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  1. Anyone tried this Chanel Chance clone (UK/Western Europe)?

    Interested to see this news article appear in my Google news feed today, about a Primark-produced clone of Chanel Chance called 'PS Love Noir'.
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  2. Re: The Long Awaited Clive Christian Samples arrived...

    I will indeed, and yes I do believe that many of my far less expensive fragrances are equally satisfying, certainly to me and hopefully to anyone else.




    Hypnotic would be my choice of the two...
  3. The Long Awaited Clive Christian Samples arrived...

    I can't even remember how long ago it was I saw a link here to allow people to sign up for a random sample of one of the three pairs of new Addictive Arts perfume series by Clive Christian.. must...
  4. Re: Yes or No ? Classic fragrances under $30.00 My (possible) list :

    Glad to see you're getting Caron 3rd Man - one of my top fragrances.

    Also

    Aramis Havana - can't go wrong with this one.
    Cerruti 1881 - not bad.
    Club de Nuit Intense Man - very decent scent...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Haha, well I broke ranks yesterday, couldn't resist the lure of a woody spicy oriental any longer, my favourite especially at this time of year, so the L'air du Desert Marocain got an outing. I've...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Thought I'd start today with a brief visit to a store selling (some) of the Chanel range, and give Bleu another chance as well as trying out Allure Homme Sport and Edition Blanche.

    I tried both...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    I notice that Egoiste is in a very healthy second place in Most Worn in past month on SOTD - so i decided to wear it again today, I never get tired of that one and am starting to think I need to find...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Yes, the 250ml bottle is very chunky indeed, and I'd hate to use it to apply directly in case I dropped it! So I bought some Essential Atomiser Co. 10ml:

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    and some syringes with extension...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    I've been busy recently so not posted in a day or two but I'm still managing a 100% Chanuary month so far, at least as far as main day/work wearing is concerned. I may or may not have had the...
  10. Re: Guerlain Formula Codes - A "New" Insight Into Reformulations

    L'instant de Guerlain pour Homme Extreme is the same code as EDP, so that's one alleged reformulation which isn't, and that's good news as the Extreme bottles are impossible to find it seems.
  11. Re: How has your life changed since basenotes and fragrance experiences?

    Less money and less time since finding Basenotes, but at least I make the almshouse smell nice... :tongue: :D
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    My wallet is getting nervous of you lot - first it's Bois Noir, then AH Edition Blanche, then it's Bois des Iles, and now Cuir de Russie all of which have now got very firm 'must try' if not quite...
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    Re: SJP - Stash at Boots

    I see what you did there... :tongue:
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Interesting thoughts there - it's no good, I'm just going to have to go and try for myself, if I can get past the over-zealous Dior Sauvage sales assistants... :lolk:
    There could be a good outcome,...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    That'd be fantastic - and I'm one of those who believes any opinion is valid when it comes to fragrances - so I'll look forward very much to your impressions. It may be that the EDP could be a future...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Finally warmed up a bit outside today, so the Egoiste can have a well-earned rest for a day or two and I decided to try (cough, borrow) No. 19 EDT for the first time (on myself) - Mrs Eau Absolutely...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    I'm stumped today, another dry but freezing day out there, what fragrance to wear...? Normally I'd spray a nice comforting blast of L'air du Desert Marocain or an old favourite like Guerlain Heritage...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Excellent plan - tomorrow is forecast as dry but strugging to get above freezing here, seems like an ideal Egoiste day to me.
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Had planned on No. 19 today but the miserable wet cold weather here didn't tally with that idea, so I've gone with Pour Monsieur Concentree instead. I'm glad I own a bottle of it but I do have to say...
  20. Re: It's 1984. The fragrance police allow each citizen only 2 fragrances. A lifetime supply, but onl

    Hermes Equipage

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    Cacharel pour Homme for those wintry days

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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Made my wife chuckle today when I asked for a spritz or three of her Cristalle (EDT) - partly because I bought it for her originally, but also when she asked why and I replied with "why, it's...
  22. Re: Do you think Kouros will be around forever?!

    I think you might be surprised but in my experience, younger people's tastes in all areas of life, hobbies, fragrances, clothes, music, tend to change as they get older, and I can't see any reason...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Allure Homme enticed me today - as my first wearing ever of a recently acquired vintage bottle, I'm liking it. Perhaps better at a warmer time of year but nevertheless, it's a blind buy that's once...
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    Re: NEW: Mancera - Red Tobacco!

    I hope it gets added soon, I did submit the information needed to the library, and as I've worn it two or three times it leaves gaps in my SOTD.
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    A surprise addition to what I thought would be my sparse offerings to this event: I found a long-forgotten 2ml sample box of Egoiste Platinum lurking in the depths of a drawer, and with it being so...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Chanel pour Monsieur, the taller spray version but still vintage, hadn't realised until I did SOTD that my last wearing was all the way back in AUGUST :shocked:

    Such a gentle and refined...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Bois Noir is high on my want list, in fact, probably top of the list, but finding it, especially at the same time as having any actual money available to buy it, is a different matter.

    Anyway,...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    With my own Egoiste, Pour Monsieur, Pour Monsieur Concentree, Allure Homme, and crafty 'borrowing' of my wife's Cristalle and 19, I should be able to cover most of the month nicely!

    And a happy...
  29. Re: Female boss demands that I smell the "right way". *Please help me*

    If true she sounds like a young version of:

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    I'd say that 'exotic' and 'professional' are unlikely to be the same fragrance, so having difficulty thinking of a good recommendation at the...
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    Re: best mancera?

    +1 for Cedrat Boise as a great summer fragrance.
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    Re: best mancera?

    Best in what way?
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    Re: Your Christmas Haul

    Zilch :cry:

    Got a bit of money from my last surviving Grandma though so will go towards a bottle of L'air du Desert Marocain in the New Year.
  33. Re: Best of the Best, Worst of the Worst - 2017!!

    From the limited number I tried -

    Best: Mancera Red Tobacco - a real rip roarer of a tobacco.

    Worst: Missoni pour Homme - a mess, a shame as it looked promising.
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    Re: post your top 3 longevity frags

    Mancera Red Tobacco
    Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain
    Amouage Interlude Man
  35. Re: Are Sauvage and Aventus the same? [in Terms of Sprayer Attachment]

    I tend not to uncream my caps, but just spray into the discounts.
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Well, I didn't have to be THAT patient in the end... just found and bought an unused vintage Allure Homme 100ml for 44 UK pounds, might be the least I've paid for any Chanel thus far :thumbsup:
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  37. Re: edt vs edp vs parfume vs toilette NEWBIE help!

    I'm going to be controversial here and say that it's because they can, basically - and because people pay it. A bit like top-end luxury restaurants - sometimes the food and ingredients used aren't...
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    Re: Guilty Absolute...

    Blind bought this one a few weeks ago, and it made me think of walking into an old school classroom in the evening with the mix of wooden desk, old books and the floor having been cleaned. As an...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Thanks for the suggestions @Redneck Perfumisto - I'll keep a look out for an older bottle of Allure Homme, and Platinum Egoiste is one I'll probably end up getting at some point, again ideally...
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    Re: Chanuary - It's Chanel Month this January!

    Ok, so... own and love vintage Egoiste and Pour Monsieur, dislike both Antaeus and Bleu, what ought to be my next and probably blind buy Chanel, either current or vintage, perhaps in time for...
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    Re: Your most frustrating scent

    Eau des Baux.


    Seem to become anosmic in almost seconds, which is a huge shame for me as it's such a nice fragrance.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks - and yes it's a very nice one, a chance find on Ebay.

    My 'today I bought' is actually one I bought some time ago but as a gift for my wife on her birthday today - so now that it's been...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Sandringham by Crown Perfumery, 50ml spray.

    Brand new in sealed box as bought. The lavender and neroli top notes are very much evident still although the citrus appears to have done a runner, no...
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    Re: Google search error

    I'm still getting that search error and have been for a few days, have to go directly to Google and search 'xxx basenotes' if I want to find my SOTD, for example. Searching within the site search box...
  45. Poll: Re: Are you a signature scent or a "rotation" person? POLL.

    Unusual if I wear the same scent more than twice a month.
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    Re: Best fragrance for the least money?

    Very difficult choice as many of my full bottles are cheap but good, however, I'm going to plump for:

    Caron Third Man
  47. Re: What are your favourite Coffee fragrances?

    Agree with Palmolive on the Bond No. 9 New Haarlem - a VERY sugary sweet coffee, too much so for me.
  48. Re: Why are DESIGNER and CELEBRITY fragrances frowned upon...?

    Personally I just don't buy into the concept of 'celebrity' at all - what makes those particular human beings get disproportionately treated as so much more important than anyone else alive?

    I...
  49. Re: What do I have to do to get Dior to quit bugging me?

    4 Rights of Internet users

    In accordance with the French data protection act (the “Loi relative à l’informatique, aux fichiers et aux libertés n°78-17”) dated 6 January 1978, all Internet users...
  50. Re: If Bleu De Chanel, Dior Savauge, and Versace Dylan Blue were released the same day, which would

    Don't like Bl-ugh de Chanel or Dior Sewage and never tried Dylan Blue, but based purely on what I see marketed, pushed by SAs and given most space and prominence in stores here, I'd have to say...
  51. Re: Problematic Issues of Gender in Fragrance Industry/Community

    I find it fascinating to look back and try to work out how it was that certain notes or blends of notes were ever designated either 'masculine' or 'feminine', the whys and wherefores of such...
  52. FragranceSamples UK 20% off Black Friday sale ends 26/11

    BLACK FRIDAY SALE - 20% OFF ALL ORDERS

    The biggest discount we have ever offered.

    Enter Code = 'BLACKFRIDAY2017' at Checkout. Offer ends Midnight 26/11/17

    Brands Include: Creed, Tom Ford,...
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    Re: NEW: Mancera - Red Tobacco!

    Sounds as if I'll enjoy my 20ml split then!

    And yes I do remember those Fireball Jawbreakers, oh yes indeed. :grin:
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    Re: notino uk?

    Received an order last week from them: Cedrat Boise, Yatagan and a couple of samples, all genuine and well packaged, received quickly, so no complaints here.
  55. Re: How certain are you that your favorites won't change much over a 10+ year period?

    Given how my tastes in food have changed significantly in, well, if not 10 certainly 20 years, I'd not be hugely confident that my current favourites will still be in 2027 or later.

    But I hope...
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    Re: Need Vetiver advise

    I own Guerlain Vetiver Extreme and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - both quite different scents and yet both most definitely vetiverish and lovely.

    Got to sample to see which of the various combinations...
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    Re: PR 1 million intense... help

    Amazon indeed:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paco-Rabanne-Million-Intense-Toilette/dp/B00BJHY99G
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    Re: NEW: Nivea - Nivea Men!

    Got a reply:

    "Ihre Anfrage zur Auslandslieferung

    Sehr geehrter NIVEA Kunde,

    vielen Dank für Ihre E-Mail. Sie fragten nach einer Lieferung nach England. Bedauerlicherweise müssen wir Ihnen...
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    Re: How do you choose what to sample?

    +1

    Luckily I don't find myself at a loose end in town centres or railway stations (Birmingham New St, looking at you) very often, so most of my sampling is through online blind samples and blind...
  60. Re: If You Had to Have A Signature Scent, What Would It Be?

    I have no idea, though suffice to say that my signature scent, if it exists, probably wouldn't be one of my favorites. Hence I don't have one :grin:
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    Re: LIDGE VS. LIDG EDP in "NEW" bottle

    I think the juice is the same, or close enough not to worry about it, certainly seems so from comparing my sample of older bottle LIDGE to my newer bottle of LIDGEDP.
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    Re: Guerlain disappearing

    My enthusiasm for the house just diminished somewhat.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Carven Homme - very nice choice, and one I have four bottles of as well, seems rude not to at the price.

    I'd describe it as spicy, warm and refined - and surprisingly wearable even on warmer days,...
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    Re: NEW: Nivea - Nivea Men!

    I've sent an email to their customer service team in Germany to ask, so will update if I hear anything.
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    Re: Vintage: Bottles or Giftsets?

    Good question. I would imagine everyone has different views on this. Personally I am not usually particularly interested in the 'other stuff', only the fragrance itself, so I would not pay a premium...
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    Re: NEW: Nivea - Nivea Men!

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    https://www.nivea.de/shop/nivea-men-eau-de-toilette-40059004496270001.html

    Available here by the look of it, for those in Germany anyway, price is 32 Euros, about 38 Dollars or 28 UK...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

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    Not particularly vintage in years but, the old formulation, so I guess it counts.

    Very nice too.
  68. Re: How can i make perfume last all day? Where are the best spots to spray?

    Don't spray too close to the nose, so avoid the forehead, for example. Chest is good, especially if shirt or top put on immediately as it soaks up a little of the still wet fragrance and gives a...
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    Re: Trip to Krakow

    I'd be almost inclined to wear no fragrance at all for the Auschwitz visit, it could only distract from what is an incredibly sobering, thought provoking and heart wrenching experience, whatever your...
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    Re: NEW: Nivea - Nivea Men!

    Might have to try this one, as a loyal user of their deodorants, shower gels, face wash and moisturising creams. Will keep a look out.
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    Re: Today I bought November 2017

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    At a price of about 40p per ml, I couldn't resist grabbing this Gucci Guilty Absolute before it disappears - a blind buy too but one I'm not so far regretting, very interesting indeed -...
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    Re: Christmas fragrances

    Christmas is a different thing to everyone, and I still haven't found a 'warm mince pies' or 'mulled wine' fragrance, but anything with pine, nutmeg or cinnamon can certainly evoke the time of year...
  73. Re: Bentley Ferrari... What else is good car company must haves?

    Cadillac Black looks kind of interesting.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 12th November, 2017

    Vintage Hermes Equipage - perfection!


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    Re: Acqua di gio tester- real or fake?

    Interestingly, in the thread you linked to, I happen to think that wasn't a fake either - ingredients/text on the inside of the box too is quite normal for AdG, and on the back of the bottle I have...
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    Re: Acqua di gio tester- real or fake?

    This'd probably be better posted (or moved) in the Perfume Appraisals sub-forum, but from what I can see it looks like the real thing, lid style and thickness, label on back and underside, shape all...
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    Re: Today I bought November 2017

    Both are worthy occupiers of my full bottle cabinet, nice choices.
  78. Re: Which fragrance do you have the most backup bottles of?

    Moschino pour Homme - 4
    Mugler Pure Havane - 4
    Carven Homme - 4
    Hermes Equipage - 3
    Balenciaga pour Homme - 2
    YSL M7 - 2
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Yes - I have owned 3e Homme for a while and it's another one that wowed me instantly, and was another blind buy too. I should probably try some other Carons sometime.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Caron Yatagan - a complete blind buy, and damn, glad I did. Definitely one of a kind, in a good way.
  81. Re: What is Your Favourite Note ...and least favourite

    Favourites: lavender, tobacco and sandalwood
    Least favourites: rose, iris, clary sage
  82. Re: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme - "Made in France"?

    Merge

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/444452-Made-in-France-Dolce-and-Gabbana-pour-homme-new-reformulation-out

    with this thread perhaps too?
  83. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Bond New Haarlem - too sweet and somehow synthetic smelling for my liking, that sweetness rather overpowers what is not a bad coffee underneath it all.

    Montale Intense Cafe - huge...
  84. Re: If you had to choose only two fragrances from the following...

    Fahrenheit and Rive Gauche, I love the standard Egoiste but not the Platinum so much.
  85. Re: Name A Good/Great Fragrance That You Don't Feel The Need To Purchase??

    Creed Aventus (shhhh!)
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    Re: Today I bought November 2017

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    Eau des Baux, Yatagan and Cedrat Boise, courtesy of Notino.
  87. The Fragrance Shop UK up to 65% pre-Christmas sale

    http://www.thefragranceshop.co.uk/christmas-early-offers.aspx?main

    Some decent offers but the words 'up to 65% off' are key, many items only have a small discount.
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    Notino UK Flash Sale 5 Nov only

    https://www.notino.co.uk/flash-sale/

    Various fragrances in flash sale described as:

    "Absolute best sellers for the best prices of the year, today only 10 a.m to midnight."
  89. Re: Which bottle did you get through the quickest?

    I hardly ever wear anything twice in the same week, I get fatigued quite quickly even of superb fragrances, hence my lack of signature scent, but if I had to predict which bottle may end up empty the...
  90. Re: Clive Christian really is churning 'em out! 9 fragrances in 9 months?!

    Luckily their prices ensure I'm not even remotely tempted to sample any, but they must be confident that there's enough of a market out there to make it a viable business model.
  91. Re: Clive Christian Atricle... I mean advert

    "This series of Telegraph articles, brought to you by Clive Christian"

    Advert. Or at the very least, a 100% biased article.

    Oh, and:

    "Each 75ml bottle is £525"

    So at, let's say, 9 sprays...
  92. Re: Brand new bottle spraying on very first press - Normal?

    Just yesterday I had the same - a sealed brand new Issey Miyake, and sprayed on first press. Pretty unusual though, normally it takes two or three to 'prime the pump'.
  93. Re: Which Fragrance in your collection has the worst performance?

    Monsieur Carven, sadly, as it's wonderful.
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    Re: Newbie: my first four niche scents

    I think your first two choices are pretty infallible, can't go wrong with either.

    But after that, I'd really consider looking at sampling a few offerings from Guerlain and Caron - some excellent...
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    Re: Sample / Travel Atomisers

    Last ones I bought just a few days ago for decanting splash into were:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handbag-Travel-Pocket-Perfume-Atomiser-10ml-Pure-Small-Imperfections/272557853783

    Really very...
  96. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Fraîche EDT

    A blind buy at a great price in TK Maxx, very impressed, something to keep for next spring and summer.
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    Re: Hwyl by Aesop

    In Welsh it's pronounced as 'Hoo-will' but with a very short 'Hoo' sound. The full expression is "Hwyl fawr" (lit. "all the best") but as so often in spoken language, it gets shortened.
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    Re: Hwyl by Aesop

    Perhaps not one to wear on a first date with someone from Wales, as the word 'Hwyl' is used to say 'Goodbye' in spoken Welsh...
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    Re: Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man

    Blimey, that's a brave thing to say here :grin: My wallet likes it better too...

    I notice you're in the UK too - what's your secret to getting compliments anyway? I've not even had a COMMENT,...
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    Re: Axe YOU smell

    Oh, I know the feeling, took me a while to understand things like Fougère, Chypre and Gourmand, and even now I'm not always sure what category things fall in, there's more than a few what might be...
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