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    Re: Creed Vetiver Geranium vs Creed Aventus

    I own and love both. Aventus is the clear choice for crowd pleasing and is the more masculine of the two. VG is a pretty darn amazing juice that moves from one pleasant phase to the next. I'd say VG...
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    Re: A Unisex Peach?

    Thanks, everyone. I've ordered samples of some of your suggestions :thumbsup:
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    A Unisex Peach?

    Is there such a thing? I suspect Demeter has one but it probably lasts 3 minutes. I know they've been able to extract Peach CO2 recently so is there a fragrance that is to peach what Enchanted Forest...
  4. Re: Another thread asking for fragrance suggestions

    Acqua Viva - a sharp, long lasting and very realistic lemon that cuts through humid weather and is perfect for sport activities.
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    Re: Fragrence up close smells different

    I've noticed that phenomenon too. It's like my skin adds a sharp note to certain fragrances. Sometimes I wonder if it's the hairs on the back of my hand that are responsible for this. I can see how...
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    Re: Would love to have some suggestions!

    My choice would be MI.
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    Re: What do guys like to smell on women?

    I hope it's different where you live, but here in the upper Midwest it's frowned upon, I've been told. The only way to know is to ask women around you if it's ok or not.
  8. Re: Hook a brutha up - Designer scent for the Summer (EXCLUDING the ones below)

    In addition to those mentioned above, I'd add John Varvatos Artisan and Clinique Happy for men.

    And I second badarun's admiration for Acqua Viva even though it's not designer. Worth every penny...
  9. Re: No bull, do you think different ethnicities prefer different scents?

    Exactly. It's not about ethnicity. It's about the environment where you grew up and what smells are associated with what feelings. I'm a white guy who grew up around the Mediterranean and I find my...
  10. Re: Is it worthy to blind buy MONSIEUR BALMAIN?

    I bought the 10ml vial to sample it (expensive for a sample) and did not like it at all. The opening was great, but then it turned into cheap sandalwood reminiscent of sharp BO.

    If you want a...
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    Re: Is Creed Windsor a top 10 of all time?

    Agreed. Could it be that you and I got bad samples? It really smells like an herbal overdose to my nose. Nothing rosy or special at all IMO.

    Creed reps: If you're reading this, I wouldn't mind a...
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    Re: Male Female monsters, whats yours?

    Longevity: Acqua Viva. It literally wafts off my skin all day. Makes it worth its price.

    Projection: I'd say it's a tie between Acqua Viva, Aventus, and Pulp.
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    Re: What do guys like to smell on women?

    I'm like that too. It's because I lived as a bachelor for 7 years and had to eat what I can describe as human dog food. Since then, anything home made tastes great :)



    The one scent I dislike...
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    Re: The first time you smelled GIT.....

    At first sniff it was too teenager-ly (teenagerous?), too familiar, and too expensive. I still sniff it when I'm at the mall just to see if I feel different about it, and I don't. It's just boring. I...
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Bought JdK and I think it's better then Philosykos. Thanks to all who recommended it! The peachy opening is absolutely fantastic while it lasts.

    That said, it's very fleeting for the price....
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    Re: What do guys like to smell on women?

    rofl!!
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    Re: Modern farmer scent?

    LOL! Awesome. I was just about to say that a fragrance would just add to the melee of scents coming from all these surroundings, so I probably wouldn't wear anything. This is better :)
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    Re: What do guys like to smell on women?

    Isn't that the truth? :) I'm not sure if I like white flowers because they smell good or because my wife likes to wear them. I just know that I've always been a sucker for white flowers, so it's...
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    What do guys like to smell on women?

    We men usually cannot compliment women on their choice of fragrance without risking being flagged as creepy, so let's use the chance of being anonymous to let women know what we like (or do not like)...
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    Re: Never enough

    As much as I like being in this community, BN standards for the number of perfume bottles to own is certainly way above that of the general public. 30 bottles may be average to BNers, but it's...
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    Re: the scent of happiness

    Yeah someone else's smelly sweat would send me to my dark place mighty fast.
  22. Re: I have long resisted a summer fragrance, but....suggestions?

    For a guy your age, you should try Neroli Sauvage (the dry down is very mature IMO), and Frapin L'humaniste ( a sparkling spicy citrus. Women tend to lose their minds to it).

    Also check out...
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    Re: Favorite Citrus Listed

    Acqua Viva
    Pomelo Paradis
    Eau d'Hadrien
    Selection Verte
    John Varvatos Artisan
    Clinique Happy
  24. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    I make recommendations and reviews simply to add to the richness and diversity of the opinions represented. I don't necessarily expect to be followed or openly appreciated. My place of childhood may...
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    Re: What Made You Choose You Basenote Name?

    I wish I'd gone with Justin Thyme.
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    Re: Olfactory fatigue

    Good advice, and I usually follow it.

    And sometimes with a strong perfume like Acqua Viva, spraying my chest can make me smell the juice so much that I start tasting bitter lemon rind in my mouth....
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    Re: Online perfume stores

    Thank you for all the suggestions! I've added them to my list.

    Keep them coming!
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    Re: What would you wear with this haircut?

    Depends what clothes you'd be wearing and the occasion.

    Certainly not Bois Du Portugal ;)
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Thank you for drawing my attention to these two perfumes. I've just got my Acqua Viva yesterday and I'm quite blown away by how Profumum was able to make a lemon last so long. Any recommendation from...
  30. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Thank you. I too am fed up with perfumers running after me with a piece of burning coal. Incense and sandalwood need to be handled with care and I think the wildfire accord trend has outstayed its...
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    Re: CdG Wonderwood vs Royal Oud

    Thanks, hednic. I tried both side by side and I do get the differences now.

    I prefer RO, but for the price difference I think it would be a good idea for someone looking to buy RO but cannot...
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    Re: Best "BAD BOY" fragrance !

    Recently tried MFK Oud Cashmere Mood and I think it achieves the powerful vibe that many scents try to render using overly dirty notes, but OCM does it without coming across as animalic or barnyard....
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    Re: CdG Wonderwood vs Royal Oud

    Wow! To me they smell incredibly similar. Not at the opening but definitely in the heart and dry down. Maybe my Royal Oud batch is different from yours. Which of the two scents would you prefer?
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    Re: CdG Wonderwood vs Royal Oud

    Perhaps I should try them side by side and compare.
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    CdG Wonderwood vs Royal Oud

    I smell lots of similarity between the two, perhaps to the point of interchangeability. If you smelled both, what do you think are the differences in smell and longevity?
  36. Re: Your Workplace Bravery Limit (mighty fragrance superheroes not included here)

    An easy way to get away with accidental overspraying at work is to stick to unisex fragrances. Nothing clearly masculine, dark, woody, harsh, or animalic. People may not forgive you for smelling like...
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    Re: Looking more into creed

    I'd add Spice & Wood and Vetiver Geranium.

    But I think the bottom line is that you need to order a bunch of Creed samples and smell for yourself. For example, two Creeds may be described as...
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    Online perfume stores

    Hello all. Aside from Fragrancex, Luckyscent, and Fragrancenet, I've recently been introduced to these stores:

    First in fragrance
    Essenza Nobile
    Soleil d'Or

    Are there any other stores I...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    Luckyscent.com will sell you a sample if you'd like to smell the difference between Acqua Viva and Eau d'Hadrien first hand. The heart and the dry down are gentler, more sunny and welcoming in AV...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    I'd say Eau d'Hadrien would be my second with a similar opening but a bit different heart and base notes, although I have not tried some of the names mentioned in this thread like Limone di Sicilia.
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    You must try Acqua Viva, even if only for the sake of exploration. Your description of long lasting pure lemon fits AV perfectly.

    Monsieur Balmain starts nice and lemony but quickly turns into...
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    Re: Ameer Al Oudh

    How does this compare to Creed's Royal Oud? I like RO because it's very clean and has a hint of vanilla. If AAO fits that description for its amazing price, then it would be time for me to switch...
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    Re: what do you do??

    Usually when I say what I do for a living, something bad happens.
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Thanks, hednic and alfarom!
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    Re: What's good at Macy's to buy ? Thoughts ?

    Check out their Prada offerings.
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    Re: Good taste?

    Not from me. And I read many times on BN how BNers perfer not to have projection beyond a foot or two.
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    Re: Good taste?

    Very informative. Thank you!
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Thanks, hednic. Do you think JdK can come across as feminine? I know this is subjective but I trust your input.
  49. Re: Your help please: making a special BN perfume line for men/unisex (acquired tastes)

    A line for men who grew up with flowers. A masculine jasmine, a masculine freesia, a masculine rose, a masculine narcissus, a masculine tuberose, and/or a masculine honeysuckle.
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    Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Two fig scents. Which would you wear if you had to choose one?
  51. Thread: L'Occitane

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    Re: L'Occitane

    Thé Vert is a sour green tea with good longevity (wife loves it but I don't)
    Vanille & Narcisse caught my attention as a nice take on vanilla
    Verbena is a realistic verbena if you like the herb
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    Re: Good taste?

    I'm yet to find a vetiver fragrance that I like. I thought I got over my disliking of vetiver because I like Vetiver Geranium but it turned out the vetiver accord in VG is a fake one. Go figure.
    ...
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    Re: Good taste?

    Let's take Guerlain Vetiver as an example because it's widely accepted.

    Would it be good taste to wear it to any and all occasions? Would it be good taste to wear it in a culture that vulgarizes...
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    Re: I was feeling experimental....

    It did and I had to apply extra Pulp to balance it out. Ultimately IO overstayed Pulp by a mile.
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    Re: Good taste?

    That might be true for people like us who share a similar exposure to fragrances, but ultimately it's a relative thing and is influenced by culture, personality, and experience.

    Even for people...
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    Re: Good taste?

    That's how I use it too! When one of my clients decides to grow a beard, I say "Good taste" jokingly because I keep a beard myself :)



    That's a salient point, although I'd prefer to use...
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    Good taste?

    Browsing BN reviews and forum discussions, one becomes familiar with the fact that opinions on many kinds of art, and especially on perfume, can vastly differ from one person to another. The sense...
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    Re: I was feeling experimental....

    I tried layering it with Oud Ispahan and Tam Dao (seperately) the other day and both results were not bad. I'll try to layer it with vanilla although I think it might become too sweet. Someone...
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    Re: got me some 4711 today

    Honestly the closest thing to 4711 that I smelled is the opening of JV Artisan, more than Neroli Portofino IMO. Too bad both 4711 and Artisan are very fleeting.
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    Re: Memorial Day Deals - Post them here

    It's per order even if your order is more than 1 fragrance each worth over $100. So it's better to place separate orders if you're ordering more than one $100+ fragrance.
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    Re: Memorial Day Deals - Post them here

    Thanks!
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    Re: Memorial Day Deals - Post them here

    Thanks for posting this as it's very timely for me. I'm contemplating Acqua Viva and perhaps Philosykos edp.

    Is a code required?
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    Re: Need help choosing a scent for my wife

    A nice young fruity floral is Nina by Nina Ricci. Well priced and should be availabe at many department stores.

    D&G Light Blue for women might be worth a sniff too.
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    Re: Niche Summer Fragrance Recommendations

    For Florida's summer: Profumum Acqua Viva: Pure long lasting lemons with a slightly earthy dry down.

    For UK's summer: Too many to count but my current favorite is Creed Vetiver Geranium: A rosy,...
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    Re: battle of the Vetivers!

    If false vetivers count.. Creed Vetiver Geranium
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own

    I don't think I'll ever go over 15. If I do, I will probably sell the ones I use the least until it goes back down to 10-15. To me it's a process of refining my selection rather than increasing my...
  67. Thread: note help

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    Re: note help

    +1 on that description, especially for commercial musks, which are synthetic. To me it's close to a pleasant, powdery version of body odor. Baby's skin with a hint of sweetness.

    I'd be interested...
  68. Re: Name of the fragrance(s) which was entirely/quite different on paper than your skin.

    My most disappointing experience here was with Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte. Smelled awesome on paper and like a cat's dirty litter box on my skin. I might buy it just to use it on clothing.
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    Re: Something to layer over Pulp

    Ok - I did layer it with Oud Ispahan (from a sample I have), and surprisingly OI took Pulp over. I had to add another spray of Pulp to balance things a bit.

    The result is not bad! Kind of a figgy...
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    Re: Something to layer over Pulp

    I know, right? Each spray of Pulp is like a cataclysmic event. But if for nothing but reckless experimentation, I'll try to layer it with a little Oud Ispahan when I get home from work tonight. Let's...
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    Something to layer over Pulp

    As much as I like Pulp, to me it can be perceived as walking out of the shower after using a fruity shampoo. Do you guys think it would be a good idea to layer something over it to make it more...
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    Re: Looking for a casual fall/winter scent

    John Varvatos by John Varvatos
    Gucci Envy
    L'Occitane Vanille & Narcisse
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    Re: Creed Jardin d'Amalfi terrible.

    I think I understand where you're coming from. When I first smelled JdA, the vetiver note was very loud to my nose. It had a strong starchy-nutty quality that was quite off putting and contradicted...
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    Re: perfect female fragrance for men

    I think the truth might be in the middle on this one. Confidence greatly affects how people will perceive your scent, but it's also healthy to be aware of what's socially acceptable. We are social...
  75. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    A couple of days ago: Acqua Viva. Really really close to buying a bottle of this stuff. What an amazing citrus lift for hot, humid summer days. Just a beautiful, satisfying, almost linear lemon with...
  76. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Bergamote 22

    I agree with the BN reviewer who wrote that this smells like a cheat. It's an expensive amber-woody scent not reminiscent of bergamot and not even created around bergamot, IMO.
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    Re: Gym Fragrance: Your Go-To?

    Honestly, I think the gym atmosphere is awful enough that adding fragrance to it would be like adding sugar to a glass of rotten yogurt. It will make things worse, not better IMO.

    Get an...
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    Re: Gym Fragrance: Your Go-To?

    lol!
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    Re: Favorite Jasmin

    Another vote for A La Nuit
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    Re: Bg22 and AP figuier eden

    I'd go with the latter too. There's this awesome BN seller called Justin Case who posted his bottle for sale just yesterday. Check it out in the Items for Sale forum :grin::grin:
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    Risking that I will be easily exposed as a hypocrite for saying this: I try to be the best person that I can be. The question to me is not whether excessive acquisition of fragrances is good or bad,...
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    Re: Fragrance Addiction a Disease

    A much needed reminder. Thank you for posting this.
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    Re: best FIG fragrance on the market?

    After trying the famous fig offerings from Diptyque, Heeley, L'Artisan, Jo Malone, Hermes, and Acqua Di Parma, I chose Figuier Eden from Armani's Privè line. Now, however, I'm inclined to ordering a...
  84. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    Oh but of course ;) He's probably checking the health of this year's "royal pineapple" crop by smelling its hand-distilled essence. "Tabernacle! Zey used ze wrong fertilizer!"
  85. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    Trying to impress us by "pushing the envelope", AKA being overtly crass and deeply offensive:

    http://www.racked.com/2011/9/30/7749423/tom-ford-pulls-perfume-tester-out-of-models-butt-smells-it
  86. Re: The Visual Clichés of a Perfumer or Artistic Director

    LOL! Priceless.
  87. Re: Young guy trying to expand his horizons in the cologne world.

    John Varvatos by John Varvatos
    Artisan by John Varvatos (excellent scent, poor longevity)
  88. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Monsieur Balmain. A pleasant masculine lemon blast that is almost impossible to dislike. Works great as a morning boost. Not very long lasting but quite decent for the concentration and the price. I...
  89. Re: What does a "Young Man's" or "Old Man's" scent actually smell like?

    Whatever is trending now is perceived as young. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one to keep up with current trends and shun older ones :D
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    Re: Frags chosen for life . What are yours?

    I can never predict what my taste in fragrance will be 20 years from now. I may not like then what I like now.
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    Re: Millesime Imperial, how many sprays?

    Usually 2 sprays, maximum 3. Great longevity on my skin/clothes.
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    Re: Wait Just a Minute Mr Postman!

    Agreed. The herbal notes overwhelm Windsor to my nose.
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    Re: Cologne guy ? Sprays ?

    Depends on the concentration and the sillage of the fragrance. Generally 5-7 for EDTs, 2-3 for EDP/Millesime. I like to spray farther away from my nose in order to avoid getting anosmic to the scent.
  94. Re: How often do you wear the 'cheap' fragrances in your wardrobe?

    It's more about occasion than price. I reach for my JV Artisan quite a bit for an early morning pick-me-up. I'd still reach for it if it were expensive.
  95. Re: Most feminine smelling fragrance marketed to men and vice versa?

    XS for men (black bottle) smells exactly like D&G Light Blue for women.
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    Re: Looking for a bright, energetic fragrance

    For the mood you describe on a sunny spring morning, I would reach for Jardin du Poete. A very fresh, green scent with citrus notes combined with tomato leaf and basil, invoking a fresh zesty...
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    Re: Which Creed have you bought blind?

    For frags as expensive as Creeds, I'd have to be extremely wealthy to blind buy. In fact, I never blind buy even for cheap frags.
  98. Re: I love John Varvatos by John Varvatos; anything else that is similar AND better

    I sniffed this lately and I agree that it might be a good replacement for JV. No tamarind, but perhaps a root beer resemblance that compensates for tamarind.
  99. Re: I love John Varvatos by John Varvatos; anything else that is similar AND better

    JV by JV is a very nice scent IMO, one of very few scents to utilize a tamarind accord, hence the tangy sweetness. Unfortunately, longevity is not the best, which seems to be a problem across the JV...
  100. Re: How much do you think bottle design/colour influences how you perceive a scent?

    I think fragrance makers are aware of what their scents invoke so they color and/or design them accordingly.
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