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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Three in a row for Perry Ellis! An ambery Derby alternative.

    Enablers, all of us.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I guess it's Lauder Azuree for me. It's less that I was denying myself or anything and more that I just put it off for a really long time for no good reason. It's fantastic, and in hindsight I have...
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    As long as it isn’t rhyme time.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    Well, maybe...it appears the plan is to order a few separate Brazilian Rosewood samples since the wood pictured in the listings seems to differ (bark v. planks). It's possible that extractions using...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Second bottle style (red, not argyle) of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Parfum d'Habit today.
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    Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    It's so interesting to read comments about Serge Noire when it comes up.

    About half of folks swear up and down that it smells like body odor or onions, and half (the half I am in) detects a...
  7. Re: Rest In Peace Dzing! The greatest perfume ever.

    I think it's actually a little closer to VC&A Midnight in Paris, now that you mention it. They all (Dzing, MIP, Bulgari Black) have a similar leathery-vanilla foundation, I think. That is what ties...
  8. Re: Rest In Peace Dzing! The greatest perfume ever.

    Ah, good ol' Barnyard Bulgari Black. Sad news indeed, it's good stuff.
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    Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    The latest reformulated version of Halston Z-14.

    It was literally painful for me.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    The festive Habit Rouge EDT.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    It really does.
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    Nostril nuzzlers!

    Flacon fondlers!

    Snoot strokers!
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Lucien Lelong Tailspin

    It's singing today...there is such a nice chalky-dusty-sweet note to these florals.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    I think Blend 30 is for fans of Patou Pour Homme who also wish that Patou Pour Homme was maybe a little more like Or Black, or Bandit. Really must get my nose
    back on Jules.

    I do like Dunhill for...
  15. Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Puredistance M shares its basic foundation with Hermes Bel Ami, as recommended by purecaramel. M is little heavier and sweeter, but Bel Ami very clearly inspired it. So before you dive down the Roja...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    I miss that stuff. Drained a partial bottle and haven’t replaced it. Need to look into that - this is the type of warm weather scent I’m most attracted to right now.
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    Ohh I do like that. Will investigate options. Right now, it’s more of a “jeans and boots” watch/strap, and luckily that’s mainly what I wear these days...but it would be nice to dress it up better.
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    Thanks for the strap input, Prince and Hednic. Any particular straps/strap makers you recommend? I do have a more formal looking light brown leather strap (came with the watch) but I don’t like the...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Chanel no. 5 EDC tonight.
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    Puig Agua Lavanda

    A low key weekend scent
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    Yeah I nozzle sniff sometimes. Certainly won’t make a purchase decision based it, but you can glean some basic information. Like if it’s clearly a gourmand and that’s not I want, I can move along...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Oops, I forgot to subscribe to the new Sync thread and missed last week and this morning!

    I shall sync this evening with Early American Old Spice. I may sneak in some Tabac Original as well. Seems...
  23. Re: Fragrances for classic Guerlain lovers to try

    Caron. Most of them, but especially Pour un Homme, Nuit de Noel, Tabac Blond, Bellodgia, Third Man.
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    Yes, and as an extension to this, the alcohol can shock my nose so I am less perceptive once it fades.



    This is a good point...but would extend this to say that regardless of the size of the...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Bogart Witness this evening. Cinnamon dial at 11!
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    This being a gang and all, they prefer Time Bandits and A Clockwork Orange. Also big fans of Watchmen.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    I remember the Trumper Sandalwood Cologne being sweeter, more floral, less spicy, and less woody. It was too sweet for me, but maybe you'll like it. It did share significant attributes with Egoiste,...
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    knightowl!

    Man, that was awhile ago. A while ago?

    I like all of the grammars. :thumbup:
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    Thanks! Good to take time to decide - it'll be worth the wait.
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    My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    I once joined a watch gang. They kicked me out because I wasn’t timely enough.




    Speaking of Seamasters, my only watch is an old one of them. I know little about its history, model details,...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Yes, I’m a big fan too. Smoky green mossy fougere = I like. We seem to have some similar preferences.
  33. [CONUS] Re: L'Artisan L'Eau du Navigatuer, Lalique Hommage, some cheapies

    Bump
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    That's a neat bottle. I feel like it wants it host a nice cocktail party at its art studio.


    I went with an early bottle of Dior Homme today.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Patou Joy EDT this evening. Joy always makes me thin of huge, complicated, very pretty chord on a massive organ with nice acoustics.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Good idea...syncing.
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    Cinnamon heaven.

    I have entered clove heaven: Jacomo de Jacomo
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Yes, agree 100%. First time I wore the vintage after being used to the modern version (and shortly after trying Bandit for the first time), I saw a relationship as well. Same sort of...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Dunhill Blend 30.

    Gosh, this is delightful. In the opening, I got a big reminder of Or Black. A similar green aromatic sweetness against a woodier, spicy-soapier backdrop.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Eau Sauvage today!
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    Glad you found what you were looking for. Incendo is wonderful stuff.

    Agree about the smell of burning/recently burned wood fires. I completely understand folks finding this smell to be "too much"...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    I think of it as a green floral warm vetiver, at least in modern form, and the foundational vetiver/whatever else accord reminds me strongly Sycomore’s.

    Nobody else has mentioned the similarity...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Thank you - extremely interesting. Given all that, I guess I’m still surprised that somebody hasn’t smuggled a Mysore sapling or three out of India and made a go of it, if not for profit then just to...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    That's really interesting - I had never considered this.

    With mysore being as rare and sought after as it is, you'd think mysore plantations would have popped up at some point. Surprising that...
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    Re: The Four Families of Fragrance Fandom

    There used to be yearly "March Madness" fragrance competitions for awhile. They were exactly as you describe, but not based on decades. Sometimes there were "Regionals" by house.

    Here is an...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Fendi Uomo this evening.
  47. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    Yes. These detailed objectivity/subjectivity discussions come up regularly and reading peoples' approaches to the question can be interesting, but it seems the road usually ends up here.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    I seem to have misplaced or used up my Cabochard sample or I'd sync with Bot.

    Instead, I'm wearing the wily copperhead, Eau d'Hermes.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    The modern bottles are fantastic value for quality, and gorgeous! You could get one and keep a vintage mini around for when you’re feeling extra dark and mysterious. I don’t think you’d be...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    ^I’m pretty sure that’s vintage, my friend! Which would explain why the leathery, gothic elements are popping for you.

    Etsy listing for a similar bottle:...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    It's a strange one for sure, and so fun to wear. I smelled the vintage for the first time relatively recently after having loved the reissue for some time. I like your terminology...to me, vintage...
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    I'm liking it a lot. It's more sweet and buttery than I remember...luxurious and golden hued.

    In my memory it was more citric, spicy and "Italian". Right now it's reading like a (good) mashup of...
  53. Re: Does Eau Fraiche perfumes also have head & middle & base note?

    "Eau Fraiche" is more of a marketing term than anything, indicating that the intent is to create a scent that is a fresher version of an original. There are no firm parameters regarding how long...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210105/51b8eb96943847ddb2b5e13cf1829b41.jpg

    Not a first wear, but first in a really long time. Really nice stuff.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day - Q1 2021

    Hmm, mine says Metal eau de toillete. I wonder if they are that different?

    There definitely are big soapy aldehydes, though...I just don't find them overwhelming/problematic.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day - Q1 2021

    Exciting! Perhaps a brief comparison to other formulations? I will be receiving a sample of this stuff in the near future and the suspense is killing me.
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    Re: The Four Families of Fragrance Fandom

    Yep, agreed completely. I also don't have an answer, but it's good to recognize the limitations of those threads.
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    Re: The Four Families of Fragrance Fandom

    Well, this is very interesting. I'd use the matrix very differently, which proves your point about why discussions about "over-rated" and "under-rated" can be hard to follow.

    To me,...
  59. Thread: An analogy

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    Re: An analogy

    I sort of agree and sort of don't.

    On this particular point, my feeling is that it's a spectrum.

    A great perfumer can make something nice with poor materials, and a poor perfumer might make...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day - Q1 2021

    Paco Rabanne Metal - first wear. Ohhh this is a lovely bright soapy green thing. It's making my heart flutter. This is so nice.

    It's like someone shook up Cristalle, No. 19 and GIII in a shaker...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day - Q1 2021

    Awesome, thanks! I’ll keep an eye out for one like Bavard’s. I like mine, and love his.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day - Q1 2021

    I also found vintage Or Black to have a lot more leather, and seemed more dry, less sweetness up top. The difference in longevity for me was minor, actually.
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    Vintage Scent of the Day - Q1 2021

    Yesterday I wore Lancome Balafre. Here is my bottle, and I have a question for Balafre experts.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210103/f3e799b90a443b81d191039f0123b82f.jpg


    My bottle seems...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I am wearing Ambre Sultan. I think the bottle is semi-vintage. Happy new year!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Hooray! I must say, it’s really hitting the spot and radiating a great cheerful ambiance.
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    Eau de Patou

    Bright, fresh scent to lead into a fresh, hopefully bright year!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Krizia Moods Uomo

    First wear. Well this is different. Very astringent, medicinal, spare, shimmery, sort of "gassy" and dry. Definitely a challenging composition, and something that could easily...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    In sync! First wear. Really nice. Very dry, aromatic, sunny. Closer to Aramis Tuscany than Azzaro PH, I think, and with more of a woody-incense backbone than either of them. I'm thinking of...
  69. Re: Creamy/Musky/Milky Wood or Light Tobacco for Men

    Great suggestion; I love this stuff.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I have a very similar bottle. Looking forward to your notes...mine seems extra sharp and aldehydic on top (even by No 5 standards) and I wonder if the topnotes have faded. It's also more soapy/sharp...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Brut

    This is underappreciated.
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    Re: If most meat tastes like chicken...

    My babbling above aside, in terms of modern stuff, I would say:

    Polo Red

    Smells like a modern men’s fragrance counter to me.
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    Re: If most meat tastes like chicken...

    Well, I disagree that most meat tastes like chicken, but I get your point.

    This passage from the Wikipedia page is helpful:

    I interpret this in fragrance terms to mean that most fragrances...
  74. Re: Creamy/Musky/Milky Wood or Light Tobacco for Men

    I like these two suggestions in particular. A more masculine oriented take with a similar woody profile is Chanel Egoiste.

    OP, generally it sounds like a good sandalwood might fit your request...
  75. Re: Subjectivity - a psychological / philosophical pondering

    I like that mindset, but am curious how it plays out when the most thorny arguments are about things that can't be proven right or wrong. How do know you've found the "truth of things" with topics...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Christmas present to myself! My first first generation bottle of one of my top favorites. No batch code that I can locate, and no lettering on the back of the box, meaning it dates to 1973-1976, if...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Balenciaga Ho Hang Club this evening. A winter staple.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I love cardamom and have a number of options, but have none of them with me! I shall imagine myself wearing Declaration!
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    Re: Any modern takes on Opium Pour Homme?

    To be honest it still smells pretty modern to me.

    I was going to say Boucheron Jaipur, but it’s only a little more recent.

    Maybe HdP 1740 for its underlying oriental fougere structure, but it...
  80. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Frapin Speakeasy
    Dreck. Thin, boring, oversweetened synthetic amber. Scrubbed after an hour or so.

    SMN Sandalo
    Intensely herbal, astringent start, then a "rough and rustic" spicy-incense type of...
  81. Re: Subjectivity - a psychological / philosophical pondering

    I haven't read every post here, but it my opinion it boils down to this:

    Nobody and everybody is "right" about whether something is smells good. This is subjectivity, as yes it can be heavily...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That sounds about right, except I’m sure the modern one is missing oakmoss. My modern Futur sample actually reminded me a little bit of Sycomore...lean, as you say, floral Sycomore.



    SOTE was...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    ^ Wow, what a specimen! I have smelled the modern version and happily I love it. It’s on my buy list. Mostly about florals and earthy dry vetiver to me.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Dior Homme’s base is more about soft/suede leather on me. A little milkshake, and maybe a little dusty vetiver, but mainly that leather. It only started popping out at me recently, and I owned almost...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That’s hotter than it should be.

    Also I didn’t know Safari was by Ropion, or didn’t recall it.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Nina Ricci Phileas sampling

    Yatagan was hosed off and rolled around in some dry herbs, then got it on with Aliage.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Hooray!

    Sounds like it just needs a hit of leather. I bet it would be good applied as SOTE on the fading base of one of those others you referenced.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Same, exactly.

    I actually don’t find BaV to be all that civeted or pissy. It’s raunchy more in the “bedsheets that have collected the heavy sweet/floral perfumes of too many wearers” way.

    I’m...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    It’s a civet cat. It fears for its glands.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That makes sense and is helpful in understanding this thing. The warm/smooth/polished effect in the base is one of those accords that feels like it "should" have sandalwood, even though I can't pick...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Ohh, suspense!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/7ZgBm32jWGn72/giphy.gif

    Which Moustache prevails!?

    ~~~

    I'm now sampling Ténéré
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Monsieur Rochas EDC today. First sample.

    I was expecting something more like a classic aromatic citrus, but this is more like a precursor to the fougeres that were on the way, like Paco Rabanne...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Sampling Aubusson Futuros, with thanks again to PStoller!

    It smells much like I imagined and hoped, a warm, dry woody-leather spice bomb based on clove. Fantastic; I adore this kind of smell:...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Oh my gosh, you did, thank you! Taking it with me to the mountains tonight. Really need to clear my sample backlog. I don't have enough skin.
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    Re: Bois du Portugal without sweet base

    I'm struggling to think of any scent in the same genre that is less sweet than BdP.

    If you want something even more dry and bitter, you might need to look outside of BdP's direct competitors in...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    The few reviews I see of this one sound fantastic. I've been interested in spicy scents lately. And as an added bonus, true to the name, that bottle could be a Star Trek MacGuffin.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur today.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Switched from the men’s Bijan to the ladies’ for SOTE.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    Just curious...are you opposed to buying samples online, or looking at Basenotes splitters? Do you just prefer the in-person sniffing/sampling experience?
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    My goal was basically maintain the status quo, and I think I did a pretty good job. I acquired a small number of bottles and also let some go, so the overall size of my wardrobe is pretty similar. I...
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