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  1. Re: Déclaration d'un soir (intense) discontinued in Europe?

    It's a good scent. Many of us like it. The pronounced rose notes may have put some men off it. It's not particularly feminine at all IMO.

    For whatever reason, it's just a flanker that didn't sell...
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    Re: Original Creed Viking

    If you've given it a good wearing and liked it, you won't regret it.
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    Re: NEW: Cremo - Six New Masculine Scents!

    Gee, I've had the opposite experience. Quite like their Silver Water and Birch shower gel.

    Very few shower gels have any real "longevity."
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    Re: Matching deodorants

    Polo made an antiperspirant and for years that was all I wore.

    But I have had very bad luck with any other deodorants matched to scent. No burning issues. Just did not work well.
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    Re: Any info on new mens CHANEL coming out?

    Sadly, I think any name we could make up would sound feasible...
  6. Re: Article: "Frédéric Malle and Simon Doonan consider the seductive allure of vulgarity"

    Fun read.

    Kind of like Frederick.
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    Re: Best almond scent

    Yes, this is a neat scent. Part barbershop fougere- little bit gourmand. A clever combo.
  8. Re: Anyone else feels very overwhelmed by the barrage of new releases?

    Not so much for me. Prior to finding Basenotes, I was always grabbing the newest shiny bottles.

    Since starting here, I'm always about two years behind the release curve until something stands the...
  9. Re: Your current favorite dark mysterious smoky fragrances?

    I'm not sure Epic Man is smoky per se, but it sure is good and a bit mysterious.

    CDG Black is...I'm not sure yet. It's way smokey for sure like a burned out fireplace. The decant sort of slowly...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 16th September, 2021

    dupe post
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 16th September, 2021

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    Wore Musc Ravageur today supported with the Musc Ravageur Shower Cream.

    The cream is odd...not the usual bathing experience, but I do think it does extend the frag a bit. Moreso than usual...
  12. Re: Do you feel any loyalty to Sales Associates of certain brands/stores?

    Not sure. I think she worked at the downtown LA location and I always hit the Hollywood store (which isn't really in Hollywood).

    They may have had some changes in staff since Covid hit.
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    Re: Perfume for «time-travelling»

    I may be quirky when it comes to this. The fragrances I wore heavily in the 70s, 80s and early 90s, I want little do with.

    It isn't that any remind of particularly good or bad times in my life, I...
  14. Re: Do you feel any loyalty to Sales Associates of certain brands/stores?

    Owned by two guys. Pretty sure all three locations owned by same guys.

    As a Basenoter, I am very amused that I commuted past their original LA location everyday for eight years not knowing what...
  15. Re: Do you feel any loyalty to Sales Associates of certain brands/stores?

    No particular brand loyalty really.

    Over the years, even predating my joining Basenotes, there have been a few SAs I got know a bit at some stores. Creed had a dedicated rep at Nieman Marcus in...
  16. Re: Current Guerlain Homme EDP as a Replacement for the Original EDT?

    Isn't that Ideal?
  17. Re: Current Guerlain Homme EDP as a Replacement for the Original EDT?

    The Homme EdT I ilke, but wears a little light for my tastes.

    Let us know how if like the EdP Darjeeling.
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    Re: Any info on new mens CHANEL coming out?

    That actually sounds feasible. Do you work for Chanel?
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    Re: Any info on new mens CHANEL coming out?

    Sure. It's Allure Homme Sport Cologne Black Intense Eau Extrait - AHSCBIEE
  20. Re: A Kouros Improved Reformulation Question ?

    Yeah David, you are killing us with descriptions of a bottle we have not seen...and regaling us that it's better
  21. Re: What do you think of Psychedelique Jovoy Paris ?

    I never saw the 50ml available in US at all. I would pounce on that. Love Psychodelique but not 100ml kinda love.
  22. Re: Which current fragrance would your past self enjoy the most?

    An interesting inquiry.

    Probably Antaeus or La Nuit.

    While Antaeus actually dates back to early 80s, I was unaware of it.

    I'd have run wild with La Nuit in my 20s...
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    Re: Best almond scent

    Sample Antico Caruso
  24. Re: List of Men's Best Smelling frags with equally Great Performance!

    3rd Man
    Al Aoud
    Alexandrai II
    A*Men
    Allue Homme Sport Eau Extreme
    Antaeus
    At The Barbers
    Avignon
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Back to Black
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    Re: What is it about Oud ??

    Lots of good answers here.

    I've been observing the "oud" scents coming and going for ten plus years here now.

    I've tried some with both synthetic and real oud. It's not a note I'm particularly...
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    Re: Xerjoff vs Roja Dove

    I like some from both houses.

    Not sure what kind of answer you're looking for.

    Roja probably has a better pedigree. His scents are a bit more traditional and conservative.

    Xerjoff is a bit...
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    Re: Versace Eros Parfum (2021) - new release!

    Hmmmm. I suppose it's been going on a while, and while some are intriguing, it seems lazy to keep pumping out EdP or parfum versions of already popular scents. Guess that's been the playbook for 2-3...
  28. Re: So Kouros is (perhaps) on the way to being discontinued (?) - Your thoughts on Kouros ?

    I know nothing about the various boxes, but this is what I know as the "white shoulders" Kouros bottle.

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    This is the "silver shoulders"

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    There are many online retailers still...
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    Re: Should I Buy Habit Rouge?

    I was put off by regular Habit Rouge. But the EdP version really won me over.

    It wore both stronger and longer on me.

    I don't know enough about the others to give an objective opinion, but I...
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    Re: Canoe... WTF???

    Hmmm. Maybe I have a pretty dull nose in some ways, but I use Classic Vanilla and I get little scent at all from it and near zero longevity. I'll compare it next time I wear Platinum Egoiste.
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    Re: Canoe... WTF???

    He's long gone. Last post was seven years ago.

    Wore Canoe yesterday. No caramel.
  32. Re: Alcohol Aftershaves Best smell and must try for barbershop lovers ?

    I'm a bit of a wetshaver and kind of a grooming fanatic (shaving, shower gels, shampoos, aftershaves, frags). I'm not obsessively nutty about it, but have always been fond of general grooming.

    I...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    It won't hurt to ask, but it's not a uniform answer. What works perfectly on someone you know may not be the same on you or me.

    Since you're now a Basenoter, probably trying and wearing different...
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    Re: Out of Time: The Allure of Smelling Retro

    Your experience is very similar to mine. Some of the older scents that are much loved here I wore heavily in their glory days. But I find I can't embrace them now. I had my time with them, and don't...
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    Re: Questions for Fahrenheit affiocionadoes

    It's been awhile since I wore it.

    In defense of OP's mother, she may be of a time/age when men's scent's had a much more predictable smell. The floral notes in Farenheit may throw her off, of she...
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    Re: Out of Time: The Allure of Smelling Retrò...

    I like it. Today wearing Pinaud Clubman and Dana Canoe.

    I periodically enjoy wearing some of the powerhouse stuff like Kouros, Giorgio, Versace L'Homme, VC & A Pour Homme, Givenchy Gentleman.
    ...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    Yes, that's the trick and I find it hard to attain.

    I have noticed in my world, many women are black belt masters of that "just right" amount. A woman I worked with for years wore an amount that...
  38. Re: Can you please suggest some work fragrances for me?

    You have an interesting collection. A unique mix of scents- a fair number a bit more sensual/romantic.

    From your existing wardrobe, for work I would use:

    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Heritage...
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/own

    I've got three I would call beautiful...

    BORTNIKOFF MUSK COLOGNE
    CARON LE 3e HOMME
    PUREDISTANCE BLACK
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    I would have complained too...
  41. Re: Égoïste - other scents with a similarly evocative dry down?

    Ahhh, a wetshaver. Well, the Trumpers Sandalwood smells exactly like their sandalwood shave cream, skin food and shower gel. Makes for a nice complete package and isn't insanely priced.

    I would...
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    Re: Vetiver, patchouli, and very little else

    Jovoy Private Label is sort of vetiver, leather, patch

    Very intense wearing experience
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    Re: Gourmand fragrance for men or unisex

    Malle Musc Ravageur
    Lubin Korrigan
  44. Re: Creed Bois du Portugal in the 'DRY' summer? Depends for me.

    I wear it year round in LA, but we are often very temperate.
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    Re: Best fresh mint fragrance.

    Geranium Pour Monsieur has a really great mint note in beginning.

    I think most mint notes are pretty short lived.
  46. Re: Young guy looking for a fragrance to help me seem more mature and masculine

    I love Old Spice but I'm an old guy. That's too big a step to take. Will come off as odd at your age.

    I agree with the rec to avoid the Axe type body sprays which are sort of high schoolish.
    ...
  47. Re: Have you ever damaged a bottle from decanting with a syringe?

    I've never monkeyed with pulling off the atomizer. Doesn't seem wise to me.

    Have never tried it and doesn't seem easy. Once off, I don't think you can reattach. Those things are crimped on.

    A...
  48. Re: Costume National Homme Parfum vs. Costume National Homme

    This is one of those "GRRRRRRR" questions for me.

    It appears to me that the Parfum version is only available in Europe. The USA sources I check only show the original EdP version. Where do you see...
  49. Re: Realistic lime dominant scents with good longevity?

    Ha. Yes, I hate to gush, but that lime note in VIW really grabs your attention. Best I've ever run into. It made me seek other lime scents for a time and I then discovered lime just doesn't last...
  50. Re: Égoïste - other scents with a similarly evocative dry down?

    It's always tricky to make suggestions since some of our judgement is so specific to our nose/experience of a scent.

    I really like Egoiste.

    Trumper's Sandalwood has some similarity for sure. I...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    She's very young, attractive, a personal trainer, in fantastic shape, has an endearing accent and has a very big over-the-top personality. Probably lives in the clubs in a world where over spraying...
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    Re: Define “fragbro” please

    Ha yes. Curly Fragrance is a hoot. She is known for advocating spraying at a level that would scare many of us. Go big or go home is kind of her attitude.
  53. Re: Best or Your Top favorite mens fragrances from Bertrand Duchaufour ?

    L'Artisan Al Oudh
    CDG Avignon
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
  54. Re: So Kouros is (perhaps) on the way to being discontinued (?) - Your thoughts on Kouros ?

    That may be one of the reasons it seems "older" than some other vintage frags. It was a very identifiable scent.

    As fragheads, many of us can recognize many scents. But I would assert many people...
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    Re: Define “fragbro” please

    I've thought about that a bit and not that I can tell.

    It's a bit of a generalization, but I think most women choose scents that they find make them feel confident and attractive if looking to...
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    Re: Mfk masculin pluriel vs danger pour homme

    I have Danger in SoCal and have no issue. In extreme heat, it might get a bit heavy. Hard for me to say, the westside of LA has been magically temperate this year.

    Haven't tried the MFK.
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    Re: Define “fragbro” please

    If you're familiar at all with the book or film American Psycho, Patrick Bateman is sort of the type that most would consider a fragbro (the materialist aspect; not the murdering thing). They...
  58. Re: So Kouros is (perhaps) on the way to being discontinued (?) - Your thoughts on Kouros ?

    I believe there have been threads in which it was fairly well concluded that YSL had ceased production.

    It's certainly no longer showing on the YSL USA website.

    There seems to be a fair amount...
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    Poll: Re: Classics Poll - Your Favourite ?

    Kouros probably shows it age more than Farenheit and Egoiste.

    Plus it has always been way more polarizing than either of those. I've been here 10+ years and there have always been a number of...
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    Re: Roja Dove Exploration

    Looking forward to your candid impressions.
  61. Re: Realistic lime dominant scents with good longevity?

    Indeed VIW has a really awesome lime note. It really impressed me too. A lot.

    The bad news is lime is very fleeting as are most citrus notes. I'm not a frag scientist, but there are evidently...
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    Re: Help with finding what I do/ don't like.

    The Al Rehab Silver is surprisingly good for a low price.

    I am also a big fan of Armaf Club de Nuit Sillage. A scent very similar to SMW and very reasonably priced. I normally avoid the "smells...
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    Re: Best value niche/quasi niche houses

    Sure. There have been some that I buy the small bottle and soon realize I'm gonna need more (NY Intense springs to mind).

    But yes 30ml is a "sweet spot." Enough to wear for awhile if you like it...
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    Re: Best value niche/quasi niche houses

    YES! Three cheers for 30ml bottles!

    As a Basenoter with a lot of scents, nothing usually gets worn a lot, so I go through bottles slowly.

    I love that that Nicolai sells 30ml bottles which...
  65. Re: What health problems can a frangrance cause? Do "healthy" fragrances exist?

    I've had some very occasional sinus issues that I'm quite sure were a reaction to a frag I was wearing. But we're talking very minor.
  66. Re: Suitable fragrance for a business school/office environment

    Better is a relative term. They're both good and your nose will be the judge.

    The Mugler is very clean and soapy.

    The Prada while somewhat soapy, is a bit more modern with a touch of iris.
    ...
  67. Re: After many reviews I need help with a cool day/evening scent to wear at the lodges

    Agree with this. Egoiste is indeed elegant.

    Tobacco Vanille is a bit brash and kind of blunt.
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    Re: How and where to Wear Gourmands

    Boy I'll say. It was a fairly compact office and all quarters were weighing in.
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    Re: How and where to Wear Gourmands

    If you really like gourmands, you should wear them a lot. If you feel centered wearing them, don't seclude yourself.

    It may be some personal bias, but I do think they are a bit out of place in a...
  70. Thread: Fougeres

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    Re: Fougeres

    The only one I haven't worn is the MFK.

    It took awhile to grow on me, but Invasion Barbare is my favorite. First bottle I burned through in years. I suppose it is technically a fougere, but I...
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    Re: Number of fragrances on the market

    I'm no expert on it, but celeb scents seem to usually be pretty short lived. Especially male celeb scents. It feels a bit to me like they are putting all the money into marketing the celeb name and...
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    Poll: Re: Classics Poll - Your Favourite ?

    If I can only pick one, it's Egoiste

    But I really like a bunch of those

    Hard to rank them...

    Antaeus
    Kouros
    Caron Pour Un Homme
    Van Clef & Arpels Pour Homme
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    Re: What's your favourite shower gel?

    Want to give two thumbs up to a new one I tried based on a Basenoter comment: Molton Brown Russian Leather.

    Very rich and great lather. Works well if I'm going to wear a heavy or leathery scent....
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    Re: DUA: a rookie mistake

    Your experience somewhat mirrors mine. I have tried three.

    Two of them were reasonably similar to the scents they "copied." A bit heavy handed, but close enough to be a not wholly unsatisfactory...
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    Re: Barneys is closing

    Though I didn't shop there a whole lot, sure do miss the presence of Barneys in Beverly Hills. It was I'm quite sure, an edifice they built themselves to properly present their pricey offerings. It...
  76. Re: Montale's Intense Cafe or Ristretto Intense Cafe

    LOL
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    Re: Amber Fougere / Barbershop fragrance ???

    Beau de Jour is quite barbershop and is known to be very amber-y indeed.
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    Re: Affordable Amber/Patchouly for coworker

    I'm a huge fan of Prada Amber Homme Intense.

    Though masculine, think it work well on a woman for sure.
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    Re: Perfume with a chocolate / cocoa scent

    I second this suggestion. Psychodelique is a very potent dusty patchouli that smells like like chocolate cake. A LOT like chocolate cake.

    But OP says "stationary perfumeries" by which I think...
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    Re: Platinum Egoists vs Egoiste

    Being in my prime when that famous Egoiste commercial launched, I was driven into a frenzy to buy it. But as you said, it was not seen as very successful.

    Having said that, they have continued to...
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    Re: Change of mind and Fragrances

    Maybe the biggest for me was Caron's Third Man. I bought a small bottle around 2010 and just didn't like it. Sold it.

    I tried a small decant last summer and it is now one of my all time favorites...
  82. Re: Based on this fragrances, which one is the next recommendation ? New York, Bois du Portugal, Kni

    Caron Third Man
    Guerlain Derby
    Ormande Man
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    That is really good, yes.

    I also think Invasion Barbare has a prominent cardamom note.
  84. Re: Choosing scents to go away with is like Sophies choice to me

    I understand where you're coming from and love a ton of my scents.

    But oddly, when I travel, I just pick one or two. Royal Oud was the only scent I took on past couple of trips.
  85. Re: Affordable, Performing Barbershop / Fougeres like Lalique PH EDP and Heritage EDT? w/o animalic

    Dana Canoe is super affordable and VERY barbershop. Smells almost exactly like Pinaud Clubman which is kind of the ultimate USA barbershop scent.

    If you sense a note you don't like, you just do....
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    Re: New: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme Eau Electrique

    Well I don't deeply regret the purchase. If I had to do over, would not have bought it though. But I love La Nuit and will wear this.

    I can see now it is similar to original La Nuit and may or may...
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    Re: black hair sad mysterious

    One of the more specific and unique that I've ever seen.

    I'll throw out CDG BLACK
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    Re: New: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme Eau Electrique

    Thanks Frag Frog...your post was hard to locate becase it was within the "eau Electrique" reviews.

    My bottle arrived this week and I quite like it. Not sure if I like it more than original yet....
  89. Re: How can I find the amount remaining-Rive Gauch ph-Aluminum Bottle ,

    I don't think you can.

    To my knowledge the container is aluminum. Scraping the paint off will just reveal the unpainted aluminum.
    I don't think there are any lights powerful enough (or safe to...
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    Re: What Are Some Hyper Unique Perfumes

    Almost anything by ZOOLOGIST and SLUMBERHOUSE is fairly unique and not copied.
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    Re: Need a recommendation

    YSL La Nuit Homme is to me a near must own.
  92. Re: Is The Current Formulation Of Kouros Better Than No Kouros At All ?

    I have a bottle from about 2009.

    I bought another one this year as a backup.

    I have tried the newer one. It is fundamentally the same. It IS Kouros for sure.

    But I do tend to think the...
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    Re: Favorite musk centered scents for men

    I don't know if it qualifies as musk centered scent or not, but Bortnikoff Musk Cologne is terrific.

    I normally don't like "cologne" style scents but this....

    Not many things in past few years...
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    Re: La Nuit de L'Homme Bleu Électrique

    High praise Anton...

    Sounds promising
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    La Nuit de L'Homme Bleu Électrique

    Anyone here put a nose on this?

    I've become a big fan of original La Nuit and some say this is not so much "bleu" but a stronger version of original.

    It also gets confused with "eau...
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    Re: Morabito Or Black 2014

    Ahhh pity... as I tried to order I got an immediate "data breech" warning from Chrome.

    I'll pass on this website and purchase.
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    Re: Morabito Or Black 2014

    I've seen the OR BLACK comments for years. Searchs mostly turn up something called OR BLACK GRANITE...

    Is it available anywhere trustworthy?
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    Re: Prada Luna Rossa Ocean (new 2021)

    There have been some thoughts expressed they are undergoing a transition with new ownership and their scents may take a new direction.

    They have been know for years as the kings of soapy, clean...
  99. Re: Best Gentlemen Fragrance for 55+ year old man?

    Ahhh nice list!

    BOIS DU PORTUGAL is probably my favorite so let us know.

    Best thing about being over 55 is wearing BdP with abandon and not caring if it smells "mature."



    I have not tried...
  100. Thread: Body products

    by StylinLA
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    Re: Body products

    I know you have a fondness for SMW and clones, so it's a real shame Cremo doesn't ship to UK. Their Silver Water & Birch is really awesome SMW scent and it's like $6 or so.

    After years of...
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