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  1. Re: Suggestions: fragrance for T-shirt, skinny jeans, and cardigan

    I've tried many of the offerings from the CdG line - I agree with you, cacio, that it would seem to fit the aesthetic I'm looking for - but I haven't yet found one that quite fits the bill. Many of...
  2. Suggestions: fragrance for T-shirt, skinny jeans, and cardigan

    I'm looking for what might be called a "hipster" fragrance; not necessarily something that a hipster would actually buy (it doesn't need to be free-trade/organic/vegan/etc), but something that would...
  3. Thread: Toronto, Canada

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    Re: Toronto, Canada

    +1 for Jacob & Sebastian. Decent selection of a few, more obscure niche lines, which were listed above. I was just there a couple of days ago but they did not have L'Artisan... no idea whether it's...
  4. Thread: Grape Bubbleum!

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    Re: Grape Bubbleum!

    To me, Creed Royal Delight is similar to Gaultier2 in this respect.
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    Re: I'm in search for a pure vanilla scent!

    For outright PURE vanilla I suggest Indult Tihota or Montale's Vanille Absolu.
  6. Thread: leather + honey

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    Re: leather + honey

    Try Piver Cuir de Russie. Also, I second Chergui (though it's not hugely leathery).
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    Re: Looking for a designer Amber

    Agreed.
  8. Re: Opinions Wanted - Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille vs. L'Art et la Matiere lin

    You may want to take a look at my "Guerlain Week" blog series, where I talk about several of the LALM line. http://community.basenotes.net/blog.php?u=19088&page=6

    But here are my opinions in a...
  9. Re: What would you call "the leather Hermès wishes they'd made"?

    Ha, interesting about Bel Ami. The Directory doesn't list leather among its notes at all! I did check before posting this thread, you know. ;) To me Eau d'Hermes is definitely not a leather. It's an...
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    Re: Mad Men fans: What frag would Don Draper wear?

    Yeah, you know, I really doubt Don would go for some frou-frou cologne. His appearance, when you think about it, is studiously conservative and nondescript: plain white shirts, grey suits, and grey...
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    Re: Mad Men fans: What frag would Don Draper wear?

    Once, while watching the show, I thought I caught a glimpse of a bottle of Caron Pour un Homme on the dressing table in the Drapers' bedroom, but since I was watching a downloaded copy the quality...
  12. What would you call "the leather Hermès wishes they'd made"?

    On my neverending quest to find the perfect leather scent, this phrase popped into my head. As far as I know, Hermès doesn't have any masculine leathers (Kelly Calèche being a feminine), nor has...
  13. Re: IFRA restrictions - which has you most worried/stocking up?

    Oh no. I drift away from the fragrance community for a year or so, and look what's waiting for me when I come back! Does anyone know if Un Lys is on the chopping block? It has quite the prevalent...
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    Re: Bed Time Fragrances.

    I find Gris Clair extremely calming. So much so, that I can't wear it during a working day, because it makes me drowsy. Not sure if this happened before or after I started spraying it on my pillow,...
  15. Thread: Chanel Cologne

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    Re: Chanel Cologne

    I think it's fantastic. The best citrus fragrance I've ever tried. But it only seems to last about half an hour. I don't recall actually smelling a drydown - it's like it was all topnotes.
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    Re: Michael Jackson wore Black orchid.

    For those who have a broader interest in Michael's fragrance wardrobe, this sidebar was in a Quebec commemorative magazine:

    http://publish.uwo.ca/~akope/mj_parfums.jpg

    My own rough translation:...
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    Re: A Beautiful Scent: Ambre Narguile

    It's something like $180-200 USD for 100ml.

    But, I had to get a full-size bottle, because it was the fragrance that made me love fragrances. I couldn't bear the thought of ever being without it....
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    Re: New SL Fourreau Noir

    Anything with lavender and tonka gets me excited. The comparisons to Gris Clair and Encens et Lavande, my two favourite Lutens (to wear, as a man), definitely put this on my must-try list!
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    Re: ☞ 2 new Lutens ☜

    Gris Clair is one of my all-time favourites, so bring on another version of it! :D Fourreau Noir is going on my must-try list for sure...
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    The Daily Show: Scent of a President

    You may have heard that the last weekend in May, President Obama whisked his wife out for a glamorous night on the town in New York. In case you haven't seen it, here's The Daily Show's take on it,...
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    Re: Fragrances that are a works of art.

    I've just been considering this problem as I work on an essay for my Advanced Copyright class, on the question of whether or not perfumes can (should) be eligible for copyright protection. The law is...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue PdT

    Hmm. I personally love love LOVE L'Heure Bleue, but I wish I could get my wife to wear it, because I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it outside the house. Mind you, this is the more modern EDP...
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    Re: How do you Shave?

    Here's an update for anyone who was curious. I did pick up some of the Body Shop's shave cream that was being discontinued (I got the last 4 tubs on their Canadian web store for $4 apiece). After a...
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    Re: Allure Homme Edition Blanche or Guerlain Homme

    The thing that bothers me about AHEB is the middle part - it kind of falls flat. The drydown is more interesting than the middle, I find. I don't know if I'd say there's anything much interesting...
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    Re: Most copied fragrances

    Well, Shalimar kind of originated the category, so I'm not sure if that counts.

    Totally agreed with GIT/Cool Water (whichever came first)... would add Cartier Declaration. I feel this one is to...
  26. Re: Which country's ebay market is your favourite?

    Almost always on US eBay, but sometimes on UK as well. I also search the French and German sites occasionally - sometimes you can find non-export SL listed there that don't show up on the US/UK...
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    Re: If DH likes these, what else might he like?

    Yeah, you can never predict this stuff. I introduced a friend of mine to the variety of fragrances using the following two guides:
    ...
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    Re: Say it ain't so! Habit Rouge SPORT???

    "A fresher, more tonice [sic] touch is added to its sillage thanks to bambou notes, pink peppercorns and jasmine"

    This actually sounds interesting. I'd like to try it.
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    Re: Hermès reputation in the fragrance-world.

    That's correct. Also, if their house note is orange, that would definitely fit with their house colour.
  30. Re: In which chain store might I find M7 and Bulgari Black?

    I'd expect Sephora to carry Bulgari Black, but not sure about M7.
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    Re: How do you Shave?

    Not sure what you mean by the hair tearing my skin... how would I tell?

    I'm using a Gillette Mach3 Turbo with Gillette Foamy "Sensitive Skin" shaving cream. I usually shave after a shower. When I...
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    Re: How did you become interested in fragrances?

    In early 2005, I somehow got the idea that I needed to own a cologne. When I was visiting the US, I picked up a sample of the then-newly-released Armani Black Code, which I rather liked. I brought it...
  33. Re: Do you find it strange Vuitton never got into Fragrances?

    Touché! :D
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    Re: a lutens you actually wear everyday

    I'd have suggested Gris Clair. I think it's extremely wearable. It's the only frag I've worn on a semi-regular basis on which I've gotten unsolicited compliments.

    Aside: Bois de Paradis is...
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    Re: How do you Shave?

    I'm 23 with a very thin beard and I've only started shaving on a semi-regular basis (i.e. every 2-3 days) in the last year or so - and I STILL can't seem to shave without nicking myself. I do shave...
  36. Re: Do you find it strange Vuitton never got into Fragrances?

    So that you can make more money. As I understand it, LV is staying out of fragrances because they don't want to dilute their brand, because they want to keep very strict controls on distribution,...
  37. Re: [UK Only] 100 Bottles of Penhaligon's Douro Eau de Portugal up for grabs

    Agreed.
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur

    I saw the non-Concentree version of Pour Monsieur at the duty-free shop in the Detroit airport (the one that, among other things, also sells Hermes ties) this summer. It'd be worth checking the...
  39. Thread: Armani Code

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    Re: Armani Code

    Why can't you look on the frag discount websites and find the real thing for cheaper? For those of us who regularly consider $120 for 50ml of Serge Lutens and $200 for 100ml of Hermessence, the $75...
  40. Re: Unbelievable! Guess what I found swimming in my new bottle of cologne...

    Vomit
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    Re: More jasmine - quest for a cheapie

    My fiancee has a tube of Healing Garden jasmine shower gel. It's very nice. They make a whole line of jasmine products. You can even. find them on eBay.
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    Re: Q&A With Tom Ford On His Private Blend Line

    Hm, interesting. Now I wish they'd tell us which Holt Renfrew stores will be carrying the Private Blend line?
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    Re: Holt Renfrew update

    Yeah, but no Holt Renfrew carries Serge Lutens. The Bay is their main store.
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    Re: Dolce Gabbana Masculine for a young lawyer?

    23-year-old third-year law student here... 40 is young? I suppose everything is relative ;)
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    Re: What did you receive for Christmas?

    Hermès Ambre Narguilé! The holy grail of Christmas scents. :D
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    Re: Rich Kids w/Good Taste

    Clearly these parents are bringing up their children to have an appreciation for the finer things in life, which I applaud. The fragrance industry would be held to a much higher standard if we were...
  47. Re: So yuletide time is upon us, how many fragrances will we get?

    Bumping this thread since it's Christmas Eve and some people may be opening their gifts soon ;)
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    Re: A few observations, while in Paris...

    I'm curious to hear what you ended up buying other than Chene! :)
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    Re: Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice

    Personally, I don't find it hype-worthy. I get not much out of it other than a whole bunch of pine, and a somewhat sweet woody drydown.
  50. Method soaps - looking for manufacturer information

    I absolutely adore the French Lavender hand and dish soaps by this company (Canadian, I think). Does anyone know what firm is responsible for the scents?
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    Re: Jean Claude Ellena

    Yes, but Ambre Narguile makes me very hopeful, because he's shown he can do delicious gourmands just as well as minimalist sketches.
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    Re: Amber Gris.......got to have it!

    Sounds like something to try, definitely. And what a price!
  53. Re: So yuletide time is upon us, how many fragrances will we get?

    I'm finally going to be getting a fullsize bottle of Ambre Narguilé. If I don't swap away any decants, it should last me for the rest of my life. :D
  54. Re: New Serge Lutens scent in Jan '09 - Nuit de Cellophane

    P.S.: you're a curmudgeon. :P
  55. Re: New Serge Lutens scent in Jan '09 - Nuit de Cellophane

    Sigh. Let's all bash Lutens because he comes out with something that has a crazy name. The man knows what he's doing, and what he's doing is making a statement. An artistic statement. Sometimes this...
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    Re: I went and bought that "Vulva" perfume

    MKK? You've got the wrong sex...
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    Re: Bulgari Black vs. Armani Code

    Black is really in your face, whereas Code is more subtle. Black is eccentric, Code is mainstream. I think Black has better longevity, but I'm not sure about sillage. You probably couldn't go far...
  58. Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I love white florals. Wish my fiancee would wear more of them. I think lily, orchid and jasmine are my favourites, but tuberose is good too, and orange flower is also nice. I think the last scent I...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshall's

    Today I picked up a 100ml bottle of Ferre Bergamotto Marino cologne at Winners for $30. Read a review at NST and it sounds up my alley - bergamot, orange flower, jasmine. And the package was already...
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    Re: Why attach a dress-code to a fragrance?

    Certain scents have certain personalities. Wearing a sport scent to a dress occasion may not be quite as tacky as wearing sport socks to a dress occasion, but I think if there's an extreme disconnect...
  61. Thread: Scarfs

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    Re: Scarfs

    Just try it with only one scarf for a while and see how it goes. I find that the drydowns of all the fragrances I wear regularly mix quite nicely with each other on my scarf, so it smells absolutely...
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    Re: Give me the Beach Pleaze

    LOL! Amen. if hes to lazy 2 luk at ne threads b4 posting, im to lazy 2 giv recs kthxbai
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    Re: Green / Fresh Chypre

    Give Guerlain's Sous Le Vent a try.
  64. Re: Do you expose SA's to Basenotes, Now Smell this Blog, etc?

    When I was buying my bottle of SDV this past February, I mentioned BN to one of the SA's at Guerlain in Toronto... Sheeba was her name I believe. (I hope she gets a chance to try Sublime Balkiss! ;)...
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    Re: Creed for sale at Vatican store

    Anymore information on this Vatican store? I'm very curious to see how the Holy See approach luxury goods...
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    What was the last bottle you emptied?

    How big was it? And - here's the kicker - how long did you have it? I'm very curious how long it takes BNers, with our potentially huge wardrobes, to actually finish a bottle of something!
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    Re: Curious: Why does ANYONE order blind?

    I gotta get me one of those! I've yet to find anyone here like that.

    Also, I never buy blind. Can't afford it. Buying 15 samples I don't end up liking - even at $3 a pop - seems to me to be a...
  68. Thread: Are they high?

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    Re: Are they high?

    TPC's prices? Yes, they are VERY high. *eyeroll*
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    Re: Serge Lutens Chergui: A dry wind my *ss

    Hm... if what you're all saying is true, I'd better get some spray sample vials... I keep trying to figure out Chergui but no matter how much I mull it over it's not all that fantastic to me! Maybe...
  70. Thread: Quick Top Five!

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    Re: Quick Top Five!

    SL Gris Clair
    Hermes Ambre Narguile
    Esteban Tonka
    Guerlain SDV
    Dior Homme
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    Re: What fragrance do boys like the most?

    Aww graffham. I understand completely. Reminds me of the time I posted the thread "Can everyone please stop talking about oud?" with the only text being Seriously. And it got like 50 replies.

    To...
  72. Re: 1 oz of GIT for less than $16: The price of luxury.

    Oh, the disgusting excess of luxury products. Another example: take the $1200 LV handbag that said NM manager buys for his mistress - it costs about $100 to make. The disconnect between a product's...
  73. Re: Making a one-note perfume out of gardenia absolute

    Here's the article: http://www.nzzfolio.ch/www/21b625ad-36bc-48ea-b615-1c30cd0b472d/showarticle/5f3113f9-f0d8-45b3-9b3c-bb9447c66840.aspx
    Seems real enough to me, and given that it's $50 for 2ml,...
  74. Making a one-note perfume out of gardenia absolute

    I read with interest Luca Turin's Duftnote piece about a new gardenia absolute that has become available. My mom is a gardenia fanatic, and I would be interested to know how I might be able to take...
  75. Re: Perfume came - naturally - from Paris... (shipping Q)

    I have no experience with this, but Queen reference FTW! :D
  76. Re: I think I may have discovered the best chocolate scent yet!

    I'm kind of surprised by some of the candidates you considered - Douce Amere to me has nothing to do with chocolate, and Aomassai strikes me as more about burnt caramel/toffee. My pick might have...
  77. Poll: Re: Chanel Coromandel vs Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 (Battle of Sheldrake's Chocochouli

    The "monlithic and forceful" aspect is precisely why I don't like Borneo. Coromandel is much more civilized.
  78. Re: Would you ever buy a litre of your favourite scent?

    Hellz yeah! If I were stinking rich. Otherwise I don't think I could stomach spending two or three thousand dollars on a single bottle.
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    Re: Chanel Exclusifs for Men

    I haven't tested them all thoroughly, but Cologne for sure, and possibly Coromandel.
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    Re: Something exlusive, luxuriously and elegant?

    Another vote for Chanel Pour Monsieur (although it might strike you as grandfatherly...)
    Also Serge Lutens Gris Clair.
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    Re: Outdoorsy , I'll start....

    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Winter Délice (pine!)
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    Re: Best Masculine Floral Scent You Smelled?

    Carnal Flower unisex??? Um... I would love to find a unisex tuberose, but I don't think this one's it.

    Some that I think are nice:
    Delrae Bois de Paradis (rose, fig, coconut)
    Tom Ford Noir de...
  83. Re: recommendations for a winter cologne available at sephora?

    Dior Homme!
  84. Thread: samples

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    Re: samples

    I usually dab a few drops on the wrist, just enough to make a patch of skin about 1 square inch shine wetly. Using half of a 1ml vial is definitely too much, though you'd probably use 1/4 of 1ml if...
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    Re: what to do when you find your grail>?

    So which one is it?



    I would agree with this. I look at something like silverbullet's list and I see how many of his "holy grails" I haven't even tried. There are always going to be hundreds of...
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    Re: What smells like Christmas to you?

    Without a doubt, Hermès Ambre Narguilé. I tried Winter Délice but it did nothing for me. Ambre Narguilé is just... almost indescribable, that rich, cinnamon and nutmeg, apple, amber... wonderfulness!...
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    Re: Job Interview (tie/shirt combo)

    I'd suggest you wear the light blue shirt with the leftmost (blue multi-stripe) tie. The two ties to the right of that one are quite dated, and the Original Penguin on the far right is much more of a...
  88. Re: Your 'Must Have" "Full Bottle Worthy" Niche Fragrances..

    SL Gris Clair
    Hermes Ambre Narguile
    Esteban Tonka
    Guerlain SDV
    L'Artisan Thé Pour un Été

    And for my fiancee:
    SL Sa Majeste La Rose
    SL Un Lys
    i Profumi de Firenze Vaniglia del Madagascar
  89. What conspicuous note do Ambre Sultan and L'Oiseau de Nuit have in common?

    There is something similar between these two fragrances. I don't know what it's called, but it smells kind of herbal. It's very obvious in L'Oiseau de Nuit, one of the main components, and slightly...
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    Re: Regulation changes in France :(

    Here is the full article posted by Night, but in English:
    http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:093:0013:0023:EN:PDF

    The good news: it doesn't look to me like Iso E...
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    Re: Five O'Clock au Gingembre or Tea For Two

    Tea for Two is extremely dense and smoky. This does not suit my taste at all, so I choose Five o'Clock.
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    Re: my 1* and 5* fragrances according to The Guide

    I agree with the OP - I use PtG as a starting point in my exploration, as a general reference to find out what specific perfumes are like, and as an aid to help me pick out notes (because LT & TS are...
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    Re: Which scent helps you sleep or dream better?

    I love to spray my pillow with Gris Clair a few minutes before going to bed. It's the most wonderful, tranquil, soothing fragrance that I have ever encountered.
  94. Guerlain Les Elixirs Charnels - your thoughts?

    Anyone tried these? You can read my impressions of them here. They strike me basically as nice enough, but the scents (totally safe mass-appeal creations) are completely out of line with the...
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    Re: What do you think of the "Now Smell This" Blog

    I too will chime in, in favour of the content and style of NST. I find Robin's reviews to be clear and concise and not given to florid verbosity like some other perfume blogs out there. To me it's a...
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    Re: Bois de Violette as an Export? Was I Sleeping?

    Yeah, all the Bois series at Aedes are a ripoff per ml as compared to the bell jars, but if you don't have access to the Paris boutique, and you really want it, I guess they're just going to shaft...
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    Re: Your reaction to fragrance bans?

    Some cities and school districts have bandied this notion about in the last couple of years, and it makes the news, but it rarely comes to fruition. Here, for example, is the report of the Ottawa...
  98. Re: Burr gives Reve en Cuir by Indult five stars and also mentions Scent Bar in revie

    Really really want to try this! I've been looking for a leather just like it! Will have to wait until Luckyscent (or someone) makes samples available, though...

    BTW, rêve en cuir does mean...
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    Re: The art of "Testing a Fragrance Sample"

    I usually try to wear one on each wrist for the whole day, to get through samples a little bit quicker. If I'm comparing more than two at once, or if I'm out shopping and short of skin, I might also...
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    Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    Too easy. 15. I can probably name them if you like. ;)
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