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  1. [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread (New Additions)

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    [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    I'm on a Basenotes sabbatical, but I need to move a bunch of bottles on to new owners. If you wanna swap, that'd be great. I'm trying to downsize, so I'd prefer not to take on multiple bottles in...
  3. [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread (New Additions)

    Hello all!

    I'm on a Basenotes sabbatical, but I need to move a bunch of bottles on to new owners, so I'm trying to price these aggressively to get them sold. I'll reply to any private messages I...
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    I'm briefly breaking my sabbatical to provide a review of Pasha de Cartier Parfum (2019)/(2020).

    The ad copy paints this as an amber-woods fougere, and it's neither an amber-woods scent nor a...
  5. Re: Putting the brake on any new purchases

    You're incredibly generous. This is the kind of giving spirit that makes me love Basenotes.

    I shall politely (and gratefully) decline, seeing as I have tons of decants and samples I haven't worked...
  6. Re: Putting the brake on any new purchases

    I'm speaking from experience!
  7. Re: Putting the brake on any new purchases

    If you're planning on not buying, don't maintain a wish list.
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    Re: If you like a leather perfume...

    There are many types of leather notes. Sometimes it's used to ground a composition or provide connective tissue, sometimes it takes the spotlight. It's a strong and weighty note, even when it takes...
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    Re: New year’s eve scent!!!

    We'll both dress up a bit, too.

    My wife and I used to do parties, but Christmas has gotten increasingly exhausting, so we use New Year's to relax and recover.
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    Re: New year’s eve scent!!!

    https://i0.wp.com/whatmenshouldsmelllike.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Tom-Ford-Ombre-Leather-16.jpg

    My wife is making homemade tagliatelle which will be served with a roasted vegetable sauce....
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    Re: Dior Sauvage EDT or EDP ?

    I say neither and recommend that you grab Prada Luna Rossa Carbon instead.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Guerlain Héritage for the daytime, Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16 for tonight. I'm dressed-up for the holiday and need scents to match.
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    Re: Your favorite By Killian frags?

    Who or what is being referred to by "them"/"they"?
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    Re: Dior Homme the nouveau parfum

    I'd add my review to the database and be done with it, but I'm about to go on an extended sabbatical.

    I didn't particularly like Dior Homme (original, though I only know it post-reform), but I...
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    Re: What do I get? Fragrance beginner

    Both good suggestions.
  16. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Thanks for the recs, BB!

    I know about the Slumberhouse (it's kinda expensive to sample, alas), but the Micallef is new to me. It sounds great.
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    Re: What do I get? Fragrance beginner

    Look into Hanae Mori HiM EDP.
  18. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    When it comes to contemporary leathers, this is pretty true (unless you're looking at Rasasi).


    My affection for the tobacco note got me into perfumery. I don't know that another note could grab...
  19. Re: Please recommend five fragrances from this list!

    With all due respect to the good folks who have suggested otherwise, I strongly recommend avoiding Feve Delicieuse, which I find to be a cheap-smelling, cloying "candy" gourmand that has no more...
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    Re: Your favorite By Killian frags?

    I think it embodies all the worst aspects of contemporary luxe-niche.
  21. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Begone, devil!

    I escaped from the world of obsessive watch collecting (I sold off most of my collection and just kept a few affordable pieces), so I'm pretty sure I'll be able to make an escape...
  22. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Not in a significant way. But it's a fixation that is starting to crowd out other interests, and given that I own enough perfume to last me years, it's time to start focusing on other things.

    ...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    Oh, there's plenty of interesting stuff buried in the lineups of Lauder brands. Folks here just don't seek it out because you have to sift through some junk to find it. (The M.A.C. Shadescents line,...
  24. Re: Is there anything closer to Rive Gauche than Azzaro PH?

    Look into Fine Accoutrements American Blend.
  25. Re: Chypres, Neo-Chypres, and the Death of the Chypre

    Agreed.

    Patricia de Nicolaï has been able to convincingly create an oakmoss effect while remaining IFRA-compliant.

    I just don't think the will is there when it comes to the mainstream houses.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I haven't been able to find that information.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it's Fléchier.
  27. Re: Chypres, Neo-Chypres, and the Death of the Chypre

    I'm generally in favor of stricter, more traditional definitions, if only for the sake of clarity.

    At a certain point, these terms become so vague they're useless.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It's cold. I wanted something warm but not heavy, so L'Instant PH EDT won out.
  29. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    Excellent post. Thank you.
  30. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Ah, gotcha.

    Yes, I think as we head into a new decade we're about to see the mainstream designer set release a lot of "subdued, clean freshies" (think of much of the Jo Malone stuff that has...
  31. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I missed this.

    That's quite a blow to US fans of the original.
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    Re: I have Vetiver fever !

    Try West Third Brand Old Bourbon, which is a really unusual (but appealing) take on vetiver.
  33. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I'm shocked. But that's a win for those who waited to grab a bottle.
  34. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Maybe "Original" isn't being released in the US, like DHP.
  35. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I don't know what you mean by this.

    I dislike NuHomme because it's a cheaper-smelling variation of stuff that's already out there. Not because it's too loud.
  36. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Luciano Pavarotti (1994) is the best and most complex dandy-formal masculine I've ever encountered. Masterpiece-grade stuff.
  37. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    I just bought a blind bottle of Cartier Pasha Parfum, so I feel ya.

    Blind-buying is a very exciting way to buy fragrances. You get a period of drawn-out anticipation before it arrives.

    I'm...
  38. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    This.

    NuHomme smells cheap. The formula itself is nothing special, but with better ingredients it'd at least be "fine."

    To be fair, many major designer releases do smell cheap these days. But...
  39. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Cartier is still going strong, but they don't have the advertising muscle of Dior/Chanel.
  40. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Overall, yes, though that's partially because I wanted to own stuff that came at tobacco from multiple angles.

    M.A.C. Velvet Teddy is a member of the TV/Boclet/Tabac Rouge family (all four of them...
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    Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    I started exploring vintage masculines this year, but found that I didn't really adore them as a category. Some were genuinely exceptional. Many were just average interpretations of what was then a...
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    I was able to source a tester. It'll arrive while I'm on my six-month Basenotes sabbatical (precisely because I want to avoid the sort of curiosity buys I just indulged in), but I'll pop in to...
  43. Re: What's the best fragrance for a hangover?

    Something like 4711. Refreshing and short-lived.
  44. Re: Please recommend five fragrances from this list!

    Five unisex-wearing winter fragrances that aren't on your list but match those looks:

    Banana Republic Oud Mosaic

    Hermès Eau des Merveilles Elixir

    Lalique Noir Premier Or Intemporel

    Rag &...
  45. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Preach.
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    I gotta try this (along with the new L'Envol Parfum). Laurent's Cartier creations are always worth sampling.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    There's a stage where it does smell that way (I think I described it like whiskey that had been spilled on wood bark), but it doesn't smell like that for the entire lifetime of the fragrance.
  48. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    Good for you. That takes discipline.
  49. Re: If you could only wear (3 fragrances of) 1 house for the next year...

    ARAMIS
    Havana (1994)
    Tuscany (1984)
    Special Blend (2019)

    CARTIER
    Déclaration d'un Soir (2002)
    L'Envol (2016)
    Pasha (1992)
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    M.A.C.
    VELVET
    TEDDY

    Tobacco and wild honey bolstered by iris. Beautiful stuff.
  51. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    SHANGHAI TANG Black Iris - A very dense, creamy, sweet take on iris that somehow still feels masculine. Not something I could see myself wearing (it's too intense for me), but I respect it.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I look forward to your reaction.
  53. Re: Your 2019 Fragrance Highlights and Accomplishments!!!

    For me, it was the year of tobacco.

    Tobacco is my favorite note and it helped lure me into this hobby. In 2019, I aggressively surveyed the field of tobacco scents, got to know most of the...
  54. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Maybe so.

    But I'll be disappointed if Basenoters come to embrace it.
  55. Re: I want some new office and work fragrances, I’ve let a few go I didn’t like need recommendations

    Dunhill Icon has been doing a fine job as my "office frag" in recent days.
  56. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Curiously, they're using the same brand ambassador (Robert Pattinson), so it doesn't sound like the new campaign will be all that different from the old one.

    I'm sure this fragrance has been...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    My wife loves it, thankfully.
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    Re: Your fragrance wanderings this year

    My primary journey this year was dedicated to my favorite note: tobacco. I wanted to pursue a relatively thorough survey of tobacco as a note in perfumery past and present.

    Secondarily, I started...
  59. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I've never tried Gucci Envy (though I did briefly consider buying its current-market stripped-down clone, Tabac Man Fire Power, to get a sense for its vibe).

    I still don't see the Rive Gauche...
  60. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    It's challenging, to be sure, but you sure can't accuse the perfumer (Simon Constantine) of going through the motions.
  61. Re: Is It Always About Pinching a Penny For You?

    As long as the vendor is reliable, I'm going with the lowest price.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Chopard Oud Malaki, because I can't get enough of it.
  63. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    It's possible.

    But I think one of the problems here is that this style has already been done so much better than it is here, so I'm not sure why NuHomme would be a go-to recommendation for its...
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    Tom Ford Noir Anthracite definitely qualifies.
  65. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    People keep saying this but I just don't see it!

    Fougere d'Argent is a warm, smoky-woody oriental scent, an exercise in quasi-futuristic synthwood abstraction.

    I like Fougere d'Argent a lot,...
  66. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I thought we've seen Original already and it had the same batch code as the "old" Dior Homme.
  67. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    It's bigger than that. This isn't just a de-iris-ed Dior Homme. It's a scent built from an entirely new brief.
  68. Re: 2019 Year in Review - What did you wear?

    I haven't used the tracker, but I've worn plenty of Dior Eau Sauvage EDT, L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme EDT, Michael Kors Michael for Men (vintage release) and Aramis Special Blend.

    They're...
  69. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    But Noir Anthracite was kind of a failure! It was undoubtedly profitable given the steep markup on these releases, but it has already been discontinued, suggesting it wasn't a big hit. It feels like...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    C H O P A R D
    O U D
    M A L A K I
    (2012)

    It's not the most distinctive take on oud, but it offers such a harmonious balance of elements that it qualifies as a best-in-class contender in the...
  71. Re: Wish List/Swap List-Keep them current.....

    I never bothered to use that functionality. It seemed to be too much work to maintain. It was easier to just create a thread in the Basenotes Marketplace.

    I've done a lot of swapping with members...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    It's so!

    Once it becomes habitual, purposeful acquisition can shift into mindless acquisition for its own sake. I'm at that point.

    Additionally, there have been other changes in my life that...
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    Re: Ck everyone

    Directionless houses like CK are worth paying attention to just because they have no real strategy and just throw stuff at the wall. Eventually something is gonna stick.


    You got that right.
  74. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Yeah, but both scents are slightly different (OL16 has a violet note that is missing from OL18).

    I do wonder how they'll have tweaked the BdJ formula to distinguish this Signature release from the...
  75. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Guerlain Homme is better than this.

    What's offputting about NuDH--to me, anyway--is not that it's unoriginal, but that it reeks of cost-cutting.
  76. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Me too. I think the cap looks a little chintzy, but the ribbed bottle nicely preserves the Tom Ford for Men aesthetic and gives it a "classic" feel in presentation.

    I'll sniff it when I get a...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    Coming from you, that means a lot.

    This is a good spot and I've enjoyed being here. I just need to clear my head.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    I need a break.

    I have a good collection of bottles that is about as satisfying a collection I'll assemble (I'm not saying it's perfect, but even if I swapped out every bottle in it for the...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    Starting January 1st, I'll be taking at least a six month break from Basenotes.
  80. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I like the ribbed bottle. The cap, not so much.
  81. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I'm not that fond of BdJ either, to be honest.
  82. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    Same note list as the original, so this doesn't seem to be an OL16-OL18 situation where some entire notes went missing.
  83. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Sauvage was a weird, quasi-futuristic thing. It's awful, but it's distinctive.

    The new Dior Homme seems like a cheap-smelling reformulated version of a forgettable designer fragrance that debuted...
  84. Re: Christmas Morning, What Did You Give/What did you get?

    Gave:
    Thymes Vanilla Ambrette (to my wife)
  85. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    It's not. This new Dior Homme smells astonishingly cheap for a flagship release from a major designer house. Demachy should be ashamed of the drydown.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Meharées by L'Erbolario is the perfect Christmas morning scent. Rich spices and dry vanilla.
  87. Re: What kind of man can pull off Dolce & Gabbana The One EDP?

    Anyone who wants to smell appealing without standing out. It's suitable for all ages.
  88. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I smelled the new Dior Homme today. A forgettable, cheap-smelling freshie that is like a less salty/aquatic, thinner version of S.T. DuPont Passenger Escapade.

    RIP Dior.
  89. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Dior Homme (new 2019 non-iris edition) - Forgettable green-woody freshie.

    Bvlgari Man Neroli Woods - Banana Republic and Ferrari both offer far better versions of this.
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    Re: Most complex / complicated fragrance

    Luciano Pavarotti!
  91. Re: which fragrances work really well along with eating dinner or lunch?

    It really depends on the meal!
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    Re: What are you wearing for the holidays?

    It'll be Tom Ford for Men Extreme on Christmas Eve.

    I'll probably pull out Meharees for Christmas morning.
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    Re: Favorite Tobacco Colognes 2019

    I initially was stunned by this one, but the more I spent time with it, the more I grew kinda tired of it. It opens nicely but the drydown gets increasingly thin and boring.

    I ultimately preferred...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Odori Tabacco this morning, because its pretty cinnamon-vanilla-tobacco works well with coffee and toast.

    Now I'll be switching to a heavy-hitter: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah. It has the heft and...
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    Re: Favorite Tobacco Colognes 2019

    I do get tobacco in it, and I don't think it's buried. But there are different formulations out there that supposedly smell a bit different.
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    Re: Favorite Tobacco Colognes 2019

    I like them both, but Havana has the richer tobacco note.
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    Re: Favorite Tobacco Colognes 2019

    Aramis Havana

    L'Artisan Tea for Two

    Michael Kors Michael for Men (Vintage)

    Odori Tabacco

    Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba
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    Re: Why jammy rose is so....jammy?

    This would make sense.

    I like two kinds of rose notes: dewy, natural rose notes and dry rose notes. "Jammy" rose is a turnoff for me.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I wanted something that could stand up to the cold and feels a little festive. So Bentley for Men Intense won out.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    For me, the heavy wood notes give it an outdoorsy quality that keeps it from going truly gourmand. But the very late drydown is definitely a cinnamon-spiced warm sweetness.

    Glad you enjoyed it.
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