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    Re: Any love for Valentino Uomo?

    +1. Weak drydown, thin compared to Dior Homme.
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    Re: Christmas Gifts from my wife!

    Congratulations! Really like Frank No. 2-- classic and modern at the same time, great work scent.
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    So there are three versions, apparently:
    1. older tin can (with older address: 23/24 bd du parc)
    2. newer tin can (with newer address: B.R.I)
    3. the newest glass bottle version

    In my opinion,...
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    I got mine too, also no batch code--wonder why that is? Are these testers and exempt from batch codes? Mine is definitely not a fake, so I don't know how to explain the lack of a batch code!
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    Re: It's almost time for a new bottle of...

    Really?!? Italian Cypress is discontinued? I missed this, is it common knowledge?
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    Re: Got Paris*L.A. by A Lab on Fire in today

    I just went to the Scent Bar in LA to try this one out, and I have to say, I was impressed! The idea of a "Coca Cola / Macaron" accord seemed at first nauseating to me, but as Buysblind says, the...
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    Re: Best Perfumes of 2014 - Fragrantica

    Thanks for this, this is a great way to do a "best of"--not just a list, but a concise breakdown. And great picks, from what I have smelled.
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    Re: New Creed sprayer, sprays less?

    I just got a tester of Creed Royal Oud--my first bottle by Creed (found a price that I couldn't pass up for a Black Friday sale)--and I have to admit I was shocked at how much juice comes out of it....
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    Re: Richard James: No longer making fragrance?

    Thank you for this information--in that case, I think my old bottle has simply aged (and fantastically by the way), and its top notes are not what they used to be.

    Incidentally, I layered the...
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    Re: Best Perfumes of 2014 - Fragrantica

    I actually like a lot of them. Of the top 10 masculine I like these three:
    Dior Homme Eau for Men
    Dior Homme Parfum
    Fahrenheit le Parfum
    Pure Wood

    I didn't care for Valentino Uomo at all, go...
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    Re: Which fragrances remind you of a Grandma smell?

    Exactly. If I think about my grandmother, her house smelled clean, like lavender, and it remains of the most positive olfactory associations of my life. Every time I smell something similar, I am...
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    Yup, price was just raised... it's called supply and demand!

    At least some BNers got a great deal thanks to the OPs post... now for all those who jumped on this one, don't be evil and sell on...
  13. Re: Are you "afraid" of any scents? Jacques Bogart Furyo scares me in a good way.

    I keep some samples and decants in a ziploc bag. Along with them was interlude man, and now, all of those samples / decants smell like interlude man! It is dangerous, this one.
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    Re: What is the most you've ever sprayed at once?

    I think I spray Penhaligon's Bayolea about 7 times, that about does the trick with that one.

    Once I sprayed Pure Malt 4 times before meeting friends--it was the first time that I had ever put it...
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    Yeah, that is the "vintage" tin can, it is the best of the best... It is a great price! Thanks again for letting everyone know....
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    More than just this: the "smaller" tin cans are more likely to be the "most vintage" of the vintage, whereas there was a slight reformulation of the "newer tin can" bottles. You can tell the most...
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    Re: YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme tin can for cheap!

    I got one for me and one for my homies.

    Thank you for letting us know!!
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    Re: Richard James: No longer making fragrance?

    Yes, I agree--I think the bergamot of my top notes have gone off, so maybe that explains the difference. The vintage base does have better longevity and slightly more depth I think--as FSU92grad...
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    Re: Richard James: No longer making fragrance?

    So, I have been able to try the reissued one and vintage side-by-side. These are my initial impressions. Others please feel free to chime in!

    I definitely sense a difference between vintage and...
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    Re: More Modern Halston Z-14 ?

    For one with a similar vibe: Xerjoff Fiero.

    If you haven't tried it, it starts off with a huge citrus blast but dries down to something that echoes that old-school vintage vibe, much drier and...
  21. Re: What was your First Fragrance that triggered collecting?

    +1 Terre d'Hermes... I had not experienced that depth before, being used only to AdG, etc.
  22. Re: Top 40 Most Reviewed Fragrances on Basenotes with Overall Ratings

    Thanks for your hard work--but I still don't understand this! What does it mean that Bleu de Chanel has 0% overall? And how are you translating qualitative characteristics (strength of the reviews)...
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    Re: C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum

    I'm wearing this today. In the heart, hours 2-3, I actually get a cumin-esque note, that, when smelled up close, kind of has the smell of sweat and makes it a bit dirty. Right now (around hour 4),...
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    Re: What's in your car?

    Unforgivable by Sean John. It's a nice air freshener (would never wear it on my skin)!
  25. Re: Which one of these would you want the most in your collection?

    +1 I concur
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    Re: I don't understand Harrods Swarovski Oud

    Yup, I don't like it either. I find this too barnyard animal for my tastes. Leather Oud, on the other hand, comes off on my as a leathery-woody-sweet concoction with a bit of animal (gorgeous), this...
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    Re: C.O. Bigelow Bay Rum

    Interestingly enough, I purchased this one online and just received it today in the mail. It is a very well done Bay Rhum, thanks to Marais for turning me on to it.

    It is more "professional"...
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    Re: Amyris Homme...Don't judge this too quickly

    I agree. It took me a while to come around to it. I was one of those that just dismissed it right off the bat, and then I wore a sample and kept discovering things in it.

    For those who are just...
  29. Poll: Re: Interested in knowing everybodys AGE and SEXUAL ORIENTATION

    I agree with all of this, however it is worth noting that a poll placed in the "off-topic" section probably would have gotten much fewer responses, since many just gravitate to the forum that they...
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    Re: Amouage Sunshine, have you tried it ?

    Withering review of this one by Luca Turin:

    http://arabia.style.com/beauty/beauty-counter/message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin-reviews-amouage-sunshine-christian-dior-cuir-cannage/

    I haven't smelled...
  31. Thread: IFRA Bootlicking

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    Re: IFRA Bootlicking

    This is wise advice. To look on the bright side: these IFRA regulations could be liberating, since we could just be enjoying the vintage bottles that we have. I, for one, plan to do more of this. If...
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    Re: LIDGE new bottle design or manufacturing defect?

    I finally tried the "reformulated" version at a duty free. I could see how someone obsessive about formulations might perceive a difference, but it seemed the same to me. That being said, I didn't do...
  33. Thread: IFRA Bootlicking

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    Re: IFRA Bootlicking

    Or you make an IFRA non-compliant scent, but put warnings on it like on bug spray: DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON SKIN. Or: DO NOT SPRAY EXCEPT IN WELL VENTILATED ROOMS. Or just: DO NOT SPRAY. FOR DISPLAY...
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    Re: Your Number One Gourmand Right Now

    I don't like to wear gourmands, but I like to smell one in particular on my wife: Jeux de peau
  35. Thread: Creed Royal Oud

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    Re: Creed Royal Oud

    I just purchased this as a tester at lily direct for $86 during the Black Friday sale... I thought that price was too good to be true, but it just came in the mail today (really fast shipping). I...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    So strange... it's like you're describing a totally different scent. I get iris, leather, wood (a smidgen of the oud from leather oud), and a dusty cocoa / vanilla. I guess noses are different... or...
  37. Re: How come there aren't any professional critics/reviewers for men fragrances?

    There are professional critics, although they don't limit themselves to men's fragrances: Luca Turin, Chandler Burr, etc. After all, why would they limit themselves to men's fragrances when women's...
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    Re: Italian Perfumery Awards 2014

    Hey Colin, we support you, I know I speak for many when I say that we are happy to have you here regardless of what happened in whatever other community.

    Frankly Colin gave a rather interesting...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Bayolea. Someone tried it?

    Wonderful description. You perfectly captured this scent (at least how it seems to me). The only thing that bothers me is the longevity, but even that doesn't bother me that much, since it is ideal...
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    Re: Italian Perfumery Awards 2014

    Interesting... thanks for sharing, don't know Anatole Lebreton at all, his stuff sounds interesting... I find some of those selections mediocre at best (Bottega Veneta PH??? That is one weak scent),...
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    Re: Black friday steals and deals!

    In this case, yes, they only had testers for Royal Oud (and it looks like many of their Creed scents are testers)--but honestly at that price it seems to me worth it.
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    Re: Black friday steals and deals!

    I actually can't really believe it... I'll believe it when I get it in the mail :)
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    Re: Black friday steals and deals!

    Bought a tester of Creed's Royal Oud for $85 from lily direct--I have been thinking about this one for a while and finally pulled the trigger at that price.
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    Re: Is Straight to Heaven worth a blind buy?

    NO! I would not blind buy if you can actually go sample first, and this one is not that hard to find at high-end department stores. I actually like this one, but it took me a while to warm up to it....
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    Re: Top Complimented Niche?

    Old thread by the way... but still a legitimate question.

    Anything from MFK (except Absolue pour le soir--which is my favorite by the way. You might get some compliments by people with good taste...
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    Thanks for this reminder. So true.

    And actually $500 is pretty respectable. I would limit myself to splits and decants after careful and extensive testing, and I think it would be satisfying.
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    Re: Royal oud 2014 is back in 4oz!

    Thanks for the information!
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    Re: les senteur gourmandes?

    Thank you very much sir!
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    Re: les senteur gourmandes?

    Where can this line be purchased in the US by the way? I have never seen it!
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    Re: Discuss Tom Ford Private Blend

    The ones I really like: Italian Cypress, Noir de noir, Patchouli Absolu.

    Tuscan Leather is good, but every once in a while it gives me this overbearing chemical smell that I can't tolerate--so I...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    The name of the scent is "Or masculin"--"Or masculin" means "masculine gold" in French!

    The scent sounds really great, too bad it is discontinued and practically impossible to find.
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    If you actually hold to this, something tells me that 2016 is going to be an expensive year! :laugh:
  53. Re: Anything similar to Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum?

    Coincidentally I am wearing Meehan's today! I would say it falls somewhere between these two categories. It is a rather "rich" bay rhum, and I really like it. It has a natural smell, spicy, boozy and...
  54. Re: Kinda loving the Vintage stuff lately - Anything out there that would be considered "modern"?

    Cheers PalmBeach! :beer: Thanks to you for this, I am indeed very curious--looking forward to it!
  55. Re: Kinda loving the Vintage stuff lately - Anything out there that would be considered "modern"?

    I have to get this one out of the vault... according to my olfactory memory, it is a very smooth, woody-floral affair. It is one of the few scents that uses tuberose in a masculine context, which is...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Current top 5 of all time:
    Guerlain Derby
    Egoiste cologne concentree
    Tiffany for men
    Knize Ten
    Dior homme

    Top 5 from what I have been wearing recently / exploring:

    Zegna Javanese Patchouli
  57. Re: Kinda loving the Vintage stuff lately - Anything out there that would be considered "modern"?

    Another one to check out: Richard James Savile Row
    It was just re-released. I got in on a split of the new version, and I have the vintage--I'll compare them when I get the chance, but this is one...
  58. Re: Kinda loving the Vintage stuff lately - Anything out there that would be considered "modern"?

    For all year round I would definitely sample the Guerlain Les Parisiens (oops got the gender wrong last time I cited this above):...
  59. Re: Kinda loving the Vintage stuff lately - Anything out there that would be considered "modern"?

    So, maybe best for you would be modern scents with vintage vibes? I think some of the Guerlain Parisiennes would fit the bill:
    Guerlain Derby
    Guerlain Arsene Lupin
    Guerlain Chamade pour homme
    ...
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    Re: killian back to black, discuss

    My wife wears it often. Love to smell it on her--too sweet for me.
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    Re: Royal oud 2014 is back in 4oz!

    Where did you order yours from by the way?
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    Re: Royal oud 2014 is back in 4oz!

    Hmm... the 2.5 oz bottle is available on the grey market for $130...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    I share Tmoran's enthusiasm for this one, but I also understand people who find it too cloying in warm temperatures. The key is not to overspray. In cooler climates, 2-3 sprays might work. In hotter...
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    Re: USA based independents

    Slumberhouse (Ore, Sova, Norne, Jeke, Pear & Olive--all wonderful and interesting)
    Soivohle' (Liz Zorn) - I really like Meerschaum as a tobacco scent

    These are also well liked, although I am less...
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    Re: Chanel pour Monsieur Concentrèe

    Does anyone know how this compares to the Pour monsieur edp? Are they the same or has there been a formula tweaking between the two?
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    Re: Roja Dove - Enigma pour Homme

    They are really so different (different genres) so it doesn't make sense to talk about a "superior" scent in this case, I think. However, I can say that between the two, I prefer Fetish parfum (pour...
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    Re: I wish I hadn't just witnessed this...

    I suspected you would say something like that... not exactly a fan of the Aramis, are you?!! :laugh:
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    Re: TERRE d'HERMES: 9 batches comparison REVIEW

    Thanks for your assiduous work Andrè, always a pleasure to hear about your investigations!

    I agree with ChuckW though, one would have to find batches going all the way back to 2006. I got it when...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: MAAI

    Way Off Scenter's review is great (as is Luca Turin's). To me, no, I don't get any of that Onda mustiness. Onda was simply too much for me. MAAI hits the sweet spot, it is musky but it is a clean...
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    Re: Got Paris*L.A. by A Lab on Fire in today

    I'm going to be in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks and will try to stop by the Scent Bar to try this one out.... sounds interesting!
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    Re: Can someone put me onto Rojas perfumes

    Maybe, but I would assume that everything you are going to want to wear will have to smell good (or, as the case may be, interesting)--to you at least!
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    Re: Can someone put me onto Rojas perfumes

    Thanks for your thoughts--I don't know Moschino pour homme, but based on your thoughts here, I just ordered a bottle (hopefully one that has not been damaged by reformulation, I couldn't...
  73. Re: A Limited Edition from April Aromatics to help blogger Tama Plough.

    Thank you for letting us know about this... I support this idea--it is a beautiful gesture and I wish Tama the best of luck.
  74. Re: Most unique greens. I'm talking greens that leave you speechless!

    Not really a unique green--classic really--but it nevertheless impressed me: Xerjoff Fiero
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    Re: Aramis Gentleman's Collection: Havana

    I've never tried vintage but love the Gentleman's Collection version. It is potent but smooth at the same time.
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    Re: A*Men Pure Wood, worthy or not?

    I like it. I don't know if I like it enough to get a full bottle (I'll wait and see if the prices come down), but I think it's nice--a smoother and softer scent than the other A*men interpretations.
  77. Re: Bel Ami Vetiver - Quite possibly my new signature ??

    I'm with you on this one, and I think I am in the minority. I tried it, and I experienced it as dissonant on my skin. It just didn't seem like a harmonious, well-blended whole. To be fair, though, I...
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    Re: best tobacco scent?

    Great way of breaking it down!
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    Depending on the way its blended, each of these will work in just about any context. In other words, I think it is not the note itself, but the total picture. So for example, M7 (oud) I think is...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Interesting... had not thought about how "dangerous" it might be to put on skin.

    But my instinct, incidentally, is not that he uses Iso-E to save money or cut costs, but rather, as an aesthetic...
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    Re: Can someone put me onto Rojas perfumes

    Not ground breaking, but some are really great smelling. I really like Diaghilev, Enigma and Fetish (both edp and extrait but prefer extrait). The others I have not yet been able to sample...
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    Re: best tobacco scent?

    Have you tried the reformulation yet? I think it is still quite good.
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    Re: Europe Trip and Perfumes Seen and Bought

    Thank you for your update and it's wonderful to hear about your journeys and discoveries!

    I am actually very sad about Nicolaï pour homme's discontinuation. This was one of the first niche scents...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Sådanne

    Slumberhouse began strong: with deep, rich scents that were something of an antidote to the anemic aesthetic and screechy synthetics of many of today's fragrances. Jeke was a rich tobacco leather the...
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    I see the purpose of patchouli and vetiver (depending on iteration) is to bring us closer to nature, and more specifically, to the scents of the earth. Like the smell of a damp field or a...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme INTENSO is finally out

    Interesting, thank you!
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme INTENSO is finally out

    Thank you for this update--sounds actually worth giving it a try! When you say "tonka and leather" though I have to say that worries me. How similar is this to 1 million? Does the tonka make it...
  88. Re: What fragrance(s) feature pepper, grapefruit, and cedar?

    Love Lampblack, great suggestion.

    But actually it sounds like you are describing:

    Bleu de Chanel (!)

    It's not a scent that I like, but I detect all of those elements in there.

    Also (but...
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    Re: Life-Stage Signatures

    lol on that photo ^

    For me (somewhat embarrassing):

    teens: CK Obsession and Acqua di Gio
    20s: Terre d'Hermes
    30s: discovered Basenotes and one of the unfortunate side effects (but I don't...
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    Re: Scents you'd love to see re-released/made

    I would personally love to see:

    Guerlain: Mouchoir de monsieur edp / extrait

    I absolutely love the lavender / floral / vanilla and I feel like an amped up Mouchoir de monsieur would be...
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    Yes, I'm loving this one as well. For me your wife got the secret of the scent: it smells much better from a distance and when you don't have your nose buried in it. When I was wearing it and just...
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    Re: Savile Row by Richard James

    Agreed. I have 50ml of the original and have been using it sparingly. I am currently in a split for the remake and am curious to see how faithful it is to the original (if in fact it is different).
  93. Re: Name a scent you bought, sold and bought again cause you realized what you had lost....

    I almost did this with the very same scent!

    I bought an older vintage Heritage edp blind. The first time I tried it, I thought the bottle had turned. As a matter of fact it was the (rather...
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    I'm generally not a big fan of patchouli dominant scents, but when they are good, they are really good (Givenchy Gentleman for example).

    I just got a split of Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu, which I...
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    Re: Got Paris*L.A. by A Lab on Fire in today

    I read the description on lucky scent and felt sick to my stomach. Coca Cola and macarons!? But now you have me intrigued... so it actually works!?!
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    Re: Was Pumpkin the panty dropper all along?

    I'm not a prude, but I just find the term so juvenile (I just saw that l'homme blanc individuel said the same thing--I agree with him!!).
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    Re: lavender + patchouli

    Wow that sounds fantastic. I have to admit this is a combo (lavender / patchouli) that would not even occur to me, but the above sounds like a great tip!

    Do you know where one can buy this?!
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    Re: Roja Dove - Enigma pour Homme

    Well done! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Roja Dove - Enigma pour Homme

    Wow who do you hang out with? The only time I have ever smelled anything on a friend of mine it was Boss bottled!
  100. Thread: Awesomeness!!

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    Re: Awesomeness!!

    MenScience has a wonderful fragrance-free and aluminum-free deodorant, but it is expensive. I find it to be worth the price.
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