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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    What a fantastic analysis, Redneck Perfumisto! Are you sure you haven't bugged the Chanel head offices? ;)
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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    Do you think maybe they're targeting East Asian markets with this one? In adding a perfume to the No 5 family, they must be banking on it selling well. Given that pretty much every other brand has...
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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    Oh you guys are making me jealous!! :) L'Eau sounds lovely. Even if it ends up not being to my tastes, I'm so glad that the early signs are that Chanel have given us a well-crafted perfume worthy of...
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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    What a fantastic encounter, thanks for sharing!
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    Re: New No.5 Flanker Coming Sept. '16

    Oooh exciting, thanks EMK! I'm not getting my hopes up too much - I'm afraid they might just put a super-sweet ethyl maltol bomb in that beautiful bottle... But I'm very much looking forward to...
  6. Re: Are most vintage, original scents in their final availability phase?

    Ha, now this is an enabling thread if ever I read one!

    I'm trying not to get too sucked into the vintage rabbit hole, and generally try to only buy if I come across a good bargain for something I...
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    Re: "Change" at L'Artisan Parfumeur?

    Also there's a new one that I have't heard of before - Bucoliques de Provence (http://www.artisanparfumeur.com/shop/ishop-all-products/bucoliques-de-provence-eau-de-1243157.html). Leather and...
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    Re: "Change" at L'Artisan Parfumeur?

    Oh I'd completely missed that! Thanks for the link! That, and the Puig takeover, definitely sheds light on the glut of Penhaligon's and L'AP at TK Maxx at the moment. Over the past few months I've...
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    "Change" at L'Artisan Parfumeur?

    I'm on the L'Artisan Parfumeur mailing list, and have had a few emails now hinting cryptically at forthcoming "change" - anyone got any idea what that might be? Repackaging? New launches?...
  10. Re: Coco Noir, Pomegranate Noir, Opium - where next?

    How about taking your friend to an independent perfumery in London like Les Senteurs, Roullier White or Bloom, and choosing one together? The staff would be able to help recommend perfumes to try,...
  11. Re: 'cinnamon-smell' but still light and soft, does it a fragrance like that exist?

    4160 Tuesdays The Dark Heart of Old Havana dries down to an incredible cinnamon-bun base - highly recommended!
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    Re: Old Pharmacies and Vintage Fragrances

    So...

    I recently came across an independent pharmacy/perfumery. I saw it and thought, well, it probably won't have much exciting, but it's worth a look, so in I went. Imagine my surprise to find a...
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    Re: Serge Lutens In TK MAXX

    Well that's exciting! Thanks for the heads up :) I'm in the checking-TK Maxx-once-a-week brigade too, they've had some very respectable offerings recently, just nothing that's tempted me enough to...
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    Re: Old Pharmacies and Vintage Fragrances

    Aw, what a shame! Thanks for letting me know - helps to manage my expectations, and stop me investing too much in dreaming of one day finding a hoard of 1990s Guerlains tucked away at the back of a...
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    Re: Old Pharmacies and Vintage Fragrances

    UK Basenoters, do you know if we have these kind of old pharmacies on our side of the pond? I can't remember having come across this kind of pharmacy here...
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    Re: Classic Guerlain Fragrances

    Ooooh you're in for a treat! :D I would say try everything and anything that comes your way (within your budget of course!) - any fragrance, any concentration, any vintage. While by all means be...
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    Re: Nice compliment on Guerlain Idylle!

    Congrats on the compliment! I've not tried Idylle, just assumed I wouldn't like it. Which is silly, as I've passed many a tester! Must rectify this when I next pass one :)
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    Re: Travel size coffrets?

    Thanks guys for the heads up, will definitely look them out :)
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    Travel size coffrets?

    So my discovery of the week is that Hermes do a "nomad set" of four 15ml bottles for £80, where you can select your choice of quite a good range of fragrances. No Hermessences unfortunately, but most...
  20. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    Hah mumsy, you've perfectly outlined the stress of being a perfumista! :)

    I'm off now to see what I can find...
  21. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    There's been some in my local, too :) Teardrop, I don't mean to be a terrible enabler (well, actually I do :P ), but could you buy it, try your sample, then return your unopened bottle if you don't...
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    Re: Ugliest perfume bottle in your collection?

    Is it bad that I like a lot of these? I'm going to say no :) Ugliest bottle in my collection is probably Tocade...but it's a 100ml bottle and flippin huge, so it looms over the rest from the back of...
  23. Re: Found a store with lots of vintage, need help

    How lovely! Congrats on all your purchases :)
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    Re: Bloom perfumery in London

    It sounds lovely! Thanks for the heads up about Roullier White HDD8 - I'm sure I'll be giving them a try in the not too distant future :) I really do need to do a perfume pilgrimage to London at some...
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    Bloom perfumery in London

    Hi there! I was just wondering if anyone had any experience of the Bloom perfumery in London? I ordered some samples from the first time and my experience was very positive - quite generous-sized...
  26. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    So after...good grief...nearly two months (that's embarassing, but I know you guys understand!) of semi-regular checking of my local TK Maxx.... result! And I couldn't be happier about the two I...
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    Re: The best Violet Perfume....

    Ooh violets! One of my favourite notes :)

    +1 for Apres L'Ondee. You might want to see if you can find a slightly older bottle, the bottle I recently bought is sharper and harsher than the tester,...
  28. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    Well, no L'Artisan Parfumeur in my local TK Maxx at the moment, but I did pick up Mitsouko EDT 30ml for £25, so definitely a successful trip!
  29. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    Thanks so much for the heads up Kewart! And congrats on your Drole de Rose. Will definitely be heading there soon....
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    Re: Looking for a rose

    Urura's Tokyo Cafe by 4160 Tuesdays is a beautiful jammy rose with a lovely resinous base. 4160 Tuesdays is a relatively new British indie brand; I think Lucky Scent stock most of her scents...
  31. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests September, 2014

    cc1987, they're all yours! Just pm me your address :)
  32. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests September, 2014

    LPP, my samples arrived today - so quick! I look forward to trying them; I'll let you know my thoughts :)

    I've also got a few samples for a UK based Basenoter: [all claimed by cc1987]
    - Kenzo...
  33. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests September, 2014

    Thanks LPP! They sound really interesting :)
  34. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests September, 2014

    Hi lpp, I'd love to try these if that's ok?
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    Re: Free to a good home

    I have a seasonally appropriate offering for someone in the UK - a 50ml bottle of 4160 Tuesday's "What Katie Did in Springtime" (plus a couple of springlike samples). Drop a message here if you'd...
  36. Re: Vanilla fragrance, similar to L'Occitane's?

    Body Shop's Vanilla EDT is yummy - subtle jasmine/tuberose (yes it exists!) over creme brulee. I think it's about £9 for 30ml, so you can spritz with abandon :)
  37. Re: I'm stuck! Looking for a sweet almond fragrance, lotion

    A UK option (not sure how helpful that is!) could be Boots almond body butter - I've got a small tub and it's a delicious powdery almond smell that reminds me of the drydown of L'Heure Bleue - yummy...
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    Re: Creamy, sweet and spicy?

    Maybe try Penhaligon's Amaranthine? It's quite floral, but could also be described as creamy, sweet and spicy
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    Re: Free to a good home

    Just a small offering, I'm afraid, but hopefully it will interest someone! UK only please

    2 x 2ml samples of Kenzo Jungle - one of L'Elephant and one of Le Tigre. Bought a partial bottle of each...
  40. Re: Woman's winter scent? No big florals or sweet fruits

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! That's funny, I don't pick up any sandalwood in Ambre Sultan, funny how our noses are all different. Doubt you'd like Jeux de Peau then, so I'm pinning my hopes on...
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    Re: Christmas gift perfume

    I'm with Trilby Lark - if it's in your budget, I think you should get it. She's already said she wants it, so you're guaranteed she'll like her present. Even if she ends up not liking it, she can...
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    Tocade parfum?

    Hello all-wise Basenoters :)

    I've seen on Ebay a bottle of Rochas Tocade in parfum, and I was wondering if anyone had any experience of Tocade in concentrations other than EDT? I've got a mini of...
  43. Re: Woman's winter scent? No big florals or sweet fruits

    Hi Janjanjan,

    Wow, you are going to have FUN looking for your perfect winter scent! My favourites seem to work best in winter, here are my suggestions to try. These are all Serge Lutens, all...
  44. I would love to like this, because I love the...

    I would love to like this, because I love the idea of a honey fragrance - but what are the chances of it having any of the beauty and complexity of honey? Looking forward to trying it but not getting...
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    Re: Thinking about sandalwood fragrances

    The two sandalwood fragrances I'm familiar with are Jeux de Peau and Santal Majescule - both gourmand interpretations of sandalwood from Serge Lutens. Jeux de Peau is one of my great fragrance loves,...
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    Re: The Girlfriend Challenge

    I'm with cazaubon - not only is it a great way to find a fragrance she likes, it would also make a great trip out :)
  47. Re: Any fans of Floris women's perfumes out there?

    I like White Rose and Night Scented Jasmine. White Rose is one of my staple bed-time fragrances (it's got the green rose-violet combo of YSL Paris but it's not as loud) and although I'm pretty sure...
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    Re: Free to a good home

    Here's a seasonally appropriate offer for a fellow violet lover: Yardley April Violets soap (100g, very strongly scented) and talc (200g, a few years old, tin is a bit dented but nearly full).

    UK...
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    Spring scents 2013

    Where I am it looks like the dead of winter, but supposedly it's spring... What scents are you lovely people looking forward to wearing when spring finally gets its act together? What are you wearing...
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    Re: Orange Blossom and Neroli

    I agree, the right kind of orange blossom really is spring in a bottle. I love subtle, natural smelling orange blossoms, but if they're too strong I find them nauseating. I went off even the lighter...
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    Re: Favorite Lotion Versions of Scents

    What a great thread - I don't have much experiences with lotion versions of fragrances, so I'll be really interested to hear what people say. I have the AG Un Matin d'Orage version. To me, it brings...
  52. Re: Philosykos vs Aqua Allegoria Figue Iris notes please

    For samples in the UK there's lessenteurs.com - however I don't think they stock any of the brands you mention. Elsewhere in the EU there's "Nose" in France - you can order samples (generous ones...
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    Re: SL La fille de Berlin

    After reading people's reviews and thoughts on this one, I was very excited to give it a try when it arrived. I think it's a very well-done scent - a plush, velvety, crimson jammy rose, underscored...
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    Re: How Do You Take Your Florals?

    Another vote for AG Un Matin d'Orage - perfect after-the-rain scent, wet leaves, damp earth and all. I also love Paul Smith Rose - fresh, dewy tea rose. Another light and pretty green floral is...
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    Re: 15 year old: birthday perfume needed!

    +1 for Prada Candy. You could try Coco Mademoiselle - a well respected, widely available scent that's sweet but definitely grownup and worn by adult women. If she likes Hypnotic Poison, how about one...
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    Re: Fresh green scents?

    +1 for Philosykos (there's an EDT, an EDP, a roll-on perfume oil and a solid perfume), and also L'Artisan Parfumeur's Premier Figuier (and the EDP version, Premier Figuier Extreme). I find these...
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    Re: Synchronised Fridays 2013

    Syncing today by testing Huitieme Art’s Fareb, thanks to the generosity of a very lovely Basenoter!

    Dry, perfumey, ambery CUMIN – unfortunately not to my test (too curry spice-y), but definitely...
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    Re: Need a woman's advice for a college kid.

    I would prefer this guy to do whichever he likes. :) If there's a fragrance he loves and wants to wear all the time, I'd want him to wear it all the time. If he wants to wear different scents, I'd...
  59. Re: sophisticated high quality floral fruity scent

    Try Diptyque's L'Ombre dans L'Eau - lovely blackberry fruit/leaf combo. Definitely fruity floral, but more sophisticated and interesting than your average designer fruity floral. It would be a great...
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    Re: Synchronised Fridays 2013

    Great idea for a first synchronised Friday!

    House etc ideas: How about L'Artisan Parfumeur, your favourite indie line, a Bertrand Duchaufour?
  61. Re: SOTD, Monday, 31st December 2012, New Year's Eve

    Lovely to read people's fragrant reflections of 2012. For me, 2012 was the year I was truly bitten by the fragrance bug, when it turned from being something I liked to something I LOVE to a...
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    Re: Today I Bought - December 2012

    Oops, sorry about that! Let me know what you get and what you think of them (there's a thread here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/309543-ZOMG-Smells-anyone-tried-them)
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    Re: ZOMG Smells - anyone tried them?

    I've ordered a bunch of samples with a voucher I got for Christmas, so when they make their way over from the US (might be while) I'll be able to let you know my thoughts :)
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    Re: Today I Bought - December 2012

    Hah, I know just how you feel! I try to keep my purchases to a minimum, so it's nice to live through other people's perfume purchases:p

    HOWEVER, Christmas money + sales = yellow_cello can actually...
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    Re: Fragrance suggestions needed

    Could you give us some idea of what you mean by elegant/sophisticated? There could be a number of different interpretations of this. If you give us some images that come to mind, it will help us...
  66. Re: Recommend fragrances for the person above you based on their wardrobe

    Thanks Scentsucker! I think I've tried Elixir and didn't like it, I've not tried Vanilla Exquise but it sounds right up my street...
  67. Re: Recommend fragrances for the person above you based on their wardrobe

    What a great idea!

    For teardrop, I'd recommend the new Gorilla Perfumes Sikkim Girls from Lush - I haven't tried it, but from the look of your wardrobe you like both jasmine and Lush perfumes, so...
  68. Re: Resinous/incense recommendations eg. Ambre Sultan heart/drydown?

    Thanks for the suggestions - Amber Absolute is beyond my price range, but I've ordered a sample of Fille en Aiguilles and I'll see if I can search out the CDG incense range. I have a feeling Fille en...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    What a great way of putting it!

    When I'm wanting a "break" from fragrances going to bed, I normally spray the bedclothes a light eau de cologne or rosewater cologne - both bought from Boots (do...
  70. Resinous/incense recommendations eg. Ambre Sultan heart/drydown?

    Hi all,

    So I tried Ambre Sultan for the first time recently. I'm really not sure about the herbally opening, but once it dries down a bit... wow! I LOVE the sweet/dry, resinous incense-y heart. I...
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    Re: Synchronised Fridays 2013

    Here's a few suggestions. I've not participated much in Synchronised Fridays 2012, but hopefully this will change in 2013!

    Love at first sniff
    A fragrance you were given and grew to love
    A...
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    Re: What Are Your Perfume Plans For 2013?

    I plan on purchasing lots of samples with Christmas/birthday money (birthday is in January, so convenient for this purpose!). I've only properly got into fragrances this year and I've been on a tight...
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    Re: Soft, fresh-cut dewy rose / rose jam

    +1 for Annick Goutal Rose Absolue and Ce Soir ou Jamais. There's also the newer Rose Splendide, which (if I remember correctly) is less jammy and more dewy/green
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    Re: Blind buy for my G/F

    I heartily agree with Twolf's suggestion - it's such a lovely gesture to buy her a bottle of perfume, and it would be such a shame to blind buy something she ends up not liking. Sounds like she...
  75. Re: If you smelled (insert perfum) on a man? (add your own)

    None of the guys I know are into perfume :( So I don't have the opportunity even to smell most "masculine" fragrances on guys, let alone more "feminine" ones! :cry:
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    Re: Fragrance for a Young Woman

    Could you do something like get her a little present, along with a "voucher" for you to take her perfume shopping and buy her one? That way she would still have something to open at Christmas, and...
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    Re: Females. I need your help RE: Montale

    It's not Montale, but "green, coniferous, minty, garden scent" is to me the perfect description of Annick Goutal's Nuit Étoilée - have you tried it?
  78. Re: Women for L'Artisan Traversee du Bosphore!

    I wanted to like it, sounds so interesting and yummy - but unfortunately it makes me feel sick! SO sickly sweet. Definitely seems to be on the feminine side to me.

    I've got a sample of this and...
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    Re: Free to a good home

    A couple of L'Artisan Parfumeur samples in need of a good home - Traversée du Bosphore and Mure et Musc Extreme. Wanted to like them but really don't! (UK only)
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    Re: Warm scents

    Jeux de Peau! Delicious buttery baked goods, apricot brandy and toasted nuts over milky sandalwood - just the thing to warm you up on a cold day, it's been working for me :)
  81. Re: Quality Alternatives for Favourites II

    Could I ask why you're looking for alternatives to these fragrances? Are you looking for less pricey options? Or wanting to explore perfumes similar to your favourites? That might affect the kind of...
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    Re: Extra spicy/warm scents for fall/winter?

    Great thread! Can't believe it's nearly the end of October.... we'll all be needing these scents!

    Jeux de Peau is deliciously warm and comforting. Sometimes my nose focuses more on the sandal...
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    Re: Where to start with vintage?

    So I've sniffed them in the bottle and am currently testing them on paper.

    Hmm...I wish I had the nose and vocab to say something more about these fragrances, but I'll do my best.

    Le Dix - I...
  84. Re: What should my first Niche purchase be based on my current perfume collection?

    I'd recommend trying some Annick Goutal fragrances - they were the first niche fragrances I tried and liked, and they do some beautiful fragrances. I find they're different and interesting enough...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday 16th October 2012

    Testing 4160Tuesdays Urura's Tokyo Cafe today. Opens with a delicious, edible blast of blackcurrant jam and violets. Dries down to a grassy tuberose-orange blossom similar to La Chasse aux Papillons,...
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    Re: Where to start with vintage?

    My package from 4160Tuesdays arrived today - such a beautiful little package, with each sample wrapped in tissue paper, like a little box of sweets :) And she also added a couple of samples of her...
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    Re: Where to start with vintage?

    Thanks to all of you for your really helpful input. Today I ordered 1ml samples from 4160Tuesdays (thanks for providing such a great service) of the following (all EDTs)
    -Balenciaga Le Dix (1940s)...
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    Re: Where to start with vintage?

    Thanks for all your suggestions, they're really helpful. I might wait a while before properly exploring vintage, but for now it will be nice to see what a few of them smell like

    4160Tuesdays, your...
  89. Re: Charaise London Devon Violets - anyone know anything about it?

    I opened this the other day - it's quite pleasant. It's not very strong or long lasting, the violet is quite delicate and subtle. There's quite a strong "figgy" note (the best way I can describe it)...
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    Where to start with vintage?

    In the year (less than) since I discovered Basenotes, perfume has gone from being an interest to a genuine hobby (some might say obsession!). I'm still a fragrance newbie, working out what I like and...
  91. Re: I am in the mood for exploring new frags!

    For violet suggestions, take a look at this thread: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/309364-violet-violette%E2%80%A6I-ve-been-searching-for-years - a lovely story and some great suggestions.
    ...
  92. Charaise London Devon Violets - anyone know anything about it?

    Hello all,

    I won this little bottle of perfume for a song on ebay: ...
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    Re: Free to a good home

    Sure, I'd be happy to send it to you :) I'll send you a PM
  94. Re: violet, violette…I've been searching for years

    Fantastic, really glad it's how you remember it. I'd recommend the Rose and co Sweet Violets hand cream, it's a tiny jar but the fragrance is quite strong. Not sure how long it lasts - I tend to put...
  95. Re: Serge Lutens - Une Voix Noire: new fragrance (gardenia perfume)

    [QUOTE=ladymurasaki;2696650]Yes, they will. I emailed only a few days ago and got mine in the post today. Just email them via the website.

    Great, I'll give that a try :) Thanks!
  96. Re: Serge Lutens - Une Voix Noire: new fragrance (gardenia perfume)

    Wow that sounds amazing! Would SL send me the wax samples if I emailed them, and if so is there a particular address it's best to email? Or would a physical letter be best?
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    Re: Free to a good home

    100ml bottle of Elizabeth Arden Spiced Green Tea. Almost-but-not-quite-BNIB - bought it sealed a couple of months ago, tried a couple of sprays but didn't like it. Discontinued, I believe. Quite...
  98. Re: Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne sample pass, USA only

    I got a sample of B&B in the way Alityke mentioned - if any UK basenoters are wanting to to try it, just PM me your adress and I'll send it out to you. It comes in a pretty little card...
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    ZOMG Smells - anyone tried them?

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone's tried any of the scents at http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/? They have a huge catalogue of crazily named fragrances - keeping fragrance FUN, which is great :) I am...
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    Re: Layering Hits and Misses

    I've tried a little bit of layering, it's something I'd like to experiment more with. I've tried La Chasse aux Papillons over a minty-rose perfume I picked up in China. Sounds weird, and it is, but...
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