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  1. Reflections on Reformulation. Inquiry 1: When does a thing stop being what it is?

    [I][B]My favorite perfume by any other name would smell as splendid as my favorite perfume[/B][/I], but what if, instead of changing the name, you change the properties of the thing? What if, for example, you change the essential qualities of a perfume—its notes or their proportions—but keep the name the same? If rose geranium now replaces rose but the name remains the same, is “it” still the same perfume?

    Virtually every perfumista can name a perfume once beloved to him/her but ...
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  2. Reflections on Reformulation. Introduction.

    [B]What's in a name?[/B]

    Every single thing in existence is what it is and is not what it is not. You may call a thing whatever you want, but if all and only the properties of one thing are shared by another, then they are the same. You may apply names to a certain endearing and beloved furry creature, say, [I]chat[/I], [I]Katze[/I], [I]gatto[/I], [I]gato[/I], [I]cat[/I], [I]neko[/I]--or, if you happen to be blessed with the enlightenment of the ancient Egyptians: [I]divine feline[/I]. ...

    Updated 1st August 2011 at 04:27 AM by sherapop

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  3. Apres L'ondee ebay

    Fingers crossed this is not a bad decision..have bought a bottle for AU $155 Advert as follows:

    This is a brand new (but sprayed a few times) bottle of Guerlain Apres L'ondee Eau de Toilette 100mL.
    The item is still in the box however the cellophane has been taken off and the bottle has been sprayed a few times to try. I have found that the perfume in this EDT form is too light for my skin and will not last. I am selling as I know that this perfume is coveted by many
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  4. Shopping

    After a bit of a hiatus which I had to take to recover from minor surgery, I have started going back to the stores to look for stuff to sniff. Unfortunately, I haven't found much lately that truly inspires me.

    I have bought some pretty innocuous things, even thought they didn't really impress or satisfy me, and I wonder now if this business of searching for new scents and picking up a bottle here and there isn't just an exercise based on force of habit.

    Among some
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  5. I Smell. . . a Dupe

    Again, my web log serves as a confessional. Oh, why do I feel so dirty?

    Three years ago, a benevolent swapper at MakeUpAlley sent me a sample of Must de Cartier parfum, but she also sent me a small vial of "a dupe." I was really busy at the time, and I didn't have a chance to sample either parfum or "dupe." But since getting onto a Must de Cartier EdT kick last week, I rummaged through my piles of samples and found them.

    The dupe wasn't even labeled. ...
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