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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Nice finds! Didn’t realize the Seattle Goodwill had an eBay presence. But I like the thrill of the hunt in-store anyway.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Synthetic Jungle!

    I’ll try this one for sure. I liked the recent CdG Celluloid Galbanum release, so I’m curious to see a Malle release with a perhaps similar vibe.
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    I got a sample of this recently - agree with the TdH vibes but with a less mineral-earthy base and more of a cleaned up Creed ambergris. It’s nice and won’t offend, and if you want the apex or...
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    Re: Ferragamo Intense Leather

    Too bad, I was hoping maybe this one was an exception. But your description is basically applicable to any under-$50 leather frag in my experience.
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    Re: 'Thin' Sweet Scents?

    If you like mint/citrus, maybe Guerlain Homme EdP? It’s got mint and lime with a sort of boozy rum barbershop vibe.
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    Re: Ferragamo Intense Leather

    Haven’t tried this but a quick glance at reviews make me think it might not be a viable OL alternative. And as someone who has been down this rabbit hole before, finding budget fragrances with...
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    Re: Best designer Aqua

    Encre Noire Sport
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    Re: 'Thin' Sweet Scents?

    Good call - I prefer Kobe over Nio for its more complex/sweet/warm base.
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    Re: 'Thin' Sweet Scents?

    I think it may’ve been discontinued, but Spicebomb Eau Fraiche might be a good option. It’s got the spicy sweetness of the original reinterpreted through a soft mist of lavender, sea salt and...
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    Re: Jasmine/orange blossom mens/unisex

    Diptyque Olene for clean unisex jasmine
  11. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    This was my favorite of the 10-sample pack I got by far. Seems like this fragrance exists to justify the rest of the line almost haha. It is a truly great, opulent oud. I have about 1 ml of my sample...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Nice finds! I totally would’ve impulse purchased the Cheesehead :lolk:
  13. Re: Any houses where you automatically blind buy every release?

    Not quite, if only for lack of funds. I could see myself buying up every new CdG if I had unlimited finances.

    I think I’d be more likely to blind buy everything from one perfumer rather than one...
  14. Thread: The beach

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    Re: The beach

    I’ve got a lot of problems with you people!!!
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    Re: Summer fragrance with sandlewood?

    Another vote for Equipage Geranium. One of the best sandalwood notes I’ve encountered, works beautifully with the minty cool geranium.
  16. Re: Hello from FragWag, new frag enthusiast / blogger

    A fellow appreciator of fine fragrances and literary studies (my day job) - welcome!
  17. Re: NEW Ralph Lauren - Polo Cologne Intense Eau de Parfum

    I’m wearing this again today in pushing-80 Seattle weather, and the more I spend time with it, the more I enjoy it. I agree with this though, it doesn’t have that scratchy Sauvage vibe. To me it’s...
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    Re: Latest Diptyque - Kyoto!

    Rose, beet and vetiver could be a nice combo. I can see beet playing the go-between for the rose and vetiver in a nice way.
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    I just got decants of Fille en Aiguilles and Vert d’Encens, two of my favorite coniferous scents. FeA is obviously a popular one, and deservedly so, but Vert d’Encens seems to be something of an ugly...
  20. Re: Tom Ford Fakes Are Becoming Passable - Subject: Tobacco Oud

    Yikes, that is frighteningly close to the real thing.

    For pretty much exactly this reason, there are a few brands I only buy in decant form, never full bottles, like TF or Creed especially. If I...
  21. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Ooh, me too! Hah, I got a sample in the mail yesterday from a FB ad, and I feel similarly underwhelmed. I noticed some other people saying it smelled a bit like TdH, which I get, except with a...
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    Re: Violete fragrances for men recommendations

    The tobacco and violet work together very nicely in that one. A unique scent for sure!
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    Re: Scents using natural cedar?

    I don’t think it’s natural, but the most natural smelling cedar I’ve encountered was in Kilian Straight to Heaven. Any carpenter will immediately recognize the cedar in that.
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    Re: Violete fragrances for men recommendations

    Lalique Hommage a L’Homme has a nice violet and fresh-pack-of-cigarettes tobacco accord.

    The Different Company Rose Poivree doesn’t include violet in the note pyramid, but somehow that is the most...
  25. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Heeley Sel Marin - Off the bat this reminds me a lot of TdH Tres Fraiche, with the bright, slightly aquatic-but-not-chemically-harsh aquamarine note and sparkly citrus. This has a more...
  26. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Funny enough, I just bought this a few weeks ago and tried it with the oud layered yesterday, a very nice combo. The dna of Rose is a bit more powdery and sweet than the other ones I own, but it...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    Thanks, hednic! It’s a nice mix of different takes on “green,” perfect for summer.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now

    This was a lot easier to answer two years ago when I had a much smaller collection! None of these would actually make my current top 5:

    Diptyque Olene
    Sisley Eau de Campagne
    Montale Aoud...
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    Re: Shining in the heat, today!!!

    Seattle is supposed to shatter all time records today with 110+ heat. I’ll be in air conditioning, but either way I’m going to be enjoying some MFK Amyris to ride out the heat wave.
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    Huh interesting, Makes sense but hadn’t made the connection. I can see the warm/sweet orange blossom/amber type DNA lurking around the bottom of the Elie Saab. Have you tried the Saab Neroli? I...
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    Re: Shining in the heat, today!!!

    Keeping their region of origin in mind, it’s not all that odd to wear Mancera/Montale in high heat. Haven’t tried RT but Black Aoud works great in hot weather.
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    Re: Latest Ralph Lauren - Ralph's Club!

    Appreciate the smelling notes, drseid. After blind buying the somewhat lackluster but still serviceable Polo Cologne Intense, that doesn’t surprise me. I’ll still be curious to hear more impressions...
  33. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Few new ones from MFK:

    Aqua Universalis - this has some nice light floral and citrus notes, but it’s all overshadowed by musks that either make me anosmic or are just really light. Having played...
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    Re: Shining in the heat, today!!!

    It’s supposed to top 100 the next few days in Seattle (110 on Monday!) so I’m not sure anything will be shining in the heat so much as struggling not to wilt haha. In any case, enjoying Aqua...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Wow those are some nice finds! Never underestimate the thrift store! And thanks everyone else, I’m wearing the Nahema today and it’s perfect in hot, humid weather. Love a good chypre on a hot day!
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    This was purchased at the Capitol Hill Goodwill in Seattle. I also previously got a 60% full 120 ml Creed Himalaya there for $45. Maybe it’s just Seattle, but I’ve found a number of good deals...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Ok, had to bump this thread because I think I found the Goodwill deal to top all Goodwill deals: a full 100 ml bottle of Guerlain Nahema for the grand total of $14.99!

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    Re: Latest Ralph Lauren - Ralph's Club!

    Ahh I got the same thing! I guess I’ve gotten too many free Facebook ad samples lately. I have acqua di gio and Montblanc explorer samples on the way at least.
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    Re: What are you tempted to pull the trigger on?

    This.

    I recently hit 80 bottles, and since then I’ve realized that almost everything I’m interested in would be redundant. In fact, some of the things I already own are haha. I’ve decided to...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - 2021

    Wow that’s awesome! I’d love to have a home fragrance counter display.
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    Re: Latest Ralph Lauren - Ralph's Club!

    lol yeah my first thought was “like Ralph’s and sams club teamed up to collab on a fragrance??”

    I just got a Facebook ad for a sample, I’ll post my thoughts in 6-8 weeks when it eventually...
  42. Poll: Re: Wearing clothing from the day before with a new fragrance

    Interesting, I've thought about this before but I think my response falls slightly outside of the options: I do change my shirt every day, but I like to layer with long sleeve button...
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    Re: Judgment of Fragrance

    While I appreciate fragrances that are well-blended, layered, have infinitesimal care and attention paid to the different stages of development, etc, at the end of the day I just prefer fragrances...
  44. Thread: The beach

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    Re: The beach

    That's gold, Jerry, gold!

    If this is real, I am definitely buying it for my family Hanukkah white elephant gift exchange this year. Would love to see a Curb episode where Larry goes off on some...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    That first one is a real power combo! Wowza, bet it smelled beastly.

    The EN + Mugler is nice, one I’ve done before as well. I think EN makes a good base layer for brighter citrus or white floral...
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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    I’m Jewish, but I don’t have any Hugo Boss frags because they don’t smell good lol. Actually, I’d get some perverse pleasure in wearing a nazi-era fragrance.
  47. Re: Fresh? Ok. For hot and humid? Ok. But also something dry please!

    Ahh yeah I can see that. In the top it had a kind of minty cool geranium balancing out the sandalwood, but it’s warmer in the base. Still think geranium is the right direction - another adjacent...
  48. Re: Fresh? Ok. For hot and humid? Ok. But also something dry please!

    Don’t think I’ve seen anyone mention this, but since you said geranium, makes me think of Hermès Equipage Geranium. A nice, cool, sandalwood and geranium combo with an updated-classic feel and JCE...
  49. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time - 2021

    Elie Saab Rose - Fourth in my collection of Elie Saab Essences, and not exactly what I was expecting. The other three that I have (Neroli, Vetiver and Oud) all have fairly similar bright-spicy DNA...
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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...
  51. 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...
  53. 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! ;)
  58. Re: What is your favourite "female" branded fragrance?

    Another in this vein: Diptyque Olene.
  59. 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...
  61. 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.
  69. 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...
  71. 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...
  72. 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.
  74. 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.
  76. 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...
  80. 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...
  81. 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...
  83. 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...
  84. 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...
  86. 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...
  87. 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...
  88. 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...
  89. 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...
  90. 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...
  91. 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...
  94. 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...
  97. 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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