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    Lightbulb Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    Based on current reformulation, not vintage ones, which scent is the best: Santos regular or VC&A PH? Thanks!

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    Unhappy Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    They Both Suck!
    Its all about the Vintages!

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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    Have and like both originals but I prefer Santos.

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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    vc&a ph
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    Santos for me between these two!!!
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    Santos by far. VC&A has never smelled very manly to me. I've never understood its reputation and why its often classified with things like Santos, Trussardi Uomo, etc.

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    I only tried the current formulations and i liked both. I would say Santos as its close to Chanel Antaeus that i like more than both.

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    I like VC&A. Nice scent, nice evolution, fun to wear.

    Santos just sits there in a big fragrant lump, not doing anything interesting. Kind of like Pasha. The 80's and early 90's was not a good time for Cartier.
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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    You mean: which one is worse...?
    ...Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme is by far the most horrible scent I've ever smelled...!

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    I haven't sampled the vintages, but the current formulation of VC&A was a scrubber for me, instant revulsion. Santos is good, if you can wear macho scents (in comparison to popular current favourites).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    You mean: which one is worse...?
    ...Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme is by far the most horrible scent I've ever smelled...!
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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    Quote Originally Posted by d4N13L View Post
    I only tried the current formulations and i liked both. I would say Santos as its close to Chanel Antaeus that i like more than both.
    You just pinpointed my major doubt, as in fragrantica.com people associated VC&A to antaeus. But i agree with you, santos is very near to antaeus at least on current formulation, and a kind of yummy smell. like it too. Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels teeters on the feminine side, so Santos by Cartier by default.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollars&scents View Post
    Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels teeters on the feminine side, so Santos by Cartier by default.
    I think theyre talking about Van Cleef and Arpels pour homme, very different from MiP.

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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    Santos for sure

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    Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.S antos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Sa ntos.Santos.Santos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neal View Post
    Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.S antos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Santos.Sa ntos.Santos.Santos.
    Like that! Seems like Neal loves it too.

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    And let's not forget the rarely mentioned Santos Sport. Much Like Antaeus Sport - it's rare, not often discussed, but an amazing flanker.

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    VC&A, to me Santos smells like yeast.

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    Santos by miles. VC & A ph is one of the worst scents I have tried.

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    Default Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    Never tried Santos, but it can't be better than VC&A PH. I love this scent... and someone here said it's not masculine? Are you kidding me?
    Guess some guys here gotta have their civet and other "stank" notes for something to be "masculine."
    Only one problem guys... most women DO NOT like those type of masculine scents. VC&A PH is a very inoffensive masculine powerhouse.
    And has a dignified, "I mean business" air about it.
    Considering all the hate in this thread for the VC&A, as I recall it had pretty favorable positive-to-negative reviews when you look it up here.

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