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  1. Re: Perfume of Life Website Has Permanently Closed

    I only got in on POL near its end, but I really did like the people. It has been such a pleasure to see some of those familiar names popping up elsewhere on the perfumed web. I just wish I had...
  2. Re: CONUS Ostara sample group, a daffodiil soliflore

    I've tried it once and have a sample, so I don't need another, but I'd love to participate in the discussion.
  3. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    Yes, I keep bumping up against that big unknown!
  4. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    That makes a lot of sense. I hadn't heard this about medieval perspectives on, er, perspective. How could we know that? (Maybe too off-topic. Sorry again.)
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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays help ?

    I really like The Lion Cupboard, and part of the appeal is its name and marketing story. I can't even remember now how I came across this sample, nor where I read the story. I don't think I've been...
  6. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    I guess the question is why, and per this post topic, why we mentally and linguistically would consider the third smell to be categorically different.
  7. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    I imagine (untutored speculation) that circa the origins of human language, there might have been significant evolutionary advantages to being able to name smells....
  8. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    Thanks, smurfk. I think the color comparison is quite fascinating, and I can recommend a couple of fun books on that subject. But I think that means I'm supposed to start a new thread!
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    Re: Anyone else like Nuit Etoilee?

    I think the blue bottle is the edp. I second Fiveoaks' description, and I love it!
  10. Re: Why we have trouble describing smells...

    I'm so curious about this, the basic question about the origin of the difficulty of connecting words with smells: is it nature or nurture? Anyone know of any research on this?

    I used to take...
  11. Re: It's handmade! (Really? Aren't all perfumes "handmade"?)


    I'm thinking that maybe, to help that bottom line, some scents are designed to exclude materials that would require any human involvement. Anybody know if that's true?
  12. Re: Bulgarian Rosa Damascena (Rose otto) essential oil

    That sounds like a good idea!

    Based on much more limited experience, I have noticed that sometimes people refer to all extracts as essential oils, even though technically essential oils are only...
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    Re: Any of the Orto Parisi Line
    This is a lovely shop in NYC
  14. Re: Do you know anything about KOBAKO by BOURJOIS?

    I blind bought a supposedly vintage bottle and find it mostly smells of oakmoss. The other notes haven't turned so much as faded away. I'm thinking of either staging a funeral for this juice, or...
  15. Re: CONUS We need more members! Sample Pass M/F: Penhaligon's Trade Routes

    30 Roses, I am in excellent company. :) Will message mangifera now. Thanks!
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    Re: Best books about perfume

    I like Karen Gilbert's book Perfume: the Art and Craft of Fragrance for beginners. It's very brief, which is one of its charms. Of course it's not comprehensive.

    I used portions of the book with...
  17. Re: CONUS We need more members! Sample Pass M/F: Penhaligon's Trade Routes

    Hello all,
    I'd be happy to participate. Is it okay if I dislike all the scents? I love the community aspect and I've never participated in a sample pass before; it sounds fun! But I don't want to...
  18. Re: What Are The Best Tobacco Colognes...Without The Sweet, Honey Or Powder?

    I quite love Tabac Aurea and Jeke, but I find both to be very sweet. TA wears pretty linear on me, all smoke and sweetness. Jeke starts intensely smoky and gets sweeter over time. I got to sample...
  19. Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    I like the DIY forum here.
    I don't like the male dominance.
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    Re: How Do You Open Sample Vials?

    Flicking the top is good.

    Then I firmly grasp the glass in my left hand. With my right hand, I rotate the cap in one motion toward the floor, as though I am trying to break it off. I gradually...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    But not all, viz. floral waters. I was summarizing some of the points already made, including this one:
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    There is also the general problem with powder: we shouldn't inhale particulates if we can avoid it.

    But it sounds so appealing: a pretty powder that seems to have a light scent. Then, as you...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    Thank you, Pears.

    To clarify:
    I meant the various powders discussed in Anya McCoy's post, not sodium bicarbonate.

    And I meant to ask something more like: "to what do we think the aroma...
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    Re: Using absolutes directly

    What do you mean 'directly?' Directly on skin? I'm no expert, but that doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    May I ask for some more information about anti-caking agents?

    And I'm wondering: what do we think the aroma molecules are adhering to and/or dissolving in, in these powders?
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    I was just thinking of that!
  27. Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    Apologies if this is off-topic: I've been wondering what preservatives are used in 'water perfumes.' I guess solubility would not be the main priority, since you've already got a cloudy product. ...
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    Re: essential and fragrance oils

    I believe you can mix them together.

    One thing to keep in mind is that materials sold as "fragrance oils" are most likely already mixtures of who-knows-what. They may include some naturals as...
  29. Re: Would A*Men Pure Malt be suitable for a high school setting?

    I also teach high school, and I have yet to find a scent that provokes any reaction (other than, "someone smells good in here!" which I basically pretend not to hear). I even wore Patchouli 24,...
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    Re: Fixatives and the Fleeting Scent

    I've also read that Litsea cubeba eo is a less-volatile citrus option. Do you find that to be true?

    A blog post sounds great!

    On another note, any idea what's in this Canvas/Concrete...
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    Re: Alchemist's Dream?

    Digindirt, nice to see you around these parts!

    What did you end up deciding about all this stuff?

    I must say, that amber oil is potent! I think the honeysuckle and the cypress smell pretty...
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