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    Re: Esteban Parfums

    Very solid line and reasonably priced. I especially love their Ambre and Cuir, also Classic Chypre is worth trying. The home range is also great-- candles and high quality reed diffusers. I have...
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    Re: Fresh/sheer vanilla frag?

    Diptyque Eau Duelle. One of the lightest and most modern vanillas .
  3. Re: Did did you like the 10 latest launchings from uncle serge ???? A new road for serge...?

    As others said, hits and misses, whch is how it should be, considering the size of the line.
    L'Eau Froide - I'm avoiding it for now, considering I'm not the target consumer. Will try soon, I guess....
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    Re: Not sold in the US

    1. While the Frederic Malle and Nicolai boutiques are wonderful places to visit, all the fragrances are available in the USA and can be easily ordered online (and without paying VAT). Same goes for...
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    Re: Big thank you to Furrypine

    Joining the thanks. Much appreciated.
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    Nez a Nez

    by perfumer Stephane Humbert Lucas
    Immortelle Marilyn (2011)- Immortelle, Raspberry, Hazelnut, Ylang, Iris, Leather, Nutmeg, Musk
    Hiroshima mon Amour- Yuzu, Chinese mandarine, plum, Cade, Ambroxan,...
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    Mona Di Orio

    Vetyver - Les Nombres d’Or (2011)
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    Neela Vermeire

    All composed by Bertrand Duchaufour (2011):
    Trayee
    Mohur
    Bombay Bling
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    Re: CB I Hate Perfume

    AmBrosius (Reinvention Series, 2009)
    M5 Where We Are There Is No Here (2011)
  10. Re: A long list of missing perfumes, old and new

    Thank you so much to those working on updating the directory!
    Some of my original list are still missing:
  11. Re: How Many Fragrances Should a Normal Man Have?

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    Re: Most Masculine TUBEROSE frag?

    I actually get gardenia from Bolt Of Lightning's dry-down. It's the weirdest thing, really-- a clear, green, wet gardenia (while JAR's own Jardenia is a dirty, earthy, overripe gardenia). People get...
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    Re: Most Masculine TUBEROSE frag?

    Tuberose perfumes I'm happy to smell on the husband:
    SL Cedre. It's worth a try even for non-Lutens people. Really.
    JAR Ferme tes Yeux. Dirty, dirty dirty. As carnal as you can imagine, or probably...
  14. A long list of missing perfumes, old and new

    1. Esteban- Classic Chypre
    2. Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri, par Camille (EDT and EDP- different formulas, 2011)
    3. Tom Ford- Violet Blonde (2011)
    4. Sonoma Scent Studio- Fig Tree (2011)
    5....
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    Re: A Friend Is Going to Paris ...

    Paris is not exactly the place to look for bargains, but there are a few items that are exclusive and don't require selling a kidney. Some ideas: Le Bone Marche has the entire Memo line, including...
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    The Non-Blonde- URL update

    Hi everyone!
    I've recently changed my blogspot URL into my own domain, so I will very (VERY!) much appreciate it if those of you who link to me from your own websites would update it to...
  17. Re: sophisticated high quality floral fruity scent

    Serge Lutens-Nuit de Cellophane
    Hilde Soliani- Il Tup Tulipano
    Frederic Malle- Le Parfum de Therese
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    Re: Misleading review

    Indeed, and more than once. I remember AE from the late 1970s- early 1980s and the current version is vastly different. I do agree that one should not review something he or she never tried. And will...
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    Re: Nice Perfumes for my Daughter...

    Fleur de Citronnier by Serge Lutens, Guerlian Shalimar Parfum Initial, Tauer- Un Rose Vermeille, Kiki by Vero Profumo, Frederic Malle- En Passant, Ineke: After My Own Heart, Le Labo Ambrette 9,...
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    Re: Tom Ford Violet Blonde

    I think it's just as good but you must really love violets to enjoy it.
  21. Re: Time for Plus membership to be applied to account?

    I'm another one who paid but didn't get the upgrade. Thanks in advance, Grant.
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    Re: Profumi del Forte

    Still many from this house are missing. Please also add By Night White and By Night Black by Profumi del Forte.
  23. Re: Your fragrance should match your personality!

    Indeed.
    (said with an evil smile while sniffing my ancient 40 year old self)
    I wonder which part of my personality and life experience (us old folks tend to have quite a bit of that) should match...
  24. Re: Has anyone sniffed Malle's "portrait of a lady" yet?

    :)
    Yes, it's well-done and the drydown is very nice, but I don't get why out of all the thing Malle/Ropion could have created they had to do a(nother) rose/berry/patch. There are enough of those...
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    Re: Your latest make-up purchases?

    A couple of Edward Bess eye shadows, a YSL duo and an Hourglass lipstick. I'm already about 8 weeks behind in products to photo/review, but just had to get these.
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    Re: Mahora by Guerlain.

    Another vote for the "love but rarely wear" camp. It can be a bit too much and occasionally feels indecent. Still a lot of fun.
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    Re: Layering Lutens.

    I often layer my Lutens perfumes (as well as Tom Ford, by the way). I find they go well together- it's like accessorizing an outfit. Clair de Musc works with just about anything that's based on a...
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    Re: Most worn in October?

    No numbers here, but whenever I wasn't testing perfumes for review, I've been happily wearing Bas de Soie (Lutens).
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    Re: Search for a Gourmand Vetiver...

    Not cheap, but it doesn't get any better than Lutens Vetiver Oriental. It has the most gorgeous dark chocolate note, yet it's not really foody.
  30. Re: Suggestions from my collection to wear on a first date

    Encre Noire is a very fine choice. Love it :)

    I was browsing this thread and read it aloud to my husband, then asked him what he'd wear t of his own collection.
    Him: It depends. Is she a...
  31. Re: Brands Section - being updated - and Questionairre

    Another voice of agreement with Strifeknot. I use the Brand page just about daily, and for the sole purpose of checking the list of all frags released by that house. It's the most useful tool for me...
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    Re: Unsung Treasures

    It's actually available at Henri Bendel in NYC. They haven't joined the rest of us in the 21st century as far as e-commerce goes, but they accept phone orders, so you can give them a call (Giuseppe...
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    Re: What do women think of Vetiver?

    I'm older than the hills but younger than dirt (that's 39 to you) and have always loved vetiver. My husband has two shelves dedicated to vetiver as he finds these scents easy to wear in almost any...
  34. Re: JAR Jardenia - I've Found Gardenia Heaven!

    Indeed. Jardenia is an amazing perfume. I actually do smell some similarity between it and TF VG, mostly in the fullness and vividnes of the gardenia itself, with no tuberose or other fragrant noise....
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    Re: US stores that sell L'artisan?

    Unless something has changed in the last couple of weeks, Bergdorf no longer carries L'Artisan. But there are several stores in NYC that sell L'Artisan, including online and/or phone orders:

    Henri...
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    Coty Les Muses

    I understand that some changes are afoot regarding the directory, so I'm just putting this here as a placeholder.

    Coty Les Muses (1946). Discontinued.

    Would love to hear if anyone has...
  37. Re: Any Annick Goutal fans? What are your favorites from the line?

    Musc Nomade
    Ambre Fetiche
    Ninfeo Mio
    Grand Amour
    Quel Amour!
    Eau du Fier

    And, of course, Hadrien in its original version. The new reformulation is atrocious.
  38. Re: BOIS 1920 EXTREME - Oh my God... my love affair with boozy frags continues....

    Love it. I had some longevity issues until I learned to spray with abandon.
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    Re: Jewels and the perfume connection...

    I'm a big fan of JAR (despite the ceremony. Loved the funny description above). I find all of his creations exquisite but the one that really connects with his jewelry is Diamond Water. This perfume...
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    Etat Libre d'Orange - Like This

    A collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton.
    Notes: yellow tangerine, ginger, pumpkin, immortelle, Moroccan neroli, Grass rose, vetiver, heliotrope and musk.
    Perfumer: Mathilde Bijaoui
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    Re: Figue Amère by Miller Harris

    Figue Amere is actually listed, but incorrectly named as Nouvelle Edition Figue Amere. It's not part of the N.E. but of the regular line.
  42. Re: Histoires de Parfums - Tuberose Trilogy

    Indeed... and still very much missing.
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    Nanette by Nanette Lepore

    2009
    pink pepper, neroli enveloped, rose, violet, muguet., amber, incense, cedarwood atlas
  44. Re: Takashimaya New York to Close in June!!!!!!

    I just got back from the sale and it's a complete zoo. People are buying everything, including some display cases (can't blame them. Everything there is gorgeous). The beauty/fragrance department is...
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    DelRae- two perfumes missing

    Emotionelle
    Mythique
  46. Roxana Illuminated Perfumes- Greenwitch

    Greenwitch (2010)
    Notes: Oakmoss, Labdanum, Bergamot, Seaweed, Jasmine and Rose
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    Re: Mona di Orio Perfumes

    It was dropped from Aedes and Bergdorf last summer and Spafumerie, the other NYC retailer that carried it, went out of business. If I remember correctly, it was another case of a distributor going...
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    Re: Mona di Orio Perfumes

    I adore MdO scents and own Lux, Carnation and Nuit Noire. They smell like real perfume, composed with love and integrity.

    As for the distribution, I know Takashimaya in NYC is supposed to be the...
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    Re: Do You Remember Lacoste Original

    Exactly. I was surprised to discover how nice it is:
    http://thenonblonde.blogspot.com/2010/01/lacoste-pour-homme-original-1982-edt.html
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    Re: YSL Paris

    Back then the rules for labeling the boxes weren't as strict as they are today. Generally speaking, a box that only lists alcohol, perfume and maybe a color additive usually contains all the good...
  51. Re: Which fragrances are nice to use on really hot days?

    Anything with dry vetiver (too many to name) or green fig notes (like Heeley Figuier). Some lavenders also work well- Tauer Reverie au Jardin is my husband's favorite for really hot days. I also find...
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    Re: What is the deal w. MPG?

    Thanks :)

    Henri Bendel offers a very limited e-commerce and seems to be stuck in 1995 or so. It's annoying and also quite ineffective, sales-wise. They have such a lovely selection of very coveted...
  53. Re: Nuit Noir by Mona di Orio - a mini review

    NN (and the rest of the line, really) is gorgeous. It feels alive, deep. It tells a story throughout the development and is never boring. This is what I want perfume to always be.
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    Re: YSL Paris

    A 10-15 year old botte is definitely an older formulation, though I can't tell you if it's identical to the 1983 original. The recent reformulation had to to do wit IFRA's restriction on the use of...
  55. Re: Fragrance companies ditching samples to keep dept. store vendor reps?

    It goes hand in hand with perfume companies putting most of the money and effort into the creation of the top notes, hoping we'd spray and buy based on that first minute. They assume their customers...
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    Re: What is the deal w. MPG?

    It's true- there's finally a new US distributor and the line is once again available at Henri Bendel in NYC (I reported it here:...
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    Re: L'Eau Serge Lutens - My Thoughts

    Barry, it seems that bad things are happening in the Salon du Palais Royal. Between the news about four fragrances being axed and the launch of something that sounds like a laundry detergent, I...
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    Re: Today I bought - January 2010

    Backup bottles for Miel de Bois, Clair de Musc and Douce Amere. Nothing like bad news to stimulate the economy.
  59. Re: What is the worst male fragrance you've ever smelled?

    Just about anything with calone. L'eau d'Issey, Calvin Klein Escape and most aquatics. I'm sure somewhere there's a man who smells good in that stuff, but I have yet to meet him.
  60. Re: truly independent beauty products reviews?

    As a beauty blogger, I'd of course suggest you check some of the blogs. while some of them have ads and/or affiliations, there are still quite a bit of really good, independent ones.
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    CB I Hate Perfume

    Room With A View (Metamorphosis Series, 2009)
    AmBrosius (Reinvention Series, 2009)

    ...and Musk Reinvention is still missing.
  62. Re: 3 Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances possibly discontinued?

    It's been officially confirmed to me (by a Tom Ford rep- corporate, not retail) that some scents are being phased out. Moreover, this has been the plan all along, as Tom Ford himself stated in a 2007...
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    Re: Ambre Gris.

    It looks like Balmain is trying to get a better control of their distribution channels (and price). Just last week I saw Ambre Gris being aggressively promoted at Bergdorf Goodman, of all places.
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    Re: Antilope relaunch

    Thank you :) Nothing makes a blogger happier than knowing s/he's corrupting innocent souls...


    Jardanel and Lilybelle, as I've mentioned, today it's extremely hard to know what exactly the...
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    Re: Antilope relaunch

    I met with their rep at the PXA 2009 in NYC. As of last month, they did not have a US launch date, since they were still looking for a local distributor. I have a sample of the new juice as well as...
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    Re: Idole de Lubin.

    It's beautiful, but no jungle animals are involved :) .
    It's in the same family as DK Black Cashmere and YSL Nu (edp), but with a lot of booze added. It has a sheer quality the two above don't have...
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    Re: One oldie by Jean Patou- Lasso

    Lasso is still missing :)
  68. Jean Patou- the three cocktails from 1930

    All three were by perfumer Henri Alméas:

    Cocktail Dry 1930
    Cocktail Sweet 1930
    Cocktail Bittersweet 1930
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    Coty- Paris

    Paris by Coty (1923)
    Discontinued
    Perfumer: Vincent Roubert
    Notes: lilac, rose, hyacinth, carnation, ylang-ylang, heliotropin, Musk, civet, vanilla
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    Re: The Fragrance Directory.

    I like the diversity and have no problem with unstructure. But I do wish for some way to rate/vote/flag when a review is utterly meaningless. I was searching for something the other day and came...
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    Re: Summer frag help wanted

    Guerlain Eau de Shalimar has the citrus top notes and a sweet vanilla base, yet it's light and airy. It has a lemon merengue feel.
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    Re: CDG Avignon vs. Tauer Incense Extreme

    Incense Extreme. To my nose, Avignon is closer to Heeley's Cardinal, and as several people above have said, it's not as complex or interesting as Tauer's scents.
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    Re: Mazzolari Lui: THANK YOU!!!!!!

    I love Lui and wear it as the evening version of the cuddlier Lei.
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    Re: Serge Lutens Miel de Bois fans!

    Indeed :)
    And I can confirm it's not discontinued. It's now one of the non-exports (though most stores still have the regular bottles in stock). I think it works better when dabbed and not sprayed....
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    Re: Editions de Parfums Samples - Shock

    A few weeks ago I ordered a bottle of French Lover directly from Paris (it was a gift and I wanted the French version). I was really disappointed when realized they didn't include even a single...
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    Tauer Une Rose Chypree

    Tauer Une Rose Chypree
    Release: 2009
    Notes: rose, bay, hot cinnamon, bergamot, lemon, clementine, green Bourbon geranium, labdanum, oakmoss, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla
  77. Re: Mona Di Orio - Disappears & launches 2 new scents

    More on the Mona di Orio limited distribution issue: I confirmed that the last outlet standing in the USA (Spafumerie NYC) is not getting the new Chamarre (too bad. It's a very nice fragrance and in...
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    Re: CB I Hate Perfume - Musk

    ...and still missing.
  79. Re: Mona Di Orio - Disappears & launches 2 new scents

    The scents aren't discontinued, but the distribution will be more limited than before. I emailed the company and Aedes to confirm:...
  80. Re: Sometimes a fragrance has just TOO much fruit

    The new Delrae, Emotionelle. It's death by a giant, boozey melon.
  81. Re: Do the "celebs" of the perfume world ever make appearances?

    Frederic Malle was in Barneys NYC for the Dans tes Bras launch. I'm still kicking myself for being too shy to actually approach him.
  82. Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie: thoughts and looking for suggestions

    From your description I understand you've got the EDT . You might want o track down a sample of the parfum, which is richer and more opaque. To the recommendations above (I definitely second Cuir...
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    Re: Shalimar Light

    It's probably the one that gets me the most compliments. I don't know if it's the old "men go nuts for vanilla" thing, but it never fails to work. It has a recognizable Guerlain vibe and is clearly...
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    Re: In search of cocoa and vanilla.

    Lea St. Barth (the extreme version) is similar to Musc Maori, just less complex. Also recommended are Mazzolari Lui and Lei. The former is heavier on the patch, hence more chocolatey, while the...
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    Re: Terre de Hermes ??????

    This discussion fascinates me. About a year ago I got my husband a couple of TdH samples. He tried, and while that scorched orange note was ok on him, it was far from fabulous and he gave up on it. ...
  86. Re: Zagorsk, how is it in terms of sillage and longevity?

    Zagorsk nearly killed me in the summer. It didn't "bloom". It ascented. In winter it's quite well-behaved. civilized sillage and a 3-4 hour longevity.
  87. Re: Any thoughts on Michele Bergman and Regina Harris?

    I've learned to love both Regina Harris scents, though it took me several tries. They are quite heavy and rich, though Amber Vanilla is probably the friendlier of the two. It's not as sweet as one...
  88. Re: PotL Luctor et Emergo (insp. by Lizzie J)

    ChantillyLace- Thank you very much :)

    Mike- I like Louve. To me, it's smoother, not quite as sweet and the cherry note is barely there. I don't get any incense from it, just soft wood. I usually...
  89. Re: PotL Luctor et Emergo (insp. by Lizzie J)

    I love it, but I'm known to be drawn to very sweet scents. I mostly get from it a delicious marzipan with a boozy cherry filling, but it usually dries down to a warm, more sophisticated woodyincense....
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    Re: suggestions

    Coco is full, rich, luxurious and ultra-feminine. So in that spirit:
    Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese
    Robert Piguet Visa (Baghari is also worth considering)
    Panthere de Cartier
    Any of the...
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    Re: What scent do you think you despise?

    Aquatics. And melon. And the worst: aqatic-melon combinations.

    Though when it comes to melon, I do like Malle's Therese.
  92. Re: Do you ever smell other people wearing niche fragrances?

    I smelled CBIHP Memory of Kindness on someone at a dinner party. She was very surprised I recognized it and didn't realize that CB was famous outside of Brooklyn (!).
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    Re: Shalimar Light

    That explains it. I've been digging through my stash and realized that I have the blue juice in both 1.7 and 2.5 oz, and the same for the second batch. From what I see online, the discounters that...
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    Re: Shalimar Light

    As far as I know, all the 2.5 oz bottles are the reformulated version, so that's a sure way to know what you're getting. It's still a good buy, though, even if not as wonderful as the original. I got...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 5 October

    Cuir Beluga. I think I'm drowning in Guerlinade.
  96. Re: Christopher Sheldrake is not the "perfumer" for Serge Lutens

    Welcome to the club ;)
    I got a couple of scathing but pretty funny emails from Yosh Han, and then there was the Bond kerfuffle...

    I always raise an eyebrow when a company uses the comment...
  97. Re: Which fragrances will you buy again and again

    Many, but the top ones are:
    Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain
    Guerlain Shalimar
    Guerlain LHB
    Vero Onda
    SL Vetiver Oriental
    SL MKK
    SL Chergui
    SL Fumerie Turque
    SL Cuir Mauresque
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    Re: Ladies, how do you feel about Vetiver

    Love love love. I wear Onda and Vetiver Oriental regularly, and borrow my husband's Vetiver Extraordinaire and Route de Vetiver whenever I'm in the mood.
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    Re: Anything similar to Idole?

    I think Black Cashmere is actually closer than Chaos, especially in the opening that's more spicy and boozey, while Chaos is more herbal. YSL NU (the EDP, not EDT) is also close, though not as strong...
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    Re: Lutens Fumerie Turque - Your thoughts

    Love it. It's my happy place on cold days. Always amazes me how something so sweet can also be so very dry. It feels great outside in the cold when you can smell smoke and wood. I reviewed it last...
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