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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...
  5. Thread: No-Buy August

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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.
  7. 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.
  12. 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...
  14. Re: Fahrenheit - Quite possibly the greatest fragrance ever made

    Based solely on my own subjective experience with various Fahrenheit versions, it is my opinion that..



    You probably do have a keen nose.



    ..and you probably don't.
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    Re: Michael Edwards Perfume Legends II

    $215 aud
  16. Re: The Attar thread for attars that are not necessarily middle Eastern

    https://sultanpashaattars.com/products/attar-samples
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    Re: Rien incense battle

    Nietzsche wasn't a nihilist, though he wrote a lot about nihilism and how it could destroy a society. Nietzsche also wrote a lot about Übermensch (the over man, or Superman), which would later be...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    I never really thought of that as smelling anything like Tuscan Leather, as it's certainly not a clone. But I guess it is closer to a sweeter suede leather than it is to "oud".

    Some others
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    More like a 1/3 of the price. And some people prefer it to the Tom Ford.
  20. Thread: Target

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    Re: Target

    Target was in Canada from March 5, 2013 until completely liquidated by April, 2015, along with 17,000 jobs.
  21. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Yup.

    I've never smelled Osaito, so no idea if it's any good or not. I do harbor a strong prejudice against designer aquatics though.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Ditto.

    I think I'll have to get samples of Norne and Ore before taking the plunge.
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    Re: Donna Karan Black Cashmere

    That seems rather pricey to me, though I like Black Cashmere quite a lot. Another instance of a $60 fragrance when released now commanding upwards of $300 for unicorn bottles on eBay.
  24. Re: Sel Marin MEETS Acqua Di Gio: Osaito by M. Micallef

    Dumbed-down, in other words.
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    Re: Lucky scent / scent bar is coming to nyc !

    Lower Manhattan. Not too far from Chinatown.
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    Re: Juliette Has a Gun - recommendations?

    Similar thoughts. Ambroxan in everything, it seems. Pretty easy for me to dismiss based on that alone.

    The only one I could give a middling pass to was Lady Vengence, but even then too sweet and...
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    Re: Chanel Les Exclusif Samples

    Chanel Exclusifs, UK only.

    If I were you, I'd risk the tenner this way rather then waiting and travelling around.
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  28. Poll: Re: Le Labo Bergamote 22 or Tom Fords Grey Vetiver EDT?

    Bingo.

    I really don't understand the love here for Grey Vetiver. :huh:
  29. Re: The Attar thread for attars that are not necessarily middle Eastern

    Any oil will get my attention. Sure, they're messy and project less, but they'll last a lot longer and just give a more intense experience overall.

    I've had stuff by Tauer, Le Labo, Kiehl's, and...
  30. Re: If you had the choice would you get Eau Sauvage vintage, or new?

    A milestone in the history of men's perfumery versus a flanker to one of the most popular men's fragrances ever. If there are people calling AdG Profumo a "masterpiece" over Eau Sauvage, it's a...
  31. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    Since he's into tobacco scents, I'd view this as a judicious move on his part. Mystery Tobacco has a very good reputation as not overly sweet and with a realistic tobacco note, more in an Arabian...
  32. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    Well, that's certainly understandable. Gamers can often smell quite...gamey. Not sure I could work in that sort of environment. :rolleyesold:
  33. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    This is pretty common in the city I live in. Go to any hospital, public office, or school and you might get this treatment. I was asked once to go scrub off my fragrance if I wanted service. Since I...
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    Yeah, well...don't expect me to be sporting a ******* 'man bun' anytime soon but....there it is.
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    Much to my complete embarrassment, I'd probably fall into The Hipsters category, with an oblique reference to The Connoisseurs. :rolleyesold:

    The bottom three categories being of no particular...
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    Re: Is Hindu Kush work safe?

    Smells very safe to me, but that's not a bad thing. Also strikes me as more designer-like than niche. The most offensive aspect of it really is the sticker price of $180 ($225 CDN here). Probably...
  37. Re: Looks like bat from zoologist perfumes is being discontinued...

    The 1.5ml samples also, for $6.
  38. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    I don't agree with any of that, but at least I can see where you're coming from with your point about differentiation. I wear patchouli a lot, probably half the time. Zino is an excellent patchouli...
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    Re: Calibrating musks

    The wonderful ClaireV produced a two-parter of musk articles that you should read.

    http://www.basenotes.net/features/3524-the-murky-matter-of-musk

    20 Musk Fragrances To Smell Before You Die
    ...
  40. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    I like Cobain's guitar-playing. Early on he wasn't very good at all, that's true. Two or three chords and bang away, but by the time Nirvana did that Unplugged set for MTV he was pretty good, as he...
  41. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    It was a sweeping generalization for sure. There are probably plenty of millenials, or at least a few, who prefer 80s powerhouses to the vapidity of what came immediately after that, perhaps as...
  42. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Probably.

    In all seriousness though, there is a dividing line somewhere around 1990 when 80s powerhouses waned and new cleaner aquatics and sweeter stuff for men pretty much took over. To some,...
  43. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    No, I don't think that's the case, though it might seem like it. Many of the men's fragrances produced in the 70s and 80s will smell dated, but that's because they weren't very good to begin with....
  44. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    In my opinion it's just a great fragrance, period. But it's also decidedly "old school". I don't expect modern, younger wearers raised on aquatics and sickly gourmands to appreciate 80s powerhouses...
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    Excellent little review. I'm intrigued.
  46. Re: Apparently it's now official: Barneys to close Chicago store

    Just a matter of time. Closing 15 of its 22 stores and filing for bankruptcy.
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    Re: Am I expecting too much from a cologne?

    Not a risk, just a dead certainty you would be.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6QzSgrqZ4
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    Any of the Commes des Garcons incense series are better and cheaper than Sahara Noir when it was released.

    Sahara Noir sort of reminds me of another fragrance I liked, Donna Karan's Black...
  49. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Ditto.

    I didn't think much of modern Zino when I sniffed it a few years ago (screechy and cheap-smelling), but a better nose than mine (Darvant) says the most recent version is a quite faithful...
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    It's not the Holy Grail, but it's good and one of the very few Tom Ford's I'd actually buy. But I could also name at least a dozen incense fragrances I'd rather own.
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    Re: Your best and worst blind buys?

    I can understand not wanting to smell like a Yankee Candle with Tobacco Vanille, but Furyo is great. Perhaps too many sprays (2 is sufficient), or you were overcome by the civet overdose?
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    You could be right. And don't call me Shirley.
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    Re: NEW: Zoologist (?)

    Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Solar Salicylate, Incense
    Heart Notes: Sea Salt, Mystery Accord, Opoponax
    Base Notes: Ambergris*, Benzoin, Musk*



    I am a sucker for mystery accords. Will be buying....
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    Re: Niche Fragrances - Best bang for the money

    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan 50ml @ retail, or direct from Serge Lutens: $150; 100ml@ retail $230

    Grey market: $67 50ml, $94 100ml

    Same juice.
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    Re: Xerjoff Nio - masterpiece or kitchen cleaner

    I'm convinced that is the desired goal for most of the brands that aspire to those price levels. Produce something safe, familiar, yet with the intangible something that will produce "smells...
  56. Re: Mancera Cedrat Boise "18K312A" Batch Performance Isuue

    I think there must be batch issues with any fragrance even remotely associated with Aventus for it to have true credibility in the marketplace.

    /sarcasm
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    Re: Xerjoff Nio - masterpiece or kitchen cleaner

    Xerjoff is one of the more depressing high-end brands who somehow manage to sell synthetic-smelling juice in fancy bottles at exorbitant prices. That is specifically what the brand was designed to do...
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    Re: NEW Jimmy Choo Urban Hero

    Antoine Maisondieu also worked on Explorer.
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    Re: Matching fragrance with clothes

    I've seen a few (Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Isle of Dogs, The Royal Tannenbaums, Rushmore, Fantastic Mr Fox). "Twee" is just outside my generational orbit, however.
  60. Re: today's supermarket purchase in Nicaragua - 'Maja'.

    It may not be much now, but that is a classic fragrance, first appearing in 1921. It probably hasn't been great in 50 years, and doesn't smell much like it did originally anymore but still worth a...
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    Re: Matching fragrance with clothes

    Dear god...

    Grown men described as "twee". I didn't know there was such a thing.
  62. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    I prefer that to Aventus, in the woodsy-pineapple genre that I generally despise. Very realistic pineapple and oakmoss accord. No way would I ever pay $300 for a 50ml of the stuff though.
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    Re: Matching fragrance with clothes

    Apparently I'm a tweed guy who wears a cardigan or ties a light sweater around my neck, knows how to tie a bow-tie, and sports a scarf in the fall .....

    :rolleyesold:

    If I'm ever seen out in...
  64. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    An odd one by Nicolai. A spicy floral, with very little patchouli, so a bit of a misnomer. I think the geranium or carnation or something put me off. I hope you weren't expecting a headshop patchouli...
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    Re: What are great Immortelle-note fragrances?

    http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1802/4771/products/HDP_1740_120ML_grande.jpg?v=1559813195

    Another vote for this one. Probably my favourite from the entire line.
  66. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    This is all some crazy ass talk right here in this thread. I'd boot the lot of you from this forum for even suggesting such a thing. :rolleyesold:

    https://i.imgflip.com/374z0p.jpg
  67. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    I don't think I've ever bought full bottles of stuff I absolutely hated, but I have bought stuff I should not have and as a result rarely wear. Some of these I'd call good, even very good but for...
  68. Re: A question for those like me who can't afford to buy niche perfumes.

    Why?

    I hope you were joking because that's just crazy talk otherwise.

    As someone notoriously frugal (i.e. cheap), the thought of buying anything at retail price always makes me cringe. Only if...
  69. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    The formula might not have changed but the quality of the ingredients may have, either for cost-cutting measures or availability. There are reasons for the degradation of a scent beyond...
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    Re: Help me narrow down my sample list

    I prefer 2ml spray samples also, but the cost for some of these to sample in that fashion just isn't worth it, in my opinion. Do I really want to pay $15-25 for a 2ml sample?

    So we see a lot of...
  71. Re: question for those who own Nobile 1942 Patchouli

    It's excellent and as said, 75ml should last you many years.
  72. Re: If you had the choice would you get Eau Sauvage vintage, or new?

    My sentiments exactly. A great perfume versus an ok one. Not much to think about if it as described.
  73. Re: Jeremy Fragrance's method of spraying - yes or no?

    Agreed.

    Seems like a lot of sprays near the head. But I suppose if you have nothing much going on above the neck anyway....:rolleyesold:
  74. Re: Thank you, you've helped me confirm my first real wishlist

    Not really. eBay does not work for you?
  75. Re: Thank you, you've helped me confirm my first real wishlist

    It's still relatively inexpensive in vintage, unlike Dior's Fahrenheit which is ticking up towards $300. You might find Eau Sauvage for a little more than the current version at retail.
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    Re: Most worn in July 2019

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    Lui by Mazzolari
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    Re: Your most worn July 2019

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  78. Re: Thank you, you've helped me confirm my first real wishlist

    Nice list, but it's Dior Eau Sauvage. (Get that one in vintage only.)
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    Re: Geparlys Leather ?

    Yeah, I couldn't find a picture for just the Leather one, but assumed the bottle was the same.
  80. Re: Yatagan or Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme EDP ?

    Lack of oakmoss, lack of body. Quite thin in comparison and longevity. More ash than smoke, in my opinion. And bone-dry. Vintage is dry too, but more smouldering, if I can put it like that.
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    To my way of thinking, that's a good endorsement to try all of them....:rolleyesold:
  82. Re: Yatagan or Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme EDP ?

    Same here. Own all three.

    Yatagan I would split from vintage Yatagan, which is dense and does remind me somewhat of a forest, but more of a forest floor, it has a wet soil earthiness to it that is...
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    Re: Patchouli-based fragrances

    Santa Maria Novella lists almost all their perfumes as colognes ("acqua di colonia", eau du cologne,etc). It doesn't have anything to do with the strength. Possibly it's just what they've always...
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    Re: Patchouli-based fragrances

    The thread is from 2009. That scent wasn't widely known outside of Italy until later, as it came out that year.
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    Kacey Musgraves is about the only decent popular country music singer I've heard in at least a decade. She's really good in a genre that's godawful.

    Plenty of great music in alt-country, but it'll...
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    It is weird.

    I like their Patchouly, but think of it as a safe, workplace patchouli. It used to be quite a bit stronger smelling, not quite so soft as it is now. Still good, but not among the...
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    Speaking of the Etro, I noticed Fragrance.net listed the Patchouly in new packaging, for $220. Or about twice what I paid for it a few years ago. :rolleyesold:

    It's listed as the edt, but I wonder...
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    Thanks for reminding. I'd forgotten about his claims of using better quality stuff (naturals instead of cheaper synthetics) to explain the differences.
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    Believe it or don't, but Alyssa Ashley Essence de Patchouli smells almost identical to me as Perris Montecarlo Essence de Patchouli. The first costs maybe $20. The second $260. In fact, it might even...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/gTURHJs4e2Ies/giphy.gif

    My wallet braces itself in anticipation for the re-releases.
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    Re: Looking for lilac

    I like this one quite a lot. Not terribly expensive either, but getting a bottle to Canada is quite a chore.

    Who knew that such a simple flower would be so hard to do?
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    Re: In a moment of mad inspiration

    No idea what it smelled like in 1934, but I assume it's like many classics that have survived this long, smelling essentially the same, only with less body to them, and probably not as powerful as...
  93. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    I would go with a floral, something captivating and light. Since I have zero expertise there I'll defer to others. If you know what kind of flowers she likes best that would help.
  94. Re: Newbie to Basenotes needs dragging into 2019 kicking and screaming!

    Yeah, good. Be very, very picky. Especially if you're going to blow a wad of cash on something you'll later feel obligated to wear, rather than just love wearing. Be especially conscious of how you...
  95. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    It's dark and gloomy, but quite loud. A ton of patchouli in there as well. I like it a lot but it's not for the person you describe.
  96. Re: Newbie to Basenotes needs dragging into 2019 kicking and screaming!

    Looks to me like you want to trade in your tired designers for some overpriced and overhyped junk.

    Get a bunch of samples and decide what you like best, not stupid perfume forums popularity...
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    Re: Rihanna's Secret for 'Smelling So Good'

    Good.

    She made $12mil from her Chanel No.5 contract but still chose to wear a very good $20 cheapie. Instead of laughing at her on the forums, people should have been applauding her.
  98. Poll: Re: Kiehl's Original Musk X Narciso Rodriguez musc

    For you.
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    Re: In a moment of mad inspiration

    Came out in 1934. Still being made.

    Next question?
  100. Re: Are any of the men's Jimmy Choo's worth owning?

    None that I've sniffed.

    Jimmy Choo Man Blue, or whatever it was called, was made by Nathalie Lorson and it just disappointed me to even smell it. A paycheck perfume.
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