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    Re: When is it enough?

    As far as my experience goes, I think it is more than enough when:

    - you have bottles you won't run up in a year.
    - you have so many bottles that you won't use them in a year.
    - You have so...
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    Re: Scents on a plane: What do you wear?

    Depends:

    - Scent free in 10 hour long flight. This means I won't be able to take a shower in at least 20 hours (add the 5 pre departure hour and the same time after arriving). Wearing any scent in...
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    Re: Perplexed by some reviews

    I realize that writing reviews on scents is like dancing to architecture (as one fellow BNoter said) or better still, working in a gymnast's routine to a cooking recipe. Albeit this, I think it can...
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    Re: Did Ralph Lauren really just do oud?

    "Oud" is being produced by the big four corps specialized in essences and they are pushing the aromachemicals before they loose property rights (five years). As simple as that.

    As per this Polo...
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    Re: please delete this thread

    I totally disagree with you. This is not a reformulation: It is a vintage one.
  6. Poll: Re: Do you store your fragrances in a wine cooler/mini-fridge?

    Some of them , in the fridge. I'd store them in a mini fridge if I would have the space and money.

    I check them periodically and some of them change through time, mostly for the worst. This...
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    Re: please delete this thread

    Agree 100%. Bravo.
  8. Re: les Exclusifs suggestions for a "Chanel man"

    This mentioned by Hednic + Cuir de Russie.
  9. Re: JPG Fleur de Male vs Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey vs Chrome Legend Azzaro

    OK, for the Summer and for a 17 yo guy? Legend.

    Issey is to stuffy and Fleur du Mâle too barroque - unless you want to be noticed at the risk of being signaled as the cologne guy. Don't get me...
  10. Re: JPG Fleur de Male vs Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey vs Chrome Legend Azzaro

    OK, for the Summer and for a 17 yo guy? Legend.

    Issey is to stuffy and Fleur du Mâle too barroque - unless you want to be noticed at the risk of being signaled as the cologne guy. Don't get me...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    Ditto: will try it as soon as I have the chance.
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    Re: Tauer Phi. For men or is it to feminine?

    Rose? Feminine? No, I don't think so. "You smell roses" can be answered with a "yes, like Middle Eastern men". Plus, either with other notes or layered it makes a difference. For instance, PUH with...
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Egoiste or Guerlain Heritage

    Two different ones IMHO. I can't choose one, sorry.

    Well... this hotel uses Heritage as a room deodorizer.
  14. Thread: Chanel Sycamore

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    Re: Chanel Sycamore

    Ditto.
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    Re: Most potent in-production designer fragrance?

    Bogart's pour Homme, Dior Homme Intense, One Man Show Golden Edition, Fleur du Male, Joop! and Montblanc's Individuel.

    These come to mind.
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    Re: Vintage recommendations

    Balenciaga pH
    Bijan (vintage)
    Ungaro I and II
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    Re: A city on fire "imaginary authors"

    Mmmm, not fun, IMHO.
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    Re: LIDGE or Fahrenheit Absolute?

    I have both: both are very different. LIDGE is more amiable / easy to wear, IMHO.
  19. Re: The first Creed fragrance you smelled, and your reaction.

    Tabarome.

    Pompous concoction. No wonder they cost and arm.and a leg.

    I like BdP though.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    Good joke! :)

    IMHO, a man with lots of personality.
  21. Thread: Tabac

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    Re: Tabac

    Not for me: Christmas down here is darn hot. L'Eau par Kenzo comes to mind...
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    Re: Eternal doubts ...about authenticity

    Chanel pur Homme Eau de Parfum... I cannot recall one under that name. I do get the Concentre.

    I bought a bottle of Helmut Lang's Eau de Parfum for $ 20. Frankly, it would not surprise me if it...
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    Re: Women's greens for men

    How did I forget about that one? Excellent option when looking after a green blend.
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    Re: Do we have tendencies??

    Yes there are.

    Manufacturers spend money in research and development, come up with new aromachemicals, press noses to use them, they release new scents which are blended with these new raw...
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    Re: M7 or M7 Oud Absolu

    The reformulated version is easier to wear, more simple than the original one. Both are really good scents, though.
  26. Re: Most unique greens. I'm talking greens that leave you speechless!

    Chanel Nº 19 and Cristalle.

    Pino Silvestre and Puig's Agua Brava.

    Krizia per Uomo.

    Polo (green), specially the original.

    I can trace galbanum in Narciso Rodrigez for Him. Maybe my nose...
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    Re: Kourkdjian - Best nose around?

    Thanks guys for your replies!

    Le Mâle is such a polarizing scent: I have a love / hate relationship with it: I like it, but find it very difficult t wear. And if you find Le Mâle not to your...
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    Yap, in the mid and base notes.

    I wrote a bashing review in Fragrantica. I changed my mind. Since I am a coward, I erased my previous review. Nowadays I think it is a great scent, sirprisingly...
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    Kourkdjian - Best nose around?

    Last week I visited the store I usually buy in, I tried five different releases and I did not find many differences at all among the.

    The SA, who happens to know me from years past, is quite...
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    Re: Scents you'd love to see re-released/made

    Among all? This: Balenciaga pour Homme

    Others:

    Rochas Lui
    Rochas Macassar
    Rochas Moustache (last formulation)
    Vintage Antaeus
    Gucci pH I
    Gucci Rush
  31. Re: Which cheap and reliable introduction to leather and tobacco scents?

    It smells like tobacco as per the ones smelling it on me. Other mentions in this thread focus on flavored tobacco, which is a different story.

    Among these last one another cheapy is Cuba Red:...
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    Poll: Re: La Nuit vs Avant Garde

    La Nuit. Avant garde is too "stuffy".
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    Re: Is Molecule01 the most love or hate scent?

    Actually is so cheap that I bought a 1/4 of a little bottle for peanuts. I have been experimenting with it, I added to whatever localy cheapy I could get my hands on. To a cuir de russie, bad idea....
  34. Re: What is according to you the best men's Guerlain fragrance?

    Heritage, Habit Rouge and Vetiver.

    I am missing Mouchoir and Derby, I did not have the chance of trying them.
  35. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    You are right. This is an ersatz. However, you are missing the point: in this case, "oud" is the one for the people. The real one is for those with money.

    Not my case, unf.
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    Hell yeah!!! Layer it with Caron's Pour Un Homme, or wear it alone. Together with Vetiver and Lavender I'd say they are signature scents.



    Great recommendation, thanks for sharing!
  37. Re: any recommendations from serge lutens manly scent?

    So I was told by many.
  38. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    Trussardi Inside and Cabochard.

    Pour Un Homme and Tea Rose.

    Por Un Homme and Patch (suggested in a post published yesterday: look at Basteri's question on lavander and patch scents).

    Fueguia...
  39. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    I am witholding all prospective purchases. Unless they blow me ahead...
  40. Re: What is the best smelling fragrance from Ralph Lauren's "Polo" line?

    Modern Reserve
    Polo (green)
  41. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    I completely agree with that: the original one is still good albeit reformulations (I have a vintage bottle and a new one so I can attest to that). I also have the OMS Gold Edition, IMHO a very...
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    Re: lavender + patchouli

    I will try that.
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    Re: lavender + patchouli

    + 1

    I did it and it works if playing around with them. The patch catches over the lavander, so blend with this in mind.
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    Re: Unlikely fragrance finds

    Pre reformulated Shalimar for USD 30, for example. Besides an amazing amount of discontinued vintages for real low prices, like a half liter bottle of Monsieur Rochas. So many I ended spending much...
  45. Thread: not enough...

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    Re: not enough...

    Dopamine play tricks on you on the quest for new stuff: buying turns you on and thus you become dependent on buying, your brain asks for more, and more and more until you realize that instead of a...
  46. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Re: Aramis Gold?

    Well, a friend of mine started sneezing while we were strolling down the street, he had no clue it was because I was wearing Vetiver by L'Occitane. Suddenly he realized it was a particular smell, I...
  47. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Re: Aramis Gold?

    Milder to the point of water. Clear... as water. I agree, Aramis' punch is what makes it worth. Without the punch I'd rather stick to ol' Cabochard.
  48. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Aramis Gold?

    Spotted this in my usual stockist and asked myself about it: according to Darvant, a milder version of the original. Any other opinions there?

    Thanks in advance!
  49. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    No ink: vetiver and iso e super. Just get some vetiver oil and iso e super and you will get something similar. The vetiver is amped up and turns more rooty than it is.
  50. Re: Nice on first sniff, want to cut your nose off after 2 hours

    Yap. I have been through it: Ted Lapidus Black Soul. Gave it away.
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    Re: Does anyone else miss fragrance ignorance?

    The bottom line is if one's hobby means complicating things to such an extent that enjoying simple stuff gets more and more complicated. That is the con. Now, if this means more fun for you, then it...
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    Re: Apologies to everyone - I was a jerk :(

    Well, you are not a jerk, you are actually a human being. Just relax.

    I don't participate nor reply to posts when things get out of hand. I was involved in a horrid discussion once here at BNs and...
  53. Re: Writing About Fragrance is Like Dancing About Architecture

    IMHO, it is something with just one outcome, failure - you write precise descriptions of how something smells but this cannot replace smelling. There is no way memory can be of use in the case of...
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    Re: Back up Bottles.

    Rive Gauche
    Vetiver Guerlain
    Kouros
    Egöiste
    Le Baiser du Dragon
    Tabac
    Canoe (vintage)
    Grandal (a local cheapy)
    Paul Smith Londo
    Fueguia 1833 Beagle
  55. Re: Did anyone collect fragrances before they even knew it was a thing?

    Yap. Started with ten before the Internet age (before 1994).
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    Re: Your Collection.

    An exaggerate amount of them.

    I had to throw away two because they turned, I guess because of the natural oils used in them. Believe it or not, they were cheapos. Other are evaporating at a very...
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    Re: Powder: Masculine or Feminine ?

    Well, I agree with Freewheel. It depends on the "aromatic context" provided by the rest of the notes.
  58. Re: Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    My post actually was a sarcastic comment on BS topics being published in magazines in coincidence to analogous posts in discussion boards like Base Notes. Yes, it is a farfetched request.

    Of...
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    Re: Fragrances that enhance sexual performance.

    OK, who has the cojones to post that thread?

    I don't...
  60. Re: Chanel no 5 Eau Premiere - Sensational Barbershop Vibe !!

    Yap.

    But if you say that men should not wear it because it is a scent for women you risk triggering a chain reaction that will make BN's server collapse due to the millions of threads and...
  61. Re: Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    Double post.
  62. Re: Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    Off topic, "eso es cualquiera" in Argento or Brutish English would be "Che, that is any".

    Welcome to BA!

    :)
  63. Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    OK, either an Argentine lurker got it from Base Notes or else Base Notes can influence fashion journalists located way overseas due to some sort of ESP mechanism.

    Here are suggestions in order to...
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    Re: Fragrances that enhance sexual performance.

    You got it first. However you forgot to mention the last of Kouro´s flankers Testoterone Enantate's Nights as well as ELDO's Tom of Finland Amyl Nitrate 2015 Edition.
  65. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    You Girls too???

    I will report as soon as I am succesful convincing my wife that Egoiste can be the right scent for her.

    I have many fems she dislikes because they are either too strong or else...
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    Re: Guerlain vetiver and Extreme

    Me too: one vintage, two "Model 2000" one from the early 2010 and one Extreme of the same date.

    Yes, I should have explore other more interesting vetivers, but vetiver scents are really difficult...
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    Re: Guerlain vetiver and Extreme

    Me too: one vintage, two "Model 2000" one from the early 2010 and one Extreme of the same date.

    Yes, I should have explore other more interesting vetivers, but vetiver scents are really difficult...
  68. Re: What is the difference between good/bad and boring/challenging?

    Interesting, I have a sample I apply with much care. I still cannot make up my mind as to its qualities. I don't imagine owning a full bottle of it, it could not be worn the usual way. That is...
  69. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    Undecided yet, but it seems the Jolie Madame calls.
  70. Re: What is the difference between good/bad and boring/challenging?

    Bad = Lack of complexity, pungent notes - physical reaction is that of needles in the nose. Acrid notes. Notes feel synthetic: smells claimed to be analogous to those found in nature, but the person...
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    Re: Best crowd pleaser scents (designer only)

    Blue de Chanel or Guerlain L'Homme Intense.
  72. Thread: No!-vember

    by Pollux
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    Re: No!-vember

    None so far during October. With over 300 bottles it isn't a matter of will, rather of common sense.

    Still Jersey and Eau de Cologne are in my list, but far away from today. And a 1l bottle of...
  73. Re: Do you smell like people around you, like people on basenotes, or like no one in particular?

    Imported fragrances are so expensive that the availability of local brands is extensive; you can have lots of fun if you don't care about their origin or if you don't automatically associate them...
  74. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Socially more accepted due to its connotations: cigars are manly stuff, shoes girly, paint collecting big money, perfumes?

    They are ephimerous, they turn, perfumes are products marketed as...
  75. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Socially more accepted due to its connotations: cigars are manly stuff, shoes girly, paint collecting big money, perfumes?

    They are ephimerous, they turn, perfumes are products marketed as...
  76. Re: what are you top 3 cheapies that make a statement and smell expensive.

    OK, we have a problem with what cheapy means. Imagine a 3.3 Oz bottle of Old Spice costing USD 50, where the heck are the cheapies!!!

    I am for the local ones since their price point is right along...
  77. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    Agree, one of my favs.



    My SotD actually. Great one, huh?



    I completely agree with you.
  78. Re: Scents in a league of their own. Classy. Distinguished. Formal.

    Signor Ricci 2
    Heritage
    Piper Nigrum
    Tiffany for Men / Chanel por Homme Concentree
    Amouage Gold

    So far, these come to mind.
  79. Re: Top 5 scents you will be wearing this spring - Australian edition

    Well, not in Australia but in the Southern Hemisphere - Argentina.

    It looks like the Indians have given us their Monsoon, plus warmer weather than usual, this almost looks like Summer: light stuff...
  80. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    I already did: guess what? Arpege. Well... It wasn't nice.

    Today is Obsession. Feels OK.
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    Re: Bulgari Man in Black is freakin Awesome!!

    If you like it you can try Blue by Chanel and Guerlain's L'Homme (not L'Homme Ideal).

    It is a good olfactive exercise and it will make you realize differences, so you will end up realizing which...
  82. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Right time to stop buying, or else you will be a candidate for being considered a freak, no matter what fellow BNs say.

    It might be alright here, in real life a perfume collection in quantities...
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    Re: Olfactory costumery

    I agree on liberal application of 1 Million.
  84. Re: Should I wear Erolfa if I get infected with Ebola ?

    Sir, I totally disagree with you. Wearing Made to Measure does not make me straight, which BTW, what is the problem with it?

    We are entitled To Wear What We Want.

    Got it?

    Or I will call you...
  85. Re: Should I wear Erolfa if I get infected with Ebola ?

    Only if it matches with a low leucocyte count.
  86. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    Pour Homme, right?

    ;)
  87. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    This is intended for a laugh, just to easy up the tension.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvjeadGu4U8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  88. Re: How long does it take you to finish a bottle of ur signature scent

    I don't have a signature scent, I do have preferred scents. With such an amount of bottles, it will take me years to finish just a 100ml bottle.
  89. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Money that could have been spent more wisely.
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    Re: best cologne for miami?

    Hednic, are you in Brazil???
  91. Re: If the polar vortex returns, what will you wear?

    Besides turtleneck arrans and heavy duffel coats...

    A Men / A Men Leather
    Obsession
    Habanita
    M7
    Fueguia 1833 Otro Poema de los Dones
  92. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Embarassed and annoyed, to tell the truth.
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    Re: best cologne for miami?

    Hermes Eau D'Orange Vert if $$$. If not, Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia Concentrada.
  94. Re: Turning hipster "colognes" into mainstream: your bet?

    I am wondering what I have done after asking a naive question that had the capability to trigger members calling other members names after global warming issues related to cosmetics perfumes used or...
  95. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    I imagine the following dialogue...

    -(Gay Man, GM) "Nice scent, what is it?"

    - (Straight Man, SM) "Chanel N° 5"

    Context 1: SM is not a perfume enthusiast.

    Context 2: SM is a perfume...
  96. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    My comments, pun intended.

    Seeing people creatively dressed, it conveys the waw factor worth experiencing.
  97. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    Canadian??? Do you have those in Canada??? Waw...

    One more assumption gone wrong.

    This is a very bad day.
  98. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    By Jove! That is def NOT the image we have of Englishmen and their natural way for good taste. Please, don't show that to me, you are distroying decades of teachings around the way men are supposed...
  99. Re: Is it degrading for a man to wear a scent that smells unisex or even feminine?

    After Dior Homme Intense everything (in this sense) is possible.
  100. Poll: Re: VOTING - Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit L Homme vs Bleu de chanel? WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE BETTER?

    Lasts longer - Blue

    Stronger - Blue

    Better - La Nuit de L'Homme

    For me - La Nuit de L'Homme

    Why - Blue is way too strong and acute. La Nuit de L'Homme is more subtle.
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