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  1. Re: Agalinis Acuta, Phantom Flower - another interesting read courtesy of The New Yorker

    Thank you!
    Now,how I'd need the IFF device during my "scent" walks! :smiley:
  2. Re: Do you find Borneo 1834 unwearable? Then try Mechant Loup.

    I don't find them similar at all, in any respect.
    Borneo is dark, dense, dusty and I love it deeply, while I find ML nice in its initial nuttiness but shallow and synthetic in the long run.
  3. Re: Any suggestions for a woman's fragrance that actually smells like AMBER?

    Maybe the OP should clarify what he/she means with "real amber"- as deadidol already pointed out, otherwise we'll be in the open field of subjectivity...
    For example: to me the most real amber...
  4. Thread: House of Evody

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    Re: House of Evody

    I smelt some of their fragrances at Esxence a couple of years ago, and also got some samples. Not bad scents, rather uninteresting, IMO. I had the orange blossoms and a thick, overly sweet tropical...
  5. Re: Recommend a Patchouli similar to Borneo 1834 !!

    I agree, too!
  6. Re: New Installment of Luca Turin's Reviews - September 2nd

    It is! I had a sample of it and loved every single drop- to me it smells weirdly of tea with milk, at a certain point! :huh: It's quite expensive, though.

    Thanks for the link.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I'm re-reading Bulgakov Master and Margarita: during Woland show at the theatre women in the audience are given clothes, shoes, bags and "Guerlain, Chanel, Mitsouko, Narcisse Noir, Chanel n° 5"...
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    Re: The Best Patchouly ever...

    my favourite ones:
    Bornéo 1834, Etro Patchouly and Coromandel. I also like Bois 1920 Patchouly and Mazzolari, which I find rather similar
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    Re: Cowshed (UK), do you know this line?

    I tried a couple of their soaps- can't remember exactly which Cow :grin:. The scents were both very light, very safe, quite pretty- a rose-sandalwood and an aromatic herbs- ginger accord. OK for a...
  10. Beautiful interview- and many thanks Chris....

    Beautiful interview- and many thanks Chris. :smiley:
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    Agree!!!
    I would have said BD was my favourite perfumer some time ago- I guess he's the most represented in my personal wardrobe, but he's been so over-exposed lately and his work is sometimes, IMO,...
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    I generally spend most of my time in the GFD sub forum and here the difference is not that huge... As the previous poster says, here there are people who care about all aspects of Fragrance and...
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    Re: The smells of summer

    Thanks Kagey, I love this kind of articles.

    May I suggest to you and others this: http://www.aesop.com/au/pleasureandpurpose ?

    :smiley:
  14. Re: Diptyque will launch two new scents this month...

    Tried them both- not on skin, fortunately! :grin:
    Geranium is OK, safe and true to its name.
    Lavande can be interesting in the opening BUT it features the very same white musk that Olivia...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Like Eau de Magnolia!!!! :grin: It really displays all the facets of the flower, also a certain sourish fruit decay note, at some point, that magnolia flowers give off when crushed- I used to play...
  16. Re: Notes vs. Ingredients - What matters is how it smells, not what it is made of

    I tend to agree with you- a certain note can arise from several different odorants combined, resembling none of them.
    I slightly disagree on molecules not having "notes": I'm reading Scent and...
  17. Re: Thoughts on Mecca Balsam by La Via del Profumo?

    Great fan of AbdesSalaam, here! Never tried Balsamo della Mecca, but own a mini of Chilum: no menthol detected- unfortunately, as I love camphorated or mentholated vibes in fragrances!:smiley:- but a...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Cacio, you're right! I'm wearing a kimono that's been in contact with EdM and it's giving off a delicious muguet- like smell...

    I'm reading that molecules that smell of lily of the valley are...
  19. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    It may not have been addressed here, but the idea of individual sensitivity to a specific odorant and different degrees of perception of it according to certain variable parameters are widely...
  20. Re: Serge Lutens - Any news about the 2014 exclusive range perfume?

    Don't know if it's happening worldwide, but at Rinascente in Milan I found- on sale!! 30%- the Vaporizateur Tout Noir set of Iris Silver Mist and Fourrure Noire, two Palais Royal exclusive...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Interesting association, cacio and interesting infos gandhajala .
    I'm now at my third full wear of EdM (from the tester at corsocomo in Milan) and about to buy a FB.
    I don't see much a...
  22. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    I know I promised I wouldn't have said more on the subject, but I'll just chime in to say how much I love the way LT uses Chemistry, along with other arts and sciences, as an endless source of...
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    Re: School cleaner loves my perfume!

    School and compliments- it has happened twice to me, this school year and in both cases it was Etro Patchouly. Two students of mine, in different occasions made a positive remark on the way I...
  24. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    English is not my mother-tongue and my studies in Chemistry are quite ancient- and was more in Inorganic Chemistry than in Organic, but I think all he says is: as alkynes are too reactive to be...
  25. Thread: Way Off Scenter

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    Way Off Scenter

    He' s back?! :shocked::2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    I am a great fan of Etro fragrances and own a few.
    At each purchase the SAs informed me that all Etro fragrances were made to be matched. Never trusted them, but once I layered Patchouly and...
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    Re: Pairing perfume and food

    :thumbsup: sounds delicious!

    Although I'm not too fond of pairing these two pleasures- especially when I'm cooking I don't like to be scented- I like to wear Indian inspired perfumes (Trayee,...
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    Re: La Panthère by Cartier

    The gardenia is very fleeting and multifaceted, spanning from rose notes to mushroom to musky-leathery...
    A friend- with a deep knowledge in matter of perfume and perfumery-asked me what I was...
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    Re: La Panthère by Cartier

    Got serendipitously a sample of this and can't believe how much I like it!
    No "sweet teen sauce" here, no safe fruity floral, no vanilla, nor white musks- a rooty, mossy, slightly mentholated,...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Tested it this afternoon at 10 corsocomo in Milan: sparkling, transparent, rather lightweight, with the eponymous note appearing in all its beauty at a certain point but fading rather quickly in a...
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    Re: Lush Breath Of God

    This, for me too. I find the opening quite fascinating but can't stand the development... :sad:
  32. Re: BBC Article: Do People Experience Smells in their Dreams ?

    Thanks for the link.
    I read Rosalia Cavalieri book some time ago, and found it very interesting, by the way.
    Yes, it has happened to me, in several occasions. Smelling- or tasting- scented things,...
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    Re: Esteban-paris cologne

    I am a fan of their good quality, reasonable price candles. I have tried a few of their fragrance- can't tell exactly which ones, apart Patchouli- and found them nice, safe maybe a bit weak..
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day - May 2014

    Diptyque Figuier mingling with my neighbours' jasmine
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    Re: Diptyque - Tam Dao reformulation

    To my nose TD has always smelt very synthetic- I'm referring to a bottle bought in 2010. :-(
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" M. Gustave- Ralph Fiennes- can't live without his (fictional) signature scent Air de Panache.
  37. Re: Controversial opinions on fragrances and its industry: Let's share!

    I totally agree with your point of view, narcotica, and thank you for a sound dose of science in a field that sometimes seems a bit in need of it. And I like your definition of perfume as a matter of...
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    Re: Ancient or old growth forest smell..

    Norne, of course, but also AbdesSalaam Attar's Hindu Kush. They're actually very sinilar in the deep rich resinous drydown.
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    Re: Basel, Switzerland

    Also department store Globus- Marktplatz- has a nice niche selection: Etro, Annick Goutal, Comme des Garcons and others.
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    I've just spent a few days in Vienna and couldn't avoid repeating to myself the sentence about the Ottoman Empire bringing administrative inefficiency and baggy trousers in areas that would otherwise...
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    Re: Fragrances with Cinnamon notes

    Also L'Eau by Diptyque is a cinnamom bomb!
    I particularly love the cinnamon note in Sumatera by Coquillete Paris and in Parfum d'Empire Azemour les Orangers
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release

    My feelings as well!! Fingers crossed.... :)
  43. Thread: Male or female?

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    Re: Male or female?

    In this case I guess reformulations are better! :wink:



    :smiley:
  44. Thread: Male or female?

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    Re: Male or female?

    Really?!
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    Re: Does Geranium smell animalic?

    I personally don't find geranium (I'm referring to fresh leaves smell- the only one I know directly and that gives me clues when I spot it in fragrances) nor dirty nor animalic- it's mostly green,...
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    Re: Are our cities losing their smells?

    Thank you! :smiley:
    I love writing down my olfactory sensations of the places where I happen to be...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    In Queneau's Zazie dans le metro the uncle reeks of Barbouze de chez Fior :grin:
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    Re: Which Mid-Weight Amber for Summer?

    Ambre 114 with its aromatic herbs opening could be somewhat... fresh!
    Another one you could try is Ambre Ceruléen by Huitième Art- Pierre Guillaume. It opens quite fresh with a lemony verbena...
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    Re: help me to find a german scent

    Knize is Austrian, actually.... :)
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    S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 26 March, 2014.

    Good afternoon.
    SotD is gorgeous Carbon by Italian brand nu_be, from a sample I got at Esxence.
    Totally agree with Jon, Tiziana Terenzi fragrances are great- smelled them too at Esxence. :)
  51. Just visited Esxence and tested MT edp- gorgeous...

    Just visited Esxence and tested MT edp- gorgeous stuff! Had also a sniff of Corsica Furiosa, which I was told was still a bit too green- not fully seasoned yet: interesting and refreshing essay on...
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    Marijuana fragrance -- new!

    Neela Vermeire Trayee features a "ganja" accord too.

    This one seems interesting. !
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 20 March, 2014.

    God morning, happy Spring to all Boreal hemisphere Basenoters- and, consequently, happy Autumn for the Austral ones! :smiley:
    SotD is the... Premier Figuier de la saison!

    Have a nice day.
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    Re: Home Scent of the Day -- March 2014

    Thym et Figuier room spray by Esteban. Very nice
  55. Re: THE 10 OUTSTANDING MASTERPIECES according to DARVANT & ALFAROM

    Two guys that make me a bit proud of being Italian- at least on Basenotes! :grin:

    Grazie anche da parte mia! :smiley:
  56. Re: why does everyone jump on luca turin's bandwagon?

    Another one???? :shocked:
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    S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 12 March, 2014.

    Wishing a happy happy birthday to dear ExtremeK in a cloud of Hindu Kush, what else! :)
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    Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    10 Corso Como is an address in Milan, actually... :smiley:

    I'll add the Italian city series by AbdesSalaam Attar: Milano Caffé, Venezia Giardini Segreti, Palermo Don Corleone. And, by this same...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 10 March, 2014.

    God afternoon

    Coromandel for me, today.

    Enjoy your concert, Evangeline- I'm listening to St. Vincent right now :smiley:
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 6 March, 2014.

    Happy birrhday jujy!

    Craving for flowers this morning- SotD is the very last drop of my sample of fabulous Venezia Giardini Segreti by AbdesSalaam Attar

    Have a nice day :)
  61. Re: Recommendations for visiting a perfume store while in Paris

    I guess you'll find lots of informations in the shopping section.
    Plus, there is a nice double post- one for each rive :) - on Grain de Musk
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    Re: Home Scent of the Day -- March 2014

    (Discontinued :sad:) L'Artisan Jacinthe et Feu de Bois , perfect for early Spring
  63. This May Sound Crazy, But Is There A Cologne That Smells Like The Florida Air?

    Never smelled Florida air, but I was thinking at Parfum d'Empire Azemour Les Orangers while reading. Orange trees, sand, hints of seaweeds and sun-dried grass. Worth trying, IMO
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Sunday, 2 March 2014.

    Gorgeous smelling Mr Q!!!!!
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    Re: Home Scent of the Day -- March 2014

    Geodesis Mimosa in this beautiful, clear day.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Sunday, 2 March 2014.

    Hello all

    everybody is saying Daim Blond and I have just spritzed some Daim Blond on my arm, during a testing session at 10 corsocomo! (The other scents being CDG Patchouli de Luxe EdT and Blue...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 1 March 2014.

    (((((quarry)))))

    I was looking outside my bedroom window and saw my neighbour's young, slender mimosa tree sadly bent under the heavy rain that's falling since last night... I reached for my...
  68. Re: Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez - New Edition of Perfumes: The Guide in Progress

    Thanks! :2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 27 February, 2014.

    Good morning!
    Wearing Sycomore from a sample.
    :)
  70. Re: Do you know of women who believe the right perfume will attract the right man?

    It's not a strictly gender related issue, IMO.
    I think there are women, and men, that tend to follow the stereotypes that society, reinforced by advertisements and marketing strategies suggest: if...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 24 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon everybody.

    Again Coromandel in a sunny day.

    :)
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    Re: Can women really distinguish expensive cologne?

    The question is: can women really give advices? :cheesy:
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    Re: Can women really distinguish expensive cologne?

    Yes, women can really distinguish expensive cologne, but also can smell traces of trite and cheap stereotypes! And I guess most women and men can do better and smell who is beyond the expensive...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 22 February, 2014.

    Morning! :)

    28 La Pausa, from a sample. I'm not sure I'm getting it...

    Have a nice weekend
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    Re: Tell me I am not the only one

    Love to imagine the situation you conjure!
    It happens to me in the morning in winter, when I tend to wear some overall jjumpers for several days, changing fragrances every day and often sampling on...
  76. Fragrance and food: jasmine tea and civet coffee

    Couldn't agree more, Evangeline: it's not hard at all to avoid this cruel coffee. My thought anyway is that it's ALWAYS difficult to make choices that don't do some harm to somebody or something......
  77. Fragrance and food: jasmine tea and civet coffee

    Thanks, cacio.

    Thanks Evangeline...it's always so difficult to live ethically!
  78. Re: Fragrance and food: jasmine tea and civet coffee

    Thanks for the interesting article! As a lover of the French tripes sausage called andouillette- which can be very.... civetty, at times! :laugh:- I'd love to taste it!
    Where did you find it in...
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    Re: Fragrance for the Spa

    Happy you're bringing Hindu Kush with you at the spa! :smiley:

    RE the stinky molecule, I don't know... I did the test for Iso E Super deadidol suggested in another thread (smelling a paper strip...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 14 February, 2014.

    Hello all, lovely people!

    Joining cello in the attempt to add a bit of patchouli to this infinite rosiness. This morning I doused myself in my adored Bornéo, later I tested again some...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 13 February, 2014.

    'Morning :)
    Milano Caffè in a cloudy Milano day...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 11 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon.

    Farnesiana EdP for me today.

    Have a nice day :)
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    S.O.T.D. - Monday, 10 February, 2014.

    My sympathies to everybody affected by various bugs :)

    SotD is sweet Heliotrope by Etro, cozy and warm in another heavy rainy day.

    Best to all
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day - February 2014

    Mimosa by Geodesis- a taste of Spring...
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    S.O.T.D. - Sunday, 9 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon.

    So sorry to see the damages the water is doing! Today sun shines, here, and there's also a nice breeze... More rain is expected next days :( Milan is quite safe, but there have...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    In an Italian novel- not a great one :( anyway!- one of the characters, a pianist, makes references to a French perfume named after a Chopin composition- Nocturnes de Caron, I guess.
    I used to wear...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 8 February, 2014.

    'Morning all!
    Tabac by AbdesSalaam Attar in a foggy day :(

    Enjoy your weekend!
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    Re: Fragrance for the Spa

    Don't you get a sharp synthetic note- I would say "musk"- in both Tam Dao and Orange Sanguine? I can't wear those two fragrances- which I like in the opening- because after a few minutes all I can...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 6 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon everybody.

    Milano Caffé in a sunny day, for a change.

    ((Jujy)) and eveyone in need :)
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    S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon :)

    SotD is Etro Gomma.

    Take care all of you under every kind of weather!
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day - February 2014

    My lovely pine cheapie- Muji Christmas, this afternoon!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 4 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon.

    La Traversèe du Bosphore in a grey, damp day.

    :)
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    Re: Name your Holy Grail. Have you found it yet?

    My holy grail for citruses. Azemour Les Orangers.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 3 February, 2014.

    Good afternoon from rainy-as-usual Milan !
    Etro Patchouly for me.

    :)
  95. Re: Isn't Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle...

    It could be... I truly can't stand Angel and its numerous siblings and offsprings and I can't find any similarity with DVN (which I don't like much, in any case)
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 1 February, 2014.

    'morning all, 'morning lpp! Still raining? Here- yes, for sure :cry:

    Wishing you all a nice February with a whiff of Farnesiana!
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    S.O.T.D. - Friday, 31 January, 2014.

    Good evening!

    Almost in synch with Hindu Kush- Luca Turin says that it smells like the opening of Mitsuko... :)

    Have a nice evening!
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    Re: Fragrance for the Spa

    Tam Dao and Zagorsk made me think of my favourite woody incense, Hindu Kush by AbdesSalaam Attar. It's all about wood and resins, with just a hint of dry and not too invasive spices. It's all...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 30 January, 2014.

    Sorry....
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 30 January, 2014.

    'Morning everybody!

    In case someone is interested- it didn't snow! Just the usual sh****y rain, only freezing! :angry:
    Where has the snow gone?!!! (Rhetorical question- I know it has just crossed...
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