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    Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Picked up JHL and Havana at my local Nordies; they also had the full "Gentleman's" Collection. Great stuff and a good value at $48 for 100mls. :) Glad to see these two classics back on the market.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshall's

    The Cuir Amethyste I saw was the 50ml size for $29.99 plus tax. I'd also be on the lookout for some of the others... especially Ambre Soie (which was always my favorite). If anybody finds it and...
  3. Re: Sillage monsters and sillage wimps. Best and worst.

    Nobody has yet mentioned YSL Body Kouros, Sillage Beat extraordinaire???

    Two sillage wimps are also two of my all-time favorites... Helmut Lang Cuiron and Helmut Land EdC. Of course, I think the...
  4. Re: Splash on's - your favorite Aftershaves/eau de colognes

    Parfums Berdoues 1902 Naturelle EdC... wonderful stuff, comes in a gigantic 14oz bottle, giving you enough to splash to your heart's content.

    I also must profess that in the heat of summer, the...
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    Re: Voile Terracotta d'ete

    Just ordered a bottle from scentiments; looking forward to it! I usually don't do blind buys anymore... but somehow this Guerlain slipped through my fingers and I've never sniffed it. Luckily, for...
  6. Sticky: Re: Scammer Alert and general marketplace advice

    Just curious if there has been any news about the scammer? Did anybody's efforts ever bear fruit? Did he get caught? Has anybody else been scammed?
  7. Re: "Common Scents" Fragrance Oils: Jicky... anybody tried?

    Yes, I think the more complex the mixture or more "subtle" the fragrance, the tougher it is for them to approximate given the materials that they have.

    I mean, something with key notes that are...
  8. Re: "Common Scents" Fragrance Oils: Jicky... anybody tried?

    Well, got my fragrance oil yesterday. Sadly, Quarry's experience with Jicky is about the same as mine.

    Strangely, it's not like they didn't TRY to approximate Jicky, it's just like maybe the...
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    Re: eau de toilette=toilet water?

    Is the OP's question serious? It almost seems like a joke. (haha)

    Anyway, "toilet" doesn't always have the connotation of what the OP has in mind... the above poster's mention of "grooming" is...
  10. Re: Would you ever buy a litre of your favourite scent?

    Thanks for the info!

    Considering that in the US the parfum is $305 for 30mls (or $10 per ml), 1300 euros for 500ml of parfum sounds like an absolute bargain.

    Of course, as much as I love...
  11. Re: Would you ever buy a litre of your favourite scent?

    I'm very curious, as a fellow Jicky lover... how much does a bottle that large cost? Is it the EdT, EdP, Parfum? And, where did you get it (I assume from the Guerlain store?)

    All I ever see in...
  12. Re: Would you ever buy a litre of your favourite scent?

    I wouldn't do it for Vetiver, but I'd probably consider it for Jicky in the EdT or the PdT. I'd love to have enough of it to spray with reckless abandon, instead of being miserly with my small...
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    Re: orange blossom, special

    Guerlain's Flora Nerolia is another unique take on the note, by blending it with Jasmine.

    Creed Neroli Sauvage is a safe, uber-classy neroli scent, though I usually like something a little more...
  14. Re: Application - all sprays to one spot on chest? Also, what is "8m"?

    ^I'm with Jenson... also, spraying it all on the same spot makes the atomizer itself useless... the point of a spray is giving a broader, more even distribution of scent around an area.
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    Re: Best Masculine Floral Scent You Smelled?

    ^Agree with the above.

    Rose, historically, was a very masculine note, so pretty much any rose-heavy fragrance can be easily worn by men. To that end, Montale Aoud Queen Roses is really quite...
  16. Re: Ordered Guerlain L'Instant Extreme EDP blind, yay or nay?

    I never recommend buying anything blind, but of all those that you could, I'd say that the EdP of L'instant is a good one. If you like L'instant, you'll love the Extreme. If you don't, you'll have...
  17. Re: "Common Scents" Fragrance Oils: Jicky... anybody tried?

    Yeah, that was my question, but I was just surprised that they'd even have Jicky. I can understand having the newest, hottest thing, but Jicky? Given that they were so cheap, I thought I'd give it a...
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    Re: Leather Lovers

    Speaking of Cuiron, is there any truth to the rumor that they are re-releasing it? I've heard this here and there, but as yet have seen no new stock anywhere.

    I sure hope they are putting it out...
  19. "Common Scents" Fragrance Oils: Jicky... anybody tried?

    Anybody ever tried the Jicky Perfume Oil from "The Common Scents?" I'm a big Jicky fan and have several of the concentrations from Guerlain, but I was just curious if anybody had tried the...
  20. Re: [HELP!] Colognes that smell like bad aftershave (ex Menin)

    Caron Pour un Homme has a barbershop sort of creamy feel, so some love it... some hate it.

    And, I'm with Attorney and knightowl. Opium may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it's hardly THAT bad....
  21. Thread: Favorite Musk

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    Re: Favorite Musk

    We had a good discussion of musk a while back with some excellent suggestions. You may want to take a look and see if anything strikes your fancy:
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Agreed; but the sad thing is that most industries are too short-sighted to let the free market actually BE a free market. They don't realize that allowing a consumer to have all the information and...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Yeah, if anything, this decision on the part of the fragrance industry mirrors the problem Record Execs had with downloading... they "fudged" the math by saying that every song downloaded meant a...
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    Re: Spotted at TJMaxx

    Yeah, I get that their pricing is based on what they can sell, but it always amazes me how sometimes they'll have great niche stuff cheap and mass-market stuff for really high... like I remember when...
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    Re: Spotted at TJMaxx

    No offense taken and I'm in agreement. :) Again, it's a fault of teachers that we think we have to always make our point... with a sledgehammer. (haha)

    My biggest letdown with TJMaxx was when...
  26. Thread: Luca Turin

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    Re: Luca Turin

    What was Turin's member name when he was here? I'd just be curious to read his posts.

    As well, he seems like a grown up and capable of taking criticism, so I seriously doubt that the sole reason...
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    Re: Spotted at TJMaxx

    I don't see why it is "ganging up on her." As a forum member, it's simply being strong about not condoning that type of behavior and holding forum members here to certain standards of...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    I'm surprised at it, too, and find those both excellent questions, the answers to which I'm not really sure...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    I'm in absolute agreement with you on this... but, again, all of these policies happened well over a year ago, we talked about it a lot at the time and it didn't do any good and grant explained...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    You're preaching to the choir on this one, my friend. :)

    At the end of the day, as I said way back on page one more than a year ago, it's Grant's site and Grant's decision, agree or disagree. ...
  31. Thread: Luca Turin

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    Re: Luca Turin

    +1. Turin is a good writer and a very clever man, but like a lot of things, a certain "groupthink" attitude often gets thrown in because of his reputation and people begin to neglect their own...
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    Re: Damn....Why did I sell this!

    I rarely regret selling fragrances, as almost always they are ones that I'm not using, but the ONE that I sold and then said, "What did I do???" was a vintage botttle of Chanel no. 19. Perfectly...
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    Re: Spotted at TJMaxx

    That's because it IS shoplifting/stealing. I'm really surprised that somebody would post with such openness about doing that, like it is no big deal. Just because TJMaxx is a discounter and "doesn't...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Just curious... do you get much traffic/sales from there? It seems like the site is DEAD... every time I log on or view, I'm the ONLY one viewing. And, the record for simultaneous members was like...
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    Re: What smells like Christmas to you?

    Vanille tonka is a good rec. Another might be Sacre Bleu by PdN, which also has a very rich, very warn depth to it.
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    Re: What smells like Christmas to you?

    Also try CSP Vanille Canelle. It's not as nice as Winter Delice (which is my favorite "Xmas/Wintertime' scent), but it's very nice.
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    Re: Antaeus old versus new

    Like I said above, Antaeus in ANY formulation is an excellent addition to any gentleman's wardrobe. I understand the interest and discussion of a "more golden past" to fragrances, but this card...
  38. Thread: Cigar smoke

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    Re: Cigar smoke

    The original Cartier Must (especially in the parfum version) has a dark, vanilla smokiness about it that you might like.
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    Re: Searching for a fragrance that...

    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria WINTER DELICE sounds like something you might like.

    Something easier to find might be Guerlain L'instant Pour homme. Check out the directory for both of these and see what...
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    Re: Antaeus old versus new

    I've heard this about Antaeus from the beginning and have only tried the newer stuff... but I also hear it about Pour Monsieur and, to be honest, I've had both old and new of PM and enjoy both.
    ...
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    Re: Calling all amber lovers

    Wonderful recs for Amber scents here, for sure.

    I didn't see it listed above, but if you can find it or are willing to pay the price, I find Armani Prive's Ambre Soie to be unbeatable in terms of...
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    Re: Pre-Basenotes era

    I've always loved scents, so really finding basenotes a few years back was almost like a "coming home" to see lots of other fragrancistas like me. Of course, once here, I was exposed to MANY new...
  43. Re: Cartier Roadster at Beautyencounter already ...

    While I agree with no. 4, I hardly see how it is a disgrace of the word "roadster" seeing as how it was supposed to connect to the "roadster" chronograph. I like the bottle design, thinking it has...
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    Re: What is Proust and Madeleine?

    Proust is notoriously hard to summarize or discuss in a concise, clear way, but you've done it admirably! This is about the best, most direct answer to a Proust question I've heard in a long time...
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    Re: NEVER shop at 1stperfume.com !!!

    As scentemental notes above, we've been talking about 1stperfume.com for years! I remember posting a warning a LONG time ago. Anyway, the short answer for this place is that you are ALWAYS taking a...
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    Re: Helmut Lang EdP - Is 100 to much?

    100 pounds sounds ridiculous for the HL EdP; you can certainly find it cheaper.

    This sounds like a shameless plug, but I'd really hate for you to overpay that much for the HL and so I'll post a...
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    Re: Best Fruity Male Fragrance?

    Escada Sunset Heat for Men is very nice and fruity, as is Masaki matsushima Mat; Male. As well, both are available quite inexpensively from some of the major online discounters.
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    Re: R.I.P. Laurent Bruyere

    This is sad news to hear of the passing of a great "nose." In my wardrobe, he'd be worthy of remembrance even if Costume National Scent Intense were the only one he made... what a gorgeous, deep,...
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    Re: Missing Fragrance Marathon

    Yep; I agree. I know a few I've been waiting on are now in. Looking forward to adding reviews.

    Thanks, Grant.
  50. Sticky: Re: Scammer Alert and general marketplace advice

    Thanks for this info, Stu. Can I also add that typically this scammer ALSO asks in the swap that you DON'T send it with confirmation or signature confirmation? This would require him to sign for...
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    Re: house: Keiko Mecheri

    Yep, I've been waiting for this one to be added, too! I've had it for more than a year, have been enjoying it, and have wanted to review it!

    It's a really unique, interesting dry musc that really...
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    Re: Creed Bois de Santal

    Just thought I'd bump this... wearing this one today and it's a shame it isn't in the directory. One of the best....
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    Re: Parfums Berdoues

    Just thought I'd bump this one up. I've recently picked up a few Berdoues scents and they're quite nice. I'd love to see this Fragrance House added to the directory.
  54. Re: Partially nude Tom Ford photoshoot in Out Magazine (Nov)

    I think if you change this to say "Karl was a handsome man in the 1930's" you'd be right on. I think he's about 118 year old by now... ;)

    Anyway, I loved the Tom pics. He really seems to be...
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    Re: Scents for all universal time

    Joop.

    Future generations will need to know what brought on the first apocalypse in order to avoid the next one.
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    Re: Montale montale montale montale

    I, for one, appreciate the effort, but I'm sure you realize you're fighting an uphill battle. With every "it" fragrance or house on the forum over the past few years, this happens. I remember when...
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    Re: Serge Lutens' Arabie: A Review

    Like most Lutens, it was just too much, too heavy, too syrup-y for me. Dates, almonds, something maple-y; I felt like I rubbed a danish all over myself.
  58. Re: Name one SL scent that you still haven't made up your mind about

    I'm with you, actually, although I can't even say that there are any that I really "like." I'd say that there are about 12 of them that I haven't made up my mind about.

    I agree with your...
  59. Re: M7 ----- Le Baiser du Dragon.Question for the experts here

    Coincidentally I'm wearing Le Baiser today and I really don't get anything much M7 out of it. M7 is much sexier, woodier, more masculine, while Baiser is softer, heavier, and sweeter.

    But, again,...
  60. Re: Tell me about Havana and reserva...revolutionary or tepid

    I'd definitely sample first and not blind buy at that price, unless you have $$$ to burn. That's my advice not only for Havana, but for nearly every other hard-to-find, niche, or discontinued scent...
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    Re: Something (quite!) like Chergui?

    I also find PdN Sacrebleu to be in the same universe as Chergui, if not even a little better. Both have that deep, warm, rich sweetness about them...
  62. Re: Tom Ford for Men - info about the scent, NOT the man, ads, etc...

    ^Thanks Mike; I feel a little better now because I had the same impression and did nearly the same thing as you. I don't live near Saks, so had to order my bottle online without sampling. I paced...
  63. Re: Tom Ford for Men - info about the scent, NOT the man, ads, etc...

    I'm wearing it today and I'm going to have to give it more time, but I can see what Barry is saying. I like it, overall, but I agree with him that I'm having a tough time figuring out what it's all...
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    Re: The Weirdest Names for Perfumes

    I still think "Derring-do" is the dumbest name for a fragrance yet. I'd feel like an idiot even telling someone what I was wearing...

    "Let me play the Lion" is another strange one.
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    Re: Metallic Scents

    The original Byblos Uomo has a very metallic note; not entirely pleasant, but very distinct.

    I also get something oddly metallic out of Creed Aubepine Acacia, sort of something citrus with a...
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    Re: Tried Calvin Klein Man!...sorta...

    That's what we're saying... you really don't know it isn't a frag you wouldn't give a second look, because you haven't actually given it a real first look.

    Let's say this is a forum for book...
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    Re: Tried Calvin Klein Man!...sorta...

    Agreed, Mike.

    Saying you hate a fragrance based on a paper printout is like saying you hate a movie just based on the preview, or hate a book based on the blurb written on the jacket. As well, I...
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    Re: Feeling Chypre?

    You may also want to try Pecksniff's Chypre Green. I don't like it as well as some of the others mentioned, but it strikes me as a very old-fashioned sort of chypre (like something that came from...
  69. Thread: Sacrebleu?

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    Re: Sacrebleu?

    I fall into the same group of liking it but not loving it. Nevertheless, as much press as Chergui gets, I'm surprised this one isn't a little more popular or respected. Both have that heavy, sweet...
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    Re: Prada Infusion d'Iris - First impression

    I agree; that soapiness turns me off a little as well (which is why i tend to reach for my regular Prada Amber over the Amber PH) and I too found Infusion to be a lot more similar to Prada Amber PH...
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    Re: New: Infusion d'Iris By Prada

    Just thought I'd bump this up now that it's been released. I took part in the group buy with sniffr and I agree with the assessment that it is more similar to Prada Amber PH than it is to Prada...
  72. Re: Montale Patchouli Leaves - I can't shake this one

    I love it, Barry, but then again I think you and I have similar tastes. The best "straight on" patchouli is probably the SMN, but the Montale keeps it from feeling too hippy-ish.

    If Patchouli...
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    Poll: Re: Hermes - Hiris

    Update: Okay, I still think the same thing about Hiris as I did the other day, but having just gotten a bottle of Prada Infusion d'iris, I definitely think you should skip over the Hermes and try...
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    Re: Ebay is suing Perfume Bay : (

    Ebays days are numbered. They've screwed sellers with terrible customer service, "double dipped" on fees and such in their use of paypal, etc etc etc etc. Unfortunately, small time sellers are...
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    Poll: Re: Hermes - Hiris

    I wear it as well. It's not my favorite Hermes, by any means, but it is definitely do-able by men and women.
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    Re: What Was Your Worst Blind Buy Ever?

    Well, I think that one or more of the Fracas Homme haters on this thread got the bottle from me! But, I agree that it isn't particularly pleasant. It started off okay... but after a few times of...
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    Re: Swiss army cologne owners!!!

    Rest assured, G Man, this will be the last post I put on any thread of yours. You can respond and get angry and flame like you do anytime anyone even remotely disagrees with you, but I won't be...
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    Re: Swiss army cologne owners!!!

    The frequency with which you post new threads would speak otherwise.

    Anyway, it's times like this I still wish we had thread ratings...
  79. Re: more of O. Creed's and BN gets it's nose tweaked

    I see now what you mean, CJ, and I'm sorry for jumping on you. Rereading your post, I appreciate the clarification (because, in my initial reading, I did read it as being directed at the seller). I,...
  80. Re: more of O. Creed's and BN gets it's nose tweaked

    I also suggest we do not spend one more minute being rude for no reason. I ordered four or five bottles from this seller last week (not the creed mind you, but some Lubin and vintage Chanel), and he...
  81. Re: Oliver Creed Eau De Cologne For Men, Vintage Rare

    Got my order today; packaged safely, posted quickly,and (best of all) the juice is still good. The vintage Chanel no. 19 I got from him in the old formulation is worth it by itself; the fact I also...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Nutmeg (and others),

    More than likely a Yahoo group will be the easiest solution and probably what will happen.

    But, again, it's Grant's decision to make and he is the one with everything at...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Thanks for the thorough explanation, Grant. I'm still sorry to see decants go and am afraid it will hurt Bnotes in the long run (perhaps not as much as lawsuit, but anyway!), but now that you've...
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    Re: Ebay to shut down all decant sales

    True, Hirch, but it's still a crappy policy, an inconvenience, and rather discourteous to loyal members who've also given a lot to the forum simply to have a blanket pronouncement made as it was with...
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    Re: Ebay to shut down all decant sales

    I agree; I'm afraid it will just push the older members who have lots of experience and great collections to other sites... and, most assuredly, what point is there in now paying the subscription?...
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    Re: Ebay to shut down all decant sales

    edit (see below)
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Grant, I know your job is tough and that you have to make some difficult decisions, but this sort of blunt command is a little surprising, uncharacteristic, and (as Hirch noted) discourteous to the...
  88. Re: Oliver Creed Eau De Cologne For Men, Vintage Rare

    Thanks; I'm curious to see what you can find out.
  89. Re: Oliver Creed Eau De Cologne For Men, Vintage Rare

    ...and were you the bidder, fred? ;)

    I'd like to email the winner just to find out what it smells like...
  90. Re: Oliver Creed Eau De Cologne For Men, Vintage Rare

    I second all of this. I've talked with him (I think his name is Jaime) a few times and he's quite open about where his items came from, how they've been stored, etc. As Pluran noted, condition is...
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    Re: Thread ratings abuse?

    That makes sense and when I posted (basically saying that I thought that there were maybe just a lot more 1* worthy threads) I didn't know how many of them there were assigned to relatively random...
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    Re: Thread ratings abuse?

    I'm with you, Trebor and I'd HATE to see Basenotes lose that "edge," but I agree that unfortunately the signs are there.

    As I said on the thread with Stu about the sales forum, it's not up to...
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    Re: Thread ratings abuse?

    I agree with Fred that it seems only new members are overly concerned with thread ratings. I, too, don't even notice them and would hardly miss them if they disappeared. Overall, I've probably rated...
  94. Re: Gucci Pour Homme II

    No problem; and luckily in this case no need to search through tons of pages; the thread in question that I linked to above is just about five or six threads beneath this one (it's called "Gucci II...
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    Re: Versus Uomo . ANYTHING SIMILAR?

    It's really quite unique, so I can't think of anything that is a dead ringer.

    But, in an attempt to make a recomendation, I'm going to go out on a limb. Try MPG Parfum d'habit. I find that both...
  96. Re: Gucci Pour Homme II

    If possible, could a mod merge this with the existing thread here:

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=194006

    Not trying to be picky, but if you are away from the site for a day or...
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    Re: Your Fragrance Of Choice When Travelling?

    You're right, John. As well, it seems to me that given the stress of getting through the airport, fighting crowds, lugging bags around then being squished into a seat, no matter what I end up...
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    Re: Caught! A "dilemma"

    No problem; I know that sometimes the urge to hit the "bid" or "buy-it-now" button can be overwhelming, especially when it comes with a fragrance so highly coveted around here (why, I'm not exactly...
  99. Re: Ebay - real or fake colognes? Recommendations?

    Best suggestion: don't shop on ebay. Go to scentiments or any of the half-dozen other recommended web retailers who will guarantee authenticity, have a decent returns policy, and have prices that...
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    Re: Caught! A "dilemma"

    Lol... thanks to your help, a dear Canadian member has taken one for the team and bought the dear suede chukkas. :)
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