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  1. Re: Cracked open my blind buy GPHII this afternoon... Thoroughly disappointed :(

    For me, Hanae Mori's HiM is GP2 done right !
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    Re: Club de Nuit Intense Man vs. Creed Aventus

    Let the smoky pineapple mania recommence! LOL.
  3. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    The ostentatious clothing argument is useful here, IMO. Clearly, that is a preference. What's not a preference is having a coat (ostentatious or "plain Jane") that protects against cold weather...
  4. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    Thank you for providing an excellent example of literal versus metaphorical. LOL.
  5. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    Because these are smells, not something like a mansion in a gate community versus an old, run down, studio apartment in a high-crime neighborhood. LOL.
  6. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    I agree that you may think you've found "top shelf" ingredients in a particular composition, but the compositional element is about personal taste. For example, I tried Enigma Pour Homme and to me...
  7. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    There is no overall "top shelf" element because these are smells, and what someone enjoys in this context is personal. There may be "top shelf ingredients" or "top shelf" crystal bottles, but the...
  8. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    Perhaps a line of scented toilet paper at $100 a roll? LOL.
  9. Re: Why I will never own or sample a Roja Dove fragrance

    It's funny how some people complain about a few ebay sellers "jacking up" prices on vintage to levels a lot lower (except in very rare situations). LOL. Mty attitude is that I'll just "play the...
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    Re: On Musc Ravageur

    Ambra by Etro.
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    Re: On Reformulations and Packaging

    It probably varies considerably from one company to another, or even from one scent to another. Sometimes a wood cap was used and then it was replaced with a cheaper, non-wooden one, for example,...
  12. Re: Halston Z-14 (old formulation) vs (new formulation)

    Well, I doubt they will win any "truth in advertising" awards any time soon! LOL.
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    Re: Jubilation XXV vs Musc Ravageur

    I don't think MR's drydown is unique enough to warrant retail prices. If you can get a 50 ml bottle for $50, that would be more in line with my valuations. Jubilation is considerably more unique...
  14. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    And if the person has already paid $100+ for a few scents he may not want to hear that $10 "cheapos" can be very good. LOL.
  15. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    My guess is that most of the time the person has made up his mind and is looking for a few supporting posts. And if someone is asking about a $50+ scent or a niche one, they don't want to hear that...
  16. Re: Hanae Mori EDP, Pure Havane, Allure Sport Eau Extreme

    If you mean HiM EdP, that would be my choice but these are not exactly clones of each other, so why not sample and decide for yourself?
  17. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    Have you tried Sun Java White for Men, and if so, how do you compare that to SMW?
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    Re: Your favorite Givenchy

    Vintage Xeryus Rouge at the moment.
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    Re: Club de Nuit Intense Man vs. Creed Aventus

    Have you tried any of the other clone type scents?
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    Re: Value of empty 50 ml By Kilian bottles ?

    Possibly for you, but on ebay I have no doubt any bottles of that type would sell for more. I've seen empty "cheapo" bottles prices at around that price (not that anyone buys them)! LOL.
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    Re: EdT's turning: any reason?

    There's a huge difference between "shifting" top notes and a foul odor. Every time someone posts about a scent "turning," it just doesn't seem to make any sense!
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    Re: Midnigh In Paris EDP.

    I had the EdT, then swapped it when I was able to obtain the EdP, thinking it would be much better (from the many positive reviews). I have absolutely no idea what the appeal of this scent is, and...
  23. Re: Has anyone here tried this blatant Creed knockoff?

    That's like saying "our version of Guerlain." LOL.
  24. Re: What happened to the rive gauche discussions?

    Yes it was discussed a lot more a few years back than it has been lately, but that's probably true of a whole bunch (Bois du Portugal was another), the most obvious possibly being Pure Malt, with...
  25. Re: How does one train their nose to identify notes?

    "Refined" is probably too abstract to be useful, and I'd replace better with more. As a generalization this may be true, but if you keep at it, you'll find that you really need to just assess a...
  26. Re: How does one train their nose to identify notes?

    Sometimes notes are just a product of the marketing department, but The Dreamer does have a tobacco note. However, the other notes in it might "spike out" for you and obfuscate it. Or it may be a...
  27. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    I thought that was the case but now I think it's due to how it is photographed. The bottles I have all seem to be the same size in every way.
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    Re: Let's talk sandalwood!!

    Well if you want "classic sandalwood" and you are here, rather than in an essential oil forum, then I'd say you should sample scents like Arden's Sandalwood for Men (in vintage formulation) and tell...
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    Re: Acgua Di Gio is mine real?

    My guess is that's due to the lighting or the angle the bottle is held on.
  30. Re: Before You Start a "Is My [Insert Name Here] Fake".....

    I don't have a problem with someone who creates an account to ask if an ebay purchase is fake, since that is the reason for this forum - how new they are is not important to me. If I am not...
  31. Magie Noire Parfum versus Parfum Huile/Perfume Oil ?

    This is for the vintage formulations. I noticed that some bottles say Parfum and are 72% alcohol, whereas on the bottles that say Perfume Oil/Parfum Huile, there is no percentage listed. Could...
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    Re: Advice on eighties scents

    Many of us didn't smell them back then so we are giving opinions on bottles we acquired over the last several years. And even if the person owned a bottle 30 years ago, that doesn't mean there...
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    Re: GIT fragnet fake?

    There is now a forum for these kinds of posts.
  34. Thread: Speech Police

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    Re: Speech Police

    Anger doesn't do the person any good, though. Why not report it to the mods? If they accept behavior you find to be abhorrent then perhaps it's time to find a new site, right? I know I would not...
  35. Re: Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur Du Male -125ml fake or original

    Well now you are there! LOL. I don't think there are any FdM fakes out there - not popular enough.
  36. Thread: Speech Police

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    Re: Speech Police

    You can say what you want within the rules of the site, but then you are going to get some opinions in response, with which you may or may not agree. That is how things work in a "free society."
  37. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Yes it assumes that most if not all of us do think that there is at least one scent, if not many, that is worth $300. To me, there are none. LOL.
  38. Re: Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur Du Male -125ml fake or original

    There's a new forum for this !
  39. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    To me a good example of my problem with niche is Teint de Neige. Sure, I wouldn't want to give up the small amount I have, but I also don't envision myself wearing it more than perhaps twice a year....
  40. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    But I really like my dozen plus top "cheapos." To me they rank up there with anything else, in terms of how I use them. That is, if I compare one against one, sure the niche almost always "wins,"...
  41. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    For me it's too general. If the question is, would you want 1 niche that is $300 (or less) retail (say for 50 ml) or 4 recent "masculine" scents (50 ml each) from Dior, Chanel, YSL, and/or Gucci,...
  42. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    That's not exactly "breaking news" though. LOL. It's the kind of thing I've heard since learning about BN, and I certainly agree that if I could sample let's say the top 100 most popular niche of...
  43. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    You need to clarify before I do, since your claim is the one in question. I thought my statement was as clear as can be, but that's only if I understood your claim, which seemed to be that people...
  44. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents ...

    It happens all the time. There are somewhere around 2000 new releases each year, and that's been true for at least several years now, from what I understand (and even if was 1200 or so on average...
  45. Re: What are some cheapies that need to be avoided?

    Too many to mention but I think the important thing is to avoid paying too much if you are blind buying any of them.
  46. Thread: Ameer Al Oudh

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    Re: Ameer Al Oudh

    Yes.
  47. Re: Azzaro Pour homme;which reformulation is this?

    Yes, rancidity is a huge factor after a few years, which explains the sharp rise in vintage prices and how so many people smell like skunks these days! LOL.
  48. Thread: Ameer Al Oudh

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    Re: Ameer Al Oudh

    It's sweeter and "harder" in texture, more candy-like, but the thing I didn't like about it was the wood note after 2-3 hours - it came across as "cheap" to me. If you want a "cheapo" version of M7...
  49. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Perhaps if I wore niche scents more often I'd be more inclined to agree that one should consider "quality over quantity," but my experience is that niche tends to be too weird, not unique enough,...
  50. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    I agree that many recent designer scents have a "cheap feel," quality-wise - there is like a chemical seen that encompasses the olfactory experience (while others smell like an outright "chemical...
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    Re: Acqua di Gio is mine real?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvWkr3b_QbM

    Your pictures are not good enough, in terms of what I would look for, other than the black spray circle appearing to be too big, but it's hard to tell...
  52. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    I might be able to get 25 :"cheapos" and perhaps 5 vintage greats (having patience), so I'll certainly take those 30 over any 1 scent. LOL.
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    Re: Acgua Di Gio is mine real?

    Great idea !

    As to the question, from what I see in this video, the black spray circle would appear to be too big for an authentic bottle:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvWkr3b_QbM
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    Value of empty 50 ml By Kilian bottles ?

    I'm talking about the black ones with metallic plates in the front. And is the refill situation a part of the value of these? Does the presentation case add much? Thanks.
  55. Re: iDivo Armaf for men(The only authentic clone of Creed Aventus)

    If there are so many significant batch variations, don't you have to say which batch the clone matches better than others? LOL.
  56. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Well when one bottle smells great and another one I can't wear, I don't worry too much about what other people think. LOL.

    Some people might like what I think is a new formulation, because the...
  57. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    It appears Guepard was first, but that was "before my time" in this hobby. I have never seen that bottle listed for sale anywhere, since 2008. Here are my current four bottles:...
  58. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    I have little doubt the bottle I bought a year ago is the newest formulation I've tried, as it is very different from a sample I kept from a bottle I bought in 2008. The other three are the same...
  59. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    I bought 3 from that seller and the designs are all different. However, none smell like the one I bought more than a year ago, which smells clearly different, with a weird bleach-like element, and...
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    Re: What makes your eyes glaze over?

    Yes, the "is my 35 ml bottle of Cuba Gold fake" type threads are up there with the "I can't smell anything after a minute" ones, though at least one can dismiss it as NLE ("newbie learning...
  61. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Didn't you read some reviews before you bought it? LOL. Those in the USA who don't want their bottles can take a look at my swap list, but really, give it a couple chances, especially in colder...
  62. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    No doubt in my mind it's got a lot of castoreum. I wouldn't worry too much about some note pyramids, the newer ones often being largely imaginary and the older ones sometimes being a mistake. In...
  63. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Castoreum.
  64. Re: Reformulation hysteria on here is comically intense.

    If I had to use the word hysteria in this context, it would be towards Creed batch codes! My main interest is in being able to identify likely indicators of different formulations so that I can try...
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    Re: Dubious Bottle from Fragrancenet............

    I've never smelled anything I would call rancid, other than what is in the tube rather than the bottle, which was probably there for years if not decades, but even in that case it doesn't last more...
  66. Re: Reformulation hysteria on here is comically intense.

    And my only complaint is that they should just change the name slightly, adding, "Fresh," "Sport," "Ice," "Modern," "Now," "Today," "Light," or whatever works with their test marketing. Putting...
  67. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Okay I got you confused with the guy who posted the link with what seems to be a stock photo. Yours appears "vintage" to me.
  68. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Post a pic. The one I think is newer smells similar but has some kind of astringent quality I don't like.
  69. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Looks like a stock photo to me. Ask the seller. I think vintage should have some really dark areas, even if small.
  70. Re: Reformulation hysteria on here is comically intense.

    Hey if the OP enjoys what is essentially "bait and switch" in some cases, so be it. LOL.
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    Re: Dubious Bottle from Fragrancenet............

    Okay, to be serious now, some things to consider:

    1. Read about the company's return policy before buying.

    2. If you think a bottle looks or smells very wrong, call up the company and explain...
  72. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Glad I could help out. I've been searching ebay for over a year for a vintage bottle, which was hindered by not being sure what one looked like, but when I saw that pic it lookeed right to me, in...
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    Re: perfect female fragrance for men

    So many, but I'll toss Barbara Bui EdP into the ring for those who enjoy strong sandalwood notes.
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    Re: Dubious Bottle from Fragrancenet............

    I think my 35 ml bottle of Cuba Gold might be fake too! Someone help me - I'm melting! LOL.
  75. Re: How come Bentley For Men Intense is so cheap these days?

    For at least some scents, it seems that they get a certain amount of time in the first line retailers, and unless they sell well they get moved out for another scent that might be "the next big...
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    Re: The thrill of Blind Buying.

    Often I see a great price that doesn't look like it will last, so that's a major motivation, assuming I think there's a good chance I'll like it. Buying samples might be a better idea for someone...
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    Re: Fragrance headache

    Other than spraying less, you might have to stay away from it for a couple weeks. Also, if you can decant it into a dab vial and apply it that way, it might be less of a problem.
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    Re: Caesars Man - Drakkar Noir.

    Slight differences, I think CM being a bit softer in the drydown, but I'm talking about vintage CM. I think there was a formula change. The color of the liquid to get is a dark yellowish, not...
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    Re: FYI: Counterfeit Tom Ford Extreme EDT pics

    When is that "Is My Bottle of __________ Fake" forum finally going to be open? LOL.
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    Re: Masculine but not old men frags suggestions?

    Lately, Quorum has been coming across to me as "too much" (in more than one way), whereas Globe by Rochas seems like a tamer and more enjoyable type of scent, so if someone asked me if there was a...
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    Re: I still have my doubts for choice

    I've only tried HiM but I really like it.
  82. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    That's what would irritate me. A decent scent that's somewhat similar for $20 or less is one thing, but when you get up to $30+ I want an excellent scent that's really close, though of course...
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    Re: Yatagan BlindBuy

    I think the reviews of these are good enough so that you can make a decision at the really low prices. I've tried 3 of them, plus one of their "feminine" releases, and I think they are worth more...
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    Re: Yatagan BlindBuy

    Some of the Cereus scents are selling for next to nothing on ebay as well.
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    Re: Yatagan BlindBuy

    It's certainly not the only one, for example, Jovan's Intense Oud for less than $8 total on ebay for 90 ml. LOL.
  86. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    You must have misunderstood. My sense is that if you have a bottle and name that look very close to the original that might be illegal. The scent might not smell similar and I think you can say...
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    Re: Entering the niche world.

    Try the Crystal Flacon site. There is tremendous variety - you just have to read through the posts in the sales forum.
  88. Re: Bumping a sales thread with absolutely nothing to sell ?

    Making sure your passive-aggressive skills remain sharp? LOL.
  89. Re: Which "BIG" fragrance out there that just does not interest you?

    Lately I'm mostly an opportunist, though I was never someone who fell for hyped scents. Perhaps I'm more of a "small scent" person, an example being Pretty Woman, which is by far my favorite...
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    From my research into the topic, it seems like there is a kind of "rewiring" of the brain that occurs in "addictions," for example:

    Imaging studies consistently show that biomarkers of addiction...
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    Right, I have sold off (or swapped) quite a number of bottles in order to buy something I really like or think I'll really like, even if I wouldn't mind keeping them. That has kept my spending on...
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    Re: How and Where to buy Vintage Juice?

    The Crystal Flacon sales forum. You can get cheap decants or samples, and the sellers are usually very knowledgeable. You can usually ask them all kinds of questions. I know I've gotten into long...
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    "If living with obsession is a sin, let me be guilty."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYAFI-EJBQA

    Seriously, it's a hobby. If you aren't enthusiastic about your hobbies, then what kind of...
  94. Re: I always thought Sex Panther was just made up to make fun of guys that wear cologne.

    I think there are reviews of it at Fragrantica.
  95. Bumping a sales thread with absolutely nothing to sell ?

    From what I can tell, someone just bumped his/her sales thread yet has nothing to sell. Is this against the rules?
  96. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Another thing I should mention is that when I smelled the sprayer area of the bottle I think is a newer formulation, there was something odd about the scent, like a kind of bleach type element was...
  97. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    If you go on ebay and search the men's fragrance section for Diamond Collection you'll see bottles that are similar to the ones they are the "impression" of, but I'd question how legal this is. From...
  98. Re: Heads Up! Vintage Vermeil 100 ml new for $10 total !

    Just noticed that the seller listed 10 more, so if you missed out on the first two rounds, no need to this time!
  99. Re: HUGE LIST: Men's/Women's: 50 ml Fire Island, 118 ml Monogram, 95 ml Theorema, 59 ml Gotham, etc

    BUMP: Added some new items. I'm up for a multi-bottle "cheap" swap, for those who have a lot of them and don't want them any more. Shipping costs make a one for one cheapo swap usually not worth...
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    Re: Real or fake Chanel allure extreme??

    This might help:

    http://www.ebay.com/gds/Fake-CHANEL-ALLURE-HOMME-SPORT-with-pictures-/10000000021185120/g.html
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