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  1. Re: Impromptu Pre-Christmas Sniff-Together, next Sat 7th December in Northcote

    Aww, so do I, Cyn! But over there you have so many more opportunities to find fab vintage treasures at op shops, fairs and yard sales :-)
  2. Impromptu Pre-Christmas Sniff-Together, next Sat 7th December in Northcote

    At the suggestion of Wheelspinner, I've booked our usual haunt, the Alphabet City back room, for an unscheduled get-together of us fume fiends/friends next *Saturday* for lunch, to...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Great to see you too, John!
    Thank you so much for all those fabu-tastic samples (decants, really) you brought along to share with us :-)
    Now please let us know where you got those excellent spray...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Thanks, John! There are a few scents in your wardrobe that I'd really appreciate if you'd bring along for sniffing purposes:

    Tom Ford - Noir de Noir
    Halston - Man Amber
    Royall - Bay Rhum
    CdG -...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Yes, we're still on for Sunday, folks!

    :-) Christine
  6. Special Sniffing Tour of the Burnley Gardens (Melbourne) - 23 May

    Melbourne fragrance enthusiasts are invited to a very special guided tour of the Burnley Gardens with Steven Broadhurst, Creative Director of Tommi Sooni. The Burnley Gardens are located on the...
  7. Tommi Sooni at Henri Bendel 5th Avenue

    As an Aussie, I feel it's my patriotic duty to spread the word that Henri Bendel on 5th Ave NY will be trialling the fragrances of Australian brand Tommi Sooni over the next 2 weeks.

    Seriously, ...
  8. For those who live in Melbourne, Australia

    [Posting this here for Melburnians who don't often visit the BN Australian forum]

    A 'Sniff-Together' will be happening this Sunday 5th of May from 11.30am (but come when you can, as we're usually...
  9. For those who live in Melbourne, Australia

    [Posting this here for Melburnians who don't often visit the BN Australian forum]

    A 'Sniff-Together' will be happening this Sunday 5th of May from 11.30am (but come when you can, as we're usually...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Glad to see some recent comments have bumped this thread to the top of the list, which means I don't have to create a new thread to remind everyone about the next Sniff-Together, which is happening...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Hi Wheelspinner!

    It's called 'Bint el Sudan' (which means 'Daughter of Sudan).

    Here are a couple of links with interesting background info:
    ...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Thanks to everyone who came along today - I had a ball and I hope the game was fun! Rose and I had a great time coming up with the ten scents for you all to guess :happy:

    Here's a pic of the group...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Rosecat - look forward to meeting you!

    John-e-Buoy - if you are able to come (and I hope you can!), I've been wanting to sniff Mugler's 'Cologne' for ages.

    Thanks :-)
    Christine / MsV
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Yes please!! Bring along anything you'd like to swap or sell.

    Sunday will be a hoot.

    Efemeral and I are planning a fun sniffing game with a cool prize!

    See you (inc. any other Melbourne...
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    Re: Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Wheelspinner and Dalbir.Singh - you are both more than welcome! (NB: it's not a 'clique-y' group)
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    Melbourne Sniff-Together dates for 2013

    Following the success of last December's event, Efemmeral and myself have come up with seasonal dates for Sniff-Togethers in 2013 as follows:



    Sunday 3 February
    Sunday 5 May
    Sunday 4...
  17. Re: Sniff-together in Melbourne 9th December

    Thanks so much for coming, John, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I think you got a few of us hooked on Montale :-)

    And thanks also to efemmerel - it was fantastic to see you! Checking out your...
  18. Re: Sniff-together in Melbourne 9th December

    Yes it is!
    See you there :-)
  19. Re: Sniff-together in Melbourne 9th December

    Hi John,
    Men have indeed attended in the past. It's not supposed to be a 'ladies lunch' type of thing :-) Most of the stuff we like is 'unisex' anyway - particularly Uncle Serge's creations!
    You...
  20. Sniff-together in Melbourne 9th December

    For those who like sniffing, discussing and sharing frags in person, I'm organising a little lunchtime 'sniff-together' in Melbourne on Sunday 9th December from 11.30am:

    Alphabet City Cafe (in...
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    Re: alternatives to Chanel No.5

    Agree with Amouage Gold, L'Aimant, No. 22. Adding the original Caleche by Hermes.
  22. Re: History of Fabergé company and its fragrances - Help Needed !

    Hi David,

    I've been looking around for similar information (coz I like collecting vintage Fabergé fragances) and stumbled upon this thread.

    I found some interesting details about the history of...
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    Re: Bernard Lalande Collection

    Hi Laura,

    I just saw your post! There's another discussion on BN about these Lalande minis here:
    ...
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    Re: Parfum/ Pure Parfum/ Extrait collections

    I counted 126 pure parfums 5mls and over... and now I'm too embarrassed to list them all :-(
  25. Re: Vintage Parfum Chypre Bernard Lalande Paris, any info on this house?

    I got mine on eBay for just $10 (plus o/s postage from the US) last October, and my friend paid around this for hers, too... maybe set up a eBay search alert for others coming up for much less than...
  26. Re: Vintage Parfum Chypre Bernard Lalande Paris, any info on this house?

    Hi selky!

    I can't help you with information on the house, but I own a set of these Bernard Lalande mini parfums (boxed sets come up from time to time on eBay and they're usually quite...
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    Re: Worth 'Courtesan' Aus buyer

    Hey Gumoosh,
    I know it's been um, years since you posted this but did you end up getting that bottle of Courtesan? I just got some as a blind buy and I'm still trying to work out if I like the...
  28. Re: Strangest and rudeest question ever: any of the Basenotes ladies got complimented by other ladie

    I go to swing dancing classes, and usually choose a different fragrance to wear each time (avoiding anything 'skanky', heavy or cloying as we tend to get pretty sweaty). When I am the 'follow' I get...
  29. Re: What's your most "old lady" scent? (Or, what are you afraid of?)

    I've only been collecting frags for a couple of years but my tastes have changed dramatically over the course of sniffing and sampling.

    Hate to admit this, but many of the older classics...
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    Re: Is this a rare bottle of perfume?

    Dear kaylus,

    If you do decide to open the bottle and don't like what you smell... please don't throw it (or the contents) out!

    I say this because, if you are not familiar with the leathery,...
  31. Re: What to buy for someone who used to wear Laura Ashley's Emma?

    Despite the original poster already having made a successful fume purchase for his lady friend, I felt compelled to do some research about Emma.

    First I have to say... gosh it's hard to find info...
  32. Re: Vintage Mini finds, Ambush skin perfume oil by Dana and Balle-looking for info

    Hi Possumbility,

    I've been collecting vintage fumes for a few years now and I've never come across the name 'Balle'.

    I too have a few old perfumes that aren't listed in BN, Fragrantica or even...
  33. Re: Perfumey get-together in Melbourne tomorrow

    Your wish is my command, ladies :-) Camera now packed! Stay tuned for pics and a summary in about 8 hours time.
    MsV
  34. Perfumey get-together in Melbourne (Australia) tomorrow

    (also posted in the Female Fragrance Discussion forum)

    Melbourne BNers looking for something to do tomorrow lunchtime are welcome to join myself and a few others for some perfume-sniffin' fun...
  35. Perfumey get-together in Melbourne tomorrow

    Melbourne BNers looking for something to do tomorrow lunchtime are welcome to join myself and a few others for some perfume-sniffin' fun (lunch optional) as follows:

    Sunday, September 25 from...
  36. Perfumey get-together in Melbourne tomorrow

    Melbourne BNers looking for something to do tomorrow lunchtime are welcome to join myself and a few others for some perfume-sniffin' fun (lunch optional) as follows:

    Sunday, September 25 from...
  37. Re: Jean-Charles Brosseau - DJ's clearance

    Ooh really!? Is it happening right now in Melbourne?
  38. Re: www.discountperfume.net.au - potential scam site

    Hi Laph,

    Yes, I was stung by this site in late 2008. I ordered a few items online and the money was debited from my bank account... but when nothing showed up after a few weeks, I tried...
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    Welcome to Basenotes, Scentsy :smiley:

    I was just thinking that the more I know about perfume, the harder it is to select fragrances from my collection to wear in public. Once upon a time, when I...
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    Re: Worst/Best name for a fragrance?

    Some awful fragrance names I've seen lately:

    Police Eyes for You (something really creepy about that)

    Fissure (a buttock-clencher!)
  41. Re: The worst smelling fragrance you have ever tried

    Breath of God by BN2B2BB: mint + ham pickled in 'aquatic' chemicals. Stomach-turning.
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    Re: "The Genre You Love" Questionnaire!

    Genre: Green floral / Green chypre floral

    Current Favorite: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (original parfum)

    Newest Discovery: Versace V'E

    Latest Purchase: Weil de Weil

    Can't Wait To Try:...
  43. Re: Perfumophiles: Do you ever step back and question yourself....

    Hi Asakian, lovely to 'see' you again!

    I really like your thoughtful, plaintive post. I often ask myself "why", too.

    BTW, you didn't give many options for femmes in the list of possible...
  44. Re: I do not believe fragrance alone could attract a man or a woman.

    I am attracted to people who share my interest in perfume!!
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    Re: HELP! i need to know this perfume

    What a puzzle! I noticed that there was a flanker called 'Reverie Pure' which came in an identical-looking bottle. While I couldn't find any information about notes for Reverie Pure, one of the...
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    Re: HELP! i need to know this perfume

    Wah! I wish I hadn't read this thread, because now I want a bottle! Reverie gets lots of good reviews on Fragrantica. Interesting that neither of the BN or Fragrantica note pyramids include coconut,...
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    Re: Which house(s) do you collect?

    I have definitely observed patterns in my perfume collecting mania! So... (consults spreadsheet)... by Rednails' definition of five or more different scents from the same house, it turns out that I...
  48. Thread: Sohum

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    Re: Sohum

    Reviving this thread because I just bought some goodies from Sohum (not affiliated) today. They are having some kind of sale and I think all their 100ml EDTs are half price. As oluca mentioned, their...
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    Re: Unsung Treasures

    Hi everyone,

    I've been on-and-off following this thread for a while and think it's about time I chimed in with my 'damage report'. Here's a photo of frags I've already purchased thanks to your...
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    Re: Best feminine lavender

    I 2nd Moment Supreme by Patou for a lovely feminine lavender. I haven't tried the vintage parfum, but my modern-ish EDT is pretty darn good.
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    Re: Best feminine lavender

    Yes, I agree this is beautiful and quite wearable by both sexes. After the lavender, my nose registers *heliotrope* loud and clear. Does anyone else smell the heliotrope or is it just me?
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    Re: Forbidden Affair by Anna Sui

    Hi Primrose,

    I have a free sample of this, and tried it on this morning for the first time. I like to read the BN reviews about frags that I'm testing, but there are none at all for this scent!...
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    Re: Cabotine by Gres

    Hi everyone,

    I just want to chime in with some (hopefully) interesting info about Cabotine, which is included in Michael Edwards' 1996 Perfume Legends.

    According to this book, Cabotine...
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    That reminds me: my first reaction to Aqua Allegoria Flora Nerolia was “Ugh! Smells like a wedge of lemon some bloke’s wiped his arse on!”
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    Wow - great story! Not fun for you to go through, but it was like a mini-experiment with the general public on this particular topic.

    It makes sense to me that flowers might sometimes smell of...
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    I haven't smelled 'pure indole', which I've heard smells more like mothballs than poo. However, I frequently encounter in certain perfumes and flowers a range of 'notes' that I really do think smell...
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    Re: Why do people say indoles smell fecal?

    The other day I had the opportunity to smell a real orange blossom on a friend's young tree, and I was amazed how similar it smelled to a jasmine flower, complete with indolic nuances. Just my 2c...
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    Re: sniffy in Melbourne this weekend

    OOps! Sorry I meant June 5th, and yes this weekend. Thanks for pointing that out :thumbsup:
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    Re: sniffy in Melbourne this weekend

    Yes, I remember that you were possibly joining us late last year. We did hope you'd make it. I went up to two different men at the venue who were sitting alone with travel cases. Not sure what they...
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    Re: sniffy in Melbourne this weekend

    Sure! We might also have another sniffy-meet in August, so perhaps you could join us then if times collide. In any case, you'll find lots of great places in Melbourne for perfume shopping. Myer in...
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    sniffy in Melbourne this weekend

    (also posted in the Female Fragrance forum)

    PSA to Australian BNers!

    For those who like sniffing, discussing and sharing frags in person, maybe you'd like to join myself and "Fruitful" in...
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    sniffy in Melbourne this weekend

    PSA to Australian BNers!

    For those who like sniffing, discussing and sharing frags in person, maybe you'd like to join myself and "Fruitful" in Melbourne on Sunday for lunch/coffee and...
  63. Re: Please name a few Calone disasters just to know what to avoid

    Having been overexposed to Calone via a sample of the isolated note, I can't stand the stuff. Even a hint of Calone in a fragrance is too much for me. Here are just four frags I tested recently that...
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    Re: Newbie buying vintage fragrance

    Hi LiliB,

    I'm in Melbourne and even though it's a big city, I almost never see fragrances in the charity shops here. I suspect there's a policy about not being allowed to sell used...
  65. Re: Violette Precieuse, haunting and contradictory

    Yes, Bellodgia was one of the first classic Carons that I tried and indeed it is a great beauty. The predominant floral note in Bellodgia is carnation.

    Not a Caron, but a fragrance that I can't...
  66. Re: Violette Precieuse, haunting and contradictory

    Hiya! This thread is topical for me because just a few days ago I received my unsniffed purchase of Violette Precieuse (2006 version).

    I agree with LiliB that the far drydown is an exquisite...
  67. Re: My friend liked Tigress- What is close to that now?

    Yes, I do understand. I like your idea of the SL Bois Oriental (not that I've had the pleasure of smelling the other two you listed). Recently a friend of mind bought a bell jar of BO (initials don't...
  68. Re: My friend liked Tigress- What is close to that now?

    Cheaper to just buy up some of the vintage Tigress that's still floating about. Plenty out there in the bay!
  69. Re: My friend liked Tigress- What is close to that now?

    Hi Kumquat,

    I've just applied some vintage Tigress parfum from my cute little "Fabergette" looks-like-a-rollerball-but-isn't applicator bottle and I'm smelling the following:

    spiciness with a...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to the clinic...

    But perhaps useful if you are considering insuring your stash (looking for silver lining)!
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to the clinic...

    Hi Donna,

    I know exactly where you're at! Over a year ago I went to see a pyschologist for a totally unrelated work issue and when I mentioned my perfume collecting, her ears pricked up and she...
  72. Re: Do you know anything about KOBAKO by BOURJOIS?

    Yes, I cannot imagine this new version being by the creator of No. 5 and Soir de Paris. I asked a friend for her opinion, and she said it reminded her of a strong toilet freshener :shocked:

    I had...
  73. Re: Do you know anything about KOBAKO by BOURJOIS?

    I have a bottle of the current Kobako, and I doubt very much that it's like the original. I am no expert on analysing perfumes for their notes, but I could not smell leather. I wouldn't say chypre,...
  74. Re: PSA: perfume lovers in Melbourne, Australia are invited to catch up >>

    Hi Dimitri, I guess it's a little bit too far for you to travel :p

    Did you get around to reviewing your recently acquired bottle/s of Christos? I am dying to know if you found it as good as you'd...
  75. PSA: perfume lovers in Melbourne, Australia are invited to catch up >>

    this Saturday 12.30pm in the city. It's free, low-key and purely social: just a small bunch of 'fume fanatics getting together for coffee, snacks and lively fragrance-related conversation. I'll be...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to the clinic...

    Hi everyone,

    I thought it was time to check myself into this Clinic, and I'd love it if you could offer me your support. I've just read through all the previous posts and can relate to so many of...
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    Re: Today I Bought - October 2010

    Warum, Yvresse is gorgeous. I never noticed the difference when they changed the formulation (was it when they changed the name from Champagne or when the bottle stopped having actual wire on the...
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    Re: Today I Bought - October 2010

    Snap! I bought that one yesterday.
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    Re: Today I Bought - October 2010

    Hi vintage*red! My sympathies with you for getting a few misses in your latest haul. This happens to me all the time with eBay (I have been a prolific spender of late but haven't had the time to post...
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    Re: Today I Bought - October 2010

    Hello everyone! Until I discovered this thread I had no idea who I have been bidding against on ehBay - you're all here :vrolijk_26:

    bookwyrmsmith, you got the partial mini Pretexes at a good...
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    Re: Today I Bought - October 2010

    I have read that. Also, according to John Oakes in The New Book of Perfumes (2000 ed., page 10), Vert et Blanc by Carven was "created for Grace Kelly's wedding to Prince Rainier".

    I guess any...
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    Re: Today I Bought - October 2010

    Hi Dimitri,

    Greetings from Christine your Christos enabler! I was just looking at your blog to see if you'd posted anything yet about Christos, then I saw your post. Judging by your pic, did you...
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    Re: Today I Bought - September 2010

    Hi Grand Duc, I would love to discuss these Dioressences with you when you receive them. I have both versions already and my vintage EdT smells quite different to the vintage parfum... and I'm a bit...
  84. Re: Is it my imagination, or does Lauder's Youth Dew smell like a twin sister of YSL's Opium?

    Another interesting post on this topic:

    http://1000fragrances.blogspot.com/2008/10/soft-youth-dew-este-lauder.html

    I have a small bottle of Soft Youth Dew, which is like a mid-point between...
  85. Re: Is it my imagination, or does Lauder's Youth Dew smell like a twin sister of YSL's Opium?

    Here's an informative post on this subject:

    http://1000scents.blogspot.com/2006/05/orient-express-yves-saint-laurent.html
  86. Re: Silly, crazy and incomprehensible perfume names?

    I was thinking that this might be a reference to something else, so I googled and found an obscure Norwegian singer having an album with that name - see...
  87. Calling out to people in Melbourne, Australia >>

    I have started a perfume appreciation group (with the aim of meeting over coffee to sniff and discuss fragrance; go on sniffing excursions, etc.) and I would dearly love local people to join, as I...
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