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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    What mistakes?
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    Re: Smell of Spring in the air :)

    Renegade mentioned cherry blossoms. I lived on an orchard in my teens, and spring was the best--fragrant fruit blossoms...you could almost see the sap running through the trees.... So even though...
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    If I use the word "syntactically" in a conversation with a woman at a bar, am I more likely to get a compliment from her if I wear Millesime Imperial? And wasn't Gary Numan synthtastic on his song...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 3nd April 2015

    For the second day in a row, it was...

    Muschio Nobile, by Nobile 1942
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    Re: What to pick for young adult

    Curve for men (the original) could be a good choice--fruity and fun, and it's said that many women like it.

    Another could be Dirty English by Juicy Couture--amber, spicy with some light woods.
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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    And what are the odds they're wearing Aventus?
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Muschio Nobile by Nobile 1942--my favorite new musk scent.

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    Re: Answer Every Question With A Question

    And if it wasn't, would we change its name to Antiappropriatica?
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 2nd April 2015

    Muschio Nobile (2011) by Nobile 1942. My new favorite musky scent.
  10. Re: Synthetics for more than just longevity in luxury perfume

    jfrater, I appreciate the points you make--also what Jeremiah wrote, saying "learn your materials"--I'm entering a new phase of that. You mentioned rose, and I'm planning to create a rose-based...
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    Re: Ethical Deer Musk

    I grew up on a ranch where we had dairy goats, among other animals, and the bucks--they sure had a very intense musky odor! A strong, "deep" animalic scent. If you rubbed up against them and got the...
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    Re: Ethical Deer Musk

    I wish I knew some ethical deer--you would think that, in general, they'd have better morals than, say, civets. But I don't know if ethical deer would be more inclined to vote Republican or...
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    Re: Rose accord confusion

    About the 40 or 4 drops, I would assume they're saying it's an "either-or" situation, so if you have the absolute, you could just use that. Better wait for a second opinion though. Not sure about...
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    Re: Hi Guys! (Newbie here!)

    Another idea, which you may know about, is to buy fragrance minis, tiny bottles that can be anywhere from .5 to maybe .25 ounce size. That's what I did when I started out, and that way, if it was a...
  15. Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    I sampled this, and at first I liked what I got as its spicy-vanilla-muskiness, but I eventually turned thumbs down on it because part of it smelled like what I'd describe as baby vomit. So maybe...
  16. Re: Do you dilute your oils before or after blending?

    Thank you all for your replies and mentioning your experience, which in at least a few cases appears to be extensive! Chris, I did read your post, and it seems you have quite a nice operation going....
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    Re: The perfect White Musk?

    I agree. I put it on last night to test it for the first time and can still smell it. I wouldn't say it's the perfect white musk, but it's up there among those I've tried. "Musky" is how I'd...
  18. Do you dilute your oils before or after blending?

    Hi all...I thought I'd ask what your opinion and experience is on whether you first dilute your essential oils separately with, say, perfumers alcohol, before blending the individual note "solutions"...
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    Re: Curve: Good or bad?

    I agree! Just got a small bottle and love it. Yes, I have some high-end men's fragrances, but this one works well on me too. Many years ago, I'd sprayed some on a tester strip at Macy's and didn't...
  20. Re: Cheap 80s powerhouses - One Man Show vs Krizia Uomo vs Oscar Pour Lui vs Tsar vs Aramis vs etc

    None of the frags in the original post are my favorite, but DerangedGoose said "vs etc.", so allow me to mention Bijan for Men (1981)! Only first got this three years ago, and I love it--loud,...
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    Re: Is Aramis a good blind buy?

    I had it last back around 1990...I don't know if it's been reformulated since then. If you know it's the type of fragrance you want--a sharp aromatic chypre, one person described it as "austere",...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 25th March 2015

    Curve for Men! Wore it for the first time today and loved it, even though I may be the last man in America to give it a full spin.
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    Re: Versace l'homme & Halstons!

    Big fan of Z-14 here. Too bad they're no longer making the EDT (at least I think that's the case)...glad I still have some left...thinking of getting another bottle of the cologne just to have on...
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    Re: Cuir Ottoman - upon further review

    I have this too, and love it. I sought this out precisely because of the "leathery accord" it mentions on the back of the canister. I find the quality excellent, and I love the combination of...
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    Re: Need rose suggestions.

    I agree with my fellow 'notesmen who recommend Lyric Man--I loved the sample I got--full, round rose supported by other great notes, but then there's the cost. I'd buy a bottle if I wasn't thinking...
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    Re: Parfum d'empire - Musc tonkin

    I tried half of a sample vial today, but I won't be using the other half. It reminds me mainly of a combination of Trumper's Spanish Leather, with its creamy sandalwood but with only a hint of...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 20th March 2015

    DIRTY English! By Juicy Couture. Because I'm a dirty dirty man (lol), a scoundrel, an urban pirate of the soul. My current signature scent. Makes me feel boastful and brash yet very loose and...
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    Re: Best musk fragrance?

    Just ordered a bunch of samples of musk or musky fragrances and will report back on them later. I do want to give a shout-out for Paul Smith Extreme for Men. Put it on over 12 hours ago and can...
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    Yes, I think unisex is possible--but only to a point. And yes, I agree that subjectivity enters into it.

    You mention Rose 31. I have it and find it masculine.Yes, the rose note in general,...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 19th March 2015

    Paul Smith Extreme for Men. Love the full, round musk, and its citrus and rosemary.

    easyfish, good going! I love Bijan too.
  31. Re: Anyone feel this way about Davidoff's Zino?

    I've got a question about this one. I sampled it about 10 years ago and didn't like it because I mainly smelled what I think was the clary sage in it, kind of a dusty-gritty scent, and only got a...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 18th March 2015

    Bvlgari pour Homme.

    Becavse I'm on a mvsk kick. I mean a musk kick.
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    Re: Mazzolari Lui

    Hey guys, can I get your opinion on something with this one, which I have. When I first got a sample, I really liked it, and it smelled sharp and almost "dry"...I thought I detected a note almost...
  34. Re: Does any man on here actually like Amouage Gold?

    I'm with the guys who like this. I find it a high-quality and opulent yet very wearable male floral scent. Rose is the most prominent note on me, or rose coupled with the jasmine (top note and...
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    Re: Heeley's Cuir Pleine Fleur

    I normally don't go for unisex scents, but this one is really good! A quality fragrance with a great balance of notes. I like the floral elements, "just masculine enough" is how I'd say it; I think...
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    Re: Best musk colgone for men

    Montale Black Musk: I tested/wore this last night. Very enjoyable! How I define my experience of it is "musky", an impression of musk, and not a pure musk scent. I guess that's because it nicely...
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    Re: Best musk colgone for men

    Spoombung, I was just thinking I may buy a new bottle of the Bulgari! A great scent, with the musk contrasted with light notes of wood and pepper (on me), though maybe part of that is the tea note. ...
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    Re: Best musk colgone for men

    Fast review of Montale Musk to Musk: after an initial sharp chemical-type note, the clear white musk began to emerge, but an hour or two in, light notes reminiscent of orange and florals emerged as...
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    Re: Best musk colgone for men

    After decades of sampling musk frags, my current favorite is Body Shop White Musk for Men. My previous fave was Kiehl's Musk Oil, which I think has now gotten old (my bottle), and I'm debating...
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    Re: Six Scents: Series Three

    I just got two small sample vials of No. 6-M and wore some last night, but I have to say so far I'm unimpressed. When it went on, I smelled something that smelled vaguely like bread dough. Later, I...
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    Re: Cuir, Leather, what is this smell?

    This is an excellent thread. I too voice my semi-frustration that I've been unable to find a good leather fragrance. The best I've found is Cuiron, though my bottle is old and "off" and I haven't...
  42. Re: Invasion Barbare: Help me rationalize this blind buy

    I'm still sampling this for a possible buy. I don't get the comparison with Le Male, but I do get a hint of Fahrenheit, maybe because both have the note of violet. Maybe lavender too, since some...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Armani Code Ultimate

    I occasionally wear Code (mine is the original "Black Code" bottle). Judging from the comparison of notes, I think Ultimate might be slightly fruitier but lighter than Code. I do find a certain...
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    Re: Ylang Ylang and Nutmeg

    You'll definitely notice this combo of notes in Cacharel pour L'Homme. The Basenotes pyramid doesn't mention the ylang ylang, but believe me, it's there, and other websites list that note. And...
  45. Re: Male fragrance that smells like bubble gum

    Penhaligon's Love Potion No. 9 for Men! I had it several years ago and thought it was a very pleasant scent--partly because of its spices--and was very wearable, but it definitely gave me a pink...
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    Re: what is the best lemon scent

    Great thread, filled with excellent choices! I realized a while back that lemon is my signature note. Maybe it'll change, I don't know.

    My current favorite continues to be Eau Sauvage. Nice...
  47. Re: Caron, Third Man/Le Troiseme Homme Cologne

    Yes, a wonderful scent. Wearing it occasionally makes me imagine that it could've been worn by poets from the Romantic Era. Though the sweetness in it is only one part of it, I thought for the...
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    Re: Bijan: Men

    I finally got this a month or so ago. I still remember milamber's great review on the excellent Fragrance Classics review thread (Bijan is a little over halfway down this page):...
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    Re: Best Recent Release

    Gentlemen--you outdo yourselves! I'm sure Naed Nitram would clap for you too! Wherever he is. I used to think he was Grant's alter ego, but maybe not. So, many thanks...the names all look great,...
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    Best Recent Release

    Hi, how's it goin'. I used to hang here a lot, but I'm not up on the latest. Can you please tell me what you think are the best men's fragrances that've been released in maybe the last two years? ...
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    Re: Gucci Envy For Men

    Excellent...a classic. I should wear it later today! Along with the spices, amber and other notes, I do get a slight lime scent (it isn't just the color). Some other sites say it has a mandarin...
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    Re: What are Your Thoughts on Armani Code?

    EXCELLENT scent! Mind you, I bought mine when it first came out, so I don't know if it's reformulated any differently now. Nice full blend of citrus (mainly the orange, or bergamot), the tonka and...
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    Re: Nicolai New York

    Believe it or not, I've just worn this (sample) for the first time. Partly because I've still got 20-25 frags from several years ago that I haven't used up. (Wow--just noticed it's been around...
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    Re: Heeley's Cuir Pleine Fleur

    After one sample wearing, thumbs down. It just lacks presence for me, doesn't make the kind of statement that suits me. Maybe that's because I prefer more in-your-face and "less soft" (I call them...
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    Re: Best Spices

    YES! I agree. Got it and love it; time to wear it again. Seems like it's a near balance of nutmeg and black pepper that stand out to me, combined with a woody base, some musk, and a bit of citrus...
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    Re: The Third Man-Caron

    I can't think of anything else that it smells like...I think that's part of its beauty. That jasmine-floral combo is lovely, combined with some light wood and some musk. I guess it's the carnation...
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    Re: Your best layering combos

    I can imagine that would be nice! I blend a couple shots of Eau Sauvage with a tiny bit of patchouli fragrance oil for darkness/depth/earthiness and a bit of Kiehl's Original Musk Oil to amplify and...
  58. Re: Which "female" scents do you guys wear in public, and in private?

    Like Manco the bounty hunter said to Senor Martinez in For A Few Dollars More: I don't wear 'em.
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    Re: Similar to Creed Bois du Portugal?

    I found Carven Homme to be the closest to BdP I've tried. Yet BdP has more intense wood and is less sweet than CH, whose sweetness comes from vanilla, but I would say CH is still not as sweet as...
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    Re: Ambrette Seeds?

    As someone who's done a bit of home perfumery (but not nearly as much as others), I've used and smelled natural ambrette (essential) oil. My experience with it is that It's got a nice light smell,...
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    Poll: Re: The Creed Windsor Poll

    (On how the article lists Bahamian Orange as a base note)



    They might use an orange absolute, though you'd think they'd say it was an absolute. What zztop says could be right...


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    Re: I need good woody folral musk!

    Nearest I've tried is Burberry Touch, which I have and should wear again soon! Of the three elements you mention, wood is probably the weakest...I'd say it's one part musk, one part floral...
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    J. Peterman 1903

    I just wore J. Peterman for the first time. I'm starting a new thread because I searched but couldn't find any other thread on this one alone, even though I could find a few a few weeks ago...don't...
  64. Thread: Derby

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    Re: Derby

    I was recently in Paris, and one thing I made a point of doing while I was there was to go by Guerlain and sample this. The sales assistant sprayed two sprays on my wrist. I checked it periodically...
  65. Re: Ted Lapidus Fragrances : TL pour Lui & Ted pour Homme

    When I tried Ted (2000) a few years back, I mainly got a big blast of lime and cedarwood. (It says white cedarwood, and it did smell "white" or soft, not so pencil-like.) I didn't get it, mainly...
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    Re: Cinnamon based male scent

    Definitely try this! Spezie de Medici EDP by i Profumi di Firenze.

    Notes: Cinnamon, cayenne, cardamom, clove, ginger.

    Luscious Cargo (at least) sells it. I don't own it but had a sample of...
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    Re: Is Aramis Reserva too strong?

    If it were me who was doing the buying, I'd go for the original. I did not find them the same. Now, it's been several years since I wore or smelled both. But what I clearly remember of the Reserva...
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    Re: What scent would a MURDERER wear?

    This has got to be one of the STUPIDEST threads someone's added here, and there've been some dumb ones.

    Who cares what someone who would break the law would wear?

    C'mon, people, how about...
  69. Re: Straight to heaven!!! Cheapest way to acquire it?

    In my opinion, no fragrance is worth that kind of money. Even some of the prices of fragrances advertised on Lucky Scent are too expensive. Maybe if you're a millionaire you can afford that stuff....
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    Re: capucci pour homme

    I don't find it anything like the wonderful Eau Sauvage either. As a matter of fact, this one gave me a headache. Some posters said it was citrusy, but I did not find it citrus-based and found it...
  71. Re: Eau Sauvage PH, is it more than a citrucy Cologne, is the hype justified?

    It's much more than a citrusy fragrance. I finally got a bottle, and about 15 hours after first applying it, its musky nature is still apparent--not really animalic or like a white musk, but like a...
  72. Re: Where to get Van Gils original in the USA?

    I've just been sampling Puur by Van Gils over the last six hours. Here are the notes again:

    Top:
    Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Lavender
    Heart:
    White Cedarwood, Cashmere wood, Ambrette, Guaiacwood...
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    Re: I'm sorry to do this but I must...

    Personally, I've hardly ever used this website. It's a shame about your experience, though.

    I've been well satisfied getting my bottles through imaginationperfumery, beautyencounter (ordered from...
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    Re: The Big Capucci - R de Capucci

    Just got this and am enjoying my first wear! Definitely a classic kind of scent. In terms of more comparisons, I find it positioned somewhere between Macassar by Rochas and Francesco Smalto pour...
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    Re: Musk recommendations

    I'm with you, veuve! I've been a satisfied Kiehl's Musk Oil wearer for some years now.

    GBlue, the Kiehl's you tried, was that the Musk EDT spray or the musk oil? I learned here a while back that...
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    Re: Chaps Weekend

    Sounds promising! So would you guys say it's above "drugstore" quality? Sounds like you are.

    Checking the Kohl's website:

    Top notes: wild basil, orange and sage.
    Middle notes: cardamom,...
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    Re: Rose Poivree

    On me, not enough rose, and too much pepper and other spices. Our directory says this is unisex, and while I only like masculine (not soft) scents, this is one unisex scent that a man with my tastes...
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    Re: Poetic scents

    Good thread. The fragrance I have that seems most poetic is Caron Third Man. I'm wearing that one next! And it's nice to see some other Carons mentioned too!

    And now for my contribution,...
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    Re: Please educate me on Frederic Malle

    Musc Ravageur is a unique creation, a very full and moderately heavy scent (by nature, not sillage per se), more floral than musky to my nose. Lack of musk was one reason why I didn't like it--I was...
  80. Thread: Tuscany

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    Re: Tuscany

    Agree...Tuscany is a classic! For me, a citrus-based scent with lots more going on, nicely balanced. It lasted okay. I think a gent sitting next to me was wearing it recently, but I decided not to...
  81. Re: Where to get Van Gils original in the USA?

    Yeah, it's too bad that we can't get their stuff here in the U.S. I was just reading online about their latest offering which has just come out, Puur, which intrigues me and is said to be...
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    Re: Niche aquatic/citrus - Suggestions ?

    You're right about the Bois 1920...good stuff. I guess I didn't buy it because 1) the dollars and 2) it smells so authentic and devoid of anything but citrus on me, I think it would make me think...
  83. Re: Blue Seduction by Antonio Banderas or Good Life by Davidoff

    Of the two, I've only tried Good Life. I found it more green than melony, and I found it too synthetic...that's why I didn't buy it.

    For a melon note, two I'd recommend are Echo by Davidoff...
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    Re: Nasomatto Duro Review

    Well, I'm not impressed. I must be the odd man out...so many other guys like this. But on me, it smells kind of like pickle juice. It reminded me a bit of Vera Wang (that honey sweetness) and...
  85. Re: Fragrance oils: solo notes and home combos

    Thanks for the replies, but of course what I posted about was fragrance oils (also called perfume oils), not essential oils, and most if not all fragrance oils are ready to use...no dilution...
  86. Re: Please - your thoughts on a few unknown to me

    My old notes...Krizia Uomo:
    Mainly herbal, then notes of moss and pine, also slightly aromatic. Well-made, medium projection, manly, very likeable, except it gave me a couple headaches.

    Fendi...
  87. Fragrance oils: solo notes and home combos

    I thought I'd share a little knowledge with anyone who's had a tough time finding a fragrance with a particular note or who occasionally wants a more minimalist scent experience.

    For years, I've...
  88. Re: Spanish Leathers Compare: Trumpers; Truefitt & Hill or Santa Maria Novella

    I found that the Trumper has more of a soapy quality, like saddle soap; it reminds me of suede, rather than a dirty leather; and it's on the smooth side. Good stuff if it's your style.

    IMO, the...
  89. Re: Ave Luxe: Kama, Feu de Bois and Film Noir

    A big thumbs up here for Kama! I haven't tried the Xtreme version, but I love the regular version. Plenty "manly." I'm going on memory here, but I basically get a nice noseful of cedar (mild to...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 1st of November

    Rose 31 by Le Labo! And its rosy, spicy, woody-type goodness. It's been on about 6 hours, and it's hangin' in there. Nice stuff!
  91. Re: Rose Week: Domenico Caraceni and Rose Poivree

    If you've tried or have Domenico Caraceni, would you say it has less spice, less "bite," than Rose 31 and Rose Poivree? And is DC aromatic (I find Rose 31 has some smokiness, and I wonder if DC has...
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    Re: Idole de Lubin - any impressions?

    I got a free sample of this--from Lucky Scent, I think--so this week, first I did a wrist test, and the next day I did a full test. I did like the scent a lot. I really got the rum/sugar cane...
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    Re: Any montale good for the summer?

    Well, summer's gone, but this is the only Montale thread on which I could find a quick mention of Musk to Musk, which I've been trying today for the first time. It's very nice...what it smells like...
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    Re: Anyone try Carthusia Numero Uno?

    I just tried this today for the first time. I don't think I'll buy it, but I give it a thumbs up. On first application, I noticed its Italian "feel." It was also nice, light, refined, a bit...
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    Re: I tried the $5000 a bottle, Y.

    I'm gonna wait for their scented lotion, YuTube.
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    Re: Why am I addicted to Burberry London?

    I recently got a mini of London, and I like it a lot. It has an excellent mix of notes, including that nice tobacco. I wore it last night on a date at a restaurant in Hollywood that Humphrey Bogart...
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    Re: Will someone describe Opone?

    I just gave Opone my first full wearing, and I'd like to offer my review in the form of a fantasy:

    As I walk into the rose garden, I see her there...Opone...a beautiful woman, barefoot in a white...
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    Re: Le Labo Rose 31 is Some Good Sh*t

    I yield to you guys about the Rose Poivree...I probably gave it only a wrist test when I tried it about a year ago. I do know I smelled more pepper/spice in that one than Rose 31.
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    Re: Le Labo Rose 31 is Some Good Sh*t

    Just wanted to say thanks, MonkeyManMatt.

    I wore it again today, my first time giving it a full, normal wear, and I loved it! This isn't another review, just a few brief thoughts about my...
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    Re: Gents, get those frags in the fridge!

    Keeping my fragrances on the shelf in the dark is good enough for me. On the one hand, yes, fragrances can be a form of art, but on the other hand, they're only fragrance.
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