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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    Yes, there are positives and negatives.

    But I get the distinct impression that newer members are being discouraged from starting new threads - because it may bore older members - who because of...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    I've never told anyone to use the Search Button for a thread they've started.

    Though I have in the past pointed people to the then Etiquette section, which recommended that people start a new...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    The thing is - yes you will find a lot of stuff on old threads about scents.
    But you will be missing the background and the who's who.
    Were the responses from the "If it's not niche it's rubbish"...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    Actually, there is one type of thread where it is good to have a resurrection - those that have had zero responses.

    I used to be amused by the number of threads I started about new scents I'd...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    But for those who notice it is an old thread - many probably won't read what you've just written - thinking some newbie couldn't restrain himself from adding to an ancient thread.

    Whereas if you...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    At last - someone willing to get into contact with, and to express his feelings.

    Now, if only someone else was willing to say "I just can't handle being told to use the Search button - I would be...
  7. Re: Between Alfred Sung Pour Hommes and Thierry Mugler A*men

    Sung Homme is one of my all time favourite scents, which has heaps of strength and projection on me. But in the last dozen years there have only been a handful of others who said they really liked...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    I still don't understand what gives older members the authority to decide that they are the arbiters of what is dumb about what newer members post in their threads - and to tell them so.

    I...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    I suppose it's interesting to read about what people thought about fragrances, before those fragrances were watered down.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    You might want to search my Fake Creed Millesime Imperial thread. I was so curious about the Fake Creeds everyone was talking about gere, that I purposely bought a fake bottle from Ebay to check it...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    Good observation. They do tend to fly through very quickly.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    You only have 245 posts.

    If you start a new thread and respond to all the posts, then in no time you will have lots more posts.

    Else you'll spend ages with less than 1000 posts.
    Cheers,...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    The type of threads I quite like is when someone starts a new thread, and puts a link in to an old thread of interest in the post.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    Agreed.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    That is true - especially essay type threads. Dozens of remarkable posts and threads by Scentemental ( the one who always wrote in blue, not the other ones also called a variation of Scentemental...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    That's your opinion about what new members should do. It certainly isn't any requirement in the Code of Conduct that they must behave that way.

    Though I strongly suspect that new members - who are...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    True, it depends on the thread - some can still be relevant.

    The dopiest, most inane resurrections are where the OP has asked for advice, and the resurrector can't help but respond with his...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    But then my old self - if he'd have disagreed with the new post - couldn't respond to what I'd just written!
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    There used to be the same recommendation about not posting on old threads here in the Etiquette section of the rules, but it is no longer in the Code of Conduct.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    Actually, I get quite annoyed with members telling newer members to use the Search function.
    Newer members don't need to be admonished in this way, and besides, they may want the opinions of people...
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    Re: Tiffany For Men.... and more testers :)

    I really really like Tiffany For Men.
    I have the EDT and the superb aftershave balm.
    Weirdly, I've had a lot of compliments when wearing the aftershave balm alone, and none when wearing the EDT.
    ...
  22. Re: Should be more love for the Basenotes wardrobe!

    My wardrobe is missing 60 or so percent of my scents, though it contains most of my niche scents.

    It would be a lot of work to update it, and at the end the day - to what purpose? Just for the...
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    How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    I've just opened two threads with dates from late April, only to find that one was from April a year ago and the other from April two years ago.
    And that I had already responded within both of them....
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    Re: Diesel Plus Plus price hike

    I don't mind Zero Plus, but find it a bit too sweet and cloying after a while.
    Recently though, an acquaintance discovered Zero Plus Masculine, and went through a bottle in two weeks. I've since...
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    Re: Acier Aluminium longevity

    I tried it once only, and it didn't last much longer than two hours on my skin.
    Some Creeds are like that on me, and sometimes it is just some Creed batches that are like that on me.
    Regards,...
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    Re: Diesel Plus Plus price hike

    Just curious - how many people here are aware that Diesel is an Italian brand, rather than a German brand?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Diesel Plus Plus price hike

    Cinnamon? Are you thinking of Diesel Zero Plus perhaps?
    Regards,
    Renato
  28. Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

    I like badger brushes too.

    But I have some hard soap pucks where it is just much easier to get a good lather up using a boar brush. I recollect reading some very bad reviews of various soaps at...
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    Re: Diesel Plus Plus price hike

    I've got a couple of spare bottles of Plus Plus. To my nose it smells like Nikos Sculpture after an hour and a half.

    A great, ambery fougere, ultra fresh scent.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  30. Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

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    Thanks. It was over a dozen years ago when I was complaining here that I couldn't wet shave without getting a red raw face for four days afterwards. A prominent member...
  31. Re: Dior Boutique at the Palazzo just sent me a grey market DHI

    I don't understand this thread at all.

    Grey market is where scents are sold through dealers that the manufacturer hasn't authorized to do so by contract. It is nothing to do with fake scents.
    ...
  32. Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

    Yes - while I'm not overly fond of the Palmolive sticks, they are still way better than most canned shave lather products on my face.

    Regards,
    Renato
  33. Re: Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

    Interesting. I personally thought that La Toja was the stick that produced the most abundant and luxurious lather of all the sticks I've tried - the equal of the best soap pucks I've got. Are you...
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    Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    Salvatore Ferragamo PH is very similar to Good Life, but with added ingredients. Somewhat spicier.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  35. Shave Sticks - Anybody using them regularly?

    It goes without saying that after one joins Badger & Blade, one will wind up with a collection of shave sticks - where one rubs the stick on one's face, wets a brush, and then lathers up what the...
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    Re: Givenchy Xeryus.

    I own it and I don't think it is anywhere near as good as you suggest.

    I like Ed Hardy scents - all better than Xeryus, in my opinion .Perhaps I should resurrect all the the old threads to...
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    Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    Good to see Salvatore Ferragamo PH still has fans.
    Shame his later scents were much more tamed down affairs.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Dunhill Icon ... what's the word on this?

    I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what Icon was a blend of - because I've smelled something similar to it - but couldn't come up with anything. I agree it's very good.

    Now, reading your...
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    Re: Victoria Secret: Very Sexy (For Him)

    I've got Very Sexy For Him 2 - i don't think it's very sexy, and i don't know if females think otherwise, as it doesn't project strongly for them to form an opinion.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    I haven't tried the first one, but have tried the other two.

    My favourite fig leaf scent is still Salavtore Ferragamo PH, closely followed by Good Life.
    Regards,
    Renato
  41. Re: Need quick help in some cheap options listed (Please!!)

    My take,

    Zino Davidoff $18 - good scent, might be considered a bit dated by some.
    Azzaro Chrome $24 - great for a hot summer day
    Azzaro Pour Homme $25 - apparently it used to be good, though it...
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    Re: Egoiste impressions....

    If you have the opportunity, check out Trumpers Sandalwood Cologne. It is pretty much the same thing as Egoiste, but minus the note/s that gives Egoiste the slight feminine edge.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Could use some help

    I agree with you, I don't think it exists. It doesn't matter what one likes very much - be it in food, drink, alcohol, chocolate etc - one will get sick of it if one only has it and it alone. Why...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II Thoughts

    I bought it cheap.
    I haven't warmed to it.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Difference of sex

    Women's - lots of girly florals.
    Men's - lots of manly woods and leathers.
    Unisex Old Style - lots of citruses and other neutral components.
    Unisex niche - a mix of traditional typical masculine...
  46. Re: What's the reason they call agarwood fragrances "Ouds"?

    I agree with your sentiment.

    When everyone here is discussing Oud (which is "Duo" spelt backward) I just keep thinking of this character from Dr. Who - the Ood.

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    Re: What are some 'must have' old school frags?

    My oldest old school ones are
    Atkinson's English Lavender (1910)
    Yardley's English Lavender (1913) - though it's a tad feminine.
    Mennen Skin Bracer (1931) - it's still my favourite aftershave...
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    Re: Do you also purchase designer fashion?

    I buy my wife designer hand bags and wallets.

    But the only designer stuff I've ever bought for me were watches (DKNY, Diesel, Ed Hardy, Christian Audigier, Guess) and sunglasses (too many to...
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    Re: Original Santal smells like Joop Homme

    Joop Homme is loud, has incredible longevity and a projection and sillage monster (well, my bottles are that, though some suggest reformulation has weakened it). I also own Original Santal and it...
  50. Re: Lesson learned: How an Ebay buyer ripped me off...

    It is not even relevant to shops and commercial situations, unless the seller has a contract making it so with particular suppliers.
    Else the ludicrous proposition is that a manufacturer can...
  51. Re: It's official: I'm declaring L'Occitane Mer & Mistral a great alternative to Bvlgari Aqva

    I once had the opportunity to buy a big bottle of Bvlgari Aqua for A$20 (US$15). As I didn't think it smelled of anything much, I passed.

    I really don't think it would be too hard to have an...
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    Re: This is uncanny - Creed OV and Mugler Cologne

    if you focus on a few notes, you may say they are exactly the same.

    But they have different notes as well - which make all the difference.

    Mugler's Cologne says nothing and is unisex, whereas...
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    Re: Best scent under $35

    I got a tester of Kenneth Cole Signature for A$17 (US$13) and my wife thinks it is really great.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Best scent under $35

    I like all the Ed hardy scents, which I got for less than that price (except for Villain, which is still a bit dearer, and which i don't like as much).
    My recent purchases of Joop Homme Extreme and...
  55. Re: The Most Hated 3: Of Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other

    My wife outright hates,
    Aramis (it reminds her of something her mother used to wear),
    Tiffany for Men (it's a mystery to me why she hates it),
    Joop Homme (kind of understandable)
    Yatagan (reminds...
  56. Re: I dont understand the 'is my xxxxxx fake?' threads

    I only groan at Fake Scent threads when,
    a. It relates to a bottle from a legit supplier (the incidence of true fakes coming from them being close to zilch), or
    b. When it relates to a...
  57. Re: Is there a non synthetic good oud under $20?

    Pino Sylvestri sells a pleasant enough Oud scent down here for A$20 (US$15).

    But I find it pleasant because I'm not fond of Oud. Whether it meets your other criteria, I don't know.
    Regards,...
  58. Poll: Re: Caron L'Anarchiste query/opinion/suggestions?

    I perceive it as a citrus, minty, woody scent. It may be considered old style to younger noses (like Halston Z-14 often is). Otherwise, I think it pretty good for something different during summer....
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    Re: Knize Ten - is it worth it?

    Good scent if you are a boss or supervisor.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    But there is nothing in Joop Homme Extreme that smells remotely like a slaughterhouse (which while similar to Secretions Magnifique, still isn't quite as bad as).
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    That makes you the second one on this thread who had something positive to say about it - and I was the first.
    Good to see I'm not alone in my appreciation.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    A female friend just gave the big thumbs up to Joop Homme Extreme. She was the first to tell me years ago that 1 Million and Aventus were amazing on men.

    Her thoughts on Extreme are that it...
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    Re: Opinions about Versace Pour Homme?

    I think it's a pretty good summer scent since it's very fresh.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Shave or beards?

    What about mustaches?

    Many years ago when I occasionally grew one, it was very handy for adding about 10 years to my age.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    Seems a tad sparse.

    Perhaps the different colour of the bottle is another good thing - it's gone from Pink to Purple.

    Joop have picked two colours i often can't see properly because of...
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    Now - if only I had inexpensive alternative flankers for the other ones that she can't stand on smell alone - Aramis and Tiffany for Men.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Joop! Homme Wild

    I wasn't too fond of it in wrist testing, but thought it much better in the actual wearing.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Eau d'Hadrien vs. Green Irish Tweed

    Green Irish Tweed is masculine - very few women would want to wear it.

    Eau d'Hadrien - most women would want to wear it (though I own it in the masculine square bottle). I only grew slightly fond...
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    Unfortunately, I'm hopeless at notes.

    Suffice it to say, if I'd smelled it without seeing the bottle I wouldn't have known it had anything to do with Joop Homme.
    If I had to describe it at first...
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    Re: Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    Thanks. This is actually my second variation - she hasn't complained about Joop Homme Summer Ticket either.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    I'm not sure that I'm proud to admit it - but I was the very first person here to say in an argument that Kouros didn't smell like urine, but rather smelled like urinal-cakes. And ever since then,...
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    Re: What's definitely masculine is.. grossness?

    I keep reading that here.
    In Dubai, such scents seem to occupy fairly minimal shelf space -despite there being a huge number of Middle Eastern shoppers.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Two Good Things About Joop Homme Extreme.

    I bought Joop Homme Extreme the other day and so far have found two good things about it.

    Firstly, my wife likes it and doesn't bitterly complain as she does whenever I wear Joop Homme.
    ...
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    Re: Joop! Homme Wild

    I think it's a great scent.

    Over at Badger & Blade they're forever on a strange quest for the best Bay Rum scent. I think Joop Homme Wild is far more interesting than Bay Rum scents.

    Six sprays...
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    Re: Why is there no thread on Davidoff Echo?

    Fragrantica classifies Echo as a Woody Spicy scent, and describes it as follows.

    "Echo is Davidoff’s sixth fragrance, launched in 2003 and oriented to middle aged men. The fragrance includes...
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    Re: Jil Sander...any men's scents worth owning?

    I quite like Sun Men (a better version of Boss Elements Aqua) and Sport for Men (same sort of style as Clinique's Happy).
    The aquatic Pure Men is an odd scent - it seems to die off on me after a...
  77. Re: Cheap 80s powerhouses - One Man Show vs Krizia Uomo vs Oscar Pour Lui vs Tsar vs Aramis vs etc

    I don't think Tsar qualifies as a powerhouse.

    I own both the current one and the one in a different bottle from 13 years ago. The current one lasts longer than the older one did on me. I'd rate...
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    Re: Original Santal: an opportunity wasted

    To me, Original Santal was always a softer, gentler, more wearable version of the harsher, super stregthed Joop Homme.

    And now, I view Joop Homme Summer Ticket as the gentler, less sandalwood...
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    It is not uncommon to have inferences made about the wearing of scents being associated with being girly or effeminate.

    The responses are pretty straightforward and vary from,
    " Feel free to not...
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    Thanks. If you can find it, check out Villoresi's Dilmun.

    I think it the oddest supposedly unisex scent I've ever come across. A fellow Basenoter kindly sent me a sample. I thought it was a tad...
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    My experience was very much similar to yours with a very large number of other niche scents which were supposedly unisex (e.g. Etro, SMN, L'Artisan, Villoresi).

    Up until then I had only ever tried...
  82. Re: Recommendations for quality deodorant please ...

    Does your husband actually want a deodorant stick - which does not stop perspiration, like an anti perspirant would?

    Designer sticks are fairly expensive and most don't stop perspiration, as all...
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    Re: I really don't know what fragrance to buy!

    Paris Hilton For Men.

    My then 17 year old nephew found it to be the No.1 hit among girls in his age group, far better than any of the 70 other scents I'd given him (many of which were far more...
  84. Thread: Need For Space

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    Re: Need For Space

    I don't care about the boxes.

    My system is fougeres in one drawer, chypres in another, ambery orientals in another (spicy orientals in an open box within that drawer), ambery fougeres in another,...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme INTENSO is finally out

    Terry White's at Fountain Gate in Narre Warren.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme INTENSO is finally out

    I saw Intenso today in a discount chemist going for A$65 (US$49) for the big bottle..

    Longevity appears good - it is still going with some strength on my hand after 6 hours.
    And it certainly...
  87. Re: Girl by Pharrell Williams and other celebrity scents

    But you may be doing yourself a disservice.

    So far, the Kanye West scent I bought for $25 has gotten me more positive comments from women than most of my not inconsiderable niche collection has...
  88. Re: Girl by Pharrell Williams and other celebrity scents

    Thanks. I won't be blind buying that one.

    I recollect once getting a positive comment on a unisex scent (though I think it was slightly masculine), but in general, I find unisex type scents...
  89. Re: Would you ask this guy what fragrance he's wearing?

    if he doesn't tell you what scent it is, at least you'll probably get a chance to smell it right up really close.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  90. Re: Would you ask this guy what fragrance he's wearing?

    Just be respectful, polite and firm.
    E.G.
    " Nice poodle you have there. Could you please tell me what that girly scent is, that you are wearing?"
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Going back to the 'dark' side!!

    Nothing to do with the dark side.
    You've seen the light.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Kill me now ... (Kouros rant)

    Just use abrasive cleaning powder or liquid (the type used to make aluminium sinks look nice and sparkling clean) on your arm. It takes all scents off, guaranteed.

    To bad you didn't like Kouros. I...
  93. Re: Is It A Safe Bet That If You Still Have A Thick Head Of Hair At 44, You Probably Won't Go Bald?

    ........might have curlier hair.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Cytrusy refreshner for hot weather

    It really depends what you want to do in hot weather.

    If you are going to be outdoors and perspiring, you'd want a scent with lasting power - and the only citrus ones I've got that lasted well...
  95. Re: Habit Rouge EDC smell anything like the EDT and EDP?

    The EDT is very powdery, which the EDC isn't. The EDT isn't as masculine as the EDC to my nose..

    Fortunately, the Habit Rouge EDC has quite good longevity compared to other EDC strength scents....
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    Re: A*Men Les Parfums de Cuir (Pure Leather)

    Ditto - except I like it more.

    There is a note on the box that the scent may stain clothes. It hasn't happened yet to me.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Skimping on bottles..

    That is a totally dumb exercise, as he does not know whether his measuring glass is accurate.

    My wife's cooking measuring cups vary by ten millilitres among different brands. When I've measured...
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    Re: Monotheme Black - Leather or Amber Wood?

    I'd have said longevity was very poor for Vetiver Bourbon.
    I didn't bother buying any more Monotheme scents after that one, even though they were only around 10 Euros a bottle in Italy at the time....
  99. Re: (IMO) Aventus is not as versatile as many people claim

    I guess you and I must have the very lame batches of Aventus, because I get no reaction from wearing 8 or 9 sprays.

    The other comments about it being too "aggressive" with just one spray, just...
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    Re: Kenzo Homme Boisee - is it right for me?

    You will probably get a better outcome by trusting people who you know often share your taste in scents.

    I'm a real fan of the original Kenzo Homme but have never had one positive comment from...
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