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  1. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    Wow! Since you were 11 - that's amazing. You probably have a significant olfactory memory built up that'll serve you well if you do the crafting part.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    This is interesting..
    You are very good at identifying what you like, assuming you like what you own.
    What fragrances are they? Wondering if others have risked a public wearing and come through it...
  3. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    When we cleaned out my parents house many years ago I held on to the few bottles my mother had - Ecusson, Chanel No. 5, White Shoulders, Emeraude. I put them in a closet for a couple decades as life...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    So...you are fascinated by the Lelongs! I did a search and didn't find a thread about this house. Maybe it would be good to have one - hint :grin:

    As to the Indiscret - I love it. So satisfying...
  5. Re: Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    Starblind - I was reading up about Magie Noire because I am looking to try that fragrance and it was this thread of yours hailing the huile
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/441520-Magie-Noire
    that...
  6. Perfume oils, body oils, body and bath oils - how, when, where?

    Iíve been looking at some straight oil forms of a variety of well known fragrances both vintage and more current. Iíve got two questions about them-
    1. Whether they are labled body, body and bath,...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    HaHa! Yes, and if people are getting up in my face I take a mini vacation from them by sneaking a long deep sniff of my fragrance :coolold:
    Honestly, I frequently consider perfume to be a valuable...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Iím very excited about the perfume oils and the to be named naturals.
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    Re: PK Perfumes by Paul Kiler Sample Pass

    I actually had a browser tab open for the last couple weeks on my desktop for PK perfumes and was contemplating ordering some samples, and then I ran across this thread today. Iíll probably hold off...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Zibeline - Bottle has seen better days but the stuff inside is lovely.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I think those gift sets might be the way to go as Iím still trying to get hold of Chamade as well(did I say that already?) -and Chamade prices are shocking.


    This is bottle is just beautiful! I...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    My SOTE
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    This is vintage Lucien Lelong.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks! I was working from the advice you gave me about the higher concentrations. After studying up on raidersofthelostscent I searched for the gold belted EDPs, and Iím still looking for a deal on...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Vintage SOTE
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    See what you made me do? And so glad you did! :thumbsup:



    Prompted by the 1000 discussion Iíve been reading here on BN - just had to get some. And a couple others Iíve been hunting for...
  18. Re: Orris Butter/Concrete smells like Carrot Seed - Adulterated? Any insight?

    My samples arrived but it took me some days to get to smelling my orris and carrot seed samples.

    My father used to drink bourbon and soda with a splash of angostura bitters, and that is exactly...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    My Vintage SOTD (morning) is
    Elusive by AVON
    From a demonstrator's sample set. Description from the insert-
    "Elusive - the essence of woman ... nuances, subtly floral, tinged with earthy hints...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I've been tracking a FB of Samsara to add to my collection. Jicky is something I want to try because of reading about it.
    How do you like the vintages/concentrations you have of these two?

    My...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    L'Origan
    Giant pic of tiny bottle
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    I think the pic looks fine. Very nice bottle! Is it Friday already? I was going to uncork my dram of L'Origan this week but got distracted by other fragrances. I'm definitely going to wear it for...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    - b e a u t i f u l -
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Safari
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    SHOCKING!
    Just unsealed this and first wearing of parfum. Definitely not a daytime scent.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Well.. I had a mini that I hadnít tried but pulled out after seeing your infatuation with it. Was such pleasant surprise, I now have a vinty full size on the way. This will be a versatile fragrance...
  27. Re: Help fill in the olfactory study blanks - Jean Carles

    Here is a link to the blog that references the article with the charts. Scroll down and click on the hot link for “the article” and it will take you to a PDF of the original article. The article...
  28. Re: Help fill in the olfactory study blanks - Jean Carles

    First off-
    THANK YOU!!!
    This is so helpful and exactly the type of discussion I was hoping would arise. Iíll be carefully reading and researching the suggestions on this thread to figure out...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    You certainly laid out all the points of obsession. The anticipation of fragrance delivery is expecially exciting, particularly with vintages. Sorry to hear about the LĒOrigan EDT - hope it gets...
  30. Help fill in the olfactory study blanks - Jean Carles

    Below is the naturals chart for Jean Carles olfactory training which appeared in Perfumer & Flavorist in 2007. I am currently working on studying naturals (synthetics are on another chart). I have...
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    Re: Thread "rollups"

    I don't even have to see this to already know it would be very helpful. Trick will be determine when "fizzle" has occurred, and should newer "best vetiver, cheapy, etc. come out. Thanks for doing...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Thanks for hi lighting this great article. I have so much respect for the work of these present day perfumers - chemical archeologists really.


    Well, not finding much dating info on the gold...
  33. Re: An amazing mossy spicy green fragrance - Mousse Illuminee by Rogue Perfumery

    Try them all! This is not the only beauty in the bunch. Check out the Rogue Perfumery sample pass thread here:...
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    Re: can someone please explain Habit Rouge to me?

    This sounds fantastic!
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    Re: Timbuktu or Dzjongkha ?

    I love this. It is so interesting how polarized people are about these two scents. Now I'm just going to have to go get some Dzjongkha to try and see how I like it compared to the Timbuktu. One...
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    Re: Vintage Coty Perfumes, Reconsidered

    Ahh...please do continue, its fabulous!106394
    My bottles of L'Origan representing a couple different periods - earlier ones parfum, EDT, later the PDT. Generally, with what is available to me, I'd...
  37. Re: Orris Butter/Concrete smells like Carrot Seed - Adulterated? Any insight?

    I have carrot seed and Orris Butter 15% irones, France, Iris pallida Lam. coming from Eden Botanicals. I will smell them and report back to this thread.

    Here is the smell description of what I...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    AVON Hana Gasa perfume rollete. Nice green floral. Really like everything except a Palmolive note (personal history association).
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    Re: Timbuktu or Dzjongkha ?

    Of the two you mention I only own Timbuktu. I really enjoy its complexity. It reminds me of a dream I have had on and off over some years where I discover a secret room in my house that is stuffed...
  40. Re: Michelle Pfeiffer joins with IFF to launch transparent perfume line

    Today's test:

    Torn-
    Lucious burst of tropical fruit, coconut, watery honeydew at top but is gone in a few moments. Settling into very blended mildly fruity, spicy wood overlaying a bit of...
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    Re: Dilution of Essential Oils

    Well, looks like you've been very busy studying and developing your relationship to your art. Thanks for sharing some of your own training techniques. This could probably use a new thread. I've...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    incense + heliotrope - funny you found a fragrance that could have been given your screen name.

    Thanks for the very detailed walk through on these fragrances. I haven't tried the two you are...
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    Re: Private notes not saving

    Thanks for letting me know. I'll have to consider the BN membership!
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    Re: eBay: A nightmare for sellers too

    That is horrible! Whenever I look at items I always look at the "sold" and "completed" items to gauge the fair market and see what transactions actually occurred and what people really paid for...
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    Re: Alternative to Scent Strips?

    OK - I'm sold. Do I need to wash the sizing out or buy the brown unbleached ones?
  46. Re: Sellers on eBay selling fake vintages cologne

    You pegged it! - just because the NAME dates back to 1976 doesn't make it vintage and that is a mistake I see a lot of in listings.
  47. Re: Michelle Pfeiffer joins with IFF to launch transparent perfume line

    Testing notes-
    Dark is the Night

    Sweet fruit - melon, canned pears (in juice not syrup), big on the mango, then eases slightly on the sweetness, mango still very present but not super-ripe,...
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    Re: Dilution of Essential Oils

    Excellent activities thank you -
    So where can I sign up for one of your classes? :laugh:
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    This would be great especially for those that have FOMO when it comes to rare vintage versus excellent newer versions that may be more gettable and within a budget.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Diorissimo - Sour green open, and right to LOTV & other fresh green stemmy, low odor florals rounding out, persistent LOTV, fresh grass, stays with florals and gets close to skin, no trace...
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    Re: Alternative to Scent Strips?

    Glad someone revived this thread - Iím looking for alternatives to strips for beaker testing as well as for fragrance spray testing. Should I be looking for acid-free watercolor paper or some such...
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    Re: Dilution of Essential Oils

    Thank you for suggesting this exercise. Iíd like to do this but I have a question about part 3 step 5.
    I could see perhaps being able to tell the difference in age of the dipped strips during the...
  53. Re: Sellers on eBay selling fake vintages cologne

    I buy a lot of vintage on EBay and I do my research. There is so much new product being labeled as vintage that sometimes I donít even use the word ďvintageĒ in my search anymore because I always...
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    Re: Super smelly materials storage . . ?

    Iím just starting out some olfactory training and Iíve got about 8 of the small amber bottles and another 35 or so 2 ml vials with the plastic cap coming with a variety of materials including oakmoss...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I havenít, but have read and recently reread the thread on Vintage Dior from a year or two ago when a group of you did a pass and had some variety of opinions on Diorissimo. ...
  56. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    I now have a sample of Oakmoss and some others coming from the Jean Carles chart that make frequent appearances in vintages. I'm looking forward to comparing them with notes from discussions such as...
  57. Re: Michelle Pfeiffer joins with IFF to launch transparent perfume line

    Got my samples from Henry Rose. Saw on the website that most of the ingredients are synthetic with a couple botanicals thrown in.
    Notes on number 1 of 5 fragrances-
    Jake's House-
    Starts out with...
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    Re: SOTD Feature: Any Chance Bringing It Back?

    Exciting about the new version! Thanks, furrypine.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    diorissimo!
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Definitely felt heavy on the death for me as well, but not so much a physical death but the death of a slivered memory - of a sweeping and poignant story with many secrets left untold. On my second...
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    Re: I just donít understand...

    Excellent thoughts about the value of historical context in helping to understand and appreciate fragrance. And there's this...
    One of the less flamboyant versions on sale now at better department...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    AVON Somewhere
  63. Re: Michelle Pfeiffer joins with IFF to launch transparent perfume line

    Hmm...No reviews? I'm curious. Just ordered the discovery set but I'm not a reviewer. Anyone had some experience with these, or want to?
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Do you blind buy fragrances

    Yes - I buy blind mostly old vintages if I've read extensively about them and they are well reviewed, notable, or historically important. Newer stuff I'm sampling, but that is getting out of...
  65. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    This certainly extends to other arts as well. I once saw a painting by a conceptual artist that was composed by using polling data about preferred subject matter and style for a "good" painting. ...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Aww...nice thoughts about your mom in any case. Maybe she will buy you something new to wear. (with some guiding hints?):wink:
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Strange ... when I tested these I thought that the Flos Mortis (and the very popular Mousse Illumnee) was too much for me and yet this morning I woke craving the Flos Mortis - probably for the...
  68. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Loved reading your insights on oak moss and your experience in using it in your own perfumes, as well as your observations in vintages and how oak moss presents as those perfumes age. You mention...
  69. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Mine is perfume - 1960-65 judging from the box, stopper, and label. Unfortunately even though box had sealed cellophane and bottle had paper and cord intact, there was old leakage evidenced in the...
  70. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Thatís a lovely description and a good thing to think about when seeking that note.


    Good point about the other materials.
  71. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    Thanks for your very informative post, grayspoole! I appreciate you describing the character of oak moss youíve experienced in your different vintage perfumes. Interesting you should mention...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    DIVA edp
  73. Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    There's and interesting discussion that was started on this thread
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/467174-MystŤre-de-Rochasout
    about oak moss in vintage perfume that was needing a new topic...
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    Re: Today I Finished...

    Today I finished the last drops of a mini Dioressence EDT my late sister gave to me. The label was almost completely disintegrated, so much so that I had to check to see that what I really had was...
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    Re: eBay: A nightmare for sellers too

    I'm so sorry this is happening. Most of my vintage I buy on Ebay and a few other sites. I am proud of my buyer rating and protect it by not being an a-hole. I would never expect to be able to...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Pretty much nightly - just one more page....zzz....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Just got this cologne from the mail and put it on. Thanks for the suggesting the cologne, grayspoole. It is lovely and a great addition to the perfume. It is a little beat up, and I took a...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Ricochet by Ciro
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Dumping this all at once – sorry, long. Why are my posts showing narrow when I have set it to wide?
    I liked reading and sampling these quality fragrances along with the longtime BNers. The rest of...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Coty Paris
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Mousse Illuminee-

    Open Ė Very strong, very clean, bracing Ė antiseptic but not medicinal. Flowering herbs and citrus? Ė not sure, don't think it is lemon. Fat, fluffy, whipped shaving cream.
    ...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I got something popping up at the end too. I just expected it to fade away.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    TABU
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    First time trying - Wow! ROOTBEER
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Thanks, Cook.bot. Got the rest of my Rogue samples coming this week and looking forward to trying them, and a Chypre-Siam/Coty Chypre/Crepe de Chine comparison that was suggested to me (thanks to...
  85. Re: Blast from the Past: REALLY recommended especially if fairly new to perfuming but even if not!

    Thanks so much for posting this. I ended up sending an email directly to the group to join because trying to join with the pop-up form didn't make it happen. Then I was able to access the files. ...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Doesn't does it? From the description card: "Hana Gasa - The green freshness of a rain-washed garden mingled with the delicate scent of sweet blossoms."
    Just smelled it on skin and it is quite a...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Many, many of these two particular ladies' ones on Ebay, as well as some men's demo sets, but you probably already knew about those.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Scent of the late afternoon-
    AVON Cotillion
    I'd like a corsage.
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    Re: Private notes not saving

    I seem to be able to save a sentence or so but anything like a paragraph blanks out when I hit the save button. I need more room to save notes about impressions, date acquired, source, condition,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Whatever you wear- wear fragrance!
    Didn't have much Avon lady action at our house. Inspired by Zealot Crusader's Avon for Men features I purchased these demonstration sets of ladies' scents for...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    I see I am not meeting the requirements for this sample pass -
    Prerequisites:
    - Contributed a minimum of 200 posts
    Been on BN for at least 6 months
    Please pardon me for crashing - I obtained...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Test of the Evening: Champs Lunaires

    I tested this in the PM after doing an AM testing of Flos Mortis. Since my experience with tuberose is limited I thought it would be a good comparison...
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    Private notes not saving

    Since I am not yet ready to write reviews I want to make private notes about the samples I test to keep track of impressions. When doing so in the appropriate box in my wardrobe I am unable to save...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Well I probably didnít get such a bargain as you, but topnotes aside...I love this and must have more so I donít run out ever. Honestly I feel Ike I an wearing armor when I wear this, but femine...
  95. Re: Dating? -LíHeure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and ďNo 70Ē on back of label

    Kafkaesque is a great resource! I emailed Grace Hummel about this bottle and she asked for pics. She didnít know of any other examples with a number on the back of the label. Apparently this...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Flos Mortis today-

    Opens- heavy, dark, sticky, came at me sharp but open and transparent. Broken brown stained-glass, spilled medicine bottle.

    Tuberose moves above, still heavy floral, very...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    And don't forget the Earth Quakes really close by.
  98. Re: Dating? -LíHeure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and ďNo 70Ē on back of label

    I know what you mean about the Mitsouko. I have one that smells of mothballs and is only good to look at. I have huge soft spot for these old bottles whatever their condition. This LHB smells...
  99. Re: Anal Completionist Newbie Needs Forum Reading Strategy

    Thanks, ClockWorkAlice, for the welcome and the suggestions. You are right the reviews are entertaining and educational. I find your statement that the "impressions similar to mine but worded...
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    Re: SOTD Feature: Any Chance Bringing It Back?

    That would be fun!
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