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  1. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    Suprisingly tough for me, and is it bad that I felt guilty about leaving some out?! My favourites are a mix of "occasional" stuff that doesn't get worn a lot but sometimes is the only thing I could...
  2. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    I would suggest trying M7 Oud Absolu even if you're not sure it will have the elements from the original that you like - to a lot of people on here it's extremely similar and I find it more ambery...
  3. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    This is a mantra for life, really :thumbsup:
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    Re: Factice's

    Imagine having a lifetime supply of Shalimar parfum, what a result!

    As a rule though, I would rather have (another) big houseplant than a factice in the house!
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    Re: Online auctions question

    It could be down to a non-payer as mentioned above, or the seller might have more than one item to sell but doesn't want to list in bulk for whatever reason.
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    Re: Best Franck Boclet

    I own Tobacco and Vanille and they're good, especially Vanille, but I never seem to want to wear them.
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    Yeah, was from the Bullring! I also recently picked up both Encre Noire flankers from there and have seem Hommage and the Voyageur flanker there (but I own those already).
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    I got my 2014 bottle of Or Black from TK Maxx a few months ago for fifteen quid :lolk:
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    Cartier Declaration Parfum if you haven't tried it already
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    No shame involved but for me:

    Versace Blue Jeans - aromatic vanilla cola

    Burberry Touch for Men - some days I get mainly pepper, some days tonka, or violet...gets an inordinate amount of...
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    Re: Powerful Cologne Type Frag

    Dunhill Icon is a modern cologne on EDP steroids.
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    Depends on how you define enigmatic when it comes to perfume, but I guess my SOTD Fahrenheit Absolute could be a contender anyway.



    I need to dig out my sample of this again, I remember really...
  13. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    As said above, I don't think it's changed. It's still a modern classic to me: a sheer veil of smoky, rooty vetiver over musk. I find Encre Noire to be pretty versatile and it shines on warmer days...
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    Re: Fragrance as Pre-workout?

    There's no consensus, it's just that the ones who don't wear it tend to shout louder about what is the "correct" thing to do than those who do it, ha! Have a quick search and you'll see some of the...
  15. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    My mother wears this and she's 72, ha! I don't find it masculine at all even though I love it. I think Its flankers, both the Extreme and Sport version, would probably lean more masculine in my...
  16. Thread: Armaf

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    Re: Armaf

    I didn't click with Aventus so haven't smelt it enough to comment. The base is the usual Creed ambroxan-masquerading-as-ambergris, right? If so then I can see why the clones smell different in the...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    The lavender fades fairly quickly on me with this one, and them I'm left with a peppery tonka with a background hint of lavender. Still nice enough, though!
  18. Thread: Armaf

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    Re: Armaf

    I think norlimbanol is just one of those things that most people are fine with (hence it being used so much) and some people aren't. Not sure it reflects badly on the nose of someone who isn't...
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    Re: Awesome Flea Market deals!

    Ironic!
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    Re: Strange Article - Thoughts?

    Seems to be British English mainly and it's not really in current use, at least not around my neck of the woods.



    I don't think that happened in all honesty.
  21. Re: New York Times: "Could this be the end of frankincense?"

    There's a study linked in the article that was published on Nature.com but you have to pay to access the full study. The abstract for it reads:

    "The harvest of plant parts and exudates from wild...
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    Re: Strange Article - Thoughts?

    It reads like an article specifically meant to troll users of sites like this, ha. Written by one John Thomas, no less, which is slang for the male genitalia for those who don't get the reference.
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    Yeah, definitely dense and probably worth trying when it's cooler. I might wear it today to see how it feels on me on a warmer day.

    I personally don't get too much of the gourmand aspect but it's...
  24. Re: why do "incenses" perfumes smell totally different?

    You can pick up frankincense essential oil for next to nothing, and the same goes for myrrh. To understand it better, you can buy both in resin form to burn at home - I do mine on charcoal disks....
  25. Re: New York Times: "Could this be the end of frankincense?"

    I'd still disagree.

    1. If by farming you mean planting new trees, there's mention at the end of the piece of plantations in Oman and nurseries in Somaliland.
    2. It's not truly in danger yet. They...
  26. Re: Hard to describe scents that are a bit 'futuristic' but still mass pleasing and enjoyable

    Givenchy's Xeryus Rouge was the first thing that I thought of. Still smells as 'out of time' as it did back in the mid-90s when it came out. The Dreamer by Versace is another one like that, as is...
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    Definitely the two Kenzos mentioned above. Also Voyage d'Hermes but I would take the EDT over the EDP. The Declaration perfumes by Cartier have cardamom as a signature note for the most part,...
  28. Re: New York Times: "Could this be the end of frankincense?"

    Have you both actually read the article? I don't see anything here designed to incite fear (maybe I'm just not a fearful kind of bloke!) nor do I see much here that's subjective.

    Mature trees are...
  29. Re: 'Merica! Your Most Patriotic Scent for Independence Day

    This made me laugh out loud. All of it.



    Ha, just a bit:

    Top Notes
    Lavender,
    Bergamot,
    Rain,
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    Re: Leather for Summer

    I think Fahrenheit shines in the heat, with Aqua Fahrenheit being another option with a nice cool leather. Also, Guerlain's Bois Mysterieux (formerly Songe d'un Bois d'Ete) works nicely in warmer...
  31. Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    Vintage Paco Rabonee Pour Homme from the 80s
    A miniature vintage Fahrenheit
    Vintage Le 3eme Homme by Caron
    Inhale, Exhale and Goddess, all by Lush, and also their Stayin Alive in vintage - a...
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    Re: Decant got skunked in car

    I keep a couple of Lush solid perfumes in the car in case of emergency. Suppose they could, in theory, melt, but not likely in a standard English "summer".
  33. Re: Decaration....without the cumin note.

    Does it have to be a flanker? Agree with the comments that it's worth trying Declaration l'Eau or Declaration Parfum if you want to keep it in the family, but it would be worth smelling Narciso...
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    Re: Vanilla

    Interesting read. Lush use a natural vanilla in a lot of their products and have some relevant articles worth browsing:

    https://uk.lush.com/article/fair-enough-absolutely
    ...
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    Re: "Oilyness" In Fragrance

    Definitely with these two.

    Also, I get this with Dior Homme Parfum, Feve Delicieuse and Eau Sauvage Parfum 2012 - and possibly also from Fahrenheit le Parfum as boozy sometimes feels oily to me....
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    Re: Bad Boy by Carolina Herrera

    That's brilliant. And it's shaped "as a lightning". Think it's been through a translation programme!

    Can't beat a bit of obscure tonka though.
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    Re: T K Maxx

    Birmingham Bullring TK Maxx has 50mls of a couple of Laliques in stock for 」15 - Encre Noire Sport and Hommage a l'Homme.

    Anyone in Birmingham should also pop into Selfridges - they're clearing...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Not wearing deodorant isn't really a big thing if you're wearing a decent anti-perspirant, surely? Did this survey cover this or is this a word-of-mouth thing?
  39. Re: Mellifluence thread (if you like Sultan Pasha you値l love these)

    I've got a few of his attars from a few years back. I love the Maryam myrrh-based one and he does a lovely osmanthus one ("kinmokusei"). I also picked up some oakmoss extract from him and aged...
  40. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Need a vintage bottle of Heritage EDT for your splits, mate? :vrolijk_1:
  41. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Add "middle of the road" and "nice" (as in the damning-with-faint-praise British usage) to that list and we have it well covered. Now I'm going to go and wash it off and put something on before bed...
  42. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Yeah, I tried the current version a few months ago - I often have a cheeky spritz of something from the Guerlain counter when I'm in town and gave it a whirl more out of absent-mindedness than...
  43. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    EDT or EDP?
  44. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I like the rose and saffron versions better than the original but I like the latter too. I don't really get a feeling of poorer quality materials with these but accept that it's generally subjective...
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    You can get 1740 in 15ml bottles which is ideal. And I have 100ml of the Kenzo and I think that will still be in existence at the end of the century!
  46. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Some good stuff in here already, although some stuff too that I would class as good in the cheapies category but wouldn't go near paying full retail for. Much as I love some Bogart scents, for...
  47. Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    I'm close to the Albion ground and it's a nightmare when they're playing at home and I've forgotten! I've also made the mistake of driving past Edgbaston at the end of a series...
  48. Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    This! Encre Noire if it's raining or the Extreme flanker if not.

    I lived in Headingley when I was a student and wasted a few afternoons down at the cricket getting genteelly stocious on bitter. I...
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    The body spray is decent too - think it's twenty quid for 200ml here. It's darker than the perfume with more of a caramel feel to it. I'm planning on sampling it on my skin this weekend when I'm not...
  50. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    Adding Guerlain's Homme EDP (formerly Homme Intense) for its mojito/rum note.
  51. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    I quite like the Voyageur flanker of the Lalique; it's quite different though. All about patchouli and vetiver with a dry papyrus note. I saw it randomly in TK Maxx the other month!

    Think that...
  52. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    I do a few of the above and some other ones:

    - spraying on bedding, especially lavender or woody scents

    - spraying on radiators

    - spraying into an oil diffuser with water. Works better with...
  53. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    I love The Dreamer and I love the Lalique, which I'm wearing today because of this thread. If I had to choose, I would go for the Versace as it gives me a pleasure that the other doesn't quite match....
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense 2019

    The main one from the DH line for cocoa for me is the original formula DH EDT. It's almost the star of the show on my skin.
  55. Re: Fragrance related vanity license plate

    Dhp ftw
  56. Re: Simone Andreoli - Malibu. Sacrifice more virgins on the island by waterboarding them, now!

    Mr Palmolive, do you have a strong accent local to your area? If so, please record your thoughts next time and post them in an audio file as it would be brilliant. I would return the favour in my...
  57. Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    Yeah, I would agree that Cardamom Coffee isn't an oudy perfume. Wouldn't real oud oil be a rather expensive option to function solely as a fixative though? I know that Lush advertise Goddess as an...
  58. Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    Oud can be smooth though - lush use real oudh [sic] oil in some of their products. Think it might depend on how the oud is used (as in method of extraction etc), but I'm no expert on this.
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    Re: Iris Question

    Love both the Pradas, especially the Absolue. Dior Homme Intense is a beauty and Dior Homme Parfum is a much darker iris over smoked woods and dirty leather. I'm a fan of No.19 EDT personally.

    I'm...
  60. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    In store, I'm happy with a basic level of courtesy and then to be left alone. I'm used to being eyed up by security (I'm heavily inked and built like a brick privy) but once they see me engaging with...
  61. Re: Latest Issey Miyake - Pulse Of the Night!

    Issey Miyake in collaboration with London Boys
  62. Re: Feedback on Narciso Rodriguez for Him EdT & EdP

    I get decent performance from the EDT, EDP and BN EDT too - with the For Him EDT being the strongest performer. Bleu Noir EDT is my favourite of the three though.
  63. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Have you ever read Luca Turin's mention of the film Perfume?
  64. Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    Yeah, I often get comments like "you always smell good", often said by someone when they overhear someone else complimenting me, or when they're asking for advice on what to sniff next time they're...
  65. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme is all that I own in this category, I think!
  66. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Not sure I totally agree with this and I'll attempt to get my thoughts down in a coherent way to explain why.

    1. IFRA restrictions - yeah, they are a pain but the key one that most people have an...
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    I tried it recently - it was on a short-term half price deal at Superdrug and it was nice to be able to try before a potential buy.

    I did enjoy the perfume but, like you, I was surprised at the...
  68. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    For me:

    Dior Eau Sauvage Extreme and I think my bottle of Fahrenheit is the latest formula
    Guerlain Jicky EDP and L'Heure Bleue
    Caron Yatagan
    Versace The Dreamer
    Lush Devil's Nightcap
    Amouage...
  69. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    Good shout on Fahrenheit le Parfum.
  70. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    Yup. I've had a really poor customer service experience on the same issue from a number of their staff. Poor resolution of an issue which you just wouldn't have got with Dior or Chanel, for example.
  71. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    The regular Bentley for Men is boozier than the Intense, to my nose. Wears lighter than the intense but far from sheer. Worth a sniff for the price you can get it for.
  72. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    I suspect it just wasn't selling...
  73. Re: Best Sleep-Inducing Fragrances For Bedtime?

    Twilight by Lush - sold as a body spray but wearable as a perfume or on pillows and so on. Definitely unisex, it's lavender and ylang with tonka and benzoin. It's the partner to their 'Sleepy' range,...
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Perfume that lasts all week.
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    Re: Aesop Marrakech??

    Think Turin gave It four stars. I have the Intense version which is lovely and a strong projecting spicy perfume but the longevity is average at best. It's very nice though. No way is it made of all...
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    Re: Perfume Calligraphy by Aramis

    Whereas all three perfumes are in the same style bottle for me - a superb trio of scents.
  77. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    Nah. The choosing is done without thinking too much so makes sense to me. And I can't imagine many people would need the term explaining to them the first time they hear it, so it serves a purpose...
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    I'm well aware of that! I'm just thinking in the context of your original request for something utilitarian like an essential oil or similar!
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Some of the above are pretty expensive options for layering!

    I should have also suggested Lush's Vanillary too - vanilla and tonka with a hint of jasmine. Ridiculous staying power with this one on...
  80. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    For me, a dumb reach is something I can pick up to wear without overthinking, knowing full well that I am guaranteed to actively enjoy wearing it - the only thing that might stop me doing this more...
  81. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    Not sure it's designed to generate more hits given that it's a Basenotes article, or series of short essays. There's more of an education there than just a list of randomly chosen perfumes given...
  82. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    I would suggest starting with the ones suggested in this article here, and then working through the additional suggestions according to what you end up liking.
  83. Re: Fragrances in the Eau Sauvage family?

    This.
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    Re: Perfume for Tango

    Welcome! It settles down nicely after the first half hour or so where the jasmine can be a little feisty.
  85. Re: Diptyque 10-ml minis - where are they coming from?

    I've blagged them before by charming/boring the SAs.
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    Re: Perfume for Tango

    Have you tried Goddess by Lush? it's a lovely (real) oud, jasmine and sandalwood perfume that has a lot of depth but sits close to the skin. They do it in spray, solid and oil forms too.

    It's...
  87. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    Oh, I would put their performance on a par with Eau des Missions - you get gentle wafts of them all day long. I smelt Bois Dor and Moonlight Patchouli recently and initial impressions were good. The...
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    It's a gem, right? I was sorting out my back ups the other day and realised I've got a litre of this in reserve! They also do a body oil to go with this that is lovely too.

    Another one to look at,...
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    Re: Date advice

    This is a mantra for life.
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    Re: Date advice

    Too right. Be true to yourself from the start.
  91. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire

    I have three others, all pretty classy stuff to me:

    Bois d'Iris - some days I prefer it to Bois d'Argent and some days I don't. Great value for the price you can find it online.
    Orchidee Vanille...
  92. Re: [UK] Aventus Cologne

    I'll have 10ml of Fougere d'Argent please matey
  93. Re: A fresh, clean, sparkling grapefruit please!

    I can sort you a sample if you can sort me a spray to put it in, haha! I'll have a browse of the splits first as it's high time I treated myself to something new...

    I might try layering this with...
  94. Re: A fresh, clean, sparkling grapefruit please!

    Try and get your nose on Cartier's Declaration l'Eau, mate. All about the grapefruit and a beauty too. Muted but persistent after a couple of hours.
  95. Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    My pleasure, couldn't have seen it being anything other than that - and I wore it to death in the late 90s and early 00s! The new version isn't so bad, there is a difference but it's recogniseable as...
  96. Re: Hot pepper fragrance from late 90s-early 00s

    Givenchy Xeryus Rouge came out in 1995 and was in a red box and bottle with a prominent red pimento note.
  97. Re: Please need help about VERSACE THE DREAMER !

    Big fan of this and wearing it today.
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    Re: Best fragrance performance ever...

    If I want something to last me at least a week and possibly even a fortnight then I can't go wrong with Kenzo Jungle l'Elephant. Not sure this is generally a good thing, though...
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    Re: Favorite from your collection?

    Dior Homme Parfum. I would wear it a lot more often if it wasn't apparently discontinued in the UK.
  100. Re: How to get (my nose) on Dior - Mitzwah

    Contact Dior directly to ask them - they're pretty helpful in my experience. And Mitzah is a lovely, if you like your ambers.
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