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  1. Layering with Bal a Versailles

    I just blind-bought a mini of BaV at a junk/antiques/curios shop. I loved the fragrance, and was amazed by its legendary longevity. Then, I started experimenting with layering. I started with Jazz, because I think it is a related fragrance. The result was impressive, the two frags fitting together to make something bigger than both. I was not surprised to find it was lingering on my arm for most of the next day. Then, I decided to try another YSL, Opium pour Homme. This didn't work nearly ...
  2. A Guerlain quintet m/f

    Living in Japan is a bit difficult for fragrance lovers because a) you can never get liquid samples and b) prices are very high, even at discounters. I was looking at a domestic Japanese on-line retailier, and I saw Habit Rouge EDC for less than half the (full retail) price I paid for HR EDT. So I went for that, and in trying to get to the free shipping point, I found a box of four Guerlain samples, all EDT: Mitsouko, Shalimar, Instant Magic and Insolence. I would have preferred more archetypal ...
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  3. Guerlain at full retail, hoping for an experience

    I decided to buy Habit Rouge. I decided to go to the Guerlain boutique at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. It seems to function as the main Guerlain shop here. Jicky and some others are only available at this shop. So I thought if I went there, I could try Jicky and also had some hopes for some kind of freebie. Looking around in the hotel, I couldn't see anything Guerlain, so I went to the newer tower next door. There, a receptionist told me Guerlain was on the fourth floor. This turned out to ...
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  4. Scent in Japan--my experiences

    The Japanese trace their scent heritage back to ancient Egypt. The Japanese word for 'mummy' is 'mira' which is thought to be related to the word 'myrrh,' an important spice for Egyptian embalmers. It is said that once upon a time, a big piece of strangely-shaped driftwood washed up on the beach. When villagers burned the wood, they discovered a wondrous fragrance. This is thought to be agarwood, or oud as it is known in the Middle East. Certain tree species in southeast Asia react to infections ...
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