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  1. "Guernisia" perfumes -- anyone ever heard of them?

    A friend of mine recently bought these two vintage perfumes.


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    Re: Vintage Nip-a-palooza

    Love the typeface on the house's logo. Clever marketing too, practically daring the customer to use the perfume.
  3. Re: Adding oakmoss to a classic scent (Chanel Pour Monsiuer EDT) ?

    Please report back on your efforts. I'm subscribing to the thread and would love to know how the experiment turns out.
  4. Re: Jean-Claude Ellena, a look back at his years at Hermès

    Not around here! It has hordes of fans on Basenotes, male and female alike.

    Golly, I just noticed this thread is 5 years old. Seems impossible he's already been gone from Hermes that long.
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    Re: Feminism and Perfume.

    Maybe I should walk back my own words a bit.

    I just got this in my email. I'm not sure how feminist it is, but it's certainly bold.

    I might even say ballsy.
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    Re: Feminism and Perfume.

    Not me! And I was far from straight. All my friends were trying to look like Janis Joplin, and I was wearing double-breasted blazers, Twiggy eye makeup and Hermès Calèche. I was in San Francisco,...
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    Re: Feminism and Perfume.

    For 1st-wave feminism (post-suffrage in the U.S.A., 1920s) -- I would say Tabac Blond (Caron) or Cuir de Russie (Chanel)

    For 2nd-wave feminism (1960s-1970s) -- Probably Charlie (Revlon), at least...
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    Re: Vintage Nip-a-palooza

    I recently went on a Nip-bidding binge on eBay -- and lost every single lot that I had bid on!

    Now I'm giving you the side-eye, Grayspoole, and wondering.....

    But seriously, I've had several...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I am burdened with a mountain of Guerlain shame. I feel like my inability to fall in love with any of their classics signifies some kind of personality defect. Or maybe a corrupt gene.

    I do own...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    If only Bel Ami came in a toothpaste version....
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 4th April, 2020

    Cheering for the Tdem household, and saluting the hardworking Teardrop.

    Wearing R de Capucci, in keeping with my Only Cheerful Perfumes regimen.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    R de Capucci, because Epapsiou says it would suit my Only Cheerful Perfumes binge.

    And it does. I'm a sucker for these intensely green, garrigue-like chypres, but I think it ranks just a bit...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    That is such a fabulous movie. I suppose today it would look questionable, with Peter Sellers being in brownface, but it's truly funny and so very full of mid-century iconography.

    Tonight:
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 3rd April, 2020

    Two interpretation of violets and leather for the Friday sync: vintage Jolie Madame on the body, modern Bottega Veneta EDP on the arms.

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Jolie Madame (1953) -- Germaine Cellier for Balmain. Violets and leather.


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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'm going to be a Grayspoole clone in vintage Jolie Madame.

    But I'm going to give it a little shadow: the Madame on my chest and neck, and Bottega Veneta EDP on my arms. Violets and leather, old...
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    Re: Question about oakmoss fragrances

    I don't think there's enough difference between them for you to spend any time worrying about it. The parfum, however, is quite a different beast, and worthy of trying.
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    Re: Question about oakmoss fragrances

    You just articulated what I've never been able to put into words about the difference between vintage and modern Cabochard: a diffuse halo effect of the oakmoss in the former, and a veritable...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    So judging by BruceB's posts, Eau d'Hermes goes with everything.

    :)
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    Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I always assumed a lot of those disappeared people didn't get tired of perfumes, but just got tired of talking about perfumes.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 2nd April, 2020

    Ouch, Trilby! And you just got over a fall. Do be careful, this is definitely a time when you do NOT want to end up in an emergency room.
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    Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I'm right behind you both.

    Once I nailed down what I know I don't like, it really narrowed down the seeking part, and most of my purchases are now backups. Barring the occasional recommendation...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I have a mini of it. I'll wear it tomorrow!
  24. Re: A Ras El Hanout fragrance suggestion (design & niche)?

    Subscribing to thread. I'd love a Ras el Hanout perfume, too.
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    Re: fragranticas new pictures for notes

    Yes, and you're supposed to recognize by appearance every bottle ever produced in the history of perfumery in order to decode a user's wardrobe.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 2nd April, 2020

    Vintage Eau de Patou, another cheerfulness crutch.

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    AFAIK, the blue cap cylinder bottle came in between yours and the conical one. But I have no idea of the dates of any of those changes.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I believe I'll join you (albeit from a less vintage bottle), since it fits into my current criterion of Only Cheerful Perfumes.

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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    <whine> Aww, couldn't you just do it for me?

    :)

    (J/K Alice, thanks for the research.)
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    Re: fragranticas new pictures for notes

    ^^ This. I installed a browser extension called 'Tranquility' which removes all unnecessary graphic elements from a page so you can concentrate on the text. The first time I applied it to...
  31. Re: Bottega Veneta EDP and other scents going away

    I truly hope PStoller is right about reason #3. It doesn't seem like they would remove all fragrances from their website if they were only 86ing the original women's EDP.

    Primrose, I also tried...
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    Re: Question about oakmoss fragrances

    I think you're the only person I know who owns the EDP of Eucris. What do you think -- oakmoss or no oakmoss?
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    Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Encre Noir a L'Extreme -- but I might be in a minority on that.
  34. Re: The Holy Grail...Is there 'really' such a thing as a fragrance that 'everyone' likes & nobody ha

    I was going to say Sycomore too.

    I just read the 3 negative reviews of it (out of 100) on BN, and at least two them disqualify themselves by their standards:

    1. "My only comment is that US...
  35. Re: The Most Interesting Recent Female Releases ?

    How had I managed to not even hear about this whole Vestiaire line from YSL? (Probably because I'm not likely to spend $250 for a designer bottle -- but several do look intriguing to sample.)

    The...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    This got me wondering... has anyone ever used wisteria as a perfume note?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    My clear favorite from the vintage Avon pass that ZC did a couple years ago. Smells very much like it could have come from the hands of Bernard Chant.
  38. Re: Bottega Veneta EDP and other scents going away

    My heart is in my throat. Please no, this can't be true. The original EDP is probably my favorite modern feminine of the last 30 years.

    I just checked the Italian website and there's no...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 31st March, 2020

    I was mildly horrified when an axe-throwing school opened in my neighborhood a few months ago, but my attitude toward them softened this week when they showed a little humorous flare with their new...
  40. Thread: House of Gray

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    Re: House of Gray

    Those are the guys behind Auphorie Perfumes, right? Creators of Miyako?
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 29th March, 2020

    We're having a bizarre little heat wave here, 90F/32C yesterday and today. Hopefully more normal temps return this week.

    Vaninger cheered me up so much yesterday that I'm giving it a rerun today....
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Stevie Wonder -- 'Songs in the Key of Life' (whole album)
    Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir - 2014 (whole bottle)
    Encore of Vaninger EdP
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    Re: Poison vs Féminité du bois!

    Ix-nay on the Oison-pay.
  44. Re: Bored, so I'm going to wear my wardrobe in alphabetical order

    That's a very fun idea.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 28th March, 2020

    What, this old thing? Just a little something I picked up from Spain.


    (Thanks, 24F. Nice to continue a tradition, even if virtually. :) )
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    Ginger Rogers -- "The Continental" (first Academy Award for original song)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x438BleiQsc
    (stick around for the black & white Busby Berkeley number)

    Ginger black tea...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 28th March, 2020

    Gosh, Caz, how scary. Talk about bringing the fear to your own doorstep. Stay safe!

    Alice's mention of ginger made me reach for my favorite energizer: Vaninger by Oliver & Co. Invariably...
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    Re: Frags you forgot you had?

    I don't think I've forgotten any full bottles, but it's embarassing how many times I've ordered samples and then discovered that I had already tried the scent.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Hanami perfume?
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    Re: Every day warm climate fresh fragrances

    Iskander by Parfum d'Empire. Super fresh, green citrus with amazing longevity for its type. Midprice niche, runs about $130-160.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Baghari is one of those rare creatures where I actually prefer the newer version to the vintage. They did a good job of re-balancing it, and it became more of an aldehydic chypre with animalic...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I like being a little secret society of just two.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 27th March, 2020

    Or, if your inclinations are more terrestrial, 'The Good Fight' with Christine Baranski on CBS Access is a superb drama/comedy series. High-powered Chicago attorney goes a little nuts from the...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Ivoire de Balmain (1980) for the sync. My favorite boardroom bitch. Enough galbanum to keep Papsi in isolation for a week.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 27th March, 2020

    Ivoire de Balmain for the sync today.

    https://cf2.s3.souqcdn.com/item/2016/12/18/42/08/32/2/item_L_4208322_18066414.jpg
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'm lavishing on probably my favorite aldehydic of all time, Ivoire de Balmain. Bitter, green and aloof, this was practically a signature for me in the '80s; I think I was partly rebelling against...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 26th March, 2020

    Heading out to the grocery store and keeping everyone more than 1.5 meters away with:

    Jungle L'Elephant (1996) by Dominique Ropion for Kenzo, the not-my-wheelhouse outlier of my collection.
    ...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Jungle L'Elephant (1996) by Dominique Ropion for Kenzo

    It's so odd that I would love this spicy monster, with my general anti-orientalist attitude. It's like an entire Middle Eastern spice...
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    Poll: Re: Do you compliment other peoples cologne?

    But not quite enough of a transgression to get you pushed off a rooftop.

    :)
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    Re: Examples of "foggy" scents

    May I suggest an Inverness cape and a deerstalker cap, perhaps accented with a cherrywood pipe?
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

    It does! It's in Japanese, but the 90 is plainly visible. I wish I could afford to use it everywhere as sanitizer!

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    That must have been deeply satisfying. So much fun to cut that...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Dream Scenario: Oakmoss is found to be an effective preventive against CoVid-19, factories resume production immediately.

    I've decided this is the time to deploy some of my usually-rationed...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 25th March, 2020

    Tdem, that is rough. My sincere wishes that you and your family can stay strong and get through it. This is going to be a tough time for New York.

    I'm very glad to still have the distraction of...
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    "Sunday in the Park with George" -- Broadway cast album (Happy 90th birthday, Stephen Sondheim!)
    Gen Mai Cha tea
    Vintage Miss Dior EDC



    Good idea. I'm going there next. In fact, maybe a...
  65. Re: Unsolicited Words Of Corona-Precautions [emoji4]

    Since they're saying the virus can survive for 36 hours on cardboard and up to 3 days on plastic, it might be a good idea to let any incoming mail packages just sit for at least 3 days before...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Now that it's discontinued I guess it qualifies as vintage: Sycomore EDT.

    I'm still in mourning for it. When my 150mls runs out, I may just declare that as an appropriate end-of-life signal. ...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

    Shycat, I thought of you while at the grocery store today.

    I had ladled on about half a vat of Sycomore in the morning. At the supermarket in the afternoon, the woman ahead of me in the check-out...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 23rd March, 2020

    Fingers crossed for the senior Shykitten, and it's so good to see the return of PL and Jujy!

    Jon, why didn't I think of that? Sycomore EDT never fails to cheer me up. I'll indulge in a lavish...
  69. Lounge Disappearance: Everything older than 3 months is gone (before Dec. 2019)

    Every thread in the Lounge whose last post was before December 2019 has disappeared.

    I just discovered this while searching for an old thread on Abandoned and Derelict Properties.

    EDIT: ...
  70. Re: How is Clive Christian:Chasing the Dragon Hypnotic?

    With that name it sounds like CC is stealing a page from the Tom Ford playbook.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances List of Lists

    Bavard's infamous lack of love for Eau d'Hermes is his only known character flaw.




    Haha. Hahahahaha.
  72. Re: Original Jaguar for Men by Yardley (From 1966)

    That's a excellent advert.

    Perfume advertising was so much more fun before it became All Sex All The Time.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I never knew Vivara came in a men's version! Love the femme one. Any chance you've smelled both and can compare them?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Social distancing = no explanation, no apologies, no gender discrimination: Eau d'Hermes.

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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 21st March, 2020

    Agree 100%. And if your're reading this, I'm looking at you, Ebenas and PerfumedLady.
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    Re: National Fragrance Day 2020

    The only related email notice I got was that Macy's has 15% off all beauty, which I presume includes fragrance. Unfortunately I don't think Macy's has anything I want.
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    Re: Your Basenotes Milestones

    I thought for sure Ken_Russell was going to quantify the number of posts he has managed to make without ever once using a first person pronoun. :)
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    Re: Help me smell like a 15 year old!!!

    ^^^ Post Of The Month.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 21st March, 2020

    Reprising yesterday's Ninfeo Mio, because it cheered me up.

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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    listening: "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" -- Ella Fitzgerald
    drinking: Sticky rice puer tea
    wearing: Ninfeo Mio by Annick Goutal
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 20th March, 2020

    Quarry, knowing you I'm sure you've taken your temperature. Are you feverish? Please promise us that you'll get tested if you start to experience any shortness of breath.

    Foxbins: Grrrr. Just...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of... trying not to touch his face when the onslaught of yellow pollen causes constant itchy, drippy eyes and nose. Not to mention all...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 20th March, 2020

    I wonder if when this is all over we'll experience a spike in divorces. Or maybe a baby boom. Or maybe both!

    I'm having trouble working up enthusiasm for the Spring Equinox Sync. On top of...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Love the Art Nouveau typeface they used on those old Coty labels.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I was just thinking exactly the same thing. Even though all the trees around me have green buds on them and the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming like crazy, I just can't work up any spring...
  87. Re: How to freshen clothing after cooking or after going out to the restaurant?

    I'm a professional cook, and that's exactly my experience.

    But, having said that -- there have been many times after spending hours making a ragu Bolognese or lasagna that I've actually gotten...
  88. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    Welcome to you, Shevvaa!



    We're livin' the dream, Brooks. And it's very good to see you back here.
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    Re: I’m having an existential crisis

    Same. A larger than usual cash reserve never hurts.



    Good of you to drop in, Brooks! We've missed you.
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    Re: A song, a drink, a perfume.

    ^^^ You just inspired my lunch!

    "Try to Make It Real (Compared to What?)" -- Les McCann & Eddie Harris
    A glass of Lillet with ice
    Eau de Patou
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Because you're imagining where your hand could have been to acquire that smell? :)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 18th March, 2020

    I recently went scent-free for 3 weeks while I battled bronchitis, and now that I've recovered I was planning to use the self-isolation as an excuse to let 'er rip with some crowd-displeasing...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I'm still easing back in after a 3-week perfume hiatus while I recovered from bronchitis. Sticking with mostly lighter, undemanding scents and today is vintage Eau de Patou.

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  94. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Sculpture by Nikos. Plastic neroli. Gag. A good excuse to wash my hands yet again today.
  95. Re: Self quarantine gonna be expensive, just bought this lot

    We'll definitely talk.
  96. Re: Self quarantine gonna be expensive, just bought this lot

    Gosh, it's been a long time since I smelled Tweed. I'm not sure I even remember what it was like.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

    I'm getting rather fond of this new EDT version of Moustache. It has a sort of mildewy note where the original had a big urinous blast, but I've come around to seeing that as a feature rather than a...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    "Your Majesty" will suffice.



    The actual name.



    I was "born Yankee" too (California, to be exact), so I guess I'm also an illegitimate user. But it's so much nicer than "You Guys".
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

    Jealous. All I had on hand was Tylenol.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Three generations ago, my family was from southern Denmark; in fact, I share my first name with Marand's current monarch. But now I live in the southern U.S., and am a legitimate user of "y'all."
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