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  1. Re: Montblanc Explorer...like Aventus or like Sauvage?

    I am saying that it has Aventus' vibe.
    You can clearly smell that it's heavily inspired by Aventus
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    Re: Fragrantica readers awards

    Fragrantica is not niche perfumes lovers website. So most upvoted stuff is your average Joe's stuff from closest dept store.
    Don't expect to find any revelations there.
    Plus when you try to...
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    My favorites are Yves Rocher Cuir Vetiver and Galimard Aventure
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    Re: Citrus on a cold Winter’s day

    Creed VIW and Maya Njie Tropica these two instantly teleport me to summer, tropical beaches, sun, etc
  5. Thread: LUSH Fragrances

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    Re: LUSH Fragrances

    I tested Cardamom coffee yesterday.
    Very good quality, opens with coffee, but it quickly goes away and then it smells like cardamom and burnt sugar i.e. cardamom buns!
    But I was in a market for a...
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    Re: Buddy from Pull and Bear - Help

    Pull and Bear belongs to the same group as Zara and they are specialized in fast fashion. So they might have stopped producing that exact fragrance, but they or Zara might produce similar one
  7. Re: I'm bored - what's everyone asking for for xmas/holidays?

    I bought a few bottles of my most loved fragrances during Black Friday sales and I bought a few travel size bottles for my female friend that will fly over to stay with me for Christmas. Was thinking...
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    I tried Cool Water a few times and never found anything remotely similar to GIT. Cool Water is just a horrible chemical mess, while GIT is.. well, you know it
  9. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    I barely bought used bottles, but once saw almost empty bottle of Opium for men at local FB fragrance group and decided to give it a go. It had a very low res photo, but it looked like there's around...
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    Re: Looking for specific decanting supplies

    I bought mine at aliexpress.com
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Get a compliment from fellow fraghead on Floraïku My Love Has the Colour of the Night today
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    Re: Help finding a new "Aventus" from another house

    No insults, but thread starter was looking for of as good quality as Aventus. Cedrat Boise is a low quality chemical mess. Same goes for everything produced by Parfums de Marly.
    My suggestions would...
  13. Re: When was the last time someone's perfume annoyed you and which perfume was it?

    Today I smelled a trail of synthetic chemical mess on a train platform, was way too strong and unpleasant, a guy who left it probably took a bath in that fragragrance. I don't know what it was,...
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    Re: Which fragrance would you choose?

    DON'T blind buy anything!
    If you loved anything from those you already tried - then buy it, if you didn't - then keep sampling and buy only ones you absolutely love and can't live without
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I read a lot of reviews, that a lot of fragrances were reformulated and are just a ghosts of what they used to be.
    Personally I smelled a few Malles and was hugely disappointed - faint, weak, plain...
  16. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Smelled Amber Cologne and I am very disappointed with it. Had really high hopes.
    Very heavy, cloying, dominated by jasmine + piercing smell of ambergris that smells like a piss.
    Thankfully I didn't...
  17. Re: Fragrance Industry Secret Revealed.. is it true?

    This! Read the whole thread just to see if someone mentioned it.
    But I wonder if they add something else to dilute fragrance...
    Let's say there's 5% of oils, but it says 80% alcohol
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    Re: Partner shared perfumes

    I have a lot of unisex fragrances but I can't imagine sharing them.
    Scents create quite strong olfactory memories for me and that's so personal and intimate, that sharing a fragrance feels like...
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    Re: NOT Perfumes Discussion thread

    Does it stains fabric?
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    Re: John Varvatos artisan Pure performance....

    I had 3-4 hours with it as far as I remember
  21. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    My dumb reaches would be Bvlgari Man In Black and D&G The One EdP - they are mainstream, very affordable scents and I enjoy them a lot, thus they are no brainers for any ordinary situation
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    Re: Creed: Get a decant or bottle?

    So what? I've smelled different batches and there was a difference. Did it made one batch worse than the other? Hell no!
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    Re: Creed: Get a decant or bottle?

    Don't bother with all this nerdy stuff about aged or vintage bottles. Just buy the one you can get now. I highly doubt there will be much difference, unless you own a hound's nose
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    Re: Notino UK 15% all perfumes

    FYI, this promotion happens on all Notino sites
  25. Re: The Problems with 'Sexy' Fragrances, Seeking Compliments, & the 'Sweet Spot' (LONG READ)

    Sex sells everything. Men are walking testosterone factories.
    Connect the dots...
    I don't understand your rants. Selling fragrances is a business just like anything else and it's goal is to make as...
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    Re: Tabac Rouge.......Damn This Is Good Stuff

    It failed to impress me, it's OK, but quite linear, sweet honey and benzoin that lasts for more than 12 hours, I got bored of it.
  27. Re: What are you Gifting / Receiving this Holiday Season?

    I have a few fragrances on my wish list that I'll gift to myself - at least Galimard Aventure.
    And will be gifting some to people I care about
  28. Re: EU members - Does your country have any shipping restrictions?

    Hm... I remember I bought fragrances from UK either in December 2018 or in January-February 2019...
  29. Re: Top ten list of favourite fragrances that can be got for $60 or less

    1. Guerlain Homme EdP
    2. Carven L'Eau Intense
    3. Mugler Cologne
    4. Bvlgari Man In Black
    5. D&G The One EdP
  30. Thread: Fort and Manlé

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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    I got 3 hours and now I can barely smell it, that's a huge disappointment :'(
  31. Thread: Fort and Manlé

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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    Wore Sultan Mehmed today and I am wowed! Impressed me so much! This one is now on my to buy list, I hope I can find a store in EU that sells them
  32. Thread: Fort and Manlé

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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    Tested Süleyman Le Magnifique and Forty Thieves (Fatih Sultan Mehmed is queued) and they are just meh - not bad, not good. Nothing special, aren't worth the price and, thus, this house is out of my...
  33. Re: Orion by Tiziana Tirenzi, a French Lover for half the price? Both knocking Aventus out of the wa

    No, I don't. To me French Lover is a lot more similar to Royal Oud. I might be hyper sensitive to Angelica and Galbanum, these are two notes I dislike a lot, they give me old man vibe and I call...
  34. Re: Orion by Tiziana Tirenzi, a French Lover for half the price? Both knocking Aventus out of the wa

    To me there's nothing in common between French Lover and Orion. Orion is a take on Aventus. I wouldn't call it better than Aventus because it's heavily inspired, but for me it's better simply because...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 21st October, 2019

    RawMia, why do you do this all the time?
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    Re: NOT Perfumes Discussion thread

    You can ask Johanna about oil content of FB for example
  37. Re: The BEST Niche (top of the line) HORSE fragrance house for Men?

    PdM are low quality, overhyped, overpriced and boring fragrances. Herod is just meh. Quality wise it's on par with 30 EUR fragrances.
  38. Re: How many people do you encounter during your day that are wearing a fragrance? (best guess)

    I know two people at my workplace (out of ~110) who wear fragrances. And then I pass by multiple strangers in a train when I commute to\from work. I barely smelled something I enjoyed, though! It's...
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    Re: Eau de Baux= A new fall favorite

    Exactly same situation here!
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    Re: NOT Perfumes Discussion thread

    Bought a sample set a couple of month ago, but had no time to test them yet :(
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    Re: Best long-lasting high-end luxury niche citrus?

    I have Note de Yuzu and for me it lasts around 7 hours, but I am getting tired of smelling it for so long
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    Re: Explorer.... is better.

    I find some Aventus clones to be better simply because I become anosmic to Aventus withing 30 minutes
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    Re: I suck at blind buys

    My thoughts exactly! But I just did two blind buys for 300 EUR, was a really sweet deal, retail prices are around 600 EUR
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Local FB group. Yes, I have OE2, but I haven't got my decant yet to compare them.
    Hold your breath.
    In the same FB group one guy was selling 47\50ml bottle of OG OE for 250 EUR!!! And I missed it...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Bought 4ml decant of Ottoman Empire, first release for 24 EUR, feels like a steal
  46. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    Not my favorite, but Armaf Club de Nuit Intense for women is very unisex.
    Maya Njie Tropica is marketed in some places as purely feminine scent, but gosh I love it!
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    I had my nose partially blocked for a week, so I decided to go with Aventus yesterday - 4 sprays, I could smell it for 14 hours, untill I took a shower.
    Last 4-5 hours I only had one spray on the...
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    Re: share your method of application

    One spray on the back of my head
    two sprays to the left and right parts of my chest
    one spray to the right wrist (no sprays to the left one since I wear watches there)
  49. Thread: Would you.....

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    Re: Would you.....

    Get a small decant at Facebook groups first?
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    Re: Fragrance in reed diffuser?

    too lazy :)
    I want it to work without me doing anything to scent my home
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    Fragrance in reed diffuser?

    I have cheap fragrance I don't really care about, but it smells nice, so I'd like to use it in diffuser.
    As far as I understand - if I'll pour it into diffuser it will evaporate in a few days,...
  52. Re: Good guides on decanting perfume without damaging bottle?

    I bought a bunch of these:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33015774653.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.138d4c4dUPNuNP
  53. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme YSL , I'm digging it very much!

    It is great, but it's performance is horrible :(
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    Viw
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    Re: Best Male Oakmoss fragrance

    Francesca Bianchi Etruscan Water
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    I never said the opposite


    By your own definition MFK, Creed, heck, even Guerlain is all niche, since they have very limited availability and focus only on fragrances :)
    Unfortunately there's a...
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    That is simply true. No designer can come close to a bunch of well established niche fragrances.
    I've never said all niche fragrances are head and shoulders better than designers. But when the both...
  58. Re: so-called colognes that are EDT or better: the list

    They are EdP, just named as Cologne. The same goes for Aventus Cologne.
    P.S. CdG Vettiveru 2 is EdC, but lasts longer than most EdPs
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    Re: Creed Green Valley

    They are discontinued for a reason, so I'd stay away and don't blind buy them
  60. Re: 5 underrated cheapies for fall, that you should try/buy

    The best cheapie I know is Guerlain Homme EdP
  61. Re: Méharées Acqua di Profumo (Eau de Parfum) by L'Erbolario Lodi - why hasnt this gotten more love?

    No, I don't need it to fill the room.
    I wander what batch do you have?
    Also my bottle has the worst sprayer I've ever seen - it doesn't spray, it spits fragrance. Plus cap it a bit wider than...
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    Re: Gucci Intense Oud - discontinued ??

    https://www.notino.de/gucci/intense-oud-eau-de-parfum-unisex/p-545900/?utm_content=GUCINOU_AEDP10&utm_medium=srovnavac&utm_source=idealo
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    Of course. But you'll never find quality and complexity of some niches in designers
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    Re: I see why some people become Niche Snobs...

    What bothers me personally the most is that almost all designer fragrances are made out of cheap chemical crap and they smell horrible
  65. Re: Méharées Acqua di Profumo (Eau de Parfum) by L'Erbolario Lodi - why hasnt this gotten more love?

    I like the smell of Méharées, but it's performance is terrible, unfortunately. Becomes a skin scent withing an hour or so.
    So I use it as my before bed time scent
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    Re: Gucci Intense Oud - discontinued ??

    I see this one being sold online at discounters for 75 EUR
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Ormonde Jayne Nawab of Oudh
    Impressed me a lot. Very well blended, quite complicated, very high quality and exceptional longevity.
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    Re: New: La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Parfum (2019)

    Don't listen to consensus here. If you love scent don't let someone on internet turn you away from it
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    Re: Aventus -- cheapest website to buy real Aventus???

    Fake
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    Re: La Nuit De L'Homme is back from the death?

    Went to department store to test it yesterday - performance is horrible. It was gone in 3 hours or so with very weak projection.
  71. Re: At the same price, which one of these two do you recommend?

    Both are "meh", but I'd pick Herod, since I hate Dior Homme's plastic, lipstick smell
  72. Poll: Re: How many bottles have you bought in the last few months?

    None here!
    Buying decants and samples instead and I can't find anything worth to purchase a full bottle
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana The One Alternative

    It was reformulated and has terrible performance nowadays :(
  74. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    Yes, they are quite similar, in fact OS is a clone of Individuel. But the devil is in details/ Individuel is quite chemical and gives me slight headache, while OS is much deeper, natural, very well...
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    The most beautiful eyes I've seen in my life were the dark eyes of Korean girl looking at me...


    To have bigger eyes when they are opened
  76. Re: What hairstyling product (wax/pomade/gel/etc.) do you use?

    I wouldn't call American Crew a good brand. I had an impression it's a cheap, grocery store brand
  77. Thread: Orto Parisi?

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    Re: Orto Parisi?

    The only one I tried from the house was bergamusk. And damn that thing is nuclear!
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    They are altering how their eye lids are folding to get bigger eyes when they are opened.
    Google it if you are interested in anatomy of Korean eyes :)
  79. Re: Possible Sticky Thread: Today I got a compliment while wearing:

    I saw a few flankers somewhere in duty free at the airport...
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    Re: Tuscan Leather and the ashtray drydown?

    I don't get any leather at all - to me it's nothing but ashtray and I can't stand it. Horrible creation
  81. Thread: Orto Parisi?

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    Re: Orto Parisi?

    Where did you get them from? Since the house doesn't sell samples
  82. Re: US based peeps: buying from artisans in the UK is super cheap!

    It sucks for people who live in EU, though. Euro and other local currencies are super weak now
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    Re: Sillage and Longevity

    Galimard Aventure is what you are looking for. They have EdP and Parfum versions. I tried EdP only and longevity was amazing.
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    I just returned from a trip to Seoul. My friends knew a girl who works at a plastic surgery clinics - she told us a bunch of stories.
    Girls there are obsessed with their looks. Everyone did at least...
  85. Re: So we have a cheaper way to produce orris butter?

    Iris and orris are different things
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    Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    I bet you have enough supply to spray yourself with something new ;)
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    Re: Mainstream houses

    I'd say both Dior and Chanel are just "meh". Hermes is MILES ahead of them both
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    Steroids mean testosterone. When your body gets a huge dose of testosterone from outside it stops producing natural testosterone. So as soon as your stop taking it, your sex drive goes down. Screw...
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    Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Once I sprayed Chergui on a white shirt and I freaked out since it stained my shirt. But soon enough it dried out and left no visible marks
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    Re: Cosmetic surgery/procedures

    Mass media propaganda of ideal looks scares me a lot!
    I've been with a few girls who had perfect breasts. Perfectly symmetrical, perfectly fit, perfectly aligned. They were smaller than medium...
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    Re: What to try next after Aventus

    Tom Ford Oud Wood?
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    Re: Anyone else almost NEVER receive compliments?

    I live in Sweden, with most reserved people in the world.
    So only when people got tipsy\drunk, they'll open up and will tell compliments, sometimes even crossing the line :)
  93. Thread: Orto Parisi?

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    Re: Orto Parisi?

    I had a sample of Bergamask - that stuff was nuclear and I went with my usual 4-5 sprays, so I was choking on it.
    One of the most potent fragrances I've ever tried
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I've got a confession - I own a bottle of Axe Dark Temptation body spray...
    But I use it to spray my sneakers after workout, no way I am going to apply it on my body!
  95. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Since November-December 2018.
    I own around 35 bottles and have around 5 blind buys up for sale.
    I own at least 40-45 decants and around 30 samples.
    My goal would be to cull a few more bottles and...
  96. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    Damn! That's harsh! And I thought I have OCD :D
  97. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    I put smaller boxes into bigger boxes and store them in another big box I have for random things I have no place for
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum
    YSL La Nuit de l'homme
    Tom Ford Oud Wood
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    Re: Please use caution when shopping at Nose Paris

    Nose is definitely doing horrible job with their communication, but I had nothing but very positive experience with them.
    Last time I shopped with them I got a call from their representative just to...
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    Re: Niche starter bottle

    -1 Mancera Cedrat Boise
    I was very disappointed with it - quite strong chemical smell, but if you spray away from your nose - it's bearable.
    Get samples instead of bottles, don't repeat everyone's...
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