things that would...
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    Re: Heard at the Saks counter: New Creed 'Acqua' Line

    Why does Creed need another masculine, vanilla lavender? They already have the wonderful Royal Scottish Lavender. Vetiver Geranium sounds good, but I doubt Creed sprung for the raw materials to make...
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    Re: Most Elegant Vetiver?

    I favor Guerlain EdC or vintage EdT.
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    Re: Recommend some Serge Lutens to sample

    Serge Lutens usually isn't my style--too sweet and syrupy. But, I highly recommend Iris Silver Mist and Encens Lavande. Iris Mist is what I call "King Iris," Queen Iris being the long-lost Iris Gris....
  52. Re: "Dirty" Aromatic Spicy Masculines

    Perhaps Creed Orange Spice?
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Hermes Equipage. 55 degrees today with snow nearby; 102 two days ago.
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    Re: Creed orange spice

    It's okay, but a bit to overpowering for me.
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    Re: Creed royal english leather

    I really like REL though it took me a while to fall for it. REL is a simple, refined leather redolent of the 18th Century gloves after which it is allegedly fashioned (though it is really a...
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    Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I have a vintage sample and it's a little grassier and rougher than the current, but not much different.
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    Re: Indian Sandalwood Cologne by Crabtree & Evelyn

    Making your own sandalwood is the way to go. The best there was in a while was Creed Bois de Santal and now, Lorenzo Villoresi Sandalo. I have a small sample of 1920s sandalwood oil I smell from time...
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    Re: Indian Sandalwood Cologne by Crabtree & Evelyn

    What I would expect since sandalwood is virtually unheard of in designer perfumery.
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    Re: Creeds Santal Imperial vs Original Santal

    My thoughts exactly.
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    Re: Fleur d'Oranger/Orange-y smells

    You could try Roger & Gallet Extra Vieille (which is the best moderately priced cologne) though I suspect it would be much drier than the soap in question.
  61. Re: Cigalia (1911) - the first "tobacco" scent?

    Roger and Gallet is still a rock in a stormy and turbulent fragrance industry, but it was once a gem of gems. I have no doubt Cigalia was a beautiful fragrance at the Turn of the XXth Century....
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    Re: Vetiver Extraordinaire

    I like Guerlain Vetiver EdC. You can find it at reasonable prices sometimes. Also, try Villoresi's Vetiver--I guarantee it will be the strongest, dirtiest vetiver you've ever smelled.
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    Re: Pine notes Fragrances, please, suggestions!

    Try Epicea
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    Re: Best Jasmine Scent A Guy Could Own...

    Creed Jasmal and Dukes of Pall Mall Cotswold
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    Re: Fragrances with Cinnamon notes

    Creed Ambre Cannelle, though its a soapy, Victorian whopper of a fragrance.
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    Re: The best neroli?

    Then there is also the elusive, all natural, my well-kept secrect: Eau de Fleurs d'Oranger du Roi by DSH from the Perfumed Court Collection.
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    Re: Rose recommendations

    Washington Tremlett Black Tie if you can find it.
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    Tabac Aurea is probably the richest tobacco scent after Creed's vintage Tabarome.
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    Re: Favorite Creeds by smell only

    I tend to like the simplicity and sheer classic nature of some of the older Creeds like Royal English Leather, Bois du Portugal, Bois de Santal, and Royal Scottish Lavender.
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    Re: One summer frag...what should I get?

    Aeroplane by Detaille
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    Re: Best Cologne (EdC) out of the Bunch

    None of them. Out of the ones you listed, 4711 is the closest to a traditional cologne in form though it uses horrific quality ingredients. For the same price, basically, try Roger & Gallet Extra...
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    Re: Question to UK Basenoters re: Royal Mail

    UPS/Fedex/DHL might be able to import/export perfume from UK, but at a premium price.
  73. Re: Orange... orange... orange... oh oh oh...range!

    Try DR Harris Traditional Cologne for a cheap fix. Zingy orange oil with an animalic, powdery Victorian Era musk.
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    Re: The best neroli?

    Even though the Creeds aren't as good as some of the others, you could try the neglected Citrus Bigarrade if you can find it. It is a more earthy, powdery, sour neroli that reminds me of the...
  75. Re: Orange Battle: Concentré d'Orange Verte vs. Orange Sanguine

    I didn't really like Orange Sanguine. Try the regular Hermes Orange Verte.
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    Re: The best neroli?

    Neroli is indeed a noble quest. My favorites are C & S Neroli, Kobe Xerjoff, and PdN Colonge Sologne. A myriad of eaux contain substantial amounts of neroli, too.

    I found Tom Ford too synthetic...
  77. Re: Enter the Nutmeg: "Cacharel pour Homme", 1981

    Beautifully constructed, but too spicy for me.
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    Re: Acqua di Parma or other???

    Lots of good ones out there, but who knows for how long...Roger & Gallet Extra Vieille, Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua di Parma, Guerlain Eau de Coq, etc.
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    Re: Jean Patou Pour Homme - HELP!

    I conclude based on the fact it says "aftershave" just like my bottle. It lasts maybe an hour or two. If it is strong, resinous, and long-lasting, it is the EdT and should last more than eight hours.
  80. Re: Vintage Acqua Di Parma Colonia need some input.

    I'm not sure it's super vintage though I've never tried any. Good score though!
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    Re: Jean Patou Pour Homme - HELP!

    Believe it or not, it's an aftershave. Not many come in sprays anymore. I have the same bottle. I bought it a few years when some came onto the market. While it pales in comparison to the EdT, it is...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Habit Rouge Eau de Cologne
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    Re: Best Guerlains mans fragances

    Tough question. I'd go with vintage Derby or Mouchoir.
  84. Glad to see a few are still interested in the old...

    Glad to see a few are still interested in the old classics (though I would dispute the status of 4711).
  85. Thread: Summer scent

    by bokaba
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    Re: Summer scent

    If you like ES, I would suggest trying Aeroplane by Detaille.
  86. Thread: Best Sandalwood

    by bokaba
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    Re: Best Sandalwood

    Best of all time was a 1920s extract I smelled. Second best is Creed Bois de Santal. Best extant sandalwood is Villoresi's Sandalo.
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    Re: Cologne for Executives

    Perhaps Brooks Brothers for Men or RL Safari for Men.
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    Re: Civet! ...modern and classic

    You can't beat Mouchoir for a classic civet fragrance. I was appalled by MdM at first, but grew to love it. Even more classic, the impossible to find Nuit de Chine by Rose, which contains the real...
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    Re: Creed is all you Need..

    If you include the "older" fragrances, Creed does have a wide breadth of styles though the newer fragrances certainly leave something to be desired.
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    Re: The ultimate fougere

    It is hard say since fougeres are classed any where from classic to aromatic to green. The best green fougere is probably the defunct Crown Fougere. Best aromatic of all time was Dukes of Pall Mall...
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    Re: top floral carnation perfumes for men

    I forgot the honorable mention, Caron's beautiful and spicy Poivre parfum.
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    Re: top floral carnation perfumes for men

    Last year, I researched carnation fragrances extensively trying most available today and vintage formulations. In my opinion, the best there ever was is Roger & Gallet Blue Carnation followed by...
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    Re: Oldest fragrance you own?

    I have a small sample of Rosine Nuit de Chine from the 1910s.
  94. Re: It's my birthday and I'm wearing Caron Poivre from 1954.

    Great spicy carnation scent!
  95. Thread: Best leather?

    by bokaba
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    Re: Best leather?

    Knize Ten
    Cuir de Russie Parfum
    Royal English Leather
  96. Thread: Good fougères?

    by bokaba
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    Re: Good fougères?

    Vintage Fougere Royale is best of course and not anything like the current EdP. For sparkly, mossy, green fougere, try English Fern or Wild Fern. Even some of the barbershop colognes styled...
  97. Thread: Dumpster scents

    by bokaba
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    Re: Dumpster scents

    Do you mean the fragrances belong in a dumpster or that they smell like a dumpster?
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    Re: Top 3 Creed Fragrances

    Hard to pick.

    Bois du Portugal
    Bois de Santal
    Royal English Leather
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    Re: Dunhill for Men 1934 - made in USA?

    Hard to say, but it smells darned good!
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    Re: Acqua di Parma. Colonial or Essenza

    The Colonia is a classic lemon, herb, and rose eau de cologne right out of the XVIIIth Century.
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