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  1. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    I know that first hand, having helped my mother transport her cat from one place to another. On an airplane. He absolutely abhors being cooped up in the pet carrier, despite enjoying play in small...
  2. Re: Cat owners: Does your cat try to attack you over certain fragrances?

    My mother's cat has a keen sense of smell. He can detect odors very easily and react to them. One time when I was visiting and had brought a bunch of fragrance samples with me, I started offering him...
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    Re: Why has my post count gone down - again?

    Good to know, thanks! :)
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    Re: Why has my post count gone down - again?

    What the... Weird that an anti-spam tool would perform auto-bans of members. KBE visits regularly and I'll bet he's probably quite shocked about discovering his account is banned. Maybe Grant can...
  5. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    You could buy a 400ml dummy bottle, and then fill it.

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/hlAAAOSwy2Nckpjf/s-l1600.jpg
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I can see the Pascal Morabito DNA in that.
    https://www.secretcabinet.fr/uploads/5/4/4/1/54415515/or-black_orig.jpg
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    https://i.postimg.cc/PJ9G5qBW/Caswell-Massey-Greenbriar-8oz.jpg
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    Re: Vintage Chanel For Men Cologne

    https://i.postimg.cc/WbBB3XJm/CHANEL-Pour-Monsieur-montage.jpg

    Some oldies. "CHANEL FOR MEN COLOGNE", CHANEL "POUR MONSIEUR", and "A GENTLEMAN'S SPRAY COLOGNE." The older bottles still have a...
  9. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Do try if you can track it down within your collection. ;) Nice problem to have, so many sandalwood fragrances & oils. :) For daily wear, I don't often apply sandalwood fully. I tend to use it at...
  10. [US + CANADA] WTT: Jovoy Paris swap -- Jus Interdit for Incident Diplomatique

    I have a mostly full bottle of the Jus Interdit EDP 50ml, with unique windowed original box (sliding tray, faux leather covering). Original price was same as Incident Diplomatique EDT 100ml. Jus...
  11. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Some reviews I've read assert that it's likely there's no Mysore in this, partly because you wouldn't want to colorize it so much with other strong notes like this. It's too valuable for that. I'm...
  12. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Rush For Men has a healthy dose of cedar, cypress, and juniper, making for an interesting sandalwood themed fragrance. But, I don't find it such a unique composition that warrants the going prices...
  13. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    I do agree that Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore is a wonderful sandalwood composition, but the cumin and cinnamon notes are quite strong. It's also only available in the bell jar (expensive) and last...
  14. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Al Haramain Obsessive Oudh
    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/300/26154220-3089.jpg
    One of the most impressive oudh fragrances I've experienced. While Enfleurage's Oudh EDP is excellent, the...
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    Re: Gucci Pour Homme II ?

    From what I've experienced, it seems to be reformulated. I also noticed the color change with the bottle I sampled from at a Sephora. Not sure what's going on with GPH II -- maybe the pimento note? ...
  16. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Light & creamy sandalwood with a touch of spice -- there's plenty to choose from. Mythrol's Sandalwood Quest is definitely a great guide for this.

    Tam Dao EDT comes across too dry for my taste, as...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yes, definitely -- Yatagan is the "king" of celery notes.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    What the... I'm baffled. I really enjoy vintage CPuH and most of what I detect straight off is lavender, vanilla, tonka, oakmoss and musk. It reminds me a lot of Guerlain Jicky.
    According to...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Vintage Egoiste is indeed a wonderful sandalwood. I really enjoy the vintage as in most cases the cinnamon note has been tamed through time. Gucci Envy is a great rendition with a healthy dose of...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Congrats on such a legendary acquisition, Bavard! This is one of the last few on my list to own, and I kind of gave up on trying to get it for some time. Seems you paid a decent price for it. Getting...
  21. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    Try to sample it if you can, maybe get some in a trade, when ordering your next set of samples from on-line retailers, or on your next fragrance boutique visit.
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    Re: Is this a Vintage Chanel Antaeus?

    I find the current to be good, like a "summer flanker" to the original as it lacks the castoreum oomph.

    Antaeus is pretty robust and holds up well over time, but it will lose notes if exposed to...
  23. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    I would agree about Orion. Thanks for reminding me as I'd forgotten about this one. I sampled it briefly but was very impressed. Not a deliberate Aventus clone, but something I found myself...
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    Re: YSL KOUROS Reformulated?

    It's what that strength comes from. When people who know the vintage KOUROS say the newest ones are weak, that's with respect to civet. The first two releases of it had natural civet in it. Later, a...
  25. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    I was part of a pre-release review of Pineapple Vintage. I wasn't expecting an exact clone of Aventus, but it came across too synthetic and "lost"... as on it's own it's hard to know what the...
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d'Orange. Milky seaweed weirdness. Don't feel good after smelling it. Come to think of it, any fragrance very heavy on "old tyme" aldehydes makes me feel like...
  27. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    Tell that to the folks who debate nearly endlessly about batches and hunt for specific ones. I have actually sampled a few and noticed a difference. Some more fruity/pineapple, others more smoky...
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    I wonder if you realize just how ironic that sounds, for anyone not familiar with the fragrance... as we know from history, "Genghis Khan launched the Mongol invasions that conquered most of Eurasia....
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    It's a great idea to turn to fragrance when you're feeling down. I often forget to do that. As they say, of all the senses, smell is directly tied to the emotional centers of our brain. And our brain...
  30. Re: Creed Aventus Clone = Club De Nuit Intense By Armaf ?

    I think what is often missed about this "Aventus substitute" drive, is that it's not about finding a clone. Because there really isn't one. Even those that come very close to imitating Aventus in the...
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    Re: Is NOTINO for USA ever going to come back?

    Sounds like they adopted some kind of Amazon dynamic pricing model. I've seen that happen on Amazon with some items where I'm browsing them after reading about a "good deal" on a forum... when I...
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    Re: YSL KOUROS Reformulated?

    I became an unofficial "KOUROS Ambassador", as I'd always bring a vintage bottle with me whenever I go on fragrance smelling sprees. That version was the 1st release, Charles of the Ritz. I know the...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    What do you think of it? Still haven't tried it.[/QUOTE]Seriously, after all this time you never sampled Gucci Envy? :confused: Kind of surprised. It's one of the better light spicy sandalwood...
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    Re: I dislike Oud Wood now

    I've tried to like Tom Ford a number of times, but ultimately I found the compositions overpriced for what is delivered. Seemed that most of the cost went to the bottling. Grey Vetiver is nice &...
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    Re: Experience with Soivohle?

    My all time favorite from this house is Journeyman. Liz had discontinued it some years ago. and it looked like she wasn't bringing it back. But then on a lark I decided to browse her site today and...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    It's a great one -- something I hadn't worn in a long while. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful fragrance.:thumbup:
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Yeah, definitely looks like 1970's or 1980's Italian fragrance aesthetic.

    Speaking of which, considering the era, from the French side of the hill......
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    Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Thanks to @Bavard and @Diddy for the nod. :) Sorry for having been away so long -- hope to keep active going forward, if life permits.
    @Mythrol, thanks for chiming in and expanding on things. I...
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    "Funny" or "Amusing" pictures thread

    I remember there used to be a pictures thread / topic that went on for a very long time, until somehow, some way, it went off the rails and was pulled. I don't remember the circumstances very well,...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    Yeah, Wikipedia states "The sport is like a combination of polo, rugby, and basketball." It does sound hilarious without even seeing it! :laugh:
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    Re: Is NOTINO for USA ever going to come back?

    They did differentiate themselves from FragranceNet by offering some fragrances they didn't carry. The service was good. I also liked how they would occasionally offer some excellent niche fragrances...
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    Is NOTINO for USA ever going to come back?

    If I remember right, Notino had been around selling fragrances in Europe for years, then they started in the US with "BeautySpin." Eventually they renamed themselves back to Notino and lasted about a...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    Squid? I can't get it out of my head, the sight of you spraying it onto your neck and it starts out as an inky mess. ;)

    Heh, I see what you mean. Like the horse that ushered in the "Mouth of...
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    Probably the best advice. Many scents suggested are good, just as long as sparingly applied. I'd bring a small sample vial along to freshen up a little later on.
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    Same here. I had a bottle of it. Twice. And I sold it off both times. I still have a 5ml sample that has evaporated a little. I like it, but the patchouli is a bit too much for my taste. Cuir de...
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    Re: No-Buy September (formerly No-Buy August)

    I've been good, haven't bought any fragrances for a few months. Recently I revisited Horseball Classic... a fragrance that was never marketed to the USA. I stumbled upon it quite by accident about 5...
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    Re: Rendition of Chanel`s Coromandel

    I'm a bit confused by this interchange... maybe PM would be more expeditious to resolve any misunderstandings.
  48. Re: Your favorite Christian Dior niche fragrance ?

    Granville, hands down. But, I'd also say Jules, the vintage release, as it's rather like niche now.
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    I second the recommendation. :thumbsup:
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    Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    The thing is, what's popular can be for a variety of reasons. I've come to discover some real fragrance gems that aren't popular because nobody knew about them. Like Parfums Vitessence Seaward....
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    Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    There are a lot missed, because he was basing it off the fragrances he could get or were already in his collection. When he started this, I don't know if he was aware of the full gamut of vetiver...
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    Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Good to know that about the later Etro Vetiver. I will have to keep an eye out for that one. I'm also a fan of Palais Jamais. I usually keep a bottle with me in my weekender bag, stashed in a...
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    Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    One note, Vetiver, can have so many incarnations. I have about 8 different vetiver fragrances. There are a few that are very close to one another. I find The Different Company Sel de Vétiver (2007),...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I really like YSL Jazz Prestige. Just have one vintage bottle of regular Jazz. The difficulty in buying used is knowing the level, as it's kind of hard to see through the plastic... but then I...
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    Re: Flash Meetup - Osswalds

    It was a fun get-together. Josie from Osswald's is terrific, as always. Fragrance world is so vast, there's always something new to experience and the ambiance at Osswald's is just about perfect....
  56. Re: Which fragrance do you have the most backup bottles of?

    Vintage YSL KOUROS and Chanel Antaeus. Too many, actually. ;) Planning to sell some if anyone is interested.
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    Re: Limericks and only limericks allowed

    OMG, had no idea you pulled me into this! :D


    Never did this before... but here goes:

    Seeking leather, oakmoss and ouds
    Some concoctions to stir the moods
    But animalic is a challenger
    For...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Same here! Originally when I got exposed to it (about 5 years ago), I'd kept it on the back end of my purchase list. It wasn't a first-love experience, but it gradually grew on me over time. I'm...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Great testimony on Sixes & Sevens. :thumbup: This is a curious one and I think you'll find your impressions will shift as you get acclimated to it. Sure did for me! :)
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6tJQ05YJ58
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I'd like to believe this as well, that in time Josh will revisit his earlier creations with greater experience and a trend towards "evolving" the original concepts forward... thus making them more...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Vintage versus current. Original had EGOISTE as the leading title with "PLATINUM" underneath in smaller font. Also notice the placement of "EAU DE TOILETTE" (above CHANEL is vintage). I have some...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Thanks for sharing your impression of Zahd! I do wonder if the essential oils that Josh procured were a limited resource that he can't replicate again. From all I've read, it sounds like people...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Wow, you've been quite the lurker -- a number of posts in 2015, only one in 2016, and then... tada! ;)
    Thanks for chiming in. Another interesting thing to learn about Slumberhouse.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    https://i.postimg.cc/X7Xg6TRW/Salvador-Dali-02.jpg
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Interesting... "Esprit de Parfum from Slumberhouse". Extrait and Eau de Parfum mixed? Found some old posts about "esprit de parfum" on Basenotes:

    1. Sova. 2013.
    Someone named Rowan- posted 'If...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I hear you, and also agree Al Oudh is actually a likable scent. For me, just had a bit of sensitivity to some aromachemical in it. Love the presentation too. L'Artisan uses these pretty cool gold...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I have L'Artisan Al Oudh... and didn't get on with it much. So I had just a couple of wearings then boxed it up. Going by olfactory memory, I can see the similarity. But I find 6's & 7's to be more...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    You mean Serge Lutens Arabie? Because that one is rather gourmand, especially on the honey note. I'm not getting much in the way of sweetness from 6's & 7's.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Oh man... $60! I take it Josh declared full value on it? Would've been nice if he just wrote "gift." It's not like there's something inside commercially shrink wrapped and there's no receipt to...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It's very well composed and moderately balanced. Many of previous Slumberhouse fragrances feel like there's usually one note that's really dominant. While the cumin starts out strong in 6's & 7's,...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Well, there may be hope. Epapsiou has a strong sensitivity to cumin. At first he thought that he'd not get on with Sixes and Sevens. But a few days in, I checked with him and he seems to be...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Interesting way to put it -- I agree, that many of his previous releases would have one note way out of balance with respect to the others. Sometimes that works, sometimes not. It does seem like...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
    https://i.postimg.cc/bv7p44v3/VC-A-Pour-Homme-250ml-01.jpg
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The cumin definitely recedes in time. More of a woody accord comes forward, appearing as cedar and sandalwood to my nose. Very musky at the start, but that tapers off in fairly fast order. Dry...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Give it some time. I've found that first impression can often change... and you might find yourself warming up to this.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Just got mine as well. It's a very beautifully executed fragrance. Cumin comes on a bit strong at first, but starts to mellow out. I do find it "wafts" in and out. I'm not sure that this will be...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I was taken by it upon sampling... had to get a bottle. Ridiculous prices. People have paid upwards of $150 for 100ml. Then I discovered it used to be a $50 scent, about 4 years ago. There should...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Going with an early version of Dunhill Edition
    https://i.postimg.cc/fb1rVv2V/Dunhill_edition_vintage05.jpg
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Great to see a little more from Josh on his approach, process, and serendipitous artistry. Albert Camus... quite a philosopher. And such tragedy how his life was taken from him too early (only 46)....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I experienced this with a bottle of Egoiste Cologne Concentree. The early production of it was notorious for suffering label erosion, while the fragrance inside is still just fine. I had picked up...
  82. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    https://i.postimg.cc/bJ0dLVzs/Fendi-_Uomo-50ml.jpg

    Re-discovered this recently... had been such a long time, I found myself completely devoid of any scent memory. So it was like smelling it for...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    What kind of variations did you discover? Do you think the differences are due to batch variation or effects of aging?
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    It came across to me like walking through a rain forest with a really dense bright carpet of peat moss on the path... and wafts of different notes descending from the dense canopy of trees (the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Sorry, I didn't mean for you to go through the exercise if it was going to make you feel bad. :(
    However, it was very enlightening. Some of those I'd never heard of before.

    What do you remember...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    PlayDough I don't think you have any idea of how this sounds... you claim to have grown to love this site, meaning you've been using it for some time. And yet, it's only now that you join and this is...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Thanks, I appreciate it -- learned something new. :)



    Ouch! So sad to hear about that, Zephyr. In time, hopefully you'll replace a few. Anyway, at least you got a tidy profit to fund...
  88. Re: Sample Pass - Attars from Gulabsingh, ASAQ and more - WorldWide

    OK, the baton has been passed -- the sample set I received is now in the hands of Hat & Beard! :D
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    What's the back story on the lapsang souchong absolute that Josh used? Is it generally something very hard to procure, or is it that the character can change a lot from batch to batch?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    R de Capucci is a great fragrance -- don't wear it enough. Found it more appropriate for cooler weather, so should break it out. Only have splash bottles but I love the triangular shape.
    ...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I really hope it doesn't sell. I can understand, a few months from now, 6s&7s falls out of favor for someone and they put it up for sale. But right after it sells out, is purely scalp-bait. And...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I understand where you're coming from. I didn't realize you meant unicorn as in completely unavailable in any form. In the case of KOUROS, the latest is only a thin shadow of its former self... you...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Great NY/NJ weather day for Bel Ami.
    https://i.postimg.cc/R0kXZ00f/Hermes-_Bel_Ami-100ml-boxed_01s.jpg
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Most of those samples came from people who were lucky to get their bottles a good bit below market value. They're all shrewd hunters. So that's kind of what it takes -- the fortitude and...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Forgot to post this today...

    https://i.postimg.cc/8C2n2HZt/BN_Gucci-_Envy_50ml-60pct_03.jpg
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Nice! I just recently unearthed a 50ml bottle from the deep recesses of a perfume storage box. The bottle looks a little different, though. Mine is a spray. Is yours a splash?
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Wow... all gone, in what seems to be less than 5 hours. Congrats to Josh! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    The way I see it, he's more of an artist than a perfume manufacturer. And he may have very well been handicapped by the amount of raw materials he was able to procure for this. It was enough for...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    That might be why I didn't get it. Had forgotten. EDIT: It was that it sold out so fast, that was why. ;) I don't know anything about how Josh considers pricing. But given what he said about the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Wow... just wow. That's remarkable how all 30ml's are gone. Josh suspected this would be popular and of course priced accordingly ($40 more than standard 30ml). Had he done the same for previous...
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