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    Just to clarify for everyone, is this the one you refer to Larwiz?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    Aww Surfacing! When I saw that you posted, I thought for sure you would come through with a cosign! lol It's all good though. Tommorow I'ma do a side by side and see if I still feel the same. But I know I was instantly reminded of Chergui when I tried it the other day. Looks like I'm in the minority...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djamison66 View Post
    At first, I thought "no way, they're nothing alike." But then I applied a little Arpege PH on my arm for a reappraisal and I'll be doggone if it really doesn't bear more than a passing resemblance to Chergui. It's nowhere near as rich and deep as Chergui, but I can definitely see where you're coming from. And now I think I appreciate Arpege PH a bit more. Very interesting.
    Finally, I got 1 cosign!!! lol I knew I wasn't imagining things! lol So maybe you can articulate the similarites between the two a little further. What is it that makes them similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Just to clarify for everyone, is this the one you refer to Larwiz?
    Yes Dullah, that's the one! And for about $20 for a 50 ml bottle, I think this is a much better deal than Chergui! Despite what the majority in this thread say, I would demand that anyone considering Chergui atleast TRY this one. Definite similarity!

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    They bth have a certain "sweet charm" to them, and their levels of sweetness are close, but you don't find a large difference, given the nectarine-fruitiness (similar to Lauder pleasures) topnotes of Arpege, and the dense depth of Chergui, along with a "smoky powdered sugar" note, noticably absent in Arpege, which has a different type of dry/powdery olfactory texture, more like course ground baking spices than fine like powdered sugar or smoke ?

    I personally found arpege to be in the vein of Polo Double Black, which I also like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    Finally, I got 1 cosign!!! lol I knew I wasn't imagining things! lol So maybe you can articulate the similarites between the two a little further. What is it that makes them similar?
    I don't know if I can articulate it. Maybe it's the soft, sweet, creamy, powdery structure they have in common? I can't rightly say.
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    Djam, I think you nailed it. It's that sweet powdery note they share. It's a sweet thick and almost humid smell. This may sound strange, but Chergui's scent gives an impression of actually having tangible texture, like when there is very high humidity and the air actually feels thick and musty. Chergui and Arpege share that.

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    I sniffed it only once, briefly, but Body Kouros reminded me of Chergui. I'm sure fans of either or both would be horrified. Just sayin. . .

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    Body Kouros is good in it's own right, but I don't detect any resemblance to Chergui.

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    Arpege pour Homme and Chergui do not have any link at all imho.

    And yes, Chergui also reminds me instantly of Kouros, and to be more accurate, Body Kouros.

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    It has a lil bit similar opening notes to Body Kouros but they diverge widely as the fragrance develops
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    Hey Larwiz---Ever since I stumbled across this thread a while back where you asked if anyone had noticed a similarity between Apege pour Homme and Chergui, I had been intereseted smelling ApH just to see, especially since I LOVE Chergui, but can only afford a few 1ml samples from time to time. Based on the discussion you started, I figured that if I nabbed a bottle of ApH that could keep me going until I got my hands on FB of Chergui. Yesterday, I managed to get my hands on a 1 oz. bottle of ApH at TJ MAxx for $9.99. I spritzed it on when I got home and while it seemed a little thin compared to Chergui and a little something was missing, I could see what you were saying about the similarities...the skeleton of Chergui is there. I'm obsessive when it comes to perfume and I just had to know what the differences and similarities were between the two so I looked up the notes to both. There was definitely an overlap in many of the notes, but I noticed that there was no Amber listed for ApH even though it may very well be there in small amounts. I decided to do an experiment: I took some Ambre Extreme (by L'Artisan Parfumeur) which is a pretty linear Ambre scent and applied it to my wrist. I then layerd the Arpege pour Homme over it and BAM! I got something so similar to Chergui, including the "hay" note that I think I can be adequately satisfied until I can get my hands on a decent amount of real Chergui, because like Mikeperez said, there's NOTHING like Chergui.

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    Hey Ms Roch...very interesting. :-) I'm glad your layering was successful, and I'm glad you found some similarities in the two. I know I definetely did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Having returned the bottle, I still have a few official sample sprays of Chergui. And of course, Arpege pour Homme is one of my favorites (also my wardrobe icon). How do they compare? Apart from the sweet spicy thing they both got going on in the sillage, I find them distinctively different. Perhaps you'd care to share which aspects you find most similar?
    What? can you return bottles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Postumo View Post
    What? can you return bottles?
    Opened bottles can be returned to both Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
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    Chergui and Bulgari Black are very similar indeed. I find that Chergui has more emphasis on honeyed hay, whilst Bulgari Black has more emphasis on rubber.

    I also own Arpege PH, and I find it a more different beast. Lighter, more powdery.
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    I'm dying to smell CHERGUI!!!!!!!!!! I own BB and imo, it's one of the greatest frags I own. Sorry, I can't really be involved much in the convo since I've never smelled either of the two scents in question...lol.
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    I also have APH and I like it. I believe I just got a sample of Chergui, or however it's spelled, in a collection and will compare. LOL.

    I've returned bottles to Ross... but I also have a delicate way of opening the packages and found a special way to reseal them that is virtually undetectable unless you really really look hard. Of course you can't do it to them same package twice so if you screw it up, it's toast. I even returned one to a store in a mall that the guy looked it over pretty close and didn't see it. They didn't have a cash back policy but swapped it for a frag I liked.

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    Default Re: An inexpensive Chergui clone...

    Sorry for going off topic, but I tried Chergui a few days ago at BG... The tester juice was the original (dark brown) juice, which I quite liked. I'm assuming that if I decide on a full bottle, I'll end up with the green reformulated juice. Is the reformulated juice that different? Is it still worth getting?

    Thanks...

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    both scents are milky in a way.. but Chergui is way drier and greener.. i dotn see a resemblance...the only other scent which i found to be relatively close in sillage is, Tauers Vetiver Dance..

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    Thread summary: atleast 10 people compared Arpege Pour Homme and Chergui and found no similarity, and atleast 3 people (me included) compared the two and did see some similarity.

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    I have wondered how do you pronounce Chergui? I have been thinking it's like how that famous iconic singer from the 60s/70s must have gotten when she met Sonny Bono....
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    I don't see very many similarities between Chergui and Bulgari Black either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsta View Post
    I have wondered how do you pronounce Chergui? I have been thinking it's like how that famous iconic singer from the 60s/70s must have gotten when she met Sonny Bono....
    I think it's something like "share" and "gui(tar)".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    For the record, I TOTALLY get the BVLGARI Black comparison. In fact, I have done an old side-by side, and I defy anyone in possession of both Chergui and Black to try this and find them wholly dissimilar.

    As for the original poster's conclusion, that one I cannot smell.
    I own both and NO in my opinion not close. Two different types of sweetness.......
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  25. #55

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    I don't personally smell the resemblance between Chergui and LApH

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    I've only owned Arpege pH, so it may be too soon to speak on this, but based on just the notes, I can't see how these two could be anything alike. Arpege pH is a very simple composition.. citrus and vanilla that's very creamy.

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    Does Jacomo Rouge smell like Chergui?
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    If Bulgari Black smells like Chergui does Midnight in Paris EDP smell like both? I've never sampled Midnight in Paris, but I've read of the comparisons to Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy View Post
    Does Jacomo Rouge smell like Chergui?
    Note even close. Jacomo Rouge would be more similar to Le Male or Reflection Man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy View Post
    Does Jacomo Rouge smell like Chergui?
    IMO quite different.

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