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  1. Essenza

    Like Swedish death metal or Byzantine icons, cologne is essentially a narrow and conservative form. That makes genius within the genre all the more impressive: as the smaller details are the only really variable elements, they have to carry the composition.

    Some weeks ago I tried some Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza in a store, and it seemed impossible that any fragrance could lift my spirits so suddenly and decisively. Pure transport and unlike anything I had ever smelled before. ...
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  2. Suggestions II

    I mentioned before my desire for a "fall urban pastoral," something cool, smoky, citified, and fundamentally unsweet. This quest has led me over the last few weeks to various odd beasts and not-so-near-misses, but has also generated a number of thoughtful proposals. One of the most promising of these came in the form of Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella, whose enthusiasts claimed for it a power to transport the wearer to Le Mans in the summer of 1972.

    Le Mans, the movie ...

    Updated 2nd September 2012 at 11:19 PM by Hojji77

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  3. Signature scents: worth it or not?

    So it's a controversial topic everyone has their own opinion on this and all are valid. In my opinion as a young collector of fragrances and a student I don't always have a pocket full of cash lol so I can't afford to deplete and replenish every bottle I have in my collection, at least not yet . So at the moment I just pick and mix different fragrances from my arsenal as and when I please but recently I considered a signature scent. I then came to the conclusion that it was a good idea for ...
  4. D&G l'amoureaux

    So I bought this scent back in 2009 when it first came out, i smelled a sample and at the time enjoyed it. I purchased it from Selfridges for around £35. Recently I wore it again after not touching it for a while. It's a strange scent for me I just can't seem to find a time or place for it. It is part of the D&G Anthologies collection. It's a green juice which comes packaged almost like a niche fragrance very simple bottle with a sticker on the front. When i first spray it I get a light citrus ...
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  5. Quotes from Djuana Barnes's Nightwood on Perfume, Mother Earth, and The Eternal Feminine

    by , 29th August 2012 at 04:36 PM (Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY)
    p. 38
    The perfume that her body exhaled was of the quality of that earth-flesh, fungi, which smells of captured dampness and yet is so dry, overcast with the odour of oil of amber, which is an inner malady of the sea, making her seem as if she had invaded a sleep incautious and entire. Her flesh was the texture of plant life, and beneath it one sensed a frame, broad, porous and sleep-worn, as if sleep were a decay fishing her beneath the visible surface.
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    Updated 29th August 2012 at 08:15 PM by anomie et ivoire

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