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  1. Re: Budget supermarket fragrance beats Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle

    I love Coco Mad, and now I'm very intrigued...must check this out at the weekend.
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    Re: SotD: Thursday, 8th Dec., 2011

    Bois des Iles for me today. Gorgeous Chanel. Only because I didn't have time for the choosing ceremony this morning and I had a decant in my bag! :-)
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    Re: Penhaligon's Esprit du Roi

    Here you go: Esprit has been revived as part of the Anthology collection:
    Penhaligon's have announced two additions to its Anthology collection: Eau Sans Pareil and Esprit du Roi. Both have been...
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    Re: Penhaligon's Esprit du Roi

    I sampled it today. They didn't tell me it was discontinued. Quite the reverse, actually - it's coming out in July! It is utterly DIVINE! It's warm and fruity and sexy and sensual and I can't...
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    Re: Where to buy Vintage Opium EDT?

    Can't believe that perfume that was 'the rage' when I was a teenager is now considered vintage. I suppose that pretty much makes ME vintage now too.

    I'm loving Opium, even though I'm new to it...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 30 December 2010

    I'm wearing Opium today, and it's had one very positive comment. :-)
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    Re: SotD Friday 24 December, Christmas Eve

    I began the day with Jo Malone Orange Blossom, but am now wearing Opium and adoring it.
  8. Thread: Opium

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    Re: Opium

    Will do. :-) Don't know what I was so scared of you know. Le Dix requires much more ballsiness to wear, as does Aromatics Elixir. You need to be very sure of yourself to handle those two. And I...
  9. Thread: Opium

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    Re: Opium

    So I bought some today. Just a 30ml bottle, but it was in a gift set, so was value, as I got shower gel and body lotion to go with. Have to say, I'm delighted with it. It's perfectly wintery so...
  10. Poll: Re: What percentage of your wardrobe is discontinued, limited edition, or pre-reformulated?

    I get awfully sad about my never-to-be-renewed fragrances. I eke them out, wear them very sparingly, and dread the day when the bottles are empty completely. I've got 2 bottles of Le Dix left, 2...
  11. Thread: Opium

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    Re: Opium

    Pomander, that's an interesting experience. I hope I don't develop a love/hate relationship with it. I'm looking for a new one to wear to death. :-)
  12. Thread: Opium

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    Re: Opium

    Yes, I think this is all about memories really. I remember smelling Opium on other people and thinking it was wonderful - but scary. I think I can carry off 'scary' now! LOL! I wear Aromatics...
  13. Thread: Opium

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    Re: Opium

    Yes, I've been told it's not as good as the original and that if I am going to invest, I should get the EDP. I'm going to try it on skin first, it's the only way.
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    Re: What fragrance most smells like a stripper?

    Good god, that's practically perfume porn! ;-)
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    Re: What fragrance most smells like a stripper?

    Vivienne Westwood Boudoir. Without question. It smells of dirty knickers.
  16. Thread: Opium

    by Clemmie
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    Re: Opium

    Haha! How funny! Well, I will definitely sample it first and see how it behaves on my skin. I have a friend who can turn almost any fragrance to cat piss. It's really distressing for her, as she...
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    Re: Patchouli Lovers Will Be Excited.

    I've tried this one, and I totally adored it. Good call!
  18. Thread: Opium

    by Clemmie
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    Opium

    All my life, I have never considered myself sophisticated enough to wear Opium. On other women, it smells divine, but it has totally terrified me. Until now. I'm seriously considering buying a...
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    Re: The Synchronized Fridays

    How exciting! What a fun idea. My choice for 31/12 will be Amaranthine. :-)
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    Re: SOTD Friday 17 December 2010

    I've been doing my SOTD entries via the fragrance directory, but I'm not sure this works. Anyway, today I'm wearing Blue Grass. For the whole of this week up to today, I've been wearing Agent...
  21. Re: A fragrance that smells like "soap"- clean, smooth & elegant

    I just posted that one before I saw your reply. I think this is the embodiment of 'soap'. Gorgeous fragrance, and one I can never get enough of.
  22. Re: A fragrance that smells like "soap"- clean, smooth & elegant

    Whenever I think of 'soap' in this context, 2 fragrances come immediately to mind. The first is Ysatis (Givenchy), and the second is Pure Grace (Philosophy). These fragrances are dramatically...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 16 December 2010

    Been wearing Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionelle all week, but today plumped for Prada Infusion d'Iris. Lovely and warming for winter, I find. I'm sure there are probably many that think of this one...
  24. Re: Anyone have a signature fragrance? If so, what?

    Haha, you're in the wrong place to ask people for just ONE fragrance they consider to be so special they'd only wear that - there may be some exceptions, but this place is really for embracing the...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 19 November 2010

    DK Black Cashmere for me today. It's my 'winter warmer' fragrance!
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    Re: SotD : Wednesday, November, 17th, 2010

    SL Miel de Bois for me today. Love it!
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    Re: Wedding Day Scent

    If she's into Chanel, what about a true Queen of the Chanel fragrances - Bois Des Iles.
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    Re: How many sprays do you use on application?

    Totally depends on the frag. If I'm wearing Le Dix, I have to be VERY careful as it's a heavy hitter, a long-laster, and can have the effect of making people choke on the train. If I'm wearing...
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    Re: Question regarding Alien?

    I gave up trying to register my code. Clearly as mentioned before, that's a UK thing. Drove me potty.
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    Re: Favorite Niche Brands

    Same here. I do like other niche lines, but the Lutens frags have more meaning for me. Odd, isn't it, how you 'get' a niche and not another? I wear several SL frags, and they never disappoint.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 16th November, 2010.

    Today I'm wearing Penhaligon's Amaranthine, which I am totally in love with. I wore it yesterday as well. It just lasts and lasts...'swonderful!
  32. Thread: Airport frag

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    Re: Airport frag

    Haven't heard of that one. Thanks, I'll check it out! Also been suggested Womanity, Voyage d'Hermes, A Travers le Miroire and Madame. :-)
  33. Thread: Airport frag

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    Airport frag

    Folks, I'm dashing off to Corfu in a few hours, and I'm going to be delving in the duty-free. Are there any fab new frags I should check out? Not mega-pricey ideally. I want a new one for my...
  34. Re: Which rose-dominant scents have good longevity?

    Those are definitely the ones I would have recommended. Sa Majeste is by far my favourite (and most true) rose fragrance. I adore it.
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    Re: S O T D Thursday 15 July 2010

    Serge Lutens Miel de Bois for me today.
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    Re: SotD Monday 29 March

    My SOTD was Le Dix (Balenciaga), but I sampled Amaranthine at Penhaligon's today, and I'm loving it!
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 24 March

    Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin for me today. :-)
  38. Re: Nooo! I've been asked to stop wearing scent at work!

    I think it's discrimination! Especially if others are still ponging to high heaven! Rebel!
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    Re: Tell me everything you know about BALENCIAGA

    Sadly I know very little, but Le Dix is also one of my faves, so thanks for starting this thread! :-)
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    Re: SotD Sunday 21 March

    After much deliberation this morning I went for Josephine by Rance. :-)
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    Re: SotD Friday 25 December - Christmas Day

    NR for Her for me today. Have also been given a large bottle of Escale a Portofino (Dior) by a lovely celebrity work colleague. I already have a small bottle of it, but it's great for summer hols,...
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    Re: what do you wear when the world turns white?

    Ambre Sultan and Black Cashmere almost exclusively. They're my warm. winter frags. They make me feel snuggled.
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 22 December

    Ambre Sultan for me today - and yesterday - I'm having a love affair with it at the moment. Mmm....
  44. Thread: Fidji

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    Re: Fidji

    I could never compare Fidji with L'Air du Temps - and how odd that I've recently bought new bottles of both!
  45. Thread: Fidji

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    Re: Fidji

    I'd agree with that. Also, the newer formulations smells more 'chemical' to me. It could be that my memory of it is playing tricks on me though - I haven't had a bottle of the original formulation...
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    Re: The Ultimate Oriental Fragrance is?

    Opium is the absolutely optimum oriental to me (and I've never worn it - seriously considering if I'm grown up enough for it now I'm 50!)

    But for me...the most wearable, gorgeous, sensuous...
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    Re: Best heliotrope dominant fragrances?

    I ADORE Pure Grace, it's up there as one of my absolute favourites, but it's not strong enough or long-lasting enough, and I don't have enough of it. I could seriously bathe in the stuff - and the...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 10 December

    Day: Alien
    Evening: A Scent (Issey Miyake)
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    Re: Perfumes you wish were weaker/stronger

    I second that, and add all of the Guerlain Aqua Allegorias...
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    Re: Perfumes you wish were weaker/stronger

    Le Dix - weaker
    Aromatics Elixir - weaker
    Bois Des Iles - stronger (I know it's already strong, but I adore this one)
    Black Cashmere - stronger (likewise, strong enough, but love it)
    Oh, there...
  51. Re: Before the "perfume hobby," did you have a signature scent?

    I had loads. I wore them in 'phases'. Roughly in order:

    Avon Sweet Honesty
    Chique (Yardley)
    Anais Anais
    L'air du Temps
    Amarige
    White Linen
    Beautiful
    Monsoon
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    Re: SotD Saturday 10 October

    Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionelle
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    Re: Vanilla and Musk: Does it exist?

    I'm not vanilla/musk inclined, but my daughter is. I just read a review of Tihota and I have to say, for the vanilla/musk inclined it sounds divine! Might get a sample of this for my wee girl to...
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    Re: So t d Monday 28 Setpember 2009

    SL - Miel de Bois - love the longevity!
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    Re: Guerlain Idylle

    Yes, it's utterly gorgeous and I'm hoping to buy some at the airport very soon. :-)
  56. Re: Detailed instructions on How to decant fragrances from SPRAY bottles into atomize

    I love Accessories for Fragrance, they're such lovely people. :-)
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    Re: Lost by carrier? Say what?

    I contacted them, and you know what they said? They'd 'clicked the wrong button' on their system and the item was definitely on the way and would be with me soon. How to give your customer a heart...
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    Lost by carrier? Say what?

    I ordered a bottle of Miel de Bois (SL) from scentsationalperfumes.com. I've been monitoring the status of the order since I paid for it, and it is now showing as 'lost by carrier'. WTF? I've...
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    Re: Do you spritz before bed?

    Several years ago, on Christmas Day, I read Enders Game from beginning to end - in one sitting. I totally neglected my entire family for the day and DISAPPEARED into that book. It's the only time...
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    Re: Do you spritz before bed?

    Yes, I like to spray on a little Pure Grace by Philosophy. I have the body lotion too, and I love the indulgence of a long soak in the bath, Pure Grace body lotion and a spritz of the fragrance, and...
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    Laura Mercier L'Heure Magique

    Had a chance to sniff this today. It's going on my to-buy list. Mmmm...gorgeous.

    Bergamot, sandalwood, amber, cashmere musk, roses, gernaniums...warm, feminine, clean, completely unique. I...
  62. Re: Detailed instructions on How to decant fragrances from SPRAY bottles into atomize

    You will get great info here - more than I can supply - but the key thing is to SPRAY SLOWLY. Plastic/glass - I prefer glass, but it doesn't really matter. Tiny funnels, loads of patience, and be...
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    Re: SotD 4 September-09

    Bois des Iles for me today. :-)
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    Re: Boston Meet-Up Wrap-Up

    God, that looks like an amazing day! We have to keep doing this, it's the best fun! :-)
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    Re: Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    Oh packaging means zilch to me. I know Hana doesn't care either, I've bought her the Hanae Mori Blue Butterfly tester bottles before (minus the lovely butterfly stopper) just for the frag, and she...
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    Re: Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    That's very kind, but no, don't put yourself out - I'm going to check out Kenzo Amour, and I can easily get hold of samples of the Jo Malones. Fantastic choices here though, I'm going to make a...
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    Re: Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    I have a feeling she has mentioned this one to me herself. If it's the one in the odd-shaped bottle - the one with 3 different colours (orange, white and purple?) then I think she already has her...
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    Re: Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    Gah! Dead Sexy doesn't appear to be available in the UK, so import necessary. Will check for decant...got to try this one - and the Kenzo one too. Dior Hypnotic Poison is easy to find, so will...
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    Re: Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    I even love the name Dead Sexy! I'll have to try that one out - thanks!
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    Re: Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    Vanessa, I love the sound of the Kenzo one - as we're about to go on hol, that might fit the bill perfectly! I'll get her to try Lily & Spice as well. Thanks! :-)
  71. Re: BN WORLD MEET: all the reports in one place & vote for next year's date!

    Hear hear!!
  72. Re: BN WORLD MEET: all the reports in one place & vote for next year's date!

    Ooh, I like the look of that route! Might do a Saturday trek to check that out anyway, just for the sheer bloody fun of it! You mentioned Marylebone High Street when we stopped for coffee and my...
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    Re: Citrus/herbs for 55-year-old woman

    With the likes that you mentioned, my first thought was Jo Malone - pretty much anything, but maybe the Lime Basil Mandarin one in particular would go down well?
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    Vanilla suggestions for my daughter

    I'm going to have to ask all you geniuses for tips on this one, because I hate vanilla (although that is probably because the vanillas I have in mind are probably inferior fake ones). My daughter...
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    Re: Just back from London Basenotes lunch

    Yes, we all got one in our packs on the day. :-) Haven't read mine yet, I'm saving it for the train when I go back to work on Tuesday.
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    Re: S o t D Sunday 30th

    Ooh, I just say it as it's written, am I wrong? I say Frac (like flap) us. Don't spoil it and tell me I have to say Fraaaaa (like Bra!) cas. That would be too horrible to contemplate.
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    Re: S o t D Sunday 30th

    I had mislaid a full bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy - but after an epiphany moment this morning, I found it...so I'm smelling of Daisy today and very happy about it!
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    Re: Penhaligons Anthology

    I like the Penhaligon's Gardenia, but not enough to buy it. I'm still very sad that Crabtree & Evelyn have discontinued theirs, as I was addicted to it. However, yesterday, having tried the Isabey...
  79. Re: London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post

    Oddly, I seem to have managed to totally tune out the Miller Harris visit. I hated all but one of their fragrances, and could easily have managed not going there - but this is the beauty of these...
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    Re: Just back from London Basenotes lunch

    Alec Lawless. This is one of his sites:

    http://www.essentially-me.co.uk/
  81. Re: London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post

    Thanks for the Underground ticket Nick! Hope you had a smooth journey home.

    Clemmie
  82. Re: London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post

    Was lovely to meet you (and I deftly avoided having my piccie taken - I hate that, so hurrah!). I'm sitting here in a cloud of gorgeousness, having come home and unwrapped my Ellenisia....:-)

    It...
  83. Re: Worldwide Basenotes Meet-Up Weekend August 28-30, 2009 AND AWAY WE GO!!!!

    Ah. Don't think we did a London group pic. :-(
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    Just back from London Basenotes lunch

    Just a quick note to say thank you to Grant and Danielle for organising and herding us about, and to everyone who came today. It was a fun trip, and I didn't even spend too much! :-)

    Was lovely...
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    Re: Exploring leather & incense frags...

    My favourite leather is Tabac Blond.
    Favourite incense has to be Ambre Sultan.

    Oh yes.
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    Re: S o t D Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Wow! Thank you all, that was lovely - the cakes and so on. You're a lovely lot! I've been outside sunbathing so slathered myself in some kind of weird dry oil spray to prevent burning and when I...
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    Re: S o t D Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Woohoo! I'm 50 today and my best birthday present was that my husband took a day off work last week, trekked up to London on the train secretly, and bought me a 200ml bottle of Chanel Bois des Iles!...
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    Re: Angel: how much is too much?

    LOL! For me, a single drop of Angel is too much. ;-)
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    Re: S O T D, Sunday, August 16

    Josephine by Rance. Luverly.
  90. Thread: Layering Frags

    by Clemmie
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    Re: What are your favourite perfume combinations?

    I agree with you about that - perfume done well, no need, I mean. I've never had the confidence for layering. I've dabbled a bit, but generally I just trust the people who spend their lives...
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    Re: Replacing Lost Loves

    I think it's utterly heart-breaking when this happens. I lost a much-loved Gardenia fragrance this way, and a Patou fragrance, and my much-loved Monsoon. I managed to get a final bottle of that on...
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    Re: Go ahead. Say I told you so.

    If you hate it, there's bound to be someone here willing to swap you for something you know you love. All is not lost.
  93. Re: London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post

    I think I'm going to make a do-it-myself name badge with my real name and Basenotes name on it. I'm hopeless with names and I'm never going to remember who everyone is in relation to their names on...
  94. Re: London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post

    It's just after mine too - and my friend is giving me 'universal shopping vouchers' to spend in Penhaligon's. Whee! Can't wait!
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    Re: SotD Saturday 15 August-09

    Currently wearing a sample squirt of Eau d'Iparie by L'Occitane and kicking myself HARD for not buying it. I've come home and I want to go all the way back to Brighton right now and buy a big...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 8 August

    Well, I succumbed. I'm now liberally doused in Bronze Goddess. :-)
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    Re: SotD Saturday 8 August

    No perfume for me today (I know! Shock horror!). I want to wear my Daisy, and I can't find it, so I'm having a perfume-free sulk. Anyone know where I put it?
  98. Re: Fragrances reminiscent of baby powder? (Suggestions for a friend)

    Hmmm...the only fragrance I have that I always think of as 'powdery, but in a lovely way' is Prada Infusion d'Iris. I'm sure other suggestions are probably far better than this, because I generally...
  99. Re: London BN member tour: 28th of August -09 - details in first post

    Do you have a meeting place/time sorted yet?
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 14 July

    Coco Mademoiselle for me today.
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