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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I feel the same about those two he'd just as soon turf. I do like Havana quite a lot though, and probably wear Slumberhouse's Baque (pipe tobacco) about as much as anything in the fall.
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I would probably have a quite similar list. (I do like Terre d'Hermes EDP though.) Cheaper tobacco scents, in particular cherry tobacco are just not things that seem to interest me much anymore.
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    Re: New Azzaro Pour Homme refillable bottle

    Excellent.

    I've been thinking of getting something newer, as recent Azzaro has cheapened and coarsened over the years. If it's, as you say, getting back even somewhat to its former glory that is...
  4. Re: Are there any fragrances in which ginger plays an important role?

    I'm always reminded of Ginger Beer when I smell Robert Piguet's Casbah, but it apparently contains no ginger, or at least it's not listed among the notes. The combination of angelica, black pepper,...
  5. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time. (Feminine fragrances edition!)

    This is suprisingly good. I got it for nothing (an extra freebie in a larger order) but I think it's worth a lot more than the $25 or whatever it sells for a 75ml.

    A 4☆ review here.
    ...
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    Re: Patchouli Antique by Les Nereides

    They did, but kept the same formula for the perfume but got a new bottle, similar though not as nice as the one pictured above. Now they're back to 'Antique', even while all the modernising is going...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It feels like fall.
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    Patchouli Antique by Les Nereides

    A new formula for this.



    https://www.lesnereides.com/en/perfumes/1444-patchouli-antique-fragrance-100ml.html

    Seems to be a lot more going on than before. Hopefully they haven't botched a...
  9. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    Better ingredients for sure, but I don't know that it's really any of those things. Fairly depressing stuff at that price point. Reminds me of vintage Joop! also, just a lot more subdued. Someone...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Her comparisons to vintage Shalimar and Jicky caught my attention.

    https://i.imgur.com/uu9pmDP.gif
  11. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    You really ought to consider Mont Blanc Individuel. It'll cost about 1/10th the price of the Creed, and is quite similar.
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    That should be more than enough to make it a top-seller and a Basenotes' darling. :rolleyesold:
  13. Re: Celebrity scents go niche? Chloe Sevigny & Régime des Fleurs

    Yeah, she's always been associated with the arty New York scene, with its minimalism aesthetic. Her very first job as a teenager was doing Sonic Youth's Sugar Kane video with Marc Jacobs. She's...
  14. Poll: Re: Masculinity of VUI - Prada L'Homme Intense - Spicebomb Extreme etc. For Clean Looking Mid 20s

    I'd suggest looking for something a bit more distinctive, lest at a party you're not just Spicebomb Guy #6 or similar...
  15. Re: Comme des Garcons + Monocle Scent Four: Yoyogi

    Same.

    Hinoki and Sugi are both excellent, and Laurel has great reviews as well, though I haven't smelled it.

    A local online house has a bunch of the Olfactory Library series that I've been...
  16. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    It does seem really odd that there's only one review here for Oud Touch, an excellent cheaper "oud" that approximates something close to the much more expensive Oud Ispahan by Dior and Diptyque's Oud...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    Don't you just hate those You still have items in your shopping cart e-mails from the various online perfume stores? :rolleyesold: I feel like replying, "I know, I know. Quit pressuring me!"
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    Re: A strifeknot appreciation thread :)

    That'd be a huge loss for this community. Hopefully it's just something temporary.
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    Re: New to the Fragrance Game

    I think "journey" is fine, as it implies to me a sort of wandering around, trying new places and new things. That doesn't seem particularly pretentious either, as we all just stumble around in this...
  20. Re: US based peeps: buying from artisans in the UK is super cheap!

    Before this Brexit business kicked, the pound was trading at around $1.48 to the US dollar. Today it's around $1.23 and has gone as low as $1.19. There's only one other comparable recent example of a...
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    Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

    https://cf5.s3.souqcdn.com/item/2018/02/20/30/77/44/14/item_XL_30774414_111114894.jpg

    Stupidly good.

    Can be found online for under $30. Worn when it's cool it's very good. Worn when it's cold...
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    Re: Your philosophy: smell like, or smell

    The smell first and foremost. Has to be of some intrinsic interest. If it's just background noise that I don't really care about 5 seconds after spraying I can't be bothered.

    Secondary...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I was identifying more with Miss Katy Perry and her "Baby needs a new pair of shoes" look. I feel the same way when blind-buying perfume above a certain price point. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I have my eye on several blind buys. For now I've resisted temptation, but who knows how long that will last...

    https://media.giphy.com/media/3ofSBoDj8H1tpR5HTW/giphy.gif
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    Re: A quick hello and SOTC

    They are. Tabac Rouge and Eau des Baux. I don't know what Fortitude smells like. Tabac Rouge is better than the similar though cloying Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille also, and cheaper too.

    And much...
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    Re: Coromandel Parfum is here

    A review worth watching, simply because he has extensive experience with all the versions of Coromandel, and says what he really thinks of each. (My opinion of the edp somewhat mirrors his as well,...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    That sounds disappointing.

    The original edt was a patchouli bomb, perhaps the best feminine patchouli ever made. Luxurious feel to it, in the way that a cashmere sweater can wear that way.
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    Re: Favorite Ferrari?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfNgJnqM-w

    The new Ferrari 812 GTS Spider looks pretty dope to me.
  29. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    I must be getting old. I can't tell if this is trolling or not. :rolleyesold:
  30. Re: A Perfumer's Secrets: A Must-Watch Feature for Fragrance Enthusiasts

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YatOwgm01pc&feature=youtu.be

    She also does perfume workshops in her studio which are highly recommended.
  31. Re: Versace Eros VS Eau de baux for casual everyday

    Eau des Baux is much better, in my opinion. Eros is juvenile and sickly sweet. A noticeable amount of ambroxan too, which seems to be my kryptonite.
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    Re: Your top 10 of this decade (2010 - 2019)

    Agree with including these two on their respective lists as you've done. I don't really like either one but it's impossible to deny their influence both in the marketplace and among the fragrance...
  33. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    You're not asking any of the right questions. Or not worded properly.

    "Is there something out there that smells like Aventus and is good?"

    Club de Nuit Intense smells quite a bit like Aventus,...
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    Re: For those who wear Azzaro PH EDT

    Sort of agree with both of you, but current does smell similar to vintage and is better than just "our impression of Azzaro pour homme", it just wears differently. I'd compare it to wearing a...
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    Re: Winter pleasent smell

    https://img.fragrancex.com/images/products/parent/medium/70340m.jpg

    Bentley for Men Intense

    If you want something for cold days (less than 0c), this is the stuff. Fairly loud and boozy, but...
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    Re: Your Most Worn August 2019

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  37. Re: Looking for an everyday cologne, any suggestions?

    If you like Aventus and hate the price tag, try

    Zara Vibrant Leather

    Costs basically nothing and you get a fruity Aventus-type cologne that lasts about long enough (4-6 hrs). Much better than...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    Really just a way to isolate the insufferable knobs who talk endlessly about batch variations. In that sense, a very good idea. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Dior getting blasted for new Sauvage campaign

    A better, more direct translation is simply Sauvage = Savage.

    Given the obvious slur, you'd think Dior would have taken special care not to offend before embarking on this ad campaign but that...
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    Re: FINALLY - Found a vetiver I don't like

    I had this one for awhile but swapped it. Remember it being a very clean, "soapy" vetiver. It was good, and a great deal for the price, but just not my style and rarely worn.
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    Re: Wife Hates Almost All Of My Fragrances...

    Wife Hates Almost All Of My Fragrances...
    Have you given consideration to trading her in for a newer model? Just a thought.
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    Re: Acqua di gio profumo vs Kouros

    :thumbup:

    Both have a metallic base and some metal ribbing on the bottle. That's about it. There's nothing in either bottle that suggests the other one.
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    Re: Ryan seacrest is a montale man

    He's probably an investor, like this Lori Grenier character who's also on ABC's 'Shark Tank'.
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    Re: No idea where to start? First Post. Help?

    You're fortunate that Dior has returned it to it's former glory, more or less. Recent stuff is very good.
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    It has nothing to do with white florals, folks. There is plenty of shit sold to men that smells too "perfumey" as well.
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    Practically anything in department stores, malls, etc gives me the hives.
  47. Re: Interest in a Mystery Swap? Contiguous 48 States

    Well....the obligation is to send one bottle only, not umpteen. :smiley:
  48. Re: Interest in a Mystery Swap? Contiguous 48 States

    I think another idea is to exchange full bottles. Send something out you don't wear and the next person has to send out something they don't wear, of preferably similar retail value. If you don't...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The most definitive answer is "Maybe. Maybe not."

    Arso is piney, but a lot more smokey. I don't see the two perfumes as all that similar, the Profumum products are all rich and luxurious perfumes,...
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    Re: Elie Saab Oud thoughts?

    Interesting that in The Guide, MFK's original Oud was given just 1 star, while this was given 4 stars. Perhaps the reviewer had bad associations with Oud ("reminiscent of the smell in my dentist's...
  51. Re: Layton Exclusif vs Memo Italian Leather vs Amouage Interlude ?

    Is this a trick question?

    Established, quality brand versus masstige brands?

    edit: Ok, thinking about this a bit more rather my initial flippant reply, I might still go with Interlude, as the...
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    Re: Burberry London Packaging has changed

    Yup, just keeps getting worse and cheaper-smelling, but we're supposed to pretend otherwise because it's (inexplicably) a Basenotes darling. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Worst Reputation

    https://img.fragrancex.com/images/products/parent/medium/74009w.jpg

    I almost bought this a few years ago, but the contents smelled like every other insipid fruity-floral out there. The concept is...
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    Re: I want to like Memo but I can’t

    Nothing, as far as I can tell.

    Overpriced masstige brand. Insane at retail but I would not even pay grey market for any that I've smelled.
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    Re: No idea where to start? First Post. Help?

    Unless you know someone, eBay is probably your best bet.

    Vintage Polo, Warner or Cosmair, can usually be found by typing in those type of names for search, or just "vintage Polo" in fragrances....
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    Re: No idea where to start? First Post. Help?

    Do buy:

    Vintage Polo, Vintage Kouros

    Don't buy:

    Current Polo, Current Kouros

    Do buy: Antaeus, vintage is better but current is ok
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    The weather turned cooler and I hadn't worn it many months. As soon as I sprayed it I asked myself why I hadn't.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    Coincidentally, TMC had a Dustin Hoffman day of movies today, and they played 'Tootsie' , of course. The final scene has Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange, with her asking 'Dorothy'/Michael if she...
  59. Poll: Re: Chose for me like I'm a child...Only joking - but which is the best 'special occasion' scent?

    Since you seem to like Tom Ford fragrances, I'd just get a bunch of samples there and work your way through them.

    https://www.scentsplit.com/collections/tom-ford
  60. Re: News Story: Sexologist claims people come ‘flocking’ to her when she wears her own "Scent"

    Secretions Magnifique is supposedly based on that.

    This Is What Happens When You Wear Semen-Scented Perfume
  61. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time. (Feminine fragrances edition!)

    No you don't. Overpriced juvenile nonsense.
  62. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    I think Dunhill Icon is quite good too, and worth buying, especially at the low price. But it's not really my thing, with the Neroli and its more classical structure. But I also think 95% of what I...
  63. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    I noticed Joy Amin put it on his Top 15 Masculine Fragrances a few weeks ago, a curious list of high end niche and lower cost designers, with Amouage Interlude Man, Antaeus and Kouros alongside This...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It's both, of course.

    Scarcity of supply + high demand is creating these "asset bubbles", where speculators can come in, buy larger quantities with the reasonable expectation they'll at least make...
  65. Re: News Story: Sexologist claims people come ‘flocking’ to her when she wears her own "Scent"

    She's from Toronto, is 34, and seems has a gift for self-promotion.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I know I would chafe if the price was $250. At $200 I would consider several bottles that I've missed out on over the years, getting by with smaller decants and the like. Relatively small differences...
  67. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    It could be higher than 20% (Fahrenheit is supposedly around 25% and I don't notice it there at all). I assume it's lower than in Encre Noire, also made by Nathalie Lorson, as the Iso-E Super is...
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    They should put that on the box and their adverts.
  69. Re: Tried the new Zadig & Voltaire This is Him! EXCELLENT

    I'm of the opinion that they're among the better designer fragrances for men of the last five years or so, at least for stuff that usually retails for less than $120. Yes, deceptively simple, with...
  70. Re: What are other perfumes in style of Tom Ford Noir Extreme?

    I wonder if Bulgari Man Black Orient would be to your liking? It's a lower cost designer, but I've heard it's a decent riff on a middle eastern style. And much better than Man in Black, Spicebomb, or...
  71. Re: the flight to quality - do you have this "problem"? Don't mean to sound smug (apologies)

    Similar thoughts.

    I try to wear everything I own, and make a concerted effort to wear everything I've bought, even if it's cheap, and even if it's not good. It all should get worn at some point.
    ...
  72. Re: Which frags signal "he is a nice guy but refuses to be that to me"?

    For some reason, I looked at this and read,

    :rolleyesold:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/EzR5UZl0VImbe/giphy.gif
  73. Re: Is there a fragrance that smells like soy sauce mixed with honey?

    Wouldn't it be simpler (and cheaper) just to mix some in a bowl and slather it on? I mean, if you're into that sort of thing. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Etro Vetiver

    ...is very good, if you like natural-smelling, but somewhat linear vetivers. But the original edc was just outstanding stuff, but I guess disappeared from the market about 10 years...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    A little harsh, but I agree with you about the framing device part being hokey. I thought the production values were fine though, especially considering the company that acquired "Halston" destroyed...
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    Re: Mainstream houses

    They did release Mon Guerlain a couple of years, with a splashy launch that included Angelina Jolie. Pretty underwhelming stuff to my nose, but seems to sell well, with umpteen flankers already.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    There wasn't much about perfume in this, but there was one telling segment where it went into detail about the launch of Halston for Women, and how it became wildly popular at the time (mid 1970s),...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    So you're the ones. I'd heard that a couple of people actually liked it. :rolleyesold:
  79. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Don't.

    There are miniatures of vintage around that are not expensive. Get the real stuff, not the emasculated modern version.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUIvJQUhB5I

    Dior and I (2015)

    The same production company also did this one, which I liked very much as well, despite knowing less than nothing about the fashion...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    This is new. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
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    Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG499lzVjBE

    If you haven't see it yet, this is on CNN on Sunday night. It's actually quite good.
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    Re: Server is c..r..a..w..l..i..n..g today

    :smiley:
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    Re: deconstructed /avant-garde FOUGERE?

    Fougère Nobile by Nobile 1942

    1725 by Histoires de Parfums

    Sartorial by Penhaglion's
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    Re: Some perfumes that celebrities are wearing

    Wasn't really the point, as it was implied already that she could wear anything she wanted with those kind of resources. But if it's true that she wears this sort of stuff (and you can never be sure...
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    Re: Some perfumes that celebrities are wearing

    Wasn't really the point, as it was implied already that she could wear anything she wanted with those kind of resources. But if it's true that she wears this sort of stuff (and you can never be sure...
  87. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    If it's not too much trouble, could you send your binned stuff my way? You can keep your tired and uninspiring stuff, no problem.

    signed,
    Scarce
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    Re: Bogart Signature and Paco PH

    Agree with all of this.

    Bogart does smell "intact", where some others from that era in same ballpark, same greenspace, were either ravaged (Quorum) or lessened so much it made them not worth...
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    Re: How to start buying niche colognes??

    Since money isn't an issue, I'd take $150 or so and buy a bunch of samples. Something like this on eBay, 36 niche samples (Atelier, Tom Ford, Kilian, Le Labo, Serge Lutens, etc).
    ...
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    Poll: Re: Which one for fall/winter? 21 y.o.

    Dior Homme Intense is much better than the others mentioned, which I find to be either sweet, safe, or dull.

    Dior's Fahrenheit might also be worth considering, if you like leather fragrances and...
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    Re: What to try next after Aventus

    What to try next after Aventus?
    Nothing.

    You have reached the Mount Olympus of men's fragrances, the best that ever was or ever will be. Pity the poor souls who have yet to experience the majesty...
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    Re: No-Buy August

    What do they smell like?
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    Re: Salvador Dali PH

    From his actual review:



    With a rating of 8.5. Unusually high for him, but well-deserved.
  94. Re: Your Top 3 popular fragrances that you just don't like

    I'd have a similar list, except as noted.

    I don't hate Aventus, I just find it quite boring and have tried to understand the appeal, so far unsuccessfully. The others I'm pretty much nonplussed...
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    Re: Some perfumes that celebrities are wearing

    Interesting that Kylie Jenner, whose net worth is around $1billion, wears Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion Spray that costs $12.59 online for an 8oz bottle.
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    Re: buying first niche parfum

    I much prefer Ambre Sultan to this, but the suggestion of Serge Lutens is a good one because they're often sweet, often orientals and of infinitely better quality than the vast majority of designer...
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    Re: buying first niche parfum

    Most of Creed I would classify as safe, mass-appealing scents. Basically a designer brand with better ingredients and a hefty increase in price to go along with it. Probably sample first, or go for...
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    Re: Providence Perfumes Indolice

    Dirty jasmine, as in both earthy, with a pronounced mushroom note, and skanky from a particularly pungent jasmine. Not for the faint of heart.
  99. Re: Fahrenheit - Quite possibly the greatest fragrance ever made

    Lest assured, if I had one you would probably be on it, given your penchant for telling people they don't actually smell what they smell. That's obnoxious.
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    Re: Your Favorite Animalic Classy Fragrances?

    You would have absolutely hated the roaring twenties and their perfumes...:rolleyesold:

    Animalic perfumes were, and to some extent, still are the very definition of "classy" perfumes, in that by...
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