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    Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    This is like Alice down the Rabbit Hole.
  2. Favorite woody-florals for spring & summer

    I have recently come to love the woody undertones given to some relatively new fragrances, particularly the use of fig wood, driftwood, aoud and other off-beat woods that give character to a floral...
  3. Re: NY Times Article on Genderless Fragrance Trend

    Thank you, Sherrie11 :-*
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    Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    Why doesn't it suffice to say that you disagree with a previous review?[/quote]


    my scentiment exactly! although in my head it's much less polite. *;D

    i think serpent is a gifted...
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    Barcelona, Spain

    Regia
    Passeig de Gràcia 39,
    tele. #: 93 216 01 21
    website: http://www.regia.es

    Open 10am-8.30pm Mon-Sat.
    This branch of the 1920's founded small fragrance shop chain has a charming perfume...
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    Re: Fragrance shopping in Barcelona

    Regia
    Passeig de Gràcia 39, *
    tele. #: 93 216 01 21
    website: *http://www.regia.es

    Open 10am-8.30pm Mon-Sat.
    This branch of the 1920's founded small fragrance shop chain has a charming...
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    Althea, those all sound so wonderful. I especailly love the one for your daughter. I know from earlier posts of yours that you have launched your own soap and fragrance business. If these are any...
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    Hmmmm and yummmm. PM, what does Stjarna mean? Seeting Sun is such a romantic name. Kudos to you on a lovely concept.
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    Well, we have a special bond now, Sanddrift.[/quote]


    Ah, thank you, *Quarry *:-*

    BTW: *have you ever smelled something called buffalo grass or in Russian , Zabrovka? *I had a wonderful...
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    Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    TdH is wonderful and I don't think one can count the recent sour grapes ranting as a review. *I have worn the sample I picked up in Palm Beach a little over a week ago several times now and adore it....
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    Well, we have a special bond now, Sanddrift.[/quote]


    Ah, thank you, Quarry :-*

    BTW: have you ever smelled something called buffalo grass or in Russian , Zabrovka? I had a wonderful teacher in...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Molecule 101?

    Absolutely it's true, Cedriceccentric, hence my line above. I read it in an interview with Geza Shoen. According to Herr Shoen, iso E Super or whatever is a very common, low-cost chemical extender...
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    Re: Interesting NYT article on unisex scent

    I did enjoy. Thank you, Scentsei
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    Quarry, this is so beautiful and moving. What a wonderful experience you must have had with this teacher who so deeply touched your life. I used to live in New Mexico and we had sweet grass and sage...
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    Re: "Eau de Us Weekly"- Slate article

    What a wonderful article. I've been struggling with this issue. Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely is just that -- lovely. *And one of the Britney Spears fragrances was charming as well. *I love Rupion's...
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    *And.......what would sort of fragrance would you compose for Mr. Mortensen's pleasure?[/quote]

    I would actually compose it for my own pleasure, lol! *I don't know what notes, but it would be on...
  17. Re: Top things to include in your personal fragran

    What a wonderful description of a real and worthy man. My kind of hero.
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    Re: Who builds the pyramids?

    You mean they are not in the Basenotes's Directory, not that notes or scent pyramids don't exist at all except on some of the fragrance's own websites (if they have them). I've never understood why...
  19. Re: Top things to include in your personal fragran

    LOL!
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    And.......what would sort of fragrance would you compose for Mr. Mortensen's pleasure?
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    Re: Has anyone tried Molecule 101?

    Karl at aedes urged me to try this and sent me a sample of both escentric 01 and molecule 01 a while back. The iso E super aroma comprises half of the escentric 01 and I believe all of the molecule...
  22. Re: Your ultimate personal fragrance

    hmmmmm...quite different, more conceptual, less concrete and architectural.

    Here one is being invited to describe what you would like in your ultimate fragrance in all its aspects, more like the...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 23 March

    EnvYus! *Bois de Portugal is one of only two or perhaps three Creed scents I actually like. *It is beautiful, manly and warmly rich smelling. *Simply gorgeous. *Enjoy your day knowing that at least...
  24. Top things to include in your personal fragrance

    So Grey Hue of Doubt has you expiring -- slowly, gracefully, enjoyably, fragrantly and expensively because you have been both unlucky and lucky (you've won the lottery.)

    Since money is no object...
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    Customer Service Nightmares, Dreams

    CS, So very important so few do it right.

    What is the worst thing you ever suffered at the hands of a callous retailer or SA?

    Who gets your vote for baing the best at treating you right and...
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    Re: Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    What beautiful, tender thoughts. You all have lucky loved ones.

    Gorgeous compositions, hackerX. Such a thoughtful, giving person you are.

    Yellesh is the best! Darling, funny, sweet, pure...
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    Re: New: The Scent of Peace by Bond n°9.

    Thank you, Cedriceccentric for keeping us all up to date! I enjoy reading your newsworthy posts and appreciate your efforts. Always a treat! :-*
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    Your own fragrance store

    If you were stocking your very own fragrance boutique with main stream, micro-perfumerie and/or niche, which lines would you carry and why? It's a very small shop and you can only have 10 lines...
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    Who would you compose a Fragrance for?

    Geir Ness says he created his first scent, Laila, for his mother for Mother's Day and named it for her, too. It contained the wild flowers of her native Norway and was made from non-allergenic flower...
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    Re: Industry trade show?

    Indeed there is. It is called the World Perfumery Congress. It is a major international event that is organized every 3 years jointly by the American Society of Perfumers and the Société Française...
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    Re: You are dying...

    OK, how about Jar: Bolt of Lightening?


    Well, since I have won that lottery and my fatal disease would be like the ones in three hanky movies with Bette Davis or Ali MaGraw -- the ones that make...
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    Fragrance trends, Scent Zeitgeists

    What does your radar say?

    Has anyone noticed the "fragrance warming trend" *spoken of by FIT Adjuct Professor Virginia Bonofiglio below?
    ...
  33. Thread: Summer Frags

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    Re: Summer Frags

    * *Sorry, I am blessed with a great monitor on which yellow does just fine. And it is so much fun to add color, especially in the dreary gray of barely new spring. *Forgive me.

    (and for those who...
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    Re: Laura Biagiotti

    Do you perhaps mean Fiori Bianchi -- or in English, White Flowers? It was released in 1982 and was her first fragrance, but I think this directory lists it as 1991. It is discontinued. I do not even...
  35. Thread: Summer Frags

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    Re: Summer Frags

    8-)

    Carthusia Uomo

    Bond no.9 Hamptons & Wall Street

    AG Eau du Sud

    Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Verte
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    *I am the hugest fan of Pierre Montale.

    What a great perfumeur but not widely distributed in the US or Canada. *Basenotes member maisonstinky, who owns a fragrance boutique, has been broadening my...
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    Re: Your favourite Ellena scent

    Hear, Hear!

    I recently raided a perfume counter to sniff more main stream men's scents. I was so impressed by Déclaration, which my husband has worn for years. It was both disctinctive and more...
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    Re: Your favourite Ellena scent

    Throw in Divine Bergamot and we are a complete match!

    I love the silk gossamer transparency and deceptive simplicity of Ellena's compositions. The height of elegance.

    Smelled Terre d'Hermès...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 22 March

    Divine Bergamot
  40. Re: Which of these 3 Men's Scents do you like best

    When I first clicked to answer the poll, Geir was a distant third. Now they are all three neck and neck. *Not much help to you, I suppose.

    So wieghing in with personal taste:

    Most Chanel...
  41. Re: On a Beach, Alcohol, Steel Guitar and Sun

    From a fellow beach bum

    Carthusia Uomo -- my current fave with a great, salty driftwood dry-down. Masculine, fresh. The choice for a seaside romantic evening.

    Givenchy Insense Ultramarine --...
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    Re: Greyland (Montale)

    I don't know about this. I bought this for my husband after exhaustively testing many men's fragrances (more than two dozen and I revistied classics as well) . I did my first pass on bottle/sample...
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    Re: Female Fragrances on Guys

    Well done! I can imagine all those on a man with handsome results.

    May I also add Chanel Bois des Îles , Cliniques Aromatics Elixir and Sean Connery's long time favorite, Guerlain's Jicky, which...
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    Re: Going to teach junior and high schoolers

    *What a treat you must be as a teacher, Paul G.! Ah, and I see that children are not perhaps as unsophisticated, unrefined or unadventurous as people might suppose. Always dangerous to underestimate...
  45. Re: Terre d'Hermès: Death of a Great Fragrance Hou

    It is an impeccable review, even more impeccable than these from the same reviewer:
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    Re: Rain washed jungle smell ?

    Michael Kors Island
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    Re: Fragrance for summer/office wear...

    AG Eau du Sud
    YSL M7 Fresh [second]
    Dior Homme
    Cartier Declaration
    Eau Sauvage [second]
    Carthusia Mediterraneo
    Carthusia Uomo
    Laura Biagiotti Roma Uomo
    Gier [second]
  48. Re: Terre d'Hermès: Death of a Great Fragrance Hou

    It's a beautiful, elegant, refreshing fragrance and sufficiently dictinct from its outdoorsy cousins. *Elena has a good way farther to go to balance and freshen up the Hermès line and bring it into...
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    Re: SotD Monday 20 March

    On holiday. Hermes Jardin sur le Nil
  50. Re: What's your all-purpose "standby" fragrance?

    Weather & time dependent:

    cool to warm --- AG le Jasmin

    warm to hot --- Diptyques l'Ombres dans l'Eau

    Cool to cold --- SL Daim Blond

    Evening
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    Re: Daim Blond by Serge Lutens

    The fabulous, sexy, sophisticated, luxurious smelling Daim Blond is a cool weather staple of mine. *Subtle enough for day and work, it*gets just the right type of attention.

    The apricot kernal...
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    Re: Greyland (Montale)

    I adore Greyland on my husband. He and I both find it quite strong. and long lasting. He uses only 1-2 spritzes so I wonder if Slim got an off sample. I do not find it very similar to the fragrances...
  53. Re: Good Place In "Tourist Area" NYC For Basala Ho

    Basala is a discontinued Shiseido fragrance, no? If so, I think you might have luck in New York's legendary Chinatown which has many small cosmetic shops selling hard-to-find Shiseido. Also Broadway...
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    Re: The Shock of Un Lys

    Un Lys is a very lovely lily and another mysterious, beautiful lily fragrance is Lys Méditerranée by Frederic Malle
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    Re: Get to know your Spices!

    Diabolus fecit ut id facerem! -- just what, pray tell, did the devil make you do?

    Do they have condiment and additive sections, too? Can we give them some poetic license to broaden spice to mean...
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    Re: What scent has given you most compliments?

    l'Ombres dans l'Eau

    AG le Jasmin

    Aoud Roses Petals --constant!

    Molinard Nirmala

    FM Carnal Flower
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    Re: What do you wear to a business meeting?

    Gee, when you put it that way, I'm so happy I chose to retain my amateur status.

    In lieu of Vetiver Pour Elle, Guerlain Vetiver layered with an Aqua Allegoria.[/quote]

    The VPE above sounds very...
  58. Re: im looking for great sillage and light scent

    I read this as you asking for two recommendations, no? One light yet trailing, another strong, yet close to the skin.

    I'll second Geir for light yet wafting, also Dior Homme.

    For more intense...
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    Re: Island by Micael Kors?

    I tried Island a couple of weeks ago and it was very nice on me. It's a white floral, with a fruity top note, marine/water accords and light wood basenotes. There is a skin sense to it; I would have...
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    Re: Secret weapons?

    No, No, No! Not manipulate! Not to induce a mood in you but match and compliment a particlular facet/mood...Can't imagine you are never in the mood for something other than Fumerie Turque when you...
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    A: That just about any stimulous is arousing to healthy, happy humans?

    But still, Hirsch had those swanky-scientific numbers for us: *44% more arousing, *18% decrease in arousal. *Funny, the...
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    Re: Any really nice grapefruit scents?

    Thank you, Rita Mae for all this info and insight - that's enough on Calyx to know I don't want to try it. I am sensitive so have to keep scent toned down and subtle or I keep getting distracted or...
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    Secret weapons?

    What's in your arsenal in the war between the sexes?

    We're not talking what turns them on, but what unleashes you.

    Got different ones for different moods of sexy?

    I like to wear Annick...
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    Re: Finally tried Original Santal

    Oh, Paul, what a nightmare but you make it so funny. *Your children have obviously inherited your sense of humor. You didn't really smell like a quesadilla, it was just lunch time. :D



    LOL
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    It's pretty easy measuring arousal in males - you just have to look where you wouldn't normally look.
    Males don't usually wear raincoats to get an ice cream.
    Renato *:)[/quote]

    Now let's be...
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    It is hillarious. Thanks. But EEEEEWwwwww, yuck! Sounds like something on a reality TV show. I had heard about this urine drinking before. I think I read -- and my recall is good-- that the Dalai...
  67. Re: SotD Wednesday 8 March, International Women's

    *

    * * * * ***Read it here. *This is a big festival in Italy as well and dates back to Roman times ......

    Festa della Donna. In Italy, men honor the women in their lives today by presenting...
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    Favorite Layered Fragrance combos?

    Yesterday we read a good many opinions about layering fragrances. Today............




    Layering Fans and Intrepid Experimenters:


    What layering knock outs have you blended? *What are your...
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    Re: thumbs down to layering

    Life irony... Czesc is a kid in school.
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    Re: Best Niche Fragrance Brands

    Serge Lutens website: http://www.salons-shiseido.com

    There is no strictly corporate website but call and they can put you on the right track. Telephone: 33.(0)1 49 27 09 09. Six hour time...
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    Re: Any really nice grapefruit scents?

    But we are girls!
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    LOL, Renato. *And how were you determining or measuring this arousal or lack thereof! ;) Were you flying on visual or instruments there....? Did your observing the arousal of fellow males so...
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    Actually it is mainstream and that is a prestigious and respected journal. Check it out. Alternative and complimentary therapies and integrative medicine have been pretty mainstream since the 80's....
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    Re: thumbs down to layering

    I have to say that nine times out of ten, I'd have to point my thumbs down as well at the practice of willy-nilly layering. *I have seen (but fortunately not smelled) some God awful examples where...
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    The article at
    http://www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.782/healthissue_detail.asp
    which I found from the Skeptic's Dictionary site, indicates that scientists are somewhat skeptical of Dr. Hirsch's...
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    Re: Do Women Really Smell Better?

    Excllent post (as usual) Sanddrift.

    Regarding note #5, I recall coming across an article stating that the scent receptors in humans have the capacity to regenerate themselves (every twenty...
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    Do Women Really Smell Better?

    So, as we read yesterday, do women smell 40X better than men?

    This started me thinking about a bunch of scent facts and myths. Thought I'd share my findings with a True or False game. (Answers...
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    Re: Most worn in February

    SL *Daim Blond
    Montale Black Aoud
    Montale Roses Petals, sometimes layered with MPG Rose Muskisime or
    * *Stella Rose Absolute
    TDC Bois d'Iris
    TDC Divine Bergamot
    L'A *Piment Brûlant ...
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    Re: TGIF!!! SotD Friday 3 March

    hmmmmm.....this sounds very interesting. Where do you get it?

    I've been up all night on deadline working on a project due COB today so been reviving myself with periodic fortifying spritzes of...
  80. Re: Fragrances and trends and history and stuff

    An amateur historian of popular culture myself, I sympathise with your quest. You can go back further if you'd want, but for now here are few additions to your list:

    The Roaring 20's

    Legendary...
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    Re: News update: Desperate Housewives.

    Complex?

    Hmmmm...if I were the marketing genius at Coty and I was marketing to women, I think I would create a set of 4 (or whatever the number of "housewife" stars there are) fragrances named...
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    Re: Chic-Magnet Fragrances? Do they exist?

    *Good point. It's been a year since the study and not one fragrance house, not even Demeter, has stepped up to the plate! Imagine.

    No, I am of the opinion this is best left as a dessert. Invite...
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    Re: Any really nice grapefruit scents?

    ^^

    Thank you, Godzilla.

    and judging from the traffic this thread is getting (very low), grapefruit will remain a secret weapon for all those of us over 34 who bothered to read this!

    I want...
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    Re: Zodiacn - any relevance?

    If the clearly inferior list I looked at had had perfume selections for my sign , also Scorprio (cusp sagitarrius), as nice as this then I would have been pleased. *So I guess it depends on the chart...
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    Re: Chic-Magnet Fragrances? Do they exist?

    That was from the same scientist. He must have a good pr agent. *In a preliminary study, Hirsch discovered that the scent of cinnamon buns was arousing to males so he went on to explore a bit further...
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    Re: SotD Thursday, March 2

    letting my son pick one now that he is up. He is selecting a sample of Lolita Lempika's L. 8-)
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    Re: SotD Thursday, March 2

    letting my son pick one now that he is up. He is selecting a sample of Lolita Lempika's L. :-*
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    Re: Zodiac - any relevance?

    I saw one of these fragrance and the Zodiac charts recently -- can't remember where -- and I read down to my sign, did not like a single one. *Read my rising sign, etc. still could not find a match....
  89. Re: Looking to sample Lutens - which are masculine

    I think you're right and so does the poll so far. Not one person selected it as a masculine possibility. It is a favorite of mine. I think of it as the Marlene Dietrich of suede fragrances.

    My...
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    Re: most popular musk scent

    Synchronicity

    you should check out the men's fragrance discussion and lok for the thread about Body Shop Musc Ravageur.

    http://www.basenotes.net/community/YaBB.pl?num=1141264587

    A bn member...
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    Re: Any really nice grapefruit scents?

    Yummy, yum, yum, Thank you! Those three certainly sound like trying.

    More of Hirsch's research indicated men are attracted to vanilla (but older men even more so) and cinnamon. But guy's top...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur, the Body Shop Edition

    Would have to be Cinnamon Spice, its the only cinnamon they have. *At $10 USD per oil, why not experiment? Vanilla, White musk and Cinnamon.....hhmmmmmm. Heck, I have a Body Shop just down the road;...
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    Re: The ultimate chic-magnet fragrance

    Feel free to comment good or bad or funny!
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    Any really nice grapefruit scents?

    **So I am wondering -- are there any fragrances out there containing grapefruit that do not make one smell like a kitchen-freshening scented candle, an aromatherapy remedy or a diet drink? *Are there...
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    Re: The scents of celebrities

    Another basenotes member "makemepretty" authors and maintains this site:

    http://www.freewebs.com/celebrityfragrances/
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    Re: i thought i had reached my peak

    Czesc,

    Montale Aoud (oud, agar, aloe, whatever -- an oud by any other name, etc., etc....) fragrqances are amazing. I am completely transfixed by aoud. It is a hauntingly lovely fragrance and...
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    Chic-Magnet Fragrances? Do they exist?

    For what it is worth, it seems there are...

    Surprisingly in a study last year, the fragrance that most aroused men was also a top scorer for women: *a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie. A...
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    Re: Child Perfume by Susan D Owens - ???

    Child perfume was all the rage in 2002, each vial or roll-on of the perfume hand mixed and poured by a charismatic Susan herself was once available only through her and her atelier (garage, spare...
  99. Re: quick answer movie date with a girl 3nd date..

    Hmmm. another woman's opinion? *No Cool Water. And if you think this is the usual 3rd date is the charm, then I would strongly suggest choosing a scent you like wearing frequently so it can build up...
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    Re: Tobacco, but not just any tobacco

    Versacs's the Dreamer, certainly.

    I would also suggest Patricia de Nicolai's Nicloai pour Homme -- sexy, complex, enigmigatic. Slightly honeyed woods, darky rich but not sweet. *A touch of...
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