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  1. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread Vol 2

    How is his "fragrance empire" coming along? New releases? Great sales? I wasn't paying much attention to fragrances for several months, at least, and what I see now are so many clone-ish scents,...
  2. Re: Any opinions on Ben Sherman (2011) masculine scent?

    Great minds think alike? LOL.
  3. Any opinions on Ben Sherman (2011) masculine scent?

    Notes and reviews suggest it's worth a $15 (total) blind buy for 100 ml. Notes are:

    Cardamom, Bergamot, Mint, Tangerine, Amalfi Lemon, Lime, Nutmeg, Incense, Patchouli, Coffee, Amber, Hay, Cedar,...
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    Re: Lalique Pour Homme

    For me the top/mids dominate, and so it's more in the Habit Rouge ballpark.
  5. Re: Would you also have been surprised by the "note breakdown"?

    Sounds like it might be Old Spice-ish.
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    Re: Does anyone else notice this trend?

    Right, so what if it's the same company and even department, so they have the formula? They can then weaken the base while slightly tweaking the formula so that it's not too obvious. I'm just...
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    Re: Does anyone else notice this trend?

    That's what cacio said, but that's not the trend I am noticing, at least with the releases of certain companires, where the base is actually very good, just weak. Have you tried Black Agent? I also...
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    Re: Does anyone else notice this trend?

    I think that was the way they used to do it, but these new clone-ish scents do smell good all the way through. It's the projection that is clearly inferior, so I'm wondering if they don't include...
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    Re: Does anyone else notice this trend?

    Right, they are probably not owned by one of the major companies that owns a big name designer or niche house. But if we go back 20 years or so, the clone-ish scents seemed to smell clearly worse,...
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    Does anyone else notice this trend?

    Inexpensive, clone-ish scents that smell great but are really weak beyond the first 10 to 20 minutes, though they may last long at a weak level. I perceive this in Morabito's Black Agent, for...
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    Re: No Iceberg love?

    Right, ThVH, and I also tried Man, the DHI-ish one, which was great for the price I paid a few years ago, around $15.
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    Re: No Iceberg love?

    The Amber Man one is a light version of Ambre Sultan with a rum note added. Sandalwood Man is a milky sandalwood that is rather unique; glad to have a bottle of each, and wear them more than some...
  13. Re: I just might return my bottle of Dior Homme Intense

    Is this an issue of projection versus sillage? The way I think of it is that if you walk around in a large circle, you should smell it well when you get back to the starting point - that's good...
  14. Difference between Bourbon Homme and M. de Bourbon?

    I've tried what I think is M. de Bourbon, which is in a transparent bottle with light green liquid. I've also seen Bourbon Homme, in the same type of bottle but either the glass is dark or the...
  15. Anyone try Shanghai Tang's Black Iris for Men?

    The woman's version apparently doesn't smell of much iris, and there are so many clone-ish scents, so blind buying seems like a bad idea, with so little information and few if any reviews. Anyone...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    You should have a 4 digit code. If it starts with a 3 it could be 2003, but the next digit would have to be a letter between A and M. Also, if the plastic spraying circle is black, that seems to be...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Bottle arrived today - here's my review:

    2003 (batch code 3L01), EdT spray, color looks fine (not super dark/rusted). At first it's a powdery floral blend with tuberose being obvious. Texture is...
  18. Does Roma Uomo smell anything like Joop! Homme?

    RU was released 3 years after J!H and shares many of the notes! I have yet to try RU, so I'm curious about how close these two are. Thanks.
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    I found a 50 ml EdT at a reasonable price (2003), so I'll report back when I get it. i noticed that the newer Guerlains with the same bottle design may have the same thick tube, but the round...
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    Re: Noob thoughts on GIT

    Ask yourself if it's really the kind of scent you feel you need to wear often, and also if another, similar scent is a reasonable substitute. That has saved me a huge amount of money over the years!
  21. Thread: Hammam Bouquet

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    Re: Hammam Bouquet

    I agree with this.
  22. Re: Azzaro Pour Homme: Yesterday & Today (Reference Guide)

    I have a splash bottle of the original (rounded cap design) and like Yatagan, it's quite different from the later formulations, though you can get some sense that it's of the same lineage, so to...
  23. Mitsouko EdT with no batch code; any idea of the date of formulation? PICS.

    I acquired this bottle about 10 years ago in a lot of vintage bottles, and none had the boxes. I was surprised there was no batch code stamped on the label. I'd guess this is circa 2000, but I have...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Thanks for all the comments! I may go for an EdP that is a few years old or so.
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Thanks. And what year would you say the cutoff is, before major changes were made? Was that done in the 2008 formulation? Thanks!
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    From $25 to "under $200" isn't what I'm looking for! LOL. I may keep an eye open for one to "fall through the cracks." I've got a few vintage Guerlains (Mitsy, Shalmar, Vol de Nuit, Vetiver, Habit...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Prices are insane for 1990s formulations. If you come across a deal for a "slight premium," please let me know!
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    L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Prices on ebay are in the $24 to $28 range for 50 ml, for newer formulations. Is EdP stronger or different? Is one considered closer to vintage than the other? Or are they both so different and...
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    Re: Has anyone tried L'occitane Eau de Contadour?

    Sort of like a smooth version of vintage Third Man but slightly different notes.
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    Re: My Garbage Bags Smell Like Green Irish Tweed

    Nah, they smell a lot more like Cool Water. LOL.
  31. Re: Plum Japonais by Tom Ford apparently discontinued.

    So I guess it's back to the original great niche brand, Avon...
  32. Re: Kouros vs. Antaeus vs. Lapidus vs. Lord Al Rehab vs.....

    Others in this range: Furyo, Joint Homme, Trazarra by Avon, and That Man Silver by Milton-Lloyd.
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    Re: Halston 1-12...current juice any good?

    Never heard that. I would have guessed Halston Limited would be the one that might have issues over time.
  34. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    Oscar Pour Lui, at least vintage, is also in that LPH/VC&APH range. The OP might also want to try Sung Homme and Magnum for Men, and by the latter I mean this one, not Cuba Magnum:
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    Poll: Re: Kouros versus Aventus Poll

    I have a couple of Aventus clones but rarely use them. My Aventus sample still has a couple wearings in it. I think it's the lack of complexity in particular that made me lose interest in it.
  36. Poll: Re: How many bottles of Kouros do you own, 50 or 100 ml? POLL.

    Wow! Which formulation is that? I have since acquired a few from people who hated it, so I should be set for life. LOL.
  37. Poll: Re: How many bottles of Kouros do you own, 50 or 100 ml? POLL.

    Right, it's kind of an homage to what BN used to be when I first joined.
  38. Poll: How many bottles of Kouros do you own, 50 or 100 ml? POLL.

    Any formulation is fine for this poll. I should have done a poll like this 10 years ago to compare to now. If you want ot mention how many flanker bottles you have, that would be interesting too!
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    Re: What's happened?

    Lots of chemical soup niche over the last several years, but if you like them just wait for the clones of them to be released! LOL.
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    Re: case of vintages being stronger

    There did seem to be a trend perhaps 10 or so years ago to lighten up in the vintage reformulations, but some were stronger. I notced sandalwood being replaced with geranium notes, for example, and...
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    Re: Has anybody tried Sand cologne?

    I obtained a bottle recently that was supposedly never used. There's definitely a clear herbal lavender, but it is tamed considerably (as compared to say CPuH), and there's quite a bit more going...
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    Re: Better quality alternative to Dior Homme 2020

    Anything?
  43. Re: Pascal Morabito - Black Agent: Anyone tried it?

    Yep, I grabbed one at that price too! Very, very nice, but also weak (though first hour or so is pretty good). I have yet to try the Bvlgari, but I do have the Oriental Edition flanker, so I can...
  44. Re: How Are Clones/Imposter Colognes Perceived Here?

    As I've said, probably beginning at least a few years ago, as both designer and niche became more chemical/synthetic, the clones/dupes got better and better. I would even say some of the EAD scents...
  45. Re: Old School Traditional Pine: Any long-lasting alternative?

    Krizia Uomo and Caractere (vintage formulations) might work for you.
  46. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    It came in the mail today. I found it at Scentedmonkey for $8.28 as I was putting together an order for the free shipping, so that worked out well. I applied it about ten minutes ago. At first I...
  47. Re: Guerlain L'Instant pour Homme EDT: Comparing the Vintage to Current

    I could never handle the hibiscus/musk element in any iteration, though some were less irritating than others. Fortunately, I can appreciate very similar compositions, such as 1881 Bella Notte for...
  48. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    Yes, that's the "super-cheapo attitude!" LOL.
  49. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    Just saw this other supposed BA clone, though at $34.50 plus tax it's not a super-cheapo, to my way of thinking:
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  50. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    Well I haven't tried BA so I might like a super-cheapo that doesn't smell much like it yet dislike BA. For me it's a price issue mainly, and $80 isn't going to work for me.
  51. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    Sure, I have to keep up my reputation as king of the super-cheapos, don't I? LOL. I ordered a bottle so I'll update when I receive it.
  52. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    http://nissanperfume.com
  53. Re: "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    Some may even prefer this super-cheapo to Black Afghano!
  54. "Can easily be compared to Black Afghano..." and it costs around $12 per 100 ml!

    The name of the sccent is Nissan Oudy, and the apparent official site declares:

    "Nissan Oudy is a fragrance that aims to to arouse the effects of temporary bliss. Can easily be compared to Black...
  55. Re: Is this Christopher Dicas unisex frag real or...

    Thinking about all this in retrospect, years later, it reminds me of an episode of "The Office," in which Michael Scott says something like, "I made a huge mistake today... I questioned my own...
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    Re: Carven Homme v. Gucci Envy

    Seems like a common issue, especially in colder conditions, so you can shake it up now and then and don't keep it in a cool place, if you think it affects the smell.
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    Re: Carven Homme v. Gucci Envy

    I think ST Dupont Signature for men is even more similar to Envy.
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    Re: Armani Attitude alternative?

    I think Benetton Blu was fairly close.
  59. Re: Which three (budget) bottles of Cologne to choose from this list ?

    Hard to say because some have been reformulated significantly, IMO, and I wouldn't want to suggest something that I might no longer enjoy.
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    Re: Anything similar to A*men?

    There was also a "clone" by Dorall Collection that I think was supposed to be good (Saraqael).
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    Re: Anything similar to A*men?

    Cuba Prestige.
  62. Thread: Guess Man Gold?

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    Re: Guess Man Gold?

    The notes could go in different directions and I don't have enough confidence in Guess in general. I would rather spend $5 or so on a Milton-Lloyd bottle in terms of a blind buy. I will be very...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I wore M-L's The Man Silver in the typical way, a fulll spray to the chest, and it's much better this way! This is great and powerful, though not exactly like Kouros, more like 50% Kouros and 50% of...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I tried the Milton-Lloyd "clone," The Man SIlver. It starts out musky/animalic, and one can perceive the similarity. However, it also comes across as burnt plastic for a while, then just...
  65. Thread: Kouros Clone

    by Bigsly
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    Re: Kouros Clone

    The Man Silver bottles are now in the US at reasonable prices, so I bought a 50 ml bottle. At first, I get burnt plastic Kouros. After 20-30 minutes, it has less of a burnt quality but is still a...
  66. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    I wore it today with one spray to the chest, and my dab sampling impression is confirmed. Guepard is smoother and better balanced. I wore vintage Vermeil two weeks ago or less, so that's fresh in...
  67. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    That's happened to me more than a couple times too! LOL.
  68. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    I'll be curious to know what you think of it. And did you ever try that Havana Reserva sample?
  69. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    Okay, I was able to get a 100 ml bottle for a good price; it arrived today and I did a dab sampling. Wow, this is great, more balanced than vintage Vermeil, with less of the civet/castoreum punch to...
  70. Re: Common scents: how Parasite puts smell at the heart of class war

    Saw the movie, didn't think the story was well developed, though it was a good idea/premise. The smell factor didn't work for me, as I know there are plenty of cheap and powerful fragrances, and so...
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    This is yet another scent that I wouldn't mind trying but have strong doubts that I would pursue it further, and so there is hardly any interest in it. Almost everything I've tried lately is...
  72. Re: Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    Is it more or less the same scent? Thanks.
  73. Vermeil selling for more than the original (Guepard)?

    From what I understand Geupard came out with this scent first - the bottle is similar to Vermeil, only difference being it is clear glass rather than the brown patterned glass (and comes in a...
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    I have bought very little in about a year. Other than "it's too good to be true" deals (a few of those), I'm just selling some things I don't want. The problem is that the new stuff just comes...
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    Re: I hate geranium.

    Geranium has a smelling salt quality, in that it can really get up in your sinuses. I've noticed that some vintage masculines were reformulated to apparently take out a strong sandalwood note and...
  76. Re: Am I applying my fragrance the wrong way or not enough?

    Try spraying once just above the navel, then spray once in the air and walk through the mist (eyes closed). Don't worry about top notes or about smelling much right away.
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    Re: YSL KOUROS Reformulated?

    The answer to the question which is the title of this post: yes, and badly (IMO, of course), at least if we are talking about the formulation of the last year or two.
  78. Re: Am I applying my fragrance the wrong way or not enough?

    Another idea: You could spray Sauvage on a small flag, then wave it around, saying you are a great patriot, so that people will be sure to smell it.
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    If someone wanted something similar, but not a "clone," and didn't care about price, I'd say try Furyo, Joint Homme, vintage Jules, and Orange Spice.; For cheap clones, the Milton-Lloyd and one by...
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    I agree, and I haven't tried the Milton-Lloyd one, as I already have plenty of vintage Kouros (should last me the rest of my life LOL).
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    Re: Recommend fragrances similar to Kouros

    The Man Silver by Milton-Lloyd is on ebay for less than $10 total (50 ml), for those interested.
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    Re: So umm...Dior Homme 2020...?

    And let's not forget what it's up against! While I don't expect others to pay what I paid, $3 (closeout sale), for the latest bottle design Marbert Homme (100 ml), this is an excellent scent that...
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    Re: So umm...Dior Homme 2020...?

    I tried a paper magazine sample. Smelled like a nice mix of fresh aroma chemicals. Not for me, and it may be different on skin, but it seems okay if it had been marketed in a greenish blue,...
  84. Re: Can ppl tell if you're wearing a cheap fragrance?

    Not if it's vintage Avon - that stuff smells like niche today! LOL.
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    Re: Vtg Les Copains Homme

    Quite close to older formulations of Yatagan.
  86. Re: Fragrances that somehow disappoint you, leave you underwhelmed, wishing for more perhaps

    95% or more of what's been released over the last few years...
  87. Re: Fragrancenet Already Out of Old Dior Homme Intense Bottles...Possibly

    They do a great job generating customer loyalty these days, don't they?
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    Re: I did a thing....Avantus

    Then I think you'll be pleased to know there is a forum here just for posts on this scent (though those strange people spell it as "Aventus"), so you might prefer to post there from now on.
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    Re: Two Unknown Fragrances

    Once in a while you see this kind of scent. I have refrained from buying any due to the lack of information and what I would guess would be poor longevity. And if it's a splash, which is likely, it...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    Yes, we are in nadir country safari now. I think I got into this at the right time, late 2007, when only a small number of niche was "must try" (and a lot more natural smelling that today's niche)...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    Over the last year or so, my overall sensivity has been quite low, so I can wear a full spray of Kouros (or two!) without any issues, but many aroma chemicals seem to be blaring or at least...
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    If it is like the wine rating system (up to 100), that would mean it is not recommened to wear, let alone buy a bottle, presumably. LOL. Below 80 the wine is to be avoided.
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    Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    My last blog post (Bigslyfragrance/Wordpress) addresses this, and I put forth a few possible explanations. At this point, I have no interest in sampling it anyway, as the many reviews speak for...
  94. Re: Some expert knowledge needed on this one...Jacomo de Jacomo for men...

    You willl know when you smell it. Does it have strong lavender and clove? Then it's not vintage, from what I understand.
  95. Re: Year in Review: Best underrated cheapie releases of 2019

    The best deals are probably the "clones" (Samba Skin for Men is an example, as it's quite close to Pure Havane), so it doesn't matter when they were released - you just have to enjoy the scent being...
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    Re: So umm...Dior Homme 2020...?

    From what I've read, it sounds worse that Sauvge/Eau Sauvage, as it is an entirely different fragrance but retains the exact name (why didn't they just call it Homme, for example?). The bottle is...
  97. Re: GQ - "The Best Cologne from Each Fragrance Family"

    It may be someone's best list, but at this point, that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. LOL. Some of those I regard as chemical nightmares and would not even want to smell on a card for a second!
  98. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    Trussardi Uomo and Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme are similar, at least in the vintage formulations.
  99. Re: Vintage Quorum, Paco Rabanne PH, Leonard PH question

    I've more or less given up on niche, as I find it's going in the opposite direction. That is, if you want depth, complexity, and lack of a "chemical" quality, you have to go vintage, IMO. The good...
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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    The first was excellent, though I only have vintage bottles, and I think Soul and Bottled Intense EdP are at least okay (also haven't tried some, such as Elements), but overall they seem to want to...
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