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post #181 of 196
anyone had any experience with CB I Hate Perfume? looks very interesting (perhaps kind of rediculous), but im curious about how spot on the scents are and if they are practical. smelling like black tea sounds rad but maybe i should just have some sort of tea rubdown in the morning instead of getting a spray
post #182 of 196
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Anyone have any history with Le Labo? Their Santal 26 candles are awesome, have some in my house.

I've been using le labo for 3 years now, one of my favorites.
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Ordered myself a 4oz bottle of the Aventus, was considering the GIT and Himalaya as well but I'll give this one a shot first.

You ordered a cologne without sampling it?

and lol @ all the creed talk
post #183 of 196
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Originally Posted by Hatch&Whisk View Post

anyone had any experience with CB I Hate Perfume? looks very interesting (perhaps kind of rediculous), but im curious about how spot on the scents are and if they are practical. smelling like black tea sounds rad but maybe i should just have some sort of tea rubdown in the morning instead of getting a spray

Yes. They (he, actually) is all about evoking memories. The stuff is very interesting but not terribly wearable. Some are worth trying - Mr Hulot's Holiday is a good one, the moment you smell it you're transported back to vacations on the east coast - it smells frighteningly like a blustery day along the Atlantic. Russian Caravan Tea is identical to sweetened lemon Nestea powdered Iced Tea mix.

Aventus is nice if you get a good batch. The batch # is essential in determining if your bottle is a good or bad one. Read this http://www.styleforum.net/forum/thread/42777/scent-fragrance-of-the-day-thread/8730#post_4721127

I like it and have gotten compliments on it. It's a weird scent that hides from you although everyone else can smell it on you.
Edited by willpower - 8/8/11 at 9:13pm
post #184 of 196
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Anybody own/tried the Creed Aventus?
I've sampled this a few times and currently have a 30ml decant on the way (check Rambo's scent split thread) - it's basically a not overly sweet pineapple (sort of woody) plus some ashy combo... sounds strange but it's actually quite nice.

An interesting point on this one, even if you think it just smells 'meh', just my opinion, but I have strong reason to believe there are some very powerful aromachemicals at work in this one and it was also heavily influenced by test groups, because from what I've heard it gets serious compliments/attention IRL.

*Do note that there are major batch variations, so see the Scent of the Day thread for a link to the Basenotes thread that lists which batch has more/less of certain notes.
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Anyone have any history with Le Labo? Their Santal 26 candles are awesome, have some in my house.
I've sampled many of their line, plus visited the store in NYC. My sense is they make some decent scents but the whole 'mixing it fresh' is a useless gimick and also many of them are overpriced for waht they are. Based on general popular opinion, the line's standouts seems to be Rose 31. The Santal has good reviews, and on a personal note I liked the labdanum and neroli, but for many like say bergamot, it's just overpriced for such a simple frag.
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How about the Himalaya? Any comments on it?
I've only tested this one once but found it barely lasted and wasn't particularly interesting to smell. There was that one 'metalic' ('gunpowder') note, but otherwise I found it mostly a skin scent. So IMO Creed does bright fresh frags best.

their new Oud is quite promising!
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anyone had any experience with CB I Hate Perfume? looks very interesting (perhaps kind of ridiculous), but im curious about how spot on the scents are and if they are practical. smelling like black tea sounds rad but maybe i should just have some sort of tea rubdown in the morning instead of getting a spray
i've tried a few of his creations... they're quite different from what people traditionally think of as 'cologne'. rather it's more like a smell of a place or a moment. he builds the scents based on memories or experiences. I think that his style pushes the artistic bounds of fragrance, but in reality I have trouble actually wearing most of the scents. they're worth smelling from an artistic perspective, and if you're someone who hates citrus/floral/wood cologne smells, then maybe you'll love his ones.
I only have one - Burning Leaves - which nails the concept, but there are many other more wearable fireplace like frags out there.

*note that his 'carrier' isn't alcohol, it's water. so they feel a little weird going on (like a spray of water that gets absorbed into the skin and leaves a bit of a sticky patch)

Also, Christopher the man is quite a character... flip through this amazing BBC documentary (link below) and you'll find interviews with him along with him showing how he makes a bespoke fragrance.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCX827 (click "all videos" since the series "The Suit" is on autoload)
here's the link to the episode with him - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nGRy7U-S9Q

BTW, for those who find this all a little overwhelming, sample sample sample... check out sites like luckyscent, theperfumedcourt, etc. buy from reputable e-tailers like fragrancenet or scentedmonkey, etc and get the same stuff for 30-50% less than retail. Ebay's usually safe but if you're not sure than just avoid it.
post #185 of 196
Creed Aventus might not be overly "complex" or "deep" or whatever the hell people write in reviews but I picked up some from a split and I like it and it gets compliments. Good enough for me.
post #186 of 196
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Diptyque Philosykos (figs like you can't believe. women love this almost as much as GIT)

Been meaning to try this one. it's not to Feminine is it?
post #187 of 196
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I've been using le labo for 3 years now, one of my favorites.

Which one? Went to Joan's for lunch on Sat and stoped by the Le Labo store, was 2 seconds away from getting a parking ticket so I just picked up yet anoeehr Santal candle. Which cologne/fragrances of theirs do you use?
post #188 of 196
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Been meaning to try this one. it's not to Feminine is it?

not at all. it's fig like the entire plant, where you can smell leaves, branches (if that makes sense) and a little earth along with the fruit. not too fruity to come off as absurdly feminine. I love the scent, one of my favorites. I like the Diptyque candles a lot as well, and figuier is similar to philosykos if you've smelled it. Essence of John Galliano is by far my favorite candle of theirs (I feel like a no homo is necessary here). I'm very close to out of the room spray and candle of JG, need to restock.
post #189 of 196
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Which one? Went to Joan's for lunch on Sat and stoped by the Le Labo store, was 2 seconds away from getting a parking ticket so I just picked up yet anoeehr Santal candle. Which cologne/fragrances of theirs do you use?

Rose 31 is really good. Not much actual rose in it. This is their best seller for men.

Santal 33 is worth trying

Patchouli 24 is good if you like smokey scents
post #190 of 196
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I've been using le labo for 3 years now, one of my favorites.

Which one? Went to Joan's for lunch on Sat and stoped by the Le Labo store, was 2 seconds away from getting a parking ticket so I just picked up yet anoeehr Santal candle. Which cologne/fragrances of theirs do you use?

Rose 31 was my go to from 08 up until about 6 months ago on the weekends. I don't like how they printed my name on the bottle and "compounded it" in front of me thought that was a bunch of bullshit though. Most of my colognes are fresher scents though since finding a heavier night time scent is far more difficult. I've got about 5 in rotation right now but I don't like listing them until they drop out. I think my favorite all time scent is one I've been using for about 10 years.
post #191 of 196
FIGS - a cheaper alternative to Philosykos is Marc Jacobs for men. You get what you pay for though, so MJ is alright, but Philosykos is really much better. Alternatives on par with Diptyque's quality include Heeley Figuir and Aqua Di Parma Fico di Amalfi. L'Artisan also has one, figuir and then figuir extreme, but I find they're more fem and don't last as long.
post #192 of 196
BAIES is my favorite Dyptique candle.

Rose 31 it is, I'll check it out this weekend.
post #193 of 196
angel men pure malt is better than anythings thats been mentioned in this thread.
post #194 of 196
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angel men pure malt is better than anythings thats been mentioned in this thread.

Well there it is, thread closed.
post #195 of 196
BeyondtheRack has some Creed on sale to those interested. Good prices on the 2.5oz ($150) and 4oz ($175) bottles of Himalaya. They also have a 1oz bottle of GIT for $93 along with a few bottles of Royal Water, Virgin Island Water and Tabarome.

Never purchased from them before but it functions like Gilt, so here's an invite to those who wants to check it out: INVITE LINK
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