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    Re: Ugliest perfume bottle in your collection?

    that's hilarious!
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    Re: S o t D Tuesday 18th August

    Lucienne by Lucienne von Doz -- thanks for Perfume_Addict for turning me onto this little known gem!
  3. Re: Layering to cut a frag's sweetness? Odd question.

    I was thinking the same -- or you could try a dry incense scent
  4. Re: Sensory Overload: A problem I have when testing perfumes in a store...

    Here's a helpful "how-to" guide from Grant: A guide to choosing and buying fragrance http://www.basenotes.net/reference/buying.html
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    Re: Ava Luxe Availability?

    I do hope she comes back... I would imaging that basenotes alone generated a lot of business for her... but maybe not enough
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    S is for Sacrebleu by Parfums de Nicolaï
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    Re: S o t D Monday 17 August

    SL Vetiver Oriental
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    Re: keeping it together

    deleted -- wrong thread
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    Q is for Querelle by Parfumerie Generale
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    Re: Refrigerating your bottles

    I does not get that hot inside, but it can get into low 80s upstairs on especially hot days without AC, so I took my full bottles to the office (always 74 F). I only have about a dozen bottles so it...
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    Re: Which fragrance will you defend to the death??

    Gosh, none!

    It's a fragrance not my first born.
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    Re: Ava Luxe Availability?

    yeah that was my first reaction. I was thinking about Hong Kong Garden and one of the ambers...

    Oh well... too many perfumes (and perfumers) too little time. Sonoma Scent Studio is a good house to...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    K is for Kelly Calèche by Hermès
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    F is for Fureur d'Agrumes by Esteban
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    Re: Modern Fougere,options?

    Fougere Bengale by Parfum d'Empire
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    A is for Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire
  17. Thread: Natori by Natori

    by kess
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    Re: Natori by Natori

    I read on NST that the two scents are not related.
  18. Thread: Natori by Natori

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    Re: Natori by Natori

    have you tried it?
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    P is for Perla by Farmacia SS. Annunziata
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    Re: Olfactory Fatigue or....

    second that. i tested fracas once and the next day i could smell it on the sleeves of my jacket where the fabric touched my skin
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    Re: New women's scents

    Lola was okay -- musky peony to my nose (I washed it off after about 10 min as I was sampling other stuff at the time, so did not wait for the full dry down). Upon the initial sniff it more "grown...
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    Re: Angel: how much is too much?

    probably 2 max -- this stuff is way strong!
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    Re: SotD Saturday 15 August-09

    DelRae Debut
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    d is for dama by laura tonatto
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    Re: What are your most feared scrubbers?

    I'm afraid I have to add Emotionelle by DelRae to this list -- too many melons! It's a "weird" melon -- something not quite right with it.

    Although some people consider it to be an exceptional...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    V is for Vetiver by Jalaine
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    T is for Twill Rose by Les Parfums de Rosine
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    K is for Kretek by Ava Luxe
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    F is for Ferre by Ferre
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    D is for Debut by Parfums DelRae
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    Re: Luckyscent order:please suggest scents...

    Are you ordering a bottle or samples?
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    Re: This year I finished -- 2009

    PS -- for osmanthus, I'd much rather go with Osmanthus Interdite by Parfum d'Empire
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    B is for Baroque by Fragonard
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    Re: This year I finished -- 2009

    Passed on a dozen+ samples to a friend of mine -- trying to "convert" her.

    Also finished a couple:

    Chanel Sycomore -- that was probably the most "masculine" in the Exclusifs that I tried: dry...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    Y is for Y by YSL
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    V is Vanilla by Jalaine
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    Re: Go ahead. Say I told you so.

    Well it's too late now!
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    T is for Teakwood by Ava Luxe
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    Re: Perfumes which use ONLY natural ingredients...

    A good source to locate the perfumers who use only natural ingredients is the Natural Perfumers Guild:

    http://naturalperfumers.com/
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    Re: Perfume as a birthday gift

    I think that's a great suggestion! The samples are a great addition to the gift card.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    Q is for Quand Vient La Pluie by by Guerlain
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    Re: Too many deals "too good to pass on"?

    Ah, Basenotes are detrimental to my will power! Today's 'find': Calypso for $20 including shipping http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=233979 I've considered either Vanille or Amber, but...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 12 August-09

    Heeley Iris de Nuit -- nice iris, but nothing groundbreaking
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    M is for Mimosa Pour Moi by L'Artisan
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    K is for Kelly Calèche by by Hermès
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    Re: Craving the weird & irregular

    Interesting... I was able to try 100% love (thanks to a generous basenoter) and it seemed nice rather than weird -- a light candid rose.
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    Re: SoTD: Tuesday August 11

    Rogalal, I always enjoy reading your SOTD posts!

    Today I went from Chanel Sycomore (nice, but only on occasion) to Le Labo Vetyver (scrubber) to Yves Rocher Neonatura Cocoon (now I see why people...
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    Re: State your unpopular cologne opinions here.

    Ha! I'm with you on this.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game

    I is for Iris Bleu Gris by MPG
  50. Thread: Hello to all

    by kess
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    Re: Hello to all

    Welcome! I hope you enjoy BaseNotes.
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    Re: Quest for Sandalwood?

    Prominent sandalwood:

    Fresh Cannabis Santal (at Sephora)
    Serge Lutens Santal Blanc (at Barney's or order sample online)
    Ava Luxe No 23 (samples may be hard to come by, or try Perfumed Court)....
  52. Re: I'm not in love anymore, how to reignite the passion?

    One other suggestion -- you can set up a goal of wearing all the scents you have for a day and then writing a review for the directory. With 60+ fragrances in your collection, that will keep you busy...
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    Re: Exploring leather & incense frags...

    Although not pure incense, I get a distinct incense vibe in Chanel Sycomore (Les Exclusifs). It's worth sampling!
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    Re: Exploring leather & incense frags...

    My favorite leather is Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d'Empire -- very elegant and "lady-like"; SL Daim Blond and Cuir de Lancome are worth sampling too (Lancome is probably the second favorite, then SL).
    ...
  55. Re: Do plastic bottles or decants ruin a scent over time?

    Even in a glass atomizer, the spray tube and cap are typically plastic (or at least the tube). Even the bottles all (pretty much) have plastic tubing. So I don't think it's the 'plastic' per se that...
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    Re: Winners Announced! Contest #10, White Magic

    Yip yip hurrah!

    Thanks so much for the fun contest!
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    Re: My new obsession - sample purchasing

    Well, I've made a (somewhat dubious) achievement of having sampled 650 scents -- it took me slightly under 6 weeks to test another 100 fragrances. I expect my rate of sampling of new scents to slow...
  58. Re: I'm not in love anymore, how to reignite the passion?

    That's a great suggestion!
  59. Re: I'm not in love anymore, how to reignite the passion?

    I would say you are in luck! If there's nothing else that you'd want to get, just seat back, relax and enjoy the scents you already own!

    (sorry this is not too helpful! But acquisition for...
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    Re: Cuir Mauresque: OMG, they copied...

    I just recently sampled it and it seemed very restrained -- floral/fruity/soapy leather. No 'bathroom' smell at all.
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    Re: Miller Harris Terre d'Iris

    I need to dig out my sample of Terre d'Iris, but I tried Iris Taizo just now --- wow, it’s really good. Kind of a leathery iris -- reminded me a bit of PdE Equistrius, but more buttery, more...
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    Re: The Many Faces of Aerin Lauder

    Yes.
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    Poll: Re: Another buying advice-thread...

    Diptyques Philosykos has amazing longevity after moderate application. It was actually too much for me after the first couple of hours.

    Diptyque L’eau de Tarocco was very nice -- I was not...
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    Re: Vanilla Wood / Woody Vanilla

    Come to think of it, Vanilla Spice by Lavanila is a nice dry, woody vanilla (I mostly got 'woody', not 'spicy') and quite unisex. The line is available at Sephora; you'll find the fragrances either...
  65. Re: Reformulation Question (maybe stupid) about L'artisan

    I've come across a theory that L'Artisan redesigned the bottles to appeal to men; the rounder bottles were coming across as "feminine." Don't know if this is true, but I do like the new bottles...
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    Re: Any ladies out there wear Habit Rouge?

    I've found HR to be quite unisex; I get a lot of opoponax from it.

    I'll test it again and post my impressions.
  67. Re: Which is the fragrance house that suits to your taste/preference

    Parfum e’Empire (would gladly own most of their women’s/unisex fragrances)

    Runner up: Chanel Les Exclusifs (don’t care for the gallon sized bottles though)
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    Re: SotD Thursday 6 August

    Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman
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    Re: Favorite Opoponax?

    Habit Rouge, anyone?

    I get a lot of opoponax in it.
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    Re: The Many Faces of Aerin Lauder

    she's 39.
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    Re: The Many Faces of Aerin Lauder

    Yep, she also looks like she got 15 year younger in the process.

    here's a a couple 'non photo shoot' pictures

    http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i125/kegorova/AerinLauder.jpg
    ...
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    Re: What do perfume counters do with testers...

    Thanks for the 'insider' perspective. Yes, it seems like such a waste! Too bad...
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    Re: Today I bought ... August 09 purchases...

    Bought a mini of Chanel No 5 EdT, supposedly vintage. We'll see!
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    Re: Favorite Opoponax?

    Depends on your tolerance towards blind buys -- but I'd say yes
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    Re: Thoughts on Amouage Epic?

    hopefully Aedes will carry it so that I can get a sample... most things Amouage are worthy of sampling.
  76. Re: "Pardon me, ma'am, but, you smell marvelous......"

    EL immediately came to mind!

    I think these are best dabbed -- and in minuscule amounts, not sprayed. I can't handle them sprayed.
  77. Re: "Pardon me, ma'am, but, you smell marvelous......"

    Knowing
    Private Collection
    Estee
    Aromatics Elixir

    or

    Youth Dew
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 5 August

    MAC Africanimal (I think I'm going to polish off this sample soon).
  79. Thread: Borneo 1834

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    Re: Borneo 1834

    I've not tried A*Men, but I got Angel (Thierry Mugler) vibe from Borneo.

    I'd take Coromondel over Borneo, as others said.



    Wow, no way! Cocoon is straight up vanilla, no similarity to...
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 4 August

    MAC Africanimal (layers nicely with Eau Premiere)
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    What do perfume counters do with testers...

    ....once they run out of stock?

    I've had an experience that made me wonder about this. While sniffing with BlackCat and AOG, we stopped by the MAC perfume counter, where BlackCat got the last...
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    Re: Prada's latest - L'eau Ambree EDP

    Same as wannabelyn, I found it very nondescript.
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    Re: Feminite du Bois: old and new versions compared

    The new version is now in stock at Aedes. But wouldn't it make more sense to buy the Shisheido version at half price?
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    Re: CK Secret Obsession discountinued?

    To my nose, SO was woody-tuberose (tuberose was what made me not like it). I did not think that it was close to FdB -- which is woody-fruity.
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 4 August

    Chanel No 5 Eau Premier
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    Re: Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens

    Really? The Canadian dollar seems to be pretty strong against the dollar (like $100 CAD to 90 USD)
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    Re: SotD Monday 3 August

    Profumo.it Rose de Bois in the AM

    &

    Guerlain Oriental Brulant in the PM

    Wonderful aromas all around!
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    Re: Today I bought ... August 09 purchases...

    I'm trying to defer my spending to the August sniffing extravaganza in San Francisco, so hoping for no full bottles until then.

    I bought a set of Parfums DelRae samples -- a steal for $6.
  89. Re: Newbie perfume questions - Advice appreciated :)

    Chanel is floral-aldehydic; Crystalle is a green floral I believe. I'm not familiar with Van Clef or L'Air du Temps. What might help is to read the reviews for these fragrances in the directory --...
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    Re: What can be found at the airport shops?

    I believe you need to be flying international to buy at Duty Free, correct?

    I've seen a store at Vegas I believe; as others said it's the usual designer scents. It's fun to go sniffing anyway.
    ...
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    Re: Ava Luxe Availability?

    I actually like the 30 ml size... I was looking forward to buying more from her; hope the store comes back!
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    Re: Where to buy atomizer?

    I've purchased 2.5 ml and 5 ml plastic spray atomizers from LotionCrafters:

    http://www.lotioncrafter.com/pocket-spray-misters.html
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    Re: Basic Wardrobe Editing now available

    It's really up to you how you want to use the wardrobe. I personally list full/travel size bottles & large decants on my "Own" list. Samples and small decants go on my "Test" list. Basically, the...
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    Re: Feminite du Bois: old and new versions compared

    By the way, you can still buy Shisheido version at some US online discounters

    http://www.fragrancenet.com/feminite-du-bois-perfume/shiseido/womens-fragrances/wf/en_US/04059?cur_letter=F
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    Re: SotD Friday 31 July

    also tried sl datura noire -- it failed to agree with me; i mostly got tuberose. it reminded me of pdn cococabana - coconut / tubereuse
  96. Thread: Most worn in July

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    Re: Most worn in July

    Due to influx of new samples, I doubt I've worn anything twice in July
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    Re: Fruity Ambers - the best of a rotten lot

    An entry in the affordable category: Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre. It's marketed as feminine, but I think a guy can wear it as well.

    (I don't get anything rotten about it -- very nice to my nose....
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    Re: SotD Friday 31 July

    Baghari by Robert Piguet (re-issue)
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    Re: Ava Luxe Availability?

    That's a bummer!

    I believe Ava Luxe had gone on hiatus once before (that was before I joined base notes I believe -- so maybe 2007 or 2008?)

    I hope she'll bring back her full range of offerings...
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    Re: Eau de Pamplemousse Rose by Hermes - a review

    A side note, I don't believe there's any 'rose' in this one; 'Pamplemousse Rose' translated from French is 'Pink grapefruit'
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