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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Now this looks interesting...nice buy. Somehow this has escaped my radar. I've been looking for a great amber/ambergris option other than Ambra Aurea, which doesn't quite hit the mark.
  2. Re: I'm Looking for a so-called 'Dumb Reach'...

    Me too, and Bulgari PH.

    Love them both.
  3. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    ^You look a lot like my cousin, and he wears Bulgari Pour Homme (which I gifted him)....so Bulgari PH!
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    Re: Down to 4 Chanels

    Agree. The current version in particular is wears pretty light with a kind of dusty/woody/beeswax base, and still has great longevity. The original/vintage is heavier and more of a leather for me,...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 30th March, 2017

    ^ That's a beautiful bottle!

    For me it's Lubin's Le Vetiver Itasca today.
  6. Re: Returning fragrances to a retailor--thoughts?

    :eek:

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    Surprised they don't use them as testers.
  7. Re: Question about Creed's Silver Mountain Water

    Do you have the ability to smell a definite authentic bottle, i.e. at a Nieman's?

    I bought a cheap SMW on eBay awhile back, and it was fake. I think the seller was as surprised as I was and...
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    Re: My disappointment and recommended caution

    Since you didn't mention it and it hasn't been asked: have you tried Kouros? The current formulation certainly doesn't suffer from lack of longevity.

    Also, agree that many vintage powerhouses can...
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    Re: 21 old perfume recommendation

    ^ Yep. I don't know what it is about it. Sorcery.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 29th March, 2017

    Sote:

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    Re: Best Rhubarb Fragrances

    May I ask how you acquired a bottle or decant of this one? It looks super interesting, but as far as I can tell it's only available in Europe, and it's pricey. And I don't see decants or samples via...
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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Azzaro Pour Homme - the newer version in the refillable bottle. I have the previous iteration and love it, and understand they've made some good changes with this one. Good to have a backup!

    Also,...
  13. Re: which of these scents is better for signature and compliments

    ^ I'd contend that Grey Vetiver and Kouros weren't "peculiar" suggestions to begin with.

    Kouros is one of the bestselling fragrances ever for a very good reason. It's magic with a light...
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    Re: Best Rhubarb Fragrances

    YSL Live Jazz :)
  15. Re: My wife loves Bleu de Chanel, Green Irish Tweed etc.

    Just to get a better sense, are those the only 3 you own, and your wife likes all 3, or are there others she hasn't reacted so positively to?

    I ask because because there are very few scents my...
  16. Thread: Lddm?

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: Lddm?

    I don't see it as a great blind buy unless you're really certain you like strong spice and incense.

    I respect it and find it to be a fascinating and well-made scent, but have a really hard time...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 29th March, 2017

    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
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    Re: Finally tried Bleu de Chanel

    It's amazing how perceptions of scents evolve over time. I remember when Bleue was first launched, the reaction ranged from "meh" to "Chanel is dead", with a minority of dissenters who really liked...
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    Re: Channel Fragrance

    ^ and while we're at it, Bois de Iles is pretty much my sandalwood holy grail, so check that out, too.
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    Re: Looking for a perfume from 10 years ago

    Versace Green Jeans? You'd remember the bottle if this was it.

    Now discontinued and rather pricey.

    Do you remember what store (if any) you smelled it in?
  21. Re: Is it me? Has Acqua di Parma gone uber synthetic?

    I'm not very familiar with the Mediterraneo releases, but if this is true of the original (I haven't sniffed a newer bottle recently), it's sad day indeed. Love that citrus/floral zing!
  22. Re: which of these scents is better for signature and compliments

    Another thought: if it's compliments you're after, look into Dior Sauvage.

    It's controversial around here, but good lord does it attract compliments. After all the hubbub, I'm giving it a full...
  23. Re: which of these scents is better for signature and compliments

    Yep, Issey by a long shot.
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    Re: Live Jazz vs Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme

    Agree, and it's so unique with that rhubarb/cilantro/mint/grapefruit thing on top, which persists a surprisingly long time. Very niche-like. I see why it didn't sell terribly well for YSL. Definitely...
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    Re: Channel Fragrance

    Good advice...I didn't really take into account that all the Chanels I've bought on Ebay recently have been vintage, or decants from reputable sellers.
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    Re: Live Jazz vs Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme

    I can't recall ever seeing it in a store, and it was extremely cheap online. YSL must not have been making any money on it at all.

    Several years back it was on sale for $3 (!!) per bottle for a...
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    Re: Channel Fragrance

    I've never had a performance issue with Chanel. Given your spring/summer preference, I'd suggested Allure Homme Edition Blanche.

    Also, as far as I know, Chanel is pretty tight about releasing...
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    Re: Live Jazz vs Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme

    Well, obviously I'm going to say Live Jazz.

    Bulgari PH (not Extreme) is also one of my favorites. I'm not quite as fond of Extreme.

    PS are thinking of buying Live Jazz, and if so, have you...
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    Re: Vetiver fragrance

    I think part of the problem is that vetivers are somewhat utilitarian and austere to begin with, and tend to be pretty linear. To me anyway, the olfactory spectrum of vetivers is less broad than,...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 28th March, 2017

    Dior Sauvage

    First ever full wear.
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    Re: BNers with similar "nose" like yours

    Having given this a little more thought (and having lightly stalked a few wardrobes)...I have quite a bit in common with Bavard, epapsiou, trauerkraut and freewheelingvagabond. I'm sure there are...
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    Re: Vetiver fragrance

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver are excellent and very easy to find.
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    Re: BNers with similar "nose" like yours

    A have an affinity for underrated cheapies, so from perspective, Bigsly.

    Otherwise, I do really enjoy reading the reviews of the folks referenced above (we really have some great reviewers on BN),...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 27th March, 2017

    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    (vintage-ish, in the tin can)
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    Re: Need a new niche house to explore

    I see L'Artisan as a good next step from Creed. Unique but approachable, and generally very good quality. Lots of variety to sift through.

    I'm also partial to the Hermessence line.

    Heely is a...
  36. Re: Baldessarini by Hugo Boss Vs Baldessarini by Baldessarini

    Which was the first one and when did the switch happen? Now I'm starting to doubt which one I owned! I bought it in probably 2006-7, but have no idea when it was actually produced.
  37. Re: What if they said Jean-Claude Ellena created 1 Million Jean Paul Guerl created Diesel Fuel for L

    Love this post. With many "thematic" perfumers, e.g. Douchaufour or Ellena, my cynical side just starts to see new topnotes thrown at a proven marketable base formula in order to (nominally) fulfill...
  38. Re: Baldessarini by Hugo Boss Vs Baldessarini by Baldessarini

    So...I didn't know they were 2 different scents. It might have just been a label change, with no reformulation involved, but others might know better than me. I used to own the one labelled...
  39. Re: Thoughts on John Varvatos and John Varvatos Artisan?

    Both very pleasant, and I particularly enjoy the original. Been awhile since I sniffed it!
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 24th March, 2017

    Pierre Cardin Pour Homme.

    Cheap, warm and good on a snowy day.
  41. Re: Super cheap scents that smell absolutely horrible - your list.

    Thems fightin' words!

    Zino is one of my all time favorites. I also rather like Individuel. Then again, I also came to the defense of poor old Grey Flannel. Apparently I have a contrarian sniffer....
  42. Re: Super cheap scents that smell absolutely horrible - your list.

    You know, I'm starting to come around to the dark side with Aramis as well. An interesting composition, yes, but I feel like I went out of my way to convince myself that I liked it in my earlier days...
  43. Re: Super cheap scents that smell absolutely horrible - your list.

    I feel you. The Flan gets no respect!

    Burberry The Beat. Pepper water (mostly water).
    Oscar for Men.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 23rd March, 2017

    The sadly discontinued

    Guerlain Coriolan
  45. Re: What if they said Jean-Claude Ellena created 1 Million Jean Paul Guerl created Diesel Fuel for L

    This.

    I might look up the perfumer in rare cases of true love, and sometimes I just remotely know who it is in the background (via reading these forums), but it's never preemptive deciding...
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    Re: Does nothing smell like Amouage Epic Man?

    Pascal Morabito Or Black...kind of sort of maybe, if you toned down the incense?

    Or Black is one of those scents that's complex enough to remind you of a many other scents depending on your frame...
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    Re: Hermes Vetiver Tonka vs TDH

    Vetiver Tonka by enormous leaps and bounds.
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    Re: Prada amber for summer?

    Yes, definitely. It's one of my top warm weather scents.

    And per above, if you're wondering if you have a fake...I highly doubt this is a heavily faked scent based on relative popularity, so I...
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Men ought to offer roses.

    VIDEO
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017

    Comme Des Garcons - Series 3: Incense - Kyoto
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    Re: Five Letter Game

    Gadzooks, a red Byzantine inscription!

    LATER
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    Re: Best smelling and long lasting perfume

    So, this will be a bit of an expensive recommendation, but going strictly by the thread request, I would investigate fragrances in the amber realm. As a rule, amber-dominant scents last days if not...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

    Amouage Memoir Man
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 20th March, 2017

    Azzaro Pour Homme
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    Re: Scenting the men of Modern Family

    Heh, I love this show.

    Jay - 100% agree on Old Spice
    Phil - Mont Blanc Legend
    Manny - a vintage Bay Rum
    Luke - +1 Axe
    Cam - Dzing! (circus/clown AND barnyard components!)
    Mitchell - Gendarme
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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Chanel Antaeus - backup of the vintage
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    Re: 12 Bottles....1 for Each Month. Go!

    Jan - Aramis JHL
    Feb - Chanel Bois des Iles
    Mar - Guerlain Vetiver
    April - Cartier Declaration
    May - Diptyque Philosykos
    June - YSL Live Jazz
    July - L'Eau Bleue d'Issey Eau Fraiche
    Aug - Prada...
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    Re: Santal Noble Is Available Again!

    You guys are turning my world upside down here! I've heard so much griping about the new version that I accepted my fate. I'll have to get an experimental decant of the new version. I'm actually...
  59. Re: Any new babershop or nice old fashion fougere you have found lately??

    +1 Boy Chanel

    And the re-release of Fougere Royal is quite well composed. The database says its from 1882, and technically I suppose that when it was originally launched - but the re-released...
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    Re: Santal Noble Is Available Again!

    So sad what's happened to the once great Santal Noble. My decant of the vintage is down to its final beautiful drops, and I don't want to use it up, so I have to restrict myself to sniffing the cap....
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 17th March, 2017

    Comme des Garcons Incense Series 3:
    Ouarzazate
  62. Re: Masculine Masterpiece ?...Aquawoman Rochas

    I used to own Aquaman. Not sure if it's similar, but it was surprisingly good stuff - dry eucalyptus and kind of spicy herbs. I wish I'd held on to it! So, if you can't get hold of Aquawoman, you...
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    Re: Floral vetivers?

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    Thanks! It's from the Charles Wright song Express Yourself.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab4MsGoCjSs

    Also, since you mentioned the Lubin vetivers, I wore Itasca the other day for...
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    Re: Floral vetivers?

    L'Artisan Dzongkha (my SOTD!). Usually considered an incense, but I consider it more of a vetiver, accompanied by iris, peony and white smoke.

    +1 Prada Infusion de Vetiver
    +1 Sel De Vetiver
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 15th March, 2017

    Idole de Lubin EDP
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    Re: Spring scent for a guy (18yr)

    YSL L'Homme would be perfect. It's the scent I wish I had when I was 18 and just wanted to smell good without giving it too much thought. High quality, versatile, lightly sweetened, approachable and...
  67. Re: Creed Virgin Island Water VIW - Coconut intensive batch?

    I haven't smelled the recent formulation of VIW, but I generally agree that amping up the lime too much would make it much less attractive, if that's what happened.

    So...

    For those looking for...
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    Re: manly & powerful

    From the list, Jules or Polo.

    From off the list, Antaeus, Quorum, Bel Ami
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    Re: Finally a tie with Aventus

    I'll have to give another sample, but unfortunately, the first time around, I remember essentially thinking this (except I like Royal Oud a little better personally):
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 14th March, 2017

    Lubin Le Vetiver Itasca
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    Re: Notes you hate

    Nutmeg. It's not so much that I hate it per se, but I'm very sensitive to it, and even a small amount of it in most pyramids will cause it to dominate my perception of the scent.

    Tempted to say...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 13th March, 2017

    Chanel Antaeus (vintage 1980)
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    Re: Something different like Bleue D'issey?

    Yves Rocher's Cuir Vetiver immediately came to mind, but since you already have Encre Noir and TdH, and CV is kind of a mash up those two with some Vetiver Tonka thrown in...it might be unnecessary....
  74. Re: What do you think of Oud? What are top 5 Ouds?

    Honestly, Dior Leader Oud is the only one that's really spoken strongly to me...I don't typically love the note, but the barnyard characteristics really compliment the sharp/medicinal character of...
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    Re: Scents for a British summer.

    For some reason, British summer makes me think green vetiver, so:

    Creed Original Vetiver - straightforward grassy/green/soapy vetiver
    CdG Vettiveru - sheer, someonewhat incensy green vetiver
    Tom...
  76. Re: Where is everyone buying Midnight in Paris now?

    The prices on Ebay don't seem terribly inflated yet. I'm seeing $55-60 for 75ml. Stock up now!
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    Re: I always feel cheated by summer fragrances

    Philosykos. Green figgy coconutty summer relaxation in a bottle.
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    Re: Aramis Aramis - First thoughts

    It sounds likely that you're anosmic to some aspect of it - i.e. your nose might naturally "tune it out" after continuous exposure. The red flag is that you're not smelling it when applied to the...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 27th February, 2017

    Tom Ford Vert d'Encens
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    Re: Aramis Aramis - First thoughts

    Agree. I actually own them both and think Aramis is a fine scent, but I'd replace Bel Ami and let Aramis go.

    To the OP's point, with Aramis, I just feel like I have to wait a little too long for...
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    Re: Guerlain for beginners

    :confused: You can get 100ml on Ebay for $35.
  82. Re: Molinard - Exceptional Quality At An Incredible Price !!!

    Thanks for the heads up on an underappreciated house. I have to admit that other than Habanita, I wasn't familiar with any Molinard scents, and didn't realize they were still actively releasing new...
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    Re: Masterfully evocative

    Oh yeah, how could I leave out Philosykos? I had a fig tree in my yard growing up. Philosykos really really smells like eating a fig in that tree.
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    Re: Masterfully evocative

    Tauer's Lonestar Memories really smells like some kind of hunting shelter. I remember the first time I smelled it, I had recently returned from backpacking in the some pretty remote wilderness in New...
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    Re: Guerlain for beginners

    In terms of starting from the ground floor, I'd suggest starting with Jicky. You can really smell the connections to later classics like Shalimar, Habit Rouge. And, for being 100+ years old, it's...
  86. Re: What Are The Best Crowd-Pleasing Niche Scents For A University Student?

    Escentric Molecules Molecule 01.

    Iso e super and alcohol. It's absurdly expensive for what it is. Laymen seem to like it. The name is befitting an engineering student.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017

    Lancome Sagamore
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    Re: whats your go to gym fragrance?

    Someone at my gym used to douse himself in (I'm 95% sure) Michael Kors Michael for Men before workouts. Turned me off of the stuff for years, and I've only just started appreciating it again. In case...
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    Re: Tarragon, bad note?

    Givenchy Gentleman makes great use of tarragon as well. Love the herbal vibe it gives the opening!
  90. Re: Your Swiss Army knife niche (besides Aventus).

    Haven't seen many tobacco scents mentioned. Santa Maria Novella Tabacco Toscano qualifies for me. If Guerlain is niche, then Guerlain Vetiver.

    Otherwise, I agree with the recommendations given...
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    Re: Havnt figured out bleue dissey yet....

    L'Eau Bleue is one of the most unique mainstream designer scents of the 2000s, maybe ever, IMO.

    Somewhat flawed, yes, but conceptually amazing with that grassy/agricultural/herbal/spice/juniper...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 21st February, 2017

    Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Lavanda Ambrata
  93. Re: Settled on Dior Homme Cologne, But What About..

    Test Mugler Cologne first; it's not a home run. I find it obnoxiously strong, synthetic and cloying. A lot of people like it, but personally I'd stick with DHC.

    If it's a light, green and fresh...
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    Re: Boucheron Homme question

    If you're in it for the citrus, I don't think I'd suggest Boucheron Homme in the first place. After a brief and (to me) not that inspiring citrus opening, it's more of a sweet vanilla-floral to me. ...
  95. Thread: YSL Trench?

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: YSL Trench?

    Another description from Nieman Marcus:

    The trench coat travels through time without ever altering its original qualities. TRENCH embodies the piece's iconic elegance, provoking a discreetly...
  96. Re: You have 3 chances to convert someone in to a fraghead, which 3 scents do you let them smell?

    Interesting question! So much depends on the vibe I get from the person, their style, etc. My goal would be the demonstrate the breadth of fragrance experiences available, and show the depth of...
  97. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    Ohhh nice thread! I'm interpreting this as "cheap" in terms of not technically well composed.

    Aqua de Loewe
    Grey Flannel
    Dior Addict
    Oscar for Men
    Could make an argument for The Dreamer
    ...
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    Re: Owning too many fragrances?

    I'm in this camp, and I'm pretty strict about it - my main exception is when I see something at a truly jawdropping price, which I'm pretty certain I'll like - which doesn't happen all that often.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 15th February, 2017

    L'Artisan Dzongkha
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 15th February, 2017

    Chanel Bois des Iles
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