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    Calibrating musks

    So I think I'm probably going to end up buying Kiehls Original Musk, because I want a wardrobe staple. But before I do, I'm curious. I've been testing all over the musk spectrum (notes below), and...
  2. Re: Primark (or, In Which Philistine Lives Up To The Name)

    The one thing no store in my home town actually seems to stock! In the end I went on a rampage round the high street own-brand fragrances and discovered what I'm told is a knockoff of Invictus Aqua...
  3. Re: Primark (or, In Which Philistine Lives Up To The Name)

    Yeah, that general ballpark. But I'd say actually cheaper than H&M. And more inclined to stock random runs of licensed merchandise - Harry Potter at the moment.
  4. Re: Primark (or, In Which Philistine Lives Up To The Name)

    Primark's distinguishing quality is that it is dirt, dirt cheap. This fuels the bizarreness because essentially, we are a nation who either spare no expense and get the best quality imaginable (the...
  5. Re: NEW: Zara - Pipeline, Waimea, Teahupoo, and Zara Night Pour Homme II Sport!

    I tested a bunch of these out today and I really like Teahupoo (in spite of the name). I get a really strong floral in the top notes which isn't listed at all, but it balances out very nicely with a...
  6. Re: Primark (or, In Which Philistine Lives Up To The Name)

    I definitely wasn't getting spices. It was an abstract grapefruit-like citrus impression, juicy rather than sweet or sour. Not a grapefruit to the head at 90mph; it could easily have been a blend of...
  7. Re: Primark (or, In Which Philistine Lives Up To The Name)

    The packaging was a bit reminiscent as well, navy and white stripes in a nautical sort of style. I wasn't getting anything tea like from it though, or much in the way of florals (that I could detect,...
  8. Primark (or, In Which Philistine Lives Up To The Name)

    So I went into Primark yesterday. I know, OK? I know. And yes I did have a shower when I got home.

    But anyway. I went in there to grab some of their el cheapo amber noir frag, which is rather...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    In my current financial cycle I can't even find 7 for some head shop Egyptian musk oil. Ambre Sultan is just going to have to wait till it isn't this week any more and one of my 3-for-1ml sample...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Ambre Sultan has been on my hit list for a long time, but I've never had the right constellation of available budget for fragrance samples and being in an amber frame of mind. (I 100% cannot afford...
  11. Can't save private notes on a partifular fragrance

    Hi, I'm finding that I can't save private notes on Aramis Tuscany. I can get a single word like "test" or the sentence "cannot get notes to save", but anything else just returns a blank notes...
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    Re: Almonds and musk

    Huh, so I see! Sitting right there in John Lewis for me to go and test for free. Noted with thanks!
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    POAL is one I've contemplated testing, but I generally prefer my roses a good long distance away from oriental and the spices concern me. I'm on a quest to figure out exactly what it is about...
  14. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez Top 100(ish!) - Week 15: Pour Monsieur(Chanel) and Azzarro pour Homme(Azzar

    Does Creed Original Vetiver count? That was a disappearer. Gorgeous for twenty minutes, then phut.
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Hmm - peony is a favourite of mine, although vetiver and me have a bad history... I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a sample!
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    Re: Almonds and musk

    Hmm, thankyou for those - the Mona di Orio definitely sounds like an avenue to explore. Mona di Orio Vanille is exquisite on me, it shapeshifts constantly and every shape it takes is gorgeous. I'm...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Sooo, I got some samples: CdG Zagorsk, Montale Full Incense, La Liturgie des Heures (entirely on the strength of a reviewer suggesting it would scent Adso of Melk from Name of the Rose) and Encens...
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    Re: "Purple" fragrances

    Beck: Amouage is on my hit list but as yet I've not got any further than Jubilation XXV. They do seem to have an intriguing take.

    Cacio: I've actually tested Feminite du Bois, now that I check; it...
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    "Purple" fragrances

    Many years ago, I bought myself a fragrance oil by the name of Purple Phoenix, which you can read about here. Listed notes are "myrrh, plum blossom, African violet, cognac, fig, orris, lilac,...
  20. Re: Eau de Veganuary? VEGETABLE notes are on the rise

    I use unsweetened stewed rhubarb as a substitute for lemon juice in cooking, so I'm interested to see what it could do for fragrance!
  21. Re: QUEST: Turin/Sanchez Top 100(ish!) - Week 15: Pour Monsieur(Chanel) and Azzarro pour Homme(Azzar

    I have a sample of Pour Monsieur but reading everyone else's responses I begin to think it suffers from Philistine's Patented Vetiver Fail. I don't know whether it's that I'm anosmic to vetiver or...
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    Re: Almonds and musk

    The Jovan is an el cheapo (6 UK) synthetic 'clean' musk that happens to be pretty good for its price band. The White variants (mens' and womens') seem to be the most popular. I'd sincerely hope...
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    Almonds and musk

    The other day I found that the tail end of my cheap'n'cheerful Jovan Musk Oil was making me crave an almond-musk fragrance - and snacking on almonds this afternoon pointed up that they actually have...
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    Dune aging for the worse?

    I have a bottle of Dune from the 90s, before 1997 definitely, which is about half left. What I remember of it at the time was that it would spend a long while enveloping me in an amazing cloud of...
  25. Re: House of Matriarch's latest fragrance is a tribute to the Holly King

    Heheh :) House of Matriarch made me curious when I first saw the name because it's a very goddess-feminism name to pick; when I read about their actual fragrances I chuckled because I was bang on...
  26. Re: House of Matriarch's latest fragrance is a tribute to the Holly King

    The Holly King is an aspect of deity in some modern pagan traditions - the winter counterpart to the Oak King. I think that's what the "sacre" is about.
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    It's curious, the first time I tested it I was completely overwhelmed, but this time it seemed to peter out. Could well be what you're talking about - I didn't get the impression it was shy and...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Retest: Jubilation XXV

    The opening gives me blackberry, against a fairly restrained balance of frankincense and something warm that I could swear is musk, apart from the fact I can tell it's not....
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Heheh, I didn't know that! And what a street name. Nearly as good as Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate in York.

    I do know what you mean about leather "feel", although creosote just makes me think of the...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    OK, so diving into the retests of samples I already own:

    Anubis is pleasantly bitter. In the top I'm mostly getting tar and rubbery saffron (as previously mentioned, leather frags don't smell like...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Passage d'Enfer is already on my curosity list - recovering goth that I am, the name caught my attention straight away :) It also pinged on my "potentially mystical" goodies radar - a lot of...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    It was resampling things I've tried before (accidentally, if I recall rightly) that opened my eyes to the development I'm talking about in this thread. Jubilation XXV is a good example, when I first...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    Hmm, spices are another family of notes I've not got a great relationship with, trying to deal with two of those at once might be a tall order. I'll do my best tor eport back but on a limited budget...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    It turns out I've already tried Black Orchid and my notes say I didn't like it in the least - "gourmand floral" was my conclusion (along with "flowers shouldn't smell edible!").

    CdG 2 Man is...
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    Re: Incense for beginners

    I think when I say beginner I mean I'm never likely to become a devotee of the thick and heavy school of incenses. I reliably can't cope with orientals, they're just too much, but I do like...
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    Incense for beginners

    I've noticed recently that my nose seems to have developed sharply. I started out thinking anything "bitter" (aromatic fougeres, incense, some spices and most woods) were absolutely vile and loving...
  37. Demystifying "attars"/fragrance oils (UK)

    There's a wonderful street in my home town with lots of different ethnic type shops on it, and at least one of them stocks some of those intriguing little bottles of fragrance oil which I can't...
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    Re: Armpit accord

    Interesting, I didn't know about the sensitivity/anosmia thing with musks!
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    Armpit accord

    So I've noticed as I explore perfumery that certain notes often get reviewed as sweaty or dirty. I know some people react to musks that way; I don't, the only musk scent I've found that's too far...
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    Re: Anyone ever used ScentSamples?

    Tried phone and email so far... no response.
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    Anyone ever used ScentSamples?

    Does anyone have any experience of dealing with these guys? I've bought from them successfully a number of times, but sent them some fragrances I want to pass on without managing to put my contact...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    I'm not equating green to vetiver, I'm just disappointed by the fact that it's a very common ingredient in "green" perfumes and my inability to smell it leaves whopping great holes in their pyramids...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    As it turns out I haven't tested Chanel no. 19 on my actual skin, and given the way Cristalle blew me away when I skin tested it the other day I think I should definitely revisit it. So No. 19 may...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    Galbanum is OK as far as I'm aware. I don't think I've knowingly tested anything with angelica in it.

    Beckett, Mugler Cologne definitely has the vetiver problem on me, it vanishes to nothing after...
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    Re: Greens without vetiver

    Cristalle is on my list to test properly anyway. I've just received a sample of Philosykos but sadly the coconut is not a win. Noting down the others...
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    Greens without vetiver

    Hi all,

    I seem to have some sort of anosmia problem with vetiver, I either can't smell it at all or stop being able to half an hour in, so I'd like to explore green fragrances that either don't...
  47. Re: 3 New Parfumerie Generale's - Arabian Horse - Vetiver Metale -Coze Verde

    I've got to say - the only pyramids I associate with horses are the ones you have to shovel up after them :2vrolijk_08:

    It does sound like an interesting scent though. I like a nice...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - August 2016

    It ought to be a band name, oughtn't it :)
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    Re: Layering recipes

    That must be a heck of a thing. If I could get hold of Slumberhouse samples in the UK I might try something like it myself.
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    Layering recipes

    I thought it might be fun to share some layering formulas, along with a few notes on why we chose them and waht they achieve :) I make no pretensions to being a highly trained nose but I'll start.
    ...
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    Re: Sample of the Day - August 2016

    Oh, you mean there *is* a place on BN where I can post my musings about the things I'm testing? Good grief, how do I always manage to be late to the party :D

    Testing a batch of stuff from...
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    Re: But where's the leather?!

    Well, as I type I have 1881 on my arm. I'm getting enough aldehydic notes that I can see how you'd mistake it for a floral, of a powdery and green and sophisticated sort of character, but overall it...
  53. Re: The Most Embarrassing Ad, Packaging, and Bottle

    Not to spoil everyone's fun but there are actually transgender people reading this...



    Holy cow, I thought that was a satire!
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    Re: But where's the leather?!

    I find the in-your-face leathers overwhelming, it could be that I'm just sensitive to leather-like notes.
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    Re: But where's the leather?!

    Interesting! Most of them would have been tested in the same store, so on the same type of paper - I'll have to check on skin.
  56. Re: Could body composition play a role in fragrance perception?

    I have this trouble in spades because of how much I like to genderf*** when I'm choosing scents. (That's a technical term ;) ). There are tons of floral and feminine scents I love but I constantly...
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    But where's the leather?!

    I'm coming to realise that a lot of the time my nose detects leather in fragrances that don't actually have it as a note. So far I've come across it in:

    Cerruti 1881 (women)
    CK Eternity (women)...
  58. Re: Fragrance that remind you of "the dirty old man"

    Just for a giggle, check out Jubilee in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4e-Al90tSs
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    Re: What's the best smelling vanilla perfume?

    Another vote for Mona di Orio here - I don't actually like vanilla to wear, but this one I make an exception for. It's also, on me anyway, one of those magical fragrances that keeps changing and...
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    Re: 30 days in the hole ( HUMBLE PIE )

    As a highly qualified girly-man I approve :)
  61. Re: Bottles you keep around, even though you'll never wear them again

    My half-used bottle of Dune that I was given for Christmas 1996. I've grown out of the scent but it has too many memories to let it go. Posting this has just made me realise it's old enough to go to...
  62. Re: Need help finding a fragrance from my childhood....please!?

    Shot in the dark - if it reminded you of leather at all it could have been CK Eternity? That one got insanely popular in the 90s for a while.
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    Re: Selling via PMs

    Thankyou all, I feel educated!
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    Re: Selling via PMs

    Well they've got 0 posts and I've never had a PM from them before so I guess that would count as unsollicited.

    I didn't see the report button on a cursory glance, thankyou, I'll have a closer look.
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    Selling via PMs

    I've just had a PM from a new member advertising a product, is that OK by Basenotes rules? And if not where should I shop 'em to?
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I think I must be the other way round from you. I can discard things as not "me" just from a spray on a test strip. Some part of me knows fragrances are art, but that isn't what I'm testing them for....
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    Thankyou Liz :) Writing is kind of my thing, people seem to sit up and listen when I do it (like this for example *blush*. Sometimes I get a little overawed by the fact I can't even go off on a rant...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I've read about layering scents but most commercial fragrances are so complex I'm loath to do it because something somewhere in the notes list is bound to argue and end up giving me a headache. So...
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    Re: How many fragrances should you own?

    There is no "should". Only the limits of your budget, sanity and storage space :)

    What I'm aiming for personally is a wardrobe of hopefully no more than ten or so fragrances total. I'm putting in...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I did some of the shops in town this afternoon - turns out that Molton Brown, Crabtree & Evelyn and L'Occitane are all within fifty yards of each other, how awful - and I've definitely made a few...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm lucky in that I live in quite a gentrified town - we have branches of Molton Brown, Penhaligons, a big John Lewis that stocks Creed, that sort of thing. And I can get to London fairly easily if...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    Thankyou thediamondsea :) I figured it was best to be upfront about the fact I don't have a snobbish bone in my body lol!

    Kotori, crikey, I'll come back to your info mine when I haven't just had a...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm within striking distance of London and its various department stores and perfume specailists, and there are a number of Frederic Malles on my test list :)
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I think I am doing that, Kotori - I've certainly got a spreadsheet on the go. So far nothing's given me headaches, thank heavens, although I do have a note on my tester of Jubilation XXV Man that...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm working through that article on top ten mens' scents for beginners at the moment and I've just come across somethng that made me hoot with laughter and may also illuminate part of my problem with...
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    Re: How do you figure out your own taste?

    It's nice to know I'm not on my own in the frustration and that this is just part of the learning process - thankyou for that, everyone :)

    Sampling without financial commitment is the one area my...
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    How do you figure out your own taste?

    I'm trying to learn about fragrance and sample as many as I can get my hands on locally to educate my taste, but when it comes to working out what my own taste in fragrance is, I feel like I'm trying...
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    Re: People who don't wear fragrances ...

    Social change is never something you can understand while it's actually happening. It's always far too complex. I keep meaning to read up on 20th century Romanian history but I haven't got round to...
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    Re: People who don't wear fragrances ...

    Hah, that's where I live! I'd say yes, it's still fairly fragrance free in daytime terms. But people do seem to break out the juice for the evening.
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    Re: People who don't wear fragrances ...

    Ken, I notice your flag puts you in Romania (original home of my favourite actor Sebastian Stan) - I'd bet good money that the concept of fragrance as capitalist extravagance is a hangover from the...
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    Re: ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Hah - I'm going funny in my old age. It was Tom Ford for Men. The gold label just looked green because they'd stuffed it behind a bottle of Cacharel LouLou.
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    Re: ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Will go back tomorrow and have a better look I think. They had a 3ml of Belle d'Opium I might pick up just to treat myself anyway.
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    Re: ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Yes, exactly that.
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    ID a Tom Ford frag from the bottle?

    Spotted in my local way-too-posh charity shop - a Tom Ford Signature collection bottle (the ones with the vertical ridged design and cap, bottle clear, cap gold), but the label was green. BN's...
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    Re: Spicy but fresh/aquatic?

    Scribbling notes furiously here :)
  86. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Body Shop white musk gives me flashbacks to my best friend in the 1990s :vrolijk_1: Apparently I've tried Allure Edition Blanche, but it didn't leave enough of an impression to make me remember doing...
  87. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Thankyou everyone, I've got tons to read through reviews of and plan some sample hunts!
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    Re: Spicy but fresh/aquatic?

    Acqua di Gio doesn't do it for me in the original alas - not tested the flankers, Profumo in particular sounds worth a look though. Spicebomb Eau Fraiche I do like but need to retest to see if I can...
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    Spicy but fresh/aquatic?

    Many years ago I sampled a wonderful perfume oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs that managed to be spicy but fresh/aquatic both at once. More recently something in the opening of CK Euphoria Men...
  90. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Wow, Mure et Musc made it onto my test list yesterday, I didn't know it came in Extreme too! Worth a look. Orange Sanguine sounds like it might suit me as well. Fascinating reading about Aqua...
  91. Re: Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    Anything that mentions wood in the name is almost certainly too much wood for me, yes! I'm not sure there's such a thing as too OTT for me in the fruity department - if it wasn't for the fact they...
  92. Recommend me a "white" and a juicy fruity frag?

    I have my username for a reason, my favourite night out fragrance is Joop Homme Wild, so don't feel your suggestions have to be the hautest of haute couture - I'm open-minded :)

    I like to smell...
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    Re: Vetiver / Ruh Khus / Khus Khus

    Every time I smell a fragrance which allegedly has a strong vetiver note in it I find it disappears on me. Is it possible to have selective anosmia for particular fragrance notes?
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Communicating well is a bit of a personal principle with me, I like to keep educating myself about how, so no need to apologise :) Oscar WIlde said it though, didn't he - there's no such thing as bad...
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    Re: Spotted in Manchester...

    Genius. Why doesn't Basenotes have a Like button? XD
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    [UK] Samples and BPAL for swap

    Samples for swapping for anything from my test list:


    Tom Ford - Oud Wood
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Boucheron - Jaipur Homme
    Tauer - Pentachord Verdant
    Penhaligons - Juniper Sling (carded)
    ...
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Next time I post something like this I'll be a bit less creative about it! I was reading reviews and so on, but I approach perfumery very much as an art form and I was far more concerned with the...
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Spoken like a true Australian :)
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Darjeeling, you win the Internet today for managing all three of finger-wagging, useful information and lampooning your own community in the same thread.
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    Re: Things Dior Sauvage wishes it could be

    Dior Homme is probably the best example within the Dior range of what I mean, actually. Take any design house, append "homme" to the end of it and spray that fragrance on me and I give you 90% odds...
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