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  1. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    I think she would like #19 but please get her some parfum. The lighter versions are sadly weak. I got mine from Sax Fifth Ave NYC on a phone call order.
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    Re: Ajne changed- fewer perfumes. What happened?

    Hi, IshMail, great to hear from you! I’m glad to hear that you have all the previous scents and more. That was my main concern. It does seem to me that the last time I visited the site it had...
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    Re: Green Fragrances?

    The bright, tingling green of fresh laundry; ‘Creed Millisime- White Flowers’. A clean, refreshing jasmine.
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    Re: BaseNotes has “Not Secure” warning

    Thanks for the info. Strangely, the message is only on the cellphone. I guess I won't worry about it.
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    Re: What’s a typical “grandpa” smell?

    Here's the thread where we discussed this bottle.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/240890-Guerlain-Bottle-Mystery-Please-ID-this-one
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    Re: What’s a typical “grandpa” smell?

    Yes, it was a happy coincidence that I had always had a small perfume bottle group from my grandmother. When I started on my perfume discovery years later I began to realize what those empty bottles...
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    Re: What’s a typical “grandpa” smell?

    These are valid exceptions. I’m sure anyone wearing a scent that inspires such comments is duly humiliated as well. Possibly in those examples, the shoe is on the other foot. Maybe those offended by...
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    Re: What’s a typical “grandpa” smell?

    You have hit on the perfect approach. ‘Old School’ implies wisdom and whims of fashion. As a person who has lived a good deal longer than you (I suspect), I can verify that the terms ‘Grandpa/Grandma...
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    Re: Aromatics Elixir vs. Cabocard

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! Indeed, if you like a moss-based vintage scent, ‘Cabochard’ is one of the best. It does stay pretty close to the skin- not a lot of projection but adding vintage...
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    Re: Aromatics Elixir vs. Cabocard

    I have some vintage and fairly old, if more recent ‘Cabochard’. The vintage parfum, when available is a delight if you like oak moss. Very earthy, snappy green leather scent. The more recent EDP I...
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    BaseNotes has “Not Secure” warning

    Today I have a “Not Secure” warning on this website.

    Any advice?
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    Re: What’s a typical “grandpa” smell?

    Yes, indeed. Once again this ignorant prejudice against people who have been alive longer than 25-30 years rises up in a PERFUME oriented context. It is very disconcerting that this mindset is...
  13. Re: Suggestions for layering or something resembling Midnight viole ( Ava Lux)

    Or maybe ‘La Violette’ by Goutal.
    https://nstperfume.com/2012/04/27/annick-goutal-la-violette-fragrance-review/
  14. Re: Suggestions for layering or something resembling Midnight viole ( Ava Lux)

    There's always Serge Lutens- Bois de Violette
    https://www.aedes.com/products/bois-de-violette-palais-royal-exclusive-edp-2-5oz?variant=10351836103
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    Re: D&G Light Blue, Non-Summer Variation

    You might like to try ‘I Profumi di Firenze- Muschio Nero’ since it has the musk topnote, only it’s deep and dark instead of bright and white. The overall effect is atumnal rather than spring-like....
  16. Re: More economical alternative (not necessarily a clone) to Love in White?

    You might try ‘Christian Dior- Addict’.
    Notes they have in common LIW- orange zest, CDA- Mandarine, plus jasmine and vanilla.
    Available in Sephora and department stores.
  17. Re: Suggestions for SO? (Aqua Allegoria/Mint/Grapefruit)

    You may like to try Creed ‘Royal Water’. It has peppermint and white musk. It’s a modern citrus.
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121400.html
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    Re: Today I bought February 2019

    Hi, Flathorn! I hope you will let us know what you think of the 'Violette a Sydney'. It's a great responsibility to recommend a scent. I hope I haven't built up your expectations too much. It's a...
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    Thanks for the information. I’m sure I got them in 2007. Maybe I heard it was being discontinued so I got the backup bottle. I probably used the personal shopper that goes to Paris. I’ve mentioned...
  20. Re: Suggestions on summer frag: good sillage/longevity and cheap

    Fresh and fruity, delicious if you like a light musk blackberry.
    Ombre dans L’eau- Diptyque
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26122076.html
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    You, know, I don’t have any Vega. Sorry.
    I do, however have another ‘Sous les Vent’ that has the number 7F01. It doesn’t have the black sealing wax on the top, though. Do you know what year that...
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    As it happens I have had two serious issues with spray bottles. The mechanism sometimes acts as a siphon and the bottle can leak like a sieve as the juice is drawn up and out through the nozzle. This...
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    Thanks for finding that. Apparently it's discontinued now, also.
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

    Thanks! Sorry, all I can find is the original release date 1934 and the reissue date 2006.

    http://whatmenshouldsmelllike.com/2017/07/18/guerlain-sous-le-vent/
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    Re: Pictures not downloading

    Now it seems to be only a problem with personal message features. But thanks!
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

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    I think this bottle is from 2008.
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    Re: Let's post some vintage fragrance pics

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    By request, I’m posting these pictures of my ‘Sous les Vent’.
    Sorry I am going to have to do it in separate posts as I’m having
    picture problems.
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    Re: Pictures not downloading

    How do I upload photos to BN? The feature has disappeared.
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    Re: Rochas Femme: discontinued?

    Yes, you’re welcome. I hope it bodes well. I haven’t had any of the recent juice, only the vintage. I hope it’s still decent.

    Yes, that’s a photo of “Lu Lu” Brooks. She was a pistol in her day!
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    Re: Rochas Femme: discontinued?

    It’s still on their website.
    http://rochas.com/en/fragrance/women/femme-en/
  31. Re: Looking for something similar to Nasomatto China White

    You might like this bright white floral- DelRae- Wit
    https://www.luckyscent.com/product/37910/wit-by-parfums-delrae

    Since Nasmato doesn’t publish the notes, it’s hard to know much.
    Anyway, it’s...
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    Re: Gres - Cabochard - Help me figure this out

    Yes, I believe this was an EDP, a sample bottle. I haven’t seen it for a while, though. It’s stashed away in my cupboard.
    Here’s an article that may help. There are sites with batch code information...
  33. Re: What smells similar to "Lauren" by Ralph Lauren for women?

    In order to get the same effect as ‘Lauren’ look for something with heliotrope, green violet leaf, carnation, mandarine, oak moss and vetiver. Oddly there's a Fragrantica post but it doesn’t mention...
  34. Re: Can someone name a women's perfume with a noticeable cherry or sweet almond note? Please?

    In order to get the same effect as ‘Lauren’ look for something with heliotrope, green violet leaf, carnation, mandarine, oak moss and vetiver. Oddly the Fragrantica post doesn’t mention heliotrope or...
  35. Re: Bar soap regaining in popularity according to Treehugger

    I am having great results with 'Aleppo Soap' made from olive oil and laurel. Extremely moisturizing and gentle. An ancient product of Syria. (Apparently) I can't remember which website I used but it...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 5th November, 2018

    Thanks! I appreciate the wave.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 5th November, 2018

    Great scent! Galbanum, bergamot and tangy hyacinth with a thick foundation of luscious oak moss. Overall there’s a smoky effect. The original formula is beautiful compared to the watery green stuff...
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

    That's what disappointed me. One sticker says 'made in Taiwan' the other small sticker is illegible. Thank goodness I didn't pay much.
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

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    I can't really say how old this is. I think it's a clever reproduction of
    an Art Deco era piece, but probably more recently made- maybe
    1960's. It's about 7" tall by 2"...
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    Re: l'heure bleue extract current vs vintage

    Thank-you, Shycat. That was heartfelt and difficult to write, I’m sure. Frankly my initial objection was directed at the OP but you got tangled up in the crossfire. I never want to make someone feel...
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    Re: l'heure bleue extract current vs vintage

    Suspended, I guess you must really hate me. I'm sorry if I've offended you. I thought it might interest you to know that I have feelings, too. These comments you've made are not in keeping with the...
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    Re: l'heure bleue extract current vs vintage

    You expect apologies for the young fragrances that are disliked for their wan feebleness but not for the classic scents that are compared to "90 year-old women on their death beds"? This is patently...
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    Re: l'heure bleue extract current vs vintage

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    L'Heure Bleue fragrance notes




    Top Notes

    Bergamot,
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    Re: Niche that isn't what you think of as niche.

    No, I don't think of exclusivity in terms of price. Actually, prices are up for everything now including designer scents at the mall. I think of exclusivity in terms of availability. Not including...
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    Re: Niche that isn't what you think of as niche.

    I can see how this company rides both sides of the fence. Some of their stuff is more 'exclusive' while, simultaneously they pursue the latest fad and make it widely available.
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    Re: Niche that isn't what you think of as niche.

    I consider niche scents to be those that are not readily available in local (small town) department stores. Those that are not mainstream. As to whether they are good or something I would invest my...
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    Re: Thameen niche perfume- worth it?

    I have decided to hold off this purchase as I have one that's similar but stronger- Widian, Gold II or whatever they've changed it to. It's a lovely rose-incense, very modern. It, too was quite...
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    Re: Thameen niche perfume- worth it?

    Interesting about the cade. I've seen it listed and never knew what it was.
    The notes in this brand in general come across as very distinct and clear, if that makes sense. There's not any...
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    Thameen niche perfume- worth it?

    I've tried and loved a couple of these Thameen perfumes. One is Noorolain Taif the other was Peacock Throne. Both are gorgeous but very pricy. I think $255/50ml. I'm torn. I have lots of pretty...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    Atelier des Ors- Nuda Veritas

    Edited by Furrypine to add: Thank you! I've submitted it to the directory 84353
  51. Re: Does Niche really exist? What makes its specificity vs Designer?

    When you live in a small town, niche is basically anything not offered in the big box stores or on discount at TJMaxx. We can’t get Annick Goutal, Diptyque or even much Guerlain.
  52. Thread: Orange blossom

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    Re: Orange blossom

    You might try the Mazzolari - Fleurs d'Oranger. It's light and bright.
    My favorite is also the Serge Lutens- Fleurs d'Oranger.
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    Re: Alternative to SL Mandarine Mandarin

    This is the most recent address I have for Suzan Becker
    suzanbecker@shopfranceinc.com
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    Re: What's your ultimate fragrance?

    The one that got away, you might call it because I didn't find out about it until it went out of production; Hermès- Doblis. Just gorgeous vintage leather and moss. I almost wish I'd never bought...
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    Re: NEW: Caron - La Collection Privee For Women!

    My order of French CanCan is from the discontinued fountain. They had some set aside for steady customers! So I won't have to buy this other stuff for a while yet. Not looking forward to it.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks! It is a classic shape and now they've changed them! Progress, bah humbug!



    That's true but there are lots of great Caron bottles from the past. I have a few, some with perfume, like...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Since Caron has discontinued their fountains (including those in Paris) and reissued their whole lineup, I've been looking for a vintage backup bottle of 'French Cancan'. I found this one...
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    Re: OMG--"Date" perfume advice sought please

    Elixer de Merveilles or No.19
    would be pretty on a hot day and not clash with food.
    Have a great time!
  59. Thread: House of Patou

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    Re: House of Patou

    Very nice original scarves. These came in the boxes. You're lucky to have them. Like towels in boxes of 'Breeze' but so much more fun!
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    Re: Blind buys you regret

    That's true. I tried it and, frankly, it didn't wow me. But to each his own. The same for 'Encre Noir'. I can't see the plus side of 'ink notes'. Some things are just too avant-garde for me,...
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    Re: What era is this bottle of Tabu ?

    Maybe this will help.
    https://cleopatrasboudoir.blogspot.com/p/do-you-have-vintage-perfume-and-need.html
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    Re: Blind buys you regret

    Don't be shy, we'd love to hear about them, or at least one.



    I've never had luck trying to compromise and "save money". I always end up getting the one I really wanted to begin with in the...
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    Re: Blind buys you regret

    It’s a weird combination; chocolate and patchouli plus assorted powerful florals I can’t recall right now. It takes some getting used to. You have to be in full-scale princess/unicorn mode to enjoy...
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    Re: Blind buys you regret 😪

    I’ll wager there’ve been a couple of reformulations in the years since 2006 when I first started at BN. I can hardly believe it’s been 12 years! That must have something to do with it. It’s probably...
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    Re: Thread not loading

    Thanks so much!
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    Re: Thread not loading

    Unfortunately, no. I can’t figure it out.
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    Re: Thread not loading

    Hi,

    I'm afraid that's my fault. I tried to post while away from home. Bad idea. Can someone help me change the title back on my post? I cleared my cookies, I think, and now it seems to be loading...
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    Blind buys you regret 😪

    My first blind buy was Guerlain- L’Instant. Which taught me I don’t appreciate synthetic magnolia scents. I think I was able to trade it fairly soon. I sought out samples of nearly everything after...
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    Blind buys you regret

    What are some of the fumes you purchased on a whim that turned out to be a big mistake?
    When I first got on BaseNotes I decided to try Guerlain- L’Instant. I found out that synthetic magnolia is...
  70. Re: THICK, Heavy, sophisticated, FRUITY/Candied, contemporary EDP's you can't get enough of ...

    Thank-you, Red!
  71. Re: The Profumum ambers - Fiore d'Ambra & Ambra Aurea

    As I recall Fiore d’Ambra had a flowery, almost salty sweetness. I personally didn’t care for it. It was sort of like caramel in a way. Just too sweet for me. Ambra Aurea ​was smoky and woody along...
  72. Re: THICK, Heavy, sophisticated, FRUITY/Candied, contemporary EDP's you can't get enough of ...

    Profumum- Rosae Mundi (Rose of the world) or ‘world’s best’. Very dear but worth it, if you enjoy a powerful, fruity floriental chypre with golden overtones. Thankfully it’s an EDP and lasts a good...
  73. Re: How did you start collecting fragrances and which specific fragrances do you collect?

    I went to buy my favorite ‘Rive Gauche’ by YSL. The sales lady wrinkled up her nose and said I wouldn’t be happy with it. I was in Saks Fifth Avenue in Kansas City. It was my first experience with...
  74. Re: Laura Tonatto- any experience with these? Are samples available?

    Thanks, Hednic! That’s helpful.
  75. Laura Tonatto- any experience with these? Are samples available?

    I have tried some of these. I especially liked 'Violette au Sydney' which is a reissue of 'Eleanora Dusè'. A gorgeous tart violet with mimosa and plenty of kick.

    Also, 'Solista' which is a...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    It appears to be "Joy" parfum. This one came with a parchment identification scroll. Enjoy!
  77. Re: Vetiver Fragrances, but no Vetiver Straight as main note. Recommendations

    Yes! And I see you're enjoying it now. It has a golden, floral aspect that sets it apart, I feel. Very unique. A chypre type.
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    Re: Montale - Bad client service

    That is appalling! Thanks for your time in giving this review. Montale has also ruined Black Aoud. They took out the rose so it is just rubbery tar smell now. I got a backup bottle recently and it...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    A back-up bottle of UOP which stands for ‘United Oil Products’ approximately 1965.
    Read about it here- http://www.basenotes.net/threads/310563-UOP-s-Arisha

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    A wonderful oakmoss chypre!
  80. Thread: UOP's Arisha

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    Re: UOP's Arisha

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    I was fourtunate to find find another bottle! It would be great to see this in the Directory.
  81. Re: Best orange blossom,neroli,petitgrain parfumes for man?

    Mazzolari- Fleurs d'Oranger
    is slightly soapy, orange blossom that tingles and sings on the skin. Very fresh.

    https://www.luckyscent.com/product/32811/fleurs-doranger-by-mazzolari


    Another...
  82. Re: Things worn as personal fragrance that really WEREN'T meant for that...

    Interesting that you should mention this. I also used to wear a room spray. It may have been CT&E. I remember it was a greenish, herbal called 'Potpourri'. I just couldn't find anything else I liked...
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

    Thanks for the input, Bonnette. I'm glad you got a kick out of it. I wasn't aware Irice was into jewelry, too. Fascinating.
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

    KBE, you're a gentleman and a scholar. Thank-you!
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    Re: Unlabeled vintage Guerlain

    To me the one that resembles Shalimar, only deeper is 'Vol de Nuit'.
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    Re: Diptyque suggestions for my mother!

    '34 Boulevard St. Germaine' is my most recent favorite from Diptyque. A rosy chypre reminiscent of 'Knowing'. Golden and warm.
    ...
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

    Thanks, JBS1! I'm glad you're enjoying the collection.
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

    Thanks so much, Cazaubon, I like it, too. I thought it was so unusual.

    I found some information on it and it seems that this is post-war (II) since it's from Japan and has plastic tubing....
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    Re: My collection so far...Portrait of a Lady

    Here’s an emerald green cut glass atomizer by ‘I.W. Rice & co.’ Made in Japan. I need to find out if this is 1930’s or 1950’s. I love the intaglio heron in the elegant dark top and the way it’s...
  90. Poll: Re: What do you prefer on a guy more? And why?

    I've only tried Acqua di Gio of those two. I put a sample card in my pocket and found it extremely annoying. Strong and "perfumey" which is how it came off since I'm unfamiliar with the notes. It's...
  91. Re: Any good preferably masculine lily-of-the-valley attars or colognes?

    Here are the results of a search-
    http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedirectory/?gender=m&notes=Lily+of+the+valley
  92. Re: I found a vintage? AMOUAGE cristal & gold,whilst clearing out my aunts house,questions I have...

    Mothballs are camphor, so that I understand. The rest is unnecessarily juvenile.
  93. Re: I found a vintage? AMOUAGE cristal & gold,whilst clearing out my aunts house,questions I have...

    Possibly you could be more considerate when describing the scent. The term you've chosen is not at all descriptive and is insulting to many.
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    Re: Which one for the ultimate seduction ?

    I would go with an older bottle of Paloma.
  95. Re: Greetings lovely Ladies! SixCats! seeking your opinions/help/suggestions.

    There are SO MANY! Some favorites are- Cabochard, Madame Rochas, Miss Dior (first iteration), and Norell.
  96. Re: Question for those who loved VINTAGE KNOWING

    Floris- Chypress is a somewhat fresher take on the Knowing
    theme. It's not exact, but it brings back memories.
    https://www.florislondon.com/en_usd/chypress-fragrance
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    Re: Your Favorite Women’s Hermes Fragrances?

    'Un Jardin sur le Nil' ​still works wonders for me.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    If you like a juicy, mixed bouquet floral this is as good as it gets, IMO. (Jasmine, violet, rose, lily-of-the-valley, even oak moss!) Sadly, it most likely has been changed (gulp, that sickens me to...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Since Caron is reintroducing their line and who knows what changes will be made, I feel fortunate to have scored this 50ml bottle of my unicorn- 'French CanCan' parfum.

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    BTW, this...
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    Re: NEW LINE - Note di Profumum

    Osa- is a white flower explosion. It turns out to be ylang ylang, tuberose and a banana aftertaste. It could be confused with coconut. There’s definitely a tropical note....
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