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    Re: Any "Quirky" Fragrance Collections?

    There are definitely some Basenoters who do that with Shalimar, Lolita Lempicka, Angel, et al -- perfumes that have a zillion flankers or concentrations. You could probably drive yourself nuts...
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    Re: Your Best Deal

    The bargain price is less shocking than the idea of Hednic at a garage sale. :)
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 20th October, 2019

    Apparently the photos for this book were taken with a flatbed scanner, which is pretty amazing considering they look like this.

    Ellen Hoverkamp won the Garden Writers Association’s top award for...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    It seems like hardly anyone has. Thread started a year ago, only 5 have tried, with very mixed opinions, and only of the EDP version.
    ...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I get your drift. But to me it's more like it makes me want someone else to scratch my itch.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    While I admit that my first reaction to seeing this beauteous thing was to wonder where I had stored my cat burglar tools, eventually my better angels prevailed. How could anyone begrudge a fellow...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I'm wearing socks for the first time in 6+ months, so it's finally cool enough to wear some vintage Eau d'Hermes. (60F/16C, blissfully rainy, and I don't have to deal with a single other human being...
  8. Re: Five Female Fragrances From Fragrance Houses Men Can Easily Wear?

    ^^^ ALL of those, plus Cabochard.
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    Re: Leonard Pour Homme

    Only a mini:

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    Re: Leonard Pour Homme

    Have any of you guys who've smelled Leonard Pour Homme ever had a chance to compare it to Leonard de Leonard, their women's chypre which came out 9 years after the Pour Homme? It's a very nice green...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Thank you, Shy. Putting that one on my list!
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 18th October, 2019

    Syncing in:

    Hiris by Hermès
    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1698/6891/products/5009_bfb82831-dd1b-4a4e-b5af-84d81c1d8bbd_500x.jpg
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The produce manager at my grocery store wears Quorum and I'm always trying to sneak sniffs of him.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Love that stuff. In fact, I need to explore more Krizias.
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    Re: Unable to view all pages of thread

    Well, that's not very welcoming, is it?
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    What fun that sounds like! I'd love to smell a pure freesia, one of the few flowers whose actual scent I enjoy.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

    Thank you LiveJazz for introducing me to this gorgeous Irish scent that I must have a full bottle of as soon as possible.

    Castaña by Cloon Keen Atelier

    All cardamom and vetiver -- not things...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    In that case, easy sync for me:

    Hiris by Hermès

    Although it has other notes listed for base, I smell nothing but pure iris with a little hay.
    ...
  20. Re: do you like alternating complex/challenging with more mainstream fragrances?

    Sure I do, but I think you have the ratios reversed. It's more like the complex/challenging ones provide a break from the old favorites. Just like I don't want Szechuan pepper or habanero chiles in...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Be careful! The later iterations of Femme have a fearsome amount of cumin in them. I'm guessing maybe... post 1985 or so?
  22. Re: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    Ooo la la. I think I need to come over there and sniff you up close in order to make a decision.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Ha HA! Now if Mitsuoko reminds you of your mom's peach pie, youll have a complete meal.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Beautiful surf & sky shot, Diddy. And you woke up impressively early for a man on vacation. :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Probably something his fashion model wife gets for free.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Them's fightin' words, podnah. If you've never seen him with his full-tilt big band, it's like Basie meets Louis Prima, with a rippin' batch of hot young New Orleans players. And HC doesn't hog...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Thank you! Good to know I didn't imagine it.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Parfum d'Habit (1988) by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

    I think the Basenotes pyramid for this has changed, maybe since they came out with the clear glass bottles? I could swear it used to list...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019

    Seems to be a little Maître Parfumeur et Gantier theme going on here today, so I think I'll join in with

    Parfum d'Habit.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517ok0Kj0kL._SY355_.jpg
  30. Re: Chanel Allure Homme vs Eqoiste Platiumn??? I went with.......

    Haha!

    Pregoni should create a Turin fragrance, and with Basenotes Kiss My Ass he could start a whole new line called The Vendetta Collection.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I couldn't find any examples of the Unisex version for sale, unless I just didn't recognize it. Any ideas what the color scheme was for the bottles of that one? Or if its cap had an identifying...
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    Re: it's true: perfume doesn't have gender

    Ladies, do I smell a challenge?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Thanks, ZC, and thanks also for the recco. I really like this stuff, and I think I'll try the femme version too. Have you sampled that one?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Thank you, so helpful! And of course the poor quality of online photos meant the metallics and glass colors weren't always distinguishable. Plus no one is taking pics of the cap top.

    My mini is...
  35. Re: Jane Birkin on her mother's Schiaparelli Shocking

    Starblind, if you've only tried parfum, you might give the cologne version a chance. I have a bottle of EDC from the same era as Jon's parfum, same label design, and it's much less sweet but still...
  36. Re: Obscure vintage masterpieces - what do you think they are?

    Just wearing this today for the first time, and I'm about 80% of the way toward agreeing that it's an obscure great one.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    GFF by Gianfranco Férre (1997) -- Uomo? Donna?

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    Inspired by ZC's review, I got a mini of this and after a brief wrist test yesterday, decided on a full wearing immediately. An...
  38. Jane Birkin on her mother's Schiaparelli Shocking

    Anecdote from Jane Birkin in an interview (actually a thinly-veiled advert for Miller Harris L'Air de Rien) on a UK fashion website:


    I wonder about her mother, Judy Campbell - actress, muse to...
  39. Re: I received very negative feedback unexpectedly by a trusted loved one

    Same here. Really big ones, like MPG Route du Vetiver. And Sycomore is in my Top 2 of all time, but I've always hated Encre Noir and took offense when people compared it to Sycomore. However, I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It's also possible, if you bought your Mitsuko used, that the box you received is not the box that bottle came in orginally. Sellers do things like that all the time, not necessarily with intention...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 12th October, 2019

    That bottle was such an icon, why would anybody ever discontinue it?!?
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    Re: Bernard Chant sample pass -- an inquiry

    Thanks, Paps. I might take you up on that. JTD, in his theory of Lauder's "twin pairings", thinks that 900 is the male counterpart of Aromatics Elixir:...
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    Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Women splash. Men spray.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Anyone who remembers the '70s remembers Jovan Sex Appeal. It was the Aventus p-dropper of its day.

    I think I may have owned a Sansui stereo, too.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th October, 2019

    Thank you, Alice! They don't look especially foodie to me, apart from having some fruit elements. Might be worth a test drive, though. Given Pierre Herme's specialties, I was expecting lots of...
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    Owwwwch. You know that slight pain you get when you hold your nose and try to stifle your sneeze because you really don't want to be sneezing in public? I have the laugh version of that right now.
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    [deleted due to shame]
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th October, 2019

    Is L'Occitane collaborating with Pierre Herme the patissiere? I need to look into that.
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    Haha! And the carts start rumbling across the cobblestones....
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    Re: Anyone Tried These?

    Are there really people who spend $680 for a candle?

    We're doomed.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I'm with Bavard on this. If I have nice big vintage splash, I might transfer 10mls or so to a sprayer just for convenience sake, but I have no problem applying directly from the bottle, either. ...
  52. Re: What vintage fragrances are you sampling right now?

    Wow -- instant collection! I'd have snapped those up in heartbeat too.



    Aha! We need more literary metaphors for our perfumes. :)

    Now I'm going to spend all day wondering which perfume...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Was that because the new ALDs are so bad, or because they are so good?



    Those two should convince you to swim out a little farther, assuming they're well-preserved bottles.
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    Re: Bernard Chant sample pass -- an inquiry

    Aliage was certainly in the period when he was working so much for Lauder, but a peachy citrus with pine and vetiver really doesn't sound like him, does it? JHL we need to look into.

    I'll PM you...
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    Re: Bernard Chant sample pass -- an inquiry

    Well, drat! I was counting on you, too. Might take you up on that Halston, though.



    First I've heard of that! Let's discuss later.



    Never heard it attributed to him. I own a mini of...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I thought my only German frag was K-nee-zhe-10. But then I realized that's actually Austrian, isn't it? So I guess I'm out this week.
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    Re: Bernard Chant sample pass -- an inquiry

    And I was just sure you'd have all those Aramis flankers plus Cinnabar!
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    Re: Bernard Chant sample pass -- an inquiry

    Then you definitely need to smell them! But we'll do a separate thread for participant sign-up, this one is just for potential contributors.
  59. Bernard Chant sample pass -- anyone want to contribute?

    I've started a thread in the Vintage Forum seeking contributors to a sample pass of Bernard Chant's creations. See details here:
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    Bernard Chant sample pass -- an inquiry

    For some time I've been thinking about doing a sample pass of Bernard Chant's fragrances. He only created 14, so we could fit most of them into a pass.

    I own 6 of them, and I'm thinking that if...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 11th October, 2019

    What a good idea!

    I decided to use my Christmas giving this year to support American indie perfumers, even those I don't need a full bottle from. So I bought discovery sets for every appropriate...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Why would you get less jail time for a spelling mistake?
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    My plan is to wear a lot of Russian sorcery perfumes to see if I can influence the 2020 election.
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    If this is true, and if I were Caron, I'd find some backdoor channel to unload them on the discounters, and then I'd falsify the paperwork to make it look like I had destroyed them.

    Maybe I've...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    f t f y.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    We'd have to make you pay a handicap fee -- I think you're younger than all of us!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I think the three of us should get together and form a vintage perfume tontine. First one to die passes her vintage perfumes on to the other two. Last woman standing gets alllll the perfumes.
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    Re: Today I bought October 2019

    Look! Over there! Shiny thing!
  69. Re: The Perfumed Echoes: Société des Parfums Lucien Lelong

    Haha! Mink, I presume. A quick glance at Google images for Lelong perfumes shows that they had a real flair for the novel and creative with their bottlings. Love the draperies on that powder...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

    Does a pair of shoes count as one item or two items?
  71. Re: The Perfumed Echoes: Société des Parfums Lucien Lelong

    I don't believe I've ever tried a single Lelong, so this will be an intriguing thread to follow!

    Some of the names on that list are very amusing. I especially liked "Abra Ca Dabra", and --
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

    Inspired by the first autumnal chill in the air, I'm wearing Sycomore. Inspired by the SOTD oracles, I'm making an appointment for a flu shot.

    And many happy birthday wishes to Furrypine, with...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Very interesting. I think that's the first time I've heard that said about Davidoff. And since Diorella is the offspring of Eau Sauvage, would you say the Davidoff is comparable to ES as well?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Ha! Poor MasonJarJar. This page of this thread is turning into a David Lynch movie. Let's all get a grip.

    Clint by Avon is a very nice masculine fragrance, and so is Leather by Avon.
    Cornbread...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Clint was my favorite of all dozen scents in the Vintage Avon sample pass. I remember it reminded me of the old Bernard Chant green leathers, Azuree, Aramis, Cabochard et al. Really nice masculine...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I think I might be developing the special ZC strain of dyslexia. I somehow read this as "I have literally a gallon of this in cornbread aftershave..."
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I really do. I'm kinda turning myself on.

    For some reason, Diorama is smelling much skankier today than I ever remember it being. Or maybe I'm just the skanky one.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

    Diorama (1949)

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Diorama (1949) Christian Dior

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    Because my bedroom chair always looks like this when I wear Diorama. Sure it does.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Your review of this just enticed me to order a mini. A green rose chypre with vetiver, galbanum, oak and sandal sounds mighty tasty to me -- and I'm not even much of a rose fan.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    I wore about half a bucketful of this today. Seriously, like 12 or 15 sprays. I was feeling profligate because my bottle's nearly empty and I think I have a replacement en route soon. I always...
  82. Re: Houses you want to like but don’t - what’s on your list?

    I wanted so desperately to embrace the house of Vero Profumo. I liked everything about Vero Kern's perfume philosophy, and the way she presented herself. Alas, every single product from the house...
  83. Re: Fragrances in your collection with similar scents.

    I'm not sure I would be able to identify "artificially" grassy or smoky vetiver. How do you distinguish it from "genuinely" smoky or grassy?
  84. Re: Vintage Fruity Chypres-Your Favorites, Your Thoughts

    Wearing two different vintages of Y by YSL today, I was inspired to re-read this thread's comments about its fruitiness. I was suprised at the differences in my two different EDT bottles.

    The...
  85. Re: Vintage Chanel Perfumes & Colognes Discussion Thread

    ^^ Going into my permanent notebook of Basenotes quotations.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Y by Yves Saint Laurent (1964) extrait

    And R.I.P. Ginger Baker. (The drummer, not the cat.)

    Cevenol's photo made my heart do a little flop. I've been coveting a FB of cube-bottle Miss Balmain...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 6th October, 2019

    I can't stop marvelling at Jon's garden photo and contemplating the forethought that must have gone into that planting to achieve that autumn color.

    Vintage Y by Yves Saint Laurent parfum for me...
  88. Thread: Vintage Dior

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    Re: Vintage Dior

    :)

    Forgiveness not needed. Shorthand can be useful.

    Since Roudnitska invented that famous Prunol base for De Laure, I'll bet comparisons to Mitsouko were common at the time, too.
  89. Thread: Vintage Dior

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    Re: Vintage Dior

    Earlyn, here's a spot in the old Dior thread where a lot of discussion of Diorama took place:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/442302-Women-s-Dior-Circa-1980/page4?p=4239497&viewfull=1#post4239497...
  90. Thread: Vintage Dior

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    Re: Vintage Dior

    I'll try to be objective, although that's hard for me when it comes to vintage Diors. I guess I can see how some people might find Diorama, and even DiorDior, "inessential" if you're not as...
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    Re: What are YOUR 10/10 fragrances?

    That's exactly how I had framed my expectation of it, too, and also from the word "coeur". I thought it would be like Declaration's "Essence" flanker, where it drilled down on one or two aspects. ...
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    Re: Do people still care about Bond No.9?

    Didn't Luca Turin give Chinatown a 5-star rating in the first Guide? I remember everybody was chattering about that one when I first started reading Basenotes 8 or 9 years ago. Now I never hear...
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    Re: What are YOUR 10/10 fragrances?

    Brooks, could you, uh, "expand" on that? What does it actually mean? Are you talking about it having more discernible stages as it moves through its development?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    The first big leather of autumn for our first day below 80F/25C with gorgeous gray rainy skies. Socks and sweaters can't be far behind.

    Good old Cabochard, a dab of extrait and a little EDT to...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 5th October, 2019

    I feel like erecting a Maypole and doing a ribbon dance around it. It's cloudy, a little rainy, and only 78F/25C here today, with no further 90+ days in the future. But instead I'll just celebrate...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Or maybe it's both.
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    Re: What's happening with Parfum D'Empire???

    Corticchiato is a master of that Italianate, garrigue-style scent. My only FBs of PdE are Corsica Furiosa and Iskander, both of which I adore, but every product of his has seemed impeccable to me,...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    A sentiment with which I can wholly empathize.



    I don't really expect anything, no matter how nouveau or offbeat, to ever satisfy like Sycomore EDT. Or like my '70s/'80s Diors.
  99. Re: Vintage Forum - unable to post or post not showing on public page

    Another one: "What are you reading?" in the Lounge is dead at 27 April 2019, Post #1650.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD 2019

    Oh yeah, very much! It'll never replace The Beloved for me, but it's a fine, fine leather, more refined and less human than EdH. And very similar to classic Moschino, to my nose.
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