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    Re: Finally had a WOW!!!

    lol
  2. Thread: Frederic Malle

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    Re: Frederic Malle

    Fill this out. They'll get back to you and let you order carded samples. I believe it is $20 for 3 samples.
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    Re: Chanel Egosite (discontinued) ???

    Chanel's US retailer has it.
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    Re: Fragrance for my hospital stay

    My thoughts too. You'll also be set in case you get a chance to score with a nurse.
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    Re: The perfect scent!?

    I see something profoundly out of place with an ideologue - of the marching kind - wearing perfume.
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    Re: Middle Eastern desert scents......

    Didn't realize how old this was...
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    Re: Middle Eastern desert scents......

    In my humble opinion it is a boring idea to smell like the desert whilst in the desert.
    I'd go for contrast.
  8. Re: Champagne taste on a Beer bud.....awwww heck.....I can't even afford Beer!

    Also, this is said to be a good substitute for Malle's Muscs Ravageur, which is both unique and dirty, sort of.
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    Re: Body Kouros Enigma!

    LoL
  10. Thread: The Best Neroli?

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    Re: The Best Neroli?

    Actually I don't like Sweet Redemption, or any other By Kilian - that I've tried - for that matter. But unless by 'neroli' you are referring to something else, it's got quite a bit of it.
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    Re: Body Kouros Enigma!

    I used to own the original many years ago, and sampled the Body version very recently. Had there been any resemblances my brain areas in charge of nostalgia would have gone crazy.
    My best guess is...
  12. Thread: The Best Neroli?

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    Re: The Best Neroli?

    I got a sample of By Kilian Sweet Redemption the other day.
    My grandma used to put neroli and honey in her tea. Sweet Redemption smells kinda the same as those teas: Sweet and fresh. Very much worth...
  13. Thread: getting a job

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    Re: getting a job

    You need to talk to the manager in person so you can impress him/her. On the resume they only look for certificates. This is not something you can pull off on paper. What would you say, "I spend a...
  14. Re: Creed is so far ahead of the game that it takes you months to "get" them

    I'm embarrassed to admit that I have not yet tried any of the Creeds - I did try a Mac for a whole month and didn't like it.
  15. Re: Creed is so far ahead of the game that it takes you months to "get" them

    This reminds me of the long fought battle between PC and Mac campaigns.
  16. Thread: Dior Leather Oud

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    Re: Dior Leather Oud

    Both of the fragrances you mention have above average longevity. And precisely because of their strength they can cause habituation more quickly. Try applying them as far from your nose as you can,...
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    Re: What am I looking for?

    If you think "Platinum" is "$$$" then your options are limited to online discounters like Amazon, which means mainstream 'colognes', more or less.
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    Re: Amber Absolute vs. Amber Narguile

    Don't forget Ambre 114.
  19. Re: Every basenoter should watch this video before wearing A*men, One Milion, Le Male...etc..

    : )
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    Re: Diet, projection and longevity

    What Ursula says is more likely to be the culprit here. Also I think you mentioned that this is an aftershave? In that case perhaps you only 'thought' that it had good sillage and longevity.
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    Re: Dirty, animalic Fresh?

    ISO E Super is a molecule that results in this effect, i.e. amplifies your own body odor. It also has a fresh woody smell of its own. It is abundant in Encre Noire, which incidentally is very wallet...
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    Re: Freshman in High School... What would you wear?

    Yeah. The first spray would initiate him right into adulthood.
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    Re: Top 5 best date scents

    Phaedon has one (or two). Not prominent though.
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    Re: Best masculine rose for hot days?

    I've never tried Une Rose, but "fresh" seems to be the keyword in all the descriptions I've read, which makes it sound appropriate for warm weather.
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    Re: The power of scent memory

    If the sensation is vivid it is most likely not without a source. Memories are generally impressionistic and lack details. But if by "whiff" you do mean the impression of a scent, then yes, your...
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    Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    You can always get a US friend to buy it here and send it over
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    Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    BdI 200ml: $210
    BdI 75ml: $110
    Egoiste 100ml: $75
  28. Re: List the fragrance that gives your nose an orgasm

    One day I will see a bottle of this somewhere and run towards it in slow motion...
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    Re: Chanel Bois des Iles or Chanel Egoiste

    I own both. Were I to keep only one I'd go for Egoiste.
    The opening of BdI is heavily powdery, and has that old lady effect, but that wont last very long.
    Throughout BdI stays slightly warmer and...
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums tasting time!

    Ambre 114 is an unapologetic amber up there with some of the iconic ambers (e.g. Ambre Sultan). It is my favorite amber. From the line I like 1828 the best.



    It is indeed a beautiful violet....
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums tasting time!

    With a few exceptions I've sampled their entire line, and been impressed with every single one.
    Looks like you missed Ambre 114. You may want to include that in your next discovery set.
    Also, if...
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    Re: HdP 1889 - Moulin Rouge, for men?

    Yes. I wore it to a dinner party. Coincidentally a female friend of mine attending the same party was wearing a masculine scent (something from Bond No. 9, can't remember the name). Overall it came...
  33. Thread: 15 sprays??

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    Re: 15 sprays??

    Well said
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    Re: Riddle me this... Hermes

    This
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    Re: Suggestions from Macy's stock

    It sounds like you've stolen more than just her Black Cashmere ;)
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    Re: Suggestions from Macy's stock

    Will do :)
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    Re: Suggestions from Macy's stock

    Actually I'm visiting my family in Santa Clara. It'd have been a 40 min drive to Union Sq. But I'm pretty happy with this Black Orchid. A unique dark scent.
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    Re: Non-citrus and non-aquatic summer fragnance?

    There's also Geranium pour monsieur. It smells cold.
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    Re: Best Amouage leather scent

    Lol.

    Seconded, I haven't tried all, but none of the ones I did had any noticeable leather, including Dia and Epic.
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    Re: Suggestions from Macy's stock

    I traded my Macy's gift card for a Sephora gift card (courtesy of my sister) and bought a 30ml Tom Ford Black Orchid. I find it a lot better than anything I could have bought at Macy's.
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    Re: Opium (the substance, not YSL)

    Lol, yes, quite a dissertation. You can find Black Afgano at Barney's, or the Scent Bar if you are around LA.
    Yosh Omniscient has more than just a hint of hashish. Tauer lAdDM doesn't, at least not...
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    Re: Opium (the substance, not YSL)

    I was sniffing around at Sephora today and stumbled upon Hermes eau Gentiane Blanche. It smells indistinguishable from the real thing, particularly in the opening: Bitter and earthy. With time some...
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    Re: Suggestions from Macy's stock

    I sprayed BdC and AHSE on my wrists a few hours ago. AHSE didn't like my skin, it turned into a horrifying raw chicken smell. BdC was okay (not exciting) but faded away quickly (less that 4 hours).
    ...
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    Suggestions from Macy's stock

    I received a $50 Macy's gift card yesterday, and thought I'd buy a fragrance. What would you recommend from their current stock?

    I'm kinda drawn to Bleu de Chanel and Allure Sport Eau Extreme, but...
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    Re: L'instant de Guerlain Extreme for $40???

    You must be looking at the non-extreme versions. L'instant extreme cannot be had for $40, unless you get extremely lucky.
  46. Re: Help me find another word for "powdery" please :}

    You can call it anything, and still the Coty model would scare off your powderophobe customers at the mention of the "P" word.
    Your best bet is to retaliate against her. Say something mean about her...
  47. Re: New here, looking for a sophisticated but not overpowering college scent

    Dior Homme is a safe choice. But from your writing I gather you have enough sophistication -for a 21 yo- to pull off more eccentric scents too. Don't settle for safe.
    My suggestion: 'waste' a bit...
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    Re: Recommendations for a boozy rose scent

    Dior Ambre Nuit. Rose, booze, amber, and a touch of strawberry. My favorite from La Collection Privée.
  49. Thread: Power Scent

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    Re: Power Scent

    One more for Antaeus
  50. Thread: Wardrobe Giveaway

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    Re: Wardrobe Giveaway

    2...
  51. Re: I'm about to wear Muscs Koublai Khan to a restaurant

    And what is that use?

    BTW. I often wear MKK publicly too. It's a cozy scent.
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    Re: What do you really think of female compliments

    If your perfume wearing is similar to your font size, then you ARE putting on too much ;)
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations please!

    Perhaps one more input:
    Your description of your son could with very little modification apply to me: age, background, career, phenotype. And of the above suggestions the only ones that I'd have...
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    Re: I think I may be crazy

    Listen to him.

    Seriously though, the list of praised fragrances that I don't like is much longer than those that I do like. M7, TdH, Black Aoud...
    Egoiste however has been on top of my list ever...
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    Re: Rainy Day Fragrance ?

    Or you can go the opposite direction: Wear something that takes you deeper into melancholia. Perhaps something nostalgic?
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    Re: Best warm weather vetiver?

    Sycomore and Encre Noire both have worked very well for me in the hot and humid summer days of the north east. Heck I've even successfully worn Coromandel and MKK in the same weather. As long as you...
  57. Re: Next Purchase: Chanel Allure Homme or Terre D'Hermes?

    I like the subtlety with which you bash both ;) I like neither either.
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    Re: Best male amber scent

    One more for HdP Ambre 114.
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    Re: Intoxicating fragrances in your collection

    Seconded Portrait of a Lady. Also:
    Muscs Koublai Khan
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    Re: What would this guy wear?

    Kinda reminds me of Sean Connery, so maybe Jicky?
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    Re: Chanel Coromandel Initial Review

    Wait for hedonist to chime in with his comments on patchouli ;)

    I also own both and don't find them similar, neither in the opening nor in the drydown.
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    Re: Ambre Sultan vs. L'air du Desert Marocain

    I can vouch for the similarity, but hate to say that like neither. lAdDM felt like an assault on all that had to do with subtlety. Ambre Sultan I could have gotten on board with if I didn't already...
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    Re: Fresh and elegant scent to wear to work

    The citrus in TdH tends to get associated with freshness, which is not necessarily true. For instance Mitsouko is a citrus bomb, yet it is no where near fresh. The overall vibe of TdH is earthy and...
  64. Re: What fragrance do you crave? Fragrance that you have to wear or sniff once a week or more?

    I do occasionally crave every fragrance I own, but I find myself craving Kiehl's musk oil quite often.
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    Re: Stupid Question: Why do top notes exist?

    Right back atchya hedonist.




    I suspect cuteness has little to do with the analogy. Among the different forms of art music the most prominent one with a dynamic composition, which is also an...
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    Re: Stupid Question: Why do top notes exist?

    This.
    Also, perception is holistic. Even after top notes have seized to exist, they influence how you perceive the heart and bottom notes.
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2012

    Yes, you're right. It's the first reformulation.
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2012

    For all the M7 lovers:
    Looks like bluefly is selling the original formulation of M7 (I'm saying this based on the picture) for a very decent price.
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    Re: HdP 1889 - Moulin Rouge, for men?

    I'm sold. I'll give it a shot...
  70. Re: "Portrait of a Lady" - Can I do better with $210?

    You can get the 3x10ml for $140. That'll come out to about $47 for 10ml in Malle's original atomizers. Not bad, especially considering the strength; 10ml will last quite a while.
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    Re: Your current TOP 5 vetivers !?

    Mostly those that have been mentioned, plus:
    HdP - 1828 (Jules Verne)
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2012

    To be honest I was surprised too, especially when she came back for a second and a third time.
    Yes, both longevity and silage are insane. The downside is that with time my senses are getting more...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2012

    You did great. I have yet to come across a perfume that awes me as much as portrait of lady. Not to mention the wild feedbacks I have received - One lady put her nose to my neck several times to get...
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    Re: At work, a dirty little secret

    Seconded. I'm indeed jealous.
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    Re: At work, a dirty little secret

    You're a weapon of mass destruction ;)
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    Re: HdP 1889 - Moulin Rouge, for men?

    As usual I think the solution is to wear it a couple of times and observe the reactions.
    Thanks for the advice.
  77. Thread: You are dying...

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    Re: You are dying...

    I'd hire a master nose and have him design my very own personal perfume.
    Then I'd leave bottles for my family and friends to remember me by.
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    Re: HdP 1889 - Moulin Rouge, for men?

    I'm fine with the lipstick, in fact I like iris a lot, plus it fades away quickly. But the overall vibe leans too feminine, or does it?
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    Re: HdP 1889 - Moulin Rouge, for men?

    Because you didn't like it or because it you deemed it too feminine?
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    HdP 1889 - Moulin Rouge, for men?

    What do you think, can a guy - early 30's - pull this off?
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    Re: Habit Rouge blind buy = aww yea!

    I've been pondering this for a while now. Your post made me go ahead and place my order for an EdT. I have never had any experience with Habit Rouge or Shalimar (that I know of) before.
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    Re: 10 Best Niche Fragrance Samples

    I agree with these:
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    Re: Malle Noir Epices or MFK Absolue Pour Le Soir

    Hmmm... Interesting. I also packed up and put away my TdH after I received my Noir Epices and Portrait of a Lady. Makes me wonder how I would like MFKs.
  84. Thread: jubilation xxv

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    Re: jubilation xxv

    Maybe a couple dozen samples from luckyscent?
  85. Thread: Rose dilemma

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    Re: Rose dilemma

    I have a very hard time liking rose scents in general. That said, recently I tried several different ones that people on BN suggested. The one I liked most, ordered a bottle at retail price, and...
  86. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Re: Netflix of Scents

    Good. Thanks.
  87. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Re: Netflix of Scents

    Thanks zztop and MonkeyBars.
    What I have in mind is using some sort of web crawler for mining raw text from threads. I'll then parse the text to find latent features (more precisely, using a...
  88. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Re: Netflix of Scents

    Chill man, I teach how these things work.



    See my longer comment below.



    That's a good observation. But there are ways of extracting valuable info implicitly even from the conversation...
  89. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Re: Netflix of Scents

    I tried a couple and the results were not impressive. For Encre Noire it suggested La Nuit de l'Homme, and for Noir Epices, Incense Oud.
  90. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Re: Netflix of Scents

    If I'm not mistaken Fragrantica's approach is similar to Aamazon's and Last.fm's: They recommend what others with similar interests have liked. That is the least intelligent way of doing this.
  91. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Re: Netflix of Scents

    Interesting. I'd really like to know your assessment of their recommendations.
  92. Thread: Netflix of Scents

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    Netflix of Scents

    One of the common themes that I see people post about here is "would I like X if I like Y?"
    Netflix has a history of recommending movies you may like based on what you have liked.
    Amazon does a...
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    Re: "Getting It" - What does that mean?

    In as far as it is safe to assume that all tastes are acquired, I don't see any issues with gradually coming to appreciate a scent. It is almost impossible to have any sort of reaction to a...
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    Re: WHAT THE...My Ambre Sultan crystalized!

    Keep in mind that different material solidify at different temperatures, which is also influenced by altitude above sea level. Of course the high alcohol content should have prevented this...
  95. Thread: Crazy Flower

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    Re: Crazy Flower

    They reacted super positively to Portrait of a Lady. I'll see what they say about CF.
    Though part of me wants them not to like it. I have already spent so much on PoL, I'd rather not be tempted to...
  96. Thread: Crazy Flower

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    Re: Crazy Flower

    Hmmm, I should give that a try and see how my female friends react to it then. Thanks.
  97. Thread: Crazy Flower

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    Re: Crazy Flower

    Just wondering: I am not too particular on feminine/ masculine scents, but I do find CF way too feminine. Do you guys ever wear this or you just smell it on your wrist?
  98. Thread: Crazy Flower

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    Crazy Flower

    Three days ago I put 2 sprays of Carnal Flower (from a sample spray) on my right wrist.
    The next day I took a shower and put three sprays of Encre Noire on the same spot.
    Yesterday I took a shower...
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    Re: Which Masculine Scent has the following?

    Encre Noire

    It is pretty much only vetiver and Iso E super, modern, masculine, versatile, not a mainstream frag, lasts for hours, and costs $42 for 100ml.
    Above all, it is awesome.
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    Re: Portrait of a Lady similar to Rose 31?

    Rose 31 has a rough texture, PoL is smooth
    Rose 31 barely has any rose, PoL has lots
    Rose 31 feels modern, PoL feels classic
    Rose 31 is 'shallow' and bright, PoL is 'deep' and dark
    Rose 31 is...
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