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  1. scents you won't try - but not because of the cost

    Samsara edt is a winter weekend morning in cozy sweats for me, but also manages a lovely job on the occasional evening out. I love it, and wouldn't be without my bottle, except that I hear the edp...
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    Re: Summer cinnamon

    Thank you all! It's time to go sniffing. I'm particularly excited about Rousse.

    I love Egoiste. It felt too sweet and dense when I tried to wear it recently, but it doesn't always.

    Walking...
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    Summer cinnamon

    I crave the smell of cinnamon on my skin, but it's HOT where I live, so I'd like cinnamon presented gently, fresh and dry. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Fake Chanel No5 Tester From Ebay?

    For what little it may be worth, my Chanel No. 5 parfum is a light color very similar to your pictures.
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    Re: Today I bought ... (for May 2007)

    The mailman brought me Jolie Madame and Femme! And I've ordered Chanel No 5 parfum.
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    Re: 1 oz Bottles? Give me more!!

    I've gotten 1oz bottles nabbed from gift sets, which seems to be a place they pop up if not sold singly - Bulgari pH most recently.
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    Re: Ambre Sultan Eau Fraîche, really?

    Neato! I wouldn't have recognized Serge Lutens if he bit me on the street in 2002, so I missed this one. The full-power Ambre Sultan might as well be parfum on my skin, so a lighter version might be...
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    Ambre Sultan Eau Fraîche, really?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Serge-Lutens-Ambre-Sultan-Fresh-Light-1-69-fl-oz-NEW_W0QQitemZ270112801407QQihZ017QQcategoryZ11846QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

    Stumbled across this just now - "Ambre...
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    Re: Unknown L'Artisans

    Amarie, how wonderful! The only hazard is loving something you can't replace.

    I can't tell you a thing about the origin of what you've found, but if you're trying to figure out which is which,...
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    Re: SotD, Wednesday Aprill 11

    Lovely to see you all!

    Fantasia de Fleur today.
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    Re: Washington DC?

    Chris, you're awesome!! I finally made it today, and what a lovely place! Mercier, Molton Brown (black pepper!), the L'Artisans I've wanted to sniff and haven't (hated my Tea for Two elbow at first,...
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    Re: Need recs on Tropical scents

    My favorites have been mentioned, with the notable exception of Montale Intense Tiare. Sweet, warm, huge! It would definitely put up a good fight against your miserable weather.
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    Re: Right-click disabled! (rant)

    In Firefox, ctrl+click opens a new window and bypasses the right-click block.
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    Re: Rasa and Rasa Xtreme

    I'm completely smitten with Rasa, but the XTreme...Rasa applied heavily in a public restroom. It might work much better on me when I'm not in 80 degree sun, however, so I'm hanging onto my sample.
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    Re: gardenia or simple creamy white flowers

    Throwing my hat into the ring for kai.

    And an honorary mention for the Marc Jacobs, which is much more "perfume-y," but still lovely.
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    Re: Favorite Ava Luxe fragrances?

    I just bought a bottle of Rasa and am loving it! Warm, velvety, enveloping. I hoped the extreme version would be more of a good thing, but I got too much of a fecal note and can't wear it at all.
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    Re: I'm so stupid!

    I'm enjoying Fire Island today - a light, modern, musky tuberose.
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    Re: Layering with New Haarlem

    I wore New Haarlem today, and the only possible layer involved was coconutty shampoo...and I was rather aggressively sniffed first thing this morning at work. This doesn't seem to be missing...
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    Re: shaking cologne?

    I've seen mentioned here that you ought not to shake them, because it exposes more of the fragrance to air than otherwise would be (the air in the bottle, but I suppose it might make a difference)....
  20. Thread: What the???

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    Re: What the???

    If you've got a mini, there won't be a hole - only the full bottles spray. On yours, the two halves of the bottle should separate. Hold tightly to the section with the juice, and the whole top half...
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    Re: Sexiest Fragrance??

    Moondeva, a HUGE ditto to Rasa - this stuff is incredible! I expect I will be married to myself within the week.

    A slightly smaller ditto to Organza Indecence, Samsara, and Chergui.

    Jalaine...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 7 February

    It's cool today, and rainy. I'm in Fire Island!
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    Re: Colognes like Dior Homme

    Ditto on The Dreamer (my SOTD!). I'm a woman, but I like Dior Homme, and I think these two are in the same ballpark.

    There's a cold powderiness to Dior Homme that I don't love, but The Dreamer is...
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    Re: Givenchy Organza Indecence

    I have a bottle, and it's grown on me slowly. Someone mentioned recently that she perceived it as "tangy," which seems to clash with the rest of the scent - soft, warm, almost woozy. I prefer Un Bois...
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    Re: What has made you the most nauseated?

    Ditto on CK Escape. I've tried it twice, the second time because I was puzzled that I had found it so unpleasant. Queasy-wet-horrible, like I'm falling into my wrist.

    I love Prada, but...
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    Re: Washington DC?

    Is anyone aware of niche shopping opportunities in DC? I'll be there in a few weeks, and will have some wandering time that I'd like to devote to sniffing, unless I end up fascinated by a session of...
  27. Re: Is there a way to know which fragrance...

    At the bottom of the main page, there are lists of new and "most wanted" frags - in the past, weren't "most owned" (or at least "most viewed") also included?
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    Re: SL Un Bois Vanille - A compliment getter!

    Un Bois Vanille is gorgeous on me - dark, rich, sexy. But good vanillas can be had elsewhere for much less, so as much as I've enjoyed my sample, I can't justify buying this.
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    Re: FBI Fragrance? Basenotes Investigators

    Benjamin, check out www.toolhaus.org. It allows you to view the negative/neutral feedback for any ebay seller.
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    Re: Whats the scoop on Paul Smith LONDON?

    I hated my sample, I'm afraid - huge sweet powder, on me, with nothing to make it interesting.
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    Re: L'aromarine Oakmoss

    I was delighted when I saw how inexpensive these were - I tried Tropique, loved it (warm tropical goodness), and was afraid it would cost me a bundle, since the brand was unfamiliar.

    Peche, on the...
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    Re: Great container to hold samples

    MsMuse, I do almost the same thing - teacups and shot glasses. My samples are organized first by how well I know them, and then roughly by how much I want them. I have a little drawer for samples of...
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    Re: Citrusy Orange Fragrance?

    Moschino I Love Love starts out smelling like juice - sparkling bright juicy citrus juice. The intense generic citrus (I think it features grapefruit and lemon as well as orange) blast does wear off...
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    Re: SotD Wednesday 27 December

    Kai oil and an accidental spot of Lolita Lempicka from a leaky sample.
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    Re: Montale Sweet oriental dream

    I didn't smell rose, I smelled Turkish Delight - unrelenting powdered sugar.
  36. Thread: Year review

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    Re: Year review

    My co-worker compliment winner: Fumerie Turque.
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    Re: Today I bought ...

    I just received a large "preview sample" bottle of DK Gold, with matching lotion and a handful of minis.
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    Re: SotD Saturday 16 December

    Organza Indecence, and I believe I'll end up wearing it to a party tonight...I'm trying to love this, but the cinnamon is killing me.
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    Re: greenpeace vs basenotes!

    What? Asbestos, benzene, smoking, the sun?

    I agree, not all information available is correct. And there is a great deal of fearmongering often based on studies that show if you feed a lab rat 100...
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    Re: Fragrance that smells like tea?

    Bulgari Omnia is another tea fragrance - masala.
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    Re: Might one "grow into" amber?

    I had to grow into it, but did quickly and intentionally. I thought "amber" sounded divine, and ordered 10 or 20 samples of amber-heavy scents on eBay. When I opened the little box, the aroma wafting...
  42. Re: "Tiki" scents without coconut, or not much coconut?

    In the similar vein to At the Beach, there's Dior's Sweet Sun "treatment fragrance," apparently launched in response to the demand for a fragrance that matched their tanning products - it's a fizzy...
  43. Re: Holiday Dread: Any Scents You Don't Want?

    My girlfriend has bought me I Love Love, which I've never tried, on the basis that it smells good on a friend of hers. It isn't in line with my tastes (which are pretty fluid, so that's fine), and...
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    Re: A fresh, clean musk...

    Bulgari PH would be my vote as well, but for a much less laundry-like option, I just received a sample of an oil called Indo Dreams by Velvet Butterfly Perfumes, and it's unbelievably delicious. It's...
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    Re: Prada & Euphoria

    I smelled the same thing! I own Prada, and tested Euphoria a few weeks ago, and smelled...berries and a hint of Prada. It changed in short order, but there was definitely a similarity for me as well.
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    Re: Ralph Lauren Blue! For a man?

    I get a scent verging on soapy, and a sort of nutty honeysuckle - it's clean and lovely and would be inoffensive on anyone.
  47. Thread: Blue bottles

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    Re: Blue bottles

    I just got Bulgari Blv Notte in the mail today! It's a very cool blue, and I would love the simplicity of the bottle if it didn't have such a large footprint - between that and Bulgari Black (and...
  48. Re: Timeless, classic, elegant scent for gf suggestion??

    My instinct is to suggest against Le Baiser du Dragon, if you're looking for something subtle and unlike A*Men - both scents have chocolate and patchouli.

    For good journals, you might try...
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    Re: dry woods/lumber store

    Gucci PH is quite woody, pretty much uncompromisingly, so much so that I find it barely wearable unless I layer it with something soft, usually a little vanilla. I think there is more spiciness and...
  50. Re: Looking for scents with Pine/Fir as major note

    Paul Smith London has a minty pine drydown.
  51. Re: Looking for scent for someone thats not into cologne

    Possibly Bulgari's Au The Blanc or Vert?
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    Re: Finally Tried Gaultier²

    Unless I got Kool-Aid in my decant, I would call Gaultier2 incredibly sweet. Artificial grape vanilla bubblegum sweet. My wrist the next day, though, is musky and much less sweet; almost...
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    Re: Clove Fan in Da House

    I tried Trumper's Bay Rum last night, and smelled nothing but clove.
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    Re: Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber

    I have a bottle of the lotion - I think it's beautiful. Soft, spicy, sweet, but not with the same plastic feeling of a lot of otherwise pleasant scents from BBW.
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    Re: Bvlgari White Tea - masculine or feminine?

    I agree with those above who said unisex, maybe a little feminine. Almost asexual, rather than unisex. It's clean, light, and very pretty. My girlfriend, who can't stomach most fragrance, loves this,...
  56. Re: "A Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn't Want to Live There."

    Noir Epices, which I love on paper and on my clothes, turns sharp and bleachy on my skin.

    MPG's Secrete Datura was one of my first lovely enormous bottles, and I find myself sniffing the top every...
  57. Re: Bulgari Black - what is a reasonable price?

    Nowhere near the first! I love it, and I know others do as well.

    That price doesn't sound unreasonable to me, and is probably on a par with what you would pay, including shipping, were you to find...
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    Re: What Frag(s) Literally Make You Sick?

    PigeonMurderer, I heartily second Montale's Sweet Oriental Dream - that Turkish Delight smell made me want to peel my skin away.

    Tuberose doesn't sit well with me either, but I keep trying.
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    Re: Green tea perfume oil?

    I believe Jalaine's oils are all natural; somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

    I meant that it isn't a 'pure' green tea to my nose - smells like it's full of citrus, at least in the topnotes.
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    Re: Creed Love in White...perhaps?

    I've returned several times to my sample, and it's very clean smelling. I think of laundry and babies. It falls on the feminine side for me (must be girl babies), but the the cleanness might be its...
  61. Re: Making perfect: best middlenotes fragance you have smelled!!

    Bulgari Omnia
  62. Re: Making perfect: best topnotes fragance you have smelled!!

    Premier Figuier, Prada...I'm addicted to the top notes of Bulgari Black, but I'm not sure I should include it :)
  63. Re: Black Gardenia by Michele Bergman what's your opinion?

    Kenneth Cole Black and Marc Jacobs for women are both relatively inexpensive, available-everywhere gardenia scents. I've sampled Black and found it to be fairly simple, pleasant but not interesting....
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    Re: Green tea perfume oil?

    Jalaine has a lovely, very expensive green tea oil, but it's not 'plain.' Worth a sample, though..
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    Re: Define green fragrances

    Bulgari pH was one of the first ten or fifteen scents I tested, and it was the greenest of the lot - I have since smelled much greener, but sniffing it straight from the bottle is forever associated...
  66. Thread: Dior Homme...

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    Re: Dior Homme...

    I wore it yesterday. It's soft on me, but with an intense sweet slap in the face sneaking up periodically, then disappearing back into my arm.
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    Re: YSL Paris special editions

    Roses Enchantees was a lovely, gentle, clean rose on me, but incredibly fleeting. I got maybe 10 minutes.
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    Re: strange chemistry

    I've discovered that my skin can turn a pretty wide variety of things into household chemical smell-alikes - Noir Epices and Eau des Merveilles, for two recent and disappointing examples. Ordinary...
  69. Re: In your opinion, which Houses have a nicest looking websites?

    www.bulgari.com is a good one.
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    Re: bulb atomizers?

    So, I went for it, and my lovely bottle arrived yesterday. I unscrewed the plain plastic cap it had been closed with for shipping, and attached the atomizer to the bottle...and squeezed, and...
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    bulb atomizers?

    I sampled and loved the Prada EDP, and it comes either with or without an atomizer. I'm imagining that an atomizer would lend more control, since usually the pressure needed to depress a spray cap...
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