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    Re: Tuberose Candle

    Just the price, as far as I know.
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    Re: Tuberose Candle

    I was also going to suggest Diptyque. The fragrance is very powerful so they last for quite a while.
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    Re: S O T D Saturday 24 October 2009

    I'm spending the day smelling of roses in Amouage Epic.
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    Re: S O T D Friday 23 October 2009

    Parfumerie Generale Felanilla. Right now I'm reading it as mostly vanilla and amber, Shalimar meets Ambre Narguile if you will. Very cosy.

    And a very Happy Birthday to SMM!
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    According to the images' exif data (you need a Firefox addon to see it), they were taken on

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    Poll: Re: Le Parfum de Therese vs. Diorella

    I should have added that I think that Diorella would be wonderful on a man. Get a bottle regardless of what you decide to do about the other frags.
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    Poll: Re: Le Parfum de Therese vs. Diorella

    LpdT reminds me of Vanille Galante, it's that melon/lily/ylang thing but stronger. LpdT is more complex but the first time I smelled it, I instantly thought of VG which I didn't expect at all.
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    Re: SotD Thursday 22 October

    I'm fascinated with chypres at the moment so I'm finally giving Jubilation 25 a proper wearing.
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    Annick Goutal Mandragore Pourpre

    Info from AG website

    Creation date : 2009

    Olfactory family : aromatic, cyprus, spicy

    Composition : bergamot, mint, star anis, rosemary from Spain, geranium, black pepper, patchouli leaf,...
  10. Re: Guerlain questions - "new tweaked" Insolence and Boise Torride

    I've recently been trying to find out about the availability of the more exclusive Guerlains in UK but without much luck. The only place I could imagine possibly stocking these would the Roja Dove...
  11. Re: Observed something horrifying at Sak's the other day

    Perhaps it varies from country to country but - in my experience at least- the SAs here will happily drench you in anything from the latest D&Gs to Bois des Iles and the Hermessences. Or leave you to...
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    Re: New Dior Packaging

    I was also told by a SA that they are discontinuing smaller sizes for Diorissimo (I didn't ask about other frags). As of 1 Nov it'll only be available in 100ml. She even showed me the paperwork that...
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    Poll: Re: Fav Women's Amouage?

    I love Dia. I swooned the moment I opened the package containing the sample and caught a whiff of it, for some reason my nose finds it irresistible. Along with 31 Rue Cambon it's at the top on my...
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    Re: SotD Monday 19 October

    Diptyque Do Son for me today. A medium-weight tuberose, seems nice enough so far.
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    Re: SotD Sunday 18 October

    One of my winter favourites, the wonderfully snuggly Hermessence Ambre Narguile

    Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.
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    Re: Chanel Coromandel

    I tried it a couple of weeks ago on a SA's recommendation and I, too, agree - the nicest patchouli I've smelt so far. I wish Chanel made this in a candle, I love the smell but having it on my own...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Oooh, I love watches! This is my current one - Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control. Auto, stainless steel on croc strap. I adore it.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v512/LoonyPumpkin/JLCMC.jpg
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    Re: S o t D Saturday 17 October

    Happy birthday BrothaG!

    I started the day with Fico di Amalfi from Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo line.
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Man vs Woman

    I hope you like it, let us know how you get on!

    I probably didn't do it justice. I'm not particularly experienced and I find it so well blended that it's hard to pick out the individual notes so I...
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    Re: SotD Friday 16 October

    Not yet but I'm gonna have to because the EDT lived up to its wimpy reputation and didn't last long at all.

    And with that I'm going to upgrade to AdP Profumo for the evening.
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    Re: SotD Friday 16 October

    I don't know about propriety but that's precisely what happens in our household :D
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    Re: SotD Friday 16 October

    I'm in Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile EDT today. Very nice even if I'm mostly getting the orange blossoms so far.

    Have a nice day everyone!
  23. Re: Where can I try (or even buy testers) non-"mainstream" EDTs in the UK?

    Have you tried contacting the companies directly? In my experience quite a few will send you free samples if you ask nicely. Hermes are pretty generous with samples.

    TdH is stocked in Selfridges...
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    Re: Guerlain testers?

    For some inexplicable reason the Guerlain counter at my local department store only has extrait testers like that for certain frags. Jicky, VdN and something else. I think it used to be Nahema but I...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 15 October

    Chanel Beige from a sample which arrived today. Wish I didn't rush and put it straight on 'cause I'm not really loving it.
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    Re: Amouage Lyric Man vs Woman

    I've a bottle of Lyric Woman but I'm not familiar with the man's version or with other frags that you mentioned so I'm not sure how helpful this will be. While I don't find Lyric Woman to be overtly...
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    Re: S O T D Wednesday 14 October 2009

    Hermes Hiris today. Slightly melancholy it seems rather fitting on a mild, damp autumn day.
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    Re: Perfume recommendations

    You might like Hermes Hiris or Annick Goutal Heure Exquise.
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 13 October

    The heavenly 31 Rue Cambon. Again!
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    Re: S O T D Monday 12 October 2009

    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    Apparently it's meant to convey the feel of wool and I think there's a raspiness to it that invokes it perfectly. The notes are vetiver, neroli, bergamot, grilled hazelnut,...
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    Re: Can we talk about Fracas?

    Fracas smells quite (okay, very) soapy on me too. It's also fairly subdued on my skin. I like it but I don't quite love it so I'm still on the lookout for the perfect tuberose.

    Carnal Flower is a...
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 11 October -09

    SOTD is the beauty that is Amouage Lyric Woman.
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    Re: any good designer rose scents

    Nahema is the first thing that springs to mind.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 10 October

    FM Une Rose It's been a while since I last wore this so I thought it was time to revisit.
  35. Thread: Lolita

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    Re: Lolita

    If it's designer you are after then perhaps also SJP Covet.
  36. Re: Ten new members who have an interest in sampling

    Sounds good (and extremely generous). If UK is okay then I'm all up for expanding some horizons :)
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    Re: Annick Goutal Mandragore Pourpre

    A charming Goutal SA gave me a sample which I finally got around to testing yesterday (posted about it on SOTD thread). I think it only hit the shops in my area 2 or 3 weeks ago although being in the...
  38. Re: Has Luca Turin's Fragrance Writing Style Influenced Your Thinking?

    Speaking of associating a perfume with a review and TS's references to booze, I think I'll forever connect Dior Addict with her "the bourbon was all me"

    Still, nothing comes close to Turin's...
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    Re: Getting discouraged with my nose...

    Frankly, if you smelled Mitsouko for the first time and found it "interesting" then you are probably doing better than many. I thought it was repugnant :o That opinion has changed since but I'm yet...
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    Re: SotD Friday 9 October

    Happy Birthday JaimeB!

    SOTD is Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile
  41. Re: Why don't retail bottle purchases come with samples?

    Some SAa seem to think that if a customer appears interested in something and the SAs deny them a sample then the customer has no choice but to go ahead and just buy the thing anyway. It might work...
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    Re: Champaca Absolute?

    I tried it last Tues and the only thing I can remember about it is that it disappeared from the card petty quickly. I tried Noir De Noir, Black Violet and TV at the same time and I remember those at...
  43. Re: Questions from a newbie to the experienced: On sampling, re-sampling to FB status

    I'm very ruthless about FB buys. I don't buy things which I merely find interesting, or unusual/original, or classics that I appreciate or frags which are nice or even very nice. I try to only buy...
  44. Re: Has Luca Turin's Fragrance Writing Style Influenced Your Thinking?

    That's one of my favourites too although I think that's TS's work.

    I can't say that Turin's writing style influenced my thinking but, like other people mentioned, it lead me to try fragrance which...
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    Re: House Synchronization Day 10/31/09!

    I find SL a little challenging. I've a sample of Ambre Sultan which I wear very occasionally and only lightly dabbed (or layered under other things).

    Any recommendation for something fairly...
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    Re: S o t D Thrusday 08 October 2009

    Happy Birthday, Rogalal!

    SOTD is Annick Goutal Mandragore Pourpre. I mostly got bergamot and geranium with a touch of something minty peppery to begin with, then the anise became quite prominent....
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    Re: Cuir de Lancome - please tell me more

    If you want to try Bandit then I would recommend that you contact Piguet via their website. They were very generous and sent me two samples of every scent that they do when I only enquired about a...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 7 October

    A very Happy Birthday to all the birthday folks! Hope you are having a great day, hopefully filled with some gorgeous fragrances.

    It's a gorgeous, crisp sunny day here so I'm wearing my latest...
  49. Re: If You Could Only Wear One House's Frags...

    Would have to be a choice between Chanel and Amouage.
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    Re: Dolce and Gabbana Anthology

    A couple of weeks ago I was pounced on by a SA who was promoting these. Before I could protest she proceeded to shove 3 tester cards under my nose and ask which one I preferred. AlI I managed a...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 6 October

    It's dark and raining heavily here today so I went with Ormonde Jayne Ta'if an exotic, spicy desert rose.
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    Re: Cuir de Lancome - please tell me more

    Thanks again, everyone. I decided to take up heynow on his incredibly kind offer so I'm looking forward to trying this in the future.

    Can I just add that I'm really touched by how lovely and...
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    Re: Cuir de Lancome - please tell me more

    Thanks, guys! Definitely helpful, the fact that you describe it as both wearable and ambery/oriental makes it sound pretty promising, I think it could be right up my street.

    Thanks again and keep...
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    Cuir de Lancome - please tell me more

    I'm intrigued by this one but it looks I might have no choice but to buy it unsniffed as I can only track it down online. Lancome proved to be predictably unhelpful - limited edition, sold out, no...
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    Re: SotD Monday 5 October

    Was feeling extremely indecisive today so in the end I put on some Divine by Divine before I could change my mind again. Liking it a lot - a very classic, elegant fragrance. Not loud or overpowering...
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    Re: Armani Prive Amber Soie

    This is one of the Prive scents that I really want to try. It sounds like it could be a nice, more sophisticated take on amber.

    Turin mentions an anisic note, perhaps that could be the green smell?
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    Re: Fragrance lovers must read!

    This book contains a great chapter dedicated to fragrances addressing, among other things, the quality of raw ingredients (very complimentary towards Chanel & Hermes), use of naturals & synthetics,...
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    Re: Looking for advice

    I've limited experience with Caron and the only one that I liked so far was Parfum Sacre which is a spicy, peppery rose so it might not be much to your liking.

    The fist things that popped into...
  59. Re: All Invited! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sniff 'n' Speak Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 ★★★ AMBER

    I love me a bit of amber. It's 1.30 am (so technically Saturday) in UK and I'm finishing/starting the day with the ambery 31 Rue Cambon drydown. A gorgeous, sophisticated, very Chanel take on amber...
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    Re: Niche recommendation for 26yo Guy

    Well, seeing as you don't mention a budget and inspired by the recent thread, how about Chanel Sycomore? To me ( a 28 year old female) it is both classy and classic without felling stuffy or old.
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    Re: SotD Friday 2 October

    Thanks for the Welcome messages folks :)
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    Re: SotD Friday 2 October

    The weather is terrible today but I received a very generous package (2 x samples of every scent they do except Futur, I only expressed interest in Baghari and Bandit) from Piguet this morning so I'm...
  63. Thread: Sycomore

    by Anthracite
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    Re: Sycomore

    I loved it at first sniff, it's simply gorgeous. I would be quite happily to smell it on man, woman, inanimate object, anything.
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    Re: Guerlain Idylle

    I only tried on paper so far. First impression was EL's Pleasures - lots of lilac. A tiny bit of lily of the valley and some other sweet floral (sweet peas? freesia?). Then quickly morphing into a...
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    Re: Clean and soapy frags

    I've read that the new Hermes Eau de Gentiane Blanche has that clean laundry feel about it. I've not tried it myself yet (not my thing so I'm in no hurry) but perhaps someone else might chime in.
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    Re: Perfume sweetness

    I think that many modern mainstream fruity floras can also be very sugary sweet. Especially if the juice is pink :D They seem to be primarily marketed at young women, though. So I'd say oriental,...
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    Re: Amouage Samples: Very quick impressions

    I don't know about Dia pH but the ladies' Dia was created by Jean-Claude Ellena. I'd love a bottle of it, to me it's like a classic piece of clothing - it might not be anything ground breaking but...
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    Re: new and wanting advice

    Considering how tenacious patchouli is, I think "lifetime" could have a pretty literal meaning :D
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    Re: Today I sampled.....

    Got a little package from Armani folks so trying Vetiver Babylon and Bois d'Encens, just on paper for now. First impressions are

    VB is very Armani - paired down, simple, clean, bordering on bland....
  70. Thread: Leather!

    by Anthracite
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    Re: Leather!

    Les Senteurs sell Piguet fragrances too. The staff there will also be able to make further suggestions and can make some free samples for you to take home.

    http://shop.lessenteurs.com
  71. Re: Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile...anyone try it?

    I've not tried it on skin (yet, got two samples today) and I've no idea what magnolia is actually meant to smell like but I quite like the fragrance so far.

    As already been said, it opens sweet...
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    Re: new and wanting advice

    I feel the same way about Coromandel. Definitely the nicest patchouli I've smelt but, alas, comes at a price.

    Enjoy your sample, now is a great time of the year to wear it, I think.
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    Re: new and wanting advice

    Hello and welcome!

    I agree with Angel and original Prada recommendations. They are widely available, will be easy enough to try and so are a good place to start.

    On top of that you could see...
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    Re: Comfort scent

    Jicky (in extrait), is that crazy? I think it's the lavender & vanilla combo that does it.

    Hermes Ambre Narguile for the 'snugly cashmere jumper' sort of comfort.
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    Re: Recommend me some samples for my lady

    Chanel 31 Rue Cambon is gorgeous. I tried it recently and just got a sample this afternoon. They are darling miniatures, beautifully presented in a box so even a sample feels like a mini treat.
    ...
  76. Re: 3 Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances possibly discontinued?

    A SA in Manchester Selfridges said the same thing when I asked to try Velvet Gardenia earlier this week. She explained that it wasn't out on display because it was being discontinued and that if I...
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    Re: Grapefruit fragrance

    My first post here so hello everyone!

    Back to the question, Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus is another possibility. In the notes they list pomello, but to me it just smells like a massive grapefruit ;)
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