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  1. Re: Going to a punk rock show and could use some help on picking out a scent!

    Great idea, but surely a real punk would go with Sécrétions Magnifiques...

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    (Actually, I guess a *real* punk would make their own version of it)
  2. Thread: Welcome Home!

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    Re: Welcome Home!

    Oh wow, the good old Basenotes is back :thumbsup:

    I hated that "new" site and had totally given up, then today I saw a thread on another forum and popped over to see for myself.

    All together...
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    Re: Aramis Perfume Calligraphy

    Ah, I forgot this thread. I did actually buy some Aramis Perfume Calligraphy in the end (from the eBay seller). I've worn it a few times now and I really like it.
  4. Thread: Brut Oceans

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    Brut Oceans

    Anyone tried Brut Oceans EdT? I saw some in a discount toiletries place today, at just £2.99 (about $4.60) for a 100ml bottle, and as I like the original Brut I had to try it.

    And it's really...
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    Re: Thoughts on Tsar and Boucheron?

    Thanks - I have Jazz, and I like it a lot.
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    Re: Thoughts on Tsar and Boucheron?

    Thanks very much for the info, folks - I know a number of the other fragrances you've mentioned, so the comparisons are very helpful.

    I think I would like both of these from what you're saying,...
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    Re: Thoughts on Tsar and Boucheron?

    Unfortunately it's only the EdT on offer.
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    Thoughts on Tsar and Boucheron?

    I've seen both Van Cleef and Arpels Tsar and Boucheron pour Homme on cheap offer here in the UK, but I've never smelled either and I'm wondering what people think of them...

    Tsar: Sounds to me...
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    Burberry London cheap in the Northwest

    Just a heads-up for anyone in the Northwest of England in striking distance of a branch of TJ Hughes - I was in the Liverpool store today and they have 30ml bottles of Burberry London for Men for...
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    Re: NEXT (uk) Selling their own EDP...

    It could well be the Neroli & Black Pepper. Different people's noses respond to different scents differently, and some people do find similarities where others don't.
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    Re: NEXT (uk) Selling their own EDP...

    I was in the Liverpool city centre store today, and I had a sample. Unfortunately they didn't have the Vetiver & Guiacwood, which is the one I really wanted to try, but they had the other two.

    I...
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    Re: ...and with that, I'm good, I think.

    When I started out, I had a definite plan to acquire a collection of about 20-25 fragrances - I don't do things by rote or by rule, and I need to have enough so that there's always at least one that...
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    Poll: Re: Where NOT to wear fragrances

    You should never wear a fragrance when you're on the International Space Station.
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    Re: Masculine Florals

    I'm a big fan of Czech & Speake No 88 - it has a really nice rose, and a touch of frangipani that I think takes it to another level.
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    Re: http://www.cheapsmells.com/ OUTSTANDING!!

    If you mean the Aventus, it's just what someone else said earlier in the thread - the OV seems to be in stock most of the time these days.
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    Re: Your most expensive blind buy

    I've only ever blind bought the real cheapies - no more than around £20 ($30-ish)
  17. Re: Is it safe to buy the original YSL Yves Saint Laurent M7 even though it came out almost 12 years

    I paid £60 (around $100) for an unopened vintage M7 100ml late last year.
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    Poll: Re: Rive Gauche (for men)

    Check your inbox :thumbsup:
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    Re: when someone challenges your hobby

    As he makes his way through life, a gentleman is beset by all manner of rogues and ruffians who do not appreciate the finer things.

    So adopt a scornful attitude, and snort derisively at them. It...
  20. Re: Do you feel guilty after testing and not buying in shops?

    Not at all, no.

    But then, at the places I mainly sample - John Lewis, Debenhams, and Boots (all in Liverpool) - the sales assistants have always been friendly. At John Lewis and Debenhams, I find...
  21. Re: How many in your collection do you rate 10 out of 10 and which?

    10/10? Tricky. And my choice would be probably be different if you asked me again in a few months. But here's a first pass...

    Chanel Égoïste
    Czech & Speake No. 88
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Dior...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II

    Nice review - I like GPHII a lot
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    Re: Woody/citrusy male fragrance

    It's a potent synthetic smell - some people (like me) are very sensitive to it and really don't like it, while some people love it.
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    Re: http://www.cheapsmells.com/ OUTSTANDING!!

    Yep, I've used Cheapsmells quite a few times, and they've always been great - genuine stuff at the cheapest prices, with pretty speedy free delivery.

    It's exciting to hear they're getting Aventus...
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    Re: Different bottle of Guerlian Vetiver Extreme

    When I bought mine, they only had the straight bottles - then a couple of months later, they had the ribbed ones, and last time I looked they had both. It may well be old stock still coming through,...
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    Re: Different bottle of Guerlian Vetiver Extreme

    Just to point out something that I regularly mention. I don't know about the Extreme, but the latest formulation of the regular Guerlain Vetiver is currently being sold in *both* styles of bottle -...
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    Re: I figure by not

    Just think what you could afford if you didn't have two kids!
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    Re: Should I buy Bleu de chanel or D&G the one?

    Considering that you're not talking about casual "throw away" money here, the only way you should decide is by sampling them both and deciding which one *you* prefer. With all the good will in the...
  29. Re: Polo (1978) ~ Add it to the rotation? Does Polo deserve a spot in a small collection?

    I'm generally going to agree with what most people here are saying. Get your nose round it and decide for yourself whether you like it enough to buy - it's on sale at so many outlets that it can't be...
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    Re: Creed Back Catalogue!

    I've sampled quite a few Creed fragrances (mostly from testers at a local Creed dealer), and I have to say the only two I've really liked have been Aventus and Original Vetiver - and the only one I...
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    Jovan Sex Appeal

    I've heard people praising Jovan Sex Appeal on various forums, but I've always been put off by the naff name and the cheesy promotional stuff on the box, and I didn't try it. But maybe it was meant...
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    Re: Why does everyone hate brut?

    Yes - I was out of the UK when I ordered it, but I'm just back and it was waiting for me.

    To me it smells very much like the European version of the aftershave, in the glass bottle, but perhaps a...
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    Aramis Perfume Calligraphy

    I came across Aramis Perfume Calligraphy at airport duty-free in Doha a couple of days ago, and on first encounter I have to say I was impressed. It's not a big "in your face" oud fragrance, but it...
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    Poll: Re: Pick me out a Creed please. (or don't...)

    I don't understand what you mean by that - any chance you could explain?
  35. Re: Jovan Cologne Concentrate Collection - Intense Oud, Secret Amber and Silky Rose

    Well, time has marched on, and I'm on my way back through Doha airport.

    I wandered over to pick up a bottle of the Oud, and it's gone! There's none of the new range at all now - just all the old...
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    Re: Modern Egoiste vs. Vintage Egoiste

    It's a while since I've tried the vintage, but when I got a bottle of the current version last year it matched my memories well enough.
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    Re: What size colognes do you normally buy?

    I generally go for 100ml bottles, largely because the cost per ml is a lot less than for smaller bottles. But even with my relatively small wardrobe and with my wife sharing some of them, I've...
  38. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    My bottle is with me in Thailand right now - I bought it at the airport on the way out, which was the only practical place I could get it. But now that Cheapsmells has it, I've ordered another bottle...
  39. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    Wow, it goes from posh stores like Harrods and duty-free only, to Cheapsmells.com! And the price is pretty much the same as I paid at duty-free when I got mine. That's great news!
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    Re: Why does everyone hate brut?

    Yep, I'll be sure to let you know. The idea of the EdT smelling a bit stronger than the AS and lasting longer is appealing - the AS doesn't quiet fade immediately on me, but it certainly doesn't...
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    Re: Why does everyone hate brut?

    Oh, I wasn't aware of that, thanks! I also use the AS and the deodorant, and I'll definitely try the EdT. Last time I tried the cologne with the chain, I found it a little bit "too Brut", if that...
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    Re: rive gauche on england

    I love Rive Gauche, but I haven't seen the cans on sale in shops anywhere here - they all have the new, more expensive, version in the square glass bottles. These days, I've only seen the old cans...
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    Re: Why does everyone hate brut?

    I use Brut aftershave quite often - I'd certainly buy a spray EdT if they made one.
  44. Re: Something occurred to me regarding my collection....

    That's an interesting example, because I've tried it a couple of times but have not bought it. One time I had a quick spray in an airport duty-free, and while it was pleasant, it didn't really grab...
  45. Re: Something occurred to me regarding my collection....

    Interesting thoughts, and I know the feeling. With a wardrobe of about the same size, I've been a bit more fortunate - I'd say a good third to a half of mine are ones I'd describe as loving (but...
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    Re: What's going on with Strawberrynet?

    I had a bad experience with the Strawberrynet UK site. I ordered a bottle, and it wasn't until after my order was accepted that they told me it might be shipped from outside the European Union -...
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    Re: Is your habit killing you?

    Indeed - and when you've sprayed perfume on yourself, you're going to be inhaling it for hours. There's little point worrying about penetration via the skin when the stuff is made for smelling!


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    Re: Do you keep your boxes?

    Yep, I keep all my bottles in their boxes. I'm never in a rush, and to me opening the box, extracting the bottle, savoring the application, then carefully putting the bottle back in the box, is all...
  49. Re: ATTENTION all M7 fans: interesting videos.....

    My vintage M7 bottle (all sides brown) has no floaters of any kind in it.
  50. Poll: Re: Favourite Classic GREY FLANNEL or FAHRENHEIT ?

    I'd love to like Fahrenheit, and there is a lot I do like about it, especially the opening - but I just can't handle the petroleum/burnt rubber note that comes through soon afterwards.

    And I...
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    Re: Is your habit killing you?

    I always distrust anything that complains of "Average number of chemicals = X", as it implies the author doesn't know what "chemicals" are and assumes "chemical = bad".

    It's all chemicals - food...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver (bottle shapes)

    There was apparently an older formulation in the banded bottles, but both bottles are currently being used (at least in the UK) for the current formulation.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver (bottle shapes)

    Outlets near me in the UK have both bottles, and the contents are the same.
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    Re: Aargh, possible allergy!

    Interesting possibility, and I hadn't thought of it. I have some fairly light hairs on my chest, but the area that seems sensitive is higher up and is devoid of hairs. But having said that, I used to...
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    Re: L'instant De Guerlain or Extreme?

    To be frank, when it comes to slapping your own money down, you should be asking your nose not asking other people - sample them and decide for yourself. It's a very subjective choice, and both...
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    Poll: Re: Three Classics ~ Vote Now !

    All good, but Eau Sauvage is easily my favourite of the three.
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    Re: favourite Penhaligon's scent?

    As with many fragrance houses, some of Penhaligon's can be very polarising and really need to be sampled. English Fern, for example, is likely to be liked by anyone who likes a classic fougere, and...
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    Re: Aargh, possible allergy!

    Yes, I'm going to test a few different ones and then compare ingredient lists - but then, yes, it could be one of the ingredients that is in the mix but in too low a concentration to be required to...
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    Re: Murdock Range Of Fragrances

    The only one I've tried is the Vetiver, and it seems like a very woody one to me - it's very good if that's the way you like your vetiver.

    I've not tried the others, because they've never had a...
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    Re: Aargh, possible allergy!

    Thanks folks, and yep, I'll go see the doc when I'm back in the UK (I'm away for a while right now) - it would be good to know what I'm allergic to, as there may well be other household products I...
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    Aargh, possible allergy!

    Something dreadful has happened - I think I've developed an allergy to a fragrance ingredient of some sort.

    A couple of weeks ago, I started getting some itchy blotches on my chest, in the area...
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Terre d'Hermes

    They're not remotely similar - it's like asking which is best, bacon or Beethoven?
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    Re: Highly reviewed fragrances that you dislike?

    OK, erm, well, first off I really dislike Davidoff Cool Water. To me it's a horribly fake scent of the seaside, but it's not just that - there is something in it that I appear to be sensitive to and...
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    Re: Chanel Bleu - Thoughts

    Well, I tend to mostly prefer old-fashioned fragrances and powerhouses of the past, and I really don't have much time for the masses of indistinguishable "fresh", "light", "aquatic", "sport"...
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    Re: The Eau Sauvage Trio

    Thanks - my eyes will be peeled for it, and for any other vintages that I might come across.
  66. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    The only thing I don't like about Eau Sauvage Parfum is that my wife and her brother also love it and keep having a spray - it'll be gone in no time at this rate!
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    Re: The Eau Sauvage Trio

    My local John Lewis only has the standard ES, and their web site only has the standard and the Extreme - no Parfum to be seen.

    But I've been out through the airport again and got a bottle of...
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    Re: If you could only wear one house...

    Since my last response on this thread I've discovered Jicky EdP, which is my number one right now by some margin.

    Having said that, I've also discovered Eau Sauvage Extreme and Eau Sauvage Parfum...
  69. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    I've not seen it anywhere in the UK - none of the usual outlets have it.

    Someone said Harrods have it, but that's all I've heard - no idea of the price.
  70. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum - Frighteningly Beautiful !!!!!

    I flew out through Manchester Airport again a couple of days ago, and I didn't make the same mistake I made before - I got a 100ml bottle, for £54.

    I've had a nice full wear of it now, and I think...
  71. Re: Jovan Cologne Concentrate Collection - Intense Oud, Secret Amber and Silky Rose

    I've just spotted this line on sale at Doha airport in Qatar, where I'm just passing through, and they're very cheap.

    I've had a quick spray of the Oud and the Amber ones, and on first sample...
  72. Thread: Chanel Antaeus

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    Re: Chanel Antaeus

    Well, since I wrote those words back in July, I went back and sampled it several more times, and it really started to grow on me - and I ended up buying it and love it now. What I originally judged...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Extrême

    The more I smell this, the more I love that clean and delicate lavender note.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Extrême

    There's an interesting thread here, asking that very question.

    (Ah, looks like I was just beaten to it)
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    Re: Am I picky or just a rookie still?

    I'd say one of the worst places to sample a fragrance is *inside* a dept store - there is invariably a confusing mess of smells in the air.

    My approach is to spray what I want to test on my...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Extrême

    Yes, the Parfum is very different. I plan to get a bottle when I fly out of the UK next weekend - airport duty-free is the only outlet I've found selling it here.



    I believe they're very...
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    Eau Sauvage Extrême

    I really like Eau Sauvage in general, and I just got a bottle of the current Eau Sauvage Extrême today (I already have ES and Fraîcheur Cuir, and both are amongst my favourites - just need the...
  78. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    It's very interesting to see how polarizing this one is - lots of lovers and lots of haters, by the looks of it.
  79. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    Can't say I've ever been to a Turkish bath in Victorian England myself :wink:
  80. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    Something like it could perhaps be good with a fresh rose fragrance, but the rose in this smells dying and musty to me - once it's been on me for a few minutes it just makes me think of dead things.
  81. Re: Hi guys, please can you suggest some fragrances for me? Thanks!

    Assuming you're in the UK, Debenhams has a decent fragrance department, if there's one near you.
  82. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    Yep, same here.
  83. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Hammam Bouquet

    I got a sample of Penhaligon's Hammam Bouquet recently. I tried a drop on my wrist, and I couldn't really decide, so this evening I went for a full wear of it...

    And, oh dear - I really don't want...
  84. Thread: Jazz!

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    Re: Jazz!

    Thanks folks - olfactory memories really are quite remarkable.
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    Re: Which Frag do you have the most bottle of??

    I've got two 125ml cans of Rive Gauche PH, and two 50ml bottles of Jicky EdP.
  86. Thread: Jazz!

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    Jazz!

    I've only been buying and wearing fragrances for a relatively short time, and I've been meaning to sample YSL Jazz for a while - I vaguely remembered it from the past, without actually recalling...
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    Re: Is civet a dated note in fragrance?

    I think civet is a wonderful note, and a number of my favourite fragrances have it - and my wife likes them on me (but we're both mid-50s, whatever that tells you).
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    Re: YSL M7 and Davidoff Zino Davidoff

    If the bottle has one amber side and the rest clear glass, then its the last version prior to the current M7 Oud Absolu reformulation. If it has all amber sides, then it's the vintage prior to that....
  89. Re: Rive Gauche: who's tried the new bottle and who's stocking up on the can?

    Yep, I've just stashed away another 125ml can.
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    Re: Creed Alternatives

    It really is interesting how different people's noses work - it shows how were are all different in our sensitivities to different fragrances.

    For me, for example, GIT and Cool Water are very...
  91. Re: Best La Collection Privée Christian Dior Scent?

    I've only sampled a few, but Oud Ispahan is my favourite of them so far, with Leather Oud a very close second.
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    Re: Chanel: The best and worst...

    Best: Égoïste (with Antaeus in second place)
    Worst: Allure (all of them)
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    Re: GPH II...purple?

    The stuff is definitely not purple, but digital photo colors can often look off like that - it's all to do with white balance.
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    Re: YSL RGPH no more in black & brown can

    I have a nearly-full 125ml can, and since the change to the square bottle, lower strength, much more expensive version, I've been going easy on it because I've known it will be my last one.

    But I...
  95. Re: L'instant de Guerlain and Chanel Platinum Egosite. Can I.. ?

    They're two very different fragrances, and there's no doubt you'll be fine with Platinum Egoiste.

    L'Instant, to me, seems to me to be the more "mature" of the two (and the older I get, the more I...
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    Re: 3 great work scents...

    Well, I work at home so I can wear anything I want (even if that's just Egoiste and a pair of socks), but for office use I'd think the following three of my favourites would work well...

    * Floris...
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    Re: Czech and Speake No. 88 Impressions

    Both spellings are acceptable. See, for example...

    "A past tense and a past participle of smell."
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/smelt

    (Not that anyone on this 2006 thread is likely to still...
  98. Re: how do you decide which fragrance is next to own?

    Well, I look at notes and plan what will make a good addition to what I already have so as to get a balanced wardrobe, I get lots of samples to test, and I carefully decide what should go on my wish...
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    Re: Wearing "the opposite sex" frag

    Prada Infusion d'Iris EdP.
  100. Re: Which scent would you define as "Nothingnness Bottled"?

    Interesting thread.

    I have to agree with the CK nominations in general. I've tried a number of them, and I often get the hint of fleeting nothingness from them. (The only CK fragrance I like is...
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