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    Re: Synthetic vs. Natural Perfumery

    Everything is made of chemicals.
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    Re: Perfume solids: Like?

    [sorry, double post; don't see any obvious way to delete]
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    Re: Perfume solids: Like?

    Just a few random thoughts on solid perfumes. ;)

    Like others in this thread, I've loved solid perfumes since my childhood and Avon. :) I still love honeysuckle perfume (of any kind) because of a...
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    Re: Synthetic vs. Natural Perfumery

    Bumping this because it's an issue I've been contemplating a lot, lately.


    You hear this argument in all kinds of areas. What always comes to my mind is that arsenic, deadly nightshade, and a...
  5. Re: Can't send PERFUME from Seattle to Australia???!

    Perfume can be sent internationally (else there wouldn't be any perfume in Australia!), but it has to go by special carrier and with specific packaging, etc. FedEx and UPS can both ship perfumes from...
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    Re: Undenatured alcohol?

    Since my last posting on this thread, I've learned a fair bit about obtaining various kinds of alcohol for perfumery in Australia. Here's the file, which is current as of this posting:
    ...
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    Re: Undenatured alcohol?

    As far as I can tell, the super high proof vodka is the best you can do. Obviously, there is undenatured ethyl alcohol (ethanol) to be had, because people use it in manufacturing and so on, but it...
  8. Re: I'm at another questioning stage, about top, middle and base notes....

    Oh, yeah, you're right. I don't know the standard, either. Open Office does have a database component, but I know so little about it as to say "I don't know anything about it" (only that it exists). ...
  9. Re: I'm at another questioning stage, about top, middle and base notes....

    Gido, the standard database format is for Microsoft Excel, and it's something pretty much anyone should be able to at least read, because there's Open Office, which can read (and create) .xls files....
  10. Re: I'm at another questioning stage, about top, middle and base notes....

    Well, it's still present. It had been nine hours when I wrote that post, that's all. :) It's past 13 hours now, and still quite present. Not quite as strong as it was at first, but only slightly...
  11. Re: I'm at another questioning stage, about top, middle and base notes....

    I have a related question, and since this thread is active... ;)

    How long would one expect a middle note to last on a testing strip/blotter? I know a base note could last for weeks or months...
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    Pink Pepper vs Green Pepper

    I've read that pink pepper EO is basically the same thing as green pepper EO, in that both are made from the unripe peppercorn fruit. There are pink peppercorns, but they're something other than the...
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    Re: Taking suggestions for a new blend

    This has come out pretty well after a bit of aging. I did end up adding a little bit of vetiver (as suggested in this thread), and it was a fantastic addition. :)

    Overall, the fragrance is bright...
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    Re: Taking suggestions for a new blend

    Yes, that's how I see/experience it, as well. I'm very creative and artistic, and working with fragrance is an extraordinary way to express that. I'm still learning the very basics, of course, but in...
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    Re: Pepper / Pepper Corn / Pink Pepper

    I recently read that green pepper and pink pepper are essentially the same thing (i.e., both are unripe peppercorn). Can anyone confirm that or dispel it from my bank of knowledge? Thanks. :)
  16. Thread: Bergamot

    by bonni
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    Re: Bergamot

    Bergamot EO is high in bergapten, which makes it quite phototoxic. Fortunately, it's not hard to find bergapten-free bergamot, and all the ones I've smelled are just as nice as the ones with...
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    Re: Calamus / Sweet Flag Root

    Calamus EO is actually outright banned from sale in some countries. It's on of the International Fragrance Association's banned substances, as well, because there are some indications that it may...
  18. Thread: Cassia

    by bonni
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    Re: Cassia

    Cassia isn't a synthetic (though I suppose there may be a synthetic version of it; I've never seen one). It's Cinnamomum aromaticum, also called Chinese cinnamon.

    It's also one of the oils that...
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    Re: Taking suggestions for a new blend

    Well, I did end up getting some carrot seed. It's pretty interesting. Herbal, very slight carroty smell. I understand the CO2 has a different character, though (I got essential oil).

    I didn't put...
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    Re: Taking suggestions for a new blend

    Good to know. Where would I find the single note reviews? (Been a member here for ages, but wasn't around for a while, and I never found the single-note reviews in all this time!) ;)
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    Re: Taking suggestions for a new blend

    I have Galbanum on hand, and I've been looking for a reason to get some Carrot. Thanks for that. ;)


    Heh. The mental image... errr.... olifactory image of that is amusing for some reason. :)

    ...
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    Taking suggestions for a new blend

    Okay. I've got a blend that I like, and while it's very pleasant (has a nice roselike accord in the heart and very nice woody-sweet base), it's lacking something. I thought I'd ask for input on what...
  23. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List

    I wanted to mention that New Directions also has locations in Australia and the UK.

    http://www.newdirections.com.au/

    http://www.newdirectionsuk.com/
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    SOTD Sunday 30 December 2007

    Lanvin Eclat d'Arpege again. I really like this one, I just wish it had better staying power on my skin. Oh, well, it's nice on a very hot day like today, anyway. ;)
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 29 December 2007

    Actually, I had a shower earlier (because I was hot and sticky) and ended up changing fragrance. :) I'm now wearing Lanvin Eclat d'Arpege, which I like but can only wear when it's hot because of...
  26. Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    I inherited my love of perfume from my grandmother. She was always trying new things. She started wearing Giorgio Beverly Hills in the early eighties when it first came out (and she was in her...
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    SOTD Saturday 29 December 2007

    Good morning! (Morning here as I write this, anyway ;))

    It's going to be very hot today, so I'm wearing Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, which I know will work on my skin in the heat. Nice refreshing...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 26 December

    Mmmm, J'adore.
  29. Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    My husband wears Caron Pour Un Homme because I bought him some. He likes that it's art deco (he's got a fondness for that era) and he likes the way I like it on him. ;)

    Other than that, he's not...
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    SOTD Tuesday 25 December :)

    Happy Festivus! (Yes, I'm a Seinfeld fan ;))

    And in celebration of this most festive of occasions, I'm wearing Joy! :)

    (And I do so have a life! I'm just in the mid-afternoon lull between lunch...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 24 December

    Mmm, I guess it is GMT+11. I keep forgetting about that. ;) (I'm in Melbourne, by the way, we do the Daylight Savings Time thing, I just forget to add it on when I think of GMT.)
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    Re: SOTD Monday 24 December

    Yeah, that whole GMT+10 thing and being on the fashionable side of the International Dateline can be fun. ;)
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    SOTD Monday 24 December

    Merry Christmas Eve (to those of you who celebrate it)!

    I'm wearing Sunflowers. Such a cheerful fragrance. Puts me in a good mood for all the ridiculous wrapping I have yet to do... ;)
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    SOTD Sunday 23 December

    I'm wearing Curious (which is a lovely perfume, despite the reputation of the person whose brand it is ;)).
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    Re: SOTD 22nd December The Shortest Day

    It's actually the LONGEST day here in the Southern Hemisphere (and it's already the 23rd where I am). I wore Charlie Silver, which is nice and light for summer (even though it's unseasonably cold...
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    Re: "I hate perfume. You should outlaw it.......

    Nobody's ever said such a thing to me, happily, but if someone did complain about it, I'd just explain to them that the world is full of clueless people who don't get it and who wear far too much...
  37. Thread: mystery perfume

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    Re: mystery perfume

    It's always possible to politely ask what perfume someone is wearing. I do it regularly, to both men and women. So long as you're ultra polite and it's clear you're not pulling some weird come-on or...
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    Re: Young people/old frags

    My husband wears that classic Art Deco era fragrance, Caron Pour un Homme. He's only 33, but it suits him perfectly, AND he doesn't smell like every other guy in his office. ;)

    bonni
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    Re: SotD Sunday 19 November

    Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers. Such a nice, cheerful fragrance. :)

    bonni
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    SotD Monday 6 November

    I'm wearing that classic of classics, Jean Patou Joy. I don't wear it that often, but some days it just really suits my mood. The top notes are okay, but the middle notes, oh, yum. Soft, soapy,...
  41. Re: Perfumes you like on your skin but not on your clothes

    Uhm, I think I wasn't clear. :)

    I don't put it on my clothes. I put it on my skin, and it comes off onto my clothes, and the "after effect" on the clothes is what I don't like. :)

    bonni
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    SotD Monday 30 October

    It's a lovely warm sunny spring day here in Marvellous Melbourne, and I'm wearing Diorissimo, that fine classic floral.

    bonni
  43. Perfumes you like on your skin but not on your clothes

    Okay, maybe I'm weird, but as much as I love Opium and the way it smells on me, I HATE the way it lingers in my clothes. YUCK! Possibly this is because it reminds me of my mother's closet (I'm...
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    Re: mens colognes we like for ourselves

    Lancome Miracle Pour Homme. I bought it for my husband, and he does wear it occasionally, but I like it enough that I started wearing it, too. Those coffee notes in the middle really do it for me,...
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    Re: Name your sexiest fragrance!

    Oooh, I think Opium. I always get compliments on that one, and my husband quite likes it and will bury his nose in my neck (or, given the chance, my cleavage) when I wear it. ;)

    bonni
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    Re: SotD Saturday 21 October

    Dior Dolce Vita, because, well, life is sweet. :)

    I love, love, LOVE the heliotrope in this.

    bonni
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    Re: SotD Friday 20 October

    Lancome Tresor. No reason, other than I like it. :)

    bonni
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    Re: Basenoters' Wikipedia contributions

    The fragrance is named for the style of sculpture. A kourous is an attractive, althetic, idealised, and very definitely male figure (there's also a female counterpart, I believe it's called korais in...
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    Re: Parfums - Where to buy?

    Good luck on this. There are an awful lot of things that you can't find in Australia for various reasons.

    One thing to try is buying online from a U.S. site that ships internationally (a few do,...
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    SotD Thursday 19 October

    Lovely warm but not quite hot day here in Marvellous Melbourne, and I'm wearing Armani Sensi.

    I can't believe how much I like this perfume, as vanilla is normally not high on the list of scents I...
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    Re: What Dior is this?

    Yup, I'd go with Diorissimo, too. Diorissmo is very floral, based around the lily of the valley, but with some other white flowers in there for good measure and I always detect something like lilac...
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    SotD Wednesday 18 October

    Donna Karan, Black Cashmere.

    I love the saffron note in this. Very unusual, and extremely appealing.

    bonni
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 17 October

    Estee Lauder, Beyond Paradise. Don't wear it often, but every now and then it really hits the spot. Love that honeysuckle. Mmm.

    bonni
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    Re: Fragrance Wholesalers

    All of the companies I've worked with require a reseller number of some sort (license number, tax number, etc.).

    bonni
  55. Thread: Alway wondered

    by bonni
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    Re: Alway wondered

    Well, it is possible to buy wholesale from distributors. Depending on the particular fragrance, you can still make a profit and sell for considerably below retail (but, as I say, it depends on the...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 15 October

    Miracle Pour Homme. Even though I'm not un homme. I love the coffee notes in the middle. Mmmmmm.

    bonni
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    Re: TGIF! SotD Friday 13 October

    Guerlain Mahora.

    I don't wear it often, but I was in the mood today for something exotic, and Mahora certainly fits that bill!

    bonni
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    Re: SotD Thursday 12 October

    It's ridiculously hot here today, quite unseasonably so.

    However, one good thing about hot days is that I can wear certain fragrances that don't last on me when it's cold (something about my...
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    Re: Remember When: Teenage Faves

    I wore Charlie. Everyone wore it, so did I. I still have a little bottle of it (not dating back to the 70s, though), and I do wear it now and then.

    I also wore Jontue quite a lot, and various...
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    Re: Help choosing fragrance for wife

    Miss Dior? It's definitely not sweet (and I believe it is a chypre; someone will correct me if I'm wrong).

    Oh, and the original Miss Dior, not Miss Dior Cherie, which I can just about guarantee...
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    SotD Wednesday 11 October

    It's a gorgeous, warm, sunny spring day here in Marvellous Melbourne, so I'm wearing something sunny and springlike: Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers.

    :)

    bonni
  62. Re: Favorite Smells you won't find in your fragrance collection.

    Freshly cut grass (though I understand that Elizabeth Arden's "Bluegrass" comes close).

    Roasting meat, especially if it's seasoned with garlic.

    Curry.

    The odd, mixed up fragrance of spices...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 10 October

    Lovely warm spring day here in Marvellous Melbourne, and I'm wearing Lancome Miracle (including a generous application of the scented cream on my arms and legs and then a nice top layer of the EDP). ...
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    Re: New to Fragrances, Recommendations?

    Hmmm. This might or might not suit you, but maybe Armani Sensi. It's got citrus top notes (the fragrance that you experience when you first put it on and for the first half hour or so), then goes...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 3 October

    I'm wearing Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds. I don't know why. Just felt like a super floral 80s Power Fragrance, I guess. :)

    bonni
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    Re: What makes you the happiest?

    Dior Dolce Vita
    Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers

    Also Dior Miss Dior. It's not really a "happy" fragrance, but it reminds me tremendously of my grandmother from a very early time of my life (so the...
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    Re: SotD Sunday 13 August

    Dior Dolce Vita.

    Mmmm. Heliotrope...

    bonni
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    If you could only use one design house...

    Hypothetical situation.... If the great god(dess) of perfume told you that you could only use fragrances from ONE design house for the rest of your life (Chanel, Lancome, Creed, Estee Lauder, etc....
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    Re: Let's pretend....

    At one time, I would have named another, but I think now I'd have to go with Dior Dolce Vita. On me, it's nearly perfect in every way.

    bonni
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    Re: whoops, nevermind (seriously, null post)

    Oh, I made a post and then realized I was totally full of ... something. :) Just a bit confused today (too much multi-tasking). :)

    Yay for Sensi and for Tresor! Sensi is the only vanilla-based...
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    whoops, nevermind (seriously, null post)

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    Re:  Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    One that I've been wearing quite a bit lately is Miracle Pour Homme. It's got coffee notes in the middle that I just adore, and my husband doesn't wear it often enough, so I've taken to wearing it,...
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    Re: SotD Thursday 15 June

    Spiced Green Tea.

    bonni
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    Re: Ideas for a fourteen year old young lady

    I know one of the first things I'd look into for a young lady of that age is Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers. It's light, not too complicated, and a very pleasant, fresh, "cheerful" kind of fragrance.
    ...
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    SotD Wednesday 14 June

    I'm wearing Donna Karan Black Cashmere for the first time. I bought it "unsmelled" based on recommendations I got here. Mmmmmm, yummy incense-y scent. Very, very pleasant.

    It's really cold and...
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    Re: SotD Saturday 22 April

    Vivienne Westwood Boudoir.

    I didn't really like this one the first time I wore it, but it's really growing on me. It's got a kind of soft leathery thing (it's probably not an actual leather note,...
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    Re: Males Wearing Female Fragrances.

    Agree 100%. Just like when I used to wear Hawk and got lots of compliments on it. Nobody even recognized that it was a "male" fragrance. :)

    And if you WERE dating a fragrance nut and she...
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    Re: Drugstore sniffing

    I agree 100%.

    As for Jean Nate, hey, what's wrong with it? If you like it and it works for you, I say wear it! No reason you have to spend a fortune and be oh-so-exclusive to smell great!

    I...
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    SotD Friday 21 April

    I'm having an Opium day. I love this fragrance when the weather is cool, particularly if it's raining (and it is). Mmmm. Spiiicy....

    ;)

    bonni
  80. Thread: Common Fakes?

    by bonni
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    Re: Common Fakes?

    How to spot a fake:

    http://www.perfume.com.au/cgi-bin/ccp51/cp-app.cgi?&pg=aboutus#consumer

    That's on an Australian site, but it holds true for anywhere.

    I sell perfumes on eBay and I'd be...
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    Re: Scent-challenged Newbie...hello and help!

    That could actually be a good thing, though. Once you find one that works (all the way to the end! *shakes finger*) you'd have a really unique scent, and that's a very nice thing.



    I used to...
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    Re: Roll-on VS. Atomizer for decants

    :) :D ;D
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    Re: Males Wearing Female Fragrances.

    My Aussie husband had no idea what I meant when I said "Eeeuuww! Cooties!" I explained the concept to him and he said, "Ah. Girl germs. Gotcha."

    :D

    bonni
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    Re: Males Wearing Female Fragrances.

    And boys are dumb.

    ;D

    bonni
  85. Thread: Common Fakes?

    by bonni
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    Re: Common Fakes?

    Chanel, Dior, Creed, Lancome, you name it, people counterfeit it.

    Because I sell perfumes, I've occasionally been approached by "businesses" offering to sell me perfume at outrageously cheap...
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    Re: New Leather Purse Smell

    LOL! That would take me back to my days as a would-be biker chick! *giggle*

    bonni
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    Re: LIVID ~ LIVID ~ LIVID!!!!!!!

    That's it right there.

    Just a couple weeks ago I had a buyer who purchased a pair of earrings from me. They were correctly listed as "South Sea shell pearl earrings" and there was a picture and...
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    Re: LIVID ~ LIVID ~ LIVID!!!!!!!

    I see the point that it's in the "bottles" catagory rather than the "fragrances" catagory, but would it honestly be THAT difficult for sellers to put in a simple note in the listing along the lines...
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    Re: LIVID ~ LIVID ~ LIVID!!!!!!!

    If you're in the States and he's in the UK, you'll probably win. The buyer usually does, but Americans usually win over any other nationality (because PayPal are like that).

    bonni
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    Re: Roll-on VS. Atomizer for decants

    Technically, introducing your body oils to a fragrance can cause chemical reactions that might be unpleasant. It's probably not actually going to be a BIG issue, and if it's a decant anyway, you'll...
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    New Leather Purse Smell

    I love the smell of real leather. Boots, jackets, purses. (Possibly, this is part of why I used to date bikers ;)).

    Anyway, I've got a new leather purse at the moment and it smells so good, I was...
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    Re: Your mother's fragrance?

    I've got a new leather purse. It still has that fabulous smell. Mmmm. I may have to look into Dzing.... I seriously LOVE the smell of leather (to the point of it being perhaps slightly, uhm.......
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    Re: Your mother's fragrance?

    My mother had a lot of perfumes, but she really had no idea what smelled good on her, I think. It was very hit or miss.

    She did wear Tigress, which I loved and would "borrow" (without her...
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    Re: In praise of  l-o-n-g-e-v-i-t-y

    Opium. I find that if I shower with the scented shower gel, then put on the lotion, and then the EDT on top, it lasts and lasts and lasts. Just today I got in the car and got a whiff of Opium as I...
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    Re: My favorite Caron

    My favorite is Caron Pour Un Homme, but only when my husband wears it. On me, it's okay. On him, it's FANSTASTIC. ;D

    bonni
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    Re: had to log back in for this...

    The thing is, there ARE legitimate perfume sellers on eBay. I'm one of them, and I know many others.

    bonni
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    Re: had to log back in for this...

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    Re: had to log back in for this...

    Chanel on eBay is a very, very dangerous proposition.

    First of all, it's hard to get Chanel perfumes from any distributor, and Chanel are very, VERY picky about who they'll sell direct to (and...
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    Re: SotD Monday, April 17

    Early in the day, I wore Dolce Vita. Then, after a nap and a bit of a wash, I felt the urge for Tresor, and that's what I'm wearing now.

    My two favorite perfumes in the same day! :)

    bonni
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    Re: Chemistry (and Tabu)

    No, I haven't tried it, but I'm going to put it on my list. ;D Thanks for the tip!

    bonni
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