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  1. Re: Non-sweet fragrance suggestions for my mother

    I recently went searching for a similar scent, and in addition to some that were suggested above, I found:

    -Eau Dynamisante
    -Sisley Eau du Soir
    -Eau Sauvage Parfum

    And how about something...
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    Re: Helmut Lang EDC Replacement

    It's on both Helmut Lang's and Luckyscent's website now :D
  3. Re: Looking for new (to me not necessarily "new") oriental woodsy ambery spicy women's fragrances

    Bal a Versailles, you are right that the Eau des Merveilles line has had much more exposure than Rouge. I think they are both worth trying out... and in the Eau des Merveilles line, I think the...
  4. Re: Looking for new (to me not necessarily "new") oriental woodsy ambery spicy women's fragrances

    It could be Rouge Hermes, which is woodsy/spicy/ambery. It's lovely. I'm a big fan of the oriental category and that is firmly on my to-buy list.
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Oh, I love updates! :) I personally like Santa Maria Novella Vaniglia and Eau Duelle EDP for vanilla, they both feel like simple vanillas but have an understated musk to keep it from cupcake land. I...
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    Re: NEW: Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

    Monsieur Guerlain mentioned the C word (clean!) a couple of times in reference to it, that scares me. What I like about Parfum Initial was the animalic note which made it feel skin-like and...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Flowerbomb, which I always considered the Acqua di Gio (in that it is ubiquitously popular) of the vanilla world.

    I also agree with Hypnotic Poison, it has a little...
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    Re: Fragrances inspired by geographic locations

    Guerlain Mayotte
    PdN Weekend a Deauville
    Dior Escales series
    Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling
    Lancome Sikkim
    SMN Tabacco Toscano, Acqua di Cuba
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    Re: Is the Golden Age of Perfumery Over

    There's nothing inherently wrong with business and marketing, venerable houses have been marketing perfume for generations. What was new about marketing CK One was the message that the fragrance was...
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    Re: Is the Golden Age of Perfumery Over

    I wonder if Ck One heralded the end of the Golden Age, I suspect that was when companies saw the benefits of marketing to the masses.
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    Re: The beloved bee bottle: 160th anniversary

    Oh, that's interesting! Your post encouraged me to look at my Colette Fellous book on Guerlain. Apparently Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain even studied perfumery in England:

    "...And so it was in...
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    Re: Defining Luxury in Perfumery

    For me, the quality of the fragrance (this means quality of raw materials as well as composition) and packaging is the only thing that defines luxury in perfumery. Things like pricing, availability...
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    Re: Fragrances that made you react physically

    Oh, me too! I bought it when the boutique was still at Madison Ave (that boutique was so beautiful), it is my only instant purchase, ever. Ok, no, my only instant purchase that didn't end up in...
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    Re: What did you used to wear back in the day?

    Hmm... Diorissimo, L'Air du Temps, Joy, Opium, Private Collection, White Linen, Youth Dew, Ysatis, Coco, Poison, Loulou, Dioressence... My mother didn't (and doesn't) actually like perfume, so she...
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    Re: The beloved bee bottle: 160th anniversary

    I love my bee bottles too! Thanks, Primrose. Great to hear a british accent with the ad, I almost expected a french one :)
  16. Re: If a scent is discontinued, how much is enough?

    Actually, the way things are going with constant reformulations, I sometimes even stock up when I find a formulation I like of a scent that is still in production. If I really love it, I might buy a...
  17. Re: Doubting Your Like of a Fragrance Based on Negative Reviews and Comments

    No. A positive review might encourage me to sample a perfume, but that's the extent of it. We all have different scent preferences after all.

    There's even a study on the variability of scent...
  18. Re: Lost Gems from the past: Moods, by Krizia, 1989

    I remember it! I loved it, never got around to buying a bottle, and then it disappeared from the shelves after a few years (rather quick for that time). Krizia did some fantastic scents, I also loved...
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    Re: Favourite or Cult Status Discontinued Scents.

    I try not to get attached to discontinued fragrances since, well, it seems a little futile. I do, however, experience pangs of disappointment every time I think of Nina Ricci's Farouche (already...
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    Re: EC Looks to Ban Three Fragrance Ingredients

    Thanks for replying. I understand why the F&F companies would do it, but what puzzles me is, why would the EC regulators (the people charged with keeping the population safe) risk the long term...
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    Re: EC Looks to Ban Three Fragrance Ingredients

    Thank you for your clear synopsis of the situation.

    But... it doesn't make much sense to me that the EC/EU regulators can consider banning ingredients that have been used and consumed for...
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    Re: 2 new fragrances from guerlain -- warning

    To be honest, I'd rather start my son off with Guerlain than let him go the Axe route when he is 10. And I'm happy Guerlain has provided a tasteful alternative to the tacky Disney/Spiderman/Spongebob...
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    Re: Name your Holy Grail. Have you found it yet?

    That's a good point. I have a Holy Grail, what I consider the "perfect" fragrance, which is Mitsouko. Then... after that I feel compelled to search out other Holy Grails... Like the Skin-scent Holy...
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    Re: What is the exact definition of "Vintage"?

    For my part, I think that since most fragrances go through several formulations for whatever reason, I would say that the term vintage, for practical purposes, refers to a formulation that is no...
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    Re: Please Pontificate on Guerlainade

    What I've always loved and found extraordinary about Guerlain is that warm, skin-like quality you get from most of their perfumes (with the exception of Idylle). It's just a little animalic, just a...
  26. Re: Do You 'Make Offers' when frag shopping on Ebay?

    I'll make a fair offer (considering both what I'm willing to pay as well as what past similar items have sold for) if the option is there. If the Buy It Now price is already fair, I'll just buy it.
  27. Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I have come to really dislike grapefruit, which seems to be de rigueur for fresh fruity-florals.

    Also anything that hints at a fruit salad composition: apple, mango, pineapple...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit. Want more rose!

    I don't find Rose de Nuit rosy enough either. It's very apricot soapy on me.

    For a deep rose, in addition to the ones mentioned, I like the somewhat underrated Black Rose Oud by Trish McEvoy. It...
  29. Re: Article: Ropion creates Frederic Malle's Joyeux Noel candle

    Funny thing about chemistry, while I do hear people talking about the sweet notes in Dries van Noten, they are very understated on me - I mainly smell spices and woods. DvN is definitely a woody...
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    Re: I want to REEK! - Is that so wrong?

    I can see that one can enjoy the composition of a short-lived perfume (citruses, for example), but I think it's generally quite important to be able to experience a scent's development over the...
  31. Wow, I have to say I never expected a cotton...

    Wow, I have to say I never expected a cotton candy note from Malle/Ropion.
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    Re: I want to REEK! - Is that so wrong?

    Yes! A good perfume should have decent longevity!
  33. Re: Women's perfume (Roses & Vanilla) with longest-lasting-sillage

    I would love to find a scent as you described, a bed of roses with vanilla in the background. I haven't really found any that smells exactly like that, but some I have found that are somewhat close...
  34. Thread: Summing Up 2013

    by chypre
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    Re: Summing Up 2013

    Hello! For me:

    Best launch - Dries van Noten. Spices, check. Woods, check. Vanilla, check. Instant love for me.

    Biggest disappointment - To be honest, my expectations are so low these days,...
  35. Re: Let's predict the next big note(s) that will shake the foundation of the fragrance community...

    Have to agree there. I like to eat food and wear perfume. Hate wearing food.

    Like many, I love the smell of books (all kinds of books, and from different regions too), but I'm sure the fragrance...
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    Re: Do fragrances improves with age?

    That has happened to me with Coco and No. 5 EDPs. Glad I'm not the only one. I've bought a few bottles of (pre-reformulation) Coco over the years, generally they took about 1-2 years before the...
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    Re: Tuberose, an Odyssey

    I've had tuberose in bouquets a number of times and with the exception of one, which was almost scentless, they had all, more or less, had a medicinal edge. Well, they were largely floral-sweet,...
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    Re: Vintage Samsara dry down comparisons

    Vintage Samsara was pretty unique unfortunately. You could try Malle's Dries van Noten, which uses Mysore sandalwood, and has some of the oriental sweetness that Samsara has. The Malle is slightly...
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    Re: By Kilian nowadays

    It would be a tremendous disappointment (to say the least) if he never went back to the haute parfumerie style of L'Oeuvre Noire series.

    I'm sitting out his Asian Tales/Garden of Good and Evil...
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    Re: Post the picture of a perfumer.

    I haven't tried that one, nor any of his newer scents, but I thought what he did for Bond's Chinatown was nothing short of genius - it combines modern and classic aesthetics so beautifully.



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    Re: Post the picture of a perfumer.

    Oh, what a great thread! Jean (he did Loulou for which I am eternally grateful) and Aurelien Guichard:

    http://www.lexpress.fr/medias/4819/2467335.jpg

    I never tire of looking at Kilian Hennessy...
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    Re: Synchronised Fridays 2013

    Do accidental synchronizations count? :) Sampled Tribute this morning and currently wearing Fumerie Turque, both smokey by happy coincidence.
  43. Thread: Beautiful Roses

    by chypre
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    Re: Beautiful Roses

    I've been thread-stalking :) I'm rather desperately wanting another rose and am pretty close to buying Kilian's Rose Oud. I must be fairly (or overly) tolerant of oud, because I find this a definite...
  44. Re: Need advice: Sis wants Carnal Flower. Less expensive suggestions?

    It might be worth calling one of the Barney's stores, I found that sometimes things that are OOS online may still be in stock in the store.
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    Re: The Annick Goutal Encyclopædia

    I really like the earlier Goutals, and of all, my favourites would be:

    -Songes: Lovely, lovely creamy frangipani-dominant white floral with a hint of vanilla. It's a lilting white floral that...
  46. Poll: Re: Kilian Straight To Heaven 1.7 oz for $235, worth it?

    I was just googling images of Kilian's Oud refills (trying to plan my next purchase), so I thought I'd post here. My understanding is this is how the refills now come:
    ...
  47. Re: In need of serious expert help! Long Post sorry.......

    Hi Englishlady, I've only tried Boyfriend once, but I remember reading somewhere that it was somewhat similar to Guerlain's Bois d'Armenie, and from my (admittedly vague) memory it did have some...
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    Re: Post A Picture of Your Collection

    Thanks for sharing this, it always cheers me up to see everyone else's collection, so I'm definitely grateful for these threads. So lovely to see all those bell jars, Amouage attars and vintage...
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    Re: Is there another perfume guide

    I like that one. Also Le Guide du Parfum by Rebecca Veuillet-Gallot if you read french. It organizes fragrances by families so it's useful to just skim through even if you don't feel like reading it...
  50. Re: OPIUM by YSL, year 2013: 11 different bottles blind-test.

    Thank you, Andre, I really appreciate the research and comparisons you're doing on these classics.
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    Re: Any good leather / tobacco / woodsy scent?

    Is Polo Green the classic Polo fragrance? I thought Parfumerie Generale's Coze smelt very much like it. Another leather/tobacco scent I think is good (great) is SMN Acqua di Cuba. That is a little...
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    Re: Quick Sniff, A-Z Top 10

    Actually, I think you may have a point about Angel. It was drastically reformulated about 2 years ago and the new version is much less oriental than before, with brighter, crisper top and middle...
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    Re: Buy it for the Drydown?

    I love musks and the deeper base notes... so for me, a lot of my purchases are based on the drydown. I wouldn't buy it if I couldn't live with the first few hours, but if if it's tolerable then I...
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    Re: Quick Sniff, A-Z Top 10

    Hi Scentfan, nice to read your impressions, and especially lovely to hear Mitsouko described as a "warm embrace", which it is to me too. My favourites from that list would be Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday November 11, 2013

    Musc Ravageur for me today.

    (One of the rare times I'm actually wearing perfume while browsing Basenotes!).
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    Re: Chanel no 5 and no 19 question

    Actually, I'd say he was probably asked to update/reorchestrate no.5 by Chanel. A perfumer is always working under the direction of the company they get their instructions from. And I think he did a...
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    Re: Chanel no 5 and no 19 question

    Historically the pure parfum was always the original version. The eau de toilette for no.5 was composed some years after as a more affordable alternative.

    Unfortunately, none of the versions of...
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    Re: Most complimented Fragrance

    I tend to get compliments more on the ones that are recognizably perfume. I think people are hesitant to say something if they don't know what they're smelling (so quirky scents are less mentioned)....
  59. Re: Developing an effective strategy of fragrance purchasing

    I have a monthly limit too, and some other strategies I've developed for myself over the years:

    - No impulse buys. I don't buy something unless I've tested and lived in it for at least a couple of...
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    Re: Ayala Moriel frags

    I've tried some of them, I agree the longevity (and sillage/projection too) is not the best, but it also depends on the fragrance. The stand-out for me is Vetiver Racinettes, and this also has the...
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    Re: Serge Lutens Special Edition Release?

    Thanks for clarifying, Donna. I *almost* got my hopes up :)
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    Re: Serge Lutens Special Edition Release?

    That's interesting. I see on the official website that they are now being offered as the "Selective Distribution" range (the export range). It looks like Cuir Mauresque is still there, along with...
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    Re: Bunny Angel/Ange Lapin now fragrant

    I didn't use them on my baby, but I love baby perfumes - they make excellent summer colognes :) Petit Guerlain was so much fun to wear, so sad it's gone.
  64. Re: MITSOUKO year 2013: 5-batches blind-test review.

    Thank you so much for this.



    That's fantastic to hear. I was wondering if the parfum had also been updated. I had recently bought a new bottle of the parfum but it was still the 2012 batch, so...
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    Re: Most worn in October 2013

    October was primarily a month of sampling for me:

    Eau Duelle EDP
    Volutes EDP
    Dries van Noten (will be my next purchase, yay!)
    Shanghai Lily (will graduate to a decant next)
  66. Re: How do you react when people tell you you're wearing too much fragrance?

    It's never happened to me, but I remember a few instances in the 80s when it probably should have.

    But with respect to the commenting itself, I think if they keep it polite I'd be fine with it,...
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    Poll: Re: What is your Preferable Bottle Size ?

    I like 30ml/50ml for EDTs/EDPs;
    15ml for extraits.

    I generally like the look of smaller bottles, plus they fit more comfortably in my hand.
  68. Re: Your favorite discoveries of 2012 ? Ones that impressed or disappointed you?

    Mine are:

    Mon Precieux Nectar (Les Parisiennes): This gorgeous musky floral gourmand quickly (and unexpectedly) attained HG status. I don't usually like florals, but this seems to have a...
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    Re: What else might appeal to a Mitsouko addict?

    Ooh, please report back! I'm a Mitsouko addict too, and would love to know what she thinks!
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    Re: Extra spicy/warm scents for fall/winter?

    Loving this thread, really great recs here.

    Adding Vero Profumo Onda extrait - this one feels like you're wearing a fur coat. Very warm and dense, perhaps not overly spicy, though ginger is a...
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    Re: Should I pursue Parure

    Vintage Parure is beautiful. I found it a little sweeter and more traditionally "feminine" than Mitsouko (from memory: more florals, less earth, prune instead of peach), but still a classically...
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    Re: What else might appeal to a Mitsouko addict?

    Yes, forgot that XXV referred to the men's version.
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    Poll: Re: Brad Pitt on Chanel No. 5

    I'd be embarrassed for Brad Pitt if I wasn't imagining him smugly looking at his bank statements.
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    Re: What else might appeal to a Mitsouko addict?

    Definitely this. Mitsouko has been my favourite fragrance for many, many years, and AdP Profumo is the closest I've ever found to it. Closer even than Jubilation XXV to my nose.
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    Re: Suggestions for Fall/Winter (Paris)

    I hope the SAs at the Serge Lutens boutique gave you Cuir Mauresque to sample. It's a sexy, heavy-lidded leather, not exactly sleek but great for winter.
  76. Re: What and Where to Dig in PARIS? (Besides Guerlain and Lutens)

    They don't have the most inviting ambience, but the two big ones, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, on Blvd Hausmann will carry most (though admittedly not all) of the perfume lines you will likely...
  77. Re: New Fragrance: Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue

    I don't like Alien either (too loud and a bit screechy) but I love this. It's richer and creamier than Alien, with noticeable vanilla; it's more of a floral oriental in the same vein as Samsara (but...
  78. Re: Limited Edition Mon Precious Nectar Fountain Imperiale — Just $9,000 at Neiman Marcus

    Just wanted to say that I finally tried this (thanks in part to your review!) and I really love it. It does have the gorgeous "muscinade" that I loved so much in the L'Instant parfum (haven't tried...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday, 25 August 2012

    Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau
  80. Re: The new YSL re-dos of Y, Yvresse, and Nu... Are they any good?

    I tried the Y and the Nu (didn't try the Yvresse)... I thought they were both pretty good, considering IFRA restrictions and all. I used to have the Y parfum, and the re-edition is, well you can tell...
  81. Thread: not sure

    by chypre
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    Re: not sure

    Noooooooooooooo. Oh the poor bottles...

    Honestly the people who counterfeit perfumes manufacture their own bottles. Please don't deprive future generations of perfume bottle lovers...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday 23 August 2012

    This is wonderful, I was just about to post about this. I find it actually captures some of the spirit of the classic Guerlains like Jicky quite well, but thoroughly modernized of course. I think...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue Formulations

    I'm green with envy, I have to admit :) I haven't smelt any vintages before late-80s, perhaps it's for the best.




    Sounds like a score! I'm only familiar with the bottles 80s and after, which...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue Formulations

    Thanks, Larimar! Yes, I remember that thread! One of the reasons I bought the 2007 version, but I was still disappointed, alas. For some very bizarre reason, I found I enjoyed the 2011 EDP more, very...
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue Formulations

    Thanks for the suggestion, looking through his website right now, it's great.
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    L'Heure Bleue Formulations

    Hi all, I have a question about L'Heure Bleue formulations. I have an extrait from 2007 which is nice but doesn't seem to be very, well, dense, compared with the extrait from 2006 that I tested,...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday, 22 August 2012

    L'Heure Bleue. Mmmmm.
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    Re: The Most Sexiest Male fragrance around

    Interesting study :) (no snideness intended) I do find GpH II rather appealing.

    I always find hubby a little more sexy in L'Instant Extreme. And Encens et Lavande smells amazing in a "money and...
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    Re: SotD Monday, 20 August 2012

    Iris Silver Mist for me today. Only wearable on warm, humid days.
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    Poll: Re: How do you organize your collection?

    I'm completely disorganized... If there was some sort of order, it would be:

    Replaceables (non-valuable or decanted) in the bathroom.
    Vintages in boxes in the storage room.
    Samples in the...
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    Re: Ridiculous Fragrance Names!

    Hey, I never thought anyone else noticed or liked the Farouche ads! I used to love them too, very romantic. The scent was amazing too, very aptly named too; a delicate chypre, with a beautiful...
  92. Re: Companies that really suck at naming their scents/releases....

    Has anyone mentioned Narciso Rodriguez yet? I've given up trying to distinguish between their releases. So for me, there's the pink bottle, the black bottle, and I ignore all the rest.
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    Re: The Death of Jean Patou 1000

    Chilling news. Thank you for this information, I was wondering who it was who bought Patou.
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    Re: Coco Noir de Chanel

    It's not exactly the same, but the spirit is there, the sheerness, the pinkness... the dryer sheets note (that rose/lily/laundry musk note). I usually hate that note, but it's not as noticeable here...
  95. Re: RAVE (No Rants!): Come on and gush about your latest perfume crush.

    I'm really crushing on Alien Essence Absolue atm. It's a big, lush, floral oriental that, well, doesn't actually say Woman with a capital W, but rather glides up to you in her killer shoes and purrs...
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    Re: Has anyone tried the post 2010 Bois des Iles?

    I really loved the current BdI Edt (actually I liked it better than my 2008 BdI extrait), but I found its longevity to be a major problem. On my skin it was gone in under 2 hours. My son spilled a...
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    Re: Coco Noir de Chanel

    I've been testing this over the past few days, and - perhaps thanks to everyone who compared it to CM - didn't expect to like it at all... But I did like it after all. I can smell a ghost of Coco in...
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    Re: Quand Vient la Pluie (& Mon Precieux Nectar?)

    Wow, this thread (and the other thread on MPN) is really tempting me to abandon my number one principle of never buying samples...

    Must...try...now...
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    Re: The Quality of a Fragrance, a Misnomer?

    I agree. To me niche is what "niche" means, it's a small section of the market, so it's more about limited (limited by budget, choice or whatever reason) distribution than any implication about its...
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    Re: Which is the best "amber" perfume?

    Love Ambre Sultan too.

    I can think of Etro Ambra - dry, light amber. PG L'Ombre Fauve is also nice, might be a little on the sweet side. Also, what about pairing amber with oud, which has a...
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