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    Re: Amouage Honour Man: Review

    Honour Man and Woman both sound intriguing. However, I hope they bear no resemblance to Memoir, which you also mention. I hate to say it but I did not like the two Memoirs - first time I have thought...
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    Re: Aus Liebe zum Duft

    I've used them quite a few times and the service has always been very good, with decent sized atomisers. I do find their prices a bit expensive now, particularly as the Euro is stronger against the...
  3. Thread: London

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    Re: Where to buy/try MPG Santal Noble in London?

    I think Les Senteurs is stocking MPG again, but last time I looked, Santal Noble wasn't included on their list. I got a sample from First in Fragrance in Germany. I think MPG has had major...
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    Re: What site for discounted Chanel?

    Yeah, Tott is correct. It's a rare thing to find a Chanel at a knockdown price or on a discounter's website, unless its a knockoff of course. ;-)
  5. Thread: London

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    Re: People of London....I need your help!

    Seeing as you will be in Knightsbridge, may I suggest you pop into the newish Amouage Boutique? I think its just off Sloane Street and around the corner from Harvey Nicks. Well worth a visit. Can't...
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    Re: AVENTUS by Creed

    Honestly guys. Yawn. 730-odd posts later. About a fragrance that is as average as you are going to find. What is it with Basenoters' obsession with Creed? Give it a break. Please.
  7. Re: Question about Malles French Lover and Geranium Pour Monsieur

    I have samples of both French Lover and Olibanum and I must admit I don't find they are similar at all. French Lover is mostly about galbanum and cedar while Olibanum is light incense and sandalwood....
  8. Re: Creed Himalaya vs. Green Irish Tweed ?

    I'd say neither, quite frankly. I think there are better fragrances in the Creed line, which in itself is a bit overated in my opinion, particularly on Basenotes, where people talk about Creed ad...
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    Re: L'Artisan Al Oudh

    There is an oud accord in here, you just have to get past the prejudice of always thinking that Montale's oud perfumes are the be-all and end-all of what the western world's conception of oud is. I...
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    Re: Why is Dia Man a masterpiece?

    I'm a huge fan of Amouage generally and I love Dia. Like many others, masterpiece is a term that is neither here nor there in perfume, IMO. I certainly have no issues with Dia's longevity - it last...
  11. Poll: Re: Parfumes du Nicolai New York VS Amouage Dia men.

    Dia by far. It is a wonderful, classy perfume. New York makes me sick to my stomach, literally. I'm not joking here, and I can understand that many people would like New York, but I have a physical...
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    Re: Are there any colognes with grape?

    I agree, it isn't really a grape note. In fact, although I know fragrances aren't always meant to be super-realistic, I don't really get the chablis accord either. I've drunk my fair share of Chablis...
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    Re: Le Labo

    Out of these mentioned, my favourite is Oud 27 followed by Patchouli 24. The rest I'm lukewarm about. Rose 31 doesn't really work well on my skin. Iris 39 I need to test some more, while Vetiver 46...
  14. Thread: London

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    Re: LONDON - the ultimate good perfumery guide (map included)

    I'm not sure how good Les Senteurs is at email correspondence, but definitely worth a visit if you are in London (near Victoria Station). And pretty generous with samples too - every time I've been...
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    Re: I've got the Itch for a Niche!

    1. Ambre Sultan
    2. Chergui
    3. L'air
    4. Arabie

    IMHO L'air is overrated.
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    Re: Gucci PH I being discontinued?

    I get what you are all saying but a sales assistant here in the UK told me it was being discontinued too, so even if you can still get it on the internet, it seems to me it is going to have very...
  17. Re: Has a Fragrance Ever Made You Violently Ill?

    Close to sick but not quite - L'Artisan Havanna Vanille and both Nicolai's I've tried, New York and Homme. Not sure why, but there was something in HV that set me off, I think it might have been the...
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    Charity shops

    Does anyone know if one can ever find perfume stocked at Charity shops - I would have thought this might be a good sort of place to find vintage perfumes, but I've never encountered anything of the...
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    Re: Where can I sample M7 in the UK?

    Have you tried Fenwicks? Our local one stocks M7, but it is getting increasingly hard to find. No problem getting YSL's other male dross though, such as L'homme
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    Re: Amouage Epic, epic longevity

    I need to test Epic some more, but it strikes me as perfectly good, but a bit boring. To my nose it is like a 2-dimensional Jubilation XXV. It is long lasting though, but I wish it developed along...
  21. Re: How much does body chemistry alter a frag's TOTAL development?

    Does emotion affect the development of a scent as well? I can recall the odd occasion for example where I applied a perfume I wear often and was feeling sad or stressed, and it just went sour on me....
  22. Re: EDITIONS DE PARFUMS: Frederic Malle... Vote your favourite or worst?

    Of those I've tried:

    Love - Vetiver Extraordinaire, Musc Ravageur, Un Rose

    Dislike - Dans Tes Bras, Une Fleur de Cassie

    Lukewarm - Geranium Pour Monsieur, French Lover, Noir Epices

    I...
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    Re: Barnyard oud?

    I appreciate your point that Oud fragrances like the Le Labo one do not necessarily contain genuine oud or smell like the real thing. However, in my opinion the Le Labo oud is still a very good...
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    Re: Ambre Sultan

    Ambre Sultan was the first Lutens I ever sampled and I love it still to this day - dense, dark, complex, sweet yet dry. Its got everything in my opinion.
  25. Re: Is Serge Lutens indeed the vey best line in terms of longevity?

    Although it is a generalisation, very often you can tell if a scent will be long lasting by spraying it on a scent strip - generally the more oily it is (and darker colour to some extent, although...
  26. Re: What non-animalic notes can cause a frag to smell dirty?

    Cinnamon can interestingly have some dirty undertones and patchouli has been known to be a bit skanky too.
  27. Like the fact they are making a 16ml size too -...

    Like the fact they are making a 16ml size too - better than the 200ml some houses offer.... Looks interesting.
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    Re: L'Artisan Al Oud

    Yip, I agree, this is "Timbuktu Intense" to my nose. I don't get much Cumin, nor is it animalic, despite all the waxing lyrical on the various blogs where I read the reviews. As disappointing as...
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    Re: New 'Grossmith' Perfume line

    I tried all three on Friday. I can't recall the names, but one of them bore more than a passing resemblance to Mitsouko, while the other had rosy hints of C&S no.88. I need to try them on skin...
  30. Re: Will Parfumerie Generale Work For Me?

    One thing I noticed, having sampled a lot from this house, is that they love Patchouli - loads of it. If you like Patch, great. If not, well, who knows. I will say that they are innovative though. My...
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    Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I think give it another go - it may surprise you on a second wearing. I have samples of his whole line except for the latest and I liked all the incense ones. Lonestar is a little weird, but...
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    Re: Prada's L'Eau Ambree

    I think I know what is meant by that "drydown" I find all the Pradas have a distinctive smell and its tenacious too. There's a guy at my work that loves his Prada and its a good thing he's not a...
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    Re: Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens

    Tried it for the first time this weekend. Initial impressions are that it wears very close to the skin, but this is deceiving as when you smell close up, it is quite evident, even a few hours after...
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    Re: Anything better than Amouage XXV?

    I must admit I agree with you - only tried Epic for the first time this Friday and it struck me as being a similar, pared-down version of Jubilation. Quite nice, but if you already have Jubilation, I...
  35. Re: Appreciation Thread : Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male

    Sorry, no appreciation for Le Male from me. I might have been able to like it if it hadn't been worn to death by every 18-25 year old clubbing male here in the UK for years, plus no one seems to know...
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    Re: S o t D - Friday, August 14

    Montale Oud Cuir d'Arabie - rather underwhelming to my nose. Perhaps I expected too much of this line.
  37. Re: Serge Lutens Starts Shipping Worldwide!?

    My local Fenwick's has stocked Chergui for some time. It is here in the UK.
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, 12 August, 2009

    Montale Aoud Lime
  39. Re: My new list of top ten favorite fragrances.

    In no particular order:

    Vetiver Extraordinaire - Frederic Malle
    Musc Ravegeur - ditto
    Jubilation xxv - Amouage
    Chergui - Serge Lutens
    Ambre Sultan - ditto
    Dior Homme - Dior
    Tabac Blonde -...
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    Re: After No. 88 Czech & Speake?

    I wouldn't even place no 88 at the top of the pile. I know its a matter of personal taste but no 88 just doesn't appeal to me. I've really grown to love Dark Rose. Its quite subtle, but gorgeous....
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    Re: Vetiver Extraordinaire

    I guess this shows how different everyone's tastes are. For me VE is just brilliant, my favourite of the Malle line. It never fails to move me in some way, but particularly in autumn, when it seems...
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    Re: S o t D, Monday 8 June 2009

    Frederic Malle Un Fleur de Cassis - I'm really trying to give this a chance, but after a number of wearings I've come to the conclusion this is not me.
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    Re: Rive Gauche or Terre d' Hermès

    They are so different, I don't think you can really choose between them. My personal choice is probably Terre de Hermes, but I own both, so no problem then!
  44. Re: What's the best horse manure fragrance? (No joke)

    Mona Di Orio - Nuit Noir - the opening smells like a sweaty donkey's a**e to me...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II is Great!

    i must be the first on this post not to like Gucci II - I really don't like it, but then again, I'm not a huge fan of violet & violet leaf, which dominates this fragrance for me. I preferred Gucci I...
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    Re: Divine's L'Etre Aime Homme: a review

    I've sampled all the Divine scents and they all seem great initially, but on my skin I'm lucky if I get an hour's longevity. For some reason they wear extremely close on me, although they certainly...
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    Re: S o t D - Friday 22 May 2009

    Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain
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    Re: Canali men or Gucci pour homme II?

    To be honest, neither is particularly good IMHO, but of the two, Canali probably is my preference. Gucci II did absolutely nothing for me I 'm afraid.
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    Re: S o t D, Thursday, 21st May 2009

    Bulgari Pour Homme extreme - not too bad, has a great petitgrain opening note, then turns to a fairly standard formula, but well done and nice for a spring day.
  50. Re: Your favorite fragrance (for men) of Burberry

    Can't say any of the Burberry fragrances blow me away, but Brit isn't too bad, although it is very similar to Gucci Envy to me, albeit a much toned-down version.
  51. Re: What do you think of YSL La Nuit de L`Homme?

    I tend to agree - better than the original, but not very original. Bog standard department store scent IMHO
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    Re: S o t D, Tuesday, 19 May 09

    l'homme Sage by Divine
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    Re: S o t D. Monday, 18 May 2009

    Lonestar Memories by Andy Tauer - I find this possibly the most challenging of Tauer's perfumes. Can't decide if I really like it, but do admire it.
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    Re: S o t D - Sunday, 17 May 09

    Diptyque's Tam Dao
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    Re: S o t D Friday 15 May

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
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    Re: S o t D Thursday 14 May

    Dior Homme during the day, Chanel Anteaus this evening. Two of my "go to" scents that never fail to impress me, especially considering how mainstream they are.
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    Re: S o t D, Sunday 10 May 2009

    Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfum. Mmm hmm - this is good, especially if you like Amber scents. Quite similar to Ambre Sultan by SL, but perhaps not quite as intense, fruity or sweet, but I like it....
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    Re: Histories de Parfums

    I have recently ordered the sample set, and as you say, 10 euros for 12 samples (1.5ml) is incredibly good value when you consider that you now pay about 15 euros for just 3 Frederic Malle samples,...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday 6 May 2009

    1740 Marquis de Sade by Histoire de Parfums. Rather good this one - leathery and quite complex. The opening is startlingly similar to SL's Arabie to my nose, but thankfully that fades to a leathery...
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    Re: S O T D - Thursday, 30 April 2009

    Polo Double Black
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    Re: S o t D - Thursday, 16 Apr 09

    Songes, by Annick Goutal. I am trying this purely for interest sake, as it is way too feminine for me to even contemplate wearing in public. Heady, floral bouquet of Frangipani, Jasmine and a touch...
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    Re: is Tauers Vetiver Dance underrated?

    Together with Reverie Jardin (something like that) this is the only Tauer I haven't enjoyed so far. It reminds me quite a lot of Vetiver Tonka by Hermes in as much as it explores the sweet, nuttier...
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, 15 Apr 09

    A sample (vial) of Divine Letre Aime Homme. It is very nice, but has absolutely no longevity on my skin. Actually the whole line seems to do this with me, although I haven't been able to spray any of...
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    Re: Amouge Dia

    I tend to agree with most of these comments. It is a fairly discrete, subtle fragrance, and very well executed in my opinion, and could be worn for office or evening, although I imagine most would...
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    Re: Dior Homme vs Infusion d´Homme

    I like both, but Dior Homme is my favourite. I find the soapiness of Infusion a bit cloying after a while, whereas that lipstick/handbag,leather acord of DH is great and quite innovative for a...
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    Re: S o t D - Tuesday April 14, 2009

    D&G - The One. Its designer day for me and this one is probably one of the less boring releases of the past year or so.
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    Re: S o t D - Monday, 13 Apr 09

    l'homme de coeur by Divine. Its an Iris scent, but subtle and well executed. Possibly too well executed in my opinion and doesn't carry enough oomph. Although I am testing it from a vial rather than...
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    Re: Most powerful niche?

    I think for consistancy across a whole line, Serge Lutens comes to mind. They last all day on my skin and literally only scrubbing will remove these.
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    Re: S o t D - Saturday, 11 Apr 09

    Annick Goutal - Musc Nomad. Nice and subtle, but perhaps not "musky" enough for me. ie a bit of skank please...
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    Re: S O T D, Friday 10th April 2009

    Andy Tauer - Incense Rose. Quite appropriate for Good Friday I would say.
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    Re: Do you wear your age?

    I coudn't care less about age and perfume - if it smells good, I'll wear it. The only two things that tend to stop me wearing a perfume (in public anyway) are if it is too feminine (usually only the...
  72. Re: Did any one enter the Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus Giveaway?

    Mine arrived on Tuesday, haven't tried it yet, but I suspect it is going to be too feminine for me. I also don't think Osmanthus is really my thing - I certainly didn't like SL Datura Noir. but one...
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    Re: S o t D: Thursday, 9 April, 2009

    Chanel Egoiste
  74. Re: 200 Ormonde Jayne samples to be won! (Plus a full bottle)

    I received my sample of Osmanthus in the post today. Probably a bit quicker than most as I live in the UK. I wasn't notified by email - it just came by post with a tiny brochure of the OJ range
  75. Re: The most accurate, distinct Ambergris note ?

    Les Nez - L'animatiere: the opening note captures the ozonic element of the sea and coast like no other perfume I've smelled. Not having smelled real ambergris, I have read that this is what it...
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    Poll: Re: Battle of the Vetiver Heavy Hitters

    Vetiver Extraordinaire - sophisticated, earthy, bucolic even. I must say I also enjoy Encre Noire, which is quite incensy as well, particularly in the opening. Turtle Vetiver is also very nice,...
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    Re: S o t D, Monday 6 April 2009

    Ambre Russe - Parfum d'empire
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    Re: S o t d - Saturday, 04 April 09

    Parfum Generale - Iris Taizo. Yum, just my type of Iris scent - a touch sweet, and tempered by woods and cardamom. Much prefer this style to the cold, powdery style (eg Iris Nobile).
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    Re: Please educate me on Frederic Malle

    I've tried Vetiver Extraordinaire, Musc Ravageur, French Lover, Un Fleur de Cassie and Dans Ten Bras.

    My favourite is without doubt VE. Vetiver is one of my favourite notes and I have tried...
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    Re: Amouage Journey (First 4)

    Having tried all of these, my favourites are Dia, Reflection and Jubilation XXV. I would say its a dead heat for me. At first application I thought Reflection was going to be a scrubber, with too...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite Caron for man?

    Voted Pour Un Homme. It appears the simplest of the men's scents at first spray, but to my nose there is just the faintest hint of danger lurking deep within all that lavender and vanilla. Lovely...
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    Re: S o t D: Friday, 3rd of April, 2009

    Divine - l'homme sage. Am loving it on a foggy spring day in S-E England.
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    Re: I finally tried Black Aoud

    I haven't tried any Montales yet, but have samples of both Lyric Man and Dark Rose.

    Lyric Man left me feeling distinctly underwhelmed - I'm a great fan of Amouage generally, but I can't see what...
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    Re: S o t D: Thursday, 2 April, 2009

    Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle - Une Fleur de Cassie.

    Interesting, but verging on being almost too feminine for my tastes.
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    Re: Montale line in the UK

    Thanks, it would be nice. I seem to read so much about this line that I'm surprised that none of the London stores carry them.
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    Re: My new obsession - sample purchasing

    I think you are better off ordering the Malles from somewhere else. I have recently ordered quite a lot of samples from France (Divine) and Switzerland (les Nez & Andy Tauer) and they were much...
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    Montale line in the UK

    Has anyone had any experience of buying Montale perfumes or samples in the UK? They seem to be quite difficult to come by over here. I know that you can order them from First in Fragrance in Germany,...
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    Re: Harrods

    I find Liberty in general a very place to shop and browse for perfumes. I haven't been in since the refurb, but what I particularly like is that the sales associates are not at all pushy and let you...
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    Re: No. 88 longevity??

    I find all the C&S colognes very well constructed and quite sophisticated generally. However I have found no. 88 to be long-lasting but quite close to the skin. Still like it though.
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    Re: Bottles with LOUSY CAPS!

    Well the cap I have is the same as Mario's and I must say it is the worst cap design ever. I think I've spent more time trying to open it than actually wearing the scent. Nowadays I just leave it at...
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, 1 April 09

    Parfum d'Empire - Cuir Ottoman
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    Re: Best masculine hot summer fragrance

    I could also suggest:

    Annick Goutal - Eau de Sud & Eau de Hadrian
    Patricia De Nicolai - New York
    Thierry Mugler Cologne
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    Re: A better Brut than Brut ?

    I bought a bottle of YSL Rive Gauche about a year ago, but online, so haven't really looked out for it in stores, but I'm almost certain I have still seen it in stores here in the UK, but stand...
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur and Antaeus

    I must say, I don't really put Pour Monsieur & Shalimar in the same boat. Shalimar to my nose is mostly citrus and vanilla, while Pour Monsieur seems to be the male counterpart to Chanel no19 with...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne La Nuit

    Yes, it was marketed as a woman's fragrance, but like a lot of Chypres, I would think that a man can wear it without feeling too uncomfortable.
  96. Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I hardly ever get compliments for fragrances I wear, but funnily enough the one compliment I can remember (possibly the only one!) is when I was wearing Annick Goutal's Duel and Eau de Sud (on each...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne La Nuit

    Yes, I thought the opening was quite floral, but then it became mostly leather and green/vegetal on my skin.

    I compared it the other day with Bandit (on each wrist) and one thing I really like...
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    Paco Rabanne La Nuit

    I originally read somewhere that this perfume is quite something, being one of the most animalic chypre/leathers out there. I was surprised when looking at reviews that only about 5 people have...
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    Re: Harrods

    Liberty also stock the full range of F. Malle now
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    Re: My new obsession - sample purchasing

    I also found that Frederic Malle's prices have gone up (for samples) dramatically. I ordered 3 samples from them in September for 10 euros and tried again early this year. The price was now about 16...
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