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    Excellent! I’ll wear it today!
  2. Re: Vintage Mass Appeal: Yesteryear's Dumb Reaches for Men? What are They?

    Cool thread.

    I started wearing fragrance around the time that Acqua di Gio was the king of dumb reaches, and I think it still qualifies even though I'm not the biggest fan of aquatics.



    As...
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    I was trying to think of something like this in my collection last night and failed miserably. Nice job!
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    I've gone with Versace L'Homme for SOTD. A classically fresh woody-spicy oriental that wears well in the heat.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I love reading version side by sides. For my money they are among the most enlightening test scenarios, along with blind sampling. Total opposite ends of the spectrum.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I need to page PStoller on that. It's a sample he sent me some time ago. Knowing P, I'm sure it's an impressive vintage deep cut!
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Rochas Macassar, first sampling. Woody, boozily bitter, chewy-herbal patch, earthy, dark...cool stuff! Very distinctive.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Cheers and enjoy! It’s been a great wear today.
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    Re: Your perfect vetiver wardrobe

    Can you elaborate? Is there weirdness other than you having a hard time sensing it? And what keeps it among your favorites given that you have a hard time sensing it? Seems like that would be a...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    All the talk above about Richard Wirtz had me craving Tabac Original by Mauer & Wirtz. Richard is not the perfumer, though! It's someone named Arturo Jordi-Pey (neat name), the only fragrance to his...
  11. Re: Is YSL Kouros a safe blind buy? I'm thinking about buying a bottle

    Kouros must just really work for me, or I'm just that desensitized to animalic notes at this point.

    Re-reading my post from 10+ years ago, I pretty much still stand by it. It smells like a...
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    I associate spas with the smell of mint and eucalyptus, and so I will wear Lacoste Booster, which features both.

    I've been going back and forth on it. I had owned and decided it didn't make the...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I've been wearing both all evening, and they're definitely different enough to have distinct personalities, but I still think they're quite close and stand by the basic difference stated above.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I had never heard of it either. I think strifeknot threw the sample into a package I bought from him awhile back.

    Really really good, but honestly not sure there is a strong case to own it when...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Shiseido Tactics

    It’s reminding me of Eau de Patou through the heart, to the point that I’d probably think that’s what it was if I smelled it blind. Superb quality tart green floral chypre.
  16. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    I asked about a scent just like this not long ago after going on a bike ride through a damp pine forest and being thrilled by the smell in the air.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Krizia Uomo…bought a little due to some recent posts here. Where has this been all my life? Piney and clean, yet soft and welcoming.
  18. Re: Opinions? I receieved fake or refilled Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree from a Basenotes member

    It’s in his off-BN list, linked in his signature.
    http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=100&sid=cd35c17b6d1ea30d692142616a91d753
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    Re: Your perfect vetiver wardrobe

    Ohhh good question. I’ll be trying it soon.
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    Re: Your perfect vetiver wardrobe

    For me right now, it is:

    Guerlain Vetiver - traditional style, and I like the cool/warm juxtaposition off the top.
    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru - bright, green, refreshing, wonderful summery...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Piguet Cravache, brisk, tart, spiced, dry/sharp leather note. Suits its name. Pretty quiet, but very good.
  22. Re: Opinions? I receieved fake or refilled Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree from a Basenotes member

    There was a phase when there were soooooooo many fakes of this coming out of Russia. Maybe still the case.

    This would make me nervous to buy it anywhere, even from a respected Basenoter, for the...
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    Re: Hat and Epap Incense Pass - Number 1

    This is going to be a fun pass to follow! Jealous of the participants and would have loved to partake, but I live in a no incense zone.

    I'll be curious to learn how closely incense perfumes come...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Never seen that presentation before…very cool.


    I shall sync with Bavard in Dunhill for Men. It does seem to be getting more action than I recall. Possibly because of availability/price relative...
  25. Re: Any houses where you automatically blind buy every release?

    ^Mr Knot has helped me avoid many unwise blind buys.

    I actually have a really high “like” ratio with his splits, but don’t need to own them all.
  26. Re: Any houses where you automatically blind buy every release?

    Nope. I'm not a true collector, though.

    Even houses I hold in very high regard are going to produce a few that are either (hopefully not) clunkers, or (more likely) something I can appreciate but...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    It is definitely brutal with the oakmoss, that's for sure.

    Scents like Davidoff and more recently Feraud Pour Homme have made me realize I do have a limit with the stuff. Oscar de la Renta pour...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    The listed notes look promising. Do you pick up the rhubarb?

    I’m biased to like it because I once had a cat named Leroy.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Glad you like it so much, and I agree pretty much entirely with your impressions. I've come down on the "woody-spicy" side of the spectrum vs. full fledged animalic. The dirty bits are nicely...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    I don't know actually. It's from a "micro mini", maybe 2 ml.

    There are several on Ebay right now. Even a small amount should last some time, as it's pretty powerful and just requires a swipe.
    ...
  31. Re: Papillon Perfumery Spell 125 new release review

    I got an email from Lucky Scent about this one, and the notes combined with Papillon's reputation certainly caught my attention. Claire's review has me licking my chops.

    First Hiram Green...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Guerlain Nahema Extrait - here is a tropical smelling rich scent I can wear! Wow!

    Full of fruits and tartness (passion fruit listed and I believe it) and opulent flowers, but with a fresh green...
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    Re: Zoologist - Thoughts and Comments

    I have to agree with you on that. I have smelled vintage Leather Oud (yes, it is similar) and while that one is challenging, I can appreciate it. Hyrax takes the most aggressive, brash parts of LO...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I shall go with Zoologist Squid. It channels marine imagery for sure, but in a fairly unique way that doesn't lean heavily on the typical aquatic ACs. I think of it as a mineral-amber aquatic. It's...
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    Re: Appreciating fragrances you dislike

    By this same token, being predisposed to find value in scents one doesn't personally like can make reviewing difficult sometimes. I feel that sometimes I might be too forgiving of scents that...
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    Re: Appreciating fragrances you dislike

    That's Antonio Gardoni, for me. Most of his creations are fascinating to smell, but I can't seem to pull them off...the exception being Allegretto 7.2.
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    Re: Advice on vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

    Yesss, I have the dice. Maybe my favorite bottle ever.
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    Re: Advice on vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

    Your dad has great taste! Vintage Dunhill for Men is relatively inexpensive and easy to find, FYI when another fragrant gift is due.
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    Re: really been enjoying Phileas by Nina Ricci

    I felt the same way, surprise! Totally expected to love Phileas and braced myself for an expensive purchase based on my love of Yatagan...but Phileas just didn't click. I didn't think of burnt grass...
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    Re: Appreciating fragrances you dislike

    Nice question. For me, a lot of the early 20th century powdery-musky-vanilla-floral perfumes fall into this category.

    Top example off hand is Molinard Habanita. It's a prime example of that point...
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    Love this stuff; it’ll be my SOTE.

    And I feel similarly about Boy. Basically forgot about it immediately. 31RC is a respect, but not a love.
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    I only have one bottle from Olivier, his classic Dior Homme. So that’ll be my SOTD.

    For Jacques, I will have to pick between Cuir de Russie EDP, Bois des Iles EDP, and Egoiste for SOTE. Tough...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I’ve never smelled the newer LO, but I have heard it was toned down significantly, so what you’re saying it makes sense. We may be comparing against largely 2 different scents. Old LO very ripe, and...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Based on this, sounds like it should be a good fit! I feel the same about LO, and 6/7 essentially embodies the potential I saw in LO.
  45. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    I definitely will! As I PMed Price, it’s one I’ve long admired and thought was a classy, quality, versatile green scent. I just never get around to acquiring a bottle or split, so this really was a...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Not exactly answering your question as I haven't smelled ARSALAN, but 6&7 reminds me quite a bit of Dior Leather Oud, but more balanced and wearable, and less harsh overall. In case that's helpful.
  47. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    Whoops, the dragon swooped in! Sorry.

    VR gets the remainder.
  48. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    Already claimed, sorry!
  49. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    You got it, lot #1!

    Hope you like the Fracas!
  50. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    Yeah, I tried. I only need so much tuberose in my life!

    Someone who really loves Fracas, or tuberose, please take the Fracas. It deserves a good home, poor thing.



    THANKS TO PRINCE!!!
  51. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    Also, paying it forward. I have been meaning to put some things on this thread for awhile.

    Available:
    Mugler A*Men, 50ml, mostly full
    Bogart Signature, 75ml of 90ml bottle. Recent-ish version, I...
  52. Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home - Men's Giveaway Thread 2017-2020

    I will take it if this slips in first. Holy crap, how generous.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Gucci Pour Homme (original), first wear.

    Feels like a mashup of Derby, Fendi Uomo and Equipage. In other words, it smells fantastic. Love this type of spiced-floral-leather chyp-fougere accord....
  54. Re: Where did the grapefruit trend come from? Is it almost over yet?

    Yes. Maybe also TdH. Of course grapefruit was around before those, but Bleu and Terre were/are monster sellers that feature peppery grapefruit and woods. Clearly that is going to sow lots of seeds...
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    Re: Hiram Green thoughts

    Thought I may have activated the Bot Signal there. ;)
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Just have the Gorilla Glue ready for when the jewel ejects.

    I also like the red…but those caps, oof.
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    Re: Hiram Green thoughts

    ^ That is potentially blind buy worthy for me.

    A fresh ginger-vetiver, from Hiram Green. Yes please now. This is exactly the kind of scent I was hoping he'd do.
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    Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    That may have been me…not sure. Less the next Malle and more Malle lite.

    They may share some facets, in terms of delicacy…they just give me a similar sort of personality to some of the lighter...
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    SOTA was Corsica Furiosa. A dry green garigue as noted earlier, lovely.

    And for the evening, taking the dry austere green theme further: CdG Laurel. It’s like Malle French Lover (a bottle I...
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    Underrated scents. I remember awhile back there was a "wear 1 scent for a week" challenge, and I went with Guerlain Homme Intense. I came away even more impressed than when I started...it's a...
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    Synced with the Bot in Goutal's Ninfeo Mio.

    I am quickly draining my 10ml decant, and it's become a favorite Spring and Summer scent.

    It's distinctive, elegant, easy to wear, and of course,...
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    Along these lines, another hit that I discovered solely thanks to CB is Goutal's Ninfeo Mio. Maybe that will be my SOTD and Corsica Furiosa will be my SOTE.

    I swear, if you like green scents, and...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Me too. It’s like a boozy-honey Zino to me. I like it about as much as vintage Zino, and a lot more than Escada Homme. Escada has a similar boozey not but seems structurally a bit further away,...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Feraud Pour Homme

    First wear. A sharp, mossy-soapy slap to the cheek. More than a little dirty in the foundation. It is making me sit upright.
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    I always wanted to try both of those; how exciting!! I've heard good things about Capt. Molyneaux in particular, so I'm glad to see it holds up to the reputation.

    Eau Sauvage Extreme is further...
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    Summer Day shall be Eau Sauvage. My summer standby.

    That could also be a Bot Day pick, but I think I will have to go with Corsica Furiosa for that one.

    I wore it yesterday and my wife...
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    Re: Your favorite "wet" or aquatic frangrance

    I was thinking of this one as well...though it actually quite "wet" to my nose, as in wet flowers and foliage.
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    Poll: Re: What's better ADG Profumo or BDC Chanel?

    Not sure it’s data mining per se. Seems more like these posts are the result of seeing perfume purely and exclusively as a means to a certain end. It’s just the reality for some in this hobby. I’m...
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Ohhh I like. Particularly that it holds them upright and visible.
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Like this:
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210611/69d71bf3e963fb9d941cbdcfe588b89a.jpg

    And also this:
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210611/9e8ca74a654fd66cc3873cef1587b592.jpg

    Need to...
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    Here is "my" castle in Ireland. The deep ancestors who gave me my last name lived here...so, probably like my great x15-20 grandmother and grandfather.

    I visited a few years ago...it's in a very...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Agree with above on Jeke. I think it’s more or less smoked Baque, which is a good thing. And Baque is dark Kiste. I see all three as related, like you start with Kiste and then turn up the...
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    Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    Both EDCs were quite good, I thought. CI, my guess is there's a combination of ACs and real ambergris in the base of Indonesie. To your point, it felt familiar enough to high end designers (Orage,...
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    Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Y

    A very nice lemony-herbal chypre. Bracing, not sweet, probably vintage, or at least it's very vintage in style and personality. From memory, it reminds of YSL Pour Homme the most, or maybe...
  75. Re: Article: 7 Forgotten Scents That Still Smell Great

    I must say I disagree with the Z-14 formula still being acceptable. But as a general recommendation of seldom discussed scents it hold up nicely.

    I did a double take at Helmut Lang making the...
  76. Article: 7 Forgotten Scents That Still Smell Great

    This is one of those “list” articles that are everywhere, but this one’s...good?

    The scents are on point and so are the summaries.
    ...
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    I'm going with the lighter side of Guerlain today, starting with Eau de Guerlain EDT, and then moving to Eau du Coq.

    Later, I'll have to decide...Heritage EDT and Mitsouko EDC vintage are the...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    In light of this, I think you might really like New West.
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Guess I should have clarified my actual vote! I voted for New West, and love New West, but don't really consider it an aquatic. It smells to me like an dry, somewhat spicy, aromatic herbal-green...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    You might want to check out Polo Blue.

    Smells great, very smooth for an aquatic as I recall. But, doesn't last. One of my friends wore it long ago, and I enjoyed it on him.

    Is Bulgari Aqua an...
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    Re: *new thierry mugler : Alien man*

    Updating: Giving Alien Man an experimental spin today, to see if my opinion has changed. Answer: not really. This is one I can respect, but it just doesn't work for me. The big floral and general...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    The big boy tonight, 1993 Sanofi.

    So good.

    Can we talk about the sandalwood mentioned earlier? Would this be incensey-spicy Australian sandalwood? I’m trying to sniff it out.
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    Re: A Lounge for us "Under Sprayers"

    Yesterday I wore 2 sprays of Guerlain Vol de Nuit EDT. It was great, just enough to give me little golden puffs throughout the day. In the afternoon, I was mountain biking in a cool, light, alpine...
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    Happy Kouros Day!

    Starting out with Kouros Cologne Sport.

    It's a nice day wear, brisk and sharp, very much like the original, but with most of the honey and civet surgically removed, leaving...
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    Re: *new thierry mugler : Alien man*

    It is very much a space-age sweetish herbal floral fougere. The anise-dill herbal component is the strangest little tweak, and I recall being a little uncertain about it, against what seemed to me...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    This bump spurred me to wear it today.

    Man, this stuff just works for me. The new image that occurred to me is the hot stones in a sauna...as if the water poured on them has subtle modern green...
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    Change of plans: Went with Chanel no 19 modern EDP today. I had a sample of this, but actually never wore it, as I always defaulted to the vintage EDT.

    I must say this seems very different,...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Has to be Fazzolari Feu Secret for me. I think it's the most irisy iris I have at the moment. Such an odd and unique take, too. Rooty, herbal-cool, woody, cool spice.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Agreed on Atlantic Ambergris, in case RA is listening. Might be a hard one to replicate, though.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    This spurred to me wear Vent Vert yesterday, which in my mind's eye is along these lines: dry, lacking fruity florals, mineralic rock water. I love that stuff...is it somewhat in the arena,...
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    Re: A Lounge for us "Under Sprayers"

    Yeah, per above I mean the top/back of my wrists. Easier to sniff, less surface contact.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    That sounds goooood. As I haven't smelled Dior Eau Fraiche, what other Roudnitska does it most resemble in your opinion?
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    Re: A Lounge for us "Under Sprayers"

    Hey, me too! While sitting and working, wrist sprays are just fine and give me all the scent I need for general enjoying and up-close sniffs. Plus I can easily wash it off if I want to wear something...
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    Re: Sample Pass and Testing -- Les Indémodables

    ^ Yeah, largely how I feel as well, with a few standouts. It's a house I appreciate more on an intellectual level than an emotional one.

    Still think these could play very well for folks not...
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    Eau de Patou

    So good. Happy juice.
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    Re: Helmut Lang Cuiron or CdG Sequoia?

    Cool! Keep in mind, though, that GGA doesn't smell "like" Cuiron. It's more of a personality thing, the way they present their chosen leather notes, with a dryness, tang, and lack of sweetness. They...
  97. Re: Voyage d'Hermes - EdT or Parfum, if I can only get one?

    They have a similar wet/crisp/green feeling on top but don't really smell similar to me. Voyage lasts much longer in both concentrations. Maybe Voyage has a little angelica for green effect, but I...
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    Re: Kouros thread question

    I have to smell side by side and concentrate to detect significant differences. Eau de Sport buffs out a little of the sharpness and general "aggression" of the original on top, that's all. I think...
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    Poll: Re: What's better ADG Profumo or BDC Chanel?

    Bleu, easy.

    Clearly we have lots of voters who aren't commenting.
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    Re: Your Vintage Scent of the Day (SOTD)

    It’s probably just my special nickname, but you can certainly borrow it!
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