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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?
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    Tam Dao vs. Wonderwood
    Terre d'Hermes vs. Montale Red Vetyver
    PdN New York vs. Creed Bois du Portugal
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    6. Ermenegildo Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
    7. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
    8. Tom Ford - Rive d’Ambre
    9. Creed - Green Valley
    10. Parfumerie Generale - Grand Siecle Intense 7.1

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

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

    Montana Parfum d'Homme (1989) - Aramis Havana (1994)
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    Default Re: Too Close to Call...Equally Matched Fragrance Pairs

    Creed Aventus v Lomani Silver

    (runs to take cover)

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

    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
    Current Spring Favorites:
    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men
    5. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    6. Ermenegildo Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
    7. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
    8. Tom Ford - Rive d’Ambre
    9. Creed - Green Valley
    10. Parfumerie Generale - Grand Siecle Intense 7.1

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    I was grappling with Fille en Aiguilles or Profumum Arso but I'm happy to have both for now.
    Currently wearing: M7 by Yves Saint Laurent

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

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

    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
    Reminisence pour Homme = Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
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    Default Re: Too Close to Call...Equally Matched Fragrance Pairs

    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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