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  1. Re: Blind Buy ( Lanvin Oxygene, Sport, Kenzo, Azzaro Chrome, Eau Fraiche...)

    Lanvin Oxygene - Pleasant and fresh enough, but very light. You won't offend anyone wearing this one.
    Lanvin Sport - I like this one a lot.
    Kenzo Pour Homme - I like this one a lot - has a seaweed...
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    Re: The inexplicably worst fragrance imaginable?

    I don't mind Yatagan for something different, but my wife detests it like you.
    She says it reminds her of animal droppings at the elephant enclosure at the zoo.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: The inexplicably worst fragrance imaginable?

    Staying power is so almighty that Secretions Magnifiques doesn't even come off with soap and water.
    I had to use Ajax powder cleaner to get it off.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fiat 500 For Him

    I forgot to mention that lately I keep finding a cheap scent every time I go to fill a scrip at my pharmacy, Fiat 500 being my latest.

    The last time I paid A$15 for a 50ml bottle of Oscar De La...
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    Re: The inexplicably worst fragrance imaginable?

    Secretions Magnifiques smells sort of like a bloody crime scene or a slaughter house.......only worse.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fiat 500 For Him

    5ml for US$8 - that's an astounding profit margin.

    Maybe it would be the perfect bottle to keep in your car, for the odd time you'd like a DH-like scent handy.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Fiat 500 For Him

    Oh well - I suppose the bottle design could be viewed as being a courageous decision.

    Lamborghini, Ferrari and Mercedes Benz scents weren't game to try it.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Fiat 500 For Him

    I wonder if the unusual but nifty bottle was the downfall of this otherwise pretty good fragrance?
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Fiat 500 For Him

    While waiting to get a scrip filled at my pharmacy, I saw 100ml bottles of Fiat 500 For Him going for A$15 (US$11.55).
    So I blind bought one out of idle curiosity.

    My wife really liked it, and so...
  10. Re: Nivea Anti Perspirant Sensitive Protect 48h Protection

    I don't know, though I'd have thought it was everywhere in the world. I've bought stuff like Nivea Shave cream when overseas well before it finally showed up in Austalia, so just assumed Australia is...
  11. Nivea Anti Perspirant Sensitive Protect 48h Protection

    I've been writing here a lot about antiperspirants since 2016, when weirdly most readily available antiperspirants (e.g. Rexona, Adidas, Mitchum, Mum) started giving me a shocking itch in my...
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    Re: The writing instruments thread

    For writing at any angle, or underwater, or in a vacuum, I think my Fisher Space pens are pretty neat - can get that last note off before one expires.

    I also like using Chinese tactical pens with...
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    Re: Eau de Rochas Homme new vs old?

    My bottle of Eay De Rochas Homme from around 2000 is only good for around three hours.
    I haven't tried the new one.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Creed Erolfa smell a likes?

    My bottle of Erolfa from 15 years ago is only good for about three hours.

    It's not unusual for some people to say a Creed scent lasts long, while others say it doesn't.

    I know because I've...
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    Re: Thoughts on solid showergel/shampoo

    Looks interesting, though I guess that those Pukks would have to last a fair while in order to justify the somewhat hefty price.

    One would still often need separate hair condtioner though....
  16. Poll: Re: Pepper fragrance - Azzaro Visit vs Kenzo Tokyo vs Spicebomb Viktor&Rolf or other

    Marc Jacobs Bang I think is more peppery than your three - though I like Visit and Tokyo more.

    The most peppery opening in a scent I own is the old Polo Sport Extreme - but I doubt that can be...
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    Re: John Varvatos - To the Naysayers...

    For me, four hours of smelling time is somewhat optimistic from many of the Varvatos scents. I think it more like three hours.

    If one is going to sell scents labelled EDT - where typically that is...
  18. Re: What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance you have ever smelt?

    I find it amusing when I see these resurrected threads pop up to which I had responded many years ago.
    In this case, I saw that I had replied to "What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance...
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    Re: Men's fragrances that smell like bug spray

    Tommy T smells a bit like Off bug spray.
    I like both.
    Regards,
    Renato
  20. Re: Recommend me an affordable coconut fragrance please

    The only coco-nutty scent I own is Night Life Summer Edition Man by Esprit.
    It was very inexpensive at the time I bought it.
    I don't mind it - but have never smelled any other coconut scent to...
  21. Re: Anybosy else try Sarrah Jessica Parker Stash SJP?

    I really like Stash - on women - much nicer than the florals they usually wear.
    I don't really see it as truly unisex,

    I bought about 10 small bottles and gave them away as Christmas gifts here...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    I'm glad it's working for you.

    According to Health Line, it may be useful for some, but not for others. It recommends people do a patch test before using the Baking Soda....
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    Re: Gift sets...are they the same juice?

    As has been pointed out here in the past - it only costs around US$5 (some said up to $10) to make a 100ml bottle of scent.
    Given that, if the items sell, they'll be making plenty of money on full...
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    Re: Nivea Men Active Clean Body Wash with Charcoal

    I bought the Nivea charcoal gel.

    Works well, but the scent wasn't as strong as I'd have liked.......maybe because while buying it I saw a packet of Palmolive Charcoal soap which I picked up as...
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    Re: Card Holder vs. Bifold Wallet

    Cash is still required or useful for many things - Farmer's markets, street stalls, where fees are charged for card usage, black market stuff, discounts for cash payments and as a gift or reward.
    ...
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    Re: Card Holder vs. Bifold Wallet

    Hmmm - a lot of minimalists around here.

    In my wallet I carry,
    My three main credit cards - to earn reward points on purchases
    Two debit/EFTPOS cards - for cash advances and where there are...
  27. Re: Faded fragrance, Rive Gauche pour Homme specifically

    Spray some on your wrist and spray some on a piece of paper.
    Wait three hours, and smell both. Is it lame on your arm and strong on the paper? It would imply your skin is affecting the scent.
    ...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    The instructions on some of the 48 hour antiperspirants I own (where gel comes out of the tiny plastic holes) say to put them on during the night for best effectivenes. Any showering would have to be...
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    Re: Nivea Men Active Clean Body Wash with Charcoal

    I just checked on-line.
    Currently on sale at my local supermarket at A$3.60 for 500ml
    I'm buying some tomorrow - thanks for the suggestion.
    Regards,
    Renato

    P.S, I went to the supermarket...
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    Re: Creed Green Irish Tweed 120ml / 100ml bottles

    If you do get the 120ml bottle - don't try carry it onto a plane.

    If Creed hadn't moved to 100ml bottles, people could have bought the 120ml bottle duty free in Europe, transit around the airport...
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    Re: Face washing - bar soap or dedicated face wash

    I remember trying various face washes like Neutragena and Johnson & Johnson years ago.
    They certainly moisturised compared to most standard soap bars.
    I could tell, as using the moisturised face...
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    Re: REBUKED! Wearing ONE SPRAY of Beau de Jour!

    I wonder how she deals with guys wearing any of the myriad aftershave balms and underarm deodorant/antiperspirant sprays - all of which would likely be as powerful - if not more powerful- for a...
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    Re: The Quest for Fig

    I've tested Philosykos a few times. Smells nice enough, but it didn't last long on me, and it didn't strike me as particularly masculine.

    Salvatore Feeragamo PH and Good Life are still my...
  34. Thread: To buy or not?

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    Re: To buy or not?

    To my mind, if one doesn't believe in buying the brand name - like I mainly do - then there are much cheaper and equally good quality alternatives.

    The last inexpensive, but excellent quality,...
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    Re: Old School Aftershave Fragrance

    I guess it may depend on what one's barber used to spray at the end of a cut.
    For decades my barber used something that smelled very similar to Paco Rabanne PH.

    After he retired, the next barber...
  36. Thread: To buy or not?

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    Re: To buy or not?

    The Diesel logo is the only reason one would buy the jacket at that price.

    I rarely wear leather jackets, because it's just not cold enough to wear where I live. Very handy when living somewhere...
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    Re: Shave of the Day

    Deleted duplicate post
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    Re: Shave of the Day

    Due to Melbourne's never ending lockdown, today I had a four day growth - which I don't remember ever having had before.
    Which I thought might be the sort of beard most suited for open comb DE...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne XS (2018) educate me please?

    I had to look up the word "Skanky". It means - "dirty and unpleasant."

    That XS can in any way or generally be described as dirty and unpleasant, makes no sense to me.

    My bottle of Demeter Dirt...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne XS (2018) educate me please?

    That's a tad expensive. It costs A$49.99 (28) for a 100ml bottle down here in Australia at major pharmacies.
    Regards,
    Renato.
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    The Daily Mail can be very annoying indeed. But if it presents data from US hospitals - I seriously doubt it is making it up.
    There are other articles around saying similar stuff - but hard to find...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    I don't know - but I do know that lack of nicotine seems to be associated with much higher levels of Alzheimers....
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    Re: Paco Rabanne XS (2018) educate me please?

    Yes.
    I have both XS and Creed Himalaya - and when side by side one can tell they aren't the same - the overall effect is very similar, and I prefer my longer lasting XS.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Paco Rabanne XS (2018) educate me please?

    If you check the Basenotes Directory, XS has lots of bad to very bad reviews, and a few okay ones.

    Mr Zealot Crusader has a really big, relatively positively review of it.

    I don't know what XS...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    I just remembered that for decades down here, if one had an upset stomach and didn't have a scrip for something better, one could only get over-the-counter tablets containing Aluminium Hydroxide at...
  46. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Thanks. I must try it.
    I still haven't worn my N95 masks six months after buying them.
    Regards,
    Renato
  47. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Yes, my wife is like that with powerhouses like your ones.
    I only soup up my shots when going out. Though today I did apply about 12 shots of Lapidus Pokerface which I bought yesterday, and she...
  48. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Fair enough.
    Your restraint is admirable.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  49. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    But if you increase the sprays - people wouldn't have to lean closer to you. They could enjoy (or detest) it from a distance.

    Funny how back in March the N95 were unambiguously useless for the...
  50. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    But if masks do weird things to perfume, would not the same be the case for when people wear scents under clothes as I mostly do?
    Cheers,
    Renato
  51. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Sounds like we are akin in our fragrance usage.
    Thanks. I was starting to feel kind of lonely in that respect around here.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  52. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Ah - but is it pointless with masks?
    I think you'd be right with N95 masks, but with the next to useless surgical and home made masks that many people wear, there may still be a point to it - maybe....
  53. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    So......your's is the first response here who has adjusted the number of sprays to compensate for the increased distances.
    Same as me!
    And with pretty much the same propotionate increase as me....
  54. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    As I see it, if others smell me, I definitely smell myself well.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  55. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    But at 1.5 meters distance - and with masks possibly being worn - would the same amount of sprays be noticeable?
    Cheers,
    Renato
  56. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Yes, but with the greater distance, the effect won't be the same.
    Would not an inverse square law apply (in the absence of a breeze, that is)?
    Cheers.
    Renato
  57. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    My Aventus isn't that potent, though the Creed sprayers on my big bottles do noticeably put out more volume than that from regular 100ml bottles - which would male your 3 or 4 sprays equivalent to 5...
  58. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    I'm more talking about when going out.
    Being at home with my wfie most of the day because of our interminable lockdown, I keep the spray amount lower with her.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  59. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Can't say I've noticed scents smelling different from too many sprays.
    I guess it depends on whether one wants to wear a scent to project of not.
    If one had a nice new expensive shirt - pointless...
  60. Re: COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    Well - a 33.3% increase in sprays is still an increase.
    The only scent I wear four sprays of is my unreformulated Joop Homme.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  61. COVID Season - How Many Sprays? 10 or 15? Or More?

    With most everyone either in lockdown or avoiding in each other by 1.5 meters or 6 feet, I think the days of the "less is more" one or two sprays are unambiguously over. No one else is going to...
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    Re: Philishave - Style over Function.

    Thanks for that.

    Not sure that the results of from 3 pass technique would be as apparent with a rotary razor as it would with long foil/cutter razors - since the rotary one is cutting individual...
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    Re: Philishave - Style over Function.

    That looks pretty neat, though I haven't used that style three head razor.
    I haven't used electric much for the last ten years, though I still have four or five Philips razors just for the spare...
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    Thanks.
    Can I take it that eventually one reaches the point that one no longer needs the phone on a daily basis?
    Or perhaps reduce the frequency of using the phone to a few times a month, to check...
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    Re: Shave of the Day

    Interesting thanks.
    I've only been using old packs of Feathers, though I recently bought some newer packs which I haven't used yet.
    Regards,
    Renato
  66. Re: Can you wear designer deodorant sprays as cologne?

    So ....... is there some suggestion by anyone - other than the new age, aromatherapy, naturapath crowd - of some authoritative standing saying that millions of women are getting breast cancer from...
  67. Re: Your perception of a perfume has changed because of another person?

    One day I caught up with a friend and his girlfriend, and whatever he was wearing smelled marvellous.
    I said "What are you wearing...that smells really really good?"

    He said "A*men Pure...
  68. Re: Can you wear designer deodorant sprays as cologne?

    If you check my link, it's to the Healthline site, which backs up everything it says with a little number or numbers at the end of sentences, that link to authoritative scientific studies addressing...
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    Re: Shave of the Day

    That's surprising, as I've only ever seen praise for Feather blades.
    I've used about 10 of them without any issue.
    I wonder what happened with the manufacture of your pack?
    Regards,
    Renato
  70. Re: Can you wear designer deodorant sprays as cologne?

    Most of the designer deodorant sprays are somewhat weaker than their respective EDTs, and don't last anywhere near as long.
    Consider yourself lucky for having found an above average one.

    Spray as...
  71. Re: Palermo fragrances (make exact copies of other fragrances in EDP !!)

    Thanks for your thoughts - but what are TL and F Fabulous please?

    I just reread these the posts on this thread to figure out what I should try next time I'm at their counter.

    One to not try is...
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    Re: Creeds at Chemist Warehouse

    Chemist Warehouse were recently selling 100ml bottles of Green Irish Tweed for A$299 - that's A$90 less than at Perfumes Forever.
    Not sure what could be offered on such a purchase that is worth $90....
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    Re: Electric Toothbrushes

    I've never tried, but I can't argue with the proposition that an artifical intelligence toothbrush would undoubtedly be extremely cool.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: " Cutting Edge" Research

    I've no idea how good the cutters of new electric razors are because I've only used older models of Remington and Philishave razors.

    My 30 year old plus Remington still cuts okay with its worn...
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    Re: 1 Creed or three others?

    Depends on the sort of wife one has.

    A jealous wife probably doesn't want the husband to look good or attract attention - might pick the least attractive smelling scents.

    A non-jealous wife...
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    Re: 1 Creed or three others?

    It depends on your own very personal and subjective criterion.
    a........Do you admire the artistry and quality of a scent? If Yes, get one of the Creeds.
    b........Do you like women saying how nice...
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    Re: " Cutting Edge" Research

    Your experience is consistent with the instructions on the Razorpit packet, in which one cleans the blades on the rubber Razorpit, and then rests the razor with the blades facing upright - to get the...
  78. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    I don't know how many scores of Dove bars I've bought for my wife since we got married 13 years ago.
    She says Dove isn't harsh on her skin.

    I bought a four pack of the men's Dove bars. I used...
  79. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    I don't mean that I don't care about the scents in that they smell bad or anything.
    I just don't care because I'm more concerned about cleaning with a loofa, and any residual scent disappears in 15...
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    Re: " Cutting Edge" Research

    Very interesting article thanks.

    I wish they'd stated which brands they used.

    I find the Bic Flex disposable razors to last for ridiculously longer times than other equivalent brands sold at...
  81. Re: Soaps / Shower Gels - Currently Using, Favourites, Purchases, etc.

    The Batman one doesn't have a matching EDT, but the Captain America and Man of Steel ones do.
    I have the Man Of Steel EDT and have tested the Captain America one - cheap fresh scents I wouldn't...
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    Re: Philishave - Style over Function.

    Some months back I bought the strongest household glue I've ever come across - Rapidfix.
    After fixing countless things (spotting scope, bread maker, handbags, glass ornaments etc) I let it rest in...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    An Alum block works reasonably well as an antiperspirant because - at the end of the day - it is an aluminium salt similar to the other different types of aluminium salts in most other...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    I've never had this yellow stain thing happen to me, and I've been using aluminium chlorhydroxide/chlorhydrate for decades. Nor has my wife.
    I see that Nivea sell one anti-perspirant version that is...
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    Re: The official CK Be Thread :)

    I'm a bit ho-hum on the original Calvin, and like most of the other CKs more (except for CK Free which I have a hard time detecting).
    CK Be I wasn't overly fond of either, but I bought a bottle...
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    Poll: Re: If I wanted that GIT vibe....

    Plainly, not everyone perceives Aspen as being similar to GIT.

    But if one reads the reviews for Aspen in the Directory, there are plenty of people who perceive Aspen as being either close to GIT...
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    Re: Can cologne be stored on its side?

    Maybe "lubricating" was the wrong word.
    The idea was that with the sprayers facing down, the fragrance liquid would stop rubber components in the sprayer from drying out - and letting fragrance out...
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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    There aren't any known-to-authorities health issues associated with antiperspirants.
    https://www.healthline.com/health/deodorant-vs-antiperspirant

    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Can cologne be stored on its side?

    Michael Edwards who writes "Fragrances of the World" stores all his scents with sprayer upside down, claiming it keeps the sprayer rubber lubricated.
    Therefore, keeping fragrances on their side is a...
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    Poll: Re: If I wanted that GIT vibe....

    Aspen smells a lot like GIT for a quarter of an hour. Then they diverge.

    Over the years, many here have said that Kiton Men and Curve smell like it. I like both - especially Kiton Men - but the...
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    I've never smelled any of those.
    Sound pretty classy.
    Good to hear no problems.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    7.5ml equals over 50 sprays.
    That's enough for 8 or 9 days of usage - so yes, that counts.
    4711 not only smells good ( for the brief time it emits a scent) but is also very handy for cleaning the...
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    Not down here it isn't.
    That would be a considered an offensive term towards women.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    This is the later model of my big bum bag - though I don't carry the two attachements....
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    I wouldn't worry too much about that.
    When overseas on vacation, I'd always carry a big bum bag over my shoulder with one or two 10ml or 20ml bottles of fragrance in it, and it took more of a...
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    It sounds safe where it is.
    That's extravagant - in a very good way - having three scents during winter.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    I think that makes you the person with the most expensive scent kept in the car.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    You have the same mind set as me - and always will smell pleasant.
    I didn't like Mustang much, and gave it to my nephew. He loves it.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    Maybe, but I suspect that few are game to test that hypothesis out.
    Regards.
    Renato
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    Re: What's Your Current Scent Kept in The Car?

    I wonder if warehouses im the middle east are all air conditioned?
    Curve is a good one.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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