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    Re: Does you nose know $$$$$$

    BTW, wine tasting is the same: you can taste quality, but not price. With most products, if you perceive the quality and know the price, you can then judge value.
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    Re: Partner shared perfumes

    No. My wife is free to use any fragrance of mine she wants, but she prefers the simplicity of a small, highly curated collection of her own. I, conversely, have no need to dip into that collection,...
  3. Re: That perfect fragrance to wear while writing an essay!...

    OP asked over 5 years ago. The thread was revived by spam posts, now deleted.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I’m with ZC re: Aventus, but if we’re going to sequester a separate group of dude-frag fanatics, I think Azzaro PH nuts would come before PRPH devotees. And then there are the GIT worshippers.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    It is indeed! Then I took delivery on a slightly leaky bottle of Bourjois Or Masculin, which is also crazy good, but they went to war. Should be my worst problem ever.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood

    As I understand it, inclusion of Mysore sandalwood in fragrances isn't restricted the way, say, oak moss is, but the Indian government restricts the harvesting and export of Mysore sandalwood, which...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    He's a veritable font of fonts.
  9. Re: Guerlain Vetiver : looking for the most Woody, less mossy one.

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6xMAAOSwmp9c3Y5X/s-l1600.jpg
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    Re: Question On Oleg Cassini For Men

    I've been considering that same deal. It's inexpensive enough, so maybe I'll go for it as well and then compare it to the Jovan partial heading my way.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    I'm enjoying this as it dries down into the mossy, woody base, but the first hour or so is dominated by a melon-y muguet note that doesn't work for me at all. So, not on the level of Krizia...
  12. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    So much to choose from, Jon, but I have to go with Guerlain Derby.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The pic is from a Paco Rabanne trunk show.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Sounds like anosmia. This was my first time with it, and I didn’t spend all day with my nose buried in my elbow, but it didn’t fall off in interest for me during dry down, though it certainly...
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    You guys chattering about Oleg Cassini got me going.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Given the dark color of the bottle, I don’t know how I’d know if the color changed. Did you decant it?

    If I don’t give away the gift set (which I plan to do), I guess I’ll find out if it gets...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Well, it has a romantic association for me. My wife bought me a gift set of Grey Flannel because she remembered loving it from when she was young. But, we were both dismayed with the modern stuff, so...
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    Backup.
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    "The top notes are reminiscent of gecko pancreas, quickly cross-fading to a heart uncannily similar to the left leg of poorly repaired cricket pantaloons, over a base of melamine teak veneer."
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    Re: Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    The samples have arrived. I'll start in on reviews soon, though I can't promise anything as wonderfully descriptive as what has preceded me.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Yes, and Balafre Brun.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It’s “Davidoff by Davidoff,” aka “Davidoff Classic,” aka just plain ol’ “Davidoff.” There are a couple of bottle variations depending on where it was made (this bottle was made in West Germany;...
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    Re: Vintage Xeryus

    Note: The ways in which Xeryus might be called "Yatagan-ish" do not include the celery seed note that I and some others find off-putting. I love vintage Xeryus; Yatagan, not so much.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Different strokes, of course. For example, I can't get behind Habit Rouge at all—I find it a borderline scrubber. I do love Guerlain Vetiver, and I anticipate loving Derby, but I have reservations...
  29. Thread: RIP Barneys

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    Re: RIP Barneys

    My guesses:

    1) The new owners still want to maximize the profit on the acquired stock, even if within tight time constraints.
    2) Holding off on the big blowout may have been part of the licensing...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Yes, I've seen that one. No, I'm not spending nearly $6/ml for Derby, regardless of the size of the bottle. It's unicorn gouging, plain and simple.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Oh, I’m going to bide my time until I find something approaching reasonable. There’s a reason I haven’t bought some already.
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    Re: Adventures in vintage Avon fragrances

    Paging Zealot Crusader…
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The mind boggles that this was a flop.
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    Re: Need some advice..

    It might just be iPhones, but the "Genius" at the Apple Store the other day suggested that there would be Black Friday deals. If you can hang on just a little longer, at least you'll know.

    And,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Now, here's a Guerlain I can love. With this and Vetiver, all I need now is Derby.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I rather like my mini of GBH. It’s “juicier” than GG, not always a plus for me. Do I need a FB? I don’t know. But I did just buy a vintage bottle of GBH Red, so maybe.

    Anyway, I may do another...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I’m well aware that buying vintage entails inevitable risks with regard to the integrity of a fragrance. That said, nobody can tell how well a fragrance has held up over time by the fill level of the...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    As opposed to a brand new, sealed bottle, yes. Are you assuming that if I had a “better” bottle, I would necessarily have some sort of religious experience?
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    More notes later, but for now, I have to say that while I find GG pleasant, it never ascends to the "my favorite fragrance" level.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    For the Vintage Sync.
  41. Re: I hope Neimans isn’t the next one to close

    Money has never bought taste. It’s just useful for buying that which is both tasteful and expensive. I find high prices encompass the very best and very worst in taste. Of course, any two of us might...
  42. Re: I hope Neimans isn’t the next one to close

    NM secured a three-year extension on its debts from its creditors this year, but I don’t see how they make up a $5B deficit by 2022.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I work alone in my office, so anything works there. But nobody chased me out of the restaurant.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    We shan’t be seeing much more Mysore sandalwood anymore. Enjoy it!
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    Re: The House that you wore this week

    I've done this with Crown Perfumery, Abdes Salaam/Via del Profumo, and January Scent Project. I could do it again with those houses easily enough, as they wouldn't require my repeating anything. I...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    Hosting a dinner party, and wanted a fragrance that said “benevolent patriarch.” (I’m not sure Nobile actually says that, but at least it smells good.)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    It does, and at no stage does it disappoint. If you like elegant vintage Italian aromatic fougères—and I do—you can't go wrong with this. (Rather like the hats in that regard.)

    What can you tell...
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    That's actually a great description, although it never occurred to me. Égoïste manages to massage the olfactory pleasure center without ever seeming cloying or pandering. The "brown sugar" accord is...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    This is definitely my favorite masculine Chanel. CpM is great, but this is better.
  52. Thread: Bijan for men

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    Re: Bijan for men

    It’s not hard. The original issue is a 1 oz. bottle shaped like a lower-case “b.” The reissue has a donut-shaped bottle with a white spherical cap. Reissues that have a sticker on the bottom saying...
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    Re: Change at top of Dior parfums

    Some more info: https://www.pressreader.com/usa/wwd-digital-daily/20191106/281582357439867
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    Re: Stefano Ricci?

    I've always found Ricci's clothing and accessories to be of unquestionable quality but questionable taste. I didn't realize until recently that he also produced fragrances. Fortunately, it's hard to...
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    No limerick yet. Perhaps I'll find one in the dry down.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    For the vintage sync.
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    This is true. I just needed to set up the double-meaning of "concentrate" in my limerick.
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    Re: The 1-Month Challenge?

    Could I? Sure. Would I? Not right now. Maybe down the road, when I go from growing to parsing the “library.”
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    What's next: a lobster & caviar po' boy?
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    Re: future vintages

    Apollo Creed discovered Norlimbanol in 1492.
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    Re: future vintages

    Or skin, which is probably the best practice for most of it.
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    I'll be dousing myself in a bit with yesterday's proper choice. From memory, though, the concentrée gets all fresh and polite at the expense of the mossy magic in the original CpM (whatever...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Drat, I see I've gotten it backwards. And I'd so rather have worn the earlier formulation today, too. Well, all I can say is, for me, the EDT concentrée isn't a patch on the original. I'm one of...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    ZC can tell you the range in which this bottle/box was produced. I have pretty much the same boot sprayer.
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    Though some claim they're the same, this is ignorance
    Thus, I must disagree with vociferance
    This Monsieur has been padded
    Much gone, more is added
    If you concentrate, there is a...
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    For the vintage sync.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    Taking another, working-sinuses pass at Le Club/Ho Hang Club. Now I'm getting the dirty herbal rose. The top notes may be gone on my bottle, though, as the lemon and bergamot still don't show up for...
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    Re: Help me put together a Christmas list!

    This will probably be no help to you at all, but every year since we sibs have been adults, my family members give to each other's favorite charities in lieu of material gifts. We find it less...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Taking another pass at Le Club/Ho Hang Club. Now I'm getting the dirty herbal rose. The top notes may be gone on my bottle, though, as the lemon and bergamot still don't show up for me in the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    The seller took an offer of $80 for the pictured 100ml bottle of London Cologne, but realized afterward he'd sold it in a prior auction. I then found an Etsy seller who had a virtually identical...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    By reputation, yes. I'll let you know what I think after it gets here.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I'll count on Visa to protect me. Bonus: same seller has a bottle of Bourjois Or Masculin.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I looked through sold listings and confirmed he sold the same item when he said he did. I'm letting it go.

    Also, I think I can get a comparable deal from an Etsy seller, though I understand their...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Grrr. The London Cologne purchase was cancelled; seller says he sold it in September and relisted it in error.

    Ah, well. It should be the worst thing that ever happens to me.
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    Re: One choice for...Vol XXIII

    - You are the action hero: Avon – Clint
    - You are the detective: Parfumerie Generale – Private Collection - Un Crime Exotique
    - You are the villain/femme fatale: Carolina Herrera – Bad Boy
    - You...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I got into all this in part because people on BN are generous about sharing what they have and what they know. If I didn't respond in kind, I'd be an ass.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I got lucky on the London; I made an offer on what was already a reasonable price, and the seller took it. The "first edition" Edition was also fair; almost all of what's out there is later stuff.
    ...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I'm giving Lagerfeld yet another try, and this time I can smell it. Good heavens, there was so much I wasn't getting through my head cold! This is like a festive holiday party in a cozy wood-paneled...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    You know, Hednic, aside from its sheer breadth, what I love about your collection is how it incorporates quirky little gems like this alongside the upscale crown jewels. It keeps it fun! (And it also...
  80. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    No. My number is unlisted. For security.
  81. Re: $2,100 for empty Schiaparelli box?? Le Roy Soleil?

    If you really want to know how it smells…

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-NIB-1940s-Parfums-de-Schiaparelli-SALUT-ROY-SOLEIL-ZUT-SHOCKING-4-Pc-Set/264266645327
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    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oE0AAOSwKEtdCpC6/s-l1600.jpg

    Here's an ad from 1947. Dali's own Roy Soleil used a similar design:

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/DbwAAOSwWktabctg/s-l1600.jpg
  83. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    Could be. Tone is notoriously hard to read on the Interwebs.
  84. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    Bogus. Spelled Cosmair, "Cosman," too.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'm out for a bit, but you've piqued my curiosity about current Jules. Enough to buy it, maybe not.

    As I'm not a huge fan of vanilla bases from Caron pour Homme to Dior Homme, I'm probably fine...
  86. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    First, I doubt it's true that most people with over 1,000 fragrances keep them in a vault. Some, surely.

    Second, it is no more a breach of security to open the vault to take a picture than it is...
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    Thanks. Then you'll probably like these pickups, too:

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    Still looking for Blend 30 at the right price.
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    Dunhill for Men.
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    You know you only have five.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Only casually. The divine Mrs. S. isn't looking to expand her collection too much beyond what I've already added right now. So, while Amazone on her might be fun for me, I decided not to go there.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization

    I'm curious about your comparison. I'm not going on much experience with either scent, but I feel like Antaeus and Jules are like two distinct artist's paintings of the same subject. Thanks to the...
  92. Re: Where is the leather in Chanel cuir de russie edp?

    I haven't started down the road with those artisanal houses yet because I fear the additional wear to my overly-elastic purse strings. Roja and Xerjoff don't strike the same fear. As for ol' Clive, I...
  93. Re: Where is the leather in Chanel cuir de russie edp?

    Worth doing just to know what the house is about. The thing is, 1872 Leather was, to the best of my knowledge, only issued in Russia. So, even as CC goes, most people are unlikely to smell it, much...
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    One of Mrs. S.' favorites, this was too good a deal to resist.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

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    No sooner did I say I was reverting to familiar frags than I broke my word and donned Jules for the vintage frag sync. Totally worth it.
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    I may still not be completely back, nose-wise, but if anything can cut through the fog of lingering congestion, it's Jules. A designer biker jacket of a leather scent with a hint of your...
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    "One…two…five!"
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    I was planning on testing my nose against previously worn scents until I was sure it was back on track post-cold, but what the heck, I'll spray some Jules in a bit and see what happens. If it's a...
  99. Re: What quantity of fragrances do you have to have that requires you to prove it?

    Outside of a few formal arenas—science, law, journalism, etc.—nobody has to prove anything to anyone. But if stating what you have comes across as bragging, people will ask you to. If you’re going to...
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    Re: How to wear Bleu de Chanel EDT?

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    I use this to reduce white marks on black/dark clothes and yellow pit stains on white/light shirts. It’s not 100%, but better than regular antiperspirants. (I’ve tried aluminum-free...
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