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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    100% agree! I need and enjoy some things so much that I inevitably end up owning many!

    Candles
    Mugs
    Books
    Music
  2. Re: Sure F*ck Cologne What the heck ? Someone has this ?

    Mmhh... I don't believe Tuscan mandarins are particularly renown....
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    As far as I know it's solid resin- or powder- that's being burned. Can't say if it's the resin only or it's been blended. Unfortunately I have no familiarity with the fragrances you mention, so I...
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    Poll: Re: Men v Women: How many sprays?

    5+: décolleté, both wrists, both insides of the elbows and sometimes nape of neck! :smiley:
    With some fragrances that contain aromachemicals that bother me, I reduce to 4, avoiding the areas closer...
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    I guess it's olibanum- don"t know the exact origin- that's most used. Sweeter resins are more used in orthodox churches, as very little far as I know. I once stepped in a little monastry in Greece...
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    If you pardon my lapse in geography :laugh: I think you may like Hindu Kush by natural perfumer AbdesSalaam Attar. It's resinous in many ways: pine sap, incense, labdanum, slightly dusty and overall...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Castle of the eponymous TV series confesses he has a soft spot for Fracas on a woman. The whole episode 13 of 4th series revolves around a fictional celebuscent.
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    Re: Fragrance that smells of urine?

    It depends on what facet of urine you are considering- the ammonia ones (never found in fragrances, thankfully!), the animalic ones (honey, civet), the sulphurous ones (blackcurrant, basil, sometimes...
  9. Re: Perfume that smells of Indian spices, chai tea etc.

    Diptyque Eau Lente in addition to L'Eau and L'Autre already mentioned has a blasting Indian spices opening
  10. Re: Early warning: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Teazzura is coming

    +1 :grin:
  11. Re: Ephemera: Geza Schoen + Kode9 + Ben Frost + Tim Hecker

    Love it! :)
  12. Re: Ephemera: Geza Schoen + Kode9 + Ben Frost + Tim Hecker

    Ditto!
    Thanks for the info, Alfarom. As someone who loves conjuring up her personal, homemade synaesthesias with sound, colour and perfumes, I am always thrilled by this kind of projects.
    Based...
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day- January 2015

    Pour des Prunes by L'Artisan Parfumeur.
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    Re: Today I bought January 2015

    Candles!
    L'Hiver 200 g candle, Pour des Prunes and Invitation Creole mini candles and a complimentary 15 ml of Mure et Musc for 50€ in a sale on L'Artisan website!
  15. Re: What We Do Is Secret launches pure Galaxolide fragrance

    Fragrances like this ones or the Molecules prove quite useful for people who want to learn to identify some aromachemicals and are too lazy to order raw material vials:some free tests in a dept...
  16. Re: read reviews & then smell or smell then read reviews?

    I generally smell in stores and then read some trusted- by me! :wink: reviewers to see their interpretation of the scent and find out if I'm missing something... It also can happen that I've read by...
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    Room Scent of the Day- January 2015

    Happy New Year everybody!

    First room smell of the year is Diptyque Hiver!

    :smiley:
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    Re: Warming Scents for a Chilly Day

    A cup of hot spicy chai: L'Eau Lente by Diptque
    A big, soft, brown furry animal wrapped around my neck: Bornéo 1834
    A paprika red cashmere scarf: Myrrhiad
    :smiley:
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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Saturday, 27 December, 2014.

    Hello all!

    I popped in just to see if Jon was having his snow! Too bad, everywhere but there!

    With the greatest pleasure I can announce that it's snowing heavily in Milan! :2vrolijk_08:
    ...
  20. Re: Please don't use "Old Lady" or "Old Man" 'scent' as description...it's offensive

    The context is everything. One could tell the tone of a statement even without the infamous words being spoken,,, And one should be able to read the message! I've seen people protesting against the...
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    Re: Did Santa bring anyone fragrance this year?

    My Santa knows me well! :wink:
    L'Artisan L'Eau d'Ambre- I took advantage of a three days 30% off on their website, some time ago!- a fragrance that I've loved for many years but never purchased and...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - December 2014

    Finishing up my Sapin Doré, this morning.... Hope Santa will bring me one of this year's collection! :rolleyesold: (Hiver would be perfect!)
  23. Thread: Milan - IT

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    Re: Milan - IT

    ... and Diptyque and L'Olfattorio.... :shocked:
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    Re: Niche perfume for the wifey

    This sounds Chanel to me- a nice Coromandel- bergamot,patchouli soft musky ambery base, or a crispy but velvety Sycomore- vetiver, or a plushy Bois des Iles- sandalwood, with a certain similarity to...
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    Re: Do you use perfume every day?

    Yes, except when I'm ill. Some days I say I celebrate All Scents because in addition to my SOTD I've tested fragrances in shops or from samples and I reek of everything! :grin:
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    Re: Why do we do it?

    In my case there are two main forces that drive me towards spraying on some perfume. The first one is, like someone else already said- I love smelling things, so I love the idea of being a source of...
  27. Re: Patch-Musk-Citrus-White Florals around $100/bottle?

    If the notes are in order of importance, I'd say.... Coromandel: sparkling citrus opening, flowers- there are jasmine and rose notes in every fragrance, anyway!- a nice rounded, sweet musk in the...
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    Re: Do you love cinnamon?

    Adore cinnamon! In fragrances: Dyptique Eau Lente, TDC Jasmin de Nuit and PdE Azemour Les Orangers.
  29. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Enjoy your own fragrance, D! The central accord sounds fantastic, as you describe it....
    :smiley:
    And Jasmine Sherazade"best jasmine fragrance ever"?! :shocked:
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    Re: Creed - help me understand

    I have used the word synthetic to express my dislike towards those specific molecules. I have a Chemistry degree and I know about synthetic in perfumery- the fragrances I happen to like contain low...
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    Re: Sexual Dimorphism in the Olfactory Bulb

    +1!
  32. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thanks for your reviews! Now I must wait Firenze to be avaialble!
    Regarding longevity, among those I have tried- HK, Milano Caffé, Tabac, Seawood, Venezia, Chillum, NightFlower and Amber Chocolate-...
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    Re: Italian Perfumery Awards 2014

    It all sounds a bit.... provincial! The Adjumi Forum- which i don't spend any time with- name their favourite, Ok,good for them. I am Italian and not a nationalist in the least, so I don"t care where...
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    Re: Creed - help me understand

    I second Cacio: it must be some synthetic woody amber that ruins these fragrances. I am hypersensitive to some of them- ambroxan, Iso E super to name just two I can easily detect, thanks to Excentric...
  35. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Thanks for starting this thread, hoschhti!

    I'm still pondering on which fragrance minis I'd like to order- Mecca Balsam, Holy Water and the super costly Venezia Giardini Segreti are in pole...
  36. Poll: Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Great idea Diamondflame! And I'd suggest to move it to the General Fragrance Board, so it won't get lost in an ocean of Aventus!! :tongue:
    Please report on your tests!
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    Re: Some New Fragrances

    Sure, it's totally genderless IMHO!
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    Re: Some New Fragrances

    I have a precious sample of Musc Tonkin EdP and love it- it"s quite complex, going from somewhat fresh and aquous- but no calone involved!- to rosy fruity to creamy, waxy, slightly dirty. Quite...
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    Re: Which Lush did I try?

    As deadidol above I would also have said Voice of Reason... Loved your description, Btw, ;)
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    Re: L'Artisan - Bertrand Duchaufour

    Funny, I would say the same thing of the- few, I must admit- TFPB fragrances I've tried: screechingly synthetic, loud and, as far as I know overpriced... but it would never have occurred to me to...
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - November 2014

    Muji Christmas. Simple, yet uplifting pine scent... :smiley:
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    Re: Best Irises Out There?

    Parfum d'Empire Equistrius is a nice smooth polished iris.
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    Re: Room Scent Of The Day - November 2014

    Log Fire by Muji, while the wind is howling outside.
  44. Poll: Re: Profumo's incense scents: "Mecca Balsam" or "Hindu Kush". Which one do you like more?

    Thanks for these news hoschhti & diamondflame! :smiley:
    I'm planning to give myself a five minis box for Christmas and Balsamo della Mecca is one I'd love to try... Hindu Kush is one of my favourite...
  45. Re: I'm loving the note "Saffron"...Any good niche scents with this fantastic note ?

    +4 for Safran Troublant, plus a handful of Duchaufour fragrances for L'Artisan and others: La Traversée du Bosphore, Baume de Doges- Eau d'Italie.
    I've detected saffron, among other spices in Dries...
  46. Thread: Adult Gourmand

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    Re: Adult Gourmand

    Would pineapple,vanilla and - a lot of- sparkling musk do? Histoire de Parfums 1804 could be nice.
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    Re: How do you select your SOTD?

    Most of the times I wake up with a fragrance in mind- sometimes I kind of smell it while half asleep or while having breakfast!
    I guess it's the combination of subconscious balances between...
  48. Re: Agalinis Acuta, Phantom Flower - another interesting read courtesy of The New Yorker

    Thank you!
    Now,how I'd need the IFF device during my "scent" walks! :smiley:
  49. Re: Do you find Borneo 1834 unwearable? Then try Mechant Loup.

    I don't find them similar at all, in any respect.
    Borneo is dark, dense, dusty and I love it deeply, while I find ML nice in its initial nuttiness but shallow and synthetic in the long run.
  50. Re: Any suggestions for a woman's fragrance that actually smells like AMBER?

    Maybe the OP should clarify what he/she means with "real amber"- as deadidol already pointed out, otherwise we'll be in the open field of subjectivity...
    For example: to me the most real amber...
  51. Thread: House of Evody

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    Re: House of Evody

    I smelt some of their fragrances at Esxence a couple of years ago, and also got some samples. Not bad scents, rather uninteresting, IMO. I had the orange blossoms and a thick, overly sweet tropical...
  52. Re: Recommend a Patchouli similar to Borneo 1834 !!

    I agree, too!
  53. Re: New Installment of Luca Turin's Reviews - September 2nd

    It is! I had a sample of it and loved every single drop- to me it smells weirdly of tea with milk, at a certain point! :huh: It's quite expensive, though.

    Thanks for the link.
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    I'm re-reading Bulgakov Master and Margarita: during Woland show at the theatre women in the audience are given clothes, shoes, bags and "Guerlain, Chanel, Mitsouko, Narcisse Noir, Chanel n° 5"...
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    Re: The Best Patchouly ever...

    my favourite ones:
    Bornéo 1834, Etro Patchouly and Coromandel. I also like Bois 1920 Patchouly and Mazzolari, which I find rather similar
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    Re: Cowshed (UK), do you know this line?

    I tried a couple of their soaps- can't remember exactly which Cow :grin:. The scents were both very light, very safe, quite pretty- a rose-sandalwood and an aromatic herbs- ginger accord. OK for a...
  57. Beautiful interview- and many thanks Chris....

    Beautiful interview- and many thanks Chris. :smiley:
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    Agree!!!
    I would have said BD was my favourite perfumer some time ago- I guess he's the most represented in my personal wardrobe, but he's been so over-exposed lately and his work is sometimes, IMO,...
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    I generally spend most of my time in the GFD sub forum and here the difference is not that huge... As the previous poster says, here there are people who care about all aspects of Fragrance and...
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    Re: The smells of summer

    Thanks Kagey, I love this kind of articles.

    May I suggest to you and others this: http://www.aesop.com/au/pleasureandpurpose ?

    :smiley:
  61. Re: Diptyque will launch two new scents this month...

    Tried them both- not on skin, fortunately! :grin:
    Geranium is OK, safe and true to its name.
    Lavande can be interesting in the opening BUT it features the very same white musk that Olivia...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Like Eau de Magnolia!!!! :grin: It really displays all the facets of the flower, also a certain sourish fruit decay note, at some point, that magnolia flowers give off when crushed- I used to play...
  63. Re: Notes vs. Ingredients - What matters is how it smells, not what it is made of

    I tend to agree with you- a certain note can arise from several different odorants combined, resembling none of them.
    I slightly disagree on molecules not having "notes": I'm reading Scent and...
  64. Re: Thoughts on Mecca Balsam by La Via del Profumo?

    Great fan of AbdesSalaam, here! Never tried Balsamo della Mecca, but own a mini of Chilum: no menthol detected- unfortunately, as I love camphorated or mentholated vibes in fragrances!:smiley:- but a...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Cacio, you're right! I'm wearing a kimono that's been in contact with EdM and it's giving off a delicious muguet- like smell...

    I'm reading that molecules that smell of lily of the valley are...
  66. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    It may not have been addressed here, but the idea of individual sensitivity to a specific odorant and different degrees of perception of it according to certain variable parameters are widely...
  67. Re: Serge Lutens - Any news about the 2014 exclusive range perfume?

    Don't know if it's happening worldwide, but at Rinascente in Milan I found- on sale!! 30%- the Vaporizateur Tout Noir set of Iris Silver Mist and Fourrure Noire, two Palais Royal exclusive...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Interesting association, cacio and interesting infos gandhajala .
    I'm now at my third full wear of EdM (from the tester at corsocomo in Milan) and about to buy a FB.
    I don't see much a...
  69. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    I know I promised I wouldn't have said more on the subject, but I'll just chime in to say how much I love the way LT uses Chemistry, along with other arts and sciences, as an endless source of...
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    Re: School cleaner loves my perfume!

    School and compliments- it has happened twice to me, this school year and in both cases it was Etro Patchouly. Two students of mine, in different occasions made a positive remark on the way I...
  71. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    English is not my mother-tongue and my studies in Chemistry are quite ancient- and was more in Inorganic Chemistry than in Organic, but I think all he says is: as alkynes are too reactive to be...
  72. Thread: Way Off Scenter

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    Way Off Scenter

    He' s back?! :shocked::2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    I am a great fan of Etro fragrances and own a few.
    At each purchase the SAs informed me that all Etro fragrances were made to be matched. Never trusted them, but once I layered Patchouly and...
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    Re: Pairing perfume and food

    :thumbsup: sounds delicious!

    Although I'm not too fond of pairing these two pleasures- especially when I'm cooking I don't like to be scented- I like to wear Indian inspired perfumes (Trayee,...
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    Re: La Panthère by Cartier

    The gardenia is very fleeting and multifaceted, spanning from rose notes to mushroom to musky-leathery...
    A friend- with a deep knowledge in matter of perfume and perfumery-asked me what I was...
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    Re: La Panthère by Cartier

    Got serendipitously a sample of this and can't believe how much I like it!
    No "sweet teen sauce" here, no safe fruity floral, no vanilla, nor white musks- a rooty, mossy, slightly mentholated,...
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release - Eau de Magnolia

    Tested it this afternoon at 10 corsocomo in Milan: sparkling, transparent, rather lightweight, with the eponymous note appearing in all its beauty at a certain point but fading rather quickly in a...
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    Re: Lush Breath Of God

    This, for me too. I find the opening quite fascinating but can't stand the development... :sad:
  79. Re: BBC Article: Do People Experience Smells in their Dreams ?

    Thanks for the link.
    I read Rosalia Cavalieri book some time ago, and found it very interesting, by the way.
    Yes, it has happened to me, in several occasions. Smelling- or tasting- scented things,...
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    Re: Esteban-paris cologne

    I am a fan of their good quality, reasonable price candles. I have tried a few of their fragrance- can't tell exactly which ones, apart Patchouli- and found them nice, safe maybe a bit weak..
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    Re: Room Scent of the Day - May 2014

    Diptyque Figuier mingling with my neighbours' jasmine
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    Re: Diptyque - Tam Dao reformulation

    To my nose TD has always smelt very synthetic- I'm referring to a bottle bought in 2010. :-(
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" M. Gustave- Ralph Fiennes- can't live without his (fictional) signature scent Air de Panache.
  84. Re: Controversial opinions on fragrances and its industry: Let's share!

    I totally agree with your point of view, narcotica, and thank you for a sound dose of science in a field that sometimes seems a bit in need of it. And I like your definition of perfume as a matter of...
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    Re: Ancient or old growth forest smell..

    Norne, of course, but also AbdesSalaam Attar's Hindu Kush. They're actually very sinilar in the deep rich resinous drydown.
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    Re: Basel, Switzerland

    Also department store Globus- Marktplatz- has a nice niche selection: Etro, Annick Goutal, Comme des Garcons and others.
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    I've just spent a few days in Vienna and couldn't avoid repeating to myself the sentence about the Ottoman Empire bringing administrative inefficiency and baggy trousers in areas that would otherwise...
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    Re: Fragrances with Cinnamon notes

    Also L'Eau by Diptyque is a cinnamom bomb!
    I particularly love the cinnamon note in Sumatera by Coquillete Paris and in Parfum d'Empire Azemour les Orangers
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    Re: New Frédéric Malle Release

    My feelings as well!! Fingers crossed.... :)
  90. Thread: Male or female?

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    Re: Male or female?

    In this case I guess reformulations are better! :wink:



    :smiley:
  91. Thread: Male or female?

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    Re: Male or female?

    Really?!
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    Re: Does Geranium smell animalic?

    I personally don't find geranium (I'm referring to fresh leaves smell- the only one I know directly and that gives me clues when I spot it in fragrances) nor dirty nor animalic- it's mostly green,...
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    Re: Are our cities losing their smells?

    Thank you! :smiley:
    I love writing down my olfactory sensations of the places where I happen to be...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    In Queneau's Zazie dans le metro the uncle reeks of Barbouze de chez Fior :grin:
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    Re: Which Mid-Weight Amber for Summer?

    Ambre 114 with its aromatic herbs opening could be somewhat... fresh!
    Another one you could try is Ambre Ceruléen by Huitième Art- Pierre Guillaume. It opens quite fresh with a lemony verbena...
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    Re: help me to find a german scent

    Knize is Austrian, actually.... :)
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    S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 26 March, 2014.

    Good afternoon.
    SotD is gorgeous Carbon by Italian brand nu_be, from a sample I got at Esxence.
    Totally agree with Jon, Tiziana Terenzi fragrances are great- smelled them too at Esxence. :)
  98. Just visited Esxence and tested MT edp- gorgeous...

    Just visited Esxence and tested MT edp- gorgeous stuff! Had also a sniff of Corsica Furiosa, which I was told was still a bit too green- not fully seasoned yet: interesting and refreshing essay on...
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    Marijuana fragrance -- new!

    Neela Vermeire Trayee features a "ganja" accord too.

    This one seems interesting. !
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 20 March, 2014.

    God morning, happy Spring to all Boreal hemisphere Basenoters- and, consequently, happy Autumn for the Austral ones! :smiley:
    SotD is the... Premier Figuier de la saison!

    Have a nice day.
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