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    Re: Idole de Lubin EDT suspicious packaging

    Akkad is very different from Idole. The current lineup of Idole 'flankers' (not really flankers, just similar bottles) are all very different.
    IMO, Akkad is a more compelling fragrance than Idole...
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Aedes de Venustas (L'Artisan for AdV)
    Timbuktu (L'Artisan)
    L'Air du Desert Marocain (Tauer) - (a must-have, if you don't mind tons of vanilla)
    Greyland (Montale)
    Standard (Comme des...
  3. Re: Need A Great Organic Cruelty- Free Mens Cologne????

    Took the words right out of my mouth. Cheers!
  4. Re: What fragrance do you use the most sprays of when your applying, and how many sprays?

    Depends 100% on the frag itself.

    With really pale transparent ones like Artek Standard or Dior Homme COLOGNE, 6 or 7 is not out of line.
    OTOH, with something like Knize Ten, more than 2 is...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, november 28th, 2012

    Me too, from an almost empty bottle.
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    Re: Is It Just Me Or Does Bleu De Chanel....

    I received it as a gift. It does garner a lot of positive attention. I also don't fully understand why.
    To my nose, it's a boring scent cliche, executed really well.
    Not bad at all, but also not...
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    Re: What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?

    Standard - CdG/Artek
  8. Re: Your precious, unopened, Back Up collection!!

    No backups. I live on the edge, man! ;)
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    Re: New Fragrance: Frapin Speakeasy

    Hopefully the mint note doesn't manifest toothpaste. That's a deal-breaker for me.
  10. Thread: Watch out...

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    Re: Watch out...

    You're talking about BOYS, not men.
    Be fair, you can't fight crass with crass.
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    Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur experts: anyone?

    Funny: Jean Laporte has a thing for big, garish gold caps. I recently got a bottle from MP&G, and the cap is similar to that vintage Laporte bottle...but even worse--it has a huge red plastic...
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    Re: Spicebomb Reversal

    I want this one.
    I find Spicebomb to be a 'close cousin' to L'Artisan's Tea For Two, though sweeter (T42 is not really sweet).
    This is a GOOD thing, as T42's unsweetness can actually go...
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    Re: Deodorant: scented or non-scented

    Always unscented. Always.

    Can't stand anything competing with my SOTD.
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    Re: Two versions of L'air du Desert Marocain?

    I don't think it was reformulated. I finished a rectangular bottle not too long ago, and got a new pentagonal bottle when I was down to about 5ml. I compared closely, and there was no discernable...
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    Re: Hate then Love...What about Love then Hate?

    Not "hate" exactly, but at first, I was charmed by Montale's Aoud Safran. I really do like the weird vinyl topnote, but then that airwick fakey rose heart comes in, cloying as hell, and I can't wear...
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    Re: Tauer LDDM batch issues...?

    I bought a bottle (old clear rectangle) about 5 years ago, finished it, and got a new bottle (blue pentagon) last year. They seem exactly the same to me.
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    Re: a fragrance that smells like ice

    Standard - Comme des Garcons for Artek

    Not very complex, but I'd be hard-pressed to name a more cold, antiseptic, silent-moonlight-on-a-fresh-field-of-snow kind of fragrance.
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    Re: Aedes de Venustas EDP

    OMG, that was awesome! Thanks for the laugh, Brian. I needed it.
    It is a pretty boutique, but not a comfortable or practical one.
    When I was there, I don't think the elf behind the counter looked...
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    Re: Aedes de Venustas EDP

    I've gotten confused--Are you comparing JXXV to the AdV EdP in the purple L'Artisan bottle, or the new one with (annoyingly) the same name in the pink glass cube? I still haven't smelled the new...
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    Re: Basenote Hype Victims?!

    Lie? Taste is not objective or absolute, are you forgetting? If we were talking about music, this tip wouldn't make any sense.
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    Re: I blind bought...

    Most recently, Santal Noble (MP&G), and I'm quite pleased with it. Different from what I expected, but also better than I expected!
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    Re: Your most formal fragrance

    Timbuktu smells formal to me. I do wear it with jeans, but I always feel like I'm getting away with something.

    Bandit EdP

    Fougere Royale (modern reissue)
  23. Re: Help me with the Fonts used by some houses (Le Labo, Tom Ford, Dior and Chanel Private)

    Notice the unusual "E" in the Chanel logo; the bottom stroke is slightly longer than the others.
  24. Re: Scents with the most fascinating transitions?

    Yes, there is a bit of a 'stale beer' accord in the middle of that transition. That's why I call it "not comfortable". :)
  25. Re: Scents with the most fascinating transitions?

    Cuir Venenum by Parfumerie Generale - starts as a wooden crate full of concord grapes and becomes a salty leather with a caraway/rye aspect. All that said, I would not characterize it as a gourmand...
  26. Re: How is the development of Serge Noire Serge Lutens?

    I've worn this on my arm 4 times over the past 3 years or so, thinking I must be remembering it wrong, but no, I get the same result every single time: CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP.

    If you want to smell...
  27. Re: Scents with the most fascinating transitions?

    Not definitive, but one that comes to mind is Chinatown.

    It starts as a too-sweet peach chypre, and at some point, hours later, stealthily becomes austere Japanese temple incense.

    On me, anyway.
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    Re: YSL L'Homme vs. YSL L'Homme Libre

    To my nose, Libre is the poor man's Bleu de Chanel, featuring a harsh synthetic edge that I just could not get comfortable with. It doesn't suck, but there are SO many fragrances out there already...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    Nice 'Royal Flush'!
  30. Re: I'm surprised that the "Male Fragrance" board is so much busier that the "Female Fragrance" one.

    Just wanted to see where the discussion would go, since it gets mentioned often enough, but nothing ever comes of it. Maybe because, as you suggest, it just isn't a problem to anyone.

    Fair enough.
  31. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    Totally valid points, and that's what I wanted to know. Thank you.
  32. Re: I'm surprised that the "Male Fragrance" board is so much busier that the "Female Fragrance" one.

    Yeah, I registered at MUA a few years ago, but I HATED the structure of that board (NOT conducive to flowing conversation) so I abandoned it.
  33. Re: 3 best fragances from maitre parfumier et gantier..m.p.g.

    Neal, why do you specify "in the 3.0 oz bottle"?
  34. Poll: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    (followup from recent related thread)

    I don't want to subvert the admins here in any way, but this is long overdue as public discussion.

    I always disagreed with the way Basenotes is segregated...
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    Re: Exceptional for men (because you are)

    Me too. Maddeningly UNexceptional.
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    Re: Let's try some Amouage...

    Really? Hmm, I find the longevity fairly 'average' myself (though it is NOT a projection monster, and thank goodness). I'm wearing it today in fact. It does seem to fade to a 'skin scent' after...
  37. Re: I'm surprised that the "Male Fragrance" board is so much busier that the "Female Fragrance" one.

    I've said this in feedback to the BN admins (when they asked for my opinion by way of a poll) that
    the Male and Female subforums should be merged. Immediately.

    I mean, think about it: as much as...
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    Re: Let's try some Amouage...

    Until I find the Holy Grail incense, AdV is the closest I've come. Duchaufour composed both (AdV and JXXV), roughly around the same time. I think he basically took JXXV, left out the curry spices,...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Cologne Fake?

    Why would anyone bother to fake THAT one? The real deal is pretty inexpensive as it is.

    My bottle looks identical to the one in the picture above...but I don't remember the little tag. I...
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    Re: Fendi Returns! Fan di Fendi Uomo

    I smelled the feminine last Christmas, and at the time I sensed no similarity to Theorema whatsoever (even though I was hoping!)...all I got was a pink bubblegum topnote that vanished in minutes,...
  41. Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    This ties in with my recent comment on another thread...make a list of "greatest ever" and "worst ever"...
    Surprise! The two lists are mostly the same fragrances!

    Or to put it another way: most...
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    Re: Your Motive/reason for having MANY Colognes

    Hahaha! True.
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    Re: Your Motive/reason for having MANY Colognes

    Umm, cuz it's FUN? Did I guess the right answer? ;)

    The motive/reason for having many fragrances is exactly the same as the motive/reason for owning many shirts.

    Think about it: It's called...
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    Re: What do you like but regret buying

    +1

    LOL

    Seriously, I've blind-bought a few things, mostly disappointing, but even those were not regrettable...just learning experiences.
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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    Really? There's a FISH note in that? Eeee-yikes! Grotesque!
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    Re: Azzaro pour Homme and oakmoss

    Not directed toward anyone in particular, but...
    Please don't start the whole vintage/reformulation hysteria with Azzaro; it's totally unnecessary.
    With Azzaro PH, the appropriate catchphrase is...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Armani Code Ultimate

    Is there room in that crowded elevator for me? ;)
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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    I wish there were some sort of nifty statistical tool that would mine these forums and display the fragrances that are most often cited as both best AND worst. The list would be long.

    This tool...
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    Re: Summer Scent for Office- HIGH QUALITY

    I've had great in-office results with Timbuktu.
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    Re: Worst Fragrance Ever???

    This thread is funny. What's the difference between this thread and the "BEST of all time" thread? Hard to tell--there's a lot of overlap.
  51. Thread: Aomassai?

    by andylama
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    Re: Aomassai?

    It has been a while since I've smelled this one, but my memory tells me that I mentally filed it in the 'cake batter' genre (like Montale's Chocolate Greedy without the cocoa)

    I like PG though. ...
  52. Re: Do u think Michael Jordan or Tim Mcgraw actually wear their brand of fragrance? Celebrity fragra

    I pay no attention to any fragrance with any celebrities name on it. That genre seems tacky by definition to me.
    Is there any exception to the rule that celebuscents are mediocre at best, and more...
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    Re: Let's try some Amouage...

    I have Silver Factory, but don't see much similarity, other than they are both 'incense' frags. I'm not objecting just to be contrarian, but would hate to see someone run out and get S.F. expecting...
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    Re: Spicy Oriental

    Sushi Imperiale - Bois 1920

    Quite sweet, cinnamon prominent, suggestion of candied ginger, respectable longevity.
  55. Re: What are your top three L'Artisan fragrances? Which should I sample?

    Aedes de Venustas EdP - available only from aedes.com, but it is by L'Artisan and comes in the usual 7-sided bottle, but in purple glass. Another masterpiece from Bertrand Duchaufour.

    Honestly,...
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    Re: Sexual Sugar Daddy - by Michel Germain (NEW)

    I wrote it off because of the inept and stupid name. It crosses a line, IMO.
  57. Re: If I am not a fan of Azzaro, is Rive Gauche out of the question?

    They are very different, though in the same genre. I prefer Azzaro myself.

    The problem I had with RG is that there is a particular kind of lavender note in the drydown which is uncomfortably...
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    Re: SOTD; Friday, July 13th(!), 2012

    I like that one a lot for its simplicity and clean straightforwardness.

    Today: Fougere Royale - Houbigant (reissue)
  59. Re: Spice Bomb! Spice Bomb! You're my Spice Bomb! and Baby You Can Turn Me On! A Review of SpiceBom

    Literally LOL. That was excellent!

    I recently sampled Spicebomb at the duty-free shop at Dulles airport. First impression: I agree with the 7/10 rating; respectable. Sweet cinnamon tea...I...
  60. Re: Breath of God is on it's way...What am I in for?

    Breath of GodZILLA
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    Poll: Re: M7 Fresh - a worthy successor to M7?

    Me too. They are very different, and the commonality is SUBTLE, but both worth having. I can't wear M7 in the Phoenix summer, but the Fresh flanker is perfect. Projection and longevity are just...
  62. Re: Unbelieveable. They are trying to outlaw fragrace

    Excellent observations, Kagey.

    Not meaning to sound flippant, but the older I get, the more I think mental illness is the new normal. People seem to be losing their grip on some very fundamental...
  63. Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    On a more serious note than before...

    I don't know where you are located, but if you are within reasonable driving distance of Los Angeles, Phoenix, or NYC, you are close to some really excellent...
  64. Re: Unbelieveable. They are trying to outlaw fragrace

    Thank you! This is so effing asinine! ...and I'm a smoker...a courteous one...with allergies.

    Another victory for people who would rather we all live small, drab, joyless lives, marking time...
  65. Re: Have you ever felt self-conscious wearing a fragrance? (my experience)

    OP: Not really. Loudness is the only thing I ever worry about, and if it's a loud fragrance, I go easy on the sprayer. So no problem. No awkward comments. My boss loves perfume, so if she...
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    Re: 10 Masterpieces - Your List

    That's right. People forget that at their own peril.
  67. Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Designer has failed you. Time to go niche. And don't go timidly; go straight to Knize Ten or Dzing!

    Kidding.

    Sort of.

    ...no, I'm really not. Time so step away from 'safe' and from Sephora...
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    Re: 10 Masterpieces - Your List

    Stuff I consider masterpieces in my own collection (and struggling to limit it to 10):

    Knize Ten
    Aedes de Venustas (L'Artisan)
    Timbuktu - L'Artisan
    Dzing! - L'Artisan
    Invasion Barbare - MDCI...
  69. Re: Breath of God is on it's way...What am I in for?

    It could easily be renamed "Morning Breath of God" and it will leave you looking for a bottle of mouthwash to layer it with. Yeck.
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    Re: Yatagan x Marijuana: did you get the vibe?

    No, not at all.

    That said, if definitely does have a vegetal aspect to it.

    It's a weird one. Great, but weird.
  71. Re: Does anyone else find Invasion Barbare to smell like blueberry muffins?

    No blueberry here. I always pick up on the herbal aspect.

    Odd factoid: it's the only fragrance I own that makes me sneeze when I apply it.
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    Re: The actual popularity of fragrances

    What drives me crazy: I'll be in public and come across some random guy (usually a guy) who's wearing something that catches my nose instantly because it smells absolutely fantastic, and I have no...
  73. Re: Is there a Guerlain Vetiver without the ashtray note?

    I liked the ribbed 'stack of glass blocks' bottle; it was unique. Too bad they changed it to something comparatively generic and undistinguished. Probably too expensive to maintain. Pity.
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    Re: 1.7oz or 3.4oz?

    I usually go for the 100ml (better deal, and I tend to decant a bunch of samples for friends), but ultimately, I decide on a case-by-case basis. If I love something, but know that it's not going to...
  75. Thread: Encre Noire

    by andylama
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    Poll: Re: Encre Noire

    Yes, Sycomore. EN is the 'poor man's Sycomore'. I recommend that you save up and 'go large' and get Sycomore. It's very similar, but more refined, more concise. I suspect that most Basenoters who...
  76. Re: So disappointed I can't wear Guerlain Heritage

    I felt the same way about Derby. Thankfully, such experiences tend to be the exception and not the rule. I have no trouble with most other Guerlains. Lucky you: plenty of other fish in that sea...
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    Re: Any fake L'Instant de Guerlains?

    Stop freaking out. It's not a fake. Nobody fakes Guerlains (yet). You probably got a great deal BECAUSE the packaging is flawed; think about it.

    That said...LIDG should NOT smell anything like...
  78. Re: 4 Samples I received today: Eau de Baux, Bleu de Chanel, Body Kouros, Habit Rouge (first impress

    Really? I find that most people are pretty ambivalent-to-negative about Bleu de Chanel (and rightly so). It's a boring, cliche smell, done really well, by a house that should know better.

    OTOH,...
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    Re: What masculines resembles smoke?

    Sycomore = bonfire on the beach...with vetiver
  80. Re: Is there a Guerlain Vetiver without the ashtray note?

    I also did NOT prefer the vintage formulation (1980s) of Guerlain Vetiver. I found it to have a relatively 'musty' character, trading the soapy note for a faint curry spice accord that I just hate,...
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    Re: Just For Fun: Fragrance Comments

    Non-perfume people say the weirdest damned things about perfume!

    The 'Rose of Sharon' one was pretty epic though. :D
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    Re: I got a kick out of this.

    (facepalm)
  83. Re: Is there a Guerlain Vetiver without the ashtray note?

    ^^^ I was going to recommend this exactly. I prefer it to the original. It's a simpler, almost transparent version, lacking the tobacco and (more importantly) the soapy notes, though the basic...
  84. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Ooh, I forgot about this one...another antique shop find:

    Caron - Fleurs de Rocaille extrait gift set (vintage unknown)

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/andylama/parfums/caron_fdr_a.jpg
    ...
  85. Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    Coromandel may be the most surprising of the bunch. It's clearly a patchouli-prominent, but it has none of the negative/'dirty hippie' connotations that patchouli usually carries. Plus, the...
  86. Re: How do you Interpret this Terre d'Hermes Advertisement?

    Dunno. I have the EdT, and like it, but don't love it or wear it often. Since folks here seem to make much ado about the difference of the parfum concentration, I'm very curious about it. If it is...
  87. Thread: M7

    by andylama
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    Re: M7

    I don't think so. My opinion of it now is not much different than it was when I first got familiar with it a few years ago. Good, interesting, distinctive, not amazing, not the most versatile...but...
  88. Re: Fragrances that revolutionized the way you thought about scent....

    For me, it was a set of samples from L'Artisan (Timbuktu, Tea For Two, Dzing!, Safran Troublant). After reading The Emperor of Scent and Perfumes The Guide, I wanted to smell some of these things I...
  89. Thread: M7

    by andylama
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    Re: M7

    I was lucky to have bought a vintage bottle before it became vintage. Unfortunately, there's only half left (25 ml)

    I think of it as having a 'Froot Loops' topnote (you probably had to have an...
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    Re: Chinatown by Bond No.9 is horrible

    I like it a lot. If they were to make a flanker that was less sweet, I'd be all over it.
  91. Re: Chanel Les Exclusif (Pick 1 From Sycamore/Coramandel/Bois Des Iles/Cuir de Russie)

    I agree with this, and would recommend all of them, in the following order:

    1) Sycomore
    2) Coromandel
    3) Cuir de Russie
    4) Bois des Iles
  92. Re: How do you Interpret this Terre d'Hermes Advertisement?

    No kidding! Mr. Mouchie, you could write a book in the new genre of literary perfume satire!
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    Re: Daim Blond - Good for Blonde Dames

    I own and like Daim Blond just fine. I don't wear it often, but I'm glad to have it.
    Cuir Mauresque is not similar to DB. CM is closer to Knize Ten than anything.
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    Re: What is so great about Chergui ?

    I like the topnotes, but hate the drydown. I don't own it, and don't expect I ever will.
  95. Re: How do you Interpret this Terre d'Hermes Advertisement?

    This.

    Not much sense in deconstructing them. It may be fun, but ultimately it's all folly.
    As always, "consider the source". Marketing people are aspirationally exploitative and manipulative,...
  96. Re: What's the best horse manure fragrance? (No joke)

    Another vote for Dzing! It totally reminds me of a horse stable.
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    Re: Layering Spicebomb...

    There's almost too much going on in Spicebomb in the first place. I can't see mixing it with anything else. Overkill!
    It already smells like a mixture as it is. (Tea For Two, Bulgari Black, La...
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    Re: What the hell, Dior?!

    Yes. Definitely.
  99. Thread: lighght

    by andylama
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    Re: lighght

    Lovely essay and photos!
  100. Re: Name a fragrance you own, but no other Basenoter does...

    Heh, yeah, it was a total find. I was in an antique shop in some little town in Oregon, and I saw it in a display case and my heart skipped a beat or three. "Still sealed?! I'll take it!"
    ...
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