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  1. Leather/Iris

    Okey Dokey. For everyone who asked me to report back, here we are. For everyone who is not interested in this thread, well I would move swiftly on if I were you.

    First, a caveat, I am just a keen novice and these are only my views....

    ..and Sari, I hope that you are here. I have something to tell you!!

    WHY THIS QUEST?
    Well, I like Iris, and I like Leather, and I was thinking about Iris and Leather together. It seems to me that there is something ...

    Updated 4th January 2012 at 06:16 PM by Foustie

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  2. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 13: The Greatest Hits, Part 1





    The Greatest Hits, Part 1

    There’s something to be said for popularity. The most popular scents are destined to be the most influential, simply because more people smell them. Of course, there’s a downside to popularity, mostly the result of derivative schlock copying and trying to cash in on fads without using any real artistic creativity (Bleu de Chanel, anyone?). But there have always been scents for which a perfect storm of smell, marketing, the ...
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  3. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 12: The Chypre's Last Gasp


    Here are a couple more selections for today. As always, please comment with any arguments or suggestions!


    The Chypre’s Last Gasp


    Much has been said in critical circles about the death of the chypre in popular mass-market perfumery. Many blame the 1990 IFRA restrictions on the quantity of oakmoss allowable in a perfume (oakmoss being the base of the chypre structure), but I personally believe that the chypre was dying long before any oakmoss restrictions came ...
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  4. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 11: Creed & the Aquatics

    Sorry I took a little time away, but I’m back!

    For those who missed the start of my little project, I was inspired by NowSmellThis’s 100 Perfumes Every Perfumista Must Try. I thought it would be fun to do a men's version, or at least list with the reasoning told from a masculine point of view. I’m not pretending to be an expert, just an avid fan and I look forward to seeing as many comments as possible, especially from people who disagree with my picks or have suggestions of their ...
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  5. Perfumes, Persons, and Poems. Perfumes as Poems, Part I: Platitudes Aplenty!

    [B][SIZE="4"]Proof of (Perfumes = Poems)[/SIZE][/B]

    Looking back at my rather modest and very inchoate “theory” of perfumic and poetic identity, I must say that today (a decade later—gasp!) I find it rather [I]quaint[/I] (a word which I hesitate to use in the wake of Alberto Gonzales's notorious dismissal of the Geneva conventions through the use of the same, but it really is the best choice in this case, as the reader will shortly see). The subtitle of my presentation, ...
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