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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I would echo theladymay's views. If you're looking to experience Mitsouko in her best, most rounded, most undamaged state, I would avoid 'deep vintage' if I were you and privilege juice from the...
  2. Re: Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    I managed to find a vintage Lyric on the Bay, from a lovely seller in Italy. I'm very happy with it, and it seems to correspond with the red-capped tester I smelled in Jovoy. That means I'm still a...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    There are of course all kinds of 'animalic', from the classic (and classy) gloss of civet in classic fumes to the most aggressive blue-cheese-smelling ouds.

    The most animalic in my wardrobe is...
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    Re: Talking Shop About Barbershop (Scents)!

    I've asked myself this same question.

    I think we can agree it refers to old skool fougères of the kind that might have been splashed around after an old-fashioned shave, but the phrase is bandied...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I'm bit confused as the what this orange-coloured juice might be. Do you have any ideas? I don't think I'd describe any of my various vintages and concentrations as orange.

    Since it hasn't had a...
  6. Re: eau de patou EDP - vintage - help identifying silver box silver bands

    The only bottles of Eau de Patou I've managed to stumble across thus far were both hideously, unbearably OFF! So the hunt continues. Would love to get my nose on some intact juice.
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    Re: Guerlain Lui is underrated

    The first time I tried it my immediate reaction was, eeurgh, dentist's mouthwash, but I recently smelled it on my partner without knowing what it was and had to do a volte-face. I'd be happy to get a...
  8. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    I'm not convinced those lovely floral topnotes will have stood the test of time but am willing to be proved wrong! Of course there's nothing to be lost by opening it. Here's hoping they're in for a...
  9. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    What little juice is left looks very dark and sticky. I'd be surprised if it still smelt pleasant - sorry!
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    Nice to see the love for the Caron, though I always found the vanilla note rather queasy-making. Jicky all the way for me, please. Années Folles by La Parfumerie Moderne is the closest 'modern' take...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    *Following thread with interest*
  12. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    Thanks. Nice bottle!
    That stamp dates it to the 1930s-40s.
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Yes, but it also happens to mean The Devil's Nappy.
  14. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    Can you post a few photos? It's the sticker that would be of most help in this instance. From what you describe, it could be 1940s.
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    Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Could be interesting. I'll definitely try to get my nose on this one.

    The name, though. The Devil's Nappy (Diaper)??
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    Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Nah, sorry! Parent is Shalimar, flanker is Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique/Madagascar/wherever. Nice try though :)
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    You have to meet certain requirements to be able to post something for sale in the Marketplace forum, and since you're a new member I don't think that will work, alas.
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Ps I've just snapped up a 30ml for that was sale in Germany! I'll let you know what it's like once it's in my hot sweaty hands :)
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    I've seen some aftershave called Verlande distributed under the Gillette name, but who knows if there's a connection.
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    Like others, I think it must be synthetic. What's more, to my nose it smells very close to (if not the same as) the oud accord used in Leather Oud. The latter is supposed to evoke the scent of...
  21. Re: Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    Thank you. From what I've seen, vintage isn't necessarily more expensive if you hunt in the right places.

    Good point about samples. That's something that's never occurred to me! What's more, the...
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Indeed. I think Dior just leant on him heavily rather than holding an actual knife to his throat. (This was of course pre-LVMH :evil:)
  23. Amouage Lyric Woman: caps, formulations and whatnot

    Can any of you knowledgeable people help me out a little with Amouage Lyric Woman?

    I have to admit that I've fallen for this beauty in recent days and am seriously considering acquiring a bottle....
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Well, Parfum de Thérèse is of course much older (late 1950s I seem to remember). It was Edmond's son, Michel, who allowed Malle to use the original formula. That would make Ocean Rain his last work.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I've just - finally - written up my notes from the recent Osmothèque lecture on Edmond Roudnitska for anyone who might be interested.

    What to do with seventeen glorious-smelling perfume spills in...
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    Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Hello, fragrant folks.

    First up, an apology, as I should have done this write-up days ago, but real life intervened, as it so often does :rolleyesold:

    On Tuesday night I had the privilege to...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    I'm sure cultural differences have a part to play. But don't be misled by all the talk of compliments on the male forum: I'd say that I large proportion comes from young men who are relatively...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    I suspect there may have been others. I'm an awful old crank when it comes to zombie threads.

    Well, thank you so much for the birthday wishes! In fact it was only my 'official' birthday: like HM...
  29. Re: The 10 Fragrances I Can't Get Out of My Head and Am Totally Obsessed With Right Now OMG!

    Currently obsessing me slightly are, in no particular order:

    Lyric Woman (the soft spices!)
    Oud Ispahan (I have a slightly leaky decant in my wardrobe that smells intoxicating every time I open...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    A zombie poll, started almost exactly ten years ago! :birthdays:

    (The correct answer is of course Chamade.)
  31. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    As others have said, don't expect longevity. That's not what it's for - and I'd argue that it's the last thing you want in stifling heat.

    Aside from 4711 you could try Roger et Gallet Extra...
  32. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Have you tried the classic eaux de cologne? Splash with abandon for a bracing pick-me-up (better if you store them in the fridge) that doesn't outstay its welcome.
  33. Re: Men’s Fragrances That Still Stand Out (No clones, nothing smells similar.)

    Dior's Granville is very close to Blenheim Bouquet (though I prefer the latter).
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Thanks all. I finally went with the set listed above - amazingly good value. I'm going to stick with that as long as possible (trying to narrow down the variables), and if I'm sold I'll maybe start...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I think it was a way of circumventing import duties for anything "made" (put together) in France as well as being cheaper from a shipping point of view.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice museum piece (love those old lablels) but as for the contents being intact ... hmmm. Don't want to rain on your parade but the juice looks VERY dark for an eau de cologne, and all those...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Potential DE noob here, weighing up the pros and cons of buying a first set-up.

    I have a beard so I just need to concentrate on shaving round the edges and tidying up, and since I have no idea...
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - Discontinued?

    It's not axed.
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    Re: Dior Leather Oud - Discontinued?

    Yep. It's still on the French website. I don't see it going anywhere.
  40. Re: EU members - Does your country have any shipping restrictions?

    Here in France I can send perfumes abroad without any trouble - for the time being. i think officially it isn't allowed (I was once questioned on the contents of my parcel) but no one seems to check,...
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    Re: Help Me Choose A Fragrance for the Opera

    Whatever you choose, stick to a light application only. You'll be sitting in close company for hours, and your neighbours might not share your taste in fumes.
  42. Re: Latest Guerlain in L'Art et la Matiere Line - Embruns D'Ylang!

    At BHV in the Marais.
  43. Re: Latest Guerlain in L'Art et la Matiere Line - Embruns D'Ylang!

    I tried this on a card not one hour ago.

    Very few recent Guerlains have done anything for me, but I have to say that this is one is actively nasty. I can't imagine why anyone would want to smell...
  44. Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    I tip my hat in your direction.
  45. Re: top 5 most BEAUTIFUL perfumes you have smelled

    Indeed. No need to look anywhere else.
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    Re: Osmotheque conferences

    I was humming and ha-ing about the 1980s conference but as soon as I saw the Roudnitska event I jumped on it. Can't wait!
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    Re: Rose Oud attar

    It really seems to be pot luck with the attars. I picked up a red box of Badr al Badour a couple of years ago: the rose is quite clean, very prominent, and overall the blend lacks the depth and...
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    Yes, and I gave it in July last year :wink:

    (I always thought resurrecting old threads was bad form but perhaps it's no longer frowned upon. That said, there's one over on the women's forum that's...
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    When there's proper discussion, yes, but not endless rounds of '+1', '+2'.
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    The OP's original post was almost a year ago, so perhaps he's found what he's looking for by now?
  51. Re: Really Masculine, Really Modern, Really Excellent

    Antaeus has always smelled like a classic chypre to me, with all the unisex baggage that entails.
  52. Re: Thoughts on Guerlain's Arsene Lupin Dandy and its availability

    As others have said, this is complex scent in full old-style Guerlain mode. I haven't smelt it for a few years but remember it being rich and baroque, surprisingly floral (notably violet), and just...
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    Re: BaseNotes has “Not Secure” warning

    I'm getting the same message in the address bar and have never seen it before.
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    Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Discontinued

    Still on the French site, and no talk on French forums of discontinuation (they would be up in arms).

    This sounds more like a US distribution issue.
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    Re: Pour Monsieur EDT Discontinued

    As freewheelingvagabond says, it doesn't seem to be discontinued so much as no longer distributed in the US. But then it never has been easy to get hold over there, by all accounts.

    Still listed...
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    Re: Diffuse question - where to begin?

    There's a seemingly inexhaustible supply of well-priced Mitsouko extraits on the Bay, so don't give up!
  57. Re: When did Dior switch from 'cologne' to 'eau de toilette' on packaging?

    Not sure about exact dates, but the 'Cologne' label would have been primarily for the US market. I imagine the EdT was sold concurrently elsewhere.
  58. Re: What women's perfumes do you think are "copies" of Chanel No. 5?

    I thought the story was that Jacques Guerlain was so shocked to find his wife wearing No. 5 that he resolved to create his own aldehydic floral for the house.

    In any case, Liu and Véga both fit...
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    Re: What's Happening To Caron ?

    To be fair, that's only what people call them in English. I'd never made that connection myself. In France they're known as 'fontaines', which is far more poetic!
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    Re: Are we certain that this hobby is safe?

    Life is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.
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    Re: Are we certain that this hobby is safe?

    What are all the IFRA/EU regulations for, if not this? They've been conducting the research for years.
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    Re: Roja Dove Diaghilev - buy?

    The closest to Diaghilev is Rochas Femme, in my opinion - vintage but not too vintage (has to be the version with the nice sweaty cumin).
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    Re: Habit Rouge

    This is the only one with a praline note - which the OP says he doesn't want. I think :huh:
  64. Re: Dry (or semi-dry) fragrances with strong anise and/or clove notes

    I'd suggest Guerlain Lui and Costume National Homme if clove is your thing. (It most emphatically isn't mine.)
  65. Re: Vintage Fruity Chypres-Your Favorites, Your Thoughts

    I was going to mention Diaghilev, though to my nose it's much closer to Femme than Mitsouko, especially with the cumin.
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    Re: Mouchoir de Monsieur Discontinued

    I very much doubt it.
  67. Re: Vintage Fruity Chypres-Your Favorites, Your Thoughts

    That supposed relationship with Diorissimo - clearly nonsense! You're right about hedione, too (my mistake).

    I haven't smelled Eau Fraîche for a couple of years but remember it being distinctly...
  68. Re: Vintage Fruity Chypres-Your Favorites, Your Thoughts

    They're very close indeed. According to this link, Diorella is descended directly from Eau Fraiche:
    https://nstperfume.com/2005/04/20/christian-dior-diorella-fragrance-review/
  69. Re: Vintage Fruity Chypres-Your Favorites, Your Thoughts

    If we're talking about the close similarity between Diorella and Eau Sauvage, we should throw Dior's Eau Fraiche into the mix. Juicy citrus, hedione, oakmoss - I wouldn't want to have to choose...
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    Re: Hire that copywriter!

    Thanks, Zilpha! That's one to treasure.
  71. Re: Vintage Fruity Chypres-Your Favorites, Your Thoughts

    Very interesting reading - thank you. He sticks to a few of the old stories, though, even when they're obviously wrong - such as guff about Mitsouko meaning 'mystery', and the one about the bottle...
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    Re: What Did Your Grandmother Wear?

    My grandmother on my mother's side wore Arpège, and on my father's Opium and Parure. I approve of all three!
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    Re: Question for owners of current Antaeus

    The hairy-chested reputation of Antaeus is very much overstated if you ask me. It's an aromatic chypre, after all, with that chypre-y perfumey vibe that smells far from uber masculine. Doesn't bother...
  74. Re: vintage Mitsouko parfum extrait...mind-blowing

    Would be happy to, but the shipping cost from France would be prohibitive for smaller samples.
  75. Re: vintage Mitsouko parfum extrait...mind-blowing

    It's wonderful stuff. I really ought to break it open more often.

    Truth is, I have more vintage Mitsouko than I know what do with.

    Extrait from the 80s and 90s, where the peach is still soft...
  76. [International] Apres l'Ondée extrait, C&S No. 88, Songe d'Un Bois d'Été

    Time to liberate some space among the stockpile!

    For sale are the following three. Any questions, please just drop me a line!

    (NB: Shipping is €12 Euros within EU, €22 rest of world)


    ...
  77. Re: Any COLD, creepy, Not-sweet perfume recommendations?

    This is the closest, I think. Musty cold stone, with a hint of cool incense from masses long gone. Beware, though: the more recent versions are warmer, spicier, and not at all what you're looking...
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    Re: Dating a Guerlain Parapluie

    I know. I said 'codes that help with dating', not 'batch codes'. The umbrella bottle in fact carried on until the end of 1970s, according to the Atlas/Monniot bible, and I've seen plenty with batch...
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    Re: 80’s & 90’s Classics

    I'm not saying it's not legit (it almost certainly is), but I'd be very surprised if it were the 'absolute earliest release'. In any case checking the batch code should tell you one way or another.
    ...
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    Re: Dating a Guerlain Parapluie

    Codes that help with dating were around for decades before that.

    There's normally a batchcode on the underside of the paper discs, but if there's nothing there too bad.
  81. Re: what's the one note you can't stand much of?

    White musk
    Immortelle
    Sickly berries
    Ethyl maltol (How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways)
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    Re: Dating a Guerlain Parapluie

    These bottles were produced by various factories so I don't think minor variations in form are significant.

    From the colour of the box, I'd guess the Shalimar is from the 1970s too. Is there a...
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    Re: 80’s & 90’s Classics

    Guerlain always conceived new bottles to accompany the launch of a new scent, and the bottle with the sloping shoulders appears in all the ads from the time. Why would they have released some early...
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    Re: 80’s & 90’s Classics

    It's an oddity all right, but the original bottle was the one with the rounded gold gap and sloping shoulders, as seen in adverts from the period.
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    Re: Lutheran incense?

    I'd be surprised if Lutheran churches used any incense at all. Can any of our German members chime in?

    If they do, it's likely to be any of the commercially available blends around today.
  86. Re: real ambergris containing fragrances today?

    It's still used in Mitsouko extract, giving a wonderful golden glow, as it were lit from behind.
  87. Re: Why do they make scents that have faecal or animalistic tones?

    I can't believe I just read that.
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    Re: penhaligon hammam bouquet vintage

    One trick is to make sure that the 'eau de toilette' line appears on the box base and not higher up. If you see a bottle with a long silver-coloured metal cap rather than a clear plastic ball, you...
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    Re: Shalimar........ for men

    The two are close. My SO wears the latter almost every day, and almost every day I have to do an olfactive double take.

    I'd definitely recommend the old extrait, the purple-box, Marly-horse,...
  90. Re: Fragrances in terms of gender are problematic imho

    Always an interesting topic, this, but there's no easy answer apart from the obvious 'wear what you enjoy, and enjoy what you wear.'

    By the way, I'm surprised at some of the names being bandied...
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    Re: Vintage Habit Rouge edc, cologne, and edt

    The edp came out in 2003 *cough* :smiley:
  92. Re: What exactly is the difference between “Fougere” and “Aromatic”?

    If it doesn't have lavender, oakmoss and coumarin, it isn't properly a fougere. Recent reinterpretations have fiddled with the building blocks (getting round restrictions on oakmoss by using other...
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    Re: Guerlain Djedi 1926 edition on eBay

    Djedi was released in 1926, but that doesn't mean that this particular bottle dates to 1926. More like the 1960s, I'd have said. There's a guide to dating the stickers somewhere ...
  94. Re: Macassar by Rochas - The quest still going on.

    Which country are you in? There's a bottle on eBay right now, selling to the EU.
  95. Re: Roja Diaghilev compared to vintage Guerlain Mitsouko

    Diaghilev has more in common with vintage Rochas Femme than Mitsouko, though it was ostensibly composed in homage to the later. The sweaty cumin note isn't in the Guerlain.

    I'm not sure whether...
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    Re: Modern aromatic fougere?

    Have a look at El by Arquiste: a modern take on the hairy-chested aromatic fougère of bygone years.
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    Re: Strong Linden for Men?

    The lime trees are in blossom here, and I've been wondering about whether there were any fragrances with that note all week. Following with interest!
  98. Re: Dior - La Collection Privee. Your Favourite Must Haves ???

    Mitzah and Leather Oud for me (the former easier to wear than the latter, masterpiece though it is).
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    Re: Vintage vs Modern SHALIMAR EDP

    Ah, thanks. It was the word 'mauve' that made me think it might be vintage, but navy blue isn't so old.
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    Re: Vintage vs Modern SHALIMAR EDP

    Are you sure about the satin box? I thought that was usually reserved for the extrait (and special presentations).

    To answer your question, I don't think Shalimar EdP has aged too badly compared...
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