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    Re: GOLD by Puredistance/Antoine Lie)

    The notes look good and I certainly trust your nose Ken, but I have had horrific luck with Mr. Lie’s compositions, with my two most loathed compositions being composed by him. I saw his name as...
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    Re: Top 10 Smalll American Artisan/Niche Houses

    Most US based indies don't do anything for me, but these three are exceptional, in order of preference (but all with very different styles):

    Rouge Perfumerie
    Bruno Fazzolari
    Aftelier
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    Great vintage choice that deserves a lot more attention than it gets, IMO. If you haven't sniffed the latter spice driven Sud Est release from the mid-nineties in the same terrific bottle, it is...
  4. Thread: Roja Diaghilev

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    Re: Roja Diaghilev

    I don’t do seasons or locations. A great perfume is a great perfume. Personally, I would wear it anywhere.
  5. Thread: Roja Diaghilev

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    Re: Roja Diaghilev

    It is excellent smelling and one of the best from the house, IMO, but it would be a pricey/risky blind buy for you, as it really smells quite different than the Roja perfumes you listed that you...
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    Re: Roja Parfum Colognes

    This. Well, maybe not “terrible,” IMO, but while I really enjoyed the Parfum strength version, the cologne while recognizable almost felt like a different perfume and for the worse. Too bad,...
  7. Re: What kind of man can pull off Dior Homme Intense?

    I dislike DHI so wouldn’t wear it myself, but as others have said, *anyone* can wear it. If you like it, wear it and enjoy!
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    Re: Favorite ‘warm-spicy’ fragrance

    X for Men immediately comes to mind, like others have mentioned. Much less of a wallet buster that is similar is a +1 to the prior Costume National Homme recommendation.
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    Re: Top 30 Fragrances of All Time

    Here is a quick (and most likely inaccurate) attempt at mine, solely based on bottles I own in no particular order outside of the top 10. All perfumes should be assumed to be rated based on their...
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    Re: Favorite citrus-free vetiver?

    Turtle Vetiver Front
  11. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    Terre d’Hermes
    Montana Black Edition
    Havana
    JHL
    Or Black (current version)
    Bentley for Men Intense
    Yatagan
    Tuscany
    Eau d’Orange Vert
    Encre Noire
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    Re: Top 30 Fragrances of All Time

    We definitely have very different taste, as none would be on mine.

    That said, I do like Jubilation XXV, Sycomore, GPH2, Envy, SDV and Lyric Man on your list. The rest I personally dislike, but...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    While not part of the sample pass, I have samples of the entire line, I believe, and am wearing Rogue 40 today.

    Unfortunately, while I love a couple and like all the others I have tried, *this*...
  14. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    I recently received a sample of Mysterious Oud and am wearing it for the first time today.

    On first application, I am getting a ton of nutmeg and ginger-like cardamom spice with a good deal of...
  15. Re: Looking for a good fragrance for a 25 year old young professional

    I dislike all of the three in the OP, so can provide no help there... I do like the Dia Man recommendation, and would concur with that one no matter what age you said you were. If the Dia Man price...
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    Re: Is Barney’s gone gone?

    A damn shame, as Barneys was my favorite department store. I will always have fond memories of their now defunct Las Vegas location, where I smelled Portrait of a Lady for the first time (and buying...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2019

    Superstitious by Malle

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    Re: Unique 'to die for' fragrances...

    There is a lot of value with vintage offerings, IMO. Why blow $500 per bottle on IFRA neutered stuff that most likely won’t come close to matching vintage bottles that sell on the after-market under...
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer

    Out of currently active noses, Dominique Ropion (Portrait of a Lady, Superstitious, Une Fleur de Cassie, Carnal Flower, Costume National Homme, The Night, Ysatis, etc.) when on his game is my...
  20. Re: The BEST Niche (top of the line) HORSE fragrance house for Men?

    The *current* Giorgio for Men is OK smelling, but a shadow of its former self with its dry down destroyed by IFRA driven reformulation. I wouldn’t buy current perfumes from either house personally,...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 26th October, 2019

    Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances
  22. Re: The BEST Niche (top of the line) HORSE fragrance house for Men?

    VIP is quite different and light years better smelling. Just buy a bottle off of eBay, as I strongly doubt there are any fakes and it will never be rereleased. VIP is one of the best mens marketed...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I am sampling this line late.

    I have the current sample pack to get through but am coming into all of these completely blind as I haven’t read any of the comments in this lengthy thread as yet. ...
  24. Re: Best "value for money" scents, which niche collectors wouldn't turn their noses up at

    Too many to mention, but Montana Black Edition is definitely one.
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    Re: Would I like Yatagan ?

    Vintage Yatagan is exceptional, but quite unlike Zino. As I dislike Zino, to me that is a very *good* thing...
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    Re: Your 3 Favorite Niche Houses

    I am much more into vintage designers nowadays, but I guess:

    1)Malle
    2)O’driù
    3)Pekji or Rouge depends on the day of the week...
  27. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    This, though I also agree with the latter post in the thread that said Black Orchid should not be worn by *anyone*. ;-)
  28. Re: Davidoff Cool Water - A question concerning its magic, lost or otherwise.

    Look for a bottle on eBay using cursive for the Davidoff Cool Water Logo and confirm the picture shown is what you will receive. There is plenty of the original magic left in those bottles, and...
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    Re: Today I bought October 2019

    After sampling several Rogue offerings, these two were the easy standouts and merited full bottle purchases -- Chypre-Siam and Le Canotier

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  30. Re: Your TOP 10 from this decade, subjectively and/or objectively.

    Mine is still unchanged from my September 7th post in Trauerkraut’s similar top 10 of the decade thread from last month. My list is all subjective (as I think it is near-impossible to be...
  31. Thread: 10's top ten?

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    Re: 10's top ten?

    2010 Portrait of a Lady
    2011 Les Nombres d’Or Vetyver
    2012 Javanese Patchouli
    2013 Bentley for Men Intense
    2014 Le Mat
    2015 Scent and Chemistry Kiss My Ass
    2016 Adjatay
    2017 Superstitious...
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    The outstanding vintage Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills would be a good start.

    Javanese Patchouli by Zegna is light years different from Gentleman and a more modern option, but definitely...
  33. Thread: Chypre-Siam

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    Re: Chypre-Siam

    I must say, having just worn this a full day from a recent sample pack, count me highly impressed.

    I originally was interested in Mousse Illuminee due to all the positive rave traffic on the MF...
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    While I have only bought three perfumes in the last 6 months, all are superb smelling. The one I was somewhat afraid about despite its silly low price tag (as it was a blind buy, unlike the others)...
  35. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme vs Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver

    The excellent Bel Ami Vetiver for any occasion would be my choice of the two.
  36. Poll: Re: Just bought Polo green vintage...but in a splash bottle.

    Well, with respect to the Warner vs. Cosmair sprays I have purchased within the past 10 years, the truth is they smell about the same to me (both superb). That said, the original splash bottle from...
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    Re: Your favorite all-natural fragrance

    Lalfeorosa by O’Driu
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    I am wearing this one now, and while I like it, I smell more tree moss than anything else. I think it has a *somewhat* similar fragrance profile to Caesars Man (which I mean as a compliment), but I...
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    Re: Best Floral Fragrance?

    I love many, though Portrait of a Lady is by far my favorite.
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    Re: You have 20 shots at this, don't **** it up!

    Wow, good to see you posting again, PM. Your unique wit has been sorely missed. Quite frankly, you haven’t missed much in the way of releases in the time period specified. Most releases to my nose...
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    Poll: Re: Choose a 'budget' Fall fragrance

    Costume National Homme for me by a nose over the also superb smelling Bentley for Men Intense.
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    This one — my oakmoss reference.
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    Re: Thoughts on vintage Poison?

    The vintage stuff is incredible smelling. A true honeyed, plum-laced jasmine and tuberose powerhouse to the extreme. One of the absolute best perfume creations of the 80s (and that is saying...
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    Re: Arrogance Pour Homme ~ Pikenz Version.

    Yes, it does. I just sprayed some on skin from my bottle from Schiaparelli Pikenz (assuming this is the one you are referring to), and there definitely is a gob of soapy oakmoss in the base a la...
  45. Poll: Re: Just bought Polo green vintage...but in a splash bottle.

    I have no idea about batch codes, but I still have a Cosmair splash bottle from my teen years that still smells spectacular today. I think I prefer it to the vintage Warner and Cosmair sprays I...
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I am down to about 300, mostly vintage perfume. Nowadays, if I don't wear it, I don't keep it.
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    Re: La Nuit De L'Homme is back from the death?

    It was always horrific, IMO. I guess to me the only way to go from rock bottom, is up.
  48. Re: Pick One Fragrance Brought Back To Original Formulation?

    Captain Molyneux... The current stuff is unrecognizable. I want the original formula packed with oakmoss!
  49. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    [QUOTE=Emanuel76;4721848]
    NuParfums Bronze Age

    I assume you are referring to TDH EDT. The pyramid is similar to EDT.

    Top: bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, rose;
    Middle: fir balsam, cedar,...
  50. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    I never have done seasons, so I can’t really differentiate there. That said, these three were acquired for $20 or less and are still available, at least on eBay for around the $20 or less benchmark:...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I generally don’t keep something in my collection unless I love and wear it...

    These, however, I haven’t worn in a while (ones with asterisks will probably be jettisoned eventually)...

    Brazilia...
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    Re: Fall/Winter Vanilla fragrance

    This one.
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    Re: Dating Malle POAL

    The reformulation happened at the time of the cap change from matte to glossy. Any bottles with the matte cap are the original formula. I don’t think the overall perfume concentration changed,...
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    Re: Aramis Tuscony is it better then Azzaro pH ?

    I love them both equally.
  55. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    If picking a specific decade, then the 80’s for sure; but more generally, the late 70s through early 90s.
  56. Re: Midnight in Paris? Wasn't worth the hype for me at all!

    I disliked the stuff on first sniff and my opinion never has changed. I like the perfumes you bought instead a heck of a lot more!
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    Re: Your Favourite Perfumes From Roja Dove ?

    I love most of them, but the two standouts of many great releases are Risqué (pour Femme) and Diaghilev.
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    For me, little movement over the years...

    1)Portrait of a Lady (original formula)
    2)Giorgio for Men (vintage)
    2)Giorgio VIP
    4)Dia Man (vintage)
    5)Anat Fritz (either the original version, or...
  59. Re: Guilty: I enjoy fragrances with powerful projections..... Suggestions?

    Great fragrance and projection...? I recommend starting with the top three perfumes on the list as my signature below as they all easily check the boxes.
  60. Poll: Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 Edp or Elysium Pour Homme Parfum Cologne ?

    If it were *me* it would be an easy choice - Elysium Parfum Cologne, as I can't stand Baccarat Rouge 540. That said, the Elysium Parfum pour Homme version is far superior than the Cologne to my...
  61. Re: Costume national Homme - is it any way similar to Amouage Interlude man?

    Thanks. I am easing my way back.
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    Re: What fragrances do you hate/make you retch?

    Secretions Manifiques by ELdO
    Mercury by Nu_Be
    Success by Donald Trump (no political implications, just the perfume itself)

    These all have an iodine-like sharp metallic note that I just can’t...
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    Re: Your top 10 of this decade (2010 - 2019)

    Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle (2010)
    Classical by Anat Fritz (2013)
    Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L’Artisan (2010)
    Javanese Patchouli by Zegna (2012)
    Tzora by Anat Fritz...
  64. Re: Costume national Homme - is it any way similar to Amouage Interlude man?

    No. Costume National Homme is similar to Clive Christian X for Men, not Interlude Man. I love it.
  65. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    That is definitely “the good stuff.”
  66. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    That label has the “bad bottle” ingredients list. The one shown is the IFRA reformulated version. My guess is that the current USA and Spain versions are the same reformulated version. The key is...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    One of my favorites. This one should get more visibility than it does.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances

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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 2nd September, 2019

    Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances. Not in the BN directory, but should be. It is quickly rising the ranks to the top tier of the best perfumes I have ever sniffed.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Lucifer, by the defunct Renaissance Fragrances of Switzerland.

    This was a blind-buy of a vintage discontinued perfume that flew under the radar over the years. I really knew nothing about the...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2019

    A whimsical "cheapy" blind buy of the long-since discontinued Lucifer, by the defunct Renaissance Perfumes. Wearing it now, I dare say I am happy with the buy... Kind of an oakmoss and patchouli...
  73. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    Don’t know anything about a made in Spain version, but the US current version was reformulated a few years back for the worse (most noticeable in the drydown). I recommend seeking out a US bottle...
  74. Re: Aramis Havana , a gentlemans collection just arrived

    A masterpiece and one of the finest tobacco-centric perfumes ever created, IMO. As you enjoy Havana, I suggest you seek out Montana Black Edition by the same master perfumer (Edouard Flechier) if...
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    So many great ones...

    Probably mine are

    Giorgio for Men (vintage) by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Captain (vintage) by Molyneux
    Tzora by Anat Fritz

    If excluding releases from small, limited...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2019

    First purchase in ages... 100ml vintage bottle of Tabacco d’Harar
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    Poll: Re: 1980's Male Powerhouse Monster Showdown

    Other... Giorgio for Men. Super powerful and even better smelling.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Meraviglia by Note di Profumum. This stuff smells extremely close to original formula Portrait of a Lady, and has outstanding strength too. Considering POAL is my favorite composition, I can easily...
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    Re: NEW LINE - Note di Profumum

    Never cared for any of the regular Profumum line, so these I went in highly skeptical to say the least.

    That said, I am wearing Meraviglia from a sample, and Lucky Scent is pretty much spot-on...
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    Poll: Re: Roja Parfums Diaghilev or Enigma?

    Both are great, but Diaghilev is superior to my nose.
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    Re: The Different Company

    Oud Shamash is my favorite, followed by Oud for Love.
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    Re: Promise by Frederick Malle

    This will surely be a blind buy for me. Ropion works wonders with Rose.
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    Poll: Re: Creed Royal Oud vs Spice and wood

    Royal Oud is good, Spice and Wood is terrible. Easy choice, IMO.
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    Re: Silentrich Tribute - Saturday 29th (7/29/2017)

    Boy, I had stepped back from perusing the forums for a while and had no idea of Rich's illness, nor his passing. So sad to return and see this thread. I wish I could pick a composition from his...
  85. Re: What are your top "heavy hitters" (please no sweet scents!) ?

    Just a few of many...

    Giorgio for Men (vintage)
    Portrait of a Lady (original formula)
    Bijan for Men (vintage)
    Polo (vintage)
    Norne
    Crown Imperial
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    Poll: Re: Which of these 8 fragrances is your favorite?

    Terre d'Hermès followed by Santal 33
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Both Dryad by Papillon and Mem by Bogue were both winners from my latest sample order.
  88. Re: Considering another blindbuy - Javanese Patchouli

    I think it is not only a relatively safe blind buy, but also just a fabulous overall patch dominant/focused composition. If you enjoy soft patch presentations, it doesn't get any better, IMO. I...
  89. Re: Owners Only Deathmatch: Lauder for Men vs Antaeus

    This. Both great compositions in their original formulas.
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    Re: thoughts on Mendittorosa?

    Most of their line didn't impress, but Le Mat is the real deal and got me to buy. That is the one to sniff from the line, IMO.
  91. Re: Which of these three leather fragrances to go for?

    Bel Ami Vetiver
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    Re: Best oud fragrance with no rose?

    Oud Shamash by The Different Company
    Oud Luban by Aftelier
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    Poll: Re: Aventus vs Portrait of a lady

    Kind of a weird comparison, IMO. The two are so different. To me, at least, Portrait of a Lady is far superior. I think Aventus is mediocre at best.
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    Re: Patchouli - the best of the best

    Javanese Patchouli by Zegna for a patch focused play.

    Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle and Giorgio for Men (original formula) by Giorgio Beverly Hills for significant patch...
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    Re: Top 10 new releases of 2017

    Of those I have tried there is Superstitious, then everything else. Ropion creates another winner.
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    Re: Favourite zegna?

    Javanese Patchouli is the standout, but the whole Essenze line is terrific.
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    Re: Coolwater replacement?

    You can do a lot of gambling at the relatively low prices original formula Cool Water bottles go for compared to buying things like GIT and Chez Bond (not that there is anything wrong with either of...
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    Re: Drakkar Vs Giorgio

    This, although instead of Drakkar Noir in its current formulation, I suggest also sniffing Caesars Man which is similar smelling and less expensive. If we were talking original formulations it would...
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    Re: Bel Ami Vetyver and Aramis Calligraphy

    No similarities between the two to my nose,,,
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    Re: Roja dove overrated

    I find on the whole, the line is not overrated. Sure, the prices are lofty (too lofty for me in most cases) but the quality is there and I tend to like the smell of most of them plenty.
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