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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    One of my favorite Churchill anecdotes.
  2. Re: How do certain activities affect performance

    Maybe they're bicyxual?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Do I look like Bavard? But, brownies, that might, um, sweeten the pot.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Yeah, the blue can AHCD reformulation is just a shadow of what it used to be.
  5. Re: What fragrance do YOU love but your significant other HATES?!

    I've only ever put on one scent to which my wife had a violently negative reaction, and that was a free sample that came with other stuff I had purchased. It also wasn't anything I loved, though it...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    But then I'd have to get the present Mrs. S. some serious dragon food. Carat cake-level dragon food.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I so want in on the brownies-for-decants swap.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Winding down my vintage mini roundup, a subset of my larger vintage survey—which could take a while.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Correctomundo.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    She does refer to gifts required for placation as "dragon food," but I've been pretty good, so she's scale-free for the nonce. I think we'll pass on Deadmau5, though she may have Diorella in her...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nyet on the Nuit. That was a veritable steal.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I was just joshing about the pineapple note. I’ve never even smelled Aventus (to my knowledge).

    It’s vaguely akin to my Kouros sample, but no one would mistake one for the other. But, I’m...
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    Re: Miracle Homme ?

    Someone may help you find a way to not be bored by it, and that would be fine. But, you know what else is fine? Not liking a fragrance you’re “supposed” to like (or liking one you’re not “supposed”...
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    Re: Vintage D'Orsay Perfumes, Assessed

    Just follow these steps. First, in the toolbar in the Reply area, click the tiny, difficult-to-figure-out-what-it-is Image button:

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    Then, click the From Computer tab and click the Select...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Good morning! (OK, afternoon for you "day people.")

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    Old ’n’ cheap, the way I likes ’em.
  16. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

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    I believe this is the last of my vintage minis. The pineapple note isn't really my thing, though it sits nicely enough in context. It's still early, but I suspect this won't be a FB priority...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Who need Aventus?
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    Re: Do smokers perceive scents differently?

    The primary purpose of that study was not to determine the effects of smoking on sense of smell. This is the most relevant passage (emphasis added):

    "Of note, smoking was not associated with the...
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    Re: Do smokers perceive scents differently?

    This makes perfect sense. It's not that all smokers willl share the same tastes, or even that smokers will like tobacco scents more than non-smokers, but rather that anything that regularly irritates...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Whatever is oiliest and smells the strongest.[/QUOTE]
    "Vintage Kouros Roast."
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Yes, but what roast do you use?
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Thanks. There will be a delay, as She Who Must Be Obeyed and I have decided that the bathroom should be repainted before we start affixing furnishings to the walls. Fortunately, the medicine cabinet...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Well, now, if I had me a bottle, I wouldn't need to decant it, would I? But if anyone wants to volunteer me a pristinely preserved example of the pre-IFRA stuff, I ain't gonna say no!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    And it already starts out smelling a day old. But that may be the greater degradation of a small sample vial compared to a well-preserved bottle.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    I like the jars of coffee beans on each shelf. Smart. I will steal that idea.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I think it went for $185. Personally, I think $3+/ml is a lot to spend on a blind-buy full bottle, and that's the range for classic Derby these days. I can wait it out until a better deal surfaces....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    That's hard to do with a non-aerosol sample vial. I suppose I could barrel it at the ceiling and then stand under the shards and droplets.

    Anyway, I'm not so sure about it myself. With so many...
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    Re: Backup bottles - Do you really need that?

    I could probably cash in my few backups for as much or more than I paid, but while I enjoy having a safe quantity of a frag I enjoy, it's not a bad idea to switch things up, either—even if out of...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    I'm rather enjoying this, as much for the complexity of its progression as for the animalic machismo of the opening blast. Mrs. S. is not so sure, so I'm holding off on a full-bottle purchase...
  30. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

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    Mrs. S. is wearing Scandal today, so I thought I'd try something scandalous myself. Also, I'm almost out of sample-sized vintage frags: by the middle of the week, we'll be back to untested...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    You really should put a doorbell on that closet.
  32. Re: Most frivolous or unjustified purchase you ever made?

    My entire collection.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    But not a slight collection. Very nice, indeed.
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    Well, mine's half gone, and Mrs. S. would like to smell the soapy dry down again (I like it more toward the end, as well), or I'd pass it on; but there's plenty where I got this for a mere $6/vial:...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    He is, really. But, I have to get him more into the hobby, first.


    Down the line, I'm sure I will. I'm more intrigued by Woto!


    But no less lovely for that. Little known fact: cats sleep so...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

    Thanks, Fanny! But I must say, for sheer presentation, 5OB wins by a mile.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Almost certainly true. Unless it’s a drum-off.


    Dear god, the humanity!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Funny you should ask…
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    You might think this juniper concoction would suit me perfectly, as my cat's name is Gin. But, that's short for "Ginger Baker," while Baie de Genièvre, lovely though it is, is perfectly...
  40. Re: More info? - Caron Pour Un Homme Champagne Cologne (French Lavender Cologne).

    One small additional bit of info: PuHC appears to have been introduced, at least in the US, in mid-1964. That's when it was first mentioned in American newspaper columns and advertisements.
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    Don't know how old it is, but it's vaulted, so it's "vintage." Creed Baie de Genièvre is what it purports to be: an elegant juniper berry scent. But, I think juniper is not what I want for a...
  42. Re: More info? - Caron Pour Un Homme Champagne Cologne (French Lavender Cologne).

    Batch code on the box, combined with the other visual cues. Guy who sold it to me said it was from the '80s, and I hadn't bothered to check. Likewise, the one who sold me my pre-1970 bottle said it...
  43. Re: More info? - Caron Pour Un Homme Champagne Cologne (French Lavender Cologne).

    I just checked, and my second bottle is actually from 1971.
  44. Re: More info? - Caron Pour Un Homme Champagne Cologne (French Lavender Cologne).

    Ah, but you're operating on the assumption that the only ingredients are fragrance and alcohol. There's water as well, and the more water, the lower the alcohol concentration. Alcohol is used as a...
  45. Re: More info? - Caron Pour Un Homme Champagne Cologne (French Lavender Cologne).

    First, I was eying that very bottle, but couldn't quite bring myself to pull the trigger. So, congrats! I'm only mildly jealous.

    Second, I've seen pics of similar bottles in museums, but that's...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks! And I look forward to your future impressions of Amazone.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I'll have to find that thread. I was watching this myself, but couldn't justify the leap. In any case, congrats to ILP!
  48. Re: Reformulations....... are they always a "less than" vintage?

    There's some truth in this, but it misses several points.

    Reformulations are not modern perfumery, per se. They are attempts to rework old formulae with different—usually cheaper and/or less...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    It really is. Virtually all his scents are fascinating to wear, but I find Burvuvu the most enjoyable.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Relieves razor burn, and smells good to boot.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Are you wearing the cologne, after shave, or "all purpose lotion?"
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    There's always a chance, but given the high prices those frags command, it's not a very big chance. (A 50 ml bottle of vintage Derby runs more than all those bottles combined—and it's less expensive...
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    Re: What to do with old collection?

    Although I agree with everyone else that you’ll fetch the best price selling individually—it’s what I would do—you might find a taker for the whole lot including the storage device. If it’s not so...
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    Re: A question regarding 1881 pour Homme

    I’ve been buying vintage “to be safe,” and because I’m interested in the original intent as much as the “best” (whatever that is) smell. But I see little percentage in pursuing exclusively a...
  55. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    He was just hiding in camelflage.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I would hold a meeting just so you could bring beignets.
  57. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    I'm saving up for vintage Derby, Bel Ami, and Knize Ten. For now, MpH will have to do, alongside 1872 Twist Leather (and whatever other leathers I've forgotten I have).
  58. Re: A newbie smell Maison Francis Kurkdjian for the first time

    It used to be my signature scent, by virtue of being the only one I had. I still have some left in one of those switchblade atomizers, but I can't see myself wearing it much from here on out.
  59. Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus? (Female edition)

    No, you're a woman: W-O-M-A-N.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Well, then, keep it to just 4 spritzes, because it sounds like you'd be sycamore.
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    The Divine Mrs. S. has some Tabac Blond she got from (I think) one of the Caron "fountains," but she's not enamored to it. I gather that the Old Blond Tabac, she ain't what she used to be. I'd love...
  62. Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus? (Female edition)

    They're definitely most famous for their leather goods, but both have full shows on the Paris runway and would be happy to dress you or me head to toe (for a small fortune). Hermès was producing...
  63. Re: What Is Each Designer's Magnum Opus? (Female edition)

    I think both Hermès and Bottega Veneta would be surprised to hear they're not couture designers.

    Don't forget Lanvin!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Also this, sealed, for Mrs. S to try.
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    MpH is a bit easier to come by—or at least, to pay for—than vintage Tabac Blond.
  66. Re: A newbie smells Maison Francis Kurkdjian for the first time

    That's juniper berry. If you like that scent, look for juniper as a note in future fragrances.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I feel I've been slacking, especially with all the success in the "No-Buy" thread. So:
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    This, I'm going to need more of. Leather chypre heaven.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    FB-worthy.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Understood. If I ever see a more affordable one, I'll try to remember you're looking.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Would you give $250?
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Teatro-Alla-Scala-by-Krizia-Pure-Parfum-0-7oz-20ml-Rare-NEW-Boxed/283461172076?hash=item41ff9a3b6c:g:reUAAOSwCEhcLMV6:sc:USPSFirstClass!91207!US!-1
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    In today's test, the target bottle (which was sealed in box) has definitely better survived the ravages of time; not just better top notes, but longer and better dry down as well. It did allow me to...
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    Well, it probably helps that I've also read Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, et al. ;)
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    Perhaps because some people need a job to pay the rent/mortgage and keep their health insurance, and explaining to prospective new employers that you quit your last job over your perfume might not...
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    Distilling a decade of personal experience in a complex world to a feeling that can be mimicked by a fragrance—even a highly complex one—seems monumentally simplistic.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Day two, this time comparing bottles.
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    Re: Epitome of the Last Decade of Fragrance

    I guess it depends what you mean by "epitome of the last decade." If we're talking about the world of fragrance aficionados and/or the art of perfumery, then Hednic and Jack Hunter are on point. If...
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    Re: Why has my post count gone down - again?

    Hey, noble techies,

    This is a relatively minor thing, but as it may be related, I thought I'd mention it: the board seems a bit flaky with regard to tracking which messages I have and haven't...
  79. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    I'm fortunate in that my cat has always drawn a clear line between rough play and an actual attack. When (over)stimulated, he will chew on me or grab me with his claws, but never break the skin. He...
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    https://demeterfragrance.com/fraser-fir.html
    https://blueridgearomatics.com/product/fraser-fir-essential-oil/

    You are hereby obligated to send me a friend request.
  81. Re: Your "chore" scents or dumb grabs at the moment

    Before I went hog-wild, my "dumb grabs" were just what I had: 1872 for "events," Terre d'Hermès Parfum for everything else. They're still can't-miss no-brainers. I just have more equally foolproof...
  82. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I forgot about PE. It impressed me as forgettable, which was clearly an accurate impression. I don't hate Bleu; it's just sort of, "OK, but why?" (To make money, obviously, which it has done, but...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I'll keep you posted, thanks! I plan to test some recent Antaeus as well to assess the difference.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Oh, I haven't, either. I was just willing to risk it.
  85. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I have a 50ml bottle of vintage Antaeus in addition to my 19ml "maxi mini." As I noted elsewhere, I think the top notes have degraded in the mini, and I want to compare to the 50ml to be sure. My...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    So I've heard. This is the only Antaeus I've yet tried, so I couldn't say. However, based on what I've read, I think the top notes may be dead on this small bottle—I was pretty much launched straight...
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    Re: Why has my post count gone down - again?

    Bavard was spuriously banned, and when that happened, all the threads he created disappeared. So, anyone who had posts in those threads would see their post count decrease. This may have happened to...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I have a writing class tonight, so I thought I’d break out the Antaeus and intimidate the newbies.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    ‘Nuff said.
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    I’m lichen that response.
  92. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    It’s you. Or your cat. Who knows?

    My cat is fine with every fragrance my wife or I have worn to date. But, he’s picky about music. Loves great writing and playing, but if you play something on the...
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    I’m sorry. I cedar error of my ways.
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    My first wearing of Antaeus. I’m kinda liking smelling like I just worked out without having had to expend the energy. Now, if only I could burn calories with this stuff…
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    Fir sure.
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    Re: Forest / pine fragrance

    …rather than still pining for it.
  97. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    I'm sorry. :embarassed:

    I had a panic today when my housecleaners left the doors open, and then I couldn't find Gin for two hours. I was convinced he'd escaped. Turns out, he's just got an amazing...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 17th September, 2019

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    Giorgio for Men, Giorgio Beverly Hills
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    Re: What's on top of your wish-list right now?

    Crown Perfumery Buckingham
    Crown Perfumery Marquis
    Ungaro pour l'Homme III, "Made in France" formulation

    Most of the endless list of fragrances I know (or think) I want is available: I just...
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    Re: Ferrari leather essence

    I haven't got it, but: https://www.mercari.com/us/item/m71334037702/
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