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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    I should also add that underneath that whole "internet sensation" schtick, he doesn't seem all that bad to me, certainly not deserving of the amount of hate he receives.
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    Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    I'm probably old enough to be Jeremy's dad. He's a good looking guy, and has more money and attractive women than I can dream of. He has legions of fans, who seem to dote on his every word. I'm happy...
  3. Thread: Fort and Manlé

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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    Thank you. And yes, very nice fragrance.
  4. Thread: Fort and Manlé

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    Re: Fort and Manlé

    I purchased a bottle of Kolonya soon after reading Luca's review. At long, long last, after years and years of buying fragrances from overseas, I can buy a top tier scent locally, which means I...
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    Re: Iris Gris: calling all stations

    It's a good question cacio, and highlights yet again how precious little we know about this fragrance.
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    Re: Iris Gris: calling all stations

    Yes, the formula that was given to the Osmothèque by Roubert's son is one version of IG, which as you say, contains a healthy amount of aged iris root. The version of IG that was commercially...
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    Re: Iris Gris: calling all stations

    I've spent the last few weeks going through the latest 2018 Perfume Guide by Luca and Tania. In one of the introductory essays, Luca includes a paragraph on his work with the new Iris de Fath, and...
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    Re: Biggest surprises in Perfumes The Guide 2018?

    As an addition to my posts above, I should also say that Luca and Tania's contributions to my enjoyment and understanding of perfumes has been immense. The various books, the Style Arabia reviews,...
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    Re: Biggest surprises in Perfumes The Guide 2018?

    cacio, it's from this opera :

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

    It's just a line my dad used to sing around the house when he was feeling (as you may imagine) a little light...
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    Re: Biggest surprises in Perfumes The Guide 2018?

    Big Marc Newson fan here. I think those LV bottles are unfussy, unpretentious, and just really well proportioned.

    As to the 2018 Guide, on the one hand I'm glad there are some 4 and 5 star...
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    Re: What era is this bottle of Tabu ?

    Thank you kumquat. Appreciate your reply.
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    What era is this bottle of Tabu ?

    Hi everyone.

    Just wondering if anyone would know the era of the Tabu bottle in the photo ?

    Any help most appreciated.

    Thank you.
  13. Re: What is the oldest bottle in your collection and how is it holding up?

    I have bottles of :
    - Mitsouko EDT from the late 50's early 60's. Smells correct, but very weak.
    - Baghari EDC from the mid 60's. Smells correct and as strong as I would expect from an EDC.
    -...
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    Re: Harry's Razors...uh, no

    Yes, one definitely needs to trial a few different creams, soaps, blades etc. before you get the right combination. I started with a mild blade and razor (Merkur 34c and Derby and Shark blades) and...
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    Re: Harry's Razors...uh, no

    The minute you mention skin irritation / shaving to a dermatologist, the first thing they will ask if whether you use a cartridge razor, and if so, will tell you to switch to a safety or electric...
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    Re: Harry's Razors...uh, no

    Yes. I guess each guy will know his face / stubble the best, so if you can use multi blade razors without ill effects, and you're happy using them, then go for it.

    But honestly, the idea that you...
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    Re: Tired of being insulted on auction sites!

    Do you have any standard wording on your auctions, to the effect of :

    "All my fragrances are 100% authentic. I don't buy or sell fakes. I am a fragrance enthusiast and have developed ways of...
  18. Re: Bulgari (Bvlgari) Black - Luca Turin disagreement

    I have bottles of both new and old Black. The old bottle has a twist-style on/off spray mechanism which is not removable. This mechanism has a reputation for flakiness and seizing up. The writing on...
  19. Re: Received vintage splash aramis classic "cologne" today

    Thanks pippin. All the best matey.
  20. Re: Lyral, Atranol & Chloroatranol (Oakmoss) now finally prohibited by EU Legislation! Any Ideas?

    Brothers (and sisters) in arms, Paully boy ?
  21. Re: Received vintage splash aramis classic "cologne" today

    I have dozens and dozens of splash bottles, as I guess is inevitable when you have an interest in vintage perfumes. I always decant them into an atomizer. I never apply directly from the original...
  22. Re: Lyral, Atranol & Chloroatranol (Oakmoss) now finally prohibited by EU Legislation! Any Ideas?

    The perfume industry is either too weak or too disinterested / self interested to defend itself, and there are far too many people on this planet (in the wrong jobs) who think perfume is an...
  23. Re: Received vintage splash aramis classic "cologne" today

    Agree 100%. Don't waste your time on any bottle more than a few years old.

    To the OP. I have a similar bottle, with measurement 3.4 FL OZ. The back says Aramis Inc, Dist. New York NY, 10022. Made...
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    Re: are turtlenecks "ok" for men?

    Yes, generally avoid the ones you used to wear when you were a kid - very short, low neck, and crappy fabric.

    Notwithstanding the above, some men (e.g male models) will look good no matter what...
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    Re: Fragrance that attract women

    The best you can hope for with fragrance is that it makes you smell nice. It cannot and never has and never will have any magical powers. It will not attract a woman in any meaningful sense - at best...
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    Re: are turtlenecks "ok" for men?

    The right turtleneck on the right guy is a quick and easy way to look sharp and sleek.

    I have about 20. My favorites are the black, slim fit, ribbed ones, woven in a slightly thick cotton.

    - -...
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    Re: Harry's Razors...uh, no

    Companies like Gillette will continue to gouge customers as long they keep buying. The price of cartridge blades has been absurd for ages.

    I switched to DE about 6 months ago. Skin feels better,...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    Renato, sorry I should have been clearer. The Somersets I use is the actual shaving oil, the Maximum Glide Extra Sensitive. Somersets don't make pre shave oil. I apply the Somersets and then on top...
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    Re: Whats Your Shaving Set Up Consist Of

    I started DE shaving about 3 months ago - I'm at home a fair bit, so I shave twice per week.

    Razor : Merkur 34c

    Blades : Feather, Astra, Derby, Shark - I bought a blade starter pack and am...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage was hit today.

    In contrast to others, I have noticed a difference between the older version (with the Lancaster sticker on the bottom), and the newer (with the Coty sticker on the bottom). I have a 100ml of the...
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    Re: Luca Turin's "The Lost Chord"

    No worries. I'm glad you got the answer.
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    Re: Luca Turin's "The Lost Chord"

    There you go - no need for a PM.

    Thanks Luca. The vacuum that's been created by your absence from perfume writing is yet to be filled.

    Come back soon.
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    Re: Luca Turin's "The Lost Chord"

    One option might be to send him a PM. He is a Basenotes member. I've sent him PM's before, and he seems obliging enough.

    Good luck.

    - - - Updated - - -

    As an aside, Luca makes no reference...
  34. Original Hummer - differences between EA version and Riviera Concepts version

    Hi everyone.

    I'm just wondering if anyone has had a chance to experience both versions of the original Hummer (yellow box) ?

    Is the EA version better/same/worse than the Riviera Concepts...
  35. Original Hummer - differences between EA version and Riviera Concepts version

    Hi everyone.

    I'm just wondering if anyone has had a chance to experience both versions of the original Hummer (yellow box) ?

    Is the EA version better/same/worse than the Riviera Concepts...
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    Re: Wanted - 3 vintage Parfums De Nicolai

    Hi.

    Thanks for getting in touch. I've heard good things about Solange, but I'm really only interested in the three I mentioned.

    Thank and best wishes for Xmas and 2017.
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    Re: Pino Sylvestre Extra Gentle Shaving Soap

    Hi Renato. Thanks for those tips. I read through that Razorpit thread. Not bad.

    Shaving in the shower is pretty straight forward. You need a mirror (duh) out of the flow of the water, and you...
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    Re: Pino Sylvestre Extra Gentle Shaving Soap

    Thanks Renato.

    I wasn't aware of the existence of that thread. Doesn't sound like shaving oils are too popular.

    I work from home, so I only shave 2 days per week (Wednesdays and Saturdays),...
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    Re: Pino Sylvestre Extra Gentle Shaving Soap

    Somewhat off topic, but I'm a recent convert to shaving oils. I've been using them for 6 months and I love them. I've been shaving for nearly 30 years, and I've tried all manner of creams, foams,...
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    Re: Vintage Halston Z-14 "eau de toilette"?

    I believe there were three different manufacturers for Z-14 over the years :
    1. Halston Fragrances
    2. French Fragrances
    3. Elizabeth Arden

    I'm safely assuming your bottling is from the 90's,...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Yes, it's all rather sudden and rather cryptic.

    Anyway, I hope it's only a short time away from perfume.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    No more Style Arabia reviews, with the new ownership / name change.

    Shame - I really enjoyed those.
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    Wanted - 3 vintage Parfums De Nicolai

    Hi everyone.

    Looking for anyone willing to sell any of the following De Nicolai fragrances :

    New York
    Odalisque
    Le Temps d'une Fete

    Vintage only - any bottle size, full or partly full,...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Thank you Luca.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca,

    I saw your blog entry on Valentyn Sylvestrov, and a left field thought entered my mind - do you have an opinion on Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, by Gavin Bryars ?
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Jolie Laide and the French New Wave ? Oh yes, now we're talking. Love, love, love.

    I'll never forget the first time I saw Contempt (Le Mepris) - I was a university student, and somehow, a new...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    I'm guessing plain white boxes and plain white labels with simple black font stuck onto plain clear bottles.

    Maybe something like Chanel Les Exclusifs.

    But it's just a guess.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    If I recall correctly, my mother's first step in the cooking process for both baccala and Cotechino was boiling - I don't know what happened after that, because as soon as I smelled those things on...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    At least we can agree on fragrances.

    Hope all is well with you, kind sir.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Simmenthal ?

    My mother always kept a tin in our pantry - I have horrifying memories of this growing up. Truly revolting. Up there with cotechino and baccala.

    To quote the most wonderful Tania...
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    Caron Pour Un Homme Champagne Cologne

    Hi everyone.

    I just purchased a vintage, sealed bottle of Caron Pour Un Homme "Champagne" Cologne. I haven't received it as yet. I'm just wondering if anyone knows anything about this version ? I...
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    Re: Alternative to Acqua di Sale?

    Ah I see - thanks Francolino.

    Then you could use a tissue, or handkerchief, and spray it on these. I have done this in the past - it works fine.
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    Re: Alternative to Acqua di Sale?

    If it irritates your skin, why can't you spray it on your clothes ?
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    No worries - good luck.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    If you can, I would recommend you try the older one. More petrol, more gas, more rubber, overall just dirtier. The new one, as is usually the case with reformulations, has all the interesting stuff...
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    Re: Has anyone gotten Miyako by Auphorie yet?

    Yes, I made an error in not checking the shipping component before I posted. The $110 includes shipping to Australia, which is a different policy to a few weeks ago.

    Thanks for clarifying this,...
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    Re: Has anyone gotten Miyako by Auphorie yet?

    Their pricing policies are peeving me a little.

    When I first visited the site a few weeks ago, the price was $75, a sale price from the then RRP of $88. A while later, the sale finished and the...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Do you have the older twist top bottles or the reformulated newer ones with removable cap ? I have one of the newer ones, and 4 of the older, and the difference is quite noticeable to my nose.
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    Re: La Nuit de Paco Rabanne - EDT or EDP ?

    Thanks cacio.

    I too, fall prey to the "price that was too good to pass" up syndrome (far too often) - I guess that's the main way I've ended up with over 200 bottles.

    Thanks again.
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    Re: La Nuit de Paco Rabanne - EDT or EDP ?

    Hi cacio.

    Thanks as always. It's very good having you on these boards.

    I guess from your answer, there's no particular benefit to owning both (although you do, as you state) ?
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    La Nuit de Paco Rabanne - EDT or EDP ?

    Hi everyone.

    I have read many good things about this fragrance, and I would like to buy a bottle.

    It is available in EDT and EDP concentrations, and I am wondering if anyone out there has...
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    Re: Favourites from Azzaro? (after Pour Homme!)

    Azzaro Men Now is very smooth, and I really like it.

    If you're happy to wear women's fragrances, Azzaro Women Now and Azzaro Couture are great as well.

    I have full bottles of all three - 4...
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    Re: Thoughts on current Caron Pour Un Homme?

    I bought a new bottle about 2 years ago from my local perfumery. I compared it to a couple of 80's vintage bottles I have. The new is still recognizable as Pour Un Homme, but smoother. The tonality...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    As I see it, the critic's role is to recommend or dissuade. It is not possible to smell everything before you buy a full bottle, order samples etc. So in some ways, the critic also acts as a filter....
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    "Choose your enemies carefully cos they will define you
    Make them interesting cos in some ways they will mind you
    They're not there in the beginning but when your story ends
    Gonna last with you...
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    LOL - can't argue with that.
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Luca.

    I like your policy for publishing reviews on the new blog - as many of our mothers taught us, "if you have nothing good to say......................"
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Thanks Luca. Much appreciated.

    Ciao
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    Re: I am starting a new blog

    Hi Luca.

    Great news on the blog. Just like everyone else who posted here, I have bookmarked it and look forward to reading it.

    I see you've left Germany and are now back in Greece.

    If you...
  70. Re: New Narcisse Noir EDT vs vintage 50s Narcisse Noir pure parfum by Caron

    Hi all.

    Sorry to dredge up an old thread.

    Just wondering if anyone has experience with Narcisse Noir in Eau De Cologne concentration ?

    Thank you.
  71. Re: Chinatown - Bond No. 9 - differences between 2005 bottlings and now ?

    Hi kumquat. Yes I saw that earlier - thanks for the link.

    Unfortunately, with Bond's caginess when it comes to batch codes, I can't identify the relevant batches.

    Never mind.

    Thanks again.
  72. Re: Chinatown - Bond No. 9 - differences between 2005 bottlings and now ?

    Thanks kumquat. No dealer in my neck of the woods, as far as I can tell.

    I'm not usually a fan of samples, since I can never guarantee that the sample will be the same batch etc. as what I end up...
  73. Re: Chinatown - Bond No. 9 - differences between 2005 bottlings and now ?

    Thanks for all your help cacio.

    This makes it very hard to date the bottles, also taking into consideration that Bond No9 refuses to talk about batch codes.

    Given that Chinatown was released...
  74. Re: Chinatown - Bond No. 9 - differences between 2005 bottlings and now ?

    As always, thanks for your reply cacio.

    The bottle you have (white flowers pink background) is also the one currently shown on the Bond No9 website. I would assume that they of all people would...
  75. Re: Chinatown - Bond No. 9 - differences between 2005 bottlings and now ?

    Hi all,

    further to this thread, I am wondering if anyone who bought this fragrance when it was released can confirm which bottle design they have ? As you can see, there are two bottle designs -...
  76. Thread: Profumo.it

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    Re: Profumo.it

    I've not bought anything from Profumo.it, but I've heard only good things. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez ordered fragrances from him some years ago, and they gave them a 4 star rating.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    Whilst not everyone will agree, I think of Fahrenheit as the best smelling gas station you could imagine, and Knize Ten as the best smelling motor mechanic repair shop you can imagine.
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    Re: Is Knize Ten still great?

    I've been using Fahrenheit on and off for about 30 years. I only started using Knize Ten 2 years ago.

    Personally, I don't think they are all that similar.
  79. Re: Cuir Pleine Fleur - James Heeley - Different bottles, packaging

    MrsD, thanks for that.

    The middle photo (CPF2) was taken today from the official James Heeley website.

    Thank you.
  80. Re: Cuir Pleine Fleur - James Heeley - Different bottles, packaging

    Hi MrsD. Thanks for that.

    Can you confirm two things :

    1. based on the photos in the OP, which is old and new ?

    2. Also, can you (if possible) leave both juices on for a couple of hours and...
  81. Re: Cuir Pleine Fleur - James Heeley - Different bottles, packaging

    Hi Gianluca.

    Thanks for that.

    When I say "original", I really meant vintage, original formula. I know it would be crazy to copy a Heeley fragrance.
  82. Cuir Pleine Fleur - James Heeley - Different bottles, packaging

    Hi everyone.

    just curious to know if anyone could help out with identifying different bottles, and packaging of Cuir Pleine Fleur by James Heeley ? Looking at the interent, I have found three...
  83. Re: Can you REALLY tell the difference between vintage and recent formulations?

    There are definitely differences between old and new that I can discern, although the difference varies from frag to frag. In some the difference is perceptible, but minor, in others the difference...
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    Re: Carcinogens in fragrance

    If you're worried about inhaling, then fragrances are not for you.

    If you're worried about absorption through skin, then spray only on fabric.
  85. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    Yes - I think we should be grateful that both Toujours Mink and Thyman3 have contributed some very useful and relevant points to this thread, and taken what looks like a fair amount of time to post...
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    Re: Boxes with 2 barcodes ?

    ah yes, right you are.

    An honest, law abiding citizen like me would never even notice such a thing.

    Thanks
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    Re: Boxes with 2 barcodes ?

    Thanks for that dealt7faux.

    It seems as though the manufacturer rather than the "fashion house" has a say in this. My bottle of Kenzo Jungle Pour Homme (made by LVMH) has only 1 code, but my Kenzo...
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    Re: Boxes with 2 barcodes ?

    Thanks hednic and dealt7faux.

    Where would there be a need / desire to have 2 codes ? Why isn't one code sufficient, as on other perfume boxes ?

    Here is an example :

    47194
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    Boxes with 2 barcodes ?

    Hi everyone.

    I'm just curious to know if anyone would know why some of my fragrance boxes have 2 barcodes, whilst others only have 1 ?

    In the case of boxes with 2 codes, 1 code is always the...
  90. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    That's a very good and very detailed answer, TM. All of what you say makes perfect sense to me. What you propose is a win win for all parties concerned, or as close to a win win as possible.
    ...
  91. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    Thank you Toujours Mink. I appreciate your time.

    May I ask you a few questions. Of course, there is no need to answer.

    1. If you found a bottle of some 50's fragrance, one that contains some /...
  92. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    Are you serious ? Have you read that article ? I'll give you a few random samples :
    "What are some uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide?"
    "as a major ingredient in many home-brewed bombs,"
    "in cult...
  93. Re: Heavenly Scents or Toxic Fumes – Are your Fragrances Healing or Killing You?

    I'm no scientist, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt.

    The concentration of these "dangerous substances" used in fine fragrance is pretty small. Whilst I understand that a very small...
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    Re: Custom made Fragrances

    http://www.profumo.it/perfume/home_english.htm

    Dominque Dubrana.

    He got very good reviews from Luca and Tania, for fragrances he made for them.

    EDIT : with apologies and due respect to...
  95. Re: Yohji Yamamoto YOHJI HOMME EDT.... What about blind buy?

    I am probably one of the few that finds this one hard to wear. I have two nearly full bottles of the vintage, and there is something in the smell that just doesn't sit well with me. I have no idea...
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    Re: Original Polo Green.

    I have purchased two bottles of vintage Polo Green , both splash bottles, from different sellers at different times in the last 2-3 years. One is a 4oz with the Warner Lauren sticker, and the other...
  97. Re: Has anyone 'deciphered' Bond No. 9 batch codes?

    Here is the official email response I received from Bond No9 :

    Hello Paul,

    Thank you for your e-mail and interest in Bond No. 9, the first New York scent ever made.

    Unfortunately we are not...
  98. Re: Shocking move by Guerlain/LVMH - closure of Monsieur Guerlain website

    Typical shitty corporate behaviour.

    They have so many brands and markets under their umbrella, the difference made to any of this by Mr. G's site wouldn't be perceived under an electron...
  99. Re: Then & Now: Bandit, de Robert Piguet (comparison 1970s-2015)

    I wish I lived in the US. Feeling rather......................


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  100. Re: Has anyone 'deciphered' Bond No. 9 batch codes?

    Why can't you contact Bond No 9 and ask them ? I did this a couple of minutes ago regarding a bottle of Chinatown. When I hear from them, I'll post and let you know.
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