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    Sticky: Re: Scammer Alert and General marketplace advice

    I am aware of a member who collected money and never sent their end. They refunded the buyers' purchase price after a paypal claim was filed. This member has good feedback and an active sale...
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    Re: S o t D: Wednesday, 8 April, 2009

    SOTE: Santa Maria Novella Muschio (musk)
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    Re: Battle of The Weak

    I personally wouldn't put Happy in the same class as CPM and ES... not that it's bad, it's just not that level of "classic".

    I've recently began to appreciate that not all fragrance require...
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    Re: Forget Bond--what would John Steed have worn?

    Etat Libre d'Orange Encens et Bubblegum
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    Re: I think I've given up on Dior Homme.

    I enjoy Dior Homme. Not everyone enjoys Dior Homme. It is ok.
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    Re: Iris perfume recomendations

    I forgot to mention M.Micallef Vanille Aoud and Hermes Parfum de Merveilles
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    Re: Adidas Victory League

    It is good... you should also try Etat Libre d'Orange Divine Enfant
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    Re: BN's Most Talked About Sampler - what's missing?

    Etat Libre d'Orange Charogne
    Houbigant Essence Rare (vintage)
    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Red Dragon
    Montale Highness Rose
    Ralph Lauren Polo Sport Extreme
    Strange Invisible Perfumes Eleuria
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    Re: azzaro chrome VS azzaro visit

    I enjoy both equally.
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    Re: S o t D: Wednesday, 8 April, 2009

    I'm in what is quickly becoming a top-5, if not top-3 fragrance of all time for me:

    Givenchy III (vintage) - parfum with a touch of EdT on top.

    The parfum really makes this fragrance comes...
  11. Thread: Antaeus or Pasha?

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    Re: Antaeus or Pasha?

    I think they're both terrific!! I have Antaeus and will be buying Pasha any day now because it's awesome!
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    Re: Vetiver de Puig - p u indeed!

    I think it's super awesome! I can't wait to buy a bottle, which I'll be doing any day now!!!
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    Re: Tried: Creed - Selection Verte, Neroli Sauvage

    These are two super-awesome fragrances! I'm buying multiple bottles of each any day now!!!
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    Re: Le Labo Los Angeles Edition

    I like Le Labo!! Haven't tried Musc 25 yet, but I've tried the rest of the line (except Tuberose 40) and I think they're super-duper!
  15. Thread: Tauer Fragrances

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    Re: Tauer Fragrances

    I agree totally with the above! It took me while to 'get' Vetiver Dance, but now I think it's really super awesome!

    Also, even though it doesn't get much press, Incense Extreme is really good. ...
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    Re: New Stetson All American

    It's really, really good - probably one of my new faves. High recommendation for everyone to try.
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    Re: Taif rose by montale

    I think it's super-awesome! CONGRATS, MO! That's really, really cooool!
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    Re: Cool Water Cool Summer

    It's awesome...if I had a sample I'd send you one. Maybe SirSlarty, who collects all the Cool Water variants, can help with that.
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    Re: Versace pour Homme vs 360 Red vs Halston Unbound

    I think all three fragrances are great - especially the drydowns! Perfect for summer and anytime you need a refresher.
  20. Re: Better for the summer Tommy Hilfiger or Calvin Klein?

    They are both awesome!!! You can't go wrong with either one....Enjoy!!!
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    Re: S o t d - Tuesday, 07 April 09

    Almost forgot! (though it doesn't really matter since SMM isn't counting anymore)

    Gueralin Oriental Brulent (Les Elixir Charnel) - a pure, unadulterated oriental rush!
  22. Re: Summer in sight! Allure Edition Blanche and Guerlain Homme.

    They are both SUPER-awesome!!!!!!
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    Re: A Gift from Guerlain

    Damn! The next time anyone sees one of these on eBay in any country, will you please let me know? You will be well compensated if I end up with a bottle.
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    Re: Can a man wear bal Versailles

    It's great! And if you can find the vintage, it's even better!
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    Re: Iris perfume recomendations

    In case anyone is wondering, Iris Nobile is currently on sale for 20% off at a certain retailer. PM me and I would be glad to give the info.

    Don't forget about Chanel 28 La Pausa, Escentric...
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    Re: A Gift from Guerlain

    ^^^^ what SMM said. Just be prepared to pay.... they must have paid a lot for their bottle because my 1.5ml decant cost $27. This is not an invitation to discuss TPC pricing - it's a once in a...
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    Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    What are you talking about? Where did I say anything about the opinions of others regarding fragrances or their personal expression?

    My statement had nothing to do with an opinion that any...
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    Re: A Gift from Guerlain

    Well! <cracking knuckles>

    After stewing in my own jealousy - equaled only by how happy I am for JaimeB and Mr. Guerlain at receiving bottles of 180 Ans, I finally received my own decant of this...
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    Re: What Scent do you wear for a Surgical Operation?

    I come from a family of doctors - and I have had many surgeries - and this couldn't possibly be farther from the truth. Doctors aren't going to bother taking the time to do something not required,...
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    Re: Tom Ford Black Orchid for a Guy?

    Slightly different fragrance - both are totally wearable by guys. Seriously, if you like it, wear it and don't stress it for a second.... all that matters is you appreciate the artistry - nothing...
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    Re: What Scent do you wear for a Surgical Operation?

    Awesome discussion! I'll have to think about it and get back to this thread as soon as possible.
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    Re: The most accurate, distinct Ambergris note ?

    I think I'm witnessing some confusion on this thread between amber (i.e. labdabum) and ambergris (whale puke)...... some of the fragrances mentioned are amber, not ambergris. Having never tried...
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    Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    I should add that I don't get my hopes up for modern designer releases - I try them all as they cycle through Macys and Dillards - so I'm therefore not disappointed when I don't like them. I'll...
  34. Re: Applying fragrance right after shower? Yes or No?

    Personally, showering in the AM wakes me up - along with a my venti americano - though I agree that showering in the evening is a good idea as well, and that's what I'll do if I've worked out or if I...
  35. Re: Givenchy Gentleman and Monsieur - what department store carries them?

    Try chain stores like Perfumania for many of them.
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    Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    I happen to really like Vanille Galante. It suffers from being terribly misnamed, thus creating the wrong expectation of what the fragrance would entail. Had it been given a floral name I think...
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    Re: Today I Bought - > > APRIL 2009

    Yes. Habit Rouge is very, very good.


    Over this past weekend, I picked up Clinique Aromatics Elixir, right from the local Clinique counter, where I was surprised to find it. I figured it...
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    Re: Classic fragrances @ great prices?

    Whether or not a fragrance holds onto its retail value seems to largely be a function of distribution, hence why Polo has never become dirt cheap. Anyway, here's a few ideas....

    I just bought a...
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    Re: Cuir Lancome - any comments?

    LOL... I forgot about this thread. It's now a happy member of my wardrobe and one of my favorite leathers. I find it similar to the pre-exclusifs Chanel Cuir de Russie. The wonderful dimples...
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    Re: Tom Ford Black Orchid for a Guy?

    I think there was literally this exact thread topic a few weeks ago, but I can't seem to find it.

    The answer is yes, a guy can wear BO.
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    Poll: Re: Battle of the Vetiver Heavy Hitters

    ^^^ Roger & Gallet Vetyver EdC is pleasant but not nearly a 'heavy hitter'.. of course some of the others on the poll aren't that heavy, either.

    You missed Parfumerie Generale Querelle, which is...
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    Re: Iris perfume recomendations

    There was a tremendous thread on this a while back... I wish I could remember who started it so I could find it... Cuir d'Iris, as mentioned above, is primarily leather but softened by iris. You're...
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    Re: S o t D, Monday 6 April 2009

    Guerlain Le Petit Robe Noire

    I'm trying to get my head around this one... whether it's FBW or not. Now that I've gone from arm-testing to a full wear, I think it may be. It's firmly in the...
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    Re: The Micallef line, extra exclusive, extra good?

    Since this thread popped up, I might as well mentioned samples of Aoud (Men), Note Ambree, Note Vanilee, White Sea, and Ananda arrived at my house yesterday. So far I tried the Aoud (Men) and Note...
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    Re: Secret Obsession- one for the ladies only?

    If you like it, wear it....
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    Re: Luckyscent samples now smaller?

    On a related side note, the 1/32 vials are something like, .93ml when totally full. As buzzlepuff said, you can't really fill them to the very top without spilling, and therefore if they say ".7" is...
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    Re: ☞ Miel de Bois in a bell jar ☜

    As TwoRoads says... everyone should definitely decide for themselves. After all, it's better than ELDO's Secretions Magnifique! If given the choice bettwen MdB and SM, I'd dump MdB on me!
  48. Thread: Le Labo Oud 27

    by bbBD
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    Re: Le Labo Oud 27

    My sample arrived just a couple days ahead of the split I purchased... for now I am underwhelmed but I'm hoping that a full wear and some time will help me turn on to it.

    If you're used to...
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    Re: Luckyscent samples now smaller?

    Guys, the whole discussion is moot. I never got my mail yesterday from my box, and my luckyscent order was in it (damn fast, btw).

    All the vials are full, all the way to the top.

    On a related...
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    Re: I have Hugo Energise, do I need Curve?

    You asked if you 'need' Curve (see the thread title), I answered 'no', as did other people, but then you rejected the advice people very politely offered. No drama or argument at all.
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    Re: ☞ Miel de Bois in a bell jar ☜

    Just as well..... they're probably pulling it from the export line because sales are so bad....lol... it' awful (IMO).
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    Re: S o t d - Sunday, 05 April 09

    Etat Libre d'Orange Tom of Finland

    I recently wrote an extensive BN review I need not rehash entirely. Briefly, this is 'the' subtle leather. I've been sampling TOF for months - literally, and...
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    Re: Luckyscent samples now smaller?

    I'm friends with someone who works at a niche fragrance shop and she said that some houses provide one free tester per fragrance while other houses don't provide any, and the cost for having testers...
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    Re: SotY: #8 Guerlain Jicky

    My solution to the Jicky longevity problem is deceptively simple: Don't wear it as a SOTD! When I get up I walk my dog and grab a starbucks before coming home to shower and get ready for work. A...
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    Re: I have Hugo Energise, do I need Curve?

    Yes - that's obviously true. And what can you learn from that??

    Honestly, you're asking for advice so don't be surprised that you're receiving honest advice. Some people might want to be...
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    Re: SotY: #8 Guerlain Jicky

    I remain enamored with Jicky, as I have been since the first time I ever sampled it. If you haven't tried it, you must. It's just so damn 'fun'. I recently 'upgraded' to the EdP because of my...
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    Re: Luckyscent samples now smaller?

    BTW, I don't think LS samples are 'priced to profit'. Decanting samples costs more than the per/ml cost of the fragrance. Besides the fragrance cost, there are supplies and the labor involved in...
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    Re: Luckyscent samples now smaller?

    This is just a guess, but based on my communications with beautyhabit about why they canceled their original '6 for $15' sample program.... these sites aren't making any money on samples, maybe a few...
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    Re: I have Hugo Energise, do I need Curve?

    I'm with ImpalaSS (great username, btw).... get something else.
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    Re: List of Classic Eau de Colognes ?

    Habit Rouge is an oriental - the patchouli and vanilla in the drydown is what really differentiates it from being a 'cologne'. The informal definition is a citrus top with a woody/herbal drydown. ...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Montale Aoud

    Louban, in case anyone was wondering, is another oud+rose, but this time also with the addition of a light incense note. Of the many oud/rose combos Louban is my favorite.

    Regardless of which...
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    Re: Best of Serge Lutens non-export line

    Were I as fortunate as 'scent' to be going to Paris and have a bunch of extra cash, I doubt I'd get out of La Maison Guerlain with enough cash to buy dinner, say nothing of other fragrances. ...
  63. Re: Recommend your favourite (unisex) Ava Luxe-fragrances

    I've sampled about 50 of them (and now own six) - I'd say all but 3 or 4 of the 50 I tried are unisex. Quality is great - especially with respect to construction and development. I have some in...
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    Re: S o t d - Saturday, 04 April 09

    For Sniff n' Speak Saturday I'm enjoying

    Dior Diorama EdT (re-issue) pretty much as lush and as buttery a floral can get....
  65. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    After much consternation, I'm wearing Dior's Diorama EdT - the re-issue. This is an example of the 'bouquet' of flowers effect, and the combination in Diorama is so rich and lush that it literally...
  66. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, April 4, 2009 ★★★ Florals

    I almost forgot about S&S day! Phew! Florals are such a broad category it's hard to decide which to wear, there being so many good ones. I believe I've picked one for my SOTD, and those that are...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Montale Aoud

    It took me a while to get used to the Aoud line - unfortunately the first I tried was one of the strongest (Lime) and it took me months to finally like it. I hear what you're saying about...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite Caron for man?

    Now that's I've had a chance to sample more from the feminine side of Caron, I can report that many of them are entirely unisex, and some even border on masculine. Tabac Blonde is well known, but I...
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    Re: Want a super cheap version of Chinatown ?

    Try a diffuse spray of Chinatown, as opposed to a dab. The first time I tried Chinatown I dabbed from a sample vial and didn't like it at all. Some time later I sampled again with a spray, and the...
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    Re: YSL Body Kouros - Your Testimonies, Please?

    As one could have guessed, when you ask a broad 'what is X like?' open-ended question, you will receive the spectrum of answers, from 'it's the best' to 'it's awful' - it's versatile, it's not...
  71. Thread: Montale Red Aoud

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    Re: Montale Red Aoud

    Having finally worked my way to sampling Red Aoud, I agree with Mudassir that it's a fantastic fragrance.... it teeters on the edge of gourmand with it's mixture of cocoa and oud, but as other people...
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    Re: SotY: #10 Chanel Egoiste

    I don't think it's discontinued in the US - it's on the Chanel website (the last time I checked) and it's at the Chanel boutiques. They just don't stock it at department stores anymore - it's...
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    Re: Equipage. Best for winter or summer use?

    I tend to reject the summer/winter classification insofar as fragrances seem to forced into one category or the other. In the summer here in Texas everything is air conditioned to the max, thus...
  74. Re: Don't you hate it when you have too much to sample?

    You realize the question that titles the post is tongue-in-cheek and not serious, right?
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    Re: Histories de Parfums

    1740 is not gourmand in any way, and immortelle has a chocolate sort of thickness, but it's not a gourmand note either. Look like MM will finally clear out that backlog of old-label HdP bottles...
  76. Re: Don't you hate it when you have too much to sample?

    I have to be very diligent about testing my samples or else I will have a backlog such as the one described above. All new samples are lined up in front of my screen, first for entry into the BN...
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    Re: S o t D: Friday, 3rd of April, 2009

    Montale Bois Vanille (thanks to dredmahawkus for the decant!)

    This is a very unique vanilla - in fact it's not really a vanilla at all. It's primarily a wood fragrance with a boozy feel and a...
  78. Re: Best niche, independent, artisanal or boutique fragrance

    When you're in NYC, in addition to Aedes you should go to Bergdorf Goodman's fragrance department. If you still have time check out Henri Bendel and/or Barneys. These three stores all have great...
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    Re: Turin Turns Against Comme des Garcons

    If you read BN reviews for long enough, you're bound to develop favorite reviewers... I have as well. As I said in another thread, the scope of the Guide is such that it was not intended to be a...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshall's

    I saw Armani Attitude at mine for $15, and sometimes if a box is damaged because it was opened (or if the bottle was damaged) they'll drop the price even more.

    Stopped by for a second to Marshalls...
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    Re: YSL Body Kouros - Your Testimonies, Please?

    It's great - a licorice-ey gourmand, and certainly not very pricey. If you like BK, you should try others like Yohji Homme, Lolita Lempicka (original and au masculine), and Hypnotic Poison.
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    Re: Turin Turns Against Comme des Garcons

    Some people are putting way too much energy into worrying about the ratings. Remember, it's a 'guide' - something that assists self-exploration, it's not the gospel. If you like that which T/S...
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    Re: Henri Bendels, what do they sell?

    Don't forget the Memoire Liquide Bespoke Perfumery counter! It's a house with 150+ frags, exclusive to Bendels on the east coast. They will help you mix a fragrance to customize for yourself, or...
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    Re: fraudulent Armani Code?

    From what I can tell the fragrances that are widely faked are those the non-fragrance aficionados purchase and, as mentioned above, the average buyer will probably never know is a fake. Given that I...
  85. Re: Burr gives Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d'Empire four stars

    Perhaps surreality has now filled the void left by everso's departure as the person with the most forceful opinions on leather fragrances? BN must have one, I suppose. What I need surreality to do...
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    Re: Histories de Parfums

    I agree - I love the reformulation, which has a touch of rose and a lot of patchouli right from the beginning. I bought a 20ml decant and it was the original formula, which was more of a rose musk...
  87. Re: Burr gives Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d'Empire four stars

    I find Cuir Ottoman to be unbelievably smooth - but as I mentioned in my post above, leather is an incredibly subjective note. Because it's created from an amalgamation of other notes, my theory is...
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    Re: Prada Amber arrived... Nag Champa anyone?

    My roommate in college burned nag champa constantly and I too don't see the connection (burned or unburned), but I love Prada Ambre regardless. It used to puzzle me until I tried more myrrhe...
  89. Re: Vetiver 46 smells alot like Rose 31...Do all LeLabos smell alike??

    Rose 31 smells like pepper with a touch of rose, and Vetiver 46 is incense with vetiver underneath. I don't find them too much alike at all other than having 'sharp' dominant notes. The commonality...
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    Re: TJ Maxx score

    Right on... did your TJ Maxx have any of the Armani Prive line or have we bought them all out?
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    Re: Histories de Parfums

    What are the years of the second two? They are names by year, with the 'secondary' name being the historical year.

    The great reviews and the sale on the old packaging not withstanding, I just...
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    Re: Amouage Homage is perfection in a bottle!

    I won't do anything. I believe there is a value in sampling for the sake of sampling - to smell new things and appreciate the artistry of it and the perspective it gives you. I've long abandoned...
  93. Re: Burr gives Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d'Empire four stars

    I love Cuir Ottoman, and one of these days it will find it's way onto my shelf... the only disagreement I have with Burr's statement is with regard to Kelly Caleche. I've gone through half a 15ml...
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    Re: S o t D: Thursday, 2 April, 2009

    Memoire Liquide Bespoke Perfumery No. 211 Cafe Royal (parfum with EdP of same on top)

    This is bitter espresso with a hint of vanilla. It's similar to Ava Luxe Cafe Noir, but without the spice...
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    Re: Drop down and give me 10! SAMPLES

    Option A: I'd get the four fragrances by Omnia Profumo ($16), an Amouage Hommage and Umbar sample ($12), then I'd take one sample each from houses Profumum, Mazzolari, and Farmacia SS Anunziata...
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    Re: Dominant bitter coffee note for hot weather?

    Except for the Pure Coffee, none of the fragrance listed above are 'coffee dominant' fragrances.

    The best for hot weather is Mugler Ice*Men, which is patchouli/coffee.

    Others with a dominant...
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    Re: fraudulent Armani Code?

    I had a bottle of Code a long time ago - there was no label, it just said 'Armani Code' printed, I believe at the bottom - is that what's missing and it doesn't even say 'Armani Code' on it, then...
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    Re: Today I bought (April 2009 Purchases!)

    RHM - you'll like those AL samples. I had never tried an Ava Luxe as of November last year, now four months later I've got 6 bottles and about 40 samples! Great fragrances at great prices!
    ...
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    Re: Le Labo now at LuckyScent!

    Luckyscent will be doing the mixing and bottling fresh at-time-of-order - it is a prerequisite to be able to sell Le Labo.
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    Re: Am I a Patchouly Anomaly?

    As a general matter I think spraying gives you a better application because it's diffuse and even (unless it's extrait you're sampling). If I have a dab-vial I usually take the spray mechanism from...
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