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    Re: S.O.T.D. — Thursday, 10 July, 2014.

    Hi!
    Wearing a generous tester-dab of Caron's Or et Noir today, the second time I've tried it. I'm in love. However.

    This morning, my four-year-old son and I had this exchange over breakfast.

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    Re: Vanilla (aka, help a single dad :)

    I think you said you would, but I really hope you do keep all the samples you get for her to smell again in several months or a few years. She might be ready for one of them and interested when she...
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    Re: Bvlgari Omnia longevity?

    I personally found a single spray of Omnia to last at least eight hours, but the way I used to spray it got some on my hair, where it must have lasted longer than on skin alone. That was, let's see,...
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    Re: Fragrance for an eightysomething woman?

    Not that I really know -- neither of my grandmothers ever wore perfume, that I know of -- but it might be good to get something that ISN'T a classic that she might already associate with someone else...
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    Re: The Synchronized Fridays Anno 2011

    Ha! knit at nite, my little sister wore buckets of that stuff in high school when she was at her most juvenile delinquent. She applied it before she did her hair, which involved tankers of aerosol...
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    Re: New Life for Miss Dior

    Re oakmoss, from Persolaise's interviews with the IFRA UK lady, Lisa Hipgrave, Parts I and II:
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    Re: oldies: Charrier

    I love Google! Look, they're not all discontinued after all, though who knows how reformulated they might be.



    Here's current descriptions of what they're making; all but two of these are...
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    Re: oldies: Charrier

    Ooh! Here's another one: Gιrine.
    http://images1.sellersourcebook.com/users/19116/dsp_100_4125a.jpg

    Here's a shot of one already listed -- this square-column, 1 ounce bottle with the Eiffel Tower...
  9. Re: Scent of a Mommy: Fragrances for mothers like us

    Chaplain -- ha! I'd have been irked too. That reminds me of when we had an indoor/outdoor cat, an orange boy sweetie with wanderlust, that we came to learn had "other families" all up and down the...
  10. Re: Scent of a Mommy: Fragrances for mothers like us

    Thanks, Primrose -- I can't tell if you can tell :) that "a mother smells just like any other woman" is kind of part of my point. Except that no woman smells just like any other woman. And that what...
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    Re: oldies: Charrier

    Just came across another Charrier on eBay: Vogade
    http://i22.ebayimg.com/06/i/000/e1/4b/9f0d_1.JPG
    I'm sure that link won' be good forever, but I can't figure out how to upload an image here.
  12. Scent of a Mommy: Fragrances for mothers like us

    Thought for discussion.

    My favorite right now is Niki de Saint Phalle, and I have a son who turns 1 soon. I have a feeling he'll associate that smell with me -- though I might have a new favorite...
  13. Re: I work in the Fashion Industry. Can you help me find the ideal scent?

    I would second Bois d'Orage/French Lover and add Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company. Neither give me headaches (some frags do); both smell assertive but clean and interesting. But I don't know...
  14. Re: Just wanted to introduce myself, and seek some advice!

    My newbie advice is -- only buy big bottles if all three things are true:

    1) It's cheap, or you're rich

    2) You already know you love wearing it, because you're already owned some (at least a...
  15. Re: Common mistakes that novices make. A list in progress...

    +1! I had a sort of a false start with perfumery a few years ago and ordered probably $80 - 100 worth of samples, searching for a replacement for a particular carnation fragrance that's no longer on...
  16. Re: Demeter Thunderstorm drydown: WHAT IS IT? What is that stuff?

    I'm thinking now it might be galbanum, though some variety of vetiver is still possible. I've smelled and worn dabs of Guerlain Vetiver and TDC's Sel de Vetiver, and they are definitely not what I'm...
  17. Persolaise, it's true that perfume is ancient,...

    Persolaise, it's true that perfume is ancient, but that's also beside the point. The point is that other things being allowed has no real bearing on whether perfume ingredients should be allowed....
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    Re: Buying vintage, discontinued fragances?

    As to buying vintage frags -- I'm very new, but have been curious about this very topic. You're familiar with the way people talk about top, heart, and base notes? There's some chemistry involved...
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    Re: Buying vintage, discontinued fragances?

    Other reasons for reformulations, as I understand it: to save money on ingredients -- sometimes something they've been using gets more expensive, like real sandalwood oil did. It had been dirt cheap...
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    With respect to everyone else, and acknowledging that I don't endorse banning things for being allergens (as opposed to toxins), the argument that we shouldn't ban, e.g., oakmoss because cigarettes...
  21. Thread: Musk oils

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    Re: Musk oils

    I was devoted to Coty Wild Musk in my 20s and have been delighted to find Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Special Formula X smells like a nicer version of my memory of Wild Musk, if that makes sense. The DSH...
  22. Re: Sniffing Marathon (long rant + shortest reviews ever)

    Saintpaulia, I grew up in Pullman, and I can't imagine where within 200 miles of there that you could possibly go. Probably not even Spokane. Eastern Washington is wonderful in several ways, but...
  23. Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Thank you, knit at nite, and what a lovely thing to say! I'm happy to have found this place. And thank you, everyone else, for all the suggestions. I've ordered samples of Silences by Jacomo and...
  24. Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Woo-hoo! I just won a vintage full .5 oz NdSP parfum on eBay, the kind with the snake sculpture lid! $22.13 delivered! :2vrolijk_08:
  25. Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Hillaire, I do have a vintage mini of Ivoire de Balmain; I like it and can see the similarities with NdSP -- but I don't think I can wear it much. My (not-a-horse) husband -- well, the last time I...
  26. Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Not to interrupt the double-entendre-fest-in-progress . . . :D but I have no-one else to talk to about this stuff! I just unpacked the Niki DSP EDT I ordered recently (a 2 oz. tester for $21...
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    Re: Storax / Styrax

    MonkeyBars, where is the liquidambar you're familiar with from (vendor or source and also geographic origin)? Does it remind you of ballpoint ink at all?

    Apologies to all for any confusion -- but...
  28. Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    All the finalists for all the Basenotes Awards, Mass Market Women's division, in alphabetical order:

    4711 Echt Kφlnisch Wasser by 4711
    Bond Girl 007 by Avon
    Charlie / Charlie Blue by Revlon...
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    Re: Storax / Styrax

    Last night I smelled a sample from Eden Botanicals (listed under Liquidambar styraciflua) and it smelled, to my possibly confused nose, EXACTLY like cheap ballpoint ink. Exactly. Very weird. I kept...
  30. Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    For anyone who's playing along, some LINKS:

    Unsung Treasures (thank you for suggesting that one, lilybelle and bookwyrmsmith!)
    Can anyone suggest some inexpensive but nice feminine perfumes?
    ...
  31. Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Newbie here. I've got a big pile of samples from The Perfumed Court, and one of my favorites so far is Niki de Saint Phalle -- which, I was delighted to learn, is dead easy to find on eBay for not...
  32. Re: Demeter Thunderstorm drydown: WHAT IS IT? What is that stuff?

    Sadly, there's no department store near me (at least, not near enough that I can get there this month). There's a couple of department overstock/discounter places like TJ Maxx, but they don't have...
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    Re: Favourite scented soap?

    Roger & Gallet Œillet Mignardise soap is one of my favorite things in the whole world, and I think it's downright nasty of R&G to have discontinued it (if I'm wrong about that, can anyone give me a...
  34. Re: Sniffing Marathon (long rant + shortest reviews ever)

    OK, dumb question (I'm new at this): Why on earth would CSAs give you the stink-eye (heh) when you're clearly very very interested in what they have to sell? Is it just because you're not acting like...
  35. Re: Recommend classic decants for educating a newbie about fragrance

    From one newbie to another -- this doesn't answer your questions, but -- have you checked out The Perfumed Court? They have LOTS of sampler packs similar to what you're talking about, and you could...
  36. Re: Demeter Thunderstorm drydown: WHAT IS IT? What is that stuff?

    Much appreciated, odysseusm. Can you think of any super-common scents that smell of vetiver? Something I could go smell at the drugstore after work today? (Probably not, but it's worth asking!)
  37. Demeter Thunderstorm drydown: WHAT IS IT? What is that stuff?

    Hi there,

    I'm pretty new, just discovering the avalanche of stuff online about perfumes. I have strong ideas about smells, so I'm really enjoying it. I started spending money ordering perfume...
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