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  1. Re: Parfums de Nicolai New York versus New York Intense -

    Fsu92grad - Just curious...what made you blind buy something which is known to be very powdery if you clearly dislike that accord? Personally haven't tried the new Intense yet but the EDT is...
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    Re: Classy Fragrance Recommendations

    Tiffany For Men
    Penhaligon's Sartorial
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    Re: Fragrances that people around you hate

    My father dislikes almost anything, but my wife and kids specifically dislike Monsieur Balmain. Seems odd since it's not a strong fragrance to me. Wife also dislikes Clubman and Canoe (which are...
  4. Re: Fragrances you were originally dead wrong about?

    +1. Maybe I didn't *hate* it in the beginning but I certainly didn't like it very much. Is it my favorite today? No, but I do enjoy it and it's versatility is tremendous (for me).
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    Re: Sartorial doesn't perform on my skin

    5-6 sprays does help. I've also changed my preferred method of application. Having never been a wrist sprayer, I always sprayed mostly to chest and sometimes forearm. In the case of Sartorial, I've...
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    Re: Ebay and Counterfeits

    Agreed 100%.
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    Re: which fragrance will you always have?

    As of today, the list would probably start with:

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Penhaligon's Sartorial
    YSL Kouros
  8. Poll: Re: VOTING - Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit L Homme vs Bleu de chanel? WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE BETTER?

    I like (and voted) BdC but have to admit - this post was very funny!

    Personally dislike L'Homme and its flankers.
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    Re: Favorite scents around $30?

    Rive Gauche PH around $30? Very unlikely here in USA these days. 4.2oz tin can version $60-$70 usd (or more).
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    Re: Sartorial doesn't perform on my skin

    Tried 5 sprays today. It was good advice, as it definitely made a difference. Plan to try 6 next time I wear it. As I've been saying, I'm a relatively conservative sprayer and I never expect to need...
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    Re: Favorite scents around $30?

    Azzaro Pour Homme, $20-$30 at discount retailers or online.
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    Re: Sartorial doesn't perform on my skin

    I tend to apply conservatively, even with my favorites - one notable exception being Azzaro Pour Homme (recent formulation) which requires at least 6 sprays to satisfy me. My preference is always to...
  13. Re: 1st day of new job. Which one shoud I wear? Suggestions?

    Agree with James1051 and Mumsy. Last thing you want to do is start off on the wrong foot. Either one small spray to the belly or nothing at all. Good luck with the new job.
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    Re: Sartorial doesn't perform on my skin

    5 sprays - haven't gone quite that far yet, but maybe that will do the trick with this one. I'll give it a shot.
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    Re: Sartorial doesn't perform on my skin

    Based on the responses here, the superior-performance camp outweighs the inferior by at least 3:1.

    I've moved from decant to FB, although I still find longevity and projection to be lacking on my...
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    Re: I was so wrong about Bleu de Chanel, you too?

    Yes, I also experienced the turn-around with BdC. Had a few samples and was not impressed for quite a while. I guess something kept haunting me because I requested at least one or two additional...
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    Re: What was your first Niche fragrance?

    First decant - either Knize Ten or Parfums de Nicolai New York. First full bottle - Penhaligon's Sartorial.
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    Re: Looking for some every-day scent suggestions

    Try Dior Homme Sport. Also, Surrender to Chance is good for samples.
  19. Re: How do you determine if a fragrance is Full Bottle worthy?

    My sentiments exactly. If I keep thinking about something I've been sampling/wearing, there's a very good chance I'll buy a bottle. I'm going through this right now with Penhaligon's Sartorial. Not...
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    Re: Best men's fragrances commonly found at Macys?

    At Macy's: Bleu de Chanel, Allure Homme Sport. For something different (i.e., not a "fresh" scent) - Dior Fahrenheit.
  21. Thread: My first Scubber

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    Re: My first Scubber

    Same here - far too many to remember. However, one is fresh in my mind as I happen to be sitting here having sprayed a sample of Tom Ford For Men on my arm. This stuff is pretty bad. Off to the sink...
  22. Re: Gf insisted I put on new tshirt after applying Dior Fahrenheit - "flower bouquet at a gas statio

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I enjoy Fahrenheit although heavy applications kill it for me. Wouldn't shock me if OP's gf had a different reaction if the application was conservative.
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    Re: What is your favorite Musk fragrance?

    Another for Kouros.
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    Re: Rive Gauche light, normal and intense

    Medicinal? Interesting. Can't say I've ever noticed anything medicinal about Rive Gauche PH. I've never smelled the light or intense versions, but I do get the shaving cream association with RGPH....
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    Poll: Re: The best Allure Sport in your opinion?

    AHS for me. AHSCS is ok for very hot weather but AHS is a better, more versatile scent. Not a big fan of AHSEE.
  26. Thread: King Kouros

    by bbfan
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    Re: King Kouros

    Couldn't agree more - Kouros is awesome. The single-spray story does not surprise me at all. In my view, the magic of Kouros reveals itself in conservative applications (1-2 sprays). I recently made...
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    Re: Most versatile scent?

    Agreed. Rive Gauche PH is great but I wouldn't consider it versatile. Certainly not a good warm weather scent.

    As others have mentioned, Bleu de Chanel is extremely versatile. Formal, casual,...
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    Re: Musk... confusing?

    I'm curious- does this include Kouros? Is so, did you hang in there through the dry down? Personally, when I think of "musk" my brain goes right to Kouros at dry down.
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    Re: smelling your fragrance through to drydown

    Scratching opposite shoulder - EXACTLY! I feared I might be the only one doing that! Glad to know I'm not alone. Lol

    I find some fragrances just don't smell good with nose directly on skin. Kouros...
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    Re: Masculine Scent Recomendations for a Young Man

    I think Penhaligon's Sartorial might fit the bill for you. May be somewhat difficult to sample in-store although some Art of Shaving stores carry it. Independent fragrance stores may also have it....
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    Re: Masculine Scent Recomendations for a Young Man

    I think Penhaligon's Sartorial might fit the bill for you. May be somewhat difficult to sample in-store although some Art of Shaving stores carry it. Independent fragrance stores may also have it....
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    Re: Requesting Recommendations from Basenoters

    Haven't worn M7 Oud Absolu enough to comment, but one cautionary note about Rive Gauche PH (tin can) - it's a good one, but I wouldn't consider it a year-round fragrance. I find it difficult if not...
  33. Re: Looking for something smokey for the cooler weather

    Have you ever tried tried Quorum? If not, you may want to give it a shot. Should be easily accessible at discounters (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc), also very inexpensive online if you want to go that...
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    Re: Sartorial doesn't perform on my skin

    I've been having the same issue with Sartorial. It's a shame because I enjoy wearing it and would likely buy a full bottle if it performed for me. Couldn't care less about sillage but I certainly...
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    Re: Very first fragrance

    Grew up in a 2-family house in which my grandfather and uncle lived downstairs. Don't recall my grandfather wearing any fragrance, but the combination of my father and uncle exposed me to 3...
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    Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    Since you guys are talking about Alexander's and Gimbels, you must remember Korvettes too. Used to buy all kinds of stuff there as a kid.

    Re: worst retailer for fragrance, there's a few. Agree...
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    Re: Fleur du Male vs Fahrenheit 32

    Agreed. Recently tried this one and just could not stand it. The SWEETNESS was so overwhelming I needed to scrub it off at first opportunity.
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    All-time would be Royall Muske, although I no longer wear it since this became more of a hobby. More recently probably Bleu de Chanel. Not my no. 1 scent, but it's very nice and *extremely* versatile...
  39. Re: What's your favourite oriental in the heat and humidity?

    +1 esp TfM. Wouldn't have thought it would work very well in heat/humidity but I wear it sporadically in summer after I get tired of lighter scents. For something on the heavier side, it's actually...
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    Re: Your favorite cuddling scent

    Not a very popular one here on BN, but Dunhill works great for me. Some call it Dunhill Man or Brown but it's just Dunhill (released 2003). Wife *really* loves it.
  41. Thread: Gentleman?

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    Re: Gentleman?

    Tiffany for Men. A favorite of mine, and very gentlemanly in my view.
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    Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    No idea what your personal situation might be (and of course it's none of my business), but I'll just throw this out there in a friendly way...

    Walk through the door with a beautiful woman on your...
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    Re: Fragrance for Older man

    Don't take him with you - surprise him. If it doesn't work out you can always try something else. The big retailers have no problem with exchanges/returns. Having said that, Chanel Pour Monsieur and...
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    Re: Original Pierre Cardin for men

    Try eBay. I picked up a 'Made in France' release a few months ago. The current five star is ok but this one is better. Not sure of its age.30589
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    Re: What to wear on first dates

    As others have said - Bleu de Chanel. Regardless of your choice, go easy on the application. Better to be subtle than in-your-face. If she likes it, she'll be more likely to stay close rather than...
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    Re: Kouros in summertime

    For me Kouros is close or maybe even AT the top of my list, but it's best in relatively light applications regardless of weather. I've over-applied in very cold weather (3 full sprays) and Kouros...
  47. Re: Getting around to the best...it's a challenge for me

    Could it simply be that your "greats" may not be as wearable as others? For example, you mentioned not wearing Rive Gauche for a while. I also love it but find it difficult in summer weather, so I...
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    Re: Got a surprise when I got home today!!!

    Very interesting. I've worn samples of it - my wife and daughters go nuts for it every time. Problem is...I personally don't enjoy it. Wish I did! I consider you fortunate
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    Re: allure homme edition blanch

    I've also seen EB on a shelf at Nordstrom as recently as a few months ago. Re: the scent, I've tried but just can't warm up to it. I do own and enjoy AHS but EB just doesn't do it for me. Btw, you...
  50. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    Almost half of my bottles can be sourced back to BN, including Rive Gauche PH as mentioned by OP.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Online only? Doesn't make sense to me. Where did you read that?

    Chanel is already well established in certain bricks and mortar dept and specialty stores in many countries. I seriously doubt they...
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    Re: Weird fragrance related habits?

    Been there, done that - many times, esp in cooler weather. Now that the heat is on, I don't bother sniffing Antaeus, Quorum, Pierre Cardin, Azzaro PH, etc as I'm not likely to wear them in 90+ temps!
  53. Re: Summer suggestions for lover of original Polo?

    Similar to Polo but good for summer designer...that's a tough one. Since you already tried Dior Homme and Eau, just wondering if you happened to try DHS? Nothing like Polo, and doesn't really smell...
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    Re: Where have all the men's fragrance blogs gone ?

    +1 on shamu's blog. I also enjoyed reading that one. Over a year now with no activity. Thought I saw him on here recently, possibly looking to sell some things.
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    Re: Sillage?Longevity?Scent?Projection?

    Scent, longevity, projection - in that order. Don't care at all about leaving a trail in my wake. Also don't want to project too far. Close range is good enough for me. Although scent comes first,...
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    Re: Sharp Sillage Monster

    Same thought here. That's the one which came to mind, but current/recent formulation does get somewhat powdery at dry down (no personal experience with vintage Antaeus). Still may be worth a shot.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel or Ysl L'homme

    My sentiments exactly.
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    Re: First date: Which fragrance to go for?

    Personally not a fan of those, but for your purposes I'd say the YSL would be the best fit. It's always difficult to generalize, but a good number of women seem to like sweet fragrances. The Versace...
  59. Re: Up to 40 colognes, and I am promising I will not buy one until I actually finish 1 bottle!

    I cracked up when I read this. Appreciate the good sense of humor, plus it's also good not to take ourselves too seriously! Very funny.
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    Re: Summer Male Frag Options from Sephora

    +1 Allure Homme Sport, Bleu de Chanel, Dior Homme Sport.

    Also suggest trying Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport. Not always available at Sephora but Macy's carries it if that's an option for you....
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    Re: What Chanel Fragrance

    Agreed, plus I would add: AHSCS and EB are lemon-dominant to me, so you need to like lemon to go for those. I prefer the lighter flavor of AHSCS over EB, but prefer AHS and BdC over the others...
  62. Poll: Re: Fahrenheit Reformulated vs Antaeus Reformulated

    Not exactly sure what you mean by performance, but if you're talking about projection/longevity I'd say Antaeus wins on that front. In terms of uniqueness, Fahrenheit gets the nod. I like both...
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    Re: Colognes you love but they just DON'T LAST

    Azzaro PH - current/recent formula. Would expect something on the heavier side to have staying power, but I find this one loses its power far too soon. Great scent though.
  64. Re: What's your least favorite fragrance in your collection?

    Excluding gifts and things I bought many years ago, I'd have to say Bulgari BLU PH. Thought I liked it when sampling, but I never even consider going near the bottle when choosing something to wear....
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    Re: Starting College! What Do You Recommend?

    From your list I like Fahrenheit, although I think you should sample Bleu de Chanel. It's extremely versatile and wearable. Some people like/love it from first spray, but I needed to wear it (from...
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    Re: Are We Spraying Enough???

    Well said. I couldn't agree more.
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    Re: Acqua di Gio - Old and New

    Not an AdG fan, although I've worn it a handful of times over the past few weeks and I agree. The longevity isn't very good. Essenza was slightly better in that regard but still not great - may be...
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    Re: Which cologne(s) should I get?

    Check out Chanel Allure Homme Sport. I'm referring to the EDT, not the "cologne sport". I actually think the cologne is decent but it's very light whereas the EDT is a beefier scent with more staying...
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    Re: what's your refresher of choice?

    +1 Monsieur Balmain. A crisp/zesty lemon bomb, excellent for warm weather.
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    Re: Why All The Hate For Polo Red On Here?

    As much as I hate to admit it, I tend to agree. Try to be open minded, but can't recall ever smelling a RL scent I really enjoyed. Wore Polo many years ago because my wife loved it, but couldn't take...
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    Re: Looking for "Summer Beach Fragrance" :)

    Sorry for dbl post. Meant to add - AdG has that salty, marine type of smell. Admittedly, I'm not a fan but you may enjoy it. Good luck.
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    Re: Looking for "Summer Beach Fragrance" :)

    When I think of the beach I think of salt water. With that in mind, I suggest trying Acqua di Gio (EDT or Essenza)
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    Re: First Buys in a While (First Post)

    Wore AHS just yesterday and enjoyed it very much. I've got the travel set for both AHS and Bleu de Chanel, and those atomizers put out fairly heavy sprays. I agree with Hednic and sjg3839 - three...
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    Re: Cologne for Young men in early 20s?

    For work check out a couple of Chanels: Bleu de Chanel and Allure Homme Sport, as well as Dior Homme Sport. While you're at it, try Acqua di Dio Essenza.

    For nighttime activities try Dior...
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    Re: Endless search for a signature scent

    +1 Dior Homme Sport.

    OP: Try 3 sprays, not too close to your nose (maybe 2 abdomen, 1 forearm). One never knows what someone else will like but that may work for you. Btw, I'm into the AHS (EDT)...
  76. Thread: Bygones

    by bbfan
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    Re: Bygones

    +1 TdH gets hyped like crazy here, but I never warmed up to it. Not surprised about the negative comments.
  77. Thread: Bygones

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    Re: Bygones

    Giorgio For Men. Loved it back in the 80s and 90s but if anything smells "dated" to me (and I don't use that term very often) it's this one. Probably wore it too often back then.
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    Re: Most powdery fragrances

    Forgot about this one - PdN NY. Extremely powdery, also fits the "mature" requirement in my view.
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    Re: Education & Advice needed please.

    Excellent responses from Hednic, Magnus and Cacio. Only thing I'll add is this: I've recently discovered Dior Homme Sport for hot weather so it may be worth a try for you. Very accessible if you...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    FWIW I actually agree with the synthetic comment, but the same can be said of many scents. I'm sure some people choose to avoid BdC simply because it's a very popular mainstream scent. The bottom...
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    Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    Hmmm...only 3. That's a tough one esp for those of us who rarely wear the same scent on consecutive days. Here's my shot:

    Bleu de Chanel - need something versatile and suitable for just about any...
  82. Re: What scents have gotten you the most negative comments from women?

    +1. I've sampled Knize Ten and gotten negative reactions from family members. One of my daughters tells me it smells like Smarties candy every time I wear it.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Not much info out there about this. I couldn't find anything other than Fragrantica. Anyone else have/find any details about release dates?
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    Re: Most powdery fragrances

    Interesting. I personally find Tiffany For Men to be a fairly powerful scent with excellent longevity and about as much projection as I would want.
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    Re: Most powdery fragrances

    Bulgari BLU Pour Homme (known as BLV to some) is a real powder bomb to me. Have to admit that I liked it for a short while but lost my taste for it fairly quickly.
  86. Re: What scents have gotten you the most negative comments from women?

    Monsieur Balmain. Neither wife nor daughters like it, which surprises me. Who doesn't like the smell of freshly cut lemons?
  87. Re: If you could only use two fragrances for the entire year, which would they be and why?

    Bleu de Chanel - need some versatility here.

    Tiffany For Men - need a classic-smelling fragrance to offset the BdC days. Plus I'd likely never tire of the dry down.
  88. Re: If I own BDC and Dior Homme Sport 2012, is it worth buying Allure Edition Blanche?

    Similar in that each is well-suited for warm weather but they don't smell alike. Of the three, I believe BdC is the most versatile which may or may not be a factor for you.
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    Re: New guy looking for a masculine, woody scent.

    If you don't mind something popular, try Bleu de Chanel. Many people refer to it as a citrus scent, but to my nose it's more woody esp as it progresses.
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    Re: Father's Day gift advice!

    Bleu de Chanel is a good choice as others have said. May also want to take a sniff of Chanel Allure Homme Sport and Dior Homme Sport.
  91. Re: So I went on a designer sniffing binge at the mall

    I agree completely. Fahrenheit requires a day's wear to fully appreciate it, which is true for many non-linear fragrances. Very interesting scent.
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    Re: Daily summer fragrance college student

    FYI, I enjoy Dior Homme Sport but am not a DH fan. Also sampled the new one (Eau for Men) yesterday and thought it was terrible. Smelled ok in a magazine strip but that's not much of a test. After...
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    Re: Dealing with the expired perfume

    Can't speak for all retailers but Sephora and Macy's will take back newly opened bottles. I have no idea what they do with them, but they want customers to be happy. Simple as that. For example, my...
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    Re: Daily summer fragrance college student

    Sorry for the dbl post, also meant to say Dior Homme Sport is another good one. Personally prefer DHS for very hot weather, but BdC is a more versatile scent. It really fits almost any...
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    Re: Daily summer fragrance college student

    Agree that Bleu de Chanel is a good choice.
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    Re: Do you ever have dreams about fragrances?

    Hilarious! My grandfather wore Aramis back in the day - it smelled great on him. I used to sneak a few whiffs of it in his medicine cabinet. Fun memories. On the other hand, Aramis just doesn't work...
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    Poll: Re: YSL L'Homme VS Allure Homme Sport

    For me, AHS by a wide margin. Even stands up in cold weather so fairly versatile too. Personally can't tolerate L'Homme. I realize it's popular but it's probably the excessive sweetness that kills it...
  98. Re: Antaeus vs Fahrenheit - Whats the bolder the scent?

    My sentiments exactly. I enjoy both but also agree that current Antaeus does tend to get powdery. Great longevity though and definitely worth owning.
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    Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

    Have you worn the current one yet? I haven't owned a bottle of Paco Rabanne for many years now, but I checked out the current one recently and was very disappointed. Don't want to go on a...
  100. Re: Reflecting back on my fragrance hobby after 10 years of being a Basenotes member

    OP: I enjoyed reading this. I've only been here for a little over a year, but it's certainly been interesting and very educational. But I'm waiting for the Kouros ending...is "much better" the end of...
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