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  1. The Myth of the Skin Chemistry Myth. Introduction.

    There has been quite a bit of babbling about the blogs regarding the explanatory relevance of skin chemistry in understanding radically disparate reactions to perfumes by different wearers. Luca Turin, co-author of [I]Perfumes: The A to Z Guide[/I] (written with his wife, Tania Sanchez), maintains that much ado is made about nothing by a bunch of people whom he evidently regards as ignorant. He himself is an academic biologist who studies the science of olfaction, but he also feels qualified to ...

    Updated 28th July 2011 at 01:50 AM by sherapop

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  2. From the box in my wardrobe...



    Another wardrobe selection...and my favorite candied floral bomb. Fracas. For those of you unfamiliar with it: The notes are bergamot, mandarin, hyacinth, tuberose, gardenia, jasmine, lily of the valley, jonquil, violet, neroli, rose, orange blossom, iris, musk, vetiver, cedar and sandalwood.

    I originally purchased this out of curiosity (both this and Boudoir) because a bizarre mentor
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  3. On Discussing Fragrance with my Other Half...

    Last night an amazing thing happened; my bf & l actually sat & had a most enlightening conversation about fragrance! lt must be said first of all that he is a very "manly man", & up to now he seemed embarassed by or uninterested in my perfume obsession. The most l usually get out of him is "that smells like old ladies" or "that smells okay", & his eyes glaze over if l start talking about notes or anything in more detail. lt used to bother me, & l ...
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  4. I Smell. . . Age Marketing

    I had a hard time finding threads about Must de Cartier on Basenotes lately, as it seems the search function was not working well for a few days. When it did finally work, I really didn't find much about it. So, I went searching on MakeUpAlley.com. My search there caused me to re-open the question I've visited time and time again -- "Why do I like the scents that I do?"

    The interesting thing about reviews on MakeUpAlley is that users have an option to list their age-range. ...
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  5. A Beginnerís Guide to Buying a Fragrance on a Limited Budget - Part 1


    I became interested in fragrances last February, five months ago. I have a very limited budget (almost non-existent!) for purchasing scents, and I live in a very small, provincial city. I mention these things to qualify what kind of a beginner I am. I have literally been ďjust starting outĒ.

    My Wardrobe is composed of 47 small samples with only one bottle in my Collection, Molinardís Vanilla (a used 120 ml. bottle with about 75-80 ml. still in it). I also have a small assortment
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