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  1. Keepers (and chucker-outers)

    Some notes about fragrances that have made it onto my full bottle list, and why they did so.

    Fahrenheit 32 - I tend to buy small samples of fragrances, and since I don't wear fragrance every single day it's actualy very rare that I get to the end of one. 32, however, proved to be a perfect scent for nights out dancing; it's pleasant but not overly loud, and remains enjoyable throughout its development. It also lasts well even when I'm very warm, which when you're spending an evening ...

    Updated 19th August 2017 at 04:52 PM by philistine

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  2. Not-on-Basenotes notes

    Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer

    Dusty floral and a hint of dark fruit - plum, I think? Very modern. Starts out with a dose of some ultra-trendy 80s-esque top note that I don't like but this pretty quickly vanishes to leave a relatively sweet mid. 3*
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  3. On genderf*cking with fragrance

    Miss Dior

    On paper this is a scent I adore and which has days of longevity - I was still getting wafts of my test strip nearly a week after I sprayed it. But on me, it seems to have trouble battling through my skin chemistry. Same thing happened to Chanel Chance and Chance Eau Fraiche, which disappeared in short order. I begin to wonder whether florals fundamentally don't play well with masculine skin - or at least, not as well as woods, citrus and so on do.

    I'm coming ...
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  4. Top 10 tasting article

    Bon et Copieux linked me to Top Ten Niche Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample in a thread where I asked about figuring out my taste. It seems a useful backbone to make notes on.

    1: L’Air du Desert Marocain: dry, resinous amber.

    I already know I like amber *and* that I like it to be moist and rich rather than dry. Tom Ford Amber Absolute is a favourite of mine and pops up in the "if you like it richer" section of this. However, I'm coming to understand ...

    Updated 11th August 2016 at 10:31 PM by philistine

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  5. Notes on my taste

    Something I'm trying to do as I learn about fragrance is to figure out the shape of the gaps in my ideal perfume wardrobe. What are the perfumes I desperately want, but haven't figured out I want them yet?

    So far, I seem to have a love of:

    Something I will call Wardrobe Fresco. Things that smell "wet", fresh, alive. I don't mean marine; this one seems to be fruity-florals for the most part. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche (and Chance itself) are good ones. Michael ...

    Updated 19th August 2017 at 02:48 PM by philistine

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