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    Re: Seasonal fragrances

    The reason people say some fragrances are for winter or summer has less to do with fashion and more to do with practicality. Heavy fragrances, sweet vanilla fragrances, and soforth can become...
  2. Re: What makes midnight in paris smell so feminine?????

    It smells feminine because something in your life has caused you to associate femininity with an odor.
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    Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Rhubarb smells tart and acidic with a kind of semi-sweet grapefruit/strawberry scent, watery, with cucumbery notes, a bit green-soapy like coriander leaf. Overall you'd probably say it was a green...
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2014

    https://i.imgur.com/fl6UEIV.jpg
  5. Re: Add Comme des Garcons Wonderwood to the Encre Noire/Sycomore Conversation

    The Encre Noire - Sycomore conversation usually goes like this:

    Someone: "Encre Noire smells like Sycomore!"
    Me: "Apart from the vetiver, no, it doesn't."

    It's like someone saying one symphony...
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    Re: Bought Guerlain Derby! Need advice....

    Although many will say wear what you want when you want (and I'd tend to agree with them), Derby does compliment a well-fitted suit somewhat better than it does jeans and a t-shirt.

    If you're...
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    Re: What is the worst Dior fragrance

    Which one is the cheap smelling orange blossom and vanilla bomb? Fahrenheit 32? That one.
  8. Re: GIT or MI or SMW? What to add to my small collection?

    I'm probably not the one to ask, but of the three, I would only recommend Milleseme Imperial, and even then only if the price for a full bottle is chump change to you (i.e. don't waste your money...
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    Re: A Vetiver For Every Season

    It's great in summer. The sandalwood and citrus really sings in the heat.
  10. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (3/23/14): Curve vs Green Irish Tweed

    I vote none of the above.
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    Re: john varvatos vintage or CK obessison?

    The fragrances are entirely dissimilar. JV Vintage is a plummy modern leather and tobacco, Obsession is a powerful spicy oriental, somewhat dated.

    Also, Obsession will attract cougars. I'm not...
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    Re: Your Most Worn Fragrances of 2012?

    This summer I wore Live Jazz almost exclusively. My go to for daily/work wear is rive gauche, though dior homme, sycomore, and penhaligon's sartorial are in the regular rotation. Lately I've been...
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    Re: Seeking Scent Closest To Musky Male Armpits

    EDIT: It seems I've been duped... the original post was 2010

    Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan or Le Labo Rose 31
    both have a very pleasant, toasty cumin-rose which smells like alluring B.O. MKK...
  14. Re: What is the cleanest, soapiest, fresh out of the shower frag out there?

    Kouros.
  15. Re: Which fragrances would you consider 9/10 or even 10/10?

    YSL Rive Gauche ph
    YSL Live Jazz
    YSL M7
    FM Portrait of a Lady
    Chanel Sycomore
    Chanel Egoiste
    Guerlain Derby
    Guerlain Shalimar
    Guerlain L'Instant ph Extreme
    Guerlain Jicky
  16. Re: What fragrance MUST I smell to make my small collection better?

    YSL Rive Gauche pH
  17. Re: Dior Homme Intense vs Chanel Egoiste vs Midnight in Paris

    My favorite of those three would be Egoiste. Yours will probably be the Dior
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    Re: 2 Serge Lutens to pick!

    Chergui - Warm spices and soft woods surround a core of hay-and-vanilla coumarin, honey, and a light tobacco. A hint of rose gives it a genteel lushness. If there's anything in the SL line that I'd...
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    Re: Mint/vanilla, Mint/chocolate, Mint/candy

    Seconding recs for Roadster, Pure Shot, and Le Male and its flankers.

    You might also try Molinard Vanille Fraicheur or Creed Green Valley
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    Re: Your favorite barbershop scent?

    The end.
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    Re: Daytime Winter Cologne

    Try:

    Sharply woody, bit spicy and rich:
    L'Occitane Eau des Baux
    Prada Amber Intense
    Chanel Egoiste

    Clean but not summery:
    YSL Rive Gauche
    Burberry Brit
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    Re: Oud: Creed v Tom Ford

    Out of those two, the Tom Ford
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    Re: Wondering why Gucci Guilty gets all the love?

    Except Bleu actually smells decent and is a proficient if somewhat unadventurous composition. Gucci Guilty is screechy, abrasive and monochromatic, the olfactory equivalent of television static.
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    Re: My Top 10 Picks For Winter 2012

    From my collection only
    1. Chergui
    2. Rive Gauche
    3. L'Instant Extreme
    4. A*Men Pure Malt
    5. Egoiste
    6. M7
    7. Sartorial
    8. Ormonde Man
    9. Dior Homme
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    Re: Today I Bought: November 2012

    Got myself some Egoiste, which has been on my wishlist for years.

    17765

    Debating on pulling the trigger on FBs of L'air du Desert Marocain, Portrait of a Lady, and/or Timbuktu, to satisfy my...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau or Un Bois Vanille?

    I love Jeux de Peau. Smells like a bakery. Un Bois Vanille, though also a good composition, didn't do it for me. Also leans a bit to the lady side of unisex. If you've sampled them and can't...
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    Re: some thoughts about dior homme intense

    Your sample size is too small a subset of the population to draw a statistically significant conclusion.
  28. Re: Looking for suggestions: harsh, "distorted" amber; incense and/or oriental

    I actually have Salvador Dali PH. It's not so much "distorted" as it is "discordant" (but in a good way). And it resolves nicely deeeep in the drydown.



    I like saffron, will definitely check...
  29. Re: Help me decide please: I really want to blind buy my first ROSE fragrance.

    What do you mean by "pure" rose?
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    Re: The smell of Ivory Soap

    +1 Not exactly Ivory soap, but kind of a richer, fancier version of Ivory soap. It's a great, clean scent.
  31. Re: Looking for suggestions: harsh, "distorted" amber; incense and/or oriental

    hednic: Fabulous 4 by Salvador Dali... I've never heard of this, though the nose is definitely one whose work I've liked in the past. How does it differ from Salvador?

    david: I haven't had...
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    Re: Holy Grail Citrus Award

    AdP Colonia Intensa or Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir
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    Re: Axe....seriously??!?!?

    If this actually works, you know you have found The One.
  34. Re: i wore Egoiste today and a lady chased me down at the mall

    The other day while out and about I heard a horribly loud rushing sound behind me, followed by a deafening crash. I turned around only to see the flaming wreckage of a 747. After a few tense...
  35. Re: Help me decide please: I really want to blind buy my first ROSE fragrance.

    For a blind buy, go with Ungaro III, Zino, or Azzarro Acteur. If you don't like it, you're only out $20-30 or so. If you're spending more than the cost of a night out, you should really sample...
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    Re: What Fragrance am I describing here???

    Musc Ravageur

    Warm - check
    Sugary - check
    Vanilla - big check
    Fall spices - check
    Not fresh - UNDOUBTEDLY
  37. Looking for suggestions: harsh, "distorted" amber; incense and/or oriental

    Greetings BNers. I'm looking for something a bit different that I haven't been able to find on my olfactory searches. I'm not sure how to explain what it is I'm looking for. The only word that...
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    Re: What "womens" frags work great for men

    You must be a hoot at parties.
  39. Thread: Top 10 Niche List

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    Re: Top 10 Niche List

    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
    Serge Lutens Musks Kublai Khan
    Tauer Lonestar Memories
    Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady...
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    Re: The Most Classic Smelling Men's Cologne

    Chypres with a nice leather note smell the most classic and classy to me.

    E.g. Bel Ami, Derby, Aramis, Polo
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    Re: White Musk Fragrance

    Body shop or Kiehl's. Tom Ford Urban musk would be good if not for the price tag... its quality is slightly above the two aforementioned musk frags, its composition comparable, and yet it costs...
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    Re: Is civet a dated note in fragrance?

    I don't think it's a matter of appreciation. People don't wear ascots and stovepipe hats, corsets and bustles anymore, and it's not because they are unwashed plebes who lack the sophistication to...
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    "The smell of white"

    Very interesting article on a study that shows the inability of humans to distinguish complex scents.

    Link
  44. Thread: Ormonde Jayne

    by vbs
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne

    It's a green, cedar-like scent. Pencil shavings and young pine needles with kind of a sharp, piquant "buzz"... almost like a radish or parsnip scent.
  45. Thread: Vanilla-y scents

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    Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Fragonard Suivez-Moi
    VC&A Midnight in Paris
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    Re: your best orange parfume

    Agree with the following for a "pure" orange fragrance:
    Concentree d'Orange Verte
    Bigarade Concentree
    Atelier Orange Sanguine
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    2 or 3 sprays to the chest
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I've been getting tons of compliments on Sycomore from the gals at work.
  49. Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Rochas Man
    Givenchy Very Irresistable

    Both quite affordable and exactly what you're looking for.
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    Re: The manliest of them all?

    Polo or Aramis.
  51. Re: What is the most stunning fragerance you have ever experienced ?

    A couple decades ago, when I was in high school, I was mowing my parents' lawn. Some predator had killed a squirrel and left it in the summer sun for a couple days before I came along with the...
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    Re: Please recommend a musk for me...

    +1 Absolue pour le Soir
    +1 TF Urban Musk (the only one of the white musk series that is worthwhile imo)
    +1 Kiehl's, very affordable and nice
    Haven't tried the Montales recommended

    I'd like to...
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    Re: Signature scent - (im)possible?

    When in doubt, Rive Gauche.
  54. Re: french lover, fou d'absinthe, 3rd man, or sartorial?

    Fou d'absinthe is the greenest.
    Sartorial is the fougereiest.
    French lover is woodiest.
    3me Homme is most floral.

    I own Sartorial and want Fou d'Absinthe. I can live without the other two,...
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    Re: Why is Ormonde Jayne so underrated?

    Ormonde Jayne is not underrated. Just not well-known.
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    Re: I need some spring/summer recommendations

    Wow, what a great response. You guys are fantastic.

    I now have an enormous list of stuff to try... I might end up spending more on samples than fragrances!
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    Re: What is it with masculine florals?

    Domenico Caraceni 1913
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    Re: I need some spring/summer recommendations

    @ hednic: Montale Aromatic Lime - Exactly the sort of recommendation I'm looking for, will give it a try. Thanks.

    @ Oupavoc: Bond no.9 Chinatown - I tried this, didn't wow me. I remember the...
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    Re: I need some spring/summer recommendations

    Have it, and love it. Its only fault in my mind is the squeaky jolly rancher green apple note. Otherwise, you're right, it is the sort of thing I'm looking for. Any other recommendations along...
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    Re: I need some spring/summer recommendations

    Cartier Roadster - have tried it, didn't stick with me
    Mugler Cologne - It's good, definitely on my maybe list
    Kenzo Power - Want to retry, was so fatigued last time i did
    Creed Original Vetiver -...
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    I need some spring/summer recommendations

    I'm looking for the following:
    - A good fresh lime scent with airy woods and vetiver. Guerlain Homme is an option, what else?

    - A fragrance with tropical, warm fruits (banana? peach? mango?...
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    Re: Live Jazz vs Bvlgari Extreme vs Others .

    I would recommend Declaration Cologne for warm weather. The original, a bit cumin-y for the summer IMHO, you'll smell like a taco.

    This spring/summer I'll probably be wearing
    Live Jazz
    Terre...
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    Re: Caron pour un Homme resembles English Lavender?

    By Kilian A Taste of Heaven
    Fragonard Suivez-Moi
  64. Thread: summer incense

    by vbs
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    Re: summer incense

    Some good suggestions.

    I would add L'Artisan Timbuktu.
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    Re: Why I don't wear Aventus

    I thought the same when I found the pic... my conclusion was flower shirt guy is Muscs Koublai Khan and accordion pants guy is Byredo M/Ink
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    Re: I don't get it. What's so great about

    I don't understand the cult of oud. It's a fragrant material, no different than any other fragrant material. I don't see anyone clamoring for patchouli or sandalwood oil and grading and comparing...
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    Re: Why I don't wear Aventus

    THE CREED AVENTUS CONTROVERSY: A Pictorial Essay

    by me

    "Creed Aventus... not interesting at all."

    http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/files/2010/12/list-mens-worst-combo-320.jpg

    "I...
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    Re: Best of the 4 Polo 'Big Pony' frags ?

    I could write something pithy and humorous, but meh.

    Big Pony juice is drab and awful.
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    Re: Just received my Rive Gauche.

    Rive Gauche is a classic, well-known woman's perfume, yes. Rive Gauche Pour Homme was created several years later (when Tom Ford was the creative director at YSL). Likely your Nordstrom's SA didn't...
  70. Re: Finally bought Kouros,, yes I am sorry for another Kouros thread

    Kouros smells best with a light application. It is the quintessential clean scent to me... smells like you just stepped out of a hot shower with expensive soap and shaved with quality shaving cream....
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    Re: The basenotes of Dior Homme?

    I don't believe you.
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    Re: Stocking up on Nautica Voyage

    It would be a perfect cheapie except for the jolly rancher green apple note. But I do like it. Why stocking up, though, has it been discontinued?
  73. Re: Please educate me on mainstream/designer fougere's

    Fougere is simply a perfume that contains a central accord of lavender, tonka, and oakmoss. Any number of things can be combined with this, but as long as the harmony of these three traditional...
  74. Re: Serious question: Are there any "Aqua" scents that are better than all others in the pack?

    Guy Laroche Horizon
    Aramis New West
    Bulgari Aqua
    Kenzo Pour Homme
    L'Eau Par Kenzo
    Cool Water
    Nautica Voyage

    All very highly regarded, all easy to find online if not at a mall, all less than...
  75. Re: Anyone know of a cologne that pairs well with the scent of clove cigarettes?

    Smells like cloves:
    TF Tobacco Vanille
    Malle Musc Ravageur

    Compliments clove cigs:
    Penhaligon's Sartorial
    YSL Rive Gauche PH
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    Re: Rate my 5 star loves and my 1 star abominations.

    Why should it matter what we think of your ratings? If you like something you like it, if you don't you don't. Your reasons are your own.
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    Re: Never Smelled Drakkar Noir Until Yesterday...

    Drakkar Noir : Quiet Riot :: Kouros : Duran Duran
  78. Re: The dry down of Kouros is probably one of the best of all-time...

    The musk in Kouros, Musc Ravageur, Mucs Koublai Khan etc. smell a bit dirty, but hearing people rant and rave about pee and poo makes me think I must be missing something.

    Kouros has a bit of...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Ed Hardy Skulls & Roses

    Wait, those are actually the bottles? It's like an Avon collectible from hell...
  80. Thread: You are dying...

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    Re: You are dying...

    I would do this.
    and/or maybe this.
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    Re: Spicebomb.com is live!

    I am intrigued...
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    Re: Creed IS worth the money

    Creed is overpriced. Many of their products are mediocre.

    Part of me thinks that they intentionally mess up batches and release them to the gray market, in order to foster more legit sales ("Buy...
  83. Thread: B2B vs. TV vs. MR

    by vbs
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    Re: B2B vs. TV vs. MR

    The fragrance you wear will not help you "get hot girls," especially if it's one of the above. Spend your money on a gym membership and nice clothes.

    If you still want a perfume to wear when...
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    Re: Job Interviews, and "Professional" Fragrances

    I agree, don't take anything potentially offensive to a job interview. Fragrance, attitude, clothes, hair, food scents, anything. Avoid eating anything with onions or broccoli or beans for 24h...
  85. Re: The fragrance that is taking Azzaro Pour Homme and Rive Gauche's spot in my wardrobe.

    I agree, it is underrated and very good. Right up there with Azzaro. I do prefer Rive Gauche to it, but it is the only RL fragrance I ever considered adding to my collection (the original Polo is a...
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    Re: Why is Aventus totally clear ?

    Wait, so you're saying that Creed is using something other than natural essential oils to achieve these notes? I thought Olivier was steam distilling all the ingredients for my bottle by hand!
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    Bug: error when adding scent of the day

    I receive this error when adding scent of the day, after I have clicked "Post as Scent of the Day" button.



    Scent of the day is updated, but it does not navigate to the SotD page
  88. Re: Amouage Jubilation XXV - am I missing something here?

    Yes, you have to be missing something. It smells absolutely nothing like any designer fragrance, especially 1 million, B*Men, and Pure Havane. It is rich and opulent like much of Amouage's target...
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    Re: Second Blind buy... what should I expect?

    Sour citrus opening, dark cocoa base, with some light white florals in the heart and some sweetness throughout. Hope you enjoy it.

    I would suggest getting samples before buying blind. Fragrance...
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    Re: What are your top three Incense frags?

    I guess...

    Portrait of a Lady
    Jubilation XXV
    LDDM
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    Re: Are Creeds worth it?

    Nope.
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    Re: What would Bruce Wayne wear?

    That would give away his secret identity.
  93. Re: Recommendations for Scents with 'no cologny feel'...explained in thread

    Iso-E super
  94. Re: Am I the only person on earth that doesn't like L'Instant de Guerlain Extreme?

    Actually, I think we could do with fewer threads about L'instant (and also Dior Homme, Mugler A*Men Pure whatever, GIT/Aventus, and "X vs Y???".)

    Everything that there is to be discussed about...
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    Re: Arquiste Parfumeur ramblings

    Anima Dulcis is an absolutely beautiful scent, but I think I would have preferred a bit less baroque floral sweetness (lily? honeysuckle? tuberose? something)... it gets a bit cloying after a while....
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    Re: Best Lavendar Scents

    Creed Royal Scottish Lavender
    By Kilian A Taste of Heaven
    Guerlain Jicky
    Fragonard Suivez-Moi
  97. Re: "Rare" or uncommon notes you would like to find more of.

    Have you tried Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge?
  98. Re: "Rare" or uncommon notes you would like to find more of.

    White cedar/arbor vitae/thuja leaves, especially dried. Could be a perfume all by themselves.
  99. Re: Looking for an EO that smells like GREEN BELL PEPPERS

    2-isobutyl-3-methoxypyrazine is a chemical that will evoke green bell pepper scent, fyi.
  100. Re: Where have all of the rich, warm, manly scents gone?

    Judging the fragrance industry by going to Macy's is like going to Applebee's and lamenting the state of cuisine. There are plenty of adventurous and manly new scents being made. They're just not...
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