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    Re: First Impressions: Acqua di Gio Profumo

    We need our own version of a drinking game, focused on discussion around aquatics:
    - Every time someone mentions Bleu, motion towards him with your head while elbowing your neighbor, and take a shot...
  2. Re: I am looking for a cologne that smells like Speed Stick Gear Fresh Force.

    Dior Homme Cologne 2013 -- light, fresh, energizing, subtle and sublime even in Texas heat and humidity, most people around you will love it and no one will hate it.
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    Re: First Impressions: Acqua di Gio Profumo

    I'm one of those folks who gets a distinct unpleasant metallic accord from Essenza -- I love Essenza except for that. If Profumo was remotely Essenza-like but without that accord, that by itself...
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    Re: Olfactory Alertness

    I seem to have gotten to the point that I can understand what niche enthusiasts mean by "quality of ingredients" between niche and designer, even though I believe it's a general trend rather than...
  5. Re: Which fragrance would you wear for this interview?

    I'm in the no-scent crowd, or dior homme cologne or OV sprayed very lightly under clothes -- do not project, period.

    And with the crowd on absolutely not mentioning the mistakes on their website. ...
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    Poll: Re: Need A Compliment Getter.

    Really?! I definitely expected some people not to like the scents chosen for this list, but didn't expect there to be much argument that AdG, Bleu, etc. aren't compliment getters (in fact, I'm...
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    Re: Dior Homme Sport 2008 vs 2012

    I'm not a fan of Iris, as represented in the Dior Homme line, either. And, as a result, thought I disliked iris. But I wouldn't rule it out just yet... for example, Ermenegildo Zegna's Florentine...
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    Re: Do you smell Aventus often?

    Have never smelled it, or any clones
  9. Re: YSL La Nuit or Carolina Herrera CH for dates/clubs ?

    I love both. I'm relatively new to CH Men, so not enough time to really have feedback from women. La Nuit is a compliment-getting machine. Just don't spray too much, and there's a pretty good...
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    Re: Dior Homme Sport 2008 vs 2012

    This seems to be one case where's there's mostly consensus -- if not on which is "better", at least on the differences. My take on this is:

    DHS 2008: A true sport fragrance, and has nothing in...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    It's really really really good. BN sometimes has a reaction against super popular fragrances -- witness the reception for Bleu de Chanel a few years ago. CH Men is awesome, do check it out
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    Although I really dislike Voyage now, I have to say that women loved it on me, back when I used to wear it.
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    I'm kinda hoping some of our BN women chime in here, with whatever perspective they have ;)
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    Undermined by the BFF again! Turn things around for a moment: you've met a woman, you're attracted to her, she's fun, you're digging her. You lean in close and she smells like your ex- -- assuming...
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    Le Male on a first date, in summer. You have ganas, my friend! :)
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    Re: Suggestions for a summer first date

    The One for Men is, in fact, one of the scents I choose very often for first dates (summer or winter), simply because:
    1. Women absolutely love it
    2. It projects only mildly, so even in the summer,...
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    Re: You love a fragrance, but does it suit you?

    I'm definitely not in the "If you love it, then it suits you" camp. I love the smell of marijuana smoke, and of cucumbers, and of homemade marinara sauce, and of whatever super-feminine perfume my...
  18. Thread: Decant shop

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    Re: Decant shop

    I've bought from them, more times than I can count. They usually acknowledge and ship incredibly fast -- I sometimes get my stuff in as little as 2-3 days (!!!). That said, any company can make a...
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    Re: 1 Million Vs CH Men.

    Agree, in terms of pure scent. As a low-to-moderate sprayer who doesn't like to project too far out, it's a complete dont-care for me which has better projection & sillage
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    Re: Bois 1920-Recommendations

    Oltremare is the only one I've tried from this line, but I like it quite a lot. It's a really nice, straightforward citrus

    Sent from my SM-T807V using Tapatalk
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    Re: Fruity fragrances for summer?

    Aurore Nomade by The Different Company. Unique and awesome!

    Pomelo Paradis by Atelier. I knew you'd get recommendations for Orange Sanguine, but this one is another hyper realistic take, with...
  22. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    yes, agree, it's often associated with some barber shop type scents. For me, many vetivers come off as having this vibe also ...viz. Space Flight Navigator's citing of Guerlain Vetiver as the prime...
  23. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    Don't know how old you are, but Old Spice is quite an amusing story, at least to me. As I was growing up, Old Spice was definitely an old man's scent -- like you, it's something I associated with my...
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    Re: Best fragrance to mask cigarette after-smell?

    I tend to agree. Perfumistas might appreciate the rich tapestry of scent you've created with your complex oud + cigarette smoke, but I can't imagine most normal people appreciating the composition...
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    Re: Signature scents??

    I don't get it either, the lack of variety in what you're be wearing each day/week/month. Possibly you have this big awesome collection, built with care and research and passion, and now, you'll...
  26. Re: Selling on BN - Anybody else frustrated with it ?

    I've been doing my purchasing as decants for the most part, so haven't even been checking used bottle purchases here, but this is a good reminder I should check things out here, too.

    I'm sure BN...
  27. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    I think the term is useful, just like descriptions that include masculine or feminine -- sure, these terms reflect cultural or even more personal (what my dad or mom wore) considerations, but I still...
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    Poll: Re: Signature Scent Poll

    We'll help him out, but there's no way we're giving up our snarky comments :) :) :)
  29. Re: Another thread asking for fragrance suggestions

    Dior Homme Cologne 2013 would be one of my top choices, in that type of weather.
    Ermenegildo Zegna Sicilian Mandarin would be another top choice
    Xerjoff Nio for a more expensive choice...
  30. Re: your thoughts on the 2 new Guerlain for men? Ideal and Ideal Cologne?

    Asspirin: I feel the same way as you for the first hour or so ... I didn't dislike it quite as much as you, but still, not something I'd ever wear again. Well, until the drydown 1-2 hours later,...
  31. Re: Something similar in the base of Green Irish Tweed, Millesime Imperial and ... YSL L'homme?

    I definitely detect a common accord between many Creeds, GIT and MI included. But as above, don't get any similarity with l'Homme
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    That describes MI for me, too. I haven't tried it in a year, this thread has inspired me to re-try. But MI is so beloved around here, I know I'm not picking up the same scent that most people are!
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    Poll: Re: Signature Scent Poll

    I'm against the idea of signature scents, but if someone twisted my arm and made me pick a signature scent ... I find OV tolerable, if a bit mature; for me, Neroli Portofino is one of the horsemen of...
  34. Re: your thoughts on the 2 new Guerlain for men? Ideal and Ideal Cologne?

    Can't wait to try the cologne. I have Ideal, which I don't like the first hour of at all, but drys down to a pretty nice scent.

    Sent from my SM-T807V using Tapatalk
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    He was pleased that his friends liked it ... you're just re-arranging the words to make a distinction without a difference, no? And then the usual suspects come on to tell him that the only...
  36. Re: Why do extremes, intenses, and parfums get a better reputation than...

    I've been seeing a lot of love for fraiches and Eaus recently, haven't you? And even dislike for sports is much lower than it used to be, it's not at all uncommon to see posts full of admiration for...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    Bada, I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone say, "I dislike this stuff -- I wear it solely because other people like it." Liking it themselves is jacks-or-better to open, in almost all cases, I...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    I mean the classic meaning of "pretend", no semantic games. The pretending is that someone must be EITHER "only for themselves" OR "only for others"... as I said above, and I don't know how to say...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    Not at all -- you've set up the classic BN strawman, where we pretend it's EITHER "enjoy only for yourself" OR "enjoy only for others". Total false choice. In fact, I've never seen anyone on BN say...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    Contrary view: the satisfaction should be whatever he personally wants to get out of it, period -- set your own priorities for your own reasons. For most people, that will be some combination of...
  41. Re: calming,relaxing fragrance to wear when going to bed/

    I definitely do not "get" wearing fragrances to bed, but if I did, it would be something like that: beautiful, ephemeral, like a whisper. Otherwise, I suppose a nice cooling citrus would be my next...
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    Re: New Summer scent after winnowing down

    Since you enjoy the Zegna line, have you tried Zegna Sicilian Mandarin? To my nose, it's the best of a fantastic line, and would be a great summer scent
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    Re: Choosing summer cologne

    If you don't mind those of us who don't love any of those scents, to make alternative recommendations, I would urge you to get your nose on:

    Dior Homme Cologne The cologne! Not the EDT!
    Kenneth...
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    Re: Best nighttime date scent?

    I tried (or rather, re-tried) Endymion yesterday. I remembered I was ho-hum'ed with it the first time I tried it, but yesterday I realized why -- I don't particularly love the first 60 minutes, it's...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    Ignore the curmudgeons, Selly! Nothing wrong with enjoying it that the people around you to enjoy your fragrance, nothing wrong with picking a fragrance in part because it's pleasing to those around...
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    Re: Best nighttime date scent?

    For me, a scent that I love, that in my experience most women love. Lately, that's one of:

    - D&G The One for Men
    - Givenchy Play Intense
    - YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

    These are the kings of...
  47. Re: Bois 1920 Oltremare: Under-discussed and Under-appreciated

    It's got no reviews on BN at all (that I could find), and not many on Fragrantica, so I thought I was going crazy. I've been second-guessing myself on it, I'm glad to hear 1 or 2 other people like...
  48. Re: Why do so many men not like Chanel's Blue de Chanel?

    I definitely agree that Bleu's fortunes have changed over time on BN. Sometime back, it was almost fashionable to dogpile on Bleu. I think people have gotten over their disappointment that this...
  49. Re: Do you wear/categorize the fragrances for weathers?

    You're like my exact opposite. If our sillages ever crossed, it might cause a tear in space-time.
  50. Thread: Dying Houses

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    Re: Dying Houses

    Yeah, seems to me like houses such as Gucci are flourishing, just not among perfume hobbyists. The only extent to which they're dying is in the "You're dead to me" sense, from perfume forums...
  51. Re: Do you wear/categorize the fragrances for weathers?

    As far as weather goes, the single consideration for me is when it's particularly hot or humid. When it is, I constrain myself to lighter fresher choices. Other than that, no weather has any impact...
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    Poll: Re: Dior Homme Intense vs. Bleu de Chanel EDP

    If it were me, Bleu by far

    Smell: DHI is beautiful ... but so feminine, I couldn't possibly wear it. And that, really, is all that's needed for me to make a decision here. Luckily, Bleu EDP is...
  53. Re: Would these 5 work in a office enviroment (summer/warmer months)

    Okay, I don't get that from Sel Marin, but if you get that playful carefree vibe from Sel Marin that you do from VIW, then I get it ...
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    Re: Fragrence up close smells different

    Dude, better get yourself an MRI. Or a therapist. Or both.

    Ha ha, just kidding! You're totally not the only one. Yes, the concentration of chemicals when close to the skin definitely changes...
  55. Re: Would these 5 work in a office enviroment (summer/warmer months)

    Totally not picking on you, I'm genuinely interested in that last comment: "a bit too casual for me." I've seen other people say similar things, in the context of office scents. Could you explain...
  56. Re: Would these 3 work in a office enviroment (summer/warmer months)

    I only know the Creed and Heely, and feel those would both work fine
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    Re: Your Most Versatile Fragrance

    If we're saying every season, every time of day, every type of event, for me the two things that are hardest to square with a single fragrance, are:
    1. Super hot summer's day
    2. A first date

    In...
  58. Poll: Re: Women love : The One by D&G vs. YSL La Nuit de L'homme

    You'd be surprised! Some women like feminine smells on men, and some women (and men) don't even think DHI smells feminine! DHI ranked high in the "most female complimented fragrance" thread, too,...
  59. Re: No bull, do you think different ethnicities prefer different scents?

    Not ethnic, but cultural. I'm sure that plays a part in tastes, across the board. That said, I've noticed no identifiable ethnic or cultural differences in perfume tastes, and I run in very diverse...
  60. Thread: Turning 41

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    Re: Turning 41

    Along the lines of what you're looking for, you absolutely need to get your nose on D&G The One for Men, Givenchy Play Intense, and Carolina Herrera CH 212 Men. All go along nicely with the general...
  61. Poll: Re: Women love : The One by D&G vs. YSL La Nuit de L'homme

    My experience, too. I wonder to what extent people are reflecting what THEY like? If a man hates perfume A and loves B, he'll wear B more and maybe not A at all ... In a situation like that, of...
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    As a cancer survivor of 10 years, I wish you a great, permanent recovery. Your cancer journey is your cancer journey, you have to ride it out however is best for you. For me, I went into complete...
  63. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    I think I figured out that I just don't enjoy the first 90-120 minutes of this that much, it's just ok, but then after that, I love it
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    Re: are they the same fragrance?

    For the most part, I agree, although I don't think it's completely clear whether they are enforcing their rights (which is their prerogative, whether I like it or not) or just using the threat of...
  65. Re: Is it just me, but when I spray cologne on clothing.....

    Not just you, that's definitely what happens. This, of course, could be good or bad, depending on whether you actually want your perfume to progress. Also, typically you get that better longevity,...
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    Re: are they the same fragrance?

    Bond's suing small decanters, etc., is a fact, and that by itself works directly against my interests as a hobbyist ... their negative impact is clear even before that fiasco of a thread. The thread...
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    Poll: Re: DHI vs. La Nuit de L'homme

    I love DHI in the drydown, it is one of the most "can't stop smelling my arm" fragrances ever. That said, for me it is far too feminine to pull off, so I can't gauge its compliment-getting...
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    Re: are they the same fragrance?

    While we're on Bond #9, let's not forget the deleterious effect this company has on the hobbyist community...
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    Re: Skin Chemistry: Real or Myth?

    I, too, don't feel it's anything but a very minor effect. I get the skin chemistry differences ... the thing is, unless it's a pretty extreme situation -- they just came out of the gym, they're...
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    Re: Decant Shop killing me

    Aside from Decant Shop, Surrender to Chance, and occasionally Perfumed Court (I've always gotten decent service from them, but they're usually more expensive), I've used:
    Luckyscent
    Parfums Raffy
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    Re: Your 6 fragrances for life

    There's a bit of an odd "you should only wear for you", anti-social ethic that runs through BN, but you should ignore it ... it's normal healthy behavior to not want to be unpleasant to those around...
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    Re: Rochas Man question

    The last time I put Rochas Man on, I sprayed it on in my bedroom, then went out to the living room. 5 minutes later, I hear my daughter yelling "Cinnabon! Mmmm Cinnabon!" ... she'd walked into my...
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    Re: Guerlain homme or set sail st barts

    While I like them both, Guerlain Homme is in another league for me -- best of the Guerlain Homme line overall (and that's saying something, the entire line is excellent), just a joy to smell. St...
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    Re: What would you wear with this haircut?

    Ha ha! Totally kidding! But if you're gonna lob softballs right over the plate, I'm gonna swing :)

    Maybe something barber-shoppy, like Acqua di Parma Colonia
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    Re: What would you wear with this haircut?

    A hat.
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    Re: Is 3 sprays of Virgin Island Water too much?

    3 sprays of VIW seems, if anything, like too little, and you should be spraying more :) That said, weird things happen with perfumes sometimes. About a year ago I sprayed the exact same amount of...
  77. Re: la nuit de l'homme VS Bentley Intense or other recommendatitons ?

    For me, La Nuit de L'Homme is one of the very best in its genre, and hands down better than Bentley for Men Intense (if that's the one you're thinking about) in general, although I tend not to like...
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    Re: Not worth the hype... and why?

    For me, Bentley for Men, Bentley for Men Intense, and every single Amouage I"ve tried.

    But, alas, my all-time #1 by far is Aventus. I now have 3 samples across 3 different batches, ranging from...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    Well dang, I'll be contrary -- I always liked it, but I've grown to love it. Love it! Super sexy and appealing
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    Re: Do you spray through the day?

    I don't spray through the day, in most cases, with exceptions for when I'm wearing something relatively more fleeting (plus I'm already a light sprayer). And sometimes whatever I've sprayed in the...
  81. Re: New Zegna Fragrance - Ermenegildo Zegna Acqua di Bergamotto !!

    Agree. I might take Intenso past "simple wearable workhorse". I think, for me, Essenza di Zegna is the ultimate when it comes to that -- just a really nice, wearable fragrance, that everyone around...
  82. Re: New Zegna Fragrance - Ermenegildo Zegna Acqua di Bergamotto !!

    Zegna Intenso is excellent. I haven't tried any of the Essenze line yet, but just ordered samples of 4 of them, and very much looking forward to Acqua di Bergamotto when it comes out.
  83. Re: What's new in the designer summer fragrance game?

    I agree with the 2nd sentence. But since the OP asked specifically for designer, I wanted to give him a relevant answer. Then again, By Killian might be niche also, so what do I know?
  84. Re: What's new in the designer summer fragrance game?

    Is Ermenegildo Zegna considered designer or niche?

    It's worth sniffing By Killian Vodka on the Rocks and Comme de Garcons Green
  85. Thread: Speech Police

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    Re: Speech Police

    Right? Gives me deja vu of ... well, every forum I've ever been on :)



    Really! For me, BN is one of the better moderated forums I come to!. There is another perfume forum I go to, that I...
  86. Re: Is it true "Curve Appeal" is the best male watermelon cologne within 15 to 30 dollars range

    To my nose, Reaction isn't blast-o-watermelon, but more subtle ... in any case, it's great, I like the Curve family, but hard to believe anything in that family beats Reaction. OP, definitely sample...
  87. Thread: Speech Police

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    Re: Speech Police

    I was going to make a similar point. While I agree overall that one shouldn't be insulted by every little thing, I also think it works both ways -- if someone writes a post and chooses to use a...
  88. Re: Ignorance from people who don't know/use fragrances

    I don't think there's any tension there ... unless you're thinking that people who don't understand perfumes, are somehow unable to determine whether a perfume smells good to them. I spent most of...
  89. Re: Ignorance from people who don't know/use fragrances

    Ya, like every hobby, an aficionado will have a level of understanding and passion, where most people just see similar things. As a beer aficionado, I can't believe people drink Bud or Miller. As a...
  90. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    I wasn't actually exaggerating ... I definitely have $35 scents I'd easily pick over any of the Roja Doves I've tried. With all the caveats about the Roja, quality, longevity, laud it over your...
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    Re: ... Pick your Orange ...

    You and me both. I'd heard of Fat Electrician, I dig the name. We won't be the last to post orange perfumes :)
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    Re: ... Pick your Orange ...

    There we go! Someone had to get it started :) In all fairness, Darjeeling is exactly right -- title is deceptive, anyone who doesn't read the first post carefully will get tricked. To further rub...
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or Allure Homme Sport?

    AHS is a pretty nice sport fragrance. I thought it was very average at first, but it's grown on me a lot.
    Bleu is one of the most gorgeous, most-complimented, all-around versatiles going, at any...
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or La Nuit de l'Homme

    For me, Bleu is one of the best all-arounders ever. La Nuit, for me, is one of the best seduce-your-girlfriend scent ever, period. Both would be hard to lose from my collection, but if I had to...
  95. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    If it were the case that $300 scents were always better than $30 scents, I'd go for one $300 scent -- or, more likely, 10 $30 decants of $300 scents. Luckily, at least to my nose, that's in some...
  96. Re: TDH has to be the best all time professional office fragrance

    This is one of those times where I hate that I"m picking up a different scent than the rest of you: TdH to me smells like solvent, unpleasant, synthetic, a little caustic. I haven't smelled it in a...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    LOL That never happened :vrolijk_26: If you'd said, "I value bottles and prefer my collection be full bottles", well, we wouldn't have much of a thread at all, everyone understands that. You took...
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    Re: I'm tired of summer scents already.

    LooseL, this thread reminds me how glad I am that I'm unencumbered by thoughts about certain scents being restricted to certain seasons! I actually can't even imagine how you distinguish between...
  99. Thread: Xerjoff uden

    by Uvalde
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    Re: Xerjoff uden

    Only with sampling...

    BTW, I find the opening kind of meh, but love it starting about an hour in
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    Re: Variety AND Consistency - your balance?

    As with most folks above, I'm strictly a variety person, and I personally don't value signature scents, but if you do, then more power to you, and you've picked a quality line (strictly between you...
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