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    Re: Shalimar parfum application technique?

    They certainly are. The trouble is that they DO NOT create "an experience" for me if I apply sparingly, as everyone recommends extrait should be applied. Instead, the EDP does that for me with 3-4...
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    Re: Shalimar parfum application technique?

    I just wanted to add that I have recently bought a bottle of Shalimar pure perfume, vintage, and I am experiencing 100% the same things the OP reported. One other pure perfume I owned before was...
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    Re: How much extrait do you apply? And how?

    Thank you for all your answers. Quite interesting...

    Although I love the Shalimar extrait, I am much more of an EDP kind of person.
    I can't wait for that Shalimar EDP bottle to arrive in the...
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    How much extrait do you apply? And how?

    I was wondering how much extrait do people usually apply, where and how?
    It seems to me like the stopper is made to dab with but the amount that gets on the stopper is basically minimal. I find it...
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    Re: 2 Sprays! 12 Hours!! 10 meters!!!

    I would disagree regarding Shalimar. Very discreet and close to skin on me. Staying power is not amazing either. But the scent itself is beyond beautiful.
  6. Re: Staying power and sillage without the agressive/sharp/masculine note of the 80's?...

    How should I settle them down? ...

    I get them all day - and by the end of the day I am literally "olfactorily" exhausted.
    This morning when I entered my office (at home) Poison was all over the...
  7. Re: Staying power and sillage without the agressive/sharp/masculine note of the 80's?...

    There you go!
    This is the third fragrance in my wardrobe. My three "children". I only have three scents ...which might sound insane to some people here. :-)

    Perhaps I should stop at three and...
  8. Staying power and sillage without the agressive/sharp/masculine note of the 80's?...

    I have been testing some 80's powerhouses for their sillage and staying power, including Poison, Paris YSL and Coco.

    After a few hours they all smell pretty much the same to me. I DO admire the...
  9. Re: What fragrance in the last five years has made you think - 'that's pretty good for a dept store

    I am not sure I understand the question. I think there are tons of beautiful fragrances in mainstream department stores.
    Shalimar can be bought pretty much anywhere and I am yet to find a more...
  10. Re: Do you let someone else influence what scent you wear?

    I wish I could say "no, I am not influenced by anyone, I only spray for myself" but I can't say that because it is not true. We are essentially social creatures; we know about beauty and ugliness...
  11. Re: Do you let someone else influence what scent you wear?

    I wish I could say "no, I am not influenced by anyone, I only spray for myself" but I can't say that because it is not true. We are essentially social creatures; we know about beauty and ugliness...
  12. Re: J'Adore is a bully, it is kicking the living lights out of my Shalimar :-(

    No, I am certainly not put off. I am just surprised at how potent J'Adore is. I added some Shalimar extrait on top of the 2-3 sprays of EDT I applied in the store this morning - and at the end of the...
  13. J'Adore is a bully, it is kicking the living lights out of my Shalimar :-(

    OK...I was at Ulta this morning and sprayed 2-3 sprays of Shalimar EDT on the right wrist and one spray of J'Adore on the left, as a friend just told me she wears this one.
    I do not know whether...
  14. Re: Thanksgiving Fragrance - Not Just for the USA

    My vintage bottle of Shalimar extrait from E-bay will not arrive in time for Thxgiving. I am bracing myself for it as an event of historic proportions. :-). So it will be Samsara.
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    Re: SOTD Monday 21 November 2011

    Jicky - but I put on very little from a sample...and it's all gone now. Hardly SOTD.
    A modest shadow of Shalimar.
  16. Re: What's your most "old lady" scent? (Or, what are you afraid of?)

    On a different note - there IS actually an "old lady" perfume that makes me incredibly sick. Nahema.
    How could Guerlain come up with that nightmare is beyond me.
    With that metallic note thrown...
  17. Re: What's your most "old lady" scent? (Or, what are you afraid of?)

    My philosophy on perfumes starts with the above scenario - to which I am severely allergic at the age of soon 39, just as much as I was allergic to it when I was 19 (and then, the "situation" wasn't...
  18. Shalimar extrait: about how much should I expect to pay on E-Bay?

    I realized I really want a bottle of Shalimar extrait. I cannot buy it straight from the store as the price seems astronomical. I would not mind to get one open/slightly used on E-bay, more or less...
  19. Re: Which frags have you purchased more than twice...

    None yet. :-)
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    Re: Where do you place your perfume?

    Teardrop,

    I remember trying Alien a couple of times and liking it quite a bit - but at the time I was just too caught up in Angel or No 5, I don't even remember; and I believe I concluded that it...
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    Re: Where do you place your perfume?

    That seems to call for the long story that needs to be made short. Let's see what I can do.

    Way before I got Parosmia as a result of a nasty virus that attacked my cranial nerve last year, I...
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    Re: Where do you place your perfume?

    Funny, funny, funny. :-) You made me laugh today.
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    Re: Where do you place your perfume?

    Dear Diva

    It is only now that I have gotten a chance to read about your application methods on the blog.
    Waow - that was quite an Enlightenment moment.

    I am one of those perfume lovers who...
  24. Re: What are the odds of getting a fake Sublime-Patou on E-bay?

    Fell better already. :-) Will definitely get it on E-bay. Thank you.
  25. Re: Wiill I ever be able to dig up the name of an anonymous sample vial? ...

    At the Malls, they would surely not know, as this is an older fragrance, one that is not carried by mainstream stores.
    It is most probably a Caron as I remember receiving a few samples from this...
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    Re: Where do you place your perfume?

    Trouble is in the winter those parts are covered by clothes and I feel like the perfume gets buried under and no one but me (if at all) gets to smell it. :-(
    I rarely get compliments on perfume and...
  27. What are the odds of getting a fake Sublime-Patou on E-bay?

    I am thinking of re-purchasing my trusted Sublime as a floral/warm season scent - but because I have a couple of others more pressing in line :-), along with their body creams/lotions for layering...
  28. Just WHAT have they done to the EDP Shalimar in the new elegant bottle?!!!

    A week ago I sprayed some EDT Shalimar at Ulta. It came from the old bat wings bottle. It is a superb fragrance and I know I want it for Christmas.

    Today I went to Bloomingdales and saw the EDP...
  29. Re: Wiill I ever be able to dig up the name of an anonymous sample vial? ...

    I am not sure there is carnation in there... but I will try out a sample to see if it is the same.
  30. Re: Looking for a refined, sophisticated scent for my 46 yo husband...

    Thank you so very much for the great suggestions! I am so severely non-knowledgeable about men's fragrances that I need all the help I can get.

    All I know is that he doesn't like any prissy...
  31. Wiill I ever be able to dig up the name of an anonymous sample vial? ...

    OK...there was a time, a few years ago, when I ended up receiving quite a few sample vials with a variety of scents. I remember experimenting with classic, old-fashioned perfumes such as Molinard or...
  32. Looking for a refined, sophisticated scent for my 46 yo husband...

    He has been wearing Burberry London for a few years now and he wants to keep it for the winter.
    However, I would like to get him a scent that he could also wear in the warmer season.
    Something...
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    Re: What does l'heure bleu smell like?

    I know this is old, but just wanted to add that I read from several sources that Queen Elizabeth wears L'Heure Bleu.
    Given all the descriptions here, it must suit her impeccably.
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    Re: What is a good fragrance for my wife?

    This might be too long of a journey for the OP's wife...from Light Blue to Pure Poison?..:-)

    Even though I absolutely detest most modern releases (90's onwards, they all smell like faceless malls...
  35. Re: Parosmia sufferer - which fargrance should I go for now??...

    It may have been the case, who knows?. Years before, I had also been dx-ed with chronic rhinitis as I have always been stuffy, with lots of mucous, without having a cold.

    I just know that...
  36. Re: Parosmia sufferer - which fargrance should I go for now??...

    Even before the onset of this rare condition, I didn't have a very strong sense of smell and seemed to be attracted to strong, big sillage, glorious type of perfumes. What is amazing about Guerlain...
  37. Re: Parosmia sufferer - which fargrance should I go for now??...

    This is the second day when I do a test drive with Samsara and Shalimar - both EDT-s because this is all I had access to for now, as far as samplers. I so desperately want Shalimar to win but I don'...
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    Re: Compliments on Perfume

    Funny :-). I wanted to use some emoticons here but can't find any.

    It is a very commercial, large mass-appeal, smelling clean, proper and completely face-less fragrance - the kind that used to be...
  39. Re: Assuming no fake involved, does place of purchase make a big difference?

    Waow...but it doesn't say Angel Innocent on it!! It really was sold to me as THE Angel.
    Oh, well...it's on its way out and I will not repurchase Angel, at least for a while.

    PS: I looked at...
  40. Re: Assuming no fake involved, does place of purchase make a big difference?

    That would not be a good enough reason for me. If this is mainly what it is, I would buy it from the discount stores as I have no intention of returning the scent. I am mainly concerned with the...
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    Re: Compliments on Perfume

    You probably shouldn't anyway. :-)

    OK...it's Oxygene.
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    Re: Compliments on Perfume

    I have always yearned to get at least one compliment (a single one!) on Chanel 5. I never did. Even when I would solicit an opinion I would get an either luke warm "eh...nice" from my husband or...
  43. Re: Assuming no fake involved, does place of purchase make a big difference?

    In fact, I am not sophisticated enough with my knowledge of perfumes to know of previous formulations. I would just want to make sure I buy the real thing - a scent that would be high quality and...
  44. Re: Assuming no fake involved, does place of purchase make a big difference?

    OK...so it is strictly a question of AGE, not of possible changes/dilutions in formulation too.
    In theory, discount stores would have the EXACT type of product as Neiman Marcus does (100% same...
  45. Assuming no fake involved, does place of purchase make a big difference?

    I plan on buying a Guerlain soon - and possibly a Coco Chanel as well. I may also just have them on the Christmas list and have Santa bring one. My question is: how important is the place of...
  46. What fragrance can I layer on top of Calvin Klein Euphoria body cream, if at all?...

    Through a certain set of circumstances, I was left with an almost full box of Calvin Klein Euphoria body cream (the bottle/box fragrance is purple). I DO like this scent OK and I used to receive...
  47. Re: Parosmia sufferer - which fargrance should I go for now??...

    I went out today to smell some Guerlains and you were all amazingly right: this house has quite a few fragrances that give away the actual scent and do not smell horrific when I first spray them.

    ...
  48. Re: Parosmia sufferer - which fargrance should I go for now??...

    Just wanted to say thank you for all your suggestions!
  49. Parosmia sufferer - which fargrance should I go for now??...

    Hello everyone,

    I used to frequent this forum 2-3 years ago when I still had a great passion for fragrance.

    That passion was abruptly cut off last year in May when I got sick with a virus that...
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    Re: Could this be a fake angel?

    Thanks so much, I will come back with pictures.

    What is the "gray market"?
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    Could this be a fake angel?

    I recently purchased a refillable EDP Angel from fragrancenet.com
    For a variety of reasons, I have a feeling it is a fake.

    The box was somewhat thin, not the thick, sturdy kind high-end perfumes...
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    I am MAD!

    I just received my bottle of Dior Addict EDP ordered from fragrance.net and the bottle leaks everywhere. I was so excited about this...and what a disappointment fragrance.net had to pull on me!
    ...
  53. Re: Which fragrances in your wardrobe will you definitely repurchase?

    These are all the fragrances I have ever owned, since my first bottle bought at the age of 19-20, Venezia, Biagiotti. And the "Repurchase" goes to...

    But first, the fragrances:

    Venezia,...
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    Re: Paula Abdul at Firmenich (3:35 min. video)

    I say "drugs". Why does everything about this video reminds me of cheap and vulgar?
    After seeing this, I would not try that fragrance even if it smelled like God.
  55. Re: Clueless celeb Jesse McCartney talks about "Wanted" ("for the ladies") [3:19-min

    I haven't been around in a long time, but I could not help seconding that...this WAS painful to watch.
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    Re: Whither Venezia??? Laura Biagiotti

    Venezia was the first perfume bottle I ever bought - with my first paycheck. I was still in college.
    I thought it was a very strong fragrance but gorgeous. I actually was looking for a strong...
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    Re: Top 10 strongest/most powerful perfumes ever?

    I really don't know what's with the lasting power of Patou fragrances. They are really beautiful and refined but honestly, they do not last at all and do not have that "in your face" strength; but...
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    Re: interview fragrance?

    Absolutely agree about looking and acting professional and smelling nice; but from here to "one shall never wear ANY fragrance to an interview", I think it is a long road. Too much puritanism for my...
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    Re: interview fragrance?

    Waow. I am almost disturbed to see this semi-popular belief further reinforced, which is that you should not wear any fragrance to an interview because the interviewer might somehow be "offended",...
  60. Can we talk about Cartier? Why is it so many do not like them?

    I thought about starting a thread on Cartier and getting everyone's opinion on their releases.
    This is a house whose fragrances appeal to me tremendously at that instinctive, "go with your nose and...
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    Re: Coco or Coco Mademoiselle?

    I had both Mademoiselle and Coco and the latter wins by far.

    The one year when I wore Mademoiselle I thought it was nice but just one year later I began to appreciate the more sophisticated,...
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    Re: Samsara and Flankers

    I don't know anything about these flankers but I won Samsara EDP and LOVE IT. It's never too heavy but then again, on my skin nothing is ever too heavy.
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    Re: Did you like your mom's favorite scent?

    A big YES. She used to wear Chanel No 5, L'Air du Temps, Madame Rochas.
    Not a big fan of Madame Rochas but huge fan of No 5.
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    Re: Top 10 strongest/most powerful perfumes ever?

    NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING lasts more than 6-8 hours maximum on me. And I could apply a gallon. :(
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    Re: Top 10 strongest/most powerful perfumes ever?

    OK...today I am wearing my mom's Madame Rochas EDT and boy, it is strong or what!!
    Trouble is it smells very synthetic/hair spray-ish on me. I almost wish it would go away.
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    Re: Top 10 strongest/most powerful perfumes ever?

    I am quite surprised to see Sublime mentioned here.
    It is one of my favorite fragrances, absolutely gorgeous, but on the downside, on me it is not at all strong or long lasting. I now have both...
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    Top 10 strongest/most powerful perfumes ever?

    I have read quite a bit lately about lasting power, sillage, application, skin chemistry and perfume styles by time period. I am just wondering, in the end...if you were to make a classification of...
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    Re: Recomendations for a 14 year old girl

    Had she been even one day younger than 14 I could not have helped suggesting none.
    But let's say from 14 on a girl is slowly starting to step into "young lady territory".
    (In my book it is more...
  69. Re: The One cologne the ladies love the most and your relative age

    Burberry London - gentlemanly, mature, wise, confident - just like a man should be. :)
    I am 35.
  70. Re: Classic Lanvins - Arpège, Pretexte, My Sin.

    I only have very basic knowledge of notes so I cannot offer much advise here.
    However, I own Arpege and could never make peace with it. It smells very sour and harsh on me.
    At first I thought it...
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    Re: Fragrance during pregnancy

    I am pregnant right now (7 months) and there are few fragrances that cause me any problems. Those that do would most probably cause me problems even when not pregnant.
    I was counting on the...
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    Re: The sad fate of outgrown fragrances

    It hasn't been long since I started a mini-collection and I am already way past one of them. I have quickly ourgrown Arpege Lanvin EDP. So much for sampling from a little vial. I thought I liked it...
  73. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    If you go by contemporary sociology books, then yes. I don't, as I find many flaws with sociology books today. I am using the world "class" to mean quality, complexity, superiority refinement. I am...
  74. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Dee,

    My main point was that true class (by which I understand a whole range of refinement, character, virtues, sophistication, etc) is rarely compatible with economic class.
    People relegate...
  75. Re: Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    Hmm...I thought about this, it's an interesting point. But I still don't get it. It would not bother me to think that older men may also find me attractive. The only really screwed-up association one...
  76. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    I tried Clive Christian once because the same sales lady kept pushing it on me every time I ended up in that store trying various fragrances. I found NOTHING special about that fragrance, and I DO...
  77. Re: Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    I always found this aversion weird. Could be a States thing again, that fracture between generations, aversion to tradition/past generations, the past, who knows.... :confused:
    In fact, the only...
  78. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    At the end of the day, agree!!! :bounce:
  79. Re: Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    Yes, I concur.. but I still like Chanel No 5. ;)
    There's just something about this fragrance that is so complex and non-superficial that I will always love it no matter how popular it stays and who...
  80. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Dee,

    Your grandmaother was such a classic beauty - there is soul and distinction in her eyes. What a gorgeous portrait. The fact that she was a seamstress as opposed to a duchess is completely...
  81. Re: Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    Oh, I am completely with you on this one. :) Could not have said it better - but I abstain from those sort of remarks for now because I have made enough along those lines. I was just curious to see...
  82. Re: Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    Thank you! I can see the most recent year they have is 2003 - but that's informative.
  83. Top 10 best sellers on various continents? ...

    I was wondering if anyone knows of a source that keeps track of the top 10 (or top whatever) best-sellers in Europe, North-America (US/Canada), Australia, etc?
    I'd be curious to see how general...
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    Re: prettiest and ugliest...

    Red Door is along the same lines, I think.
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    Re: What do we know about Fragonard?...

    That sounds good because I just discovered Shalimar. It used to be one of those fragrances that I'd written off due to how it smelled sniffed from the bottle or sprayed on the card. I'd never tried...
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    Re: Some scent exploration

    I just wanted to second the comment about Dee's gracious gesture - I received some wonderful samples from her too. I got to try many Carons, of which Parfum Sacree came out on top. It helped me a...
  87. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Hmmm...I am not sure. Of course marketing and perceived price play a major role in perfume choice, but at the end of the day, once marketing, hype, this and that are removed, I believe there is a...
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    Re: prettiest and ugliest...

    Actually, I like SOME fancy bottles - but those are garish and nightmarish. That's not fancy, it is just nauseating and poor, poor, poor .. that is, UNDEBATABLY poor taste.
    Something I have seen...
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    Re: prettiest and ugliest...

    1. Prettiest - I am not sure because I don't really like "pretty" bottles. I like classic and with stature - as in sober yet elegant / Chanel bottles.

    2. Ugliest - probably Angel and Bonds.
    ...
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    Re: What do we know about Fragonard?...

    That's what I think I had bought - Dahlia. This is one of them. Maybe the American spirit had just seized me at the time, it was 7 years ago, 3 years after my arrival in the US. Interesting. :)
    But...
  91. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Argogos,

    That was really interesting, especially the part about vanilla, rose and cardamom. I completely agree that tastes are culturally linked to specific behaviors and that price assigned to...
  92. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    I am not sure how "normal" should be defined. Not necessarily as in "everyone else". Do not forget that there are people with no or very little money who fit in category no 1. How about old money who...
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    What do we know about Fragonard?...

    I have noticed there are extremely few mentions here about Fragonard. I must admit I know NOTHING about this house except that I went into one of their stores in Paris about 7 years ago when a friend...
  94. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    It's not a "who is better" thread. It's one that links certain types of perfume to certain types of people.
    Every person will decide for themselves what types of people they hold in most respect....
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    Instead of Montale, I meant L'Artisan Parfumeur. So it would be - in this order:

    1. Clive Christian
    2. Serge Lutens
    3. Bond
    4. L'Artisan
    4. Maybe Creed but I am not sure - the few I've tried...
  96. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Hmmm...that book deals with class within an ethnicity/American context. That's about WASP old money in the United States. And come think of it, US old money is not that...old after all.
    Old money...
  97. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Yeah...something like that. :D
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    I did not even realize this was on the male fragrance forum. So whatever I said here may not even be relevant. In any case, I wanted to take back the remark about Montale. What I meant was L'Artisan...
  99. Thread: Chanel Frags

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    Re: Chanel Frags

    The only one from Chanel that would fit your description of what she likes is Coco Mademoiselle.
  100. Re: Class and scent: Nouveaux riches, old money and plebeian???...

    Agree. I thought along the same lines.
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    I have no idea - but that is definitely where I feel I belong and often wonder whether I even have the right to get...
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