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  1. Re: acqua di parma colonia- ''brown'' and ''black'' collection

    Lol - when I read that the first thing that came to mind is that you are smelling the nagarmotha which is common to the whole line.



    Haven’t tried these at all.
    These last few years, AdP have...
  2. acqua di parma colonia- ''brown'' and ''black'' collection

    Although I can’t say I’ve given every single version a proper wearing, I’ve tried most of them on skin from testers in store.

    Of the whole range I liked Sandalo best too. It has a wonderful...
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    Re: UK Creed samples/decants suggestions?

    I would rule out getting samples from the US unless it is something very rare that could only be sourced from the US.

    You've already listed some very good UK sample e-stores, but there are plenty...
  4. Re: acqua di parma colonia- ''brown'' and ''black'' collection

    I am not sure I've understood your question. When you say brown and black, do you mean the old vs new editions of the (single) Ingredient Collection?
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    Santal is quite a poor performer in my books (as is the whole Hermessence line, but I suspect this may be intentional), but if you have no performance issues with something like Poivre Samarcande,...
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    Santal is quite a poor performer in my books (as is the whole Hermessence line, but I suspect this may be intentional), but if you have no performance issues with something like Poivre Samarcande,...
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    Apologies - I had completely misread your entire first paragraph, so I have now edited my original response to you.

    I know what you mean by "understated elegance" and that is a very fitting phrase...
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    Re: Dior Homme original vs Dior Homme 2020?

    Yes I agree. It's very confusing and likely to mean a lot of average Joe consumers won't know what they're buying... Dior's marketing department should have been sacked when they released all the Eau...
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    Re: Anyone tried Acqua Di Parma Colonia Futura yet?

    Sounds about right for the AdP this side of the millennium. Haven't had the chance to try it and doubt I will bother...
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    Re: Nose Paris sold fake Aventus?

    If it's got Creed.eu on the card, it's a grey market Creed. I have had plenty of Creed bottles with that written on the card and they were completely legit. There may be other factors to consider...
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    [UK] Re: Rum’s Huge Clear-out

    Bump - updated
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    Re: Molecule 05 and Escentric 05 release

    I’ve put my thoughts in a more relevant thread as I’d be going completely off topic here.
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    Re: Dior Homme original vs Dior Homme 2020?

    The more I read through this thread, the more I think the thread title is asking us to compare apples with oranges.

    Other than the name which is very confusing, we are talking about two scents...
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    You’d be surprised at how many people (in the UK) would say that and mean it!
    And besides, it’s hard to read emotions from just plain text. We have emojis on the site for a reason you know :D
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    Regarding Hermes keeping a "low profile", it's worth noting that Hermes (and some other comparable brands) are more conservative than most. They don't follow the latest trends; neither do they come...
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    Re: Dior Homme original vs Dior Homme 2020?

    Dior Homme original (as it is called now) and the new Dior Homme 2020 are about as far apart as East is from West.

    Original is based around iris and comes across sweet, chocolatey and a tad...
  17. Re: Tom Ford, Remaking The Same Fragrance, & Tom Ford for Men EDT v Gucci Envy (and Fougere d'Argent

    I second this. Most of his stuff doesn't last until the end of the year it is released.
    Tom Ford's (the brand) creations have the shortest fragrance life span than any other brand I know. From...
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    Re: Molecule 05 and Escentric 05 release

    A bit late to this thread as usual, has anyone in the UK tried the new 05 pair?
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    Re: Molecule 05 and Escentric 05 release

    Having recently tried Dior Homme 2020, I think you are spot on. In fact it's very very close to Escentric 02 which is based on ambrox but also has some ISO E Super as well.
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Batch Codes

    I am not so sure about whether Blu were reformulated but there is definitely a difference in packaging at some point. The 60ml bottle were taller and narrower than the current, traditional AdP style...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    You could well be right and only time will tell. Still, at £300 (or whatever markup we are talking about), YSL/L'Oreal may end up putting the vast majority of fans off.

    If Tom Ford (the brand, not...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    Exactly my thoughts.

    I also don't get the comparison with Tom Ford's Fougere d'Argent. It does smell slightly like a classic fougere in the top notes but only for a short time. After that, it goes...
  23. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    Exactly. Our experiences in life (childhood, growing up, etc) mean that different people associate different scents with one or more different things (even the word 'things' is subjective here and I...
  24. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    Classic. Absolutely classic. Couldn't have phrased this better myself. And carnation was a very good example to use.



    Carnation is an amazing scent. It can go spicy, bitter or sweet. Same with...
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    Re: Aventus 10 year anniversary bottle real ??

    So they re-issue the scent in a different bottle and it still has batch variations? Well, it's the same juice then without a doubt!!

    Typical Creed really.
  26. Re: Dior Sauvage EDT 200ml (Feb 2019 batch) performance

    Yes sounded like over-spraying was the issue. I wouldn't expect a 200ml size bottle to be a fake. Too much work involved for the forger!
    How many sprays did you go with in the end?
  27. Re: Anyone dealing with loss of reduction in sense of smell due to covid

    Ouch!! That is some serious damage.

    Sending positive wishes to all BNers and their friends and family that may have been affected.
  28. Re: Similarities in Millesime Imperial and Green Irish Tweed

    It's a salty-sweet accord in both GIT and MI that is underpinned by ambergris which is common in both, so it's more than a texture to my nose. I even remember posting about this many years ago on the...
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    I've so far tried to keep away from the politics side of things on the forum in line with BN rules (as you all already know). But as this has a lot to do with perfumes, I wanted to comment to say...
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    Perhaps your nose is better adjusted to telling the difference between oakmoss and treemoss. I personally wouldn't know the difference.
  31. Re: Similarities in Millesime Imperial and Green Irish Tweed

    The top notes are chalk and cheese. No similarities at all.

    But once the dry down hits, they are very similar. It's what people refer to as the 'Creed DNA' - most of it is a synthetic ambergris...
  32. Re: Green Irish Tweed & Cool Water: Similarities & Differences for Fans of Both

    Huh? You missed out the Aventus sub-forum! That's like a whole empire there :laugh:
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    There are bound to be loads right across the world. Not any that I've seen mind you, but YSL counters were full of both the pour femme and pour homme versions. Unless someone from L'Oreal can say for...
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    Exactly. You wouldn't judge a book by it's cover, so why judge a fragrance by its label/reputation?
    If it smells good, what's there to write off about it?
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    That's rubbish. It's available on many fragrance sites based in the EU.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    You should be able to find it at similar stores all over Greece. YSL made hundreds of these bottles, so they are out there somewhere. Plus it wasn't discontinued that long ago.



    I quite agree....
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    It is masterfully put together. Not cloyingly sweet, nor is it too little. It's a very balanced fragrance overall.
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Batch Codes

    Yup, the older ones were much longer lasting. I would get much longer longevity and better projection from both Colonia and Essenza. Wish I could experience them like that once again.

    As for Blu,...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    I have to say that I’ve never got the association between RG and any of the recent Tom Fords. Yes they are fougeres, but that’s just about where it stops. No scent has ever managed to even come close...
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    Re: Male animalistic chypre

    Quorum and Yatagan are both very similar to me due to the artemisia (wormwood). Lumiere Noir is also similar due to the common note.
    I can't say I see the latter as 'animalistic', but Quorum, yes.
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    Re: Male animalistic chypre

    Phrased much better by the Sheik than myself. And Eau D’Hermes is another really good suggestion.

    Amouage Gold Man is also another. Still in production but the vintage bottles have a better...
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    Re: Male animalistic chypre

    Nearest you'll get to "animalistic" that is still in production: Hermes Bel Ami. Perhaps something like French Lover or Caron 3rd Man.
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Batch Codes

    Thanks. So that's what it is. I could never pin-point the change in Colonia. It felt like they are using some new type of synthetic musk to replace the woody/ambery dry-down of old. Could also be a...
  44. Re: Similarities between Dior Homme Parfum and Fahrenheit Parfum?

    I've noticed this too. In fact I would say there is a slight familiar accord in Musc Ravageur that I also get in the Fahrenheit Parfum. Could well be in DHP as well.
  45. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Actually shipping perfume to the UK from overseas is OK. It's the UK that doesn't let perfume leave the UK that is the issue. This has been the case since 2013 if I remember correctly.
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    Re: does this count as vintage?

    You've already got your answer, but yes as it's a "Cosmair" bottle, then you have the real deal. Congrats!
  47. Re: Do you have scent that makes people walking by you turn around and ask what you are wearing?

    Thanks! And is this a conventional perfume with an atomiser or is it an oil in a roll-on? Or something else?
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Batch Codes

    Thanks for this - I do actually remember reading somewhere about 'Italy' being written on the label. Do we know for certain if this is an accurate way to distinguish between vintage and current?

    ...
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    Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia Batch Codes

    I loved the older bottles of Colonia and Essenza but they have been reformulated to a diluted H2O :cry:

    On a slightly related point, are the older bottles of the Blu Mediterraneo range worth it?...
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    Re: does this count as vintage?

    Hi Mark
    It depends on what it says on the label/sticker on the underside (= bottom) of the bottle.
    If you can post a clear pic of that, we can answer your question properly.
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    Francis Kurkdjian APOM stock?

    Looks like MFK have removed APOM Pour Homme and Femme from their site and it is out of stock at all the official retailers. Am I missing something or is this normal? I thought at one point these were...
  52. Re: Do you have scent that makes people walking by you turn around and ask what you are wearing?

    I hear this one mentioned a lot, but I don't think I've ever seen it in the UK, even though the brand is quite well known here and even has their own stores. Does anyone know if it is available in...
  53. Re: NEW: Maitre Parfumeur Et Gantier - Santal Noble 2017!

    Good question. I'd like to know the answer to this as well.
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    Re: Christian Dior Jules

    Thanks to a generous BNer I managed to sample the vintage stuff and I own a bottle of the current stuff.

    To my nose they are not that different. Current stuff has a lot of soapy-green-florals...
  55. Thread: Amouage Sprayers

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    Re: Amouage Sprayers

    I’m with Sheik and cacio. Smaller sprayers for stronger juice.

    Does anyone remember the slightly older Creed sprayers? One full pull of the trigger gave you a few drops on the collar. The rest...
  56. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Err... some people can't take too many sprays of something themselves, regardless of how close or far away they are from others.

    You do have a point though Renato. I think some scents change...
  57. Thread: A happy mistake

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    Re: A happy mistake

    Nice one, Mark! I'd be interested to hear if you still like the Bel Ami Vetiver after a few hours of wearing it. I liked the 'smoke' in the opening when I first tried it, but found I liked the dry...
  58. Re: Hermés Bel Ami Vetiver / Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver

    If we were comparing the originals of both (i.e. regular Terre d'Hermes and Bel Ami), I would say go with both.
    As it's the flankers we're talking about though, I would avoid both, even if you are a...
  59. Re: Dunhill Icon similarities with Creed Spice and Wood

    No similarities to me either.
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    Re: Any decent budget resinous/balsamic fragrances?

    How about something like Amouage Jubilation XXV or MFK Grand Soir? There's also Diptyque's Benjoin Bohème, though I suspect that might be in your 'too much vanilla' category. All three are very...
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  62. Re: Help Me With My Next Purchase - Something for Fall

    Amyris is a great suggestion for autumn in either formulation. I couldn't decide which one I liked best so I own both. Just be careful not to over spray this one as it can become a bit of a mess in...
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    Re: I changed my mind about coffee notes

    Amyris Homme might be one to try out. There is apparently coffee in there, but it is so masterfully blended in there, you will only pick it out if you put twenty sprays on (not recommended by the...
  64. Thread: Mailbox space?

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    Re: Mailbox space?

    Plus members (I think) have 6,000 allowed.

    However, it will have to be an admin that looks at individual accounts - whether they were downgraded from Plus, etc. Mods can't see this information.
  65. Re: Reflection Man Verification of being a Vintange And Real

    Ooooohhhhhh good spot! Definitely a fake in that case no doubt about it. I’ve seen similar bottles on the bay. Guess they must all be of very questionable authenticity...
  66. Re: It's Christmas!! Everybody get together and snuggle (fragrance tip)

    Superb suggestion! I’ve often thought of this potpourri scent as a bit Christmassy. Totally unique and very “rosy” with the geranium thrown in there. Definitely a feel good fragrance.
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    Sticky: Re: Vintage Fragrance Ads / Adverts

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    Re: Woody Vanilla fragrances recomendations

    If you are looking for the same sweetness as Habit Rouge, you are picking up opoponax, not vanilla. Similar scents would be Jovoy Sex Appeal, Chanel Coromandel, TF Noir Extreme (already suggested)...
  69. Re: recommdations, next purchase, must try ( Halston Z, Prada Amber PH,D&G The One ..)

    Sound advice. Halston is great for 'old school' and for a soapy iris, the Prada is a great recommendation.
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    Re: Your favorite balanced, straight up amber

    Is Amber Absolute one of the few that were re-released with the metal label on the front, as per Italian Cypress? Anyone know if it's possible to try it in the UK at all?
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    Re: Your favorite balanced, straight up amber

    Musc Ravageur

    Despite all the talk of what it is, the base is a slick amber with added vanilla.

    Also agree with the Grand Soir suggestions as this very much bang in the middle of 'amber'...
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    Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian L'Homme A la Rose

    I can't believe some people think that perfumes are 100% natural. If they were, they'd last minutes in the air.

    So yes, BR540 is made from 100% essential oils :rolleyesold:
    That's why you can...
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    Re: So...assuming I wanted a smooth vetiver...?

    I see what you guys are saying, but perhaps because I have experimented with OV quite a bit (I've owned it since 2009 and it was my first proper niche), got super-used to the scent and over-sprayed...
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    Re: So...assuming I wanted a smooth vetiver...?

    Sounds like you will like Terre d'Hermes then.
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    Re: Montale @ All Beauty

    Yup, just checked them out. Have to say I am really impressed with this company. Once upon a time cheap smell as they were known had some good prices for what are now vintage/vaulted Creeds, but they...
  78. Re: PSA: Insane price on Creed Bois du Portugal 17oz flacon

    Fragnet haven't had this option for quite a while now. A real shame as they did have some good prices for the UK market, back in the good old days.
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    Montale @ All Beauty

    Don't know how long All Beauty have stocked Montale, but I realised they have most 100ml bottles £50-£60, give or take a few pennies. Thought most UK Basenoters that are fans of Montale would be...
  80. Re: Are there any remarkably good fragrances here? recommendations

    Probably the best of a bad bunch here, but as others have said they won't be good for everyone.
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    Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian L'Homme A la Rose

    I finally got to try this new "L'Homme" A la rose.

    Before I make any other comment, I should add a caveat - that I have really gotten into MFK and his work lately. The brand is innovative,...
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    Re: So...assuming I wanted a smooth vetiver...?

    If ESP is a smooth vetiver, I wonder what you'd class as harsh? :undecided:
  83. Re: Definitive list of fragrances similar to Creed Aventus

    Don't forget E. Marinella's 100 year anniversary fragrance, known as "100".
    https://www.basenotes.net/ID26143802.html
  84. Re: Is there an earthy 'peat' scented Fougere or green scent?

    Well my own post has enabled me as well. Sample on the way! :embarassed:
  85. Re: Is there an earthy 'peat' scented Fougere or green scent?

    Great suggestion!
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    Re: So...assuming I wanted a smooth vetiver...?

    Sloth, if I'm entirely honest with you I suggest you spend £10-£20 getting a variety of samples from reputable sites and use them to 'educate' your nose on what you can and can't cope with. Then, you...
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    Re: allow me to introduce myself

    Do report back, Mark with your conclusions, success stories and otherwise.
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    Re: your favorite CHEAP fragrance

    Nice one!! :thumbsup:
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  90. Re: Is there an earthy 'peat' scented Fougere or green scent?

    Ah in that case if you are after something more smoky, go with something containing a lapsang souchong tea note. Patchouli 24 by Le Labo perhaps?
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    Re: allow me to introduce myself

    Bel Ami is one of a kind. From a time where leather scents reminded you of leather, rather than a sugar factory. A real masculine scent with very good versatility.
  92. Re: Is there an earthy 'peat' scented Fougere or green scent?

    I get quite a "peat" like vibe from patchouli. So I think you should check out Fougere Royale by Houbigant and Bracken Man by Amouage, both of which are fougere scents with a similar patchouli like...
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    Re: Is tom ford black orchid good for interview ?

    That's the right level of how strongly I feel about it. Vile stuff - another dud by TF to my nose, but I can appreciate the love it gets here.
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    Re: allow me to introduce myself

    I have to agree with the Boucheron as well. One of my favourites.
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    Re: allow me to introduce myself

    Welcome, Mark and I must say judging by your wardrobe you have good tastes.

    I think something like YSL Pour Homme or Armani Eau Pour Homme would be right up your street.
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    Re: Is tom ford black orchid good for interview ?

    Sure. Why not wear ten sprays of Kouros as well? :rolleyesold:



    Interesting. I never thought of this but you make a good point.
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    Re: How many bottles is too many?

    When your partner threatens to charge your bottles rent, that would be about the right time to start selling some off.
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    Re: Advice needed - fragrance for date

    It's a tough one for me as you have two very good candidates in your list: both MFK Amyris and Bleu de Chanel are perfect date scents.

    I would say Amyris if she likes fragrances. Bleu if you don't...
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    Re: Talk me in or out of Fougre Royale

    Was initially taken back by it and managed to get a bottle. However, I realised it made me sneeze as it uses a similar or identical ingredient to Amouage Bracken Man which I also cannot tolerate....
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    Re: What’s your favorite Bertrand Duchaufour

    Right now Jubilation XXV.
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