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    Re: new member..

    Suggest you give a try to one of these as your next step along the eventual path from "enthusiast" to "collector". Cartier Declaration Essence, Creed Aventus, Aqua di Parma Essenza, Anat Fritz...
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    Re: Your 6 fragrances for life

    I tried to do this, but could not pick six without changing them around. Too hard.
  3. Re: Luca Turin and Tauer L`Air du desert Marocain.

    This is a beautiful perfume. It is more than a woody amber due to variety of various ingredients although it is easy to lump into the woody amber category. Mesmerizing to smell on others, but a bit...
  4. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    I think people ask for recommendations just to get an opinion poll - to test the wind - on a subject. Then do what they wanted to do all along. The recommendations play a small part in decision...
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    Re: Recommendations

    Prada Luna Rossa Extreme
    Dior Homme Cologne
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    Re: Your favorite Givenchy

    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Vetyver
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    Re: What would you wear with these socks?

    I'd wear a pair of long pants.:happy:
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    Re: Favorite Citrus Listed

    Goutal Eau de Sud or
    Hermes Eau Orange Verte (go for the concentree)
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    Re: What would you wear with this watch?

    This watch would match perfectly with:

    Feraud Nuit de Sens
    Zegna Peruvian Ambrette
    Frederic Malle Dries Van Noten
    Aedes de Venustas Palissandre d' Or
    By Killian Sacred Wood
    By Killian Musk...
  10. Re: Your favorite lime fragrance of these listed?

    George Trumper Extract of Limes Cologne - a classic! Tart, dry, smells fantastic for all of about 2 hours after which it only exudes a faint odor with body heat or perspiration. Has not been...
  11. Re: New Zegna Fragrance - Ermenegildo Zegna Acqua di Bergamotto !!

    I can't wait to try this one. One of my favorite lines. When will it hit the stores? I might check out my Zegna dealer at Neiman Marcus this weekend.
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    Re: Best "BAD BOY" fragrance !

    To be a good "bad body" fragrance by your definition, it needs some balls to back up the stylish elegant facade.


    Pure Distance M
    Songe d'un bois d'Eté
    Dior Leather Oud
    LM Hard Leather
    Creed...
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    Re: Let's talk sandalwood!!

    Dries Van Noten - very nice and subtle sandalwood and suede.
    Santal 33 - my favorite perfume that fakes the idea of what sandalwood should be like.
    Penhaligon's As Sawira - nice sandalwood base...
  14. Re: Looking for a clean spicy/smoky cologne...

    smoke and bourbon.

    Lubin Idole
    Eau d' Italie Bois d' Ombrie
    Creed Royal Oud
    DS&Durga Sir
    DS&Durga Bowmakers
    Hylnds Spirit of the Glen
    Guerlain Songe d'un Bois d' Été
    M Pure Distance
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    Re: Looking for a fruity woody fragrance

    Parfums d' Empire Azemour - very orange and very dry woods
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    Re: Best of Tom Ford Private Blend?

    Oud Wood
    Patchouli Absolu
    Mandarino d' Amalfi
    Noir de Noir
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    Re: Ermenegildo Zegna

    A great line! The whole collection is worth owning a bottle.

    My favorite five: Javanese Patchouli, Haitian Vetiver, Peruvian Ambrette, Florentine Iris, Indonesian Oud.
    My less favorites: ...
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    Poll: Re: Best Amber Fragrance for Men

    I am ambivalent about amber fragrances nowadays. The pure amber ones (Ambre Precieux, Ambre 114, Blue Amber) are just too boring and sweet. The grittier ambergris fragrances like Ambre Aurea, Ambre...
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    Re: Charenton Macerations: Asphalt Rainbow

    Two months now since a post on this thread about Asphalt Rainbow. I guess no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow? Anybody get to smell it?
  20. Re: Looking for something that smells like a JUNGLE

    My first thought as well.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Really impressed with HEELY Phoenicia - smokey, warm, delicious to wear. This on the heels of Vetiver Veritas - good job HEELY!
  22. Re: Comme des Garcons x Monocle - Your favorite

    I like these as well. This is how I see them.

    Hinoki - #1
    Sugi - #2
    Laurel - #3
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    Re: Niche Summer Fragrance Recommendations

    Acqua di Parma Essenza - ozone and orange zest with a slight old fashioned feel.
    Profumi di Pantelleria Maestrale - light sparkling woody aromatic
    The Different Company Sel d' Vetiver - great...
  24. Re: which is mintier bleu de chanel EDT or EDP

    Neither are very minty to me.
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    Re: Recs for a plain ole musk

    Cheap musks, I don't know any, but these are quite nice:

    Bruno Acampora Musk
    By Killian Musk Oud
    Zegna Peruvian Ambrette
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    Re: battle of the Vetivers!

    Excellent Vetivers:

    Heely Vetiver Veritas
    TDC Sel d' Vetiver
    Les Nez Turtle Vetiver
    Zegna Haitian Vetiver
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    Re: Recommend me a citrus

    Here are a few suggestions-

    Keiko Mecheri Mullholland - citrus opening with dry woods base.
    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine - impressive orange with musk
    Guerlain Eau de Cologne Imperiale -...
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    Re: I'm torn. Spice bomb or Chanel Bleu EDP

    How do you answer a question like this? They are so different from each other that you might as well decide you are going to get something to fill both categories, eventually. Sometimes you need a...
  29. Re: Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    By Killian is a quality line. Pure Oud, Straight to Heaven, Musk Oud are outstanding. I have a few others too - count me as a fan!
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    Re: Pluriel vs Invasion Barbare

    Pluriel vs. Invasion Barbare
    This is a question of the two sides of lavender. The hard aromatic woods lavender vs. soft but strong silent type of vanilla / lavender. Pluriel illustrates a hard...
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    The company will sell samples for a variety of their fragrances, but they have a £50 minimum shipping charge to the U.S. I tried to order a variety of samples and just could not justify paying £50...
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    Re: Similar to Guerlain Homme l'eau

    Similar to Guerlain Homme L' Eau. The outstanding qualities are the (1) citrus opening (grapefruit, lime, orange, bergamot), minty rosy mid notes (mint, geranium) and a (3) light musk / woods base....
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    John Stephen is listed as the perfumer of those I mentioned I liked and he did most of the Gold Series. The more limited editions (and even more costly) may have been done by Christian Provenzano -...
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    I think the gold series, which are newer, are better to test than the older ones. The perfumer who does these, John Stephen has really improved his product with practice. I remember going through...
  35. Re: anything terpenic, camphorous, and resinous all in one?

    ++CDG Hinoki
    Bois d' Ascece
    Robert Piguet Casbah
    Black Tourmalene
  36. Re: How much do you think bottle design/colour influences how you perceive a scent?

    I think bottle design and color is a more important factor than people realize.
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    Re: Tom Ford and Aventus?

    Tom Ford and Creed live in different universes. None are like the other, Aventus included. They are not trying to emulate each others creations and they appear to be happy with those directions. I...
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    Re: d"hermes parfum for older men?

    I read somewhere that all art gallery owners wear Terre d' Hermes. I read that when I was an art gallery owner myself, so I thought I would give it a try. I no longer have the gallery. I like the...
  39. Re: Hard Leather, Capri, Rose Oud, Heely Agarwoud, Monsieur, Ballena de la Pampa, Horneo, Rive Gauch

    Added a dozen new fragrances. Check them out.
  40. Thread: Best Coffee

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    Re: Best Coffee

    Coze 02
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    Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Yes I think Bleu de Chanel is very ordinary. But I prefer Bleu de Chanel EDP which is quite Extra-Ordinary
  42. Re: Neroli portofino, Mandarino d'amalfi & Costa azure in Sephora!

    Sephora has managed to get some of the more commonly likable, mostly summer citrus, partial line offerings from several brands such as Atelier Cologne, Tom Ford, Hermes, Guerlain. Also have seen...
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    Re: MEMO - brand favourites and thoughts?

    Purely personal take here but I really liked Italian Leather and also liked Irish Leather. Irish leather is not like a typical leather fragrance though and has lots of green notes, if you are...
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    Re: Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo

    I really enjoy Ginepro di Sardegna and Aqua di Parma Essenza - both are natural, well blended and excellent to wear. I am pretty well stocked on citrus, natural fragrances at the moment (Hermes,...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    top 5 today:


    Aqua di Parma Essenza
    Boudicea the Victorious Oxford
    Creed Millesime Imperiale
    Atelier Sud Magnolia
    Bitter Rose Broken Spear
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    Re: In Praise of Atelier

    Favorites from Atelier Cologne are: Orange Sanguine, Bois Blonds, and Sud Magnolia. I like many in the line but also believe some are very average.
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    Re: Favorite Vetiver? Oud? Rose? Amber?

    FAVORITES + some alternatives that are just as good:

    VETIVER: Heely Vetvier Veritas
    also: Turtle Vetiver Front, Turtle Vetiver Back, Zegna Haitian Vetiver, TDC Sel d' Vetiver

    OUD:...
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    Poll: Re: Vetiver overload--help me drop a few!

    There have been several opinions pro and con on Annick Goutal Vetiver and I would like to point out that Goutal launched an all new fragrance called Vetiver in 2013 and it smells very different from...
  49. Re: Hard Leather, Capri, Rose Oud, Pomelo Paradis, Oud Wood, Agarwoud, Monsieur, Ballena de la Pampa

    Added many new fragrances to the sale today. Check them out!
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    Re: Your Favorite "L'Eau"

    + on Guerlain Homme L' Eau (or Boisee)
    Guerlain Eau de Cologne and Imperiale and Cologne du Parfumeur are all close to perfection. Makes me want to own the entire Guerlain set of EDC's.
    I need to...
  51. Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    I also like Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio. From Heely I think Verveine is a greener and more natural fig fragrance than Figuier. But my favorite fig fragrance at this time is D.S.& Durga Debaser. It is...
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    Re: Bleu de chanel edp or edt

    I think the EDT is stronger initially and more synthetic and a little unsure of itself. The EDP is worlds better in my opinion and smells like they fixed it. They simplified the fragrance, I would...
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    Re: Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    these all come to mind.

    Boudicea the Victorious Chelsea and Bayswater both are a down and dirty vibe.
    Xerjoff Homme
    Blackbird
    Leather Oud
    Oud Velvet Mood by MFK
    Gao by Xerjoff
    Kinski ...
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    Re: DS Durga - Debaser (2015)

    There is a clean tartness to it that offsets the the fig and coconut. It smells clean and green to me with emphasis on the green sap from grasses. Maybe the most green grassy fig fragrance I've...
  55. Thread: Bergamot

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    Re: Bergamot

    Bergamote 22 by Le Labo - fresh light and lively
    Italian Bergamot by Zegna Essenze - almost as good as the Le Labo
    Florentine Iris by Zegna Essenze - the iris with bergamot opening extends it into...
  56. Re: What's your pick(s) from Comme des Garcons line?

    I like these cdg's with Jaisalmer being my favorite.

    Jaisalmer, Avignon, Hinoki, Sugi, Oarzazate, Palisander, Peppermint, CDG2Man, Kyoto, Sequoia, CdGEDP, Vetiveru, White, Wonderoud.
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    Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    Hit! Have always enjoyed Declaration. Also like Declaration Essence and L' Eau flankers. Sometimes I prefer Essence and others I like the original - season of year does affect my preferences. I...
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    Re: What's your opinion on Le Labo Santal 33

    I like it. Didn't think I would say that when I first tried it, but it has grown on me. Use of a small amount is best. Never more than one spray spread out.
  59. Re: Is Armani Prive ever discounted anywhere? Or... is it too well controlled for that?

    The US dollar is @ 30% stronger vs. the euro in the past year. So if you are traveling and can find it overseas or in duty free you will probably save 30% - 40% off the price in the U.S....
  60. Poll: Re: Poll-Best designer fragrance for a boiling hot summer

    From the list: Mugler Cologne and Grey Vetiver

    Is the reason the OP or anyone would want to limit choices of summer fragrances to designers who also do fragrance brands is that they might be...
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    Re: Best 'Eau de Cologne'?

    Cologne du Parfumeur - very worthy.
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    Re: Patchouli Base on Office-Friendly Scent

    This one!
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    Re: Creed Pure White Cologne

    Pure White is excellent if you want to smell fresh, clean but remain anonymous with the fragrance you wear. As the SA at Neiman's told me, Pure White is very popular with doctors and professionals...
  64. Re: Favorite Indie Scent from small or unknown houses -

    These indie brands also have some good things to try out:

    Les Nez --- Turtle Vetiver also: Let Me Play the Lion, Unicorn Spell.
    Ex Idolo --- Thirty Three
    Anat Fritz -- Tzora also Classical...
  65. Re: Mention "only" top 3 (max) from all of your fav. houses

    Comme des Garcons Hinoki CDG edp Jaisalmer

    Zegna Essenze Javanese Patchouli Hatian Vetiver Peruvian Ambrette

    Creed Aventus Jardin d' Amalfi M. Imperial

    Guerlain Homme L' Eau ...
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    Re: Ideal summer Chanel

    Allure Homme Sport After Shave splash - for some reason the after shave feels fresher / cleaner - maybe its the application of a splash.

    Platinum Egoiste - minty sweetness. Good for spring and...
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    Re: Sports Fragrance Suggestions?

    Both of these seem like something good to wear after golf at the club. They will not offend anyone and reinforce the benefits of exercise.

    Hermes Concentree d' Orange Verte - it has a refreshing...
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    Re: Which fragrances are brothers?

    another "brother" from a different mother:

    Naomi Goodsir Bois d' Ascese ----- Arte Profumo Fumoir
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    Re: Which fragrances are brothers?

    brothers but definitely not twins:


    TF Tuscan Leather -----AdP Leather
    Terre d Hermes Eau Fraiche ------Voyage d' Hermes
    Guerlain Cologne du Parfumeur ------ Creed Pure White
    Creed Jardin d'...
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    Re: Dried, dark fruits.

    Frapin 1697
    Nobile 1942 Rudis
    Ex Idolo Thirty Three

    All these have what smells like dried fruits in them. All three are good.
  71. Re: Better compliments getter then bleu de chanel? (for summer)

    I like Bleu EDP. The EDT smells similar to Versace Pour Homme, A&F Fierce and also niche fragrance Cologne Absolute by Tom Daxon. All are fine, inoffensive and if sprayed semi boldly will draw...
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    Re: Favorite Tea Fragrance?

    Imperial Tea from By Killian - jasmine and freshly cut green tea leaves
    Le Message Oubile from L' Antichambre - smokey black tea
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    Re: Perris monte carlo

    +1 on Imperial Oud (black bottle). It is bold but sublime if applied lightly. If applied heavily it's a beast who will abuse your hospitality all night long if you let it. This bottle could...
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    Re: Aternatives to Eau de Guerlain?

    Annick Goutal Eau du Sud smells similar to Eau de Guerlain. The similarities are in the tart, grapefruit and verbena plus the indolic floral aspects of the base. Eau du Sud is even more bold and...
  75. Re: Bleu de Chanel eau de parfum vs. Acqua di Gio Profumo comparisons?

    Very interesting observations - thanks for sharing this. Wasn't aware of dropping incense out of Bleu EDP, but it does smell more natural which is why I like it. EDP isn't as contrasting or as...
  76. Re: What's a Good cologne/flanker combo for the Spring

    I don't think you need to have both, but these are all pretty good offshoots of the original.

    A&F Fierce / Chanel Bleu EDP :vrolijk_1:

    Dior Homme Cologne / Dior Homme L' Eau

    Declaration /...
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    Re: Looking for a summer incense

    Kyoto or Jaisalmer are good in hot weather.
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    Re: Iris 39 by Le Labo - suitable for men?

    Yes it does work fine for men. Iris 39 is masculine with the green notes it has and when I compared it to some other similar iris scents, La Pausa 28, Bois d' Iris, Iris Poudre, etc it seems to be...
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    Re: why is it that sales clerks do this?

    I think people tend to rise up to match their own levels of incompetence in these jobs. There are many levels of competent and incompetent performance in almost every job situation. The really top...
  80. Re: Dior Homme Sport or Creed Millesime Imperial ?

    MI is my preferred between DH Sport. I don't even own the Sport Dior Homme. I like Dior Homme Cologne as much, maybe more than MI. Don't know if its the ginger or what but the DH Sport just...
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    Re: Best frankincense out there?

    I like how frankincense is used in these:

    Tom Ford Sahara Noir
    Jovoy Liturgie des Heures
    Armani Bois d' Encens
    D.S.& Durga: Siberian Snow, also Mississippi Medicine
    Rundholz 03 Apr. '68...
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    Pretty sure this is what did it. It did it to me too. When this fragrance goes on too heavy ( few sprays ) then it smells sweet, old fashioned and cloying in tight quarters. But if it is applied...
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    Re: Best fragrance from the Armani Prive line?

    The entire series is very good. My favorite is Bois d' Encens.
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather blind buy?

    I agree with JiveHippo, this fragrance is redundant with and too similar to Tuscan Leather. I like them both, but you asked for opinions about blind buying it for summer. I would say that's not a...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Notes listed on Luckyscent are: pipe tobacco, spicy peach, scotch heather, tonka, honey, patchouli and elderberry. Kiste reminds me very much of Frapin 1697 with its dried fruits mixed with...
  86. Re: Heeley Sel Marin is probably one of the worst aquatics out there

    Sel Marin is very minimal and natural smelling and has very little in the way of synthetic "imitation" aquatics about it. Maybe you are missing the zing of an Acqua di Gio, none of that in Sel Marin....
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    Re: D.S. and Durga

    After trying many of the DS&D for a second wearing I can see the critique that they are short lived. Some lose their fragrance really quickly and some others just seem to die away and not really...
  88. Re: Difference between the Allure Homme Sports?

    Thanks for the descriptions. I know I enjoy the series and already have DH Cologne 2013 - your descriptions are a helpful confirmation.
  89. Re: Difference between the Allure Homme Sports?

    I am reviving this thread because I still am having difficulties getting the differences. Does anybody have a handle on how these compare to each other?

    I am seeing:

    Chanel Allure Homme Sport...
  90. Re: Whats your the most favorite fragrance by Parfum d’Empire

    My favorites from this house are:

    Azemour
    Wazamba
    Iskander
    Equistrus
    Cuir Ottoman
    Musc Tonkin
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    Re: D.S. and Durga

    I noticed their prices did go from $105 to $145 for the 50 ml. But is it a fair price? Pricing for 50 ml. fragrance collections from Indie brands that confront the big time seem to always go up. ...
  92. Re: What would you consider the best celebrity fragrance out there? Tim Mcgraw? Usher? Beyonce? Hal

    This group deserves some study . . . I have not tried any of these, yet.
  93. Re: Bleu de Chanel eau de parfum vs. Acqua di Gio Profumo comparisons?

    I agree that Acqua di Gio Profumo is surprisingly better than the original. Haven't had the chance to try Bleu de Chanel edp, but after AdG Profumo I need to give it a try.
  94. Bleu de Chanel eau de parfum vs. Acqua di Gio Profumo comparisons?

    Are these classics improved by going up in strength and which one is better? Are either really better than the original? Thoughts.
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    Re: TF: Patchouli Absolu

    I like it and have worn it a number of times. I am a fan of patchouli in general and appreciate different ones for different reasons. I like the clean dry presentation without getting ornamental or...
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    Re: Need rose suggestions.

    I also like Rose 31. I recommend these for something different:

    Ex Idolo Thirty Three
    Tauerville Rose Flash
    Diptyque L' Ombre Dans L' Eau
    Andy Tauer Incense Rose
    Guerlain Rose Nacree du...
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    Re: D.S. and Durga

    Have been sampling many of the D S & Durga line and so far I find this house to be very rewarding. Over half of those I've tried are bottle worthy to me. I've tried only a couple of their Hylnds...
  98. Re: Would you sell a Vintage (expensive) fragrance so you could pick up a few NEWER scents ?

    Depends on how you define your "collection". If you are collecting important fragrances for their historical or reference value then I would say hang on to the vintage old ones if you think they are...
  99. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    Go to Lutens Palais Royal shop and purchase one bell jar each of everything they don't sell here in the U.S.
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    Re: MDCI Resin Bust

    If you are purchasing this item for the visual impression it makes sitting on the shelf as an object of art, then it might be worth it to you to pay the up charge. It is not to me. There is...
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