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    Re: Frags that never made it to discounters?

    Yeah Ombre Noire is a good one. I've tried to find a sample of that for a while and it seems to have been a fairly selective release by Lalique.

    I can't think of any examples. I stopped blind...
  2. Re: What is your favourite Issey Miyake fragrance?

    You can't go wrong with the original L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme.
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    Re: Hate the opening, Love the drydown

    Michael by Michael Kors
  4. Re: Full circle-from designer to niche to designer all over

    This is the normal cycle of things. I might write a blog post on the fragrance 'cycle'. You're basically describing it. The assumption seems to be that there is a linear fragrance 'journey'. That...
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    Re: Anybody love Tobacco Oud?

    Yeah I think the Intense versions of all TF's fragrances are usually a bit more divisive. If TO is re-released I'd like to see the sweetness toned down a bit.
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    Re: Anybody love Tobacco Oud?

    There might be hope for it given Oud Minerale made the switch.

    I'd prefer it if the Intense version swapped over as I find TO gets cloying fairly quickly for me.
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Thanks, I definitely want to hear more about this as a tobacco fragrance. Can't find a sample yet so reviews are welcome!
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Surprising first impression as it's definitely deeper and darker than Sandor.
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    Re: The Price/Smell Fragrance Matrix...

    Thanks.

    The original video has millions of views. I think it might have gone in to the hundreds of millions, or at least it would have by now had it now been removed. This is a reupload and the...
  10. Re: Diptique - Tam Dao EDP - V2 added to number on the bottom of the box?

    Do the old sniff test. Diptyque have clearly reformulated their fragrances over time. If it smells the same, use that as your guide rather than numbers on a box.
  11. Re: Please help me find a date / night time / sexy / winter fragrance that isnt super sweet/creamy!

    Alas, the EDT smells like sausages to me. Something about the combination of musk, cardamom, pepper, and what smells like rosemary/sage reminds me of pure sausage but I realise that reference doesn't...
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    Re: Best current designer frags May 2021

    Good thread idea.

    This just makes me realise that the designer market for masculine fragrances is definitely being stripped bare. They're all going unisex or upmarket/higher prices. I could have...
  13. Re: Please help me find a date / night time / sexy / winter fragrance that isnt super sweet/creamy!

    Good post.

    I would recommend two modern masculine fragrances that aren't juvenile:

    - Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir EDP: Ostensibly a smooth, spiced musk, this also has some modern 'blue'...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Tobacco Oud Intense will get you most of the way there.
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Interesting. I'm not well versed with the smell of Catholic churches, personally, so it's interesting to see the connection. Is it the wood mixed with the subtle incense smoke? I.e. it's the whole...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    You're the second person I've seen mention that.
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    Re: Lorenzo Villoresi

    I can see why you might get that impression from AX as well as Yerbamate. I'd say his perfumes are much more '80s upper middle class' though. The vast majority of his scents are soapy-musky in a...
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    Re: Bergamot time again...

    How did you get on?

    Are you still searching for bergamot or did you find something you love?
  19. Re: tom ford tobacco oud, or tobacco oud intense?

    The original has better performance, particularly longevity. TOI lasts maybe 5-6 hours, TO 8-10 hours.

    If you're still looking...
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    Re: My Fragrance Journey in a Nutshell

    I can guarantee you're not done.

    You'll end up cycling back round to simple citrus aromatics and crispy fougeres in a few years.
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    Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes -Cologne du Maghreb-

    That's fair enough. I agree his scents are interesting and in some ways different but, without fail, there are fundamental flaws to every scent I've tried. Most obviously, the experience on paper...
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    Re: NEW: Tauer Perfumes -Cologne du Maghreb-

    An oriental fougere?

    Can't say I'm overly enamoured with Tauer's work, I think some of the romance of the brand lies in its roots and the novelty of LADDM rather than the actual quality of the...
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    Re: The NEW HERMES H24 Eau de Toilette

    Just tried it. It's a bit weird. I can see the disappointment but at the same time it's not too far from what I was expecting.

    It smells like Jo Malone crossed with Tom Ford. That's the best way I...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    It's not, don't think of it strictly in those terms. I think it's been influenced by them but the smell isn't immediately 'aquatic'. It'll make sense if you try it.
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    Re: Creed colognes

    A) Definitely the original Aventus. The Cologne is good but Aventus is top tier stuff.
    B) The opening of the original Viking but probably the base of Viking Cologne. I haven't spent long enough with...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    How strong is the rose in this?
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    YSL samples are seemingly impossible to find so it might be a while until it's possible to sample it as opposed to blind buying. Based on YSL's boutique line, I wouldn't hold my breath for anything...
  28. Re: Best long-lasting high-end luxury niche citrus?

    I know what you mean. I think FK is as close to being a top tier perfumer as you can get but there's something off-putting about a lot of his own brand work. The MFK house seems to be aiming for the...
  29. Re: Best long-lasting high-end luxury niche citrus?

    Nio's decent. Probably one of the best in this category.

    I just think there's something lacking in the designers I've tried. Perhaps that's just personal taste but I'd love something pure, clean,...
  30. Re: Best long-lasting high-end luxury niche citrus?

    Heeley's Note de Yuzu is good if you want something sour and saline to go with the bright citrus.
  31. Re: Article: How do you want your wedding to smell?

    Given events since this is totally unexpected.

    As for the question, natural smells are great, including those of centuries-old Churches. Flowers do the job of scenting a wedding, don't they, as...
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    Re: The Price/Smell Fragrance Matrix...

    See the category "niche bollocks" for the counter argument to this ahaha :tongue:
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    Re: Rich, Green & Masculine

    Floris is a good brand in general. Try Floris Elite.
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    Re: Osaito impressions, immortelle presence?

    Interesting analysis.

    I find Micallef's scents to have something pleasing as well as a really annoying, synthetic, plastic-hairspray quality to them. I found both in Osaito and Royal Vintage in...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    It's very good, agreed. Have you tried Byredo's Tobacco Mandarin? There are clear similiarities to the point I'd say it's heavily inspired by it but I don't think it's as pleasing as the Tom Ford...
  36. Re: Less expensive alternative to Neroli Sauvage?

    I've seen that mentioned before.

    In reality, neroli is more of a supporting note in NS. It is detectable but this is far more of a bergamot scent than anything else. Describing it in those terms...
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    The Price/Smell Fragrance Matrix...

    Many of us will have encountered this video released several years ago.

    I decided to take it upon myself to see if I could make one for fragrances.

    While the format would obviously be better...
  38. Re: What did the pandemic teach you about your fragrance tastes?

    You have accepted what is probably the biggest stumbling block for so many people.

    There has to be some way of atriculating the other point you've made as well - which is that 'pedestrian' tastes...
  39. Re: Less expensive alternative to Neroli Sauvage?

    Interesting. I see the similarities (one of my first criticisms of Creed was how 'samey' their fragrances were) but I see Erolfa as more of a lighter, simpler Millesime Imperiale than something close...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Really? I know Youth Dew fairly well and don't see the analogy at all.

    The oud dies back after the opening of T Habanero but I made sure to test it thoroughly with a view to overlooking the oud...
  41. Re: Less expensive alternative to Neroli Sauvage?

    Resurrecting and old thread but does anyone have anything else to add to this?

    I really like the 'pure' citrus aspect of Neroli Sauvage. It feels like bergamot rind, spicy, pure, bitter, citrusy,...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Cool, let us know your thoughts when you try it.
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    There's a decent woody-amber-tobacco accord in this but it's too short-lived as a fragrance. It feels amateurish and fundamentally flawed. I get the same sort of sensation from Tauer's fragrances,...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    I would say 'quite to very'. It depends how strict you are with the terminology. To me, there's a woody-piney-incense base that imitates modern aquatics. Some may take that to mean the fougere is...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    I think your final point only comes from your first, which is based on the opinions of others. I wouldn't call it very different, it's a development on the same theme. Viking Cologne feels totally in...
  46. Re: Following the success of TF's Beau de Jour, are we about to enter an era of the 'nouveau fougere

    I've just tried the new Creed Viking Cologne and have to say I really do think this trend is starting to become more prominent. It's evidently a fougere top and heart, merged with an incense-laden...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    My sample arrived from Les Senteurs today.

    It's not what I was expecting but I like it.

    It's quite evidently based on the Viking DNA to my nose, still minty and herbal-fresh from the top. But...
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    Re: Define the the Early 2000's with a Fragrance

    Fierce by A&F
  49. Re: If we were to create a fragrance 'canon', what would be included?

    Bumping this to see if we can get some more replies?

    I'd be really interested in trying to create some sort of useful list for new(ish) people coming to the world of fragrance.
  50. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    I did, yes. It's an interesting and evocative diary that veers to the political by, sadly, evoking Said's cliches as if they are the first and last word on the subject. It's in desperate need of...
  51. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    I'm of the opinion that Oriental is fine. It's not perfect but it's fine. Because nothing is perfect. I'm happy to hear well-reasoned disagreement to that idea but so far I can't see a satisfactory...
  52. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    I have absolutely no idea how that has occurred haha. I wore The One Gentleman for years, more frequently than I did The One, but I won't question it!



    Yes, maybe you're on to something as...
  53. Re: Bergamote Soleil: a compliment, a mini review, and a rant

    I feel a similar way, unfortunately. I've tried a fair few of the citruses by now and in some ways they're some of the best 'pure' citruses that marry modern and traditional traits together. But the...
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    I have a sample ordered and on the way. I can't believe I'm considering buying another Creed but I thought that the opening of Viking was basically perfect (the mids and base let it down) and I'm...
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    Re: Aventus 10 year anniversary bottle real ??

    I tried this again a few days ago and I think there's a noticeable difference. It definitely feels like it's thickening out, becoming richer, fuller, more like a proper fragrance. I stick by the note...
  56. Office & Work Scents: what do basenoters *actually* wear to work?

    The trope of the 'office scent' is seemingly integral to the 'fragcomm wardrobe'. However it started, whenever it became what it currently is, irrespective of whether one works in an office or not,...
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    Re: The Quest for Fig

    Noble Fig Ferrari

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    Diary Review: A nice, fresh, green, woody, spicy, and masculine fig fragrance...while it lasts. Smells easy, simple, clean. Quite synthetic and 'cheap and cheerful'....
  58. Re: What did the pandemic teach you about your fragrance tastes?

    Good question.

    It accelerated my search by making me confront the latent 'issues' with the fragrances I had chosen. I sampled hundreds of fragrances and found replacements that were better suited...
  59. Thread: Drop d'Issey

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    Re: Drop d'Issey

    What sort of legal protection would Bvlgari have over that bottle, if any?
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    Re: New for 2021 - Creed Viking Cologne

    Samples are now available for people in the UK https://www.lessenteurs.com/collections/creed/products/viking-cologne
  61. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    That's definitely interesting, not least because of the mentions of whisky as above. But also because I also thought there was crossover with Noir Anthracite. Different notes, yes, but a similar sot...
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    Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    The beauty of Naxos is in the subtlety. I can guarantee you'll smell the tobacco if you give it a few wears, it's impossible to miss for any semi-tuned nose. I wore it to go and see a woman I'm...
  63. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    I'm not sure how many people say Oud Minerale is a winter fragrance, that's just my assessment of it in all honesty. I'd say 'summer nights' would also work well, but it's just too strong for a day...
  64. Re: Has anyone else here turned a friend on to this fantastic hobby?

    No, and that's why haha! I'd be much more concerned about having a female partner 'hooked' to be honest. Most men are going to be immune to the allure of fragcomm but women are much more susceptible...
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    Re: The Quest for Tobacco

    Interesting, thanks hednic! Not one I've heard of until I read your mention of it in the other tobacco thread earlier today.
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    Re: The Quest for Tobacco

    #1 153501 Michael for Men Michael Kors

    Diary Review: 5 sprays. Rough old opening, a harsh mix of alcohol, sharp coniferous notes, and spice. I popped to the shops and received a compliment from a...
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    The Quest for Tobacco

    In keeping with the 'quest' series, I thought it might be a nice idea to do one on tobacco as I have many, many samples through trying to find a 'holy grail' tobacco.

    Feel free to contribute any...
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    Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    Thanks.
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    Re: Niche tobacco fragrances

    What kind of tobacco are you looking for?

    Some people love Parfums de Marly Herod which is a soft, fruity, powdery fragrance with a subtle tobacco.

    If you like realistic sweet-tobacco in a...
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    Re: Niche tobacco fragrances

    That's not that helpful for the OP. Too much info to wade through that is, ultimately, just personal opinion that looks at first glance to be 'objective' as it's ranked and classified and so on.
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Has anyone tried Amouage Boundless? I'm intrigued by the references being made between Boundless and Kors.
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    Re: New Amouage: Material and Boundless

    That sounds promising. I'm intrigued enough to want to try it. I'll keep an eye out for samples.
  73. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    I take your point but I don't think we're disagreeing. The connection to another person depends on how much we read online v. how much we wear it. Even if one is to wear something 1000 times, if...
  74. Re: "Oriental" fragrances: NY Times magazine article

    I always thought it was just a matter of time until 'Oriental fragrances' got cancelled when I first learnt about them. Fragrantica has already removed the term and replaced it with 'amber' which is...
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    Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    Btw if you're interested in this I will humbly suggest a blog post of mine that may be of interest to you:...
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    Re: What is your threshold for making a purchase

    Interesting post. I wrote something similar to this a few months ago: https://www.fragrantica.com/board/viewtopic.php?pid=5832217#p5832217

    As mentioned by others, I find your scale to be...
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    Re: Red Tobacco by Mancera

    It's a more oriental/amber-y take on Paco's 1 Million.

    Personally, I prefer 1 Million.
  78. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    Yes, I totally understand what you mean. It's a good reference. I'm also of the mind that performance is still massive as well. It's still projecting off my skin and it's near enough 12 hours since I...
  79. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    Yes, I would agree with this as well. There's *something* in the opening and mids which is different, for sure. After a few hours it's the same scent, just a bit flatter. What you're calling booze I...
  80. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    Gave Oud Minerale another wear today and ensured to spray the back of my hand so I could 'sniff test' periodically through the day.

    Very similar to the original in all honesty, most of the...
  81. Re: All you need to know about Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo 2020 / 2021 Reformulation

    It's a sensible theory but much of it doesn't relate to what I perceived and why. I noticed this phenomenon at a time when I barely knew anything about fragrances, when I was in my late teens and...
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    Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    What fragrances did you think were in the same space/offered the same thing?
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    Re: Gucci Envy now 1,150.00

    The problem with this is it would be so popular, they'd end up 'playing themselves', to use common parlance. The current amangement team doesn't want to be upstaged for a 20+ year old fragrance...
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    Re: Gucci Envy now 1,150.00

    Yep, I think all of the other Guccis can be easily replaced (or at least, close enough) other than Rush.

    Gucci PH has the Bentley or Papyrus Oud.
    Nobile has any oakmoss-heavy fragrance.
    Envy...
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    Re: Gucci Envy now 1,150.00

    "Fuck it, why not".
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    Re: Gucci Envy now 1,150.00

    Value and worth rely on people actually buying it at that price. No one's buying it for $1000, the dystopian hellhole hasn't quite got to that point.

    Envy is good but Floris' Eau de Santal makes...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    That's totally understandable but for me, the irony is that Ombre Nomade is far more of a rose + floral fragrance than it is an oud fragrance, so it's almost the exact inverse of what the topic if...
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    Re: A small love note to Basenotes

    LOL :lolk:
  89. Re: Fragrances that make you think of other Basenoters when you wear them.

    In the best possible way, I can say I'm thankful I don't wear a single fragrance that makes me think of a basenoter. That's not out of any 'shade' or anything like that, rather I was always looking...
  90. Re: Beau de Jour to become part of Tom Ford's signature line?

    I think I was the first to identify the hairspray haha. It was exactly what I smelled in Ombre Leather, except it's even more prominent in OL. I just believe it's the type of 'DNA' that Tom Ford...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    Yeah, I'm not sure about the claims that raspberry comes from rose. That seems chemically illiterate given that it's going to be a synthetic compound. No doubt there are many ingredients that go in...
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    Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    I'm definitely in danger of causing a micro hype with this one so apologies guys. If you like mass pleasing orientals then you'll enjoy it. If you like subtle tobacco, you'll enjoy it as well. But...
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    Re: Similar to fleur de male

    It's a good fragrance.

    Try Darley by Parfums de Marly. It's basically Le Male mixed with Joop Home. It'll get you close to Fleur du Male.
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    Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    I'm willing to accept that Pure Havane has been reformulated, however it's really nothing like it. At least not in any true sense. I recently bought a decant of PH and the more I wear it, the...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    Yep, he's basically as good as admitted that his fragrances are synthetic. If it does use natural ingredients then, as above, they're in tiny amounts. That doesn't detract from his genius as a...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    I'm of the opinion that these are real. It would be pushing the law to misadvertise in this manner, opening them to false advertising and, in the US, the potential of litigation. Possibly.

    The...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    Forget note lists, your nose is right. Rose is the strongest note in the scent to my nose. The fact it has "raspberry" as well is neither here nor there, rose is used to create a sweet-floral accord...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    I'd be hard pressed to pick anything for this category as I'm not a fan of oud. Certainly not real oud. It truly stinks.

    My enjoyment of oud is usually tied to how little there is in the...
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    Re: Your favorite oud with no rose

    The main note in Ombre Nomade is rose.
  100. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I feel it sort of does have a cult following who think that, in a way, no?

    Personally, I wouldn't go as far as saying it's exceptional. I think it's unique - I asked for fragrances that were...
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