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    need help from the Pros (shaving)

    I always have shaving questions. My guy shaves everyday and hates it. I'm hoping I can make it a little less awful for him.

    I've suggested a beard or goatee which I think would be great but he...
  2. Re: Burr gives Aromatics Elixir by Clinique 5 stars

    AE was my first HG fragrance back in the early 80s. I still have a vintage bottle that's been stored in box. I wonder if it's worth trying again and how will it stand up to my beloved niche library?
  3. Thread: Just starting

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    Just starting

    I just started looking into buying some vintage bottles for my splits. What should I be looking for besides aethetic considerations?

    For example, I ran across this (I'm a interior design junkie)...
  4. Re: Bois d'argent -Finally another good designer frag

    Thanks for the info everyone. I was given a sample of it and assumed it was a wide distribution scent like most of my experiance with Diors. Apparently it's a niche frag after all - rats I thought I...
  5. Re: Finally, another designer frag that's passable

    Thanks for the suggestion. The honey is really frenetic upon first application. Once it warms on the skin and settles in, the tobacco receeds a little and I get the iris, incence and leather come...
  6. Bois d'argent -Finally another good designer frag

    Ah Ha! testing Bois d'argent today and finally a designer frag that does a good job with iris. Just wish there was a little more of it in there - the honey walks all over it.

    I was about to give...
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    Re: layering/combinations

    Czech & Speake #88 with Tam Dao - together they are seduction in a casual sniff.
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    Re: Dior Homme smells just like

    I tested Dior Homme, wore it all day and reapplied in the evening (I like to live in a frag when I test).

    As a said on a previous post, it wasn't awful but it didn't do anything for either of...
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    Re: TGIF! SotD Friday 5 December

    yet more testing: Habit Rouge

    I know there is supposed to be some patchouli, vanilla and leather leather in there but all I get is the reek of lemon. I'm trying to be patient and wait for the top...
  10. Re: need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    That Sel De Vetiver does look good but it will depend on the iris and geranium. Both of those can get go overboard. There is a fine line between "nostalgic" and "dated" that geranium, like lavender,...
  11. Re: These are the fragrances every newcomer must try

    I'd say give the Guerlain a try but I must be the exception. I didn't like any of them: Derby, Shalimar, Jicky, Mitsouko, Iris Ganache, Vetiver... the list goes on. Only thing I liked but not enough...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 4 December

    Cold, grey, and foggy here in the central valley and I have the xmas blues (it's my least favorite holiday) so I made it a point to wear my bright pink dupatta over jeans and a turtleneck in hopes it...
  13. Re: Need sexy gentlemen's fragrance with tobacco, coffe, wood, tonkin musk, leather.

    Second for L'Artisan's L'Eau de Navigateur
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    Re: Ever wear men's scents?

    Most everything I love and wear these days are male or uni fragrances. I really don't like most florals, especially anything powdery.

    My list thus far:
    Czech & Speake Cuba and No. 88
    Diptyque...
  15. Re: These are the fragrances every newcomer must try

    CDG odeur 53
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    Re: Leather Lovers

    I'd say you definately want Helmet Lang's Cuiron and Knize Ten.
    What about Serge Lutens Daim Blond, or Cuir Mauresque? Maybe L'Artisan L'Eau du Navigateur?
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    Re: SotD Thursday 27 November

    Blessing and salutations - Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Today is all about cooking and I'm blessed with my own iron chef showdown which comes down to cordon blue vs. CIA alumni here. Later it will...
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    Re: Rosacea and/or Acne?

    That will take care of the acne but roseacea is a whole other beast!

    The only way to deal with the facial redness that comes from broken capillaries is IPL treatments. They can be expensive and...
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    Re: What to wear: First date - in a zoo

    exactly what I was going to suggest >; )
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    Re: Your Favorite "Floral" Perfumes..

    Czech & Speake #88 (SANDALWOOD, Bergamot, Geranium, Rose Otto, Cassie, Frangipani, Vetiver) is as floral as this girl goes. But if you're going to do a rose, why not make it one hell of a seductive...
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    Re: Any good DRY wood frags you know of?

    That does sound good.
    Feminite du Bois: CEDARWOOD, CLOVE, CARDAMOM, CINNAMON,orange blossom, peach, honey, plum, beeswax

    All it might be missing is leather. Wood, leather, and fruit and I'm in...
  22. Re: "Scents" of place - which scent recalls a geographic place for you?

    I know exactly the smell but that isn't what the Haight smelled like when I lived there ;)

    Damp eucalyptus, mildew, and cedarwood with a salt tang - Ft Mason

    Damp eucalyptus, mildew, dirt and...
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    Re: Best Fruity Male Fragrance?

    I second this! It was insanely popular a few years back for a reason.
    Pomegranate Noir is also great. The good juice is always expensive I'm afraid. :eek:

    Egoiste comes off as a spice bomb made...
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    Re: Any good DRY wood frags you know of?

    I really want to try this but I'm finding that I don't like spice and incense as much as I like fruits and leather with my wood.

    Surprizingly, Timbuktu did nothing for me.
    Feminite du Bois is...
  25. Re: ***RESULTS*** Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    I got to this too late !

    I still have about 25 samples to churn through but here is my list so far:
    Czech and Speake - # 88:
    Czech and Speake - Cuba
    Diptyque - Tam Dao
    Malle - D'Hiver...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 November

    Today is Daim Blond - (MUSK, HELIOTROPE, LEATHER, Hawthorn, Cardamom, Iris, Apricot Stone, Pallida)
  27. Re: "Scents" of place - which scent recalls a geographic place for you?

    I literally grew up in an orange grove and the smell of orange blossoms is such a huge memory inducer for me. The closest to getting it right was L'artisan's rare harvest because you get the...
  28. Re: Article:"New scents crowd thriving perfume field"

    Excellent article. Maybe we'll get even more entries into the niche world :bounce:

    I'd love to have a custom scent designed for me - who wouldn't?- but I'd have to go with Cartier as I just...
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    Re: Any good DRY wood frags you know of?

    There is always my favorite, Tam Dao. I know I talk about it a lot but I really love it on it's own or layered.
  30. Re: 3 gals + hundreds of scents + mikeperez23. Stir! Basenotes @ Scent Bar 11-08

    I have a sample of Chergui, courtesy of the lovely Lush Soup myself. I've just sniffed the bottle so far and am waiting for a weekend where I spend the day in it with no other "testers" to interfere....
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    Re: What about eBay?

    Ohhhh so jealous! I'd love to test Peau d'Espagne. Not sure how true Santa Maria Novella's is to the many formulations that were used to scent leather goods for centuries but I want to sniff it...
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    Re: What about eBay?

    I've found Hard to Find is slightly more expensive then buying directly from the perfumer. Perhaps watch the discounts and coupons board and buy from someplace like BeautyHabit or one of the other...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 20 November

    Happy Birthdays all around....

    Cool late autumn day here – wearing a lavender cashmere v neck and my favorite pale grey jcrew trousers, it seems like divine intervention now that I’m sampling...
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    Re: SA greedy with samples

    I have the same problem here in SF. I find it hard to believe that places like Needless Markup and Barney's don't have samples. But walk into either place with a fresh (and full) Louboutin shopping...
  35. Do you consider the fragrance of your fabric softeners?

    Sort of a strange question - :o

    Do you think about the notes in your fabric softener when either selecting your SotD or do you purchase fabric softener to pair with your favorite fragrances?
    ...
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    Re: Which department store frags smell niche?

    Yep, you'll get a million different idea on what defines niche. I'm still a newbie but for me what defines a niche scent is the quality of ingredients and not how unusual it smells. I have yet to...
  37. Re: need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    Big thanks for Snafoo and Redneck's suggestions for Fou d'Absinthe. :wave:

    Wearing it today to test - loveeeeee it. It isn't as creamy as all the other Giacobetti scents I've tried but it's...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Welcome Irina and Loveisintheair.
  39. Re: Five favorite niche brands and three favorite scents from each

    Just the "dude smells" >; )

    L'artisan - Méchant Loup, Fou d'Absinthe, L'Eau du Navigateur
    Malle - Musc Ravageur, Dans Tes Bras, Bois d'Orage
    Diptyque - Tam Dao, Oyédo, L'Ombre dans L'Eau...
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    Re: Never have sex again!

    Slightly spicy crayons! That's it! I couldn't figure it out other then to describe the blend of scents as "really jagged" - kind of like that sweet, slightly cute guy that always tries too hard and...
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    Lush,

    Spend some time with the 88, you will love it though maybe not at first. My roommate didn't like the 88, he called it old fashioned and said I smelled like someone's grandmother. Phffftp!
    ...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 18 November

    Testing testing testing....

    L'artisan Mure et Musc

    This may be the most mainstream frag I've sampled yet. It's not bad, lovely in fact, but no mystery here. I'm thinking I should try this...
  43. Re: The shade of your toenails?

    Normally I do a french mani but I bought these cute peep toes and my sweetie is a big fan of red toes so - another Vodka and Caviar coming up >; )...
  44. Re: List of recommended online vendors for new fragrances?

    Did you try the L'artisan site yet?

    signed,
    an unoffical L'artisan cheerleader >: )
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    Three things I must have- Tam Dao, C&S #88, Luten's MKK. I'm afraid MKK will be a large decant because I'm afraid to even ask what a bottle would cost if I could even find it.
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    Re: "Body" scents vs "Nose" scents

    I think most folks would put the fabled MKK in the nose category. Takes a pretty bold person to wear it and lots of people wouldn't "get" it. Me? it's like Vibert's love of Le Parfum de Thérèse. If...
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    Re: SotD Monday 17 November

    Testing Merchant Loop - kinda yummy, really liking the top notes.
    Does L'artisan make anything that doesn't smell great?
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    Re: Offbeat men's fragrance suggestions

    I sampled both of these after reading your reviews. I'm even wearing the fabled MKK today myself. Both of these are now on my FBW list >; )

    I'd add Czech & Speake's Cuba, especially on a woman...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 15 November

    Not sure what to wear, scent-wise or clothing-wise.

    I have a wedding to go to where they say formal on the wedding website then they had an insert in wedding invitation that says no long dresses...
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    Re: Who's your favourite designer?

    [Milena Canonero and James Acheson

    Oh you meant clothing?!
    Provided I can find the fabric, I can make anything (yes really) but there are still some designers I can't get enough of; Donna Karan,...
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    Re: Which tie should I wear?

    Chris brought up exactly what I was going to point out - go blue especially if you are joining a team.
    If you are looking at sales, you could go red thought I personally wouldn't.
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste - Where to find?

    Bloomingdales in Palo Alto has it.
  53. Re: What perfume would "The Taming of the Shrew" be?

    Oh dear - topic near and dear to my heart but you may all want to take away my posting privileges after this! **winks**

    I don't think of Kate as Elizabethan at all. Interestingly, the person...
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    Re: SotD Friday 14 November 2008

    Continuing the Men's niche test-o-rama: Tam Dao.

    Great choice for today. It really is a comforting scent, like that prefect hug from a close friend that goes on just as long as you need it.
    ...
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    Re: Ever wear men's scents?

    Try Czech & Speake #88. I was doubtful that it would live up to the hype but it's pretty fabulous.
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    Re: Perfume based on appearance?

    Ratsm should have stayed with my initial guess of En Passant.;)
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    Re: SotD Thursday 13 November-08

    The opening is very uni, almost F but then it settles down very quickly into a spicy rose and sharp leather with just a tickle of the sandalwood to keep the edge off it. I’m picking up the vetiver as...
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    Re: masculin and woody...but for a 24 year old

    I was going to say Tam Doa would be a choice as many here have mentioned.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 13 November-08

    Lian,

    You do have to be careful when you whiten. Did your dentist recommend something like a tooth paste for sensitive teeth which helps to pug up the tiny holes in your enamel?
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    Re: Perfume based on appearance?

    I thought Parfum Sacre for witchie Purplebird.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 13 November-08

    Beginning my weeks of testing men's scents -

    Czech & Speake No. 88 Wore C&S Cuba yesterday, I'm loving both.
  62. Re: need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    I just received my big lovely sample pack today! Big thanks to Mudassir. I can't waiti to test everything.

    I'm testing Cuba as I type... lovely, warm and even my nose can pick up the tobacco...
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    Re: Perfume based on appearance?

    Welcome to BN!

    Gorgeous face and hands, well maintained, perfect unstated elegance... not true american classic but you would certainly look right at home in a Ralph Lauren photo shoot. **this is...
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    Re: Silly SA sayings

    Exactly.

    I grew up down south. You see crews filming around the corner from you, your neighbor does voice overs, you run into famous faces in line to get coffee etc. In one way it's very like...
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    Re: I hate vetiver

    Awesome! I've been meaning to do some AG testing. A trip to Bloomies it is >; )

    I wish I could like lemon but every time I get near it, all I smell is all the horrible lemon laced cough syrups I...
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    Re: Silly SA sayings

    I think he was the person who helped me! I was there earlier this month and the gentleman at the Malle counter was great - polite, laid back, knowledgeable and left me alone when I needed it. I just...
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    Re: Suggestions for first blind buy?

    L'artisan will send you samples - 5 for $7. It's a great deal and good way to get introduced to niche frags. I wish more niche houses did this!

    signed,
    L'artisan cheerleader >; )
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    Re: Czech & Speake's no. 88

    I have a decant coming my way now and after this thread and reading the reviews, I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to the first sniff.
    Is it really that good? If it is, leave enough...
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    Re: I hate vetiver

    Is there a vetiver that doesn't have a citrus note? It sounds yummy but every time I test something, I almost retch from the lemon - bleh!
  70. Re: Return of the Power Scents (LA TImes article)

    That's ok - I'll be happy to take all those pointy toed shoes off your hands. :D
  71. Re: need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    L'Air du Desert Marocain is on my list for when I finally break down and spend some money at The Perfumed Court. I did order a lot of samples from L'artisan both for him and me.

    We sniffed but...
  72. Re: need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    An update from the front-

    Vetiver - Guerlain
    We both tried it and it left us unimpressed. I know everyone loves it here but it felt very old school to me and he didn't like the citrus smell at...
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    Re: The art of "Testing a Fragrance Sample"

    It may be because I'm a total newbie but I sample them one at time, dabs on both wrists. My nose isn't good enough to separate my SotD from the sample so I go without those days. If they are...
  74. Re: Recommned me a fruity niche perfume with staying power

    Just a niche newbie but here is goes:

    Premier Figuier? I'm surprised noone mentioned it but I'm just biased >; ) Definately a cool weather fruit scent but gorgeous. Feminite du Bois by Shiseido is...
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    Re: Ever wear men's scents?

    I love Eau des Baux but not on me.

    I'm in the middle of testing loads of men's fragrances so I tried Egoiste at the suggestion of many here, and it wasn't as bad as I expected. Too sweet at first...
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    Re: Compliments You'll never forget

    Nothing earth shattering really, Eau des Baux edt by L'occitane which makes a certain amount of sense for a history professor. The surprising part is I abhor main stream scents and the only things...
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    Re: Please suggest a new purse

    Attorney,
    Love, love love the Tods bag! Classic lines and exceptional leather.

    Lillybelle,
    The carpet bags are completely charming. There is an eggplant and beige print with my name all over...
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    Re: Compliments You'll never forget

    I don't normally go on about men's scents because most of my male friends have worn the cheap stuff over the years. However 3 days ago I followed a professor down two flights of stairs (in serious...
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    Re: Men’s fragrance suggestions, please?

    A surprise for me was Eau des Baux by L'Occitane en Provence. I followed someone the other day down two flights of stairs to find out what it was.
  80. Thread: suggestions

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    Re: suggestions

    I'm doing something similar for my sweetie. To me, it's extremely flattering and personal and difficult. You see them one way and yet they have a whole dialog with the rest of the world that you...
  81. Re: Has the Economy put a Hurt on your Purchases?

    Isp, ain't it the truth!

    I don't work in finance. My best friend is a sociologist who researches economic hardship and something called the Family Stress Model. She got me thinking about it 5 yrs...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 6 November

    I see some other Giacobetti fans out there

    Safran Troublant _again_.

    It was a purchase on a whim and a hunch and I just keep reaching for that bottle over and over. I'm trying to figure out...
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    Re: way to apply perfume to your man

    LOL I read the title of this thread and this old joke/truism immediately came to mind:
    'Nothing says taken like the smell of fabric softener'
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 5th November, 2008.

    Oud,

    It's an amazing scent that I'm hoping has a decent bottle life. It certainly is not for the timid. I wear it very seldom since I bought it in 2002.

    I broke out the power shoes last night...
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    Re: Favorites and Hair Color and Birth Month

    Note: quirky sandalwood and musk scents as they stay close to the skin.
    Hair: dark brown with pale skin and eyes
    Month/sign: March-Pisces with scorpio rising which just means I mysteriously cry a...
  86. Re: need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    Thanks! I’ll keep an eye out for the CDGs.


    I have an art and material history background and I’m really looking forward to sniffing 88 as it sounds _very_ interesting.

    I think I was forced...
  87. need a little help with narrowing down notes.

    I trying to find a fragrance for my current romantic interest and I need a little steering if anyone has time and I'm just a novice. I've been pouring over BNs reviews and forums, distilling lists of...
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    Re: Recommendation for 1st niche frag?

    I have to agree. I have yet to sniff anything I haven't liked from L'artisan.
    Figuier was my gateway fragrance.
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    Re: Do you match your cologne with clothing?

    Exactly! I just had no idea men did this too.

    I fell in love with a frag over the weekend, Parfum de Thérèse - total and utter lust. I just don't have anything worthy to wear with it yet.
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    Re: Polo classic (green)

    Ahh my youth! I remember catching sniffs of it as a very young girl and always looking around for the wearer. I was like a moth to a flame - I could almost steer by it.

    My current BF wears nothing...
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    Re: Helloooooo Frag Freaks!!!

    LOL because that's how I feel about the Louboutin display in Barneys. At least with scents, you can buy decants to test out. I have yet to convince a single SA that I just need a little bit of red...
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    Re: SotD wednesday 5 November-08

    Very interesting. There is a bunch from that line I want to sample so I'll add that to my list.

    My Bandit from yesterday lasted through this morning's shower so that's my SotD ;)
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    Re: What Will You Wear to the Polls?

    Returns are pretty exciting here in SF at a large political event and yet here I am on the laptop, blogging.

    I get so teary-eyed at watching the democratic process in action, I’m such a political...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday November 4

    Getting over a cold so I wanted something a little comforting and non-agressive while waiting to vote - L'Artisan Sanfran Troublant. After seeing the turnout, I went full out with something I seldom...
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    Re: Annoying SA behaviour at Neimans

    Well I was in NM in SF on Monday and the SAs just wouldn't leave me alone for 5 seconds. I've always liked Saks more then NM and dreaded being drug there with my mom way back when. They were worse...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    I am new as well, although I'll admit to lurking here and on another site for a little over year ;)

    I have just really begun looking into niche fragances. I spent the day in San Francisco trying...
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