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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Yes, that's how it feels to me, too. I've worn it all week and haven't tired of it.
  2. Re: What fragrances remind you of Christmas/Winter?

    Tabac Rouge (Phaedon)
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    Re: New Coromandel perfume?

    It's hard to imagine a modern parfum formulation that smells better than, or as good as, the discontinued EDT. If I were in the market for Coromandel, that's what I'd be looking for.
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    Re: Do you buy empty bottles and boxes?

    No, I collect only for the perfume.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Dryad is so beautiful. To me, Papillon fragrances are the epitome of elegance plus approachability.
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    Re: Vintage Bal a Versailles Parfum

    Agree, vintage BaV is wonderful. I have a 1970s bottle that I seldom use, it smells so good that I don't want to get down to the last ml.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    My pleasure!
  8. Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Any time from the 1920s through the 1980s, with a heavy emphasis on the 1930s through 1985.
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    Re: Guerlain Observations

    Oh, what a great 2nd honeymoon experience! I can just imagine how fun that was.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Same here, jarahclinic. It's often overlooked in discussions of good rose perfumes, yet it's one of the best IMO. Welcome to Basenotes!
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I don't get Shalimar from it (haven't smelled Emeraude in so long that I can't comment on that one). I'd say Bengale Rouge is of old-school vintage quality, and in that respect it might be considered...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Starblind, maybe get a sample from Luckyscent. I think you'd like this fragrance.
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    Re: Random observation

    The best tool in this case is your nose. Glad your experiment yielded a good result.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Papillon is one of my favorite houses. Liz Moores' offerings are all so different that it's hard to rank them, but probably Dryad and Bengale Rouge are the top two for me (as they are for several...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    I love it too! No worries about selling your vintage Vol de Nuit, since you've got Dryad!
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Do you like it? To me, one of the best things about Dryad is that it smells like vintage Vol de Nuit would have smelled when it was first bottled. Vol de Nuit does not age well, as a rule, but Dryad...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Yes, it is absolutely of that type and calibre.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Yes, it's the first current perfume I've bought in years - probably since Ms. Moores' last one, in fact (Dryad). Anything from Papillon is blind-buy-worthy, IMO.
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    Bengale Rouge (Papillon)

    Today the postman delivered Papillon's new scent, Bengale Rouge, which I preordered from Luckyscent in July. It's been about an hour since first spritz, and it is heaven. I'll write a review after...
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    Re: Looking back....

    Of modern perfumes, probably Chanel Les Exclusifs EDTs and extraits.
  21. Re: Midnight in Paris? Wasn't worth the hype for me at all!

    I have the EDP, and while I think it's a lovely fragrance with good longevity and sillage, the best thing about it is the bottle. It's not something that springs readily to mind when I'm choosing a...
  22. Re: Vintage geek opinions about bottle age and sweet spot, please.

    I haven't bought anything in quite awhile, as my collection feels complete...but I have a cabinet full of gorgeous vintage perfumes whose quality is a testament to the value of research. If you know...
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    Re: What perfume lifts your spirits?

    I find soft vintage white flower blends very soothing.
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    Re: Sillage and Longevity

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    Agree with this. The era of powerhouses is pretty much over.
  25. Thread: Dark

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Dark

    Well..."dark" can mean gothic, in which case an incense like Avignon (CdG) might fill the bill, or "dark" might refer to the underworld, where Anubis reigns. Or it might mean heavy seduction, a la...
  26. Re: My positive experience at Atelier Hudson Yards

    It's nice to hear about a great experience like this! Sounds like a lovely store and line, and then to encounter a knowledgeable SA as well...wow!
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    Re: How would you rate/review a perfume if .....

    Assuming the original points (a fragrance that is well-blended, sold at a fair price, made with high-quality ingredients) - if I don't like it, I just don't review it.
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    Re: What is “too perfumy” for you

    I take it to mean what is often referred to here as "old lady/man" scents, i.e. heavily floral, animalic, and/or abstract creations like Chanel No. 5, Arpege, etc.. I love things like that, but the...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    Forum software wouldn't let me edit...meant to say "repackaged," not "repacked." Anyway, it's just great. Can't wait to see the latest documentary, too.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    Yes, that's it! Thank you Cook,bot, I knew the movie I saw had a jazzier name than "Halston," thought they had repacked it.
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    It really is. It was shown commercial-free on one of the cable channels a few years ago, and I watched it over and over again. It's filmed with humor, sensitivity and real understanding of the times,...
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    Re: Halston on CNN, Sunday Aug 25

    I love this documentary and am so glad it's going to be aired again!
  33. Re: PSA: eBay has REMOVED the option to list USED fragrances. Uh oh..

    This is insane on eBay's part. What in the world could have prompted them to create so much unnecessary confusion for everyone, including themselves? There will be no end of consumer complaints, and...
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    Re: Why jammy rose is so....jammy?

    I'm not a perfumer, but what you say makes perfect sense. I've wondered about the correspondences between similar accords and note descriptions.
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    Re: Do you wear "male" parfum?

    No worries there, we have Cabochard! :D


    Aw, I'll bet you can!
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    Re: Do you wear "male" parfum?

    I've never paid attention to gender marketing in perfumes. Several fragrances in my collection are marketed as masculine, and of those, I most often wear Knize Ten, Pour un Homme, MKK, Midnight in...
  37. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    I've loved perfume for as long as I can remember and have bought it or been gifted with it since around age 12, so over the years I've schlepped around an ever-growing number of bottles - but it was...
  38. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    I like the yellow stars, too...they contrast nicely and harmoniously with the green.
  39. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Excellent points. Also, the thick boldface on the word "Base" in the proposed new logo feels oppressive and counterintuitive to me - BASE is on top, weighing heavily on NOTES. This juxtaposition also...
  40. Re: What do you do with the original box/presentation

    I store all my fragrances in their boxes.
  41. Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    I love the current logo - wish a way could be found to retain it.
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    Re: Random observation

    Love that shabby chic birdhouse!
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    Re: Random observation

    Ever since the transportation age began, perfumes have been exposed to heat in warehouses, cargo holds and trucks. If heat were the culprit people often claim, the classics - made with volatile and...
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    Re: Random observation

    I've become pretty skeptical, even cynical, over the years about things I'm told by SAs and customer service reps. A Chanel rep once told me that they ship all of their perfumes on refrigerated...
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    Re: Do You Prefer A Certain Bottle Size oz’s?

    50ml is my preference.
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    Yes, I could hardy believe it!
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    That's true, I remember it as very dry.

    A few days ago on eBay, the winning bid on a 1.5-2ml vial of Kamali was $32.77. That's a great price. And you have 3ml, Cheetah! That's the equivalent of a...
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    Re: No Mitsouko on the Guerlain site... !?

    How very odd, for Guerlain to permit such limited web access to Mitsouko!
  49. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    Thank you so much for educating me in this matter of Diva bottle design and labeling, theladymay.

    Yes, sellers should be forthright about the merchandise that buyers will actually receive. I once...
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    Re: Tom ford Sahara noir

    This pretty much sums it up for me, too. Sahara Noir is a beautiful fragrance, but the only thing that might qualify it as a "holy grail" scent is (as LiveJazz observes) its discontinued status. For...
  51. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    aab, the Diva bottle you linked to looks like a spray to me - look at the collar. Also, this is clearly a stock photo and you can find plenty of others on Google Shopping, all listed as sprays and...
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    Re: No Mitsouko on the Guerlain site... !?

    It's there, here's a link: https://www.guerlain.com/us/en-us/fragrance/womens-fragrances/mitsouko
  53. Re: today's supermarket purchase in Nicaragua - 'Maja'.

    Agree with this. For anyone who's interested, there was a nice thread about vintage Maja and Nueva Maja last year: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/454710-Maja-Myrugia
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    Re: Can there be such a difference........

    Yes, because tastes - like people - cover a wide spectrum. Trusting reviews too much can lead to spending a lot of money on fragrances you don't actually like, and ignoring others that you might have...
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    Re: Sleep and Olfactory Fatigue

    A blanket or sheet creates a warm "tent" confining the fragrance and making it more noticeable. It's similar to what happens when you exhale onto your wrist or arm, and then breathe in, sniffing the...
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    Re: Timbuktu or Dzjongkha ?

    Frankincense and myrrh, not remotely like nag champa.
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    Re: What do you wear purely for yourself?

    This, 100%.
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    Re: Timbuktu or Dzjongkha ?

    I have both of them and prefer Timbuktu, mainly because of its beautifully blended incense...thrilledchild has commented on its sense of space and mystery, and I agree. Dzongkha strikes me as sharp...
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    Re: Alternative to Scent Strips?

    Testing on paper will give you a ballpark idea of how a fragrance will develop - minus the depth and richness a scent acquires on skin. Think of test strips as Cliff Notes, as opposed to a full...
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    Re: Alternative to Scent Strips?

    I've never used anything but the brown unbleached ones (Melitta - but I doubt that the brand matters).
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    Re: Buying scents at Walmart

    I don't know how TJMaxx stacks up ethically against Walmart, but they usually have a much wider selection of discounted perfumes than Walmart - and in a more pleasant shopping environment. TJMaxx...
  62. Thread: Los Angeles

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    Re: Los Angeles

    Scent Bar, for sure.
  63. Re: What is the ideal temperature for storing fragrance?

    I've stored my fragrances (most of them in their boxes) in a closed wooden cabinet at room temperature for decades, and none of them have suffered. We turn on air conditioning on the hottest days of...
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    Re: Alternative to Scent Strips?

    I'm in the coffee filter camp - they work great as test strips.
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    Re: clearing a clotted spray top ?!

    Are you sure it's a clogged nozzle, and not a broken spray mechanism? I would simply decant the fragrance into a new atomizer bottle.
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    Re: Is fragrancenet.com a reliable source?

    Of the online discount stores I've used, Fragrancenet and FraganceX are the most reliable.
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    Re: can someone describe immortelle

    It has an incense quality. Curry plus maple syrup comes close (as others here have said), and there's also something in it that makes me think of the sweet, woody smell of decaying aspen leaves when...
  68. Re: Civet. Please explain this note, and share your favorite fragrance that features it up front.

    There was a thread about current Jicky last year (I doubt much as changed between then and now) - saminlondon said it was still okay, but weak enough that you have to ratchet down your expectations:...
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    Re: The Perfumed Court

    They are pricey with uneven service, but absolutely legit.
  70. Re: Civet. Please explain this note, and share your favorite fragrance that features it up front.

    Knize Ten! The civet in that one plays hide-and-seek, but when it comes out it's OUT! One morning I took a walk in the woods and smelled sweetish urine to such an extent that I kept stopping to look...
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    Re: Loyalty to a fragrance

    Welcome to Basenotes, Joe Kilroy! It's great to see your excitement about the world of fragrances.

    I like having a nice selection of scents to choose from, and never feel guilty about wearing any...
  72. Re: Does splash bottle getting charmed faster?

    It certainly is! I'm going to retain it as part of my perfume vocabulary. :) :)
  73. Re: Does splash bottle getting charmed faster?

    I love that expression, "getting charmed"! Degraded perfume as a changeling...if I'm interpreting the OP correctly, that's such a poetic description of what happens to a fragrance exposed to the...
  74. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    The name "Evyan" does not have to be embossed on the bottle. I have two bottles from the 70s (a cologne and a parfum) that I inherited, so I know them to be authentic, and the maker name is not...
  75. Re: How to best evaluate if a fragrance works for you?

    You'll get lots of different answers to your questions, and probably end up with even more questions - because people need to arrive at their own approaches, based on lifestyle, budget, trial and...
  76. Re: Do you prefer having one signature fragrance or having a small collection to choose from?

    Welcome, Mnemoja. I've never had a signature scent, as there are so many beautiful perfumes in existence that I couldn't bear to limit myself to one, or a few. I gravitate toward certain scent...
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    Re: Testers without cap...does it really matter?

    Sometimes testers come with cardboard collars to protect the nozzles, but caps per se are not necessary for the preservation of fragrances. Caps don't even provide much protection from evaporation....
  78. Re: White Shoulders/Diva--How to tell if a vintage fragrance is original or reformulation

    White Shoulders was originally made by Evyan (later versions by Elizabeth Arden). Bottles are difficult to date because caps were used interchangeably. The drawing of the lady's face on the box...
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    Re: Testing Methods

    One spray on the wrist. If I sprayed my closet, it would soon smell like a potpourri of indicepherable scents.
  80. Re: Does light ACTUALLY cause fragrances to expire prematurely or is that a myth?

    Vintage fragrances are quite susceptible to degradation from direct sunlight. I doubt that modern compositions, made mostly from aromachemicals, are nearly as delicate; stil, it's probably a good...
  81. Re: Do you sometimes smell alcohol from your initial sprays?

    I haven't, no. It's possible that you (and others who have the same experience) are very sensitive to alcohol and pick up on it right away. At least it's fleeting!
  82. Thread: "e" mark

    by Bonnette
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    Re: "e" mark

    After 1976, precisely (per Grace Hummel's bottle-dating timeline).
  83. Thread: "e" mark

    by Bonnette
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    Re: "e" mark

    At the end of the 1970s.
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    It's a great community, for sure...glad you're part of it! Welcome. :)
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    Re: Your favorite cinnamon fragrances?

    +1 for Cinnabar, but only in its vintage forms. The current Cinnabar is a nondescript mess.

    Vintage Opium is a potpourri of spices, among which cinnamon is a beautiful component.
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    Re: Will high heat damage my order?

    Direct sunlight is a much greater threat than heat.
  87. Thread: Factice's

    by Bonnette
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    Re: Factice's

    Sometimes bottles labeled as factices actually contain the real thing, especially if they were from war years when bottles were recycled. In an old thread, I told the story of someone I know who...
  88. Re: Oakmoss in vintage perfume including deep vintage

    I've read through the reference thread and do know what Gilturko (the OP) is talking about, re the strong syrupy base overwhelming some bottles of vintage perfume (especially chypres) - but rather...
  89. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    L'Oréal has a pattern of cheapening their acquisitions, so if there's something you particularly like, I'd snap up a bottle or two.
  90. Re: How do you break a mental "Tie" between scents to pick a SOTD???

    I seldom run into that situation...usually, a particular fragrance will just pop into my mind, coinciding with my mood, and that'll be that. I don't plan any of it.
  91. Re: Which fragrance gladly come back to and rediscovering many years after the first testing?

    Vintage only: Almost all of the Guerlains, but especially L'Heure Bleue. Another gem is Royal Secret by Monteil. Of the Chanels, Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles. Worth's Je Reviens is a marvel, as...
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    This makes perfect sense. It's really about the only thing that would work for any of the big ticket stores, these days.
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Another vote for Borneo 1834 - I'm like a broken record, when it comes to recommending that gorgeous fragrance. Barneys has it in the US, for (as Scarce says) a hefty price.
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    Wow. That review is my ticket to Luckyscent for preorder.
  95. Re: Vaseline & Moisturizer for Longer Lasting Frag

    ^ ^
    This. I use Aquaphor, which is basically pricey vaseline in a tube, found in the wound care aisle of every drugstore. (My dermatologist recommends it for both ordinary wounds and surgical sites,...
  96. Re: Expensive Perfumes aren't worth it - people prefer cheaper scents.

    Love the video of a jaguar rolling around on a limbful of Obsession!
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    LOL! I filched one of my dad's cigarettes and kept it in one of his empty Salem packs, transferring it from one dress-up bag to the other...I felt very sophisticated, opening and closing the bag with...
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    Re: Grandma's Handbag Scents

    What a charming thread! I remember playing dress-up with my mother's and grandmother's old handbags, and they smelled of powder, lipstick, and Juicy Fruit chewing gum - so, like Ken_Russell, I'd go...
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    Re: Bengale Rouge by Papillon Perfumery

    It can be preordered at Luckyscent in the US, release date (as Prince Barry states) reportedly in August. Luckyscent has a notification list for samples.
  100. Re: Anal Completionist Newbie Needs Forum Reading Strategy

    I like to Google things first, as one can tailor searches to be quite specific and the results not only bring up Basenotes threads and reviews, but a world of information outside of this community....
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