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    Re: scents specific to Latin America?

    In Brazil there is a fragrance company called Natura (http://www2.natura.net/NaturaMundi/src/index.asp)
    that operates like Avon with an exclusive line using Amazonian ingredients such as breu branco...
  2. Re: Are There Any REAL Cologne Discount Sites/Stores In Canada?

    Did you take a look at the Basenotes City Shopping Guide in this same forum?
  3. Thread: Gucci Nobile

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    Re: Gucci Nobile

    Test Van Cleef and Arpel pour homme. It evokes the same feeling for me specially towards the middle to dry-down.
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    Re: Prices in Europe more or less

    I just bought a bottle of 100 ml Tuscany from a discounter here in Toronto, Canada for Can$60, around 39 euros. There is another discount counter here in town that sells the 50 ml size for the same...
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    Re: Scent Activates Memory During Sleep

    I did not include link originally because it involves (free) registration but here it is anyway: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/09/science/09sleep.html?_r=1&ref=science&oref=slogin
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    Scent Activates Memory During Sleep

    Here is another reason to apply fragrance before going to bed. Interesting “scent” related findings in today's New York Times: Scent Activates Memory During Sleep, Study Says
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    Re: Good scent to go with a cigar

    The first cigar book of Davidoff advised against wearing fragrance when smoking cigars. That was in the early seventies. He might have updated that advise now that he sells perfumes too. But to...
  8. Thread: Age and smell

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    Re: Age and smell

    The first day of work, I learned from my first boss to wear a tie, check the cheques against the bank statement and avoid cologne so for more than twenty years I used Guerlain’s Cologne Imperial only...
  9. Re: Duty Free Spree/Favorite Airport for a Fragrance Binge

    I found the most extensive offerings in the whole of Latin America in Buenos Aires Ezeiza(Sp?). Rio and Sampa are weak on brandnames but pretty strong on domestic fragrances made by Natura and O...
  10. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    No issues with authenticity. The prices for the same items would most likely have changed by now but still a lot cheaper than everyone else in the GTA. Check their website prices first though and...
  11. Thread: Crazy Customers

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    Re: Crazy Customers

    These funny customer stories remind me of a very old one. A hilbilly walks up to a perfume counter asking for a cologne. The SA replies “women’s?” the guy answers “Mennen’s.”
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    Re: What Smells Like Fahrenheit By Christian Dior?

    No two fragrances smell exactly alike. I suspect no two batches of the same perfume smell exactly alike. Nothings smell exactly like Farenheit but Grey Flannel comes very close.
  13. Re: Finally found my ideal formal scent - Guerlain's Héritage

    I waited for what you were actually going to end up with just to find out what you meant by “old man.” I’m guessing that you mean no suggestion of barbershop smell. If you like Guerlain Heritage...
  14. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    I probably found their ad right here but I cannot remember exactly when. When I tried placing an order, their order form would not take my Toronto postal code. I placed an order for Bulgary Black...
  15. Thread: a scent for sleep

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    Re: a scent for sleep

    To replicate the effect of keeping a bunch of natural vetiver root in our linen chest, I lightly sprayed Guerlain Vetiver on my pillow and sheets regularly and then I discovered that any mild...
  16. Re: Houbigant Fougere Royale -- a modern substitute?

    For what it is worth, Luca Turin traced Mugler’s Angel’s lineage to Houbigants Fougère Royale by way of Fabergé’s Brut and then Dana’s Canoé. What you currently obtain now as Brut has been much...
  17. Thread: Waste of money

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    Re: Waste of money

    I considered that men’s eau de cologne was initially intended to please the user only as a refraichissant and only for a few minutes right after application so for more than twenty years I was using...
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    Re: Bring it Back! (male version)

    Luca Turin had an interesting comment about one particular discontinued fragrance: “An interview with Tim Foley, CEO, explains that the giant Procter and Gamble bought Stratos from Shulton, then...
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    Re: Mossy, woody, green forest fragrance

    Have your tried Pino Silvestre or Acqua Brava? Sometimes the bearer of the magic chord is just an ordinary cheap drugstore scent that we ignore out of prejudice.
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    Re: Is there anything similar to Habit Rouge?

    I find Hermès Rouge and Guerlain Habit Rouge are pretty close in smell though not in intensity. Habit Rouge is a lot stronger. In the fragrance genealogie chart though, the closest male fragrance...
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    Re: Great colognes that won't break a budget

    I second Guerlain’s Heritage and Versace Dreamer, if you buy them from discounters or clearance outfits. But you can get from most any drugstore, del Poso Quazar, Caron Pour un homme, 3rd Man,...
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    Re: frederic malle toronto

    And have you ever checked how much freight and shipping these outfits in the States charge? Shipping from Europe cost a lot less and they seem to know the "right" value to declare so as not to...
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    Re: frederic malle toronto

    I second Frederick Malle’s excellent mail order service. However, if you are interested, their closest physical counter is at Barney’s New York City.
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    Re: Luca Turin's "Crack 'o Doom" frags?

    Luca Turin maintained a wonderful blog for a short period in 2005 and 2006 that featured his original English essays about perfume for the german magazine NZZ folio. He closed his blog but the...
  25. Thread: spoilage

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    Re: spoilage

    I’ve heard of attuned and alert producers who pulled off the shelves particular items that turned, ie Frederick Malle with their Vetiver Extraordinaire right in these pages a year or so ago and I...
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    I've heard of layering, but blending?

    Here is a link to a passel of links about blending two or more of your fragrances. Smells like a potential stink to me. http://buzzfeed.com/buzz/Blending_Perfume
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    Re: Calling The Monclined

    I read that too in Luca Turin’s blog. It just so happened that I have two Mikasa candle bowls about three inches in diameter that just fit the description and the palms of my hands. I do’nt use it...
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    Re: Opinions on Kiton & Kiton Napoli

    Kiton and De Nicolaï’s New York are my only favorites this far. They are entirely different fragrances in smell and style. What they have in common though is the harmonious and smooth blending of all...
  29. Thread: Banana scents?

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    Re: Banana scents?

    I go to great length to avoid offending anyone anywhere, most*of all in this most fun of forums. *I am sorry if I did anyway. *What happened is that I read the perception of banana as though it was...
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    Re: a good deathbed scent?

    You want something earthy here like certain vetiver and iris based fragrances that smell of the flower that has just been pulled out of the ground.
    That will make you get used to dirt.
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    Re: WHICH GUERLAIN SHOULD BE IN ONE'S WARDROBE??

    Vetiver and Jicky just about cover the whole spectrum of needs for me.
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    Re: What cologne screams "confidence?"

    Two completely different fragrances, Kiton and Patricia de Nicolaï's New York make me feel I can lord it over anyone at all.
  33. Thread: Banana scents?

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    Re: Banana scents?

    I don't know why, but I just got this image of the Baron de Charlus saying, "I'll never forget the time my valet Andre accidentally dropped the empty box of Ananas Fizz on the floor, I stepped on it,...
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    Re: How old are basenotes members?

    The oldest at fifty-eight of the preceeding posters. Well into anecdotage, that's probably why I tend to go on. Stuck to Guerlain Cologne Imperial for thirty years until eau d'orange verte came out....
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    Re: Question from newbie.

    Vin, If you are in a perfume counter in any department store you can ask the sales associates for a spray sample in your arm. *Walk around the mall to see how it evolves on your skin or to see if it...
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    Re: How can you tell gender?

    It's like sexing newly hatched chicks, with great difficulty. But expertise comes with experience.
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    Re: "Scent Of The Century"

    Here is my own translation of Luca Turin’s take on it:

    This Rolls Royce of perfumes is globally celebrated for the most childish of reasons, meaning it is a record breaker, since it is presented...
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    Re: Most popular colognes in Japan

    VV Thanks again for this informative post and responses. I once again bow to the thoughtful and considerate Japanese commuter who considers the effects his cologne would have in a very crowded train....
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    Re: Most popular colognes in Japan

    So that accounts for a very new Hermes sitting in the second place. *I know you did not write this list but I was kind of expecting Eau d'orange verte in that place and am also wondering why Aqua di...
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    Re: Most popular colognes in Japan

    Vivrant Violet, Would you take off the Bulgari infront of Un Jardin sur le Nil (Hermes) because it looks like an error.
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    Re: Is it possible to have just one fragrance?

    [quote author=Mrs.Quack-Quack link=1126625892/0#4 date=1126629817]I only use scents now and then. I have one that is fresh for the summer/warm weather: Eau du Coq (or: Blenheim Bouquet). And one for...
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    Re: anyone here from PHILIPPINES

    Do not despair. Enjoy what fragrances you can get there because no matter what, they are still priced way way lower than they are here. Also appreciate the made to measure clothing set up there...
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    Re: anyone here from PHILIPPINES

    Just to give you a historical perspective all you guys from the Philippines, I use to pick up Creeds at a tiny perfumery right beside La Estrella del Norte in Escolta. That was in the sixties when...
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    Re: What do you Fragrance your home with?

    To Scentsational, Do not ask for books. You will only get remaindered titles. Ask for something edible or consumable.
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    Re: What do you Fragrance your home with?

    Thirty years ago I asked my friends and relatives to present me only wine, spirit or scented candle for the holidays. And they have abided by my request. There are always new brand-names coming out...
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    Re: WEARING FRAGRANCES TO BED

    For the longest time I was afraid that detectable personal fragrance in the workplace was distracting and somewhat unprofessional and so to bed was where I used most of my fragrances.
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    Re: Orange Vert, Bigarade.....next step?

    The Eau d’orange verte is the new name of the original Hermès Eau de cologne. It is supposed to suggest the scent of unripe orange fruit which you get right after spraying but it quickly dries down...
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    Re: anyone here from PHILIPPINES

    A P.S. on the Ormond Jane sample program. I absent-mindedly left out Frangipani perhaps because that is the only one I did not like. It gave off
    a whiff of faded, wilted or even dried flower that I...
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    Re: Orange Vert, Bigarade.....next step?

    To Vivrant Violet, Did you try the new Hermès Orange Douce? No concentré yet so it might be a bit transitory.
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    Re: anyone here from PHILIPPINES

    Thanks to Buzzcut. Yes I ordered Ormond Jane’s sample kit because I saw two items in it that halted me to attention, you know which two. Both of them beautiful scents to be sure, but unfortunately...
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    Re: anyone here from PHILIPPINES

    I picked up Luca Turin’s link in the London Lounge a few months ago which kind of relaunched me on my perfume quest. From my highschool days to my recent retirement, I have always been a serial...
  52. Re: New Yorker Magazine piece on Herm?s JdN creati

    In one of his interviews, he mentioned that he is working on a book about the hitherto firmly closed perfume industry which this long New Yorker article forms a part of. He also contributes...
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    Re: $5K deep....what did I learn?

    One of the most enjoyable post here in Basenotes RonF. Although I just recently joined too, I have been a long time lurker till I could not longer resist joining in. Any education can never be too...
  54. Thread: Rosewood note

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    Rosewood note

    If you have ever wondered where the rosewood note comes from here is a link to the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/international/americas/30rosewood.html?8hpib
    It turns out that...
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    Re: Napoleon Wore Quelques Fluers????

    Is this the same Napoleon who instructed his Josephine to stop taking a bath because he is arriving in three or four days? He seemed to have been an avid fan of what an attractive passage in The...
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    Unique, excellent and perfect

    First of all I want to let everyone know how grateful I am for having stumbled on this treasure trove of scent wisdom. Excellent, perceptive and evocative reviews of almost all the fragrances...
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    Re: Gucci Nobile..but lasts?

    Gucci Nobile on my skin always reminded me of the original Polo for men. Never owned Polo but worked with somebody who did and who used it in liberal applications. I did a side by side comparison of...
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    Duty-free fragrances

    When awaiting boarding, i find that the best way to kill time is by shopping in the duty-free shops in the confined spaces of airports. Over the years, it has been in these shops that I have picked...
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    Re: PdN New York--Yow!

    I just ordered a 100 ml flask from a store in Montreal for Can$75 (around US$66). Here is their site address:...
  60. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    I just came back from my first visit to The Perfume Outlet at the Dixie Mall. I was looking for a flask of Revlon Than Man which they no longer have. Instead, I picked up a bottle each of 100 ml...
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