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  1. Re: A fine fragrance production supervisor answers questions on Reddit

    This is why brands ultimately make a profit even when their wares end up at discounters.
  2. Re: Acqua di Parma - why so little love?

    Based on my vintage bottle of Assoluta, AdP's quality has diminished over the years.

    AdP is still a fairly good value house at discounters, but I'm just not sure it has many truly great...
  3. Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    Wearing a heavier application of Vanille Havane today has me enjoying it more. That earthy-hay tobacco comes out a lot stronger when you don't skimp.

    Pricepoint is still an obstacle, though....
  4. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Anecdote Havana Lounge

    This "drugstore niche" (to borrow the term coined by Varanis Ridari) scent is a tobacco in name only; it's really a pink pepper-grapefruit-floral with a touch of sunscreen...
  5. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I dunno.

    Even the greatest fragrance can't contain all the possible shades and colors and textures in the world.

    There are a number of "good" frags I own just because they do a particular facet...
  6. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    It's not in my top echelon, either, but thanks to Ropion's good judgment as a perfumer I think it's still the best "designer" tobacco from the past two decades.

    I almost got rid of it but my wife...
  7. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I don't know what this means for Oud Malaki.
  8. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Une Nuit Nomade Memory Motel

    This is actually lovely. I think tobacco is more of a fantasy note here, but it does evoke tobacco in its smoky-woody atmosphere. It's essentially a more refined...
  9. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    Glad to see this is still garnering acclaim.
  11. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    If you're not getting it from the start then you're not finding it, since it's front-and-center (which is mystifying to me, since I find the unsmoked-fine-cigar-in-a-humidor accord very strong and...
  12. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    It is if you're the kind of person who prefers Atman Xaman to Tobacco Vanille. (And I am.)

    Bois 1920's prominent beeswax is a really smart addition, bringing in that creaminess to blend with the...
  13. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I love Bois d'Ombrie, but for me it's primarily a spicy, vegetal leather.
  14. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Trying out Bois 1920 Oro today.

    It's one of the "suederal-rasberry" Tuscan Leather successors, but it's not a clone. The leather accord opens up but moves to the background pretty quickly and this...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    Yes. There's a resemblance.
  16. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    I always think of Cook.bot re: Sycomore.
  17. Re: What's the brightest/liveliest/cheeriest fun scent for a larger than life character?

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  18. Re: What's the brightest/liveliest/cheeriest fun scent for a larger than life character?

    Hanae Mori HM EDT.
  19. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    Yes, this is a good description of Oud Minerale 2.0.
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    Re: When the ad copy gets to you...

    For transparency, this was inspired by a blind buy of my own:

    https://www.trumpers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/havana-cologne-50ml.jpg

    Introducing our new Havana Cologne.

    This...
  21. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    I don't find it generic.
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare Thoughts?

    So I just did a side-by-side with Invasion Barbare and Hanae Mori HM and am I the only one who sees a direct connection between these two?

    The openings are very, very similar, Hanae Mori HM just...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty EDP

    I can see that.
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    When the ad copy gets to you...

    Have you ever blind-bought a fragrance just because the ad copy and fragrance branding is telling a story that appeals to you?
  25. Re: Best aquatic / fresh ambergris fragrances

    Yes! Sydney Rock Pool needs more love.
  26. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    Lighter and fresher about covers it. Still recognizeable, but more wearable, and I think the added "airiness" helps open up the composition a bit and add some of that "sea air" roominess.
  27. Re: Best reasonably priced leather fragrance?

    There's always Nabeel Arab Tradition (that's the TL clone, right?).

    I think GGA is a well-built fragrance but I don't know what I'd want my car to smell of it.
  28. Re: Has anyone else tried 2020-2021 batches of Guerlain Classics?

    My 2018 Héritage EDT lasted me all day, too. I found it very strong.
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    I hope you like it!

    If you don't... well, I didn't tell you to blind buy it.

    I do think it's seriously good. A quintessentially British take on the modern leather style with robust performance....
  30. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Call it like you see it, but I'd like to point out that while this certainly uses synthetics (like that sticky honey note--very much like the one later used in Velvet Teddy), Tabac Rouge does use...
  31. Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    Yeah, and the pricing here is just a bit hard to swallow given that it doesn't really offer anything that could qualify as a "signature" accord or effect.


    Cheers.

    I like the tobacco note...
  32. Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    I'm trying out Vanille Havane today. It's a really lovely woody vanilla (more of a "true" vanilla--dark and rich--than a sugared vanilla). I can certainly pick up the tobacco, which is a very...
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    [CONUS] Spring Cleaning Sale!

    Hi all!

    I've been doing some spring cleaning and have lots of stuff for sale. Shipping is $5, but if you spend over $50 shipping is free.

    I ship to CONUS addresses only.

    ARAMIS Havana...
  34. Re: Best reasonably priced leather fragrance?

    10 sprays of GGA? Yikes!

    I find GGA potent.
  35. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    For the record, I find nothing very feminine about Sandor 70's, which has a strong "horse stable" vibe that places it firmly in masculine territory.
  36. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Sandor 70's is seriously, seriously good. But I have plenty of Michael for Men, which isn't identical, but is still in that ambery-animalic-suede-tobacco space. They'd continually compete for wearing...
  37. WTB: Bentley for Men Intense (2013-2016 batch)

    Curious about the reform rumors and want to try an older bottle. Please reach out if you have one and are willing to sell! (I'm in the CONUS.)
  38. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I'll know it when I find it.


    I read another review that said it's pretty much a sequel to Patchouli 24 but built around tobacco.

    I'm always willing to give Menardo the benefit of the doubt.
    ...
  39. Re: Best reasonably priced leather fragrance?

    La Yuqawam?
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    For me, the primary feature of Leather Oud is the floral-supported saddle leather accord, which is a gorgeously rendered, gentlemanly take on modern leather accords (like an upgraded, more refined...
  41. Re: Dunhill Launches Four Mens Scents in Signature Collection!

    I did end up purchasing Moroccan Amber, and wearing it a bunch has changed my impression of it.

    It starts soapy and sharp, like a sequel to Prada Amber, but evolves into dusty, woody territory...
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    British Leather is good. Floris Leather Oud is great.
  43. Re: Aramis: has the end of this classic arrived?

    If you apply it, you'll be wearing it for a full day whether you like it or not.

    To me, Aramis--groundbreaking and iconic though it is; I think it might qualify as the first true "powerhouse...
  44. [CONUS] Re: NEW STUFF! The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread

    Bump
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    Re: Traditional Eau de Cologne

    So I have a new gold-standard EDC (though it's really an EDP, but built on the EDC foundation):

    Caswell-Massey Supernatural VI. Absolutely stunning stuff, and with projection and longevity rarely...
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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    How do folks feel about Maduro?
  47. Re: Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    So I found a substitute of sorts that I prefer to both Bentley EDT and Intense: Calvin Klein Euphoria Amber Gold, which sits in a parallel lane: leather, incense, dry herbal notes, with a lovely,...
  48. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I have an older (ca. 2006) Herrera for Men that is pretty lovely with a unique "curried" tobacco base that still makes it a bit of a standout even if the fragrance otherwise feels a little more...
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    I don't find the pricepoint egregious, even if it does situate Rogue in a place where there's a lot of intense competition. In a world where synthetic stews regularly retail for well over $2/ml under...
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    Re: Marc Jacobs for Men

    I've tried an older bottle.

    It's a very nice, well-rounded take on the fig fragrance style. Better constructed than Fico di Amalfi, but less memorable than some of the more adventurous takes on...
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Definitely interested in Derviche II.
  52. Re: Best aquatic / fresh ambergris fragrances

    The best aquatic ever made is Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool.
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    Re: Cartier Pasha question

    The "gold trim" vintage (pre-oakmoss restrictions) is an oakmoss bomb.

    Not sure how old your bottle is. If it's from after the initial wave of oakmoss restrictions, it's probably not too different...
  54. Re: Euphoria Amber Gold - what parallel dimension are these flankers coming from?!

    Yes, it's more a case of a niche-y profile being rendered with designer materials.

    It's nice, though, and I sold it short when I first tried it. The honey note is nicely rendered, as is the...
  55. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Well, that's harsher than I would be.

    Feels to me like a high-quality soap with a classic touch, like something you'd get in a fine, old Italian hotel. But it's not a revelation.

    Derviche is...
  56. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    It's the one Rogue Perfumery offering I've considered acquiring. A nice, gentlemanly soapy-green tobacco.

    But, honestly, I think it's a bit pricey for what it is.
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    It's very persistent, so wearing it is a bit of a commitment. Still, I love it. The ultimate gentleman's saddle leather: a bit clean, a bit crisp, a bit earthy.

    It's the scent Dunhill British...
  58. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I, for one, enjoy Acqua di Cuba most in summertime!
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    Well, I don't think the four you smelled are representative of Floris' quality overall. In general, Floris' lineup post-2010 is better than its surviving lineup from pre-2010. Neroli Voyage is better...
  60. Re: Tom Ford NOIR POUR FEMME: a GEM fully suitable for men

    I concur with some of the remarks here: Noir pour Femme is better than Noir Extreme.
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    If this house is designer-tier quality, I find it in line with what I'd expect from some of the better "exclusive" designer lines. Quality is on par with a house like Diptyque, to which its...
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    Re: Floris Suggestions

    It's my favorite leather scent, so it's fared very well!
  63. Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    This is reminding me of the Red Tobacco vs. Carlisle vs. Mystery Tobacco conversation. See also Sycomore vs. Encre Noire or Heritage vs. Danger...

    These fragrances are all similarly dissimilar.
    ...
  64. Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    If you smell Bogart pour Homme and Pure Havane and Naxos back-to-back you will see the development of the same core "sweetened tobacco" accord (also present in Pure Havane imitators like Samba Skin...
  65. Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    There's a core accord in Naxos that is similar to the core accord in Pure Havane (and its clones, i.e. Reyane Insurrection II Wild). I don't think it's a lazy comparison.

    But the stuff surrounding...
  66. Re: I had forgotten how utterly GORGEOUS Halston Man Amber is

    I purchased a bottle of this from a fellow Basenoter and I must say I'm impressed. As far as amber-and-nothing-but scents go, this is lovely: a woody, herbal, dry, powdery amber with a sweet...
  67. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Whereas I feel like 1740 wears me, I feel like I actually wear Atman Xaman.
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    Re: Tom ford for men extreme

    It's not much like Black Orchid beyond that truffle note. If I wear TFFM Extreme on a warm day, that truffle comes out loud and strong, and that's when it most feels like the fruity-amber cousin to...
  69. Re: Aramis: has the end of this classic arrived?

    I edited my comment to clarify my remark, but you beat me to it.

    All three of those are discontinued (and Special Blend was actually only intended to be a limited edition release).

    As far as I...
  70. Re: Aramis: has the end of this classic arrived?

    I don't see any flankers listed in the actual fragrance listing. Just the original.

    We know definitively that the flankers pictured in the banner (an older stock picture) have been discontinued.
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    Re: Tom ford for men extreme

    Yeah, it's *loud* in warmer weather.

    The character shifts, too. It's fruitier and darker in colder weather, earthier and more ambery in warmer weather.
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    Re: Tom ford for men extreme

    It is not very similar to Black Orchid, though it does have a truffle note.

    My experience with its performance has varied a great deal.

    As much as I enjoy it, I wouldn't spend that much money...
  73. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Yes, the rich, multifaceted tobacco in Montecristo is a tremendous achievement.
  74. Re: Aramis: has the end of this classic arrived?

    I have a suspicion that the entire Gentleman's Collection for Aramis has been phased out and that stock is now dwindling.

    The last number of releases, ending with Special Blend, were either...
  75. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I tried it this year from an official sample. I don't really get civet; its animalic texture isn't pissy. It's the signature warm, sparkly, sweaty quality of castoreum (like the first formulation of...
  76. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Montecristo is complex and has a very dramatic evolution from a warm castoreum opening to a spiced tobacco mid/drydown. It's a cigar enjoyed with booze by a fireplace in a velvet smoking jacket.
    ...
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    Re: My week with some great cheapies!

    Yes, that has been my experience, too.

    I put some on this morning. My wife always tells me it reminds her of spiced yams (in a good way).
  78. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    A lit cigar.
  79. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Not in notes/accords, but I think Montecristo and Atman Xaman would both be worn with pleasure by the same kind of person.
  80. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    It's really lovely. I find Atman Xaman as impressive in its own way. Have you tried that?
  81. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I do prefer Pure Havane and L'Homme Ideal Extreme to Naxos.

    I don't prefer LIDGE to Naxos, though. Never much cared for LIDGE.
  82. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Masque Milano Montecristo was the last to really wow me. Stunning stuff.
  83. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I did?

    I believe I compared it to HdP Hemingway and
    Pure Havane, with a nod to L'Homme Ideal Extreme. It doesn't remind me of LIDGE.
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    Re: My week with some great cheapies!

    SFPH is a woody-spicy creation with fig as a backbone.
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    Re: My week with some great cheapies!

    Interesting how scents fall in and out of favor!

    I think it's a highly original take on the fig leaf theme. There are other fig scents I rate very highly, but I think SFPH is more satisfying than...
  86. Re: What is the fragrance you love on a woman or partner, and *why*?

    Tauer Au Coeur du Désert.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    The Roja line has repackaged "vintage" fragrances as modern luxury. I'm grateful that his line is keeping the vintage fragrance vocabulary alive. As a consumer, I'm going to buy the scents that...
  88. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I find Naxos to be a boring experience. It takes that Bogart pour Homme/Pure Havane accord and adds it into a fuzzy woody-vanillic mix like Histoires de Parfums Hemingway (which I also find very...
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    Re: My week with some great cheapies!

    Yes. Very much so.
  90. Re: I think Rive Gauche PH is overrated. Is something wrong with me?

    I like the basic DNA of Rive Gauche fine, it just feels a bit synthetic/rubbery to me.
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    Re: My week with some great cheapies!

    As do I.
  92. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I have a vintage of Havana and its flanker, Havana Reserva (which I don't enjoy as much as the original).

    I don't find a strong difference in quality between the current and vintage Havana beyond...
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    Re: My week with some great cheapies!

    Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme is really excellent: a unique, woody-spicy take on fig that outshines most niche takes on the theme.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I won't belabor the point since there's a whole thread about it, but Rive Gauche would be my number one choice.
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I get very good longevity from Blend 30 (both in EDT and aftershave form).
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    Re: Guerlain Homme restocking dilemma

    I prefer Homme EDP to the Boisee flanker. They're fairly different, though.
  97. Re: What are other perfumes in style of Tom Ford Noir Extreme?

    Okay, I've finally found another fragrance that is very similar to Noir Extreme: Mercedes-Benz Select Night (2019). It's very, very close, with creamy orange blossom subbing in for the Noir Extreme...
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    Re: AdP Colonia Assoluta - Discontinued?

    FYI - I obtained an older bottle of Colonia Assoluta with an older ingredients list as a backup and it smells radically different than my newer bottle to the point that I don't really recognize it.
    ...
  99. Re: Any recommendations based on fragrances I like? (warm spicy & sweet)

    Both Lalique Noir Premier Or Intemporel 1888 or L'Artisan Noir Exquis seem like they might appeal to you.
  100. Re: Wearing a budget-friendly scent vs. smelling above your financial means

    Rasasi has a pretty extensive catalog of original scents, a number of which are very impressive. It's not a clone house in the way that Al Haramain and Armaf are clone houses. (Even the LY flanker,...
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