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    Re: Halston Z-14 vintage - recent purchase

    Hey guys! Long time Z-14 fan here. Owned and wore it through the late 80's and my older brother owned and wore it from about '80 on up. I have an older bottle, 2.5 oz that smells pretty close to...
  2. Re: Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Fake? - Please Verify (Pics)

    Looks OK. I can't imagine fragrancenet.com risking their reputation on potential fakes. Only thing I'd say MAY be different is that the packaging may be meant for a market other than USA or EU. I...
  3. Re: Which female fragrances have you worn / tried ?

    Tried with success:
    Angel
    Habanita
    Bandit
    Hypnotic Poison
    Aromatics Elixir
    Cinnabar

    Owned:
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere
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    Re: Mcqueen Kingdom or Gucci pour Homme I

    I like both, but Kingdom is lot like a Sonny Sharrock recording: Angular, unique, brilliantly creative, but not for everyone. If you can, get both, but if you are going to buy something to wear...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

    Sung Homme
  6. Thread: Vanilla?

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Vanilla?

    All good points thus far. I'll add in that vanilla is a mainstay in perfumery and often used to sweeten or soften a scent and works as an effective base note, much like sandalwood or musk. Vanilla...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, March 8th, 2013

    Back to the '80's with Guy Laroche's iconic Drakkar Noir :)
  8. Re: Looking for a Lime based fragrance any suggestions?

    All great suggestions so far. I'll add in: Contradiction by Calvin Klein. Solid lime note in the middle of that one.
  9. Re: Running out of ideas for summer citrus Help !

    Just a couple of my favorite summer-time citrus-based scents. In no particular order:

    Monsieur Balmain: It comes off as all-lemons, but the drydown is a bit woodsy and I get a little bit of...
  10. Re: Can anyone speak to Jacomo de Jacomo new vs. original versions?

    One of my first favorite frags from the '80's. I got into it because my oldest brother wore it. I have a bottle that is NOT the LATEST, but is from about 2004 or so. (I have tried later versions;...
  11. Re: If it's being discontinued, will I see it soon at discount places

    I am in agreement with the others here. Just because the product is being discontinued, there is no guarantee that it will show up at a discount retailer, be it brick and mortar or online. Some...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Guerlain Vetiver
  13. Re: Which two scents are the closest to identical?

    AdG and Halston Unbound ---> 99%

    Chanel Platinum Egoiste and Paco Rabanne XS (original) ---> 97.652414%
  14. Re: Sillage Showdown : Lapidus Pour Homme Vs Joop! Homme ?

    I get a lot of honey from Lapidus Pour Homme. Moreso than Boss #1, and better represented (I think) than modern Kouros (can't speak for the vintage, I can't recall its intensity...been quite a...
  15. Re: Sillage Showdown : Lapidus Pour Homme Vs Joop! Homme ?

    smellgood4u, Lapidus Pour Homme is nowhere as sweet as Joop!, and I find it MUCH more wearable than Joop! as well. You would probaly like Lapidus PH, it's woodsy and aromatic, and has a honey note...
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    Re: Burnt sugar almonds

    smellgood4u, I swear....you must be a kindred spirit to me! LOL! I looked at the thread title and IMMEDIATELY thought of Dior's Hypnotic Poison! To the OP, I second this idea and it's no more...
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    Re: What is tobacco?

    FullCollapse, thank you! I forgot to make note of Cigar Aficionado. I own it and yes indeed...dark dry, robust, incredible tenacity and projection for SURE! My StepDad wears it from time to time...
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    Re: What is tobacco?

    I think it sounds great, Paul! If you need "test mules", I'd happily wear some out an about when it is available. Other notes...? Uhh, I'm not really much of a "nose" in that sense, but what about...
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    Re: Ungaro III and Zino... are they similar?

    Well, LHBI, all I gotta say is that if you like woodsy, patchouli scents with a dark flair, Zino will fall in your favor. The florals do a lot of the heavy lifting in regard to Zino. I like it,...
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    Re: Best aquatic???

    I agree with drseid, Bellagio is cheap and good. Still cheap. I owned it and it was fantastic in the summer. Funky bottle. IMO, beat AdG and leaves money left over for a sammich and beer at your...
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    Re: Ungaro III and Zino... are they similar?

    I have both scents, and both were acquired over 5 years ago, so.....older formulations...?? Maybe? Bueller...?

    But no, I find the two to be quite different. On me, Ungaro III is a green-feeling...
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    Re: Some help for a blind buy under 50 dollars.

    +1 for Mugler Cologne.
    +1 for Live Jazz (esp. w/ summer coming up)
    I'll add in: Gendarme (original)(seen on eBay for under $50)
    Lanvin L'Homme. Also can be found online for under $50
    Chemistry...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Tom Ford for Men
  24. Re: Which frag should I wear taking grandma to a cage fight?

    Kouros. Or Original Polo (Green). Can't beat a classic! :)
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    Re: Zirh Ikon appreciation thread

    After discovering Ikon a couple years ago, I finally got around to buying a bottle a few months back. Bargain, as I got my 4.2 oz bottle for about $16 at a local Marshall's. And I agree with The...
  26. Thread: Fubu Plush.

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Fubu Plush.

    I believe it has been discontinued, and therefore any remaining stock is subject to seller's preference in regards to supply and demand. I tried some from a sample about 2005 or so (wasn't crazy...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, February 22, 2013

    OK Papi Le Bon and juanderer.....Making it three bold ones in a row!

    Sung Homme. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, February 21st, 2013

    Red for Men - Giorgio Beverly Hills
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    Re: What is tobacco?

    Dernier_Cri nailed it with Guerlain Vetiver; at least of the fact that I find the dry, inside-of-a-humidor tobacco note in this classic to be outstanding and of nice compliment to the green feel of...
  30. Re: What are you top 3 picks for greatest macho stinkers?

    Sung Homme
    Halston 1-12
    Jacomo de Jacomo
  31. Re: has giorgio- giorgio beverly hills been reformulated?

    I agree with drseid, there is something amiss with that bottle. I own a bottle of the reformulated stuff and it is fat with florals and rife with patchouli. But, as mentioned in a previous thread,...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    Iceberg Twice
  33. Re: What has honey, civet, musk? Is there anything?

    Tsuzumi, +1 on the Ted Lapidus Pour Homme, for sure. I get the sweetness of honey, the earthiness of patchouli and tobacco, and the musk is a bit smoother (I think it's more of a 'leathery' feel). ...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

    Cigar Aficionado
  35. Re: What chocolate-based cologne has gotten you the most female compliments?

    A*Men reveals not 'tar' note whatsoever on my skin. None, zero, zilch, negatory. What I DO get out of A*Men is peppermint, lavender, a mocha-type accord, and oodles of patchouli. When I first...
  36. Re: Help: Is Monsieur Balmain sharp as YSL pour Homme?

    Nothing acidic about Monsieur Balmain. It's very lemony, true; but it lacks the bold underpinnings of the YSL PH scents. On me, just my recollection, it stays mainly a lemon/citrus scent, and...
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    Re: Trussardi Uomo (1983) vs. Drakkar Noir

    From my recollection, Trussardi Uomo is very much in line with the likes of Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui, Aramis, and Quorum: A bold, herbal, leathery scent. I think it is very different from Drakkar...
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    Re: Au masculin, should i buy it blind ?

    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin, I gather? If so, then yes, you must be able to enjoy vanilla and anise as a scent. It delivers those for sure and wears quite well, even in warmer weather.

    - - -...
  39. Re: Help: Is Monsieur Balmain sharp as YSL pour Homme?

    By zesty, we mean to say that the fragrance bears the "oomph" found in the outermost peel of a citrus fruit. In our case, the lemon. Think of it as being bolder in the flavor of the citrus, but it...
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    Re: What is your opinion of Aramis New West?

    I tried it and tried owning it It wasn't working for me. Left a huge trace of cedar and herbs and became quite linear in that sense. I'd say it's great if you like cedar and herbs, but it wasn't...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, February 18th, 2013

    Versace's Blue Jeans
  42. Re: Armani L'Eau Pour Homme: re-launched + flanker

    Thank you for the info. Just reminds me that I need to revisit this classic for sure. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Halston Z-14
  44. Re: Church incense lover, some designer fragance easy to find?

    I agree with the Marquis. Ikon by Zirh has a fantastic incense drydown. And very, very affordable.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Jacomo de Jacomo for this cloudy day in the Windy City. :)
  46. Re: received my rive gauche pour homme today. my opinion

    Can't blame you for feeling happy. This stuff rocks!!!! :D
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, February 15th, 2013

    Very Valentino. Haven't worn it in a while, so broke it out. :)
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    Re: Body Kouros = The Dreamer???

    OK, my take on BK is....burning marshmallow. Yes. Take a big marshmallow, put it on a fork. Turn a burner on the stove, and steek the marshmallow een de fire. Blow out dee fire. Before you eat...
  49. Re: I have just picked up some warmer weather scents, how did I do?

    Wowsah! That's a GREAT start!!! I've worn Happy, SMW, Mugler Cologne and Chanel's PE; also cool you have them "assigned" to detail! :)

    ...But that's cool, 'cuz I tend to do the same with mine! ...
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    Re: Bond No. 9 is Hardcore

    I was not on the phone with you and the CSR, so I cannot judge how harsh she may have been, but I gotta say this: They are and exclusive brand, and are likely quite used to customers just buying the...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, February 15th, 2013

    Realities for Men. Sounds psychological, but it's really just a D&G PH cover band. :D
  52. Re: How old were you when you started to get interest in fragrances?

    Oh, I'd say about 11 to start (was given a bottle of Aqua Velva and a bottle of Jade East by my older brother), but took on an interest of my own at about age 14. This was the late '80's, really a...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, February 14th, 2013

    Diesel Plus Plus Masculine
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    Re: Designer fragrance with SMOKY vibe

    Goody2141, I own Michael by Kors and love it, but I think it's dark and very tobacco-like, not incredibly smoky. On the other hand, it's not really incensey either. Azzaro Visit is smoky, but a...
  55. Re: Good summer fragrance for a 14 year old high school student?

    Oh, how I know what it is to be in your situation. It happened many years ago for me, but I recall well. With your budget, you have a lot of possibilities, so here's a few to consider. My...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

    Caron's legendary Pour Un Homme. :D
  57. Re: Is Monsieur Balmain sharp as YSL pour Homme?

    Smoother and "brighter"....or shall we say, "zestier" (is that a word?) than YSL PH. (I am assuming we speak of the red-capped version here? The black cap is even more gritty!) The ONLY scent I...
  58. Re: Need a cheaper Vanilla based fragrance for a young guy

    OK lads, I agree with many scent suggestions here. The Molinard I tried from a sample and I remember it being great. Pi by Givenchy is VERY sweet and the benzoin comes off vanilla-esque, but it's...
  59. Thread: Prom scent

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Prom scent

    Rive Gauche?? Very nice one, FullCollapse! Wore this the other day and it's almost like instant nostalgia! :)
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    Re: Anything Smell similar Donna Karen Unleaded

    OK. Very nice to see someone mention this forgotten gem. I gotta admit, Christmas of '95 I was at a mall store with a friend when they were pushing this scent. My friend hated it. I thought it...
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    Re: KOUROS arrived! The ultimate review.

    *Gets the same feeling Obi-Wan Kenobi had when the Death Star blew up Alderaan*

    O.o
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    Re: KOUROS arrived! The ultimate review.

    Kouros evolves, this is true. Has it really gotten that soft recently???

    I am the last one to post on the original thread. Smellgood4u, take a look at my response, when you have a chance please....
  63. Re: Original prices of the classics. i.e How much was Polo in 1978??

    Just my personal recollection, year ca. 1988:

    I bought a 2.5 oz bottle of Halston Z-14 from a discount drug chain for about 17 dollars. A 1.7 oz bottle of Drakkar Noir as a gift for my step dad...
  64. Thread: Prom scent

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Prom scent

    Bleu de Chanel, because it is modern and wears well. But a very large part of me would consider Fahrenheit, because in the 1920's, men's scents were rich with florals, much like Fahrenheit. So,...
  65. Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Dear Smellgood4u. You seem excited, as you should be, regarding your purchase of Kouros. The scent has incredible longevity, era-correct construction, and more character than a starving West Coast...
  66. Thread: Carnation

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Carnation

    I would offer a suggestion to try Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme (black bottle, the 1978 release). I own this and I like it in the warm weather, the carnation is pronounced and clean. I don't get...
  67. Re: Where to sniff these designers in greater Chicago?

    Ivory88, thank you for the "chorus" in regards to independent shops! The one in Woodfield (before you get to Nordstroms when walking from Macy's) is VERY interesting: I've seen them with Duc De...
  68. Re: Where to sniff these designers in greater Chicago?

    Protector, you should be able to locate Balmain, Caron, and Guerlain scents at the Nordstroms on Michigan near Grand (the HUGE store), but I know you will chance the older YSL scents, a Lapidus scent...
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    Re: Help identifying a frag

    Catsuit???? I just looked it up. Yes it's for real. I think whichever creative team came up with the name needs to lay off the batman stuff a bit.






    Catsuit????? O_o
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    Re: Your first cologne

    Hmm....mid 80's I recall getting a hand-me-down bottle of Jade East from my older brother, and a year later buying a bottle of Chaps by Ralph Lauren and getting a bottle of Hero by Prince...
  71. Rock solid.....those words are what I feel best...

    Rock solid.....those words are what I feel best describe Indie Guy's style, anecdotal delivery, and zest for life! I joined BN about seven years ago (April, 2005), and I must say that Indie Guy's...
  72. Re: Met some Nobile's while scouting for new scent!

    WOWzaaahhhhh! Time capsule from 1989! Very nice! =)
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    Re: again : the 80 ies

    Gerard: I think Cool Water is still pretty much the same. My guess is that the components used in its blending are different from the ones affected by materials limitation. In other words, I don't...
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    Re: again : the 80 ies

    Well, all these are really just a matter of my own opinion and perception, but I'd say:

    -- GIT
    -- Fahrenheit
    -- Gendarme (some sources say this came out in the 90's, but I bought my first bottle...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, April 22, 2011

    @Strollyourlobster: Hardly, sir! Midwest weather is for the birds, believe me; I hear ya'. :(

    And here I am, pining for warmer weather, wearing the original Gendarme.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, April 21st, 2011

    Tryin' somethin' a little different today. Iceberg Twice by Iceberg. Perhaps influenced by the icy weather....LOL!

    Have a great day, everybody! :)
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    Re: Anyone tried Cigar Aficianado ?

    I own this one. It wears well on me and I get pretty good longevity. It does not resemble Heritage, from what I get....more like a halfway point between Michael for Men by Michael Kors and A*Men by...
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    Re: Cheaper version of Creed Original Vetiver?

    I have worn Mugler Cologne....GREAT longevity and sillage. And I have A/B'd it with OV....Thierry wins. =)

    Good stuff. Roll with it!
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    Re: SoTD: Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Diesel Plus Plus for something light and easy. Have a great day, all! :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Geoffrey Beene's classic Grey Flannel for me today.....Happy Hump-Day, all!!! :)
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday 10th April, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Mr G. and Actiasluna!

    In honor of Mr. G, I'm enjoying Guerlain's timeless Vetiver......have a great day, all!!! :)
  82. Re: Barney's / Neiman Marcus Run - any must sniffs?

    Everything mentioned by Mr. Petrucci and Otto. I have been to both the Barneys on Oak and Rush and the NM over on Michigan. The people at Barney's are great, but I have had run-ins with...
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    Re: BOSS no.1. Has it passed the test of time?

    The original Boss scent.....square-bottle, heart notes thick with floral flair and a smidge of honey......great stuff. I used up all my "vintage stock" before it became vintage and just recently...
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    Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    A couple years ago, I scored a deal on a tester of Antaeus, understanding that it would most likely be the current formulation. I recalled smelling it through the 80's and 90's, but once I got this...
  85. Re: The best way to "scrub" a frag you can't stand ?

    I remember the lauded Griff (I miss him) mentioning once that Noxema works great at washing away a scent. I recall trying it and having success. Also pretty good are the hand cleaners sold at auto...
  86. Thread: Davidoff Echo

    by Richie_B
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    Re: Davidoff Echo

    Never owned a bottled, but came across a couple samples which I had gone through and used. Clean, bright, and somewhat individualistic in a way, Echo came across as very friendly, yet its...
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    Re: Kouros 1st timer

    This is great! This thread, resurrected and regurgetated from almost six years ago.....reminds me how YSL's beastly Kouros was, is, and probably always will be a polarizing force, not only on these...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Nicole Miller for Men :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    I'm going with Gucci Pour Homme Mk. I today......the "whiskey" colored juice. :)
  90. Re: When you want to smell like luxury, what do you wear ?

    For me, I like.....

    Heritage by Guerlain
    Mechant Loup by L'Artisan
    Richard James Saville Row
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    Re: SOTD - Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

    Corduroy by Zirh
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    Re: Scents inspired by the Old American West

    Nice call DuNezDeBuzier......RL's Chaps was one of the first to come to mind. I'll add in John Varvatos Vintage....it just has that rustic vibe to it. =)
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, April 4th, 2011

    Burberry for Men....the red boxed one they once to as "Burberry, London". And lemme tell ya', with it all grey and wet 'round here....sure seems like London out there today.

    Happy Monday...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

    Chillin on a Sunday, wearin' Tom Ford for Men. =)
  95. Re: What fragrance has left the best first impression on you??

    I've had a few. Jacomo de Jacomo (original black bottle/blue writing); Calvin by Calvin Klein (navy blue bottle); Iquitos by Alain Delon. Once I joined Basenotes, my heart strings were set abuzz by...
  96. Re: Unique Clubbing/ Party scents for the man in his mid 20's. Niche or designer. Help !?!?

    +1 more for Body Kouros. And I'll add in......Bulgari Blv Notte; JPG's Fleur du Male; Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (not Light Blue nor 'The One'); Corduroy by Zirh.

    Or even my SotD.....Carlos...
  97. Re: My first full wear of a Guerlain fragrance...Guerlain Homme...Did not impress me

    *change1 - Mitsouko is currently listed as a female scent, but it was created in a time when gender-assigment for fragrances was not considered relevant. Mitsouko, from what I have heard, has a very...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Good Day, all!!! =)

    Carlos Santana for Men......really good. Yet, it somehow reminds me of Very Valentino. :D
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver review

    Just watched it....nice! Your sincerity shows through, and well. I am a fan of this classic. And Kerosene, I agree: NOTHING evolves on my skin like a Guerlain scent! At least none of the ones I...
  100. Re: Rochas Man or New Haarlem for Prom?? + Others

    New Haarlem if you can swing it (I know it's 'spensive) but Rochas man is a good choice too. First and foremost, have fun and be safe!!! =)
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