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  1. Suggestions, please

    by , 13th August 2012 at 04:04 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    I have been nosing around for something that I might call a "fall urban pastoral," thus far without success.

    What I want is the unexpected cold snap, distant chimney smoke, the strange way that visual distances seem to elongate and darken in autumn in the city. The high, fast-moving clouds. Early twilight; the distinctive smell of asphalt as it cools.

    My problem with most of the "fall" fragrances I have tried is that they're too nature-y, too ...
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  2. A few things I have noticed about the fragrance hobby.....

    Hello everyone!

    This is my first post on basenotes. To introduce myself, I am a 17 year old guy that has been hooked on to the fragrance hobby for about two years. I have sampled many designer fragrances and a few niche ones as well. I have also been browsing basenotes for a while, and have learned much and have gotten a chance to talk with many fine individuals.

    I feel like his post is sort of the end of my journey regarding my fragrance hobby b/c I've frankly run ...
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  3. The Politics of Sunflowers

    by , 12th August 2012 at 09:17 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    The other day I found a bottle of Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers for a dollar, which was enough reason for me to buy it. When I looked it up here on BN, I came across a review whose author opined that Sunflowers was in some way "wrong for these times," or words to that effect--that in this period of worldwide economic and political malaise it was pretty poor form to wear a fragrance as blithely 90's-optimistic as the Arden product.

    Now, I'm not so much interested in the question ...
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  4. August and Everything After...

    by , 11th August 2012 at 05:57 PM (Fleurine's Non-Blog)

    The end of the summer drenches me with longing and nostalgia every year. The saying goodbye to a summer crush when you both have to go back to different schools in September. Packing up the summer clothes, and pulling out the warm ones. The days growing shorter with school pressures and anxieties mounting. The first cold breeze in late August.
    My summer scents for this time of year, are, this year:
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  5. Ditties of No Tone

    by , 8th August 2012 at 09:45 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Which is fun for the beholder; but what about the owner, the tenant? Nicola wondered whether she'd ever had a minute's pleasure from it. Even at sixteen, when you’re excitedly realizing what you’ve got (and imagining that it will last forever), you’re still noticing what you haven’t got, and will never get. Beauty’s hand is ever at its lips, bidding adieu. Yes, but bidding adieu in the mirror."

    (Martin Amis, London Fields)
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