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  1. 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...
  9. Re: What are your most controversial fragrance opinions?

    No, not controversial, just ordinary preference stuff like not caring for citrus or heavy gourmands.
  10. 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!
  12. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  21. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. Re: Bandit - Robert Piguet : Help on batch code to date determintation...

    I'm glad to learn that!
  31. 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...
  32. 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,...
  39. 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...
  46. 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...
  48. 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...
  52. Re: what are you favorite vintage leathers from days of yore?

    Cuir de Russie (Chanel), Tabac Blond, Bandit, Knize Ten.
  53. 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...
  56. Re: Scent of a freshly mown or late season prairie (hay, chamomile, narcissus, coumarin, broom)

    Blue Grass (Elizabeth Arden), Antelope (Weil), Tobacco Rose (Papillon)
  57. 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
  59. 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...
  60. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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)
  70. 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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    Re: Heavy animalic reccomendations?

    Study this page: http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-recognize-chanel-perfumes.html

    I recommend vintage Bandit, the famed reference animalic chypre.
  72. Re: How to ask what perfume a coworker is wearing?

    Agree with my fellow BNers - just sk her! Say that you're a fragrance aficionado and have never smelled the beautiful perfume she's wearing...would she please tell you what it is?
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    Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    There are some occasions for which I wouldn't wear any fragrance at all - funerals, job interviews, medical appointments, in packed theaters - but otherwise, I just wear whatever I'm in the mood for....
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    Re: What is your ideal perfume longevity?

    6-8 hours is a good range for me, as then I'm not pinned all day to a fragrance I'm no longer in the mood for. A few (like Casbah) last through two showers, so I seldom choose them.
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    Re: 20+ year search over???

    Oh boy, you've just jumped down the rabbit hole! 20-year searches seldom culminate in The One. Have fun! :) And welcome to Basenotes.
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    Re: What is your ratio of samples to bottles?

    I don't usually buy samples, but there's half a shelf of them in my perfume cabinet that were sent to me as gifts with the purchase of full bottles.I don't know how to figure a percentage, but my...
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    Poll: Re: Which one best describes you?

    I'm Seasoned and Complete, mainly because I'm so old and shelf space is scarce.
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    Re: question about 'Fougeres'

    Jicky is a lovely oriental fougere, and readily available.
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    Re: For Unto Us...

    Clearly, a changeling.
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    Re: For Unto Us...

    Yeah, that's a big baby! Got a 10ml decant around? Merry Christmas! :D
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    Re: RIP Mr Ungaro - a tribute thread

    Wow, we lost Lagerfeld at the beginning of 2019, and Ungaro at the end. Very sad news.
  82. Re: How do people get official samples of Xerjoff?

    Whenever you buy a bottle of fragrance from Luckyscent, they allow you to request a few samples of anything you like (subject to availability) at no additional charge. It works out well for both the...
  83. Re: How do people get official samples of Xerjoff?

    Luckyscent is authorized to sell Xerjoff samples, and so they are authentic (although no carded). That's where I get mine. See this page: https://www.luckyscent.com/search?gsearch=xerjoff
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    Re: How does maturation work

    Thank you for that link. I like Elena Vosnaki's articles very much, and forget to check regularly for new ones.
  85. Thread: RIP Barneys

    by Bonnette
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    Re: RIP Barneys

    I think so, too - there were a few I was watching, and all of them seemed to disappear little-by-little.
  86. Thread: Fragrance X

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Fragrance X

    I've never known FragranceX to offer any coupons apart from their year-round 15% discount code. As others have said, they have good customer service and reliable shipping - but they often run out of...
  87. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    I feel sorry for future generations, who won't know what they've missed unless they stumble across something wonderful and develop the vintage bug.
  88. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    They will be, give it a year or two. ;)
  89. Re: Uh oh.. Massive fragrance changes in 2021/2022. (opoponax, jasmine, ylang ylang)..

    In 2014, Frederic Malle predicted the demise of high end perfumery if something like this were to happen; he said that he would be "finished." Then he sold his line to Lauder, as if to prove the...
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    Re: Dating Vintage Je reviens by Worth

    You're very welcome. :)
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    Re: Dating Vintage Je reviens by Worth

    There was a parfum de toilette in the 70s, but I don't know the specific production years.
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    Re: House Affinity/Aversion

    Guerlain has been my fragrantic "soul mate" from the outset. I don't have an aversion to any house, though Chanel has lost its lustre with recent reformulations.
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    Re: Ebay now charging sales tax

    Man, that tax is STEEP! I realize it's based on the buyer's location and not some arbitrary figure from eBay, but it's still shocking to see the actual cost of an item (especially vintage) when all...
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    Re: Millenials are changing the perfume business

    I thought this was a strange statement for a perfumer of 34 years' experience to make: "A person is born liking one specific scent family and that preference rarely changes, says Mr Delforge, whose...
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    Re: Interview Fragrance Advice

    Same here.
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    I don't find myself drooling over this collection, despite the unicorn - those gems don't look like they've been given the respect they deserve, I'll bet half of them have gone off.
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Fellous doesn't discuss materials or shortages, she just says that Jacques Guerlain began working on Mitsouko during WWI, finally presenting it in 1919, when he was satisfied that he'd created a...
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Yes. Collette Fellous makes this point in her beautiful book, Guerlain (1989), where she says:


    "In the history of perfumery, Mitsouko is indeed exemplary because its formula is short,...
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    Re: Best of the Decade

    Papillon Bengale Rouge and Dryad would be right up there at the close of this decade, but there are so many to name over the whole 10 years that my mind goes blank.
  100. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    Starblind, I remember that! It sounds like you did get your money back finally (after a pitched battle), but what a nightmare.
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