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    Online discounters of LV and SMN?

    Hi,

    I've been buying my Lorenzo Villoresi and Santa Maria Novella from Aedes - no complaints there, but was wondering if anyone has found any US online retailers who discount either or both?

    I...
  2. Re: Sillage......exactly what does this mean???

    "sillage" is the French word for "wake", as in the wake of a ship or airplane, i.e. the trail of waves or vapor they leave behind them. If used pertaining to fragrance, sillage is the trail of...
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    Re: Hair Removal

    Take a look at the threads on the Norelco BG2020 and check it on Amazon; there are a lot of reviews there too.

    In short, it's the BEST I've used because (if you go slowly and carefully) it doesn't...
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    I like Opone...

    I like Opone...
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    Yes, it now works; the "use custom avatar" is now...

    Yes, it now works; the "use custom avatar" is now there. Thanks!
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    Avatar problem

    Hi, I can not clear the button for "Do not use an avatar", and so I can not use my picture. How do I upload it???
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    Re: Wanted: Moisturizer with SPF

    Kiehls has at least two: Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 and Ultra Protection Water-Based Sunscreen SPF 25. Their products ar a bit hard to find, but top notch, and...
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    Re: Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom

    Mine was delivered yesterday; I charged it and gave it a try. Yes, it is everything they say it is; it trims body hair from *everywhere* painlessly and neatly. I used the smallest comb because I find...
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    Re: Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom

    Hi and thanks!

    I just ordered mine from Amazon. For years I've used an Oster hair trimmer with the blade for about 3/16 of stubble, and one little slip in the "most sensitive areas" and you have a...
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    Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom

    Hi,

    This "body hair trimmer" claims to be a painless "all-over" trimmer. Has anyone tried it yet, and if yes, what do you think of it. Another concern of mine is whether or not the handle is long...
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    Re: Kiehl's line recommendations?

    One of the best things about Kiehls is that they train all of their reps on the products and skin care (at least here in the USA). I think that you can simply ask the rep what they recommend for you....
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    Re: Best male manufacturers...

    I second Kiehls!
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    Re: Under-eye moisturizers?

    Yes, they are expensive. I started using an eye moisturizer (as well as exfoliator, toner and a weekly masque) when I was about 30. I'm now 59, and have no "crows-feet" wrinkles around my eyes; my...
  14. Thread: Meow

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    Re: Meow

    A trip to the vet might be in order. If she used the litter box before, then this is not senility, but probably something else. Get her a check up.
  15. Re: Is it legally ok to sell decants on ebay?

    Just because Miller Harris says that doesn't make it true. I can't think of any reason why it would be illegal for me to decant and sell Miller Harris perfume (or any other brand of perfume) here in...
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    Re: Natural Fragrances

    My opinion is that it would take a nose of the caliber of Luca Turin's to tell the difference...
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    Re: NYT Article on Aedes

    No. I concur with the article, and I have always found Robert and Karl to be helpful and courteous. They always offer me samples, and suggest other fregrances that I might like.
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    Re: Quattro vs. Mach vs Razor Guard

    I use Razor Guard, and think it's a great product, but 10 times is just advertising hype. I get about 20 good shaves from a Mach 3 soaking in Razor Guard as opposed to four or five.

    If you try the...
  19. Re: Has Anyone ever Switch to Cartridge from a DE?

    My experience is that a *really* wet face/beard yields the closest and most nick-free shave. I shave in the shower, after first leaving my face wet and soapy while I shower; I rinse my face, apply a...
  20. Re: Has Anyone ever Switch to Cartridge from a DE?

    Yes. I started to shave in the late 50s when allthat was available were striaght-razors and double edge blades. I have a tough and dense beard, and bought quite a few Merkurs and tried all of the...
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    Re: Mandragore Eau de Parfum is...

    Yeah, Goutal has some great frags, doesn't she? EdM is one of my daily favorites...

    Where did you buy it from (are you in the USA?)
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    Don't believe it. I started shaving in the late 50s with a double-edge; however, my grandfather and two uncles were barbers, and (reluctantly) taught me how to use and sharpen straight razors; I...
  23. Thread: Montale

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    Re: Montale

    They are most noted for their fragrances with oud, also called "aloeswood" an expensive ingredient favored in the middle and far east.

    It is an unusual and powerful scent which provokes strong...
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    Re: Etro Fragrances- Any Thoughts?

    I love them. Unique works of art. Very subtle, as you said.
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    Re: A better hand cream?

    Although obscenly expensive, Kiehls makes two or three that are quite good, rich and soothing; less pricey are the three made by Burt's Bees.
  26. Re: ok...I just swapped for Messe de Minuit.

    Despite the negative reports in this thread, MdM is one of my favorite fragrances - I wear it everywhere; I think it's sublime. That being said, you probably should have sniffed it first!
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    Re: VINTAGE DANTE

    It was an inexpensive drugstore cologne in the mid-60s. Nothing special, IMO.
  28. Thread: Amber

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    Re: Amber

    I'll second Ambre Précieux from MPG - it's one of my favorite fragrances, and Ambre Sultan by Lutens is quite nice. Very different interpertations of Amber, but both excellent!
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    Re: A question about sillage & longevity

    "sillage" is the french word for "wake" as in the wake of a ship, and in fragrance, refers to the olefactory wake that you leave behind as you move about. Some fragrances have a strong sillage,...
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    Re: SHAVING OIL?

    Only if you have a soft and not very dense beard. I use a pre-shave, oil and creme - all whilst in the shower to get a close smooth shave - but I do have a tough wiry beard. For a beard like mine,...
  31. Re: Don't want to be a virgin anymore! (MPG)

    I'll add Centaur and Baïme to the "must have" list; MPG is one of my favorite houses....
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    Re: what candles are you burning this fall?

    While I would like to regularly burn candles from Aedes, my pocket can't afford it. I have five or six from http://www.sweetscentscandles.com/ whose scents are a bit more sophisticated than the "big"...
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    Re: Trip to New York/Jersey

    Aedes and Barney's certainly, for niche fragrances, and the area around 29th and Broadway for little "wholesale" perfume shops that stock the designer-named fragrances often at a hefty...
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    Re: Amouage Gold Men

    One must, I think, take into account the wide varience in the scent preferences of basenoters when asking for opinions; that being said, I found Gold to be tawdry, Silver to be ordinary, and Dia to...
  35. Re: luca turin's guide--an english translation?

    Luca Turin is a very bright guy, and combines erudite french with street slang; so it is very difficult to translate easily unless one is an expat living in france. And yes, computer aided...
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    Re: How do you decant?

    One doesn't open a sealed sprayer without destroying it.

    Simply insert the funnel into the sample vial, and holding the sprayer close to the funnel, spray into the funnel. A little messy, and...
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    Re: General Face Care

    Hands down, Kiehl's. They have more than one, so a telephone consult (free) will help you choose.
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    Re: Who wears hats these days?

    A beret. In navy.
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    Re: Bottle sells more than the scent

    I smell the juice first then decide to buy it, often without ever seeing the bottle. If it arrives in an attractive bottle, it's a plus.

    I think that Anick Goutal and Etro have the nicest looking...
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    Annick Goutal

    A fellow Basenoter was kind enough to give me a generous sample of Eau de Monsieur; I liked it enough to consider buying a bottle. I wonder about the persistance, though. Would anyone who uses it...
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    Re: do ladies like bois du portugal

    Indeed. So let me again post one of my favorite quotes from Luca Turin:

    "In seduction as in intimidation, intent is everything. A hack from Men’s Health, a magazine notable for the pectorals on...
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    Re: Montale Fragrances

    Yes it is - at least as far as I know. Elena was very nice; also *very* generous with samples.
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    Re: versace dreamer

    I love it. Many hate it. It's rather unique...

    Read the reviews in the DIRECTORY section of this site, and I'll second the advice that you should get a sample and wear it for a full day.
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    Re: Best amber scent?

    I like MPG Ambre Precieux a lot - a sweet amber with a soft vanilla base...
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    Re: Montale Fragrances

    Oud is a rather powfull scent - you know it in Japan as aloeswood - and when I wear any Montale fragrance, people often comment: they hate it or like it - no in-betweens!

    That being said, there...
  46. Thread: Baime?

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    Re: Baime?

    . Very green and refreshing, particularly on these humid, hot days. And it smells like nothing else! MPG is one of my favorite houses...
  47. Re: Just before midnight EST..Messe de minuit

    I love MDM. It's one of my all-time favorites! Glad that you like yours!
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    Re: The emperor of scent

    Give me your email address and I will send it to you in Adobe PDF format - en français...
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    Re: nose hair?

    Better cutlery stores sell nose scissors, which are small, easily manouverable scissors with round, dull tips made for the job. There are also little cylinders that one twirls (very hard to describe...
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    Re: Sampled Amouage Gold

    I suspect that the replies will be as varied as the individuals writing them. I found gold to be loud and vulgar, it reminded me of "Georgio Beverly Hills" from the 80s; and silver to be quite...
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    Re: Cinnamon recomendations?

    I particularly like the cinnamon note in Messe de Minuit, but it is just one note in many...
  52. Thread: SMN

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    Re: SMN

    Melograno is one of my favorites.
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    Re: The Third Man and Knize 10

    Yes, i had the exact same experience with Le 3e homme, and noted in my review that it took a few hours to develop, and then was superb.
    It's what I wear when I need to be discreet with my scent...
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    Re: MPG Centaure?

    A wonderful fragrance from one of my favorite perfumers. Citrus-mint over lavender-jasmine, resting on a base of vetiver and oakmoss. Refreshing and light, it is a perfect daytime fragrance.
    What...
  55. Re: Do gays gravitate more towards fragrance?

    Hmmmmm, now that you mention it, yes. But aren't they the cutest lovers, with those darting eyes and the breathless "I've never done this before..."



    True, but this notion seems to have a life...
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    Re: male wears female fragrances

    I don't discriminate ;-> I wear - and have worn - many "women's" frags, too many to list. Two come to mind: Ma Griffe in the 60's, and Tabac Blond.
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    Re: I own no niche fragrances ......Yet

    I won't give you a list of my favorites, since there's little chance that we share the same tastes, but I would encourage you to sample/sniff a LOT. Aedes in NY sells a set of samples (seven of your...
  58. Re: Etro's Messe de Minuit & Nordstrom San Francis

    Messe de Minuit can be had online for about $58.00 for 100ml
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    Re: Best positive-response scent?

    I find that Luca Turin addressed your question best:

    A hack from Men’s Health, a magazine notable for the pectorals on its cover, wrote to me asking “How can a man maximize the influence of his...
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    Re: NON-scented FACE cream/lotion ?

    in a word, Kiehl's! http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/home/index.aspx
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    Re: Best "Italian" scent?

    Most anything by SMN and Etro...
  62. Re: Battle of the Vetivers: Guerlain vs. Carven

    Guerlain - tho I haven't smelled the reformulated version. It's a vetiver that one either loves or hates, but a lovely fragrance.
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    Re: Choose The best Amouage Fragance

    I agree with Eric on two counts: Dia is a superb fragrance; and I also wish that they would sell it in glass flacons - I really don't want a crystal and gold flacon, just the fragrance!
  64. Re: Currency exchange question. Please help me.

    I would have thought that any Canadian bank would cash the money order - and charge a 3% handling fee, which is what my bank does with Canadian funds.

    However, any US Post Office will sell you an...
  65. Thread: Amouage

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    Re: Amouage

    Dia is superb, a complex fragrance; I found the Silver, Ciel and Gold to be nothing special at all - in fact I found the Gold to be rather trashy reminding me of Georgio of Beverly Hills... YMMV, as...
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    Re: speaking of CARON

    It's the only "traditional" man's fragrance in my wardrobe; it is a mellow and sophisticated spice fragrance. I do not like the initial drydown, but it developes nicely into a complex scent - two or...
  67. Thread: Montale

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    Re: Montale

    Yes, calling or faxing to Elena at the Paris store is the best method; they take credit cards and ship rather quickly; a basic fluency in French will be helpful. Their web-site is terrible, and does...
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    Re: Montale Sandalsilver

    Yes, I've tried it, and I didn't like it, but you may. It's from their non-oud line. There is a nice sandalwood opening note that stays - none of their fragrances are very complex, nor do they...
  69. Thread: Diptyque

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    Re: Diptyque

    I haven't smelled all of them, but I find Tam Dao to be a wonderful sandalwood, and Opone to have an exceptional rose note.
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    Re: tabac blond

    Sounds wonderful, AZ! Thanks for your help in getting this going!
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    Re: What shaving cream works best for you?

    Prax, by Terax is tops in my book. A bit pricey, but a great shave can be had. My 2nd choice is Proraso (also from Italy), but it requires a brush; their pre-shave is a nice touch also.
  72. Thread: Jazmin

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    Re: Jazmin

    Jasmin de Nuit from The Different Company (available at Aedes) is a lovely Jasmine fragrance.
  73. Thread: Etro

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    Re: Etro

    Messe de Minuit - I like it a *lot* - incense, and cinnamon on a bed of patchouly. Lovely scent...
  74. Re: What's your one "unsung hero"/"sleeper" fragra

    Two actually: 1906 from Peterman and Oud Oriental by Montale
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    Re: Blenheim Bouquet

    It is a very nice citrus/pine fragrance, complex and smooth. Reeks of tweeds, wing-tips and the wall street journal; it will be noticed, but offend no one. I wear it in the spring and summer when I...
  76. Re: Masculine fragrances that drive you crazy!!!

    I threw this quote from Luca Turin out on a very similar thread on the Men's board, and though it would fit in here too:

    "A hack from Men’s Health, a magazine notable for the pectorals on its...
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    Re: 'colognes that turn women crazayyyy'

    Just thought that I'd throw this quote from Luca Turin in:

    "A hack from Men’s Health, a magazine notable for the pectorals on its cover, wrote to me asking “How can a man maximize the influence of...
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    Re: How many sprays?

    Yup. I'm with you...
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    Re: Etro Vetiver

    In my experience, vetiver is a scent that raises strong reactions: you hate it ot love it. That being said, there are many variations on it from many perfumers. Try some others...
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    Can'r post a review

    Yes, the dialogue box invites me to; I then type in my review, rate the frag & click. It acts as if it works, but then I never see my review.

    Is there a problem or some special technique?
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    Re: tabac blond

    "I´ve just phoned the Caron boutique in Paris and found out that the largest amount available of T.B. pure perfume is 200ml and costs 403 euro."

    403 Euro is US$499 +/- at today's exchange rate,...
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    Re: Shaving Against The Grain

    I'm a lawyer, and having no "shadow" all day is *very* important to me.

    Against the grain first, then with. But the most important variable is wetness, and a good creme is key. I like PRAX, by...
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    Re: tabac blond

    I would also be interested in sharing in. I just telephoned Caron and they have a number of sizes of perfume and EDT available.
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    Re: LUCA TURIN BLOG

    MJH sent me the PDF version the other day; I'll email it to anyone who wants it. Beware: Luca's french is quite difficult to translate. I'm willing to translate small portions for anyone; simply...
  85. Thread: Etro

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    Re: Etro

    Messe de Minuit is my favorite Etro, warm, dark, brooding...
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    Re: Amouage Gold, Dia? Piper Nigrum

    Gold strikes me as loud and vulgar in a very trashy sort of way. And I usually like Guy Robert's fragrances!

    Dia on the other hand is superb, floral notes built on a base of incesne and woods. A...
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    Re: Ramblings about fragrances and music...

    I agree with Scentsational - that one's taste matures in direct proportion to the number of scents that you smell thoughtfully; and of course time helps too - the years allow you to build up a large...
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    Re: SotD, Monday 6 June 2005

    Cèdre by 06130
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    Re: Beautiful Sillage Experiences

    As you noted, J-F Laporte (MPG) is a master of sillage - not to mention persistance. Etro fragrances have good sillage, particularly Messe de Minuit. And I get good persistance and sillage from Eau...
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