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    Poll: Re: L'air du Desert Marocain vs Ambre Sultan

    I'm going with Andy. I made a point of getting one of his original bottles.
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    Everyone smells things differently of course, but with such a mixed lot of reviews, one does wonder how this became Basenotes Best Men's Fragrance of the Year for 2014.

    Can everything else that...
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    Re: Two picks from Serge Lutens

    These would be my picks too, with the edge to 1834, but unavailable in the US now, darn it.
  4. Remember, entrants have to pay a big fee to be a...

    Remember, entrants have to pay a big fee to be a part of the process. Only frags which are entered by manufacturers who are willing to pay the fee are in the running, so basically it's a celebration...
  5. L'Artisan Parfumeur - Safran Troublant Discontinued

    And apparently several others in the line, according to Tracy at The Perfume House in Portland.

    She said she was able to order a couple of more bottles, but after that, that's it.

    Feeling...
  6. Re: I feel like Borneo 1834 is not getting the praise it deserves on here..

    It's always going to be a matter of taste, but I have quite a few Lutens, and this one has to be my favorite. It's still made and sold in Europe, but no longer available in the States, and when it...
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    Re: spraying on clothing

    Like Hedonist implied, our skin seems to actively break down perfumes, whereas fabric has little reactivity. The down side is that certain frags can be awfully persistent on fabric. If you spray...
  8. Re: Which perfume house overall has the most interesting and creative concept?

    As a concept, I like Josh at Slumberhouse. He makes an interesting and quality product, makes sure that samples get to people who are interested in perfume, and then lets the buzz build itself.
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    Re: Amour Nocturne - l'Artisan Parfumeur

    Had the chance to try all three of these at The Perfume House in Portland. I didn't take notes, but felt that all of them were quite interesting, and well worth sniffing for those who follow this...
  10. Re: Article: Sandalwood Dreams, Part 8: Uses and Markets + Sandalwood Oil Giveaway

    A very interesting set of articles ! I imagine that TFS is anxious to get on with their harvest, as 14 years is a long time to wait. In time, perhaps they will be growing even older trees ?

    I...
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    Re: Advice about vintage purchase gone bad

    An unfortunate situation, as it sounds like the seller was trying to make a good-faith effort to make sure the vintage bottle would not leak juice all over, but they didn't know enough to take the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse Discussion

    I have an old "silver Sharpie" bottle of Sana, and will be interested in seeing what's been done with it now. The stuff I have is quite a bit different than his other things : less persistent and...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite tea?

    People seem to like GPH II a lot. All I have is a mini of the stuff I must admit, but my impression's been that Tea for Two has considerably more punch to it, spray for spray.
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    Re: NEW ELdO - The End of the World

    With this one, I suspect no one will have reason to complain if it doesn't have much longevity.
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    Re: Your thoughts on Anima Dulcis !?

    Had a chance to quickly go through this line with my sister today, and we both felt this was the most interesting of the lot, at least for this time of the year. I certainly liked it.
  16. Poll: Re: POLL : Best/Favorite Amber based fragrance based on overall scent/projection/longevity/complimen

    Just had the chance to sample this recently. More than 24 hours later, and after two showers, my sister could still smell this on me when I walked into the room. Two days later it was still quite...
  17. Re: New launch from Comme des Garcons: Comme des Garcons Black

    Had a chance to try this several days ago, and I can agree with the "salty licorice" thing, for sure. This is the non-sweet salty Euro-type licorice, rather than what you get in Lolita Limpika.
    ...
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    Re: GQ's Vetiver recs

    I'm not sure I'd say that about Chandler. My belief is that he's simply an experienced frag-sniffer with some very particular tastes of his own....pretty much like the rest of us.
  19. Re: I have 38 x Niche Decants and only 6 are 'Bottle Worthy' for my tastes

    While I agree that you might find more to like in these at a later date, personally I'd say that six out of 38 is a pretty enviable hit rate for any given group of samples.
  20. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    LOL, I have a sample of the original formulation, and wrote a review saying it was what the bad-guys from the Mad Max movies might wear when they wanted to get dressy. The original version would burn...
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    Re: Versace Eros - Extremely Disappointed

    While people claim to value individualism, in the real world I'm afraid this is not really the case. They smell something within a situation that holds a positive feeling for them, make a mental...
  22. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Given the way Josh has operated in the past, I suspect this is the explanation. Perhaps not remade with higher quality materials, but old ideas revisited, and brought closer to their original...
  23. Re: My fragrance journey has come to and end. My last bottle.

    Our passions are what remind us that we are alive, but there is also a place within those passions for ease and moderation.

    Cudos to you for seeking that balance. That's a part of a well-lived...
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    Re: Use by dates on fragrances

    That would be my assumption as well.
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    Re: Has Black Afghano been reformulated?

    "Oh how the Mighty have fallen."
  26. Re: Curious newcomer wants in on the fragrance goodness

    It sounds to me like you are off to a great start by purchasing the samples. Sample, sample, sample !

    As you may be beginning to tell, it's possible to get all wrapped up in the fragrance hobby :...
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    Re: Your rarest fragrance

    I have a mini of "Silver Label" aftershave splash that was distributed by the Fuller Brush company, apparently somewhere around the end of the Korean War.
  28. Re: Is there any word about Serge Lutens Exclusives being released to the general population for 201

    It does seem interesting that (aside from Chergui ) the frags from that line that many people cherish the most are the ones that they *aren't* sending over here.
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    Re: What happend to fragrance community.

    Part of it may be that there's just so many darned frags being introduced that people have thrown up their hands in despair of keeping up with them all.
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    Re: Crystal Flacon - Password issues.

    Yes, I've checked my junk mail, and checked to see if Flacon is on my "block sender" list.

    It just seems like their password retrieval function is no longer working, as it keeps claiming it's...
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    Re: Crystal Flacon - Password issues.

    My issue is that it doesn't like the passwords I type in, and the function that sends an e-mail to you, that helps you get a new password appears not to be working. It claims to be sending me an...
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    Crystal Flacon - Password issues.

    Grrrrrr.....I cant' seem to log into Crystal Flacon, despite the fact that my user name is still clearly listed in the member list.

    The "send a new password to my e-mail address" function...
  33. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I have one of those little square bottles of Sana, with the name written in silver Sharpie. It's fairly restrained in comparison to the other scents, but I like it quite a bit. It will be...
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    Re: Montale watered down??

    Wow, poor longevity with Blue Amber ?

    You *know* they must have changed something if that's the case.
  35. Re: I have 15 samples in front of me. How do I try them out quickly?

    I've found that two at a time is about the best I can do. I try and pick two that seem like they might be somewhat related, and test them against each other.

    As the others have said, I don't...
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    Re: Decant Combo Suggestions

    Yeah, you want to familiarize yourself with what's out there first, so I would go the Crystal flagon route, if it were me. It's a nice way to get a range of things, and fairly inexpensive too. For...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    For that mulchy, down in the damp forest duff note, nothing is like Black March.
  38. Re: A Scent-Free America? A Very Interesting Article from the New Republic, 1995.

    The liver ?

    Interesting that this article is 17 years old; it seems pretty modern to me, even though the seemingly-predicted poop-smelling frags, for the most, have never materialized
  39. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Josh is the kind of guy where there's always something new in the works, so I suspect it won't be long.

    Having said that, I suspect that much of his time recently has been taken up by dealing with...
  40. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Anyone remember Brosse ? I got a tiny sample way back in the beginning, and it was some pretty amazing stuff. I'm not sure if it was ever formally released though.
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    Re: Longest Lasting Summer/Spring Citrus Frag?

    Issey Miyake Summer Edition 2009.

    Persistant to the point of annoyance. I just wish I liked it as well as many people do.
  42. Re: Article: DSquared2 launch flanker for Potion – Blue Cadet

    Humm, I wonder how this stuff will smell ? And interesting that it's available in a small 30 ml size.
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    Re: Invasion Barbare

    I'd heard all the hype, so purchased one of those 12ml splashes that had been broken out of a sample set.

    I generally like things that are sort of different and out there.

    This stuff smells...
  44. Re: Need some suggestions, "new" to the little world of fragrances.

    The "little" world of fragrances.

    If only.

    .
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    Re: Relax and calming scent for bed ?

    Safran Troublant !

    Very comforting, and just the use for a frag that doesn't last very long to begin with. I've made sure to buy a back up bottle just for this purpose alone.

    For some reason,...
  46. Re: Do you guys buy testers without the cap? Does it bug the living hell out of you like it does me?

    If I had a nice place to display my bottles I'd probably be more concerned. As it is, I don't have a good spot.

    Plus many of my frags get sprayed from funky looking decants I've purchased...
  47. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    Most research papers have something they are hoping to demonstrate, and I suspect this is actually what these guys were hoping to show.

    I remember reading a paper where the researchers wanted...
  48. Re: Based on smell alone… what would be your 10/10 fragrance?

    Safran Troublant.

    Here, then gone, but while it's around....
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    Re: Reviews scare me...

    The way I do it is to try two at a time : One on each hand. That way you can compare the two, and by the end of the day you will know which one you like. Then use the one you like as your...
  50. Re: Tribute Error - I think I got 12 ml for 30ml price

    If they both come in the same box, opening it up and looking inside would seem an easy way to clear up the issue.

    That being said, why don't they simply list the volume on the outside, rather...
  51. Re: Maxim Magazine To Release Fragrance Line In Fall 2013

    It'll be a skin scent.
  52. Re: Looking for fruity smell like Raspberry/Pomegranate [New User]

    ^^ There's some interesting stuff alright !
  53. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I was happy to see that Slumberhouse took the 2012 Basenotes' "New House of the Year" award .

    Yet another Oregonian says "Go Josh! ". :thumbsup:
  54. Re: Shop forbidding (private) re-sale of samples

    If they have the shop's name on them, rather than them being factory samples, it sounds like they are essentially making decants, and then selling them (rather than giving them away) to their...
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    Re: USPS and mailing fragrances

    Jeeze, you go to the Post Office, and they can't even provide a person with the proper "official" materials needed to comply with their own shipping requirements ?

    What's next ? I have to...
  56. Re: Would you buy a fragrance with this history ?

    I've never understood how humidity could effect a sealed bottle.

    The humidity seeps through the glass ?
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    Re: Frederic Malle x Dries Van Notten

    Not sure I'm happy about this "Designer Fragrances by Malle" idea.

    I'd hate to see it turn into a trend that's jumped on by other houses who's identity I admire.
  58. Re: Shop forbidding (private) re-sale of samples

    They seem to be arguing that there is some sort of "intellectual property" aspect to these samples, and like certain software products, they were intended only for his exclusive use, and furthermore...
  59. Re: My bottle of L'Air Du Désert Marocain leaked...

    I also think they should have just sent you a new bottle, and allowed you to keep the old one.

    If you send them the old and damaged one, what will they do with it ?

    It sounds to me like they...
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    Re: Everything!!!!

    Great idea !

    Simply buy one decant of this stuff, and it could save a person a whole lot of work !
  61. Re: Article: Vote in the Basenotes Reader Awards [now closed]

    Darn, did I miss seeing the winners ?:huh:
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    Re: Leaked Creed samples ...

    It will be interesting to see if you still get leakage, no matter how "improved" the packaging is.

    My sneaking suspicion is that air shipment, and the resulting variations in pressure during...
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    Re: Tanelli/Montale fragrances

    That site looks like a combination of the Tanelli/ Montale line....and the output of another line.

    Because there sure is a lot of stuff.....even for Montale.
  64. Thread: RIP Montale?

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    Re: RIP Montale?

    My friend at the perfume shop said they were back to getting Montale stock again. So at least their wholesale operation seems to be running OK again.
  65. Re: Niche Brands to Bring into our Perfume Store

    I think it's fair to consider Serge Lutens.

    Folks who don't know too much about niche brands may be familiar with that line, and it contains any number of well-known classics. New releases...
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    Re: Help us Pick a Logo

    I like #30.

    Clear and simple, with nice type fonts, and makes it clear that there's a website. It also gives the impression of a sign you might see outside of a high-end but understated...
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    Re: Breath of God by Lush

    Have to throw in my 2 cents here, and say that I'm among those who love it.

    It's just one of those very polarizing sorts of frags where everyone will have to decide for themselves, I think.
    ...
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    Poll: Re: your favorite niche house (excluding creed)

    All that heavy sirupy Lutens stuff that people gripe about, I love it to death, I must admit.
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    Re: So...I bought Nasomatto Black Afgano

    Now that's what I call longevity !
  70. Poll: Re: Serge Lutens Borneo or Tom Ford Black Orchid?

    I love Borneo, but why is it that most of my favorite SLs are no longer being officially sold in the US ?

    Grrrrr...
  71. It sounds bad alright, but I'm willing to...

    It sounds bad alright, but I'm willing to withhold judgment until more facts come out.
  72. Re: L'Eau D'Issey Summer editions - which has the best projection, sillage, smell ?

    I also have the 2009, and the stuff is a powerhouse to my usually insensitive nose. Over-application can be a real problem with this one, and it lasts forever.
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    Re: Shipping Perfume

    Unfortunately I had an experience with international shipping that highlighted the fact that there actually could be problems with shipping frags by air.

    Basically I got a *lot* of leakage from...
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    Re: Slumberhouse: A Warning

    Let's see....We don't want to see frags ever change or be reformulated, and we don't want to see their prices go up.

    Oh ! I know how to deal with those frustrations : Let's single out a little...
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    Re: LDDM, Jub XXV, Musc Ravageur

    I agree with this statement. None of the three may be that good for everyday wear, but they are all absolutely terrific fragrances. If push came to shove, I suspect Jub would be the most...
  76. Re: Federic Malle Vetiver Ext. or French Lover / First Malle Purchase

    I'm a fan of French Lover I must admit, and consider it the most masculine thing in their line. If one were to wear it on a date, I'd say that it's sexy in an " I don't particularly care what you...
  77. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    ^^^ Yep, there's the dope on the Slumberhouse shakeup.

    While Josh's scents may be unconventional, considering his integrity and the sort of success he's has been having, along with the...
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    Re: FiFi Awards 2013 Nominees

    As an earlier thread pointed out, these aren't really "nominees" independently selected by fragrance experts, but rather a list of submissions by makers who simply paid $400 to get their frags on the...
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    Re: Slumberhouse: A Warning

    Very few frags listed on his site now, so I suspect some new ones are in the works.

    Plus moving to a studio in Portland's artsy Pearl District ( rather than making the stuff at home, I think )...
  80. I must say, I can't quite see the necessity of...

    I must say, I can't quite see the necessity of Malle being a part of this project. A designer frag, and a nose that's not one of Malle's either. I guess just slapping Malle's name on the thing is a...
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    Re: Chandler Burr Untitled S01E07

    Kate,

    Just to warn you, sometimes we are a little hard on Chandler, but we love him just the same.

    :-)
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    Re: What happen to the Pure Leather hype?

    Oh come on, all that romantic stuff about soaking the frag in casks, along with honest-to-God pieces of leather.....and then there's no leather ?

    Geeze, where's the love ? Where's the magic ?
  83. Re: NEW from Frédéric Malle, "Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle"

    As a Malle fan, I'm not sure that I view this change of course with optimism.
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    Re: Chandler Burr Untitled S01E07

    Hey Kate !

    Glad that you finally found us ! There's a lot of energy and opinion surrounding our discussions, and I'm glad that you are here to add your own !
  85. Re: Molecule 01 or Angeliques Sous La Pluie ?

    I've not tried Molecule 01, but I love the smell of ASLP.

    But no kidding, when people say it's weak and does not last long, they aren't kidding. You'd have to be OK with the idea of paying...
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    Re: Chandler Burr Untitled S01E07

    No reveal yet. Will there be an S01E08 ?

    Oh we are such impatient beings. :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Chandler Burr Untitled S01E07

    No word on when the reveal will be, as of this posting. But soon, one would think.
  88. Re: NEW from Frédéric Malle, "Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle"

    I've always admired Malle's approach to fragrance, and the way that they don't just pop out new frags one after another.

    But I do wonder about this one. If it's going to have a fashion designer...
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    Still slow today. Odd, in that it does not seem to have to do with the actual number of people using the site at any particular time, so I suspect it has to do with the ever-growing amount of data...
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    Still slow today. Odd, in that it does not seem to have to do with the actual number of people using the site at any particular time, so I suspect it has to do with the ever-growing amount of data...
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    Re: Today I didn't buy - 2012

    I know the feeling, but the thing is, we don't really know what the other person's max bid might have been. We may have had to go considerably higher than just a dollar in order to beat the other...
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    Re: Serge Lutens CHOICES!

    I like both Fille and Arabie, but I tend to feel that Fille is the more original and more versatile of the two. I don't think twice about throwing it on when I'm going out somewhere, but I tend to...
  93. Re: 82 New Allergens in Perfumes: The Death Toll on Fragrances as we Know Them

    So that's the practical extent of any of these regs, IFRA, EU or otherwise ?

    You simply have to list the names of any of the 82 on your label, and then you are free from censure ?

    I...
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    Re: Difference between Basenotes and Fragrantica?

    Yep, Basenotes seems to be going through another case of "the slows" today.
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    Re: What was the first fragrance that you bought?

    After trying a sample I got on E-bay, I coughed up the cash for a $14 stick of Breath of God.

    Got a FB after that. While I now have other things, I love it still.
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    Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    Malle seems to be one of those "something for everyone, and something for every situation" sort of lines.

    I really admire the notion that they started with a bunch of winners and stuck with...
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    Re: USPS and mailing fragrances

    I do hate rules that suddenly make criminals out of people who previously doing things that everyone felt were harmless.

    I have a 20 ml decant coming from Israel, that I suspect will have to...
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan

    Lucky for those who can smell it. MKK seem to contain the kind of musk that some (like me) are anosmic for.
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    Re: Issey Miyake Summer 09

    Be aware that it's some seriously strong juice for a summer frag. You hear Robes rave about it, but believe me, it's definitely one of those personal taste kinds of things.


    If big-league...
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    Re: Chandler Burr Untitled S01E07

    Whew, just received my sample from Neil (repeated gratitude !) and uhhh.....I think it's going to take a few wears before I'll be able to say anything definitive about this one.

    Chandler shows...
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