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  1. Re: What do you dislike the most about your fragrance hobby?

    Having to constantly fight all the women off, when I'm pimpin' my newest acquisition

    lol well maybe not ... I really don't have any strong dislikes about this hobby. I could live without the cash...
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    Re: Spraying Clothes Concerns

    I spray on my clothes extensively, but have never once had a staining problem. That said, many guys here have reported staining issues, so I might just be getting lucky. Plus, I wear darker clothes...
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    Poll: Re: How many sprays you use bottles/decants

    Normal performer -- 2-3
    Big performer -- 1-2
    Light performer -- up to 5, depending on how light
  4. Re: New here, and Need help picking out a night time colgne

    Well thank you for noticing, you are quite right ... and may I add, it's about time that I got some of the recognition that I so richly deserve around here.

    :) :) :)

    More seriously, I stand by...
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    Re: Creed Aventus vs Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    My initial impression of AHS was "Oh. It's kinda nice. I guess." A little time and re-smellings, and I'd upgrade it to "Oh, it's nice!". Nothing to do flips over, but nice. Still, for...
  6. Re: New here, and Need help picking out a night time colgne

    One suggestion OP, make sure you sample these suggestions ... a few of the suggestions above are, to my nose, exactly the kind of huge pimp-daddy club bomb you said you don't need, and at least one...
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    Re: Creed Aventus vs Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    Definitely true with me. I'm always wary of dismissing things as "hype", I told the truth, and I'm willing to believe everyone here believes they're telling the truth also -- I got nothing but...
  8. Re: New here, and Need help picking out a night time colgne

    You're not going clubbing so you don't necessarily need a projection/sillage monster, I presume. Okay, a few that work great for me:

    Givenchy Play Intense: This may well have taken my...
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    Re: Creed Aventus vs Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    Ya, to me, Aventus is ash and imitation-pineapple, dislike it myself, but it is the undisputed king in getting negative comments for me, including an unprecedented number of unsolicited negative...
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    Re: For the shooting range?

    Good call, Terre d'Hermes already smells to me like cleaning solvent, only TdH is more abrasive, and I'd be worried that it would take the bluing off my Sig
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    Re: For the shooting range?

    Dude! Just enjoy the smell of burned powder, cleaning solvents, and lubes, man. Is nothing sacred? Go have some vegan food afterwards, and then home to watch Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?

    ...
  12. Thread: D&G The One

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    Re: D&G The One

    You know, I should agree with all of this, but for me the gestault paints a different picture... "a bit spicy, has some tobacco, and a nice ambergris base", I really should dislike this fragrance,...
  13. Thread: D&G The One

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    Re: D&G The One

    Pure scent-wise, it's one of my favorite smells in perfumedom.

    Overall, I feel it may be the perfect first-few-dates scent. Most women love it, almost no women hate it, and low-projection is...
  14. Re: Vanilla as a man-trap? Some light Sunday reading

    Ha, fun article. A year or two ago I posted on the women's forum, asking for recommendations for simple vanilla fragrances for my teenage daughter, who loves vanilla and only wears vanilla perfume. ...
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    Re: Designer clone for Dior Homme Sport 2008

    I'm a huge fan of DHS 2008, but not a fan of YSL L'Homme Sport. That said, I'm not a big fan of the L'Homme line in general, save La Nuit which I love.

    To me, it's a no-brainer -- I haven't found...
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    Poll: Re: Romantic interaction thread choice

    ^^^^ LearnToSwim is probably her older brother, trying to throw you off, which is why he's recommending DHI. Don't be misled man, this choice is going to completely make the difference as to whether...
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    Poll: Re: Romantic interaction thread choice

    I have smelled all but two on your list ... for me, I might not pick any of those, but if I had to pick one, it would be Eau Sauvage by a mile... unless your DHS is DHS 2012 and not DHS 2008, the...
  18. Re: Whats the maximum premium you'd pay for a capped bottle vs uncapped?

    I reckon I'd feel the same as you ... probably at least 30% price difference, maybe more?

    Question: does the cap actually do anything -- does it set up a little vapor lock so nothing slow-leaks...
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    Re: How do you judge projection?

    IMO, the only way to get an accurate idea of projection, especially after the opening when it settles down (or opens up) is to ask someone else. It doesn't take long before you can't trust your own...
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    Re: Blind buyers unite!

    I have never, ever blind-bought anything, and probably never will.

    I am conflicted about blind buyers. On the one hand, I have true gratitude towards you guys, I don't know how many times one of...
  21. Re: Do you believe perfumes get complimented? Do you like that it happens?

    Your .40 looking fierce, bro!

    To Lomaniac, you've thought this out a lot further than most of us :) My perfumes get compliments all the time, and I love it. Some get complimented much more than...
  22. Re: What's the ultimate compliment monster for daily use?

    Agree completely. I'd reckon that the number of women I know who smelled 212 Men before they smelled it on me is probably 0. Outside of social situations where there are a lot of people in close...
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    Re: Do people REALLY care about your scent?

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/rainbow-cake-recipe-inspires-comment-apocalypse-1592575661 By these standards, we're doing quite well :)




    (that link is a must-read BTW!)
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    Poll: Re: LIDGE vs La Nuit

    I love both, but La Nuit is far easier to like, and far more versatile, than LIDGE. And that's saying something, because I don't think La Nuit is all that versatile. La Nuit generates a steady...
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    Re: Best Bergamot Fragrance

    Don't disagree, the line overall is simple, clean, and elegant. To me, that's what impresses me about it -- it lacks the sometimes-cleaning-fluidy smell I sometimes get with bolder bergamots (like...
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    Re: Best Bergamot Fragrance

    Yes, yes, and yes! My faves, though I'm not sure I consider DHC a Bergamot

    And, IMO, as awesome as Italian Bergamot is, my fave of the line is Sicilian Mandarin
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    Re: Do people REALLY care about your scent?

    I'm sure people exaggerate, but there's no reason for me to think they're made up. I get compliments often. 10 years ago, when I was married, I went years without ever getting a single compliment,...
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    Re: Do people REALLY care about your scent?

    If you were directing that at me, based on perfume threads in non-perfume forums, the vast majority of non-perfume-nuts seem to land somewhere between 2 sprays and "I spray in the air and walk...
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    Re: Do people REALLY care about your scent?

    While I'll agree with the overall sentiment, if delighting those around you is important and something you enjoy, then being "true to yourself" means factoring that in. The fact is, there is no...
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    Re: Do people REALLY care about your scent?

    Most perfume enthusiast forums are in complete denial about the dangers and lack of data we have on so many chemicals in perfumes -- and, BTW, you singled out designer above, but they're just as...
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    Re: Do people REALLY care about your scent?

    Interesting question...

    Obviously enough, people who are passionate and invested enough in something, tend to want to over-think and over-inflate its importance -- because it's important to us. ...
  32. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    And laughing, they most certainly are

    ** ZING! **

    :evil:
  33. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    Personally, I think it's reasonable that anyone who mentions Aventus without prefacing it with the phrase "The Mighty" should also be on the list.
  34. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    AGree, just like the analogy of Strider on one particular knife forum, many (most?) forums have some brand or other that's been elevated to ridiculous heights. Creed, and particularly Aventus, is...
  35. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    Yes, USN of course. From the lies about his history, to the way USNers overlooked and explained away every flaw (do you remember the first poor-quality integral locks they came out with? Where...
  36. Re: Please provide an objective explanation as to why Creed seems to be the most hated/loved house o

    I think that's a good analogy, and we can take it further. Different forums, even covering the same topic, will have different faves. On most knife forums, Strider Knives is well thought of, with...
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    Re: What is the meaning of the term "skin scent" ?

    I also agree that this is how it's commonly used in the community. Fragrantseller's definition -- a fragrance that smells like your own skin -- is perfectly reasonable, and I have actually seen it...
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    Re: How do you organize your collection?

    I do the same thing, I divide them first between niche & designer, and within each category I arrange by house. No real reason behind dividing into niche/designer, except that I have my collection...
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    Re: Amouage Disappointment

    I haven't enjoyed a single Amouage I've tried. No worries, plenty of other houses to try!
  40. Poll: Re: Dior homme vs Dior homme intense vs L'instant de guerlain vs L'instant de guerlain extreme

    For my personal taste, DH and DHI are just too feminine

    I love LIDGE, but others sometimes find it a bit challenging, and there are fewer occasions when I think it's appropriate

    LIDG is...
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    Poll: Re: Best date fragnance

    That's spot-on for me. The One is the best first-date fragrance I've ever experienced. It is just about universally loved (where some on the list are a bit more polarizing), romantic without being...
  42. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    Perfumes only say those things to perfume nuts. I think the chance of a regular person saying "your perfume says you want to fit in with the crowd" is vanishingly close to 0, to normal people, Bleu...
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    Re: Favorite Atelier Cologne fragrance

    Trefle Pur, followed by Pomelo Paradis. Honorable mentions to Orange Sanguine and Bois Blonds

    If we just considered the opening, Cedrat Enivrant would be not just my fave from Atelier, but one of...
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    Re: Most Often Mispronounced Fragrances

    For you guys who know the proper pronunciation of these names, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would appreciate a phonetic sounding out!

    From some of the above:

    I think Le Male is luh MAHL
    I...
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    Re: Best of the Zegna Essenze line?

    If anyone mentioned Florentine iris yet, I missed it. It may be my second favorite of the line. I've mentioned this before, I thought I didn't like iris based on dior Homme treatment of it, but...
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    Re: Best of the Zegna Essenze line?

    Whole line is awesome. I dig Sicilian Mandarin
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    Not to speak on behalf of the moderators, but I'd guess a few things:

    - That thread is about female compliments, this one is not limited to that
    - That thread used to be about "most compliments",...
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    When I was married, I never got compliments. Partially, maybe women knew I was married and compliments can often be flirty or interpreted as such. And partially, I'm quite certain the way I...
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    Re: What fragrance is your best compliment getter?

    My top compliment-getters tend to be well-known, mainstream scents:

    The One for Men
    Givenchy Play Intense
    La Nuit de L'Homme
    CH 212 Men
  50. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Exactly! And most everyone else would agree, too. The only place in the world where enjoying compliments is questioned as a bad thing is the topsy-turvy world of fragrance aficionados.
  51. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Definitely agree on Aventus (I've gotten 100% negative feedback on it, much of it strongly-worded, all from women), DHI, and to a slightly lesser extent, LIDGE. But La Nuit has been a compliment...
  52. Re: Yet another 'scent for a 1st date' thread I'm afraid...

    General advice from my point of view is something close-to-the-skin and easy-to-like. IME, The One for Men is the actual gold standard here -- women of every age uniformly love it, and in the...
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    Re: Woody-floral recommendations needed

    Ch 212 Men -- assuming I've correctly identified it as a woody flask musk -- is my fave
  54. Re: The Guerlain Homme Line from the Perspective of a Non-Guerlain Aficionado

    The entire line is just outstanding, IMO. For me, it's Homme that's the real star, I think it's brilliant. I'd imagine the discontinuation is based strictly on sales, unfortunately.

    It's really...
  55. Re: First Date Fragrance/ Rate my collection (I'm new to the fragrance world)

    Okay, time for OP to start a "What should I wear on my wedding night?" thread :) :)
  56. Re: DHI wearers: do you ever get negative comments on it?

    Frighteningly, I not only understand her perspective, but would follow it myself!
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    Re: Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    Thanks, added to my sample list! I'm totally good with the juniper note taking a bit more of a backseat, although when reviews mention "middle east" I'm cautious, since I don't love super-spicy
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    Re: Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    That's one is very high on my sample list. Love juniper fragrances, and can't wait to sniff penhaligon's take
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    Re: Penhallagon’s: Best offering?

    Endymion is my fave from Penhaligon's. But you'll say the same thing about it, that many people say about The One for Men: "awesome scent, just wish it lasted longer!" For me, Endymion is one of...
  60. Re: Which Fragrance Won You Over With The Unexpected Dry Down?

    Interesting, I'll have to give L'homme another wearing. I've tried it a few times, and it always comes off as the epitome of blah to me. I'll make sure I let it get into the drydown this time
  61. Re: DHI wearers: do you ever get negative comments on it?

    From the moment I smelled it, I knew it was too feminine for me, personally. I asked the two females around me at the time -- my teenage daughter and 20-something stepdaughter, without telling them...
  62. Re: Which Fragrance Won You Over With The Unexpected Dry Down?

    The much-hated Guerlain L'Homme Ideal. I find the opening shrill and synthetic. I'm glad I didn't scrub it off -- once the topnotes burn off, it dries down into something very nice.
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    Re: Carolina Herrera: Best of?

    I find 212 Men to be amazingly good -- and so do the women around me, it's one of my top compliment-getters. CH Men is a must-try also
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    Re: If it only lasted

    Penhaligon's Endymion would be up there with The One, Gucci pour Homme 2, Guerlain Homme...
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    Re: Creed's monarchy marketing

    To the extent you think "monarchy marketing" is silly or pretentious, I'm with you. It doesn't effect me much either way, but I do think it's silly. Where you might lose me is:



    It is pretty...
  66. Re: What do you wear when you want to make a statement

    Leather chaps and a hockey mask-- Oh! You mean cologne!

    I have to admit, personal-style-wise, I don't "make a statement" with perfume. The whole concept is a little surreal to me. I can use it...
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    Re: l'Humaniste - Beautiful, but....

    Will I, though? Be okay? Because it's killing me :) This is actually among my favorite genres. I'm exaggerating a little, I can smell it, if I spray a lot and bring my nose right up to my skin. ...
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    Re: l'Humaniste - Beautiful, but....

    Unfortunately for me, I can't smell L'Humaniste. I could detect so little odor that I wondered if I'd been sent Molecule 01 instead, so I ordered a sample from a different shop, exactly same result....
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Sorry, screwed up trying to edit my post above
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Credulity is exactly what I feel it is,but sure, it's needlessly insulting, I'll drop that. The crowdsourced methodology is how we found out about Aventus batch variations in the first place, and it...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Luckily, at least forthe purposes of testing the notion of "natural ingredient variation causes the batch variations in Aventus",we don't need to rely on anyone's estimates ... Pretty sure we'll find...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    It would not be in a form that we could submit it to a scientific journal. But that's what not most of us are after. We're intrigued with the fact that the crowd has noticed batch variations in...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Ugh, we don't have to rely on "estimations made by experts" ... We almost certainly have actual measurements from a source we both trust, the DIY guys (I assume you trust them, since you've been...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    So I'll ask again, no one in particular, just the group as a whole: hasn't the DIY group done GC/MS on other perfumes, and if so, shouldn't it be easy to find others with 25%ish degree of naturals,...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I'd wonder where the 10% came from (from someone who used GC/MS like the FYI group, or some guys guessing). And, if Aventus really is 25% and the industry average is 10%, there must be plenty of...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    For me, combine 1. Creed has obvious QC problems in other areas, 2. No other company seems to have anywhere near this level of batch variation, not in this industry, not in other industries where far...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I suppose, but imagine the guy who proposes, "let's widely vary the quality and nature of our very-expensive luxury-purchase product, that's what will win us more share and market sales, what do you...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Regarding the natural vs synthetic percentages, and the opinions people are throwing around about whether 25%natural+25%synthetic-naturals is either very synthetic, or very natural ... what is anyone...
  79. Re: Aventus Batch variations : Here is the real (maybe not) explanation!

    Thanks for sharing the email. Obviously, I've had trouble with Creed's official explanation -- "natural ingredients means natural variations" -- partially because Creed is known to just make things...
  80. Re: Got a "hubba hubba" and a "grrrrrr" from co-workers today

    Well I imagine Duc De Vervins L'Extreme is suddenly trending on google :)

    Congrats! It's on my sample list now... reading about it, it doesn't seem like the kind of perfume I go for, but always...
  81. Re: New Zegna Fragrance - Ermenegildo Zegna Acqua di Bergamotto !!

    Dior Homme Cologne 2013 is fast becoming one of my top-few faves... it's light, simple, and beautiful, although I can certainly see how people might alternatively find these types of perfumes light...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    It's interesting, a few people have made similar comments, about it being plain, uninteresting, etc. I strongly dislike Aventus, but for me, if there's anything Avenus is NOT, it's derivative,...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Spot on
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    He's just pointing out that taking at face value, information from a company that wholly manufactured their history, isn't really a high standard. It doesn't matter if it were Creed or not --...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    How do you know this? I'd love to see where these numbers come from
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    LOL You guys are kidding right? You're just pretending to miss l'homme's point?

    Sent from my SM-T807V using Tapatalk
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I see the sheep all flock to the same false idol.

    The lion, BTW, is wearing Nio today, and enjoying it very much, in case you were wondering :) :) :)
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Thanks for posting that, I was beginning to think I was all alone LOL. That's about what I experienced, except not a single one of the women I asked would have given it even a C. Interesting that...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    This is where you and I have gone off the reservation. I don't think a zillion guys in the Female Compliments thread, or the millions of standalone Aventus threads, are lying when they talk about...
  90. Poll: Re: Cologne recommendation for late teen& early 20s

    I think Bleu and Endymion are both fantastic, and either will be perfectly suitable for your age, although Bleu has the upside of being a proven female-compliment-getter (I'm just assuming that's a...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I was dancing around that when I said, "it only smells like pineapple to someone who has never smelled a pineapple". In Aventus's case, the opening smells like pineapple the way, say, a purple...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    What?! Everyone knows smokey batches are the best! Ha, you're right, my first two samples were from "smokey" batches, but the word you used -- ashy -- is a better description. Really bad. I...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    You DO understand, it's right there in your second sentence :) For me, I'm exactly the reverse: I dislike it, but even allowing for varying tastes, the amount of love it gets here is unbelievable to...
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    Re: "Americans wear too much cologne/perfume?"

    You shouldn't draw any conclusions by what people do on fragrance forums. Occasionally, I see a fragrance thread on a forum dedicated to some other hobby of mine, and what I"ve learned is, most...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    I recounted that in order to show how ... I dunno, "surreal" is maybe the right word ... my experience with Aventus has been, compared to what my expectations were, from reading this forum. I...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    Islands, is it really so hard to believe some people genuinely, sincerely dislike it? I mean, there's something special about it that it's not possible to dislike it at all? Do you believe the same...
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    Re: People who don't lie Creeds Aventus

    It's not easy to describe why you dislike something, especially to someone who likes the exact same thing. I outright dislike it. I've tried multiple different samples, across different decant...
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    Re: Niche Alternative to D&g the one?

    Frapin 1270 was one of the ones suggested in previous threads, and one of the perfumes I was thinking of when I said that I haven't found one that smells similar to me overall, but I'd classify some...
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    Re: Niche Alternative to D&g the one?

    Hope springs eternal, right? I'm still hoping there's some brilliant answer :) I've read a few of these threads, and tried a number of the niche perfumes that people say are The One-ish, and to me,...
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    Re: What % of the population uses cologne ?

    I agree with that. 25-and-up, my experience with regular/frequent wear to be more like 5%, even 10% feels way high. It's higher with younger folks, especially if you count the bodysprays crowd. I...
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