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  1. Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    I get a lot of sharp, herbal lavender in Houbigant Fougere Royale, which may share the name of a very old fragrance but, in its current form, it really only dates back to 2010, which was when the...
  2. [CONUS] Swap: Aramis, Jacomo, Lalique, Paco Rabanne, Versace

    Welcome to my swap thread!

    These are bottles I'm eager to get off of my shelf. I'm interested in any and all offers, even for items of less-than-equivalent value. I will gladly swap these for...
  3. Re: what smells similar to ombre leather (tom ford) and colonia leather (Acqua di Parma )?

    Leather scents are a very diverse category because leather can smell very different depending on how it's treated. It's my understanding that Tuscan Leather was the first to use its particular...
  4. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    Interesting! I'll have to try it again.
  5. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    I find the opening of Explorer to be a chemical horrorshow, but it's well-liked by some respectable noses on here.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    G U E R L A I N
    L ' I N S T A N T
    P O U R
    H O M M E
    E A U
    D E
    T O I L E T T E

    More artfully nuanced and more wearable than its thicker, heavier EDP (Extreme) variant. It's the bridge between...
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    Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I went with... none of them!

    I ended up finding Pacifica Island Vanilla at Target, $21 for 1 oz. It's cheap and a bit too sweet but also doesn't smell gourmand-y.
  8. Re: looking for alternative to - Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man? any suggestions please (creed aven

    There are apparently significant batch issues with the Armaf clones, which is very amusing to me. In this respect, if nothing else, they follow after Creed.

    What's your budget?
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    Re: Boucheron Homme question

    I have a bottle of the EDP en route. As a youngish fella whose tastes can nevertheless be a bit "fusty" (to borrow the word of a poster above) I'm excited to try this classic.
  10. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    There was a reform at some point (folks are divided over what the impact of that was on scent) and the packaging has changed a few times.
  11. Re: What would you wear to a fragrance awards ceremony!?

    Something obscure.
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    Re: Mancera (blind buy advice)

    I would strongly discourage blind-buying anything from this house.
  13. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Versace Man (2003)

    A very smooth tobacco scent with a greenish edge. Descriptions had me expecting something heavier and stranger (references to "grape soda" in reviews had me expecting a bit of...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A R A M I S
    T U S C A N Y
    P E R
    U O M O


    Dynamic, evocative, and artful.
  15. Re: Suggestions To Add to a Beginner's "Collection"?

    Given your price range and age, all of these would be good options that don't duplicate anything you already own:

    Bvlgari Man Black Orient
    Cartier L'Envol EDP
    West Third Brand Tobacco 1812
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    It's really good! A distinctive and clever update of the classic neroli-fueled eau de cologne that adds some pine-y juniper to the heart and synthoud to the base. It's an all-around-er, but it wears...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    I'd love to see a version of Dunhill Icon made with higher-grade materials (maybe from a house like Floris).
  18. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    Voyageur feels more like an Encre Noire flanker than an Hommage flanker.
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Sure, but we were comparing to Creed, which isn't exactly blameless in that arena!
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    I don't disagree with this characterization even if I like one or two of the recent PBs, but Creed hasn't been particularly active over the past few years, either, and it's not as though Viking or...
  21. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    No, you won't get much longevity here (unless you start applying to clothing).
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    FWIW, I wouldn't pick these scents, three of which are Wasser-era scents, as being representative of Guerlain and its larger trajectory as a house.

    Vetiver might be one of their classics, but as...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    Care to be more specific?

    TF is a relatively young house, and while I think Creed finesses its releases better than TF, looking over their comparative runs since the TF brand was formed I don't...
  24. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Not if you got it on eBay!
  25. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Yep to all of this.

    I'll add that if you're gonna blind-buy, do your research first. Don't buy based on hype but based on what seems to go along with your tastes. Read a lot of reviews and pick up...
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    Re: If you could 'swap' houses...

    There isn't an Acqua di Parma fragrance that I didn't wish had been put together by Santa Maria Novella instead.
  27. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    Oh, I don't think it smells anywhere as old as those two, but it does have a 1990s-ish thing going on. Hommage has a lot in common with Versace The Dreamer (perhaps the most iconic "fresh cigarette...
  28. Re: Notes breakdown for Hommage a L'Homme

    Fragrantica's breakdown is more detailed:

    https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Lalique/Hommage-a-L-Homme-13401.html
  29. Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT vs EDP (current version)

    Same.
  30. Re: Guerlain Heritage EDT vs EDP (current version)

    This.

    Heritage EDT is probably my all-time favorite fragrance. It's an impeccable blend of spicy and smooth elements.

    The current version is quite good, IMO.
  31. Re: Best fragrances for parfum named after actresses, actors, singers, etc?

    Pavarotti is beautifully made, a true artisan creation. I don't know that I'll be getting a full bottle--it's a bit more dandy-ish than the stuff I typically enjoy wearing--but it's justly acclaimed.
  32. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

    Straight orange juice in the opening, and then the florals come in. It's pleasant.


    Luciano Pavarotti

    Beautifully made, but a bit dandyish for my personal...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    After sampling the wares of Third West Brand yesterday, I picked up a bottle of Tobacco 1812.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    T H I R D
    W E S T
    B R A N D
    T O B A C C O
    1 8 1 2

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0212/0010/products/076579647e6ecbbf7502f2609b5e3658-60-ml-Tobacco-1812_grande.jpg

    An exceedingly pleasant...
  35. Re: West Third Brand.... anyone tried their fragrances?

    I got to sample the whole line at a boutique shop today. I agree with this assessment.
  36. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    West Third Brand Tobacco 1812

    If you're like me and you've always wanted a stripped-down version of Tobacco Vanille that prioritized the tobacco note, then this is the scent for you. I instantly...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    My font hypnosis will soon have all of Basenotes dancing to my tune.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/OBYH4xH77LG8g/giphy.gif
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    H O U B I G A N T
    F O U G È R E
    R O Y A L E

    Impeccable.
  39. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I get 2 solid hours from Vera Wang and then it starts to dissipate. But given that you can get it for $14, that's no big complaint.
  40. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    You're not wrong. Vera Wang puts significantly more emphasis on the citrus.

    But wearing MK2014 today immediately brought it to mind.
  41. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Well, I stopped by Marshalls (I was already out shopping while posting in this thread) and bought some post-2014 juice. The differences between the original and reformulation has *not* been...
  42. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I'll hold you to that!

    It's cheap enough, I just don't want another bottle of something I'm not absolutely crazy about on my shelf.
  43. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Reformulation distinctions are often overemphasized by our crowd. I wanna sample the 2014 version one of these days.

    The original has an animalic current that gives it a sensuality and intrigue,...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    R E M Y
    L A T O U R
    C I G A R
    (1996)

    I'm wearing this so often that it's quickly becoming my signature scent of summer 2019. Latour Cigar forms a bridge of sorts between Aramis Havana and...
  45. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    If you're willing to go for smaller bottles, there are a lot of 1 oz bottles of the vintage floating on eBay for good prices.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    Thanks!
  47. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    My take is that a "clone" is different from a "descendant." The former is almost always a derisive term, suggesting a lesser-than status with the indication that any innovation it makes on a template...
  48. Re: Mugler Cologne: any similar fragrance with better longevity?

    At the moment, my favorite green, office-safe fragrance is Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir.
  49. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Bvlgari Man is mediocre and forgettable, so don't bother.

    MIB is more interesting and I understand why it caught on with folks, but I don't think it all quite comes together; on paper, it all...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    I've got small bottles of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine and Luciano Pavarotti en route, along with decants of Versace Man and Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 13th June, 2019

    T O M
    F O R D
    N O I R
    A N T H R A C I T E

    Jacomo de Jacomo by way of Asian cuisine. One of my favorite entries in the TF lineup.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    L A L I Q U E
    P O U R
    H O M M E

    Every time I put this on, I fall in love with it all over again.
  53. Re: Best fragrances for parfum named after actresses, actors, singers, etc?

    I'm intrigued and blind-bought a (very small) bottle of this off of eBay.

    I'm a huge opera buff so I felt I needed to give Pavarotti's scent a shot (the Teatro Alla Scala fragrance is also on my...
  54. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    A travel spray of Atelier Orange Sanguine and a tiny vintage bottle of Luciano Pavarotti.
  55. Re: Your favorite Tommy Bahama's in order from best to worst?

    I like St. Barts, which is a very accurate rendering of a salt-rimmed lime margarita (so accurate, in fact, that it smells like you spilled one on yourself). I haven't tried any others.
  56. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    No, it's not.

    I suppose the argument is that Bvlgari Man Black Orient (2016) is a flanker of the Bvlgari Man (2010) flanker Man in Black (2014).
  57. Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    I was gonna mention this (it's really surprisingly good), but I wasn't sure that it qualified.
  58. Re: Chalk & Cheese....Smells good on them but like pee on you?

    Out of curiosity, do you have a restricted or particular diet?
  59. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Tom Ford Noir Petrol
  60. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    In the mainstream designer space, probably.

    In the artisan/niche space, you'll still get weird stuff. It'll just cost ya more.
  61. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I think it's more likely that this isn't part of some sinister strategy and is really just bean-counters cutting corners on fragrances that aren't top-sellers. The fashion industry is driven by...
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    I just tried this one recently. I found it pleasant and nicely made, but a little on the boring side (which tends to be the case for a lot of "freshies," IMO).
  63. Re: Laudano Nero: the reviews are "all over the map." Why?

    Yeah, I was pretty confused about this one myself. Reading reviews of Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero I had a very hard time getting a sense for what it actually smelled like.
  64. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I don't want this to turn into an Aventus thread--we have enough of those, including a very long one about its origins--but I'd wager that Aventus *wasn't* really a product of the A.I. process we're...
  65. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Well, I have no idea of what Creed's overhead actually is, so I don't know what a *fair* profit margin would be when you break down all their expenditures and investments, etc.

    But all I'll say is...
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    Well, Bvlgari already discontinued Aqva Amara, so I wouldn't say that an Aqva discontinuation is necessarily an impossibility.

    Have you tried any of the L'Eau D'Issey releases?
  67. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    Morillas talks about A.I. perfumery tools around the 7 min mark here:


    http://youtu.be/O_hF8PfkBxE
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    Re: A new summer freshie

    The Bvlgari Aqva line is pretty "marine" in feel, so it'll depend on how well you jive with that kind of fragrance.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

    A beautiful thing:


    O D O R I
    T A B A C C O


    https://i.notino.com/view/odori/odotabu_aedt10_02__17.jpg
  70. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    It's not even a secret! Morillas is proud of the tech.
  71. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Nope, because I wouldn't pay $435 for *any* fragrance. The idea of paying that much for scented juice, no matter how splendid, is absurd to me.

    And while I love Givenchy-made Michael for Men, I...
  72. Re: Fragrant jigsaws aka lazy noses hopping on the rickshaw

    I honestly think this FrankenFrag trend mostly comes down to the big firms openly using A.I. to generate variations on formulas based on a set of inputs, the best of which are then "finessed" by a...
  73. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    I don't really care for Aventus and don't think it's work the hype or attention, particularly given the state of the scent as it exists now. When my wife smelled it at the Creed counter in Neiman...
  74. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    Just to clear up some misconceptions floating around: goods cannot and should not merely be priced a small markup above labors+materials if a business is to be sustainable. A decent profit margin is...
  75. Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    In the areas of the US where I've lived, men rarely wear discernible scent. I generally only get compliments from people who know me well.
  76. Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    TDH, no question.
  77. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    There's definitely something a bit boorish about Bentley Intense, but that's what makes it such a good spiritual embodiment of the Bentley brand!

    Bentley is luxurious, yes, but also kind of crass....
  78. Re: Recc Me An Unconventional Summer Fragrance!

    This is a tough brief to fulfill. Since you like LADDM, I'll try to stick to smoky scents.

    I've found that Bvlgari Man Black Orient--a well-behaved rum+leather+rose+oud scent--wears surprisingly...
  79. Re: Cheap alternatives to John Varvatos Artisan Blu or Bvlgari Aqva?

    Yeah, Dylan Blue was what popped into my head.
  80. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    Yes and yes, but I haven't been collecting that long.

    If I recommend a vintage release, I make sure it's one that's easy to obtain.
  81. Re: Question about wearing “summer” fragrance

    Well, there's nothing "wrong" about wearing what you want (as long as you're being polite about it).

    I'm very "into" seasonal changes. I have a different wardrobe for warm months vs cool months,...
  82. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    Cheers!

    I've been a bit of a cheerleader on here for Tobacco Reserve--which can be found at Marshalls and TJMaxx for around $25--precisely because it's an unusual thing. It's not at all the kind...
  83. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    There was talk about the fragrance, with some nicely detailed reactions from Basenotes members.

    But the talk died down quickly when it was clear that the fragrance just wasn't that interesting to...
  84. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    I share your frustration.

    Mixers like this are always designed to complement bad/mediocre booze by submerging it in other flavors so that it's no longer recognizable. This stuff isn't aimed at...
  85. Re: Question about wearing “summer” fragrance

    It's not just about air temp (and, in my experience, air conditioning is unreliable) but about humidity. Humidity has a lot of impact on how a fragrance wears, and some (not all) of my heavier...
  86. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    I'm in a "pare down the collection" phase, but this one is on my to-try list because of its allegedly well-done tobacco note.
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    Re: Summer Purchase Advice

    If you want a refreshing green scent that isn't vetiver-driven, there's the Bvlgari Pour Homme line (I'm quite fond of Soir).
  88. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    The price for that one seems to fluctuate quite a bit. My brother went to buy a bottle a month ago and it was around $40, but recently I found some bottles under $30 and he picked one up.
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    Re: Help my next blind buy..!

    EQUUS

    (I haven't tried it but I need to know if it's good enough to blind buy so I want you to take the leap)
  90. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    To those skeptical of this price point, yes, there's a lot of stuff in the category that does feel like it merits its price (yes, a scent might be nice in one respect or another, but certain...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Alphabetical order:


    Dior Eau Sauvage EDT
    Guerlain Héritage EDT
    Lalique Pour Homme (Lion) EDP
    Michael Kors Michael for Men (Vtg)
    Tom Ford Ombré Leather
  92. Re: Your favorite 3 cheapies below €/$ 25,=

    All three of these are absolutely splendid and are worth multiples of what you'll pay for them:

    Aramis Tuscany per Uomo

    Lalique Pour Homme (Lion) EDP

    Remy Latour Cigar
  93. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I have the current version of Havana (FWIW, someone did a side by side with vintage and current and noted that they were practically the same). Havana really comes alive in heat and humidity.
  94. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    I hope you don't hate it!
  95. Re: What's Your Summer Rotation Looking Like?

    YMMV, but I don't think Colonia Pura is soapy or floral.

    It opens with a fairly realistic rendering of freshly peeled mandarin that lingers on the skin (almost like the residue you get on your...
  96. Re: Sour note in dry down of Music f.a. While + Au coeur du desert?

    Three of the four fragrances identified have labdanum in the mix in the base or mid (and there are always unlisted notes in fragrances, too, making this sort of deduction tricky).
  97. Re: Givenchy Gentleman: current formulation defense.

    That's the one done by Lorson, right? I've been meaning to try that.
  98. Re: Fragrances with a dominant 'dried fruits' note

    The Givenchy-produced vintage Michael for Men is this to a tee. A sophisticated, sensual masculine built around boozy dried fruits and a slightly animalic-feeling tobacco.
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    Re: fruty exotic

    This sounds splendid.
  100. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    We can't agree on everything, though I'm curious if we agree on vintage Michael for Men, which is one of my favorite entries in both categories. (And, yes, it's much more nuanced, sophisticated, and...
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