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  1. Thread: Pipe Smoker

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    Re: Pipe Smoker

    ^ This, the dried fruit and boozy/rum notes work wonderfully with pipe/cigar smoke. Also maybe try Guerlain's Vetiver, which according to legend was inspired by a gardener who smoked, the light...
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    Re: What did they say you smelled like?

    'You smell like an elderly lady... but a sexy, drunk one' about Mitsouko, which made me laugh uncontrollably and hasn't stopped me wearing it for a second. According to another friend, CDG2Man was...
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    Re: Tom Ford Fragrances

    Tremendously helpful info, thank you! I am intrigued to learn that several of the TF fragrances which I had suspected were by the same nose (Sahara Noir & Plum Japonais, and Tobacco Vanille & Amber...
  4. Re: How much have scents and smells from your childhood influenced your tastes?

    Thanks Hednic, glad my ramblings were of interest to someone!
  5. Re: How much have scents and smells from your childhood influenced your tastes?

    My grandfather smoked a pipe when I was a small child, and kept his tobaccos and pipes in a special little antique wooden smoking cupboard in their living room. In that room there was also a log...
  6. Re: Bottle identification - help needed please!

    Aha, that's it! Thank you! x
  7. Re: Gift suggestions for someone who wears 5 o'clock au Gingembre, Jeu de peau, Margiela Untitled

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys! Ambre Sultan is divine, but I'm wary of it as a gift with the somewhat confrontational opening. I am sorely tempted to go with Chergui as I own it myself and...
  8. Gift suggestions for someone who wears 5 o'clock au Gingembre, Jeu de peau, Margiela Untitled

    Hello all,

    I'm visiting NYC in the spring and a friend who now lives there has kindly offered to let me stay with him, so of course I need to take a gift. I know that he likes Lutens' 5 o'clock au...
  9. Bottle identification - help needed please!

    Evening all,

    I was just browsing some pictures of Mark D. Sykes' home, featured in Veranda magazine last year, and I came across a picture with a bottle that I feel I've seen before but can't...
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    Re: Monotheme Black Oud

    I *FINALLY* tried the Leather the other day, I have a couple of bottles of TF Tuscan Leather and there is a definite similarity to the leather note - it also lasts fairly well, although the longevity...
  11. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    Sahil, with all due respect - surely you must understand that your very unusual desire to spend a truly huge amount of money all at once on fragrance would invite quite a lot of comment? You are...
  12. Re: $4000 to spare on colognes! What would you buy?

    I would love to have a budget that size, and am quite envious that you do - but my opinion does not stem from jealousy. Honestly, I think it is madness to spend that much basically all in one go. You...
  13. High-street dupes - are they any good? Daily Mail article.

    Apologies if this has been posted before, it makes interesting reading. Whilst I covet many high-end and niche fragrances, I'm always over the moon to find cheapies - in particular I must get to M&S...
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    Halloween fragrance - scent my costume!

    Hi guys, so I did a quickie search and this doesn't seem to have been discussed before - exciting!

    I'm going to a halloween party on Saturday, and as always I like to match my fragrance to my...
  15. Re: What is your favorite TV character wearing?

    haha, quite - truly brilliant!

    The following explains my undying adoration for his character:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_P7yWnAAd0

    Definitely not a rich older daddy thing. Nope....
  16. Re: What is your favorite TV character wearing?

    My current favourite TV character is Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock... inevitably his character would have strong opinions on scent, as with anything else. The only reference to scent is the following:
    ...
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    Re: your favourite scent from Serge Lutens?

    is STUNNING, but Riley is on the button with my favourite - Gris Clair, it's arid, ashy, searingly clean yet pungent and realistic lavender is probably the best scent I'll ever find.
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    Re: Wood smoke as a room spray?

    I've been following my nose through a few smoky fragrances over the last couple of years, and this afternoon I smelled a whiff of autumn bonfire drifting through my open window. I have always adored...
  19. Re: What's Your Favorite Penhaligon's Fragrance?

    In many ways I agree with LloydLlewellyn, although I must concede that I do rather like some of the frags.

    Endymion I adore, both conceptually and out of the bottle, but it just refuses to last...
  20. scent for summer - AdP colonia intensa close, but no cigar

    so i'm in the market for a summer frag, and i thought i'd hit the jackpot when i finally got around to sampling adp's colonia intensa. the lemony opening is fantastic, and i adore the tingly cardamom...
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    Re: a fresh non flowery vetiver

    this might get my vote, i'm hankering after a bottle myself.

    i'm assuming you've tried the Guerlain? thoroughly un-floral to my nose (the neroli softens the citrus but certainly isnt floral) and...
  22. Re: Anyone notice similarites in Grey Vetiver and Azzaro pH?

    oh my god, you're right - a fresh, cold, raw carrot snapped in half! i've often struggled to describe vetiver notes, and you've hit the nail on the head. in encre noir, i get something between carrot...
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    Re: Leather and lavender?

    combining tuscan leather with gris clair sounds utterly compelling, i'm going to have to go and layer them in-store!

    tuscan leather is actually all i can think about recently. it really is...
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    Re: Favorite Smokey Frags?

    i find encre noir to have an amazing introspective, sultry smoky/inky/walnut vetiver vibe, Gucci PH is smoky in much the same fabulous way as cdg2man but with less incense (although i find it the...
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    Re: New Haarlem in the UK?

    i saw a display of it in harrods a couple of days ago.
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    Re: Correct Pronunciation of 'Le Labo' ?

    much confusion seems to arise with the pronunciation of french words, especially by english and american standards. american usage of french words seems most often to add a heavy stress to the final...
  27. Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    my hand is raised for 1), and most probably for 2) also.
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    Re: Do you wear your age?

    This is very interesting topic, and i think most of those who dismiss the categorization of fragrances as 'of an age' are probably guilty of asserting certain fragrances are 'feminine', 'macho',...
  29. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    you know it's funny, i clearly have a strong relationship with iso e super in frags which i like a lot (cdg2man, encre noir, terre d'hermes, ysl paris, M7, dirty english, maitresse) and i suspect...
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    Re: Fragrance with dominant melon note

    i remember Carolina Herrera's Chic for men having a melon note, much nicer than many other designer efforts in this vein.

    it has a sort of melon/pear/cucumber sweet freshness with a cardamom/spice...
  31. Thread: Encre Noir

    by itsthepens
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    Re: Encre Noir

    i think i've come to understand the hype around TDH - after all, in a sea of lacklustre or repetitive designer offerings it's certainly original, and the hint of cool clay in the soft-focus citrus...
  32. Re: What do you guys think about Vetiver Frozen (Eau Glacee) by Guerlain?

    as guerlain vetiver and steamed basmati rice are, in my opinion, two of the greatest smells in creation this comparison has really piqued my interest in vetiver frozen!

    indie_guy, you've also...
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    Re: Tom Ford Oud Wood?

    well exactly!

    I think for now that, whilst i did love it, Oud Wood will have to remain unpurchased - it's just a bit too much money to spend on smelling 'like a really nice gay club'.

    then...
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    Re: Tom Ford Oud Wood?

    funnily enough, i sampled it earlier today (on card im afraid) and i noticed that too. combined with the sandalwood that i started to detect after an hour or so, and which is quite prominent now, it...
  35. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    i know TDH and EN both have vetiver, but it strikes me as odd that they are compared at all - and this is certainly not the first time i believe. to me, Terre is citrus and sweetness (albeit...
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    Re: Male Florals

    vibert makes some excellent suggestions,

    you might also try rose poivree from The Different Company. spicy, dirty roses. yum.
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    Re: Fragrance to wear with a leather Jacket?

    just got narciso rodriguez for him the other day, and it smells WONDERFUL with my leather jacket.
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    Re: Hangover fragrance?

    guerlain vetiver is a good choice for me (although admittedly i'll happily recommend it for any scenario!) the freshness of the herbal opening is bracing in a non-agressive way.

    i'd definately...
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    Re: How to best apply decanted samples?

    bluesoul, i like your q-tip method! i shall try it soon.

    i can't claim this as a method of my own invention as i read it in a thread ages ago but can't remember which, but i find a convenient way...
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    Re: Boozy Scents

    i'll second kors' michael for men and d'orsay's le dandy, both great fragrances.
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    Poll: Re: Guerlain Vetiver: Masterpiece? (Yes or No)

    yes, yes yes. YES.

    (did i mention yes?)

    thoroughly perfect in every way. any time, any place, anywhere, anyone.
    i might not be very experienced in the field of fragrance, but i know that...
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    Re: Today I bought (March 2009)

    narciso rodriguez for him 100ml edt.

    yum.
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    Re: Your Fave "Feel Good" Scent

    ooh, nice choice. love that stuff.

    when i feel that way, but i HAVE to get out of bed and do stuff then guerlain vetiver gets me going in the morning like nothing else.

    if i want something to...
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    Re: Noir de Noir by Tom Ford

    Noir de noir - i assumed it was a play on the champagne terminologies of blanc de blancs and blanc de noirs. for those who don't know, blanc de blancs are champagnes composed entirely of chardonnay...
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    Poll: Re: Kouros: Masterpiece (Yes or No)

    make that from behind bullet-proof glass! it was certainly groundbreaking, it is epoch-defining, it is best-selling, it is polarizing; many basenoters (basenoses?) of considerable experience, skill...
  46. Re: Lanvin launch new men's fragrance: L'Homme Sport

    mike, i could not agree more - it's truly terrible. especially given that Lanvin's mens' pret-a-porter for this season (Lucas Ossendrijver under the creative direction of Elbaz) is wonderful,...
  47. Re: What do you think of L'Occitane's fragrances?

    i'll add my vote for eau des baux. i also remember being quite enamoured with eau des 4 voleurs when i last went into one of their stores. must go back for further sniffing...
  48. Re: Umm, I seem to have passed 3000 posts without realizing it...

    in my short time here on the boards this has very much been my sentiment regarding your presence here. bravo, and here's to thousands more!

    Guy
  49. Poll: Re: Burberry Brit men vs Carolina Herrera Chic for men

    both of those seem ideal for what you want, although Brit for me is the superior fragrance. Chic is fresher with it's watery fruit notes, Brit has a vaguely soapy edge and a warm, soft powder feel....
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    Re: What is your next purchase?

    maybe fumerie turque, but most likely next it will be costume national 21.

    if i force myself to only eat ramen noodles all week, then silver factory or perhaps something by kilian.

    i should...
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    Re: Tips on good "green" fragrances?

    whilst i love EN (i'm wearing it today, and have done three days this week) i don't see it as green as such, more a bittersweet nutty vegetal/rooty quality. personally i'd describe 'green' as more...
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    Re: Who else likes the smell of FUEL?

    as a child i would always be warned to keep the windows shut by my mother, only to frantically wind the window down and sniff furiously whilst she was paying for the petrol in the kisok.

    perhaps...
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    Re: Match a scent with this scenario

    perhaps l'heure bleu?

    the neroli for me suits your springtime setting, and the florals might evoke a woodland/twilight feel. also, your scenario ended with the sweet iced tea/cornbread theme,...
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    Re: 21 - costume national

    it seems i posted in that thread.... i think i'm losing my mind... can fragrances cause dementia?!
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    * Delete Please* 21 - costume national

    ok, so i have basically a blanket ban on blind buying, since so frequently i think i'll love something only to be underwhelmed by it (or worse).

    despite this, i'm becoming desperately tempted for...
  56. Re: sorry if this is not directly on the topic of scent but...

    i can't imagine who you're referring to...
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    Re: Your views on 21 by CoSTUME NATIONAL

    i'm desperate to try this stuff now, especially after comparisons to silver factory which i love.

    on a related, yet bizarre, note, i found out recently that my mum and rachel weisz's mother...
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    Re: Your most/least favorite resinous frag ?

    whilst i'm not overly familiar with fragrances which have this quality, for me this seems the best description of 'resinous'. my personal association is from a brief foray into playing the violin as...
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    Re: Similiar to Clive Christian No.1?

    oh my god *shakes head*............
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    Re: Penhaligons Douro Eau de Portugal

    and it's in my hands at last.

    the opening is clear, bright aromatic citrus, classic and with a strong masculine character, rather traditional, quite formal, big rounded clean lemons with a...
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    Re: Penhaligons Douro Eau de Portugal

    FINALLY today i will get my hands on my bottle - i entered the competition whilst staying with my parents over christmas, and foolishly used their address when entering - a 'mystery chunky package'...
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    Re: Weird but good lavender scents?

    i'll fourth Gris Clair, it isn't the most riveting of scents but it has a clear, soft-focus bright warmth and a gentle, raked-ashes smokiness which makes it very appealing. i can't imagine a scent...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons 2 Man

    now this could be a thought - i previously mentioned that i'd noticed the longevity to be variable, which of course seems odd. i own two bottles - could one perhaps have better lasting power than the...
  64. Re: He Hates Perfume - article in More Intelligent Life on CB

    thanks mike, for linking to yet another wonderful article! i'd be fascinated to try these scents, despite the ethos behind them being somewhat different to my own view on fragrance.

    perhaps most...
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    Re: Idole de Lubin - Review

    i've sampled idole before, but on the strength of this review i've just emailed Lubin for some samples as i'm feeling it deserves another go.

    i've read that Le Vetiver is the closest thing to the...
  66. Re: Anyone else not a big fan of seemngly endless longevity?

    precisely. i shower (and therefore effectively remove all scent in such a fashion) every day so where's the problem?

    if i'm wearing a fragrance i like, i want it to last as long as possible,...
  67. Re: Carolina Herrera Chic. Worth a blind-buy?

    in my experience the sillage and longevity are truly excellent, i was still getting wafts of scent from my arm more than 24 hours later. this is something i found with 212 also. it does have a...
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    Re: Your go-to fragrance

    when i'm getting ready for a big night out, i often find myself reaching for Michael for Men. something to do with the boozey tobacco vibe and the sensual rich fruit.
  69. Re: [Sorry. Ended] 100 Bottles of Penhaligon's Douro Eau de Portugal up for grabs

    fantastic! thanks again for this great competition.
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    Re: Glamorous scents

    for the kind of '20's Hollywood' glamour you mention, i'd suggest Caron Tabac Blond, Guerlain Mitsouko (or perhaps Samsara), Trumper's Eucris is glamorous in more of a debonaire, James Bond style,...
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    Re: The Most Offensive of the Designer Scents

    fleur du male - one spray rendered myself and my friends horrified and gagging, had to drive home with the windows down.

    le male CAN be sickening, but usually due to the violent quantities in...
  72. Re: Your favorite "joss stick" oriental is... ?

    tried goutal's encens flamboyant yesterday, it has a definite joss stick quality - a real headshop/hippy vibe, oddly combined with a stuffy floral-piney-soapy character.
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    Re: What is your favorite Spicy note?

    i love the black pepper in rose poivree, and the clovey dentist character of LP no.9. the cinnamon in serge noir is fabulous. cardamom is another favourite note. finally nutmeg, used sparingly, can...
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    Re: Is any fragrance a sweet, powdery musk?

    i'll second burberry brit
  75. Re: Which frags took a long time to love, or hate ?

    terre d'hermes, after two attempts, was a complete no-go for me. third time around, and i LOVED it. it literally smells completely different to me now - even from the same sample.
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    Re: What is your all-purpose fragrance?

    i see i'm not alone with mine - Guerlain Vetiver.

    it's as perfect for an office as it is in a bar, great with a tux and wonderful with a tshirt and jeans, also my favourite for sunbathing by the...
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    Re: What's similar to La malle?

    i'll second body kouros for similarity to Le Male - there's an accord which the two definately have in common. IMO body kouros is the better of the two - and indeed is much less painfully ubiquitous....
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    Re: Jo Malone Vetyver!

    i really must go and smell the Jo Malone range, i'm a nut for vetiver and Pomegranate Noir sounds wonderful also. There's a Jo Malone shop about fifteen minutes from my house, but I always get...
  79. Thread: Wtf !

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    Re: Wtf !

    don't be facetious. anyway, that sort of price is clearly dictated by the vanilla. i had to take out a mortgage at krispy kreme this morning...
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    Re: Modern Fragrances for Men

    perhaps it's an obvious choice, but ultra-violet man (as the name suggests) does indeed have a rather android feeling to it, deliberately and intruigingly synthetic. i'm not sure it's 'cutting edge',...
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    Re: Hilarious fragrance reviews thread

    i hope this thread is intended to celebrate the humour of the reviewers' prose...
  82. Re: [Sorry. Ended] 100 Bottles of Penhaligon's Douro Eau de Portugal up for grabs

    eeep - when will we know? *quivers with anticipation*
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    Re: Perfume with a paper/ink note?

    i get a definite inkiness from encre noir, after the initial wet/earthy/walnut notes, there's an freshly written, not-quite-dry ink note, wet-sweet and smoky and black amongst the vetiver.
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    Re: Turin on LŽAnarchiste

    for the benefit of those of us without the guide, could someone post the review? (or does that contravene copyright laws?)

    Guy
  85. Re: Non-fragrance products/scents that you like

    Petrol.
    Play-doh.
    Clarins 'gommage tonic corps'.
    Johnson's baby shampoo, the yellow one.
    Fry's Turkish delight.
    Tesco (English supermarket) make a 'Neroli' bubble bath which is powerful yet...
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    Re: help with animalic/musk frags

    hit the nail on the head there dimitri! unfortunately I already have a wishlist of niche fragrances totalling probably in excess of a grand, so i'm trying to indulge my fragrance desires a little...
  87. Re: What deodorant do you wear with your colognes?

    Mitchum unscented spray.

    doesn't clash with fragrances, and is truly effective against sweat (and therefore odour) at a fantastic price point.

    i too am horrified that i used to wear scented...
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    Re: help with animalic/musk frags

    i'm very much a vetiver fan, i have encre noir and cdg2man (and terre d'hermes soon), and i wear guerlain's vetiver almost every other day, i truly love it - but it doesnt really quite have the...
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    Re: Say it ain't so! Habit Rouge SPORT???

    oh please, doesn't habit rouge refer to the red jacket worn by people foxhunting on horseback - a sport? this is akin to bemoaning flankers like Cool Water Frozen. or Paris Hilton Heiress Slutty.
    ...
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    Re: help with animalic/musk frags

    thanks for the great response guys, even more to add to my list.

    any other suggestions from less hard-to-smell houses? most of those would have to be blind buys in the uk.

    thanks, guy
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    help with animalic/musk frags

    ok, so i've realised i don't really know very much about these sorts of fragrances. i want to expand my knowledge generally, but i'm looking specifically for something look-at-me raunchy, something...
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    Re: Male versions you'd like to see.

    in terms of the personality of insolence, would mont blanc's Individuel, or indeed Joop!, not fit the bill? i dislike all three though, so perhaps i'm not very objective!
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    Re: Who Likes Terre D'Hermes?

    this is so strange. i came accross a half-full sample of TdH yesterday and thought i'd give it another go, mainly due to the overwhelmingly positive comments i'm constantly coming across on the...
  94. Re: [UK Only] 100 Bottles of Penhaligon's Douro Eau de Portugal up for grabs

    i'm probably too late, but fingers crossed! yay things for free. bigger yay, lovely things for free!
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    Re: Andy Warhol Silver Factory

    fantastic - now maybe i can afford some (if i only eat ramen this week. once a day. every other day.)
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    Re: Favourite non niche scent

    categorically HAS to be guerlain's vetiver. always appropriate, always elegant, always striking the right balance between depth and freshness (but not remotely like modern 'fresh' offerings).
    ...
  97. Re: Applying to the Chest... Will there be sillage?

    this is all getting a bit kinky isnt it? i love it! haha.

    i can honestly say i've never consciously sprayed my chest - will try tomorrow with ecre noir, as the sillage is a tad less than i'd like.
  98. Re: KORRES - Saffron / Amber / Agarwood / Cardamom

    very interested to try this, i've been a fan of their skincare for a while now. that said, saffron isnt always my favourite note, and i've found the fragrances in their skin products somewhat...
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    Re: Is Mitsouko edp wearable from man?

    gave this a trial run the other day. my conclusion: yes, it's wearable for a man. no, it's not wearable for me. shame, i absolutely love it on others - on me it just didn't work. it was like wearing...
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    Re: match a frag to the person above . . .

    this element of duality and contrast, plus being young like me, and the thought of staying up late, made me think of Solo Loewe. It's definately suitable for our age group, and it manages to have a...
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