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    Re: S o t D - Friday, June 18, 2010

    Vintage Yardley Classic Gold (limited Gold Medal Edition from either 1984 or 1988, specially formulated for the olympics in whichever of those years it was available)
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    Re: S o t D - Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Aramis by Aramis
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    Re: Dior Eau Savage: what do you think about?

    One of my favourites in any formulation.
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday June 16, 2010

    Wellington cologne by Geo F Trumper (vintage).
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    Re: Custom Blends: Have you ever?

    Creed are for super-rich types only, but Floris' prices aren't actually too bad considering - they start at £120 for 100ml of EdP, on a rising scale (depending on ingredients and quantity) up to a...
  6. Re: Do colognes or perfumes with more natural oil's have a short shelf life?

    I've had vintage stuff that was more natural than not last for up to 12 or 13 years, at which point I finished it up - still smelt fine on those last few drops, so no doubt it would have lasted...
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    Re: S o t D - Tuesday 15 June, 2010

    Marlborough Cologne by Geo F Trumper (vintage)
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    Re: Coconut Fragrance Recommendations?

    Aramis Bermuda Tonic, IF you can find it. It's got a beautiful almost savoury (sounds sillier than it is) and boozy coconut note.
  9. Re: Molton Brown Bracing Silverbirch Eau de Toilette

    Odd one this as it's never been easily available in MB stores - they generally give it to department stores. Can't speak for Bath & Body, but I think it's only available from John Lewis and Harvey...
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    Re: AdP Blu Mediterraneo series

    I like them all and, I have to say, disagree about them being over-priced - £40-45 for 120ml puts them at the same price range (or less) than many releases that are MUCH worse in terms of both smell...
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    Re: Custom Blends: Have you ever?

    I once had the opportunity (and money) to take up Floris' bespoke perfumery offer, but literally weeks after I decided to pull the trigger (and before I had the chance to sample), several of the...
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    Re: Eau de toilette as aftershave

    EDT shouldn't really be used as an aftershave, especially by anyone with sensitive skin, because of the higher proportion of fragrance oils. On the other hand, a strong aftershave like Aramis...
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    Re: Alt Innsbruck Eau de Cologne

    Whilst I cannot deny its qualities as an aftershave product or, indeed, the qualities of the ingredients compared to its price tag, scent-wise it's way too sweet for me, which is where Tabac wins...
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    Re: S o t D - Monday, 14th June 2010

    Astor Cologne by Geo F Trumper (vintage)
  15. Re: Why does (allmost) everyone say that Blenheim Bouquet [Penhaligon's] smells "Aristocratic"?

    Probably because it was released in the early 1900s - most scents released before the 30s (when cheaper "drug store" alternatives started to come out) were only worn by those who could afford them,...
  16. Re: Do male fragrances ever come in parfum strength like women's fragrances?

    I once read that it was to do with the reaction EDPs and parfums have on shaved skin - obviously the higher percentage of essential oils in an EDP and parfum could potentially wreak havoc with even...
  17. Re: Do male fragrances ever come in parfum strength like women's fragrances?

    Some male Rance 1795 frags are EDPs.
  18. Re: Narciso Rodriguez For Him. Good Blind Buy?

    Like VC&A Pour Homme, I both love and hate it.

    Don't blind buy.
  19. Re: Does this fragrance really even exist?

    Cracked Ice did indeed exist and it was really nice stuff, but, as with most Aramis frags released during the 90s and early 00s, it was never that commonly found in the shops, at least general high...
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    Re: S o t D - Thursday , June 10, 2010

    Founder's Reserve Clarysage & Cedarwood cologne by St James'
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    C&E Uncharted bites the dust

    Gone as of last month according to the SA in my local store. Shame - I always thought it was a nice aquatic, if somewhat (very) short-lived on the skin. Probably missed out on a bargain too.

    And...
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Guerlain Homme
  23. Re: How IFRA and the EU continue to destroy the art of perfumery

    Unless I'm very much mistaken (I have only skim-read it) it basically confirms everything we keep moaning about on BN with regard to IFRA and perfume/ingredient legislation, proves that a good chunk...
  24. Re: Which post 2000 scent will become a classic?

    I would agree with Dior Homme.

    I may be alone in this, but I truly believe Hugo Energise, despite the name, is a modern masterpiece. I'd also like to throw in Trumper GFT, C&S Cuba, Aramis...
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    Re: Philosykos by Diptyque

    I have to agree - to me Philosykos smells more on the masculine side of things. So yes, a man can easily wear it and not worry.

    Another fig frag I like is Marc Jacobs Splash Fig. It's a much...
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    Re: S o t D - Monday, June 7, 2010

    The last few sprays of Pecksniff's Fern, now sadly discontinued.
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    Re: How quickly can a fragrance turn?

    What's the temperature in the room like? Does it vary throughout the year? What's the humidity and ventilation like? How close was it to the nearest heat source?

    I keep all my frags on a shelf...
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    Re: YSL Paris - thoughts?

    I have a bottle of vintage Paris also. For me it is too "feminine" and I would never wear it, however it is a very very good bright floral frag and, if that's your thing, then it will suit. If you...
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    Aramis Chromatics

    Did anyone ever try this when it was out? When did it disappear? What did it smell like?

    As some of you know, Aramis is by far my favourite house and, over the years, I've at least sampled every...
  30. Re: Did Turin really "blow it" ? The Greatness of the 80s !

    I'm sat on the fence and can neither agree nor disagree with LT - I think the 80s represents both the best and the worst of male fragdom (yes, even when comparing the slew of aquatics in the 90s and...
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 4 June, 2010

    Always by Aramis
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    Re: A*Men VS. B*Men!

    I find A*Men to be way too sweet. On the other hand, I love B*Men, mainly because it reminds me of the dear departed original Avon Musk.
  33. Re: Is it Hard For You To Give Up An Old Favorite?

    Only when it's discontinued or reformulated beyond all recognition (Ungaro 1 and 2, Brut, every Aramis that you can't get any more etc etc). Which happens all too often.
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    Re: S o t D, Thursday, 3 June 2010

    Ice by Aramis
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    Re: New Fragrance: Davidoff Champion

    Hate the name, the bottle (can't stand all these odd shaped bottles - JPG Le Male has a lot to answer for) and the advertising campaign, but I think the notes actually make it sound like it might be...
  36. Re: Will Soccer Fans Want To Smell Like A Stadium?

    Don't forget the deep heat emanating from the changing rooms...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

    Triomphe by Rance 1795
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    Re: S o t D, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

    Bon Vivant by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

    I like it a fair bit, but it's sadly quite fleeting on me.
  39. Re: Ok So What On Earth Has Happened To Knize 10? I can't find it ANYWHERE in stock?

    I've been wanting a bottle of 10 for years and last week I actually had the money to get one. After browsing various online sites, all of which said "on order" or "out of stock" I contacted a local...
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    Re: The New Aramis Havana- my review

    I have a bottle of the new stuff and the vintage and I can tell no difference between them at all, at any point - to my nose, and others I have asked, the two are identical.

    I too suffered from...
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    Re: S o t D, Friday, 28 May 2010

    Guerlain Homme

    The only Guerlain I REALLY like. Even though most people don't.
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    Re: The Body Shop Arber

    Agreed - for the price, I really don't think you need to deliberate much further.
  43. Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    ...but a "normal" would not go into it with that much consideration.

    Having said that, neither do I - I mostly wear what I want when and wherever I want.
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    Re: The Body Shop Arber

    It's a woody oriental. I personally don't find it particularly spicy.
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    Re: S o t D- Thursday, 27th May 2010

    Cuba by Czech & Speake
  46. Am I mad? Is it too much? (Or - why I spent £80 on something that originally retailed for £26)

    In answer to the first question - possibly.

    In answer to the second - almost definitely.

    But…

    Yesterday lunchtime I had a bit of an irresponsible spending spree - I was feeling frivelous and...
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    Re: What are some of your hidden gems?

    Aramis Bermuda Tonic - totally unique in the frag world

    ALL of the late and much lamented Gillette splash colognes (I'm sadly now completely out and some of them are now only available in AS form,...
  48. Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

    None of the "normal" people I know have more than 3 or 4, most have 2. Which they rarely wear (I swear a friend's bottle of Hugo Boss Hugo has not dropped a millimetre in about five years).
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    Rance 1795 Francois Charles

    Please add.

    Thanks
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    Pecksniff's Fern

    Now discontinued.

    Thanks
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    Re: The Body Shop Arber

    No, it's not really musky or cloying.
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    Re: S o t D - Wednesday, 26th May 2010

    Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur
  53. Re: Prepare for 2010. The hottest year of all time.

    I find most Aramis frags work well in the summer. I'll go Havana or Tuscany.

    Don't put your cooler weather frags away, though - we've heard news like this in the UK several times in the last...
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    Re: best aftershave BALM,alcohol free?

    Taking everything (price, availability, quality etc) into account, I would go with Nivea and Proraso products.

    Whilst I'm happy to spend on frags which smell nice and last, I can't, in my own...
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    Re: S o t D - Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    Sylvester Cologne by Geo F Trumper (vintage).
  56. Re: Green Irish Tweed V Cool Water - Real Life Head to Head challenge

    I did a similar test a while ago and found that most people asked could not tell the difference between the two at any point during the drydown, and only a couple expressed a preference for one over...
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    Re: Essential Oils as Colognes

    Coroticus - glad that it has worked well for you.

    To anyone reading this thread who doesn't have much experience with essential oils - whilst vetiver (and a few others listed above) is generally...
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    Re: The quintessential Bay Rum

    My picks would be C.O. Bigelow, Royall, St Johns, Trumper and, of course, Pinaud Clubman. Burt's is awful and Caswell Massey is only okay. Never smelt Dominica, but have heard good things.

    My...
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    Re: S o t D - Monday, 24th May 2010

    New West by Aramis.
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    Re: S o t D - Friday 21st May 2010

    900 by Aramis.
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    Re: S o t D- Thursday, 20th May 2010

    Third Man by Caron.
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    Re: Is this real? (London Special Edition)

    I don't even think it's that - a large drugstore chain here in the UK (the one that isn't Boots or Lloyds) stocks it and, Cologneist, your description matches it exactly as far as I can tell from...
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    Re: S o t D - Tuesday, 18th May 2010

    Cedarwood & Clarysage cologne by St James' Founder's Reserve.
  64. Re: When your Significant Other doesnt like a fragrance....

    Good maths skills!

    The four (and it is four) she genuinely likes are Pen's Opus 1870, Azarro Pure Cedrat, Trumper Ajaccio Violets and Boss Bottled. The "meh"s (actually three, not four) are Dior...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Diptyque Vetyverio

    I was all set to splash out on this one - I've never been a huge vetiver fan (I find Guerlain Vetiver - both new and vintage - to be dreadful), but figured Diptyque might just be able to pull a...
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    Re: Santa smelling good.

    Ba-zzing!

    I reckon he'd be wearing VC&A Pour Homme - smells very christmassy and suits an old, portly gentleman.

    Having said that, he'd probs go for some really light aquatic.
  67. Re: When your Significant Other doesnt like a fragrance....

    This very closely mirrors the "set-up" I have with my wife, though ironically Bay Rum is the one she hates most of all.

    With my collection, 75% she dislikes, 15% she thinks smells the same as each...
  68. Re: My New Found love - Miller Harris. Your Favorites from this line?

    Considering they are based in the UK, it's nigh on impossible to get any MH frags outside of London. Which is rather annoying. So, much as I'd love to give most of the range a try, I don't think...
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    Re: S o t D - Thursday 13th May, 2010

    Acqua di Roma Uomo by Laura Biagiotti
  70. Re: Did Le Labo shoot themselves in the foot with Rose 31?

    I don't think they'll be around for too long in their current form - they'll either sell themselves to a much larger house/cosmeticist, or fold completely.

    I LOVE most of the range but, as with...
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    Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Agreed - age could definitely have a part to play. I initially thought (or, rather, was told) my vintage Havana dated from the late 90s, but looking at the box it came in again (it was a gift set...
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    Re: ST Dupont Intense

    I generally like the Dupont range and it's about time they bought out something new (2008's Passenger Pour Homme seems to be largely MIA here in the UK), but I fear the description makes it sound...
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    Re: B*Men - familiar(?)

    DING DING DING DING!

    Not only is your last sentence correct, you've only gone and hit the nail on the head - the original (and much missed by me) pre-reformulation Avon Musk!

    You, sir, are a...
  74. Re: Oldest cologne that never gone a reformulation

    Leaving aside differences in the natural ingredients season on season aside, up until last year Geo F Trumper were claiming that their "classic four" colognes (Curzon, Wellington, Marlborough and...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    Apparition Homme Intense by Emanuel Ungaro.
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    Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    I completely disagree - I now have bottles of both the original and the new GC version and both smell identical to me and everyone who I've tested them with. I see you're a long standing member and...
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    Re: B*Men - familiar(?)

    I'm almost certain it's one I've previously owned, but there is a chance it's one I've only tested. Either way it's a distant and not a recent memory.

    Bigsly - not L'Instant Homme, nor Ciel Mon...
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    Re: S o t D, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    Ikon by Zirh.
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    Re: The Body Shop Arber

    I like it a lot. It's not earth shattering, but it's very pleasant and, as with most Body Shop frags, good value for money with half decent silage and longevity. It's basically light woods and...
  80. Re: How to ask a stranger what fragrance he is wearing?

    If any of the above don't sit easy with you, you could always pretend that you work for a pharmaceutical company and are interested from a purely professional point of view.

    Only problem with that...
  81. Re: looking for a "cheap" masculine scent that women will love

    When I read cheap, I was assuming that we were down in the Brut (which would have been my answer, actually) price range. However, two that spring to my mind are Aramis Havana and ADP Colonia...
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    Re: B*Men - familiar(?)

    Definitely not new or recent, so it's not the Tom Ford. Diesel Plus Plus doesn't ring any bells - I've definitely never owned it, nor do I think I've ever smelt it. But perhaps I tested it at some...
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    Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'Iris Review

    Nice review, JaimeB. Have to say I personally found it (and the others in that same line) way to sweet for me - only the Cologne Noir piqued my interest slightly, but only slightly and not enought...
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    B*Men - familiar(?)

    Last Friday I went into a local pharmacy store (Superdrug for those who know it) to stock up on deoderants. TThought I'd have a look at the frags there and was surprised to see the 100ml Mugler...
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    Re: S o t D, Monday, 10 May 2010

    B*Men by Thierry Mugler.
  86. Re: The Perfect Scent for the Day After the UK Election...?

    Yes, sorry - I was letting personal anger getting in the way of a nice smell. Which is not acceptable.
  87. Re: The Perfect Scent for the Day After the UK Election...?

    Nope, not necessarily. Just very definitely NOT tory.

    I'm amazed at the number of people who have forgotten what Thatcher and Major did to this country, yet blame Blair and Brown for a lot of...
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    Re: Hugo Boss Bottled Night

    The link's not working for me, but legit ebay shops often put new releases up for sale before they're actually available - an established and legit UK 'bay shop I use frequently were taking orders...
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    Re: Angle man pure malt 50 ml?

    I have seen 50ml testers in (legit) stores that carried it, but to buy it's only available in 100ml bottles, so they're probably testers. Strawberrynet definitely do not sell fakes.
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    Re: Metallic scents

    I second Chrome and Acier Aluminium. I'll add Davidoff Echo to the fold - I personally love it and it is heavy on the metallic, even though to me that note smells like melon.
  91. Re: The Perfect Scent for the Day After the UK Election...?

    It's called Fasciste and notes include:
    Forgotten memories of Thatcher and Major
    Upper class, chinless, public schoolboy twats
    Decimation of public services
    Local MPs who do not live or vote in...
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    Re: S o t D, Friday, May 7th, 2010

    Sandalwood by Geo F Trumper.
  93. Re: Would/does anyone here wear Amberbris oil?

    A tincture is basically extracted "goods" (in this case the smell of ambergris) from something in an alcoholic solution. There's more to it than that, but that's a very basic explanation.

    I...
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    Re: Are Armani Fragrances Overrated?

    I personally think Code is brilliant.

    I don't think any of them are bad - there's not really anything to dislike - they're just safe and many of them are samey.
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    Re: SOTD, Thursday, 6 Mai 2010

    West Indian Limes by Geo F Trumper.
  96. Re: What discontinued fragrances should we stock up now?

    I second Zino. I would also have suggested Ungaro 2, but I think we're now at the point (at least here in the UK) that there are no shop stocks left, so it's just down to e-bay private stash saled. ...
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    Re: S o t D, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

    Curzon by Geo F Trumper.
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    Re: ASIANS: How do you spray your fragrance?

    Agreed, sort of - whilst I recommend you definitely test with the number of sprays and, here's the crucial bit, ask several different people for their opinion with different numbers of sprays at...
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    Re: Smelling dirty and animalic

    The problem with these types of notes, though, is that they are in the nose and on the skin of the beholder and very much love 'em or hate 'em, dependent on the frag. For example, far from making me...
  100. Re: When Ad Copy Goes Bad! ( Warning: Purple Prose Within )

    Kind of makes you wish that one of the houses (it'd probably have to be a niche house - the designer folk would never go for it) would just have something like "Smells like ass. But at least it's...
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