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    Re: Reformulations that don't suck

    Very helpful topic!
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    Re: Where is the tobacco?

    I agree. Tobacco Vanille or Pure Havane are not about tobacco for me too. But I don't really care enough to argue about it (not my favorite note anyway).

    If there is one fragrance that claims to...
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    Re: Where is the tobacco?

    The "incense" note is another one that can cover up a wide scale of different scents.
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    Re: Michael Kors for Men recalled ?

    I have a mini of the vintage juice. Well, I don't wanna bash it, but for me the drydown really has a note that resembles BO, dirty armpit... Pity, because I really like the boozy dried fruit and...
  5. Re: Pick your top 5 from the person's wardrobe above you

    Arpege pour homme
    Declaration
    Escada pour homme
    Fahrenheit
    Vetiver Guerlain
  6. Re: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee vs. L'eau Bleue d'Issey

    Guerlain: Geranium, Lime on top.
    Issey: Geranium, Rosemary, Lavender on top.

    Guerlain: Cedar and other "woodsy notes" (as description) on drydown. Vetiver making a similar "fizzy" effect ScottW...
  7. Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee vs. L'eau Bleue d'Issey

    I'm sampling now Guerlain L'eau Boisee and I'm finding it very similar to Bleue d'Issey, though I tested it a long time ago and my nose might be tricking me.

    Does anyone else find them very...
  8. Something similar to L'instant de Guerlain pour homme

    Hello everyone.
    I love the opening of L'instant de Guerlain pour homme, but find the drydown a bit too heavy, so I would like to know if anyone know some alternatives, something similar to this...
  9. Re: Need a fragrance which smells like dove soap

    Not designer, but definitely "soap": Amouage Lyric Man
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    This "blue" thing made my expectations go low... :(
  11. Re: Dior homme intense vs Dior homme parfum

    DHI: prominent and long lasting iris merged with gourmand notes
    DHP: iris top notes quickly gives space to rose, leather and sandalwood

    DHP definitely feels more mature since rose notes and...
  12. Serge Lutens: Chypre Rouge vs. Fille en Aiguilles

    How does Chypre Rouge compares to Fille en Aiguilles? I have only tried the first, like it a lot, just curious about the other one.
    Reading decriptions and the notes it sounds like they might have...
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    Re: Not worth the hype... and why?

    Aventus - synthetic mainstream fruity cologne.
    Interlude Man - chaotic stinky mess, the oregano and opoponax combo is just horrible
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    Re: Looking for a fruity woody fragrance

    Serge Lutens Bois et Fruits is awesome.
  15. Re: Has anyone sampled De Profundis from Serge Lutens?

    Just tested through wax sample (willing to try the real stuff, but unfortunately didn't got the chance yet) and to me it seems very good. The combination of the violet with the "soil note" is lovely,...
  16. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    You are absolutely right. Pricing is marketing. That really works about perceived taste.
    Creed would never have so many praises if it were priced around the same level of regular designers.

    The...
  17. Re: Any masculine Lutens, or is everything so creamy sweet?

    Try Chêne. I would say it is almost impossible to see anything feminine about this one.
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    Re: Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    I think this resembles a bit of Green Irish Tweed. Is it just me or anyone else can also see the similarities?
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    Re: I just tried M7!

    M7 had a big hype here in Basenotes when it was still in production. Back in those days M7, Gucci pour homme I, Gucci Envy, Amen were pretty much talked about. It was never a big seller on the main...
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    Re: Summer oldschool fragrance

    Eau Sauvage Parfum is definitely not a summer fragrance.
  21. Re: Oakmoss restrictions in 2015 and impact on Aventus

    Maybe, but it surely does not plays an important role on this fragrance. I doubt it could cause a big change.
  22. Re: Fragrance that smells like Jameson Irish Whiskey 18 Year Old Reserve Limited

    Not so boozy in terms of alcoholic, but Serge Lutens Chêne is heavily based on Oak, which may resemble a lot to some whiskey nuances (since they are usually aged in oak barrels). I think it might...
  23. Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    I perceive the basenotes of Bleu very similar to those basenotes of Platinum Egoiste, probably due to the sandalwood. Is it just me?
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    Re: Czech & Speake No. 88

    There are a lot of fragrances that used to be popular and now are a bit forgotten (M7, Gucci pour homme, Envy for men, No.88, Bois du Portugal, Black Orchid).
    Change of tastes, not due to...
  25. Re: Dior Boutique at the Palazzo just sent me a grey market DHI

    My vintage DHI, bought in 2008, has arabic writings on it's bottom. Yours is probably not a fake.
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    Re: Czech & Speake No. 88

    The newer version is less thick, but still very good, IMO.
  27. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    Dior Homme Sport, for me.
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    Re: Guerlain Homme discontinuation

    It seems to me that L'Eau Boisee will be the main fresher counterpart to the EdP, replacing the original Guerlain Homme EdT.
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    Re: Dior homme parfum overrated

    Calm down, buddy. Just respectfully made an observation. Let's grow up.
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    Re: Dior homme parfum overrated

    3 notes? I don't have the finest nose, yet I can detect at least these: iris, rose, oud, sandalwood, leather...
  31. Re: It's unpopular, but you love it. What is it and why?

    Tom Ford Black Violet
  32. Re: DHS 2008 vs 2012 - not to beat the dead horse but...

    I think the 2012 version is a bit better balanced, a more harmonious composition. The 2008 is a bit too "hard on the edges".
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    Re: Good cheap gym scent

    Yes, you can always offend someone by what you wear, gym or not. The difference is that at gym the chances are so much higher, since your greater body heat and sweat while doing your exercises...
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    Re: Good cheap gym scent

    I agree 100%.



    Even the light aquatic and citrus fragrances may easily become cloying with increased heat and sweat. Think how annoying it may be to choke with a huge aquatic sillage while...
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    Re: Best Cartier Frag to sample?

    Declaration is the must try.
  36. Re: Need suggestions for Masculine sweet Oud or Woody fragrance

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian OUD fits perfectly these requirements. Plus it is very different from the usual oud fragrances.
  37. Re: The "dumb phase" or "age ingrat" of fragrances

    It is actually very common to see/hear someone talking about a fragrance that "went bad". So my guess would be it is very possible, though not exactly in the same way for wine.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    I have a little decanted sample of it, and just by looking at it's color, I can tell it's probably the reformulated brighter/yellow version. Still, I find it pretty strong, with great sillage. I...
  39. Re: Guerlain Heritage Edt or Santos de Cartier Edt.

    Both are great, but personally I prefer Santos. Get the Santos Concentree version, it lasts much longer.
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Not easy to tell if it is more masculine or more feminine comparing to DHI. While DHP definitely feels more mature with it's pronounced leathery and woody character, in contrast with the vanillic...
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    Re: Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme...

    Personally I don't get any tobacco from it, with leather being the dominant note in my perception.
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    Re: Interlude Man any good?

    You should be careful if he hates it that much. I also find it terrible, probably the worst fragrance I had ever tried, and I usually like or at least can appreciate daring and polemic scents like...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Got a sample and I'm trying the 2nd time today. It seems to me the iris note is less dominant comparing to the EDT and EDP.. Leather, along with sandalwood dominates the fragrance. I can detect a...
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    Re: Antecedents to Terre D'Hermes

    Cartier Declaration.
    You should look on other fragrances by Jean Claude Ellena.
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    Re: Amouage Memoir vs Epic Man

    What is the note in drydown of Memoir Man that causes a "defumed food" smell? Don't believe it"s frankincense since I notice none of this in Czech&Speake Frankincense and Myrrh, the incense note is...
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    Re: Favourite Forgotten Fragrances

    Rochas Man - one of the best gourmands out there IMO
    Rochas Lui - great classic yet modern vanilla/cedar/amber combo
    Versace Black Jeans - nice bitter fougere
  47. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Vs. Frederic Malle Vetiver Ext.

    I prefer the Guerlain Vetiver. The "dirtyness" and "roughness" of the Guerlain is what makes it unique and appealing.

    Vetiver Extraordinaire seems to me too polite, lacking of character, insipid.
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    Re: Strictly wood

    Serge Lutens Chene
    Dyptique Tam Dao
    L'Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu
    Lalique Encre Noire
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    Re: violet perfume & lavender perfume

    Violet:

    Bois de Violette, Serge Lutens
    Grey Flannel, Geoffrey Beene
    For Him, Narciso Rodriguez
    Black Violet, Tom Ford Private Blend

    Lavender:

    A Taste of Heaven, by Kilian
  50. Re: Looking for: strong, dark, masculine SAFFRON fragrance

    MFK OUD
    Versace Man (note it is the one in purple bottle, discontinued and harder to find than the Versace Man Eau Fraiche in light blue bottle)
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    Re: What´s Happen with my M7?

    Might be the difference in aging of the juice. I also thought my vintage original M7 was a bit different, weaker and not long lasting enough back in 2007 when I first opened it.
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    Re: yet another aromatic fougere newb

    A Taste of Heaven, by Kilian
    Oxford & Cambridge, Czech & Speake
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    Re: Kilian Straight to Heaven??

    This creamy effect might be due to the nutmeg+vanilla combo.

    This is probably what you guys are perceiving as something resembling the rose note.
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    Re: Bois d'Iris - Beautiful

    His reference to Ellena indicates he is talking about The Different Company's.

    I also love this fragrance. A very natural, elegant, woody iris.
  55. Re: Fragrances that exude a "calming" effect.

    Encens et Lavande, by Serge Lutens
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    Re: Pure Malt Alternatives?

    Bentley for men intense
    Idole de Lubin

    And another one that I don't usually see people put it in the same category, but IMO it has a similar style (heavy/boozy/woody/brown-smelling), though quite...
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    MFK Oud fragrances

    Tried and loved the saffron/oud combo on the original OUD by MFK.

    So I'd like to ask you guys what are the differences between the regular Oud and the others: silk mood, cashmere mood, velvet...
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    Re: Best Serge Lutens on a man

    Chene: heavy woods
    Ambre Sultan: heavy amber/resins/incense
    Fumerie Turque: heavy tobacco
    Encens et Lavande: soft lavender and incense
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    Re: Creamy Sandalwood Fragrance ?

    I also think Tam Dao is more about cedar than anything else.

    I would recomend Santal de Mysore by Serge Lutens.
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    Re: Does anyone know what note..

    Maybe you think the cedar in Straight to Heaven has a similar woody effect to the birch in Aventus?
  61. Re: Worth getting Antaeus if you already have Aventus?

    That's it. The OP probably thinks he would wear both fragrances in similar situations (for formal ocasions, or work, etc).

    I would say yes, they are different enough to own both, but if the OP...
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    Re: Gris Clair on fabric

    You don't need to spray it too close, though I've sprayed on white and other bright colors clothes and it didn't stained.

    If anyone's interested, try spraying on any piece of fabric (it doesn't...
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    Gris Clair on fabric

    Any of you guys had already tried spraying Serge Lutens Gris Clair on your clothes, on fabric? It performs really great.

    I already loved this juice, but sometimes I wish it was a bit less sweet....
  64. Re: Any similarties between Bentley Intense and Straight to Heaven?

    They share only the rum note, not much else.
  65. Encens et Lavande, Frankincense and Myrrh

    I had sampled Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande only from the wax sample, so my impression may be not so accurate, but after smelling it I thought it reminded me of Czech & Speake Frankincense and...
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    Re: Intensity Difference Between DH and DHI

    The original Dior Homme can work perfectly well for night time wear. Actually, both are sweet enough to be considered night or winter fragrances.

    IMO, Dior Homme is definitely not a fragrance for...
  67. Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I believe Narciso Rodriguez for Him marketing is supposed to advertise it as "dark and sexy", and not supposed to be a melancholic fragrance.

    It just happens that it indeed has a melancholic...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme - wow!

    I don't agree Bentley for men Intense is close to Gucci pour homme. Bentley is really close to Idole de Lubin, not GPH, which is not as sweet as them.
  69. Re: Understanding Gucci's Envy for Men and GPH1

    When I joined here, back in 2007, GPH1 was really praised, along with the original M7. There was not much talk about niche fragrances as there is today, so it is natural that they lost a little bit a...
  70. Re: Understanding Gucci's Envy for Men and GPH1

    I think this might happen with any person who is not a perfume affictionate (or new to this).

    Many complex fragrances like Iris Silver Mist, for example, that is highly praised by critics, will...
  71. Re: Something similar to the woodier aspects of Miel de Bois

    Thanks for the answer, guys!

    cacio: I don't perceive it as honey overloaded. Actually for me it is more about the woods than the honey, as I said before. That is why I like it, as opposed to other...
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    Re: Fragrance with the most beautiful smell

    Serge Lutens Bois de Violette
    MFK Lumiere Noire pour homme
  73. Re: Something similar to the woodier aspects of Miel de Bois

    Anyone?
  74. Something similar to the woodier aspects of Miel de Bois

    Hello guys.
    I tried recently the infamous Miel de Bois, by Serge Lutens, and to my susprise I found it quite appealing even though I was never a sucker for honey fragrances.
    Actualy the woody...
  75. Re: Sample vials, the little wands are terrible

    I also disagree.
    If you get a 1ml sample, the vials are better to test it on wrists, just to get to know the fragrance. I think it's not really supposed for a full wearing (if you want it, go get a...
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    Fragrance Evaporation

    Any of you guys ever noticed your samples evaporating a little bit through the years? (mostly those non-official housemade samples)
    I noticed this while checking some old samples I kept some few...
  77. Re: Great Men's Fragrances that Feature Immortelle

    Serge Lutens Chene
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    Re: Serge Lutens sandalwood

    Have only tried Santal de Mysore, Santal Blanc and Jeux de Peau.

    Santal de Mysore: The best of them in my opinion. It combines perfectly the woodier and sweeter nuances of the sandalwood (it seems...
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    Gris Clair x Fourreau Noir

    Serge Lutens Gris Clair vs. Serge Lutens Fourreau Noir.
    Does anyone could help describing them both?
    Looking at the notes pyramid they seem quite similar, with more prominent notes of lavender and...
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    Re: Where to get Kouros Fraicheur

    I know this is a very old topic, but I just tried today Citrus Paradisi, by Czech&Speake, and the openning I found quite resembling of the discountinued Kouros Fraicheur. The drydown goes a different...
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    Re: The ultimate fougere

    A Taste of Heaven, by Kilian.
  82. Re: Strong winter scent with sandalwood and can you check if my Aventus is legit?

    You should try Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore, it's quite strong.

    But my favorite would be Chanel Egoiste.
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    Modern Fougere-like fragrances

    I've been liking this type of fragrance a lot recently. Could you guys please give me some sugestions on Modern Fougere-like types?

    Something in the terms of:

    -A Taste of Heaven, by Kilian...
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    Poll: Re: Should I buy A*Men Pure Malt ?

    No. It can be an improved version of A*Men, but it's still an A*Men.
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    Re: Escada Homme: What I love/what I hate.

    How many sprays do you tend to use? At first testing I also though it was somehow discrete and with poor longevity. After some more tries, I figured out that it needs a second spray over the same...
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    Re: The Iris Note Pour Homme.

    I can't see MPG Iris Bleu Gris as an iris fragrance. Actually, I can hardly detect any accord that resembles to the iris note.

    TDC Bois d'Iris would be a great call, if it wasnt too short lived....
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    Re: I finally tried Dior Homme Intense

    I also prefer the regular Dior Homme over the Intense. But I still think Dior Intense is much better than many others gourmands out there, like A*men, Pure Malt, Rochas Man.
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    Cassis prominent fragrances

    Recently I've been paying attention on this note and found it very interesting.
    Can you guys recommend me some cassis/black currant prominent fragrances?
    Feminine perfumes are welcome once they...
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    Re: UNGARO III Vs BLACK JEANS???????

    "Dark" is very relative. I really don't feel The Dreamer, Black Jeans or Van Cleef & Arpels as dark. I'm yet to try Ungaro III.

    I just can't associate a fragrance that is relatively fresh, like...
  90. Re: Darkness (somber, evil) yet Light (hope, goodness)

    The reformulation of C&S No.88, which is lighter and brighter than the vintage one, gives me a little of this feeling (dark/bright dichotomy).
  91. Re: How would you define the smell of Kouros? And are there similar fragrances?

    I agree that what defines Kouros is the contrast between clean and dirty, class and crudeness, honor and hate, just like the archetypal man, like what most men were supposed to be some time ago. If...
  92. Re: Any fragrances that smell like gas (Fart)?

    I wouldn't worry about searching fart fragrances, since you can smell the real thing, in its natural ingredients, directly from the source! lol
  93. Re: Looking for an elegant day wear suggestion

    Funny, I find Habit Rouge EDT very heavy.

    I think Chanel pour Monsieur would fit it much better.
    Loewe pour homme is also great, and is rarely talked about.
  94. Re: Chanel No 19 eau Premiere - what did I miss?

    On the vintage EDP version of No.19 the liquid is yellow-ish. But on this pic the juice color seems even brighter than on the vintage EDP, like it was watered down or something. Also never heard of...
  95. Re: Narciso Rodriguez For Him. Good Blind Buy?

    It would be a great fragrance if there wasn't that generic fruity accord.
  96. Re: Real Life Head to Head Challenges - M7 v La Nuite De L'homme

    Maybe Acqua di Gio...
  97. Re: Did Turin really "blow it" ? The Greatness of the 80s !

    I agree. He may be a very respectful critic, but his points of view can't always be right.

    And there is nothing wrong about criticizing his work. Isn't it what he does with other's work?

    Also,...
  98. Re: Iris Bleu Gris: one of the oldest and probably the most unique masculine iris?

    IBG is so iris prominent as M7 is a vetiver prominent fragrance, if you know what I mean.
    I think this is what may cause a frustating feeling o an iris lover when he gets to know IBG.
    I wouldnt...
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    Re: M7=Mature?

    I'm not sure whose it is, but sometimes i hear people assign to Sigmund Freud this line (or something like this):
    "When Peter talks about Paul, I know more about Peter than Paul."

    Whatever, the...
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    Re: Chanel No. 19 and the Ultimate Dilemma

    I have the vintage EDP and tried the current EDP and EDT.
    IMO, vintage EDP > current EDP > EDT.
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