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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    And thanks to you.

    I'm a big fan of Fougere Bengale, although I have never actually given it a full wearing. I'll be honest, I get mostly cumin and oakmoss from it - a daring mix, something that...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Not a problem. Fora are not (and should not be) safe spaces for those who want to restrict other people from sharing and discussing a range of perfectly acceptable views, simply because those views...
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    Re: List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

    Indeed. Your opinion is entirely reasonable and fair. Don't feel the need to justify it to anyone who wants/needs to have their own opinions of said fragrance validated by the internet. If one...
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    Most modern fragrances, including those that are marketed 'for men', are increasingly made with women in mind. There are several reasons for this but the outcome is men's fragrances are becoming less...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28

    It's not bad. There was some discussion about it a few months ago: https://www.basenotes.net/threads/464031-Le-Labo-Tabac-28-Miami-Exclusive/page3

    It's far too expensive for what it is and is by...
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    Definitely.
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    There aren't many fragrances like this anymore.

    Your best bet would be to go down the ultra sporty route if you want something modern. AdG Profumo would be a decent option. Sauvage as well,...
  8. Re: Building a minimalist but situationally diverse wardrobe. Advice?

    Perfection doesn't exist.

    My honest advice would be to take a step back, in whatever way that makes sense to you. Perhaps sample fewer fragrances and sample less often; or simply spend less time,...
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    Re: best marine niche?

    Sel Marin for the contemplative wearer.
    Oud Minerale for someone looking for a dash of mainstream appeal.
  10. Re: "The one cologne to rule them all!" Which one is yours?

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  11. Re: "The one cologne to rule them all!" Which one is yours?

    Probably Aventus.

    Much like the ring of power, many men mistakenly think they can avoid its allure, or wield the power of pineapple for themselves. Alas, it is not true, and Creed had to cast the...
  12. Re: The legitimacy of YouTube fragrance review channels

    Great video.

    Youtubers are obviously full of shit. They're incentivised by money and attentiom, and in a race for exposure, they'll say any old shit to gain their share of the market (Jeremy Tik...
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    Re: I peeled the label off of a Creed bottle

    Nice work.

    I like the (very) old Creed bottles and you've basically re-created their exact look.
  14. Re: Looking for some Masculine/men's focused fragrances to add to collection

    In all honesty, you'll be hard pressed to find anything that is masculine and not fresh/sporty/ambroxan-based.

    As you're in the UK, I'd say your best bet would be a Creed fragrance, or one of the...
  15. Re: What am I missing? Where have warm, 'ambery' masculine fragrances gone?

    I've been wearing the last of my Bois du Portugal sample in the evenings and I believe it's the best clove-based fragrance on the market. I haven't tried layering it with Tabarome but I do wonder...
  16. Re: I can not stop buying fragrances so I am thinking about selling my collection!

    You came to the logical end point of hedonism and, presumably, lived to hop off the carousel.

    I recently came across this neologism: "bugman". It seems applicable to the kind of mindset that can...
  17. Re: What’s Currently In Your 2021 Work Fragrance Rotation?

    Guerlain's Fleurs de Cedrat & Tom Ford's Beau de Jour
  18. Re: 4711 Colognes ( Mandarine, Blood Orange, Lilac, Lemon, Lavender, ... )

    I tried a few of them and I believe they are all cheap (and slightly nasty) clones of other fragrances. I think the Mandarin and Basil scent was a clone of Guerlain's similar fragrance. To the point...
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    Re: Best aquatic / fresh ambergris fragrances

    Tried Erolfa. Nothing special. OM and the IM remain my two recommendations.
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    Re: New Amouage: Material and Boundless

    Odd. Try it again. It's much closer to those than the fragrances you mention.
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    Re: Parfums Vintage Perfumes - Gone off??

    They are a company that regularly creates accounts to postively discuss and review their fragrances on sites such as this. They send out free bottles to youtubers to review their fragrances...
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    Re: Your perfect vetiver wardrobe

    The perfect vetiver wardrobe? Broken up in the backyard and used as tinder during the winter.

    I'm not a fan of vetiver. I'm surprised so many people like it. It makes me feel nauseous, almost...
  23. Re: I can honestly say I dont enjoy any PDM fragrances

    A lot of this will be conditional upon how and where you derive aromatic enjoyment.

    If you spend enough time online, you're going to be infuenced by 'social media brain'. Whether that's exposure...
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    Re: Latest Diptyque - Venise!

    They might be releasing the valve on whatever was backlogged due to the pandemic last year?

    None of their new fragrances seem in the least bit appealing. They all appear to be designed primarily...
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    Re: Best designer Aqua

    I find agreement in both of the positions about blue/aquatic and Bleu de Chanel. The dark blue is, to my mind, most symbolic of the sky at dusk i.e. a fragrance that denotes its suitability to both...
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    Re: Best designer Aqua

    :thumbup:
  27. Re: 8 Classic Fragrances For Men.....Plus One Big Myth

    It's the kind of thing that plagues modernity. The internet is like one big Chinese Whisper machine, where people glean nuggets of info from who-knows-where and take them as gospel. After 20 years of...
  28. Re: In defence of the eau de Cologne, and the beauty of simplicity.

    Thanks. Glad to see people enjoying it.
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    Re: Favorite pine/fir scents

    Michael by Michael Kors. It's not a note that's all that nice tbh but it works in the richer blend of fruity tobacco.
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    Re: Summer fragrance with sandlewood?

    Santal Blanc by VC&A and Dior Dune for Men are worth sampling. The first is a lovely, unisex, modern musky-clean type sandalwood. Plenty of fig and orange puts it in MFK territory, with a powdery...
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    Re: Fragrance purges and regret (never again)

    No. You purged for what were presumably good reasons in the first place. No-one really needs more than 10 bottles of fragrance.

    In future, maybe you could be better suited by selling all the...
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    Re: Funny little story…

    Yes. Good fragrance. Alas, it's not really what I mean. It's full of pepper (and a few other notes) that veers it in to interesting territory but something that is decidedly not 'pure lavender'.
    ...
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    Re: Parfums Vintage Perfumes - Gone off??

    It's not unhelpful. It may be mildly unpleasant but it's true, so therefore it's helpful irrespective of whether you ignore it or not. If you buy clone slop, you will receive clone slop. Therefore,...
  34. Re: Tom Ford Fakes Are Becoming Passable - Subject: Tobacco Oud

    It's not discontinued. Still very much for sale.
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    Re: Funny little story…

    I do wish there was a pure, crisp, earthy, masculine lavender fragrance, that lasts at least a few hours, in the current market. I don't really think of Beau de Jour as a lavender scent, it's much...
  36. Re: Tom Ford 'Resort Collection' - return of Neroli Portofino & Mandarino Acqua, Oud Minerale & more

    After several wearings of Oud Minerale, I'm happy with it. Good fragrance, basically everything I hoped for when I first started my search, and it's at the right sort of price where the Private Blend...
  37. Re: In defence of the eau de Cologne, and the beauty of simplicity.

    They did bring back the Acqua version of NP but I'd imagine the pandemic will be the main factor in any commercial decisions for the present and near future.

    I would expect that given the virus...
  38. Re: In defence of the eau de Cologne, and the beauty of simplicity.

    I finally tried all of the Guerlain colognes and found them to be decent yet varied takes on the cologne genre.

    As it is, I've settled on Fleurs de Cedrat as something of a swiss army knife...
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    Re: Bulgari Tygar - Ambroxan Bomb for the Elite

    It's a woody-ambroxan scent to my nose, more iso e super than anything else, but a fantastic and sexy fragrance. Modern yet will still smell good in a decade. If you can get it for £100 it's worth...
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    Re: Parfums Vintage Perfumes - Gone off??

    If you buy clone slop, you get clone slop.
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    Re: New Amouage: Material and Boundless

    Finally tried this. It's not bad but absolutely not worth the price, in my opinion.

    It's a nice spiced dry-amber with a heavy dose of tobacco absolute. There's a distinct cognac note that will be...
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    Re: The future of 'Member Blogs' on BN

    I'd like to have the blog option.
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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...
  44. 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
  46. 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...
  52. 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.
  53. 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...
  55. 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?
  61. 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...
  70. 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...
  71. 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,...
  72. 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.
  73. 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...
  78. 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...
  80. 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...
  81. 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...
  83. 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...
  88. 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
  91. 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.
  92. 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...
  93. 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...
  94. 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...
  95. 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...
  98. 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'....
  100. 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...
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