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    Re: The fragrance company of Andy Garcia's family?

    Did some research on this. The company is Artistic Brands. Andy Garcia 's brother René is partner with Jay Z in this project but he also holds 14% of Parlux
  2. Re: Ambre Doré by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier (new release)

    Please do report! Have you tried Cuir Fetiche?
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    I was wearing this again yesterday and it...

    I was wearing this again yesterday and it strilked me. It reminds me of Habit Rouge EdP, only lighter and more modern. Sort of an Eau d'Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum if this makes sense.Habit Rouge EdP...
  4. Thread: Best vetiver

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    Re: Top Vetiver Heavy Hitters

    The LV vetiver is the only vetiver that has scared me. I love wearing RdV on the other hand (I admit having seen people running away from me in public places though :) ). It goes to show, one man's...
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    Re: Lalique - Pour Homme VS Encre Noire VS White

    I took a look at your wardrobe and I do not see White fit in there. White is a very standard citric cologne. EN would also be too dry for you. Probably Pour Homme is the one you are going to enjoy...
  6. Thread: Best vetiver

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    Re: Top Vetiver Heavy Hitters

    I think MPG RdV and Annick Goutal Vetyver are hardcore vetivers but the ultimate vetiver I have ever tried is Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver. I am surprised it gets so few mentions. It is the smokiest...
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    FFM is one of my all time favourites. I tried...

    FFM is one of my all time favourites. I tried Unleaded decades ago and it striked me as a watered down, alcohol free version of FFM. Apparently mind plays strange games because I blind sniffed...
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    Re: Tom Tuskan Leather by Surrati

    I own Tuscan Leather by Surrati and not only it is shockingly close to the original but it has all the plus's of using an oil: monster longevity and sillage that is strong but not offensive.
  9. Re: Name the four coldest, inhuman, emotionless, robotic fragrances in your collection

    Comme des Garcons 3
    Gendarme V
    Aqua di Biella Ca Luna
    Etro Mahogany
    Nobile 1942 Pontevecchio

    But having said that I must say that I enjoy these scents when the right moment comes.
  10. Re: I am taking my wife out to dinner on a cold winter night, what fragrance should I wear?

    Her favourite!
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    Re: more stimulating and energy-giving note

    Camphor, oud and rooty notes
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    Re: R'oud Elements by Kerosene

    This is my take on R'oud Elements, Kerosene's first release. I wish more will follow.

    http://wp.me/p13WRd-dZ
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    Re: Tubéreuse Criminelle - Powerhouse

    All SL and Tubereuse Criminelle wear very close to the skin on me. With the possible exception of Serge Noire.
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    Re: Gucci Rush for Men Smell Alike

    Dear fellow Rush fans I think I have spotted another contender: Loewe 7. I sampled this today for the second time and I managed to get past the initial clove assault. I usually hate clove but this is...
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    Re: R'oud Elements by Kerosene

    A bottle is on its way! Very excited about this.
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    Re: R'oud Elements by Kerosene

    Congrats Kerosene! The bottle is just beautiful!
  17. Re: Anyone that uses Serge Lutens 1.7oz in splash form?

    An appeal to all you sprayers, does any one have a spherical screw cap that they don't need? It would be greatly appreciated and rewarded.
  18. Re: Anyone that uses Serge Lutens 1.7oz in splash form?

    This is a good point too. I think most of these fragrances are made for dubbing.
  19. Re: Anyone that uses Serge Lutens 1.7oz in splash form?

    I think this is a mild OCD, but I used to spray but I couldn't get over how ugly the bottles looked with the sprayer on so I removed them and now I splash.
  20. Re: Montale shopping discussion (Concentrate bottles, Free 20ml, Credit info by Mail, etc)

    Are you shopping just for ouds?
  21. Thread: Celery notes

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    Re: Celery notes

    I am with you in this and I love celery in perfume. I think there is a similarity with some aspects of immortelle.
  22. Re: A question for those who own MANY colognes/fragrances/perfumes ...

    I collect some houses that I appreciate their work as a whole, like Serge Lutens and Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. I do not care how often I can wear those, I just have to have them. I do not...
  23. Thread: Eau d'Italie

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    Re: Eau d'Italie

    It is plain weird. Some say it smells like minestrone soup, a gourmand without sweet notes. To me it smells just like the air around olive mills this time of year in Greece. It is a very difficult...
  24. Thread: Eau d'Italie

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    Re: Eau d'Italie

    This is one of those houses that everything I have tried from them is FB worthy. I have Sienne l'Hiver but this is probably the most difficult to wear of them all. I think Duchaufour's creations for...
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    Re: Is Vetiver Oriental by Lutens too feminine?

    Totally genderless I would say too. Of course this makes it automatically more feminine than most vetivers. Some people (including me) have trouble spotting the vetiver initially but that's because...
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    Poll: Re: Serge Lutens. Fumerie Turque VS Chergui.

    Looks like a definite tie
  27. Re: Lumiere Noir pour Homme by Maison Kurkdjian or Le Labo's Rose 31

    I have both and it is really hard to choose. Rose 31 is probably easier to wear for me but still not easy to wear. Sometimes it gives this clean armpit vibe. Lumiere Noire on the other hand is one of...
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    Poll: Re: Serge Lutens. Fumerie Turque VS Chergui.

    I have both but prefer FT. Chergui to is easy to wear, hint of cherry in the topnotes, safe. FT has this lovely beeswax opening (yes, people have commented that it smells like piss but I do not mind)...
  29. Re: [Game] Choose 2 scents for the person above you layer and give impressions

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.
  30. Re: [Game] Choose 2 scents for the person above you layer and give impressions

    I think you are supposed to choose from my wardrobe. Will d4N13L help on this?
  31. Re: Modern and sophisticated vetiver fragrances - which is the best?

    It is not bad. It has a lot of cedar, more than vetiver, in which case L'Occitane Vetyver is quite close and much cheaper
  32. Re: Modern and sophisticated vetiver fragrances - which is the best?

    I have found a very good vetiver, not expensive but I do not know how easy to find it is: La Martina Bayres Hombre.
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    I tried to see the analogy. L' Instant is a much more complicated fragrance. In that sense many other fragrances could be traced back to it. CK One Shock for him is another fragrance from the same...
  34. Thread: Athens, Greece

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    Re: Athens, Greece

    And if you do find it you should buy all the bottles and put them up on e-bay. Very hard to find!
  35. Re: [Game] Choose 2 scents for the person above you layer and give impressions

    OK. I would like Andrewthecologneguy to layer Rive Gauche pour Homme and Grey Flannel. I hope it's not too much and you enjoy the combination.
  36. Re: [Game] Choose 2 scents for the person above you layer and give impressions

    I like this game! But I got confused.... Who should I choose from? Let me play, let me play...
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    I smelled L' Instant again. Not really...
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    I remember this sweeter. I will try to compare.
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    A friend bought it for me in Paris and sent it. I don't know about others but I think it is still a Galleries Lafayette exclusive, even in Paris for the time being.
  40. Re: Montale shopping discussion (Concentrate bottles, Free 20ml, Credit info by Mail, etc)

    I can't imagine anyone really NEEDING a high concentration for most Montale fragrances. The only one I have tried that I could use a stronger version of is the amazing Vetiver des Sables. They are...
  41. Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier revisits classics of the house

    Perhaps the original is still available. One cannot tell by visiting the site. It hasn't been updated for ages. Although I love this house someboy has to tell them that they should make their mind...
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    The only other fragrance it reminds me of is Byredo Baudelair. I will have to revisit L' Instant. Octavian speaks with better knowledge of course.
  43. Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier revisits classics of the house

    I guess it is a general watermelon-y note. The reported ginger note might have to do with it because it is of the fresh variety, the one that often falls somewhere between soap and watermelon....
  44. Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier revisits classics of the house

    I tried EplJH Extavagante and I really can't see why they had to add a watermelon note to the old formulation.

    Credits given for admitting reformulation
    Credits taken for resorting to flanking
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    The bottle looks even better up close. Very intricate details to create the double profile effect.
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    Re: ** NEW** GAULTIER MASCULINE: Kokorico

    Not a fail but certainly not a head turner. And I mean that in a good way because it is a more mature and more discreet fragrance. I am blogging about it today.
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    Re: SMN, only one frag to choose, your pick?

    I love my Citta di Kyoto. Not feminine at all by the way.
    Their Patchouli is also amazing. Most of their scents have a nice soapy, old-timer feel that manages to remain dry and in the end comes off...
  48. Poll: Re: By Killian Taste of Heaven vs Serge Lutens Gris Clair

    Although Gris Clair can be a bit sombre it is one heck of a lavender!
  49. Iris Ganache is also probably going to be...

    Iris Ganache is also probably going to be appreciated if one likes Dior Homme Intrnse.
  50. Re: Iris-based fragrances similar to Dior Homme Intense

    I think the richness of Dior Homme has some resemblance with the thick texture of Iris Bleu Gris. The former is more gourmand, the latter more green.
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    Re: Musc Kublai Khan vs Musc Ravageur

    Two totally different fragrances for me. MR is a VERY sweet cinnamon, vanilla fragrance. MKK is a NON sweet, salty musk. I know of course that there great differences on how different people perceive...
  52. Re: It's my B-day today so I ordered a bottle of Fuel for Men

    Fuel was the scent that introduced me to basenotes on my birthday in 2006. I was trying to find a second bottle as my first one was running seriously low. I started googling and stumbled upon...
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    Re: Have anyone tried Koublai Kahn - Serge Lutens?

    This is now on the top of my wish list: at last a musk that isn't sweet. Nothing too dirty about it IMO. Tamer than Kouros, with the salty feel of Ambre Sultan.
  54. Thread: Geranium

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    Re: Geranium

    Did you get a chance to try Montale Red Vetyver and MPG Jardin du Nil?
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    Re: The perfect White Musk?

    Nasomatto Silver Musk is impressive. It is quite expensive but it is pure perfume and the official site now offers 5ml bottles
  56. Thread: Idole de Lubin.

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    Re: Idole de Lubin.

    Has any one tried the new Lubin, Itasca? Aromi, I think this is one for you. Really good stuff and it smells like something from a past decade and that's a compliment!
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    Re: What to get next from Aramis

    My favourites are Devin, an exquisite green scent with moderate powdery-ness, and 900, which simply put is a masculine version of Aromatics Elixir.
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    Re: Daim Blond - what other fragrances are similar?

    I wouldn't recommend Cuir Ottoman as a fragrance similar to Daim Blonde (read my impressions here if you feel like it...
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    Re: Which of these has leather?

    Daim Blond would be the only one I would suggest as a leather scent but it does smell like a very expensive SUEDE garment. BUT I accidentally layered it with Chene and.... voila! A new, proper,...
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    Re: Heeley's Cuir Pleine Fleur

    The story I know is that James Heeley, who is an object designer, design the fragrances himself, without actually being a perfumer himself.
  61. Re: Do You Have a Fragrance Simply Because it Reminds You of Someone?

    Arpege pH
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    Re: Dislike the Opening, Love the Drydown!

    Actually "lovely topnotes" is a marketing trick conceived by people designing mass market appeal fragrances. You walk into a perfume store, somebody sprays you something new, you have to decide then...
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    Re: Best White Flower Fragrance!?

    1. Sarrasins Serge Lutens
    2. Tubereuse Criminelle Serge Lutens
    3. Amoureuse Parfums DelRae
  64. Thread: Rush Replacement

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    Re: Rush Replacement

    Looks like I got to get me some Sartoriale!
  65. Thread: Rush Replacement

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    Re: Rush Replacement

    I haven't tried Sartoriale but neither Passage d' Enfer Nor Tam Dao come close. Lacroix Tumulte can be a substitute if you're really desperate for a replacement scent but..... not really.
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    Re: Blind buying Montale...

    I love Montale but financially it is a smart move to buy samples (First in Fragrance are excellent). Montale's are really strong so a 2ml sample lasts for several wearings. Most of the aoud line are...
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    Re: i love the smell of my leather jacket

    Given your taste for vetiver (and IsoE Super) I do not expect you to like floral lethaers like Knize 10. Cuir Ottoman is very strange. I love it but some might feel that it smells old. The most...
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    Re: Which fragrance captures this moment? (Part 4)

    Iris Silver Mist. What else?
  69. Thread: Parfum d'Empire

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    Poll: Re: Parfum d'Empire

    Eau de Gloire appears uite often at ebay at that price. Be patient. You'll find another one.
  70. Thread: Le Labo Oud 27

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    Re: Le Labo Oud 27

    Well the opening is pretty weird. To me it smells like the foul breath of an animal. Did you wait for the drydown though or you just scrubbed it off. The drydown is really soft and comforting.
  71. Thread: Best vetiver

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    Re: Best vetiver

    This thread go on for ever. I believe vetiver is the most versatile note. If you consider that it can take the form of Paul Smith Story all the way to Lorenzo Viloresi's Vetiver. I own several and...
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    Re: Animalic fragrances

    I have to second L' Air de Rien (the closest thing to smelling a baby's head) and Mouchoir de Monsieur (I have never smelled anything more fecal). The opening of Heritage edp on my partner was...
  73. Thread: Jo Malone opinions

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    Re: Jo Malone opinions

    To their defence we must note that they are designed for layering fun and as such they are really fun. Expensive fun though.
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    Re: Which "black" fragrance do you like the most?

    Oliver Dourbano Black Tourmaline
    Le Labo Patchouli 24 (not black in name but very dark)
    Black Aoud
    Serge Noire
  75. Re: What is your highest number of bottles for a single fragrance?

    3 bottles of Route du Vetiver (2 vintage and one current)
  76. Re: Thread for those who own 10+ fragrances of the same house

    Sarrasins
    Chene
    Mandarine Mandarin
    La Myrrhe
    Vetiver Oriental
    Cuir Mauresque
    Iris Silver Mist
    Borneo 1834
    Santal de Mysore
    Tubereuse Criminelle
  77. Thread: Jo Malone opinions

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    Re: Jo Malone opinions

    I like this house for the sheer fragrances they create but I am afraid that there is one answer for all categories. Pomegrenate Noire, Pomegrenate Noire, Pomegrenate Noire. There many other...
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    Re: Your Three Perfect Ten Out Of Ten Fragrances

    Guerlain Heritage edp: this is a fragrance you actually wear like a garment. Layered, evolving, complicated but easy to wear
    Black Aoud: somebody here called this one a "compliment whore". It is but...
  79. Thread: Etro Fragrances

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    Re: Etro Fragrances

    I have tried most of them. The ones I own (or remember):
    Vetiver: one of the few gourmand vetivers, smells like Noilly Prat vermouth with a rooty vetiver note
    Gomma: if you cannot get your hands on...
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    Re: Powdery, Soapy, long lasting EDT?

    I don't know if you can find it in your price range but I think Prada Infusion d' Homme is what you are looking for. Very soapy, powdery enough and although it feels very transparent it lasts for...
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    Re: Name 2 that best describe your personality !

    Le Labo Oud 27 (a little hard to get but finally quite comfortable to be around) and Sarrasins (no particular reason for this, I just feel so comfortable wearing it that there has to be something...
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    Re: Have anyone tried Koublai Kahn - Serge Lutens?

    I have a sample on the way and very excited about it. I will report as soon as I get it.
  83. Thread: Garrigue by MPG

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    Re: Garrigue by MPG

    Garrigue is probably the most Laport could do to venture into mass market appeal. If it could reach mass market it could have been a hit. In this fresh, "sporty" theme I prefer Eau pour le Jeune...
  84. Poll: Re: Chanel Coromandel vs Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 (Battle of Sheldrake's Chocochouli Duo)

    So this brings us back to another thread I posted today: do SL fragrances "belong" to Serge Lutens or to Christopher Sheldrake. Borneo is the typical SL fragrance that always hits you with something...
  85. Re: Christopher Sheldrake is not the "perfumer" for Serge Lutens

    We have seen examples of Sheldrake's work outside the SL line and Serge Luten's guidance so everyone can judge for themselves whether the SL style ows more to Serge Lutens vision or to Christopher...
  86. Re: What fragrance's do you consider to be Olfactory Art?

    This is exactly what one MUST NOT do here. The verdict is still not out whether perfumes can be considered as artistic projects. Very often we tend to confuse "art" and "aesthetics". Art is meant to...
  87. Thread: Chanel Nº 19

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    Re: Chanel Nº 19

    I am wearing it quite often. I believe the green side of it is predominant. I have never felt uncomfortable wearing it.
  88. Thread: Tuscan leather

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    Re: Tuscan leather

    The thing with almost all Tom Ford fragrances is that I smell them, I say "hmm, that's nice" and then I look at the price tag and say "so not worth it....".Today I received Suratti Tom Ford Tsucan...
  89. Re: Montale Red Vetyver vs. Terre D'Hermes: Is it possible to love the one, but not the other?

    If I were to compare fragrance with music. TdH and RdV feel like the same piece played by different instruments, or a comparison between an MP3 and a FLAC. Different depth, different texture. If you...
  90. Re: My wifes take on A* Men. Funniest thing I ever heard

    Coney maybe you should have tried B*Men, if you could find it.
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    Re: Any Shiseido Basala fun out there ??

    I am resurrecting this ancient thread because Basala seems to be resurrected, or rather reincarnated in the form of Lubin Itasca. I tried (briefly) all four new releases today and Itasca is the one...
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    Re: Any Shiseido Basala fun out there ??

    I am resurrecting this ancient thread because Basala seems to be resurrected, or rather reincarnated in the form of Lubin Itasca. I tried (briefly) all four new releases today and Itasca is the one...
  93. Re: Which fragrances never should have been discontinued?

    Shiseido Basala: very masculine, very rich composition, great evolution, very textured feel, like a Serge Lutens minus the sweetness. I cannot believe it was succeeded by Zen Homme.
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    Re: "Churchy" smell fragrance

    Serge Noire
  95. Re: Similar: Fat Electrician and Hermes Vetiver Tonka?

    Strangely enough Fat Electrician to my nose is Myrh Ardente on vetiver.
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    Re: What perfumer do you follow the most ?

    Jean Laporte, Maurice Roucel, Pierre Bourdon, Cristopher Sheldrake and James Heeley who is a designer who designs his own perfumes.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like the Sun

    Le Feu d' Issey is a very good analogy. To me Sables, Annick Goutal is the smell of sun because this is exactly how southern mediterranean sun scorched untouched by civilization smell like. And...
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    Re: Where can i get a sample of Black Aoud?

    Luckyscent samples are not the best choice for a European delivery because they cost as much as the samples from First in Fragrance and Essenza Nobile and they are 1 or 0.7ml while the latter are 2...
  99. Re: Santa Maria Novella Fragrances / SMN Fragrances For Men

    One of my favourite houses. Keep in mind that although some of them might feel simple and cologne-y at first whiff, they all develop a lot.
    I own Nostalgia (couldn't they make the topnotes last a...
  100. Re: Niche fragrance w/ noticeable anise/licorice note.

    I own and love wearing during summer months Etro's Anice. Pretty much what the name says: sweet anise on a white musk base. Brilliant!
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