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    Re: My enthusiasm is waning

    My enthusiasm has waned lately, only because, due to my personality, I completely overdosed on perfume, buying like 3 niches a month for a good while. Plus I'm addicted to other things, too, like...
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    Re: How do you choose which fragrance to wear?

    Like others have said, it's about mood, weather, and occasion.

    mood example: If I'm in a mood to be a little naughty and edgy-sexy, I might choose Lutens' Muscs Koublai Khan.

    weather example: I...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2013

    Hi, Pie,

    This is all part of my E-VIIILL plan. bwahaha. All six samples I got from Luckyscent are Italian niche houses. I just need to some to wear TO Italy, and then I'll test these and see...
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2013

    Thanks, Buysblind! It's citrusy and nice!
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2013

    Since I'm going to Italy in May, I wanted to find some niche stuff from that country that I didn't have. I blind-bought these two and like them so far! Plus, I asked Luckyscent for other Italian...
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    Re: ETAT LIBRE D'ORANGE Packaging

    In light of Secretions Magnifiques, it is very interesting that you used a menstruation metaphor. Hehe
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    Re: Guerlain: Derby

    This was probably my second niche to buy. That was a couple of years ago. To this date, I pull Derby out only for the most special of occasions. It is just that special. I feel like a Prince when...
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    Re: Recommendation requested

    Le Labo, Patchouli 24....I know, I know, Patchouli, but when I smell it, it smells like a fireplace to me. You should sample it. It's unique and wonderul, IMO.
  9. Thread: Why sample?

    by lionheart
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    Re: Why sample?

    I understand your point, but don't agree.

    When it comes to niche fragrances, why would you EVER risk blind-buying a $185 bottle of something that you are not sure you will like? I never blind buy...
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    Re: Something like a cathedral?

    L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer,

    Especially Amber Absolute by Tom Ford. In fact, my testing notes for this one was "Old, Stony Church." Hope this helps.
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    Re: Today I Bought: February 2013

    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/eausauvageparfum_zps969044ff.jpg
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2013

    Yes, I agree. I bought this about a year ago. Got kind of a chili pepper thing that is just perfect for New Orleans where I live. Great frag!
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2013

    Been really weary lately. I usually go prepared, but wanted to buy something spontaneously from a house that I don't own yet. Found this JB by Jack Black! Love the mint and spice!...
  14. Thread: Lddm

    by lionheart
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    Re: Lddm

    How unusual! You mean to exhale on the place where you applied and then immediately smell? Maybe I'm misunderstanding. I have LdDM, so maybe I'll try that.
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    Re: what scent won't you buy again?

    Le Labo Patchouli 24. Don't get me wrong; I think it is a great scent. It's just that, at least on my skin, that fireplace/bbq sauce smell never dries down into anything and it just gets old to me.
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    Re: How has your taste matured?

    I have been doing this for about three years. Like many, I happened on basenotes while trying to search out my "signature scent." That never happened. On the contrary, I have a accumulated about...
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    Re: Axe....seriously??!?!?

    Just a thought. Did the girls know it was Axe BEFORE they smelled it? You know...marketing is everything. If they knew the names ahead of time, maybe they like the "idea" of their man wearing a...
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    Re: Scotch Addiction!

    Frapin 1697 is a cognac concoction, too. On my wishlist!
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    Re: Top Complimented Niche?

    Epic Man, by Amouage. Ironically, it's my least favorite niche, but people love it!
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    Re: A "resinous" scent?

    Here are the ones for which I wrote "resin" or "resiny" in my test notes.

    Ambre Sultan, SL (primarily resin, imo)
    Back to Black, Kilian
    Black Tourmaline, Durbano
    Chene, SL (primarily resin,...
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    Re: Today I bought - September 2012

    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/arabianwood_zpsb6a97c82.jpg

    This one has been on my wishlist for a long time. :)
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    Re: Losing that loving feeling....

    Hi,

    I consulted your wardrobe, and here is what my testing notes indicate as having the following accords, which you DON'T have yet. To the right is the exact way I worded my notes on the frag....
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    Re: Today I bought - September 2012

    My lucky, luck Prince.

    Now THAT is cool! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!
  24. Re: The most unique smelling frag in your collection?

    Hey, man.

    This is not to be argumentative, but to see if you have smelled two frags that remind me of M7. Every frag I test is ranked: 1 to 5 on scent; 1 to 5 on longevity; how likely I am to buy...
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    Re: Today I bought - September 2012

    GREAT CHOICE! You won't be sorry.
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    Re: Today I bought - September 2012

    You won't be sorry. nice!
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    Re: Today I bought - September 2012

    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/redcdgplay.jpg
    Here is a wonderful EdT delivered from luckyscent today....the same day the contractor painted my front door...
  28. Thread: Dirty scent

    by lionheart
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    Re: Dirty scent

    another for MKK.

    Also, Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle. It has IMO a uriny sweetness.

    Then there's Eau d'Hermes which has an intoxicating underarm smell (which original Comme de Garcons does,...
  29. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! step. away. from. the. white. shoes! LOL

    Good, cause I don't plan on letting go of Tirrenico!

    Actually, you might be surprised to know that in Jan/Feb/March it can get down...
  30. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    I hear ya!

    Hehehe! Doesn't surprise me at all!


    5 or 6? And I thought I had it bad. LOL. I'm always a bundle of nerves when I go to post something on this site. LOL!
  31. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    A recurring theme....to break up the severity of a season with an "out of season" frag. I like it!


    ...and sometimes you have to go rogue. Love this, too. thanks, y'all!
  32. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    Thanks for your perspective on geographical areas that are much different than mine!



    Yes...glad that y'all are giving me permission to keep Tirrenico around!
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    This is one I haven't tested.....Maybe that's the Creed for me. Haven't found one yet.


    Ah.......a great way to keep Tirrenico in my life throughout the cold times!
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    good to know.....thank you!
  35. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    Cacio. I like your idea about etiquette for perfumes. Too damn funny!

    As for your slander of Tirrenico.......you are now dead to me. LOL No, seriously, something about the aquatic cucumbery...
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    Re: My Shocking Realization About The Bond no. 9 House!!! (A Must-Read)

    I think this idea makes a lot of sense. If any of the Bonds were my "holy grails," I would, of course, want full bottles. However, none of the bonds are my holy grails, so having several samples...
  37. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    Red, love your philosophy about countering the seasons. Never thought of it that way!


    Am....I hear ya!

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    Haha. Talk about the subconscious at work! I just realized...
  38. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    This is from Redneck Perfumisto:

    There are some fragrance that work best in one season, and there are some that seem (to me) to work ONLY in one season. Others are more versatile. I tend to play...
  39. Re: No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white sh

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I don't know why I bother. I ended up with two threads, and I cannot edit this one because it tells me my title is too long, even though it published my title. Anyway, even...
  40. No frags for all seasons?: packing up my "summer scents," along with my linen pants and white shoes.

    Hi, everyone. I know this topic has been discussed before, but not (I dont think!) exactly the way I want to address it.

    Two summers ago, I called the Frederic Malle Boutique in New York. An...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - August 2012

    WOW! I have 4 Lutens, but no bell jars! LOL Awesome!
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - August 2012

    Hi, friend,

    I can't even tell which house this is. If you have a moment, tell us the house and the frags. I'm always looking for new things to sample. Thanks!
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    Re: Sweet Redemption..

    Hey, my friend!

    Yes, you HAVE to try this. A few of this line were on my wishlist, but this one won. And NO, Derby will never be bumped! However, I just bumped two! Take a look! I think I...
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    Re: Sweet Redemption..

    I just bought a 50ml bottle. It is my new favorite. In fact, I need to change my top 5 list. Plus the bottle is so quality, and it comes in a lacquered box with a skeleton key. I'm a sucker for...
  45. Re: Does anyone have any proper distinctions between niche and designer?

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    This has been written about A LOT on basenotes. Strictly speaking (as I understand it), niche denotes houses whose raison d'etre is fragrance. Designer denotes a company who...
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    Re: Constructive advise for newbies

    To Basteri: Thanks for this thread! Believe it or not, even though I've been in this for a while, I never thought about this before in the way you describe it. It explains a lot. I have some...
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    Re: Roadster by Cartier

    LOVE Roadster, and bought a bottle for my last birthday. But as some have said, it lasts like 5 minutes on my skin. :(
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    Re: Clean boy - Bad boy

    Clean: Cartier Declaration
    Bad: ELdO Jasmine et Cigarette
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    Re: Black Aoud????

    I cannot say enough good things about this frag. It is the most versatile frag I have ever owned. I feel perfectly at home in it at work or for an important evening event. I always buy 50ml...
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    Re: Amouage Opus V

    I get all my samples from Luckyscent when I order a bottle. Maybe you can't order from luckyscent in your country. My notes on this one were: "green leaves, lipstick, and that burn-my-nose dry-down...
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    Re: Cold Incense?

    I would vote for L'Air du Desert Marocain, by Andy Tauer. It feels "cold" to me. Maybe I am being unduly influenced by the "chilly" cobalt blue bottle, not sure. Also not sure how much vanilla is...
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    Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I just purchased my first By Kilian. It is "Sweet Redemption." I know you are talking about Back to Black. However, since he is from the Hennessy family (who knows about luxury), and uses (as I...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - July 2012

    Hey. I have both J&C and E&B. These are great frags!!!
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - July 2012

    Brian! What an excellent haul! I'm a HUGE ELdO fan. I see that this is a set of three 50ml bottles? Where did you get them? I didn't know that you could buy a set of three like that. That would...
  55. Re: I want a fragrance that can make me feel like I'm in an exotic spice / incense world country

    +1 for this one WITHOUT a doubt. Also, Serge Lutens has lots of these, including Arabie.

    Good luck!
  56. Re: first date; looking for a nice, sexy cologne

    Hi, Man, you are some picky!

    Have you tried Armani Code or Burberry Brit? Those are sexy and youthful, in my opinion....or even Versace Dreamer. I think you could get all three at your local...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - July 2012

    Sweet Redemption. My first Kilian. I'm closing a chapter in my life, and the narrative for this one is "the end," so it was just the push off the ledge that I needed! And the packaging! I'm such...
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - July 2012

    glad to see some ELdO being bought. My fave house, and this one is on my wishlist!
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT - July 2012

    Just purchased my first Kilian (Sweet Redemption) at Luckyscent.com. Ouch that hurt.

    I'll post a pic when it comes in. I thought it was the perfect time because a relationship of sorts (it's...
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    Re: Incense please....

    +1 on L'air du desert marocain,

    and I would like to add Amber Absolute, by Tom Ford, which, in my testing notes, I wrote, "Old stoney church."
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    Re: What masculines resembles smoke?

    You nailed it! Patchouli 24 is campfire all the way (plus a hint of medical bandages. LOL) Excellent frag and great longevity. Also, right on the money with Black Tourmaline.
  62. Thread: M7

    by lionheart
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    Re: M7

    I hadn't realized it was discontinued! It was one of the first I purchased when I really got into frags. Something gave me the presence of mind to buy an extra bottle, which is still unwrapped. Go...
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    Re: Frederic Malle

    In my opinion, maybe you're being a little too picky. If you want "carded" samples, you are going to have to pay, one way or the other. If you can get to a Barneys (is there one in Portland?),...
  64. Re: Montale 100 ml fragrance bottle does not feel like 100 ml

    I feel the same with my 50ml too. The guys have said it already. It's the metal bottle. :)
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2012

    14110

    Let's see if this works. I tried a different way.


    Yep, it "worked," but tiny image. I give up.
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    Re: Today I Bought - June 2012

    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/philosykoscollage.jpg

    Y'all , I'm pretty discouraged with this. When I am able to access this site at all, I have trouble...
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    Re: Disappointed in Nawlins'

    Hey, fellow New Orleanian!

    I understand what you mean, but that's the beauty in having so many. You can change perfumes during the day. I just slather mine on every day. Most of the ones I buy...
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    Re: A Fragrance Story for Today...

    Thanks for the reminder! It's on my wishlist, so I guess I should pull the trigger. Good nose!
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    Re: Your first niche bottle ( OFFICIAl THREAD)

    I found basenotes by accident while trying, as many of us did, to find my "signature scent." Then I fell completely down the rabbit hole. My first niche was "L'Air du Desert Marocain," by Andy...
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    Re: Fresh vs clean

    Good discussion. I, too, have inferred that they mean pretty much the same thing, but apparently not.
  71. Re: Can't find a Tom Ford I like. Please help me.

    Hi,

    I have a REALLY weird relationship with the fragrances of Tom Ford.

    I own Tobacco Vanille and Black Orchid. After the fact, both are too "heady" for my tastes, but I do think they are...
  72. Re: If you could pick one scent for from DIPTYQUE - Which one would it be?

    Do Son has been on my wishlist for a while. However, I was in the Dyptique shop in San Francisco and smelled Philosykos! Fig Fig FIG! Plus, now, make sure that whomever you get Diptyque from has...
  73. Re: Serge Lutens Musc Koublai Khan - shi_ty disgust in a bottle :(

    MKK is one of my first niches to buy after carefully testing it. I love it. I wear it on very special occasions. It is a bit dirty, but complex and wonderful.

    I think the original poster's...
  74. Re: Know of any male fragrances that smell like ginger?

    +1 for Serge Lutens' Five O'clock au Gingembre
  75. Re: all else being an equal hetero encounter, what scent renders the man helpless?

    I don't get this at all, especially the clause, "All else being an equal hetero encounter."
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    Re: Father of the Bride...

    Hi there,

    I'm sure you have ZERO money after paying for your daughter's money, but WHY NOT BUY YOURSELF SOMETHING NEW? YOU DESERVE IT AFTER ALL THIS!:evil:

    That said, your choices sound...
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    Re: Help Me Pick 1 Fragrance for LeLabo.

    Hi,

    I think rose 31 or iris 39 or the labdanum one. Like some have said, DO NOT GET PATCHOULI 24!!! I imagine you live in a hot climate, and I cannot think of anything worse than wearing my...
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    Re: Intoxicating fragrances in your collection

    Original Egoiste
    Noir Epices
    ...and especially one of my recent purchases...

    TIRRENICO, by Profumo del Forte. When I wear this, I can't stop sniffing myself!
  79. Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    My favorite house, pound for pound is Etat Libre d'Orange. Out of their entire line (around 30) of which I have samples, probably 20 are on my wishlist. However, I never get the sense that others...
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    Re: Today I Bought: May 2012

    A friend gave me this Halston! (edit: oops, I forgot I stamped this with text. Sorry Tama. Yes, folks, it's Tama.)
    ...
  81. Thread: S-ex

    by lionheart
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    Re: S-ex

    Hi, it's on my wishlist. For the longest time it wasn't available. Now it's finally available on luckyscent. I have tested it and just labeled it as sweet. I'm know I'm coming late to the party,...
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    Re: Histoires de Parfums 1969 Parfum de Revolte

    I got a free large sample from HdP when I ordered Marquis de Sade. I have a totally different take on it than the others. I always wear it when I want to feel "holistic" or something. I always...
  83. Re: I am accumulating so many fragrance that I can't wear all of them

    I know exactly what you mean! However, think of it like this: It's like insurance. You rarely need it, but it is OH SO NICE knowing that it's there! Meaning that, I might neglect my "L'ombre...
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    Re: Icy, Metallic Accords

    Bond "Andy Warhol" Succeed

    Also the "Blood Concept" lines all have a metallic accord.
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    Re: New by kilian line - asian tales

    Got mine, too! But they were addressed to Mademoiselle Ben Rickson! LOLOLOLOLOLOL! My name is not Ben Rickson, and, contrary to popular belief, I am not a Mlle, either!
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2012

    THanks, Al. I am saving it until the 29th. I'm wearing it to a wedding reception for two guys who just got married. I am trying to attract a Mediterranean hottie at the reception. Tirrenico...
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2012

    Sorry, y'all, it may be my mac, but my computer is not liking basenotes right now. Having lots of trouble posting messages.
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2012

    So looking forward to this gem. Different than anything in my wardrobe!


    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/tirrenico.jpg
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2012

    So excited about this gem. Different than anything I've got!
    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/tirrenico.jpg

    The usual photo icon is not working for some...
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    Re: Today i bought: April 2012

    double post
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    Re: Secretions Magnifique

    I don't know, guys...I do agree that marketing is at work in all of us, however, I WANTED SM to be edgy and "dirty" when I smelled it. I wanted it to be really avant-garde. But literally, it made...
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    Re: Diptyque Philosykos For World Peace!!!

    You have intrigued me. I will be getting a decant of this. Thank you for sharing your story with us. In this mixed up, disillusioning world, there is something deeply calming about the...
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    Re: Ash's take on Basenotes.

    He's so damn cute. Not just him, but his wide-eyed earnestness. His pronunciations are so bad, but I hope no one rails on him too much for that on this thread. He seems like a really good, regular...
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    Re: So I want to smell like a garden

    Encre Noir by Lalique
  95. Re: Where does the concept of smelling "manly" come from?

    For someone who has done absolutely no research on the subject, here are my two cents:

    Is it possible that we are over-analyzing? Way back when they used flower water (which sounds feminine),...
  96. Thread: Power Scent

    by lionheart
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    Re: Power Scent

    THIS. Can't go wrong. A powerhouse and old-school.
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2012

    thanks, my friend!
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT: March 2012

    http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/sterlinglion/fragrance%20pics/encensetbubblegum.jpg
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    Re: Musc Kublai Khan question

    This was one of my first niches to ever buy. I love it! It smells uriny to me at the opening but then softens. It is so unique. But if you think it's disgusting, never try Secretions magnifiques!
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    Re: Etat Libre d’Orange - Je Suis un Homme

    Hi,

    It reminds me of Habit Rouge (the lemony thing), but not nearly as subtle as HR. ELdO is my favorite house. I already own 7 bottles, and just this week, I just purchased "Encens and...
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