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    Re: Diptyque's John Galliano Essence

    I didn't get much from this except smoke: smoke mixed with a strong dirty grill/creosote note which was acrid and pretty unpleasant. I wouldn't want to use this as a room spray and certainly not as...
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    Re: New to MPG, which to try first?

    Give Route du Vetiver a try first. This is one of those fragrances that I clearly remember exactly when & where I was the first time I sampled it: the first impression never leaves you!

    Try RdV in...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons - Top 5 Faves

    CdG2 Man
    CdG3
    Vettiveru
    Sequoia
    LUX Patchouli
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    Re: Best Masculine Neroli?

    These three are all great recommendations, here's my take on them:

    Penhaligon's Castile: The most complex of the three: good quality neroli, but w/o the single-focused purity of the C&S. The sunny...
  5. Re: Fresh, bright, summery, sophisticated, quality ingredients

    Lorenzo Villoresi Wild Lavender
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Creed Selection Verte
    The Different Company Sel de Vetiver
    Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
    Czech & Speake Neroli
    Terre d'Hermes
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    Re: Mazzaroli 'Lui'

    I get a lot of patchouli from Lui, but to my nose it's matched by an equal amount of leather. Strong stuff!

    MPG Parfum d'Habit is quite similar in its notes and structure to Mazzolari Lui but...
  7. Re: Rank top 5-10 houses by Ingredient quality...

    I think the Italian houses really stand out in this regard:
    Lorenzo Villoresi
    Mazzolari
    SMN

    Other favorites:
    Annick Goutal
    MPG
    Chanel
    Serge Lutens
  8. Re: Minty, fruity, great longevity..(Suggestions?)

    Horizon by Guy Laroche
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    Re: I cannot keep my fragrances.. I'm so sad

    Can your aunt wear all her clothes "at once" or all her shoes "at once"? (Of course I am assuming that she owns more than one set of clothes and pair of shoes ...)
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    Re: Sandalwood cologne by Elizabeth Arden

    Creed Santal Imperial or Dyptique Tam Dao are what you're looking for.


    Since you liked the shaving cream so much, why not try C&E's matching Sandalwood EDT?
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    Re: Dark, smoky, and floral

    Etro Palais Jamais: smoky jasmine and tea notes. My favorite of the Etro lineup.
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    Re: SotD - Thursday 4 Oct. 07

    Montale Royal Aoud
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella - yowzas!

    Patchouli and Musk are tremendous fragrances; and I agree, SMN's Musk puts all others to shame!

    Two other standouts are Marescialla (very dry spices) and Acqua di Cuba (not for the faint of...
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    Re: SotD - Saturday 29 Sept 07

    Montale Soleil de Capri

    Trying to hang onto the last days of summer here!
  15. Thread: C&S Cuba

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    Re: C&S Cuba

    Very unique stuff! The only fragrance I've tried that I would call a "fresh" tobacco: top notes of mint, pepper and light cloves last through the drydown and it never becomes heavy or cloying as...
  16. Re: Le Labo: Video on how it is made. Interesting!!

    Customer: "...So what are you putting in there now?"

    Lab tech.: "This is ... aaaaah ... perfume!"
  17. Aoud Ambre: random musings ...with movie citations!

    With the sale on various Montale fragrances going full-steam, I've been frantically going through my half-used samples in an attempt to see if there's anything that I've "got" to have.

    Let me...
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    Re: I have a SERIOUS habit!

    Damn ... I thought SixCats was back!
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    Re: need recommendation: Carnation scent

    LV Garofano is a really huge, outsize sort of scent: VERY, very green and strong with unbelievable longevity. Cloves are present but not as overpowering like in some carnation scents.

    CdG's...
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    Re: All things Lavender

    Lorenzo Villoresi Wild Lavender: very dry, non-sweet, almost medicinal with lots of supporting herbs which meld superbly with the lavender and give it an unexpected complexity.

    Serge Lutens Encens...
  21. Re: Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime and Uncharted?

    West Indian Lime seemed to me to be a carbon copy of YSL Live Jazz. Very little if any lime note in it.
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    Re: What Was Your Worst Blind Buy Ever?

    ...ditto ...Ditto ...DITTO!!! ... that summation is spot-on!

    And Le Labo charges how much for what is essentially a second-rate, blatant rip-off of a well-known designer fragrance? (Which they...
  23. Re: Any verdict on Anthony Logistics frag line?

    I sprayed the two you mentioned on tester strips (I didn't have any more usable areas of skin left at that point!) They seemed surprisingly good (esp. considering the price): well balanced mix of...
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    Re: Vetiver for [a] dummy

    Creed Original Vetiver and MPG Racine are both great choices: the former is not exactly a vetiver powerhouse but is extremely wearable and natural. The MPG has a lot more in the way of straight-ahead...
  25. Thread: SMN Vanilla

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    Re: SMN Vanilla

    I like the SMN line a lot, but Vanilla was one that definitely didn't work on me: smelled like the peanut butter filling from some cheap peanut butter wafer cookie ... could just be a skin chemistry...
  26. Re: On the use of Serge Lutens during summer months or in hot climate

    I think it probably has a lot to do with the associations one draws from the particular fragrances, and that's going to be different for everyone. Santal de Mysore is great in the summer: to me, the...
  27. Re: Your taste in frags - Stays the same or an endless evolution?

    I went through a progression of trying lots of incense scents, then went on to a whole bunch of spicy scents which then finally culminated in trying most of the Lutens oriental fragrances. I suppose...
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    Re: Looking for a prominent nutmeg note

    Comptoir Sud Pacifique's L'Eau De Gouverneur is a good choice: spicy (but not at all in-your-face spicy) with lots of nutmeg right out in front. A very wearable, versatile scent.
  29. Re: A question for those who bid in online auctions.

    My best score to date was a full bottle of Etro Messe de Minuit for $15. ...I'm still in the process of learning to love it, though ...
  30. Re: Il Profumo Adventure: some quick impressions

    I found G 11 to be very good also: A deep green forest scent with lots of moss and just the right amount of sweetness to balance it off. Usually I find moss a really difficult note to wear (even to...
  31. Thread: Cuir Beluga

    by juggernet
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    Re: Cuir Beluga

    Cuir Beluga impressed me as having a lot of subtle interplay between the notes: wisps of immortelle add an herb-like earthiness to the slight bitterness of the subtle leather note while the...
  32. Il Profumo Adventure: some quick impressions

    For the first hour or so Il Profumo's Adventure is powerful stuff but also has a mysterious, "full of intrigue" kind of vibe to it. There's a nice bracing bitterness (absinthe) coupled with an...
  33. Re: Any recommendations for someone who loves CDG Quarzazate???

    Every time I've sampled Ouarzazate, I couldn't get over how similar it was to Gucci Pour Homme: pretty much the same woods 'n incense combo to my nose. The CdG has a nice chili pepper top note (but...
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    Re: a profumum - patchouly substitute?

    I tested this about a month ago, and you're right: this is is one STRONG patchouli!

    The closest to it, I think, would be Villoresi Patchouli: it's strong too and is not at all sweet, but the...
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    Borsari Vetiver ...has anybody tried this?

    I don't remember having seen any reviews of this vetiver ... is it any good?

    Fragrance Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Bai, Rose, Anis Star, Cedarwood, Cloves, Vetyver Haiti, Vetyver Java, Incense,...
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    Poll: Re: L'artisan Pool

    ...L'Artisan (shakes head) ... nobody's ever made a better vetiver ... or a worse patchouli (Patchouli Patch) ... or a more "interesting/sandalwood-defying" sandalwood (Santal) ...L'Artisan (shakes...
  37. Re: Taxes time. My wishlist shall get shorter :)

    Go for it! I just ordered myself a bottle of SMN Acqua di Cuba which should be arriving any day now.

    Ah, the memories ...I can recall testing Acqua di Cuba a few years back as if it was only...
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    Re: Great service from Lacreme Beauty

    A couple of months ago I tracked down a bottle of SL Vetiver Oriental at Lacreme Beauty. Autumn was extremely friendly and knowledgeable AND extremely GENEROUS with samples (I think she was running a...
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    Re: Blackberry scents?

    MPG Route de Vetiver is THE blackberry scent for me: it's not sweet, candyish or synthetic ... and, oh yeah, it's got a little bit of vetiver thrown in the mix, too! The more I've worn this (about...
  40. Thread: Aomassai?

    by juggernet
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    Re: Aomassai?

    This is a really dark, thick scent! It has a sweet/foody vibe to it with its caramel and toasted hazelnut notes, but this is nicely balanced by a very strong, almost acrid (but in a good way)...
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    Re: That Proraso smell

    I haven't tried Proraso yet, so these are just a few stabs in the dark, but...

    Il Profumo Encens Epice has a really strong wintergreen/menthol like coolness mixed with a good dose of amber and...
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    Re: got me ouds muddled up

    Funny that it was those two ouds that got mixed up, as those are the two, for me at least, that are the real stand-outs among all of those ouds (none of which disappoint!)

    Great pointers on how to...
  43. Re: Looking for a fragrance with the following qualities: (quite specific)

    Vetyver Oriental by Lutens is a great recommendation. I'd also suggest Santal Noble from MPG.
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    Re: A*Men VS. Corduroy VS. Burberry London

    London has one of the nicest cinnamon notes out there: it seems to bond with the black pepper and leather notes which in turn removes all the foody associations that cinnamon can wind up having in a...
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    Re: Question about LV bottles

    Both of the bottles in question are 100ml.


    I feel the same way, somehow that round cap just doesn't cut it ... plus it's impossible to store the bottle in its box (the box won't close because...
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    Question about LV bottles

    I recently made a purchase of 2 different LV fragrances. Upon opening up the package, I discovered that one of the fragrances was in the splash-style bottle (with a detachable sprayer unit included)...
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    Re: New: Encre Noire by Lalique.

    Good news! Equus has always been a favorite of mine, and anything with a strong vetiver note is bound to please ... can't wait to give it a try!
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    Re: Questions on Montale Aoud Pur Oriental

    I only have small samples of these two, and the color of the juice is identical as far as I can tell: more of a pale yellow, rather than orange.

    The cystus labaniferus in Pur Oriental has a...
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    LV Alamut: first impressions

    Lorenzo certainly has kept us waiting for a long time! I'm pretty sure I remember rumors about Alamut's imminent release going back at least three years ...

    Putting Alamut on, I'm hit with a mix...
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    Re: Creed Millesime Imperial

    ... trying a few other fragrances!!!

    Sorry, but I couldn't resist! It's just that MI has NEVER worked for me: one of my blind buys that I'll regret forever!

    On the serious side, I remember...
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    Re: Lutens La Myrrhe and Rose de Nuit

    La Myrrhe is certainly fascinating, but it's also one of those SL's I've for some reason been holding off on purchasing. It has a great orange note: very prominent, not sharp, citrusy or even sweet...
  52. Re: Early morning safe fragance for warm weather?

    Dior Cologne Blanche
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Lanvin PH
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    Re: Annick Goutal's Duel

    I've sampled Duel on four or five different occasions from different sources and I've never noticed a rubber note in it, BUT every time I try it, I'm put off by a musty note that reminds me...
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    Re: A perplexing Etro question.....

    Etro's Palais Jamais came to mind when I read your discription: it's certainly smoky, but with jasmine being the dominant floral note. Very green and astringent. Very unusual, and one of my favorite...
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    Re: Mandarine Mandarin - Serge Lutens

    I'm anxious to hear about Luten's latest ... so what's it like?
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    Re: Quintissential Picks from Each Line

    Guerlain - Vetiver
    Chanel - Egoiste
    Creed - New Tabarome
    Penhaligon - Blenheim Bouquet
    Floris - (haven't tried many)
    Yves St Laurent - Kouros Fraicheur
    L'Artisan - L'Eau de Navagateur
    Serge...
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    Re: TOP 10 again? yes yes :) ;)

    I've had my bottle of LV's remarkable take on vetiver for 2 years and have only recently started wearing it again ... FALLING IN LOVE WITH IT ALL OVER AGAIN, GREAT STUFF!!!

    Anyways, here are my...
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    Re: The unmelancholy iris.

    Nice first post about that elusive note, iris!

    I don't find iris to be particularly melancholy, either. In Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, there's a kind of subtle earthy green quality, like...
  59. Thread: I quit.

    by juggernet
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    Re: I quit.

    ...who's gonna post about goth chicks now?!
  60. Thread: Gris Clair

    by juggernet
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    Re: Gris Clair

    I'm a big SL fan here, but I'm still not sure whether or not GC will become a future purchase for me. Prior to testing GC, I was always blown away by Borneo 1834's medicinal, camphorous opening, but...
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    Re: Don't hate on me for my Iquitos opinion

    I bought this blind about a year ago based on all the positive reviews here. I still think it's a really impressive fragrance: from the start it's always reminded me of a deeper, more masculine, more...
  62. Dior 30 Montaigne ... Has anybody tried this?

    Saks has the candle version of this on their website and, according to the SA I spoke to yesterday, there is an EDC version also available. Looks like it's the latest addition to Dior's "exclusive"...
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    Re: Santal Noble vs. Bois du Portugal

    Interesting comparison! I own and love SN and have tried BdP quite a few times. There's no doubt that BdP is a masterful blend and is great at what it does, but for me it's just way too hyper-formal:...
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    Re: Claiborne Sport dry down...

    Funny to be reading this .... I had exactly the same reaction after buying this blind about 2 years ago. I get hit with that unpleasant note that you rightly mention immeadiately upon application. I...
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    Re: 3 Best Creeds

    New Tabarome
    Original Vetiver
    Epicea
  66. Thread: L'Artisan

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    Re: L'Artisan

    They're not L'Artisans, but I recently sampled Brulure de Rose and Musc Maori from Parfumerie Generale, and they both SCREAMED "gourmand" to me ... I could have sworn there was a piece of rich,...
  67. Re: Help - Recommend fragrance for boyfriend?

    Azzaro Visit or D'Orsay Nomade ... they're both kind of half-way between the fresh scents your BF enjoys and the Creed BdP that you like and are very good scents in their own right.
  68. Re: Just bought Black Cashmere blind - what to exp

    Black Cashmere smells very similar to KM Oliban, except without Oliban's boozy notes and with less of Oliban's warm woody tones. It's a very "cool" incense scent, even though it has a considerable...
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    Re: I just can NOT find a KNOCKOUT LEATHER!

    SL Cuir Mauresque is the most beautiful leather ever made. Period.

    If you've ever tried either SMN's Vetiver or Patchouli, you should already have a good idea of Peau d'Espagne: strong,...
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    Re: Acqua Di Parma "Blu Mediterraneo"...

    All three were a bit lacking in depth and somewhat synthetic.

    Mandorlo di Sicilia reminded me of a mixture of Diptique Eau d Elide and Body Kouros: it has the smooth, creamy orange and vanilla of...
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    Re: Much vetiver in CSP Vetyver Haiti?

    Thanks for the opinions on VH, gentlemen!

    Even though I take a staunch, hard-line stance on discouraging others to make blind purchases, looks like I'll make an exception for myself with VH! ;D...
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    Tauer Perfumes L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Let me just start off by saying that if this stuff had been around two years ago when I was on a quest to find a great incense fragrance, my search would have been over in a flash. L'Air du Desert...
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    Much vetiver in CSP Vetyver Haiti?

    Hi all,

    Being a vetiver nut, I've had my eye on CSP's Vetyver Haiti for quite a while. Is the vetiver note very strong in this? Are there many spices? What season would be most appropriate to wear...
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    Re: Which Version of Kouros

    Fraicheur is my favorite version, quite possibly because the idea of a "fresh" Kouros is so wonderfuly bizarre! It still has a very good bit of the original (unlike the various summer versions) but...
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    Re: Pierre Guillaume's Parfumerie Generale

    I started testing my PG samples today by putting on Coze.

    Right off the bat, I had that familiar "haven't I smelled this before?" Then it came to me: Halston Catalyst. Coze is just about identical...
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    Re: Could anybody explain me?

    Already been done ... Lamborghini Titanium (2001) ;)
  77. Re: The Forest Primeval - Which Fragrance Epitomiz

    Two immediately jump to mind:
    Mazzolari Mazzolari
    Les Prince Jardinier Arboretum

    The Mazzolari is a bit heavier on the oakmoss; Arboretum is a bit sweeter with some florals. Both are VERY...
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    Re: Chanel Allure or sport?

    I've got the original, but I wouldn't mind owning both ;D!

    The thing that made me choose the Original is that that deep wood note which is at the heart of the original Allure only gets hinted at...
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    Re: Gucci pour Homme

    One of my favorites, Gucci PH! The first few times I tried it, I felt as if it had no staying power at all. After a few more tries there was no problem with longevity. A very comfortable fragrance:...
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    Re: List of wood notes

    Black hemlock (used to excellent effect in the Ormonde Jayne signature frags.)
    Macassar
    Bamboo (although this technically belongs to the grass family :o ...)
  81. Re: "Corpse plant" would be a neat fragrance note!

    Damn those conservative perfumers .... they'll probably just stick with using "copse plants" and completely pass over the majesty of the "corpse plant!"
  82. Re: BITE ME!- Or can you name a gourmand without

    SMN Vaniglia: smells too much like that fake peanut butter stuff they put in those cheap wafer-sandwich cookies ... my sincerest apologies to lovers of this fragrance!
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    Re: Entering The World of Terre De Bois

    It's really too bad the Miller Harris line doesn't get more mention here. I've sampled pretty much the whole line, and I always find myself marvelling at how good the topnotes always smell. I don't...
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    Re: Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris

    Feuilles de Tabac is very different from Fumerie Turque: it's got nothing of FT's sweet, heavy, heady opening. I can't get enough of Feuilles de Tabac's top notes ... I'd almost buy it just for those...
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    Re: Best Sandalwood - Time for the Verdict!

    Great thread with excellent reviews, VV.

    I voted for Santal Noble, but it was tough since I kept breaking it down thinking "best light/summer sandalwood": L'Artisan Santal, "best fresh/tonic...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 10 November

    C&S Cuba -- love this stuff!
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    S(c)ent from Hell!

    I think I have a pretty open mind about fragrances and that I try to keep the negative posts down to a minimum ... but ... I just can't believe what I sampled today is bottled and sold as fragrance!...
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    Re: Santal de Mysore

    One thing about Santal de Mysore is that is goes through a huge transformation as it dries down. The opening is just as AZsmells describes it: intensely hot and spicy. Thankfully it doesn't feel like...
  89. 5 from Mazzolari: Part 4 -- Mazzolari (sig. frag.)

    I[ch8217]ve been saving my two favorite Mazzolaris to post about for last, not just because they[ch8217]re my favorites, but because I[ch8217]m having a lot of trouble breaking them down into their...
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    Re: Fall is upon me!

    Both are among my favorites, but I think CdG2 Man is a bit better since it develops more as it dries down. *About 2 hours in, I get a strong vetiver note which I like a lot and that Gucci PH doesn't...
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    5 from Mazzolari: Part 3 -- Lei

    OK, so I survived the testosterone blitz of Mazzolari Lui (but needed a day to recover). Today, I gave Mazzolari Lei a try [ch8230] the two, to put it mildly, are worlds apart.

    According to the...
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    Re: Mysteriously dark fragrance?

    I second Basala ... just what you're looking for!

    Vendetta's great, too.
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    5 from Mazzolari: Part 2 -- Lui

    For day two of my tour through some of Mazzolari's scents, I've decided to put on Lui. I'd say it's safe to say that anyone searching for a powerhouse masculine scent won't be disappointed with this....
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    Re: 5 from Mazzolari: Part 1 -- Vetiver

    Thanks for the encouraging words, guys!

    Actually, it was Mazzolari's truly outstanding Patchouli (purchased from an eBay seller) that initially got me on this Mazzolari-quest ... sadly, I haven't...
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    Re: What's your favorite iris?

    Two favorites:

    SL Iris Silver Mist: It's the cleanest spring air with the first scent of myriads of plants making their first stabs through the thawing earth. Wondrous stuff, leaves me transfixed!...
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    5 from Mazzolari: Part 1 -- Vetiver

    I[ch8217]ve recently had the good fortune to be able to sample a few in Mazzolari[ch8217]s excellent line of scents, so I thought today I[ch8217]d begin with some observations on their Vetiver...
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    Re: The other side of autumn: Parfum d'Habit

    Colin,

    Many thanks as well! Happy to see that PdH is getting the respect it deserves here on BN!

    Dan
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    Re: The other side of autumn: Parfum d'Habit

    Chris,

    Many thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

    Being able to read your thoughts and impressions over the years here on BN has enriched my experience of this fragrance...
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    Re: Kouros--What's the Big Deal?

    Man, Kouros makes Anteaus seem like a polite, well-mannered school boy!

    Incredibly complex ... I get the soapiness of Boucheron PH (except it's on steroids here), the leather-spicyness of Anteaus,...
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    The other side of autumn: Parfum d'Habit

    Whenever a "best scents for fall" thread starts here on BN, my mind always jumps straight to scents redolent of woods basking in the autumn sun or spicy scents which anticipate the holidays. Well ......
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