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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    The only scent of theirs that I've smelled new an old is Epic Man, and I can see what you mean Dorje. It is more balanced in the top and bottom with regards to projection and synthetic/natural-ness....
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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    Hey! Nice to be seen. Been away because I lost the passion for some time. Also a new job that takes up a lot more time and energy, and my amateur bodybuilding ambitions take up a lot of the rest....
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    Re: Is Amouage Finished?

    The internet forums are but a tiny tiny fraction of the people buying Amouage, believe it or not.
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    Re: perfumeuae.com

    So has anyone in the US ever had a successful order with them yet?
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    Re: Stephane Humbert Lucas 777

    Been sampling this house just recently and love them. 2022 Man is phenomenal (see my lengthy review here:...
  6. Re: Your experiences with cannabis notes ?

    Has anyone tried Blood Concept O black? It sounds interesting with hemp, yuzu, carrot seed...
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    Re: Coming in 2014: Bvlgari Aqva Amara

    I don't think most of the negative reviews gave this a full and proper wearing. Smelled up close on a card you do get a synthetic marine note (not calone, to my nose) but the sillage is where it is...
  8. Re: How long do you sample before buying a bottle?

    For example, the next FB i am likely to purchase, H&G Askew, I first smelled in 2011. It went from love to hate... but years later I had the urge to revisit it and see if I could rediscover the love....
  9. Re: How long do you sample before buying a bottle?

    It is often a year or more from when I first sample to when I ...well, at that point I usually have to re-order a sample because the old one is gone/evaporated/lost, whatever. If a scent is still on...
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    Re: Something similar to Epic Man?

    I too get some similarity with Epic Man and Incense Oud, although I don't think one would be a proper substitute for the other. Parfum d'Habit is closer - really epic is less about oud and more about...
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    Re: Nikos Sculpture = Xerjoff Uden?

    Another scent that is VERY close to both of these is Montale Spice and Wood (or is it Wood and Spice? Whatever... it doesn't have much wood or spice, lol). These are like identical triplets that you...
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    Re: Nikos Sculpture = Xerjoff Uden?

    80-90% similar. Once could easily pass for the other.

    Shame as I at least thought Uden was one of the few original Xerjoffs. Oesel is 95% the same as Fleur du Male. Mefisto is 80-90% similar to...
  13. Re: Nikos Sculpture - talk me into it or out of it!

    Yup, have them both here and tested side by side. Very similar for a good while. I do like Uden a bit more, it's a bit "fuller" once it hits the mid and base. I'm at the point where I don't settle...
  14. Re: Nikos Sculpture - talk me into it or out of it!

    It's pretty close to Uden by Xerjoff, if you've smelled that one. Less amber and woodiness in the base, but the first couple hours are very similar. It's good stuff imo. Sweet but not overtly...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Montale - Nepal Aoud

    Absolutely gorgeous in the opening and heart. The dry down is a bit lackluster - a relatively naked harsh dry woody amber, much like the dry down of Harrods Agarwood, the late stages of Opus VII, or...
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    Re: I like Citrus and Musk.

    Versace Ph is a great recommendation.

    For a greenier and more masculine citrus/musk/woods, and if you are willing to go the niche route, check out Askew by H&G (samples can be had at Parfums Raffy)
  17. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    Blackbird is indeed quite nice. Definitely worth a sniff.

    The inkiest black scent I've ever smelled is also one of my top 5 of all time, SoOud's Burqa. Dark ink, dark florals, dark woods, myrrh...
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    If you can find a bottle for a good price, V&R Antidote is worth checking out, too. While not smelling like Allure, it has a similar weight and vibe, and goes from citrus to floral + spice to...
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    Oh, one more - a relatively inexpensive niche. 01 Sunda by Odin. Juniper and sandalwood and tonka. Rich, warm, sweet, soft, inviting.
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    Honestly though, I'd at least get a sample of Uden from Luckyscent - I honestly believe it is the one scent that best captures (and exceeds) the overall vibe of Allure Homme.
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    Re: HELP - Allure lover's dilemma

    If you did want to go niche, Xerjoff Uden would be the one you want. It's got the *vibe* of Allure while not smelling like Allure. A beautiful citrus opening, some sweet rum, coffee, a bit of woods...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I think that those who are picking up the similarities between Fierce, L'Humaniste, and Legend (and I'd add another into that mix - H&G Askew) are doing so because they are smelling the scents at...
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    Re: Mont Blanc Legend or Legend Intense

    Neither - Kenneth Cole Mankind. Similar but smoother and less synthetic. And, fwiw, all the women I know preferred it over Legend in a blind sampling.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    Got an official sample of Epic, and have a bit left in my old official sample (received just after it was released).

    The color of the juice is a bit lighter in the new one. I haven't done a close...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I've been at this so long I don't know if I really think in terms of quality anymore. Or rather, I do, but it's such a subjective thing that it's kind of meaningless imo. You could have a quartet of...
  26. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    There was nothing that truly blew me away since Musk Oud, until I smelled Journey Man. I don't get how this scent is not universally loved - to my nose it is damn near perfect. I even like its...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    There's a particular aroma chem that comprises a large portion of L'Humaniste that it shares with Fierce/Legend/Mankind - that's the A&F connection.
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    A vampire needs incense, darkness, and romance. Thus I personally don't think Memoir, Salvador Dali etc fit the bill (although please do test them out, they are great dark fragrances).

    My two...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    Well hi there CapriDog!

    It's nice to be remembered :D.
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    Re: Whats your opinion on Montblanc Legend?

    Legend is good, but believe it or not Kenneth Cole's Mankind is similar but more refined and just a more interesting and unique scent. I couldn't believe it at first - I was *wowed* by a KC...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    Btw, if you sample L'Humaniste please also sample Olfactive Studio's Still Life at the same time. It has the same effervescent effect, but it's paired with a subtle rum note and the whole thing...
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    It's more like 7-up or Sprite than a G&T.

    A nice fragrance..well blended. But could very well be a designer scent. That doesn't bother me - I'm no niche snob - but if you want something that...
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    Re: Lubin- Korrigan EDP

    Lots of dry sandalwood, some oud, and tons of vanilla and caramel. Interesting, but kind of sickening.

    It makes me think of Bailey's cream.
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    Re: Amouage Epic Man: truly reformulated?

    The original Memoir Man did not contain real oakmoss in the ingredients. I always thought it odd because Memoir Woman DID list oakmoss in the ingredients (although it wasn't listed in the pyramid)...
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    Re: More man candles!

    "Resolute" by scentsational candles is a *dead ringer* for Burberry London, but it has great throw. A really good smelling candle!
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    Natural ingredients or not, there's no natural...

    Natural ingredients or not, there's no natural pineapple smelling oils. None. Nor apple.

    So the Aventus batch variations are not explainable via a change in naturals. It's just poor quality...
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    Not even. And didn't Cooper Square come out...

    Not even. And didn't Cooper Square come out first?

    Anyhow, still - they are not even remotely a copy of one another. Cooper Square is lavender, lots of juniper and a dry woods and myrrh dry down....
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    I think the "artistry" of Straight to Heaven and...

    I think the "artistry" of Straight to Heaven and Cruel Intentions is amateur at best.

    Both are overtly synthetic, and Cruel Intentions has a sickly sweet note that hovers over the whole...
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    I'm not overly impressed with By Kilian. Cruel...

    I'm not overly impressed with By Kilian. Cruel Intentions and Straight to Heaven are two of the most disjointed compositions I've ever smelled.



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  40. I like it a lot, and think it smells great, but...

    I like it a lot, and think it smells great, but am also in the camp that is not wowed by it. That being said, it's one of the few Duchaufour scents that I do really enjoy.

    Fans of XXV should check...
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    The leather in VII is definitely different than...

    The leather in VII is definitely different than many of the big name leathers, which I appreciate (as I too am not a fan of K10, Or Black, Xerjoff Homme, etc).

    I believe the turpentine like note...
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    That gives a bit of a glimpse into the madness...

    That gives a bit of a glimpse into the madness that precedes something like my lengthy Honour Man review. Actually, it's much crazier than that, haha. Pages of notes over multiple wears.

    I really...
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    Anyhow, sorry to go off topic. Not sure if any of...

    Anyhow, sorry to go off topic. Not sure if any of that will help you or not, but either way, I'm really glad that you've found a scent that you LOVE so much. Would be awesome if you've found your...
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    On subsequent wears though, I got much more of...

    On subsequent wears though, I got much more of the spices in the opening, and much less of the cool floral element.

    Some more thoughts I posted on subsequent wears. All of it was fairly stream of...
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    huffeur, it's a crazy scent indeed. Just FULL of...

    huffeur, it's a crazy scent indeed. Just FULL of contrasts and interesting and challenging accords.

    In another group I'm part of, I wrote this about it:


    SotD: Opus VII

    ...
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    Wow, thanks for the praise huffeur! :redface: ...

    Wow, thanks for the praise huffeur! :redface:



    What I find interesting about Memoir is that a couple of girls who traditionally only like mainstream men's scents have REALLY liked it. Not that...
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    In total agreement with you once again LBI. If...

    In total agreement with you once again LBI. If Interlude had less projection and longevity, it would be one of my favorites.

    And yes, Memoir definitely is moody. Sometimes it strikes me as...
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    I actually like that Memoir's projection is not...

    I actually like that Memoir's projection is not as great as many other Amouages. It makes it far more versatile, as does its fougere undertones.




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    Finally someone else that finds this in the same...

    Finally someone else that finds this in the same vein as Dali PH. They've got a fair number of differences, but a lot of their mood and general vibe is shared, imo.

    Fans of Memoir would be doing...
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    The very top notes of Memoir Man are almost pure...

    The very top notes of Memoir Man are almost pure wormwood oil. It's the clearest representation of wormwood I've smelled yet. It's minty green and somewhat bitter. Kind of like if you crossed sage...
  51. Another factor to consider is that any decent...

    Another factor to consider is that any decent amount of real oud - due to its dark color - would lead to the final juice being less than clear. If you take a fragrant material with a strong color,...
  52. I love APS too. Curious how it performs in the...

    I love APS too. Curious how it performs in the heat. I'd think the honey and animalic elements would turn awful funky.

    It's a great scent to wear when you're staying in for a night though, too....
  53. Yeah, I know I'm the odd one out with MFK Oud....

    Yeah, I know I'm the odd one out with MFK Oud. And go figure that I *really* like CK Encounter, which is generally loathed (although I honestly think it would get some more respect if it was released...
  54. The catch to that is that you can make 0.1% of...

    The catch to that is that you can make 0.1% of the blend oud and still say you use real oud.

    I'm sure he uses some real oud, and I'm willing to bet it's the Givaudan stuff I've mentioned (for...
  55. At the end of the day though, it really doesn't...

    At the end of the day though, it really doesn't matter. It's just a question of do you like the scent or not?

    MFK Oud (the original) could use 100% oud from Atlantis and I'd still think it smells...
  56. Btw, most of the expensive ouds by big brands...

    Btw, most of the expensive ouds by big brands (Bond's Harrods Oud, By Kilian Pure Oud, likely MFK) use the Givaudan orpur oud. Yes, it's 'natural' but it has much less variation than any other...
  57. If you want further proof, look at the artisanal,...

    If you want further proof, look at the artisanal, all natural perfumers, and what they are charging for their oud based scents. $100+ for 5ml or 10ml is not uncommon. Yes, they are working on an even...
  58. No, it's not. You think he doesn't want to make...

    No, it's not. You think he doesn't want to make as much profit as the next guy? Then, figure smaller economies of scale. Much smaller. And he doesn't get the price reduction benefits of buying 'in...
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    Anymore thoughts on Galaad? Have heard that it is...

    Anymore thoughts on Galaad? Have heard that it is somewhat similar to Epic Man but much softer.

    How strong is the honey presence in the scent? Is the honey clean and sweet like Chergui, or dirtier...
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    Sorry to hear of the 180 TC. I've been curious to...

    Sorry to hear of the 180 TC. I've been curious to try ILNY For Him because I don't mind if something is very 'mainstream' as long as it's done well and resonates with me. I happily, and with no...
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    Did you end up getting some from Ebay? I bought...

    Did you end up getting some from Ebay? I bought from ebay, perfumes_heaven who now is listing 100ml bottles at $220. I paid $250 just before the start of 2013, because that was the first time I had...
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    Harrods Oud Patchouli is a must sniff, imo. It...

    Harrods Oud Patchouli is a must sniff, imo. It has a rich combination of florals, wine, incense, leather and oud, that gives it a very Amouage-esque (at their best) quality.



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  64. +1 Dali PH +1 Memoir Man also, SoOud...

    +1 Dali PH
    +1 Memoir Man

    also,

    SoOud Burqa Eau Fine (it's colder than the Parfum Nektar version, which has a lot more amber)
    Amouage Opus VII has some dark adn cold qualities about it. Some...
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    I agree Cruel intentions has some similarities,...

    I agree Cruel intentions has some similarities, but M7 is better in every way. CI is a discordant mess and has this sickly saccharine note that hovers above the composition at all times. I've heard...
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    Poll: A good point. I've actually smelled every...

    A good point.

    I've actually smelled every scent from the house - men's and women's - except for Gold Women. For what it's worth, I still rank Memoir Man as my fave from the house and in my top 3...
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    Poll: Memoir is my favorite. Opus VI, XXV and Epic are...

    Memoir is my favorite. Opus VI, XXV and Epic are close though.





    *Ok, actually Reflection might take 2nd place.
  68. Eau des Baux shares a central accord with Tonka...

    Eau des Baux shares a central accord with Tonka Imperiale; the pine/incense/cedar against the sweetness. Immediately upon smelling it I thought "Tonka Imperiale!" Now, they are different scents for...
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    Is there any similarity or crossover in scent...

    Is there any similarity or crossover in scent between costus root and calamus?



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  70. Not a lot of help, but I've heard Minotaure is...

    Not a lot of help, but I've heard Minotaure is similar. I haven't smelled Sculpture so I'm just tossing this out there as something to look into. I do own and love Minotaure - it's niche quality and...
  71. Initial thoughts on this are that the cypriol...

    Initial thoughts on this are that the cypriol (aka nagarmotha aka papyrus) and costus (here, giving both an ethereal animalic and ethereal violet effect) creates an accord something like the core...
  72. Re: anything similar to killian- back to black?

    Another one worth sniffing is SoOud's Asmar. It's a different honey vibe, and more woody overall, with a much stronger tobacco note. It also has more amber present, but it is still in the same...
  73. Re: anything similar to killian- back to black?

    There's a similar honey/tobacco in Pure Havane, but B2B is darker and more fruity overall.

    My question is: is there something like B2B but more overtly masculine? Ideally, I'd like something just...
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    Re: Advice about Bond no. 9 fragrances

    If you can, get a sample of Harrods Oud Patchouli. It's a dark patchouli/floral with a nice dose of oud. Smells a bit like Ungaro II re-imagined in a completely middle eastern - rather than french -...
  75. Re: Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Has anyone tried these?

    Thanks a ton for the review Foustie. :) I found the SoOuds I've tried to be rich and full and more natural smelling (with the only average longevity/projection that goes along with naturals) than...
  76. Re: Cant decide, Divine L'homme Sage or 34 Boulevard St Germain ?

    L'Homme Sage? Don't commit; just hit it and quit it.
  77. Re: Trimming your nose hair makes your sense of smell better

    Late for a reply, but I LOLed. :grin:
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    Re: First Bond No. 9 blind buy?

    An awesome summer neroli oriented frag. This one seems to have a lot of naturals (and the color of the juice testifies to that theory). A quality and thoroughly enjoyable juice!
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    Re: Amouage Opus VI

    I don't think the L'Artisan is a great scent by any stretch, but I do think it is the most bare bones "amber accord" and I do think it captures the labdanum/benzoin/vanilla accord expertly. In that...
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    Re: Amouage Opus VI

    Hey 425,

    Well, you've started with some big names. First off though, as someone who has been at this frag game for many many years, I urge you to get rid of the idea of "better." There is no...
  81. Poll: Re: Returns -- Which way does your moral compass point?

    This.

    "Oh I'm entitled to try anything and everything and if I don't like it well that's not MY fault. Why should I have to suffer? First you make me suffer because it's not immediately available...
  82. Re: NEW fragrance Samba Skin cologne...watch out Pure Havane!!!

    This sounds good. You've definitely piqued my interest. I always thought Pure Havane was almost FBW but not quite. Maybe this fixes the issues I had with it? I can hope.
  83. Re: MFK Oud Cashmere & Oud Velvet (Just Wow...)

    Thanks Buzzlepuff.

    I guess the issue I had with his original Oud is that it felt very very flat to me. MFK creations are often streamlined and while I wouldn't call them one dimensional, his...
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    Re: Harrods Oud?

    Better off buying what you enjoy more, regardless of what it is.
  85. Re: MFK Oud Cashmere & Oud Velvet (Just Wow...)

    Are these significantly higher quality than his original Oud fragrance or no?
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    Re: Looking for Icy Citrus fragrance...

    Nothing icy about Guerlain's L'eau. Also, it has a cumin note in it that is just gross. I don't get the love for this scent AT ALL.

    It's not quite 7-up but Play Sport is a chilly citrus. Another...
  87. Re: I have 15 samples in front of me. How do I try them out quickly?

    Easiest method: Send them to me. I'll thoroughly test each of the 15 and tell you which one is best and you can just go and buy that.
  88. Re: Which scents has the medieval-age vibe like Game of Thrones?

    Epic Man
    Yatagan
    Monk by Michael Storer
    Skarb
    Black Tourmaline
    Harrods Oud
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    Damn, it pains me to hear that! I know that this was one of your all time faves along with ASLP, and it always sucks to see a fellow fragrance fanatic's true love fade.
  90. Re: Chart of Most Frequently Used Perfume Notes by Deborah Dolen

    Thanks Paul.

    I find it hard to believe that civet is more often used (or listed) as a base note than say, cedar, though. It's really rare to see civet listed these days. :( Although I suppose her...
  91. Re: Ordered 5 colognes, dislike all of them, need advice please!

    Haha, wtf does that mean? Longevity is stellar and it's a pretty seamless composition. Some people seem to have a problem with the juniper in the opening (I'll never understand why), but after that...
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    Smells like Brut, re-formulated for a Prince.

    I am sensitive to some dry woody thing in it though and it gets quite scratchy and irritating in the dry down.
  93. Re: Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Has anyone tried these?

    Would love to hear more about these. Anything and everything!
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    Re: Givenchy Pi Leather Edition

    Pharmgator, I know it's a bit off topic, but I'd love to hear more about Play Leather Edition.

    Is the leather note strong? Is the composition significantly different from the original? Any...
  95. Re: What in Invasion barbare is it that I can't stand?

    It's some synthetic dry woody note. It used to grate on me too, and I found it EXTREMELY strong.
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    Re: Harrods Oud?

    I've only tried the original MFK Oud. I can assuredly say that the Bond is significantly higher quality than that.

    If you're an oud lover, or a lover of green resinous scents, it's totally worth...
  97. Re: 2013 Amoauge Opus VII (7) due in April.

    Thanks for the info Noggs.

    Some have mentioned a similarity to Opus VI. Are you getting that at all?
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    Re: From niche to mainstream

    Maybe we can all start discussing the actual merits of a frag now, ignoring the niche/mainstream divide.

    Yeah, wishful thinking, I know.
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes...

    This is such a ridiculous sentiment. What's wrong with just liking what you like?
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    Re: One Million without the leather note

    Joop Homme Wild perhaps?
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