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  1. Re: Caribbean Joe for Him by Caribbean Joe Island Supply Co: A quick review

    Just wore this yesterday. Glad I bought it. Nice in the heat!!!
  2. Re: Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Update: successfully made it abroad with 22 bottles of 1.7 or 3.4 oz colognes plus 100s of decants/samples of various sizes but mostly 10 ml or less, all in checked luggage. All were double bagged...
  3. Sticky: Re: Men's GIVEAWAY thread- NO REQUESTS ALLOWED! Revised 1/29/13

    Not particularly either of late.

    Maybe we need some clarification regarding if it is OK to create additional rules for individual offers that are not spelled out in the initial posts of this...
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    Re: Dunhill Desire Black - USA?

    Already acquired, happily:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/381010-Dunhill-Desire-Black-A-Review
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    How to care for small sample spray vials?

    I have several decanted samples from retailers. I don't necessarily end up using all the juice right away. Multiple times now a small sample vial containing 1 mL or less has suddenly went from...
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    Re: Dunhill Desire Black: A Review

    I should make a disclaimer that I love both Dunhill Desire and Desire Blue. Not so much others, though I do own several including d, Edition, Dunhill, & Fresh. Because I love the Desire fragrances...
  7. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    It's funny -- I've only recently become active on BN, but nearly all of the scents mentioned have been mentioned recently enough that I know what they are and/or now own them or at least a sample. ...
  8. Re: Caribbean Joe for Him by Caribbean Joe Island Supply Co: A quick review

    Thanks for the feedback!

    The more I get to know this, the more I think it is more GIT like (more tropical than GIT with slight notes of rum/lime), less Aspen-like (sweeter than Aspen), even less...
  9. Re: What's the most you have ever spent on a bottle of cologne and what was it???

    $84 Dior Homme Eau
    Most I've spent at once on cologne: Lot of 20 bottles on Ebay for $234... which I then turned around and sold individually for prices up to $90 (e.g. mint Escada Pour Homme)......
  10. Re: Help me find my signature scent-long post ahead

    If the goal of wearing is for you to enjoy the scent yourself, I suggest keeping your sprays limited to your wrists. Sounds to me like you are experiencing so-called "olfactory fatigue." Putting...
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    Re: Tropical summer scent

    I happened to pick up a bottle of Hollister Socal in a lot purchase. Tropical sun tan lotion type scent with a strong coconut. I would have never even thought to sniff a scent by Hollister but...
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    Dunhill Desire Black: A Review

    Dunhill Desire Black isn't officially available in the USA and it is sold out on Harrod's website (where it has been exclusively launched), but I spotted it on Ebay for around $50 shipped for 3.4 oz....
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I found a 3.8 oz bottle of Joop Splash Summer Ticket 2012 for $19.99 at TJ Maxx. REALLY like this stuff. Happy I blind bought it.

    I was also able to try out Villian via a tester. Same effect to...
  14. Re: Do you apply lotion before putting on fragrance?

    I was using Aveeno (unscented) for a while but the smell (although it is unscented, it is not scentless) and also feel of the thin film it left behind were starting to bug me, so now it is just me...
  15. Thread: Classic Match

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    Re: Classic Match

    I always liked the Classic Match version of Eternity. A high school friend wore it. Different a bit than the original, but still a good scent with lasting power. None of the other Eternity clones...
  16. Thread: Swiss Army Forest?

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    Re: Swiss Army Forest?

    I tested this out at a Kohl's near my house last week. Nice green/pine forest smelling scent which I much preferred over Classic (which I don't like much). Nothing that I felt compelled to...
  17. Thread: San Francisco, CA

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    Re: San Francisco, CA

    Anyone know where to find Al-Rehab in the Bay Area?
  18. Re: Opinions needed. nautica voyage vs versace pour homme.

    I blind bought voyage on a whim, was amazed by the scent, and only later found out about the perfumer (but then it made more sense why it smelled so fantastic).

    Instead of Cool Water, pick up a...
  19. Re: Opinions needed. nautica voyage vs versace pour homme.

    You can't go wrong with Nautica Voyage -- great smelling summer fragrance that lasts like crazy. If you are lucky, a discounter like Ross or TJMaxx near you will have the 3.4 oz for less than $20. ...
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    Re: What is your favorite BOD Man body spray cologne?

    I also picked up the same 3 pack of 1.8 oz sprays for $2.50 today. I just got my car detailed and figured I could spray this. So I sprayed the red one in my car, "Most Wanted," and suddenly I...
  21. Re: Fake A&F Fierce from Ebay is....real, but diluted.

    I would call this an interesting learning experience rather than something negative. I am not upset at all -- I got what I paid for and get to see what some knock-off cologne looks/smells like. If...
  22. Fake A&F Fierce from Ebay is....real, but diluted.

    I purchased a 3.4oz bottle of A&F Fierce. When I arrived home, I found the package waiting for me. When I opened it, the box looked nice as did the bottle inside. I did a small test spray and it...
  23. Fragrance in Checked Baggage on the Plane - Amounts as of April 2014

    Moving internationally and looking at options for shipping/moving my entire fragrance collection (~50 bottles 1.0-3.4 oz, total weight 45 lbs). I've read that checked baggage is fine, but in what...
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    Re: Generic Vs Synthetic Vs Cheap Vs Inexpensive

    I just can't resist chiming in. I'm a relatively new basenoter. Something I've noticed that is rather interesting:

    Something "generic" to a person with a lot of experience with cologne is only...
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    Re: Tommy by Hilfiger and Bvlgari Man Extreme

    I just bought me a 3.4 oz bottle of Tommy -- hadn't owned it for years, but just got the hankering. I got sick of this when it was uber popular because I wore it all the time. Still a fine scent.
  26. Re: I really like Al Rehab Silver, what else would I like from this house?

    - Silver is an interesting scent, quite strong/projecting. Nothing like I have. Not quite feminine but not an entirely masculine scent, either. Very "bright." I have only briefly smelled SMW...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I keep seeing Villian at Ross, too, but I haven't bought it because it doesn't sound that good -- although I love and own the One and Blue Jeans, not sure I could really picture something being like...
  28. Re: I really like Al Rehab Silver, what else would I like from this house?

    Just ordered up a bunch. I'm sure they will be wondering where all these orders came from? ;-)
  29. Thread: Classic Brut?

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    Re: Classic Brut?

    Hehe. I picked up a very old bottle of Brut (similar to the one on top) in a lot buy and thought it smelled kind of nice. Quality nothing like that you can find on the shelves of your local stores....
  30. Re: Caribbean Joe for Him by Caribbean Joe Island Supply Co: A quick review

    Thought I would share since I couldn't easily find anything about it when I searched. I am digging the drydown, with the slightly boozy air.
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    Re: Good fresh and green scent

    I just picked up a full 2.5 ml bottle of vintage Good Life in a lot buy without knowing anything about it. Although it is a somewhat of a green scent, to me it is quite sweet and floral with some...
  32. Caribbean Joe for Him by Caribbean Joe Island Supply Co: A quick review

    Top Notes:
    Bergamot, mojito, coriander leaves
    Middle Notes:
    Lavender water, rosemary, geranium
    Base Notes:
    White rum, sea moss, amberwood, musk

    The mossy green translucent bamboo shaped glass...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Marshall's:
    Davidoff Echo 3.4 for 19.99
    Ross:
    Perry Ellis Night 1.7 for 19.99
    Carribean Joe EDT for Men 3.4 for 9.99 - blind bought, cool bamboo looking bottle, smells like a sweet GIT/Cool...
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    Re: The Value Of Testers....

    An SA at Macy's told me that testers are no longer free -- just discounted, and that they must pay for samples, too. True?

    I have 3 testers in my collection: 3.4 oz Encre Noire which I purchased...
  35. Re: Have You Seen Youtube's Steven aka Redolessence?

    Hednic, I think you are the resident expert on Reyane as a compnay/their scents. I'll believe anything you tell me.
  36. Have You Seen Youtube's Steven aka Redolessence?

    I was searching for a little more information about Insurrection Dark and happen to find this guy's videos. Man, he is off the hook professional and knows a crazy lot about fragrance. He has a very...
  37. Re: Ebay Selling: Generally Good, Sometimes Not: Short venting session

    Yeah, I suppose I could have won it -- the argument hinged on the color of the liquid, which was clearly depicted accurately in the pictures. But then the buyer may have left negative feedback,...
  38. Re: Ebay Selling: Generally Good, Sometimes Not: Short venting session

    I guess the problem is there is an inherent unfairness to it. It is in Ebay's interest to keep buyers happy, probably more so than sellers, so I can see why they would side with the buyer. Good tip...
  39. Ebay Selling: Generally Good, Sometimes Not: Short venting session

    I sold a partial bottle of original vintage PRPH at a good value on Ebay. The buyer opened a case and claimed the bottle was defective because it must have been damaged by heat and/or light because...
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    Lanvin Avant Garde: So Good

    "You smell fantastic!"

    That's the out of the blue compliment I got today wearing this. If you like tobacco scents, you must check this one out.
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille vs. Eav des Bavx

    This.
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    Re: Rank these aquatics

    1. Acqua di Gio
    2. Allure Homme Sport
    ...
    10. Mugler's Cologne
    11. Bvlgari Aqva
    12. Bvlgari Aqva Marine
  43. Re: Rayene Fragrances: Which do you own, what are they like?

    That's good -- I have and like Spicebomb, just wanted to make sure it wasn't the same thing.
  44. Re: Rayene Fragrances: Which do you own, what are they like?

    Hednic, what is Insurrection II Dark like, if I may ask? OMG, is that really 73k posts by your name?
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    Re: New Fragrance: Dior Homme Eau for Men - Dior

    I must agree with positive comments-- I picked up a bottle of this and am very happy -- smells great, not overpowering but has excellent longevity.
  46. Rayene Fragrances: Which do you own, what are they like?

    I'm impressed with a recent buy of Rayene and want to look into more of their fragrances. Specific questions:
    1) Is Insurrection (original) different enough from Rochas Man and Michael Jordan...
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    Re: Recent Blind Buy Disappointments?

    Actually, speaking of Ecko, I blind bought the 4 bottle 0.5 oz sampler with original, blue, green (unltd), and orange (unltd The Exhibit). Of the 4, I only liked blue but ended up selling them all. ...
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    Re: Recent Blind Buy Disappointments?

    Born Wild by Ed Hardy - I really like Luck & Love (which I blind bought 1.7 for $4.99 = best blind buy ever). I hate hate hate the scent of Born Wild -- just so sickeningly sweet and weird smelling...
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    Re: Looking insurrection pure ii but...

    Seems like perfumeland just got out of the online selling business.
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    Re: Looking insurrection pure ii but...

    I guess I should feel lucky to have picked up a bottle of IPII. Hopefully they will make a bunch more. Interestingly, I find the drydown has some things in common with GIT -- the "creed accord"...
  51. What I've Learned Since Becoming Addicted to Cologne

    1) Reviews are only sometimes helpful, because people who really like or hate the fragrance often leave them.

    2) Spraying more around my neck/upper torso is the WORST possible way to increase...
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    Re: Looking insurrection pure ii but...

    I got it at jdtrading. took a chance before anyone knew about it ;-)
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    Re: D&G The One. Worth it?

    A little tip on the performance thing: apply a small amount of unscented aveno or some other unscented lotion wherever you intend to spray -- I easily get 2x longevity/projection this way.
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    Re: Surfer guy - recommend me a Winter fragrance

    Rochas Man


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    Re: Looking insurrection pure ii but...

    It's good stuff... Was my SOD. Still a little left from the morning... Past midnight here! Sorry, not making you feel any better. Love my aventus-like juice with toned down smoke.


    Sent from...
  56. Re: Versace Pour Homme: The Best Fresh Designer Fragrance!

    The only Versace I've loved is Dreamer. Actually, the first time I blind bought it, I washed it off and took it back. I got another bottle later through bulk purchase and loved it. Funny how...
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    Dunhill Desire Black

    Just saw that Desire Black is out: http://www.basenotes.net/content/2002-Dunhill-Desire-Black-launches-exclusively-at-Harrods. Anyone know how to get this in the US?
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    Re: Designer Fruity/Citrus with Decent Performance

    Not so much citrusy, but def fruity with decent longevity and awesome summer scent: nautica voyage.
  59. Thread: Safest blind buys?

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    Re: Safest blind buys?

    The safest blind buys are those where you get the fragrance so cheap that if you don't like it you can sell and recoup your money or even make some without much effort. Then everything is an...
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    Re: Rock & Republic For Him

    http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Rock-Republic/Rock-Republic-Eau-de-Toilette-Spray-for-Men-23278.html

    Interesting looking bottle...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Cuba Prestige Black is a clone of Swiss Army -- smell nearly identical. I did side-by-side tests, ended up selling both of them because I couldn't stand the scent. Saw it again at Ross for $7.99. ...
  62. Thread: Am I addicted?

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    Re: Am I addicted?

    I started in the beginning of January. The hobby takes up time I could spend doing other things and timing is not the best because of an upcoming move -- but you are definitely not alone, as you...
  63. Re: Mostly vintage/discontinued, a few new bottles for sale (CONUS)

    Bump
  64. Re: Do scents really not last long... or do wearers not just smell them?

    I really just ask because of a few observations:
    1) I swear my scent is week or non-existent after an hour or two, but my wife gets after me because she says the smell is so strong she can taste it....
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    Re: Versace Jeans Couture Men

    That very one, my very first plastic bottle. But now I also have YSL Jazz. Speaking of discontinued... I also bought some GPH 1. Have to admit it is good. GPH 2 -- good, but could only smell it...
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    Versace Jeans Couture Men

    I have worn this fragrance just once but I was impressed with the development/progression. Seems like it generally got good reviews and is now fairly hard to find. I came across a bottle and bought...
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    Re: Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men

    +1 Rocahs Man
    +1 Aspen
    +1 Nautica Voyage
    +1 Lanvin - Avant Garde
    Curve
  68. Insurrection Pure II by Rayene: Review & Experiences If You've Tried It

    Overall: Smells great, very happy with the $20 purchase. Moderate projection/silage. Moderate longevity. Outstanding box and bottle. IP sounded like something I might like, subtle smoke and more...
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    Re: Does any of you still wear Herrera for men?

    I picked up a little Herrera in a lot that I bought -- one of those unexpected keepers!
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    Re: What kind of descriptive is lipstick?

    I bought a bottle of DHI and when I sprayed it for the first time, I immediately thought, "This smells like lipstick!" The red, thick lipstick that my refined, elegant grandmother used to wear. I...
  71. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    I tried Encre Noire with Norwegian Wood by Kanon -- turned Encre Noire from earthy tree logs fallen in a forest to slightly more positive vibe of the same thing. I might keep my Kanon around to try...
  72. Re: Rugged fighting irish spring soap smelling frag!

    Vintage PRPH.
  73. Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    1) Yes
    2) Usually I just ask what it is. If I liked the scent, I would probably compliment the fragrance itself, "That is a great scent." rather than "You smell great." For me, that avoids the...
  74. Mostly vintage/discontinued, a few new bottles for sale (CONUS)

    Please don't reply in the thread, send me a PM, thanks!

    Vintage/Discontinued:

    $75 Yardley Jaguar Cologne 2 oz splash full with 2 oz powder full in mint/near mint leatherette pouch with box and...
  75. Re: Partials Vintage PRPH, Yardley Jaguar, Vintage Drakkar, Equipage, Jeans Coutu...

    Removed some swapped items.
  76. Re: Concentrating Fragrance/Cologne/Perfume to Improve Longevity/Projection/Sillage- A Fix for the B

    I was just about to try it with Straight to Heaven.... It's always seemed a little on the weak side to me ;-)
  77. Re: Concentrating Fragrance/Cologne/Perfume to Improve Longevity/Projection/Sillage- A Fix for the B

    It just seemed to be MUCH stronger -- the top notes were still there -- I'd have to do some blind testing with dilute vs concentrated stuff to really see if there is a difference, but honestly it...
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    Re: Cologne for Executives

    +1 Italian Cypress
  79. Concentrating Fragrance/Cologne/Perfume to Improve Longevity/Projection/Sillage- A Fix for the Brave

    I see lots of complaints about longevity/projection/silage for various scents, mostly for modern scents made post concentration restrictions. I wondered what would happen if I took a weak fragrance...
  80. Re: What nuances connect CC V,Ouarzazate, Jubilation XXV, and M Generation?

    Maybe it is the spice, then? Really want try try these all!


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    Re: How popular is Rochas Man

    I blind bought Rochas based on reviews and have been happy I did. The stuff is pretty strong and lasts until the next day for me, weeks if it gets on my clothes. I agree this is probably better for...
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    Re: D&G The One. Worth it?

    I just picked up my second bottle a month ago. Probably my favorite scent for the following reasons: reasonably complex but well blended, masculine but not in-your-face, refined but not snobby. I...
  83. What nuances connect CC V,Ouarzazate, Jubilation XXV, and M Generation?

    Clive Christian V
    Comme des Garcons Ouarzazate
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Mauboussin M Generation

    If these scents are at all similar to your nose, what is it about them that connects them, and...
  84. Re: Coconut - cK One Summer 2014 vs Creed Virgin Island Water - which has the better/stronger coconu

    Have you tried Holister So Cal? It has a smooth coconut and is different than anything I have smelled. Would never even had thought to try this, but picked it up in a bulk purchase and found it...
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    Re: Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    Not at all -- I appreciate your thoughtful suggestions. Feel free to poke fun at my tastes -- I already bought Gucci Made to Measure, despite a little fun mockery here on BN ;-)
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    Re: Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    Really?!! Very surprising since that one smelled uber strong and not at all to my liking when I spotted it at TJMaxx. Although, maybe it was the fact that the bottle had a hidden leak -- unbeknownst...
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    Re: Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    Good advice! I think you just convinced me of a sensible approach to deciding. Doing some math, (14*3)/30, I have at least a month and a half to decide given I have 14 fragrances. But at least 1...
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    Re: Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    Kagey, really good advice, which I appreciate. Fourteen fragrances was like the previews before the movie. You'd be appalled at how many I tried... I finally smelled LIDG, Micheal Kors, Habit...
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    Re: Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    Yep, I got samples of all of these, except the ADP.
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    Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    I went sniffing today and really liked:

    Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud
    Tom Ford Italian Cypress
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Tom Ford Noir de Noir
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Dyptique Philosykos...
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    Re: What do you think of these Aigner fragrances?

    Why is super fragrance so sought after?
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    What do you think of these Aigner fragrances?

    I just found a vintage Aigner set with the following fragrances:

    Free Life
    Sport Fragrance
    Super Fragrance
    Silver
    No. 1
    No. 2

    Free Life, Super Fragrance, and Silver seem quite nice...
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    Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    Dreamer fits with "super interesting" but the tobacco accord is not what stands out to me. I love "The One" and like the tobacco blended there. John Varvatos - Vintage has a strong but smooth...
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    Re: Expensive and niche but still drawn to cheapies ?

    I bought some samples of Aventus and GIT and expected to have my mind blown. Not terrible scents by any means, but my mind is still intact. Still, they are scents that really taught me that...
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    Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    Cuba Red - super cheap, good smell, huge tobacco
    I like John Varvatos Vintage, too, can get 3.4 oz for around 22 usd
  96. Polo Red = Similar to Vintage Nautica Competition?

    I went sniffing today and tried Polo Red. Instantly vintage Nautica Competition (grey/blue bottle) came to mind. Anyone else notice the similarity, or is it just me?
  97. Partials Vintage PRPH, Yardley Jaguar, Vintage Drakkar, Equipage, Jeans Coutu...

    Please don't reply in the thread, send me a PM, thanks!

    Vintage/Discontinued:

    Yardley Jaguar Cologne 2 oz splash full with 2 oz powder full in mint/near mint leatherette pouch with box and...
  98. Why do people give compliments on the fragrance you are wearing?

    Do people give compliments on a fragrance because a) they genuinely like it or b) they smell it and comment on it just because they detect it?

    Kind of thinking of things like Le Male and A*Men...
  99. Do scents really not last long... or do wearers not just smell them?

    Most common complaint I see in reviews is that a scent doesn't last long enough. Q: Do scents actually not last (no molecules) or do wearers just no longer perceive the scents (accommodation of...
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    Re: Question about vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

    I think the original vintage is brighter and stronger somehow -- but maybe it is just because of the amount that comes out with a spray vs. splash. Or maybe because it is more sealed, sprays keep...
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