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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Yup. The dry down is the worst part to my nose. I don't mind the opening for a bit, but whatever goes on from mid to base, it is hard to get me to like that.

    It's going to be near impossible...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Lol, each to their own I guess. I canít express in words how much I despise ofEau Sauvage Parfum.
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Sounds like H24 will be a pass for me then...
  4. Re: Purchasing fragrances from abroad to be shipped to the UK post-Brexit

    Thanks for the update. It looks like some stores/retailers are finding workarounds, but in addition I'd also be interested in hearing about people's experiences when placing and receiving orders from...
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    Re: Kouros: Fougere or Chypre?

    Perhaps because the current owners of YSL (L'Oreal) haven't a clue about anything fragrance related these days? :lolk: :laugh:

    On a more serious note, I do think this may have something to do with...
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    Re: Kouros: Fougere or Chypre?

    Great question and good idea for a thread IMHO.

    It's both to me, but I agree with the majority here. It leans more towards fougere than chypre.
  7. Re: Does a Tom Ford Private Blend Collection 250ml comes with a spray?

    Yup. I got a 10ml TF atomiser from eBay some time ago. I use it to decant a fragrance in there and take it with me on holiday.
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    [UK] Re: Rumís Huge Clear-out

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    Re: Cheap, or cheaper, Spring/Summer scent

    This. It's a very under-rated scent and for the price you can't go wrong.

    EDIT: Milano Cento for Him is another cheap scent that should not be overlooked.
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    Re: Costa Azzura Signature Blend

    Thats a fair comment and would explain the change.

    I actually really like the opening of both versions. The dry down is much more subtle in the signature and it actually feels more natural. I...
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    Re: Costa Azzura Signature Blend

    Superb! Thank you!
    That confirms it then... there are some differences.
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    Re: Multipurpose perfume for travelling

    I'd agree with 'samples and decants' - take sample or travel atomisers of the current favourites that you wear in your rotation.

    Otherwise, if you mean you are looking for something versatile,...
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    Re: Shelf life of citrus heavy fragrances?

    This. Sunlight and humidity are fragrances' enemy.
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    Re: Costa Azzura Signature Blend

    So, following my previous comments, I have now tried the signature version.

    I still need more time with it. But I will say they are 99.99% the same. Only a very experienced nose will be able to...
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    Harvey Nichols 10% off promotion

    Luxury department store Harvey Nichols has launched a site-wide 10% off promotion, including beauty/fragrances and sale items.

    There is no indication as to when the offer expires; instead the site...
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    Re: Roja Elysium Cologne.... crazy review variations?

    I tried the Cologne version on skin and to me it was a straight up Bleu de Chanel Parfum with a prolonged vetiver note in the base.

    I wasn't able to try the Extrait version at the time, but it...
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    Moderator Communication

    This thread cannot continue with all the off-topic posts and several violations of our Code of Conduct. It will be locked until the mods clean up the mess and take the appropriate actions with the...
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    Re: Francis Kurkdjian APOM stock?

    I'd much rather go for Xerjoff Kobe, which is a better scent overall. Much more expensive, but has a lot more going on and you need even less than the MFK.
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    Re: Help dating paco rabanne xs pour homme

    That thread is specific to PR Pour Homme. The OP is asking about Paco Rabanne XS.
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    I wonder if I could try and get a sample out of Hermes UK... bit of a long shot but nothing to lose I guess?
  22. Re: Frederic Malle - Bois d'Orage / French Lover Appreciation Thread

    It's a bone dry woody scent with a really nice dry down. You don't need a lot and it lasts quite well.

    The Malle competes with Cacharel Pour Homme for woodiest scent and whilst it's not identical,...
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    Re: Recommend an "Office Friendly" Patchouli

    I agree. The strength of PdN Patchouli Intense is measured by its half life and it's just shy of a few billion years. This would be a good scent to spritz onto a handkerchief to place in a drawer or...
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    Re: Selling on eBay: The Wild West

    Ironically (I think), both of my worst experiences involved the sale of Tom Ford scents.

    I really do wonder if TF is practising voodoo or other dark arts on his perfumes :evil:
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    Re: Latest Diptyque - Orpheon!

    Yup I noticed that one earlier.
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    Re: Best Cypress scent.

    Honestly, no it's not heavily in there by any means. But it is there.

    You will get much more pine out of the Castle Forbes recommendations that I made.
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    Re: Best Cypress scent.

    I have been bitten by this one too! Mirto is a superb scent, very fresh - that opening is out of this world.
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    Re: Best Cypress scent.

    Wow, you seem to be ahead of the game already with the Tom Ford and Floris. Both superb cypress scents alike.

    Esencia Loewe might be one to check out as well. The current version is actually...
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    Re: Latest Diptyque - Orpheon!

    Here's a description I managed to find online:



    Also, here's a link to the NST blog:

    https://nstperfume.com/2021/02/22/diptyque-orpheon-new-fragrance/

    A quote from there says:
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    Re: Quality Citrus on this List?

    Great suggestions!
  31. Re: Xerjoff Nio vs 40 knots vs heeley sel marin for Mediterranean island

    I'm not a fan of Nio either. Tried it multiple times and couldn't really see what all the fuss was about. Something like Amouage Beach Hut is a much better option but it doesn't do anything for me.
    ...
  32. Thread: Ambre Nuit

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    Re: Ambre Nuit

    Yes, I agree. I had both and eventually settled on the Xerjoff which blows the Dior right out of the park.
  33. Thread: Up in Smoke

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    Re: Up in Smoke

    Czech & Speake's 2020 release Perfecto Fino. Absolute perfection.
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    Moderator Message

    It was a spam post. In future, rather than replying to these people, please just report them to the mods in the usual way where we will be all too keen to send them back to where they came from :)
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    Re: Costa Azzura Signature Blend

    Interesting comments - thanks.
    I only have a sample of the PB version and have started to notice a revolting dose of cashmeran or cypriol in the base. So I am going off it. But I'd still be keen on...
  36. Re: Latest Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    Definitely try out the EdT as well. Itís a different balance of notes and probably better suited to this time of year. I have both and canít really decide which of the two I like best. Both superb...
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    Re: Which Eau Sauvage do you prefer??

    +1 on the EdT. I love it and find vintage and current are just as good in their own unique way.

    I can't express in words how much I hate the EdP which I think is an insult to the whole line.

    If...
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    Sticky: Re: How to add a Fragrance?

    Hello,
    We've just merged your post with the appropriate thread for this sort of request.
    Someone should pick it up soon.
    Regards
    Rum
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  39. Thread: Rumís UK swaps

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    [UK] Re: Rumís UK swaps

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    Re: A darker, more mature Le Male?

    Having only recently tried JPG's Le Male (original), I was shocked by how close it is to Reflection Man. I'm probably the odd one out in that I tried the Amouage long before JPG, but it did feel very...
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    Re: A darker, more mature Le Male?

    I had no idea. You learn something every day.
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    Re: does fragrance gets to DRYDOWN after 20 minutes?

    Every fragrance will behave differently and that is primarily related to the strength of the fragrance. Eau de Cologne for example will get to the dry down much faster than an Extrait de Parfum.

    I...
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    Re: Do you try to use up samples or keep an archive?

    There's a lot of potential in unused samples, especially in this day and age of lockdowns and a lack of places to try on scents.

    I would encourage all members to look at the relevant sample swap...
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    Re: Word of warning for UK sellers

    Signed for is going to give you a bit of protection for sure, but Royal Mail and any similar delivery company (in the UK at least) is bound to try to wiggle out of their responsibilities as much as...
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    Re: Fresh Vanilla Fragrances

    I second the AdP Vaniglia.

    Also, strange as it may seem though not particularly obvious.... is Aventus. Whilst not marketed as a vanilla scent as such, it does have a lot of fresh notes and dries...
  46. Re: Purchasing fragrances from abroad to be shipped to the UK post-Brexit

    I received an email from Nose Paris, regarding Brexit.

    They state that they continue to deliver to the UK using the DPD courier (which I might add has been very reliable in the past).

    For...
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    Re: Word of warning for UK sellers

    Thanks for sharing this, Dave M. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles and I feel your pain.

    Can you provide us with some details please? Interested in finding out:

    - When you say 'the mail' and...
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    Re: Declaration - Best of the Lineup ???

    I actually noticed this as well in the base of regular d'Un Soir. Initially I thought it was Cypriol. But it does have a similarity to Dior Homme 2020, so I agree it's Cashmeran. Now I wonder if...
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    Re: Declaration - Best of the Lineup ???

    Each to their own I guess. It's my favourite aspect! In fact, the cardamom, woods and freshness all come together to produce one heck of an accord. Original Declaration is just JCE at his best...
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    Re: Declaration - Best of the Lineup ???

    I'm getting along really well with d'Un Soir. I've nearly finished my sample and already thinking of a full bottle.

    Any further thoughts on the other flankers like Essence, Cologne and Fraiche?
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    Re: Declaration - Best of the Lineup ???

    I can see how it reminds of Rose 31, but the two are actually miles apart. I could easily compare Soir with Paestum Rose and even Portrait of a Lady. There is some sort of a berry note in Soir that...
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    Re: Declaration - Best of the Lineup ???

    I own and love the original and have tried many of the flankers. Unfortunately though, I have not been able to get hold of a sample of Essence which I am on the lookout for.
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    Re: Declaration - Best of the Lineup ???

    I agree with Kaern - Soir is quite a way off from the rest of the line. It does have a good rose note that mixes really well with some other interesting notes like nutmeg and woods. The opening feels...
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    Re: New Here! Interested in Replica cologne

    Welcome, OP!

    Replica actually have quite a comprehensive sample set. Depending on which country you're in, you might be able to get it at a decent price. They actually have a few 'out of the...
  55. Thread: Rumís UK swaps

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    [UK] Re: Rumís UK swaps

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    Kouros no longer listed on YSL website

    It pains me to criticise firms on an open forum, but letís take things factually. In the space of barely a few months, LíOreal has now discontinued the following iconic YSL scents:

    - Rive Gauche...
  57. Thread: Detecting Notes

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    Re: Detecting Notes

    Don't apologise! This is the correct forum board for asking what you or anyone may consider to be a 'silly question'. Be welcome and ask away! Everyone else does :laugh: :thumbsup:



    Yes, the...
  58. Re: Would I like current Polo Green based on my (dis)likes?

    :laugh: Good to see you back here, Monsieur. It's been a while!!
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    Re: Costa Azzura Signature Blend

    So has anyone tried the new signature blend yet and compared it to the previous private blend in the blue bottle?
  60. Re: Does anyone else get a bit of Sauvage Parfum in Explorer dry down?

    Sounds to me like your is beginning to respond to individual ingredients in the scents you are smelling. There is a common ingredient of ambroxan in both these scents.

    I suggest having a read of...
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    Re: spooky/haunting/goth/depressing scents in 2021?

    +1. This. Especially the Eau de Parfum.
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    Re: Novice Collector (UK)

    Welcome to the site!

    I thought I'd chime in to say you don't need to restrict yourself to sample sets from a specific house or brand. There are plenty of sites here in the UK that would gladly...
  63. Re: Is there a John Varvatos Cologne that is NOT overly sweet ?

    I noticed this too. There is a lot of sweetness in Vintage which I have owned and loved in my pre-Basenotes days. I think I can also detect quite a lot of amberwood in there. There are plenty of...
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    Re: To search the parfum of the soul.

    Replica Soul of the Forest comes to mind. It's not smoky or burning woods, far from it in fact, but in my opinion it is a bit too 'dandy'.
  65. Re: Never had this happen before...received a sealed, completely empty bottle!!!

    That is probably quite accurate for ebay... seller been on eBay since 2000 selling watch straps and phone cases. Then in Dec 2020 they decided to move into Health & Beauty products :grin:

    Unless...
  66. Re: Never had this happen before...received a sealed, completely empty bottle!!!

    Lol, that's what I call 'watering a scent down'! :laugh:
  67. Re: Bottles....how much do they influence your decision to buy?

    Yeah, you don't want to drop one of those on your foot :shocked: :eek:
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    Re: Selfridges and Shipping Parfum to the U.S.

    You'll have to wait until November for a Selfridges beauty event. It's usually black Friday week that they have about 10% off, 15% if you're lucky.

    Thanks for sharing anyway. It's always good to...
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    Re: [UK] Tom Ford Samples?

    Even when theyíre open, Tom Ford have a ridiculous ďno touchĒ policy on the display/tester bottles. So even doing a simple skin test is virtually impossible without getting a telling off by their...
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    [UK] Tom Ford Samples?

    The usual decanting or UK sample stores should be able to do samples of the vast majority of Tom Ford scents and maybe even some vintages. These are of course decanted so not official samples.

    My...
  71. Re: Le Couvent Maison de Parfum - Smyrna (Jean-Claude Ellena)

    Wouldn't mind sampling this
  72. Thread: Rumís UK swaps

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    Re: Recommend me an Amouage!

    I have to agree with the others that Homage Attar and Lyric Woman are both stunning fragrances by any means. Let alone among the best from Amouage that are marketed to women.
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    Re: Recommend me an Amouage!

    Have to agree with this. Easily my favourite Amouage these days and one of the most easy to wear incense-based scents.
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    Re: Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka?

    It is quite strong and does last on skin. The scent I would class as "alright". But at that price Jo Malone would have to provide me with a chauffeur-driven limo for a couple of years before I even...
  76. Re: PSA: eBay has REMOVED the option to list USED fragrances. Uh oh..

    I never saw eBay's model like this, but in my personal opinion, you guys are absolutely spot on.
    I had a good think before replying here - I even debated whether it's fair to say that eBay have "no...
  77. Re: PSA: eBay has REMOVED the option to list USED fragrances. Uh oh..

    I suppose if you are based in the US, jumping off to Etsy or another smaller platform (in terms of number of users), might just be possible.

    But for those of us in much smaller markets like the...
  78. Re: PSA: eBay has REMOVED the option to list USED fragrances. Uh oh..

    I feel every sellers pain on there.

    Itís a shame really. Itís the only marketplace where there are plenty of buyers waiting to buy from sellers like us. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother though...
  79. Re: (Dis)similarities between Boucheron pour Homme EdT and Lauder for Men? (In current formulation)

    Far from normal in my experience. I have both vintage EdT and current EdT (talking about Boucheron only here).

    Current version has a synthetic opening which as you say is very close to the...
  80. Re: What's the deal with intense/extreme versions?

    I haven't noticed any specific pattern when it comes to an intense / extreme version of the same fragrance. However, it does vary vastly on the brand and as the Sheik says above my post, marketing...
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    Re: Best Vintage Pine Heavy Frags

    +1 Quorum
    +1 Tsar Van Cleef & Arpels
    +1 Esencia by Loewe
  82. Re: (Dis)similarities between Boucheron pour Homme EdT and Lauder for Men? (In current formulation)

    I recently tried the current Lauder for Men and it is significantly watered down compared to when I last tried it (maybe 5 or 6 years ago). I agree that vintage is the way to go with this one.
  83. Re: Favourite Eau de Cologne / Colonia / Kolonya style fragrance?

    Because you chose the two AdP's in your example, I'll begin by suggesting a few neroli-centred scents that may not be on everyone's radar at initial thought:
    - TF Neroli Portofino
    - Xerjoff Kobe
    ...
  84. Re: (Dis)similarities between Boucheron pour Homme EdT and Lauder for Men? (In current formulation)

    I don't get any similarities either. Lauder has way more lavender and galbanum than anything even remotely resembling these notes in the Boucheron.

    I prefer Boucheron though in it's current form...
  85. Re: (UK) The Fragrance Shop.....'members club'....what a crock....

    The 20% was good while it lasted, but I can't see how this business model is sustainable in the long term for the said retailer.

    There are plenty more ways to get similar discounts on Chanel and...
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    Re: Fragrance Shipping - Uk To Abroad ???

    Gents, not sure if you've seen this thread regarding perfume shipping and Brexit. I started it with the intention of gathering a list of non-UK stores that have either changed or varied their...
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    Re: Fragrance Shipping - Uk To Abroad ???

    Well, let's just say they used to. Haven't checked either site lately. I last ordered from the UK site in mid Dec 2020.
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    Re: Is Floris 1962 Discontinued

    Quite possibly. With the UK in lockdown since Jan 6th this year, there are a lot of supply issues across the country with stock or raw materials being in the wrong place, not having enough drivers to...
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    Re: Fragrance Shipping - Uk To Abroad ???

    Quite right. They even explain this on a banner on their homepage if you access the French website from the UK.
  90. Thread: The Blue Beast

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    Re: The Blue Beast

    I think this is quite an accurate description, Andy. Cloying sweetness is bang on and I too see it as more of an amber with added smoke. The opoponax note has been done to death by so many - Jovan...
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    Re: Fragrance Shipping - Uk To Abroad ???

    I have to agree. Only used it a few times but it was a positive experience each time. Shame they don't accept fragrances though...



    I'd be interested in hearing more about such services as well.
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    Re: TF Fabulous Censored in the U.K.?

    This precisely. Same goes for in-store purchases.
  94. Re: What realizations have you made on your fragrance journey?

    I'll probably regret writing this post, or end up changing it a zillion times before the day is up!

    - Nose knows best. Always trust your nose and ignore that superb review, YouTube influencer,...
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    Re: Fragrance Shipping - Uk To Abroad ???

    I think the responses above mine have confused things slightly. So, I'm going to try to help out here.

    1. Those ordering from the larger department stores like Selfridges have like always been...
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    Moderator Message

    Guys, appreciate you all posting here. Let's just make sure we stick to the original poster's discussion topic here (something of interest to me as well) and not drift off into a political...
  97. Re: Purchasing fragrances from abroad to be shipped to the UK post-Brexit

    Thanks both - much obliged for your responses.

    Keep them coming!
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    Re: UK samples with large range

    Forgot this one. I have to give a +1 to Jovoy. They offer a very personalised service and give free samples on top of those ordered. They really went out of their way last time I ordered from them.
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    Re: How is Caron 3rd Man?

    Yes, exactly. It's more of a woody clove bomb than a fresh/aromatic citrus. Far from it.
    I have often compared it to Chanel Pour Monsieur EdT without the lemon opening. In fact it's more woody than...
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    Re: A noob on TF Grey Vetiver

    I get a nice nutmeg note from TF Grey Vetiver which I think acts as a way to bind the opening with the base. Alas, the base didn't do much for me so I sold my bottle.



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