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  1. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    Interesting, thanks Renato!

    I have a sample of early 80's EDC (cylindric plastic bottle with a round 'window) like that:
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    It smells like a complex green spicy/aromatic to my nose. Like...
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Haha great! So you also threw a few samples away from the -80C? ;)
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    Re: How do you store your samples

    Cardboard vial storage boxes for very low temp freezers (-80C)... yes, I'm a biologist :)

    I have 3 boxes nearly full...

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  4. Re: Vetiver + Osmanthus = the next Aventus

    Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L'Artisan Parfumeur - beautiful, but discontinued.
    Osmathus and Osmanthus Elixir by Ormonde Jayne - very nice too.

    But the masterpiece in that category, and in my top 20...
  5. Re: Vetiver + Osmanthus = the next Aventus

    Very nice, but loving cloves is a requirement to appreciate that one!
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Take Me Back by Siouxie and the Banshees
    Freedomish Saison by Sketchbook Brewing Co.
    Timbre EDP by Chris Rusak
  7. Re: The site clock is six minutes fast

    We're surfing in the future!
  8. Re: My next Vetiver fragrance...Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver or Elie Saab Essence No.6 Vetiver

    GV is just a masterpiece. Glad you like it, enjoy!
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    Re: Basenotes Update 2021

    That's great Grant, thank you!



    That is a fair concern.. I guess a bit of real life testing will tell!
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    Re: Gourmand Pancakes

    Lignum Vitae by Beaufort. Smell of freshly baked vanilla cookies. Very well done, and very unisex.

    If you like gourmand with a hint of rum, you might want the cheap Bentley for Men Intense. I...
  11. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    My 2018 listerine bottle has both strong vetiver and impression of tobacco (probably a mix of nutmeg and cloves). I would even say that it could be classified as a tobacco frag, as much as a vetiver...
  12. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    I own the current EDT (2018 batch listerine bottle / green wooden cap) and love it, as well as a sample of the vintage EDC (early 80's cylindric plastic bottle with round 'window').

    The current...
  13. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    I manage to wear Dionisio quite easily, and apparently, it pleases people.

    E&B is not stunning. But of all the artificial rendition of ambergris I have smelt, it is quite well rendered.



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  14. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    Same batch I own, and same thoughts I have.
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    Re: Off-the-radar spicy roses

    One that I find majestic is Sovereign by Le Galion.

    Also great:
    This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.3 by Histoires de Parfums
    Hermann a mes Cotes by Etat Libre d'Orange
    Voile d'Encens by Motif...
  16. Re: *new* tom ford ombre leather parfum (2021)

    Agreed. I personally don't own it, but it could be one of the few TF I could have decided to own. That said, I found the EDT to be nice precisely because of some 'airy-ness' and florals it has...
  17. Re: C & S Perfecto Fino, powerhouse lovers' ultimate dream!

    It has been discussed a lot in this THREAD.
  18. Re: BEST Lavender (Unisex) Fragrance Recommendations ... ?

    Imho, the lavender triade by Serge Lutens is a must try for any lavender fan. It plays around lavender, incense and tonka bean, 'mixed' in different ways, and different 'volumes':

    Gris Clair:...
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    Re: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Yes, I stand by the fact that this fragrance keeps impressing me.

    But I have now also to stand by the statement that "I'm not sure what you mean by this". But in view of the tone of this...
  20. Re: Recommendations for a fresh, green, light vetiver?

    Sounds like Elie Saab's might be a good option for you to try.




    Sunrise Vetiver is a verbena/vetiver combo at its best. It shares noticeable similarities with Vetiver Indien, so the latter...
  21. Re: Recommendations for a fresh, green, light vetiver?

    DS&Durga - Cowboy Grass
    L'Artisan - Timbuktu
    Elie Saab - Vetiver No.6
    Franck Olivier - Sunrise Vetiver
    Monsillage - Eau Fraiche
    E. Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
    Escentric Molecules - Escentric 03...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Sleepwalk by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
    Hazy IPA by Sketchbook brewing co.
    Copal Azur by Aedes de Venustas
  23. Re: My next Vetiver fragrance...Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver or Elie Saab Essence No.6 Vetiver

    Creed OV smells totally different compared to any other vetiver I have smelt. It's very leafy and light, and indeed often compared to Mugler Cologne, a musky neroli-centric fragrance.
    Guerlain...
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    Re: Masculine Fig fragrances?

    D&G Velvet Vetiver. The most unisex vetiver fragrance I know, thanks to a creamy fig. A bit in the same style as Byredo Bal d'Afrique, to give you an idea. If the latter is too feminine for your...
  25. Re: Desperately seeking a worthy heir to L'occitane Eau de Vetyver (+ impressions of my quest thus f

    For me, CpH is one that will hardly become my favourite-for-lie fragrance, but I am sure that I will keep it until the bottle will be dry.

    Congrats on your purchase, looking forward to hear your...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Boating day...

    1999 by Cassius
    Things We Don't Say, Hazy IPA by Sketchbook Brewing Co.
    Platinum Egoiste by Chanel
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    Re: Max value for 40

    Ok, great for you!

    Equipage Geranium is stunning, but a bit more "manly/classic". That would be my n-uqestions-asked choice, but if you're 20yo, I'd try it before.
    If you have ideal EDP, it...
  28. Re: I can't help but worry over fragrance shipped via truck in the Summer over a week.

    My thoughts also. Having a few friends who import stuff from France (wine and liquors), I can definitely confirm that several times I heard their containers were held for up to 2-3 weeks in the...
  29. Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Funnily enough, it's already discounted on FragBuy... where I learnt about a new release by Dunhill: Driven (in their regular line). Supposedly released in April 2021, but already sold at...
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    Re: New Releases - Spring 2021

    Not listed nor on BN, nor on Fragrantica, nor on Dunhill's own website... Funnily enough, I got aware of its existence on FragranceBuy, who already sell it discounted..
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    Re: Max value for 40

    1/ Equipage Geranium
    2/ Ideal Extreme

    That said... 40 euros for 100ml of Ideal Extreme or EG seems a bit too good to be true... is it a private seller? At those prices, I'd get both.
  32. Re: Rive Gauche PH .... to good to be true or a bargain...of sorts?

    Like I answered you on Fragrantica, it might be genuine, it's common to have retailers selling frags that are ~2yrs old and common to have a mismanaged inventory. Check the feedback of the seller.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Mad About You by Hooverphonic
    Saint Brigid Barleywine Ale by Sketchbook Brewing Co.
    Grenadille d'Afrique by Aedes de Venustas
  34. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    :thumbsup:
  35. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Thanks, I added your thoughts!
  36. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Heard that this one is great... curious to try it!
  37. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    I have a sample of that one. and didn't care about it. Not bad, I just personally found it to be the most inoffensive/generic/useless of Malle's line-up. It would be honest from me, though, to admit...
  38. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Thank you for sharing your thought on that one, it's added to the list (with a short summary of your impression).




    Thanks Jake! Le Vetiver and Itasca were already present, but I added Bluff...
  39. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Indeed, cheap on ebay. I'll trust your word that it's a vetiver centric scent, as I couldn;t find any info on that one. Thanks Cookbot!
  40. Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    That's great... that said I didn't get that it was discontinued, and after a quick research, there are only a few bottles available at unicorn prices on ebay... I try to keep this thread with frags...
  41. Re: Desperately seeking a worthy heir to L'occitane Eau de Vetyver (+ impressions of my quest thus f

    Fascinating might be a bit much of a word to qualify that one, but if you love nutmeg, this is the one! I won't discourage you to sample first, that said, with taxes you'll end up at $14+ for just...
  42. Re: Desperately seeking a worthy heir to L'occitane Eau de Vetyver (+ impressions of my quest thus f

    I'd gladly modify the note on L'Occitane's if you provide me with your one-line take on it! I've never tried it, and based that 'line' on the feedback of another poster. Feel free to post directly on...
  43. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    It's not an issue of English vs non-English. As you can read HERE, Oriental is indeed used as a demonym for populations in English as a whole, but is only deemed offensive in American English, not in...
  44. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    Who is 'we'? That's the point!

    While I personally wouldn't care using a different word, Basenotes is a worldwide platform and it would be fair to ask why the rest of the world should makes a...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Mon Legionnaire by Serge Gainsbourg
    Espresso
    Metallica by Guerlain
  46. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    In France, where the word oriental has been first used in perfumery, it is synonymous of East. No more, no less.
    It is still used as opposition to Occidental. We often say that the Istanbul is the...
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    Re: Ambergris news

    Indeed, in some countires (Iceland, Japan, Norway) whaling is still authorized, and in other places, many poachers do. It is not excluded that it was the case here, but I have no clue, just an...
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    Re: Ambergris news

    I don't. If it is a 'carcass', it means that the body would have started decomposing inside, and I doubt it would be any good for the ambergris... but indeed I have no basis to state that, nor has...
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    Re: Interview fragrance

    True, and for a simple reason: when you go to work, the 'feedback' you get, or people you have not to offend are your colleagues, that is: people who are not your boss.

    During an interview, the...
  50. Re: My next Vetiver fragrance...Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver or Elie Saab Essence No.6 Vetiver

    Effectively.... since OP seems to own many classics, but not GV yet, I would agree that it's a priority over both Hermes's and Saab's. And it costs half the price of any of these 2.
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    What do you guys think of Cerruti 1881 Fraicheur d'Eau (2004)? (aka 1881 Eau d'Ete)
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Good to know, thanks Devil!
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    Re: The Cerruti 1881 Line - Pretty Good

    Bumping this thread, as I'd be interested to get more feedback on 1881 Fraicheur d'Eau (aka Eau d'Ete / Summer Fragrance).

    Thank you!
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Honestly, I was looking for psychological leverage to justify spending my 30 bucks on that one. We're nearly there... uh... wait... only 2 votes?? C'mon guys... :undecided:

    (I know...I know... the...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Not a fan of Polo Blue to be honest.

    Bvlgari Aqua is what I see as a pure aquatic, without the fougere/green part. But who knows, I might like it! (never tried it, nor it's Amara flanker).
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa yes! I was hopeful this would have been the top vote, to confirm that my $7 investment was great, and avoid me spending another $50/100. Not sure about the extra...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    The SA at Paris's Caron boutique didn't do a her job as well as you do here, Brooks! I might possibly stop by Paris soon, will definitely re-stop at the Caron flagship store to test it (and Aimez-Moi...
  58. Re: My next Vetiver fragrance...Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver or Elie Saab Essence No.6 Vetiver

    As a vetiver addict, I can hardly give an 'A or B' opinion...

    TdH EIV is very citric, earthy vetiver, sharp, great performer, masculine. Gives a strong/dry idea
    ES Vetiver No.6 is soft, green,...
  59. Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    Of course there is ambergris in the mass market.... look, ALD Atlantic Ambergris is my dumb reach, so?

    Jokes on the side, I had the chance to have a friend send me half a ml of AA, an it was...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Dead Christmas by Monster Magnet
    No Parking Citra Pale Ale by Sketchbook Brewing Co.
    L'Eau Trois by Diptyque
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    Re: Fake Aventus & Chanel!?

    That price is the price of a single bottle of Aventus in retail, a best seller that there is no reason to sell in bulk. Clearly fakes.

    What is sad, is that this lot will probably be acquired by a...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    :thumbsup:
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Thanks for the feedback!
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    Re: Basenotes Update 2021

    That's great news, Grant, thank you for the hard work. Curious to see the appearance of the new wardrobe.

    Also: would you be favorable to designate 'DB entry admins', that is a few members who...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I saw that one, but many reviews state that it's a lemon ice cream on top with a sweet heart. On top of that, I'm a bit scared of the sweet signature lavender of Caron... What do you guys think?
    I...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I already tried Yerbamate a couple of years ago, but for a reason i don;t know, something didn;t work for me. Anyways these are two that I already (again, for Yerbamate) have on my test list,...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I'm in the US indeed. Thank you for your offer, I'll send you PM. The favor will obviously be returned!
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Thank you anyways, I'll keep that one on my test list!




    Thanks Hednic, it's noted!



    I'll keep that in mind, thanks!
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    Re: $1.5m of ambergris

    Yes, that's black ambergris (un-aged/fresh). There is no clue if the whale was really dead, or if they hunted it, hence why it's a protected species.

    There's already a thread that has been started...
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    Re: Your favorite cdg?

    Kyoto is a great light woody incense. Meditative, and easy to wear. Hinoki is very camphoric and dry, but has low projection, so it's wearable.
    Another nice, ethereal incense is Dover Street Market,...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Heaven Beside You by Alice in Chains
    Anti-Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing
    Bois Mysterieux by Guerlain
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    It's noted, thanks Nick!
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    At this point, since (most) the Montales ( and I guess it's not even worth digging in the Manceras at this stage) and Aramis are out, that probably no one has ever tired the Monsillage, and that I...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I tried it a long time ago, and indeed I cant remember it... never a good sign. Ok brooks, it's noted, thanks!
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Ok... got it. Indeed what I've read was not very encouranging...
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    Poll: Re: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    Yes... but no thank you! haha
    Thanks for your post
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    Re: Art Landi Profumi

    bump
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    Re: A sandalwood fragrance by Ajmal?

    bump
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    Re: Nilafar du Nil

    bump
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    Poll: Aquatic fougeres: your favourite?

    I'm looking to blind buy an aquatic fougere, under $100.

    A few considerations:
    - I am not interested by the Davidoff CW / Creed GIT / Floris JF type of scent profile
    - I excluded TF Oud...
  81. Re: Whats your best ocean/blue/summer frag

    I desperately looked to blind buy a bottle of that one. makes me sad to read that I missed something. I agree that Unutamam is a fragbro-free gem!

    I have very few acquatics, but one I love is...
  82. Re: Diptique - Tam Dao EDP - V2 added to number on the bottom of the box?

    Even less excusable, since it comes directly from their store. That said, if the sprayer is malfunctioning, an exchange might do, don't you think? If it's a design flaw, well, it's a different story,...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Fingers crossed for Judith and Grant as persons, before thinking at perfumes and BN. (but also for the BN, in the long run, obviously).
  84. Re: Anyone know what perfume goes with this bottle?

    Not even the label under the bottle?
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    Re: Hiring a nose - cost spectrum?

    Think the opposite way. Indentify the frags you love. Identify the perfumers. And look if those are still working for big corps or by themselves... It's a time consuming research, but worth it. Here...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Something About Us by Daft Punk

    Mosaic Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing

    Cacharel pour l'Homme by Cacharel
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    Re: Ambergris news

    That's the issue why ambergris is forbidden in many countries: the sperm whale probably wasn't a 'carcass' before crossing the path of the fishermen...
    Anyways, here's a nice interview of a...
  88. Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Of my recent acquisitions

    L'Autre by Diptyque
    On the Road by Timothy Han
    Bowmakers by DS&Durga
    Cuir Sacre' by Atelier des Ors
    Vetiver by Guerlain (vintage EDC)
    L'Arbre de Iunx
    Musk by...
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    Re: Would I like Chanel Antaeus?

    I swear that I wore it 4-5 times, and always the same exprience. Not arguing about longevity, it's good. Just projection..
    Possibly nose fatigue, indeed. But with some other scents, I smell these...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume - June 2021

    Stone the Crow by Down

    Apollo Hero Hazy IPA by Revolution Brewing

    Bowmakers by DS&Durga
  91. Poll: Re: Better name for this scent? French Lover vs Bois d'Orage

    Haha I like your post! Might be very well be that the word 'French' was not very strategic to use marketing-wise after the political tension between France and US.

    As for Egoiste... for name, yes...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    I asked for additions through the submission form, in mid-january, and it has been promptly done. But that seems to have been the cut off date, as the submissions I made through the form at the end...
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2021

    Glad to read that you enjoy the very underrated Vetiver by Elie Saab!
  94. Re: Tom Ford Resort collection @ ULTA? Any idea?

    Still a bit too much, but might be worth a shot at that price. Did they also carry Oud Minerale? Or only the light floral ones?
  95. Re: Tom Ford Resort collection @ ULTA? Any idea?

    $92 for 1oz of TF at Ulta. Sounds still ultra overpriced, to my ears. In particular since I've read several reviews that state that these are dilutions of the originals... And I personally wouldn;t...
  96. Re: Ultra Male getting discontinued official statement from JPG

    Even Van Gogh did mistakes. Not every FK frag is worth it. Actually, I think that many are not worth it, and I don't see FK as a genius of perfumery. But that's just based on my tastes.





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    Re: Min New York online ordering

    Looks like a very appropriate and professional response. Glad you could solve your issue!

    My 2 cents: wait for Moon Dust to arrive, as it seems to be a highlight of this house (for what I've...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum

    I have a 2018 bottle (75ml). I see it as a more manly take on DHI, with the leather added. Still, it's very sweet (even if less than DHI - fortunately for my personal taste) and has monster...
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    Re: Would I like Chanel Antaeus?

    I agree, not a great performer (I was just talking about that a few posts ago). As for very unique... well... it might be the most beautiful of all of them, but several fragrances play in the same...
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    Re: Hiring a nose - cost spectrum?

    When you hire an indie, they usually agree to much smaller batches. When you work with big corps, you'll need more bottles for a decent ROI. If you choose to go the indie way, just take your time to...
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