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    Indubitably my friend! You seem like a very cool guy.
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    Love your reviews, you've got a great way of describing, I always make a point of reading them when I see your avatar while scrolling through reviews.
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    Yeaaa, my first friend request. Thanks!
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    Muchas gracias Jaime lo que pasa es que tengo que mudarme en el verano a otra ciudad para esutdiar en la escuela graduada y tengo que ensenar para mi asistencia. Necesito aprender dos idiomas mas y creo que voy a estudiar frances y portugues , bueno especialmente frances porque puedo hablarlo bien para que pueda ir a Francia y ir a la tienda de Creed jajaja. Quiero darte muchas gracias por darme las muestras de los perfumes , lo aprecio mucho. Me encanta Creed y quiero oler todos que pueda. Nos hablamos amigo.
    David
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    Love your reviews. Always make I sure I read them when wandering through the site.
    Best wishes
    mjcr
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    Hello again! I just had to tell you something, I'm a huge musk fan and have tried many well know brands most of them very high end. I came across Jovan Musk ( I had never heard of it ) the mens version was just "meh". Then I tried the womens version and now I'm in love with it. I've been wearing high priced musk and now all I want is the low priced Jovan Musk. Jaime please tell me I haven't lost my mind LOL =)
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    Hello! Great reviews, I'm always running into them on the site!
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    Just dropping in to say hello and hope all is well with you.
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    Good morning Jaime!

    I'm new to BN and I'm slowly working my way through your excellent reviews. It's such fun to compare your experiences with my own, and you're helping me to appreciate some fragrances that I might otherwise have dismissed out of hand.

    (And thanks for visiting my profile, sorry there wasn't much to see... Working on that, too.)
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    I meant jaime b!
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Native of Brooklyn, NY; speak Spanish and French; former Anglican/Episcopalian monastic, now married
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Retired Language Instructor
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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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Revisiting “Unusual” Sunday Scents

by JaimeB on 29th November 2011 at 06:42 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 07:14 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 07:43 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 06:46 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 07:12 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 07:23 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 01:42 PM by JaimeB

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The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part I

by JaimeB on 25th September 2011 at 11:45 PM
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 30th September 2011 at 11:49 PM by JaimeB

Categories
The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
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