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    Re: Fragrances spotted in movies!

    I've been watching Stranger Things S2. In Episode 8 (The Mind Flayer), Billy is getting ready to go out, listening to heavy metal and checking his appearance in a mirror. He picks up a splash bottle...
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    Well, I think there may be some whitish, non-reflective labels out there after all. I still think the *parfum* labels were always gold, but I've found some pics of EDT bottles where the label looks...
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    I do. I think we're just seeing the background reflected in the foil here. Kind of like that blue dress / gold dress thing. . . or, maybe not. :cool: But that's what I was reminded of.
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    Re: Givenchy III Discussion

    I think what we have here is simply an optical illusion. I've had strange results myself trying to photograph GIII parfum because of the reflective nature of the label.


    I'll just add that every...
  5. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I haven't found a good answer.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I'd say it could be pre-80s, but it doesn't come down to the lack of batch code. The 90° on the bottle is the only thing I see that really suggests pre-'80. I think the practice of putting the...
  7. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    3rd edition*


    https://i.imgur.com/Sfh47Vi.jpg


    * :rolleyesold:
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 12th August, 2019

    I wore First by Van Cleef & Arpels today. (vintage EDT)

    This is a scent that came into my possession basically by accident. I'm very happy it did!
  9. Thread: Chanel No. 19

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    Re: Chanel No. 19

    It's the real deal. The box is period-correct, too.
    On top of that, it looks unused.
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    Re: YouTube Fragrance reviews

    I watched a fair number of Marc's videos, too.

    Oftentimes, the reviewers I like are those whose company I simply enjoy. It's less about the reviews themselves.
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    Re: YouTube Fragrance reviews

    I think that must be it. That's why I skip the vids that look a little too slick, right down to the thumbnail. I know those are the ones I'm *supposed* to be drawn to, but more often than not, they...
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    Re: YouTube Fragrance reviews

    The number of reviewers seems to have ballooned in the last couple years. I actually tend to skip any video that looks like it has high production values.

    Back in the day, I watched a good number...
  13. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Hermes Eau De Cologne


    https://i.imgur.com/8Ed04DJ.jpg
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I figured it was cylindrical with a *short* cap. Like this one currently on ebay.
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I'm all but certain that the packaging design predates that of the item viewable at the URL below. That design was used for most of the '70s.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Cackles were involved. *tents fingertips*


    Okay, I've got something for our little show-and-tell.
    It's just Miss Dior, so nothing particularly exotic. But I'm thinking it dates to the late...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    what's done is done.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Paler, yes, but the juice has an unmistakable green tint.



    I think I've smelled the regular EDP and the Poudre (EDP). Maybe I've smelled the EDT, too.
    Doesn't your EDP have a batch code etched...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    The parfum was never green prior to the major reformulation that happened a little over 10 years ago.

    Here's a pic of the one modern No.19 parfum I own. Raiders dates it to 2009.
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  20. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    The vintage? I'll have another look. I figured the only place to get the vintage stuff would be on ebay or a similar site.
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    You type that way all the time? Capping all letters with the left pinky? Mind blown.
    By the time you read this, I'll have already googled it, so if you were just having me on, well, it worked. :D
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    It still looks funny to me, too. But I'm sticking with it. :wink:



    Yeah, soon after our little exchange last night, I realized there was no going back. :cool:
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    That's a good one. If only I didn't have to PM a certain admin directly to ask for it to be changed back.
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    I changed it. I wanted my username to be easier to type. Only after I changed it did I realize the "R" could be typed easily with the left hand alone, and maybe "RoRo" wasn't so bad after all.


    ...
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    Is that like a T.J. Maxx? I found some vintage-looking bottles on ebay, but the prices are too high for me. What I need is for a bottle to practically throw itself at me for 10 or 15 bucks. It could...
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    Re: My Very First Chanel PM - Any Info?

    No, it was perfect. It's just that I saw the Danish flag and thought, "Ah, he must be from southern Demark." :smile:
    Are you really a Dane?

    I think "y'all" is a great word, and prefer it to "you...
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    Re: My Very First Chanel PM - Any Info?

    I don't have a great sense of its age. Mid-'80s or older, I would guess. After that, I think the sizes were standardized at 50ml and 100ml (and 200ml, etc., in other words, multiples of 50). One day...
  28. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Doesn't it? :laugh:

    I checked my email to see if I could figure out how much I paid. Instead, what I found was this!
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    Re: Vintage Coco Chanel EDP

    Batch codes in that format are not so common, but I've definitely seen them (on genuine vintage Chanels).
    Those refillable sprays are pretty nice. When they were first introduced, the volume was...
  30. Re: Come Clean........ 5 worst fragrances you regret having purchased

    Insense Ultramarine Blue Laser

    I bought this on sale online, back when I was first getting into fragrances. It was my first experience with a headache-in-a-bottle scent. Probably my own fault to...
  31. Thread: Vintage Axe

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    Re: Vintage Axe

    That was mildly funny.
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    Re: Sellers on eBay selling fake vintages cologne

    One problem is that the definition of "vintage" is pretty loose. How many editions of PRPH are there? For the sake of discussion, let's assume any of us knows the true number. And let's say that...
  33. Thread: Explain your icon

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    Re: Explain your icon

    That's funny. I've never seen one like it.
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    Re: Explain your icon

    And now that you've seen it, you may be wondering, How did I not see it? :happy:

    A manekineko, Cook.bot? That sounds like the stuff of nightmares. A demented-looking little kitty.
  35. Thread: Explain your icon

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    Re: Explain your icon

    My avatar is from a photo I took of my guitar. I used Photoshop to play around with the image, and ended up with something really cool (IMO). Then I couldn't remember the "recipe", and was unable to...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I had one of those 240ml bottles. The photo doesn't really give a sense of how massive it is. That looks to be a very well-preserved example.
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    Re: Question about Chanel Pour Monsier

    I was simply attempting to correct the record. Chanel does not produce fragrances in Japan. No fragrances have been compounded in Japan, nor bottles manufactured.

    And my point about the Japanese...
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    Re: Question about Chanel Pour Monsier

    I can only speak to the situation in Japan. Chanel's Japanese subsidiary imports and distributes fragrances that are made in France. Over their nearly 40-year history, Chanel Japan has never...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    "The white whale of unicorns." I like it.


    I picked up an early bottle of Versace L'Homme. This reminds me a bit of Lagerfeld Cologne ('78). Something about the powder.
    ...
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    Ah, yes. I've watched that a few times.
    Maybe someday I'll luck into a bottle, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    2518 (No.19 extrait)

    https://i.imgur.com/tNesW8z.jpg



    2525 (Eau Pour Monsieur)

    https://i.imgur.com/fZqYmRs.jpg
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    It means nothing to me, but others may know more about those markings on the bottom of the bottles.



    I have to disagree with Andre (ROLS) here, because I've found 4-digit batch codes on several...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    No, I don't think it does. The parfum undoubtedly underwent formulations over the years, but it wasn't until The Big One in 2009 (or thereabouts) that the juice turned green. And if you want to know...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I'm pretty sure there never was one.



    And I'm pretty sure that's wrong. I'm with Cook.bot on this: mid- to late-'80s. It's hard to know for certain, but everything I've observed in the wild...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    is no has batch code?


    https://i.imgur.com/7XLyxBW.gif
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    I was second-guessing the decision on the train over there and right up to the moment I walked through the door. It's rare to smell any fragrance in the air there.

    In case it wasn't clear,...
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    I've never tried the red. That might explain why I'm not finding civet in the one I have. I do like me some civet, so I may have to keep an eye out for the red.
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    Giorgio is another good one. I actually never wore fragrances growing up, and bought my first bottle only in 2009. It was Dunhill Black. Kind of random, but it smelled good at the time.

    I'm...
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    That makes a lot of sense. Did you blind-buy that bottle of Moustache, or sample the scent from someone's bottle? Just wondering how you ended up with it, if your first impression was such a negative...
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    That is funny, and yet I can relate. Completely.
    Does my bottle have the hockey puck cap? It has one of those restrictor plugs in the neck, by the way.
    I love the aesthetics -- the name written...
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    It's not that I thought it would be an Avon, but I didn't expect Moustache would be "the one". It's also a favorite of Cook.bot, as I recall.

    I've got an EDC that I guess dates to the '70s. I just...
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    This, I don't know. To be honest, I'm not the best person to comment on this, because I haven't smelled any Egoiste that is newer than around 1997. I'm sure you can find a number of threads in which...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    That looks great. I hope it grows on you. :thumbsup:

    It could well be from the tail end of the 1970s. That seems to have been a transitional period for Chanel packaging. Based on what I see here,...
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    I did not see that coming. Have you stocked up?
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    Re: Strange vintage 1991 Kouros - thoughts?

    My guess is that the matte bottles require an extra step to give them that finish. Seems like the glass would turn out smooth by default. I don't think it's possible to obtain a glass bottle with...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I got one of these recently in what was sold as 70s vintage and I'm still adjusting to the razor-blade galbanum opening; it's really intense. I then had to get the EDC and am finding it friendlier...
  57. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Your eyes do not deceive you.


    https://i.imgur.com/NAvGvUH.jpg


    Kanebo has produced a number of fragrance lines for sale in drug stores and convenience stores. I believe Sexangle was one of...
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    Cool. I've been curious to try the edc. Several years ago I bought a splash bottle in a sealed box, and when I opened it up. . . nothing remained but a few ml of sludge. I didn't spend that much on...
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Are we talking about the bottles themselves?



    Nor do I. I saw a chance to buy one of those labeled L'Egoiste, and ended up getting a good deal. At the time, I thought the L'Egoiste name was...
  60. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Eau de Caron (1980)


    https://i.imgur.com/1DnWHBH.jpg
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    It was the collector in me that wanted that bottle of L'Egoiste. And had the price reflected its rarity, I wouldn't even have bought it. Instead, it was probably the steal of the year.

    I've now...
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    I see. It's true that the "New York" editions from that period had batch codes that followed a different format (e.g. PL1). Of course, there may be some out there with 4-digit codes, but I don't...
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    I don't follow you. Why would that be?
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    I guess it could have been a regional thing. I have a bottle of L'Egoiste in an unopened box. I'll have a look and see if there's a batch code on it.
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Once we get into the '90s, I'm on shakier ground. Well, it's all shaky, in a sense. But I feel like I have a better handle on things from the early '70s through late '80s,

    I have seen bar codes on...
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    Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    I'm inclined to think '89, what with the lack of a green dot. But if it is from 1989, it makes me wonder just how early the name was changed from L'Egoiste to Egoiste.

    Does anyone know when Chanel...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Nice. I'm guessing that set you back a bit.
    Are these backups?
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    . . . . . .
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    Re: Women's Dior Circa 1980

    I hardly ever see atomizers like that (4-sided) that are still in good shape. The juice is usually very dark.
    Seems like you lucked out in more ways than one.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Ah. That was cryptic, wasn't it. I meant, how did those odd-looking bottles find their way into the catalog? I could be wrong, but I don't think the French-made fragrances were ever packaged in...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Vintage No.19 is my absolute favorite, as it happens. It's what got me started on the vintage Chanels, and is the reason I focused on the 1970s as a starting point; I wanted to get my hands on the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    The font is not something I've really studied. I have noticed that the font on the early '70s stuff is slightly thinner than that which appears on packaging toward the end of the decade, but I...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I had to check, because I *thought* that's what it was called, but wanted to be sure.

    Some engineering type could still step in and say that, technically, it's something else. But until then. . ....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Looks wonderful.
    1970 is about as far back as I go. The bottle in the pics looks to be significantly older than that.

    That second pic you uploaded is interesting. The faces of the bottle appear...
  75. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    It's probably a power-of-suggestion thing, but I do feel a bit of the country club in it. It's the smell of casual good times. And old money. haha!

    I never developed even the slightest taste for...
  76. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Trophee Lancome


    https://i.imgur.com/c6QoSJI.jpg
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    Re: Identify this please :)

    All in good fun.

    Yes, it is a recent-ish edition of Dunhill for Men (1934). That much is known.
    Can we assume you don't have the item in your possession? If you do, there is other information you...
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    Re: Identify this please :)

    Ohhhhh. . . .



    You are a good man. :wink:

    And you got at what irked me about the post.

    I see one thing that might serve as a clue: The dotted "i" in "dunhill". In the current logo, the...
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    Re: Identify this please :)

    Well, no one else seemed willing to take it on.
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    Re: Identify this please :)

    dunhill for men
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    One that's been around the block a few times. :wink:
    Those old wax seals seem to crack fairly easily.

    The fill-level is what, erm, sealed the deal.
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    Re: Mystère de Rochas

    I had forgotten about that variation in naming. I would guess that, if anything, the 2nd edition is lighter on the oakmoss than "Mystère de Rochas".
    Just understand that "Mystère de Rochas" is the...
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    Re: Mystère de Rochas

    I know some say it is loaded with oakmoss, so I'm hoping for the best!

    It seems Mystère has gotten (more) expensive. Are you getting one with a parallelogram on the box? That's the stuff I'm...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    No.19 parfum (1980s)

    It's not the prettiest example I've seen, but the fill-level makes up for it.

    I noticed that the batch code makes up part of the longer code printed on the bottom of the...
  85. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    ^^^ Good stuff. Nice, full bottle, too. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur - vintage 400ml bottle

    No cause for concern that I can think of. What did you think it could mean?
    Based on what I've seen, the foil seals were long gone from Chanel packaging by the mid-1980s.



    I see what you're...
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    Re: Mystère de Rochas

    I am a big fan of Mystère. Magie Noire, as well. Magie Noire is the closest thing to Mystère that I know (I encountered the latter first).
    I wouldn't call Mystere an oakmoss bomb. It's there, but...
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    Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur - vintage 400ml bottle

    I'd say '80s. First clue is the EMB code on the bottom. And I'm thinking latter half of the decade, because the volume is a multiple of 50 (i.e. 50, 100, 200, 400). In the early '80s, I think Chanel...
  89. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Aqua Quorum (1994)


    It had been over three years since I wore this. I'm glad I held onto it, if only because there's nothing in my collection remotely like it. Right now, I'm kinda diggin' it....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Thanks. I thought "cc" had been dropped at least a year or two before the EMB codes first came into use ('78-'79).
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I don't know how to answer, frankly. What are some scents you normally wear? I think it will be hard for people to give (useful) recommendations without knowing more about your tastes, for a start.
    ...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Your post the other day inspired me to wear Monsieur de Givenchy again. I get what you mean, describing it as playful. Chanel Pour Monsieur seems a bit conservative by comparison.

    I'm curious, is...
  93. Thread: Your vintage SOTD

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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    TURBO

    Oops, I meant Lapidus Pour Homme.


    https://i.imgur.com/Gspw25U.jpg
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    We'll see what happens. The bottle may finish me first.
    We're talking twenty-odd ml, so I'm probably good until 2022 at least!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Kouros

    This '85 bottle keeps gamely limping along. The nozzle "button" needs to be pulled back up manually after each press.
    So long as it doesn't quit on me, this could end up being the second...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    I wondered about the "Ted".

    I think I know the difference you're talking about. "Dew" has a fricative aspect. There's a hint of "dz" in there.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    That never occurred to me. :laugh:
    Do you think we can trust the Google Translate pronunciation? https://translate.google.com/#view=home&op=translate&sl=fr&tl=en&text=Ted%20Lapidus
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Lapidus Pour Homme (1987)


    We finally meet.
    Lapidus Pour Homme is a fragrance I had been curious to try since my days as a lurker here, but I'd sort of forgotten about because it rarely shows up...
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    Re: Your most worn June 2019

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    Ô de Lancôme by Lancôme
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today

    Another non-authority here, but I was thinking that the tint of that juice marked it as pre-reform! Looks to be in very good shape, if it is in fact the early stuff.
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