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  1. Re: Midnight in Paris? Wasn't worth the hype for me at all!

    I disliked the stuff on first sniff and my opinion never has changed. I like the perfumes you bought instead a heck of a lot more!
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    Re: Your Favourite Perfumes From Roja Dove ?

    I love most of them, but the two standouts of many great releases are Risqué (pour Femme) and Diaghilev.
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    Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    For me, little movement over the years...

    1)Portrait of a Lady (original formula)
    2)Giorgio for Men (vintage)
    2)Giorgio VIP
    4)Dia Man (vintage)
    5)Anat Fritz (either the original version, or...
  4. Re: Guilty: I enjoy fragrances with powerful projections..... Suggestions?

    Great fragrance and projection...? I recommend starting with the top three perfumes on the list as my signature below as they all easily check the boxes.
  5. Poll: Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 Edp or Elysium Pour Homme Parfum Cologne ?

    If it were *me* it would be an easy choice - Elysium Parfum Cologne, as I can't stand Baccarat Rouge 540. That said, the Elysium Parfum pour Homme version is far superior than the Cologne to my...
  6. Re: Costume national Homme - is it any way similar to Amouage Interlude man?

    Thanks. I am easing my way back.
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    Re: What fragrances do you hate/make you retch?

    Secretions Manifiques by ELdO
    Mercury by Nu_Be
    Success by Donald Trump (no political implications, just the perfume itself)

    These all have an iodine-like sharp metallic note that I just can’t...
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    Re: Your top 10 of this decade (2010 - 2019)

    Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle (2010)
    Classical by Anat Fritz (2013)
    Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L’Artisan (2010)
    Javanese Patchouli by Zegna (2012)
    Tzora by Anat Fritz...
  9. Re: Costume national Homme - is it any way similar to Amouage Interlude man?

    No. Costume National Homme is similar to Clive Christian X for Men, not Interlude Man. I love it.
  10. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    That is definitely “the good stuff.”
  11. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    That label has the “bad bottle” ingredients list. The one shown is the IFRA reformulated version. My guess is that the current USA and Spain versions are the same reformulated version. The key is...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    One of my favorites. This one should get more visibility than it does.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances

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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 2nd September, 2019

    Lucifer by Renaissance Fragrances. Not in the BN directory, but should be. It is quickly rising the ranks to the top tier of the best perfumes I have ever sniffed.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Lucifer, by the defunct Renaissance Fragrances of Switzerland.

    This was a blind-buy of a vintage discontinued perfume that flew under the radar over the years. I really knew nothing about the...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2019

    A whimsical "cheapy" blind buy of the long-since discontinued Lucifer, by the defunct Renaissance Perfumes. Wearing it now, I dare say I am happy with the buy... Kind of an oakmoss and patchouli...
  18. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme Men Made In USA Vs. Made In Spain

    Don’t know anything about a made in Spain version, but the US current version was reformulated a few years back for the worse (most noticeable in the drydown). I recommend seeking out a US bottle...
  19. Re: Aramis Havana , a gentlemans collection just arrived

    A masterpiece and one of the finest tobacco-centric perfumes ever created, IMO. As you enjoy Havana, I suggest you seek out Montana Black Edition by the same master perfumer (Edouard Flechier) if...
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    Re: What is your TOP 3 DESIGNER of all-time??

    So many great ones...

    Probably mine are

    Giorgio for Men (vintage) by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Captain (vintage) by Molyneux
    Tzora by Anat Fritz

    If excluding releases from small, limited...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2019

    First purchase in ages... 100ml vintage bottle of Tabacco d’Harar
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    Poll: Re: 1980's Male Powerhouse Monster Showdown

    Other... Giorgio for Men. Super powerful and even better smelling.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Meraviglia by Note di Profumum. This stuff smells extremely close to original formula Portrait of a Lady, and has outstanding strength too. Considering POAL is my favorite composition, I can easily...
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    Re: NEW LINE - Note di Profumum

    Never cared for any of the regular Profumum line, so these I went in highly skeptical to say the least.

    That said, I am wearing Meraviglia from a sample, and Lucky Scent is pretty much spot-on...
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    Poll: Re: Roja Parfums Diaghilev or Enigma?

    Both are great, but Diaghilev is superior to my nose.
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    Re: The Different Company

    Oud Shamash is my favorite, followed by Oud for Love.
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    Re: Promise by Frederick Malle

    This will surely be a blind buy for me. Ropion works wonders with Rose.
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    Poll: Re: Creed Royal Oud vs Spice and wood

    Royal Oud is good, Spice and Wood is terrible. Easy choice, IMO.
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    Re: Silentrich Tribute - Saturday 29th (7/29/2017)

    Boy, I had stepped back from perusing the forums for a while and had no idea of Rich's illness, nor his passing. So sad to return and see this thread. I wish I could pick a composition from his...
  30. Re: What are your top "heavy hitters" (please no sweet scents!) ?

    Just a few of many...

    Giorgio for Men (vintage)
    Portrait of a Lady (original formula)
    Bijan for Men (vintage)
    Polo (vintage)
    Norne
    Crown Imperial
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    Poll: Re: Which of these 8 fragrances is your favorite?

    Terre d'Hermès followed by Santal 33
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Both Dryad by Papillon and Mem by Bogue were both winners from my latest sample order.
  33. Re: Considering another blindbuy - Javanese Patchouli

    I think it is not only a relatively safe blind buy, but also just a fabulous overall patch dominant/focused composition. If you enjoy soft patch presentations, it doesn't get any better, IMO. I...
  34. Re: Owners Only Deathmatch: Lauder for Men vs Antaeus

    This. Both great compositions in their original formulas.
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    Re: thoughts on Mendittorosa?

    Most of their line didn't impress, but Le Mat is the real deal and got me to buy. That is the one to sniff from the line, IMO.
  36. Re: Which of these three leather fragrances to go for?

    Bel Ami Vetiver
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    Re: Best oud fragrance with no rose?

    Oud Shamash by The Different Company
    Oud Luban by Aftelier
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    Poll: Re: Aventus vs Portrait of a lady

    Kind of a weird comparison, IMO. The two are so different. To me, at least, Portrait of a Lady is far superior. I think Aventus is mediocre at best.
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    Re: Patchouli - the best of the best

    Javanese Patchouli by Zegna for a patch focused play.

    Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle and Giorgio for Men (original formula) by Giorgio Beverly Hills for significant patch...
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    Re: Top 10 new releases of 2017

    Of those I have tried there is Superstitious, then everything else. Ropion creates another winner.
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    Re: Favourite zegna?

    Javanese Patchouli is the standout, but the whole Essenze line is terrific.
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    Re: Coolwater replacement?

    You can do a lot of gambling at the relatively low prices original formula Cool Water bottles go for compared to buying things like GIT and Chez Bond (not that there is anything wrong with either of...
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    Re: Drakkar Vs Giorgio

    This, although instead of Drakkar Noir in its current formulation, I suggest also sniffing Caesars Man which is similar smelling and less expensive. If we were talking original formulations it would...
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    Re: Bel Ami Vetyver and Aramis Calligraphy

    No similarities between the two to my nose,,,
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    Re: Roja dove overrated

    I find on the whole, the line is not overrated. Sure, the prices are lofty (too lofty for me in most cases) but the quality is there and I tend to like the smell of most of them plenty.
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    Re: Suggestions for Masculine Rose based scent

    Floris No. 89 may be the type of presentation you are looking for. Just try and seek out a vintage/original formula bottle if possible.
  47. Re: Will La nuit de L'homme ever be good again?

    It never was good (or even mediocre), IMO...
  48. Re: Just don't get no respect!! What fragrances don't get the respect they deserve?

    Both excellent. Too bad their distribution is so limited outside the U.K. I also agree with the earlier Floris Elite mention by another member. I have no idea what it smells like now, but in its...
  49. Re: Creed Millesime 1849 or Clive Christian no.1 for men

    I am not really a fan of either, but strongly prefer No. 1 of the two. I personally can't stand 1849.
  50. Re: which fragrance in your opinion has the best opening scent

    This one for me, too. I am also partial to the natural orange and lemon opening of Crown Imperial by the late Crown Perfumery.
  51. Re: Which to pick: Hermes Equipage current formulation or Equipage Geranium

    I prefer Equipage Geranium.
  52. Re: Grey vetiver or Bel Ami Vetiver

    For me, Bel Ami Vetiver without question. I find Grey Vetiver mundane.
  53. Re: So-called 'classic' fragrances that are still in circulation that should not be.

    Two greats in their original formulas. Why would one want to snuff out greatness? At the end of the day it is all a matter of personal tastes. If these two classics don't appeal to you, wear other...
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    Re: Polo alternatives

    Certainly Polo Crest has similarities to original Polo at times, but from top to bottom, nothing really. Polo is one of a kind.
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    Re: Luca Turin on Frederic Malle

    For me the line is extremely solid, with Portrait of a Lady easily a five star caliber composition, at least IMO.
  56. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills For Men......Red Or Yellow?

    In their original/vintage formulations both are great, though I strongly prefer the "Yellow". Hard to make a bad choice with these two, just make sure you don't buy the current stuff of either.
  57. Re: Is there a better masterpiece out there contemporary than this? In designer

    Well, as far as I'm concerned you picked one of the best... I would argue the designer composition Tzora by Anat Fritz takes the best elements of Terre d'Hermes and improves on its greatness further.
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    Re: Basenote Members who've come and and gone -

    All fine here. :-). There has been a bit of a dry spell where I haven't been excited about most of the releases the past year and a half. That said, the latest Ropion Malle collaboration has forced...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Superstitious by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. It has been pretty boring the last year and a half but leave it to Ropion and Malle to come up with another big winner and get me interested in...
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    Re: Finally got Bentley Intense for men

    This sounds more like a descriptor of the superb perfume I own and love. The one described in the OP couldn't be much more different. Maybe there was indeed a reformulation, but what is being...
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    Re: Geir by Geir Ness

    I detest it. Two words describe this creature "Pepto Bismol."
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    It is the oakmoss. There is plenty of it in the dry-down, but the other components are so well-blended it doesn't stand out like some. The strength is not a problem at all with the reformulation. ...
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    Re: CH Men v CH Men Prive

    They certainly are different enough, but the Prive smells completely artificial and awful. If you must buy one of these two, then the CH Men is far superior smelling, IMO.
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    Re: Fendi Uomo Vintage

    Yes it is vintage, a powerhouse and damn good! It is in the vintage Giorgio for Men realm, smell-wise.
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    Re: 2016 - In review

    Only one new release this year got me to open my wallet...

    Adjatay by The Different Company -- a great floral leather
  66. Re: Ralph Lauren did Oud Supreme edp right... niche like

    Far from earth shattering, but I found it a very pleasant surprise when I tried it. I never bought a bottle, but did think about it. One of the best things Polo has released in ages.
  67. Re: Best Cedar and wood prominent Fragrances What do you guys think!?

    Classical by Anat Fritz
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    Re: Davidoff Leather Blend

    No way near their best perfume in a long time to my nose. It took me forever to track it down and paid a steep markup to have it shipped from overseas only to give it away. Needless to say I was...
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    Re: Bogart Pour Homme ?? thoughts

    I think it smells great and is an exceptional value. That said, don't try and convince yourself to like it. It may just not be your kind of perfume, and there is nothing wrong with that...
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    Re: House of Santi Burgas?

    One of the most disappointing houses I have come across. I disliked most of what I sniffed from it, and was indifferent to pretty much the rest. Very cheap smelling stuff, IMO.

    As to the perfume...
  71. Re: Dominique Ropion creates Messy Sexy Just Rolled out of Bed for A Lab on Fire

    Yikes, that was one of the worst things I have ever sniffed! If this smells even a smidge like that stinker, I will be seeking a nose clip pronto.
  72. Re: Dominique Ropion creates Messy Sexy Just Rolled out of Bed for A Lab on Fire

    I love Ropion, but this doesn't sound like anything I would want. Gourmand+A Lab On Fire = Auto Avoid
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Niche Fragrance House? (Poll)

    Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Vintage Bijan for Men
  75. Re: Frederic Malle collaborates with designer Alber Elbaz for upcoming launch, Superstitious

    Malle... Ropion... Deal me in!
  76. Re: If I didn't like Bentley Intense.. what are the odds I will like regular "For Men"?

    I would say the odds are strongly against. I love them both, but as was mentioned, there is a lot of overlap, and if you disliked the Intense (the better of the two, IMO), it is highly unlikely you...
  77. Re: NEW : Natura Fabularis - Six New Scents by L'Artisan Parfumeur!

    Ditto.
  78. Re: Santal 33 by Le Labo worth to be bought blind???

    It is a spectacular composition by one of the best noses around. That said, while it was love at first sniff for me, it can be polarizing so sampling first is recommended.
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    Re: Dirt cheap 'quality' scents

    Montana Black Edition can hold its own with just about everything out there, selling for around $20 a 125ml bottle.
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    Re: Anyone familiar with Mendittorosa

    Le Mat is the standout, and it smells great. The rest are forgettable.
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    Re: Most complex cologne you know

    Vintage Red for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills comes first to mind... Dia Man by Amouage is another.
  82. Thread: Roja Dove ?

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    Re: Roja Dove ?

    Risqué (pour Femme)

    A close second is Diaghilev.
  83. Re: the most interesting scents issued in the last 2 years

    Scent & Chemistry Kiss My Ass by O'driù is the first one that comes to mind as interesting.... and damn good.
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    Re: Polo black vs double black

    Skip vs. double skip.
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    Re: Today I bought September 2016

    Adjatay by The Different Company
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    Re: Bel Ami vs Bel Ami Vetiver

    I love them both near equally. I would own both.
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    The late dry down is quite different now, and destroyed (among other things).

    The age of the vintage bottles in all the ones I have tried has not had any negative effect (except changing the...
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    Smell the original and then you will understand.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Adjatay by The Different Company, a stunning floral leather.
  90. Re: giorgio beverly hills for men 1984(original)VS giorgio beverly hills for men(re-issue

    Yes, that is the original release. Better lock that bottle in a safe. ;-)
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    That is the bad reformulation I am familiar with (showing both oak moss and tree moss on the box ingredients list). If they destroyed the composition further and removed the oak moss entirely...
  92. Re: New Fragrance from The Different Company - Adjatay!

    Apart from both being excellent floral leathers, there is not much in the way of similarity between the two to my nose. This one leans much more heavily on the florals than Cuir Pleine Fleur. So, I...
  93. Re: New Fragrance from The Different Company - Adjatay!

    It does lean "feminine" by most standards, but not overly so, IMO. The florals play more of a role than the underlying leather, but the whole thing comes together rather nicely, IMO. Great work by...
  94. Re: Ever have a fragrance that you try where other people like it more than you do?

    Plenty of times, and it doesn't bother me at all. As for the perfume in question, I would say just about *everybody* likes that more than I (even those that can't stand it).
  95. Thread: New: Dusita

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    Re: New: Dusita

    Just tried all three of the ones at Lucky Scent...

    All three are high quality, but the Oud which many are enjoying the most is a bit too animallic for my tastes. That said, I do understand the...
  96. Re: New Fragrance from The Different Company - Adjatay!

    I didn't know what to expect with this one, as the perfumer, Monet, is relatively new on the scene (and tuberose is not a favorite note of mine, at least not on *me*)...

    Hesitancy aside, I am...
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    I wouldn't buy the current formulation of this. It is a tremendous perfume in its original formula, but the reformulation ruined it. Save up some additional money and buy one of the...
  98. Poll: Re: Have you ever bought a scent because it was hyped as "sexy" ?

    No.
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    Re: La Nuit de L'Homme vs Aventus Creed

    Hmm... One mediocre offering (Aventus) versus an absolutely atrocious smelling one (La Nuit de L'Homme)... I guess mediocrity "wins," when comparing the lesser of two losers...
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    Poll: Re: For anyone who's tried all 3

    This, word for word.
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