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  1. Re: How do you politely back out of a transaction bc their bottle may be a fake?

    So long as you hadn't actually committed to buying the bottle, you're free to back out for any reason or no reason at all. A polite declination fulfills your obligation; if the seller gets huffy,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks—and, um, no. I have a very long frag to-do list.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I suppose I could wear anything I had before I went down the rabbit hole, but my wife will strangle me in my sleep if I go back to Le Male. I think I’ll pick a vintage that takes me back much further...
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    Re: a Lancome thread

    I’ve scored this and the Vert and Brun flankers in the past year, but still haven’t tried them on. Maybe I should stop buying things.


    Nah.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks, I hope so! Also recently acquired your SOTD, Lacoste Land, but haven’t tried it yet.
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    Re: It´s all good, man.

    He’s a meth’d actor.
  7. Re: need help with vintage American made cologne for men beginning with the letter "L?"

    It doesn't start with L, but it sounds like you're describing Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne.
  8. Re: need help with vintage American made cologne for men beginning with the letter "L?"

    I didn't think so. Well, it's not an "L" of a lot to go on. Any other clues you remember?
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    Re: It´s all good, man.

    It's hard to get kitschier than Hai Karate, but Saul Goodman isn't that clueless. He knows his kitsch too well: Hummel figurines, for example. Anyway, I'm not sure kitsch is the clue. More like a...
  10. Re: need help with vintage American made cologne for men beginning with the letter "L?"

    Hmm. Lenthéric? They originated in France, but I think they got bought out by NY-based Bristol-Myers Squibb in the 1920s. Or Louangel?
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    It's not like they were in it for art's sake. (Or like their heritage is what they claim it is.) With the increasingly strict EU limitations on ingredients crucial to fine perfumery, this is a good...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    I'll have my girl call your girl. We'll do lunch.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Lenthéric Repartée.
  14. Re: need help with vintage American made cologne for men beginning with the letter "L?"

    Lenel?
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    Re: It´s all good, man.

    The new Dior Homme: appropriating a name to pretend to be something it isn't.
  16. Re: vintages many on here hate but you love - and why you like them

    I was thinking of citing that one, but I think most of the hate is for the EA version, which I also hate. The Cochrane stuff, I love. I know it's been suggested that, if you wait long enough, the EA...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    I do! It smelled good, if on the sweet/polite side for a leather. But it all worked out fine: Mrs. S decided she really likes Emir, and I’ve decided I’m pretty happy with Cuir Andalou.


    That’s a...
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    Re: Why some houses don't offer samples?

    My guess is that the samples themselves are less a cost issue than the postage and labor of processing/mailing them. That would explain why companies don't send them even when SAs at department...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Dana Emir, from a sample courtesy of Cacio.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Well, the plan today was to wrap up with Atelier Parfumeide Tabac Cuir. Alas, there was a hairline crack in the atomizer that allowed all the contents to leak/evaporate. So, I put on the rest of the...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    In the case of “exotic” Creeds, blind-buying is pretty much out of the question. (I already tried that and apparently got the wrong Tabarôme.) I know Creed is where you come from, and I respect that....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Oh, I have the right answer to those. “That looks great. Of course you can have it.”
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    My wife says she would be, too, as she's never known me to have any before.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Had a slight windfall, I was feeling a tad giddy, then somebody offered me a discount, so…

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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    I suggest you try it. Our noses are certainly not the same, but I think you've got something pretty good there.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Rêve en Cuir has grown on me a bit, though it's still not something I'd buy for a leather fix. The base has warmed up with a bit of vanilla, though thankfully not of the overly sweet or froward...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Yes, it's never going to replace my vintage Guerlain or Carven vetivers, but it stakes out its own sublime territory.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Today, I'm wearing Indult Rêve en Cuir. I got clove and cinnamon up front, settling down into a mild, clean Napa leather. It's much nicer than No Perfume, not to mention more elegant, but it's not...
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    Re: How many can you name?

    Here's some detail from the Dietrich pic:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    I can't find a better copy of the Rita Hayworth pic, but I have more detail on the Life Magazine shot:

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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    We'll both have to be patient. So far, almost everything I've wanted has shown up at a price I consider reasonable. (Still holding out for FBs of Patou pour Homme/Homme Privé and Rochas Macassar.)...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I'm glad you hunted it down. Vintage Monsieur Lanvin Vetyver is one of my favorites. It's for vetiver romanticists rather than vetiver purists, but I'll bet it could sway a few purists as well.
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    Re: How many can you name?

    There’s another Lelong on top of that table: the dark bulb with the long silver neck. Lelong used that design for several fragrances, though my money is on Indiscret. I can make out the shapes of a...
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    Re: How many can you name?

    I liked that 1947 Life pic you put up before:
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    The obvious one is the Dali-designed Schiaparelli Le Roy Soleil on the top shelf.
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    Re: How many can you name?

    Well, some of the same ones from the Penner pic: a big Lanvin, Bellodgia, plus a Schiaparelli and what looks like several Cotys. That trapezoidal bottle in back on the right looks interesting. Most...
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    Re: Today I bought February 2020

    Oh, I want to try that one, too—heck, I want them all—but I take 'em as they come. Twist Bergamot is going for almost three times what this cost me.



    Thanks, Hednic!
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Mrs. S. came home and immediately adopted an expression of revulsion. Safe to say there will never be another drop of No Perfume around these parts. And I did plan on working my way up through the...
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    Re: How many can you name?

    But then again:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say the bottle framed by Bellodgia, Cassandra, and Toujours Fidèle is Lenthéric Shanghai:

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    Re: How many can you name?

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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Finally, the actual random leathers that are this thread's raison d'être!

    First up: Zoo No Perfume. Smells less like leather than like burning wood and rubber. If there's anything natural in this,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Curiosity got the best of me:

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    The seller accepted my return on the last batch of evaporated minis. That covered the purchase of some I could see in advance:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    In front of that, its a stretch to call out what looks like a plain black rectangular cuboid, but it might be Ambre d'Orsay:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    The bottle on the far left look like a d'Orsay to me:

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    This basic bottle design was used for a number of d'Orsay perfumes, so it's hard to say which one it is.
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    Re: How many can you name?

    I don't know all that much; I just specialize in research on things of no practical value—especially when I should be doing something else.

    My coffee table is from Frankl's 1930s Chinese Modern...
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    Re: Fragrancenet shipping scam

    Remember that fragrances have to ship ground. It’s not realistic to expect two-day delivery regardless of your distance from their warehouse. Yes, even so, FN is slow, but I’ve never had any other...
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    Re: How many can you name?

    The tall bottle behind the Tabac Blond looks like Lucien Lelong Indiscret:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    The Greek column is almost certainly Weil Cassandra:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    To the left of the Liu is what could be any of several Lanvin fragrances: Arpège, My Sin, Scandal, etc. In front of that and over one to the left is Caron Tabac Blond.

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    Re: How many can you name?

    Behind the Bellodgia is Caron Les Pois de Senteur de Chez Moi:

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    Re: How many can you name?

    I think it’s in front and to the left of the column:
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    Re: How many can you name?

    The image caption is:

    Paul T. Frankl, vanity in Penner House, Holmby Hills, California, 1938.

    Frankl was a notable architect and furniture designer. I have a Frankl coffee table from roughly...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    And early Piguets, including the very leathery Bandit.
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    Re: How many can you name?

    This may help:

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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Purecaramel, a troll? LOL!
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    At some point, I imagine I will. Alas, it isn't in Cacio's wardrobe, which was a prerequisite for this round of sampling.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    My final preliminary reference sample is vintage Miss Balmain EDT. The name notwithstanding, I don’t find this particularly feminine at all, though Mrs. S. disagrees. Here at the start, I get...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTD: Miss Balmain vintage EDT. About as girly as Ronda Rousey. Or maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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    Re: Mangled: names of your favorites

    Channel 5.
  61. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    I’m very fond of Xeryus, but your mileage may vary. My only digit fragrances are 1872 and 1881.
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    Re: How many can you name?

    I think there are a few d’Orsay frags there. The two bottles behind the Vol de Nuit (and what I believe is Caron Fleurs de Rocaille) on the left look like it, thought they’re not the most distinctive...
  63. Re: Pour Monsieur help - Are these all the same? Chanel for men, Gentleman's cologne etc.

    I didn’t mean to imply CPM had never been reformulated, but for once, I don’t think it was concurrent with the name change. I could be wrong, though, as I haven’t compared enough versions. I’m happy...
  64. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    Actually, the Mrs. and I have Youth Dew, but we haven’t opened it yet. Y sounds like it’s not for me, but I forgot I do have YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration.
  65. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    For Q, I have Quorum, but I'm not fond of it. Same goes for Z (Zino), and Y (Yatagan, Yohji pour Homme). I'll have to look for replacements.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Yeah, now it's on my "to buy" list. Tomorrow, Miss Balmain; next week, the Three Random Leathers at last!
  67. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    Currently, I have coverage for all letters, but a few are endangered.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Winding down my references, today’s leather is New York Intense by Nicolaï. As an intense New Yorker by birth, I can confirm that this is what I want to smell like.

    Not so much a leather proper as...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Another Crowning achievement. (Despite the stock pics, I got all 100ml bottles.)

    EDIT: Raffy of Parfums Raffy called me to say he only had a 50ml Ess Bouquet, so we swapped that one in...
  70. Re: What fragrances do YOU find backup bottle worthy?

    I have backups of Clive Christian 1872, Terre d’Hermes, Dior Eau Sauvage, Cartier Santos, Balmain pour Monsieur, Chanel Égoïste, Gucci pour Homme (1976), and Gucci Nobile. Also, I have multiples of...
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    Re: Mangled: names of your favorites

    Tear Dare Mess.
  72. Re: Pour Monsieur help - Are these all the same? Chanel for men, Gentleman's cologne etc.

    The story as we have best been able to discern it:

    Back in the post-WWII mid-20th century, the men’s international fragrance market was still in its infancy. Fearing (perhaps with some...
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    Re: Are these fake? *Help me not get burned*

    Seems about right for someone looking to blow out their collection or overstock. If they wanted more, I would think they’d sell them individually.
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    Re: Are these fake? *Help me not get burned*

    The pics are too low-res to see much of anything. Is there some reason you’re suspicious?
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    Re: Latest Clive Christian - X Neroli!

    This is a “twist” flanker of X for women, but it’s probably unisex in practice.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    No, no mustiness in CdR! I remain mildly curious about vintage Habanita, but it’s a low priority compared to the much costlier vintage Chanel.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks—I think you may have piqued my interest in the first place!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    In terms of being my best or most valuable, it's hard to say, but I have a special fondness for them because they kicked off my interest in vintage fragrances. I do think that, for the most part,...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Ultimately, so did I. It wasn't such a problem in the early stages, but it became highly problematic in the drydown.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    This may be because I've been doing leather after leather, so it's the differences rather than the similarities that register more for me now. Still, surely the orange spice notes ring loud and...
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    Re: Sycomore, Encre Noir, and...

    There are one or two long, detailed threads surveying a wide range of vetivers. These are well worth reading. Everyone’s preferences are different, but I can only say that after trying a smattering...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    With Dior Leather Oud now behind me, the evening belongs to Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque. The “cuir” in the name notwithstanding, this is more like spiced orange cider, the hot mug clasped in...
  83. Re: Fragrance History: "Ancient School" perfumes, perfumes from Ancient Greece, Rome and Middle East

    I would argue that any fragrance employing naturals—or even, depending on how you define "notes," merely emulating them—is using "a combination of ancient notes." Notes matter, of course—there were...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Adding to the Crown jewels.
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    Re: I officially have a problem!

    If you crop any photo from your camera even slightly, it will post in the correct orientation. Nobody seems to know why, but that's the fix.
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    Re: I officially have a problem!

    That is a problem. You should set that thing up vertically before all your bottles fall off.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    The cellophane wrapping was open on the ends, so it was possible to slide out the box and examine the bottles for fill level. Was it the seller's responsibility to do so? A fair matter of debate. But...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Yes, Habanita has leather in it, but in a supporting role. My wife said she used to wear it, but on me she found it more scrubbable than lovable. It might be better more sparingly applied. In any...
  89. Re: Fragrance History: "Ancient School" perfumes, perfumes from Ancient Greece, Rome and Middle East

    It might have been the article that led to this book:

    https://www.amazon.com/Perfume-Science-Scent-Cathy-Newman/dp/0792273788

    Also of potential interest:
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Still in my "pre-roll" phase, today's reference sample is Dior Leather Oud. Back in the saddle, only the horse is an Arabian, and we're warming ourselves by an agarwood campfire. Apart from this...
  91. Re: Habit Rouge EDC & Captain Molineux (vintage)

    Just look at sold listings for each on eBay to get an idea of what they actually go for, as opposed to what sellers are asking. Good deals can be had for both, though you can pay plenty if you're...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Correct on both counts. There’s no connection between the now-defunct Bally Manufacturing after which the casino was named and fashion company Bally of Switzerland.

    But I’m still asking for my...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Given that I am one of the luckiest people I know, it’s only fair that the scales should tip the other way on occasion.
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Cuir de Russie having faded to a memory after eight hours, my SOTE is Molinard Habanita. This starts out with the olfactory equivalent of multiple personality disorder, but soon settles into more...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    You win some…

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    And you lose some:

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    This "sealed box" turned out thusly:
  96. Re: Land mine detection - Identify the worst fragrances in otherwise great lineups

    I love Égoïste, but hey, it's not your thing. Nobody has an obligation to like something just because it's popular and/or esteemed. I think Allure is a waste of aromachemicals, but obviously lots of...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Have you ever smelled the EdC?
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    The vintage will be hard to come by, I know, but I'm intrigued. This version is no slouch.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Chanel Cuir de Russie extrait.

    EDIT: Whoops—not vintage. Carry on…
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    Perspective Leather #2: Chanel Cuir de Russie extrait. Where Knize Ten is all about the scent of the saddle, Cuir de Russie blends in the scent of the rider. And, despite the mid-1920s creation date,...
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