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  1. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    Ha...yes would have been interesting.

    Sorry you don't like it.
  2. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    30TH SPRAY?!?

    Have I been going about this all wrong?
  3. Re: Clean and Musk, office fragrances , recommendations

    Very clean wearing similar to SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER-- XERJOFF MEFISTO.
  4. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    I don't know enough about those others to speculate. It would probably take some exec in the perfume division of a large company to really answer why POLO didn't spur any imitators. Those are just my...
  5. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    I think it's so distinctive and has always been so reasonably priced there wasn't much point in doing a close knockoff of it.

    Plus, in its prime, it had such a huge market share and there were not...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    Ahhh. Got it.

    That's the European site. If you select "US," the option to buy disappears.
  7. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    I don't really know where the line is on how well our "scent memory" really works. More specifically, I think many of our experiences when we younger are much more vivid and become a bit...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    I've emailed the company. We'll see how they respond.

    I get what you're saying MegaMav but it's not available anywhere. I'm not scouring the secondary/gray market. It's not on the COSTUME NATIONAL...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    Yeah Mega, I've seen that. What I don't see if the scent for sale anywhere. Maybe it's just not out yet?
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    This is an odd one. Let us know if and where you find it.

    Someone clearly produced an ad and there is a legit looking pic of the bottle, but doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere including the...
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    The advertisement clearly shows a similar bottle but it is labeled PARFUM while the original is labeled EAU DE PARFUM. The PARFUM juice appears a bit darker too.

    That being said, other than...
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    Re: Mixing men's' designer frags

    This is nothing I have or would ever consider, but great if it works for you.
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    Re: ⭐️ Costume National Homme, thoughts

    I own and like both X and HOMME. They are certainly both heavy on the cinnamon (which I love as a note).

    While I don't see them as very similar, I can see where they might tick off some of the...
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    Re: Current Antaeus formulation...

    After 11 years here, it seems like CHANEL ANTAEUS is one of the scents wherein the original vintage version is most romanticized.

    I do often see small bottles of "vintage" ANTAEUS offered for sale...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Beau De Jour Vs. Fougere d'Argent

    BdJ just works better for me. FOUGERE D'ARGENT opens nicely on me but fades away fast.
  16. Re: Ralph Lauren Polo , similar, influenced, or variants fragrances

    I'm not going to argue with anybody, but I don't get this reference to ANTAEUS at all....I'd pay to see the look on the face on someone sampling ANTAEUS and expecting something like POLO.

    Now...
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Another for OMBRE LEATHER.

    TUSCAN LEATHER was too loud for me and I wasn't really a fan of the raspberry note.
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    Re: Latest Montale - Dark Vanilla!

    Yow, I do like the look of that...

    Anxious to hear about this when someone gets a nose on it.
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    Re: Blind buy dissapointments

    INCIDENT DIPLOMATIQUE was a bad blind buy. I'm sure it's a fine scent, but wore way too light on me.

    But was able to exchange it for PRIVATE LABEL.
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    Re: Creed Steel Bottles 2012

    Some CREEDS have been made with painted glass bottles.

    GREEN IRISH TWEED- Black
    MILLESIME IMPERIALE- Gold
    HIMALAYA- Silver

    If you have a strong flashlight, you should be able to hold it up...
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    Re: Is this Pure Havane fake or real?

    I've purchased from ALL BEAUTY and they don't strike me as dealing with counterfeits.
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    Re: Summer range needs expanding...

    A new favorite of mine from the now passed LA summer was GUERLAIN HOMME. Read up on it.
  23. Thread: Montale

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Montale

    MONTALE probably gets bashed a bit by oud purists since they have so many scents with oud that likely contain no real oud. They are also very prolific with dozens of scents, some of which don't get a...
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    Re: Hot, sweaty nights.....

    GUERLAIN HOMME has a mojito vibe. I like it in warm weather. Not sure how it does in a dancing all night situation though.
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    D'OH!!!

    Andy- Don't remember what samples they substituted for ROYAL BOURBON and MONA DI ORIO, but it wasn't other vetiver scents and not memorable so kind of a miss.
    I'm sure they were...
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    Re: Has creed changed since new ownership?

    Probably not unwise. I recall seeing some recent stories that CLIVE isn't doing so well, which doesn't surprise me.

    No idea how FdB and ROJA are doing.

    But those price points seriously limit...
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    Re: Has creed changed since new ownership?

    LOL

    Look at this odd typo from one of the articles about the new CEO. Someone running a translator program on an article I'm guessing... "Green" is an English slang term for inexperienced.
    ...
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    Re: Vetiver chit-chat

    A bit of a sour point. Sometimes, Lucky Scent doesn't have or doesn't send requested samples with a purchase and sub in something else.

    I never got the ROYAL BOURBON sample or the MONA DI ORIO.
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    Re: Has creed changed since new ownership?

    Aaron Terence Hughes review is a "must see."
  30. Re: Do You Still Enjoy the Mugler A*Men (and flankers) Line?

    I do have PURE MALT and original A*MEN. That will be it for me.

    I don't wear them a lot, but they do what they do very well.

    I'm theoretically way too old for A*MEN but F it...sometimes I like...
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    Re: Has creed changed since new ownership?

    I think less likely but I wouldn't really lay that solely on the new ownership.

    I honestly think many of us really like some of their discontinued scents but in reality the mainstream market would...
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    Re: ORIGINAL Black Orchid ( 2006 EDP)

    I think it depends on your personal style and whether you like it.

    As I recall, it was originally introduced as scent very specifically targeted to women. Legend has it Tom Ford commanded his...
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    Re: My Non-Investment Timepiece Collection!

    I do like a nice watch, as outdated as that concept seems to be now.

    But having had one removed from my wrist with a pistol held to my neck, I am forever wary of how easily it is to lose such a...
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    Re: Has creed changed since new ownership?

    I'm not sure they were ever considered the "undisputed #1 brand" whatever that means.

    I don't really see a lot of overt marketing from them. More specifically any sort of placed advertisements,...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    You mean people are just sending him money like a televangelist?
  36. Poll: Re: Is Jeremy Fragrance's Fragrance One Fragrances better than Creed Aventus? Anyone can reply

    Hadn't paid attention to that...

    Oh boy...icing on the cake.
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    Re: Looking for specific musky fragrance

    delete
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    Re: Card Holder vs. Bifold Wallet

    That looks great. I prattled on about earlier in this thread, but I have to say the pricey leather goods are a worthwhile purchase.

    I bought a Ferragamo wallet 15 years ago and it looks like new....
  39. Re: Bleu Chanel PARFUM & EDP / Sauvage Parfum, EDP MATURE wich one ?

    I like mature scents too, but both of those leave me cold.

    BLEU DE CHANEL PARFUM is probably the better regarded scent overall. CHANEL is masterful at creating scents that appeal to a wide range...
  40. Re: Rate your current favorites from Costume National!

    HOMME is great...very underrated IMO.

    But their other stuff hasn't clicked with me. Had a bad time with SCENT INTENSE. Was a very odd frag to me.
  41. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    Exactly! I'm sure many love the ROJA version(s), but to my nose it wasn't so much better as to justify the price.

    With me, pretty much every vetiver I try gets compared to GUERLAIN, and few...
  42. Thread: Sexy incense

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Sexy incense

    I like PUREDISTANCE BLACK a lot. A pretty subtle and sensual scent.

    I can't think of anything I've tried that rubs me that same way.

    PUREDISTANCE M has kind of got a similar vibe, but it is...
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    Re: Need to Edit my Sample List

    You are quite discerning... I must say I have only heard of about 5-6 of those listed...
  44. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    Yeah, I know...

    I was just amused reading the variety of remakes alternately thinking:

    "OMG, I have to get the new one!" and then "Oh good, I have the good one."

    Never mind those pushing...
  45. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    Yikes! The perils of being a Basenoter.

    I have and love my ribbed, frosted bottle.

    And now half hate it as synthetic and medicinal and half think it's grand.
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    Re: Which Guerlain Fragrance ?

    I may or may not have hit the sprayer harder than you, but the EdP "pounded" on me.

    It's a good scent for sure...just wore loud and heavy on me.
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    Re: Which Guerlain Fragrance ?

    The EdT is a great, distinctive scent. Very versatile. Easily worn at office or casually.

    The EdP is somewhat related but it is LOUD. On me projected 8-10 feet. I wore it to work once and people...
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    Re: Are the SAs gone due to covid?

    I've recently been to Saks and Nieman.

    The SAs are working, but it seems like there are fewer than usual.
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    Re: Acqua Di Parma Oud Your Thoughts?

    I had it for awhile and I also tried the AdP LEATHER. They seemed quite similar.

    It was quite nice, but not real oudy. Personally, I think you'd find it a lot like the leather version.



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

    Not sure it's in the same category, but I fell head over heels in love with FOUGERE ROYALE EdP when it relaunched.

    I was extremely tempted by the Extrait version, but couldn't get over that hefty...
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    Poll: Re: Battle of the Parfum freshies, vote!

    Ahhh, clicked too soon. PROFUMO for sure...
  52. Re: Letting Go: Fragrances you fell out of love with before buying a full bottle

    Pre-internet and not even really clear I was a fraghead, I has gotten into a habit of shopping at Nieman Marcus post divorce in the mid 90s. An SA who used to pick clothes and such for me had foist...
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    Re: Aaron Terence Hughes

    I didn't see it but I've seen enough of his reviews to believe he probably got pretty pointed about "no oud in it." That's a real sticking point with him. Fragrance Du Bois probably does use some...
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    Re: Creed Fragrances - Silver Mountain Water

    I don't want to be a crusader on this, but MEFISTO is very good.

    I like the inky/metallic notes of SMW so I layer it with MEFISTO which lasts much longer on me.
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    Re: Cant find Byredo Westbrook anywhere

    The bummer is that there are probably more than a few bottles lost in some sort of limbo land.
  56. Re: Which is better Amouage Reflection man vs JPG Le Male

    These kind of comparisons happen a fair amount here and at other fragrance sites. I think sometimes people test only briefly, and if it reminds them of something else, brand it as "just like x."
    ...
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    Re: Fakest Youtuber

    Not sure how to define "Fakest."

    I think they're almost all quite suspect but can be entertaining. There are pretty much none whose opinions I would trust at a blind buy level...those decisions...
  58. Re: Your favorite fragrances with a prominent dark chocolate note

    Technically, I guess it doesn't have a chocolate note per se. But JOVOY PSYCHODELIQUE is an intense patchouli with some vanilla which gives it this really bold and intense chocolate cake smell. It's...
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    Re: what makes a scent "rich"

    I agree with this. It is basically a subjective term though. No scent would ever be considered "rich" by 100% of people.
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    Re: Clive VII Rock Rose

    I have sampled it a few times. Many really love it.

    To me, it just felt a bit ordinary...like a nice designer scent. If I'm going to cough up that kind of change, I want it to WoW me. This didn't....
  61. Re: Les Jeux Sont Faits by Jovoy Paris - Smells Like An Underground Gambling Den?

    You seem quite keen on the promise of this scent. I think you spend a couple of bucks and get a wearable sample.
  62. Re: Recommendations morning office fragrances (Egoiste Platinum, Icon,Ck One Shock )

    I've got limited exposure to all of those other than EGOISTE PLATINUM which I heartily endorse for that purpose.

    I won't talk the others down, but EGOISTE PLATINUM does have a fair amount of...
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    Re: Creed Fragrances - Silver Mountain Water

    Longevity on SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER varies. I like it but longevity is so-so on me.

    XERJOFF makes a scent called MEFISTO which is quite similar and has better longevity. It does not have as much of...
  64. Re: Pick One Old School Masculine Fragrance As The Grail!

    How long until DIOR HOMME crosses the line into "smells like gramps" territory? 2025?
  65. Re: Lubin Idole.....Cologne? EDT? EDP? Which one is "the" Awesome Sauce that is Raved About?

    I don't want to oversell it, but it very much does put me in the mind of bay rum...though it is not a true bay rum scent. A very underrated scent and a good one for wet shavers.

    The EdT is...
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    Re: Shelf life of Dior Homme Intense?

    Ok....interesting theory. Or did they tell you this in direct communication?

    Either way, what are the American societal norms for fragrances?
  67. Re: Pick One Old School Masculine Fragrance As The Grail!

    I think grail is mighty high praise, but I guess BOIS DU PORTUGAL is my top old school masculine.
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    Re: CK Eternity vs. Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    Happy you like it. I burned out on ETERNITY and OBSESSION years ago. EGOISTE PLANTINUM all the way for me.
  69. Re: Gravitas Pour Homme (MrSmelly) This Sounds Good, Your Thoughts?

    I haven't tested this, but the impression I have gotten was that it was not an attempt at a BOIS DU PORTUGAL smell alike.

    BdP is one of his favorite scents. He's a big fan of DUA and I think this...
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    Re: Shelf life of Dior Homme Intense?

    Ahhh...Though the thread is mainly about DIOR HOMME INTENSE, this comment is probably about DIOR HOMME PARFUM.
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    Re: Shelf life of Dior Homme Intense?

    Why so much? I see it all over for around $100 for 3.4oz
  72. Re: Lubin Idole.....Cologne? EDT? EDP? Which one is "the" Awesome Sauce that is Raved About?

    I've got the EdT and quite like it. I gather it's been discontinued. I've seen a lot of debate about which is better and though I'm sure i tried the EdP, don't really recall it was very different.
    ...
  73. Thread: Nicolai

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Nicolai

    You may be quite fortunate to be able to sense original NEW YORK longer than many. I can't speak for everyone, but while I enjoyed the first hour of original NEW YORK, it faded to nothing for my nose...
  74. Thread: Nicolai

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Nicolai

    I agree about original NEW YORK. I bought a bottle around 2012. It was nice, but faded away oh so fast. Even devout NEW YORK lover Luca Turin has more or less said the IFRA regs gutted the original....
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    Re: What cologne was joker wearing

    It can be fun to speculate on such things, but I'm with Danny. I think they're just prop bottles, not based on any real scent.

    There was once a pages long thread about a scent that the lead...
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    Well, let us know what you think.

    Some of that is a bit hyperbolic, but many of the comments are warranted.

    I wore LUI a couple of days ago. It does have a borderline terrifying opening.

    But...
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    Re: Musc Koublai Khan?

    It looks like you already have it so not sure what you are looking for.

    MAZZOLARI LUI has some of that kind of personality. Heavy duty animalic opening, and strong earth patchouli/leather/amber.
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    Re: Issey Miyake - Anything noteworthy??

    I think their original L'Eau de Issey Pour Homme is kind of a classic.

    But it was an over-the-top best seller in the 90s as one of the first best selling aquatic calone frags along with ACQUA DI...
  79. Re: Best Ultra Cheap Beastmodes - Fresh, Clean & Masculine, Shower gel vibe.

    SUNG HOMME is very soapy and decent for that low price

    PACO RABANNE POUR HOMME is also very soapy, but a bit more of a complex scent
  80. Re: can someone please explain Habit Rouge to me?

    I did not like HABIT ROUGE EdT at all. Got very little out of it. It was a rushed purchase when I first joined Basenotes and saw all the gushing about it. It left me baffled...

    On a sampling field...
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    Re: Niche pine, cypress, coniferous suggestions?

    Floris 1962
    ormande jayne man
  82. Re: Recommendations for a great, non-sweet, winter fragrance ?

    Wow. You like some heavy duty shyt.
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Parfum alternative?

    Don't SAUVAGE and AVENTUS both have a major dose of Ambroxan?
  84. Re: Recommendations for a great, non-sweet, winter fragrance ?

    I'll toss a couple of current favorites

    JOVOY PRIVATE LABEL - strong and bold
    ORMANDE JAYNE MAN - charming and pleasant
  85. Re: Car Company Menís Fragrances You Feel Are Solid Buys Currently?

    I have tried none, but as an observer, the BENTLEY scents seem to be the ones that consistently get the most traction.

    Some people think they are very good; some find them bad...which can be said...
  86. Re: Is it just me or are reformulations getting better?

    Turin thought it a great scent for women..but not saying it's feminine.

    It just smells really good, warm and sensual.

    I agree CHANEL does do a good job of maintaining quality. I don't have a...
  87. Re: The closest a perfume has ever come to a modern masterpiece

    I can admire the enthusiasm he has for the scent.

    The first hour of wearing NEW YORK INTENSE sort of made me feel that way.
  88. Thread: Bel Ami

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Bel Ami

    My kind of guy!

    I love being "mature" enough to wear whatever with no concern it smells "too old."

    I've been a Basenoter long enough to:

    A) Have seen some scents that were all the rage with...
  89. Re: Whatís in the back of your collection waiting to get out and see the world?

    That's an interesting question. But I've hit the point where I could wear a different scent every day for almost half the year.

    Plus I pretty much like or love everything I have.

    So everyday,...
  90. Thread: Bel Ami

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Bel Ami

    Save me a spot...
  91. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    Indeed. That screechy opening of HABIT ROUGE is a handful...the EdP overall scent has grown on me a bit, but the opening notes are always "WTF?"
  92. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    I agree wholeheartedly with this.

    HABIT ROUGE is kind of like the "scotch" of men's scents. It's really quite good, but initially a little hard to embrace.

    I think for most people, HERITAGE is...
  93. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    I blind bought it and was quite pleased.

    Just be aware, it is like HABIT ROUGE in that it is nicely blended...leather and patchouli are there but don't leap out.
  94. Re: I can't believe I've never smelled Heritage..

    The EdT is quite nice. Manly elegance in the vein of BOIS DU PORTUGAL. It doesn't smell like BdP but has that "serious man" vibe.

    It doesn't seem to have much shelf space in any stores I frequent....
  95. Thread: Bel Ami

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Bel Ami

    Bel Ami is a great scent. PURE DISTANCE M and ROJA DOVE FETISH are arguably inspired by it.

    I have all three and BEL AMI is probably the most versatile from a standpoint of everyday wearability. M...
  96. Thread: Game Day!

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Game Day!

    In the books....

    Wearing INVASION BARBARE
  97. Re: What do most (non-fraghead) women think of guys who collect perfumes?

    Can you explain "leveraging it for their own benefit?"
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    Re: Your cologne is killing me..

    I just find this one of the hazards of being a Basenoter/fraghead. We, more than the average person, are going to occasionally run into someone inordinately sensitive to scents that will react...
  99. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Have not tried RECKLESS. Supposed to be like X FOR MEN.

    I will say you will likely love X FOR MEN. It's basically the reason I joined Basenotes.
  100. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    You're a daring fellow. Let us know how you like it.
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