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    Default Are these different enough to warrant buying?

    I'm currently looking to buy a new fragrance but the ones that I find interesting seem to have some redundancy... Can you guys elaborate on the differences between the respective fragrances and give your opinion if its worth buying these fragrances if I already have the following fragrances?

    Have: D&G The One
    Have: Paco Rabanne PH
    Have: La Nuit L'Homme

    Interested In: Terre D'Hermes
    Interested In: Rive Gauche
    Interested In: La Nuit L'Homme le Parfum

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    Default Re: Are these different enough to warrant buying?

    I’ve not tried La Nuit Parfum, so I’ll only comment on the first two pairings:

    1) The One vs Td’H*.

    Extremely different.

    The One is a soft, warm, powdery and sweet/spicy fragrance with god-awful projection and sub-par longevity. I really like the scent of it, but long for a stronger version. It’s a fantastic evening scent, because it becomes a skin scent after 2 hours or so.

    The Td’H is a cooler scent – the green citrus opening is often described as ‘sharp’ or ‘metallic’ – but soon the citrus opening softens (but pleasingly, and in contrast to many citrus frags, stays around for the life of the scent) and allows the vetiver to play a more prominent role.
    The projection and longevity on this (and the Parfum) is excellent. I get 12 hours and over from either version.

    Despite its strength, Td’H is a terrific work fragrance – provided it’s applied sparingly. The One is a much better evening fragrance, and is a proven compliment getter from women, who seem to like the soft sweetness of the drydown.

    I think you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t have Td’H. I’d suggest sniffing out both the EDT and the Parfum. I prefer the Parfum, but am happy I have both in my wardrobe.

    *presumably you mean the EDT, but some of my comments also apply to the Parfum, which is a much warmer, smoother and woodier Td’H.

    2) Rabanne PH* vs RG

    Again, almost no similarities, save for the fact that they’re often both referred to as ‘barbershop’ fragrances.
    This is because PR has a classic ‘masculine’ scent associated with the image of the clean-cut man of the 1950s, and RG allegedly smells like Barbasol shaving cream (I’ve never smelled Barbasol so I can’t comment).

    They smell exactly nothing alike to my nose – RG is a very clean, spicy, soapy fragrance that’s often compared to Azzaro PH. I also feel it’s in a similar vein to the Taylor of Old Bond Street colognes. I’m not saying it smells like any one TOBS scent, but rather it has the same understated, soapy appeal that those British colognes have.

    PR, on the other hand, is more akin (but certainly not entirely similar) to Antaeus, Kouros et al. It has an unapologetically brash opening and I feel it even smells acrid, in stark contrast to the smooth, mature RG. PR still smells quite clean on the drydown, but not in the same soapy way that RG does.

    The only other similarities between the two are their above-average projection and longevity. I hear the occasional person say RG has poor longevity, but I easily get 6+ hours from it, and I feel it outdoes PR in that regard.

    I bought PR because it was a good price and won’t buy it again, whereas I’ve got two backup bottles of RG. It’s clear where my preference lies.

    *I have the current formulation, so can’t comment on vintage PR PH.

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    No similarity between Rg and Pr..
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Default Re: Are these different enough to warrant buying?

    Quote Originally Posted by basiamedas View Post
    I'm currently looking to buy a new fragrance but the ones that I find interesting seem to have some redundancy... Can you guys elaborate on the differences between the respective fragrances and give your opinion if its worth buying these fragrances if I already have the following fragrances?

    Have: D&G The One
    Have: Paco Rabanne PH
    Have: La Nuit L'Homme

    Interested In: Terre D'Hermes
    Interested In: Rive Gauche
    Interested In: La Nuit L'Homme le Parfum

    I can't comment on the La Nuit Parfum, but I don't find any redundancy in the others. RG and TDH are nothing alike and they're not like the ones you own either. I'd get both, since TdH is awesome and RG is also really good and very inexpensive.

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