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"You've heard of Toulouse-Lautrec? Well, I'm Three Bogs Watson." - Russ Abbot, some time in the 1980s.

Not a finely trained nose (and will never have the budget to be one). Just here to pick the brains of the professionals!
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Cheapskate summer sniffs

by philistine on 5th June 2018 at 11:07 PM
Attempting to improve my broke-as-hell summer with tests of a few of the sub-£20 summer fragrances currently around in high street fashion stores.


Teahupoo This was my pick to buy. I was looking for something with a breezy and fresh feel, and was rather surprised to be so taken by a fragrance with (on me) a really strong floral in the head notes. (Neroli, suggests one Fragrantica reviewer.) However it has a gorgeous sea-salt midstage which completely captures

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Keepers (and chucker-outers)

by philistine on 19th August 2017 at 03:24 PM
Some notes about fragrances that have made it onto my full bottle list, and why they did so.

Fahrenheit 32 - I tend to buy small samples of fragrances, and since I don't wear fragrance every single day it's actualy very rare that I get to the end of one. 32, however, proved to be a perfect scent for nights out dancing; it's pleasant but not overly loud, and remains enjoyable throughout its development. It also lasts well even when I'm very warm, which when you're spending an evening

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Updated 19th August 2017 at 03:52 PM by philistine


Not-on-Basenotes notes

by philistine on 12th August 2016 at 04:02 PM
Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer

Dusty floral and a hint of dark fruit - plum, I think? Very modern. Starts out with a dose of some ultra-trendy 80s-esque top note that I don't like but this pretty quickly vanishes to leave a relatively sweet mid. 3*

On genderf*cking with fragrance

by philistine on 11th August 2016 at 10:21 PM
Miss Dior

On paper this is a scent I adore and which has days of longevity - I was still getting wafts of my test strip nearly a week after I sprayed it. But on me, it seems to have trouble battling through my skin chemistry. Same thing happened to Chanel Chance and Chance Eau Fraiche, which disappeared in short order. I begin to wonder whether florals fundamentally don't play well with masculine skin - or at least, not as well as woods, citrus and so on do.

I'm coming

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Top 10 tasting article

by philistine on 1st August 2016 at 09:55 PM
Bon et Copieux linked me to Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample in a thread where I asked about figuring out my taste. It seems a useful backbone to make notes on.

1: L’Air du Desert Marocain: dry, resinous amber.

I already know I like amber *and* that I like it to be moist and rich rather than dry. Tom Ford Amber Absolute is a favourite of mine and pops up in the "if you like it richer" section of this. However, I'm coming to understand

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Updated 11th August 2016 at 09:31 PM by philistine

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