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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Indeed.

    My preferred leather scent these days is Floris Leather Oud, which blows any of the TF scents out of the water. Has a kind of "saddle leather" feel, I'd say.

    I am still working through...
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Sure, but it's also a vivid thing. The excitement that accompanies new ownership tends to overshadow the day-to-day, at least as far as memory goes.
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Or a fresh-off-the-rack designer motorcycle jacket purchased at the Via de' Tornabuoni.

    I've always felt that the reason the TF leathers evoke "luxury" in the modern mind is because...
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    We all have our different associations with leather aromas (some folks on here have even claimed that the TF scents don't evoke leather for them at all), but it feels like the consensus of the moment...
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    Re: Vintage Cartier Santos

    The current Concentrée is all I've tried, and, yes, I found it a somewhat anonymous mash-up of masculine fragrance traits from the era of its debut.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    ARAMIS Havana Reserva

    Not worthy of unicorn status, but I'm glad to have a scent that brings my beloved Havana into autumn/winter territory.
  7. [CONUS] Re: The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread Strikes Back

    New additions!
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    Re: Loewe 7 Anonimo (2016)

    I don't see much, if any, similarity to Profumo. This has a different kind of incense.
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    Re: Loewe 7 Anonimo (2016)

    I think it's really quite good--maybe the best incense scent for the price--but if you've toured the niche incense scene it won't blow your mind.
  10. Re: anybody know an easy to find inexpensive coconut cologne for men?

    Listen to Hednic on this one. You won't do better.
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    My favorite of the TF leathers is Ombré Leather 16 (smoother than TL, more refined than OL18), but it's a unicorn now so I feel bad for even mentioning it.

    My contemporary leather of choice is...
  12. Re: Azzaro Pour Homme current still safe?

    I'm not particularly impressed by the current stuff. It feels very synthetic. (It's a pretty different frag overall, but among current Azzaro formulations, I think their Azzaro pour Homme Intense is...
  13. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I don't find Kouros, even in vintage form, that challenging. It's just annoyingly loud!
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I adore this model. Wonderful choice.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    ARAMIS
    HAVANA RESERVA

    A more linear version of Havana that jumps right into an amped-up version of the original's drydown. It's nice, but I do miss the dynamic development of the original.
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    To each their own, but I don't find it or the original Eau particularly gendered.
  17. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    I'll gladly snag your Au Coeur du Désert.
  18. Re: What am I missing? Where have warm, 'ambery' masculine fragrances gone?

    I don't think you'll like it! Even though it isn't vintage, it sure *smells* vintage.
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    Re: Salvatore Ferragamo F black

    I found this pretty synthetic (at least in its current formulation). It ain't bad, but it feels artificial.
  20. Re: My dirt cheap favorite tobacco scents

    If you want honest-to-goodness, realistic tobacco front-and-center, you can't do better than Roger & Gallet Open.
  21. Re: Favourite mens or unisex floral fragrances...

    Seconding these two.
  22. Re: My dirt cheap favorite tobacco scents

    Pre de Provence
    No. 63
    (2018)

    This EDT has listed notes of citrus, pepper, cedar, violet leaves, plum, tobacco, leather, and amber.

    I enjoyed this in soap form, so when I found out there was...
  23. Re: Banana Republic Oud Mosaic = Oud Ispahan/ Oud Palao

    I much prefer Oud Mosaic to Oud Touch; it's more transparent and less thick (the "caramel" in Oud Touch is thankfully nowhere to be found).

    I unabashedly love Oud Mosaic, which is one of the...
  24. Re: Regular selection VS exclusive selection.

    I feel this way about Tom Ford.
  25. Re: What am I missing? Where have warm, 'ambery' masculine fragrances gone?

    I would have never connected Lalique pour Homme (a traditional fougere with a zingy grapefruit opening) with what you were talking about above! Now I'm more confused than ever.

    That said, I once...
  26. Re: Encre Noire A L'Extreme really similar to SYCOMORE ?

    I wonder if the confusion is coming in because we're not distinguishing between Sycomore EDP and EDT?

    A Basenoter kindly sent me a sample of the EDT and the resemblance between it and EN a...
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    This thread inspired me to finally pull the trigger on a bottle of Elixir des Merveilles. I wear Eau des Merveilles in summertime, but it's not well suited to autumn; it feels unbalanced in cool...
  28. Re: Do You Still Enjoy the Mugler A*Men (and flankers) Line?

    The line was never a favorite of mine and it honestly still isn't, though I'm really only familiar with the original, Pure Malt, and Pure Havane.

    I try not to be superficial, but the bottle design...
  29. Re: Are there two versions of Bentley Intense?

    I had a 2018 bottle, IIRC, and it was rather loud and heavy.
  30. Re: Encre Noire A L'Extreme really similar to SYCOMORE ?

    The original doesn't feel much like Sycomore EDT to my nose. Sycomore EDT is smoky and complex, while the original Encre Noire is minimalist and aggressively linear.

    Encre Noire a L'Extreme is...
  31. Poll: Re: Guerlain Heritage VS Hermès Equipage

    Make mine Heritage.
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    Re: Finally got Bentley Intense for men

    I just got a bottle of Atomic Age, and I find it interesting, but I gotta say I actually think Bentley is more polished and refined, even if it is significantly more synthetic. I'd imagine many folks...
  33. Re: Gin or similar fragrances ( Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Thyme, aromatic herbs )

    Rochas Moustache EDT (current) has a very lovely gin-style opening.
  34. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I've tried it before. It's lovely.
  35. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Sounds great, actually.
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    Re: FINALLY enjoying Aramis Havana

    I adore Tuscany, too. Both it and Havana are top-shelf in my book.
  37. Re: The Official Christmas 2020 Fragrance Thread

    So I have no idea if I'll stick to this, but

    Thanksgiving: Hermès Equipage Geranium

    Black Friday: Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles

    Christmas Eve (day): Michael Kors Michael for Men
    ...
  38. Re: The Official Christmas 2020 Fragrance Thread

    I'm not prepared to start thinking about Christmas until the end of November.
  39. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I wouldn't say Naxos is less refined than Pure Havane, but it is less interesting.
  40. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    We're all quibbling about nuances. As we're wont to do.

    I haven't tried a version of this scent that I haven't at least liked.
  41. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Adding another two

    Banana Republic Oud Mosaic
    Hermes Elixir des Merveilles
  42. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I believe thrilledchilled is a big fan.

    I've been tempted to grab it a few times, but it's a bit pricey for a blindbuy.
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    Re: Morabito Or Black 2014

    Thanks for that breakdown, LJ.
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    Re: Which Guerlain Fragrance ?

    The reason I don't like the EDP is that I find it kind of stodgy. Other folks here like how dense it feels, but I keep wanting it to open up a bit, have some more interplay between the notes.

    The...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    I've tired of most of the YouTube scene but still watch The Scentinel, The Aetherealist, and early greek (formerly Stumptown Smells), all of whom are relatively down to earth.

    Not interested in...
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    Re: Which Guerlain Fragrance ?

    The EDT is the better scent, the EDP has better performance.
  47. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    I think the current version is grand.
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    Re: Penhalligon Recommendations must try

    I've been very eager to try Cairo but it's still rather expensive.
  49. Re: Letting Go: Fragrances you fell out of love with before buying a full bottle

    Heritage was love at first sniff for me, then I went off it for a bit, and now I'm back in the love camp.
  50. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Floris Neroli Voyage
    PAA Atomic Age Bay Rum
  51. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Yes, those facets can add a lot depth, and when you smell a lot of fragrances it's easy to get excited about those curious nuances provided by animalic elements, even if they're subtle.

    Example...
  52. Re: Letting Go: Fragrances you fell out of love with before buying a full bottle

    Tobacco Vanille.

    When I first tried it, it was a kind of revelation.
    Shortly after its release, it had become Daniel Craig's signature scent while filming his second James Bond movie, giving it...
  53. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    I think, in general, the "animalic" qualities of animalic-leaning fragrances tend to be exaggerated by us fragrance-lovers.

    I do get the, um, virile aspects of Michael for Men, but in the air...
  54. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Not that I've found. If you want that you have to go niche. (Kolonya Rasei Fort is worth a gander.)
  55. Re: Lubin Idole.....Cologne? EDT? EDP? Which one is "the" Awesome Sauce that is Raved About?

    Duplicate
  56. Re: Lubin Idole.....Cologne? EDT? EDP? Which one is "the" Awesome Sauce that is Raved About?

    I wish I could've tried it when it wasn't a unicorn. This sort of boozy fragrance is my kind of thing.

    The EDP left me underwhelmed. I actually did a side-by-side between Idole EDP and OG Bentley...
  57. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Of course. But it's easier to have that conversation if we get specific about notes/accords and talk less about the ambiance we might be able to get closer.

    For example - Cuir Mandarine David...
  58. Re: Seeking some similar alternatives for variety.

    Lalique pour Homme Lion EDP
    Pasha de Cartier
  59. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    For what it's worth, very few of the scents I try are sampled in person. I mostly order samples or decants on my own dime.

    I would love to see the designer space rejuvenated. The Macy's counter is...
  60. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Not a lot of distinct tobacco, but a very chocolately blend of woods. Vera Wang has a lot of citrus but a dark, chocolately heart. I get the same kind of vibe from L'Instant EDT (not a tobacco, same...
  61. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Fragrantica lists 500+ tobacco fragrances from the past three years alone, so I'm sure there's some out there.

    Lalique Ombre Noire (2017) feels like a cousin of Sandor 70s, for example . Strangers...
  62. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    I think it's the best Ideal from a compositional standpoint, but I can't really cope with prominent cherry notes. It feels like a Wasser take on Pure Havane/Naxos.

    The most promising one in accord...
  63. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Sure. But that's different from saying "they don't make fragrances with this atmosphere anymore."

    Which is to say that it sounds like folks here are actually looking for a certain set of accords...
  64. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Yep.

    I keep being the feeling that what folks are after here is more than an actual genre and more some kind of Goldilocks fragrance experience. But searching for a fantasy fragrance that exists...
  65. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Yes. It got a very score on my comprehensive tobacco scent ranking.


    Both Vera Wang and Avant-Garde use a boatload of citrus to give fresh uplift to darker, woodier elements. Avant-Garde's...
  66. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Yes, but the key fragrances from which those scents derive their structure and style come, by and large, from the first half of the twentieth century.
  67. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    The era of the gentleman ended after 1950 or so (by the 60s the "gentleman" had already become a well-parodied concept), so I think of gentlemen's scents as being stuff like Colonia and Mouchoir de...
  68. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    We have a ton of "gentleman's club" tobacco scents out there. The "gentleman's" scent style is well established and is still maintained by our more traditional-leaning houses. It's built from classic...
  69. Re: Your favorite fragrances with a prominent dark chocolate note

    Akro Dark
  70. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    It's a brilliant fragrance.
  71. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Well, there's not a proper tobacco note, but HdP 1740 Marquis de Sade covers everything else in that description pretty nicely.
  72. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Aramis Havana isn't a gentleman's club scent.

    It's a trip to pre-Castro Havana, where you hide from the sun in the shadowy central courtyard of a slightly decayed old hotel, filled with unkempt...
  73. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    In my (limited) experience, women tend to think "this is for men" as soon as tobacco is used in the name. I know women do freely buy things like Tobacco Vanille and Tobacco Nuit, but my guess is that...
  74. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    Won't argue with that; Havana is a masterpiece. Tobacco Reserve ain't.

    Still, I think it's a good release.
  75. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    30% of my 50-bottle collection is devoted to tobacco fragrances, with many more decants on hand. I want and own many different kinds of tobacco: dry, earthy, damp, smoky, juicy, woody, soft...

    The...
  76. Re: Lubin Idole.....Cologne? EDT? EDP? Which one is "the" Awesome Sauce that is Raved About?

    I've only tried the EDP. Lovely opening but it falls apart as it moves towards the drydown.
  77. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    It's pretty common in pipe tobacco blends.
  78. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    I don't find that to be the case, but I think Fortitude is a bit of a tonkabacco Rorschach blot given its minimalist structure and use of widely utilized notes.

    I find Eau des Baux to be the most...
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    Re: I hate Guerlain

    I own (and have owned) a number of Guerlain scents past and present. The house is a high-water mark for dense, intricate perfumery, but I'm not always in the mood for that style.
  80. Re: Aramis Tobacco Reserve Was Discontinued Quickly - Have Tobacco Focused Frags Run Their Course?

    The tonkabacco goes back much further than Fortitude (which I kept and still wear; I swapped Tobacco Reserve, even though I think it's a more refined composition than Fortitude). Chergui, for...
  81. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I didn't get great performance from the 2014 revamp.
  82. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Thank you for mentioning these. I've struggled to fit them into my ranking because the numeric score I've given them doesn't correlate to how much I enjoy them. They may not be full-bodied perfumery,...
  83. Re: Car Company Men’s Fragrances You Feel Are Solid Buys Currently?

    I encourage you to try Bentley for Men OG rather than the Intense version!
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    Re: Your experiences with Aramis Tuscany

    I still love Tuscany as much as ever.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    JOHN VARVATOS Artisan Pure

    I give JV a lot of crap, but, y'know, I haven't grown tired of this one yet. At first, it seems straightforward, but over repeated wearings it reveals its complexity and...
  86. Re: Fragrances similar to Gucci Pour homme II

    Hanae Mori HiM has a similar accord but is much more of a spicy/intense thing than GPHII (so GPHII crossbred with Spicebomb). Still, it's as close as you'll get.

    GPHII is unique. It's not a...
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    Re: Finally got Bentley Intense for men

    Well, I think that's a key point here. Some people's idea of niche is Serge Lutens and some people's idea of niche is Mancera! A lot of "niche" these days is transparently synthetic.

    Bentley...
  88. Re: Impressions on Phoenix artisan accoutrements?

    Cavendish EDP performs very well.
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    Re: Finally got Bentley Intense for men

    Daniel, your level of revulsion for Bentley Intense makes me chuckle.

    I prefer Bentley for Men to the Intense flanker, but I do like them both. Bentley for Men features the same...
  90. Re: Niche pine, cypress, coniferous suggestions?

    PERFUMES OF THE DESERT Pinon is essential. It's the best pine scent I've encountered.
  91. Re: Recommendations for a great, non-sweet, winter fragrance ?

    Yes, it's a spectrum. From my POV, it looks like what the OP doesn't enjoy is a distinctively gourmand sweetness. The question is whether that eliminates all sweetness from consideration or just...
  92. Re: Car Company Men’s Fragrances You Feel Are Solid Buys Currently?

    Bentley for Men (2013) is preferable to its Intense flanker, IMO. Fairly close in profile to Lubin Idole. A nice, boozy masculine with a woody-leather base.

    Mercedes has been a great playground...
  93. Re: Impressions on Phoenix artisan accoutrements?

    I really like my PAA Cavendish EDP. An excellent evocation of a sweetened, but traditional, pipe tobacco blend.
  94. Re: Spicebomb extreme vs tom ford noir extreme

    I prefer Noir Extreme to standard Man in Black (Noir Extreme is significantly better blended), but not to Black Orient.

    I haven't tried the All Black edition of MIB but there's little point in...
  95. Re: The closest a perfume has ever come to a modern masterpiece

    Masterpiece it may be, but I wouldn't call it a "modern" masterpiece. It's decidedly vintage in aesthetics.
  96. Re: Recommendations for a great, non-sweet, winter fragrance ?

    So it sounds like you're not really fond of strongly gourmand stuff, so maybe lean towards something that has mild sweeteness.

    In the designer segment, Pasha de Cartier Parfum (2020) is a woody,...
  97. Re: Perfumery and the existence of a 'masterpiece'.

    A masterpiece is an exceptionally skillful expression of an idea, one that is effectively peerless (either through the singular brilliance of its conceit or through the singular brilliance of its...
  98. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    I've owned both "gold cap" vintage and current and don't pick up on this at all, and don't find current Heritage at all rough in comparison to the original.

    The main difference between them, as...
  99. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    I don't think of Heritage as a fougere, personally. I find it situated pretty firmly in the "oriental" genre.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Parfum alternative?

    Check out Missoni pour Homme.
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