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    Re: Perhaps Application Method Does Matter

    I don't know if it comes down to true character of a scent...because I assume the nose tests it on papers initially. However, I don't believe in applying fragrance anywhere but the skin. Perfume+skin...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    You've already ordered some I would have suggested. I agree with recs for Brit, or Brit Sheer.
    Also:
    JC Viva la Juicy
    D & G Light Blue
    Fruity, sweet (some gourmand notes, but not really...
  3. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    Have never followed Pharrell...but inevitably when a new song comes on that sticks in my head , and makes me want to dance (and I don't dance) - whether it's by him, his band(s), or another artist -...
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    Re: Chanel Eau Premiere

    This is why I believe the smell has changed. I apply lightly and the thing last ALL day.
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    Re: Chanel Eau Premiere

    OMG...what if the old bottles find their way to TJMaxx/Marhall's, etc?! I can only hope.
  6. Re: Excellent smelling ladies perfume with longevity(shes 46 yrs old)

    In that case: Estee by Estee Lauder. I lurve this one. Actually most of the Estee Lauder scents are known for great longevity (and projection), scent -wise, it up to individual nose.
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    Re: Chanel Eau Premiere

    I need to do that. Anytime there is a change these days, I get anxious and consider backups. :)
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    Re: What are the best 'Green' Fragrances?

    I don't know the Avon. Manifesto did smell as if it had some light florals in the mix to me. Different noses, huh? The closest I can think of is Relaxing by Shiseido - but that's discontinued as...
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    Re: Chanel Eau Premiere

    Are the bottles out on the shelf yet? Did you smell it? I suspect it will smell different. (Thought it lasted just fine on my skin.)
  10. Re: What scents do you trust in extreme circumstances?

    a) You were a bit apprehensive about a huge and quite dressy evening ahead. There are people there you don't know well and you want to make a good impression but not show off. It would be a very...
  11. Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Because you say you want "sweet" and "dreamy" - from your list - I'd choose:
    L'Heure Bleu or Paris. If you don't like powder - I would think Ombre Rose would be too powdery - actually L'Air de Temps...
  12. Re: Professional signature fragrance for a 20 year old business student?

    My first thought was Bvlgari pour homme- the original. Then Polo- has the notes you like, however, you may consider it too mature. Maybe sniff Polo Modern Reserve? Fresher, lighter, but still true to...
  13. Re: Which perfume family do you most love in men?

    Aromatic fougeres
  14. Re: List your favorite non-rose NICHE floral scents for men please

    SMN Garofano (simple, cool, green carnation), as I find carnation masculine.
    L'Artisan Fleur de Narcisse
  15. Thread: I Beat It!

    by leffleur
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    Re: I Beat It!

    This is exactly where I'm at! What you said in number 3, is exactly how I feel it is for me. I only (only? lol) have about 60-70 bottles of perfume, but the overwhelming majority of them I feel...
  16. Re: L'Artisan sale - I've just managed to get 100ml of Jour de Fete (for £21!!)

    Volley2, only select items are on sale.
    They have sale items for the US too, but a more limited selection- no Jour de Fete. Glad I stocked up when I first heard that JdF was being discontinued, a...
  17. Re: Could a man wearing a Floral be attractive to women?

    Yes, I would find a man in a floral scent attractive. I think more men should wear more florals. It keeps it interesting. I've always thought rose smelled masculine, though.
  18. Re: Floral female fragrances are usually not sexy

    Oh, and BTW, I think you are more likely to be smelling a jasmine or lily floral aspect, rather than rose. True that rose is almost always present in florals, but I find the other two more obvious in...
  19. Re: Floral female fragrances are usually not sexy

    Whoa..Okay, if you like CF, I'm thinking you do indeed mean you dislike the popular fruity-floral and fruity-floral-gourmand types. The latter of which I consider Gucci Guilty an example of; it does...
  20. Re: Bertrand Duchaufour to be in-house perfumer for The Different Company

    Good. Now, maybe I can go back to looking forward to new L'Artisan releases. Duchaufour's aesthetic and mine just don't click. I felt like he was ruining my favorite perfume house.
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    Re: Help Me Find A Violet Fragrance

    I'm all about L'Artisan's Verte Violette. I think it would smell great on anyone, male or female.
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    Re: Help Me Find A Violet Fragrance

    I'd suggest Verte Violette to anyone, man or woman.
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    Re: Fragrances similar to Le Bateleur

    Reminds me of Light Blue (femme), although I can't recall the dry down.
  24. Re: I don't want to smell like a bowl of fruit or a bunch of flowers!

    I quite like Dirty English, and it was the first that came to mine when I read your original post. Hope you like it!

    +1 for Azzaro Home, and Quorum.

    Polo (original) is an iconic manly scent. ...
  25. Re: Replacement for Davidoff Cool Water Summer Fizz...? Please help!

    I vote for Chanel's Bleu. A classier, warmer Cool Water.
  26. Re: I'm purging my collection and feel good about it

    Yes. Seeing my unused scents is starting to make me feel really anxious. I need to edit.
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    Re: Bernard, eww, you smell like soup

    Ha! Sometimes you just have to shut a hater down and move on. :D
  28. Re: Nomination thread "10 Decades of Scentsation"

    Quelques Fleurs - 1912
    Maja - 1921
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    Re: Perfuming hair spray

    Lavender, patchouli, or geranium.
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    Re: Gold Paloma Picasso?

    Been checking these out at TJM..I believe the black is edp and gold edt.
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    Re: Your top 5 "non niche" perfumes

    When it comes to "non niche", I've been enjoying my blind TJMaxx buys:

    Tracy Ellen Peony/Rose
    Salvatore Ferragamo pour femme
    Éclat d'Arpege

    and older:
    Eternity
    Anais Anais
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    Re: I want baby powder in a liquid

    Bvlgari Blv Notte femme is pretty much all baby powder on me.
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    Re: Do you wear perfume on lazy days?

    Yep. Sometimes I use those days for testing out a new scent.
  34. Re: Time to grow up - help me replace Hanae Mori butterfly?

    Maybe Allure, Adrienne Vittadini, or Dune? These are all transparent orientals to my nose. No 5 Eau Premiere or Sensual Elixir are warm but fresh. As is Salvatore Ferregamo pour femme.
  35. Re: Searching for a simple gorgeous fruity perfume....

    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's Vocalise is the most elegant fruity floral that comes to mind right now.
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    Re: Just what is it that we are addicted to?

    Oh goodness, I've recently began to enjoy RM...didn't need to hear of this! :D
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    Re: Just what is it that we are addicted to?

    This is exactly what is is for me! Thinking, there is something out there that is a little more 'me'. Or that there is a slightly better, more fitting vanila, or violet, or cedar, or that true to...
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    Re: What is the best Joop! for men

    Homme! Although, it's the only male version I've smelled. I bought it for my brother years ago, and now it's his sig-basically the only thing he wears. :) I love it to pieces. Now I'm interested in...
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    Re: Your current Top 5 Gourmand scents?

    I'm not sure I have 5, that I wear, anyway. So, my all time faves:

    Jour de Fete (#1!)
    Nina - oddly enough, this is somewhat strawberry-ish to my nose.
    Hypnotic Poison
    Mure et Musc
    MGP Vocalise...
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    Re: What are your Favorite Soapy frags?

    No 5 body creme, Estee, Caleche edt, and Verte Violette (more shower fresh).
  41. Re: Creating a fragrance wardrobe for the BF, and would like some suggestions.

    Thank you all for the suggestions. :) I need to get sniffing.
  42. Re: Creating a fragrance wardrobe for the BF, and would like some suggestions.

    Thank you all for you suggestions!

    @saripatates: I don't think he'd want anything too sweet, or straight up gourmand, but from his choice of the One (I've smelled) and YSL Homme (not smelled, but...
  43. Creating a fragrance wardrobe for the BF, and would like some suggestions.

    I've been a perfume fanatic for years, but only have fragrances marketed as femme, a couple marketed at unisex, and a couple marketed as homme in my own collection. I haven't really explored male...
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    Re: The Needs of the One.

    Speaking of..do you all think that Opium parfum bought from online discounters are more likely to be older stock, and therefore produced before the latest reformulation? I think my first bottle was...
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    Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Some from my current (or past) wardrobe that I'd love to share with my man:

    Opium sdp and especially the parfum
    Coco parfum
    Cabochard
    Aromatics Elixir
    Coriandre
    Youth Dew bath oil
    Fleur de...
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    Re: SAFEST fragrances for women...

    Probably Amazing Grace.
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    Re: Are there any real carnation perfumes?

    I love carnations! I agree with the SMN suggestion, as it's the truest I've found. Coup de Fouet is good too, though quite dry.
  48. Re: Wanted, an oppressively strong and annoying cologne...

    More than one spray of Le male or Desire would make *me* want to knock you out and hide the body...just to get some relief!
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    Re: When to wear what?

    I tend to not classify by season or time..or even occasion. However, the only one that strikes me as a little off is your classification of Dunhill Desire. As it is a rather strong and sweet scent,...
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    Re: Go the other way...

    Actually, I think the OP was asking: What are some more expensive and better quality/well done versions of the drugstore scents I grew up with?
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    Re: YouTube Cologne Reviewer

    I've just lost about a hour on Tim's reviews.:D
    I'm trying to come up with gift ideas for a guy. He's 27, but frankly, still behaves as if he's 21. He likes Acqua di Gio, so I got him that for his...
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    Re: The Ultimate Oriental Fragrance is?

    The ideal? Probably vintage Shalimar. I tried what must be reformulations over the past 10 years (edt and parfum) and they don't work for me, but I don't do well with the more grand ambery/vanillic...
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    Re: popular female fragrance?

    Angel
    Cashmere Mist
    VS Love Spell
    Tommy Girl
    Obsession and Eternity
    Amazing Grace
    Michael Kors
    Pink Sugar
    Juicy Couture
    Red Door
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    Re: Smells like A Three Year Old

    Yes, I've a comment:
    Try Kouros. :)
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    Re: Winter scents that are green?

    Wrappings is the first that comes to mind, even though I do find it fresh (but heavy too). It just smells like Christmas time to me- fir, birch in the crisp cool air.
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    Re: The word "perfumey"

    Hmm, I refer to certain perfumes as "perfumey" and I tend to avoid them, mostly. Sometime "perfumey" is just in the application or form of the perfume, for instance- some solids aren't perfume the...
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    Re: Elegant scents?

    Caleche.
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    Re: Perfume Personality Disorder?

    Guess it depends on how you experience personal fragrance. I'm not one
    of those for whom perfume evokes scenary or eras, but adjective lists that make up a kind of personality are inevitable. My...
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    Re: My impression of Korous YSL put into picture

    Okay, I've not tried Kouros on my skin, and didn't dare at the time.For one, I was wearing perfume that day, but also because I was wary (after reading about the stench on the boards) and wanted to...
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    Re: Most cloying- Your thoughts

    Le Male and Jako.
  61. Re: Scented clothing...why not just use perfume??

    Pretty much, yeah.:D

    You'd be surprised at how many people believe all perfume is too "perfumey", and use these types of household products, and very potently scented body lotions,creams, and body...
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    Re: Houses selling strictly perfumes

    L'Artisan is a fragrance house; personal perfume and home scents..they have a couple scented accessories, like keychains.
    Santa Maria Novella, I think. They do also have some bath/body/skincare type...
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    Re: Perfume sweetness

    Depends on whether you mean sugary/candy-sweet or floral-sweet. When I think of sweet, I'm usually referring to the candy type- so I would say orientals are ones to avoid. Ambery orientals,...
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    Re: Anyone know of any muddy scents

    First that comes to mind is L'Artisan's Voleur de Roses; roses, patch, and moist soil.
  65. Thread: Comfort scent

    by leffleur
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    Re: Comfort scent

    My go-to scents:

    No 5 Velvet body creme (diluted WAY down with unscented lotion) has been like a big fat constant hug for me lately. It actually feels soothing in a physical way.Safe and cozy. I...
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    Re: Favourite Inexpensive/ Drugstore Perfumes

    Coty L'Effleur- My first perfume. A crisp green floral. Can't find it at the drugstore anymore, but there are still a few online discounters that carry it.
    Coty Vanilla Musk, a nice simple woody...
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    Re: new and wanting advice

    TBS patchouli oil is nice. Also, as others have suggested, do try the perfume oils available in the healthfood sections or at healthfood shops.
    L'Artisan has both Patchouli Patch and Voleur de...
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    Re: Secret Shame: the teenaged years

    Def. some musk, as well as an ozone note and iris/orris (or what ever chemical imitates it).
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    Re: Strawberry margarita scent?

    First perfume that comes to mind is Miss Dior Cherie. Pretty potent and long lasting, don't be fooled because it is supposed to be "young and fresh"- doesn't quite equal "light".
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    Re: Strawberry margarita scent?

    First perfume that comes to mind is Miss Dior Cherie.
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    Re: The Woman's Perspective......

    Woody gourmands (with some florals thrown in) have been big for some years now. I like these types of scents on men, a lot. I'm still a fan of Joop! Ambery orientals too. I'd never wear them, but...
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    Re: Which fragrance is it...?

    Are you sure it was Crystal? From the description of the notes, I could see it being Armani Diamond (same name theme,kinda?)- the femme version is gourmand/woody.
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    Re: Secret Shame: the teenaged years

    I forgot about Oceanus (The Body Shop one, right?). I did have that one, but think I rarely wore it.
    Also, BBW Sun-ripened Raspberry lotion. :D
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    Re: Secret Shame: the teenaged years

    Avon's Odyssey
    Coty's Leffleur
    TBS Vanilla perfume oil (the original one that smelled like cookies in the oven)
    TBS Raspberry perfume oil
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    Re: S O T D September 27, Sunday

    Going through my entire FB collection A to Z- different one every day, in an attempt to stream-line.. (I've actually stuck with it for more than a week!)
    On to Coco parfum today. It's really...
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    Re: Is there anything like fougere for women

    I would think Eau Dynamisante would work.
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    Re: Understanding the Modern Chypre

    Yep, I think the Osmoz classifications make the most sense. Although I think ii may have been there that I saw the JdF listed as chypre. Still, when I want to search a perfume by scent category, I...
  78. Thread: Hello all

    by leffleur
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    Re: Hello all

    Welcome to Basenotes. :)

    There are a ton of vanillas to try. Maybe have a stop over at Luckyscent. Here is a link (to vanilla scents), but you can check out the other categories along the left...
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    Re: Call me Stupid...

    I think the ad with the shirt on is more sexy, and it would be better if it wasn't so forced- like the finger at her mouth.

    The Hilton ad? I thought what made the mermaid thing sexy was the...
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    Re: Antilope relaunch

    I had a bottle and it reminds me of Classic Zen. In fact, that's why I gave it away, wasn't wearing both.
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    Re: Understanding the Modern Chypre

    Agreed. What’s wrong with calling Lovely a floral? Smells like a musky-floral to me. :/

    I would also classify Lauren (a fave of mine too!) as a green floral, as I would No 19. RG is more...
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    Re: Understanding the Modern Chypre

    Sweeter base heavy on patch, and sheer musk.

    I call them pink chypres, because that seems to be the better term for those named above. Almost like gourmand-chypres. Almost edible.

    True modern...
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    Re: Zen by Sheseido

    I've seen the original in Macy's stores. I picked up the cologne mist a few years back. I do remember seing the parfum bottle there.
    Checked online and It looks as though Macy's has the cologne...
  84. Re: How to deal with "I-am-panicking!-My-favorite-scent-will-be-discontinued" syndrom

    LOL You guys are goofs.

    I don't know what to tell you. I had a couple discontinued from underneath me before my stash and taste grew...favorites form high school, and by the time I neared...
  85. Re: Advice girls....My sister want something fresh like Cool Water, any suggestions?

    Asha made a lot of good suggestions. Light Blue has quite a bit of cedar, but she make like it. Also second the Miss Dior Cherie and J'Adore (even the original). Also Versace Bright Crystal.
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    Re: sweet warm powerful scent for my wife

    This was the first that popped into my head. It is considered a classic, but to my mind and nose, all Chanels (as least the one available in the department stores) have a modern quality.
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    Re: sweet warm powerful scent for my wife

    In that case, I'll agree with Flowerbomb. The new Gucci Flora might be a possibility. For a more flower (but still sweet and warm base) D&G The One.
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    Re: Exploring leather & incense frags...

    My favorite incense, that is typed as such, is Jaisalmer. Yet, I think Opium parfum is a great incense scent. Molecule 01 too.
    My favorite leather is probably Cabochard.
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    Re: Why we love fragrances

    I just really enjoy pleasant smells. Always have. As a kid I was obsessed with Lip Smackers/other flavored lip balms- not for the moisturizing benefits, not for the taste (was never one of those kids...
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    Re: Wild Country by Avon

    This fragrance was the first gift I was able to give my Dad for Father's day! I think I was in fourth grade. I was very proud that I was able to acquire a gift for him all by myself; won a math...
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    Re: Sexy Youthful Frags

    Probably not an association with those who use, I'd agree that would be patch/incense. Bandit (EDP anyway) actually smells like fresh pot, not yet burned. At least that's what came to mind upon...
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    Re: Sexy Youthful Frags

    Hard to come up with something, as what I associate with sexy (very few), I also associate with "womanly", therefore older. Coco parfum is def sexy to me. Opium Secret or parfum is kind of sexy too,...
  93. Thread: Hugo Deep Red

    by leffleur
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    Re: Hugo Deep Red

    I had a dream about it once, so the next time I remembered when at a department store, I spritzed a card and sniffed. The was a note/accord remniscent of cherry flavored Halls cough drops somewhere...
  94. Re: New L'Artisan Parfumeur scent: Havana Vanille

    I too got the sense this would be a vanilla tobacco scent. Could this be the subtle version I've been searching for? Can't wait to try it.
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    Well, I don't defend it as a perfume description. I just think it meaningless. I made that clear in my first post to the thread.
    Others who do have a definition will have to chime in.
    I *assume*...
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    Well, when you put it that way...
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    No, and so do I- I'm sitting here wearing a smidge of Aromatic Elixir right now.
    However, since I would hardly consider today mainstream pink "chypres" to be the real thing, if you are wearing a...
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    My point was that "old" *is* a solely chronological term, and nothing more. If people want to lump and associate particular human characteristics beyond that, onto it- they do the disservice.
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    That's where I was going too- even though I've done it myself; although I wouldn't quite phrase it that way online, as to not offend. I'd probably say "young girl", but still the emphasis is on...
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    Re: "Old Lady" Perfume (not what you might think.)

    Yeah well, okay. I've been involved in this discussion before, and it goes both ways. Something described as "girlish" is not meant as a compliment in regards to perfumes, esp. on boards like this....
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