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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday 14th of November

    Attitude by Armani
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    Re: SotD Wednesday, 20 June 2012

    Tom Ford Oud Wood
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

    Tom Ford Oud Wood
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    Re: SotD Saturday, 16 June 2012

    Annick Goutal Ambre Fétiche
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, June 16, 2012

    Annick Goutal Ambre Fétiche
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

    Frank #2 by The Scent Bar
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    Re: SoTD: Monday, May 28, 2012

    Back after (I suspect) 6 months hiatus ...

    Ambre Fétiche by Annick Goutal

    Astaroth
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, May 28, 2012

    Back after (I suspect) 6 months hiatus ...

    Ambre Fétiche by Annick Goutal

    Astaroth
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    Re: Etat Libre D'Orange Discovery Pack

    I have Tom of Finland and Rien. They are both great, the best of the lot.
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    Re: Diptyque for guys?

    DustB and I are in agreement on these two. Eau de Lierre, in particular, is fantastic. I'm a big fan of Opôné too.
  11. Re: So ... I'm no longer a Basenotes Plus Member ???

    No problem, Grant. I'm glad I caught you before you hit the sack tonight, and thanks for jumping on this so quickly. I also sent an email to info@basenotes.net with my recent change in email address...
  12. So ... I'm no longer a Basenotes Plus Member ???

    I just logged in after a substantial hiatus and discovered that I no longer have BN Plus status. I can't access its forum, and I can't receive any PMs (since I'm over the non-Plus PM limit). This is...
  13. Re: Have you ever had someone get close to you in public to smell you?

    Dogs sometimes ... but I don't think that counts.
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    Re: Al-Rehab Khaliji - er... wow.

    I'm sure you can find a store selling all kinds of Middle Eastern fragrances if you drive down Brookhurst St in Garden Grove, between Chapman Ave and Ball Rd ("Little Arabia"), where there are dozens...
  15. Re: Los Angeles Basenotes Meetup - October 3-4, 2010

    Actually, The Scent Bar wasn't around until late 2005. I think at that point, Franco and Adam might not have even been thinking of having a brick-and-mortar location for their business. I'm not even...
  16. Re: Los Angeles Basenotes Meetup - October 3-4, 2010

    Actually, The Scent Bar wasn't around until late 2005. I think at that point, Franco and Adam might not have even been thinking of having a brick-and-mortar location for their business. I'm not even...
  17. Re: annoying ARCO advertisement ... still happening

    I just had to deal with this ad three times in a row while trying to log into the forum. Two page refreshes in a row returned to the same ad, failing to cycle the banner away to another creative....
  18. Re: very annoying ARCO advertisement on Forum page

    Unfortunately, in today's economy there is no longer any viable way to avoid this mechanism, especially for a relatively small website. I'm sure if you were to ask Grant if he'd like to spend his...
  19. Re: very annoying ARCO advertisement on Forum page

    Grant, you're doing pretty well if this sort of thing happens only occasionally. I used to write ad-targeting software for one of the largest ISPs in the United States, and we used to have meetings...
  20. very annoying ARCO advertisement on Forum page

    I was wondering if any of the American BNers have had recent experience with a tall, rectangular, mostly blue ARCO oil company advertisement which appears near the upper left of the BN Forum page...
  21. Re: What was the last frag that really "wowed" you ?

    As Granola posted earlier, probably Hermessence Ambre Narguilé. I'm still living off a large sample I picked up at a Hermès boutique that a few of us Los Angeles Basenoters visited a while back. The...
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    Re: Out of season wearing?

    I do it all the time. Then again, we don't really have seasons in Southern California, per se. So maybe I'm not really going outside the envelope very much. :rolleyesold:
  23. Thread: Gucci Envy!

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    Re: Gucci Envy!

    This is the only cologne of which I have two full bottles in cold storage. Granted, I got a great deal on them ... but still.
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    Re: Bug or Server Issue Again?

    These are usually not terribly easy things to diagnose. A couple of years ago I used to do contract work at one of the larger American ISPs, and we had many lengthy meetings in which we would try to...
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    Re: AdP Blu Mediterraneo series

    I own Fico di Amalfi and Mirto di Panarea, and I love both of them. Longevity is low with both, so be ready to apply often throughout the day.
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    Re: Bug or Server Issue Again?

    The hourly regularity of this issue strongly indicates that this is an hourly cronjob being started on the server which is temporarily monopolizing either the disk drive or the CPU. If the server is...
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    Re: Bug or Server Issue Again?

    Same problems here, just a minute or two after the hour. There might be an hourly cronjob (assuming a server running some flavor of Linux) occurring on the server, which is causing page loads to time...
  28. Re: Pl. could you help me with some suggestions on seasalt/fresh/marine/herby scents for men?

    Acqua di Sale is the best and most authentic fragrance in this category, in my opinion. A few others to consider:

    i Profumi di Firenze Brezza di Mare (great melon note in here, but not...
  29. Re: Any Annick Goutal fans? What are your favorites from the line?

    My two favorites are:

    Ambre Fétiche
    Les Nuits d'Hadrien

    ... but this is also from the perspective of a man. Les Nuits d'Hadrien is probably the more feminine of the two. My girlfriend wears it...
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    Re: Musc Kublai Khan

    I'm a big fan of musk, and like Muscs Koublaï Khän a lot. I usually do not wear it to work, mostly because of the raunchiness factor. It is a perfect "club" fragrance, however. If I want to wear musk...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur or M7?

    As far as a year-round fragrance goes, I'd probably go with the Musc Ravageur. It's one of the better Frédéric Malle entries, and is not likely to ever overpower anyone you come in contact with...
  32. Re: Acqua Di Gio: Why real men would never wear it

    First of all, bashing Acqua di Gio is a well-known popular sport here in BN, just as is bashing aquatics in general. Aquatics happen to be among my favorite classes of fragrances, especially since...
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    Re: Does anyone actually buy frags at the mall?

    I have always hit a wide range of stores, from little side shops (e.g. Perfumes West, 2099 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles CA) through the major department stores (e.g. The Big Three down on Wilshire Blvd...
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    Re: Looking for a new Fresh/Aquatic Cologne

    I like scents that really smell like the beach and the ocean, not like suntan oil or syrupy drinks. My preferences, in decreasing order of cost:

    Profumum Acqua di Sale
    Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal...
  35. Re: How do you know that your fragrance is too old/bad?

    I think anything that yells at kids to get off the lawn ... is too old. ;)
  36. Re: Michael Kors as a poor mans substitute for Amouage XXV

    I'm a big fan of both of these. Michael for Men is one of my regulars; it has a great tobacco note. However, Jubilation XXV has oud and frankincense which is not duplicated.
  37. Re: if your fragrance could talk, what would it say?

    "Damn, it's cold and dark in here."
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    Re: Do you ever get purchase anxiety?

    I'm not sure yet. I'm still waiting for someone to try to purchase me.
    Truthfully, yes. I've been thinking about buying a vetiver fragrance for over a year.
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    Re: What do we mean when we say 'soapy'?

    For me, "soapy" means "smells like Le Labo Musc 25". :D
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    Re: Thank you to Cologne Junkie

    Nice job, CJ. Come back often ... ;)
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    Re: Boston Basenoters

    I grew up in Shrewsbury, went to college in Cambridge, and even spent a couple of years living in Amherst (best Fall foliage I've ever seen in my life). The Winter of '95-'96 scared me away to Los...
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    Re: Michael Storer fragrances.

    I forgot to mention that how Michael approaches this subject depends heavily upon whether he wants to "break the bank" with his fragrances or if he is creating for the purpose of simple artistic...
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    Re: Michael Storer fragrances.

    I personally do not think criticism received over the Internet can be put in the same category as criticism received over a dinner table. Without referring to minette specifically, whose commentary...
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    Re: We have reached 1,000,000 posts!

    Yipes. That's a lot. No wonder the poor server's working so hard.
    Congratulations!
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    Re: A*men or B men

    B*Men, absolutely.
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    Re: Best fragance for men of Yves Saint Laurent

    Kouros
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme
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    Re: Server Busy? Drink Tea!

    Hey Grant, I just sent you some tea money. I've been drinking too much oolong lately, so make mine English Breakfast. :D
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    Re: Out of curiousity - a personal question

    Oh. Thank God. A topic at once both engaging and fresh. :rolleyes:
    The unexpected use (and misspelling) of the word "homo" was also a curious blast from a bell-bottomed past.
    Incidentally, this is...
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    Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    Shopping for fragrances at Saks Fifth Avenue has actually become a somewhat unpleasant experience primarily because of their ruthless promotion of Bond No. 9, a company which is the veritable poster...
  50. Re: U.s. National basenotes meet-ups: 2010, 2011, 2012?

    I go back to Boston on a regular basis anyway to visit family, so coordinating with a BN meetup would be easy. New Orleans would also be a great trip; I've wanted to go there for years. As for...
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    Re: Similar to Creed Bois du Portugal?

    I've never smelled anything similar to Creed Bois du Portugal. I've tried Parfums de Nicolaï New York and it didn't make me think of Bois du Portugal, which seems stronger and more "rough".
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    Re: What's your favourite 80's powerhouse scent?

    Yves Saint Laurent Kouros (As Mel Brooks once said, "It's good to be the King.")
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (OK, so it's a 90's fragrance. They were just a little late ...)
  53. Re: Is there a ten dollar word for this hobby/pursuit?

    "Insolvency" ... :rolleyes:
  54. Thread: Obama thread

    by Astaroth
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    Re: Obama thread

    This isn't the first time threads have been shutdown with no explanation. It never used to happen before, such as when DustB used to close down a thread and always said why it happened. Now it's...
  55. Re: Sloooooow since the 12/8/09 BN Software Fix?

    I got this many, many times. I eventually just gave up and went back to working. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Refrigerator vs Freezer

    I only have a few fragrances in the freezer, and then only after testing small decants to make sure they don't "misbehave". Look for things like phase separations of the component oils, or even...
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    Re: men wearing make up

    Too bad there aren't more blind people in banks, especially tellers. :cool:
  58. Thread: Dear Santa

    by Astaroth
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    Re: Dear Santa

    Who's Santa's boss?
    Do you think he's W-2 or 1099?
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    Re: How many sprays of Unforgivable do you use ?

    Funniest thing I've read all day. Thank you, Snafoo. :thumbup:
    I use 5 sprays ... and I've never had anything get up and fly away after that.
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    Re: So... how many untested samples do you have?

    30-ish
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    Re: SA Rant- Because sometimes you have to!

    I'm in Brentwood, and there are a whole bunch of us here in Los Angeles. We usually go out in crews of 4 or 5 at a time, usually centering on West L.A. or Beverly Hills, but sometimes going down to...
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    Re: SA Rant- Because sometimes you have to!

    Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills have been doing the same thing during the last hour or so that they are open.


    I want to see a list of people who haven't fallen for this...
  63. Thread: Fig or Musks?

    by Astaroth
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    Re: Fig or Musks?

    You could create this pretty easily, by layering Diptyque Philosykos with a small amount of Kielh's Original Musk Oil. I was also going to suggest substituting Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di...
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    Re: looking for wood smell after it has rained

    Profumum Thundra starts out with a damp, mushroom-like smell and then "drys" down into damp leaves and earth. In a word, it's amazing.
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    Re: rum and leather and smoke

    Fumidus has a strong cigarette smoke and ash feel to it. The sense of ash overwhelms any feeling of booziness, and there is no leather here at all. I don't find it very pleasant, even though Profumum...
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    Re: Gaiac/Guaiac 10 by Le Labo

    Its blending of gaiac wood and vetiver is stronger and much more intoxicating than the sharpness of Gaiac 10. Decent sillage too, which cannot be said of Gaiac 10. Longevity is about average....
  67. Thread: Bond prices?

    by Astaroth
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    Re: Bond prices?

    This house has serious big, swinging, clanging, brass stones to have been selling its fragrances for as much as it once did ... never mind now at the higher price point. The best one of the line is...
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    Re: Gaiac/Guaiac 10 by Le Labo

    I tried Gaiac 10 at both The Scent Bar and the Los Angeles Le Labo boutique a short time ago, together with the usual Los Angeles Basenoters crew (Asha's thread here). The description of it being a...
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    Re: SA Rant- Because sometimes you have to!

    This sort of thing seems to happen with some regularity, unfortunately, to many people. I had a similar thing happen to me a little while ago while car shopping (described here). The first thing to...
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    Re: Saks Fifth Avenue's $2350 fragrance.

    http://www.en.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/lazy2.gif
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    Re: Polo Red, White and Blue

    I completely agree. I actually like Polo Blue quite a bit, but then I've never been a member of the Aquatic Haters Club anyway. And the commonality of a fragrance has nothing to do with its quality....
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    Re: um Who are you!?

    That would probably have been my first impulse too. If I had spent a little more time thinking about it, I probably would have just smiled, completely ignored the comment, and spoken directly with my...
  73. Re: A soul who devotes 9 minutes to discussing Britney's Hidden Fantasy (VIDEO)

    My own form of Britney "adoration" would probably be a bit ... different. :rolleyes:
    I'm proud to say I managed to get through almost 2 minutes of that video before strangling a nearby co-worker...
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    Re: thoughts on cat pee

    You're not feeding it properly ... yet. Use the Search feature to find the proper diet. :)
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    Re: Younger fumeheads... No Respect!

    Someone who does retail sales can chime in with their opinion, but the impression I get is that SAs are basically told if the customer walks out the door without having made a purchase then and...
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    Re: Today I bought ** November 2009 **

    arwen_elf, Asha, jacona, StylinLA, and I all showed up at The Scent Bar this afternoon.
    My purchase for the day was Etat Libre d'Orange Rien.
    It's an excellent leather/patchouli concoction which...
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    Re: Say what you will about Le Labo....

    Dude, he's commuting to work here in Los Angeles. He might be driving for 3 hours ... :rolleyes:
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    Re: Younger fumeheads... No Respect!

    Count your blessings. I'd love to be able to just browse around a fragrance counter without unwanted SA attention. Unfortunately, this economy has turned a lot of them into ravenous wolves desperate...
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    Re: thoughts on cat pee

    Stylish new avatar for Dimitrios, narcus ... and possibly myself
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    Re: thoughts on kouros

    Yeah, good luck with that. They know better ... :p
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    thoughts on cat pee

    Oh, never mind ... :rolleyes:
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    Re: Fifty cent fragrance

    I'm getting concerned that mild hostility is being demonstrated in this thread without either myself or Redneck Perfumisto instigating it. Just sayin' ... :D
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    Re: Observations on Chanel.

    Oddly enough, this is the way it happened with me too. In the beginning of my fragrance meanderings, I tried all the available offerings from Chanel and nothing did it for me. Then while out with...
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    Re: Incense and amber?

    I'm a big fan of this too, and am actually wearing it today. I've heard some women comment, however, that the smokiness of it is a bit strong and not something they themselves would wear. It's best...
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    Re: Porsche Essence Intense

    I don't think it's out yet. I was at the Porsche Design store just off Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills about a week ago, and it was nowhere to be seen anywhere in the store. If it's not available there...
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    Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    I'm honestly beginning to wonder how many of these perfumers (or at least their marketing people) are trying to see how far down the rabbit hole they can push us. Is there actually a legitimate...
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    Re: Has Chanel Egoiste been discontinued??

    I just bought a 100ml bottle at the Chanel boutique in Beverly Hills about a week ago. It was the last bottle they had at the time, but I'm sure they will receive more.
  88. Re: Le Labo exclusives are going global for November

    It looks like they've taken a page from the Journal of Advanced Marketing Techniques written by the master himself, B.Y. Kilian. :rolleyes: Sometime within the next week or two, I'll be stopping by...
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    Re: What would you wear for the eternity?

    Why, L'Artisan Parfumeur Passage d'Enfer, of course ...
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    Re: does this seem weird?

    Everyone who knows you got together not too long ago and had a meeting about this. It was decided that they would remain silent about it just to mess with your head, and see how much you would dare...
  91. Re: Should price even matter when reviewing niche scents?

    Price would only not matter if the expected reader doesn't care about losing money. I don't know anyone like that, myself, so it's always a factor for me.
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    Re: An afternoon of smelling in Beverly Hills

    I'd take a BNer's opinion over that of an SA in most cases, but the Barney's folks are pretty good. They don't usually heap on the pressure. It's also helpful to know whether you are dealing with a...
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    Re: An afternoon of smelling in Beverly Hills

    Thundra does contain white musk in it. But it doesn't come across as a major component, as far as I'm concerned. The wet leaf and mushroom notes are the dominant ones there, as well as patchouli....
  94. Re: Power by Fifty Cent - Darn A Celeb Scent That Not Run of The Mill !

    I'd take another insipid aquatic right now, but everyone here knows I'm just that kind of guy. :rolleyes:

    For all the grief I've given P Diddy in BN, I still own Unforgivable and wear it. That's...
  95. Re: Power by Fifty Cent - Darn A Celeb Scent That Not Run of The Mill !

    Redneck Perfumisto knows what I'm itching to say here ... but I won't. :lipsrsealed:
    People who want to go back into ancient history can read my comments about a similar "artist" here.
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    Re: Bold statement

    Boldest statement: Encre Noire
    Best statement: Avignon (OK, so I'm biased ... ;))
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    Re: SotD Monday 26 October

    Hmmm, I haven't posted in here for a while ... Happy 50 Somerville Metro Man. ;)

    Morning: Etat Libre d'Orange Tom of Finland
    Evening: Chanel Égoïste...
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    Re: S o t D: Monday, 26 October 2009

    Hmmm, I haven't posted in here for a while ...

    Morning: Etat Libre d'Orange Tom of Finland
    Evening: Chanel Égoïste...
  99. Re: What life was like before Basenotes for you?

    Just about the only difference is that I had more free space in my refrigerator. :rolleyes:
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    Re: An afternoon of smelling in Beverly Hills

    At the place where I have my hair styled, there is an Egyptian woman who comes in, usually on the same day. She's also in the 3+ hour category. I've seen her both when she arrives and also when she...
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