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    Re: Found so many rare fragrances on Greek island

    Sorry gents. 1800 cousins all over the islands - the mod already has them all [emoji1]
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    But, but, but but.... the batch codes won't match up!!! :evil: :grin: :huh:
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    Here's your answer:



    There may be a few who do it for collection (is that the same as keeping the bottle after finishing it?) but I am eerie about others selling them on eBay - it definitely...
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    Re: Problem with Versace "The Dreamer"

    Couldn't have said this better myself.

    One tip I read somewhere that I find really works is to spray your knees. Yes, your knees boys. They might not be close to your nose to cause fatigue but for...
  5. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    I am a sucker for vintage these days so of course I would say 1970s, 80s and 90s. But the earlier part of the 2000s has brought out some good ones, just not as often as before.
  6. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    This is one I'll definitely bring out around that time of year. Works really well.

    I have plenty more to wear around then - BR540 seems to fit the season for me somehow. Also Chanel Egoiste and a...
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    Re: Can't login to franciskurkdjian.com ANYONE?

    Sounds about right. Usually they don't reply to emails.

    Best you can do I think is call them. Their online service is appalling when it comes to customer service.
  8. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    That stuff is legendary. Shame Amouage stopped doing the attars - it was their best line!

    I have Homage Attar and it too has a wonderful sandalwood although it is clearly mixed with florals like...
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    Re: Clear Antaeus bottle

    Ooooh eeeerrrr - now we're on to something!!

    Would love to find something like that :)
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    Re: Graduating my Stepson from Lynx/Axe

    Ah, that's about right for his age :laugh:

    Have you tried to speak to him about different notes and how some things go well with others? Perhaps let him try some from your wardrobe out then he can...
  11. Thread: What next

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    Re: What next

    Usual places generally for samples are Notino UK, Fragrance Samples UK, Scent Samples UK, Perfumista. These are probably the more well known places.

    You will find Chanel and Dior do not allow...
  12. Thread: Dating Malle POAL

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    Re: Dating Malle POAL

    Yup that's what I read as well.

    I should prob add that the reformulated PoaL is actually much easier to wear. Better balance of notes and it's much smoother. A monster for projection as well.
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    Re: Where are all the Vintage Creed bottles?

    Yup, authentic pirate material! :) :D
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    Re: Tawakkal Perfumes (UK) - beware

    Hadn't heard of them until now. Looks like they're based in Birmingham.

    Will be steering clear of them given this for sure...
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    Re: Brits, unusually warm still for September

    Well I am definitely waiting to bring out the big 'uns! I haven't worn them much in the summer - just the occasional spritz at night or when we had the odd wet spell.

    But I have been getting on...
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    Re: Montale What can I try ?

    I liked Intense Cafe as well. I should probably get a sample of it as well and see how it wears for a whole day. Just a bit on the hand though isn't half bad.
  17. Re: Anyone else seeing a whole bunch of Chinese (?) character threads in the "General Fragrance" for

    Yes we're on it. A slow and painful clean-up for the mod team...

    Thank you to everyone that took the time to report these to us.
  18. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Yes the new ĎVintage Collectioní of Sandalo is OK. Some of the harshness has been toned down (not by a lot) but itís definitely more wearable. It also projects quite nicely like never before. I just...
  19. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Yes this one should fit the bill for the OP too.
  20. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    OK so as I understand you want something sandalwoody without wanting something blended with the note? In which case my previous recommendation for Villoresiís Sandalo is definitely worth looking for.
  21. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    For a 2012 bottle I would agree with this but GIT has been watered right the way down and contains a rubbish base now made of nothing like what the previous versions had. I would still not buy GIT in...
  22. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    Based on the above I would suggest trying Bleu de Chanel Parfum. It may seem the furthest away from a sandalwood scent but you will detect the woods and tonka bean accord in there. The composition is...
  23. Re: Today in Providence Place Mall, a new store selling vinatges , discontinued Fragrance!

    I think Iím moving to the US :)
  24. Re: Midnight in Paris? Wasn't worth the hype for me at all!

    Yes it does to me as well actually!
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    Re: For Chilly Fall Days - Boozy Niche Scents?

    Knize Ten comes off as a little boozy at first and it is ultra-niche

    YSL Opium Pour Homme is also a designer but the Eau de Parfum has a harsh opening which feels boozy. It is also quite hard to...
  26. Re: Today in Providence Place Mall, a new store selling vinatges , discontinued Fragrance!

    I’ve actually heard of the Haarlem store (having never even visited The Netherlands!).
    I looked them up online and indeed they do have a website and yes it is a rip-off.

    Only explanation I can...
  27. Re: Post the hopelessly under rated fragrance nobody else enthuses about

    Sandalo by Villoresi - dark and spicy sandalwood EdT

    Jovan Sex Appeal - a recent discovery for me but totally under-rated especially at the price it sells for
  28. Re: Midnight in Paris? Wasn't worth the hype for me at all!

    I never liked anything about Midnight in Paris - except its catchy name maybe.

    On a sort of similar theme, you may also want to check out:

    Dior Homme Intense (very close to MiP)
    YSL Opium Pour...
  29. Thread: What next

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    Re: What next

    I can relate to that too. I have owned and sold Royal Oud several times. But French Lover is one that I always come back to. I am on my 3rd full bottle now.
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    Re: Popular Cologne Ads from the Past

    Thanks for posting these. I find these quite American-focused (which is OK), but as a result I can only recognise Aramis, Old Spice and Brut.

    Suddenly I feel so new to this :lolk:
  31. Thread: What next

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    Re: What next

    If you like Royal Oud you will love French Lover by Malle for its bone dry woodiness with galbanum (also in RO).
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    [UK] Re: Musc Ravageur, Xerjoff 40 Knots

    Bump
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    Re: 37% off at FragranceNet

    Have a look here. The thread was in the Online Shopping board (wrong place) so I have moved it here.
  34. Re: A question for those who have worn and wear Mousse Illuminee

    I have to agree with Mr Sheik's analysis and comparison here. Polo isn't even close to Mousse.

    To be honest, the Mousse I find hard to pinpoint as I am sure the average Joe will as well. It's...
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    Moderator Message

    A reminder guys that this isn't a site for reviewing films. Let's get back on topic or the thread ends.
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    Yes I agree with you here. The base is sort of 'vegetal' as you say, though I would probably describe it as 'herbal'. That was my first impression anyway. I need to look into this a little more. I...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Sauvage again and I think I caught a whiff of Tam Dao.
  38. Re: Best modern Niche/Prive interpretation of 70s/80s powerhouse genre

    Agree with the OP on New York Intense but would also add Tom Ford Fougere d'Argent (arguable) and also Diptyque's latest Eau de Minthe.
  39. Re: Sandalwood - is there a gem I'm missing out on? Not sure where to look.

    The AdP is a nice fresh woody scent. But I find nothing really beats Sandalo by Villoresi for a true representation of the wood/note. It's not a fresh one though but the newer iteration (part of the...
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    Moderator Message

    Gents, let's cool it off a bit - no need to get personal. Some bickering posts have been removed.

    We may not always post, but this thread is being watched closely.
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Ombre Leather on a work colleague
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    Re: Dior Privee Eau Sauvage?

    Hmmm I'd be keen to see if this indeed real - or not.
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    I tried it; liked the opening but wasn't so fond once into the later stages.
  44. Poll: Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 Edp or Elysium Pour Homme Parfum Cologne ?

    If you know you like the calibre of scent that is BR540, I would go with that.
    I think you are wasting your money for the Roja, given how similar this is to Bleu de Chanel.
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Chanel AHS and Sauvage again both a few mins from each other.
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    Sticky: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    “Someone smells really good today”
    I could barely smell it on me. But this comment was over 12hrs after applying it. BR540 EdP
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    Re: What fragrances make you do you hate/make you retch?

    Let me know what to change it to, OP and I'll see what I can do ;)
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    Re: Tuscan Leather and the ashtray drydown?

    I think you guys are getting too much of the nagarmotha molecule. I hate it too. I much prefer my leathers with castoreum; as in Bel Ami, Knize Ten, Antaeus, Polo RL.
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    Re: Tuscan Leather and the ashtray drydown?

    I've only just started to realise just how close the AdP is to the TF.
    I do find AdP's Ambra starts off smoother than their Leather which phases into the same sort of base. It might be smoother as I...
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    Re: Brut (Qs for men and women)

    Answering only the question here that I am most comfortable with. Forget anything from Tom Ford for a start.

    What you want to check out is a scent called Duc de Vervins by Houbigant - see the link...
  51. Thread: Dark

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    Re: Dark

    Taking "dark" to assume this is based on scent only (and not going by scent's name, packaging or marketing, etc)

    Euchris by Trumper, EdP
    Sandalo by Villoresi
  52. Re: Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP or Extrait - Do you need to own both? If not, which one?

    These comments reflect my first feelings about BR540 EdP when I first tried it. Although I have a bottle now, I still feel like that in a way; being a frag head this is not your traditional...
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    Re: My wife hates Baccarat Rouge 540 :(

    I think it's going to depend on the individual's background and the scents you associated with it.

    I get a sugary/syrupy-sweet, candy floss note from it but also get the cedar/woods at times.
  54. Thread: Scented Bracelet

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    Re: Scented Bracelet

    Pass for me too. It may catch on for some people, but definitely not for me.
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    Re: Sauvage = Baccarat Rouge 540

    It is really sweet (guess I made my point, right? :D) yet somehow I own a bottle of it, but not Sauvage (although I have done in the past).
    I have contemplated getting rid of my BR540 bottle as I...
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    Re: Sauvage = Baccarat Rouge 540

    There's bucket loads of ambrox in both but I don't see the similarity any more than that.

    Sauvage has an interesting pepper/lavender freshness attached to it; BR540 has enough sugary sweetness in...
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    Re: My Malle collection

    For rest and play I would say Musc Ravageur.

    For work, I would say French Lover which you should get :)
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    Re: What to wear as a wedding guest

    I would go with either Cedrat Boise or Terre d'Hermes.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    The thought had occurred to me. It almost seems unfinished.
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    Re: Latest Frederic Malle - Rose & Cuir!

    Tried this recently. Two shots to the hand.

    Right from the very beginning it was apparent that there was no rose or leather in this - and I was right. Agree that it is quite boozy.
    I got a...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage EDP for hot tropical weather?

    If you like the dry down of Sauvage only, the EdP is good. For me it has too much vanilla so I would settle for the EdT in such warm weather. I like the pepper note in the EdT as well.

    My ultimate...
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    Re: Alternative to Black Orchid?

    V.O. is not a bad suggestion IMHO.

    I would also add Coromandel as being in the loud and spicy genre. Perhaps also something like Amouage Interlude (men's or women's) might fit the bill.
  63. Thread: Similar to Pasha

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    Re: Similar to Pasha

    Itís debatable but my personal choice is the vintage.
  64. Thread: Similar to Pasha

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    Re: Similar to Pasha

    Pasha has notes of mint around a fougere accord. I get a lot of the similarities to Safari, but instead of mint the RL has a bunch of very well balanced Caribbean spices. I never got along with...
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    Re: Alternative to Black Orchid?

    It's unclear what your motivation is for looking for an alternative, which would help me to look in the right direction for suggestions. For something along the BO level but smoother or less 'loud'?...
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    I bought a bottle as I got it for less than retail but I haven't opened it yet.

    I would have preferred the EdT with its pepper/lavender accord but the ambrox is too much for me in the dry down....
  67. Thread: dior jules vintage

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    Re: dior jules vintage

    I have to agree with this having tried both versions.
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Nice classic smell of Aramis on chap last week
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    Re: acqua di parma suggestion

    I have since bought a huge bottle of Sandalo and I'm actually loving it a lot more than I thought I would. I've been trying the scent ever since it was a Harrods exclusive.

    The Cologne Concentree...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage Parfum vs EDP vs EDT

    Two wearings on and I am beginning to believe that the Parfum is the way to go. I need to really give it a proper full wearing, fresh out of the shower, with no other scents anywhere near me - just...
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    Sticky: Re: Missing from the directory

    New Dior Sauvage Parfum (2019)
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    Re: Sources For Decants in UK

    Yep I checked them out and I think they could have a wider range of samples too. But I suppose they could just be starting out so are launching with a limited range to keep things simple, then...
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    I'm totally with you on this. I need to give the new Parfum another, proper try and see if I can finally get over the ambrox bomb that is the EdT. I don't mind if one of my scents project a lot - so...
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minthe

    Thanks all.

    I understand people judge this based on the name - it's not a mint scent per se and I agree with you all on that.

    In my review I mentioned that the name is somewhat misleading and...
  75. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    Thanks OP for posting this - it's great to see our world getting wider coverage in the press, even if it is the DM!



    On the face of it I have to agree with this. Ironically I've been sampling...
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    Re: Finding vintages plus suggestions

    I have a similar opinion on Egoiste to you, except I think the vintage is the more powdery one of the two to my nose. That said I own neither of them right now and only have the Concentree. I much...
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    Re: Any of you guys wear Ambre Nuit by Dior?

    I have worn Ambre Nuit in the past but never managed to get hold of a bottle after it was apparently watered-down.

    It is quite similar to 40 Knots, but perhaps the Xerjoff has less of a rose...
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    Re: New Diptyque fragrance Eau de Minthe

    Just wondering if people feel the same about this one now that it has been out a few months.

    Has anyone bought it or changed their minds on it? Interested in your thoughts...
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    Re: Captcha bot check for mobile device users

    I've been getting it today as well but not from a mobile device.
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    Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    I tried it (finally) just yesterday for the first time. Too many sprays at first but I managed to get a feel for it on skin.

    Itís definitely still ďSauvageĒ although as first impressions go this...
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    Re: Royal Oud - An appreciation

    Same feelings here. Just never liked it.



    Got to agree with this too. The dry down feels unfinished to me and just doesnít settle well on me.
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    Re: Royal Oud - An appreciation

    Usually fresh and clean, woody scents. Often she likes the odd oriental too.
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    Re: Dior Sauvage Parfum vs EDP vs EDT

    Not in the shops in Greece thus far so will be trying this when Iím back in the UK. People on fragrantica are slating it but reports say it is available there.
  84. Re: Bleu de Chanel Parfum: Now that you've lived with it a few months, how does it rank?

    Interested to hear peopleís thoughts of the Parfum compared to Diorís new Sauvage Parfum
  85. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    Gold vintage is a totally different beast to current Gold. I tried the vintage earlier this year from a storeís tester bottle and I was shocked by the amount of animalics in it. None of that...
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    Re: Royal Oud - An appreciation

    I previously mentioned that this has a common theme (actually itís galbanum and angelica) with French Lover. I also find it has parallels to Dior Jules for the same notes but the latter goes down a...
  87. Re: PSA: eBay has REMOVED the option to list USED fragrances. Uh oh..

    Good news for sure.

    But can you just imagine all the people who use eBay to list their (e.g.) Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum that they mistook for Eau Sauvage or even those that picked up the wrong...
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    Re: Dior Sauvage Parfum vs EDP vs EDT

    Canít wait to get out and try this latest addition
  89. Re: Amouage: what do you think is the sleeper or under-rated of the line?

    Opus VII isnít totally under the radar but to me it probably is one that hasnít been discovered by the masses just yet.

    I think the whole Opus line could have been better thought out to be fair....
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Seriously, this isnít worth confessing. Nothing to be ashamed of as you arenít missing anything.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    I can just about hear the guns being cocked and loaded.
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Pppfffff why is it that I can relate to each and every one saying these things? Confessions of a Basenoter...!!

    As for the 61 or so samples, my kids must think I am laying them like eggs. Just...
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    Re: More Fragrances Unique Like Chanel Antaeus?

    Another leather which doesnít get recommended much is Knize Ten. Gorgeous bright leather with some citrus up top and florals in the heart. But it work really well.
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    Quoting my own post but should have added Sandalo Colonia by AdP. Picked this up recently at a very good price and am wearing it today. The cardamom in this is paired really well with the colonia...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    On holiday right now but I was shocked to catch a very distinctive whiff of Dior Sauvage. Ok, I have no way of knowing which version it was, but it smelled quite different in this warm, Mediterranean...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Thought I caught a whiff of Philosykos today.
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    Re: Chanel Les Exclusif Samples

    This sounds like a good tip to know but I would also look to eBay. Not all sellers carry fakes and some are actually trustworthy - there are a few that spoil it for the rest though...

    OP, you may...
  98. Re: Actually asked to wash a perfume off - it was that offensive to others

    Sorry to hear this.

    I find the whole event quite sad and rude as well. Personally, I would change company or move country if it came to this, but ultimately culture plays a big part in this. A bit...
  99. Re: Woody Incense - anything better than Gucci Pour Homme 1?

    I put on a tiny amount of Jubilation XXV last night and after it settled there is this ultra gentle sweetness going on throughout it which is a great relief from the bitterness of the incense.
    ...
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    Re: Open Discussion on Bleu de Chanel Parfum

    I'd say it's got more ISO E Super (one of Chanel's favourites) than ambrox but I could be wrong.
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