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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    If chlorophyll cools the skin, then it probably means it's highly irritating and shouldn't be in skincare. Which of course wouldn't prevent skincare companies in using it for marketing purposes (as...
  2. Re: Best all season perfume for tropical climate (India)

    For hot an humid, I think vetivers work quite well. They are fresh, long lasting, and can be quite elegant. Guerlain vetiver is a classic, but there are many other vetivers.

    cacio
  3. Re: Seeking scents for my wife, must be light and non-floral

    I have not tried the specific flanker of Alien. Alien per se is quite floral. But there are many floral smells, so it could be that she's thiniking about other floral smells.

    In any case, when...
  4. Re: can anyone talk about Aramis 900, Tuscany and Devin in terms of their performance?

    My mom wore (and still wears) Aromatics Elixir too.
  5. Re: can anyone talk about Aramis 900, Tuscany and Devin in terms of their performance?

    My new Aramis 900 smells good but it doesn't last that long-so you definitely have to reapply. However, I don't do 5 sprays, but more like 2-3, so perhaps that's what makes the difference. Or perhaps...
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    Thanks for the juicy pics!

    Evidently the material du jour existed even then... chlorophyll is probably due for a comeback in skincare soon.

    Also, noticing the add that described the shockingly...
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    I'd be curious about a chloro-cologne too!

    I hadn't known about the flask bottle of Si'-Schiaparelli certainly had a knack for bottle as well.

    cacio
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    Re: Can you find the hidden unicorn?

    Yep-as cook.bot was saying. If in perfect condition, these would be real gems. But one has to account for the (substantial risk). so the buyer is a wealthy collector who is willing to bear the risk....
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    Re: A gift for my mom

    On the green side, I was thinking about the other Chanel, Cristalle (especially in the eau verte version). But perhaps she knows it already.
  10. Re: Powerhouse Fragrances - two that brought to my knees

    I have not tried the two you mention and so now I am curious.

    Hard to think about anything stronger than Interlude. Boadicea Complex comes to mind, an intense leather, and Beaufort Tonnerre,...
  11. Thread: LUSH Fragrances

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    Re: LUSH Fragrances

    Wow, there seem to be many more than I have tried.

    anyway, from the ones I know, my favorites are:
    Breath of God: combo of smoky and superfresh
    Smuggler's soul: fresh vetiver with a touch of...
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    Re: How to pick black dress shoes

    Weird that they didn't have. This should be the staple of formalwear, ie the bread and butter of such stores. Perhaps it's christmas time and they are exhausting their stock/bringing in christmas...
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    Re: Who know lush Death and decay?

    I haven't tried the beaufort. Death and decay to my nose is predominantly a floral that soon moves into a quiet tonka-heliotropin drydown, and that suggests neither death nor decay (although some...
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    Re: Top 10 women's fragrances for $60 or less

    Thanks! Good to know.
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    Re: Top 10 women's fragrances for $60 or less

    Calandre is one of my favorite perfumes. But sadly I have never seen it at discounters.
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    Re: Citrus on a cold Winter’s day

    Another vote for New York Intense. Not a citrus per se, but puts together a citrus with a warmer drydown.

    cacio
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    Re: Top 10 women's fragrances for $60 or less

    Estee Lauder Youth Dew comes to mind. Also, thinking at what's usually available at TJ max and the like, Anais Anais can usually be found for very little there.
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    Poll: Re: Reflection Man vs Myths Man | Amouage

    I prefer Myths because more unique. However, I don't think that either is really the best amouage.
  19. Re: Adding a winter fragrance to the office rotation

    Welcome!

    I find that Egoiste (the regular Egoiste, not Platinum Egoiste) is perfect for the winter, very warm and not citrusy. It's really about warm woods and vanilla. it is however a touch...
  20. Re: What is your worst used fragrance purchase experience?

    As with others, there's the occasional vintage diluted with something else. Luckily not too often.
    But probably the worse case was a Schiaparelli Shocking torso shipped as is (ie with the glass...
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    Re: Sample Pass: THE ZOO

    Interesting about your view of Community. Luckily, I did not think about Carrillon pour un ange, which I find quite somber and not entirely successful. Community to me is a variation on the classic...
  22. Thread: Candle questions

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    Re: Candle questions

    Unfortunately not easy to find in the US, but another brand that's worth checking is Parfums de Nicolai.

    cacio
  23. Thread: Eric Buterbaugh

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    Re: Eric Buterbaugh

    Thanks for the info. A hyacinth has certainly my attention, there are so few of them around and I like the smell.
    I'll have to look for them as well. I hope they don't cost as much as his actual...
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    Re: Fallen in love with two

    To me, Rien is about the animalics: warm, wild, intense, musky. 1740 is warm, but more refined, with gourmand touches (from the immortelle). So to some extent it depends also on where you are...
  25. Re: I have two questions about polo green and Caron line ups..

    Joe

    to my nose, Zino and Yatagan are quite different. Yatagan is dark and animalic, with a striking vegetable top.
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    Re: Fragrance Recommendation

    Something warm and gourmand, like Lubin Korrigan.
  27. Re: I have two questions about polo green and Caron line ups..

    Re the Caron, they are classic and I think you're going to like them. Troisieme is a clean fougere, not too aromatic. Pour un homme is lavender and vanilla. Yatagan is darker and woody, more chypre....
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    Re: Looking for specific decanting supplies

    I've bought from bestbottles.com and they have a good selection.

    cacio
  29. Thread: Classic Top 3?

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    Re: Classic Top 3?

    3 is just too few for any such list. Your3 would certainly be in most lists.

    Mitsouko cones to mind as a contender. L’origan as well,although it is now forgotten.
  30. Re: Vintage perfumes - question for the experts, what to keep ?

    Welcome! I too would keep all. My favorite in your set is diorissimo, which is perfect for the spring.

    I have a personal dislike for champagne. I’m over sensitive to a material in there. But most...
  31. Re: Chanel Paris Deauville and the rest of their Paris series?

    Agree with hednic. Pleasant for about 5 seconds, then too light and go away immediately.
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    Re: Eldo Rein Incense

    Love it, both regular and incense version. Deep animalic leather.

    Sold out at some stores, but I think pretty much in production and likely available from their website.

    cacio
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    Re: Best female scents for under or around $60

    In the US, sometimes TJ maxx or the like have very inexpensive stuff. For instance, over the past year or so, I have seen Elizabeth Arden Green Tea for little there. I think it fits the desired...
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    Re: Newly interested in the world of fragrance

    Welcome!

    I cannot think of a good public source of perfume classifications you can easily check. But if you read the reviews here on BN, you should be able to infer what a perfume is.

    cacio
  35. Re: Easygoing White Florals for a Beginner? Lys 41 thoughts?

    I agree that le labo lys is very easy to wear. For lily, as others said, lys mediterrane is more quirky. It’s a masculine aquatic base with lily on top. Will work if you like aquatics.

    Talking...
  36. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    Testers can certainly go off. The perfume that remains in the plastic tube can always react badly. And testers could have been kept in bad conditions, under warm lights.

    However, as you have seen,...
  37. Re: Rien & Rien Intense Incense are the same scent (opinion)

    I find them different at the beginning. The incense intense has something dry and sharp, as hednic noticed, and I take hat to be some incense. But it’s true that it is difficult to detect anything...
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    Re: How has Malle Fared, Post-Lauder?

    I think that there were some reformulations, because of further IFRA restrictions, but overall I think the brand is doing well.

    EL did give the brand broader distribution, at least in the US.
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    Re: New to Basenotes but collecting for a while....

    Welcome! I hope you'll be contributing to the discussions on the formum.
  40. Re: What are some good Vanilla scents for under $100.

    Caron pour un homme. Very classic, vanilla and lavender.
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood

    Re: Bois des iles, I don' think marketing matters-and I didn't know that the different concentration are marketed differently.
    Parfum is more expensive and people rarely buy it, so I think it more...
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    Re: Mysore Sandalwood

    As mikeperez was saying, Mysore sandalwood is not IFRA restricted. Not that IFRA wouldn't love to ban it, but simply, it's unavailable, having been overharvested, and it has been so for a long time....
  43. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    Strange description for Egoiste, but everything is possible. People have mentioned reformulations, so who knows.
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    Re: back-ups storage question

    The box will protect against the light, but it won't do much for temperature.
    Still, it's not that you need to keep at perfect temperatures. Simply avoid places that get too hot (>30C) or are very...
  45. Thread: T K Maxx

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    Re: T K Maxx

    Unfortunately no Merchant of venice at TJ maxx here. They had restocked stuff for Christmas, but nothing of interest. (Last year, they had a lot of Miller Harris).
  46. Re: looking for the best masculine chocolate fragrance

    L'Oprofumo in Florence has a very nice and dry chocolate centric perfume called Criollo. Unfortunately, I don't think the line is sold outside of Florence.
  47. Re: Fendi by Fendi sadly discontinued but I found an identical frag!!

    The first time a knockoff actually smells good...

    cacio
  48. Re: The Wardrobe Quest -- Would You Give me Your Input and Help With Balance, Please?

    Some leathers are harsh or smoky, and some are very smooth, suedelike and soft. Softer like include Chanel Cuir de Russie, or, in mainstream, Bottega Veneta.
  49. Re: The Wardrobe Quest -- Would You Give me Your Input and Help With Balance, Please?

    Great list, and very extensive. That should give you a good idea of what you like and what you're drawn towards.

    For a second round, I noticed that you don't have any leather, so you could add a...
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    Re: Tauer Les Années 25 BIS

    I hope this one is a bit stronger than the original one, which I can barely smell. Still, if the previous one is an indication, I will be on the fence about buying blindly.
  51. Thread: RIP Barneys

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    Re: RIP Barneys

    I hadn't noticed that perfumes, which are never on sale, are not on sale either.
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    Re: Tom Ford - Top 5?

    In terms of representativeness, I'd say Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanille (respectively a modern leather and a sweet gourmand), plus oud wood (but I think there are better western ouds around-but...
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    Re: Fragrance destination

    If you happen to be in Paris, the Osmotheque (perfume repository in Versailles) has occasional lectures in English where one smells historic perfumes (it has many more lectures in French). But as a...
  54. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    I don't get much rose in Egoiste. It definitely lasts a lot, and projects well.
  55. Re: What's a no brainer, reach for cold weather scent

    For when it's really cold, I like Chanel Egoiste, warm and sandalwoody. Like Antaeus, it is however not stocked at Macys or Sephora types of stores.

    cacio
  56. Thread: RIP Barneys

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    Re: RIP Barneys

    I bought a few perfumes there, but more than perfume, I bought clothes during the seminannual sales.

    Just got an email talking about a big sale this weekend. but sadly I won't be there.
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    Re: Thoughts on the Dior "parfum" flankers

    I agree that parfum isn't the right word, they're different. But once one ignores the word parfum, I don't see the problem with making flankers. Added bonus, they usually keep the original version...
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    Re: Azemour lost more than its luster

    Sad to hear this-it was one of the few leftover citrus chypres. Oh well...
  59. Re: Top Ten Weak Fragrances You Wish Would Last Longer

    Tauer Les Annees 25 for me. Perhaps it's just my nose, but I can barely smell it after a short time.

    Starblind:
    more absurd sums than what a vintage parfum goes for?

    cacio
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    Re: Guerlain in Miami Beach or Manhattan?

    As Bavard was saying, Bergdorf Goodman used to have the largest counter in NY. In Miami beach, the only option are the biggies in Bal Harbour shopping mall dept stores (Neimans and Saks)-I don't know...
  61. Thread: HdP 1969

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    Re: HdP 1969

    I have not tried such gums, so cannot comment. I can see that the patch, sweetish base of 1969 might recall some sort of chocolate. I don't get mint from 1969, but fruit. but perhaps said gums don't...
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    Re: How to pick black dress shoes

    Agree with others- all black Oxford, without broguing, something like the ones you identified, are the way to go for a first pair of dress shoes. I don't have shoes of the brand you show, so cannot...
  63. Thread: Sahara noir

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    Re: Sahara noir

    Different types of perfume, and I agree with Rum's assessment. I wear Interlude the most.

    cacio
  64. Re: New Member Here - Wondering What to Do Next . . .

    Welcome!

    When you mentioned green and herbal, I thought about Chanel no 19 and especially Chanel Cristalle, which is greener (Cristalle Eau verte is the most citrusy of the cristalle line). No 19...
  65. Re: Rentless - Gorilla Perfume at Lush...... opinions

    It's a sweetish patchouli. Nice, but I'd say nothing special.

    In general, I think the Lush perfume line has a few standouts and is definitely worth checking if you happen in a Lush store. The most...
  66. Re: Men that wear Chanel No 19 and Cristalle EDT or EDP?

    I think they both would be ok for a man. As many others were saying, the edt for both is fresher and greener, so traditionally more masculine. I like Cristalle a lot. And seconding Cristalle eau...
  67. Re: Would you wear Dior Homme or Dior Homme Intense on a first date?

    As the others said, seems good. It's pleasant, modern, won't turn off anyone, and one spray doesn't disturb. if it's cold, I'd say the intense version may work even better, with the vanilla and the...
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    Re: Santa Maria Novella Carta D' Armenia

    Welcome!

    I agree with renaissance man, to me the main note is benzoin (besides, "Armenia" usually refers to this material), on a soft background of spices and herbs.

    cacio
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    Re: Fragrance for A Grandson?

    I don't see anything wrong with the old classics for a 16 year old (Eau Sauvage, Derby). They will probably smell new anyway for somebody who's used to aquatics, gourmands, or the like.

    If you...
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    Re: Looking for the next..

    I have not tried the two you mentioned.

    But for something classic masculine, I'm thinking Guerlain Derby.

    cacio
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    Re: What lotion do you use?

    The Kiehls is at my gym, so I use it after a shower there.

    At home, it varies. Currently using Cerave. La Roche Posay Lipikar is also one I use a lot.

    cacio
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    Re: What makes a scent feminine?

    As others were saying, right now the stereotype is scrubbed clean white florals or pink syrupy fruity.

    cacio
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    Re: Broken sprayer, help!

    Usually, the spray is not salvageable. I know some people use a syringe to remove the liquid from the little tube, but I don't know how to do it. I remove the spray mechanism with shears (carefully...
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    Re: Sycomore EdT or EdP ?? group preference

    EdT for me as well. the Edp is smoother and creamier, while the edt is drier and smokier. I like my vetivers dry and sharp, hence the edt. If you prefer smoother vetiver, you should prefer the edp...
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    Re: Rien incense intense.

    You mean whether Rien incense intense smells like cuir d'arabie? Not really. Both have an animalic note, but rien is primarily a musky leather while the Montale is primarily Montale's oud...
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    Re: What "propellant gas" really is?

    Thanks for the explanations.
    Alcohol + butane + under pressure... I can see why airlines didn't want that stuff on planes.

    cacio
  77. Re: What are you Gifting / Receiving this Holiday Season?

    My mom likes gardening, especially her rose bushes, so I'm planning to give her Auphorie's L'anima della rosa.
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    Re: What "propellant gas" really is?

    double post
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    Re: What "propellant gas" really is?

    Other should chime in, but my understanding is that net weight is the weight of perfume + propellant. If the volume of the perfume is 7.5ml, its weight should also be in that neighborhood.

    You'd...
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    Re: Rien incense intense.

    The musky leather is so strong that it makes it hard to isolate a note. My guess is that it is close to the churchy variety, though not as literal as, say, Cardinal or Avignon. But it's hard to smell...
  81. Re: What kind of man can pull off Dior Homme Intense?

    Agree with the others. It's quite mainstream and acceptable. This is not one of those "if you doubt yourself, wear something else" type of things. (This is the motto of a clothing brand, btw).
    ...
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    Re: Suggestions for samples for my wife

    Welcome!

    Orientals like Shalimar seem like a good idea. Plus if she likes vanilla. The other vanillic reference for Guerlain is Jicky, which could also be worth trying.

    Given her likes, I was...
  83. Thread: Autumn/Winter

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    Re: Autumn/Winter

    Welcome!

    I have not been to London in a long while, so not sure what the environment is like nowadays.

    But anyway, dangerous and badass for the winter-I'm thinking leathers. For instance, Etat...
  84. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    Lavender was used in fougeres, and old style fougeres are often associated with barbershop. But I agree with you, I don't associate lavender per se with barbershops. It's more the white musk,...
  85. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    I don't detect lavender in the regular Egoiste, nor does it remind me of barbershop.
  86. Thread: Egoiste?

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    Re: Egoiste?

    Dior Homme Intense, roughly speaking, is Dior Homme plus a lot of vanilla. So a more gourmand, warmer, and long lasting version of DH.

    Egoiste is quite different from Platinum Egoiste....
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    Re: Best Aldehydic Fragrance

    CDG has some strange (and strong) aldehydes in CDG2 man and Stephen Jones.

    Though it must be said that the classic Chanels (no 5, no 22) still master the art of aldehydes.
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    Re: Looking for a soft, rosewater-like rose

    It's hard to sustain a fresh, clean rose without ending up in a washing machine.

    $$$ Kurkdjian Ode a la rose manages to remain fresh and clean for a long time.
    The de Nicolai one is good...
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    Re: Favorite citrus-free vetiver?

    My vote for Vetiver extraordinaire, which I perceive as very zingy and dry but not citrusy.

    My impression of Sycomore edp is as you say. Smoother, which is not really what I am looking for in a...
  90. Re: French article about clothes designer and house perfumes

    Interesting article. Not sure I agree that designer houses now pose more attention to the juice. At least, not that I have noticed, and if so, they should probably stick to clothes.

    They do pose...
  91. Re: Where is the leather in Chanel cuir de russie edp?

    The current CdR parfum doesn't have the modern leather either. But it is more intense and long lasting and has more iris than the edp.

    cacio
  92. Re: Where is the leather in Chanel cuir de russie edp?

    The leather in current CdR is definitely on the smooth side, it's not the sharper things a la Tuscan leather. Vintage had birch tar and thus more bite, but it was still smooth.
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    Re: Amber Sultan, Amber 114, or Grand Soir

    Grand Soir feels a bit bland, for the price. Ambre sultan is more spicy, ambre 114 is classic.

    Among others, singling out the very powerful Ambra mediterranea.

    cacio
  94. Re: Looking for some Female Perfume recommendations

    It seems she likes clean and fresh. Off the top of my head, she could look into Bulgari eau parfumee au the vert (tea-like), ad the Jardin series of hermes.

    cacio
  95. Thread: Hello everyone

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    Re: Hello everyone

    Welcome!

    As others were saying, some old perfumes have been reformulated, so they need not be the way you remember them.

    As for more stuff to try, I recommend the Caron trio (Pour un homme,...
  96. Re: Great projection oriental spicy for women/unisex

    I will add Estee Lauder Youth Dew. Inexpensive, but still very good and powerful. There is also a Youth Dew bath oil that makes for a very perfumed bathtub soaking.

    cacio
  97. Thread: soapy lavender

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    Re: soapy lavender

    Luckily I don't find it soapy (in the sense of aldehydes or white musks), but i agree that Caron Pour un homme is a simple, clean, classic lavender.
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    Re: Beginer what path to choose?

    Welcome!

    I'd say it is better to buy one that you really like than 2 or 3 good but not exceptional.

    In the ones in your list, I'd say Caron Third man is classic and should work well.
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    Re: Best Italian Coast Inspired fragrance line?

    There are a few niche houses that take the name from there, like some other acque, eg Eau d'Italie (I think originally prepared for a hotel in the costiera amalfitana), Acqua di Genova, Acqua di...
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    Re: Which Guerlain next?

    Re Jicky vs Caron puh, hard to say-they are slightly different styles, one a hazy fougere, the other a more straightforward lavender. Both excellent, perhaps for Jicky/Mouchoir de monsieur, in...
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