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    Re: Best incense scents..?Any new??

    Huge incense fan.

    My holy grail incense is Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal. It's the smell of a snowy mountain campfire. Balsam and woodsmoke on a starry winter's night. Christmas in a...
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    Re: Chanel no5 help

    Nothing compares to the parfum. It's a masterpiece. I enjoy all the formulations (maybe not so much Eau Premiere), but the parfum rocked my world. It changed how I perceive perfume and completely...
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    Re: alternatives to Chanel No.5

    Another vote for Amouage Gold. It's in the same vein as No. 5, remarkably so for a modern perfume. That said, Gold is its own animal. I love them both (and many others mentioned in this thread). ...
  4. Re: SOTD: Wednesday 31st October 2012 (Happy Halloween)

    What a beautiful cat and photo.
  5. Re: Your favorite discoveries of 2012 ? Ones that impressed or disappointed you?

    Favorite discovery: Une Fleur de Cassie by Frederic Malle. Wow. It's not often anymore that a perfume knocks me off my feet, but this one did.

    Second favorite discovery: White Lilac & Rhubarb...
  6. Re: SOTD: Wednesday 31st October 2012 (Happy Halloween)

    Black Cashmere by DK for me today.

    Boo!

    http://edgarallanpoe-allabout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Black-cats1.jpg
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella

    Ginestra (Broom) is my favorite. Green without being screechy.
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    Poll: Re: Brad Pitt on Chanel No. 5

    I thought Brad Pitt WAS imitating William Shatner.
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    Re: Desperately Seeking Spring Fever Replacement

    What about Hermes' Eau des Merveilles? You might like that as well. Salty/citrus/woody.
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    Re: Looking for a perfume that smells like...

    I'm a fan of that tea!

    Maybe Serge Lutens' Five O'Clock au Gingembre? Or Jo Malone's Nutmeg & Ginger. There are some tea-based scents, like Russian Caravan Tea by CB's I Hate Perfume, and Tea...
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    Re: Lutens Fleur d'Oranger and cumin...

    I don't get BO from this one, but I do get the prominent spice note. I deeply dislike it. I love orange blossom when it leans toward fresh, not when it's spicy or musky. The musk in SL's FdO grabs...
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    Re: Extra spicy/warm scents for fall/winter?

    I'll put in my plug for Anne Pliska. Smooth amber and bitter orange. This one is a real compliment-getter.
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    Re: Eau des Merveilles

    While there are some similarities between the Elixir and the Eau, I find them quite different. The Elixir is gourmand, and after the first five minutes or so, I can't wear it. Ended up giving mine...
  14. Re: Which perfumes make men melt when you walk past?

    DH has some favorites, usually the classics like Chanel No. 5 and Mitsouko, or classic-ish scents like Amouage Woman or Une Fleur de Cassie.

    But the only perfume I've worn that causes other men...
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    Poll: Re: Brad Pitt on Chanel No. 5

    Mike, you just made my day. Still chuckling.

    I have to admit, perfume ads tend to leave me cold. They try too hard. This one is off the charts along those lines, IMO. But for $7 million, I too...
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    Poll: Brad Pitt on Chanel No. 5

    Your thoughts on the new "face" of Chanel No. 5?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGs4CjeJiJQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UvVmMamNgE
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    Re: How much do I really need for a lifetime?

    I hit a point where owning a lot of perfume bottles started to feel oppressive to me rather than enjoyable. Since then, I've slowed waaaaay down on buying new bottles (I've bought only 2 so far this...
  18. Re: What's the worst female fragrance you've ever smelled?

    Haven't seen Champs Elysees by Guerlain mentioned yet. BLURGH. Nasty, wheedling synthetic mess. Accidentally sprayed some on a winter coat and even dry cleaning couldn't save it. Farewell, coat....
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    Re: Floral "clean incense" perfumes

    +3 for Passage d'Enfer. It's an oddly, weirdly clean incense.

    Adore Chanel No. 22, though I definitely don't find it clean. It's much more of a powerhouse, very rich. Certainly femme. Took me...
  20. Re: Is there any originality left in the fragrance world?

    Heh.
  21. Re: Lutens new release : Le vaporisateur tout noir

    +1 for mascara tube. First thing I thought of.
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    Re: Modern Fragrance Masterpieces

    Another huge vote for Une Fleur de Cassie. Gorgeous, glorious; classic vibe. Symphonic indeed, but not overwhelming as some in this genre can be. Creative, too; there's nothing else that smells...
  23. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    I actually don't know how to categorize many scents I enjoy as men's vs. women's, which makes it hard sometimes to know which forum to read. Where would one put New Haarlem? Borneo 1834? Encens...
  24. Poll: Re: End Perfume Sexism - Should Basenotes Merge the Male and Female Sub-Forums?

    I'm in the minority and much prefer a unified perfume discussion. I've never really understood why Basenotes separates fragrance discussion by gender; it seems an artificial construct to me. I wear...
  25. Re: F. Malle - l´eau d´hiver , how is it like ? Can it be compared to any other fragance ?

    To my nose, it smells like hot, sweet grass in a field. With clover. (Not fresh-mown grass, more like the kind that turns into hay.) I quite like it and think it would be fine on either gender. Not...
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    Re: Lilac-based fragrance

    +1 for Jo Malone's White Lilac & Rhubarb. Lilacs and ashy dirt.

    -1 for En Passant. I can't abide the melon/cucumber note. Too bad, because the lilac bit is nice.

    A cheapie but good...
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    Re: male frags that can be unisex

    I have to admit, I don't always know which scents are marketed to men vs. women unless I see them in department stores, where I rarely shop. I don't read fashion magazines or watch TV, so it's...
  28. Re: For those who "get" and enjoy the burnt, ashy aspect of Gris Clair, what else is similar?

    These are both warmer than Gris Clair (which I have to buy one of these days) but do have that ashy thing going:

    - Encens et Lavande, also from Serge. Pretty much straight up incense and...
  29. Thread: M7

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    Re: M7

    My first oud. Actually, my only oud, though I like some of the newer ones quite a bit. I'd never smelled that medicinal note before and loved its weirdness. Fortunately, I don't get the cherry...
  30. Poll: Re: Calvin Klein Euphoria or Dior Midnight Poison?

    My favorite formulation of Euphoria is the perfume gel. Really tones down its powerhouse tendencies.

    This has been my second-most complimented scent. Oddly, I almost never wear it anymore. ...
  31. Re: Bond No. 9 - I love New York for All - Marriage Equality

    Actually, I think their true métier is marketing, not fragrance.
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    Re: Chanel No°5 Eau Premiere vs. Chanel No°22!

    I loved EP when it first came out but quickly fell out of love. EP gets cloying on me, especially in humid weather. Too much musk, I think. Turns out I much prefer any of the classic No. 5...
  33. Re: What's your most "old lady" scent? (Or, what are you afraid of?)

    Here's how I think it breaks out:

    "Old lady" = what one's mother's generation wore
    "Classic" = what one's grandmother's generation wore
    "Chic and cool" = what one's great-grandmother's...
  34. Thread: Best mango?

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    Re: Best mango?

    This probably isn't what you're looking for, but Jardin sur le Nil has a great green mango topnote that lasts and lasts. Great in the heat. But it's not a ripe, sweet mango.
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    Re: Privet flowers

    Hi, Jen! Nice to see you. No, privet flowers smell nothing like that synthetic mess. I'd say they're a bit like lilacs, a bit like peonies ... I'm not good at describing florals. But they're...
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    Re: Privet flowers

    Great suggestions; will definitely check them out. Thanks!

    Slurp back atcha, Deeve!
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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    So not a fan. But I'll sniff anything.
  38. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    Have you ever sniffed Serge Lutens' Fleurs de Citronnier? Can't remember if anyone mentioned that one. It has that creamy/lemony floral vibe. Lemon blossoms and white flowers. Very heady stuff.
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    Re: fave scents for a positive/uplifting mood?

    Either a light floral or citrus, like Joe Malone's Orange Blossom, which nicely combines both, or a soapy, sparkly aldehyde like White Linen or Estee.
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    Privet flowers

    Our privet hedges are blooming, and the scent is totally narcotic. I would love to find a scent that came even close to this.

    I tried Privet Bloom, which I found screechily synthetic and nothing...
  41. Re: Help please! Looking for a gorgeous "Southern" white floral (magnolia/gardenia/sweet olive?)

    That's the one I was going to suggest. It's not creamy, really, and it's not a big white floral; it's more of a soft, springtime white floral. More fresh than sultry. But it came to mind anyway,...
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    Re: What's up at The Perfumed Court?

    This.

    I don't care what a business calls itself, nor how tacky its logo is, and I doubt we'll ever know what all went on to cause the split, nor do I really care. (Aside from prurient curiosity,...
  43. Marvelous interview, very well done. Mr. Wasser...

    Marvelous interview, very well done. Mr. Wasser is engaging and articulate; I wish him and Guerlain every success.
  44. Venezia by Laura Biagiotti -- the 2011 reissue

    Has anyone tried the new Venezia reissue yet? If so, how close to the original is it?

    I'm very frustrated by the lack of availability outside of Germany and Italy, apparently. Am I missing...
  45. Re: Parfums - which scents are the must have and which are the 'not worth it.

    From your list, I'd say Shalimar parfum is probably the most different and improved over the current EDT, which is a shadow of its former self. The parfum -- at least the one I have, which may not...
  46. Re: I do not believe fragrance alone could attract a man or a woman.

    Yup.

    I think I may have mentioned this story here a while back, but there was a time long ago when I worked at a bakery with a bunch of other women. We were just idling behind the counter when a...
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    Re: What would you wear when.....? [for fun]

    Miami Glo. Tropical, trashy and fun.
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    Re: whats your man-magnet ?

    I'm with FrouFrou on the bosoms.

    That said, the only perfume I've worn that has elicited compliments from complete strangers of the male persuasion is Euphoria. Has actually happened on several...
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    Re: Do you snicker?

    My thoughts exactly. I'm just so pathetically happy to smell fragrance on someone else, I'll tell them they wear it beautifully no matter what it is.
  50. Re: NEW ORLEANS MEET-UP: Nov. 11-13, 2011. Bourbon French, Hové, Saks, champagne reception, goody ba

    Sooooo jealous! We visited NOLA a few years ago, and I had such a wonderful time visiting the perfume haunts. Would love to make it back, but not this year. Y'all will have a wonderful time!

    As...
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    Re: The Soapy Note

    I adore soap notes. But just the ones I equate with French-milled bar soaps, not shampoo or shower gel notes. If that makes sense.

    Aldehydes smell soapy to me, and I've never met an aldehyde I...
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    Great story, Nymphaea.

    I've never gotten poop from indoles. But I do get pee. I think sometimes people just smell "toilet" and equate it with one or the other.

    Civet is another story. ...
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    Re: Which is the Oldest Scent for Children??

    Eau de Charlotte is from 1982. For Annick Goutal's daughter, who was a child at the time. Cocoa and jam were the inspiration, though thankfully it smells much better than that.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude

    Wasn't it EL who had another "nude" fragrance recently? Youth Dew Amber Nude, that was it. Now Sensual Nude. What do you suppose is next -- Sex Nude? Nude Nights? Nude 'R Us?

    Sorry. Just me...
  55. Re: COMING VERY SOON - BBC documentary on perfume

    Very exciting. If anyone finds a link where this can be viewed after the broadcast, please post!
  56. Re: Good news for those looking for Laura Ashley's Emma

    Looks like you got a good price for it, Ralph. These things always zoom up at the end.
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    Fun thread. I missed it the first time around; thanks for bumping it up.

    I've decided that, when we're young:

    "Old lady" = Mom's generation (and therefore ewwww)
    "Classic" = anything before...
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    Re: The Perfumed Court Feedback

    I have had no problems with TPC, but I rarely order from them because of their prices. They do have a large inventory, so if there's something I just *have* to try and can't get any other way, I'll...
  59. Re: Good news for those looking for Laura Ashley's Emma

    Ralph, I want your life. I can't imagine just coming across two huge bottles of Emma! I'll be watching your auction with interest, though I know I'll never be able to afford what it will eventually...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 9th December, 2010.

    Parfum Sacre for me on a cold, sunny day.
  61. Re: Fragrances with Frankincense and Myrrh notes, decent longevity and excellent sillage

    One of my favorite incense fragrances is Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal. It often gets compliments, so it does have some sillage. It's quite different from the ones you've mentioned here, though....
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    Re: Les Exclusifs: 75ml Now Available

    Now if they would just offer *those* EDTs in the smaller bottles, I'd be thrilled. Well, not Gardenia, but the other three: I'd buy them in a heartbeat.
  63. Re: What do you think is the best celebrity fragrance/fragrance line?

    I haven't sniffed it yet, but I'm sure it will be this one:

    http://audioporncentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/pistols2.jpg
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    Re: Suggestions: Melancholy fragrance

    Mitsouko can have that vibe for me. Also Feminite du Bois, for some reason. And definitely Sienne l'Hiver, a quintessential autumn fragrance with its smoke, stone, and chestnuts.
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    Re: Ann Arbor, MI???

    Wow, great to know about Allure Boutique; I'll definitely check them out. I've worked in A2 for years and had no idea.

    For niche and other more unusual fragrances, you'll need to get out of A2...
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    Re: New: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza...

    I tried this recently during a visit to Philly, and I *loved* it. But I've also been on an orange blossom/neroli kick, and this has loads of the latter. It reminds me of a great old-fashioned...
  67. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    Bluemercury is no longer in business at Somerset Mall. Bummer.
  68. Thread: Mint, please

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    Re: Mint, please

    Writing all these down for future sniffing. Many thanks.

    How funny; I didn't know there was a perfume called Jardin du Nil. At first I thought you must mean Un Jardin sur le Nil, but no. Can't...
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    Re: Dior Dune -- Lay It On Me

    I think both Dune and Roma feature amber in there, don't they? Roma is lots of amber to my nose. Roma has that herbal opening that is reminiscent of Dune, but it sadly doesn't last and the sweet...
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    Re: What 'Dry' scents have you bought?

    Annick Goutal's Encens Flamboyant is dry incense. It's pure campfire, basically.

    Also Borneo 1834 strikes me as very dry. Dark cocoa powder, dust, patchouli, earth.

    Bois Blond is relatively...
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    Re: Dior Dune -- Lay It On Me

    It's not sweet, and I wouldn't describe it as warm. It has none of the comfort of a traditional oriental. I'd say it's more of an oriental chypre. I love it in the summer; it does remind me of the...
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    Re: Perfume solids in a compact

    LOVE solids and am always looking for more. They're great for traveling.

    Agree on the Crazylibellule and the Poppies solids. They're quite good, and they're inexpensive, too.

    Fragonard also...
  73. Thread: Mint, please

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    Mint, please

    They're discussing this over in the men's forum, but I'll ask here as well: What fragrances have you found where mint predominates AND lasts beyond the first half hour? I love the opening mint...
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    Re: Mint fragrances ?

    Aside from Geranium pour Monsieur, do any other fragrances have a *lasting* mint note? I love the opening mint hit that many fragrances have, but I've yet to find one where the mint carries through...
  75. Re: Any Annick Goutal fans? What are your favorites from the line?

    One of my favorite houses! It's probably easier for me to list ones I don't like, since I like so many. Here are the ones I own:

    Encens Flamboyant: Pure campfire in a bottle. This is my go-to...
  76. Re: Please Name your Favorite discontinued perfume which you would like to be relaunched !

    Agree on Venezia by Laura Biagiotti, and the original Coriandre. The newest version smells like antifreeze. None of that beautiful green, mossy original goodness left.

    I'll also add Laura...
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    Re: Any love for Santa Maria Novella ?

    Another vote here for Ginestra. A beautiful, soft green fragrance. It's one of my go-to summer scents. Can't imagine summer without it. But then, I've never met a broom fragrance I didn't like.
    ...
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    Re: Bollywood + Perfume? I NEEEED This!

    I just ordered the samples, too. Love cardamom in fragrances. And I agree -- that bottle is gorgeous.
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    Re: Perfume encounter in the toilet

    My dad sprays Polo on the inside of toilet paper rolls. You unroll some toilet paper, you smell Polo.
  80. Re: What was the perfume that made you the most happy when you bought?

    One time that stands out, primarily because of the seller's stunning generosity ... when I bid on and won a full bottle of vintage No. 19 parfum on eBay. I had neurosed about it for a while,...
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    Re: Non floral, preferably not sweet

    There are lots of oils in bath shops and boutiques, many non-florals. Take a look at the Davies Gate line. Their Mandarin is a nice orange. Not sure if Hermes still makes Eau des Merveilles body...
  82. Re: The Comfort and Sleep Fragrance Prescription.

    Sounds nice, though I'm not sure about the licorice.

    My favorite slumber scent is Bulgari's Blu Notte. A combination of ginger, dark cocoa, and Johnson's Baby Cream. Weird, but it works.
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    Re: Bollywood + Perfume? I NEEEED This!

    So sorry, but Shahrukh Khan must fall in love with ME. (No, I haven't smelled this one yet.) For some reason, the opening notes of Apres la Mousson remind me of Bollywood. I was hoping that Holi...
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    Re: Chanel 19 Question

    I agree with the differences posted above, except if I had to pick just one, I'd go with the parfum. In general, I think Chanel parfums are the way to go whenever possible, and while I love and own...
  85. Thanks for the detailed descriptions. Clearly I...

    Thanks for the detailed descriptions. Clearly I need to rethink natural perfumes.
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    Re: Feminine vetiver

    Chanel No. 5 parfum. :) Love, love the vetiver in that drydown.

    For something more budget friendly ... Vetivert by Bourbon French is a powdery, feminine vetiver. A real comfort scent. Funny...
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    Re: CHANEL N°5 PARFUM Fans

    I want the first, classic bottle -- in a spray!
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    Re: Baghari vs. Vol de Nuit

    I own and love them both but don't find them similar, except for all those lovely aldehydes. In Vol de Nuit, I get leather and spices; in Baghari, I get a powdery, spicy orange. Both are gorgeous...
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    Re: Grapefruit fragrance

    Pamplelune is a love-it-or-hate-it fragrance. I love, love, love the opening, but it quickly goes BO on me. A real tragedy, because that opening is my HG in grapefruit frags.

    I have found one...
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    Re: Which scent would you wear if...

    a dinner? Something that went well with food, like Bois des Iles (nice restaurant) or Brandy (basic restaurant)

    movies? Vol de Nuit

    a concert? Classical: No. 5 parfum Jazz: Sienne...
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    Re: Today I bought ~~~~ October 2009 ~~~~

    Finally broke down and ordered my first full, new bottle of a Serge Lutens: Borneo 1834. I've been nursing along a couple of decants for the past couple of years and finally decided to take the...
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    Re: Feminine scents no guy could pull off

    Given the rather strong feelings here against being boxed into scents by gender, why does Basenotes have two separate forums for discussing "men's" vs. "women's" fragrances? I've always wondered why...
  93. Thread: Detroit, MI

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    Re: Detroit, MI

    Whoops; sorry about the Lori Kabal/Karbal mixup. I haven't been back to Basenotes in a while, obviously.

    Good to know about Gibraltar Trade Center and Bluemercury; I'll definitely be checking...
  94. Re: Your fav perfume carried by someone else...

    I got big wafts of Mitsouko -- one of my favorites -- on someone the other day. I'm not exactly sure who it was. I was so surprised to smell it; I've never detected it on anyone else before. And...
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    Re: Jean Couturier Coriandre

    And the mellowing oakmoss, which is missing from the remake. It was the second or third ingredient listed on the older version.

    Glad you're enjoying today's version. Sorry for ruffling your...
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    Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    What a great thread.

    I remember my mother wearing Je Reviens and, before that, Shalimar and Emeraude. She had a compact of Emeraude solid parfum, and I remember sitting in the back seat of the...
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    Re: Jean Couturier Coriandre

    I wore this one exclusively for a while about 25 years ago. Loved it; still do. I still have an old bottle of it (early '90s), and I recently bought a new bottle of it. The new bottle practically...
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    Re: Whither Venezia??? Laura Biagiotti

    You did??? Could you tell us which stores, please? I'd love to see if I could get one or two.
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    Re: The Ultimate Sample Vial Tray/Organizer

    Fabulous!
  100. Re: Seeking a lovely Venezia imitation--possible?

    I agree; the Irma Shorell dupe is the closest I've found out of the ones I've tried. It's pretty close. But it's still not Venezia.
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