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  1. the animalistic in art

    Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

    I think one thing that's really fun about fragrances that have all kinds of human and animal funk in them, and still smell beautiful, is, it's like they give...
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    Re: Something fishy about M7

    Premier fixative and traditional ingredient of the perfumer's art. Made from a grayish lumpy stuff secreted in the bellies of whales to protect their stomach linings from the beaks of the giant squid...
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    Re: Costume National Intense

    Find someone who'll sell you a decant. I'm delighted to have decants of this and Dzing and many many more, but I don't need whole bottles of them, and the bottles sure aren't cheap.
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    Re: My tastes are really changing.

    Ren, it's funny to me (in a nice way!) that you like tea tree oil for its smell. The oil is the best antiseptic I know. I have used it for years. You get any cut or skin irritation or anything, you...
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    Re: Piguet - Fracas for Men ?

    I also really like Fracas for men, and I also bought it blind because I admire Bandit.

    I like Fracas for men very much. It's a sharp refreshing complex green herbal, good for summer. I guess there...
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    Re: The intruiging nature of Bandit

    I started with the EdP and then had to have the EdT too out of curiosity. I didn't regret it, especially because both are just a little over $20 each.

    The EdT is like half of the EdP: most of the...
  7. Re: Re-introducing Mr Cranky the fragrance suggest

    I dunno if the guardian, mentor and PR agent of Cranky Mr. Stanky would be willing to answer the following questions, as they involve piercing the veil of mystery to a certain extent. But here goes....
  8. Re: What fragrance would you wear at your own fune

    New West smells a lot like Tibetan incense. Before they cremate my remains, it'd be nice if somebody spritzed some of that on. A few sprigs of sage and sweetgrass would be nice too.
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    Re: Men wearing Women's Fragrances?

    MANY of my favorite scents are women's or unisex scents already mentioned here. I just want to add my vote for


    Bandit (Edp and Edt)
    Bulgari Black (marketed as unisex)
    Kingdom
    Jicky
    Comme des...
  10. Thread: Laguna Sale!

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    Re: Laguna Sale!

    Anyone who thinks Laguna is a little too powdery and sweet, try Le Roy Soleil. Nice sharp grapefruit based scent - great in hot weather.
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    Re: Roses and leather

    And Bandit. I dunno if it's rose but it's some heavy floral, and carnation for spice, and leather, and rubber too, I think. The EdP is more floral. The EdT (which I currently love) is more the other...
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like money?

    Urban Decay, a company I'm not sure if I should be sad or glad that they never yet went into fragrances, that I know of, made a great nail polish called Cash. It was a translucent shimmering...
  13. Re: What? You Bought New West for 8 Bucks off ebay

    I paid $55 for this one from some e-tailer.

    I like it cause its sillage smells exactly like Tibetan temple incense: clean high sage and juniper and sweetgrass.

    It's a tiny bit like Havana?...
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    Re: Fragrances You Regret Swapping?

    I *gave* away a bottle of Kingdom to a heavily tattooed friend who has been working her butt off to open a new night club she's one of the managers of. And even so, she didn't stop volunteering at...
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    Re: Aren't samples much weaker?

    I think it might have something to do with applying juice clumsily out of one end of a tiny tube (you either get not enough or -- oops -- there goes a huge puddle on your arm). And maybe we don't...
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    Re: The Latest at TJ Maxx

    Marshall's rules.

    But the prices I see at Daffy's and Filene's here in NYC are never any good. Like twice what an e-tailer would be.

    But I got Azzaro PH for 20 at Marshall's in Brooklyn - plus...
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    Re: Chandler Burr interview

    LOL. Let's just sincerely wish him whatever would be best for his own highest good. ;)

    Earlier I said that a liking for weird and difficult things seems more sophisticated to me than a liking for...
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    Re: Chandler Burr interview

    I think Burr is a good writer and I like his New Yorker article on Nil the best, by far, of his work. So I'm looking forward to the book.

    The Emperor of Scent is a book that's mind boggingly dull...
  19. Thread: Dirty Animals

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    Re: Dirty Animals

    Yeah, that is stink.

    In a recent article re Azzaro's new scent rollout it was noted that they're holding off on South America cause in Brazil Azzaro PH has a huge fan base and they don't want to...
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    Re: Man with wood seeks leather...

    Cuiron doesn't smell anything like Knize Ten IMO. I think Ten smells like bug repellant. Cuiron smells like skin, idealized. When I put it on I can't stop sniffing myself.

    Dzing smells to me like...
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    Re: Dear God!  These STINK!

    Kingdom, Bandit, Yatagan. My beloved nefarious trinity of darkness.

    Salvador Dali Pour Homme indisputably reeks. I am not yet willing to say I like it, but some here certainly do. I can't call it...
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    Re: How much do you have?

    4.1096 years.

    Assuming 1 ml per application (which is a lot) and assuming 2 full applications per day (which is more than I actually do). That means 1 100 ml bottle lasts 50 days, and I have...
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    Twins:  similar scents

    Dear everybody

    The topic (which comes up periodically, I know) is, what 2 or more scents do you know of that are similar, or have similar facets or aspects or angles?

    One motivation for...
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    Re: Ordering Samples

    On perfumebay.com you can order samples (a 1-2 ml vial) or "minis" (a 5-7 ml tiny bottle) of some fragrances. It's a good way to check things out if you can't find them in a store. You can also often...
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    Re: HOW GOOD IS YOUR NOSE?

    That's because they *are* the same, my dear colleague. The olfactory equivalent of muzak. Muzak does not become you.

    Just my opinion. [he ducks behind a desk, fearing an impending flurry of hurled...
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    Re: Helmut Lang Edc or Edp?

    Scent Intense has a distinct note of black olive tapenade (ground up bitter black olive paste with olive oil) in my opinion. Am I crazy?

    Black Cashmere is another lovely dark dark scent.
  27. Re: Guys...which of these would "I" like best?

    Yeah, I agree, $20 is my "what the heck" price point.

    Problem is, if I think that way five times in a row... it kinda adds up.
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    Re: New: Jack Black scent trio.

    Well, I have to say, they managed to talk about scents without being ridiculous or hyperventilating, and without blathering about what type of man would wear them. That's promising.
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    Re: Maybe a dumb question:

    Yeah, I wonder about this too, especially when I find an e-tailer whose prices are lower than others. Is there a reason?

    Of course I still buy the stuff from whoever has it cheapest.

    You're...
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    Re: Please read this article...its a hoot

    I did that and it worked. Thanks.

    The burden of (1) having to find words to talk about fragrance and (2) make it seem like you've discovered something utterly new which consumers can't live...
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    Re: Recent purchases

    Helmut Lang Cologne, Helmut Lang EdP, and Carven Vetiver.

    I knew I'd like both HL's, but the Carven Vetiver ($10 in nyc's beloved fragrance district) was the nice blind surprise of the bunch. I...
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    Re: Helmut Lang Edc or Edp?

    That's not my experience at all. We must have different skin chemistry. Or different noses. (Wait, we almost certainly have different noses.) ;)

    Anyway, if you look in the Basenotes Directory, the...
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    Re: Please read this article...its a hoot

    I'm afraid the link does not work, for me anyway.

    One shouldn't paste an entire article here, but one could certainly paste excerpts. Even extensive ones. Hint hint.

    Oh, and, um, it would be...
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    Re: Mandarine perfume wanted

    Do you mean mandarin oranges? specifically the kind that come in syrup in a small can?

    If so, Tocade is for you. It's exactly that, a soft mandarin sweetness, with none of the sharp citrus scent...
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    Re: Your Little Experiments

    Woof.

    (Um, I should probably translate. That's what some guys say when they mean "yum" or "that's hot.")
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    Re: Your Little Experiments

    Helmut Lang Cologne + Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum.


    Bandit EdP + Bandit EdT.
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    Re: bitter & herbal & green

    Guerlain Pamplelune probably deserves a mention here for its bitter sulfurous grapefruit loveliness. I think I need it.

    Prof S: Mr. Turin likes Beyond Paradise too. I'll have to try it.

    Thanks,...
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    Re: PDT or Parfumes for Men?

    I have the EdP and the Cologne and they're entirely different. Not variations but entirely different scents.

    Are they the same as what in the directory are called Helmut Lang Woman and Helmut Lang...
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    Re: I have Nombre Noir :)

    I got all butch today and caulked some cracks in my apartment wall.

    I quote from the tube of caulk: "May cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation, or allergic skin reaction. Warning: This...
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    Re: SOTD Friday July 1

    Baime.
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    Re: Spicy long lasting cirtus?

    Tuscany. Citrus, anise and spice. Lovely.
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    Re: Fridge Experiment

    No, no, no, they won't. All your bottles are sealed. Otherwise they would all have already dried out by now. And you'd be overwhelmed by all the different scents every time you went near them.

    I...
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    Re: I suffer from fragrance boredom!

    Just precisely what I was about to say.

    Spice markets. Fresh herbs. (Crush or tear a leaf between your fingers. Magic.) The smell of fresh fertile soil in a garden. And oh, yes, the...
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    Re: bitter & herbal & green

    THANKS to everyone for your thoughtful comments!

    I have a decant of Baime (from AZsmells I think) and I like it but I hadn't been able to get a handle on what it was about.

    Same with Duel...
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    Re: buying L'anarchiste eyes closed

    Seems about once every 2 weeks someone buys this little gem blind,
    feels compelled to tell the world so,
    and then we all chime in and congratulate him.

    I mean, we never hear someone say "I've...
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    bitter & herbal & green

    I have a summertime craving for something bitter, herbal and green. It can be peculiar. It doesn't have to have a lot of musky underpinnings. It certainly doesn't need vanilla.

    Of course the...
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    Re: perfumes that get better with time

    Kingdom. Opens like a one man band TA-DA-ing all his homemade instruments simultaneously and then it evolves into an expansive field of very strange flowers at twilight.
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    Re: Under Appreciated Scents?

    Carven Vetiver. I got it today for ten bucks and it's darn good.

    Fracas PH. $13 online. Robert Piguet is the genius who brought us Bandit. (No, he's not the nose who built Bandit, but he hired the...
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed

    I personally don't see similarities between GIT and SMW, or between GIT and Cool Water.

    GIT is good.

    A $10 small decant followed by a $60 full purchase if you like it - and use up the decant -...
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    Re: Breakthrough: Time-Release Technology.

    This seems to be one of the culs de sac that technology is stuck in: the denial of the passing of time, the denial of the onrush of our mortality. Some of us here, I'm happy to see, actually want to...
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    Re: Great stuff in the lower price range

    Hey CJ, and welcome.

    It isn't hard to get great things in a reasonable price range. Nearly everything in my wardrobe is in the price range you describe, especially if you look around online at...
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    Re: Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin Fraicheur

    I don't know the Fraicheur but I have minis of LL and LL Masculin. I think LL is better: it's exactly like Masculin (a lovely anise sugar cookie) but with a dollop of heavenly jam right in the...
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    Re: Gucci Envy x  Caron pour un homme

    Griff, do you like Royal Bain de Caron? I am still trying to find my way into that one. But each time, I crash into a wall of jasmine, or something like jasmine, and fall over.
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    Le Roy Soleil. My hot weather friend.
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    Re: What are the MUST HAVE and/or TRY CLASSICS?

    Bel Ami.
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    Re: Why do you collect perfume?

    Mark, anyone who has the cover image of Yellow Magic Orchestra's masterpiece Technodelic as his gif is indeed a sensuist.

    Rock on.

    Hey, my question to everyone, slightly related to this thread:...
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    Re: Unisex/Masculine fragrances?

    Lot of women wear Guerlain Vetiver or other vetivers. Go light on it. See what you think.
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    Re: Laguna re-discovered!

    Just putting in a little plug for Le Roy Soleil for anyone who finds Laguna a little too sweet. There's a recent thread on LRS and its virtues.
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    Re: Just how important are caps / lids

    Plenty of bottles are designed without caps. YSL PH HC. Van Cleef & Arpels. Bulgari Black. Azzaro Visit.

    My conclusion: caps serve no actual purpose. Don't worry about it.
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    harm reduction

    Here http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep/category.php?ewg_cat=Fragrance/Perfume/Cologne is a report from the Environmental Working Group on the potential health impact of specific ingredients and...
  61. Thread: Gardenia

    by ExianNYC
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    Re: Gardenia

    Well Fracas PH seems to me to be mostly lavender and green herbs - it's very elegant and refreshing, easy to wear, well made and good for summer. I like it a lot. It doesn't seem to have an...
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    Re: Looking for a softer leather scent?

    A lovely mountain of burning tires. A mountain of burning tires as painted by Turner.

    I just got the Bandit EdT to match my EdP. The EdT is dirtier and the EdP is more floral. It's like the EdT is...
  63. Thread: Spice!?

    by ExianNYC
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    Re: Spice!?

    Bel Ami: spice and leather.
    Black Cashmere: incense and spice.
    Anarchist: clove (well actually probably carnation) and citrus.
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    Re: Salvador Dali pour homme

    I personally don't get any leather or sh!t from SDph, just the hot tar and poisonous herbs - so hounddog, maybe you'd love it.

    Re the bottle, the packaging seems to imply it's based on a detail...
  65. Thread: Celery?

    by ExianNYC
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    Re: Celery?

    Yatagan. Celery can be butch, brutal and menacing. Yessssssssssssssss it can.
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    Re: Why do you collect perfume?

    I feel the same way - about Anarchist, about Bel Ami, Bulgari Black, Kingdom, Bandit, Yatagan, M7, Cuiron, Black Cashmere, Tuscany, and many others. They're like sculptures for your nose, that you...
  67. Thread: Gardenia

    by ExianNYC
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    Re: Gardenia

    Robert Piguet's women's perfume Fracas has a lot of gardenia in it, I believe. I just found Fracas PH for $13 on perfumedistributor. I have no idea what the notes are but I really like Piguet's...
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    Re: What is a wardrobe?

    It's a way of telling the world what fragrances you own and what you think of them.

    To start a wardrobe go into the directory, find a fragrance you own, and click the ADD TO WARDROBE button. Now...
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    Re: Brazenly Sexual.

    I do want it. [happy shudder] I do.

    I have this black rubber raincoat. I got it in Vancouver. It looks like it was designed by Issey Miyake. Professional fishermen wear it in high seas. It's a...
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    Re: Salvador Dali pour homme

    Rosbergs3, your review is just about dead on. I would only add that the hooded figures are definitely coming in your direction and they do not look friendly.

    And if you're on your second bottle (a...
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    Re: synthetic or natural ingredients ?

    Yes, ozone is a very unstable allotrope of oxygen and it is also extremely toxic, you won't find any ozone in a fragrance. [/quote]

    This is a case in point of a synthetic compound simulating...
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    Re: Salvador Dali pour homme

    I keep thinking of Rosemary's Baby, where they give Mia Farrow a pendant with a bit of dried herb in it and she says "It has the oddest smell!" and they smile and say "It's called tannis root. You'll...
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    Re: Le Roy Soleil Homme

    I have just noticed that in the Directory there is a difference between Le Roy Soleil and Le Roy Soleil Homme. I didn't even know that. Is this true? I don't even know which one I have. My bottle...
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    Salvador Dali pour homme

    I tried this today. It could be the weirdest thing I've ever smelled. I haven't tried Dzing, but I've worn Kingdom, Yatagan and Bandit. So in general I like weird things.

    But SDPH smells like hot...
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    Re: Le Roy Soleil Homme

    I tried that one today. It smelled like... hot tar. It is possibly the weirdest scent I've ever smelled. There's something satanic about it.

    Scentimus, am I missing something? Has the bottle gone...
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    Re: How do YOU organize your fragrances?

    Mine have taken over almost a whole shelf of the fridge.

    Current favorites to the right, less favored to the left. Seasonally inappropriate ones move toward the back.

    A somewhat semicircular...
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    Re: Eau De Rochas Homme

    On me, very nice straightforward citrus that doesn't last.
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    Re: synthetic or natural ingredients ?

    Chanel No. 5 is famous for being the first fragrance that contained a significant amount of synthetic compounds, namely aldehydes. They "lifted" the floral elements of the scent and gave a crispness,...
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    Re: Le Roy Soleil Homme

    "Toronja", listed as one of the notes, is the Spanish word for grapefruit.

    Luca Turin discussed grapefruit as being a difficult note to use because it's sulfurous. He discusses this point in...
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    Re: Le Roy Soleil Homme

    It's a clean, somewhat synthetic smelling (but not unpleasantly so), slightly grapefruity citrus, mostly. It was praised here so I checked it out. It only makes sense, for me, when I'm out in the sun...
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    Re: Day time, Night time- really mean anything?

    To me, daytime is for light clean refreshing things and nighttime is for darker heavier sexier riskier things. If you want.

    Everyone can agree on what smells clean and refreshing. But what is sexy...
  82. Thread: Top 5 Summer.

    by ExianNYC
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    Re: Top 5 Summer.

    Laguna and Le Roy Soleil only make sense in the summer. Both go well with the smell of skin that's been out in the sun on hot day.

    YSL PH HC
    mat; male
    Tuscany

    With the arrival of summer I...
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    Re: Who here has John Varvatos???

    On me it smells, deliciously, of a melting marshmallow, for about 45 minutes, before fading.
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    Re: Fragrance testing

    The problem with shops is, so often, the help, who, I guess, are forced to speak to you, and forced to recommend whatever the latest crap product is. This is why I really like shops where the staff...
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    Re: How many sprays?

    I agree. One other thing to be aware of is how good your nose is. I had a female roommate once who had an incredible nose. She could smell curry spices coming out of the pores of my skin three days...
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    Bandit, Bandit, Bandit

    Guys, if you haven't met the Bandit you are missing the bus.

    Try perfumedistributor.com. I have the EdP and it's great, although I admit it took a few tries to grow on me. And I stuck it in the...
  87. Re: wich fragrance smells like a plastic on your b

    Odeur 53 doesn't smell like plastic so much as it makes me smell like something that has been wrapped *in* plastic. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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    Re: BIG Discount Purchases

    Pick sites that have good feedback on them. There's usually a link on the front page of a reputable site, where you can see reviews of the company posted by other customers.
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    online collection of perfume ads

    http://www.couleurparfum.com/publicite.html

    Also includes scent pyramids and... videos. Enjoy.
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    Re: Jicky Ingredients

    If Luca T is correct about Guerlain's imminent restructuring of all its scents so that they will no longer be bad for us, say goodbye to that lovely coumarin, and probably plently more of what makes...
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    Re: TJ Maxx, Marshalls

    At a Marshalls I found a $20 100 ml of Azarro Pour Homme.
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    Re: Recent purchases

    Van Cleef & Arpels ph - really nice

    Cuiron - works great on me, made me want to get every Helmut Lang fragrance

    Histoire d'Eau by Mauboussin -- I saw this in a NYC shop for $30 and recalled...
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    Re: The One(s) You Wanted to Love...but...

    Will somebody please take this thought out of my brain. The idea of the Grail. The lost sacred cup of perfect, luxuriant, ever-subtly-changing scent, that I will love, that will simultaneously...
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    Re: The One(s) You Wanted to Hate...but...

    I, too, sometimes find that a fragrance is not at all how I remembered it. Bizarre. I don't know if it's my memory, my nose, or the fact that I've tried and learned about more fragrances since the...
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    Re: LUCA TURIN BLOG

    Warning: Reading Luca Turin's blog will only lengthen your list of frags about which you have the deluded belief that you need them.

    I enjoy his work but I am really just not sure about that man....
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    Re: your collection

    Yes, Serpent, but you have one of the best 25's I've ever seen. How did you do that? Trial and error and winnowing? Or just making excellent choices in the first place? And certainly somehow or other...
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    Re: your collection

    I thought 30 was enough until I smelled Costume National Scent Intense, Comme des Garcons edp, and Helmut Lang EdT.

    Minis. Samples. Decants. That's the way to go. Save your real money for what you...
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    Re: Watch out for these products!!!

    Well, people can review the site and draw their own conclusions. The information seems pretty thorough and doesn't seem to include alarmist or unfounded conclusions.

    Also, "contains carcinogens"...
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    Re: Recent purchases

    Griff, you gonna whip up some of that absinthe fragrance you've been dreaming about? what was the title of that again?
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    Re: Z-Lowdown on Halston Z-14

    Cool! Where did you find it?
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