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    Re: Suggestions for my GF and I

    Ha ha. Good call. I do have Guerlain Vetiver, and we're both fond of vetiver in general. I've tried GG, and find it in the middle range of decent myself, but she's apparently sensitive to civet...
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    Suggestions for my GF and I

    It's been quite a while since I've even been frag shopping, but the holidays are coming up so...

    When my girlfriend and I first got together, she hated fragrances. Or so she thought. Turns out...
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    Re: I'm a cologne addict with mild anosmia

    I have unilateral anosmia... didn't even know such a thing was possible at one point. *heh*

    In addition to messing with my sense of smell, it's done a number on my sense of taste. The fam has to...
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    Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    I just picked it up at Macy's. They only had two left... I'm behaving myself financially, so I just got the one. I might have to go back on that decision and go grab the other one -- It's the real...
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    Re: Recommendation for my GF

    I've been suspecting the galb--anum. Though with her preferences along the men's offerings I've trotted out, I'm wondering if it isn't the animalic notes.

    (I should strap on some Yatagan and find...
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    Re: Recommendation for my GF

    Appreciate the suggestions. I'm note entirely convinced 'Light' is a factor -- The stuff she likes on ME are the juices I'd consider heaviest in my wardrobe: Antaeus, Gucci PH, Visit, Quorum. ...
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    Re: Recommendation for my GF

    She got pretty well entranced by Chanel #19 (And then jokingly went on to say the key quality must be that the juice in question needs to be discontinued and/or notoriously difficult to actually...
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    Re: A Barbershoppy Fougere... For Summer?

    Throw in yet another vote for the Ferns, though I have trouble getting much longevity out of them. (They seem pretty linear, if I'm remembering correctly - Could be olfactory fatigue, too.)
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    Re: Common Thread in These Scents?

    I tried Kouros, and it was a 'Yes, but...'

    Appealing, but thought it would start to grate on her after a while. It doesn't help that we live in San Antonio. Those dirty animalic notes can get...
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    Re: Common Thread in These Scents?

    It strikes me odd that she likes such traditionally 'Powerhose' fragrances (Antaeus, Quorum, etc) when she's sensitive to frags in general. But, hey, sense of smell is a pretty bizarre inexplicable...
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    Common Thread in These Scents?

    So:

    My girlfriend is notoriously particular about what she likes in fragrance. This is a huge step forward, as when we first met, she was pretty vehemently against fragrances as a rule. This...
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    Recommendation for my GF

    Hello,

    So, it so happens that my girlfriend has a rather sensitive sense of smell, and as a result has over the years decided that she doesn't like fragrances (Hardly blame her, as people have a...
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    Re: Best "Mall Store" scent?

    My local mall has me usually heading directly for the L'Occitane shop.
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    Re: Lone wolf frags with no peer

    As for what's similar to Kouros: Creed Orange Spice.

    For my Unique Scent Offering: I haven't found anything that comes quite close to Maestrale.
  15. Re: Basenotes March Madness (BMM) - Five Slots Remaining!

    See if I can't think of a 'Dark Horse' type...

    Quorum!
  16. Re: Strongest Bottles? Most Fragile Bottles? What have you dropped?

    I recently had the profoundly stupid experience of trying to open a Bond No.9 sample with my teeth. Crunch, blood. Fun!

    Meanwhile, I'm thinking you could off Mr. Green in the Study with the...
  17. Re: The way to get your coworkers to smell good is...

    Scents at work is something of a shocker, with myself included.

    'Course, I spend all day working with raging asthmatic babies. :D
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    Re: Creed samples. Ick.

    Hah. My girlfriend recently went 'Blah' on some Creed samples a SA foisted on me. I think it was Love in Black and Spring Flower... I'm not familiar with either, but her review of them ran along...
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    Re: Accidental Layering

    I had an interesting event with Guerlain Vetiver + Mare.
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    Re: Time to choose some drugstore fragrances!

    I'm not sure if it counts, but my standing favorite citrusy (junipery, grassy, piney) bargain basement fragrance is Bowling Green.

    Might not find it in a drug store, but you can still track it...
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    Re: Creed News I just heard

    Cypres-Musc? Nooooooooooo!

    Okay, folks... here's the official beginning of my, 'What's similar to Cypres-Musc' quest.
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    Re: Creed Bois de Portugal

    Heh. From notes and comparisons, I thought the same. Ended up with a sample -- Didn't really care for it.

    Do agree with the Heritage similarity, though. (And, oddly enough, I LIKE Heritage.)
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    Re: Burr gives I Am King by Sean John three stars

    Meanwhile, in other IAK News...

    Is it still supposed to be a Macy's exclusive? I saw it rather prominently displayed at my local Favorite Store, K&G (For those unfamiliar, it's a discount outlet...
  24. Thread: Erolfa

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    Re: Erolfa

    Heh, I was all stoked for the content of this thread as I'm a Diehard Erolfa Addict. (As is, probably more importantly, my girlfriend.)

    So, what... now that the question's answered do we have to...
  25. Re: If you already have .....X (fragrance)....you don't really need ....Y.....!

    "If I like Green Valley....what might I like?"

    Many people have said Fahrenheit but I wasn't convinced by the comparison. More closely, I'd think first of Kiton Men.
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    Re: Burr gives I Am King by Sean John three stars

    I gave IAK a test drive a little while back at Macy's. Developed a pretty healthy dislike for it (Though I disagree with an earlier post saying it was another Creed Clone). Pretty much just...
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    Re: Creed. Is there one for me?

    I'd second Original Santal... (It's not really my thing, but it's the first one I thought of when reading your prefs.
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    Re: Chanel antaeus for 90 dollars

    Big rip. You can walk into Saks and get a new bottle retail for 70-ish.
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    Latest Samples: Roots & Waves

    I've been on a hunt to try and merge a couple of my olfactory favorites: Marines and Vetivers.

    Sort of hit or miss, but my latest batch of samples included: Fougeres Marines, Acqua di Sale, Sel...
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    Re: Which are your favourite women frags?

    Mare was always stellar on my ex. As was Champs-Elyssees.
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    Re: Antaeus/VanCleef PH/Trussardi

    Another Antaeus vote for me. I have a 10mL decant that I'm currently scraping bottom with, looking to get a bottle. Trussardi Uomo I didn't care for, traded away soon after picking it up. Haven't...
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    Happy Random Layers

    So, as of late I've been on a quest to meld my two current warm weather loves: Vetiver scents and Marine scents. Naturally, when I walk into any given retail and inquire about something that would...
  33. Re: Honored fragrances you're just not impressed with...

    Bois de Portugal: Really wanted to like it, but pfeh.

    Rochas Man: Sweet to the point of random nausea.

    The Dreamer: I think I just do not wear vanilla well.

    Terre D'Hermes: Not as big an...
  34. Re: Frags hated by many BNers that you like, and why.

    Put me in for a couple of Puig's creations. I'll see your Quorum and raise you an Agua Brava.

    On the other side of the BN Popularity fence, I do NOT care for L'Anarchiste.
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    Re: Some thoughts on Creed's Cyprès-Musc

    I'll pile on for this one. CM and Erolfa are my top Creeds.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - The Headache inducer

    It might just be my bottle, but with the sprayer I have on my bottle of GV, five full sprays would have the stuff puddling around my feet. Similar issue with Creed spritzers, they just hose you...
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    Re: 2K9 Recommendation

    Yeah, I'm thinking 'powdery' more in terms of a scent 'texture' than any specific smell... It could just be the combination rose note with a 'dry' texture from the oud note, hard to say for certain.
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    Re: 2K9 Recommendation

    I'm starting to think Rose just isn't my thing. That could very well be the 'Hate' part of my love/hate with Black Aoud, as I'm thinking specifically of a similar experience with Trussardi Uomo. I...
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    Re: Arisen From the Graveyard!

    Kouros went this way for me. My first sampling of it was, "What the HELL?!" borderline offensive reaction. Now I love it.
  40. Re: What is the most amazing, strange, or most beautiful fragrance you have ever smel

    A few that leap to mind (Though probably with a key focus on 'Strange', with varying notes of Amazing and/or Beautiful... certainly stand-out different).

    Maestrale
    Cumming
    L'Anarchiste
    Black...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver pour homme

    I'll pile on. GV is one of the few 'Must Always Have' members of my wardrobe. From the bright citrus top to the dirty and unending grass 'n tobacco base.

    Now that it's mentioned, I can kind of...
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    Re: 2K9 Recommendation

    Yeah, I'd say Maestrale is a lock to revisit my cabinet. Trying to expand a bit from what I already know and get a batch of samples, too.

    From a ton of searches I've picked up a ton of ideas...
    ...
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    Re: How important are compliments?

    Heh. My most-complimented fragrance by far is the one taking up the 'Generic Throw-Away Acquatic' slot in my wardrobe. I've had random women pursue me with the sole intent of finding out just what...
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    2K9 Recommendation

    Hi, 'noters.

    I haven't been around here for some time, but I was toying with the notion of shaking up my wardrobe a bit. Thought I'd pop in and invite the opinions of more educated noses before I...
  45. Thread: Nice Deal

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    Nice Deal

    I stumbled across (Literally, I was walking out of a restaurant after lunch and just saw this frag shop that I hadn't even noticed walking in. Apparently they'd JUST opened) a shop this afternoon. ...
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    Re: Wardrobe Appraisal / Recommends

    Thanks for the tips -- I do have decants of some of those mentioned:

    Gucci PH: I like it, but just don't seem to find myself reaching for it that often. It doesn't wear too well on me in the San...
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    Wardrobe Appraisal / Recommends

    It's that time of year again, heh. The eternal quest for a Holy Grail Scent.

    In any case, my wardrobe has become, in my opinion, fairly interesting. Meanwhile, it makes a good starting point for...
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    Re: Mitsouko and Jicky for Men

    Y'know, I never really found Mitsouko at all sweet despite the peach note. All spice and earth to my nose. It's not something I find wearable, but not for the reason that I find it too feminine.
    ...
  49. Re: Summer Fragrances for a Winter Fragrance Lover

    I think I'm going to just be piling on some 'Me Too', but as the weather's been heating up (It's already 90's and high humidity in San Antone) I've been sticking with Black Aoud and the occasional...
  50. L'Occitane The' Vert ( and Recent Shopping)

    This stuff is growing on me more than I expected it to. Anyway, I spent a good portion of the last week hanging out with my mom and her new dude (I think they actually got married, but to be honest...
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    Re: Most Versatile Creed

    I'll have to go with the rest of the OV promoters. Though I'll fess up and admit that I was sorely tempted to go with something more striking just to start an argument. Uh... Royal English Leather!
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    Poll: Re: Kouros: Can we ban all future threads on it?

    I've always found those, "We shouldn't allow this, that, or the other to be talked about" threads that regularly pop up on pretty much every message board -really- irritate me. In a 'smirk and go...
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    Prime 1 Outlets San Marcos?

    Apparently this place was voted the 'Third best place to shop in the world'. My mom's coming into town this week, and she'll be camping out around New Braunfels, so I figured we could take the quick...
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    Re: Neurology of Scent

    "It don't see how anyone could miss the rubber in Bvlgari Black. LOL! I require more information from you TravTex. Do you have some sort of nasal blockages? Did you say you have damage to neural...
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    Neurology of Scent

    I'm in a fairly rare position with regards to being a fragrance hobbyist. As an after-effect of random irrelevant health issues that would take too long to detail, I am an unilateral anosmic. ...
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    Re: Salvador Dali pour homme or L'anarchiste??

    How 'Same Cloth', would you say? I've been interested in Dali, though I ended up not caring for L'Anarchiste (Actually, big L'Anarchiste fans -- I have a 95+% bottle slowly tarnishing in my cabinet...
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    Re: Todays TJX buys

    SSSB is a fun frag, though it's a bit flash-in-the-pan as far as longevity goes.
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    Re: Creed Erolfa on Titanic?

    I fail to even see the point of the rumor. Advertising or no, true or no, I can't quite seem to see why anyone would care.

    People on the Titanic ALSO wore -clothes-... oooOOooooh. And they ate,...
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    Re: A Tale of Three Ferns

    "I am an oudh fan who also owns M7. But I didn't realize it had a trace of oudh until some Basenoters were discussing it. M7 has some smoke, nice warm woods and you can detect some oudh, true. Quite...
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    Re: What fragrance would Count Dracula wear?

    How about Tommy Bahama Set Sail Saint Bart's? Y'know, just to screw with everyone.

    How about the George Hamilton version of Dracula? Seemed like an 80's powerhouse sort of dude.

    Or what...
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    Re: Blind buy: great disappointments

    My most disappointing two were, "Hey, what a great deal!" blind buys... Luckily, that's a blind buy rule for me, so I can generally turn a slight profit instead of eating a big loss.

    *Green...
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    A Tale of Three Ferns

    Geo F Trumper Wild Fern: $56
    Crown Fougere: $65
    Penhaligon's English Fern: $70

    Might not be the best prices I can find any of the above for, but it's a good relative benchmark putting them all...
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    Re: TJX Raid - Anything worthwhile?

    Yeah, there are rare good finds there. They've just had a long run of not having anything to my tastes -- More problematic has been the lack of variety. I guess it saves me trips, not having to go...
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    Re: TJX Raid - Anything worthwhile?

    "Azzaro is one of life's essentials, isn't it?"

    Don't you mean, one of the es-SCENT-ials? (Everyone except the bad guy laughs for an inappropriately long time and Scooby goes, "Rooby rooby...
  65. Re: Do you ever smell other people wearing niche fragrances?

    I've a co-worker who is an Imperial devotee.
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    Re: Turnabout's fair play

    Strongest scent memory I have is of an ex when I was in my early twenties. Didn't usually wear any particular fragrance, just had a very distinctive sort of musky body scent that drove me Completely...
  67. Thread: Green!!!!

    by Travtex
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    Re: Green!!!!

    Trumper's Wild Fern is my current favorite green in terms of scent, though sniff it while it lasts, because it'll be gone in an hour.
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    Re: A scent which has....

    Sadly, Z Zegna. I did have Attractive Hostess Woman track me down in the restaurant to find out what I was wearing (Bulgari Aqva), recently.
  69. Thread: Geo's Fern

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    Re: Geo's Fern

    I don't care about the illusion of Fern or whatnot, I just adore Geo's Wild Fern and can't bring myself to actually buy a bottle because the longevity is horrid. Something semi-similar with at least...
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    Re: Yatagan: I've Smelled This Before

    Quorum was my first association with Yatagan. Especially in the middle notes before it starts picking up a bit of Da Funk from the base. Not dead-on, but there's a certain patchouli-based accord...
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    Investigating CdG. Suggestions?

    Looks like a broad range of popular scents to start delving into, so I'll just list off some likes and dislikes and see if ya'll can't help me narrow it down to a manageable list for sampling.
    ...
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    Re: Latest Batch-o-Samples

    Yeah, I noted in another thread that it's REAL fleeting on me. Hour or two, tops.
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    Re: Orange/orange blossom fragrance

    I'd have to go with affirming Eau D'Orange Verte, myself. Awesome orange scent. How about an obligatory Creed reference? Neroli Sauvage.
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    Hermes Monster Deal?

    I've spotted a bottle at the gas station/convenience store that I frequent after work... (Yes. I've resorted to browsing the local qwickie mart for frags.)

    I've become a bit averse to blind-buys,...
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    Re: A special event...

    Woot!

    I'm a lifelong martial artist, myself. Though I was only ever technically a 2nd degree in any particular art (Hapkido). After that I started branching out and experimenting, adding in...
  76. Thread: One Year Later

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    One Year Later

    Just noticed that I've been basenoting it for just over a year. Been quite an enjoyable year, in terms of this particular hobby (Even though I went completely anosmic for about two months of it,...
  77. Thread: Geo's Fern

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    Geo's Fern

    Of my latest batch of samples, my two favorites are Geo F. Trumper's Wild Fern and Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire.

    I'm taking this as an indicator that, for some reason or another, my tastes are...
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    Re: Latest Batch-o-Samples

    Yeah, I couldn't believe how swiftly it flitted away from my skin. Though, even if it'd hung around for longer, it would've been a 'Good' maybe designer-price purchase. Leaping through rings of...
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    Latest Batch-o-Samples

    As is the case more often that intuition might suggest, the one I was anticipating the most ended up pretty close to the bottom of the list.

    1. Havana: Now don't get me wrong, I do like the...
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    Re: GIT - Drives the Women Crazy

    Only two I've been complimented on with any real degree of enthusiasm...

    Heritage (This was a weird one. I'd tried to wash it off, and still had a near-incapacitated female patient tell me how...
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    Re: Hunting Next 'Big' Purchase

    Cumming's one of the few that have actually saddened me when I ran out of the sample (Maestrale and Erolfa being others). I'm pretty surprised I like it as much as I do -- I generally shun celebrity...
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    Re: A couple of Chanel questions.

    "Antaeus has absolutely nothing to share with citrus, basil or hedione that are the main notes of Eau sauvage. Antaeus is an earty, herbal and resinous patchouli with a floral hint. Definitely two...
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    Re: Hunting Next 'Big' Purchase

    Thanks, all.

    At the end of the first mini-spree I come away with...

    Samples:
    *Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    *Aramis Havana
    *Montale Black Aoud
    *Geo Trumper Wild Fern
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    Scents with a Fever

    I've regularly noted a sense of 'temperature' with certain scents. It really came into play over the last day when I was doing a side-by-side with PdP Maestrale and Bond's Wall Street. Both are...
  85. Thread: Green Valley

    by Travtex
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    Re: Green Valley

    I just sold my remaining GV by creed. I think it's a better scent than my getting rid of it might indicate -- It's just dominated by the sweeter notes on my skin. On me, it's a much 'warmer' scent...
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    Re: Hunting Next 'Big' Purchase

    So it's mislabeled, there? Not surprising, the stuff has ungodly longevity.
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    Hunting Next 'Big' Purchase

    I'm browsing Perfumed Court and eyeballing a batch of decants in order to do some 'Try Before I Buy' runs before I pull the trigger on the next 'Big' buy. After a couple years of sampling and...
  88. Thread: Creed at Petco

    by Travtex
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    Re: Creed at Petco

    I was thinking more along the lines of e-Rowlf-a, given the celebrity angle.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowlf_the_Dog
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    Re: Absurd OV Longevity

    Yeah, that's either a grotesque exaggeration, you've developed sudden onset anosmia and should have an MRI, or you REALLY got hosed by some sales individual.

    Also, with that monster sprayer on...
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    Absurd OV Longevity

    There's so many 'Creed's gone in five minutes' threads hereabouts, thought I'd throw out the counter. At the moment I'm 16 hours post-application of Creed Original Vetiver and I'm only now losing...
  91. Thread: L'Occitane

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    L'Occitane

    Girlfriend's coming for a visit tomorrow and one of the Shop 'n Browse spots we have on the agenda is La Cantera (San Antonio)... In any event, I was over there a little while back and spotted a...
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    Re: Been a While (Rec's?)...

    Coriolan might be interesting -- I do like me some juniper.
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    Re: Grass and summer smells.

    Might give Bowling Green a go, if you care to have one of those 'On the Cheap' suggestions.

    Second on Guerlain Vetiver.
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    Been a While (Rec's?)...

    Hey 'noters. Been some time since I've posted, but it's getting to be that time where I'm randomly craving something new. I'm guessing nobody remembers me, and I haven't been at all diligent at...
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    Re: AQVA Marine - I am digging this stuff?

    I've only seen it at Macy's. I like the original AQVA -- And have surprisingly been complimented on it quite a few times. It doesn't strike me as a 'Mass Appeal' scent. I'm not sure what to make...
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    Re: San Antonio, TX

    La Cantera (Macy's, Perfumania, Sephora, L'Occitane, Neiman's)

    North Star Mall (Macy's, Perfumania, Sephora, Saks... and there's a couple others. There's a little place called 'E'toile', I...
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    Pick -One-, No 'Top Three'

    I know, I know... Gun to your head pick only ONE scent forevermore, many folk would entertain the idea of saying, "Okay, then, go ahead and shoot".

    BUT... here's mine, and it's not even a scent I...
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    Evolved Nose Recommendation

    It's a been a while (Downtime aside) since I've been randomly hitting up people with actual senses of smell for a recommend, so... hey, here goes.

    I'm looking for something new to cater to my...
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    Re: Recommendation for Erolfa Addicts?

    I've been kind of eyeballing some of the Bonds, though I don't know anything about them. Might have to pop by the counter next time I'm in NM.
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    Re: Recommendation for Erolfa Addicts?

    "Mare"

    Good call -- I have and enjoy Mare. (Got a bottle for around 15 bucks on eBay. Wasn't even the 'Old Label' stuff.) On the downside, my girlfriend wants to steal it from me. *laugh* I...
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