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Btw, in case anybody is wondering why I'd ever buy 15-20 fragrances from a company whose products I don't particularly like, about 10 years ago Creed changed US distributors and the old distributor liquidated her entire stock for cheap prices. Back then basenotes was a much smaller community of "noses," and basically we bought her out. She was notoriously bad at communication, flakey, and would sometimes disappear for weeks at a time, but she generally came through, and the prices were so amazing it was worth the risk. I ended up being able to get full bottles of nearly the entire men's line, along with some of the rarer ones, and even a few of the leather atomizers.

Overall, of all of them, probably Aubepine Acacia was my favorite... a complex, yet very wearable, citrus scent. Not light and fleeting, but not too sweet or floral. Ambre Canelle was a really sultry, weird, dark one, and Musc Cypres was shockingly stinky (in a good way) for Creed, whose stuff is usually always "nice."

Hard to justify the price, but Royal Scottish Lavender was one of the best lavenders I tried, and Epicea was a delightul pine. Baie Genievre was a men's 80's sort of scent (think Puig or Antaeus).

Anyway, the point is that if you are interested in Creed, try more than whatever the SA at Neimans tries to spray on you. Look past the new "hype" ones, and past GIT and MI. There ARE a few gems hidden back there, though it takes some hunting to find them. Finally, if you decide to buy one, but it ONLY because you like the smell. They'll tell you that they use ONLY real ingredients... they're lying. They'll tell you their stuff is very rare and in limited supply... it's not. They'll tell you all sorts of amazing tales, none of which are true, to get you to lay down some cash. In all my time as a buyer of fragrances, manbags, fashion, anything... NOBODY tells a tall tale as well as Creed.

Oh, and Original Vetiver, try Mugler Cologne. Original Santal, good god stay away from it... or just get JOOP if you must.
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Its probably important to add that all these scents will take on a different character depending on the wearer. The best is to get your hand on some samplers of well recommended scents and some polarizing scents (the latter because my personal experience with those is that part of the polariziation is due to peoples really extreme personal interaction with scent on either spectrum)
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Originally Posted by Benesyed View Post

Its probably important to add that all these scents will take on a different character depending on the wearer. The best is to get your hand on some samplers of well recommended scents and some polarizing scents (the latter because my personal experience with those is that part of the polariziation is due to peoples really extreme personal interaction with scent on either spectrum)

Good point. Also, always wear it on the skin, not on a paper card. If the Sales Associate either won't let you try it on the skin, or encourages you to buy it from sniffing a card, RUN. Nobody who knows their stuff would recommend a customer to buy a $$$ niche scent without seeing how it develops on their own skin, with their own body chemistry, oils, etc.
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Just wear what you like, if you arent a douchey and its not aqua di gio I think you will be fine. Depending on the crowd you hang with, no one except you will know what it is you are wearing. In which case its mostly for you smile.gif

Anosmia = I literally cannot smell things, so figuring out what I like is a fairly impossible project. shog[1].gif

It's not that I need to wear a cologne or anything; life goes on without fancy fragrances... But whenever someone tells me that I smell nice, it's one of the most incredibly gratifying small victories for me—I'm not exaggerating—since I go through every day assuming my body's scent is merely "inoffensive."
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Anosmia = I literally cannot smell things, so figuring out what I like is a fairly impossible project. shog[1].gif
It's not that I need to wear a cologne or anything; life goes on without fancy fragrances... But whenever someone tells me that I smell nice, it's one of the most incredibly gratifying small victories for me—I'm not exaggerating—since I go through every day assuming my body's scent is merely "inoffensive."

You may have missed my post above, but overall:

Hermes Eau d'orange verte; look online and get a gift set with a bar of soap, an EdT, and a body wash. Should be relatively cheap.
Unscented moisturizer at night, or an unscented body oil (eg jojoba).
Unscented deodorant.

You'll be good to go.

If money is no object, Frederic Malle Cologne Bigarade.

If you avoid actual perfumes/colognes (as I recommended), give Floris soaps a try. You'll feel like you're showering with the Queen. (haha)
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Nah, I saw your post above (much appreciated, by the way). I just wanted to take a moment to remind our fellow med-student what anosmia is. teacha.gif
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how often do you guys wear cologne?

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Originally Posted by thewho13 View Post

Anosmia = I literally cannot smell things, so figuring out what I like is a fairly impossible project. shog[1].gif
It's not that I need to wear a cologne or anything; life goes on without fancy fragrances... But whenever someone tells me that I smell nice, it's one of the most incredibly gratifying small victories for me—I'm not exaggerating—since I go through every day assuming my body's scent is merely "inoffensive."

god i wanna cry after reading this, the things we take for granted frown.gif
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You have no idea how much it pisses me off that I cannot smell fresh-baked cookies, fall leaves, SMOKE, and all the other nice-to-smell or nice-to-be-able-to-smell things.

On the other hand, I've never had the displeasure of knowing just how bad hockey locker rooms, frat basements, spoiled food, other people, etc. can smell.
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Originally Posted by thewho13 View Post

Anosmia = I literally cannot smell things, so figuring out what I like is a fairly impossible project. shog[1].gif
It's not that I need to wear a cologne or anything; life goes on without fancy fragrances... But whenever someone tells me that I smell nice, it's one of the most incredibly gratifying small victories for me—I'm not exaggerating—since I go through every day assuming my body's scent is merely "inoffensive."

Oh i thought you were exaggerating/being self deprecating. Sorry to hear that bud.
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how often do you guys wear cologne?

Anytime, all the time. I even wear it to bed. wink.gif
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god i wanna cry after reading this, the things we take for granted frown.gif

Agreed, though my wallet would be happier. I posted this on the SOTD thread back when, but even single-fragrances my wardrobe is getting extreme.
Chanel n19... ikan haz it? lol8[1].gif

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why do you need so many of the same scent?
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why do you need so many of the same scent?

Two vintage pre-reformulation extraits, one current formulation extrait, one EdT, one voile de parfume, and two boxes of savon soap! (haha)

Most fragrances, in their different concentrations, have very different characters. So, the EdT, EdC, EdP, and parfum/extrait of Chanel, for example, all have different uses and applications.

As well, especially with Parfum, it's like wine... depends on the season and year what you get. The EdT and EdP are often synthetic, but most of the houses still put the "good stuff" into their parfums, and so sometimes they'll get a good/bad batch of sandalwood, rose from Grasse, etc.

So, like having a case of the same wine... you stock up when you find the right "vintage." lol8[1].gif
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Rach, what are your thoughts about Dior Homme? I really liked it on me. I wish it had a bit more longevity.

It would purely be a self indulgent smell. It reminds me of aged books in a college library but more pleasant than that description sounds. It maybe that my college librarian wore it. Anyway, it smelled mature and knowledgeable. A good casual scent for just relaxing.

btw valery, nice

ive read some stuff by mallarme. Personally im a big celan and goethe fan. Like some rilke but not as fanatical as some
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DH is a gourmand scent ime. Very powdery and has hints of chocolate. I can see where you're coming from with the relaxing, but not sure how you get library
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