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  1. Re: Sealed Chanel vintage bottle - what would you do?

    I have a bottle of No 46 - mine was already opened when I got it, but the perfume has in no way gone bad, in fact is is gorgeous. If yours is in a box, then chances are it is fine. If it is just...
  2. Re: London BN perfume tour next year... UPDATE: This will now be the official BN annu

    I came to the last London meet, and would love to come to this one as well! I am a Londoner, so have no problem with any dates that suit the majority.
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    Re: Organza Indécence vs Un Bois Vanille

    Leontion, it is meant to be available in Harrods, in the Mythiques range, which only Harrods seem to stock in the UK. Same bottle as the re-released L'Interdit, Le De, Givenchy 111, Xeryus and a...
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    Re: Only-available-in-America fragrances

    Anne Pliska is worth checking too. I was fortunate to be able to swap for this!

    Le Labo is now available at Liberty's...
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    Re: Fancy Animal Skin Roarschach Lutens Bottles

    I saw A La Nuit in one of those bottles in Harrods yesterday, sorry I can't remember which design it was. 2007 release?
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    Re: The most obscure fragrance in your collection?

    Two more; Mai by Shiseido (rather meh) and Miss Asprey by Asprey (gorgeous, no idea how old this one is at all).
  7. Re: Is anyone familiar with the Arabian Oud range?

    I popped in last winter. Many of their scents are not oud based; they have some florals, ambers etc. I think they were a little surprised that a woman wanted to sniff ouds, but once we had...
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    Re: Today I bought ... (for August 2007)

    Today... F Millots Crepe de Chine. And just opened something of unknown age called Magie Mist by Lancome, which unfortunately I cannot smell properly because despite a good wash I still have...
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    Re: Après l'Ondée pure perfume

    I have some, and I would say it is almost identical in smell to the EDT - a little stronger of course, but the EDT is very, very true to the parfum. The parfum is a bit more bitter almond and the...
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    Re: Is Guerlain's Metallica worth £150?

    Yes, it is worth it; one of the best Guerlains ever made in my not-even-remotely-humble opinion. It has even knocked Shalimar off my number one spot. But that is my opinion; I would not spend that...
  11. Thread: green

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    Re: green

    Scents that sum up green for me are:
    -Molinard de Molinard - pure galbanum!
    -Chanel No 19
    -Vent Vert - the original formulation was the first green scent I ever tried, and the only scent that to...
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    Re: Word for long-lasting frag?

    The only one I can think of that is used a lot but doesn't mean what you have explained, is "keeper"...
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    Re: Michael Storer's Women's Line

    I have tried all the samples, and Stephanie is my out-and-out favourite - any unwanted samples will be gratefully 'disposed' of!! What I love about it is the galbanum, which gives it an irresistible...
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    Re: Speaking of Vanilla

    One that I am really enjoying at the moment is the new Matthew Williamson Incense. I never smelled the old one, so I have nothing to compare it to, but this is a really deceptively simple incense,...
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    Re: Citrus Ban - What's the latest?

    I don't want to start any sort of side discussion here, but it seems to me that the assumption that this is something that is particularly going to be a problem to (or some sort of plot against!)...
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    Re: Citrus Ban - What's the latest?

    There is no citrus oil ban. What the legislation was about was limiting the level of certain phototoxins in some citrus oils. These can be removed from citrus oils, and the oils used as before.
    ...
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    Re: patchouli, patchouli everywhere

    Borneo 1834 is my favourite patchouli, and also one of my favourite scents. It is also the one that other people seem to recognise as patchouli; I don't normally get compliments on my scents (all my...
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    Re: Her Majesty's Scent?

    Hells teeth, the_good_life! Didn't you lean forward and take a good sniff?!!
  19. Thread: Rose

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    Re: Rose

    I have a number of roses that I find are quite different. Crown Marechale, a lovely rich, spicy rose, Annick Goutal's Rose Absolue for the truest rose, Agent Provocateur for a soft, cold-cream rose,...
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    Re: Advice for a Blind Purchase

    I am on the fence about Bois des Iles. On the one hand I can smell that it really is a most wonderful, soft, spicy sandalwood, but on the other hand I cannot put my nose too close to the skin where...
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    Re: Scents that made you stop a man

    I have no problem stopping anyone and asking them what they are wearing! The first time I smelled Terre d'Hermes was on a man in my local supermarket, and I unashamedly chased him down to ask what...
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    Re: Harrods Urban Retreat Parfumerie

    It is just a concession, same as many others in Harrods, except a little harder to find than many; it is tucked away in a corner on the 5th floor. In my experience, they are very happy to both leave...
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    Re: L’Artisan Eau de Jatamansi

    I have a small bottle of Spikenard essential oil (Spikenard is the stuff that Jesus washed/anointed someone or other's feet with), and I am very curious to try the L'Artisan one to see if they...
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    Re: Frederick Malle opinions ????

    I am a fan of Lys Mediterranee, which often seems overlooked by being compared to Serge Lutens Un Lys, to which it is not similar at all. This is one of the few fragrances that manage to convey a...
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    Re: The most obscure fragrance in your collection?

    Hascish by Veejaga. I really should pass this one around like that Djedi sample; you know, take a couple of spritzes, and send it on to the next person....
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    Re: Rose Recommendation Please

    I recommend Annick Goutal's Rose Absolue for the deepest, richest velvety rose. Sa Majeste is good, but not a patch on that one, IMO.

    Also Caron's Parfum Sacre for a beautiful spicey, incensey...
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    Re: looking for white flower fragrance

    Jasmines are very hardy. Mine started life as houseplants; when they finished flowering I popped them in the ground outside. They managed to flower a second time even in their first years. London...
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    Re: looking for white flower fragrance

    Do you mean Linden, Tilia Cordata, or Elder, Sambuca Nigra? The only listing for Elder as a note is Tobacco Flower by Fresh, but that is Elderwood rather than the flower.
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    Re: looking for white flower fragrance

    Good grief - I have a huge front hedge of this, and my garden shed in the back garden is covered with it, and I was also wondering what you meant! Of course! My jasmine flowers are tinged with pink...
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    Re: Guet Apens - *gurgle*

    I have a decant of this, and I am beginning to wonder if it is off or something. I just can't get into it at all - I get an anise note that just ruins it for me, and it turns a little sour in the...
  31. Re: 4 Stars for Agent Provocateur says Chandler Burr

    Hnuh? Agent Provocateur on me is a mild rose-scented cold cream with a curious, slightly astringent sharp note. I find it quite pleasant, and an interesting textural mixture of oilyness and...
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    Re: Argh! Itchy Itchy Itchy!

    Actually Castorpollux, that list contains all the natural allergens as well as the ones found only in artificial fragrance substances. Seventeen of those allergens are found in pure essential oils...
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    Re: Argh! Itchy Itchy Itchy!

    Benzyl alcohol
    Benzyl Salicylate
    Benzyl alcohol
    Cinnamal Alcohol
    Cinnamal
    Citral
    Coumarin
    Eugenol
    Geraniol
    Isoeugenol
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Might I humbly suggest that decanters start a yahoogroups list and post their wares there?
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    Re: New: Infusion d'Iris By Prada

    Vanille, hello! I remember that you particularly liked the leather-based Prada exclusive, Cuir something-or-other... That one was a beauty too, as was the carnation one.

    Yes, £140 for 30ml...
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    Re: New: Infusion d'Iris By Prada

    750ml?! That is more than a pint and a half! I think we will have to investigate doing a split....
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    Re: Asja - What Took Me So Long to Find This?

    If I had to compare Asja to any other scent, it would be Luten's Arabie, not Rousse. I think it is not so much the spicy element, but that, like Arabie, the fruit in Asja is dried fruit, albeit...
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    Re: New: Infusion d'Iris By Prada

    I wonder if this might be a wider release of the Prada Iris from their exclusive line? I hope so - of the exclusives, it is the one I like the most, but it is only possible to buy the set of four. ...
  39. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    Gadzooks, is that Avon from Blake's 7??!!

    (Actually that could be the Secret Password!)
  40. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    Apres l'Ondee - probably my favourite Guerlain, (along with Shalimar of course)!

    Dark grey, almost black cool stone, buried in rich, damp earth, the stillness and timelessness and solidity of a...
  41. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    I had intended to wear Guet-Apens and Samsara yesterday, but the sun was shining, and I was overwhelmed by a craving for florals, so I spritzed on Jardins de Bagatelle EDP. It was exactly what was...
  42. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    I wore Vol de Nuit today, all day - I have completely given up the idea of wearing all my Guerlains this week, it just isn't going to happen. Which is a shame, because some haven't seen the light of...
  43. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    I started the day with Mitsouko, of which I have recently acquired a small parfum mini. I was going to add a spritz of the edt, but was so charmed by the parfum that I wore it alone. Some days I...
  44. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    Sunday I started with Champs Elysees, as London was sunny and almost warm! After a few hours however I had had quite enough of it; the drydown has never really convinced me, and so I changed into...
  45. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    Shalimar Shalimar Shalimar...... Oh, how I love this... The plan had been to wear Shalimar until the late afternoon, and then change into Vol de Nuit. But this is Shalimar, and far too gorgeous to...
  46. Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    I am starting the week with Shalimar, simply because I feel it is the most appropriate one to start with! I have decided to wear all the Guerlains that I own this week (with the possible exception...
  47. Re: Rose Barbare, Cedre list evernia prunastri (Oakmoss) and Coumarin

    Oakmoss is not banned, but the quantity used is very strictly limited.

    Let us get this straight - in Europe, by law, certain fragrance allergens must be listed on the label if they are present in...
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    Re: Un Lys unavailable to buy in UK

    Interesting - last time I looked Escentual had stopped selling Serge Lutens. Now they have them listed again.

    I noticed the last couple of times I was In Harrods that they have started stocking...
  49. Re: >>>> Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, March 3 >>>>CHYPRES

    Well I started the day like Moondeva with Chypre de Coty. I am not at all sure how old my one is; probably 1950s or '60s or so, and who knows whether it in any way resembles its ancestor.

    To...
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    Re: Basenotes lunch in London - wow!

    It was great fun - I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I know a full report is on its way, but in brief we first visited Les Senteurs and got to sniff the new Creed, and um, as much of everything else that...
  51. Thread: Guerlain Week?

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    Re: Guerlain Week?

    I'm looking forward to this! I have enough Guerlains to have a difficult choice each day, and I may wear more than one each day, so that the more neglected ones get an outing!

    One I have never...
  52. Re: Does your taste in wine reflect your taste in perfume?

    Hmm, wine disagrees with me, but I do have the odd beer. I like many, from Guinness through a good casked bitter down to pilsner. I like them all, except any that taste of the can (most that are...
  53. Thread: Cristobal

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    Re: Cristobal

    Ebay actually!

    However I was told in Harrods that it is being discontinued, and that they had very little left (although they poo poo'd that in Roja Dove where they have plenty!), and the store...
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    Re: Rose and Fishes?

    I don't know the answer at all, but here are a couple of possibilities. The most usual source of a fish smell is Trimethylamine. This is used sometimes to balance pH (acidity/alkalinity) in some...
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    Re: Death of Mitsouko Confirmed by Guerlain

    Hmm, if you actually read the IFRA site you will see *many* more synthetics than naturals are being restricted. This 'it is a conspiracy against naturals' song is simply untrue, but apparently...
  56. Thread: Cristobal

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    Cristobal

    Can anyone tell me the difference between Cristobal in the EDT and the EDP?

    I have just acquired the EDP, and I am loving it... However the tester in a local store is also an EDP, even though...
  57. Thread: Almond

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    Re: Almond

    Bitter almond essential oil is quite difficult to find, because of the dangers associated with it - the danger is that not all the prussic acid has been removed during it's processing. For this...
  58. Re: Love Ananas Fizz! Recs for pineapple fragrances?

    Femme de Montblanc is very, very pineappley, as is Presence d'une Femme to a slightly lesser degree. I would call both pineapple scents, rather than scents with pineapple in them, especially Femme. ...
  59. Thread: Coumarin

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    Re: Coumarin

    It isn't the smell, or eating it that is the problem, it is the danger of it sensitizing (causing possible future allergic reactions) the person who puts it on their skin. IFRA is primarily...
  60. Thread: Coumarin

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    Re: Coumarin

    Then why are the vast majority of substances on that IFRA list synthetic or manufactured?

    What exactly IFRA are trying to do is explained on the IFRA site. You can also google methyl coumarin to...
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    Re: Seven Days of Feasting on Lutens!

    I have been wearing Clair de Musc today, one of my favourite Lutens. Soft, sweet, slightly powdery, and deeply attractive....

    There is something about this and Fleurs de Citronnier that makes me...
  62. Re: How does the Weather Affect Your Preferences in Perfume?

    I seem to crave lighter florals as the weather gets colder, and have only just started to wear what are considered winter fragrances. I also have started wearing Nu again; it is just perfect at the...
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    Re: Seven Days of Feasting on Lutens!

    I only wish that Rahat Loukoum was fleeting... I find it very tenacious. I started the day with it, but after a couple of hours I really couldn't take any more. I do appreciate the mastery of the...
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    Re: Seven Days of Feasting on Lutens!

    I wore Daim Blond on Monday, and although I quite enjoyed it, and certainly appreciate it's beauty, it still is not worthy of a full bottle for me.

    Yesterday I wore Borneo 1834 as I do not have...
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    Re: Seven Days of Feasting on Lutens!

    Hi Moondeva
    The first time I tried Fumerie Turque was also in Harrods, and I remember walking along Knightsbridge turning my head every now and then to see who was smoking a pipe!

    To me it is...
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    Re: Seven Days of Feasting on Lutens!

    I have been joining in on this, as I LOVE Serge Lutens - except yesterday I wore Fleurs de Citronnier, as Chergui turns my stomach. I had no problem wearing it all day, reapplied instead of changing...
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    Re: "do not rub your wrists together"

    So it is OK to squeeze the poor little molecules into a thin tube and force them to crush against each other through an atomiser at goodness knows how many miles per hour, causing them to collide...
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    Re: any Habanita wearers out there?

    I also find it to be a lovely rich baby powder - along the lines of a leathery Royal Secret. Yet I remember the first time I tried it, it was very smoky. It never has been since though! Unlike...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Rousse

    Does anyone know when Rousse will be in the stores? Is Jan 5th just the day when they were planning to torment us with the 'news' of it's release, or is it the actual release day?
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    Re: Inspired by rtamara41: Visceral Scents

    Apres L'Ondee; that cool quiet stillness of wet stones on the earth. This almost made me cry when I first smelled it; not from sadness, but from the sense of release from from noise and busyness of...
  71. Thread: Ysatis Iris??

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    Re: Ysatis Iris??

    It was a limited edition a few years ago, and now discontinued. Best place to find it is ebay.
  72. Thread: Ysatis Iris??

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    Re: Ysatis Iris??

    I love it! And the original Ysatis too. It is a bit sweeter, very bright and unpowdery, and apart from those two points is similar to Iris Poudre and Ferre by Ferre. Well worth trying.
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    Re: The Lion and the Unicorn

    I thought the all the names were a reference to 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'....
  74. Thread: Skin-chemsitry

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    Re: Skin-chemsirty

    I had always believed that oily skin holds scent longer, but I now also believe that the oilier the skin, the more the scent will be altered in some way. My dear Mum, in her 80s, has just about the...
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    Re: Chaos On eBay UK!

    Hmm. It has been listed before, wasn't sold due to ebay's intervention (seller suspended) on the over-enthusiastic shill bidding by the seller after they had listed it at 99p start, and presumably...
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    Re: Miller Harris L'Air de Rien

    Wearing a sample of this today. When I sprayed it on a card in Selfridges I thought it was truly, amazingly awful. On me, it reminds me of the smell of the wooden floor at school, when they...
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    Re: Your Favorite 25

    Not in order, and probably not exactly 25:

    Shalimar parfum
    Fleurs de Citronnier
    Apres L'Ondee
    Vetiver Oriental
    Bois d'Iris
    Tolu
    La Perla
    Perles de Lalique
  78. Thread: ...

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    Re: Guerlain - Have they begun the process of removing oakmoss, coumarin & birch tar

    From IFRA - the regulatory body for scent materials:

    Oak Moss:
    "Oak moss extracts (e.g. absolute, resinoid, concrete, etc.) obtained from Evernia prunastri should not be used such that the level...
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    Re: Natural or not??

    Siri, I work every day with fragrance materials, natural and unnatural (not that I make a distinction personally). IFRA limits and their calculation are virtually in my blood, so to speak... I take...
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    Re: Natural or not??

    OK. I haven't read all of your reply yet, but I will do so with the utmost attention, because you have taken a lot of trouble. Meanwhile...

    I have had a look at the "twenty most common chemicals...
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    Re: Natural or not??

    Tigerflag, can you please provide any piece of research that demonstrates:

    a/ "neurotoxins in synthetic fragrance chemicals"

    b/ "natural fragrances, to the best of my knowledge, are not...
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    Re: All Natural Parfum

    Most perfumes, natural or otherwise contain materials that can cause sensitisation or allergic reactions in some people. Sorry, this is simply in the nature of concentrated scent material. In...
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    Re: All Natural Parfum

    Hmm. Just to point out that there is nothing remotely natural about an essential oil. It does NOT occur in nature. Some of them are extremely toxic.

    Many plants are extremely toxic. ...
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    Re: 50 Years Givenchy

    Well, I am an occasional Ysatis wearer, and have been since my 20s, and this is the absolute first time I have ever heard of it being 'old lady'ish - but heck, I suppose I am heading towards that...
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    Re: Ormonde-ade, how does it suit you?

    I am so glad to hear that someone else finds this; I have been thinking of posting about it! For me, it is like smelling the scent through a sort of gauze of sharpness. I can even smell all the...
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    Re: AdP - Iris Nobile EdP; New?

    I smelt this the other day - I wasn't particularly impressed, it seemed rather sharp and citrussy to me. I am not a particular fan of the EDT, I don't have a sample of it, but I have also smelt it...
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    Re: What's your favourite iris?

    Miller Harris Terre d'Iris - lovely! Also Ferre by Ferre, very similar to Iris Poudre, but a bit more alive somehow, and to my nose, not so irritatingly unchanging. And if you have a look on ebay,...
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    Re: Insolence...any thoughts yet?

    As I walked towards the Guerlain counter at Selfridges, I could smell Apres L'Ondee, and I knew from the descriptions on these boards that it had to be Insolence...

    I completely agree with...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee EDP

    I have a small bottle of the parfum, and I absolutely adore it. But it is always a little bit spoiled for me when I use it because I know when it is finished it is gone forever...

    As far as I...
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    Re: What has made you the most nauseated?

    Chergui. I loved it for about 1/2 an hour after spraying it on (especially those first 5 minutes!), gave it another 1/2 hour to make sure that it was still good, and then purchased it. On the way...
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    Re: Male scents that smell better on women

    I wore Eau Sauvage throughout my teens into my early 20s... Unfortunately I can't tell you whether it was better on me than on a man, but I absolutely loved it!
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    Re: Do you like Tolu?

    Passionately adore it! My clear favourite from the line, and the only one I have a bottle of (although I can't wait to try Orris Noir, I have a 'thing' about iris!) - I have been wearing it all day,...
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    Re: great news from ormonde jayne

    Apparently the parfum will be available from next week, and the eau de parfum not until September....
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    Re: Quest- Lavender & Violets

    Two violets not mentioned so far - La Violette by Goutal, being discontinued as we speak, a soft, powdery, slightly green but very violet-y violet, and my favourite violet, the new version of...
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