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    We were there last Saturday, as it happens! But, we were eating earlier in the evening, so we missed you by a good few hours. Gorgeous day, though, so I'm happy you came to our city then rather than some other day in what's been an unseasonably chilly June.
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    Yes, in Victoria we have a rather silly tradition of faux-Englishness. There's a neighborhood called Oak Bay that does scones and Tudorbethan exteriors to the max, and I myself live not too far from "Anne Hathaway's Thatched Cottage", recently rebranded as "Anne Hathaway's Conference Center". You can't make this stuff up, sometimes...
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    Hello Jamie! As always I hope you and your family are all doing well and are safe and happy. I have a busy week ahead of me, Royal Ascot is the 15th through the 19th. My mum and dad and I always look forward each year to going. It's always fun to see the hats the ladies wear my mum always trys to top herself each year. Then of course there are the horses which are my passion. I'll be in my top hat and tails I can look quite the gentleman when I want to lol. And it's always great fun to enter the royal enclosure and have HM The Queen standing just a few feet from you. I'm sorry I don't mean to rattle on but it's just so exciting! Best regards, Slane
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    Thank you, Jaime. I have to say you do important work--and perhaps that's part of why you so beautifully.
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    I just want to say how much I enjoy your wonderful reviews.
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    Hey Jaime, how are you? I just wanted to say hi and enjoy the last days of school for the semester. Well, at least the student interaction part. How's everything? The SA's at Saks, Neiman, and Barneys remembered us when Holland and I made a spur-of-the-moment run to SF. Thanks for introducing us to them.
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    Hi! I'm fan of your reviews. Your fragrance knowlegde is amazing!
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    I actually live here in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, because of Chinese laws, the choices for perfumes here is very limited. The Chinese government doesn't really allow all brands to enter China. So, I rely very much on the reviews of basenoters.
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French; former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
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"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"

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Fiat justitia ruat cælum.

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Revisiting “Unusual” Sunday Scents

by JaimeB on 29th November 2011 at 07:42 AM
Back in early 2008, I posted about the fact that I had fallen into the habit of wearing some pretty “unusual” scents to choir practice and church on Sundays. For some context on what I'm about to post now, you can read that post here.

Recently, someone who has environmental illness has joined the choir I sing with. Out of respect for this person’s request, I have refrained from using any fragrance on Sundays. This was a sad decision for me, but I wanted to be generous to a person

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Now Things Get Serious

by JaimeB on 10th November 2011 at 08:14 AM
In my last post, I indulged myself in a little harmless fun; at least that's what I said. In truth, there was a subtext to my borrowing the Occupy Wall Street metaphor and dressing it up in the issues of perfumista frustration in our own love-hate relationship with the purveyors of our favorite stuff.

The best way to put this is perhaps to say that in many aspects of our life, so many of which are affected by commercial interests, we encounter more and more frustration in a sense

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Updated 10th November 2011 at 08:43 AM by JaimeB

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The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections

Occupy Perfume Counters (Occupy PC, or OPC)

by JaimeB on 27th October 2011 at 07:46 AM
[Please do not take the initial premise (in the title of this post) seriously. I am just trying to dramatize a situation and make a point.]

Some radical perfumistas are occupying perfume counters across the country, and even the world, because they are frustrated by the trends they see in the perfume industry leading to downgrading the quality of fragrances and pricing their products beyond the reach of “the 99 percent.”

In the meantime, many in the media are pointing

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Updated 27th October 2011 at 08:12 AM by JaimeB

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Philosophy of Fragrance , The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections , Perfume History

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

by JaimeB on 12th October 2011 at 08:23 AM
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 02:42 PM by JaimeB

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The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part I

by JaimeB on 26th September 2011 at 12:45 AM
In thinking about what is having the worst effect of the fragrance industry today, I was hard pressed to find a single factor that explains all the problems surrounding quality, reformulation, and customer satisfaction. I think that to discuss matters fully, we need to look at four separate, but interrelated issues.

1. Sourcing and cost of raw materials

Over-harvesting of many perfume materials has provoked a situation in which many are at a point of near-extinction. In

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Updated 1st October 2011 at 12:49 AM by JaimeB

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The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
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