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    Re: aquatic with BRUTAL PROJECTIVITY?

    Bvlgari Aqva. +on longevity, sillage and one of the few I can determine on other people when they pass by, very distinct
  2. Re: From which sites you order colognes ? Are these sites legit ?

    I've bought 6 frags so far from FragranceX (2 transactions), no complaints so far. Will order again soon. I only buy if its free intl shipping though (FSW code).

    I still find Strawberrynet...
  3. Re: SPRING/SUMMER cheapo fragrances recommendations

    +1 for Ed Hardy's Love & Luck
    +1 for L'Eau par Kenzo

    -1 on 4711, yes, it's light, cheap and a classic cologne, but it dissipates ascsoon as it hits skin, so like, wha** where'd it go, such a...
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    Re: Last fragrance that blew you away

    From last testing, Eau Du Sud by Annick Goutal. Now thinking if I should drop some coin for a full bottle
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    Re: What have you STILL not tried?

    Aventus, just so I can figure out the hype machine (too expensive for me anyway, and at close to 100 bottles, it's not as if I need another one)

    Basenotes faves like Kouros, L'anarchiste and...
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    Re: Your favorite scent from Alberto Morillas

    Wont say that thisnis his best, but I do love it (and bought it mostly because it's from him). Im a 90s kid and this is it in a bottle thats NOT AdG :)
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    Re: Quick tip for increasing longevity.

    I usually try ("try" being the operative word) to choose my fragrance the night before I wear it the next day. So it looks like I have to choose my OOTD the night before as well so I can pre-spray....
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    Re: Do you have a fragrance pal?

    No fragrance pals.

    When I do get to mention I'm into fragrance and own more than a hundred kinds, I get a lotta those slightly amused chuckles and that look (the...
  9. Re: Most feminine smelling fragrance marketed to men and vice versa?

    Gaultier Fleur du Male is the most feminine smelling scent I own that's marketed to men.

    Otherwise it doesn't matter since I have several frags "for ladies" which I regularly wear, among them :
  10. Re: Can leather based scents be worn during the summer time?

    Yes but keep it light. I can step into a mist of Lutens Cuir Mauresque for summer (up to 41C here in Manila) but to do 3 sprays on skin I'd be oppressive come noon
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    Re: Fragrance that disapointed you the most

    I'm a sucker for all the hype surrounding T Mugler A*Men Pure *insert hype-machine* here.
    Got so excited for Pure Shot - bad
    Got so excited for Pure Havane and bought a bottle - now, meh.
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    Re: Is Tom Ford a Perfumer?

    He may not be a perfumer in the strictest sense of the word, but he's way ahead of the pack amongst all of them in terms of toeing the balance between creative and commercial success.
  13. Re: Ignorance from people who don't know/use fragrances

    Doesn't bother me at all. What does bother me is that if someone shows a tiny tiny bit of interest in how I smell for the day, I suddenly geek out in telling this person about my SOTD, the way I...
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    Re: Versace oud noir

    Quite a nice surprise that a mainstream designer's Oud offering is not receiving too much flak from round here.
    Might be worth a sniff.
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    Re: Fragrance headache

    Guerlain Vetiver. Almost everytime. (I know, which is sad).

    I don't have the heart to get rid of it so I spray lower, farther, and lesser. Then pray each time that I won't have a headache.
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    Re: Gym Fragrance: Your Go-To?

    Before gym, none specifically. SOTD only.
    From observation, yes, the cologne guys at the gym are usually just the ones preening about. *scoffs*

    After gym, just the same SOTD. Though frm my...
  17. Re: Ralph Lauren Purple Label or Gucci Pour Homme 1 purchase -- which?

    This is one of those "sniff-but-don't press" type of stores, and each piece is like a one-off (no testers, so no trying it out). I don't buy to resell either, as shipping out from here isn't exactly...
  18. Ralph Lauren Purple Label or Gucci Pour Homme 1 purchase -- which?

    Was mucking around a mall yesterday after gym and found sweet stuff at a frag store (one of those independent non dept store types). Gift boxes of Ralph Lauren Purple Label and *gasp* Gucci Pour...
  19. Re: Which perfume house uses the best/worst quality bottles in comparison to their price tag?

    Exactly what I was thinking about Lalique, though Encre Noire has been mentioned once. I like bottles with heft (though a bit of a pain to carry around since Im too lazy to decant). From my wardrobe,...
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    Re: Unexpensive fragrance for this spring/summer

    Without going too off-tangent from what you're using :
    Versace Pour Homme Eau Fraiche
    Hugo Hugo Boss

    Personal recommendations:
    Paris Hilton for Men (blue swirl bottle) -> fruity sweet fresh and...
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    Re: Best of the 90's?

    In terms of influence --> Acqua di Gio, CK One & Cool Water.
    Up to now still the top sellers in my country, the holy triumvirate. (Joop, Rochas Man, whatever Paco or Creed release be damned --...
  22. Re: Ferrari adds unisex trio to Essence Collection : Pure Lavender, Bright Neroli and Noble Fig

    I just hope that these turn out to be more "Essence" rather than their not-so-impressive other frags released earlier. This more premium line has a few good ones (I have the Oud), I just hope the...
  23. Re: Bottle Bling: Paris Hilton Announces Her Limited Anniversary Edition Perfume

    I don't expect a lot from her when it comes to frag development; I'm sure it takes a lot of training, study, and one really has to have a "nose" for it. So yeah, she may be more of a marketer and a...
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    Re: Anyone a fan of dolce and gabbana for men?

    I love the vintage juice, but I try to space my usage, I dont want to run out of it and switch to the new one.
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    woooh it's getting some Basenotes love, looks like TM hit the nail on this one. I doubt it'll hit our shores over here but I hope I get to see it in one of my overseas trips this year. MUST.GET.
  26. Mugler's latest A*Men flanker fragrance is Ultra Zest

    That bottle might get a lot of snarky comments but I got the tingles when I got to the end. Excited much!
  27. Re: What was your First Fragrance that triggered collecting?

    My mom would bring me a fragrance from the first time she could afford leisure travel -- first was Lacoste Eau De Sport from Hong Kong duty free, then Paco Paco Rabanne (the unisex one in the...
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    Re: What will be your first purchase of 2015?

    None, at least in the 1st quarter of '15, unless I have a sudden business trip again overseas and trip on a good deal. I have a dozen unopened bottles still; including Nemo from Cacharel and eau...
  29. Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme INTENSO is finally out

    Pour Homme is in my top 5, and I'm excited for this.
    However, I am wary about the creamy part, or the parts in the thread where it leans towards the 1 million kind, which I'm not into (and the world...
  30. Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme INTENSO is finally out

    Pour Homme is in my top 5, and I'm excited for this.
    However, I am wary about the creamy part, or the parts in the thread where it leans towards the 1 million kind, which I'm not into (and the world...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera: Best of?

    Herrera for Men was a fragrance I loved so much in the past, but recent sampling (my old bottle fell on the gym floor) hit me with a sour note that I couldnt get over, so I didnt repurchase. Was it...
  32. Re: Which cheap and reliable introduction to leather and tobacco scents?

    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme
  33. Re: What is the best smelling fragrance from Ralph Lauren's "Polo" line?

    Yup, most of BN will stick to the original Polos rather predictable really.

    From the newer ones, Polo Blue. Safe and most people will like.
    I own the Red White & Blue flanker and it's one of...
  34. Re: Going to a big board meeting, what should I wear?

    +1 on Rance Le Vainquer & Gendarme. Throwing in Banana Republic Classic into mix too.

    Let your work do the talking.
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    Re: A*Men Pure Wood, worthy or not?

    Tried it a few days ago in Dubai, felt the same way. I was like, "where's the wood?"
    Creamy sweet. Not my cup of tea. I'd take Pure Coffee (which I own) over this any day.
    Come to think of it, I...
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    Re: Today I bought: October 2014

    Just got back from a business trip. Dubai was indeed the perfume paradise it was cracked up to be.

    Got 5 bottles :

    1. L'Eau de Cartier
    2. Bentley Intense
    3. Halston Unbound
    4. Mizyaan by...
  37. Thread: Dubai

    by funhuntr

    Re: Dubai

    thanks for these lists guys, I'll be in Dubai next week for a few days. I doubt that I'll be buying a lot of stuff but I have a few hours to myself when I arrive (it's a work trip) so I'll be in test...
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    Re: What are some great value scents?

    + 1. Twice. Great value, great scent.
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    Re: Which David Beckham Frags are worth getting?

    Im not the TS but I do want to thank those who've actually discussed the frags and gave great suggestions to try.
    I've been logging on less and less due to the snooty vibe, as if everyone here is...
  40. Re: When you go out of town, what fragrance(s) go with you?

    I go out on business trips once a month and my considerations are size of the bottle I have (too lazy to decant) and versatility.

    3 I usually bring along :

    Terre d Hermes EDT - from Miniature...
  41. Re: Comme Des Garcons - SERPENTINE - A New Fragrance

    A bitter green to me, and I dont get any of the grit of the city nor airy qualities at all. Between this abd Odeur 53 I prefer the latter.
  42. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    Two of the most ridiculous : a real honest to goodness By Man by D& G and Nemo Cacharel (both 50ml, bought on 2 separate occasions) for less than 30usd each from a frag store here who for the life of...
  43. Re: Article: The Top Ten: Discontinued Men's Fragrances

    Great validation of my fragrance hunts! I already have 3 of these in my active rotation (By Man, Montana Red Box & Ungaro II) and I know where to score Balenciaga Pour Homme, Gucci Pour Homme (at...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler A*MEN Pure Wood

    The last time I got excited about the Pure series was before Pure Shot came out, and that turned out to be a dud. Hoping that thia would be much better.

    And regarding the teaser ad that looked...
  45. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    +1. It's a shame that a board full of fragrance enthusiasts can dismiss it just like that. Not a good example for fragrance newbies, when celebrity fragrances would be the easiest way for them to...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler A*Men Urban

    What's more surprising to me is with the number of die-hard Mugler, A*Men, & Pure collector fanatics on BN, no one has actually bought Urban & provided info if this is just original A*Men in...
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    Re: Expected Perfume Trends for 2014-2015

    I don't think China will hve an impact on styles & formulation anytime soon, not in the next couple of years IMO. Majority did not live with fragrance in their culture, it's a fairly new concept and...
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    Re: Lush's Big and Ladyboy

    Go-to standouts of course are Dirty and Breath of God. Lush's Gorilla fragrance line is such a creative and accessible alternative to run-of-the-mill designer frags.
  49. Not from the US so I don't access to your Ross'...

    Not from the US so I don't access to your Ross' and your Marshalls', so whatever Paris Hilton for Men giftset or bottle I will find here will still be full price. Since they're officially...
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    Re: Collines de Provence

    Was looking for further information on this line, sadly not so much on basenotes. There's an online store, I believe its based in Manila, that carries at very affordable prices (local its only around...
  51. Re: narciso rodriguez for him vs narciso rodriguez for him musc which has the best sillage

    Im testing the EDP now (deciding if its FBW - great too since its on sale approx 35usd for a 50ml) but Im finding it a tad strong and thick, and I only sprayed once at the back of my hand. Love the...
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    Re: Narciso Rodriguez MUSC - Anyone?

    Im testing the EDP now (deciding if its FBW - great too since its on sale approx 35usd for a 50ml) but Im finding it a tad strong and thick, and I only sprayed once at the back of my hand. Love the...
  53. Re: Guerlain Homme L Eau - Bleu De Chanel done right.

    I dont find the connection between the two enough to say, Guerlain's L Eau is sprightly bright and zesty while BdC is ... A "meh" frag priced at a premium.
  54. Re: Looking for something that smells like after a thunderstorm

    Saw the thread title from the forums page and I thought of this immediately. +1.
    Broody as a brief respite between thunderstorms
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    Re: How do you choose which fragrance to wear?

    2011 - random
    2012 - I used Basenotes' fragrance Wardrobe function and used my frags alphabetically (for rotation's sake).
    2013 - back to being random but Im extending the use of a frag for 3...
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    Re: Bvlgari Aqva: Another aqua scrubber

    If I didnt have too many fragrances to rotate, Bvlgari Aqva would be one of my workhorses. Great longevity and I just dig that salty-seaweed-dirty-beach vibe which doesnt alienate those who get a...
  57. Re: Why all the hate for Unforgivable by Sean John?

    Now all this talk is making me itch to look for Multi Platinum. Got to try Unforgivable before but didnt bite the bullet, a better variant AND it (UMP) being discontinued seems right up my alley.
  58. Re: Which Frag gives you the that extra confidence?

    BY Man Dolce & Gabbana
    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme
    Terre D Hermes
    Black Jeans by Versace

    Some of my frags still give me a hint of self-consciousness when I wear them, but with these 4 I feel...
  59. Hes on the cover of Details magazine.Lots of...

    Hes on the cover of Details magazine.Lots of press around him recently
  60. Re: Does anyone smell strawberry in Calvin Klein Euphoria Intense?

    Cant pick out strawberry specifically, but definitely sweet-candy-fruit. Not as obnoxious as Paco Black XS.
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    Re: lacoste blue/white/green

    White is a bestseller here, and its not that bad (one of my friends was wearing it the other day). I'd wear it if someone gave it to me (same with Essential Sport) or if it was on a deep deeeep...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Les Parfums de Cuir (2012)

    Tested this today after much anticipation, and ...

    Pffft. I'm 2 hours into it and all I get is chocolate. Or coffee. And somekinda syrupy melange. Where's the leather? And the bottle looks horrid...
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    Re: 'Safest Loud' office fragrance...

    When I saw the thread title Rive Gauche was the first one that popped into my head
  64. Thread: Best Lacoste?

    by funhuntr

    Re: Best Lacoste?

    I started my frag journey many years back with Lacoste frags -- the first frag I finished was a tall green bottle of Lacoste Eau de Sport Vivifiante (launched in '94 I think, most here have prolly...
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    Re: What do you think of Fleur du Male??

    I'm a fan. I have a really handy - sized one, so I always bring it with me when I travel overseas (mainstays are usually JPG Fleur de Male & Terre de Hermes). The only obviously flowery and powdery...
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    Re: What will be your Christmas SOTD this year?

    So torn about this as I've been stocking up, with several bottles left unopened : Rochas Man, Marc Jacobs Bang, Ungaro III (vintage find-yey!), and 2 Lutens : Five O Clock Gingembre and Cuir...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    OMG I just died.
    To think I keep my sole bottle of this so close to my chest and only spray a smidge everytime I use it.
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    Re: What "womens" frags work great for men

    Just because I wore it the other day and everyone else is mentioning either niche or vintage : try Versus Versace (2010 - purple box). Sweet but not cloying, projects ok and lasts a really long time.
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    Re: Kingdom by Alexander McQueen

    I've never associated Kingdom with armpit (more on "other things" as above haha). Hauntingly excellent cumin - rhubarb mix though I've always smelt a dark brooding rose more than anything. Whenever i...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bvlgari Aqva.

    I prefer its character, while IMO Bleu is borderline "i've-smelled-this-before-generic".
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    Re: What scent got you into Fragrances?

    Same here, from my father also, with the addition of Gucci Pour Homme <original 1976> which I remember he got as a classy gift set (as a kid, the black box with gucci's signature green and red...
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    Re: summer scent like Rive Gauche PH

    +1 on Versace Black Jeans though one should still be easy on the trigger
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    Re: New Fragrance: Davidoff Champion

    Great scent for non-basenoters (ie overly critical). Giving a gift set to my brother for Christmas. Aside from the bottle (tacky city), smells pretty good. Lasts quite a while too.
  74. Re: Was I foolish to choose Rochas Man vs Ungaro II based on my Wardrobe?! Argh!

    T'was still there, so snapped it up. Getting hard-to-finds are always such a trip. Got it on the cheap too haha! Still had a sticker on the bottom for it selling for $45 -- to think I got it...
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    Re: Lush Dirty question.

    Road tested the body spray today for a possible purchase (testing for the nth time haha -- its cheaper than most frags but hey i have commitment issues), it's starting to taper off on me after 4...
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    Re: A better Azzaro Pour Homme.

    +another 1 for Rive Gauche.

    Precisely the reason why I haven't bought Azzaro Pour Homme yet ... there may be a distinction between the two, but vibe and purpose seem to be so similar I'd rather...
  77. That was actually my first thought, that this...

    That was actually my first thought, that this deal would outlive Karl!
  78. Re: Which Mainstream Releases Over The Last Four Years Are Worth Buying ?

    I'm giving a +1 for this for the fact that it's not discussed on the boards so much, and it's so persistent inspite of being a green fresh scent my fave SA said it's great for clubbing 'coz it seems...
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    Re: Zino by Davidoff

    Out of my wardrobe the only one that I associate with a rose note is the dirty-rose-cumin blend of Alexander McQueen Kingdom (which I'm completely enamored with). Anyone of you own both? What the...
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    Re: Major Blind Haul!

    I have both Adolfo Domiguez Agua Fresca and Vetiver Hombre, great under the radar frags. Well-regarded by those who've tried it and not so out there (feels like "you're-in-the-know" partially why I...
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    Re: Zara gold vs creed aventus

    Since Im not big on buying online (gbye decants and samples) and full bottle Aventus is just way out of budget (hello, its almost a month's mortgage payment on my new place ... And that money can buy...
  82. Re: Difference between L'EAU BLEUE D'ISSEY POUR HOMME and L'EAU D'ISSEY?

    Bleue is rather love-hate, I don't think it gets bad, it ha a rather herby vegetal quality that gets shrill after some time.
  83. Re: Difference between L'EAU BLEUE D'ISSEY POUR HOMME and L'EAU D'ISSEY?

    I actually agree with the last response more than the others -- Bleue D'Issey to me IS more aromatic but also sharper and more bracing. Great way to jolt up a morning.
  84. The notes seem to point to a more 'current'...

    The notes seem to point to a more 'current' persuasion -- minty fruity sweet, though the geranium adds a rather dark touch. Highly doubt this will appeal to BN sensibilities (as do all new designer...
  85. Re: Recommend fragrances for the person above you based on their wardrobe

    @fit -- there's no link to your wardrobe at the time of this posting so you miss your turn

    @Dai Capp -- I dont see SLs yet so recommending some from that house -- Cuir Mauresque, Five O Clock,...
  86. Re: Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger is seriously underrated

    Doesnt need to cost more than a hundred bucks or be under limited distribution either. Isnt frag snobbery just bigotry bottled? Anyway thanks for bringing this up, I think its kinda brave to bring up...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Donna Karan Mandarin Neroli

    Oooh me too! Hope it finds its way in this neck of the woods!
  88. Re: Polo Explorer.Any love for his nice tobacco opening notes?

    Rather quiet on Explorer here, fans or haters alike. The tobacco in tour title piqued my interest, hope I see a tester bottle around for a sniff. Thanks for bringing it up.
  89. Re: If you could pick one scent for from DIPTYQUE - Which one would it be?

    Philosykos. Ok, toss up between that and the more saleable here (accdg to the SA) - L'eau de Neroli, coz its such an easy wear.
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    Re: Diptyque Philosykos vs. Marc Jacobs for Men.

    Prefer Philosykos. MJ was a big fig slap that I couldnt appreciate, whereas Philosykos is fig to me and freshly-turned earth (some reviews say cut grass -- I get the earth beneath it). Oh and somehow...
  91. Re: "Hi Haters" - Your guilty pleasure scent that you have no shame in sharing!!

    Paris Hilton for Men.

    Laugh your hearts out.
  92. Re: Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme and pour Femme re-launch

    I have the sticker version first issue and my number 1 in my whole wardrobe of 60+ frags. Saving it like freakin gold. Will start the hunt for anOther sticker bottle here in Manila, it'l give me a...
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    Re: Futuristic SCENTS.

    Ditto on the CDGs of course but also +1 on Dirty by Lush. Just me, but its shrill sharpness and how long it holds is so uhmmm laser-like.
  94. Re: Was I foolish to choose Rochas Man vs Ungaro II based on my Wardrobe?! Argh!

    Hit it right on the head, I guess I DID have my consumer hat on (Rochas Man! I don't see this ANYWHERE here! And I can afford it! LOL).
    Crossing my fingers it'll still be there in September (one...
  95. Re: VERSACE JEANS LINE . ( Black Jeans , Green Jeans ) Questions ..HELP

    Black is worth getting if you like the barbershop vibe of YSL Rive Gauche.
    Also, to me it FEELS Black.
    Lost one bottle and I just had to have one again; got lucky at an independent (non-department...
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    Re: Polo Red White & Blue from Ralph Lauren

    how come it still isn't on the Directory?

    (actually asking it to be put for selfish reasons, I use the Personal Wardrobe function to track my rotation and its non-inclusion messes it up hehe)
  97. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    From GanjaStrong's wardrobe :

    Just because I don't have 'em and I'm sure I'll love 'em --

    (1) TM Pure Havane
    (2) TM Pure Malt
    (both not available here and not too keen on online purchasing...
  98. Re: what is a fragrance you will never touch again in your lifetime? Kryptonite fragrance to you

    Two that have given me really really bad headaches :

    Paco Rabanne Black XS
    (I never learn, I was stupid enough to test)
    Paco Rabanne Black XS L'Exces
  99. Re: Was I foolish to choose Rochas Man vs Ungaro II based on my Wardrobe?! Argh!

    Actually I'm not a big fan of gourmands OR animalic / civet frags in general; I'm more for variety than anything (that's why I was asking based on my current wardrobe). Might be considered shallow by...
  100. Re: Scents in your wardrobe but not available in your country

    Have ceased distribution in the Philippines :
    Adolfo Dominguez (I have Agua Fresca and Alegria)
    Comptoir Sud Pacifique (I have Bois Filao)
    Serge Lutens (clearing out stock now. I have Gris Clair)...
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