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    Re: Comments on Four Creeds I tried today.

    Longevity can be really deceptive. People always say how weak and short-lived Bvlgari Pour Homme is. I find that it is still there on the second day - albeit is a weakened state. I have showered,...
  2. Re: Ok, I'll start the thread - what's wrong in Perfumes: The Guide.

    Yes, there are errors in the text: Jacques Guerlain is mentioned as Jean-Paul's father when he was actually his grandfather, "Inhale" and "Exhale" are attibuted to Parfums d'Empire while they are...
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    Re: The Guide and Guerlain

    " But then we got Héritage - a true masterpiece. And - that is if you ask me - Chamade pour Homme and Spiritueuse Double Vanille."

    Mr. Guerlain, you are quite correct: Heritage is a masterpiece....
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    Re: The Guide and Guerlain

    What I found most interesting about Turin and Sanchez' Guerlain reviews is that they question who is the author of the fragrances from Samsara on. Yes, it hard for me to believe that the creator or...
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    Re: Exhorbitant fragrance prices

    The problem with a lot of fragrance companies - such as Lutens - is that they will only sell the smallest size of botte - usually under 2 oz. And they charge over $100.00 for these. Everyone talks...
  6. Re: When did you start wearing colognes and what was your first scent?

    When I was very young I would slap on some of my dad's Mennen Skin Bracer or Old Spice. I would have been about fifteen when I bought Yardley's Cologne. But my first love in fragrance was Lanvin's...
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    Re: Channel Allure Cologne Blanche

    What I find so annoying about the mediocity of the latest Chanels is that they are capable of so much more. It isn't that they are not making excellent product any longer, it is just that it not...
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    Re: Keiko Mecheri Patchoulissime

    Many, many years ago - maybe thirty - I had a bottle that was wrapped in black felt and had a wonderful, complex rich odour. I can't remember the name. The bottle is long gone but I found the...
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    Re: L'Artisan Eau de Merveilleuses

    This is another long-lost beauty. The fragrance was similar to the vanilla that Laporte created for L'Artisan but with the additional kick of a mango accord. I am not big of fruity fragrances but...
  10. Thread: Canoe by Dana

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    Re: Canoe by Dana

    As far as I know Canoe was originally a men's fragrance and was issued in 1936. It became a favourite in the fifties and sixties. Ambush was created in 1955 and was the feminine version of this...
  11. Thread: Canoe by Dana

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    Re: Canoe by Dana

    Glad to see that other members appreciate this beauty. It has changed very little - if at all - from the scent I remember in the 1960s. At that time it was considered to be the epitome of cool and...
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    Re: Am I Crazy for Loving A Female Fragrance?

    I, too, love Shalimar and Vol de Vuit. I have worn neither but I do have bottles of Mitsouko, Jicky and Caron's Tabac Blond. I would also probably wear Gres' Cabochard and Chanel's Coromandel. I...
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    Re: Shopping in Paris 1-5-08

    Congratulations on your purchases! I have been to Paris twice. On my first visit I purchased the Vintage Tabarome at the Creed store and a bottle of Caron's Tabac Blond; on my second visit it was...
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    Re: Creed Angelique Encens

    Welcome Rivers -

    Angelique Encens is a magnificent fragrance - certainly one of Creed's best. It is a classic Oriental and if you would be comfortable wearing Gulerain's Shalimar or Cody's...
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    Re: Royal Briar Cologne - Fans?

    A very fancy British men's store in Vancouver used to carry this when it was made by Atkinsons. The overall fragrance structure is very similar to a whole pile of British scents from an earlier...
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    Re: SMN Pot Pourri - Update

    Barry -

    Congratulations on discovering the wonderful world of Santa Maria Novella. This line has some of my favourite scents: the aformentioned Potpourri; Sandalo - a strong and clear scent of...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella Pot Pourri?

    This is a beautiful scent, but this is just one guy's opinion. If you like the smell of a tradtional potpourri with an added touch of eucalyptus, this is the scent for you. Imagine Diptyque's Eau...
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    Re: Aquatic Hater's Aquatics?

    If my opinion, Creed's Erolfa is by far the best aquatic scent on the market. Aqua de Bulgari is not bad and Beyond Paradise for Men is interesting. Avoid Kenzo Pour Homme unless you want to...
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    Re: 29 year old juice that smells like new

    Just viewed your collection and it is amazing. I am so glad you have the original bottle of Derby - what a beautiful flacon! I agree that Guerlain is still producing top quality fragrances; it is...
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    Re: 29 year old juice that smells like new

    Chamade was indeed a wonderful scent - one of Jean-Paul's best. I loved the hyacinth note in this fragrance. I have heard that the reformulated version is not as good so I think I will just stay...
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    Re: Need help with a scent for husband

    I'll second PaulSC in his recommendation of Madini. These concentrated oils are unusual and exotic and contain no alcohol. My favourites are Ambergris, Musk Gazelle, Chipre, Madieras de Oriente,...
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    Re: Better than an espresso bar! The Perfume Shoppe, Vancouver

    The Perfume Shoppe has a greal selection of top-notch fragrances and Nasrin is a pleasure to know. She is the ideal perfume salesperson: knowledgable, helpful but not pushy and very patient. The...
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    Poll: Re: Best tobacco scent?

    Santa Maria Novella's Acqua di Cuba is a beauty if one likes deep, dark tobacco mixed with leather. Vintage Tabarome is also wonderful - very full bodied and tenacious.
    Somewhat more whimsical is...
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    Monsieur de Givenchy and Vetyver

    What a pleasure to see these two fragrances at my local Hudson Bay Store!
    Monsieur de Givenchy is a soft and elegant mixture of citrus, lavender and herbs, the fragrance for a gentleman. I remember...
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    Re: Am I exaggerating in stocking up?

    No you are not exaggerating.
    Why wouldn't you buy these things you love when you know that - regardless of what the manufacturer says - the quality is dropping every year? Why wouldn't one stock up...
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    Re: Lutens Sarrasins Review

    A la Nuit always reminds me of the best quality in Indian jasmine incense: mogra agarbatti. But one would have to love jasmine to appreciate this scent; it is really assertive.
  27. Re: Interviews: Gendarme, Mugler Cologne, Demeter Laundromat, or nothing?

    I'll second thebeck's reply. Nothing is by far the best way to go. Lots of soap, water, deodorant, toothpaste, breath mints, shampoo, clean shoes, discreet clothes, etc. With fragrance you may run...
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    Re: Are Creed longetivity issues fair

    Creed's fragrances very greatly in longevity - but this is not a problem for me. I don't expect Cypres-Musc to last as long as my Vintage Tabarome. All the the post 1990 Creeds seem to last quite...
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    Re: Your favorite Chanel Les Exclusifs

    Coromandel is the best patchouli based scent I have ever smelled. It is as if the finest patchouli was delicately mixed with the spices from Coco. What a magnificent perfume! But it raises a...
  30. Re: If you had to go through life with just three fragrances...

    For me:
    Guerlain's Vetiver
    Chanel's Coromandel
    Caron's Tabac Blond

    For the woman in my life:
    Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue
    Caron's Narcisse Noir
    Caron's Fleurs de Rocaille
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    Re: Your 5 Biggest Disappointments Ever

    Jean-Paul Guerlain's later scents - Mahora, Champs Elysees, many of the Aqua Allegorias.
    M7 - a very poor take on the oud note
    Dior Homme and Aprege Pour Homme - the same disgustingly sweet drydown...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella - yowzas!

    Yes, Santa Maria Novella has excellent fragrances. I own a number of them and I would agree that Musk is one of their best if not the best musk on the market. I do not find the Sandalo to be...
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    Re: Reissue Wish List

    For Women:
    Coty's L'Aimant, L'Origan, Emeraude, Chypre, La Rose Jacquminot
    Tuvache's Jungle Gardenia, Tuvara
    Lanvin's My Sin, Spanish Geranium
    Yardley's April Violets, Red Roses, Lotus, Bond...
  34. Re: Scent copying: what are the legal restrictions?

    There must be some sort of restrictions. I remember some years back when Molinard was selling a scent that was very, very similar to Mugler's Angel. Legal action was taken and the formula for the...
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    Re: Scentiments.com's customer svc going down the crapper

    It's even worse for the Canadian customer. I can't buy from this site at present; when I checked in to my member's information, all the Canadian provinces were deleted and instead of being in...
  36. Re: Link to David Lynch's Commercials for Obsession, Gio, Opium, Jil Sander and more.

    Ruggles -

    Thanks very much for the Lynch link. He has always been such an innovator and has certainly changed the face of modern film.
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    Re: Used to be a vetiver said something

    "I'm quite shocked at all the bad reviws it's gotten on basenotes. I can see how the tobacco/citrus/soap/etiver opening might be a little off putting, but after that it's just marvelous. Perfect...
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    The Best Patchouli - Ever

    Yesterday I received a sample of Chanel's Coromandel. This is the lightest and most refined patchouli scent. It is a little - very little actually - like Patchouli Patch but much more complex. ...
  39. Re: Are There Any REAL Cologne Discount Sites/Stores In Canada?

    " Scentiments doesn't ship to Canada and that there is a customs issue with colognes coming into Canada anyway"

    This is a real shame. I just checked out their site and indeed they have taken away...
  40. Re: Firms that do copies of discontinued fragrances ?

    Yes, they have copyright(?) on some of their fragrance names as well as the formulae. I have a bottle of their copy of Evyan's The Baron and it is spot on. Some of their fragrances could - I...
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    Re: Guerlain´s churning them out !

    "I think that Baie de Genièvre by Creed is a far superior study of juniper."

    I agree. Baie de Genievre is a wonderful fragrance and Coriolan is a little thin and definitely not up to the...
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    Re: The One That Let You Down?

    I felt that way when I purchased Ralph Lauren's Polo when it was first released. I loved - and still love - the initial strong green note when applied on the skin. However after using the bottle...
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    Re: Guerlain´s churning them out !

    "- it'll be a sad day if the classic house of Guerlain starts 'churning out' mediocre scents."

    Well, it has happened already and has been happening for a some time. I remember reading some years...
  44. Re: Firms that do copies of discontinued fragrances ?

    Although most of the fragrance are for women, Long Lost Perfume, tries to make exact copies of perfumes that are no longer available. Some are superb: Lentheric's Tweed, Raphael's Replique,...
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    Re: Eau de Guerlain

    Eau de Guerlain is one of Jean Paul's masterpieces. As excellent as many of Guerlain's Eau de Colognes are, they have no longevity whatsoever. Eau de Guerlain is different and its ability to last...
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    Re: My take on vintage and new aged fragrances

    I, too, have an affinity for older fragrances. I have worn Guerlain Vetiver for the past forty years. Recently I have discovered a number of vintage fragrances that I never had the chance to try: ...
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    Re: Best thing for your underarms?

    I used to use the Mitchum Unscented deodorant gel and it was very good - much better than any other I have used in terms of preventing odour and dryness. Although it was said to be unscented, it...
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    Re: Has anyone ever tried Demeter fragrances?

    Obviously some are better than others. Leather has reasonable longevity and is convincingly suede-like. This is Not a Pipe is an excellent tobacco scent and also lasts fairly well. I haven't...
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    Re: Used to be a vetiver said something

    Hey Chris -

    Try the relaunched version of Carven's Vetiver. You will be pleasantly surprised as it is strong and manly and sharp. Finally a company has returned a classic to its original formula...
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    Re: Opinions needed

    I have Royal Bain de Caron but don't wear it often. It is quite sweet and - in my opinion - more feminine. As with all Caron fragrances, it is of superb quality and quite long lasting. It starts...
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    Re: Agua Brava vs Bowling Green vs ???

    Agua Brava is much dryer, more sophisticated and "European." It is in the same vein as Pino Sylvestre and Creed's Epicea. This type of fougere fragrance with its strong pine note was very common in...
  52. Re: What do you wish you had worn when you were 20?

    When I was twenty (1968) I wore my Lanvin trio: Lavande, Figaro and Vetyver and would probably still be wearing them if they were available today. I also wore Jade East, Mem's English Leather Lime,...
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    Re: Are Creed scents really that good?

    Yes I purchased this at Scentiments.com for a really good price. I have not seen it listed on any Creed sites until the one that you posted a few days ago.

    What is in this fragrance besides the...
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    Re: Are Creed scents really that good?

    I think one would have to work really hard to prove that Creeds' fragrances are not well made. Their ingredients are top-notch. Given that, the scents are not among the most adventurous. To my...
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    Re: Too young for Guerlain Vetiver

    One is never too young for Guerlain's Vetiver. Don't forget that it was created when Jean-Paul was in his twenties.
    I think it boils down to a matter of taste. Vetiver - especially when mixed with...
  56. Thread: marjoram note

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    Re: marjoram note

    Caron's Yatagan and Diptyque's Le Eau Trois both have a strong herbal quality. Maybe not marjoram exclusively but the basic oregano, rosemary, etc. vibe.
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    Santa Maria Novella in Montreal

    I purchased a couple of bottles of Santa Maria Novella cologne from a dealer in Montreal a few years back. But I can't remember the name and a web-search seems to lead to nothing. Can someone...
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    Cost of a Perfume

    I would be really interested to know the price of producing an ounce of a top quality perfume such as Chanel #5 or Patou's Joy. This would include the ingredients, the bottle and the packaging. In...
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    Re: CK Eternity vs. Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    While I am not a big fan of either fragrance, there is no doubt in my mind which is the superior scent. Chanel makes their fragrances with the finest ingredients while Eternity smells - to me a...
  60. Re: Gentlemen, do you like to smell L'Heure Bleue...

    Yes, indeed! This is a sublime creation and with incredible sillage. I bought this for a lover many years ago. She was a redhead and the scent seemed to mold into her perfectly and become part of...
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    Re: Jean-Charles Brosseau Fruit de Bois

    I am in total agreement. This is one superb fragrance - very subtle and refined. The other two - a heady fruity-floral-cedar and a brisk tea are also wonderful. Fragrance lovers should pick these...
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    Re: Ténéré by Paco Rabanne (1988)

    I doubt that it was re-formulated because it was available for such a short period of time. It didn't sell well and then became virtually impossible to find. It is a great scent, however, and one...
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    Re: Checkout this Royal Copenhagen Ad

    A lot of "drug store" scents started off as high-end merchandise. Brut was sold in the best stores as was Royal Copenhagen, Kanon, Jade East, Tabac. Women's fragrances such as Tabu, Ambush, and...
  64. Re: Houbigant Fougere Royale -- a modern substitute?

    To be honest, I can't actually think of a current fragrance that would approximate Coty's Chypre. Maybe some of the other members could pitch in here?
    On second thought, you may want to give...
  65. Re: Houbigant Fougere Royale -- a modern substitute?

    From what I remember, Fougere Royale was probably pretty close to Penhaligon's English Fern or Geo F. Trumpers' Wild Fern. Mind you, this is a memory from over forty years ago, so it might not be...
  66. Re: Autobiographies: Early Defining Scent Memories

    My first memories of fragrance were of my grandmother's perfume, Tweed by Lentheric - a sweet mixture of wood, spice and floral. My mother only wore perfume for special occasions and her favourites...
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    Re: The image in the ad vs. the scent itself

    Few ads catch my eye. There were the Chanel ads of many years ago that featured an almost inhumanly beautiful Catherine Deneueve. They really took my breath away! Aside from that, not many. I...
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    Re: Egoiste vs. Platinum Egoiste

    The history of these two fragrances is interesting - to say the least. Egoiste was launched with a huge marketing campaign. I remember the television ads with the large house of opening and...
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    Re: What's the best aquatic fragrance?

    Creed's Erolfa - by far
    Bvlgari's Aquva is not bad
    Kenzo Pour Homme is the most accurate depiction of the sea, but totally unwearable - a mixture of salt, seaweed, wet sand, etc. In large...
  70. Thread: Vetiver Redux

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    Vetiver Redux

    When I heard that Carven was going to relaunch its Vetiver I had a distant hope that it would be returned to its former glory. Unlike the debacle of the Lanvin version that was recently issued,...
  71. Thread: Patchouli

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    Re: Patchouli

    Molinard's Patchouli is very true to the smell of the essential oil but softened slightly. It is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased on-line from many vendors. It is similar to L'Artisan...
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    Re: Tabac Blond: some questions

    I thought that there were only two concentrations as well: the eau de toilette and the parfum. The perfume is smoother and - of course - has more longevity.
    Although Royal English Leather and...
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    Re: Sensual Vetiver and Fruit de Bois

    Yes indeed, the Fruit de Bois is marvellous. It's not heavy in the slightest but it has real presence and - as you said - would be ideal as a office scent.
    This, along with the companion fragrances...
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    Re: Fragrance that smells like tea?

    You might want to test Eau de The Vert by Roger et Gallet - a very nice and fresh green tea fragrance, fairly long-lasting. But the best - I think - is the aforementioned The Brun by Brosseau. It's...
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    Re: Bay Rums: Recommendations?

    St Johns Bay Rum is my favourite. I have bought the larger size - 8 oz. - and been quite lavish with it. It is not a heavy fragrance and I used to apply it like an aftershave - sprinkling some of...
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    Re: A fresh, clean musk...

    My favourite musk scent is Santa Maria Novella's Muschio. It's an extremely long-lasting light musk scent - the best I have ever smelled.
    If you not adverse to wearing perfume, Madini produces some...
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    Re: Classic Eau De Cologne type frags

    I am surprised that one one has mentioned Caswell-Massey's Number Six. Puportedly this scent was George Washington's favourite. It is much longer lasting than the classic 4711 and quite brisk and...
  78. Re: Any thoughts on Cuir de Russie by Le Jardin Retrouvé?

    I was hoping that someone with more experience with this fragrance could offer a reply. Mine is limited: I managed to sniff the Cuir de Russe, Santal and Vetiver when I was last in Paris. They...
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    Re: Luca Turin - Folio Zurich, Current Issue

    Luca Turin manages to hit the nail on the head most of the time and he has the clout and audacity to initiate some of the changes that he would like to see. I thought that his letter to Mr. Harf was...
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    Re: Best purchase this year?

    Jean-Charles Brosseau Pour Homme:
    The Brun
    Fruit de Bois
    Atlas Cedar
  81. Re: Tried Divine's Homme de Coeur and Homme Sage...

    Both fragrances are superb: Homme de Coeur is a magnificent iris fragrance while the incense and spice of Homme Sage make it really unlike any other perfume. My only complaint is that I wished the...
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    Re: L'Occitane Eau Des Baux ( A quick review)

    Very pleasant when first applied, this turned into a vanilla-chocolate-caramel
    mess after half-an-hour. Dior Homme and Arpege pour Homme both share this nauseating drydown. L'Occtiane usually...
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    Re: Trying out Antonis by Bourbon French

    Bourbon French Parfums make good quality, very old-fashioned fragrances.
    I have 525 and it is a rich citrus and wood mixtures very similar to one of the old Crown colognes. Eau de Noir is also very...
  84. Thread: Top 5 Noses!

    by opalsdad
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    Re: Top 5 Noses!

    Past
    Francois Coty
    Jacques Guerlain
    Ernest Daltroff
    Edmond Roudnitska
    Jean Charles

    Present
    Jean-Paul Guerlain
    Christopher Sheldrake
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    Re: Equipage Hermes

    Russlan -
    Congratulations on your purchase. And thank you for the kind mention. I know you will find Equipage to be really special. Yes, I did say that I found similarities with Anarchiste but...
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