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  1. Re: How many experiences have you had where you loved the fragrance bottle but hated the actual scen

    Angel: I love the bottle but after several tries I still can't tolerate the scent.

    Safari: I finally got the greenness I was after when I bought it, but only after several tries. So it's now at...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    So far, so good. My husband is driving to Michigan tomorrow; I hope he doesn't have any problems!

    Canoe is very familiar to me, as I wore Ambush in high school. It's basically Canoe with...
  3. Re: Perfumes you own that go AGAINST your usual sensibilities or scruples.

    I own Angel. Because it was $5 in an antique mall and I really like the bottle. I have tried several times to like it, but so far can't stand to be in the same room as the piece of cotton I put it...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    That would be very appropriate around here today, as we're having a lot of flooding. Good thing I live on top of the hill. Anyway, in an effort to stop the incessant rain, I'm wearing Safari. If that...
  5. Re: Does anyone have suggestions for a perfume to layer with a powdery rose scent?

    If you want to stay with the rose theme, you might layer it over a rose-scented lotion. If you want something a little more complex, you could layer it with other fairly simplistic scents built...
  6. Re: Agrippa on Aromatics as relates to the magic of the time (1400's)

    Thanks for sharing! I love reading such as this, just for fun.
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    Basenotes in NYTimes article

    Basenotes is cited in a New York Times article about how to choose a fragrance: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/smarter-living/how-to-choose-perfume-cologne-fragrance.html

    I looked for, but...
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    Re: Anybody know what Tillial is?

    Yes, in Britain lime trees are what US calls linden trees.
  9. Re: Can anyone identify the perfume that came in this bottle?

    The bottle reminds me of Ciro Danger, but I've never seen one with a stopper like that, so maybe not.

    ETA: NOT Ciro Danger, but possibly Lucien Lelong Mon Image. The bottle looks right, but your...
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    Re: How Paul Kiler ruined my day

    I'm not sure where you are getting your information? I lived in Rochester NY for 25 years and East Tennessee for 35, both of which have sassafras growing native, wild, and plentiful. I have never...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I used to wear that in high school and college and still love it. It's hard not to want to buy every one I see!
  12. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    I can certainly help with the female Avon samples. Let me know what folks are interested in and I'll be happy to share.
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    Re: Chemistry - sumatra benzoin

    Hi, Alex, welcome to Basenotes! You'll have better luck getting answers to this in the DIY section. Please don't repost, but ask the mods to move it for you. You'll find lots of helpful and...
  14. Re: Where can I find good sandalwood oil?

    Edenbotanicals.com, Perfumersupplyhouse.com and Whitelotusaromatics.com are US sources highly respected in the DIY section.
  15. Re: Calling All Feminine Vintage Collectors

    Diamond, please take a look at my wardrobe and see if there is anything you'd like to try. Send me a list and I'll confirm which ones I have enough to share (most). I can also send pics of bottles if...
  16. Re: Another use for CK Obsession (for Men?) .......

    I just posted it too! I guess we need a merge.
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    How to Catch a Tiger?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/world/asia/india-tiger-cologne-obsession.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

    Sorry, that's how to catch a tigress. I guess if you want a...
  18. Re: Interesting story on perfumes to share

    Thanks for sharing!
  19. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    I need to bow out of this pass. I have so much going on in the next couple weeks that I can't get out of, that participating would feel more like an obligation than the joy it should be. So, Livejazz...
  20. Re: As a child, which fragrances did your parents wear that you were most fond of?

    Cleaning out my mom's house, I found bottles of Houbigant Quelque Fleurs, Angelique Pink Satin, and Yardley's Old English Lavender. When I tried the Quelque Fleurs, it took me back to my youth. I...
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    Re: Luca Turin's Theory

    Luca, thanks! I look forward to reading these when I can give them the attention they deserve (not after two glasses of wine with dinner). Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Luca Turin's Theory

    I, too, have yet to be convinced by Turin's evidence so far as presented in his book. My context is degrees in both biology and physics, so I should be able to understand his hypothesis, but I just...
  23. Re: Rose Fragrance - most true to scent, best staying power, etc.

    Crabtree & Evelyn's Evelyn, if you can find it. It's been replaced by Evelyn Rose which is not quite the same according to BN reviewers.
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    Re: IFRA question/My health

    This. Granted I am not a perfume toxicologist, but I am a researcher in ecotoxicology and, for my own edification, have done some literature review looking into aromachemical toxicology. Very few...
  25. Re: Basenotes: Need help with Michael Jackson's Wonderland estate fragrance cabinet

    Magie Noire, of course.
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    Re: Maja Myrugia ?

    For the sake of clarification, Maja and Nueva Maja are two different perfumes. My impression is that original Maja is more Oriental, while the Nueva is more chypre. I have a newer Maja in a more...
  27. Re: Sample Pass: Vintage Avon Masculines 1949-1976 (CONUS)

    Looks like your list is full, which is no problem. I already have a number of these. I'll sit back and read y'all's reactions and enjoy. But I do want to let you know that I can get some of these for...
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    Re: Blind buys you regret

    Angel. I've tried to understand it, much less like it, but no. I can't get past a minute with it. I tried putting it on cotton in another room and coming back to see whether it was just the opening,...
  29. Re: Don't Add Water, Glycerin or Jojoba to Alcoholic Perfumes

    Hi, ChrisP, welcome to Basenotes!
    You can make oil-based perfumes with jojoba, although you might want to look into fractionated coconut oil for something that won't go rancid. Or you can make...
  30. Re: Help me identify the perfumes in the photo

    Behind White Shoulders might be D'Orsay Intoxication?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    In honor of the birthday boy, SOTE is YSL Champagne! Here's to you!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Happy Birthday, Pure Caramel! Since we bonded in the cooking thread, I just had some cake for you ;-) You are a gentleman and I'm honored to call you friend!
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    Re: Essential Oil Fragrance

    Hi, BTP, welcome to Basenotes! There are a few folks here who work with only naturals, but they're few and far between. Consider these two helpful books; Mindy Green gives 30 formulae including one...
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    Re: Serious question...

    I wore Indiscret when I, oh, well, a lady never tells...
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    Re: Natural Accords

    Thanks for sharing!
  36. Re: E. Roudnitska - The Novice and his Palette (Dragoco Report 1/1982)

    I'm a little slow, but better than never: Thanks for sharing. I appreciate your constant generosity!
  37. Re: R.I.P. -- Hubert de Givenchy / Memorial Sync Tuesday, March 13th

    Le de, vintage.
  38. Thread: Susns

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    Re: Susns

    I believe that style of stopper is from the 70s.
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    I'd be happy to provide you some samples of what I have.

    You are correct; space can be as important a resource as money!
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    At the price of most vintage Avons, there can't be too much regret!
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    I do have Straw Hat; I'd forgotten about it. IIRC, a nice light summer chypre.
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    Re: Diluting pure EO's for perfumery.

    There are threads about this in the DIY forum. Hop on over!
  43. Re: some more hints for a latex fragrance?

    Here's a hint on getting hints on how to make fragrances: post your question in the DIY section where you'll find other folks that make fragrances and can help you ;-)
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    Zealot, your Structured set reminds me of the Faberge scents for women, all in very similar bottles but with distinguishing caps: wood for Woodhue, fake fur for Tigress, red plastic for Flambeau...I...
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    Re: Dilute by volume or dilute by weight?

    To be perfectly correct, yes. You can look them up at The Good Scents Company.
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    Re: Dilute by volume or dilute by weight?

    You can dilute by weight using volume if you don't mind doing a little math. You need to adjust for the fact that the specific gravity of ethanol is 0.787. That means that 1 ml of ethanol weighs only...
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    Re: Really harsh ethanol absolute

    100% ethanol exposed to air will soon be 96% ethanol.
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    Re: Really harsh ethanol absolute

    You are very welcome!
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    Re: Really harsh ethanol absolute

    Undenatured pure ethanol is best for perfuming, if you can get it. So, no, don't try to denature it. Using it for perfume will effectively render it undrinkable.
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    Re: Thanks to you all

    Congratulations! I'm very glad it worked out for you.
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    Re: Really harsh ethanol absolute

    Well, I had to look it up to see what "ethanol absolute" is, as absolute has a specific meaning in perfumery that didn't make sense here. What I can't tell is whether this product has a denaturant in...
  52. Thread: Notes

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    Re: Notes

    This is a good question, as essential oils do have many components that evaporate at different rates. The best thing to do is to test each one and note when it has the scent that you consider...
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    Re: Newbe, novice looking for advice.

    Hi, Ian,
    I can't find the reference to the terminology thread in the Primer thread. I thought I saw it, but I'm now apparently brain-dead from grading papers. Sorry! But the primer does include...
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    Re: Buying minatures

    You can often find them sold on Ebay with the fragrance name listed as "Vente Interdite" by someone who doesn't read French.
  55. Re: Additives to grain alcohol base - important or not?

    Hi, burgercraft, welcome to Basenotes!

    If you have pure grain alcohol 95% that is ideal. Don't add anything that you don't want in your perfume, and make sure that everything you add has a...
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    Re: Newbe, novice looking for advice.

    Hi, Ian, welcome to Basenotes!

    If you've read the "sticky" thread at the top of this forum, and all the threads that it links to, I'm not sure what you're asking. Can you be a little more specific...
  57. Re: growing desperate... any help is so much appreciated

    Hi, blxii, welcome to Basenotes!

    This question makes me suspect that you haven't read the "sticky" which is the thread at the top of this forum highlighted in yellow. It has links to many very...
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    Re: Self-proclaimed perfumers

    I appreciate your contributions to assist others in developing their craft! Thank you!
  59. Re: Oil classification guide by scent family or relative impact/relative strength?

    A common newbie mistake that I also made is to read the notes descriptors of perfumes as ingredients lists. These are really more like wine descriptions. For example, the wine might be described as...
  60. Re: Oil classification guide by scent family or relative impact/relative strength?

    Because he's classifying them according to how long they last, not what they smell like. His numbers indicate duration of each note.
  61. Re: Oil classification guide by scent family or relative impact/relative strength?

    Sorry, double post.
  62. Re: Oil classification guide by scent family or relative impact/relative strength?

    Julian, thanks for those. I had the first two in hard copy, but hadn't seen the third.

    Chocolatesa, welcome to Basenotes. Here are a couple of thoughts for you:
    As you work with your materials,...
  63. Re: How to make accords harmonic throughout dry down?

    I think I have to say no, it doesn't make sense. I don't think you're going to get accord A to last longer by adding more of it. You may be doing math but I think it has no meaning here.

    I think...
  64. Re: Can I use regular printer paper for blotters?

    Look for watercolor paper; I've used this as I had it on hand (guess I'm never going to be a painter!) (OK, I'm probably never going to be a perfumer, either. But I can play...)
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    Re: Serial Lurker finally joined

    Hi, Simon, welcome to Basenotes!
    My story is rather boring; as I bought my first fragrance (Dana's Ambush) at the drugstore when in high school. I loved Tabu, but it never felt like "me" possibly...
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    Re: A perfect perfume cabinet!

    It's also apparently mobile; did you notice the "amble storage" in the bottom?
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    Re: Fragrance in spirits

    Hi, Nissa, welcome to Basenotes!

    That's an interesting question. I hadn't thought of applying perfumery principles to spirits, mostly because I don't make spirits. But it makes sense that you...
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    Re: Straying from Essential Oils?

    Hi, blxii, welcome to Basenotes!
    If you are interested in making perfume, you'll want to post your questions in the DIY section, where lots of folks will be happy to help you.

    In the meantime, a...
  69. Re: Adverse skin reaction to fragrances all of a sudden?

    I showered three times a day when I was in college in Atlanta before the dorms were air-conditioned, as a way to cool down. Certainly most folks in modern life don't need to, and it can be harmful,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    My favorite little local antique mall is going out of business. I stopped by Saturday and found out. So I went upstairs and bought the Avons for men that I'd been thinking about trying, for about $5...
  71. Re: Adverse skin reaction to fragrances all of a sudden?

    I'm so sorry to hear about this. I know how frustrating it is.

    I agree with kotori. You are probably suffering from sensitization and fragrance overload. The potential for sensitization is the...
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    Re: Vintage Calvin Klein Obsession

    Check Ebay, and other vintage online sellers (Etsy, Ruby Lane). Haunt the thrift stores in your area; I've found two bottles of vintage Obsession in thrift stores for a couple bucks each. It takes...
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    Re: Which fragrances smell like Christmas?

    I inherited from my mom a small aluminum bottle of Fragonard's Xmas E. Some report that it's supposed to be their answer to Nuit de Noel, which I would love to smell.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 13th November, 2017

    Thanks for all the hugs and kind words! I really appreciate it. And I hope all migraines and other pains dissipate, and job interviews are successful!
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 13th November, 2017

    Charlie. It was my sister's perfume, and Monday is her birthday. The 20th one since we lost her. So I'll love her children (now grown, but still need a mom now and then) and celebrate her life.
  76. Re: Starting to look for vintage fragrances on ebay, which ones are worth seeking out?

    Purecaramel, we're not old. We're vintage, like the best wines and perfumes!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Beautiful! And jealousy-making ;-)

    Cinnabar for my SOTE.
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    Re: Have You Ever Wondered....

    My grandmother taught me to decorate cakes for birthdays and weddings. I can do an entire cake without wanting to eat the icing...

    And meat, yeah, Oriane, I'm with you there!
  79. Re: Free vintage Shalimar EDT to good home!

    That looks lovely; too bad about the chips. I really don't need it, though, and would feel even more like a greedy hoarder to accept it. So lets see who else answers.
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    Of course you do!
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    Re: PK new Lab pics

    Looks very nice! I'm glad for you!
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    I've been wearing Unforgettable several times this week and loving it. I've also become convinced that if it were created today, it'd be marketed to males. So try it, if you can either avoid or...
  83. Re: Sometimes, do you remember back and think you took this too far?

    Sometimes, yes, I think "what the heck am I doing?"

    But then I realize 1) I really can afford this, it's not going to mean I won't eat (at least not until I'm 93 and then I can sell off some...
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    Re: Perfume vials - labels fall off

    I use "spirit" pens ordered from a science supply house. The ink is not soluble in alcohol. I have several colors so that I can color-code on white labels.
  85. Re: Arcadi Boix Camps - "Perfumery:Techniques in Evolution"

    They say there's a sucker born every minute. Apparently, on a July night almost 6 decades ago, it was me.

    I have received my copy of the book, and I have to say that I am quite disappointed. There...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    SOTD: Revlon Intimate
    SOTE: Lanvin mystery, came with no label. I think it's Rumeur, based on descriptions I've read, but could be Pretext. Could be something I've never heard of. What I'm getting...
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    Re: Arcadi Boix Camps

    Thank you! I have just ordered my copy.
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    Re: New moderators and community manager

    I am very grateful to you all, for all you do for all of us!
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    Re: Arcadi Boix Camps

    I'm interested. Please keep us up to date on this. Thanks!
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Last week, while prowling a thrift store for vintages, I had to ask a lady, because she smelled so nice: Estee Lauder's Beautiful.
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    Also try Unforgettable for a leather chypre.
    In my experience, even vintage Avon colognes have wonderful longevity. I used to do a "walk-through" spray in the morning and still be able to smell it...
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    Re: Avon Vintage

    I love some vintage Avons, but am not very familiar with those marketed to men. Avon Soft Musk was my signature in the '80s, along with Odyssey and Pavi Elle. I have recently found more, in thrift...
  93. Re: Quantum Vibration Scent Theory - I don`t really get it

    I have degrees in both physics and biology, and have read Turin's book. While I was ready to be convinced, I didn't find the book sufficient to do so. I don't remember all of my quibbles with it, but...
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    Re: Arcadi Boix Camps

    I found it listed for $128 plus shipping, but haven't tried to order yet. Let me know if it works.

    https://chipsbooks.com/perftech.htm
  95. Re: New Smelly Game: Incense - Pre-Discussion Thread

    Please clarify when you use the word "barbeque", as it means different things to different people. In the southern US, you are not barbequeing unless there is barbeque sauce (or spices) involved,...
  96. Re: Longer lasting 100% pure Lavender oil ?

    I think that the absolute (depending upon the manufacturer, perhaps) may have a deeper, sweeter scent. If you ask in DIY, you may get more info.
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    Re: Fragrances that grow on you over time?

    I've grown into a number of fragrances as I get more acquainted with more styles and more scents. I've had some, such as Dana's Navy, that I got almost accidentally and couldn't stand the first time...
  98. Re: What kind of perfume you think Lady Macbeth should wear?

    Chronologically: Cabochard, Pretexte, Ambush, Possession, and Scandal.
  99. Re: Longer lasting 100% pure Lavender oil ?

    Levender essential oil is a topnote, which means it's not going yo stick around for a long time. You will get more longevity, and a slightly different scent, from lavender absolute.
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    Re: Reconstructing from a GC/MS report.

    I gotta love a guy who thinks math is fun!
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