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    Cool Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    I found several old fragrances I thought I would go through once again. (What fun, seriously!) They include: New West (Aramis), Lolita Lempicka, True Star, Nautica (the original one), Spark Seduction, Givenchy Gentleman, Polo (original green), a Ralph Lauren fragrance (I think it's Monogram, but the writing is so tiny can't read it), and Bora Bora, that cheapie Liz Claiborne scent. Of all these, the ONLY one I keep wanting to smell is Bora Bora. I know this certainly isn't the best quality fragrance, but it just smells good! And it makes me want more. Oh well, the nose likes what it likes! But I think it would be nice if Chanel or Bulgari remade this using better quality ingredients. In fact, I am sure they easily could, just add a couple of new notes and change the name. Of course, it's possible I like this so much because of the association with the good times I had when I used to wear this. Who knows. All I know is I like it.
    Just because a fragrance is expensive, doesn’t necessarily make it smell better than a cheaper one.

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    This was my best friends favorite cologne. He wore it all the time. It works much better on his skin than mine. I ordered this one months ago, as it reminds me of him. But when I wear it, I feel (literally) nauseous.

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Here's an interesting fact about Bora Bora: it dries down to an identical but lighter Curve (also by Liz Claiborne). Curve and Bora Bora start out quite differently, but the drydown is the same (except that Curve is stronger in the drydown). I'm not implying that's a bad thing. It's actually great. I was wearing Bora Bora when I met my ex. She loved it, so I kept wearing it while we dated. I still own a bottle. It wasn't until long later that I realized Bora Bora and Curve have the same drydown. Now, I wonder which other Claiborne scents do the same thing.

    Bora Bora won't fetch compliments as easily as Curve since it ends up wearing lighter, but once someone notices it, it does get compliments. Through the years I got great dating feedback while wearing it.

    As long as you spray an hour or two before you head out, Bora Bora is a great 1st date pick.

    I hate the bottle though! Ugh.

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    P.S. Seriously... anybody have a bottle of Curve and other Claiborne stuff? I wonder how many of her men's scents have the exact same drydown. I bet Curve and Bora Bora aren't the only ones.

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Here's an interesting fact about Bora Bora: it dries down to an identical but lighter Curve (also by Liz Claiborne). Curve and Bora Bora start out quite differently, but the drydown is the same (except that Curve is stronger in the drydown). I'm not implying that's a bad thing. It's actually great. I was wearing Bora Bora when I met my ex. She loved it, so I kept wearing it while we dated. I still own a bottle. It wasn't until long later that I realized Bora Bora and Curve have the same drydown. Now, I wonder which other Claiborne scents do the same thing.

    Bora Bora won't fetch compliments as easily as Curve since it ends up wearing lighter, but once someone notices it, it does get compliments. Through the years I got great dating feedback while wearing it.

    As long as you spray an hour or two before you head out, Bora Bora is a great 1st date pick.

    I hate the bottle though! Ugh.

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    P.S. Seriously... anybody have a bottle of Curve and other Claiborne stuff? I wonder how many of her men's scents have the exact same drydown. I bet Curve and Bora Bora aren't the only ones.

    Well, I'm not really familiar with Curve, but I know SOUL by Curve DOES have the same drydown as Bora Bora, as I pointed out in my Soul by Curve review years ago. Now I wonder if ALL Claiborne scents drydown the same.
    Just because a fragrance is expensive, doesn’t necessarily make it smell better than a cheaper one.

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    Now I wonder if ALL Claiborne scents drydown the same.
    Me too! I used to own a bunch of Claiborne minis. I wish I hadn't pitched them.

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Something doesn't add up here.
    If Bora Bora is the same as Curve in drydown and
    Bora Bora is the same as Soul in the drydown,
    then,
    Curve should be the same as Soul in the drydown.

    But I only have Curve and Soul and they don't smell the same to me.

    Interesting the scents you consider to be "old".
    Depends how old you are I suppose, but I wouldn't have put True Star (7yo) or Lempicka (12yo) into that category nor, arguably, scents that are still popular and being sold at high prices in department stores.
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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    Interesting the scents you consider to be "old".
    Depends how old you are I suppose, but I wouldn't have put True Star (7yo) or Lempicka (12yo) into that category nor, arguably, scents that are still popular and being sold at high prices in department stores.
    TomAto, TomOto... "Old" means "not new". True Star isn't new.
    Just because a fragrance is expensive, doesn’t necessarily make it smell better than a cheaper one.

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Personally not a fan of Bora Bora but glad the OP found it to his liking.

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    Still have a 3/4 bottle of this stuff. It used to be, and still is, to an extent, my night out scent before I got deeper into fragrances. Definitely an old, but not out dated fragrance.

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    TomAto, TomOto... "Old" means "not new". True Star isn't new.
    So - everything over six months, or maybe a year, is old?
    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    So - everything over six months, or maybe a year, is old?
    Renato
    True Star is SEVEN years old. I think I will check out that Ignore feature.
    Just because a fragrance is expensive, doesn’t necessarily make it smell better than a cheaper one.

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    My Son likes this and I have a close friend that likes this.....Not a bad fragrance.....just not for me.....Gary

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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    True Star is SEVEN years old. I think I will check out that Ignore feature.
    Please feel free to do so.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    I've been reading how all the Claiborne scents have the same or similar dry down. Bora Bora is apparently a lighter version of Curve's dry down according to the OP.

    I had the vintage Clairborne Curve back in 2004. I thought it was a nice scent, but a little too conspicuous and musky in the dry down.
    Years later I got Lucky You, thinking it was a fresher and greener Curve. Instead, once I got passed the opening, the dry down had this smell of burnt rubber or plastic. It smelled really bad on my skin.

    Now I just got Mambo, and have to say it's pretty good! A smooth ride from opening to dry down. Not loud at all, which I like, and that's probably due to being a cologne and not EDT, and that's appreciated since I've been having some bad reactions to a lot of EDTs recently.

    So, now I want to check out Bora Bora. Is it worth getting in addition to Mambo? Are the openings the only thing setting these fragrances apart? Since I find differences in vintage Curve, Lucky You and Mambo, I'm thinking there must be. But what say you guys?

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    Not sure I tried the original, but the Exotic flanker to this is ok.. just never wore it so I swapped it.
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    Default Re: Bora Bora Revisited: a Stroll down Cheapie Avenue

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh V. View Post
    So, now I want to check out Bora Bora. Is it worth getting in addition to Mambo? Are the openings the only thing setting these fragrances apart? Since I find differences in vintage Curve, Lucky You and Mambo, I'm thinking there must be. But what say you guys?
    Hi, Bora Bora is ONLY worth getting if it's the original juice. I bought one online a few years ago, and it was either reformulated or just old because that incredible (incredible) ginger note was missing, gone, absolutely not there!
    Just because a fragrance is expensive, doesn’t necessarily make it smell better than a cheaper one.

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    I ended up getting Bora Bora anyways.

    First impression is that it smells very feminine, like a a woman's fragrance. Different opening from all the other Claiborne's.
    It dries down into a weak, decent/okay smell. It's different than Mambo and Curve.

    I've bought all three recently, and here's my thoughts.

    Curve
    The opening is just like a I remember, but that strong, musky dry down has been severely watered down. I personally don't mind it, as vintage Curve smelled rough when drying down on my skin. Still the best of the three though.

    Mambo
    It's a timid, nice smell. It's a 7 to Curve's 8.5. But it has a very smooth dry down that I appreciate it.

    Bora Bora
    This smells very feminine. The bottle, name, and smell fits a woman's fragrance. I had to check the box to make sure it said "men's cologne."
    Nice opening, different from the other three by being very femme. The dry down was the least smoothest of the three.

    They all may have something similar in the dry down but to me, they were different enough.
    I doubt I'll go back to these anytime soon, because my tastes are different now. But these are best smelling cheapies I've bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh V. View Post
    I ended up getting Bora Bora anyways.

    First impression is that it smells very feminine, like a a woman's fragrance. Different opening from all the other Claiborne's.
    It dries down into a weak, decent/okay smell. It's different than Mambo and Curve.

    I've bought all three recently, and here's my thoughts.

    Curve
    The opening is just like a I remember, but that strong, musky dry down has been severely watered down. I personally don't mind it, as vintage Curve smelled rough when drying down on my skin. Still the best of the three though.

    Mambo
    It's a timid, nice smell. It's a 7 to Curve's 8.5. But it has a very smooth dry down that I appreciate it.

    Bora Bora
    This smells very feminine. The bottle, name, and smell fits a woman's fragrance. I had to check the box to make sure it said "men's cologne."
    Nice opening, different from the other three by being very femme. The dry down was the least smoothest of the three.

    They all may have something similar in the dry down but to me, they were different enough.
    I doubt I'll go back to these anytime soon, because my tastes are different now. But these are best smelling cheapies I've bought.
    I have never tried anything from Liz Clairborne and now I am waiting for the delivery of Curve. It is nice that you found it best of the three at least I wonder what I will think of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh V. View Post
    I ended up getting Bora Bora anyways.

    First impression is that it smells very feminine, like a a woman's fragrance. Different opening from all the other Claiborne's.
    It dries down into a weak, decent/okay smell. It's different than Mambo and Curve.

    Bora Bora
    This smells very feminine. The bottle, name, and smell fits a woman's fragrance. I had to check the box to make sure it said "men's cologne."
    Nice opening, different from the other three by being very femme. The dry down was the least smoothest of the three.
    Are you sure you bought the right version of Bora Bora? This bottle doesn't look feminine to me at all (it's ugly as sin, but not feminine). And the scent doesn't smell feminine either.

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    That's the one.
    It looks like it'd fit right next to Elizabeth Taylor's Passion for Women.
    I googled the women's version. That definitely looks like a woman's bottle.


    If you and other people don't find Bora Bora for Men to be too feminine, that's good for me. I'll be a little less self conscious when I do wear it. It just seemed really sweet. I'd like to try the woman's version now and compare them.

    Curve is the sexiest of all three, but it definitely has the vibe of a starter fragrance. The other ones are a little more casual and not nearly as synthetically loud.
    But damn, that EA reformulation really did take a bite out of what it once was. I gave my younger brother my vintage Curve. The top notes were all burnt off and nasty smelling, but it dries down normal. I'll probably do a test of both versions for fun one of these days.

    One more thing. Claiborne has/had awful bottle designs.
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