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  1. Re: An uninvited guest/fragrance has entered your collection, and wreaks of Les Exclusifs Chanel.

    If something penetrated my collection in such a spooky manner, I'd definitely make offerings to it. Great beginning for a horror story!
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    Re: Lubin- Korrigan EDP

    Not just where's the beef, but where's the meat in general! I tried all three in the series (Korrigan, Akkad and Galaad). They were all sweet but not only that they were murky and indistinct - like...
  3. Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Re: Lust, Caution by Ang Lee
    Great movie, rather overshadowed by the stunning success of "Brokeback Mountain" the year previous to its release. It's about political espionage in Japanese-occupied...
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Thanks, jujy54! Exquisite photo - I'm encouraged to pull out my bottle and show it some love.
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Another lover of Infini here. I have it in the parfum (in the angular sculpture bottle) and have used a couple of bottles of the parfum de toilette (edp strength). What really makes Infini...
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    Thanks granola357!
    I think I noticed that bare patch around 2007 - that was just about the time when I ran into those extrait testers that smelled neither like extrait or their labels. The Chamade...
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    Re: Eau de Gloire - now an edp?!

    Thanks hednic!
    I was also curious about the new Corsica Furiosa - any similarities to the Eau de Gloire?
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    Eau de Gloire - now an edp?!

    With the re-imaging of the Eau d'Empire fragrance line, I notice that Eau de Gloire appears to have been re-issued in eau de parfum rather than the eau de toilette it formerly came in. I was always...
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    Re: Soaps, fragrances you like?

    I wish I could find Bleu d'Issey in the shower gel again. Really uplifting and powerful stuff. And it looked so cool in the bathroom that cobalt blue bottle with sculptured silver cap!
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    Thanks to all who responded. Very informative.
    I got a chance to sample the extrait and the edt that are currently being sold at the local Neiman Marcus. Liked them both, hoping to sample the edp...
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    You read my mind, socalwoman! When I saw this thread come back up, the Tom Daxon products are exactly what I was curious about. Salvia Sclarea was one of the scents I was really intrigued by, the...
  12. Re: Have you ever suddenly fallen in love with a scent (you've already owned/tried)?

    Same has happened to me frequently and I endorse it heartily as a life-affirming experience! Thanks Kaern for the very positive reminder.
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    Re: Summer Patchouli

    Ara-mah, Darjeeling-san, didn't realize you were in Japan. Yup, summers in Japan are hot and humid all right. But there are few countries, imo, that make it so pleasant to be there during the heat,...
  14. Re: Have you ever suddenly fallen in love with a scent (you've already owned/tried)?

    You may or may not be crazy, just like me!
    Seriously, though, I have had very similar experiences to the one you describe. There are fragrances that I liked enough to buy, but after one or two...
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    I did read the Grain de Musc article and find it encouraging. Love the reference to Pop Rocks - that's some mighty potent galbanum!
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    Re: Cowshed (UK), do you know this line?

    I know what you mean. The whole "Cow" thing is off-putting. It would have been enough to name the line "Cowshed" but the whole "Horny Cow", "Moody Cow", et al, doesn't make me especially want to...
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    Chamade - current formulations

    I love Chamade but am out of touch regarding what is the best bet of the current, reformulated versions.
    My working bottle right now is an edt refill for one of the "golden cage" atomizer covers. ...
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    Re: Summer Patchouli

    Patchoulissime by Keiko Mecheri. Has just a light touch of musk, no heavy amber or vanilla. I'm not a fan of patchoulis blended too freely with cacao/vanilla/amber, etc. I like patchouli very dry...
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    Re: Cowshed (UK), do you know this line?

    Hi furrypine,
    My local Barneys has the Cowshed line, though I have not seen the perfumed oils so far. I've tried a couple of their body lotions. They were kind of murky, mixed-up, not very...
  20. Re: I went alittle nuts and got 5 colonges today, need help

    Great scents, congratulations.
    There's no problem unless you spent the rent money!
    The Aventus would be nice, but you have plenty to play with already. To my mind, all your choices are pretty...
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    Re: Vivre - Molyneux

    Hi David,
    Don't you just love that bottle? Imagine the $$$ it would get if produced nowadays in an exclusive niche line.
    Sandalwood and roses don't spring to mind immediately when recalling Vivre....
  22. Re: Love this new Parfumerie Generale: Grand Siècle Intense 7.1

    Of my small collection of Parfumerie Generale scents, I have to admit that I've steered clear of this house's best-known tendencies toward the spicy and gourmand. When Pierre does green and chypre...
  23. Re: BN members....What's your take on Parfums de Nicolai ? Good stuff or not so good ?

    I have quite a few of the PdN fragrances and use them quite frequently. The two that I bought first are still my favorites: Cologne Sologne and Cologne Cedrat. Also Cologne Nature, which doesn't...
  24. Love this new Parfumerie Generale: Grand Siècle Intense 7.1

    I've had this for a couple of weeks now. With each of the all-day wears I've given it so far, I'm convinced that this will be one of the standout purchases of my year. I bought it kind of blind. ...
  25. Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Ooooh a splash of M. Balmain! I've always imagined it would be even better applied generously in the pour-and-slap method. Enjoy, enjoy.
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    Re: Montale Nepal Aoud

    Favorable first impression from sampling.
    This oud is a lover and not a fighter. Zing of saffron and then the cushion-y spice blend. Didn't get the rose from this first meeting, but a generous...
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    Re: Montale Nepal Aoud

    Ordered a sample of it. Any other thoughts since you've had it in your possession? I must admit that I want that white and gold Montale bottle - not that I'm so superficial, ha ha. I really do...
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    Re: Vivre - Molyneux

    David, you really do need this. Not kidding.

    The description of the base in nogg's edit is spot-on. The dry leathery quality that comes on very gradually is what reminds me of Cialenga and other...
  29. Re: Older Discontinued Lancetti Fragrances - Your Views Please....(mens and womens) !

    I'd love to smell that original one, noggs.
    Agree that the majority of the later Lancetti frags for women became less interesting. Tried Elle, Etre and Suspense and was not moved to wear or buy.
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    Re: Vivre - Molyneux

    I wore Vivre in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Not like Cristalle at all, imo.
    More similar to Cialenga by Balenciaga but warmer and mossier. Also some similarities to the original Pierre Cardin for women....
  31. Re: Older Discontinued Lancetti Fragrances - Your Views Please....(mens and womens) !

    Lancetti is a very under-estimated house, imo.

    I have the first Lancetti women's frag, the one Noggs identifies as Lancetti Madame. It's a green rosy fragrance, sharp as a pair of stilettos. ...
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    Re: Charles Jourdan Votre

    I have a small bottle of Votre which I've been eking out for the last few years. A very pretty floral with some subtle green notes. I see the resemblance to Jontue but that fragrance has much...
  33. Re: Vepres Siciliennes by Parfums MDCI - Any thoughts?

    Love the bead and tassel! Glad there is an alternative to the resin bust versions, as it wouldn't be my taste. I too have been almost there as far as punishing my wallet on something from this...
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    Re: Eau du Coq by Guerlain

    The rosemary note is present but not prominent, imo. I never think of Du Coq as an "Eau du Hongrie" type of fragrance. It's there at just the right level, beneath the citrus.
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    Re: When Things Go Bad, or Do They?

    I wouldn't say they became unwearable, just unrecognizable as what they were meant to be. I'd say it took a good 15 years for most to start their decline, but all my frags are stored in a dark, cool...
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    Re: When Things Go Bad, or Do They?

    I have come to realize, after more than 40 years of collecting and enjoying fragrance, that it is as mortal as we are. It has its perfection for an allotted time and then starts slipping from the...
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    Re: Eau du Coq by Guerlain

    I'm with you on the splash bottles for this type of scent. Du Coq is one of those that is meant to be poured into your palms and then slapped briskly onto the body. In liberal portion, need I add. ...
  38. Re: Kiehl's Musk...a safe blind buy for me? EDT or oil?

    This would be an ok blind buy for you, imo. It is not overly skanky, in fact, on a lot of people, it's just really soft and warm (not sweet). On me it's got a bit of cat-fur scent to it, which is...
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    Re: Ténéré by Paco Rabanne

    i don't believe there have been reformulations of this scent, as its relatively mild popularity didn't seem to warrant anything except its initial campaign. I do agree that if Tenere's exact same...
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    Re: Ténéré by Paco Rabanne

    I'd buy it. This is a gentleman's rose, dry and smooth. Not as ashy as Czech and Speake No. 88, but still has a trace of something like charcoal.

    I love it for the scent and also for the name...
  41. Re: Applying fragrance after a shower / Applying fragrance over a lotion / Over a scented lotion

    It might have been a wrong assumption that applying the Kiehl's lotion would amp up the musk overall. Just like two sounds can combine into a hybrid, so can two scented items create a third that...
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    Re: Guerlain Les Eaux

    My favorite has always been Eau de Guerlain, which has always been in eau de toilette concentration, but really does belong with the others because of its feeling and the intention behind its...
  43. Re: If Bel Ami Vetiver is such a hit, what would you imagine next?

    Equipage is up next, eh? That will be interesting. I like the timing. One every 12 months (and limited, too) is way better than a washed-out "collection" of 6 or more scents at a time as is the...
  44. Re: Please compare Vintage and modern Caron Bellodgia

    Malmaison by Floris was the ultimate clove-y carnation scent, imo. Bellodgia, not as much clove, just at the natural level that a real carnation exudes that eugenol scent.

    Btw, look up some of...
  45. Re: If Bel Ami Vetiver is such a hit, what would you imagine next?

    Thanks for the info, Mick.
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    Re: Eau Fraiche - recent purchase

    One of my great loves. Looks like you got a good, pre-reformulation splash bottle - nice nice!

    Dior's Eau Fraiche is a great example of how "fresh" fragrances were perceived in the recent past. ...
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    Re: Eau Sauvage Question

    Amen to that, Cacio.
    The oakmoss base in my vintage citrus scents (Diorella, Quartz, etc.) bumps them up a category strength-wise when compared with today's concentrations. My Diorella edt from...
  48. If Bel Ami Vetiver is such a hit, what would you imagine next?

    Playing with the theme - say, Equipage Santal, or Rocabar Poivre?

    Just no oud. No oud. No oud.

    And I love oud, mind you. But that train already left the station. Or in Hermes' case, that...
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    Re: Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver - Opinions?

    Me too! Except I have yet to buy it. But the next time I go by the Hermes boutique, I'm getting off the bus and walking right in to buy it, I swear.
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    Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier

    Good description of this absolutely incredible scent. For me it's a classic chypre with a rose heart. The moss/coriander keeps it edgy, less of a "bosomy" floral, you know?

    I wore it in the edt...
  51. Re: Montale Royal Aoud - I think we're meant for each other

    Thanks Hednic!
    I'm putting this into immediate rotation. Not often does a recent purchase climb so high in so little time.
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    Re: Mugler Cologne and Cologne Imperiale

    In terms of their use as you describe, they again are similar but not equal. Both fresh and clean, yes. Bright and sparkling, not intense, yes. The Imperiale you could pour or spray on in gallons...
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    Re: Mugler Cologne and Cologne Imperiale

    I don't see too much of a similarity either. Thierry Mugler Cologne has an entirely different vibe, to the point where I really could not consider it an update of anything else. For me, the...
  54. Montale Royal Aoud - I think we're meant for each other

    I bought this semi-blind, going on the strength of a very brief try some while back. The first spray made my spine and nose prickle. I knew I was either going to love it or hate it. It elicited an...
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    Re: Montana Parfum de Peau

    "Greasy" (castoreum) and "pissy" (civet). Sounds like you got a tester of a great pre-reformulation batch! If the only listed ingredients are water, alcohol and perfume, then that's even better. ...
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    Re: Any love for Messe de Minuit?

    Agree that the earlier versions were superb, both Messe de Minuit and any other Etro you can name. The house has just about uniformly diluted the hell out of everything and has become totally...
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    Re: New Olfactive Studio - Ombre Indigo!

    Hope you had another chance to full-test. Any other impressions? Tuberose lurking somwhere?
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    Re: fragrances you associate with rain

    Inoui by Shiseido
    Tubereuse Couture by Parfumerie Generale
    Silences by Jacomo
    Jardin du Nil by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    Givenchy III

    Green and mossy scents in general seem to "wake up" in...
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    Re: Montana Parfum de Peau

    Love love Parfum de Peau. Definitely a heavy hitter, a statement-maker. Civet and castoreum and leather. Spices and burning resin. The older formulations probably had a good hit of oud in them,...
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    Re: Damn, I smell good!

    Chant d'Aromes by Guerlain, every time. Every time for over 25 years. Takes me back to all the reasons I cherish perfume in my life.
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    Re: Spanish Cedar by Czech & Speake

    Hey, anyone notice it says EdP on the box?! I thought most of C&S's fragrances were edc or edt at most. Although I must say that my C&S Neroli has a lot more firepower than the Eau de Cologne it...
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    Re: Colonia Leather by Acqua di Parma

    Personally, I think a leather-themed scent in cologne concentration is a fabulous idea, as in Dior's Eau Sauvage flanker, Fraicheur Cuir.
    This one sounds rather different from the Dior, and I'm...
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    Re: The smell of Dial Gold Soap

    It's the price of nostalgia, I'm afraid. Not fair at all.
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    Re: The smell of Dial Gold Soap

    Agree. Smelling the SMN Gold Musk brought back memories of the bathroom of my childhood home and the bar of soap sitting on the edge of the basin.
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    Re: Creed royal english leather

    One of the few Creed fragrances I really like. As others have said, a "simpler" leather scent, but then I have smelled some leather frags that were chaotic and lost their point along the way. Royal...
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    Re: How does rain affect a fragrance?

    For myself, the weather in general and rain in particular certainly affects my choice of fragrance. I've found that chypre and green fragrances interpret themselves in a manner that is particularly...
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    Re: Shagya...Parfums de Marly

    Really jumped out at me too.

    KInd of the way "Arso" (by Profumum) did.

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, some of us have our minds in the gutter .... with our noses glued to our wrists.
  68. Re: GC-MS Vintage AMAZONE : analysis and discussion.

    Ah....vintage Amazone! How many bottles of it I went through, I can't remember. I especially was partial to the splash edt and the extrait.

    He sure is right about this frag being inconceivable...
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    Re: L'eau Froide, Serge Lutens

    I loved L'eau Froide the minute I tried it. I bought a bottle the same day. I can honestly say it is one of the most versatile scents I own. There isn't a type of weather or type of social...
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    Re: Have you ever felt bad about over spraying?

    Yes - and with the appropriately-named Explosive by Etienne Aigner. I mean, I love it (rich plummy oriental) and it was a cold winter morning, but I guess that 4th spray is what did it. If I'd been...
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    Re: Cologne Sologne Thoughts?

    I stand by everything I said in 2009. But now I can, without shame, admit that I was a sucker for the beautiful label on the bottle as well.
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    Re: Cheep Cheap it's Easter time

    The Borsari Colonia actually is more an edt strength than, say, 4711. When you first try it out, go as easy on the trigger as you normally would. You'll find the sweet spot very quickly.
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    Re: Cheep Cheap it's Easter time

    It was a half-blind buy for me. I had a tin of the soaps in this fragrance but had never smelled it in "juice" form. I never regretted my purchase - 3.3 oz in this kind of classic edc goes quicker...
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    Re: Cheep Cheap it's Easter time

    Oh I know, remember all the inexpensive sandalwood soaps and colognes that had REAL Mysore sandalwood in them. Those were the days. Also, there were some truly excellent fragrances along the lines...
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    Re: Cheep Cheap it's Easter time

    I wouldn't say it's the "same" as ADP. There's a little different balance in the citrus notes, plus the Borsari has a very slight "modern fresh" accord, not obnoxious or anything, it's actually very...
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    Re: Cheep Cheap it's Easter time

    It does indeed!
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    Cheep Cheap it's Easter time

    Corny, I know. But I have to comment on how a bottle of Borsari Acqua Classica emerged from oblivion (o.k., from the depths of my perfume cabinet). This was so darn inexpensive, yet it could teach...
  78. Re: City Themed Scents from my upcoming vacation - LA and San Francisco

    I love the Diptyque store in S.F.! It's on Maiden Lane, a tiny two-block stretch of boutiques and the back entrances to stores like Britex Fabrics and Gump's. Parallel to and in between Post and...
  79. Re: City Themed Scents from my upcoming vacation - LA and San Francisco

    A seemingly odd choice, but Serge Lutens' L'Eau Froide is a very vivid olfactory symbol of San Francisco in the foggy month of June. I smell it and I see the evening fog moving like a liquid...
  80. Re: Have anyone ever tried Horus? The imitation of YSL Kouros...

    Hee hee hee. Or rather, ho, ho and mo' ho!
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    Re: Tam Dao EDP question

    Stopped by the Diptyque shop last week. They gave me some nice spray samples of the EDP Tam Dao, which I wore over the weekend.
    Yes, there are some major differences from the original, which...
  82. Re: which soaps/bodywashes do you think compliment everything you wear?

    I'm really into my scented soaps and shower gels. I've never found them to clash with whatever I choose for an sotd. There are times when I want to intensify the mood, not necessarily the strength,...
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    Re: MICALLEFF: what are your favs?

    Francolino or others, could you extrapolate on these two Micallef frags, esp. the Emir? Hard to sample Micallef in my region. Emir looks like the kind of ultra-masculine that could also work on the...
  84. Eau de Mandarine Ambrée - Will this Hermes make it to the discount sites?

    There are some Hermes frags that will probably never appear (and I would never expect to appear) on a discount fragrance site. For instance, I wouldn't be looking for Poivre Samarcande. The Eau de...
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    Re: Which Mid-Weight Amber for Summer?

    I adore PG L'Ombre Fauve! As much as the scent, I love the name - at least while I wear this, I can be the "shadow of a wild thing".
    I've always thought of it, though as "more" than an amber scent....
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    Re: MICALLEFF: what are your favs?

    Love the Aoud Homme. The Gardenia scent is pretty darn good - not a screaming white floral, but warm with creamy wood notes and dry vanilla base.
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    Re: Best Cologne (EdC) out of the Bunch

    Well you NEED more than one no matter which is the best!
    I own, love and wear the Bergamotto Marino and the Mugler Cologne.

    I did love 4711 once upon a time but I think current versions have been...
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    Re: Which Mid-Weight Amber for Summer?

    Etro Ambra was my gold standard for lighter, non-syrupy ambers. The Etros have been reformulated to their detriment, so finding an older bottle would be a goal.

    How about the the Comme des...
  89. Re: Should I be too concerned with wearing a scent in the wrong season?

    Your sense of seasonality is an ongoing, ever-developing project. Having a fragrance hobby is an enhancement to your awareness of how you react to the cycles of weather, light, holidays, etc. ...
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    Re: Help me find a high end citrus

    Czech & Speake Neroli. Always getting compliments on this one. "Smells expensive" has been the word several times.
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    Re: MOLINARD LAVANDE...CHEAP for a reason?

    I know the big honking bottles of which you speak. Used to see them in supermarkets in Spain, along with other scents.
    Lavender colognes of this sort (and the Molinard too) are meant to be used...
  92. Re: "Basenotes members aren't qualified to give their opinion on fragrances."

    Definitely!
    All I can say is that I laughed so hard I snorted soup through my nose. That hurts, you know.
  93. Re: "Basenotes members aren't qualified to give their opinion on fragrances."

    Creed AMBASSADOR?
    Oh! Oh! This is giving me spasms.
    What a paragon of diplomacy!
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    Re: Am I addicted?

    This is a phase and it will pass. Your natural interest will wax (like right now) and then eventually wane. I've had fragrance in my life as an abiding interest for a long time, and can say that...
  95. Re: Enter the Nutmeg: "Cacharel pour Homme", 1981

    There was a short phase during the very early 1980's where nutmeg was a prominent note in several popular fragrances. I wore these two:

    Cabriole by Elizabeth Arden
    Sharp green and floral notes...
  96. Re: Someone hating your fragrance - has this ever happened to you?

    Yes - I was trying out Black Cashmere by Donna Karan. Like the OP, I thought I had let enough time pass to settle the fumes before boarding the bus. But not for everyone, apparently. This lady I...
  97. Re: "Basenotes members aren't qualified to give their opinion on fragrances."

    "My manager hates basenotes". Har har har. Bet they do.
  98. Re: Ebene - Pierre Balmain. A Masterpiece That Deserves More...

    Love love love this vintage Balmain for men. The photos of those vintage bottles are almost making me tear up - they remind me of all that has been lost in the world of perfume. This was a scent...
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    I totally agree about the tailored, suit-worthy vibe. I envision a super-premium tropical weight wool in charcoal grey or midnight navy with a very subtle chalk stripe. I don't wear this scent but...
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    Re: Ladies Wearing Kouros??

    Re: Parfum de Peau
    Very different from Kouros - much spicier. However, like Kouros, it does have a strong animalic character - I believe it is castoreum in this one rather than the civetty pong in...
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