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  1. Re: Anyone in Twin Cities/upper midwest area interested in acquiring my aromachemicals?

    Sorry guys, since no one came forward in a few days to get them for free, they are no longer free and I'm having to sell/ship them.
  2. Re: Anyone in Twin Cities/upper midwest area interested in acquiring my aromachemicals?

    Just in case it was not clear, if these are picked up and I do not have to ship them, they are free.
  3. Anyone in Twin Cities/upper midwest area interested in acquiring my aromachemicals?

    I bought 200-some aromachems in small quantities (5-100 gm or mL in most cases) between 2006-2008 when I was part of the perfumemaking Yahoo groups. These were from group buys and Perfumer's...
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    Re: Need help with ratios!

    It would be easier if you got a scale and worked in weight, not volume. Here is a very affordable one at $30:

    http://www.lotioncrafter.com/store/Jennings-JS-50x-Scale-pr-16362.html

    Depending on...
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    Re: Salt Scrubs - can't live without 'em!

    I make small batches and use them very quickly; haven't had any get hard, but then mine are always mixed with oil and shea butter, maybe that's why? Also I don't have any sunlight in my bathroom (I...
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    Re: Diluting with oils?

    I don't know how to explain it myself. My unused supply of jojoba (several years old) remains fresh smelling but I had 2 perfume solids (different formulas, both made with distilled EO and absolutes)...
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    Re: Diluting with oils?

    With aloe, I'd think solubility of your materials would be a primary concern. But by all means try it and let us know how it works for you. I haven't heard of anyone using aloe as a diluent before. ...
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    Re: Salt Scrubs - can't live without 'em!

    I too prefer sugar scrubs and make my own using virgin coconut oil and a smaller amount of shea butter, with various oils for fragrance.
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    Poll: Re: The Carons

    Tabac Blond, followed by Parfum Sacre, Montaigne, En Avion, Bellodgia in that order.
  10. Thread: Castoreum

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    Re: Castoreum

    I reviewed the Gemlite, Givco, and authentic castoreum tincture made by another Yahoo group member.

    I bought some 12-ml samples from Gemlite a couple of months ago
    including the castoreum. It...
  11. Re: Questions regarding scent creation (newbie)

    The stickies at the top of this forum are a good place to start for some of your basic questions re: carriers, general blending principles, etc.

    You can't remove a material you've added. Work in...
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    Re: Madini oils, need help!

    I agree with this description of Ambar Gris - it's very SMOKY and smells nothing like ambergris or even like most "ambers." It's good for layering with other things but I never ever wear it by...
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    Re: European perfume hobbyists?

    :-)
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    Re: More jasmine - quest for a cheapie

    Kuumba Made (sold at Whole Foods and they also have a website) makes an inexpensive jasmine fragrance oil that's very pretty and quite potent.
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    Re: European perfume hobbyists?

    The Perfumemaking group is not closed at all ... I am one of 4 moderators there and I approve new members when they apply. You are welcome to join, as is anyone.
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    Re: Caron Recommendations Women's

    Not fleeting at all on me. Try spraying the inside of your clothes to make scent last longer and preserve the topnotes a bit. Or alternatively, spray your chest, let it dry, then spray once more.
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    Re: Caron Recommendations Women's

    Sacre is the safest choice - simply gorgeous and easily obtainable, but Tabac Blonde (I haven't smelled it since it's supposedly been desecrated but it used to be divine) and Montaigne are beautiful...
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    Re: Where to find gunflint, silex ...

    You can get many aromachemicals and sample sizes of essential oils at Perfumers Apprentice.
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    Re: SotD Friday 26 December

    Bellodgia, I love wearing this in winter!
  20. Re: your experiences wearing CdG incense series?

    Kyoto is one of my right-anytime scents, very comfortable and serene, unobtrusive but has enough presence to satisfy me.
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    Re: Please id this minature perfume

    Looks like Oscar, by Oscar de la Renta:

    http://www.halfpriceperfumes.com/images/oscar_dela_renta_oscar_mini_wom.jpg
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    Re: It's just not "me" perfumes

    Angel, Prada, Coco, Coco Mlle, Chance, L'Instant.
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    Re: SotD Monday 22 December-08

    Angelique Encens, because it's cold outside.
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    Re: Favorites and Hair Color and Birth Month

    Favorite note: I love too many now, but historically it would be amber.
    Hair: Ash blonde/light brown
    Birthday: September/Virgo
  25. Re: What's your most "old lady" scent? (Or, what are you afraid of?)

    Classics, vintage, old-style orientals and chypres are my greatest loves! I'm sure it reads as old-lady to some, but I think of it as a kind of screening test for their taste ... if they like my...
  26. Re: Best fragrance-free moisturizer--doesn't interfere with frags

    On my face I like jojoba oil. For the rest of my winter-dry skin, I whip up a sugar scrub for the shower with sugar, virgin coconut oil and shea butter, then I'm all exfoliated and plumped up.
    ...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 21 December

    Jicky for me today - I never wear this since I've only had tiny precious samples, but I've been reading about the formulation lately and needed a reality check. The base of Jicky is such a wonderful...
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    Poll: Re: What do you like?

    I voted for Mitsouko, Shalimar, Rive Gauche and Opium (and love them in that order).

    yes, I AM an old lady!
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    Re: Shalimar Concentrations?

    The citrus is a bit overwhelming in the EdT and there's a harshness to it overall that isn't as appealing as the other formulations. The vanilla is amazing in the EdP, but the parfum brings out all...
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    Re: Looking for Neroli . . .

    Just wanted to report that the Neroli Replacer EO blend from Essential Oil University is remarkably good. I've sampled a few other neroli reconstitutions that don't come nearly as close as this one. ...
  31. Re: Need help with this issue! 1st Time order EO from internet

    I don't know this for sure, but just based on my ordering experiences I don't think UPS charges go much lower than about $9 - that might be close to the minimum.

    Eden says they use USPS...
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    Re: "Rectified" oils

    Usage of the word rectification in this text suggests that it means removing certain undesirable elements, not adding or cutting with cheaper components:
    ...
  33. Re: Which perfume houses use a high percentage of naturals?

    I believe the Guerlain reference has its percentages transposed - I have seen it stated as 20% natural, 80% synthetic. From the formulas I've seen, I'd say even 20% is an unusually high amount of...
  34. Re: If you had to pick only 4 perfumes to wear from now on, forever...

    Mitsouko parfum
    SL Fleurs d'Oranger
    Angelique Encens
    Kyoto
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    Re: how to dissolve musk ketone crystals?

    Benzyl Benzoate works best, alcohol not well at all.
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    Re: Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant

    I've heard several people say Etro Raving is VERY like Jungle L'Elephant. I consider Jungle L'Elephant unisex in its scent. The bottle is more masculine than feminine in my opinion; so is the name....
  37. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    If a number of your materials are prediluted, you may not need to add any additional oil or alcohol since you are already getting lots of diluent in your materials.
  38. Thread: amber

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    Re: amber

    Blending in jojoba oil vs. alcohol really changes the way a fragrance plays out; it doesn't diffuse as freely, top notes are flattened (you can use a higher proportion of topnotes in your formula to...
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    Re: Why is Vanilla/Vanillin Used So Much?

    While I'd group coumarin with vanilla in the balsamic scent family, I find its scent more haylike than vanillic. It serves similar purposes as vanilla/vanillin - fixation, volume, sweetness, etc.
    ...
  40. Re: Interviews with Bertrand Duchaufour. Roja Dove, Michael Storer, JC Ellena and mor

    These are great fun, thanks Grant!
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    Re: Why is Vanilla/Vanillin Used So Much?

    I see it used quite a bit too, and it certainly is possible to get sick of something when it's overused as it has been in the last decade or so.

    As you guessed, it's a lovely fixative, and it...
  42. Re: what are the important fragrant chemicals in oakmoss

    Here's one good resource for info on main constituents of natural materials:

    http://www.bojensen.net/EssentialOilsEng/EssentialOils21/EssentialOils21.htm#Oakmoss
    ...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 28 June

    ComDiva, what a cake! I don't know whether to eat it or wear it! Happy days to Zibeline and SpiceGirl!

    It's been a cool and moist day - a relief from our little warm spell: Mitsouko parfum for...
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    Re: Choose one from each house

    Guerlain - Mitsouko
    Caron - Parfum Sacre
    Chanel - No 19
    Lutens - Chergui
    Malle - L'eau d'Hiver
    Creed - Angelique Encens
    Dior - Dioressence
    Montale - Patchouli Leaves
    Balmain - Balmain
    YSL -...
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    Re: Organza vs. Organza Indecence

    I really adore Indecence with its cedar and cinnamon blast; it's one of the very few non-Guerlains that I have hoarded. Haven't tried Organza in years but at the time it didn't ring my chimes. I...
  46. Sticky: Re: Note Identification Project - Please Join In!

    I wish I knew! :) haven't had the pleasure. But I haven't found a floral absolute yet that smells just like its fresh flower. Solvent extraction doesn't capture all the same molecules that you can...
  47. Sticky: Re: Note Identification Project - Please Join In!

    Cherry pies have almond extract added, so we probably form an association between the two as well.



    The floral absolutes you mention will smell more floral in dilution to 10% or less; in some...
  48. Re: emergency info req'd on enfleurage / tincturing

    Some flowers don't do as well with tincturing directly in alcohol. I've never done enfleurage myself, but have heard from those who do that placing the flowers near the fat, but not touching it, can...
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    Re: Looking for Neroli . . .

    Have you actually tried this and compared it to neroli? I'd be interested to hear your evaluation of it. I've smelled some reconstitutions that weren't very good at all, too bland and sweet. Thanks!
  50. Re: Retailers of essential oils and synthetics

    EB actually does have oakmoss, but they only have it on their pricelist pdf, not on the main part of the site. They don't update their site very frequently, and you can often find things on the...
  51. Re: Retailers of essential oils and synthetics

    I'll second Eden Botanicals. No minimums, consistently nice quality raw materials, and they do carry orris materials (which are not cheap, be warned!). They carry a variety of amber resins and oils,...
  52. Re: green fragrances: sharp, scary, mean, intimidating...oh, yeah...

    Greens have never scared me the way overly sweet things do!

    Longtime favorite greens of mine are Balmain de Balmain, Coriandre, Chanel No 19 (my signature for a decade).

    I've never smelled Eau...
  53. Re: Ladies! What would you rather smell on a man? Muscs Koublai Khan or Musc Ravageur

    MKK would be great; I find MR a little too dense and cloying on me but lightly applied on a man it might be all right.
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    Re: Ambergris Question

    Madini Ambar-Gris is a kickass scent smelling nothing at all like real ambergris.

    Real ambergris tincture (a low dilution of the raw material in high proof alcohol) does have a mild scent but...
  55. Re: New Mitsouko, a ghost of his past glory??

    BHT is a preservative.
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    Re: Perfumer's Library

    You can also find formulas for demonstration fragrances or accords on the websites of some of the major flavor and fragrance companies. Here is one from Firmenich:
    ...
  57. Re: Classic Geurlains,reformulations and oak moss

    Mousse odorante must be the moss. I found this:

    http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:hjuPG3SLyDQJ:www.economy-point.org/e/eichenmoos.html+%22mousse+odorante%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us&lr=lang_en
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    Re: Natural Musks?

    A man could certainly wear Espionage well; it would never be mistaken for a girly scent.
  59. Re: Luca Turin's & Tania Sanchez's new book reviewed in The New Yorker

    Tania is brooklyntbone. Many of her reviews appear in the Products section of Makeupalley.

    http://www.makeupalley.com/product/userreviews.asp/id=124807
  60. Thread: ...

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    Re: Jean Couturier Coriandre

    It makes me so happy to see this longtime love of mine celebrated here! (and Twolf, Balmain de Balmain is its great contender in my heart too!)
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    Re: Absolutes vs Oils and more...

    OH yes ... it will be more costly!

    In many cases, the absolute will have more depth and longevity than the EO, but CO2s can be comparable to the absolute - not the same, but offering nearly as...
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    Re: Absolutes vs Oils and more...

    Each type of extraction yields a different odor profile from the same plant material - you can't really say one type is always going to be better or more beautiful than another. For example, a rose...
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    Re: Diluting methods/supplies

    I've never needed to use this info but I've heard that if you get clouding from the addition of water and you can't get rid of it by adding back more alcohol, you can freeze the juice for an hour or...
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    Re: Green, Blue, or Amber vials?

    Polyseal caps are worth it - the cheap caps don't keep air out well enough.

    Colored glass isn't important if you store them out of the light. See the website of Essential Oil University for more...
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    Re: How do you store your essential oils?

    I keep my pressed citrus oils in the refrigerator - they have a short shelf life.

    Your trick of decanting out a small portion at a time to avoid opening the "mother" bottle is a good one.
    ...
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    Re: Bvlgari Rose help

    I love Bvlgari Rose Essentielle! Though I usually prefer full-bodied orientals, greens and florientals, the crystalline delicacy of this scent won me over.

    I've never had trouble with it...
  67. Re: What's Your All-Time Favorite Basenotes review?

    Today, this one:

    The Baron de Charlus once composed an incantation for Mitsouko eau de toilette: "O mighty metamorphoses of variegated impressions, O subtle transmutations of delicate echoes in...
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    Re: Synthetics and a new frag

    Green Tea Givco is such a beauty, isn't it! Love the stuff. It's really powerful too; just a little can blossom overnight and take over, not that there's anything wrong with that, necessarily ;-) ...
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    Re: cheap vs quailty fragrance oils

    I tried 4 or 5 dupes from saveonscents; they were by far the worst of all the fragrance oils I've encountered. Weak, characterless, and they don't much resemble the original scents.

    I like dupes...
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    Re: Would these be reusable?

    Even if you cut the applicators off or buy the kind without applicators the plastic cap will hold scent a little bit. But if you're working at 10% dilution it may not be a strong enough residual...
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    Re: Cis-3-hexenyl

    I'm not sure which chem they were referring to by that name, but I'm aware there is a cis-3 hexenol (so-called leaf alcohol) which smells like cut grass (I do have that one):
    ...
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    Re: FREE stuff

    I've sent you a PM.
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    Re: Anyone ordered from New Directions?

    You could get Eden's amber resin and tincture it in alcohol yourself.

    http://www.edenbotanicals.com/crystallized.html#amber

    Snowdrift Farms also has beautiful amber resin in 2 varieties...
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    Re: Milk chocolate

    Exactly - vanilla absolute, tincture (extract) or tonka or coumarin, vanillin, ethyl vanillin. Milk chocolate has lots of vanillin and dairy flavor in it, not that much cocoa. Methyl laitone adds a...
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    Re: Perfume settling/Carrier choice

    It varies. Some things seem to mature - for the most part - all they're going to in a few days to week. Others, especially those heavily weighted toward naturals, I find are still evolving a year...
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    Re: microgram scale

    Sometimes I'm mixing a batch that (together with the bottle) will be heavier than the capacity of my scale; then I use a lightweight container to measure each material separately, empty it into my...
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    Re: microgram scale

    This is the one I got:

    http://www.lotioncrafter.com/store/Jennings-JS-50x-Scale-pr-16362.html

    It's fine for when you're just starting to play with this stuff, but you will soon find yourself...
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    Re: deciphering ingredient lists

    There is also Civette Givco 208, a Givaudan base made to reconstitute its natural odor:
    ...
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    Re: cheap vs quailty fragrance oils

    Are you looking for Fragrance Oils (very concentrated so you can make your own soap, lotion, scrubs, body wash, mist, perfume oils, etc - these come in single notes, composed perfumes and dupes of...
  80. Re: Oils and Vodka will not bond.. oil just sits at the top??

    Rubbing alcohol does have a distinct odor and I would not use it to dissolve perfumery materials.

    Just a thought here ... I've looked over the thread and don't see if you've specified what "oils"...
  81. Re: How do you dissolve absolutes/resinous EOs or chemicals when making a perfume oil

    The addition of heat helps dissolve some things - a cup warmer on the low setting provides a safe heat source.
  82. Re: Oilbased scents 5% dilution is very weak?

    5% is a very weak dilution for something like Sandalwood which is not a strong smelling oil. The books you're referring to are probably addressing safety when using oils for aromatherapy (in...
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    Re: Fragrance Notes Kit?

    A great resource to explore is Linda Andrews' store, The Perfumers Apprentice, in Santa Cruz, California. You can buy sample sizes of individual components (natural and synthetic) of your choice at...
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    Re: Natural v. Synthetic

    Most perfumes are made with a combination of natural and synthetic materials, heavily weighted toward synthetic.

    Some niche perfumers use a higher percentage of natural materials than do the...
  85. Re: Where Can I Smell Yves Saint Laurent M7 Locally?

    I saw it last year at Sephora, but this year it was gone.
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    Re: Natural Musks?

    An all-natural perfume with a distinct musk and leather accord is Ayala Sender's Espionage - it's swoonworthy. She uses ambrette seed as well as a number of other botanicals for this warm and...
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    Re: Tickle my nose?

    Pandanus

    black or pink pepper
  88. Re: How do you dissolve absolutes/resinous EOs when making a perfume oil.

    There are some substances that won't dissolve in vegetable oils - sadly, benzoin is one of them.
  89. Re: Why I want to become a perfumer (Reason 1)

    What a kind thing to do!

    I love the idea of the perfume superhero!
  90. Re: all purpose "anytime" fragrances - your top 2

    Lately it's vintage Mitsouko edt (so soft and autumnal, I love it) and Chergui.

    In warmer weather, Caleche (there's some aldehydes for you!) and Balmain de Balmain.
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    Re: Am I doing something wrong?

    You may find a ginger lily CO2 or ginger CO2, or even galangal EO, more pleasant to work with than ginger EO.

    As others have said, less is more when working only with naturals, since each natural...
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    Re: Your versions of...

    When incense is listed as a note, it generally refers to olibanum, aka frankincense. The resin or resinoid will give a richer, more lasting impression than the essential oil.
  93. Re: 2.5ml atomizers? Where do you get yours?

    Try Lotioncrafter:

    http://www.lotioncrafter.com/store/Pocket-Spray-Misters-pr-16272.html
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    Re: Almond Oil base

    Almond oil would not be the best choice for a perfume diluent as it goes rancid quickly. If you do use it, you may want to add something like vitamin E to help retard that process; I don't blend in...
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    Re: Fragrances with Pheromones

    None of the better quality products are sold in department stores.
  96. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain 100ml discontinued

    As far as I can see, any "hysteria" started when ifconfig's simultaneous posts on POL and Basenotes spurred a mini buying frenzy - and to be more precise, the only hysteria I've seen has occurred on...
  97. Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain 100ml discontinued

    The following is Andy's comment on his blog - I don't think he sounds like a jerk at all; keep in mind this is a conversation with other perfumers (Heather and Konstantin) who've written to him about...
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    Re: Andy Tauer: Boo Hiss!

    The answer to that would be exactly ... one.
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    Re: Fragrances with Pheromones

    Smartmones.com (referenced above) aka Androtics has several men's fragrances combined with pheromone blends. See the ad on the top of the page, for Pherotalk? that's their forum.

    One popular...
  100. Re: Has anyone ever done a "santal" comparison?

    Here is Vibrant Violet's fabulous thread about sandalwood:

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=171844&highlight=sandalwood
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