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    Default Too Close to Call...Equally Matched Fragrance Pairs

    A member in General Frag Discussion was asking for advice on a decision to choose Ambre Precieux or Ambre 114--not an easy choice as both are excellent and fairly similar.

    So it got me thinking, what are some other equally matched fragrance pairs, where both are equally good but similar enough that if you're a conservative buyer, it doesn't make sense to own both.

    Ambre Precieux and 114 definitely. Though you may prefer one, you have to admit they're well-matched and quite similar.

    What else?
    Last edited by Buysblind; 16th May 2014 at 02:22 PM.

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    Tam Dao vs. Wonderwood
    Terre d'Hermes vs. Montale Red Vetyver
    PdN New York vs. Creed Bois du Portugal
    Last edited by dougczar; 16th May 2014 at 02:03 PM.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Close, and made by the same excellent perfumer (Edouard Flechier).

    Montana Parfum d'Homme (1989) - Aramis Havana (1994)
    Last edited by pluran; 16th May 2014 at 02:28 PM.

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    Creed Aventus v Lomani Silver

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Tam Dao vs. Wonderwood
    Terre d'Hermes vs. Montale Red Vetyver
    PdN New York vs. Creed Bois du Portugal
    Nice list, dougczar, pulling out the PdNNY and CBdP comparison! Very astute.

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    Tobacco Vanille v Tabac Rouge

    also,

    Montale Fougeres Marine smells exactly the same as Tommy

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    Kiton Men vs Green Irish Tweed.

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    Aventus vs Everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    Aventus vs Everything else.
    What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Kiton Men vs Green Irish Tweed.
    I've never smelled Kiton Men or heard the comparison to GIT. Interesting.

    But are they really close in terms of both smell and quality? I would imagine GIT is much better or this comparison would be more well-known. Then again, maybe it's a best kept secret.

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    Patchouly Boheme by LM Parfums and Franck Boclet Patchouli (close in smell and quality)
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    It pains me to say it but poor old Habanita edp has been swamped and trumped by Roja Dove's Scandal. It needs a better 'nose ' than me to tell them apart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    Aventus vs Everything else.
    This sounds like a person who would be happy with one bottle, period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    This sounds like a person who would be happy with one bottle, period.
    Yeah it just has nothing to do with the question I posed.

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    How about the battle of powdery honey/tobacco scents:

    by Kilian Back to Black vs. Serge Lutens Chergui
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    I was grappling with Fille en Aiguilles or Profumum Arso but I'm happy to have both for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    How about the battle of powdery honey/tobacco scents:

    by Kilian Back to Black vs. Serge Lutens Chergui

    Ehhhh....Not similar enough in my opinion. I think you could own both without redundancy. But if I had to choose I'd definitely go with B2B.

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    Tiffany for Men and Chanel pour Monsieur Concentree. Tiffany is a bit better but I still like the Chanel.

    Aventus and Cedrat Boisee. Some say these are the same, but that's just crazy talk. Verily, they are similar in some ways, but the latter is more sweet n fruity. So that is one comparison that doesn't belong here, no sirree, Bob (I own both).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    Aventus vs Everything else.



    HdP's Ambre 114 = L'Artisan Parfumeur's Ambre Extreme
    Montale Red Vetiver (almost)= Vetiver Incenso by Farmacia SS Annunziata
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    Chergui is a one of a kind. Never smelled anything remotely like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I've never smelled Kiton Men or heard the comparison to GIT. Interesting.

    But are they really close in terms of both smell and quality? I would imagine GIT is much better or this comparison would be more well-known. Then again, maybe it's a best kept secret.
    GIT is a better fragrance IMO. I think what makes them smell alike is the lemon and violet notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Chergui is a one of a kind. Never smelled anything remotely like it.
    +1 I don't really get the B2B likeness, which to me is a sweet (cloying) tobacco. I think Chergui is so much more distinct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    Tiffany for Men and Chanel pour Monsieur Concentree. Tiffany is a bit better but I still like the Chanel.
    +1 Took the words right out of my mouth, esp since TFM is my SOTD today. Catching whiffs of it as I write this. Great scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Chergui is a one of a kind. Never smelled anything remotely like it.
    That's true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    How about the battle of powdery honey/tobacco scents:

    by Kilian Back to Black vs. Serge Lutens Chergui
    Chergui mops the floor with BtB
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaern View Post
    +1 i don't really get the b2b likeness, which to me is a sweet (cloying) tobacco. I think chergui is so much more distinct
    +1 yes
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Leather oud & songe d'un bois d'ete - in their drydown...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yarn View Post
    Creed Aventus v Lomani Silver

    (runs to take cover)
    Too late - just saw your name pop up on the fbi wanted list - you underestimated the # of Creed fan"atics" on Basenotes (& fragrantica)... ;-)

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    Charles Street and Tuscan Leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Charles Street and Tuscan Leather.
    Agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Charles Street and Tuscan Leather.
    And Parfums de Marly Godolphin....and Dueto Golden Boy...Clive Christian C, and Montale Aoud Leather....and an Arabian fragrance who's name escapes me at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Tam Dao vs. Wonderwood
    Terre d'Hermes vs. Montale Red Vetyver
    PdN New York vs. Creed Bois du Portugal
    Could not agree more about PdN and creed BDP. I chose the PDN in the end.


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    Spicebomb and HiM Hanae Mori
    Acqua di Gio and Halston Unbound
    Le Male and Cuba Gold
    Top 5 for Winter:
    1) Straight to Heaven - By Kilian
    2) Back to Black - By Kilian
    3) M7 (vintage or Oud Absolu) - YSL
    4) Aventus - Creed
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    New Harrlem and Michael Jordan Legend

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    Lutens Fille en Aiguilles and Parfums d'Empire Wazamba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFfan310 View Post
    Spicebomb and HiM Hanae Mori
    Acqua di Gio and Halston Unbound
    Le Male and Cuba Gold
    Take the Spicebomb and add HdP 1899 as well.

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    B2B and Herod smell very similar to me. Also TV, tabac Rouge and eau de Beax smell similar

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    I'm surprised nobody mentioned Original Vetiver vs Mugler Cologne yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I'm surprised nobody mentioned Original Vetiver vs Mugler Cologne yet...
    Good one!
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    Tom Ford Plum Japonaise & Bond No.9 Andy Warhol. I have both because I love plum but wish I had never spent the money on 50mL of Plum Japonaise. Completely redundant.
    Some Favorites
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    6. Byredo Bullion
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    PE 360 Red and Acqua Di Gio...someone tell me that are not identical.
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    Tom Ford Black Orchid vs Charriol Royal Gold
    Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9 KJV

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Kiton Men vs Green Irish Tweed.
    Two of my favourite scents, two of the classiests scents I know of, and I own two bottles of each.
    But too close to call?
    No where close to it, to my nose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Tom Ford Plum Japonaise & Bond No.9 Andy Warhol...
    Agreed!
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Agreed!
    And Bond gets bashed for copying fragrances, but in this case Tom Ford completely ripped off Bond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Chergui is a one of a kind. Never smelled anything remotely like it.
    Agree.

    +1 Tom Ford Tuscan Leather and Mark Birley Charles Street

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    Not necessarily "equally" matched, but still very similar.....with very significant price differences

    Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Missions Botanical Cologne of the Missions and Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    Gianfranco Ferre for Men and Patou Pour Homme

    Creed Original Vetiver and Mugler Cologne

    Chanel Sycomore and Lalique Encre Noire

    Creed GIT, Bond No. 9 Chez Bond and Davidoff Cool Water

    Creed Millesime Imperial, Bond No. Wall Street, and Sean Jean Unforgivable Multi-Platinum

    Al Rehab Silver, Montale Boise Fruite, Xerjoff Mefisto, and Creed Silver Mountain Water

    Ralph Lauren Polo (green) and Tom Ford Italian Cypress


    Similar prices and too close to call....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Tam Dao vs. Wonderwood
    I'm a frayed knot.
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    Idole EdT and Bentley pH Intense. Not exact but strong shared vibe.
    Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Tam Dao vs. Wonderwood
    Terre d'Hermes vs. Montale Red Vetyver
    PdN New York vs. Creed Bois du Portugal
    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    How about the battle of powdery honey/tobacco scents:

    by Kilian Back to Black vs. Serge Lutens Chergui
    When I listed these, I misunderstood the rules - I thought "too close to call" would be how 2 scents would do against each other in a poll - not so similar that they are "smell-alikes"

    I don't think Tam Dao and Wonderwood smell the same - but as sandalwood scents they would get about the same BN love. I also dont think B2B smells like Chergui - but they are both powdery honey/tobacco scents and I think they would be evenly matched in a BN poll.

    I see "too close to call" was "scents that smell almost the same". Oops.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Separated at Birth....Creed Bois du Portugal & Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur

    (but VERY different in price - £135.00 to be exact....!)

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    Default Re: Too Close to Call...Equally Matched Fragrance Pairs

    Derbyman:

    I love Bois du Portugal until the basenotes when it turns "stinky" on me and have been looking for something similar. Are the basenotes of Pour Monsieur very similar to BDP?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosey49 View Post
    Derbyman:

    I love Bois du Portugal until the basenotes when it turns "stinky" on me and have been looking for something similar. Are the basenotes of Pour Monsieur very similar to BDP?

    Thanks.
    Hi Nosey - I sampled the 2 side-by-side around a year ago and was shocked at how similar BdP was to Pierre Cardin PM. I sampled the Creed in a department store and immediately thought - this smells just like PCPM. I rushed home and sprayed on some of the Pierre Cardin. The similarity was striking. If anything the Pierre Cardin smelled better after an hour or so losing some of it's initial harshness whereas the BdP turned, as you put it, a little "stinky" - slightly sour and odd. For £15.00 ($25.00) I'd think it was worth taking a chance if you like the fragrance.

    Hope this helps...!

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    Thanks Derbyman - great information. Now it's off to get the PC PM.

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    Nasomatto Duro and Montale Aoud Musk. Quite close!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    When I listed these, I misunderstood the rules - I thought "too close to call" would be how 2 scents would do against each other in a poll - not so similar that they are "smell-alikes"

    I don't think Tam Dao and Wonderwood smell the same - but as sandalwood scents they would get about the same BN love. I also dont think B2B smells like Chergui - but they are both powdery honey/tobacco scents and I think they would be evenly matched in a BN poll.

    I see "too close to call" was "scents that smell almost the same". Oops.

    I still think the BdP and PdNNY fits the bill. I found these so similar when I tried them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    And Parfums de Marly Godolphin....and Dueto Golden Boy...Clive Christian C, and Montale Aoud Leather....and an Arabian fragrance who's name escapes me at the moment.
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    Rose 31 & champaca absolute
    Seasonal rotation:

    Original Santal
    Apple Brandy
    Tuscan Leather
    Silver Mountain Water
    Lyric Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by evogel View Post
    Take the Spicebomb and add HdP 1899 as well.

    Ehh...they have a similar sweet note that runs through them but this one isn't too close to call at all--1899 every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Charles Street and Tuscan Leather.
    I just got a bottle of the new Acqua di Parma Leather - which is a dead ringer for Tuscan Leather as well. Official notes do not have raspberry, but that note is definitely in there, somehow created with other ingredients. It's slightly more leathery than TL, and perhaps slightly more dry, but it is undeniably very, very similar. Well done, AdP!

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