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  1. Neimans/Bergdorfs think Fougere Royale is made by a company named Quelque Fleurs

    This is strange -- if you go to either store's website, they list Fougere Royale under the "brand" Quelque Fleurs. The word Houbigant is nowhere mentioned. This is a mistake, right? Or has...
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    What do I do with this after shave?

    I stumbled across a supercheap EDT/aftershave combo of Lagerfeld the other day and I bought it blind 'cause I'm into opoponax. Nice stuff, although maybe a bit to American Psycho for regular use. ...
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    Re: What has Happened to the House of Caron?

    There's no Nordstrom in the Los Angeles area that carries Caron, although the one in South Coast Plaza (Orange county) does. I don't believe the Bergdorf in Beverly Hills carries any, either. ...
  4. Re: Le Labo - A lesson in how NOT to sell fragrance...

    They have three stores in the U.S. after what, two years in operation?

    Caron has zero stores in the US after 104 years in operation.

    They must be doing something right.

    Also, when I was in...
  5. Re: What have Turin/Sanchez inspired you to (re)try?

    Insense -- tried it, loved i, bought it.
    Guerlain Vetiver -- tried it, loved it, bought it.
    Mitsouko -- tried it, recoiled in horror. I know the EDT version isn't supposed to be the best, but this...
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    Re: Caron Tabac Blond - Only Ashes Left ?

    Some of the comments on that French blog are pretty interesting. One claims to have had a long chat with the manager of the Caron boutique in NYC recently, where she complained that the urn scents...
  7. Poll: Re: As a guy what would you rather wear? Musc Ravageur or Muscs Koublai Khan?

    MKK is pretty much identical too Kieh'ls musk. It's a little smoother, but I've sprayed both on at the same time and the difference isn't worth worrying about. So I'd get that for fifty bucks and...
  8. Re: Anyone else excited about the Neiman's opening in SF Valley?

    hey atrac, there's always the perfume discounters in downtown L.A. That's a quick trip on a Saturday morning.
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    Re: Melograno?

    Melograno is by no means a macho sent. It's definitely unisex, but it's dry and a little powdery and... well, you'll just have to sample it. It is, a Scentologist says, a strange beast. But in my...
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    Re: Luca Turin and Creed

    Literally five minutes after buying this book, I bought a frag based on one of the reviews. Who would have guessed that the little perfume kiosk outside the Barnes & Noble would have a bottle of...
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    Is all rose really synthetic?

    In the review of Luca Turin's new book in this week's New Yorker, the author of the review writes that the smell of a rose "can't be chemically extracted from the flower. (It's possible to extract...
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    Re: Spagetti Western scent?

    oregano
  13. Worst name for a frag store ever: "Cigarettes and Perfume"

    That's actually the name of a store I drove past today in Glendale,CA. I'm trying to work up the nerve to go back and check the place out.
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    Re: Caron pour un homme

    I just dropped my bottle in the sink this morning; it shattered and splashed everywhere and now my bathroom's gonna smell like lavender for the next six months. Oh well, at least it only cost me $16...
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    Re: New Raffy line

    It's kind of odd for a greymarket perfume seller to come out with their own line, isn't it?
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    The NY Times tears Tom Ford a new one

    only tangentially about perfume, but worth reading

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/03/fashion/03CRITIC.html?ex=1335844800&en=a7a06999e27f78de&ei=5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg
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    Re: Is Caron on its last legs?

    So they're in a hair salon now.
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    Is Caron on its last legs?

    They closed their shop in New York; as far as I know you can't buy their urn scents in Los Angeles, their exciting new perfume is some liquorice thing that may be great but how many women want to...
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    Re: Best Fragrances for Gay Men?

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1186/832/1600/full.jpg
  20. Best way to seal a vintage bottle for shipping?

    Anyone have experience in securing a bottle with a glass stopper? Tape? Some sort of sealing wax?

    A lot of these eBay sellers think we're bidding on the bottle when all we really want is the...
  21. Re: Tabac Blond...the recipe.Here it is !!!

    Are you saying it's the actual formula, or your friend's best guess? 'Cause if it's the actual formula, that's theft of intellectual property and you could be criminally liable for posting it on...
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    Re: $$ Serge Lutens raking in money $$

    Whoever posted a while back that Kiehl's Musk is a a deadringer for MKK is absolutely right. I actually prefer the Kiehl's a tiny tiny bit, but it's pretty much a draw.

    I've said it before and...
  23. Re: in search for the best floral scent for men?

    Le Labo Rose 31
  24. Why don't stores like Bloomingdales carry niche perfumes?

    I was at the Bloomies in Century City this evening. It's right next to Beverly Hills, a very wealthy clientele, yet their perfume selection was the same stuff you see in every dept. store. What's...
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    Re: Most elegant Lutens

    How sad.
  26. Re: Muscs Koublai Khan - a sweet musky floral ??

    It's just a decant and there's not much left. And I don't hate it. I just don't love it.
  27. Re: Muscs Koublai Khan - a sweet musky floral ??

    Smells that way on me too, zztop. I don't get any of those Noah's Ark notes either. In fact I find MKK kind of boring and I almost never wear it.
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    Re: i Profumi di Firenze

    your gaydar reaches all the way to Florence?
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    Re: Returning fragrances to stores

    I returned an open bottle to Barney's because the stuff gave me a rash. They took it back without a quibble. I felt bad about it, though, and since then when I buy a bottle at a retail store I ask...
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    Can a guy pull of Tabac Blond?

    I got a sample of this for my wife. It's too intense for her but I freaking love it. So can I get away with wearing it as an evening frag? And if so, will it overpower her scents? She only likes...
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    Re: Year review

    So Fragrance of the Year = the fragrance most likely to get compliments from random co-workers?

    Seems to me the Frangrance of the Year should be the one YOU most like to smell on yourself, not...
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    Re: Los Angeles County

    FYI, for some time now the Barneys in Bev Hills has had a special FM section right up front at the entrance to the perfume dept, including two of those "pods" you're supposed to stick your head in...
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    my first headache-inducing frag

    I thought I was immune to this, but then I bought M7. Love the smell but it gives me a throbbing pain. Could it be the agarwood? It's the only agarwood frag I have and it would be a shame if I'm...
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    Re: MR in winter: contraindicated!

    Try SMN Opoponax
  35. Re: Best masculine rose & pepper combination?

    Le Labo Rose 31 has cumin and pepper in it.
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    Re: Le Labo perfumes

    I love the Rose too, but I have a couple of beefs with the Le Labo folks.

    Number one, what's the deal with the one-year "freshness date," or whatever they call the quasi-expiration date they put...
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    Re: Penhaligons Scent library.

    I was just on the FM website, and this sampler set costs $240 euros.
  38. Isn't there a better way to sell perfume?

    So I'm at the mall and I figure I'll see what Bloomingdales is selling these days. I'm a full ten feet from the men's scent counter when Sales Clerk #1 accosts me. "Just looking," I say. Hmm, they...
  39. Am I the only person who thinks Serge Lutens is cheesy?

    Everything about this line seems stuck in some 1980s timewarp. The bottles are cheesy, the label has that cheesy Monotype Old Style typeface that was was all the rage twenty years ago, the store in...
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    Re: Iceberg Twice -- Supurb!

    I'd guess that the reason this stuff isn't more popular is because Iceberg is a truly hideous "fashion" house that for some reason pioneered the concept of expensive Italian sportswear with Daffy...
  41. Re: Correct places to apply cologe and how many sprays?

    Have you considered the possibility that she fainted?
  42. Where can my wife sniff Caron in Los Angeles?

    She loves my Yatigan and Third Man so we figure she'd like the women's juice, too. But I don't know anyone in LA. who carries it other than the places in the fashion district, which aren't really...
  43. Re: where to get frederic malle on the cheap?

    Hmm, the guy at Barneys made me a sample of MR on the fly by spraying the stuff into a little vial. And I didn't even ask him to, he jus thought I would like it.
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    Re: 3 recent positive excperiences

    I'd love to know what store this is.
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan: Why oh Why??!!

    Great, I could be basted in civet and not even know it.
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan: Why oh Why??!!

    I got a decant of MKK from a reliable Ebay seller and I have to admit I'm baffled by all these comments about it smelling animalistic or fecal. I don't get those notes AT ALL. To me it's a nice,...
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    Re: Surrendering to the Power of Norway

    I don't get the appeal of this stuff at all. *Plus, the bottle is ugly and that "Power of Norway" slogan is just embarrassing. *
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    Re: Any Basenoteers in Italy?

    Sounds like a deal, absynthium. PM me and we can figure out the particulars. And if anyone has anyone has any pertinent information about sending perfume across the ocean, feel free to chime in.
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    Any Basenoteers in Italy?

    I'm addicted to a cologne made by a small Venice shop, speziaria de Venizia. Nobody in the US sells it, and they don't answer their emails -- so if anyone who lives near or in Venice feels like...
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    Re: A list of strange notes

    gunpowder

    Smalto -- Fullchoke
    Speziaria de Venezia -- Lepanto
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    Re: My Frederic Malle experience

    I got half-a-dozen samples at Barney's in L.A. That was after I had already purchased a bottle of Lys Mediterranee (sp?) for my wife, though, so I don't know if they're always that free with the...
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    Anyone heard of Lepanto?

    By a small Venice perfumer Speziaria De Venezia? I have a sample of this stuff and I'm desperate to get a bottle, but I can't find anyone in the US who's even heard of it. The notes are wood, resin,...
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