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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I recently bought 100 5 ml atomizers off Amazon for next to nothing, and I’ve been using them to combine and macerate my layering experiments overnight. Today I’m wearing a mix of CdG Tar, Montale...
  2. Re: Have you ever noticed cleaning the sprayer nozzle actually improving the scent?

    Hmm, I’m not sure if it changes the scent dramatically - I might be doing it too often - but I do frequently soak/wash the sprayers for a few of my Montales. Black Aoud and other similarly...
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    Re: Bath and Body Works Mens Collection (2021)

    Seriously - the body wash is so good, and smells exactly like SMW.

    Funny, I was actually just in the mall yesterday with my sister for some bday shopping and we went in there - I ended up getting...
  4. Re: Do you wear any 'weird' scents regularly? Got any favorites?

    Adding another CdG to the mix: Odeur 71, which sounds much stranger in the note pyramid than it smells in real life. Actually one of my favorite warm weather fragrances, it has a very pleasant,...
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    Re: Olfactif (Monthly Sample Subscription)

    Nice to see the perfumer himself drop in! I have to say I’m not really a fan of fougeres - I love green fragrances and can tolerate some vanillic sweetness, but when the two are combined it’s just...
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    Re: *new* tom ford ombre leather parfum (2021)

    One of my favorite fragrances meets one of my least favorite notes. Oh great lol
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Always like the unintentional layering stories - a fun way to stumble upon interesting combos. And @Ifti, TdH with a walloping leather sounds amazing. I’d love to see a TdH leather flanker.

    My...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Nice setup! Good to see humble Encre Noire rubbing shoulders with the niche upper crust! ;)
  9. Re: What is your favourite "female" branded fragrance?

    Another in this vein: Diptyque Olene.
  10. Re: What is your favourite "female" branded fragrance?

    Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori
    Jean Couturier Coriandre
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    Re: Olfactif (Monthly Sample Subscription)

    Oh nice! They had another sample from Olfactum this month, Barbae. Definitely another modern interpretation of something classic. I’m not a huge vintage person so to me it’s a more accessible, modern...
  12. Re: BEST Lavender (Unisex) Fragrance Recommendations ... ?

    I'm not a huge lavender fan but Nishane B-612 is a nice and sweet but medicinal lavender. If you like lavender but not with a creamy vanilla base its a nice option. Also Spicebomb Eau Fresh for...
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    Re: Extremely Hot Weather Fragrances

    Sisley Eau de Campagne
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
    CdG Vettiveru
    TdH Eau Tres Fraiche
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    Re: Favorite shiso leaf fragrance

    Nice, thanks for all the suggestions! Interesting that Eau Sauvage came up a few times, wouldn’t have pegged that as containing shiso. Forgot about Sole di Positano, which I like, but I’d still...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Haha thanks! And they are both vintage!
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    Re: Iso E Super as a fixative/performance enhancer

    This 100%
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    Favorite shiso leaf fragrance

    I love shiso, especially in Vietnamese salads with cilantro, mint, chili’s, pickles, lemongrass etc. I’d love to smell something inspired by a fresh Vietnamese salad.

    But in the meantime, what’s...
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    Re: Mancera Red tobacco

    One.

    If you’re wearing a Montale/Mancera you may as well just throw any notion of restraint out the window - it’s not possible, and it’s beside the point of these bombastic frags anyway.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Thanks all! Dig the lighting setup for the Amouage, cmax.
  20. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Demeter Amber - a surprisingly competent amber soliflore, and has the performance of a real fragrance (unlike many Demeters). Doesn’t smell overly synthetic, and would make a great option for...
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    Re: Clean, fresh barber sop/shaving foam vibe?

    +1 Or Black

    I’d also add Bottega Veneta Pour Homme - it’s better known for its pine and light suede notes, but the base is pure Barbasol to me. And it has none of the bitter herbal elements that...
  22. Re: My next Vetiver fragrance...Terre D'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver or Elie Saab Essence No.6 Vetiver

    TdH EIV is nice, but to me it’s more of a grapefruit and modern woods with vetiver and TdH DNA than straight up vetiver. It’s definitely more modern, but not too focus-group-approved. I own both, and...
  23. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Xerjoff Kobe - Big petitgrain and neroli in the opening, with the green pepper aspect of the petitgrain out front. A bit of the bitter bergamot type citrus that’s also in Nio. But this one is a bit...
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    Re: Recommend a Mancera that smells spring time

    If you want to go the Montale route you could try Aromatic Lime - a dark green chypre.
  25. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Xerjoff La Capitale - very Sweet Gourmand with fruity caramel dripping over a kinda synthetic base of vanilla/musk/tobacco maybe? Sandalwood? Cedar? After the top notes wear off it is in the...
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    Re: Blue freshy with a nice dry down?

    Yeah I’d agree with that. It’s more of a “blue” scent in the aqua vein than the “bleu” vein, although it’s also pretty original. But to me it has a strong aquatic side to it.
  27. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Haven’t tried this, but if you get a chance, Cuir Pampas is another nice Frassai, really good dry leather, vetiver and Yerba mate scent, sounds similar to this one.
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    Re: Blue freshy with a nice dry down?

    Yeah, it feels as little out of place - I can see how it makes it a bit more shimmering and watery, and it works well with the bright citrus, but it still feels a bit unsettled in the composition....
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    Re: Blue freshy with a nice dry down?

    That description sounds closer to the original. The white musk goes a long way though, especially in the Sport flanker, to soften the dry down. Actually I think EN and all its flankers are...
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    Re: Blue freshy with a nice dry down?

    TdH Eau Tres Fraiche has a bit of an aquamarine tint with TdH DNA. It flirts with calone but remains restrained.

    Also Encre Noire Sport - it’s literally neon blue juice, and had a very nice...
  31. Re: Cologne you enjoy most when wearing infrequently.

    I definitely get this - when I bought a 100 ml + 50 ml Ombré Leather gift set, I wore OL almost every day for a few months and burned through the 50 ml. Now I wear it less often so I don’t end up on...
  32. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    I’m claiming your silver mountain water! My decant is out and it’s getting to be perfect weather for it again.
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Wearing GGA aftershave lotion + Mancera Red Tobacco today.

    Found an amazing combo the other day too: Le Labo Oud + Diptyque Olene. Wowza - the dirty oud and clean white florals mesh together...
  34. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Xerjoff Zefiro - light and bright resin and spices, led by a woodsy-dusty, dry and not rich/cloying cinnamon note. The woodsy-spice reminds me a bit of Royal Oud, but less peppery. There’s some...
  35. Re: What fragrance best represents how you believe the devil would smell?

    Definitely could see the devil trying to pass off a bad clone. In that vein, and as a fan of Goethe’s Faust (my avatar is Goethe’s sketch of the Erdgeist), I’d say Xerjoff - Mefisto. And to...
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    Re: Similar to L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I agree that LADDM has flashes or moments that call to mind other fragrances, even if it also has many more, unique elements to it. But the one thing that immediately came to mind was Bentley for...
  37. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Just arrived in the mail this afternoon: Tauer L’Air du Desert Marocain - I’ve been curious about this one for a loooong time given its vaunted status as a niche darling, but never seen it in the...
  38. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Xerjoff Ceylon - Big honey and oud bomb, very rich and powerful. Reminds me of a much more refined version of Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah, with the same honey and smoky, animatic oud, but much better...
  39. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. - Vol 4, 2021

    Couple of not-quite-worth-it deals at Nordstrom Rack in downtown Seattle today: 2.5 oz AdP Fico d’Amalfi for $99, Gucci Bloom 100 ml for $110, and some D&G Light Blue, Memoire d’une Odeur and Duke...
  40. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    On to my second Xerjoff of the day - Indochine. Immediately this brings to mind a luscious, narcotic, almost cloying rose note, but I’m surprised to see none listed in the pyramid. I think it may be...
  41. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Have not tried Renaissance 1861, how does it compare.

    Continuing my way through a bunch of Xerjoff samples today..

    Xerjoff Gao - Big medicinal oud vibes with a bit of spice, but really...
  42. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Xerjoff Nio - Always been curious to try the supposedly superior citrus creation that is Nio; to me, the scent itself isn’t all that strikingly unique or original. It smells a whole lot like Mugler...
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    Re: Terre goes alcohol free

    I was about to congratulate Terry on finally getting sober until I reread the title...

    But great, now it means I have yet another TdH variant to add to my collection.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Thanks! Covid has been a real boon to my collection since I haven’t been traveling or eating out the last year. Actually, here’s a minor update, as I’ve now rearranged things a bit and made some...
  45. Re: Perfumes that you've actually finished whole bottles of?

    A year on and these remain favorites - the 100 ml of EN purchased shortly after that post has since been emptied, and the TdH is now down to about 1/3. I can also now add Guerlain Vetiver and L’Eau...
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    Re: summer chypre fragrances

    Montale Aromatic Lime
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    Re: Recommendations next purchase ( blind buys )

    I haven’t tried all of these, but I would say if it were between the Missoni, Eau de Grey Flannel, and Pino SIlvestre, the Missoni is the best option. Eau de Grey Flannel is very synthetic and...
  48. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail? (2021)

    Tauer L’ADDM partial bottle and a set of Xerjoff samples. The Xerjoff should arrive today, but I have been slowly tortured as I’ve watched my Tauer somehow make it from Georgia to Jamaica Queens and...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I finally got a full bottle of Diptyque Olene, and I’ve been trying out all kind of different combos with it. On its own it’s a fairly linear clean, soapy white floral fragrance with wisteria,...
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    Re: Declaration and Eau d'Hermés

    Declaration has long been a favorite of mine, but I finally got around to trying copper top Eau d’Hermes, and I see the connection. When I first tried EdH, I didn’t get any Declaration at all - it’s...
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    Re: Second Skin Scents

    In that vein, I would add Sisley Eau de Campagne - nothing “skin-like” about the notes, but it is so natural smelling, it feels like walking around with a little bubble of springtime farmer’s market...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Somewhat unintentional but very nice combo: the remnants of ELdO Rien Intense Incense that have been smoldering on my sweater for two days now (!!), with a fresh coat of TDC Rose Poivree. The...
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    Re: Second Skin Scents

    Not sure about masculine, but for unisex at least, Hermès Cuir d’Ange definitely has that vibe. A soft cocoon of suede-like skin.
  54. Re: Definitive and clear review of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 vs. Molecule 02 vs. Molecule 03

    Thanks for the interesting breakdown! I love ISO E Super - the first time I smelled it my mind clicked and I was like “woah, that’s 80% of Encre Noire right there.” I’m lucky to be nowhere near...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. May 2021

    Wearing Rien Intense Incense today apparently, because it still smells freshly sprayed on my sweater from yesterday. Topped it off with an extra spritz on skin but one wearing of this will clearly...
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    Re: My Fragrance Journey in a Nutshell

    Fun thread idea! For me:

    Axe - the teenage years

    Hand-me-down fragrances from my grandfather (mostly classic EdC type stuff)

    My first bottle - A&F Fierce, freshman year of college

    A...
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    Re: Hate the opening, Love the drydown

    Bentley for Men (and its flankers to a lesser degree). There’s a kind of harsh plasticky/herbal accord that I can’t stand, but the dry down is very nice.
  58. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Eau d’Hermes (copper top) - Off the bat it reminds me a bit of Jacomo de Jacomo with a big, slightly sweet cinnamon note in place of anise. Definitely some oak moss in the mix. It has an almost...
  59. Thread: COVID nose...

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    Re: COVID nose...

    I’ve heard that some people with “long Covid” have seen improvements after getting the vaccine - not sure about smell specifically. My heart aches for any fraghead having to deal with that - glad I...
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    Re: Rich, Green & Masculine

    Or Black is a good leathery-anisic-green fragrance that gets high marks even for the reformulation.
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    TdH Eau Tres Fraiche + Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisée on top of L’Occitane verbena lotion. Refreshing citrus and woods combo.
  62. Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute vs. Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    I would choose GGA but I’m a fan of both. And honestly, if you can afford to buy both, go for it. ENE has the DNA of the original but made more palatable with resins, patchouli and incense. Agree...
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    Wearing GGA aftershave lotion + Fahrenheit today - a nice combo!
  64. Re: Great contrasting scents recommandation needed!

    Ok, I think MPG Route du Vetiver might not be a good choice then, since it’s just about as dirty/earthy as vetiver gets. But it is a strong contrast at least!
  65. Re: Great contrasting scents recommandation needed!

    MPG Route du Vetiver is an interesting contrast in astringent, bright red fruit and earthy, face-in-the-dirt vetiver.
  66. Re: What’s the rarest fragrance in your collection

    A small (30 ml I think) bottle of Roger & Gallet Oeillet Bleu from circa 1950. I bought it at Goodwill for $3, and upon opening it, realized it had never been opened (and unfortunately let some...
  67. Re: New York Times: “The Fragrances That Changed The Field”

    Ah, beat me to it! Feel free to delete this thread.
  68. New York Times: “The Fragrances That Changed The Field”

    Interesting long read!

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/10/t-magazine/fragrance-perfume-orientalism.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage
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    Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    I’d say this has shifted as my collection has grown. When I first started, I would happily pull the trigger on a 2-3 - if it smells nice, isn’t too expensive, why not kinda mentality. When I hit 20...
  70. Re: What perfumes work well for you on rainy and humid days of spring autumn?

    +1, definitely vetiver weather. I’d probably choose Encre Noire or MPG Route du Vetiver for that really earthy, damp root smell, esp RdV. Maybe CdG Radish Vetiver.

    I also think spicy “dark green”...
  71. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Three new scents I tested from the May Olfactif sample box:

    Southern Living - 1966 Gent - Southern Living - yes, as in the magazine - is responsible for this, the existence of which is somewhat...
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    [CONUS] CdG Wonderwood for trade

    CdG Wonderwood - 100 ml, missing 5-10 ml, no box. I recently bought this and while I love it, I am almost completely anosmic to it. Bummer for me, opportunity for you!

    Open to trading for another...
  73. Re: Goodfellow, Cremo, Duke Cannon, Every Man Jack...how are they?

    I’ve tried a few soaps from Duke Cannon that I got on sale at Target and they were awful. I’d hold out little hope for the fragrances.

    I own Goodfellow Cedar Geranium or whatever it’s called -...
  74. Re: 2021 edition: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Good choices! Two of my favorites.
  75. Re: A fine fragrance production supervisor answers questions on Reddit

    Interesting thread. The details about variability of ingredients were interesting, and confirm what many have probably already smelled themselves

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    Re: Similar to CdG Play Green?

    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee is definitely in the same vicinity. Guerlain Homme has more prominent mint but I think the base is a bit warmer and more old fashioned than CdG stuff. Rook Undergrowth is...
  77. Re: Rubbing salt in the wound: fragrance hobby and forum posting... are we getting insane?

    This is just the most recent in a long list of message boards I’ve haunted over the years, going back to middle school and late 90s early-ish internet era. So for me, par for the course.
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    Re: The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Elie Saab Vetiver + Neroli. These two share a common DNA and clove note and work very well together. They’re each a bit linear on their own, but together they sing beautifully.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. May 2021

    Wearing Gucci Guilty Absolute today because I started my day off with GGA body wash and after-shave balm from a recently purchased gift set. The grooming products are actually surprisingly strong,...
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    Re: Red Tobacco by Mancera

    Did you end up buying it? What do you think? Luckily Mancera samples aren’t too hard to come by online if you want to track one down/explore more.
  81. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Tous 1920 The Original - Ok this was kind of an accidental purchase - I impulsively added a sample of this to my cart thinking it was Bois 1920 - I mean, it’s close enough, same number of letters +...
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    Re: Layering on top of TF's Tuscan Leather...

    Montale Black Aoud + TL is a pretty killer combo
  83. 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...
  87. 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 (I’m on my second/third bottle of all these at this point):

    Terre d’Hermes
    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...
  92. 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).”
  93. Re: 2021 edition: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

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  94. 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. I’d 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
  100. 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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