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    Re: Out of Time: The Allure of Smelling Retro

    I suspect the popularity is twofold: one is from older men, probably in their 60s by now, who would have made up the first wave of the 'fragrance community' online in the 90s and early 00s. Thus,...
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    Re: Best Amber Fragrance?

    After extensive sampling, Serge Lutens' Ambre Sultan stands out as the best. For the price, it's not even a contest in comparison to the chasing pack.
  3. Re: Help, looking for a particular fragrance...

    This could be anything, frankly. Fruity opening, sweet drydown. It sounds like an Aventus clone but it could be something from the Allure Homme line.

    Go back and revisit what you've purchased and,...
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    Re: Some help with Heeley Esprit du Tigre

    The notorious 'Tiger Balm' aroma doesn't stay around too long. At least, the mentholated aspect fades away, and you're left with a clove-based, aromatic sort of fragrance. It's part Orient, part...
  5. Re: The Smithsonian on A Brief History of Ambergris

    The whaling industry and its consequences have been a disaster for the world of perfume.
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    Re: What Does Tobacco Smell Like?

    A very good question.

    Tobacco Absolute smells like a rather fragrant, rich, unsmoked tobacco leaf. It obviously helps if you know what this smells like: particularly in cigars, pipe tobacco, or...
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    Re: The Best Fragrance Of All Time

    I probably wouldn't change this all that much, apart from Eau Sauvage. 4711 and the eau de Cologne style would be better.
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    Re: New Tom Ford: Ébèné Fumé

    I think that's a bit harsh on TF. The signature line is well-priced, in my opinion. Probably one of the better brands for value for money. The Private Blend is definitely overpriced, with no...
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    Re: Anxiety around over spraying

    It's definitely something to consider, particularly with a fragrance you don't know/haven't worn very often, and thus don't know the idiosyncracies of its projection and performance during a wearing....
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    Re: Latest Louis Vuitton - Pur Oud!

    I haven't tried it, but this strikes me as trying to sell sand to the Arabs. Or should that be 'real oud' to the middle east?
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    Re: Best fresh mint fragrance.

    I'd go with Creed Viking.

    Heeley's Menthe Fraiche is excellent to start with but turns rustic and earthy after about an hour.
  12. Re: Creed Bois du Portugal in the 'DRY' summer? Depends for me.

    I bought a sample about a month or so ago and I was surprised at just how dominant in clove BdP was. I wouldn't want to wear it in the summer. In all honesty, I think I prefer Lalique Pour Homme. BdP...
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    Re: Define “fragbro” please

    It seems to be a label that's thrown at young, not-sexually-impotent-men who like to use fragrances as a facet of personal grooming, in part to appeal to women. It also seems to be an accusation...
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    Re: The most disgusting, repulsive fragrances:

    Exactly that, wear what you like and avoid what you don't. However, if you like something - truly like something - what another person says about that fragrance doesn't matter. It's only insecurity...
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    Re: The most disgusting, repulsive fragrances:

    Oud Assam by Rania J.

    Horse shit and sweaty cheese.
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    Re: New Tom Ford: Ébèné Fumé

    I would've thought it would be another month or so until this starts to become available - a September/Autumn release.
  17. Re: Help to identify a Tom Ford Fragrance ( dry fruits, silky, and a base like Spice Bomb Extreme )

    Performance is excellent based on what I tried, but that may have changed with recent reformulation. However, I think it's an out and out feminine fragrance - one of my favourites, in fact.
  18. Re: Help to identify a Tom Ford Fragrance ( dry fruits, silky, and a base like Spice Bomb Extreme )

    Yeah I'd go with that.

    Also, trust your instinct. There's a reason you think it's NE so it probably is.
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    Re: New Tom Ford: Ébèné Fumé

    Definitely worth a try. Thanks for sharing this.

    It sounds like it will end up smelling somewhat similar to Armani's Cuir Majeste. Something that's not bad, but not exactly special or fantastic...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Plum In Cognac yet?

    How does anything win an award?
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    Re: What Are Some Hyper Unique Perfumes

    The Bleu Noir range from Narciso Rodriguez.

    Nothing really smells like them.
  22. Re: What is the big Whoop about "All Natural" perfumes?

    As I said earlier as well, I do think that the puritanical fervour at the heart of the 'whoop' has diversified - such is the modern way - in to other terms like 'sustainable'. We don't hear too much...
  23. Re: What is the big Whoop about "All Natural" perfumes?

    I think you're ignoring the other legal and philosophical arguments against your belief that it is the customer's duty to investigate what they are buying - as if they are responsible if they are...
  24. Re: What is the big Whoop about "All Natural" perfumes?

    It advertises itself as having a natural sandalwood and that green/bitter/paint stripper smell, although a very odd and unpleasant aroma, is apparently a consequence of the natural Australian variety...
  25. Re: smooth, gentle fragrances with oakmoss ( oakmoss or similar aroma ) current formulations

    Yep. If you want a weird and, probably, unique setting for oakmoss, try Vers le Sud by Jacques Fath. It's figgy, fresh, surfy and sporty, with a dry, crisp oakmoss as one of the main notes: an odd...
  26. Re: The strongest Profumum Roma in your opinion

    I may have misread 'strongest' as meaning 'best' rather than relating to performance. Apologies!
  27. Re: Love at first sniff vs. scents that grew on you

    Good thread.

    Orientals like Amber Absolute tend to wow me at first but pale over time.

    Slower burns have been fragrances like Aventus and Layton - so often deemed simplistic 'mass pleasers' or...
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    Re: Any good freshies for rainy days?

    I don't know what effect a rainy day really has on your particular enjoyment of fragrance. For me, I want to avoid anything too stuffy, or anything that could become annoying as the temperature...
  29. Re: Best Gentlemen Fragrance for 55+ year old man?

    If this is still relevant, try Carven L'Homme and Carven L'Eau Intense.

    If that's too feminine, too youthful, or too fresh, then maybe check out Lalique Pour Homme (it has a lion on the bottle).
    ...
  30. Re: Direct communication from Mugler, Pure Havane is done..

    I think I still have a sample of pure coffee. Is that one rich in patchouli? Or am I mixing it up with something else?

    I liked Pure Shot - juniper, freshness (mint). It reminded me of a Kurkdjian...
  31. Re: The strongest Profumum Roma in your opinion

    I haven't tried them all either (they're notoriously hard to sample).

    Most of what I have tried is sub-par. Some of their lighter scents are an absolute bloody joke and the fact they're charging...
  32. Re: What is the big Whoop about "All Natural" perfumes?

    The same 'whoop' behind every flood and fire now becoming part of a climate disaster requiring Malthusian solutions.

    It makes for great marketing and appeals to those who think emotionally (or...
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    Re: New Tom Ford: Ébèné Fumé

    Yes, good call on that. There have probably been a few scents with ebony in recent years that slip under the radar. The aromachemical is very identifiable to my nose - I can't say I particularly like...
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    Re: New Tom Ford: Ébèné Fumé

    Presumably ebony and incense?

    In which case, the two main ebony scents of recent years would be Ebano by Acqua di Parma and Tom Ford's own Noir Anthracite.

    Could it be something that takes the...
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    Re: Nice Tobacco Vanille clone ?

    I haven't spent long enough with either to have a solid preference, but I would tentatively agree TR is the better fragrance. Then again, I also tried a 'vintage' or early version of TV and it was...
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    Re: Revisiting designer classics: Part 1

    I'm a big fan of both the Vera Wang and the Davidoff. Both great fragrances and both make a neat reminder of just how crap masculine releases have become across the board, despite the supposedly...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    You've already detected the problem with Santalum/Profumum Roma. Or, at least, your significant other has. It plagues the house and unfortunately it's precisely the quality that ruined Santalum for...
  38. Re: Signature Scent advice. One Fresh, Sexy, Dark scent for all occassions

    That's interesting. I thought of this as well, and Oud Minerale, but the OP mentions no niche. On the same wavelength though!
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    Re: Do you count the 1st spray??

    I'm getting flashbacks to an argument I had with an ex girlfriend about what 'the next station' meant when travelling by train...
  40. Re: Signature Scent advice. One Fresh, Sexy, Dark scent for all occassions

    Sauvage sound ideal. Don't let the sneering put you off: it's a great scent. You might also want to try the new Dior Homme 2020 for something that's more woody and less common than Sauvage. Both...
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    Re: Body products

    I think scented soaps are a false economy. Opt for unscented and you'll never have to worry with any clashing with a fragrance. Also, you'll have more money to spend on fragrances, as scented...
  42. Re: Direct communication from Mugler, Pure Havane is done..

    The whole sausage and eggs are significantly less palatable.
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    Re: Nice Tobacco Vanille clone ?

    Spot on. I'm surprised to have to scroll so far down to find these two mentioned. The hive mind has failed the OP...
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    Re: Nice Tobacco Vanille clone ?

    Neither are particularly close to Tobacco Vanille.

    If you want the best alternative to TV, then get Franck Boclet's Tobacco or Tabac Rouge by Phaedon. They're practically identical and you'll have...
  45. Re: Direct communication from Mugler, Pure Havane is done..

    I'm not surprised they've discontinued this line. It's in keeping with other houses looking for 'luxe up' their brand: Mugler has their exclusive range, whatever it's called, just like Chanel, YSL,...
  46. Re: Is Bleu De Chanel really generic, safe, boring?

    Generic? No. Even now, with amberwood being so common, BdC is still very much its own 'thing'; it still retains Chanel's jnsq.

    Safe? Fairly, but safety is good. 'Danger' from a fragrance = stinky...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    Ha, interesting about Villoresi. The formula must have changed as it smells a bit like a tired 19th-Century-meets-1980s masculine aromatic wood to me. It's too sombre for its own good. Villoresi's...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    I would advise taking a long time to sample Santalum, unless you are prone to hoarding and/or not concerned by the prospect of buyer's regret later down the line. Wear it in different weathers,...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    I'd be reticent to believe the hype with brands like this. They tend to attract cork sniffers, and the artisans are very happy to cultivate the pretension through the marketing and mythology as well.
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    Re: *new* kenzo homme edt intense (2021)

    The bottle looks very 90s. And specifically 'children's plastic toys from the 90s'.

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    I thought Fusion d'Issey was great; a very good scent for the low price. It's good that reputable...
  51. Re: Serious Fragances current available in markets.

    Ha!
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    Ha! Although I really don't think this will be triggering anyone. That idea really is built in to the smell.

    Perhaps a better example:

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    Re: The Price/Smell Fragrance Matrix...

    Stop now before it's too late!
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    Re: The Price/Smell Fragrance Matrix...

    Haha
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    Re: The great "mass market" ambergris scents

    I actually think this is where Acqua di Parma come in to their own. The brown bottle line is decent but a bit hit and miss: however, their ambergris (Ambra?) scent is really great. It's not...
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    Re: Un Matin à l'Orangerie by Rose et Marius

    Love the name, love the concept, but having tried many orange fragrances, it's highly likely to be a letdown based on sugary-amber in the base to try to synthesise the sweet juice.

    Is this scent...
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    Re: Judgment of Fragrance

    Good question to ask. The latter 'reviews' are mostly useless.

    Judgement should be a cross-section: the rudimentary details, the performance, notes, impressions of said notes, comparisons to real...
  58. Re: 4711 Colognes ( Mandarine, Blood Orange, Lilac, Lemon, Lavender, ... )

    Ha, thanks.
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    Re: Luca Turin Mini Lectures Series

    Ah nice one. I saw they had disappeared behind a paywall.
  60. Re: what don't you like about a man?

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

    Ah, they think they have 'it'...but how certain can they truly be? After all, they might be wearing something like Parfums Vintage: Placebo Pineapple.
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    Yeah. It depends what you mean budget I suppose. Wonderwood is a decent mid-range starting point - although it's not *just* sandalwood. Trumper's Sandalwood is also mid priced but the performance is...
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    Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    It's a tough one.

    I spent an age and no small amount of money trying to find the answer to this. In the end, it was a forlorn search. A truly great sandalwood doesn't really exist (anymore).

    My...
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    These suggestions are partly why we have threads like this in the first place.

    TL is a feminine fragrance to my nose and, despite the darkness, Gucci Guilty Absolute smells unisex. The latter...
  65. Re: Office & Work Scents: what do basenoters *actually* wear to work?

    I do like tea accords in a fragrance. Cooling, calming, yet modern as well. A lovely addition to the eau de cologne template, or used as a replacement for oakmoss in greener blends.
  66. Re: Serious Fragances current available in markets.

    Anything with vetiver at the forefront. Grey Vetiver, Bergamotto di Calabria, Guerlain Vetiver. That sort of thing.

    Anything primarily soapy, i.e. Moschino Uomo, Prada Amber, but soapy without...
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    Another on the Jovoy patchouli theme, but better and more masculine than the Jovoys, would be Frederic Malle's Monsieur. About as close to 'sex panther' as any man could get away with these days.
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    Re: alpha wolf macho masculin fragrances

    Yep, every single time. This sort of thread really is a litmus test for projected discomfort around the very existence of masculinity. There's really no need for it to be a staging post for such...
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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,...
  76. 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.
  78. Re: "The one cologne to rule them all!" Which one is yours?

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  79. 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...
  80. 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.
  82. 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...
  83. 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...
  84. 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...
  85. Re: What’s Currently In Your 2021 Work Fragrance Rotation?

    Guerlain's Fleurs de Cedrat & Tom Ford's Beau de Jour
  86. 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...
  91. 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:
  95. 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...
  96. 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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