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    Re: SOTD Friday 22nd May 2015

    ^ Morning, and thank you all for the lovely Birthday wishes. They really are very special.
    I'm currently in Berlin for work, but a few drinks were imbibed last night, and I dare say the same will...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 20th May 2015

    Good Evening All,

    I'm sorry I missed your kitty news, (((Cello))).
    I so enjoyed my SotD (Egoīste) that I just decided to re-apply it for this evening.
    Best to everyone.
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Thanks for sharing your sober impressions, Trebor.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 20th May 2015

    Morning All,

    I'm in Egoïste today.

    Happy Hump Day, everyone.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 19th May 2015

    Thanks for the incense recs, Jon. I've not tried the Josef Statkus, so on my 'to sample' list it goes.
    I really do like Sancti - it's so fresh and zingy and I've been um-ing and aah-ing about it...
  6. Re: Ideas for What Else to Add - Incense Fragrance?

    A while back, I smelt an incense fragrance that went minty-green in the top. I thought that was really novel.
    I have the impression elemi blends well with juniper, too.
    For a top note, would a...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 19th May 2015

    Hello Everyone,

    Avignon for me today. I've actually yet to find my perfect incense. There's a new one by an indie Italian house (LAVS?) that's being talked up here on BN. As a rule , I don't get...
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    Re: NEW! Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne

    I sampled this briefly over the weekend. Know what? It's actually not bad. Not at all my type of scent, but I could see why someone would like it.
    The opening is super fresh and sparkling, think...
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    Re: Antillone - the secret behind Aventus?

    There are numerous pineapple-y odorants that are used in perfumery.
  10. Re: Clive Christian. not wanting to blind buy.

    I agree: take a trip to London and test properly. By the time a card sprayed with perfume reaches you, it will already have developed quite a bit.
    Aside from Harrods, it is stocked at Fortnum &...
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    I know it wasn't the aim of the game, but just for fun, I sent David my guesses at the beginning.
    And I was correct! :)
    Recognised them both instantly as two of my favourite perfumes.
    Such a...
  12. Re: Givaudan Orpur (r) - what perfumes use these "special" ingredients

    'Orpur' is the name of a line of naturals produced by Givaudan. The collection includes: cardamom, cypress, cedar wood,various lemons, various mandarines, lavender, myrrh, various other resins,...
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Exclusive's Poll !

    1. Cuir de Russie
    2. Bois des Iles
    3. Sycomore
    4. 28 La Pausa
    5. Bel Respiro
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 17th May 2015

    Smelling wonderful, Kiliwia.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 17th May 2015

    Morning Everyone,

    Chanel's Cuir de Russie (vintage EdT) for me today.

    Wishing you all a pleasant Sunday.
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    Re: Creed launches baby perfume

    Guerlain do an eau de senteur for babies.
    Hard to decide where to draw the line: after all, most people are happy to use Johnson&Johnson's baby oil, shampoo etc. on their little ones, which are of...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 16th May 2015

    Evening Everyone,

    Jicky PdT for me tonight.

    Best to all!
  18. Re: What is this sticker on the Polo Blue bottle?

    How odd!
    I'd take it back, if only so the shop can notify their distributor. Can't imagine why an apparent tester bottle destined for Israel would end up in a target in Atlanta.
    I suppose it could...
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    Re: Would I get in trouble

    I don't think they do anymore...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 15th May 2015

    Morning All,

    http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/gandhajala/tumblr_llh25sMkIZ1qa70eyo1_500.jpg

    Bois des Îles (EdT)

    ​Have a great Friday!

    Edit: RIP BB King....
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    When I recognise a perfume, it's a pretty instantaneous thing - a couple of seconds' processing time perhaps, certainly not minutes.
    As for my hygienist, she clocked I was wearing AdG the moment I...
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    I'd disagree with my jiving friend here.
    I think that if one is sufficiently familiar with a perfume, it's not hard to recognise it. I *know* No.5 when I smell it.
    Despite the proliferation of...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 14th May 2015

    Good Morning All,

    I'm wearing Trussardi's Trussardi today.
    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Freshly cut roses scent

    +2. Dewy and pink with a lovely lychee accord recalling Madame Alfred Carrière type roses (review on my blog).
  25. Re: Is there a list of "safe" synthetics anywhere?

    Hi Davidisgoliath38,
    I'm not a perfumer, but I'd say take time to read all the information for newbies in the sticky threads.
    You should be aware of safety information for naturals and synthetics...
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    Re: Smelling fragrances on others?

    Angel, Acqua di Gio, Coco Mlle. - I smell these virtually on a daily basis here in London. They're super popular and super easy to pick out.
    No.88, Portrait of a Lady, Mitsouko, Chanel Pour...
  27. Re: How do you rank Bleu de Chanel (EdT or EdP) as an "incense scent" ?

    Not much of an incense scent for me, either.
    There's an Armani Code flanker that I smelt in Duty Free once that had a super nice incense note.
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    Re: Is TdH Becoming Too Ubiquitous?

    Dunno. I must admit I don't smell it too often here in London. I'd say Acqua di Gio was still very popular, as well as some really powerful woody-amber scents like 1 Million.
    Personally, I was...
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    Re: Nasomatto UK stock?

    Pretty sure Harrods stock the line (in the perfume hall), but not everything is available via the website.
    Rouiller White are currently off my Christmas Card list, so can't endorse them (still...
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    Hyperlink Perfume Names in Reviews

    Would that be annoying? I suppose if the same perfume were repeatedly mentioned in reviews, the links could clutter the page.
    It's just that if, in reviewing perfume X, someone mentions perfume Y,...
  31. Thread: Pyralone

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    Re: Pyralone

    I don't think it directly answers your question, but Chris Bartlett has a nice post on the quinolines. I think it is worth linking for general reference (hope you don't mind, OP):
    ...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 9th May 2015

    Hello All,

    Vintage Mitsouko parfum for me today.

    Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.
  33. Re: Update on Robertet Products and Civet Absolute

    Just posting to say 'thank you, Christine' for the Robertet Naturals ('sample kit deluxe') and the excellent service.
    I wouldn't hesitate to order from you again.
  34. Re: Sooo, Civet(In Kouros) is basically cat anal mucous....

    So he does, at 17:15


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3A9g5Eoz2Y

    I can't find any information corroborating his statement that civet is 'banned, as a natural material'.
    It is sold by...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 8th May 2015

    Morning All,

    Antaeus for me today, so not really synching at all.
    Wishing everyone a pleasant Friday.
  36. Re: victoria's secret angel gold.... looking for something better.

    They have a few stores here in London, Teardrop.
    Next time you're in the capital, you can check out their fragrances. Who knows what you might leave the store with?!
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Just checked WWD for the next 'Smell Test' (Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary), but the content is locked and for subscribers only.
    Oh, well ...
  38. Poll: Re: The Ultimate Baroque Chypre: Diaghilev or Chypre Palatin

    Yes! Chypre Palatin never read as a chypre to me, either; plenty of labdanum and ambery sweetness, but wanting for mossiness.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 6th May 2015

    Hello All,

    Scent-cousins with Mike P today: Ungaro II.
    Hope you're feeling better PerfumedLady.
    I'm off to take a peek at Teardrop's photos now.

    Best to everyone.
  40. Re: Is there a way to know which materials won't work in candles?

    If you send me your email address by PM, I'll forward them. Hopefully the file sizes aren't too large...
  41. Re: Is there a way to know which materials won't work in candles?

    There's a short-ish section on candles in David Rowe's Chemistry and Technology of Flavours and Fragrance. I have a PDF of the book from somewhere - let me know if you'd like it.
    I also have a...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 5th May 2015

    ^ ooh, lilac. How lovely :)
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 5th May 2015

    *turning laptop upside down*
    ^^ Beautiful, Larimar! Is it a buddleia? I'm terrible when it comes to identifying plants...
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    Re: 8 New Fragrances -- Vilhelm Parfumerie

    I see Jerome Epinette is the perfumer, so maybe there are some nice Robertet materials shown off here.
    I'd buy samples if they were reasonably priced.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 5th May 2015

    Morning All,

    Avignon for me today.
    For bluebell fans, here's a lovely picture I took on a walk yesterday. Almost looks like a lavender field.

    ...
  46. Re: Should be more love for the Basenotes wardrobe!

    When BN briefly changed to a different forum platform (Huddler). Think it was in 2013.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 3rd May 2015

    Evening All,

    Enjoy your week off, Teardrop! Only tomorrow's Bank Holiday off for me, but I'm not complaining.
    Joining Zephyr1973 in Jicky parfum tonight.

    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Fans of Aoud and Roja Dove Rejoice.

    http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/gandhajala/abfab_zpswqkb7jwd.jpg

    Sweetie Aoud, Sweetie.
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    Re: SOTD Friday 1st May 2015

    Evening All,

    Mike - sounds like you've had a great time the past few days.
    PerfumedLady -don't mind if I cozy up to you in No.5, do you?
    Finally settled on Habit Rouge (EdT) as my SotD and...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 30th April 2015

    Hello All,

    :vrolijk_26: PerfumedLady.
    Larimar - you lucky thing, you. Two weeks off sounds like bliss. Hope the sun shines for you, too.
    House-twin with *Dora* in Chanel: Pour Monsieur.
    ...
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    Re: Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

    Yes, perfumes can be subjected to GC-MS analysis.
    A good nose and an ability to interpret the output are also required. If you read French (or maybe there's an English translation now available),...
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    Re: Memo - brand favourites and thoughts?

    I recently received samples of the 3 leather ones from a kind BNer and just got done reviewing Irish Edit: I meant ITALIAN Leather.
    It occurred to me that there's a real gap in the market for a...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Thanks for the heads-up.
    The assembled panel is impressive, but with all those expert noses, I'd hoped for something a little more substantive than:



    As a side note, I'd love for Laudumiel to...
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    Re: Recreating Borneo 1834

    I'm afraid I don't have a sample to smell, but would Cashmeran work in your blend?
    To my nose, it has a lovely plump feel, and the spicy woodsiness seems to work very well with patchouli.
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 29th April 2015

    Happy Hump Day,

    Grey and cold here in London. Bah!
    Wearing Sycomore for the second day running.
    Best to all.
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    Re: Frederic Malle/Estee Lauder

    I think only time will tell, Verona.
    Many of the scents in the line have been reformulated (some several times, it seems). If your samples are from older bottles, they might smell a bit different...
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    Re: Honeysuckle accord

    From Poucher:

    20 Benzyl acetate
    200 Linalol
    100 Nerol
    20 Cinnamyl acetate
    100 Heliotropin
    20 Methyl anthranilate
    30 Jasmin absolute
    20 Neroly
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    Re: SOTD Monday 27th April 2015

    Afternoon All,

    House twins with Xscent in Chanel No.5.
    Rumour has it that PerfumedLady is once again among us on BN. Welcome back, A.!
    Best to everyone.
  59. Re: Which house do you have the most fragrances from & how many?

    Me, too.
  60. Re: The Implausibility of the Vibrational Theory of Olfaction

    Mine, too :)
  61. The Implausibility of the Vibrational Theory of Olfaction

    As picked up by Scent & Chemistry, a recent study by Block et al. appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    The full paper, entitled 'The Implausibility of the Vibrational...
  62. Re: Making Mitti Attar Article (The Atlantic.com)

    Doesn't look good, does it?
    Next time I visit India, I'm definitely going to explore its perfumes and oils properly. As you say, who knows how long this kind of industry will last?
  63. Making Mitti Attar Article (The Atlantic.com)

    Lovely and fascinating article (well, book excerpt) in theatlantic.com on making mitti attar.

    'Making Perfume from the Rain':
    ...
  64. Re: New Atelier Cologne Musc Imperial! - Just Received It - First Photos!!

    No problemo :)
    He's done 8 or 9 of them, at least. Maybe even all if them.
  65. Re: New Atelier Cologne Musc Imperial! - Just Received It - First Photos!!

    Wear it in good health, Hednic.
    Do you know if Jerome Epinette is the perfumer behind this one as well?
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 25th April 2015

    Afternoon All,

    A belated Happy Birthday, Teardrop! Sorry I missed the occasion yesterday, but glad to hear you had a lovely day.
    Kewart - you smell lovely :) My mother wore Eau de Rochas for...
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    ^ It's on my 'to do' list, Mumsy :)
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    Right, that makes better sense. I was struggling with the idea that this mystery sample represented a single, commercial base rather than (perhaps) a mix of several.
    Tripping up on the use of...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 24th April 2015

    Morning All,

    TGIF! Seeing out the working week in Mouchoir de Monsieur.

    Have a lovely day, everyone.
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    ^ Brava, Mumsy :)
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    ^ Firmenich (Dianthine base, etc). Also De Laire (Ambreine S, from Samuelson which I understand was acquired by De Laire) and/or Chiris ?
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 23rd April 2015

    Morning Everyone,
    It's Ungaro II for me today.
    Best to all.
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    ^ Many thanks, David.
    I wasn't aware that bases this elaborate were once being produced: it has a floral component, a woody component, a musk component, a resin component. I always assumed that...
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    One thing that surprises me, and perhaps David (and others, of course!) can comment here, is just how complex this supposed 'base' is. I could well imagine it is, in fact, composed of several bases....
  75. Re: Why Do Manufacturers Discontinue Great Fragrances?

    New regulations and changes in supply could also be to blame.
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    Re: Fake or Real Chanel No5

    Hard to tell based on the pictures alone - No.5 is probably the most faked perfume in history, and the fakers are nowadays very sophisticated.
    Really, your best bet is to compare its smell with a...
  77. Re: Update on Robertet Products and Civet Absolute

    No civet for me, but I just placed an order for the Robertet naturals set which I eagerly await.
    Thanks.
  78. Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    Jardins de Kérylos (PG 16).
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 22nd April 2015

    Morning All,


    http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab207/gandhajala/janewyman_zpsfa53672c.jpg

    No.5 80s EdP
  80. Re: Anyone here tried Henry Jacques' fragrances?

    I agree with Trebor - the half-dozen or so I tried at Harrods were well blended and pleasant smelling, but the pricing is just absurd.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 21st April 2015

    Morning Everyone,

    Acqua di Parma Colonia for another splendid Spring day.

    Best to all.
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    Re: SOTD Monday 20th April 2015

    Morning All,

    By chance I'm twinned with Xscent in Une Fleur de Cassie.

    Beautiful Spring day again here :)
    Best to everyone.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like champagne.

    +1 Dom Rosa by Les Liquides Imaginaires (review on my blog).
  84. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    This is a very interesting thread and I'm surprised at how many people have had adverse reactions to fragrances.
    Nice idea, OP.
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    Re: Mystery French Extrait/Fond

    A surprise package containing a wee drop of this arrived yesterday, courtesy of the ever-generous Mumsy.
    I applied a smidge to my skin this morning and jotted down some impressions which, I see,...
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Prominent lipstick orris and ionones makes me think it is NOT trussardi's trussardi.
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    Re: Has anyone ordered from Jovoy Paris

    Have you phoned / emailed Jovoy to ask them? Surely that would be your first course of action.
    If you're worried about the language barrier, the owner speaks excellent English.
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    Re: SOTD Friday 17th April 2015

    Morning All,

    Chanel Cuir de Russie (Current EdT) for me today.
    Have a lovely Friday, everyone.
  89. Poll: Re: Have you ever experienced an allergic reaction to a fragrance?

    Never had any adverse reaction.
    As I understand it, many of the ingredients on the IFRA's naughty list are there for being known sensitisers and, as such, aren't really comparable to poison ivy...
  90. Re: New Pierre Guillaume - Collection Croisiere!!

    ^^ Oh, there are 4 more due?
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 16th April 2015

    Morning All,

    Another fine day here too, if a little cooler than yesterday (*pouty face*).
    Rockin' Trussardi's Trussardi which Xscent turned me on to last year.
    Best to everyone.
  92. Re: New Pierre Guillaume - Collection Croisiere!!

    Yesterday I tested Long-Courrier. Guillaume seems to have taken his signature citrus+cocoa theme (from Cadjméré, Daimiris etc), upped the vanillin and added a tangy, aldehydic-marine (trimethyl...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    I was actually going to start a thread about this new brand. I see it's available here in London now, but I've not had a chance to order samples yet.
    As for Gabriella Chieffo, I bought samples of...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 15th April 2015

    Morning All,

    25 (77) degrees and sunny here in London - Summer has arrived, but is promised to leave just as abruptly :(
    SotD is Acqua di Parma Colonia. Also testing one of Pierre Guillaume's...
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    Re: 4160 Tuesdays help ?

    Sarah McCartney is a very entertaining and extroverted in person.
    The irreverent (and a bit off-putting to me) perfume names somewhat recall Smell Bent, another indie outfit but located in the US....
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    Re: Vinyl smell ?

    Would doing something with Safraleine work? To me, it has a hot, faux leather ('pleather') quality.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 14th April 2015

    Morning All,

    Another glorious Spring day here in London. Wearing Oxford & Cambridge.

    ​Best to everyone!
  98. Re: This is what happens when you become a sampling freak.

    :)
    Shoeboxes and plastic bags full for me, too.
  99. New Richard E Grant Perfume: Jack - Covent Garden

    The actor is launching his second fragrance named Jack - Covent Garden.
    Available from the 16th at Selfridges, apparently.
    I *think* I heard Alienor Massenet is the nose again and listed notes...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 12th April 2015

    Afternoon All,

    I agree, Jon - those bottles are definite candidates for the ugly awards.
    It was a glorious Spring day here in London and I wore Trussardi's Trussardi (original formulation). ...
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