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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    How did I miss that?! You should have paged me :smiley:

    Today I'm in Habit Rouge vintage edt - and terribly out of sync, obviously.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Nice bottle! Colour looks good too. For what it's worth, dark juice is usually something to avoid.
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    Re: Dior Homme Parfum?

    An SA at the Dior stand in Le Bon Marché confirmed that this one is on its way out.

    (It's a chemical foghorn as far as I am concerned, with none of the elegance of the original DH.)
  4. Re: looking for the best masculine chocolate fragrance

    Chocolate isn't the butchest note I can think of, but have you tried Coromandel? It has a definite (white?) chocolate feel to my nose.
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    Re: Habit rouge best version

    I'd say the EdP or Dress Code. If you're tempted by the latter, move quickly because this one seems genuinely to be have been discontinued.
  6. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    If you like cinnamon, I think you'll enjoy Egoiste.
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    Re: Which Guerlain next?

    Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur, absolutely. Don't waste time on the new stuff - at least not until you've met the classics (and you can steer well clear of the L'Homme Idéal range entirely imo).
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer

    Of those who are still working, I'd have to say Bertrand Duchaufour, whose incense-themed work dovetails nicely with my own personal taste (Avignon, Timbuktu and Dzonghka, Jubilation XXV).
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Woman extrait - help!

    Thank you for confirming my thoughts. I half wondered whether I might have ended up with the edp in the extrait box, but it sounds like it probably is the real thing, as you say. Honestly, I'm really...
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    Re: Looking for fall/winter suggestions

    If you like Eau des Baux and Jaipur Homme, I'm guessing you might also enjoy Habit Rouge - the edp for instance.
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Woman extrait - help!

    Can anyone help? I know some you lovely people have the extrait ...
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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    I'm sure if you called the main Guerlain boutique on the Champs Élysées they would send it to you.
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    Amouage Lyric Woman extrait - help!

    Hello all

    What is it about Amouage that causes endless confusion (for me, at any rate)?

    My basic question is this: going by the bottles and caps only, is there any way of telling Lyric Woman...
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    Re: Amouage Rose Incense (2019) *NEW*

    Since this thread was started has anyone managed to get their nose on it?

    There's little in the way of reviews on the internet.
  15. Re: What are the differences between Guerlain L'Instant Parfum and EDT ?

    The EdP has a certain gourmand plushness for when you're in the mood, but I much prefer the EdT: brighter, airier, better note separation, less cloying, more versatile, more interesting composition....
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    Re: Patchouli based Masculine scents.

    I'm a fan of PG's Intrigant Patchouli, but it's (gasp) marketed as unisex. As are a huge chunk of the other recommendations, I notice.
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    Re: Woody incense vanilla

    It's good, but I don't get any incense from this one.
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    Re: House of Caron

    People are talking of reformulation rather than discontinuation, though if those rumours are true it would not be a surprise to learn that one or two perfumes have also fallen by the wayside.

    I...
  19. Re: Caron not in compliance, will be destroying stock soon

    I don't believe it.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud discontinued

    It's not disappearing but will have more restricted distribution.
  21. Re: black box L'Artisan is awful - why oh why did they ruin them?

    For perfumes? Not sure. The information I've seen is all over the place.

    Be that as it may, I think it's unlikely that any perceived watering down has anything to do with anti-perfume sentiment.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Yes, this 'fun fact' was repeated by the SA when I went into the boutique a couple of weeks ago. It does indeed smell more of geranium than rose, so I was not blown away by the ingenious sleight of...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud discontinued

    I was told in the Dior boutique on the Champs this morning (where they sell only the Collection Privée or whatever it's called these days) that Leather Oud will continue to be available but only in...
  24. Re: Vintage Chanel Perfumes & Colognes Discussion Thread

    Interesting. I've never read that about No. 22. There's no particular link with No. 5, from what I can smell: just bright, sparkling aldehydes on a incense-y cushion. Vintage is lovely, as long as...
  25. Re: black box L'Artisan is awful - why oh why did they ruin them?

    This seems to be mostly a US thing and not (I'm guessing) of much consideration to French perfumers.
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    Re: House of Caron

    Well, it looks like they tried, way back in 2004, with Miss Rocaille: fresh notes, pink packaging clearly aimed at a younger market. It's no longer on the website so I'm supposing it's been dc'd.
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Dior

    Despite the fact that Dioressence has the undeniable Dior patte, I've always found it a bit of an outlier. I find it intensely powdery, which makes it less masculine than it might otherwise be.
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    Re: House of Caron

    Indeed. Though every time I see it I think of Raphael rather than mimosa pompoms.
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    Re: House of Caron

    I've never really got on with Caron, despite the fact that I *ought* on paper to love it. I think it's the house note of cloves that makes its perfumes difficult for me, and some of them are...
  30. Re: And it happened - asked not to wear perfume to work

    That's miserable. The working day can be dull enough, but when the only olfactory interest is a synthetic smelling candle - urgh! (I thank my lucky stars we don't have that kind of mindset in...
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    Re: Best replacement for Gucci ph

    I tried CdG 2 Man in a shop the other day and, not having smelt it for years, instantly thought of Gucci PH. It's a very good substitute imo.
  32. Re: Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

    Perhaps I have low tolerance for turned juice, but personally I'd be very wary of anything going back further than the 1960s, and even then so much would depend on the visible condition of the...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    Thanks for your impressions, Natska. Interesting that you found it very light and powdery: for me it was mostly sticky, relatively spicy labdanum and not especially feminine, at least until the...
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    I tried the new extrait on my wrist this evening, having tracked it down to the Chanel boutique in the Marais.

    The Fragrantica article talks about the three resinous materials (frankincense,...
  35. Re: What's the correct way to pronounce "Knize"?

    Austrian but a Czech name, I believe, so "k-nee-zhe".
  36. Re: Penhaligon are discontinuing English Fern & Douro

    Erm, you're not supposed to. But it is a fougère, of which lavender is one of the main constituent parts.
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    Perhaps because it's not an oriental.

    I'm also surprised by some of the suggestions in this thread. For me, of all the various perfume families, the orientals have to be among the easiest to...
  38. Re: Does anyone remember Neal's Yard in Covent Garden London & their lovely colognes?

    Surely the cheeses were in Neal's Yard Dairy, the sister shop round the corner? I don't remember ever seeing moisturiser cosying up to Stinking Bishop.
  39. Re: can someone please explain Habit Rouge to me?

    They scan packages as a matter of course, alas.
  40. Re: can someone please explain Habit Rouge to me?

    ... but ignore references to it being a chypre or fougère: Habit Rouge is known as the first masculine oriental.

    The thing with the older Guerlains is that they are both complex and composed with...
  41. Re: Does anyone remember Neal's Yard in Covent Garden London & their lovely colognes?

    They don't use those blue bottles anymore? I admit to being slightly shocked. I was in there a couple of months ago and didn't notice the change.

    The products were (are) good but have a...
  42. Re: l'Instant de Guerlain listed as a male scent? I respectfully but quite firmly disagree.

    Oops! You're quite right - apologies. Don't know how I missed that.
  43. Re: l'Instant de Guerlain listed as a male scent? I respectfully but quite firmly disagree.

    There seems to be some confusion over which perfume is being discussed here.

    There are of course two: L'Instant de Guerlain (for women), and L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I would echo theladymay's views. If you're looking to experience Mitsouko in her best, most rounded, most undamaged state, I would avoid 'deep vintage' if I were you and privilege juice from the...
  45. Re: Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    I managed to find a vintage Lyric on the Bay, from a lovely seller in Italy. I'm very happy with it, and it seems to correspond with the red-capped tester I smelled in Jovoy. That means I'm still a...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    There are of course all kinds of 'animalic', from the classic (and classy) gloss of civet in classic fumes to the most aggressive blue-cheese-smelling ouds.

    The most animalic in my wardrobe is...
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    Re: Talking Shop About Barbershop (Scents)!

    I've asked myself this same question.

    I think we can agree it refers to old skool fougères of the kind that might have been splashed around after an old-fashioned shave, but the phrase is bandied...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I'm bit confused as the what this orange-coloured juice might be. Do you have any ideas? I don't think I'd describe any of my various vintages and concentrations as orange.

    Since it hasn't had a...
  49. Re: eau de patou EDP - vintage - help identifying silver box silver bands

    The only bottles of Eau de Patou I've managed to stumble across thus far were both hideously, unbearably OFF! So the hunt continues. Would love to get my nose on some intact juice.
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    Re: Guerlain Lui is underrated

    The first time I tried it my immediate reaction was, eeurgh, dentist's mouthwash, but I recently smelled it on my partner without knowing what it was and had to do a volte-face. I'd be happy to get a...
  51. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    I'm not convinced those lovely floral topnotes will have stood the test of time but am willing to be proved wrong! Of course there's nothing to be lost by opening it. Here's hoping they're in for a...
  52. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    What little juice is left looks very dark and sticky. I'd be surprised if it still smelt pleasant - sorry!
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    Nice to see the love for the Caron, though I always found the vanilla note rather queasy-making. Jicky all the way for me, please. Années Folles by La Parfumerie Moderne is the closest 'modern' take...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    *Following thread with interest*
  55. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    Thanks. Nice bottle!
    That stamp dates it to the 1930s-40s.
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Yes, but it also happens to mean The Devil's Nappy.
  57. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    Can you post a few photos? It's the sticker that would be of most help in this instance. From what you describe, it could be 1940s.
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Could be interesting. I'll definitely try to get my nose on this one.

    The name, though. The Devil's Nappy (Diaper)??
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    Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Nah, sorry! Parent is Shalimar, flanker is Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique/Madagascar/wherever. Nice try though :)
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    You have to meet certain requirements to be able to post something for sale in the Marketplace forum, and since you're a new member I don't think that will work, alas.
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Ps I've just snapped up a 30ml for that was sale in Germany! I'll let you know what it's like once it's in my hot sweaty hands :)
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    I've seen some aftershave called Verlande distributed under the Gillette name, but who knows if there's a connection.
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    Like others, I think it must be synthetic. What's more, to my nose it smells very close to (if not the same as) the oud accord used in Leather Oud. The latter is supposed to evoke the scent of...
  64. Re: Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    Thank you. From what I've seen, vintage isn't necessarily more expensive if you hunt in the right places.

    Good point about samples. That's something that's never occurred to me! What's more, the...
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Indeed. I think Dior just leant on him heavily rather than holding an actual knife to his throat. (This was of course pre-LVMH :evil:)
  66. Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    Can any of you knowledgeable people help me out a little with Amouage Lyric Woman?

    I have to admit that I've fallen for this beauty in recent days and am seriously considering acquiring a bottle....
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Well, Parfum de Thérèse is of course much older (late 1950s I seem to remember). It was Edmond's son, Michel, who allowed Malle to use the original formula. That would make Ocean Rain his last work.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I've just - finally - written up my notes from the recent Osmothèque lecture on Edmond Roudnitska for anyone who might be interested.

    What to do with seventeen glorious-smelling perfume spills in...
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    Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Hello, fragrant folks.

    First up, an apology, as I should have done this write-up days ago, but real life intervened, as it so often does :rolleyesold:

    On Tuesday night I had the privilege to...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    I'm sure cultural differences have a part to play. But don't be misled by all the talk of compliments on the male forum: I'd say that I large proportion comes from young men who are relatively...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    I suspect there may have been others. I'm an awful old crank when it comes to zombie threads.

    Well, thank you so much for the birthday wishes! In fact it was only my 'official' birthday: like HM...
  72. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Currently obsessing me slightly are, in no particular order:

    Lyric Woman (the soft spices!)
    Oud Ispahan (I have a slightly leaky decant in my wardrobe that smells intoxicating every time I open...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    A zombie poll, started almost exactly ten years ago! :birthdays:

    (The correct answer is of course Chamade.)
  74. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    As others have said, don't expect longevity. That's not what it's for - and I'd argue that it's the last thing you want in stifling heat.

    Aside from 4711 you could try Roger et Gallet Extra...
  75. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Have you tried the classic eaux de cologne? Splash with abandon for a bracing pick-me-up (better if you store them in the fridge) that doesn't outstay its welcome.
  76. Re: Men’s Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    Dior's Granville is very close to Blenheim Bouquet (though I prefer the latter).
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Thanks all. I finally went with the set listed above - amazingly good value. I'm going to stick with that as long as possible (trying to narrow down the variables), and if I'm sold I'll maybe start...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I think it was a way of circumventing import duties for anything "made" (put together) in France as well as being cheaper from a shipping point of view.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice museum piece (love those old lablels) but as for the contents being intact ... hmmm. Don't want to rain on your parade but the juice looks VERY dark for an eau de cologne, and all those...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Potential DE noob here, weighing up the pros and cons of buying a first set-up.

    I have a beard so I just need to concentrate on shaving round the edges and tidying up, and since I have no idea...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - Discontinued?

    It's not axed.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - Discontinued?

    Yep. It's still on the French website. I don't see it going anywhere.
  83. Re: EU members - Does your country have any shipping restrictions?

    Here in France I can send perfumes abroad without any trouble - for the time being. i think officially it isn't allowed (I was once questioned on the contents of my parcel) but no one seems to check,...
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    Re: Help Me Choose A Fragrance for the Opera

    Whatever you choose, stick to a light application only. You'll be sitting in close company for hours, and your neighbours might not share your taste in fumes.
  85. Re: Latest Guerlain in L'Art et la Matiere Line - Embruns D'Ylang!

    At BHV in the Marais.
  86. Re: Latest Guerlain in L'Art et la Matiere Line - Embruns D'Ylang!

    I tried this on a card not one hour ago.

    Very few recent Guerlains have done anything for me, but I have to say that this is one is actively nasty. I can't imagine why anyone would want to smell...
  87. Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    I tip my hat in your direction.
  88. Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    Indeed. No need to look anywhere else.
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    Re: Osmotheque conferences

    I was humming and ha-ing about the 1980s conference but as soon as I saw the Roudnitska event I jumped on it. Can't wait!
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    Re: Rose Oud attar

    It really seems to be pot luck with the attars. I picked up a red box of Badr al Badour a couple of years ago: the rose is quite clean, very prominent, and overall the blend lacks the depth and...
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    Yes, and I gave it in July last year :wink:

    (I always thought resurrecting old threads was bad form but perhaps it's no longer frowned upon. That said, there's one over on the women's forum that's...
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    When there's proper discussion, yes, but not endless rounds of '+1', '+2'.
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    The OP's original post was almost a year ago, so perhaps he's found what he's looking for by now?
  94. Re: Really Masculine, Really Modern, Really Excellent

    Antaeus has always smelled like a classic chypre to me, with all the unisex baggage that entails.
  95. Re: Thoughts on Guerlain's Arsene Lupin Dandy and its availability

    As others have said, this is complex scent in full old-style Guerlain mode. I haven't smelt it for a few years but remember it being rich and baroque, surprisingly floral (notably violet), and just...
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    Re: BaseNotes has “Not Secure” warning

    I'm getting the same message in the address bar and have never seen it before.
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    Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Discontinued

    Still on the French site, and no talk on French forums of discontinuation (they would be up in arms).

    This sounds more like a US distribution issue.
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    Re: Pour Monsieur EDT Discontinued

    As freewheelingvagabond says, it doesn't seem to be discontinued so much as no longer distributed in the US. But then it never has been easy to get hold over there, by all accounts.

    Still listed...
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    Re: Diffuse question - where to begin?

    There's a seemingly inexhaustible supply of well-priced Mitsouko extraits on the Bay, so don't give up!
  100. Re: When did Dior switch from 'cologne' to 'eau de toilette' on packaging?

    Not sure about exact dates, but the 'Cologne' label would have been primarily for the US market. I imagine the EdT was sold concurrently elsewhere.
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