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  1. [International] Re: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, PG, Guerlain, Alexandria II, Amouroud, Micallef, Cartier, Gritti, Prada++

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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I have also received compliments consistently from my kids (girls *and* boys) on BR540 EDP & Extrait. I mean, you do want your kids to associate you with a scent they like, right? I have one scent,...
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    Re: What is a good spicy/honey scent

    Amouroud Miel Sauvage!
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    Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    After many years away, I finally got back to the US to visit family near San Francisco for a few days back in 2016. I also had two and a half hours downtown.
    Guess where I went? :)

    At the...
  5. [International] Re: NEW ADDED! Pfranka's Bottles (niche / high-end) - can make decants of some as well

    Added some new ones to my swaplist!
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    Re: Are you kidding me?

    Winner :thumbsup:

    It sounds like someone, just before pouring all their materials down the sink, thought "Hey, why not? Some people like this kind of thing."
    Have you ever opened a bunch of...
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    Re: L' Artisan - Mass discontinuation.

    Maybe not a third of their product line, but I just got an email from M. Micallef: "Preview: Les Exclusifs will not be renewed in 2020. The good news is while stocks last, this collection is...
  8. Re: How long have you been collecting fragrances, and do you have an end point?

    I've enjoyed reading this thread so much, so thanks to the OP and everyone who has posted!

    I discovered I really loved perfume back in 1985 as an exchange student in France. Oscar de la Renta EDT...
  9. Re: Recommendations of a fragrance for a kind but pessimistic, gloomy and melancholic woman?

    Maybe Frederic Malle's Iris Poudre?
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    Re: Xerjoff discontinued some scents?

    Cavour I is exclusive to their flagship boutique in Turin, Italy. It was offered for a few days on their website (xerjoffuniverse.com) last Fall and who knows, might be again sometime.
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    Re: Leather for Summer

    Chanel Cuir de Russie EDP - good any time
    Louis Vuitton Sur la Route - I get a citrus leather from this which reminds me of summer.
  12. Re: Cold/Detached Fragrances (In Need Of Recommendations)

    Chanel No. 19 Poudre
    Hermes Amazone EDT
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    Re: Amazing Perfumed Shower Gels and Soaps ?

    Mugler's Angel (Celestial?) Shower Gel - my favorite softer version of Angel. Amazing.
  14. Re: Guerlain Habit Rouge EXTRAIT, Mon Guerlain EXTRAIT, Ne M'Oubliez Pas EXTRAIT Splits

    Thanks so much for the amazing Ne M'Oubliez Pas and the original Guerlain mini-bottle! It was so generous of you to use your points for that! A+++ splitter :) Thanks again!
  15. Re: Louis Vuitton Les Colognes samples & some Xerjoff

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    Re: Shalimar Initial ?

    Shalimar Parfum Initial was discontinued a few years ago (2014?). I love it. My daughter has loved it since her early 20s. It's complex enough to be interesting, and it's one of the few iris-heavy...
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    Re: Chanel Jersey Parfum

    +1 for the above. Have tried all three. Jersey increases a bit in sweetness as you go from EDT to parfum. The EDP really does seem to me to sit solidly in between. On clothes it lasts a whole...
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    Re: Check out this youtubers insane collection!

    @22:42 "Opium. Ooooo. Sounds like drugs!" :thumbsup:

    Seriously, though, there were quite a few times where I thought "Hey! What's that (Diorissimo) there..." then he would slam the drawer shut...
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    Re: Check out this youtubers insane collection!

    I love how at one point (4:16) he picks up this huge Chanel Les Exclusifs bottle (I *think* it's Gardenia, but not sure) and doesn't even look for the label - just turns it over, KLONK! lol

    He...
  20. Re: Mystery compliment conundrum only a Basenoter can have

    I get this from my daughters sometimes when they hug me and say "Mmmm you smell so good!"...

    Me: "What?! (can't believe this) I'm not wearing anything (perfumey)".

    My guess is that my clothes...
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    Re: Thameen niche perfume- worth it?

    I've just been wondering about Thameen since I love the bottles. Peacock Throne looked interesting from the description. The comments here make this line seem worth sampling.
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    Re: The Death of Jean Patou 1000

    As far as I know it's being made. I received a carded sample of it from Place Vendome (Belgium) not so long ago. I purchased Sublime EDP from them a few years ago, having discovered it in the 90s...
  23. Re: Heaven SCENT! Holy Elixir of Shalimar, Batman!

    That is amazing. I've never smelled "dark" Shalimar. I have, though, found many small bottles from the 90s (I think, I gifted them awhile ago) and the year 2000 (the ones I kept) on eBay for...
  24. Re: Not another MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 thread... but there's a graduation story here

    Did anyone else accidentally read this as "...perfumers from non-perfumers"? :smiley:

    Seriously, though, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a wonderful accomplishment!!!!
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    Re: NEW Le Labo Tonka 25

    Mount Everest :)
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    Re: Pure White Cologne

    Echoing a few people here, Creed Pure White Cologne was the first Creed that I fell for almost immediately and felt the need to buy a bottle. I noticed this thread since I decided to wear this today...
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    Re: What brands sell smaller bottles (5-20ml)?

    Histoires de Parfums have these nice 15ml bottles. I'm not sure if they make them for all of their scents but you can check the website (link to example):
    ...
  28. Re: Xerjoff XJ Ouds, Cavour I, Italica

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  29. Re: Mugler launches new collection (5 scents) of Mugler Cologne

    Lol yes
  30. Re: Mugler launches new collection (5 scents) of Mugler Cologne

    There is some more info on the Mugler website about the scents now: https://www.muglerusa.com/fragrance-men/m4100/

    Personally I think they should have stuck with Beatles references for the names,...
  31. Re: Into the Belly of the Beast - Patou gobbled up by LVMH

    I have had and loved Sublime by Patou for a long time. I have a vintage bottle of the EDT from the early 90s, and some of the newer EDP from 2012 which smells amazing and much better than my vintage...
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    Re: IFRA question/My health

    This has been my experience. I will never forget the time I sprayed on Amouage Dia (woman) extrait before trying to go to sleep. I coughed like crazy! That was the unfortunate end of that... Sleep...
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    Re: Anything similar to Frapin's L'Humaniste?

    My son (age 20 if it matters) asked for L'Humaniste for his past birthday.
    He also loves Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee, Mugler Cologne and (newest love) Le Galion Sang Bleu.
    I'm going to check out...
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    Re: Lunch with Francis Kurkdjian!

    La Collection des Cuirs for Elie Saab (Cuir Ylang, Cuir Bourbon, Cuir Absolu & Cuir Patchouli)
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    Re: Hotels and fragrance Companies

    I know people who have found:

    Lorenzo Villoresi soap at the Four Seasons in Prage.
    Roja Dove and ETRO soaps at the Four Seasons in Istanbul and St. Petersburg, but can't recall which they got...
  36. Re: Parfums de Marly Delina: how is the longevity and sillage?

    From the reviews I've read and in my experience, longevity and sillage are not extreme, but fine. There's a new version coming out now called Delina Exclusif which sounds great as well.
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    Re: What is your favorite lavender designer?

    +1 (EDT comes in at #2)
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    Re: Help Basenotes become awesomer

    Grant, you and all of your fellow bartenders are beyond compare - tip added :)
    Thank you!!!
  39. Re: Hot weather citrus/floral with an alluring base (creamy sandalwood? Silky clean musk?) ...?

    Maybe MFK's Aqua Vitae Forte?
  40. Re: Insane video of guy putting on 700 sprays of powerhouse perfume!

    Perfect example of something that should come with a "Don't try this at home" warning...
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    Re: 8 New Dior Privee Coming!!!

    I called the Dior boutique in Tel Aviv and they said they have all of them 40ml/125ml/250ml - well, the "regular new 12" (i.e. no Purple Oud, Santal Noir, Happy Hour or Rose Kabuki, etc.). Prices...
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    Re: Chanel Bois de Isle, some help please.

    I'm probably in the minority, but I did *not* like the original EDT and I love the EDP. The same thing happened to me with Chanel's Cuir de Russie. If it were possible to try before you buy, in...
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    Re: Lunch with Francis Kurkdjian!

    Thanks for that, Hednic, it was almost like being there :) And the scoops you shared sound like something(s) to look forward to!
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    Re: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    Second these two (!) and would add Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait which is woodier, though it has milder projection.
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    Re: Elie Saab - La Collection des Essences

    You're right. Sephora.fr has these on their website, but as of late January, their store on the Champs Elysees had exactly *one* bottle of Cuir Bourbon (sealed) and no testers of any of the "cuirs."...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I didn't post about it here, but I had a similar experience. Amazing customer service, truly.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That's good news! I just saw this post from Russian Adam on Instagram, so maybe *he's* sold out? Or "Sold Oud" as he wrote there :)
    ...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    In honor of its recently being sold out I decided to pull out Areej LeDore’s Atlantic Ambergris (bottle #44 :=)). Since it’s been 3 months since I bought it for my birthday and probably closer to 6...
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    Re: Chanel Bottle Leaking

    I had this happen to a 200ml 31 Rue Cambon (sealed) that was shipped to me airmail. It's code was 8401 (December 2014), though it was shipped to me in 2016. The bottle's magnetic silver ring was...
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    Re: Xerjoff "Join The Club" web site

    I bought some JTC over a year ago and had the same experience back then. I gave up after awhile...
  51. Re: Fragrances that are : ANIMALISTIC, ODD, STRANGE, STINKY, UNIQUE, OFF BEAT, etc.

    Seconding this one. Up close it's stinky (still good,though), but the scent cloud around you outdoors on a cool evening is just heaven...
  52. Re: Pretty dirty musk to replace Kiehl’s Musk oil?

    I don't care what the bottle looks like or what the description says here. I have a factory sample of this and all I smell is Musk, and a mildy "dirty" one at that. It seems like the kind many...
  53. Re: Hermes finally comes with OUD! The new Hermessence trio.

    I blind bought this awhile back and was surprised how little it smelled like Amazone, which I have loved for years. At the time I remember thinking it smelled a lot like CSP Fruits Sauvages (a...
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    Re: NEW: Frederic Malle - Music For a While!

    LOL win-win :) Seriously, though, I love Eau de Magnolia (also by Carlos Benaim) and can't wait to try this.
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    Re: Xerjoff Fans, please help

    I have the new version of Alexandria II. I never had the opportunity to test the original, but the one I have has something in it that I believe I've smelled in some other Xerjoff/Sospiro creations...
  56. [International] Louis Vuitton, Chanel, PG, Guerlain, Alexandria II, Amouroud, Micallef, Cartier, Gritti, Prada++ ++

    **FREE SHIPPING/Paypal Fees if you buy more than one bottle, or Alexandria II**

    I'm pfranka on MUA (since 2001)/ Basenotes (2010)/ Fragrantica and FB (Elianah P. Franka). I have excellent 100%...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Who better to share this with but the amazing folks at Basenotes? I just received my package from Russian Adam (DHL by the way) and I wanted to share how wonderful he is/was to purchase from....
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    Re: $ Christmas Bonus came early $

    +1 - especially the last sentence! My first lol of the day - so true :):beer:
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    Re: Best gourmand with a twist!

    Thirding (?) these two (Angel Muse and EDT)!

    I've also warmed up to Xerjoff's Casamorati Bouquet Ideale. It has a lot of vanilla (which I don't usually go for), but here there is something else...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    :thumbup:
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    That's what I heard. Hopefully someone else will chime in if this isn't true :)
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Wouldn't it have been nice if the bottles were only available, say, a month after the sample sets? That way I'd feel safer investing in the samples (I guess investing is the word) since I'm thinking...
  63. Thread: House of Patou

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    Re: House of Patou

    Sublime was my first (very successful) blind buy about 20 years ago. I fell in love with it then, and it is still in my top 5... or 10...:). Anyway, I have both vintage Sublime EDT and recently...
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    Re: NEW: Amouage Beach Hut

    I meant to reply to Jabar's post:
    "Next up, Amouage discovers flankers:

    Beach Hut
    Beach Hut Extreme
    Beach Hut Spring Break
    Beach Hut Spring Break Wild Party
    Beach Hut Summer 2018"
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  65. Thread: Help Needed

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    Re: Help Needed

    Hi :)

    I read through the thread and I didn't see Amouroud mentioned (unless I missed it).
    They don't seem to have very wide distribution yet.
    Their customer service rep was very friendly and...
  66. Xerjoff La Capitale, Alexandria III, Begum, Emery, Aubres samples

    I am interested in purchasing/swapping for:

    Xerjoff La Capitale (bottle), Alexandria III, Begum, Emery, Aubres or potentially any other hard to find Xerjoff - samples/decants in most cases.

    You...
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    Re: Sospiro Erba Pura discussion thread

    I have this. It's still in cellophane, and I've been using the sample. I haven't worked up the courage to spray the larger amount you'd get from the actual sprayer. I get a very "modern" fruit and...
  68. [International] NEW ADDED! Pfranka's Bottles (niche / high-end) - can make decants of some as well

    I am located outside the U.S., but I have family there you can ship to if you prefer.

    Here's my swap list, divided into decants and bottles:

    BOTTLES:

    Agent Provocateur L'Agent (2011...
  69. Re: How to test in a fragrance shop - what do people do?

    "Carry unscented hand sanitizer. It instantly kills any scent on your skin removing unwanted fragrance or providing more room for testing."

    Wow, polarbird, sounds like a great idea. I'm going to...
  70. Re: How to test in a fragrance shop - what do people do?

    1. If I'm in a department store looking to try one or two specific things: I'll smell the cap, and if it's not immediately awful :) I'll spray one on each wrist. In other words, if there isn't much...
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