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    The OPIUM Encyclopedia 1977-2009.

    Hi all you nice people,
    her are Laura and Roberta using the old RoftLS account.
    Here's to you our new heavy duty: The Opium Encyclopedia.
    (almost) all you need to know about bottles, boxes, labels...
  2. Dior J'adore, EdP reformulated (again).....

    (From Laura Alessi, unable to post here on BN)

    J'adore EdP by Dior, year 2016, reformulated again?

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2016/12/jadore-by-dior-edp-reformulation-2016.html
  3. SAMSARA by Guerlain, the guide (1989-2015)

    (from Laura Alessi, unable to post here on Basenotes)

    SAMSARA, the Guide,
    Bottles, boxes, labels, from 1989 to 2015

    An almost complete guide to a Guerlain masterpiece.
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  4. Vintage Guide: Perfumes CARON (1965-2015)

    Hi all,
    here's another Guide
    How to identify most of CARON perfumes from 1965 to 2015.
    Enjoy!
    RotLS Team
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  5. "La Nuit de L'Homme EdT" by YSL: Fragrance Ingredients List (F.I.L.) explained, Tests, Analysis.

    La Nuit de L'Homme Edt by Yves Saint Laurent underwent at least three different formulations since 2009.
    A guest post by chemist A. Converano.
    Tests, Analysis, and "Fragrance Ingredients List" in...
  6. An empirical approach do date old Guerlain perfumes since 1930.

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    An empirical approach to date very old Guerlain perfumes since 1930, using old stickers.

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2016/11/guerlain-stickers.html
  7. Re: Your favorite 'Hidden Gem' (just 1) from your wardrobe!

    You told "Hidden Gems"?
    Well, select 1 out of these 3 :rolleyesold:



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  8. Re: Chanel Antaeus - Is it my imagination, or has it been diluted out of existence?

    Tried just a few days ago, during a cold, raining day in France, and it smelled very nice.
    Tried -same tester, in the same Sephora shop- two days ago, during a sunny, warm day, and it seemed awful....
  9. Dior Homme, Dior Homme Intense, and other stories....(guest post)

    ".... actually there is a very quick way to understand if a reformulation happened: simply go and check the number on the corner of the box. This number is the Formula, when you read a different...
  10. Then & Now: Bandit, de Robert Piguet (comparison 1970s-2015)

    Just curious to see how a masterpiece can change through decades: that's "Bandit de Robert Piguet", from 1970s to 2015.
    Similarities and differences on 4 different samples..
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  11. TEST: "Bleu de Chanel", yesterday and today (2010-2015)

    Hi all,
    I am not a big fan of Bleu de Chanel, however, since I received so many requests, and having a few batches available,
    I performed a quick, unpretentious test between "old" and "new"...
  12. Re: "AZZARO pour Homme" : yesterday and today (1978-2015).

    UPDATE
    Marvelous pictures provided by Monsieur Montana, featuring his precious splash and spray (1st serie) bottles.
    Boxes, bottles and brochures on the "Miscellaneous" section.

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  13. Re: How to recognize SERGE LUTENS perfumes: a guide.

    Hi all,
    no secrets at all in this Serge Lutens article: simply, a couple of SL enthusiasts since long time (mentioned in the article) collected many bottles along times, providing all infos and...
  14. "AZZARO pour Homme" : yesterday and today (1978-2015).

    AZZARO pour HOMME: 1978-2015.

    Bottles, Boxes, Flankers, side-by-side tests, advertising, opinions..... from 1978 to 2015.
    ...
  15. How to recognize SERGE LUTENS perfumes: a guide.

    The "Serge Lutens Perfumes" Guide
    How to recognize Serge Lutens fragrances, bottles, boxes, and batch codes.
    Please note: work still in progress!
    I'd want to thank all people and "Raiders" friends...
  16. Re: HABANITA de MOLINARD: Yesterday and today. Side-by-side comparison.

    I'll be very please to change the statement! if you can provide a picture of back side of the box (I mean the "tall" bottle).it will be easier.
    Anyway, according to Grace Hummel: ".... 2005,...
  17. HABANITA de MOLINARD: Yesterday and today. Side-by-side comparison.

    HABANITA de MOLINARD: The Legendary One.

    How to recognize bottles, years of production, side-by-side comparison, differences, reformulations, and advertisements..
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  18. YVES SAINT LAURENT side-by-side review: yesterday and today.

    Another big effort: all 4 male scents by Yves Saint Laurent's "La Collection" reviewed side-by-side with the vintage ones.
    MODERN vs. VINTAGES : let the clash begins !!

    RIVE GAUCHE
    JAZZ
    YSL...
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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    UPDATE: I signalled the "mysterious bottle" (batch 20.011) as a possible fake.
    Then I added the MonsieurMontana's year 1991 bottle, batch F1848G.
    Please note a "year 1995" bottle in the guide sport...
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    Re: Vintage Givenchy Gentleman

    Hi, in this case batch F11xxx means definitely "year 1991". True vintage and nice catch! Congratulations!
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    Re: Fracas VS. Fracas: side-by-side test

    Actually not; for some reasons, Fracas for Man is almost impossible to find in Europe...
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    Re: "KNIZE TEN" extravaganza.

    If anyone can provide a few pics of these "new" bottle/s, I' ll post it.
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    Fracas VS. Fracas: side-by-side test

    "FRACAS by ROBERT PIGUET": one of the most legendary scents ever made.

    ...and I was lucky enough to find a bottle of the "infamous" 1980s version, and made a side-by-side test with the "certified...
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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    Added as "Exhibition" art the end of the page: http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/kouros-scent-of-gods-12.html
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2015.

    Mine was batch "85xx", it means "2015, January".
    (so 86xx = february 2015
    87xx = march 2015
    88xx = april 2015
    89xx = may 2015
    90xx = June 2015 ,
    etc )
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    Chanel Egoiste 2015.

    I sampled a Chanel "Egoiste" bottle (NOT "Egoiste Platinum" !) , produced in early 2015.
    ...and I was stunned about how good it smelled.
    Very rich topnotes, very persistent basenotes, and above...
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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    Really nice pics, surely I will add to Encyclopaedia as soon as possible. Thank you.
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    Re: Kouros 2015

    Oh, finally a REAL comparative picture.

    On left, the "old" L'Oreal 2011-2014 box
    on right, three "new" (year 2015) Kouros boxes.

    Just posted on the "Kouros Encyclopaedia"

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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    Just added the new Kouros Silver (year 2015)
    Honestly, I can't say this is a Kouros "flanker".
    It could be a pleasant scent, but it's completely unrelated to "classic" Kouros. Top notes very...
  30. "Capucci pour Homme", according to Tony Grottola.

    ...do you remember our old friend Grottola? He's illustrating one of his favourite scent.
    plus a few pictures describing bottles..
    In my opinion, it's the missing link between Chanel "pour...
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    DIORLING, by Christian Dior

    It's a real pleasure to have such a guest! Makeup and perfumes expert Caro Fernandez from "Tč de Violetas"
    illustrates a great classic from the past:
    "Diorling" , by Christian Dior.
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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    The Volkswagen "KOUROS" (Paris-Dakar, year 1987, pilot: H.Auriol)

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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    I missed it... the KOUROS Racing Team (year 1986, Henry Pescarolo on left, and John Nielsen on right)

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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    Added the "Fahrenheit Limited Edition" bottle (year 1993) , kindly provided by Monsieur Montana.

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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    Just received (and posted) a few pics from Mihails, about his bottle, dated "year 1988".
    Andre
    ...
  36. Re: Dissecting an (extraordinary) rare gem: "ETTORE BUGATTI" first version (The Original, 1992)

    from an interview to Roberto Garavaglia

    "AM: A personal curiosity. I am big fan of "Bugatti" (or "Ettore Bugatti"), a scent named by fans -with some reasons- "Shalimar pour homme", produced by...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    It will be a torrid night tonight ...:grin:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xE1FY0_dOFc/UjrmhgTE0uI/AAAAAAAACYo/iGeKzu-JErU/s1600/kourosday1.jpg
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    Re: "KNIZE TEN" extravaganza.

    LOL !!! I missed it ! :2vrolijk_08:
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    "KNIZE TEN" extravaganza.

    My dear friend Alfarom (AKA Francesco Alfa Romero) wrote a really passionate review for KNIZE TEN, then I added "only a few, very few" pictures, only for "perfumistas". A great reviewer for a great...
  40. Re: A trip at the Vintage Perfume Temple (pics)

    Actually not, for a reason: Creed exported perfumes in Italy only since 1970.
    If you want to see older Creed scents, you should go to Paris or London.
  41. Re: A trip at the Vintage Perfume Temple (pics)

    This is a very complex question. Apparently new perfumes -being completely synthetic- should "survive" better, during decades, but are less "rich" and pleasant than older ones.
    On the contrary, old...
  42. Re: A trip at the Vintage Perfume Temple (pics)

    Well, the 0.9 liters ARAMIS was a real bottle for sale, and not a factice.
    It contained authentic cologne.
  43. A trip at the Vintage Perfume Temple (pics)

    Imagine to walk in a perfume store....entering in a time capsule: a trip at the Vintage Perfume Treasure (lot of pictures)
    ...
  44. Re: CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    I absolutely would give Coriolan a try for several reasons: it's one of the the last ""old school type" scents, it's quite rare to find nowadays, it was produced only for 4 years before a mysterious...
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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    April 21, a few pictures added .
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2015/03/kouros-scent-of-gods-22.html
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    Re: Vintage Cool Water?

    this is the VERY first bottle, since you can clearly read on the label "UTIF 54 Milan",
    it's the italian sticker, and "UTIF" regulations ceased in 1990.
    So most likely it dates back to end of...
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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    Thank you for compliments :dankk2:
    Actually I wrote this article only as "reference guide". Still missing a few pictures: if anyone can provide pictures from years 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2002,2003,...
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    FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    Hi all of you loyal BNoters,
    since soooo many of you asked for a "Fahrenheit comprehensive guide" , here 's to you a detailed year-by-year, bottle-by-bottle "Exposition"
    What about the "Red/Burning...
  49. A little help from my Fahrenheit friends

    Hi guys,
    I'd like to know a few batch-codes about this not-so-common box/bottle, apparently produced only during years 2005 and 2006.
    Note the line "Eau de Toilette" as large as "Fahrenheit" on...
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    Re: Vintage Gianfranco Ferre For Man

    Possibly one of the rarest bottles, since you can read "Diana de Silva - Cormano" instead of "Diana de Silva - RHO Milan".
    "Cormano" facility was dismantled in 1988, so your bottle was produced...
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    Re: Help Me Decide (M7 And M7 Fresh

    Absolutely both bottles.
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    Re: Kouros and ive just made a 'Blind Buy'

    Congratulations!
    It's so rare, and it could be a collector's item.
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    Re: Versace Dreamer. Fake or vintage?

    and this is the bottom of the box

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rfLySewVh8Y/Uft1bttwTiI/AAAAAAAAA2g/Whd--HOTJi4/s600/DSCF5403.jpg
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    Re: Versace Dreamer. Fake or vintage?

    It's legit. it's a modern bottle.

    anyway here is the vintage sticker produced by Gi.VER ( i.e GIanni VERsace) until year 2004. EUROITALIA since 2005.
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  55. Re: Strange limited Guerlain Habit Rouge - Does anybody know more about this?

    Probably it's one of the very few bottles sporting the 5-digits batch code during year 2002 (instead of 4 digits) .
  56. CHANEL BatchCodes: solving the major issue......

    CHANEL BATCH CODES: solving the major issue
    As many know, there are two different Chanel batch codes in contrast each other....
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    Re: The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    a few minor issues fixed, and a few pics added.
  58. Re: Jean LaPorte L'Artisan Parfumeur Cascarille

    Very interesting, since the address of "Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier" was .....Rue de Grenelle 84/bis Paris !!
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    The KOUROS Encyclopaedia 2.0

    Hi guys,
    due to overwhelming amount of new material and pictures, I had to split the "KOUROS Encyclopaedia" in two parts
    Hope you can appreciate it.

    part ONE
    - Introduction.
    - YSL and Kouros:...
  60. Re: Chanel Antaeus - Primary source reference for gay cult rep?

    Personally can't imagine Antaeus as a sort of "gay" scent.
    BTW in those years there were a lot of similar, animalic scents. To name a few, Kouros by YSL, Portos by Balenciaga, Pour Homme by Van...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Vintage without barcode

    Yes, it dates back to 1988-1990.
    Congratulations, it was a superb find.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    you should try Capucci Punjab, too ;)
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    Re: KOUROS ...by Tom Ford.

    advertising for the "twin bottles"

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1210/1397/400/Sans%20titre-1%20copie3.jpg
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    KOUROS ...by Tom Ford.

    Ok, finally I found it.
    Possibly the rarest Kouros bottle? A collector's item indeed.
    Apparently produced only during Summer 2002. Is not a Kouros flanker such as Cologne Sport, Eau d'Ete, etc, ...
  65. How to recognize ROCHAS perfumes: a short guide.

    How to recognize ROCHAS perfumes: Femme, Madame Rochas, Monsieur Rochas, Macassar, Byzance....
    a short guide to ROCHAS batchcodes. Enjoy!

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  66. Re: Dior Homme , Homme Intense, Homme Parfum: 20-bottles review (pictures)

    Thank you for you detailed comments, guys.
    Obviously, the main goal of these works is getting an impartial point of view.
    Surely it is more subjective than objective, but at least it's an attempt...
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    Re: Reformulated Givenchy Gentlemen

    I tested a "recent" bottle dating back to 2008.
    It's the bottle with rectangular silver label (not the classic "belt" label around the bottle).
    Juice is transparent, not colored.
    I must confess...
  68. Re: What were niche prices like in the 1970s/1980s?

    the incredible thing is until years 2000-2005 you paid pennies for old, "antiquate" perfumes.
    I perfectly remember old "Equipage" by Hermes sold at 15 euros in the "bargain bin".....
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    Re: Fake or real dior homme intense?

    Hi, here is a very simple, empirical way to verify DHI: simply spray it on clothes.
    If it's real, you will smell it at least for 2-3 days..... :2vrolijk_08:
  70. Dior Homme , Homme Intense, Homme Parfum: 20-bottles review (pictures)

    Okay, here it is : confrontation of "Year 2014" batches of Dior Homme, Homme intense, Homme Parfum
    A 20-different-bottles monster review.
    Enjoy!
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  71. Re: LIDG & LIDGE by Guerlain. Year 2014 Review: Something has changed (pictures)

    Only a minor changes and corrections (on Dec 30th 2014).
  72. LIDG & LIDGE by Guerlain. Year 2014 Review: Something has changed (pictures)

    Comparation between different bottles , including the famous/infamous new "transparent rim" LIDGE bottle
    Enjoy!

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/12/lidg-lidge-year-2014-review.html
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  73. Re: TERRE d'HERMES: 9 batches comparison REVIEW

    Thank you all people, for your comments.
    Yes, I think each " nose " is different, and an important thing is trying to add evidence to ideas.
    Saying "this and that" is important, but it's not...
  74. TERRE d'HERMES: 9 batches comparison REVIEW

    Ok guys, after sooooo many many many requests.....

    TERRE d'HERMES: Reformulated or not?
    TERRE d'HERMES EdT: 9 batches comparison
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    Another monster review considering 9 different batches....and...
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    Chanel pour Monsieur Concentrče

    I tried it after a long time, and yes, it's very good (I'm referring to the 75ml. bottle in shops now).
    Sweet, powdery, not very harsh or "synthetical", and pretty similar (although not identical)...
  76. Re: What's your most "spiritual" or aromatherapyesque scent?

    Maybe the old "Eau de Vetyver" de Givenchy,
    the one produced only in small quantities for Hubert de Givenchy's "personal use".
    Never smelt something so "ipnotic".
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    Re: Unleash the Fury of Furyo

    Hi all,
    resurrecting this thread to show one of the first bottles produced, with the sticker on the back side.

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  78. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Okay,
    here's to you a comparation between vintage after-shave and vintage EdT. Of course it's only my personal, humble opinion.
    (same article)
    ...
  79. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Yesm that's a good idea. i'm working on this.
    Wait for results in a couple of days.
  80. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    ADDENDUM.
    Just added a few final words and pictures about "Olympios", the famous/infamous "Fahrenheit clone" launched in 1994 by Missoni.Perfumes.
    You can check on Basenotes a few reviews about...
  81. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Hi Bigsly,
    I have no experience with 3-digits Dior codes, but try this:
    if the label on the bottom of the bottle sports the address "30 avenue Hoche", then : years 1988-1991
    if: "33 avenue...
  82. FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    "FAHRENHEIT" by Christian Dior : A 10-batches review.

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/08/fahrenheit-10-batches-review.html

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    Re: amazing longevity

    Try to spray Dior Homme Intense on your shirt (not on skin): it will last at least 2 weeks! :D
  84. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Frozen-- how different is it from the original?

    Personally I like it. Try to Imagine the classic Guerlain vetiver with a lot of spearmint in the top notes.:"Frozen" sensation.
    Obviously, only for summer times.
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    The most "animalic" scent ever produced .....

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  86. Re: LIDGE new bottle design or manufacturing defect?

    Ok guys,
    the last botte I tried was a 4N01 batch (January 2014) and it's pretty similar to previous ones. Anyway here we are speaking about recent batches, huh? (February, March, April....)
    Keep in...
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    Re: YVES SAINT LAURENT Batch Codes

    anyway this is the complete page:
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/09/how-to-recognize-yves-saint-laurent.html
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    Re: DHI 2014 x DHI Original formula

    In my opinon all 2014 batches are really good....until now.
    I did -helped by a few friends- a blind test a few days ago, and it's ok.
  89. Re: Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui VS Vaan Cleef & Arpels pour homme.

    Different each other, and both really good, strong "male" fragrances.
    I recommend vintage scents because "modern" versions are quite different, watered down and less intense than previous ones.
  90. UPDATE: "DIOR HOMME INTENSE" YEAR 2014 batches (blind test).

    Hi all,
    sorry for being absent in these times: actually I have to work and study a lot in the same time, and I have literally no spare time for myself and even less for perfumed things........
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    Re: Monsieur Rochas eau de cologne

    it's good but maybe a bit too soft, especially when compared to Monsieur Rochas edt Concentrče ( a real powerhouse)
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    Re: Most powdery fragrances

    Tiffany for Men
  93. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree (1989) Vintage

    Great score!
    According Chanel code, "batch 6707" should be = "July 1988".
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/how-to-recognize-chanel-perfumes.html
  94. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    UPDATE

    pictures from Jason Newton (Fraicheur) and Cytherian (Paris-NewYork Kouros Trio) added.
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/kouros-scent-of-gods.html

    Keeping track of...
  95. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Hi Bulakenyo,
    your bottle is most likely dated 1994.
    Bottom of almost all Kouros bottles reported "Parfums Corp" label until 1998-1999 so it's perfectly normal.
    Enjoy this magnificent vintage!
  96. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Hi Jason, If you can take a couple of pictures of "Fraicheur" alone, I can add it to the post. Another score!
  97. Don't know if officially discontinued, but I can...

    Don't know if officially discontinued, but I can confirm JULES is still on sale, at Dior's boutiques in France. (please note it's -unfortunately- a reformulated version).
    Price: 75 euros ( about...
  98. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    UPDATED in the "Parfums Corp" (second period) section :
    the first flanker was EAU DE SPORT (1986). since I miss a decent box, photos were kindly provided by our great Ericrico.

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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - vintage

    Really magnificent and rare bottle: congratulations!
    an interesting fact is the "spray" it's not the natural spray but a "gas-propelled" one.
    Since the batch number it's most likely year 1989, an...
  100. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Oh, yeah!

    http://www.collector-online.ch/images/product_images/original_images/hpi8053-1.jpg
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