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    Re: Game Day! 2021 Edition

    I've always thought of cologne as something you wear when going out somewhere, for occasions. Never even thought of wearing a fragrance at home on a daily basis. Presumably, everyone in your family...
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    Same with me. Joined in 2019 with intention to expand my two-bottle collection to 5-10 bottles covering all seasons/occasions. Doing lots of adjustments given the past two years of events, spending...
  3. Re: First few sprays weak performance? What causes this?

    Thanks to all of you who answered my post; they're great responses. Now I get what an "aromatic" cologne means, how a fragrance can have multiple (even contrasting) qualities, and that I may need...
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    July will mark my two-year membership milestone. In 2019, I planned to diversify my two-bottle collection to at least a 5-10 bottle niche collection for all seasons and occasions. Several things,...
  5. Re: What is the Advantage of Sauvage Over Prada Luna Rossa Carbon?

    My sample of Carbon is pretty good. I need to get a Sauvage sample to compare. What's the major difference between Carbon and Sauvage in terms of their most prominent notes? Unfortunately, I'm bad at...
  6. Re: What are 5 fragrances that are criminally underrated?

    Criminally underrated: Fahrenheit (vintage) and Polo Modern Reserve.

    Why? Because those are the only two colognes in my world-renowned "collection." :thumbsup:

    I expect to diversify that into,...
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    Re: Parfums De Marly Freshie?

    Yeah, Greenley has a very sharp, dominant green note. I can't pick out any other notes because I'm a fragrance novice who's lousy at ID'ing notes. Don't know whether it's a pine note or something...
  8. Re: First few sprays weak performance? What causes this?

    I've had a recent similar experience with AdP Colonia Pura and Quercia (carded samples). Recently, I attended two different functions, one a small family gathering of 10 and the other a larger...
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    Re: Best Acqua di Parma

    AdP site says Colonia has a "Bulgarian Rose" heart note. Could that be the "something floral" or could the perfumer have included other floral scents without listing them as notes?
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    Re: Best Acqua di Parma

    Thanks, woodnotes55, for the useful AdP info. Based on your post, I'll get samples of Essenza (to compare with original Colonia) and Leather (because many reviewers praise it). Currently looking for...
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    Re: Your 2021 Fragrance Balance

    I poached it from you. My 2-bottle "collection" hasn't budged in a while, although my samples collection continues enjoying slow, steady growth. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Yet another recommendation thread

    I tested Eau Sauvage on paper strip and really enjoyed the lemony citrus. Does the EdP version have the same lemony top? I didn't notice the floral note you mentioned, so I'll have to test it again...
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    Re: Yet another recommendation thread

    Your profile picture is Eau Sauvage Parfum, so I figured you know a lot about Eau Sauvage. I like the lemony citrus of Eau Sauvage and Acqua di Parma Colonia. What's the primary difference between...
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    Re: A Lounge Just For Us "Over-Sprayers" - 2021

    As a newbie, I've been experimenting to determine my preferred number of sprays. I was at a small family gathering a month ago (no masks were worn) and did 4 sprays of PdM Kalan. Only one family...
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    Re: Best Acqua di Parma

    That's what I'm trying to figure out. So far, I really do like the original Colonia's unique lemon scent but would prefer more longevity. Some reviewers say Colonia is linear (no separate top, mid,...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage

    I actually have a vintage bottle of Fahrenheit. There's ongoing debate whether the current version is as good as the vintage. I should get a current-version sample to see whether it's as good as...
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    Re: A Lounge Just For Us "Over-Sprayers" - 2021

    Tell me about it! I could smell your thread post from all the way over on the eBay site! :cheesy:
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    Re: Your 2021 Fragrance Balance

    That's not too shabby and it just barely exceeds my entire collection by ............... 74 bottles. But try not to rest on your laurels because I fully intend to eventually consider the possibility...
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    Re: Aventus to a noob

    That's interesting. I've gotten an Aventus store sample (on paper strip) several times and each time, I didn't get much of any scent from the paper strip. Definitely not any pineapple accord but...
  20. Re: What is your favourite Issey Miyake fragrance?

    It's weird -- I can't identify an individual scent note to save my life. But I can at least tell if something is citrusy or fresh and whether I like it. I've tried Aqua di Gio, Boss, and L'Eau...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage

    Recently, I've been getting into this cologne thing and soon determined the vast majority of readily-available designer fragrances don't interest me. I find most of them boring. That's why I'm...
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    Questions for BN Experts

    I've been an infrequent cologne wearer with a small, random group of frags. I've given away some bottles and discarded others, leaving me today with just vintage Fahrenheit and Polo Modern Reserve....
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    Re: Frag Newbie ... What Should I Do Next?

    Thanks for the advice.

    I read that most (all?) houses uses synthetics, so I wonder whether basenoters know anything about frags' toxicity.

    Google searches are pretty useless, other than a few...
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    Frag Newbie ... What Should I Do Next?

    After a month of web searching and collecting samples (~40 designer/20 niche) based on great advice I've received from basenoters, I've got a rough handle on the frag world. I haven't bought any new...
  25. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    Ok, thanks for the advice. Well at least the dept stores helped introduce me to the range of available frags.
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    Yes, that's exactly what it turned out to be! I revisited the same dept store a few days ago and sampled a number of MFK scents, including Masculin Pluriel. I recognized it as the MFK "mystery...
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    I recently got a Masculin Pluriel sample at the same dept store the other day. It turns out to be the identity of my MFK "mystery scent." Puzzle solved. So now I know what lavender smells like. But I...
  28. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    I thought about your comment again. So I compared Fragrantica's "Main Accords" lists for both YSL L'Homme and the various MFK frags mentioned on this thread. I did this comparison because I've...
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    I've decided to stay out of the Jeremy Fragrance Wars.

    The only thing I'll say is that as a newbie, I found a bunch of Jeremy's frag review videos to be very helpful and informative and I think...
  30. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    You're probably right and maybe I should drop this. OTOH, as a newbie, I'm learning a lot about frags as I try to solve this MFK scent mystery. I've accumulated a decent-sized samples collection (~50...
  31. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    Does this MFK scent seem like clean laundry? If clean laundry smells really floral, then yeah, I guess.

    I'm sort of diving into this frag world and now have about 40 samples, mostly designer,...
  32. Re: Fahrenheit - Quite possibly the greatest fragrance ever made

    Interesting observations. As for frag knowledge, I'm a newbie with a two-bottle "collection." I've never owned more than five colognes at any given time over the years. By sheer accident, I still...
  33. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    You read my mind. The word "Aqua" threw me off because I assume all aqua-named frags are light and breezy with maybe some kind of citrus, along the lines of L'eau d'Issey.

    Regarding Aqua...
  34. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    I see commenters' suggestions that it may be Acqua Celestia Forte, Acqua Universalis, Acqua Universalis Forte, Amyris Homme, Petit Matin or Masculin Pluriel.

    After re-testing this MFK cologne...
  35. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    I hear you. And thanks to all for the responses. CapriDog mentioned Baccarat Rouge 540 is the house's best seller. So maybe the salesperson might spray that one first for a newbie.

    As for notes,...
  36. Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    I just got a department store card sample of a Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne. Unfortunately, I forgot the specific cologne name. It's definitely not the Oud and I'm guessing it's not one of that...
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    Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    Thanks for your suggestion and thanks to all those who provided advice to this newbie. I've followed a lot of the advice from everyone.

    I've now tested about 40 colognes so far, including many...
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    Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    Interesting points. What I meant by "upping my cologne game" is expanding and diversifying my two-bottle "collection" of vintage Fahrenheit and Polo Modern Reserve.

    I've seen some of the...
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    Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    This is my first try at ratings and maybe it will spur more cologne recommendations from Basenoters, based on my ratings/preferences.

    I tried out ~25 colognes and these are my ratings ... includes...
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    Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    Thank you to everyone for their great advice - there's a lot to digest and I'll draw from all of it. dougczar suggested: "Start with a lot of disposable income." LOL, good one! And that's why I...
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    Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    Want to add that when I tried some of those niche frags years ago, I also tried Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey and I liked that cologne for the summer, but didn't buy that one either.
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    How Should I Build My Collection?

    Hi, I'm a first-time poster. Very impressed with this forum's expertise. I hope to get your expert thoughts and advice on upgrading my cologne "collection" (if you can call it that - I only have two...
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