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  1. Re: Have you had a positive compliment that kind of hurts

    My husband likes a few drugstore scents (Dana, especially) as much as some of my Chanels and Guerlains, but it doesn't cause me dismay...he isn't influenced by expectations or knowledge about what...
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    Re: Bois des Iles. An Oservation.

    Chanel No. 5 was the first perfume to be identified with the house, and it was so unusual that it retained its place in the spotlight and developed a life of its own. I think it deserves the praise...
  3. Re: Scent from a shipwreck: recreating a lost perfume

    This is why I love perfume. It is so romantic - behind the business models, marketing strategies and assembly lines, there is an essence, almost a soul, that carries all history and human experience...
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    Re: Fragrance got stronger?

    Yes, this happens a lot. Some perfumes that initially smell weak and perform poorly can actually turn into powerhouses after 6-12 months (or longer) on the shelf.
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Wow, thanks for educating me. Technically, it's everyone's right to do whatever they wish with their bottles, and some sellers clearly approach sales strictly as business transactions, so the onus is...
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    Re: How Did You Become A Fragrance Lover?

    From smelling my mother's signature Prince Machabelli Stradivari, for as long as I can remember; and then my third grade teacher's Weil Antilope.
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    Re: Are you a fragrance scalper?

    Nor would I. In fact, the first question struck me as quite surprising. Regarding the second question, of course whatever I buy belongs to me, and I can do what I like with it - which means either...
  8. Re: Has anyone received fake fragrances from fragranceX or fragrancenet?

    As far as I know, never.
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    I don't want to, even though it's legal in Colorado! I might be the only person on the planet who doesn't get cannabis from Black No. 1. Weird!
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    Yes, many (maybe most) people do. See my post #21, above.
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    Re: Reformulation better than Vintage?

    I couldn't figure out how to multiquote in a way that would make sense, so I quoted your statement to thVH because that is what I meant in post #32, above, where (in your post #34) you questioned how...
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    Re: Reformulation better than Vintage?

    When a reformulation is subjectively determined to smell better than the original, it's usually because one or more notes have been toned down or intensified (in effect producing a flanker). I can't...
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    Both.Conifers, kelp and sage are listed as its main notes on a few websites; it's a leather with a distinctive seaweedy air that a lot of people think smells like marijuana (the Basenotes directory...
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    Black No. 1 (formerly Blackbird, by House of Matriarch) smells like a pine forest by the ocean in the Northwest (complete with crackling campfire under a light drizzle).
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    My pleasure!
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    Re: Perfumes of American Places

    Perfumes of the Desert (based in Albuquerque, New Mexico) makes a line of fragrances that really do smell like the American Southwest, with its plants and pines. Their website is...
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    Re: Father's Day Surprise

    Glad you got your gift early, Chuck!
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    Re: Damaged Fragrance?

    The one that smelled better was very likely an earlier formula.
  19. Re: Do you like or dislike fragrances based on criteria OTHER THAN SMELL(and performance)?

    Primarily smell, and performance secondarily. If it's something pricey that I continue to love after several exposures and research, I save up for it and treat myself.
  20. Thread: New here

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    Re: New here

    It was introduced in 1999, only 21 years ago - so you're much less likely to find spoiled bottles than if you were looking for something created in the first half of the 20th century. eBay has many...
  21. Re: Do you wear a fragrance that other people like on you, even if you don't care for it yourself?

    No, can't think of a single time I've done that.
  22. Re: Perceptions based on the Poster's Gender inside BN... Unconscious Bias?

    That's what I do. I go by topic, and don't notice which section a thread is in until I want to find it again later.
  23. Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Opium, Cinnabar, Giorgio, Bijan, Poison, Obsession - classics of the 70s and 80s.
  24. Re: Perceptions based on the Poster's Gender inside BN... Unconscious Bias?

    That's a good point.

    There are two issues being addressed in this thread: outright gender bias, which I have never experienced at BN; and topics begun in areas of the forum that might not be the...
  25. Re: Perceptions based on the Poster's Gender inside BN... Unconscious Bias?

    This has been my observation, too.
  26. Re: Ladies, what male fragrances do you enjoy wearing?

    Knize Ten, Havana, Egoiste, Encre Noire, Cigar, plus many that are marketed as shared/unisex - especially fougeres and incense fragrances.
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    Re: Knize Ten or Knize Ten Golden Edition?

    Glad you're enjoying the Golden Edition. Knize Ten is just so good, in both versions - a joy to wear. Agree that less is more.
  28. Re: Wearing fragrance in times of COVID-19 (facemask)

    I think that would be very irritating to mucous membranes, and would eventually lead to anosmia.
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    Re: Water Flossers

    I was dubious for years, until I finally caved to the promptings of my dentist. I got a Waterpik Aquarius WP 660 and it's made a world of difference in my checkups over the past 4 years - no...
  30. Re: I loved '______' until I smelled '______' and it ruined the other

    I still like Coromandel, so I wouldn't say that Borneo 1834 ruined it for me, but I almost never wear Coromandel anymore...too sweet, by comparison. I prefer the raw, dry qualities of Borneo, which...
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    Re: Father's Day Surprise

    What a great wife and son! That unboxing should be lots of fun.
  32. Re: Wearing fragrance in times of COVID-19 (facemask)

    I've always worn fragrances for myself, and I only wear a mask for shopping and essential appointments, so mask-wearing has had no impact on me in the perfume department. All I ask of a fragrance is...
  33. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    Not counting backup bottles or dfferent vintages of the same concentration:

    Guerlain - 27
    Chanel - 18
    Lauder - 9
    Caron - 7
    Weil - 7
    YSL - 6
    Dana - 5
    Patou - 5
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    Re: That’s Not “Vintage”

    For what it's worth, here's a list of dates compiled from my research:

    e (for "estimated") - 1976

    barcode - 1989 (in some cases 1988 - 1990)

    green dot - 1992

    Mysore sandalwood starts to...
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    Re: That’s Not “Vintage”

    My cut-off point for calling something "vintage" is the period in which IFRA restrictions began to choke the field, resulting in the reduction, substitution or deletion of perfumery's most notable...
  36. Re: Do grey market sites ever sell products that don't meet quality control standards?

    Short stem, bad weld, weird font, different atomizer = fake, not poor quality control on Dior's part. Combined with the weak fragrance, there's no question about it. Fragrancenet is a reliable store,...
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    Re: Welcome our new moderator: Bavard!

    Bavard, it's an honor to have you as a moderator! Congratulations!
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    Re: Knize Ten or Knize Ten Golden Edition?

    Thanks for the correction and for providing that link. My memory is not a thing to be trusted, these days! :)
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    Re: Vintage or move to new scents altogether ?

    I went through a brief period of cynicism years ago, where I got fed up with spending days researching vintage bottles and batch codes, and decided to give current versions a try. That didn't last...
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    Re: Knize Ten or Knize Ten Golden Edition?

    No, considering that Knize Ten was introduced in 1924. Your 2008 bottle would still be considered more desirable than today's version, though, as there was a noticeable reformulation around 2010...
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    Re: Knize Ten or Knize Ten Golden Edition?

    I've got both (purchased around 2014), and I used to think I could tell the difference, but in the drydown they now smell the same to me and I think they're both good. Deep vintage Knize Ten would...
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    Re: Ropion's time paradox

    L'Heure Bleue
  43. Re: The Perfume of Happiness: The most uplifting perfume ever made

    White flowers, for me - almost any of them.
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    Re: Where to purchase Guerlain?

    It's safest to order from a Guerlain boutique - you can Google to find one that's closest to you.
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    Re: A new way to enjoy fragrances at home

    Yes, newatthis66, I sometimes do this, too! And I never throw away decanting pipettes until they have lost the last molecule of scent - they'll keep smelling wonderful for a week or more, and I can...
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    Re: Hello everybody, fresh here (pun intended)

    Hello and welcome, Fugufish. No, it never ends! Always new things to try and old ones to revisit. :)
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    Re: Vol de Nuit - Questions

    I'd venture to say that everyone who's into vintage perfume has had (ahem) a few such learning experiences - IMO, they're all worthwhile, even the disappointments! But you probably won't regret this...
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    Re: Vol de Nuit - Questions

    All vintage perfumes have more depth than their modern versions, due to regulations that require perfumers to make fairly constant adjustments and reformulations. You can spend a fortune chasing...
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    Re: Vol de Nuit - Questions

    saminlondon is our resident Guerlain expert, and I'm hoping he'll see this thread and chime in, if there's something he wants to add or correct. I'm a Guerlain aficionado, and what I have to say...
  50. Thread: New here

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    Re: New here

    No particular suggestions, just welcome to Basenotes and have fun on your fragrance journey!
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    Re: anyone also got this book?

    I don't have the book, but it looks like a real treasure! Gorgeous cover...and a slipcase, how gracious and elegant.
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    Re: Please help me date my Guerlain!

    Right, I thought that "D" and "O" issue was too coincidental not to be related to a quick read. It sounds like you have a legit 2017 bottle, then.
  53. Re: Guerlain Jicky is Disgusting, Horrible and Vile, OMG

    Jicky EDP in the bee bottle pictured in your first post is not vintage. Vintage Jicky is ultra-animalic, nothing like the cleaned-up current version. If you don't like strong animalic notes, count...
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    Re: Please help me date my Guerlain!

    Yes, the batch code on the box and bottle should match. Depending on where you purchased the perfume, it might have been returned, repackaged and resealed. Or the "D" and the "O" might just be hard...
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    Re: Xerjoff Irisss reformulated?

    The new formula is thin, weak, sweetish, barely there. It doesn't contain any orris root or iris notes at all, to my nose.

    Edited to add: Iris Silver Mist has been disastrously reformulated, as...
  56. Re: Please help figure out how much is in an opaque bottle

    A gram is a millilitre, so your bottle weighs 163 ml - it might be missing 22 ml of fluid. I don't go the mathematical route with dark bottles, I just shake them gently and go by the "slosh factor."
  57. Re: Do you have scent that makes people walking by you turn around and ask what you are wearing?

    In about 1985, someone at a restaurant in Scottsdale AZ asked me what I was wearing (Secret of Venus by Weil). I can't remember a single other time. :D
  58. Poll: Re: Poll: When you wear a perfume, is it just for yourself or do you want others to know?

    This is my take on the question, too.
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    Re: the drydowns - which do you enjoy the most?

    Vintage drydowns tend to be wonderful, period. But I especially like the Guerlains and Carons, in that respect - of those, L'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Nahema, En Avion, and Fleurs de Rocaille rank high...
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    I've only smelled the parfum.
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    Re: Vintage oak moss bombs on a budget?

    Vintage Cabochard is a lovely chypre, and minis are abundant on eBay at very reasonable prices.
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    Re: Mitsouko vs Original Miss Dior

    I don't find that any perfume reminds me of Mitsouko, except perhaps for some chypre characteristics. Mitsouko is that rare bird, a perfume that's in a realm of its own - for me, this is true of even...
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    Re: What happened to The Candy Perfume Boy?

    I love Candy Perfume Boy's reviews. His enthusiasm is contagious and his knowledge extensive. I, too, hope he continues to write reviews occasionally, even if he's moved on from regularly updating...
  64. Re: It's time to buy the scent when you can't stop thinking about it, do you guys agree ?

    On the whole, I agree that if something grabs you and won't let go, it's worth purchasing. I've been "sensible" on a number of occasions, holding back on purchases for weeks or months, only to end up...
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    Re: Je reviens worth from fragrance net

    Huile de bain came in 1 oz and 2 oz sizes. I've paid $60 for 1 oz (which could last a lifetime, unless you wear it daily) and $150 or so for 2 oz.

    I just checked eBay, and prices for vintage Je...
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    Re: Je reviens worth from fragrance net

    You're most welcome! Alas, no retailer sells the good stuff - because it's not even made anymore. Fortunately, vintage JR is not terribly hard to find on eBay and/or Etsy. A good place to begin is to...
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    Re: Je reviens worth from fragrance net

    Je Reviens from Fragrancenet will be authentic, but it will be the current formula EDT, which is thin and sharp. If you're looking for the full-bodied fragrance from Worth's best years, you'll need...
  68. Re: Prove me wrong: 80s designer fragrances were often the quality of today's niche scents

    I would turn it around and say that today's niche sometimes approaches 80s quality.
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    Re: Glass Or Plastic Pipette

    I use plastic, as I don't like the idea of reusing a pipette after decanting. The pipette retains the smell of a fragrance for up to a week, so I either keep it around for a quick air whiff...
  70. Thread: How long?

    by Bonnette
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    Re: How long?

    I don't personally pay any mind to that - samples might have "rested" for years already, before arriving at my door. Welcome to Basenotes, Rosendust!
  71. Re: Your Top-5 of the Most Underrated and Criminally Discontinued Fragrances of All-Time.

    Cuir (Lancome)
    Nueva Maja (Myrurgia)
    Sahara Noir (Tom Ford)
    En Avion (Caron)
    Incense (Norma Kamali)
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    It wouldn't surprise me a bit if they submitted the charges several times. I emailed them again this morning, saying that I do not want to be charged more than once - or ever, if they can't get it...
  73. Re: This article really states why we are all here.....

    Beautiful, beautiful piece. It almost made me weepy, and would have for sure, if I didn't know that there are still aficionados like ourselves who have a wonderful place to gather online. Thank you,...
  74. Re: Seriously beginner question, How does one apply fragrance?

    You'll figure out what works best for you, but wrists and neck are good places to start. Begin with light spritzing, and then either stay with that amount, move up to more, or tone it down - as Andy...
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    Re: 'Cigar' By Remy Latour.

    I've only smelled my three-year-old version, and it's beautiful - Brooks Otterlake's description (above) comports very well eith my own impressions. Well-kept vintage bottles probably smell richer,...
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    Re: Your longest scent ”relationship”

    L'Heure Bleue and Secret of Venus since 1970.
  77. Re: Vintages that are super high quality and super cheap — please list the great values out there

    Reasonably priced vintage Guerlain extrait minis are in plentiful supply (or were, the last time I looked - about 3 months ago), especially Nahema, Chamade, Samsara, Mitsouko and Shalimar. Affordble...
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    It's a miracle you received the Givenchy and (useless) Malle travel case. This sale has cured me of ordering online from NM again, even if the company avoids bankruptcy. I'm still waiting for some...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    If I were a Guerlain flacon collector and had that kind of ready cash, I'd have gladly paid what they went for. A large cache of pristine sealed lantern minis, nested in clean original boxes, is a...
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    That 10% off coupon is insulting. Since they couldn't fulfill your original 25% off order, they should have let you apply the same discount to something else. This "spring sale" has been quite a...
  81. Re: 1936 Guerlain Jicky auction, am I missing something?

    Those lantern bottles are valuable in and of themselves, regardless of the amount or quality of perfume in them.
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    I haven't received a cancellation email yet, but the pending charge has been removed from my credit card transaction page. Not a good sign. What was the NM team thinking when they offered that...
  83. Re: Are you wearing fragrance more or less during quarantine?

    Wearing a fragrance is almost like leaving home.
  84. Re: Are you wearing fragrance more or less during quarantine?

    More. I find my vintage perfumes incredibly soothing.
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    Wow. Sounds like there's a lot of shuffling and reshuffling going on. It wouldn't surprise me if they ended up canceling some of the orders we've placed, and/or not shipping anything for weeks.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Yes, there's a lot of Shalimar available. I'd say to look for extrait from no later than 1995, or a PdT from the 80s. And, of course, avoid dark syrupy juice - go for a rich amber or golden color.
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    Re: Finally a perfect cabinet for me

    Beautiful! My cabinet is similar, a nice piece of furniture that also works great to protect its denizens from UV light.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I agree, the batwing bottle design is almost primally satisfying. I didn't see any need at all for the "improvement" that Guerlain rolled out a few years ago.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Sam, that is some beautiful family you have there! Now I want to see the entire clan.
  90. Re: Exceptional, non-soliflore, patchouli perfumes

    Coromandel by Chanel and Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens (more dry, less sweet than Coromandel)
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    I just received the "still looking for merchandise" email, too. Hope it's not the fragrantic equivalent of a Dear John letter.:undecided:
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    Re: Wake and Spray

    No, I wait until I've had coffee and am alert, with morning chores behind me, before choosing a fragrance,
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    Re: Mister Guerlain: What happened to him

    Yes, that makes sense...it was, indeed, a strange symbiotic relationship. Like you, I often wished he'd have said more...his desire to do so was almost palpable at times, while his restraint...
  94. Re: Non, je ne regrette rien - Building a Collection based on Blind-Buys

    LOL!


    Same here. I have been disappointed a couple of times, but regrets? Rien!
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    Re: Mister Guerlain: What happened to him

    Great tip, PStoller! I'd forgotten all about the Wayback Machine. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Mister Guerlain: What happened to him

    Yes, he had encyclopedic knowledge of Guerlain. They should have embraced him instead of casting him out, IMO.
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    Yes. I was expecting a couple of days' delay because of the virus (and the website said this would be the case), but after four days without my credit card even being charged, I emailed customer...
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    Re: Mister Guerlain: What happened to him

    I remember when his site got shut down a pretty long time ago, and it never made sense to me because he adores Guerlain and was a promoter of the house. He never disparaged a fragrance, though he did...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    It certainly is. The extrait is an elegant bouquet, the PDT is enveloping; my bottle smells a little peachier than the extrait. Chamade's layers keep unfolding, right through the drydown. Current EDP...
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    Re: 25% off sale Neiman Marcus

    My bad, Trilby Lark! I assumed that the sale extended to all merchandise (which it probably will, eventually). Sorry for leading fragrance lovers astray!
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