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  1. Re: Are there any perfume notes or materials you've changed your mind on this year?

    I never thought I’d say this, but this is the year I more or less came around to modern woody-ambers, as evidenced by my slow switch to appreciation and enjoyment of Sauvage, or the woody-amber...
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    Re: Oud Wood Intense is NOTHING like Oud Wood

    Yeah Oud Wood Intense creates a very distinct leather vibe to me, accented by spices, before moving into its slightly acrid, phenolic “tar” or “asphalt” phase in the dry down. I have to say, many...
  3. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    Even though I’m not quite convinced by this one yet (I find the dry down to be a pleasant but rather trite “woodsy” accord), I do agree that it has better performance than one would initially assume,...
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    Re: Caron Yatagan discontinued???

    Yatagan is wonderful stuff, but certainly has a very particular personality. I can’t think of anything that would be a direct replacement, honestly, only siblings in sharp, masculine, woodsy tone.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    Alas I haven't seen this available in the US at all...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I’m a big fan of Carbon. There is a sort of general “family resemblance” to Sauvage, but really the two smell pretty different. Sauvage has both a bigger, airier projection and its sweaty-peppery...
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    Re: Similar to L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I don't get any real similarity between LDDM and Interlude Man, other than maybe overall theme or tone, but certainly not in actual smell.

    I suspect the only things that smell similar to LDDM are...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Oh yes, Bel Ami Vetiver is brilliant. Good reminder for me to wear mine again soon, especially in this cooler weather.
  9. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    "Bleu de Sauventus." Haha perfect. Though I enjoy all three of those fragrances (along with my Azzaro Pour Homme and Paco PH, etc.). I have to say, in the heyday of fougeres, if an enthusiast...
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    Re: *NEW* Prada Luna Rossa Black (2018)

    My bottle of Black arrived yesterday, so I gave it a full proper wear. I was surprised that it didn’t wear like the tonka bomb I remembered from sampling it a few months ago. At the time I dismissed...
  11. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Costume National Homme. Really nice, no doubt, and certainly strong. The cinnamon-clove accord unsurprisingly reminds me of things like Spicebomb, Spice Blend, and D&G The One, meaning I both enjoy...
  12. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    I don’t know how much it’s a trend, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes a bit more prevalent among younger men. One point of reference for me is that a big hit like Sauvage actually...
  13. Re: When was the last time someone's perfume annoyed you and which perfume was it?

    It’s almost always Santal 33 or Sauvage, both of which are much stronger than many people realize (likely because both cause anosmia in the wearer pretty easily).

    Santal 33 I particularly abhor....
  14. Re: Thanksgiving - choosing a scent for a day of family, friends, football and feasting

    I went to a lovely Friendsgiving last night, and it was also the first real rain of the season here. I was wearing Egoiste, which was perfect for the cool, snuggly fall weather and warm company of...
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    Re: Your top 10 of this decade (2010 - 2019)

    Dior Leather Oud
    Dior Fahrenheit Parfum
    Dior Homme Parfum
    Guerlain Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Amouage Bracken Man
    Chanel Bleu de Chanel
    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon
    MFK Absolue pour le Soir
    Tom Ford...
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    Re: *NEW* Prada Luna Rossa Black (2018)

    I’m surprised to hear that was your reaction, given how different the three are. Sport is a pretty light-hearted ginger-lavender-tonka, in the same general vein as Le Male though not the same. Carbon...
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    Re: the performance in dior sauvage edt 200ml

    Sauvage EDT is very strong stuff, and definitely causes nose blindness if you wear too much or have it too close to your nose. Try wearing less and not sniffing right at it all day. You’ll notice it...
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    Re: *NEW* Prada Luna Rossa Black (2018)

    Just ordered a 50ml of LR Black yesterday, in fact. I have the other three main ones in the Luna Rossa series. I think it's a really strong series overall, with Carbon being the easy stand-out for...
  19. Re: Comme des Garcons + Monocle Scent Four: Yoyogi

    I forgot to mention I tried this a few weeks back. I like it. The strongest note for me is fir/pine, but it's quite legible and pleasant. Nothing groundbreaking, but as a realistic evocation of...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I've come around to it much, much more than I expected. I dare say it's now even a bit addictive to me, even if it's still not something I totally love. The bergamot in the opening is now very...
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    Re: Question about Chanel Allure Homme

    This is sort of funny, but I'm making a cup of Earl Grey tea and sniffing the bag I get a sour-tart smell from the bergamot which is very similar to the sour-tart note I notice in the opening of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    That is a reasonable assumption, yes. :laugh:
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Great minds think alike today, ZC. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Question about Chanel Allure Homme

    Okay, good to hear from others here. Yeah I think "tart" would be a good word as well; maybe more accurate than "sour." Whichever it is, it DOES remind me of no-longer-fresh citrus top notes in deep...
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    Question about Chanel Allure Homme

    I bought a bottle of Allure Homme new from Barney's (of all places) maybe four months ago. It's worked out well as an easy office scent. However putting it on yesterday I noticed a distinctly sour...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Guerlain Vetiver. It's been an awfully long time, it seems, and I'd almost forgotten how good this one is. Simultaneously fresh yet warm, and very classy.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wanted something easy and simple for the office today, so it was Allure Homme. I know this stuff doesn't make anyone really jump for joy, but I must say, every time I wear it I really enjoy it, even...
  28. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    Oh man, there are so many, especially given prices from reputable online sellers. Just off the top of my head:

    Guerlain Heritage, Vetiver, Habit Rouge
    The whole Caron men's line (esp. Yatagan and...
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    Re: Oud Wood Intense is NOTHING like Oud Wood

    I agree, there's really little similarity between these two, apart from maybe the cardamom note. But I really like Oud Wood Intense when I'm in the mood for it. It's a feral, phenolic leather, pretty...
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    Re: Brand New Dior Homme (Silver Stem)

    I'm a big Dior Homme aficionado, and I've long thought the hubbub about the formulation differences was overplayed. I have and have had several bottles of the original silver stem version, plus the...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Oh yeah. I only know the current version, but it's with the current version that I really fell for Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. It's rich, nuanced stuff -- both clean/soapy but also sexy, with the honey...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 21st October, 2019

    Finally got my bottle of this last week and I've been loving it.
  33. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    Yep, makes sense, and fair enough!
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 21st October, 2019

    Wanted the comfort of some powdery lavender-tonka this morning.

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  35. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    For what it's worth, I certainly get where the OP is coming from as far as the sharpness in the opening of Azzaro Pour Homme. To me it comes from a significant blast of dihydromyrcenol, along with a...
  36. Re: Ok, laying my cards on the table re: Azzaro PH EDT

    This sort of observation (which I think is entirely valid!) is always a bit amusing to me, because what happens when fragrances age is they "blur" and take on a sort of warmer hue, while the top...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    LDDM has had me swooning all day. Another one I’m surprised I took so long to come around to and grab a bottle of. I’d been sampling it off and on for years now. It’s so good.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

    L’Air du Desert Marocain. Glorious.

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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Yep indeed. I have a bottle from the mid-80s. Alas, as with so many vintages, the top notes have moved into that aged sour phase, but beyond that it’s good stuff. There’s clearly more oakmoss in that...
  40. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Yep, this is accurate. The patchouli remains strong into the dry-down, for sure, with the woods and vanilla softening its sharper edges a bit. It’s a warm-yet-bright effect.
  41. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Based on what I myself own and enjoy, or would wear based on testing:

    Chanel: No. 5, No. 5 Eau Premiere, No. 19, No 19. Poudree, Cristalle (EDT and EDP), Coco ... and pretty much the entire...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Chanel Antaeus. I'm working from home today, so I went all-out: aftershave splash, deodorant, and about five sprays of the EDT, all current versions. I'm currently in a warm resinous-floral-animal...
  43. Re: Did you ever blind-buy Heritage de Guerlain, and did it fall short, meet, or exceed expectations

    Unless you hate spices, patchouli, sandalwood, and vanilla (okay, fair, some people can't deal with these), it's hard to imagine not at least appreciating Heritage, if not falling for it. It's got...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

    Chanel Antaeus. Did the whole shebang this morning: aftershave splash, deodorant stick, and EDT -- all current formulations. I'm working from home today, so I wasn't shy about it, either. :thumbsup:...
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    Re: Copper by Comme des Garçons

    I’m curious about this one, and about the rest of the pile they’ve suddenly released. But I also agree that it seems like quite a few new bottles out all at once.
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Let's see what it would be for me right now, given this is ever-changing:

    1. Dior Homme EDT
    2. MPG Route du Vetiver
    3. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon
    4. Amouage Bracken Man
    5. Hermes Bel Ami
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Went with YSL L'Homme again today, as it's new to me (I've gone through a phase of revisiting mass-market frags that I'd been too snobbish to consider before), and I was in the mood for an easy...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    The whole time while reading/skimming through this thread, what was in the back of my mind was the clear example that’s right in front of us right now, which is that in the Middle East, men wear big...
  49. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    After years of sampling it here and there, I finally gave in and ordered a bottle of L’Air du Desert Marocain, since my most recent sampling of it it really clicked.

    Also requested samples of...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 16th October, 2019

    That was me yesterday. Great stuff!
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    The first thing that came to my mind was Heritage, where the patchouli is just screamin' for me (in a good way). In fact I put on a sweatshirt yesterday and was suddenly getting big whiffs of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I gave this a wear yesterday myself, and it was probably the first time I really came around to it, rather than just sort of intellectually appreciating it, if that makes sense. For whatever reason...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. Man, I really do love this stuff.

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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. Quite far now from any sort of copy of Sauvage in my mind (I blame the chatter of fragrance communities for putting that idea in my head in the first place), Carbon is...
  55. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    MFK Absolue pour le Soir. Almost forgot how powerful this stuff is.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Good ol' Azzaro pour Homme is really hitting the spot for me today. There's a lot going on in this one.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th October, 2019

    Azzaro Pour Homme

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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Sprayed on some Heritage last night (I have a vintage bottle of the EDT) possibly based on seeing your posts. Alas the top notes of this old bottle have gone off, but the dry down is really, really...
  59. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    :grin:
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I'm not familiar with Red for Men personally, but I'm sure someone else can chime in there. As far as longevity, I've had no issues at all with my bottle, which I bought new earlier this year. It's...
  61. Re: Best Eclectic Designers of Last 3 Years

    I assume by "eclectic" you mean "eccentric"? In any case, I'd agree with most of what people have mentioned, with Gucci particularly standing out as trying new things, which I admire, even if none of...
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    Re: Le Labo Baie 19

    I have a sample on the way. Even though I haven’t liked a new Le Labo since the Ylang/Lys duo, the description of this one was interesting enough. Always curious to sniff a take on petrichor. But...
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Saw that yesterday. I’d concur, however I was shocked they didn’t mention the huge vetiver note that becomes particularly obvious in the dry down. Vetiver dominated my experience of the scent.
  64. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Twilly Eau Poivree from a sample. It’s really nice, with a green, stemmy rose emerging pretty quickly after the opening. I don’t get overt pepper, interestingly. Despite this having a different set...
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    Re: Baccarat Rouge 540: The Sweetness Factor

    Candy Perfume Boy’s review of BR 540 talks through the primary aromachemicals used in the composition, as apparently Kurkdjian was open about it being an entirely synthetic, abstract creation, and...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It’s great stuff, isn’t it? Another one I’m surprised I slept on for so long. I love the sandalwood base under the fresh fougere accord.
  67. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    This video was so enlightening to me, particularly the section you reference. She points out that using oakmoss up to the restriction you’d “moss yourself ‘til Christmas,” which made a light in my...
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    MPG Route du Vetiver. I've loved it for years, but for some reason kept putting off buying a bottle. Now that I have it, I put some on the other night and it struck me how amazingly ME this fragrance...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Thanks to generous Hermes SAs, I have several samples of Agar Ebène, including one that's particularly generous. I'd never given this one a full-day wear, and I figured it's time to make good use of...
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    Re: My Creed collection. What's yours?

    Have bottles of

    Aventus
    Green Irish Tweed
    Original Vetiver

    Currently exploring some of the others in the line. Royal Mayfair was gorgeous but not quite something I'd spend that sort of cash...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

    Hermes Agar Ebene

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  72. Re: Comme des Garcons + Monocle Scent Four: Yoyogi

    Aww yeah. Almost certainly a blind buy for me.
  73. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    It was Hermes Bel Ami last night (current version just picked up). Beautiful stuff.
  74. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme YSL , I'm digging it very much!

    It’s a classic for good reason. Enjoy!
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    Re: Best leather fragrance?

    Classic leathers (along the lines of Chanel Cuir de Russie, or Knize Ten) can be challenging for me to actually wear, much as I appreciate them from afar as great compositions. So, given that,...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Sniffed Epice Marine at Hermes this afternoon and liked it more than I expected. I'd seen folks saying it was just Declaration, and while I get the cardamom, to me this goes in a pretty different...
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    When it comes to current versions of things, one of the first that comes to mind is Hermes Equipage, which for me becomes a veritable forest of oak moss as it develops. Really gorgeous stuff.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

    YSL L'Homme EDT. In the mood for something easy for the office.

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  79. Re: Latest Tiffany Masculine Fragrance - Tiffany & Love For Him!

    I tried this at Bloomingdale’s last week. It wasn’t bad, with a little bit of a bracing or green aspect in the opening if I remember right, but soon it became clear this is Tiffany updating to...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Just sprayed on some MPG Route du Vetiver as my SOTE and wow, why did it take me this many years to finally get a bottle? This is not only easily my favorite vetiver, but something about this one...
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    Re: Masculine Hazelnut fragrance?

    Yep this was the first thing I thought of.

    Also, if you’re willing to be a bit more daring, it’s worth checking out Angel Muse EDP, which has a really great hazelnut note. It’s pretty unisex for a...
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    Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Part of what I love about our community here on Basenotes is that folks chime in with such a good response to this question: both helpful, and with a great open-minded attitude.

    And I can only add...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Bleu de Chanel EDT. On the days I go to the gym, it's hard NOT to go with this since I have both the travel spray and deo stick in my gym back for refreshing after my workout and shower. Plus, it's...
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    Hm. Yeah I don’t meant to say it actually smells like designer “bleu” fragrances, but more that I can see a structural similarity, with the fresh element (mint here) over norlimbanol-driven woods....
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th October, 2019

    I have no trouble pulling it off, particularly the EDT which is just a bit more green and dry than the EDP (which adds a little more fruit and inkiness, though I love that one too). Given that...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th October, 2019

    A warm day today despite otherwise being in fall weather.

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    Re: A Primer on Chanel Cristalle

    I have new bottles of both EDT and EDP, and I love both of them. I find the EDP to be indeed a bit more lush, with more of an inky effect pulled from the oak moss. But both definitely feature oak...
  88. Re: What are the sexiest fragrances from Maison Francis Kurkdjian?

    Another vote for Absolue pour le soir. It’s ridiculously sexy and beautiful. Still available to order direct from the MFK web store.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    I JUST sprayed this on about ten minutes ago, for the first time, from a Creed sample set that arrived yesterday. It’s certainly likable right from the start, to me, and the opening accord does...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    That, and Viking, were the other two in the little sample set I ordered from them. I’m looking forward to finally trying it. Until recently I mostly dismissed Creed as far too pretentious and...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Creed Royal Mayfair. Just sprayed some on from an official sample. I never paid Creed a lot of mind in the past, though I have GIT and recently gave in and bought Aventus. In any case, Royal Mayfair...
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    Re: Do people still care about Bond No.9?

    For me, Bond No. 9 is a perfect example of overpriced niche that is almost entirely pretense and cynical cash-grabbing. I agree their bottles are very tacky (which could easily shift to campily fun...
  93. Re: Does anyone else favor dank-vegetal scents for Fall like I do? ie, Fougeres and Lavenders

    The snuggly vanilla-lavender of Luna Rossa Sport (yesterday) and Le Male (today) have really been working for me in the cooling weather, though I suppose neither strike me as dark or vegetal. :)
  94. Re: Super popular frags that you've never smelled on anyone?

    I'm trying to think of any. I don't know Invictus to know whether I've smelled it out and about. I'm sure I've smelled 1 Million, again without being so familiar with it. What surprises me is...
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    Re: Most complex/deep designer frags?

    Oooh yeah glad someone mentioned Caron Troisieme Homme because while it's hardly modern, it's certainly still in production. THOUGH, thinking about it again, Caron isn't a designer brand, is it?...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 4th October, 2019

    JPG Le Mâle, because believe it or not, it's new to me, and I've never done a full day wear before. Plus I was feeling particularly gay and cheeky today. ;)
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I knew it was a number that led me to sometimes gasp when looking at my collection, which is spread over several shelves in my walk-in closet. Then I did my best to update my wardrobe on here at it...
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    I agree: Persolaise is great. Very charismatic, eloquent, and knowledgeable.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    It's really good stuff.
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    Re: Just need a couple of recommendations.

    Hah! Heck yes I do! Said farmer would easily rock some Caron Yatagan. :)
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