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  1. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    Thank you - what a vivid description! There's a Sisley section in my nearest department store, so I'll see if they have a Campagne tester.
  2. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    A couple of the scents I really like are masculine/unisex. I'll add your suggestions to my list - I haven't tried any of them.

    I have a question about terminology here. When I see something...
  3. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I've just poured my sample of Fleur de Liane into a small sprayer to take with me when I go away for Christmas. I'm taking a few days off from wearing perfume at the moment, partly because I'm...
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    Re: Sotd, Monday, December 15

    I've ended up wearing vintage Vent Vert with a hint of lubricating oil. I managed to buy a bottle recently, but the spray mechanism didn't work. I suppose that's a bit of a risk with old bottles. I...
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    Re: Sotd, Monday, December 15

    I'm taking a day off today, because I'm feeling a bit snuffly, with that twitchy allergic sensation, and don't want to provoke it. There's just a lingering smoky woodiness from yesterdays Route du...
  6. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I think I have a sample of Fleur de Liane somewhere. I'll have to wait until life gets back to "normal" in the new year to track down the others.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 14 December

    For the evening I'm wearing my new discovery: MPG Route du Vetiver. I love that smoky, charred take on vetiver.
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    Re: What smells do you hate?

    The musty notes of some tropical fruits, like mango and papaya. Anything too sweet, especially if it's fruity/berry flavoured. Celery notes.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 14 December

    Like Jaime, I'm going with Frederic Malle, but the one I'm wearing is Noir Epices.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 13 December

    My evening scent is Patou's Sublime. It's one of my long-standing regulars, and one that my husband particularly likes.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 13 December

    Good morning :).

    I'm in Comme des Garcons Avignon today, from a sample kindly sent by The Good Life. I think I need to get more of this.
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    Re: December 2008 Purchases

    I've ordered a bottle of MPG Route du Vetiver. I tried my sample yesterday and absolutely love its slightly charred vetivery woodiness.
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    Re: SotD Friday 12 December

    I'm in Caron's Montaigne today.
  14. Re: What fragrance do you spray all over your bed and pillows?

    I don't like any fragrance on the sheets. It took me ages to find washing powder/liquid with a smell that didn't keep me awake. There's the smell of whatever bath oil I've used, and any moisturiser,...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella history

    I've just realised I have a copy of their catalogue. There's a page of background info on the front, but it looks aw if most of it is in the page you linked.

    It says it was founded by Dominican...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella history

    I don't know much about their history. When I first visited Florence, we stayed just down the road, and I kept looking at the door, but wasn't quite brave enough to go in. One day my friend cut his...
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    Re: What are your top 5 rose scents??

    I bought the sample set of rosines, but don't quite know where to start with it!
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    Re: SotD Thursday 11 December

    I'm wrapped in the warm woodiness of MPG Route du Vetiver.
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    Re: Travel Wardrobe

    Those who only take a small selection with you, do you find it's usually the same ones, or different each time?

    Buying while you're away sounds good depending on where you're going - the shops at...
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    Re: Travel Wardrobe

    I'm please to hear it, SMM. When I read Tigrushka's post, I felt I was way over the top. Now I've read yours, I feel pretty restrained ;). I don't think I'll cut it down to one - I'd often pack three...
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    Travel Wardrobe

    I've been thinking about which fragrances I'll take with me when we go to visit my parents for Christmas (we'll be there for about three weeks). We're travelling by car so there aren't really any...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 10 December

    Good morning :). I'm in Jicky parfum today.
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 9 December

    I started the day in Vent Vert (90-99 version). I've only recently tried this in cold weather. I expected it to feel a bit too bright and sharp in the cold, but surprisingly, it starts out fine, then...
  24. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I've just ordered a sample of Le Temps d'Une Fete, so I'll look forward to trying that. I haven't tried any Shiseido yet. Another one for the list :).
  25. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I emailed Guerlain about the availability of Sous le Vent (my local department store Guerlain counter had no idea about it). They said it's only available from the Champs Elysee shop, and that you...
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    Re: SotD Monday 8 December

    I'm back with Guerlain today: Sous le Vent.
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    Re: I Just Had A Beautifully Scented Epiphany....

    My year produced Hermes Caleche, Nina Ricci Capricci, Guerlain Vetiver. That was 1961, so I have a couple of years to decide if I want to get one of them to mark my half century.
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    Re: Chypre-a-Thon: what's your favorite?

    I'll be reading with interest. The only chypres I've liked at all consistently are the green ones - and I'm busy exploring those. I'm not absolutely sure which of my perfumes would count as chypres,...
  29. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I don't use paper strips for making a decision, but I thought that when I tried Sous le Vent before, I didn't like it on my skin (I think I must have mixed the samples up, because this isn't anything...
  30. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I have a bottle of Jolie Madame that I've had for years, but haven't tried any of the others yet. I'm getting a long test list!



    I have a sample of Private Collection. I've tried it once, and...
  31. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I think it might be Alliage in Europe and Aliage in the US.

    I didn't like Sous le Vent at all - and it wasn't a skin reaction, I didn't like it on the paper strip either. I'll see if I can get...
  32. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    I'll look for Azuree. I've been trying to find some Aliage (apparently it's Alliage over here) but there's not much of it about. I'll look again after Christmas. I have Ivoire, and I've sent for a...
  33. Thread: Going Green

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    Re: Going Green

    Thank you for those suggestions. I'd really been thinking in terms of galbanum/vetiver/oakmoss. I'd forgotten green tea. The Roger & Gallet at least shouldn't be too hard to find a tester of. And I'm...
  34. Thread: Going Green

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    Going Green

    I'm in a green mood at the moment. I've loved Vent Vert ever since a wonderful shop assistant showed it to me years ago (that would have been the 90-99 incarnation). I've recently bought YSL Y and...
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    Re: what is your favorite perfume house?

    I think I like more from Guerlain than from any other single house, though I haven't yet liked any of theirs that are later than 1935, and there are a few of my "essential" perfumes that aren't from...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 7 December

    I'm trying my profumo.it samples today. I started the morning with Acqua Santa, which may not have been the best choice for a Sunday morning, because its incense was so much nicer than the church...
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    Re: December 2008 Purchases

    I've bought YSL Y, and ordered some vintage Vent Vert.
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    Poll: Re: Buxton v. Duchaufour. Bring it On!!!

    I haven't voted because I haven't tried most of the Buxton ones, but I actively disliked Paestum Rose, Dzing and Dzongkha, and quite liked CDG 3, so as far as it goes, I'm inclining more to B than D.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 6 December

    I forgot about the SnS :o. So I'm trying my sample of Delrae Roth's Debut. It's nice, light but not so subtle that you can't smell anything, and seems to be lasting well.
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    Re: TGIF! SotD Friday 5 December

    I'm wearing YSL Y. The Guide describes it as green chypre. On Now Smell This it was reviewed by Angela, who said it was something she could wear any time, any season. I don't know whether she's in a...
  41. Re: Do you ever get cravings for frags from your youth?

    I don't remember wearing any perfume as a teenager, but at around 20 I started to try a few. Chanel No.19 was among the first, and I still wear that. A little later I wore Dune and Poison. I don't...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 4 December

    I'm trying another Caron sample: Farnesiana today.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    My Caron samples arrived! Montaigne today.
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    Re: SotD tuesday 2 December-08

    My Caron samples didn't arrive today, so I wore Comme des Garcons 3 (first try from a sample) during the day, and am about to don Diorella for the evening (first try from a decant).
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    Re: SotD tuesday 2 December-08

    I have a 1 ml sample of Jicky extrait, and would love to get more, but I think that will have to wait :(. I'm tempted to join Riannon in Jicky today, but I'm waiting for the post to see if any...
  46. Re: Can A BN Newbie Do a POLL? ;) What'cha Have Coming In the Mail?

    I'm waiting for some decants, and some samples of assorted Caron scents - the only one I've tried so far is Parfum Sacre.
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    Re: SotD Monday 1 December

    Profumo.it again: Muschio di Quercia/Oak Moss today. Very nice so far - woody, but without that hard, pungent edge that I find in a lot of woody fragrances.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 30 November

    Sublime is one of my all-time favourites, too, Lorien, but I find it very hard to spot individual notes in it. I'll have to try it after reading your description.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 30 November

    I'm breaking into my profumo.it samples today, and wearing Sea Wood. I don't think I used quite enough - I'm not very good at dabbing.
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    Re: Identifying Vent Vert Reformulations

    Thank you. I knew that I bought my parfum when I was shopping with a friend before her wedding, and she's been married 14 years, so that's definitely the pre-1999 version, and I already had the eau...
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    Identifying Vent Vert Reformulations

    I know the current (recently discontinued) Vent Vert is different from the Germain Cellier original (which I've never tried), but I've seen a few references to a 1999 reformulation, after the...
  52. Re: These are the fragrances every newcomer must try

    The light scent that I go back to most often is Hermes, Eau d'Orange Verte.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 29 November

    After sniffing a few things without much conviction, I gave up, admitted that it's too cold to go outside my comfort zone, and surrounded myself with a blanket of l'Heure Bleue.
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    Re: SotD Friday 28th November

    Happy Birthday, Kumquat (nice name :) ).

    I'm wearing Vol de Nuit today.

    I was undecided, but walked through the department store on my way home from the butcher's and when I explained to the...
  55. Thread: Samples Test

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    Re: Samples Test

    I can't imagine being that industrious, even when I'm well :eek:. Thank you for sharing the results with us. I haven't been enterprising enough to get free samples. Just to have more info in the same...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 27 November

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

    I'm wearing Parfum Sacre today - from a purchase from The Good Life that arrived yesterday.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 November

    I'm in Patou's Sublime for the evening - an old favourite.
  58. Re: "Scared To Admit I'm Wearing It" Scent Synchronization Day

    I was thinking of my Stella McCartney perfume as more celebrity than designer, because she's probably more famous for being Paul McCartney's daughter than for being a designer, but the boundaries are...
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    Re: Can you remove spray tops?

    Here are a couple of links with more discussion of this issue:



    That's the first post of this thread: About decanting into another atomizer or vial

    I have a dream! er.. concern, matter of...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 November

    Institut Tres Bien, Cologne a l'Italienne. Trying to bring a little Italian sunshine to an English winter :).
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    Re: Can you remove spray tops?

    I found this one: How do you decant? but unfortunately the one it links to doesn't seem to be there now. It looks as if spraying is what most people do - and given that decanting is only going to be...
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    Re: Can you remove spray tops?

    Thanks. I suspected it was the sort of thing likely to have been discussed many times, but I couldn't think of search terms that don't come up in practically every thread.
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    Can you remove spray tops?

    Some of my bottles are 100ml with spray tops. That's fine when I'm at home, but when I go away, or if I just want to put one in my bag for a top up during the day, I'd like to use a 5 or 10ml bottle....
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    Thanks, Asha. That sounds like a win-win. I'll have a nice back up supply of cheapies of the old versions, so I'm OK if I don't like the new ones, and if I do like them, then I have two to choose...
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    I've just had a bit of a buying frenzy with Vent Vert. I noticed escentual were selling it for about a third of the normal price a few weeks ago, so I bought some then, and I've been keeping an eye...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 25 November

    I'm in Balmain's Vent Vert today. It's usually something I only wear in the summer, but it's a sunny day, and I wanted to wear one of my old favourites after trying so many new things recently.
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    Re: SotD Monday 24 November

    I'm feeling like that about l'Heure Bleue too. I miss it whenever I'm wearing something else. Maybe I need to give up my testing for a while and settle into l'Heure Bleue for a season.
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    Re: SotD Monday 24 November

    I've had a sample of Bois des Iles sitting waiting to be tried, so I've decided to join Sestra in wearing that one today :).
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    Re: SotD Sunday November 23

    It took me until the middle of the afternoon to decide on Carthusia's Aria di Capri. Turin/Sanchez described it as iced amaro. It's much lighter and fresher than any amaro I've ever tasted - but...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 22 November

    I'm wearing l'Heure Bleue for the evening.
  71. Re: Poll Question: Your Oldest Bottle(s) of Perfume?

    I don't have anything very old. Balmain's Vent Vert parfum is probably getting on for 15 years old, and Patou's Sublime parfum probably around the same sort of age. I'd have bought more if I'd...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 22 November

    I'm in Jicky today.
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    Re: SotD Friday 21 November

    After spraying some Vol de Nuit in a shop this afternoon, I'm joining you two in your enthusiasm for it. I'm developing a serious old Guerlain habit!
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    Re: Just Plain Joyful

    Kewart, I have a sample of Timbuktu that I can send you if you like - I didn't like it. PM me your address if you're interested.
  75. Re: Can A BN Newbie Do a POLL? ;) What'cha Have Coming In the Mail?

    Eau d'Orange Verte is one of my favourites. I'll keep my eyes open for some of the others.
  76. Re: Can A BN Newbie Do a POLL? ;) What'cha Have Coming In the Mail?

    I love bigarade, too, so I'd also like to hear what other oranges are worth trying :).
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    Re: SotD Friday 21 November

    I didn't like French Lover, and I have to go shopping this afternoon, so I think I'll see if I can spray on some Vol de Nuit while I'm out :).
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    Re: SotD Friday 21 November

    I'm testing Frederic Malle's French Lover today.
  79. Re: Can A BN Newbie Do a POLL? ;) What'cha Have Coming In the Mail?

    I'm waiting for some samples from TPC and some decants.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 20 November

    I'm trying a sample of The Different Company's Osmanthus. I meant to try Osmanthus Yunnan, but picked up the wrong sample :rolleyes:.
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 19 November

    I finally decided that the antihistamines had worked well enough to try one of my samples. I rummaged around and ended up with l'Artisan's Saffran Troublant. It certainly smells like saffron, but...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 19 November

    I sparked off my allergies yesterday by wearing wool, so I'm giving my nose a rest today.
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 18 November

    I'm wearing Jicky today. Then, when it's almost faded away, and I'm getting ready to go out this evening, I'll change to Shalimar.

    For some reason, I was really conscious of the civet today,...
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    Re: SotD Monday 17 November

    I'm sustaining myself today with l'Heure Bleue.
  85. Re: "Scared To Admit I'm Wearing It" Scent Synchronization Day

    I'll join in. I think I might have a little bit of something by Stella McCartney - it was solid perfume that I bought because it was the only one I could find to travel with, when airlines first...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 16 November

    I'm wearing Hermes - Eau des Merveilles. I really wanted to like it. I had an image of a warm orange ambery smell, but this isn't it. It's a bit too sweet - orange cream, and I never liked orange...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 15 November

    Trying out a sample of l'Artisan's Fleur de Liane this evening. This was an extra I was sent with an order, not one I'd picked out to try, so it's interesting to get something different.
  88. Thread: 2008 Purchases

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    Re: 2008 Purchases

    I just passed 1 litre :eek:. I hope it's slowing down now, and maybe I can accept that I'm not about to run out, and it's ok to just have samples or smallish decants of some things.
  89. Re: Name up to FIVE Bottles: Contest #8, Green without Envy

    Row 1 #8 Dior, Tendre Poison
    Row 1 #9 Balmain, Vent Vert
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    Re: SotD Saturday 15 November

    I sprayed myself with Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile from a tester in a shop.
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    Re: SotD Friday 14 November 2008

    Happy Birthdays :D.

    I'm taking a break from Guerlain today with Frederic Malle's Iris Poudre.
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    :eek: I'd be bankrupt in no time if they did that :rolleyes:. It's bad enough that I have to walk past a department store to get to the supermarket :p.
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    I think I'm going to have to avoid going into town - I added l'Heure Bleue parfum to my collection today :eek:.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 13 November-08

    I'm wearing my parfum sample of l'Heure Bleue. How could I not have a nice day? :) I have a bottle of the eau de toilette, but I love the smooth richness of the parfum. Something to save up for!
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    Re: November 2008 Purchases

    I bought a bottle of Apres l'Ondee this afternoon. I only went out to get some mushrooms and parsley for tonight's dinner.
  96. Re: And now for something completely different: Profumo.it, Princess E, Dr. Bonner

    I've just done a bit of random sniffing so far - but there's been nothing I didn't like. None of those perfumey smells that can be overwhelming. I had trouble opening the Tea of the Isles - so ended...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday November 12-2008

    I finally settled on Apres l'Ondee for today.

    I also picked up a couple of samples of Insolence by asking the shop assistant :).
  98. Re: And now for something completely different: Profumo.it, Princess E, Dr. Bonner

    Thank you so much for this, Quarry. My samples arrived yesterday. They're not exactly the same set as you tried, but I'm really looking forward to exploring them.
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    Re: SotD tuesday 11 November-08

    My husband has worn No 88 for years. I've always liked it, but it's one masculine I don't think I could bring myself to wear, because I associate its smell so much with him.
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    Re: SotD tuesday 11 November-08

    Mouchoir de Monsieur wasn't losing the troublesome note (civet?) so I washed and sprayed with Jicky instead, hoping they'd be close enough that it wouldn't fight with the remnants but wouldn't smell...
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