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    Sticky: Re: whats a good frag to impress girls

    Bigsly
    I agree, though I don't find it similar to Carven Homme, the top notes are muted IMO, but the sandalwood drydown is in a class of its own..I use it in layering..
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    Re: Luca Turin "Duftnote" - NZZ Folio 2009

    Thanks Narcus, always interesting.
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    Poll: Re: Vote for the Sexiest Fragrance

    1-Rochas Man
    2-Gucci Envy
    3-AdG
    4-Ambre Sultan
    5-Musc Ravageur
  4. Re: What are the goofiest ideas you used to have about fragrance?

    Notes listed as the pyramid don't mean much as the AMOUNT of each ingredient makes all the difference..that is why scents with VERY similar pyramids smell nothing alike.
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    Re: What's wrong with 212 Sexy Men? Opinions?

    I hated it, sold it at half price. too cloying, Herrera for men is a better choice as far as CH scents are concerned
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    Re: Herrera for Men - any admirers?

    Turin considers it as an "immortelle" containg scent, as in Eau Noir, I agree.
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    Re: Bijan VIP (2008)

    I know it is highly rated, FIFI award candidate for 2009
  8. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    In my opinion over-rated, smells just like its name ; Black Ink.
  9. Re: What feminine scents could easily be classified as male scents?

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=211862&highlight=unisex
  10. Re: Unusual question- name a scent, which in your opinion, matches the following trac

    You have something there, as our senses of smell, taste and vision certainly overlap but touch and hearing don't seem to have any connection...I can't think of a scent but give you 10/10 for...
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    Re: Passed the 500 post mark.

    Congrats N_Tesla, always enjoyed reading yr posts. Good word "fragranteur" instead of the perfumista which men are uneasy to call themselves.
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    Re: Chanel female for guys

    Sycamore(soft vetiver) and Coromandel(Amber Patchouli) are completely unisex in my opinion.
  13. Re: Basenotes Best Male Fragrance by % of Reviews

    Very good work Mystery H, a little misleading as the case of M7 Fresh shows, but very useful just the same, look forward to more spreadsheets from you, one idea, members "wardrobes" contain their...
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    Your views on 21 by CoSTUME NATIONAL

    I recently tried Scent 21 by CN and absolutely loved it, great scent and fantastic longevity, any one has any views on it.
    notes quoted from Luckyscent:
    bergamot, milk, orange blossoms, saffron,...
  15. Re: Help me to choose a perfume please !!

    Funnily enough, Dior Homme and Chanel Pour Monsieur are both extremely unisex despite the names
  16. Re: Congratulations Mikeperez23 on your 10,000th Post

    Congratulations Mike ..
    Afra
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    Re: Declaration vs. Terre D'hermes

    Declaration has a body odor note in the opening, but Terre is about Nature, it smells of Eart, rocks wood , very aptly named
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    Sticky: Re: Which *niche* scent do women love most?

    I find the ladies in the ladies forum will be more than happy to give advice
  19. Re: Ladies I've got a ( guy's niche) question for you!

    This sounds like an exact quote from the book, "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind!
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    Re: Terre de Hermes ??????

    As Jenson says , this takes a while to grow on you, then you'll love it . a milder and dare I say better scent to this is by the same perfumer JCE, and it's Un Jardin Sur le Nil.
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    Re: Tigrushka: 10,000 posts

    Great achievement and dedication to BN, congrats.
  22. Best ways to make ordinary candles into scented ones..?

    Does any one know how to make scented candles starting with ordinary candles? thanks
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    Re: The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Double Black and loathes B*Men,
    CDG MAN2 and Gicci ph I also Encre Noir
    Pour un Homme and Jicky
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    Re: Bulgari Omnia - Could a man pull it off?

    Yes! it's more unisex than a LOT of masculine marketed scents (Dior Homme, Aramis 900..)
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    Re: SotM December 2008

    Somerville Metro Man : Great work as usual, I wish you'd publish a top 30 or something as the wears are so closely divided.
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    5 mini reviews from recent niche samples

    Vetiver Extraordinaire ,Malle by Dominique Ropion. Top notes bergamot
    and bitter orange; middle notes pink pepper, cloves and vetiver; base
    notes sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, myrhh vetiver and...
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    Re: Three strikes and your...Malle

    I also find Noir Epices unpleasant at the open, smells like anchovies, the dry down is great and par for the course as far as Lutens go, Bois D'Orage is Great and reminds me of Creed Angelique...
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    Re: Three strikes and your...Malle

    I agree that Carnal Flower is very feminine and NOT wearable for men (I wear Shalimar, Mitsoulo, hypnotic poison , so I love female/unisex perfumes).
    Another unisex scents I find TOO feminine are:...
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    Re: Eau de Cologne history - the plot thickens

    Great work tgl, look forward to other installments!
  30. Re: 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..in your view

    I would love to have bottles of these, they seem to be mentioned everywhere..
    SL - Muscs Khoublai Khan
    SL - Ambre Sultan
    MPG Ambre Precieux
    Perfum d'Empire - Iskander
    SL - Douce Amere
    SL -...
  31. Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    Top 20 niches as determined by this thread as of end of 2008:

    Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Czech & Speake No. 88
    Malle Musc Ravageur
    Parfums de Nicolai New York
    Creed Bois de Portugal...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration - Regular or Essence

    there is a B.O note in Essense which made me return it, try before you buy
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    Re: Figured out a way to store samples :)

    Someone could market this as a commercial product,
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    Re: Best "Male Oriented" Blogs on the Web

    One excellent blog no one has mentioned so far is : our own monkeymanmatt's blog
    http://monkeymanmatts.blogspot.com/
  35. Re: If you already have .....X (fragrance)....you don't really need ....Y.....!

    Some of the suggestions of similar scents, seem so far out to others, it seems there is very little concensus on any of the suggestions, just proves how very subjective fragrances are.
  36. Re: If you already have .....X (fragrance)....you don't really need ....Y.....!

    If you have Azzaro PH , then don't bother with Azzaro Visit IMO
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    Re: Best "Male Oriented" Blogs on the Web

    Jenson's blog is very infomative and useful:
    http://xxentx.blogspot.com/
  38. If you already have .....X (fragrance)....you don't really need ....Y.....!

    Well, a similar thread was posted before, but I couldn't find it. Here's the lowdown:
    If you have Terre D'Hermes you don't really need Jardin sur le Nile , quite similar IMHO.
    Also if you have...
  39. Re: Sacrilegious - mixing scents (i.e. GIT and cool water)

    I would say it stands for:
    'Fix Your Post"
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    Best "Male Oriented" Blogs on the Web

    Have you found some good blogs which deal mainly with male fragrances.
  41. Re: Sacrilegious - mixing scents (i.e. GIT and cool water)

    I have ALWAYS got bad results from mixing fragrances, I don't do it anymore.
    P.S. In my opinion if people don't repeat a derogatory comment , it gets less attention and dies down..
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    Re: Perfume the Guide - new update

    List of fragrances reviewed in the Winter update..sorted for easier access, if only someone would place the ratings in front of each one...he/she would have violated the copyright(!)
    Reviews:
    1...
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    Re: Pronunciation of Oud

    Funnily enough it means "wood" in Arabic and is pronounced like wood only you drag the oo!
  44. Re: Blond people: Fresh and bright? Dark people: Warm and spicy?

    I don't think hair color or being thin or overweight, or having small or big ears have anything to do with the choice of perfume..BUT I have read that:
    1- Asian women tend to like very light, fresh...
  45. Thread: Favorite Musk

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    Re: Favorite Musk

    Lucious, good to see you!
  46. Thread: Favorite Musk

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    Re: Favorite Musk

    GREAT info night, thanks
  47. Re: ***RESULTS*** Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    Somerville Metro Man: Thanks for comparing the results. Me being a complete amateur in this DID leave out Tea for Two who had 7 mentions and AdP which many did not specify the Assoluta or Intensa ...
  48. Re: Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    Results, amended a bit and made more accessible and hopefully useful, the top 25 of most rated bottle worthy niches according to number of BN posters:

    Perfume House---- Perfume Name----- No. of...
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    Re: Impressed with the service of Tauer!!

    He is a great guy and has wonderful PR, the fragrances are all excellent too.
  50. Re: Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    Interim results of the thread so far:
    List of niche fragrances considered bottle worthy by more than 2 posters:

    Perfume House---- Perfume Name----- No. of Posters
    Tauer L'Air du Desert...
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    Re: Your Favorite "Floral" Perfumes..

    I've compiled a list of all the perfumes posted on this thread, it could be a useful reference:
    YSL Rive Gauche
    YSL Rive Gauche
    YSL Rive Gauche
    Ysatis - Givenchy
    Vivid
    Violetta - Penhaligon's...
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    Re: Sillage & Niche: your top-three favs

    Most Chanels last a long time specially Egoiste and Allure.
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    Re: Who Sells Decants?

    Some Basenoters!
  54. Re: Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    With niche prices so high, and as the French say "embarras de choix" there is wealth of information in these posts..I for one have copied and pasted all the lists!, thanks
  55. 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..in your view

    With hundreds of niche fragrances on the market..can you name your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..
    Thanks
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    Your Favorite "Floral" Perfumes..

    What are your favorite predominently "Floral" perfumes, this could include floral/orientals, or floral/spicy etc, but the main focus being on florals.
    Thanks a lot for your contribution.
  57. Re: Lorenzo Villoresi - Rantings on 3 out of 5 recently acquired

    Jenson, Great visual reviews as usual, I wish you would rate each one out of 5 like Turin!
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    Re: The best fragrance with white musk?

    CK Be and Touch , also Rocabar Hermes, but Touch wins hands down IMO
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    Re: Rochas Man - Yes Or No?

    A side note to Rochas Man...has anyone tried Rochas Man Intense, what is the main difference and is the bottle different? Thanks
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    Re: Which tie should I wear?

    Good tips on this site:
    http://www.expertvillage.com/video/78837_choose-tie-stripes.htm
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    Re: Atomizers and Roll On's

    I HAVE noticed that the juice in roll-ons leaks or evaporates much quicker than atomizers, and placing them in an upright position is usually not practical unless they are pretty large.
  62. Re: my 1* and 5* fragrances according to The Guide

    I agree with you that a lot of fragrances marketed to women are perfectly wearable by men. However some are clearly "perfumy/girly" and NOT suitable IMO. Those I could easly pull off are:
    Baiser Du...
  63. The Fragrance Wheel, an interesting site..

    Designed by Michael Edwards, a useful graphic classiication of perfumes..

    http://www.fragrancesoftheworld.com/showcase/fragrancewheel/index.html


    Afra
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    Re: Rochas Man - Yes Or No?

    Yes Yes Yes! it is one of my all time favorites, ladies love it, well EVERYONE seems to love it.
  65. Re: Oh great now I have 2 exactly the same fragrances

    Jenson, I would add Dior's Hypnotic Poison by the same perfumer (Annick Menardo)
    it's a great unisex scent..some of her other fragrances are :

    Boucheron Jaipur Homme (for him)
    Bvlgari Black...
  66. Re: Does any else thinks Givency Pi reminds them of

    It is a very underrated scent, similar in my opinion to the Cartier scent: Baiser du Dragon which was made by the same perfumer
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    The art of "Testing a Fragrance Sample"

    What are the best ways, in your experience, to test a fragrance in a way that you get a full appreciation of the sample.
    For example you might wear only ONE sample on both hands for a full day, or...
  68. Re: Hour-Long Luca Turin Lecture (streaming video)

    Turin fans are being spoiled here.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Egoiste vs Platinum

    Egoiste is a VERY strong oiental scent wheras Platinum is as safe and light, a little floral in a good way though.
  70. Which, if any Amouage male scents are worth the high price?

    With the price of most Amouage scents in the $200 plus range (if I'm not mistaken), are any of them really worth the investment?

    Amouage Gold Men
    Amouage Homage 2008
    Amouage Silver Cologne ...
  71. Poll: Re: Best Chanel Allure Flanker?

    Editing poll options seems to be disabled once you post, but that is how it should have been..
    Edition Blanche is IMO great and some in a French review site compare it to Eau Sauvage, though it is a...
  72. Poll: Which is the best one: among Chanel Allure and its Flankers?

    I recently tried Edition Blanche, having "Sport" and "Allure" already and though they have a clear family resemblance, one is IMHO clearly superior, what do you think?
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    Poll: Re: Top notes: Love or hate them ? (POLL)

    Very interesting insight, what we call top notes are probably a combination of ALL the notes in the perfume with more concntration of volatile elements at the beginning.
  74. Poll: Re: POLL: Are you in the Fragrance Industry or is perfumery just a hobby for y

    I think most of us are worried about being obsessed with fragrances, wheras it is a harmless and high class hobby with many more advantages than negatives.
  75. Poll: POLL: Are you in the Fragrance Industry or is perfumery just a hobby for y

    It would be interesting to know if many professionals in the Industry visit the BN forum, or are most members perfume hobyists.
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    Re: Best selling male scents in France in 2008

    From the same site the next 10 best selling fragrances were;
    A*Men,
    Chrome,
    Hugo
    Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Déclaration
    Cerruti 1881
    Kenzo pour Homme
    Kouros
    l’L’Instant pour Homme,
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    Best Selling Female Perfumes in France in 2008

    According to the French site www.auparfum.com:
    Top 20 best selling perfumes in France so far in 2008 are:

    Chanel N°5
    Angel
    J’Adore,
    Coco Mademoiselle,
    Flower by Kenzo
    Shalimar
    Lolita...
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    Re: Best selling male scents in France in 2008

    For me the surprises are Le Mâle & Fuel for Life pour Lui
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    Best selling male scents in France in 2008

    Quoted from Auparfum.com

    Le Mâle
    Eau Sauvage,
    Terre d’Hermès
    Fuel for Life pour Lui
    L’Homme d’YSL,
    Boss Bottled
    Acqua di Gió
    Allure Homme Sport,
  80. Thread: Mitsouko

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    Re: Mitsouko

    IMHO It is no more feminine than many "masculin" scents such as Dior Homme, Givenchy Incense Jaipur Homme etc. they could easily have called it Mitsouko pour homme and it would seem perfectly...
  81. Re: Are some perfumes more suited to blondes than brunettes and vice versa?

    I actually think the temperament of a woman and her character, way she dresses etc, have more effect on suitability of different perfumes. Hair color, or skin color for that matter are small...
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    Re: Coriander Leaves

    The leaves have a very different smell and taste from the seeds, and I think when coriander is mentioned in a fragrance the seeds are used..I may be wrong though
  83. Thread: The Monclin!

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    Re: The Monclin!

    Luca Turin mentions a very unique smelling device that has been dubbed the "Monclin" after Patou's bottle designer who came up with it, described in the first post of this thread, has anyone used it...
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer

    Well I can tell you who's creations I DON'T seem to like: Ellena !
    Terre, Jardin sur le Nil, Declaration etc non seem to click with me...anyone else?
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    Re: Why is Carven Homme disliked ?

    It's a great scent IMO, an oriental as good as Burburry London and very modern considering its age.
  86. Re: Are some perfumes more suited to blondes than brunettes and vice versa?

    Intersting article about this topic:
    http://nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2007/9/27/3256289.html
  87. A little controversial I know but what is your...

    A little controversial I know but what is your opinion and if you agree which perfumes would you name?
  88. Re: Asked for Burberry London... got Brit. Should I keep?

    Brit is feminine IMO, but London is one of the best scents around at the moment
  89. Re: The better option: Opium EdT or EdP (ladies version)

    The Opium woman's version is very hard to pull off if you are a man, it's just too floral.
  90. Re: The one fragrance that gets me the most unsolicited compliments

    I think almost ANY fragrance will have its day as far as getting compliments is concerned, depending on the situation.
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    Re: if you have XXXXXX, you don't need XXXXXX

    Great thread,
    if you have Acqua di Gio you don't need Clinique Happy
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    Re: looking for quotes about perfume

    I think Luca Turin and Chandler Burr's books are the best sources
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    Re: Tuscany By Aramis

    A fragrance with a lot of character The top notes carry a clear scent of lavender and sourish lemon, it is a bit harsh on the opening
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    Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Very Valentino ph, pure Virginia pipe tobacco!
  95. Re: Focus on "i Profumi di Firenze", your views on those you've tried

    From the reviews these seem to standout for trying:
    Specie de Medici
    Acqua di Firenze
    Incenso
    Verde Bosco
    Magnifico I: Mirto Imperiale
    Terra di Sienna
    Fresco di Vetiver
    Brezza di Mare-...
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    Re: Vindicated by Luca Turin

    Good points Snafoo, his descriptions are very innovative and usually nail a scent completely, BUT i think he doesn't "get" some fragrances, maybe not enough time, too many to test in a short time..it...
  97. Focus on "i Profumi di Firenze", your views on those you've tried

    Would appreciate your views on the esoteric and mysterious scents of i Profumi di Firenze, according to the site: the secret recipes of the perfumes used by 16th century princess Caterina dé Medici,...
  98. Is there such a thing as "masculin drydown" and "feminin drydown" in fragrances?

    Luca turin pointed out that a certain perfume had a "masculin drydown" is there such a distinction IYO?

    Most base notes in male AND female scents seem to be the few "usual suspects" common in...
  99. Re: In Fragrances, is there such a thing as a "feminine Drydown" and a "masculine dry

    I don't buy into that generalisation either but there is no denying some drydowns just seem to be better on a female, what the element is that makes it so I don't know, as most base note materials...
  100. Re: In Fragrances, is there such a thing as a "feminine Drydown" and a "masculine dry

    odysseusm
    The material used as base notes in men and women's scents seem to be more or less the same (wheras the top and heart notes are different) e.g Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber Musc oakmoss...
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