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    Re: Dior ambre nuit

    Shimmering luxury
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    Re: Your 6 fragrances for life

    1. French Lover
    2. L'eau d'Hiver
    3. Dior Homme edt
    4. Tuscan Leather
    5. YSL Opium Edp
    6. -
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    Re: Serge Lutens - L'Incendiaire

    Nice perfume. Like L'artisan Dzing made in Lutens style.

    The price is ridiculous and not worth that money.
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    Re: Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile.

    I was not disappointed.
    I read Kevin's review on nowsmellthis where he describes CI as a musk scent.
    It's true. What amazed me - the musks are not separate from neroli. The effect is neroli-musk ...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile.

    Smelled it. Cologne indelebile is very close to Neroli Portofino.

    The difference: NP is more cosy, more warm because of the amber basenotes.

    Cologne indelebile sticks on the skin very...
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    Re: Skin Chemistry: Real or Myth?

    Real: spray one spray of Dzonghka on different persons and you will see the difference.

    Myth: spray 10 mines of Lancome La Vie Est Belle and I doubt you will notice any.
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or Allure Homme Sport?

    does the current version differs a lot from the original formulation?
  8. Re: Chanel: Made in France vs Made in Usa Quality

    I have a feeling it's true: quality is worse in the USA and the formula of scent is different.
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or La Nuit de l'Homme

    Original YSL L'homme is best.
    Bleu is a shy and diluted copy of YSL L'homme
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    Poll: Re: Bleu de Chanel or Allure Homme Sport?

    Allure Homme Sport is the best sport perfume ever.

    Bleu is a trivial functional cosmetics. Smells like Nivea or Adidas deodorant. It's not the question of perfumery. it's the question of smelling...
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    Re: Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male

    The drydown on the blotter: black Aztec flower + black vanilla + black lavender
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    Re: Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male

    the most prominent notes are black vanilla and black Aztec flower:)
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    Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male

    Notes include lemon, black lavender, cinnamon, clary sage, black Aztec flower, black vanilla, amber, cedar and patchouli.

    Something between Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin - Dior Homme Parfum -...
  14. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    At least in Lithuania you can smell it :)
    It's a nice scent - fresh Guerlainish Aqua Alegoria (Pamplelune, Herba Fresca) top notes with the mild breeze of L'homme Ideal.
    The drydown muscs are...
  15. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    At least in Lithuania you can smell it:)
    It's a nice scent - fresh Guerlainish Aqua Alegoria (Pamplelune, Herba Fresca) top notes with the mild breeze of L'homme Ideal.
    The drydown muscs are...
  16. Re: Serge Lutens scent in Madonna Ghost-town

    liquid is greenish. Maybe Chergui?:) or Chene.

    Madonna's favourite should be Tubereuse Criminelle
  17. Serge Lutens scent in Madonna Ghost-town

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgDxv0Qg_Rg

    52 sec.
  18. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    Resmelled L'homme Ideal Cologne. Actually, top notes of Cologne smell like one of Aqua Alegorias - I think it's Pamplelune.
    Guerlain Homme is so bland that I constantly forget it's scent.
  19. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    Top notes of L'Homme Ideal Cologne were reminiscent to original Guerlain Homme. Well, it's an impression from a single test - I smelled it once and the top notes evaporates fast. Nonetheless I...
  20. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    Yes, top notes smelled in accord with l'Homme.
  21. Re: L'Homme Ideal by Guerlain - Eau De Cologne?!?!

    One of the best flankers I ever smelled.
    Huge mojito accord from Guerlain L'Homme in the top notes - natural and invigorating lime.
    Light, musky woody dry down.

    A very good perfume on it's...
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    Re: Purchased Dior Homme Parfum!!!

    A decent flanker.

    I smell some notes of Fendi Theorema in the basenotes of Dior Homme Parfum - spicy woody leather.
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    Re: Calvin Klein's "Reveal Man" Will Be Great

    Reveal Man accords with CK masculine scents of last decades of XX century.
    I was so amazed when I smelled it. It smells completely dated in the style of CK Truth, Eternity.

    Metallic, synthetic,...
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    Re: NEW: Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo

    I did not like it at all and found very sweet and cloying. Gucci pour home II is a way better choice.

    Original and Essenza are great scents. Profumo smelled very boring.
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Dior Homme
    FM French Lover
    TF Tuscan Leather
    FM L'eau D'hiver
    Habit Rouge
  26. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    You can not prove the beauty. You can show it. Either you see or you don't. Darkness for the blinds.
  27. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    One Million is a novel scent. It comes from Le Male, however new aroma chemicals, used in Givaudan, made this scent quite outstanding. By the way, we still live in One Million era. Last perfume of...
  28. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    oh, I forgot this aspect! L'Egoiste - Bois des Iles; L'Homme Ideal - Tonka Imperiale and La Petite Robe Noir. Men's perfumes inspired by women's scents.

    You could feel sadness in Polge's voice. No...
  29. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    I should get Tonka Imperiale for my birthday. A melancholy in a bottle! It smells amazing on me - especially when I wear linen shirt :) Hey, tobacco and almondy tonka.
    It's best for moody autumn...
  30. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    It can become cloying if it's warm. You can easily overdose it. One spray could be enough.
    When it's colder, it's amazing - fresh (top notes), woody (masculine) and bitter-sweet...
  31. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    On Bleu de Chanel. The task was to create a functional perfume. "No fantasy in Bleu de Chanel", - Polge told himself. That explains everything.

    On L'homme ideal. Technically it's perfect....
  32. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    Guerlain L'Homme Boisee is not an art at all. More functional than artistic.
    I do not say it is not a pleasure to wear this scent.
  33. Re: L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    Aventus is a mish mash concoction which really works. Perfume without a structure: translucent woods, fruits (pineapple) and berries in an endless luminescence of ambergris. Aventus lacks originality...
  34. L'homme Ideal - the best masculine scent of last five years

    I am amazed that L'homme Ideal is a very underrated perfume. French perfumery at it's best - solid structure, great sillage, nice idea - woody cherry almond. It's perfect for autumn or winter. Has a...
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    Re: Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile.

    I haven't smelled Indeleble cologne, but I feel I know it's smell - the smell of a biter orange tree.
    I have and enjoy TF Neroli Portofino very much. Ambery base is very nice, however the real...
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    Re: Any of you guys wear Ambre Nuit by Dior?

    I find AN as the bergamot, ambergris and rosy amber accord more than a perfume.
    Smells very integral.

    It could become a noble perfume if Demachy elaborates this accord into a perfume.

    "The...
  37. Re: Is Declaration d'Un Soir anything like Rose 31?

    Declaration d'Une Soir is a variation of Ropion's Kenzo Jungle Elephant. No resemblance with Rose 31 or Noir de Noir
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    Re: Best Perfumes of 2014 - Fragrantica

    that's why I think basenotes.net is NO 1 in the world :)
    More objective too.
    I am proud to be a basenoter anno 2005.
    it's a community with high intelligence, tolerance, and impeccable sense of...
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    Re: Best Perfumes of 2014 - Fragrantica

    women fragrances - total epigonism and decadence
    men's - L'homme Ideal and Aqua Amara are good perfumes.
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    Re: Portrait of a Lady

    you could buy Guerlain Rose Barbare or SL Rose de Nuit
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    Re: Flankers you wish existed, but don't.

    Pestum Rose edp intense
    Chanel No 18 Parfum 75 ml
  42. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I think it's mission impossible. I lived in The Netherlands for 4 months. Official institutions do not reply in English.
    The official language is Dutch. Why should they?

    A good reason to think...
  43. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I phoned to Lithuanian customs.
    They said that the parcel came to Lithuania with the label, that VAT was not paid for the goods. The label on the parcel was put by Dutch customs (shipping country). ...
  44. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    today got the reply:

    Dear

    Thank you for your email,

    We are a UK based company inside the EU and as such there should be no customs charges on parcels shipped inside the EU. Unfortunately as...
  45. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I wrote them, attached the documents and waiting for the reply. I will let you know what will be the end of this story. To order from escentual again or not.
  46. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I agree, they were exceptionally good. I used to trust them as a very reputable seller. I am gonna write them again and attach the document from the customs.
  47. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I was surprised with their reply too. It shows the way they respect the customer.
  48. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    Yes, as usually, they charged with the VAT.
    To Lithuanian customs I had to pay additional 30% of the value of perfumes.
  49. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    There is no a threshold in EU space. EU is a duty free zone between member states.
    However if you carry a big sum of money (2500 Euros) from one EU country to another you should declare that to the...
  50. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    yes, that's right.

    Escentuals used to ship from UK (they are based in UK). This time they shipped the parcel from the Netherlands.
    I think, they buy perfumes not from France, but from USA or...
  51. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I wrote that when I contacted them.
    Their service used to be exceptionally good. Five years ago I did not receive the parcel and they resend it.
    I used to order many times from Escentuals and did...
  52. Re: Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I wrote them:
    "I will share my experience of buying at Escentuals in the biggest and well known community of perfume lovers - basenotes.net"
  53. Escentuals.com - had to pay import taxes and they mixed delivery address

    I ordered 3 perfumes from escentuals to Lithuania. Lithuania and UK are the members of EU.
    received the letter from Lithuanian customs, that I should pay import taxes under EU directive 77/388/EEC ...
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    Re: Miel de Bois Lovers

    When you get it, write if the juice in the bell jar is the same quality as it used to be, please.
    I remember Miel de Bois as a very interesting perfume, which smelled nice on my skin.
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    Re: Scents you'd love to see re-released/made

    Joop! Berlin
  56. Re: Christmas in a bottle! Which fragrance and why?

    Declaration Cartier
    French Lover
    Tonka Imperialle
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    Re: Estee Lauder acquires Frederic Malle

    FM fragrances cost much more (with some exceptions) to make than most mainstream brands.

    It's the beginning of the end. Totally natural process and Malle understands it perfectly: birth,...
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    Re: MiP discontinued

    a sad scent in a sad bottle. Probably too subtle and too cheap smelling
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    Re: Ugliest Bottle for a Great Cologne?

    roja dove

    good but not for that price for sure
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    Re: Fragance for young girl

    Dior Forever and Ever
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    Re: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    it smells more of tonka than vanilla. I sprayed two new scents on the blotters - CK Reveal for women and Souffle de Parfum. Mixed them and it took me a while to say which one is Guerlain, which CK.
    ...
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    Re: Bvlgari Man in Black - New Release 2014

    awful. another DHI interpretation. aka masculine Valentino Uomo. smells cheap.
  63. Re: Which "feminine" scents would you never want to be without ?

    portrait of a lady
  64. Re: Does Le Labo Rose 31 smell like cinnamon chewing gum to you?

    no.
    By the way, first impression - an interesting perfume.
    More you wear it, more linear and dull it becomes.
  65. Re: How is La Collection Couturier Parfumeur by Christian Dior ?

    The line is very bad. Nothing special. No compositions. Just variations on some notes - oud, patchouli, etc.

    The best one is Eau Noire - the most interesting of the three ones.

    Vetiver was...
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    One of my favourites. The scent of a lover's breath.
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    Re: Which Houses are Worth the Cost?

    Buy No 18 de Chanel. it's worth the cost and nobody buys it.
  68. Re: almost identical fakes in London in a well-known mall

    Maybe I am wrong, I do not want to say something bad, if it's not. The basenoters who live in London could go and look themselves. For me it was obvious.

    Here, in Lithuania, there was an enormous...
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2014

    I think Chanel will launch contemporary variations on Egoiste and Antaeus soon.
    They will do with the mascuines the same as they did with feminines. Feminines were first, because they sell most.
    ...
  70. almost identical fakes in London in a well-known mall

    In London, Stratford tube station (think of an olympic town and a shopping centre Westfiled).
    In this shopping centre there is a very big perfumery shop, which sells, to my mind, almost identical...
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    nowadays the strict line between men's and women's perfumery is quite blurred
    L'Homme ideal could smell great on a woman.
    Of course, there are some perfumes, which are associated with women,...
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    Re: Dior Privee Line Weaker ?

    Yes, I noticed that. I remember how they smelled jus launched and now they are ,,watered down".

    money money money...so greedy for them. Every penny spend on formula is so important to them,
    what...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    It's so discussing I haven't tried on my skin. On the card it is more dense than edt. You could be right, that it has low projection. More concentrated, but low in sillage.

    Some notes from Edition...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    I think you are wrong. Dior Homme parfum does not have unique structure. It does not have total roundness as Cuir Belluga succeeds.
    L'homme Ideal is a headache inducing scent, 1 spray is enough (or...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Yes, I feel same.
    Second trial. Again - NO to Dior Homme Parfum. Synthetic oily stuff in a gorgeous and luxurious packaging. Same as Coco Noir - black bottle looks amazing, the scent is a headache...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Not so different. Mike mentioned Dries van Notten too.

    I miss naturalness in perfumes - let it be Hermes, Dior, Rabane or YSL Parfum. I miss some real natural notes as in Rive Gauche pour Homme. ...
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    Edt is the best one and complete. Nothing to add, nothing to take off.

    Dior Homme Parfum is not bad. Better than Fahrenheit and Eau Sauvage Parfums.
    Strong on aroma chemicals. Opaque. Pale. Like...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    eau de parfum has vibes from Allure Blanche - clean and bit soapy, and more potent too.
    so dull....
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    Re: New Fragrance: Clive Christian L

    very "amouage" - kind of Epic Man - variation on the same idea
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum!?!?

    I love Dior Homme edt.
    Dior Homme Intense has it's own charm, but personally I don't like white chocolate on me and this seen too sweet and irritating to me.

    Dior Homme edt. is almost perfect. I...
  81. Re: Guerlain L'Homme Ideal...pathetic generic trash.

    A nice surprise. A good and interesting scent. I haven't experienced it for a long time.
    It has it's own character and accords with all Guerlain feminine launches in the exclusive line.
    Woody...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    Chanel often goes wrong with edp (Cristalle, Allurre femme, Allure Home Sport Extreme, No 19).
    One exception is Allure Sensuelle edp. Couple years later they made irrelevant and watery edt.

    J....
  83. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    after smelling Magnolia perfume on woman I've changed my mind a bit. It has some nice aspects, if you do not overspray it. It is very potential and may become very cloying.
    The other thing which I...
  84. Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford - Mandarino di Amalfi & Costa Azzurra

    Costa azzura is no more no less a cliche men's perfume - think TF for men, Allure Homme Sport, only done with better ingredients. Very disappointing for that price. It's place would be in an ordinary...
  85. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    My second wearing of Eau de Magnolia and exploring the scent all the day on the card.
    To my mind, it's the worst scent in FM line. Malle mentioned that he says "no" very often.
    This time he...
  86. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    To say the truth - I was disappointed.some women could wear it, not men.there should be some secret, however from the first wearing and smelling on the card I smell some sweet honeyed flowers with a...
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    Dior Addict edp (2014 reformulation)

    The same Addicted edp, but diluted 10 times....

    the better way would be to discontinue than to make a caricature of the original scent.

    The essence of Addict is power and presence which is...
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    Re: Reformulated: Allure Homme Sport EDT

    Agree that original Allure was changed and lost is power and presence
  89. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Une fleur de cassie, by the way, is probably the worst selling perfume in FM line.
  90. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    About Une Rose

    I have an old sample of Une Rose which smells very deep, dirty and even bit oily.
    My mother bought Une Rose 100 ml at Liberty a year ago and it was more fresh, less "dirty" in the...
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    Re: Tonka Imperial

    I find Cuir Beluga beautiful (it's a favorite scent of Patricia de Nicolai), however it's too milky to me and does not smell good on my skin.

    Never understood Bois d'Armenie. I hardly can smell...
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    Tonka Imperial

    I have found one of the best gourmands. I smelled it firstly some 3 years ago and did not find it very interesting. With time I started to like it more and more. On me Tonka Imperial smells luxurious...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black

    I remember the rave of Bvlgari Black some five years ago in basenoters and decided to buy it blind.
    It did not touch me at all. I found it very synthetic-muted-cloying-vanilla scent and gave it to...
  94. Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/23/eu-perfume-idUSL6N0O65HW20140523

    interesting which ones?

    The base of Une Rose?
    Bigarade Concentree?
    L'eau d'hiver?

    what do you think or have you...
  95. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Have not smelled it yet. In fragrantica there is a review which compares Eau de Magnolia to Chanel Cristalle edt.
    Chanel Cristalle edt (not edp), Diorella are one of the best colognes I know.
  96. Re: The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I agree, that uniqueness of the brands is gone. I don't wait new release from Givenchy, YSL anymore, because they started launching totally mainstream scents.You smell and forget.

    The newest...
  97. Re: The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I guess this IFRA myth is very beneficial for the brands. When they do not know what to say, they say: IFRA regulations.
    I remember an interview with Francois Demachy in "Industrie" magazine 3 years...
  98. The main reason why perfume brands change (worsen, cheapen) very good original scents

    I was thinking a lot and found a very simple reason. Perfume brands are cheapening very good original perfumes intentionally when the perfume becomes famous and sells well in order to save some money...
  99. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    YSL NU edp 50 ml (prior it's discontinuation) - 10Ł in The Perfume Shop (London)
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    Re: Fleur du Male, discontinued?

    I knew they will discontinue Fleur du Male since they launched it.
    It's too beautiful to be a mainstream scent.

    I think, the same would happen with Kokorico - exceptionall good scent.

    I am...
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