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    Re: Lily..more Lily

    I admire and own Gold, but in hindsight I wish I'd gotten Un Lys instead. It's far more wearable.
  2. There are multiple ways of seeing the series...

    There are multiple ways of seeing the series Stateside, but none of them will be simple or legal, alas!
  3. Re: Article: Alec Lawless appears as The Victorian Perfumer on BBC TV and Launches New Fragrance: Em

    Yes, the montage of you behind the counter looked so great! It's a shame it was so short, but it was fun to see the perfume community represented on tv. ;) (BTW, did they really sell Empress of...
  4. I wish his segment had been longer, but it was a...

    I wish his segment had been longer, but it was a lot of fun to see him in action. The varying reactions to the scent were interesting. But it only whet my appepite for a full-length perfume...
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    Poll: Re: Kenzo Flower and Shalimar?

    Hmm. I'm in my 20's and I cringe at the idea of wearing Shalimar, even the edt (I think it smells like old make-up and dust, to be frank) and I'm willing to bet most of my age group or younger --...
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    Re: Today I Bought: August 2010

    Recently received in a swap: Ormonde Woman, plus decants of Mythique, Bois des Iles, Bois d'Iris, Vetiver pour Elle, and AA Foliflora.

    And just bought some CSP Vanille Extreme.

    It feels good...
  7. Re: Gone Forever - Vanille Extreme - Can You Please Recommend Substitute?

    Threshold -- I agree with the short shelf life of Vanille Extreme. I've had a few samples of it from Sephora which I got at different times, and I could easily tell which one came from a new bottle...
  8. Re: Gone Forever - Vanille Extreme - Can You Please Recommend Substitute?

    Can anyone comment on Molinard Vanille and how it compares to Vanille Extreme?
  9. Re: Gone Forever - Vanille Extreme - Can You Please Recommend Substitute?

    WHAT! I thought they'd just repackaged Vanille Extreme! Argh, this was my favorite vanilla as well. :(

    Farmacia SS Annunziata has a beautiful vanilla in Vaniglia del Madagascar (not to be...
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    Re: Favorite earthy yet feminine scent?

    Another vote for Ormonde Woman. :) I think a lot of "earthy" frags fall nearer to the unisex side of the spectrum, especially if they're a bit spicy and/or dry, but Ormonde Woman manages the trick...
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    Re: Perfumes that smell 'like'....

    MPG Fraiche Passiflore is a nice juicy passionfruit.
  12. Re: Ten new members who have an interest in sampling

    The generosity of BNers is a really amazing thing. I'd love to participate in this if possible but even if I don't get picked, I just want to say a general thanks to all of you ~veterans~ who help...
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    Re: SL Daim Blond or Un Lys -

    Another vote for Daim Blond. Un Lys is a great fragrance, whether or not you look at it as a lily solliflore (though I chose DK Gold over Un Lys in my hunt for a lily), very pretty and elegant, but...
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    Re: The smell of the prairie

    Ha! I had to read that book for school and hated it at the time, but I get what you're trying to get at. ;) For what it's worth, my impressions of My Antonia were of her sun-browned skin skin,...
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    Re: Anyone know of any muddy scents

    LesNez Manoumalia has a nuttiness to it that totally smells like clean, floral mud (as opposed to dirt, roots, etc).
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    Re: Today I sampled.....

    Today, I tried Prada L'eau d'Ambree which I totally found Infusion-esque and a bit boring. Also tried YSL Parisienne, which I hated at first (holy christ that's a fruity-floral) but the middle bit...
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    Re: Olfactory Cleansers - What do you use?

    LOL wasabi... that would knock me back on my feet.

    warlandsboy, when doing marathon in-store sampling I alternate between the coffee beans and the collar of my shirt, or a scarf or something.
  18. Re: I have no idea what vetiver smells like, lets get started...

    I agree about Guerlain Vetiver being a good starter. It's probably the easiest to find and you can identify the vetiver pretty easily in it, especially after you move on to some of the others listed.
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    Re: Most beautful fragrance bottle(s)

    Maybe not most beautiful but certainly one of the best designed imho:

    http://i38.tinypic.com/214oa42.jpg

    Especially when grouped together, great effect:

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    Re: Acqua di Gio, just how common is this?

    LOL Adonis!

    LanEvo you're gonna have to drive out of town for a Sephora somewhere. Apparently there's one in Manteca and another in Modesto?
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    Re: Strawberry margarita scent?

    I can't think of one fragrance that says "strawberry margarita" but I remember Demeter has a margarita scent, and they've probably got a strawberry one also. Maybe you could layer the two? It...
  22. Thread: Chanel 5 & 19

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    Re: Chanel 5 & 19

    Go for both! Guys can totally pull No. 5 or No. 19 off. Also, I don't think original No. 5 is as universal as all that, especially among younger brackets and certain areas. For example, not too...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 26 September -09

    Late night out so I haven't actually gone to bed yet... but still had time to spritz on some Amoureuse. :)
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    Re: Lys , Lily and Stargazer

    I second Donna Karan Gold -- just wait through the spicy opening and then it's stargazers all the way! It's more directly lily-like than Un Lys, which is very nice but smoother and vanillic.

    I...
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    Re: Secret Shame: the teenaged years

    Mainly Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret Body Sprays (mostly the latter -- I found them deeper or "more grown up"), but to be honest I didn't really bother. I did have some kind of toxically...
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    Re: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

    I had the same experience with BPAL as paeonyrose. I think they're basically a slightly more evolved kind of essential oil you'd find at hippie stores, carried mostly by the mystical-goth ad copy. ...
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    Re: first date at symphony

    I think Encre Noire's a good choice. It's unusual but not too complex, so it never smells like you're trying too hard. I also think it's so dry that you won't overwhelm in close quarters. (Of...
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    Re: Los Angeles County

    Just wondering: where can I go in LA county that has a lot of the Annick Goutals in-store, not just the usual Eau d'Hadrien/Petite Cherie/Songes...?
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    Re: What fragrances have ISO E Super in?

    Light Blue, definitely! I find Iso E harder to smell in some of the others listed above (I can't smell it in Encre Noire or Terre d'Hermes, tbh) but in Light Blue it's like some kind of Iso E...
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    Re: Today I Sampled...(Sep. '09)

    Still looking for my HG jasmine so I finally tried Montale Jasmin Full as well as L'Artisan La Haie. The Montale's prettty good, it could stand up to a handful of jasmine sambac blossoms. Still not...
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    Re: The adventurer's fragrance of choice

    I bought L'Air du Desert Marocain with a similar idea in mind; I think at the time I was specifically trying to plan a trek through Peru. I think that and others similar to it are perfect fragrances...
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    Re: S o t D Friday 18 September

    Ooh la la I'm in ~*~Amoureuse~*~
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    Re: Scents that drive her wild

    bassnotes, you crack me up.Anybody who knows what Superfuture is gets +++awesomeness points.

    I'm 26 and what I enjoy most on a guy is anything that doesn't smell too obviously like "cologne." I'm...
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    Re: S o t D Sunday 13th September

    Manoumalia!
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    Re: Today I bought ... September 09 purchases...

    I've got lily fever... so Donna Karan Gold edt, the BIG bottle. ;)
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    Re: S o t D Thrusday 10 September 2009

    Bois de Paradis <3
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    Re: What "men's" frags will you wear ?

    Pretty much anything with vetiver in it, but what I love are Guerlain Vetiver and Encre Noire.
  38. Thread: San Diego

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    Re: San Diego

    Kobe's Swat Meet is a flea market held every weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) in San Diego, near the airport, with about $2.00 entrance. There are several booths, and I think it's run by one group, that are...
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    Re: Los Angeles County

    The Nordstrom at Westfield Santa Anita (near the racetrack) now stocks Creed, Jo Malone, Sisley, Laura Mercier, and Estee Lauder Private Collection. Major upgrade!

    I believe they will also have a...
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    Re: Suggestions for a Floral Fruity female scent

    D&G L'Imperatrice smells like watermelon shampoo, in a good way. Comes in a huge bottle with light pink juice, Naomi Campbell is the face of it, etc etc. I think it would make a good present for a...
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    Re: Today I bought ... August 09 purchases...

    Back on the full-bottle road to debt... Delrae Bois de Paradis :)
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    Re: Fragrance of Space?

    That candle sounds AMAZING, I have to track it down.
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    Re: something for children?

    Annick Goutal Petite Cherie would be perfect for very young girls. It's light and not overly sweet, with a nice interplay of pear, roses, and water. The limited edition packaging is adorable as...
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    Re: Fragrance of Space?

    Encre Noire! Smells like vast dark spaces. :)
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    Poll: Re: Your Favorite Fig?

    Voted 'Other' for Heeley as well.
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    Re: Providence, RI

    Some interesting stuff at the perfume kiosk on the third floor (when I visited in August this year) included Dior Dolce Vita, Mitsouko edp and edt, Sisley Soir de Lune, and Love in Black.
  47. Re: eBay question

    Okay, just got this in the mail and here's the situation: it's in the old packaging and everything looks right (as far as I know, which isn't much). Did KM change its fragrances when they changed the...
  48. Thread: Suggestions

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    Re: Suggestions

    Serge Noir all the way.
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    Re: Which fragrance for which occasion?

    When it was colder I used to wear Sienne l'Hiver (smoky stone) and Rock Crystal (incense) a lot to work. I think they're pretty light, with a masculine twist. I agree with Dobson's suggestion to...
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    Re: Hi! Need some input about some samples

    When you're ready to buy, remember to check the For Sale subforum here as well. You could get some good deals, including for niche.
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    Re: SotD Friday 24 July

    Miller et Bertaux Green in the morning, some Manoumalia for the afternoon... happy Friday to all!
  52. Re: eBay question

    Oh yeah, I remember that sale! I missed out on it to my dismay. Thanks for the reminder, it makes me feel a little better because I, ahem, took the risk and bought one anyway. Not the best eBayer...
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    Re: Which fragrance for which occasion?

    I don't have a master plan or anything. If I feel like wearing a fragrance (which I don't always), it mostly depends on what I'm wearing and where I'm wearing it to. If it's work or hanging out, I...
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    Re: Your Favorite Cosmetic Brand?

    I'm pretty loyal to MAC.
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    Re: Today I bought ... July 2009 purchases

    I eBayed for the first time in years. Bought a little 17ml mini of Sarah Horowitz Perfect Nectar, which I hope will tide me over in mega-fruitiness until I get my hands on some Byredo Pulp. Also...
  56. eBay question -- and now one about dabbing vs spraying and Keiko M in general

    Someone's selling Keiko Mecheris (Jasmine, Mogador, Bois de Santal, etc) on eBay for about US$35-$45. It seems like a page from If It Looks Too Good To Be True, It Is especially since he has such...
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    Re: Anyone Tried Tokyo Milk??

    I also have Waltz and have tried a few of the others. They sell them in-store at Anthropologie if you want to scope it out at a mall. I think for about $30 they're a good deal -- nice fragrances...
  58. Re: Advice in getting something for my Sister :)

    Jo Malones are a great idea. Easy scents, an out-of-the-ordinary brand, and they come in beautiful expensive-looking packaging to boot. Perfect for gifts.
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    Re: Today I bought ... July 2009 purchases

    Encre Noire :)
  60. Thread: Synthetic?

    by Aznavour
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    Re: Synthetic?

    I think when people call a fragrance synthetic they mean it smells synthetic; they're not commenting on what it's made of. Unless they're talking about the Escentric Molecules line or that Comme des...
  61. Thread: Synthetic?

    by Aznavour
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    Re: Synthetic?

    Think of those little "pine"-scented air fresheners people hang in their car, and compare it to how real pine trees smell. Or scented candles (most cheap ones, anyway) that are scented "linen fresh"...
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    Re: What am I missing?

    I think you woud enjoy exploring Annick Goutal and L'Artisan. Goutals you can often find at Nordstrom or similar as well as discount perfumer stores both in the mall and online. As a range they go...
  63. Finally trying fruit -- would love some suggestions!

    Hi guys, I'm moving on to ~fruit~ fragrances. This is a general type I've avoided altogether so I'd really appreciate some suggestions. I'm looking for something that is:

    - not fresh
    - not...
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    Re: Used clothes and accessories

    LOL thrifting is like a contact sport for wannabe-fashionistas like me. Since this decade has been all about re-interpreting past trends it's way easy to take a thrift piece and make it edgy again...
  65. Re: What is responsible for creaminess in a fragrance?

    I just want to know what it is -- if it is in fact a specific component -- so that I could search for it and try more stuff like it! So Samsara has that creaminess, eh? I keep forgetting to try...
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    Re: Early 20s Female Newbie

    Hey there, I'm in my twenties too and am still new as well. Welcome!

    I know there are so many fragrances out there that it can be overwhelming. What has really helped me is doing it category by...
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    Re: SotD Friday 10 July

    Miller et Bertaux Green!
  68. Re: Wardrobe needs love, would appreciate some advice

    Encre Noir, wood-vetiver, manages to be cool and dark at the same time, totally great. :)
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    Re: Scarves for men?

    If you can pull it off, I think it's a great look. While it's been associated with gay male style in the past, I think it's pretty universal these days among young people (at least in cities and...
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    Re: Johnson's Baby Cologne

    In the Philippines people only really dab it on the baby after a bath. I think the idea, perhaps more important than the smell (though they like the smell, no doubt) is that it is cooling and...
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    Re: Diptyque now at Luckyscent

    Are those sample vials in the sample pack manufacturer samples, or are they like the ones they make in-store?

    Very exciting. :)
  72. Re: In praise of miniatures: Cute money-savers. WHICH DO YOU RECOMMEND?

    I think Aqua Allegoria minis are super cute. The bottle design scales down really well.
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    Re: True Religion for Women

    I've tried this a few times now and it always fails to leave an impression -- sometimes literally, it totally fades away in minutes on me. I find it's a kinda generic youth-marketed...
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    Re: Why are perfume brands called 'Houses'?

    These days, IMO it also has to do with the image the company wants to project. A perfume or fashion "house" sounds more established, exclusive, regal, etc. "House of ____" or "____ Maison" sounds...
  75. What is responsible for creaminess in a fragrance?

    I've just tried Ormonde Woman and, among the many things I like about it, it has a really creamy/buttery drydown that I find addicting. What exactly is responsible for this? Is it a particular...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 7 July

    SoTM Heeley Figuier

    SoTE Ormonde Woman -- amaaaaazing omg
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    Re: SotD Friday 3 July

    Encre Noir today
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    Re: Today I bought ... July 2009 purchases

    10ml decant of Miller et Bertaux #3 Green green and green.

    Next I want some KM Peau de Peche!
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    Re: What are the top 5 on your wish list?

    1) Eau Premiere
    2) M&B Green, green, green, and green
    3) KM Peau de Peche
    4) KM Jasmine
    5) Encre Noir

    :)
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    an_oud_girl: Actually, I've been trying to track that one down! I really like the PH, though it's gotten edged out by Encre Noir.

    30_Roses: Thanks so much for that, I'll have a look!



    I'm...
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    I've tried Mediteranee and while I appreciated it, I'm afraid I didn't find it very compelling. But I'll compare it against the Miller et Bertaux to see.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 20 June-09

    SOTM Keiko Mecheri Jasmine, hmmm, compares nicely to the jasmine sambac we've got in the backyard.

    SOTA Keiko Mecheri Peau de Peche. God I think I love this house.
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    I'll try it next time I run into a Perfumania or something -- I haven't tried Green Jeans yet, actually.

    Though to be honest I'm pretty satisfied with Miller et Bertaux Green. Unless there's...
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    odysseusm: LOL, I'm sure I'll have more greens but as a poor student I need to edit even my sampling choices. Right now I'm going note-by-note as things catch my interest: last month it was incense...
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    I've tried Calyx and unfortunately it isn't my thing. I don't actually like 'fresh' all that much with the exception of Nana Green's finish -- but I haven't tried it in a long time so I'm working...
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    Just wanted to post an update, however much-belated (didn't get around to actually sample-buying until recently).

    Ultimately, after much testing, Miller et Bertaux Green was what I was looking...
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    Re: SotD Monday 15 June

    Got my TPC packet in! Durbano Rock Crystal, hmmm.
  88. Re: Which perfumes are you taking on holiday 2009?

    Great question. I think perfume can be an at-home substitution for travel, when the right fragrance transports you to a different mindset.

    If I can actually get things together for a short...
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    Re: SotD Friday 5 June

    Tauer Vetiver Dance

    Love that earthiness.
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    Re: What's your "white tee-shirt" scent?

    white tee
    snow wash jeans
    patent booties
    Wayfarers
    rosary necklace
    = Heeley Figuier

    ;)

    Sharply green and musky and easy.
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    Re: Hi everyone....new here

    Welcome Savannah! I'm fairly new too, but I've been lucky enough to experience a fairly good sampling of niche perfumery (ahh, living in LA) in the past few months. Everyone's tastes will vary, of...
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    Re: "mature" fragrances

    I don't think it's just a matter of perspective or association. Perfumes released during certain eras participated in the trends of that era. So if by "mature" you mean "something that smells like...
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    Re: Yet another "manly" scent thread...

    20something girl here. I say go for something earthy and deep, or otherwise some kind of abstract 'environmental' smell -- something that smells like forest or a landscape or whatevs. Niche...
  94. Thread: NST Perfume

    by Aznavour
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    Re: NST Perfume

    This question is an example of why I actually prefer to ask questions at NST rather than BN. Even though BNers are more knowledgeable and very friendly, as a relative newbie I'm always afraid of...
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    Re: SotD Friday 8 May

    The commercial's had me reassessing my opinions of Le Monstre lately, so No. 5 Eau Premiere today.
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    Thanks again for the recs, Odysseusm. My tendency is to go for unisex-leaning fragrances, so these all sound great.



    I haven't tried too many fragrances that feature galbanum -- hmm,...
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    Odysseusm, I just looked these up, and Eau de Rochas (not PH) also sounds good -- I'm intrigued by its unusually deep amber/incense drydown. (I'm really trying to avoid a plain musk drydown, which...
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    Re: Jo Malone fragances

    Pomegranate Noir <3

    I haven't really met a Jo Malone I didn't at least like, but I only love PN.
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    Re: sharp, lemony-herby-green fragrances

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I haven't tried many of these.

    As for more specifics on what I'm looking for, I would prefer something that's primarily green that has a citrus and/or floral...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 29 April

    Doing some work late into the night (early morning now) and I'm wearing Vetiver Dance. In a few hours when I get up again, I think it'll be Durbano Rock Crystal.
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