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    I bought this blind a couple of years ago for cheap but I couldn't get past an annoying synthetic note. It ended up with one of the nephews.
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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    I'm interested. I can't imagine this would be better for older men, however. Maybe for non-fragrance hobbyists. But if you are on Basenotes ( with all the time, money and effort that goes into fragrances), I think any supposed "mature" fragrances is fair game.

    Its too bad Marais doesn't like this one. The last time I went against his advice, I ended up with a bottle of Ferrari Uomo .
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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Thanks for the heads up.

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    I picked this up off of ebay a while back, blind buy based of of those few good reviews (it was very cheap). Seemingly good quality for the $: the bottle is very nice, and the scent is pleasant, though maybe not super unique. I remember being struck by the mint when I first wore it, but now I get more of the woods and fruit. For me, L'Essence brings to mind a lighter L'Anarchiste, without the ketchupy-metallic-blood accord, and as it mellows, seems vaguely similar to Paco Rabbane XS. I wore it to work, and it seemed very office-appropriate. I wouldn't say it's too mature a fragrance; it's no sport scent, but it seems pretty 'fresh' to me.

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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Quote Originally Posted by Candide View Post
    Wow, this must be the holy grail. I'm looking forward to at least 30 threads about it...each day.
    Can we dare hope? Could this be the next......no I refuse to even say the "A" word.

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    Stone the whistleblower!! Stone him!
    Someone's always spoiling the fun.

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    lol after this thread its gone to the top of my MUST sniff list! Just love Basenotes!

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    this one is interesting to me. kind of want to check it out now. thanks op

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    I found it a modern, sweet scent with some soft leather. Not very strong either. To compare it to classic Guerlains is heresy of the highest order! :-)

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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Quote Originally Posted by eggy View Post
    Order already shipped from eBay. sweeeet
    Please let us know what you think of it when it gets to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Please let us know what you think of it when it gets to you.
    YES! PLEASE DO! This one's been on my radar for a while and now you've got me tempted to blind buy, but I'm just not sure since I don't like to buy what I haven't smelled. Must... resist... muuuuuuust... reeeeeesssssiiiiiiiisssst.

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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    I bit. $20. What the heck.

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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Looks like mine will arrive tomorrow... can't wait go give it a spray...

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    Received my bottle in the mail today. It's not bad. Falls somewhere between Tom Ford for Men, Baldessarini, and YSL L'Homme. Has a little more punch than those, though. Good stuff for $20. Nice bottle, and the atomizer is fantastic. It really dispenses the juice! I wish more niche bottles had atomizers like this. My initial impression, I give it a 7.5/10.
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    4. L'Artisan Al Oudh
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    7. Andy Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    8. Guerlain Derby
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    13 bottles sold in 3 days after this post. Not going to stay under the radar for long i guess.
    Seller will smell something fishy!!!!!!!
    PS Note to myself: must order 1 quickly!!

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    13 bottles sold in 3 days after this post. Not going to stay under the radar for long i guess.
    Seller will smell something fishy!!!!!!!
    PS Note to myself: must order 1 quickly!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing the Dragon View Post
    Received my bottle in the mail today. It's not bad. Falls somewhere between Tom Ford for Men, Baldessarini, and YSL L'Homme. Has a little more punch than those, though. Good stuff for $20. Nice bottle, and the atomizer is fantastic. It really dispenses the juice! I wish more niche bottles had atomizers like this. My initial impression, I give it a 7.5/10.

    Sounds good!

    I won't be able to test mine until later in the month when I get to the states, but I 'm very excited
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    Mine just arrived and I must say this stuff is pretty good! Even the mintiness, which is often a major turn-off for me, is well done here.

    Thanks PWJ for a great suggestion!
    Mark K

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    Got my bottle today too. I'm surprised at how well done this is. I sprayed it on a couple of hours ago and it's still going strong. Definitely a leather for the non-leather lover. Sort of like a lighter, minty vintage Bel Ami. I like it.
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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Quote Originally Posted by acjigga View Post
    Got my bottle today too. I'm surprised at how well done this is. I sprayed it on a couple of hours ago and it's still going strong. Definitely a leather for the non-leather lover. Sort of like a lighter, minty vintage Bel Ami. I like it.
    Same here, got it in today and just sprayed it on to test it out. I like it so far, though I'm only 20 minutes in. It does seem to be a lighter scent so far, even at 3 sprays. Hasn't been long enough to comment much about the scent really except that I do get a hint of the mint mentioned before, but only slightly... The bottle is great, and the cap, very masculine looking which I like.

    If you ordered from the link above it is a tester, so it will come in a white box with the name printed on it instead of the nicer looking box shown above. With that said, it is the bottle that sits on the shelf, not the box, so no big deal imo. All in all, I like it so far and will see how it goes for the rest of the evening...
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    Great success
    I'm liquidating my collection to help fund my site. Please show your support for the FPindex and buy buy buy - Tuscan Leather, Egoiste, Costume National 21, etc!

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    I'm happy you like it!

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    Thanks guys for sharing your thoughts on the fragrance ! I am surprised I missed this one.
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    Good thread.

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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    My bottle came in the mail today. Yep it's a very nice fragrance. Sticking to my classic Guerlain vibe as I don't put them on a pedestal like some do on basenotes. Also the Bel Ami comparison is a good one.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Instead of discussing the frag in the OP, why not come up with ouyr own 'under the radar' frag, that can be had for cheap ?

    My secret frag is:

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    Thallium Black

    Descirbed in a previous post like this:

    "The spicy freshness of the Cardamom plays with the fruity of a juicy Apple, making a fruits cocktail with an aroma of Bergamot peel.

    Nutmeg confers its warm effect of spice to the aromatic union of Sage and Basil, on a middle fragrance of sweet Plum and tangy Geranium.

    Effluvia of holy Amber fit perfectly well the smoky Patchouli, mixing on bottom the sweetness of the Tonka Bean to the powder of Musk.

    Thallium Black, exquisitely warm and deeply spiced, this rich blend is a web of earth delights.
    Masculinity becomes fragrance"
    Really nice frag for the price - great longevity, masculinity in a bottle - almost niche worthy scent for supermarket price - what more can you demand ?
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    Default Re: Sharing a secret: the best under-the-radar fragrance prize goes to...

    Quote Originally Posted by ubergeek View Post
    I like this fragrance a lot, although I don't know that it's quite "edgy" enough to be a favourite among the Basenotes crowd.
    screw the basenotes crowd - this is pretty good schtuff.
    i don't make the bel ami connection though but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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    I rec'd mine and also find it quite nice

    Base reminds me of Tom Ford for Men........
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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsisa View Post
    Stone the whistleblower!! Stone him!
    Aw, stones will hurt! Use the caps from Chanel Blue...which was a big hose job anyhow.
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    So I got this in a great transaction with Silent Rich (A great user to deal with btw!), and I am impressed Scent wise very smooth. Something about it reminds me of Moschino Uomo, almost like an "intense" version of it. Unfortunately I find the longevity and silage to be a bit weak, anyone else experience this?

    It has this certain "Italian" vibe which I get from certain Canali scents as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    Instead of discussing the frag in the OP, why not come up with ouyr own 'under the radar' frag, that can be had for cheap ?
    I think I have to give this one a go. I just think that bottle is one of the worst things I have ever seen!

    Thanks for posting.
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    Mauboussin Homme. Go for the edt rather than the edp version. I much prefer the edt. I know, usually it is the other way around.

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    I got this stuff and kind of regret it. Something about it turns me off... Might look to sell it in the near future
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