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  1. Re: New Fragrance: Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme - has anyone tested it yet?

    I bought it blind at a decent price and like it. It's not a love for me, despite being wearable (tick), mass-friendly (tick), decent enough performance (tick) and different (tick).

    In other news,...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2019

    Le Beau Male Capitaine. Tried this a while back and thought it was a nice neroli-centric Le Male flanker.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    It was bubble wrap inside a recycled Amazon cardboard 'envelope' box thing. Fitted nicely and gave some extra rigidity.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I inundated it with 'Caution - is this package damaged?' print tape. I'd imagine 'fragile' tape would also tick the same box. It was sent as tracked and signed though that is perhaps overkill and the...
  5. Re: Super popular super hyped releases that you haven't tried?

    I didn't think so when I tried it. I thought it was an inoffensive, vanilla-heavy designer. Relatively nice but fairly boring.
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    Re: The role of fragrance in my recovery

    Great story with some unfortunate, and some fortunate, outcomes. I, too, have struggled with this/that/other including a sporting injury through uni which saw me retake a year, and a work-related...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I'm afraid I'll be removing myself from the list for the Flos Mortis and Rogue 40 samples (UK/EU) as, unfortunately, I can't justify another nearly-£10 spend getting the samples out of the UK after...
  8. Re: Jeremy Fragrance's method of spraying - yes or no?

    This, ultimately.

    I spray under clothes, wrists, back of hands, nape of neck, sometimes 'accidentally' overspray onto my hair, sometimes inner forearms, usually a spray or 9 on the chest. Depends...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Boss - Bottled Intense, liberally applied.
    Bought blind for a song (£23, 100mL unused tester) recently so am looking to utilise here and there. Despite the relatively warm weather here, it's not...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    I'm of the same opinion. I think it's a stellar scent with enough going on to not become tiresome quickly.
  11. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I would always suggest people starting out to try Eau Sauvage Parfum. It exudes class and is very often overlooked.

    Given my limited experience and knowledge of fragrances marketed at women, I'd...
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    Re: Second Fragrance

    I bought mine for £34 posted. A good fragrance for the price and solid suggestion for OP. Could imagine it on a 16y/o.
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    Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    I find it nice enough to own a bottle, which I use relatively frequently. However, I do wear Aventus enough to justify the price so have some to my name (typically, decants from reputable sellers)....
  14. Re: Bought Creed - Aventus. It has longetivity problem. Anyone else having same issues?

    If you're unsure, return it. Voice that it wasn't in cellophane wrapping when you purchased it, contrary to 'typical' new boxes. You can always ask whether they've any other boxes for you to check...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Glad it arrived safely, having snuck through customs! Yes. Safe to say there are now a few on my radar following the pass around.

    In a different light (and aimed at N.Cal and the EU'ers) I'm going...
  16. Re: Random thought I was talking to my GF about. An entire collection of Aventus + clones

    I'm sure there are those out there who already do this. As aforementioned, I would struggle with the narrowness of this. I prefer different scents for different moods, settings, weather, etc.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    This is aligned with my thoughts for the most part.

    As wilfred says, S01 and S11 are considerably less sweet, with S11 being the 'drier' of the two. I'm sporting S11 today and it's not...
  18. Re: Montblanc EXPLORER. Finally a designer’s clone of Aventus

    Personally, I get a comfortable 6/7 hours out of about 6 sprays. If I up that, I'll comfortably get 12 hours.
  19. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Great description. Agreed about the 'vaporub' type flash of eucalyptus at the beginning but I've found this to be almost a palate-cleanser for what comes later.
    Also agreed re: unisex, and the...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Posted off today - I might have to drop out of the Flos Mortis and Rogue 40 EU pass-around as price for postage out of the UK was a little bit more than I'd typically pay. :) Hopefully it get's there...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Recently: Sample of Arabian Oud Bussma which a seller included, gratis, with some Aventus. Yes, it smells like BR540.
    10mL of Rogue Perfumery Mousse Illuminee.
    100mL bottle of Boss Bottled Intense...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I've apologised for my delay in passing on the pass-around. It'll be going tomorrow without fail.

    In the meantime, I've procured 10mL of Mousse Illuminee! You're all terrible influences... now...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I've finally had a little smell of the Creeds, with Bayrhum Vetiver being my favourite from them - I'm a fan of wet shaving gear too and Bay Rum has always ticked boxes for me. In fact, I used to...
  24. Re: The fragrances you smell on others when out that always puts a smile on your face.

    Ex Nihilo - Venenum Kiss on my other half. Absolute winner.
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Better than a 'serial lay', which I guess is a more 'dressed-up' expression for a slut.

    Ergo, I do not typically layer, however I've received decants of Arabian Oud Bussma today and another batch...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Other half gave me some good compliments recently. One for Mont Blanc Explorer, one for Sauvage EdP, one for Aventus (I think we can see what she appreciates on me)... and one for Green Irish Tweed...
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    Re: Cloying drydowns...

    Could be what your perception of 'cloying' is, more than anything. I, for example, don't find Encre Noir cloying. As you said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Re: On an ideal date

    I get that. I love lasagne with an intense, fiery passion.
  29. Re: A lounge just for us "Over sprayers" to discuss our SOTD and how many sprays were needed.

    14 sprays from a decant of Aventus Cologne. Not the most interesting, but works just fine in the sticky-hot weather that we're not used to here in the UK.
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Love LMGTFY. The best vehicle for a passive-aggressive response.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Really enjoying Parfums de Nicolaï - Neroli Intense today. Haven't worn it in a little while, rather foolishly, as it's beautiful.
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    Re: Smells Like Money

    I'd love there to be a 'like' feature on this forum, just so I could like this post.
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    Re: Merkur Furtur Razor - Let the Blood Flow

    I enjoyed it (at least the Chinese copies) when I owned one, but I tend to favour more aggressive razors (the Muhle Rocca is the only DE I own currently and find that easy to use, and I now rotate...
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    Re: Getting a straight razor to shave

    This is an interesting comment, in bold. I've on good authority that ZY brand and Gold Dollar razors have good steel, but geometry can be a little off - this is where they don't shave adequately. In...
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    Re: How Do You Spray?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a good indicator of adequate coverage.
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    Re: How Do You Spray?

    Close, regardless. I run warm so having the extra coverage doesn't really aid in projection etc. Plus, it's probably placebo, but I feel like I waste less when spraying up close.
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    Re: Clean, summer fragrance recommendations

    Hermes Eau Vetiver Intense might work for you, and longevity is good.
    Acqua di Parma Assoluta might also work, as might Intensa (but I'd veer towards the former given your brief).
    +1 for the...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers, part 2

    Interested to hear your thoughts. I, too, have seen the claims of it being 'darker' and less fruits-dominant, probably from the same groups of people!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    100% agree - I'm a big fan of Jicky, though I initially dismissed it. Really interested to see what that'll be like.

    In other news, I'm afraid I've not gotten around to trying any more in the...
  40. Re: Most complimented fragrances for men under 30?

    Yes, and do a search. There are threads regarding compliments here and there for your perusal.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    What people will reckon is that by rubbing palms together, you're (a) heating up the fragrance and (b) creating a thinner application. Point (a) I'm not overly concerned about,point (b) is more...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Champs Lunaires.
    I get the tuberose, it's right at the front of the queue. It's gorgeous, Carnal-flower-esque during the opening and more floral, less hypnotic as the dry down peeks through,...
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    Re: Aftershave balms

    Feel free to join atgshaving too. Great forum with lots of knowledgeable folk.

    P.s. yes, it is a rabbit-hole. Been there, done that, to a large extent before getting heavily involved in frags...
    ...
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    Re: Copycat Fragrances - Good, Bad or Ugly?

    Same went for Pal Zileri Cuoio when it was still in circulation. Great stuff for the price.
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Agreed, there's a certain learning curve. Look to map the direction of growth, typically start with cheeks and tidy up with whatever you're comfortable with and increase from there. The little...
  46. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Absolutely agree, so glad I have approx 2.5g of it to my name!
  47. Re: Montblanc EXPLORER. Finally a designer’s clone of Aventus

    Agreed. It's notably 'ambroxan' in feel and has a fair dollop of dunhill icon-like bergamot at the beginning, so is fairly different to Aventus in both regards, but is easy to wear and inexpensive...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Tabac Vert.
    Tried the other day. Interesting, but not to my liking. It's dry, green-grey in feel. Interestingly, I like the look of all notes, but together there's something that doesn't tick all...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I'd be tempted to suggest both. Mousse Illuminee is extraordinary as a standalone scent, this is extraordinary as an homage to Chypre's of yesteryear (Mitsouko EdT springs to mind).
  50. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Given my experiences with ambergris, I'd perhaps tend towards Mysore Sandalwood and/or Rose.
    If I was thinking with less experience, however, perhaps lemon verbena, oakmoss and ambergris would work.
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    Re: Cedrat Boise - Your take on performance

    I had a bottle approximately 1.5 years ago but have not had it since. It lasted very well on me indeed.
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    Re: Weird discounts

    As above, Notino often do this. Sometimes discount smaller bottles and not larger, or vice versa.
    €60 is a good price - enjoy!
  53. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Creed - Royal Mayfair.
    Certainly an interesting one and I can fully appreciate why it might be divisive for some, but first impressions for me are good. It reminds me of one of the Amouage Opus...
  54. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Parfums de Nicolai - New York Intense would also be worth a try if you're into the Eau Sauvage-type fragrances.
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    Agreed - or Ensar Oud Dhul Q, or Xerjoff Kampuchea Noir.
    I believe Lush typically utilise oud as a fixative rather than to impart fragrance. At least with Cardamom Coffee, which I used to own a...
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    Creed - Green Irish Tweed (70/120mL).
    Creed - Royal Mayfair (50/75mL).
    Creed - Erolfa (50/75mL).
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    Re: The best of Xerjoff?

    I'd say continue trying.
    Warda al Oud, for arguments sake, is starkly different to any other rose-oud I've encountered so far.
    Same goes for the 'Alex's'; Alex II, Alex Imperiale (I own), Alex...
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    Re: The best of Xerjoff?

    A colleague asked what I was wearing (it was Jebel, for what it's worth) and I showed him the fragrantica page... he went 'what does that say, Jerk off?!' and ended up chuckling to himself for about...
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    Re: The best of Xerjoff?

    That'll be the aldehydes. I love that soapy smell though, from time to time, which is why I currently have a nice little 5mL decant to see me through the foreseeable future.
  60. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    I, too, own a decant of Irisss (and a mere dribble of Irisss attar) and both are stupendous. Gives much more volume than the typical 'iris' designer scents, which I also enjoy.
    Dior, Homme Parfum -...
  61. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    I don't pay attention to good customer service in person, as I never really buy in shops. Good customer service on line is nice but not absolutely necessary, as long as items are dispatched within a...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Derviche.
    Sweet, and complemented early on by the SO, as was the case with Mousse Illuminee. It's sweetened tobacco and heaps of vanilla with some indolic-jasmine facets at the fore which came as a...
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    Re: Random ! TdH edt or Eau Savauge 2017

    Eau Sauvage Parfum would be my choice. It has a lot more going on, in my personal opinion.
  64. Re: Chalk & Cheese....Smells good on them but like pee on you?

    Both Serge Lutens Chergui and Penhaligon Sartorial went straight to a very sharp, almost ammonia-esque, dry hay note on me. Really couldn't stomach either on my skin, but they smelled fantastic from...
  65. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    I'd advise on grabbing decants. They're typically as cheap as some of the closest clones, if not cheaper in some instances.
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    Re: Rate of evaporation?

    1. Possibly, depending on how hermetically-sealed it is. If it's a screw top, the likelihood of a complete seal is typically lower.
    2. Depends on the amount of exposure to the atmosphere, as well as...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Chypre Siam;
    Yesterdays offering was another gem amongst a series of (so far) stellar fragrances. This is slightly pissy and with a light touch of indole off the bat without either being too...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Trialling La Canotier this morning;

    Starts sweet. There's an obvious (to me) violet leaf, amongst a less obvious (respective to the other two I've tried) oakmoss and some definite, almost sweet...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Apologies all for the late response.
    N.Cal - all are at the very least half-full. A couple are slightly more and one or two significantly more again.

    Mousse Illuminee.
    This instantly strikes me...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    You've sold me on the idea. It didn't take much, admittedly.
  71. Re: Fragrances with a dominant 'dried fruits' note

    I personally find that some ouds carry a 'dried fruits' accord. One that springs to mind is Xerjoff's Kampuchea Noir, though that is pretty costly stuff per mL.
    Cambodian ouds tend to carry that...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    Update time. 7 or so hours in and it's sitting closer to skin but I get the occasional waft, a la Aventus. It's musky, fruity, not too heavy in any one particular direction and reminiscent (almost)...
  73. Re: Your current favorite warm comforting fragrances?

    Van Cleef & Arpels - Midnight in Paris EdP.

    Often reach for this when I want a cosy pick-me-up. Otherwise, I'll reach for Dior Ambre Nuit or Xerjoff Richwood for a similar effect.
    Naxos, as...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    Aventus Cologne trial:
    After receiving yesterday from wilfred of all people (by coincidence only, and thanks again!), I've tried about 6 sprays today, just to replicate what I'd typically wear,...
  75. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    Typically, more initially then petering out as it sits in 'rotation'.
    More recently, however, I've tended to one fragrance most days so this isn't so much the case - now I'll aim to put any new...
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    Re: Summer Purchase Advice

    Firstly, welcome!

    Secondly, as you're in the US there should be a means of you sampling fragrances for relatively cheaply. What you've done is typical of all 'newbies' in that you buy more than...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    Received a 9mL decant of it today (along with 8mL of Royal Water, oh and 100mL of Mont Blanc Explorer might I add). Will definitely be trying out tomorrow. Sniffing from the cap, it smells sweet,...
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    I enjoyed this comment. The Extrait is a beast, but I far prefer the EdP. It's less sweet, more resinous than the extrait which feels like I'm snorting syrup.
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    Re: Perfume that lasts all day (???)

    Some very good suggestions above. I'd also add;

    Creed - Viking. Spicy, woody, long-lasting and fresher with its bergamot-focussed opening.
    Dunhill - Icon. Not the most exciting but a similar vein...
  80. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    I was going to make this very suggestion. Something Guerlain Eau de fleurs du cedrat or Guerlain Cologne du coq might tick the boxes for something fleeting, yet undeniably fresh.
  81. Re: Scents that are a dumb reach (whatever that means)

    For me, it's between 3 fragrances.
    Aventus - recently found favour with it, after initially dismissing. Finding it ticks all boxes, happy with the price per mL to wear it daily, doesn't offend the...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I’ll give you a photo of them all tomorrow. :) I would describe it as “plenty”, personally.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Fougere l'Aube.
    First in line! A friend of mine is selling a bottle of this at a good price, so I thought I'd trial this first in case I wanted to snap it up.
    Opening: Packed. Literally,...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    :grin: I am NOT sticking them up my bottom... again!
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    Agree with this, too. It didn't affect my ability to cover bills, expected or otherwise. I have seen plenty of examples where people sell because they 'need the funds' or have to pay for something...
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    Re: How to tell when you are addicted?

    As others have stated, it varies on personal outlook. I found that I was looking at what to purchase next whenever I had a free minute, purchasing not because I wanted the fragrance but because it...
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    Re: Aventus Cologne..... woot....???

    I've just picked some of this up as it happens. I'm happy with the price of Aventus for a daily driver, but worth exploring (lol) other options, especially at the price.

    FWIW I've also picked up a...
  88. Thread: Real oud

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    Re: Real oud

    +1. 'ILM is fantastic. It is droves of oud.

    Also worthwhile checking out the Oud Lovers' section of this site. There's plenty of talk and direction on what ouds have what facets, where is good to...
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    Re: TomsCreedDecants? Anyone tried him?

    Another +1 for Tom. Really nice guy, easy to converse with and deals with decants in a very professional manner.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    RECEIVED! Huge thanks to Teardrop for the prompt delivery, securely packaged and everything in perfect condition.
    Will try out something tonight, I think, and perhaps don something else tomorrow.
    ...
  91. Re: Cigarette #1 - the Amazing little cologne from China

    Roughly where are you based? :)
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    Re: Current Fragrance How Many Sprays?

    3x Sauvage EdP. Not too full-on, more than suitable for work and lasts all day.
  93. Re: Montblanc EXPLORER. Finally a designer’s clone of Aventus

    For UK'ers, there's a 15% off code on eBay currently - it means you can get the 60mL bottle for £27, thereabouts. There was the 100mL which worked out to be around £34 but this has seemingly sold...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Club Alternative

    Another honourable mention for Carven L'Eau Intense. Great fragrance, similar vein but more going on. Decent longevity, also.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Fantastic! I can't wait to try... I know of someone selling a nearly full, 60mL bottle of Fougere l'Aube, but I'm hesitant to buy until I've tried!

    Also, absolutely no need to apologise! :)
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    Re: Fragrances in the Eau Sauvage family?

    Parfums Nicolai - New York Intense.
    Creed - Bois du Portugal (going off anecdote, I'm yet to try).
    Edit: I'm comparing to Eau Sauvage Parfum, more than the EdT.
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    Re: Perfumed business cards

    He, I believe.

    Also, as much as I enjoy perfumery, I would detest receiving a scented business card. I'm happy with my choice of perfume on a day-to-day basis, so wouldn't want anything to alter...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    This looks a belter and should polish up exceptionally well. Congrats on this!
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    Re: Aventus -- cheapest website to buy real Aventus???

    Simply, nose.fr

    Cheapest place for Creed Aventus to be shipped to UK, works out approximately £170/100mL, tends to be one-day delivery and you choose 6 samples to go with the order.
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    Re: 1 House, 3 Colognes, for Life?

    A few houses spring to mind for me.

    Creed
    Aventus - my most worn by a large margin recently. Never really appreciated before but it's ticking all boxes for work purposes, and I'm enjoying it on...
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