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    Re: Favorite tea scent

    Green tea -> Bvlgari pour Homme Soir
    Black tea -> L'Artisan Tea for Two
  2. [CONUS] Re: NEW ADDITIONS! The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread Strikes Back

    New stuff.
  3. Re: If you could go back in time and smell the original formulation of ANY fragrance...

    Oh, yes, I'd love to smell the original Colonia.
  4. Re: Is Aventus still relevant and still the king?

    Aventus is the new Green Irish Tweed: no longer cutting-edge, but too dependable to ever truly go out of style.

    As with Green Irish Tweed, it doesn't really excite me, but I appreciate it as a...
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    I wonder... could this just be the Hermès equivalent of something like Dior Homme 2020?
  6. Re: If you could go back in time and smell the original formulation of ANY fragrance...

    Yep. This.
  7. Re: Santos de Cartier 2019 ribbed black bottle , my review on it

    The mid and drydown is quite dry. The green-infused opening of the current Santos is my favorite part.


    Yes, I've found the current stuff to perform fairly well. (The vintage stuff didn't last as...
  8. Re: Which one is less "formal": Boucheron pH or Lalique pH Lion? (EdT/EdP)

    Pasha is sweeter/fruitier than the Boucheron or Lalique.
  9. Re: Noir Anthracite - not long for this world?

    Which is good, since the supply of bottles might have dried up by then.

    Prices still seem reasonable for now. I guess we have its polarizing nature to thank for that.
  10. Re: No Time To Die - A Fragrance Game

    Wonderful choices, all, but probably more suited to a Bond who doesn't get their style cues from Esquire and Mr. Porter.
  11. Re: No Time To Die - A Fragrance Game

    1. Houbigant Bois Mystique
    2. Heeley Sel Marin
    3. Floris 71/72
    4. Creed Virgin Island Water
    5. Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
    6. Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool
  12. Re: Azzaro Pour Homme: Yesterday & Today (Reference Guide)

    Older stuff is much improved, I think.

    Current stuff feels a bit flat and fuzzy to me.
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    Re: How is Caron 3rd Man?

    It's well-made, but I wasn't bowled over by it.
  14. Re: Azzaro Pour Homme: Yesterday & Today (Reference Guide)

    I thought there was another formulation change since 2007, with the switch to refillable bottles?
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    I like the look of these!
  16. Poll: Re: The big 2021 car house motor race.....

    Not a surprise, really, since Bentley has two hyped fragrances that are widely sampled.

    The offerings of the other brands fly under the radar a little bit.
  17. Re: Which one is less "formal": Boucheron pH or Lalique pH Lion? (EdT/EdP)

    Boucheron PH feels fussy and stuffy to me.

    Lalique pour Homme EDP is the best scent in the Lalique masculine lineup. Crisp and comforting. Better than the likes of Equus and White. (Second-best...
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    I despise the look of the Mugler A*Men bottles. They look incredibly tacky to me.

    Otherwise, I'm not super picky.
  19. Re: ADP Colonia range - please educate me?

    Orange can be sweet, but not really in the case of Assoluta, which has an opening built around sharp, astringent bitter orange before transitioning to soapy florals, slightly spicy musk, and...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    Which formulation did you try?
  21. Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud - wearing a sample today - oh dear!

    Maybe so, but then again you get weird things like Noir Anthracite popping up in the "mainstream" TF line.

    I think the "oud fragrances will stay in the PB line due to appearance of luxury"...
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    Re: The Spice!

    Chopard Oud Malaki would be worth a look.
  23. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    I've generally liked what I've tried from this house, so this could be worth a look.
  24. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    Yep. And it also moves away from the "shaving cream" vibe towards a smoky-woody-amber feeling.
  25. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    Nothing I've tried smells exactly the same as Rive Gauche.

    The current edition of Pascal Morabito Or Black is close in feel once you get to the drydown (if Rive Gauche is Barbasol, then Or Black...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Dunhill Blend 30 is like sipping herbal tea and smoking a pipe on rainy London day. Which is to say I find it very lovable.
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    Re: Sample set recommendations?

    La Curie.
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage

    Gold cap EDT is great.

    Never tried silver, but current era EDT ("Listerine" bottle) is really nice, too.
  29. Re: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud - wearing a sample today - oh dear!

    This had to sell better than, say, Oud Minerale, so I'm guessing that the reason to discontinue it really is to move it down to the Signature line, as has been rumored.
  30. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    Yeah, I'm right there with ya. I had to work hard to scrub it off. Plenty of folks love the stuff, though.

    Not disputing there's some resemblance, though. I'm comfortable calling Mystery Tobacco a...
  31. Re: New L'Homme Ideal flanker from Guerlain - L'Homme Ideal Extreme

    I did like the drydown on this one (didn't find it harsh-smelling at all), but that cherry-ish opening is just something I can't quite enjoy.

    Still feels to me like a late-to-the-party Guerlain...
  32. Poll: Re: The big 2021 car house motor race.....

    Hednic has this one right.

    If you look over the entire lineup, Mercedes-Benz has more to offer than the other car fragrance lines. (Look to the Benz scents created by Olivier Cresp, in particular.)
  33. Re: What Do You Think Of Le Labo Overall?

    I don't really get along with the "intentionally unfinished" feeling of Le Labo's fragrances.

    It's like one of those luxe furniture houses that markets trendy "rustic" furniture at a high markup.
  34. Re: Fragrances you like but those around you do not?

    A good deal, probably.

    How well you carry off a given fragrance probably has a lot to do with how others see it in relationship to you, and how it matches (or doesn't match) with how you dress,...
  35. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I despise Mancera Red Tobacco, which is why I push back on overemphasizing that point of comparison. Red Tobacco is one of only a handful of fragrances that left me retching.

    As with any artform,...
  36. Re: Fragrances you like but those around you do not?

    My wife has vetoed quite a few things I like, most prominently Luciano Pavarotti for Men.
  37. Re: Most Noticeable/Prominent Tobacco Note

    Of the three, Demeter Pipe Tobacco is the one that has the clearest tobacco note.

    This Is Not a Pipe has more spices (suggesting a tobacco blend), and Aramis Tobacco Reserve has a good tobacco...
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    Re: Jaguar for men

    I got a vintage splash bottle of this in a swap and find it altogether pleasant. A sort of "tangerine sherbet" thing going on (think of Eau Sauvage's "lemon sherbet" kind of thing) mingled with a...
  39. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I would, at least as far as to say that when you look at the field of today's popular tobacco fragrances (Herod, Tobacco Vanille, Chergui, 18.21, Red Tobacco, Pure Havane, Ambre Narguile, L'Homme...
  40. Re: Why car manufacturers sell cheap fragrances ?

    I think it's because of brand appeal. If Bentley released a $200 fragrance it couldn't really compete on the market. There's something about cars in modern society that isn't *really* perceived as...
  41. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I've seen Tobacco Oud for around $165, but only for the 50 ml bottle.

    To get $1.65/ml for Tobacco Oud, you'd have to find a bottle for a little over $80. I've never seen that.
  42. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    This is from their "exclusive" line.

    FWIW, if you're patient, this can be found cheaper. I paid $220, which, if you do exchange rate shenanigans, gets you to 25% less than the quoted figure.
    ...
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    Re: Le Labo Tabac 28 - Miami Exclusive

    Chergui is too sweet for me, FWIW.
  44. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    Probably. Dry, dusty sweetness, caramelized sugar sweetness, and white sugar sweetness are all very different in character. I'm bothered most by the "sugar syrup" variety. This sort of mellow, dusty...
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    Re: Cheap frags but top shelf smell?

    It is possible, especially when so many "top shelf" fragrances are awash in half-baked composition and synthetics.

    There's nothing inferior about the current edition of Guerlain Heritage EDT when...
  46. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I think it's only sold at Carolina Herrera boutiques.

    But, as my comments above indicate, it's not necessarily "that good," just uniquely balanced. It's too expensive for what it is for me to...
  47. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    Yes, I own that one. And, yes, it's brilliant.
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    Re: Cheap frags but top shelf smell?

    Banana Republic Oud Mosaic - A plum-infused take on the rose-oud that beats many of the luxe options in this style in its balance and appeal.

    Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood Cologne - A higher-grade...
  49. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I'm just mostly impressed to find a modern tobacco that goes dry and woody in the way that it does.
  50. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    The oud is definitely part of it, but overall it's kind of unusual.
  51. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    I don't care for Naxos much at all, so judge accordingly.
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    Re: Cheap frags but top shelf smell?

    EDP of Lalique pour Homme is the way to go. Fuller, more satisfying composition, better performance.
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    Re: Redundant to have these 3

    The Roja consumer is undoubtedly different from the Piguet/Guerlain consumer. Roja is transparent about his desire to sell an idea of luxury to a modern consumer.

    He's clearly a fan of "vintage"...
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    Re: Lalique encre noire batch codes

    Encre Noire has been reformulated a few times, with changes in ingredients. This is a case where older bottles are markedly better.
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Jaguar for Men

    A vintage splash with that nice wood cap.

    More gentlemanly than I expected.
  56. Re: The Carousel of Fragrance 'Collecting' - does it ever stop?

    I'll add that the drive to smell new things is what has led to the ranks of my collection swelling. Seeing all these bottles on my shelf gives me little pleasure (I find it burdensome), but the...
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    Re: In 2021, I expect to finish...

    The 100 ml bottle of Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta I acquired last year is starting to get low, so I think that'll meet its end.

    I acquired a bottle of Fille en Aiguilles that had around 5-10 ml...
  58. Re: The Carousel of Fragrance 'Collecting' - does it ever stop?

    I have ended up with a much larger fragrance wardrobe than I ever intended.

    I wear most fragrances for escapism, to be transported to another imaginary place or time or psychological state of...
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    Re: Sample Purchasing Behavior Poll

    C.

    I tend to buy samples based on "theme" (i.e. a group of neroli scents, or a group of incense scents).
  60. Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    David?

    I replied to Dan who was talking about how threads have gotten repetitive and he's looking to talk about newer affordable and designer scents?
  61. Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    Given current events, I think fewer of us are venturing out to stores to try new stuff that's widely available. But, yeah, it's a lot of deja vu. What is there left to say about stuff like Fahrenheit...
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    Re: NEW: Bvlgari Man Black Orient

    It is. It's much better than anything remaining in the line now and was one of the more distinctive rose-ouds on the market.

    (I haven't tried the All Blacks edition FragFrog eagerly praises here...
  63. Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    The cult of Polo seems to have taken off in a big way (as a non-Polo owner, I'm not a member). Fahrenheit maintains a level of enthusiasm, too.

    Rogue Perfumery got/gets a lot of talk.
  64. Re: When you want to smell like luxury, what do you wear ?

    "Old Money" Luxury: Caswell-Massey Supernatural Number Six or Floris Leather Oud

    "Bougie" Luxury: Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    Same!
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    It varies. I love the smell of birch most of all. But I get my firewood from local vendors who sell a blend of local hardwoods including maple and beech.
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    Not to me. I love coming down the morning after having burnt a lot of hardwood in my brick fireplace and smelling that lingering creosote/woodsmoke aroma. I think it's delightful.
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    I don't.

    Incendo more or less perfectly captured what I wanted, and is a lovely campfire scent that turns into a very wearable incense fragrance.
  69. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    Does this guy "Tommy" have a track record of good scoops or is it just a random comment?
  70. Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    They're pretty similar, but OL16 has a powdery violet thing entirely absent from OL18.
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    Re: NEW: Bvlgari Man Black Orient

    Seems like it.
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    Re: Is Your Top 10 Your IDEAL Top Ten?

    There are fragrances I deem to be masterpieces that I would praise to the heavens but only wear a few times a year, and fragrances I'd wear regularly but are, to one degree or another, less than...
  73. Re: Tom Ford moves Costa Azzurra into Signature line

    I'd be shocked if Tobacco Oud moved. The logic for moving fragrances down a tier has seemingly been if it would do better as a mass-market release than it could as a PB release.

    As a PB, for...
  74. Re: Fragrances that seem to lift your spirits when you're feeling down

    Lalique pour Homme Eau de Parfum
  75. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Yeah, that would be fair.
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    Re: Gucci Guilty EDP

    Did your review get taken down? I can't find it.

    I swapped the more widely admired AdG Profumo for this and think that I got the better end of the bargain in that trade.

    Gucci Guilty EDP's...
  77. Re: Tom Ford moves Costa Azzurra into Signature line

    If it makes you feel better, consensus is that the PB version of BdJ is better.
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    I haven't. I have to be very careful with Lutens. The house's aesthetic isn't really my cup of tea.
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    It's smooth, but I don't find it especially compelling. Feels a bit hollowed-out to me.
  80. Re: Tom Ford moves Costa Azzurra into Signature line

    I'm actually surprised it took them this long to make this move.

    Stuff like Soleil Blanc or the Neroli Portofino lines have enough broad appeal that it would make sense for them to be mainstream...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    Lavender is a tricky note. "Natural" lavender can often smell very harsh and abrasive (if you smell raw lavender itself it can be very sharp).

    Smoother lavender notes tend to be derived from...
  82. Re: NEW: Mystery Tobacco Carolina Herrera

    My 2021 resolution is to not buy any new fragrances (swapping and some light sampling will be allowed). 2020 was a year of gluttonous acquisition and I need a change of pace. But as the final...
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    Re: The writing instruments thread

    I was given a Kaweco Sport as a stocking stuffer and, as affordable as it is, it writes like a dream.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Baldessarini Strictly Private - It has been referred to as a superior TF Noir Extreme, so my interest was peaked, but the urge to buy passed.

    La Curie Incendo - I adore my sample of this (that...
  85. Re: What are 5 fragrances that are criminally underrated?

    CASWELL-MASSEY Supernatural Number Six
    An EDC (and a historically significant one) that has been lovingly transformed into an EDP, with projection and longevity to match. My idea of a perfect...
  86. Re: What do you think is the best MEN'S fragrance + flanker line?

    Yep, a terrific lineup to be sure.
  87. Re: Impressions on Phoenix artisan accoutrements?

    Look forward to your thoughts.
  88. Re: Tom Ford moves Costa Azzurra into Signature line

    My wife (who loves this scent) is thrilled.

    It always smelled kinda flat on me.
  89. Re: The Ralph Lauren Polo Crest 30th Anniversary Thread!

    I've never tried Crest, either. I'm mildly curious about it, but I'm not a Polo devotee. (I've traded away both current and vintage bottles of Polo.)

    Modern Reserve is nice (there's a pleasant...
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    Re: Share your blind buy statistics!

    Depends on your metric. If your barometer is just "I like this fragrance," then my swaps have been as successful as my blind-buys (<10% failure rate). If your barometer is, "I will regularly wear...
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    Re: Most overrated fragrances

    YSL Rive Gauche

    I suppose discontinued unicorns are almost always overrated by default, but why anyone would prefer this to a decent vintage of Azzaro pour Homme is beyond me.
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    Re: Share your blind buy statistics!

    I'm much more willing to make "risky" swaps than blind-buys, so not in my case.
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    Re: Share your blind buy statistics!

    Where do "swaps" fall? I do a lot of "blind swapping."
  94. Re: Creamy/Musky/Milky Wood or Light Tobacco for Men

    Yes, a lovely scent.
  95. Re: Creamy/Musky/Milky Wood or Light Tobacco for Men

    Berdoues Hoja de Cuba
    L'Artisan Premier Figuier
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    Re: Avant Garde by M. Micallef

    I don't find it saccharine.

    Maybe it's just how it wears on my skin, but the salty ozonic synth-ambergris overtakes the cacao-coffee-tonka. It's certainly rooted in some sweetness, but it's a very...
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    Re: Avant Garde by M. Micallef

    The ambergris is much too prominent here for me to think of it as gourmand; that salty-animalic thing undercuts the foody associations even with the strong tonka.

    Anyway, I think of this as the...
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    Re: Avant Garde by M. Micallef

    Agreed. This recommendation was what inspired me to seek it out. I sampled it about a year ago, enjoyed it, forgot about it, and now I've got a bottle of Avant-Garde on the way.
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    The current formulation of JDJ is aggressively dry with an aggressive, harsh faceful-of-dry-clove opening.

    The opening of the original is gentler and more rounded.
  100. Re: Ambergris Interpretations Perfumes for men ?

    Caron pour Un Homme Sport is a good affordable option.

    For a more artisanal take that won't hurt your wallet too badly, Maison Anthony Marmin Sheikh Al Faransi.
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