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  1. Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus?

    Are we talking about current releases?

    Because Chanel's great masculines are stuff like Pour Monsieur and Antaeus, and Dior's great contribution is Eau Sauvage, and you could keep going on down...
  2. Re: Your "chore" scents or dumb grabs at the moment

    Probably these two:

    CARTIER L'Envol Eau de Parfum (2016)

    DUNHILL Icon (2015)
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    It's very easy to order samples from the West Third Brand site.
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I don't think anyone would connect this scent with the original Aramis if they were doing a blind test, but you can kinda see how the perfumer was trying to build something that nevertheless deserved...
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Interesting.

    There does indeed seem to be a plentiful supply of TF Extreme, so maybe it's just in limited production.
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    Re: Dior Privee Eau Sauvage?

    It'd be a weird plan. There are a lot of Eau Sauvage bottles in the world.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    My understanding is that both sell pretty well, with Noir Extreme being the bestselling masculine release in the Signature line since its release.

    I dunno if Ombré Leather 18 knocked it off of its...
  8. Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    I would hope so, given what you're paying for those ostentatious boxes.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    I would've done the same.

    Let us know how you like My Heroine when you get it!
  10. Re: Noob with particular tastes seeking recommendations

    Tabac Rouge is essentially a Tobacco Vanille remake that opens up the structure a bit and adds a bit of watery ginger to make it feel like damp shisha tobacco. It's really, really good, and is my...
  11. Re: Noob with particular tastes seeking recommendations

    Check out the following:

    ARAMIS Havana (1994) - Cheap as dirt, this is a gold-standard tobacco masculine with a very old-school vibe. It starts off mossy green and then gradually transitions into...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    The notes list reads as follows: American oak and teak infused with patchouli with layers of cedar notes, mandarin peel, coumarin,...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    I don't know that the exuberant ravings of one idiosyncratic Basenoter like yours truly can qualify as a "hype train," mini or otherwise!

    I hope you enjoy it, since I don't want anyone to spend...
  14. Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    That kind of dismal customer service is something I won't abide.

    Even if PV did have something I wanted (and I'm sure that in their vast library of clones and remixes they have something I'd find...
  15. Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Yep, that's why I recommended Samba Skin Man. Cheap as dirt, youthful, but with a pretty well-done take on the woody chocolatey gourmand thing, so it'll be a good sub for Axe Gold or Dark Temptation.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    http://youtu.be/h6E2fWWM2V0
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    https://165708-478519-raikfcquaxqncofqfm.stackpathdns.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/5670f930-595a-4caa-a45f-02341ce0f4c2.gif
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    I'm being genuine. My Heroine is darn good.

    If you like Noir Anthracite, it's a very safe bet that you'll like My Heroine, and at current prices... well, it's a no-brainer.
  19. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    Yep. Tabac Rouge is the best of the Tobacco Vanille descendants.

    But I think the Boclet feels a bit more properly Christmasy than either TV or TR just because the dried fruit vibe is stronger.
  20. Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Perfumer's Workshop Samba Skin Man is exactly what you're looking for.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    Ah, so the inevitable has happened.

    Plenty of bottles of Noir Anthracite are still available online, though.


    The MAC Shadescents line has been discontinued, so it seems like their forays into...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    R O B E R T
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    F O R T I T U D E
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    I've extensively sampled tobacco fragrances in designer and niche tiers, few match the satisfying balance of Fortitude. Fortitude is a...
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    Re: Aramis Special Blend (2019)

    Join me, and together we can be the only two Basenoters to own this gem!

    https://i.imgur.com/e3fz0HT.gif
  24. Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    I would think they're useful to counterfeiters, though I'm sure some people just want to own them for a collection.
  25. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    English Laundry Windsor pour Homme (2016) - Mulled wine and tobacco.

    Franck Boclet Tobacco (2014) - A more expensive-smelling Tobacco Vanille with the "Christmas" factor amped up.

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

    It's no old-school powerhouse, but it does perform a bit better than a lot of the comparable masculines being released at that time (Vera Wang for Men, Tom Ford for Men, Baldessarini, etc.). As you...
  27. Re: Aramis Tuscony is it better then Azzaro pH ?

    Forte is nice. It takes that Tuscany DNA and beefs up the dark green notes so you get something much more shadowy and intense. Unicorn pricing abounds, alas.
  28. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    Get a decant of LDDM and a bottle of ACDD. Problem solved!
  29. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    I'm Team ACDD.
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

    When makeup brand MAC released its Shadescents line in 2016, folks talked about how it seemed like Estee Lauder was drawing on Tom Ford scents. The line wasn't popular (too weird for mass-market...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I have not, though I do think it sounds like something I'd really like.
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I have the second one pictured.

    Awful bottle, yes. I like the juice, though.
  33. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

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    M Y
    H E R O I N E
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    This is so close to Noir Anthracite that it's astonishing. The startling resemblance makes me wonder about just how the scent development process at Estee Lauder...
  34. Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    I had an epiphany the other day when a decant hit my mailbox and I responded without much enthusiasm.

    I've just been trying stuff for the sake of trying new stuff, and, really, my collection as it...
  35. Re: Are We Too Hard on Fragrance YouTubers?

    Persolaise seems to have nice, strong opinions, but the format he's chosen is frustrating. Rambling livestreams without clear organization. If he took the time to provide timestamps afterwards it'd...
  36. Re: Becoming a niche snob... anyone else?

    Well said.
  37. Re: Eau Sauvage - moved into the private line?

    Didn't another thread pop up asking about this same bottle, same batch code?
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    Re: Fall/Winter Vanilla fragrance

    A good one.

    Maybe Bentley for Men Intense, too.

    And I haven't been able to vouch for it personally, but folks I trust say Meharées by L'Erbolario is very good.
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    Re: Fall/Winter Vanilla fragrance

    Zadig & Voltaire This Is Him! is a nice "dirty vanilla" scent that won't break the bank. Quite masculine.
  40. Re: Aramis Tuscony is it better then Azzaro pH ?

    Beautifully said.

    It transports me right back to Italy.
  41. Re: Recommend me an orange citrus frag?

    Same opening as the original, different base. The Concentre version will get you around 2-4 hours of longevity, which is considerably better than the original but still isn't amazing.
  42. Re: Recommend me an orange citrus frag?

    Orange is my favorite kind of citrus, but it's hard to get right, so I'm a stickler about it:

    Here are three options:

    HERMÈS Concentre d'Orange Verte - Beautifully bitter orange over...
  43. Re: Aramis Tuscony is it better then Azzaro pH ?

    Gee, is nobody gonna join me over here on Team Tuscany, where we revel in pungent herbal goodness?
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I still like Latour Cigar plenty and have no plans to ditch it. I suppose it's kinda/sorta redundant with Havana, the superior fragrance, being in my collection and having a similar "tropical"...
  45. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    2010-2020.

    It's never been easier to buy or discover new fragrances than it is right now.
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    I have a tobacco-dominated collection, but many of my cheaper tobacco scents have moved on to new owners. I think a number of cheap tobacco scents are really quite good, but they also tend to be...
  47. Re: Aramis Tuscony is it better then Azzaro pH ?

    I can't speak to performance since I've only smelled current Azzaro and haven't properly worn it, but as far as current versions go, the quality of Tuscany is much higher than the quality of Azzaro...
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    Re: Thank you hednic!

    I don't get rubber or BBQ sauce from Jacomo, either in current or vintage form.

    In vintage, Jacomo is a wonderfully smooth, dark green thing and I'd consider it a best-in-class contender. The...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    It doesn't help that I have other scents in the "contemporary, elegant, slightly formal" category, like Lalique Homage a L'Homme and Cartier L'Envol. They're all different but end up competing for...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    Actually, quite the contrary! We mostly agree and regularly wear each other's fragrances. These are just a few cases where we're not quite in alignment.

    She's actually told me that I could put...
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    Re: Your bottom shelf (or shelves) NOW

    Well, pretty much anything on my Swap List qualifies. But as far as stuff not on my Swap List:

    DUNHILL Icon - A gift from my wife. I think it's an excellent modern designer fragrance (mixing...
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    Re: Oriental battle

    Laudano Nero shares a booze note with Intense. Otherwise, they're not similar at all.
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    Re: Oriental battle

    I have only experienced Laudano Nero. I found it unpleasant. It has the same boozy note that Bentley for Men Intense does, but added in to all the earthy-dark stuff it has going on, it smelled...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0212/0010/products/60280edeeb97c40d3a98e623dc037bb5-Amerique_1024x1024.jpg

    I made a trek to the one nearby...
  55. Re: You Tubers Peter/Fragranceview & Oswald/MrOz Brand Announcements. Videos Inside .

    The YouTube algorithm isn't paying out like it used to, as many YouTubers have noted. But neither of these two are superstars. Peter has a decent, but not immense, following, and this Oz fellow (who...
  56. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    K E R Z O N
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    D E S
    V O S G E S

    I know very little about this house and it doesn't seem to have be discussed much on Basenotes before.

    But, walking around and visiting some small...
  57. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

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    W E S T
    B R A N D
    A M É R I Q U E

    Not quite a fougere, but this is still a riff on the style. It's kinda like Fougère Royale with the lavender stripped out.
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    Re: Today I bought September 2019

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  59. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    If a spiced vanilla is what you want, 1899 will certainly deliver that, I'd just be sure to grab a sample before you grab a whole bottle. I find it kinda tedious after a while, but a lot of folks...
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    [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    bump
  61. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    I know ZC also likes the Kenneth Cole line a lot.
  62. Re: Original Santal or 1899 Hemingway for daily use in fall/winter

    Hemingway 1899 is better than Spicebomb, but it's also kinda boring so it wouldn't be my top recommendation.

    Consider West Third Brand Voyage d'Tabac for something in the same ballpark, but I...
  63. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    That's above my blind-buy price limit, but if ever I get the option to snag a sample I won't pass it up.
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    Re: Looking back....

    Yep. I'll spend up to $200 on a 50 ml bottle, especially if the scent is made by an independent artisan rather than a well-established house, but pricing beyond that is almost always just a case of...
  65. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    How much was it?
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    Re: Looking back....

    The only bottle in my collection that cost that much is Ombré Leather 16. I haven't spent that much since and I don't plan to spend that much for a bottle ever again.
  67. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    D I O R
    S A U V A G E
    P a r f u m
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    The only thing that made the intensely controversial but bestselling Sauvage interesting was its "chemical mess" roughness. If you soften and upgrade it...
  68. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    Far be it from me to tell people how to spend their money, but paying full retail (and this release ain't cheap) for something so devoid of personality is something I'll never comprehend. This...
  69. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    I smelled this today. Utterly inoffensive and utterly boring. The only thing that made Sauvage interesting to begin with was the way it had those rough, "chemical mess" edges. Take those away and all...
  70. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    I got a sample of "Oud Touch" thrown in with a decant order of mine. I've been having trouble knowing if it's the real deal or was just mislabeled because it doesn't smell to me like it does to other...
  71. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    This sounds exactly like something I'd enjoy, but it doesn't seem to be easy to obtain on this side of the pond.
  72. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Perfumes of the Desert Pinon

    A glorious, unique take on spiced pine.
  73. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Pura is my favorite of the Colonias.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    I definitely pick up a chai vibe. I often make chai lattes for myself with a stew of spices and some black tea. It smells a bit like that, just before I've put the steamed milk in.
  75. Re: Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    Not that I've seen.
  76. Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

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    B O U R B O N

    A really clever and unusual composition with a boozy edge. Thumbs way up for this one.
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    Re: Today I bought September 2019

    MAC Velvet Teddy (2016)
  78. Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Top five choices for autumn:

    ARAMIS
    Special Blend

    ARAMIS
    Tuscany

    GUERLAIN
    Heritage
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Folks were talking about GPHII's discontinuation, so I put some on this morning. A comforting chai vibe.

    I'm starting to lean in the direction of believing that Hanae Mori HiM is actually better,...
  80. Re: What fragrances do you hate/make you retch?

    For one thing, it's just too loud. It's sickeningly sweet and thick, and chaotically composed as though they just dumped a ton of components into a blender and made a fragrance smoothie. You...
  81. Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    Good on y'all for doing as I say, not as I do.

    I'm out. After trying Velvet Teddy yesterday, I want a bottle, and I could tell you I'm not going to buy it, but I'm going to buy it.
  82. Re: Is MAC Velvet Teddy the best Tobacco Vanille killer?

    Tabac Rouge is the best in its class. Boclet Tobacco isn't *quite* as good (its composition isn't as nicely defined as Tabac Rouge), but it also smells genuinely luxurious in a way that Tobacco...
  83. Re: Is MAC Velvet Teddy the best Tobacco Vanille killer?

    At the Estee Lauder outlet store, apparently. There's not one near me.

    The prices I'm seeing online are more than fair, though. I could detect no "cut corners" in Velvet Teddy.

    My Heroine...
  84. Re: Is MAC Velvet Teddy the best Tobacco Vanille killer?

    I would like to try the rest of the line now, though I only sampled Velvet Teddy.
  85. Re: Is MAC Velvet Teddy the best Tobacco Vanille killer?

    I got to test this out today. Yes, it is definitely a Tobacco Vanille descendant, but this is no "poor man's" clone. This is a thoughtfully executed reinterpretation of the TV fragrance DNA.

    If...
  86. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    M A C
    V E L V E T
    T E D D Y
    (2016)

    Okay, this got some attention as a cheaper Tobacco Vanille dupe and, yes, it is definitely a Tobacco Vanille descendant, but this is no "poor man's" clone....
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    Bvlgari PH Extreme is still widely available. (I personally prefer Bvlgari PH Soir, which gives the tea note stronger emphasis.)

    I don't really care for it, but the new Gucci fragrance is built...
  88. Re: Best modern Niche/Prive interpretation of 70s/80s powerhouse genre

    TF Noir Anthracite is a terrific example. It doesn't simply recreate an older style with a fresh coat of paint, but boldly pushes the scent DNA forward to make something altogether new.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Because it's never a bad day for Aramis Tuscany.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    I probably would've sold my bottle if my wife didn't love it so much.

    The performance for my bottle improved as the juice neared the halfway mark. It does tend to feel unbalanced on humid and warm...
  91. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    My sense of the projection and longevity of this scent varies quite a bit depending on weather and application, but I'd say I typically get 6+ hours with 2 hours of solid projection, which is good...
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    Re: What everyday frangrance?

    Hello Leo!

    Notes commonly identified as "fresh"--i.e. citruses--tend to be built of unstable molecules, so they fade and break apart quickly. If you want a truly beautiful, natural-smelling...
  93. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It's the closest thing I have to a signature. I wear it a lot.
  94. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    I like West Third Brand Smoked Sandalwood a lot.
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    It's good, but it's not THAT good.
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    Re: A quick hello and SOTC

    If you're looking for a sweet tobacco scent for fall/winter, consider Boclet Tobacco or Phaedon Tabac Rouge if you wanna go niche, or L'Occitane Eau des Baux or Robert Graham Fortitude if you wanna...
  97. Re: Post a note and the best example of that note in a fragrance

    It's simple but nice. Coco Extreme pretty much delivers a three-dimensional portrait of coconut--the woody shell, the meat, the milk--so it has a very different approach than VIW.
  98. Re: Post a note and the best example of that note in a fragrance

    That indeed has a nice coconut, but for a "fuller" take on coconut, I'd go with Comptoir Sud Pacifique: Coco Extreme.
  99. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    This is a favorite of mine. A classic fougere, perfectly executed.
  100. Re: HELP: Fragrance-Personality Matching Challenge

    A well-made, crowd-pleasing barbershop fragrance with a gourmand feel. Very easy to wear even if it isn't the most striking fragrance in the world.


    EDT is generally considered to be the better...
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