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    Re: Welcome our new moderator: Bavard!

    I would have to recuse myself.
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    Re: Welcome our new moderator: Bavard!

    Thank you!

    Ah, yes, the red looks good. Nice. And I'm still wearing perfume right now. That is accurate.
  3. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    Lovely post.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Epapsiou is big on Ho Hang. I'm much more of a "Club" guy, myself.

    I could have happily gone on wearing Bijan Men, but I remembered I had invested in a few dozen others, and went with Mouchoir de...
  5. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    The main one is edc, but those 23 wearings are combined edc, edt, edp, and parfum, mostly vintage, except for the edp.

    The edc is the most animalic of the ones I've tried, which makes it the most ...
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    Re: Vtg. Roger & Gallet 'Open'

    I'm open to giving this one a wearing.
  7. Re: Banana Republic Vintage Green: Blind-buy worthy?

    No way is it blind buy worthy, I wouldn't think. I've smelled it in the shop, and it's a tiny bit fun, but no more than 30 seconds worth, I thought.

    The packaging, though, seems nice.
  8. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    Here are the fragrances marketed to women (I believe) that I have recorded wearing five times or more:

    1. No. 5 - 23
    2. Mitsouko -17
    3. No. 19 - 17
    4. Chanel Cuir de Russie - 13
    5. Coco -...
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    Re: Vintage or move to new scents altogether ?

    Vintage.

    My answer could be different next year.

    Excellent question.
  10. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    I won't miss the notes break down.
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    Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche

    They're surprisingly different.

    I don't think the Sport Cologne gets discussed as much. I think of it as being in the traditional "Eau de Cologne" style, similar to Dior Homme Cologne, the Chanel...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It looks like you had good luck finding a new one. The power of focus can bring the liquid level down in a bottle - it sounds like good work from Rick. Do you both like splashes just fine compared to...
  13. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Brilliant! This is top 20 territory for me. I thought about bashing the short ingredients five star version a little more - but it's only by comparison to this cologne version that I think it has a...
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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Thank you for the smelling notes! This is definitely my fragrance of the moment. I'm only sharing a fraction of my enthusiasm.

    Your comments on the potency don't sound too far off from my...
  15. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    I think I did see that one, yes.
  16. Poll: Re: Men wearing Female Fragrances: What is the big deal?

    My perfume is kind of a big deal.
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    Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    We agree on favorite and least favorite! Bam!

    I had 1 and 4 as neutrals, though, and you had them as 2nd and 3rd - not very consensus like.

    Sample 8 was a close 2nd favorite for me. You had it...
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    Re: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche

    I don't thinks it's sweet. It's not like a pie to me in the slightest.

    I like it. For a modern/current fragrance, I love it, top 10.

    I have tested the edp and the old edt concentree side by...
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    Re: Even the model for it couldnl't stand Brut

    No, just a “want-to-be.”

    I rode the bus to school back then, I can only imagine galloping in by horse. I’ve never even done a City Slickers-getaway type thing.
  20. Re: House of Givenchy - any love for these perfumes?

    For a while, I thought my Givenchy fandom might reach Dior and Chanel levels, but it has plateaued for the moment. Here are my options in official Givenchy packaging:

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    Re: Even the model for it couldnl't stand Brut

    I was big into Brut as a kiddo. Plus Stetson. Plus Chaps.
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    Re: Why does DUA get so much hate?

    When I smell perfumes, a lot of them smell like clones of each other, to me. "Inspired by" versus "clone of" can be a fine line.

    Being open about being a clone house is arguably pretty cool. I see...
  23. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    I am trying a Five Star Fragrances edt version of Bijan Men, but still short ingredient list. Five Star may have initially just helped with distribution, and then later with manufacturing, I gather,...
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    I have sampled that one, and Worth Pour Homme Concentree. There are a couple Basenoters who really like these, and I had to check them out. To me, they were in the Paco Rabanne camp, or what I'm...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I do have a certain idea in my head of a rose-patchouli scent that would be really good, and so simple - elegant in its simplicity - but I never find it. I feel like the brief in my head is a gimme,...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    That is quite a scene. I had that CD, and know it well.

    I'll update later this morning when I get my selections sorted.

    Song of the day - I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby by The Ladybugs

    Drink: Zero...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    This is newsworthy. Incense + heliotrope, but separately. I like it.



    Not I, but I will check them out the next time I'm in a shop. There's a place in Montreal that sells these lines, I...
  28. Re: Perfume Game: Summer's night near the coastline / beach

    Attars are fine.

    I approach sample sets the same way each time. Never on paper strips. Always on skin, in the same places, and about the same amounts. Reapplying as wanted. My notes are just what...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I cannot get enough of Gin.

    I like your notes on Vol de Nuit. That looks like an edc, I'm guessing, based on eBay listings I've seen. This is a medium volume fragrance for me, as you described....
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    Re: Ropion's time paradox

    A couple that I thought were so impressive on first sniff would have worked just as well at a much younger age, I think: Chanel Egoiste and Balenciaga Ho Hang Club. These have youthful energy to me....
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Today I finished a 75-ml splash of Egoiste Cologne Concentree. I have logged 87 wearings since getting the bottle, and decanted a handful of samples for friends. This bottle is survived by about 140...
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    Re: What's happened?

    I wouldn't call them scammers. I could list my house for $10,000,000, and take cash offers. An appraiser wouldn't call that fair market value, and might think it's so outrageous that it seems like a...
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    Re: Which Guerlain in golden bee flacon?

    Yes, I like this one too.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    That could be a worthy thread. I've tried it a couple times, when Basenotes was down. I just couldn't get into it. The same thing happened to me with Lost, Stranger Things, and Breaking Bad.
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    Re: Quorum by Antonio Puig: A Guide to Versions

    This is closest description from the original post to the 50-ml bottle I have, which has "for men" on the box, but not on the bottle. The box does not mention the 1993 copyright - I believe it's...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I like Basenotes reviews and Basenotes forums. No other perfume site comes close, for my tastes. The only other site in my head at all is Raiders of the Lost Scent for some their posts on deciphering...
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    Re: Azzaro Sport? Any info on this one?

    I do like a sport flanker, although I'm not encouraged by the blue juice.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    Five is most common. When I have pulled out 10, some never get worn. Seven is fine.



    I miss her.



    This rose water sounds nice. Being a year-rounder is certainly prestigious. I won't...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I see, yes. "Someone else" being someone other than myself, PStoller included, naturally.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I like Heritage more on someone else.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    I stumbled across "Turn, Turn, Turn" by the Byrds this morning, a fun singalong with a topical ending about there being a time for not embracing.

    I've been drinking water with electrolyte powder...
  42. Re: How does Rive Gauche pour Homme compare to Rive Gauche

    They're too different for one to work for the other, I think.
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    Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    Interesting notes on Sample 6. I'm following the notes closely for this one.

    I'm getting samples of some of these to follow along, again, including Sample 6.
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    Re: Chanel Sycamore EDP or...?

    I think if you've sampled it, and liked it, you should hold out for a bottle. I'd get the big one. I'm betting it would age well.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    That sounds right to me, and I'm bumping Aero's pics from upthread, a true fan.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    H - You might like Chamade. It would give you a third type of fragrance. To stick to the most classic ones, L'Heure Bleue or Vol de Nuit.
  47. Thread: New here

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    Re: New here

    Wearing a sample I don't like can wreck my mood. I have to turn to gallows humor when even scrubbing won't wash it off.
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    Re: Most worn in May 2020

    I'm lucky with a handful of fragrances that I never get tired of.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    These two are still going strong and up for June! Bijan Men will be one of the five, playing favorites with my newest bottle. Mouchoir de Monsieur aced its test run earlier this month, and should be...
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    Re: Most worn in May 2020

    Most worn for the month:



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  51. Re: Whats the most attractive lady's perfume to you? (Feerie appreciation & a thief's journal)

    Mitsouko edt is a favorite of mine, but there are so many. Chanel No. 5 edc. I also like women in fragrances marketed to men.
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    Re: New here

    Another new one, to me.



    I get that effect from several of the Aqua Allegorias. I wouldn't like Guerlain based on those, but I do like Guerlain for some of their others. Lots of them.


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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Top posting, Mike!
  54. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    No, that would be a reformulation nightmare. A neutered wedge salad. A shadow of its former self.
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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Could be. It's a complex fragrance. Interesting that it's not for everyone, but then again some people don't like wedge salads with blue cheese and bacon (Not really - I was exaggerating for effect -...
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    Re: How do reviews work on Basenotes?

    There are only one or two people who review them. I would never get bogged down in the process personally, and signed up for Basenotes Plus when I wanted to post reviews.
  57. Re: Possible scamming in the “In Search of” thread?

    Yes, please report potential scammers! Click the icon below the post / message to report it!



    You're back in business, my whistle-blowing friend, now as original poster (OP) in a three-thread...
  58. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    I would guess so, yes. They look great to me. As PStoller speculated, they could have been among the earliest versions, but for a different market. The ingredients list is nice and short. That's...
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    Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    Solid notes on Sample 2. It seems like a successful perfume.

    Sample 4 was a small problem for me because it turned out to be the one from this set that I had tried before and I didn't place it. My...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Fascinating way to describe it, as a Cartier basic, but it feels like a good fit in part because Cartier flooded the discounter sites with bottles priced to move, and it feels like a fragrance that's...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    My scent of the evening this Friday is Christian Dior Fahrenheit.
  62. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    This came in, and the reference code is ref. 302. And it has a barcode. Otherwise it looks the same. New in cellophane, as was the first one, from another seller. I'm excited that it's slightly...
  63. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    I was thinking oak moss, maybe. Sometimes it comes across as swampy, to me, as in Mitsouko, another effect I dig. Mustiness doesn't seem so far removed. I've used the term musty for fragrances in the...
  64. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Getting into the musty territory the way this one does works for me. I get it, and I like it. For me, it's musty, but just the good part of musty.

    That raises the question, "What could possibly be...
  65. Re: Anyone else not a fan of beast mode performance?

    I like a beast mode fragrance, but I don't hold it against a fragrance, necessarily, if it doesn't last long.

    By the numbers, I'm going to get in more wearings of a fragrance if it fades quickly -...
  66. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    The ref. 301 bottles are the 2.5 ounce colognes. There is a listing with multiples of these for around $35 each. I have one on order because it's heavenly juice and I need a backup, although I must...
  67. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Same here, I have to reapply to get my fix. The strength, and a lot of the beauty, are in the first hour.

    The base has frankincense and/or myrrh, and it's immediately one of my favorite...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I think I have tried Terracotta, but I'm not sure. I have memories of trying it and liking it. But I haven't replayed those memories in over five years, so it's hazy.
  69. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    I'm absorbed by the bottle and box guides, PStoller. I'm tempted to do the 2.5-ounce boxes.

    Using the ref. numbers, but not only those, I think I can tell the order of release - but after release,...
  70. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Vintage Bijan

    I'm new to the house of Bijan. Bijan Men (aka Bijan for Men) was recommended by drseid and Dimitrios, and it is a stunner:

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    In the blind sample pass hosted by LiveJazz, sample 1 was the...
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur unusual bottle

    I think of 1996 as the last year (close to the last year) before things started getting bad all over, not just for Chanel.
  72. Re: Reversals of Judgement: Reappraising your verdicts

    I get sensitive to some ingredients, mostly modern-smelling "woods," and that can wipe out tens of fragrances that I might have otherwise, or previously, liked.

    On top of that, my ideas about...
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    Re: Uploaded picture related

    Advanced editing, manage attachments. What you want is the "insert inline" option.

    Take this photo of Gigi as an example:

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    A fairly random pick this morning, Mouchoir de Monsieur from Guerlain, a snap decision that has been working out fine.

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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    There is something mysterious at play. My bottle is "cologne" rather than "edt," so maybe that's part of it. Olfactory fatigue could be a factor, but not to this extent, I don't think. I might start...
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    I'm enjoying this thread, especially investigating whether "oakmoss bomb" is an oxymoron.

    I'm picking up some Gianfranco Ferre for Man (GFF) in Bijan Men (aka Bijan for Men), and I'm experiencing...
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    Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    I agree with these impressions of Sample 1.
  78. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    Nice haul, PrinceRF! You should do reviews.
  79. Thread: New here

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    Re: New here

    Same here. Lemon Lime Lady has seemingly started out of the gate with obscure rarities. Like Bonnette, I'm stumped for recommendations at the moment.
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    That's my understanding as well. I've seen 1981 as the release year for Bijan Men and 1984 as the release year for Versace L'Homme. What a couple beauties. There are enough other notes making waves...
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    I'm happy with Bijan Men. It is going to fit into my wardrobe nicely. This is a Versace L'Homme smell-alike and I love it for it.

    I'm thrilled to have another take on this theme.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Lovely smelling notes on Diorella.

    Update: My significant other went with Diorella this morning.
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    Re: Vintage Antaeus Thread

    I think so. I can't remember exactly how I convinced myself, and I think nothing is all that black and white (it might have changed earlier for some fragrances than others, for example), but I think...
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    With the very existence of oak moss bombs in question, the United States Postal Service served up a double today of Basenoter recommendations to put it to the test:

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    Bijan Men ($40 for 75...
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    Re: Best ORRIS ROOT fragrance

    I probably wouldn't use that word, no. I have non-alcoholic beer analogies on the brain, and rather than call them awesome, I might think of them as mighty impressive given the ingredient...
  86. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    I should say I agree, if this doesn't go without saying.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    I thought I would have finished this bottle of Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree by now. I have made it the subject of a "finish focus," which has ultimately led to it becoming my signature...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    I think of the the craziness in Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade as coming from everlasting flower (immortelle).
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    I tend to agree, but I'm on the search for how some of these fragrances come across as mossy to others.
  90. Re: Early notice: Carine Roitfeld, ex-Vogue editor, launching fragrance?

    I merged them in General Discussion - they're being marketed as unisex.

    I was prompted this morning to say what I want for my birthday next month, and started thinking about sample sets, and...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    The only possible thing, and only for quibblers, surely, might be a perceived lack of subtlety.



    This is the one I think of, too, but I'm prepared to learn that it has no animalics and that...
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    Re: Best ORRIS ROOT fragrance

    For a Chanel exclusive, maybe Cuir de Russie or Jersey instead of Bois des Iles.

    I like Prada Infusion d'Iris edp absolue.

    Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist is another good one.
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur unusual bottle

    That's what Pour Monsieur was like for a while. Still distinguishable from Concentree, but the green juice edt had more spiciness. It smells like they were trying to make up for the lack of oak moss,...
  94. Re: Puig Quorum versus YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    Here's a link to a men's perfume organization chart from a German company called Haarmann and Reimer:

    http://www.leffingwell.com/h%26rfragrance/poster_genealogie_masculin.pdf

    I don't...
  95. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    I dress casually, jeans and a t-shirt when it's warm like today. I like jeans because they have good pockets. Pockets on chinos don't work for me - everything falls out when I sit down and I hate it....
  96. Re: Puig Quorum versus YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    A later version of Quorum could be a complicating factor in the comparison. I have sampled vintage versions only.

    For the vintage formulations, I personally am not seeing much connection between...
  97. Puig Quorum versus YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    This is a thread to compare and contrast Puig Quorum and YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme.

    Please mention if you have either or both of these in your collection.

    I don't love Rive Gauche Pour Homme,...
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    Re: Sample/decant collection

    I think the tape can help if it's a thin, even layer. I think it's difficult to impossible to get the tape on the threads in a thin, even layer.
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    Re: Alternatives to Rive Gauche Pour Homme?

    For someone who likes Rive Gauche Pour Homme, I think YSL Jazz Prestige might also work (and/or maybe another version of Jazz).
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    Re: Sample/decant collection

    Decants can add up fast.

    I have loved having the chance to have fragrances in decants. I usually never need more than about 4 ml. The way my mind works, if I want more after that, I love to go for...
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