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by Bargepole
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Why sandalwood?
Replies: 18
Views: 2297

Re: Why sandalwood?

Side note: sandalwood smells rather like testosterone which may be significant. And vanillin smells rather like one’s mama’s —well, anyone’s mama’s, really — nourishing breast.

Smutty piece of work, nature. One track mind.
by Bargepole
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Is SMF losing its vigour?
Replies: 128
Views: 16608

Re: Is SMF losing its vigour?

I don’t post much but I do drop by from time to time to see what Sam is currently worrying about which one he should buy... was I dreaming or was it recently frying-pans? The man is an inspiration to us all.
by Bargepole
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Fun Hobby coming to an end for this year...
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: Fun Hobby coming to an end for this year...

Sounds great fun. I'm jealous. My ambition is to play the organ for a Lakers game. The greatest team of any sport ever, anywhere. Even though the conversation among fans is not whether they'll win, but how much they will lose by...
by Bargepole
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Hammam Bouquet and Joy
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: Hammam Bouquet and Joy

What ho, chaps. In the pink, I trust?
by Bargepole
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Worst scent ever
Replies: 58
Views: 7548

Re: Worst scent ever

I love Yatagan though haven't tried the current one. But it's definitely not to everyone's taste. My ma, a lifelong Caron gal, took against it when I wore it to take her out to lunch. "You've trodden in something, laddie" she said amiably. Philistine. French blood. And Welsh blood. And Jewish blood....
by Bargepole
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Worst scent ever
Replies: 58
Views: 7548

Re: Worst scent ever

The *original* pain thinner was excellent but the current iteration lacks depth and body. Same with gasoline, which used to have a very long-lasting lead note but no longer. Shame. EDIT "Paint" thinner of course, tho' "pain thinner" would be handy. Halothane™ would fit the bill, though not suitable ...
by Bargepole
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Alcohol based aftershave
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

Re: Alcohol based aftershave

The Trumper ones are all alcohol-based. The aftershaves are the same as the eaux de toilettes but with added water, but you say you have some system of -- pipes? In the walls? Isn't that asking for trouble? -- so just add water. Like it used to tell you to do on the old Old Spice bottles.
by Bargepole
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Revisiting the house of Hermes - the older stuff
Replies: 13
Views: 2100

Re: Revisiting the house of Hermes - the older stuff

Alas, Bel Ami WAS one of the all-time greats.

Damn it.
by Bargepole
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Hammam Bouquet and Joy
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: Hammam Bouquet and Joy

I never noticed that but my mind's nose says you're absolutely right. Tho' the old Hammam Bouquet Extract had a strange balsamic dryout which the new entirely lacks, and the Bulgarian Rose otto was astounding. Joy was more like Rose de Mai, came singing out of the bottle. They were two greats but Jo...
by Bargepole
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Worst scent ever
Replies: 58
Views: 7548

Re: Worst scent ever

Lilac Vegetal. Yes. Gawd blimey. Used to be really rather good - a classic French barbershop lilac. Couple of the old Frogs in my lineage used it. They smelt fine. Then they changed ALL the ingredients but still called it Lilac Vegetal. Odd. The urinal cake thing is dead right, except it's not a fre...
by Bargepole
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Can I get your thoughts?
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Re: Can I get your thoughts?

Ultra-modern, clean, probably spot-on for the young, thrusting, status-conscious Taiwan/HK entrepreneur. Too hygienic for the thirtysomething Frenchman, too much iris for Germans, too urban for Austrians. I imagine it plays well in Luxembourg. Spiky iris with an odd metallic dryout, a bit like sniff...
by Bargepole
Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Revisiting the house of Hermes - the older stuff
Replies: 13
Views: 2100

Re: Revisiting the house of Hermes - the older stuff

Rufus wrote::-k ](*,) :-k . I don't get it.
Sam is trying to talk himself into, or out of, something. Presently it will become clear what that something is.
by Bargepole
Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: lemon or lime?
Replies: 19
Views: 2562

Re: lemon or lime?

1 part Sacred Gin, 2 parts Fever Tree tonic, 2 ice cubes and a twist of bergamot.

Failing that, whatever's on offer. Mountain Dew and own-brand bathtub gin, if need be.
by Bargepole
Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: My fragrance journey so far
Replies: 10
Views: 2509

Re: My fragrance journey so far

DAMN fine collection, Sam. The Honey & Flowers fills me with jealousy. But I have a big bottle of 1975 Hammam and another of the Hammam Bouquet Extract, so we are probably quits. What's the Fragonard Jasmin like?
by Bargepole
Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Has Anyone Elst Tried HABIT ROUGE By Guerlain
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: Has Anyone Elst Tried HABIT ROUGE By Guerlain

First one I fell in love with when I was 15 or so. Still wear it today (though it's been through loads of different iterations since then). It used to come in a curvy little red ceramic flask, along with "sapoceti", a perfumed soap which was the best I ever used. It's a wonderful classic cologne sti...
by Bargepole
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Eau Sauvage EDT vs EDP
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Eau Sauvage EDT vs EDP

I would have given up 25 years of editing crapola , and I mean that in the nicest sense of the word, to have been your editor for one book, one page, a sentence . . . I take that very kindly, Ron, though of course I might equally well think "The unutterable blackguard wants to INTERFERE with me RHE...
by Bargepole
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Eau Sauvage EDT vs EDP
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Eau Sauvage EDT vs EDP

The Eau de Parfum, to my nose, is quite remarkably pointless and I can't imagine what they were thinking or who they were thinking of. The Far Eastern market, I suspect, which doesn't like anything remotely sensual -- "clean" and "fresh" are the key words. The Eau de Toilette isn't what it originall...
by Bargepole
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Wedding scent suggestions please
Replies: 23
Views: 2918

Re: Wedding scent suggestions please

Thank you for the well wishes. I know I am going to get the Maison Frances Kurkdjian Lumiere Noir pour Homme - a rose scent. Bravo. The Cologne pour le Soir is a bit of a fence-sitter - like the Absolue pour le Soir but it hasn't loosened its tie and kissed the girl yet. Someone said "If that's Kur...
by Bargepole
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Penhaligon's Bayolea
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

Re: Penhaligon's Bayolea

Squire wrote:You got me with the Morgan Michael, the only material possession in the World I actually covet.
Me too. I was taken to the factory with a friend who has the three-wheeler. Drove them all, on the open road around Malvern. Haven't slept properly since.
by Bargepole
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Penhaligon's Bayolea
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

Re: Penhaligon's Bayolea

I have an old bottle of the original Bayolea with barely any left in it. The label says it's an "elegant adaptation of the Penhaligon Bay Rhum as a Tonic Wash and Dressing for the Hair". In practice, it was a perfectly pleasant bay rum with some oil in it. (Hence the name. Pronounced, incidentally, ...