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    Re: Was Le Male reformulated in the past year?

    I can only assume it's the recent IFRA-induced restriction on coumarin that has dulled Le Male's edge. Coumarin contributes to the fragrance's powdery, vanillic, barbershoppy vibe and huge sillage,...
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    Re: Sell Me On Incense

    They are indeed different, but I have the opposite problem: I love the smell of burning incense, but incense-based perfumes often feel stuffy, cloying, and/or strident to me, like too much of a good...
  3. Re: Please describe what Kouros really smells like

    Soap, herbs, incense, leather, honey, musk, moss, powder, florals. All at once. No crotch, urine, or sweat, although the musk does have a slightly salty tang to it, reminiscent of unwashed linens or...
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    Re: Vetiver advice: help me out!

    Two relatively inexpensive mall vetivers, just as a counterpoint to the niche suggestions: L'Occitane's Vetyver and Fresh's Cannabis Santal. You might find the latter too sweet, but the drydown is a...
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    Re: Cytrusy refreshner for hot weather

    Mugler Cologne and the original Déclaration (not the Soir), are two of my own summer staples. Déclaration in particular has a sparkling, shimmering quality with lots of citrus, spices, and bitter...
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    Re: Tom ford Grey vetiver vs Guerlain Vetiver

    I prefer Grey Vetiver, but not by miles. The Guerlain is a tad soapy and old-fashioned, although I do enjoy its spices and tobacco. Grey Vetiver is more citrusy, and smells sophisticated without...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    Over the last 6 years I've whittled down a rather ludicrous number of bottles to a small, core bunch that I wear routinely and can't bear to part with. These are the survivors.
    ...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration: What a Fine Scent!

    Agreed, and I was nervous as well. I do suspect the drydown is a little less mossy than before, but Declaration was never a moss-monster to begin with.

    As to the differences between the original...
  9. Re: Honest Comparison of Dior Homme Vintage and Dior Homme Reformulation

    Without the iris, Dior Homme would have been just another men's quasi-gourmand with a woody base. The iris, which was beautifully rendered, took Dior Homme into the stratosphere. I adored the...
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    Re: spicebomb vs burberry london

    Glad I'm not the only one who sees the similarity between these two; I routinely confuse them when I smell them "in the air", so to speak. That said, I'd wear London over Spicebomb. Spicebomb is...
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    Re: Reformulated Eau Sauvage is a Masterpiece!

    I do like the current version, but I have a problem with the lack of oakmoss. There wasn't a ton of it in the original, but there was enough to give the drydown a nice, slightly bitter and grounding...
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    Poll: Re: Mugler Cologne (2001, for men)

    This is one of my staples; I wear it every summer. I live in fear of it being discontinued, since I haven't found anything else quite like it.
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    Re: declaration Cartier....can we talk this

    This. I don't get the "body odor" association re: Declaration. Never have. It's too dry and crisp to remind me of anything animalic or sweaty. The cardamom is strongest at the opening, and paired...
  14. Re: I Think I Have A Fake Azzaro Pour Homme Here

    *smacks forehead*
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    Re: Summer Scent for Office- HIGH QUALITY

    Cartier Declaration.
  16. Re: Mugler to bring back by popular demand Pure Malt!!!

    When you stop reading Basenotes.

    I didn't fall for Pure Malt when it was first released and I'm not about to now. But here's my question: Has Mugler completely forgotten about Pure Coffee? Was it...
  17. Re: What is the best Chypre of all time marketed for men?

    +1 Chanel PM and Eau Sauvage.

    Yatagan is not a chypre. Actually, few of the names posted in this thread are. It takes more than oakmoss to make a chypre, yes?
  18. Re: New Fragrance: L’Occitane Verveine Sorbet / Verbena Sorbet

    Smelled it last week. It's CK One, bros.
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    Re: Lush Gorilla impressions.

    They're an acquired taste, IMO. I used to hate just about all of them; then I turned a corner and became obsessed with Karma and Lust. I love Dirty and Orange Blossom, and find Breath of God...
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    Re: Spicebomb reformulated?

    Unfortunately, the rumours are true: Spicebomb has been reformulated. It's been "re-interpreted" by Viktor & Rolf's in-house perfumer, along with the rest of the V&R line, in order to create a more...
  21. Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Eau de Baux is dense vanillic amber, Spicebomb is spicy vanillic tobacco. Opium is spicy citrus vanilla, La Nuit is sweet spicy vanilla, Bulgari Black is spicy leathery vanilla, Givenchy Play Intense...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum now at Sephora Canada

    I tested it at my local Sephora, where the SA told me it's the same price as the original. :? Smells an awful lot like Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, perhaps slightly greener. Also, I can't take anything...
  23. Re: Challenge: Whole wardrobe from 1 perfumer only

    Either Michel Almairac (Gucci Rush, Bottega Veneta, Bond Fire Island) or Annick Menardo (Bulgari Black, LL Patchouli 24, Dior Hypnotic Poison...too many to mention).
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    Re: Yves Saint Laurent - l'homme Libre

    Also, with the prominent leather and violet leaf notes, it smacks of a modern-day Fahrenheit. This is not a bad thing.
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    Re: Have no idea what to make of Black Orchid

    I know exactly what to make of it: Calvin Klein Euphoria with a bigger budget. (And a "truffle" note.)
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    Re: Have no idea what to make of Black Orchid

    (edited)
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    Re: Yves Saint Laurent - l'homme Libre

    Bafflingly, I actually kinda dig Libre. L'Homme and La Nuit bored me to tears, but Libre has a nice herbal sharpness from the basil and violet leaf, both of which smell relatively full-bodied and...
  28. Re: Is it easier to love a fragrance if you have a clear picture of what it's portraying?

    Overall, no. My tastes lean toward the dense, complex, and obtuse; scents that don't reveal all their secrets in one spray, and whose focus isn't necessarily crystal-clear. That said, there are times...
  29. Poll: Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense vs YSL La Nuit de L'homme

    Prada, by a country mile. La Nuit is pleasant but vapid, while ApHI (aphee!) is dense, musky, and weird. Also, it smells better. (Sorry.)
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    Re: Icy, Metallic Accords

    Zirh Ikon is a metallic incense, very dry and utterly lacking warmth. Mugler Cologne doesn't strike me as metallic or icy, just green and soapy/steamy. Another Mugler does a better job at icy:...
  31. Re: Question about Rive Gauche and Azzarro PH

    Azzaro is in the same family as Paco PH; they do smell similar, although Paco is a little more barbershop, Azzaro more herbal and outdoorsy. If Paco Rabanne didn't work for you, neither will Azzaro,...
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    Re: Spicebomb smells EXACTLY like ......

    ...cinnamon gum chewed after smoking a cigarette, followed by a swig of cream soda.


    In this case, I suspect Kelley may be a man.
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    Re: "Chanel for Men"

    It was always called "Pour Monsieur" outside of the US. No idea how the vintage compares, but the current version is excellent: clean-cut and expensive-smelling. If you're a fan of chypres you've...
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    Re: Thierry Muglar A*Men Taste of Fragrance

    Didn't care for it. Smells nothing like A*Men to my nose, just a generic woody-fresh men's fragrance with a kick of chili and chocolate at the top. Lacks the body and heft of A*Men as well. The idea...
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    Re: Innacurate Sprays

    I do this, too. Dammit.
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    Re: A*Men...........

    The original, followed by Pure Havane. Pure Malt did nothing for me, and I haven't smelled Pure Coffee.
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    Re: Black Orchid

    Agreed, and let's all stop kidding ourselves. Black Orchid is very much in that Coco Mademoiselle/CK Euphoria "sweet fruity powdery musky" vein, which smacks of retro feminine glamour, not masculine...
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    Re: I think my A*Men longevity crapped out

    For the sake of those around you, please don't. Your nose has become desensitized to the scent, it hasn't "lost" its staying power. (If anything, I think the Angel fragrances gain strength and...
  39. Poll: Re: Prada Amber, Infusion d'homme, Mugler cologne ?

    I vote Mulger. :tongue:

    The Pradas are nice but a little mild-mannered for my liking, whereas Mugler is just fresh and sprightly. I prefer Mugler's grassy quality as well.
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    Re: Eternity reformulated ever?

    It's surely been reformulated since 1989. I've never smelled the original, but I find nothing wrong with the current juice, although it's not my cup of tea. (Eterni-tea.) It is a little synthetic,...
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    Re: Weak Gucci Envy

    Envy was never a powerhouse. You're smelling what we all smell. Gotta love those minimalist '90s scents, eh fellas?
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    Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    I'll second CdG 2 Man and Le Labo Vetiver, although I find both thicker and smokier than GpH, which is on the transparent side. DSquared Potion has a crisp, arid spiciness and dry cedar that reminds...
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    Re: Turin/Sanchez are wrong about...

    Can we post this at the top of every page of this soon-to-be-gargantuan thread? Couldn't have said it better myself.
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    A*Men finally broke me

    I'm sitting here with a newly-purchased A*Men deodorant stick and a 50 ml rubber bottle of the EDT on its way in the mail. I have loathed this fragrance since I first smelled it two years ago, and...
  45. Re: Sample a fagrance, tried it..didn't care for it, tried it again.loved it, then never liked again

    This was my exact trajectory with Azzaro Homme. Tried it, hated it, started liking it, loved it, stopped wearing it completely.
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    Re: Exchanging fragrances received as gifts?

    So you have a backup. What's wrong with that? For all you or I know Dior might reformulate the stuff again - they're on a streak lately - and you'll wish you'd kept your bottle. I don't like the idea...
  47. Re: What is the best SA 'line' you've been given?

    This. ALL THE TIME. I could make a drinking game out of it, if one were allowed to drink in public outside of Vegas.
  48. Poll: Re: "Angel Man" or "La nuit de l'homme" or "L'Instant De Guerlain"

    L'Instant, by a country mile. A*Men is a toxic love-or-hate, La Nuit is bland and generic. L'Instant is easy to wear, sophisticated, and of terrific quality.
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    Re: Guys Who Wear D&G Light Blue for Women

    Very crisp and citrusy, with a nice green apple note. Smells more like canary yellow or lime green than light blue; it's not particularly aquatic. Not particularly feminine, either, although it is on...
  50. Re: ... Narciso Rodriguez for him - Such a sexy WoW ...

    I like it until the metallic cucumber note kicks in, and then it's over. Doesn't strike me as fougére-like at all, no matter what the list of notes says.
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    Re: How should a police officer smell like?

    Ideally, nothing at all. If you insist, something un-perfumey like Mugler Cologne. For giggles, Paco 1 Million, and have your perps burst into hysterical laughter when you tackle them and they catch...
  52. Re: If Jessica Alba was a fragrance, what fragrance would she be?

    Come on, she's Juicy Couture if she's a day.
  53. Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    "Yeah, I kinda overdid it a little. Sorry." Mildly guilty look, shrug. Then I move on with my day.
  54. Re: Do you tell people what you're wearing when they ask?

    Same. I'm delighted when someone asks what I'm wearing, and am happy to tell them. I've never understood the "protect your signature scent!" train of thought; I'd get a kick out of smelling one of my...
  55. Re: What makes people love the smell of incense?

    There's something about incense in perfumes that never sits right with me. Contrary to incense's meditative and grounding qualities, I find most incense-heavy perfumes sharp, jarring, cold, and...
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    Re: New Angel/A*Men Formula!

    Ehhh, I sprayed a new tester of A*Men last month or so and the tar is still there. I have no doubt that the intensity of the fragrance has been toned down slightly since 1996, current tastes being...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme going dusty?

    Gucci Pour Homme is dusty, at least in the sense that it's bone-dry and loaded with cedar. It's almost all about the superbly dry wood and frankincense, no musk, leather, oakmoss, or patchouli to...
  58. Poll: Re: Anyone who likes Pure Havane more than Pure Malt?

    Both are too similar, IMO, to be all Sophie's Choice about it. I'd take Pure Havane if pressed, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. And then I'd swap it for Pure Coffee, which I prefer over all...
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    Re: Mugler's Cologne - Extra sprays ?

    Nah, the more I spray this one the less I smell it, like a parabolic curve of olfactory fatigue. I do my usual two sprays, one on each side of my neck, and I can detect it several hours later. Never...
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    Re: Le Labo Patchouli 24- WOW factor

    I adore it, and it truly does have "wow" factor. I can think of few fragrances that flaunt such conspicuous, shouldn't-be-in-a-perfume-bottle accords as campfire smoke, rubber, and tar, but the...
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    Re: Dsquared2 Potion

    I quite liked this upon first spray, but it seemed to thin out after about 20 minutes rather than deepen and thicken as most drydowns do. Very dry spices and scratchy wood without any warming, mossy...
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    Re: YSL Kouros - First Impressions

    Truth.

    End of thread.
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    Re: Angel Men about face

    Preach.

    I re-tried A*Men this week for the umpteenth time, hoping that it'd finally work for me. Nope, still nasty. I love chocolate, I love coffee, I love (in theory) a tarry leather note, and I...
  64. Thread: Black Tea

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    Re: Black Tea

    On the lapsang end, check out Bulgari Black and Le Labo Patchouli 24.
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    Re: YSL Kouros - First Impressions

    I know, right? I'd love to live in coolboy's corner of the universe for a while, where people clutch their pearls and howl in public at the smell of a cologne they don't particularly care for. I wish...
  66. Re: Luca Turin's error is that he doesn't award any points for quality ingredients

    Let me make sure I have this right: You started a thread attacking Luca Turin because of what you imagine he might say about a particular fragrance?
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    Re: YSL Kouros - First Impressions

    I used to wear Kouros, and not once did anyone tell me I smell like a urinal or a horse's stable. On the contrary, I was told I smell like incense more than anything else, and both men and women gave...
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    Re: Christian Dior Poison! Your thoughts?

    The current EDT is definitely on the feminine side. Not girly, but loaded with enough tuberose, jasmine, stewed fruit, and coriander to conjure up images of well-heeled broads out on the town - or...
  69. Thread: Patchouli

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    Re: Patchouli

    I adore it, and any fragrance with a prominent patchouli note, masculine or feminine, always turns my head. I agree that it adds a welcome element of raunch in certain compositions, especially when...
  70. Re: Turn your Swag on. What is your most unisex Frag you can pull of with Confidence.

    Angel.
  71. Poll: Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme vs. Mugler Cologne - Longevity, Silliage, Projection

    I prefer the Mugler, but the Prada has stronger projection. Lasting power is about equal on my skin.
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    Re: New Angel/A*Men Formula!

    This. Can't Mugler find a better coffee note than that burnt Dunkin' Donuts accord? Do they care? It's 2011, for cripes' sake.
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    Re: Cumin and BO - I just don't get it

    I get the connection, and still smell BO from time to time that reminds me of cumin. I cook frequently with cumin, though, and the more I'm exposed to it the less I notice its "funky" aspects, more...
  74. Re: Fahrenheit - Pull me back or push me over the edge

    I found Fahrenheit revolting when I first sniffed it, back when I knew next to nothing about fragrances and had only worn the fresh/woody likes of CK One, Lacoste Essential, and Armani Code. I...
  75. Re: Original Polo v. 30th anniversary Mordern Reserve

    They're both great, actually. Modern Reserve has less pine and citrus, more nutmeggy autumnal spice and stronger wood notes, and sweeter leather. The original is a bit more vivid and wintery, crisp...
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    Re: Just blind bought Black XS..

    Glad you like it, it's not exactly a risk-free blind buy! I personally find it crude and shrill, and waaaay too sweet. (I can't comprehend Chandler Burr's rave review of it.)
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    Re: Has Hypnotic Poison been 're-done'?

    I bought a new bottle of HP last month, and I don't find it lacking in tenacity, sillage, or depth of scent. (Smells fabulous, too.) If this is a "weakened" reformulation, the original must have...
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    Wait, it's by Menardo? And Cresp? Well, now wild horses won't keep me from trying this, even if it does end up a little generic (see "generic woody fail" predictions above).
  79. Thread: CK Be

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    Re: CK Be

    CK Be was the fragrance that unexpectedly got me into fragrances after I purchased it on a whim and wanted to know more about it, so I look upon it fondly for that. It's a lovely scent, less...
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    Re: Yves Saint Laurent - Kouros - GOAT?

    Totally thought this would be a complaint about Kouros smelling like a goat, and I was going to point out the musks and (supposedly) civet in the composition as possibly lending it that stale, musky,...
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    Re: Azzaro vs. Rive Gauche

    Yes, it definitely has a outdoorsy freshness to it, especially in the opening and heart. The drydown is more leathery, woody, and mossy, but still carries a "forest air" vibe, at least to my nose. (A...
  82. Thread: Samsara.

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    Re: Samsara.

    I've only tried Samsara in the current EdT, and it's a knockout, aggressively woody and powdery (and possessing unholy lasting power and sillage, even after several hand washings). It does smell like...
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    Re: Favourite white shirt scent?

    Pressed and collared white shirt, but yes. Tested this a few days ago and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, given my general apathy toward the men's Chanels, and Allure in particular.

    I...
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    Re: Aromatic WOODS - what do you recommend ?

    +1 on Gucci PH and M7. (Are we sure the Gucci has been discontinued?) Adding Cartier Declaration, which has delicious aromatics like juniper, ginger, and lavender over a sweet cedar/oakmoss base; and...
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    Re: Kouros Fatigue?

    We may believe what we want, but our noses don't care what we think. My nose tells me, in no uncertain terms, that more than 2 sprays of Kouros is unpleasant at best, strangulating at worst. Try...
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    Re: red spicy oriental

    YSL Opium pour Homme has a good dose of spice that lasts rather well into the heart, but not nearly as much as the (vintage) women's version, which is packed to the gills with clove and cinnamon....
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    Re: Le Male -- bad for olfactory fatigue?

    In my experience, yes, but not moreso than any other frag. When I owned Le Mâle, I eventually got up to four sprays in the morning, and reapplication in the afternoon, because I could barely smell it...
  88. Re: Any scent you loved when you first got it but now cant stand it?

    I adored Le Mâle and wore it pretty much daily in the fall and winter of '09. It was my first expensive full bottle of cologne. I sprayed it on my hand a few weeks ago and couldn't wash it off fast...
  89. Re: Could a 17 year old pull off Kourous(Original)?

    Kouros is so complex and abstract (not to mention polarizing) that it can really be whatever you want it to be. At various times it's incensey, soapy, floral, leathery, elegant, raunchy, fresh,...
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    Re: Declaration vs. Terre D'hermes

    I respect Td'H, but adore Declaration. I find it more vivid and distinctive. It's been a while since I've smelled Td'H though, perhaps I should re-sniff.
  91. Re: Rank the Thierry Mugler Fragrances from your favorite to least favorite

    Angel
    Cologne
    Pure Coffee
    Alien
    Pure Havane
    Womanity
    Pure Malt
    A*Men

    Haven't smelled B*Men, Ice*Men, or any of the Sunessences.
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    I get more of a rotting, slightly vegetal, "garbagey" smell from heavily indolic scents, rather than "poopy", and it's always slight - just another facet of the scent, not the first thing I notice....
  93. Re: What one designer scent would you pick for a "movie night"?

    Honestly, nothing. With a gun to my head, something skin-like and soft, like Bulgari Black or Mugler Cologne. Movie night isn't the time for A*Men or The Dreamer.
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    Re: Perfume samples for a canadian?

    LUCKYSCENT SHIPS TO CANADA. Hence why I mentioned it in my first post.

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  95. Poll: Re: What is your favorite a*men: Original a*men, pure coffee, pure malt, or pure havane?

    I still see Pure Malt in stores here (southern Ontario).
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    Re: Perfume samples for a canadian?

    Sephora stores have samples of mainstream scents (not sure if there are any in Sask.), and LuckyScent.com has niche.
  97. Poll: Re: What is your favorite a*men: Original a*men, pure coffee, pure malt, or pure havane?

    Coffee. (And apparently I'm alone, so far.) Havane would be my next choice. Malt is too sweet, and the original is a disaster.

    No idea what they should do next, but I'd like to see some tweaking...
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    Re: HAHahahahaha!

    Holy f-balls, I had a mini bottle of Gravity when I was in high school, and totally forgot about it until this post! I think I received it in a Christmas stocking one year, I never wore it and must...
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    Re: New job - New fragrances

    Having never smelled the original Egoiste (shame!), I must say that I find Platinum Egoiste underrated (double shame! hiss!). It's very easy to like, yet still stands apart from the...
  100. Re: " can it be " ? .... " say it aint so joe " ...

    I've been bothered by some of my faves when I wear them in inappropriate weather or in excessive emounts, but never disgusted by them.

    I can count on one hand the number of gourmands I'll allow...
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