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  1. Re: My Thoughts On Papillon Artisan Perfumes

    My favourite of those I've sampled is Anubis. Just wish it lasted longer. Smoky, dark, and rich.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 4th July, 2020

    Hermes Equipage (vintage)
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Ranking the latest four Rogue scents, in an unexpected result :

    1. Tuberose and Moss
    2. Flora and Fauna (not far behind)

    3. Jasmin Antique
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    And finally : Ishtar.

    Much anticipated, having long wondered what Manny's take on an incense frag would be.

    The opening is very soapy/shampoo-y/clean-fresh, and I don't know where that is...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'll be sitting this one out as I do not have a single Chanel in my Wardrobe, but I'm looking forward to seeing what you're all wearing tomorrow. Years ago, I occasionally wore Antaeus, but am not...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Another day; another scent. Today Jasmin Antique. Blind test again.

    This is not as much of a soliflore as I was anticipating. The jasmine is a very clean, very pure, creamy-smooth, white floral,...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Well now. Flora and Fauna.

    Again, just for the hell of it, I'm doing this blind. This morning, I got an awesome! opening of something leathery, animalic, and sheeny/glossy (which I know is how...
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    Re: your favorite CHEAP fragrance

    At the online discounters :
    Boucheron Jaipur
    Lalique Encre Noire
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Aramis Tuscany
    Puig Quorum
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Tuberose & Moss : This starts out like straight tuberose, with a slight peachy (peach melba yoghurt, to be precise) note. If there is bergamot here, it isn't harsh or overpowering. This is very...
  10. Re: Signature / work scent (alternative to Prada l'homme)

    For a daily workhorse scent, you might enjoy Bottega Veneta : Bottega Veneta pour Homme EdT
    Think of it as a discreet scent, or even a woody eau de cologne.
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    Re: Tarry. Burnt. Leather.

    This genre is one of my favourites.

    Mona di Orio Cuir
    Papillon Anubis (though longevity not amazing)
    Etro Vetiver (much darker, to my nose, than Palais Jamais) - a fuller, darker take on...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    The package has landed safely - many thanks, Bavard. Will be testing over the next few days.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    June/July 2020 rotation :
    Guerlain Vetiver;
    Penhaligon's Juniper Sling;
    Etro Gomma; Palais Jamais and Dianthus;
    Hermes Equipage Geranium;
    Aramis Tuscany;
    Caron Yatagan and Third Man; ...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Nice to see photos of other people's pets, being currently petless (catless) myself, like Ken_Russell.
    I'm wearing MFK Grand Soir, an expansive, potentially beastly amber scent. Let's see whether I...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Eagerly awaiting arrival this side of the Atlantic. Many thanks, Bavard.
  16. Re: Your top 5 worn fragrances as of right now?

    Last 3 months = under lockdown. Seriously skewed by sampling, and wearing whatever takes my fancy, several scents each day, in wildly differing weather conditions. At a guess, but could be many...
  17. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    This has been on my sampling list for a while, as I enjoy fougeres. I also recently tried Beach Hut (first sampling of the house) and was interested. Did not realise t was from the same collection....
  18. Re: Help! Just bought a frag that reminds me of something I can't pinpoint

    Being uninventive,based on the notes, how about Floris Honey Oud ? English honey, Vanilla Heart Notes Oud, Rose Base notes Amber, Musk, Labdanum
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 20th June, 2020

    Hiram Green Hyde
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Tuscany would be a great choice for the start of summer - might wear it tomorrow, since the weather here should be better than today's.
  21. Re: Dry warm weather incense scent like CdG Ouarzazate, Divine L'Homme Sage

    +1 CdG Zagorsk, though it's good for summer because it has a chilly feel (pine, violet, hinoki)
    +1 Robert Piguet Casbah; can be a bit of a beast, but wearable in UK summer with one spray; dry,...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I forgot this morning, but will Synch later in Etro Shaal Nur, which is a sunny citrus incense.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 17th June, 2020

    Happy Birthday, Bavard !

    SOTD : Parfum d'Empire : Eau de Gloire. Reminds me slightly of ELdO Je Suis un Homme, but with cumin.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 15th June, 2020

    Guerlain Vetiver
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    Re: Le Baiser Du Dragon...

    I have a sample of the current EdP of LBDD, and it reminds me of Boucheron Jaipur pH - particularly the heavier EdP (heliotrope/tonka/benzoin) rather than the airier EdT. It's also vaguely in Etro...
  26. Re: What is Your Favorite Male Perfume Ad?

    I was just about to post the same - this one

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  27. Re: can you recommend me some Extremely COOLing pine or fir perfume ?

    CdG Zagorsk
    CdG Hinoki

    Penhaligon's Juniper Sling (mostly the opening; treat it like an eau de cologne)
  28. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Derby really sounds like something I should try, and would probably enjoy (especially with a carnation note, and leather), but it seems impossible to sample here, and the best place to buy a FB (from...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Since ACDD was still faintly on my skin this morning, I'm continuing the Synch today with Robert Piguet Casbah. Very dry, spicy, and dark. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this scent.
  30. Re: What Is Your Top Five As Of Right Now!

    Guerlain Vetiver
    Etro Palais Jamais
    Caron Yatagan
    Aramis Tuscany
    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Starting this week's Synch with Tauer's L'Air Du Desert Marocain as my SOTD; SOTE will be the extrait version : Au Coeur Du Desert.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'll be Synching in Tauer's LADDM by day, and ACDD in the evening. Or PIguet's Casbah if I'm still in a dark mood.
  33. Re: Which houses in your collection do you have 3 or more bottles so far

    FBs (50ml or more): Etro (7) Guerlain (3)
    Including sizeable decants/small-sized bottles up to 50ml, as well as FBs : Hermes (4) Penhaligons (3) Knize (3) Tauer (3)
  34. Re: Your experiences with Aramis Tuscany

    I have a bottle, batch A36, looks like the third one (RH side), green juice. Ken_Russell describes it well. Longevity is pretty good, even get wafts in the shower next morning.
  35. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    @Ken_Russell : thanks for the heads up on Akkad - reminding me to sample some of the Lubins - I've had Idole on my mental trylist for ages, will add Akkad as well.
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    Re: Welcome our new moderator: Bavard!

    Congrats, Bavard ! And best of luck.
  37. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Very interesting intro, Mike. Makes me want to sample it, with all those notes including leather, peat and whisky, and the references to Scotland.
    The name had put me off, since I'd assumed...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Synching today with scents by UNUM, since Filippo Sorcinelli seems to think his entire life (and body) is a work of art.
    LAVS for the day
    Io Non Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino Il Volto for the...
  39. Re: Knize Ten or Knize Ten Golden Edition?

    Current versions : I own both, and also prefer Knize Ten to Golden Edition, on account of greater complexity and depth in the original. However, I'll happily use my 15ml bottle of Golden when I want...
  40. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    @grayspoole :

    That's such a polite way to express it !

    I think Pens did a big clear-out in 2015 as they started on their cod-heritage/colonial/orientalist trajectory (starting with Trade...
  41. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    @DrTricia : glad you've found my selections interesting. Would be interested to know your opinions on the Etros too - I'm assuming you and PStoller both sample all your fragrance finds.
  42. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    @PStoller : how do you find Shaal Nur ? That and Gomma are other Etro favourites of mine (along with Palais Jamais and Vetiver). Etro definitely have a house style; much use of...
  43. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I'm sad that Elixir didn't work for you after all that anticipation, Mike.
    I didn't go into testing it expecting rose and cinnamon; just an oriental of some kind, I guess. I smelt it completely...
  44. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Elixir is difficult to find now, and seems to be stupid prices on the bay, going by what comes up in the sidebars on BN. So I guess it will be turning into a unicorn - and odd to think that I possess...
  45. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Anyone want to discuss incense or heliotrope ? Or indeed, vintage Penhaligon's, or the house of Etro (current or vintage) ? I'm wondering now how many BNers have actually sampled Elixir. Or...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020

    Guerlain Vetiver

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  47. Re: What's the EdT you prefer over an EdP?

    Dior Eau Sauvage EdT, over either parfum.
  48. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Reformulations etc

    Penhaligon's Elixir was repackaged, but not as far as I know reformed. Instead, it was discontinued, along with other short-lived gems such as Ostara.

    Etro Heliotrope was...
  49. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Apologies for formatting, BN is not playing nice with my posting.
  50. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Why not both ? But not in the same perfume. I've tried a couple, and the combo doesn't work for me. Still to sample Rundholz 1968; so there's hope yet.

    Let's start with incense, in the early...
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    Re: Most worn in May 2020

    1 Knize Forest by Knize 4 wears
    2 Vetiver by Guerlain 4 wears
    3 Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man by Caron 3 wears
    4 Esprit de Lavande by...
  52. Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    Nothing indeed (OK, maybe Guerlain Vetiver). However, the mention of a strong hay note in the opening suggests it's not Palais Jamais.
  53. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Scotland is going to bed. Normal service will be resumed in the morning when I've come up with something (un)suitable.
  54. Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    Sounds a bit like Anatole Lebreton's L'Eau de Merzhin - evocation of French countryside, ISTR, with a prominent hay note, and meadow florals.
  55. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Decant of Hermes Hiris.
  56. Re: The Perfume of Happiness: The most uplifting perfume ever made

    Boucheron Jaipur pour Homme EdP
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Armani Eau pour Homme (vtg)
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    And finishing the day with an evening-weight successor to Knize Sec : Etro's Shaal Nur, a radiant citrus incense, described thus elsewhere on BN by trauerkraut : "it's as if heaven opens itself and...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Continuing the day with a sample of Mancera Cedrat Boise. Which is OK; not sure what all the fuss/hype was about this one. I get no blackcurrant or jasmine. It's lemony, non-sharp/creamy, a bit...
  59. Re: Versatile office niche scent for under 150$?

    Penhaligon's Sartorial. Modern fougere by Bertrand Duchaufour.
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    Re: Best ORRIS ROOT fragrance

    Have you tried Tom Daxon's Iridium - woods/ISOeSuper in the base, but otherwise a cool, non-sweet iris. Reminds me of Irisss and Infusion d'Iris, that kind of thing. Longevity could be better.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Celebrating Robin's Fruity FriDay Synch on a scorchingly hot (for Scotland) day.
    Something refreshing to start with : Knize Sec.
    Lemon, orange, something dry and dusty, opening out into a really...
  62. Re: Warm weather fragrances that are NOT citrus based?

    I've been wearing this in the heat we're having, as part of my plan to wear 'allegedly unsuitable for summer' frags ! I find it really dark, almost tarry-sticky, licorice-y (but aniseed is...
  63. Re: Warm weather fragrances that are NOT citrus based?

    CdG Zagorsk (violet, hinoki wood) - icy in winter; refreshing in summer
    Caron Yatagan (freshness provided by artemisia)
    +1 Knize Forest and in the same fougere vein, Penhaligon's Sartorial for...
  64. Re: Suggestions for a good 'Suede' fragrance?

    +1 Bottega Veneta (not pour Homme, which as you say is quite green), but the original EdP (pour femme, but don't let that put you off; it is perfectly unisex), which has a very fine suede note, or...
  65. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    @grayspoole By aldehydic, I mean the opening of Bandit that gets right up the back of my nose in a fizzy, slightly acid way (a bit like nasal drops), which is not the galbanum (which I generally...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Etro Palais Jamais (green vetiver, leather and green tea) through the day, because it was warm and rainy.

    This evening, I went in different directions for SOTE : Etro Vetiver (the dark licorice...
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    Poll: Re: Blind buying for 60th present

    Eau Sauvage EdT
    On a budget, Aramis Tuscany.
  68. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Futur is cooler, paler (minty?) than Bandit and its opening is green and slightly plastic and then some florals, where Bandit is white-floral and aldehydes (yuk, aldehydes - that's my other sticking...
  69. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    That'll be why I don't like it then, despite the galbanum and leather. The florals (same reason I'm disappointed not to be liking Jacomo Silences). Nevertheless, I shall try Bandit again this...
  70. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I'll give my sample of Bandit a wearing tomorrow and report back, but I have tried it before and wondered why (given the galbanum and leather, both notes I greatly enjoy) I don't like it more.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Synching tonight with Guerlain L'Heure Bleue EdP, and this piece of 70s orchestral easy-listening
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pauk-uU5kw
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Some ingenious creations going on today ! Fun to read; some easier to guess than others.
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    Twilight is the time
    for this masterpiece, soothing
    yet melancholy
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Yup. Difficult when I don't yet know what I might feel like wearing on Friday. Limericks would be even more difficult.
  75. Re: Another you can only have one fragrance, which is your choice? Thread

    In this weather ? Guerlain Vetiver.
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    Re: Dried Lime perfume

    Have you sampled Rogue Perfumery Chypre-Siam ? It has a note I would describe as 'lime powder', the kind you buy in packets (similar idea to mango powder/amchur).
    Here are my blind sampling notes :
  77. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    re Cacherel pH : I was meaning to sample this again when lockdown happened. My memory of trying it before was a lot of nutmeg, and alternate citrus-nutmeg throughout the life of the scent. I was...
  78. Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Have you tried Jacomo de Jacomo ? Galbanum, cloves; ashy, gothic fougere. Well worth sampling, and easy to find (in the UK, at any rate).
    I've not had the opportunity to try Anthracite, which I...
  79. Re: Simple but beautiful: The lemon-pine barbershop fragrance

    Frankly, nothing else comes close to Blenheim Bouquet.
    You could try chasing vintages of Penhaligon's Lords/Douro or Racquets.

    These days, I wear Guerlain Vetiver instead - no lemon, no pine;...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Tomorrow will be either Eau de Gloire or Corsica Furiosa, both from Parfums d'Empire, and by the Corsican perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato - can't get much more Mediterranean than that (except...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 7th May, 2020

    Caron : Le Troisieme Homme
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 6th May, 2020

    Guerlain Vetiver : perfect on a hot sunny day that almost feels like summer.
  83. Re: Avignon/Cardinal/Full Incense - which one?

    I own and love Avignon, have a decant of Cardinal, which is good too, but not as strong/long-lasting. I get pretty good longevity from Avignon. Also worn Unum LAVS, but prefer Avignon. Casbah, which...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 3rd May, 2020

    SOTD : Guerlain Vetiver
    SOTE : Etro Vetiver
  85. Re: Blind Sample Pass with IsoESuperman as Host

    I shall be following this thread with interest (obvs not participating), and enjoying your reactions and descriptions.
    Having taken part in a previous blind sample pass, it was great fun.
  86. Re: April 2020 Shut-in "I thought I was gonna die" Binge-athon

    Glad to hear you're feeling better, and getting back into frags - very hard to unseat Guerlain Vetiver; it's just that good.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Synching this evening in Dior Addict (I'm mainly getting vanilla, orange blossom and jasmine; finding it a bit underwhelming. ETA : drydown found me wondering what that nice smell was and huffing my...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I have the choice of (all samples/decants) : Fahrenheit; DHI; Addict (left over from Blind Sample Pass)
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 30th April, 2020

    Etro Gomma

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/300/26122393-5564.jpg
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    Having a 'finish focus' on samples/decants that have been around for a while. So far, I've finished off a decant of Fahrenheit, and a sample of Messe de Minuit (which now smells to me like a gourmand...
  91. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Your DHI (2007) is mine, Emanuel76 !
  92. Re: Etro Messe de Minuit and other discontinuations

    Apologies - I was looking at the Palais Jamais pages ('still in production'), not MdM. Still not entirely convinced.
    I guess one might email Etro direct to ask/confirm.
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    Re: Best almond fragrance

    +1 Etro Heliotrope

    Much lighter, more like an eau de cologne : LT Piver Heliotrope Blanc
  94. Re: Etro Messe de Minuit and other discontinuations

    Interesting. I can't find mention of discontinuation on either of those sites. Just checked.
  95. Re: Etro Messe de Minuit and other discontinuations

    Where have you seen these reports ?
  96. Re: Heaven only knows WHEN, but WHERE would you like to fantasize having another BN meet-up?

    Glasgow : House of Fraser (better than Edin) and W2 (CdG shop), L'Occitane. Edinburgh : HoF, John Lewis, Penhaligon's, L'Occitane Or London.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Well, thanks to you, ClockworkAlice, I've had an all-day breakfast Synch, starting with coffee (Endymion - for once I did detect the coffee note), moving on to tea (Palais Jamais), and finishing up...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I have a few possible choices, depending on my mood tomorrow : a green tea note in Etro Palais Jamais; coffee (allegedly) in Penhaligon's Endymion; and a campfire for making breakfast over in Andy...
  99. Re: current Guerlains, particularly Mitsouko, Shalimar, Samsara

    Thanks to you all for your variously interesting, useful or relevant comments. I'll probably get the Mitsouko EdT. I'm sitting here sniffing the empty vial that the sample of vintage EdC came in,...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 20th April, 2020

    Guerlain Vetiver - first wearing of 2020; summer is on the way.
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