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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 19th August, 2019

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  2. Re: A lounge just for us "Over sprayers" to discuss our SOTD and how many sprays were needed.

    10 sprays of Tuscan Leather this evening.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 17th August, 2019

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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Got this surprisingly nice but extremely short lived body spray at Marshall's for $4.99 today. Nice pine/cinnamon/orange Polo Green cheapie clone. Will probably just use as a room spray. Also saw a...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 16th August, 2019

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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Pyromancy

    This is the one I struggled with the most personally, as it's a one-two punch of notes that don't quite work for me - the aforementioned bread note, tobacco and some warm, spicy...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Salem

    I was hoping for more leather in this, but the opening at least is all clove - a kind of menthol clove note on top of the same incense that seems present in others. The leather is...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    I’m very happy with my 30 ml decant, which will last me a lifetime. If you do go the clone route, Clean Reserve Sueded Oud is a decent option. No raspberry and 1/10 the projection, but it’s a nice,...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Yeah I may just cave and get the 7.5...

    On to round three!

    Necromancy

    It’s all about the benzoin, baby. Benzoin and dark florals - carnation I think? This one reminds me a bit of Or Black,...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Alright, round two! Sounds like our takes differed on these a bit more. Curious to hear from others who have tried these as well!

    I Saw Goody Proctor With The Devil!

    This one opens with some...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Thanks for kicking things off! Getting mine posted a little late but better than never...

    Cotton Mather

    Opens somewhat similar to Mein Herr Marquis - has the same kind of yeasty-sweet bread...
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    Re: looking for a sparkling fragrance

    Morabito Or Black has a kind of fruity-herbal liqueur note at the top that I would describe as "sparkly." A bit more heavy and dense that champagne, but might be what you're looking for.
  13. Re: "Its some Muslim holy oil I dont even read the bottle."

    That would definitely be my guess if you're in the US.
  14. Re: Recommend a fragrance that smells like Cheeto's?

    Le Labo's Oud smells very cheesy to me, although more like washed-rind 2 year old cheese than Chester the Cheetah's dandruff.

    +1 for Demeter Pizza. I'm surprised they don't have an out-and-out...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 10th August, 2019

    Possibly my favorite offering from Sixteen92 so far

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  16. Thread: No-Buy August

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    Re: No-Buy August

    Definitely true. I have a sort of mental short list of fragrances I'm always on the lookout for at a good price, but I won't buy something random just because it's at a steep discount. Briefly...
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    Re: Tom Ford Straw Poll

    Agree with others that most of the TF offerings - especially the Private Blends - are quite overpriced. All the same, I've managed to pick up decants of Tuscan Leather and Italian Cypress and a full...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 9th August, 2019

    SOTD: Last Exit for the Lost

    SOTE: I Saw Goody Proctor With the Devil

    Both from Sixteen92
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    Re: Can people be grouped into taste categories?

    Fun thread! I would say I'm a Hipster-Connoisseur according to the classification system above. In terms of notes, I would generally say that if you can find it in a Northerly forest, I probably like...
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    Re: Recreating a perfume from ancient Egypt

    As long as it doesn't smell like that red liquid from the sarcophagus they found a few months ago ;)

    Seriously though, very interesting. It's cool to have that kind of bridge to the past through...
  21. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Cotton Mather and Salem from Sixteen92. Testing out a bunch of stuff from this house this week; will be posting reviews in the Sixteen92 thread along with Juxtapozbliss over the weekend or early next...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Le Labo Rose 31 perfumed lotion layered with Tam Dao. Adds some nice depth to TD's woods on woods on woods.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 7th August, 2019

    Thanks!
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    Mugler is great for layering IMO. Bet it smells great in that Florida weather.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 7th August, 2019

    Just got this in the mail today, loving it so far:

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    Re: Today, I am not particularly enjoying...

    I smelled a bunch of Byredo stuff in Nordstrom recently and was very unimpressed. Nothing terrible, but just nothing that stuck out to me in particular. I had already smelled a bunch of other stuff...
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    Re: Barneys is closing

    Thanks for the encouragement! Hah, that's a good idea. My brother used to live in China, and although he was by no means rich, he did own a nice suit. He would go to upscale department stores and try...
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    Re: Pleasant surprise @ Sephora

    Yeah I should clarify I'm not sure that Nordstrom Rack had the Neroli - I bought two bottles of Sueded Oud, I know they had 3-4 other fragrances from Clean though. In any case it sounds like this is...
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    Re: SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

    Should be getting these in the next day or two. Looking forward to sampling and seeing how different our takes end up being, as well as anyone else who has thoughts on these! Such an interesting...
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    Re: Barneys is closing

    I'm always afraid to go in the Barney's in Seattle because I've never seen more than one or two customers in there at a time. The SAs just swarm around like sharks, and considering I'd only be going...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    The Declaration Essence combo sounds great. I haven't tried Essence yet but I like the original and d'Un Soir. If there's a birch tar note in Essence, I need to get my hands on it; love birch tar.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 6th August, 2019

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  33. Re: Would anyone be interested in a website dedicated to buying and selling used fragrances?

    +1

    While I’ve used BN and Crystal Flacon, it would be nice to have a dedicated site with (no offense to the BN web design but just sayin) a more contemporary interface/design. I tried joining one...
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    Re: Pleasant surprise @ Sephora

    I recently found some Clean Reserve bottles at Nordstrom Rack for about $25. They are decent fragrances but not very powerful. Worth picking up at a discount in any case, but I think I’d probably...
  35. Re: A lounge just for us "Over sprayers" to discuss our SOTD and how many sprays were needed.

    Agreed about spraying on clothes. I usually wear about 7-10 sprays of Royal Oud. The sandalwood in the dry down is really nice. One of the first fragrances that really got me to pay attention to it...
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    Re: Your best and worst blind buys?

    Best: Encre Noire, Gucci Guilty Absolute, Elie Saab Oud, Or Black

    Worst: Hommage a l'Homme Voyageur and Grey Flannel. Voyageur has a kind of sour hot compost bin full of pastries smell on me, and...
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    Re: Niche Fragrances - Best bang for the money

    Rogue's Mousse Illuminee is the best bang for my buck as far as niche goes. My 30 ml bottle will last me forever because I only need 1-2 sprays, it's really that strong. And that's coming from...
  38. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Mitsouko looks good based on the notes. I suspect that the more time I spend around these fragrances the more I'll come to enjoy them - it took me a few months of testing before I could stand...
  39. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    I won't go full deconstructionist here, but I would generally agree that not only are our experiences different and idiosyncratic, but the shades of meaning that we impute to various words or...
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    That does sounds like a great combo. Haven't tried Lost Cherry but I could see that working too. I just wish that TF stuff wasn't so prohibitively expensive, which makes experimenting with layering...
  41. Re: Jeremy Fragrance's method of spraying - yes or no?

    :lolk:
  42. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Oh wait, just looked them up and it was actually TF Extreme that I tried, not Noir Extreme. I'll have to give it another try - I just smelled it on paper so might be different on skin. The truffle...
  43. Re: Designer or Niche: A Reevaluation (very long post)

    Interesting read, although I did skim some parts. It was a bit too academic for me - and I'm actually an academic.

    I generally agree though - since I've started following noses more than houses,...
  44. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Tam Dao EdT

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  45. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Shalimar - not really my cup of tea, but I know it's a classic. Very "vintage" smelling, a bit too much for me, but I can see why it's a classic.

    Spicebomb Extreme - reminds me a lot of Margiela...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 3rd August, 2019

    Declaration layered with Bvlgari Eau Parfumée de Thé Vert body lotion. Very nice Ellena combo!
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    Re: Montale "spray vials" on FragranceNet

    Thanks hednic - that would make more sense.
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Hmm yeah, I actually found all this stuff in the beauty section. They did have a few bottles in the glass case, but nothing particularly special. I think the Oeillet Bleu ended up with the beauty...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Wow nice find! I’m definitely encouraged to scope out goodwill more often now.
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    Montale "spray vials" on FragranceNet

    I noticed today that FragranceNet just listed a number of Montales with "spray vial" as an option at around $28, but there's no details listed about what size they are. Considering that FN sells...
  51. Re: Roger et Gallet Oeillet Bleu/Blue Carnation - help me date this splash bottle?

    Thanks for the update, theladymay! That all makes sense - the bottle/label design look more like 40s/50s to me, especially compared with some of the more "modern" looking bottles I've seen poking...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Thanks!
  53. Re: How do Coffee Beans help you shop for Fragrances?

    Wow this is super interesting. I've always been skeptical of the coffee bean "trick," but it's good to have the actual data to back up that skepticism.
  54. Re: A question for those like me who can't afford to buy niche perfumes.

    I’d second both of these - haven’t tried any of CinisLabs’ original creations but it’s my source for iso e super. And Rogue is not prohibitively expensive if you’re buying 30 ml bottles. My Mousse...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Thanks, hednic!
  56. Re: Roger et Gallet Oeillet Bleu/Blue Carnation - help me date this splash bottle?

    Thanks for the info! The color is pretty light - there was some darkened oil/residue around the cap when I took it off, but otherwise seems like it hasn't been touched in ages. Just sniffing from the...
  57. Re: Roger et Gallet Oeillet Bleu/Blue Carnation - help me date this splash bottle?

    Thanks! I was very surprised to find it in Goodwill. It's 1/8 oz size. The bottom label says "Roger & Gallet New York Paris" at the top, and "52 Compounded in USA" at the bottom. Not sure what the 52...
  58. Thread: Mix

    by jkonick
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    Re: Mix

    I am a shameless layerer. I've even tried mixing several scents together in a small atomizer - Encre Noire Sport, Mugler Cologne and an extra splash of Iso E Super - it was not bad. I only layer...
  59. Roger et Gallet Oeillet Bleu/Blue Carnation - help me date this splash bottle?

    I found this at Goodwill today and it looks quite old, but I can't seem to find any info about this particular bottle online. The only labels are on the front and bottom (sticker on the back is the...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    It does seem pretty old - I looked up pictures of other bottles and actually couldn't find this one in particular, but it's a different style from what I assume are (relatively) newer bottles.
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Thanks, N.CAL! I think they must have come from a hotel - apparently Rose 31 was made specifically for Fairmont Hotels. There were quite a few of them all in "grab bags" with a mix of other stuff,...
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    Re: Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Thanks!
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    Goodwill/Thrift store finds!

    Decided to stop by the Goodwill near Downtown Seattle today (fun fact - it is the largest Goodwill in the country!) and found some pretty great stuff that I managed to pick up for a grand total of...
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    Re: Violet fragrances for men

    Don’t think anyone has mentioned Lalique Hommage a L’Homme yet, but that’s a nice violet/tobacco scent. Like a fresh package of cigarettes with that sort of sweet raisin smell and a violet note...
  65. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Glad to hear you’re a fan! It’s one of my favorites. What do you like about it? It’s not too flashy or complicated but it’s just a solid vetiver/fake dry woods.
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    Re: Best citrus note for summer - your preference

    As hermeslyre notes, Guerlain L’Eau Boisee has a great popsicle/slushee limeade type note. I really like lime as well as orange. Hermes has a lot of good citrus stuff: TdH, Orange Verte Concentree,...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 1st August, 2019

    Nice pair!
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    Re: Does chest hair increase longevity?

    Can't say as I haven't had a bald chest since middle school, so I wouldn't be able to test the difference (not quite willing to shave my chest for that experiment). But I have noticed that I get...
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    Re: Favorite violet fragrance?

    Great suggestions everyone, thanks! I did make my mom smell my arm when I was wearing Fahrenheit to see if it would fit the bill, but she was too turned off by the petrol note. Maybe I'll give her a...
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    Re: Ambroxan fragrances! Love or hate?

    So far the only fragrance I own that has a large amount that I find enjoyable is TdH Eau Intense Vetiver, which has a lot in the base. I'm getting more and more used to it, but it still comes across...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 1st August, 2019

    Despite the (somewhat deserved) reputation this house has, Leather is really growing on me. Clean, soapy leather with a good 6-8 hours of staying power and decent projection.

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  72. Re: A question for those like me who can't afford to buy niche perfumes.

    Another voice chiming in for Lalique. Many of their fragrances are available for under $30 and rival more expensive niche stuff. I recently picked up John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider and was pleasantly...
  73. Re: Jeremy Fragrance's method of spraying - yes or no?

    I've recently started doing the back of the neck spray, but otherwise I keep it below the collarbones. Usually a few torso sprays and one on the back of each arm.
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    Re: Favorite violet fragrance?

    Thanks for the great recommendations everyone! Kitty2Shoes, I just read your review of Sweet Parmesan Violet, sounds like that might be perfect - my mom loves Choward violet candies, so if it's...
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    Re: Favorite violet fragrance?

    Thanks hednic!
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers?

    :laugh:
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    Re: Favorite violet fragrance?

    Thank you Zilpha! That gives me some good places to start.
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers?

    Perhaps since the Basenotes crowdsourced fragrance flopped, this could be a new collective project! I can't say I'm a huge fan of berry notes (or Mugler for that matter), but I do love the raspberry...
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers?

    :lolk:

    Just wait until they come out with Kouros Musk Intense à l'Extreme. I think that would be considered a low-grade chemical weapon.
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    Favorite violet fragrance?

    I'm looking for a fragrance with a prominent violet note and not too much else - some other supporting characters are fine, but something with violet front and center. My mom loves violet and I want...
  81. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I really like this one, although it does feel a bit formal. The sandalwood dry down is very nice, and I like the cedar/oriental spices as well. Although I enjoy it I haven't worn it a whole lot, just...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 31st July, 2019

    Feeling spicy today

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  83. Re: Bentley Momentum Intense or Lalique Hommage Voyageur

    Haven't tried the Bentley either but this more or less sums up my thoughts on the Lalique. I just got some very rough cardamom, ambroxan, patchouli and vetiver. Had a weirdly sour/off smell to me,...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 30th July, 2019

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  85. Thread: Best Vetiver

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    Poll: Re: Best Vetiver

    I would add to my previous response:

    Sycomore
    Vetiver Extraordinaire

    Those two are probably the best vetiver I’ve tried.
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    Re: Neroli Fragrances

    Neroli Woods is a pretty cheap option from Banana Republic that has gotten a fair amount of love here. Good option if you don't want to shell out for Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, which is worth trying...
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    Re: Best fragrance performance ever...

    Mousse Illuminee and Tuscan Leather for me. With both of these I get consistent whiffs all day, and I don't need to reapply at all. I never seem to get too much olfactory fatigue from either. And I...
  88. Re: I really like forests. Does Knize Forest actually smell like a forest ?

    +1 Encre Noire. I like layering it with Demeter Dirt for a real "forest floor" experience.

    Haven't tried Fou d'Absinthe but my favorite Christmas tree fragrance is Lutens Fille en Aiguilles....
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    Re: What do you wear purely for yourself?

    Tuscan Leather, Versace Oud Noir and Gucci Guilty Absolute are all fragrances that I end up wearing more often as my SOTE when I'm home for the night. Not that I don't wear them out, but I do like...
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    So I ended up getting the Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider, and I'm wearing it tonight for the first time. I hadn't given much thought to Varvatos - I'll be honest, I was mostly just judgmental about the...
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers?

    I do like the lavender note in ENS, but to me it's more aquatic/grapefruit focused. I'm thinking more of something like a feminine spin on EN.
  92. Re: Did all of you reach a bit of a "turning point" after a certain time in the hobby?

    The more I get to know different notes, aromachemicals, etc, and how they all play together, the more I appreciate different fragrances and lose my ability to enjoy the more poorly made stuff that...
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    Re: Fantasy Flankers?

    That would be a very appropriate opportunity to release an updated flanker!



    That sounds great - I've never smelled anything with a dill note, but I do like dill. Also adding Nu Green to my...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    Wow very nice! I had that happen once with a sweater I ordered online - ended up with two instead of one and they just let me keep them both.
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    Re: Buying scents at Walmart

    Even if I didn't have ethical qualms about Walmart, I wouldn't get anything there if it was a blind buy especially since FragranceNet/eBay probably have things for about the same price, and none of...
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    Fantasy Flankers?

    If you could create a flanker for any fragrance of your choosing, what would it be? What notes would you add/tone down/subtract/etc?

    Personally I would love to see a flanker for Encre Noire...
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    Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    I'll buy pretty much anything, but I do have a number of houses that I wouldn't pay retail for, or for that matter buy a full bottle. If I'm going to buy from a house like Tom Ford or Creed, it's...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 28th July, 2019

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  99. Re: Advice needed from anyone who owns or knows of 'Declaration' by Cartier.

    You might want to check out eBay as well. I see a number of tester bottles of Declaration on there for around $30.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Same - didn't think they were quite worth it even at the $39.99 I saw them selling for, but I'd pick one up if it was $20-25.
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