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  1. Re: Terre d'Hermes, Citrus & Wood (Yardley) - old man colognes?

    It might smell French to you but it surely doesn't smell like "French traditional perfumes", a phrase which brings to mind older fragrances that have been around for many decades (Guerlain's Jicky...
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    Re: Is this a safe blind buy?

    Strangely enough I find them the opposite: CDG2 Man with its candle smoke opening the slightly warmer, although I wouldn't classify either as warm, than Timbuktu which I find quite austere, it...
  3. Re: Terre d'Hermes, Citrus & Wood (Yardley) - old man colognes?

    I beg to differ, especially TdH (I haven't smelt the Yardley): I don't find it traditional at all, doesn't it have loads of Iso E? I find it very modern. Although I haven't used my bottle of TdH in a...
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    Re: Coconuts, Coconuts, Coconuts!

    I might be mistaken but I remember Slumberhouse's Pear + Olive giving off a coconut vibe, have you tried it OP? It might be discontinued though?
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    Thanks for the great reviews, I'm going to get a bottle of Faqat for now
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    Re: Aramis Havana - Worth The Hype?

    Havana is a great one. Surely many people think of the pleasant smells of pipe/rolling tobacco, which often has a sweetness to it.

    Havana isn't like this at all to my nose, especially not the...
  7. Re: Give me THREE fragrances you'd advise me to add to my (new) fragrance collection...

    RIve Gauche
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    Re: Villoresi Piper Nigrum

    Sounds great. I'm assuming it's similar to Heeley's Esprit du Tigre?
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    Re: Floris: Honey Oud or Leather Oud?!

    This sounds amazing!

    T. Habanero Notes

    Pink pepper, black pepper, cardamom, black tobacco, sandalwood, agarwood, incense, myrrh, leather
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    Re: Infusion D'Homme base

    Thanks for the reply, that clears things up a bit. Yes we're pretty happy with the Proteas (crushing Australia is so rare but so satisfying), seems like things are on the up for them, pity that the...
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    Re: Pour Un Homme DE Caron?

    Every wardrobe needs a bottle of Caron's classic IMHO
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    Re: Infusion D'Homme base

    Wait a second, has Infusion D'Homme really been repackaged and repriced?

    I've always thought Infusion was underappreciated and brave in being different from the rest of the generic designer...
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    Thanks for all the reviews, I love getting great scents for great prices, nothing else is as satisfying!
  14. Re: Anything better than Raghba by Lattafa for the price ?

    Given your list I think you'll be happy, it's a great fragrance for the price. I don't like the 24 Gold at all but I like Lattafa, it's really nice and warming.
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    Re: Thoughts on Cacharel - Pour homme?

    I'm not sure how old my bottle is but I bought it this year. I can see what you're saying and I partly agree except I enjoy the whole experience from top to bottom, my big complaint is the lack of...
  16. Re: Tried the new Van Cleef & Arpels In New York. BAD...

    I tried it yesterday, instantly forgettable unfortunately. I'd wear their older stuff like Tsar or Pour Homme over this any day. I totally agree with the OP.
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    Re: This is Him by Zadig & Voltaire

    You are privileged to be able to afford such handmade fineries, unfortunately most of the world's buying habit are dictated purely by their ability to afford certain items. Of course this doesn't...
  18. Re: "Crossing the streams, it would be bad"....anyone try mixing fragrances?

    There was a poster who insisted that 6 sprays each of Le Male and Kouros was a great layering combo.
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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    What about Etro's oft overlooked Ambra?
  20. Re: Dior Prive Leather Oud vs Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie?

    I concur, I love the opening of Aoud Cuir D'Arabie but the base isn't that great. I much prefer Leather Oud all around, if I had the money I'd go for the Dior without hesitation.
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    Re: Thoughts on Cacharel - Pour homme?

    I'm a big fan of this fragrance and I finally bought a bottle. While I love the smell I tend to agree with the comments regarding its lack of staying power. If it lasted a bit longer it would be...
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    Re: I need challenging!

    I love the opening of Patchouli 24 and I wish it stayed like that, alas the dry down turns into something very average.

    What about Secretions Magnifiques? That's very challenging IMHO.
  23. Re: Should Creed be now considered as a "Designer" Fragrance?

    Exactly, I don't care but I know using these labels can be useful shorthand to describe fragrances in a certain way although technically 'designer' should refer to fragrances produced by fashion...
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    I thought the opening was the best part in terms of a blast of lavender!
  25. Re: And on the 8th day, ____ created ____ : great perfumers on their days off

    So the Herrera for Men is the one produced on his day off?
  26. Re: And on the 8th day, ____ created ____ : great perfumers on their days off

    I'll add another:

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/headshots/200s/14226690057385.jpg

    Jacques Cavallier, the perfumer responsible for the amazing Opium PH, the ever-popular Acqua di Giò pour...
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    Mt thoughts exactly
  28. And on the 8th day, ____ created ____ : great perfumers on their days off

    I'm not sure a similar thread has been posted, from recent memory I cannot recall something in the same vein.

    When browsing through the BN database I am often surprised to find certain perfumers...
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    Re: Niche - sweet & boozy. Recommendations?

    Don't overlook this, it's really pretty great for the price especially if you're looking for something boozy and comforting:


    Raghba Lattafa
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    Re: Cardamom - Which scents would you recommend?

    First thought that came to my mind is CDG's 1994 Comme des Garçons Parfum:

    http://www.luckyscent.com/images/products/21619.jpg?width=400&404=product.png

    Cardamom oil, Coriander oil, Geranium...
  31. Re: Gosha Rubchinskiy / Comme Des Garcons Eau de Toilette

    Thanks OP, the most interesting part of this is:

    Top : Angelica Root ess , Buchu ess.
    Mid : Mandarin Seed ess, Blue Chamomile ess.
    Dry : Styrax ess, Vetiver ess Haiti, Patchouli ess.

    I've...
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    Re: Dirt cheap 'quality' scents

    Guerlain
    Lalique
    Caron

    Those houses all have top class fragrances for not much money.
  33. Re: Body Kouros - something like it without the gasoline/motor oil.

    As per the other posters' suggestions: try other Menardo creations, there are quite a few outstanding fragrances in her portfolio. Like a few others, I too cannot detect the 'motor oil/gasoline' but...
  34. Re: What's your favorite "designer" scent at the moment?

    I know most posters consider Guerlain to be 'designer' but technically they aren't since they don't make clothing etc. like the traditional 'designer' houses such as YSL, Dior, Gucci, Lanvin etc....
  35. Thread: Similar gph

    by chopwet
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    Re: Similar gph

    I came to post exactly this. I do not find CDG2MAN to be similar to GPH at all.

    In previous threads like this, some posters have mentioned Pal Zileri Sartoriale although I cannot comment.

    I...
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    Re: Fougere classification

    I have nothing to add except this is an informative thread and I've happily just bought Fougere Royale
  37. Thread: Serge Noire

    by chopwet
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    Re: Serge Noire

    But it does!
  38. Thread: Serge Noire

    by chopwet
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    Re: Serge Noire

    I own and love it but I can see why many people might have trouble with it. It's spicy in a wonderful way, many scents are described as 'spicy' but Noire actually is: if you like the smell of a shop...
  39. Re: Do you think our peculiar interest in fragrance is/could be a sign of...

    You find posters like the above on all forums, it's nothing unique to BN.
  40. Thread: Best Coffee

    by chopwet
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    Re: Best Coffee

    Ca phe nong, khong duong for me every time. I miss ca phe viet big time!

    I too would love a non-sweet fragrance with the smell of freshly ground coffee as a prominent note. It sounds like the...
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    Re: I've never smelled YSL Opium

    I have the men's EDT and it's one of the greats. Don't miss out! Very comforting, especially in cooler weather.
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    Re: Which scent screams "don't f@&k with me"

    Fair enough, I might not have tried the older versions but nevertheless there are many floral and sweet aspects to its richness. I still find it more hipster dandy than Hell's Angel :wink:
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    Re: Is Bond now a Basenotes Bust ?

    This is vomit worthy in many respects. So desperate to be so exclusive. It makes sense if their scents aren't worthy of their price tags: you have to blind buy and once you've spent so much money,...
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    Re: Which scent screams "don't f@&k with me"

    I don't understand the association of 'butch' with Knize Ten, it's a very dandy fragrance, quite floral, that really doesn't scream tough guy to me.

    I think strong BO is the one that makes me wary...
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    Re: Axe....seriously??!?!?

    Find different women to hang out with. Preferably French.
  46. Re: Recommend me a good "Cheapie" Aquatic please?!

    Not strictly an aquatic but it's close enough and for the price Lavin's Oxygene Homme is difficult to beat, the good nose of Alberto Morillas is behind it:
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  47. Re: I for the life of me cant understand why Xerjoff Nio is praised with such high regard

    That sounds amazing!
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    Re: Animalic / dirty / challenging - suggestions?

    I love this one: spicy! I wear it often.

    I'll add Guerlain Shalimar extrait. the proper stuff has got a skanky side to it.
  49. Re: Lanvin Oxygene Homme - Does it really smell like Sel Marin?!

    I remember the same thing. I liked it, it's good especially for the price, just don't expect any more than the above and you won't be disappointed.
  50. Re: NEW: YSL Release Thrre New Scents in their exclusive line: Velours, Cuir & Vinyle!

    Vinyle also piqued my interest but cuir sounds good too although hardly original.



    Have you tried Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue?
  51. Re: Autumn-ly, earthy, gourmand-y, full-bodied, warm and unique recommendations

    How about Egoiste?
  52. Thread: Mature scents

    by chopwet
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    Re: Mature scents

    Many great suggestions already in this thread, I'll vote for Boucheron Pour Homme: it's classy, mature, good quality, affordable and available in both EDT and EDP.
    ...
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    Re: Sweet spices for a man

    This and Opium were my first thoughts
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    Re: Alternatives to Davidoff cool water

    Houbigant Fougere Royale?
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    Re: Preferred and Panned houses?

    I'm open minded and willing to try anything.
  56. Re: Notes you Look For Compared to Notes you Avoid

    I tend to avoid anything with tonka in it.
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    Re: NEW: Lalique L'Insoumis

    Thanks for that very thorough explanation :wink:

    Anyone try this one yet?
  58. Re: Lanvin Avant Garde or Gucci Pour Homme II? Blind Buy

    Perhaps you should consider Lalique's White of Lanvin's Oxygene Homme if you're keen on something woody or even Lalique's Hommage A L'homme. All of these are very affordable and good.
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie vs Amouage Epic man

    I agree: Epic isn't leathery at all but Knize Ten is quite floral and dandy to my nose.

    I suggest trying La Yuqawam Homme by Rasasi or one of the other Tuscan Leather clones. Check on ebay for the...
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    Re: Egoist Chanel or Oud Wood Tom Ford

    The Chanel for me please
  61. Re: Lanvin Avant Garde or Gucci Pour Homme II? Blind Buy

    I'm sure most posters prefer GPHII but I just don't particularly think it's anything special. Lanvin Avant Garde is very easy to like but both tend towards the sweeter side of fragrances. I think...
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    Re: Best designer CITRUS based fragrances

    The Boucheron was my first thought too, very gentlemanly in feel. I'll add:

    Eau Sauvage
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    Re: Fragrances without negative reviews

    hednic's favourite has 7 positive and 1 neutral:

    Gengis Khan by Marc de la Morandiere

    http://www.punmiris.com/himg/o.23964.jpg

    I am more intrigued now.
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    Re: recommend WHITE floral fragrances for men!

    My first thoughts, Caron's floral offering is really one of the greats and it's very affordable too.
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    Re: NEW: Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16

    Interesting that so many posters describe Knize Ten in this way, I find it to be the opposite of butch: dandy. I agree with the idea of it bringing images of worn-in, polished shoes, or furniture or...
  66. Re: From this list your absolute 'Must-Haves' (if present)!

    These are all truly great and so different to each other. Caron's L'Anarchiste seems to not get much love.
  67. Re: From this list your absolute 'Must-Haves' (if present)!

    In no particular order, I think these 5 would give one a good spread of options, there are others in the list that I love but these are quite wearable. You should add Cacharel pour L'homme to the...
  68. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    I highly doubt someone else has a bottle of Stefano Ricci Aureum

    http://images.neimanmarcus.com/ca/1/product_assets/C/2/1/R/G/NMC21RG_mu.jpg

    The blurb says:

    Aureum" is an eclectic...
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    Re: Thought I Bought...............

    Happened to me once, I thought I was buying YSL's Live Jazz and I ended up with Jazz, although I think that was the seller's fault more than mine. Jazz is growing on me but it smells far mroe dated...
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    Re: New issue of Dior Jules

    Ja, I remember it being available in France when I was there in 2014. I tried it and it really wasn't anything special, I think a large part of its status is merely due to its rarity in many markets....
  71. Re: Any good fragrances with a strong mastic note?

    This is the one I thought of too. It's nothing outstanding in many respects but it has a few qualities that make it different, the mastic being one of them. I find it very easy to wear, it could be...
  72. Re: LDDM? Why Is It Not More Talked About Around Here? Very Impressed!

    It's great, I love the opening more than the basenotes, so dry.
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    Re: Recommend some woodsy/spicy scents?

    I vote for this too.

    How about Lalique White?
  74. Poll: Re: Choose 3 out of these woody / incensy fragrances!

    CDG Black and Kyoto are wearable IMHO, Avignon less so but it smells amazing.
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    Re: Comme des Garcon Incense Series

    Spot on!

    I think Avignon is the least wearable though, it's difficult to find the right occasion for it. It's more of a scent that one enjoys alone. It's a close run between Kyoto and Black in...
  76. Re: Another 'suggest some fragrances I might like based on..' thread

    I've just thought of another you should try: Cacharel Pour L'Homme, it should be available in department stores.
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    Re: Your favorite powder fragrances for men

    I'll vote for Jaipur
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    Re: The ULTIMATE Leather search goes on...

    Give this a try, it comes up often as a valid Tuscan Leather clone. I would also suggest checking out the clone oils, check on ebay.co.uk for Tom Tuskan oil, it's close enough and it has that smell...
  79. Re: Another 'suggest some fragrances I might like based on..' thread

    Yep, I'm a CDG fanboi too and I agree: Avignon is more one dimensional than 2 Man and Black.
  80. Re: Another 'suggest some fragrances I might like based on..' thread

    Have you tried Narciso Rodriguez For Him?
  81. Re: Another 'suggest some fragrances I might like based on..' thread

    This is a good one, I think you'll like it. Have you considered Amouage Epic and CDG Black, although the latter, like all of CDG's fragrances, has a deliberate synthetic feel to it's aesthetic. CDG2...
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    Re: Untamed beasts!!

    I'll vote for Yatagan, it's unique.
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    Re: Jaipur or Habit Rouge?

    My vote is for Jaipur, Habit Rouge smells far more dated and I just don't really 'get' it. Jaipur has that wonderful spicy-cinnamon opening and it then becomes soft and comforting.
  84. Re: Predict Them Now: Fragrances That Will Be Discontinued and Sell for Big Bucks on eBay in 3 Years

    As per my post in another thread, I predict the older style of L'Artisan bottles will go up in price when people start complaining about the new bottles not being a strong etc etc.
  85. Re: New L'Artisan bottles, packing and sub-line...

    So will this lead to all the 'vintage' collectors comparing the new versions very unfavourably to the older style of bottles and then will the expected price gouging occur?
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    Re: Thoughts on current Caron Pour Un Homme?

    I have only tried the current version and I love it. For the price it's an absolute steal. I think of it as quite special and high quality in its smell. It also has a wonderful life of...
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    Re: Same money... Wich one brings more value?

    The Lalique for me every time
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    Re: *NEW* L'Homme Prada (2016)

    Call me interested unlike 99% of the other mainstream releases.
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    Re: New Amouage - Myths

    I'd love it!
  90. Re: Vetiver fragrances ( easy to find ) similar to Guerlain H. Boisee and Sel de Vetiver, rcmdtions.

    Since you're in Tokyo and although I know it doesn't get a lot of love around here, there is a nice subtle vetiver hidden in the basenotes of CDG's Amazingreen:
    ...
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    Re: New Amouage - Myths

    The above really makes me think of Knize Ten, how would you say it compares to Myths?
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    Re: Bvlgari Au The Noir -- anyone tried it?

    How would you say this compares to Black?

    https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/nd.154.jpg
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    Re: Missed Opportunities in the World of Scent

    The smell of fynbos in general and buchu in particular i.e. the wonderful smell of the Western Cape mountains when one hikes in that wonderful part of the world:
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    Re: Your best odorless Deo sticks?

    Ah I see, yes I do worry about the chemicals used in it. It can stain shirts if overused too. I try to detox occasionally, when I'm on holiday I try to stay free of as many chemicals as possible...
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    Re: Your best odorless Deo sticks?

    How so? Mitchum is very strong, it lasts for at least two days (despite my daily, sometimes twice daily washing) before I need to use it again. If you use it you'll know.
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    Re: Tribute to Paco Rabanne pour homme

    Cheers to the OP and Paco Rabanne, it reminds me of my father. I need to get a bottle again.
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    Re: Any fragrances similar to Frapin 1270?

    If this sounds good to you:

    - a boozy opening, something similar to sniffing a decent brandy, it's warming.
    - very light 'oud' type of note humming away which makes things interesting.
    - turns...
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    Re: Your best odorless Deo sticks?

    Another vote for Mitchum Unscented roll on (I don't like the stick version), it works almost too well, I only have to apply every second day or so.
    ...
  99. Thread: Best Vetiver

    by chopwet
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    Poll: Re: Best Vetiver

    Guerlain Vetiver is the one for me: it's timeless, it's easily available and it's affordable apart from smelling fantastic, what more could you ask for? This is what it's all about for me really,...
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    Re: Common designer male frags with Patchouli

    I can't comment on the vintage but I'd go for Guerlain's current Heritage if I was looking for a more 'common' patchouli fragrance although LIDGE is very good too.
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