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  1. Providence Perfume Co.

    This is my first natural perfume from Providence Perfume Co. I have a pot of Chiffonade solid perfume for which their website lists the notes as:
    Orris
    Herbs
    Violet Leaf
    Mimosa
    Iris

    What I get is mostly orris and basil with hints of other green-ness that I assume is the violet leaf or other herbs and some floral which must be the mimosa and iris. The herbal notes diminish first, but the orris does not and it gets sweeter as I wear it. It is very ...
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  2. Portland, OR

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdboy48 View Post
    The Perfume House is just that : a house in the Hawthorne district which has been converted into a store that sells nothing but perfume.

    I'm a bit of a newbie, but know enough to tell that they carry just about anything you might hope to see: they are basically floor to ceiling with juice in 4-5 rooms. The full line of Amouage ( the president of the company was due to stop by the day we were there ! ) and the complete lines of many other high-end brands. They've been at
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  3. New Is Old Again: A Bit of Anomie



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    Here is a picture of my new iMac on its new desk. Click on it to see a larger version. It looks very pretty, doesn't it? (You can ignore the cover on the chair; it's just there to keep our pet parrot from pooping on it.)

    For the past few weeks, I have been obsessing on getting the new machine, which is a significant upgrade in terms of speed, performance, and graphics from my old one, a much humbler (and less expensive) iMac.
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    Updated 4th October 2012 at 05:17 AM by JaimeB

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  4. Reflections on Reformulation: Concluding Aesthetic Resignation.

    [B]Reality check[/B]

    The question of interest is not whether all reformulations are necessarily worse than the original perfumes. Surely some of them are better—at least to some wearers. The whole reason why some companies choose to reformulate is because they feel that “times have changed”—and wearers too. What might have been appropriate fifty years ago can seem dated or “old ladyish” (not a term of derogation in my own book, but according to many it is...) and if the company wishes ...
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  5. Reflections on Reformulation. Inquiry 4. Do“Ancient Family Secrets” Also Protect Reformulations?

    [B]Some ingredients matter much more than others...[/B]

    One reason why the case of reformulated [I]Rumba [/I]is different from the case of “reformulated” [I]Drumsticks [/I]is because we never knew what was inside the bottle of [I]Rumba [/I]in the first place. Sure, there may be a list of ingredients, but the key ingredient, [I]fragrance[/I] or [I]parfum[/I] or [I]profumo[/I]—usually second only to alcohol and, in the case of colognes and some edts, water—is a [B]Big Black Box[/B]. ...
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