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    Default I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    Today I'm finally wearing a sample of Bond No. 9 I Love NY for All, and I'm a bit surprised at how much I'm enjoying it so far. I always figured I wasn't into sweet scents, and the IDEA of gourmands didn't appeal to me, but this is really nice. Still, I don't know much about this category at all, apart from sniffing A*Men on test strips a few times (and not necessarily hating it). So, the question is, would the Bond No. 9 be one to go for, or are there others I should explore first? Is A*Men really that challenging and divisive to wear? How would it compare to I Love NY for All?

    (My blind-buy bottle of L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Extreme is on its way, so there's that too.)

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by onethinline View Post
    Is A*Men really that challenging and divisive to wear?
    I believe it is, yes! I'm not an A*men fan at all. I do however like NY for all very much.

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by onethinline View Post
    Is A*Men really that challenging and divisive to wear?
    IMO I don't feel it is. It might just take a little getting used to.

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    Those are two of my favorite gourmands, NY for all and LIDGE (finally came yesterday). Me, I am not so much an A*MEN fan so i wouldnt be able to give it a fair comparison and have not reached the point where I would wear it. Maybe you could look into Pure Havane and Pure Malt as an alternative to A*MEN if you find it to be a challenge to wear.

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    A*Men may be a hate-or-love scent, but after certain testings, it is definitely not that hard to wear one gets used to it and decides that A*Men is likable enough to be worn

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    This scent was horrible on my skin...smelled like cheese ...gross...I like the original I love new york

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    L'Instant is wonderful, don't apply too much though! At first you will be tempted to but it changes and you should learn how to wear it starting with just a spray or two.

    I wore New Haarlem yesterday for the first real wearing. I thought I would just like it based on a card sampling but it really works for me. You may want to try that one too.
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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    You have the best on it's way to you in L'Instant Extreme, a fantastic vanille/cocoa semi gourmand fragrance. It smells great and lasts twelve hours plus. Good purchase.

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    Tonka Imperiale is definitely my current favorite gourmand!

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    If you like that one, then I also think that Bond no. 9 So New York, Bond no. 9 New Haarlem, and Rochas Man may be worth trying.
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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    Les Nombres d'Or Vanille by Mona di Orio is my favorite gourmand. Frapin 1270 is also one I like and recommend.
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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    ambre narguile is my favorite.

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    AMEN will be potent if you are used to lighter scents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince23heat View Post
    AMEN will be potent if you are used to lighter scents
    I actually prefer a scent to have some projection, letting me then control the number of sprays from there. Though from all I've read A*Men is a beast as far as strength. I haven't worn it yet -- only smelled it on strips -- but already it seems more complex and interesting than I Love NY for All. Though maybe it's not as much of a "high quality" experience? I have to admit, one of my hesitations about trying A*Men is that it's associated with guys much younger than me (I'm 34). Still, if its effect is similar to the lovely smell I got from the Bond No. 9 this morning, I may have to give it a go. It's certainly more affordable than something like New Haarlem. :-)

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by onethinline View Post
    I actually prefer a scent to have some projection, letting me then control the number of sprays from there. Though from all I've read A*Men is a beast as far as strength. I haven't worn it yet -- only smelled it on strips -- but already it seems more complex and interesting than I Love NY for All. Though maybe it's not as much of a "high quality" experience? I have to admit, one of my hesitations about trying A*Men is that it's associated with guys much younger than me (I'm 34). Still, if its effect is similar to the lovely smell I got from the Bond No. 9 this morning, I may have to give it a go. It's certainly more affordable than something like New Haarlem. :-)
    sample sample sample. go to sephora or macys because Amen is not a good blind buy. Many dislike the burnt openning smell. new haarlem tho is a smoother scent but i would just get rochas instead because they are similar

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    Rochas Man is a great inexpensive gourmand. I also enjoy New Haarlem, Pure Havane (a lot), Pure Malt and A*Men.

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    I second Rochas man. Its underrated

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    A*Men is very high quality, so you've got nothing to worry about there. In fact, it's a benchmark fragrance. Try it with a single spray to the chest, and go from there. I personally like the opening, but the drydown is absolutely brilliant.

    New Haarlem is pure gold in a bottle, check that one out too.

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    Default Re: I Love NY for All may have opened me to gourmands... now what?

    I really enjoy New Haarlem, Pure Havane, Musc Ravaguer, Back to Black and Tobacco Vanille.

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