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    Re: ❀ Flowerbomb EXTRAIT ❀

    I did try this a while back. It put me in a sugar coma. Really, really sweet. Waaaay overpriced, imo. It's like someone took a bottle of flowerbomb, 2 cups of sugar, mixed it in a saucepan over low...
  2. Re: I have a theory, could be a giggle, please help

    What an interesting thread!! I have read that book by Elaine Aron...years ago. And I am definitely an HSP!! I never thought about a link between my love of fragrance and being a HSP. But it certainly...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved

    A lemming, indeed! The price is outrageous. It is my understanding that it was created as a tribute for the "Bergdorf Goodman Woman." I'm sure the price tag is meant to reflect the opulence and...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved

    I certainly agree that I don't understand the pricing on this one. Beloved is certainly of high quality, but what separates it from others in the Amouage line is not clear. Nevertheless, I must...
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    Re: Amouage Beloved

    Hillaire, I have been spritzing my little decant of Beloved for over a week. And it's gorgeous! I am totally addicted. I am lousy at scent descriptions, but here it goes:
    There is the slightest hint...
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    Re: The Vicious Cycle of Fragrance Addiction.

    When I first started, I bought all kinds of stuff. I went a little crazy. I wanted to have a complete collection: Florals, Orientals, Gourmands, Chypres, etc. I wanted to have all the bases covered....
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    Re: Suggestions for a perfume similar to No 5

    The Pink Room No. 1 strikes me as very similar to No. 5, but friendlier. You can get a sample of it on luckyscent.com
  8. Re: Looking for a reasonably priced, long lasting aquatic scent that is not too sweet

    +1 For Profumi del Forte's Tirrenico. Spendy, but quite nice.

    Also, Profumi de Firenze Brezza di Mare is fabulous and so is Hilde Soliani's Acquiliiisssssima.

    But bang for the buck, I like...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Parfums vs EDP

    I will add this about OJ Frangipani. I have tried both parfum and edp. For some reason I really like the parfum version better. It is richer and deeper, imo. The edp has more lime. So if I were...
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    Re: The Perfumed Court going out of business?

    Lisa and Patty announced on the old Perfumed Court FB page that they were starting a new sample/decant business called Surrender to Chance. The new site should be operational within the next couple...
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    Re: The Perfumed Court

    Yes...it does happen this way sometimes. 3 ladies, in 3 different states, run TPC. So sometimes the decants/samples you order come from different places. Apparently, Tonka Imperiale is owned by only...
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    Re: Chanel No 5 Formula

    It's best not to try and duplicate an iconic fragrance like that. Even if you had the formula you would not likely be able to get the same quality ingredients. It would probably cost you more to make...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 16th March 2012

    The Garden Party Iris from a sample. This reminds me of a Guerlain. I NEED to get a bottle of this somehow...
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    Re: Saturday Freebie Thread

    What a great offer, Cello! Wonderful idea. And Hillaire, my dear, you are anything but a #####. :o)
  15. Re: 4/5: Iris Ganache, PdN, +Cheapies (US Only please!)

    BUMP! New items added.
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    Differences in EU vs. US formuations??

    My aunt brought me a bottle of PdN Odalisque from her recent trip to Paris. And it smells different...BETTER than the sample of same fragrance I got from Luckyscent last year. In fact, from the...
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    Re: Too many fragrances? Cutting down.

    Like many of you when I first started down this fragrant journey, I purchased a lot of fragrances. I wanted to have a complete collection--all the "5 stars", if you will. And if I found a 4-5 star at...
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    Re: L'Artisan warnings

    The baby scents I've seen are all reminiscent of that clean baby smell. Mustella's Musti, for instance is quite nice, baby powdery clean, baby skin scent.
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    Re: What to wear when mourning

    Perfectly said, Quarry. I can add little else.

    Thank you for sharing with us, July54.
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    Re: Pre "pulling the trigger" nerves.

    Oh my goodness, YES! I just received a package direct from Italy (via someone's luggage and then mailed in the USA) It contained my long anticipated bottle of The Party in Paris. It was a total...
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    Re: Your Scent "Profile"

    For me, no scented detergents or fabric softeners. I'm not as careful about shower gel or soap, because those seem to fade quickly after I shower anyway. Also, I only use unscented antiperspirant. ...
  22. Re: New Fragrance: Kate Walsh Billionaire Boyfriend

    LOL! I thought it was a spoof at first. Really bad name :rolleyesold: But I am certainly not above trying it!
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    Re: Dior J'Adore L'Or

    Hmmm....good question. It is heady, isn't it? It's my favorite of the J'adore flankers. I'm thinking if you judiciously spritz it would be nice in the heat. But I also think it might get cloying if...
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    Re: Your favorite Amouage and why?

    So hard to answer!! I love Homage, Gold, and Ubar. But I think if someone tried to take my Jub 25, I'd go nuts!
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    Re: Hello and a thankyou!

    Welcome and enjoy the fragrant journey. It is oh so much fun!!
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    Elements Show in NYC

    Is anybody going to this at the end of January? Or has anyone gone in the past? How is it? Is it worth a jaunt into the city? I'm trying to decide if I should go or not.

    Thanks!
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    Re: The Perfumed Court - problem

    That is a long time to wait. Are the samples traveling all the way to Norway? I know from past experience with TPC that if something doesn't get to you, they will often wait the full amount of time...
  28. Re: Suggestions for wedding scent for an old BN'er

    This might be too pedestrian/everyday for a wedding. But what about Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino? It would be perfect in August. It has the bright citrus you are looking for, but also a...
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    Re: Increase in Amouage UK Prices?

    Yup!
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    Re: nothing smells good on me, what to do?

    What about natural perfumes and/or essential oils? I like the oils by Aromatherapy Associates. I use/wear them when I want fragrance, but not a strong perfume smell. Also, I can't wear perfume when...
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    Re: Amouage Jubilation 25

    I can see what you mean about this fragrance being more sophisticated and being more at home on an older woman. Really it all depends on what your girlfriend likes. I adore Jub 25, but I am 40 years...
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    Re: Amouage Reflection FAKE?

    Contact Raffy. It can't hurt. Tell him what you found. I'm sure he'd want to know about it. I've never had a problem ordering from this site.
  33. Re: New Fragrances: Jo Loves - Pomelo, Green Orange & Coriander, Orange Tulle and Gardenia

    Sea Roses, What an odd experience! And yes, it's ok to vent about perfume houses/retailers. As far as I know, there are no rules against the airing of grievances. :o)
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    Re: SotD: 4 January 2012

    SotE: L'eternal Feminin. Extrait version of the original Divine edp. LOVELY!! So glad I finally got this one.
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    Re: Recs for a Sensual Orange blossom scent

    You might want to add By Killian's Sweet Redemption to the list. And also Gorilla Perfumes/Lush also has a Fleur d'Oranger.
    I tried both Mazzolari's you listed and found them a bit...
  36. Why, oh why, do I continue to go to Macy's? (My Rant)

    It never fails, I always get perfunctory to abysmal customer service at the perfume/cosmetics counter. Today was no exception.

    I went in order to test the Limited Edition Aromatics Elixir...
  37. Re: End of year summary - what I have learned.

    Oh, me too, lilybelle!

    I have also learned that I do not need a wardrobe full of masterpiece fragrances if they don't speak to me. If I'm not going to love wearing them, there is no point in owing...
  38. 3/6 L. Lempicka mini gift set and assorted Cheapies (US Only please!)

    All fragrances have been stored properly. Shipping cost is $5 via USPS Priority Mail w/tracking. Paypal only. Gift option appreciated!!


    Lolita Lempicka mini gift set (set contains 5 minis at...
  39. Re: US Customs on fragrances bought (online) from Europe

    This was my fear...complicated, with little rhyme or reason. Maybe it even depends on who looks at the package and if they are in a good or bad mood that day. But I am glad to report that I just...
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    Re: Puredistance 1

    Antonia is a grand symphonic floral (I would put it in a category alongside Amouage Gold and Dia) but I have smelled nothing else quite like Antonia. On first sniff, it is a soapy floral. If I had to...
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    Re: Tommi Sooni, Thoughts??

    Yes, BayKAT, do report on your sampling. I'd be very interested to see if II feels gourmand-ish to you, too.
  42. Re: New Freebie Offer: Annick Goutal Decant (SCROLL DOWN)

    PM me your address and it's yours LisaOlivia!
  43. Re: US Customs on fragrances bought (online) from Europe

    Excellent! Thanks, everyone! I was assuming I'd be free and clear and then...doubted. This helps.
  44. Re: May I have your suggestions for a timeless perfume for my 19y.o. Daughter please?

    You may have been looking at the Honour Man. That one is woody/spicy. But the women's version is definitely white floral. Do check it out.

    My, you have many suggestions here! Hope we have not...
  45. Re: May I have your suggestions for a timeless perfume for my 19y.o. Daughter please?

    You may have been looking at the Honour Man. That one is woody/spicy. But the women's version is definitely white floral. Do check it out.

    My, you have many suggestions here! Hope we have not...
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    Re: Chanel: set of demi-parfums

    Liz Zorn sells demi-absolutes on her website. There, she says her demi-absolutes are high concentration eau de parfums. (18% - 22%) So maybe a demi-parfum is similar? Not quite a parfum, but more...
  47. US Customs on fragrances bought (online) from Europe

    I just placed an order with Divine in France. The purchase was under $200. I know I can get most of what they sell via US retail outlets, but not the parfum I've wanted--its only available via their...
  48. Re: May I have your suggestions for a timeless perfume for my 19y.o. Daughter please?

    Welcome to Basenotes!

    You mentioned your daughter tends toward florals. What about the new Ellie Saab? It is lovely. I also quite like the new Violet Blonde and the new Bottega Veneta. (a...
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    Re: Having to many colognes

    Keep whatever you have and enjoy it. If you like being a little different from everyone around you, add a couple of colognes that no one else wears. My suggestion? Save your pennies and get a niche...
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    Tommi Sooni, Thoughts??

    I just got 3 samples. Tarantella, Eau de Tommi Sooni I and Eau de Tommi Sooni II.

    Tarantella is a classy, smoldering leather chypre. There's some sweet tobacco and honey in here, too. But not too...
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    Re: Alzheimer’s Nose

    Fascinating! I work as a chaplain, mainly with Alzheimer patients. Thank you for posting! I had no idea.
  52. Re: LUSH USA Brick and Mortor stores : What they seem to carry.

    It was not just you or a guy thing. It WAS overwhelming. They had stuff that made no sense to me whatsoever until a kind SA had pity on me and explained things! I think it's a marketing ploy: confuse...
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    Tocca: Graciella

    Anyone try this yet? I just got a sample. And while I'm not a huge fan of Tocca fragrances (they are all adequate enough, I just haven't liked any enough to buy one.) This is an additive fruity...
  54. Re: New Freebie Offer: Annick Goutal Decant

    Another offer: I have another decant in one of those brown essential oil-type bottles. This one is Annick Goutal Le Mimosa. The bottle holds 1/2 ounce and is full all the way to the top, so I would...
  55. Re: LUSH USA Brick and Mortor stores : What they seem to carry.

    LUSH has a store in the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey of all places!! Just discovered it a couple weeks ago. Having never sampled Lush products before, I was overwhelmed. But happy to finally sniff...
  56. Re: Freebie Offer--NOW TAKEN!

    Yes. The more the merrier! :smiley:
  57. Re: Freebie Offer--NOW TAKEN!

    Yes...it seemed only fair to me to offer it here...even though I was pretty sure a woman would take it.

    I started my own thread so as not to highjack your Saturday thread. But if others would...
  58. Re: Freebie Offer

    You are more than welcome! Be sure to send me your address.
  59. Re: Freebie Offer

    We already have a winner via PM. It's all yours sophi!
  60. New Freebie Offer: Annick Goutal Decant (SCROLL DOWN)

    Hi all! I know there is a freebie thread on the female forum (not sure about the Male) but I wanted this open to everyone.

    I have a 1/4 oz. decant of Chanel No. 22 modern parfum going completely...
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    Re: My unpleasant experience with Aftelier Fig

    I haven't tried this myself, but if there is anyone who could do an excellent warm, jammy fig it would be Micallef. Definitely try this one.
  62. Re: TRIP REPORT: Basenotes New Orleans Meet-Up 2011

    Great report! Thanks for sharing. It has me wanting to save my pennies for the next meet up!
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    Re: Favourite Chanel No. 5 Concentration

    Just got back from sniffing at Nordstrom. I must say how disappointing the trip was. Nearly everything I smelled was soul-less, synthetic, Stepford-ish. Meh! I almost liked a few of them. (Bottega...
  64. Re: New Fragrance: Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile

    Thank you, seattlelight! I am looking for a simple, but well done, jasmine. In this case, linear may work (though it would normally bore me. too.) So, this might be the one.
  65. Re: New Fragrance: Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile

    Anyone try this? Opinions?
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    Re: Saturday Freebie Thread

    I would love to try the L'Occitane if it is still available. Peach blossom sounds wonderful!
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    Re: The skankiest of them all

    I'll second Onda! And add The Party in Manhattan.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain Boxes. Help!

    I may just do that, but I figured it would be easier to get an answer here. Maybe not...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain Boxes. Help!

    Thanks, electric33! This stuff is great. But it only gives info on bottles. I know I have a vintage bottle. I was just hoping the outer box would help me date this more precisely.
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    Vintage Guerlain Boxes. Help!

    Hello All! Does anyone know when Guerlain used those boxes with an ecru background, the signature G, and a yellow label? I am trying to date my recent Shalimar find. I checked the number printed on...
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    Re: Real Deer Musk

    I totally agree with this. At the same time, if I can vintage fragrances that use those animal ingredients, I will snap them up and savor them.
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    Poll: Re: Which do you like best?

    I agree with Twolf. If pushed to choose, it would be J'Adore. Even then, I'd choose a J'Adore flanker over the original. But none of these are fragrances that I like or want to own.
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    Re: How old are discontinued fragrances?

    If it looks and smells as you describe, it's either old and/or stored improperly. In both cases, its a bit of a rip off. However, old fragrances don't necessarily go bad-if stored the right way.
    ...
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    Re: Your Wardrobe Top 10 - Update

    1. No. 5 parfum and eau de cologne (vintage)
    2. Shalimar parfum and eau de cologne (vintage)
    3. Sweet Redemption
    4. Marconi 3 by Profumi del Forte
    5. Neil Morris Cafe
    6. Jubilation
    7. Neil...
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    Re: Day time office - what to wear?

    I'm gonna sound like a broken record...but Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Even if you don't like No. 5, you should try it. IMO it's perfect for the situation you describe.
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    Re: ❀ Flowerbomb EXTRAIT ❀

    My sentiments as well...I can't wear flowerbomb in its present concentration. But it might be interesting to see how this one differs from the current one. Maybe they've changed it up a bit? Still I...
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    Re: Rec's for powdery musk and patchouli notes?

    Thanks, everyone for the suggestions. I'm going to get some samples soon. Any more recommendations out there?
  78. Re: Had Basenotes changes your taste in fragrance?

    Basenotes has greatly expanded my sphere of appreciation. I still like certain types of fragrance (gourmands and orientals) but now I love things I previously had no nose for....the classic Chanel's,...
  79. Re: As the weather gets colder, how about a Shalimar appreciation thread?

    Wow...cake, huh? What concentration/vintage? That is interesting. I wonder if the cooler temperatures cause the more aromatic elements of Shalimar to hide, while the vanilla hangs heavier on your...
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    Rec's for powdery musk and patchouli notes?

    I've been on a musk, powder, and patchouli kick. And I'm looking for some recommendations. Here is what I love so far.

    No 5 in its vintage concentrations. The softness of it, all musky with a...
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    Re: Scent for a young lawyer

    Yes! This one! I'm surprised it took this long to be suggested. This one is perfect. Classy, manly, refined, professional yet sexy, too.
  82. Re: As the weather gets colder, how about a Shalimar appreciation thread?

    Good to know, Larimar! I will keep a look out for vintage EdT, too.
  83. Re: As the weather gets colder, how about a Shalimar appreciation thread?

    I am just seeing this now and want to revive this thread.

    My vintage extrait called to me tonight. I just dabbed it on....and OMG!! This stuff is like crack for me. I cannot stop sniffing my...
  84. Re: does anyone here actually own a bottle of Xerjoff Uden?

    Puddlemonkey, I think you should go for it! A while back I finally gave in and spent $275 on a bottle of The Party in Manhattan. I have loved it from first sniff and just couldn't get around the...
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    Ha! The only reason my mother did NOT gasp about the price I paid is that I preemptively explained its value. (You know...how much 1 oz of the modern parfum costs, how rare this perfect, sealed,...
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    My matching 1950's No. 5 eau de cologne just arrived today (the impulse buy directly after getting above mentioned 1950's parfum) And as much as I'm loving the parfum, the eau de cologne is ...
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    Re: San Francisco Sniff on October 15th!

    What a wonderful picture. Looks like you all had a good time together. How I would love to meet so many of you Basenoters in person! Maybe someday....
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    Re: 3 dead, 4 more in critical condition.

    Perhaps you smelled like a prostitute!:shocked: lol! (A really great smelling prostitute, that is.)
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    Re: Nicole Richie To Launch Own Perfume

    Perhaps I should not pre-judge. But if there was any celebuscent to miss, it might be this one.
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    Re: What's up with the rash of flowery bottles?

    The Valentina bottle is lovely in a retro way. Don't know if the scent is any good. But the bottle would beckon me to try it.
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    Re: SotD Friday, 21 October 2011

    Not in sync today...wearing Neil Morris' Cafefrom a sample. I like it! Better than Ava Luxe's Cafe Noir! (CN is a bit too bitter and in your face coffee. Cafe is softer, rounder, and I detect the...
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    Re: What's up with the rash of flowery bottles?

    Vera Wang Lovestruck, too:

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=OEQJVSHN1B51SCV0KQRRPIQ?id=P293502&shouldPaginate=tr

    smelled it at NM a while back. Bleh...
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    Not sure I like the peeling paint for a backdrop, but it shows how well the bottle was kept all these years. The juice inside reflects its good storage. Soft, musky, elegant.
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    You are so right, Quarry! I tried to share my acquisition with my mother, who smiled and said, "Oh. That's nice." I love that I can share my perfume passion here and everybody "gets it"
  95. Re: I want something new. I am in a rut. What from luckscent?

    Agree with this!
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    Thanks for the tip! I believe I will try decanting some and see how it goes. And thanks for reposting the link. Not sure what happened....
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    Yes! I will work on this tonight. She is beautiful and I want to share her with you all!
  98. Re: I want something new. I am in a rut. What from luckscent?

    Have you tried Puredistance M? Totally sexy...totally expensive, too. But worth a try...
  99. Re: Do the same fragrances smell different to you from day to day?

    I have experienced the same phenomena. I can't account for it either. Perhaps it is a combination of things. For me it seems to be mostly mood that affects scent choice and how I perceive a certain...
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    Re: My Wonderful Vintage Find!!

    Yes...quite a thrill! It came this AM and I had to wait until the little one went down for a nap this afternoon, as I needed absolute concentration in order to examine the bottle, make sure it was...
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