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  1. Choosing a Signature Vetyver

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    Sel de Vetyver vs. Etro Vetyver

    Sel starts out smelling like I imagine an islay malt distillery does. Briney and smokey. Layer in dry astringent potent vetyver. Very Raw. Then the soapy base comes cleanly to the front of the scene. A salty mineral note is discernable through the still- pungent root and smoke, somehow lending an irish-springish just-showered cleanse. The Etro is just a strong but different in every dimension. Etro begins with a boozy sweet vetyver. This opening fades
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  2. Sephora Leading Men set

    I recently made the decision to take my scent into my own hands instead of just wearing what other people happen to buy me as gifts. It's been tricky figuring out what I like. The last time I bought myself fragrances was nearly ten years ago and it seems that my tastes have changed a lot since then.

    Although I was well aware that it could backfire, I though Sephora's gift box of samples might be a good way to go. I had bought one of the women's boxes for my sister and she liked it ...
  3. Smelly Libraries

    Iíve been perfume blogging for 5 years now. I think that makes me either first or at least second generation. Iíve been through all the stages of perfumistahood, and the Jaded Stage was the worst. Would I finally give up my great love, perfume? Did IFRA kill it? Did Sephora? Nah, I went DIY. I went Nerd.

    I started a scent library and grew smelly plants, and after that went on for a couple of years, I started to make my own tinctures and perfumes. ACK! I heard that at some sort of ...
  4. Guerlain - La petite robe noire

    I sampled this for the first time today and was really impressed - the embodiment of the flirty and chic Parisienne. Unusual black cherry note, beautifully rounded and balanced by the masterful Thierry Wasser. The charming motif of 'La Parisienne' created by Kuntzel & Deygas adorning the packaging just adds to the appeal. Sellling wonderfully well in France, I hope this one's a winner in the UK x
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  5. Curiosity Never Killed the Fresh Cat

    Can anyone tell me why Turin and Sanchez's "THE GUIDE" does not review the Fresh line? I'm talking about. . . . Fresh Index Bergamot Citrus, Red Currant Basil, Geranium Pepper + Fresh Sugar, Sugar Blossom, Lemon Sugar. . . . It seems like a pretty big line to omit from a book that bothered to review no fewer than eight Clean fragrances (oi vey, can't you just dismiss the lot as horrid, and move on?!). Is this a slam on the Fresh line as not qualifying as "fine fragrance," and ...
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