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  1. Fragrances that made you react physically

    I read on a thread here just now someone describing how their jaw literally dropped the first time they smelled L'Air du Desert Marocain.

    This reminded me of how I involuntarily laughed out loud...
  2. Re: Do you know of women who believe the right perfume will attract the right man?

    I agree with everything you've said. However I think it's as important (perhaps more important, even?) to be *interested* in the other person.
  3. silly Guardian article "TV perfume: how to smell like Hannibal Lecter or Jeremy Clarkson"

    Apparently, "Gaumont International Television, NBC Universal and brand-marketing firm Evolution have announced plans to create a perfume based on the hit NBC show Hannibal."

    inspired by this news,...
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    Youngest perfumista?

    My 3-year old son has been showing an increasing interest in my perfumes lately. He's clearly a gourmand sort of guy as he was very complimentary ("really nice") about Angel when I wore it for the...
  5. Most non-linear/transforming/dynamic fragrances

    I love how some of my favorite fragrances change, evolve and sometimes even seem to dance as I'm wearing them. I'm thinking about Jicky's transformation from tingling lavender civet to radiant...
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    About olfactory fatigue

    I read a fascinating post about this in another thread on men who wear too much cologne. I think I understand how olfactory fatigue works for a particular fragrance. But can you get olfactory fatigue...
  7. Re: First blind buy, cheap thrills! Midnight Poison

    I thought I would update this thread as my bottle arrived ages ago...

    I have only worn this twice as I find all that fruit and rose at the opening rather difficult to get past. It almost reminds...
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    Dior Homme first edition vs current

    I recently bought a bottle of Dior Homme having got a carded sample from eBay last summer that i loved My recent bottle of Dior Homme seems to have rather poor longevity and sillage. From memory, my...
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    Re: Dumpster scents

    I threw my Cool Water sample in the bin.
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    Re: No decant samples on eBay UK

    There are more appearing on eBay again now. I will also check out eBid (and perfumista!), hadn't heard of that website before. Thanks
  11. Re: IFRA & all that... latest. Your opinions/ advice

    This is a really interesting thread. Thank you tomtom1, and I feel your pain totally as a newcomer myself to this interest. I am absolutely gutted by the effects of banning prime ingredients and...
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    Re: Plastic atomisers ok?

    Thank you. I'm going to go with glass.
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    Plastic atomisers ok?

    I want to decant some of my fragrances to have in my handbag/at work. Are plastic containers ok? Or do I need to look for glass/steel?
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    Re: Fox/deer poo

    Yes, and a lovely scent. What notes would we put in it? I'm an idiot and know nothing about perfume, but I'm thinking: Star anise, iris, musk, clove, leather, something like that? Oh, and fox poo...
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    Re: Fox/deer poo

    Here people use the words "pungent" and "musky" to describe fox poo. Skunky too, which fits for me:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110918052621AAyPFip

    I don't know, I think I'm...
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    Re: Fox/deer poo

    Wow lpp, that is absolutely fascinating reading. Perhaps it's something from a scent gland, rather than poo, that I've smelled.
    I'm not certain it was sweet, my memory of smells is not great if...
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    Re: Fox/deer poo

    Yes, totally unlike any other animals' poo. I wouldn't say acrid. I'd say pungent, a little sweet, a little ambery and very (of course) musky (musk comes from the anal glands of the musk deer). Not a...
  18. Re: What do you think of my small collection?

    Thank you I'll try it.
  19. Re: What do you think of my small collection?

    Oh wait, LIDG/LIDGE are always "pour homme", right? There is no "feminine" formula? Ok I'm getting a sample.
  20. Re: What do you think of my small collection?

    No, what prompted you to recommend it to me? What's it like?
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    Fox/deer poo

    This might sound completely bonkers and I hesitate even here, but does anyone know if there are fragrances that reference the smell of fox poo or deer poo?

    I guess it's not that crazy, as civet...
  22. Re: Ever have a significant other bash your love of fragrances?

    My husband thinks my interest in fragrances is very silly (and I only have 9 full size bottles). He gives me a certain look whenever he sees me ordering or receiving yet more samples. It irritates me...
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    Re: What are "skin scents"?

    :laugh:
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    Re: Patchouli samples on the way

    I didn't read it like that...
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    Re: Patchouli samples on the way

    Thanks Hednic. You know, you just reminded me that I spent a fair bit of time at the Bond No. 9 bar in Harrods last summer and I really didn't like any of them. (Especially the revolting...
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    Re: What are "skin scents"?

    Thank you.

    More examples please!
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    Patchouli samples on the way

    The lovely Cacio (basenotes member) has recently provided me with a Eureka moment by commenting on another thread that it appears I like patchouli. Oh yeah. Penny drops. So *that's* how come I like...
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    What are "skin scents"?

    I'm interested in this term, "skin scents". Apparently I already own one (L'Air de Rien) but I'm not sure I know what it means. Sometimes people seem to say 'skin scent' to refer to a fragrance that...
  29. Re: First blind buy, cheap thrills! Midnight Poison

    Yees, I have read a couple of reviews that make me think I won't like it after all... apparently it's very sweet, which I'm not keen on.



    I will. Still waiting for it to arrive but there's...
  30. Re: What do you think of my small collection?

    Thank you so much, everyone, for your kind, flattering and helpful replies.



    Yes, L'Air de Rien is much more my taste. I like to sniff Angel for fun and to admire it, but don't particularly...
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    Re: No decant samples on eBay UK

    Yes, I always search/searched on a fragrance name and then sorted by price to get the decants at the top. There's definitely a tiny fraction listed now compared with 6 months ago.

    I really hope...
  32. Re: L'AdDM & other frags you thought you should/would like... but didn't

    Funny, I love Angel. It does have a strong (to my nose) excrement/body odour note underneath all the candy floss and burnt caramel, and is kind of transsexual (which is why I love it).

    I just...
  33. Re: L'AdDM & other frags you thought you should/would like... but didn't

    Yes, I definitely over applied. It's a decant splash/dab vial. I applied a tiny bit to wrist. Thought it was not enough. Smelt faint. Sloshed more on, including inner elbows. Ten minutes later it was...
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    Re: No decant samples on eBay UK

    Interesting, thanks. I really do hope the decanted samples come back.

    As Tanya Sanchez says, it's not even at the expense of the perfume houses. It's not like I'd be buying full bottles instead....
  35. Where to smell Tabu by Dana in the UK?

    I am intrigued by descriptions of Tabu by Dana. Although I can get a full bottle online for less than 10, I don't want to throw 10 away on something I don't like, and I often don't like...
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    Re: No decant samples on eBay UK

    I agree. The samples I used to browse/buy were on BIN 30-day auctions which would automatically renew after the 30 days. Seems too much of a coincidence for them all to disappear. I think Ebay UK...
  37. Re: First blind buy, cheap thrills! Midnight Poison

    Thank you hednic, you are kind. I'd better not let it become a habit...!
  38. Re: L'AdDM & other frags you thought you should/would like... but didn't

    Really interested to read your replies, thank you.

    I'm so confused because, unpacking from my short holiday, I find myself sniffing again and again the clothes that are holding onto Desert...
  39. What do you think of my small collection?

    Just wondering what Basenoters think of my modest collection. How would you describe my taste? Anything I should try? Any obvious gaps?

    Angel EdP - Thierry Mugler
    Bandit EdP - Robert Piguet...
  40. First blind buy, cheap thrills! Midnight Poison

    Two firsts for me this morning: First time for a totally blind buy of a full bottle, and first buy of a fragrance less than 4 stars in The Guide. Indeed this gets only one star!

    The smell is...
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    No decant samples on eBay UK

    I've taken a break from fragrance obsessing for a few months, but I'm back and I discover there are no sample decants on eBay anymore. What happened? I know there were some postal regs coming in but...
  42. Re: L'AdDM & other frags you thought you should/would like... but didn't

    Hmm, would be interesting to get another woman's opinion. And it might be interesting to smell it on a man (but my man won't wear fragrance). However I'm not sure I could think this stuff smells good...
  43. L'AdDM & other frags you thought you should/would like... but didn't

    Yesterday I finally got around to trying (as opposed to just sniffing it in the vial) a sample I got months ago of L'Air du Desert Marocain. I really thought I would at least like it. I love smokey,...
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    Re: Soap and roses

    Thank you.

    I find Anais Anais very "incontinent cat"on my skin, unfortunately. Perhaps I should give it another shot with soap in mind - I'd like to like it. I'll definitely check the others out...
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    Soap and roses

    I often put a wrapped bar of quality soap in my closet to scent my clothes although it's very short lived. I've just put on a top and it smells gorgeously of expensive soap and roses.

    Is there a...
  46. Recommendations: non-floral, non-sweet, feminine

    Can anyone recommend some good scents for women (or for men that aren't too masculine) that are not(too) floral and yet also not sweet. So far I love Bandit and l'Air de Rien. What else?
  47. Thank you so much for the info and the congrats....

    Thank you so much for the info and the congrats.

    Well I was sort of hoping it was older after hearing how amazing the 80s vintage is, but it really didn't cost much (a *lot* less, amazingly, than...
  48. [Woman, actually. But thanks!]

    [Woman, actually. But thanks!]
  49. It has arrived. Batch code VH 0Q9. I looked it up...

    It has arrived. Batch code VH 0Q9. I looked it up on cosmeticswizard.net but all they can tell me is "vintage, 1980-1996" Anyone able to give me any more?

    And, yes, it is pretty amazing. I see...
  50. I agree with this, wear Dior Homme again, but I...

    I agree with this, wear Dior Homme again, but I am not familiar with the other options...
  51. Re: How do you shop? (Harrods fragrance hall - overwhelming & next time take a map)

    Thank you all for your entertaining and highly informative replies. I have enjoyed reading all of them. Looking forward to my next trip to London already.

    Mr B-V - great memories!
    hedonist - you...
  52. I agree. That's what I'm going to go for. Thanks...

    I agree. That's what I'm going to go for. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your thoughts.
  53. Re: Im off on a date in a couple of hours. What frag to wear !

    Sorry to highjack, but i'm fascinated to know why...?
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    Re: Jicky - where is the filth?

    Thanks! And now that I've found it, I can really smell it (or, rather, 'feel' it) through the whole experience - a kind of warmth, as Rubegon says (hence it comes over like a feeling more than a...
  55. I also vote for Dior Homme. And I'm a girl. (To...

    I also vote for Dior Homme. And I'm a girl. (To my nose Aventus is properly revolting and I would cross the street to avoid it - sorry chaps)

    Good luck on your date!! Remember not to spray on too...
  56. Oh bother. I really really should have talked to...

    Oh bother. I really really should have talked to you guys before I went.

    It was a bank holiday, so Les Senteurs and Parfums de Nicolai were shut. I can't believe I missed the Piguet counter. I...
  57. How do you shop? (Harrods fragrance hall - overwhelming & next time take a map)

    How do you approach department store fragrance halls? If at all? What is your favourite fragrance shopping environment?

    Yesterday I visited the fragrance hall at Harrods in London. It was...
  58. How exciting. Thank you.

    How exciting. Thank you.
  59. Great, thank you both. Hopefully I'll find a...

    Great, thank you both. Hopefully I'll find a batch code when it arrives.
  60. What have I bought? (L'Heure Bleue "vintage"?)

    Hi, I've bought this, haven't received it yet. Can anyone tell me what it is? The bottle seems very non-standard. Thanks.

    http://i1346.photobucket.com/albums/p695/Tortoise119/LHB_zpsee1d6266.jpg
  61. Best vessel for handbag decants and Decant Supplies - UK

    What decant vessel do you prefer for your handbag/out and about?

    I like the idea of roller-top as I like to apply lightly and am not keen on creating sillage. However the decontamination...
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    Re: The best perfumeries in London

    Shame. Thanks.
  63. Re: New L'Heure Bleue - is it that bad? (Turin & Sanchez)

    Thank you everyone for your helpful comments and guidance. And sorry for posting this (I think) in the wrong place. I can see I should still be confining myself to the 'just starting out' area.
    ...
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    Re: Jicky - where is the filth?

    Ahhh...hahhhh... I think I got it. About 30-60 minutes after spraying I did get a sort of sweet baby poo smell this afternoon in the (relatively) warm weather we getting right now in England. I...
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    Re: The best perfumeries in London

    Anyone know if it might be open tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday)?
  66. New L'Heure Bleue - is it that bad? (Turin & Sanchez)

    I have a sample of post-2010 L'Heure Bleue and I like it.

    But I am very new to fragrances and I am very influenced by _The Guide_ (Turin & Sanchez). Sanchez's famous denunciation ("nothing...
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    Re: Jicky - where is the filth?

    Thank you, Mr B-V (great name). That's super helpful. I do adore Jicky and keep thinking I'd like to take a bath in it (?!!?). I think also that you are right about the top note thing. I think this...
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    Jicky - where is the filth?

    After a spray in a department store, Jicky was on this newbie's 'to have' list (along with Bandit, Timbuktu & Dior Homme - and pre-2010 L'HB if I ever could afford it)

    So I got a bottle of Jicky...
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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to the clinic...

    I am so impressed with Basenotes for providing this area of the forum. What a fantastic, supportive idea. I have come late to perfumes - and at the moment it is mainly serving the purpose of...
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    Yes I saw these but unfortunately these are...

    Yes I saw these but unfortunately these are illegal in the UK! You can't even get them shipped here.
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    Re: Where do you keep your samples?

    Very nice idea, thank you.
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    Re: Where do you keep your samples?

    Oooo, I've just found some microcentrifuge racks online that look perfect...
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    Re: Where do you keep your samples?

    Thank you awfully for all replies.



    "Other BNs" please step forward and tell me (show me? photos?) what you do!!!!
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    Where do you keep your samples?

    I'm amassing quite a collection of samples and not keen on having them rattling around in a drawer, possibly contaminating one another's lids. I'd like a holder if some kind. I've found a very...
  75. Thank you Cacio for another great reply. Re:...

    Thank you Cacio for another great reply.

    Re: L'HB, are you sure they say the reformulation us still good on its own terms? I interpreted Tania's update as saying it is now a pretty fragrance but...
  76. Help! Confused by 'updates' in Little Book of Perfumes 100 Classics (Turin & Sanchez)

    Please help me, perfume experts. I am so confused by the post-2010 updates in The Little Book of Perfumes: The 100 Classics. As you'll know, this volume reprints the 100 (OK, 96) best reviews in...
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    Thanks for the tip. I'm pretty sure I can't...

    Thanks for the tip. I'm pretty sure I can't stretch to the extrait but I'll put it on my birthday list ;-)

    I'm in the UK so looking for UK based online retailer.

    Sent from my HUAWEI U8815 using...
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    Help with buying Jicky

    So I've had a spray of Jicky in a dept store and loved it. I'm unable to find a sample in the UK but I'm up for buying it nearly blind (I don't consider a squirt in a store a proper trial but I loved...
  79. Wow thanks for your knowledgeable reply and...

    Wow thanks for your knowledgeable reply and thanks for the welcome.

    My sample is from the one with the "certificate of authenticity". I do think it's absolutely amazing but I have nothing to...
  80. Tell me about Bandit versions & formulae

    Hi,
    Can anyone talk to me about different formulations and versions of Piguet's Bandit?

    I have just tried a sample of an "original formula" EdP which refers to the 1944 edition.

    Anyone know...
  81. The website is still saying perfumes are...

    The website is still saying perfumes are prohibited goods within the UK. Perfumes are not mentioned on the restricted page because they are prohibited, not restricted.
    ...
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