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  1. Today's purchases

    Just got samples of Jean Patou's 1000 and Sublime. I like both; they do smell like the same designer created them (many similarities to me). My husband says they both smell like "old lady". I HATE that phrase! However, I think I know what he's talking about... I haven't quite identified the note/s that make that "old lady" characteristic.
    I also bought a bottle of Calvin Klein's Euphoria, after smelling it on other ladies 2 days in row and loving it. ...

    Updated 25th July 2009 at 05:52 PM by Bastetcat

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  2. My Notes

    I tried (and retried) some fragrances today that were all rather similar. The One, Armani Code, Bulgari Black, and Guess by Marciano. I think my favorites would have to be The One and Guess. I think the other 2 fell victim to the issue of being too mellow and one dimensional and nondescript. If they had a bit of spice or something to break it up I think I would have liked them more. There was nothing all that bad with them they were just rather forgettable. I have been wondering if they all belong ...

    Updated 15th July 2009 at 03:17 AM by CanwllCorfe

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  3. Joyeux 14 de juillet! A Bastille Day history of French perfumes

    Once again, it is July 14, Bastille Day, and a national holiday in France. The day commemorates the end of the Ancien Régime, the French monarchy, and the beginning of the bourgeois republic with all its radical flankers through the years.

    France had republican governments interspersed with returns to a monarchical system through most of the nineteenth century. The remarkable thing about this series of alternations is that the fragrance industry kept going and going, and goes on to
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    Updated 1st August 2009 at 10:16 PM by JaimeB

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  4. (perfu)mystery solved

    I went sniffing a few weeks ago at a Perfumania store.
    I left thinking that Bulgari Woman and Samsara were favorites. Today I received a sample of Bulgari Woman. It smelled nothing like what I smelled in the store (the former smelled spicy and like tea to my nose). The Bulgari Woman smelled fruity and floral without that tea note ... Today I also received a sample of Bulgari Red Tea. Guess what? THAT's what I smelled in the store. I'm sure. So it turns out the sales agent mistakenly named ...
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  5. CVS Versus Walgreens

    Just thought I'd make a note to myself or whosoever shall bore themselves reading this-poor soul --about CVS' and Walgreens' fragrance selections. Let me get one thing straight right now: virtually all of the frags in stock at said drugstores are much much cheaper on ebay.

    I hadn't perused the perfume cabinets of any drug store since I've become seriously scent smitten. Years ago, I would skim through a few rows of frags and lose interest, not willing or able to buy anything ...
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