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  1. Re: Where to buy Le Cri de la Lumiere (and other PdE fragrances) in the US?

    Me neither! PdE is such an exceptionally good house, they really need to get their distribution issues straightened out.
  2. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I used to buy this for my boyfriend when it first came out, and I think paid like $70-80 for it then (~$130 today?). I had no idea it had gotten so cheap; I should give it another spin to see how...
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    Re: Your Favorite Decade

    My favorite decade is one I wasn't even alive for: the 1940s. In fashion, the menswear tailoring of women's suits and sportswear; the elaborate Balenciaga look of women's evening wear. In music,...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Tee hee. Wrong thread, Hednic!
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    This is rather alarming. Was there no notification of any kind on the package, stating what the problem was with it, or how it got damaged, or whether that occurred on the U.S. or the Netherlands...
  6. Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    I picked up a bottle of Shock to give to the kid who mows my lawn (and to wean him off Axe), and wound up liking it so much I kept it for myself!
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    What was that lavender scent made by some sort of monks that Luca Turin used to always go on & on about? Had "island" or something similar in the name?
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    Oh god yes, how could we not have thought of them?
  9. Re: How Has Your Fashion Changed Through the Years?

    Five years ago you had somewhat questionable taste in purses.


    <jk> <zc knows I love him>
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    Re: Casinos room perfume

    Every casino I've ever been in just smelled like cigarette smoke. But I haven't been in one for 10 or 12 years, so that might be a thing of the past by now.
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    Re: Camp: notes on fashion

    Any Le Male is certainly a contender (especially the Popeye), but I would submit Christian Lacroix's egregious "C'est La Vie", for its name and human-heart-with-aorta bottle, and its sledgehammer of...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I just did a quick calculation and realized that the eight perfumes we've been discussing here, plus the masculine Eau Sauvage, constituted the entire* fragrance output of the House of Dior for the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I want to shop where Cuney shops.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

    Diorling (1963)

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    (photo by epapsiou)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Diorling (1963)

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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Y'all are making me think I've been unfair to Diorling. I'm going to wear it today with a more open mind, and banishing all thoughts of the kind of big, boisterous leather that I usually like.


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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    From your lips to Papsi's ears.
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    Re: New: Pacollection

    "Erotic Me" has my attention. Solely osmanthus and leather? I could go for that.
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    Re: Watermelon fruity fragrance for summer?

    Currently undergoing massive amounts of discussion in the ongoing vintage Dior thread. You could start here and work downwards -- or upwards, for that matter. There's a lot of talk of both.
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    Re: Watermelon fruity fragrance for summer?

    You should try both Diorella and Diorama, preferably in vintage editions. Melons, greens, and little hint of skank.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I guess I need to re-try Femme, 'cause I'm just not feeling it. Maybe my bottle is wonky.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 17th June, 2019

    Even though I can only wear it virtually, I salute the birthday of one of Basenotes' best!

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Bardot and I both wish a....


    Joyeux anniversaire à Bavard!

    Un bon gentilhomme et un copain de parfum généreux
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Agreed. It's the least distinctive of the Roudnitska Diors. And it's supposed to be a leather. Leather? Où est le cuir? I'd like to try a different bottle of it to see if it's any more...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    It's interesting that just adding those bar shadows across her face makes that ad so much sexier.



    Totally unknown to me, and I was suprised there's even a directory entry for it here. Which...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    There's such a strain of cynicism running through the whole enterprise, from the naming, to the fragrances themselves, to the pricing. It's depressing.



    Yes, it was surprising to see a vetiver...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Every time I see that bottle I get goosebumps.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    That smell of animalic fur in Dryad was the thing I liked best about it -- so much like nosing a warm animal, or a human scalp. But like Grayspoole I felt the rest didn't live up to it, and like you...
  29. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Caz, here's an analogy I think you can relate to: I recently bought my favorite product from a favorite bakery, a vanilla-almond pastry filled with vanilla pastry cream. It was so unlike all...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Just for purposes of clarity for anyone reading this thread 10 years from now:

    If I know anything at all about Grayspoole, I'll bet that N.Cal's sample of Diorella from her did not come from a...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    <THUD>



    Frankly I see virtually no relation between the three of them. All three may have fruit accords, but the fruits are all very different. All three wear completely differently in terms...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Reeling them in to the cult, one fish at a time.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    That it is, brother. It's all mammal.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I've just spent a delightful all-Diorama afternoon, comparing lavish applications of Grayspoole's, Bavard's and mine. This is perfume heaven for me.

    My nose finds very little difference between...
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    Re: Your Most Film Noir Fragrances

    Oh, he says it flat out. When Sam Spade's secretary tells him that Cairo is there to see him, she literally says "This guy is queer."
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    Re: Your Most Film Noir Fragrances

    Poor Joel Cairo. By this point, he's probably suffered more critical analysis than any minor literary character outside of Dostoyevsky.

    Given the care and expense with which he dressed, and since...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Cuney, you certainly do come up with interesting stuff.
  38. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    Bummer. I was really hoping for a grassy taste from the vetiver.



    Hmm. That's the equivalent of $1.64 US for less than 7 ounces. That does seem high.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Interesting find, you little forensic digger, you. I'll bet that "6 ML" designation made your eyes pop out like a Tex Avery cartoon character. :)

    I've only owned one of the metal-skinned EDT...
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    Re: Your Most Film Noir Fragrances

    For Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing':

    Avon 'Vigorate for Sterling Hayden and Coty L'Aimant for Marie Windsor

    https://www.scaruffi.com/director/kubrick/kubr12.jpg
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    Re: Your Most Film Noir Fragrances

    Ma Griffe for Rita Hayworth in 'Gilda':

    https://imgc.artprintimages.com/img/print/gilda-1946-directed-by-charles-vidor-rita-hayworth-b-w-photo_u-l-q1c3o0o0.jpg?h=550&w=550
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    And I just learned there's a Roja named "Oligarch". I wonder if he thinks these names are amusing? Why not go all the way and call one "Numbered Bank Account in the Caymans"?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    ^^^ Broken link!
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    :)

    I'm licking my thumb and applying it to my hip while making a sizzling sound.

    But I do think they were talking about the actual formula, and not the commercially produced version of the...
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    Re: A question for women

    I'm a big fan too, but for me its power is in the ivy leaf accord. The anise is a bonus. And it does seem rather divisive, judging by reactions I've gotten to it.



    Is that really true? I've...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    There are currently two reports on Basenotes from members who attended the recent Osmotheque conference on Edmond Roudnitska. Both are virtually mandatory reading for anyone discussing the vintage...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 14th June, 2019

    Haha! I'm pretty sure the "gi" as used by Ryan refers to that 2-piece pajama-like outfit that martial artists wear.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I know. The only thing I buy in that kind of quantity is milk.

    I tried to talk him into selling it to me when he found it, but he wouldn't budge. And really, who can blame him?
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 14th June, 2019

    So cheerful!



    That makes me laugh and I don't even know why.
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Well, there was the one bright spot of Vetiver Homme, which I liked quite a lot. And it seems presumptuous to write off an entire house on the basis of just 3 samples, but I think the whole ethos of...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 14th June, 2019

    Syncing in Tiare by Ormonde Jayne.

    With thanks to Ebenas, wherever she may be!

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/300/26131239-8469.jpg
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I'm afraid I share all of Donna's peeves, plus a mild aversion to vanilla, so this sync is not my cuppa.

    However, I'm saved by Ormonde Jayne Tiare, which I love for the bright green, crisp...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I've had several bottles marked "voyage", and the one thing they all had in common was they were all splashes, and all had a restrictor plug in the neck of the bottle -- presumably to prevent spills...
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    I mailed off my five samples to Epapsiou, even though I hadn't yet made notes on the last two.

    I'm sorry, Bavard. I failed. I just didn't have the stomach to go on. And since one of them was...
  55. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    It's been nice knowing you, Starblind! Let's start a book club when we both get to the poorhouse.
  56. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    And on Saturday you should have a decant of Chanel No. 19 extrait. Fingers crossed for you.

    I have an ominous feeling, though, that nothing's going to quite hit the spot for you like the Xerjoff....
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    Re: A question for women

    Well, to be perfectly blunt, it's rodent excreta.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyraceum

    From these little guys:

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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    That Iquitos is intriguing, JR. I must get around to trying that one day, it seems to contain every note I love, as long as the rose isn't too overbearing. Papsi's review said it made him feel...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Haha! I just made the same analogy in the SOTD thread. I get nothing but grief IRL when I wear them, but I never know how much of that is just because I'm a female.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Yum. I still think that was Ellena's homage to Eau d'Hermes.

    I think I've come around to slightly preferring Essence to the original, but they're pretty much all good. I think I'll wear some...
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    Re: Sharing your wardrobe outside BN

    The URL should have a number code at the end of it -- in your case, 26208312

    Here's a link that takes me directly to your wardrobe:

    http://www.basenotes.net/wardrobe/26208312
  62. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    Would they perhaps be more likely to be stocked in a liquor store than in a grocery store?
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    The typeface on that label cracks me up every time.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

    It had to be your perfume! :)
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I'm just a few miles east of you and we never get ANY big brands at our TJs, dammit!
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    Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Every time I see that I'm so tempted to get it just for the damned bottle.

    it's a sickness.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I know squat about Houbigant, but I'll bet Grayspoole has the goods. She doesn't check in here much, you might want to PM her.

    Pretty bottles, though.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Inspired by a local swamp monster....

    Prince de Galles Sport

    Preliminary impressions only: Crispy! Super buoyant, almost fizzy. This is one fine vetiver, maybe just a smidge sweeter than I...
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    Re: Let´s play a game: naming a parfum.

    Oh I LOVE this idea! I'm mildly obsessed with looking at photos of ruined public buildings, and I can imagine creating scents that recreated their heyday, contrasted with melancholy smells of their...
  70. Re: What are the notes in Neutrogena's Rainbath shower gel?

    Well, the recommendations in this thread were made 12 years ago. It's probably been reformulated in that time!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    It's all that skanky French perfume. It has osmosed into my brain.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    And of course you're talking about the perfume, right? :)

    I can't see that advert without thinking of the "Chicks With Guns" fake commercial in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" movie.


    ...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Was Jeff Gordon getting the makeover or giving the makeover?

    One seems far preferable to the other. :)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    You're probably just still a little delirious. :)
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    Re: A question for women

    I love a variety of skanky elements in perfumes, but particularly hyraceum, and Salomé has it in spades ("Africa Stone").
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Oh god me too. It's that dirty/clean thing that only the French can do to perfection.

    Which bottle style did you wind up buying, LJ?



    Ouch. No fun.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Has anyone here ever tried (or even seen) this 1969 vetiver from Le Galion?

    The vintage ad really captured my attention. Very out of step with the "peace & love" culture of 1969. The translation...
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    Re: Name Your Favorite Flanker of a Flanker!

    Eau Sauvage Extreme Intense? Or maybe Eau Sauvage Parfum Redux 2017?

    Not really favorites, but I just wanted to get in the game.
  79. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    I am Onda, and I am holding out my welcoming arms in a gesture of sad, sympathetic understanding to Siberian Musk, Cuir de Russie, and Koh-i-Noor as they enter our little Corner of the Abandoned. ...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 11th June, 2019

    Feeling jealous of you under my thick coating of Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71OH6o3XihL._SY550_.jpg

    Jon, that is the most perfect pictorial...
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    Re: A question for women

    Good call.



    :) I do. The extrait is just too much for me. But when I met the EDC, I tumbled hard.

    I still wouldn't wear it just anywhere, but then, I think even most Kouros fans...
  82. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    They're due out in your area this month, Teardrop. Keep an eye peeled and report back if you try them.
  83. Re: Declaration Essence - which presentation came first?

    Have the bottles remained the same throughout the changes in the boxes?
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    Re: A question for women

    You're right, there was a battle of the badasses between those two for a while, and god help you if you got caught in the middle of one. You might need an EpiPen.

    Kind of like the contemporaneous...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 10th June, 2019

    I know it's not quite a Trilby, and he's certainly not a Lark, but he wishes you a happy birthday anyway!

    http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/348161/slide_348161_3701468_free.jpg

    SOTD is...
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    Re: A question for women

    Mitsouko, Fracas, Bandit (and I would add L'Heure Bleue), while not being "wearable" for many contemporary women, are still generally acknowledged as historically important, and lots of perfumistas...
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    I don't detect one single thing in your referenced post (#22) that was even remotely political, and I don't think you need to apologize for anything.
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I had to think of RoRo and laugh when I saw that "3 13/16".

    Gorgeous bottle, Lelabelle. And I'm sure you wear it well.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    "A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."
    --Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel laureate (1915-2005)
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    You got the three best ones, too! (But I'm never going to forgive them for that Sycomore reformulation.)
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    Re: Today I bought June 2019

    What in the heck is that sticker supposed to be in the top left corner, the one that looks like a bleeding liver?

    And BTW: stickers? with a luxury fragrance? Yeah, nothing screams "luxury" like...
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Sadly, that does seem to be true. Many in this roundup seem to be unisex, though.

    Thanks for this massive effort, junior-surgeon. I see several here that need to go on my test list.
  93. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    No. 4 actually sounds like a perfume I'd love to wear:

    Patchouli
    Balsam
    Basil
    Vetiver
    Yuzu

    I'm not much of a hard liquor drinker anyway, so I'll almost certainly try these just to see how...
  94. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    You'll be seeing them before those of us in the States do. Please report!
  95. Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    No? How about jasmine or ylang-ylang?

    Just being released in the UK:

    http://www.nogarlicnoonions.com/images/uploads/NEWS/Coca-COla-signature.jpg

    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 9th June, 2019

    An enchanting sight last night, in my own front yard: clouds of fireflies, floating above the grass. I've lived here 12 years and never once seen a lightning bug before. Could it be the drenching...
  97. Re: How does Le Labo maintain consistency of fragrances?

    I like your devious thinking.
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    Re: Best Vintage Fragrances UNDER $100

    Potato in a sock, more likely. Doesn't leave any marks.
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    I don't suppose that's a record, is it?
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It's pretty good. Citrus-gingery with clove, a bit of bay rum vibe. And yeah, cheaper than Febreze.
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