Just out of curiosity Rach what do you like out of Parfum d'Empire, Montale, TDC, and Comme des Garcons? I've not kept up with them in the past 2 years or so, so they may have added new ones I don't know. Parfum d'empire, I found both Ambre Russe and Cuir d'ottoman both to be wonderful for their "types;" a thick, luxurious amber and a foul, bitter, but very elegant leather. TDC... basically everything they make. Rose Poivree, Jasmine de nuit, sel de vetiver, bois d'iris, osmanthus... Montale: All the "classic" aouds, patchouli leaves, greyland, chypre vanille, orient extreme and sweet oriental dream, vanille absolu. Fougeres Marines and Embruns d'essaouira were both pretty boring/lackluster. CdG, several of their series, of course Red, Incense, but also the "Cologne" series. Vettiveru and Citrico were a lot of fun. Anbar, too warmed up wonderfully with body heat. Odeur 53, IIRC, which smelled like rubber and butter, was a no-go. (haha) These were just the ones that popped into mind. I like the Lutens florals. Rose du Nuit is really fantastic. The heavy orientals are so big and sticky sweet it's a bit much to wear them. Then again, I like Borneo, and MKK, and Ambre Sultan is nice in small doses, so it's hard to generalize. Good point. Though, if I'm on fragrance no. 7 or 8 from a house and haven't had ONE yet that's really hit with me... I usually don't feel too bad about generalizing.