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    Fleurine - where the blazes did you dig that up, and what is it?! Liz Taylor on the set of National Velvet? If so, California, I guess (or maybe Kentucky?). She seems too old in the pic though ...

    Anyway, because you've reactivated my Audrey Hepburn obsession, and I imagine you walking around Manhattan looking fabulous ...

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    Please leave some positive feedback for me forsending the samples- Thanks dah'lin!
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    I LOVE GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE!!!!!! -and- needless to say, "les Cireurs" is one of my all time favourites. The "real" cireurs, though, wear ugly grey zip up the front jumpsuits, don't drink wine, sometimes smoke cigarettes on your balcony, and are not nearly as attractive as the ones shown in the painting. Lasso is missing because it was produced only a short while, and was never a success commercially. It is a strange, forgotten scent, as depicted: Very much a bee's wax type "petrole" vibe, a bit like Tabac Blond, minus the butch CRS police woman virility.
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    MY RECIPE FOR FEELING LIKE MARIE ANTOINETTE: Into an hot bath, sprinkle an half box-full of powdered milk, or an whole box, if you're feeling decadent. Mix this up with your foot, or better yet, ask the Maid to do it. Once you're nicely settled in, put in a drop of your favourite "Old Style" bath oil, of which currently on the market is to be found only Estee Lauder's Youth Dew, ("bath oil" sold in 1oz bottles to this day) which, having been initially a bath oil, and not a perfume, is quite delicious when used as such.
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    It is, indeed: AND, I also know who's coat she's wearing. It's Burberry. I've got better: I also know who's shoes she's wearing. They are Roger Vivier. Any more questions?
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    Furthermore, on the subject of "Royal Bain de Champagne," this was created by Ernest Daltroff on special order by a prominent figure of European Aristocracy who wished for a product that would allow him to feel as though he were bathing in Champagne, Marie-Antoinette style. (She bathed only in fresh cows milk, or champagne. No one ever bathed in water, then.) Interestingly, I just scored an huge 17oz bottle, sealed, on evil-bay last night. This is not an oil, and never has been: You're meant to simply pour a good amount into your bath water, or use it as a refreshing, cleansing splash: It is quite singular in the "Caron" library. Worn as an eau fraiche, I liken its scent to that waking up in a bed of clover.
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    Sorry, Dearest. I'm in a muddle: I'm somewhat upset with a certain gesture on the part of a certain team member of a certain web-site. Naturally, I wouldn't drop a name. I've calmed down now....a bit....though still fuming: Re-phrase below as:

    "Why, naturally you recognize Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy, and of course, Audrey: They were great friends. Such a Dashing couple, too. Pity Monsieur de Givenchy was just a wee bit too gay for that to work out, but, visually, it was perfection: Both were icons of beauty in their time."


    HINT: One is wearing "L'interdit," and the other created it expressly for that wearer. Who are they, now?
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    FLEURINE!!!!!!! is that irony??????????????????? (Imagine le MDM screaming in fury.) It's Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hephern. Most definitely a couple. Not, however, a "real french couple--pray: How could you not know that? (non-condescending gentle loving professor-like tantrum here, rest assured.)
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    Hey, Fleurine - I did pop open the RBDC. I dabbed a little on the back of my hand, amd my first impression is that it definitely has that Caron feel. The waxy jasmine iris Caronade base is the first thing I noticed. I seem to be hypersensitive to this, as all the Carons smell like this to me at first until I get attuned to their differences.

    I dribbled some into the bath with my kiddos to try it that way. It wasn't very strong in the bath, but it was a bubble bath, and I think maybe the bubbles trap the scent. My little monsters came out of the bath delicately scented - kind of a pale green floral is the best way I can describe it, but I'm sure my perceptions will change as I learn it better.

    As a GD, I'm sure you will appreciate it, and it's dirt cheap even in the vintage. Just do it! I'll trade you decants so we can compare the old and new. It'll be fun!
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    I wish I could do the photo thing that seems to come so easily to some of the members...the sample of Apege came for a 2 inch square bottle marked parfum , which was part of a set with a larger bottle of EDT.
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Form follows function

by Fleurine on 12th April 2017 at 01:44 AM

Who doesn't love a good functional fragrance?

Anyway, The Eau from NIVEA , pictured above with items in the gift set. I am enjoying the concept aesthetic.The little white tin feels niche ... functional niche in that the packaging is overtly clever and design. As is the round, white ceramic purse spray (?) (30ml) which is appealing and quite thoroughly functional, albeit statementy.
The scent is a surprisingly well put-together MUGUET

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The World Stockpile of Patou 1000

by Fleurine on 6th January 2017 at 05:15 PM

Well, I'm wearing it today. Madame Mille. It comes as a huge relief since I have been hoarding it for several years and I have more than just the above stash to show for it. I bought a 2 oz bottle that popped up on Ebay because a certain someone, namely Le Mouchoir de Monsieur insisted that it was an "important" bottle...whatever that means....I have a vast stash of the Eaux as well, de Toilette, de Parfum, the works. . It is the scent that Le

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From the boxes in my closet , Vintage Jean Patou

the vintage dream perfume arrived....

by Fleurine on 5th November 2015 at 08:22 PM
This post from 2008, by seattlelight, sort of sums up my feelings towards this scent as well...
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Quarry - that's the one I purchased! Thank you for posting those photos! Now you can all have a better look at what I tried to describe. If I wasn't so unskilled with the computer, I could have just posted photos instead of all those words!

The top was on the bottle fairly tight - I presume from the seller taking precautions about spillage. I opened the bottle immediately last night

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the vintage dream perfume arrived....

by Fleurine on 5th November 2015 at 08:21 PM
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I posted awhile back with a question - if you spotted your vintage dream perfume for $95 at an antique store - couldn't sniff if, don't know the concentration, just had to go by the outside package - would you purchase?

The overwhelming majority of people said "absolutely yes".

Yesterday evening, returning home after running errands, I received the package. Placed in a styrofoam peanuts filled box, I find a bubble wrapped square. The bubble wrap comes

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The Scent Crush

by Fleurine on 2nd November 2015 at 05:49 PM
This was a scent I would (most likely) never have chosen on my own. Too rare. Too obscure. Even I would probably not have run across It left to my own devices. Still, a classic vintage from a classic house...a dainty light green chypre with citrus, iris and mimosa, over a simple yet classic ambery base. Sheer at first, but with some backbone. A fine upstanding *young lady's* scent ...The air of a morning stroll along Madison Ave, in Mid march 1965, wearing a matching ivory skirt suit and gloves.

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