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  1. Re: FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    Hi Bigsly,
    I have no experience with 3-digits Dior codes, but try this:
    if the label on the bottom of the bottle sports the address "30 avenue Hoche", then : years 1988-1991
    if: "33 avenue...
  2. FAHRENHEIT by Christian Dior: a 10- batches review (1993-2014)

    "FAHRENHEIT" by Christian Dior : A 10-batches review.

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/08/fahrenheit-10-batches-review.html

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    Re: amazing longevity

    Try to spray Dior Homme Intense on your shirt (not on skin): it will last at least 2 weeks! :D
  4. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Frozen-- how different is it from the original?

    Personally I like it. Try to Imagine the classic Guerlain vetiver with a lot of spearmint in the top notes.:"Frozen" sensation.
    Obviously, only for summer times.
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    Re: Classy Skanky Animalics

    The most "animalic" scent ever produced .....

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  6. Re: LIDGE new bottle design or manufacturing defect?

    Ok guys,
    the last botte I tried was a 4N01 batch (January 2014) and it's pretty similar to previous ones. Anyway here we are speaking about recent batches, huh? (February, March, April....)
    Keep in...
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    Re: YVES SAINT LAURENT Batch Codes

    anyway this is the complete page:
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/09/how-to-recognize-yves-saint-laurent.html
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    Re: DHI 2014 x DHI Original formula

    In my opinon all 2014 batches are really good....until now.
    I did -helped by a few friends- a blind test a few days ago, and it's ok.
  9. Re: Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui VS Vaan Cleef & Arpels pour homme.

    Different each other, and both really good, strong "male" fragrances.
    I recommend vintage scents because "modern" versions are quite different, watered down and less intense than previous ones.
  10. UPDATE: "DIOR HOMME INTENSE" YEAR 2014 batches (blind test).

    Hi all,
    sorry for being absent in these times: actually I have to work and study a lot in the same time, and I have literally no spare time for myself and even less for perfumed things........
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    Re: Monsieur Rochas eau de cologne

    it's good but maybe a bit too soft, especially when compared to Monsieur Rochas edt Concentrče ( a real powerhouse)
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    Re: Most powdery fragrances

    Tiffany for Men
  13. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree (1989) Vintage

    Great score!
    According Chanel code, "batch 6707" should be = "July 1988".
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/how-to-recognize-chanel-perfumes.html
  14. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    UPDATE

    pictures from Jason Newton (Fraicheur) and Cytherian (Paris-NewYork Kouros Trio) added.
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/01/kouros-scent-of-gods.html

    Keeping track of...
  15. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Hi Bulakenyo,
    your bottle is most likely dated 1994.
    Bottom of almost all Kouros bottles reported "Parfums Corp" label until 1998-1999 so it's perfectly normal.
    Enjoy this magnificent vintage!
  16. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Hi Jason, If you can take a couple of pictures of "Fraicheur" alone, I can add it to the post. Another score!
  17. Don't know if officially discontinued, but I can...

    Don't know if officially discontinued, but I can confirm JULES is still on sale, at Dior's boutiques in France. (please note it's -unfortunately- a reformulated version).
    Price: 75 euros ( about...
  18. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    UPDATED in the "Parfums Corp" (second period) section :
    the first flanker was EAU DE SPORT (1986). since I miss a decent box, photos were kindly provided by our great Ericrico.

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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver - vintage

    Really magnificent and rare bottle: congratulations!
    an interesting fact is the "spray" it's not the natural spray but a "gas-propelled" one.
    Since the batch number it's most likely year 1989, an...
  20. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Oh, yeah!

    http://www.collector-online.ch/images/product_images/original_images/hpi8053-1.jpg
  21. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Updated with a couple of images from Michal and Mariusz from Poland:
    a box with both Paris and New York lettering (instead of Paris only) maybe intended for US market ;
    and a flat metal base,...
  22. How to recognize LANCOME perfumes (an easy guide)

    Trophče Lancome;
    Magie Noire;
    "O de Lancome",
    Trčsor....

    LANCOME is one of the greatest French perfume houses, created in 1935 by Armand Petitjean, and got fame and prestige worldwide thanks...
  23. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    First bottles 1994-1999, no english phrases

    http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y406/AndreMoreau/marzo2013fotoevarie006_zps24f76446.jpg

    since 1999 up to 2004: adding the english phrase...
  24. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    back of boxes:
    ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS from 1994 to 1999
    5 or 6 ingredients: 1999-2004
    long list of ingredients: since 2005
    ...
  25. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    Ebay seller show the long -list ingredients box so it's definitely "after 2004".
    batch 017xxxx means = year 2000.
    first bottles (roughly 1994-2000) had the sticker on the bottom written entirely...
  26. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    yes first number means "year" so 7= 1997 or 2007 and 5=1995 or 2005 . That's incredible! how many precious bottles arrived in USA and remain unsold. Maybe testers, being without any box..
  27. Re: Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - reformulated?

    These bottles "could" be legit, Procter&Gamble started to produce D&G in July 2006, still maintaning the italian factory, then in 2008 switching production to Germany.
    the year is 2007 (batch...
  28. Re: Givenchy Vetyver - Not much chatter, no love?

    Modern Givenchy Vetiver is still good, and vaguely remind the vintage (I told "vaguely"). .
    "Natural vetiver" perfumes age during decades, becoming stronger,and more intense, due to maturation The...
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    Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier

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    yes, i shot this picture, here is an ultra-rare, still-wrapped, year-1973 Coriandre Parfum
    from a friend of mine
  30. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Thank you, that's enough for me,
    Hope to obtain soon an interview by him.
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    Re: Coriandre - Jean Couturier

    I confirm the vintage "Coriandre" in "Parfum" concentration.
    An olfactive bomb deployed all over!
  32. Re: Givenchy Vetyver - Not much chatter, no love?

    As Luca Turin says, it could be the "reference vetiver".
    I sampled it, and (IMHO), it's not only one of the best vetiver, but one of the "TopTen" best perfumes ever produced on Earth (repeat IMHO)
  33. Re: what defines an "italian style" fragrance?

    In any case, perfumes until mid of Nineties.
    I think any "italian style", after year 2000, has been rarely shown.
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    Re: Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    (not sure where to post it, so i'll not open another thread. if off-topic, please remove)

    Ladies and Gentleman,
    here's to you :

    Gaschromatograpy- Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) Analysis and...
  35. 'MY SIN' by Lanvin: GC-MS analysis and discussion

    Ladies and Gentleman,
    here's to you :

    Gaschromatograpy- Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) Analysis and Discussion of a true masterpiece:
    MY SIN, by Lanvin

    One of the most famous fragrance from...
  36. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    You should note the batchnumber on the bottom of the bottle, or in the bottom front, near the words "Yves SaintçLaurent".
    Any way, you could take a picture of the bookňlet, I'll post it under your...
  37. Re: Dissecting an (extraordinary) rare gem: "ETTORE BUGATTI" first version (The Original, 1992)

    Since "Bugatti" vintage perfume was never produced in big quantities, and since its quality is so high, well, I strongly suggest to grab all bottles you find. Prices are still affordable.
  38. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Since I am interested in obtaining an interview from him, please let us know your reviews.
    I never tried these scents and I'd like to know an opinion.
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    Re: Dior Homme Intense Reformulation Date

    this topic had a lot of discussion,
    however you can find a sort of "scientific" examination of DHI bottles and reformulations:
    ...
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    Re: Versace L' Homme

    best thing is to determine the "anniversary" year,
    here for calculating it:: http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/02/how-to-recognize-versace-perfumes.html
  41. Re: Giovanni Sammarco - has anybody tested his perfumes?

    Interesting thread.
    About six months ago I heard he is a well-known and reputable raw-materials dealer and expert (ambergris, civet, "deer musk" etc.), other than a perfumer.
    Since he lives in...
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    Re: Vintage Armani eau pour homme

    Completely agree.
    One of the best "verbena lemon" (verbena oil-based) scent ever produced.
    Beautiful on skin, stunning on clothes.
    Remember the word "pour homme", otherwise it's the...
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    Amazone : 100-pictures Tribute.

    Since a few days ago I posted a gas-chromatography analysis about vintage Amazone EdT, describing how many precious ingredients it contains, this time I'll just show some pictures.
    Here's to you,...
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    Re: Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    ok, here is my first attempt: Amazone, by Hermčs, year 1974, now discontinued and not "on shelves" anymore.
    It's a bit rough work, since I'm not a professional. An expert helped me.
    (and yes, I'll...
  45. GC-MS Vintage AMAZONE : analysis and discussion.

    GREAT NEWS:
    "Perfume Secrets revealed!" :laugh:
    vintage perfume Gas-Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy, with data analysis and discussion
    Ladies and Gentlemen! ....here's to you: AMAZONE (EdT,...
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    GC-MS for beginners

    Perfume GasChromatography for beginners: a journey inside chemical mysteries.

    Secret aspects of perfumes revealed soon!

    Gaschromatography and Mass Spectrometry analysis and discussion with the...
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    Anyway. Guerlain is one of the cheapest vetiver on the shelves, so you can buy it without too many problems.
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    Re: Vintage Kouros

    hi all,
    number "81100" is not a batch.
    batch number is painted / engraved on the box
    anyway, look here for more infos about all Kouros bottles:

    ...
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    Re: Versace L' Homme

    both fabulous!
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    Re: Dior Homme first edition vs current

    I performed tests until tediousness, in my opinion the version now on shelves -since January 2013- is identical to the "vintage" one.
    there were only small differences in year 2011 and 2012-batched...
  51. Re: How to recognize GUY LAROCHE perfumes: a practical guide.

    if you can provide a picture of the box, I'll post it on the site, mentioning your name.
    Andre
  52. Re: How to recognize GUY LAROCHE perfumes: a practical guide.

    I think the second letter counts, in these cases. so , since it's "H", it could be year 1988. Enough to qualify it as really vintage!
    it seems Drakkar Noir had the following "reformulations" (please...
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    Re: Chanel ANTAEUS request

    1982, or 1990, or 1998 or 2007 :grin::grin::grin:
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    Re: Chanel ANTAEUS request

    year 1990 or 1998 , it depends where the words "Eau de Torilette" are, above or under the word "CHANEL" (on the box)
  55. How to recognize GUY LAROCHE perfumes: a practical guide.

    Fidji,
    Drakkar Noir
    Clandestine,
    Horizon,

    and others: how to recognize Guy Laroche perfumes, batch-by-batch.
    ...
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    Performing a Gas-Chromatography...now.

    Hi,

    I had a GC-Mass Spectroscopy performed just days ago, sampling a perfume, and I'd like to illustrate the (very interesting) results.
    It's a 40-years-old perfume, now discontinued, "out of...
  57. Re: CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    Thank you for your appreciation, my friends! :)
  58. CORIOLAN by Guerlain, the "failed" Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review.

    CORIOLAN (Guerlain, 1998): "...it's a perfume like they don't make them anymore"

    History of a unlucky Masterpiece: a 100-pictures mammoth review. Enjoy!
    ...
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    Yohji Homme similar to....

    I'd like to know if someone found a similarity between Yohji Homme and (almost-unknown) "Concept nr.18" by PalZileri.

    Concept nr.18 : the crossing point between Body Kouros and Lolita de Lempicka...
  60. Re: Yohji Homme - How to detect the original formulation?

    Luca Turin says YSL Body Kouros is a ripoff of Yohjii l'Homme. go figure...
  61. Re: Armani Eau Pour Homme, when was it reformulated?

    As usual: "the older , the better".
    use this "calculator" to determine year of production:

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/11/how-to-recognize-giorgio-armani-perfumes.html
  62. Re: How can i find production date of a Hermes perfume over batch code on the bottle?

    apologizing because it's a personal work,
    answer is here:
    all Hermes codes since 1978
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/02/how-to-recognize-hermes-perfumes.html
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    Re: Best Guerlains mans fragances

    try Coriolan. one of the best drydown ever.
  64. Re: Have you noticed frags aging for the better?

    yes: all vetiver perfumes age in a magnificent way, after at least 20-25 years.
    the old Eau de Vetyver de Givenchy, one of the rarest perfumes on Earth, is probably the best vetiver ever produced:...
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    Re: Rare Notes

    possibly the Tomato Leaf (not the tomato vegetable) !
    a very strong, pungent note. You can smell it in Trussardi L'Uomo. (triangular bottle)

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    Re: Givenchy Eau de Vetyver?

    Monsieur de givenchy eau de "VETYVER" ????? I'm really concerned.....

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    "VU par Ted Lapidus" (1975)

    Year 1975. Ladies and Gentleman, here's to you the Perfume..."according to Ted Lapidus"

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/03/vu-par-ted-lapidus-1975.html

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  68. Enter the Nutmeg: "Cacharel pour Homme", 1981

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mT2fBo_jKA4/Ufjh6-cMFFI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/TkmBoabsDw4/s1600/DSCF5048.jpg

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YnUKXl6TUDU/UfjhyiRVvrI/AAAAAAAAAIc/ojvNznBXLC4/s1600/DSCF5032.jpg
    ...
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    Re: Drakkar Noir (Vintage)

    my 25ml bottle sports the writing "GuyLaroche 1989" , I wonder if it's the first reformulation after 1982.
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    Re: Best vetiver

    I don't know if someone will ever find thes (ultra-rare) , but:

    the one on the left
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    and, even more:
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  71. How to Recognize CACHAREL perfumes: a practical guide.

    HOW TO RECOGNIZE CACHAREL PERFUMES: a practical guide.

    Anais Anais, Cacharel pour Homme, LouLou, AmorAmor, Gloria....
    ...
  72. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    I'd describe it in a few words: old Kouros was three-dimensional, with a lot of depth. You could almost "feel" smelling waves.
    Modern Kouros, instead, is mono-dimensional, more superficial, without...
  73. Re: Dior Homme Intense, year 2014: it's ok.

    I moved original post and picture on the original thread about different DHI batches since 2007
    it could seem a sort of duplicate post:
    ...
  74. Re: DIOR HOMME INTENSE: Blind Test NEW (9 batches, 2007-2013).

    (moved from another thread, it was a sort of duplicate)

    A friend of mine called me to ask infos about new 2014 DHI batches.
    Just tested it at Dior boutique, here is the picture, you can read the...
  75. Re: KOUROS : 5 batches blind-test (2003-2013)

    No sadness: keep the Search alive. :thumbsup:
  76. Rediscovering old Gems : The Black and Gold Swan (Donna Karan, 1992)

    The Swan: more than a perfume, a piece of Modern Art (Donna Karan, 1992)
    Time to re-discover this (female? male? unisex?) anyway strange scent.
    ...
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    How to recognize GIVENCHY perfumes.

    (no spam) Are your Amarige, Ysatis, Monsieur de Givenchy, Fleur d'Interdit, Pi, Organza, Insensč, really vintages ? Find it now!
    Pictures, tutorials, batch numbers, and other.
    ...
  78. Re: Armani eau pour homme Vintage version

    At least until beginning of 2000 it was "vintage", i.e good scent. Then decline started sharply.
    you MUST check the batch numbers: as always, The Older, The Better
    have a look here: ...
  79. Remembering good old times: Maurice Roucel's first scent (K de Krizia,1980)

    1979-1980: starting to deplete olfactive bombs all over: ""K de Krizia", thanks to a 29-year old Maurice Roucel.

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2014/03/k-de-krizia-1980.html

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  80. Re: Dior Homme Intense, year 2014: it's ok.

    In my opinion all DHI batches are *strong* in longevity. Never watered down.
    The only remarkable difference are batches dated "second half of 2011" and 2012: cocoa almost disappear, and iris is at...
  81. Dior Homme Intense, year 2014: it's ok.

    A friend of mine called me to ask infos about new 2014 DHI batches.
    Just tested it at Dior boutique, here is the picture, you can read the new code: "4N01" (January 2014)
    Results: as in 2013. No...
  82. Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (EDT) – Vintage Dating/Buying Guide

    Hats off!
    Chapeau!
    Hail to the Master !
    Bravo!
    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Vintage Fahrenheit?

    that batch code is not 9701 but probably 9Z01, anyway it should be year 2009.
    check the home-made Christian Dior date calculator here: ...
  84. Re: Question about vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

    a rarity: italian advice for Paco Rabanne pour Homme, year 1983

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  85. Dating vintage perfumes: the EMB code.

    During October 1978, the French government issued a law about packages which appears retrospectively to have great importance on dating perfumes: the EMB code.

    continue on: ...
  86. Lost Gems from the past: Moods, by Krizia, 1989

    Do someone remember it?
    a great wooden-floral-honeyed scent, with the box covered in silk and an incredible inverse-pyramid shape bottle.
    Unfortunately overshadowed by famous male counterpart...
  87. Re: "PACO RABANNE POUR HOMME": the Early days (1973-1981).

    Hi all, my compliments for the great effort in clarifying PRpH discussion!
    Agree with the metallic logo bottle: dates should be moved forward at least until year 1985. So, "metallic logo bottles"...
  88. Forgotten Gems: "GENNY" (the original one, year 1987)

    Genny (the original version, year 1987).
    A sort of "Aromatic Elixir for Men". A forgotton gem to rediscover, loaded with oakmoss, patchouly and marigold.
    ...
  89. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Yves Saint Laurent history and batch codes, here:
    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.it/2013/09/how-to-recognize-yves-saint-laurent.html

    anyway, testers are a bit difficult to date. 0095...
  90. Re: How to recognize your VERSACE perfumes: a quick, practical guide.

    Indeed: 1991. Vintage at its best. Congratulations!
  91. Re: How to recognize your VERSACE perfumes: a quick, practical guide.

    Yes! it's a 1991 bottle: congratulations! :)
  92. Re: The Golden Age of Perfumery: an Interview.

    That perfume was produced in 100 bottles only, and for a single-person use.
    I guess others people inside the factory smelled it only once; and cannot remember it very well, after 20 years,
    ...
  93. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    It seems old bottles are very rare now, If you find one -at decent price- grab them.
    Especially the ones before year 2000.
    If you stumble upon a pre-1990 bottle, well, you have found a treasure.
  94. How to recognize your VERSACE perfumes: a quick, practical guide.

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    How many times did you try to understand the age of your (vintage? not vintage?) VERSACE perfume?
    Oh, that Versace l'Homme! I can't date it....

    Finally. here is a quick and practical...
  95. Re: "KOUROS: the Scent of Gods" (a 100-pictures review)

    Wonder if -in next reviews- I should add music too ! :laugh:
  96. Re: The Golden Age of Perfumery: an Interview.

    Unfortunately Roberto de Silva died some time ago..
    His perfume factory "Diana de Silva" went bankruptcy in 2005, so it was many years ago. We are speaking about old, old times..
  97. The Golden Age of Perfumery: an Interview.

    Perfumes during the Golden Age: an Interview with a protagonist.

    Remembering good old times,
    remembering behind-the-scenes,
    remembrering making great perfumes,
    remembering truly...
  98. Vintage pictorial books about perfumes (part 2)

    (please note this is NOT spam) Vintage Pictorial Books. Discontinued old books, with lot of pictures. Part 2.

    A sort of pictorial encyclopedias , sometimes you can find it online.
    ...
  99. Re: Help me understand Balenciaga pour Homme

    Balenciaga pour Homme starts like Kouros: in fact they are very, very similar, at least during first minutes.
    But soon BpH evolves and goes beyond.
    an incredible, amazing evolution and a stellar...
  100. Re: How to Recognize HERMES Perfumes (year-by year) since 1978: a practical guide.

    ..and maybe I'm partially responsible for it :cheesy:, since I noticed some people on ebay use my blog as "expertise".. I should be paid for this! :beer:

    [QUOTE=badarun;3061975]I got the June 1986...
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