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    Default Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier /SL Paris advice req'd

    Recommendations please chaps. My wardrobe currently looks like this (I'm spending too much on this new obsession):

    Bulgari Black Bulgari 1998
    Bois d'Argent Cologne Christian Dior 2004
    Happy for Men Clinique 1999
    parfums*PARFUMS Series 2 Red: Sequoia Comme des Garçons 2001
    parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Avignon Comme des Garçons 2002
    parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Kyoto Comme des Garçons 2002
    parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Zagorsk Comme des Garçons 2002
    Envy for Men Gucci 1998
    Gucci pour Homme Gucci 2003
    Rush for Men Gucci 2000
    Eau de Guerlain Guerlain 1974
    Vetiver Guerlain 1961
    Cuiron Pour Homme Helmut Lang 2002
    154 Jo Malone 2001
    Amber & Lavender Jo Malone 1995
    Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone 2005
    Bois Farine L'Artisan Parfumeur 2003
    Cologne Mûre et Musc L'Artisan Parfumeur 2003 Dzing! L'Artisan Parfumeur 1999
    Méchant Loup L'Artisan Parfumeur 1997
    Tea for Two L'Artisan Parfumeur 2000
    Voleur de Roses L'Artisan Parfumeur 1993
    Hammam Bouquet Penhaligon's 1872
    Arabie Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido 2000
    Un Cèdre Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido 2005
    The Dreamer Versace 1996
    M7 Yves Saint Laurent 2002
    Rive Gauche pour Homme Yves Saint Lau

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    Default Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier /SL Paris advice r

    Try Santal Noble, Iris Bleu Gris and Ambre Preceiux from MPG

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    Default Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier /SL Paris advice r

    If the Bulgari Black and the Arabie don't strike you as being a bit sweeter than you really prefer, you might testdrive Guerlain's Jicky, Habit Rouge, and Heritage to see if one of them might have something you like. For me, Jicky hit the spot and the other two did not, but for some guys it is definitely the reverse. Be advised, however, that they all have vanilla in non-trivial amounts. Heck, next time you cruise by a fragrance counter, it wouldn't kill you to take a hit off a bottle of L'Instant de Guerlain pH. It's not as profound and complex as the first three Guerlains, but it's useful, inoffensive, and a lot better made than most other recent releases.

    Also, if M7 doesn't scare you, then you might like to try samples of Patricia de Nicolai's New York and MPG's Santal Noble (to second Nsamadi's recommendation), since a lot of folks (including me) are big fans of these two. If you have to order New York to get a whiff, try to get a sample or decant in glass. A couple years back, I got 1/4 oz of New York from an eBay seller who had obviously left it in the little plastic sprayer a while before I bought it. The juice was barely recognizable - sticky sweet and just nasty. In contrast, I cannot say enough flattering things about the same fragrance when it has been handled with a bit more respect.

    I hope you won't be offended if I explicitly emphasize that I am not recommending blind buys for any one of these frags. Every one of them has recorded a few negative reviews from different individuals on this board. So, test first, but I really think at least one or two might float your boat.

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    Default Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier /SL Paris advice r

    Thanks for that detailed, well-informed info. Twas a pleasure to read. I have to be careful with vanilla - I like it, but in small amounts. The dry down on Eau Noire, which first seemed delightful, bacame a little to vanillic for me. So I will test drive.

    Look forward to reporting back. Might need to also investigate 0% interest credit cards too...

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    Default Re: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier /SL Paris advice r

    Serge Lutens
    Encens et Lavande, Chene, Iris Silver Mist, Cuir Mauresque worth to try...
    MPG
    Second all suggestions... maybe Parfum d`Habit to add.
    Sure you should go to Rue de Grenelle - to MPG, Nicolai and Frederic Malle boutiques.
    Vetiver The Great!!!

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