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    Re: Might Be Time To Stock Up On Creed

    Ha! Wearing BOIS DU PORTUGAL right now.

    Adios to JFK, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, etc etc

    No more stories will be fine. Most of their scents are good...
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    Re: What smells like a burning temple?

    Actually if you layered CDG BLACK with CDG AVIGNON, you might have something akin to a burning temple.
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    Re: Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum?

    I recently scored a bottle from a private seller.

    I don't know if it's officially discontinued or not, but I don't see at any usual retailers online or otherwise.
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    Re: New Nasomatto - Fantomas

    I can't find any notes list, but here's a line from a Fragantica reviewer:

    "It's like if you put melon and vanilla soaked wood into a fog machine and basked in the fog."

    There's a handful early...
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    Re: What smells like a burning temple?

    Nice thorough answer
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    Re: Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    You sound quite particular which is fine.

    I would second the ROYAL OUD recommendation. Sample it.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I may have to break this out tomorrow. I wore it for several years. Yes, it was potent for a fresh scent.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It is famously a fougere but I don't think of it that way much myself.

    I'm curious... you have a "Dandy" section, and a "Fougere" section. What others?
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    Re: Why are most perfumes weak/moderate lasting?

    People "complained" it smelled like he bathed in it and this is what you aspire to???

    There are a lot of loud, heavy projecting fragrances today but they are not made by VERSACE which as I recall...
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    Re: Why are most perfumes weak/moderate lasting?

    Do you really long for perfumes being at a strength that fills up a room?

    So if you were to work in an office with ten people, and all ten wore a scent, the entire room would be filled with all...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    PLATINUM EGOISTE

    I eschewed this of years because I always read it was nothing like original EGOISTE which I love. And it isn't. But it's a nice take on a fougere in it's own right.
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    Re: Dior Homme parfum 100ml?

    I'm a bit confused. You're calling it DIOR HOMME PARFUM 2020. The only DIOR HOMME PARFUM I know of is based on the original version and smells similar/related to it. But you're also implying you...
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    Re: Dior Homme parfum 100ml?

    I've looked for DIOR HOMME PARFUM since early summer in USA with little luck. I made a swap for it and the package got porch pirated (the horror!).

    It seems that it is still sold in Europe and not...
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    Re: Old School Aftershave Fragrance

    When I see old school "aftershave" my mind goes to PINAUD CLUBMAN, OLD SPICE and Bay Rum, but you're talking about a different animal...

    I don't know any EdTs in that AQUA VELVA vicinity.
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    Re: Dior Homme original vs Dior Homme 2020?

    One minor confusing point... I saw a reference to DIOR HOMME 2020 PARFUM and I don't think that exists yet.

    To me knowledge the PARFUM version is a perfume version of the original DIOR HOMME...
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    Re: Choose 1 available classic

    This post amuses me. When stores started to re-open this summer, one of my first trips out was to an LA frag discounter.

    I picked up EAU SAUVAGE, GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN, PACO RABANNE POUR HOMME (plus...
  17. Re: Advice on 'Daily' & Warm Weather Fragrance: suggestions welcome! (Melon, Fig, Coconut, Citrus, S

    Slightly with some of their scents of course, but not between MI and AVENTUS. I think with AVENTUS, they broke in to new territory for themselves.
  18. Re: Your Recent Purchases Presentation That Has You In Awe?

    Not that recent, but the JOVOY box and bottle was pretty stunning when I bought PRIVATE LABLE.

    Nice faux leather box, and a substantial chunk of glass for a bottle with a hearty cap. You can do...
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    Re: Today I bought September 2020

    Good , eh?
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    Re: Anybody have thoughts on WatchMaxx???

    Thanks for the replies guys. You can kind of bear out what I thought.

    If you're not looking at very pricey stuff, you're probably ok with grey market.
  21. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    Great. The Tommy Bahama stuff is perfect for what you are looking for.
  22. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    Hey magicperson, you have started two threads about this.

    Have you tried anything we suggested? Are you going to?

    Did you get the job at Coffee Bean?
  23. Re: Similarities in Millesime Imperial and Green Irish Tweed

    If someone find them somewhat similar I won't argue, but I do not get MI as a "sport" version of GIT.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    I'd really love to see sales figures on this (and all frags actually). But I have a slight sense it is a big hit with fragheads but not so much at large.

    I have a distinct memory of seeking this...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    That is frustrating.

    A lot of us got blindsided by that one.

    I opted to buy a tin of the Intense version in 2018 or I'd be really pissed off.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    Yeah, that "sweetness" is distinct. RG ticks off a lot boxes better than anything.

    Now I know what I'm wearing tomorrow.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    I think you're probably dead on accurate with TF and the intellectual property rights.

    I'm surprised he hasn't come closer with his fougeres. But maybe there's a bit of an ego thing with trying...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    It will kick its ass is my guess. But you'll be the judge of that.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    I don't like gushing about scents that have become "unobtainium" but this stuff was really good. That shaving cream aroma is so unmistakable and distinctive.

    I have a few ml of original and a...
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    Re: New Nasomatto - Fantomas

    I think Sep 15 is launch date.

    First "leaked" notes I've read said "creamy, green notes, with a fruit note like melon" and "it changes a lot."
    We'll soon see if this is accurate.

    I must admit...
  31. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    Happy to share it. I recognize to some Basenoters and a lot of women, it could be an odd concept.

    Yes "aftershave" as a frag term is a bit different. Often sort of medicinal, menthol, aquatic....
  32. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    Ahhh, well it is somewhat of an archaic term to be sure given that old school barbers are becoming rare. I've always associated the term mostly with North American barbers and perhaps UK. I don't...
  33. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    I share your frustration with the urinal cakes. Never really understood that one and I sometimes think the person referencing it isn't clear what they mean any way...the stand alone scent of the...
  34. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    More cacao than chocolate. Raw. A bit unrelatable and I love dark chocolate...92% cacao.

    BORNEO 1834 pulls off this kind of raw cacao note nicely for me.
  35. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    It may show up differently for different people. It was a very raw, powdery chocolatey kind of scent to me. The antithesis of sweet.

    I found in a couple of wearings I couldn't latch onto to any...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    CARON 3e HOMME

    Never sure why I wear anything else when I wear this...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    Yes, I can think many of us assume the first issue would always be an EdT followed later by an EdP.

    But this has always been EdP. Which makes sense now, it is pretty potent stuff.

    You should...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    It was only ever a perfume version... there was never an EdT. Fooled me too. I was searching for it and saw it was always an EdP.
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    Well it's not for everybody. One of my favorites too. Think it would have been a oft worn work scent for me. It's a bit on the brash side, but restratined enough I could have gotten away with it.
    ...
  40. Re: Looking for a bit of a specific suggestion, details inside...have at it folks!

    Yes, and they are very much in the vein of "keep Portland weird." I don't mean that as a knock on them, but their scents are quite intense and fairly challenging to wear for an average guy.

    I know...
  41. Re: Has anyone started a thread on how humidity effects projection/silliage?

    Probably. I have memories of being in Detroit which could get very humid and my scents would be choking me. Vivid memories of how horrific GREY FLANNEL is with extreme humidity. The moist air kind of...
  42. Re: Has anyone started a thread on how humidity effects projection/silliage?

    Los Angeles leans drier...hard for me to tell.

    For what it's worth-- According to Luca Turin, very dry atmosphere smashes everything. He noted that when writing one of his guides, he and Tania...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    Hey let us know what you think.

    D'OH edit- the only version of this was always the EdP version....
    Never mind....
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    It's a great scent. Strong, spicy. Heavy clove and cinnamon which I like.

    I wouldn't call it aggressive, but it's right on the edge of being okay for work.

    Very intrigued to hear there is an...
  45. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    ZOOLOGIST TYRANNOSAURUS REX

    Just had to try this so sample ordered last pickup from Lucky Scent.

    YIKES! More power to people who like and wear this. You are brave, bold frag heads (and people...
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    Re: Talk me in or out of Fougre Royale

    You're a wet shaver with some traditional tastes regardless of your age. I love FOUGERE ROYAL too.

    Though it's been "updated" it still retains a lot of its basic original formula. I can see where...
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    Re: Talk me in or out of Fougre Royale

    Jó. Úgy fogja érezni, hogy az Ön számára készült.
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    Re: Talk me in or out of Fougre Royale

    It is certainly the epitome of "fougere." I can see that a lot of people may find it mature or old fashioned. That's part of its charm to me. It is very manly and quaint. Brooks remarks are spot on....
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    Re: Clive Christian Papyrus?

    Thanks for the replies. It sounds generally likable enough, but mostly not loved. Not seeing a lot of "wow" type comments.

    I'll sniff it next trip out, but unless it really wows me, focus...
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    Re: Card Holder vs. Bifold Wallet

    As a an older guy, I have lots of cards I need to carry so use a conventional wallet.

    But, this is one of the few purchases I can't gush enough about.

    About 20 years ago, an SA in Nieman Marcus...
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    Clive Christian Papyrus?

    Anyone here ever put a nose on CLIVE CHRISTIAN ART NOVEAU PAPYRUS?
    Reviews are scant

    It's supposed to be a fougere and I have a thing for those.

    Don't know if another fougere is worth their...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    That seems like a good one for you. I really like but slightly prefer NAXOS.

    It's an awesome scent.
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    Re: your favorite CHEAP fragrance

    Avon wild country
    dana canoe
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    Re: Interview fragrances

    You asked us this two days ago. We answered.

    Click the link below "Dmitri"

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/480642-Is-tom-ford-black-orchid-good-for-interview
  55. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    No, but they'll be crazy pricey like everything else they do is my guess.

    Bottle look gorgeous and a little fem leaning, but guessing they are both unisex.

    A lot of new scents coming out. Is...
  56. Re: Is tom ford black orchid good for interview ?

    Well Dmitri. Don't keep us in suspense.

    Did you wear BLACK ORCHID to you interview at Coffee Bean?
  57. Re: Is there an earthy 'peat' scented Fougere or green scent?

    Sample first. It's a very unusual, VERY LE LABO kind of scent.

    Quirky notes in same vein as SANTAL 33 (doesn't smell like it, just unique). I think you either like it or not...little middle...
  58. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    They certainly both look appetizing on paper.

    Always look forward to some Basenoters getting their nose on things.

    Sure miss Scent Bar being open, but am probably financially better off as a...
  59. Re: Is tom ford black orchid good for interview ?

    Asked and answered.
  60. Re: Is tom ford black orchid good for interview ?

    NO. Don't wear any scent to the interview, especially BLACK ORCHID.

    Is this a gag post?
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    Re: Aventus 10th Anniversary Edition

    Where do I get in line for this?
  62. Re: Is there an earthy 'peat' scented Fougere or green scent?

    I really don't think it's a fougere, but PROFUMUM FUMIDUS smelled so much like scotch it made me laugh. How could anyone wear this to work?

    In full wearing, I guess it's more of a strong, dirty...
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    Re: New Nasomatto - Fantomas

    I'm with you on that. But one of the points they always make about some of the MOLECULE scents is that even though you might not smell, others do.
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    Re: What’s your favorite Bertrand Duchaufour

    Jubilation xxv & al oudh
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    Re: Le Labo is trash...

    I really do like ROSE 31.

    I think LE LABO is more than a bit gimmicky, but it's pretty slick marketing. I am pleased that they ceased putting expiration dates on the bottle labels when they custom...
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    Re: New Nasomatto - Fantomas

    Yup...this sound lot like some of the pitches and reviews of MOLECULE 1. "You can't smell it but everyone else can...trust us."

    An odd side note: No release until mid-September, but at Fragantica...
  67. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Great but kind of odd scent. One of my Covid seclusion faves. Hope you enjoy.

    L'ART DE LE GUERRE is nice too.
  68. Re: Adding another Frederic Malle to my collection 'Dries van Noten vs Dan Tes Bras vs Monsieur'

    I like MONSIEUR too, but please sample first. Not a favorite of a lot of Basenoters.

    It's not a "cheery" feel good kind of scent. It's an intense patchouli.
  69. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    Is anyone else confused as to why he's wearing a cowboy hat with tux while sitting on a Ferrari?
  70. Re: A swing and a miss- Phuong Dang...Has ANYBODY tried this?

    Yes, that's odd to see Barneys listed when they are long gone. It makes one wonder how viable this company is.

    Thanks for your notes. It sort of confirms my experience. While you embrace the rich...
  71. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    Ahhhh..as to CHAZ and Tom Selleck...it was very potent if I recall. It was quite similar to PIERRE CARDIN POUR MONSIEUR (everything but the kitchen sink for notes). While seen here in an ad with...
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    Re: Advice needed - fragrance for date

    I think you said in an earlier thread SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER was your favorite. If you feel centered and confident, it will help the dates.
    Plus, why hide the fact you're a kooky fraghead.

    That...
  73. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    It is light and fresh and smells a bit like a Mojito which is traditional summery Cuban rum cocktail. It feels like a relaxing summer scent.
  74. Re: whats a good inexpensive mens cologne or deo spray that would go well with a hawaiian shirt

    100% THIS. A tropical scent made by PEOPLE WHO MAKE HAWAIIAN SHIRTS.
    It could not be more perfect.

    But also CREED VIRGIN ISLAND WATER (pricey) and GUERLAIN HOMME (mid price).
  75. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    My head is spinning RIVE GAUCHE and BAIE DE GENIEVRE both clipped. I'm going to have nightmares.

    If I belonged to your gym, I'd suspect me.

    Start carrying AXE to the gym.
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    Re: How many bottles is too many?

    It's evidently always one more than I have.
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    Re: Choose 1 available classic

    Sort of have the same questions myself. Not as much of a wardrobe minimalist as you, but I have a sh8t ton of fougeres. 10 maybe? Silly actually.
  78. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    That's appalling!!!! Making it worse is that I'd bet money it was another fraghead...that's not a scent someone would routinely grab (unless maybe they smelled it.)

    The horror...the horror...
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    Re: Choose 1 available classic

    "Heavily reformulated" is a bit subjective.

    I have all of those except DUNHILL FOR ME.

    To me they're all can't miss. Hard to pick based on your sole criteria being "pick one of these classics."...
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    Re: Why is Guerlain Vetiver so cheap?

    Yes, always surprised by their consistency. Recently grabbed HOMME.

    And yes, sweet indeed. Just tried LAYTON.
  81. Re: A swing and a miss- Phuong Dang...Has ANYBODY tried this?

    Not picking at you, but give your brief thoughts on THE CALLING. I have it and it just overwhelms me with rich and sweet notes.

    Just curious...
  82. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase - Something for Fall

    No argument from me. I only get glimpses of what youth are wearing through here occasionally.

    But I do remember when it was considered to be "the sh*t." I suppose I'm just a tad crestfallen to...
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    Re: Why is Guerlain Vetiver so cheap?

    The LUBIN looks good but seems hard to source now.
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    Re: Why is Guerlain Vetiver so cheap?

    Yeah... I see that now.

    Not a deep discount, but a discount nonetheless.
  85. Re: Looking for a bit of a specific suggestion, details inside...have at it folks!

    In Portland (where I have visited often) I'd go coniferous...

    ORMANDE MAN or FLORIS 1962
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    Re: Why is Guerlain Vetiver so cheap?

    Yes, CHANEL is very guarded. And CHANEL has been very aggressive with not allowing decant sellers to offer their products as well.
  87. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase - Something for Fall

    Naw...I am old codger- this is not a mature scent (But I have some anyway. I put some on recently and the AARP demanded I wash it off).

    It's funny how times and tastes change. When I first started...
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    Re: Why is Guerlain Vetiver so cheap?

    They are such a huge world wide distributor the grey marketers can pick up tons of their stuff.

    As Basenoters, it can often seem like NOBODY would ever pay full retail for something like GUERLAIN...
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    Re: Why is Guerlain Vetiver so cheap?

    It's been in production for many, many years and it's probably a pretty decent seller.

    So, it's very routinely become available through a lot of grey market sellers.

    The grey market is a bit...
  90. Thread: Which classic

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    Re: Which classic

    As I said, you're a Basenoter. You have both. Wear both. Enjoy both.

    Lucky you to have two greats.
    Personally, INVASION BARBARE is one of my all time favorites.

    But our opinions are...
  91. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    Appearing again? Do you know something we don't?
  92. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    I've seen good and bad reports on DUA knockoffs. Some say they are often more potent with better longevity better than the original scents. Others say they are garbage.

    More than a few Basenoters...
  93. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    That's a kind of disheartening assessment but I have sought an alternate for a few years and find it not inaccurate.

    Those scents I mentioned are good solid wet shaver type fougeres and nice in...
  94. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    dupe post
  95. Re: Mr. Fine American Blend EDT=Rive Gauche PH clone?

    Yes, I tried their aftershave that "smells like Rive Gauche." It falls short of that but was ok as an aftershave. I'm a wet shaver and thought some of their aftershaves were okay.

    I take it you...
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    Re: SOTW First week of August - Back to work

    Don't you wear POLO all the time already?
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    Re: Acqua Di Parma Oud Your Thoughts?

    I think the "modest price" will be the issue.
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    Re: Acqua Di Parma Oud Your Thoughts?

    I though it was okay at first but then again I sold it. From my memory of sampling, you might find it quite similar to the leather version. (But it's got a faux oud note in place of leather). It's...
  99. Re: Can someone explain the appeal of CK Obsession for Men?

    That's a grim outlook but perhaps quite accurate.

    I've chalked a lot of my dislike for modern stuff as being an old MFer, but I see there is a bit more discontent with newer scents than just old...
  100. Re: Your opinions on the safest 'blind buy' perfume you've ever made?

    EGAD. You dislike NEW YORK INTENSE and BOIS DU PORTUGAL?!? You'd love working with me in an office.
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