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    Re: Le Baiser Du Dragon...

    Do folks here still enjoy this one?

    I've been reading about it recently and would like to sample it.
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    [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Sale Thread

    Hi all!

    The following bottles are for sale.

    I ship to CONUS addresses using UPS (and therefore can't ship to PO boxes). For totals under $30, please add $5 for shipping.

    BENTLEY for Men...
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    Re: Welcome our new moderator: Bavard!

    Cheers, Bavard!
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    Re: Vtg. Roger & Gallet 'Open'

    I've tried the current and it's very good.
  5. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    JUICY COUTURE
    DIRTY ENGLISH

    You gotta overspray this to get its character. Similar/same vetiver and cypress molecules from Encre Noire with boozy-sweet leather on top. Really fun.
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    Re: Why does DUA get so much hate?

    Look, Dua doesn't deserve any artistic/creative credit for cloning what they clone. But I also don't think it immoral to do what they do, and that's an important distinction.

    Cloning is lazy and...
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    Re: Un Jardin en Mediteranee

    I don't own it, but I do enjoy fig notes, and accordingly enjoyed this one when I sampled it within the past year.
  8. Re: Banana Republic Vintage Green: Blind-buy worthy?

    It is. And the Un Jardin is better.
  9. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    This is a fair assessment, I think.

    I don't think anyone is suggesting that the current Polo is *better* in quality than the vintage. Just that for the non-obsessives, it's probably good enough.
  10. Re: Banana Republic Vintage Green: Blind-buy worthy?

    I do think it develops nicely, but it's not revelatory.

    I haven't bought it myself, which says something. I'm not sure most Basenoters would find it essential, but I think it's a great option for...
  11. Re: Banana Republic Vintage Green: Blind-buy worthy?

    It's really nice. The kind of thing Dior Homme 2020 should have been.

    Neroli Woods and Oud Mosaic are the other highlights of the line.


    Then this will suit the bill.
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    Re: Dunhill Century (2018)

    They had a rough few years before Dunhill Icon. That raised the house's profile a bit, but I think they need to come out with another, widely distributed follow-up that folks can get behind.

    The...
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    Re: Anyone tried new Korres scents?

    I have had some mixed experiences with Korres.

    The first I tried, Blue Sage Lime Fir Wood (2015) struck me as a reasonably sturdy but conventional dark-woody aquatic.

    The second, Saffron...
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    Re: Why does DUA get so much hate?

    The idea of "intellectual property" as commodity is a relatively new one in human history, and I tend to think copyright and trademark law is far too expansive rather than not expansive enough. A...
  15. Re: Even the model for it couldnl't stand Brut

    Brut was the first fragrance I ever loved (as a young child, I liked it so much my grandfather bought me a bottle).
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    Re: Why does DUA get so much hate?

    As others have pointed out, the rise of clone houses are a response to fragrance houses effectively pricing folks out of the market. That said, clone houses aren't always a bargain. Dua is asking $55...
  17. Re: House of Givenchy - any love for these perfumes?

    I love Amarige.
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    Re: Azzaro Sport? Any info on this one?

    Eesh.
  19. Re: Banana Republic Icon 78 Vintage Green

    I like BR Vintage Green a lot, but I'm not sure what to recommend.

    The Un Jardin series is lovely.
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    Re: Bought Bvlgari Aqva today

    How close is Aqva Marine to Oud Minerale?
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    Re: Azzaro Sport? Any info on this one?

    The retro design is nifty.

    Everything old is new again.
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    I have both a vintage and current bottle of Cigar now and have done my best to compare them, and while there are differences, I think the above remarks (i.e. "pales in comparison") are hyperbolic....
  23. Re: Top niche every beginner should sample (follow up)

    Regardless of what I personally think of them, the following are all "reference" fragrances for contemporary genres/subgenres:

    Amouage Interlude Man
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
  24. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Cheers. I hope you enjoy it.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Héritage is a flawless composition.

    I just wish there was an EDC so I could get an even more aromatic interpretation of the composition.
  26. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    KORRES L'eau de Parfum 20 - Supposedly a dark, woody rose with a whiskey note. I've been impressed by some Korres offerings so this caught my eye.

    S.T. DUPONT Perfect Tobacco - Finally found a...
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    Re: Chanel Sycamore EDP or...?

    Haven't tried the EDP. The EDT is gorgeous.

    Encre Noire à l'Extrême has a similar feeling but is more rough-edged.
  28. Re: This is my men's fragrance plan. How can I make it better?

    Worth a shot!


    We'll always have Oud Malaki.
  29. Re: What's the EdT you prefer over an EdP?

    In some cases, the original might be just a rough draft...
  30. Re: This is my men's fragrance plan. How can I make it better?

    If that's all you get from Lalique Lion, no wonder you're unimpressed, but there's a reason plenty of good folks on here respect it! Are you trying the EDT or EDP?

    If it's the latter, something's...
  31. Re: This is my men's fragrance plan. How can I make it better?

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e7/95/d3/e795d3bfaa35b8843bf27b83e65a111d.gif

    Bois du Portugal is more complex and a bit more natural, but it also has some sharp edges. Lalique pour Homme EDP is...
  32. Re: This is my men's fragrance plan. How can I make it better?

    I prefer Lalique pour Homme EDP to Bois du Portugal.

    But I think Creed is out of the running regardless, since the OP said, "To save money, I just want to buy designer fragrances."
  33. Re: What's the EdT you prefer over an EdP?

    I'd be curious to see what you'd make of the Bentley given your strong dislike of Intense (EDP).

    The Bentley EDT is intensely boozy all the way through, with a fruitier opening and a greener,...
  34. Re: Mouchoir de Monsier by Guerlain questions

    Fragrances can change color when stored differently (even when split from the same initial source), so you can't use color as reliable guide on these matters.
  35. Re: What's the EdT you prefer over an EdP?

    Bentley for Men EDT
    Boucheron Jaïpur Homme EDT
    Dior Eau Sauvage EDT
    Guerlain Héritage EDT
    Guerlain L'Instant PH EDT
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    Re: Jicky-Shalimar Myth: Animalics

    Motive matters if you're going to accuse someone of lying.

    Wasser would know the details of the original formulation of these fragrances better than anyone on this forum. Unless there's some clear...
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    Re: Jicky-Shalimar Myth: Animalics

    I don't see what motivation Wasser would have for lying.
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    Re: Jicky-Shalimar Myth: Animalics

    An accord and the actual material itself aren't one and the same.
  39. [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread Returns

    Bump and new additions
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    Re: Jicky-Shalimar Myth: Animalics

    Interesting!
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    Re: Pasha de Cartier

    Yes.

    I revisited the vintage to see if I would change my mind about it, but I found it altogether unimpressive; everything great about Pasha is drowned out by gobs of oakmoss, which does less to...
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    Re: Creed Aventus was obviously made by...

    In an interview, Erwin Creed admitted "consulting" with Bourdon (with specific reference to Green Irish Tweed and Himalaya, I believe).

    I think the issue here is that Creed has already proven so...
  43. Re: Whats the most attractive lady's perfume to you? (Feerie appreciation & a thief's journal)

    Habanita... blecch. I don't get what y'all see in that blend of baby powder and rotting flowers.
  44. Re: The Perfume of Happiness: The most uplifting perfume ever made

    Tauer L'Eau
  45. Re: Whats the most attractive lady's perfume to you? (Feerie appreciation & a thief's journal)

    Goutal Un Matin d'Orage
    Guerlain Shalimar
    Tauer Au Coeur du Désert
    Tauer L'Eau
    Tom Ford Noir pour Femme
    Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
  46. Re: Trashy Fragrances Done Well - Appreciation Thread

    Ungaro III Oud - Halfway between a Tom Ford "man of mystery" leather perfume and an Andy Tauer "motor oil" leather perfume, this thing is a wild, niche-y creation put together on a drugstore perfume...
  47. Re: Oud in Hot Humidity Summer possible ?

    The oud note in Bvlgari Man Black Orient is of the synthetic variety, but the fragrance is dry enough to wear in heat without it becoming cloying.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    PASHA DE CARTIER

    I had tried the vintage stuff before and didn't love it, but I've been getting along with the current juice so well I thought I should try again.

    I stand by my prior assessment...
  49. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    I've already gotten one vintage Polo bottle with a diminished opening. I'm not gonna try again.

    The new-and-improved "stubby sprayer" formulation has a crispness to its opening that no vintage...
  50. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    And then they'd perhaps find it didn't smell exactly as they thought it might, given that a bottle that sat for 30 years is unlikely to be in the same condition it is new.

    The improved post-2018...
  51. Re: Anyone else not a fan of beast mode performance?

    I, for one, don't get the appeal of "beast mode" performance.

    Fragrances are more enjoyable when they come and go throughout the day, not when they entomb you.

    Additionally, long-lasting...
  52. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Given an unlimited budget and years of R&D probably get closer to the original formulation. But I'm sure the current formulation already took a decent amount of R&D.

    They could get closer, but...
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    Re: your favorite CHEAP fragrance

    Aramis Havana and Lalique pour Homme
  54. Re: Which Tom Ford beast performance are in 2020?

    I've not smelled any Tom Ford that gives 10 hours.
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    That's how my wife's newish bottle was initially. Now it's super rubbery.
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    It was discontinued. Probably because of the latest IFRA restrictions.
  57. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum 2017 and Beau de Jour Signature

    Beau de Jour is living up to its role as "Rive Gauche 2.0" by becoming the new Rorschach blot of fougeres. It resembles everything and nothing.
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    I've been on a Menardo sample quest lately. Nobody working today has a better handle on how to implement vanilla.

    Even her low-budget stuff (like Roma Uomo Cedro) still finds ways to incorporate a...
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    I try to be careful when suggesting anything about maceration or fragrances "opening up," but the present-day Bvlgari Black may need a little time to breathe to come into its own.

    The first few...
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    Re: Mancera Red Tobacco

    Mystery Tobacco is unique. A very "Tom Ford"-y take on tobacco (those dark synthwoods!) but without Tom Ford's usual "Get a load of this!" bombast; it's dark and dry with a nice cigar tobacco note....
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    Re: Mancera Red Tobacco

    I hate Red Tobacco, but it seems to be popular.
  62. Re: Obscure vintage masterpieces - what do you think they are?

    I think it's lovely.

    Alas, it's the one fragrance I own that my wife dislikes on me.
  63. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Not sure. My pre-2014 "Michael Kors" bottle is supposedly from 2013.
  64. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I have both the "vintage" versions (both the "Michael for Men" and one of the pre-2014 "Michael Kors for Men" bottles). I did a side by side and they smell essentially the same to me, for what it's...
  65. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Parfums Givenchy is the first version of the fragrance. This would've been an earlier bottle.
  66. Re: Looking For A Great *Designer* Coffee Cologne - Any Recommendations?

    O BOTICÁRIO
    COFFEE MAN

    Somewhat generic opening, but a killer mid and drydown. Earthy (i.e. mostly unsweetened and soil-like) cacao, coffee, and tobacco.
  67. Re: Your 2020 Summer Rotation Selections?

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
    An EDC with legs. Bitter orange and soapy florals.

    Aramis Havana
    A humid afternoon and evening in pre-Castro Cuba.

    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir
    Citrus and green...
  68. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    I'm contemptuous of the "luxury tax" in general.
  69. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I think the plastic lid looks cheaper on the 2014 bottles, but looks decent on my vintage bottles.
  70. Re: Suggestions for a good 'Suede' fragrance?

    It's well made, but Fumerie Turque is really weird in that "niche-y" sort of way, and is considerably more likely to inspire polarized responses than the likes of Chergui.
  71. Re: Guerlain Jicky is Disgusting, Horrible and Vile, OMG

    I'm no expert, but the real ambergris I'm acquainted with is hard to describe, since ambergris is unique, but kinda salty-metallic-luminous-breezy?
  72. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Not sure. What's the batch code on the bottle?
  73. Re: Guerlain Jicky is Disgusting, Horrible and Vile, OMG

    Real ambergris, like oud, has a variety of aromas and textures, some more animalic and some less so.
  74. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I like the bottle design.

    The faux-marble top, silver rim, heavy glass, and golden juice looks elegant, in that sort of "contemporary marble and steel table, probably purchased from Crate &...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    C A R O L I N A
    H E R R E R A
    F O R
    M E N
    (1991; mine is a 2006 bottle)

    My bottle is either opening up a bit since it got a few sprays, or context is shifting perception (or both), but with...
  76. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    I enjoy clothing and grooming, though I'm not obsessive about either and generally have contempt for the "designer upcharge" one has to pay for brand cachet (which does not come hand in hand with...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    A friend sent me the original formulation of Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade and, whoa, it's a full-bodied monster (somewhat removed from the current version, which is still a bold thing...
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    Re: Should I buy Aramis Aramis

    I suggested the OP would probably enjoy it based on the specific leanings of his wardrobe.

    As for me, while I've owned many Aramis bottles over the years, I've never owned the 1966 original or...
  79. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    Yeah, I don't know of an Eau Sauvage EDP!
  80. Re: Puig Quorum versus YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    Rive Gauche is the Rorschach inkblot of fougeres.

    That said, I can see what you're picking up on.
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    I think it's really nicely made, especially if you like sandalwood (and I do), but it's also the case that I ending up swapping out my bottle and haven't really missed it.

    It's destined to become...
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    It's 70% about woody, synthetic sandalwood. The other 30% is fir balsam, some light spices, and a little bit of sweetness in the base. It's mostly about creamy warmth rather than what I think of as...
  83. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I got mine secondhand from a Basenoter, so I didn't pay full price.

    The quality is there. I find it a little less versatile than Michael for Men, so I don't wear it as often.
  84. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    You would recognize the similarity right away.

    Frank No. 2 is like a very good Michael for Men flanker; it shares some DNA but goes its own way. Michael for Men: Los Angeles Nights.
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    Re: Should I buy Aramis Aramis

    Looking at your wardrobe, I don't think you'll find Aramis dated.

    (Keep in mind that Frenchy famously hates Aramis, so he's kinda biased against it.)
  86. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    There's no tobacco in Frank No. 2. They have a similar plum opening and overall vibe, but they're built around different notes.
  87. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Stubby sprayer:

    126427
  88. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    There isn't another tobacco scent like Michael for Men. Believe me, I've looked high and low.
  89. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Cheers. I can't take credit; ZC put it on my radar.
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    Re: ‘Uncle’ fragrances/aftershaves

    I would assume the term was synonymous with "dad cologne," which is to say a scent from either one or two generations prior to that of current generation of twentysomethings. Maybe the suggestion is...
  91. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    To build a brand well requires insight, patience, diligence, and luck.

    Michael Kors got greedy and became a midmarket department store designer churning out cheap clothes and watches, not unlike...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    I only know the current Cigar. I'll pick up a vintage (it's cheap enough and I do wear this one a lot) and do a side-by-side comparison.
  93. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    That would be the 2014 re-release.
  94. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    Just for the benefit of other readers, I'll say that I don't really agree with this take, and think that the current EDT's relationship to the vintage is clear.

    It's now a bit fresher, cleaner,...
  95. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It was a seamless relaunch. More of a Dior Homme 2020 situation.
  96. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    They even renamed the original at the end of its lifespan to "Michael Kors for Men" prior to the relaunch.
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    I've got enough to keep me wearing Michael Kors for a few years.
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    Then what similarity do you pick up between Ungaro III and Herrera for Men?

    To me, Herrera for Men is a metallic floral thing, ala Platinum Egoïste, with an herbal clove and tobacco drydown. Kind...
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    Does Ungaro III have that metallic floral thing going on?
  100. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Well, when Michael for Men was first produced, it was made by Givenchy for Michael Kors.
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