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  1. Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud - wearing a sample today - oh dear!

    yeah, this is how I feel too
  2. Re: Thinking of buying Valentino uomo!! Should I do it?

    I would give this one a wide birth. Very derivative
  3. Re: Montale Mens Ranking ( Current Available 2021 )

    I would be staying away from Arabians tonka unless you enjoy smelling like the Sahara Desert covered in sugar syrup.

    I would be starting with Honey Aoud, Black Aoud, Red Aoud, Arabians, Bengal...
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    Re: Acqua Di Gio Profumo

    Mr Burberry Indigo is a good alternative with better performance than a fresh bottle of Profumo. It has added green notes like mint and violet leaf
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    Re: Dried fruits and Dates note

    Heeley Phoenecia does dried fruit and dates best for me, without too much distraction from other notes. There is some fresh clean vetiver to give everything some lift, but otherwise its dried fruit...
  6. Re: I have yet to try out Montale fragrances. Which ones should I sample?

    It’s a great house for times when you want something rich and heavy. Even the “freshies” and rich and heavy.

    The must haves for fans of the house are:

    Black Aoud
    Red Aoud (Middle eastern Dior...
  7. Re: When you want to smell like luxury, what do you wear ?

    Wow, old thread! the answers are certainly a time capsule of sorts.

    These days I feel like I would wear:
    Roja Danger Pour Homme
    Clive Christian 1872
    MFK Lumiere Noir Pour Homme
    Micallef Royal...
  8. Re: What are your thoughts on the house Ex Nihilo?

    I’m a big fan of cologne 352, fantastic stuff
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    Re: Latest Montale - Oud Pashmina!

    Very exciting news...interesting that they are not using “Aoud” in the names anymore.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently in 2021?

    Dolce & Gabanna The One Mysterious Night has been a pleasure to wear these last couple of weeks. Creates new ground in the saturated oud/rose market, a very jammy rose, superbly done.
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    Re: Your Most Worn 2020

    Some eye opening numbers here! I guess some of us ARE emptying bottles :laugh:
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    Re: Your Most Worn 2020

    Been a big year for Montalr and Mancera, seemed like perfect houses for the Covid lockdown.

    Biggest surprise is Mugler Ice Men. I have liked using it right after a shower.

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    Re: One Man Show vs Signature

    Yep, One Man Show has been significantly tamed by the sounds of it. Nonetheless, still a great fragrance, maybe better for some
  14. Re: Gravitas Pour Homme (MrSmelly) This Sounds Good, Your Thoughts?

    Have had 4 wears now. It smells closer to Davidoff Zino than anything else. Retro for sure, but not quite elegant in my books, more hairy-chested. Strong performance.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Dolce & Gabanna The One Grey. Yes, Grey. This is a direct descendent of late 1970s green aromatic fougeres, with a modern spicy citrus opening and a plush deep drydown. Highly recommended. Decent...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Costume National Homme Parfum
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    Re: Parfums de Marly Layton never disappoints

    I did end up buying a bottle a couple of months ago and I must say it is good for when I want a brash masculine fragrance. Interestingly though, when I subsequently shower, the incensy amber-wood...
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    Re: The Official Montale/Mancera Thread

    Yes I received Aoud Lemon Mint recently with the magnetic cap. More importantly, the sprayers have been significantly upgraded and now put out a perfectly controllable fine mist which allows...
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    Re: Best masculine fragrance.

    Guerlain Heritage EDT or Fahrenheit EDT would have to be close.
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    Re: Most worn in November 2020

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    Re: Looking for a rich spicy scent

    Roja Dove Fetish or Enigma would be top of the tree for this description
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    Re: Fougere Royale vs Masculin Pluriel

    I would get Masculine Pluriel because it wears more evenly through the day, but smell wise its a matter of personal preference
  23. Re: Mens Fragrances, underrated or unappreciated made by Alberto Morillas

    Alberto Morillas makes the Toyota Camrys of the perfume world, occasionally he makes a Lexus.
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    Re: mancera roses vanille....no

    Yeah this is what I get as well. Performance is very strong for me

    I’d never wear it myself, doesn’t suit me, but I can see some people liking it as they like Intense Cafe.
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    Re: Most charismatic cologne?

    I would agree this is charismatic, despite all the groans that it attracts here on Basenotes. My colleague, who does have that certain intangible quality of charismatic men, once walked into an...
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    Re: Most charismatic cologne?

    I have only tried Gucci Nobile of these, and that would certainly be a great choice for a charismatic guy
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    Re: Latest Montale - Dark Vanilla!

    I wonder if it might have any similarities to....PdM Layton. It’s catching fire atm.
  28. Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments? Pt.2

    Clive Christian 1872 was very popular today at a family event
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    Re: Most charismatic cologne?

    Let’s face it, it’s Aventus, or one of the similar offerings from high-end niche houses like Micellef who make Royal Vintage . I had worn approximately 200+ fragrances since my last Aventus wear,...
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    Re: Men's fragrances that smell like bug spray

    Maybe it’s an overdose of Dihydromercanol
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    Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    Mancera Aoud Sandroses appears to be gone. It’s not on the Mancera website and stock has dried up at discounters. I only see one bottle on Fragrancenet.

    For those not familiar with it, it’s a...
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    Re: Latest Montale - Dark Vanilla!

    I saw this on Instagram yesterday, looking forward to buying it ASAP.

    Kinda nice that they have also focussed on a single release as well.
  33. Thread: Montale

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    Re: Montale

    I have 25+ Montales. Why? They are big, brash, unapologetic, exotic scents. They bristle and they growl. They are very affordable. The rose notes are excellent. They have a distinct Montale...
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    Re: Dior Eau Sauvage Extreme !!!

    I found it a bit sharp and unforgiving, there was no soft edge to lean on.
  35. Re: Do You Still Enjoy the Mugler A*Men (and flankers) Line?

    I have most of the range and still thoroughly enjoy them. The original is one is my top 5 most worn fragrances of all time.
  36. Poll: Re: Poll: Comme des Garcons incense and woody "outsider" fragrances

    I thought “outsider” meant the sort of buyer or buying mood that CdG targets. Personally I can’t stand most of their dry, flaky compositions. Concrete I kind of like but guess what...most CDG fans...
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    Re: Mature and refined " SPORT " fragrances

    There’s definitely a good handful of sport fragrances, a lot of these have set just outside my Wishlist for a long time. The reminder is much appreciated.
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    Re: Today I Sold/Swapped/Binned

    Oud For Greatness sold. Was too exhausting to wear because of all those industrial smoky notes that don’t quit. But these seem to only impact the wearer, the trail is nice.
  39. Re: The Holy Trinity of Dior Parfums: Which is Your Favorite?

    Fahrenheit EDT, Dior Homme EDT (best balance) and Eau Sauvage Parfum for me
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Micallef Emir, will be sadly missed!
  41. Re: Pick One Old School Masculine Fragrance As The Grail!

    Stunning
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    Re: Best Mancera/Montale for winter

    Montale Blue Amber or Intense Black Aoud are fantastic for winter, as is Patchouli Leaves if you like patchouli.

    Mancera’s Black Line, Black Prestigium and Crazy for Oud are also very nice for...
  43. Re: Lubin Idole.....Cologne? EDT? EDP? Which one is "the" Awesome Sauce that is Raved About?

    Yeah it’s the EDT that was raved about. I never smelled the EDT but the current EDP falls apart fairly quickly and becomes a woody mess.
  44. Re: Plum Japonais by Tom Ford apparently discontinued.

    Using words to describe smells just doesn’t work well unfortunately. 6 years here has taught me that. And to top it all off, our noses are not all built the same. Kind of makes reviews pointless...
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    Re: Most worn in October 2020

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  46. Re: My cologne cabinet/tray looked the coolest in...

    Definitely now for me
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    Re: Nishane Ani - I think I fell for the hype.

    I think this fragrance has definitely been overhyped. The ginger is just too foody here, too natural smelling, and too strong. However, performance is very good and there is strong, long-lasting...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Maybe all those banned ingredients were psychedelics ;)
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    I had similar thoughts when I tried the outstanding modern-day Patou Pour Homme. How damn good was the vintage that the current formula is derided? The vintage must have caused people to fall to...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Would love to see Mancera Crazy For Oud and Montale Intense Black Aoud added soon, as they are excellent fragrances that deserve reviews and perhaps more importantly for me I have missed recording a...
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    Re: Fragrance pictures

    Agree!
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    Re: The Official Montale/Mancera Thread

    Just received a Montale haul and was surprised/not surprised at some of the crossover between Montale and Mancera.

    Montale Black Musk seems very similar or the same as Mancera Black Line, with...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Judith, you are a saviour!
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Montale Fougeres Marines because I am working from home and don’t have any fear of filling an entire office floor with cologne-guy vibes for the whole day
  55. Re: Mid-40s man looking for a "sensual date night" fragrance that feels mature and masculine

    Backed up by a triple vasectomy! ;)
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    Re: What is a typical "barbershop" scent for you?

    Barbershop fragrances for me are a very broad category. They are simply fragrances highlighting note accords that men were comfortable wearing prior to the Calone-Aquatic Age ushered in by Acqua Di...
  57. Re: Would You Wear Eau Sauvage Parfum and Encre Noire à l'Extrême to Work?

    Came here to say the same.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Montale Fougeres Marines, such an intense 90s style buttoned-up, bristling, woody fougere, dominates a room. The wow is mostly about its performance and intensity as opposed to the smell which won’t...
  59. Re: Mid-40s man looking for a "sensual date night" fragrance that feels mature and masculine

    I’m in my late 30s and I reckon If I were single I would go with Micallef Royal Vintage (aka smoky Aventus), Tom Ford Ombré Leather or Oud Wood, Mancera Cedrat Boise or PdM Layton.

    You can also go...
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    Re: Burberry for men (1995) is it still good?

    What about the Mr. Burberry line? The EDT is my SOTD, it’s classically masculine, Francis Kurkdjian is the perfumer and it’s still not reformulated. Quite a nice barbershop wrapped in an impression...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I enjoyed this also, might become my second MDCI after Chypre Palatin
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Cavalli Uomo La Notte
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    Re: Rogue Perfumery Your Favorites?

    Favorite is Derviche. Looking forward to Bon Monsieur.

    Mousse Illuminee left me feeling a bit flat because it’s classic structure was paired to an olibanum note which I felt was too much of a...
  64. Re: Name a house that's overdue for a masculine release

    It just came to my attention this morning that Rogue Perfumery has a new men’s 80s Powerhouse style fragrance called Bon Monsieur. Hopefully it’s something we can all get behind to encourage other...
  65. Re: Name a house that's overdue for a masculine release

    Yes, very important qualification! Tough I would take Bluebroxan over sandpaperwood and bubblegumcream.

    Unfortunately I think the appetite for masculine releases is vanishing as it’s becoming a...
  66. Re: Name a house that's overdue for a masculine release

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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Great to see updates to Mancera.

    However, it appears Crazy for Oud has been missed in the update.
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    Re: Dior Homme Eau for men!!

    So bad for the environment. These companies have high ethical standards only so far as nobody is looking.

    Overpackaging is another issue companies need to address.
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    Re: Niche Alternative to Dior Homme Intense

    Montale Red Aoud, I often think of this as an arabic Dior Homme Intense. Even if nobody agrees to the comparison, it is a stunning affordable fragrance with excellent performance.

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  70. Re: The legitimacy of YouTube fragrance review channels

    Unfortunately negative reviews get reviewers nowhere. They just result in lost subscribers and nasty comments. At best people look on with disinterest Because they are looking for their next...
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    Poll: Re: What's the best Guerlain for a male?

    I owned Double Vanille for a long time but never wore it. It’s more of a nice smell on its own, it didn’t suit me in any way, shape or form. Perhaps the problem is that it smells too foody so I...
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    Re: thierry mugler pure coffee

    Agree. I absolutely love it but I have never received any feedback while wearing it.
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    Re: Men's fragrances with the best 'honey' note

    Floris Honey Oud and Montale Honey Aoud both use a very similar or identical honey note which reimagines honey without the urinous and woody tones leaving behind only the sweet syrupy tones supported...
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    Re: Nautica voyage worth getting ?

    Versace Eau Fraiche is worth the extra investment to get a nicer mid and base.
  75. Re: “As of now the best smelling modern mass pleasing masculine?”

    I would say:

    Creed Aventus and Aventus Cologne
    Chanel Bleu EDP
    Mancera Cedrat Boise and Red Tobacco
    Tom Ford Noir Extreme
    Dior Homme 2020
    GuerlIn L’Homme Ideal EDP
    D&G The One EDP
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    Re: How would you Rate JV Dark Rebel

    ;)



    The OP is asking for each of our opinions, and there basically are no “facts” when it concerns whether a fragrance is good or not. We all can put our opinion here and those opinions can be...
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    Re: Today I bought October 2020

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    Re: How would you Rate JV Dark Rebel

    When Dark Rebel was selling for $25 it was a bit of fun for those who like to pretend they are getting “niche quality” for bargain basement prices. The reality is that Dark Rebel is not on par with...
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    Re: Floris London 1962

    Consider that maybe this hobby or at least this forum is not for you. What next? Claude Monet’s brush strokes are too harsh as well?
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    Re: Floris London 1962

    Main difference between 1962 and Italian Cypress for me is that Italian Cypress contains incense and Tom Ford’s signature dark woody notes that 1962 avoids.
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    Re: boss aromatic oud

    Crickets in here. I’d like to know people’s thoughts also.
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    Re: Today I bought October 2020

    I have 2ml remaining of my 5ml decant of the original Black Aoud, from which I have had 14 wears! Sure this intense version is not stronger ;)

    Sad to see this is not in the Basenotes directory....
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    Re: Benzoin and Tobacco

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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Nicolai Bois Bélize
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    Re: New Nasomatto - Fantomas

    Fantomas also not in the Basenotes directory.
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    Re: The best designer launch of 2020.

    That would be nice hey. Directory additions are more mysterious than the story of creation, each one is a miracle. Forget about finding a reviews on new releases on Basenotes.
  87. Re: Anyone know when Caron will start distributing their fragrances again within new restrictions?

    Good to see Anarchiste back again too, been meaning to try it. Any fans out there??



    Oh dear, we’ll let you off with a suspended sentence for that one ;)
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    Re: $200 on one bottle...is NY Intense the pick?

    This shouldn’t even be a question ;) go for it
  89. Re: "Is this it? Is this what it's all about?" (80s fragrances)

    What about Hermes Bel Ami? Is that no good too? Or Creed Bois Du Portugal? Or Guerlain Derby? Or Dior Jules?

    Or how about all the modern niche that have got a retro backbone like New York...
  90. Re: "Is this it? Is this what it's all about?" (80s fragrances)

    Try Gucci Nobile, if you don’t like that then accept the 80s is not your game or fragrance is not your game.

    I’ve seen this before, people get excited about the hobby, they sample every well...
  91. Re: Sung Homme compared to my beloved Calvin. Really?

    Dont get caught up in the Fragrantica comparisons, a fragrance that reminds someone of another fragrance is not necessarily going to be sufficiently similar to be a substitute. It just reminds them...
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    Re: Parfums De Marly - Layton - Longevity issues?

    My bottles of Herod, Layton, Carlisle and Layton Exclusif are all 12+ hours longevity and all smell fantastic.

    If you are buying from authorised sellers then sorry to hear some people have had bad...
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    Re: (SOLD OUT) John Varvatos - Dark Rebel

    It was rubbery stink for me
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    Re: Most worn in September 2020

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    Re: What is a high quality alternative to Herod?

    I always thought Guerlain L’homme Ideal EDP does a similar thing cheaper and with Guerlain quality.
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    Re: Chocolate Patchouli!!!

    Guerlain LIDGE
  97. Re: Mercedes-Benz Man Private: This One's Good....and I Mean It!

    I wonder if there is some sort of reformulation or batch variation because my bottle smelled like an unkept spice cabinet. When you go through reviews, it seems like some people get the spice and...
  98. Re: Mercedes-Benz Man Private: This One's Good....and I Mean It!

    The spices in Oud Malaki seared my nose hairs off, that’s how one might not like it
  99. Re: Mercedes-Benz Man Private: This One's Good....and I Mean It!

    Oud Malaki? Since I sold it keep running from its hot spices and somehow it is always trying to get back into my life under the cover of darkness. I was tempted by this at one time because of this...
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    Tom Ford Black Orchid Parfum
    Nasomatto Fantomas!
    Moschino Toy Boy

    Is it possible to at least focus on adding the big house releases? It’s getting very difficult to find reviews and keep a...
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