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  1. Godey's Lady's Magazine - Philadelphia, July 1855, Perfumes for the Ladies, and Where They Come From

  2. Fragrance Review: Amouage Fate Man

    Amouage Fate Man

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    Fate Woman is a honking big oriental fragrance that would have fit right in among the monumental spicy orientals of the 1980s: Opium, Cinnabar, and Coco. Its masculine companion scent feels like something of a throwback, too: a dense, serious woody oriental that conjures distant echoes of late 20th century masculine icons like Héritage and Zino Davidoff.

    Nice saffron and citrus top notes introduce a complicated
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    Updated 29th July 2014 at 01:04 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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