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    Re: cheap fragrances are rarely the best

    In the interest of objectivity, I'll point out that original poster listed the target range at $50-100 for a 100ml bottle, not a 30ml bottle (1oz). Acqua di Gio is $75-90 retail. I think you may have...
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    Re: Need a woman's advice for a college kid.

    Women tend to have stronger olfactory memories than men (so the studies say...) so I'd say the former. I still recognize the fragrances that ex-boyfriends used to wear 15 or 20 years ago, and they're...
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    Re: SOTD - Thursday 3rd January, 2013.

    Tom Ford Violet Blonde this morning... accidentally spilled some Tommy Girl on myself this evening. So apparently I'm wearing that now. :)
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    Re: Perfume sniffing and wine tasting?

    This is a really excellent observation. I've been thinking about this a bit: many perfumes in my collection have the same notes, but are combined in drastically different ways for different effects....
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    Re: SotD: Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

    Sick kids, sick husband, messy house, and it's only January 2nd, but I'm already behind on this month's deadlines... heavens only knows how that got me to Dior Pure Poison today, but it did. Maybe...
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    Re: SotD: Tuesday 1st January 2013.

    SotE: Dior Homme
  7. Re: I don't care for the majority of fragrances I've tried

    If you're really determined to keep trying, may I suggest some of the exploration packs at a place like The Perfumed Court? They're curated according to genre, perfume house, note, etc, and tend to...
  8. Re: I don't care for the majority of fragrances I've tried

    If you're really determined to keep trying, may I suggest some of the exploration packs at a place like The Perfumed Court? They're curated according to genre, perfume house, note, etc, and tend to...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Heh, I know Boots well from when I studied in London for a short period in my teens. Target (an American discount chain) has begun carrying the No. 7 line in recent years. I wish our drugstores were...
  10. Re: The most sexy alpha man / chick magnet scents

    Yes. This.

    Wear what makes you feel like you can take on the world, and that confidence will be more appealing than any specific fragrance. Just go easy on the trigger. Fragrance I can smell at...
  11. Re: Old guy just starting out and could use some help

    This sounds like me. I came home with a bottle of Azzaro Pour Homme for my husband and said, "Try it, I think you'll like it!" He did. :) Congrats on being adventurous!

    From what you've already...
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    Re: Tom Ford Black Violet review

    I have a decant of this. It's one of my favorites. Oddly enough, it smells very much like M7 on me, though the BV has better longevity. I can tell the difference between the two, but my husband...
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    Re: M7 Original Blind Buy?

    Definitely sample. I personally don't put it in the masculine powerhouse category. I wear it. Actually, I'm wearing it right now.
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Spent a bit of time at the Jo Malone "boutique" inside Nordstrom today and picked up a few samples. First impression of Lime, Basil, and Mandarin: light and gorgeous on a scent strip, horrifying on...
  15. Thread: Advice?

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    Re: Advice?

    Best jasmine I can think of is Diptyque Olene. True, straight-up, indolent jasmine soliflore. It's lovely. I'd say that sillage and longevity on this one is just average.
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    Re: Looking for a classy yet young perfume

    On me Coco Noir goes full-on gourmand--cloyingly sweet--but I think that could have something to do with personal chemistry. Then again, I've never been fond of Coco Mademoiselle either.

    +1 for...
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    Re: SOTD Monday, 24th December 2012

    This evening, Agent Provocateur Strip. Counter-intuitive name for Christmas Eve, but it's a perfect warm amber for a cozy White Christmas. Let it snow...

    Merry Christmas all!
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    It's funny Pacifica should come up. I ended up picking up a bottle of the Tahitian Gardenia and the Sandalwood at the natural foods market yesterday on sale. I can't speak to the Blood Orange, but...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Wow, it might take a while to sample all the good suggestions. It may be time to grab some vodka and my meager collection of essential oils and play mad scientist for a bit. (Truly wish I hadn't lost...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    I'm shocked, Kaelee. Won't that get you kicked off of BN? :)

    In all seriousness, though, I don't always have to have perfume on. But for most people, even unscented, they are still surrounded by...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Thanks all for some wonderful suggestions! A-sampling I will go...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Sounds like the thing, WillC. Classic is probably the wrong word. I was thinking in terms of Chanel and Mugler, which I find to be somewhat masculine, but a simple lavender water would be lovely.
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Okay, I'm going to go hide under the bed now... though after having read some blog posts on the difference between fragrance and perfume (that is, there are scents that are "bases" rather than more...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    Okay, I might just have to make a quick trip over to BBW now. I haven't ever really tried the Bigelow frags either, but one of the Lemon ones might do the trick as well... Let you know how it turns...
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    Re: Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    LOL, I knew I should have specified no vanilla... but I didn't want to restrict the replies for the others who might be looking for recommendations.

    Vanilla, unfortunately, goes instantaneously...
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    Best "non-perfume" fragrance

    I don't know about you, but if I've been wearing a challenging scent all day, I don't really feel like putting anything "perfumey" on before bed. So, what's your pick for the best "non-perfume"...
  27. Re: After 20 years of disliking Cool Water, I have been converted.

    Thank you for saying this. I had this vague memory there were some similarities between the two, but I was beginning to think I must be crazy.

    My lab partner used to bathe in both of them,...
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    Re: What Are Your Perfume Plans For 2013?

    I plan to sample, sample, sample... I've owned, sampled, or currently own the common Chanel feminines, but I'd like to try Les Exclusifs throughout the year. Expanding my sampling of fragrances by...
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    Re: SoTD Thursday 20th December 2012

    Dior Pure Poison this morning.

    Vintage Chanel No.19 EdP tonight. (Just got it in the mail from a friend.. I'm still giddy.)
  30. Re: Anyone surviving on only decants and samples?

    So well said. I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with that, as long as it's not taking away from needs in order to fuel the wants.

    There are also those of us (myself included) that...
  31. Re: Anyone surviving on only decants and samples?

    Mostly decants and samples for me. The only time I buy a bottle is a) because the prospect of running out of my decant gives me heart palpitations or b) because it's a can't pass up deal and I know I...
  32. Thread: Top 5 Notes

    by jadelotus
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    Re: Top 5 Notes

    This is why I stalk your reviews. We have quite similar tastes. I should have put sandalwood on mine. **love**
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    B is for Black Orchid by Tom Ford
  34. Re: What Becomes a Legend Most?

    For me, it's the association with the particular man that makes the fragrance sexy, not the other way around. However, my taste in men's scents is like my taste in men: unapologetically masculine,...
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    Re: Pure Poison: Is it the perfume or my nose?

    I'm fairly certain the bottle I tried was the first (more gardenia) and I BELIEVE the one I ordered is the first one too. I bought it from Fragrancenet, and I think you generally get older batches...
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    Re: Disappointing Creeds

    I haven't yet found a Creed I liked. Green Irish Tweed has nice topnotes, but I strongly dislike metallic/water notes in any fragrance, so that pretty much counts me out from the entire...
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    Pure Poison: Is it the perfume or my nose?

    So, a bit of a strange question. Out of all the fragrances I've tried, Dior Pure Poison is the most elusive. The longer I wear something, the better I get at distinguishing all the individual notes....
  38. Thread: Top 5 Notes

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    Re: Top 5 Notes

    Tea
    Tangerine
    Jasmine
    Gardenia
    Amber

    I've got a rather limited frame of reference, but Bulgari Pour Homme comes instantly to mind for tea, and I'm told that Agent Provacateur Strip has a...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    Last one, guys. Finally got to my sample of Malle's Un Fleur de Cassie. I was all set not to like this one (hoping that I didn't, actually, based on the price point) but even a noob like me...
  40. Re: What fragrance MUST I smell to make my small collection better?

    I agree with the need for a powerhouse in there. Azzaro PH is the classic aromatic fougere and can be had for around $20 at American discounters (not sure about availability in the UK.) Masculine,...
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    Poll: Re: Burberry Brit vs London

    Funny that I should have the opposite impression. Or maybe the same impression, but different interpretation. I find Brit to be a little strident. London is definitely more of a fruity floral. I...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    Ah, teardrop, I'm sorry I missed your reply. Somehow, I'm not subscribed to this thread, even though I started it? Strange!

    After some sampling, I decided on Burberry London for my everyday...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Hey, are girls allowed in the clubhouse?

    TJ Maxx here in Denver - Azzaro PH, Azzaro Chrome, CK One, Eternity, Obsession, Curve
    Ross - John Varvatos, Eternity, Joop, Quorum, Grey Flannel, Polo...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshall's, Ross or TJ Maxx.

    Been stalking discounters for those Christmas fragrances too. Burberry, Burberry Brit, Vera Wang (Princess I think), Escape, Obsession, Eternity at Ross today, amidst a wash of celeb frags. Lots of...
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    Re: Cheap Perfume Guilty Pleasures

    BBW Sensual Amber.
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    Re: I just want to introduce myself.

    Hi Mosaic! Welcome from another newbie! I'm not a huge fan of rose, so I'm not a good judge of that, but as far as gardenia goes, I find the gardenia in Dior Pure Poison to be very pronounced. Still,...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    Will do. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

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    Christmas shopping is dangerous for the newly fragrance-obsessed. I had a chance to test the Samsara that teardrop recommended,...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    I ordered myself a few samples to live with for a while (and a few for my husband - we have wildly differing expectations for men's frags). As a writer, though, I enjoy the lushly evocative reviews...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    Thank you, southerngardens and teardrop for the welcome! And thank you for the recommendations. I have been spending much too much time reading reviews on Basenotes. Whenever I jump into something...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    southerngardens, that sounds intriguing. I've added it to my sample list for everyday frags. Anything come to mind for an evening-only perfume? I'm looking for warm and sensual, possibly with a...
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    Re: Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    I do like leather notes, but the reviews make me think Cuir de Lancome might not be my cup of tea.

    I realize I may just be averse to the more mainstream "department store" offerings. I was hoping...
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    Looking for 2-3 not-too-sweet fragrances

    Like another new member posted here in the last few days, I love fragrance but hate shopping for it. For one thing, I have asthma, so sniffing in a department store is the surest route to the inhaler...
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