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  1. Fragrance Review: Diptyque Eau de Lavande

    Eau de Lavande

    Genre: Floral

    Eau de Lavande has a beautiful, beautiful herbaceous top note that soon resolves into a smooth, rich lavender-centered accord, one which emphasizes the central note’s bittersweet, caramel-like facets. The lavender accord persists, largely unaccompanied and linear, for three or four hours before trailing off into a barely detectable and indistinct woody drydown.

    Ultimately this is a nice straightforward lavender: not
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    Updated 23rd July 2014 at 04:16 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  2. Fragrance Review: Diptyque Geranium Odorata

    Geranium Odorata

    Genre: Floral

    Diptyque’s Geranium Odorata is a very simple composition. After the briefest of bright bergamot top notes, it reveals a very soapy, green geranium note, supported by little more than some discreet woods and a clean white musk. The scent is linear, fading rather than developing, until all that remain are traces of abstract woods and a skin musk that might be at home in a household product or bath amenity. The composition, if one
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  3. Fragrance Review: Amouage Fate Woman

    For those who may wish to follow the reviews in a subscription format, I will post new reviews here, as well in the Basenotes Directory, starting with...

    Amouage Fate Woman:

    Genre: Oriental

    The bergamot, labdanum, and oakmoss in the published pyramid are key components of the chypre accord, but anyone expecting a chypre fragrance is in for a rude surprise with Fate Woman. This is a massive, uncompromising spicy oriental fragrance in direct
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    Updated 8th July 2014 at 03:42 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  4. Get to Know a Basenote(r): Ipp

    And today, we have another great mod interview, as well as our first female! Get ready.. for Ipp!

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    Retired, caring for a parent, a bunch of rescue dogs and an increasingly wayward garden. Also seek out unusual stones to make necklaces & things from in quiet times.
    Have reached a wonderful stage in life where my daughter has grown up safely and is a lovely, happy person.

    Did you want to be a mod?
    .Being fairly housebound, it seemed like ...

    Updated 16th June 2014 at 04:50 PM by jarroditshallbe

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  5. About those reviews...

    For better or worse, I have decided to reinstate what remain of the 1,200-odd reviews which I originally wrote between 2007 and 2012 under the usernames “Vibert” (too pretentious!) and “Off-Scenter,” and then withdrew from the Basenotes Directory some two years ago now. Old-timers on Basenotes will recall that the reviews were withdrawn on one previous occasion – in that case, it was in order to re-edit the entire corpus once the review editing feature was introduced to the Basenotes Directory. ...

    Updated 29th July 2014 at 04:20 AM by Way Off Scenter

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