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    Re: Is Fascination Perfumery in UK legit?

    As Soirdelune says higher up the thread, they are totally legit and have a great bricks and mortar store I have visited three times. The staff are knowledgeable and the selection of niche and...
  2. Wow - I am behind on most of the women's flankers...

    Wow - I am behind on most of the women's flankers you mention, though I rather liked Sensuous Noir when I tried it. Will look out for the other Idylles and the Cartier. Thanks for this helpful...
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  4. Absolutely fascinating on lots of levels,...

    Absolutely fascinating on lots of levels, including D's attitudes to the mushrooming blog scene. I never knew Denyse was Canadian, which presumably explains her incredible fluency in both languages....
  5. Great account!

    Great account!
  6. Great account - the next best thing to being...

    Great account - the next best thing to being there...love the unposed photos of the perfume house representatives.

    And that display of lemons is something else!...it must have been water in those...
  7. Re: What's the worst female fragrance you've ever smelled?

    I agree with a lot of the previous posters on scents such as LouLou and Giorgio, White Linen, Poison, Putain des Palaces and others.

    My absolute nemesis is Caron Narcisse Noir, and runners up for...
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    Re: Beauty by Calvin Klein

    My friend tried this in NYC the other day and immediately thought I would like it - quite independently I had clocked the notes and thought this might be the first Calvin Klein that appeals to me,...
  9. Re: Sending perfumes from the US to England - general question

    Not related to Ebay specifically - where I think that sometimes sellers charge high postage rates to ward off business they consider simply too much hassle rather than expense as such, with which I...
  10. Thanks, Persolaise, for sharing this fascinating...

    Thanks, Persolaise, for sharing this fascinating interview with Roja Dove - I didn't know about Buzz - and had forgotten how many ABs read the Sun! (It may of course only be copies someone else has...
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    Re: Hermesessence favorite

    Vanille Galante, of which I have managed to blag a couple of 4ml samples in Hermes stores, so I don't need to fork out for a FB any time soon!
  12. Re: Keeping perfumes in fridge; does it prolong it's life?

    I have packed about 40 bottles in a small table top beer cooler which I keep at 50 degrees, together with all my decants and samples. It is amazing how much you can pack in such a small cubic area.
  13. Re: Have you ever "stealth perfumed" anyone?

    I am not sure I should be thanked for the idea, haha! It is a questionable practice at best, and one in which I was originally egged on by lovethescents...says she, furiously trying to pass the buck...
  14. Re: Have you ever "stealth perfumed" anyone?

    I wonder if you might have seen one of my blog posts on this topic in connection with Asquith & Herbert soap, or more recently L'Artisan's L'Ete En Douce. In that instance I only dared to stealth...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 24 August-10

    Oh, I am Queen of the MishMash again, to wit:

    PG Bois Naufrage (courtesy of Quarry)
    Guerlain Quand Vient La Pluie (ditto)
    Shiseido Sourire (courtesy of Lovethescents)
    Acqua di Biella Kid Mohair...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 17 August 2010

    Testing SL Bas de Soie from a sample from Lovethescents. Wonderful! There are so many more goodies in her package I don't know where to go next...
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    Re: S o t D Sunday 18 July 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LOVETHESCENTS!!

    Am wearing several salty perfumes:

    MH Fleurs de Sel
    TDC Sel de Vetiver
    Creative Universe Mare (scent twins with Petruccijc!)
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 13 July

    Vintage Blue Grass from the 70s. : - )
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    Re: Floris Night Scented Jasmine

    That is a great deal - I own a smaller bottle of this and paid a lot more per ml for it, though I still considered it a bargain. I don't find it the least bit powdery, but rather a quite...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 12th July, 2010

    PG Brulure de Rose for a rainy Monday.
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    Re: SOTD Friday 28 MAY 2010

    Hi guys,

    Logging on from an amusement arcade in Bad Arolsen, Germany. I am on a four week business trip and today has felt a little peculiar, as (obviously) no one I have come into contact with...
  22. Re: Ajne Sublime - Has Anyone Tried It Yet?

    Thanks for that, Mimi Gardenia - are you in fact the member formerly known as Mysticknot? I haven't been around for a while! : - )
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    Re: SotD - Saturday the 22nd of May

    Penhaligon's Orange Blossom - which was no match for the 28 C heat today! Must re-apply, as it is lovely.
  24. Ajne Sublime - Has Anyone Tried It Yet?

    I spotted this review of the new Ajne scent, Sublime, a lime-based scent, as the name punningly suggests!

    http://www.cafleurebon.com/ajnes-new-organic-perfume-is-simply-sublime/

    Have any of the...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 18 May

    Ajne Calypso on this warm spring day - frustrated to be inside ringing Germans!
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    Loved the account, especially the bit about...

    Loved the account, especially the bit about wearing a perfumer! : - )

    Sounds like a fantastic event and I hope to make it over one year.
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    Re: "The Genre You Love" Questionnaire!

    Genre: orientals

    Current Favorite: Rykiel Woman Not for Men!

    Newest Discovery: Laetitia Millesime by Rance

    Latest Purchase: Rykiel Woman Not for Men!

    Can't Wait To Try: Vol de Nuit...
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    Re: S o t d 15 APRILl 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PETRA ICHOR!!!

    I noticed...and fortuitously happened to be wearing Creed Love in Black myself today, of which I also own a bottle, though it wasn't gifted to me!

    Get well...
  29. Re: Hello!My sister loves Deseo by Jennifer Lopez but she wants to try other similar

    Kenzo 7.15am in Bali has that same muzzy beach quality to me!
  30. Re: Ladies need your opinion please REFORMULATED MAGIE NOIRE

    As a non-fan of the new MN, I have to report that some "vintage" MN I got in a swap doesn't smell quite as I remember it smelling either, though it does supposedly date from the 80s. The new one is...
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    Re: Rose fragance with touch of Violet

    Kenzo Flower Oriental for me! Woody oriental with rose and violet.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 7 April

    Many Happy Returns to Chaya, and glad all went well for RHM, which stands for "radiology happily managed".

    Wearing EL PC AYY and Rykiel Woman Not For Men (because my new bottle arrived after I had...
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    Re: SotD Monday 5 April

    Quarry - are we the only two people in the world with this i Coloniali Yuzu Body Care Water thingy? If you ever run low, I am not getting through mine especially fast!

    Glad to hear RHM is on the...
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    Re: Ma Dame de Jean-Paul Gaultier

    This one didn't work on me - strange note somewhere between bubblegum and PVC raincoat - and I would call it pretty good on the longevity front.
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    Re: Today I bought.........April 2010

    I love Dark Amber & Ginger Lily - the four Jo Malones I own are this, the Day one with Lotus Blossom and Water Lily, Vanilla & Anise, and Orange Blossom.

    Today I bought - thanks to Wordbird for...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 3 April

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NUKAPAI!!

    I have been offline for several weeks due to a long work trip, but am glad to have got back in time to wish Nukapai Many Happy Returns!

    Wearing Sonia Rykiel for Women...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 13 March

    Happy Birthday, Tigs!

    Big hug to 30Roses....

    DKNY Gold today, my birthday present last year from Lovethescents.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 11 March

    Get well soon, Soir!!

    I wore JM Vanille & Anise for a day in Manchester at the agency I am working for. Applied at 8.30am. home at 7pm, didn't sniff myself once in between! Shocking news...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 10 March

    So sorry to hear about your friend, Mysticknot - that is shocking news.

    I have not been about much lately, partly because I am preparing for a long work trip, in France, Belgium, Germany and...
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    Re: Smelled the new Balenciaga today!

    I think Cristobal is also good.
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    Re: S O T D Friday 5 March 2010

    Le De.
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    Re: Ladies, If You Were Men... :)

    Gosh, what a fun idea! Top five is hard, mind...

    I'd go

    Byredo Fantastic Man
    Dior Homme
    Guerlain pour Homme
    Kenzo Power
    Ulrich Lang Anvers 2
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    Re: Signature Scent - only one allowed!

    Guerlain Plus Que Jamais. Until further notice.
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    Re: What scent category are you ?

    In a thread I can't put my hand on, I remember analysing the types in my FB collection and I think I was roughly a three way split between florals, floral woody musks and orientals (woody, then...
  45. Re: Mainstream scents that would getter press as niche....

    Jasper Conran Woman!
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    Re: New EDTs at Marks & Spencer (UK)

    I'll look out for the Rose & Amber one particularly next time I am in a larger store!
  47. Re: BNer does Sonoma Scent Studio overview (9:57-min VIDEO)

    It's TheLipPrint! : - ) Great video...
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    Poll: Re: What's Your Favorite Poison?!

    I went for Midnight Poison, but it is very much a case of "least worst" for me too! : - )
  49. Re: Another search - absolutely NOT mentioned here - Armani GIO

    I have a 1ml sample but haven't seen it in stores.
  50. Re: Scent me for Thursday and Friday! :D I'm meeting Trinny&Susannah from What Not To Wear! :D

    Really great look altogether - and yes, what scent did you wear and what did you learn about theirs?! : - )
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    Re: Favourite Orange Blossom scent.

    TF Neroli Portofino is my fave orange blossom scent, followed by the L'Artisan Fleur d'Oranger and the JM one as a budget option.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 25 February

    Dear 30 Roses, my thoughts are with you at what must be a very challenging time - caring for not one but two parents at once is not easy, and certainly not at a distance.

    Birthday wishes to...
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    Re: Fragrance with Lime

    Penhaligons Extract of Limes
    Creed Virgin Island Water
    Jo Malone French Lime Blossom
  54. Re: Scent me for Thursday and Friday! :D I'm meeting Trinny&Susannah from What Not To Wear! :D

    Yes, you absolutely must find out what T & S wear scentwise. You may even be able to offer them a little reciprocal consultancy if you feel they might be in need of it! : - )
  55. Re: Soapy fragrances anything but clean: discuss

    Thought of three more:

    Stella Nude
    Narciso Rodriguez Essence
    Byredo Blanche (full on detergent!)
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 24 February

    Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade. After yesterday's pink scent, I was feeling in a green mood.
  57. Re: Soapy fragrances anything but clean: discuss

    SL Fleurs de Citronnier
    L'Artisan L'Ete en Douce
    Anais Anais
    Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile
    Gucci Envy
  58. Re: Scent me for Thursday and Friday! :D I'm meeting Trinny&Susannah from What Not To Wear! :D

    Fantastic fun - I LOVE those two and have two of their books.

    I may be out on a limb but I would suggest Omnia Crystalline from your wardrobe, or Tuberose Gardenia.
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    Re: Boyfriend and fragrance

    Mr Bonkers' aversion to all perfumes except - by some strange fluke - SJP Lovely, is a recurring lament of mine in my blog. And Lovely he merely tolerates. The idea of wearing scent "for" him is...
  60. Re: Coco Chanel smells like Sunflowers..!

    Not half!
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 23 February

    Congrats to the Exquisitesouls-to-be!

    Wearing D Squared SHE Wood for no good reason really.
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    Re: Cheap Skank Challenge

    Happy for your La Nuit purchase - you just needed a little nudge in one direction or other, I sense!

    : - )
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    Re: SotD Monday 22 February

    Damien Bash Lucifer No 3 on one wrist, Armani Sensi on the other. Strange but true!
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    Re: Sonoma Scent Studio

    I get civet in Vintage Rose - too much even - how strange!

    Opal is my favourite - would love a bottle of this some time.
  65. Re: Cinnamon, cinnamon. My kingdom for some cinnamon.

    DSH Sienna is a major cinammon lozenge scent!
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    Re: Cheap Skank Challenge

    Agree on Vivienne Westwood Boudoir, also Libertine.

    SSS Vintage Rose is cheap for niche and dead skanky on me!

    Paco Rabanne La Nuit is a monster skankfest if you can find it.
  67. Re: Let's List — Name bottles that let us unscrew, making decanting easier

    Couple of too obscure to be useful ones?

    Urban Retreat Reverie
    I Coloniali Yuzu Body Care Water

    SL Export lines as mentioned
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    Apres L'Ondee, at the age of 48... First the...

    Apres L'Ondee, at the age of 48... First the description of it as "mercury trickling down bathroom walls" and then the scent itself.
  69. Re: SotD Sunday 14 February St. Valentine's Day

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TURQUOISEWATER!

    Belated anniversary greetings to Lilybelle.

    Happy Valentine's Day to all.

    I wore the wildly inappropriate AP Maitresse for a trip to Tesco's. : - )
  70. Re: Really? It smells like *that* to you?!

    Interesting about Kenzo Flower being "metallic baby powder"... I have long been banging on about Nahema having a note of "powdered iron girders" but have yet to find someone else who gets what I do....
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    Re: War of the Roses

    PG Brulure de Rose
    JHAG Lady Vengeance
    L'Artisan Safran Troublant
    OJ Ta'if
    MDCI Rose de Siwa
    Creed Fleur de The Rose Bulgare
    Rosine Rose Kashmirie
    Rosine Ecume de Rose
    Miller et Bertaux...
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    Re: What's YOUR story?

    "Sudden onset perfume mania" struck me on 29th Jan, 2008, whilst idly googling the perfumes a friend wore to see what it was about them all that I didn't like. I found a number of identical sweet...
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    Re: Valentines Day, celebrating Eros.

    Nothing! : - (

    I even bought myself my own box of Milk Tray... Mr Bonkers did push the trolley round Tesco's though, which is a big deal when there's football on!
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    Re: Best of Kilian..... have your say

    Prelude To Love is the only one I like. Most of the Kilians give me a terrible headache, which is probably no bad thing, given their price tag!
  75. Re: I'm craving civet at the moment -- suggestions

    "Second" the rec of First, Paco Rabanne La Nuit and Sublime. You should love L'Arte di Gucci!. Could also add Schiaparelli Shocking and Lancome Magie Noire, also DSH Jitterbug, which I sometimes...
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    Re: SotD Monday 1 February

    Condolences to Kewart x

    Hugs to anyone else who is under the weather for one reason or another.

    I am testing:

    Les Parfums du Soleil - Soir de Marrakech, Festival, Sultane des Coeurs, Mogador...
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    Re: Thoughts on Amouage Epic?

    On me it hovers somewhere between Ormonde Jayne Man and FM Angeliques sous la Pluie. A bit too foresty for me.
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    Re: Osmanthus - a revelation

    Asha has covered my top three osmanthus recs!
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    Re: Perfumes that just smell awful on you!

    Too many to mention - and Soir has already made a start! : - ) I'll just mention a few that I feel may well be down to skin behaviour rather than just personal taste.

    SL Daim Blond (sweaty...
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    Re: Flankers!

    Opium Fleur de Shanghai over Opium.

    Kenzo Flower Oriental over Kenzo Flower.

    Kenzo Amour Indian Holi over Amour.

    No 5 Eau Premiere over No 5

    Any Poison flanker has to be more tolerable...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 24 January

    Oh poor Libertine - you must be gutted! That happened to me once but it was only a gig and I hadn't bought a ticket in advance.

    Get well soon, all those who are under the weather, myself included...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 21 January

    Welcome, Cavaliercanary - frivolous birds are to be encouraged!

    Wearing Armani Prive Eclat de Jasmin, all the way from kindly Agent Ubu.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 20 January

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JILLSY!!

    And get better soon Veuve, and anyone else under the weather - or indeed specific parts of people - like my own ears, still!

    Wearing DSH Nourouz to go with an orange...
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    Re: Wich one??

    Lady Vengeance here!
  85. Re: What is the worst male fragrance you've ever smelled?

    Lonestar Memories was pretty grim, I agree. I couldn't breathe either!
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 19 January

    Sorry for missing your birthday, Odysseum!! Hope you had a good one.

    Sending out hugs to Kewart and Brielle.

    Wearing Agent Provocateur, which is unaccountably skanky on me today. I might as...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 17 January

    SIP L'Invisible, which is how I have been on Basenotes lately...

    Very bogged down at the moment editing a book and a pitch for it to send to publishers, plus involvement in a wouldbe writers' site...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 16 January

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, INEES!

    Opium Fleur de Shanghai.
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    Re: Recommendation alert: "white" musks

    Wow, interested that you call Perfect Veil sickly sweet! That is touted as the ultimate skin scent, discreetly worn (allegedly) by A-list celebrities! Don't ask me where I read that but of course I...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 14 January

    Happy birthday Leesee!

    Have a lovely day!

    Thanks guys, for sharing my excitment about the vintage Blue Grass the other day - am thrilled it turned out so well.

    Might wear Idylle today -...
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    Re: Recommendation alert: "white" musks

    Agree with Ken on this one - had forgotten it. Bianco at the end.
  92. Re: Black Orchid vs Black Orchid Voile de Fleur.

    VdF is discontinued, I believe. There is a detailed review of it here:

    http://musesinwoodenshoes.blogspot.com/2010/01/tuberose-series-part-1-tom-ford-black.html
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    Re: Objets Trouvés

    That snail one is something else!
  94. Re: Champagne de Bois by Sonoma Scent Studio: A tribute to Chanel?

    I can see this, though I had a sample from an earlier formulation which had a sharper woody note than in the present version. I remember the aldehydes though.
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    Re: Recommendation alert: "white" musks

    I have to agree with 3xasif - Helmut Lang was horribly animalic and oily on me too, and would never have guessed there was musk in it.

    My recs would be:

    Tom Ford White Suede
    Nasomatto White...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 12 January

    I am wearing....drum roll....VINTAGE Blue Grass from the 70's. According to an astonishing entry in my diary for 1975, I was given perfume for Xmas, and can only surmise that it was this, which was...
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    Re: What perfume would a mistress wear?

    Hello, bottle! (Waving...)

    I was going to suggest AP Original, Bvlgari Jasmin Noir (if we allow modern scents), and agree with Bal A Versailles for a more classic vibe.
  98. Re: Annick Goutal's Un Matin d'Orage and L'Artisan Fleur de Liane?

    Agree with 30 Roses on Matin d'Orage - was convinced I would love it, but it went very indolic on me, the way DelRae Debut and Le Temps d'Une Fete do, regrettably. Nice wet gardenia to begin with.
    ...
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    Re: S o t D Tuesday 05 January 2010

    Happy Anniversary to the Two Twolfs!

    Good luck with the job interview, Ubu!

    Welcome back from your offline caring duties, Kewart!

    Hello, Soirdelune - have you also been away or just me? : -...
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    Re: Lessons Learned in 2009

    Amen to that! Am regretting swapping away my bottle of Kenzo Flower Oriental, for example. Turns out it was a winter fragrance, and I swapped it in the summer...

    I think I also learnt that glass...
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