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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Sounds like a good candidate for the next VSS, virus permitting.
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    Re: Best tobacco fragrance

    From your list, Brooks, I have:

    Aramis Havana (vintage)
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Polo (Warner)
    Jacomo de Jacomo (vintage)
    Roger & Gallet Open
    MAC Shadescents: My Heroine
    Lalique Ombre Noire
    Tom...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I got tired of not having it.

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    Knize Ten—not deep vintage, but before they took all the oakmoss out.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Finally, something I like about Dynasty: Carrington.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Ah, yes, we were just talking about this. How’s it wearing?
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    Re: Frags you forgot you had?

    I think I’d be frightened if you hadn’t.
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    Re: Frags you forgot you had?

    I’ve bought a bottle of Lancetti Uomo EDP because I forgot I already had one. It’s good, but I didn’t think I needed a backup.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Well, mid-project, the gnome fell and broke his foot. So, he had to go to the gnome repair shop.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    It seems a bit like Amélie’s garden gnome. (My wife took her USC garden gnome on a European tour, much to the chagrin of the security guards in countless museums and shops who were arm-twisted into...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 27th March, 2020

    Makes sense, and I’ll get them under my nose some day. And really, I don’t think Amyris is bad; rather, it’s a good expression of an aesthetic foreign to mine.

    As for my “son,” he doesn’t really...
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    Re: You're having a nightmare...

    Joop! Homme
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 27th March, 2020

    My SOTN turned out to be MFK Amyris Pour Homme. My “surrogate son” bought some for himself and brought it by so Mrs. S and I could get a taste. (I know, social distancing, but I think APH kills...
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    No, please, it was awesome. Love or hate the fragrance, the description was spot on.
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    I second the nomination, both of the note to survey and the BN member to oversee it.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    At last, I can say I own a Jaguar.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Good to know about the reformulation. I don't think it's something I need to jump on, and Mrs. S. has too many fragrances for her liking already (what's WRONG with her?), but I might be tempted by a...
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    I recently bought a Murdock sample set, so I'll be sure to give that vetiver a try. I rather like the "vetiver shriek" of TdH EIV, but I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, and it's certainly...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

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  19. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    FWIW, I’m a regular eBay shopper, and I’ve rarely been disappointed. When I have been, the sellers have refunded my money without argument. Sensible precautions include carefully perusing pictures...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    For the Friday aldehyde sync, I’m trying out Piguet Baghari:

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    Quick first impress is two thumbs up. I’ll have to live with it a while for more than that.

    Alas, the problem with living...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Based on single wearings, I think I like Free Life more, and it’s certainly more affordable. I’m curious to hear your take on Silver.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I like the Loewe, though I think I like Esencia more. Haven’t tried Portos yet: another for the list.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    By reputation, yes. I’ll let you know what I think some time after it arrives.
  24. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    I haven’t bought from that first seller, but I checked them out and they look legit. As for the other, no idea, but every full-time dealer restocks if they can. Your best bet there is to contact the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I ask because my understanding is that Must de Cartier parfum and EdT are different scents by different perfumers, and I wondered what relationship, if any, you perceived between them.
  26. Re: Vintage/discontinued Men's Cologne.....which one(s) would you most want to find ?

    It's a good one, and also an odd one. I haven't pulled the trigger yet myself, but it's on my not-so-short list.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Nope. But, it was selling at a blind-buy-friendly price, so it seemed like the right time.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Ô, my!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    With Sport Fragrance pretty much gone after 6 hours, I switched to Etienne Aigner Free Life for the SOTE. FL swaps SF's piney astringency for amping up the patchouli and enriching the base...
  30. Re: Clive Christian 1872 Mandarin Limited Edition

    Sure! The easy way to tell is that, on the masculines, the lion faces left, while on feminines the lion faces right.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Have you compared the parfum to the EDT?
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    Re: Will all natural ingredients be replaced?

    Damn that Houbigant and their phony-baloney pseudo-tonka!

    Actually, both these fragrances illustrate the problem with drawing a hard line between natural and synthetic notes. Coumarin is a...
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    Re: Will all natural ingredients be replaced?

    That's some quality counter-trolling there. It must be all natural.
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    Re: Will all natural ingredients be replaced?

    There are very good reasons to develop new synthetics: better ("less synthetic") smell, better performance, lower toxicity, and so on. None of the larger houses (including Creed) uses 100%...
  35. Re: Clive Christian 1872 Mandarin Limited Edition

    This is a twist on 1872 Feminine. Of course, anyone can wear it, but I prefer 1872 Masculine and its "twist" flankers.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Etienne Aigner Sport Fragrance

    As Cevenol noted in his review, the initial blast of citrus with the underlying pine veers a tad close to cleaning fluid, but it's more than saved by the...
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    I’m quite happy with TdH et al., but I should hope a new pillar would go in a distinctly different direction. Otherwise, what’s the point?
  38. Re: Obscure vintage masterpieces - what do you think they are?

    Just put it on. I’ll post about it later in the Vintage SOTD thread, after I’ve had a little time with it.
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    Maybe I’ll try that today. I bought a bunch of Aigners, but I haven’t worn most of them yet. Super still eludes me, and I wasn’t wowed enough by my Silver mini to commit to a FB.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I’m going to try the cotton swab, and maybe upend the sprayer and pour a little alcohol into the tube as well.

    I bought both for my wife, but she prefers the Emir on me, so I’ll liberate the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I wouldn’t know without looking it up. It’s not in the directory, but it was included in a sample pass, and Grayspoole noted oakmoss in it.
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    Re: Purchases fragances from outside US

    That works. Or, you could spray the boxes with Lysol, if you have some. It might be easier to get than another box of nitrile gloves.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Nice! Speaking of samples from the sync, a certain someone turned me on to this…

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    Lenthéric Shanghai: the "Bouquet" concentration is reportedly akin to an EDP.


    And then, Sniffman...
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    Re: Purchases fragances from outside US

    From commercial sellers, perhaps. Private shipments are taking considerably longer, depending on the location of the shipper. I'm still waiting on a bottle I ordered from Germany on March 8, shipping...
  45. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    …gone!

    I will pack these suckers up to ship out some time next week. I hope they bring the recipients much joy. Perhaps a few more fragrances will make their way into this thread, so keep your...
  46. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    OK, the Mülhens is gone! That just leaves the Sung Homme. Sorry about the sprayer: if I can find another nozzle the works with my Balenciaga pour Homme, I'll restore it. Note that this is the...
  47. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I don't think I'd make as good a poster for it, but it suits me as well nonetheless.
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    Poll: Re: Do you compliment other peoples cologne?

    In most cases, any comment would seem too intimate, or else a backhanded way of telling someone they're wearing too much. My wife and I discuss each other's fragrances, but that's about it.
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    Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I definitely explore certain themes in depth, but I would hope my collection also showed range. As for flankers, sure, provided that they neither be so different as to seem unrelated nor so similar...
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    Just a reminder: The Mülhens and Sung are still available, and I promise these are not bad fragrances even if they're not for me. Meanwhile, I'll mull expanding the giveaway as I plow through my...
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    Beat me to it!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Show-off! :)
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Dana Emir
    (Atomizer: vintage Marcel Franck)

    The good news: Dana Emir EdC rocks. Though marketed as a feminine, it's butch as all get-out.
    The bad news: The atomizer ain't workin'....
  54. Re: Polo tester smelled like a BBQ full of burning hair

    So, niche.
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    Re: Purchases fragances from outside US

    The biggest “threat” from buying overseas now is delayed shipping. It works in your favor for safety, so as long as you don’t mind waiting an extra week or so, you should be just fine.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    You continue to amaze.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    For the sexiest woman out there!
  58. Re: Please help me date this guerlain l'heure bleue

    Well, Raiders states that the combination of monochrome stickers with Roman numerals occurred during a "transitional period" from the multicolored stickers of the mid-50s and earlier to the...
  59. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    I don't see that Dunedain was suggesting people self-medicate with chloroquine (or hydroxychloroquine, aka Plaquenil), which would indeed be reckless; he was simply reporting that American doctors...
  60. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Still waiting for the following:

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Fragonard Eau de Cologne Impériale Russe. Unfortunately, a small amount leaked in transit, soaking the label, which fell apart when I wiped the bottle down. This appears to have been...
  62. Re: Please help me date this guerlain l'heure bleue

    Although I can’t be 100% sure, the combination of a monochrome sticker and Roman numeral suggest c. 1956 (per Raiders of the Lost Scent). What’s odd to me is the “Registered Trade Mark GUERLAIN” that...
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    Re: A stronger alternative to JPG Le Male

    ^ This. Le Male used to be my signature, as anyone within 3 miles of me could have told you.
  64. Re: Vintage/discontinued Men's Cologne.....which one(s) would you most want to find ?

    Lots, including many of those mentioned, but my "grails" are Crown Perfumery Buckingham and Marquis, so I can complete my collection of Crown masculines.

    Things like Patou pour Homme Privé and...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    She went through the process of finding fragrances many years before I did, and she's more intent on having a small selection of quality signatures than a large wardrobe. Thus, she has a much smaller...
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    Re: Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    It's in the pyramid. As you've implied, I get it more as a texture/weight than scent. However, the cedar and sandalwood are explicit.


    Not in the drydown. I got all sorts of things in the first...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I guarantee you that's the case. But, she's relented on everything else, so I think I can live without the Baron. I'm not exactly short on options.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I think she plans to spend more time reading before she delves into writing, but anything could happen. At this point, I don't even know what name she's using!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    There are few scents Mrs. S. has forbidden me to wear. Polo was one until I wore a Cosmair sample from the vintage sync. I have since procured a Warner bottle with her blessing. The honor of "Most...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Both the BN directory and Fragrantica treat Masculin 2 (1975) as the first in the line, but Parfumo and Perfume Intelligence cite this one from 1972, which Cleopatra's Boudoir lists as "Au Masculin."...
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    Re: Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    That makes sense, thanks.
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    Re: Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    I have LPH Equus in my collection, as well as a sample of Hommage à l'Homme: I'll give them a try one of these days. Encre Noire à l'Extrême would have to be a significant improvement on the original...
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    Re: My current top 5 underrated scents

    Lalique Ombre Noire
    Lanvin Figaro
    Geoffrey Beene Bowling Green
    Oleg Cassini for Men (Jovan)
    Crown Perfumery Park Royal
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    Re: Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    Wearing it now, inspired by this thread. The top and heart notes are reasonably interesting but fairly fleeting. As discussed, the base has prominent vanilla in addition to the...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

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    With all the debate raging about Bentley for Men Intense, I thought I'd give mine a spin. My from-the-hip take is that I can see liking it or disliking it, but it doesn't merit controversy....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    And for me:

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    Bourjois Masculin (note: NOT Masculin 2)


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    Weil pour Homme
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    A gift for Mrs. S. (who tells me she's just joined BN).

    1982 batch code, "80°" on the bottom.
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    Re: National Fragrance Day 2020

    Thanks! Two fragrances left to give away.

    Though a proper Fragrance Day celebration involves buying some Spirit Bear. (I haven’t forgotten.)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I’ve asked O-I glass if anyone there can shed any light on this. It might not be them at all. According to one glass collector site, this is a recent/current Owens-Illinois stamp:

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    Looks...
  80. Re: Men's Fragrance: Life After Oakmoss (Decade in Review/Discussion)

    I think of oakmoss in perfumery as being something like butter in cooking. It makes everything else taste delicious, but if your dish tastes like butter, then you’re doing it wrong.
  81. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017 - 2018 - 2019

    Lucky you! A sealed 30ml bottle is now yours. Please PM me your shipping info.

    Everyone, please PM me your requests! In case of multiple requests for the same item, PMs will get priority! Thanks.
  82. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017 - 2018 - 2019

    OK, folks! Between International Fragrance Day and Global Pandemic Self-Isolation Month, it seems like a good time to revive this thread. I have a half-dozen fragrances I don’t particularly want and...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Oh, well, I would assume Monsieur Balmain is a different animal for Balmain de Balmain. I have some vintage Monsieur B. that I haven't yet worn. I was just going back over these because I'm selling...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Wearing Zino Davidoff again, and it’s making a better impression second time around. I think I may have oversprayed last time.


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    On my other arm, my second try at Balmain de...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Well, anything that makes Mrs. S. happy is a love for me. But, yes, L’Heure Bleue is divine on her, so we’ll be shopping for more. Also, she’s getting into vintage l’Interdit, thanks to my sample...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances List of Lists

    Was Eau d’Hermès conceived as specifically a masculine? BN has it as unisex.
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    Re: Will all natural ingredients be replaced?

    Ambergris is rare and extremely expensive, and will remain so unless sperm whale populations dramatically increase. Not likely in our lifetimes, if ever.
  88. Re: Men's Fragrance: Life After Oakmoss (Decade in Review/Discussion)

    The limits on oakmoss are severe, and the atranol that’s been flagged as the culprit is an important part of what gives oakmoss its scent and fixative properties. So, while some houses are subbing in...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I believe the mark is pictured upside-down. If I’m not mistaken, it’s “O-I” for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. The “6” would likely be a mold number for the bottle. It could indicate the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Etienne Aigner Silver had nice herbals and powder on top of animalics, perfectly wearable, and I could see it exciting someone else, but I didn't feel like it filled some great gap in my collection,...
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    Re: National Fragrance Day 2020

    It’ll be a little late, but in honor of National Fragrance Day (amongst other things), keep your eyes open for a “Free to a Good Home” posting.
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    I believe today marks my millionth hour wasted. Winning!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    It's good, but I don't find it to be the lost classic some make it out to be. I tried it on today because there's a rare 50ml bottle on eBay for around $90US, and I wanted to decide if I should bid....
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Mrs. S.’ L’Heure Bleue arrived this morning, so she tried it on, and it appears to be love at first sniff.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Etienne Aigner Silver
  96. Re: Men's Fragrance: Life After Oakmoss (Decade in Review/Discussion)

    Spirit Bear, for sure. Soivohle and DSH, too, if I'm not mistaken. Probably dozens of others I either don’t know or I’m simply forgetting.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Good stuff! I’m a big Crown fan.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I don’t think most eBay sellers really know the age of their Chanels. It seems the bottle shape was pretty much the same from the 1950s to the end of the run, but some bottles say “Chanel Paris,”...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I have no idea: it's due to be mailed. I'm not sure if it's any different from Lenthéric's "Men's Cologne," which didn't knock me out, but we'll see.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    OK, one more vintage el-cheapo I couldn't resist:

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    Lenthéric Musketeer: "For Men of Action"

    What could possibly go wrong?
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