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    Re: rosemary and the mossy, wet forest

    This is exactly the fragrance I was going to recommend. It's exactly what you describe. More mineral/herbal than woody, I would say, and quite dry.
  2. Re: Looking for opinions on Ambre Narguile by Hermes

    Yes, this.
  3. Re: Replacement for Creed Angelique Encens... something that smells just as great and similar...

    To me, Etro's Messe de Minuit has a similar dusty incense vibe.
  4. Re: what is this citrus, musky, mediterranean/spanish fragrance called please ?

    I think there are a handful of those that Spanish folks seem to favor, but I think one of the leading ones is Heno De Previa..something like that.
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    Re: women seems to prefer aquatics.

    Not this woman. Blech. Well...usually...most of them. I prefer woody or fougere, and I prefer them a little more on the corporal side rather than fresh. Kouros, Z-14, Gucci Pour Homme, Antaeus,...
  6. Re: Could a 17 year old pull off Kourous(Original)?

    This topic makes me snicker. Because that's exactly the scenario in which I first encountered Kouros. I was 17 and so was he (well, he may have been 18 but we were both in our final days of high...
  7. Re: Hey Ladies, do you like the smell of YSL Kouros?

    Echoing all that has been said. I love it, but a light hand is required. It's so sexual that it could read as impolite if you overdo it. In reasonable doses it's extremely heady and magnetic stuff.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Emanuel Ungaro Diva Rose

    From the list of notes, this reads to me like a fruity, floral with a very typical light woody base. It does not appear to bear an relation to oriiginal Diva other than the name. It honestly...
  9. Re: Proposed ban on Personal fragrances in Portland city offices

    Yep. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. It's a mixed bag here, really. We have some great things going for us, as has been mentioned and is pretty widely agreed upon, I think. However ...ahem ......
  10. Re: Do you get (buy) samples of things you could never afford to buy a bottle of?

    It depends on alot of different factors, I guess. If I'm intrigued enough by the note listing, or have liked several other scents in the line then I might spring for a sample. Everyone has their...
  11. Re: Opinion of commoners on "Black Aoud" by Montale

    I think I know what you mean. I love the dry, medicinal, almost leathery smell of oud, but it's not exactly a crowd pleaser. As a woman, I am partial to White Aoud which is softer and has some...
  12. Re: Propensity for Blind-Buying: Is it rational or a symptom of a larger issue?

    No, it's not rational. Which is not to imply in any way that I haven't done it. I think it's just another form of seeking outside ourselve to change the way we feel - retail therapy, I think it's...
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    Re: Gendarme that smells like Irish Spring

    I think Grabazzi is the one that fellas say smells like Irish Spring. I have not smelled it myself, but I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere.
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    Re: What's your fav mascara?

    I love Clinique's Lash Power as well. It wears like iron and removes easily by just holding a washcloth soaked with bathtub temp water to my closed eyes for a few seconds. It lengthens and defines...
  15. Re: Does anyone here wear Lauren (maroon square bottle) anymore?

    seattlelight and myself have done The Perfume House in Portland a couple of times. It's always well worth the trip, in terms of scent and amusement. They seem to have alot of things that are...
  16. Re: Does anyone here wear Lauren (maroon square bottle) anymore?

    Oh wow - great suggestion! I was stumped for something similar but when Evyan mention the original Liz in the triangle white bottle with red, blue and maybe yellow accents I immediately thought,...
  17. Re: Does anyone here wear Lauren (maroon square bottle) anymore?

    I grabbed a bottle at Marshalls many months ago - probably more than a year ago. Indeed, it was not as I remembered it, so perhaps Macy's had the original formula for it's tester. The revamped...
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    Re: Probably the dumbest thing I ever heard

    That was brilliant and thank you so much *for sharing it! *I have often said that the most annoying part of the whole trip with SAs is how they get defensive and gnarly when they suspect that you...
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    Re: What Would "Big" Wear?

    Something very chic, I'm sure. I'm not familiar with the scents, but something by Hugo Boss sound right....just from the name. He's pretty hot, but I think I'd honestly rather smell Aiden.
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    Re: More about Youth Dew Amber Nude.

    I haven't gotten to a store to actually try this on my skin, but on a paper strip it reminded me strongly of Liz Taylor's Passion, which isn't a bad thing. I rather like it, but will need to see...
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    I think there are a few different factors that go into how well a person "smells". *As I woman, I will definitely concur that hormones play a part. *Not only during ovulation, but just before I start...
  22. Re: Bonds Scent of Peace, this is really getting s

    Yep. Happened to me last year. I don't the scents and I don't like the woman. She was condescending and snotty and she certainly thinks that her lineup of frags are beyond compare. She would be...
  23. Re: quick answer movie date with a girl 3nd date..

    Too much thinking about it. My advice is to do what you would normally do...wear what you like to wear.
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    Re: Miller Harris

    Noix de Tubereuse.....love that one! Cuird'Oranger is fantastic too!
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    Re: What would Ron Burgundy wear?

    Jovan Sex Appeal for men or that one with the round silver lid...was it Calvin Klein or Oleg Cassini?
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    Re: Tangerine Vert vs Citron Citron

    Tangerine Vert
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    Re: What is your favourite sunscreen?

    My skin hates sunscreens. They are usually too greasy, too fragranced, or just break me out for some other unknown reason. A couple that I have found that do not seem to cause me heartache are:
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    Re: Rawest, dirtiest Vetiver?

    Route du Vetiver is indeed quite "rooty" and "soily" smelling, but it does also have a very noticeable blackcurrant aspect which adds a fruity thing to it.

    My fave vetiver, as a sidenote, is from...
  29. Re: L'Artisan Mimosa, Vanilia, The pour un Ete ?

    Hhhmm...I'm not a man so it's hard for me to say if they are suitable. *I will say this: *I own Vanilia and The Pour Un Ete and I find them fairly feminine. *The Pour is quite similar to Bvlgari's...
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    Re: Armani Beauty website

    The lipsticks are amazing. I don't care for the matte, but the mania and other two formulas are very good. Lightweight yet pigmented. Moisturizin. Lasting. No perfumey or otherwise funky smell. Worth...
  31. Re: A Bunch of Stories, Observations... a "Catch-a

    Uh huh. Proves one thing I have been absolutely convicted about since I was 17. *Women have an animal reaction to Kouros. *We love it. *All of us. *The only reason we wouldn't hit on an attractive...
  32. Re: Sean John's unforgivable ad. what do u think?

    Gee....sexual situations depicted in a photo to sell fragrance. That's SO avant garde and original - NOT!!
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    Re: hamptons is a smw clone ?

    I don't know about this particular comparison, but I find many of the Creeds and Bonds unforgivably similar - especially for that huge price tag! I am not a fan.
  34. Re: For those who've already been "Jicky" with it.

    I have the parfum and it lasts many hours on me. There would probably be almost not sillage if it were not for the lavender, which always tends to jump off of my skin. This is a very intimate feeling...
  35. Re: Your natural "neutral" scent, how to test it?

    I think you can get an idea if you take a shower with totally unscented mild soap and then wait several hours. If you put your nose very close to your skin and inhale slowly and gently, you'll...
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    Re: I did it!!! *I finally smelled Axe!!!

    I don't know. *I see Axe products slammed around here and it reads alot like the drugstore stuff that gets raked on female fragrance forums. *I think there might be an element of fragrance snobbery...
  37. Re: Sean John’s first Unforgivable fragrance with

    The man may know how to pimp clothes and scents and his crappy tunes, but he sure as hell does not know how to speak properly. *Please don't tell me it's because he's black because I think that does...
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    Re: shaving private ryan

    OMG! I had to chime in and say that I just now read this very aged thread and have not laughed so hard in probably months!

    Don King.....FDS.....cut your balls off.....TOO MUCH!! ROFLMAO!!! Why...
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    Re: Deodorants.

    What do you think of the idea of trying to remedy the situation from the inside out? Do you drink alot of water? Do you sweat regularly (work out)? What is your diet like? I am a firm believe that...
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    Re: How do the Bonds rate ???

    I went to the Bond shop in NYC really coveting one of those cute atomizers. You know, the leather-covered ones, and I was just sure I'd find something really good to fill it with. I walked out of...
  41. Re: Opium for Women vs. Youth Dew vs. Cinnabar

    Definitely Opium. Cinnabar is too dry and stuffy and YD is just too....too. People complained on the rare occasions when I wore it - even lightly. Opium in pure parfum is really nice. The dry oil...
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    Re: ENNIS AND JACK

    ...the exception would be Mexican cowboys. They favor those stiff white woven and seemingly laminated cowboy hats, and they are often wearing something just a bit more pleasing. I would know because...
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    Re: Fragrance for "Private" Area?

    Well, you'd have to ask Mike Meyers for the true meaning of "how's your father"; but I think it's pretty clear that he meant he'd give it a thorough scrubbing and inspection. *LOL


    OMG CreedFan -...
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    Re: ENNIS AND JACK

    There is actually free-range cattle country in Eastern Washington - it's quite dry and arid east of the Cascade range. Anyway, I've known some cowboys and they truly do usually wear cheap stuff like...
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    Re: Fragrance for "Private" Area?

    No, it's my expletive of "ick". *Meant to convey an aversion to this....er.....practice - his OR mine. *No way, Jose!

    OMG! This thread is bringing to mind my favorite scene from Austin Powers:
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    Re: Fragrant Candles

    Oh Jim, if I could find the ultimate sandalwood candle I'd probably buy out all stock and there would be none left for you! *haha *Seriously, I seek this as well and will let you know if I find it....
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    Re: Fragrant Candles

    You are wise to do some research before buying because price does not necessarily indicate quality, in my experience. *I have purchased VERY expensive candles (I'm talking to you, Diptyque and...
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    Re: Fragrance for "Private" Area?

    LOL Veronica!! I'm thinking perhaps Skin Bracer complete with that nice *smack* that the fella use to do in the commercial. ;)

    Seriously, since you asked what ladies might like, I will chime in...
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    Re: Best Workout Scent

    Alot of people say never wear scent to workout, but I disagree. I personally love it when guys wear the right amount and type of scent at my gym. Nice.

    I'd say something from Gendarme would be the...
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    Re: Is Dzing! supposed to be this subtle?

    Hhmm...it's not subtle on me at all. It has a soft quality to it, but it's very noticeable. However, many many people complain that the L'Artisan line is extremely fleeting so you may be in this...
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    Re: Meeting the parents...

    Haha....it's good to see that men really do agonize over such things. Some would have us ladies believe this is not the case.

    I say the only rule is underapply. It won't matter so much what you...
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    Re: guys, what do you like best on women?

    Hijacking this male point-of-view thread to say that I really want that CdG Rose scent. I'm not sure why...I don't even like rose. Indie, does this have the raspberry angle to your nose?
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    Re: What's your monthly budget?

    Well, I have a house and I make a decent living...but I wouldn't call it a fantastic one. *Also, since part of my income comes from being self-employed as a massage therapist, my income can vary. *In...
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    Re: The AXE effect!

    Is it juvenile? Well, my best friend has a 13 year old son who has recently become quite conscious of how he smells. He came into the kitchen one day after a shower and interrupted our conversation...
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    Re: Where do you keep your fragrances?

    Medicine cabinet, shelf in walk-in closet, and a hat box...and I only have 20-30 bottles...haha
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    Re: Contradiction: underrated?

    Agree. This one was the nicest CK men's frag to date, IMO.
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    Re: Wore Rive Gauche to work and got BITTEN!

    I'm going to have to mooch a sample of this from someone - now I gotta know! haha

    Seriously though, I'm with Liquid on this one. It's got to have something to do with you other than your scent...
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    Re: if you have to live

    Ugh. This question comes up in various ways on all fragrance boards, and I always groan when I read it because it's just so brutal for those of us who love fragrance.

    This time I'll actually try...
  59. Re: More New Gendarme News: Gendarme to get sinful

    You guys are too funny.

    I somehow doubt that Gendarme can muster up enough naughtiness, less alone nastiness, to represent the 7 deadly sins. That organization just seems so into clean and nice...
  60. Re: male fragrances spawning female equivalent

    Haha....and if they advertise for B*Girl, they can have that old Hall and Oates tune playing in the backround....you know the one....LOL

    Did Gendarme precede Carriere?
  61. Re: Coordinating Shower Gel & Lotion For Gendarme?

    I don't know about other lines that would compliment, but I'd highly recommend the Gendarme hair and body wash and Carriere body cream - both are excellent and I'm a pretty tough customer on matching...
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    Re: Deodorant sticks

    I'm with Pherserf on this one: the natural ones are the least irritating and work well. Underarm odor is not problematic for me in general, but I do think that leaving the pits totally neutral after...
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    Re: CHEMICALS! RUN!

    When I use "synthetic" in describing a perfume, it's a very subjective and non-scientific statement. It's almost always couched in "smells synthetic". I've never been naive enough to think that I...
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    Re: Overrated Basenotes Fragrance?

    Most of the men's scents in the Creed lineup. I like a couple of them, but GIT and SMW are real snoozers, IMO.
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    Re: Androgynous scent

    I tend to like unisex scents the best. (keeping in mind of course that it's not always based on how they are marketed for me) For lack of a better way of explaining it, I'd say it's because they ARE...
  66. Re: Girls at the bars think my A*Men smells like..

    ....sex and candy? Sorry.....haha
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    Re: Le Baiser du Dragon

    I wear this one and love it. To me, it's rather to the feminine side with that gardenia note, but I have read many women posting that they find the vetiver and patchouli level in it too masculine....
  68. Re: Bulgari Green Tea The Greatest Scent Ever

    I have only worn the Extreme version. While it's not one of my faves, it routinely gets a favorable comment from my coworkers. People seem to love it. Tea is not a huge thing for me, but this is...
  69. Thread: Orgiastic

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    Re: Orgiastic

    Yes, I am familiar with this particular madness...haha Nowadays, I also do "paper first" on everything, and then I save that precious testing room for things that past the first elimination round....
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    Re: Miller Harris Cuir d'Oranger - oh my!!

    Oh geez...mixing up my frag names. Thank you, Cedric. Corrected that.
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    Miller Harris Cuir d'Oranger - oh my!!

    This is gorgeous, guys. As the name suggests, *it's leather and orange. *The leather does not shout. *It's refined and rendered softly but clearly the centerpiece of the composition. *There is a fair...
  72. Re: What do you really think of female compliments

    I follow you completely on that, Slim. Generally, I would agree with you about spritzing with wild abandon before heading to the gym. This guy is not in that category though...it's just enough to be...
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    Re: Is L'Artisan's Mechant Loup dark?

    Agree with everone else on this. *It's kind of misnamed. *Not dark and not naughty, for that matter. *The honey was too much for me in this one. *Also agree with the suggestion of Antaeus as a dark...
  74. Re: What do you really think of female compliments

    Haha. *A new member who comes out of the woodwork to insult me. *Unlikely, I'd say. *I am 37 years old and it's a valid question for me and apparently several others who cared to respond kindly. *If...
  75. Re: What do you really think of female compliments

    It's of the "dive" variety, sir. *I could never hang at a meat market gym. *I've tried and it's way too weird. * I like the option of rolling in looking a little frumpy and not really caring, *though...
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    Re: How can I get Hermes Vetiver Tonka?

    Or here is another idea. About this time last year they were selling these scents in boxed sets of 4 small sprays which were either 1/3 or 1/2 ounce. I want to say 1/2. Anyway, you could a set of 4...
  77. Re: What do you really think of female compliments

    Thanks for your honest feedback, guys. *Tell you what: if he wears the scent again, I'll take a little risk and ask him. *I realize I'm rather bold online, but I am pretty low-key in person when it...
  78. What do you really think of female compliments?

    *Let me elaborate a bit. *There is a well put together guy at my gym that often ends up on the elliptical trainer next to mine. *I would guess him to be in his early to mid 40s...well-groomed...fit....
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    Re: Is Creed niche?

    LOL! Phersurf, you rogue! 8-)
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    Re: Is Creed niche?

    Well, I'm a chick and what really turns me on is a guy that uses the word "niche" alot.

    Kidding, kidding....sorry, I just couldn't resist. Now say something in Italian, baby....you know, the way...
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    Re: Is Creed niche?

    I keep wondering...and I'm not trying to be cheeky.....does it matter? Is this just one of those rhetorical questions just because or is there some reason why you would or would not want it to be...
  82. Thread: strawberry

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    Re: strawberry

    There are a few women's frags that have strawberry. Off the top of my head, Hanae Mori as has been mentioned and Carolina. Also, that Sin oil from Damien Bash smells just like strawberry chapstick to...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur

    Man, cats have NO social skills. Farting in someone's face is just unforgivably bad form...LOL!

    Musc Ravageur is "thick" smelling. There is alot of lavender and spice with the corporal musk, and...
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    Re: Which is the best sent in creed?

    Well, it depends on what types of scents you like to wear, but the best for men IMO are Baie de Geneivre and Orange Spice. Himalaya is not bad as well.
  85. Re: Colonges that are just as good as Acqua Di Gio

    Agree. Hence my suggestion of decants. We all have to find our way some way...
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    Re: Basic question about Vetiver

    I usually like vetiver in men's scents. I'm more picky about it in frags on my skin as it can be too macho for me in some compositions. I would say that it's appealing because it has this quality of...
  87. Re: Colonges that are just as good as Acqua Di Gio

    I find AdG synthetic and vile. Venture into Creed territory by way of decant on Ebay until you find what you like. They have that "Hi, I'm super super fresh" thing going on but they are less...
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    Re: Tell me if what I'm doing is evil.

    Eh...first of all, I'd say you really gotta let it go so far as being annoyed with Dad for using your good cologne. We could hardly begin to tally what they have given us monetarily so they hardly...
  89. Re: Dzing!, Merchant Loup, Ambre Extreme impressio

    I've heard it pronounced as simply "zing" with a little extra something-something at the front end, but I'm unclear myself.

    All three are great scents, IMO. Amber based scents don't usually thrill...
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    Re: Best Diptyque

    I only own Eau d'Elide, but it's not for lack of testing. *I love the packaging and the descriptions, but somehow the actual scents usually do not work for me. *I tried the much-loved Tam Dao several...
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    Re: What fragrances do celebrities wear...

    "Most of the men wear Gendarme :o? is it that great? I really should test, also Green Irish Tweed came in second. "


    It's certainly a really well-crafted scent, but I don't think many wear it...
  92. Thread: Hangover

    by sharilstuff
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    Re: Hangover

    Here's an olfactory hangover trick that really works. *I get hangovers pretty easily, and I have learned all the tricks so far as prevention and what to do if I end up feeling crappy anyway. *Mint....
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    Re: That means the term "PASTORAL"?

    OK. That would make sense where I've seen it used. Thanks for filling me in!
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    Re: That means the term "PASTORAL"?

    There are a few different meanings, but the one that would apply to perfumery or other artistic ventures would probably be this one:

    "Charmingly simple and serene; idyllic"

    I would think it...
  95. Re: BITE ME!- Or can you name a gourmand without

    How about all the cuminy numbers? *I'm thinking it's either Arabie or Fumerie Turque that smelled like sweet and sour meat to me...haha *Arabie is the spiced dried fruit thing, I think...so it must...
  96. Re: Vicks Vaporub as a fragrance or fragrance note

    Something with eucalyptus...although I don't know what exactly. I don't dig Vicks but camphor is a nice smell.
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    Re: What's happeneing to me???

    Agree. Women's mainstream launches have been utterly boring for some time too. Uber niche like Lutens have been too far too the weird side of late. *I don't really want to smell like jam and leather,...
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    Re: Entering The World of Terre De Bois

    I like the Miller Harris line quite a bit and the only thing that has stopped me from purchasing a couple is the huge price tag and bottle size. *I can't get through 3.3oz of anything as I'm so...
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    Re: Battle of the Blands

    Haha..I'm in the "the North woods" myself, and I appreciate your post as I often forget what an impact the climate can have on the scents that an individual will gravitate towards. *I'm going to...
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    Re: Purchasing testers?

    Yep....sans cap and nice box, usually. I personally would be very picky about where I buy Creed testers, though. Creed scents seem to turn much faster than others and if it's a tester, there is...
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