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  1. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    I actually got a YSL L’Homme Sport 200 ml for $60 at Nordstrom Rack a few years ago - wouldn’t buy again though. Unless you’re looking for an office-safe generic citrus freshie, it’s not worth it....
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    Re: Initio Divine Attraction

    Funny enough, I actually have a decant of Bowmakers arriving in the mail this week. I definitely see the kinship with Divine Attraction. Same goes for GGA, def another personal favorite in the...
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    Initio Divine Attraction

    Say what you will about Initio/PdM as a house - much of it is well-deserved. But this little gem is a standout IMO, and worth sampling even if you are put off by the house or the DNA of stuff like...
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    Re: When the ad copy gets to you...

    CdG’s more out there frags like Odeur 71, Tar or Radish Vetiver have note pyramids that just dare me to blind buy them and find out if they really live up to the hype. They’re always less weird and...
  5. Re: What's the brightest/liveliest/cheeriest fun scent for a larger than life character?

    Mancera Wild Leather
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    Re: Your top 5 "must haves"

    Try the decants/splits forum - I believe there’s a few people offering GIT there currently.
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    Re: Your top 5 "must haves"

    These were the first five that really bowled me over in my fragrance journey and continue to be favorites today (Iím on my second/third bottle of all these at this point):

    Terre díHermes
    Encre...
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    Re: Olfactif (Monthly Sample Subscription)

    I’m wearing the rest of my sample today; there’s so much going on in it that “ashy” seems like the only way to describe, since it feels like a multitude of different elements reduced to a...
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Saw a review recently where someone compared the opening of Montale Aoud Leather to Mugler Cologne - the leather note in the former is so strong it’s hard to parse out what else is going on around...
  10. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    Quite the surprise when I got a sample of this via my Olfactif monthly subscription. “Wait a minute, I know that name from somewhere (and not just French 101).”
  11. Re: 2021 edition: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

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  12. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    Bavard = Bavard!
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Not much of a discount. In fact the refill bottle is probably still in the same price per ml vicinity. Iíd buy a 100 ml for ~$40. I do really like the steamy metallic top notes. But the subsequent...
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    Re: Red Tobacco by Mancera

    It's really big and loud and it's not exactly nuanced or complex, but it's also not bad or overly synthetic. Have you tried anything else from Montale/Mancera? If so, the house style should be...
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    Re: Today I bought May 2021

    Thanks! Enjoy the Declaration, it’s a very original rose frag and one of the better flankers.
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    Re: Nue Co Forest Lungs, is it any good?

    I get ads for this on Facebook all the time, along with other influencer-esque fragrance brands with dubious “wellness” claims, that they’re “different” from all those icky department store frags,...
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    Re: What are your favorite high end houses?

    High end houses with mixed quality products:
    Creed
    Fragrance du Bois
    Tom Ford
    Le Labo

    High end houses with consistently quality products:
    Amouage
    Frederic Malle
    Chanel
  18. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    I really like this one. It reminds me of a niche version of Encre Noire a l’Extreme. I agree that once it’s settled down, it’s very nice in the mid/base.
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    Re: Today I bought May 2021

    FragranceNet has a crazy deal right now on a Gucci Guilty Absolute gift set - 1.6 oz each of EdT, aftershave balm and body wash for $38. I already have a 3 oz bottle but now I should be set even if...
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    Re: Best reasonably priced leather fragrance?

    I’ve been down this road, and there’s a lot of crap. Here’s the thread from my last search: https://www.basenotes.net/threads/467480-Best-budget-(under-50)-leather

    I would second the Demeter...
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    More info from the comments:

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    A huge fan of I’m a huge fan of Mousse Illuminee, but nothing else from the house has really appealed to me other than that one. Jasmin Antique was...
  22. Re: Cartier Declaration VS Terre d'Hermes Eau tres Fraiche VS Bigarade Concentree.

    BC is nice and I would choose it over TdH ETF just for quality of ingredients, if it weren’t for the exponential difference in price. BC is better, but there’s a reason I own the TdH and not the...
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    Re: Favorite Natural Leaning Vetiver Perfumes

    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru 2. "Natural leaning" and CdG don't usually appear in the same sentence, but in this case they managed to create a wonderful EdC with green, grassy vetiver front and...
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    I like this combo too.

    Bois du Portugal x Royal Oud = ultimate dry woody Creed combo
  25. Thread: Nishani B-612

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    Re: Nishani B-612

    I tried a sample of it - I liked it, but wouldn’t buy, mostly due to price. Nice, cool, dry, soothing lavender and cypress combo. Agree with Andy that it has a nice synthetic but pleasant sheen.
  26. Re: For fragrance that don't last and project, A new secret?

    To get the full effect, buy some aromachems online and some everclear and just add the mix into a small atomizer (so you don’t waste more than a few mls). Wait a week or two for the ac’s to meld with...
  27. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Creed Bois du Portugal - Tried this a few years ago on paper, but this is my first time giving it a full wearing after getting a decant in the mail yesterday. I can see how it has a bit of a...
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    Re: Olfactif (Monthly Sample Subscription)

    From the official site:

    Notes: artemesia, basil, benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, caraway, cedar, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cypress, fir balsam, heliotrope, juniper berry, labdanum, lavender,...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    I think it’s most original in the opening with the steamy dry-cleaners accord. It sits on a more traditional base though. I keep going back to my sample strip, which now barely smells like the base...
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    Re: Olfactif (Monthly Sample Subscription)

    I got good performance from it, lasted a few days on clothing.
  31. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    Decided to celebrate my full vaccination status by checking out all the stores in downtown Seattle. Basically bupkis. But the Sak’s Off 5th had some decent stuff, including a Clive Christian 2 x 10...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendation for meditation

    FWIW I’ve been practicing Zen-ish meditation (focus on breath, occasional koan contemplation) for 7-8 years. I do like burning incense sometimes both to help focus and to better appreciate the...
  33. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Ok, I guess I’ll keep the Guerlain train going here! Giving Guerlain Homme EdP a full wearing tonight, and I like it even more on skin than on paper. It has the bright, sparkly citrus of L’Eau...
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    Re: When you need the BIG bottle

    I recently decided to splurge on the 300 ml bottle of Mugler Cologne. I can wear it all day in the summer so I don’t doubt I’ll use it all eventually. I have 200 ml bottles of TdH Parfum and EdT....
  35. Re: If you only own a mini or small decant, do you include the fragrance in your Basenotes "Wardrobe

    I list anything above 2 ml. I have a number of 5-10 ml decants that get just as much wear as my full bottles, and also represent my taste in fragrances well, so to me it’s worth adding them. If there...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Late to the game but finally got to try this. Just on paper, but I’m glad I didn’t get on the hype train and blind buy it. It’s not bad, and I actually like the steamy metallic note in the top. But...
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    Re: Belcam Fragrances

    Interesting write-up! I’m always curious about these cheapies but glad to have you test them so I don’t have to haha. I’ve never seen any of these in stores, but I have tried Belcam’s Peppermint and...
  38. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Haha, honestly it’s better than I was expecting. The tomato leaf and what I’m now realizing is a kind of pungent galbanum really make it interesting/unique. Unlike a lot of JCE’s later stuff, there’s...
  39. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Montale Aoud Leather - Decided to order a travel spray of this from FragranceNet to test it (and honestly with Montale 8 ml is just about all you need haha). The rumors of Tuscan/Ombrť Leather...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme restocking dilemma

    Got it in the mail today, just smelled it on a paper strip so far, but I’m happy with my blind buy. The bright lime is there in the opening but I definitely get the mint and rum. The mint is a great...
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    Re: Byredo Mixed Emotions. Anyone try yet?

    I got a Facebook ad for this and signed up for free samples - they ended up sending me a nice little cardboard box with a cigarette-container kind of thing containing three 2 ml samples. Byredo isn’t...
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    Re: Teetotaler wearing prominent alcohol notes?

    I don’t drink - not a teetotaler per se, but sadly booze is more likely to make me emetic than inebriated - but I absolutely love the smell. In fact, I’ve always loved bourbon/whiskey for the smell...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendation for meditation

    I’m a big proponent of olfactory-induced meditation (see my signature). The most zen option would be to opt for some high end Japanese aloeswood (oud) incense. Baieido Tobiume would be a good option....
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    Re: That "Grape Soda" Smell

    Glad I’m not the only one!
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    Re: Guerlain Homme restocking dilemma

    Went ahead and ordered both - I’ll update when they arrive. I know L’Eau Boisee gets a lot of (deserved) hype, but glad this generated some chatter around GH EdP. I’m looking forward to the rum note,...
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    Re: Guerlain Homme restocking dilemma

    Ahh, thanks for clarifying - Iím looking at the EdP .No EdT on FragranceNet and Iím mostly considering as an add-on.
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    Re: Guerlain Homme restocking dilemma

    Thanks for the input everyone! I’m leaning toward purchasing both. The price is right, and I like being able to build out mini-collections of fragrances with similar DNA.
  48. Re: Any recommendations based on fragrances I like? (warm spicy & sweet)

    Have you tried any Montale/Mancera? Red Tobacco might be a good option.
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    Guerlain Homme restocking dilemma

    My bottle of Guerlain Homme LíEau Boisee is just about out. Itís one of my favorite warm weather fragrances, and I wouldnít want to go into summer without it.

    Now hereís my dilemma. I havenít...
  50. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Frassai - Cuir Pampas - an olfactory sketch of the Argentine gaucho, or so says the ad copy. Soft and dry leather with a unique and picture-perfect Yerba mate note that elides the leather with the...
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    Re: How many bottles is too many?

    If I started to forget things I had, I might get worried. I have about 80 fragrances currently - 20% of that is just decants though, and I still feel like I have room for 20-30 more. I get bored...
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    Re: That "Grape Soda" Smell

    No clue what’s causing it, but Lalique Hommage a l’Homme has this effect as well. A violet aromachem maybe?
  53. Re: Does this exist? Imagine TdH, but soapy instead of cedar & vetiver

    I would say this is a good option as well, with lime instead of orange.

    I’d also add Jean Couturier Coriandre, a cool, green herbal chypre with a musky base. It doesn’t have the TdH dirty orange...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    It’s a warm 70 degree spring evening in Seattle, and I’m wearing the intimate post workout lemon verbena combo: used L’Occitane Verbena shampoo/conditioner/body wash, then the verbena lotion after...
  55. Re: Green, Coniferous, and Forest - please critique my wish list

    Iíve tried both of these and found them to be quite nice and pine forest-centric. Undergrowth has a bit more prominent clean, sweet mint, Forest is a bit more earthy.
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    Re: Cold, rainy night fragrance

    I have a number of fragrances that I've purchased since the fall, but have been looking forward to wearing in cool, rainy springtime weather. Of course I've worn them in that intervening time, but...
  57. Re: Green, Coniferous, and Forest - please critique my wish list

    Bottega Veneta PH Extreme is a good choice for soft pine and clean suede. Extreme flanker is much more coniferous than the original IMO. A good indie option might be Forest by Rook Perfumery.

    And...
  58. Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    I own both, and think it’s worth it (I’m on my second bottle of each). VE doesn’t have the soft, warm tobacco, and it’s more herbal and woody/incense. It's got a pretty strong tarragon type herbal...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I’ve long thought that Encre Noire is one of the best layering fragrances, but I think I found a new favorite combo: EN + Jean Couturier Coriandre. More generally speaking, EN wonderfully complements...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Hah that’s funny. I always like seeing how animals react to fragrances.

    Oh and there was a typo, it’s an 11 WEEK old puppy. But I’ll be sure to check back in a year ;)
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Make what you will of this, but last night my sister brought over her 11 week old puppy, and I was making them both smell some new fragrances. I tried out vintage and current Polo; the puppy started...
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    Re: How Often Do You Blind Buy?

    I'd say probably 4/5 buys are blind. I like the thrill and surprise. I don't usually buy anything super expensive. But then again, sometimes I do. I have a very good idea of...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    My experience has been the same as yours, but it's been a while since I ordered from her directly. A quick search for "Sixteen92" on Reddit produces more threads than are worth linking to here, but...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    I've tried a few different Sixteen92 offerings in that vein, and it's an accord they do well - wet, earthy, petrichor with some kind of subtle, cool soft sweetness like blackcurrant or galbanum or...
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    Re: Olfactory NYC - any fans of this house?

    Poking around their site a bit more, it looks like they have a lot of customization options, although they may not be quite enough to impress your average BNer. They have about 20 house accords that...
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    Olfactory NYC - any fans of this house?

    They're in the database here but there isn't much talk about any of their frags - anyone tried them?

    I would never have come across them except that they've been included in the Olfactif monthly...
  67. Re: BDC EDT - Screechy at first but I like the incense...

    Incense is a weird note - there are so many different types and it’s not always clear what’s being referred to (Indian, Chinese, Japanese, ecclesiastical, etc). I was heavily into the world of...
  68. Re: Jacomo de Jacomo: Comparing the Vintage and Current Versions

    A heads up to anyone interested in JdJ current formulation - FN has testers right now for next to nothing. It may not be vintage, but for that price, if you like the style, it's a no brainer IMO.
    ...
  69. Re: BDC EDT - Screechy at first but I like the incense...

    ELdO Hermann a Mes Cotes... might be a good option - earthy cool blackcurrant and incense with a refreshing but not screechy ambroxan base. It's like an ambroxan fragrance, but for the cool kids. Not...
  70. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    I do think it's a cut above the average ambrox/shower gel/bleu type stuff, but still generally in that genre. I still contend that it is somewhat close to current (and only current) Polo formula DNA,...
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Now that's some real creativity! I think Encre Noire is a criminally underrated layering fragrance, especially with bright citrus/floral scents. Anything that gives it some top notes, since it's...
  72. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Amouage Jubilation XXV - a blind buy, and my first Amouage, so this was a bit of a risk but boy did it pay off. I haven't been stunned by a fragrance in a while, both in terms of quality and unique,...
  73. Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier (for men, edt/edp, dated, soapy?)

    Glad someone else popped in here, curious to hear others' thoughts. And funny that it comes off as dated or otherwise unwearable to others, as I found the current formulation EdT to be surprisingly...
  74. Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier (for men, edt/edp, dated, soapy?)

    I just got a bottle of this in the mail yesterday after previously trying a sample, and I really love it. I'm curious if anyone else gets this, but there is something in it that reminds me quite a...
  75. Re: Montale Mens Ranking ( Current Available 2021 )

    It's probably my second favorite behind Black Aoud, although I'm less inclined to mention it to someone just getting started in the world of Montale. Those who love it, love it. Those who don't......
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    What if, to even it out, we start referring to all European fragrances as Nanban (南蛮 - southern barbarian) fragrances?
  77. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Bentley for Men Intense - not as vanillic as I expected, and more similar to the original than I would’ve thought. Definitely richer, sweeter, with bigger presence, but doesn’t stray too much from...
  78. Re: Carolina Herrara CH Men vs. John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider

    Dark Rebel Rider was a big disappointment to me. Same deal, was looking for an inexpensive leather-dominant frag. It’s just kinda plasticky Dr Pepper. If you want something similar in vibe and price...
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    Re: Questions on Red Tobacco Mancera ?

    Haven't tried Terroni, but between the other two, I'd say that Red Tobacco is nuclear strong in the opening, but doesn't necessarily have a long-lasting sillage to match. If you like Mancera/Montale...
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    Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    Their store in Seattle is pretty small, although it's right in the middle of the uber-hipster neighborhood (fun fact: it was also within the CHOP/CHAZ boundaries last summer). They also have a big...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    My vintage is the same, and I honestly like both. Think of current formulation as a modern flanker.



    Good to know. I’ve tried current Z-14 and it’s pretty meh. But sounds like vintage is worth...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Hehe
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Haha yup, now I'm curious to track down some more vintage. Especially since I was able to find my 80s Cosmair bottle for roughly the same price per ml as current Polo MSRP.
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    Re: Can we stop calling them oriental fragrances

    As long as we remember that "Oriental" refers to a European 18th/19th century speculative conception of eastward lands, and most "Oriental" fragrances are in fact European ones made in the image of a...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Welp, I got my Cosmair 80s-era bottle in the mail yesterday and MAN this is awesome! And so different from the current formulation. I'm not a huge vintage guy, and I've tried a few things in...
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    Re: Tom Ford not worth buying anymore ......

    I've got a bit of a soft spot for TF, but I basically agree with all this. It was the first "niche" type brand I encountered on Sephora shelves circa 2014, and having only previously owned designer...
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    Re: Early love that is still a love

    Terre d’Hermes was the first revelatory fragrance experience I had, and I still love it today.
  88. Re: Why, I'm particularly enjoying my scent today - March 2021

    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisťe - haven’t worn this since last summer, today is the first sunny and 60+ day in Seattle this spring, and the Guerlain is sparklingly cool and refreshing, a limeade burst...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    This morning I wore Declaration on a sweater that I had sprayed some Mancera Red Tobacco on two days ago. The deep dry down of RT somehow makes a great base for Declaration. Never would've guessed...
  90. Re: Diptyque Olene, H24, Rose & Cuir, ELdO Hermann

    Bumpity bump bump
  91. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    This is pretty close to my impression. I'll have to revisit and look for the mango specifically, but that kind of fresh, bright green fruit note that isn't exactly grapefruit is definitely in there. ...
  92. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    I've got three different packages on the way right now and am being very impatient about their imminent arrival. In total I will be recieving:

    Full Bottles:
    Jubilation XXV
    Vtg. 80s Polo ...
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    Re: Violet forward fragrances?

    Lalique Hommage a l’Homme has a nice violet note paired with a somewhat wimpy oud base, but it’s nice and affordable.
  94. Re: Linearism: No Detection or Minor Detection Changes

    I tend to notice fragrances that use synthetics for normally fleeting top notes have a kind of intensification of those notes in the beginning, but they just fade into the background more than...
  95. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    I couldn’t believe it myself, and it was only $40. It was about 60% full, and the sprayer was broken, but I was able to decant the remaining juice. And it was a 2009 bottle. The store I found it at...
  96. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    Nice find! I have gotten a lot of great fragrances at Goodwill - Creed Himalaya 4 oz, Givenchy III, Margiela Music Festival, and Roger & Gallet Oeillet Bleu bottle from the 50s. Granted there’s a lot...
  97. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Montale Aromatic Lime - another successful (well-researched) Montale blind buy. An oddity in Montale world in that it’s a dark green galbanum-heavy 70s chypre with woody green citrus but not a whole...
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Nice, well now I’m really looking forward to trying it. I love the current formulation but it does seem like a faint echo of the vintage the way people talk about it.
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    Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Yeah that’s what I gather. Excited to give it a spin, I’ll update when it arrives.
  100. Re: What's the last frag you physically scrubbed off, and when?

    Hah funny you should mention that one, I just got it in the mail and itís my SOTD. Itís definitely not a juicy/fresh lime, but I like it. Has a lot of galbanum though which might be the sour cat...
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