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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    I used Jojoba too at the very beginning but it added a slight scent of its own so I hunted for one that didn't. I still like to blend in oils as well. I often try the same perfume in both mediums.
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    He's still damn dishy though... so is Keith Richards.
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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    Many of the very good base materials have a longevity of well over 400 hours so the observation about naturals having a short longevity is always interesting. When I began with my learning I used...
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    Re: Local paper interviewed me about fragrance!

    Wouldn't it be nice if all the silliest laws got lifted overnight. We could all start again just getting on with life. Every new law needs a new enforcement officer. It's just a job creation scheme.
  5. Re: Is this Ambergris? Can you please help me identify this, found on beach in San Diego.

    You may as well break a bit off the side and see inside. Any analysis would need a chunk anyway. Sorry for any disappointment hun. I must get some kip. it's nearly half past midnight here. Post some...
  6. Re: Is this Ambergris? Can you please help me identify this, found on beach in San Diego.

    Golden really bothers me.

    Dark golden liquid bothers me. I would expect black or dark brown.

    Musky could be the burning. It ought to be fascinatingly compellingly fecal-ish oceanic saltiness.
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  7. Re: Is this Ambergris? Can you please help me identify this, found on beach in San Diego.

    Not sounding brilliantly promising but let's not rule it out yet. The yellow colour. Is that what the inside is?

    Can you take some more pics?
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    Re: Free Fragrance Composition Software

    I will have a look. Thank you.
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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    I really like the gentleness of naturals. Even the smelliest naturals have more softness than some of the stronger aromachems. I personally also enjoy the extra challenges that it involves. I do...
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    Re: Local paper interviewed me about fragrance!

    Well done for standing up for all of us. Thank you.
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    Re: Free Fragrance Composition Software

    I work on a mac too. I love the concept but cannot access it. Is there a possible way to operate it online perhaps within a membership arena type thing?
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    Re: Ylang Ylang accord help

    Peru balsam has a creamy feel. So does Tolu but is spicier. Good old benzoin too.
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    Re: What smells say Thailand to you?

    The Kaffir Lime I have is from the leaves. I cooked with some galangal recently and noticed its wonderful smell. There is a particular green smell in Thai food and it might be the kaffir lime. I...
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    Re: What smells say Thailand to you?

    That is a wonderful tree.
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    Re: What smells say Thailand to you?

    All fabulous suggestions and ideas. All going in the think box thank you.

    GSG - Paradisamide = bitter tropical grapefruit rhubarb guava - Substantivity : 240 hour(s) at 100.00 %

    Sounds...
  16. Re: Pathétique, performance perfume_________Pathétique contest.

    Ingredients: a pinch of ego, many animal bottom products, and a hefty dose of blatantly transparent free forum marketing.....
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    What smells say Thailand to you?

    I'm making a perfume soon for a friends Thai wedding. I've only been there once, so before I go ahead, it might be fun to put it to the brainstorming panel before I begin.

    The perfumes will be...
  18. Thread: Scales

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    Re: Scales

    (I posted this by mistake on the wrong 'other' old thread Re: a good scale - 0.01 or 0.001g?) so repeating it here....

    Another thing to just have a little think about first is what quantities you...
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    Re: a good scale - 0.01 or 0.001g?

    My fault PK. Oliver hasn't been here for ages and I thought I was on the other scale thread.
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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    Naturals are fairly easy to make a very pleasant simple blend from. Then to move into the realms of a proper perfume, they are like a classroom of naughty children. They can be as good as gold all...
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    Re: a good scale - 0.01 or 0.001g?

    Another thing to just have a little think about first is what quantities you intend to mix. My scale weighs up to 100g and has been absolutely fantastic. Aside from the cut out which is avoidable...
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    Re: Dodgy 'tobacco absolute'?

    The harder you look, the more fascinating it gets.

    I think we've all got one or some dodgy purchases under our belts. Usually done whilst learning and to save a penny or two. It is just as...
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    Re: Identity help, Please...

    We will all be after your enfleurage later. It is a striking plant and even better fragrant.
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    Re: Identity help, Please...

    What a smashing bit of Sherlock work Ipp.
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    Re: Dodgy 'tobacco absolute'?

    A whole quarter of a litre of their agarwood oil is a right bargain at $290..... Almost worth ordering to see what on earth it could be, seeing as 3ml is normally that price upwards.
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    Re: Input on making a green floral scent?

    I'm meaning build a simple perfume first and add to it I suppose.
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    Re: Dodgy 'tobacco absolute'?

    We've all done it. See if you can get a refund and if not, just put it down to experience or take up smoking e-ciggies.
  28. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    I wouldn't have lent dear Serge Lutens a single nostril twitch but for here. I still wouldn't wear them now but I like the journeys they go on.

    Most of my sample collection is from things...
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    Re: Dodgy 'tobacco absolute'?

    Hmmm. Mathew Clarke has an interesting turn of phrase for an Englishman in their reviews.
    http://www.indiamart.com/pure-aromaoils-delhi/aboutus.html

    The next review is by John Thomas..... Waaaah...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    Your combined chemical knowledge is a wonderful thing to see unfurling here. I am reading with utter fascination.
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    Re: Dodgy 'tobacco absolute'?

    Ask your supplier how it was made..... And please tell us which one, so we don't buy it.
  32. Thread: Scales

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    Re: Scales

    Makes for a big bottle of millefleurs. Lol
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    Re: Input on making a green floral scent?

    Do mix it up and smell it but not all at once. Look up the aroma profile of each ingredient and see what that tells you first. Then add the base and the main top, then add the others bit by bit until...
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    Re: Small note on natural perfumes

    It was, and probably still is, customary for the base to be blended and kept in stock before the final perfume is blended. (As far as I am aware).
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    Re: Dried Human Saliva Scent

    @ Oompah
    Your post count always says 12. Might be worth asking the techies why.

    Also, please keep us up to date with your most interesting quest.
  36. Thread: Scales

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    Re: Scales

    The nod off feature ..... It is essential, vital, and double essential, to be able to turn it off. I cannot emphasise that enough.

    Mine doesn't have it as far as I am aware (I-weigh). It will just...
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    Re: Beeswax Absolute!

    Osmanthus comes to mind for no particular reason. Especially light florals and cedarlike woods. I would say pretty much anything would blend with it except pepperminty spearminty things. I can't see...
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    Totally understand about not wanting to give your address to a stranger. No offence taken.

    Bear in mind when you buy your fragrance oils to take note of their dilution. If you are buying something...
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    PM an addy and I'll send you some 1ml goodies then to start you off.
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    What country are you in?
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    Trial and error is what teaches us best. You have to learn the way you want to. There are no rules.
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    Re: Mitti Attar - where to buy in Europe

    Nope. Sorry. I looked too ages ago. I sourced mine in the end from a remote part of India, from a tiny perfumer, and it took three months to get it after great difficulty paying in rupees. I wish I...
  43. Re: Are the "Classics" Really that Harsh or are Most Men Simply...

    The advent of ozonic and clean merely put them into harsher contrast. I own oodles of classics and they are as variable as the modern scents in both projection and blending. However the back purr...
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    I think the idea of selling something so quickly is interfering with the purpose of learning. I have been studying now for over four years and dabbled in aromatherapy before that for many years, so...
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    I didn't mean to sound so sharp. I think you need to ask yourself what your objective is first before even considering making anything any which way.
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    Actually let's not do this all over again.

    Here is a link to the original thread on old books.
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    Unrelated to each other. I was just giving a link to that one. It is interesting too.

    Here is another link to another book.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16378
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    Re: Reformulation later?

    You can do as you please wherever you please as long as you are honest with people.

    I don't know why you're even asking the question because it appears from your post that you are going to do it...
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    Re: Fragrance on tall people?

    Spray your tummy. It will waft up for you and out for them.
  50. Thread: vials case

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    Re: vials case

    Well if you do. Now is the time to say before a prototype happens.
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    Re: vials case

    I've just found more or less what we are about to make... sort of.

    http://www.planttherapy.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1043#.U7XYitq9KSM

    Oh bother....... that was a waste...
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    Re: Help needed for a Woody Male ;)

    I don't mix with anything but naturals so I cannot vouch for any of those but can explain how I might approach this. Whatever you might use to do it.

    Your perfume is a play, with a beginning,...
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    Well done Chris. I had read that and not remembered for this.
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    https://archive.org/details/PerfumesAndCosmetics
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    http://i57.tinypic.com/2cqfrpl.jpg

    This is the fourth edition of Vol II. I will take a proper photo of the chart later in daylight and post it so you can all have one.
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    Re: EO dilution is cloudy

    Yes, definitely got some cloudy gingers too. I haven't looked to see if they ever settled. They get put in the naughty cupboard and forgotten about in the main and something else that can behave gets...
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    The books are pretty special, I love old books. My second vol. from 1932 still has the colour chart insert in the back.

    There are others. Askinsons Perfumes and cosmetics.

    Another wonderful...
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    Lol.....:thumbsup:
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    A book for you...

    Vicki Lansky’s Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought of
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    Re: Baking soda enfleurage

    I use sugar for much the same thing but for baking with flower flavours. Lavender sugar, lemon rind sugar etc etc.

    Just try it and see.
  61. Thread: vials case

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    Re: vials case

    The leather vinyl material is here and the kids (with my help) are assembling a prototype. We looked at neoprene because of it's resistance to chemicals but it costs a fortune even for a sample. £32...
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    Re: Can't find Poucher's book online

    Aldehyde C16. Look it up.
  63. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    That looks like one powerful tincture. I have eaten propolis long ago and remember it being darker like this and not the golden we are getting. If it is 60g to 70g alcohol then that is more like a...
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    Re: Identity help, Please...

    Lol......what an expression. Totally as it was indeed. I can never rest with an unsolved mystery.
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    Re: Hyrax Source Small Scale US

    It shouldn't lose oomph. It ought to mature and get more rounded with time in theory.
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    I use this for pics. Then just paste the link as text.
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    Re: By Kilian's scented necklaces

    Exactly. Just a nice variation on an extremely traditional item.

    http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/bodyarts/index.php/temporary-body-arts/scent/35-scented-necklaces.html
    ...
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    Re: Hyrax Source Small Scale US

    I've got oodles and can send you some if you like.

    (Just realised that was denying Profumo a sale though. Sorry. It was meant helpfully)
  69. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    A tiny bit of raw propolis from each place would be perfect. Better if I tincture them so that they are all the same method but not essential. I just wondered if the aroma profile in each area...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Sophie Chabaud does three that are nearly pure vanilla. One milky, one biscuity and one caramelly. Just perfect for her.
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    Re: EO dilution is cloudy

    What my heart desires is a centrifuge but they just cost a fortune for a proper one. One day.....
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    Re: EO dilution is cloudy

    Fabby. Thank you. I shall put them in the corner until they behave themselves then.
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    Re: EO dilution is cloudy

    I am using pure perfumers alcohol. I had assumed my first, a juniper berry EO, was just too old. Then diluted a second one from a different supplier and it did the same. Then a juniper oil and that...
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    Re: EO dilution is cloudy

    Bit of an old thread revival but a question about juniper berry and juniper oil. When these go cloudy upon dilution with ethanol. Do they eventually clear themselves and drop their insoluble solids?
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    Re: Identity help, Please...

    Clever bunny. I couldn't get this at all and tried a multitude of times.
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    Sticky: Re: Everyone needs to read this.

    I think that belongs here in the sticky. I thought it was already there but couldn't see it at a fast glance.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/373807-Links-to-perfumery-books
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    http://i59.tinypic.com/2up4u9w.jpg

    Look at these fantastic examples of two different waxes that Ramute just sent. Thank you. Both purported to be natural. The bigger more natural looking chunk...
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    One niche fragrance equals (this will be harsh)

    300 loo rolls
    92 litres of fuel (UK today cheapest price 129.32p)
    One Indian meal for a family of five
    One weekly(ish) grocery shop for the...
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    For the price of one niche fragrance at £120..... I could buy 5,723 haribo jelly hearts.... that is nearly 16 a day for a year.

    I still think the latter would be gone first.
  80. Re: Do scented candles and room sprays require safety assessments?

    We should all really just be assessed at birth to see if we are deemed safe enough to live modern life....... I despair!!!
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    The fuel in the car..... the price of a whole 100ml bottle every pit stop
  82. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Sticky: Re: Off-Topic

    That was amazing and then there was another with hail the size of a mans fist. The poor chaps truck got a hammering. I'm glad I live in England when I see these. I've only been near one tornado in NZ...
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    That black afgano is for wearing.........
  84. Re: Propolis - various types from various places - long term experiment - samples welcome

    Thank you for that. I've joined the local one and we will see what happens. they might help me get my bees out of these walls. There is probably propolis holding up my house.



    When will humans...
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    Waaah. This thread is a hoot.
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    When I drink the first glass of red wine, I think of all the calories in it being equivalent to a doughnut...... but by the third glass, I just don't care.....
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2014

    That is a nice tale. What a holiday find... fun with a fumehead!

    I used to have a bottle of J'Adore and wore it all eventually but there was always something I wasn't so sure of to choose it as a...
  88. Re: Discontinued fragrances needed for London photo shoot this Sunday

    I have a very weeny bottle of the Fougere Royal but I'm not sure about putting it into a possible danger situation either. It is pretty irreplaceable if dropped and no-one could resist a sniff and a...
  89. Re: Glass dropper/amber bottles cleaning and care.

    Don't even take the risk of cross contamination unless you just don't care or it really just doesn't matter to you. Re-use plastic pipettes if you like but label them for the one product, wrap the...
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    Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    Can I have some of what you're taking?
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    Re: Ambergris in the UK

    Well done. I hope you did well from it and have a lovely holiday.
  92. Re: A list of fragrance formulas i would like to see

    The interpretation was slightly different for all five perfumers. I will hunt for the thread for you later as I cannot remember offhand. I think it may be in the huddler archives.
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    Re: Identity help, Please...

    Bay laurel is similar but the flowers differ, slightly more bunchy.
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    Re: Identity help, Please...

    What a wonderful mystery. My initial thought was a bay tree family from the tree shape. Then frangipane because the flowers curl in. I know these are wrong because I checked.

    What would this ID...
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    Re: Corpse Flower Bloom

    I wonder if that woman in pic three is covering her nose.... lol

    Magnificent pics. Thanks PK

    Isn't nature fantastic?
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    It could be an age thing. I know a couple of the ladies hinted at forthcoming children. With your hands full of small children and very little sleep. Perfumes take low priority.

    PS. Maybe it is...
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    I wonder if rather than the whole of basenotes being male dominated, it is merely certain threads. I frequent the DIY section and the new posts tab, and freely join any conversation. I don't look at...
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    No... you cannot scare us.... xx

    I like the fact that gentlemen can discuss fragrance openly here. It isn't so easy to do in public anyway, even as a woman. Most people glaze over in about five...
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    Re: Using oils as base for perfume

    I used fractionated coconut oil before I used perfumers alcohol. I like that close to the skin wear. The oils release the perfume much more gently than ethanol does. They need much more going on at...
  100. Re: A list of fragrance formulas i would like to see

    The information is already available online for free. It would just involve some concentrated research. Read every review and every blog about each perfume and really look at what people are saying...
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