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    Re: Azuree by Estee Lauder

    I have seen this scent at my local Ulta - on the bottom shelf, next to Cinnabar, Youth Dew, Aliage...

    I have tested it once and liked it well enough that I plan to try it out again. However, I...
  2. Re: Suggestions for "Clean, Fresh, and Barely Perceptible" Women's Fragrance

    Chanel Cristalle - citrus chypre
    Philosophy Amazing Grace - white musk
    Fresh Clean
    Fresh Provence - lavender
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    Re: No Mitsouko at Barneys?!?

    Not sure what US city you're in - but the downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus does carry the parfum concentration. I'll bet if you call the store they'd ship it to you. ImaginationPerfumery.com also has...
  4. Re: What smells "sophisticated" and "expensive"?

    Any chypre scent, including Chanel Cristalle, Hermes Caleche, Guerlain Mitsouko. However, if you don't like that genre, try iris-based florals, which whisper coldly rather than blasting your...
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    Re: recommend a rose scent?

    1. Bulgari's Rose Essentielle - violet, rose and clean musk. Slightly powdery.
    2. The Body Shop Cassis Rose - Rose and berry, musk drydown. Similar in feel to Rose Essentielle for a better price,...
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    Re: Why do I hate Opium so much?

    In theory, I too should love Opium, as I love most of the individual notes. When I get the EdT on my skin, it's just overwhelming. However, I recently splurged on the bath powder, which softens the...
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    Re: Please help me choose a frag...

    Does your lady friend like lavender? How does it smell on her? It is a note more often used in "male" fragrances than "female" because it appears sharp and herbal to many people.

    With that...
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    Re: Interested in Black Orchid

    I too would advise a decant. It is powerful stuff and would please you if you like Angel or Youth Dew Amber Nude. Check out the reviews at Now Smell This...
  9. Re: Ketchup on Eggs ... confess your weird layering experiments

    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan + Daim Blonde (not really so weird)
    Chanel Cristalle and Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Mitsouko and Guerlain Vetiver (but the Mitsouko mostly ate the Vetiver)
    Opium bath...
  10. Re: Anyone tried the new Limited Ed. Dior? Midnight Charm

    I certainly did not get iced chestnut or even regular chestnut. It was a generally forgettable light fruity floral in an incredibly sexy bottle. With a name like Midnight Charm the scent should...
  11. Re: TKMaxx today.Lots of new stock for Xmas.

    That's a great price for the Vetiver - it's also great for layering.
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    Re: Wedding fragance help!

    Serge Lutens is not necessarily known for "clean" scents (but you should try this line- especially Daim Blonde!). Florals are traditional for the bride - I would suggest Creed's Spring Flower, a...
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    Re: scent for confidence?

    I like citrus Chypres - Chanel Cristalle or Dior Diorella. Also nice is Guerlain's Vetiver (a man's cologne) and (with a Light Hand) Clinique's Aromatics Elixir.
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    Re: Bulgari Rose Essential vs. Chanel No. 19

    These are such different, fantastic fragrances, aren't they? I like both of these very much but haven't taken the plunge for either one yet. I last tried No. 19 in the summer's heat; the leather...
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    Re: Hurt Old Lady

    "I hope I live long enough to read reviews that describe bubble gum, sugary, and sweet vanilla fragrances as "smells like my grandmother".
    LOL Tovah, couldn't agree more!

    I think Americans tend...
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    Re: how do you choose a fragrance

    I agree. But to buy a whole bottle, I have to like the whole fragrance, top to bottom. I do own and frequently wear Carolina (Carolina Herrera) whose opening edges very close to overly fruity. It's...
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    Re: how do you choose a fragrance

    When I first began exploring fragrance, I tried each perfume on my skin, two at a time, per day. Then I looked up the notes in the Directory on this site to figure out which notes were appealing. ...
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    Midnight Charm - Dior

    Went into Neiman's today to try the new JM Blue Agave & Cacao (meh) and found this. I already had 4 frags on so didn't put it on, but the bottle is the cutest thing I've ever seen! A heavy round...
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    Re: Good 'cheaper' fragrances

    I've had lots of fun trying "vintage" scents at department stores, and locating them online for a low price ($25-$30). Some of my better finds were Guerlain's Mitsouko and Vetiver (tried at...
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    Re: Name your sexiest fragrance!

    SL Daim Blonde - makes me feel edible ....
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    Re: FBW and Beyond: XBW?

    Chanel Cristalle - have worn it for 20 years. I just started my perfume collection but I'm fairly sure I will also always keep Hermes Hiris on hand.
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    Re: Perfume Stores In Dallas, Chicago, Miami

    Dallas's own little bubble, Highland Park, has a Chanel boutique where you can sample the Rue de Cambon fragrances - Gardenia, Cuir de Russe, Bois de Iles.

    Don't forget the downtown Dallas grande...
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    Re: Year-Round Fragrance?

    My latest acquisition is Hiris (Hermes) which is a delightful soft, earthy floral (NOT a white floral, though). This might turn into my new HG.

    If you like Chypres, Chanel's Cristalle is great....
  24. Thread: Scent ban?

    by TexasSnow
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    Re: Scent ban?

    My daughter, currently in nursing school, may not wear ANY fragrances at all - lotion, hairspray, gel, etc. I do agree with this restriction, though. Anesthesia and medications cause real issues...
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    Re: Scents and the sexes

    Just bought my first men's cologne - Guerlain's Vetiver. Love, love it and it layers well with my long-time fave Cristalle.

    I think men's cologne is stronger and appears to stay on my skin longer.
  26. Thread: Scent ban?

    by TexasSnow
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    Re: Scent ban?

    Here in Texas the men are strong and silent and the women are still wearing Giorgio, Red Door and Poison....

    However, I am one of those who gets nauseated with certain scents and have a nose that...
  27. Re: Bewitching,Medieval,Deep and Dark EDT..EDP..?

    If you've got the financial resources...Amber Sultan or Arabie by Serge Lutens. If you're looking for something easier to find, try Opium (Yves St. Laurent) or Aromatics Elixir (Clinique).
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    Re: Annick Goutal question...

    Petite Cherie, perhaps..Neiman's has the notes as:

    "A blend of freshly cut grass, musky rose, peach, and vanilla."
  29. Re: Do you wish more scents had a bath & body line?

    I lament the disappearance of bath powder ! I love wearing it to bed and during the day when only a small waft of fragrance is appropriate. I've been hoarding the ones I have left.

    Parfumelle in...
  30. Re: Female frag that's not floral or citrusy?

    Sorry about the sad face icon - meant that I'm sad about the heat, not the fragrance!
  31. Re: Female frag that's not floral or citrusy?

    I do agree with Shifts that you should try it and while you're there, the Hiris as well. (I own EdMerveilles but the cedar note is too much for me in this heat.
  32. Re: Female frag that's not floral or citrusy?

    Why not try some of the men's colognes with her? There are many that work well for both - take a look at the Female Frag discussion board for a thread on this very topic. With that said...try Yves...
  33. Re: Do any other fermales prefer masculine Fragrances?

    Guerlain Vetiver is great (have been wearing this every other day in the 100+ heat). The unisex CKOne isn't too bad, although I don't wear it. I would suggest venturing into the chypre category if...
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    Re: Male scents that smell better on women

    Just purchased Givenchy Vetiver - wonderful for summer and office wear. I also layer it with Chanel Cristalle for a girly touch...
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    Re: Soir de Lune- Sisley

    I tried this the other day as I adore Eau du Soir. It did not work for me - lots of ROSE at the beginning and musk on the drydown. No pepper (sad) or peach (even sadder) or spice (tragic). After a...
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    Re: Who can tell me all about JICKY?

    Mr. Storer - I don't have any knowledge about vintage Jicky, but the fragrance is still produced by Guerlain. I tested it at Neiman's a couple of months ago and still have a partial sample of the...
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    First "unsniffed" buy: Ivoire de Balmain

    Inspired by Basenoter comments, I purchased this at perfumeemporium.com.

    I'd read in several places it was a smell-alike for Chanel No. 19. I've tested No. 19 EdT several times, but get put off by...
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    Re: Can you ladies help a guy out?

    I looked up the notes on Polo Blue (cucumber, tangerine, geranium, basil) and then used the Basenotes directory to find:

    Gendarme Green [Gendarme]: Basil, Citrus, Cucumber, Spice (I haven't...
  39. Re: Do you want a new gardenia very green or not?

    I love the scent of a real gardenia flower, but have not been a fan of gardenia perfumes to date. I find that to be true in general with floral fragrances - they end up cloying or metallic. I'd be...
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    Re: Sisley Eau du Soir

    Hi Elisha and welcome! Because this scent is so expensive and somewhat unavailable I've only tried it once...and loved it. It was interesting to compare it on one wrist and Chanel No. 19 on the...
  41. Re: What fragrance revelations have you had recently?

    Opium !!! In the past I just couldn't get past the name. I finally tried just one spray of the EDT and was blown away. It's fairly easy to find discounted, too, and may be a purchase in the fall.
  42. Re: Office wear and general wardrobe suggestion

    My suggestions for office perfume wear:

    1. Make sure to apply whatever you wear with a Very Light Hand. Double-check office policies as some places have a no-frag rule, and others have an...
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    Creed Spring Flower & Ann by Ann Taylor

    Some may recall that I posted a question about the notes in Ann by Ann Taylor some time ago. Today I tested Creed Spring Flower, and think it's in the same general category as Ann - kissin' cousins,...
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    Re: Cologne for 22-yr-old son?

    Many thanks for all the great suggestions! :-*

    I do plan to take him shopping for a suit soon and planned to casually stop at the Saks men's fragrance counter to see whether we could find...
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    Cologne for 22-yr-old son?

    Soon to be a college graduate, and I'd like to get him something clean and fresh to wear to (Hopefully) work. He's currently wearing a LeMale knockoff which I despise with every fiber of my being....
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    Re: A childhood dream smashed to bits

    Chanel No. 5 has an odd, disturbing metallic note to me - I know it's a classic but I simply cannot stand it. At first I thought it was the aldehyde, but I do wear Caleche and Chanel Cristalle which...
  47. Re: Your recommendations for soft, soft floral ple

    In fact, I was surprised at my positive reaction to the 4 Reines but had thought to try it based on the comments on this board. I usually prefer vetiver / chypre notes. The Bulgari Rose is at Sephora...
  48. Re: Your recommendations for soft, soft floral ple

    I can second both Eau de 4 Reines at L'Occitane - very fresh, innocent rose - and Bulgari's Rose Essentielle. I'm not a big floral fan but liked both of those very much. BBW makes "Moonlit Path"...
  49. Re: Parfums Le Guide by Luca Turin translation

    That is truly a magnificent labor of love!

    A minor suggestion under the Bandit description - one would usually say "tremble with fear" rather than "shake of fear." ...And now, of course, I must...
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    Re: Sotd, Sunday  March 19

    Testing L'Artisan's Safrant Troublant.
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    Daim Blond by Serge Lutens

    So I went to Aedes in NYC and all I got was one fantastic perfume and 10 samples...

    Not a gourmand/fruit fan, but Daim Blond (White Suede) EdPmakes me feel virtually edible! The opening hawthorn /...
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    Re: patchouli scented

    Fresh Index Patchouli Pure (notes ginger, bergamot, patchouli, amber per Sephora) is not bad - I don't like this note as a rule but thought this was wearable. This is from a line intended for...
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    Perfume shopping in the Big Apple?

    Headed there next week for a few days. I know about Aedes from this board and the blogs...any other suggestions? AND what would you buy there (except jasmine scents)?
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    Re: "Just got out of the shower" scented perfumes

    J Lo's Glow smells exactly like the old-time Cashmere Bouquet powder to me and is definitely in this category. Many perfumistas have commented that one of my faves, Hermes Caleche, smells like...
  55. Re: L'Heure Bleu: Really, Really Wanted to Like It

    Thanks to all for your suggestions! To clarify - I never got past the scent strip to actually put it on my skin, and it was the EdT, not EdP or parfum. I'll check around for a decant or sample of the...
  56. L'Heure Bleu: Really, Really Wanted to Like It BUT

    Couldn't get past how it smelled on the scent strip! It reminded me of cheap deodorant cakes in bathrooms - and my Beloved One said it smelled like an inexpensive practitioner of the world's oldest...
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    Re: do women like jasmine scents?

    Ummm - not so much for me. My nose finds it heavy and cloying, even with its usual partner, the rose. (I really cannot stand the actual flower in bloom - almost makes me nauseated.) That said, it is...
  58. Re: Please, no more vanilla perfumes! Suggestions.

    I just purchased Caleche (Hermes) - a floral chypre - and seriously considering Hiris (also Hermes). Another I like but haven't yet purchased is Sake (Fresh). These are all widely available on the...
  59. Thread: Help a guy!

    by TexasSnow
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    Re: Help a guy!

    A classic - Dior's Eau Sauvage. And I second Givenchy Pi.
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    Re: Assistance needed

    Wow, you are certainly being thorough! :D :D
    I suggest you check out some perfume blogs - start with http://nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com/...
    There are lots of links from there.
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    Re: Celadon by Estee Lauder

    This was one of a trio of fragrances launched by EL for layering in the late 1970s. The only one that survived was White Linen - I cannot recall the name of the third scent. I only smelled it once,...
  62. Re: Hi, Suggestions for fresh, fruity, florals ple

    If you're looking for citrusy sparkle, I'd suggest one of my faves, Chanel Cristalle. The EDP is more floral than the original EDT formulation, but both are widely available. However, the drydown is...
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    Re: Ann by Ann Taylor

    I appreciate the suggestions! More stuff to try...
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    Re: What have you tested lately?

    Island by Michael Kors. Sweeeeeet with a watery accord, and feels very young to me. Definitely for 18-20-somethings. There are some perfumes that feel youthful and yet elegant - Coco Mademoiselle -...
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    Re: Ann by Ann Taylor

    Why, thank you darlin'. I appreciate your response! :) :)

    I guess Ann Taylor doesn't sell much of this fragrance, or perhaps not many Basenotes members shop there! Perhaps I should start a new...
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    Ann by Ann Taylor

    This is sold in Ann Taylor stores in EDT & lotion. I love it, but it lasts about an hour before disappearing. Has anyone else used this scent? Any suggestions on similar scents?
    My untutored nose...
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