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    Re: Fragrance research project. Help Needed

    Interesting project! I hope you didn't mind my point, as a psychology student I'm brainwashed to always look for subconscious attitudes and manifest behaviour.

    Thanks for offering to help, but I...
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    Re: Fragrance research project. Help Needed

    A few tips from a fellow scent researcher for a master thesis:

    Present yourself with your proper affiliation. I believe from your email address you're at Aarhus University. What institution? It...
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    Re: The Day I HATED All Scents.

    You win my Perfume Lover of The Year Award! :birthdays:

    Glad you are well again, Renato. Having my sense of smell altered is a huge nightmare.
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    Re: Massoia Bark advice

    There's a lot of exaggerated fears and regulations out there, however I think Massoia is one where the warnings are worth listening to. From what I've read, and from experience. I've had 30 years of...
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    Re: New shop for raw materials online!

    https://liaison-carbone.com/en/


    Much recommended! Super helpful and reliable.
  6. Re: 99% Ethanol used normally for violin varnish and tinctures

    I just want to welcome you, Nate and tell you how fascinated I am to see a violin maker turn to perfumery, as one of my Big olfactory experiences as a child was visiting a violin makers workshop with...
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    Re: What fragrance did your mother wear??

    My mother wore Patchouli Oil straight when I was very small. Hippie days. Later she got Magie Noire and Opium and wore those (with her Patchouli) for a decade or two. In more recent years I've gifted...
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    ISO Vintage "Jonquille" by Fame Perfumes Ltd.

    Any help appreciated! Please Pm!
  9. Re: How do you have confidence in your perfume compositions...?

    I'm a terrible reviewer and have zero skills in teaching perfumery via internet. Sorry.
  10. Re: How do you have confidence in your perfume compositions...?

    When friends and acquaintances go from "Nice", "Lovely" and "You're so talented" when they smell a sample, to "Shut up and take my money" and "Seriously, how much?".

    I don't let anyone smell...
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    Re: Granada: museum of perfume

    Great! I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your report! :)

    I know both Labdanum/Cistus and the Mastic bush grows wild in the Andalusian mountains, both important in perfumery. so I look...
  12. Re: How Does Being A Smoker Effect Your Ability To Appreciate Fragrances?

    The way I understand the scientific reports on this "heavy smoking" (when specified this is sometimes as high as 40 cigarettes per day) can affect the sense of smell. Sensitivity seems to be largely...
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    Re: Granada: museum of perfume

    I would like to know too, as I will be visiting this region soon :)
  14. Re: Experienced DIYers - what would you do differently if starting out now?

    Write everything you evaluate or make down. Everything!

    Otherwise I think the landscape of available knowledge and materials has changed too much in the 30 years since I took my first baby steps...
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    Re: Finding a good alcohol in Sweden/online

    Dear Ed, I suspect you still see Sweden through rose coloured glasses, and you surely know we all love you for it! We do have some very strict laws on import and selling of ethanol products....
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    Re: Finding a good alcohol in Sweden/online

    Like Ed says you can order online, but if you do please be aware it is illegal to do so. The alcohol can get confiscated and you may get fined. Not a big deal in itself, but certainly a problem if...
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    Re: Finding a good alcohol in Sweden/online

    In Sweden you need a licence to buy ethanol / ethyl alcohol over 80%, even if denatured. To get this licence you need a clean criminal record and a legitimate business, and it doesn't allow you to...
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    Re: New materials, still newbie obviously!

    I've only tried a handful of the EOs from Hekserij/Hexapus, but they were all perfumery grade stuff and far above most qualities sold for aromatherapy and such.
    Also warmly recommended for aroma...
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    Re: Throwing in the hat

    Maybe you are right but.. How could you know after only a year? Even doing full time studies, 8h a day, it's barely time to scratch the surface of the subject. Your nose will surely improve with...
  20. Re: Olfactory fatigue/habituation. Your worst offenders?

    David - by Ionone, do you mean all the rest of of them?
  21. Re: Olfactory fatigue/habituation. Your worst offenders?

    Gandhajala, how long would you say you need to recover from ionone induced fatigue?
  22. Olfactory fatigue/habituation. Your worst offenders?

    What aroma chemicals or materials do you consider the worst when it comes to tiring the nose? To the point where you can't smell the material until you take a break?

    How long, at the longest,...
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    Truffles Tincture experience?

    The "Eau de Boar" idea keeps persisting.. ( http://www.basenotes.net/threads/433692-Only-DIY-will-understand-Dreaming-of-animalics )

    All the intersting suggestions for the animal smell...
  24. Re: Only DIY will understand... Dreaming of animalics.

    Next order from Perfumer Supply House will include Aldron. And I love to experiment on my friends :D
  25. Re: Only DIY will understand... Dreaming of animalics.

    David - I'm sure I had this dream because I was reading about Aldron before sleep. Even if I'm not making the Swine scent, I need to try Aldron.
  26. Re: Only DIY will understand... Dreaming of animalics.

    So many interesting suggestions! I really need to go and smell a clean pig soon if I'm going to investigate this properly, my memory may be blurred since it's been over a decade since I smelled one....
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    Re: Ross oil mixed with Sandalwood oil

    If I were you I'd add my Sandal-Rose mix to the pure Sandal. It will be much easier to dose at around 10% and you'll waste less. Hth!
  28. Re: Only DIY will understand... Dreaming of animalics.

    Thanks guys!

    I thought of ammonia, it's certainly an important part of "The Pigsty/Pigfarm Accord", but in my faint memory of meeting clean, healthy pigs their smell is still quite offensive, but...
  29. Only DIY will understand... Dreaming of animalics.

    Last night I dreamt my SO suddenly got interested in blending perfume and was caught by me adding 0,1 grams of a terribly powerful AC. I screamed- "Nooo! Too much! It's primary descriptor is "SWINE"...
  30. Thread: etro palais jamais

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    Re: etro palais jamais

    I find PJ to be complex and unique enough to not fall into traditional genders, I couldn't call it feminine or masculine if I tried. I can't think of anything like it. It's in my top 5 most worn...
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    Re: Understanding formulas and terminology

    Theom: You've mentioned you lack the vocabulary to describe things properly. I would suggest you try using the vocabulary you already possess to a greater degree.
    When I see you describe the AC's,...
  32. Thread: YSL Caftan

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    Re: YSL Caftan

    I was gifted this and found it much too sweet to actually wear. Staying power is massive though, could smell it on my skin at least 16 hours after application.
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    Re: Dreading at Christmas

    Yup. New Age drivel. (I'm an old indologist and have the deepest respect for Indian philosophy, but none for those absurd, sickening, New Age ideas and superstitions).

    But if I think of it saving...
  34. Re: How many mls of your favourite fragrance do you have in stock?

    Silver cap. I never tried the gold cap version. (love Gomma too!)
  35. Re: How many mls of your favourite fragrance do you have in stock?

    I have a 50ml back up of Shiseido FdB edp. It used to be my "signature" scent in the 90s, but in later years it's turning more fruity/plummy on me and I seldom wear it any more.
    I also keep a 50ml...
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    Re: Big, Belching, Birch Tar!

    I suspect Mona di Orios "Cuir" is simply Birch Tar mixed in alcohol. May be what you're looking for, although I can't say I recommend it.
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    Re: Dreading at Christmas

    Well, I try my best to give them quality stuff they really want and ask for specific wish lists.

    (And just in case anyone was worried, I'd never use those ear candles. They go on the shelf in the...
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    Re: Dreading at Christmas

    Maybe it's time for me to be thankful for my family's odd habit of ignoring interests and gifting things more intended to "change the mind" of the giftee than to please them. They'd never ever gift...
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    Re: How to make Vetiver powder

    When I had kgs of plant material to grind I used an old fashioned, hand cranked metal meat grinder (for resinous materials) and an electric household mill made for grains (came from german whole food...
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    Re: Yes! Another IFRA questionning.

    It will be quite impossible to get an insurance for your company without following all the regulations.
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    Re: Fragrance workshop/party

    I'm sure you are aware that presentation really matters, it's worth the trouble to get some appealing and uniform bowls/jars/boxes/glasses to present the crude materials in and to dilute the EOs etc...
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    Re: Fragrance workshop/party

    One idea that I've used for similar events:

    Bring some raw materials in their crude state. (e.g. myrrh or olibanum resin, cedar wood flakes, fresh basil, a fragrant rose) and their corresponding...
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    Re: Washing/Moisturising Hands/Cleaning Glassware

    I'm one of those people who often forget/neglect/protest to wear gloves and I find an emulgating oil is more efficient and gentler on the skin than oil + soap. I mix 10% Polysorbate 80 into Canola...
  44. Thread: Perfume Dreams

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    Re: Perfume Dreams

    Well, it was nothing compared to that morning in 2005 :D
  45. Thread: Perfume Dreams

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    Re: Perfume Dreams

    Last night I dreamt a 250ml aluminium bottle of pure Mysore Sandalwood Oil that I lost eleven years ago turned up in a drawer. I thought to myself "This can't be true", and then I woke up.
  46. Re: Appropriate fragrance to wear while delivering good news?

    Where I live any noticeable perfume (or make up or gold jewellery) is considered deeply unsuitable at a funeral. I did wear a tiny bit of pure oudh at my fathers funeral though, I wanted to honour...
  47. Re: Appropriate fragrance to wear while delivering good news?

    I find this such a beautiful question, it's on level of sophistication that I tend to associate with sensibilities cultured in perhaps ancient Persia, India or Japan. There could well have been a...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 1st September, 2016

    Caftan by YSL.

    Too sweet.. I need to shower this off now.
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    Re: Worst notes you've ever smelt?

    Calone. Makes me physically ill. More of a body reaction, than an opinion on this fresh, generally "inoffensive" ingredient.

    Asafoetida is amongst the worst smelling materials I can think of...
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    Re: Your favorite patchouli?

    Patchoulissime by Keiko Mecheri for a cool, austere patchouli verging on chalky cellar and minerals.
    Patchouli Patch by L'Artisan for a spicier, warm, yet not heavy or sweet one.

    (No 1 patchouly...
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    Re: 20 Years Ago I Was Wearing.

    Feminité du Bois. The first perfume I found to be "me". I wore it all the time.
  52. Re: Comme de Garcons Incense Series rating order....favorite to least favorite

    Jaisalmer
    Avignon
    Ouarzazate
    Zagorsk
    Kyoto
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    Re: Your Favorite Pushy Broads

    Fracas in cold weather and Bandit in hot.
  54. Re: Hello to Basenotes / Tincture question / Book suggestions

    Septimus Piesse is an excellent suggestion and not only cheap in paper but also available in for free via the Guthenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16378

    I wish you the best of luck...
  55. Thread: All gone now

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    Re: Anyone interested in taking over my aromachemicals?

    I have some curiosity to try a few chemicals after 20 years of naturals only.
    I'm interested in all the chemicals you have that resemble animalic scents, such as ambroxan, iso muscetone and musk...
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    Re: Ladies, If You Were Men... :)

    I'd still wear pure Oud, Feminité du Bois, Jaisalmer, Palisander, Cuir de Russie and perhaps Bandit too.

    Fracas and (the on me very sweet) Eau Lente only if I wasn't happy with being a manly man...
  57. Thread: Barnyard oud?

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    Re: Barnyard oud?

    I have to agree with Tahasyed here. I have only sampled a few Montale Aouds, but I could find no trace of real Oud in them whatsoever, neither can I in other commercially available western frags (not...
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    Re: Fragrances for hair?

    Socalwoman, that Syrian shampoo sounds truly amazing. Do you have the name of it? Also, if you happen to know an online source?
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    Re: Making a Pipe tobacco cologne

    Billy Budd, I really ask you to please be careful, as people have suffered severe poisoning from just getting tobacco water on their hands when used as a bug spray on plants. I warn you because...
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    Re: Making a Pipe tobacco cologne

    You should be careful with tobacco tincture, it may catch the scent, but also the nicotine. Even wearing small amounts may have the same effect as wearing a nicotine patch or worse.

    I advise you...
  61. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    Primrose: Now you're totally lost, resorting to a personal attack that would be grave if it wasn't so utterly rediculous.
    Why don't you inform yourself instead of sticking pigheadedly to a...
  62. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    I see I have been unclear in my previous posts on my basic assumption that trapping is not the normal way to hunt beavers, sorry for that. My assumption is based on the fact that it seems to not be...
  63. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    You seem to assume all beavers are trapped, but at least in Sweden beavers are shot. Any trapping is highly illegal and no one seems to be willing to take that risk. I did read a lot on hunters...
  64. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    Primrose: Again you seem to actually want to misunderstand. Of course no animal should ever be killed with traps or other inhumane methods. BUT, the very reason they are trapped instead of shot are...
  65. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    Primrose, you entirely missed my point, namely to me it seems more humane to actually use every part of a killed animal instead of throwing it in the bin. It's hard for me to see beavers as a pest...
  66. It really sounds intriguing, containing some true...

    It really sounds intriguing, containing some true favourite notes of mine. I'm very curious about this house, never tried any of his stuff.
  67. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    Primrose: Yes, I new this about Australian merino sheep and for that reason don't buy merino. Are you saying this is standard practice in the whole wool industry? I've seen a lot of sheep kept for...
  68. Re: Beavers in high demand. Castor gland $50/lb. (2:16-min. VIDEO)

    I thought lanolin was extracted when wool is washed for use in textiles. Do you also think the use of wool is cruel?

    On the castoreum, I have been reading lots about it over the years and though...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    Of course my recommendation is one based on what you would expect from 1)a Hindi and 2)in this price range. I most certainly do not expect an aged oil or a kinnam for $90 ŕ 1/4tola. It simply does...
  70. Re: Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    Update a year later: Wordbird very kindly sent me a few bottles of my long time favourite FdB edt. This, with pure oudh oil underneath has since been my everyday fragrance. It makes me feel like I'm...
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    Re: Agarwood (oud) oil!

    I got my Assam DS Oudh from the very friendly and service minded gentlemen at RK and sons the other day and WOW! It is amazing!

    If you like the barnyardy, powerful Hindi oudhs this is a complete...
  72. Re: Why are so many perfumista's turned off by aquatic scents?

    Like I wrote the synthetics are very different as well as the sensitivity of the person.
    I absolutely love Iso E super as long as it is mixed with some naturals to give it a little life. Even on...
  73. Re: Why are so many perfumista's turned off by aquatic scents?

    I think many perfumistas and basenoters have sensitive senses of smell and therefore react negatively to the synthetic feel of the so called oceanic notes. Once you get turned on to the liveliness...
  74. Thread: Smell shape

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    Re: Smell shape

    To me scents have colours textures and temperatures or they can be compared in musical terms. A blue fragrance can have different shades. A warm and soft blue would be violet leaves,a sky blue...
  75. Thread: incense

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    Re: incense

    Pure agar/oud or high quality resins on charcoal is unbeatable . It's very easy to make your own mixes and you really get the ancient and genuine experience. Apart from the wonderful and luxurious...
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    Re: Your ONE best purchase in 2008

    Vintage Cabochard edt 50ml
    Vintage Chaos edp 2x30ml
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    Re: Favorites and Hair Color and Birth Month

    Favourite notes: Oud, incense-resins, cardamom, guiac, cedar woods, smoke
    Natural hair: Medium blond with auburn neck
    Month: August (Leo)
  78. Re: Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    The later Chanels have been so disappointing I haven't even bothered to try Coromandel. But I certainly will give it a chance.

    Cuir de Russie is one favourite I never got around to buying a...
  79. Re: Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    FdB, the only frag I'd buy in a litre bottle. If it wasn't becoming so rare I would still use it for all occasions. On me it's perfection. Not sweet at all, rich, elegant and unusual. The cardamom...
  80. Re: Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    Such delicious and interesting suggestions!

    Andy Tauer's stuff does sound worth samling.

    Mitsouko edp and No5 parfum are very ladylike indeed on me, but so feminine and sweet they would suit...
  81. Re: Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    Not at all.

    Masculines that aren't too heavy on the synthetics generally come out as feminine on me.

    Leather, tar and heavy dark resins are among my favourite notes. But I need them wearing...
  82. Re: Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    Bandit I have and love dearly, so you were spot on! Yet it tends get too harsh and herby green on my skin in this cold Scandinavian weather. I use it only in hot climate, where the leather really...
  83. Re: What fragrance do you spray all over your bed and pillows?

    Prada's Infusion d'Iris finally found it's proper use on the linen.
    Mmm... cool, crisp and clean.
  84. Suggestions on something "conservative" for a freak

    Dear Basenoters,

    With an eccentric wardrobe, expressive face and huge red hair, I tend to attract my fair share of attention. Now I need a scent that will suit my taste, yet be suitable for formal...
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    Re: Come up with a perfume that *should* exist

    Why not call it Resistor?
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 9 December

    Thank you for this recommendation, Kumquat. As soon as my budget allows I will try a decant and hope I don't like it, :) since I will probably not afford a bottle until 2012, when I've finished my...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 9 December

    Infusion d'Iris by Prada

    From iris to orris to powder to chalk. First mineral scent I've tried. I hate it and I can't have enough of it. It's not how skin should smell and it smells so good at...
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    Re: Come up with a perfume that *should* exist

    The scent of the the female breast.

    Some milky jasmine with a base of benzoin, natural vanilla and the softest musk far beneath would be a good start for this. Not that I'd like to wear it, but...
  89. Thread: Profumum Olibanum

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    Re: Profumum Olibanum

    Olibanum is another name for frankincense.

    Sounds really nice this scent.
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    Pao Rosa by Guerlain

    Very early. Pre 20's for sure.
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    A Travers Champs by Guerlain

    Released around 1924. Black bottle similar to the "coffin" of Vol de Nuit but upside down.
  92. Thread: La Rose by Rochas

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    La Rose by Rochas

    Perumer: Edmond Roudnitska. Released in 1949.
  93. Thread: Mouche by Rochas

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    Mouche by Rochas

    A heavy oriental from 1940's.
  94. Thread: Audace by Rochas

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    Audace by Rochas

    There were two very different Audaces , One from 1936 or 1937 and one in 1978.
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    Avenue Matignon by Rochas

    One of, or the first perfumes by Rochas.
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    Toujours Toi by Corday

    I think it was a semi oriental with some rose.
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    Re: I Just Had A Beautifully Scented Epiphany....

    Of the few releases from 1971 still surviving I'll try Clinique's Aromatics elixir to get one from my birth year. Chanel's No19 is nice, way too nice and too fresh for me. YSL Rive Gauche is out of...
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    Re: How did the old cabochard edt bottle look?

    The flat and unimpressive bottle did arrive and it's contents were more than usable. The first half second it's very much like Bandit but then it settles and becomes a much softer and kinder leather...
  99. Thread: Youth Dew

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    Re: Youth Dew

    None of my grandmothers would have considered any "American perfume". If it wasn't from France it wasn't real perfume.

    I sniffed this first at a department store in my rebellious teens and...
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    Re: layering/combinations

    I've layered CdG Jaisalmer with Coco to great effect, that's the only really successful layering I remember at the moment.

    In the past I have also tweaked some scents to make them either more...
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