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    Re: New Yorker Ads From 1948

    Thanks for posting those; they're neat. I remember Desert Flower!
  2. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Thanks for sharing this!
  3. Re: Is there any social status associated with the cost of perfume?

    This. As 'social status' is ultimately about what others think, the only way you could really demonstrate status with perfume is by showing off your collection with the price tags attached or loudly...
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    Re: Philosykos EDP or Jardins de Kerylos?

    Jardins de Kerylos for me too.
  5. Thread: Good taste?

    by Kagey
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    Re: Good taste?

    I see what you're saying and might agree, although I tend to think that "taste," whether good or bad, refers to the wearer and not the perfume. I think it's possible to be wearing Mitsouko and still...
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    Re: Serge Lutens 50 ml bottles....

    That's exactly what I do. Can't be bothered with messing around with different caps and atomizers. I also notice that my SL bottles seem to evaporate whereas others don't so much.
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    Re: Coupon/discount code for Essenza Nobile?

    Never seen one. But if you order from them they tend to send you a discount code (either 10 euro or 10%, I can't remember) for your birthday. Same with First in Fragrance.
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    Re: It Finally Happened........

    The thing is, "smell good" is totally subjective. For some people, the smell of strong fragrance is as offensive as the smell of BO, or of cigarette smoke. The fact is if you're projecting any kind...
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    Re: The thrill of Blind Buying.

    This works for me also. There are a couple of people here and on other blogs who have similar taste to mine in particular types of perfume. If they love something it's a pretty good bet I should try...
  10. Thread: Favorite Jasmin

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    Re: Favorite Jasmin

    Some favorites of mine are:

    Jasmin et Cigarette by Etat Libre d'Orange (the cigarette is unlit, not smoky)
    Venezia Giardini Segreti by AbdesSalam Attar
    A La Nuit by Serge Lutens
    Sarrasins by...
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    Re: Nasomatto UK stock?

    It seems to be available on Liberty's website.
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    None. If I stopped loving it, it would be gone quickly.
  13. Re: Is there one note or ingredient that you can't tolerate?

    I have a problem with a musk also - for example it's in APOM Pour Homme (but not APOM Pour Femme). And Bois d'Argent. And a bunch of other perfumes. Never could figure out what it actually is, but it...
  14. Re: Help me get my wife the perfect designer fragrance

    She seems to like orange blossom, so perhaps Elie Saab?

    I'm also tempted to mention Kurkdjian's APOM Pour Femme, even though it's not "designer." Kurkdjian is a genius with orange blossom (Elie...
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    Poll: Re: Getting tired of "oud scents" yet? POLL.

    You might as well ask if we're tired of rose notes, or patchouli. Oud is just as diverse an element of fragrances, done well in some cases and badly in others.
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    Re: I'm on a musk kick!

    I'll chime in with Mona di Orio's Musc, which is really beautiful almondy, rose musk. I find it better in cooler weather, but that may be just me.

    Also definitely recommend Bruno Acampora's Musc...
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    Re: How Come People Don't Start New Threads?

    A lot of old threads remain completely relevant and informative, while a lot of new threads ("Is my X fake," "Why are SAs so snarky") never were.

    Still, it's always nice to see new posts that...
  18. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    May 4:
    Feve Delicieuse by Dior: warm and cozy, but possibly a little too gourmand for me.
    Cologne by Etat Libre d'Orange: Fabulous neroli and orange blossom, but very fleeting.

    Edited May 23:...
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    Re: New from Tom Ford: Noir Pour Femme

    I wear the original Noir. I'll be interested to see what this is like.
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    Re: "Mineralic" Notes?

    I'd suggest La Fin Du Monde by Etat Libre d'Orange. It's very flinty to me.
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    Re: Fountain pen ink?

    Glad you found what you wanted. I was just going to suggest M/Mink by Byredo, which is meant to smell like ink, although I haven't tried it.
  22. Re: Popular fragrances you've smelled on others in public ... that just didn't impress

    I have been noticing a preponderance lately of sickly-sweet rose/oud combinations, mostly on women, when I'm out and about. Now that oud has come to collections like Jo Malone and Crabtree & Evelyn,...
  23. Re: A thought on picking fragrances based on weather and seasons...

    Totally agree. Wear what you like regardless of the season.
  24. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    I think you should try Je Suis Un Homme by Etat Libre d'Orange.

    Also, I had a quick smell of their new Cologne the other day, and that was really nice - and heavy on the neroli/orange blossom.
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    Re: Frederic Malle/Estee Lauder

    I'd agree with this. Plus, Malle himself has been quite open in interviews about having done more "proactive" reformulations of some of his perfumes. I don't know if people here have weighed in on...
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    Re: Best reasonably price Eau de Parfum (EdP)

    I'd suggest Etat Libre d'Orange, particularly Tom of Finland and Rien, but all the ones I've tried have excellent longevity, and are very reasonably priced.
  27. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    And for that price you also got an amazing suspense story. Fantastic. And what a beautiful purchase!
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    Re: Does Serge Lutens have a fig scent?

    Might be worth trying Jardin de Kerylos by Parfumerie Generale for fig, although I don't know that it would be what you want.

    I'd imagine a Lutens fig to be huge and spicy-sweet and treacly.
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    Re: Decline of the Cheap Perfume Industry in US

    Interesting. Thanks!
  30. Re: Which of your fragrances do you wish your man (or the men around you) would wear?

    I'd never purchase a scent because I wish to encounter it on a man. I think just about any perfume I own would be fine on a man, but actually just yesterday I was re-smelling Fleurs du Sel by Miller...
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Thanks, cacio. I have smelled it but not given it a full wearing. That's kind of what I'm looking forward to; the normal serene lily of the valley isn't my favorite smell, but I like Tauer's take on...
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Have you tried Violette in Love by Nicolai? I like that one a lot too, although I don't often get a craving to wear violet.
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    Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Another vote for Le Temps d'Une Fete. And for me, spring and summer may as well be the same, as it rarely gets that hot in England. So:

    Chaldee
    Calandre
    Mona di Orio Tubereuse
    Lush Orange...
  34. Re: Ten Greatest Extraits Of All Time. Which Would You Choose ?

    Ones that I have and love:
    Chanel no 5
    Army of Lovers

    Ones that I'd love to have someday:
    Shalimar
    Mitsouko
    Bandit
    Fracas
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    Re: Which scents do you consider "grungy" ?

    I get this impression from The Afternoon of a Faun by ELdO. Love it.
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    Re: Clinique Beyond Rose

    It's here in London also. I haven't given it a real sniff yet but I'll put it on the list.
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    Re: Recommendation for daughter #2

    For some reason you made me think of CB I Hate Perfume's Memory of Kindness. It's the smell of tomato leaves, and it's very beautiful and strange.

    I also like the vetiver recommendations,...
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    Re: Favorite Vetiver? Oud? Rose? Amber?

    Vetiver: Sycomore
    Rose: Une Rose by Frederic Malle
    Oud: Oud Ispahan by Dior
    Amber: Mitzah by Dior, or the drydown of L'Air de Rien
  39. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    April 16: Mendittorosa South: Smells like a weaker version of La Fin du Monde by Etat Libre d'Orange. Flinty iris.
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    Re: Need Help getting a perfume for my wife

    For grapefruit, you may want to try Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune.

    Going a bit upmarket, I recently smelled Pomelo Paradis by Atelier Cologne, which is a really lovely perfume.

    Hermes...
  41. Re: Have you ever had to deal with fragrance associations with other people?

    If it bothers your girlfriend, wear it at your own risk.

    It's true that the scent memories associated with a person can be displaced by newer scent memories associated with someone else. I dated...
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Could it be Chanel No 19? I have a tiny bit of the vintage perfume and it seems to fit your description.
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    Poll: Re: Oud Wood vs Musc Ravageur

    OP, neither of these is your signature fragrance. That's clear just from the way you asked the question. Have you tried M7?




    What was the perfume?
  44. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    Once, when I put on perfume and then went out and basked in the sun. A lot of perfumes will cause photosensitivity, and I got a minor rash. It didn't last long.
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    Re: Are there good "mall" fragrances?

    I'm a big fan of Lush also. Plus, you can get them in very small sizes so there's little risk in trying. Also, one of the most stylish and cool women I know wears Dirty, so don't think it's just for...
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    Re: Got my Shalimar EDP today!

    The closest thing I have to a signature perfume, and my most reliable go-to perfume for every occasion. Congratulations and wear in good health!
  47. Re: Name a fragrance someone on BN recommended that you absolutely love and wear because of the advi

    Some people's suggestions here have definitely pointed me toward things i might not have tried otherwise.

    Hedonist's description of La Fumee Ottoman made me try it, and now it's a favorite. Also:...
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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays help ?

    For anyone who's interested, I think I read that the name comes from the number of Tuesdays a person has if he/she lives to be a certain age (75? 80?). Something about making every day count. I'm...
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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays help ?

    Not sure where you are, but you might want to try talking to a good perfume shop that sells them. I was thinking of Les Senteurs in London, where the staff are knowledgeable and quite frank about the...
  50. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    April 11:

    Anima Dulcis by Arquiste: Reminded me a lot of Rochas Femme, and then a really boring drydown.

    Boutonniere by Arquiste: Good gardenia that lasts the life of the fragrance but gets a...
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    Re: Makeup / lipstick / woman's purse smell

    I'd suggest 28 La Pausa by Chanel. And for something slightly different, ELDO's Putain des Palaces is a rose/violet/leather/rice powder perfume that smells a bit like a handbag.
  52. Re: This is what happens when you become a sampling freak.

    Great idea. I bet you can even find what you're looking for that way!
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    Re: Designer or niche?

    Goodness no. That's crazy. Just smell as much as you can and if you like something enough, buy it. Forget the labels.




    The Tauer isn't hard to come by in Europe. Lots of online shops do...
  54. Re: If you are interested in oud, here is an Interesting read on oud

    Interesting. Thank you!
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    Re: What is your strongest chastity belt scent?

    CK One and Quorum would definitely make me keep my pants on.
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    Why we have trouble describing smells...

    Apparently our language has something to do with it. Interesting article from Wired: http://www.wired.com/2014/11/whats-up-with-that-smells-language/
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    Re: Tauerville Vanilla Flash

    No, and we can't buy any of Tauer's fragrances through his websites because he won't ship here. I think it has to do with the UK's very restrictive rules on transport of "hazardous" materials (but...
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    Re: Tauerville Vanilla Flash

    It's sad that I'm contemplating a trip home to the US just so that I can get my hands on this and Rose Flash.

    Andy - what are we UK Tauer fans supposed to do??!
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    Re: Best niche line and why?

    My favorite is Etat Libre d'Orange, mainly because I just really like smell of their perfumes, but also because they're original and interesting. And the price is reasonable, which is nice.
  60. Thread: Nuwa question

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    Re: Nuwa question

    I believe the new version is a lighter colored liquid, whereas the old one is dark amber. The old one reminds me a lot of Rochas Femme, if that's any use.
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    Glad the Cadjmere worked for you!
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    Re: Creamy Cozy Sandalwood

    I'd recommend Cadjmere 18 by Parfumerie Generale.
  63. Re: How often do you wear the same scent two or more days in a row? Which scents are they?

    Rare for me to want to wear the same fragrance more than two days in a row, but two days happens occasionally. Last time I did three days in a row I think it was Army of Lovers or Orange Star.
  64. Re: Lesson learned: How an Ebay buyer ripped me off...

    Selling on ebay is a minefield; I've seen similar and worse, and perfume seems to bring out particular kinds of crazies. You probably know all of this but:

    - don't leave feedback first.
    - you...
  65. Re: What you will select from the house of "Bruno Acampora"?

    Yes, I much prefer the oil. The spray was good, but as I recall it seemed much heavier on the patchouli. Not bad, just not the same.
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    Re: Roja Dove - Nuwa 2015 edition

    I really liked the original. The new one was unrecognizable, and yes strange that they'd do that on purpose.
  67. Re: What you will select from the house of "Bruno Acampora"?

    I love the Musc, but be aware that the spray perfume smells quite different from the oil. I'm not sure how the other oils compare with their spray counterparts.
  68. Thread: Current opinions

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    Re: Current opinions

    It's a horribly loud and aggressive perfume pretending to be light and fresh. Would be happy never to smell it again.
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    Re: Favourite Maurice Roucel fragrance?

    Maybe Tocade.
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    Re: What to buy in London

    The Nicolai store is really close to one of the SMN shops. There's also Angela Flanders in Shoreditch, but that's only open on Sundays. You can find her perfumes at her daughter's shop too:...
  71. Re: Would you wear a fragrance that you like but might offend others?

    If I know for a fact that someone I'm going to see that day hates a particular perfume, I probably won't wear that perfume. A guy in my office is badly allergic to my Venezia Giardini Segreti. He's...
  72. Re: The longer you don't wear a scent, the more memories it brings back when you do

    I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that Andy Warhol would wear a perfume only for a certain length of time, and then never again - he'd switch to something else, wear that for a while, switch,...
  73. Re: Fresh, subtle, elegant scent for work in a very warm summer climate?

    I've been a Lush evangelist lately, so I'll just second the Smuggler's Soul recommendation. It's lemony sandalwood to me, but then I use the perfume drops instead of the spray. My favorite summer...
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    Re: Compliment Getters... Are they worth buying?

    You said it well yourself. I fully agree.
  75. Re: What is the muskiest fragrance with great longevity?

    Just to say that the oil has no longevity on me at all. It's a lot softer and closer to the skin, which could certainly be a plus for many. I prefer the intensity and skankiness of the EDT.
  76. Thread: Mendittorosa

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    Re: Mendittorosa

    Never heard of the house until now. Might investigate!

    Edit: they have a pretty reasonable discovery set...
  77. Re: What is the muskiest fragrance with great longevity?

    Kiehl's Musk lasts for ages on me - the spray, not the oil.
  78. Re: Cheap non-sweet Floral / Citrus / Aquatics in the vein of Tuscan Soul and Un Jardin series?

    You might want to check out the Lush/Gorilla Perfumes. They have really impressive quality fragrances there - inexpensive and they come in smaller sizes, which is handy. For non-sweet...
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    Re: Any recommendations for a vanilla based frag?

    I second the recommendation of Mona di Orio Vanille. Also suggest:

    Tom Ford Noir
    Vanillary by Lush (Gorilla Perfumes)
    Vanille Tonka by Nicolai
    7 Billion Hearts by CB I Hate Perfume (not my...
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    Re: Need rose suggestions.

    Oud Ispahan
    Eau de Protection by Etat Libre d'Orange
    Rose Oud by Nicolai
  81. Re: Would you sell a Vintage (expensive) fragrance so you could pick up a few NEWER scents ?

    Corny but essential.

    And thanks for the heads up about Fragrance Day! To celebrate I'm gonna wear my brand new Tauer and go to Harrod's to smell a few things.

    I'd think Borneo 1834 would be...
  82. Re: Would you sell a Vintage (expensive) fragrance so you could pick up a few NEWER scents ?

    Right on. Same for my favorite or "best" perfumes. Wear it and enjoy it because you can't take it with you. Or maybe rethink your definition of "special."
  83. Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    Either Ferme tes Yeux (if I had the money) or De Profundis by Serge Lutens.
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    Re: Niche or Designer Fragrance Terminology.

    There have been ten thousand discussions of this topic with no actual resolution. People will disagree. You may end up finding that the terms just aren't that useful.

    My own $.02 is that the...
  85. Re: Would you sell a Vintage (expensive) fragrance so you could pick up a few NEWER scents ?

    If I don't wear them, and don't think I'll actually miss them, out they go. I'm not into keeping stuff lying around for the sake of it. The ones I sell contribute to my new purchases.

    You just...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    Yeah what I meant is that the only European shop (that I know of) that sells Bogue doesn't send samples to the UK, won't do samples of Bogue perfumes anyhow, and to send bottles they charge insane...
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    Re: New Bogue Profumo: O/E

    Thanks, dead. I love the description on LuckyScent. We finally got MAAI back in Europe and I have a backup bottle coming to me. I wish I'd known about this when I ordered it!
  88. Thread: Why?

    by Kagey
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    Re: Why?

    The quick answer is that the notes make the perfumes smell good. It's not really a mystery when you consider that a perfume is a composition, not just a series of individual smells. Some notes that...
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    Re: Help with Shalimar

    It's possible to get too hung up on the past. I know it isn't what it used to be, but I wear the eau de parfum very happily. It's still beautiful.
  90. Thread: 'Goth' fragrance

    by Kagey
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    Re: 'Goth' fragrance

    I think of Eau de Protection by ELDO. Something about the thorny blood-tinged rose.
  91. Thread: MDCI Resin Bust

    by Kagey
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    Re: MDCI Resin Bust

    Actually, no. The box is just another thing I have to store. Refills all the way. And no to the busts; it's all about the perfume. I don't display my bottles anyway.
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    Re: What is the general consensus of Jo Malone?

    If you like them, wear them happily and don't worry about what anyone else thinks.

    In my own experience, many of them are pretty but not terribly interesting. The orange blossom is nice.
  93. Re: Girl by Pharrell Williams and other celebrity scents

    The lines between 'celebrity,' 'niche,' 'designer,' etc. are largely our own invention and not very meaningful. And CdG is a designer house anyhow, right?

    One of the most impressive celebrity...
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    Re: Five least favourite Malles

    Don't care for:

    Noir Epices: smells like Coca Cola
    En Passant: Beautiful until the horrible clangy musk surfaces
    Geranium Pour Monsieur: not wild about mint in my perfume
    Cologne Bigarade:...
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    On bespoke perfumes...

    From today's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/14/your-money/designing-personal-perfumes.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
  96. Re: What scents have you been the most surprised by people's reactions to - either positive or negat

    I've never had a negative comment, although the other day the poor guy next to me at work had a bad allergic reaction, pretty certainly from my Venezia Giardini Segreti. So much for all natural...
  97. Thread: What are these??

    by Kagey
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    Re: What are these??

    It always helps to look for similar items on ebay; you never know - you might find out more about what you've got and what others might pay for it.

    I think they're cool.
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    Re: nice, realistic, thick tuberose

    Good suggestions above and I'll add Beyond Love by By Kilian.
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    Re: Do you ever notice this?

    That's actually happened to me. Not often, but I've definitely noticed once or twice when a waft of the perfume doesn't smell like I expected it to, or like it does on my arm.
  100. Re: I'm pretty sure I haven't told this story before

    Just chiming in to say that this is probably the ultimate example of "You know you're a Basenoter when..." Any true perfume lover can understand that disappointment. Great story.

    I'm really wary...
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