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    Re: Should I even bother with Fahrenheit?

    Well, my first thought when I smelled vintage was that it was like being in a garage, standing next to an old lawn mower that had fresh grass clippings stuck in the blades, so sure, that's not for...
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    Re: Should I even bother with Fahrenheit?

    First, vintage prices are still very reasonable, relative to the prices in other collectibles markets and compared to the typical "chemical nightmare" designer scents at your local department stores....
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    Re: I just donít understand...

    The most recent formulation is like a pretty bad flanker (IMO), if that helps at all. Now for those trying a "chrome shoulders" bottle for the first time, I advise spraying into the air and walking...
  4. Re: Suggestions for some "budget versions" of Amouage scents? Police's Independent.

    I haven't tried any BB scents, but I'd be curious to knore more about them now! LOL.
  5. Suggestions for some "budget versions" of Amouage scents? Police's Independent.

    I thought it would be interesting to have a thread on this subject. The idea came to me after obtaining a bottle of Independent, my first thought being it's a budget version of an Amouage scent. ...
  6. Re: What is it I can't stand about these fragrances?

    For me:

    1. too much jasmine.
    2. too much violet leaf (though I still wear vintage on rare occasion).
    3. too simple, nothing of major interest, gets boring quickly (still wear "clones" of it I...
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    At the moment I'd choose Honey Oud by Floris.
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    Re: New Haarlem question

    I didn't find PT to be especially similar to NH, so that's the "risk" of asking such questions - you might end up more confused than when you began. LOL.
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    Re: New Haarlem question

    I found a batch of RM from a few or more years ago to be basically unwearable, perhaps due to a harsh musk aroma chemical that they started using. Obviously, many if not most won't even notice that,...
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    Re: New Haarlem question

    I've tried the fragrances mentioned above, and my perception is that "vintage" RM is going to get you quite close to NH, but NH is like the unisex version of vintage RM, which is still borderline...
  11. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    Right, but it also may be that one perfumer likes the "abstractness" in a composition that could not be created with the use of more naturals. Another possibility is that some of the "major houses"...
  12. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    A friend of mine went to a department store the other day and sprayed a couple of "masculine" Chanels on her wrists, since she knew I was coming over to talk to her later in the day. I smelled them...
  13. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    Relativity, my dear Watson! In other words, compared to what you are used to smelling, it smells more natural, and depending upon what notes are being represented it can be very close. For example,...
  14. Re: Kids and perfume (I may not get my rental deposit back)

    Well, at least it wasn't a "Darwin Award" situation, right? LOL.
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    Re: Awesome Flea Market deals!

    I buy the dollar store ones of scents I haven't been able to sample, such as Divulge by EAD, which is supposed to be similar to Reveal Men. It's quite good on its own, regardless of what RM actually...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    Well, if you are not certified royalty, you really shouldn't be wearing their fragrances anyway! Get with the program, you plebians! LOL.
  17. Thread: Armaf

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    Re: Armaf

    Yes we are living in the age of the "Revenge of the Cheapos." LOL.
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Midnight in Paris EdT sprayed ot the chest, KISS Him sprayed above the navel.
  19. Re: Tauer L'air du desert marocain - weak performance

    QUOTE: Reformulations of classic fragrances happen all the time, and because of industry secrecy, consumers simply discover on their own that the new bottle of their favorite perfume smells...
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    Re: Cloying drydowns...

    Why do some fragrances seem rather odd? Because they hope one will catch on and be the next Cool Water, AdG, etc. Now you may hate it, as I don't like CW, despite going back to it once in a while...
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    Re: Can anyone comment on Kouros formulations?

    As I have written long ago, the problem with reformulations such as the latest Kouros (IMO, obviously) is that it may be better and it certainly would be considerably cheaper to buy one of the...
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    Re: Can anyone comment on Kouros formulations?

    Yes, there are some for whom the differences are significant and others perceive little or no difference. I think the "black and white" way of viewing this leads to too many heated discussions when...
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    Re: Can anyone comment on Kouros formulations?

    People (including myself LOL) are saying things like semi-vintage and deep vintage. I think this is best applicable to Kouros, only more terms are needed! Perhaps we go from deep vintage to vintage...
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    Re: Can anyone comment on Kouros formulations?

    I suggest reading reviews, here and at Fragrantica, at least. Here is part of mine:

    Just tried an April 2017 bottle and this doesn't even resemble my previous bottles. The April 2015 bottle is...
  25. Thread: CK One Shock

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    Re: CK One Shock

    Last time I wore it ("vintage" silver sprayer) it was great for a few hours and then seemed to just disappear (only applied to skin).
  26. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    I've only tried vintage and black cap, so I'd be curious to know as well.
  27. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Problem is, at least for me, that some reformulations are "another fragrance" too. Just because they keep the name and bottle design does not mean it's all that similar. In fact, some fragrances by...
  28. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    The sharp leather isn't in the newer one, and vintage also seems to have more patchouli. The new one is more blended, with more of a focus on an ambery quality, though not an outright niche amber. ...
  29. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    It's a more "casual" version of DHI, and I'm happy to own a bottle. Yes, vintage is best, but I also want variety, which is what some recent scents are good for.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Whatever this age becomes known as in the history books, I have no doubt it will not be the Age of the Critical Thinker. LOL.
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Of course it's gauche, but that's why I love to do it! Seriously, if the first fragrance I apply isn't getting the job done I try another, one that I think will complement it and/or make it stronger.
  32. Re: why are juices refomulated and other questions

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/462017-Why-do-fragrance-companies-reformulate-once-good-fragrances
  33. Laudano Nero/Black Afghano/Phileas/MCM Success/vintage Derby/Tabac Blond/Fumerie Turque/Borneo 1834

    If you are in the USA, I'd be interested in a swap or at least I would need a paper sample (meaning you spray a piece of paper once with the fragrance then put it in a zip lock plastic bag) before I...
  34. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    As to 6., some new batches are not exactly like earlier ones, or at least that used to be the case when a much higher percentage of naturals were used (I'd like to know how many designer fragrances...
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    Re: Post office storage help

    I've gotten really hot bottles that leaked, usually not more than perhaps 5 ml, though, but with really old bottles more can leak out, as I've learned over the years. And I think that if a bottle is...
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    Did you get the transition to more of a dry/woody scent after half an hour to an hour with vintage?
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    Re: The latest Curve flanker, Spark.

    Looks like they are still available. I bought one a week or so ago, and indeed it was 50 ml spray cologne.
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    Re: The latest Curve flanker, Spark.

    Fragrancenet had some 50 ml Spark bottles really cheap.
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    Re: The latest Curve flanker, Spark.

    Good to know, since I already have plenty of Aventus type scents. The fact that the name is the same as another LC scent, which is nothing like Aventus, is rather odd.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    And no conflict of interest there, right? LOL.
  41. Re: Another mystery bottle that needs i.d. Help

    I'd guess a "clone" type scent from decades ago. Does it smell like Chanel No. 5 ?
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    That's such a shame, because the bottles tend to be beautiful, right?
  43. Laudano Nero: the reviews are "all over the map." Why?

    It seems that there's a bit of a note cacophony at first, which takes at least a few hours to dissipate, and then some say the base is a somewhat generic wood and vanillic amber. It gets compared to...
  44. Re: Similar to Caron the Third man for hot seasons

    Marbert Homme in the horizontal rectangular bottle (clear glass) is like the greenish version of vintage Third Man, as I discovered only a few days ago.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    And as I've said in the past with various "Johnny come lately" hyped scents, the more you wear and study a scent, the more you can convince yourself that it has "hidden nuances," "intriguing...
  46. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Well you did say that you were "defending" your decision in the title! And your first post certainly sounded like someone who didn't like the ideas that some people say that vintage is far superior...
  47. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Okay, so my comment now would be if you like it, great. I think it's quite good. Nobody is going to force you to buy vintage, and if someone says vintage is "better," remember that it is better for...
  48. Documentary that argues for Luca Turin's hypothesis about the sense of smell.

    This scientist claims that first the "lock and key" mechanism must "grab" the aroma chemical molecule, and then quantum tunneling takes over so that one can smell the vibration, so to speak (you can...
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    How would I know? You'd have to ask the company, right? I can only tell you what my "nose" has told me, as I've owned different bottles of this scent and the differences are signficant, IMO. My...
  50. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Well then I'm quite confused about what this thread was supposed to be about!
  51. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    Fragrancenet has 100 ml bottles for less than $41 but to get the free shipping you need to spend $18 or so more.
  52. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    I'd guess there's a site (like Fragrancenet) where you can get a 100 ml unboxed/tester for around $40 of the 1974 style scent, but I'm not sure what we are talking about here. Is it that you are...
  53. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    From what I understand, there's the vintage (1974), a second formulation of it (which is a bit different but still an excellent scent), possibly a third (silver vs. black caps on the bottle design),...
  54. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Right, now I understand. That is certainly an issue, especially in vintage splash bottles, though I have more than a few vintage splashes that seem perfect (and quite a bit is missing in perhaps...
  55. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    First, what would maturation mean in the context of the typical release of the last few years? Second, there's a huge difference between tiny changes, which may or may not occur (and would vary,...
  56. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Sorry, I thought you meant to type maceration but made a mistake, since aeration is not a term of art in modern perfumery. Perhaps you could explain your position (involving aeration) and then I...
  57. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    First, do you think maceration is going to occur in a fragrance that is 100% (or nearly so) synthetic aroma chemicals? If so, I don't think you understand how the term is being used by perfumers. ...
  58. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Though in my experience perceptual changes can be huge while actual change is minimal or nonexistant, I do think there can be minor changes, especially with smaller companies that appear to have...
  59. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    No, not even the base is the same with Red. LOL. I would disagree with fragrances that have a similar name (such as Homme versus Pour Homme or Man versus Men) but are clearly totally different,...
  60. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    In the case of Red, the reformulation is a totally different scent, which is why I'd be willing to put my money up if I'm wrong on that one, but someone would have to take the other side, and pay for...
  61. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Right but if you were to compare vintage Red for Men (sealed bottle, after spraying several times to get rid of the "tube rancidity" possibility) with the new EA formulation using GC/MS, I think you...
  62. Re: Who are YOUR favorite fragrance reviewers on youtube?

    Thinking about it, most people who watch the reviews might be looking for something other than a description of how the scent develops over time and what it is similar to, because those are the most...
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    Re: Sephora to close all its US stores June 5th

    You never know what any particular employee is going to do, but if you make it clear they were trained properly, the burden of responsibility shifts to the employee if he/she does something...
  64. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    There's certainly a lot of talk, so your curiosity is justified, but how many of those who make claims have "insider knowledge," the requisite scientific background, or have cited scientific...
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    Re: Boadicea The Victorious

    I think I've only tried Explorer. It was far too "chemical" and if that quality was removed I doubt it would be better than a scent like vintage Z-14 (it wouldn't be to me). Perhaps this is the...
  66. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Well you are the kind of person I would really like to take me up on my offer. I can supply a vintage and new bottle of the same fragrance to a GC/MS technician who works with fragrances and if I'm...
  67. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Try this:

    https://bigslyfragrance.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/is-a-newbie-spontaneous-fragrance-modification-myth-very-common-these-days/
  68. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    My point is that there is a huge difference between a scent that is a year or two old, in a sealed bottle, and also 100% synthetic aroma chemicas (or close to it) of the fragrance portion, and...
  69. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    I just saw a new review at Fragrantica of Kind of Seduction that would seem to be a great example of what I consider to be a ridiculous notion about a scent changing significantly within a relatively...
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    Yes, the reformulation is like a "replica," IMO, so welcome to the world of irritating reformulations! LOL.
  71. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    If the pictures were larger and I could read the label I might be able to help. Also, what does the sprayer look like? Does it have a "collar" around it?
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    Re: Fake St.Sail st.Barts??!

    There was a significant reformulation, at least as far as I could tell, and the bottle designs were changed too. That would by my guess as to what you have detected.
  73. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    Sure, and another thing worth considering is the liquid color. The OP said the color was from mini splash bottles, and I've noticed that it's common for splash bottles to have darker color liquid...
  74. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    I think you will need to give us a link to pictures or post some pictures in order to get responses.
  75. Re: Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui Vintage vs Vintage vs New

    I believe this is the earliest spray bottle design (though this is a splash and I'd avoid those):
    ...
  76. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    Yes, "tube rancidity" is very common in the older spray bottles, in my experience. Even so, I can't remember one case where the scent didn't eventually transition to the normal base. Also, this...
  77. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    If the claim is that the scent has significantly changed for the better or is much stronger, of course the molecular profile would have to be a lot different. And a GC/MS study would demonstrate...
  78. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    "Reformulation paranoia" seems real, especially for fragrances that are less than five years old, meaning they were released less than five years ago. However, if there was a sandalwood note in a...
  79. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    I interviewed a fragrance chemist a few years ago for a post on my blog - here is one "Q&A:"

    B (me): How much thought is put into changes that might occur within the first year after someone...
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    Re: Creed Royal Mayfair is severely underrated

    It's not underrated if you really dislike it, as I do. LOL.
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    Re: I think we underestimate the power of....

    That's one reason why I try to wear a different fragrance each day. In other words, if I wear a gourmand on Monday I might wear an old school leather on Tuesday, then an oriental on Wednesday, a...
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    Re: JPG Le Male 6.7 OZ - Fake or Genuine ?

    I haven't had a real or fake Le Male bottle so I can't say much other than to read the sticky threads on this forum as well as to search youtube for fake le male and watch the relevant videos.
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Run Wild!

    Great to hear that! Sometimes you just have to "splurge," right?
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    There may be a new PS, but you are correct, in that I didn't study PS and only smelled it for the first ten minutes or so. Vintage Red keeps things going for a long time, but a dry wood emergesm as...
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Run Wild!

    There are some reviews of it at the Parfumo site. It sounds bad, but I would only buy blind if I read a whole bunch of good reviews and the price came way down, so I don't care one way or the other...
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    Re: Le beau male is now discontinued

    Too bad he didn't love it enough to give it a proper budget, because it smells really synthetic to me.
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Run Wild!

    I can imagine you running wild while wearing Run Wild! LOL.
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    If you want to get a sense of the original without buying a bottle, there should be some Preferred Stock you can try at a drug store. That one is much closer to original than the EA is to the...
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    Is that the EA version? The original starts out loud and strong, but after an hour or so a dry wood note becomes dominant as everything else lightens up.
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    Re: Fans of Red for Men Giorgio BH

    I can't say I'm a fan of the EA version, but the vintage has several facets that seem to come and go, almost like trying to show off the state of the art for modern perfumery, circa early 90s.
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    Re: Kouros Reformulations

    I did a dab sample so I'll update when I wear it in the regular way. What I get is a highly diluted version of the original, with some complexity/depth missing, but it is more powdery, if that is of...
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    Re: Kouros Reformulations

    I just tried an April, 2017 bottle and this is what I would describe as a "total neutering." My April 2015 bottle is nearly vintage by comparison. Just wanted to give a heads up here: if you can...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    Is anyone interested in Bigsly's Best Eau de Parfum Intense Extreme? LOL.
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Apparently, some are now being sold by Prism Parfums and made in England (Vanilla Fields, Lutece, Moon Drops, etc.). Anyone know more about this development?
  95. Re: Perry Ellis For Men: An Exercise in Beautiful Frustration

    Yes the original was great. I have had two more recent formulations, and they were distinct from each other and quite different from the original, Parfums Stern, version. Perhaps if you post this...
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    Re: Is my Aventus fake?

    Also, you don't know what's in that bottle! It could be radioactive if it's a fake, for all you know. Do you have a Geiger counter handy? LOL.
  97. Re: Woodsy wood scent - a bit deep, a bit dark, a bit dry, and definitely masculine. Any suggestions

    If that's why I wanted I'd just go for an esssential olil, rosewood, cedar, or whatever,. which don't cost much and you just dilute them with vodka or perfumer's alcohol. You can then layer a little...
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    Re: FAKE Joop Homme??? (Pics include)

    Yes, too many things look or are wrong about it. You can also check the spray hole because on some fakes it's not centered. In this case, I think Coty was making these newer bottles, certainly not...
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    Re: Advice on possible fake Aqua di gio tester

    I took a look at the seller's listing and the bottle looks fake to me, but of course photographs can be deceiving.
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    Re: Advice on possible fake Aqua di gio tester

    There used to be at least a couple of fake vs. real videos on Youtube about AdG, but those were rather bad fakes. The photos you provided are not big enough. For example, the real one has very fine...
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