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  1. Thread: Am I crazy?

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    Re: Am I crazy?

    Me too! I feel like a drug addict some times, just needing a "hit" to feel better.
  2. Re: Does our sense of smell (discernment) improve?

    While you can't grow more olfactory receptors than you originally had (element of genetics at play, some people just have better noses), you can train your brain and strengthen the neural pathways...
  3. Re: L`Artisan Parfumeur - Tea for Two - surprise !!!

    I've always wanted to try this because there are so many of my favorite notes. Hopefully now that it's back in stock I'l get a chance to sample it. The USA online shop for L'Artisan is showing it as...
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    Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home: January - May 2015

    Samples go to RingER!
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    Sticky: Re: Free to a Good Home: January - May 2015

    Let's keep this lovely free stuff train going! :)

    Baggie of samples to one person in the US (sorry!)

    Parfumerie Generale "Querelle"
    Annick Goutal "Folavril"
    Cartier "Declaration"
    Cartier...
  6. Thread: Honey

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    Re: Honey

    Ah I see, thank you for your help!
  7. Thread: Honey

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    Re: Honey

    Thank you, wonderful answers! PK, how what is your opinion on the scents of beeswax absolute and the generic honey base? How do they differ in scent? Which do you prefer?

    I think I am going to...
  8. Thread: Honey

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    Honey

    How would one go about creating a honey accord? Is there a natural absolute or can it only be recreated using aroma chemicals? What would those be? I find that a lot of the scents I've been making...
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    Re: frag shopping in Atlanta?

    Update:
    - New Diptyque store in Atlanta
    - Byredo now carried by Neiman Marcus
  10. Re: Speed Smelling Collection by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances)

    Snark is welcome, Deadidol! :) I'm enjoying reading everyone's takes on the scents.

    As an orange blossom and honey lover, Flipo's concoction was one of the ones that interested me the most. Those...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 2nd March 2015

    Thanks for the good luck wishes, ErinK and teardrop! I think I did well on the exam.

    Halfway through the day, I topped off my Gypsy Water (which is very quiet on me) with a few spritzes of its...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 2nd March 2015

    Wearing Byredo Gypsy Water today. I have a Biology midterm later today so I need something comforting and meditative.
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    Re: Getting samples when you're shy

    I'm shy too, and forcing myself to chat with SA's has really helped me with my "stranger schmoozing skills". It gets so much easier once you just try it. Just be polite and express interest.
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 26th February 2015

    (double post, oops)
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 26th February 2015

    Testing samples in bed today after my class this morning got cancelled (because of a little sleet! Oh, Georgia...)- what a wonderful feeling. Right now I have on Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel, which is...
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    Re: Looking for a birthday perfume suggestion

    Cartier Baiser Vole is a lovely sweet lily that she might like. It's good for a beginner because it's pretty much universally pleasing.

    Also Lys Soleia but that's more of a tropical lily.
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    Re: Lipstick of the Day - What ya wearing?

    Wore my new Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet last night. It's matte and comes in a lip brush style tube. It lasted through a whole party without budging and I got a lot of compliments! :D
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    Re: SOTD Monday 23rd February 2015

    Back on Basenotes after being far too busy for months. Testing Diptyque Volutes tonight and it's rather cozy.
  19. Re: Speed Smelling Collection by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances)

    The descriptions for these looked promising, I'm disappointed that they apparently don't translate well into the actual product.

    For those who wanted to read the descriptions:

    The Creators &...
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    Re: Your Favorite Magnolia-Based Fragrance

    My search for magnolia is still going as well. A surprising contender for me was Laboratorio Olffativo's "Decouvert". To me it smells close to my ideal magnolia, but topped with sweet lemonade and...
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    Re: Looking for a new scent

    Elie Saab L'Eau Couture is a new spring release with orange blossom, vanilla and almond. You might like that one. They have it at Nordstroms, definitely.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Testing Elie Saab L'Eau couture and Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Royale today. So far I like the fresh green almond + Kurdjian orange blossom combo of the Elie Saab, though it isn't as narcotic as the...
  23. Re: What would these scents be composed of if you were "The Nose?"

    What a fun topic.

    Mummy - Dry, spicy, papery - Kyphi incense, styrax, papyrus, ginger, vanilla.

    Dracula - I could see something with dark violets, cold, austere and a little earthy.

    Wolfman...
  24. Re: Have you noticed frags aging for the better?

    So far I have only noticed an improvement with aged perfume oils and not aged alcohol based perfumes.
  25. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Hmm I've never smelled elderflower before.
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    Re: What smells "gothic" to you??

    Serge Lutens Santal Majascule. It's really about the wine-like roses more than the sandalwood for me, with some bittersweet cacao and musk. As one reviewer put it, this is the scent for a Lady...
  27. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    That was just marketing hype, to get people to talk about it. Secretions Magnifique is one that apparently smells like blood and semen, so stay away from that one.
  28. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Mmm yes I love the smell of old books. I do agree that it is quite vanillic. Apparently it has to do with the old binding glue breaking down over time. I tried Demeter Paperback and it was actually a...
  29. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Interesting stuff.

    I thought about it a little more and I'd love something with a sweet corn or cornsilk note. I used to have the job of shucking corn for dinner when I was a child, and I'd go sit...
  30. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    I've smelled cepes in CB I Hate Perfumes Wild Hunt. I think that's what gives the composition a nice earthy, fungal sweetness. I'm sure there are many notes that would pair nicely with cepes.
  31. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Re: Rare Notes

    Thank you for the cranberry suggestions, Kumquat. I agree about those notes being lovely, they should be used more often. Chamomile often smells like an herbal apple juice to me. It's a very...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I sampled my first Slumberhouse this week, Norne, on my quest for a forest scent. It was amazing! Green, smoky fir trees on a cold day. I compared it to Fille en Aiguilles (which I sampled at the...
  33. Thread: Rare Notes

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    Rare Notes

    I was thinking the other day about how certain notes seem to be very under-appreciated in perfumery and rarely used. For example, after sniffing Slumberhouse Zahd, I realized that I'd never smelled a...
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    Re: Bond No.9- Chinatown, Isn't it lovely?

    I sampled it a few days ago. I really wanted to like it. All the notes were right up my alley. Gorgeous spiced peach and orange blossom opening, but it quickly dried into a sort of peachy candle wax...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. Monday, March 17 2014

    Today I'm staring out by testing Grandiflora Michel on my magnolia quest. (Looks like we're scent twins today, Evangeline.)
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 15 March, 2014.

    Testing a sample of Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles. So far the opening is very savory/aromatic and animalic. I was hoping for more orange blossoms, but I'm enjoying the scent education regardless of...
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    Re: A Very Good Year

    1994 is my birth year. I guess that goes to show you how much of a baby perfumista I am!
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    Sticky: Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Floris sent me about 10 samples when I inquired about their feminine line. Robert Piguet sent me three samples of scents I inquired about. Lovely customer service from both.

    Overall, I have...
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    Re: Perfumery Inspiration Thread

    I love people watching and creating a perfume for a stranger's style. Also, there's a book of Traveller's Tales that I read over and over when I was a child until the binding broke. I'd love to go...
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    Re: My Favorite Celebrity Fragrance

    +1 on Fancy Nights. Papyrus, patchouli and vanilla. Tart/spicy/green opening, soft/papery/vanillic/woody drydown.
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    Perfumery Inspiration Thread

    If you were a perfumer, what would your inspirations for your art be? It can be anything, from a culture to a memory to an emotion. A few of mine would be a childhood spent outdoors, reading myths,...
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    Re: Free to a good home

    I received some samples from nurseratchet as well, she's a very generous new user and I hope she sticks around!
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    Sticky: Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    The Hermes store was very generous with their 4-5ml Hermessence samples.
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    Re: The Internet and Perfume

    As a child of the digital age, I never experienced my perfume hobby in a world without the internet. Because of the internet, I have access to the collective knowledge of the past and present. I am...
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    Re: Expected Perfume Trends for 2014-2015

    Hmm, this makes me curious about the fragrance trends of China and how they will impact the current heavy/fruity/gourmand/patchouli trend in Western perfumery. I think it is Japan (?) that favors...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Zahd

    Thanks for the detailed responses Redneck Perfumisto and Deadidol, sorry I kinda hijacked the thread with my forest perfumes, haha. I enjoy both hyper-realistic depictions of nature and abstract ones...
  47. Re: What's up with Chocolovers? Should Aquolina relaunch it?

    I sampled Chocolovers this year, and I was surprised at how much I like it. I totally remember seeing it in drugstores for like 10 bucks before it was discontinued. I wish I had a little perfume time...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Zahd

    Well with those great recommendations, looks like I'm definitely going to have to try Norne...and maybe Juniper Ridge too.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Zahd

    Redneck Perfumisto, I actually haven't tried anything from Slumberhouse yet (yikes!). I've been meaning to test Norne on my "foresty scents" quest. Zahd's notes caught my eye, though it is way out of...
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    Re: Penhaligon's at Art of Shaving???

    I spoke with the clerk at Art of Shaving when I was there picking up a gift for my father (I am female). I noticed the Penhaligon's, and was very excited because my city doesn't have anywhere to...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Zahd

    I kind of wish that this thread hadn't been moved here, because then I wouldn't have seen it and pined for an impossible fragrance. Inspiring stuff, though. Crushed velvet. Cranberry. Cranberry is a...
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    Re: PK Perfumes Pass part two

    If there are available spots on the pass, I'd love to join. Who do I PM? I've read the thread, and the Ginger Zest and Violet Chocolatier are calling to me! It's especially interesting to be able to...
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    Re: Olympic Orchids

    Yes, I have checked it out. I was lucky enough to be able to get in on a small sample pass, so I will be able to test Forest Walk (as well as Velvet Rose and Winter Woods).
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    Re: Incredible! - Sonoma Scent Studio

    Wonderful reviewing, Remik. I've discovered that I'm not a big fan of violet either, as it tends to be far too powdery on my skin.
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    Re: Olympic Orchids

    Danieq, I actually just made chocolate ganache with orange zest today to dip strawberries in, and I was huffing the bowl and wishing that it could be made into a perfume. Thank you for the suggestion.
  56. Re: Only by looking at the Scent of the Day page...

    When I discovered the Scent of the Day page, I had a brief daydream of an island full of all the Basenoters, and how lovely it would smell. The country of Basenotopia!
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    Re: Olympic Orchids

    Thank you for your honest responses. I am new to perfumery (as of about a year) and my nose is not very sophisticated yet. The Orchids scents smell natural to my nose and not...
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    Olympic Orchids

    I recently sampled three scents from this line (Olympic Rainforest, Kyphi and Carolina), and I was impressed with the quality for the price. I've spent most of my perfume budget for the month but I...
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    Re: Smells like orange and chocolate

    Two fragrance oils - Possets Epinoia (cocoa, sweet spice, citrus, and vanilla) and Arcana Venous Return (orange flower, bitter chocolate, dragon’s blood resin, red myrrh, musk, peppercorn, cassia,...
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    Re: Ethereal Elven fragrance

    Hahah nice, Martinijo. Also, nice avatar. I just marathon-ed Trailer Park Boys during the Atlanta "snowstorm".
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    Re: Ethereal Elven fragrance

    I tested Enchanted Forest today and it is definitely an elven fragrance. I want to bathe in it, then run around the forest in a gown.
  62. Re: Fragrance and food: jasmine tea and civet coffee

    Hmmm I don't think I'd like civet in my coffee, though I love floral teas. Jasmine, rose, and orange blossom are amazing with a little honey and/or a splash of cream.
  63. Thread: Honey!

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    Re: Honey!

    Shadesofbleu, I was really into perfume oils for a while (Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab, Alchemia, Possets, Blooddrop and Arcana) and my favorite for sweet, spicy and/or honeyed scents was Arcana. You...
  64. Thread: Honey!

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    Re: Honey!

    ComDiva, I have some Girls Love Limeys around here somewhere and I remember really liking the honey note. I prefer my honey mixed with spicy or woody notes rather than citrus though, so I didn't...
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    Re: Summer Evening Fragrance

    I like honeyed white florals for Summer nights, they really seem to bloom in the heat and they can be a bit strong for daytime. Elie Saab le Parfum is the one I wear most often.
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    Re: Ethereal Elven fragrance

    If we're going for a lovely, natural forest scent, then my pick would be Olympic Orchids Olympic Rainforest. If we're going for a floral, I'd go for Hermes Iris Ukiyoe.
  67. Thread: Honey!

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    Re: Honey!

    I agree, honey can be an iffy note on my skin, but I love it. I sometimes get that overripe, sickly sweet scent from honey scents which I don't like.
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    Ethereal Elven fragrance

    Alright, let's get nerdy. What sort of scent do you think an elf would wear? I think an "elven scent" would have a sort of haunting beauty, natural elegance and melancholy.
  69. Thread: Honey!

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    Re: Honey!

    Great suggestions, guys, anyone tried CB I Hate Perfumes Wildflower Honey? Realistic honey note? Any other suggestions?
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    Re: Incredible! - Sonoma Scent Studio

    Thanks Scentfan, can't wait to sample them. I'll add my 2cents when I do though.
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    Re: Free to a good home

    Thank you, cp214 and Kalli, sorry for the confusion.
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    Re: Incredible! - Sonoma Scent Studio

    I've been stalking the SSS perfume notes and this thread. I'd love to try these if there is room in the second pass. Any way I could be last in the sample conga line? I'm a poor college kid who's...
  73. Thread: Honey!

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    Re: Honey!

    Great suggestions! I've tried Lady Million and it does have a huge honey note but it is sort of temperamental on my skin. I tried the wax sample of Miel de Bois and loved it and I'd love to try a...
  74. Thread: Honey!

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    Honey!

    Hello Basenotes,

    Could you suggest me some lovely scents that have honey featured prominently? I love honey notes!
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    Re: Creamy, sweet and spicy?

    Yeah Omnia was on my test list, it sounds great. All these suggestions sound lovely, everyone.
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    Re: Creamy, sweet and spicy?

    Hmm I thought Coco Blanc wasn't spicy, I'll put it on my list. Any more suggestions?
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    Re: Creamy, sweet and spicy?

    Out of these suggestions, I've sniffed EL Sensuous (like, but I prefer Sensuous Nude) and Organza Indecence (like a lot) but I need to try both of them on my skin. I've tried the solid perfume...
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    Re: Creamy, sweet and spicy?

    Thank you for the suggestions! I've tried Saffran Troublant (love) and Hypnotic Poison (like a lot, though not quite what I was looking for). All of the suggestions look great, especially the Ava...
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    Creamy, sweet and spicy?

    Hello Basenotes, what are your suggestions for a perfume that is creamy, sweet and spiced all at once? I've found that this type (often "oriental") is one of my favorites. I'm not looking for...
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    Re: New on BN - What do you suggest?

    Out of these last perfumes that have been suggested, I have sniffed Tuberose Gardenia (love, could see myself having a bottle) and Montale Full (a little too whack-you-over-the-head-with-jasmine, but...
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    Re: My take on the Hermes Un Jardin Series

    My favorite is Un Jardin en Méditerranée, though I must admit it is rather sheer (especially for the price). I have not been able to try Un Jardin Après La Mousson yet though, as none of the stores...
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    Re: New on BN - What do you suggest?

    Hednic, Thank you, I like the notes on that one.

    Kalli, Thank you for the very detailed response. I have a mini of Jo Malone Grapefruit and I love it for summer, but I actually prefer Jo Loves...
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    Re: New on BN - What do you suggest?

    Cacio, I've tried Jour d'Hermes and I liked it but it wasn't a WOW for me. It was a little too mellow on my skin.

    Linsul, I like the notes, I'll have to check that out. I only really get wary of a...
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    New on BN - What do you suggest?

    Hello all,

    I'm peppermoon! I love big white florals and sweet/spicy orientals.

    My favorite notes are:

    Spring/summer: tea, ginger, honeysuckle, honey, grapefruit, orange blossom, peach,...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    I know this thread is old, but it's been ressurected so here goes: Olympic Orchards Olympic Rainforest is a great 'whole forest" scent, which is one of the few I've come across that has a beeswax...
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    Re: Are you a collector?

    I'm a collector of scent memories, but not the fragrances themselves, if that makes sense. I collect samples of scents with notes that I am not familiar with so that I can file it in my brain as "oh,...
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    Re: Name your Holy Grail. Have you found it yet?

    I haven't found "the perfect perfume" yet, but I've only just begun my fragrance journey so it's only expected. I do search for it based on categories though (orange blossom holy grail, magnolia holy...
  88. Re: new here looking for advice on gormand

    Tobacco vanille is very nice, but I wouldn't call it traditionally masculine. IMHO it's unisex. L'Artisan Mechant Loup is a nice honeyed cedar and hazelnut gourmand that I think you might like.
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    Re: Application points

    I thought I heard something about the glands behind your ears making that skin secrete something that causes your perfume to smell different. Probably a perfume myth, but I still don't apply behind...
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    Re: What are you not feeling anymore??

    I know it's sacrilege but I'm tired of patchouli being a sort of universal ingredient. It's an iffy note on my skin, and it either goes bug spray or nice warm note. Also I agree about the oud, I'm...
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    Re: The best thing I heard an SA say...

    I was testing Lancome Midnight Rose a few days ago, and the SA asked what I thought of it. I said that I liked the raspberry note and she laughed and said that there was no raspberry, just some kind...
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    Re: Application points

    Nape of neck and/or chest if I'm wearing a scent. Inner elbows if I'm testing it for the first time.
  93. Thread: Help

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    Re: Help

    You should check out Juniper Ridge Colognes, they do a lot of outdoorsy but clean scents that are meant to smell like hiking in a certain place. Lots of pine, juniper and cedar.
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    Re: London Rain by Jo Malone - 4 scents

    ExtremeK, I think you posted in the wrong thread? Interesting stuff though.
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    Re: Most worn in January 2014

    I sampled a lot this month, so not a lot of repeats. I did wear Kate Walshe Boyfriend, Tocca Cleopatra and TF Tobacco Vanille a few times though.
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    Re: London Rain by Jo Malone - 4 scents

    Hmmm I like White Jasmine and Mint, but it doesn't remind me of afternoon rain at all. Makes me wonder if they are changing the notes of the original for this new collection.
  97. Re: Any fairly easy-to-find, designer feminine frags with a clear tobacco note?

    Niche, not designer, but easily bought online:

    Olympic Orchids Carolina - honeysuckle, hay and tobacco flower

    Demeter This is not a Pipe - sweet/spicy pure tobacco scent with a little wood,...
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    Re: Valentines Gift For Girlfriend

    If she liked Noir, which is the original + more berries and minus praline, she'll probably like La Fleur, which is the original, watered down with flowers. I'm a 19 year old girl who loves sweet but...
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    Re: Magnolia Grandiflora - Michel

    I LOVE magnolias. They remind me of a childhood spent climbing magnolia trees. So far I haven't been able to find a perfume that matches the Magnolia Grandiflorum flower. I can't wait to try samples...
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    Re: Green to Go- Spring for it!

    L'Artisan Timbuktu
    L' Artisan Piment Brulant (fresh green bell pepper)
    Olympic Orchards Olympic Rainforest
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