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  1. Thread: Santal 33

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    Re: Santal 33

    Santal 33 has become quite prevalent here in San Francisco. Much to my dismay, as it's weapons-grade strong and easily enough to clear any room. I honestly don't think there's any reasonable amount...
  2. Re: Amouage Dia Man - Magnetic vs Non-Magnetic

    Dia Man is a lighter fragrance by design. It's meant to be a more-casual "day wear" companion to Gold Man. That said, it's got more tenacity than it may seem at first, and isn't as quiet as some may...
  3. Re: Amouage Interlude Woman: still great, or reformulated?

    Sounds like you're describing what I know from my sample. :) Of course there may be differences, but this is much better than what I feared, which would be that it had been thinned out, watered down,...
  4. Amouage Interlude Woman: still great, or reformulated?

    Hey all. After living with a sample for a while now, I'm pretty sure I'd like to make Interlude Woman the first "woman"-labeled Amouage bottle in my collection. It's great stuff. But I'm well-aware...
  5. Re: Interesting Kouros discussion with a co-worker

    This seems believable. Wasn't Kouros supposed to smell like a freshly-washed young male body, a mix of clean and a little dirty? If this soap were prevalent at the time, it would make sense that...
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    Re: *NEW* Diesel Bad (2016)

    "Masculine and rough notes of tobacco and orris root ..."

    Hey at least iris is now being embraced as masculine, in a mainstream fragrance no less.
  7. Re: Underappreciated fragrances? Ones you find worthy of more attention?

    Comme des Garçons Dover Street Market. I think this one gets overlooked as being yet another CDG variation on incense and woods, which I suppose it is, but I find its...
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    Re: Masculine Tuberose

    I wore HdP Tubereuse 1 a few weeks ago, after I'd received my bottle of Saville Row, and I was surprised to find it creates a similar effect of tuberose meets suede. It's not the same, but not worlds...
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur 2016

    I like Geranium Pour Monsieur a lot. The mint opening, which I like, goes away pretty quickly, though it does lead into the minty facet of geranium. From there, it's a surprisingly warm fragrance for...
  10. Re: Looking for non-aquatic, non-vetiver "fresh" scent.

    Came here to recommend this! Especially since you like Heeley's mint, I think you'll appreciate the mint and minty geranium of this one. It's fresh in a different way.

    Also check out Dior Homme...
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    Re: Esencia Loewe vintage

    The newest version out there notably does not list oak moss or tree moss among its ingredients, while previous versions did. I feel the moss is an important part of the composition; I gave my new...
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    Re: Has Jubilation XXV been reformulated?

    Jubilation XXV is one of those fragrances notorious for olfactory fatigue. It's stronger than you may think it is, because it's easy for your nose to tire of it and stop smelling it even though it's...
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    Re: Help with Amouage Epic Man

    The older version is distinctly different, especially in the dry-down, from the new one. The new version rests on a buzzy, persistent woody-amber aromachemical (don't know exactly which one, but it's...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    *quick introspection to see how my list has changed...*

    Dior Vetiver
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Dior Ambre Nuit
    Dior Homme
    Amouage Dia Man
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    Re: Amouage Sampler: My Thoughts

    My favorites (and I own all of them) are Memoir Man, Dia Man, Epic Man, and Interlude Man, with Jubilation XXV sneaking in there too. Be sure to check out Dia Man at some point.

    Keep in mind, too,...
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    Re: Dior leather oud.

    I love Leather Oud, even though it scares me a little and it's taken me a few years owning it (and wearing it pretty often) to admit that it's love, and not just morbid fascination. I definitely get...
  17. Re: Please help suggest based on these criteria!

    Definitely Chanel Egoïste!
  18. Re: Let's Discuss Some Good Designer/ "Affordable" Florals for Men.....

    A first thought was Dior Ambre Nuit, but indeed you mentioned affordable, and this one is obviously priced higher than that.

    My favorite is Dior Homme, and I do think the iris here counts as a...
  19. Re: Wood and smoke recomendations - note, not incense!

    Showed up here to say this.
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    Re: Sahara Noir smells like Gucci Pour Homme!

    Very likely the resemblance you're noticing is the frankincense note, which is the main show in Sahara Noir, and a significant player in Gucci Pour Homme. The first time I smelled Sahara Noir, I was...
  21. Re: Name the fragrance, having a "special" place in your heart.

    Fahrenheit, circa 1993. This became my first "signature," and even though it was pretty popular at the time, it really seemed to work on me. A lot of my gal friends went crazy for it (they knew very...
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    Re: Insense by Givenchy

    I may be the only one, but Insense reminds me of CdG Odeur 71 (and vice versa). Similar sheer musk vibe.
  23. Re: What will be on your rotation this Autumn?

    Memoir Man
    Interlude Man
    Habit Rouge EdP
    Ambre Nuit
    CdG 2 Man
    Yatagan
    Dior Vetiver
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    Re: Top 5 Vetiver Frags?

    Not necessarily in order, but top-of-the-game:

    Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Dior Vetiver
    Guerlain Vetiver
    (vintage) MPG Route du Vetiver
    Chanel Sycomore
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Since I'd received a sample of Sauvage when I bought Ambre Nuit recently, I figured I'd give it one more try yesterday. Yuck. Still very much a pass. It doesn't smell awful — I don't think anyone...
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    Re: Coffee notes in fragrances?

    I've always liked the coffee note in CdG Kyoto, though it's pretty well blended into the overall composition.
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    Re: Avante garde fresh frags?

    Comme des Garçons Odeur 71, for sure! It's decidedly avant garde, but also fresh and totally wearable. I even get compliments from it, despite notes like "dust on a hot light bulb" and "warm copy...
  28. Re: I say vetiver, earthy, dark and subtly sweet, You say ...

    Going with your actual description and not just the broad category of "vetiver," my first thought is (vintage) MPG Route de Vetiver. Dark, root-y, earthy, and yes, just a bit sweet (I think it's a...
  29. Re: Best low projection scents to wear on dates?

    I should also add Dior Homme (EDT), which has done very well for me on a number of amorous occasions.
  30. Re: Best low projection scents to wear on dates?

    I've had great effect from CdG Jaisalmer on dates -- dudes nuzzle in closer. My new infatuation in Dior Ambre Nuit, which smells sexy and suave, and not too loud at all.

    For some reason Vetiver...
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    Re: The Noir 29 by Le Labo

    They had a preview sample vial in preparation for the launch in a month or so (I think you're right that it's November). They're not selling it yet.
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    Re: The Noir 29 by Le Labo

    See my first impressions earlier in this thread. I wore a sample spray last weekend.
  33. Re: Is my Dior Homme original or reformulated?

    With respect, to the best of my knowledge, this isn't true. Dior Homme makes use of (what was then) a new synthetic iris, which has since become much more prevalent in commercial releases as a viable...
  34. Re: Is my Dior Homme original or reformulated?

    The differences between versions are very minor. Really the only one to feel SLIGHTLY bad about getting is that middle (circa 2011) version. The original (silver cap and inner tube) and the current...
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    A good vetiver would hit the spot of "raw, dark and organic." I'm wearing Guerlain Vetiver today, actually, and it's giving me exactly that vibe. (For what it's worth, I too like scents which smell...
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    Re: Sad news regarding Chanel Eau de Cologne

    Yes, alas. But let me assure you that previous formulation was anything but one-dimensional. Sure, it was short-lived, but that's to be expected from an Eau de Cologne. But its first several minutes...
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    Re: Ambre Nuit: reformulated?

    I'm going to try to find a pre-2015 bottle, as I'd rather not risk a weak, soapy version of this. I just hope the older ones can still be found.
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    Sad news regarding Chanel Eau de Cologne

    I finally picked up a bottle of Chanel Eau de Cologne this weekend, finally ready to indulge having sampled it various times over the last several years. However, I'm sad to say that from the new...
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    Re: The Noir 29 by Le Labo

    A rep at Barney's sprayed this for me the other day, and I walked out wearing a spray on my arm. It's quite pleasant, with a prominent, natural fig note, definitely some rose, and a realistic cedar...
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    Re: Ambre Nuit: reformulated?

    What I've seen mentioned is low potency and a soapy quality in recent 2015 bottles. Obviously I'd rather avoid that!
  41. Re: Dior Sauvage Explained by François Demachy

    I agree that much is admirable. Still amused/bemused at the shot of a washing machine to go with dihydromyrcenol. Truth in advertising at last.

    If I actually smelled as many notes in Sauvage as...
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    Re: Your Next Purchase: September 2015

    I'm considering finally grabbing Dior Ambre Nuit, and possibly Helmut Lang EDP.
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    Ambre Nuit: reformulated?

    After testing again yesterday, I'm falling for Dior Ambre Nuit. This has been a long time coming, as I liked it years ago but more or less forgot about it. I'm tempted to finally grab a bottle, but...
  44. Re: Dior Sauvage Explained by François Demachy

    It's interesting that they not only openly note dihydromyrcenol, but (rightly) associate the chemical with a clothes washer (laundry detergent). Ick.
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I sniffed Molecule 02 again today while at Barney's, which is of course just Ambroxan, and have to amend my comments on Sauvage that indeed the persistent, dull drydown is more than just Ambroxan....
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    It's worth noting that most of the negative comments on Sauvage that go into any detail or analysis do not criticize the fragrance for being mainstream, or even (mostly) for being similar to other...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    My suspicion is it's being compared to various other fragrances because a) the opening uses a tangy fruity note doubtless produced by an aroma-chemical found in various other recent releases, like...
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    Re: Loewe Escencia .... or lack of it.

    The latest bottles of this no longer list oakmoss in the ingredients, and indeed, the new version lacks the depth and richness of the previous, oakmoss-containing formulations. I went out of my way...
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    Re: Your NOT OBVIOUS Top 10 of All Time

    Cartier Declaration
    Amouage Dia Man
    Amouage Memoir Man
    CdG Dover Street Market
    CdG Kyoto
    Dior Vetiver
    Dior Leather Oud
    MPG Route du Vetiver (vintage)
    Chanel Eau de Cologne
    L'Artisan Timbuktu
  50. Re: What do you dislike the most about your fragrance hobby?

    In addition to much of what's already been mentioned (reformulations! discontinuations!), right now my least favorite thing is actually shopping for fragrances. I find the experience of pushy sales...
  51. Re: What was your first fragrance that you bought for yourself that was marketed for women?

    Portrait of a Lady is named after the Henry James novel, not because the fragrance is specifically for women. The entire Frederic Malle line is officially unisex, though obviously some tend more...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I certainly defer to your experience with various aroma-chemicals (and much enjoy the concise, entertaining reviews on your site, by the way). My experience with Sauvage yesterday was that it very...
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    Re: NEW: Aramis Black

    Any thoughts from folks who have smelled this? I see it showing up in the States now (Nordstrom, in theory), though I haven't seen it in a store yet. The notes sound good, though; I'm hopeful.
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I tried this again today, both on card and on skin. I will say, the opening is pleasant, with some fruity molecules that are likely shared by Aventus and Bleu and others that folks have mentioned....
  55. Re: Fahrenheit Absolute - Let the raving begin...

    For some reason the violet and myrrh on this gives me the distinct impression of dryer sheets (probably because of dryer sheets that were similarly scented), and I've not been able to get around the...
  56. Re: Best quality scent/ingredients you´ve ever smelled

    First thing that comes to mind is MFK Absolue pour le Soir, which I happen to be wearing again today. It's rich and multifaceted and smells much more expensive than its asking price.

    Also:
    ...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    It's interesting to recall that in its time, Fahrenheit was a mainstream fragrance: I remember smelling it frequently (it was certainly stronger back in the early 90s). By all accounts it was a hit,...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    As a long-time fan of Fahrenheit and Dior Homme, not to mention happy to wear Eau Sauvage almost whenever, I've been very curious about this release. Most of the initial comments here have been...
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    Re: Favourite Frankincense Fragrances?

    Definitely Sahara Noir. It smells the most directly of burning frankincense, in a fleshed-out sense, to me.

    But also:

    CDG 2 Man
    Le Labo Rose 31
    Amouage Memoir Man (this moves more into...
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    Re: Looking for rose suggestions

    I'm finally sampling L'Artisan Rose Privee on skin this morning, and it's fresh and beautiful. Not a dowdy, powdery rose, but rather a tart, green version. Certainly worth a try.
  61. Re: recommendations for spicy incense with longevity.

    I don't get "spicy" from Sahara Noir or Memoir Man. Incense, certainly.

    Also consider CdG Jaisalmer and Blue Encens, which have a similar spicy aspect, though neither are hugely long-lasting.
  62. Re: recommendations for spicy incense with longevity.

    In addition to Epic Man, which is for sure a spicy incense, I'd also recommend CdG Dover Street Market, which is underrated but a wonderful spicy incense which easily lasts all day for me. It's one...
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    Re: What's good at Macy's to buy ? Thoughts ?

    What about the Aramis collection, including stuff like JHL, Tuscany, Havana, and New West? My Macy’s has all of them, and I assume others do, too.

    Dior Homme Cologne is a really satisfying fresh...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Interestingly, Dior Homme Cologne (the new version). Received an official sample at Sephora the other week when I was buying something else, and loved it pretty much immediately when I tried it that...
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    Re: FAHRENHEIT: a visual guide (1988-2015)

    I picked up a late-2014 bottle (the newest one, with the black edges on the box) last week, since I’d seen some folks here mention this version is better than recent years. It may be, as I don’t...
  66. Re: How do you rank Bleu de Chanel (EdT or EdP) as an "incense scent" ?

    I don’t get any incense in Bleu de Chanel, at least if we’re talking about frankincense, myrrh, oud, or any of the other resins associated with incense. What I do get in the base is a light vetiver...
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    Re: Must-have discontinued Fragrances

    First thing that comes to mind is Balenciaga pour Homme; it's really just gorgeous.

    Gucci pour Homme I and Gucci Envy for Men are both good, but have become, in my opinion, overrated in hindsight....
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    Re: Fahrenheit 2014

    I picked up 50ml of the newest (late 2014-onward) release, in the black-framed box. I’m wearing it today. I must say, it’s very recognizably Fahrenheit, and I’d agree that it’s richer than the bottle...
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    Re: M7 a must have?

    I agree with others who point out that M7 is an acquired taste, and certainly not a crowd-pleaser. I have a bottle of the original vintage, and I’m glad to have it as a reference, but I can’t say...
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    Re: Fahrenheit 2014

    I'm very curious to hear more about this latest packaging (and possible formulation) or Fahrenheit. Since those violet molecules from the original haven't been de-restricted, it's hard to imagine it...
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    Re: Classics true to original formula?

    I’ll add some more to the list. While these have been reformulated, they’re still true to their older versions:

    Cartier Declaration
    Caron Third Man
    Caron Yatagan
    Guerlain Heritage
    Dior Homme...
  72. Re: Your thoughts on Le Labo's Ylang 49, Oud 27, Patchouli 24?

    I think Ylang 49 is just gorgeous in a big, classic way. But as a few others have said, it's too womanly for me. Note I don't really mean "feminine," as I don't believe fragrances are inherently...
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    Re: Thinking of Incense....

    Definitely Sahara Noir for a clear take on frankincense. It's all about that but beautifully done.

    My own favorite these days is Memoir Man; I love how the incense emerges in the heart and smells...
  74. Re: Which fragrance you smell more often nowadays? and what u doesnt smell anymore.(that is till sel

    Somewhat surprisingly, I smell Le Labo Santal 33 pretty frequently around my office, but mostly because one or two folks here have found it and fallen for it. It's quite a strong presence, though.
    ...
  75. Re: Armouage Dia Man: I can't smell it, but it's there

    This is primarily olfactory fatigue; Dia Man is designed as a lighter scent (well, by Amouage standards), so it's never going to be a big blast, but if you lose it after 10 minutes it's because your...
  76. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    First thought when seeing the title of this thread was Absolue pour le Soir. It really does last for ages but never falls apart, nor becomes cheap.

    And I agree with Esencia Loewe; much of the...
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    Re: What is your favorite Amouge?! and WHY?

    Oh man. So tough to choose. I own Jubilation XXV, Interlude Man, Memoir Man, and Dia Man. They're all great. My favorite is either Memoir Man, which makes me swoon with its opening and then pleases...
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    Re: Fragrances resembling eggnog?

    The opening of Gucci Envy for Men definitely makes me think of eggnog. Perhaps there's nutmeg in there doing the heavy lifting for that effect, but it works.
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    Re: I got some Le Labo samples

    It took me a while to come around to Le Labo, but now I'm an admirer of the outfit. I own Rose 31 and Oud 27, and have sampled pretty much everything else. They do have a few duds for me (Neroli,...
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    Re: Your first love...

    Like several others, it was Fahrenheit, circa 1992. Wore it in high school, kept wearing it into college. Found it beguiling, but so did others, from the comments. One gal friend of mine in college...
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    Re: You're Greatest Citrus Fragrance

    The openings of Eau Sauvage and Chanel Eau de Cologne are my favorite citrus moments, but neither last (as far as the citrus part), so...

    Le Labo Bergamot 22 extends the fresh citrus effect with...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Bayolea. Someone tried it?

    I have an official sample of this and I've enjoyed it each time I've tried it, but I haven't yet decided I'd want a full bottle. The citrus effect here is tangy and dry, maybe even a bit bitter; it...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Of the moment:

    Caron Yatagan
    Dior Homme
    Amouage Memoir Man
    Loewe Esencia
    Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    Tested Rose d'Arabie again today. It really is beautiful. Lovely quiet woods after the rose fades a bit, too.
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    Re: Modern-Futuristic-AvantGarde?

    CdG Odeur 71 is definitely modern, but also very enjoyable. Also check out their Artek Standard, which has an odd "rust" note along with white wood.
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    I really like Histoires des Parfums 1969. It's not just rose, but rose is a main player.

    Idolo Thirty-Three is worth considering, also.
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    Re: Most safe Amouage

    Amouage just isn't a house that merits a blind buy. Most of their best stuff tends not to show its virtues until several wears; they take time to get to know and appreciate. One of my favorites,...
  88. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    Caron Yatagan. This beast actually has a very handsome growl.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    Official notes I've seen mention petitgrain, fennel, and artemisia. Maybe these conspire to create the "celery" effect? I've never seen celery listed as an official note for the fragrance.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    It really is. I put it on today with some of the first proper autumn rain here in San Francisco. Matches the mood very well.

    I do wonder about longevity; it's early afternoon and it already seems...
  91. Re: one spray to front of neck or one on each side?

    The neck is tricky, since fragrances that close to the nose are going to lead to olfactory fatigue, meaning you'll think the fragrance is gone even though everyone else can smell it. I figure the...
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    Well hello, Yatagan!

    I've recently (finally) gotten into traditional wet shaving with a double-edged safety razor (hey to folks also active at Badger & Blade!), and one of the many pleasures of such grooming are the...
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    Re: Smooth, laid-back, classy scent?

    Easily Dior Homme (the original, not shopping-mall-ified Eau for Men). I mean, since you specifically wanted classy, after all.
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    Re: Yeah yeah yeah... eau sauvage...

    Good to know. For what it's worth, my white box version does indeed contain oakmoss, thankfully, though no doubt not in the same amount as the earlier formulations.
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    Re: Yeah yeah yeah... eau sauvage...

    Wow. Well given how much I enjoy the current EdT, I would guess I'd really get into the vintage version. Any tips on identifying a vintage bottle (doesn't have to be too old, I presume)?

    I...
  96. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    I've been sampling Cuiron and EdP from the reissues, and between the two, it's the EdP that's resonating with me. Cuiron, interestingly, I don't find overtly synthetic, but rather it seems to have a...
  97. Re: What fragrances make you happy just from smelling it?

    The opening of Amouage Memoir Man makes me swoon every time. Dia Man also always makes me happy; it's just so classically gorgeous. A good cologne usually does it too; I don't have a full bottle yet,...
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    Re: Tubereuse Animale - Histoires de Parfums

    Interesting you recommend that, Diamondflame, as I have a full bottle of Tubereuse 1, and a travel bottle of Tubereuse 3. Both quite nice. I love the natural iris in the former, actually.
  99. Re: How are Frederic Malle colognes? What are the best ones?

    I have a lot of respect for this line. They're all very intelligent, high quality, and individual -- in the sense that none will speak to everyone, but when one clicks for you it feels very personal....
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    Re: Amouage fan thread!

    At this point Amouage is probably my favorite house, both in terms of how many of their creations I like, and how much I respect the art and quality of their compositions. These fragrances are almost...
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