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    Re: Thoughts on Absolue pour le soir

    I agree that if one doesn't like benzoin, labdanum or incense this scent could be avoided.

    For me personally, I tend to really dislike benzoin. I find it similar to immortelle in that it can be...
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    Re: Targeted Purchases for 2015

    Not sure yet. I'd like to purchase maybe two or three new bottles in 2015. And definitely cut back on sampling...

    I have my eyes on:

    Map of the Heart : Black Heart
    Any new CdG releases
    And...
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    Re: Clean Leather - Recommendations?

    Derby, Knize Ten, Cuir Cannage are clean leather. Cuir Ottoman, as well as Cuiron, is a clean suede.
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    Re: New fragrance: Rundholz - 03.Apr.1968

    Cool. Can't wait to try this one. So I assume longevity is good? How is the development on this?
  5. Re: Best burning incense type of frag besides M7 and the CDG Incense series.

    Lots of great suggestions here. One new one that I recently sampled is from the Ephemera by Unsound Music Festival. One in particular called "Noise" was a nice take on frankincense/incense. ...
  6. Re: Swap: Zegna, Roja Dove, Heeley, MFK, Divine, Frederic Malle, etc.

    bump. added and removed.
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    Re: Sandalwood Suggestions

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I liked Egoiste, but wasn't really floored by it. I hope Bois des Iles is a bit better. I forgot to mention I don't like Tam Dao as that's one that gets mentioned...
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    Sandalwood Suggestions

    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking for a sandalwood fragrance. With the market saturated with oud heavy scents I'm looking for something rich and complex that features a lot of sandalwood. And I'm not...
  9. Re: Writing About Fragrance is Like Dancing About Architecture

    Well put. Verbose reviews filled with metaphors and similes is still just an opinion. Sometimes it's very helpful, other times it can get rather convoluted. As much as I appreciate good writing,...
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    Re: New fragrance: Rundholz - 03.Apr.1968

    Can a good experienced nose maybe breakdown specific notes and accords in this particular fragrance?
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    Poll: Re: Three sandalwoods

    What's a good sandalwood - incense - woods combo? Something that's complex and well blended, but dry without musk or amber.

    Anything where sandalwood is quite prominent but without it feeling like...
  12. Poll: Re: Another "help me choose" poll. (About to cave in for one bottle)

    Tea For Two definitely. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it when I tried it years ago when it was still available. One of Giacobetti's best.

    Although Russian Tea is very well made, the...
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    Re: Can someone put me onto Rojas perfumes

    I think price plays a quixotic role in the Roja love/hate. A lot of people on here will drop almost the same amount of cash on vintages, discontinued, and other fragrance houses but no one bats an...
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    Re: The Philosophy Behind SPLITS Re: The Host

    First off, big thanks to Remik and PalmBeach, their splits are the primary reason I use this site, so thanks guys!

    Secondly, after taking part in many splits, I'm very surprised more people don't...
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    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete & CdG Skai

    I am looking for two bottles. I do not care if there is no box, nor do I care if they are used:

    Guerlain: Songe d'un Bois d'Ete

    Comme Des Garcons Synthetic Series: Skai

    Thanks! I am...
  16. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? October / November 2014

    Would anyone else be interested in the Ephemera by Unsound scents?
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    I wonder if this has been reformulated after reading about recent problems with longevity. When I tried it years ago this scent was very strong and long-lasting. Easily lasted 8 hours and sillage...
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    Re: Masque Milano - Russian Tea - NEW FRAGRANCE

    Weird. I tried it out for a couple days and it was undetectable after a couple hours. I even asked a few people. Such a shame it doesn't work on me since I really enjoyed it. I may try revisiting...
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    Re: Comme de garcons black

    There's a good possibility you'll like it. I like Avignon, and Bois d'Ascese was all right, so I can see why you were drawn to it.

    I will say that Black really grows on you. I thought it was...
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    Re: Masque Milano - Russian Tea - NEW FRAGRANCE

    I didn't get much patchouli, but the immortelle definitely comes through, as well as the raspberry, so it comes across much sweeter on me compared to other's experiences. All the "listed" notes are...
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    Re: do you tell people what you are wearing?

    Yes, if anyone is curious, of course.
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    Re: Masque Milano - Russian Tea - NEW FRAGRANCE

    Is anyone else having issues with the performance? I'm really enjoying this one, but the scent is gone after three hours.
  23. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? October / November 2014

    How about Ulrich Lang Nightscape?
  24. Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split? October / November 2014

    Can someone clarify: is there now no minimum cost for splits?
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    Re: The Return of Tea for Two

    Really glad Tea for Two is being reintroduced. Now all we need is Comme des Garcons Synthetic Series to come back and it'll be a true banner year for great long-lost scents.
  26. Re: Helmut Lang/Zegna/Mancera/Kilian/Nicholai/Dior Privee/Phaedon/Mohur Extrait/Aedes Copal Azur

    Received my Russian Tea today. Great packaging and fantastic service. Thanks!
  27. Re: Fragrances you were originally dead wrong about?

    Blackbird. Hype turned me off to it/affected my initial reactions, but now I enjoy it.
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    Re: Possible eBay/USPS fraud.

    Seems that it's always important and expensive items that get sent to the wrong address... They never lose my $1.99 phone cord lol.

    It probably got misdelivered, as many have said. Happened to me...
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    Re: Top 5 "Most Important" Fragrances

    I can only speak for men's, but just off the top of my head:

    Brut (or Old Spice), Polo, Kouros, Cool Water, Dior Homme.
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    Re: Signature scent for twenty-something guy

    I was thinking the same thing. Probably the only suggestion to make would be vetiver or maybe some type patchouli
  31. Re: Helmut Lang perfumes available for purchase on offical HL website!

    And we have splits of each available!
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    Re: Helmut Lang - Cuiron Alternative

    Well, it's live on Helmut Lang's website
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    Re: Helmut Lang - Cuiron Alternative

    Everything about the rerelease is gone online. Maybe it was a hoax.
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    Re: 3 Fragrances every young man should have !

    Given that cost should be a serious consideration for this demographic, here are some suggestions, although not my personal favorites:

    Dior Homme
    Odeur 71
    Egoiste (or Platinum Egoiste maybe for...
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    Re: Roja Dove questions

    The marketing and PR for his personal company want people to believe they're the best/most exclusive/renowned luxury perfume brand in the world, of course, just because something is expensive doesn't...
  36. Re: Am I the only one who can't seem to pickup different notes?

    Try picking up samples of fragrances that highlight a particular note, and just go down the line with various notes such as vetiver, patchouli, iris, oud, musk, sandalwood, etc. and you'll soon...
  37. Re: How do you determine if a fragrance is Full Bottle worthy?

    I have sampled hundreds and hundreds and currently own three full bottles, with plenty of various decants. Suffice it to say, the fragrance needs to be an indubitable perfect 10 (subjective to me of...
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    Re: What are you guys wearing this Autumn?

    These will probably be worn the most this fall:

    Jubilation XXV
    Memoir Man
    Roja Vetiver Extrait
    Onda Voile d'Extrait
    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver
  39. Re: Drydown phase - vintages seem to win easily over current...

    From what you've mentioned I have tried some Slumberhouse, Songe and Montecristo and although the drydowns are nice in these particular scents, you're right, they're pretty short lived compared to a...
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    Re: Aedes Copal Azur new release

    Was this a softer incense like Timbuktu?
  41. Thread: Tuscan Leather.

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    Poll: Re: Tuscan Leather.

    It's definitely strong and will last most of the day. I remember sampling it and got some on my shirt sleeve and this scent lasts for weeks on clothing, even after a wash or two, so be advised
  42. Re: Louis Vuitton needs to delve into the fragrance world.

    Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is a conglomerate that has many companies releasing fragrances quite often: Dior, Guerlain, Kenzo, Acqua di Parma, etc.
  43. Re: Which "feminine" scents would you never want to be without ?

    L'Ombre Dans L'Eau.
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    Re: Help with Oud fragrances please

    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Blackbird
    Jubilation XXV
  45. Re: Roja Dove Reckless Pour Homme and Roja Dove's Goodmans

    I have tried Reckless PH. I've only worn it a few times, but I must admit I'm having a hard time with it and find it a difficult scent to describe. It's dry spicy woods with a very deep rich floral...
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    Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    I think in many respects the term niche means less and less nowadays. As long as you've got access to the internet, money, and the will you can fill almost any niche (not just perfumery). Small...
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    Re: Moment of Clarity

    I feel ya, and yes I have experienced this, and here are some (tl;dr) thoughts:

    I got into fragrances about ten years ago. I sampled and bought heavily then stopped for years and sold almost all...
  48. Poll: Re: How many of you are "serious collectors?" POLL.

    Not a collector at all. I sample, buy, and trade decants/samples often, but only purchase full bottles if I can see myself wearing the scent for several years. So far I only have 3 full bottles I...
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    Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    I agree on Lampblack. The ink note paired with the grapefruit in this is extremely satisfying; I enjoy it more than CdG2 now (itself a brilliant scent but a tad too powdery as my personal tastes...
  50. Re: Name 3 Fragrances that the fragrance community loves, but you don't see the hype!

    Montecristo
    Invasion Barbare
    Aventus
    Dior Homme
    Blackbird
    Almost the entire house of Chanel
    Any Gucci fragrance
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    Re: What's the one ingredient you hate?

    I find this question more difficult to answer as I try more fragrances. Notes I can't stand in some fragrances, I really don't mind, and like even, in others. It's a balancing act and a lot of it...
  52. Thread: a true incense

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    Re: a true incense

    Many mentioned here are very balsamic, which isn't what you're looking for. Try the CdG series. They're dry and more likely to be up your alley.
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    Re: Idole de Lubin EDT suspicious packaging

    So is there a new EdT or were there two different packagings for it and the EdT is now entirely discontinued?
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    Re: how important is bottle design for you

    I too wish perfumers just used the same bottles. The frivolity and decadence of some of these bottles is so risible and more importantly wasteful in my opinion. I would also prefer a very simple,...
  55. Re: Al-Kimiya/iPapillon/SH Sadanne/MFK Pluriel/Hermes/LeLabo/Guerlain/Tauer/Roja/Malle/Creed Acqua

    Received my Reckless and Coven splits today; great packaging and labels. Thanks!
  56. Re: [USA] Blackbird/Lampblack/Hard Leather/Creed/Nasomatto/Armani Prive/April Aromatics/more

    Received the Lampblack split today. Great label and packaging, and as always, unbelievably fast shipping. Thanks!
  57. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    NK Incense
    Cuiron
    Skai
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    Re: Switching to decants ?

    Great idea, and I feel the same way. I'm not tied to having the manufacturers bottle/box, plus I like trying new fragrances too much/often to afford full bottles. Decants and splits work really...
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    Re: Jubilation XXV horrible longevity and sillage

    I get good longevity with this. Sampled this when it first came out and got a decant earlier this year. I'm a big fan of Duchafour's scents and I think with a lot of his scents you can sometimes...
  60. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    I am very burnt on the genre! The majority of what I've sought out the last few years has been the resins/incense lot and I guess I'm finally bored with it. I'll try to hang onto what I've got and...
  61. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    Has anyone else been disappointed by Blackbird? I recently have been wearing it and maybe it's the hyperbolic praise it's received and I was expecting to have to pick up my jaw from the floor, but I...
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    L'homme sage is fantastic. It seems, to me, to possess this old school aesthetic, as well as being modern (you won't feel like you're wearing something from the 80s). As others have mentioned the...
  63. Re: So Le Labo swears that their fragrances only last 2 years (if stored correctly) before turning b

    This whole debate is amusing. It seems everyone in this thread is in broad agreement that the expiry date is ridiculous and just another marketing schtick, but with a few people wanting to sound a...
  64. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Love: frankincense followed by: vetiver, leather, wormwood, lavender, nutmeg, tea, cardamom, jasmine, saffron, cedar, juniper

    Hate: musks in general... white musk, castoreum, civet, hyrax
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    Re: What Cologne Do You Hate to Admit You Like?

    I think a few of Kurkdjian's mainstream hits are actually pretty good. Particularly Fleur du Male. Since I'm typically into heavy orientals it's hard to admit liking soft florals I suppose, but not...
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    Re: The "I don't get it" thread

    I can see where you're coming from. I remember when I first sampled this I was expecting a resolute powerhouse fragrance; a blast of projection and sillage. I'm actually very pleased it isn't...
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    Re: The Best Patchouly ever...

    I like Ulrich Lang's Nightscape
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    Re: Best Serge Lutens on a man

    My personal favorites are ...
    Iris Silver Mist: a great crisp, rooty green scent. One of my first Lutens discovery years and years ago.
    Gris Clair: an odd mix of lavender, sweetness and smoke;...
  69. Re: Help me choose my next Amouage: Lyric or Epic.

    Between those two I'd probably choose Epic although it doesn't really work on my skin for some reason so I doubt I'd ever buy either.

    However, it sounds like you're leaning towards Lyric, so go...
  70. Swap: Vintage Bel Ami, Zegna, Roja Dove, Helmut Lang, Heeley, MFK, Blackbird, Divine, Malle, etc.

    What I have:

    Decants
    Hermes Bel Ami (Vintage!) ~ 10 mls
    Divine L'Homme Sage - 15ml
    Roja Dove Reckless Pour Homme EdP up to 20 ml (and would prefer to trade for another Roja: Fetish, or M)...
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    Re: New MFK: Pluriel

    Had the opportunity to try the Masculin recently and enjoyed it. Received a sample and will have to give it some more wear, but it's very nice at first blush.

    I was surprised at the initial blast...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    For me, I only wish the late mid to drydown was as refreshing as its beginning. It resolves into a rather generic, clean white musk on me. And topping over 100 dollars, I expect more than that.
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I actually really don't get much of a G&T vibe, it's certainly clean and fresh with a touch of warm spice. It's nice but for the price you might do better looking for something else, especially if...
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    Re: NEW MFK fragrances

    Thanks for the heads up!
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    Re: I need a new scent .... Help!!!!!

    Try the Dior Vetiver. It's probably the one you're looking for: clean, crisp, and classy.
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    Re: Chanel no.5 extrait vintage from ebay

    Ebay can be a gamble for sure, and more importantly, make sure she's into old school/classic perfumes.
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    Re: What cologne would James Bond wear?

    Aventus batch A42b10k04
  78. Re: My review after visiting various NYC perfumeries Part IV (Leather Oud/Sycomore/Angel/etc)

    As far as the Sycomore questions: I've worn it several times and haven't really detected a marijuana smell but sometimes people get that vibe with vetiver in general. I haven't received any...
  79. Poll: Re: Do you make distinctions between frags you wear during the day and night?

    Yes, but only in the summer/hotter months. Generally if it's too hot outside I forgoe fragrance during the day and put something on in the evening.
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    Re: New Armani privee Encens Satin

    So is this available at Armani boutiques now?
  81. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    I'd say a lot of the classics from Guerlain, Chanel, Knize, Hermes..
  82. Re: Which niche fragrances would you give 10/10 for sillage/projection?

    Interesting thoughts and I think demographics play a huge role in fragrance choice. I'm from a suburban Midwest town and I always feel like I'm violating social mores when wearing "louder"...
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    Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    A lot of good recommendations here I'll have to check out.

    Knize Ten -- great, everyday no-fuss leather if there ever was such a scent, and I'm amazed at the history of it. Very modern and way...
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    Re: Roja Dove Aoud vs Amber Aoud?

    In a word: no. But people blow their money on tremendously foolish things every second.
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    Re: So I tried Aventus

    I recently walked out of the mall with this on one wrist, and Mitsouko on the other... I got tons of pineapple from the top to mid phase. I guess I can see the appeal (who doesn't love pineapple --...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    That's what I thought of Norne actually -- it reminded me of those Christmas / Hallmark stores here in the Midwest. Potpourri and candles. Definitely an evocative scent and it'll be an interesting...
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    Re: Feedback? ELdO's Rien v. Dior Leather Oud

    Rien must wear very differently on each individual. I owned a bottle years ago and mostly what I remember, and what I specifically remember from all of the ELdO line, was massive amounts of...
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    Re: Future iconic fagrances

    Sécrétions Magnifiques, probably many Roja Dove, Vero Profumo & Clive Christian, couple of Amouage (Jubilation XXV undoubtedly), Avignon, FM's Vetiver Extraordinaire and French Lover, LIDG...
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    Re: Fragrances you swore you'd never wear?

    I'm a lot more open minded to citrus/fresh/vetiver scents (L'Homme de Coeur, Sycomore, Nio, for example) recently after mainly wearing woody/incense/orientals for the past few years.
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    Re: Do Women Really Like Your Colognes???

    The women in my life hardly notice I'm wearing anything at all even though I wear a fragrance daily -- I generally only apply one spray. And I would say that women have preferences in styles of...
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    Re: April Aromatics......'Organic Naturals'

    I have tried precious woods also, and although it's nice, I'd never spring for a full bottle. The opening was great and the quality is certainly there, but overall for me it felt predictable and...
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    Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    I thought the same when reading the thread: wouldn't "holy grail designer scent" be an oxymoron if by definition holy grails are difficult to find and that most designer fragrances are widely...
  93. Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford - Mandarino di Amalfi & Costa Azzurra

    I tried Costa Azzura at Neiman Marcus just for the hell of it. I'm amazed at the asking price on such a banal and forgettable fragrance. It came across as a nondescript aquatic/calone fragrance. ...
  94. Thread: Gym scent

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    Re: Gym scent

    Never ever ever wear cologne to the gym and I can't stand when others do. It's far too intrusive given the environment. The worst is when you're on a treadmill and some lady next to you is wearing...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    The opening smells like a flower to me, a definite grandiflora. Imagine pulling up a fresh flower from a garden on a dewy, spring day. It reminds me of the archetype smell of putting your nose in a...
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    Our Legacy Eau de Cologne

    Has anyone tried this? It's from the Swedish clothing brand Our Legacy and apparently only available in Europe.

    "Our Legacy Eau De Cologne fragrance has a base of artificial musk with notes of...
  97. Thread: Smokey leather?

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    Re: Smokey leather?

    Knize Ten is not really a smokey leather but rather a florally/soapy leather. Try CdG 2Man or Gucci Pour Homme for smokey leather.
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    Re: Fragrance with the most beautiful smell

    Vero Kern: Mito
  99. Re: Comme Des Garcons - SERPENTINE - A New Fragrance

    I wore Serpentine yesterday and definitely has that unmistakeable CdG feel. And an apt comparison with Odeur 53 and Calamus. That's exactly how I'd describe it. (Haven't tried Bel Respiro)
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    Re: Counterfeit Jubilation XXV Amouage

    I recently bought Memoir from fragrancenet with some trepidation, and same situation: unboxed, bottle wrapped in bubble wrap. Fragrance was brand new and needed to be pumped, I had a manufacturer's...
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