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    Re: Bic Flex 5 Disposable Cartridge Razor.

    Your response prompted me to check the on-line prices at my supermarket for Gillette Fusion standard cartridges. Last time I bought them was when they had 12-packs direct from USA, going for A$10...
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    Re: Bic Flex 5 Disposable Cartridge Razor.

    I certainly wouldn't recommend anyone use the Bic single blade disposable (vicious on me), and most of the two blade disposables - they flex too much or aren't rigid enough for what I consider a good...
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    Re: Bic Flex 5 Disposable Cartridge Razor.

    If you mean a DE/Double Edge Razor - I've got a dozen good ones of them (and half a dozen rubbish cheap ones).
    I can get around 30 days of painful shaves from an Astra SP blade (lots of nicks and...
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    Bic Flex 5 Disposable Cartridge Razor.

    Yesterday I decided that my Bic Flex 5 disposable razor wasn't giving a close enough shave anymore - still pretty close, but not close enough.

    I started using it over in Italy back in September...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    That's very clever!

    If only I hadn't thrown out my old screw deodorant stick tubes.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    I don't really know.
    I always buy my general use stuff like my superhero shower gels, when they're on sale near the checkout for three or A$4 at the local supermarket or pharmacy.
    If it's a...
  7. Re: Does It Bother You When People You Like Mock Cologne In General?

    From Wikipedia,
    "Rogan has an interest in sensory deprivation and using an isolation tank. He has stated that his personal experiences with meditation in isolation tanks has helped him explore the...
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    The upper rooms of our house can get pretty hot on summer days (i.e. right now).
    But it stays nice and cool in the lower level, especially in that Bat Cave-like room.

    I'm not fond of most...
  9. Re: Is it me or does Pal Zileri "Sartoriale" smell similar to Rush

    Gucci Rush's performance is more complicated that that.
    At the time I wrote here several times that it was only good for about two hours, which was pretty poor.
    But then I posted a thread relating...
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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    The earlier Boss scents were powerhouses.

    My favourites Boss Elements, Boss 6, Boss No.1, Dark Blue.
    Hugo and Elements Aqua not as much - I was accused of wearing Napthalene flakes once when...
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    Re: Chrome EDP? The L’Oreal Era

    You don't smell something metallic in it?

    My old bottles of it are in 20 ml traveller bottles. It lasts all day in the hottest weather when all the others fail and wash away. And it projects...
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    Re: Chrome EDP? The L’Oreal Era

    Thanks for the information. I definitely will test it when I get the chance, but suspect I may be somewhat disappointed.
    I don't know how long Chrome lasts nowadays, but Chrome Intense (smells...
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    When used for washing with a loofa (rather than for layering for scent purposes), the shower gels all seem to work the same on me.
    Currently have in my upstairs shower,
    Man of Steel
    Brut Tropical...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    How did I forget Valobra!

    Interestingly, Valobra is unusual in that its shave stick is made of hard soap, whereas the regular Valobra shaving soap is of the softer type (like Cella and Pino...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    Yes, judging by the shelf space, many or most guys are served reasonably well with shaving foam. Consider yourself fortunate.

    I've tried all types - up to the expensive Aramis shaving foam - and...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    Wow - it must have been bad if it was inferior to shaving foam.
    I have several I'm not fond of, but I'd rate them all as better than shaving foam.
    Still, I've mainly selected the one's people...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    No problem - but to be clear, I'm not recommending Palmolive, either European or Australian. On me they aren't among the best - but others do seem very fond of European Palmolive.

    I'd definitely...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    Ah - someone else here does use them, thanks.
    Can I presume you are using the more highly rated European Palmolive stick?

    You are right - if one had replacement pucks, they could easily be used...
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    Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    Interesting.

    Here is a shop selling them down here. Can probably get them cheaper on Ebay, since many are dirt cheap in the supermarkets of their home countries....
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    Shave Sticks - Anybody Using Them Here?

    Today I noticed my Australian Palmolive shave stick in my cupboard.
    I remembered not liking it much previous times I used it five years ago, but gave it a try anyway.
    Surprisingly, today it gave...
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    Re: Red Giorgio Beverly Hills vs Devin Aramis

    I liked Red (and thought it had a Drakkar Noir vibe somewhere in there too).
    Devin a tad too floral in comparison.
    I own both.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: razor burn/ingrown hairs

    Interesting thanks.
    I've had the exact opposite experience, where I'd only rate a few gels as being up there with the typical creams.

    Oddly enough, on vacation in Italy last year I got fed up...
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    Re: razor burn/ingrown hairs

    Just curious - which gels turned out best for you please?
    Cheers,
    Renato
  24. Re: L'Oreal Men Expert BarberClub Protective Shaving Cream with Cedarwood Essential Oil

    Thanks very much.
    And a very Happy New Year to you too.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: I have Vetiver fever !

    My favourites are Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver and Azzaro Pure Vetiver - as they are the loudest I have.
    I don't know that they are still around though.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Your Most Worn of the Year 2019

    Weekend Burberry.
    I took a bottle to Europe for 11 weeks and wore it a lot.
    Regards,
    Renato
  27. Re: What do you think of Guy Laroche's Horizon Pour Homme? I picked up 4 for $4 plus tax at Dollar

    I always thought it smelled too annoyingly feminine for the first hour or so. But better later.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Virat Kolhi One 8 Intense EDP

    Well, I didn't have a clue who Virat Kolhi was because I don't follow Cricket. Turns out he's a great batsman.

    I sprayed One 8 Intense on in the shop the other day and immediately thought I'd made...
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    Re: People that wear cologne and no deodorant

    Or
    e. get a spray antiperspirant and spray them with it.
  30. L'Oreal Men Expert BarberClub Protective Shaving Cream with Cedarwood Essential Oil

    This L'Oreal shave cream is similar in function to Everyman Jack and the Australian made Gideon Jones shave creams, which also contain oil.

    The result of using these oil containing shave creams is...
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    Re: People that wear cologne and no deodorant

    You can do one of three things,
    a. Try ignore the smell, and just put up with it, or
    b. Have a quiet word with them, explain that they may have not noticed their BO and that it may wind up...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Lots of very inexpensive clone brush heads for Sonicare on Ebay, which is one advantage of choosing it over the Colgate unit.

    Though I have no idea if the clones are that much lesser or...
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    Re: Opium Pour Homme difference

    I find the richer EDP to mainly be good for winter, whereas the lighter EDT is fresher and more useable all year round.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Out of idle curiosity I bought a Philips HX6631 Sonicare 3 toothbrush with the three intensity settings, very inexpensively during Black Friday sales.

    It functions very similar to the...
  35. Fast Shave Gel - Razor Companies Hate Us....

    .....and so says the writing on the Fast Shave Gel tube, the claim being that using the gel increases blade life by 30%.

    Yet another high quality product from Australian manufacturers for Aussie...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Good points, but it also can have a lot to do with how wide the space is between teeth in people's mouths. Tight teeth means more difficulty in cleaning between them ,and more problems subsequently...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Well, I've noticed in the past when at camping facilities that some people happily use manual toothbrushes for about five minutes - and for them it would be a waste of money. But most other people...
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    Re: Barbarsol or Proraso for shaving?

    Though the more expensive electric shavers can be used in the shower, so that using an electric razor isn't a necessarily a dry shave anymore.
    But I don't think that's the reason people on Youtube...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Apparently you connect to an app which tells you how well you are brushing.....or trains you in how to brush well with their electric brush (as in time taken and pressure applied).

    I wonder how...
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    Re: Barbarsol or Proraso for shaving?

    I apply some very warm water to my face, apply a good shaving cream to the wet area with my hand, then shave with either a DE or cartridge razor, and rinse.
    Then apply some alum from a crystal...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Thanks - though it only helps a bit.
    Quite coincidentally, I was in the local supermarket six hours ago where it is having a special sale on all Oral-B toothbrushes and toothpastes which are at...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    It's not just in your head - I had the same thought too.

    The cost of an Oral-B disposable battery unit (either the one with the regular brush heads, or the one with different brush heads) down...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    The old Oral-B 2D ones, before they were called 2D, had base models that were underpowered compared to the new ones. Also, they had the old brush heads that required one to do each tooth individually...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Interesting that you didn't like Sonicare and went to Oral-B.

    I think the replaceable battery units would be handy as an interim measure for someone travelling - no big loss if one forgets it in...
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    Electric Toothbrushes

    As best I can tell we currently have,
    a. The original Oral-B electric toothbrush with round partially rotating head, now known as 2D, and
    b. Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes with the...
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    Jack The Barber Shave Cream

    Australian Basenoters may wish to go down to their Woolworth's supermarket and check out the Australian made "Jack The Barber" shave cream, at A$10 for the tub.
    It's a very rich cream which I think...
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    Pure By Gillette Shave Cream

    Pure is relatively inexpensive at A$5.50 (US$3.80), but I really liked using it - barely any alum stings after shaving with a cartridge razor.

    And, as an added bonus, I didn't feel like harrassing...
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    Re: What lotion do you use?

    I am confused by this thread.

    Where is this mositurising lotion being applied?
    Regards,
    Renato
  49. Re: Kenneth Cole Black - Hidden gem but concerned about performance.

    I always got reasonable performance out of it. But that's no guarantee it will do so on you.
    Only way to know for sure is to spray some on your wrist, and if it's still there with strength after...
  50. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    But if the laws/regulations are not in effect in Britain be end of October?
    And there is an exit?
    Might be fragrance heaven for UK perfume fans.

    On the other hand, I'd be surprised at a...
  51. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    Maybe they could sell them in Britain after October?
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Body Kouros.. arrived

    Body Kouros smells nothing like Kouros to me either.
    A month ago I saw 100ml bottles of it being sold in a Douglas store in Lisbon for 92 Euros.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Homage to Gucci Nobile

    I like Nobile, and still have a big and small bottle of it.
    I'm more fond of it than the current Gucci offerings, of which I own none.
    But I think the other old Guccis- Rush, Envy, Pour Homme -...
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    Re: L'Erboristica di Athena Uomo

    So far, this scent easily seems to last for 24 hours with strength on me.
    Which could be a negative for some, and a positive for others.

    I think it kind of odd that no one else has apparently...
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    Re: L'Erboristica di Athena Uomo

    I wouldn't pay a fortune for it either.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    L'Erboristica di Athena Uomo

    I've been wandering around Italian perfume stores the last few days, checking out the newer designer releases which most of you know about. My reaction has been anywhere between "ho-hum" to "pleasant...
  57. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Cologne - Gaining Popularity?

    The 15 Euro's for driving on their motorways for seven days is actually pretty good value for driving around Slovenia. But very poor value for driving through it ( not as bad as the Swiss who charge...
  58. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Cologne - Gaining Popularity?

    Thanks. I did see a Douglas store somewhere in my travels here a few years back, but I've only found two Mueller stores and two Bipa stores so far.

    Every now and then I see what looks to be a good...
  59. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Cologne - Gaining Popularity?

    I blind bought two 50ml bottles in Australia for A$20 (US$ 13.80) each a few months back. I quite liked it.

    Yesterday I was in Mueller store here in Croatia, where they were selling 50ml bottles...
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    Re: Fragrance Prices in Lisbon - Ouch.

    I missed coming across that mall.
    I wonder how much they charge for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles and Fruit Gums?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fragrance Prices in Lisbon - Ouch.

    Yes, I've heard similar from one Brazilian Basenoter.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fragrance Prices in Lisbon - Ouch.

    Sounds like they are priced for the urban elite. Stops riff-raff wearing them.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fragrance Prices in Lisbon - Ouch.

    As tourists, the main thing we do is wander around and have cappuccinos, Coke Zeros/PepsiMax and pieces of cake all over the place. In that respect we've found Lisbon extremely reasonable - we...
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    Fragrance Prices in Lisbon - Ouch.

    I was wandering around Vasco de Gama shopping centre in Lisbon two days ago and checked out prices in Douglas and Sephora stores. I was surprised to see that prices were even dearer than in Italy,...
  65. Re: I've stop using regular razors to double edge razors and never looked back again

    Alum works great most of the time for small nicks - I've got lots of alum blocks and crystal deodorant sticks (same thing as the alum block).
    Use a shavette though, and it's totally inadequate for...
  66. Re: I've stop using regular razors to double edge razors and never looked back again

    You've left out the part where if one gets a shavette, it may also be wise to get a styptic pencil (or several of them).
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    I haven't come across the Supermax one, but am very fond of the Jagger 89 - relatively mild, but not the mildest.
    On me though, pretty much every DE razor becomes vicious if I put Astra SP blades in...
  68. Re: Which classic fragrances did/do a shaving soap or cream?

    I've got the Eau Sauvage and Opus1870 shaving creams.
    And the Art of Shaving shaving creams that correspond to their Lemon and Sandalwood EDTs.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Mugler B*Men: What are our thoughts in 2019?

    It's not a loud projector like A*Men and most of its flankers.
    Quite wearable at work - the boss wouldn't think you were itching to get out and go to a nightclub.
    Shame you missed out on when all...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    I wouldn't have a clue.
    But so far the statement from experience here is that on one person Perspirex lasted 14 days.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    Perspirex only claims its anti-perspirant is good for 3 to 5 days.
    https://www.limitlesssolutions.com.au/our-products

    Other prescription strength anti-perspirants (i.e. strong but...
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    Ming Shi DE Clone of Merkur Futur DE Razor

    After my issues with the Futur razor, which I described on another thread here, I ordered a Ming Shi DE razor on Ebay from China.
    It looks almost exactly the same as the Merkur Futur, but costs...
  73. Re: beckham inspired respect?? ambroxin monster cheapie ??

    I blind bought a bottle of this today - packet was damaged and it cost me A$5 (US$3.50) for the bottle.

    I got home and smelled it, andI thought it pleasant enough, nothing great.

    But then my...
  74. Re: 2010's: Decade of Ambroxide. Who actually used it best?

    Interesting list.

    I haven't been following this Ambrox business, but I note that some female perfume fans I know love Aventus, Invictus and Bleu de Chanel, while those scents always left me...
  75. Re: 'Merica! Your Most Patriotic Scent for Independence Day

    "Empire" by a certain very famous American politician smells excellent.
    Regards,
    Renato
  76. Thread: CK One Shock

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    Re: CK One Shock

    I think Shock on the lower end of projection and longevity, though there are plenty of worse scents out there.
    Easily fixed though - put on five or six sprays, wait a minute, then put a spray...
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    Re: Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    One or more people at Badger & Blade said they liked their Chinese copy better than the real thing by Merkur.
    I'm not sure what you mean about the marks lining up - there's only one way to assemble ...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    I guess the question is what constitutes "good" in knife steel, and the number of shaves required between re-sharpening.

    There are lots of steels out there, and people pay a hefty premium for what...
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    Re: Grey Flannel vs. Eau de Grey Flannel

    I think the original Grey Flannel is awful for the first hour and a half of wearing, after which it tones down a bit and gets better.

    The Eau version doesn't smell great to my nose in wrist...
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    Re: Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    Thanks. I have the Jagger 89, and it is excellent. I first used the moderate Dorco blade in the Futur and got lots of nicks. Some of the chaps at Badger and Blade recommended I use the Feather blade,...
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    Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    After around five years of cartridge shaving, I've gone back to DE shaving for six weeks or so - since it's winter, the weather is miserable down here - and I'm in no hurry to get my shaving done.
    ...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    Have you tried a double edge safety razor to get to those odd spots?

    A good straight razor costs a lot of money, and there is a bit of work keeping it sharp and stropped. I guess you could always...
  83. Re: Palermo fragrances (make exact copies of other fragrances in EDP !!)

    Apparently, I'd just missed out on their sale of three for A$100.
    I didn't think much of their Aventus version, but thanks for the tip about Viking.
    I don't go into the city much anymore nowadays,...
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    Re: Difference between new and old Rive Gauche?

    Great to hear.
    I have both tin can versions.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  85. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    I had sprayed some on my wrist while at work - having gone out at lunch time to check out fragrances. Like you, I then tried every soap and cleaner in the work bathrooms and kitchenettes to try get...
  86. Re: Palermo fragrances (make exact copies of other fragrances in EDP !!)

    I came across a Palermo counter at DFO Moorabbin and smelled a few of their scents.

    They were selling 5ml atomisers of whichever scent you wanted for $5, and my wife bought a few of those.

    I...
  87. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    I think the better name for Secretions Magnifique would be "Slaughterhouse Intense".
    Someone reading your allusion to it as art, might be tempted to go and blind buy it.
    Which I suppose is okay,...
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    Re: Long lasting designer(?) deodorants

    Oscar for Men anti-perspirant deodorant stick.
    Very peppery.
    Regards,
    Renato
  89. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Hmmm - I haven't worn it in the ten years since I wrote that post.
    Might try it again next decade.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    Fascinating, thanks.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    No, we've only visited Zagreb and the liitle town of Ravna Gora inland.

    My wife will never forget blissfully enjoying the Zagreb gardens on the hill, with a cannon blast going off unexpectedly...
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    Now I'll have to go and dig up my bottle of Encre Noir and do a side by side comparison.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    That is fascinating.

    I can see that if one just doesn't like Joop Homme much, one probably won't like the flankers which are akin to the original, but Joop Splash and Joop Go don't smell like Joop...
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    Re: Joop Homme Absolute

    Thanks. Interesting how it performed even worse on you than on me.
    I'll be experimenting with double-dosing to see if I get more staying power out of it.
    Regards,
    Renato




    What an...
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    Joop Homme Absolute

    I bought a bottle of Joop Homme Absolute which I've been wearing the last few days, during our cold miserable weather down here.

    It's basically a non-powerhouse, more floral, peppery version of...
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    Re: Aftershave balms

    How do they perform as moisturisers?
    Fine for me, most of the ones I have have a matte-finish which I prefer rather than the long lasting wet-look/SPF type balms which are also around.

    How do...
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    No, it's actual potassium alum crystals with natural aluminium salts in it.
    It's widely sold in stores down here as natural anti-perspirant, and on eBay. Usually sold as something that resembles a...
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    So - you don't have any answers or revelations.
    Just another question instead.
    How about that?
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Deodorant VS. Antiperspirant

    No one here uses naturally occurring anti-perspirants?

    Nature didn't just put alum crystals here for us to ignore.
    Alum was put here to stop nicks bleeding after shaving, and to stop sweat...
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    Re: Wet Shaving With A Pocket Knife?

    Perhaps, since these mysteries are plainly unmysterious to you, you may wish to share the revelations here.
    Else, I will assume you don't know, and the mysteries stand.
    Regards,
    Renato

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