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    Re: In need of enlightenment...

    I fully share your sentiment, Giannino! I wear what I like and if it pleases somebody else - fine.
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    Re: Neroli essential oil instead of fragrance

    Try Goutal's Cologne Sologne and Pour le Jeune Homme (the Eau and not the Extravagante, which is heavy on ginger) from Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. Both are under 100 bucks!
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    Re: Serge Lutens Miel de Bois fans!

    I can only confirm what G. says. The newer has a slightly drier, woodier thing going as well, but the difference of vintage to new is only minor. I can't say which one I prefer. Miel de Bois is a...
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    Re: Vol de Nuit- AMAZING!

    There have been reports from Paris that Wasser improved the musk in Vol de Nuit's base plus a new better galbanum source/batch. The opening is slightly animalic and has a hint of Jicky in it. I was...
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Latest reports from Paris say that the Acaciosa fountain made a re-appearance at the Caron Montaigne boutique, which is splendid news indeed. I suggest sampling Pois de Senteur. There is hardly...
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    Re: Looking for similar scent

    There is no other, my darling Wolfie! Give up! :kiss:
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    Re: Looking for similar scent

    If budget is no concern and you want to stay safe in No. 5 territory, I'd propose La Myrrhe from Serge Lutens (it smells very much like No. 5 EdP from the 1990s just more oriental in style with myrrh...
  8. Re: Mitsouko: She IS different with each wearing...

    I'm in on a split of 2014 extrait, which is due this summer. I also have a flacon of 2010 or 2011 extrait to compare. The new EdT is very nice - dry and restraint but ultimately not rewarding enough...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Sunday, 22 Jun, 2014.

    I'm invitin myself to Jon as he offers such a perfect package. Meanwhile I'm enjoying a Gin & Tonic and the last sun rays. A spritz of Carnal Flower ce soir. And yes, I too take one of Wolfie's...
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2014

    Mmmmm, Xscent, Rose de Nuit... one of my all-time favorites and still in fine condition! Congrats!
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    Re: Do you carry around an atomiser?

    I always carry some Jicky Extrait with me.
  12. Re: Serge Lutens - Any news about the 2014 exclusive range perfume?

    Frugal is the word that comes to mind...
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    Re: Today I Bought— May 2014

    Love your beast and the pic of course, jujy! Enjoy!
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    Re: Sotd Wed. 7 May 2014

    Grocery shopping in a cloud of Vol de Nuit 2013 Extrait... sometimes life is glamorous!
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    Re: Vintage Shalimar Extrait Help

    Congratulations! This is the real deal with all the animalics in place and yet creating a soft and tender aura. Do enjoy!
  16. Re: New Frédéric Malle Release

    Interesting! If it resembles anything vaguely like magnolia essential oil dilutions it won't be to my liking. Is the 'Eau de' an indication of a possible EdT concentration? We don't know yet I...
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    Re: New Perfumer at Caron

    Thanks, G. for taking the initiative! I think his son Wiliam might take over in the long run. That's how I understood the article I read.
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    Re: Jicky EDP - First Wearing

    That's how Jicky should be worn in my opinion (10 sprays), but I have turned more into a splasher recently. I could not say I prefered EdP over Extrait or vice-versa. The extrait has a heavier feel...
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    Re: New Perfumer at Caron

    I think I read somewhere that Richard Fraysse's son William joined Caron a while ago or maybe I am just confusing bits in my brain
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    Re: Tabac Blond Extrait or EdP

    I have a vintage likely 1970s bottle, which I unsealed myself. A lot of what is going around is not the real thing. I find it roughly to be like 1/3 Knize Ten ( which is a topnote thing mainly), 1/3...
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    Re: Fragrances with some stank

    Dzing!
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    Well, that does sound like a good combo to me, hedonist! Thanks!
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    Re: Habanita Parfum Extract (30ml)

    I second what donna said. No, the parfum is far less powdery. It's also almost identical to Roja Dove's Enslaved EdP.
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    Thanks hedonist! A redux 'Spanish leather' would be my thing! I will sniff it soon as a Dior Boutique is going to open in Vienna in April.
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    Re: Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon

    I know dear hedonist is a fan if it and so am I. This is my favorite vetiver. Its opening vibe so reminds me of vintage greats. I somehow never ended up owning a bottle as, yes, it was obviously...
  26. Re: BN California Mini-Meet, March 22, 2014 • The Scent Bar (Lucky Scent)

    Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful pics, Quarry! I am pleased to see and hear you had a great time. My favorite pic is the one with you touching the wine glass! You've got muchas style!...
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    Re: Jicky or Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    While I like the greater punch of civet in Mouchoir de Monsieur's start, I much more long for Jicky's sensual (not to say sexual) warmth. To achieve the latter I prefer to splash a generous amount on...
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    Re: The New Yorker - "How To Smell"

    I think her blog Yesterday's Perfume is one of the absolute top resources for vintage perfume. Her impressions and findings are very much in line with mine and I have found myself agreeing so many...
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    Re: Jicky or Mouchoir de Monsieur?

    Either way it requires a liberal application plus it will always be an intimate affair. Jicky is an aura, a body-like smell when coming close. Wearing Jicky properly is always a luxury.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 14 March, 2014.

    Enjoying a day in my sun bed at 20 degrees C, fresh homemade pizza in the oven and up for a cruise on country roads later. Lots of Ubar, which has 'melted' away in the sun. :)
    Happy Friday all...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    Interestingly, I found the AlO Extrait to be nothing special being a wonderful iris 'only', the old EdT was magic however (heliotrope) but very fleeting. The new EdT is maybe my favorite rooty iris...
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    Re: Apres l'Ondee reformulation

    Oh, I missed the thread. I can add a bit to solve the mystery. My bottle is 0Q01 and the new mimosa prominent thing. Either way, longevity and sillage is frustrating on my skin. I have given up on it.
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    Re: Revisiting a classic-Guerlain Jicky

    Longevity of Mouchoir de Monsieur is similar to Jicky EdP. Apart from being more civet prominent MdM also has noticable patchouli onboard.
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    Re: Spray vs Dab - do you notice a difference?

    My sentiments, exactly!

    Yes, there is often a noticeable difference in spraying vs. dabbing/splashing. Spraying seems to lighten/brighten things up unnecessarily.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 7 March 2014.

    Another single malt fan here, though less of an Islay nerd any longer I have to admit. Good luck and enough stamina, Xscent! You rock :) I am contemplating cracking open a bottle of champagne (a...
  36. Re: Name The Most Intoxicating Heady Fragrances You Have Tried

    Well said, Sam! L'Heure Bleue does take my breath away. I also enjoy MPG's Jasmin on sultry summer nights outside.
  37. Thread: Dry Lips!

    by Larimar
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    Re: Dry Lips!

    Lavera Bronze lip balm... natural and cheap! Feels great!
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    Re: What did you used to wear back in the day?

    As a teenage boy I went through three bottles of Pasha de Cartier. I also had Jil Sander Feeling Man as one of my first perfumes.
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    Re: Revisiting a classic-Guerlain Jicky

    I own and love the following versions of Jicky: Current Extrait, EdP and vintage PdT and EdT. As Sam pointed out the vintage EdT is so deliciously creamy, which I find to die for. However, over all,...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2014

    Happiest birthday, dear jujy! Great! Vega is so special. I love it dearly and it's so much better (read: interesting) than No. 5 and the likes. Also, I always get a clear L'Heure Bleue vibe about 45...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - 28 February, 2014.

    Sam, your pic makes me dream of last summer's trip to Valensole and the Verdon Gorge. Breathtaking! I will never forget the images.
    kewart, I had chicken pox at 30+ and it was the worst thing ever....
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 27 February, 2014.

    Right so, Sam! Splish-splash here, too with Miel de Bois, but much more moderate. Otherwise I would reek as far as France or even Australia.
    Have a good day all!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 26 February, 2014.

    A liberal application of Sous le Vent for today.
    Best to all
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 25 February, 2014.

    Hi Xscent, hi all,
    It seems Jicky is in the air today. I'm in lots of EdP. Same glorious weather today - what a difference it makes!
    Best to all
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 24 February, 2014.

    Hello everybody,
    Grew up with The Bangles, too.
    A brilliant day today - blue sky, 12 degrees C. I opted for an early departure at work - was in Miel de Bois - and am now sitting in the sun near my...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 22 February, 2014.

    Enjoyed reading your Jicky story, Mike!
    So nice to see you again, Zibeline!
    Mitsouko Extrait ce soir.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 22 February, 2014.

    Good morning,
    Shalimar vintage extrait today... and I know I am in fine company. :)
    Enjoy your weekend!
  48. Thread: Dry Lips!

    by Larimar
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    Re: Dry Lips!

    With my quest to get rid of as many products containing parabens and other ingredients as possible, the Guerlain lip balm had to go. I can now vouch for the Nuxe Reve de Miel's effectiveness. Good...
  49. Re: Animalics, super musc etc..where to go from here?

    Try Dzing!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 19 February, 2014.

    You sure smell divine, tdem! Just how long is that vintage extrait flacon going to last? :)
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 19 February, 2014.

    Sous le Vent as it hits the right spot like no other at the moment.... effortless is the word ;)
    Best to all
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 18 February, 2014.

    Douce Amère on this cold morning. Spring is in the air nevertheless... may it last!
    Best to all
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 17 February, 2014.

    Lots of Sous le Vent to get the Monday going...
    Best to all
  54. Thread: Mimosa

    by Larimar
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    Re: Mimosa

    Thanks so much for posting these great pics! They sure bring back sweet memories of last summer's holiday. I too love Une Fleur de Cassie.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 15 February, 2014.

    Sounds lovely, Xscent! May I join you... a bottle? That's too much for you, my dear ;)
    I splashed I dare not say how many mls of 2013 Mitsouko EdT on me. There's just something perfectly right about...
  56. Thread: Honey!

    by Larimar
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    Re: Honey!

    Miel de Bois from Serge Lutens, although today only available from Paris. Absolue pour le Soir is another good performer.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 14 February, 2014.

    Hi fragrant bunch,
    I am all game for a bottle of bubbly, but I suppose a bottle of red burgundy tonight (rightly observed by Jon) is more likely to end up on my table.
    The Tihota was, contrary to...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 13 February, 2014.

    I will be generous, Jon, and leave the Noel thing to Sam, although a bottle or two of a nice burgundy would certainly help... *innocent look*
    Forgot to welcome back dear Foustie :kiss:
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 13 February, 2014.

    Xscent, well I am positioning myself in a comfy deck chair all ready to sip cocktails, champagne (it's a common drink here today it seems)... almost everything in fact. :). I will add to the leisure...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 13 February, 2014.

    I'd gladly trade in my wintery weather (albeit mild I must admit), Xscent! ;) And you can keep the Christmas-y spirit all to yourself, Sam!
    I'm in plenty of vintage Chergui today, which had a cold...
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    Re: Current Version of SL Encen et Lavande?

    It's said to have changed. If I recall correctly, mon-petit here on BN complained in a thread.
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    Parure Extrait 30 ml (EU preferred)

    Hello,
    I acquired a 60 ml original bottle (sealed) of Parure Extrait from a collector about two years ago. I gifted the flacon (it's not my style) to a flacon collector, who is also on BN, and split...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 12 February, 2014.

    Still Sous le Vent-ing on this rainy day...
    Nice smells, guys!
    Best to all
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    Re: 2 new fragrances from guerlain -- warning

    Right! This hurts the most.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 11 February, 2014.

    Champagne and Miss Piggy... *swoon*
    More splashing of Sous le Vent tonight.
    Where is dear Wolfie? I hope she is well.
    Sam, if I hadn't bunkered some Vol de Nuit Extrait already I'd have been game...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 11 February, 2014.

    No dreamy affairs for me this morning... an alarm clock set before dawn. ;)
    Plenty of Sous le Vent all over my upper body - how I like the big time splashing, right Xscent? ;)
    Have a good day all!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 10 February, 2014.

    Joining Xscent in some Vol de Nuit Extrait.
    Have a good day all!
  68. Poll: Re: Your Favourite Out Of These Vintage Lanvin's ???

    That's an easy one - Rumeur. The film noir chypre! ;) It was supposed to contain plenty of costus.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 7 February, 2014.

    Someone in Austria is about to crack open a bottle of Burgundy now. I have 2013 and 2011 Vol de Nuit Extrait on one arm and decades old L'Heure Bleue Extrait on the other.
    Have a great weekend all!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 7 February, 2014.

    My weekend started yesterday, so I'm very relaxed today. How very caring of me not to tell you before today, right!? :P
    Ubar it is.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 6 February, 2014.

    25395

    Mike, this is my vintage bottle - a huge 200 ml splash. Yes, it's a bit different, but not much. Judging the topnotes is tricky with a vintage, but the older has a more manly vibe initially...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 6 February, 2014.

    Vintage Mouchoir de Monsieur for today!
    Keep warm!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    Larimar Bacall is in Vega tonight as it befits a femme fatale au film noir! ;)
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    :) Do report back please!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    Xscent, Coup de Fouet is not terribly different from Poivre, but the other is thicker, more cinnamon-y, sweeter than the EdT Coup de Fouet. You want it harsh, in your face. :) Also, spray it - make...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 5 February, 2014.

    Good day,
    A ghastly icy wind here... but the weather forecast is promising for the days to come. :)
    Xscent, you MUST try the Caron! Better than the current Poivre! It comes in the Pour un Homme...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 4 February, 2014.

    You rang! :)
    I'm all game.

    I should rummage through my metres of DVDs next weekend. Friends asked me in the past why I bothered to own a color TV...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Tuesday, 4 February, 2014.

    Some nice smells today, hot dates (fingers crossed) and snowstorms coming up...
    Xscent, do you know Coup de Fouet? If not - you must! :)
    We had ice rain here on Monday... nothing compared to our...
  79. Re: 3 New Parfumerie Generale's - Arabian Horse - Vetiver Metale -Coze Verde

    I am also rather intrigued by the Arabian horse, although PG is mostly not my house.
  80. Thread: Nombre Noir???

    by Larimar
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    Re: Nombre Noir???

    The most interesting IMO and my holy grail of rose perfumes is the original Shiseido Rose de Nuit (replace the current's beeswax with animalics). Of course, this brings us to a 1980 theme of animalic...
  81. Re: Guerlain: Wasser Recreates Original Classics

    Yes, please do report back, guys!
  82. Thread: Nombre Noir???

    by Larimar
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    Re: Nombre Noir???

    If you deduct the buckets of beeswax in Rose de Nuit it catches the spirit slightly IMO.
  83. Thread: Nombre Noir???

    by Larimar
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    Re: Nombre Noir???

    One big disappointment when I applied the EdP from a sample, decant (I can't remember)... way too much cedar, not very rosy? I think it's been too long for me to say for sure.
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    Re: Bois des Iles sillage and longevity?

    My opinion is that sillage is very good compared to Cuir de Russie and extraits in general.
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    Re: Bois des Iles sillage and longevity?

    Bois des Iles parfum is a much better performer with regard to longevity.
  86. Thread: Parure

    by Larimar
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    Re: Parure

    It seems to be common understanding that the last bee bottle version of Parure EdT was already 'bastardized', although I can't judge personally.
  87. Thread: Parure

    by Larimar
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    Re: Parure

    I too like it, but I have to admit this is one dated smell. I doubt it was very popular in its time. Oddly enough I prefer the EdT over the extrait here since it is drier, more frugal, more in the...
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    Re: vol de nuit, vintage vs. new

    Mike summed it up nicely. If you like the vintage EdT, you will not be very happy with the current. Get the current extrait (I know - the price!), but the EdT is not good (no structure, no bones).
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    Re: Diaghilev and Rochas Femme

    I have sniffed Rochas Femme vintage and Jubilation 25, own Diaghilev EdP and Mitsouko in various concentration... They all have plenty similarities, although I find Diaghilev slightly different in...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Monday, 20 January 2014

    Gee, Sam, a drinking bottle sized LHB! I am jealous. :) Do enjoy it and this treasure is in the finest hands now.
    Best wishes to jujy!
    I used up my vintage Derby decant last night and it was a...
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    Re: 2004 L'heure Bleue?

    The heliotropin and other florals is, like cacio put it, what makes L'Heure Bleue what it is for me. Mind the color of the extrait and you are on the safe side!
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Saturday, 18 January, 2014.

    Happy Birthday, Whitefluffy!
    Enjoy your night out, G.! ^^
    Jicky, vintage EdT, EdP later and maybe a bit of extrait now on top. One keeps a variety. A quiet (foggy) night in for me eyeing at the...
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    Re: 2004 L'heure Bleue?

    That's it, guys!
    I've got nothing to add.
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Friday, 17 January, 2014.

    Hello everybody,
    Jon, sure thing - Pinot it will be!
    Jicky EdP for me, so actually (almost exactly) twinning me with Sam!
    Happy Friday all around!
  95. Re: Chanel no.22 used to be mimosa bomb, remember?

    Although it's OT, but, Wolfie, I think it is meant as an homage to the black locust. I found reference for the same misuse of the terms in French as in German. We refer to the black locust tree as...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Thursday, 16 January, 2014.

    We have some nice travels going, Xscent and Evangeline! Thanks for the lovely pics, Xscent! Now Mojito is a summer favorite here. Smelling good also in my Malle fave (sprayed I assume? nevertheless...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 15 January, 2014.

    Oh poor Wolfie! All the very best for a speedy recovery!
    I will settle with some Mouchoir de Monsieur tonight - for food shopping and the sorts. I'm the most glamorous shopper around...
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    Re: S.O.T.D. - Wednesday, 15 January, 2014.

    Hello folks,
    Vol de Nuit, 2011 Extrait for me today.
    Best to all
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    Re: Vol de Nuit Current Formulation

    Forget the current EdT (it's not good, no real structure) and both, new and vintage, had no longevity. Vol de Nuit has changed several times over the past, let's say 15 years. In the old days it...
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    Re: Roja Dove Bergamot Extrait, Anyone??

    There's not much bergamot I could detect, but I only tested it briefly at Jovoy in Paris. It's more an aromatic/slightly herbal citrus and it immediately made me think of Sous le Vent.
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