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  1. I think the appeal of "the newest thing" is not...

    I think the appeal of "the newest thing" is not that it will be somehow the best, but it will be the most fashionable and trendy. The sales pitch is aimed at the same people who have to buy a red...
  2. Thread: L'Air du Temps

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    Re: L'Air du Temps

    I have the splash bottle with the doves in relief and received it as a gift in the early '80s or late '70s, so they were making that one for a while. Doesn't make it very easy to date! It came in a...
  3. Thread: L'Air du Temps

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    Re: L'Air du Temps

    I also have a set from the early '80s, and I agree with jacona. The EDT is very airy and cool; the carnation is prominent and "chilly." The EDP is warmer and rounder and very pretty. White vs. red...
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    Re: Question for the Vintage Scholars-Emeraude

    Hi, TWOLF! I stop in now and then when my perfume obsession ramps up. Thanks very much for the info -- I bid on it on eBay without knowing whether it was the good stuff, now I'm excited about getting...
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    Re: Question for the Vintage Scholars-Emeraude

    I have another vintage Emeraude question -- anyone know how old this cologne would be?17183
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    Re: need help for xmas!

    Hypnotic Poison and Prada Candy are both great choices -- and the Candy packaging is adorable without being childish. If you want something unusual but affordable, try a sample of Olympic Orchids'...
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    Poll: Re: Battle of the summer fruity florals!

    Another nice pineapple is 1876: George Sand by Parfums de Histoires; you can get a 1/2 oz. bottle for $39.

    I'm not going to diss any of the fragrances in your poll, but the only one of the four...
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    Re: Sweetest floral fruity frag for ladies

    I agree that any of the Escada seasonal scents -- Moon Sparkle, Ocean Lounge, Taj Sunset, Rockin' Rio, ad nauseam -- are going to deliver what you're looking for. VERY sweet, VERY fruity. Oh, also --...
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    Re: 2011-2012 Holiday Season Gifts

    My darling husband bought me the Ineke sample set (thanks to some coaching from me) along with other nice but not smelly gifts.
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    Re: In search of a heavier frag female.

    I think Knowing is gorgeous, and it is certainly LOUD -- not many scents are going to measure up to it!

    You might try Habanita, which was designed to perfume women's cigarettes. She also might...
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    Re: l'Air du Temps, Nina Ricci

    I have the '80s vintage, and it's airy, spicy, and not terribly sweet. I think it smells fairly femme myself -- it's got a light prettiness -- but a man who enjoyed it could rock it. Why not?
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    Re: A Friend Is Going to Paris ...

    Me too! I'm pretty jealous -- it's a good thing that I like my friend and she deserves to go to Paris.

    Non Blonde, Esteban looks promising, and those bottles are stunning! And I read your blog --...
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    Re: A Friend Is Going to Paris ...

    I love the Nicolais, but live pretty close to Scent Bar, which carries them. And yeah, JAR is right out of my league, unless the store sells a sample set, which I have been given to understand that...
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    Re: A Friend Is Going to Paris ...

    Hmmm. Price is a big consideration, sadly. I like the classic vibe of Guerlain and Parfums de Nicolai, I like greens and florals and woods and leathers and ambery orientals. In general I would rather...
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    A Friend Is Going to Paris ...

    This spring, one of my friends is off to Paris and has offered to bring back something that's hard to get here (California) if I want. Of course, I'm thinking perfume.

    In addition to the Serge...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Prada Candy

    oops, posted twice.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Prada Candy

    I tried this last weekend at Nordstrom. I don't usually like gourmands or ultra-sweet, but actually the sweetness is pretty balanced with the warmth of the benzoin and musk, and after the first blast...
  18. Re: I need help finding cheap rose scented fragrances

    Oh, I forgot to mention CABARET! A cheap silly bottle full of rosy goodness.
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    Re: Cheap Perfume Guilty Pleasures

    I'm wearing modern Cabochard right now! I think my entire, giant bottle of EDP cost about $19. I think it smells lovely, and I wear it out and about.

    The cheapie I'm actually ashamed of is J.Lo's...
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    Re: The Death of The Gift Set

    I don't really want the body products, but I would LOVE it if more houses did mini sets. Ideally with spray bottles, since I'm wishing on a star here. I want a gift set with all the classic...
  21. Re: I need help finding cheap rose scented fragrances

    I love a good cheap thrill!

    Yves Rocher, Rose Absolue -- fresh, pretty, pleasantly warm and spicy
    Pacifica, Persian Rose -- All the Pacificas are really nicely done
    YSL, Paris -- can be found...
  22. Re: Stereotypical "Feminine" Bottles, Packaging: Irritating? Offensive? Humiliating?

    I think there's still some good stuff coming out of the mainstream -- the new Bottega Veneta, Estee Lauder Sensual and the Private Collection series, and even Prada Candy, with the PINK top, smell...
  23. Re: Stereotypical "Feminine" Bottles, Packaging: Irritating? Offensive? Humiliating?

    I mind the pink because it is so associated with baby girls. I'm not a baby, I'm a woman.

    However, I'm a woman who would love to have the Katy Perry Purr bottle on my dresser -- kitty cat! Eeee!...
  24. Re: Stereotypical "Feminine" Bottles, Packaging: Irritating? Offensive? Humiliating?

    See, I love a little frou-frou with my bottles. Perfume is an extravagance, and I like a playful and luxurious presentation. What I don't like is anything that seems to be infantile or aimed at small...
  25. Re: What fragrance in the last five years has made you think - 'that's pretty good for a dept store

    Just stuff released in the last five years?

    Narciso Rodriguez EDT (the musk-bomb in the black bottle)
    Prada Infusion d'Iris
    Gucci by Gucci EDP
    Versace Signature
    A Scent, Issey Miyake
    Chanel...
  26. Re: Need recommendations - green, citrus, herbal and natural?

    I adore Dune, but it's not at all what you're looking for. PC is gorgeous and well worth a try because even if it's not what you're looking for, it does smell really good!

    You might try:
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  27. Re: My latest buying binge was triggered by the purchase of a small bottle of Giorgio BH at Wal-Mart

    You could have taken the money you spent this weekend and bought a ROUND-TRIP TICKET TO PARIS to smell perfumes in person -- with plenty left over to buy a bottle of perfume! Unless you're fabulously...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    This is a perfect description! To anyone who hasn't been a sniffer yet, I can't recommend it enough. And thanks again to Twolf and darkdreams for making it possible, and doing such a wonderful job.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Well, that was a humbling experience, but fascinating! It's really interesting to me how much my perception of the scent has changed as notes were confirmed or eliminated. I swear it smells greener...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I can't believe how bad my nose is -- nothing that I thought I smelled originally was actually in here, and half the things that I now know are in here, I STILL can't smell! the only part of the base...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    LOL -- so true!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    The sillage -- it's hard for me to judge, but it is not a powerhouse like yesterday's Moondrops, which chased my husband out of the back part of the house!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    sunny, it seems very casual to me. Longevity is poor -- I've already resprayed. It seems casual, you could wear this as a weekend perfume. Not seductive, summery.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Huh -- my strongest citrus impression is lime, but it's not that -- so lemon?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I haven't actually worn cristalle, I thkn that was just my impression of what it was supposed to be ..

    Is there verbena?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is the fruit apple? I keep coming back to the fruit ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I think of Cristalle as a really sharp, cold citrus green ... that is not what I'm getting here!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Sniffing again -- wow, that's sweet. I can't smell any patchouli at all!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Twolf's hint above about indulgences made me think of Estee Lauder's Pleasures series and of Shiseido's Zen -- but all of these and their flankers have notes that we have ruled out ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    How about gardenia, in the floral heart?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is there mango?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    OMG, patch? Really!? I agree there could be cedar.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    This is really sweet. But no caramel or gourmandy components.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is there non-white musk?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Could there be lime?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I bet hte dryer sheet is "white musk." they all have that.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Teh fruitiness is driving me nuts -- pineapple? Usually that's sharper/more acidic ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    LOL -- I will second no patchouli, and throw in no anise as a bonus!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I don't really smell any base yet -- no detectable woods or amber to me - but I'm going to go ahead and guess that there is musk in this, like white musk.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I would be shocked if this were marketed to men!

    Hey, if not lotus, is there water lily?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    It's pretty "bright" -- is there orange blossom? Honeysuckle?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I'm stuck on fruit. Plum? Berry -- it's not acidic, but maybe blueberry?

    This is one of the few fragrancnes that I did NOT smell a lot of citrus in the opening!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Some kind of fruit -- not real fruit, but fruit candyish like a modern "fruity floral."
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is there pear?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I'm really surprised there is no lotus, cucumber, or melon in this. It's getting really sweet -- I would have guessed watermelon, but maybe I'm being influenced by the blue color.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Wow, this IS shampooey.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    So sorry! I'm here, just sprayed,.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    WOW! I couldn't find any notes for that scent, and just went on the name. And now ... I want a bottle!

    What time tomorrow?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    A branch with a drop of rain or dew.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I canNOT figure out what the picture should be suggesting! Forests or woods, Charlie, '70s chypre ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I'm completely stumped as to what this could be -- the perfumes suggested by the picture don't fit the notes and/or the time period! Not Apres L'Ondee, not Amazone, not Black March, not Azuree ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Got to be honey!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is this a famous scent? A recognized classic?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is the resin myrrh?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    And no wonder this smells like Chloe to me -- the notes are SO similar!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Huh, what smells between honeysuckle and heliotrope!? Tuberose?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is there tolu? I'm not sure what that smells like, but this does seem resinous.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Um, what's sweet ... tonka? One of the florals is really sweet, I think. Honeysuckle?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    If there's no violets, is that heliotrope creating a violetiness?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    My idea has been shot down as well -- it's something I have never actually smelled but it fit the picture, and notes named, up until violet was refuted!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    No civet, no castoreum -- so is it musk? Also, could the sweetness be partly from vanilla?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    There's SO MUCH in this, it's hard for me to pick out notes. There's some powder. Violet and/or heliotrope?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Oh wow, so that's what castoreum smells like? I'd go out and buy everything that contains it, but that wouldn't be nice to the poor beavers ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    It's animalic but not in a "gross" way -- I'm not getting "pee" like I did with Night Star from the hawthorne, or anything I'd be embarrassed to wear in polite company. I don't think it's leather, it...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is the green in the opening pine?

    Now it's reminding me of Knowing, which I love but haven't worn in a long time. Is there rose in this? I know -- there's rose in EVERYTHING.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    It could be aldehydes! i'm not great at identifying those. I also think there's oakmoss.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    There is also something here that's reminding me a lot of vintage Lagerfeld Chloe.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    This smells amazingly good, and yes I would buy it! But I'm having trouble identifying why. I would have guessed galbanum and narcissus/daffodil, but those have been shot down.

    Hey, is there...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I think it smells 70s. It's got a little bit of Estee Lauder Private Collection or Azuree going on.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Oh, yum. This smells great. Also, familiar -- it resembles other things I've smelled. that's not very helpful, I know!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Wow, this does smell like galbanum in the opening. Now it's getting warmer and sweeter.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Sorry -- overslept! I'm here and spraying.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I need to get off teh computer -- good night all! I will check in in the morning.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I was going to make a similar suggestion to this about the fruitiness, which really had me confused for a long time:
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Wow, that was tough -- and really fun!

    Is it kosher for me to drop a hint?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Oh, I can't believe I got the lavender right! I really don't like it -- no wonder I disliked the opening.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    it's much much fruitier on paper than on skin, but I can't identify the fruit.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    I would be shocked if it was Insolence -- I've never smelled it, but isn't that really powdery violets? There's a little powder in this, but I don't THINK it's violet ... huh, maybe there is some...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    This might be off base, but that offputting scent in the beginning -- could that be lavender?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    The heavy hitterness reminds me of Maurice Roucel.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Yes, it's not Giacobetti or Ellena, and it's not sweet and foody like the Serge Lutens I've tried so I don't Sheldrake ...

    And I can't link it to any Guerlains, although of course now that little...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Yes, this is powerful stuff!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Is the new correct note tobacco?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Every single thing I can think of to link this to has patchouli and/or amber! I was sure early on that this must be Midnight Poison, and I was terribly proud of myself, but no ...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Also -- anjd maybe this is the "fruity booze accord" -- but something like pipe tobacco.
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    It's fruitier on paper than on my skin -- sweeter too. I'm not geting booze, though.

    Huh, yeah, there could be incense. and I want to say sandalwood?
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    It doesn't remind me really strongly of anything else, although there's a little bit of family resemblance to Coco Mademoiselle, if you dialed the sweetness down by about two-thirds and left out the...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    There could be peach. I smell nothing really sweety-juicy, like pear or strawberry or what have you. It could have a tart berry in there, like currant?

    Is there vetiver? I just got a whiff that...
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    bwah! The diaper accord is not a good thing.

    My husband just chimed in to say it smells like Hai Karate to him. I bet that costs a lot less per ounce!
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    Re: March Blind Sniff: Those Moody Blues

    Well, my working theory on its identity was just shot to hell.
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