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  1. Re: Why Do Manufacturers Discontinue Great Fragrances?

    Because cosmetic companies are run by mean people.

    Seriously, due to marketing (fashion), financial (manufacturing costs affecting revenues and profits) or manufacturing reasons (raw materials...
  2. Re: The New Yorker covers "smell-based" art exhibition

    Neither do I.



    I do remember an installation by Louise Bourgoise made with old doors and furniture, all these made of wood. It brought very vivid memories as well as strong emotions related to...
  3. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    The Smell of Gold (1 gram).

    Seriously, three Chanel Les Exclusives - Coromandel, Sycomore and Cuir de Russie (or however it is spelled).

    I have several Fueguias but their local price is not as...
  4. The New Yorker covers "smell-based" art exhibition

    http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/art-and-olfaction-awards-what-did-qaddafi-death-smell-like?mbid=social_facebook
    Sent telepathically from a mobile device located in the South Pole.
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    Re: Do you like Lapidus pour Homme?

    Kouros & Balenciaga.
    Sent telepathically from a mobile device located in the South Pole.
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    Re: Best of the 80's?

    All.
    Sent telepathically from a mobile device located in the South Pole.
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    Re: Most overrated fragrance on Basenotes?

    Hey! Shaving cream? That is precisely what I like about it! 😃 One's cup of tea might not be the one for you.





    Overrated? Mmm... Amouage, Eau D'Italy (or however it is spelled), Bond, Creed,...
  8. Thread: Guilty Pleasure

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    Re: Guilty Pleasure

    Opium, the original one. Still, I dare to wear out of home provided it is only one spray.


    (Sent telepathically from a mobile device located in the South Pole)
  9. Re: I like it better than expensive scent X or I can't justify the price difference.

    It is a matter of personal preferences, you are totally free to be dubious (I'd send you samples, I have to apologize for not doing so, hectic work demands. Sorry).



    Fulton is a local brand....
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    Re: Lets make a list: Your 1 spray fragrances

    Well, I am an olfative paranoid whoa cannot take a compliment without thinking I've become the cologne guy

    However these come to mind

    Joop! & L'Homme Individuel
    Coromandel
    Must (femme)...
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    Re: Best 'Eau de Cologne'?

    Depends on your definition of EdC.





    Classic? Jean Marie Farina vintage, Agua de Colonia Concentrada Alvarez Gomez and Hermes Eau D'Orange Vert.
  12. Re: EDT, EDP, Cologne, etc. That Ended as Bathroom Sprays....

    Well, none so far. But there are candidates among my local cheapies.
  13. Re: I like it better than expensive scent X or I can't justify the price difference.

    Jacomo Red over Rochas Man; PE 360 Red over Aqua Di Gio; Pinaud Clubman over Canoe (yap, not leaving any behind), Como Tu (a Spanish cheapy) over Le Male; Lomani pour Homme over Drakkar Noir;...
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    Re: What do you think of Anteaus?

    LOL!!! Good point.

    Still, in the case of my wife, it worked as wine: the older, the better ;)
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    Re: What do you think of Anteaus?

    Ain't what it used to be. I am not prone to whine on reformulations, but in this particular case... (sob!)
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    Poll: Re: How open are you to wearing a "clone" scent ?

    No problems here with clones. As a matter of fact, Guerlain ones would be more than welcome ;)
  17. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    I'd add sweat.
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    Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    I love the EdT, I find it among the line of Rochas Absolue and Le Baiser du Dragon.

    I'd like to try the EdC version. I imagine some citrics and lighter drydown in it.
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    Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    It depends on the context: if you were in a kitchen and you would ask it ("What is that smell?" / "¿Qué es ese olor?") with a grim face the person you are addressing would understand it has a...
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    Re: What's your signature scent?

    I have a substantial amount of bottles, so I guess by signature scent we mean the one I would choose if I would only have one option: Vetiver Guerlain.



    Why? It is versatile, somehow...
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    Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

    Something that gets my attention: "smell" has a negative connotation in English. In Spanish it does not, you will have to use an adjective in order to...
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    Re: Someone help me like Quorum !

    You don't have to like it, no one obliges you to.

    Give it a chance, maybe two; if you don't like it the world won't fall apart. Just move one.
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    Re: Why does Fahrenheit smell like gasoline?

    I don't get the gas smell.

    It does smell odd, reminds me of Grey Flannel though. Violets, maybe? Narciso R lurks around in my mind when smelling these.
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    Re: When is it enough?

    As far as my experience goes, I think it is more than enough when:

    - you have bottles you won't run up in a year.
    - you have so many bottles that you won't use them in a year.
    - You have so...
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    Re: Scents on a plane: What do you wear?

    Depends:

    - Scent free in 10 hour long flight. This means I won't be able to take a shower in at least 20 hours (add the 5 pre departure hour and the same time after arriving). Wearing any scent in...
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    Re: Perplexed by some reviews

    I realize that writing reviews on scents is like dancing to architecture (as one fellow BNoter said) or better still, working in a gymnast's routine to a cooking recipe. Albeit this, I think it can...
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    Re: Did Ralph Lauren really just do oud?

    "Oud" is being produced by the big four corps specialized in essences and they are pushing the aromachemicals before they loose property rights (five years). As simple as that.

    As per this Polo...
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    Re: please delete this thread

    I totally disagree with you. This is not a reformulation: It is a vintage one.
  29. Poll: Re: Do you store your fragrances in a wine cooler/mini-fridge?

    Some of them , in the fridge. I'd store them in a mini fridge if I would have the space and money.

    I check them periodically and some of them change through time, mostly for the worst. This...
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    Re: please delete this thread

    Agree 100%. Bravo.
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    Re: les Exclusifs suggestions for a "Chanel man"

    This mentioned by Hednic + Cuir de Russie.
  32. Re: JPG Fleur de Male vs Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey vs Chrome Legend Azzaro

    OK, for the Summer and for a 17 yo guy? Legend.

    Issey is to stuffy and Fleur du Mâle too barroque - unless you want to be noticed at the risk of being signaled as the cologne guy. Don't get me...
  33. Re: JPG Fleur de Male vs Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey vs Chrome Legend Azzaro

    OK, for the Summer and for a 17 yo guy? Legend.

    Issey is to stuffy and Fleur du Mâle too barroque - unless you want to be noticed at the risk of being signaled as the cologne guy. Don't get me...
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    Re: Holy Moly - CH Men Carolina Herrera

    Ditto: will try it as soon as I have the chance.
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    Re: Tauer Phi. For men or is it to feminine?

    Rose? Feminine? No, I don't think so. "You smell roses" can be answered with a "yes, like Middle Eastern men". Plus, either with other notes or layered it makes a difference. For instance, PUH with...
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Egoiste or Guerlain Heritage

    Two different ones IMHO. I can't choose one, sorry.

    Well... this hotel uses Heritage as a room deodorizer.
  37. Thread: Chanel Sycamore

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    Re: Chanel Sycamore

    Ditto.
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    Re: Most potent in-production designer fragrance?

    Bogart's pour Homme, Dior Homme Intense, One Man Show Golden Edition, Fleur du Male, Joop! and Montblanc's Individuel.

    These come to mind.
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    Re: Vintage recommendations

    Balenciaga pH
    Bijan (vintage)
    Ungaro I and II
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    Re: A city on fire "imaginary authors"

    Mmmm, not fun, IMHO.
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    Re: LIDGE or Fahrenheit Absolute?

    I have both: both are very different. LIDGE is more amiable / easy to wear, IMHO.
  42. Re: The first Creed fragrance you smelled, and your reaction.

    Tabarome.

    Pompous concoction. No wonder they cost and arm.and a leg.

    I like BdP though.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    Good joke! :)

    IMHO, a man with lots of personality.
  44. Thread: Tabac

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    Re: Tabac

    Not for me: Christmas down here is darn hot. L'Eau par Kenzo comes to mind...
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    Re: Eternal doubts ...about authenticity

    Chanel pur Homme Eau de Parfum... I cannot recall one under that name. I do get the Concentre.

    I bought a bottle of Helmut Lang's Eau de Parfum for $ 20. Frankly, it would not surprise me if it...
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    Re: Women's greens for men

    How did I forget about that one? Excellent option when looking after a green blend.
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    Re: Do we have tendencies??

    Yes there are.

    Manufacturers spend money in research and development, come up with new aromachemicals, press noses to use them, they release new scents which are blended with these new raw...
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    Re: M7 or M7 Oud Absolu

    The reformulated version is easier to wear, more simple than the original one. Both are really good scents, though.
  49. Re: Most unique greens. I'm talking greens that leave you speechless!

    Chanel Nº 19 and Cristalle.

    Pino Silvestre and Puig's Agua Brava.

    Krizia per Uomo.

    Polo (green), specially the original.

    I can trace galbanum in Narciso Rodrigez for Him. Maybe my nose...
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    Re: Kourkdjian - Best nose around?

    Thanks guys for your replies!

    Le Mâle is such a polarizing scent: I have a love / hate relationship with it: I like it, but find it very difficult t wear. And if you find Le Mâle not to your...
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    Yap, in the mid and base notes.

    I wrote a bashing review in Fragrantica. I changed my mind. Since I am a coward, I erased my previous review. Nowadays I think it is a great scent, sirprisingly...
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    Kourkdjian - Best nose around?

    Last week I visited the store I usually buy in, I tried five different releases and I did not find many differences at all among the.

    The SA, who happens to know me from years past, is quite...
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    Re: Scents you'd love to see re-released/made

    Among all? This: Balenciaga pour Homme

    Others:

    Rochas Lui
    Rochas Macassar
    Rochas Moustache (last formulation)
    Vintage Antaeus
    Gucci pH I
    Gucci Rush
  54. Re: Which cheap and reliable introduction to leather and tobacco scents?

    It smells like tobacco as per the ones smelling it on me. Other mentions in this thread focus on flavored tobacco, which is a different story.

    Among these last one another cheapy is Cuba Red:...
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    Poll: Re: La Nuit vs Avant Garde

    La Nuit. Avant garde is too "stuffy".
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    Re: Is Molecule01 the most love or hate scent?

    Actually is so cheap that I bought a 1/4 of a little bottle for peanuts. I have been experimenting with it, I added to whatever localy cheapy I could get my hands on. To a cuir de russie, bad idea....
  57. Re: What is according to you the best men's Guerlain fragrance?

    Heritage, Habit Rouge and Vetiver.

    I am missing Mouchoir and Derby, I did not have the chance of trying them.
  58. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    You are right. This is an ersatz. However, you are missing the point: in this case, "oud" is the one for the people. The real one is for those with money.

    Not my case, unf.
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    Re: do you like the smell of patchouli?

    Hell yeah!!! Layer it with Caron's Pour Un Homme, or wear it alone. Together with Vetiver and Lavender I'd say they are signature scents.



    Great recommendation, thanks for sharing!
  60. Re: any recommendations from serge lutens manly scent?

    So I was told by many.
  61. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    Trussardi Inside and Cabochard.

    Pour Un Homme and Tea Rose.

    Por Un Homme and Patch (suggested in a post published yesterday: look at Basteri's question on lavander and patch scents).

    Fueguia...
  62. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    I am witholding all prospective purchases. Unless they blow me ahead...
  63. Re: What is the best smelling fragrance from Ralph Lauren's "Polo" line?

    Modern Reserve
    Polo (green)
  64. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    I completely agree with that: the original one is still good albeit reformulations (I have a vintage bottle and a new one so I can attest to that). I also have the OMS Gold Edition, IMHO a very...
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    Re: lavender + patchouli

    I will try that.
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    Re: lavender + patchouli

    + 1

    I did it and it works if playing around with them. The patch catches over the lavander, so blend with this in mind.
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    Re: Unlikely fragrance finds

    Pre reformulated Shalimar for USD 30, for example. Besides an amazing amount of discontinued vintages for real low prices, like a half liter bottle of Monsieur Rochas. So many I ended spending much...
  68. Thread: not enough...

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    Re: not enough...

    Dopamine play tricks on you on the quest for new stuff: buying turns you on and thus you become dependent on buying, your brain asks for more, and more and more until you realize that instead of a...
  69. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Re: Aramis Gold?

    Well, a friend of mine started sneezing while we were strolling down the street, he had no clue it was because I was wearing Vetiver by L'Occitane. Suddenly he realized it was a particular smell, I...
  70. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Re: Aramis Gold?

    Milder to the point of water. Clear... as water. I agree, Aramis' punch is what makes it worth. Without the punch I'd rather stick to ol' Cabochard.
  71. Thread: Aramis Gold?

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    Aramis Gold?

    Spotted this in my usual stockist and asked myself about it: according to Darvant, a milder version of the original. Any other opinions there?

    Thanks in advance!
  72. Thread: Encre Noir

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    Re: Encre Noir

    No ink: vetiver and iso e super. Just get some vetiver oil and iso e super and you will get something similar. The vetiver is amped up and turns more rooty than it is.
  73. Re: Nice on first sniff, want to cut your nose off after 2 hours

    Yap. I have been through it: Ted Lapidus Black Soul. Gave it away.
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    Re: Does anyone else miss fragrance ignorance?

    The bottom line is if one's hobby means complicating things to such an extent that enjoying simple stuff gets more and more complicated. That is the con. Now, if this means more fun for you, then it...
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    Re: Apologies to everyone - I was a jerk :(

    Well, you are not a jerk, you are actually a human being. Just relax.

    I don't participate nor reply to posts when things get out of hand. I was involved in a horrid discussion once here at BNs and...
  76. Re: Writing About Fragrance is Like Dancing About Architecture

    IMHO, it is something with just one outcome, failure - you write precise descriptions of how something smells but this cannot replace smelling. There is no way memory can be of use in the case of...
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    Re: Back up Bottles.

    Rive Gauche
    Vetiver Guerlain
    Kouros
    Egöiste
    Le Baiser du Dragon
    Tabac
    Canoe (vintage)
    Grandal (a local cheapy)
    Paul Smith Londo
    Fueguia 1833 Beagle
  78. Re: Did anyone collect fragrances before they even knew it was a thing?

    Yap. Started with ten before the Internet age (before 1994).
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    Re: Your Collection.

    An exaggerate amount of them.

    I had to throw away two because they turned, I guess because of the natural oils used in them. Believe it or not, they were cheapos. Other are evaporating at a very...
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    Re: Powder: Masculine or Feminine ?

    Well, I agree with Freewheel. It depends on the "aromatic context" provided by the rest of the notes.
  81. Re: Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    My post actually was a sarcastic comment on BS topics being published in magazines in coincidence to analogous posts in discussion boards like Base Notes. Yes, it is a farfetched request.

    Of...
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    Re: Fragrances that enhance sexual performance.

    OK, who has the cojones to post that thread?

    I don't...
  83. Re: Chanel no 5 Eau Premiere - Sensational Barbershop Vibe !!

    Yap.

    But if you say that men should not wear it because it is a scent for women you risk triggering a chain reaction that will make BN's server collapse due to the millions of threads and...
  84. Re: Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    Double post.
  85. Re: Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    Off topic, "eso es cualquiera" in Argento or Brutish English would be "Che, that is any".

    Welcome to BA!

    :)
  86. Yes you can!... Match your Watch with Cologne

    OK, either an Argentine lurker got it from Base Notes or else Base Notes can influence fashion journalists located way overseas due to some sort of ESP mechanism.

    Here are suggestions in order to...
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    Re: Fragrances that enhance sexual performance.

    You got it first. However you forgot to mention the last of Kouro´s flankers Testoterone Enantate's Nights as well as ELDO's Tom of Finland Amyl Nitrate 2015 Edition.
  88. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    You Girls too???

    I will report as soon as I am succesful convincing my wife that Egoiste can be the right scent for her.

    I have many fems she dislikes because they are either too strong or else...
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    Re: Guerlain vetiver and Extreme

    Me too: one vintage, two "Model 2000" one from the early 2010 and one Extreme of the same date.

    Yes, I should have explore other more interesting vetivers, but vetiver scents are really difficult...
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    Re: Guerlain vetiver and Extreme

    Me too: one vintage, two "Model 2000" one from the early 2010 and one Extreme of the same date.

    Yes, I should have explore other more interesting vetivers, but vetiver scents are really difficult...
  91. Re: What is the difference between good/bad and boring/challenging?

    Interesting, I have a sample I apply with much care. I still cannot make up my mind as to its qualities. I don't imagine owning a full bottle of it, it could not be worn the usual way. That is...
  92. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    Undecided yet, but it seems the Jolie Madame calls.
  93. Re: What is the difference between good/bad and boring/challenging?

    Bad = Lack of complexity, pungent notes - physical reaction is that of needles in the nose. Acrid notes. Notes feel synthetic: smells claimed to be analogous to those found in nature, but the person...
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    Re: Best crowd pleaser scents (designer only)

    Blue de Chanel or Guerlain L'Homme Intense.
  95. Thread: No!-vember

    by Pollux
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    Re: No!-vember

    None so far during October. With over 300 bottles it isn't a matter of will, rather of common sense.

    Still Jersey and Eau de Cologne are in my list, but far away from today. And a 1l bottle of...
  96. Re: Do you smell like people around you, like people on basenotes, or like no one in particular?

    Imported fragrances are so expensive that the availability of local brands is extensive; you can have lots of fun if you don't care about their origin or if you don't automatically associate them...
  97. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Socially more accepted due to its connotations: cigars are manly stuff, shoes girly, paint collecting big money, perfumes?

    They are ephimerous, they turn, perfumes are products marketed as...
  98. Re: Do you ever get embarrassed about your cologne obsession?

    Socially more accepted due to its connotations: cigars are manly stuff, shoes girly, paint collecting big money, perfumes?

    They are ephimerous, they turn, perfumes are products marketed as...
  99. Re: what are you top 3 cheapies that make a statement and smell expensive.

    OK, we have a problem with what cheapy means. Imagine a 3.3 Oz bottle of Old Spice costing USD 50, where the heck are the cheapies!!!

    I am for the local ones since their price point is right along...
  100. Re: Challenge: Wear a fragrance marketed to the opposite sex

    Agree, one of my favs.



    My SotD actually. Great one, huh?



    I completely agree with you.
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