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    Default please weigh in your expertise for my Dirty Dozen experiment

    In a nutshell, for various reasons, I have decided to limit myself to 12 fragrances maximum. Obviously, these need to be fragrances I really love and/or what I would consider "the best in it's class". That being said, the 12 I have presently settled on are:

    Aramis Havana (***)
    Cartier Must
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste (***)
    Chanel Pour Monsieur (***)
    Chanel Anteaus
    Creed Millesime Imperial
    Fredric Malle Musc Ravageur
    L'Occitane Eau des Baux (***)
    Rochas Man(***)
    Versace The Dreamer
    YSL M7
    YSL Rive Gauche


    Under consideration: Divine l'homme Sage, Le Lebo Rose 31, VC@A PH

    Now, if I could ask you to help me:
    1) Are there any you feel would be an upgrade on what I have settled on (ex. I have been told AMouage Opus II is similar yet superior to Rive Gauche)
    2) Are there any general recommendations/comments you would have based on what you see of my current tastes.

    BTW, those with *** are those I would most likely look to keep and add an alternative to my rotation (ex. Rochas Man and add New Haarlem)

    Thanks for any feedback you could give. I appreciate your expertise!

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    Default Re: please weigh in your expertise for my Dirty Dozen experiment

    I like the idea of 12 and that's IT. The bottom line is if you thin these are the best in class then go for it.
    Since you asked for suggestions : Rose 31 is not a bad addition (test 1st of course)
    + are you absolutely SURE about Cartier Must ?
    + finally - then I'll shut-up - ever tried Ho Hang Club as opposed to Anteaus ?

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    Default Re: please weigh in your expertise for my Dirty Dozen experiment

    SoGent - thanks, that exactly the type of post I'm lookinf for.

    1) Have tried Rose 31, REALLY liked it
    2) I really like Must, but am not married to it. If I found something I liked better, I would replace it, preferably of the same ilk (to me at least it's a cold weather/nighttime/possible romantic scent.
    3) never tried Ho Hang Club...I'll be sure to add it to my test list! Thanks.

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    Default Re: please weigh in your expertise for my Dirty Dozen experiment

    I'm wondering about Platinum Egoiste, given that you have Rive Gauche PH as a great fougère already. What sort of things would you be looking at substituting for PE - other fougères, citrus-opening scents, powdery, etc.? I like and own PE, but I would not keep it as one of my 12.
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    Redneck - to be honest, PE is probably my overall #1 (with Havana a close #2). As is, I would most likely not delete them completely at this time. In fact they would probably the only two I would consider near-untouchable at this time.

    That interesting what you say about Rive Gauche.....you probably have a much more sophisticated nose then I do, but I don't consider them particularly similar. In fact I would lean to PE more in warm weather, RG in cold.

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    Default Re: please weigh in your expertise for my Dirty Dozen experiment

    ^ I agree - you have to keep your true loves. Havana is an awesome frag, and if PE is a keeper, it's a keeper! End of discussion on that one.

    I'm not very familiar with Must de Cartier, but I know that Santos de Cartier Concentrée is amazing stuff. Have you given that a good try? It gets a LOT of respect from a lot of critical noses, whereas Must, not as much.
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    The Twelve Apostles!

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