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  1. Re: How to overcome the awkwardness when you constantly test frags in the same shop

    Agree that there's really no reason to feel awkward - particularly as you've bought a couple of scents from them at retail.

    But putting myself in your shoes, I get it.

    Telling them straight up...
  2. Re: Which celebrity / famous person should release their own fragrances?

    Rodney Dangerfield.

    Notes of...oh I don't know...musky leisure suits, cheap cigars, cheap scotch and well-done steaks. :D
  3. Re: Let's talk: The most fraudulent fragrance houses with extreme marketing

    Doesn't really bother me; it's easy to see through.

    I'd rather have perfume companies inventing alternative histories to take advantage of people than, like, lawmakers.
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    Re: Carven Le Vetiver

    I should have worn it today, as it's finally cool and rainy!

    It's been so hot here, and my impression is that on my skin, it needs the breathing room that cooler weather provides. It's...
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    Re: Carven Le Vetiver

    My bottle of Carven Homme a has a wonky sprayer as well. No issue with Le Vetiver yet, but it may be a matter of time by the looks of things (see MegaMav's previous thread).

    If I don't spray Homme...
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    Re: Mugler Ultra Zest - yay or nay?

    Nay. The top doesn't smell much like orange to me. Maybe orange creamsicle bubblegum, which actually sounds like a potential match for the AMen base - but it doesn't do much for me and the accord...
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    Re: Gunpowder scents - help?

    Yes! I always thought there some x-factor to it, beyond the pepper, that makes it uniquely satisfying to my nose. Never could put my finger on it, but thinking this is it.



    Another that comes...
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    Re: Carven Le Vetiver

    Sounds like a job for some combination of needle nose pliers and a pointy knife for prying, if you haven't already tried something along those lines to get it out.
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    Re: Just ordered a unicorn

    Which one? The post mentions Floris and Dior.
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    Re: Just ordered a unicorn

    There are a number of good discontinued vetivers out there, so this could be hard to guess if that's where you're going with this...

    Dior Vetiver
    Creed Vetiver '48

    to name a couple.
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    Re: Carven Le Vetiver

    My bottle arrived yesterday. First impressions based on a couple of wears: it's excellent, borderline magnificent.

    A sharp, somewhat herbal green, citrus opening that reads as cool-spicy to my...
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    Re: Wal-Mart online frag selection

    Walmart is like the Death Star of ruthlessly efficient supply chain management. I'm sure they don't mess around, and vet even third party sellers thoroughly, if they'll be represented on Walmart's...
  13. Re: "The demise of..." thread: what has been losing ground?

    Cyphres in general jump out at me.

    There used to be a lot of general Basenotes obsession with the genre: modern cyphres, and whether they actually "count" without real oakmoss, fougere/cyphre...
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    Re: Wal-Mart online frag selection

    Woah, I hadn't looked at Creed retail prices in awhile. $350 for 75ml? Is this recent?

    That puts them a step above most Amouage, and starting to creep into Slumberhouse/Clive Christian range, per...
  15. Thread: Bitterness

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    Re: Bitterness

    That echoes my thinking. Logically I associate the smell of "bitter" with the taste, but some notes (e.g. ozone for me, and galbanum) are not inherently bitter...i.e. you don't eat them. But they...
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    Re: Another "pick one for me" thread...

    Avignon and Nobile.

    Nobile because I find that those release-and-return fragrances are often my long-term favorites.

    And as far as Avignon, I recommend taking a look at Ourazazate as a more...
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    Re: NEW: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Love the bottle and name. It would be great if the scent measures up.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    That would have been very generous! Nice idea. But you're probably right that the shipping costs would even out (at best) in most cases.



    :chortle:
    :)
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    Re: Help with Collection Diversification

    I'm not seeing much leather represented. As a starting point, these explore some of the general trajectories that leathers can take (it's a vast genre):

    Hermes Bel Ami
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather...
  20. Thread: Bitterness

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    Re: Bitterness

    Yes, some strong spices can read as bitter. Nutmeg, for example, when used in abundance. With spices, I tend to think that when they reach the point of bitterness, they've been overdone, or aren't...
  21. Thread: Bitterness

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    Re: Bitterness

    Agreed. I'll often start to perceive a fragrance as "bitter" and then realize it's just a terrible synthetic concoction. The bitterness I get doesn't tie to any specific note I can detect; it's more...
  22. Thread: Bitterness

    by LiveJazz
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    Bitterness

    What notes do you perceive as "bitter" and why?

    It occurred to me that the bitter taste sensation we all know doesn't have a literal translation to scent (I don't think?), but we still call...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 20th June, 2017

    Bruno Fazzolari Five
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I wonder if the online prices are dropping in response to the sudden appearance at discounters. Internet prices do seem to have experienced a sudden drop, after lingering in the $70-90 range for a...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Saw this one at my Ross as well. Will go back and see if it's still there.

    I have a 1oz bottle that I found there for, literally, $3.99 awhile back, and it's become one of my favorite traditional...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 19th June, 2017

    Histories de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway today.
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    Re: Prada Amber Intense: Is it just me or....

    I prefer the original, but neither version smells like Axe to me.

    Also, I used to wear Axe "Kilo" long ago, and it's what got me into fragrance. I still remember the scent fondly. So Axe doesn't...
  28. Re: Please help me to choose only one from these three scents ..

    Original Vetiver would be my pick, by a pretty good margin.

    Straight to Heaven and Ciel aren't anywhere near the top of the booze and floral games, respectively.

    To be fair, Original Vetiver...
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    Re: Drakkar Vs Giorgio

    Giorgio. Lovely and very unique composition.

    Drakkar never really appealed to me, though if you know you like both, its soapy nature might make more versatile, if that's important to you.
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    Re: Eau de Campagne - need some input

    Just following up on this one. I received a decant of Eau de Campagne from a kind Basenoter, and can confirm that whatever was in my Eau de Campagne bottle referenced in this thread was NOT Eau de...
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    Re: Salty Marine Between Sel Marin and MI

    +1 Erolfa.

    It's pretty much exactly what you describe wanting: a saltier, more marine-oriented MI.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 15th June, 2017

    SOTE

    Yves Rocher
    Cuir Vetiver
  33. Re: What movie would you like to see released in Smell-O-Vision?

    I'll add Avatar to that. Alien rainforesty goodness.

    I can also get behind the historical and/or foreign locale theme:

    Slumdog Millionaire
    Gladiator / Ben Hur / etc.
    Crouching Tiger Hidden...
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    Re: Problem on terre d'hermes projection

    Guessing it's some combination of these two. In my experience the EDT lasts a long time and projects impressively.

    While I'm not affected by this, the fizzy/woody ISO-E note gets "tuned out" by...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 15th June, 2017

    Diptyque Philosykos (oil-based)
  36. Re: Do You Get Mad (or even a little irked) When Someone Disparages Your Favorites?

    This!

    Negative reviews are actually some of my favorites to read, even (especially?) if I like a scent. And depending on the reviewer, sometimes a negative review can be pretty good indicator...
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    Re: How leathery are you willing to get ?

    It's quite nice, but it's almost identical to Tuscan Leather, and TL's opening smoky/berry blast is more satisfying to me.

    That said, they're close enough in terms of smell and quality that I'll...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 14th June, 2017

    Marc Jacobs Bang!

    Generally unloved on Basenotes, but something about it just works for me!
  39. Re: Do You Get Mad (or even a little irked) When Someone Disparages Your Favorites?

    To use your example, if someone literally just quoted me and replied "it's garbage" to a scent I'd effusively praised, irked is the right word for how I'd feel - but it would be about the lazy and...
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    Re: How leathery are you willing to get ?

    I never truly associated leather scents with the actual smell of leather, which I'm not sure actually has a consistent smell for the most part, beyond maybe the chemicals used to create or clean it. ...
  41. Re: Niche fragrances for a young man that don't smell to ''mature'' or ''dated''

    I'm not sure where that came from, but it's not true. There aren't many niche houses that have even been around for more than 25 years or so, and many if not most of those push modern boundaries in...
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    Re: 1 12, and Halston Z14........

    I can very confidently answer "yes". They replaced whatever naturals may have once been in the base with some harsh screeching banshee of an aromachemical. I can't adequately describe it, but it...
  43. Re: Creed Bois du Portugal in the 'DRY' summer? Depends for me.

    To be fair, I think that goes for almost any scent. But BdP's overall tone does particularly "match" with dry heat for me.
  44. Re: Creed Bois du Portugal in the 'DRY' summer? Depends for me.

    Agree with above, and glad BdP is getting some mentions! One of the best in the woody/old-school oriental group, because of that versatile dry/lavender quality.
  45. Re: Fragrance Bottles You Wouldn't be Caught DEAD With in Your Collection

    We can't have this thread without mentioning the Pierre Cardin for Men bottle. (It's a great scent, for the record).

    67511
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    Re: Carven Le Vetiver

    ^ Me too. Glad I saw this thread.
  47. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Your review of Or Black is spot on.

    The green/anisic sweet layer is what immediately jumped out and caught me by surprise as well. It's so much more approachable and modern-smelling than the...
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    Re: Spraying the back of your neck

    That, or....

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    Re: 1 12, and Halston Z14........

    These are a couple of the worst reformulations in the history of reformulations.

    Z-14 in its current form is an immediate, violent scrubber for me, and 1-12, while not smelling of "baby diarrhea"...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 12th June, 2017

    Lancome Sagamore.
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    Re: Found a silver stem Dior Homme at Sephora

    If they have rules about selling "used" testers, perhaps they'd be more open to selling an unopened tester, if they all came from the same era?
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    Re: Summer nighttime 'dumb reach'?

    I like the "light gourmand" genre for summer nights, e.g. Yohji Homme, Pure Havane, Dior Homme

    Also, Philosykos. Love that creamy green coconut note on warm nights.
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    Re: splash bottles disadvantages?

    If you're confident in the product per above, I don't mind them. I do like spray applications better, but it's easy and cheap to decant into an atomizer if you'd like.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 9th June, 2017

    SOTE

    Creed Vetiver '48
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    Re: Your least favorite fragrance house name

    Puredistance - sounds like it should be a deodorant, or maybe one of the electrolyte enhanced water vitamin beverage things.

    Bois 1920 - just doesn't have any ring to it.

    +1 by Kilian
  56. Re: Iso E Super as a fixative/performance enhancer

    I've read this as well, and while I don't consider myself a layer-er, I would like to experiment with this use case for some of my lighter citrus favorites, like my SOTD, Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 9th June, 2017

    Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert
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    Re: Lacoste Booster gets no love

    I agree with this, but the fleeting nature of the top is a deal-breaker for me. I wish I detected a vetiver base...it's more of a sharp-synthetic generic wood tone on me. But that opening - one of...
  59. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Wooooo! Excellent choice and congrats!
  60. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Yeah, I've never understood why it isn't more appreciated. It takes a pretty unique approach to modern "freshness" and doesn't really smell like anything else I can think of - a kind of cool,...
  61. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    Heh, we're synced up on this one. I originally came to suggest Palais Jamais and Vetiver from Etro, but thought they were priced out above the $60 mark. If you're willing to flex an extra $10-20 or...
  62. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    (double :()
  63. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase Please (Something Under $60 for a 1.7 or larger)

    I just let this come to me based on looking at your 4 and 5 star list:

    Guerlain Habit Rouge EDP
    Cartier Declaration or Declaration d'Un Soir
    Bulgari Pour Homme Soir
    Pascal Morabito Or Black...
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    Re: Asking another guy what he's got on?

    I've honestly never had the opportunity as I almost never smell perfumes (much less ones that interest me) on other men.

    In terms of general approach, I'd focus on the scent ("the scent you're...
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    Re: escentric molecule 01 vs pure iso e.

    This thread may shed some more light for the OP. Sounds like there's something called "Timbersilk" that's closer to the gamma stuff.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/381177-Iso-Gamma-Super

    The...
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    Re: escentric molecule 01 vs pure iso e.

    You can buy pure ISO e, perfumers alcohol, and an empty bottle, and have a lifetime supply for less money than a bottle of Molecule 01.
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    Re: Modern Pine Scents?

    Oh yeah, good one, and I agree with your vivid assessment.

    Every time I wear one of the CdG Incense series, the sheer quality, creativity and personality displayed stuns me - particularly when you...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 7th June, 2017

    L'Artisan Dzongkha today.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Went to TJ Maxx the other day and FINALLY found the Mugler stuff everyone's been spotting. They had Pure Havane and Pure Wood. I picked up the Pure Havane.

    It's been on my target list for some...
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    Re: Valentino Uomo Acqua (2017)

    In my olfactory imagination, an "Acqua" Valentino Uomo sounded completely repulsive...very interesting to see how they approached it and pulled it off!

    Sounds like it's very different from the...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th June, 2017

    Dior Homme, vintage 06-07
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    Re: Modern Pine Scents?

    +1 Slumberhouse Norne

    Never before or since have a smelled a fragrance that so viscerally conjures "pine forest" imagery. Is the versatile? No. Do I wear my sample often? No. Is it super...
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    Re: Plain old fashion Dior Homme

    Dior Homme is one of the most surprising and courageous designer releases of the last 25 or so years, maybe longer.

    It's hard to see now, but it made quite a statement when released, and...
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    Re: An evening with Gold Cap Guerlain Vetiver

    Can you go into a little more detail on the musk note that interferes in the green ribbed version?

    I have a decant of the gold capped version, and if I'm being totally honest, I find the...
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    Re: DipTyQue oud palao. Any natural?

    It might also be worth sniffing some ouds that don't involve rose. It could be that rose just isn't for you...it does tend to have a kind of "jammy" aspect in many cases, which it sounds like you...
  76. Re: Designer scent that is NOT Sauvage or Chanel that is a great everyday scent and harbors complime

    Prada Amber or Amber Intense...per above I get a kind of bright lightly spiced fougere vibe from it.

    Tom Ford for Men

    Bulgari Pour Homme, Pour Homme Soir or Pour Homme Extreme

    Big +1 on...
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    Re: MadHat Scents - Discussion Thread.

    I'm absolutely loving Fur. Very "crunchy," rich and and satisfying animalic notes, but somehow not off-putting in the least.

    Agree with above on Vert Moss. After a somewhat difficult opening...
  78. Re: What kind of value does a 3.3 oz bottle of Gucci Pour Homme I have?

    I was about to refute this, but I realized that with the possible exceptions of Dior Homme and Narcisco Rodriguez for Men, it's sadly hard to do.

    So on that note, I agree, keep it.
  79. Re: What kind of value does a 3.3 oz bottle of Gucci Pour Homme I have?

    That's an excellent idea.



    Either way, you really found a bargain, and if you like extremely woody/smoky/campfire-y fragrances, you'll love it. Otherwise, maybe not so much. I think it's...
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    Re: How long do you get out of Tam Dao EDP?

    It's been some time since I last wore it, but I remember it having excellent longevity, moderate sillage.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 5th June, 2017

    Pure Havane
  82. Re: Zombie Fragances and Product Life Cicle management.

    Maybe there's intent to obfuscate and/or manage the product lifecycle in a convoluted way in some cases...but mostly I tend think fragrance producers simply know that 99% of buyers won't know/be able...
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    Re: NEW: Coach for Men

    What is with this trend of releasing completely new fragrances under the same name as a previous release? It's a different scent. Give it a different name.

    Anyway, I'm expecting a close Sauvage...
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    Re: summer night fragrances

    Pure Havane.
    Kouros, if you can pull it off.
    Silver Mountain Water if you're looking to keep it fresh.
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    Re: Looking for a "mature" and "casual scent'"

    Top of mind:

    Hermes Equipage
    Bulgari Pour Homme
    Cartier Declaration
    Guerlain Vetiver
  86. Re: Best fragrance for a Phill Collins concert ?

    If your primary goal is compliments, Sauvage.

    If your primary goal is wearing a very nice and unique scent, DHI.

    [Edit: Weird...joined in 2012, 33 posts, banned. :huh: Must be an interesting...
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    Re: DipTyQue oud palao. Any natural?

    There are very few modern fragrances that use a high concentration of natural materials (and often none at all), and I'd imagine Oud Palao is no exception.

    A large part of the art of perfumery is...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 4th June, 2017

    I was road biking all day. Now that I'm home, it's CdG Jailsamer.
  89. Re: Where to buy high quality empty bottles and atomizers?

    ^what drakan said.
  90. Re: Finally Decided To Part With My Bottle Of Montale Black Aoud

    So true. I love(d?) Quorum, but awhile back I had a night in and thought, I'll go a little nuts, and get little extra of that rich, cumin-y, piney goodness. Why not? Those guys in the oversprayers...
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    Re: Eau de Campagne - need some input

    Thank you! This is what I was expecting based on reviews.



    You're totally right. It does say EDT. I must have seen a review that mistakenly said EDC, and it stuck in my mind as a possible...
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    Eau de Campagne - need some input

    Well Basenotes, I broke my no-blind buying Ebay bottles rule and may be paying for it.

    My unboxed but full bottle of Eau de Campagne arrived a few days ago, and I've been suspiciously re-testing...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    So, I think you were actually the one I hard it was great from. Then I went and looked at the reviews yesterday, and yikes! A lot of people are panning it on the grounds that it smells too much like...
  94. Re: Just don't get no respect!! What fragrances don't get the respect they deserve?

    I saw it just the other day at Ross. Not discontinued, but apparently it's lost most of its rubbery smoky goodness.
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    Re: Next 'Discontinued' Creed?

    I nominate Royal Delight. Bleh. Death by atomic cream soda.

    That said, Acier Aluminum wouldn't surprise me, though it's a very interesting one. Really hope it isn't BdP as some have guessed.
    ...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    So many sadly discontinued Kouroses (Kouri?)!

    Cologne Sport (lighter take on the original with added citrus and florals on top and less civet, EDC concentration - a comfortable skin scent with...
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    Re: Basenote Members who've come and and gone -

    I remember there being a hot debate some time ago about whether Naed Nitram was Grant incognito. The mystery continues...
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    Re: A*men or A*men Ultra Zest?

    Original. Ultra Zest does nothing for me.
  99. Thread: Groom scents

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    Re: Groom scents

    Dior Eau Sauvage is my standard "fresh scent with gravitas" recommendation.

    A clean vetiver like Sel de Vetiver of Givenchy Vetyver could work well also.
  100. Re: Is there any department in Prada that will listen to customers?

    What about Infusion de Vetiver? Seeing some reviews indicating that it's Infusion d'Homme with a dash of peppery vetiver.
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