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  1. Re: What's Your Favourite Designer Scented Aftershave Balm?

    That's cleverly thought out. Well done.
    Regards,
    Renato
  2. Re: How many bottles of Gueralin Vetiver (or flankers) do you own?

    I have the original EDT from 20 years ago, and an EDC splash bottle from that period.
    Curiously, while the EDC is weaker in output than the EDT, it lasts about twice as long as the EDT on my skin.
    ...
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    LUCKY TIGER - Liquid Cream Shave.....

    ......... with Olive Fruit Oil, Caleendula and Chamomile.

    After reading on the box that Lucky Tiger was made in Milwaukee USA instead of somewhere in China, I bought a bottle two weeks ago from...
  4. Re: Gillette Body - Very Aggressive Cartridge Razor

    Thanks. I still haven't tried it elsewhere yet.
    The one obvious area where it should be better than a regular cartridge razor is the hair at the back of one's neck, in the week or weeks prior to a...
  5. Re: What's the most similar edt to Azzaro Chrome?

    Chrome Intense is closest to the original, but smells a bit different.
    Regards,
    Renato
  6. Re: Gillette Body - Very Aggressive Cartridge Razor

    Thanks, but I own about 12 good DE razors (Merkur, Jagger, Gillette, Ikon plus two others I can't remember), and seven or eight not so good cheap ones. After three or four years of enthusiastically...
  7. Gillette Body - Very Aggressive Cartridge Razor

    Wandering through the local supermarket, i noticed that they were clearing out Gillette Body cartridge razors at half price, and that the four pack replacement cartridiges were reduced from $20 to...
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    Re: Acqua di Gio Profumo

    I've never been able to smell anything much at all in ADG, and ADG Profumo is an extremely light scent to my nose - but at least I can smell something nice in it..

    And curiously, every aquatic...
  9. Re: What's Your Favourite Designer Scented Aftershave Balm?

    Thanks for the extra input Guys.

    When I first glanced at this forum, I didn't recognise this as one of my threads.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Bargains for Australians!

    Ozsales are having their slightly discounted niche scent sale again.
    https://www.ozsale.com.au/ItemsList.aspx?saleID=2fd8a8b2-09bb-4880-9116-69af22b6e236&ui=8&sc=1&c=1#Luxury+Fragrances

    Again,...
  11. Re: Microtouch SWITCHBLADE - Great for Eyebrows, Nose, Ears and Neck

    I hope you like it.
    I went and bought three more units today.
    When I go overseas it does the job of three units I have at home, two of which I used to leave behind and make do with what I had....
  12. Microtouch SWITCHBLADE - Great for Eyebrows, Nose, Ears and Neck

    In the past I posted threads here about the Philips micro-trimmer that was superior for trimming nose and ear hair compared to rotary units, and about the Vidal Sassoon trimmer that was great for...
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    Re: Deodorants with alcohol

    Had any luck with the bargain designer sticks?
    Regards,
    Renato
  14. Shaving Bargains At Harvey Norman Electrical

    I wandered into Harvey Norman today and bought four packs of Oscar Natural Skincare Toiletry bags, each containing 30ml Sensitive Shaving Oil and 150ml Sensitive Shaving Gel. Cost was $9 per bag, a...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thanks for the explanation. That was a good start.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Very interesting thanks.
    I've only ever used Beconase in the past from your list - and that was before I got into scents. I've mainly used tablets for hayfever since, and haven't noticed any effect...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thanks very much. I'm getting there.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Interesting how it took you so long to get over the effect of those medicines.
    Regards,
    Renato


    Thanks very much.
    Though I suspect that as others start having hung around here for as long as i...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    I'm kind of wondering - was it the back surgery that got you into scents, or the marvellous CK Obsession?
    If your physical therapy chap had worn Brut - would we ever have seen you here?
    Cheers,...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    You won your bet! Well done.

    Though I'm wondering if the anesthesia being from natural ingredients like morphine is less likely to cause the problem, than when it comes from synthetic ingredients...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thaanks.
    You are braver than me.
    Cheers,
    Renato



    I hope my surgeon didn't use any of that stuff because of my scent.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thanks very much - but I like to think of myself as an enthusiast.
    Surely, I'm not that unusual with respect to scent usage.
    Cheers,
    Renato


    Interesting. A month is a very long time....
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thanks for your good wishes.
    Yes, I think enjoying scents is a sign of good health.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thanks a lot.

    Interesting your perspective on F Ferragamo - I can hardly smell it.

    I'd have thought Polo Double Black to be on the loudish side, though the other two are more subtle and would...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Thanks, as soon as I was over my affliction, I was back to my regular six sprays of any scent I wore.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    No, even though the Fentanyl made me nauseous and I hardly ate anything for the next four days, I didn't hate the smell of the food that was brought to me.

    When a nurse was next to me wearing...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    I actually posted here about ten years ago where I wore Bvlgari Homme for my then surgery.
    Notice how I go for subtle scents, so as not to affect the surgeon.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Oh - you've reminded me - I didn't like food much either after that. I didn't eat anything much for the next four days.
    Glad you recovered.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Yes I am, thanks very much.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    The Day I HATED All Scents.

    Hi Everyone,
    Well, it's been written about here in the past in relation to what some people had heard, but I never thought it would actually happen to me.

    Just over a month ago I...
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    Re: Australian subscription service

    Interesting thanks.
    Any idea how many millitres are in each sample?
    I can't find a quantity written anywhere.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Deodorants with alcohol

    I wouldn't spend big on designer deodorant sticks, and I've never bought full price ones. Most of my designer ones either came in a gift set, or I paid A$5 for them when they were on sale - though...
  33. Re: So-called 'classic' fragrances that are still in circulation that should not be.

    Grey Flannel was the scent that immediately came to my mind when I saw this thread.
    I sometimes wonder if it should ever have been in circulation.
    That said, to my nose it's sort of not too bad...
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    Re: Deodorants with alcohol

    The old Dolce and Gabbana deodorant stick was soft (unlike all the hard non-alcohol ones), and its scent was about half the strength of the EDT - I've got three of these.
    I agree with you, the old...
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    Re: Just a Heads Up - Avoid This

    I posted at Badger and Blade about five years ago that this one wasn't much good. Thanks for the reminder.
    Regards,
    Renato
  36. Re: My Secretions Magnifiques story (with a little extra)

    Your post is very reminiscent of my post about this horrible scent of some10 or 12 years ago. A slaughter house smells much better than this scent.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Bargains for Australians!

    If you like Tom Ford scents, then these bottles ranging from 50ml to 250ml to litre size may be of interest to you....
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    Re: Boss Bottled Oud - what a "surprise"

    If this is the same oud scent I tested in Abu Dhabi a year and a half ago, my thoughts then we're that it was very nice and interesting for about an hour or so, after which it reverted to smelling...
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    Re: Emporio Armani He/ Lui / Il

    Sorry for the tardy reply.
    It doesn't matter what those notes say. I perceive it as mossy green. If you come across Michael Edward's fragrance recommendation suggestor at various sites, you will...
  40. Re: NEW : Joop! Homme Red King & Joop!Homme Black King

    I wasn't fond of either of them.
    To my nose, all the other Joop Homme flankers I've tried have been better.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Kiton men VS Hommage L'homme

    Kiton Men - my secret weapon that landed me my wife-to-be 14 years ago.
    She did not have a chance.
    Regards
    Renato
  42. Re: I received some extremely bad news that I'd like to share with my Basenotes family.

    I am really sorry to hear about this shocking misfortune which has befallen you Richard.
    I wish you all the best.
    Regards,
    Renato
  43. Thread: Chrome Intense

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    Re: Chrome Intense

    Chrome Intense isn't as potent or long lasting as my bottles of Chrome - but I bought them a long time ago.
    That said, Chrome Intense seems to have pretty standard lasting power and strength.
    Sad...
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    Re: Talcuum powder - any use?

    Fascinating, thanks.

    If i want the smell of talcum powder, I find I get it even more strongly and more long lasting by just applying Royal Copenhagen EDT.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Rive Gauche Pour Homme wearers:

    One note (I don't know which) is sharper in the original, but nowhere near as sharp in the next version.
    Otherwise, I find it very difficult to tell the two apart.

    Yet that slightest of...
  46. Thread: Downsizing to 5

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    Re: Downsizing to 5

    I've smelled Royal Water which was unisex in a tester, and Royal Water which was way too feminine in the bottle I bought on-line (I had to give it to my wife, it was way too girly for me).
    SMW is...
  47. Thread: I'm off soap!

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    Re: I'm off soap!

    Soap bars do a pretty good job of washing dirt off.
    And they do a good job of getting suntan lotion off.
    When I've used milder soap like Dove to wash suntan lotion off - it didn't work very well.
    ...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne discontinued

    There is nothing masculine in Mugler's Cologne to my nose.
    I've never been able to see what the great attraction of it is to guys, whereas it is pretty obvious to me why guys would like the more...
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    Re: Bargains for Australians!

    That is definitely a bargain!

    You've no doubt seen my post on the main board "Rive Gauche PH Gets The Darndest Reactions",
    I haven't been game to wear it to the beach since.

    Might be worth a...
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    Re: Where can I get some vintage Joop! Wow! ?

    Can you make out the batch numbers for Friday's and Tuesday's bottles?
    It might help clarify matters.
    Also check for variations in printing on the boxes and the bottles.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Bargains for Australians!

    I think the L'Artisan ones are probably the best value ones at their sale.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Bargains for Australians!

    I think they all smell pretty good, though a bit lacking in the projection I like (requires quite some over-spraying).
    Regards,
    Renato

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    Amount spent has now exceeded...
  53. Re: What happened when you discovered "old man" scents?

    Mennen Skin Bracer (1934), and Old Spice (1937) are plainly really old (if not deceased) men's scents which I've used often in the past, and still do occasionally.

    But they don't smell in any way...
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    Re: Shaving Oils - Does anyone like them?

    Thanks. but you are referring to pre-shave oil rather than shaving oils, which are used solely by themselves, without shave soap or cream.
    Regards,
    Renato
  55. Thread: Rochas Lui

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    Re: Rochas Lui

    It's a fine scent - but to me not worth paying US$135 a bottle.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: A Question About Aramis

    Tuscany is good, but doesn't last as long with strength on me as much as the other two do.
    Try get soem sprayed on your wrist and time its longevity on your skin.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Best way to store for long term preservation?

    In an interview here many years ago, famous perfume reviewer Michael Edwards said he stored all his scents upside down (or rightside up, if the scent had the sprayer at the bottom - like Rochas Man)....
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    Re: Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    Yes, he was the first to alert us to how Rive Gauche PH has a very pronounced effect on some women.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    I didn't know there was a difference between the bottles till three years ago when I posted a thread about Rive Gauche PH, and on the second page of responses, there was a post containing a picture...
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    Re: Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    It is only "vintage" if the back of the can at the bottom says
    YvesStLaurant
    Parfum

    If the "Parfum" is missing, then it is the first reformulation of the scent.

    Regards,
    Renato
  61. Re: how many sprays are needed for ck one shock for men

    If you don't use at least six sprays, then you send out the clear message that you don't want anyone to notice you.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Shaving Oils - Does anyone like them?

    True, the ad says "This product may be used as a prep under a shaving cream or gel."
    But that is not the primary mode of usage described earlier in the piece. To my mind, using it as a prep with...
  63. Re: Scented shaving creams/soaps - anyone use them or not ?

    To my mind, the difference between applying scent to micro-nicks while shaving, and applying stronger scent to micro-nicks after shaving (in the form of aftershave splash and aftershave balm) is a...
  64. Re: Advice: If you've got to ask, don't blind buy it.

    Good points. I've never understood the need to ask here for advice on Blind Buying, unless one is after advice on specific aspects of the scent like longevity and sillage, or more subjective aspects...
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    Re: Loss of confidence

    I was just watching Trump's inauguration.
    I didn't see too many bald heads there - which I suspect means that like or not, the public don't generally vote for bald guys.

    Fairly similar state of...
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    Re: Shaving Oils - Does anyone like them?

    I just read the bottles of my King of Shaves oil, my Somerset shaving oil, and my Oscar oil. All say to wet the face with warm water, apply some drops of oils, and to shave. The Somerset one says for...
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    Re: Shaving Oils - Does anyone like them?

    Like many other responders to this thread, you are talking about Pre-Shave Oils rather than shaving oils - which are used solely by themselves for shaving, as specified in the instructions on the...
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    Re: Loss of confidence

    Act Now!

    Get a hair transplant before your hair falls out, and no one will ever notice.

    Why go bald when you don't have to?

    Why be stingy on spending money on yourself?

    And look at the...
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    Re: The Razorpit and Similar Razor Cleaners.

    Good to hear that you found it very useful.

    The main problem with the Razorpit is that some people don't read the instructions - namely use it after each shave to clean the cartridge razor, and...
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    Re: Shaving Oils - Does anyone like them?

    Oddly enough I pulled out my tube of Menscience a few weeks back and have been using it most days since. The feel in using it is nothing like that shaving oils, but you are right - menscience doesn't...
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    Re: What's the most recent "landmark" fragrance?

    To me a landmark scent would be one which started off a trend or style that took off and was emulated by others wanting to join in on the trend.
    So i don't see Kouros, Egoiste and Green Irish Tweed...
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    Re: Melbourne to Gold Coast

    You can leave it in either checked or carry-on luggage.
    On an international flight, for carry-on, you'd have to keep it in the plastic zip-lock bag for liquids.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Donald Trump builds his fragrance Empire

    The extremely positive reviews of Empire at the Directory and at Fragrantica made me want to buy a bottle of it.
    But I can't find a bottle of it in Australia, which is most annoying.
    Regards,...
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    Re: Donald Trump builds his fragrance Empire

    Interesting that they affect you that way.
    My mother always used to have Cyclamens around. And my wife always has quite a few around the house too (she brings them inside when they flower, leaves...
  75. So - If Australia Post Prohibit Shipping Any Scents Then........

    ...... How come when one places an order at Fragrancenet in the USA, shipping winds up being in part through Australia Post with an Australia Post tracking number? That's the only option given at the...
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    Re: Donald Trump builds his fragrance Empire

    I wonder if anyone over at Perfumania now feels silly or has been fired after destroying Trump's fragrance empire back in mid 2015?...
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    Re: Donald Trump builds his fragrance Empire

    Cyclamen are very nice flowers.
    Regards,
    Renato
  78. Re: Alcohol & Chemical Free Fragrances?? And smells like book pages and a hint of rose?

    I have a cousin who can't handle most fragrances, but she can handle the Colonia type scents, like the Aqua Di Parma ones and also Annick Goutal's Eau De Hadrian (they're all unisex). Other...
  79. Re: Caribbean Joe EDT - Closest to GIT I've Smelled.

    I agree. I think Aspen is the more "budget smelling".
    Regards,
    Renato
  80. Re: Caribbean Joe EDT - Closest to GIT I've Smelled.

    I wish I knew what Mojito is meant to smell like. It's not that common down here in Australia, but quite by coincidence I bought a bottle of Mojito mix some six months ago (it was on clearance). When...
  81. Re: Caribbean Joe EDT - Closest to GIT I've Smelled.

    Thanks. I haven't seen those two. so look forward to your comparison.
    Regards,
    Renato
  82. Re: Caribbean Joe EDT - Closest to GIT I've Smelled.

    I suspect it was a scent that was initially made to be sold at a higher price, which didn't do well.
    Let's face it - if one sees "Caribbean" in the name, one testing it would expect something fruity...
  83. Thread: Joop Homme Wild

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    Re: Joop Homme Wild

    I think it is an excellent oriental Rum scent.
    I must admit that I wasn't enthused from initial wrist testing, but it grew very quickly on me in the wearing.

    I thought it odd that it wasn't more...
  84. Re: Caribbean Joe EDT - Closest to GIT I've Smelled.

    Caribbean Joe seems to have had a few other women's scents out as a house, but the bottle I've got is listed as "Caribbean Joe for Him" in the Basenotes Directory, and "Caribbean Joe for Men" at...
  85. Caribbean Joe EDT - Closest to GIT I've Smelled.

    I got my bottle of Caribbean Joe EDT the other day, and my immediate reaction was that it smelled like Aspen.

    But today I compared it on my hands with Aspen and Green Irish Tweed.
    To my nose, it...
  86. Thread: Vacation time

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    Re: Vacation time

    I get one of my smaller toiletry bags, to which I add a sheet of bubble wrap inside, and put 7,8 or 9 smaller bottles into it, with the bubble wrap snaking around them, till it is completely full....
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    Re: what do you think of aramis?

    I still really like Aramis - but have a hard time being able to wear it. My wife dislikes it intensely, I gave a small bottle to my nephews who said it was horrible and gave it back (they think it's...
  88. Re: Do you ever think about how long a bottle will last you? *STATS INSIDE*

    Thanks, but where you have used 15 sprays per millitre. I have only ever gotten that from the sprayers of 30 and 20ml bottles.

    More typical is 8 to 12 sprays per millitre, where the 8 sprays was...
  89. Thread: The Dreamer

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    Re: The Dreamer

    Alien and Dreamer's openings both attack the back of my sinuses in a similar manner. But they aren't alike to my nose.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: NEW: Azzaro Flanker - Chrome Pure!

    They sold them as travel packs with four 20ml bottles of Chrome per pack.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: NEW: Azzaro Flanker - Chrome Pure!

    Ah - so there is still hope that Pure may rival Chrome's performance.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: NEW: Azzaro Flanker - Chrome Pure!

    Well, it's only 18C (64F) today in our erratic Melbourne summer. I last wore Chrome on Christmas day when it was 38C(100F).

    I still have two 100ml bottles and four 20ml bottles, having used up a...
  93. Re: Kouros: Tonique & Tattoo.. The same juice? Or different?

    Kouros only works well on me as a summer scent. It is so fresh that I don't like it as a cool weather scent.

    I do own '"Kouros Cologne Sport Eau d'Ete Summer Fragrance", and "Kouros Eau d'Ete...
  94. Thread: Best face scrub

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    Re: Best face scrub

    Thanks - I'm quite astounded by those instructions.
    The other manufacturers say to use the scrub every few days, and use their gentle face washes instead on other days.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: NEW: Azzaro Flanker - Chrome Pure!

    As I was reading this thread, I was hoping that maybe - just maybe - there would be a Chrome Flanker that was better than the original, of which I own two big bottles and six little ones, and four...
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    Re: Your favourite Burberry fragrance?

    I've smelled them all, and own a few.
    Weekend Burberry is still my favourite - with six or eight sprays.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Which one, among these 5?

    I really don't think much of Invictus - pretty much a nothing scent to my nose - so I've never considered buying it.
    On the other hand, a female friend thinks it is hands down the sexiest scent...
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    Re: any point in reading reviews?

    The way to make reviews useful is to find people and reviewers with similar tastes to yours.
    Recheck the reviews of Silver and Icon, and note who seemed to think the same as you.
    Write down their...
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    Re: Crazy thing...........Stash by SJP

    I checked Stash out today at a local Chemist selling testers of Stash for A$30 (US$22.5) a bottle.

    It is certainly not your typical girly scent, though I'm not sure it is really unisex.
    I...
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    Re: -Your Most Worn Of 2016-

    The scent I've easily worn most this year is Zirh Ikon Pure - mainly because it is in the one of our bathrooms where I put on face sunscreen, before going to the beach. Since it is there next to the...
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