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    Re: Luca Turin on Frederic Malle

    Reading though this thread was a treat. Wish I'd been here at Basenotes 3-4 years ago. Seems like it was a very different place.
  2. Re: Let’s be honest- who’s using their stimulus for that fragrance you’ve been wanting

    Mine too. But there's still going to be a lot of unemployment in the months ahead. Maybe the government relief will help most folks through, but I'm betting a number of them fall through the cracks.
  3. Re: Let’s be honest- who’s using their stimulus for that fragrance you’ve been wanting

    I've not been hit as hard as others during these weeks, so it's my intention to set the check aside and keep it as a reserve to help out friends and family members who may struggle in the months...
  4. Re: How Do These Budget Alternatives Compare?

    From the reviews, California Reverie sounds a bit like Yves Rocher Neroli in the way that it has a creamy, soft, sweet base, so it's not going to feel quite as "eau de cologne"-y as Neroli Portofino.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    An older bottle of Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts. Smoother and less boozy than the current stuff, with the lime a little less sharp and the salt less pronounced.
  6. Poll: Re: Tauer Au Coeur du Desert or L'Air du Desert Marocain?

    I find Au Coeur to be deeper and richer than LADDM.
  7. Re: Other houses like Roja and Fragrance du Bois (in terms of quality)?

    I wouldn't ever spend $435 on any bottle of scented juice, so contextualize my comments accordingly.
  8. Re: Other houses like Roja and Fragrance du Bois (in terms of quality)?

    Roja has some stuff that doesn't make me roll my eyes, but I just struggle to see any of it as "best in class," which is what the price point demands. If you're spending Roja money, that bottle...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    If you like the Lutens style, Chergui might work for you. I personally find it tougher to wear than the likes of Tobacco Vanille.

    But I still think you made the right choice. The Lalique is great.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I find Chergui sweeter, yes. Chergui's sweetness isn't just sharp, but it's syrupy.

    Syrupy sweetness or feeling is something I really don't enjoy.
  11. Re: My First Experience with an Aventus

    The secret to Creed's success is the "familiarity" Ken speaks about above: taking accords and structures already in the mainstream and then giving them a particularly high-quality expression. I...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Cheers, Chuck. I will and do!
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
    H A V A N A

    This one fills me with profound joy.
  14. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    It's encouraging to see a classic with the stature of Polo make a turnaround. Many others haven't been so lucky.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    Or Intemporel 1888, no question. It's the more complex, interesting blend, offering more fascination over a long term of wear.

    I'm not opposed to minimalism or linear development, but Chergui is...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Probably not your thing.

    The fruity/boozy/dirty masculine that came into its own during the 2000-2010 period (but has plenty of precedent in the 90s) is one of my favorite subgenres, so L'Instant...
  17. Re: Which fragrance in your collection would you be plesanatly surprised if you got a compliment?

    If I got a compliment on Odori Tabacco, I'd be surprised, but pleased.

    If I got a compliment on M.A.C. My Heroine, I'd be surprised and suspicious.
  18. Re: Other houses like Roja and Fragrance du Bois (in terms of quality)?

    https://media.giphy.com/media/KYNywoibU1PQ4/giphy.gif

    I've spent my fair share on luxe-niche stuff, so I'm not scolding anybody for doing so. I just see it as being on more of a continuum than...
  19. Re: Other houses like Roja and Fragrance du Bois (in terms of quality)?

    The issue with the luxe houses like Roja and its peers is that they're generally still using the same Givaudan/Firmenich/IFF captives and molecules that you can find downmarket (in the same way all...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Bavard isn't wrong about the LIDGs not feeling particularly vintage-y (despite vintage bottles being prized for both), though they're still fairly different from the stuff being released today and...
  21. Re: Other houses like Roja and Fragrance du Bois (in terms of quality)?

    I'm with you.
  22. Re: Best first date scent for early 30’s man

    Yeah, I've never smelled La Nuit on anyone.
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    Re: Any Good Newish Sandalwoods ?

    I mentioned it a number of posts above yours! Delightful stuff.
  24. Re: Which of these fragrances could I buy instead of Dior Eau Sauvage?

    New York for Gentlemen is a fantastic nomination.
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    Re: Pure Lavender or Radiant Bergamot

    The Ferrari ones?
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Thanks for the tips.

    On eBay, I never deal with international sellers when it comes to vintage perfume. Too much risk.
  27. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    Eau d'Orange Verte is really just a recreation of a 1970s fragrance by Francoise Caron, right? I like it a lot, but struggle to credit Ellena for it.

    Colonia Assoluta is brilliant, but he did that...
  28. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Bogart pour Homme.

    I like tobacco scents, I like Maurice Roucel. I'm curious to see what I make of the intersection between them.
  29. Re: Best first date scent for early 30’s man

    I think on a first date you definitely don't want to slice yourself before your date approaches, but you also want something with a little personality. Voyage would work fine.

    From my own...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    When it comes to vintage, I never go full bottle if I can help it! I'll go a-huntin' for the Mitsouko minis.
  31. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    http://youtu.be/yzLT6_TQmq8
  32. Re: Which of these fragrances could I buy instead of Dior Eau Sauvage?

    ZhangFan, are you able to find Eau de Rochas where you are?
  33. Re: Which of these fragrances could I buy instead of Dior Eau Sauvage?

    Boucheron, IMO, is no substitute for Eau Sauvage. It's a much more floral, dandyish perfume.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I would never turn down such a generous, kind offer, were one to be made. But I also wouldn't dare to impose.
  35. Re: What is the best fit for summer day

    Of your wardrobe, I'd choose ADG Profumo.

    If I were to choose from my wardrobe, I'd either go with something like Dior Eau Sauvage EDT or, if I were to go with an aquatic, then something playful...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    H O U B I G A N T
    F O U G È R E
    R O Y A L E
    (2010)

    The ur-fougere reinvented for the post-IFRA, luxe-niche era. If the word of those who knew the original well can be trusted, it's more...
  37. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Thanks. I try!

    It's taken a while for me to really fall in love with Soir, but I've been wearing it a lot in these anxious weeks and it's been a source of great comfort. It's the most relaxing...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Derby is the Guerlain I most want to sample, but it's cost-prohibitive to do so.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I am astonished to hear that they've successfully been reformulated, but that's good news.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    If I was to try one and only one Mitsouko release, what should it be?
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    If I wanted to wear something like Habit Rouge, I'd just go with one of the Shalimar releases. Shalimar has more sparkle.
  42. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    No, I found his Hermès tenure underwhelming, too.

    Though there were some modest successes there. For example, Elixir des Merveilles is a wonderful sequel to Eau des Merveilles.
  43. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    Has it really been 5 years?
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Héritage was on mine for quite a while. And then Nicolaï New York Intense came along.
  45. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I love the post-2010 Rodrigo Flores-Roux revamp of Fougère Royale (it's my favorite option in this style).

    I find it amusing how BdJ has been compared to so many major fougeres at this point...
  46. Re: Everyday fragrance - Dunhill icon, Montblanc explorer/legend

    Dunhill Icon is by far the best of the three, and is a terrific office scent. It has a very distinct personality.

    Explorer isn't my cup of tea. It's like a "showergel" remake of Aventus, and...
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    S.T. Dupont Perfect Tobacco

    My interest in all fragrances tobacco is no secret. Have any of you tried this rare and recent release? Very few descriptions can be found online (a Joy Amin review, some Fragrantica forum comments)...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I had no idea! But I don't care for it, either.


    Ignore LIDGE and try LIDG, the initial EDT, instead.
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    Re: Muelhen's Men's Classic

    From the notes list, it doesn't look like it'd be as earthy as Polo. Sounds nice.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    There's a certain stereotypical Frenchness about classic Guerlain. It's not stuffy or stodgy, exactly, but there's still a kind of full-bodied formality and richness about it.

    I'm not always in...
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    Re: New to the forum

    Creed's fragrances have all taken a quality dip in the past decade or so (they were just recently bought out, so maybe they've been cost-cutting; inconsistent sourcing of materials is also a likely...
  52. Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    For *summer*?!?!
  53. Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    Hanae Mori HM EDT might be a good option.
  54. Re: A cheap long lasting summer fragrance ?

    This was what came to mind when I read through the thread. Sturdy, refreshing, and long-lasting (by the standards of the typical citrus scent, anyhow).
  55. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Pour Homme I don't find especially notable now.

    But its flanker, Soir, is excellent. It opens with a burst of green citrus and settles down to a dry papyrus mixed with a green, cool, damp vegetal...
  56. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Better to revive an old one than start a new one, is my thinking.

    And, yes, I do believe that they are discontinued.
  57. Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I agree! And some here are committed to that endeavor and do it well.

    But, and I say this without disdain or judgment, I think a lot of the conversation on this forum doesn't involve actual...
  58. Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Well, perhaps. But there are other reasons to leave this site: one might continue to wear fragrances but tire of the ways it's discussed.

    I'm still plenty interested in fragrance, but I'll say...
  59. Re: Bulgari Pour Homme, Extreme, and Soir: Which one do you like most?

    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir is my favorite of the line by some measure; as far as I'm concerned, it is, for all intents and purposes, a perfect scent, and a great antidote to all the tedious...
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    Re: Tauer not shipping to US

    Andy confirmed on Instagram yesterday that he can't ship bottles to the US right now but the solid parfum will still ship to the US.

    He was offering free shipping with the solid parfum.
  61. Re: Recommend me a Citurs Fragrance for Summer

    I think of 1828 as being a spicy-woody fougere rather than a citrus-focused scent. It's kinda in the same vein as the 2010 revamp of Fougère Royale.

    For a citrusy summer scent made with real...
  62. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    If you're looking for a masculine neroli in the contemporary luxe-niche style (rather than something more classic, like Nicolaï Cologne Sologne), the Zegna will do you better than just about anything...
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    I've gotten a vintage bottle of this (pre-bottle and branding change). I don't think it's worlds different from the current. A little smoother and thicker, perhaps, but that could just be age.
    ...
  64. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A slightly more masculine-leaning take on this DNA is Banana Republic Neroli Woods, which puts neroli over a darker, Tom Ford-linade woody base, so the floral element is reduced. Smells like a...
  65. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    The original Colonia might have been nice (I'd say I'd like to sample some vintage juice but given that it's as dependent on citrus top notes as it is I don't imagine it ages well), but the current...
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    More creamy than soapy; the original has a soapy quality because it has a fougere structure. Parfum is really a woody sandalwood oriental.
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    Re: Pasha de Cartier

    Great description.
  68. Re: Observtion on Bogart Pour Homme, which arrived today

    I was coaxed into picking this up by a friend. $13 shipped, so no loss if I hate it. I've not tried any Bogart stuff before.
  69. Re: Perfumes that transport you back to your childhood?

    Brut.
  70. Re: How do you think Corona and the crisis will affect the perfume industry?

    These things are very hard to predict.

    But the entire global economy is going to see a massive contraction at least for this year, with Asian markets (one of the biggest for luxury goods) taking a...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    Well, My Heroine came out a year before the Tom Ford, so it would seem that it was a springboard for Noir Anthracite.
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    Re: $100's, 5 Fragrances

    Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo Signature has a really nice coffee note (I get more coffee from it than Rochas Man, which tends more towards cacao/vanilla I think). Powerful performance, too.
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    The patchouli I got in a swap that turned out to be fairly lovely is Boss The Collection Cashmere Patchouli. Brilliant opening with a gorgeously soft and deep patchouli, which is layered over a calm,...
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    Re: Any Good Newish Sandalwoods ?

    Cartier Pasha Parfum (2020) is a creamy sandalwood scent with spice and fir accents. Nicely done.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It's tea-dominant but tobacco comes out in the drydown.
  76. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Profumo is definitely an improvement on the original.

    And, while I know I'm bucking consensus here, I ardently disagree with anyone who suggests LIDGE is superior to LIDG.
  77. Re: Is there anything still worth buying out there?

    Try the following:

    Aramis Special Blend (a new flanker of the original Aramis that mixes an old-school, aldehydic bergamot opening with a rustic-but-cozy wood-bark-and-spiced-whiskey heart)
    ...
  78. Re: fragranticas new pictures for notes

    I disliked the pictures before and I dislike them now. Too many of them are ambiguous or confusing (am I supposed to know what obscure ingredients look like in their raw, natural form?).
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It was the lime and magnolia that didn't quite work for me, I think; I'm not opposed to sour notes, but with the tobacco and leather something just felt a bit off to me. Like I said, it struck me as...
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I did not like this much when I sampled it (its accord structure felt more weird than pleasant to me), but I'll probably revisit it at some point, especially if what you say is true.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    Noir Anthracite is much more wearable.

    I'm just astonished that such a weird formula as My Heroine made it through the Estée Lauder focus group gauntlet.
  82. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Polo Crest and Polo Modern Reserve might count.
  83. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    It's the best of the line, for sure.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    It'll be too buttoned-up and gourmand to be like Kors, but I'm still curious.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I just wanna say I'm not crazy! I posted about it on Instagram and got flooded with affirmation of the "barbecue pork" note, and the idea does show up on a number of Fragrantica reviews. It's a smell...
  86. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    A few things that came to mind:

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme beats the pants off of Tom Ford for Men.

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient exceeds the original Bvlgari Man (as well as Bvlgari Man in Black).
    ...
  87. [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Cheapie Swap Thread

    Bump
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    Re: Recommend me a fragrance

    Oh, then go with Geo. F. Trumper Sandalwood Cologne! It could be described as British Egoïste, with gorgeously rich Mysore sandalwood and a vanillic drydown. Wonderful stuff.
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    Re: Question about oakmoss fragrances

    Nicolaï New York Intense is a great modern-day release with a tangible oakmoss note.

    But you'll also find the oakmoss note intact in the present-day Pascal Morabito Or Black (though a bit reduced...
  90. Re: Recommendations for similar vibe to....

    I love Havana, but that's a case where the present-day version is pretty close to the original, so I wouldn't expect a vintage bottle to change your mind.
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    Re: Recommend me a fragrance

    Cartier Pasha Parfum (new 2020 release) might be just what you're looking for.
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    Re: Dior Oud Rosewood 2020 Discussion

    Yes, Purple Oud is the one. I was just responding to a post in another thread that mentioned Diptyque so my mind mixed things up.
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    Re: Dior Oud Rosewood 2020 Discussion

    My cynicism may have been justified, but the world still needs optimists!


    It's very much that synthetic designer "oud" you find everywhere. I don't really mind it provided the rest of the...
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    Re: Floris London Opinions

    https://media.giphy.com/media/dOJt6XZlQw8qQ/giphy.gif

    I'm a big fan of Floris.

    I don't get the complaints that they don't have a universally successful lineup. What brand, reputable or no, has...
  95. Re: New L'Homme Ideal flanker from Guerlain - L'Homme Ideal Extreme

    Complete with plum, no less (slight shades of Latour Cigar / Michael for Men, maybe?).
  96. Re: Has anyone tried Moschino Toy Boy for men?

    It sounds interesting, but I'm very finicky about rose notes, so I won't go out of my way to try it.
  97. Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Drakkar Noir so thoroughly surpassed the original that nobody even thinks of it as a flanker!
  98. Re: Please help: Affordable Oriental Resinous OUD based fragrance

    Perfume Calligraphy is lovely. (The Calligraphy Rose flanker is a bit too heavy on the plasticky, jammy rose for my tastes, but if you like that kind of note you may prefer it to the original...
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    Re: Dior Oud Rosewood 2020 Discussion

    "Oud Rosewood conveys the olfactory image of both a warm brown streaked with light brown"


    Yeeeeeeeeesh.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    I tried this recently and am surprised you and others enjoy it as much as you do. It smells exactly, and I mean exactly, like bacon and barbecue sauce.
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