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  1. Re: Fragrances you like but those around you do not?

    The first few hours of Patchouli Nobile gets hate from my SO. She likes the drydown though. She really dislikes Kouros...in fact many people I know dislike this one.
  2. Re: What realizations have you made on your fragrance journey?

    With regard to fragrance

    - I enjoy some fragrances in my wardrobe far more than others but enjoy every single fragrance I own

    - Drydowns are king

    - Scent over performance 9 times out of 10
    ...
  3. Re: Is Aventus still relevant and still the king?

    I wear and still enjoy the scent of Aventus enormously. It’s still relevant to me so I wear it.

    King? Not king? Who cares. I just wear it because I enjoy it.

    It’s left its mark on perfumery...
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    Re: Colognes with no citrus & no woods???

    Fahrenheit Parfum might be worth testing.

    Which fragrances are you still able to wear that don’t cause you an allergic reaction?
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    Re: Finally another good manly fragrance

    He certainly put both feet in his mouth with terms like, “disgustingly feminine, grandma feminine, old manish” and especially here and especially in a single question. I think it’s a jump though to...
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    Re: Finally another good manly fragrance

    TBH rightly or wrongly many if not most people outside of a specialised fragrance interest or hobby will hold a similar view to the OP. Once you get into ‘serious’ fragrance discussion on forums...
  7. Re: Recommendations based on what I love so far?

    Seems that you like fragrances that are

    Woody
    Have a strong vetiver note
    Green
    Semi-sweet /dry

    And you dislike

    Very sweet
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    Re: Finally another good manly fragrance

    Thanks I’ll sleep better tonight knowing that.

    Nothing weird about imagining a full sack and dozens of women opening and closing window shutters shouting ‘Egoiste!’.

    Perhaps I’ll just stay...
  9. Re: Azzaro Pour Homme: Yesterday & Today (Reference Guide)

    Agree with hellbent. I own a bottle of the 2nd edition vintage and tried the 4th edition a few times and prefer the vintage. It just oozes that air of the 80s cologne and the lack of oakmoss in the...
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    Re: Vintage Scent of the Day

    Heritage by Guerlain
    EdT layered with A/S
  11. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    I hear you but I wasn’t implying you were buying it other than to wear it, just that sometimes a fragrance can seem more alluring because of its rarity and was wondering if that was the case. I guess...
  12. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    Fragrances similar to Rive Gauche PH have already been mentioned. Exactly the same as? Haven’t found one. The two choices it seems are to either buy a bottle or to not. You could easily waste the...
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    Re: "Quality": what's in a word?

    My notion of quality serves my needs but it is just mine.

    All I’ll say is if I think a fragrance is quality, the primary factor is scent - the ingredients used, perception of notes and the person...
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    Re: The Downside (?) of Try Before You Buy

    Getting samples from a store is a great way to try without a full bottle purchase but swapping them with friends has been a great way to sample things that sometimes you just wouldn’t think to...
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    Re: Guerlain Heritage

    Gold cap and current Heritage are both excellent. Gold cap has a richer sandalwood note reminiscent of an earlier era. I’m very happy with both.
    It’s a sliding scale of greatness from ‘mmmmm you...
  16. Poll: Re: Lush Poll - Your Favourite ? (Unisex thread for male and female releases)

    Dirty - fresh juvenille mint
    Cardamom Coffee - and oud

    Both very likeable. Cardamom Coffee though was repackaged and put into their Flagship exclusives and the price jacked up about 400%.
  17. Re: Dedicated thread to the House of Memo Paris

    Never got into them but of the few I tried I did enjoy Irish Leather which I found quite moreish.
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    Re: Cheap frags but top shelf smell?

    It might not be everyoneís cup of tea but Bentley For Men Intense fits the bill.
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland too.
  19. Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    From the sprayer it smells like a creamy oakmoss sandalwood based shaving cream or soap. Once I spray it on I get a heavy burst of bergamot and moss with musk. Some blackcurrant adds a slightly...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 11th January, 2021

    SOTD - Patchouli Nobile by Nobile 1942

    SOTN - Incident Diplomatique by Jovoy
  21. Re: Best Gentlemen Fragrance for 55+ year old man?

    Equipage by Bel Ami
    Bois du Portugal by Creed
    Polo by Ralph Lauren
    Safari by Ralph Lauren


    If you want something ‘slightly more youthful’ then,

    Declaration by Cartier
    Pour Monsieur Eau de...
  22. Re: Can you help me find a somewhat affordable cologne that will WOW me?

    Looking at what you like a little and a lot I would suggest trying these:

    Montblanc Explorer
    Dunhill Icon
    Zadig and Voltaire This Is Him

    All should be easy enough to find, are affordable...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 5th January, 2021

    Never lose hope. Think about happier times and places with friends and family, pick up the phone and speak with a friend. Turn off the TV for a while. We need to regularly lift our spirit out of the...
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    Re: Why so many Ď2021í threads?!

    I thought that was why threads with hundreds of pages were being closed.

    The reason many of those long threads were so long was because of the subject matter and people being able to look back...
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    Why so many Ď2021í threads?!

    To some degree I understand having separate SOTD threads every day although two SOTD threads could suffice.

    Why are we creating what feels like dozens of 2021, or Jan 2021 or Q1 2021 threads? Is...
  26. Re: Wow, way to destroy something extremely popular, cool and special .... GREAT WORK BN!

    I don’t mind if an exceptionally large thread is closed and a continuation thread is started. There is something to be said though for the intended Forum that the OP posts into. There is usually a...
  27. Re: 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s...Wich fragrance represent each decade?

    70s - Brut / Paco Rabanne PH (Fougere Land)
    80s - Kouros / Polo (one of the most creative eras of men’s fragrance - orientals meet fougeres and amber!)
    90s - Cool Water / CK One (the rise of...
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    Re: Transform perfume names for fun

    Jo Malone Hood Rage and Yo’ Fault
    Pure Shite Cologne
    Mandem
    Clinique Yappy For Pooch
    Goldberg & Hanks Hasidic Rock Moshe
    Gurrrla Shalimar de Mousse de Souffle de Parfum de Toilette de Kitchen...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020

    SOTD - Pasha by Cartier


    SOTE - Halfeti by Penhaligon's
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    Re: Wow...RIVE GAUCHE POUR HOMME Surprise!

    I love it when things work out like this. An early Christmas present of fougere goodness from your brother. Enjoy it!
  31. Re: Subjectivity - a psychological / philosophical pondering

    I donít think that. I also donít think the answer is as simple as saying someone is always right or wrong. Sometimes there is an ultimate truth and sometimes there isnít. The nature of subjectivity...
  32. Re: Subjectivity - a psychological / philosophical pondering

    You’ve made my point for me perfectly; Misunderstanding is bound to happen.

    We look at the same thing: You can discern correctly. I can discern correctly. When we discuss each others discernment...
  33. Re: Subjectivity - a psychological / philosophical pondering

    Two people look at a piece of red paper. They see the same colour. One says it’s scarlet. One says it’s vermilion. That is life and perfume. Understanding happens in silence. Once it’s expressed in...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 20th December, 2020

    SOTE

    Aventus by Creed

    (aka Aventis, Haventus, Adventis and other names by the heathens)

    ...and for those interested it’s batch 16M01 tonight hehe
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 20th December, 2020

    Thatís a thing of beauty!

    I patiently wait for the drydown every time.
  36. Re: Worst fragrance you have smelled in 2020.

    I don’t have any particular connection to the original Dior Homme or the 2020 version. I bought the original silver stem around 2007 as it was stylistically unique at the time, it intrigued me and I...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 19th December, 2020

    Balestra Pour Homme by Renato Balestra
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Balestra Pour Homme by Renato Balestra

    (Not currenty listed in BN directory)

    Quite a unique leather chypre. Nothing sharp or jagged here, actually quite smooth. Heavy on castoreum and patchouli...
  39. Re: Recommendations, Frangrances with Cumin

    Bel Ami has a cumin note although it’s not listed. Blended in rather than a starring role. It’s more toned down than in Eau D’Hermes.
  40. Re: so..what is the proper term for buying a fragrance you haven't smelled before?

    Definitely nothing pejorative about it. Blind buy is what Iíll be saying until the 4 legged ungulates that moo return to their abode.

    Iíll coin a phrase just for you though Ladydragonfire.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 16th December, 2020

    Bel Ami by Hermes
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    Re: Best Modern Barbershop Fragrances?

    I really like the scent but one spray is enough to set off a banger of a headache, so a no go unfortunately. Similar reaction with 1725. Probably a single ingredient common to both.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 14th December, 2020

    Patchouli Nobile by Nobile 1942

    141713
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    Re: Best Modern Barbershop Fragrances?

    Great suggestions already. If you’re 20 something, wearing Brut Special Reserve around other 20 somethings will have them wondering ‘who smells so damn good?’. It gets overlooked because of price and...
  45. Re: Silver Mountain Water or Pacific Rock Moss?

    I have owned and enjoyed both.
    Silver Mountain Water was something I used to wear but it came across too feminine for my skin and I gradually moved away from it preferring Milesime Imperial. My SO...
  46. Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying... December 2020

    Enjoy your fragrance and forget the vitriol. I promise you’ll be happier. There’s nothing to figure out, just know you smell good and enjoy yourself.
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    Re: Favorite Scent

    Very noyce very noyce ;)
  48. Re: Creed for someone who likes Acqua di Parma colonia

    Aventus, Green Irish Tweed or Royal Water
  49. Poll: Re: Pepper fragrance - Azzaro Visit vs Kenzo Tokyo vs Spicebomb Viktor&Rolf or other

    Poivre Electrique by Atelier Cologne is worth sampling if you are looking for pepper.
  50. Re: What are your current TOP Feelgood fragrances ?

    Presently

    Azzaro PH
    Mousse Illuminee
    Boss Number One
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th December, 2020

    SOTD

    Boss Number One by Hugo Boss

    A rare instance where I am glad of reformulation. Glorious fragrance now.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Thanks, I’ve neglected it recently and thought it was due a good wearing.

    I haven’t seen one of those vintage GG bottles with an intergrated cap sprayer before. Is it just a feature of the tester...
  53. Re: Is there a note you think is saturating the market?

    I think there are many notes not just one.

    That said there are capable, competent perfumers making traditional and also innovative new fragrances that use their knowhow to navigate the market so...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 9th December, 2020

    SOTD
    Polo by Ralph Lauren (Cosmair)

    SOTE
    Heritage Eau de Toilette by Guerlain
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTD
    Polo by Ralph Lauren (Cosmair)
  56. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    From JM I’ve enjoyed Oud & Bergamot, Myrrh & Tonka and 154 Cologne. I’ve never clicked with any entirely though.

    I have liked some, but BN9 I’ve found are mostly foghorns that don’t let up so...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Great suggestions already from Bavard and LiveJazz. Patience is key. If you are still struggling after these methods there is another method I have used whixh hasn’t let me down so far on stopper...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Azzaro Pour Homme by Azzaro (2nd Edition)
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 8th December, 2020

    Azzaro Pour Homme by Azzaro
  60. Re: Creed Bois du Portugal VS Creed Royal Oud

    Both amazing in their own way but Bois du Portugal is one of my all time favourites. Once into the drydown it’s an effortless 10.

    I own both but don’t often think to reach for Royal Oud although...
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    Re: Any fans of Carolina Herrera CH Prive?

    Are there any Carolina Herrera fragrances you have liked?
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    Re: Any fans of Carolina Herrera CH Prive?

    I think it’s a fun synthetic sweet woody boozy leather. The opening is ok but the drydown is what this fragrance is about. You will probably love it or hate it. Could you sample it first?
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    Re: Perfume Themed Daily Diary in Male Fragrance Discussion

    Been wearing Boss Number One from a new bottle for the last week and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Tried this from a vintage version and it nearly put me off of this for life. A must try for anyone...
  64. Re: What do you consider the worst "chemical nightmare" fragrance?

    I usually like soapy notes / fragrances, from Hermes Equipage to Prada Amber PH and most things in between. I haven’t tried vintage and that might be different but at this point I think it would be...
  65. Re: What do you consider the worst "chemical nightmare" fragrance?

    Sung Homme by Alfred Sung is quite the chemical soup.
  66. Re: Fragrances/scents you just can't describe to others

    The original Fahrenheit. It’s like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube where every square has had the stickers pulled off so it’s all the same colour.
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    Re: Your 500ml Wardrobe

    Just a little fantasy, somewhere between ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’, The Fortune 500 and a giant cyborg cube hive, run by Locutus.

    Great list for by the way. ;)
  68. Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    Fresh fruity floral and aquatic. Very sweet and perfumey. A kind of cross between Pacific Rock Moss and Millesime Imperial although more like a grandaddy to them. Was great in the 90s but it’s also...
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    Re: Best masculine fragrance.

    Polo Green is plenty masculine.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Egoiste Cologne Concentree by Chanel
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    Re: Bergamot time again...

    This would have been my pick.
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    Re: Any fans of MFK Homme Aíla Rose?

    I tried it but was a hard pass for me. This was synthetic done bad, to my nose.
    Would still opt for Lumiere Noire Pour Homme for a menís rose from the house over this.
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    Re: Your 500ml Wardrobe

    A lot of wonderful carefully handpicked wardrobes being created here. Keeping this under 10 fragrances is doable but I wouldn’t want to at the moment.

    I get through so much Chanel Pour Monsieur...
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    Re: Your 500ml Wardrobe

    80ml Aventus
    30ml Bois du Portugal (2013)
    30ml Mousse Illuminee
    30ml Ombre Leather
    30ml Incident Diplomatique
    30ml Heritage EdT
    20ml Green Irish Tweed
    20ml French Lover
    20ml Jubilation...
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    Your 500ml Wardrobe

    Iíve been thinking about this concept for some time. What would my wardrobe look like if I could only choose a maximum of 500ml of fragrance? Maybe as a way to hone what I enjoy the most and if I was...
  76. Thread: smooth

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    Re: smooth

    Hard not to love it. I haven’t tired of it and I hope I never do.
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    Re: Most charismatic cologne?

    We are thinking along the same lines bud.

    I might replace Yatagan with Bel Ami though.
  78. Re: Fighting Back Against The Fake Scent Boom

    Your arguments against copycat / ‘inspired by’ / dupe companies lose credence when you intentionally conflate them with actual counterfeiters. I don’t particularly agree with what many of these dupe...
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    Re: Pick 1 for Each Category

    Cook.bot’s selection were spot on but to choose an alternative bunch,

    Everyday: Chanel Pour Monsieur

    Money: Incident Diplomatique

    Date Night: Ombre Leather
  80. Thread: smooth

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    Re: smooth

    Heritage is smooth as silk.
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    Re: Pick 1 for Each Category

    https://media.giphy.com/media/l42P7LGjW2aGRfvXy/giphy.gif
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    Re: Pick 1 for Each Category

    Vintage Eau Sauvage AND Bois du Portugal?! Now we're talkin! I can live with 2 out of 3 :laugh:
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    Re: I'm over BR540

    I think BR540 is great. You accept it for what it is or you don’t. I know it’s synthetic straight out the gate, it makes no bones about it - I know what I’m getting. Wear it rarely from samples when...
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    Re: Fragrance Houses off the beaten path?

    Plume Impression
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    Re: dark-gothic battle

    I wouldnít call either gothic or put them in that sphere except for their packaging.

    If Eucris was in a clear bottle I donít think anyone would call it gothic. Itís fresh, fruity, musky, the cumin...
  86. Re: Do they still make any rich scented fragrances like how fragrances used to be made?

    Rich scents? Yes. Like they used to? Not so much and I don’t think it’s likely going forward.

    There are some limiting factors.

    The big old houses like Chanel and Guerlain have over a century...
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    Re: Destroy a fragrance name with one letter

    FM Carnal Blower
    Chanel Santaeus
    Avon Mild Country
    Michael Hors For Men
    Ormonde Jayne Told
    Hermes Hel Ami
    Strumper’s Neucris
    Montale Sambac Rice
    Faberge Grut For Men
    SL Muscs Koublai Khant
  88. Re: Worst fragrance you have smelled in 2020.

    The original was never a favourite of mine but I could appreciate the elegance of it. It had panache. The state of the 2020 version seems an inevitability once large conglomerates with shareholders...
  89. Re: Worst fragrance you have smelled in 2020.

    It’s like the music you get in a lift or a birthday card shop :evil:
  90. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    GGA was unique and did deserve recognition but it also attracts as you say a certain attention and sometimes a cult following will ensue. Nobody knew that Star Wars would have the following it did....
  91. Re: Worst fragrance you have smelled in 2020.

    Haven’t sniffed as many as I normally would this year but Dior Homme 2020 is the front runner.

    It felt devoid of all soul, full only of emptiness.

    It should have an ice cream and go on a...
  92. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    No applause necessary but thanks all the same. The Fragcomm stock market is up and down like a yoga instructor but 90% of what’s posted about this or that being discontinued doesn’t really happen. Of...
  93. Re: Recently discontinued or rumored to be?

    Discontinuation rumours + FOMO + next day delivery = a bad day for any unsuspecting green enthusiast and their pocket

    More important than whatís being said is who is saying it.

    Overall I donít...
  94. Re: Creed aventus real or fake please help me

    It's fake.
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    Re: TF Ombre Leather Vs Tuscan Leather

    Ombre over Tuscan.

    Tuscan has a harshness to it that I don’t like. The blending in Ombre seems better handled, it smells better to me and it layers well too.
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    Re: Fragrantica? Is that you?

    Just today noticed they’ve made an adjustment to the fragrance page layout for the better.

    The stat info seems to be grouped together now. Some other minor tweaks too. They’ve taken the...
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    Re: Your top favorite perfumes

    Bois du Portugal
    Eau Sauvage EdT (vintage)
    Heritage EdT
    Aventus
    Pour Monsieur EdT
    Mousse Illuminee
    Incident Diplomatique
    Antaeus (vintage & recent)
    Cool Water (vintage)
    Jubilation Man
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 16th November, 2020

    Monsieur Beauregard by Penhaligon’s
  99. Re: Interview on smell & taste (Fresh Air/Harold McGee)

    Thanks for the link LiveJazz
  100. Re: Can't stop thinking about this elusive, woody vetiver fragrance

    Sounds like vetiver is probably the note you’re detecting. Vetiver can go smoky, earthy, grassy, woody so you have some ground to cover.
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver could fit the bill from what you...
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