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    Re: Results from my Drugstore fuming today....

    Chalk me up as another Chantilly fan! Try that one again in a few months, why don't you? As much as I adore it now, I didn't "get" it when I first tried it - repeated exposure was necessary.
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    Re: A Strong Raspberry Note

    on the very cheap end, Avon Surreal is weapons-grade raspberry.
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    Re: Celebrity Colognes/Fragrances

    Pam Anderson's Malibu Night.

    Really.

    Now no one else in this thread has to feel silly.
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    Re: The worst smelling fragrance you have ever tried

    The worst stuff, hands down, was a vintage bottle of something I almost suspect to be government-issue cologne that I ran across at an antiques swap meet. Seriously, the label looked like something...
  5. Re: Parfumo.Net (a tempting new alternative to Basenotes / Fragrantica ?)

    Well, going from the existing model for successful perfume sites, you're going to need two things wherein the competition can't come close: an asset and a flaw. :D Basenotes's forums and snobbery are...
  6. Re: Do any of you ever actually notice other people wearing fragrance in public?

    Now and then. But it always seems too awkward to mention. I do find it interesting that a scent trail of something that I know wouldn't work for me can be perfectly fine on whatever total stranger.
  7. Re: If money wasn't an option what would your collection look like??

    It would be located in a new house. :D
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    Re: I like Tom of Finland. Do you?

    Own it, love it, wear it.
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    Re: Turin/Sanchez are wrong about...

    Reading their snippets can be worthwhile both to learn what you might be interested in sniffing and for the occasional virtuosity of the writing alone. TS's take on the reformulation of L'Heure Bleue...
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    Re: Women under 35 and classic perfumes

    L'Heure Bleu frankly tried to smother me on our first meeting, so she's not a friend. But several of the other softish classics are: Habanita, Chantilly, No. 5, Arpege, and (depending on your idea of...
  11. Re: Designer Type Fragrance Oils--Cheap Alternative or Bad Idea?

    The problem with these oils (aside from the sorta plagiarism that they are) is that they don't tend to copy the original scents that well. By all means try perfume oils - but why not explore original...
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    Re: Least nauseating category of fragrances

    I think green scents might be the safest . . . at least they're what I tend to want when I feel off. The foody ones are way too heavy then.
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    Re: Summer vs. Winter

    The lightest fragrances may not really "bloom" as nicely unless it's hot out, and the really strong ones can be overwhelming in the same circumstances. Otherwise it doesn't matter.
  14. Re: Hats made by fragrance companies.  Do they ex

    ZOMG. Maybe, instead of keeping that empty bottle on the dresser where it looks nice, I should turn it into the Amazing Smelly Coronet?
  15. Re: How do you perceive perfume sold/made by personal care companies?

    Hey, I like Morning Glory too.

    All it really takes is one cheap fragrance that smells fantastic on you to melt that particular prejudice. Of course, you won't love most of them, but you know, you...
  16. Re: Side Effects .................................................. ................................

    I'm thinking something else will get me before the perfume does . . .
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    Re: Perfume Lovers and Perfume Nerds

    What's sad to me is when people get so into something that, paradoxically, they stop liking nearly all of it. If you won't try the cheap stuff any more, you're sick of all of the designers, you've...
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    Re: The Perfect Rose

    I saw the titles and thought of the poem - why is it no one ever sent me yet one perfect limousine, do you suppose? And really, with Tea Rose as cheap as it is, there's absolutely no reason not to...
  19. Re: Niche vs. Designer Fragrances. I Want To Believe.

    I guess I would say that everyone in the business wants to make both fragrance AND money, whether you're working for Le Labo, Versace, or Bath & Body Works.

    But what I originally meant to say was...
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    Re: The truth about summer flankers

    I'll happily try one if it appears on the shelf in front of me, but I woudn't normally seek them out. That said, my husband wears the men's summer version of Eternity from 2009, and it's quite a nice...
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    Re: Terrior and Fragrance

    While I'm sure that there are regional/seasonal/artisanal/accidental variations in ingredients and that they can affect a scent from batch to batch (though efforts must be made to minimize this kind...
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    The route to yes or no

    What sort of mental process do you go through, when it comes to buying a new (at least, new to you) fragrance? Say Eau de Something has managed to attract your interest after someone posted about it...
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    Re: High-end vs. low-end fragrance ingredients

    I'm thinking that in either place what you'd primarily find would be Really Big Vats, and security types trying to hustle you out immediately. : )
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    Poll: Re: Is perfume a luxury ?

    If, to you, luxury is "an unnecessary indulgence"' then yes. If I don't have water, I'll die of thirst, and I don't want to die of thirst. If I don't have perfume, I'll be sad and grouchy, but it...
  25. Thread: Do you snicker?

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    Re: Do you snicker?

    Wow, other way around . . . They'd be a lot more likely to make funny faces at me! And for good reason - I'm the hobbyist, after all, and hobbyists are always a little off the deep end.
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    Scent as prepackaged persona

    Anyone reading this board knows very well what frag marketing copy is like. Click over to basically any site that sells perfume, and you'll be presented with an array of Daring, Tender, Sexy,...
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    Re: How Many Years Will a Bottled Fragrance Last?

    Seconded, and I'm adding "dry" to the list. Something stored properly can last decades. Something stored, say, next to the sink with no lid and no box can go WAY south much, much sooner.
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    Re: Alternative to Scent Strips?

    A spool of ribbon won't cost much at a craft shop, though, and it won't come to bits in a bag the way a coffee filter might.
  29. Re: a lime cologne wearable by women - suggestions?

    Thank you so much! I bravely blind bought the Bronnley, and it'll do very well!
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    Re: Good nectarine/peachy scents?

    A good inexpensive option/experiment would be the original Liz Claiborne Realities, in the pile-of-cubes bottle and the triangular box. It's not hard to find, and it's mostly sharp peach, with sage...
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    Re: The best thing I heard an SA say...

    Oh, I'm sure. Though what makes me doubt it in this case is the volume of stuff they have that I don't think anyone would BOTHER to counterfeit. Tea Rose Ambre?
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    Re: The best thing I heard an SA say...

    Not so! It really depends. My last 'fume shopping in an actual shop experience was in Barneys (in Las Vegas, thank you, I'm not that fancy) and of the two clerks on duty, one was lovely, helpful, and...
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    Re: how to use splash samples

    I haven't seen anyone else own up to my usual method, so here goes:

    1) Attempt to gently remove the top, and fail due to clumsiness, stuckness of stopper, or less-than-total-aridity of fingers.
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  34. a lime cologne wearable by women - suggestions?

    I'm female, and go with feminine or unisex fragrances most of the time, but I quite happily wear some of the less hairy-chested men's scents - things like Black Fleece or Russian cheapie Novaya Zarya...
  35. Thread: Fragrancenet

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    Re: Fragrancenet.com is the WORST

    There are so many truly shady little fly-by-night sites out there that calling FragranceNet the worst is just hyperbole. For what it's worth, I've never had even a whisper of a problem with them....
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    Re: My Cat is a Fragrance Critic

    Only one of our cats really seems to care about it, but she's nuts for Arpege and for B&BW Rainkissed Leaves. I put fragrance on the insides of my elbows, and when it's either of these she'll mush...
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    Re: Ladies, do you wear men's scents?

    Just a few. Grey Flannel (which came up earlier), the men's Black Fleece from Brooks Brothers (my perfect geranium) and Tabac from Russian maker Novaya Zarya (crazy cheap, so good for a blind buy).
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    Re: Heartbreaking Spills and Great Losses

    Ack, you've got me worried. I'm moving in a few weeks, and since nearly all of my frags still have their boxes, I was imagining just popping those into a few larger boxes, carrying them carefully of...
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    For what it's worth, my Arpege and my No. 19 sit...

    For what it's worth, my Arpege and my No. 19 sit on the same shelf as my pink stuff. While the market IS oversaturated and while there are certainly plenty of new releases I don't like, I wear my...
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    Re: Is this a Golden Age of perfumery?

    The problem with identifying a Golden Age is that it depends on what comes next. If the new new world order is better, then the last one wasn't a Golden Age, but if it isn't, it was. This IS a great...
  41. Thread: Kitty Crazy !!!

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    Re: Kitty Crazy !!!

    My 1-year old Siamese mix enjoys Arpege and B&BW Rainkissed Leaves enough to mush her face into my arms when I wear them. Then she leaves flowery sillage behind her and weirds out the husband.
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    Re: 50ml or 100ml? How good is 100ml good?

    My usual approach is to wait until I can get some kind of deal on the 100ml and then buy that. Percentage wise, the idea of paying that much more for the box and the lid annoys me. But I tend to like...
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    Re: Fresh, Light, Watery, Green, Unisex

    If you're thinking of trying more of Clean's offerings, don't miss Outdoor Shower Fresh. (That's the new one in the light green bottle.) It's green, aquatic, fresh, and light at least - whether it's...
  44. Thread: Test Strips

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    Re: Test Strips

    I guess there COULD be some weird perfume industry test strip conspiracy, but my explanation would have been just that they're made of particularly heavy, absorbent paper, and that the top notes hang...
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    Re: Your favorite scent for rainy days?

    I like Jontue, of all things, when it's raining. A shot of Demeter Thunderstorm on the ankles for accent, sometimes.
  46. Re: 48-year-old woman seeks recommendation for daily scent!

    I agree that No. 19 could be perfect, but if you like "green tea" scents and are looking for something a little less costly than Chanel, you could try Kenzo Eau de Fleur de The. And if you don't mind...
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    Re: Ugliest Cologne/Perfume Bottle?

    I have no love for the Harajuku Lovers kewpies.
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    Re: Prophets of Fragrance.

    Reading reviews for new perspectives or suggestions re: what to try next can be very worthwhile - but once YOU know how you feel about a scent, there's no need to take LT's opinion personally until...
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    Re: Does Kmart get diff versions of frags?

    Probably just bad luck, like an old bottle - or maybe it got cooked in transit? I purchased three scents during that same sale and they're absolutely fine.
  50. Re: When Ad Copy Goes Bad! ( Warning: Purple Prose Within )

    Expensive, cheap, mainstream, niche - it ALL sounds kind of like that, if less so. I don't know if I've ever read a frag blurb that was actually more informative and clever than not. Instead:

    "Our...
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    Re: The Comfort and Sleep Fragrance Prescription.

    They're cheap pleasures, but Chantilly and B&BW's Moonlight Path are snuggly, powdery, olfactory blankies. Very relaxing at bed time.
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    Re: What's YOUR story?

    My first significant perfume-related memory is making the rounds of the department stores with my mother - I was about ten, and she'd decided she wanted to have a signature scent. This was back when...
  53. Re: Fragrances I'm ashamed to admit I like (guilty pleasures)

    Champs-Elysees, Jontue, Princess, Liz Claiborne, Chloe. Stuff from Clean, Avon, and Bath & Body Works. I have plenty of frags that would give the tastemakers conniptions . . . but I love them.
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    Re: SAFEST fragrances for women...

    The ones with seat belts, fire extinguishers, beware of dog signs, and water wings.
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    Re: sensitive but unsophisticated nose

    Why not try a few more women's scents, or at least some unisex ones? A lot of men's scents seem to be purposefully a little harsh, almost as if that metallic or acrid component is what proves they're...
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    We All Smell Terrible

    A forum game of sorts - if there was a better place to post this, I'm sorry.

    None of us enjoy being accused of bad taste, but what with the subjective nature of the art, we're all bound to run...
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    Re: Briefs we submitted

    (Nervously) putting mine up here:

    #1 - Fragrance Brief: the memento

    Retro green floral with atypical base, feminine

    Through its olfactory pyramid, this fragrance will trace the experience...
  58. Poll: Re: Favorite women's or unisex Penhaligons fragrance

    Victorian Posy is just glorious stuff.
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    Re: Silly game: Three perfumes in one.

    I don't have an answer for Haunani, just an aside: I'm amused that between Balmain, CB I Hate Perfume, and Dior we could solve a game of Clue: Mr. Green In The Library with Poison!
  60. Re: What to get my girlfriend that is like Vera Wang Princess?

    If she likes Princess, you could always get her . . . Princess. Of course, not if you don't care for it or if she says she'd rather have something else, but otherwise it seems like the simplest and...
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