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  1. Re: Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate & Eau de Neroli Dore by Hermes

    Thanks hednic!
    Rhubarb is tartness supreme.
    My very superficial reason for wanting them both is the beautiful color of the glass.
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    Re: Masculine Tuberose

    Re: Tubereuse Couture by Parfumerie Generale

    This is a sharp, green tuberose, not a creamy buttery one. It also does not have the menthol or gasoline edge that Criminelle has. Not as rich as...
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    Re: Acqua Classica Borsari

    I own this, love it, and wear it all year round. I would consider it everything that schnozz identified above. Personally I think of it as an eau-de-cologne+. It is definitely stronger than, say,...
  4. Re: New from Reminiscence Paris - Patchouli Blanc - anyone try/buy yet?

    I had an "aha!" moment while re-sniffing Patchouli Blanc (ordered, still waiting). It reminds me most of No.23 by Ava Luxe, which also has a hawthorne note. No. 23 is most notable, to me, for its...
  5. Re: New from Reminiscence Paris - Patchouli Blanc - anyone try/buy yet?

    "Airy creamy"
    "dances"
    That does it.
    Getting it.

    P.s. - from the results of my little sample, P.B. does not go from sweet to cloying. It has that distant sweetness from the star anise note -...
  6. Re: New from Reminiscence Paris - Patchouli Blanc - anyone try/buy yet?

    Hi Mandaguy,
    Montale patch as in their Patchouli Leaves? Love it. I'm not a lover of things vanille-ish, but I find the vanilla in this one to be so seamlessly integrated.
    I think the Rem frag...
  7. Re: New from Reminiscence Paris - Patchouli Blanc - anyone try/buy yet?

    Thanks, hednic.
    So my impression is that it is a light (though not offensively weak) scent. But I suspect that it warms up and radiates with body heat. Probably would be, on me, a "personal aura"...
  8. New from Reminiscence Paris - Patchouli Blanc - anyone try/buy yet?

    I obtained a small sample of this and I like it, but I have a feeling that it is one of those frags that needs dispersal by spraying to really appreciate it. Some frags you can make a decision by...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    Dear hednic,
    Don't make the priest keel over on the other side of the confessional screen! :)
    Cheers from J.
  10. Re: Colour coding your SOTD with your clothes of the day...

    Hi Timothee,
    I have been doing some version of your game plan for practically all my perfume wearing life. That's back to about 1972. The whole weather/color/fragrance equation has been a huge...
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    Re: Rose Fragrances on Men?

    Micallef Aoud Pour Homme (formerly just called "Aoud")

    Dry oud, super dry rose. Not quite as "ashy" as the Czech & Speake No. 88, but if you like one you will like the other.
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    Re: Montale non-aoud fragrances. Need advice!

    Just wondering, hednic - how does the Vanilla Exstasy differ from other vanillas. I've heard it's an "ultimate" for some lovers of that note - what would you say makes it a standout?

    My votes for...
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    No, it was a good friend, but my life has also had some life-changing frags. Power to the 'fume!
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    Re: Liqueur Charnelle by Huitieme Art

    I'm a little haunted by this one myself. I received a sample of this in some of the hottest, driest weather we've had all year. Although I'd ordinarily save this for the winter, I applied it and...
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    Re: The Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire Plunge $$$

    All I can say is that I know someone who splurged on the Malle VE and it changed his life (in generally a good way). Not kidding, so be ready!
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    Re: New from Hermes: Equipage Geranium

    Sounds like a great one. I loved the Bel Ami Vetiver - used a quarter-bottle in record time. I like this theme very much, the highlighting of an ingredient in a much beloved classic. Usually I'm...
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    Re: Blood Orange by Shay and Blue

    It's not especially long-lived, so I place it in the same nose-space as some classic colognes. Nearest comparison would be something like Balle de Match by de Nicolai. Interesting about the blood...
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    Blood Orange by Shay and Blue

    The most satisfying of my recent purchases. A blood orange fragrance with no food associations. I've found that perfumers love to sweeten up this citrus note to make it even more delectable, which...
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    Re: Recently found in Japan

    Ooh Jason. Nice haul. Sugoi!

    In 1992, when Shiseido was phasing out Inoui, I tasked my auntie in Kurashiki to find me bottles of it in any format whatever. It had already disappeared from the...
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    Poll: Re: Acqua di Parma Colonia VS Colonia Essenza

    Of the Colonia flankers, Essenza has always struck me as the most overtly masculine. Also stronger, per the previous remarks.
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    Re: Anyone ever finish a 200ml/6.8oz bottle?

    Yes - several times. It was Green Water by Jacques Fath, back in the early '80s when it still came in a 6 oz pour bottle. I poured, I splashed. I had an atomizer that was a bit bigger than the...
  22. Re: Let's pair cocktails with our favorite colognes

    Sidecar - Quadrille by Balenciaga
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    Re: Which Patch to reward myself with?

    Buzzlepuff,

    Thanks for the "Patchouli Haikus"!

    I am thus encouraged to at least try all of them.
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    Re: Which Patch to reward myself with?

    Thanks, guys, for the good wishes and great suggestions, I'll probably choose the Mazzolari, but did anyone else have comments on the Villoresi? Thanks again.
    J.
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    Which Patch to reward myself with?

    I promised myself the gift of a great patchouli fragrance as a goal at the end of a long and exhausting project. So, I earned it, I want it and now I have to choose.

    My likes regarding patchouli:...
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    Re: Bel Ami Vetiver - Where's the love?

    Me too! Big love first sniff. My local Hermes boutique laid a sample on me - they saw me return with cash in hand soon enough.
  27. Re: What scent do you thinks has a Sahara desert/ Moroccan vibe?

    Ténéré of course!
    Other than the name being the word for desert in Tamasheq (and the name of an actual desert in Niger), it qualifies because of its dry-as-sand beauty.
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    Re: Czech & Speake No. 88

    Speaking of which, I went through a couple of boxes of the No. 88 soap and those were some of the best showers and baths ever! In addition to how lushly scented and beautifully textured the suds...
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    Re: Your Favorite "L'Eau"

    I love the L'Eau Mixte by de Nicolai, which I believe was the first in this house's L'Eau series. That crisp blackcurrant-bud note just really hits it.

    Another vote also for Eau de Patou. If you...
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    Re: There's a hair in my...

    A couple of years back, weren't there complaints about "particles" or "skin flakes" floating around in Shanaan by Micallef?
  31. Re: Just Days After AOUD LAVENDER Three More New Montales!!! HONEY AOUD, AOUD SENSE, ORANGE FLOWERS

    Wow, hednic!
    I must admit feeling a bit blase as I opened the post, but now I am feeling pricklings of longing for all three. Must find a way to test soon.

    In reading the description of the...
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    Re: Montale Aoud Samarkand

    Thanks hednic, good to know.
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    Re: Montale Aoud Samarkand

    That bottle is quite an enticing color!

    There's another Montale aoud that features geranium - believe it's Aoud Flowers. Anyone able to make a comparison to the Samarkand?
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    Re: Montale Musk to musk-still the same juice?

    Great news, Pasxos - hope the replacement bottle works out well.

    For me, Musk to Musk is all about the "Windex" note as well as the nutmeg/musk impression. I would have been very upset to get a...
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    Re: Parfum Rare/ Coeur de Parfum - Jacomo !!!

    Oh......david!
    You keep saying all the right words!
    The words that take me back, way back to the glory days of perfumes loved and lost to time.
    Votre was my all-time favorite Charles Jourdan...
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    Re: Parfum Rare/ Coeur de Parfum - Jacomo !!!

    Hi David,

    I remember Parfum Rare when it came out - early '80s was it? It was not too much to my taste at the time so I sampled but did not buy a full bottle. The review in your post pretty much...
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    Re: L'Occitane Eau De Cedrat EDT

    Hope they do a shower gel in this one too.
  38. Re: Synthetic, fresh mall scents (not a hate thread)

    If you can find it, the Adrienne Vittadini scent called A/V is what I would call the epitome of the "mall" vibe you are seeking. Originally marketed to women, but actually very unisex, not girly at...
  39. Re: Any problems going through an airport with a bottle of Spicebomb?

    Reminds me of the quandaries I used to experience when I was wearing the long-extinct Etienne Aigner frag named Explosive.
  40. Re: L'Artisan recent re-issues -L' Eau du Caporal in particular

    Nope, chickened out on the L'Artisan after I saw a couple of posts regarding the dumbing-down of the current iterations. But then, there's a 20% offer right now.

    And on the Caravelle, I finished...
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    Re: Best 'Eau de Cologne'?

    So many to choose from - my favorite fragrance genre!

    Patricia de Nicolai is an expert at interpreting the classic eau de cologne, as the many votes for her Cologne Sologne attest.
    I also love...
  42. Re: Tea for Two was on the US L'Artisan website...

    I'm not familiar with every circumstance it takes to make a charge of mail fraud, but it seems to me that L'Artisan is skating on thin, thin ice.
    It's one thing to knowingly put yourself on a wait...
  43. Re: L'Artisan recent re-issues -L' Eau du Caporal in particular

    Saw all three on Parfum1 website. Fingers itching, wallet trembling in fear......
  44. Re: Stuff you overhear or are told while testing Fragrances

    All of the above is why I just don't even bother to go into the fragrance selling floor of a department store most times. Even Barney's. Especially Barney's lately.
    I grit my teeth once in a while...
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    Re: Seasonal Rotation Crossover Fragrances

    I find that the traditional eau de cologne frags are my workhorses year round. They star in hot weather, of course. But in winter one also craves that zing of bright citrus, that olfactory...
  46. L'Artisan recent re-issues -L' Eau du Caporal in particular

    Has anyone had a chance to sniff the three recent re-issues by L'Artisan (L'Eau Caporal, Tea for Two, Oeillet Sauvage)?
    Beg pardon if this has been discussed in another thread - I've been away...
  47. Re: Have you ever picked up notes in a fragrance you only noticed after a long period of usage?

    Did you know that patchouli is (or was, when I was drinking it) an ingredient in the flavor blend for Dr. Pepper?
  48. Re: Have you ever picked up notes in a fragrance you only noticed after a long period of usage?

    Happens a lot to me, both with frags that I wear frequently and also with ones I pull out of storage only on the rarest whims.

    I wore Givenchy III in hot dry weather (usually wait for rain with...
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    Re: Crowd pleasing woody fragrance.

    Royal Aoud by Montale - nice mix of citrus, wood and spice. On me the woody notes came out more specifically than the rest.
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    Re: Women's greens for men

    Big yes for this.
    Vintage is way better. The current iteration is missing so much....
    My "best" vintage bottle of TbyT is an edp pour. Not made anymore and I am eking it out.
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    Yay, Yatagan! I've always picked up a note in it that resembles charred rosemary - almost like when you throw rosemary onto the grill with lamb (minus the meat smell, of course). Maybe that's the...
  52. Re: Bel Ami Vetiver - Quite possibly my new signature ??

    Like others posting before, this was an immediate love for me. As in can't wait, pay full price, must own. Although I would have thought it was more a scent for autumn, I bought it in summer...
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    Re: Toilet Vinegars-Information required

    Doesn't Diptyque also have a vinagre de toilette in their skin and body care line?
  54. Re: Issey Miyake Bleue: I now no longer care what people will think

    I love the Bleue! If you can get the shower gel, grab it. There's nothing like creating your own little steam filled world scented with Bleue d'Issey.
    Btw, the more I wore it, the less weird it...
  55. Re: Does anybody know any coupon codes for Parfum1

    Thanks hednic - I guess I just wasn't ordering at my usual speed. No matter what, it's still a bargain and they're still my favorite discounters.
  56. Re: Does anybody know any coupon codes for Parfum1

    I notice that recently Parfum1 eliminated the automatic free shipping over $75usd. Either you get the 10 or 20 percent or you get the free shipping via another code. But not both. Hmmm.
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    Re: Tubereuse Animale - Histoires de Parfums

    Good capture, cacio, of the many faces of tuberose. And yes, Fracas is the anchor holding down the extreme-femme end of the spectrum. It's pink all right - "burlesque" is another word that comes to...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    "The Limey"! How I loved that movie. Terence Stamp stalking Peter Fonda, seeking revenge for his daughter's death. Thanks for the reminder!
  59. Compare these please: Penhaligons Elixir and YSL Body Kouros

    I own and love Elixir by Penhaligons. It's at the right level of spicy/slightly sweet for me, also a little dry, which is my preference. The eucalyptus steam note does well with me - just the...
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    Re: NICOLAI Cuir Cuba Intense.

    My thoughts exactly! Love those 30ml bottle PdN puts out - it makes a blind buy both tempting and safe. They make lovely little gifts in the rare case that it doesn't work for me.
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    Re: Which of these 80s powerhouses should I get?

    Quorum has good memories for me. An instantly groomed and suited-up vibe, even if you're in your pajamas.
    Loved One Man Show when it first came out, very attractive and manly.
  62. Re: For the young man with musk glands - "Vintage" Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme Maitre Parfumeur et Ganti

    " There will always be a shelf above the top shelf"
    Love it!
  63. Re: How do you determine if a fragrance is Full Bottle worthy?

    If you can't stop thinking about it, get it.
    If you can't stop sniffing yourself, get it.

    Although I've had some perfectly good impulse buys (meaning I tested it once or at most twice), my...
  64. Re: For the young man with musk glands - "Vintage" Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme Maitre Parfumeur et Ganti

    It still is a good one, hednic. Agree with you about the other-worldly quality of the older bottles. They were like a portal into an age of perfumery that doesn't exist on this plane anymore.
  65. For the young man with musk glands - "Vintage" Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

    So, Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier was my gateway into the brand. Bought my first bottle in the late 1990's and then re-purchased as the formulations and bottles changed. I...
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    Mmmm - nice description!
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    Re: Geranium Pour Monsieur

    It does, and while wearing a custom-tailored suit.
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    Re: Luckyscent code for September 2014?

    Thanks guys! A-shopping I will go.
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    Re: Luckyscent code for September 2014?

    Thanks, PalmBeach! I always forget about that one.
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    Luckyscent code for September 2014?

    Does anyone have this month's free shipping code for Luckyscent? Itching to shop but I have a mental block about paying for the shipping. Thanks.
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    Re: Le Labo exclusives at Luckyscent

    The thought of someone dropping $440 on the 3 ounces of bottled mediocrity that is Limette (San Francisco "exclusive") is enough to make anyone cry.
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    Re: Le Labo exclusives at Luckyscent

    I was SO infatuated with the NY exclusive, the tuberose. The price tag, though, was just too ridiculous.
  73. Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    Old thread for sure but then some things change very little.

    Someone told me about an incident at NM where the airhead behind the counter got the terms "tester" and "sample" mixed up, It was a...
  74. Re: Your favorite cologne/or want to buy, from the house of Hermes?

    Eau d'Hermes is a lifetime frag for me. It's one of the very few that I could wear every day for a week. Its versatility in all kinds of weather and seasons also endears it to me.

    Second for me...
  75. Re: Lalique White - first in line for best blind buy of 2014

    Thanks for the feedback, guys! Appreciated.
    J.
  76. Lalique White - first in line for best blind buy of 2014

    Thanks to all who commented re my previous inquiries about Lalique White.

    I'm so glad I jumped and got this! Somehow I knew I would love it. I think one of the dept. stores locally had it and I...
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    Re: Just scored a 1st edition Ungaro III....wow

    Ooh. Terrific acquisition. A formal, gentlemanly rose. You're lucky to get an original version of this - subsequent iterations have smelled a bit duller and dumbed-down, imo. I think the...
  78. Re: Classic gentlemen scents on a young guy, what do you think?

    My opinion would be that said young guy was well on his way to becoming a classic gentleman!
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    Re: What notes create powder

    All of the above responses, plus that particular violet-rose accord that was present in so many cosmetics. Also, a very light and dry sandalwood can create an impression of "powderiness" without any...
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    Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Hi Paul,

    That's a many-pronged question, to which one of the shorter answers is "yes".

    I do think the older version of Monsieur Balmain is a summery and sun-filled scent. The difference in...
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    Re: Monsieur Balmain vintage - recent purchase

    Yes - that older version of MB is a stunner, and your comparison of it to vintage Dior Eau Fraiche is right on target. It's oakmoss that makes the difference, and the fact that everything seems to...
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    Re: Penhaligon perfumery

    Me too! Of course, a high-quality scented soap or gel enhances the thought process, imo.
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    Re: Penhaligon perfumery

    I just can't forgive what happened to Esprit du Roi in the new format. What was one of the most distinctive, lively scents in their male-oriented collection is now a dumbed-down pool of vagueness. ...
  84. Re: Older Discontinued Lancetti Fragrances - Your Views Please....(mens and womens) !

    No! No! Not another one fallen into the abyss!
  85. Thread: Courrèges

    by Jardanel
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    Re: Courrèges

    I wore Empreinte until it was discontinued. Ditto Eau de Courreges. Had a bottle of Courreges in Blue but did not really like it so much.

    Empreinte was monumental. Dry like a September hillside...
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    Re: Perris Monte Carlo

    The Neimans in San Francisco, CA has several of the Perris fragrances. I tried the Oud Imperial, the Taif Rose, and the Musc Extreme. Liked them all, liked the Oud best. Didn't find the Musc very...
  87. Re: With perfume, without deoderant: a potentially gross-you-out quandry

    I agree with the posters who don't wear deo on a regular basis. In my day to day world, daily showering/bathing seems to take care of not offending. If it's hot and I think I should "feel" cleaner,...
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    Re: Aoud Musk is way out there.

    Squarely unisex, or more on the boy's playground for this?
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    Re: Le Galion Perfumes

    Le Galion was a great house. I'm glad to see someone taking a stab at honorably resurrecting its products.

    Sortilege was pretty popular in the U.S. It was a classy floral/aldehydic with a very...
  90. Re: An uninvited guest/fragrance has entered your collection, and wreaks of Les Exclusifs Chanel.

    If something penetrated my collection in such a spooky manner, I'd definitely make offerings to it. Great beginning for a horror story!
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    Re: Lubin- Korrigan EDP

    Not just where's the beef, but where's the meat in general! I tried all three in the series (Korrigan, Akkad and Galaad). They were all sweet but not only that they were murky and indistinct - like...
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    Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    Re: Lust, Caution by Ang Lee
    Great movie, rather overshadowed by the stunning success of "Brokeback Mountain" the year previous to its release. It's about political espionage in Japanese-occupied...
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Thanks, jujy54! Exquisite photo - I'm encouraged to pull out my bottle and show it some love.
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    Re: Exploring Caron more thoroughly

    Another lover of Infini here. I have it in the parfum (in the angular sculpture bottle) and have used a couple of bottles of the parfum de toilette (edp strength). What really makes Infini...
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    Thanks granola357!
    I think I noticed that bare patch around 2007 - that was just about the time when I ran into those extrait testers that smelled neither like extrait or their labels. The Chamade...
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    Re: Eau de Gloire - now an edp?!

    Thanks hednic!
    I was also curious about the new Corsica Furiosa - any similarities to the Eau de Gloire?
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    Eau de Gloire - now an edp?!

    With the re-imaging of the Eau d'Empire fragrance line, I notice that Eau de Gloire appears to have been re-issued in eau de parfum rather than the eau de toilette it formerly came in. I was always...
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    Re: Soaps, fragrances you like?

    I wish I could find Bleu d'Issey in the shower gel again. Really uplifting and powerful stuff. And it looked so cool in the bathroom that cobalt blue bottle with sculptured silver cap!
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    Re: Chamade - current formulations

    Thanks to all who responded. Very informative.
    I got a chance to sample the extrait and the edt that are currently being sold at the local Neiman Marcus. Liked them both, hoping to sample the edp...
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    Re: What Are The BEST Shower gels Around?

    You read my mind, socalwoman! When I saw this thread come back up, the Tom Daxon products are exactly what I was curious about. Salvia Sclarea was one of the scents I was really intrigued by, the...
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