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    Re: Latest Paco Rabanne - Phantom!

    The name intrigued me, and then I saw the bottle. Ick.

    Still could be good, though. Here's hoping. Sounds like a minimalist fougere.
  2. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    Seconded.
  3. [CONUS] Re: NEW STUFF! The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

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    [CONUS] Re: Spring Cleaning Sale!

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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    Boss: The Collection - Cashmere Patchouli is really, really nice.
  6. Re: *new* tom ford ombre leather parfum (2021)

    Iris? Yawn.
  7. Re: Ferrari Bright Neroli discontinued?

    I believe that it was discontinued, yes.

    A number of the popular "budget neroli" scents have crept up in price. I'm guessing that they didn't really catch on.
  8. Re: Clean, fresh barber sop/shaving foam vibe?

    I disagree!

    Rive Gauche (even in "premium" vintage form) smells fairly synthetic and mass-market to me, and I think Or Black (post-2014 version) has a nicer, richer base. Rive Gauche smells like...
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    Re: Extremely Hot Weather Fragrances

    Aramis Havana
  10. Re: Today I finished - Perfumes used up in 2021

    My original bottle of Eau des Merveilles bit the dust today.
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    You all are making this sound stunning. Rich, lasting, realistic citrus is hard to come by.
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    Re: D&G Light Blue Forever EDP - Amazing

    This sounds very intriguing!
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    Re: Gimme Strawberry!

    Yeah, this is the first thing that popped into my head.
  14. Re: Ferragamo F Black ( Lavender Lovers Must ? )

    I wasn't impressed by it. It's lavender-dominant, but it's a very synthetic lavender. If you're looking for a summertime fougere, you can do much better.
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    Re: Masculine Fig fragrances?

    This is the obvious recommendation.
  16. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    Just tried it. Maybe it's the same, but it feels slightly different to me.

    I don't get the tiramisu thing here.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Ah.

    Another way of saying what I meant by that would be to say that Dhanal Oudh Nashwah is not a delicate perfume: it is dense and rich, and while it has a lot of complexity, that complexity comes...
  18. Re: I can't help but worry over fragrance shipped via truck in the Summer over a week.

    Fragrances are more stable than most might think. Light is more damaging than bouts of high heat.
  19. Re: Clean, fresh barber sop/shaving foam vibe?

    Smoky shaving cream with amped-up amber.

    I prefer it to Rive Gauche and the other TF fougeres (including Beau de Jour).
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    Re: Max value for 40€

    Equipage Geranium!
  21. Re: Clean, fresh barber sop/shaving foam vibe?

    Pascal Morabito Or Black.

    Similar shaving cream feel (and it's better than Rive Gauche, in my humble opinion).
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    Re: best marine niche?

    It's nice, but Sydney Rock Pool shares some of its DNA and is nicer overall.
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    Re: Is Floris 1962 Discontinued

    That's a shame. 1962 is my favorite scent in the Polo/Z-14 wheelhouse (even considering vintage formulations).
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    Re: Gourmand Pancakes

    L'Artisan Noir Exquis
    Kerosene Follow
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    Re: Bon Viveur Naughton & Wilson

    The note pyramid is promising.
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    Re: best marine niche?

    Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool.
  27. Re: Latest Parfums de Nicolai - Bois Belize Intense!

    Nicolaď fragrance names are so misleading!
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    My problem with New West is that it'd actually be more satisfying without the spoonful of calone. It's a proto-aquatic that's a bit of a noncommital fence-sitter.
  29. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    I'd list Caron pour Un Homme Sport here, but I'm not sure it belongs. The ambergris in its base is clearly mostly a well-orchestrated use of synthetics (ambroxan? cetalox?), but it does have...
  30. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    I noted this in my original post.

    This thread is about highlighting good approximations of ambergris in mass-market scents.
  31. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    My go-to real ambergris is Sheikh Al Faransi, which is very affordable for what you get so that you don't have to be too precious about it.


    That Dionisio seems to be quite polarizing, though I...
  32. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    I knew Hednic would come through with some off-the-beaten-path recs.
  33. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    I wonder if I still have my sample. This was mostly straightforward rose to me and I didn't find the complexity in it that others have.
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I think Sport was discontinued, so they might not have it. Prices are still good online!

    Curious about your reaction to Aimez-Moi Comme Je Suis.
  35. Re: Your thoughts on the Valentino Uomo / Valentino Donna franchise

    I've tried Valentino Uomo and Valentino Uomo Intense. Like the Dior Hommes they are similar to, they didn't thrill me.
  36. The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    Let's get the obvious out of the way: a rare material like ambergris doesn't end up in a "mass market" fragrance, but it's nevertheless hugely influential and a number of perfumers have tried their...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Agreed. It's my favorite present-day Caron release.


    I wore it to the beach today. It was lovely. Pick it up and spend a few days giving it proper wearings and I think you'll appreciate it.
    ...
  38. Re: Fresh violet flower aquatic freshy....?

    Benz Le Parfum does a violet-leather-aquatic thing. It's nice!
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    On second thought, forget this and just grab Caron PUH Sport. You'll be glad you did.
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Here's one you might enjoy: S.T. Dupont Passenger Escapade.
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Scratch New West off of your list. It's not bad, but it's not great.
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    Re: Affordable summer fragrance for men

    John Varvatos Artisan Pure gets a strong thumbs-up from me.
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    Re: Warm weather oud

    Check out how Maison Anthony Marmin's Sheikh Al Faransi handles it. The airy ambergris helps take it out of "heavy" territory. (Still sticks around, though.)
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    Re: Latest Lalique - White In Black!

    This sounds underwhelming.

    I'm not sure that Lalique has released a masculine-targeted of note since they released Ombre Noire in 2017 (and now that that's an exclusive, Ombre Noire is sitting at...
  45. Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    I just make the Bentley Intense comparison because of booze/incense/benzoin. They don't share any actual accords or anything. But the idea of a boozy-incense scent is something I've been on the hunt...
  46. Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    It's excellent! A boozy, wearable incense with a vanillic amber backing that hits the sweet spot between wearability and quality.

    It's the "high end"/superior-in-every-way version of Bentley for...
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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    Maduro certainly isn't crowd-pleasing. A damp, woody, urinous scent.
  48. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Yeah, and that's fine if you're going to bring some new perspective, but this just seems like a stripped-down take.
  49. Re: Must or best 2 fragrances from this list ( Brooks Brother,Hanae Mori, Ungaro, One Man Show )

    The display name for this thread was cut off after "Brooks" and I took it to mean that I'd been summoned.

    Anyway, my picks are the Armani and the Roger & Gallet.
  50. Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    I recently snagged Zegna Passion for an over 50% discount, but this is certainly true.

    The houses that largely do distribution through their own boutiques (see also the Carolina Herrera luxury...
  51. Re: Fragrances you feel hold up well under extreme heat and sweating?

    Aramis Havana.
  52. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    It's included in my ranking.

    I love La Curie.
  53. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    The tobacco accord in this one reminds me of Rogue Derviche, though it's otherwise quite different. The rose/floral notes are creamy and a bit urinal cake-y (but not animalic, just cleaning...
  54. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Wearing Chatillon Lux Gratiot League Square today. This strikes me as a touch odd, and it will take me a while to get my hands around it.
  55. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    I've been looking for a "niche-grade" equivalent to this for a while and Idole was naturally one of the first places I looked. I actually prefer both Bentley EDT and Intense (either formulation) to...
  56. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Nope.

    Note pyramid isn't promising.
  57. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    Not the EDP, but the new Black Orchid Parfum that came out last year (gold bottle).
  58. Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    Ombre Noire would've made it to discounters more substantially but it was pulled from distribution and is now being sold as an online exclusive (which is weird).
  59. Re: One that I don't see much talk on, Missoni Parfum Pour Homme

    I really like Missioni Parfum pour Homme and prefer it to the Bleu line.
  60. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    On skin now.

    Darker, yes. Deeper? Maybe, as far as the tobacco accord itself goes, largely because it's amped up and the focal point.

    Overall, Xinu Ummo feels made to a very high standard, but...
  61. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    I think that's the rum absolute interacting with other notes. The plasticky thing also shows up in TF Black Orchid Parfum, which is probably using the same Firmenich-sourced rum absolute as the...
  62. Re: Full circle-from designer to niche to designer all over

    I don't care about compliments, I care about setting a mood for myself.

    That said, I have found myself returning to a number of designer-tier options after looking around in the luxe-niche space...
  63. Re: Please help me find a date / night time / sexy / winter fragrance that isnt super sweet/creamy!

    Loewe 7 Anonimo is great if you like incense.
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    Re: FLORIS recommendations

    Yes.
  65. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Impressions from paper:

    4160 Tuesdays The Dark Heart of Old Havana - A bit sweet for me. Dark fruits and dusty cacao.

    Coqui Coqui Tabaco - Dish soap.

    Fort & Manle Maduro - Damp, woody,...
  66. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    I'm wearing the 2015 Bentley Intense now, and it does feel a little different from the later bottle. This original version is a bit smokier (the incense seems a bit richer), more herbal, less sweet,...
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    Re: Lorenzo Villoresi

    Sandalo is very, very nice.
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    Re: Houbigant Royale & Amouge Bracken

    I can't please everyone!
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    Re: Houbigant Royale & Amouge Bracken

    A bowl of potpourri is the first thing I thought of when smelling Bracken Man.
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    Re: Houbigant Royale & Amouge Bracken

    I prefer Fougere Royale.

    Bracken Man is Fougere Royale with a lot of potpourri added into the mix.
  71. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    We've been talking about it a lot, but look at Acqua di Cuba: lemon citrus and tobacco.
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    Re: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

    These "wet shaver" houses can be hit and miss, but every once in a while they deliver some good stuff. PAA offers some very interesting artisanal perfume (and has so much of it that I've really...
  73. Re: Full circle-from designer to niche to designer all over

    Wear what brings you joy.
  74. Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    I've spent close to that, but have never hit that exact threshold. It has to be something I really, really want to get me to plonk that much down. I'm generally able to find something else that...
  75. Re: Please help me find a date / night time / sexy / winter fragrance that isnt super sweet/creamy!

    I like this one, but it's pretty creamy and fairly sweet, so probably doesn't strike the balance the OP is looking for.
  76. Re: Please help me find a date / night time / sexy / winter fragrance that isnt super sweet/creamy!

    I really enjoy Versace Man and haven't encountered anything quite like it, but some scents you might want to try to see if they spark any interest for you:

    Frank Los Angeles No. 2
    Olfactive...
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    Re: Parfums de Nicolai Video

    I didn't know they did in-house production!

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    I'm not sure what you mean by this, but I continue to be impressed by Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah. It's complex, multifaceted, and rich.
  79. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I would not describe it as a summertime scent (I say that as someone who wears "heavier" scents in warm weather).
  80. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Masque Milano Montecristo's drydown gets into a spicy cigar tobacco that's exquisitely rendered.
  81. Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes -Cologne du Maghreb-

    I received it as being essentially an eau de cologne with longevity and structure to match.

    The price of delicate beauty is often brevity, and I think there's a tradeoff L'Eau makes in favor of...
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    Re: Lorenzo Villoresi

    Resurrecting an old thread.

    I am particularly taken with Villoresi's Atman Xaman and this has inspired me to take a longer look at this house.

    I have been exploring Villoresi and my impression...
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    Re: Bergamot time again...

    Folks seem to be mentioning neroli fragrances?

    I'll toss in a mention for Floris Neroli Voyage, which I prefer to the previously mentioned Colonia Essenza. A nice-performing neroli with a unique...
  84. Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes -Cologne du Maghreb-

    Tauer's approach to perfume is, on the whole, very "sculptural." It mostly appeals to me. Tauer's perfume isn't always brilliant, but it's almost always interesting, and that counts for a lot.

    I'm...
  85. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    Rum isn't that expensive to make, especially if you're just making a rum with the intent of producing a byproduct like rum absolute. My understanding is that rum absolute is pricey if you're an...
  86. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I can see that. It's certainly closer to tobacco than oud. Cedar has been used in a number of tobacco accords.
  87. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    I think it's rum absolute, not tonka (in an interview, Lorson went on record that she had the budget to use real rum absolute for this one).
  88. Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    Yes.

    Vanille Havane would be a "purchase" for me at $3/ml.
  89. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    And my cynicism about the "reform" talk on this one grows, but we'll see.

    I'm pretty amiable towards the original two Bentleys, and find them to be more coherent fragrances than the much-vaunted...
  90. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    So, as noted, the Bentley Intense I know is the later formulation (my 2018 bottle was plenty loud, but had the "plastic" element folks talk about, which I don't think is down to budget as much as...
  91. Re: What is this sharp, peppery wood smell called?

    Yeah, norlimbanol has a gritty texture to my nose.

    What Alriyah is asking about could easily be another woodyamber like Ambrocenide.
  92. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Now you *really* have my attention.
  93. Re: NEW: Calvin Klein - Euphoria Amber Gold Men!

    Looking forward to your take.
  94. Re: NEW: Calvin Klein - Euphoria Amber Gold Men!

    Wearing this again today and I feel like this one really slipped through the cracks. A very well-rounded, multifaceted perfume with a nice honey tone.
  95. Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes -Cologne du Maghreb-

    Yes.

    ACDD is his true masterpiece. And one of the few fragrances that truly stuns me all over again every time I smell it.
  96. Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes -Cologne du Maghreb-

    Intrigued by this.
  97. Re: What are you guys getting for spring/summer?

    I am notoriously off-season in my purchases; I make almost all my "summer" fragrance pickups during cool months (and vice versa).

    That said, I recently snagged a vintage tester of Colonia Assoluta...
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    Re: Rich, Green & Masculine

    It's the best classic fougere around, IMO.
  99. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    This sounds like my cup of tea.
  100. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Yeah, still, I'd be more self-conscious wearing something like Eau d'Hermes or even Cartier Declaration.

    I have samples of the following arriving this week:

    4160 Tuesdays The Dark Heart of Old...
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