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  1. Re: Before I started collecting scents I used to think that clothing designers who had their

    Some, like Versace seem to just license their brand to whomever. Most (I hope) like Tom Ford let a competent pro do the work, but have to give their approval before it gets made.
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    Re: Accursed: Beauty and the Beast.

    Oh, and to reference a thread further down the page, I'm naming the Excite/RG combo: "The Impure Virgin."
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    Re: Best designed EDT bottle - in your view is ?

    For looks I like no-nonsense glass bottles like Malle's and the upscale Dior line. For function, you can't beat the aluminum Rive Gauche bottle.
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    Accursed: Beauty and the Beast.

    Alas, I am one of the accursed, unable to wear antiperspirants due to ridiculous allergies. This means no unscented Mitchum or similar, and even those "Thai" deodorant stones now cause an allergic...
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    Re: Axe pinches Prada?

    Oops, sorry forgot the name: Axe Excite. They have both a body spray and a body wash. Purple accents on the can, deep purple for the body wash once poured.

    (Through some vicious cruelty the gods...
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    Axe pinches Prada?

    Looks like the latest Axe fragrance finally arrived here in Tatooine. Is it just me or is "Excite" just a clean rip of Prada's Amber pour Homme? Heck, they even lifted the purple colour.
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    Re: Azzaro PH Deo Sprays?

    One bump -- hoping at least one person here has tried them.
  8. Re: 1930's, whiskey, coffee, apothecary, jazz: what fragrance? (pic included)

    One more I just remembered: Idole de Lubin.
  9. Re: Back to sniffing since about 2005. What have I missed?

    "Les Exclusifs" collection by Chanel
    The Heely line of fragrances launched
    "La Collection Couturier Parfumeur" collection from Dior which expands on Eau Noire et al, was just released.
    Tom Ford's...
  10. Re: 1930's, whiskey, coffee, apothecary, jazz: what fragrance? (pic included)

    I would add Chanel Antaeus to my prior suggestion for your sample list, and maybe Creed's Bois du Portugal as well.
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    Azzaro PH Deo Sprays?

    Anyone try the deodorant spray versions of Azzaro Pour Homme? I understand that there are two packagings: one in aluminum and one in glass. My main question is how close do they match the fragrance...
  12. Re: 1930's, whiskey, coffee, apothecary, jazz: what fragrance? (pic included)

    For someone drinking good coffee and whisky and listening to Jazz, something richer and darker like a leather fragrance is my first thought, which I see some others share.

    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather...
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    Re: La Collection Christian Dior - They Arrived!

    Please compare the originals with the new samples you got. Advanced warning of reformulations is always appreciated.
  14. Thread: Fresh cut grass

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    Re: Fresh cut grass

    +1.to L'Eau de L'Artisan
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    Re: Holy Grail: Deserted Island Revisited

    On a desert isle alone?

    1. FM Bigarade Concentree

    Two more wash up on the beach?

    2. Jicky parfum
    3. Dior Eau Noire
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    Re: La Collection Christian Dior - They Arrived!

    Congrats! Looking forward to testing Granville someday.
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    Re: Any Masculine almond scents out there?

    Looks like you double posted, so I'll double reply: Dior Cologne Blanche
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    Re: Any Masculine almond scents out there?

    Dior Cologne Blanche
  19. Re: Which Frag Would Make You Smell Like Darth Vader?

    You need something that smells like metal, plastics, and grease. Probably one of the CdG synthetics (which I haven't smelled).
  20. Thread: Carnation

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    Re: Carnation

    Another vote for Hermes Equipage, sample before buying as always.
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    Re: Need some advise.

    If you are stuck in fresh land, at least get a good one. Sample:

    Tiffany Sport for Men
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne
    Chanel Cologne (Les Exclusifs)
    Parfums de Nicolai Carre d'as
    Mugler...
  22. Re: Celery and Pine: Is the former caused by the latter?

    At least now I know it is not just me, but the mystery remains...
  23. Re: New to fragrances; some first impressions (long)

    Can't go wrong with 3rd Man from Caron.
  24. Re: Celery and Pine.

    Perhaps I should have titled the post differently. I am not looking for a fragrance that smells like celery and pine -- I am asking if anyone notices a celery-like element in pine accords, or is the...
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Old Spice Fiji?

    The only coconuts are the ones painted on the label.
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    Re: Fragrance similar to Old Spice Fiji?

    Smells a lot like Acqua di Gio to my nose.
  27. Celery and Pine: Is the former caused by the latter?

    Is there a celery-like element in the fragrance note of pine? I am wearing TF Italian Cypress today and that celery-like element which I noticed in Yatagan and Eloge du Traitre, which I was never...
  28. Re: Need help selecting a non-niche "green" fragrance.

    Caron Yatagan
  29. Re: GIRL REPELLENT: The Quest for a Carnivorous Fern.

    THANKS EVERYONE!!! This piece was fun to write, and I'm glad that you all enjoyed it. I felt like my brain was atrophying at my day job and I had to do something interesting to clear out the cobwebs....
  30. Re: GIRL REPELLENT: The Quest for a Carnivorous Fern.

    That can go on the short list with English Fern and others.




    Unfortunately I tend to be nice.



    Unfortunately I tend to be nice.
  31. Re: GIRL REPELLENT: The Quest for a Carnivorous Fern.

    Darn Penhaligon's for not including it when they sent me Sartorial. I'll keep it on the short list of things sample.
  32. GIRL REPELLENT: The Quest for a Carnivorous Fern.

    http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/6426/fernb.jpg


    I've spent a lifetime wearing opulent orientals, silky chypres, and elegant colognes. Yawn. My last purchase, Cartier Declaration, sits 2/3 full...
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    Re: Azzaro pour Homme

    Agreed. I recently sampled this and the different between a spray on the arm and full wear was marked.
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    Re: Caron's Third Man: Anything like it?

    Get a sample of Jicky in the parfum concentration.
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    Re: Sampling recommendations help needed

    You don't mention Chanel so I would recommend trying Chanel Egoiste, Antaeus, No. 5 Eau Premiere, and the entire Les Exclusifs collection. Also, the upscale Dior collection of Bois d'Argent, Eau...
  36. Re: Can we clear up the confusion over what a fougere is ?

    I spent the last week sampling over a dozen fragrances that are refered to as "fougeres" and frankly lavender seems to be the only real tie between most of them, and some seem to have violets instead...
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    Re: Why is Acqua Di Gio so popular??

    Yes, that is what girls have told me in the past. But they also like Issey and other things like Armani Code, just not as much. Never heard anyone mention Allure Homme Sport or Allure Homme Sport...
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    Re: Why is Acqua Di Gio so popular??

    Simple: Girls like it. Most guys don't care about fragrance and will wear *anything* that they think girls will like. *Anything*
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    Re: Heartless Fragrances

    I'm on this quest myself, currently searching the fougeres. One's I've tried in the past that are aloof:

    Chanel Cologne (Les Exclusifs) -- angelic perfection, think archangel not a warm an fuzzy...
  40. Re: What is the best designer aquatic on the market?

    Tiffany Sport for Men, nosed by Jacques Polge of Chanel -- better than the Chanel aquatic/sport frags IMO.
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    Re: Need a bracing fougere.

    I requested samples direct from Penhaligon.
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    Re: Need a bracing fougere.

    I'm almost 40, so I think I should be able to handle "old school" now. ;)
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    Re: Need a bracing fougere.

    Just spend $60 on samples. Thanks for your input everyone. The fougere quest begins!
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    Re: Need a bracing fougere.

    I was also thinking of Paco, but memory was dim again. Added it to the cart, with Duc du Vervins.
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    Re: Need a bracing fougere.

    Ok, I'm starting a decant order at PC. So far:

    Rive Gauche
    English Fern

    I used to wear Safari as a kid. I'm thinking something less warm and more green.

    GIT is too friendly. ;) I want...
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    Need a bracing fougere.

    I've let my beard grow out over the past year, and grooming that is quite a bit of work. Recently I swtiched to some Redken hair care products: the Go Clean shampoo Finish Up conditioner. Both share...
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    Re: YSL M7 = Tom Ford for men

    TFFM is similar to the extreme drydown of Gucci PH (minus the pencil shavings up top). M7, no.
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    Re: SEX in a BOTTLE???

    That would be the ultimate ironic frag, given the reason most guys buy scent. It would probably fit right into the ELO lineup.

    This is the funniest Basenotes thread ever.
  49. Thread: Grassy/soap

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    Re: Grassy/soap

    Actually I would say neither Mugler Cologne nor OV are GRASSY-soapy -- unless we mean different things by grassy. Mugler smells like soap with a fresh sap-like note, just as if you broke a fresh twig...
  50. Re: About very expensive fragrances. Placebo effect.

    That is why I like blind sampling. Get a bunch of samples from PC or somewhere, mask all the vials with masking tape, mix the vials up then number the vials. Sample all the frags, taking written...
  51. Re: Missing Link: Did Pierre Bourdon create Creed's Orange Spice and copy it with Kouros?

    Until Creed gives a real release date for Orange Spice there is no way to know. Indeed Kouros could have been released first, unless there is someone here that can personally vouch for a bottle of...
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    Re: On complements...

    I was only ever really complimented regularly when I wore L'eau d'Issey as my signature back in '94 to '95. It was like an Axe commercial. Nothing much before or after that.
  53. Re: Why are so many new members fascinated by Creed?

    +1. Perfect. I sampled several in my newbie days, liked Himalaya for about five minutes but lost interest in the drydown. Rarefied niche prices for Axe quality* and duration.

    *some smell good and...
  54. Re: I smelled it on someone else, and that turned me off.

    Oh well, onto the next frag. Don't think I'll be running into anyone wearing Idole de Lubin in this backwater. :D
  55. I smelled it on someone else, and that turned me off.

    Ever experience this?

    I was at a bar tonight, visiting a bartender I know (tall, leggy, gorgeous blonde), and I kept noticing a familiar fragrance as other people passed by. There were a few guys...
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    Re: Highest Rated Non-FBW scents.

    FM Bigarade Concentree -- too expensive

    Chanel Les Exclusifs Cologne -- too expensive

    Guerlain Jicky parfum extrait -- too expensive

    Christian Dior Eau Noire -- too rich for my climate
    ...
  57. Re: Thanks, basenotes!! I may have never found _________ without you!

    Idole makes you smell like a pirate: Spices, smoke, and rum. Good stuff.
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    Re: recommend me a good spicy citrus??

    Acqua di Parma Colonia (the original), a potpourri of spices over fresh citrus
  59. Re: Thanks, basenotes!! I may have never found _________ without you!

    CUMIN!!!

    and fresh cumin frags like Bigarade Concentree, Cartier Declaration, Idole de Lubin, etc.
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    Re: Why do many people avoid niche?

    I'll keep my eyes peeled. Maybe I can haggle with them at Barney's. ;)
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    Re: Why do many people avoid niche?

    1. They are hard to sample. In most cases, unless you live in New York or Paris, you may have to spend a fair bit just to sniff a fragrance. Samples from Perfumed Court or Luckyscent don't cost that...
  62. Re: So who are collectors, and who are connoisseurs?

    I think most Basenoters are connoisseurs, which we could roughly define as educated consumers. We try as many different things as possible and buy what we like.

    Collecting to me means something...
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    Re: I've Hit The Wall. Again.

    +1. Time to take a break. You have a solid collection of rich fragrances --- each arguably the the star of their respective lines. Enjoy your collection and think of other things for a while. Come...
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    Re: Did a mini poll on what girls love...

    1. Shoes
    2. Handbags
    3. Money
    4. ???
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    Re: Your Favourite ISO E Super Scents

    I had that problem with Terre d'Hermes -- the persistent flint note became nauseating in full wear.
  66. Re: 2 new from Prada: Infusion de Vétiver & Infusion de Tubéreuse

    Seriously. Do marketing types do nothing but sit around taking hallucinogens? Purple ginger must be ginger from Wonderland. EAT ME.
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    Re: Does anyone prefer aftershave over EDT - ?

    Perhaps because it is an emulsion, I found that the aftershave balm for Infusion d'Homme seemed richer and to project more than the EDT.
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    Re: I want to like C&S Cuba

    wrong thread
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    Re: Your Favourite ISO E Super Scents

    I think I am largely anosmic to it. Some frags with high levels like Grey Vetiver or Dirty English, I simply cannot smell at all. I spray the tester strip, and all I can smell is the paper of the...
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    Re: Fragrance for sensitive man

    another vote for Prada Infusion d'Homme
  71. Re: Which notes in the pyramid will turn you off before even sniffing a fragrance?

    *rubber (makes me want to hurl)

    *vanilla or anything vanilla-like in the drydown (love the smell, but don't want to smell like it).

    *leather (I'm about to give up on this, but I plan to try one...
  72. Re: 'Orientals' that work better than most in Summer/hot weather?

    Guerlain L'Instant pour Homme

    Serge Lutens Arabie worked suprisingly well in the desert heat. Rich but not cloying.
  73. Thread: colonia

    by Carlos
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    Re: colonia

    "colonia" = Italian equivalent of French "eau de cologne," an early style of fresh and typically ephemeral citrus-herbal-floral fragrance.
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    Re: A seemingly obvious question

    2 to 3 sprays total on the chest/ribs area. Allow to dry before putting on shirt. Done.
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    Re: Your last fashion purchase!

    http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3382/oliveplaidworstedlg.jpg

    Walz cycling cap in Glen Plaid worsted wool.
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    Re: Scarves for men?

    Wool scarves are a winter necessity in many climates (only an insecure idiot wouldn't accept this). Accept no substitute for cashmere (unless you can get one in vicuna) -- I live in a desert and even...
  77. Re: The Leffingwell Masculine Frag Chart / Lineages and classifications

    I've seen it before, but not in a couple years. Thanks for posting it, I've got it saved now. This is perhaps the best categorization scheme, not overly simplistic or overly complex. I can see all...
  78. Re: What Phases have you gone through while at Basenotes?

    First Era: Buying the image. Every frag purchase I made was based in the image sold by the marketing team.

    CK Obsession. RL Safari. Chanel Egoiste. L'Eau d'Issey. Guerlain L'Instant pour Homme....
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    Re: Chanel #5 on Ebay

    I would only buy full bottles of Chanel at retail. Preferably a Chanel boutique if available. Brands like Cartier, Chanel, and Hermes are heavily faked.
  80. Re: 3 famous perfumers to 'create' one perfume = fishy business?

    Name even three classic frags with multiple authors. It is like any other work in art; name any masterpiece of sculpture or painting that had more than one artist.
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    Re: Most Melancholy Fragrance?

    Divine L'Homme de Coeur, a cold and forlorn iris
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    Re: Immediate regret

    Terre de Hermes, bought it after a long day of sampling, but on my first full wear there was something about the flint/earth note that I found nauseating. The frag would make me physically ill.
    ...
  83. Re: What is a good Creed scent for summer days/work?

    +1.
  84. Thread: chest hair?

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    Re: chest hair?

    Ralph Lauren
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    Re: i always get razor burn!

    Grow a beard. :)
  86. Re: Rose - Masculine, Feminine, What's the Difference

    The only difference is if they put "pour homme" on the bottle or not.
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    Re: Grooming Poor Homme

    If you look carefully, you'll find lots of fragrance-free products made for people with allergies. Fragrance-free body washes, frag-free laundry detergent, etc.
  88. Re: Which fragrances are nice to use on really hot days?

    +1. Soapy or citrus.
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    Re: Fear and Loathing in Scottsdale.

    Actually I haven't. I did check out Bois Bleu once. How heavy is Essence? Too much for desert heat?
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    Re: Need help finding this type of cologne

    If it reminded you of Fierce then it may have been Chanel Platinum Egoiste.
  91. Re: What men fragrance of your choice should i wear at church?

    Just an eau de cologne like ADP Colonia or Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte
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    Re: Cartier Déclaration Cologne

    I was at a Cartier boutique yesterday and they had Déclaration EDT, Essence, and Bois Bleu, but no Cologne. Given that Déclaration is essentially a eau de cologne, I'm curious to see what Mathilde...
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    Re: Fear and Loathing in Scottsdale.

    That sounds like her. Thanks for the tip on Barney's. It is annoying that they put the unisex stuff in with the female frags by default -- Sephora does the same thing.
  94. Re: EDITIONS DE PARFUMS: Frederic Malle... Vote your favourite or worst?

    LOVE: Bigarade Concentree.

    HATE: Outrageous! What a plastic stink.
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    Re: Fear and Loathing in Scottsdale.

    LOL.

    Jean-Claude Ellena was the nose for both frags, and both have that warm and full-bodied bitter orange and cumin. Déclaration is more complex IMO (though judging from memory) and has a nice...
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    Fear and Loathing in Scottsdale.

    I made the trek to Scottsdale to do some frag shopping and to see Tom Ford's film, "A single man." Up front I want to give thanks to those that recommended Cartier Déclaration to me recently.

    I...
  97. Re: Are there any other French perfume house catching up to Guerlain's excelence in terms of complex

    +1.

    If you combined the best of Lutens and Malle it would likely cover the full arc of French fragrance sense and sensibility, from full-bodied eaux de colognes to the richest and most...
  98. Thread: Your 1st Scent

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    Re: Your 1st Scent

    The first one I picked out for myself was Obsession for Men, EDT, back in the '80s. I remember seeing these ads in Playboy when I was too young to be legally looking at Playboy.
    ...
  99. Thread: The Rake

    by Carlos
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    Re: The Rake

    A "rake" is similar to what today's girls now call "bad boys." Rakes, of course, were men -- not boys. James Bond is probably the most well known rake in modern media, straight from the British...
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    Re: Where can I find wild patterned men's clothes

    Definitely Etro. I wish I could afford their stuff. I wish I was thin enough to fit into their stuff. ;)
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