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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Adding some vintage Russian Leathers and vintage Micallef Sashkas!:

    1. Prince obolenski Russian Leather (vintage) travel kit includes 4oz bottle of cologne (50%) and 4oz bottle of aftershave each...
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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Adding some vintage Santa Maria Novella:

    These are all vintish in that they all have the original gold foil labels. I went through a spell when I had to have all vintish SMN fragrances. They are...
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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Added new items, removed sold items:


    1. Roja Parfum Aoud "Crystal" (Swarovski Edition EdP) 40/100mL w/cap & presentation box) - $375
    3. Diorella EdT (not very vintage but vintish blue box)...
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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Added new items:

    1. Guerlain Vetiver EdT (vintish older formulation c. early 1990's) 50mL bottle is about 1/3 full (~15+mL) no box - $35
    2. Guerlain Philtre d'Amour EdT (never been sprayed) no...
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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Added:

    1. Pentachord White by Andy Tauer (50mL w/~20mL left) - $60
    w/cap & tin

    3. Miriam by Andy Tauer (50mL w/~15mL left) - $50
    w/cap & box & includes DVD of Miriam movie (still in...
  6. Re: Let's Talk Russian Leather... No, not the usual

    I just subscribed to this thread hoping to add a bit to the discussion. I have very little to add at this point since my experience with russian leathers and cuir de russies has been limited to the...
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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Added:

    1. Cuba (aftershave) by Czech & Speake - 100mL (~95%) - $80 no box

    2. Iris 39 by Le Labo - 100mL (~85%) - $175
    no box, (fresh until 12/25/2008 - still smells great)

    3. **** SOLD...
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    Re: Starker's Juice Stand

    Added more items, remove sold items, and adjusted some prices:

    1. Esprit du Roi by Penhaligon's - 50mL bottle w/~15mL left - $20

    2. Oud 27 by Le Labo - 50mL bottle w/40mL left - $125

    3. ****...
  9. Re: CORRECTING COMMERCIAL FRAGRANCES WITH HYRACEUM - temporary thread from Huddlr archive

    This is such a great experiment! I did away with my commercial fragrances for the most part but still have a handful I suppose might work. I saw this thread when it first started and resisted...
  10. Thread: Ex-Idolo 33

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    Re: Ex-Idolo 33

    I wore this today and it's fantastic. The dominant note is rose. I didn't pick up any patchouli or rubber notes and the oud notes are very quiet. Yes, oud notes plural. I'm familiar with oud oils...
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    Re: Swap Swap Til You Drop!

    thread is updated
    will add more next time
  12. Re: New house Juniper Ridge with three Backpacker’s Cologne

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SBHMpm8LlM

    couldn't resist

    I haven't tried them but have heard great things about them. The bottles don't bother me at all. I agree they do have a nice modern...
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    Re: Swap Swap Til You Drop!

    Removed many swapped items, will be adding some more this week.
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    Re: Swap Swap Til You Drop!

    "UP"-dated
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    Re: XerJoff - Mukhallat (oud attars collection)

    First the good news:



    Then the bad news:



    "Difficult for a western nose" sounds like their construction is in the right direction but watered down is a dead end. You know, I thought they...
  16. Re: how would you order these from best to worst :)

    I haven't yet tried Beloved so it's at the bottom but that could change once the opportunity presents itself. Otherwise, it was pretty easy.

    Amouage Jubilation 25
    Bandit
    Arpege
    Chanel no 5...
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    Re: Swap Swap Til You Drop!

    Added some items.
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    Swap Swap Til You Drop!

    I would love to swap any of the following or any combination of the following decants for some Knize Ten, 31 Rue Cambon (Chanel), Midnight Violet (Ava Luxe), Esprit de Cuir (August), Black Amber...
  19. Poll: Re: Curious about your input, as it's time to waste more money.

    Your first three are the only ones I'd consider - out of that list, anyway. But I think Homage really stands out. It's a potent rose and incense attar that will surely impress you. However, Le...
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    Re: your favourite Tauer?

    I'm a big fan and have been for years. My favorite is definitely Lonestar Memories but I also love Maroc pour Elle, l'Air du Desert Marocain, and Zeta.
  21. Re: Projection/longevity issue due to DRY SKIN...

    Also, if you apply perfume directly on top of and after applying lotion it really helps the longevity. Another tactic is to apply it under your shirt so the fabric picks up and retains some of the...
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    Re: What's your favorite/best citrus scent?

    Another +1 on this comment, which I think ought to have been said, but I immediately thought of Eau Sauvage and stand by it. My favorite citrus scent ever.
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    Re: What's your favorite/best citrus scent?

    Another +1 on this comment, which I think ought to have been said, but I immediately thought of Eau Sauvage and stand by it. My favorite citrus scent ever.
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    Re: Chanel Recommendation

    I agree with Sycomore, Antaeus, Egoiste, and especially Coromandel - and to a degree Cuir de Russie (although there are better leathers in my opinion; there are better vetivers than Sycomore while...
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    Re: How to apply cologne while wearing a suite?

    Yes, this is my opinion as well. I always spray my chest, which keeps the fragrance close to me. It wafts up under the collar into my face when I move. I wear perfume for my own enjoyment and not...
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    Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    My top incense frags - and I have a lot:

    Incense Pure by Sonoma Scent Studio
    Olibanum by Profumum
    Avignon by Comme des Garcons
    Bois d'Ascese by Naomi Goodsir

    I like Ouarzazate by CdG almost...
  27. Re: Looking for something different than Acqua Di Gio, college budget

    Someone up there recommended Bulgari and I'll second that, especially Bulgari Black, but there was another I liked, Bulgari The Soir or something that was nice, too. But I'd also recommend Polo -...
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    Re: Niche for a teenager

    Lots of things come to mind but just not sure what you will truly like. I think Tobacco Vanille is fantastic and has excellent longevity but I don't consider it spicy or gourmand - ok, maybe a...
  29. Re: Another new Fragance Line launched...then another...and another...

    I've often wondered the same thing - meanwhile, I'm on a quest to purge my collection by 80% (might have just hit the nail on the head, there), which is a clear indication of who is purchasing all...
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    Poll: Re: Dior Eau Sauvage VS Chanel Pour Monsieur.

    same here
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    Re: New line launced: Imaginary Authors

    I agree that some of the accords are a bit twee but given the literary inspiration of the perfumes I find them a bit "narrative," creative in a sense of poetics, which isn't a bit out of the realm of...
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    Poll: Re: Reason for wearing your fragrance...

    For the most part I wear whatever whenever but there are some occasions that call for something specific so in that case I match up a little. There wasn't an option for both so I chose whenever...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite patchouli?

    Coromandel is my favorite with Givenchy Gentleman a very close second. They don't really smell much alike so it's easy to justify owning them both. I've tried most of those listed in the poll but...
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    Re: Whats an inexpensive good first oud?

    I think M7 blows Oud Wood out of the water. The oud experience is still there but you get a full blown perfume out of M7. Of all the choices, I think I'd recommend this one but I haven't tried a...
  35. Re: If I dislike Le Male, will I dislike Rochas man, hanae mori, Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin?

    Like many others have said, you'll just have to try them. To me, they were all very different, but only LLauM did I like.
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    Re: This isn't good

    Am I the only one who thinks it's not impossible for someone's hair to land in a bottle legitimately? "Aged" and "defective" don't cut it. Only "counterfeit" is possible as a source for the hair in...
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    Re: Tangeri by Keiko Mecheri Bespoke

    Wow, I totally disagree! Dior Homme is very unpleasant on me, cloying and overly sweet. I'm a huge Dior fan but I simply can't stand it. Tangeri on the other hand is extremely wearable. None of...
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    Poll: Re: How well do you groom?

    I'm not sure what category I fit in. I have some outdoorsy blood in me from years of hiking and climbing so I'm comfortable being a little grungy, but I can and do look presentable when I need to,...
  39. Re: Share your favorite Geo F. Trumper shaving cream

    Oh, I'm a big fan of the coconut, especially in the summer. Not only because it smells like summer, but also because the coconut oil is good for the skin. After a hot day of yard work and...
  40. Re: What do you do with the samples you don't like, aren't going to use?

    I typically save them to PIF along with bottles I sell. I might not like them but that doesn't mean someone else won't. However, sometimes I will swap or sell them, especially in the case where...
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    Re: Has Anyone Seen A Chanel Bottle Like This?

    I agree with many of the comments above. Many of my vintage aftershaves come in a similarly "capped" method that when removed makes it a splash bottle, which is meant to let the contents be used...
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    Re: So I Met Andy Tauer The Other Day...

    Wow, I am so envious of you! Andy is one of my perfume heros. I fell in love with his line a couple of years ago and wear Lonestar Memories fairly regularly - among other things. Besides simply...
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    Re: New Artisan parfumeur - Séville à l'aube

    Maybe it's the morning after...?
  44. Re: Cuir Santalion - PG's "mystery" fragrance...

    I feel a little guilty for digging up an old thread but there aren't very many that discuss these rare creations from Pierre Guillaume. Excellent descriptions of these three, too, which I've never...
  45. Re: New Fragrance: Le Petite Mort by Marc Atlan, Kilian Hennessy and Bertrand Duchoufour

    About twenty of us chipped in and split a bottle, making it more affordable to satisfy our curiosities. It doesn't smell like a vulva, or an orgasm, or any secretion in my opinion. However, it does...
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    Re: Agaraura Oud Chypre

    This was my mini-review of Oud Chypre: "This is perhaps the most amazing chypre I've ever tried. In fact, this puts all other "leather chypres" to shame! The opening rose and grapefruit is stunning...
  47. SMN Sandalo - gold foil label v. new bottle design

    Hey all, I have a question about Santa Maria Novella's Sandalo. I have a bottle in the more recent bottle design and was greatly disappointed. It smells too herbal/medicinal with the eucalyptus...
  48. Re: Will you be giving someone a gift of fragrance for Valentine's Day 2012?

    No, I don't give her perfume on Valentine's Day. This time of year her hands are typically very dry do I splurge on something to moisturize her hands. She gets perfume on her Birthday.
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    Starker's Juice Stand

    I've been going through the boxes lately and making some hard decisions. I've decided to list ten bottles at a time, things I love but never wear. Just need to whittle it down a bit. I'll ship...
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    Re: Royal Scottish Lavender

    Yes, I do get "dirty," but dirty isn't the word I'd use. It smells like I just walked into the bathroom after someone just used it. And I'm not talking about the #1. I get that same note in some...
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    Poll: Re: Le Labo Rose 31 vs Santal 33

    I have both, love both, but prefer Rose 31. It might mere nostalgia (it was my first niche purchase) or it may be that I think the rose really sets it off, I don't know, but I think it's more...
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    Re: eBay Seller - Universal-Perfume

    It's been a while since I've ordered anything from Universal Perfume but I have purchased many many many items from that seller and each order went very smoothly. In fact, I was often surprised by...
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    Re: Two new Profumums

    Personally I find Eccelso a really striking fragrance. Profumum is seldom known for anything in the outfield - Fumidus is an exception - but this is a really smooth perfume, yet another example of...
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    Re: Turtle Vetiver Front by Les Nez

    Outstanding news! TV ex. 1 is one of my favorite vetivers. I'm looking forward to the new additions.
  55. Jeez, glad I've got a lifetime supply of the...

    Jeez, glad I've got a lifetime supply of the "original."
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    Re: Mona Di Orio Oud

    I haven't tried Mona's Oud, unfortunately, although I've heard many great things about it. There are three that come to mind that I really enjoy, however: Bond's Swarovski Oud, Roja Dove Aoud, and...
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    Re: Derby and Equipage

    I like them both and you'll find that they both probably fill a need in your collection. They aren't too similar in my opinion and I could echo a lot of the above comments. I do prefer Derby over...
  58. Re: Smell Bent Otter Luvr, has anyone tried this?

    I find the oils have a better richness and depth of smell. For example, I liked Bollywood so much (rose and sandalwood) that I bought both the EdT spray only to find it was stronger on the rose and...
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie objections?

    This is my opinion, too, but given that I think we are in the majority I can't think of any "reason" to not get it for yourself. I bought a decant first and although I liked it wasn't the leather I...
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    Re: Is there any interest in an OUD SMACKDOWN?

    You can't leave out Oud Caravan by AbdesSalaam Attar (Profumo.it). Samples are available from TPC. And although difficult to find, Roja Dove's Aoud should be included, too. Sorry, I know I'm just...
  61. Thread: Serge Lutens

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    Re: Serge Lutens

    yeah, top three? I don't know, but I'll try, although I might revisit this thread daily and edit my reply...

    Musc Kublai Khan
    Chergui
    Serge Noire

    with an eye toward
    Fille en Aiguille and...
  62. Thread: Serge Lutens

    by cbstarker
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    Re: Serge Lutens

    yeah, top three? I don't know, but I'll try, although I might revisit this thread daily and edit my reply...

    Musc Kublai Khan
    Chergui
    Serge Noire

    with an eye toward
    Fille en Aiguille and...
  63. Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Lot's of great suggestions, will support the Chanel Cuir de Russie, Cuir de Lancome, Dzing!, Cuir Ottoman and Cuir Pleine Fleur suggestions, but must add

    Cuir d'Iris by Parfumerie Generale, one of...
  64. Re: Okay all you B'Note veterans that praise Guerlain's Derby............

    As you can see by the comments above it's a rather polarizing scent. I have both the vintage and the current and although they are very similar, there is a subtle richness in the vintage that I...
  65. Re: Creed - do you have the photo of the bottles produced before 1990?

    I happen to own both bottles pictured. In fact, I have reason to believe that the EdT pictured is the very one in my hands now. Every wrinkle and crinkle in that box matches mine. My EdC, however,...
  66. Re: New Tom Ford Lavender Palm - I have it - Pic inside!!!

    Well, Le Labo already gave L.A. their own Musc 25. Wonder if TF is trying something similar. I like that the bottle is exclusive to LA but not the scent.
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    Re: Le Labo Cuir 28 ~ Dubai City Exclusive

    I got an email today saying that it'll be NEXT year before it's released now. Sigh.
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    Re: Le Labo Cuir 28 ~ Dubai City Exclusive

    OK, it's now August, any word on this yet? Anyone tried it?
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Recommendations?

    Yeah, just try them all. BUT! make sure you try Neroli Portofino and Noir de Noir.
    And Amber Absolute and Tobacco Vanilla.
    And Italian Cypress and Oud Wood.
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    Re: The Quest For Power Powder - - -

    Another vote for Habit Rouge, definitely powdery, definitely masculine, definitely powerful. Another one that comes to mind is Helmut Lang edc. For the most part, it kinda smells like baby powder...
  71. Re: What exactly creates top, middle, and base notes?

    Yes, essentially, this is it. The factors than can catalyze or delay evaporation rates may vary, beginning with the other ingredients in the perfume and how they interact with each other and can...
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    Poll: Re: Designer Frag World Cup - FINAL!!!!

    Tough choice, really. I wear more CdG fragrances than I do YSL but I have a lot more respect for the history, tradition, breadth and range of YSL perfumes.
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    Re: Le Labo expiry dates

    All of my Le Labo's are beyond their expiration date: FdO, Oud, Rose, Vetiver, Patchouli, Gaiac, Labdanum, Bergamot, Vanilla. They all smell great!
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    Poll: Re: equipage or habit rouge edt?

    Once upon a time I actually thought the same thing. They are entirely different fragrances, though, and Equipage, while I do like it, can sometimes be a bit sour on me. Habit Rouge is love, love,...
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    Re: By Kilian Back to Black

    Same here. I like them both a lot but prefer the TV. The honey notes in BtB are hit and miss, depending on the day.
  76. Poll: Re: What's Your Favorite Note for the Summer Heat?

    Definitely in the minority here, I picked floral: other because I hit the fleur d'oranger fragrances much heavier in the summer. That said, I just burned through some Caldey Island Lavender last...
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    Re: Creed Flacons

    I have several that I plan to use for storing homemade aftershaves.
  78. Re: Guerlain Vetiver 4.2 OZ for $29...Good Deal?

    Guerlain Vetiver is one of my Favorites! That's one helluva deal and I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven if I'd found that. Gee, I need to go to Marshall's more often!
  79. Re: Sonoma Scent Studio , is it worth blind buy.

    Although I make blind purchases all the time, I would never recommend it. That said, SSS fragrances are top notch and the few that I have (Sienna Musk, Fireside Intense and Incense) are 100% top...
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    Re: Andy Tauer LDDM

    In my opinion, nothing from Maison Francis Kurkdjian beats anything from Andy Tauer. No disrespect to FK, but I find Tauer's fragrances perfectly blended, very long-lasting, very high-quality, often...
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    Re: Halston Unbound

    Yeah, I used to own a bottle of this, which I got because it was supposed to smell like AdG. It does, but it doesn't. I recall longevity wasn't as good, either, but at least I could smell it. Not...
  82. Re: Guerlain "Derby" and "Habit Rouge L'Extrait" .... still available????

    Not me! I've a shiny spanking new one and I'm ready to break it in!

    Sweet! I've been waiting to get my hands on HR extrait for a while now!
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    Re: Vetiver help...once again

    Vetiver is my thing! I totally agree with Renaissance Man that VE is not worth the money. It's really good vetiver but it fell flat on me. Same with Sycomore, which gets a good following. ...
  84. Re: Do you feel weird when someone caught you sniffing the fragrance on your wrist?

    I look at them and say, "50 cents a sniff."

    So far, no takers.
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    Re: Your Shaving Routine/ Set-Up.

    And don't forget about water quality. Unless you're on a well, the water coming out of your pipe can be different one hour from the next. I work in water quality so I know these things. Water...
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    Re: Your Shaving Routine/ Set-Up.

    Yeah, then the razor tugs at your face. D'oh! Gotta hate that. No, but I hear you, sometimes I shave and it's like I used a cheese grater - I don't quite understand what happened.

    Other times...
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    Re: Your Shaving Routine/ Set-Up.

    I just started with a DE Safety razor: an Edwin Jagger DE89L. And I started with Feathers, which really are sharp! But they dull on my so quickly. I just ordered a sample set from West Coast...
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    Re: Amouage Opus III: Initial Impressions

    I'm a bit late coming to this thread but I just have to add my two cents. After reading through all these posts, I have to say that I find agreement most with RickBR but the first two things that...
  89. Re: Guys (or Gals) best way to have fresh breath all day???

    All of the above, of course. Drinking water regularly is certainly a must. But something I've done since I was 16 years old ... apples. When I was a teenager I read somewhere that eating apples...
  90. Re: Lithuania launches its own national perfume

    Fascinating! I had no idea and I find that very appealing, really, and I love that the name is derived from "Rain." I realize there are pagan connections throughout all cultures - we just...
  91. Re: Lithuania launches its own national perfume

    Fascinating! I had no idea and I find that very appealing, really. I realize there are pagan connections throughout all cultures - we just celebrated a couple here in the States didn't we? - but I...
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    Re: I can't beat razor burn

    Those two questions were in my mind too. That might work for Dr. Rudi but God No it doesn't work for me. When I was living/working in London I was required to shave everyday for six months. No, my...
  93. Lithuania launches its own national perfume

    The article is from the Natonal Post but you can google it and get the same article anywhere. I found the remark from Mindaugas Stongvilas, "an expert in emotional communication behind the project,"...
  94. Re: Annick Menardo Niche..Which one is your fav???

    I love love love all four of the scents you listed. Sigh, why do I have to pick one? Still, I have to agree with Shifts. If you'd listed Bulgari Black, I would have voted that for sure. Something...
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    Re: What scent will you wear for Christmas?

    Actually, I just wore Noel au Balcon yesterday and it's not what I remember...

    I'm switching to Une Crime Exotique although I still might do something pine-y like Epicea.
  96. Thread: Creed epicea

    by cbstarker
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    Re: Creed epicea

    I am a lover of this one. I find most Creed's just annoying - the exceptions being most of the private collection that they have discontinued (which I also find annoying). However, outside of the...
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    Re: The Perfume Shoppe!!! (USA)

    I noticed a lot of their perfumes were a touch more expensive than other e-tailers. However some are less and that's where I've bought most of my Parfumerie Generale's. Definitely shop around.
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    Re: What scent will you wear for Christmas?

    ME TOO!

    But I might get a hankerin' for something pine-y, like Epicea.
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    Re: Anyone know this M. Micallef crystal bottle?

    Actually -- and this is kinda laughable -- Micallef currently sells perfume in a series called Le Parfum Crystal (http://www.mmicallef.com/pages/en/producte_en/leparfum_en/leparfum_en.html). I...
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    Re: What are some good chypres?

    I prefer Eau Sauvage to Pour Monsieur, personally, but they are both very very good and to my mind classic chypres. We cannot ignore Diorella, though, as well as Dior's Jules and Givenchy Gentleman....
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