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  1. Thierry Mugler A*Men - The Ten Ton Pacifist

    Recently on Basenotes I ran the first-ever Basenotes March Madness, and one of the criteria for a fragrance being in the running was to have the most reviews. A*Men led the pack by a huge margin, but it’s also probably the most divisive fragrance mentioned on the boards. It’s very polarizing, you either love it or hate it. I’m firmly ensconced in the “love it” group.

    The bottle comes a few ways, either the black rubber bottle with blue star, or the metal bottle which is refillable at ...
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  2. 2 M∀NLY! (Part 1)

    2 M∀NLY!


    2 MN - by Comme des Garçons



    Gather round, esteemed readers! There is something new swirling in this part of the fragrance world - and it ain't what you think! A new scent is taking over at the local fashion emporium, Red's Lumberyard! No, it's not the pig farm next door, although that was certainly a close contender. No - this scent is definitely ...
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  3. 2 M∀NLY! (Part 2)

    2 M∀NLY!



    (Continued from Part 1)


    "Come in! Please - have a seat. Here - take a lab stool!"

    Seeing only a tacky, vinyl-backed bar stool, we sat our butt in it.

    "And what can I do for you? You look like you could use some Comme des Garçons 2 Man!"

    Taking up his kind offer, I decided that I would ...
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  4. Elf's Compendium of Notes 9- Givaudan's Rose

    Rose absolute and rose attars are among the most expensive and ubiquitous ingredients in perfumery, along with jasmine and orris, ambergris and oudh. The vast majority of mainstream and niche fragrances don't use naturals for these notes anymore, and haven't for at least a decade. There are many aromachemicals used to mimic rose absolute, but the one I like the best is by Givaudan, titled simply, "Rose".
    But does Rose smell like a rose? Well, more like a hyper-rose. If naturals ...
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  5. Skin, Paper and the Smell Master

    Of all the ways I can smell a fine fragrance, the least rewarding is, unfortunately, evaporating off my own skin. For a while I thought I was cursed with a skin chemistry that magically decomposed scent molecules. But the problem is really in my brain. “Olfactory adaptation,” as Avery Gilbert explains in What the Nose Knows, works like this: “a new odor smells strong when we first experience it, but the longer we’re exposed to it, the more it fades into the background. In the extreme it may ...
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