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    Re: How is fragrance regarded in your culture?

    It is so interesting to check back in with this thread and see all of the varied responses from Basenotes members. Thank you!

    Herb Lady
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    Why would salt be added to incense?

    Came across an ingredient list for an ancient holy incense that included gum resin, onycha, galbanum and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, that is supposed to be "salted and pure and sacred"....
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    Re: How is fragrance regarded in your culture?

    So many more interesting responses. Thank you!

    Herb Lady
  4. Re: Elizabeth Arden's new one...Meditteranean

    Thanks for the info!
  5. Re: Elizabeth Arden's new one...Meditteranean

    I'm watching this post too, as I love the blue glass also.
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    Re: Archaeologists recreate ancient perfumes

    Thank you for posting this! How interesting.
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    Re: How is fragrance regarded in your culture?

    Thank you all for posting on this thread. It's nice to have a continuing update as to how fragrance on men is perceived in various cultures, especially with men of various ages.
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    Re: Ancient fragrances

    Thank you very much for the information! I will check out the link and appreciate your posting it.

    I know many fragrances (most) were purchased from elsewhere at that time, but that also some...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    Thank you for the interest and information! I realize that it's been some time since I've been able to post on this topic, so am glad that I'm not boring others with it.
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    Re: Blue eyes; what color on eyeshadow?

    I also have blue eyes and agree with pretty much all the suggestions here - mostly earth tones, coppery tones or grays. Deep plum/eggplant is also great for me. Wearing blue eye shadow usually...
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    Re: J. Peterman's fragrances for women?

    I kind of agree. I mean, I would have loved very small samples of the scents, to trial them. Instead, I got a brief whiff of the scent strip and had to guess how this would react with my chemistry,...
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    Re: Ancient Fragrances

    Thank you for responding! Actually, this is exactly what I mean. While I don't necessarily believe the ancient Hebrews were producing most of these fragrances themselves, I do know that they...
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    Ancient Fragrances

    I'm doing some research on very old fragrance formulations, that would have been used during the time of the Old and/or New Testaments. I've found some information, but can't attest to its accuracy,...
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    Ancient fragrances

    I'm doing some research on extremely old fragrance formulations, such as oil combinations (perhaps with fragrant resins too) that might have been used during the time of the Old and New Testaments. ...
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    J. Peterman's fragrances for women?

    Has anyone tried any of J. Peterman's fragrances for women? And if so, what are your impressions?

    I know they're supposedly recreated from a certain woman's personal fragrance...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    Just a quick update - I've had some trouble buying larger quantities of glycerin, inexpensively, but am still looking. In the meantime, I may have found a temporary solution to my problem of...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    Thanks for the suggestions. As I now own two huge bottle of the Dr. Bronner, and a little seems to go a very, very, very long ways, I'll probably try a few different methods and let everyone know...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    I checked the ingredient list of the liquid Dr. Bronner soap. It's basically, water, saponified organic coconut and organic olive oils with retained glycerin, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil,...
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    Jim, thank you for the information.
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    Re: What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    Thank you everyone for the responses! It's the Dr. Bronner liquid castile soap - I have both the lavender one and the unscented one (for my young son). When I use them full strength, the soap is a...
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    What to add to a liquid soap to thicken it?

    I have a liquid castile soap (lavender essential oil inside) that I love, but it's far too watery to be used well in a pump dispenser as a hand soap. Is there a natural product I could add to the...
  22. Re: Quick! What free high-end mascara should I choose?

    Donna, so sorry I missed this before. Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Re: What makes you the happiest?

    Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely look for it, as it really sounds lovely.
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    Re: What makes you the happiest?

    I know this is sappy, but when hugging my young son and smelling the top of his sweet hair - I'm supremely happy. Other than that, anything that reminds me of an evergreen forest and cedar...
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    Re: Something similar to Chanel no 19?

    Riccigirl - first of all, be brave and try Chanel # 19! It's really not a strong scent, like #5 or Arpege or many others, but one of the lightest Chanel offers, in my opinion.

    For an alternative,...
  26. It's starting to open!!!!

    Yes, the Corpse Flower is starting to open!!! The spathe is starting to open up from the spadix - the photos are beautiful.

    I've been following the blog, as I haven't been able to get to the...
  27. The most repugnant fragrant flower in the world, starting to bloom....!

    Okay, I don't know for a fact if the Corpse Flower is THE most horrible smelling flower known to humans, but it's entirely possible as this giant 4 to 6 foot high (or higher) blossom is appropriately...
  28. Re: Quick! What free high-end mascara should I choose?

    Thanks! I'll see if they still carry it. I'd like something as subtle as brown, but just in a different plummy tone; it's been rather hard to find without the shade being way too vibrant.
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    Re: What does the ocean really smell like?

    Thank you for these suggestions! I'm always amazed to see how many perfumes are out there evoking the very familiar everyday fragrances I'm trying to recreate!
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    Re: What does the ocean really smell like?

    Exactly! The ocean here really does smell of brine, salt, seaweed (especially eelgrass right now) and marine life. At low tide, I can smell the ocean from a few miles away, although then it...
  31. Re: Quick! What free high-end mascara should I choose?

    Thanks, Donna and Tigrushka for the suggestions! I'll look at all of these, and am sure to find a winner. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this new mascara thing....

    Since we're on the...
  32. Re: Webcam - really stinky Corpse Flower about to bloom at the BBG

    I'd imagine it would be the fragrance of choice for Gil Grissom.

    Here are a couple of additional photos of the soon to bloom flower - the first is to scale against an adult, showing the bloom...
  33. Quick! What free high-end mascara should I choose?

    I've just been offered a free mascara from a high-end store that carries pretty much any designer brand - it's a gift. I can only choose one.

    I've no idea what to select, as I've been using a...
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    What does the ocean really smell like?

    After returning from the beach and washing all of our towels in hot water (and drying them), they still have that specific smell of the ocean - the Atlantic Ocean in the Northeastern USA.

    So...
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    Re: Need storage suggestions for my fragrances

    Wow - mentall, I think that's the most space-age fridge I've ever seen!


    [QUOTE=czesc]the smell of the frags will affect your wine[/QUOT


    Seriously? Even if the wine is corked and the...
  36. Thread: Chypres

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    Re: Chypres

    Chypres are probably my favorite category, and I find that I wear them well. However, that's not saying that all of them are attractive on me, or that I even like them.

    Favorites are Ivoire (love...
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    Re: New: Dianthus by Etro

    Thank you for posting this! As I'm still in search for a great carnation scent, I will definitely be checking this out. Carnations are one of my favorite flowers.
  38. Webcam - really stinky Corpse Flower about to bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    For those of you interested in really fragrant (okay, really stinky and I do mean putrid) flowers, check out the link below.

    Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the Corpse Flower,...
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    Re: First "unsniffed" buy: Ivoire de Balmain

    I should have indicated in my above post that I really tried to love Chanel No 19, but couldn't. I think I tried a bit too hard, because I disliked Chanel No 5, and felt that every woman should have...
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    Re: Skincare - what do you use and like?

    Thank you everyone for the responses! I've been asking around and am surprised how many people I know are either unhappy with their skincare routine, or just feel that there's probably something...
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    Re: Ethnicity and Scents

    Vijay, I meant to ask you this before - when you've noticed specific fragrance preferences in those from different ethnic backgrounds, have they been the same whether someone is a new immigrant to...
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    Re: First "unsniffed" buy: Ivoire de Balmain

    Interesting personal notes about both Chanel No. 19 and Ivoire, Texas Snow! Ivoire is my absolute favorite fragrance of all time, and you clearly have excellent taste! It's so well-balanced -...
  43. Thread: Baseball ???

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    Re: Baseball ???

    Sorry, serious and lifelong Mets fan here. Not a chance in the world I could send my $$$ to the Bronx, although he is a nice guy.
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    Re: Any Estee Lauder fans?

    I too am a fan of some EL scents (and quite of bit of their makeup), but have always loved Cinnabar. Opium was a tad too harsh for me and more suited to a few women I knew. But I loved Cinnabar...
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    Re: Need storage suggestions for my fragrances

    Scentemental, I love the idea (and thank you for the suggestion), but as I'm still trying to convince my husband that we seriously need a second refrigerator/freezer for entertaining (and the added...
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    Re: Ethnicity and Scents

    Vijay, this is a really interesting question. I realize that some may perceive it as slightly on the edge, but I understand your intentions and it's really no different than discussing why certain...
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    Need storage suggestions for my fragrances

    We're really short on storage space in our home and our lower dressers/tables/counter tops must stay currently bare as we have an active toddler who touches everything in reach. He recently sprayed...
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    Re: Not to be morbid, but...

    This is something I did for someone close to me who passed away - I was asked to select their clothing, accessories, etc., and so I did - clothes, undergarments, make-up, nailpolish and yes,...
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    Re: The Irresistible Fig

    Dan, I'm the one who's sorry that I didn't see this recipe until now (I've unfortunately been unable to visit the board this month), and am thrilled to have it - it sounds delicious and I appreciate...
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    Re: Need a modern patchouli fragrance

    Gentlemen, thank you so much for the additional replies and suggestions! I've been unable to visit the board and respond before now, but am happy to be back on the new board and have new fragrances...
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    Where are the old threads?

    deleted by Herb Lady. I figured out how to find the old threads - thanks!
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    Re: Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Thank you everyone for the additional responses to my question! I apologize for being away so long and not responding before now; I'd love to say that I was abducted by aliens or something, but life...
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    Re: *Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    At some point, Herb Lady, you absolutely must at least sniff this one! Although it is a bona fide Caron -- it is usually at a nice price point and I would be very surprised if you did not come to...
  54. Re: Getting a scent for my sister, looking for ide

    I like your style Herb Lady[/quote]


    Thanks! Having several brothers, I'm intimately familiar with the limit of their knowledge (but love them anyway), but Mom always knows.......
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    Re:  Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Thank you everyone for the additional suggestions. I've been away on business and unable to respond before now, but am thrilled to have even more fragrances to seek out. And welcome, Cassandra!!!
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    Re:  Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Thank you everyone for the additional suggestions. I've been away on business and unable to respond before now, but am thrilled to have even more fragrances to seek out. And welcome, Cassandra!!!
  57. Re: Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Thank you, everyone, for visiting the female fragrance board and all of your nice suggestions so far!
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    Re: The Irresistible Fig

    Dan, that sounds delicious! Any chance your wife might be willing to share her recipe? Pretty please? :)
  59. Re: Unexpected medicinal effects of colognes

    Ahhh.. that'd explain a thing or two then! I think a few squirts before bedtime might be in order from now on *:)

    Herb Lady, I've never had a reaction to any colognes, but I was curious as to...
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    Re: The Irresistible Fig

    Tovah, don't know if you saw this news release, but it appears that figs are now thought to be the oldest cultivated plant by humans - some 11,400 years ago. Evidence of this was found near Jericho....
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    Re: *Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Vicomte, do you happen to know why the Vicomtesse dislikes the women's version of Happy? It's not my favorite either, because I could never get past the grapefruit. Does the Vicomtesse think it's...
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    Re:  Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Wow. These all sound great! Thank you everyone for the suggestions so far. I'm not sure why I've stayed away from the men's counter for so long, but am glad to be discovering these treasures. The...
  63. Re: Unexpected medicinal effects of colognes

    I can't speak for any specific colognes, but true essential oils from herbs can have many medicinal effects on people. Lavender, thyme and rosemary (to name a few) all have anti-bacterial properties...
  64. Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Hi! *This thread is posted on the female fragrance board, but don't know how many men are regular visitors there. *If you have any good fragrance suggestions to offer on this subject, please go to...
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    Re: *Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    No, I haven't tried this one, but will now! It sounds wonderful.


    Thanks for all of the suggestions so far! I'm sure there are many terrific fragrances worth recommending...
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    Re: Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Thanks for the recommendations. Oddly enough, I've never tried any Creeds, but will now. I don't mind if the fragrance isn't meant to be unisex; I already wear some men's fragrances (like...
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    Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    I'm finding more and more as I sample some scents, that I often prefer some men's fragrances on me. I just don't do overly sweet, fruity florals well and there's a bunch of them still going around...
  68. Re: do you test new scents on yourself and your SO

    Never, to all of the questions. It wouldn't even occur to me to test my fragrance on him, because he's not going to wear it Perhaps it might rub off on him, but likely it would just get on his...
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    Skincare - what do you use and like?

    I've been trying to take much better care of my skin lately, but am a bit overwhelmed by the enormous number of products and lines available. At the moment I cleanse with Cetaphil and use Aveda...
  70. Re: Blu Mediterraneo Capri Arancia

    Absynthium, thanks for the response. *Do you mean that you liked both fragrances, or that you like them worn together at the same time? *The Mandorlo was interesting, but the almond topnote was a bit...
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    Re: I need help picking a haircut, please!

    Haircuts are important! You wear them every day.
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    Re: Damn Nordstroms!

    Fabulous. You just made my evening, Steve. Thank you!
  73. Re: Getting a scent for my sister, looking for ide

    Yea, I figure you need more info, I'm just not sure what bits to give, heh.

    As for what she likes, umm... I.. don't know? I've never really seen her wear perfume, just an assortment of body...
  74. Re: Dislike the topnote but still like the fragran

    Tinker - I felt the same way about Dazzling Gold, because I only wore silver jewelry! * ;D * *Still feel compelled to sample any fragrance with "pearl" in the name for the same reason - yes, I'm...
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    Re: Your first buy?

    Hi, A Dream - welcome to the board!

    First fragrance purchase was Love's Baby Soft - I was about 11 or 12 (newspaper route). * I hadn't heard of the scent before, but a friend gave me a teen...
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    Re: The drive behind perfume

    Violette, I had to think about this one for awhile before answering..... *

    I wear fragrances because I love to smell them - they're beautiful and uplifting. *They're an extension of my self and...
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    Re: Damn Nordstroms!

    Please explain their procedure a little more for us? :) I live near a Nordstroms (actually, was just there today) and have never heard of this policy. Who at the store do you ask about this for...
  78. Re: Dislike the topnote but still like the fragran

    Oooo, good answer! That's sort of what I'm feeling about this. And I'm unfortunately still pursuing this scent only because I love turquoise (the stone), and somehow feel compelled to like the...
  79. Re: Blu Mediterraneo Capri Arancia

    Absynthium, thanks for the response. Do you mean that you liked both fragrances, or that you like them worn together at the same time? The Mandorlo was interesting, but the almond topnote was a bit...
  80. basenotes of Blu Mediterraneo Capri Arancia?

    I just tried this today and liked it. *Is it supposed to be unisex? *I saw it in the men's department. *The orange was obvious, but a nice summer change from my usual lemon. *It wasn't too sweet,...
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    Anyone know Boden clothes?

    I've been receiving the Boden women's and kids catalogs recently, but never bought anything from them. I saw a cute skirt for myself and something I'm considering for my son.

    Has anyone bought...
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    Re: Chanel beauty products?

    ;D Thanks for the first genuine laugh I've had all day!

    Good info about Roc - thanks. You always hear things like, ..."it's the best selling skin care line in France"... and I don't know what...
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    Re: New Beginnings - Fragrance Rehab

    I did have the same problem with one fragrance. I've intentionally avoided it for many years, even giving the fragrance counter that carries it a wide berth, so a sales person couldn't even suggest...
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    Re: Would this bother you?

    Melanie - what a beautiful, enchanted photograph! *Your girls look so lovely and peaceful and with the exception of their modern clothes, this could be Victorian. *Thank you for sharing it with us...
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    Re: Need a modern patchouli fragrance

    Thanks, Buffalo Girl for the detailed descriptions! It helps to get an idea of what else is in these other than patchouli.

    Thanks again, everyone, for the ideas!
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    Re: I need help picking a haircut, please!

    I'm no hair expert, but you have really nice eyes and eyebrows, so your future cut should highlight those features. *Have you considered going to a salon and having a consultation with a stylist?...
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    Re: Chanel beauty products?

    What didn't you like about Cetaphil? A friend of mine also didn't like it; she thought it wasn't moisturiizing enough for her.

    There are probably a lot of high end skin products out there, but I'm...
  88. Dislike the topnote but still like the fragrance?

    I've tried Ralph Lauren's Pure Turquoise four times now - the first two on a test card and the last two on my skin. I hated it on the tester, but think I like it on me. However, when I tried it this...
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    Re: Would this bother you?

    I love everyone's posts on this topic! Thanks for responding!

    However.....not sure if I was misleading in the original post, but I really meant how you would feel if you one day realized that you...
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    Re: Dzing! and the Grand Canyon

    Well, maybe not a mule trail, but.....

    http://www.basenotes.net/community/YaBB.pl?num=1148245824


    And welcome, Montecuzoma, to the board!
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    Re: Chanel beauty products?

    I think Lulu thought you meant that Chanel was cheap, not that you were too cheap to indulge.

    Incidentally, I'm too cheap to indulge too. And every dermatologist tells me to just cleanse with...
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    Re: Need a modern patchouli fragrance

    Very funny! ;D


    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'll have to discreetly check out his stock and see which of the above he doesn't yet have. He seems to add new fragrances on a weekly basis.
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    Re: Would this bother you?

    Oh, absolutely NOT! I love your views, actually everyone's views. That's what makes this so interesting, our personal experiences and what they mean to us. I mean, if someone was having a serious...
  94. Re: Guys, I seriously need a man's opinion here...

    Uggghhh. iMaverick - are you trying to deliberately turn me off from Polo forever? Did my husband pay you to do this? ;) I can't even think of my former boss wearing something as wonderful as Polo...
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    Need a modern patchouli fragrance

    I'm looking for a fragrance really heavy in patchouli, for one of my uncles. He is obsessed with this note and will often layer the oil with other fragrances, if he doesn't think the patchouli is...
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    Would this bother you?

    Okay. *I asked a similar question on the men's board last week about whether a man would be uncomfortable wearing a fragrance (that his wife loves), if the wife's former boyfriend had worn it in the...
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    Re: Female scents suitable for men....

    ....not that there's anything wrong with that..... ;)[/quote]

    Yikes!!! :o I meant it's not as difficult as being a crossdresser, etc.....

    Hope that wasn't taken the wrong way. If anyone wants...
  98. Re: Guys, I seriously need a man's opinion here...

    No, no - you misread the original post. He stopped wearing it gradually over the last 15+ years. It hasn't been worn at all for a couple of years now.






    Thank you, Markymark - what a kind...
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    Re: What notes can you not help but smell?

    Grapefruit. I hate grapefruit. And when a fragrance is labeled as citrus, I pray that it's lemon (love lemon) or orange or sometimes lime, although lime is sometimes done poorly. But grapefruit just...
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    Re: What notes can't you smell?

    Working with fragrant plants, I can usually recognize and pick out those notes in a perfume that are plant based. But what I have a really hard time with is recognizing notes that are synthetically...
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