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    (belated) Happy Birthday! We probably didn't exit the womb smelling all that great (debatable, I suppose?) but sure do now
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    Amazing reviews, keep 'em coming
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    Just wanted to drop a line and say that I've appreciated your reviews and in particular, your review of Grey Vetiver! Thank you for the historical perspective and time, ZC, very much appreciated!
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    Clear to engage now !
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    Yes! Haiku Reflection and Haiku Kyoto both sound intriguing, though probably a bit feminine. But Mesmerize and Mesmerize Black both sound GREAT and right up my alley. The prices are AWESOME.
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    LOL! Avon is definitely in my price range, and they make something called HAIKU!!! MUST HAVE!!!
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    Thanks, ZC! Have really been enjoying your reviews--thank you for those!
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    Hi dear, your qualified reviews are special, spot on, informative and amazing.
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    Damn i am at a loss for anything clever to reply. I will say this...I didn't know i had a visitor message lol sorry for the late response.
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    You mean thank me
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I fell off a turnip cart at some point in the early development of Human civilization, and went unnoticed for centuries until I started eating everyone's leftover cold pizza. Whoops.
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Drugstore, Designer, and Niche: What are the Differences?

by Zealot Crusader on 21st May 2018 at 07:31 AM
Most of us entering the world of perfume as a hobby learn really quickly that not all scents are created equal, and even within the purview of a single fragrance line, there can be differences based on various vintages of the scent, depending on how long it's been in production. It's honestly no wonder that the more pedantic members of our community fastidiously catalog every batch code of a scent (if given), and painstakingly chronicle the differences, with phrases like "Cosmair Era".

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You Are What You Wear: The Perils of Perfume Snobbery

by Zealot Crusader on 12th May 2018 at 09:38 PM
My crazy reinvigorated journey into fragrance once again has taught me a lot. For starters, I never knew there was a discernable difference between eau de cologne and eau de toilette, and that eau de toilette concentrée is a fancy way of saying eau de parfum for all intents and purposes at a time when men saw the word "parfum" as inexorably female. I also learned that high-end perfumes don't stop with Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, but keep going into exclusive ranges, and finally niche

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Updated 12th May 2018 at 11:36 PM by Zealot Crusader

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Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History Pt 7: Is Avon Still Calling? Not in the US.

by Zealot Crusader on 4th May 2018 at 02:26 AM
We can't really blame Avon for the state of things post-2010. The American consumer market had been slowly drifting away from the brand since the mid-1980's, when they initially failed to keep up with market trends and went into their own little cultish detached world by the 90's. Only folks who were 2nd and 3rd-generation Avon loyals that had grown up with the brand were really chomping at the bit for their products, which is a similar problem Sears faced in it's stores, leading to new generations

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Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History Pt 6: Renaissance Overreach

by Zealot Crusader on 3rd May 2018 at 10:26 PM
Avon had a completely different outlook after the turn of the millenium thanks to CEO Andrea Jung. The company touted as being for women by women was finally lead by one for the first time ever, and Jung brought her experience from managing Nordstrom to the table. She wanted to lift the company upmarket, both back to mid-tier levels where it sat in the 60's and 70's, plus make a new designer tier called "Mark" that would be sold brick and mortar in department stores at the beauty and perfume

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Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History Pt 5: The Carnival Bizarre

by Zealot Crusader on 3rd May 2018 at 01:26 AM
Avon perfume as a whole took a dive in the 1990's as their ultimate game plan of focusing on cosmetics went into effect and their perfume profits came from owning a small portfolio of designer brands. Obviously, there were generations of women that would buy nothing but Avon perfume, so there was still a reason to not give it up entirely, but the men's lines were really little more than an afterthought, with Avon treating entire lines with the same lack of attention they once gave their prolific

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Updated 4th May 2018 at 03:31 AM by Zealot Crusader

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