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  1. Re: Tell me the notes that just don't work for you

    I have never found an amber that doesn't give me a headache.
  2. Can one add aroma chemicals to a shea butter/argan oil mixture to scent it?

    Hi, I am a total newbie, so please excuse me if this has been discussed before. I could not find anything pertinent. I like to make my own body butters from shea, argan oil and olive oils. I have...
  3. Re: Agalinis Acuta, Phantom Flower - another interesting read courtesy of The New Yorker

    Fascinating! And what an interesting way to experience scent! Thank you for the link.
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    How do you select your SOTD?

    Do you choose based on your mood? The weather? What you are doing that day? Or do you have a rotation? It was so easy when I just had one signature scent. Now, it takes me a long time to choose....
  5. Re: What's your least favorite category for colognes/frags? What's your favorite?

    Least: sweet or gourmand
    Most: mossy chypre or woods
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    Re: NICOLAI Cuir Cuba Intense.

    I'm in.
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    Re: Any advice would be appreciated.

    I personally like the thrill of the auction but some probably find 'buy it now' easier.
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    Re: Any advice would be appreciated.

    Darn. If you relist, let us know.
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    Re: Any advice would be appreciated.

    I'm curious, as I frequently buy on ebay. Why were they flagged as counterfeit?
  10. Re: LADIES TOP LIST - Whch perfume for men you like the most?

    "A prefer answer form ladies up to 35 or so (no offense)" Offense taken
    "panties dropper" sorry, anonymous. No help for you.
  11. Re: What Are The Best Tobacco Colognes...Without The Sweet

    I was so intrigued by the Meerschaum description and a blog article about her that I immediately ordered a sample of Meerschaum as well as a sample of Green Oakmoss!
  12. Re: What Are The Best Tobacco Colognes...Without The Sweet

    Meerschaum sounds fantastic! I put it on my to test list. Thanks.
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    Re: Which scent will you own forever

    In a perfect world, I would always have a bottle of original reformulation Rive Gauche. It was the first fragrance I ever bought, with my JC Penney employee discount! I am hording one precious can of...
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    Re: Affordable Leather Fragrance UK

    You could also try to find a split on the Splits Board. That was the only way I could get my hands on Guerlain Derby.
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    Re: Favorite scents around $30?

    -Halston for women (a mere shadow of its former self but still good)
    - Yardley Citrus and Wood- short lived but fantastic
    - Balmain Monsieur Balmain
  16. Re: Thoughts on my latest sampling run(Frapin, Aventus, Opus VI, SDV, XXV)

    Ah, thank you. I have heard that it's lovely.
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    Re: October Purchases 2014

    Zilpha, this is an excellent idea for introducing a loved one to scent. And what a lovely person you are!
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    Re: October Purchases 2014

    Score! Found a partial bee bottle of Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle on ebay.
    Also ordered a sample of the new Nars by Narsciso Rodriguez and a split of Guerlain Derby, that is mindblowing.
    No more for...
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    Re: Favourite or Cult Status Discontinued Scents.

    My favorite cult/discontinued:

    -Rive Gauche (r)
    -Gucci 3
    -Rochas Mystere (r)
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    Re: Favourite or Cult Status Discontinued Scents.

    I agree. I only have the newer EDT, but Miss Balmain strikes me as a happy, young fragrance. I always feel more cheerful when I wear it. I would love to find the parfum, but every time I find one on...
  21. Re: Thoughts on my latest sampling run(Frapin, Aventus, Opus VI, SDV, XXV)

    I'm curious. What does S DV stand for?
  22. Re: Do you apply a fragrance before you go to sleep?

    I usually do. And as the others have mentioned, it's never the same one that I wore during the day. I have to be a bit conservative at work, so this gives me a chance to wear something a bit more...
  23. Thread: Intro

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    Re: Intro

    Guerlain Derby- insanely sophisticated with some rose and jasmine, but masculine
    Green Irish Tweed- outdoorsy yet urbane
    YSL Homme
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    Re: Male Fragrance Discussion Forum

    I wondered about that also. On any given evening, there will be like 380 viewers on the Male Frag thread, and 8 on the women's. And they really have some fun posts.
  25. Re: [USA] Blackbird/Lampblack/Hard Leather/Creed/Nasomatto/Armani Prive/April Aro...

    I received the Derby today. Just perfect. Thank you so much for all of your efforts!
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    Re: Buying a First Perfume Under $100

    If you wear what you like, there will always be men who like it. It's more important that YOU like it. Sephora is great. They will give you samples to take home and spend some time with. Guerlain La...
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    Re: What was your first Niche fragrance?

    L'Artisan Perfumeur Timbuktu
  28. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    Found a sample and ordered Narciso. Sounds excellent. Thanks.
  29. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    I am going to put Wenge on my to try list.
    Has anyone ever tried Wood Hue by Ava Luxe? First I have heard of this company.....
  30. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    I can't find this new Narciso . Perhaps it hasn't been released here yet?
  31. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    That's interesting. I love Iso-E. I own and love Molecule 01, and Biehl's GS01 is on my wishlist. But tomorrow, I am going to give OJ Woman another try.
    For tonight, I am wearing Equipage. Not...
  32. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    That's interesting. I love Iso-E. I own and love Molecule 01, and Biehl's GS01 is on my wishlist. But tomorrow, I am going to give OJ Woman another try.
    For tonight, I am wearing Equipage. Not...
  33. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    I thought this would be perfect too and ordered a large sample months ago. Sadly, for some reason, I can't smell it. Very strange. Has this ever happened to any of you?
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    Sticky: Re: Shipping Prefix

    Great idea- very helpful when browsing.
  35. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    I love almost all Hermes fragrances. I will check this out. Thanks.
  36. Re: Fath's iconic IRIS GRIS re-formulated by two USA perfumeries

    Not in the budget at this point, but I can't wait to try the Legendary Fragrances version.
  37. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    Thanks. I have never heard of Bois Precieux, am going to sample it. And has Cabotine changed in reformulation much? Should I pursue a vintage bottle, or the new?
  38. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    Tam Dao has intrigued me. Despite the brutal review by TS and LT, I am going to get a sample, because it sounds like I would love it. Thanks!
  39. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    You all are awesome. I can't wait to search out some samples. And duh, I should have thought of Bois des Isles. I've wanted to sample it for a long time.
  40. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    I adore Sycomore. I have a large sample.
  41. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    All of those go on my to test list! They sound interesting. I always wished I could have taken wood shop! Thanks.
  42. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    Thanks for those suggestions. I will have to try Feminite Du Bois. I had read reviews and was concerned that many of Luten's fragrances are sweet. But I will try a sample. Also, I have looked at...
  43. Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    Hi, I need to get out of the chypre box I am in. I am thinking of finding a fragrance for fall, and thought I might try something woody. Any suggestions? I am not fond of sweet oriental notes-...
  44. Re: Please Name your Favorite discontinued perfume which you would like to be relaunched !

    And Hermes Amazone! So civilized and lovely.
  45. Re: Please Name your Favorite discontinued perfume which you would like to be relaunched !

    Sadly, this will never happen due to IFRA, but:
    The REAL Mystere, Rochas
    Gucci 3
    Nombre Noir, since I never got to try it
    Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle- why would they discontinue this?
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    Re: Thank you to Stuigi and LPP

    Thank you for all of your hard work. Moderating is a lot of work. Best wishes to you.
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Thanks. I will look for it. Smelling the aroma chemicals and absolutes has been so interesting. Even civet was quite the experience.
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    Re: Newbie + Chypre = Adventure

    Wow, what a riveting thread! Im fascinated by the depth of your knowlede, people. I'm a chypre person too. I've been collecting aroma chemicals to study and learn about. Someone mentioned that non...
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    Mitsouko is a must try. It's gorgeous. And Guerlain Derby is a classic. I'm a woman, but would and will wear this. It's not a hairy chested masculine.
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    Next for me is:
    -a split of Derby, Guerlain
    -decant or split of 31 Rue Cambon
  51. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    Remik, I know that I had also posted interest in Aventus, so I am sorry. I bought a partial bottle a bn er was selling on the sales page. I hope that all of the Aventus fans come through for you. But...
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    Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    I just received a sample of Guerlain Derby today. Totally awesome and all of the glowing reviews are true!
  53. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    I just smelled Derby today. That would be fabulous!
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    Re: Favourite Men's Fragrances?

    Aventus, vintage Eau Sauvage, Equipage, Green Irish Tweed, Monsieur Balmain, and Chanel Cologne Pour Monsieur
  55. This is a fabulous idea. I wish them much success.

    This is a fabulous idea. I wish them much success.
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    Al A oud by L'Artisan
    Vintage No. 19 parfum
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    Re: What perfume to wear for a fancy dinner?

    Damn that auto correct. Sillage. :wink:
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    Re: What perfume to wear for a fancy dinner?

    I am arriving late to this thread, but I never think it's a great idea to wear anything with too much spillage at a dinner party. Can you imagine having to sit next to someone for hours who is...
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    Re: September Purchases 2014

    Today I bought a small bottle of Hermes 24 Faubourg. I had smelled it once on a woman in a jewelry store. But I had never tried it personally, so it's a bit of a blind buy. But I love it.
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    Re: Benedict Cumberbatch and Scent

    Sherlock is a great show, and I love Benediction Cumberpatch. This is a fun little fact. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Gucci No.3 alternative?

    I've been wearing Gucci III for years. There is just nothing like it. I am down to my last half bottle, and I'm now hoarding it.
  62. Re: New Installment of Luca Turin's Reviews - September 2nd

    Thanks for the link. I just love reading his reviews. I think that Signor Dubrana is one of the most interesting perfumers in the industry.
  63. Re: Chanel No.19:Vintage vs New Reformulation?

    Thank you all.. I knew that you would have a thorough and intelligent analysis.
    I love green frags and am completely happy with vintage Cabochard. It was definitely the dry down in this No.19...
  64. Chanel No.19:Vintage vs New Reformulation?

    Question for seasoned Fragrance people. I've been sampling the cologne version of Chanel No.19 from a mini I won. I quite like it, and believe the bottle is moderately old. Is the modern version...
  65. Sticky: Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests September, 2014

    Zilpha, would love to try Venezia, if still available. Thanks very much!!
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    Re: your favourite male scent to wear

    I just got a small bottle of vintage Eau Savage. I can definitely smell it as a precursor to Diorella. I will definitely wear it. And I am loving Aventus!
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    Re: Worst blind buy purchased.

    Cabochard is one of my favorites. Vintage only. It's fascinating how differently scent affects people. I love Miss Balmain too. :thumbsup:
    My only terrible blind buy was Jolie Madame. It is...
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    Re: What's the one ingredient you hate?

    Just realized that for me violet is a no go.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    V is for Vivara, Emilio Pucci
  70. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    I would definitely be interested in an Aventus split. Just tried it yesterday, and now I get what everyone is posting about. That stuff is like olfactory crack.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    O is for Odalisque, Parfums de Nicolai
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    Re: August Purchases

    Wow. Beautiful.
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    Re: August Purchases

    Got some great samples today- Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle (may become a new fave) , Aventus (now I know what all of the guys are raving about-it's truly delicious) and Sheseido Innoui (that I can't...
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    Re: New Diana Vreeland line

    She was a big personality. Seems fitting that these would be powerhouse scents. I can't wait to try them. I loved DV!
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    F is for Feminite du Bois, Sheisedo.
  76. Re: New Free to a Good Home, no requests August, 2014

    Dear Zilpha, what a kindness! I am a COS female. If Zadig is still available, I would very much love to try it. Thank you very much!
  77. Re: What's your fragrance for your last day on Earth?

    I would drown myself in my very vintage Rive Gauche.
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    Re: What makes Monsieur Balmain a masculine?

    Thank you. What a knowledge and insightful answer. I will continue to wear my woods scents because I like them and will try Dior Homme. I'm even going to sample L'instant Homme next. But tomorrow, ...
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    What makes Monsieur Balmain a masculine?

    Read Luca Turin's review of Monsieur Balmain as well as all of you BN ers glowing descriptions of it. I love citrus, and hate super sweet, cloying fragrances that fill the field of modern feminine...
  80. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I would recommend trying to get a niche owner to discuss those questions with you. Talking to someone who had been there is invaluable, and most people are happy to share their experience and...
  81. Re: Did any of you "70s girls" ever use body on tap shampoo?

    I don't remember Body on Tap at all. But Clairol Herbal Essences was fantastic! I wish that they still made that scent. It was like being in a pine forest!
  82. Re: Dating vintage bottle of parfum & parfum de toilette

    In general, if the box and bottle have no bar codes or list of ingredients, you can assume that it is very vintage. If there is a degree mark instead of a % symbol, that usually means quite old. ...
  83. Re: Denizens of cheap fragrances spanning all scent categories: lend me your wisdom

    Sorry, it's Monsieur Balmain. Also, every gentleman needs a vetiver. Guerlain Vetiver can be found online for less than $50.
  84. Re: Denizens of cheap fragrances spanning all scent categories: lend me your wisdom

    My 20 yr old son says the girls love Cool Water by Davidoff. An aquatic, it is about $25. And a great citrus is Balmain pour Monsieur, about $35.
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    Poll: Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above. Plus, estate sales and consignment stores for vintage.
  86. Re: Is Chanel Bleu too masculine for a woman to wear?

    Thanks all. That gives me a lot to ponder. I'm definitely not going to blind buy.
  87. Is Chanel Bleu too masculine for a woman to wear?

    I like many "male" scents because I like wood and citrus notes, etc. I think that I would like Bleu. But there are some scents that I consider too masculine, such as Z-14. Can a woman wear Bleu?
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    Re: your favourite male scent to wear

    And I am considering blind buying Monsieur Balmain. Have any of you tried it? Too "masculine"?
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    Re: your favourite male scent to wear

    I usually consider almost all fragrances as unisex. I don't like sweet powdery scents at all. I like Givenchy Pour Monsieur, Chanel for Gentlemen (vintage) and any vetiver. There is only one...
  90. Thread: Leathers

    by sunny82
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    Re: Leathers

    Thanks for the advise. I will perhaps sample Knize Ten, for my edification. I want to know why it is so beloved. I'm not a big fan of Orientals. Azuree has been on my to test list. But I will ...
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    Re: August Purchases

    A vintage bottle of Silences, by Jacomo
  92. Thread: Leathers

    by sunny82
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    Re: Leathers

    This brings up a question that I have been meaning to ask. I see Knize Ten constantly in list's of the gent's favorites. I am a woman, but love Bandit. I generally don't believe in...
  93. Re: Hello, advice to train nose plus three specific questions

    Get vintage Dior fragrances if you can. They are world's apart from the new.
  94. Re: Hello, advice to train nose plus three specific questions

    And there is a scent called Metal by Paco Rabanne. So you nailed that one.
    Have fun!
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    G is for Glow by J Lo
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    D is for Daim Blond
  97. Re: Hello, advice to train nose plus three specific questions

    I recently started researching scents, trying to "train my nose". I read Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez' book, "Perfumes, The Guide", and learned a LOT about fragrance. But who knows what "tomato stem"...
  98. Re: What are the fragrances that you "couldn't live without"

    Vintage Rive Gauche
    L'Artisan Timbuktu
    Vintage Diorella
    Biehl GS01
    DC Sel de Vetiver
    Vintage Mystere de Rochas
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    Re: Favorite French Fragrance

    If I had to pick one, Rive Gauche, YSL, vintage
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    Re: An Inspiring Vetiver?

    Congrats on finding your signature scent. Bandit is great stuff!
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