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    Re: What is the deal w. MPG?

    Lots of money. Warehouse/Shipping facility. Buyer network/Industry contacts.
  2. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    All good points here. Re: the manufacturer / retailer dynamic with Under Armour, UA could only do that because of their size and demand. Both sides play this way and it's the little guy (often times...
  3. Re: Irritating questions asked at perfume stores...

    Sounds like you are shopping at the wrong store. I don't go to the Hyundai dealer looking for a Mercedes.
  4. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    Not surprising. Nordstrom used to gouge the crap out of vendors with their "marketing program". $250 to put me on an end cap for a weekend? Plus I have to hire a freelancer to do your SA's job...
  5. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    Well, things must be vastly different than when I was in the biz. New launches got the majority of the prime space, with the rest mostly determined by sales ranking and volume. Some brands that had...
  6. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    There are a few inaccuracies here. Vendors do not customarily pay for counter space unless it is an exclusive installation, like a cosmetic counter. Macy's will not just carry anything. Their...
  7. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    All of the national retailers in the US are hamstrung by the major beauty companies, ie Lauder, L'Oreal, etc. They control the beauty/fragrance business. Your beauty product has to have an...
  8. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    There are always going to be those that do so just because they can. I once had a meeting with a fragrance buyer at a large retailer and said "Look, I'm not making any money here. I need broader...
  9. Re: I've got a couple of gripes about the fragrance industry (LONG)

    Interesting thread. There are only a few "niche" fragrances like Creed that can actually break through to larger scale distribution like Saks, Neimans, Nordstrom etc. these days. The buyers just...
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    Re: Buy the rights to Stardust

    I'd bet they are asking more than $50,000. This fragrance was never intended as a small-scale niche product. They invested way too much, hundreds of thousands. Things like custom bottles, custom...
  11. Re: Stardust for Men -- Good Price on E-bay Now

    You've got that right. I had the uneviable task of trying to negotiate with Nordstrom at the time. They were very difficult to work with. The only reason Stardust was even able to gain the three...
  12. Re: Stardust for Men -- Good Price on E-bay Now

    This should answer most of the questions. Here's the Parfums Llewelyn original PR material:

    Parfums Llewelyn
    Parfums Llewelyn is a prestige fragrance company with a vision of designing fragrances...
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    Re: New Gendarme EDP?

    Well, you could just go with the inspiration for all Gendarme fragrances, the Original. Or better yet, try the new Gendarme EDP. It has pretty much the same character as the Original but lasts...
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    Re: New Gendarme EDP?

    Agreed, and it's much nicer than Clean Laundry. In fact, I'm surprised that the resemblance of the Clean fragrances to Gendarme doesn't get mentioned more around here. I'm convinced they tried to...
  15. Re: Stardust for Men -- Good Price on E-bay Now

    Most likely this is liquidated inventory they bought directly from Stardust/Parfums Lewellyn or maybe they got it somehow through their former international distributor who bought at a very good...
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    Re: Defining a modern fragrance

    I don't know if I could name five but I'd certainly say AMen is modern.
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    Re: New Gendarme EDP?

    That was exactly the intent with the EDP. That is also exactly how Carriere was intenteded before it somehow morphed into a women's (it's just an EDP of Gendarme, albeit at 25% so it is very rich).
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    Re: Classic, barbershop fragrance

    Helmut Lang
    Grabazzi by Gendarme
  19. Re: Stardust for Men -- Good Price on E-bay Now

    If you want a lifetime supply you can follow the link below. Stardust has been discontinued and is being liquidated. You can buy their inventory (fragrance and body products) in lot sizes. Maybe...
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    Re: Buy the rights to Stardust

    I was surfing the internet trying to find info on what Phillip is doing these days. I worked for him from 2000 to 2001 and was involved in the development and launch of the men's. I left on not the...
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    Buy the rights to Stardust

    I found this info from last August while looking for some info on Stardust. Looks like you can buy the brand and all the rights including some inventory. Talk about a deal for a fan of Stardust, a...
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    Re: New Gendarme EDP?

    You're right 20 does have lavender in it. I'm curious to see how people react to Sky. It is really a departure for Gendarme, as was Gendarme Green. If you like the original you'll probably like...
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    Re: New Gendarme EDP?

    Not sure of the new Gendarme EDP concentration but as previously stated, the original although listed as a cologne is more like an edp with 12% oil. Also, as previously noted, Carierre is the exact...
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    Re: Pronounciation of Rive Gauche

    Too funny! Here's a few I've heard:

    "John Darme" for Gendarme, they actually thought there was someone named John who designed it.
    "Eter Nitty" for Eternity
    "Bvvull Gary" for Bulgari
    "Icky...
  25. Re: Where Can I Buy Stardust for Men by Llewelyn

    try calling a von maur store, www.vonmaur.com, they used to carry it. Or try calling barnard associates, www.barnardassociates.com, they were the investment/management firm over parfums llewelyn...
  26. Thread: A*men Rant

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    Re: A*men Rant

    No offense but Thierry Mugler is the same guy who did Cologne and I'd hardly call that innovative. Back to subject, if I recall, the women's Angel was inspired by a pastry shop that Thierry used walk...
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    Re: A better hand cream?

    The absolute best in my opinion is Borghese Hand Creme. Heavy Duty is pretty good too if you can find it.
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    Re: Anthony Logistics

    Are you using the Zirh Aloe Shave Cream? I've found it to be one of the best. It's definitely soothing. The Anthony will be a step down from the Zirh. Not as close and not as soothing. If you want...
  29. Thread: Idea!

    by The_Maestro
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    Re: Idea!

    1. Drakkar
    2. Cool Water
    3. Eternity
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    Re: Overrated Basenotes Fragrance?

    I'll second that one. Decent scent but very ordinary. Definitely not worthy of all the praise.
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    Re: Most Disappointing Fragrance Award

    I think Bulgari should be proud to have created Aqua. The mineral amber drydown is one of the most unique I've encountered. Granted, the top note is pretty generic. In contrast, Blu Notte has to be...
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    Re: Bulgari Aqua

    Got the gift set today....the sillage is ridiculous when using all three *:D

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    What the FU$# happened tonight?
    I used the edt, shower gel and after shave balm.....I'm itching all...
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    Re: CHEMICALS! RUN!

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    Bulgari Aqua

    Any thoughts on this? I'm really enjoying it, especially the dry down. The base note is described as mineral amber. Not quite sure what that is but it is truly delightful. I didn't expect to like...
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    Re: Carriere - same as Gendarme ?

    For anyone that want's "insider" info on Gendarme I'd suggest contacting them yourself. Topper has been known to "reveal" quite a bit.
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    Re: Carriere - same as Gendarme ?

    It is the same juice, 100%, whether anyone chooses to believe it or not. Other notes stand out in that concentration. Plus Gendarme has water and glyceryn added so they have a different sensation...
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    Re: Carriere - same as Gendarme ?

    No. Gendarme 20 is Gendarme with a few other notes, most prominently Lavender. It is blended at 20% and it's the 20th anniversary scent.
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    Re: CARRIERE BY GENDARME

    Carriere was originally intended as the men's EDP, way back in the day. It was shared with many before it ever came out, as are most Gendarme scents. Ultimately it was launched as the women's scent...
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    Re: Carriere - same as Gendarme ?

    Again, Carriere is Gendarme, at 25%. The rest is just marketing.
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    Re: CARRIERE BY GENDARME

    Carriere is Gendarme, at 25% concentration. Same exact oil, 100%.
  41. Re: God, what's happening with these new fragrance

    I wonder if they truly ever test market the scents with consumers. I'd bet they just test it with branding agencies, to make sure the name, packaging, image,etc. are all on par. They usually focus...
  42. Re: God, what's happening with these new fragrance

    If this was posted last year, I'd fullheartedly agree. But this year, kudos for LVMH! * I mean, *L'Instant p.h.edp,
    Very Iresistible men, Dior Homme.Hellohoo!.. It doesn't get better than this! * A...
  43. Re: God, what's happening with these new fragrance

    Many, many things have influenced the current state of the biz in the US. *One interesting turning point was CK one. *CK came in heavy handed and demanded the retailers put in the CK installation,...
  44. Re: God, what's happening with these new fragrance

    Lack of taste or lack of understanding. I personally think the consumers just don't know any better. There was a time when many retail associates would take the time to educate their customers. They...
  45. Re: God, what's happening to these new fragrances?

    In my post, vendors= the companies (execs) making the product and selling it to the retailers. *I agree, most companies don't want to take a risk. *Then they jam it down the throats of the retailers...
  46. Re: God, what's happening to these new fragrances?

    Great post Godzilla. The saddest part of all is that the retailers (and vendors) have allowed this to happen. Unfortunately, there is no going back. Too much consolidation in retailers, too much...
  47. Re: 360 vs 360 red vs 360 blue vs 360 white vs360

    Why don't you choose the same color you liked from 212. Must be the same family right?
  48. Thread: 80 % ????

    by The_Maestro
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    Re: 80 % ????

    Right, there is no standard amount. But as a manufacturer you are required to list the amount of alochol in your product for international lableling requirements. So the answer to the original...
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    Re: Applying scent

    If you can smell it on yourself after 30 minutes (without directly smelling the spot you sprayed it on), then you are wearing too much. Your nose will become desensitized to your cologne as it blends...
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    Re: 212 vs 212 ice vs 212 h20 vs 212 white

    You gotta be kidding me, there are that many 212's?
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    Re: Old new scents?

    4711 - if you don't mind the lack of staying power. Better than Mugler Cologne in my opinion.
  52. Thread: 80 % ????

    by The_Maestro
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    Re: 80 % ????

    (The grade of alcohol denotes the % of alcohol to water.) *Basically what I said. *Some manufacturers chose to blend in their own distilled water with 100% denatured alcohol. *For international...
  53. Thread: 80 % ????

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    Re: 80 % ????

    That's the alcohol content. They could both be the same and the EDC could have added distilled water to dilute the fragrance.
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    Re: Finally tried Dior Homme

    Ugh! I can't get past the overtly synthetic, chemical, paint-stripper sensation upon first spray. I'm sorry, but I can't "wait" 10 minutes for it to dry down. This stuff would kill a crow. I know...
  55. Thread: EDP frags?

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    Re: EDP frags?

    I guess one could had CdG 2 to that list then, since CdG has a collection of clothes too. But usually they are packed together with niche houses. I guess there is no easy answer to the niche question...
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    Re: The floaties...

    Not macerating and filtering the fragrance correctly and possibly dirty bottles. The maceration process is done after the alcohol is added. The blend is left in the mixing barrels for a period of...
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    Re: What is it in fragrances that produces headach

    Pthalates, benzophenone, synthetics, etc. cause headaches. Usually not single notes like Oak Moss though, there is such a minimal amount of any singular note in a fragrance that it is unlikely to...
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    Re: Carriere - same as Gendarme ?

    It's the same juice, identical but at 25% instead of 12% like Gendarme. It does not have any additonal notes. It may smell slightly different thanks to the additional oil but the juice is the same....
  59. Thread: Philip B

    by The_Maestro
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    Re: Philip B

    White Truffle Shampoo is amazing. Very rich. Leaves your hair very full. Good for normal hair. Santa Fe shampoo smells amazing, kind of like New West but better.
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