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  1. Re: I declare discontinued prices to be ridiculous as of today !

    I agree with that, but the arbitrary nature of the pricing is problematic to say the least. And if by "make" you mean "counterfeit," I'm with you there, too.

    Bigsly, having now read your blog and...
  2. Re: I declare discontinued prices to be ridiculous as of today !

    Exactly why many are. If I had a penny for every time Bigsly defended the outrageous pricing on eBay and followed it with "but I'd never pay that," I could afford to buy a bottle from one of these...
  3. Re: I declare discontinued prices to be ridiculous as of today !

    This describes an interesting and not uncommon phenomenon: supply pricing drastically surpassing demand, thus drastically reducing it.

    What's interesting is that whenever people talk about these...
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de channel vs Allure line

    I feel Allure is best (the original), but prefer Joop! Jump to AHS.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    So Creed is using a quality control issue to control public perception of the brand? That would mean there's . . . No actual QC issue with the perfumes at all. QC is a lack of adequate control over...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Oh no, I got that from your earlier posts. His point in that post though was suggesting that the name said it all. Then he gave the substances his own definition, one that doesn't match the name.
    ...
  7. Re: Aventus Batch variations : Here is the real (maybe not) explanation!

    I'd hazard to guess that it's noticeable in some Creed fragrances because Creed is one of the brands that still uses high quality natural materials in conjunction with high quality synthetics. You're...
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    Re: 1 spritz of Leather Oud = big complaint

    You've just summed up how oud smells to me, in a nutshell. Why this material is so fawned over is beyond me.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Yes. "Nature Identical." Identical to Nature. Very clear. It doesn't say, "Nature, Sort-of."

    Your point makes zero sense.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Subjective statement from me, but here goes:

    It's more accurate, especially in the case of Aventus, to imagine the guy who proposes, "let's widely vary the nature of our very-expensive...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    See, that's the subjectivity of it. Which is why I also said I think it smells closer to 50/50, but that's just me. I agree that for others, this sort of percentage quoting doesn't apply.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Agreed. Still have a minor difficulty with your interpretation of "quality control" as a phrase used in tandem with "batch variations," but to avoid hijacking I'd rather leave off on that in this...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    So you agree with me on two points then - that the pineapple in Aventus smells synthetic, and also that aspects of Aventus smell synthetic.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Can't help but feel you're missing the forest for the trees in this conversation. At least in the last few pages of this thread, I haven't seen anyone "hype" Aventus. I and several others have...
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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    My god, yes. There absolutely is a "skank" to Kouros, at least earlier formulations of it! It's a good skank, but this is a "musky fougere," after all.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    There is a bit of birch tar in there, apparently IFRA compliant, and I'm sure that this, in conjunction with a few other woody synthetics, is what creates that "dirty wood" note, which as you point...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Easy to say, there's no arguing that. Not as easy to believe, given that most department store frags/designer fare have smaller percentages of naturals. And again, perspective here is key. If you...
  18. Re: Lavender - what is wrong with my nose? Some smell like the plant, some smell weird and gross

    It sounds like you dislike "soapy" fougere lavender accords. These are often blended with coumarin to create a nutty, warmer lavender tone.
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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    Bleu de Chanel smells exactly like . . . What other scent, again?

    If this is your comparison, I must try Kouros Silver. It sounds like an original.
  20. Re: Why is there so much love for Helmut Lang's Cuiron?

    Sounds almost as unpleasant as Parfums Retro's Grand Cuir!
  21. Re: Obsession for men - Vintage or fake bottle?

    Actually doesn't look like the vintage I had. Mine was the same shape and type of bottle, but it said "cologne" instead of Eau de Toilette. Also the box didn't have nearly that much on the back. Just...
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    Re: Kouros Silver?

    I agree, we need a more detailed analysis of how the notes play out, and their quality. Hard to believe a YSL scent is this pedestrian, but then again, maybe not.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Now this is a smart comparison. Indeed, they are more along the lines of the "top end of designer," as you put it.

    Actually Creed and Cumberland were clothing designers and tailors, long before...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I remember when it first came out, people here were commenting on how it smelled like a mundane "department store frag," but oh, how times have changed. There was considerable surprise at the...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    so you've never actually experienced a batch variation, because you've carefully chosen which batches you want to wear? Which means you've never actually experienced a quality control issue with a...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Your example suggests the same type of scenario that L'Homme Blanc described, and I don't disagree with it or find fault with it. He said he doubts the quality control of the juice, then cited in...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    No, I read it. You followed it by saying you LOVE Creed fragrances. Cognitive dissonance. You doubt what you love.
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    I second this.
  29. Re: I think it is possible to blend 1980's style powerbombs under current IFRA's norms.

    We don't have as many 80s powerbombs because it isn't the 80s anymore.
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Uu

    It sounds like you find the quality control issues are largely confined to the packaging.
  31. Re: Other than Fahrenheit, which 80's powerhouse is a must have in a collectors wardrobe?

    I would have to say maybe, leaning to "no." Try it and see.
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    Re: WORST Fragrance you have smelt?

    Also not willing to smell this one ever again.
  33. Thread: Creed 1849

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    Re: Creed 1849

    Does it bear any resemblance to Caron Third Man, by any chance?
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    I

    Having a fair dose of naturals blended with an equally fair dose of synthetics seems more realistic. As Luca Turin said, Creed is slightly above average in its use of naturals. This slight leg...
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    Re: Brooks Brothers NY for Gentlemen

    True, it's certainly not terrible. Just not particularly memorable.
  36. Re: Other than Fahrenheit, which 80's powerhouse is a must have in a collectors wardrobe?

    Yikes, I have almost all of these. I must be stinking up the office!

    Definitely heed the recommendations for Krizia Uomo, Kouros, and yes it's a seventies frag, but was popular in the eighties:...
  37. Poll: Re: Cologne recommendation for late teen& early 20s

    If you can afford the Pens, I'd give it a go. Otherwise, Bleu de Chanel. Actually though, the latest version of Platinum Egoiste is supposedly very good and if that's true I might give it an edge...
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    Re: Brooks Brothers NY for Gentlemen

    It's been discontinued. Not a fan, personally. If you're into citrus with a woody drydown, Eau Sauvage is an excellent choice.
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    Re: Got a Bottle of New West by Aramis

    I think it's a brand that gets a lot of attention from connoisseurs, but gets put on the back-burner by most people because of low marketing exposure. The fragrances that I've tried and worn...
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    Re: Got a Bottle of New West by Aramis

    Bumping this thread. I got a vintage bottle of new west recently and it has a big juicy Calone note right in my face, hard to miss. Strange that for some this note isn't real noticeable. Nice...
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    Re: Windsor vs. Portrait of a Lady

    My feelings about this one, exactly.
  42. Re: Most different reformulations, best and worst

    That's interesting, Ken. How would you say J!H has changed? Different drydown? I also like the current version.
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    Any mom and pop perfume stores near you?
  44. Re: Czech & Speake #88 - Is this Vintage Or Current?

    How does it smell?
  45. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    Lol, yeah, sadly that one's out of my price-range!

    Glad to hear the new RM smells like a good batch of Windsor. But at the same time a little disappointed, too.
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    Interesting points. To me, the pretense isn't in the marketing. It's in the pricing. For example, I think brands like Bond, Amouage, and Kerosene are ridiculous for charging what they charge. Bond's...
  47. Thread: Kouros 2015

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    Re: Kouros 2015

    U

    Same thing happened to my L'Oreal Kouros.
  48. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    This conversation has me wanting to get a bottle of Tabarome M.

    I live kind of near a boutique but it's a trip.
  49. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    Sorry, I still think this has Creed's bait and switch tactic written all over it. There's no way they still have the 2000 write up for TM still on the website. And yeah, NOW Louis is saying they're...
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    Re: A modern version of Azzaro Pour Homme?

    Where?
  51. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    You remember exactly what they said about Tabarome M? Why call it Tabarome if not to allude to their already well established Vintage T?
    Anyway, with RM the details are reversed. Instead of using...
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    Re: I tried creed Royal Mayfair

    Very interesting.
  53. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    Well if RM smells like a less interesting version of Windsor, that will make it a different and new fragrance, and this situation won't be so different from the Tabarome scenario after all. Let's...
  54. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    They did something similar with Tabarome, giving it the "Millesime treatment" and reissuing it as such. Not many felt it was as good as vintage. I have doubts this scent will be as good as the...
  55. Re: Is "old-fashioned" actually a bad thing?

    Old-fashioned might be better translated to "dated" vs "outdated." Recently there was a thread about the recent reformulation of Halston Z14, with several gentlemen decrying the weaker formula....
  56. Thread: Joop homme

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    Re: Joop homme

    Use verrrry sparingly to enjoy its lovely white floral/violet/sandalwood accord.
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    Re: Powdery soap fragrance with green notes?

    Silences (vintage) is a good powdery and super-green option. Not sure how soapy it is, though.
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    Re: Amouage Memoir vs Epic Man

    I'd go with Memoir.
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    Cool Water has survived reformulation well imo and smells MORE like GIT than it used to for me. Bourdon had a hand in GIT By Erwin's admission at a department store event a few years back. Funny how...
  60. Re: Halston Z-14 (old formulation) vs (new formulation)

    Yes, newer versions have only tree moss. There's a more robust cinnamon note in new, and it's lighter.
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    Re: Powdery soap fragrance with green notes?

    Creed Orange Spice is rather powdery and soapy-clean.
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    You know what you're wearing. That's all that should matter.
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    Re: Powdery soap fragrance with green notes?

    Any of the old school fougeres would do imo. Azzaro ph, Drakkar, even Kouros and Cool Water. And I agree with the Paco Rabanne suggestion, and halston 1-12. Also Tsar and Grey Flannel. All very...
  64. Re: Yacht Man Chocolate: Yes, it's really good !

    There's plenty of Al Rehab on Amazon, Choco Musk is on there for $4.20, and availability is limitless. If you want complexity, whoops, Choco musk has as many notes listed on Fragrantica as Yacht Man!...
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    Re: Powdery soap fragrance with green notes?

    Sung Homme
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    Re: Creed Royal Water

    It's a very nice scent with a lovely citrus/juniper accord.
  67. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    I don't know whether or not this newly re-named Windsor will actually smell like the original pre-2010 version of Windsor, or like a somewhat more synthetic Millesime version of Windsor, but in any...
  68. Re: Yacht Man Chocolate: Yes, it's really good !

    Why not just get Al Rehab's Choco Musk? It's even cheaper, with a better chocolate note.
  69. Re: Is there any social status associated with the cost of perfume?

    This is the sort of question that isn't worth sweating, nowadays. There are so many super-cheap options out there that are pretty good, good enough to get compliments or at least pass as acceptable...
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    Re: Bad news: Molyneux's Captain is back...

    I always thought this one was popular in Europe but never made it to the States for some reason . . . was it a cheaper scent back then, sort of a proto-aquatic? Hard to imagine it was ever great, but...
  71. Re: Great fall fragrances that were released within the last 10 years?

    Literally can't think of any. Aventus and Spice and Wood are two somewhat decent picks, but the burly chypres of yesteryear are gone.
  72. Re: Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo - light green-ish colored juice?

    Mine is a few years old, and green. Smells great.
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    Re: Any updates on Creed Royal Mayfair?

    Looking forward to info on this.
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    Re: bleu de chanel or allure homme sport?

    Bleu de Chanel, or the original Allure Homme. Lose the Sport.
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    Re: Club de Nuit Intense Man vs. Creed Aventus

    Aventus has become more than just a perfume. It's a type of scent, a relatively new idea that is now being used by cheaper brands. Nothing wrong with that. It used to be if you wanted smoky pineapple...
  76. Re: What happened to the rive gauche discussions?

    Dramatically overrated. Still very good, but Barbasol with extra lavender and anise sums it up. Not a compliment getter, nothing "brilliant," just a solidly made masculine fougere with old-school...
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    Re: EdT's turning: any reason?

    Ever hear of maceration? Perhaps this one changes faster because of the type of materials used in its formula. Since you don't mention any other descriptors but "turned" and "foul," I'm thinking it...
  78. Re: Do people mistake your Green Irish Tweed for Cool Water?

    Bingo.
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    Re: Macy's fragrance counter sales associates.

    Possible and subject to change on a store by store basis.
  80. Re: Experimenting on layering scents with vintage Kouros

    Oof! hard to imagine this.
  81. Re: Any idea when this bottle of Creed Aubepine Acacia was from?

    Most of the oldies pictured in this thread appear to be eighties and early nineties vintage. Vaguely recall the OP's pic as being similar to the refill bottles, although that one has an atomizer....
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    Re: Macy's fragrance counter sales associates.

    BOOM! There it is.

    Although I'd add that I don't think they're secretly hawking the samples for themselves. The truth is that the companies they're selling for are no longer issuing samples to cut...
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    Re: Original Santal: an opportunity wasted

    Original Santal is, in my opinion, the logical offspring of fragrances like Feeling Man by Jil Sander, Joop! Homme, and its closest contemporary, Mont Blanc Individuel, also a Bourdon composition....
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    Re: Creed - What Gives?

    Most of the Creeds I've owned and worn have lasted ages on me. But they're olfactory fatigue funhouses, appearing and disappearing to the wearer's nose randomly. Just apply a little less and don't...
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    Re: Designer or niche?

    a Designer scent becomes niche after two decades on the market, one or two decades off the market, and two or three generations of users forgetting about it. If you're interested in getting...
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    Re: Davidoff Zino/Zino Davidoff discontinued.

    Supposedly discontinued for a few years now, yet still available on sites like Amazon in four ounce bottles for under thirty bucks. Either they way over-manufactured this scent and have tons of...
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    Re: Vintage Cool Water?

    Vintage, likely one of the earliest batches. Be careful though. CW doesn't age well imo. If you can find a bottle that has kept it smells good in vintage formulation (slightly different from today's...
  88. Re: What's the difference between vintage and reformulated Cool Water?

    To my nose, vintage is more synthetic, more linear, but strangely similar to GIT in ways the new one isn't. Even stranger still, the new one exhibits other even stronger similarities to the current...
  89. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    Several times. However, the times I have not far eclipse the times I have.
  90. Re: Guerlain Vetiver -- how well does it stand up to the ravages of time?

    It's a beautiful scent, but if there's going to be any negative feedback on it, I think it would be from how the citrus is handled. I've seen the term "bug spray" bandied about with GV. I can see...
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    Re: Zino Davidoff

    Just a solid rosewood fern with rich oriental underpinnings of florals and herbs and synthetic woods. Very unique, well blended, comforting, yet mysterious. Good in any formulation in my experience....
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    Re: What's the best masculine rose?

    Rose is funny. Sometimes I think it's best in a "manly" composition like Acteur or some sort of Middle Eastern oud blend. Other times I think it's better in a more naked presentation, just rose oil...
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    Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    T01 bottle from Amazon turned out to be a bit spoiled. Disappointed, although it happens.
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    Re: Can a man wear Tom Ford Plum Japonais ?

    A man can wear anything he likes. Like it? Wear it.
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    Poll: Re: Which is your favourite Caron and why?

    Wearing early nineties vintage Caron PuH today. Always smells and feels right on me. Still though, hard to pick a fav. Sometimes I yearn for Yatagan, other days are Third Man only. Never got into the...
  96. Re: This is uncanny - Creed OV and Mugler Cologne

    Agreed. OV is far superior to MC, which imo is just a very simple synthetic freshness.
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    Re: Cool Water and Aspen are interchangable?

    Nor do I.
  98. Re: Would you sell a Vintage (expensive) fragrance so you could pick up a few NEWER scents ?

    If you buy fragrances to wear, I say get rid of the old unused stuff by selling and using the proceeds to buy newer things you'll actually wear. Personally can't figure on any reason to own a...
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    Poll: Re: Official retailers vs Online discounters

    I've only ever had good experiences with official retailers. Discounter/grey market yields good to slightly subpar products, but if we're talking Creed I'll have to admit I'd rather buy from...
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    Re: Bought Mont Blanc Individuel blind.

    95% close. Doubt anyone would disagree.
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