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  1. Re: What to do when you have super acidic skin that changes the smell of any fragrance?

    Test a lot of stuff. Find the stuff that doesn't change, or changes in a good way, and smells good. It's a long irritating process beset with annoying smells that will probably lead you out of the...
  2. Re: Does skin chemistry really make that big of a difference?

    Oh, look, it's one of these threads where I can come in and disagree! :thumbsup:
    It always kind of blows my mind when I see so many people saying "skin chemistry doesn't make a difference" - but I...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Zahd

    I don't mind with any of the rest of them. Basically my entire wardrobe all winter holds little honey ghosts of Sova and warm wisps of Baque. This whatever-it-is in Zahd, though - brushy! And dry....
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    Re: Slumberhouse Zahd

    A generous BNer gave me a sample of Zahd, and while I'm very glad to have tried it, boy am I ever happy I didn't jump at a bottle.

    I've tried it twice, and quite liked it (which is saying...
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    Re: Lush Breath Of God

    No, I have not - or un-fake most of the rest of the unholy fruitbasket that reeks across the scent industry. Which is why, in general, I'm not in favour of fruity notes in perfume - many are weird...
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    Re: Lush Breath Of God

    Melon. So much fake melon. Disgusting, even before it gave me the second worst asthma attack a perfume's ever given me. (I seem to be reactive to all things Lush.)
  7. Re: I want something that screams "BDSM" - sexy, bold, alluring. What is it?

    Well, sexy is subjective. Besides, as pointed out above, scent-free is often preferred in most organized BDSM settings anyway. So just follow Napoleon's purported advice to Josephine, don't wash,...
  8. Re: I want something that screams "BDSM" - sexy, bold, alluring. What is it?

    Leather. Butch. Tobacco. Bor-ring and cliched. "Hi. I am playing a Dom in this community theatre production! Do I smell convincing?"

    I'm trying out Zahd, I think that would be a good one. Louche,...
  9. Re: Found a note that I dislike: galbanum. What's your scent peeve?

    Oo, where to begin? All kinds of musk; the "dirty" ones smell like natural soap to me, and the "base" ones die and sour on my skin. Amber and ambergris - if they're included at all, they magnify on...
  10. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    Ha - I adored this when I tried it, very nearly bought it except I was not terribly flush with cash at the time and it faded awfully fast. It is on my shortlist of "things I will probably purchase...
  11. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    "Humiecki & Graef: awesomely interesting-looking scents CR would quite possibly like a lot that appear to be impossible to obtain."
    :undecided:
  12. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    You've tried Slumberhouse, right? Right? I would also recommend the Juniper Ridge Backpacker's Colognes - all of them - you may not like them, but they are not like anything else.

    Also get the...
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    Re: Please help me out ladies :)

    The new Elizabeth and James Black is sandalwood/vanilla, and I quite liked it, and didn't find it overly invasive. It's at Sephora. So is the Tokyo Milk Dark line. I myself like Bulletproof, which is...
  14. Re: If you had one piece of advice for a beginner it would be....

    Don't let anyone tell you what you're supposed to like.
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    In hot humid weather, I wear P+O, Grev and Flou. Also Sana, which for me is the perfect expression of a hot summer day in the northern Canada wilderness - but I might be the only person who gets that...
  16. Re: Blackbird by Matriarch and Pandora by DSH perfume

    I really wish Blackbird had worked for me, but amber and my skin just don't get along. I had a glorious half hour with it, and then everything else vanished and I was left with mucky headshop amber...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2014

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    Today I bought Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black. It's nice on me. There might be better sandalwoods out there, but I'm kind of burnt for now on the ordering samples/hating 90% of...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    My bottle of Baque that I ordered direct from Josh last year is in an etched bottle, no cap, with marbles. It's not oily or greenish though, and does not seem to be particularly heavy in amber -...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I love Sana; I've gone on about it at length. What it smells like (to me/on me) is exactly the smell of the Northern Ontario forest round about July-ish. Algonquin, or the Bruce Peninsula trails... A...
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    Poll: Re: Molecule 01 poll

    If by "perform" you mean "last", boy does it ever. It didn't exactly project, it came and went in a sort of laundry-day torture. Every time I thought it had finally gone, I'd get another big wave of...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I ordered decants of both Grev and Rume because they grew on me inexorably, and they got here today. The Grev is like my Grev sample, but the Rume is wacky -- much more "thick and sugary" than mine,...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Heh. Mostly a joke, although I do remember reading someplace that it could be, or was meant to be, worn with the NK Perfume, some kind of floral. It is mostly winning now, but the Ore is still...
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    Re: Are any of you picky like me?

    I'm super picky. Part of that is my tastes - I dislike fake fruit smells, fake flower smells, fake musk smells (to me fake musks are all soap) and the standard "man juice" base (which someone here...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I'm not into layering either, but I happened to be decanting both those into sprayers yesterday, got a mix on my fingers and really liked it. Ore comes up very sweet on me by itself, and the NK adds...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Today I layered NK Incense with Ore. I'm liking it extremely.
  26. Re: What's your most pleasant unexpected discovery?

    I like Bulletproof. I wear it regularly. It's interesting, but not as assertively so as my Slumberhouse collection.

    I think my best unexpected discovery was the Maroma fragrances - natural...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    Me neither. I figure if my skin does something bad to a fragrance, I shouldn't be wearing it, because it's fundamentally not working with my natural chemistry.

    This winter brought out a new love...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Slumberhouse fragrance?

    I can't really pick a favourite, because it varies by my mood, and by season. I thought I hated Pear & Olive, but it turns out I like it - but only on certain summer days. Some days all I want is...
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    Re: A Walking Fruit Bomb cologne?

    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is a red fruit bomb, and fairly unisex like all the JMs. Also projects and lasts longer than most of them. (Disclaimer: I hate it, but lots of people don't.)

    And if you...
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    Re: O'driu: Where to find samples?

    You know, I have to say that fascinating as these scents are, I would be pretty miffed had I spent a fortune on any amount of any of them. All the five or six I've tried are briefly very, very...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I've layered Kere with other Slumberhouses and with other scents. The bitter herbal tang of the version I have goes particularly well with otherwise frail citrus cologne things.

    I don't know that...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I don't think I've ever applied four sprays of anything. Three is my limit. (I wear two to three of Sova, though.) But I well remember how one, single, tiny spray of Spicebomb lingered in my car...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    You and me both. I'm blown away by all these people saying "Slumberhouse just projects and it's such a hard-to-wear BEAST OF A SCENT!" I can go into any Sephora and spray on one small test spray of...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I wouldn't. I expect the only reason Slumberhouse does work SO well on me is because Josh uses primarily naturals and stays away from The Devil Musk. It's mostly synthetic aromachemicals that go to...
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    Re: Kyoto versus Avignon

    I despise Kyoto. It smells like citronella and cheap frat-boy cologne on me. Avignon I like and don't find radical at all; the frankincense is sunny and dry. However, I was going to buy a bottle,...
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    Re: Best fragrance to invest in?

    I wouldn't buy perfume as an investment, but if I did, I'd go with Slumberhouse. The scents are ever-evolving, Josh discontinues the ones he's bored with, and the fanbase appears to be both growing...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I'm so glad there's still one I don't like. Just can't get on with P+O; I think I'm pulling all the sweet in it and it's über-tedious on me.

    On the other hand, I'm wearing Grev again and...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I tried Grev again today. Sprayed well away from my face because like Kere it makes my head feel funny. I like it a lot better this time, perhaps because it's more seasonal - what a gloriously...
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    Re: Where do you keep your samples?

    I have a tightly sealed square cookie tin for the vile vials -- the ones I'm allergic to/ never wish to smell again. (I should put those on the Free to a Good Home thread.) Then I have another...
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    Re: O'driu: Where to find samples?

    Lalfeogrigio is suave-er, a bit more consciously sophisticated - but yes. I think it was alfarom who originally noted a similarity there, which was what made me keen to try O'Driu in the first place....
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    Re: O'driu: Where to find samples?

    That's exactly what happened to me, evogel. (The Paypal system error, that is.)

    I... was hoping the same, but I have to say, I'm wearing Lalfeogrigio today, and if the rest of them are like this...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I would, OctaVarium. I kind of wanted to try it already. I'd pay you for FedEx or UPS to Canada too. ( You can still do frags over the border by courier... I think? I'm finding all the AGH...
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    Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    Oh, Pomegranate Noir does, all right, both, all over the place and forever. (I find it "challenging" in the horrific way, though. The fruit rings terribly fake to me. I would describe it as the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I'm wearing some of the last drops of my Baque sample today. I really, really wish I had seen that tweet that there was still some available when there WAS some, because it's moved up to being one of...
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    Re: O'driu: Where to find samples?

    I got my package today, after panicking and sending an email to Italy three days ago....

    Oh. My. God.

    I don't even care what the fragrances are like. As an artist and designer, this alone was...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    We can ask together, a focus group of two. I don't do well with sweet either. Coffee, though.... I am all about the coffee although given my daily consumption I don't know if wearing it as a...
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    Re: Anyone tried

    Old thread is old! I just got my order today, and so far the ones I've tried have been Not For Me. They go sickeningly sweet on my skin, and mostly smell like those generic cheap oils at the hippie...
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    Re: smokey, peaty - any recommendations

    Jeke isn't exactly like whisky. But it's smoky/peaty in a whisky-like way -- with that syrupy brownness about it -- rather than in a Lapsang Souchong way.

    I would also say (oh, yes, you know it)...
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    Re: O'driu: Where to find samples?

    (clasps hands to heart) It's poetry.

    I ordered the samples too. At least, I hope I did. I got a weird Paypal error in Italian, but I think it was just telling me it couldn't get back to the O'Driu...
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    Re: smokey, peaty - any recommendations

    Slumberhouse Jeke is very reminiscent of a single malt.
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I just did a little surfing, and I wonder if I'm extra-sensitive to immortelle as a note. That seems to be what I'm smelling: a powerful bitter fenugreek-like smell.
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I know... it doesn't match any descriptions of the scent anywhere online either. But I have two samples of it now, and both of them are these big herbal whammies. I know sometimes my nose is weird,...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Speaking of Slumberhouse -- in the last couple of days, I've been revisiting one of my "difficult" samples, Kere. And I think I like this, too, now. I do have to spray it well down on my body and...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Speaking as a fellow signature fragrance person -- oh yeah.

    On the other hand... while I would consider myself to have a signature clothing style in the larger sense, I don't expect to be wearing...
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    Re: Are our skins really that different?

    Sorry, Luca Turin is full of it. I know -- I know -- that my skin destroys certain fragrances, and so does my mother's. And I amplify and exaggerate some types of notes to a ridiculous degree. There...
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    Re: White Belts: Yay or Nay

    It's a belt. I agree that it is the kind of thing that could look deeply wrong -- but if you get it right, it will be good, and not something anyone else is doing.

    Go for it. If you don't like it,...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Baque to me feels like something halfway between Sova and Jeke, without the smoky notes and with an intriguing extra sting of camphor. I like Baque. I think, given the option, Baque would be what I'd...
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    Re: The $100 Rule

    I have to admit that I wondered that too. You couldn't get a single room in a student slum for four times that here.

    Anyway, not that it changes the principle, just the base amount.
  59. Thread: Headaches

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    Re: Headaches

    I got a headache just today, killing time in Sephora -- I test-stripped a half-dozen scents or so (I quite liked Fahrenheit, although I don't know what it would do ON me), and then got to the new...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Has anyone perchance tried Eki? I see that Parfum1 still has a few bottles of that left, and if anyone could make a white flower scent that I had the slightest hope of liking, it would be Josh. I'm...
  61. "10 types of women to wear spring's new perfume" -- The Cut

    The Cut asked various men to spritz women's perfumes, and describe what kind of woman would wear that scent. Then an artist rendered their descriptions.
    10 Types of Women to Wear Spring's New...
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    Re: Rume by Slumberhouse

    Inspired by this thread, I tried it again today, and much to my surprise, I really like it a lot more now. The spice is much more intense than it was, a real hit of clove and bay on a honey base. I...
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    Re: Rume by Slumberhouse

    It smells like German honey gingerbread to me, those little hard ones. I like those extremely, but have to admit they're better in the mouth than on the arm. I don't dislike Rume, but it feels like...
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    Re: Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    What's the point of wearing a nice suit instead of an Ed Hardy t-shirt and drop-crotch pants when there are all these other guys doing that and their Ed Hardy t-shirts are so gaudy and...
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    Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    I tried a whole lot of incense fragrances, although I find I tend to like Incense! Fragrances! rather than fragrances which might, somewhere, have something allegedly resinous in them.

    I was...
  66. Re: Slumberhouse Jeke (extrait version - 2013)

    That is also how my partner described it. He said Sova smelled like burned squash.

    He's not particularly a fragrance fan.
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    Re: Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    But how do you know who those people are? If you're in a place with people in it, you might be around people with allergies.
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    Re: Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    +1 This is exactly how I feel, mtheory8. Only the chosen get to smell me. :happy:

    I wouldn't care so much about "that Cologne guy" ... except that there are so many fragrances I'm actively...
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    Re: The $100 Rule

    I think for fragrance, as for clothes (of which I am also fond) there is no arbitrary price; it depends more on how much I love it, and how much use I think I'll get out of it. Estimated cost per...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Yeah, I don't really agree either. When I did the math per mL, Slumberhouse is going for $4.30, which is at the high end of almost anything I looked at, EDT, EDP, anything, except for a very few of...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

    Wearing my glorious new treasure, Norma Kamali Incense, layered with Tauer's Incense Rose. The effect is more like what I was hoping for from the Incense Rose (which is all Rose on me) but I think it...
  72. Re: Slumberhouse Jeke (extrait version - 2013)

    I find Jeke goes not-so-great on me when I get overheated or sweat. I wore it once to a day out in Toronto in December; the weather was weird and very unusually mild, and I had a winter coat and...
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    Re: What can one do with essential oils?

    You can wear them, if you're not too interested in complexity of scent; they tend to mellow out quite nicely on skin. (Be sure, if you do this, to check into ones that are skin- or photo-reactive...
  74. Re: Slumberhouse Jeke (extrait version - 2013)

    Me, I went with Sova, because they seem to me to be in the same general family (scent siblings, maybe) but the residue of Sova on worn clothing, or my skin the next day, is so deliriously lovely, and...
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    Re: Question about Aventus

    I agree with Wendy Brandes -- wear what you want. Also, getting hit on by random women is, in general, less obnoxious than getting hit on by random men in my experience.

    (I consider filtering out...
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    Re: What makes a fragrance "difficult"?

    "Difficult" or "challenging" in reviews seems to mean, at least a lot of the times that I see it, that the fragrance doesn't match up to currently popular trends, crosses or defies gender...
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    Re: Your 1st Scent

    My grandmother used to give us tiny bottles of 4711 when we were small - at least, my sister and I. She was German, and she used it in a kind of all-purpose way as a refresher. (My mother did too,...
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    Re: Do your wardrobe match your scent?

    No - cuz I do feel that "my scents", like my -- oh, I don't know, hairstyle of the week/month, or the same four massive silver rings I wear in different combinations, can be worn at any time or...
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    Re: Do your wardrobe match your scent?

    I agree with you to this point. :smiley: My scent is as much a part of my image as anything else I wear or do. It's why I'm so very, very picky about my perfumes -- I need to not be allergic to them,...
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    Re: Moisturiser making my skin even drier

    You could also try the oil-cleansing method. (Google will favour you with about a bazillion results for this; here's one: http://www.crunchybetty.com/nitty-gritty-on-the-oil-cleansing-method )

    I...
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    Re: Moisturiser making my skin even drier

    I haven't used their face formulations, but I've always been impressed with the Aveeno line for body, and am particularly fond of the fact that they usually offer unscented versions. I'm using a face...
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    Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Yes, Trebor, it for sure smelled aged. Not spoiled -- but I think that's what made me immediately make the association with Scotch.
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    Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    I'd say -- stronger, smoother, with a bit of a dry sweetness I didn't notice from the sample. (Granted, my sample was tiny, and I was dabbing. Now, despite the kind cautions of Renaissance Man, I'm...
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    Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Trebor, I saw the same difference between my sample and my vintage bottle. I also have no idea if it was ever reformulated, or whether it was just an effect of thirty years of aging.

    If I may say...
  85. Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    I'm not sure. I've not encountered it solitary in the wild yet. I've got Slumberhouse Vikt which people say has a strong oud note in it, but it smells mostly of balsam fir to me.

    It sounds like...
  86. Re: What female scents are even deadlier on the male?

    I'm also voting for Calamity J. I keep wanting to try Juliette Has A Gun just for the name, even though I suspect I wouldn't like any of them...

    I love your story-reviews madly, Assiduosity....
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    Re: Body Odor as a complement to a fragrance

    I'm not going to get into this with you, here, now, or at all, but this is not true, and I honestly encourage you to do some research that isn't on Wikipedia, because history is fascinating, and...
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    Re: Body Odor as a complement to a fragrance

    It depends where you're looking, for starters; there are medieval public baths in the Mediterranean regions, and in Jewish communities.

    In the second place, why are you so fixated on public baths?...
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    Re: Body Odor as a complement to a fragrance

    "A thousand years of darkness and fanaticism and obscurantism ensued."

    Also not exactly true, and mostly a libel spread about by the intellectuals of the "Enlightenment", who wanted to trace their...
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    Re: Body Odor as a complement to a fragrance

    This is actually a myth. People bathed. They might not have done full submersion, but the idea that people were sewn into their clothes the first day of October and then spent the winter in a muck of...
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    Re: Body Odor as a complement to a fragrance

    It depends on the BO, and probably on who is smelling it. I've always found the smell of my current partner sexy -- and more, known a relationship was over when suddenly their smell (not merely their...
  92. Re: Frag that is still fresh suddenly smell sour on you?

    I sour all kinds of things, all the time -- but with me, it's a skin chemistry issue. If this is suddenly happening, with a fragrance that didn't do it before, it's more likely to be something that's...
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    Re: That one note that kills it for you...

    I would have to say chemical or vegetal musks. They all smell like various kinds of pervasive soap to me.
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Yep. Because, ultimately, fragrance is a subjective thing, and my subjective experience is that that is not the case. I have received more compliments in a few months of wearing Slumberhouse, like...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    No. That wasn't meant as a generalisation. What I meant was, specific people will experience similar things from very cheap fragrances which for whatever reason influence, as you say, their thoughts...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    People are emotionally affected by the cheapest drugstore fragrance. Price has nothing to do with that. And some people who wear expensive niche fragrances are merely doing so because it smells...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Well then, don't talk about affordability, marketing success and availability as if they have anything to do with aesthetics, because they don't.

    And I don't know why you're dismissing my relative...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I don't think I understand your point, at all. And I don't agree with you.

    There are aspects of my presentation, hair and clothes in particular, which get the "qualified compliment" -- "that looks...
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    If they were in plain unlabelled vials, I'd be interested to observe that experiment. More people than you think might pick the Slumberhouse.
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    Re: Slumberhouse

    It... it is?

    What does attractive/pleasant/pick your adjective have to do with popular, mainstream, easily available on the public concourse, whatever? There are plenty of things that are...
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