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    Guerlain Derby
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    Chypre Siam by Rogue Perfumery

    Really enjoying this one today. A great classic chypre fragrance and the drydown is stunning.
    The dry down is the best part
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    I don't recall the last time I wore Creed Millesime Imperial (MI). Probably 12-18 months ago, at least.

    I wore it today because people have been complaining about recent batches being too weak. I have never thought of my 2011 bottle being "weak" at all, so I wore it today just to see if it's all that I remembered.

    All I can say is....if current bottles are weak, then I'm so glad I have an older bottle because my MI still smells like I sprayed it about 30 minutes ago and it was actually about 9 hours ago. It's still a very clear and unmistakeable smell of MI, not only on my skin, but on my shirt as well. Longevity and projection are both A+.

    I've got to make myself wear this more in the summer. It's so, so good.
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    Calvin Klein cK All (2017)

    Imagine somebody taking the base of Bleu de Chanel, throwing away literally the rest of the fragrance, then building a unisex-aimed citric floral on top. There is a bit of a paradisone-powered dusty floral glow mid-wear which can push this in a more feminine direction too challenging for the alphadudebros among us, but the stuff does eventually settle into that familiar cetalox faux ambergris glow Bleu de Chanel has. I guess what we really have here is "Blanc de Chanel" by way of Calvin Klein, because it's all about dry futuristic orange and Dipytique-inspired white floral before we reach that mall-friendly base. Likeable for fans of the contemporary mid-market style looking for something that doesn't quite blend in with the commuter bus crowd, and cheaper than Chanel for sure if bought online.
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    vintage Dunhill Pour Homme
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    Lalique white.
    Casual-ish choice for a shopping day with mother dearest!
    Works really well in heat and humidity.
    Kinda forgot how good it was, since I stayed away after overdosing on it in France ( one of those hectic trips that you find yourself nose blind and douse yourself!)
    Lovely aroma 😋
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    Burberry Touch men

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    Ristretto Cafe Intense
    As a coffee addict, this sounds delightful.

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    Ocean Wet Wood. Haven't worn this in a while. It's still kicking after 7 hours. One of my coworkers found it to smell very good.
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    Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme (1993)

    This is basically the style many modern niche fougères with a geranium-forward character try to emulate. XS Pour Homme feels like a progression away from the shimmery synthetic clean of Calvin Klein Eternity for Men (1989), introducing more sage, vetiver, and a bit more oakmoss to the mix. This is still light and fit-for-fight like most 90's fresh fougères, but that geranium really sticks its neck out more, although not to the degree of later niche efforts from Creed, Diptyque, or Malle where the word "geranium" is in the name.

    This is also two clicks away from Chanel Platinum Égoïste (1993), which dials up the lavender a tiny bit more, standing midway between Paco and Calvin, but adding those metallic aldehydes which give the Chanel an upper-class zing which beats out the other two. I think Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme is more directly "fougère" than other 90's fresh fougère entries, being greener, woodsier, with a more-present oakmoss/tonka base, calling back to much older variants like Avon for Men (1949), Penhaligon's English Fern (1911), and the original Houbigant Fougère Royale (1882).

    The only think keeping this fresh is the lightness, but they did make both an intense version and a smattering of flankers later on to rectify that for anyone wanting something with beefier perfomance, but I'd just go back to the original Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973) if I wanted that kind of thing. Considering this came out exactly 20 years later, it's something of a sequel: a retelling of the original barbershop tale but lightened for more "modern" tastes of the time. Love that geranium though!
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    I am loving Chanel Pour Monsieur today--I always forget how great this is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
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    Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme (1993)

    This is basically the style many modern niche fougères with a geranium-forward character try to emulate. XS Pour Homme feels like a progression away from the shimmery synthetic clean of Calvin Klein Eternity for Men (1989), introducing more sage, vetiver, and a bit more oakmoss to the mix. This is still light and fit-for-fight like most 90's fresh fougères, but that geranium really sticks its neck out more, although not to the degree of later niche efforts from Creed, Diptyque, or Malle where the word "geranium" is in the name.

    This is also two clicks away from Chanel Platinum Égoïste (1993), which dials up the lavender a tiny bit more, standing midway between Paco and Calvin, but adding those metallic aldehydes which give the Chanel an upper-class zing which beats out the other two. I think Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme is more directly "fougère" than other 90's fresh fougère entries, being greener, woodsier, with a more-present oakmoss/tonka base, calling back to much older variants like Avon for Men (1949), Penhaligon's English Fern (1911), and the original Houbigant Fougère Royale (1882).

    The only think keeping this fresh is the lightness, but they did make both an intense version and a smattering of flankers later on to rectify that for anyone wanting something with beefier perfomance, but I'd just go back to the original Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973) if I wanted that kind of thing. Considering this came out exactly 20 years later, it's something of a sequel: a retelling of the original barbershop tale but lightened for more "modern" tastes of the time. Love that geranium though!
    Great post, to all those appreciating XS PH I'd recommend also Arabian Oud Gentleman Secret, a different stuff (spicier, woodier) lingering in the same "macro-area" but with a more relevant projection and a powerful more modern approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darvant View Post
    Great post, to all those appreciating XS PH I'd recommend also Arabian Oud Gentleman Secret, a different stuff (spicier, woodier) lingering in the same "macro-area" but with a more relevant projection and a powerful more modern approach.
    This sounds really good actually. I'll look into it. With a name like "Arabian Oud" it sounds powerful.
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    Mona Vanille
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    I don't recall the last time I wore Creed Millesime Imperial (MI). Probably 12-18 months ago, at least.

    I wore it today because people have been complaining about recent batches being too weak. I have never thought of my 2011 bottle being "weak" at all, so I wore it today just to see if it's all that I remembered.

    All I can say is....if current bottles are weak, then I'm so glad I have an older bottle because my MI still smells like I sprayed it about 30 minutes ago and it was actually about 9 hours ago. It's still a very clear and unmistakeable smell of MI, not only on my skin, but on my shirt as well. Longevity and projection are both A+.

    I've got to make myself wear this more in the summer. It's so, so good.
    I have a 2011 bottle in addition to my 2008 and I got to say I do appreciate these older bottles a lot more as time passes. Recent MI bottles just don't last as long. To my nose the ambergris base is a lot weaker in the newer bottles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviatt View Post
    I am loving Chanel Pour Monsieur today--I always forget how great this is!

    Is this the vintage or the modern Pour Monsieur?
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    Guerlain Derby
    I have been wanting to try Derby for some time. Do you recommend seeking out a sample of the vintage, or is the current stuff a safe bet? I love the look of the vintage bottle!

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    SOPFH - one small spray to each wrist erects an impressive scent cloud!
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    Maybe because I spent a lot of time with niche fragrances before ever trying this one, I do think Antaeus today, rather than smelling dated, smells like a smart niche fragrance. The floral-patchouli-resins vibe reminds me of the likes of Jub XXV or perhaps a cousin to certain rose-patch-oud compositions. In any event, great stuff.
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    Pegwell Bay...ahhh...just like being on the beach, in a cool Spring day...somehow this brings it back. Magnificent.

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    Le Roy Soleil Homme by Salvador Dali (1998)

    I've already gushed about this one before so I'll keep it short, but this is likely the best and most complex of the 90's fresh fougères I've smelled. Very dandy-like with a hint of tropical sweetness up front that soon fades into rose/geranium/lavender/vetiver in the heart on top a crisp fougère base. Pretty niche in design by modern standards, but not foghorn strong like some modern things in the niche price range emulating this style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcelello View Post
    I have been wanting to try Derby for some time. Do you recommend seeking out a sample of the vintage, or is the current stuff a safe bet? I love the look of the vintage bottle!
    Just thought I'd chime in and give my opinion, since I'm probably one of the few that actually prefers the current version.

    I sampled both the vintage and new when I decided to buy a bottle of Derby. I preferred the new, just because it smelled fresher....to my nose.

    The vintage smelled just a touch musty to me. Of course, that could have just been the sample I received.

    Otherwise, I really didn't notice any significant difference between them.
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    Creed Green Irish Tweed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcelello View Post
    I have been wanting to try Derby for some time. Do you recommend seeking out a sample of the vintage, or is the current stuff a safe bet? I love the look of the vintage bottle!
    The vintage and current formulations are different from one another enough to warrant sampling both. Yes the eagle bottles are wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    Just thought I'd chime in and give my opinion, since I'm probably one of the few that actually prefers the current version.

    I sampled both the vintage and new when I decided to buy a bottle of Derby. I preferred the new, just because it smelled fresher....to my nose.

    The vintage smelled just a touch musty to me. Of course, that could have just been the sample I received.

    Otherwise, I really didn't notice any significant difference between them.
    My preference would be for the vintage formulation. I will say that the vintage can be quite stuffy.
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