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    Re: Testing Methods

    One spray on the wrist. If I sprayed my closet, it would soon smell like a potpourri of indicepherable scents.
  2. Re: Does light ACTUALLY cause fragrances to expire prematurely or is that a myth?

    Vintage fragrances are quite susceptible to degradation from direct sunlight. I doubt that modern compositions, made mostly from aromachemicals, are nearly as delicate; stil, it's probably a good...
  3. Re: Do you sometimes smell alcohol from your initial sprays?

    I haven't, no. It's possible that you (and others who have the same experience) are very sensitive to alcohol and pick up on it right away. At least it's fleeting!
  4. Thread: "e" mark

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    Re: "e" mark

    After 1976, precisely (per Grace Hummel's bottle-dating timeline).
  5. Thread: "e" mark

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    Re: "e" mark

    At the end of the 1970s.
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    It's a great community, for sure...glad you're part of it! Welcome. :)
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    Re: Your favorite cinnamon fragrances?

    +1 for Cinnabar, but only in its vintage forms. The current Cinnabar is a nondescript mess.

    Vintage Opium is a potpourri of spices, among which cinnamon is a beautiful component.
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    Direct sunlight is a much greater threat than heat.
  9. Thread: Factice's

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    Re: Factice's

    Sometimes bottles labeled as factices actually contain the real thing, especially if they were from war years when bottles were recycled. In an old thread, I told the story of someone I know who...
  10. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    I've read through the reference thread and do know what Gilturko (the OP) is talking about, re the strong syrupy base overwhelming some bottles of vintage perfume (especially chypres) - but rather...
  11. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    L'Oréal has a pattern of cheapening their acquisitions, so if there's something you particularly like, I'd snap up a bottle or two.
  12. Re: How do you break a mental "Tie" between scents to pick a SOTD???

    I seldom run into that situation...usually, a particular fragrance will just pop into my mind, coinciding with my mood, and that'll be that. I don't plan any of it.
  13. Re: Which fragrance gladly come back to and rediscovering many years after the first testing?

    Vintage only: Almost all of the Guerlains, but especially L'Heure Bleue. Another gem is Royal Secret by Monteil. Of the Chanels, Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles. Worth's Je Reviens is a marvel, as...
  14. Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    This makes perfect sense. It's really about the only thing that would work for any of the big ticket stores, these days.
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Another vote for Borneo 1834 - I'm like a broken record, when it comes to recommending that gorgeous fragrance. Barneys has it in the US, for (as Scarce says) a hefty price.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    Wow. That review is my ticket to Luckyscent for preorder.
  17. Re: Vaseline & Moisturizer for Longer Lasting Frag

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    This. I use Aquaphor, which is basically pricey vaseline in a tube, found in the wound care aisle of every drugstore. (My dermatologist recommends it for both ordinary wounds and surgical sites,...
  18. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    Love the video of a jaguar rolling around on a limbful of Obsession!
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    LOL! I filched one of my dad's cigarettes and kept it in one of his empty Salem packs, transferring it from one dress-up bag to the other...I felt very sophisticated, opening and closing the bag with...
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    What a charming thread! I remember playing dress-up with my mother's and grandmother's old handbags, and they smelled of powder, lipstick, and Juicy Fruit chewing gum - so, like Ken_Russell, I'd go...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    It can be preordered at Luckyscent in the US, release date (as Prince Barry states) reportedly in August. Luckyscent has a notification list for samples.
  22. Re: Anal Completionist Newbie Needs Forum Reading Strategy

    I like to Google things first, as one can tailor searches to be quite specific and the results not only bring up Basenotes threads and reviews, but a world of information outside of this community....
  23. Re: Papillon Artisan Perfumes to launch cat-inspired Bengale Rouge

    Luckyscent is out of samples, but you can sign up to be notified when they're available again. Sounds like a delicious new fragrance.
  24. Re: Dabbed or sprayed? Perfumes that perform better one way or the other

    I decant small amounts of all of my frequently worn vintage performs into 10ml glass atomizer bottles, and store the "mother bottles" in their boxes with Parafilm around the necks.
  25. Re: Dabbed or sprayed? Perfumes that perform better one way or the other

    Same here, I control the impact by adjusting the number and power of sprays - just a whiff is best for some fragrances, but I'd still rather sray than dab.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    I agree with theladymay, steer clear of the rosebud bottles and go for the square bottles with heart-shaped stoppers. The color should be golden, not brown.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    Looks way too dark and sticky to me.
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    It was a 1/4 oz bottle that had been badly stored, opened and clearly exposed to plenty of sunlight. Buying it was my worst rookie mistake, but at least it didn't cost much. A 1960s extrait, sealed...
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    Re: Different versions of Mitsouko

    These are the ones in my collection:

    1960 parfum - very bad, all base and varnish.

    1977 parfum - divine, rich, deep and dimensional, a golden amber color (not orange, but I think amber might...
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    Re: Cloying drydowns...

    Probably a blend of both of these answers.
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    Re: Storing your Scents

    I store mine in a closed wooden cabinet at room temperature. They've all been fine over many years.
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    Re: Coco Mademoiselle edt

    That's wonderful, furrypine, thank you. In the meantime, people writing reviews for the directory can help by stating at the outset which concentration and version (current or vintage) of a fragrance...
  33. Re: Pairing certain fragrances with certain outfits(men, women, etc.)

    Mood here, too, but usually my mood dictates clothing as well as perfume, so everything has a way of coordinating naturally and effortlessly..
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    Re: Heat and Fragrances

    They are probably all right, just give them some time to adjust to room temperature at your hotel and then try each one separately.
  35. Thread: Men vs. Women

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    Re: Men vs. Women

    Many members don't indicate a gender in their profiles, so the actual ratio of men:women is impossible to calculate.
  36. Re: Blind Buy Reports — tell everyone here! (decants count, too!)

    If the Sycomore is unopened, you'll have to open it, spray it a couple of times, and then wait 6-12 months to see what it will become...or maybe you mean it's been sitting your closet, opened and...
  37. Re: Blind Buy Reports — tell everyone here! (decants count, too!)

    Six months. And they were much, much better after a year.
  38. Re: Blind Buy Reports — tell everyone here! (decants count, too!)

    I've blind-bought several Chanel Exclusifs, and flipped in the best way after some initial disappointments. Almost all of them had weak longevity in the beginning, but they got consistently, reliably...
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    Marvelous! I know this is a great relief.
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    Re: Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles

    You're right. Great animalic bottles of it can still be found on eBay and Etsy for not much more than the current offerings.
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    Re: Bugs Don’t Like My SOTD

    There's still time to change your ways! :D
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    Re: Bugs Don’t Like My SOTD

    Cedar mulch repels mosquitos in landscaping, so you're on, er, solid ground, knightowl! They are attracted by dark blue and black, but not by white, khaki or other light colors, so a good plan for...
  43. Re: Dating? -L’Heure Bleue has intricate Baccarat etching and “No 70” on back of label

    I don't know, Sam, that's the exact color of my vintage Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue, and they are perfection - I would call it a toasty gold, in contrast to the dark sticky treacle that always means...
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    You're so welcome, and do let us know how things go after you've tried them!
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    Right, just try them and allow your nose time to "recover" between each one (several hours, or even a full day, if you want to be extra sure). I'm glad to hear that your Creed Original Vetiver is...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Maybe they are buying potassium alum crystals at the health food store.
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    Re: Chasing Ghosts

    Absolutely agree with this. When I was still purchasing current fragrances, if I liked one I'd buy a backup because reformulation is the future, full stop.
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    ^ ^
    This! You have nothing to fear from ambient room temperature, AC or no. Sunlight is their biggest threat.
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    Re: How bad have I messed up?

    Those would be my thoughts, as well.
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    Re: "Oilyness" In Fragrance

    I don't think I've ever smelled an "oily" perfume, apart from actual bath oils/sprays (like Chanel No. 5 Body Spray), or the "crude oil" note (e.g. Bvlgari Black) that you specifically state you do...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    They certainly mean well, and this outcome is so much better than the one some of here us have experienced, i.e. never hearing another word.
  52. Re: No idea what kind of can of worms my brother has opened

    Oh, you have a mentor to lead you down the rabbit hole! Welcome to Basenotes, chriseye72.
  53. Re: Not sure if this is the right thread? But who knew Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy?

    Her political affiliations have been known for some time. To me, they are in a separate category from the magnificent perfumes created in her name.
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    Re: why is your favorite, your favorite?

    L'Heure Bleue (any vintage iteration, especially parfum and PDT), because it truly evokes the wistfulness and promise of twilight, the shimmering moment when one thing passes and another stirs. It's...
  55. Re: Using a Fragrance For Things Other Than Spraying on Yourself?

    I can't bring myself to use perfumes in any other way than on my person. When I want a nice room or fabric spray, I mix water with an essential oil in a spritzer bottle.
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    Re: Coco Mademoiselle edt

    The BN directory is missing quite a few fragrances and concentrations of same. Fragrantica has a separate page for the EDT - and if you google it, more info will turn up.
  57. Re: 6 Months on Basenotes and living a fragrant life. 10 bullet points of things I have learned so f

    Yes, indeed! You've saved yourself lots of money by getting the gist of things so quickly.
  58. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Perfect analogy. This is why I've quit buying current bottles of anything. I might get Papillon's new one when it's released, but other than that I'm quite happy to spend the rest of my days enjoying...
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    Re: Post office storage help

    No, it will be fine. Perfume sits on loading docks, in cargo ships and on delivery trucks for much longer than that.
  60. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Wow, Irisss ruined! Thank heaven the ISM is still a beauty.
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    Re: Your Most Film Noir Fragrances

    Tabac Blond and Shocking, for sure...also Tabu, any of the Lanvins, White Shoulders, Bandit, Zibeline and Tigress.
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    Re: Broken Nozzle Rescue

    LOL! I'm glad it worked out so well.
  63. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    The ISM mentions might have been in the reviews.* But I do remember references to reformulation of both fragrances in the forum, as well - it's just so hard to do specific searches. If you type in...
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    Re: Gloria Swanson Got Me

    That vintage extrait sounds divine! I'm glad to hear that things are working out with the seller, too.
  65. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    No, don't be crushed, Starblind. I understand, but even if they've been reformulated they'll still smell better than 99% of the other iris perfumes out there. And you might receive bottles from older...
  66. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    I had heard the same, which is why I'll be interested in reading your take on the bottle you just bought (also the ISM, which some BNers in other iris-related threads say has been reformulated).
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    Re: Broken Nozzle Rescue

    The second post in this thread contains a YouTube video that showed me how: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/433265-Armani-Code-spray-broken
  68. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Starblind, please report back with your impressions of Irisss and ISM when you've had a chance to try your new bottles.
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    That is an excellent suggestion. I know those sellers and they have superb inventories of vintage perfumes. Starletfume on Etsy is another seller who might be interested.
  70. Thread: Naming notes

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Naming notes

    My mind sometimes receives overall impressions that are difficult to break down into isolated notes; in such cases, mood is a better descriptor than smell. Or a note might be so prominent on its own...
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    Re: Lanvin perfume collection 60s

    My heart is breaking that I have no space or use for these! I respect the fragrances too much to hoard them (and couldn't afford them, even if I did), so I hope you find a place for them that will...
  72. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Yes, a very iffy market. I know a seller who's had great experiences with Russian outlets, but at $700 it's a huge risk.
  73. Thread: Iris Question

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Iris Question

    Looks like eBay has a seller in Norway offering 5ml decants, and there's a Russian seller offering a full bottle for $707.
  74. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Angélique by Papillon is another lovely iris - on the sweet side, but delicate and quite well done.
  75. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    It's saffron-heavy, with orris in the base - I detect a lovely iris note, but you're right that it's not an iris perfume, per se.
  76. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Oh, okay...I'm going to try that. :)
  77. Re: How Much Does Customer Service Matter In Regards To Purchases For You?

    If I loved a fragrance that was available at several stores, I'd certainly quit buying from one with bad customer service (even if the price were higher elsewhere). I like being able to reach a...
  78. Thread: Iris Question

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    Re: Iris Question

    Another vote for 28 La Pausa, which - though the EDT doesn't have the longevity I'd like - is wonderful and smells like a gardenful of iris (I don't know what the EDP smells like). Cuir de Lancome is...
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    Re: Rate of evaporation?

    ^ ^
    This. And with 50% evaporation, what's left is apt to be mostly the base. Always check the color, too - dark brown liquid, even in a sealed bottle, has usually turned.
  80. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    I appreciate the promotional dollars that go into the marketing of a "status" fragrance, but I know that in real life, a $50 bottle has the same ingredient value as a $350 (or more) offering. So I'm...
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    Re: Edmond Roudnitska at the Osmothèque

    Marvelous, Sam! You are so fortunate to have attended, and thank you for sharing the experience with us.
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    Re: Compliments...is it a cultural thing?

    From what I've read on Basenotes over the years, there does seem to be a cultural component...and also an historical one. Over the past 20 years, I can count the compliments I've received on one...
  83. Re: Current versions of fragrances in your collection

    I have many current versions of my favorites, but I almost never wear them because their vintage forebears are so much better...so the current iterations are actually my museum pieces! If I'm asked...
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    Re: A question for women

    +1, and to these I would add Anubis and Fracas by the same houses (Papillon and Piguet, respectively). You might not think that a floral would fall into the love-hate category, but Fracas is over the...
  85. Re: Does Basenote have more male members than female members?

    I've noticed that many of the threads in the men's forum would be more at home in the general fragrance section; it's as if a number of posters gravitate to the men's forum as the designated place...
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    Poll: Re: Chamade vs Nahema

    Happy birthdays, Sam.
  87. Re: stoppered sealed bottle of vega evaporating!!

    Absolutely. Sometimes (owing to microscopic breaches in unexpected places) not even Parafilm will stop evaporation, but it's a first-line defense and will slow the process.
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    Re: What do 'narcotics' smell like!!

    I think it's just a marketing gimmick. I usually think of indoles as narcotic (in the descriptive sense), and the label lists white flowers - so the company might be using an adjective as a noun...
  89. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    That's pretty much my pattern, too.
  90. Re: I seem to have been struck somewhat anosmic recently, what are your cures?

    Use fewer sprays per wearing, do not bury your nose in the scent, and take two consecutive days off from perfume per week. Those three things have stood me in good stead, nose-wise, for many years.
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    Is 2014 the most recent batch?
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    People used to draw favorable comparisons between the original Bvlgari Black and Knize Ten - I've only smelled the current Black, which by all accounts has been eviscerated.
  93. Poll: Re: Which Chanel As A Gift? (Please Vote To Help Out)

    Wonderful ideas from Quarry and FiveoaksBouquet! Going by your description of your aunt, it sounds like she'd enjoy trying an assortment of perfumes and deciding for herself.
  94. Re: Do some or even many fragrances have to age a little before reaching their peak?

    It's been true of almost all the fragrances in my collection, especially Chanel.
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    Yes indeed! We bought ours about six years ago, and they're still good as new. We just have new lenses put into them as needed - so despite the initial cost, they've turned out to be a bargain in the...
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    My husband and I chose frames from Face-a-Face for our prescription sunglasses - they're very attractive and well made: http://www.faceaface-paris.com/collections/?lang=en
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    The way Kafkaesque is carrying on about BR's perfection, I hope the launch delay is not due to Liz tweaking the formula!
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    Re: The Future's So Bright....

    Wearing sunglasses with good UV protection helps to prevent or delay age-related macular degeneration, so they don't just look good - they help people to see better, longer. My husband has ARMD, and...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    That's for sure! ;) She says there that the launch has been postponed until August.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    I really like Papillon and this new creation sounds luscious - appreciate the advance notice.
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