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  1. Poll: Re: MFK luimere noire homme or amouage reflection man for next purchase

    These are hard to compare, but if given the choice, I'd definitely choose Lumiere Noire. It's the better fragrance IMO.
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    Poll: Re: I'm done with Creed

    Creed is fantastic. One of my favorite brands. Batch variation is a fact of life, so I'd avoid the brand if batch variations annoy you and if you have a nose sensitive enough to notice them.
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    Re: Roja Dove. Parfume or EDP?

    This basically sums up my opinion on the matter. In most cases, the parfum is superior and has more depth, but YMMV.
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    Re: Roja Dove EDP for everyday use.

    Can't go wrong with Vetiver. That would be my choice for any occasion.
  5. Re: Bel Ami (current version)- Does the cumin note = BO effect?

    I definitely get cumin from the current version, BUT only in warmer weather and more dry climates. Recently I wore it regularly in a cooler, humid climate, and for whatever reason the cumin note...
  6. Re: Elysium - new fragrance from Roja Parfums / Roja Dove

    Has anyone tried this yet or seen a detailed written review? I'm curious to smell this one.
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur EDP

    Lovely, but I have a slight preference for the modern EDT. It's a bit less sweet to my nose, and more traditional.
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    Re: Acqua di Gio Profumo

    Agreed. This one has grown a lot on me since its release, much like Colonia Club and a few others. To me, this is usually a sign that the fragrance has a hidden depth that keeps me interested enough...
  9. Re: Need Feedback on Aventus Purchased from NeimanMarcus.com

    This is a new bottle size for Creed and consequently is likely to have differences with the previous versions on the box and bottle.

    Neiman Marcus is fine. Enjoy your scent, and 16L01 especially....
  10. Re: Official "replacements for discontinued or reformulated fragrances" thread

    To each their own. For me these are massively superior, and I find Roja's craftsmanship to be worth the asking price. But that's me hehe :).

    In any case, for those who are willing to shell out the...
  11. Re: Official "replacements for discontinued or reformulated fragrances" thread

    I don't consider a copy a copy when it is stylistically distinct and superior to the original.
  12. Re: Official "replacements for discontinued or reformulated fragrances" thread

    Guerlain Heritage -> Roja Dove Danger Pour Homme Parfum

    Guerlain Vetiver -> Roja Dove Vetiver Pour Homme Parfum

    Polo Green -> Floris 1962
  13. Re: Any Musky Pineapple summer/spring scents? Niche or Designer

    This ^.

    Perhaps Mancera's Cedrat Boise, or Rance's Héroïque.
  14. Re: Roja Dove Fetish starting to spoil after 9 months

    I store them in a wine cooler at 57 F. In these conditions most fragrances will last a very long time, but it can cause similar separation in some fragrances that have (I'm told) natural ingredients...
  15. Re: Roja Dove Fetish starting to spoil after 9 months

    Particles in Fetish is normal. I've had 2 bottles of the parfum with this effect, and neither were spoiled or affected in terms of scent. The explanation I received was that separation can occur with...
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    Re: ** New: AMOUAGE FIGMENT

    Same here. I'm nearly 100% sure that he was heavily involved with Journey, if what I've been reading has been accurate.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    14G01 was (by FAR) my favorite from 2014. Sweet, fresh pineapple. Glorious.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Yeah best be rid of what doesn't work for you. I'd be curious if those weaker Aventus batches last longer on others, and if not, where they were purchased from.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    What terrible luck. On my skin, 5 sprays of the 2016 stuff would be noticeable by the next morning. Must be a difference in skin chemistry or where we are getting our bottles.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    5 sprays of Aventus would suffocate me and everyone around me. You will cause olfactory fatigue with that amount, simply because of the ingredients used in Aventus (ISO-E/Timbersilk). With Aventus,...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    I've had no performance issues with the 2016 batches I have tried.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    YAY! According to your description, 16L01 is a mix of batches that I enjoy, but with a balance that sounds absolutely flawless. I can't wait to get into this batch.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Wonderful news Aztek! Thanks for your impressions :). Very happy that I got a big bottle of this batch.

    Do you find it to be complex and three dimensional, if that makes any sense? Some batches...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    This happens normally, particularly with fragrances that have natural ingredients. Nothing to worry about.
  25. Re: Tired of Chemicals! Looking for natural; non-synthetic

    I'd suggest giving some things at the high end of the market a try. These arent always more natural, however they often do use very high quality naturals and are masterfully composed.

    I'd suggest...
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    Re: A vetiver recommendation

    Roja Parfums Vetiver Pour Homme (EDP or Extrait)

    This fragrance was designed to be an upgrade to Guerlain Vetiver since it was reformulated. I really enjoy Roja Dove's work, so if you are...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    There is our difference :p. I much preferred the billowing smoke from 2013 lol. 2012 was good too, but I like 2013 batches more. Especially 13X01 :(. RIP.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    This is also my own experience. Most 2013 batches have a birch note that smells like billowing smoke that is blowing through the air, where 2012 batches smell like a burning cigarette was smushed out...
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    Re: Acqua di Gio Essenza - Blown away...

    Hmmm interesting. Profumo is the only one that I personally enjoy after repeated sampling, but to each their own.

    To me, Essenza (as in the case of the original) smells exactly like.... Well,...
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    Re: Fragrances that give you heartburn

    Nope never heartburn. But I have experienced some other fragrance-related allergies.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    I bought my 16L01 as a backup bottle. I'm tempted to open it up and see what the balance of notes is like.
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    Re: Leather & Fuel

    Ditto to the above.

    This is one that the OP shouldn't miss.
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    Re: Any love for MFK Aqua Universalis?

    I think you must actually be using some kind of niche bug spray. I've never gotten anything remotely resembling bug spray from Aqua Universalis.
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    Re: Any love for MFK Aqua Universalis?

    These are just my initial impressions, but I find this one quite feminine and not particularly interesting compared to AU and AUF. A disappointment for me.
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    Re: 16 and 17 Millesime Imperial

    Yep, it's incredible I know, but the ambergris base with a melon tinge lasts FOREVER on my skin. And mine projects for longer than most other batches I've tried too. I don't know what it is about my...
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    Re: 16 and 17 Millesime Imperial

    MI is really hit or miss, even within the years of production. Of the recent stuff, I've seen batches that last 3 hours, and others (like my own batch from 2013, luckily) which last nearly 24.

    All...
  37. Re: I don't like citrus or aquatic scents, but it IS summer....

    You're quite welcome mate. I think all 3 are unique and fit your requirement of being "full-bodied". I'd have more suggestions, but it's rare to find a fresh, summery scent that is full-bodied and...
  38. Re: I don't like citrus or aquatic scents, but it IS summer....

    A few suggestions:

    MFK Aqua Universalis Forte
    Roja Parfums Vetiver Extrait
    Xerjoff 1861 (lemons, but also something like ice and mint)
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    If you do try 16L01, please let us know what you think.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Whoa, heavy rose and patchouli in Aventus sounds strange lol. I like that combination and I know it's there, but I can't even imagine them as the dominant notes in Aventus.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Glad you are enjoying it!

    But based entirely on my own tastes, I got lucky for getting 16L01 instead (though it hasn't yet arrived - I hope it isn't similar). I can't stand the apple or...
  42. Re: What do you think about Geo F Trumper colognes?

    I like them a lot, but they are in the old British style, so performance isn't great.

    My favorite is Extract of West Indian Limes. I think it is the best lime fragrance that I've yet smelled.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Weird lol. I get tons of compliments from that one. It's quite common for folks to follow the sillage and ask me what I'm wearing.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Give it a shot again and let us know what you think about performance. Do you notice the vanilla? Is the pineapple distinctly there in this batch?
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    Re: Summer Citrus

    The original Xerjoff 1861. In my view it is better than Nio for summer.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread

    Thanks for the update! Sad to hear though. I was hoping to try it by this summer.
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    Re: I hate ISO E Super

    I'm with you on Norlimbanol. Occasionally ISO-E can be irritating if my allergies are acting up, but Norlimbanol is another story entirely. I hate it. I don't understand why good fragrances are...
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    Re: Fresh beast mode recommendation

    Xerjoff 1861 fits exactly what you have described, at least for me. It's an eau de cologne in construction, but performs VERY well on my skin. Lasts a long time, and projects well with good sillage....
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Hopefully I'll be able to try the 16L01 soon. We haven't had many detailed impressions on this and 16M01 is already out lol.
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    Re: Creeds green irish tweed vs original vetiver.

    Interestingly, I once smelled a great scent on another person at a restaurant, and asked the guy if he was wearing Green Irish Tweed...

    He was wearing Fahrenheit.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Wearing this one today. I own it, but every time I wear Roja's Vetiver it blows me away all over again.

    Definitely my favorite vetiver of all time.
  52. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Not for me at least. I've been burned too many times with online discounters, especially with Creed fragrances.

    So I just stopped ordering from discounters altogether. In my experience Creed...
  53. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Agreed. But in some ways Creed is pricing for the market. People are buying their fragrances at the high prices, which is actually (in some ways) a bad thing for a brand that is marketing itself as...
  54. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Yeah. The only way that they can attract me now is to release something new - and great.

    I just bought 120 ml backup bottles of both GIT and Aventus.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Believe me, I'm also excited for Viking! I just wish they'd give us a proper release date so I can make plans to visit the store lol.
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    Re: Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse Creed

    It's quite unique, but probably the closest thing I can think of is Eau de Orange Verte by Hermes, which has a similar "green + orange" vibe.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Great fragrance for the spring and summer! Congrats.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Thank you Hednic :). Both are backup bottles, but they are two of my most loved fragrances.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2017

    Aventus 120 ml
    Green Irish Tweed 120 ml

    Might as well given the bottle and price change :/.
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    Re: Chanel Pour Homme edp in the summer?

    These two fragrances have nothing to do with each other IMO, except for the fact that they are both classics. For me, Colonia does better in the high heat since it is a cologne, but PM is great for...
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    Re: Best Travel atomizer?

    Kilian, definitely. I believe that the atomizers (not the travel sets) come with an empty glass bottle.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Anyone able to compare 16K11 and 16L01 yet?
  63. Re: Attending a wedding in 24 hrs...down to 5 choices

    Tuscan leather, definitely.
  64. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Im pretty sure there was an interview a while back where Erwin discussed how IFRA regulations would affect Aventus. No idea where it can be found now, but I don't think it can be done any more than...
  65. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    I hate to burst your bubble, but GIT does experience batch variations :P. I've come across plenty of batches that smell totally different in the balance of notes, much like Aventus. It seems like...
  66. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Thanks for the post Aztek! But ugh, I hate it! Don't like the look at all :(.
  67. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    What I really want to know is whether they will do away with the black GIT bottle. That is a GORGEOUS bottle, and the change in size/shape might ruin it.
  68. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Same here, but they can't because of IFRA regulations.
  69. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Wow, that seems much more expensive AND a downgrade in aesthetics :(.
  70. Re: What if they said Jean-Claude Ellena created 1 Million Jean Paul Guerl created Diesel Fuel for L

    ^ This.
  71. Re: Some noteworthy changes coming for Creed Fragrances.

    Have you seen one of the new 100 ml bottles? Do you know if it is shaped like the old flask or if it looks like a larger version of the old 75 ml size?
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Fair enough, to each their own. But really, I honestly have the impression that many of these batches are in the wrong category according to my own taste and even according to a general consensus...
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    Re: Clive Christian C, L, and V.

    V is a great black pepper/incense scent. It's quite spicy and nose tingling, and I like it. L is a woody, sap-like green fragrance that recalls masculine scents (but doesn't smell the same) like...
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    Re: Niche Fragrance Testing Pt. 8

    Ditto! Posts by Johnnyacl are always worth the read.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    No I did not, to be honest - I'll look at it soon. In either case though, I think the aggregation is inaccurate (though a valiant effort). Based on my own memory of this thread and the earlier...
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    Re: what are these in my bottle?!

    You may have to swirl them gently just to stir up the flakes. When the bottle is not in use for some time (a few days in my experience), they tend to settle.
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    Re: what are these in my bottle?!

    Pretty sure it's normal. I have experienced this with two bottles of Aventus and one bottle of Roja Dove Fetish Pour Homme Parfum. I think NebelGeist is correct, since none of these fragrances...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    It's a long list, but take one for example: 10J01. I had a decant of that for a long time, and it was really is tough for me to finish so a couple of years ago I gave it away and simply bought a...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    One guy's opinion. Interesting to read, but totally not authoritative in any way. My favorite batch of all time is in the "bad batches" section, and he loves some of my least favorites. Different...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Camp fire smoke is fine. That's the kind of smoke I like. There is a difference between those and the "ashy" batches, which can smell really off. I think it's when they overload on the birch with an...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    The kind of smell that you are describing is also the "smoky" kind that I prefer. "Ashy" is something different. Some of the earlier batches (2013 and before) have an ashTRAY vibe, that smells a bit...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    I disagree completely. My favorite batch of all time (by far) was 13X01. Some of the pre-13 batches were ashy, but not smoky. The best '13 batches smelled like billowing smoke and sweet pineapple.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Thanks much for your comments on L01! Do you find the pineapple element to be distinctive? How is performance?
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    Re: Big kudos to MFK in Paris

    Try makeup remover. This is by far the best solution that I have found for removing scrubbers. The concept and use is simple, and it works quickly and effectively.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    I wish your dude would say something about the balance of notes and whether or not it leans sweet or sour :p.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread

    Thanks much for this!

    And thanks to everyone else for posting your local information. It's tough to find pre-release information on Viking.
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread

    Does this include the Creed Boutique in Paris?
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    Re: Xerjoff Dhofar VS Oroville

    Dhofar is far more pleasant to my nose. Oroville is very discordant in the base.
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    Re: Dior Sauvage Very Cool Spray.... what's this?

    Paper was the mistake I made. Trying it on the skin really made a difference with my impression of Sauvage.

    I love it.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel EDP

    No, it's not better. Just different.
  91. Re: Orginal Vetiver by Creed vs Vetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle

    Both are worth having in a collection, since each emphasizes a different side of vetiver. I'd also echo the Roja Dove suggestion, as his vetiver is the best I've ever tried.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Does anyone have experience with 16L01 yet? Specifically, id like to know about the balance of sweetness vs sourness (I hate the sour black currant batches, but love sweet pineapple) and the strength...
  93. Re: Chanel Exclusifs in EDP from 2017; no more EDT production after Sep 2016

    Agree. They destroyed it completely. Another one bites the dust :/.
  94. Re: I received some extremely bad news that I'd like to share with my Basenotes family.

    So sorry to hear this terrible news, but thank you for sharing it with all of us. Keep calm and carry on, as best you can. My best wishes to you and your family.
  95. Re: Niche samplers: what percentage do you find to be too "synthetic" or "chemical" ?

    And mine.
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    Re: Big kudos to MFK in Paris

    Ooooo never tried that one. Thank the great Apple in the sky for Siri.
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    Re: Top 3 favorite scents to wear on a date

    Based entirely on the preferences of a certain person:

    1. Tuscan Leather
    2. Aventus
    3. Lumiere Noire Pour Homme
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    Re: Big kudos to MFK in Paris

    Mate, just FYI, if you type "195 EUR to USD" in Google, it will automatically convert it for you. But keep in mind that this does not include any currency conversion fees that your payment method...
  99. Re: What niche fragrances are best for garnering compliments from the 40 to 55 age range?

    In that range, I seem to do best with old fashioned fragrances such as Floris Victorious (or their other offerings).
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    Re: Creed vs Frederic Malle for crowd-pleasing

    In my experience Creed is definitely more crowd pleasing, but of course this isn't universal based on the taste of others, your skin, and your personal style.

    Malle tends to make scents that are...
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