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  1. Re: Top 1 Spray Fragrances (Current Formulations Only)

    An offbeat choice: Serge Noire. A bit controversial but I like it. If you spray on clothing, it will last through laundering.
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    Re: Whats The Big deal With Guerlain...

    Oh, the Holy Grail is only available at the Guerlain flagship shop in Paris. I thought everyone knew that! :shocked:
    But seriously, I had a few thoughts. Guerlain seems to limit the really good...
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    Re: What to do with a fragrance you hate?

    Change the way you apply it. Try a super-light walk-through-the-mist application. Or try it sprayed on clothing or on a handkerchief, or inside a purse. Of course, these may be futile. Put it...
  4. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    On the positive side, the selection has increased greatly in the past several years. There is Creed and Bond 9 everywhere, and lots more at Isetan Shinjuku. The prices are still really high. The...
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    Re: About olfactory fatigue

    I think olfactory fatigue may be related to stress. Many frags that I thought were very weak when I was going through a stressful period a few years ago now seem amazingly intense. Also, I have...
  6. Re: Anyone in the US have LIDGE and not like it?

    I think there are two points to take into consideration with LIDGE. 1. Olfactory fatigue is common. I once sprayed too much because I had trouble smelling it after the initial sprays. Later,...
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    Re: Kouros Question (Am I missing something?)

    You might want to try a walk-through-the-mist application. This has helped me to appreciate 'difficult' frags. Or try light sprays on knees or trouser cuffs. That way, you get only the wafting...
  8. Re: What fragrance smells like the botafumeiro ceremony?

    The usual incense used in Catholic churches is frankincense. The most frankincense-ish frag seems to be Avignon.
  9. Re: What's the darkest scent that you know? And with dark I mean SUPER-DARK!!!

    Malle's Noir Epices is really dark--I can't swear that there is not a tiny hint of sweetness. A rosy, mineral darkness. Or how about Domenico Caraceni 1913?
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    Re: Do you like soap?

    There are many kinds of soap, and many ways to wear a soapy fragrance. Usually, a very light, walk-through-the mist application will keep chokiness at bay. Soap is a pleasant smell when you have...
  11. Re: What has honey, civet, musk? Is there anything?

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  12. Re: What has honey, civet, musk? Is there anything?

    Don't forget Ted Lapidus for Men!
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    Re: Absolue pour le Soir .. My short review

    I have discovered that a spray application emphasizes the animalic opening. If I spray and then rub, the sweet and floral notes come out strongly, with the animalic hum supporting them.
  14. Re: Sealed KOUROS vintage... how to recognize it?

    Another key point is the number of bands in the box design. The recent one has just a single white border marking off the blue field. The earlier versions have a double band of white around the...
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    Re: Is Strawberrynet.com a reputable seller?

    I think SB Net is especially useful for those outside the US or EU. International shipments of perfume are difficult for security reasons. That is probably why SBN doesn't want to deal with...
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    Re: Is Strawberrynet.com a reputable seller?

    Price increases are often shocking, but what can you do? For something as elusive as LIDGE, it is difficult to find a big discount. It depends on how badly you want it.

    By the way, I have been...
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    Re: Just got an atomizer. How do I clean it out?

    Everything disassembled, put it out in a sunny spot for a few hours.
  18. Re: New L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme, Diptyque, Creed, YSL, and more (Japan only)

    Hi, Tallshop! I might be interested in the M7 and Aventus. I am still thinking about what would be appropriate. (I tried sending a message, but it didn't go through for some reason).
    Regards,
    T
  19. Re: Musc Ravajour wearers - Has this happened to you?

    i think I might be partly anosmic to this one. I get a light cinnamon/vanilla on top of a musky base that shimmers between dark skanky musk and white sweet musk.
  20. Re: Is there a way to find out how much you are projecting without asking?

    Apply your frag well away from your nose, like maybe wrists and lower chest, for example (to minimize any possible anosmia). Then, go to a windy spot. The wind will give you an idea of your...
  21. Re: Dior Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir - is it a limited edition, a limited-to-Europe frag, or what?

    Strawberry net has it :)
  22. Re: How much juice inside Allure Sport/Edition Blanche?

    Thanks, bugsy! But I discovered that this method has some limitations! I tried it with a bottle of Black Jeans. The bottle is very uneven in thickness, with heavy embossed decorations on it. The...
  23. Re: Fellow old farts: what did you wear in the 80s?

    Most of my favorites from that time have already been mentioned, but what about Obsession for Men? I think I used up a bottle by wearing it every day. It was a real vanilla bomb, at least to my...
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    Re: LIDGE - What am I missing here?

    In my humble opinion, this one has a lot of anosmia associated with it. Therefore, don't spray on your neck or near your face. It reveals its charms from a distance. Spraying on a pillowcase or...
  25. Re: Calvin by Calvin Klein 1981 release... what are your thoughts on it?

    I think it fits in with Paco Rabanne pour homme, Domenico Caraceni and the like. Dark green. It layers well with Eau d'Orange Verte.
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    Re: New developments at Isetan Shinjuku

    Sorry, I don't know much about Shiseido fragrances at all, much less what is hard to find in North America. Shiseido seems to sell fragrances only at their own makeup counters, which are at all...
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    Re: New developments at Isetan Shinjuku

    Actually, there is a Le Labo store in the Daikanyama area, probably a bigger selection than at Isetan. I like Le Labo, but the prices are just unbelievable.
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    New developments at Isetan Shinjuku

    I stopped into Isetan Men, which has a big fragrance area, but it has been reduced pretty drastically. It has a pretty good selection of Lutens, but the variety of SMN is much much less. (There is...
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    Re: Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    Just an update: I kept trying the offending bottle. Eventually the bad note disappeared. Was there something in the tube that finally got swept out? Or maybe my nose has changed--that is possible,...
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    Re: Asian Inspired ?

    How about YSL's Opium, both the 'pour homme' and the original 'feminine' are masterpieces. Put some amber in your hookah to enjoy Ambre Narguile. Also, sandalwood scents like Tam Dao, which seems...
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    Ferrari Light Essence Bright

    This seems to be available only in Asia. I saw it in a brick/mortar store in Tokyo that had a small promotion of Ferrari frags--only a limited number of the total, but including this unusual one. I...
  32. Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    The most 'barbershop' fragrances might be difficult for a woman to wear. And I can't imagine a woman wearing a very masculine spicebomb like Ho Hang.
  33. Thread: Dental Hygeine

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: Dental Hygeine

    I am using just what is available in drug stores here--it is a Japanese brand called 'DentalPro.' I looked at some in the US, and the main difference is that the sizes are much bigger. I use size 4...
  34. Re: VERSACE JEANS LINE . ( Black Jeans , Green Jeans ) Questions ..HELP

    Black Jeans reminds me of Drakkar Noir. Longevity is pretty good, and projection is also on the strong side, but easy to control with light application. By the way, I recently found Yellow Jeans in...
  35. Thread: Dental Hygeine

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    Re: Dental Hygeine

    Interdental brushes really turned it around for me! I am not an enthusiastic flosser, since I am afraid I will pull off a crown or something. The interdental brushes are hard to use at first--I had...
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    Re: Re-using atomizers?

    After washing as thoroughly as possible, set them in direct sunlight for a day or two (or more?).
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    Poll: Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme vs. Infusion d'Homme

    I think there is a basic Prada ambience that runs across the 'infusion d' line. Amber PH has it a bit, but it has much more interesting stuff on top of it--the amber and florals and suede on top of...
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    Re: Hurricane Fragrance for Nawlins'

    Well, I think it would be appropriate to wear a Bourbon French frag, like, say, WJL, a bold animalic rose, a smoother version of Hammam Bouquet.
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    Re: oud 27 blind bought

    You could always try layering it with Dune (feminine)...WOW!!
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    Poll: Re: Finally.. Best OUD based fragrance for men

    My 'other' vote stands for Oud 27, although this seems to be a minority opinion. I also like Al Oudh.
  41. Thread: Layering Frags

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: Layering Frags

    Ambre Narguile and Jazz

    This gives AN a lot of oomph, making it into what I hoped it would be.

    Eau d'Orange Verte and Calvin

    The Calvin lasts a bit longer, and enriches the EdOV. I am also...
  42. Thread: Dune

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    Re: Dune

    I think it is nearly unisex. I have an old mini (how old? I dunno) that has a kind of rough patch at the beginning. Is this the sandiness, or just aging juice? The stuff in the department stores...
  43. Re: Which cheapie did you wear in high school that got you massive compliments?????

    Would you believe English Leather -- I think it was made by MEM in those days. I am talking about the 60s!
  44. Re: Michael Kors for Men owners - has your cap white paint on it ?

    That marbling is strange. It gives the impression that there was some problem mixing the color into the plastic.

    As for what it resembles, I would suggest Xeryus Rouge. Depends on how you spray...
  45. Thread: Habit Rouge

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: Habit Rouge

    In my experience, the atmosphere where fragrances are sold make it very difficult to get a complete impression of any frag. All the other frags floating around in the air may be one factor. Another...
  46. Thread: Tom of Finland

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    Re: Tom of Finland

    Lipstick, baby powder and rubber clothing. Very interesting, but maybe not easily wearable. Related to Magnetism for Men.
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    Re: Day scent for very HOT summer

    I haven't yet worn it in such hot temperatures, but I think L'Eau par Kenzo pour homme might fill the bill--it is lemony/citrusy (fruity, but maybe not so sweet) and lasts a long time. It is also...
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    Re: Next purchase: Fleur du Male or Opium edt

    A difficult choice. I like them both, but for many people the drydown of FdM becomes a bit skanky in the 'white flower' way. Opium is more of a sweet spicy scent--in fact conceptually seems very...
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    Re: Michael Kors Men

    I recently got a bottle of the Givenchy version ('Michael') relatively cheap on Strawberry. I find it almost harsh--a very light, misty application works best. So it wouldn't surprise me if later...
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    Re: Unburnt Japanese Incense type cologne

    You might want to consider 'zukoh' or rubbing incense. It is basically powdered incense ingredients such as sandalwood, turmeric, clove and maybe even a tiny bit of agarwood. It is sold on Japan...
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    Re: Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    My conclusion is that my newer bottle is probably damaged. I like most animalic notes. Guerlain Pampeleune, Bois de Miel, Muscs KK--all these I like very much. But this stuff is really beyond the...
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    Eau d'Orange Verte urinous?

    I picked up a used bottle of Eau d'Orange Verte at a junk shop--clearly used, a 50ml with 10ml or so gone. Very pleasant! Short-lived, but a spray on clothing extended the longevity a bit. ...
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    Re: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Anyone?

    I got a tiny sample of Aoud de Nuit--I liked it very much. Now practically impossible to find, I think.
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    Re: Cartier Declaration

    I was anosmic to this the first time I tried it. Then, it began to open up for me. I don't get any BO, although it has its own particular intensity. However, I am concerned that regular use might...
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    Re: What do you get out of L'Instant Extreme?

    Is it possible to overspray this one? I don't get that much projection, although I agree that it is long-lasting. The other day, I sprayed five or six times on arms, neck and chest, then put on my...
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    Re: How to clean a funnel

    It is easy to make a small funnel from aluminum foil--just form it around the outside of a funnel and then gently pull the funnel out. You can just throw the foil funnel away.
  57. Re: Sex in the air, I don't care I love the smell of it!

    How about Tom of Finland?
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    Re: Casual citrus for humid summers?

    Agua de Colonia Concentrada Alvarez Gomez would be a more unusual choice--maybe hard to find, but well worth it, although it is not expensive. Check the ratings on Fragrantica. Very lemony, not...
  59. Re: How much juice inside Allure Sport/Edition Blanche?

    Put the bottles in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes--enough to get the juice chilled. Take the bottles out, put them in a slightly humid atmosphere. At first, condensation will cover the whole...
  60. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    Hello, SMC!

    Too bad about your experience at Marisol. It is difficult to figure out what is going on there. In my imagination, it is owned by some very rich and eccentric person, with a huge...
  61. Re: Okay, so somehow I'm actually bored of Kouros

    Layering Kouros with Habit Rouge really ramps it up! (about 2 parts HR to one part Kouros)
  62. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    Call me crazy! To me, Le Male seems very aldehyde-ish. When I read your comment, I tried layering it (on paper) with no. 5. I can't test it on skin right now, but there maybe something there. ...
  63. Re: The Dreamer first hour smells like plastic? What do you guys thing?

    The Dreamer seems open to lots of interpretations, just like dreams! This one has puzzled me for a long time. First, I think it smells a bit like Creed Original Santal. No one else does. Many...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black VS Dior Fahrenheit

    They seem similar to me. Once on the train, I sat next to someone who was wearing one or the other--I wasn't sure, but I think it was Black. But I think I like Fahrenheit better.
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    Re: Dior Fahrenheit Absolute....Any Opinions

    I like it a lot, and I'm considering a bottle. I wore the old Fahrenheit a lot, and never bought the newer version when my old one ran out. Absolute is not really similar to the original, just an...
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    Re: Does cologne spoil/go bad?

    There is also some individual variation. Before I was aware of such things, I stored my bottles in a room that got very hot in the summer. Allure PH and the original Polo survived okay, but...
  67. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    Why not take a chance? Live a little! Here are some of my fav combos: 1. Kouros and Habit Rouge. About one part Kouros to two parts HR. The animalic qualities become rounder, richer. 2. Opium PH...
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    Re: Let's talk about oud :-)

    Here are some impressions of kyara-related incense, in case you havent seen this yet:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/tsuzumist?feature=mhee
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    Re: Let's talk about oud :-)

    Japanese incense artisans recognize six varieties of agarwood, known as 'jinko' or 'kyara.' At the Shoyeido incense shop in Tokyo, I saw a piece of wood that was filled with agarwood resin, as the...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration... new opinions

    When I first sniffed it in a store, I was practically anosmic. I didn't get it at all. Then, I got a sample to take home, and it began to grow on me. It is very distinctive. It does have a little...
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    Re: kiehls musk what's your take on it?

    For me, closer to love than to hate. It is pleasant enough, but sometimes I really want to layer something else onto it. It is animalic enough that my sister's cat hissed at me when I was wearing...
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    Re: 525 by Bourbon French Parfums

    Yes, I bought that when I was there last October, as well as WJL (animalic rose), the Eau de Cologne and the Sandlewood. I chose these four out of many from the men's line that I sniffed. The woman...
  73. Re: Another top 3: The fragrances you can't stand.

    Xeryus Rouge, Burberry London, Lanvin PH Sport. These three all have something funky or musty in them, like you are just on the verge of noticing your refrigerator needs cleaning. I notice the same...
  74. Re: vanilla fragrances (to replace l'artisan vanilia)?

    You can get Vanilla Fantasy very cheap. I think it is a simple vanilla, but pleasant. If you think it's boring, it is good for layering. For example, layering it with Opium PH makes it very...
  75. Re: KOUROS EDT - suggestions for layer/hybrid partner ?

    I was kinda intrigued by K + GV. Another combo I really like is K + Habit Rouge. About two sprays of HR to one spray of K. :)
  76. Thread: TOKYO, Japan

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: TOKYO, Japan

    I haven't been to the Shiseido boutique at the Imperial Hotel for a while, but I assume they still have a selection of Serge Lutens. Probably no shop could have the whole line. If they don't have...
  77. Re: Turn your Swag on. What is your most unisex Frag you can pull of with Confidence.

    Comme des Garçons Red Carnation is said to be unisex--I am trying to build up my swag to wear it! For a similar carnation-y thrill, try the feminine Opium (pre-reformulation).
  78. Re: Assuming no fake involved, does place of purchase make a big difference?

    Returning something is also a lot easier at a full-retail store. One reason they are expensive is to cover the cost of returns.
  79. Re: Why do people buy full bottles instead of samples?

    Okay, here is a rational reason. Sprayers in tiny sample vials don't work very well. I think it has to do with the length of the tube inside. One pump can give a bigger cloud of mist if it is a...
  80. Thread: Layering Frags

    by tsuzumi
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    Re: Layering, Combining

    Someone on the feminine frag forum recommended layering Kouros with Mitsouko! I tried it and was shocked (in a good way!) and was encouraged to try Kouros with Habit Rouge. About one spray of...
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    Re: Comme Des Garcons fragrance recommendations.

    I was trying avoid further expansion of my collection. However, an encounter with a tester of Red Carnation did me in. The test spray lasted forever on the inside of my elbow, and I was hooked by...
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    Red Carnation and how to spray it

    I recently tried a spray of Comme des Garçons Red Carnation on the inside of my elbow. The smell took me back to my childhood--my father would always buy everyone in the family carnations to wear to...
  83. Poll: Re: What are your favorite Comme Des Garcons fragrances?

    The two I have come closest to buying FBs are Avignon and Carnation. I tried a spray of Carnation on the inside of my elbow. It was still pretty strong 15 or 20 hours later. To me, it is a very...
  84. Poll: Re: What are your favorite Comme Des Garcons fragrances?

    ''For a Japanese house, I'm surprised that I can't seem to locate this, ummmmm..... ANYWHERE around where I live (and I live in Kobe, not a small or out of the way city by any stretch of the...
  85. Thread: Best Vanilla

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    Re: Best Vanilla

    Maybe this doesn't really fit, but I think Vanilla Fantasy by Body Fantasies deserves a mention. It's cheap! It reminds me 'vanilla extract,' which was the standard product for cooking/baking back...
  86. Thread: Bourbon French

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    Re: Bourbon French

    The ordinary men's sampler doesn't have all of the selections--the entire lineup is pretty extensive, and there are several crossovers, like the Vetivert. I love Guerlain vetiver, but this one was...
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    Re: Men's fragrances with the best 'honey' note

    When I first sniffed Santa Maria Novella 'Cuba' I thought it smelled like b*tt! Later, I got a spray from a nice SA, who pointed out that it was a honey-dominant scent. Yeah, I get that, there are...
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    Re: Skanky perfumes

    Just on a whim, I layered Kouros with Habit Rouge. That'll knock your sox off! I did about 2 sprays of HR to one spray of Kouros.
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    Re: Best practises for spraying your clothes

    I prefer to spray on (or under) a shirt--which is washable--rather than on a jacket or sweater that must be dry cleaned. Even so , I think some juice can leave a stain (hearsay only) so some caution...
  90. Re: Interesting find... how you spray affects the smell

    I have found that for some frags, the application method makes a big difference. Kouros is one. Spray a wet spot, and the result is very bitter. Do a light mist, and you get a much sweeter and...
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    Re: Burberry London vs Prada Amber pour Homme ?

    I agree, nothing in common. London has something in it that smells like a musty refrigerator, so I can't wear it. I love Amber PH.
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    Re: Favourite white shirt scent?

    Prada Amber pour homme--smells like your shirts were starched with purple Necco wafers...
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    Re: Guerlain Jicky (1889) - EDT

    My first exposure was a sample of the parfum from Perfumed Court--it was stunning. Later, in a shop, I tried a spray of the ED(T? or C?) I was disappointed--I got almost no civet or animality from...
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage - EDT vs EDP

    Thanks! :) It's always good to know how it ended.
  95. Re: What was your 1ST bottle of cologne that you ever own? When did you purchase it? Let's all share

    Early in my high school years (in the 60s!) I wore the old-time English Leather--not a purchase, but birthday gifts and so on. Maybe that is why I still like leather scents. Then, the summer before...
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    Re: What's your favorite citrus cologne and why?

    Here is a less familiar one that I bought recently: Agua de Colonia Concentrada by Alvarez Gomez. The opening is a very bright lemon/lemon peel. It quickly dries down to a very low-key skin scent. ...
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    Re: Kouros yanked from the Yanks...

    It looks like Strawberry Net still has some. :)
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    Re: Shoyeido Japanese kneaded incense?

    One that lingers a long time after burning is Yomei by Gyokushodo. It is very spicy, pine is not so noticeable, but it gives me a feeling of a dark old temple.
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    Re: Armenia Papers?

    Yes, I have the SMN Carta d'Armenia. Very rich. Even the unopened box is noticeable. The fragrance lingers for a while after burning. Using them in drawers or clothing storage would work very...
  100. Thread: Vintage Kouros

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    Re: Vintage Kouros

    I visited a parfumeur here in Tokyo (Satori) who showed me her fantastic vintage collection. She put a tiny spritz of Kouros on a test strip for me. Immediately I got a rich animalic musk--a very...
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