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    Re: The insanity of Norma Kamali incense

    Since it's so similar to NK, there's no doubt in my mind that I'll love it. I'll probably wait a few weeks to order it, as things are chaotic with the mails right now.
  2. Thread: Loss of smell

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    Re: Loss of smell

    You're absolutely right. One of my shortcomings as a forum member is that I often forget to look at the starting date of a thread. My apologies. Maybe people currently experiencing Julian's problem...
  3. Thread: Loss of smell

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    Re: Loss of smell

    Glad your friend recovered quickly.


    It will probably return to normal in the coming weeks, if what I've read is accurate.
  4. Thread: Loss of smell

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    Re: Loss of smell

    I just read that an early (and sometimes the only) symptom of COVID-19 is complete loss of smell and taste - ENTs are seeing an uptick to 4 cases per week, whereas normally the number is 4 per month....
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    Re: The insanity of Norma Kamali incense

    I took GoldWineMemories' statement to mean: "Just because someone says that Perfume A smells just like Perfume B, doesn't mean that it will smell that way to you."
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    Re: The insanity of Norma Kamali incense

    It's very reasonable - 1ml will last me quite awhile, I'm sure.


    How well I know! :laugh:
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    Re: The insanity of Norma Kamali incense

    Great to know about the Sultan Pasha being so close to Kamali!
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    Re: The insanity of Norma Kamali incense

    I've smelled the Kamali and always wanted to own some because it's a reference incense, very dry and unusual for its day. But there are currently many incense perfumes that are equally good, and...
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    Re: Life and Work midst Silence and Fear

    I salute you, and thank you and every one of your colleagues for the infintely difficult, life-altering and lifesaving work you do, Pallas Moncreiff.
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    Re: The insanity of Norma Kamali incense

    I agree that it is outrageously pricey, especially since it's not that old, in vintage terms...it's virtually impossible to find, bit still. You might get lucky one of these days, easykiller, so keep...
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    Re: Purchases fragances from outside US

    I can't bear the smell of Lysol. As I usually don't receive more than one package per week, I'm good with the gloves. And I wash my hands after throwing the box and gloves away.
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    Re: Purchases fragances from outside US

    Packages are susceptible to contamination anywhere along their routes, not just at the point of origin. The postal carrier might have sneezed on your package seconds before delivery. I keep a box of...
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    Poll: Re: Do you compliment other peoples cologne?

    If someone in a casual setting smelled wonderful and I didn't recognize the scent, but liked it enough that I wanted to try it myself, then I might simply say that I collect perfume and wonder if...
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    Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Same here. It's intriguing and fun to have several takes on a genre or prominent note.
  15. Re: Current fragrances you find the most calming and relaxing?

    Beautifully blended florals with noticeable rose notes...Nahema, Chamade, Le Dix, Joy.
  16. Re: Please help me date this guerlain l'heure bleue

    Sounds like it might have gone off...or maybe we just have different associations to particular notes. At any rate, the bottle itself is a thing of beauty!
  17. Re: Please help me date this guerlain l'heure bleue

    Does it smell wonderful, annetteo?
  18. Re: Please help me date this guerlain l'heure bleue

    On another thread, saminlondon said he'd seen labels like that on Guerlain perfumes that were blended in the US - here's a link:...
  19. Re: 1st "scent" that grabbed your attention? natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense,

    Of perfumes, Prince Matchabelli Stradivari andAvon Occur!. Early on, I also discovered that I like eau de skunk - from the animal, and skunk cabbage.
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    Re: Deliveries that require signature

    Whenever I suspect that a signature might be required, I email the company or add a note to my payment, saying that I want them to ship without a signature requirement, and to please let me know if...
  21. Re: Perfumes to keep people 1.5 meters away from you

    Vintage Giorgio should do it.
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    Re: Knize ten - Worth chasing vintage?

    IMO, almost everything is worth chasing vintage. There have been several threads comparing batch codes and vintages of Knize Ten, in particular...if memory serves, the consensus is that it was far...
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    Re: What's the best way to build a collection?

    I built my collection by following my heart, as well as my nose. If something appealed strongly to me for any reason - notes, house, history, associations - I bought it, and don't have any regrets...
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    Re: What is The Most Expensive Vintage Perfume?

    Sous le Vent (Guerlain)
  25. Re: Lauder for men - Vintage or reformulation? Or not at all?

    I'll bet it smells fabulous, woodnotes55! Such a rich, warm color.
  26. Re: Lauder for men - Vintage or reformulation? Or not at all?

    I don't know, xaml, as I don't have access to testers and don't plan to spend any more money on Lauder.
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    Re: A question for experienced fragheads...

    One or two dabs isn't nearly enough to "blow out a space" with fragrance - the perfume would become a skin scent within minutes, regardless of its potency in the bottle. I can't remember how many...
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    Re: Vintage Bal A Versailles Identification

    Perfumes are reformulated all the time and always have been, for reasons of availability of ingredients, costs, government regulations, taste trends and so on. The industry usually remains mum about...
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    Re: Vintage Bal A Versailles Identification

    The perfume was introduced in 1962. eBay sellers often list the year of introduction as the date for any vintage they're offering. This looks like my 70s bottle, but either way, that was a very good...
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    Re: Vintage Bal A Versailles Identification

    Looks like a very nice 1970s bottle and box.
  31. Re: How do you politely back out of a transaction bc their bottle may be a fake?

    Courteous withdrawal from a transaction is all that's necessary; apologies and lengthy explanations tend to prolong situations that are really just business. A simple, "I'm not in the market right...
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    Re: It´s all good, man.

    lol! ;) ;)
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    Re: It´s all good, man.

    Very fun! What a fine actor he is.
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    Re: It´s all good, man.

    Saul remarks that Badger "fell in the doo-doo pile and came up smelling like Paco Rabanne": https://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/call-saul-saul-goodmans-8-greatest-breaking-bad-moments/2/
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    Poll: Re: Fragrance damaged or noseblind?

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    This. And don't obsessively sniff your wrist to check on things.
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    Re: Why some houses don't offer samples?

    I think it's often a marketing ploy to make perfume seem so special and rarefied that it's untouchable by most mortals, and certainly not obtainable without sacrifice. Some houses take the point of...
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    Re: Real or fake? Guerlain Shalimar Colognes

    The box design is 60's-to-mid-70s. I haven't seen Guerlain stickers with so few words on them, but that doesn't mean much because those paper labels dried up and fell off easily and there aren't that...
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    Re: Spoiled Instore Testers??

    I remember that thread...it does seem likely that testers, exposed for who knows how long to UV light on store counters, could go off; and depending on the volatility of ingredients, sometimes way...
  39. Re: What are your most controversial fragrance opinions?

    No, not controversial, just ordinary preference stuff like not caring for citrus or heavy gourmands.
  40. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    I don't have a U.
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    Re: Reviving Ancient Greek Perfumes

    Absolutely fascinating and alluring. And I love that bottle/flask in the photo!
  42. Re: Best drug store / grocery store brand soaps/body-washes? (available in the US)

    Another vote for Aveeno here. I like the bar soap, it's quite gentle and non-drying, and it's unscented - so it doesn't fight with my perfume.
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    Re: Guerlain classics in spring

    I don't couple fragrances with seasons, but Apres l'Ondée smells like a spring rain in a garden - delicate, hauntingly beautiful.
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    Re: Does IF diet improve olfactory sensitivity?

    I've been doing intermittent fasting for about a year in order to improve overall health and energy levels, and it has really worked for me - however, I am not aware of any change in olfactory...
  45. Re: Misleading Kouros Listing. Should I Correct The Vendor?

    I wouldn't, either...hard as it is to say nothing. At least 3/4 of the vintage listings I've seen on eBay are clearly wrong. Buyers must do their own research and know what they are looking for.
  46. Re: What are some fragrances which are sexy, but not obvious?

    +1 for Carnal Flower (and most other white flower perfumes). Use a light application.
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    Re: Question about 70 years old vintage

    Nor would I. For so old a vintage fragrance, $23 represents a very acceptable risk.
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    Re: Fragrance that make you happy

    White flowers and violet notes are usually uplifting to me...Carnal Flower, vintage Le Dix come to mind. Or any fragrance so beautifully balanced and crafted as to fill me with admiration and awe.
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    Re: Guerlain's fake or not!!!

    Go to this page and scroll down to the pictures of Guerlain batch codes and labels: http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-recognize-guerlain-perfumes.html
    Your bottles are...
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    Re: Heat and Fragrance

    I've received several warm bottles of perfume, and suppose that they were bundled in pallets on a sunny loading dock, and/or loaded onto delivery trucks parked in the sun. But even before that can...
  51. Re: Can you easily turn a splash into a spray bottle

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    This. It's much easier to buy inexpensive pipettes and spray bottles on Amazon (or perfumers' supply outlets) and decant your splash perfumes. I do it all the time and it's a great way to...
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    Re: Perfume on skin causing breakouts

    If you don't want to spray directly on clothes, spray a cotton ball and carry it in a pocket. You could also try applying the perfume to a smaller area, where the skin is "tougher" - midway along the...
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    Re: The bath oils of yesteryear

    That's a delightful thread, cacio!
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    Re: The bath oils of yesteryear

    There is a point of confusion with the Weil bath oils. There was a line of bath oils called "Secret of Venus" that was available in several versions, each one representative of a perfume in the Weil...
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    Re: The bath oils of yesteryear

    Well preserved vintage bath oils are heavenly. Now that the pace of the world is so fast, people don't luxuriate in perfumed baths the way they used to. I love having vintage oils in my collection -...
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    Yes, in fact this has been my pattern - buy several concentrations of something I love, and then stop (assuming they all smell like they ought to).
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    Thanks, epapsiou! I'll take that! :)
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    I've stopped buying almost completely (never say never), because I'm too old to justify acquiring wonderful perfumes that I'll use only a few times; that, plus the fact that my collection feels...
  59. Re: Bandit - Robert Piguet : Help on batch code to date determintation...

    PStoller, that is fascinating. Thank you for taking the time to post Turin's observations - nobody writes as eloquently about perfumes as he! Every sentence produces a mental picture that conveys...
  60. Re: Bandit - Robert Piguet : Help on batch code to date determintation...

    I'm glad to learn that!
  61. Re: Am I applying my fragrance the wrong way or not enough?

    Less is more when it comes to powerhouse perfumes. I recommend that you not depend on the number of compliments (or other reactions) you receive as a way to assess fragrances, and choose only...
  62. Re: Bandit - Robert Piguet : Help on batch code to date determintation...

    No barcode means probably earlier than 1989 and no later than 1990. The green dot was introduced in 1992, confirming an earlier date for your bottle. An ingredient list naming only alcohol and...
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    Re: Expiration dates

    Expiration dates on perfumes are a recent innovation that manufacturers employ in order to be in compliance with generic regulations, and for marketing purposes (to sell more product). As others have...
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    I like to be reminded at a glance of which concentrations I have of particular fragrances, since that's a confusing area generally in this field of interest - for review purposes and in order to...
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    It's really great for letting you spot what you have in a split second - just doesn't allow for data about your particular bottle (provenance, vintage, etc.).
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    I know, it just takes too long when I need specific info, compared to the Basenotes wardrobe feature. Neither one of them allow for notes, so I just use my notebook. :)
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    Those wardrobe pictures on Fragrantica are so small, I can't even tell what I'm looking at!
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    Re: Keeping track of your collection

    Compared to some BN members, my collection is small (120+ bottles plus many samples), and I keep track of it in longhand in a notebook with dedicated pages listing fragrance families, concentrations,...
  69. Re: Does metal (jewellery/accessories/etc) affect the smell of your fragrance?

    This has never happened to me. But my father had such a bad allergy to alloys that most watches would turn his skin a dark grey color - I imagine that if he'd worn fragrances, they might have...
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    Re: Elegant and calm fragrance

    Egoiste (Chanel)
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    Re: Sensual, seductive, aphrodisiac perfumes

    Opium (YSL), Habanita (Molinard), Royal Secret (Germaine Monteil), Zibeline (Weil), Dryad (Papillon), Bal a Versailles (Jean Dezprez), Samsara (Guerlain)
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    Re: How much does spray vs dab changed?

    That's my take on it, too.
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    Re: Question about 70 years old vintage

    I have fragrances that old, and they still smell fine - but the odds of buying such an old bottle and having it smell first-rate are below 50/50, whether or not the seller has a 100% favorable...
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    Re: Russian Federation E Bay purchase

    I wouldn't risk it, especially for an expensive item. Some people have received great fragrances from that area, but recourse is too complicated if there are issues.
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    Re: Bijan Surprise!

    Yay!! I've never smelled Bijan for men, but I have an original Bijan from the year of its release, and it's a wonderful big 1980s oriental. Congratulations on this acquisition - your colleague is...
  76. Re: dries van noten par frederic malle - made with real mysore sandalwood ?

    While researching versions of Samsara, I read that actual Mysore sandalwood has not been used in mass-produced fragrances since around 1994.
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    Re: Chamade discontinued?

    I doubt it's been discontinued, but these days one never knows...even the best perfumes can go by the boards, if they're not big sellers. Fortunately, there's a lot of vintage Chamade on eBay at very...
  78. Thread: Vulgar

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    Re: Vulgar

    Giorgio. I wouldn't call Tabu vulgar, but it is trashy...in the nicest way. :)
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    Re: What's up strangers

    I recognize your name from threads I've searched...welcome back!
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    Re: How would you open this?

    Then snip and enjoy! Vintage Mitsouko is pure delight.
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    Re: How would you open this?

    You might be able to gently rock the stopper back and forth, stretching the cord so that the stopper hangs from the neck of the bottle when you apply the perfume. I have been able to do that with a...
  82. Re: what are you favorite vintage leathers from days of yore?

    Cuir de Russie (Chanel), Tabac Blond, Bandit, Knize Ten.
  83. Re: USPS kept my 480Ml Paco Rabanne pour Homme

    Marco74, that is sickening. I'm glad that Nattyboh74 is able to offer you another option.
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    Re: Buying from Amazon ?

    Amazon has gotten so big and they've swallowed up so many stores and sellers, I don't think they keep track of things (or care as much about quality) as was the case 4-5 years ago. Customer service...
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    Re: Buying from Amazon ?

    Amazon has morphed into a sketchy entity over the years. Buying from Amazon used to be safe, as long as the phrase "ships from and sold by Amazon" appeared under the price listing; but now that blurb...
  86. Re: Scent of a freshly mown or late season prairie (hay, chamomile, narcissus, coumarin, broom)

    Blue Grass (Elizabeth Arden), Antelope (Weil), Tobacco Rose (Papillon)
  87. Re: How much should you spend on my fragrance collection?

    My perfume-buying days are pretty much over, but in the past I spent much more on perfume than clothes, shoes, etc. Always make sure you pay your bills first, and try to maintain a cushion in your...
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    Re: Favorite Opoponax?

    Vintage Caron En Avion extrait
  89. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    A very nice post, indeed.

    One of my first jobs out of high school was bank teller. The head teller was a very pulled-together, tailored, no-nonsense middle-aged woman with a short cropped haircut...
  90. Re: Do samples feel weaker on you than the actual bottles?

    I agree.


    This has been my experience, too.
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    Re: Do you wear fragrance even at home alone?

    Same here.
  92. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    No, I don't pay attention to anything at all except whether I like a perfume, and am in the mood for it.
  93. Re: What is your least favorite part about buying a perfume?

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    This. Because, like Kitty2Shoes, I live in a perfume desert and anything that isn't at TJMaxx has to come by mail.
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    Re: Regarding shelf life

    As Luca Turin says in the Q&A section of his 2009 A-Z Guide, a well stored fragrance should last 200 years! I believe him, as my perfume cabinet is full of venerable beauties from the 1920s, on up....
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    Re: Your 2019 vintage standout discoveries

    A 1994 bottle of YSL Paris Fleur de Parfum, a concentration midway between EDP and extrait (with a slightly different balance of notes). Equally good, is a late 1980s bottle of Chamade Parfum de...
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    Re: Guerlain Samsara - Help

    As others have said, vintage Sahara is plentiful on eBay - IMO, purchasing a bottle there would be preferable to trying to find something current that is Samsara-ish. I think that the 1990s EDT and...
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    Thank you for this! You have added to my understanding and appreciation of perfume.
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    To me, a soapy-type smell is associated with synthetic or "white" musk; aldehydes are fresh and fizzy, like ozone. But I am not a perfumer.
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    Vintage only, any concentration:

    Youth Dew ​(Lauder)
    Je Reviens (Worth)
    White Shoulders (Evyan)
    Jardins de Bagatelle (Guerlain)
    Nahéma (Guerlain)
  100. Re: Givaudan Evaluator Interview part 1 - “Always Find Something Positive” Naila Hamayed

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading those interviews. It's fun to have a glimpse of the human element within the industry.
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