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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    You knew I'd give in sooner or later.
  2. Re: you are walking along the notorious El Camino rope bridge

    The only one of these I’ve worn is the Caron, which, unlike the others here, I would willingly toss into the void. However, I am so terrified of heights, I’m afraid to get up in the morning, so if...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    And where, exactly, do you think new underpants come from?
  5. Re: Vintage Aramis EDC with unrecognizable batch code

    It's not uncommon for cosmetics companies to recycle their batch codes every ten or twenty years. Generic batch-check websites don't take this into account.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The smell is wonderful, and it's largely as you suggest. The BN note pyramid doesn't list tobacco, but it strikes me as pipe tobacco up front settling into a lovely leather, like an old gentleman's...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Much appreciated! I still have to give my masculine Balmains (Monsieur, …bŤne) a workout.
  8. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    Mostly, I wondered if the sharp celery note was tempered in the old stuff. Otherwise, no point for me.

    As for reinvesting, yeah, but I ain't in it for profit. I have enough headaches!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    How do you feel about Miss Balmain, Ivoire, and Balmain de Balmain?
  10. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    I guess that's good for the resale value of my bottle. Have you tried the vintage yet?
  11. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    I guess the EU is cracking down on celery.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Let's hope the fragrances are better than the photographs.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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  14. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    Sure thing. I'm just not sure I could send it to Nicaragua successfully.
  15. Re: Letís talk Davidoff Zino itís been awhile.

    It's not just you. I understand the appeal, but there's a note that simply isn't me. I plan to give it another shot, but I suspect I'll be parting with my vintage Zino bottle fairly soon.
  16. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    Bingo.
  17. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    Sure, it makes sense.

    In one of my sundry, fragmentary lives outside this forum, I work with aspiring screenwriters. One thing I always stress with them is that their characters’ choices—dialog,...
  18. Re: I'm bored - what's everyone asking for for xmas/holidays?

    I wouldn't be ungracious if anyone sent me vintage Derby or Patou pour Homme. That said, the money is better spent going to charity, which is what I ask people to do if they feel compelled to give me...
  19. Re: What would this fictional perfuner/character wear...

    It depends on the aesthetic you want your character to have, and the reason(s) she has for wearing perfume. Does she want to be driven, or does she want to just relax? Is she more inspired by...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Actually, I don't know. I don't think she's worn all the concentrations enough to decide, and she I got her some deep-vintage extrait I believe she hasn't even opened yet. But, I bought her two 100...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Well, it is an elephant. Just sayin'.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I got some for Mrs. S., and I can vouch for its loveliness. Have you any interest in EDT of the same vintage?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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  24. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Clive-Christian-Noble-Collection-XVII-Russian-Coriander-Perfume-5ml-Sample-Spray/174108974013?hash=item2889b41bbd:g:AsAAAOSwhW1ca0jm
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Not thatagan.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Big points for ZC!

    Points for the Loewe, too, though it’s competing with garlic at this restaurant.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Rocabar was a big yawn, and I’m going out, so…

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  28. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    My in-store sniff prompted me to bring home a sample vial, but it didn't resonate enough on my skin to warrant the FB price. I can easily imagine it working better on someone else, though.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    These are frags I've ordered, not what I've received, so, short of me Photoshopping him into the pics, there's no way he could appear in them. Beyond that, he only models when he happens to be in the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Not really today, but catching up. Got the Il Lancetti from Bigsly (who's graciously including a sample of Havana Reserva), finally found a French Ungaro pour l'Homme III, and scored an...
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    Re: Option to 'hide' threads?

    I could see it being a useful feature, but given the more pressing issues with the site software, not a high priority.
  32. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    As far as I know, I’ve never been burned in an eBay vintage frag transaction. I say “as far as I know” because in most cases I haven’t any way to be sure apart from the scents matching descriptions...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Rocabar, because I’m trying to clear my minis off the bathroom counter.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Thanks! I like all your notes. As for finding good ones, BN has paid for itself at least a hundred times over. Now, if only I could get it to pay for the frags…
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    While I’m quite sure about my distaste for HR—mine is decidedly not the nose for which it was composed—I’m unsure about HHC and GG. The latter in particular may either render me anosmic or simply be...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Of the ones I wore for the sync, I’d break them down thusly:

    Thumbs up (in order of sync):

    Moschino pour Homme
    Dior Jules
    Chanel pour Monsieur
    Chanel pour Monsieur Concentrťe
    Chanel …goÔste...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I could go again after the holidays. Do we have a theme or a set of parameters? I was thinking about incorporating d’Orsay (mine and perhaps others’).
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    Re: Anyone buy from this eBay seller?

    I've bought from hard2findfrags. No complaints.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Something of a disappointment for me, alas, in comparison to Santos proper.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I don't know the full reformulation breakdownóI don't believe it's particularly extremeóbut the oldest version has "Pasha" in Cartier's old signature rounded sans serif font, as on my mini:

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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I finally tried my mini yesterday, and based on that I bought a vintage FB tester.
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    Re: this look like vintage Zino to you ?

    Many cosmetics companies use rotating batch codes this way. When they designed their systems, they were not anticipating an aftermarket for vintage fragrances.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I just don’t like being reminded of melon. Actual fresh melon smells fine when I’m eating it, but as a fragrance note I find it cloying. Hence, smaller amounts bother me than of other overused...
  45. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    The alcohol content makes it unlikely they'll freeze, but even if they do, simply letting them return to room temperature should fully restore them. Cold doesn't damage fragrance the way heat does.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Do you regard this as positive, negative, or neutral?
  48. Thread: Dior Homme

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    Re: Dior Homme

    We have to do something about this pent-up hostility of yours.
  49. Thread: Dior Homme

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    Re: Dior Homme

    The “lipstick” note is iris, identified as such because iris is commonly used to scent lipstick and other cosmetics. DH doesn’t smell much like lipstick to me because the opening is more complex, and...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    More like Lifetime SuprÍme.
  51. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I’m slowing my roll for the holiday season, as I’m looking to divert more money to charities. But I have a Macassar Rochas mini, some Cartier Santos refills, and a bottle of Il Lancetti en route.
  52. Re: 5 fragrance recommendations for someone who likes Zino Davidoff

    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme, perhaps?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Moment SuprÍme.
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  55. Re: Do you think classic men's designer "old-school" frags are making a comeback?

    I think the opposite is true. Fragrances can be of their time and place, but while they're worn socially, smelling fragrances has never been a common focused activity the way listening to music often...
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    Re: Classic Top 3?

    Can’t argue with those choices. My wife’s personal “iconic” choices would be Chanel No. 19, YSL Opium, and (probably) HermŤs CalŤche.

    I think one would have to consider Caron Tabac Blond for...
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    Re: Clive christian tester, real or fake?

    OK, not a tester or X, but here’s an authentic CC 1872 100 ml bottle:

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    You can be the judge.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I wore …goÔste on Thanksgiving because I wanted something tried and true but not overworn (by me). I wore Panouge Sandstorm the next day because, for me, "Black Friday" was a day of lethargic...
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    Re: Clive christian tester, real or fake?

    I'm highly suspicious.

    1. I've never seen such a box for a CC tester. All the testers I've seen were unboxed.
    2. I doubt CC would label a tester, "The World's Most Expensive Perfume."
    3. If CC...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Mine arrived today like this:

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    Do you think the seller was trying to tell me something? I mean, other than that the bottle was sterile?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I’m tempted to buy this and Mustang, then wear both on “Ford vs. Ferrari” night.
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    Don’t wish that on the lad. You want him to have hope.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 29th November, 2019

    I don’t know that it does go straight from bergamot to vanilla; that’s just the part that escaped my anosmia. If my wife says there was other stuff going on, I trust her. I doubt it’s as complex as...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 29th November, 2019

    Iím pretty sure thatís exactly what Vermeil was going for. They have flankers in different-colored lighter bottles, too, though I havenít heard much about them.

    My Vermeil just arrived today, as...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 29th November, 2019

    It’s sitting reviewless in the directory, obscure and inexpensive. I think Hednic might have it, too. I got a little bergamot at the beginning and some vanilla at the end, but I think Mrs. S. picked...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 29th November, 2019

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    I seem quasi-anosmic to this, and my wife dislikes it, so my first wearing will be my last.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Was it Eirik, by any chance?
  69. Re: How to tell if vintage juice has gone bad?

    Like everything else in the universe, fragrances are made of chemicals. Chemical compounds have finite stability: at a certain point, under certain conditions, they will degrade. Now, I’ve had very...
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    Re: Question about Caron's 'Pour Un Homme'

    I don’t get much similarity between 3eme Homme (which I like) and Pour un Homme (which I don’t). I don’t mind vanilla as a component of a fragrance’s base, but I don’t care to wear it in the...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    I don’t disagree in principle, but my experience has been that most vintage frags can be had fairly inexpensively. A few unicorns serve as exceptions, but I rarely spend over a buck a ml. That’s not...
  72. Re: How to tell if vintage juice has gone bad?

    Of course ingredients can and do turn over time: cosmetics have an expiration date. But, you may simply dislike one or more ingredients that are no longer used in fragrances.
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Well, again, if you blind-buy designer, or just buy a reformulated favorite, you can suffer the thrill of discovery or the agony of disappointment. Conversely, with samples and minis, you can suss...
  74. Re: Vintage perfumes - question for the experts, what to keep ?

    Most of what's there is "keeper quality," though I think you could pass on the J'Adore Dior and Bulgari Omnia without losing any sleep. It really boils down to what you like and, as Hednic...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Have you got a bigger pic?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Vermeil for Men
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    Re: Azzaro apology

    Pie Jesu Domine
    Dona Eis Requiem
    [Thwack!]



    EDP: Eau de ’Pology.
  78. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    Thanks, and yeah, I looked on eBay and saw the same things. Note that the true Reserva bottle is 100 ml.
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  80. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    How would you compare vintage Havana to Havana Reserva?
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    Re: Keep Getting Logged Out Repeatedly

    It happens to me on my phone all the time, but not on my desktop. Might be another artifact of not having a secure server, and/or the server's clock running fast. (The latter I blame for BN not...
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    Re: Azzaro apology

    "The really, really sorry fragrance from Azzaro!"
  83. Re: Third Man and Havana arrived yesterday, so a few words for each one.

    Vintage Havana lived up to the hype for me. Haven't tried the current stuff.

    Glad the 3eme Homme worked for you, Joe!
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    Re: Azzaro apology

    And here I thought Azzaro was launching a new frag, "Azzaro Apology." Darn it: I'd have bought that.
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    The decimation of the middle class is precisely their problem, and the problem for the rest of that market sector. (We're looking at you, Neiman Marcus.) Yes, Barney's catered to the wealthy, but...
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Blind buying aside, what are the significant differences? There may be a greater chance of counterfeiting or a bottle gone bad, but buyer protections for that make it a wash. I'll concede that...
  88. Re: 70s/80s fragrances that AREN'T: powdery, cinnamon, etc

    Well, I can relate to that last part, and I certainly hope you find it!
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    Nobody likes getting burned or disappointed, but that could happen blind-buying anything. There’s nothing specific to vintage or artisanal about that.
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    Re: Does vintage and artisanal spoil you?

    I rather thought the point of a hobby was to expend time and patience on it; but that aside, Brooks makes the larger point, which I would then extend to designer or even drugstore. It takes some...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Versace l'Homme progressed quite well. It was well-balanced all the way through, from the lemon and petitgrain against the basil in the opening easing through the patch and woods in the long-lasting...
  93. Re: 70s/80s fragrances that AREN'T: powdery, cinnamon, etc

    Oh, sure, and some for reasons beyond the actual fragrances. But, my point was that I perceive a value in finding something I like in a category I don’t (thus far). There’s no right or wrong about...
  94. Re: 70s/80s fragrances that AREN'T: powdery, cinnamon, etc

    Personal taste is just that. Nobody is obligated to like or dislike anything. No doubt you hate some frags that would mystify people who like them.

    I’m more puzzled that the OP wants to find...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I think that might be the citrus. Rather than being a lemony blast at the open that disappears when the heart notes emerge, it starts and remains well integrated into the whole scent profile.

    I’m...
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    Poll: Re: A dilemma on what to do with fakes...

    Are you pathologically narcissistic or a troll? And what is disrespectful about asking such a question, when you have clearly exhibited such behaviour in this thread?

    I asked a question, I didn't...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Vintage Sync and SOTE for Mrs. S.' birthday.
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    The Balmain …bŤne is the one blind buy here. My Trophťe mini was a success, so I went for a FB; and I lucked into a stash of first-generation Santos refills for my vintage refillable...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Yeah, isn’t it cool? Pretty nice frag, too. The sprayer is a bit wonky, but at least it makes it virtually impossible to accidentally overspray.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Absolutely. I'm backed up on some sample-swapping to which i've already committed, but I'm definitely down with a d'Orsay exchange, though I'll have to be very sparing with Trophťe.
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