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  1. Re: Does this exist? Imagine TdH, but soapy instead of cedar & vetiver

    I would say this is a good option as well, with lime instead of orange.

    I’d also add Jean Couturier Coriandre, a cool, green herbal chypre with a musky base. It doesn’t have the TdH dirty orange...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    It’s a warm 70 degree spring evening in Seattle, and I’m wearing the intimate post workout lemon verbena combo: used L’Occitane Verbena shampoo/conditioner/body wash, then the verbena lotion after...
  3. Re: Green, Coniferous, and Forest - please critique my wish list

    I’ve tried both of these and found them to be quite nice and pine forest-centric. Undergrowth has a bit more prominent clean, sweet mint, Forest is a bit more earthy.
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    Re: Cold, rainy night fragrance

    I have a number of fragrances that I've purchased since the fall, but have been looking forward to wearing in cool, rainy springtime weather. Of course I've worn them in that intervening time, but...
  5. Re: Green, Coniferous, and Forest - please critique my wish list

    Bottega Veneta PH Extreme is a good choice for soft pine and clean suede. Extreme flanker is much more coniferous than the original IMO. A good indie option might be Forest by Rook Perfumery.

    And...
  6. Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    I own both, and think it’s worth it (I’m on my second bottle of each). VE doesn’t have the soft, warm tobacco, and it’s more herbal and woody/incense. It's got a pretty strong tarragon type herbal...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I’ve long thought that Encre Noire is one of the best layering fragrances, but I think I found a new favorite combo: EN + Jean Couturier Coriandre. More generally speaking, EN wonderfully complements...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Hah that’s funny. I always like seeing how animals react to fragrances.

    Oh and there was a typo, it’s an 11 WEEK old puppy. But I’ll be sure to check back in a year ;)
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Make what you will of this, but last night my sister brought over her 11 week old puppy, and I was making them both smell some new fragrances. I tried out vintage and current Polo; the puppy started...
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    Re: How Often Do You Blind Buy?

    I'd say probably 4/5 buys are blind. I like the thrill and surprise. I don't usually buy anything super expensive. But then again, sometimes I do. I have a very good idea of...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    My experience has been the same as yours, but it's been a while since I ordered from her directly. A quick search for "Sixteen92" on Reddit produces more threads than are worth linking to here, but...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I've tried a few different Sixteen92 offerings in that vein, and it's an accord they do well - wet, earthy, petrichor with some kind of subtle, cool soft sweetness like blackcurrant or galbanum or...
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    Re: Olfactory NYC - any fans of this house?

    Poking around their site a bit more, it looks like they have a lot of customization options, although they may not be quite enough to impress your average BNer. They have about 20 house accords that...
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    Olfactory NYC - any fans of this house?

    They're in the database here but there isn't much talk about any of their frags - anyone tried them?

    I would never have come across them except that they've been included in the Olfactif monthly...
  15. Re: BDC EDT - Screechy at first but I like the incense...

    Incense is a weird note - there are so many different types and it’s not always clear what’s being referred to (Indian, Chinese, Japanese, ecclesiastical, etc). I was heavily into the world of...
  16. Re: Jacomo de Jacomo: Comparing the Vintage and Current Versions

    A heads up to anyone interested in JdJ current formulation - FN has testers right now for next to nothing. It may not be vintage, but for that price, if you like the style, it's a no brainer IMO.
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  17. Re: BDC EDT - Screechy at first but I like the incense...

    ELdO Hermann a Mes Cotes... might be a good option - earthy cool blackcurrant and incense with a refreshing but not screechy ambroxan base. It's like an ambroxan fragrance, but for the cool kids. Not...
  18. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    I do think it's a cut above the average ambrox/shower gel/bleu type stuff, but still generally in that genre. I still contend that it is somewhat close to current (and only current) Polo formula DNA,...
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Now that's some real creativity! I think Encre Noire is a criminally underrated layering fragrance, especially with bright citrus/floral scents. Anything that gives it some top notes, since it's...
  20. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Amouage Jubilation XXV - a blind buy, and my first Amouage, so this was a bit of a risk but boy did it pay off. I haven't been stunned by a fragrance in a while, both in terms of quality and unique,...
  21. Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier (for men, edt/edp, dated, soapy?)

    Glad someone else popped in here, curious to hear others' thoughts. And funny that it comes off as dated or otherwise unwearable to others, as I found the current formulation EdT to be surprisingly...
  22. Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier (for men, edt/edp, dated, soapy?)

    I just got a bottle of this in the mail yesterday after previously trying a sample, and I really love it. I'm curious if anyone else gets this, but there is something in it that reminds me quite a...
  23. Re: Montale Mens Ranking ( Current Available 2021 )

    It's probably my second favorite behind Black Aoud, although I'm less inclined to mention it to someone just getting started in the world of Montale. Those who love it, love it. Those who don't......
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    What if, to even it out, we start referring to all European fragrances as Nanban (南蛮 - southern barbarian) fragrances?
  25. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Bentley for Men Intense - not as vanillic as I expected, and more similar to the original than I would’ve thought. Definitely richer, sweeter, with bigger presence, but doesn’t stray too much from...
  26. Re: Carolina Herrara CH Men vs. John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider

    Dark Rebel Rider was a big disappointment to me. Same deal, was looking for an inexpensive leather-dominant frag. It’s just kinda plasticky Dr Pepper. If you want something similar in vibe and price...
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    Re: Questions on Red Tobacco Mancera ?

    Haven't tried Terroni, but between the other two, I'd say that Red Tobacco is nuclear strong in the opening, but doesn't necessarily have a long-lasting sillage to match. If you like Mancera/Montale...
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    Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    Their store in Seattle is pretty small, although it's right in the middle of the uber-hipster neighborhood (fun fact: it was also within the CHOP/CHAZ boundaries last summer). They also have a big...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    My vintage is the same, and I honestly like both. Think of current formulation as a modern flanker.



    Good to know. I’ve tried current Z-14 and it’s pretty meh. But sounds like vintage is worth...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Hehe
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Haha yup, now I'm curious to track down some more vintage. Especially since I was able to find my 80s Cosmair bottle for roughly the same price per ml as current Polo MSRP.
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    As long as we remember that "Oriental" refers to a European 18th/19th century speculative conception of eastward lands, and most "Oriental" fragrances are in fact European ones made in the image of a...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Welp, I got my Cosmair 80s-era bottle in the mail yesterday and MAN this is awesome! And so different from the current formulation. I'm not a huge vintage guy, and I've tried a few things in...
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    Re: Tom Ford not worth buying anymore ......

    I've got a bit of a soft spot for TF, but I basically agree with all this. It was the first "niche" type brand I encountered on Sephora shelves circa 2014, and having only previously owned designer...
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    Re: Early love that is still a love

    Terre d’Hermes was the first revelatory fragrance experience I had, and I still love it today.
  36. Re: Why, I'm particularly enjoying my scent today - March 2021

    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisée - haven’t worn this since last summer, today is the first sunny and 60+ day in Seattle this spring, and the Guerlain is sparklingly cool and refreshing, a limeade burst...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    This morning I wore Declaration on a sweater that I had sprayed some Mancera Red Tobacco on two days ago. The deep dry down of RT somehow makes a great base for Declaration. Never would've guessed...
  38. Re: Diptyque Olene, H24, Rose & Cuir, ELdO Hermann

    Bumpity bump bump
  39. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    This is pretty close to my impression. I'll have to revisit and look for the mango specifically, but that kind of fresh, bright green fruit note that isn't exactly grapefruit is definitely in there. ...
  40. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    I've got three different packages on the way right now and am being very impatient about their imminent arrival. In total I will be recieving:

    Full Bottles:
    Jubilation XXV
    Vtg. 80s Polo ...
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    Re: Violet forward fragrances?

    Lalique Hommage a l’Homme has a nice violet note paired with a somewhat wimpy oud base, but it’s nice and affordable.
  42. Re: Linearism: No Detection or Minor Detection Changes

    I tend to notice fragrances that use synthetics for normally fleeting top notes have a kind of intensification of those notes in the beginning, but they just fade into the background more than...
  43. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    I couldn’t believe it myself, and it was only $40. It was about 60% full, and the sprayer was broken, but I was able to decant the remaining juice. And it was a 2009 bottle. The store I found it at...
  44. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    Nice find! I have gotten a lot of great fragrances at Goodwill - Creed Himalaya 4 oz, Givenchy III, Margiela Music Festival, and Roger & Gallet Oeillet Bleu bottle from the 50s. Granted there’s a lot...
  45. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Montale Aromatic Lime - another successful (well-researched) Montale blind buy. An oddity in Montale world in that it’s a dark green galbanum-heavy 70s chypre with woody green citrus but not a whole...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Nice, well now I’m really looking forward to trying it. I love the current formulation but it does seem like a faint echo of the vintage the way people talk about it.
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Yeah that’s what I gather. Excited to give it a spin, I’ll update when it arrives.
  48. Re: What's the last frag you physically scrubbed off, and when?

    Hah funny you should mention that one, I just got it in the mail and it’s my SOTD. It’s definitely not a juicy/fresh lime, but I like it. Has a lot of galbanum though which might be the sour cat...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    There’s some discussion here of the green plastic sprayer starting at post #70 so there is some precedent although not a lot of details:...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Now that I own current Polo and Cologne Intense, I decided to continue down the rabbit hole after finding a great deal on a 2 oz Cosmair bottle, about 3/4 full for $32. Batch code is JS7 and it has a...
  51. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    Wearing it now for day four, and still enjoying it quite a bit. I’m parsing out the notes a bit more now and definitely get the spearmint in the top, very refreshing.

    It really straddles the line...
  52. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    Yeah, definitely not an Aventus clone or anything like that, but the green, woody, citrus/ambroxan combo puts it in that realm. It's mostly its own thing, but there are moments when I get a whiff and...
  53. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    Definitely agree on these two points. Having only tried the current stubby sprayer formulation, which already seems to have had a lot of that dark, heavy oomph removed, the base of this isn't that...
  54. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    It definitely has a lighter interpretation of (current formulation) Polo in the base. But the grapefruit and ambroxan vibe is also taking up a lot of space. I don’t get quite as much of the herbal...
  55. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    So I’ve been wearing mine now for about 45 minutes. With the caveat that I’m a relative neophyte in the world of Polo (just own the current stubby sprayer, never smelled vintage), I like this for...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    :thumbsup:

    I never worry too much. If I'm going to be around people at work (grad student teaching/sharing office) I will usually just wear a few sprays under my shirt so I can smell it but it...
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    Re: What are the best fragrances for Spring?

    I've made a few purchases over the fall/winter that I've been excited to wear as the weather warms up. That hasn't stopped me from wearing them in cold weather, but I think they'll really shine on a...
  58. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    Mine is out for delivery, should be here this afternoon. I’m working from home so I’ll post my thoughts as soon as I can tear open the packaging haha.
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    Re: summer incenses

    Not among the options listed, but worth mentioning Guerlain Vetiver Extreme. Swaps out the tobacco for an incense base, but still decidedly fresh for summer with a prominent cool, green herbal...
  60. Re: Ever make fragrance purchases while under the influence?

    I don't drink, but under the influence of THC edibles - absolutely haha. I decided to celebrate a year of Covid by buying an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. That combined with a few canna-gummies is a...
  61. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    I blind bought a tester too. Other than the ambroxan I’m not toooo worried about this being a “bleu de polo” kinda thing. I’m not sure how close it’ll be to the og, but the multiple herbal notes and...
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    Re: Encre Noire alternative?

    Two options that are similar in vibe, but with the caveat that they also contain lots of Iso E Super, so anosmia may still be an issue: Bentley for Men Absolute and Montale Greyland. They both have...
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    Re: Masterpieces of functional perfumery

    I’ve always wanted a fragrance that smelled like allergy nasal sprays: Nasonex, Flonase, etc. That chemical plasticky smell is always the herald of spring and rouses middle school nostalgia of first...
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    Re: Who’s wearing green for St Pat’s?

    Haha yeah I was curious what non-Americans would make of this thread. I have a bit of Irish ancestry but it’s really just an excuse to wear green and celebrate something. Especially as Covid wears...
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    Who’s wearing green for St Pat’s?

    And I don’t mean the color of your clothing! I’m celebrating today with Mousse Illuminee, the greenest scent I own.
  66. Re: What fragrance is least like you or least suited to your personality/ situation?

    Some kind of big indolic floral, civet, animalic musk, honey, patchouli and clove/carnation type fragrance with a million notes and an ostentatious sillage. Not sure what that fragrance would be, but...
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    Famous last words!
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    Bindebole is my favorite of the straight up green fragrances. LatinNote, I pretty much exactly concur with your assessment. It's got every aspect of that forest experience, not just the sanitized...
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    Re: Favorite Layering Combos.?

    Cedrat Boise and Lalique White. Clean musk, cedar and fruity pepper power combo.
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    Thanks, Hednic! Also realized today that my collection has hit 69 bottles... nice ;)
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    Re: Latest Lalique - White In Black!

    Lavender and vanilla - so a fougere flanker? I love White, but I'm not convinced on this one. Sounds like it could be a modern amberwood fougere, which is not appealing to me at all. But I could see...
  72. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Mancera Cedrat Boise. Aventus comparisons are apt, but more in the top notes or smelling it from the bottle. On skin it goes much woodier and smokier, with a more indeterminate fruity citrus note...
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    Re: Your most gifted cologne (from them to you)

    I've asked for it every time - in fact, after they bought it from Sephora full retail the first time, I showed my mom how to use grey market sites, and the next year I got 200 ml instead of 100...
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    Re: V&R Spicebomb Infrared (new)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWriuQhJmlU&ab_channel=Fraganceando

    Review here, but it's in Spanish. Based on my shit Spanish it sounds like it's red fruits (strawberry maybe?) with cinnamon and...
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    Re: Your most gifted cologne (from them to you)

    Terre d'Hermes. My parents have gotten me bottles 3-4 times for Christmas/Birthdays. It's been one of my favorites for a long time and pretty easy to find.
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    Re: Etat Libre d'Orange

    I've only tried Hermann a Mes Cotes from this house, but I do really love that one. Cool and dark but also rich and slightly sweet with a very nice blackcurrant note and a well-blended use of...
  77. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Mancera Red Tobacco. A full frontal assault of sweet, woody, spicy nose-burningly cloying chemicals and the performance suggests a substance with a half-life in the trillions of years. I love it. 10...
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    Re: Your favorite cdg?

    Play Green is nice and fresh combination of all things light, verdant and fresh. But it's not unique enough for me to own. I find it somewhat similar to Guerlain L'Eau Boisee, but it's smoother and...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Thanks PrinceRF and N.CAL! Now I'll look forward to the day when I need a third shelf!
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    Re: Favorite Layering Combos.?

    Noir Anthracite and TdH Eau Intense Vetiver
  81. Re: I have to admit, I'm a lil' be underwhelmed with......

    That pretty much sums up my thoughts. The fresh pack of cigarettes thing is dead on. I wish it had a more powerful oud base - I barely get any and it just feels a bit thin to me. Voyageur was my...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Thanks! Very nice collection of Chanels you've got there!
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    Olfactif (Monthly Sample Subscription)

    Anyone else have a subscription to Olfactif? I probably wouldn't have gotten one normally, but my brother got me a 6 month subscription for Christmas, and it's actually pretty cool. I have the three...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    My collection has grown quite a bit in the last year, finally had to make it a double decker!

    148022

    Top shelf:

    148020

    Bottom shelf:
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    Wearing my sample of the forthcoming Bindebole and I have to concur that you are all in for a treat with this one! It’s pretty similar in vibe to Boreal, which I wore yesterday; they both evoke a...
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    Re: What do your backups say about you?

    I more or less follow that philosophy; as many fragrances as there are that I like, there are always more to discover. I have a lot that I've meant to replace but never end up doing it. The only...
  87. Re: Anyone ever bought fragrances to resell at a profit?

    I'd feel weird about doing it personally but I also buy a lot of secondhand fragrances so I may have benefited from that practice. I've actually bought a few things at thrift stores that I've thought...
  88. Re: What is that “high/mid end perfume” note that makes all these fragrances smell similar?

    Yeah the hedione would explain the jasmine. And the rest of those aromachems just provide that distinct designer fuzzy warmth.
  89. Re: What is that “high/mid end perfume” note that makes all these fragrances smell similar?

    Grojsman accord maybe?

    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/383874-Grojsman-Accord
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    Re: Pick 1 for Each 3.0

    Swiss Army Knife Fragrance - Terre d’Hermes
    Clean - CdG Odeur 71
    Date Night - Mancera Wild Leather
    Hot Weather - Guerlain Homme l’Eau Boisée
  91. Re: Any knock-off fragrances actually worth wearing?

    I recently bought Armaf Tres Nuit, which is a GIT/Chez Bond clone, and I have to say I really like it. Granted, I've never smelled the scents it's copying, so I can't attest to the accuracy there,...
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    Poll: Re: 2021: Creed buys the pot... all in or fold?

    There’s always hope on the secondary market - I know you are a fan of thrift store shopping, as am I. I picked up a 60% full 120 ml Himalaya for $40 at Goodwill recently. So there are some Creeds out...
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    Got some nice whiffs of Murkwood this morning from the sweater I was wearing last night. The deep dry down seems to take it even further into Chinese herbal medicine territory - I assume that’s...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Looks like my sample request from Hermès is going to go unanswered. This sounds like something I’d like and it’s reasonably priced, but I can’t help but think it’ll be much cheaper when it hits...
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    Re: Your favorite cdg?

    I can only speak for Vettiveru 2, but to me it comes across as a very nice straightforward natural vetiver and citrus. If it weren’t for the CdG packaging I wouldn’t have guessed that’s where it came...
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    Poll: Re: 2021: Creed buys the pot... all in or fold?

    I guess during a pandemic when everyone is bored sitting at home and not spending money on normal outings, it’s a pretty safe bet to increase prices and assume the legions of frag bros watching...
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    Got my order today and I'm definitely blown away by these so far! A pine lover's dream for sure. I got dram bottles of Boreal and Murkwood, and Nick was nice enough to throw in some samples of Apple...
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    Re: Your favorite cdg?

    Just got Tar in the mail and gave it my first full wearing yesterday. Comparisons to Odeur 71 are not off base as far as the central DNA or accord goes, but they are distinct enough to own both IMO....
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    Re: Pineward Perfumes

    Ahh sad to hear, but I respect your dedication to quality and consistency. I look forward to trying the new version when it comes out, and the other two for now! There are so many different facets to...
  100. Re: How can someone smell like they have their Sh*t together?

    Zegna Peruvian Ambrette had an accord that smells like freshly dry cleaned suit/new luxury car interior. Always made me feel classy when I wore a sample.
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