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    Hey I don't know if this has been done before but what is the best blind purchase you have made? and what scents are good for purchasing blind?
    Recently I bough L'eau d'issey ph, GIT and armani-blackcode all blind and I'm fairly pleased with them all. Today I'm considering getting Rive Gauche and another blind which I haven't yet decided on. Any suggestions?
    p.s. I'm 19 and haven't come accross many scents that I don't like although I haven't tried that many and I didn't like JPG - le Male very much at first, but when it dried down it grew on me. thanks for your help.

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    Rive Gauche is a very good blind buy...i bought Gucci Envy blind as well...and my fav is also one that i bought blind (By Man - D&G)...and an expensive blind buy that one was...but so worth it

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    Envy was gonna be my other purchase however I read in the reviews it's not good for younger people. so that put me off it a bit as I am only 19

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    Caron 3rd Man--bought it blind, very happy with it.
    "A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS

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    Well there's blind as in 'I have not smelled it but read a zillion basenotes reviews etc.' and then there's blind as in knowing nothing about a fragrance. I was pretty sure I would like Royal English Leather after reading about it and it became an alltime favorite. But Bogart I got for 1 Euro off ebay just because it was so cheap and it's in my top three right now with REL and Vetiver hombre. Awesome stuff and hardly known these days.
    I enjoy buying blind and have found I can always get rid of what I don't like without too much of a financial loss, sometimes even at a decent profit
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life
    Well there's blind as in 'I have not smelled it but read a zillion basenotes reviews etc.' and then there's blind as in knowing nothing about a fragrance. I was pretty sure I would like Royal English Leather after reading about it and it became an alltime favorite.
    Haha yeah black code was completely blind but I wasn't willing to pay so much for GIT without knowing a bit about it.

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    Probably Geir but also well chuffed with Yang and M7 Fresh.

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    Yohji, I have gone through six bottles of it since getting my first mini in 1998 and it was my last signature scent before my collecting got out of hands!
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    I'm very happy w/my blind purchase of Dunhill Desire Blue.

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    For me, Gucci's Envy For Men and Helmut Lang's Cuiron. I've also recently made a blind purchase with Yang, so am expecting great things...

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    Bought M7 blind. Can't wait for cooler weather to break it out.

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    Laguna Homme under Milamber's recommendation. Love it!
    Havana. It's great but I don't wear it because it's just too precious!

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    Think i'm gonna go with blue jeans as my second choice.. it may not be everyones favourite scent but at £8 I'm not gonna argue

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    I wouldnt go with Blue Jeans. Its not that great of a fragrance. Id go with Gucci Envy. Im only 16 and I love it.

    Best blind buys: Bvlgari PH and M7.


    Blind buys I'm getting in a day or so: Bvlgari Black and Escada PH

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    Allure Homme was a blind i loved!

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    Rive Gauche was a complete blind buy.

    Others like Envy and Dior Homme and Egoiste, I tested once. I guess that's kind of 'half blind' buy.

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    My blind buys include:
    1. Azzaro Silver Black (Onyx) - I am satisfied with it.
    2. D & G pour homme - a bit disappointed as being difficult to wear. Good for nightlife though.
    3. Blue Jeans - what a strong fragrance? It's good for younger people. I like the scent but rarely wear it.
    4. Joop! - what can I say? This could be the scent with most potent sillage out there. Quite fresh and sweet, no more than 2-3 spritzes please.

    As you are 19 you might like Kenneth Cole Reaction, Tommy Boy, Black XS by Paco Rabanne or Carolina Herrera CHIC. If you will buy one blind, I'd recommend CHIC out of these 4 scents, but I'm not going to be responsible if you find it out of your taste, lol.
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    1. Creed Aventus
    2. A*Men Pure Malt
    3. L'instant Extreme
    4. Nasomatto Duro
    5. CDG - Kyoto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritussancti
    I wouldnt go with Blue Jeans. Its not that great of a fragrance. Id go with Gucci Envy. Im only 16 and I love it.

    Best blind buys: Bvlgari PH and M7.


    Blind buys I'm getting in a day or so: Bvlgari Black and Escada PH
    thanks for your help I'll get envy aswell then

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    I avoid buying bottles blind. But, if I have read enough good reviews of a fragrance, then I will purchase a decant of that fragrance without having first smelled it myself. I don't know if this qualifies as a blind buy or not, but my purchase of decants in this manner are too numerous to list.
    Last edited by Rockford; 30th July 2006 at 04:49 PM.

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    I believe that would qaulify as a blind buy because if you actually wanted to test it before buying a decant you'd get samples first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figure9
    thanks for your help I'll get envy aswell then

    You wont regret it. It's a great scent for the fall/winter. I'm actually buying it tomorrow as I just tested it last Thursday.

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    There is one fragrance for which I am seriously considering buying a full bottle blind. I am very interested in a lavender based fragrance named Oxford and Cambridge by Czech & Speake. I haven’t smelled this one, and there is very little information about it anywhere that I have looked. But I have experienced very good results with two other Czech & Speake fragrances (No. 88 and Neroli), I am interested in a traditional British men’s lavender cologne, and I have hopes that Oxford and Cambridge will work as well on my skin as C&S No. 88 and C&S Neroli. The more I think about this, the more I think I am going to buy it blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockford
    There is one fragrance for which I am seriously considering buying a full bottle blind. I am very interested in a lavender based fragrance named Oxford and Cambridge by Czech & Speake. I haven’t smelled this one, and there is very little information about it anywhere that I have looked. But I have experienced very good results with two other Czech & Speake fragrances (No. 88 and Neroli), I am interested in a traditional British men’s lavender cologne, and I have hopes that Oxford and Cambridge will work as well on my skin as C&S No. 88 and C&S Neroli. The more I think about this, the more I think I am going to buy it blind.
    good luck and I hope you like it if you do. I am from cambridge lol so the scent name appeals to me.. although I am supposed to hate oxford so I think cambridge should come first in the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by castorpollux
    Allure Homme was a blind i loved!
    agreed. Jacomo Rouge was very cheap and very good as well.

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    I believe that would qaulify as a blind buy because if you actually wanted to test it before buying a decant you'd get samples first.
    Well, if that's the case, I'd also like to add L'Artisan's Bois Farine and Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens.

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    And Id like to accept you adding those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockford
    I avoid buying bottles blind. But, if I have read enough good reviews of a fragrance, then I will purchase a decant of that fragrance without having first smelled it myself. I don't know if this qualifies as a blind buy or not, but my purchase of decants in this manner are too numerous to list.
    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritussancti
    I believe that would qaulify as a blind buy because if you actually wanted to test it before buying a decant you'd get samples first.
    Perhaps blind buys could be categorized by how “extreme” they are. For example, buying a full bottle blind without ever smelling it or reading any reviews of it might qualify as an “extremely radical” blind buy. And buying a decant of a fragrance after reading several reviews about it might qualify as a “fairly moderate” blind buy.

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    Well, since almost all my decant purchases are blind (I use decants to test frags I think I'd like a bottle of), I'll comment on the "extreme" blind buys - bottles I dove for without having smelled them.

    Balenciaga Pour Homme, Ungaro I, and Davidoff Relax are probably the most successful. They couldn't be any better. Romeo Gigli Per Uomo, Balenciaga Portos, and Yatagan would be next - great as well - in fact maybe these are all one big group of fantastic scents.

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    Best "recent" blind buys (bottles):

    Versace - Black Jeans on eBay, the seller didn't say that the sprayer leaks with every spritz. Fortunatelly I could glue it with Loctite. LOL!

    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier - Gousse (Room Spray) full bottle for almost nothing on eBay as well. AWESOME!! I spray my curtains and the scent lingers for days. And what a beauty here ....

    Lancome - Miracle L'Aquatonic: Better than I'd expected it to be. I don't like the beginning, but the drydown is OK.

    Sir - Canada Cedar: OK. Nothing to write home about ....

    Tommy Hilfiger - Tommy T: Surprise! Well worth the waiting. Could easily be in the Comme des Garcons line Synthetic and a brother of Dry Clean. Quite similar in style, or let's say swagger!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockford
    Perhaps blind buys could be categorized by how “extreme” they are. For example, buying a full bottle blind without ever smelling it or reading any reviews of it might qualify as an “extremely radical” blind buy. And buying a decant of a fragrance after reading several reviews about it might qualify as a “fairly moderate” blind buy.
    Here is my start at creating a scale to measure the level of severity of blind buys. I cannot complete this scale at this time because I have to go out for several hours, but I thought I would leave you with the beginnings of this blind buy severity scale. Feel free to expand on this scale or change it, if you wish.

    Severity Rating # 10 (Death Wish Blind Buy) - Buying a full bottle of a very expensive fragrance without first smelling it or reading any reviews about it

    Severity Rating # 9 (Extremely Radical Blind Buy) - Buying a full bottle of a fragrance without first smelling it or reading any reviews about it

    Severity Rating # 8 (???)

    Severity Rating # 7 (???)

    Severity Rating # 6 (???)

    Severity Rating # 5 (Moderate Blind Buy) - Buying a decant of a fragrance without first smelling it but having read several reviews about it

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