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  1. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    Great topic. And timely because I've recently been gushing over the far drydown of Army of Lovers by LM Parfums. It starts out a wild floral, lots of rose and violet, has a ton of oakmoss (to my...
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    Re: Wear what she likes or what you like?

    Not all ladies love Le Male!

    Larwiz, wear what you like. If she likes you, she'll like you regardless of the fragrance. And if she has a reaction to the change, that may tell you some things, too.
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    Re: When is niche really niche.

    Doesn't matter. If CK or Boss did a range of perfumes like the Dior Privee ones, they'd be niche too. Actually, has Boss done that? I know just about everyone else has - every time I pop into Harrods...
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    Re: When is niche really niche.

    It's not about quality or whether I'm satisfied with it. There's a lot of bad quality niche out there.

    I agree completely with Diamondflame's definition, and think that perfumes can become niche...
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    Re: I'm a woman & don't like "feminine" scents!

    You don't have to go straight for niche: there's still some really good stuff in the department stores. How about something like Chanel No 19 or Cristalle? Some of the classics aren't at all like the...
  6. Re: Modern Lip Balms... A class of products to be avoided?

    Plain old Chap-Stick works for me. And crucially, it has sun protection.

    But there are a lot of lip balms that I've tried that actually make my lips feel drier. I can't stand those.

    The cold...
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    Re: Maque's Montecristo: A Musky, Musty, Must-have

    It's a bit of a leap to judge what the general public likes based on one woman turning down your friend - which may have had nothing to do with his fragrance. In my own experience, people have either...
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    Re: Why cant I find my signature scent?

    Perhaps you're just not cut out for a signature scent. Welcome to the club. Try not to see it as a bad thing.
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    Other boards slow down a lot in summer - maybe that's it? Also, discussion here isn't what it used to be. Certain topics are just being beaten to death and it makes things less interesting.
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    I really like Francis Kurkdjian and Patricia de Nicolai. But lots of others, too.
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    Re: Male Domination of Basenotes

    That's very true. Having nobody in real life to talk to about perfume is not a particularly male problem.

    The gender balance here is ok with me. I always turn right to New Posts, so most of the...
  12. Re: What's your least favorite fragrance in your collection?

    If I could name it, out it would go.
  13. Thread: New MFK: Pluriel

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    Re: New MFK: Pluriel

    Yes, please! Would be interesting to hear the impressions before we have an official description of notes!
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    The smells of summer

    Not specifically about perfume, but anyone who enjoys smells might like this, from today's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/opinion/summer-in-new-york-season-of-smell.html?ref=opinion

    I...
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    Miller Harris La Fumee Arabie is back

    There was a discussion about this last year, I think- some people were disappointed about missing the limited edition. Well, Harrods now has all four in new packaging: La Fumee Classic, La Fumee...
  16. Re: Francis Kurkdjian - CUIR SENSUEL, (Daniel Hechter). Another Plug...

    Never heard of this but will seek it out. I love FK and leather perfumes, so it sounds good!
  17. Re: niche fragrances made for women but can easily by worn by men

    Actually, I don't think they are. Never seen them described as masculine or feminine anywhere by Chanel. But you're right; they're definitely unisex.

    Most niche at this point seem to be unisex,...
  18. Thread: Bygones

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    Re: Bygones

    Oh, and Coco Mademoiselle. Loved it at first, but it's so played out now.
  19. Thread: Bygones

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    Re: Bygones

    I'd have picked CK One also. It's still quite popular here; seems like the default for men who don't know what else to wear. But if I never smelled it again it would be too soon.
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    Re: Selfridges London - Fragrance Lab experience

    It smelled like cookie dough dipped in lime juice at first, and then dried down to be Spicebomb. That was my impression of it, at least. Couldn't stand it. I generally don't like gourmands.

    The...
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    Re: Selfridges London - Fragrance Lab experience

    I did it for a laugh. Ended up with 168 (as I recall), which is pretty awful. Seriously hoping that's not my personality distilled into a perfume :)
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    Re: New guy looking for a masculine, woody scent.

    How about YSL M7?
  23. Thread: Collection Size

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    Re: Collection Size

    I think of myself as a user, emphatically not a collector. While I have about 120 bottles, I don't keep anything I'm not thrilled with. Nice but not good enough has no place in my wardrobe.
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    Re: Dealing with the expired perfume

    Some people would consider themselves really lucky to have got a "vintage" version. Seriously - people stake out old pharmacies and yard sales for stuff like that. You may get a good price selling it...
  25. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Montblanc Emblem and Coleur Kenzo Violet at Style.com/Arabia

    Thanks for the link. I enjoyed the reviews.
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming - Journey.

    Harrods had it in the shop on Sunday, so their website probably has it.

    I have commented elsewhere, but I wasn't so impressed with Journey Man. I liked aspects of it- there was a hint of...
  27. Re: Great FRÉDÉRIC MALLE Interview, - Interesting slant on All Natural Scents too

    Thank you for that article. I like his frankness. Not too bothered about his position on naturals - he does make the point that his collection probably has a higher proportion of natural ingredients...
  28. Thread: Beard or no?

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    Re: Beard or no?

    No- can't wait for the hipster trend to be over.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Robert Piguet Gardenia

    Dang - I was in Harrods yesterday and didn't even realize it. Will need to check that out!
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    Re: What is your occupation?

    I'm a director of an NGO that works on climate change issues. It pays next to nothing, but I have no other expensive hobbies or vices. Like Darjeeling said, it's all about priorities.
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    Re: Two New Amouages Coming - Journey.

    Thanks, onethinline. I also smelled them from spray samples a couple of weeks ago and loved the Woman one. On skin it is gorgeous - I got a lot of honey and creamy floral, with a really animalic...
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    Re: A day at the beach

    I wouldn't wear anything because perfume increases the photosensitivity of skin and I tend to get a rash. Use caution; this is a common problem.
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    Re: Best cologne for a cookout

    In some places it's called a "barbecue."

    Lonestar Memories would have been my choice too :)
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    Re: Chandler Burr: S02E02

    Thanks for clarifying, Chandler. It makes sense that Luckyscent would sell them quickly; they have the means and the ready audience for fragrance, so it's not really surprising.

    But where do we...
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    Re: Getting a smell off a leather watch band.

    Leather watch bands are notorious for picking up smells. You might just try spritzing it with a fragrance that you enjoy. Since I spray my wrists each day, my watch band has a blend of fragrances...
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    Re: Chandler Burr: S02E02

    The Untitleds never sold out that fast. I wonder who bought them all - and where they'll go to talk about it. Will Luckyscent host the discussion too?
  37. Thread: Good Morning

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    Re: Good Morning

    Good morning and welcome!
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    Re: Lush Breath Of God

    My feelings exactly. But I really love that first half hour. Or maybe hour.
  39. Re: What fragrance recommend me to buy for gifted to my grandma

    Good call.
  40. Re: What fragrance recommend me to buy for gifted to my grandma

    Perhaps Cristalle by Chanel? It's a good classic perfume and works well in summer. Or if she likes floral perfumes, maybe something like Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.

    Also,...
  41. Re: strange, weird, odd or just plain different notes..

    I absolutely adore this. Didn't like it much the first time I smelled it but found myself craving it after a while. And it's the only perfume that ever attracted two compliments in one day. That may...
  42. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    But can you know who they are? There was a thread on this a while back, and I remember even independent American perfumers weighing in to say that they are absolutely compliant with international...
  43. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Kafkaesque has a good summary of regulation issues here: http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2014/05/26/the-perfume-industry-eu-regulations/
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    Re: Please help me out ladies :)

    You might try:
    Prada Candy
    Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude
    Bulgari Omnia

    And even though you said no niche, I have to recommend Calamity J by Juliette Has a Gun.

    Good luck!
  45. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Agenda 21 is an international sustainable development plan that started at an environmental conference in Rio in 1992. It's about combatting poverty and climate change, and empowering women by...
  46. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Yes, I think it was discontinued a while back.
  47. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Yes that's the one. Didn't see this before I posted :)
  48. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    This is from earlier this year, where Malle talks about reformulation and mentions Une Fleur de Cassie: http://persolaise.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/you-have-to-be-modest-sometimes.html
  49. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Thanks for the article. Frederic Malle has talked quite openly in interviews about reformulation. I can't remember where I read recently that he did mention specific perfumes.

    Also, I guess it's...
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    Re: Off to London and Paris; where should I sniff?

    In London I'd recommend Liberty, Les Senteurs, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, and Harrods. There's also Arabian Oud across from Selfridges. Angela Flanders is off the beaten path, and might be worth a...
  51. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    Yes, ugly bottle, but apparently the cartoonist is a friend of Pharrell's. The perfumer is Antoine Lie, which gives me hope. More info:...
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    Re: Parfum d'Empire Relaunch

    Thanks, Colin. That's interesting- looks like the Musc Tonkin is coming to retailers.
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    Re: A question about Harrods, London

    This has been my experience as well. Some SAs are helpful and willing to give you a sample, but others treat you with contempt for asking if they might have one to spare. Unfortunately, it's far more...
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    Re: Parfum d'Empire Relaunch

    Their website has been down for a few months too. Not sure what's going on, but it's saved me from trying to buy Musc Tonkin several times, so I'm grateful. Or at least I should be.
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    Re: What bothers me...

    The problem for me is that he doesn't actually say anything about the fragrance, except that it's "alluring and hypnotic," which frankly tells me nothing. Someone could say the same about any...
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    Re: Fragrance and Body Chemistry

    Rationally, I'd like to say that I agree with this, but my actual (admittedly limited) experience tells me otherwise. I've been quite surprised a few times to find out what someone was wearing...
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    Re: Chanel's coromandel

    What marketing? From what I've seen there isn't much marketing at all around the Exclusifs, let alone gender-specific marketing.
  58. Thread: sample niche

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    Re: sample niche

    TDC Sel de Vetiver is a good summer fragrance. I'd also try Malle's Bois d'Orage (also called French Lover, I think). And two Kurkdjians: APOM and Oud.
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    Re: Summer scent for my wife - advice wanted

    This. Or Chanel Cristalle edt.
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    Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    Amouage Journey Woman. It's gorgeous.
  61. Thread: Worth the price

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    Re: Worth the price

    This is true, but it's only one factor, and not necessarily the deciding one. I'm pretty sure I earn less than the OP, but even so, it's amazing what you can manage to afford if you save and...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    Of course, but replace "ouds" in your reply with "roses" or "sandalwood" or just about any other "precious" natural ingredient and the same holds true. Perfume companies have been using "rare,"...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    It's a good point and undoubtedly true, but at this point I wonder if it matters. Seems like an entire "western" oud movement has taken hold and proliferated. It may bear little resemblance to what...
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    Re: What's with the oud craze?

    I'd guess it has something to do with the availability of cheaper synthetics- everyone can afford an oud perfume now. Plus, there are parts of the world where it isn't a trend but a staple of a...
  65. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Amouage Opus Vlll and Balenciaga Florobotanicas at Style.com Arabia

    Yes. I was just recently thinking about abstract florals where no single note stands out, and why I tend to shy away from them. BP was the one I was thinking about, but now I'm interested to try this...
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    Re: Any of you guys wear Ambre Nuit by Dior?

    So how are you feeling about it after a few hours? I'd hope that the comment wouldn't ruin it for you!

    The descriptions here have been interesting. I prefer Ambre Nuit in summer, and I also think...
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    I can give it a small shot: To me, Cuir de Russie (we mean the Chanel one, right?) is much heavier on the iris and the leather is buttery - it gets slightly dirty-hair animalic but never bitter or...
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    Re: The ten commandments of perfume wearer

    I really agree with #3, but don't understand #1 or #10.

    11: I will not wear perfumes that radiate like the sun out to dinner or to the theater.
  69. Re: Need a good cologne appropriate for the right setting

    Sel de Vetiver is a good hot weather fragrance. But I also really like Grey Vetiver.
  70. Thread: EDT or EDP

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    Re: EDT or EDP

    Depends on what's available, and also on the scent itself. In some cases, the EDT and EDP are very different fragrances. Chanel No 5 is one example, as is Guerlain Insolence.
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    Re: Perfumes for the Eurovision!

    Love that stuff! Might wear it tomorrow, though I'll skip the Eurovision.
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    Re: Creamy Fragrances

    Piguet Visa is creamy to me. So is their Knightsbridge.

    Otherwise, I don't think my sense of "creamy" is similar to what other people are describing. With food and taste, I think of the...
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    Poll: Re: Another Job Interview poll

    I'm also not opposed to wearing perfume to a job interview, but I'd keep it light and wear something that isn't tremendously popular - less chance that you'll remind your potential employer of a...
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    Re: Sampling new scents

    Rick, have you been to Burgins of York? It's definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. They have a few niche brands like Etat Libre d'Orange, as well as some oldies that you don't find...
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    Re: Sampling new scents

    It may be worth noting that quite a few brands have relatively inexpensive sample sets. The Serge Lutens wax samples are free if you write to them (at least I think this is still true). Histoires de...
  76. Re: I want to buy more fragrances but can't afford them

    If this is your really huge problem, consider yourself lucky.

    Only thing you can do is make more money. Get (another?) part-time job or, like hedonist suggests, offer your services doing odd...
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    Re: My proposal for reclassifying fragrances

    Yes, you have a point. But even online, Mona isn't available in the mainstream. You generally wouldn't find out about it, or know to look for it, unless you were interested in perfume and/or looking...
  78. Re: Did any of you "70s girls" ever use body on tap shampoo?

    Totally remember that! It was called Body On Tap because it supposedly contained beer - apparently the word was that rinsing your hair with beer was supposed to make it shiny.

    And I can remember...
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    Re: My proposal for reclassifying fragrances

    I don't understand how "niche" came to mean that the company only does fragrances. It makes no sense from an English-language point of view. And if that's the definition people here have agreed on,...
  80. Thread: The Oud Game

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    Re: The Oud Game

    Yes, you can always order through Lush's website, but not everything appears in their shops. It would be great to be able to smell these while I'm in town shopping, but I'm guessing not!
  81. Thread: The Oud Game

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    Re: The Oud Game

    I hadn't heard of this one. Looking at the website, there are a few fragrances that are new to me, but there's nothing about availability. Are they in the shops, or only online?

    And to play the...
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    Re: JAR Jardenia - Breathtaking

    I loved this when I smelled it in the Bergdorfs boutique. Would love to own it one day!
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    Re: Why are so many people marked as "banned"?

    Maybe there should be a separate forum/group (I'm never sure which is which) entitled "Is My Fragrance Real/Counterfeit?" If it were easy to find, people genuinely concerned about the possibility of...
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    Re: What's the Weirdest Fragrance You Own?

    You mean ELdO Charogne? That one is weird!
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    Re: What's the Weirdest Fragrance You Own?

    Probably Rossy De Palma by ELdO
  86. Re: Any scents with leather that are appropriate for summer?

    I've worn Je Suis Un Homme in the summer a few times. It seems to work.
  87. Re: On the hunt for women's scent: Leathery, powdery, and feminine.

    Leathery, powdery, and feminine: Putain des Palaces by Etat Libre d'Orange.
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    Re: No great men's fragrances anymore?

    I was a little surprised to see Le Male lumped in with Fahrenheit as an "enduring" fragrance. I'd have thought of it as being of a newer generation and thus an exception to the current blandness...
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    Re: Stopping evaporation--help!

    I've noticed this happening with a couple of my Serge Lutens fragrances - the rectangular export spray bottles, not the bell jars (oddly, those never seemed to evaporate). I figure the only remedy is...
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    Re: No great men's fragrances anymore?

    I'm more optimistic than you are. Yes, I agree that there's a lot of bad perfume out there, and I largely agree with Mr. Kynaston. But I think it's far from impossible to make great perfumes even...
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    Re: No great men's fragrances anymore?

    Yes I've smelled it. Perfectly nice but nothing particularly interesting. Sort of like their bag designs of the past couple of years. Kate Spade used to be a favorite of mine, but they've just gone...
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    No great men's fragrances anymore?

    From today's Telegraph, via Now Smell This: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/fashion-and-style/10792686/Why-are-there-no-great-mens-fragrances-any-more.html

    Apologies if someone has posted it...
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    Re: Etat Libre D'Orange test fest

    I'd keep the samples. My betting is that you'll be wanting to smell them again at some point.
  94. Re: How do you respond to unfavorable comments on your SOTD?

    This absolutely. I would tend to confront the situation head on, just because I can't abide passive aggressive behavior. But I'd do it in a friendly and open way - no need to be as rude as she was. ...
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    Re: White Musk by The Body Shop

    I like it. Used to have a bottle but never wore it, so I got rid of it. I actually do use the deodorant - it's subtle enough that it doesn't clash with my SOTD.
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    Re: Need help- New to the world of perfumes

    I support the Lush recommendation. Really good fragrances and very inexpensive. Get in there and smell a few of them. But caution: the ones in the clear, square-shaped bottles (Furze, Devil's...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    Funny how it's different strokes - Shalimar is my default, everyday wear fragrance. It's like the smell equivalent of my best-fitting jeans and smart shirt.
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    Re: Atelier de Givenchy: anyone tried these?

    Well, I guess everyone's getting in on the act. Can we hope for anything really good from these latecomers?

    Meanwhile, Harrods was featuring Lancome's oud perfume yesterday. Beautiful bottle,...
  99. Thread: What's up&down?

    by Kagey
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    Re: What's up&down?

    Much more beneficial for him and his staff to do it themselves. But it is a huge project if it's a department store of any size. Maybe start with the top 30 best sellers, as those are the ones you'll...
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    Re: Etat Libre D'Orange test fest

    Absolutely agree!
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