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  1. Re: Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    The major announcement: my first of many articles on Basenotes. http://www.basenotes.net/features/3163-my-chemical-romance

    A little reminder: Indiegogo is acting a little slow right now because of...
  2. Xscentrik: The World's First Crowdfunded Fragrance Store (from a Basenoter)

    Well, after two years of thinking, it's official: Xscentrik, the world's first crowdfunded fragrance store (and one from a Basenoter, no less), is live on Indiegogo.

    You can read more about it...
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    Re: I hate summer.

    Same here.

    But no mention of my SOTD, Frapin's L'Humaniste? This one with its citrus/juniper vibe worked wonders for me last summer, and can be worn year-round as well.
  4. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I'm just one day away from the announcement, and I'd like to reveal the name of my company. Yes, my Mad Man background came in very handy for this, but this name was actually a suggestion from my...
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    Re: Reformulations that don't suck

    Second the M7 Oud Absolu.

    I owned several bottles of the vintage, and the reformulation is very true to the original - I'd say 95% identical.
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    Re: Last fragrance that blew you away

    By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony.

    Sampled it out of curiosity and loved it. Bought a full bottle two months later... loved it even more. It's along the lines of the Bvlgari tea fragrances - but...
  7. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    This list will help: http://www.greaterfortwayneinc.com/economic-development/major-employers

    Among employers with more than 500+ employees, most are in fairly stable sectors and/or sell inelastic...
  8. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    It will be a brick-and-mortar store at first, and it will be downtown - the next big place for retail in Fort Wayne. And I encourage you to bring in your friends.

    We will get into e-commerce...
  9. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    After a lot of thinking, a lot of inspiration, and a lot of wondering what I was going to do in the future, I decided - after much debate - to restart this project.

    Much of the business plan was...
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    Re: Fragrances I don't care for at all!

    Same here - with the last one being important as I was an adman for quite some time.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 27th June 2015

    Leather Oud for a much colder and rainier than normal day.
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    Re: Nicolaï New York Bottles.....

    That's the one I'm referring to! Looks just line mine.
  13. Re: "Look Before You Leap" or "There's No Place Like Dior Homme"

    Personally, I have to say that this is one of the best mainstream designer summer fragrances on the market.

    I'd say that it would be a good office fragrance all year round, too. Light, clean,...
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    Re: Nicolaï New York Bottles.....

    There was also another version (not shown) with the block bottle and the label design of the blue round cap bottle.

    It listed oakmoss as an ingredient on the box, and I purchased it in Paris in...
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    Re: Do you smell Aventus often?

    Never in Fort Wayne - remember, no niche here. (Yet.)

    But I've smelled it in Chicago and Detroit.
  16. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    My favorite fragrance.

    Sent from my VS985 4G using Tapatalk
  17. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    I've tried Egoiste a few times. First time, I wasn't wowed. But last time, I really loved it, and I can see a bottle in my future.
  18. Re: Perfumed Venues! Which Places Smell Delicious?

    True story: Our local A&F closed in March of 2014, and you can still smell hints of Fierce in front of where it used to be.
  19. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=39209&stc=1
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    Re: By kilian intoxicated or TM amen

    Intoxicated by a huge stretch. Smoother, easier to wear, sillage that isn't as strong (making it much better to wear in public), a delightful cinnamon top note, and no hot tar note.

    A*Men is so...
  21. Re: Perfumed Venues! Which Places Smell Delicious?

    Westin hotels scent their lobbies with a custom fragrance that smells like a mix of Acqua di Gio and Mugler Cologne.

    Sounds weird, but it sure calms you down as you enter the lobby after a long...
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    Re: Fragrance Foundation Award Winners 2015

    The Addictive State of Mind series, including Intoxicated, all have a different keepsake box (chrome-plated metal and wood) and a slightly different bottle (silver cap and different sides).
  23. Re: Guess the age of the above poster according to his wardrobe!

    @DieHard, I'd say you're somewhere between the ages of 18 and 24.
  24. Re: Pick your top 3 'worst stinkers' from the person's wardrobe above you...!

    Your wardrobe isn't too bad, actually. But I will have to say that these three are... well... not the greatest:

    -Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    -Guerlain Homme
    -Polo Modern Reserve
  25. Re: Packed up all my fragrances and moved them almost 1000 miles

    A fellow Hoosier here from Fort Wayne (this year marks my tenth year in the Fort), and I've been to Terre Haute as well - mostly during road trips to St. Louis. The two cities have one thing in...
  26. Re: Guess the age of the above poster according to his wardrobe!

    I'd say in the 40s or 50s.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2015

    I was shopping at Meijer today for potato chips and hot dog buns to go with bratwurst on the grill, as it's grilling season again. For those of you not in the Midwest, Meijer is a supercenter chain...
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    Re: Fragrances in Song Lyrics

    Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman" has the line "The stench of summer sex / And CK Eternity, oh hell yes".

    Sent from my VS985 4G using Tapatalk
  29. Poll: Re: Fragrances evaluation series I (Back to Black)

    Yes, Tobacco Vanille smells like Spicebomb on my skin.

    Sent from my VS985 4G using Tapatalk
  30. Poll: Re: Fragrances evaluation series I (Back to Black)

    Great fragrance - and one that helped me out immensely in the polar vortex. Reminds me of the smell of a newsstand and tobacconist from my very young childhood, in a beautiful way. Very long lasting,...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 19th June 2015

    Had to celebrate By Kilian's Intoxicated getting two FiFi's (one for juice, one for packaging) by... well... making it my SOTD.

    It's the only logical thing for a Basenoter to do.

    Sent from my...
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    Re: By Kilian Oud's

    Huge fan of Musk Oud, my SOTD. One of the few all-climate ouds out there... I get musk, oud, rose, and a hint of booze. Lasts all day, a huge complement getter, and works great anytime.

    I've also...
  33. Walmart testing fragrance and cosmetics sample kiosks

    I noticed that some Walmart stores are testing automated fragrance and cosmetics sample kiosks. The one that I saw had 4 fragrances, all feminine and priced at $1: Giorgio Beverly Hills, One...
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    Re: Fragrances that unlock past memories

    Let me count the ways:

    Angel reminds me of a good friend of ours that was a home decorator.
    Guerlain Vetiver reminds me of a foreign exchange student.
    Cool Water and B*Men bring back dreadful...
  35. Re: Best way to pay for fragrances from intl online stores?

    Chase Sapphire Preferred and several Chase travel cards (United MileagePlus Explorer/Club, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier, British Airways, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards Premier, Hyatt) are...
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    Re: "Fragrances" I hate.

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Leather Oud yet - even though I'm a fan and it's a heavily complimented fragrance for me, this fragrance gets a lot of detractors here.

    That said, here are...
  37. Re: Know of any fragrances/brands that aren't commonly mentioned here? Come tell us what it is!

    Especially because they are number one in their homeland of Brazil. They have stores everywhere, they make a quality product, and their products are priced less than imported fragrances because of...
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    The Sauvage bottle looks an awful lot like the Dior La Collection Privee bottles, but in black. Remember, not only does "Sauvage" mean "wild" in French, but it has a striking similarity to the...
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    Re: SOTD SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2015

    L'Humaniste - which worked great on this hot, humid day.
  40. Re: Just curious. What % of Your Wardrobe did you Rate 5 Stars?

    I made the decision a while back to only purchase (or ask for as gifts) fragrances that I will truly enjoy from that point.

    Since I purged a few lower-ranked bottles a few months ago, my...
  41. Re: Know of any fragrances/brands that aren't commonly mentioned here? Come tell us what it is!

    Moonshine by EastWest Bottlers gets virtually no love here - but it's a very different twist on the booze/woods/leather genre.
  42. YSLBeautyUS.com: 20% off plus free shipping 6/16-6/27

    Promo code is PRIVATESALE

    20% off your order, plus free shipping. Also, if you spend more than $150, you get a free limited-edition YSL logo mirror. Now might be the time to pull the trigger on...
  43. Re: a scent that you like but others/most don't seem to like

    By KIlian's Flower of Immortality.

    People seem to say a lot of bad things about this fragrance here on Basenotes, but that other site seems to like it a lot more. I find it to be a very different...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 11th June 2015

    By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony.

    I'm really digging this juice - and I got a compliment on it as well.
  45. Thread: Dying Houses

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    Re: Dying Houses

    Believe it or not, Lanvin's Eclat d'Arpege (the purple juice flanker) is a strong-selling feminine at the Von Maur here in Fort Wayne, even though you see zero advertising for it anywhere in the US -...
  46. Re: Need a fragrance which smells like dove soap

    That would be Clean Comfort.

    Don't want to shell out the usual prices for Le Male body products? This is a dang good alternative. (Here in the US, it's offered in shower gel, bar soap, deodorant,...
  47. Thread: Dying Houses

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    Re: Dying Houses

    Hardly. In addition to having some quality fragrances (better than many other mainstream designers), the L'Homme franchise prints major money for YSL in the US.

    Before the first L'Homme came out,...
  48. Thread: Dying Houses

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    Re: Dying Houses

    Boucheron just came out with a new masculine - Quatre Pour Homme.

    I'll add Thierry Mugler to the list. While they have come out with a zillion A*Men flankers, many of which were good, they have...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 10th June 2015

    Same, but in parfum. Got a fantastic compliment on it as well.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 9th June 2015

    Same here. Fit in perfectly with today's weather.
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    Re: Scent recommendation for rock festivals

    I was at a Cheap Trick concert last summer, and as you might expect, I was probably one of the youngest guys in the audience (remember: their greatest hits came in the 1970s and 1980s). Didn't stop...
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    Re: Scent recommendation for rock festivals

    Azzaro Chrome - fresh, clean, a little different, inexpensive, and the name fits perfectly.
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    Re: Old Pharmacies and Vintage Fragrances

    There's a jewelry and fragrance store at one of our local malls here in Fort Wayne that stocks a surprising amount of vintage and discontinued fragrances - at reasonable prices. I've seen scents like...
  54. Poll: Re: What kinds of scents do you wear most of the time ?

    Since my bottle of M7 is the Oud Absolu from the YSL exclusive line (doesn't matter - still a great scent), the only non-exclusive designer fragrances that I wear are Encre Noire, Terre d'Hermes...
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    Re: Your Most Versatile Fragrance

    Either Terre d'Hermes (parfum) or trusty ol' Eau Sauvage (EdT).

    Both work in any weather, any setting, anywhere.
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    Poll: Re: And the best Summer fragrance is...

    From the list, either MI or L'Humaniste. But I am shocked to see that Eau Sauvage is not on the list.

    I'll add two from By Kilian to the list as well - Bamboo Harmony and Flower of Immortality....
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 7th June 2015

    The day here is OK, but I chose MI as well.
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    Good suggestion. The Art of Shaving makes a great sandalwood body soap now that's scented in the same way as their sandalwood cologne that's loved here on Basenotes. Lathers great, doesn't leave your...
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    As someone that had his own bad moments that fragrances brought him through (although it wasn't cancer), I have to say get well soon.

    I'll also throw in the suggestion of By Kilian's Bamboo...
  60. Re: By Kilian: Straight To Heaven, Splash of .... WHAT ??!!

    While I didn't get the Straight to Heaven Splash of Lemon, I did get the limited edition in the Sophie Matisse series of Bamboo Harmony - the UPS man showed up with a package from Luckyscent today....
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    Re: SOTD Friday 5th June 2015

    Same here for a very special day - and a very hot day. This is great in the heat.
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    Re: Alternative Summer Scents

    I have found that By Kilian's Straight to Heaven is one of the few woody orientals that works well in high heat - likely in part due to the woods and rum note.
  63. Thread: Paco Rebenne

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    Re: Paco Rebenne

    People fake Angel all the time - and that's a bottle that (at least initially) required never-before-used techniques to make and was originally deemed as "impossible" by Brosse, Thierry Mugler's...
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    Re: Not worth the hype... and why?

    2007, before the 2011 "white bottle" reformulation and back when Ulta still carried it. Wasn't impressed then, and I doubt I would be impressed now.
  65. Re: Your 5 most complimented fragrances so far in 2015 ?

    Don't laugh. I'm being serious. And not only that, I never got a negative reaction from Leather Oud.

    I do have to say that I'm not wearing it right now because it's not a hot-weather fragrance.
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    Re: Skin Chemistry: Real or Myth?

    Absolutely. And there are many factors.

    Many say that they get a fecal or barnyard element from Leather Oud. I get neither - just a cozy woody oriental with not just leather, civet (but not much),...
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    What was it like? Similar to anything else, Dior or otherwise?
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    Re: I finally get Eau Savage!

    Just got a bottle of Eau Sauvage yesterday from Sephora, and I am doing my first full wearing of it today. Great stuff - even in its current formulation - and smells just as good today as it did many...
  69. Re: Whats your the Best fragrance(s) in past 5 years?

    +1 on Aventus, Bamboo Harmony, Spicebomb, Grey Vetiver EdP, Bleu de Chanel, and Leather Oud.

    I would add Intoxicated, Midnight in Paris, The Scent of Peace for Him, and Musk Oud to the list as...
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    Re: Do you have a fragrance pal?

    One of my good, loyal friends loves fragrances as well. He works at a major department store chain, but not in the fragrance department.

    Until recently, his wardrobe was all designer fragrances -...
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    Re: Your favorite scent from Alberto Morillas

    Three-way tie:
    Musk Oud
    M7
    Acqua di Gio
  72. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    Funny you say that, because Donald Trump has a fragrance line that's sold at mainstream designer prices. And I'm willing to bet that he doesn't wear his own fragrances.
  73. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    If Neiman Marcus gave me a few Roja Dove samples when I bought a bottle of something else, I might try the samples only - simply because I have discovered many fragrances this way. I don't think I...
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    Re: Your 6 fragrances for life

    Because it stays cold here a long time, I had to bias my list toward cold-weather and all-season fragrances that can be worn professionally.

    1) By Kilian Straight to Heaven
    2) PdN New-York
    3) By...
  75. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    You're right about prices going through the roof. I was looking at the Neiman Marcus website, and I found that it's $1150 for 100 ml of Diaghilev extrait. That's $338 per ounce - and you can't get it...
  76. Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    Yes, I admire Roja for being able to identify 800 fragrances blindfolded. And as a marketer, I think he did the right thing by doing what he loves. But I won't buy his products.

    The answer isn't...
  77. Re: Fragrance Outlet in St. Louis Premium Outlets and Creed Fragrances possible fake?

    Next time you're at that mall, complain to mall management. They often take these issues seriously. Yes, shrink-wrapped Creeds are a huge red flag, but selling $20 copies for $75 is almost as bad.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 1st of June, 2015

    Musk Oud
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    Re: a fly inside Dior Homme Parfume??

    If you look closely at the Dior Homme Eau for Men/Sport/Cologne displays at Macy's, you'll see the bee at the base of each bottle holder.
  80. Re: Your 5 most complimented fragrances so far in 2015 ?

    5) Intoxicated
    4) Musk Oud
    3) Straight to Heaven
    2) Aventus
    1) Leather Oud
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    Re: What Made You Choose You Basenote Name?

    My favorite rollercoaster, and one that turned 15 this year.

    MF: Millennium Force
    fan: self-explanatory
    310: 310 feet tall
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 31st May 2015

    Leather Oud on a colder-than-normal last day in May... and probably the last time it's worn until mid-September.
  83. Re: Your Workplace Bravery Limit (mighty fragrance superheroes not included here)

    Back when I worked in an office setting, I wore a lot of things in my collection. But I usually wore Straight to Heaven, as it was an ad agency (of course, a Mad Men boozing-up connection), and one...
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    Re: Not worth the hype... and why?

    I knew that Aventus would get panned on here, but I personally like it a lot. I think it's very unique, lasts forever, and the ladies love it. And I think that Acqua di Gio, Le Male, 1 Million, and...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 28th May 2015

    My SOTD was Terre d'Hermes Parfum. This stuff works great in the heat.

    Then, I took a long walk, got sweaty, took a shower, and changed into By Kilian's Flower of Immortality as my SOTE. Again -...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Couldn't agree with you more. Even the sold-everywhere Dior Homme line is really good by any standard.

    This isn't my first Dior, though: I owned Dior Homme early in my fragrance adventure, and I...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    I realized that I was lacking any fragrances made before 1988 in my collection, and I had some extra cash on hand.

    So after a decade of deliberation, I went to Sephora.com and ordered a bottle of...
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    Re: Age range of A*Men?

    Most of the people who I run into that wear A*Men are relatively young. Can you be 20 and wear it? Absolutely.
  89. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Quality over quantity for me.

    I decided long ago that I would rather have a small collection of high-quality, different fragrances (regardless of the cost) than a huge amount of mainstream...
  90. Re: Is there any social status associated with the cost of perfume?

    Let's not forget printer ink.

    1.7 ounces (or 50 ml if you use metric equivalents) of HP 61 black ink costs $228.43, which also comes to $137.06 per ounce/30 ml. By comparison, Acqua di Gio is $66...
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    Re: What have you STILL not tried?

    Since I live in a niche backwater, it's impossible to try the following unless I go on vacation or buy samples:


    Most of the Xerjoff line
    Frapin Nevermore
    House of Matriarch Blackbird
    All...
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    Re: what do you do??

    In the middle of a transition myself.

    I graduated from college this month (with honors and a 3.64 GPA), and am currently in the formative stages of starting a research consulting firm that should...
  93. Goodbye from my collection, Mugler Cologne (and a few others)

    After almost 11 years in my collection, the time has come to say farewell to Mugler Cologne. My barely-full 3.4 oz bottle will be given to a loyal friend of mine, and a bottle of John Varvatos...
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Sometimes, it takes years before you get the fragrance that you've wanted for eons. I know - it's happened to me, too.
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Funny you bring this up - it's my SOTD and I haven't been too good posting my SOTD, either. Got a compliment from a loyal friend on it, too.
  96. Re: Fragrances by Kilian in US with good price

    As has been said here, if you want Kilian fragrances at a lower price, buy the refill and an inexpensive bottle. Simple as that.

    The brand keeps a very tight lid on distribution, so don't expect...
  97. Re: Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    Same here. Huge fan of this fragrance even though when I first saw it at Bergdorf's in January 2008, I was turned off by the packaging, then took a sniff, and thought that it wasn't me. Eight months...
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    Re: has bears some resemblance?

    To me, HiM resembles Spicebomb far more than it does Gucci Pour Homme II, though there is a similar feel between all three.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 19th May 2015

    By Kilian - Intoxicated

    Loving this more with every wear - and in the cool weather of today, a perfect fit.
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    Re: The rise and fall of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

    Tried Tobacco Vanille once, and I didn't get anything magical. All I got on my skin and to my nose was a more expensive Spicebomb. If I want Spicebomb, I'll buy that at a much lower price (or Hanae...
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