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  1. A Visit to The Vinyl Factory Lush Volume Three

    Lush. Creators of perfume that manages to walk the rare path of interesting, well made and wonderfully easy to get your mitts on.

    As you may already know (skip to the end), Lush has classified it's perfume output by borrowing terminology from the music industry. Greatest Hit's includes Breath of God, as sanctified by Luca Turin and Tina Sanchez; Volume One was the early output; Volume Two was largely inspired by the British Countryside and B-Sides and Rarities used to contain some ...

    Updated 29th July 2014 at 06:07 PM by UnclearClare

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  2. Slumberhouse Sample Pass Thread Redux

    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireV View Post
    I am not part of the sample pass, but I have just started to test these, thanks to the very generous Ipp, who sent me a lovely box of Slumberhouse samples to try out! I bought Norne myself from Indiescents because Ipp warned me that she was missing that one. I hope you all don't mind me posting here as I go along. Here is my review on Norne:

    Somewhere between dark green and black, the color of this juice announces its sinister intentions ahead of time. This stuff stains. It feels
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  3. Th-th-th-that's all folks!

    Given the amount of Basenotes blog bandwidth these review postings consume, especially in relation to the viewing numbers, I believe it is appropriate that I discontinue duplicate posting Basenotes Directory reviews in this space. (It feels a little bit like duplicate posting on the discussion boards.) I invite those who are interested to check the Reviews by Way Off Scenter page periodically for new reviews.

    Signing off for now, with best wishes to all,

    Way Off Scenter
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  4. Fragrance Review: Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne


    Genre: Fruity Floral

    This is basically the same kind of Del Monte canned peaches note that you can get for $245 US from By Killian's Flower of Immortality, offered here for a mere $60 US retail. Or you can just go out and spend $1.99 on the canned peaches. (Actually, the Jo Malone smells better than the expensive ultra-niche stuff – though maybe not better than the Del Monte.)

    Granted, it’s a pleasant smell, but as a fragrance it’s
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    Updated 29th July 2014 at 03:22 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  5. Fragrance Review: Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne


    Genre: Citrus

    Blackberry & Bay Cologne confirms my suspicion that Jo Malone makes fragrances for people who dislike fragrance. The central berries and clean musk theme parallels predecessors like Mūre et Musc and Fraīcheur Muskissime, but is offered here in a tenfold dilution, as if to ward off the calamity of somebody accidentally smelling it. The bay should make an interesting savory contrast to the berries, but in a fragrance this faint and fleeting, it hardly
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