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    Paper to wrap blotters?

    I'm not sure that this is the best forum for this but... does anybody know what is the type of paper used by, for instance, l'Osmotheque for the small envelopes they keep their blotters in? Also, any...
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    Re: Back from Esxcence 2013: two possible gems

    After a full (even if night only) wearing, I'm convinced that Assam Oud is indeed excellent; the one complaint I have is regarding projection, which seems a little on the skin-side for an EDP. Still,...
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    Re: Back from Esxcence 2013: two possible gems

    I'm currently wearing the sample of Oud Assam I got at Esxence, and I really really like it. Too bad I can't even find it in the fragrance directory...
  4. Re: Does More Projection Mean Less Longevity, or vice versa?

    I think that there are 3 elements to be considered:
    A) the number of "perfume" molecules available (ie. all the aromachemicals etc involved)
    B) the weight of the molecules (hence its evaporation...
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    Re: Article in Allure: "The best scents under $60"

    I actually kinda liked DHS when I tried it - not 4/5 like, but something around 3.5/5 seems reasonable to me. Especially if you compare DHS to pretty much anything else with Sport in the name, I...
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    Re: Back from Esxcence 2013: two possible gems

    Well, to each their own of course - but did you try on skin or on paper only?

    (BTW - my girlfriend hates EF too =))
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    Back from Esxcence 2013: two possible gems

    Yesterday I've spent a few hours at Esxcence and ended up with a pretty mighty nose fatigue, so I couldn't comment.
    Today, though, I'm wearing small dabs of two fragrances that I don't see listed...
  8. Thread: Marni by Marni

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    Re: Marni by Marni

    OK, I'll have to agree it's not a miracle perfume - but I will say this: it's a wonderful scent to sleep by. A spray on the wrist right before bed - I dare you say it's less than delectable.
  9. Thread: Marni by Marni

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    Re: Marni by Marni

    Yes, there is a very pleasant hint of spiciness and what seemed like a patchouli-ish drydown, but I can't be entirely sure about this because I was also wearing AdP Colonia Essenza, which features...
  10. Thread: Marni by Marni

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    Re: Marni by Marni

    I've just spritzed some on my hand and I agree: it's quite nice and definitely unisex as far as I'm concerned (more than Dzing!, for instance, which I find eminently feminine).
    It seems to be...
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    Re: The vetiver quandary

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver might fit the bill - I find it has decent longevity and adequate projection (that is: it doesn't stun people around you but you might get compliments).
  12. Re: Opening a new ecommerce+shop in Italy: folly?

    First off, thanks everyone for the replies - I guess we are all a little biased on the subject =D but it's still encouraging to see you guys think there's a chance this might work.
    After some more...
  13. Opening a new ecommerce+shop in Italy: folly?

    I have reached a point where my job doesn't really make me happy anymore - and I'm not talking about my employer, I'm talking about what I do - so I'm thinking about doing something different. Seeing...
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    Re: best acqua di parma?

    Disclaimer: I might be a little biased, since AdP Colonia was the second frag I bought once "enlightened" (ie. discovering you could actually collect perfume), the first being Terre d'Hermès.
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    Re: Yet another Leather thread

    I've recently entered a leather exploration phase, so I acquired samples of:

    - Cuir Ottoman (Parfums d'empire): Very nice and wearable, reminds me of L'instant de Guerlain pour Homme with a little...
  16. Re: Azzaro PH (old formulation) vs Azzaro PH (new formulation)

    In my experience, longevity for the current version ranges between 5 and 8 hours, depending on weather - this is with a couple sprays on the chest, under the shirt, a spray on each wrist and a spray...
  17. Re: Azzaro PH (old formulation) vs Azzaro PH (new formulation)

    I only smelled the original on a mouillette (last Esxence, courtesy of L'Osmotheque) and found it much more potent, in a "'70s moustachioed macho" kind of way - nothing wrong with it of course, since...
  18. Re: Fragrances for Tropical Climate that is NOT an AQUATIC?

    If you can find it, F. Malle's Geranium pour Monsieur might be a perfect fit - I find it incredibly fresh and clean (in the pretty hot and humid Milan, Italy summer) without being aquatic/citrusy....
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    Re: Am I hyper-sensitive to certain notes?

    Definitely - I'll be a lot more wary when thinking about coumarin- and patchouli-based fragrances, and I definitely won't blind-buy those.
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    Re: Recs for my boyfriend

    I own both Grey Flannel and Grey Vetiver and I can attest they smell wonderfully "clean", and they both have reasonable longevity (I'd say 8+ hours). What they don't really have, in my opinion, is a...
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    Re: Am I hyper-sensitive to certain notes?

    Ahhh... I knew about the partial anosmy, I didn't realize the opposite was true as well (in retrospect, it's obvious). Too bad I had to be sensitive to these uber-common notes as opposed to some...
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    Am I hyper-sensitive to certain notes?

    After reading about it here and on Turin/Sanchez's book, I decided to buy Body Kouros, only to find I could only smell the coumarin in it, with a very very faint trace of something else - too faint...
  23. Re: Which one book on frags would you recommend for a person just learning frags?

    Definitely Turin/Sanchez. I LMAO'd several times and, while I really don't agree with around 1/2 of the ratings, I believe it's incredibly informative.
  24. Re: What was the last fragrance you had to scrub off, or at least contemplated doing so?

    I'ma bit embarassed to admit this but: Habit Rouge. Much as I love it on paper, the peony (I think it's peony, otherwise the peonies I bought a few months ago had been doused in Habit Rouge) is...
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    Re: your best orange parfume

    Since nobody mentions it, here I come: Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza - I find it has a very nice (if candy-like) orange note that matches perfectly the patchouli drydown. Definitely worth a sample,...
  26. Re: New Fragrance: Acqua di Parma - Colonia Intensa Oud Eau de Cologne Concentrée

    I have worn it a couple times now thanks to the very nice SA in the Milano AdP boutique who gave me several samples - to me it's a very wearable oud. It has t the vaguely...
  27. Thread: Drakkar (1972)

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    Re: Drakkar (1972)

    Drakkar used to be my everyday fragrance when I was in high school, before I stopped wearing perfume for a long time (25 years). Then, last year I found a bottle for 5€ and bought it right away -...
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    Re: Minty male/unisex fragrances?

    An update: I started with Dirty and L'Occitane Verdon, mostly because the shops right in front of each other in Milan. I kinda liked them both, especially Dirty (I bought the solid perfume, which is...
  29. Re: The best artisan´s regarding to sillage and longevity....

    I have Dzongkha and Mechant Loup; the latter is indeed very close to the skin, while I find Dzongkha to have a more than reasonable projection. Still, I find them both to be more of a "state of mind"...
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    Re: Minty male/unisex fragrances?

    Wow, I'm impressed - thanks for all the replies!
    Anyway, I have managed to spray some Roadster (the only fragrance I could find nearby) on a mouillette and I'm gonna have to agree with Kybid: the...
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    Minty male/unisex fragrances?

    Hi all,
    For some reason, I've developed a craving for a good (and affordable) minty fragrance. I've tried Heeley Menthe Fraiche, and I love it, but I find the verveine (sp?) is a bit too...
  32. The accords sound promising - is there a chance...

    The accords sound promising - is there a chance the result can be actually good?
  33. Re: Article: Mark Buxton relaunches perfume line and shows three new scents | Esxence News

    Sexual Healing is very very nice - but it's absolutely not what I expected. A lot more healing than sexual, I'd say.
  34. Thread: Basenotes Content

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    Re: Basenotes Content

    Having been there yesterday, I have to concur.
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    Re: Essenza vs Colonia

    I have and regularly use both (and samples of the rest of the line) - they are certainly different enough to justify having both, with Essenza's patchouly giving an altogether different tone to the...
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