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

    MALLE MONSIEUR. - Always think of Varanis Ridari. Dozens of reviews and this one is the only one that's the equivalent of a drive by assassination.

    MAZZOLARI LUI - Makes me think of ClaireV.
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    Re: My nose sucks ... what is it that I like?

    Have not tried those so cannot comment.

    But yes, understand your desire as to what you want a lady to think. Many speculate endlessly on this in the "What scent gets you the most compliments"...
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    Re: Your top 5 "must haves"

    My suggestion is start with a small (5ml -10ml) decant so you can wear it a few times (personal bias note: I f-ing hate the typical 1ml sample vials). There are tons of decant sellers online like...
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    Re: Your top 5 "must haves"

    I don't know about must have, but to me here's five must try based on years and years of fraghead popularity

    AZZARO POUR HOMME - Classic fougere, manly, enduring and crazy reasonable.
    CREED GREEN...
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    Re: My nose sucks ... what is it that I like?

    I'm not sure what to suggest. Some of the XERJOFFS may suit you well. Some unique and warm/cozy.

    I would say you just have to sample stuff.

    Your dislike of "synthetic fragrances" is not really...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    It's really good and there is nice lavender present, but I wouldn't think of it as a "lavender" scent.

    Wears to me like a variation of YSL LA NUIT.
  7. Re: How is the current formulation of Platinum Egoiste?

    I like it. Mine was purchased less than a year ago. I love fougeres and this is kind of a more "modern" alternative to my traditional "old style" wet shaver scents. It's a bit more fresh-ish and...
  8. Re: Molecule 02 vs Ecscentric 02 or similar scents

    ARRRGGGGG. They stopped doing that. It was purely a marketing gimmick but I can see how it gets in people's heads.

    It was total BS. They always made the expiration date one year from the date you...
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    Re: What are your favorite high end houses?

    I've got a couple from a few of the higher end houses and wouldn't really say I have a favorite.

    I suppose I would say most of my favorite scents are from CREED and MALLE.
  10. Re: Molecule 02 vs Ecscentric 02 or similar scents

    Haven't tried E02 so can't address that.

    I had a tough time with MOLECULE 02 at first, but it grew on me and I like it now. I "learned" to smell it I guess.

    Probably out of boredom, I ended up...
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    Re: What is the ideal scent for a dandy?

    Do you post about any scents that ARE NOT by Hedi Slimane?
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    Re: Scent of a Mullet

    Always up for expanding my vocabulary.
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    Re: Best Myrrh Focused Menís Fragrances?

    All this myrrh chit chat made me break out the PRADA AMBER POUR HOMME INTENSE.

    Damn this is good....
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    Re: Black orchid niche or designer?

    I share your observation of the many Black Orchid posts.

    I just pay them little heed. Don't think he's trolling. Just limited in wardrobe and insecure and/or indecisive about purchases.
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    Re: Flannel Shirt Fragrances

    Yes LOL...they are indeed very flannel shirt with a lot of ooomph.
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    Re: Best Myrrh Focused Menís Fragrances?

    Honestly neither do I...but I know it's a primary note in AMBER POUR HOMME INTENSE and by process of eliminating the notes in it I DO KNOW, I have a rough sense.
    Warm and vaguely sweet and kind of...
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    Re: Best Myrrh Focused Menís Fragrances?

    I'm such a shut in with retirement/covid, not real sure about projection, but it is one of the scents that makes me feel warm, cozy, sensual and centered. Lasts fairly well.

    Like a lot of...
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    Re: Best Myrrh Focused Menís Fragrances?

    Worthy a sniff for you I think given that we have some similar tastes.

    It's not much like regular PRADA AMBER POUR HOMME at all. It's a very dark and sultry kind of scent. Warm and cozy.
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    Re: Best Myrrh Focused Menís Fragrances?

    I think PRADA AMBER POUR HOMME INTENSE has a nice myrrh note. A bit underrated and pretty reasonably priced.
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    Re: Bortnikoff Musk Cologne - WOW - !!!

    I've been L'Homme Blanc-ed again...gotta try this. Sample on the way.
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    Re: Bortnikoff Musk Cologne - WOW - !!!

    Awww jeesh, I've been fighting off L'Homme's infectious enthusiasm, but this is mighty high praise...
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    Re: Any fans of Initio Atomic Rose?

    It's really potent stuff.

    I don't find it particularly feminine, I just don't know when I would wear it.
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    Re: Is this for real?

    It is evidently all too real.

    Never tried it but supposed to be a citrus/woody scent. The bottle was a bizarre looking car tire kind of design.

    Guessing it would smell like a lot of cheaper...
  24. Re: What is the fragrance you love on a woman or partner, and *why*?

    I love perfume on a woman. Especially if she's put some thought into picking something she knows she can rock.

    That said, I really love ANGEL, BANDIT and YSL OPIUM on women. Makes me crazy.
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    Re: Teetotaler wearing prominent alcohol notes?

    EY UP Derbyman!

    I tried a bunch of scents over summer and one I forget the name.

    But PROFUMUM FUMIDUS goes on just like you've rubbed a shot of single malt all over yourself. It was a small...
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    Re: Teetotaler wearing prominent alcohol notes?

    Very few of the main tobacco frags smell like the scents we mostly associate with "smoking" to me. To be more specific the smell of cigarette smoke.
    Most have a smell of unsmoked cured tobacco...
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    Re: Most Overrated Discontinued Frags?

    I lucked into a bottle of PATOU POUR HOMME a few years back.

    It was certainly a very nice scent. I gather it may have gone for a kind of a premium price back when it was in production.

    But...
  28. Re: NEW upcoming pillar fragrance for JPG "Monsieur"

    LOL but I understand.
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    Re: I just noticed something in my wardrobe..

    Wow.

    I've put the brakes on myself at 150 or so. Can't imagine 400.

    The number of bottles I have doesn't bother me per se. It's more the realization that I have dozens and dozens I really like...
  30. Re: Have you gone back to an overkilled fragrance?

    Well I'd never say never, but it's mostly the opposite with me in that I burned myself out on a lot scents in the 80s and 90s.

    I beat OBSESSION, ETERNITY, POLO, GREY FLANNEL and L'EAU D'ISSEY POUR...
  31. Re: Any recommendations based on fragrances I like? (warm spicy & sweet)

    Right on the money...especially EGOISTE and COSTUME NATIONAL HOMME.
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    Re: Fragrances your Dad wore

    I'm filtering this through my own view of this thread and my own sense of men's scents as someone who lived through the 1960s and 1970s.

    My sense is that while CARON POUR UN HOMME, GUERLAIN...
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    Re: Fragrances your Dad wore

    I assume you mean which BOUCHERON JAIPUR version.

    It was the EdT. He actually didn't get the JAIPUR until the late 90s or so. But he was not one to have ever embraced the online world in the...
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    Re: Fragrances your Dad wore

    I got some of my frag addiction and "stylin" from my dad no doubt.

    But all my memories of his scents were in the infancy of designer frags as we now know them.

    He had stuff like ENGLISH LEATHER...
  35. Re: Does this exist? Imagine TdH, but soapy instead of cedar & vetiver

    Let us know about the MOLECULE 01 + MANDARIN. Caught my eye and want some honest feedback.

    Have mixed but mostly good feelings about regular 01.
  36. Re: Fragrances similar to Grey Flannel in vibe or style

    I had read NARCISCO RODRIGUEZ FOR HIM was "similar" and have it. It's got a violet aspect for sure but I would not say it's very similar.

    GREY FLANNEL is kind of a classic masculine, and I had...
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    Re: Cold, rainy night fragrance

    Yes, I would def suggest sampling. It's quite unique, and if you like it, would appreciate your sharing if and why it's a good rainy day scent.

    I don't hate it per se and it's not gross or...
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    Re: Cold, rainy night fragrance

    NARCISCO RODRIGUEZ FOR HIM has long been considered by many to "the" rainy day fragrance.

    For reasons not clear to me now, I decided to try it and wish I hadn't.

    Maybe if LA had more rainy...
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    Re: Obsession men: has the formula changed?

    Let me know when it's discontinued...

    Sorry, I know some love it. I just burned out on this one in the early 90s and one of the few scents that triggers me.
    A real jerk I worked with used to wear...
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    Re: Weight of perfume

    How "slightly" different are we talking?

    Also, curiosity is killing me... why do you weigh the bottles?
  41. Re: Whatís the best Tom Ford to wear with a suit?

    It's funny I never thought about this much. Many of his scents don't seem very "suit and tie-ish" to me. But I suppose I have a pretty conservative outlook with dressing and some would disagree.
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    Re: NicolaÔ (original) New York re-released?

    Haven't heard this but curious about how it would re tinkered to be more like the original if it's still IFRA compliant.
    Perhaps some new synthetics?
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    Re: Recommendations please

    You have very interesting tastes.

    A little surprised you did not like EGOISTE.

    CHANEL ANTAEUS could be worth a try.
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    Re: Questions for BN Experts

    1. I can ID a citrusy, floral, or smoky cologne but not individual scent notes. Is there any added value in ID'ing scent notes given I can easily decide which colognes I like or don't?

    Not 100%...
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    Re: boozy summer scents?

    It may depend on how "boozy" you want it to be.
    ST BARTS is very poolside margarita kind of vibe.
    GUERLAIN HOMME is very mojito.

    Neither are very potent and I'm getting a tad of an "I like 'em...
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    Re: How's Ormond Jayne? Any masterpieces?

    Masterpiece is a pretty lofty term.

    ORMAND MAN is a wonderful scent, but it may be too ordinary for what I perceive to be your preferences.
  47. Re: I think Rive Gauche PH is overrated. Is something wrong with me?

    It's nothing for you to worry about at all. If you're not inclined towards barbershop style scents, it wouldn't be special.

    It was a scent that was well done, very barbershop fougere at a time...
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    Re: TF Venetian Bergamot or Virgin Island Water?

    Never tired the TOM FORD.

    Longevity can vary, but I am personally stunned by VIW lasting power.
  49. Re: Ever bought a 'compliment monster' that failed to roar?

    Compliments for me are not frequent and generally unexpected. I think a lot of the comments about compliments come from younger men who are constantly on the prowl, and often in environments wherein...
  50. Re: At what age can one start wearing Guerlain Vetiver?

    And....that's a first here!
  51. Re: At what age can one start wearing Guerlain Vetiver?

    The varieties I run into out here smell very skunk like.
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    Re: Roja Dove Fragrances...anyone else like them?

    It's funny you mention that- it triggered a memory of when I bought ROJA FETISH. I had read about it here and went to Nieman Marcus to sample but pretty certain to purchase.

    The ROJA rep was a raw...
  53. Re: What is your favourite Issey Miyake fragrance?

    The original
  54. Re: At what age can one start wearing Guerlain Vetiver?

    I don't know how to assign an age to GUERLAIN VETIVER. When I was younger, it probably would not have been a frequent reach, but I wouldn't have shied away from it as too old fashioned or mature....
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    Re: Creed Windsor 2009 Original Release

    I bought a 50ml special CREED atomizer filled with WINDSOR back in 2009 or so. A couple of months ago, discovered that it all evaporated. Have about 5 ml left.
    Faulty atomizer I guess...

    My...
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    Re: Bought my first bottle of L'eau de issey ph

    I remember an LA model/actress gushed about it to me appx 1994 so I bought it.

    Ended up wearing it religiously for probably 4-5 years. Maybe more. I wore it a lot since a girlfriend at the time...
  57. Re: I think it's time to change perfume - Parfums de Marly?

    If you like PdM, then sure go for it.

    You say you're 49 and I think PdM is a bit "trying too hard" to be more youthful. They tend to be a bit loud and sweet for my taste.

    Having said that, I...
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    Re: Questions on Red Tobacco Mancera ?

    I've only tried two of them.

    My mature Basenoter opinion is that RED TOBACCO is loud for the sake of being strong. Very little finesse.

    OUD FOR GREATNESS is certainly aimed at FragBros but...
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    Re: Creed Tabarome Millesime thoughts

    Not sure all the possible labels/names CREED may have assigned it. I recall when I was looking at in store, it was simply called TABAROME and the newer one was TABAROME MILLESIME.

    I could be...
  60. Re: Solve this puzzle! Please Recommend... (for my husband, sandalwood/warm)

    Ahhh it would seem a simple request but I have sought same. Sandalwood is often dressed up with other stuff. A bit surprised TAM DAO is deemed "too spicy" (but the "ex" thing is loud and clear).
    ...
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    Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    Part of their bad rap comes from their quasi gimmicky roots.

    Basenoters are pretty straight forward. See bottle. Sample. Like sample. Buy bottle.

    LE LABO introduced this whole "blend it right...
  62. Re: Is Atelier Cologne better than Acqua di Parma and Creed?

    I certainly prefer CREED by a lot. But I wouldn't say that any of those houses are "better." I don't know how one could make that judgement.

    It's kind of like who is the best rock band?

    They...
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    Re: Early love that is still a love

    It's a tricky one for me since most of what I really love now was either a fairly recent purchase, or something that I bought years ago that grew on me over the years.

    CHANEL EGOISTE is probably...
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    Re: Creed Tabarome Millesime thoughts

    It's not truly awful. It has a very pronounced ginger note. It's also not as "tobacco forward" as some like in a tobacco scent.

    Let us know your thoughts since you've a 100+ ml to go through.
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  65. Re: A blast from the past: What were the big hyped frags when you joined Basenotes?

    Slightly true. I hate to feel I've stagnated, but my tastes do run towards some older stuff. Most of the current designer scents leave me cold...

    But it's an interesting group nevertheless. We...
  66. Re: A blast from the past: What were the big hyped frags when you joined Basenotes?

    My memories of it 2009/2010 is that were that there no vaulted CREEDS. Though some may not have been readily available (I never saw BAY RUM for example).

    Yes, many were discussed and largely...
  67. Re: A blast from the past: What were the big hyped frags when you joined Basenotes?

    2009/2010 I remember these scents were the must have for "clubbing" and got lot of chatter:

    DIOR HOMME INTENSE
    MUSC RAVAGEUR
    TOBACCO VANILLE
    PURE MALT

    PURE MALT may have gotten closest to...
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    Re: Rapid battle on a amouage blind buy.

    Just one? JUBILATION XXV

    Next up EPIC MAN
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    I've never seen any labeling here with "Originale." It may well be the case in Europe.

    The two bottles I show are the only two I've had experience with.
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    This bottle below is the version that is essentially the original version that was issued in 1974. It has been tinkered over the years but is still basically the same leather/cinnamon/civet/patchouli...
  71. Re: When a fragrance enters the "skin scent" phase, is it still perceptible to other people?

    Sorry, but I don't think anyone can realistically provide a very specific answer in terms of 1 foot, 7 inches, or 18cm or some such.
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    Yes, I'm sticking with what I said.

    That bottle pictured is GENTLEMAN GIVENCHY. "Gentleman" first, then "Givenchy"

    The original is GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN. "Givenchy" first, then "Gentleman."

    I...
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    Re: Looking for Givenchy Gentleman Intense

    There is no such thing as GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN INTENSE.

    GIVENCHY has played around a lot with the term "Gentleman" over the years.

    The classic that many of us love is GIVENCHY GENTLEMAN (1974)....
  74. Re: I started a FB survey regarding the sexiest male fragrance...

    The results you are getting don't surprise me at all.

    After years of being a Basenoter and discussing frags with regular "civilians," I know many of the specifics are just not tracked by a lot of...
  75. Re: Need Suggestions in Fragrance Du Bois & Tiziana Terrenzi ?

    I think TT URSA is worth a sniff. It's a hardcore patchouli/leather thing...touch of oud. It's not a frequent reach kind of scent cause it's a pretty intense wear...

    But if you like something kind...
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    Re: What are your favorite Jovoys?

    I'm happy for you on that. May be some quirk with my nose, but INCIDENT DIPLOMATIQUE was near non existent on my skin.
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    Re: What are your favorite Jovoys?

    Exact same for me.

    These three are quite distinctive scents.

    I am fascinated by them, but these JOVOYs are harder for me to mentally classify as to when best to wear them. They all have a sort...
  78. Re: When a fragrance enters the "skin scent" phase, is it still perceptible to other people?

    There's no simple easy to your question and I totally understand it.

    We are all plagued to varying degrees by olfactory fatigue. When you wear a scent, your nose tunes it out very often. Moreso...
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    Re: Old Spice Barbershop NOW OPEN

    TIDE laudromats....That's a very clever idea.
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Probably a little for sure. If nothing else, it is somewhat psychologically comforting to use the gel then the matching EdT/EdP. One trick with the gels is to use them in your hair.
  81. Re: What's the last frag you physically scrubbed off, and when?

    I'm pretty cautious. None that I can remember. OUD INFINI was pretty intense animalic but I knew it wasn't going to last and I wasn't going anywhere so I let run its course. AMOUAGE INTERLUDE with...
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    Re: When was the clubbing fragrance invented?

    As a term, it's hard to say. Not long after online frag communities became a thing I'd guess. Mid to late 2000s?

    In practice, there have always been scents that were worn to go out clubbing though...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne?

    The new "model" in designer land does seem to be issuing flankers, so it's not surprising really.

    Independent of the flanker technique, I am not surprised at all that they issued spin offs from...
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    Re: Penhaligon rerealising Racquets?

    Well, DANA CANOE is amazingly close. AVON WILD COUNTRY is also in the ball park.

    You're a wet shaver Pete...if you love CLUBMAN you must try DANA CANOE. It's like $22 on Amazon.
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    Re: Vintage Creed Millesime Imperial ?

    Ha...look at you! Join date 2003?!?

    That was hard to watch unfold...it went from sort or typical Basenoter enthusiasm for a scent to "get help dude" in a hurry.

    I don't remember the Pi guy...
  86. Re: FM Geranium Pour Monsieur or Bon Monsieur Rogue?

    I really haven't tested BON MONSIEUR thoroughly enough to really give a fair review, I liked the small sample, but it was indeed a bit old school, kind of barbershop.

    GERANIUM POUR MONSIEUR was a...
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    Re: Penhaligon rerealising Racquets?

    I don't think it will be "messed up" or reformulated per se, just a different scent cashing in on the name not the way it smelled.

    The original RACQUETS was sort of like a PINAUD CLUBMAN EdT. This...
  88. Thread: Classic Scent

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    Re: Classic Scent

    Good choice. Very nice scent that has stood the test of time well. POLO is also very nice, but I have my own quirks with it given that I wore it for many years in the early 80s.
  89. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread Vol 2

    It may be a matter of "degree." The Cologneist has an enormous wardrobe and may be looking to score samples on a commensurate level.
  90. Thread: This or That

    by StylinLA
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    Re: This or That

    I have an ongoing issue with AVENTUS in that I seem to be blind to one its primary notes. I can only smell it for about 30 minutes. And I know its still there pounding from other people's input.
    ...
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    Re: Bracken Man or Beau de Jour signature

    I like both quite a bit.

    I find BEAU DE JOUR leans a bit more traditional barbershop.

    BRACKEN is more like a slightly edgy modern take on barbershop to me.

    If I could only choose one, I'd...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    Like H West, I'll stop short of calling it anxiety. But I am mindful of where I might be going. Medical appointments/dentists: something very light. Grocery store: Strap in...

    When I used to work,...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    dupe post
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    Re: Latest Louis Vuitton - On The Beach!

    How's the "sand" note? Never seen that listed before...
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    Re: Question for Xerjoff Mefisto Owners please

    I have the 30ML which looks like pic below. No tassel. Unfortunately, XERJOFF has tinkered bottle designs over past couple of years, so there may be some legit bottles out there with gray market...
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    Re: Happy National Fragrance Day USA

    Yeah, like FragranceNet needs an excuse to send emails....

    I'm all for aggressive targeted marketing, but jeesh....
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    Happy National Fragrance Day USA

    Who knew this was a thing?

    My bother (who claims allergies to frags) texted me this morning that it is National Fragrance Day. And he's right.

    I will celebrate by wearing a fragrance....
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    Re: Houses I never hear about anymore...

    Yes, as noted, I was in a patchouli mood and considering picking up BORNEO 1834 which I had sampled a bit a few years back. They had turned it into a pricey bell jar only puchase for way more than I...
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    Re: What the heck is shower "cream"

    Yes, I popped for the JUBILATION XXV shower gel awhile back and it does make the shower a real treat.

    It may all be in my head, but I think some of them marginally extend the scent a bit.

    I'm...
  100. Re: Tobacco Vanille Disciple Ready to Test the Waters

    Yes, you should run not walk to try this one.
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