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    Re: Why no wine fragrances?

    A couple years ago, I bought Kors for women (it was on clearance at Target). Its primary note was port wine (with a little tobacco - the bottle was tall and narrow, and shapped like a cigarette...
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    Re: Creed Green Valley DISCONTINUED - False!

    It appears that Creed is getting more money-conscious, realizing that the flacons are getting more and more out of reach for most consumers' budgets. Likewise, their newer fragrances are getting...
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    Re: Think when it comes to Turin

    I have to admit, I've stopped by this forum far less since the Turin book and threads. It was shocking to see that people couldn't express disapproval of the book without having their intelligence...
  4. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    Well, you folks make me doubly proud that I never spent a scent on this book. It's repellent to see people practice the same kind of nastiness that they obviously relate so closely to in this book. ...
  5. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    I spent plenty of time in my local bookstore last weekend reading through this book. I don't feel it's worth paying money for. I'm not impressed in any way with Turin's prose, attitude or taste in...
  6. Re: New Luca Turin book - your thoughts? Here are mine.

    Turin seems to fall into that category of loud, closed-minded fragrance lovers who are always desiring old-fashioned perfumey perfumes - big, eccentric, aldehydic, and powdery. They dominate these...
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    Re: Penhaligon's no longer at Saks?

    A sales associate in my area who once worked for Penhaligon's at Saks said that it was PENHALIGON'S decision to pull their boutiques within Saks and sell only through stand-alone stores. I was...
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    Re: Creed Feuille Verte!! Never again!!!

    I'm sure that this idea is on one of Ms. Rahme's "to do" lists, somewhere (seriously!).

    As with everything involving the Creeds, I'm sure that there are plenty of reasons behind the Feuille Verte...
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    Re: Creed Leather Atomizers

    Creed's atomizers work great, but if you try and clean or polish the outer leather, the dye can lift off easily. You wonder why, for what they charge, Creed can't find more permanent coloring agents...
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    Re: Why is Green Irish Tweed named so?

    Erolfa was named after Olivier's family:
    ERwin - son
    OLivia - daughter
    FAbienne - wife
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    Re: New Creed and Tom Ford!! NEWS!!!

    I've long wondered, too, why the smell of petunias has never been recreated in perfume. It's one of my favorite aromas associated with summer. The longer the sun beats down on petunias, the thicker...
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    Re: Cheers to Grant!

    Your talent and hard work are greatly appreciated, Grant!

    [ more applause ]
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    Re: Two questions about Bond No 9

    I pretty much feel the same as Brielle87. There are so many other, more original, fragrance lines out there who are more deserving of my money than the repellent Ms. Rahme. And besides, avoiding...
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    Re: Which Creed fragrance do you like best?

    I had passed by the large Creed selection at NM for years, but figured that the English style bottles were aimed specifically at the yacht and polo set. I had also frequented the Perfume of Life...
  15. Re: Hooray! Directory back (and better than ever).

    Thanks for all your hard work, Grant. Where else but Basenotes would you find such colorful, illuminating and memorable reviews about fragrance? One sincerely comes to miss them during such a...
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    Re: Do you smell what you see?

    Having looked through these designs on the Penhaligon's site, they definitely leave me thinking "old" (yes, grandma-style "old") and "musty." The boxes seem either Victorian or resembling dull skin...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    Yes, you're probably more current on that point than I am. Perhaps Ms. Rahme's endless releases and lawsuits are finally altering opinions. In the past, I've frequented plenty of other boards in...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    Well, to clarify myself a bit, Creed is just one of those brands that inspires a lot of emotional responses for being "overrated," rather than actual evidence of such "ratings" - among informed...
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    Re: Fragrance ads on Youtube? Post your faves!

    Vanessa Paradis for Coco, on a trapeze in a birdcage (even though I'm not a Chanel fan). The ads reflected both youth and elegance, in contrast to Chanel of today, which focuses almost entirely on...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    First choice of the above list would be Bond. Tacky bottles, harsh, derivative blends, and excessive counter space at Saks.

    If I were deciding on the most overrated brand based on the words of a...
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    Re: Diesel Green

    I once owned this scent, and there was some feature or note in it that I soon grew tired of. Perhaps it was the sweetness of the note, I can't remember anymore. I should've appreciated the bottle...
  22. Re: This is unbelievable : Chanel Egoiste is discontinued!!! (or is it really??)

    Does Chanel really make THAT much money off their youth fragrances that they can afford to pull their older/classic scents from most retail markets? Right now, I believe that NM is the only major...
  23. Thread: New Creed?

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    Re: New Creed?

    It's been categorized as a women's scent.
  24. Thread: New Creed?

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    Re: New Creed?

    The name is for real. It was confirmed to reps during Erwin's 11-city visit to the U.S. last fall, but no other description was passed on outside of its name.
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    Re: Whats Your Favorite Bond #9 Scent

    "CLEAR THE WAY!"

    (As in, "Liquidation Sale - Bond No. 9 fragrances 50% off!":D)

    . . . hopefully followed by a return to respectability for Saks (wishful thinking, I know).
  26. Thread: Bond No. 9

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    Re: Bond No. 9: An End to Peace on Earth and Don't Go Down by My Riverside

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Anya.

    I've tried some of the Bond scents at Saks since they first arrived, and each time I've concluded that they're poorly blended and hastily conceived...
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    Re: You are embarrassed that you don't like...

    I feel like the only person on earth that gets NO incense from DK Black Cashmere. When this scent was launched, there was so much hype for it - so dark, rich, luxurious! Even I was even excited...
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    Re: Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger

    It's more nutmeg than ginger - a strong, bold spice note that's not sweet. It's reminiscent of Christmas, but thankfully not cheap-smelling or potpourri-like. Definitely longer-lasting than most of...
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    Re: Custom Creed fragrance?

    http://www.forbes.com//forbes/1999/1011/6409434a.html

    Thanks for the reference. Wow, $20,000 - $30,00 for 10 liters, plus the requirement to purchase an additional 10 liters over a 5-year period...
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    Re: What Frag(s) Literally Make You Sick?

    I had terrible sinus reactions to Burberry of London for women and Kiehl's Musk. I think it's the prominent tonka bean in both of them (yet, for some strange reason, I find the tonka - and all other...
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    Re: Early Happy new year!

    :D Enjoy a happy, healthy and scentsational 2008, Basenoters! :D
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    Re: How is fragrance regarded in your culture?

    Sadly, I rarely smell fragrance on any man at my large workplace. If I do, it's some commercial fad-of-the-moment, like Instinct or Unforgivable, and Acqua De Gio would be considered a "designer"...
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    Re: Creed's Feuille Verte

    I wonder if the current sensitivity scare about oakmoss will influence Feuille Verte ever getting wide release. The timing's not good, that's for sure.

    The interesting thing about FV is that it...
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    Re: Your "pride bottle"

    This would easily be my Creed Feuille Verte flacon, as it's special to me in so many ways. It helps that it's my very favorite fragrance (which I wear, on average, only once a week); it truly...
  35. Poll: Re: The 2007 Men's Fragrance Industry Hall of Shame Awards

    Psychological analysis? Who needs that? All you have to do is watch threads about the fragrances Erwin Creed has worked on leads to posts about what a snob and spoiled rich kid he must be. Plenty...
  36. Poll: Re: The 2007 Men's Fragrance Industry Hall of Shame Awards

    My first choice would be Estee Lauder for the tacky Tom Ford campaign and, even worse, for not having the guts to put their name on it.

    Of the list, though, I'd pick celebrity fragrances because...
  37. Re: Name a fragrance you own but no other Basenoter does...

    Mine are very short-lived scents:

    Etro Resort - very limey, summery fragrance in tall 5 oz. bottles, seemingly made just for a quick 6-month run at Sephora.

    Arran Aromatics After the Rain EDT &...
  38. Re: Has anyone smelled Amalfi Flowers the new Creed?

    Amalfi Flowers sure sounds nice - actually, better than the company's upcoming scent does. Creed announced that their 2008 release will be for women, called Love in Black. The Creed reps haven't...
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    Re: Jealousy: France vs. USA

    I imagine, too, that France will never see the level of political-correctness - and potential for lawsuits - that's common in the US when it comes to perfume in everyday settings. America certainly...
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    Re: Erwin Creed on various houses

    The fluff is, no doubt, the fault of today's perfume market. Fragrance releases are constant, and ultimately disposable, just like the ever-changing stock in department stores. It's all about...
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    Re: Erwin Creed on various houses

    Yes, Chantecaille is mainly a cosmetics line - a fairly nice line, but also overpriced. Their fragrances are definitely feminine. I guess the interviewer saw a few obvious similarities to Creed -...
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    Re: Erwin Creed on various houses

    I don't know . . Erwin just sounds like a typical, 24-year-old kid to me, having struggled in his late teens with whether or not he wants to carry on the family business. And what percentage of...
  43. Re: Which fragrances do you refuse to give up, but never wear??

    Those would be my J&E Atkinsons' I Coloniali fragrances - Javanese Cananga (predominantly amber), Mirra & Mirra (myrrh + vanilla) and Loto & Loto (floral-tomato leaf-type scent). Guess these are no...
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    Re: What perfume personality are you?

    I've taken that test several times over the past year or so, and have even chosen a few different answers, but I'm always "Freshen Up." But I guess this makes sense. I'm beyond that age where I...
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    Re: I tried the $5000 a bottle, Y.

    :grin: Oh, you guys are killing us! :grin:

    So, a locked case and formal dabbing? How did you ever keep a straight face? :D
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    Re: Honor thyself or honor the masses?

    More often than not, I've "honored the masses." I used to wear EA Sunflowers, which I found out later was every high school and college girl's choice of scent in the 90s, and which created instant...
  47. Re: Has anyone smelled Amalfi Flowers the new Creed?

    Actually, I was feeling a bit like Scentologist over the weekend, realizing the disappointing direction that Creed is heading in.

    I checked my local Saks to see if they were carrying Amalfi...
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    Re: Fragrances you wish you could pull off

    Opium - I still find this classic scent endlessly fascinating. In fact, I wish I could be so bold as to wear it in perfume form. But alas, I'll just never project the daring, provocative character...
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    Re: BEST FRAGRANCE EVER !

    I'd probably choose Creed's SMW, but would have to also keep Feuille Verte around for those days when I want to imagine a rich, misty green morning among the woods and flowers - and that I'm the rich...
  50. Re: What do you prefer? - spraying or splashing?

    I much prefer to own and use my fragrances in spray form. But there are times and places when I want my scents to be subtle, or a bottle may have a sprayer that's too powerful, or else the scent...
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    Re: Scentronic's 1000th Post

    CONGRATULATIONS, Scentronic, on your 1000 posts - and your many other talents and accomplishments.

    You're always fun and informative to read. GLAD YOU'RE HERE!
  52. Re: Neiman Marcus and the entire L'Artisan line?

    I shop at the same Neimans and mall as Scentronic - it IS very disappointing. You can find the whole Creed line there, and some Acqua di Parma and Clive Christian, but otherwise it features the same...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water

    There was a thread here listing plenty of other coconut fragrances - back in early summer, when VIW was released.

    I've heard a number of people say that they'd never buy VIW because it too closely...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water

    I think that VIW's sweet notes settle down quite nicely in the drydown. But, yes, VIW still remains very coconuty (albeit well-blended coconut). I didn't end up using this scent as often as I had...
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    Re: Chevrefeuille Original OK for a man?

    It's definitely herbal. I've tried my sample of it several times, but it smells very musty on me. I think it leans more toward the masculine side.
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    Re: I thank the Pefume Gods for...

    Nature's endless, beautiful notes.

    Basenotes, its great moderators, and especially the MEN who post here. You men certainly know how to love fragrance, have fun with it, share your immense...
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    Re: How the site rebounds

    Thanks for the information and for all your efforts, Chris.

    I'll greatly miss everyone for 10 days. Happy First Week of Summer to all! :)
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    Re: Creed Royal Blends: What's yours?

    Actually, I DO have one blend I've liked so far. It's a vial made up by my NM SA of Fleur de the Rose Bulgare + Vintage Tabarome. The problem with this one is that it's so rich and formal (not to...
  59. Re: VIW silver logo on the bottle got air bubbles...just a little

    Don't know about the original poster's sticker, but mine was already like that right out of the box (purchased at NM), and the bottle's stored in a very dry room.
  60. Re: VIW silver logo on the bottle got air bubbles...just a little

    Mine is slightly bubbled too. I know, we expect far more considering the price we're paying, but in the end, it's nothing more than a cheap foil sticker. I've always been perfectly fine with the...
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    Re: Creed Royal Blends: What's yours?

    I notice that I still don't have enough of these individual selections to create many blends, but that's just fine with me. I admit, though, that I chose my first few Creeds on the basis of all this...
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    Re: Whose More Into Frag -- men or woman?

    I would say that men are just as interested in fragrance as women, but women are seen as the primary perfume buyers. We're the ones who have scents featured together with cosmetics, usually in the...
  63. Re: why doesn't chanel present another brilliant scent?

    I've never understood the way Chanel operates. I've always found their fragrances a bit "difficult" for my chemistry, but yet I've been open to trying (re-trying) them out for a while. Yet, so few...
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    Re: What is about Creed anyway?

    I must've been an odd one, in that I AVOIDED Creed for years. I hated that it was only available in NM. I hated the NM "personal service experience," and I wasn't convinced that inclusion at NM...
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    Re: What is about Creed anyway?

    Actually, for most of us, the Creed name is not even KNOWN within the areas we live in, let alone hyped. The only people in my area who know of Creed are those who shop regularly at Neiman Marcus,...
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    Re: Irish Spring?

    Some people used to say that my Etro Resort fragrance (predominantly lime-based) of a few years back smelled like Irish Spring. Now, I've loved the smell of Irish Spring soap since I was a child,...
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    Re: Creed is just not for me

    Many here comment that the ambergris (or something else common in Creed's basenotes) becomes ink or metallic notes on the skin, so you have plenty of company, and there's no shame if a particular...
  68. Re: Chanel Bois Des Iles - for the (Gingerbread) man

    I didn't have any luck either with the parfum several years ago. It dried down to little more than aldehydes and (very) powdery floral on me. I never realized that the EDT was that much different,...
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    Re: YSL Nu: What's your take?

    I eventually gave mine away, convinced that Nu was much easier to admire than wear. The drydown was nicer than expected - a creamy orchid/incense blend with hints of cedar and pepper - but the...
  70. Thread: Creeds

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    Re: Creeds

    Creed has more of an avid female customer base than indicated on boards like this, and they're not all the type who seek out a big, "grand dame" fragrance like Angelique Encens. There are quite a...
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    Re: Has anyone ever tried Demeter fragrances?

    They were a fun novelty for me when they first came out. You're initially amazed that so many familiar, everyday aromas can be captured in commercial fragrances. However, you eventually notice the...
  72. Re: Just bought Virgin Island Water--quick review

    I agree with Indie_Guy that, while VIW is nice, I wouldn't put off buying SMW for it. My impression is that Erwin Creed is exerting more influence on new fragrances, and that the newer ones are...
  73. Re: Just bought Virgin Island Water--quick review

    This board can be quite enabling. I stopped at my local NM yesterday, and ended up purchasing the last 1 oz bottle of VIW on the shelf (which will last me quite a while, since I feel that only 2...
  74. Re: Andy Tauer says that the greatest perfume discussion board is...

    There's not enough diversity at POL, IMO. Over there, you're expected to WORSHIP classic, or classic-style fragrances (i.e., heavy on the florals, powder and aldehydes), as well as s-t-r-o-n-g...
  75. Re: Just bought Virgin Island Water--quick review

    Your review makes me want to try VIW on the skin now, even though the fragrance itself doesn't sound like my style. Feuille Verte has those amazing lime top notes as well. The base of FV is jasmine...
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    Re: This thread is NOT for Creed-haters!

    So, then GIT is not an Olivier creation, but likely introduced by his father. That's interesting to know.

    Speaking of GIT, is it considered best when applied with a light hand? I'm one of those,...
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    Re: Creed Virgin Island Water - First Review

    Most of you men probably don't pay attention to something like NM's Beauty Event, where the store and individual cosmetics/fragrance companies offer Gifts with Purchases (GWPs) (tacky bags and...
  78. Re: Right place and right time............creed!

    VIW is scheduled to be shipped to NM stores in just two weeks, meaning that tester bottles are probably already on shelves. I hope that my Creed SA will be mailing me a sample of VIW soon, like she...
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    Re: your favorite discontinued frags

    My choices are pretty old and obscure:
    Coty Sophia
    Borghese di Borghese
    Isadora
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    Re: I tried Creed Royal Ceylan!

    My Creed SA at NM was kind enough to mail me a sample of Royal Ceylan before it even reached the shelves, but on me, it was just a sharp, light lemon-floral blend - definitely not in the same league...
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    Re: Creed Original Santal...powerful stuff!!!

    It's funny, but a waitress complimented me on OS a couple weeks ago. She said she really liked it, asked me what it was, and then added that it was "very soft." Yes, hard to believe, right? I like...
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    Re: Creed and its fancy clientele - So what ?

    With NM, they keep a notebook with pages on each customer who's purchased Creed. They write down dates and notes for each time you've bought and each time the SA has given or mailed you samples. ...
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    Re: Creed and its fancy clientele - So what ?

    It took me a long time to really get interested in Creed. I had been frequenting another perfume board for some time in which Creed was bashed regularly. The posters there were more devoted to...
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    Re: Are any Basenoters meeting Erwin Creed?

    I was actually referring to some of the recent photos like this, included in the US Web site:
    http://www.creedperfumes.us/pdf/Ocean_Drive_032006.pdf


    Yes, Olivier has worn some comb-over styles...
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    Re: Are any Basenoters meeting Erwin Creed?

    Well, yes, I'd say he IS, although I'm not . . in the particular age group to where that would impact prospective Creed purchases one way or the other. I am curious about the hair, however. Is...
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    Re: Are any Basenoters meeting Erwin Creed?

    I don't detect much of the vanilla in the heart of Feuille Verte either. The base is jasmine absolute, but the oakmoss and bulgarian rose notes remain just as prominent. In fact, it's the smooth,...
  87. Re: Do any other fermales prefer masculine Fragrances?

    Absolutely! As a woman, I feel it's discriminatory the way the industry assumes that all women want powder in their scents (particularly when it's a major part of the fragrance). Granted, the good...
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    Re: The absolute sweetest, thickest scent!

    Sweet and nauseating:
    Hanae Mori (both men's and women's)
    YSL - Paris

    Pleasantly sweet and enveloping:
    Creed Original Santal
  89. Re: Creed 'Love in White'-just arrived,bought it of ebay!

    I still have some sample vials I'm using, but come next spring, I do plan on buying a full bottle of Love in White. Of course, it's nice to wear any time of the year, but for me, it's especially...
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    Re: Creed Baie de Genievre

    I bought this about a month ago for myself. I was testing about a half-dozen Creeds on paper strips, and Baie de Genievre was the only one I liked enough to test further on my skin. I have a very...
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