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    Re: Noir Tom Ford - For Men?

    Yes! I could see a lot of spouses/significant others becoming totally confounded while shopping for a gift. It's a minefield.

    I only smelled the Noir EdT once briefly, but it seemed pretty...
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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    I very much second the Shalimar and Lush Vanillary recommendations.

    Also, L de Lolita Lempicka is a nice vanilla. And I strongly recommend Bulgari Black- Vanilla and rubber.

    Non-vanilla: I...
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    Re: Noir Tom Ford - For Men?

    Somewhat confusingly, TF Noir de Noir and TF Noir are two totally different fragrances.
  4. Re: I dislike most of the scents I sample - Is this normal?

    Nothing wrong with being selective; too many of us bought up everything that smelled fabulous to us when we first started out, only to end up finding that our tastes changed and we didn't really find...
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    Re: Noir Tom Ford - For Men?

    I think it depends on what smells you consider to be feminine. Smell-wise, I couldn't assign a gender to it, but then I'd have trouble assigning a gender to any perfume.

    Packaging-wise, it's...
  6. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    Well, considering that plenty of big names in fashion and fragrance have been (or have been closely associated with) racists, bigots, anti-Semites, and misogynists, it's probably always safer to...
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    Re: Day frag to match Absolue pour le Soir

    Welcome! If your only reservation about APLS is that it's supposedly an evening-only fragrance (I guess "Le Soir" is the tipoff), then my suggestion would be to ignore that and wear it in the daytime...
  8. Re: Looking for some nice iris based scent suggestions....

    L'Artisan Parfumeur's Iris Pallida was a nice one. Peppery iris.

    Prada's Infusion d'Iris and Infusion d'Homme are also good.

    I also like a lot of the suggestions above, particularly the...
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    Re: Unisex fragrances

    As far as I'm concerned, all fragrances are unisex. If I like it, I'm going to wear it.
  10. Re: What's the First Fragrance Entry in your SOTD Directory?

    May 10, 2011: Lys Mediterranee. It was from a sample - I never did buy it although I've come close a few times.

    I didn't even know you could dig back and find these!
  11. Re: I can't believe I'm saying this, but I REALLY want a bottle of Old Spice!!!

    This is exactly why I haven't bought it yet. Every so often I get tempted, but then I remember all the other great bargain fragrances sitting unloved in my cabinet.
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    Re: Essenza Nobile are fantastic!

    I live in the UK and have ordered from them a couple of times, the last one being about two weeks ago. I think they're fantastic and wouldn't hesitate to keep buying from them.
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Sorry- didn't mean to be confusing. I was just responding to your point that the book should have been more rigorous and consistent. I was trying to figure out how you do that when perfume is so...
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    Re: Best Designer "Leather" Scent?

    Knize is a designer: http://www.knize.at . I think of it as niche designer. :)
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    Re: Best Designer "Leather" Scent?

    Knize Ten.
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    I think it's entirely possible that "The Guide" was a somewhat tongue in cheek title. But I also think you miss the point of criticism. Perception of perfume is highly subjective and people will...
  17. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    Yep we have it in TK Maxx here. If you like Fracas and similar tuberose-heavy scents, it's worth a try.
  18. Re: the ugliest, tackiest, naffiest (i know, i know) design of perfume bottles and boxes

    No, I'm not sure I could handle that.
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    Re: Help me classify fragrances I don't like

    This is so true. I also have one and it's maddening! Maybe Scent Boogeyman would be a good thread topic. Is there any hope of solving them?
  20. Re: the ugliest, tackiest, naffiest (i know, i know) design of perfume bottles and boxes

    This is the worst bottle I've ever seen: http://www.theperfumeshop.com/fcp/product/womens-perfumes/nicki-minaj/minajesty/1129.

    It would give me nightmares if I saw it sitting on my dresser.

    K
  21. Re: Do you buy the smaller or larger sized bottles?

    I almost always buy the smaller size. For me, it's simply less expensive because I don't sell decants and probably won't finish most of my bottles. There are one or two exceptions - perfumes that I...
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    Re: Looking for a new scent

    I'll second the Bronze Goddess recommendation. This year's bottle has just come out in the shops here. It's floral and tropical, and very happy-smelling.

    Sticking with Estee Lauder, you may want...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    I wonder if there are other restaurant, book, movie, or art critics who are slated as much as Luca Turin is for his perfume criticism. There are film critics I love and those I wouldn't bother...
  24. Re: Hidden Gems in plain sight? Store brands worth seeking out

    I thought all of the M&S fragrances were clones. I remember one smelling just like Prada's Infusion d'Iris a while back.

    Also, in the UK, I found Bulgari Black to be a store scent - the only...
  25. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    I'd think a clear vision would be a good thing. The fact that Pharrell knew what he wanted doesn't mean he's a dictator who takes no advice or feedback. As talented as he is, I'm pretty sure he...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    Sounds like a few office parties I've been to. The 68 sounds great, though.

    K
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    Re: Inexpensive perfume with great quality

    If longevity and sillage are your main criteria for great inexpensive perfumes, then I'd suggest:

    LouLou and Eden by Cacharel (projection monsters, well-regarded, and very inexpensive).
    Halston...
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    Atelier de Givenchy: anyone tried these?

    I was already experiencing olfactory overload by the time I found these in Harrods on Saturday. I took a few cursory sniffs, but my heart wasn't in it and nothing jumped out at me.

    Has anyone...
  29. Re: New leather unisex from Robert Piguet: Knightsbridge

    Not at all, in my view. I'm not completely sure what I'm smelling, but it certainly isn't Dior Homme at all.

    If Cacio meant Visa in his post about reformulation, that definitely makes more sense....
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    Re: Dior Cuir Cannage (2014)

    The SA at Harrods today said that to me: "It's the first time leather has been combined with flowers." I guess it's part of the marketing materials, but they ought to know better. I kept my mouth...
  31. Re: What's a good beginner summer Niche fragrance??

    Tom Ford Neroli Portofino isn't heavy at all. Really nice for summer.

    Also, some of the Aqua Allegoria perfumes by Guerlain are light and very pretty. Lys Soleia is a good one.

    For niche, you...
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    Re: A Starter for... a Newbie?

    I was thinking that too!

    Otherwise, I was thinking that if the OP likes Fleur du Male, he might also like Kurkdjian's APOM. Same perfumer as FdM, and orange blossom-centered like FdM, but with...
  33. Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    It's natural selection - knowledgeable people favor particular fragrances, tell others about them, others follow, and when they become knowledgeable they recommend their own favorites. Keeps...
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    Re: New Perfumer at Caron

    This sounds like a reason for optimism! If Guerlain could salvage its classics, then maybe there's hope for others as well.
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    Re: Serge Lutens best florals for women

    The only gloomy thing about this perfume is the name and what little marketing came out around it. The perfume itself is a glorious green spring floral (despite the purple color!). Nothing dark about...
  36. Thread: Basenotes mantra

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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    And then it only lasted 45 minutes, tops.
  37. Re: What Oud Scents would be interesting to start testing.

    Might be worth a trip to NYC?

    I'd suggest smelling the Francis Kurkdjian Oud and Oud Mood series, and also Dior's Leather Oud and Oud Ispahan for something different.
  38. Re: I feel like Borneo 1834 is not getting the praise it deserves on here..

    That's a good point.

    Meanwhile, this morning I tried a spritz of Horizon by Oriza L Legrand from my box of mostly neglected samples. Lovers of Borneo 1834 might like to try this one as well. It's...
  39. Re: What I finally realized about "boring" fragrances

    As long as you never mistake perfume and clothes for actual personality, go for it!

    Smelling fragrances on other people can be a revelation. But I don't usually recognize the fragrance that...
  40. Thread: Male or female?

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    Re: Male or female?

    Yeah that totally doesn't happen in my world, but I don't doubt it does elsewhere. A lot depends on the country and culture. Lots of American men wear fragrance, but then there are also lots of...
  41. Re: I feel like Borneo 1834 is not getting the praise it deserves on here..

    I actually find 1834 good for warmer weather because it doesn't have the rich sweetness of Coromandel. It's a bit drier and holds up well in the heat, at least to my nose.
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    Re: Chasing the past - Oriza L. Legrand

    Where in NY, Hednic? It's good to know!
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    Re: 50% off Lynn Harris range at M&S

    Yes they've been 50 percent off for about six weeks now. I've actually been resisting buying a couple of them- I like Le Noir and Le Fleur, but can't really see myself giving them much wear. Still,...
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    Re: Tom Ford smelling session

    That's just a few doors down from the new TF boutique, isn't it? I need to get over there and smell London!
  45. Re: Your choice for modern commercial perfume with fresh spring floral theme

    What about Carven Le Parfum?
  46. Thread: Basenotes mantra

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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    "Burberry London."

    "I sprayed 10 sprays of (name of fragrance here) and it's literally gone in 30 minutes."
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    Re: "Jack" perfume by Richard E. Grant

    I think I saw that Liberty has this. Will check it out when I next visit.

    He's like the last celebrity I'd have expected to come out with a fragrance. Is it wrong that I wish he'd called it...
  48. Re: Remedy for olffactoral fatigue...for real or old wive's tale?

    I never understood the coffee thing - it's just another strong scent that confuses my nose! An SA once suggested smelling the sleeve of my coat, and that worked well, but I think David's right that a...
  49. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/1/14): Knize Ten vs Flame, the fragrance, by Burger King

    Or even a bag of chips, as they say in the UK :)
  50. Re: TomFord.com debuts with entire fragrance line for sale online

    You might write and ask them. You never know. I've actually had that happen with another perfume house and a long-discontinued perfume.
  51. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/1/14): Knize Ten vs Flame, the fragrance, by Burger King

    I'm worried that this isn't a joke: http://www.cheeteau.com/. Wow!
  52. Thread: Basenotes mantra

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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    Well, if you actually love both ______ and _______, then the two positions aren't mutually exclusive. Some people have trouble making up their minds and are looking for some information to tip the...
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    Re: Are our cities losing their smells?

    The funny thing about Lush is that that smell hasn't changed in the last 13 years. It still reminds me of the first time I visited London in 2001. I think Karma counts for about 90 percent of it :)
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    Are our cities losing their smells?

    Apologies if this has already been posted: fun piece in the Guardian today: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/apr/01/urban-smell-walk-london-city-deodorisation

    I'm not absolutely certain it...
  55. Re: Should I be too concerned with wearing a scent in the wrong season?

    It's nearly impossible to make mistakes. Wear what you like, when you like it, and have some consideration of others who may be near you. Sample and smell a lot to avoid buying things you won't wear...
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    Re: Has a fragrance ever made you physically angry?

    I've heard SAs talk about people having big emotional reactions upon smelling perfumes. Usually it involves crying. The JAR SA at Bergdorfs said occasionally people break down crying when they smell...
  57. Re: My GF dislikes all of my stronger fragrances, should I get rid of them ?

    I think you're assuming an awful lot based on the info in the original post. She doesn't like some fragrances. Don't turn it into she's an attention-seeking control freak. I know it happens, I've...
  58. Re: Looking for Advice on My First Fragrance/Signature Scent

    That quirky niche brand is Etat Libre d'Orange, and you can find them in Les Senteurs in Marble Arch or Elizabeth Street, or their own new-ish boutique in Shoreditch. Good recommendation for perfumes...
  59. Re: Your favorite fragrances that evoke the outdoors

    Fleurs de Sel by Miller Harris
    Memory of Kindness by Christopher Brosius
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    Re: Next Tauer: "vanilla centric"?

    I'm not sure how I feel about this - L'ADDM is quite vanilla to me. But I will give it a try if I see it.
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    Re: Wardrobe data from last year

    Thank you, Grant.
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    Re: London Oud Fatigue!

    It's either that or the SAs with the testers outside Arabian Oud. Some days it just smells amazing for blocks.
  63. Re: Lonestar Memories. Any fans? Feedback you've gotten while wearing it?

    I've worn it a couple of times from a sample (2ml of this stuff goes a long way). One time I got very complimentary feedback from a male admirer, which was nice!
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    Re: London Oud Fatigue!

    Yes, oud does seem to be everywhere these days. Even Estee Lauder and Jo Malone have their ouds.

    Sorry to hear about the Zafar tester - I've been meaning to get over to F&M to try that...
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    Re: Collecting Fragrances

    I don't think of it as collecting. I don't buy anything just for the sake of having it, or to have a complete set of anything. I only buy what I'd like enough to wear.

    I have a mix of cheap and...
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    Re: Why did Luca Turin dissapear from style?

    I'm pretty sure there was something in the introduction about their reviewing the current version of any perfume in the strongest concentration available. Current at that time would have been...
  67. Re: Falling for Oud 27 ... but how does this play to others?

    I love Urban Musk and do find it quite skanky. I think what I perceive is civet and benzoin, not much floral. But I should dig it out and smell it again - it's been too long!
  68. Re: Article: Gualtieri: "Nasomatto is dead! Orto Parisi is born!"

    The marketing is a bit cringe-inducing, but the perfumes might smell great. I'll try them if I find them around.
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    Re: Shipping PERFUMES from US to UK

    Some retailers will have the proper permissions to ship to the UK. Others have stopped doing so or never bothered because of the cost/hassle (Tauer).

    If you're a lone seller, I'd advise you not...
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    Re: Does your nose ever "mature"?

    To the extent that that's true, I think it may have more to do with fashion trends at different ages than with sensitivity of your nose. A woman who grew up in the 70s and 80s will have encountered...
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    Re: Does your nose ever "mature"?

    I'm not sure my nose has matured, but my brain has. Whereas the thought of "leather" as a fragrance note kind of weirded me out at first, I love it now. And whereas I grew up conditioned to think...
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    Re: All Roja Parfums prices going up

    Well, I'd have to fold. I'm a few tax brackets away from calling Diaghilev affordable.
  73. Re: Can I get a recommendation on fresh lemon fragrance?

    Vero Profumo Mito is very much lemon to me, and it lasted a lot longer than I wanted it to.
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    Re: Classic (style) chypres that don't disappoint

    Haven't seen Scherrer by Scherrer mentioned here yet, so here it is!
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    Re: Why are so many people marked as "banned"?

    I'll admit I've been concerned about a rash of locked threads and bans in recent weeks/months. It's possible that there's more going on than I can read in a thread, but a few of these threads have...
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    Re: Classic (style) chypres that don't disappoint

    I'm not sure about the Parfums d'Empire line; can't recall a rose chypre there, but I do recall that PG's Corps et Ames (the original, not the newer "fresh" version) is a green chypre-type thing with...
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    Re: Really Disappointed - Dior Homme Intense :-(

    Blind buying is dangerous - to state the bleeding obvious. No fragrance could live up to the hype that arises in many discussions here. The thing you need to do is work out whose opinions you...
  78. Re: Early warning: Pharrell Williams teams up with Comme des Garçons

    Interesting. Although I think they should have called it NERD.
  79. Re: Just sent Jean Paul Gaultier a very firm email. Do you think it will work/is justified?

    I'm always in favor of writing to companies, politicians, and other organizations with complaints--but also to cheer them on when they've done well.

    I figure at the very least a polite and brief...
  80. Re: why are we addicted to earthy, dirty, skanky and fecal scent?

    Leaving aside your insulting assertion about older women (please go tell 100 older women your theory that they have a "diminished desire to bathe regularly" and let me know how that goes), why do you...
  81. Re: why are we addicted to earthy, dirty, skanky and fecal scent?

    Aw, come on. You're good enough at English to know that you're being disingenuous about your use of "fetish." Look it up. By your definition above, we're all fetishists because we have an unusual...
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    Re: The New Yorker - "How To Smell"

    Thanks, Evangeline!

    I need to smell Femme again. Might get the book too :)
  83. Re: Soul Searching College Student Seeking Signature

    Welcome, Chris!

    I'd suggest you try out Tom Ford Noir, a gorgeous peppery, musky vanilla.

    For niche, you might have a look at Etat Libre D'Orange, since they are really original and come in...
  84. Re: why are we addicted to earthy, dirty, skanky and fecal scent?

    Don't forget there are some folks who think it's always necessary to bathe immediately before and after sex. They don't like human smells. They think girls should smell like flowers and strawberries,...
  85. Thread: Why no sulfur?

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    Re: Why no sulfur?

    Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather smells just like a leather sofa to me.
  86. Re: why does everyone jump on luca turin's bandwagon?

    I enjoy reading his reviews but don't always agree with his taste. Had a big problem with his climate change denial, though. Needed to unfollow him before my head exploded.
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    Re: Does anyone keep a bottle at work?

    Not at work (we don't have our own desks; every day is first come first served), but I carry a few samples and a travel-sized Shalimar around in my bag so that I have them at all times.

    I've...
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    Re: Parfumerie Générale: Isparta

    Oops just posted in the other Isparta thread, but thought I'd add it here: I tested it last week and found it nice enough but unoriginal. Plus, about 45 minutes in I think the ambroxan overwhelmed...
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    Re: Isparta 26 by Parfumerie Generale

    Tested it last week and I think it's perfectly unisex. But then I don't worry too much about those distinctions. It's a spicy, fruity rose oud with a healthy dose of ambroxan. I also didn't think it...
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    Re: One house, 4 seasons, 4 frags...

    Nicolai:

    Spring: Le Temps d'Une Fete
    Summer: Juste Un Reve
    Autumn: Vanille Tonka
    Winter: Rose Oud
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    Re: Men Wearing Ladies Perfume

    Is it? I've never actually seen it marketed at all, except for the usual display, set aside from the other fragrances, with the wand testers.

    Just wear what smells good to you and you'll be fine.
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    Re: About the note iris..

    It does smell like carrot, and just note that the iris you smell in most iris fragrances is the root of the plant, not the flower. The flower smells completely different.
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    Re: Less expensive or better alternatives to...

    Fourteen fragrances in one day of testing is a lot - you won't have had a chance to get to know any of them well enough to make an informed decision. It's hard to be patient, but way better if you...
  94. Re: Expensive and niche but still drawn to cheapies ?

    And that's fair enough. Contrarian though you may be, I think we agree :)

    But I had the same experience. For me it was the Turin/Sanchez book that opened my eyes- when I couldn't find many of...
  95. Re: Expensive and niche but still drawn to cheapies ?

    Thanks for the informative post, deadidol. Interesting stuff there. However, I think if I remain consistent with my point about the regular English definition of niche, then I'd have to disagree with...
  96. Re: Expensive and niche but still drawn to cheapies ?

    At the risk of making a nuisance of myself, I disagree with that definition of niche. If we take the basic English dictionary definition of "niche," which is either: a particular portion of a market,...
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    Re: Is The Term "BOOZY" Overused?

    I think this is incredibly well said. There's still such a dearth of common accepted language around smells. And like someone above said, we are influenced by others' language and opinions. One...
  98. Thread: The Journey

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    Re: The Journey

    Sounds like you should try L'Occitane's Eau des Baux.
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    Re: Before I blind buy I would appreciate thoughts from fellow Basenoters

    Ok, you've tested them, so it's not really blind buying. I'd go with the Slumberhouse and use some of the leftover money to get Montale samples.
  100. Re: Article: Reflexive Perfumery: A Virtual Tour of the Osmothèque with Christophe Laudamiel

    Really interesting. Thanks, deadidol.
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