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  1. Re: Postumo' splits - creeds / tom fords / amouage / masque... Worldwide

    ignore
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    Eau d'Italie

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26126505.html
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    Re: Your Favorite Rosemary Fragrances

    Platinum Egoiste
  4. Re: Different Co, Cartier, Lutens, Histoires de Parfums, Frederic Malle, Guerlain, Amouage, by Kilia

    20mL of Jubilation, please.
  5. Re: L´ Ombre dans l´ eau ,the shadow in the water

    L'Ombre, Tarocco and Tam Dao are the best Diptyques.
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    Just got my sample. The spicy aspects and the ginger are the best part.

    It doesn't matter that it's unoriginal, because it's so well-made and handsome.
  7. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    This thread reminded me of a certain Arrested Development scene ('Split! split! split! split!'), so I roughly tabulated the posts. This excel sheet provides a rough idea as to what is viable for...
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    Re: Amouage Interlude's EPIC longevity!!!

    Where can I sample VII? Luckyscent haven't got a sampling option (something I'm noticing more and more, unfortunately).
  9. Re: what makes clive christian scents so expensive?

    Marketing
  10. Re: Amouage Opus Collection 1 , 2 ,3 ,4 , 5 ,6 ??

    IV and VI.
  11. Re: If I like Amouage Jubilation, Epic, Interlude & Songe d'un Bois d'Ete

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26124176.html
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26128922.html
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26129622.html (essentially an earlier draft of Jubilation)...
  12. Sticky: Re: Which fragrances would people appreciate being split?

    Menthe Fraiche
    Cardinal
    Any Duchaufour
    Serge Lutens La Myrrhe
  13. Re: Bertrand Duchaufour's Latest: Enchanted Forest

    I loved the blackcurrant note in Paestum, so I've got high hopes.
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    Re: Incense please....

    Cardinal
    Ouazazarte (CDG Incense series)
    Jubilation XXV
    Dzonghka
  15. Re: New Fragrances: Comme des Garcons Play Red, Green & Black

    Black's garbage. Red's pretty ordinary. The Green I could get to like: there's a sense of confectionery amidst the flowers and the herbs I find quite cheeky.
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    Re: Opus VI by Amouage

    Oudy-ambery-cardamomy; quite good. Patchouli's tame, thankfully.

    There has to be a molecule in this common to eucalyptus as well.
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    Re: Opus VI by Amouage

    IV and I were worth talking about.
  18. Re: Challenge: Whole wardrobe from 1 perfumer only

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    Sienne, Jubilation, Timbuktu, Dzonghka, Kyoto, Cipresso Toscana.

    The only other possibility would be Buxton: Pasha, Scent 79, 2 Man, Ouazarzate.
  19. Re: Challenge: Whole wardrobe from 1 perfumer only

    http://image.bayimg.com/haocgaadc.jpg

    Sienne, Jubilation, Timbuktu, Dzonghka, Kyoto, Cipresso Toscana.

    The only other possibility would be Buxton: Pasha, Scent 79, 2 Man, Ouazarzate.
  20. Thread: Le Labo

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    Re: Le Labo

    Bergamote, Vetiver and, whilst I'll never buy it, Poivre.
  21. Re: Amouage Memoir Man is starting to seduce me

    Woman's better; and that's coming from a bloke.
  22. Re: New Fragrances: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numéro (City Exclusives)

    10 comes across as Duchaufour taking the piss out of his own style.

    I'm loving 6, though.
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    Re: Amouage Opus iv.

    I'm roadtesting my first mini-decant after nursing a sample for many monnths. The best features are the elemi-coriander heart and (subdued) cumin-cedar drydown.

    In fact I'd say elemi is the star...
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    Re: Eau d'Italie - Jardin du Poète

    L'Eau de Tarocco's restless younger sister.
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    Re: Any other Serge Lutens I must try?

    Douce Amere and Fleur d'Oranger are the ones I still pay attention to.

    I've tried about a third of the export line plus Myrrhe, Chene, Mauresque; and I find the range frankly a bit full of itself...
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    Re: Something niche , something green

    http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg695/scaled.php?server=695&filename=anvers2edt1.jpg&res=medium
  27. Re: Help with some niche sampling suggestions

    Dyptique: L'Eau de Tarocco
    Ormonde Jayne: Ormonde Jayne Man
    Comme des Garcons: 2 Man, Ouarzazate
    Heeley: Cardinal, Cuir Pleine Fleur, L'Esprit du Tigre
    Frapin: 1697 EDP (from the man who brought...
  28. Re: Guerlain , Hermès and old Chanel stuff could be considered niche?

    I've spent over $600 on so-called 'niche' samples from Luckyscent and others over the past two years, and I'm telling you the wheat:chaff ratio is the same as you'd get with lines sold in department...
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    Poll: Re: Which Amouage?

    I'd buy 5mL decants of each and road-test them properly.

    Also let me suggest something completely different, much cheaper and almost guaranteed to impress you if you enjoy the likes of Epic and...
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    Re: Le Labo to try...

    Bergamote and Poivre.
  31. Re: Poivre 23 by Le Labo exclusive to Liberty of London

    VERY handsome. Rich, creamy pepper-cedar. It actually succeeds in making pepper sexy.

    If you're partial to:

    SL Chene
    CDG Kyoto
    EDI Bois d'Ombrie...
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    Re: Fragrances with Absinthe/Wormwood?

    +1 for Douce Amere. Fou d'Absinthe ain't nuthin compared to it.
  33. Re: Vetiver 48 is Dead. Long Live Vetiver 48. Let's Talk About It.

    Kinda referring to the names, though
  34. Re: Incense, vanilla, tobacco, spices or (I don't know!)... whatever that fits me!...

    Tobacco Vanille is a poor man's Havana Vanille (L'Artisan). Track down a sample of the latter. The construction's much better and the tobacco molecule used is nicer.
  35. Re: Vetiver 48 is Dead. Long Live Vetiver 48. Let's Talk About It.

    Allow me to make a replacement suggestion :p
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    Re: Perfumes & Watches - I own / I wish

    This is the only watch I've ever wanted. Too bad prices start at $48,000.

    http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/6789/ulyssenardinsonata3.jpg
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    Re: Caron's Third Man: Anything like it?

    Platinum Egoiste.
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    Re: Impressions of Bois 1920 Sandalo E The

    Sandalwood and tea don't play well together, was the lasting impression I got of it.
  39. Re: Anything like Fleurs d'Oranger by serge lutens?

    Missy, My last Luckyscent order included a bottle purchase along with requested samples. At checkout I also requested complimentary samples of scents with no formal 'Sample' option on their pages,...
  40. Re: Recommend a fragrance for the person above you based on wardrobe

    Sebadov,

    Mark Birley for Men (Luckyscent does samples)
    Michael Kors for Men (department store)
  41. Thread: Niche

    by Hide & Reason
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    Re: Niche

    There's frankly no difference between the crap to bottleworthy ratios of either market sector. I did a comprehensive sample audit the other day, all of it so-called 'niche' juice. Culled 90 per...
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    Re: Frederic Malle for men

    Une Fleur de Cassie and L'Eau d'Hiver are my favourites from what Malles I've tried. I don't like Noir Epices or Geranium Pour Monsieur at all, while Vetiver Extraordinaire is pleasant but...
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    Re: What Should This Noob Sample Next?

    CDG Artek Standard
    CDG Incence Series: Ouazazarte (my favourite of this series)
    Amouage Jubulation XXV
    Le Labo Vetiver 46 (very sleek pepper-vetiver)

    If I may comment on some of the...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: November 2010

    http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/179/jickypdt.jpg

    $65. My first Guerlain, too.
  45. Re: Eau d' Italie Baume du Doge - Any reviews?

    Baume is a confectionery incense. I love it off the wrist, but have yet to wear it. I don't consider it a 'draft' of Jubilation at all.
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    Re: Speak to me of Bois 1920

    Bois 1920's one of the better 'Italianate' houses out there. It's a darn sight better than the likes of Profumum, Acqua di Biella and Mazzolari.

    The line does have a very strong signature aroma...
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    Re: Lilac: forgotten?

    Lilac isn't popular because, like several other aromas, it's been victim to character assassination through over-employment in other consumer products. Cosmetic chemists know there's no market for a...
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    Re: Your takes on Sutra Ylang (Bois 1920)

    It's a hard one to pin down, Sutra. I've always received amber and bergamot impressions above anything else, but I also recognise its herbal and floral facets. The whole thing's a model of warmth...
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    Re: Suggestions: Melancholy fragrance

    http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9166/6720.jpg

    The olfactory equivalent of a Paul Gauguin painting.
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    Re: The Perfumed Court alternatives?

    Does it take longer than 40 seconds?
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    The Perfumed Court alternatives?

    I've been having trouble getting TPC to finalise my orders.

    When I go to confirm, the next page doesn't load. I check my bank account, however, and I see debit lines numbering however many times...
  52. Re: Comme des Garcon Incense Series: AVIGNON

    Avignon and Ouarzazarte are my favourites from the Incense series. Kyoto is too nondescript. Zagorsk is too nostril-crunchingly resinous. Jaisalmer is essentially an olfactory stereotype.
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    Re: Rank your frags: First to last

    1. Sienne l'Hiver
    2. Egoiste
    3. Cardinal
    4. Douce Amere
    5. ck One
    5. Sushi Imperiale
    6. Encre Noire
    7. Opium PH
    8. Michael for Men
    9. Bois Farine
  54. Another Cardinal nutcase reporting in. Creed and...

    Another Cardinal nutcase reporting in. Creed and Penhaligon's ain't got nothin' on Heeley. Great range, but I still want to know the noses behind the perfumes.
  55. Re: Heeley - Oranges and Lemons, say the Bells of St. Clement's

    St Clements and Menthe Fraiche are the only Heeleys I've yet to try.

    They're simply the best British perfume house going round.
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    Re: 3 perfumes from new Alexa Lixfeld

    003's okay. You can tell it's an ambitious concept upon first sniff. The bergamot-rosemary is a tad too aggressive. There's not really any pepper or vanilla in it, but the patch and cinammon are...
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    Re: Rhubarb as a fragrance note

    For realism, Rhubarb from CDG's Sherbet series. For sheer originality, Anvers 2.
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    Re: Best fragrance with a mint note

    LV's Piper Nigrum!
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    Re: The Opium Question

    Seconding Sushi Imperiale from the Bois 1920 range. Opium will immediately spring to mind upon first sniff, but spend time with it and you'll realise it's its own perfume. It lacks the blackberry...
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    Re: L'Artisan Al Oudh

    I smell so much Dzongkha in Al Oudh it's not funny. Probably that signature Duchaufour fixative coming through, but it's uncanny.

    Like all his L'Artisan work it's slightly more subdued and sullen...
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    Sample fatigue

    Latest parcel arrived in the mail today:


    Mark Buxton Black Angel - rubbish
    Annick Goutal Eau de Sud - rubbish
    Amouage Jubilation XXV - good
    Acqua di Biella Baraja - rubbish
    Heeley Sel Marin...
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    Re: 4 Lutens Fragrances Discontinued

    Offing Douce Amere is a tragedy. It's easily one of the top five in the Lutens range.
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    Re: Buyer Beware - The Perfumed Court (dot) Com

    I've been unable to place TPC orders for a while now. When I finalise, the next pages brings up some red text saying there was an 'error' with the form details. I go to check my bank details, and...
  64. Re: Which perfumer is CURRENTLY making the best fragrances?

    Duchaufour. Never boring (Harissa, Timbuktu, Mechant Loup), often miraculous (Sienne l'Hiver, Paestum Rose).
  65. Re: Help find a scent; Old catholic church. What is it?

    Cardinal. It has a radiant, airy sweetness to it that I never tire of. Vetiver, labdanum ciste and the faintest patchouli arise during the drydown. Probably my favourite incense.
  66. Re: Would love some amber/incense niche recommendations before ordering samples.

    For the love of god, include Heeley's Cardinal in your cart. Incense, amber, patchouli and the faintest nick of vetiver. In spite of the latter aromas it's a resolutely sunny perfume.
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    Re: Cigarettes = Anosmia

    The sole olfactory benefit of smoking is that you become more or less anosmic to ciggie smoke itself - possibly the most all-permeating odour chemists have ever created.

    I've smelled my neighbour...
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    Re: Recommend a pepper?

    TDC's Un Parfum de Sens et Bois.

    It's too pricey for a full bottle, but if you can find it available for decant, go for it. It's my new favourite pepper scent. Very clean, and the violet...
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    Re: Heeley's Cuir Pleine Fleur

    Does anyone know the creators behind the Heeley perfumes? Or are they done by some anonymous Firmenich lab, perhaps?
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    Re: Most Over-Rated Fragances

    Chergui.

    On the front page alone, there's a thread whose title calls it a 'masterpiece'. In the context of other Lutens juices it's not especially interesting, but it is quite pleasant. It's...
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    Re: Sienne L'hiver

    Sort-of gourmand, sort-of green, sort-of floral. Totally brilliant.

    I've spent a lot of time with it, and I get only the barest wood aromas. Much more prominent to my nose is the hay,...
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    Re: Profumum Roma.

    EDI and Bois 1920 have vastly better products on offer. See my ratings below for those I've tried, and consider that they ask no less than A$300 a bottle.

    Alba (**)
    Antico Caruso (*)
    Aqua di...
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    Re: Today I bought - December 2009

    Bought a 10mL decant of Cardinal, which I still believe outshines Avignon as an airier, warmer, positively translucent take on incense (please forgive me, Lord Duchaufour).

    ...
  74. Re: Designer or Niche: A Reevaluation (very long post)

    The original post just goes to show what an artifical dichotomy the niche-designer meme is. The only context where it actually means anything is when you're talking about market exposure. Ask a...
  75. Re: Bud Perfumes: An Australian Niche Company

    Great pricing, packaging, names, and the perfumes sound rather original.



    Except that site design, though. Did they pay a relative at high school $100 to do that after-hours?
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    Re: The Ultimate Men's Niche Fragrance?

    Either Bert Duchaufour's best perfume,
    http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/6991/43202.jpg


    Or Mark Buxton's.
    http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/9378/0026911cdgman2spray.jpg
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    Re: Cuir Cordoba

    Violet plus elemi had me intrigued so I bought a sample. There's a few conventionally masculine aromas in it, but the sum total is something distinctly female. As an impression of suede it's great,...
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    Re: Lime scented frags?

    L'Artisan Navegar - spicy and somewhat anaemic;
    M. Micallef White Sea - full-bodied lime due to the amber-patchouli base
  79. Re: Ok guys help me out...Tobacco Vanille or Chergui??? I can't make up my mind!

    Chergui's one of the more overrated Lutenses around here. Get TV or perhaps explore the SL line a bit further.
  80. Re: Suggestion for a high class, really modern, evening, masculine, oriential

    This. Amber-sandalwood with faint cardamom and citrus hints. Luckyscent's marketing copy actually summarises it quite well: burnished orange silk. I've been testing my sample for the past few...
  81. Re: Suggestion for a high class, really modern, evening, masculine, oriential

    What's your price range?
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    Re: Cologne Shopping in Australia

    Use the Fragrances Wanted board. Use trusted/top-rated sellers on ebay. Buy samples from Luckyscent and the Perfume Shoppe (latter offers five samples for CAD $15, which is good value despite the...
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    Re: Today I bought ** November 2009 **

    A half-full bottle of Sushi Imperiale, a very smart oriental gourmand:

    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/222/boissushi.jpg

    For US$42!
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    Re: The Fruity Chypre

    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7206/anvers2.jpg

    Bergamot, citrus, pepper, basil, rhubarb, rose, jasmine, lily, cedar, vetiver, musk, amber, oakmoss, olibanum
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    Re: Best italian fragrance for men

    In this one thread alone there's several definitions of 'Italian'. Namely, is the company's history grounded in Italy? is the style of the range recognisably Italinate? are the perfumers Italians? ...
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    Re: the location = fragrance game!

    For Gweilin, the tart lushness of PG Yuzu Ab Irato.

    Here's something a little tricker: Melbourne.
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    Re: Paestum Rose or Rose 31 or...?

    My favourite thing about Paestum is the rose-blackcurrant pairing. The pepper just makes it more bracing.
  88. Thread: Spicy!

    by Hide & Reason
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    Re: Spicy!

    Amazing. No one has yet mentioned Ouarzazate...
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    Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Received my sample today (cheers, gupts). Extraordinarily up-to-date vetiver, and I like the citrus-oakmoss double act, but it's not bottleworthy. Reminiscent of MPG's Racine, albeit clean-shaven...
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    Re: New fragrance by CDG & Artek - Standard

    Here's a half-serious proposal for a new CDG Series which I will call 'Jungle' for lack of a better moniker -

    Lion (majestic animalic)
    Hyena (ashen violet-vetiver)
    Monsoon (warm, milky green)...
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    Re: Bold statement

    Making a statement != fumigation. Especially when it comes to the Ink bottle. Spray it three or four times, get noticed. Spray it seven or eight, get evicted.
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    Re: The most masculine Serge Lutens

    Surely Serge Noire. But it also happens to be terrible.
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    Re: Reasons why you like sweet scent(s)?

    To me the primary criterion is balance. If a perfume's just an onslaught of the saccharine, I'm going to recoil.. If there's something else in the mix providing a third (or even, sometimes, second)...
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    Re: The most masculine Serge Lutens

    The exclusively 'masculine' Lutenses also tend to be the range's worst examples. Gris Clair is an ugly, leaden lavender. Serge Noire is just an ill-disciplined mess. I know what you're thinking -...
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    Re: Scent similar to michael kors?

    If you're more attracted to the fruit and spice over the medicine and suede, do try Baume du Doge.
  96. Re: I need help purchasing a new winter scent

    Michael. It's always compelling and bloody good value.

    Just use two sprays.
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    Re: My first batch order

    Is there a cheaper online decants option than TPC?
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    The charisma of violet

    I'm after violet recommendations.

    To provide a bit of a reference, I recently got to know Biehl Parfum's mb02, something of which I'm certainly very fond, but have yet to go full-bottle. One of...
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    Re: Eny love for Eau d`Italie?

    Take a look at my avatar.

    The only ho-hum juice in the range is the house mix, Eau d'Italie. And by ho-hum I mean merely pleasant, which should tell you something. It's just a consistently...
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    Re: Ulrich Lang - Nightscape

    I really love this line. Reasonable prices, comparatively modest marketing and most importantly, quality over quantity in terms of the juices (hi, Profumum). Here's hoping Nightscape's as charming...
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