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  1. Occupy Perfume Counters (Occupy PC, or OPC)

    [Please do not take the initial premise (in the title of this post) seriously. I am just trying to dramatize a situation and make a point.]

    Some radical perfumistas are occupying perfume counters across the country, and even the world, because they are frustrated by the trends they see in the perfume industry leading to downgrading the quality of fragrances and pricing their products beyond the reach of ďthe 99 percent.Ē

    In the meantime, many in the media are pointing
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    Updated 27th October 2011 at 07:12 AM by JaimeB

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    Philosophy of Fragrance , The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
  2. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 18: Necessary Learning

    For anyone just joining me, Iíve been working for a while on this rather epic list. I canít believe itís been this long and Iím only just hitting number 50. Again, this is inspired by the NowSmellThis list of 100 Fragrances Every Perfumista Must Try, but written from a male perspective, or at least including more ďmasculineĒ fragrances.

    As stated before, Iím no expert and have no qualifications whatsoever to write a definitive list Ė Iím just an avid sniffer. So, I look forward ...
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  3. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 17: Vanilla vs. Vanilla

    In my sniffing adventures, Iíve come to think of vanillas as one of two kinds, which I affectionately call the expensive vanilla and the cheap vanilla. Of course, that has no basis in reality, but it works as a descriptive tool for me. In my brain, there are expensive vanillas, the deep, rich, boozy, realistic ones with the woody undertones. And, to me, there are also cheap vanillas, the ones that smell like cotton candy or marshmallow fluff or cupcake frosting, the kind of vanillas that make ...
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  4. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 16: Gourmands

    Hereís todayís entry, my salute to the best of the sweet scents.

    Gourmands

    45. Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford




    When Tom Ford released his Private Blends collection perfumes a few years ago, heads definitely turned. From weird, dense patchouli-based monsters like Noir de Noir to Oud Wood, one of the first American perfumes to foreshadow the current oud ...
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  5. What do you think of Avon fragrances? Bang for the buck?

    Quote Originally Posted by ralfjritter View Post
    It is surprising to read that some people would never purchase an Avon fragrance! Somehow this judgment appears to ignore the fact that the same fragrance houses and star perfumers who create for Estee Lauder, LVMH, Puig, etc. also work on Avon briefs and supply the Avon juices. If one does not like the Avon brand, fair enough, but Avon definitely delivers "bang for the buck" as they do not use inferior blends/ingredients. In fact, Avon are incredibly demanding about fragrance quality
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