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    Re: Eurostar Fragrance Express

    I try, Cedric, I try... ;)
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    Re: Creed Original Santal arrives!!

    Bark, I love you dearly, but I must disagree. Why do we Creed fans go through the most extraordinary contortions to explain how the latest release from this house smells Absolutely Nothing Like the...
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    Eurostar Fragrance Express

    Popped through to London for a few days - and took the opportunity to try a few scents that aren't available in gay Paris.

    First up was Jo Malone. I am probably the last person on this site to...
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    Re: La Myrrhe Serge Lutens.

    Chene is brilliant Cedric, probably my (second) favourite scent at the moment. I love Fumerie Turque as well. Enjoy!
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    Re: STILL NOTHING ON CREED ORIGINAL SANTAL?

    It's Allure on the traditional Creed base. Disappointing, really.

    It is available in the Paris boutique.
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    New Nicolai: Eau Exotique

    A new addition to Parfum de Nicolai's light Eau Fraiche range: Eau Exotique (others in this collection include Fig Tea and Vie de Chateau).

    Mango and patchouli. What about that for a mix?...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Cedre, Borneo 1834

    The fragrance Cedre reminds me most of is Nicolai's amazing Pour Homme - if you can imagine Pour Homme without the grassy, lavender top notes, that's a fairly close approximation of Cedre.

    As for...
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    Serge Lutens Cedre, Borneo 1834

    Hullo, been absent for a while but thought I would break my duck with two quick reviews of upcoming Serge Lutens goodies. My friend was at a press launch for two new SL fragrances today and smuggled...
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    Artisan Parfumeur Eau de Printemps

    Is this new? The sales assistant in Printemps Paris says so. She added that it was exclusively created for Printemps Paris.

    It's quite nice, simple, girly: A grassy opening, with hyacinth and...
  10. Thread: Fun with Hermes

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    Re: Fun with Hermes

    According to the excellent blog Now Smell This, Hermessences scents will shortly be available in all US Hermes boutiques. Also a new addition to the collection is due for release shortly, it's a...
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    Scent Systems avant-garde fragrance shop

    Has anyone visited this London perfume shop?

    http://www.scent-systems.com/

    Have a look at some of the scents available on the site: There is a fragrance inspired by Robbie Burns (with lots of...
  12. Thread: Fun with Hermes

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    Re: Fun with Hermes

    Ah I see... it could almost be a J-C Ellena scent, it reminds me of Cologne Bigarade and Angeliques.

    I enjoyed looking at Hermes menswear in the shop today... I like that style very much but it is...
  13. Thread: Fun with Hermes

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    Fun with Hermes

    A friend dumped a bundle of Hermes samples on my desk a couple of weeks ago. Timely, particularly in light of that fabulous article in the New Yorker on M Ellena's working practices.

    Time to...
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    Re: FROM LOVE TO HATE IN 7 DAYS

    Sounds a bit drastic to swear off designer scents because you found one you didn't like. Besides, if Bulgari Black reminds me of anything it is niche standards like Dzing and Tea for Two.

    I've...
  15. Thread: Bulgari Black

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    Re: Bulgari Black

    Thanks for reminding me about this one! I must look out for it again, I had a bottle when it was released and wore it to death. I don't usually like vanilla (or rubber for that matter) but both...
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    Re: L'Artisan Navegar and Tea For Two

    Great post Guermantes, thanks for that!
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    Re: "Extrait de Songe" by L'Artisan.

    Oh I like that Artisan candle.

    Thanks for the sneak preview Cedric ;)
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    Re: More about "Cumming"

    Thanks for that Setamp. It sounds good!
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    Re: TM Cologne's longevity

    I had no longevity problems with this scent.
  20. Re: New Yorker Magazine piece on Herms JdN creati

    That's the best article on perfume-making I've read. Brilliantly demonstrates how fragrance creation exists in the intersection between art, science and commerce.

    Thanks for posting it. And if I...
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    Re: Frederic Malle rules!

    Musc Ravageur departs within an hour on you Glenos? Bloody hell; It's the longest-lasting fragrance I've ever worn, still going strong on me the morning after (I apply in the morning, after a...
  22. Re: Short review: L'Eau du Tailleur Maitres Taille

    It's still available in Galeries Lafayette.
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    Re: favorite soap/bath gel?

    No surprises here: Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire shower gel is very good - peppery and earthy - and the recently released Vetiver soap is equally fine, but highlights VE's mossiness rather...
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    Re: More about "Cumming"

    The photos on the website are parodies of famous perfume ads from the past - with Alan Cumming in the lead role. How many can you spot?

    http://www.cummingthefragrance.com/index.html

    I think...
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    Re: More about "Cumming"

    The notes of his perfume sound nice (from the website):

    "A new look at the classic world of men's fragrance: combining three distinct talents to bring you a scent that is all about Sex, Scotch,...
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    Re: Helmut Lang resigned

    Oh well. He's had a lot of column inches in the past few years thanks to his tricks with all those dangling straps and 'invisible t-shirts' and hideous gaping holes in unlikely places.

    But I...
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    Re: New Artisan - Bottega Veneta candle

    Me too. The Bottega V candle is similar but better in my opinion. The good news is that Olivia Giacobetti often covers the same territory (Premier Fig & Philosykos; Passage d'Enfer & Ether d'Iunx) so...
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    New Artisan - Bottega Veneta candle

    Artisan Parfumeur has teamed up with Italian leather luxe company Bottega Veneta to release a scented candle. It's lovely - smoky, leathery, hints of flowers and the acid tang of cut grass.

    Notes...
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    Re: Creed Baie de Genievre

    I really like this one. It reminds me of Paco Rabanne (the original one, which is juniper and tobacco etc).
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    Re: Most stylish woman

    Margaret Thatcher
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    Re: the most overrated fragrances on basenotes?

    Santal Noble - cheap coffee liqueur (Tia Maria) mixed with pencil shavings. Sorry.

    Caron Pour Un Homme - candyfloss and barbershop floor. Heavy. Not for me.

    Edit: To be fair I've picked on two...
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    Another interesting article

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1376638,00.html
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    Perfumes article

    In the Guardian:

    http://shopping.guardian.co.uk/gifts/story/0,1587,1375893,00.html
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    Re: Sothys Homme skincare for men

    It's a French spa range. I like the face wash, which is very gentle and easy to rinse. Left my skin feeling much better. I was less impressed by the moisturizer-aftershave balm, which I received as a...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Rose Flamenca

    I think Chne is dominated by a cedar note. I will be interested to see what SL comes up with for a "real" cedar scent.
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    Re: NEW ÊThe Olsens Coast to Coast.

    Superstars? I've never heard of them! Who the hell are they?
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    Re: NEW: Hermes Un Jardin sur Le Nil.

    Thanks Cedric. Ellena is a very prolific perfumer isn't he?

    Anyway it is good to see a discussion of the fragrance, its inspiration and its composition given such prominence in one of these press...
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    Re: Chanel spokeswoman

    Does Rachel Weisz pimp any perfumes? She's stunning.

    As for the other recommendations, I think one of the fascists mentioned might be quite apt, considering Mme Chanel's alleged role as "officers'...
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    Annick Goutal candles

    Anyone tried this range? Are they any good?

    There is a new addition to the range - Cedar - and I am quite tempted to try it. Any thoughts?
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    Re: I need something naughty. Bandit?

    I tried Bandit EDP today based on this little discussion. Only on a card, mind, as I am scent-free at the mo. It's great - lots of dense leather, a streak of incense and a creamy floral heart -...
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    Re: The ultimate style trial

    My friend sends me a remembrance day poppy each year as you can't buy them in France. I wear it on my coat as I never wear a jacket underneath.

    At school I wore my poppy in my blazer buttonhole....
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    Re: 'Best Dressed Film'

    Chris,

    Great choices. David Hemmings in Blow Up was for years my style icon. I suppose getting the chance to fool around with the young Jane Birkin was part of the appeal!

    Fellini's films are...
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    Re: 'Best Dressed Film'

    Jean-Luc Godard's films from the 1960s always seem to have well-dressed casts. Anna Karenin in Une Femme est une femme or Jean Seberg & Jean-Paul Belmondo in A bout de souffle. Then Alphaville,...
  44. Thread: Paris, France

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    Re: Paris, France

    Use this link for telephone numbers and addresses for Paris shops:

    http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/

    Nom: Name
    Adresse: Address, cut and paste from my article if you like
    LocalitŽ: All Paris...
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    Re: Are jeans considered casual wear

    Of course jeans are casual - no matter how much they cost. I think that if you're invited to something formal you're expected to dress for others' expectations and it's fairly bad form to let people...
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    Re: Paris, France

    I need to update that feature to include Montale, Serge Lutens Palais Royal, a new Frederic Malle shop, Detaille... and I want to have a look at some of the numerous "tailor's" fragrances exclusive...
  47. Thread: your collection

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    Re: your collection

    I have six though I will have seven when I buy next summer's refill of Eau d'Hadrien.

    I have quite a few samples and I have tried hundreds of perfumes but but very rarely buy any. I don't want...
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    Re: spots on my butt !

    Paint your arse red like a baboon's - no one will see the spots then.
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    Re: Who wears hats these days?

    Wow what amazing hats! I'd love to wear a hat... maybe when I'm older. My missus wanted to buy me a Panama hat for my birthday and while I really like them for some reason they always make me think...
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    Re: Most stylish woman

    Daisy Duke
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    "None more black."

    http://www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=538765.html

    Article on why women will always wear black despite seasonal changes.
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    Re: Big Italian Knots

    Those big knots remind me of footballers interviewed after a game. Michael Owen had a knot almost as big as his head once.

    For that reason I wouldn't wear one - though I wouldn't go to the other...
  53. Thread: Clive Christian

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    Re: Clive Christian

    I think it's really naff to boast about the price of a fragrance as a marketing ploy. For once I would rather have yet another moody shot of a dim-bulb model.

    Didn't Patou market Joy as "the...
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    Re: Mens Casual shoes trends

    Wish I could help you there Paul. I'm after some new shoes myself as I had to retire two pairs of "old faithfuls" this year.
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    Re: speaking of wallets...

    Remember when George Costanza's wallet was so bulky it affected how he sat? Classic Seinfeld.

    I like to wear quite slim jackets so I wouldn't go for a trifold wallet. I have never carried a wallet...
  56. Thread: Favorite Jeans?

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    Re: Favorite Jeans?

    £200 for a pair of jeans? The world has gone mad.
  57. Thread: Favorite Jeans?

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    Re: Favorite Jeans?

    Has anyone tried Earl Jeans for men? A couple of years ago Earl jeans were all the rage for women (albeit tall, slim women) and a men's line was released. Haven't heard much about it since.
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    Re: Favorite Jeans?

    I have the style called "standard jean*" - it's on the website, click on "Homme" and then the "Denim & t-shirts" section.

    The English style is lower at the waist and slightly baggy around the...
  59. Thread: Favorite Jeans?

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    Re: Favorite Jeans?

    I have a pair of corduroy Helmut Lang jeans and the cut & fit are amazing. I have never tried his denim jeans though... I was going to this year but the price suddenly leaped up from a reasonable 100...
  60. Thread: Favorite Jeans?

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    Re: Favorite Jeans?

    I need new jeans too. I've been wearing APC for ten years - they make great, traditional indigo jeans in very stiff denim, it's almost like cardboard. Prices are good too. However I would prefer...
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    Re: most trusted names in fashion?

    I'm afraid so. But it is true - all these cop shows looked as if they had been shot in sepia tones. Perhaps it was very hip and edgy then but it looks bloodless now.

    I wonder what will be "so...
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    Re: most trusted names in fashion?

    I like Etro though the loud shirts aren't really me - or the clown suits for that matter. I don't really want to dress like Doctor Who, much as I admire the Time Lord, so I stick with the classic...
  63. Thread: Sisley products

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    Re: Sisley products

    Ric, EdC is one of my favourites. I've been meaning to buy a bottle for ages.

    I had a look at Sisley's site: http://www.sisley.fr/

    It is very comprehensive and there is plenty of info. Even a...
  64. Thread: Sisley products

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    Re: Sisley products

    Cheers Ric. The sales assistant at Sisley gave me a guide to products suitable for men. There are no male-specific products but certain items in the range can be used. What can you recommend? I might...
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    Re: Which Vetiver would you choose?

    Ha ha, I'm with Cedric - ignore everything I said about Vetiver Extraordinaire. It mings. I want to keep it for myself ;)

    Tom makes a good point about Guerlain's Vetiver. It does seem to appeal to...
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    Re: Which Vetiver would you choose?

    I picked Goutal's too: Something really sexy about that scent of saltwater drying on the skin, dry grass and a vaguely animal note. I get a curious but pleasant aroma of wine in this fragrance too.
    ...
  67. Thread: Sisley products

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    Sisley products

    While I was trying Eau de Campagne for size last week, the sales assistant introduced me to the Sisley range of skin care products.

    They are mind-bogglingly expensive: 65 Euros for some sort of...
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    Re: A Tribute to the Classics of Scent

    More threads like this please!

    Thanks guys.
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