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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    It’s vintage Vol de Nuit day.

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Guerlain Vol de Nuit EdC
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    The “hazelnut” note may be an indication that your sample has turned. I haven’t noticed it, but my wife has picked it up in a few vintage Guerlains as sample-specific rather than scent-specific.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    One of Mrs. S.’ faves. What’s your take on it?
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

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    Lucky me: this bottle is from the inaugural year, 1992. I had been resisting Héritage, amongst others, because I got the idea from Habit Rouge EdT that I didn't like the Guerlain house...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Halston Limited. Could use a good polishing.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    You'll have to be more specific.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Héritage de Guerlain EdT (gold cap)
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    Re: Jicky-Shalimar Myth: Animalics

    That's how I read Wasser's statements: not as disingenuous or flaky, but rather that the dominant animalic of each fragrance is different. It certainly seems more likely than Wasser either spreading...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

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    Wearing first-formulation Déclaration EdT on the left and recent Terre d'Hermès parfum on the right, the similarities are far more striking than the differences. JCE and his employers can...
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    Re: Latest Parfums de Nicolai - Eau De Yuzu!

    Congrats! Looking forward to your comments.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Vintage Cartier Déclaration & non-vintage Terre d’Hermès parfum.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    I’ll be wearing Cartier Déclaration EdT and Terre d’Hermès parfum side by side to compare them for the Three Day thread and to make Mrs. S happy.
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    That probably won’t happen for another two years.
  15. Thread: Bijan

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    Re: Bijan

    As a rule, shorter list = older bottle. It’s possible the French bottle is the same but complying with European-specific labeling laws. That said, if I had to choose, I’d buy the first one—or better...
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I've already gone. Gin would probably pick Salmonsara.
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Perhaps tomorrow I'll wear both Déclaration and Terre d'Hermès in order to compare and offer notes.

    TdH has been a favorite since its release, though I haven't gone down the reformulation rabbit...
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I'm on it. That's not the thing I got that I told you I wouldn't tell you what it was, though. You know, the thing from the place.




    I think he meant for your vanity, dear.
  19. Re: Just wondering why the Basenotes clock is 6 minutes fast

    I assume the server clock isn't set to synch with an atomic reference clock, so it drifts.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    OK, I'll wear one of the crappy ones.

    And good luck getting any of my vintage Vol de Nuit EdC, missy!
  21. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Vegetarians don't want bacon, vegans don't want blue cheese, and there's not much good to be said for a wedge of unadorned iceberg lettuce.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Penhaligon’s Hammam Bouquet.
  23. Re: The Perfume of Happiness: The most uplifting perfume ever made

    Bowling Green.
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    Re: Vintage Guerlain

    I’m on her bandwagon. She might let me wear that deep vintage L’Heure Bleue, but it will live on her vanity.
  25. Re: Covid the final nail in the coffin for Malls and fragrances???

    I basically agree, but to play devil’s advocate, 1) we naturally remember the prominent survivors, not those who perished in relative anonymity; and 2) the business, and business model, is different...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Wearing vintage Crabtree & Evelyn Extract of West Indian & Sicilian Limes. Straight-up fruit without excessive sweetness.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Crabtree & Evelyn Extract of West Indian & Sicilian Limes, for the Friday “fruit” sync.
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Excellent choice!
  29. Re: Reversals of Judgement: Reappraising your verdicts

    My first pass at vintage Zino Davidoff, I was disappointed. The second time, I was more judicious in application, and its charms became apparent.

    I haven't yet reversed myself on any other...
  30. Re: Which Tom Ford beast performance are in 2020?

    Yes, just like certain people—almost always men—used to assume the loudest sound equipment was the best. "This goes to 11…" But I should think it's part of our brief on BN to tell them they're wrong...
  31. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Also corporate politics and imperatives: some companies switched after being bought up by multinationals that were looking to streamline their global marketing campaigns.

    But, I doubt any of that...
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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Yes, I know all about the "cologne thing." I figure, as Bijan was headquartered in the US and the fragrance was made here, it seems likely the nominal "cologne" was issued before the EdT. Of course,...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    One of my favorites. Have you tried the flankers?
  34. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Bijan 1.7 oz boxes

    I've identified three iterations of the 1.7 oz box. As far as I can tell, the bottles are identical save for the labeling on the underside.

    This is the Bijan Fragrances box:...
  35. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Bijan for Men 1 oz. Bottles

    I don't yet know in what sequence these were introduced.

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    The first white "b" bottle/box box has no window, the bottle does not have a "Bijan" logo,...
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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    Good question. On the one hand, it's pre-Five Star. On the other, I don't know what the "100% Bijan" indicates. I would guess it's the initial reissue, but a guess is all it is.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    This is my first wearing, and it’s too soon to talk about longevity, or even to make direct comparisons. So far, though, it’s a lovely soapy thing, with a fine balance of fresh herbs and spicy...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Alain Delon EdT.
  39. Thread: Vintage Bijan

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    Re: Vintage Bijan

    I’ll pop back in once mine arrives. Most of the Bijan for Men on eBay (and elsewhere) is Five Star. The bottles and boxes are very similar, so it’s impossible to tell from stock photos or box...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    I was feeling left out of the Bijan discussion. The UPC code for this indicated pre-5 Star, but we'll see what actually shows up.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thank you, sir!
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Guerlain Shalimar EdC c.1998

    Passed on to me by Mrs. S because she doesn’t like this iteration. The jury is still out for me.

    LATER: The jury returned a verdict of "meh." I didn't...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Remy Latour Cigar

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    Etro Gomma


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    Re: Please help me date my Guerlain!

    More precisely, it's the number 0. Like most cosmetics companies, Guerlain doesn't use the letters I and O in its batch codes because they are too easily mistaken for 1 and 0. Guerlain's 4-character...
  45. Re: How Do You Remove Attachments After Making A Post?

    1. Go to "Settings" at the top of the screen (between "Your Wardrobe" and "Log Out").
    2. On the left hand menu, go down near the bottom to "Miscellaneous: Attachments."
    3. A list of attachments...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Violettes de Toulouse, Berdoues

    Not expecting much, didn't pay much. Just curious about the house of Berdoues.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Derrick, by Orlane

    After futzing around with minis for a couple of weeks, I decided to just grab the biggest bottle on my "untried" shelf, which turned out to be this 200ml bottle of...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    So it has great bassnotes?
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Sniffman compared it to Dunhill for Men (1934), and while I haven’t A/B’d them, I have a nice big bottle of it and it rocks, not to mention a huge bottle of Blend 30. No question Patou pour Homme is...
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/143317921752
  51. Re: Puig Quorum versus YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    I haven't yet tried RG—I keep thinking about it, though the cost of admission still dissuades me—but almost everything I've read about it suggests it's in a different category.

    As for Quorum,...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I figured it had the best chance of living up to expectations set up by everything else. And, for what it costs, it damn well should.

    I’ve only just dabbed it on from my precious mini, so I have...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    The culmination of my Patou survey:

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    Re: Xerjoff Irisss reformulated?

    Yes.
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    Re: Xerjoff Irisss reformulated?

    It’s definitely true. My wife (DrTricia) just compared samples, and the difference is dramatic. The original is a fantastic orris-forward scent; the reformulation drowns the orris in grape Kool-Aid....
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    The last bottle I finished was either Terre d'Hermès parfum or Clive Christian 1872, both of which I have backed up. I'm not anticipating finishing anything else larger than a mini for a long time.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Ma Liberté de Jean Patou EdP

    Inspired by today's wearing of the EdT from a mini.
  58. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    I wouldn’t say the EdT and 2012 Parfum are nothing alike, but the latter is clearly not the work of the same perfumer or era. Rather, it smells to me like Demachy used Roudnitska’s EdT as a point of...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Ah! Well, I imagine this will be more Mrs. S.’ bottle than mine, but we have carte blanche to raid each other’s collections, so long as we don’t abuse the dwindling rarities.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Ma Liberté de Jean Patou EdT—a gift from a generous Basenoter.

    Really liking this. The top notes are a bit absent and/or odd in my mini, but since the heart and base are excellent, who...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I’m sure you’re right about the Vent Vert. In fact, all if these are from the same vendor. The d’Auvillers is the wild card: I had been looking for the better-known Cuirasse when this popped up, so I...
  62. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    I have the vintage EdT and the 2012 EdP. I definitely prefer the EdT, though I like both. My wife loves the EdT and hates the EdP. I can’t speak to current EdT or 2017 EdP.
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    It’s not an amazing photo:
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Yes, and this is one of them.
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    Re: Oleg Cassini is ridiculously good

    I don’t find it much like either Quorum or Givenchy Gentleman.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I’m not sure how to aim for an aura an inch deep, but I sure hope I get my $30 worth.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Retail (sort of) therapy:

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks! I'm not up to describing it, HabibiGotIt, as I've only smelled it a few times on my wife. I would suggest checking the BN reviews to get some idea.



    Even meaner is what I paid for it.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Guerlain L'Heure Bleue extrait
    Pre-1950

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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    Yes.
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    Re: Oleg Cassini is ridiculously good

    I’ve only tried the Jovan version, which rocks.
  72. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    A batch could consist of thousands of bottles for a company as large as YSL. M7 was a flop, so there probably wouldn’t be many batches.
  73. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    Except 1) possibly fake doesn’t mean actually fake, and 2) if actually fake, then the batch code itself is still probably genuine.

    Let’s not prejudged sellers based on insufficient evidence.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    1000 de Jean Patou
    EdT on left arm, parfum on right arm
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Really? I haven’t yet tried the ol’ “Green Orchard,” but now I’m even more intrigued.
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    Bandit Homme is a different scent, not just a renamed one. It existed simultaneously with Alfin’s reformulated Bandit. I’ve never tried it, so I can’t say whether it comes off as a flanker or is...
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    Re: Your Personal Unicorn. What is it?

    The third one. (But all four are essential.)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Two Berdoues minis: Bal du Printemps and Cordoba.
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    Re: New game: One perfume every three days.

    I'm a Bandit fan, based on a vintage mini I scored not long before eBay prices inexplicably multiplied. I haven't dabbled in the reformulated versions, which have received a range of reviews from...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Cocktail Dry de Jean Patou, parfum cologne

    A wonderfully dark and complex scent, easily unisex if not leaning masculine. The only downside is that the "parfum cologne" isn't as strong as...
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    Re: Your Personal Unicorn. What is it?

    I've made a hobby of adopting other people's unicorns. In most cases, they've made excellent companions: unicorns of all sizes, colors, breeds, and so forth tend to be glorious beasts, full of...
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Rogue Perfumery fragrances have character and presence. That's what makes them special, and also what makes them at least potentially divisive. There may be reasons to make fragrances that won't...
  83. Re: The Greatest Review of the Greatest Fragrance of All Time?

    I don’t mean to generate any personal animosity. I don’t feel any. You seem like a nice guy! It’s simply a matter of being able to converse about things. My concern about the word “objective” stems...
  84. Re: The Greatest Review of the Greatest Fragrance of All Time?

    As long as you’re happy using the word to mean something it doesn’t mean. That is to say, a purely subjective definition of “objective.”
  85. Re: The Greatest Review of the Greatest Fragrance of All Time?

    Virtually the entirety of the review, apart from, "the EDC is the original formulation," is Scentemental's subjective impression of Habit Rouge. It seems that what you're calling "objective" is the...
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Wearing Mrs. S.' Joy parfum because I've been doing a Patou survey, and I figured I can't call that conclusive without Joy. I'll also dip into her 1000 this weekend.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Joy de Jean Patou, vintage extrait

    A rose, jasmine, and tuberose bouquet, with a few sparkly aldehydes and a modest dose of civet that nod to Chanel No. 5 without imitating it. You can...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Absolutely.
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    Re: EMINENCE Pour Homme - Mid 70's Sleeper

    I’ll bet Sniffman has all the flankers.
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  91. Poll: Re: Poll: When you wear a perfume, is it just for yourself or do you want others to know?

    Sillage often smells different than does the fragrance up-close. So, even just for me, sillage enhances the experience.

    As for the poll, I mostly wear fragrances for me, but also to share the...
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    Re: The relation between scents and hormones

    Some people aren't fastidious about personal hygiene, but beyond that, scent is apparently one way we determine suitable matches: studies indicate that we can smell genetically dissimilar partners,...
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    A small gift for the good Dr.: Tabu Parfum.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    The final item in my Ma Collection: Normandie Edition box

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    Jean Patou Normandie EdT

    Possibly my favorite from this set, and certainly in the running (so thank goodness for the bonus...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    For me, this is dependent on the availability and/or cost of a FB. I do a lot of FB blind-buying, but I also buy batches of minis if enough of them are things I haven’t tried for which full purchases...
  96. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    Well, I'm sorry if they disturb you, but I agree with all of those statements—especially the last one, given that it's mine. None of them says, "everything is relative, you can't be objective at...
  97. Re: List of eBay Sellers that Are Authentic and Fake

    I've only bought one item from BH. The fragrance came without a spray nozzle; once informed, they quickly sent me one. Not a serious complaint, and nothing on the order of shenanigans.
  98. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    I don't think anyone is saying that, though. What you will see, routinely, are exchanges such as:

    A. "I think this is essentially a dark leather scent. And it's awesome."
    B. "Really? I get a...
  99. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    I suppose, as with smell, things must be as we believe they are.

    But seriously, you're making a straw man argument. Differences in smell perception can be attributed to many things: culture, sex,...
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    Re: The Best Fragrance Of All Time

    I imagine my collection ain't bad by most people's standards—maybe a little small by Hednic's. :) Anyway, yeah, I've never knowingly offended anyone other than the Mrs. with a fragrance, and as I'm...
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