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  1. Poll: Re: Which has more longevity: Chanel Sycomore or Lalique Encre Noir?

    Sycomore has excellent longevity, but so does EN. Sycomore is more lush and plush though, and has a lot of presence – I had an epiphany the first time I walked back into my own sillage.
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    Re: Dress shoes vs dress boots

    Chelsea boots, like RM Williams Craftsman, work in practically any situation.
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    Re: 3 Cuir Ambre by Prada ?

    No, just part of the Prada exclusives. I believe they're up to No 14 by now. They have a very limited distribution though.
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    Re: 3 Cuir Ambre by Prada ?

    It's similar to Tabac Blond.
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    Re: The Great Reformulation Debate.

    No 5 is an excellent example since it's been around forever, and yes: it's been changed a lot over the years.

    I opened a new soap today, and it seems like they have recently changed the fragrance...
  6. Thread: My new wallet...

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    Re: My new wallet...

    Absolutely! Prada's quality and finish has been going downhill for years now. In particular, many of the less costly saffiano accessories look like they were made by children in a dark room. You can...
  7. Thread: All Black

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    Re: All Black

    I wear black a lot. Often all black paired with dark, raw jeans. I think I tend to wobble between sleek and clown-like (à la CdG).

    :cheesy:

    I agree with hedonist above in that you need to...
  8. Thread: My new wallet...

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    Re: My new wallet...

    Hermès makes wonderful wallets, and I love Comme des Garçons wallets – very practical and cool, not to mention affordable.

    :cheesy:

    And to (sort of) stay on topic, one of my favourite...
  9. Thread: Malle Coffrets

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    Re: Malle Coffrets

    Wow, great news!
  10. Re: Knize 10 an alternative to Cuir de Russie... really?

    Cuir de Russie was a lot smokier and butcher in earlier formulations, which means that it used to be closer to Knize Ten than it is today. But even though they used to be more similar, I don't think...
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie question - formulations

    Thanks for your confidence in me, but I'm really no expert... The one with removable cap is probably mid 90's up until early 00's when it was replaced by the integrated sprayer cap which was used up...
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    Re: Article: Brad Pitt new face for Chanel No. 5

    I guess Brad will be the love interest or something of a woman wearing No 5...
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    Re: Today I Bought - April 2012

    Good to see you too! :smiley: I'm mostly lurking, don't have time for much besides work at the moment...
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    Re: Does Prada have an exclusive line?

    There's also a newer No 11 Cuir Styrax, so they are up to 11 fragrances.
  15. Re: Looking for a warm,handsome scent for myself, any suggestions would be much appreciated!kinda pi

    Santos de Cartier
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    Re: Today I Bought - April 2012

    Looks great, I'm a bit jealous...
  17. Thread: Lets Talk Watches

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    Re: I want watches

    http://www.chrono24.com/en/home/index.htm might be a good place to start, if nothing else to get a grasp of current prices.
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    Re: If you could wear only one house forever?

    Chanel it is then.
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    Re: Conception of Antaeus

    I don't know if I've also read or simply assumed that Antaeus was inspired by Cuir de Russie... Kind of like how Égoïste was inspired by Bois des Îles.

    It's easier to spot the connection if you...
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    Re: Cuir de Russie EDT vs Parfum

    Parfum is more focused on the leather, deeper and richer. Beautiful.
  21. Re: More along the lines of Coromandel & Micallef Patchouli

    Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a sniff...
  22. Re: More along the lines of Coromandel & Micallef Patchouli

    Reminiscence Elixir de Patchouli might be my favourite patchouli. Coromandel is too sweet and Borneo is too dry and earthy to me, but this is balanced just right IMO.
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    Re: Help with these vintage bottles of Mitsouko!

    250 € is much too much if you ask me...
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    Re: Which Cuir de Russie?

    Chanel's Cuir de Russie is available in edt and parfum, but not edp.
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    Re: Which Cuir de Russie?

    Agreed, usually Chanel!
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    Re: What We Wore as teenagers?

    I was a teen during the 80's and wore mainly Antaeus and Santos (although I went through the odd bottle of Kouros too). I also wore Drakkar Noir, Habit Rouge, Obsession, Salvador Dali, Givenchy...
  27. Re: The sale board is awash with Terre D'Hermes - What gives?

    Someone sold a large amount of testers very cheaply on ebay a while ago, so we may be seeing some surplus spilling over here at BN...?
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    Re: Parfum/extrait fans...

    Cutting the cords and opening a bottle of pure perfume used to be a small event in itself, but not so much after the first couple of bottles, unfortunately, because I miss the excitement...
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    Re: Has Anyone Seen A Chanel Bottle Like This?

    It's not like what we refer to as a lotion today, that's for sure... It's entirely fluid.
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    Re: Is perfume making us fat?

    Well... People used to wear a lot more fragrance a few decades ago (perhaps also with more phthalates?), but the rampant obesity rate is a new phenomena.

    The obvious big differences from a few...
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    Poll: Re: Bois des Iles or Egoiste?

    Bois des Îles first, then perhaps Égoïste...
  32. Thread: Define "niche?"

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    Re: Your Definition of Niche?

    Hermès is still "only" Hermès. LVMH tried to buy up Hermès recently but failed; In France they have laws protecting family businesses from hostile takeovers.
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    Re: Chanel les Exclusifs : to be extended in 2012

    +1, but I will say that although Jersey isn't all that interesting, it seems to be a crowd pleaser. Just the other day a woman sniffed me out in a store, told me I smelled FABULOUS and practically...
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    Re: Has Anyone Seen A Chanel Bottle Like This?

    I've gotten the impression that these lotions are meant for the hair. I actually bought a similar bottle of Cuir de Russie, and it's a fairly "thin" composition which doesn't really compare to an...
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    Re: Dealing with Discontinuation

    I tend to get multiple backups of fragrances I really like/love (mainly Chanels and Guerlains). I don't want to risk depleting my stash, and I figure I can sell them on in the future if I change my...
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    Re: Parfum/ Pure Parfum/ Extrait collections

    Chanel: No 5, No 19, No 22, Bois des Iles, Cuir de Russie, Gardenia
    Guerlain: Mitsouko, Jicky, l'Heure Bleue, Vol de Nuit, Samsara, Chamade, Nahema, Shalimar
    Miscellaneous: Arpege, Prada No 1 and...
  37. Re: Dad gave me an old bottle of Chanel Antaeus. Is it usable? Vintage? I know nothing. (pics inside

    I've never seen Antaeus with a paper label before, except for the small 4/19 ml bottles.
  38. Re: Dad gave me an old bottle of Chanel Antaeus. Is it usable? Vintage? I know nothing. (pics inside

    Vintage Antaeus is a real treasure. This was one of my staples in the 80's/early 90's, until they reformulated it.
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    Re: If you lived in Hell...

    Chanel No 19 or Prada Infusion d'Homme
  40. Re: If money wasn't an option what would your collection look like??

    +1. I'm happy with my current collection, but I could get rid of a few so-so bottles...
  41. Re: I just bought my first cologne ever. It was made more than 3 years ago, is that ok?

    Properly stored fragrances will keep for many decades.
  42. Thread: Lets Talk Watches

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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    Thanks guys!
  43. Thread: Lets Talk Watches

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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    And speaking of vintage... I bought this a few days ago:

    http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz208/tott666/Pasha.png

    My favourite Pasha!
  44. Thread: Lets Talk Watches

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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I have never bought a replica, and I don't think I ever will... I have never seen a perfect fake for sale.

    The pre-owned/vintage market might be a less expensive option (or the only option if...
  45. Thread: Sunglasses?

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    Re: Sunglasses

    Cutler and Gross are great! My brother lost my favourite pair of C and G sunglasses when he left them on a taxi roof... He borrowed mine because he lost his own in the produce section at the...
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    Re: Fake Egoiste, right?

    Obviously a sloppy fake. There has never been an edp of Égoïste or a black bottle. It's always "eau de parfum" whether it's Chanel or not. The font is off.
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    Re: New (perhaps old) fangled Antaeus bottle

    I've seen a few of this bottle, seems like it was part of a gift set or meant as a travel spray...?
  48. Thread: Diet philosophy?

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    Re: Diet philosophy?

    Diet philosophy? High quality foods made from scratch. Grass-fed/pastured/organic/biodynamic and so on, whenever possible. Eat only when hungry. Avoid sugars, fruits and grains, except for occasional...
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    Re: Is this a Golden Age of perfumery?

    I have a feeling that many people actually wear fragrance, but few wear enough of it... One or two small spritzes is not enough, unless they're nuclear strength. Add to this the fact that many...
  50. Re: END OF THE YEAR 2011 - Flat out...what is your favorite fragrance?

    I have a favourite house: Chanel. My four most worn fragrances are Cuir de Russie, No 19, Bois des Iles and Sycomore (in that order).
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    Re: Unequivocal winner?

    There is no real "winner" among the listed fragrances, and not all would agree that they are seductive. Some fragrances might be more popular, but that doesn't mean you'll be irresistible wearing...
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    Re: Orange Blossom Fragrances

    +1, got this last week!
  53. Re: What is it that really makes a fragrance for men or for women?

    Well... I guess the most stereotypically feminine fragrances today are lush, fruity florals, and masculine fragrances are dry and woody. There is considerable overlap though, and many modern...
  54. Thread: .............

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    Re: Avoid Perfumes of the Past

    I've been to this shop a couple of times and have no complaints about his manners, but he doesn't know his vintages very well or is intentionally misleading at times... But that's not a problem if...
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    Re: Is this a Golden Age of perfumery?

    +1, sad but true...
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    Re: Encre Noire vs. Sycomore

    Encre Noire and Sycomore are similar, but Sycomore *is* more lush and plush with sweet florals and great sandalwood (something of a Chanel signature).
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    Re: men that wear sandals

    Very nice!
  58. Re: What Are You Wearing This Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc.?

    I can't say that I've planned ahead, but I guess I'll wear Bois des Îles, Égoïste or No 19... Maybe Cuir Ottoman. Something smooth and inoffensive. :cheesy:
  59. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    I know what you mean, and it's annoying. As long as no "false claims" are made, there's no reason to open up that can of worms.
  60. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    I expect advertising to be a bit exaggerated, but more or less factually correct...
  61. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    You know, it can be practically impossible to prove a negative. Until Creed produces some kind of proof for their claims, I will remain sceptic.

    What proof is there that Jasmin Imperatrice EDP...
  62. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    The big difference here seems to be that many brands can be questioned, without causing an uproar, but as soon as anyone even dares to voice a critical view regarding Creed's illustrious history, all...
  63. Re: Since Montale was running its own little scam job...

    Well... Marketing is marketing, but I find it both ridiculous and sad when companies feel the need to manufacture blatant lies about their backgrounds and invent a glorious past. It reflects badly on...
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    Re: Cuir Beluga longevity

    May I also suggest Vanitas by Profumum Roma? This has crazy longevity in my experience. I got some on the sleeve of a jacket many weeks ago, and I can still smell it... On skin, this probably lasts...
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    Re: Cuir Beluga longevity

    Cuir Beluga lasts all day...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Ah, but few fragrances can match Cuir de Russie: you smell fantastic!
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Plus Que Jamais – one of my absolute favourites.
  68. Re: What is like Chanel Nr. 5 that I can buy from Luckyscent?

    Annick Goutal – Songes. Beautiful, classic floral with frangipani, tiare, ylang-ylang, jasmine, vanilla and so on.

    If you venture outside Luckyscent, Iris Poudre might be a great option.
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    Re: suggestions for a kouros addicted boyfriend?

    Penhaligon's Love Potion No 9.
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    Re: your favorite designer pepper scent?

    Bang or Poivre Samarcande
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    Re: YSL have castrated M7 with Oud Absolu

    Homeopatic perfumery?
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    Re: Question about Chanel Cuir de Russie EdP

    There is no edp of Cuir de Russie, only edt and parfum.

    That being said, if I compare edt and parfum, you'll probably need a little less of the parfum since it is more concentrated with a heavier...
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    Re: Why I perceive Antaeus airy?

    Vintage Antaeus has a definite presence which the current formulation is lacking...
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    Re: Best iris fragance

    Prada No 1 Iris is very nice.
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 6th December 2011

    Cuir Ottoman
  76. Thread: "Cuir de Russie"

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    Poll: Re: "Cuir de Russie"

    My favourite is Chanel Cuir de Russie, particularly in parfum which is a deeper, heavier, more animalic leather compared to the edt. Vintage is more smoky/tarry, while the current formulation is kind...
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    Re: Hermes Santal Massoia - comparisons to Egoiste?

    I don't get any obvious connection between the two...
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    Poll: Re: Guerlain's Cuir Beluga versus Tonka Impériale

    Cuir Beluga smells pretty close to melted vanilla icecream... It's actually very nice and cosy, but gets boring quickly.

    Tonka Imperial is more interesting; I almost bought it when I was in Paris...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: November 2011

    Thanks, we have great taste! :wink:
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: November 2011

    I spent the weekend in Paris where I got Iris Silver Mist at Serge Lutens, Liu at Guerlain and backups of Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles and No 22 parfum at Chanel. :smiley:
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Chanel Cuir de Russie, vintage edt.

    Smells a lot like Chanel No 5 laced with birch tar.
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    Re: What are your favourite clothing brands?

    Sounds like you have excellent taste. :wink:

    I've only seen a few pieces of Chanel menswear here and there, and I am relieved to say I haven't been wowed yet. The Chanel aesthetic is rather...
  83. Re: What does Chanel do with the unsold bottles it buys back?

    I know that you can still find old stock in some stores if you're lucky... Maybe this practice of returning goods to Chanel is a fairly recent one, or not all resellers do as they're told?
    ...
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    Re: "A New Perfume" by Comme Des Garcons

    It does smell like a floral tape/glue kind of thing, kind of pretty...
  85. Thread: 1 and ONLY 1

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    Re: 1 and ONLY 1

    Chanel Cuir de Russie, because it manages to be elegant, dirty, sensual, cosy and luxuriously leathery (duh!). All things to everyone, or at least to me. :cheesy:
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    Re: What are your favourite clothing brands?

    I often wear Prada, Acne and Commes des Garçons. A couple of other favourites are Yohji Yamamoto and Marni.

    I love all kinds of knitwear: thin merino wool, cashmere, heavy wool from John Smedley,...
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    Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    +1, it's amazing and easily one of the most intense fragrances I've ever come across. A full-scale olfactory assault. :smiley:
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    Re: Detecting saltiness in certain fragrances

    Current Chanel Cuir de Russie is wonderfully salty, like sweaty skin, IMO.
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    Re: What are you buying yourself for Christmas?

    I might take a short trip to Paris to stock up on basics.

    First stop: 31 Rue Cambon

    Edit: I'm spending the weekend in Paris! :smiley:
  90. Re: Brand New Fragrance left in cold car overnight - swear it smells different!

    It didn't get ruined. The top notes of a cold fragrance might smell differently compared to if it's at room temperature. It's a bit like wine or whisky that have a different aroma depending on...
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    Re: aluminum-free antiperspirant?

    You can get your armpits botoxed...
  92. Re: What do we mean when we say frags are "dirty" or "skanky"?

    "Skanky" and "dirty" in fragrances usually means animalics, but may also be used about things like cumin or blackcurrant buds that can add a certain "lived-in" quality.

    Castoreum smells a bit like...
  93. Re: What do we mean when we say frags are "dirty" or "skanky"?

    "Dirty" fragrances have been popular for hundreds (thousands?) of years. Animalics like musk, civet, castoreum and ambergris are classic perfume ingredients. They add a warm, sensual aura to...
  94. Re: Creed - do you have the photo of the bottles produced before 1990?

    I believe these may the oldest Creed bottles known to man, dating from the late 70's or so. They show up every time this topic is discussed...
  95. Re: Is there any apple pie (Apple+Cinnamon) fragrance ?

    Absolutely agree about Ambre Narguilé.
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    Poll: Re: Which one is more elegant and classy?

    Chanel Cuir de Russie here too. This is also my sotd (vintage 50's parfum).
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    Re: Why aren't all niche EDP?

    Proportions as well as ingredients may be tweaked in different formulations.
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    Re: Why aren't all niche EDP?

    I think you're forgetting something here... The composition generally differs between the formulations. Lighter formulations like edc and edt tend to be more focused on the top/heart, while heavier...
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    Re: 'Rugged' daily wear fragrance?

    Chanel Sycomore
  100. Re: Masculine scent with dominant realistic cinnamon note

    I like JHL, but it is definitely similar to fragrances like Opium and Cinnabar. That kind of association may not work for some, but I ignore it and wear both JHL and Opium.

    And those who may need...
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