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  1. A Response to a Question about Top, Middle, and Base Notes

    The question:

    Quote Originally Posted by Fadi007 View Post
    [Are] there some notes that are restricted to one level in the three levels of a fragrance?

    i mean, for example, can we have musk, patchouli , sandalwood , clove... on top notes?

    or can we have lime , lavender , cinnamon , sage... in the base notes ?

    or [are] there some notes that are physically impossible to put in top or base ?
    My reply:

    Hermès Eau des Merveilles was supposed to have
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    Updated 12th October 2011 at 01:42 PM by JaimeB

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  2. Roja Dove Diaghilev: A Review

    Well, it's taken me a couple of days to get around to it, but I think I'm ready to give a review of Diaghilev. I haven't given it a full wearing yet, but I applied a couple of miserly spritzes on three different occasions, and I can say a few things about it now.

    Just to recap the pyramid:

    Top Notes: Bergamot, Amalfi Lemon, Orange •Middle Notes: Jasmine, Rose de Mai •Base Notes: Vetiver, Orris Root, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Vanilla

    First off, it strikes me
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  3. California's Great New Education System

    California has a really important upgrade in public postsecondary education, and it's worth writing about. It's not the University of California, or the California State University, or even the California Community Colleges. Those institutions are old-hat. The Golden State has shifted its priorities to take funds away from these older institutions and sink them into the new approach.

    The new system is miles ahead of them in its ability to recruit new students. Even better than that,
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  4. Thoughts on Love and Fear, Giving and Loss

    OK, a little break from writing only about perfume, though perfume may come into it a bit…

    Recently I’ve been concerned with the idea of how fear affects one’s attitude toward love. This came up for me as I was reading one day and found an article that quoted some familiar words: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” I remembered these words from reading the New Testament, where they appear in the First Letter of John. They reminded me of someone I knew a long
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    Updated 10th February 2011 at 10:42 PM by JaimeB

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  5. All-Night Vigil

    Last Wednesday night/Thursday morning I did something I have never done before. I have known friends who stayed up all night waiting to get tickets to that special concert or sporting event, but I'd never done that. I've had friends who spent white nights waiting for product launches. And I'd never done that before either.

    Well, I decided I needed to have that experience, so I stayed up all night with some people in San Francisco in front of the Apple Store waiting for the launch of
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