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    Today I saw a bottle on the shelf of the same shop where I'd found the Brut and the Ted Lapidus Pour Homme. It looked like Kouros packaging and my heart gave a dirty little leap. Yes. It was like stumbling across some good porn under your Dad's bed when you were 13. Surely not ? It can't be? Kouros ?? Here? In Nicaragua?
    It looks the same. It must be~...Same packaging , EXACT same colours and lettering! But no....It said "KALO" in big white letters...and underneath..." Our Impression of Kouros". It was even in a white bottle, same shape as the original, but cheap...so very cheap, the nozzle wasn't even staying on properly.

    To my shame, I bought it. I bought "KALO", for 220 Cordoas, about $8.... "our impression of Kouros" by a company called " Louvroy".

    It took about 8 sprays to get anything like a decent amount of scent, and there was a hint...somewhere...of something resembling,...but not quite....Kouros.

    It was definitely "an impression"...not a copy. This was KALO. I got home and had a shower and scrubbed it off....and hid the bottle from my wife.... and washed off my forbidden cheap fragrance porn experience.....

    Then I applied some Ted Lapidus over the top, as if to cleanse myself from this morning of self abuse...but somehow Ted only added to my sense of shame.

    I will shower again shortly and apply some Eau Sauvage EDT liberally....I think only this will cleanse me....and now...off to pray and do penitence...and wash out the squirrel's cage...

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    Lol, hopefully your day get’s better that sounds like a rough experience. I’ve never ventured down the our version territory, not saying I never would just feel like you mentioned cheated or sold short of the real thing. I’m thankful most of the fragrances I enjoy are within my income and I can enjoy the real thing and never think twice.
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    Once is a mistake pal, put it behind you before this becomes a problem or dare I say an addiction. Remember there are helplines available 24/7. Stay strong buddy!

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    Going forward I would just comment that IMO, "imitation scents" or "our interpretation of" scents are never worth the time of day.
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    Perhaps quite surprisingly, Kouros, even if one of its possible imitators and Lapidus pour Homme were the first two fragrances automatically and immediately thought of-after reading the title but before the content-capable to bring up such sensation (s)

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    Hilarious. I had occasion to patronize a seedy convenience store in a town near me (don't ask) a few weeks ago, and they had a bunch of these "our impression of ____" scents. It was quite amusing. The boxes and bottle shapes, and event fonts and colors looked like the real things, but the names were different. For example, they had a Cool Water looking fragrance for like $10 that was called "Cold Water." I was wondering if people actually bought these as the real Cool Water can be purchased online for not much more than the imitation. I didn't buy any of these impression fragrances, I was too afraid, despite my morbid curiosity.
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    Default Re: I feel cheap and dirty

    You should feel that way.

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    When will we learn!
    "Ducks eat for free at Subway."
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    what I said wasn't really very fair on Ted at all.

    I actually find Lapidus a very sexy and comforting scent.

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    Funny thread! I once bought a copy of Fahrenheit called "Fiery Heat"...! I think the dodgy names are the best thing about these 'knock-off' frags. Bit like dodgy tribute bands - once nearly crashed the car when I saw a poster for a band called "Oasisn't"...!

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    According to Bigsly, KALO is better than modern bottles of Kouros!

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    My advice is to always avoid knock-offs or cheap copies from companies you haven't heard of - who knows what chemicals you just sprayed on your skin and inhaled.

    Anyway, have a nice day!
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    Too much fun. Thanks for sharing..

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    Lol
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    I'm disappointed. I thought you were bragging.
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    You must atone at The Church of Civetology for your sins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Kilroy View Post
    what I said wasn't really very fair on Ted at all.
    Ted (23 June 1929 – 29 December 2008) doesn't care anymore!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    Ted (23 June 1929 – 29 December 2008) doesn't care anymore!

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    Interesting. Quite a CV, Ted had. I didn't know he had so many achievements.

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    Lmao , I also committed such hanus act..I went to Walmart one night , and it's was in the cologne area , but the good cologne was behind the glass and the clones or impression bottles was on the shelf..I put one that appear to be like Polo green..I knew it was a impression one, I thought nothing in the meantime I sprayed how I usually soray at home on my arms, 2 in the creek of the elbow and wrist ...I'll never in my life will do that again , never I will put on cologne on my skin that I have no idea what it is, the most disgusting chemical smell, gave me and my wife a migraine , I went and shower not only that , my skin was itchy ass hell , I was allergic to something that was in it ..it was a power cologne with str8 junk in it ..I don't what it was , but I guess it was leaning the herbal piney smell like Polo sort of , the rest was burnt tire , plastic , fabaloso floor detergent idk ..but it left me traumatized




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