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  1. Dog at a fair day!

    Had a lovely afternoon lolloping round my local Boots sniffing everything the mainstream has to offer. They've got all their Christmas fragrances in, so it's celeb scent and designer flanker season like whoa. I originally went in to poke round after some of the Topman ones, which I remember liking when I found testers on the shop counter, but since they had precisely none of those, I ended up creating a small novel out of paper test strips instead


    Beyonce - Heat - raspberryade. ...
  2. BPAL of the day: Sugar Moon (2008 Limited Edition)

    BPAL's Moon scents are a tradition of theirs; inspired by the lunar focus of many pagan religious traditions, they have a base in a similar set of "lunar"-associated oils (which we're not told the contents of) but are tweaked to produce a new and different scent every full moon.

    Sugar Moon is often reviewed as boozy, sexual and yet also innocent - its Lab blurb is as follows:

    No way to see him
    on this moonless night ---
    I lie awake longing,
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  3. Opium pure

    PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HELP ME??
    IVE JUST PURCHASED FROM EBAY , A BOTTLE OF OPIUM PARFUM 7.5ML WITH THE TASSLE, IN A SEALED BOX. I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PURE, WITHOUT ANY ALCOHOL IN IT , IS THIS CORRECT , AS INGREDIENTS IN BACK STATE ALCOHOL, THEN PARFUM(FRAGRANCE) IM STARTING TO WONDER IF IVE BEEN CAUGHT.
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  4. BPAL of the day: Water Phoenix

    A sister scent to Earth Phoenix, reviewed previously in this blog.

    "Compassion, eloquence, introspection: Chinese musk and rain, with salty oceanic notes, frankincense, juniper berry, lily of the valley, lavender, cinquefoil, and sweet pea."

    I got disinfectant from the bottle, which is probably the lavender - first on it came up in a whoosh of "PERFUME!", and reminded me rather unpleasantly of a number of mens' scents I don't like. I'm starting to ...
  5. Wish granted!

    Spent today in London meeting up with a friend, but he had to leave early so naturally I trotted off to Selfridges - and I have now, at long last, tried Tom Ford Noir de Noir.

    Tom Ford: Noir de Noir

    I think for me this one falls into the "simplicity as genius" category. It's rose. Just rose - but cut with something a little bit darker. It sadly didn't last that long on me but I did get the chocolate note in the drydown, as well as something very like leather. ...
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