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  1. Quest for the Perfect Leather, Part III

    Cuir Pleine Fleur (Heeley)
    Weirdly vegetal. That cucumbery violet-leaf note from Narciso Rodriguez For Him is back, and I don't like it any better here than I did there. Why did I have such high expectations? LT gave it 4 stars (PtG fall '08 supplement), but I should have known when he noted the "fresh-green accord of violet leaf, citrus and vetiver" that I wouldn't like it. Who the hell wants a fresh-green leather anyway?
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    Updated 22nd April 2009 at 12:38 AM by kopah

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    Reviews , Leather Quest
  2. Gay Marriage, Calif. Prop 8 & a World Perspective

    You guys know that my heritage is Spanish, right? Well, I just thought I'd post the words of Rodríguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, on the day the Spanish Cortes legalized gay marriage:
    [When the Spanish parliament yesterday took its historic vote legalizing both gay marriage and adoption of children by gay couples, Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero -- who put the full prestige of his office and party behind passage of the gay human rights legislation -- made one of
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    Updated 8th November 2008 at 06:44 AM by JaimeB

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    Personal Reflections
  3. Quest for the Perfect Leather, Part II

    Knize Ten
    I see, I see. So yes, it has a strawberry topnote, which fades after about 45 minutes to reveal the "dry, dark background," as Turin says in the Fall '08 supplement to Perfumes: the Guide. But this dry, dark background is really not something I can imagine anyone would actively want to smell like. It actually smells like a burned chypre, a chypre left in the oven too long, if you can imagine that. The edge comes off this burned ...

    Updated 22nd April 2009 at 12:38 AM by kopah

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    Leather Quest , Reviews
  4. Quest for the Perfect Leather: The Beginning

    (Four reviews follow after the jump.)

    It all started when I realized I wasn't crazy about Daim Blond anymore. And then, I realized that it was the overly-dominant fruity apricot that bothered me. The suede part, I loved. So then, I started this thread to get suggestions on frags that would be similar to DB, hold the fruit.

    To save you (and me) time, here are the suggestions: Cuiron, Cuir Mauresque, Royal English Leather, Cuir Ottoman, L'Oiseau de Nuit, Dzongkha, Chanel ...

    Updated 22nd April 2009 at 12:39 AM by kopah

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    Leather Quest , Reviews
  5. A Cold and Dismal Day

    Those cold, dark days of almost-winter are back, albeit in fits and starts. As usual at this time, I find myself reaching for something warm, woodsy, and peppery. Will it be Coup de Fouet? Even Yatagan? No, today my scent is Flower Oriental. Most peppery scents utilize the almost ubiquitous pink pepper (or its synthetic equivalent). Some, like Piper Nigrum by Lorenzo V., use the black. Flower Oriental uses sichuan pepper, even hotter than the others. Matched with headspace kyara incense (a form ...
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