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    Hi there, im just wondering why acqua di gio gets so much bad feedback in this forum? I love the fragrance myself .. and i like other fragrances to but i choose to wear ADG over the other ones i like .. its weird that its such a high seller but everyone on thos forum puts it down , i know its a big named brand .. georgio armani but i dont think that is enough for people to go back and buy the fragrance again once they have run out .. oviously they like it and people around them like it too.

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    i tried it the other day and i have to say...i just dont get it...it comes off as very strange with my chemistry, but i know women love it on men! I just dont like it.

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    I find with me it seems to take a few mins to settle in but when it does it smells great, all of my girlfriends and female friends have liked this 1 .. is there any other ADG fans out there?

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    chicks do dig it...my sister in law loves the hell out of it and swears there is nothing better...if you like it, i strongly reccomend z by zegna and dolce and gabbana light blue.

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    Probably a victim of it's own popularity, since so many guys wear it, I can't stand to wear it myself. Yes, I have it, and do wear it from time to time (but usually on weekends at home), and I do like it enough, probably one of the best aquatics, but I just can't stand to smell like every other guy in the office.
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    yep will do ive been thinking about adding the D&G light blue to my collection , yeh chicks defiently like it .. i just couldnt believe all the bad feedback that acqua di gio was getting thats why i wrote the orginal post, I did a search of the forum of acqua di gio and nearly every post was bad and i was just like wat the f**k .. i think because its popular that people will stay away to be different and put it down at the same time

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    hey...i say good for you for not caring what the snobs think...wear what works for you and dont let anyone give you a hard time on this forum...nice to have you here.

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    hell, i'll put adg down because in my opinion it smells bad. perhaps chicks do dig it, but none i know personally.


    it's just not for me. armani makes some nice stuff - code, attitude etc, but adg... blech
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    Quote Originally Posted by chad278 View Post
    hell, i'll put adg down because in my opinion it smells bad. perhaps chicks do dig it, but none i know personally.


    it's just not for me. armani makes some nice stuff - code, attitude etc, but adg... blech
    im telling you its crazy, because i dont like it either, but chicks that i know swoon over it...and personally i dont know why...but its not that its bad, but it varies so strongly from chemistry to chemistry that not everyone can wear it.

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    This stuff is so common, it's ridiculous...why would i wear it when i can smell it everywhere?

    But if it works for you, it works for you .
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    yeah, i swear this cologne mixs so well with my chemistry, i just tried it then, sprayed it on my wrist .. smelt it .. then after about 15mins i smelt my wrist again and it smells heaps different to when i first spray it on .. it smells like a really deep nice smell . some other colognes i have tried in the past are : davidoff cool water, cK one and eternity, kenneth cole's black, hugo boss - elements and number one, armani code is ok too but i rekon that 1 is better for evening wear where as ADG u can wear day and night

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    It's because it isn't exclusive and doesn't cost alot of money. Has nothing to do with whether it's good or not. I like it myself, beats alot of the so called "hyped" fragrances if you ask me.
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    I really like it when I smelled it from other guys, it paints a picture of someone so cool, so modern. I wear it sometimes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattybumpkin View Post
    It's because it isn't exclusive and doesn't cost alot of money. Has nothing to do with whether it's good or not. .
    it costs a lot more than most of the stuff i wear. that banket comment doesn't reach me. i just don't like it because i think it smells bad. don't discount peoples valid opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holdenguy View Post
    Hi there, im just wondering why acqua di gio gets so much bad feedback in this forum? I love the fragrance myself .. and i like other fragrances to but i choose to wear ADG over the other ones i like .. its weird that its such a high seller but everyone on thos forum puts it down , i know its a big named brand .. georgio armani but i dont think that is enough for people to go back and buy the fragrance again once they have run out .. oviously they like it and people around them like it too.
    1. Snobbery

    2. AdG is very widely applied in certain demographics (i.e 16-25yo males) which gives it an association with young immature males. Alot of AdG wearers have a hard time with spelling and proper capitalization, many of them act as though web bbs are similar to SMS.

    3. AdG is responsible for inspiring the creation of 100s of derivative fresh/ozonic/marine fragrances, Thus displacing more traditional men's chypre and fougere's off the marketplace. The mass market is only now recovering 10 years later.

    4. AdG is fairly boring, nice watermelon/fresh/citrus top notes leading to an inoffensive white musk drydown. Not very masculine, good for abercrombie types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitromusk View Post
    Alot of AdG wearers have a hard time with spelling and proper capitalization, .
    LMAO! <------ did i spell this right?
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    I like alot of the 90's fresh scents.
    I think most of ADG is good, but there is a particular note that reminds me of those cheap nasty turqoise bath and body works female body sprays.
    The rest of it is good.

    I agree that snobbery and the myth of exclusivity make people dislike other than with their nose.
    That's very limiting and strange.
    We all like what we like, unless some childish mental block gets in the way.
    Then taste becomes an unnatural game.
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    I apoligize to 'Nitromusk' because my post didnt sound like it was straight out of a dictionary.

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    I like it, but it is a bit too popular. It does not go well with my body chemistry (I sneeze when i wear it), but i still like the fragrance.

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    Speaking of snobbery...

    Yes, most Basenotes members would fall into this category, and there's nothing wrong with that.

    Look at other forums...for example, a handbag forum. What gets people excited & talking there? A common handbag one can find at Wal-Mart? Or a Birkin or Loui Vuitton bag costing in the hundreds (or thousands, gulp!) of dollars?

    It's just the nature of the beast that scents like AdG are largely ignored in a fragrance forum such as this one.
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    I still dont get it .. im reading ur replys but dont understand, to me it still sounds like because it is popular and common it is no good , i dont agree .. i think the reason why it is a best seller is because its a great smelling fragrance .
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    in reply to knightowl .. ur comparing ADG to a common handbag found at walmart , and the rest of the fragrances talked about on here are "Birkin or Loui Vuitton bag" so are u suggestion that ADG is cheap and nasty and that the other fragrances on here are more expensive in price?? dont see where you are coming from ..ADG is in the same price range for as most of the other fragrances mentioned on this forum. In another post i read ADG is like a volvo with cars .. dont agree at all .. i think its more like a BMW .. sure there common, but they build great cars thats why they are popular .. same with ADG .. its made by a brand with a great reputation and people love the fragrance thats why it sells .
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    I think it smells pretty good but it is far too common to wear. The perfect scent if you want to get a "you smell just like my ex boyfriend."

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdenguy View Post
    I still dont get it .. im reading ur replys but dont understand, to me it still sounds like because it is popular and common it is no good , i dont agree .. i think the reason why it is a best seller is because its a great smelling fragrance .
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    in reply to knightowl .. ur comparing ADG to a common handbag found at walmart , and the rest of the fragrances talked about on here are "Birkin or Loui Vuitton bag" so are u suggestion that ADG is cheap and nasty and that the other fragrances on here are more expensive in price?? dont see where you are coming from ..ADG is in the same price range for as most of the other fragrances mentioned on this forum. In another post i read ADG is like a volvo with cars .. dont agree at all .. i think its more like a BMW .. sure there common, but they build great cars thats why they are popular .. same with ADG .. its made by a brand with a great reputation and people love the fragrance thats why it sells .
    holdenguy,

    I think that AdG smells good ( as do plenty of BN members)... But AdG is discussed about everywhere on the net. Scents from Serge Lutens, Montale, Andy Tauer? Not so much. This is one of the reasons why i stick to Basenotes (even if i can't afford them, i enjoy reading about 'em!! ).

    So yes, people love AdG and it sells by the billions and billions...that's the problem. People here won't do cartwheels with excitement over it, that's for sure.
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    I live in Australia, do i dont know how ADG rates in best sellers in this country .. i know that none of my friends have it or any1 i know .. so i dont feel like i smell like every1 else, maybe its more common in USA than it is where i am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdenguy View Post
    I live in Australia, do i dont know how ADG rates in best sellers in this country .. i know that none of my friends have it or any1 i know .. so i dont feel like i smell like every1 else, maybe its more common in USA than it is where i am.
    I would say it is the MOST common scent for males from age 16-25 here. If i knew of no one who wore it I would probably use the large sample I received. Now that you wear it you may start noticing it on more people, but if not then that's good. My personal favorite aquatic is aqua de bulgari.

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    I like it but there are SO MANY other fragrances out there that are a whole lot more interesting. My sister says that she hopes that when she smells it on a man that he is just really ugly or she may jump him. What can I say?
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    I had some ADG, dad took it now I have no idea where its at...I have smelled it around a few times, I know lots of people have it...I think people on basenotes arent really ripping it, they just feel since its used so much, it doesnt allow you to stand out. theres other frags out there that are just as good that most dont wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdenguy View Post
    I still dont get it .. im reading ur replys but dont understand, to me it still sounds like because it is popular and common it is no good , i dont agree .. i think the reason why it is a best seller is because its a great smelling fragrance .
    Perfume is a luxury item - people who can afford luxury goods want it to be exclusive. Smelling your perfume on someone on the streets can be embarrasing - its like someone wearing the same clothes as you. Also, perfume is a very personal thing, you want it to be your signature - not something that everyone shares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitromusk View Post
    AdG is very widely applied in certain demographics (i.e 16-25yo males) which gives it an association with young immature males.
    Yes, I LOVED it when I was 16. I think it really goes over well with the younger crowd because it's so uncomplicated and there's no risk of "smelling like a girl." Now that I'm in my mid-20's I find myself very much underwhelmed by it. There's nothing offensive about it, but there's nothing interesting about it either.

    I'm very glad I found basenotes, it's opened my eyes to what a vast world of fragrance there is. I never knew how fascinating and astonishing fragrances could be. holdenguy, try not to take personal offense to other people's preferences. The people on this board know and love fragrance like nothing else, and if they say pass I don't think there's any point in arguing with them. But hey, the beauty of any art is that no one's taste is the same as anyone else's, and I'm sure everyone would agree with the principle that you should wear what you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdenguy View Post
    I still dont get it .. im reading ur replys but dont understand, to me it still sounds like because it is popular and common it is no good , i dont agree .. i think the reason why it is a best seller is because its a great smelling fragrance .
    I think what has happened here on basenotes is that the people who are members tend to be a bit out of the mainstream and more individualistic. When I walk around my office, I can immediately tell who is around the corner - for our 20ish technicians it's Aquad Di Gio, for the Business Analysts and managers (male) in their 30's it's 'Fresh' scents such as Jaipur, Kenneth Cole, Code Black, Et Cetera.

    There is one gent who wears Tabarome. He just happens to be the CIO of my division.
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    I bought my first 50ml bottle of AdG back in 2001 and for the next few years, it was the scent for me. Later that year while living in Scotland, I bought a 100ml in Belfast, Ireland for a good price. Six years later, however, I've yet to finnish the 50ml bottle and I recently traded away the unopened 100ml bottle. I still like the scent, but as others have said, it is everywhere now and my tastes have developed since.

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    I don't like it and I think it's an easy choice for people who like it because their friends use it and like it.

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    Acqua di Gio is nice. It doesn't work on me, but it's nice. The problem, I find, isn't with the fragrance itself, but with its omnipresence. For example, "Sway" by the Rolling Stones is a great song. But what if you heard it every time you turned on the radio? What if it was constantly playing at every bar and club in town? What if every time anyone was listening to music, they would play this song? It would get very old, very fast.

    AdG is a fine fragrance and was the first I smelled where I thought, "Wow, that does remind me of the sea." It's just played out, that's all.
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    It is obviously a brilliant scent to have become so successful and so prevalent. I mean, all of the people that buy it can't be wrong. Some...maybe. The point is that it fills a need, brilliantly. It smells clean and fresh. Personally, I like it. I don't wear it because I am a fragrance snob...but I have to admit that it is very nice. Would I date someone that wears ADG? If he was totally hot, yes!

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    I wish I liked it. Whenever I am around the fragrance counter in a department store women are always saying how they like ADG. I just dont understand. . .it seems totally boring. . .there is no character here.

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    I had a 200ml bottle of ADG and after being on Basenotes for about 6 months or under the influence of the 'basenotes effect' i had turned into a bit of a fragrance snob.
    During that phase i sold it on ebay. This thread seems to have rekindled my interest in ADG.
    I think its time i opened a sealed tester bottle that was originally meant to be sold.

    I think ADG surely deserves a place if you have a 100+ bottle collection. You cannot just ignore something thats beaten down on basenotes because of its extreme popularity. ADG is non offensive, easy going, casual acquatic. So what if its so popular.

    It is surely good to be worn on one of those days when you want to rest your nose which is tired of smelling 'aoud's', 'patchouli's' & 'iris etc etc etc

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    I think ADG might harken back to Miami Vice and the Armani jackets, suits and sundry clothes. A calculated amount of stubble, a certain look and the Armani scent that all the SA's were wearing.

    I think as this look spread to all young entrepreneurs around the states, someone must have stood up and screamed "Enough Already! Stick a fork in it. It's Done!"

    or maybe not
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    for me is a great cologne,no problem if this cologne are very popular,the same way with Le Male
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    I personally love ADG, it's fresh, easy, and familiar. Nothing wrong with being popular.

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    On it's own it's a perfectly fine scent, however imo it just seems like ADG, and the rest that followed were created merely to blend in with the crowd or to not offend. I just think that whatever you do, whether it's designing scents, or clothes or anything else, you should do it with the intention of making the best possible product you can. Don't make something that is "safe" and will sell well. Instead make something that is so good that people should be embarrassed if they don't run out to the store and get it. The scent designers are the "experts" is the field and should be the ones that set the tone in terms of new & exciting scents. However to me, it seems almost like the consumer is the one dictating to the designers what they want to smell like. It's like the inmates are running the asylum. Could you imagine what the world would be dressing like if the consumers were telling the designers what they wanted to wear?

    Sorry for the rant, and to those to enjoy ADG and others like it, I don't mean to offend. If fact, I'm sure most of us have that one safe scent that we can grab at a moments notice because it will work for just about any occasion. I just never thought that these types of scents would become the standard rather than the exception.

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    Someone I know, a bit loud, a bit odious, a bit arrogant, wears AdG. This association spoils it for me and I'm not interested in trying it. Otherwise I very seldom smell it on the street or wherever. I suspect it's much more popular in the USA because of culture, demographics, etc.

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    ADG is a masterpiece, you don't get to be the number 1 seller world wide unless it is doing something right.

    The problem is being the by far and away number 1 seller too many are wearing it, Personally, I don't conform to what others are doing so I don't wear ADG any longer. The final straw came when I got a sample of it with another cologne purchase, I wore the ADG sample just for old time sake and I was asked 4 times "You're wearing ADG aren't you?" Never once did I hear how great it smells, just that they picked it right off. The last thing I want when being noticed by the opposite sex is to be predictable or worse yet smell like an ex.

    ADG has one other problem, the mass marketing has not only made it so unbelievably popular but the marketing is aimed right at the <25 crowd, if you are over 25 and wearing ADG it smacks of desperateness nowadays.

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    I went up to a guy once before and asked him what fragrance he was wearing, and he said Acqua di Gio - And I already had it! Of everything I wear, AdG is the most complimented by far.

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    Btw...i always see AdG ads on TV. Does it really need the advertising?
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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    Btw...i always see AdG ads on TV. Does it really need the advertising?
    Does Coca-Cola? Does Budweiser?

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    Imagine being at a casual party and you find out that 20 people are wearing EXACTLY the same clothes as you. Hum.

    Wearers of fragrances demand exclusiveness. I have never heard anyone say: oh my gosh, I hope I'll smell like a lot of other people today.
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    Imagine being at a casual party and you find out that 20 people are wearing EXACTLY the same clothes as you. Hum.

    Wearers of fragrances demand exclusiveness. I have never heard anyone say: oh my gosh, I hope I'll smell like a lot of other people today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    Imagine being at a casual party and you find out that 20 people are wearing EXACTLY the same clothes as you. Hum.

    Wearers of fragrances demand exclusiveness. I have never heard anyone say: oh my gosh, I hope I'll smell like a lot of other people today.
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    I used to wear it when it came out...it's had its time. It was a new (and perhaps) better choice to wear when everybody was still gaga over Cool Water. Believe it or not, I remember a lot of guys thought it a girly scent because it was light and had fruity undertones. Ck one was giving the same impression too, but suddenly you couldn't help smelling these all over the place.

    But I refuse to place myself in a cookie cutter community. I generally go packing up and running when a scent gains too much popularity that it's a common standard. I'd rather smell AdG then someone wearing Axe, that's for sure though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMaverick View Post
    I'd rather smell AdG then someone wearing Axe, that's for sure though!
    (Have to go offtopic here, but maybe you should try Axe Eau de Toilette for a change. It smells 100x better than the deodorants and body sprays. Agree, it's still no match for AdG, but I find myself using my old bottle off Axe Eau de Toilette when I have a slow day at home, or when wanting to pave a 'fresh' layer for a much heavier scent, such as A*Men.)
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    Acqua Di Gio is headache in a bottle due it being the definition of overly synthetic.

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    I live in Cairo, Egypt. AdG is not popular here. So I thought since it's THE most popular fragrance everywhere, it has to be really good. And it would even be okay to wear here.
    First time I tested it on my skin I thought "I can't smell anything! There's nothing really distinguishable about it." In a few minutes it developed to something with a slightly bad smell. And after a little more it settled down to something just "okay" to smell but nothing great.
    My friend liked it that day though. Smell is different from person to person. When I was telling him "man I can't smell anything" he was saying "this smells very good!" so..
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    It's very popular here in Sweden (or so I've heard). I had to sample it in a store today just to see what it's like. I think I might have smelled it on some teenagers sometimes, but not very often. Anyhow, I didn't like it, way too syntetic and I get Axe deodorant-vibes from it (which is bad).

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    Nobody wears it around here and it's my favourite by far.

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    Hey, the bottom line on all this stuff is as follows. If you like a fragrance wear it, and wear it in good health!
    When it comes to my opinion on what you should wear I have none, The only opion that counts is yours!

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    I've only smelled a handfull of fragrances that don't smell "good"... That being said, there are about four or five hundred scents I'd rather smell on myself of someone else.

    If you had a garage full of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and the like, would you want to own a 1997 Dodge Neon? Granted, it was a decent car, especially for the first few years it was out, and it was created to appeal to as many people as possible, and everyone would recognize it driving down the street. Still runs fine and everything... But wouldn't you rather cruise around in the Ferrari? When you go to the swap meet, are you looking at more Dodge Neons, or are you trying to find some exotic or classic cars?

    AdG is just fine. Not breathtakingly beautiful (unless you're a knaive teenage girl) and not Axe-level crap. But, you're not going to find much hype for AdG at this swap meet.
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    I think the AdG phenomenon is like Brut's during its heyday. I can say I was one of almost a few who got hold of this ground-breaking fragrance back then in my place. And on first outing, literally all around me (guys in my company) swarmed around to ask what it was. I told them it was Brut...even showed them the bottle later. It spread like wildfire the next day...everyone looking for one. After three months, I knew I had to stop using it as it was well into its epidemic use already... not wanting to smell like everybody else. Started to use Pub instead and set another trend.

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    gets me compliments every time...

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    "60% of the time, it works every time!"

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