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  1. Re: Any experience buying from CAMDEN-GREY ESSENTIAL OILS?

    I also have never had a problem with the company, although I've only ordered once or twice from it over several years. I never read the FAQs.
  2. Re: Any experience buying from CAMDEN-GREY ESSENTIAL OILS?

    I also have never had a problem with the company, although I've only ordered once or twice from it over several years. I never red the FAQs.
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    Re: Snowdrift Farms lousy service

    I think Snowdrift Farms is reopening. I seem to recall an e-mail about it last month.
  4. Re: Converting perfume oil to alcohol based spray

    Great tips! Especially the glycerin. I tried it and it really does help extend the scent.
  5. Re: Converting perfume oil to alcohol based spray

    Great tips! Especially the glycerine. I tried it and it really does help extend the scent.
  6. Re: bn'er launches own perfume line ... smellbent.com is born!

    How about a link? It didn't come up on Google.
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    Re: Everclear: Why and why not?

    Please cite your information source. While I am aware that tax-paid beverage alcohol is not illegal to use in fragrances, the resale tax will apply to specific locations. It is taxed as drinking...
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    Re: Question for the more experienced DIY'ers

    A couple of things - I agree with the poster who said naturals won't get you very far. I have found this to be true. I disagree with the poster who said start out with essential oils from health food...
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    Re: Everclear: Why and why not?

    Here's M2CW on everclear and liquor in general for perfume use. Not worth the hassle. If you want to use it for your own personal use, go for it. If you plan to sell your creations you can open a...
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    Re: buying from amazon.com

    I think as has been mentioned it is the vendors you have to watch out for rather than the product. Check the vendor ratings and don't buy from anyone with lower than 90-percent approval ratings. The...
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    Re: Trademark battle over "Nude"

    I agree this all seems out of control and a bit silly. Yet, I have to ask those that object to the trademark infringement lawsuits how they would feel if their names were used on competing projects?...
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    Re: Bottling Questions...

    Hey, that's a pretty cool dispenser. Let us know how you like using it.
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    Re: Mixing oils and frangrances

    Are you saying you want to combine existing fragrances with jojoba oil? Like say, take a bottle of Usher and mix it with oil to make a lighter fragrance? If so, you would just decrease the amount of...
  14. Re: Degree anti-perspirant and their line of fine fragrance

    This isn't particularly new. I seem to recall some cosmetic and perfume companies creating fragrances to fit their other products. What does seem new is the placement - grocery stores instead of...
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    Re: Scenting linen/towels?

    Yum. This looks devine. Thank you!
  16. Re: What on earth is up with PerfumedCourts' prices!?

    So, what is the best place to buy fragrances? What is the general consensus?
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    Re: Usage and dosage of Labdanum

    Great advice, Artemesia. I wasn't using a 50/50 split between the oil and benzoin, but ... isn't that getting rather expensive? As for using resins in alcohol, I am working with Snowdrift Farms...
  18. Thread: Lavacol

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    Re: Lavacol

    I like Snowdrift Farms perfumers alcohol, as was mentioned here. I found the link on this forum, purchased it, and have been very happy ever since.

    IMO, forget the vodka/everclear/moonshine...
  19. Re: Need some help with a woman's perfume: What goes best with rose?

    I think the question is ... what type of rose fragrance are you starting out with? English Rose? Red Rose? There are a variety of EOs and FOs out there and they are quite distinct. If the rose is...
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    Re: Usage and dosage of Labdanum

    Suzanne,

    I think you will find it even more difficult to use alcohol with any of the resins. I find with alcohol the fragrance will diffuse into the alcohol, but the material itself just sits in...
  21. Thread: My Scents

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    Re: My Scents

    Alex, sent you a PM with a list.
  22. Thread: My Scents

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    Re: My Scents

    Alex, dupes vary from house to house. You might try a different supplier for the frags you feel are "off" in any way until you find one that is right. Buy small sample sizes before investing in...
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    Re: Usage and dosage of Labdanum

    Suzanna, you can also use a small crochet hook and scoop out the resin. One hook size equals about a drop of EO, according to Mandy Aftel, who wrote about this in her book Scents and Sensibilities re...
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    Re: Punch up a fern scent

    Thanks EC, as mentioned this is an FO not an EO, and thus completely synthetic. Fern is just the name. It smells sort of woodsy, grassy, dirty. Unfortunately, what I've found is that the Wellington...
  25. Re: Clean & Soapy= Mass Market Appeal....what's next?

    If I were a fragrance marketer, this is the next step I would take. Ingenious! That way everyone can smell unique by combining their pre-packaged combos in any number of ways and buy even more...
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    Re: Crabtree & Evelyn Chapter 11

    Thanks! :)
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    Re: Crabtree & Evelyn Chapter 11

    Bummer. I just got one of E&Cs catalogs in the mail this week. As for the Body Shop, last month they were having a really huge sales on everything. I guess this is why. Is it just me or did...
  28. Re: Clean & Soapy= Mass Market Appeal....what's next?

    I think we'll see more "green" frags - as someone here also pointed out. Dirt, freshly mown hay, grass, (think Detimer), etc.

    Comfort might be a possibility - such as the Warm Cotton mentioned...
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    Re: How to: Make your own home fragrance for $1

    Why not buy knockoff designer FOs at a discount through one of the many fragrance wholesalers out there instead? You can buy cheap spray bottles wholesale too, add your own water or alcohol and viola...
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    Punch up a fern scent

    I got a great "fern" FO that smells light yet earthy. But it's so faint that it will need something to boost it up a notch in the strength dept. or to help it last longer - ideally both. I got it at...
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    Re: Bottles (3ml/5ml/10ml?) and labels

    Hmmm, Avery doesn't have silver or gold? Here's a few places that have been recommended to me by other perfumers. Maybe you will find something there. While I haven't used Uline for labels, I have...
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    Re: Bottles (3ml/5ml/10ml?) and labels

    Personally, I use Avery labels that I print myself. Affordable and durable.
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    Re: Secret to longevity?

    The spray covers a wider area and therefore can add to the length. Also, sprays can be (usually) applied to clothing and hair, something that is difficult to do with a dabber. Fragrances last longer...
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    Re: What to pair with Linden Flower?

    This sounds delicious! Congratulations on finding a solution. I'll look forward to seeing how it wears. :)
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    Re: Hot & humid days: recommendation?

    An oldie but goodie for me on days like this is Cabotine gres, just a touch. It is the lasting power I enjoy. It can be as humid as a steambath outside and the scent (which I find light and crisp)...
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    Re: Roja Dove's book The Essence of Perfume

    ouch
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    Sticky: Re: Primer on How to Make Perfume (Version 1.0)

    Hi Maggie,

    Water can be used when making perfumes with alcohol. Not recommended for making perfumes with oil. It isn't a requirement. I never add water when working with alcohol. Just my...
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    Re: Garden Botanika

    Thanks Lizzie! Anyone else here used it? Looking for opinions.
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    Re: Diluting with oils?

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Garden Botanika

    I've looked in the Fragrance Brands section for Garden Botanika, particularly its Heart fragrance but it's not listed. Anyone know what is in Heart? I love the oil, the spray is a bit weak without...
  41. Thread: Tincturing

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    Re: Tincturing

    Thanks for the clarification.
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    Re: Sweet Orange Essence + Old Spice?

    Actually, Adama, you can take that orange EO and dilute it with alcohol or oil (there are many, but fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil - a wax, really - are popular with perfume makers) and wear...
  43. Thread: Tincturing

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    Re: Tincturing

    Thanks Aghora. I have made my own flower essences for many years from garden flowers, which is basically soaking the flowers in water and straining afterwards. The water smelled so wonderful I hated...
  44. Thread: Tincturing

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    Re: Tincturing

    Hi Aghora. I'm thinking of soaking the flowers in alcohol rather than distilling the oil from a plant. BTW, not sure what maceration is ...
  45. Thread: Tincturing

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    Tincturing

    Has anyone here gone to the trouble of making their own EOs? Spring is coming and I'm thinking about giving it a try. Sounds like a lot of work, though.
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    Re: What to pair with Linden Flower?

    Perhaps it's too flowery then??? Think of Clean, to me that's really a soapy scent yet it's very popular.

    You've piqued my interest with the linden. I haven't yet tried that EO yet and am looking...
  47. Re: Frag oil from a supplier experimentation review

    Yes, please continue posting your findings. I agree, dupes are a hit or miss experience. But when they are right on, it is wonderful.
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    Re: What to pair with Linden Flower?

    I wouldn't necessarily dismiss a "soap" scent for a perfume. Sometimes people really like that effect. Maybe test it with some people who aren't involved with your work and see what response you get.
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    Re: Notes we'd like to see...

    Thank you! I smell a mud bath coming on ... :)
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    Re: Diluting with oils?

    Is it possible the EOs went bad? I can't imagine the jojoba or beeswax base would do that, especially since your unused jojoba remained fresh.
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    Re: Looking for a female blogger.

    No, wasn't seeking a two way conversation. Just thought the person asking me about blogging was the person looking for one. Turns out it wasn't so my comments probably made no sense to him or her or...
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    Re: Notes we'd like to see...

    Ah, yes, books. I was one of those kids in school that used to love to open the new textbooks and smell them lol! But then, I also liked the smell of copies of papers fresh off the ditto machine...
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    Re: Diluting with oils?

    Caribu, how can jojoba go rancid when it is a wax? I can only see something like this happening if there are oils in it that go bad after time. But not the wax itself.
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    Re: Notes we'd like to see...

    Thanks, Lizzie. I'm going to do so!
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    Re: Notes we'd like to see...

    Love the scent of dirt. It reminds me of gardening, which produces food, flower, and folliage - all of which can be transformed into perfumes, etc. So a dirt-based fragrance would be welcomed :)
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    Re: Looking for a female blogger.

    Sorry, I thought I was speaking to the person looking for a blogger.
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    Re: Looking for a female blogger.

    Thanks! It's going well so far. :)
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    Re: Looking for a female blogger.

    I wish you success in your blogging venture. But I only write for money unless as I said it's my own blog. Time is money, you know ;)
  59. Re: Food grade Alcohol/Ethanol/UNdenaturated Ethanol etc. where to buy ?

    Keep in mind when using vodka or Everclear in the States you may need a liquor permit to sell your products. Check with your state licensing board. This is not a concern for PAs. Good luck!
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    Re: Neil Morris Nominated for FiFi!

    Congratulations! What great news!
  61. Re: How much are you influenced by fragrance commercials?

    I'm not surprised fragrance ads fail to influence people here. After all, it is the scent that matters and unless you have a sample in a magazine, a television, newspaper, or radio ad isn't going to...
  62. Re: Given the chance, what would you name a perfume?

    Are you picking our brains for something you are working on? :)
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    Re: Looking for a female blogger.

    Is there compensation for writing? If I wouldn't be paid, I'd just as soon stick to my own blog where I have a better chance of making a name for myself.
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    Re: metal boxes for solids

    Thanks MariaBird. I didn't find any tins there however it looks like a great resource for other products and there are links to other manufacturers there.
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    Re: Making a unique scent from so so brands.

    I have done the same as Domingo, add my own EOs to a dupe. But for me it's not quite as satisfying as creating something from nothing so I've moved away from the practice. As for combining...
  66. Re: "Shiva Exports" aka "Wholesale - Essential Oils" - Prices too good to be true?

    I'm right there with ya, NS. I joined this group after reading Anya's post about it (natural perfumery at Yahoogroups) and participated many times in discussions over the subsequent weeks. Today I...
  67. Re: How do you store your EOs and aroma chemicals? +a few more novice questions....

    I agree with ECaruthers that storing EOs in their original containers is best. For myself, I even mix the EOs without carrier oils or alcohol first to see how I like it. That may sit for about a week...
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    Re: Elizabeth Taylor

    Great point about the lotions. I love the lotion for Anais Anais which I find is longer lasting and more delicate than the spray parfum.

    Whatever happened to EL anyway? Haven't seen her for...
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    Re: Fragrance Foundation Certification

    So has anyone done this program since the last posting here? I am curious as to how it went.
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    Re: Aromatherapy Certification Program

    Thanks MariaBird. So what you are saying is that the certification offered through the program in the first post of this thread won't mean anything if you've already completed the first part of the...
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    Re: Caswell-Massey Apothecary

    The photos in the catalog are exquisite and being a visual person are tempting, but the descriptions don't tell me enough about the fragrances. I wondered about the Elixir of Love products...
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    Re: Skin Deep for real???

    Thanks for clueing me in. I was sort of scared to look any further on the site for some of my faves.
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    Re: Just discovered a little gem!

    I read on the Fragrance.net website that Noa has been discontinued. Is this so? To purchase it there in U.S. dollars will cost about $45. So 10 L sounds like a steal!
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    Skin Deep for real???

    I was reading about Cacheral's Noa fragrance on another thread, thought I'd like to learn what was in it, and Googled. I came to the Skin Deep website which offered dire warnings about it. I haven't...
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    Re: What Perfume makes Men take notice?

    Interesting! The other night I had my husband sample some creations I was working on for a solid - all single-note products. The vanilla to me smelled divine and I thought was a good candidate ...
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    Re: Synthetic vs. Natural Perfumery

    So true. As you pointed out, high concentrations of natural products can be harmful. When it comes to food and skin/hair care, the prevailing attitude is that natural may be better because there may...
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    Caswell-Massey Apothecary

    I am curious to know what others here think of these products. I just got another catalog in the mail and had forgotten about them, quite frankly. Does anyone like their fragrances, men or womens? If...
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    Re: Synthetic vs. Natural Perfumery

    Well, I have heard the same argument about synthetics provoking allergic symptoms because of the many potential artificial sensitizers.
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    Re: How do I thin out a concentrate

    Right. Thanks for adding that.
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    Re: How do I thin out a concentrate

    I am guessing you mean it's rather thick? You can use perfumer's alcohol, jojoba oil or other carrier oils. I personally like fractionated coconut oil best. It's light, thin, and has no odor but is...
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    Re: Aromatherapy Certification Program

    So, what good are these certificates in aromatherapy? Sure, you'll learn how to combine fragrances and how to use them. But will it get you a better job in the industry? Do enough professionals know...
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    Re: What Perfume makes Men take notice?

    Speaking of this subject, has anyone experienced a reaction from the opposite sex with pheromes? There are some perfumes that include them and you can buy the hormones themself to mix with a...
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    Re: What Perfume makes Men take notice?

    Beautiful - men hated it on me
    Anias, Anias - men loved it on me
  84. Re: Poll: What scents make you say, "Oh, that's ME!!!" ?

    Cabotine
    Malachite
    Aquaflore
    My own various blends with citrus, floral, and woods
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    Re: metal boxes for solids

    Thanks DCampen. Both these sites require rather large orders. The link I posted lets me order single items, if I want, for a reasonable cost.
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    Re: metal boxes for solids

    Well, after a day of scouring the Internet, I found a place on my own. I'm including a link here in case anyone in the future is interested. This company allows for very small sales and presently is...
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    metal boxes for solids

    I'm looking for small (1/4 oz to 1/2 oz) tin containers for solid perfumes. There are lots of places selling them, but I don't need 1,000 at this time - just a dozen. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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    Re: Is it the economic times or what?

    If this is the case, I feel very fortunate that I had ordered large supplies of my faves in November-December. I will use them even more sparingly until I see how this plays out. Hopefully, this is a...
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    Re: Is it the economic times or what?

    I have heard that story as well. So when Wall Street crumbled, I thought the cosmetic industry would not suffer greatly. Yet I have heard from people working in the industry that sales have dropped...
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    Re: I am MAD!

    How frustrating! Most reputable places will give you a refund. I hope this is the case in your situation.

    As some others mentioned here, I like fragrancenet.com. They have good prices and customer...
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    Re: Blue Lotus Absolute

    Oh my gosh, there goes the budget! :) Thanks for the link Pooki! I'm looking forward to exploring with lotus.
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    Re: Today I bought ... JANUARY 2009 PURCHASES

    This month got Malachite by BR. Anyone else here like it? I'm gobsmacked!
  93. Thread: Glucam P-20

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    Re: Glucam P-20

    Thanks again Elf! :)
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    Re: Iso E super = yay or nay?

    Thank you Joxer. I appreciate the explanation and a link to where I might purchase some. I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.
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    Re: Blue Lotus Absolute

    I'm just curious if lotus absolutes are natural or synthetic. I don't see much of it around.
  96. Thread: Glucam P-20

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    Re: Glucam P-20

    Thanks, Elf. I didn't know that. To me the benzoin I have is very faint-smelling. Where do you like to get your glucam-20?
  97. Re: Not to beat a dead horse, but I found "my" sample organizing system...

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. :thumbsup:That's all I can say. Thank you all for sharing!
  98. Thread: Glucam P-20

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    Re: Glucam P-20

    What about benzoin? I haven't played with this much but understand it is commonly used to extend fragrances.
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    Re: Iso E super = yay or nay?

    OK, first I didn't know what Iso E was, found out what it was in the thread. Then I wondered why it's used and found that answer in the thread. But where does one get Iso E?

    Thanks for this great...
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    Re: Help with making my perfect orange scent

    Mmmmmmmmmmm, these recipes sound delicious. Thank you all for sharing. I'm inspired to play in the orange grove now.

    Citrus is my favorite scent. One of my favorite orange combos is bitter orange...
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