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    Re: Good fragrance for a 40 year old?

    Coco Noir if she is a Drama Queen and Eau du Sud if she is sporty. And if Chanel is out of your budget Narciso for women in the black EDT bottle
  2. Re: What bottle feels best/worst in your hand?

    Bought a little bottle of Mauboussin Promise Me on an online discount. I love the bottle, you can pick it up with the padlock and apply the perfume without smudging the glass bottle. The fragrance,...
  3. Re: What type of fragrance would you like to see added to Chanel Les Exclusifs line?

    Anything that lasted longer than 45 minutes on my skin. Yes, waiting for the EDP strength, as I'm sure many others are
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    Re: Please help a newbie with advice

    The beautiful and talented Victoria Frolova has a 'Recommend me a Perfume' Thread that may be helpful. Here is the link to her blog, the piece about Mysore Sandalwood soap that I found. It did take...
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    Re: Please help a newbie with advice

    You know, really, honestly, nothing beats soap & toothpaste if you're looking to impress. I would find an Indian Emporium that sold Mysore Sandalwood soap (the Government own the soap factory and...
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    Re: Help me complete my collection

    Here's a couple of cheapies, Hommage a L'Homme by Lalique and M Generation by Mauboussin, easily obtained online. A little more pricey is 'L'Ambre des Merveilles by Hermes.
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    Re: A question for the ladies...

    I live in New Zealand, at the bottom of the world, where perfumes are extremely expensive and niche houses are barely represented. Mauboussin, created by Christine Nagel, is a lovely perfume for...
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    I am already a Nana three times over, although this is my only daughter's first baby and she would tell me off pretty quickly I suspect. Think it best to use skin scents and, as you rightly point...
  9. Re: Looking For My First Ever Fragrance. Any Suggestions?

    Chanel in EDT is still a beautiful perfume and BV Eau Legere as suggested by Oviatt is a wonderful suggestion. I was trying to keep the price down for a college student and suggest something that...
  10. Re: Looking For My First Ever Fragrance. Any Suggestions?

    You have just described White Linen by Estee Lauder.
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    Insolence EDP, Mon Parfum Cherie.....ah my pretties, you are so lovely, but my daughter will tell me off rotten if I wear anything around her first born, nearly due. What can I sneak on?
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    The only perfume I have been called out on was the original Opium, which I wore in 1980, apparently a co worker was highly allergic to it, and when I consider how much eugenol was in the original...
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    It was a You Tube clip, that much I remember, but it was a long time ago, so sorry, not very helpful. I see that Jean Louis Sieuzac and Nejla Barbir composed Dune for Dior, he of Opium YSL, so...
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    Agreed.
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    The way I understood it (and this could be faulty memory) was that Penhaligons had the perfume as a private gift for their customers, just as Estee Lauder's Private Collection and Chanel's 19 was. I...
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    Re: Dune - still nothing like it

    Closest thing I have to Dune is Penhaligons Love Potion No 9 for women. The interpretation is woodsier, more herbal and it preceded Dune by a couple of years, always leaving me thinking that...
  17. Re: In search of the fragrance of my ex-girlfriend

    I live at the bottom of the world where perfumes are extremely expensive and incomes are low compared to cost of living. It's nothing to be ashamed of to ask if a cheaper alternative can be found....
  18. Re: Suggest really nice Lavender Perfumes

    Oh, Yardley Lavender down the loo as well. Since the release of Yardley Iris I haven't tried the old girls, it having a lavender opening (from which an iris skin scent develops) that has satisfied my...
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    Re: Coco Mademoiselle alternative

    If you want to kill two birds with one stone buy one of the contributor's more expensive suggestions and a bottle of Lumiere Noire by Gres. It's really so similar to Maddie you can't go wrong. In the...
  20. Re: Suggest really nice Lavender Perfumes

    Burberry Brit Rhythm is mentioned often by Victoria Frolova. I bought it and find it a modern take on iris/lavender. Good old English Lavender by Yardley is jolly fine (hehe)
  21. Re: Seeking Opinions on 28 La Pausa Compared to Infusion d'Iris/Infusion d'Homme

    I fell for Armani's Pierre de Lune, have to be different you see. There are times I think Chanel can do no wrong in fragrance and La Pausa is divine except for longevity. Infusion D'Iris in the...
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    Re: Your Favorite Cheapies

    I bought the reformulation within the last year. My tastes have broadened over the years, as has my waistline, so the Turkish delight in Tocade makes me think of roses, rose petals, rosewater and...
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    Re: Your Favorite Cheapies

    Ivoire (new) is lovely, Mauboussin EDP for women is glorious, Tocade Rochas seemingly forgotten, but Maurice Roucel's composition is super. Lumiere Noire by Gres is so close to Coco Mademoiselle your...
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    Re: Suggestions for Green Florals?

    Weil de Weil was one of my first green fragrances that I bought with my own money. It was much cheaper than mainstream houses. The other green goddess, purchased with my hard earned money in 1969 was...
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    Re: Suggestions for Green Florals?

    O de Lancome sucked the hollows out of your cheeks back in the day. I love Eau du Sud, Chanel No 19, Cristalle, Jasmin White Moss and have Y Vintage. If Kumquat says Ormande Jayne Woman then I'm a...
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    Re: "That kind" of Jasmine

    One of the disadvantages to living where I do is that Creed fragrances are difficult to find. I did go on a sniffing binge in Honululu last year but I don't remember Jasmal. I hope you find something...
  27. Re: Modern/Current Caron Formulations: Thoughts/Opinions?

    There's a great piece on Carons, vintage v reformulated at Bois de Jasmin. I have Caron Pour Homme, Yatagan and Aimez Moi. I remember Infini well, it was gorgeous,l but I wouldn't buy a Caron again....
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    Re: "That kind" of Jasmine

    I have Songes by Annick Goutal and Eclat de Jasmin-Armani. I find Songes in the EDP to be incredibly strong on me to the point of dislike (or small doses anyway)
    The Prive Jasmin is actually my...
  29. Re: The Top Ten Male Designer Fragrances Every Beginner Should Sample

    They are great selections, loved reading this, thanks. My husband is sixty seven. He loves Habit Rouge because Keith Richards waxed lyrical and of your list he owns or has owned just about everything...
  30. Re: New: Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez EDT

    Really entranced by this EDT Narciso. I am 60 and perhaps one might assume that the white EDP more suited to a mature woman, but not so. Of course the white is lovely too, but it is very different....
  31. Re: Anyone know where Monsieur Guerlain is?

    I've been following this on Kafka's blog. LVMH has taken 'everything' from Monsieur Guerlain, his website, twitter, blog etc. They are using copyright as the reason but perhaps Monsieur Guerlain was...
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    Re: Perfumes for the famous Tudor wives?

    Katharine of Aragon was first married to Henry's brother, Arthur. The marriage was arranged when they were toddlers. Henry became attached to his sister in law who was a cousin of his via her English...
  33. Re: "Just got out of the shower" scented perfumes

    I think Glo smells like Beyond Paradiese. For fresh out of the shower you can't beat Lily of the Valley, so Jessica McClintock or Fleu de Cristal are right there. Burberry Brit Rhythm has loads of...
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    Re: female members lacking

    Hi, I'm Jo, I have an incredibly high IQ and I can tell from the perfume you are wearing that the batch was not made in France, but in the USA, was probably purchased at a Grey Market online seller...
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    Re: female members lacking

    Hello Lolita, We've been down this track before, even to the point of inflammatory. Those who came in and asked were labelled as trolls.Even the old gatekeepers have given up, have you noticed? There...
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    Re: Classic Guerlain Fragrances

    You must try Champs Elysees as an exercise in how far Guerlain can deviate from 'the classics' Such fun. Eau de Shalimar, also, is a bit of fluff. Yes, have fun, don't take it too seriously....
  37. Re: Longer & Stronger lasting version of Nuit Etoilée (2012) by Annick Goutal?

    I get a good six hours from the EDP, which is just as well, because I adore this fragrance too. Eau des Merveilles from Hermes has a similar vibe but is more fleeting. You might like Elixir EDM but...
  38. Re: What perfume has given you most compliments?

    Two compliments from fellow shoppers in the supermarket recently. Both on Mauboussin. One of the women, as I pushed the trolley back into its park, obviously got a whiff from the exertion of it all...
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    Re: Guerlain L'Heure Bleue 2015

    It's time for LHB to get its mojo back. Mitsouko is much improved post 2013
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    Re: Powerhouse Fragrances for women

    Aha, that knowing smile is not part of everyone's repertoire. Indeed, Knowing was a powerhouse, but today it just stinks IMO. I loved that rose hip scent to the original. Well spotted K at Night!
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    Re: Hi I'm Alex

    Hi Alex, My husband has a great many on your list. He's 66 years old, a very stylish man, even though I say so myself. No matter how many you collect in the pursuit of the perfect signature fragrance...
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    Re: Powerhouse Fragrances for women

    My moniker, the infamous Bal a Versailles, but very obscure these days. Alien is the one that gives me a mini choke/stroke today.
  43. Re: Favorite Spring Florals- what are yours?

    Mr Ken Russell has a point in that we don't celebrate inexpensive fragrances much. To his April Violets I would like to add Yardley's Iris, a firm favourite of mine in any season and one I never tire...
  44. Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Chamade doesn't last on me but it does fit the bill. Dear 'Balmain de Balmain' is lovely on a spring walk
  45. Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    It's autumn here in the Southern hemisphere but the days are very similar to spring minus the blossom, the grass is dewy and the sun is weaker. Perhaps a good day to wear Annick Goutal's Le Muguet?...
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    Re: Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc

    There's always a catch in the throat when a perfume is compared to Apres L'Ondee. I must track this down. Thanks for the Grain de Musc reference, mikeperez, I read that with interest
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    Re: Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc

    This is available online, the perfume discounter with an X....for a very good price.
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    Re: Recommendation for daughter #2

    Lady Gaga's 'Eau de Gaga' is a green tea unisex fragrance that may appeal to her. Eau de Cartier or the Concentree version. Burberry Brit Rhythym (see Bois de Jasmin's review)Or, since she's there...
  49. Re: What is the female 'Aventus'? I require a quality fragrance for my sister

    Slap me down if you will because I confess to not having sniffed Chanel's Misia, but if somebody bought it for me I think I would explode with joy
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: SOLVED!

    Fantastic conclusion, serendipity at play here. Mumsy, thank you for posting translations and links, which I read. There are so many references to the quality of 'drug store' (we call them chemist)...
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    Re: 24 Faubourg , Hermes

    If you gained a little confidence then the pleasure is all mine
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    My bottle was actually purchased in Fiji by my Aunt. It was very pale, probably EDT and I was hugely disappointed with it given my taste for 'mammoth' perfumes. Also a gift from my Auntie was "Le...
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Obsessed. Cachet? Charlie flanker? On the matter of poor silage my absolute worst from that period was Fidji. I wore it around the same time as the original 'Zen'
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    Re: 24 Faubourg , Hermes

    Read Victoria's assessment of Mitsouko vintage and modern on Bois de Jasmin. Her credentials are impeccable and she finds that the post 2013 Mitsouko rejigged by Thierry Wasser is a very close to the...
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Sweetie, I simply had no idea of how spoilt I was. My Mother would get cross if I gave bottles away, but I thought it was 'easy come, easy go'
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    I wore Ma Griffe when I was a teenager back in the early 70s. My Mother amassed a large collection of perfume dregs from being a housemaid at an International Hotel and I wore ridiculously mature...
  57. Re: Advice needed from the fairer sex: Inexpensive safe bets...?

    Perfumes by Gres. Madame Gres is supposed to be very similar to Coco Noir and Lumiere Noir is very similar to Coco Mademoiselle. Mauboussin by Mauboussin has 4 stars from Luca Turin and is cheap and...
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    Re: 24 Faubourg , Hermes

    I thought the Iris Nobile I bought myself for Xmas was a kinder, gentler Mitsouko but in the end these are challenging, big shouldered fragrances. There are days when I wear a touch of something...
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    Re: Good fragrance for rainy days

    I think Hommage a L'Homme Lalique is nice for a rainy day. I sometimes borrow this from my husband's collection
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Jacomo Silences?
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Can one assume that the original perfume and its sample have been kept in ideal conditions? Perhaps 'Shocking' could be added to the list
  62. Re: Flankception, what's the deepest a company has gone with a flanker?

    So, the purpose of the OP was to discuss market loyalty? The brand, rather than the fragrance? Narciso created 'For Her' ....then "For Her' EDP..... then 'For Her' EDP In Colour version and so on....
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    Re: Donna Karan Gold - EDT or EDP ?

    I had to give the EDP away. It was simply too powerful and I probably should have stayed with the EDT. As mentioned the EDP bottle is modern art, full marks of respect to both the fragrance and the...
  64. Re: Flankception, what's the deepest a company has gone with a flanker?

    Now the lady is talking my language. So many flankers it drives me crazy; even the latest, which demands its own title is 'For women'
  65. Re: Anyone else bet a sour smell as Shalimar is settling down?

    A personage no less than Francis Kurkdjian gets the same experience I do with L'Heure Bleu-burnt rubber, pure and simple, but I don't remember it with Shalimar.
    Eau de Shalimar is my only Shalimar...
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    Re: Brutal Honesty 101: What and why?

    L'Artisan's Figuier Extreme is great on my husband, there's a soft white polish scent to it that I associate with woodworking and therefore masculine to me. He made Quasar his own too. We live in New...
  67. Re: Best brands of fragnances under 100$.

    Try Eau de Gaga, which is basically a green tea fragrance, but it's new and inexpensive. I don't mean Gaga's first fragrance, Fame, but the new one (Red Box, Black Bottle)
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    Re: Fragrance sisters

    For the budget conscious I believe that Gres Lumiere Noire is so similar to Coco M that paying Chanel prices could be a thing of the past
  69. Re: Most worn in March and first quarter of 2015

    It was a hot summer here in the Antipodes. I wore Burberry Brit Rhthym with Pour un Homme, I wore Apres La Mousson when a couple of Cyclones tracked our way (didn't hit) and Eau du Sud on hot summer...
  70. Re: a thread started by a man for your opinion on Dior Homme Intense..........

    My husband is a 66 year old man, a trained mechanic, a self taught carpenter and plumber, who loves cars and yachts. He loves Dior Homme & Intense; it is his favourite 'going out' fragrance. If an...
  71. Re: In which my husband has an embarrassing perfume incident in Switzerland.

    And the SA probably thinks that rubbing one's wrists together will crush the molecules. Love the story
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    Re: Habanita L'esprit

    The bottle is a siren song entrancing me, it sings 'pick me, pick me' It's got a trace of Habanita in it, but just a watermark. I'm sure it will be great on you Danieq
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    Re: Imagine that

    Thirty six years ago he wore Devin and I wore Bal a Versailles. I seldom wear it now, he has a reformulated bottle. What better memory is there than scent on the skin of the person we love, always...
  74. Re: Cheap non-sweet Floral / Citrus / Aquatics in the vein of Tuscan Soul and Un Jardin series?

    You probably won't believe me but Eau de Gaga is a green tea perfume of some charm. Don't mistake this with Gaga 'Fame' which was her first perfume
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    Re: Habanita L'esprit

    Completely agree Primrose. I must search out the new EDP
  76. Re: Looking for a birthday perfume suggestion

    It is my understanding that Japanese women aren't raised in a culture of perfume. If that is true then I would choose one of the Hermes perfumes from Jean Claude Ellena. Eau Narcisse Bleu is a...
  77. Re: Amarige - help with alternative 'highly specific' ideas please

    The tuberose came out quite strongly in the dry down. Thank you for letting me know
  78. Re: Opium - Please, Please Somebody Help!

    Mumsy knows best. Yes, I gave up ciggies in the early eighties. So true. As a reconstituted virgin and non smoker I can now even smell Jean Claude Ellena's creations. LOL. Just joking, I love JCE and...
  79. Re: Opium - Please, Please Somebody Help!

    My first bottle of Opium came to me in 1979. It contained high levels of eugenol and was the only fragrance a colleague asked me not to wear. To say that it is watered down these days is an...
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    Habanita L'esprit

    Not in fragrance base. I have owned this for a while. Does anybody else have any thoughts on it? The bottle alone exudes retro glamour
  81. Re: Amarige - help with alternative 'highly specific' ideas please

    I should have been more specific Cazaubon and now am intrigued whether the Lumiere you have is vintage or reformulated. The vintage did have tuberose and is the one my Mum wore.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2015

    For Ken Cosgrove. Love both, and both of them just demand to be worn on certain occasions
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    Re: Today I bought March 2015

    For N. Cal with the Dior Homme Intense-I bought it for myself, my husband stole it.
  84. Re: Advice on fragrance for a female friend.

    For this young woman I suggest Nuit Etoilee by Annick Goutal. It has to be the Eau de Parfum version because the EDT lacks depth. Buy it at an online discounter to meet your budget. This perfume was...
  85. Re: Amarige - help with alternative 'highly specific' ideas please

    My Mum liked Lumiere by Rochas. She was born with a partial cleft palate and has undergone surgeries (brutal, botched in Ireland in the 1920s and successful life changing reconstructive in New...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    I grew up with Wright's Coaltar soap always at the ready to neutralise vomit or shite smells. Automatic washing machines didn't exist, clothes got washed in an agitator machine with a wringer on the...
  87. Re: Could you help me find some new fragrances?

    The new Chanel is getting a lot of love around the traps, so try Misia by Chanel. Annick Goutal's Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille is a nod to retro glamour, Songes is a tropical thrill and Nuit Etoilee...
  88. Re: Ladies- which fragrance gets you the most compliments?

    Cuir Amethyste, Narciso For Her (EDT, Black Bottle) L'Air de Rien
  89. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I note that a man shops for perfume alone, usually with a partner in mind. Women tend to impulse buy if with a friend. The more I know, the less I know, and that's all I know
    Good luck with this...
  90. Re: Advice Wanted; Suggestions For a Perfume for Young, Trendy Woman Living in a Hot Climate

    How about a completely unisex perfume? Eau Narcisse Bleu (Hermes) has enough vanilla to satisfy a female but enough tartness to cut through heat and humidity the way that a male cologne does. It's...
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    Dahlia divin

    Have I missed something? Is Dahlia Divin not in the database?
  92. Re: Another "Please Help" thread. (Xmas gift)

    Annick Goutal bottles make a lovely gift. Based on what you have said I recommend 'Nuit Etoilee' in the EDP form. On me this is superior to Eau de Merveilles (and Claire des Merveilles) with good...
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    Re: I need help ladies

    I fell in love with this at Le Labo in San Francisco. I almost mentioned it but went for the rich buttery Portofino vibe of the Nobile, lovely suggestion as always Kumquat
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    Re: I need help ladies

    I think Iris Nobile in the EDP would be wonderful (Acqua di Parma) Brides want to wear something that nobody else is wearing. My daughter wore Champaca Absolute by Tom Ford. Knowing what I know now...
  95. Re: Patch-Musk-Citrus-White Florals around $100/bottle?

    The Aqua Allegoria range from Guerlain might hit the spot. The two big sellers are Pampelune and Herba Fresca but others may like to make suggestions
  96. Dateless and desperate, it rivals Fifty Shades....

    Dateless and desperate, it rivals Fifty Shades. Perhaps the books primed a few submissives and Chanel No 5 is aimed at them. Good luck Bazza
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    Re: New to florals need some advice

    Maitre Perfumuer et Gantier's 'Ambre Dore' is lovely with great staying power
  98. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    As do I Primrose but the original poster was mickey taking with the heading, after all, there are some Viking men in this discussion who might consider, and then have, posted the converse question in...
  99. Re: Long Lasting Oriental Perfume for Winter

    Rossy de Palma, also known as Eau de Protection by ELdO. Big is best!
  100. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    I was starting to worry about the cut in mail deliveries. As with Danieq I, too, have a Mr Fantastic who has navigated this male/female thing with me for thirty five years. He also took on a seven...
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