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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    Yeah absolutely. I should be more patient ;).



    The mid is similar but the opening primarily focuses on orange citruses and the base has a lot more lift and diffusion due to the magic of...
  2. Re: What is the Advantage of Sauvage Over Prada Luna Rossa Carbon?

    Sauvage is more modern and masculine, Carbon is more gentlemanly and gives a nod to the past, yet they both share that famous base which will define this era.

    I own both and wear them about equally
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    I agree it’s an improvement in the original.

    Update on my previous comment above: the smell that remained in my room 8 hours after preparing a decant for a friend was fantastic.
  4. Re: Do you wear any 'weird' scents regularly? Got any favorites?

    I stay away from weird fragrances these days, not going to pay to smell like crap
  5. Re: NEW: Mercedes Benz - Mercedes Benz Club Black!

    Have to say this is a fantastic vanilla scent. In comparison Guerlain SDV smelled like vanilla essence you pour into cake batter. The Mercedes is a bit more complex and wearable.
  6. Re: What’s the essence of sex in your opinion for a man’s scent?

    By modern standards...a scent that makes a man smell good enough to be licked. That means animalics are out and representative of decidedly outdated patriarchal ideas of sex
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    Re: Latest Azzaro - The Most Wanted!

    I sampled this yesterday, it had a great balance between sweet, creamy and fresh and had enough development to keep me interested. The notes had me worried it would be too gourmand but they have...
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    Re: Latest Paco Rabanne - Phantom!

    Yeah hopefully not the complete story.
  9. Re: Would Stronger with you Absolutely be a redundant purchase if you already own Intensely?

    I havent tried Absolutely but I thought Intensely was a boring cinnamon scent. If Absolutely is along the same lines then I may have to give it wide berth.

    I own Freeze and think its the best the...
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    Re: YSL Y vs. Armani Code Profumo

    To be fair its the first time I’ve said it or heard it said but there certainly has been a lot of progress in recent times with a lot of new aromachemicals being developed. In fact, its difficult...
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    Re: Latest Paco Rabanne - Phantom!

    The bottle is fantastically gharish, count me in!
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    Re: YSL Y vs. Armani Code Profumo

    Y has a way of cutting through the air. Those fizzy aldehydes it has, they just zing. Code Profumo is old tech, the designer game is responding to performance complaints in innovative ways now.
  13. Re: Has anyone tried Acqua di Giò Profondo Lights yet?

    Sounds like they didnt use enough grapefruit
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    To me it’s not a blue or aquatic fragrance, it is full of iso-e super and parts of it remind me of Terre d’Hermes layered over the Viking DNA
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    Re: oakmoss sightings? List them here, please!

    EDP is a huge improvement
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    Re: Spring Mint Suggestions?

    Frapin Speakeasy for boozy mint
    Mr Burberry Indigo for aquatic mint
    Guerlain Homme for versatile mint
  17. Re: What are 5 fragrances that are criminally underrated?

    Michael Kors for Men 2014 (it’s widely accepted that the 2001 is brilliant, but the 2014 is no slouch)
    Byredo Accord Oud
    Guerlain Bois d’Armenie
    Room 1015 Electric Wood
    Heeley Phoenicia
  18. Re: What is your favourite "female" branded fragrance?

    Mugler Angel EDT 2019, Black Opium, Alien - they all make me weak at the knees when I smell them on a lady.

    But for me to wear personally..............Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Would be great to be able to see the list of fragrances added via the link to avoid doubling or tripling up etc especially on the major releases. At that point it will be all hands in deck I think,...
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    Re: *new* tom ford ombre leather parfum (2021)

    One things for sure, the ideas are well and truly drying up. There’s now more innovation in the mid-level designers than there is in the premium end
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    Re: *new* tom ford ombre leather parfum (2021)

    I get 12 hours+ from the original and string projection. On clothes it projects for 3-4 days. This one would have to smell noticeably different for me to buy it.
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    Haha yes use with caution :laugh:



    Ok I may have to get it on skin then. I have been meaning to pick up some Light Blue flankers for the Australian spring
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    Have we mentioned the grapefruit? :lolk:In aly time I have never seen such excitement about a single note

    Maybe grapefruit is the new oud
  24. Re: Not earth shattering but Acqua Di Gio Absolu is underrated imho

    I picked it up earlier this year and have found it fairly solid, it’s nice that Armani made the effort to put such a different twist on the AdG DNA
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    Rind = sweat = funk.

    That’s why designers tend to steer clear of natural smelling grapefruit.
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    I’m really puzzled by the fuss over the opening, I think it’s far more novel than pleasant to have a photorealistic grapefruit note with all its sweaty elements (I noticed people saying “rindy”...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Can I again suggest we prioritise releases from the major designers and major niche houses (e.g. Amouage)? They represent maybe 5% of the work needed to get the directory up to date, but maybe 98%...
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    Re: Mancera Red tobacco

    3 sprays is fine with maybe a couple to top up after 3-4 hours.

    I only wear this one casually…keep it out of the office
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Thanks so much for the uodate and I wish Judith a speedy recovery
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    Re: New Eros bottle fill level..leak? Used?

    Mine had about 4mm gap, yours looks about double that, so 4-5ml might be missing.
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    Re: Clean, fresh barber sop/shaving foam vibe?

    Dare I say, Sauvage EDP or Luna Rossa Carbon
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    Re: New Eros bottle fill level..leak? Used?

    Evaporation. Might have a dodgy sprayer nozzle . Could you smell the fragrance when you opened the box?
  33. Re: What is the drydown of Lumiere Noire reminding me of...

    Closest thing it reminds me of is Houbigant Fougere Royale



    Do you get any white florals? FK does like to play around with orange blossom
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    Re: Fresh violet flower aquatic freshy....?

    Mr Burberry Indigo is what you’re after.

    Fahrenheit Cologne is for Fahrenheit collectors only. Every time I wear it I wish I had just worn the original instead. The opening in particular is...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I quite like Montale Fougere Marine because it is so loud and brash, has distinct fougere and aquatic components.
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    Re: Blue freshy with a nice dry down?

    If you want a nice pronounced drydown from a blue freshie go for Ferragamo Aqua Essenzialie Blu, you may have to be a bit patient with the rubbery lavender in the mid (maybe you’ll like it) but the...
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    Re: Basenotes Usage

    The directory isn’t being updated at the moment. Not only important for SOTD recording, it essentialy means no reviews for new fragrances. Sad times for Basenotes.
  38. Re: Is D&G THE ONE GREY Redundant if I Own THE ONE?

    Agree it doesnt smell much like the EDP because the EDP drops a lot of the spice and woods of the EDT and emphasises the amber. Grey is closer to the EDT’s pices but drops the amber and introduces...
  39. Re: Is D&G THE ONE GREY Redundant if I Own THE ONE?

    Personally I don’t find it redundant, it’s a great version of The One for those that like retro green aromatic fougeres. Should have been called The One Green.
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    Re: oakmoss sightings? List them here, please!

    This Zlatan Ibrahimovic fragrance does a very nice modern take on a fresh piney mossy fragrance. Nails the drydown without smelling dated. He appears to have had a fair bit more creative direction...
  41. Re: Prada – Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette ( Must for Lavender Lovers ? )

    I’m expecting mine to arrive any day along with the Black flanker. I’ve been enjoying Extreme and Carbon recently
  42. Re: Dior Homme 2020 & Sport 2017...are they alike?

    I too have often thought they were aiming to bring Dior Homme 2020 closer to the sport flanker
  43. Re: Current Giorgo Beverly Hills for Men , thoughts

    I would stay well clear of this one. It’s about time Basenotes dropped this from being one of its most mentioned fragrances because many newcomers have been led astray while some outstanding...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    I’d rather an up to date directory to be honest rather than a new platform.

    Just noticed Dunhill Century Blue is also missing
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    Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    The messaging I am getting off the record from retailers is that supply tightening is a very real thing
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    Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    Most new releases are taking a lot longer to get to the discounters because of COVID supply shortages.

    Burberry Element has been particularly elusive for me, low stock in store too. Finding a...
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    Re: JOOP! Homme Eau de Parfum

    Sounds like people would have had to wear a hazmat suit around you when you wore the EDT :lolk:. They were great days
  48. Re: Full circle-from designer to niche to designer all over

    I’ve gone through the same cycle recently. I found niche ran out of steam for me after buying the cream of the crop. It started to feel like I was spinning my wheels in the muddy corners of the...
  49. Re: One that I don't see much talk on, Missoni Parfum Pour Homme

    The comparisons to Bleu are very flattering to this fragrance but it falls far short for me. Sure, the opening is undoubtedly taken from Bleu but then it develops into Montblanc Legend, which I...
  50. Poll: Re: What's better between these Chanel and Paco Rabanne fragrances?

    Unpopular opinion: Invictus is actually a very competent designer fragrance, while Invictus Aqua 2018 is rubbish (never tried 2016, except for a few spritzers at the shops 5 years ago). Yeah they...
  51. Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute vs. Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    I’ve sold both. No point wearing Gucci Guilty Absolute when one can wear Hermes Bel Ami.
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    Re: Best current designer frags May 2021

    Mr Burberry Element
    Ferragamo Intense Leather
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Problem started when candles began copying it. Same thing happened to Drakkar Noir and toilet cleaning products.
  54. Re: Office & Work Scents: what do basenoters *actually* wear to work?

    I save all my formal fragrances for the office, think Guerlain Heritage, New York Intense, Bois Du Portugal, Hermes Bel Ami, Roja Danger PH, etc.
  55. Re: Which Hermes masculines should one buy ahead of H24?

    Yeah good suggestion I think I’d wear Galop over H24 too
  56. Which Hermes masculines should one buy ahead of H24?

    I must say H24 left me feeling very flat. White florals, a fruity pear note, green notes, hay notes and the metallic steam accord and an overall modern dandy feel left me in a situation where I...
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    It would be amazing if this made it into the Basenotes directory.
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    This was not as gentlemanly as I was expecting but still very nice. Apart from the impressive opening and mid that only a high end designer can do, it settles into some smoky sandalwoody thing that...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty EDP

    Definitely a fantastic release, a designer fragrance doing what designer fragrances do best
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    Re: Most worn in April 2021

    Still working from home so everything has been quite casual:

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    Re: Tom ford for men extreme

    Same thoughts here
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    Re: Zino and Boucheron

    Avoid the Zino, mine ended up in the bin
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    It was an excellent designer when in production though, it’s just that the pricing has overgrown it
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    Re: Mens Chamomile fragrance

    Try Gucci Memoire, though that one is a rather full on take on chamomile.

    I get a chamomile vibe from vintage Dolce Gabanna Pour Homme. Definitely when I wear it my family tells me I smell like...
  65. Re: Any fans of Dolce Gabbana K parfum version?

    I thought the opening half hour had a pickle and mustard accord (like a McDonald’s cheeseburger) which made me slightly uncomfortable. Probably has something to do with an Australian sandalwood. ...
  66. Re: Green, Coniferous, and Forest - please critique my wish list

    Micallef Seducteur is another good coniferous fragrance.

    Tam Dao EDP for a great woody fragrance
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    Re: Geranium...I think I like it....

    The problem you will have is you like the geranium flower but the recommendations above sometimes are based on the leaf. For instance Geranium Pour Monsieur is a minty green fragrance that is very...
  68. Re: What is your favourite Issey Miyake fragrance?

    I think the OP should stop at Wood & Wood. That’s probably my “favourite” too, but then, I find almost all the rest crass.
  69. Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills Red for Men - Current Edition?

    Very wise decision. If you do choose to upgrade, I recommend you sample Nishane Munegu if you haven’t already
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    Re: NEW: Mont Blanc Explorer 'Ultra Blue'

    Yeah, I guess the marketing points to Profondo as dre said earlier
  71. Re: I think Rive Gauche PH is overrated. Is something wrong with me?

    Also my thoughts. In the end I couldn’t justify keeping my bottle when it’s price had increased so dramatically
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Good idea, just had a read :thumbsup:
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    Re: Latest Davidoff - Cool Water Parfum!

    Intense was trash, can’t get excited about this
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    I have been meaning to add the Ferragamo to my wardrobe for some time now
  75. Re: Carolina Herrara CH Men vs. John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider

    I like both. CH Mrn is more likely to garner compliments, Dark Rebel is a better fraghead experience
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    Re: Questions on Red Tobacco Mancera ?

    Oud for Greatness. It’s actually nicer for those around the wearer than the wearer themselves. That’s why the reviews are all over the place.

    Terroni is strong but I received lots of negative...
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    Re: Latest Paco Rabanne - Invictus Victory!

    It’s too dry to be a 1 Million flanker. It’s sweet, dry and incensy at the same time
  78. Thread: Bvlgari aqva

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    Re: Bvlgari aqva

    I sure did, mainly to relive the glory of my early 20s out at beachside bars :laugh:, we’re talking 15 years ago. I have the Marine flanker also. Both are great for their price, but I slightly...
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    Re: Most worn in March 2021

    Very neat party trick :laugh: and a nice honour for a deserving fragrance
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    Re: Most worn in March 2021

    I’m still working from home so don’t judge! :laugh: I am keeping my powder dry on my usual high end office scents.

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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

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    That’s right, I am referring to a muddy hay accord in the mid, which the marketing material turns a blind eye to. I suspect at some stage there was going to be an emphasis on Hermes’ equestrian...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Sold my bottle of H24 last week. Too floral, too barnyardy, too metallic, too weird. Kept wishing I was wearing Terre instead.
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    In terms of prioritisation, can we please bring forward the listing of major releases? The forum is starting to lose traction in fragcom because people can’t come here and find reviews on the recent...
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    Re: NEW: Mont Blanc Explorer 'Ultra Blue'

    I do like the original, but This looks like another Sauvage clone
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Gave a full wearing to Paco Rabanne Invictus and discovered that it smells nothing like what I thought it would smell like based on all the fragrances that are supposedly copying it. Wow.

    Seems...
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    Re: V&R Spicebomb Infrared (new)

    I like Spicebomb Extreme and Nightvision EDP, so this one will be an instant buy based on these notes too
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    Re: If you were to change your BN handle...

    C’mon ZC, the name is now bigger than you!
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    Re: Roja Dove - Best Date Fragrance

    I’d choose Saudi Arabia, Elysium and maybe Amber Aoud.

    The PDLNs are meant to cover romantic scenarios but really while they are great compositions they would probably scare off most romantic...
  89. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    I completely agree, Ralph Lauren have redeemed themselves for their market, they cant be expected to please perfumistas. Deep Blue, Supreme Leather, Blue Gold, all great.
  90. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    I’ll be keeping an open mind, the bottle looks fantastic
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    Re: What do your backups say about you?

    Has there been any update in the JV discontinuation? Seems a lot of the fragrances survived the chop
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    Re: What do your backups say about you?

    I’ve got 4 backups of Acqua di Gio Absolu Instinct
    3 backups of Varvatos Dark Rebel and 5 of Rebel Rider
    And 1 backup of Michael by Michael Kors 2001

    All are in fact, discontinued so that’s my...
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    Re: Recommend a Mancera that smells spring time

    Mancera Silver Blue may be a good one, so is Black Gold.

    I hear Aqua Wood is also good.

    But generally Mancera is known for heavy fragrances
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Michael by Michael Kors 2001 and Michael Kors for Men 2014. Both stunning masculine benchmarks, don’t sleep on these.

    The 2001 version is mature elegance in a bottle, makes the best modern sweet...
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    Re: Bois Du Portugal is a Disgrace!

    Lots of other options out there, New York Intense was a good suggestion, Heritage EDT another one.

    I have the last of the old 120ml bottles and find BdP to last all work day
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    It’s stunning, I love this one too
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Michael Kors Michael (2001)
    Michael Kors for Men (2014)

    I can’t believe how long I slept on these stunning masculine releases that are signature worthy and wear beautifully with great longevity...
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    Re: Your Most Worn February 2021

    Dior Homme 2020 - 4 wears.
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    Re: Guerlain Lui reminds me of

    Yeah I can see that. Prices have hit the floor with Lui!
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Received my bottle today. It’s a nice office fragrance, white florals, greens, pears, and lots of flint/mineralic notes. Not a wow, but certainly nice.
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