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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    Funny you bring this up - it's my SOTD and I haven't been too good posting my SOTD, either. Got a compliment from a loyal friend on it, too.
  2. Re: Fragrances by Kilian in US with good price

    As has been said here, if you want Kilian fragrances at a lower price, buy the refill and an inexpensive bottle. Simple as that.

    The brand keeps a very tight lid on distribution, so don't expect...
  3. Re: Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    Same here. Huge fan of this fragrance even though when I first saw it at Bergdorf's in January 2008, I was turned off by the packaging, then took a sniff, and thought that it wasn't me. Eight months...
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    Re: has bears some resemblance?

    To me, HiM resembles Spicebomb far more than it does Gucci Pour Homme II, though there is a similar feel between all three.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 19th May 2015

    By Kilian - Intoxicated

    Loving this more with every wear - and in the cool weather of today, a perfect fit.
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    Re: The rise and fall of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

    Tried Tobacco Vanille once, and I didn't get anything magical. All I got on my skin and to my nose was a more expensive Spicebomb. If I want Spicebomb, I'll buy that at a much lower price (or Hanae...
  7. Re: Abarcrombie and fitch perfumes tv commercials?

    I never saw an A&F TV ad for anything anywhere.

    Their marketing in the heyday (2000-2006) was all about billboards and print ads. Always in black and white photography with muscular shirtless...
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    Re: What would be your Next Purchase?

    I ended up getting Intoxicated as a gift, and I recently pre-ordered a bottle of Bamboo Harmony in the Sophie Matisse bottle from Luckyscent.

    My next purchase after this will probably be a small...
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    Re: Creed launches baby perfume

    Bvlgari also had a fragrance for babies. Not sure if it's still being made.
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    Re: NEW! Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne

    Actually, it's not exclusive to Macy's right now... at least one other well-known chain, Von Maur, also has it. They had bottles in stock three weeks ago here in Fort Wayne, while Macy's didn't have...
  11. Re: By Kilian: Straight To Heaven, Splash of .... WHAT ??!!

    While this is an ad for a major bank saddled with an improper fraction as a name, I feel that this commercial describes this flanker entirely.


    http://youtu.be/VsbOuaFh0Rk

    As much as I defend...
  12. Re: By Kilian: Straight To Heaven, Splash of .... WHAT ??!!

    Tried the Straight to Heaven Splash of Lemon today from a sample. The lemon is prominent for about 2 minutes, then it turns into regular ol' Straight to Heaven, though a little lighter.

    Redundant...
  13. Re: Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    Kilian has quite a few good masculines that don't smell like a bakery (and you're right about Serge Lutens, which is why I haven't found one that's to my tastes). You'll probably want to stay away...
  14. Re: Mugler Rubber Flasks Are Refillable Now???

    An EdP of A*Men? What will that take for work-friendly application... 1/16th of a spritz?
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    Re: Dior Homme cologne

    One of the best fragrances that are sold in mainstream department stores today. Citrus, floral, and clean musk elements blended in a way that is perfect for the heat.

    If I didn't already have...
  16. Re: Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    As of late last year, the Kilian refill bottles now come with a 7.5 ml refillable atomizer in the box. My Musk Oud refill that I got last Christmas came with one.

    The atomizers that come with the...
  17. Re: Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    Although his family has LVMH roots (hence the name Kilian Hennessy), and Kilian worked for Dior (an LVMH brand) once, By Kilian is not part of the LVMH group.
  18. Does Kilian Hennessy have his own rehab clinic?

    It all started with Straight to Heaven. Then Back to Black, then Flower of Immortality, then Musk Oud, and now Intoxicated. And a bottle of Bamboo Harmony is on the way from Luckyscent as soon as...
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    Re: MiP discontinued

    Makes me glad that I bought my 4.2 oz EdT for under $25 from Amazon last October. Great fragrance, especially for fall, and one that can hold its own against niche.
  20. Re: By Kilian: Straight To Heaven, Splash of .... WHAT ??!!

    I got a sample of this recently. It just might be my SOTD tomorrow, given how hot it's going to be.

    Given what I've read so far here about longevity, presence and the feel of the scent, and the...
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    Re: Celebrities favourite fragrances

    David Beckham doesn't wear his own scents. He wears Aventus.
  22. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    Nor is it legal in the European Union as a whole to sell or manufacture designer impostors saying "our impression of XYZ". A famous case of one company that sold these against L'Oreal led to this...
  23. Re: Looking Back At College Fragrance Memories & The Mystery Graduation Packages

    The Luckyscent gift certificate was already spent on By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony in the Sophie Matisse limited edition bottle.

    I had a sample of Bamboo Harmony and loved it, so I thought that it...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 17th May 2015

    Of course, I had to wear the By Kilian Intoxicated that I got yesterday.
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    Re: Today I bought: May 2015

    I had a Luckyscent gift certificate, and I wanted to buy a second citrus scent. I had tried By Kilian's Bamboo Harmony from a sample, and thought that it would be just the thing for summer as...
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    I can easily go for over 30 days before buying a bottle. I still have limited funds at this point, so I choose quality over quantity with all of my purchases, regardless of price.

    Cases in point...
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    Re: How often do you regret your SOTD?

    It does happen for me, but not very often.

    Usually, it happens because of something not happening or something unexpected happening that day for me. Never because of the weather.
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    Re: Parfums de Marly at Nordstroms

    Some Nordstrom locations have niche to varying degrees, others don't.

    The Minneapolis Mall of America location has Creed (which they started carrying after Neiman Marcus closed their Twin Cities...
  29. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    Yup, Jean Phillipe Paris. Made by a Chinese subsidiary of Interparfums, of all companies. See them at Dollar Tree all the time.

    Interparfums wouldn't do it if it wasn't legal (in the US - the EU...
  30. Re: Which "BIG" fragrance out there that just does not interest you?

    Cool Water (bland)
    Any Ralph Lauren fragrance (never have been interested in the house)
    Tobacco Vanille (I know, sacrilege)
    L'eau d'Issey Pour Homme (sour)
    Most clothing store fragrances
  31. Re: Looking Back At College Fragrance Memories & The Mystery Graduation Packages

    Mystery fragrance #2 has been revealed: It was a bottle of By Kilian's Intoxicated, a fragrance that I have had my mind on for some time because I see it as a much better A*Men. Smells better,...
  32. Re: Looking Back At College Fragrance Memories & The Mystery Graduation Packages

    A little more on the Molecule 01: I can draw some connections between ISO E Super and some of the fragrances that I know and/or wear.

    It has been said that Encre Noire, Fierce, and Mont Blanc...
  33. Re: Looking Back At College Fragrance Memories & The Mystery Graduation Packages

    The mystery of the Luckyscent package has been solved: a gift certificate (from my beloved uncle and aunt) and five fragrance samples.

    Three of the samples were fragrances that I wanted to try...
  34. Re: Given the ARMAF copies, would you still buy Aventus, GIT, Noir de Noir, Terre d'Hermes etc.

    That's some serious punishment right there.

    Myself, I stick with the real deal. I would rather pay a large amount of money for a fragrance where I know it will work than $20 for a fragrance that...
  35. Re: Looking Back At College Fragrance Memories & The Mystery Graduation Packages

    See, I knew I chose my signature for a reason. [emoji6]
  36. Looking Back At College Fragrance Memories & The Mystery Graduation Packages

    As of Saturday, I will officially be a graduate with a bachelor's in marketing of Indiana Institute of Technology, or Indiana Tech as it's well known. I spent three semesters on their main Fort Wayne...
  37. Re: Baffling 180 degree turns - from dislike to love ...

    I don't think that all the Kilian fragrances have a common theme - they each have their own unique story to tell, even if they are within the same series.
  38. Re: Baffling 180 degree turns - from dislike to love ...

    How about a 180 on a whole house?

    In early 2008 in NYC, I wouldn't even touch or sniff By Kilian's scents at Bergdorf's because as a marketing student, I thought the packaging and concept was...
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    Re: Highest selling perfumes

    In the US, the top-selling women's fragrance and the top-selling men's fragrance are both Chanel products: for her, it's Coco Mademoiselle; and for him, it's Bleu de Chanel.

    The top 5 for women...
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    Re: Tried 1 Million Cologne (new flanker)

    You can buy it right here, right now. $82 for 4.2 oz, with free shipping in the continental US.
    http://www.vonmaur.com/Product.aspx?ID=1276512&Sale=n&pg=1
    (They put the bottle for regular 1...
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    Tried 1 Million Cologne (new flanker)

    I haven't noticed a review thread about the new 1 Million Cologne flanker, so here it goes.

    I sampled this at Von Maur last week. (Yes, it has hit the US already.) Basically, from what I could...
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    Re: Buy fragrances in FragranceNet.com

    I've used them for years with virtually no complaints as far as fragrances. Same juice as other places for better prices (and keep an eye out for their great promotions). The free shipping is a...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, May 11, 2015

    Kilian's Musk Oud for my final day of college classes.
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    I got rid of most of the dead weight in my collection about two months ago. Some fragrances, though, are a seasonal affair - Midnight in Paris and Back to Black are strict fall/winter scents while...
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    Re: Is TdH Becoming Too Ubiquitous?

    Often times, the website of a major retailer has a bigger selection than the store - and not just in fragrance. For example, Costco.com carries a huge amount of items that cannot be found at your...
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    Re: Is TdH Becoming Too Ubiquitous?

    In my neck of the woods, the answer is "no", and for a simple reason: You can't buy Hermes fragrances locally. Which is funny, since the big upscale department store here, Von Maur, has a deep...
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    Poll: Re: What to wear to my graduation ceremony

    Thanks for all the great pre-graduation wishes.

    Maybe the best thing to do is see if I get any fragrances as graduation gifts (knowing my family, I wouldn't rule it out at all) before the...
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    Re: Which Creed have you bought blind?

    As a general rule of thumb, I don't buy any fragrance over $40 blind. Since Creed fragrances are all over $40, I sample first.

    I have, however, sampled many of them - in the case of Aventus, I...
  49. Re: Joop! Homme nothing like Aspen or Cool Water.

    Joop! is a very potent amber oriental with a slight resemblance to cough syrup.

    Cool Water is a lighter, fresh fougere with a citrus top and sandalwood/musk-heavy base.

    No similarities other...
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    Re: More on P&G's brand cutbacks in fragrance

    The big reason why The Art of Shaving is staying even though it isn't a power brand is because it is so heavily interconnected to Gillette, which has no fewer than 4 billion-dollar brands (Gillette...
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    Re: More on P&G's brand cutbacks in fragrance

    P&G divested Jean Patou before these cutbacks. But it's still funny.
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    Poll: Re: What to wear to my graduation ceremony

    I don't think I'll be able to procure a decant by Saturday. Remember, I live in a niche backwater and buy my niche scents when on vacation.



    Thanks. Great to hear that we have remarkably...
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    Poll: What to wear to my graduation ceremony

    This week has the day that I've waited for since 2004: graduation with my bachelor's.

    It's been a long journey to get here. I started in 2004 at a small Christian college, but left a year later...
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    Re: How do you rate/select/like any fragrance?

    Simple: The smell, how it works on me, and longevity.
  55. Re: Is there one note or ingredient that you can't tolerate?

    There's this one syrupy synthetic musk that I cannot stand in high levels. Wall Street has a ton of it.

    However, this same musk can also be found in Invictus and Chrome at much more manageable...
  56. Re: Perfume of Life Website Has Permanently Closed

    I used POL once upon a time - not as much as Basenotes, but frequently. But outages seemed to happen frequently (and sometimes, for months on end), so I gradually, then exclusively went to Basenotes....
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    More on P&G's brand cutbacks in fragrance

    As you may know, P&G is cutting down to 60-70 brands throughout the company and exiting some business sectors, like Duracell batteries. Today, just 50 power brands make up 90% of P&G's sales and...
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    Re: A really weird Aventus story

    It's a A42B13U01 batch 1 oz bottle, purchased in August 2014 at the Mall of America Nordstrom as a souvenir when I was in Minneapolis. After Neiman Marcus closed their downtown Minneapolis store,...
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    Re: A really weird Aventus story

    Got the Travalo at Perfumania for $10, filled it up with Aventus as soon as I got back to my dorm, and gave it to the lady in question today.

    She couldn't thank me enough. A great end to a very...
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    Re: You can only have one

    Straight to Heaven, of course.
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    Re: A really weird Aventus story

    Great idea. I've seen them locally at both Von Maur and Perfumania.

    I may pick one up tomorrow instead of giving her the whole (expensive) bottle.
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    Re: A really weird Aventus story

    I ran out of decanting supplies long ago, and I don't think I could get them without paying hefty amounts for shipping before the tutoring center closes on Friday.

    But you're right: I need to...
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    Re: A really weird Aventus story

    An update: I asked her if she wanted to make love with me like many here were thinking was the case. Her answer? Nope - it's the Aventus that she was hooked on. I guess it isn't just a Basenotes...
  64. Re: Should be more love for the Basenotes wardrobe!

    Used it since day one.

    And whenever a bottle arrives in or departs from my collection, I update it.
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    Re: Classics true to original formula?

    M7 Oud Absolu, while not as potent as the original formula M7, is still very true to the vintage version - I'd say 95+% similar. I've owned and loved both, so I have a good background on the smell of...
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    Re: Recommendations for my first Dior

    Although my favorite from Dior is Leather Oud, it is a fragrance that is definitely not for everybody. Same goes for the classic Fahrenheit - even though I've only smelled the reformulated version...
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    Re: Who is who on Basenotes: post a pic...!

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=37693&stc=1

    Since this photo was taken, a lot has happened. I've changed glasses, re-entered college to get my bachelor's (and will be...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 1st May 2015

    First day of May, and with much better weather than last year at this time.

    And with that warm weather comes the L'Humaniste.
  69. Re: Sean "Diddy" Combs and Sean John Fragrances launch their newest fragrance: 3AM

    3AM does not smell like Aventus in any way, shape, or form - it is a light citrus musk with woods, not a powerhouse smoky pineapple oriental.
  70. Re: Sean "Diddy" Combs and Sean John Fragrances launch their newest fragrance: 3AM

    It's been on sale at our local Macy's for the past week. A woody citrus - not bad for a mainstream release.

    But I'll wait for this to hit Perfumania at half the price. (And you know it will -...
  71. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    Yet another vote for Eau Sauvage. If it's good enough for Steve McQueen...
  72. Re: Which house do you have the most fragrances from & how many?

    By Kilian: 4 (Straight to Heaven, Musk Oud, Flower of Immortality, Back to Black)
    Dior: 3 (full-size Leather Oud, plus minis of Cuir Cannage and Granville)
    Creed: 2 (MI, Aventus)
    Overall: 17...
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    Re: A really weird Aventus story

    Well, they already make the scented candle...
    https://www.creedboutique.com/164-aventus-candle.html
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    A really weird Aventus story

    True story.

    I know this one lady in our tutoring center who absolutely loves Aventus on me. I've worn others, but it's always the Aventus that gives me the thumbs-up. Trouble is, I'm graduating...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 27th April 2015

    Dior - Leather Oud
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    Re: Unusual and Elegant

    Another vote for Geranium Pour Monsieur.

    I would also add Terre d'Hermes, but only in pure parfum. The parfum is more well-rounded and has a slight chypre kick (yes, there is oakmoss in the...
  77. Re: What was the last bottle you completely finished???

    Fragrance: Comme des Garcons 2 MAN, 3.4 oz
    Gifted: December 2005 as a Christmas gift
    Finished: October 2013 because the sprayer broke and wasn't salvageable - the bottle was only 15% full by then,...
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    Re: What would be your Next Purchase?

    What: By Kilian Intoxicated.
    Why: I think I found the perfect coffee/chocolate gourmand with the right amount of sillage. Move over, A*Men.
    When: As soon as I graduate from college... which is 2...
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    Re: Perfumania is now selling ouds

    I found them at the Glenbrook Square store in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (I also know the SAs there really well.) And they seem to be selling well - they were out of some of them on my last visit...
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    Re: Your current scent is discontinued tomorrow

    SOTD: Leather Oud. As much as I love it, I wouldn't hoard it or pay triple-markup prices for it. And I have a giant bottle, plus there's the fact that one spritz will do fine, extending the life of...
  81. Re: Terre d'Hermes is now being offered in a 16.9 oz bottle.

    Unless this is your only scent and you apply 10 spritzes twice a day, what are you supposed to use it as? Mouthwash?
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    Poll: Re: Wall Street by Bond no. 9

    No connection between MI and Wall Street for me. And they aren't even in the same league.

    MI is a light salty aquatic with a great musk drydown - while there are similar scents (including...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    22 posts and no mention of his legendary immense hatred of Aramis? Let me be the first. ;)

    Congratulations, hednic!
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    Re: Guilty Pleasure

    By Kilian's Flower of Immortality. Like Black Orchid, this one has a bit of an identity crisis: the Basenotes directory says it's a feminine, but Kilian and the brand's salespeople sell it as unisex....
  85. Re: Better for the office environment: Dior Homme or Dior Homme L'Eau?

    Depends on your position.

    If you're a rank-and-file worker, Dior Homme Eau for Men. If you have an executive-level position, Dior Homme.
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    Re: Your favourite YSL except Kouros?

    M7. And it doesn't matter which formulation: It smells amazing.

    But more importantly, if M7 wasn't around, us oud fans (myself among them) would be seriously underwhelmed by a good majority of...
  87. Re: EDT, EDP, Cologne, etc. That Ended as Bathroom Sprays....

    If I don't like a fragrance, I don't make it suffer bathroom freshener duty.

    First off, there's dedicated products for that purpose. More importantly, you're bound to find someone else who likes...
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    Re: Lets make a list: Your 1 spray fragrances

    A*Men was a less-than-one-spray fragrance on me (if that is even possible), which was part of the reason why I stopped wearing it.

    But the following fragrances that are currently in my collection...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 16th April 2015

    Lots of Creed wearers today.

    Let me add MI to the mix. :)
  90. Re: Name a fragrance someone on BN recommended that you absolutely love and wear because of the advi

    While I'm not good at names, I can say that Mugler Cologne - my first post-Basenotes purchase - was bought because of a direct Basenoter recommendation and has been in my collection ever since. Encre...
  91. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    Another vote for Dior's Leather Oud.

    The woody animalic oriental vibe of this fragrance makes it a scent that takes guts the size of a Boeing 747... maybe even an Airbus A380... to understand,...
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    Re: Macy's fragrance counter sales associates.

    Even the Sephora stores inside JCPenney locations are the same way. No pushiness, free samples if you want one, and very good service.
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    Re: Macy's fragrance counter sales associates.

    I actually have a good experience with our local Macy's.

    Yes, the fragrances are the latest designer scents, but I know many of the SAs and vendor reps very well. The local store also has a LUSH...
  94. Re: Name your favorite civet leather patchouli fragrance and..

    Another vote for Leather Oud. Animalic, but in all the right ways. Just the right amount of sillage - not ultra-light, but not A*Men or Kouros levels. Well-balanced - whereas some animalic scents are...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 11th April 2015

    For an awards ceremony on campus today, where I got a very prestigious award, I made the scent fit the occasion: PdN New-York.
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    Re: How many sprays do you need for a Creed?

    2-3 sprays for MI, and 2 max for Aventus.

    Then again, I don't put more than 5 sprays of anything on regardless of house - and the ones that need more sprays are the much lighter scents.
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    My guess is skin chemistry differences. The salesperson who sold it to me said that it was the most controversial and polarizing fragrance in the line.
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    I actually get a lot of compliments on Leather Oud, and I think that Aramis is a true classic.

    So I'd have to say Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Beau Male - the only fragrance that I have ever worn that...
  99. Re: Commodity Book as alternative to Terre d'Hermes

    I get zero similarities between the two. As you may know, Terre d'Hermes has zero musk or animal notes whatsoever. The Kilian has a strong dose of musks, in addition to the vetiver and ISO E Super....
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    Re: Ever hear of dumpster diving?

    I would never dumpster-dive to get my fragrances. Gives a new meaning to the term "stink water".

    Still, I wonder if fragrance manufacturers send spies to competitors just to get trade secrets from...
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