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  1. Summer's coming...

    by , 12th May 2013 at 12:08 PM (Possum-Pie's making sense of scents)
    Well, I'm back after a (forced) holiday of two months...All I can say is be very careful not to irritate the moderators. They have the power of life and death on Basenotes.
    With Summer coming, I have been to the department stores looking over the fragrances. Those who follow my posts on Basenotes know I have been a staunch niche fragrance fan. True they are harder to find, and more expensive, but you will not smell like everyone else, and the scent usually lasts all day.
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  2. Shipping Fragrances

    by , 24th February 2013 at 01:04 PM (Possum-Pie's making sense of scents)
    There are some regulations which have been on the books for years, that are only recently being enforced. It is illegal to ship flammable liquids internationally because they are put in cargo planes. When you purchase postage for your international package, you are generally asked if it contains liquid, flammable, or hazardous materials. Since EdT, Perfume, etc. contains a large amount of alcohol, the answer should be "yes"
    Great Brittan's Royal Mail just announced that they ...

    Updated 24th February 2013 at 02:23 PM by Possum-Pie

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  3. Where to keep your bottles

    by , 14th February 2013 at 11:14 AM (Possum-Pie's making sense of scents)
    Where and how to store your fragrances is an important topic, one with many myths and superstitions. Here are the facts.
    First, Never store your fragrances in the sunlight. The biggest concern is the break-down of the delicate top notes such as the citrus based notes in a fragrance. Heat and sunlight are the enemy. Storing them in the bathroom may seem like the logical place, but the heat, humidity, and bright lights will damage the top-notes over time. I store mine in the bedroom, ...
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  4. What is Oud?

    by , 3rd February 2013 at 12:01 PM (Possum-Pie's making sense of scents)
    Agarwood, also known as oud, Aoud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees. When the tree is infected by a mold, it's immune response produces this thick rich smelling oil. Like different wines grown in different locations, oud depends on where and when it was grown. It comes from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Phillip pines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and India. I believe most oud is produced in plantations of trees planted by suppliers.You ...

    Updated 3rd February 2013 at 12:06 PM by Possum-Pie

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  5. Wonderous Strange

    by , 27th January 2013 at 03:00 PM (Possum-Pie's making sense of scents)
    When the average person thinks of fragrances, they think of Rose, Jasmine, citrus, powder. But there is a whole world of unusual avant garde niche fragrances with strange notes like petrol, tar, civet, and caramel. Some of these offerings are a challenge to wear. I love the smell of a good gourmand such as caramel, vanilla, and chocolate, just not radiating away from me in church. go to Basenotes Fragrance Directory, and click on the advanced tab. Start putting in notes like Gasoline, tar, ...
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